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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: March 11, 2010
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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Store manager cuts own throat C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.91THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 82F LOW 75F SEEPAGEFIVE Pushin da Envelope By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t AN APPLIANCEsalesm an reportedly slit his own throat killing himself in the Palmdale shop where he had worked for more than 10 y ears as other employees milled about the store. Business at Home Furniture Company on Madeira Street came to a standstill at 3.50 pm yesterday when Peter Joseph was found, reportedly in a restroom, bleeding from what police suspect to be a self-inflicted wound to his neck. It was unclear if any customers were in the store at the time. Friends, family and curious onlookers converged on Palmdale Shopping Centre yesterday afternoon wonder ing what drove the 39-yearold salesman described by many as a quiet, Christian man who always appeared in g ood spirits to take his own life. Press Liaison Officer Chrislyn Skippings remained tightl ipped on details of the inci dent because of the investigation. She would not say inw hich part of the store Joseph's body was found, nor would she reveal the instrument used to take his life. S hortly after the electronics manager's body was wheeled out of the appliance store by morticians, several of Joseph's grieving family members shuffled quietly out of the shop, trying to come to grips with the tragedy. "This is something no one anticipated and I'm really shocked," said younger brother Wilson Joseph, who spoke for the family. "I don't know what would have triggered this act, we never thought he Business comes to standstill after man takes his own lif The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET I N S I D E CLASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSICARS! CARS! CARS! OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAYSTRIBUNE I N S I D E FINDTODAYSCLUEINSIDEFOR YOURCHANCE TOWIN$16,000 SECRETSOUND By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor FORMER PLP Senator and MP, Philip Galanis, yesterday said he believed a lawsuit seeking $4 million damages from himself o ver an alleged failure to repay a c onstruction loan had abated. Mr Galanis, a partner in the HLB Galanis Bain accountingf irm, was sued in Floridas southe rn district courts on February 16, 2010, after two loans worth a col lective $4 million, which he had s upposedly personally guaranteed, SEE page 14 Former senator says $4 million lawsuit had abated SEE page 14 ABOVE: The body is removed from Home Furniture Company yesterday. RIGHT: Family of the man were at the scene. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE Bahamas fulfilled the require ments of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD to be removed from the financial services grey list. Seven agreements allowing for the exchange of tax information were signed yesterday in Paris with the Nordic block of countries Denmark, Faroe Islands, PARAMEDICS had to be called yesterday after an alleged rapist who claimed he was the victim of police brutality collapsed inside a courtroom. Ricardo Knowles Jr who is facing rape, kidnapping and armed robbery charges stemming from two separate incidents in 2008, was appearing before Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs when the drama occurred. With a trial scheduled for April 26, Knowles told the court he had not been provided with the necessary information related to his hearing. By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter ZNS staff are up in arms after a senior manager at the broadcasting corporation was allegedly found to have wrongfully tampered with employee evaluation forms. The alleged tampering which saw staff members scores lowered on the forms, which are key to promotions and salary adjustments came to light this week when certain employees obtained copies of their evaluation forms only to Bahamas removed from financial services grey list SEE page 15 Man accused of rape collapses in court SEE page 14 ZNS staf f evaluation forms allegedly tamper ed with SEE page 15


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter P OLICE will be taking a non onsense policy to traffic violations when a new one-way road system is introduced at the end of the month. Baillou Hill Road will be one-way northbound between Robinson Road and Wulff Road, and the parallel portiono f Market Street will be one w ay southbound from March 30 while major roadworks are underway. And police are warning motorists to obey the signs, follow diversions and driv e with caution or face penalties. Road Traffic Division Sergeant Garland Rolle assured r oad users: We will be out there not so much with a view o f punishing people, but assisting them. However, we ask drivers to pay attention to thes igns and obey the signs, because if you refuse to, you w ill be prosecuted. His warning, issued at a R oad Traffic Department and R oad Traffic Division press conference in Chesapeake Road yesterday, was reiterat ed by motorcycle division supervisor Inspector Alphonso P inder. He said: We are targetting those persons who con tinue to break the law. We are appealling to members of the public who continuet o use the streets in a reckless manner to keep left, particul arly in Yellow Elder, near Government High School, where its particularly dangerous to schoolchildren. And we appeal to those people riding motorcycles witho ut helmets, unlicensed and u ninsured, and those who have not licensed their cars this year, to get your vehicles sorted out. Road Traffic Division Superi ntendent Carolyn Bowe hopes t o address the myriad of issues on Nassaus streets in monthly meetings with the Road Traffic Department. T he two agencies are working together to confront challenges as police draw information on motor vehicle registrat ion from the Road Traffic D epartments database to crackdown on car theft and Road Traffic staff use police s tatistics on road collisions to d evelop preventative measures. C rashes occurred at the rate of one per hour in New Provi dence last year as 9,000 crashes c aused 56 deaths and added to the toll of more than 500 road deaths in the last 10 years. A number of proposals to i ncrease penalties for speeding a nd causing death by danger ous driving are being compiled by police, in addition to the need to enact laws enforcing t he use of seat-belts and allowing trained police officers to use breathalysers on those suspected of driving under the influe nce of alcohol. Meanwhile, Road Traffic D epartment transportation spec ialist Albie Hope said his department aims to raise the standard of driving by releasing a new detailed driving e xamination manual in the c oming months, and promoting the revised 2008 Highway Code in a media campaign. Road Traffic staff are also d eveloping road safety education in schools and will launch two driving simulators in high schools to help prepare young d rivers before they take to the s treets. However their efforts will have little effect without co-operation from the public. S upt Bowe said: Traffic is a s afety issue for all of us, w hether as pedestrians or motorists, so we rely on your co-operation to assist us whene ver possible. We are asking members of the public to obey road signs and report traffic crimes. C ontact the Royal Bahamas P olice Force Road Traffic Divi sion in Chesapeake Road on 393-7714/5 or call police on 919 to report traffic violations. WORK IN PROGRESS PHOTO: Felip Major /Tribune staff New one-way road system will signal crackdown on wayward motorists THE CONSTRUCTION site of the new straw market in downtown Nassau. Traffic violators facing clampdown


By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune StaffReporter SEVERAL Royal Bahamas Police Force officers caught in a strip club dur-ing a recent raid are still on active duty pending the findings of an internal investigation. The investigation centres around whether or no the group all police women played a part in organising an illegal male strip show at the Ranch on Mackey Street in late February. Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames, who oversees the RBPF Complaints and Corruption Unit, said the investigationis in the "advanced" stage. "It's not quite completed as yet, it's at a n advanced stage so it would be premat ure to comment on that given the fact t hat it's not (done T he Tribune yesterday. "No decision (on the o fficer's fate) has been made either way at this point". H is comments came after a T ribune source claimed the investigation had been dropped, allegedly because one of the f emale officers in question is reportedly in a relationship with a senior police officer. W hen this claim was put to the deputy commissioner, he brushed off the assert ion, stressing that the investigation is o ngoing. "I can't comment on speculation, on allegations . The only thing I can comment on is the investigation. At the end of the day we will look at the file and wherever it leads we will go. M y concern is to investigate this matter fairly and transparently. Disciplinar y If at the end of the day there is evid ence that will justify us taking disciplinary action against those involved, then we will do that," said Mr Dames. The officers under investigation were among 107 female patrons arrested in ar aid, which took place about three weeks ago. Some 29 men were also arrested at the Charms nightclub in Centreville at the same time. Three men from Atlanta, Georgia were charged with stripping at The Ranch nightclub, and three women two Colombians and a Jamaican are c harged with stripping at Charms. D ays after the raid, the police said they were "intensively" investigating the possibility that the strip events were to some extent organised by a ring of police officers stationed in various departments oft he force. Police at the time would not confirm the names of the officers or the number o f individuals involved, but the source c laimed eight officers, including four women, were suspected of organising the illegal events. If at the end of the day there is evidence that will justify us taking disciplinary action against those involved, then we will do that. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter A TEENAGER killed in a car crash has become the coun trys ninth road death this year. Investigators say Germaine Jeron Forbes, 18, was a back seat passenger in the 2004 green Cadillac Seville when it crashed into a cedar tree in YamacrawH ill Road on the eastern end of New Providence at around 9.30pm on Tuesday night. Mr Forbes, of Bamboo Boulevard, in Bamboo Town, was seated in the rear righthand side of the car at the time.He died at the scene. Another man and two w omen were pulled from the wreckage and taken to hospital where they remain in serious condition. Reserve Assistant Superin tendent Richard Rahming, of the Police Road Traffic Division, visited the site yesterday to determine how the crash m ay have happened. Speed The death is the sixth in New Providence this year, while three other fatalities have been recorded in Andros, San Salv ador and Eleuthera. A total of 56 fatal road accidents were r ecorded across the country last year, contributing to a death toll of more than 500 over the last ten years. ASP Rahming has recon structed 524 fatal accident sites during his 21-year tenure and said speed causes the vast majority of fatal road accidents. He is pushing for more strin gent speeding laws and higher penalties to help reduce traffic fatalities. They say speed kills, and it really does, ASP Rahming said. If we could control speed it would eliminate a lot of problems. ASP Rahming explained how road deaths have been reduced in the Turks and Caicos islands where drivers can be fined in court up to $2,000 for speeding. Police can issue a $250 penal ty for breaking the speed limit and an additional $150 for every mile per hour they drive above the limit. This allows drivers to police themselves, because the minute you go over the speed limit you know exactly what will happen, ASP Rahming said. I would like to have some of these fines placed in our laws here to prevent speeding, because speed is a situation where at a particular momen tum you lose control and it kills. If you drive within the speed limit fatalities could be cut right down to a minimum. Road Traffic Department Superintendent Carolyn Bowe said a number of traffic laws need to be revised and penalties increased including the existing $10,000 fine for death by dangerous driving, seatbelt and drink driving laws. Proposed updates to current traffic laws are being compiled for government by the Road Traffic Division in cooperation with the Road Traffic Depart ment. As investigations into the crash continue, police are appealing for information from those who may have seen the Cadillac with registration number 226639 on Tuesday to call the Road Traffic Division on 393-7714/5, call police on 919, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Teen becomes ninth road crash death Several officers caught in strip club raid still on active duty A 27-year-old man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to firearm and ammunition charges. Ryan Taylor of Harrison Square was arraigned before Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, yesterday, charged with two counts of possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition. Court dockets state that on March 9, Taylor was found in possession of a black Austria Glock 9mm handgun and a silver Rossi .38 revolver. Court dockets also state that Taylor was found in posses sion of 26 9mm bullets and one .38 bullet. The sentences are to run concurrently. Man gets thr ee years for fir ear ms and ammo char ges ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE In brief BULLISHBEHAVIOUR Internal investigation at advanced stage D eputy Commissioner Marvin Dames IVEGOTYOULICKED! This little pit bull proved a star attraction at the beach where scores of spring breakers have been enjoying sun, sea and famous Bahamian hospitality. Spring breakers are a familiar sight during March and April. Felip Major /Tribune staff


C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM nt b rfnrQb QQ QQQ By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter OPPOSITION Senator Hope Strachan is warning the Ministry of Tourism not to underestimate the impact negative online press could have on the Bahamas brand. She was speaking about the recent notice issued by the AOL Inc travel website that listed the Bahamas, along with several other Caribbean nations, as places to avoid in view of violent crime. In todays instant messaging environment even our Minister of Tourism (Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace), who is a serious advocate for technology, is incapable of stopping the proliferation of websites which warn people not to visit our shores because of crime, said Ms Strachan in her mid-year budget presentation to the Senate yesterday. She said anti-Bahamas websites have the potential to undermine the positive message disseminated in millionsof dollars worth of advertising spent annually by the government to promote the country. She said the ministers expressed opinion, that the AOL advisory is not a cause for alarm, is not enough, and more should be done to protect visitors and the industry. The Ministry of Tourism monitors online discussions and trends related to Brand Bahamas, however, they do not respond to all negative internet posts to avoid creating additional visibility of messages that do not have much traction. Aside from the negative online publicity, the Bahamas has won coveted industry awards for its successes using internet technology to virally spread positive messages. At the 53rd annual Adrian Awards Competition earlier this year, hosted by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI honoured with two awards for web marketing excellence. The Bahamas won the competitions highest honour, a Platinum Adrian Award, for the web marketing campaign, Bahama Fridays, which was a video parody of a local news segment about corporate offices that encouraged their employees to dress up in casual island vacation attire on Fridays to simulate a Bahamas experience. Despite the offensive and defensive strategies of the Ministry of Tourism, the internet contains negative publicity. A search of negative Bahamas tourist reviews produces 166,000 search results on Google, and not all of them are about crime. However, the search results also produced positive reviews challenging the negative ones. On page one of the search results, a commentator on Yahoo! Travel posting under the moniker Will do it again, said: This was our first trip to the Bahamas, and it was marvelous! I had read so many negative reviews and was saddened ahead of time thinking we had made the wrong choice. However, as soon as we landed, you could not have asked for better service or hospitality!I was not disappointed in the least! In addition to the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism, private resorts do their own pub lic relations in order to address negative online reviews. Senator warns ministry over negative online press PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham will attend the t wo-day 21st Caricom Heads of Government Intersessional Meeting starting today i n Roseau, Dominica. Caricom Heads are slated to discuss a number of issuesp ertinent to the region, pri marily developments in the aftermath of the Port-au-P rince earthquake in Haiti. Mr Ingraham left Nassau yesterday and will return on S aturday. National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest is acting a s prime minister and Minister of Finance until today, and Brent Symonette asp rime minister and Minister of Finance for the remainder of Mr Ingrahamsa bsence. Prime Minister to attend Caricom meeting IT WAS announced in the Senate today that: A new criminal court has been added to the two existing courts in New Providence and the one in Freeport, and the Attorney Generals Office expects a fifth to be established duringt he course of the year. In December 2009, the Attorney Generals office acquired secure government domain emails for all its attorneys, secretaries and administrative personnel. The offices email was previously host-ed by commercial email providers Yahoo and Hotmail, which are not domestically secured. The Department of Justice is set to benefit from a number of capital works in the second half of the fiscal year, including the renovation, expansion and centralisation of Supreme Court facilities in the Bank Lane and Parliament Square precincts. Work on the Supreme Court is expected to take 18 months. Renovations of the Magistrates Court Complex on Nassau Street are expected to be completed by June 2010. Four stipendiary and circuit magistrates are expected to be appointed in the coming months to serve in a full time capacity in four of the larger population centres in the Family Islands Andros, Long Island, Exuma and Eleuthera. A draft Bill with recommendations for changes to the Penal Code and the CriminalP rocedure Code is expected in the coming months. The Office of the Attorney General hired retired Justice of Appeal Mustapha Ibrahim to review the codes with a view to modernising both. SENA TEBRIEFS HOPESTRACHAN


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE second home tourism market plays an important role in the Bahamian economy, according to tourism experts and land developers, with Abaco leading the charge. Despite criticism over the relatively small number of jobs created through the second home market, particularly when compared to resort developments, and the bulk of the benefit going to the developer, the industry is said to produce the most reliable tourists and sustainable spin-off ventures. Opposition spokesman on tourism, West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe, said the second home market is responsible for keeping the economy of Abaco buoyant. H e said Freeport has also benefited from the model, and B imini is currently following suit, although developments in Bimini, such as the Bimini Bay Resort, have been heavily criticised in the past for making large plots of land inaccessible for Bahamians. A number of components work in the Bahamas favour w hen it comes to the second home market, including proximity to the United States, widespread Internet connectivity and reliable utility services. These are the features that made the latest second home develop-m ent in Abaco possible. Serenity Point is a planned h igh-end 40-acre gated residential community targeting second home owners. It is comprised of 24 beach-front lots, hilltop sites and elevated estates on the five-mile long Schooner Bay Beach. Lots start at $550,000. When the cost of each home is factored in, the development of each lot could run from $1.2 million to $7 million or even higher, according to Gustaf Hernqvist, senior sales and mar keting director of the development. The government had the foresight and vision to invest in this infrastructure and I put it to you right now if we did not have all of that in the highway, (lets just say) thank God for that, said Alex Nihon II, real estate developer and president of Anco Lands. We are building this phase one, and hopefully there will be many more. Our objective is to create jobs. After we sell a lot, we build a home, so that is the objective. We have all of these real estate people here and some of them havent been to South Abaco in years, said Mr Nihon, who also noted the main reason for a gated community is to provide security and privacy. Three generations of Nihon men have invested in Bahamian land, accumulating roughly 2,000 acres since they first set foot in the country in the 1940s. The family originated in Lige, Belgium, and migrated to Montreal, Canada, where they amassed their fortune in indus trial manufacturing. Asked how many jobs the project in Abaco is expected to create, Mr Hernqvist said: That is a question you have to look at on the broad scale. The family came here in the late 40s, and has invested in large tracks of land which has made them one of the largest land owners in the Bahamas and possibly the largest land owner in Abaco. This is our first development that is happening and we have a great future, so over a long period of time we are looking to employ many Bahamians and support the Bahamian community as much as we can. George Smith, realtor and former MP for Exuma, said the second home market generates employment for several groups, including real estate brokers, lawyers, construction companies, automobile dealerships, executive property managers, gardeners and other ground staff. They are really the most dependable tourists you can have. They are constant returners. They spend plenty money in restaurants, casinos, they shop, they become people who spend long periods of time over many years. In many cases, they introduce their friends relatives to the country, said Mr Smith. Real estate developer Paul Moss believes differently. He said the developments really benefit the developer and not the Bahamian people. He said the employment afforded to lawyers, real estate agents and the income to government are residual. The justification for them to enter the environment and to get approval for something that should not be approved, it should not be about jobs, it should be about equity to the extent the Bahamians own the economy and realise careers and not jobs, said Mr Moss. They are not talking serious employment, perhaps persons doing domestic work, and nine times out of ten it will be a for eign employee. To develop Bahamians we have to exploit the industries that have hereto fore not been exploited and those are industries like farming and fishing. They are the most profitable industries in the c ountry, he said. Family Islands are dependent on the second home market MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynardm et with the High Commiss ioner of the Republic of India to the Bahamas Mohinder Grover on Monday, March 8. During a gift presentation from left are Wellington Miller, president of BahamasO lympic Association; High C ommissioner Grover; Minister Maynard; permanent secretary Archie Nairn; secretary general of Bahamas Olympic Association Romell K nowles and recreation officer Kevin Colebrook. MINISTER OF YOUTH Sports and Culture Charles Maynard met with the High Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Bahamas Mohinder Grover at the ministrys headquarters, Thompson Boulevard, on Monday. High Commissioner of Republic of India visits minister O BIEWILCHCOMBE


SANDALS at Emerald Bay i s opening new opportunities for Exumas farmers and artis ans The resort has agreed to purchase Exuma-grown produce and has arranged a weekly cultural outing for its guests at the local Fish Fry. We want our guests to exper ience Bahamian food and culture, said general manager J ohn Keating. So we have arranged with the local Fish Fryto go down on a Wednesday night. At the Fish Fry they can eat local Bahamian food prepared by local Bahamian chefs alongw ith some entertainment, music, dancing. We think that would be very fruitful. We think our guests will get a true taste of the Bahamas while they are here. The vendors have been very cooperative in any changes that had to be made to facilitate the venture, he said. We are looking forward to a very strong relationship with them. Thanks to Sandals, Air Cana da is making weekly flights to Exuma. The next flight is booked full, said Mr Keating. Within the five months we have been here we have reemployed a lot of people who worked formerly for the Four Seasons and they are settling down very, very well, he said. They can see the place is gett ing busy. The relationship locally is getting better every day. Sandals has also adopted Exumas Livingstone N Coakley High School. Were going to work with them through the Sandals Foundation which always works well in the local community. So we are very happy to be involved with that. Mr Keating hosted Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Cor poration (BAIC son Key and a team on Tues day. BAIC was in Exuma to inspect land being prepared for farmers and to meet with persons interested in food product ion. We have made available some funding for farmers whereby we pay half the cost of the land clearing, Mr Key said. I am pleased with what I have seen. I see some progress with the farmers. There has been increased production in onions, tomatoes, cabbages, potatoes and other products. And the meeting with San dals was very, very encourag ing. They have agreed to purchase from local farmers. The connection between the farmers and the hotel will go a long way in eliminating farmers dependency on the packing h ouse and the produce exchange in Nassau. BAIC is planning to erect accommodations for farmers and artisans at the Fish Fry. This is excellent news for farmers here, said Farmers Association president Althea Ferguson. We appreciate all that San dals on Exuma is doing for us. We hope, soon, to be an asset to them. By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter AGRIBUSINESS is catching on, with Bahamians now growing products ranging from goat peppers to organic pesticides for sale on the local market. The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources has made agribusiness a priority and is currently hosting a series of 11 expos on islands across the Bahamas. The next expo is set to be held in Cat Island on March 18. Bahamians engaged in agribusiness at various levels of the production, from fresh produce vending to the manufacture of organic cosmetics, are participating in the expos. The Junior Achievement company Citco Kartel attended the New Providence expo in late February, selling their hot pepper sauce, produced fromd ried goat pepper. The company partnered with the Food Safety and Technology Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources in order to make the pepper product from locally grown produce. Abaco Neem is a 17-year old B ahamian company that is well versed in agribusiness. They cultivate over 120 acres of farm land in Abaco, where 6,500 neem trees sustain their business. They have a manufacturing factory in Marsh Harbour that is about 13 miles from their farm. Daphne Degregory, co-owner, said one of the companys success strategies has been to stay relevant by introducing a new product in the market almost every year. Their latest innovation is a certified organic pesticide made from neem oil, distilled water and trace elements. To manufacture this product the company teamed up with another Bahamian company, Kingdom Eagle Farms. Neem Abaco Neem manufactures several lines of products including, soaps, lotions, fertilisers, healthcare, home and garden products, and even pet care products that are all derivatives of the neem tree. Bahamians are entering the field from diverse backgrounds. Rionda Godet, owner of RidgeF arms, an agricultural farm and food processing business, transitioned into backyard farming after practicing law for years. She maintains a hydroponic or soilless greenhouse in her backyard in New Providence. Ms Godet is now in the process of developing over 20 a cres of land, primarily in Abaco. Her vision is to operate a farm that grows agricultural produce for retail and to take from the field directly into her kitchen for processing. She currently produces jams, pepper jellies, pepper sauces, a variety of coconut cakes and o ther products, some of which are carried by the hotel chain SuperClubs Breezes. I have never worked so hard physically in all my life, but it is extremely rewarding to see things grow from small seedlings to producing their own fruit and then being able to take that and retail to high end restaurants, and from your reserved, process for value added products. It is really a win-win, said Ms Godet. The biggest challenge she faces doing agribusiness in the Bahamas are delays in production as a result of having to wait on other people. She said farmers do not get a weekly wage like typical employees, so they have to constantly keep up prod uction. If we are not able to plant our seeds, to cultivate our lands, to get the relevant licenses and help we need, then we cant produce and if we cant produce we cant get paid, she said. People not understanding h ow important they are to the farmers success. If you are waiting for someone to find a piece of paper on their desk for weeks, people dont understand how debilitating that could be. Too often people hold us up because they refuse to do their jobs in a timely manner. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM +4'&('+0 6WHSXWLQ)DLWKLQDQGWDUW\RXUYHU\ZQ%XVLQHVV )UHH*LIWIRU New opportunities for Exumas farmers and artisans Agribusiness a growing trend GOAT PEPPERS have gone on sale on local market. n M inistry of Agriculture hosting expos across Bahamas E XUMA u sed to be the onion capital of the B ahamas. Wesley Lien of Kermit Rolles Farm shows what can be produced. B AIC i s helping Exuma farmers with half the cost of land preparation. Executive chairman Edison M Key (second right G l a d s t o n e T h u r s t o n / B I S


CHRISTA Lyons of Queens College won the 2010 New Providence Junior Champion Young Chef Contest sponsored by M ahatma Rice and Robin H ood Flour. The 14-year-old ninth grade student impressed the judges, Chef Keisha Bonimy of the Culinary Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI Brice of Sandals Resort, a nd earned a total of 359 p oints with her tasty "Sunr ise Isle Rice" (177 points and "Tropical Fruit Fusion Tartlets" (182 points Daana St Hilliare of A F Adderley Junior High, placed second with 274 p oints with her entries Spicy Seafood Rice Balls" and "Pumpkin Papaya and Coconut Cream Puffs." Deidrah Stubbs of Jordan Prince Williams came third with 252 points for her "Sweet and Tangy Raisin Rice" and "Curried Crawf ish Puffs." T he contest, held at Q ueens College, is a preliminary to the 18th Annual All Island Champion Young Chef finals, scheduled for March 17 at Queens College for juniors a nd March 18 at C C S weeting for senior high school students, with over $3,300 in scholarships available. The top two New Providence juniors move on to the National Junior Champion Young Chef competit ion, said Sharon Fergus on, Ministry of Education h ome economics officer, who coordinates the eventw ith P S Advertising and p ublic relations throughout the nations schools. For the eighth year, there will be cash prizes for junior high national Young Chef competitors: $250 for first place, $150 for second, $100 for third and $50 for forth. National Senior Champ ion Young Chefs will receive $1,500, $750, $300, a nd $200 respectively, said K eith Parker of P S Adver t ising and PR, who has been the coordinator of the events ince its inception. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JOHN BULL Bay Street CARTIER Bay Street DAVIDYURMAN, Bay Street GUCCI Crystal Court, Atlantis COSMETIC BOUTIQUE Bay Street JOHNBULL Abaco JOHN BULL Harbour Island COACH Bay Street JOHN BULL, Marina Village LAPARFUMERIE, Marina Village DOONEY&BOURKE, Marina Village JOHNBULL Crystal Court, Atlantis CARTIER Crystal Court,Atlantis BVLGARI Crystal Court,Atlantis JOHN BULL Palmdale JOHNBULL Harbour Bay JOHN BULL Marathon Mall GUESS, Marathon Mall JOHN BULL BUSINESS CENTRE, Robinson Road JOHN BULL BUSINESS CENTRE, Robinson Road 4 T hursday MARCH10 W ednesday MARCH11 Thursday MARCH15 Monday MARCH18 Thursday MARCH22 Monday MARCH29 Monday MARCH Tuesday MARCHG ROUP OF COMPANIESInventory Closing 0CUSTOMERNOTICE The following stores will be closed on the dates listed below for inventory. Management apologizes for any inconvenience caused.30 Wednesday MARCH31 Tuesday APRIL6 Wednesday APRIL7 CALL302-2800 for further information. Mahatma Rice and Robin Hood Flour Junior Young Chef Championship 2010 NEW PROVIDENCE Junior Champion Young Chef Winner Christa Lyons of Queens College. She also won the Best Rice and Best Flour dishes. SUNRISE ISLE RICE one the creations that helped Christa Lyons win the competition. THE DISH Tropical Fruit Fusion Tartlet Shell earned Christa Lyons 1 82 points. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti THEYkept the books, had the training and fixed the com puters. They were the educat ed few of Haiti, an up-andcoming generation of nurses, technicians, office managers and college students, according to Associated Press. Now they're gone just when their struggling country needs them most. The Jan. 12 earthquake struck just before 5 p.m., destroying office buildings and disproportionately killing the young professionals who were going the extra mile to make Haiti work. Many were crushed at their desks. "It is a generation that decided not to leave the country. They chose to work for the country," said Dieusibon Pierre-Merite, a Haitian sociologist with a United Nations anti-gang program that lost several staffers in the quake. "They are the ones who died." Compounding the loss is a quickening brain drain, as peo ple with the ability and means to leave abandon a ravaged country where more than 1.2 million people have lost their homes. Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told The Associated Press he has watched with dismay as educated youths board planes to the United States and elsewhere. They leave because Haiti, always a difficult place to live, became impossible after the quake. "I was looking at their faces: They were escaping a country and they had no intention to go back," Bellerive said. "I feel love for the people that have lost family ... but I believe it's even harder for the country to see living people that could do so much to rebuild Haiti, leaving Haiti." Haiti has gone through such losses of talent before, usually in times of political upheaval. Many fled or were killed under the father-and-son Duvalier dictatorships from 1957-86. People also escaped reprisals under the U.S.backed junta of Gen. Raoul Cedras in the early 1990s, under President JeanBertrand Aristide and in the violent chaos that followed Aristide's 2004 ouster. But the losses this time are far more significant. Lost in the r uins: Haiti's best and brightest


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes M-Class. Beauty, brains and brawn. TYREFLEX STAR MOTORSCall us today for your Mercedes-Benz M-Class at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667W hen you think of the average SUV on t he road today, you think of roadh ogging, air-polluting gas guzzlers t hat wouldnt know the meaning of high precision and fuel efficiency if it were emblazoned on their windshields. But there is an alternative. The refined M-Class from Mercedes-Benz. W ithits superior German styling utilising o nly high-grade materials, its robust e ngine power delivering exemplary t urn-on-a-dime performance whilst still being frugal on fuel and its handling of pot-holed roads and 1.5 ft. flooded streets, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is clearly the best choice in SUVs. B y KATHRYN CAMPBELL O FFICERS of the Royal B ahamas Police Force will b e out in full force to ensure t he smooth flow of traffic d uring the construction p hase of the one-way system for Baillou Hill Road and Market Street, said Sergeant Garland Rolle of the Traffic Division. All uniformed police officers working on the i sland of New Providence will be involved with main taining law and order in thisa rea and for other road w orks going on in New P rovidence, he said. Any officer in a patrol or motorcycle unit, once in uni-f orm, understands his/her responsibility to enforce the laws of the Bahamas. He said the police force is w orking closely with engi neers from the Ministry of Public Works and Transportto make traffic flow easier. We are very concerned about this and we will be giving it our full attention.T he cooperation of the gene ral public is very important w ith this project to ensure they know what to do, saidS gt Rolle. P hase one of the Baillou Hill Road and Market Street corridor to be implemented on Tuesday, March 30, will make Baillou Hill Road one-way northbound and Market Street one-way s outhbound between R obinson Road and Wulff R oad. T he new system is a part o f the $120-million New P rovidence Road Improvement Project that is being funded by the government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB The Road Traffic Department has increased its e fforts to inform the public of the changes to be implemented. B rad Smith, Assistant C ontroller in the Road Traff ic Department, said in con junction with the Transport, Policy and Planning Unit,t he Road Traffic Depart ment will be visiting the 20 plus schools in the area. It is important that we g et into the schools and a gencies that use Baillou H ill Road and Market Street corridors to commutet o and from school and w ork, Mr Smith said. We are going into the schools to inform the students where they need to go to catch the buses and we will use this as a safety message as well. H e pointed out that 170 b uses travel on Baillou Hill R oad and 12 buses use the M arket Street corridor full t ime. The bus routes are not a major challenge because the drivers are easily adaptable. The challenge we will have is to get the students and members of the public to understand where to go to t ake the buses. The bus drivers are presently using the same r outes, but as the road work p rogresses we will make the n ecessary adjustments to them. We are having meetings w ith stakeholders and we have been dialoguing with all organisations in the transportation business for thep ast three weeks, Mr Smith s aid. Police to enforce traffic rules during construction L e t i s h a H e n d e r s o n / B I S THE MINISTRY of Public Works and Transport has announced that a one-way system for Baillou Hill Road and Market Street will be introduced to make Baillou Hill Road one-way northbound and Market Street one-way southbound between Robinson Road and Wulff Road starting Tuesday, March 30.M otor vehicles are pictured on Baillou Hill Road.


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM S TAFF at the Grand Bahama Humane Society ( GBHS) are gearing up for numerous activities in March w ith a spay and neutering clinic already underway and the societys annual major fundraiser coming up in two weeks. F our vets and three licenced veterinary technicians (LVTs field clinic in High Rock. F ree spay or neutering services are being carried out at the Anglican Parish Hall from 7am 7pm,M onday through to Friday, a nd the group hopes to attend to 200 250 animals during this visit. O n the first day of the clinic, 49 animals received attention 40 dogs and nine cats. T he animals undergo the r outine of a pre-exam, anesthesia application, surgery and recovery. There is no age stipulation but animals must weigh at least two pounds t o receive the treatment. I n addition, whilst t heyre recovering, the ani mals ears are cleaned, their nails are clipped and theyre vaccinated, dewormed and treated for other minor injuries if needed. Despite the enormous costs, its vital for us to host such clinics on an ongoing basis because the animal overpopulation in Grand Bahama affects everyone. Benef its The service we provide in the community benefits everyone, regardless of whether you have a pet or not, said GBHS executive director Elizabeth Burrows. Group leader, volunteer veterinarian Robin Brennen, from New York, has participated in the local programme since 2006 and considers it a privilege to assist. We are more than happy to participate. I feel that we have a skill to share and its professionally rewarding to take such skills and use them to help solve a preventable problem. By our actions we hope to pass a love of animals on and teach people about responsible pet ownership. During Tuesdays clinic, Ms Burrows, along with some of the visiting volunteers, travelled to the nearby High Rock Primary School. The group explained the role of the Humane Society gave tips on proper animal care and distributed handouts with animal-friendly messages. After, what is hoped to be, a successful field clinic, attention next turns to the Humane Societys biggest fundraiser, the Weekend that went to the Dogs, slated for March 19 21. Lunc h A Red Hot Mamas Lunch will be held in the lobby of the Regency Theatre for ladies only on Friday, March 19. Beginning at noon, the three-hour event will feature live entertainment, a wine bar and lunch. Saturday, March 20 promises to delight as well with an Animal House Party at the Garden of the Groves. Beginning at 7pm, the garden affair, also priced at $50 per person, will feature a live band from Kentucky, a silent auction, hors doeuvres and a cash bar. The weekend of festivities concludes, on Sunday, March 21 with a Furry Friends Festival and Dog Show at the Humane Societys shelter on Coral Road. A full slate of activities is planned for the family fun day with food, games, rides and various competitions. With a current animal count of 450, the shelter experiences a monthly shortfall of $15,000 to $20,000, Ms Burrows said. Any donations received are much appreciated and are used entirely for medicine, pet food, vet services, cleaning supplies, gasoline, and other items related to the numer ous animals in our care. GB Humane Societys March events off to a good start E LIZABETH B urrows of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama checks on a few pets awaiting collection after successful surgeries at the free spay and neutering clinic being held in High Rock. STUDENTS and teachers of the High Rock Primary School learn the basics of propera nimal care from H umane Society executive director Elizabeth Burrows. Despite the enormous costs, its vital for us to host such clinics on an ongoing basis because the animal overpopu lation in Grand Bahama af fects everyone. The service we pr ovide in the community benefits everyone, r egardless of whether you havea pet or not. Elizabeth Burrows


C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC junction with the Ministry of Education officially opened its mathematics clinic last week for grade nine and 11 students from selected junior and senior high schools. The clinic will continue until May 6, on Tuesdays and Thursd ays between the hours of 4pm and 6pm at BEC headquarters on Baillou Hill and Tucker Roads. BEC is committed to empowering Bahamians, said Kevin Basden, BECs general manager. And in so doing, we see it only fitting to assist with the education of our countrys youth as there have been many negatives said about their educational progress. As we work in union with the Ministry of Education to quell these negatives, we have put together a math tutoring programme that, when executed, will assist with the mathematical needs of our participants and move them forward not only academically, but from a well rounded perspective. Mr Basden also thanked the employees who volunteered to tutor the students. BECs public relations department, headed by Sharnette Curry, assisted the Min istry with organising the clinic. The staff at the Corporation is elated to be a part of this clinic, she said. We have been excited from the inception of planning the clinic and are very dedicated to this cause and willing to assist in whatever way needed to make this a tremendous success. BECs chief financial officer Cecile Greene, while giving opening remarks, expressed to the students present how important mathematics is in everyday life. Ministers Earl Deveaux and Phenton Neymour of the Ministry of Environment also attended the opening and reiterated what Ms Greene had said to the students. Participants include students from A F Adderley, C R Walker, T A Thompson, C H Reeves, S C McPherson, C C Sweeting, R M Bailey, St Johns College, St Augustines College and Government High School. They were carefully selected by the Ministry of Educations mathematics officer with mathematics teachers from the various participating high schools. Theresa McPhee, Ministry of Educations mathematics officer said: I cannot begin to express how grateful we are to BEC for this effort. It is more than commendable when corporate citizens take time out to assist in areas needed especially when it pertains to our youth. We saya big thank you to BEC. BEC holds maths clinic for BJC, BGCSE students A CTING D eputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tommy Turnq uest welcomes A mbassador of S witzerland to the Bahamas Werner Bau m ann during a courtesy call at Foreign Affairs on Monday,M arch 8. (BIS photo/ P atrick Hanna) ACTINGDPMWELCOMES SWISSAMBASSADOR BEC MATH CLINIC BEC and Ministry of Education staff responsible for tutoring at the clinic, the students, and at centre and seated are Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour; BECs general manager Kevin Basden and Environment Minister Earl Deveaux. T C L P h o t o : W e n d e l l C l e a r e


C M Y K C M Y K P AGE 12, THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y ADRIAN GIBSON FORMER Minister of State for Immigration B ranville McCartneys resi gnation is being seen as a political rebellion in certainq uarters of the FNM, as a ttack dogs and a number of disgruntled, diehard FNMs are having fits of hysteria and are already h urling scurrilous and cheap potshots from behind the curtain of anonymity. F rom this week on, Mr M cCartney will be wading through a political mine-f ield. Throughout the Bahamas, Bran McCartney is heralded as a hard worke r, a young man who understands the true purpose of parliamentary repr esentation of his cons tituents. The former mini sters genuine concern for the nations youth was on display last November in a s peech and subsequent question and answer sess ion given during a class I lectured at the College of the Bahamas. A dmittedly, Mr McCartneys resignation f rom Cabinet, while servi ng as a first-term junior Cabinet Minister and par liamentarian has led to comparisons to bumblingf ormer Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who herself resigned before serving a single, full-term. All-in-all,h owever, Bran McCartney i s not the divisive figure a nd calamitous Jane that S arah Palin has turned out t o be. B ran McCartneys resign ation on his personal convictions, shows that he has t he kahunas to stand up for his beliefs whatever they might be and this might, in the long run, catapult him to the top of the leadership t otem pole as Prime Minist er and FNM leader Hubert Ingrahams successor w hilein timepotentiall y also earning the PMs a dmiration. Mr Ingraham has not said anything disparaginga bout Mr McCartney and he appears to be such an astute politician that amidst all the political brouhaha, he is focused enough to direct his attention upon the PLPs election court c hallenge and other issues i nstead of being found to b e in open combat with the very popular Mr McCart-n ey. Dr Dexter Johnson, lawyer and medical doctor, addressed Mr McCartneysr esignation and potential leadership of the FNM stating: In a situation with two e xhausted leaders, the focus must be upon a r eplacement. The recent b y-election and debate s erved to heighten the prof ile of potentially new leade rs. The pretenders in the P LP and FNM are obtaining zero mileage at this t ime. The system of the past is not bringing the best leaders forward. The change in the immigration ministrys polic ies had put Mr McCartney i n parkindefinitely. If he crosses the floor, the Ingrah am administration would f all, he asserted. D r Johnson went on: Mr McCartney would be a welcome addition to at hird party. His arrival would immediately catapulta third party into the polit ical stratosphere and could be a platform to show his uninhibited vision. His arrival would immediately m ake a third party a cont ender as it would have a c redible Parliamentary voice. I t seems highly unlikely that, even after submitting his resignation, Mr McCartney would cross the floor. T he timing of the former junior ministers resignation may be of concern to some, particularly as it fol What now for Branville McCartney? Y OUNG M AN S V IEW A DRIANGIBSON SEE page 13


lows an extremely acrimon ious Elizabeth by-election campaign and has led to overarching concerns about his political plans, especially how his resignation with the FNM in a seemingly precarious state c ould affect his aspirations f or leadership. Frankly, in the wake of a c losely-contested, yet undec lared by-election, the F NM must be uncertain of exactly what the electorate thinks and whether public a pathy is directed towards the party and its govern ance. While Mr McCartneys resignation has reverberated throughout thea rchipelago, his resignation would have been more reso nant had it been submitted immediately after the P rime Minister decided to temporarily grant status to the Haitian migrants h oused at the Detention Centre following the catastrophic earthquake in Port-au-Prince. At that time, the PM's decision tor elease the Haitians even with temporary status w as met with a chorus of dissent and questions aboutits legality as local radio t alk shows were bombard ed by livid callers. Indeed, there is a paralyzing fog of disbelief and outright cyni-c ism being expressed in s ome quarters about the Prime Minister's decision. It has been alleged that MrM cCartney was not consulted and felt that it wasa usurping of his power and authority as Minister ofS tate in-charge of the Department of Immigration. It has also been alleged t hat Mr McCartney had a running feud with substantive minister and DPM Brent Symonette, who some contend may have sought to tie his hands on certain immigration matt ers. Indeed, while questions run rife about whether the Bamboo Town MPs resignation will further cripple the FNM in terms of its support, I believe that he is a chap with the gravitas to stand against the grain. However, diehard FNM supporters, despite their belief that he possesses leadership qualities, may be more concerned about party over selfirrespective of how principled one might be. Although Mr McCartney has exhibited the a ttributes, abilities and i ntellect that are comm endable traits to propel h im to leadership as o pposed to an aptitude to s imply be a sycophant complying with political dictates, today, even the slightest misstep could lead to another man (McCartney who would-be king being permanently ushered out o f the throne room. Are the voting delegates and council members willi ng to view an individuals abilities or, at the end of t he day, will party supersede any principle that a person holds? I t is my belief that when Charles Maynardwho is n ot seen as the brightest spark in the Cabinetwasa ppointed the substantive M inister of Youth, Sports and Culture after a abysmal performance as a juniorm inister, Mr McCartney possibly felt snubbed. Sources assert that the former state ministerb elieved himself to have been overlooked and cast aside. Furthermore, unlike cer t ain members of the current and past Cabinets, Mr McCartney is not overlyd ependent upon a Cabinet j ob, as he has publicly admitted to being indepen dent, financially secure and t o have used his ministerial s alary in the constituency. After the dust settles in Elizabeth, it is said by cert ain FNM insiders that M cCartney could be dis placed. If Elizabeth serves as a catalyst for what 2012 holds, there will then be a strategic plan for counting seats within both of the major parties, with each party distinguishing the seats that are must-haves in its column in the instance that the election is close. These must-have seats must also be contested by diehard candidates. That said, I doubt that Mr McCartney will be puni shed and relocated to contest another constituency. When former Bamboo T own MP Tennyson Wells i nitially broke ranks with t he FNM/PM Ingraham, the constituency associationc ontinued to support him a s an independent. Mr Wells was shown that they stood with him, only to later part ways upon being won over by Mr McCartneys arrival and the real ization that an independentc ould do little for the cons tituency. As it regards Mr McCartneys possible suc-c ession to PM Ingraham as FNM leader, the issue of his ability to galvanize the voters across the politicals pectrum to vote for the p arty must also be taken into account. Moreover, if history serves as precedent,f uture leadership chal lengers within the major parties may also need the blessings of previous lead e rsas seems to be the norm in the Bahamas. Will Mr McCartney earn Mr Ingrahams support, partic u larly as Dr Duane Sands is slated to eventually become the next FNM leader? Before the arrival of Mr Ingraham, the FNM was viewed as the elitist, Republican Party of the B ahamas. Since then, Mr Ingrahams leadership has increased support for the party across the electoral spectrum. As PM Ingraham seeks to close an illustrious political career, it remains obvious that the FNM has yet to find homegrown tal ent to become a true leader-Prime Minister material. Will Bran McCartney be that man? C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Did you or a loved one get married recently? Or is that marriage about to take place? If so, send us a snap of your happy day and well publish it free of charge. Let everyone see how good you looked on that special day. S END YOUR PHOTOS TO TRIBUNE@TRIBUNEMEDIA.NET INCLUDE DETAILS OF THE HAPPY COUPLES NAMES AND WHERE THEY WERE MARRIED. FROM page 12 What now for Branville McCartney? B RANVILLEMCCARTNEY


f ell into default and were r eportedly not repaid. When contacted for comment by The Tribune yesterday, Mr Galanis said of the lawsuit: I was told it had been abated. He told this newspaper to speak to attor-n ey Damien Gomez, who has the details on the case, but Mr Gomez never returned this newspapers telephone calls before press time last night. Mr Galaniss assertion that t he action had been abated appears to be partially accurate. A March 1, 2010, orderby US District Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley, the last docum ent filed with the court in r elation to the lawsuit, sent both Mr Galanis and the plaintiff into mediation, in addition to setting out case management guidelines and discovery procedures. However, the litigation stilla ppears to be live. Mr Galanis is being sued by Cordell Funding LLP, a Miami-based private lender, which is alleging breach of contract in relation to a lending agreement it entered intow ith a Bahamian-domiciled company, North Andros Assets, on December 16, 2005. Cordell Funding alleged t hat it loaned North Andros A ssets some $3.5 million, followed by a subsequent credit advance of $500,000 for a total $4 million. It then claimed that Mr Galanis guaranteed repayment of the loan personally, in the event ofd efault by North Andros Assets. A 12 per cent per annum interest rate was attached to the loan, Cordell Funding alleged, with monthly payments due on the first day ofe ach month after the loan was made. The loan matured, and all interest and principal were to be repaid after a term of 36 months. The Miami-based lender alleged that the credit facilityf ell into default if monthly interest payments were not made within 10 days of the due date, and North Andros Assets had failed to make thep ayments since September 27, 2006. Borrower and guarantor [ Mr Galanis] are in default s ince at least October 10, 2006, Cordell Funding alleged. Guarantor had actual knowledge that interest wasn ot paid. Although guarantor e xpressly waived any right to notice or demand with respect to the default by borrower or o bligation of the defendant [ Mr Galanis] to honour the guarantee, written notice and request for payment was made by the plaintiff. Cordell Funding alleged that the contract agreed that the interest due on the loanw ould rise to 20 per cent in the event of default, while a late fee worth 5 per cent of the payment would be added if any payment was late. A default would leave the guarantor responsible for the latef ee. Galanis has failed and refused to pay $3.5 million on the initial loan and $500,000 on a supplemental loan, together with interest and expenses to the plaintiff inb reach of his obligations as a guarantor of the aforesaid loans, Cordell Funding alleged. It also claimed that Galan is had agreed to be liable for its attorneys fees and costs in the event of a default and l egal action. A ccording to documents s een by The Tribune, Mr G alanis allegedly guaranteed repayment along with three other men, Conrad DeSantis, Joe Simmons and Joel Jenkins. Further research by The Tribune indicates that CordellF unding has also sued Mr DeSantis, a former chairman of Enterprise National Bank in North Palm Beach and attorney with DeSantis, Gaskill, Smith & Shenkman, plus Mr Simmons, in relationt o the same loan and guarantee. It appears that the loan was intended to finance the construction of a nine-strong condominium complex in the Bahamas, but this has neverb een built. In his defence, Mr DeSantis has alleged that Cordell Funding delayed closing the loan, and this combined with extraf ees drained the projects financing. He is alleging that the lender imposed onerous t erms and charged sky-high f ees. 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He revealed that two nights ago, Joseph complained to family that an injection he received from a clinic for his long-term mental problems left himf eeling "strange". He also dispelled reports that his brother who lived alone off Shirley Street was battling financial, work-related and relationship issues. "He spoke with my other siblings no l ater than last night (Tuesday He was telling them he was feeling strange. He went to (a clinic g iven an injection, he said the injection h ad him feeling strange," said Mr Joseph, who stopped short of blaming the medi cine for his brother's death. H e said his brother often had bouts of paranoia, but did not have a history of violence and had been doing well on his m edication. A long-time friend on the scene said Joseph showed no signs of suicide when he saw him last week. He was a person who kept to him self, never got into any trouble, it's kind of surprising something like this would happen. He was a good friend, it's dist urbing to see this happen to him," said t he friend of more than 10 years. Joseph was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, police said. T he owners of the store declined to comment as they left the store yesterday, however, The Tribune was told that e mployees and management are traum atised over the ordeal. This is the second apparent suicide in the country for the year. S gt Skippings advised persons who may be feeling depressed or suicidal to seek help. He also claimed he had been beaten by police. He then c ollapsed in the prisoners dock. S hortly after paramedics arrived at the Bank Lane court to tend to him. Senior Justice Isaacs ordered that a complaint be lodged with police relative to Knowles allegation of police brutality. Former senator says $4m lawsuit had abated PHILIP GALANIS Man accused of rape collapses in court FROM page one Store manager cuts own throat FROM page one


Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Attorney General John Delaney, in his mid-term budget report in the Senate, said: Whatever that grey list was, the Bahamas is no longer on it. The government is determined to ensure the appropriate infrastructural support for the financial services sector of the Bahamas. This tax cooperation network of the Bahamas is designed to improve our nation as ani nternational financial centre by adapting to evolvingi nternational requirements. T he agreements were signed on behalf of theB ahamas by Zhivargo L aing, Minister of State for F inance. This takes the B ahamas total number of TIEAs to 18, which is six m ore than the required n umber, if a nation is to a void economically damag ing sanctions from the international community. Our exchange of information on tax matters hasb een established. Univers ally countries are entering into these arrangements with each other so I think t hat whats important in this regard is that the principle has been set and this is part a nd parcel right now of the cooperation being extended b y countries to each other i n the new global trading environment, said Mr L aing yesterday. The Bahamas was placed on the OECD's "grey list" i n April of last year follow ing the G-20 Summit in L ondon. Along with 38 oth e r jurisdictions, it was d eemed non-cooperative in r elation to (new tional standards for the e xchange of tax information. The Bahamas had signed just one TIEA at that t ime, namely with the United States. The March 10 OECD progress report from the OECD lists the Bahamas as one of 64 jurisdictions which have substantially implemented the internationallya greed tax standard, including nine in theC aribbean. We are very pleased the government complied witht he regulations and signed sufficient treaties. We look forward to concrete plans to b uild, restructure and repo sition the financial sector, s aid opposition Senator Jerome Fitzgerald. We reiterate the point that we were disappointedw e were the last in the region to have complied. From that standpoint we wished the governmentw ould have been more proactive, he said. By the end of February the Bahamas had signed 11 agreements with the United S tates, Argentina, Belgium, F rance, China, Monaco, San Marino, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United K ingdom and Mexico. The B ahamas is expected to sign its nineteenth tax treaty t oday with Spain. The timing of the moves c ome just in advance of the M arch 31 deadline set by t he OECD for countries to b e in compliance. The government initially set itself the deadline to get off the list as December 31, 2009. Not all financial sector a nalysts are satisfied with the governments move. Progressive Liberal Party a ffiliated attorney, Paul Moss said the governments hould use this opportunity t o push the boundaries in a p roactive way. Whilst the government should be congratulated for h aving acted appropriately to have the Bahamas removed off the grey list, it i s a momentary victory as it will not be long before the OECD come knocking again with more demands,"s aid Mr Moss commenting on the report. Only when we become a taxed jurisdiction (incomet ax) would we be left alone. Now is the perfect opportu n ity for us to engage in this dialogue and seek to sign a double taxation agreement with every country in the w orld if necessary, he said. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM find they contained information different f rom that on which they and their immediate supervisor had signed. The evaluated employees and their managers were said to have been totally shocked by the discovery. Any adjustments to evaluations are supposed to be signed off o n by all three individuals who initially conf irmed the contents of the document the staff member being assessed, their immediate supervisor and a senior manager, The Tribune understands. A long-term ZNS staff member with knowledge of the situation yesterday said employees are very, very angry about the alleged meddling and feel that if the person does not step down she should be forced o ut. They need to send a message that people c ant abuse their position, said an irate staff m ember. The staff member added that recently great emphasis has been placed on e nsuring proper procedures are followed at t he corporation and the senior manager would have been well aware of the protocols i n relation to the evaluations. Several employees are understood to have obtained private counsel for advice on possible legal action against the manager. T he Bahamas Communications and Public O fficers Union (BCPOU went to ZNS yesterday to have an emer g ency meeting with human resources mana gers there to discuss the problem. Ultimately, President Bernard Evans said General Manager Edwin Lightbourne agreed that all affected evaluation forms, of which he s aid there are not very many, would be redone. W hile he described the matter as very s erious, Mr Evans said he felt that this was satisfactory and he would await a further report before suggesting what additional action might be taken. He said his impression was that the senior staff member did not wilfully break the rulesw hen she changed the forms without reverti ng to the staff involved, but may have done so out of unfamiliarity with procedures. Whether it stops here or not is something for management, upper management chairman and board to decide, said Mr E vans. A ccording to a ZNS staff member, who w as affected by the changes, the senior mana ger initialled the changes she made on the forms. Staff, who do not know at this time how m any are affected or on how many occasions adjustments have been made to their documents without their knowledge, fear t hey may have been receiving the wrong i ncrements as a result for some time. The senior manager implicated in the scandal has been employed with the BCB for more than two years, The Tribune understands. To date, at least five employees have conf irmed that changes were made to their evaluation forms since they signed off on them without their knowledge. General Manager Edwin Lightbourne yesterday declined to comment on the controversy, stating only that evaluations are an i nternal process which we are dealing with i nternally. The Tribune left a detailed message for the senior managed implicated in the activ-i ty yesterday, but no phone calls were returned up to press time. ZNS staff evaluation forms are allegedly tampered with F ROM page one Bahamas removed from financial services grey list FROM page one J OHNDELANEY


C M Y K C M Y K C ARIBBEAN NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BRASILIA, Brazil (AP Brazil's president came under withering criticism Wednesday at home and in Cuba for his deference to the island's communist government over political prisoners and hunger s trikes for human rights. A Cuban dissident on hunger strike to demand the release of ailing political prisoners accused President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of complicity with "the tyranny of Castro." Brazilian pundits also criticized Silva and a political a lly called the president's words disappointing. In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Silva said that "we have to respect the decisions of the Cuban legal system and the government to arrest people d epending on the laws of Cuba, like I want them to respect Brazil." Silva said hunger strikes should not be used to free people from prison, despite the fact that he himself engaged in a hunger strike as a union leader during his resistance to B razil's military dictatorship. Brazil's media and critics focused most on a statement by Silva that they interpreted as comparing Cuba's dissidents with criminals in Brazil's largest city who run lucrative drug rings from behind bars a nd orchestrated a wave of killings on the streets in 2006. "I don't think a hunger strike can be used as a pretext for human rights to free people. Imagine if all the criminals in Sao Paulo entered into hunger strikes to demand freedom," Silva said in the interv iew. Brazil leader rapped for stance on Cuba dissidents


Religious news, stories and church events THURSDAY March 11, 2010 The Tribunes RELIGION SECTION PG 26


Pardoning this form of betrayal, is a decision the wounded spouse has to make, only when he or she is r eady to let go of the past. This issue is one that most marriages are faced with, leaving the oppr essed par tner with only one question should I stay or should I go ?. To get an answer to that, T ribune Religion spoke to Rever end Everette Brown at New Bethlehem Baptist Chur ch who said that it is necessary to forgive, but rekindling the fir e that went out, and regaining what has been lost is wher e the two must come to an agreeable consensus. As Christians it is necessar y for one to for give, since all of us sin and fall shor t of the glory of God. In the Bible there was a woman who committed an adulterous act and the people br ought her befor e Jesus. Jesus then said to the people he who is without sin cast the first stone. This alone tells us that neither of us ar e per fect so we must find it in our hearts to forgive those who have wr onged us, he explained. However ther e ar e only a few people who can actually The Tribune T hursday, March 11, 2010 PG 27 RELIGION BIBLECOLLEGET H E A S S E M B L I E S O F G O D I N T H E B A H A M A S EquippingfortheHarves t Empowering Believers for Effective Ministry Caribbean School of Theology Bachelors & Masters programs By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer F ORGIVING infidelity might be the hardest thing for a spouse to ever do, especially when the inexplicable feelings of hurt and pain from the unfaithful acts are still fresh to the heart. P I NFIDELITY AIN Overcoming the of SEE page 28


The Tribune PG 28 T hursday, March 11, 2010 RELIGION overlook unfaithfulness. He said there are some who take a while to overcome t he hurdle, and some who never come to terms with the breach in their relationship. Freeing oneself from anguish will not be easy, but time will heal the broken heart. When one has fully forgiven and has let go of the past, Reverend Brown said those horrible stomach turning feelings will begin to diminish slowly. After one has decided to forgive, the next thing they are left to consider is if they desire a commitment once again with their husband or wife. The one thing that the person must consider is if the r elationship is actually worth saving, and if they do reconcile, will the wronged mate truly let go of what was done without constantly reminding their spouse of it, he said. If love is what br ought the two together it is my opinion that they should fight for their r elationship and then star t rebuilding their union by trying to r egain the lost tr ust. So in a case of infidelity ther e is still hope, he told Tribune Religion While there is no justification for stepping out of one s mar riage, Reverend Br own said that in most cases, infidelity occurs because one mate lacks something within the relationship. Knowing what this issue is can sometimes affairproof ones relationship, decr easing the chances of infidelity occurring for the second time. If the partners make a decision to reconcile, then each of them should get to the bottom of the infidelity and figur e o ut what actually went wrong in the relationship. Sometimes people are not getting what they want out of the relationship and they try to seek that thing s omewhere else and from someone else even though that is no excuse for engaging in such a hurtful deed, he said. A fter the couple have gotten to the source of the problem they both can move on and try to find solutions. If one par tner felt as though enough time was not invested into the union for example then they should plan to spend adequate time together he said. They must remember those things that made them fall in love with one another in the beginning and implement those things once again. Doing little things like going for ice cream, or setting a nice candlelit date with each other is what they need. Once each partner feels that they are given the attention they sought in the first place their love and tr ust will gr ow once again for each other , he said. e are human beings, we love attention and we need to feel that we are loved and appreciated by our mate. It is my advice to couples out ther e to make sure that you make your spouse feel loved and appreciated. Say a few kind wor ds to them letting them know that their efforts to make the relationship enjoyable have not gone unnoticed. Something as small as this has the power to make a dif ference, he said. The one thing to r emember is that all is not lost and the broken pieces of a r elationship suf fering from infidelity can be put back together with effort from both from both ends. Overcoming the pain of infidelity FROM page 27 The one thing that the person must consider is if the relationship is actually wor th saving, and if they do reconcile, will the wronged mate truly let go of what was done without constantly reminding their spouse of it. EVERETTE BROWN


PROV.13: 22: A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children: a nd the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. IN THEHebrew this word Good is: towb, tobe; which has several mean-i ngs such as 1) bountiful, 2) prosperity or prosperous, and 3) wealthy. Now, before we go any further please do me this favour; and take off your religious hat so that we can look at the above passage of scripture through the eyes of the Spirit, and not through the eyes of a denominational / religious view. I can assure you that God wont be angry at you; as a matter of fact He would be very proud of you for allowing the Holy Spirit to enlighten you. Take note: that the scripture verse is two fold? Part aA good man l eaveth an inheritance to his childrens children:Part bThe wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. Heres what Part A, doesnt say: It does not say that a religious man, be that a Christian or a Muslim man, neither does it say that a White or a Black man leaveth an inheritance to his childrens children; but rather it states that a good man leaveth an inheritance. Do you agree? Erroneous religious teachings and stinking thinking has caused many who claims to be people of faith to say dumb things like The best inheritance a man can leave for his children, is the word of God As good as the above saying might sound and no matter how well one might be able to exaggerate the scriptures; the religious knuckle heads that make such statements seems to be too stupid to realise that Pr ov.13:22. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's childr en: is the wor d of God. And ther e is absolutely no doubt that the inheritance Pr ov.13:22, is referring to is not the wor d of God. Watch this! In the Hebrew this word inheritance is: nachal, naw-khal'; which has several meanings such as 1) to inherit, 2) to occupy, 3) to bequeath, or to leave somebody something in a will, and 4) to distribute or to divide an estate. Not to say that I told you so before; but take another look at Hosea.4:6. and you will see how and why the religiously Christians ar e so messed up. To the point that well meaning saints have succumb to living beneath their ordained rights as children of 'elyown, el-yone' the Most high God. Listen, one need not be a rocket scientist, a college graduate or a theolo gian to correctly answer this question. If the scriptur e says that A good man leaveth an inheritance to his childrens children then, what kind of man doesn t leave an inheritance? Selah.Could the answer to this question be, A no-good man? As a man, what inheritance ar e you leaving for your childr ens children?Is it your religion or political af filiation? W atch this! Whenever a good man dies, he leaves a will / a bequeath, that outlines his wishes and demands of the distribution of his estate. Wher eas in most cases whenever a no-good man dies, he leaves a bill; as somebody has to pay for his funeral and other debts h e generated during his time. A good mans children and grand children proudly declares of all the lands, houses and money that are left to them. But the declaration of a no-good mans children is as such Daddy or Grand Daddy worked at company AZ, or the Government for over 50 years, and all he left was a wrist watch and plaque he got upon retirementWhat sort of man are you striving to become?A good man, or a no-good man? Heres Part B, of Prov.13:22 -and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. How many times in the settings of an emotionally charged religious conference or church service have you heard this statement The Bible says, that the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous, and Im gonna get mine Religious hype and pulpit rhetoric along with the incomplete / unbal anced pr osperity teaching has con tributed gr eatly to the high level of ignorance as it r elates to the true covenant rights oftodays church.Yes, I admit, even though its difficult to do; I agree that there are some wolves (so-called bishops, doctors, apostles, etc;) in church leadership who ar e giving the cynical (nonbelievers) every reason and opportunity to lambaste the church; but that doesnt nullify the will of God to prosper his people. In reading this article, if what your e seeing within church leadership both internationally and locally is causing you to withdraw from the things of God and to disobey His word please note what the Apostle Peter said. 1Peter .4: 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? Remember! Dont allow where you ar e in life, to determine who you are. For the truth is; you are the righteousness of Father Y ahweh, in Y eshuwa Messiah. May the FOG (Favor of God with you. For questions or comments contact us via or or Ph.1-242-441-2021. Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Intl. The Tribune T hursday, March 11, 2010 PG 29 RELIGION A Good Man PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN


The Tribune PG 30 T hursday, March 11, 2010 RELIGION By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter O N the Logos Hope or he book ship as it is commonly called there is no denominational divide. All 80 of the crew members identify themselves as Christian. The differences in worship style or religious beliefs are irrelevant on a ship where compassion is displayed by reaching out to the needy in international ports. They adopt the attitude of Jesus Christ, his life and mission to the down trodden, and share their beliefs as well. And besides being the lar gest floating bookstor e at sea, boarding tourists and passengers everyday, crew members on boar d the Logos Hope contribute to the wider community in their relief efforts on the gr ound. In developing countries like the Bahamas where the need isnt great, the Logos Hope does not give medical assistance. However, in less developed countries, crews are sent to several communities to distribute help packs, perform dental and medical clinics, and lend a hand on building projects. The book ship, is fully equipped with doctors for medical assistance and dental car e, which is one of the greatest unmet physical needs in the developing world. The medical and dental facility on Logos Hope provides quality and comprehensive health care services to the cr ew and they in turn give their services to underprivileged sick people. This medical assistance, including medication if needed, is provided free of char ge. The people we tr eat do not come on board, we go to their village, said Gerar d van de Pol, a crew member. e ar e mor e into the r elief and aid pr ojects. In poor countries wher e some students that dont have books and clothes attend school, we provide those things, he told T ribune Religion Mr van de Pol spoke of the book ships benevolent efforts in countries like the Philippines, where they discover ed ten university students sharing one book, and thr ough their r esour ces, provided the students with mor e material. The team tells the story of a little girl named Arianne who could not speak but managed to communicate through her friends that she liked the penguin d ance and the music during one of the team s interactive sessions at Saint Benedicts Day Nursery and Infant Hospital. Many leave impacted greatly as they will have a much better quality of life after being seen. Teams like this one from Logos Hope bring hope thr ough practical help, in addition to par tnering on projects with Habitat for Humanity and YWAM (Youth With A Mission). The first team worked for three days on a two-room house designated for a single mother in the Sophia area of Georgetown. In this short time, they were able to build most of the walls on top of the pr eviously constr ucted foundation using bricks and mor tar they mixed on a nearby road. On top of medical car e, the crew lends their expertise in ministerial training, assisting churches with manpower and resources to impact the communities. A nd the same information they disseminate to other countries will be offered onboard the ship at various times during their two week stay in The Bahamas. Sessions are offered at low prices (and some at no cost sons. Theres something for every section of the chur ch. Sunday school teachers will be taught how to teach children stories from the Bible, pastors will converge with some of the men onboard the ship to hear about paradigm shifts in Biblical ministry. A special evening is even planned for female crew to converge with female passengers. The Logos Hope is a vessel that is always on the go. Like militar y families, the families on board are always adjusting to new envir onments. All of them sacrificed the routine of life, uprooting themselves-and in some cases-lovedo nes, to be part of the crew. Swarms of people will assemble on the fourth level of the Logos Hope,w hen it boards its passengers in Nassau ports on March 26. There, they can peruse a cross-section of learning mate-r ials, including Christian music CDs, a nd a selection of about 7,500 titles covering a plethora of topics, including science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, e conomics, medicine, dictionaries, languages, philosophy, and faith. e want to bring good education i nto the world, and good literature for countries who dont have literature to produce, said Mr Van de Pol. To date, around 40 million visitors have been eager to see what the Logos Hope has to offer, since the ship began sailing in 1970. That figure is equal to roughly one in every 200 of the worlds total population. From the captain to the newest staff member, each member of the crew are non-salaried volunteers-including many serving in their professional capacity, such as seafarers, engineers, electricians, nurses, teachers and even cooks who prepare full course meals in the International cafe. Thr ee-hundr ed-fifty persons live on board the ship, representing 48 different nationalities, including Papa New Guinea, China, Japan, South Africa, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Korea. Ship of Hope Logos Hope spreads the word of Christ from port to port


THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS MEDITATION DURING this past week of celebrating International Womens Day, we have been considering the theme: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Pr ogress for All. Let us consider how the concept of equality can be appr oached fr om a Christian perspective. If we begin with the position that equal rights are based on an understanding of God-given human rights, then we can conclude: 1. Human life and the capacity to love and be loved is a gift to us from God. 2. Being made in God s image means that we were created equal in worth and value. 3. W e are all Gods children who are all sinners in need of salvation. 4. W e are able to be saved by Christs sacrifice on the cross. 5. W e are all gifted for loving service. 6. We are all chosen for eternal life in heaven. 7. God has some good plans for our lives let us not disqualify ourselves. While our basic human rights include the right to food, water shelter safety pr otection, freedom from abuse, opportunities to work and worship, our basic spiritual rights include: 1. The right to desire and experience unity and harmony. 2. The right to enjoy inner peace and intimate communion with God. 3. The right to be blessed by relationships which are life-giving. 4. The right to obtain the greatest freedom and support to blossom and bear fruit. 5. The right to bless generations yet unborn. 6. The right to be the best person that we can be to the honour and glory of God While discussing the subject of equal rights, there are also some equal wrongs suffered by too many of Gods people around the world. There is always someone somewher e wanting more than his or her fair share. The conquest mentality is a documented historical fact and the various atr ocities endur ed by countless women, childr en and men speak of the pr esence of human violence as another very evident reality in human relationships. The hunger for power the desir e to contr ol, manipulate and dominate is all too r eal. Human sin manifests itself as selfishness, self-centredness, willfulness, and disr egar d for Gods will and the insistence upon our own. When God controls our capacity to contr ol others we have godly leadership. The qualities of deter mination, endurance, for titude and courage are used to build up and not to push around. We are mentors and models for our childr en and other young persons, so let us work together to right the wr ongs in the right way There are enough of Gods blessings to go around. There is enough room in God s world for all of God s childr en to enjoy these basic social and spiritual humanrights. With God, there is always enough of what we need for ever yone to enjoy Let us pray for one another and work together for the good of us all. The Tribune T hursday, March 11, 2010 PG 31 RELIGION Enough to go around REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS T HE MODERNHistory of Religion in the Bahamas has featured many divisions with new churches created by members moving away from an established church. About the year 1940 some members of the Central Gospel Hall (now known as Central Gospel Chapel) located on Christie and Dowdeswell Str eets led by Benjamin Hall, Earle Sandilands (the adopted son of Bro Hall Dupuch, Evangelist W illie Farrington, Chester Bethel, Evangelist and Mrs Murdo McKenzie and Pastor Al Nottage formed a pioneer ministry. Brother Hall donated property and eventually a 20ft by 30 ft building was erected and became known as East Shirley Str eet Gospel Hall. During the mid-40s and into the decade of the 50s, the East Shirley Street Gospel Hall came alive with exciting childr en's meeting and week ly youth programs. A flurry of young men consider ed important among Brethren circles in the Bahamas, were all involved at that time. In 1951 Geor ge Lunn, Er rol Rolle, Baltron Bethel and Earl Sandilands met to determine a new name for this thriving group. They came up with the name Grace Gospel Chapel, which was accepted by all. Fresh impetus was given to the development of Grace when Rex Major, a recent convert joined the group. Through his testimony and the dedicated assistance of George Lunn, several persons were converted and came into the fellowship of the church. These included Herbert and Marjorie T r eco and Doddridge Hunt. Other persons such as Charles W allace, Lester and Joyce Maycock and Mar guerite Theophilus sister of CharlesW allace joined the chur ch. In May 1968, Elders and Deacons wer e of ficially ordained. Evangelist Ed Allen car ried out the special service. Elders installed were: Charles W allace, Er rol Rolle, George Lunn, Herbert Treco and L eslie Peters. Deacons were: Lester Maycock, Nigel Wells, Thomas Mingo and Joseph Darceuil. This was a great blessing to the church; and their combined leadership provided strength and guidance for many years, especially during the transition from a one-room hall to a multi-purpose facility complex. The congregation of about forty five members undertook a building project at Palmetto Village the move took place in October 1969. Evangelist/Teacher Rex Major led the Grace Gospel Chapel and laid the groundwork for future success and the introduction of a professional leader. In the long history of Brethren in the Bahamas, this would be the first installation of a full-time paid pastor Ed Allen was accepted as the best candidate and was installed in 1972. Under Pastor Ed's leadership the chur ch continued to gr ow by leaps and bounds. His tenur e with the church ended in 1977 and he star ted the Abundant Life Bible Chur ch in 1979. Rex Major was installed the sec ond senior pastor of Grace. The church stood behind the Majors by commitment in prayer encourage ment and financial aid. A definite a ttempt was made to give strong support to promising young men who sensed a call to ministry. Leroy and Lillith Knowles, Marcel and Leila Lightbourne, Gil and Joey Maycock, Lyall and Janell Bethel, Phillip and Schell Stubbs, Vaughn and Norma Treco and Leroy (Tinkel) and Melody Hanna as they sought to develop their ministerial skills and use them for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. A milestone in worship experience at Grace came into place with the introduction of drums and eventually a brass section to aid in congressional and special music. Contemporary music forms joined hands with traditional music, producing a very pleasing blend. Most of this was facilitated because Ler oy (T inkle) and Melody Hanna and Michael (Sar ge) Hanna were won over to become Christian disciples and joined the chur ch during the 1980's. L yall Bethel became Senior Pastor a position he still holds.W ith a Motto like, "Gr owing a healthy chur ch to impact our world", the church continues to strive to accomplish that goal for the glory of God. Grace Gospel Chapel JIM LAWLOR


The Tribune PG32 T hursday, March 11, 2010 RELIGION By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter P OPULAR minister Bishop Neil Ellis of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church has two reasons to celebratehe was recently nominated for the prestigious Dove Awards and he is receiving rave reviews for his newly released book Pursuing The Glory. The double announcement comes after a dark period in his life when Bishop Ellis suffered vocal cord damage due to acid reflux and had to have a series of corrective surgeries to save his voice. That struggle served as inspiration for his book and for the song Don t Do It W ithout Me, which was recorded live in 2007 and has r eceived a Dove Award nomination in the categor y of T raditional Gospel Recor ded Song of the Y ear. He explained that two weeks after the initial surgery, he became frustrated because he was unable to use his voice, the very medium needed as a preacher to communicate his ser mons. er y soon, however, I resolved in my mind that while I didnt really understand what God was doing in my life, I had to submit to the process and in doing so, I said to God, Lor d whatever your e doing in this season, please dont do it without me. While I was recuperating from surgery, God spoke to me and told me thatHe had pulled me aside to give me my latest assignment; that of leading the way in r estoring His glor y into the chur ch, said Bishop Ellis. As a r esult of that encounter with God, he was inspired to write 42 messages, 14 of which wer e written exclu sively on the glory. Those messages became Pursuing The Glory which has received tremendous local reviews and is set to have its international r elease on Mar ch 18 at T yler Per ry Studios in Atlanta. yler Per ry has once again extended his generosity to this son of the soil, said Bishop Ellis. Shor tly ther eafter Pursuing The Glor y will be available in 4,000 bookstor es thr oughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Singapor e, Australia, Hong Kong, U.K., Mexico, Trinidad and many other countries. Because of the tremendous doors that have been open, we do not take this exposure lightly or boost in ourselves, said Bishop Ellis. W e simply see this as yet another oppor tunity to fulfill the assignment that God gave us thr ee years ago. The opportunity to fulfill our mandate ultimately benefits this countr y that I love called the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. This mandate will continue to be filled as Mount Tabor takes the spotlight during the Dove A war ds on April 21 as the first gr oup of Bahamian songwriters to be nominated in the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Other nominees in this categor y ar e well-known and legendary artists; and to have Mount T abor named among that list is a significant feat in itself, said a state ment fr om the chur ch. e are grateful to Almighty God that he would use this simple r ecording to focus the eyes of the American Gospel Music industr y on the Bahamas, said Bishop Ellis. t Do It W ithout Me features the vocals of Mount T abor s presiding Bishop, Paul S. Mor ton and was r ecor ded on the Marlin Award winning debut CD, ave of Glory, released by Kingdom Glor y Recor ds. Other songs nominated in the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year category include: Always Remember by Men of Standar d & Andrae Crouch; How I Got Over; by V ickie Winans; Justified by Smokie Nor ful, and Oh Happy Day by Queen Latifah & Edwin Hawkins. The Dove Awards are the Grammys of the Christian music industr y honoring the best in Christian and Gospel music since 1969. A number of key players from the city of Atlantas religious, entertainment and spor ting ar ena ar e expected to be in attendance. Geor gia State r epr esentative Stanley Washington, Xernona Clayton, President and founder of the Trumpet awards, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Pastor Paula White, for mer W orld Heavyweight Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield, Cassi Davis also known as Ella Payne fr om Tyler Perrys House of Payne on TBS, T er ri V aughn best known as Lavita on the Steve Har vey Show, Katherine Smith, Bahamas Consul General in Atlanta will be r epr esenting the Gover nment and the Pr esident of the Bahamas Christian Council, Reverend Patrick Paul will be r epr esenting the Bahamian r eligious community The Islands of the Bahamas will be prominently featured during the occasion as the Ministry of Tourism has decided to pr ovide special souvenir gifts and pr omo tional items for the distinguished invitees. RELIGIOUS NOTES ] ACM PREPARES FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE The 38th annual Anglican C hurch Men (ACM ence will be held in North A ndros from March 17-21. All A nglican men are asked to register at their parish or contact a ny ACM council member for more information. Ken Obrien is the conference chairman he can be reach at for more information. CURSILLO MOVEMENT The Cursillo movement will hold Lenten Reflections on Friday, March 26 at St Bar nabas Anglican Church at 7 pm. DAUGHTERS OF LIGHT OUTREACH EVENT The Daughters of Light Ministr y will hold its first out reach event for the year on Satur day March 13 on Windsor Park, East Str eet and Wulff Road from 10 am 5pm. There will be special enter tainment for the children in attendance. The gr oup also invites per sons to join them in their weekly fast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by skipping at least one meal per day during this time. Members of the public ar e also invited to tune into the ministrys radio broadcast We Car e the last Friday of each month on 101.9FM at 9:45am10:00am. Is your chur ch having a special event? Let us know when and where. Email to features@tri Glory INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays Pursuing the

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