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THE CONTROVERSIAL
and provocative radio talkshow
host Ortland H Bodie Jr was
arrested by police at the More
94 FM station yesterday after
telling a caller he knew how to
purchase an illegal firearm.

According to sources within
the police force, Mr Bodie was
held at the Central Detective
Unit while officers conducted a
search of his home for
weapons before he was
released last night.

When initially contacted for
comment, Assistant Superin-
tendent Hulan Hanna said he
could only confirm that Mr
Bodie was in fact in police cus-
tody and that the police would
make a more detailed state-
ment to the media at an
“appropriate time.”

He declined to give the rea-
son for Mr Bodie’s arrest and
would only add that he had
been picked up from the radio
station following his show yes-
terday.

However, The Tribune
understands that during the
programme, Mr Bodie told his
listening audience that if some-
one could come up with $500,
he could tell them where to
buy a gun.

This comment came shortly
after Mr Bodie was discussing

arrest

the prevalence of AK-47
assault rifles in Bahamian soci-
ety. This highly dangerous
weapon is prized amongst
guerilla fighters who depend
on the weapon’s high rapid
rate of fire along with its light
weight body and trademark
durability. Throughout the
world, the AK-47 is by far the
most widely smuggled firearm
that is sold to rebels and crim-
inals alike on the black mar-
ket.

During the show, Mr Bodie
also claimed that he knows
“exactly” what happened to
the firearm which went missing
from a Defence Force vessel
just before Christmas. Mr Bod-
ie said he had asked the Com-
missioner of Police Ellison
Greenslade to contact him or
come on the show to discuss
the matter, but claimed Mr
Greenslade ignored the offer.

The police reportedly took
Mr Bodie’s claim of knowing
where to get a weapon very
seriously. The talkshow host
was said to be “very remorse-
ful” at CDU headquarters yes-
terday. One source in the
department claimed Mr Bodie
had come to recognise that
what he had done was wrong.

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PRIME MINISTER Hubert
Ingraham speaks in the
House of Assembly yes-
terday.



By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net





























THE Bahamas is
“weathering the eco-
nomic and financial
storm as well if not bet-
ter than might have been
expected several months
ago,” the Prime Minis-
ter stated yesterday.

“A glimpse of clearer
skies is gradually emerg-
ing on the horizon,” said
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham.

He presented this
assessment in Parlia-
ment as he delivered his
mid-year budget state-
ment, providing an
insight into the progress
made by the Govern-
ment in the first six
months of the budget
cycle in achieving the
goals and objectives and
meeting the financial
targets and projections
it set out in the Budget
of June, 2009.

The Prime Minister

SEE page 11

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010



Govt ‘will not be borrowing





anymore’ in mid-year budget

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday stressed
that the Government will not
be seeking to borrow anymore
money during the mid-year
budget, but simply to re-allo-
cate funds already approved by
Parliament within various min-

COB hits back at Sir Sidney
Poitier film festival criticism

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Report
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

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

SEE page 12

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istries and departments in
response to shifting priorities.

He made this comment yes-
terday in his mid-year budget
statement to Parliament, which
is intended to apprise the pub-
lic on the performance of the
economy in the first six months
of the budget year and the
extent to which government

SEE page 12

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Pinder ‘renounce

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hefore nomination’

By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

RYAN PINDER, the PLP
candidate for the Elizabeth by-
election, renounced his Ameri-
can citizenship before he was
nominated to run on January 29.

According to a letter received
by The Tribune, Mr Pinder
renounced his American citi-
zenship on January 20, 2010 —

SEE page 13





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? just over 700 pounds of mari-
i juana in the Exumas last
: November.

i Andre Perez Kikivarakis, of
i Mayfield Park, Grand Bahama
i on Tuesday pleaded guilty to
? charges of conspiring to import
i marijuana, conspiring to pos-
i sess marijuana, importation of
i marijuana and possession of
? 20 bales of marijuana with
i intent to supply. He also
i pleaded guilty to charges of
i deceiving two police officers.
? He had initially been arraigned
i on the charges last November.
i The drugs, which were report-
i ed to weigh 711 pounds and
? have a street value of $638,000,
? were seized on Little Cistern
i Cay on November 9, 2009.
? Kikivarakis. who was arraigned
? on the charges last November,
i had pleaded not guilty.

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Crime crackdown pledge

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE Commissioner of
Police and Urban Renewal
leaders yesterday pledged to
fight crime and improve com-
munities through combined
efforts.

Newly appointed Royal
Bahamas Police Force Com-
missioner Ellison Greenslade
told Urban Renewal New Prov-
idence coordinator Ella Lewis
and managers of the island’s
nine centres that they have the
support of all 3,000 RBPF offi-
cers and nearly 1,000 reserve
officers. He made this pledge
while on a courtesy call to the
Urban Renewal headquarters
on Collins Avenue.

Ms Lewis expressed her
desire to build on the existing
relationship with police to
ensure the protection of her
staff and volunteers, 95 per cent
of whom are women, as well as
strengthen the fight against
crime by sharing information
on criminal matters.

“We have information we
can share with them and they
have information they can
share with us,” Ms Lewis said.

“We have our ears on the
ground, and we want to work in
partnership to make our com-
munities safer.”

Urban Renewal centres
operate under the Department
of Labour and Social Develop-
ment and host a number of pro-
grammes for children, youth,

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Caroline Turnquest, Director General, Bahamas Red Cross;

Leah Davis, Senior Manager of Marketing & PR, Scotiabank;

Damario Barton, Nat'l Training Officer Bahamas Red Cross.

Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. in partnership with 100 Jamz, Cool 96,
Y98.7 and Joy FM presented The Bahamas Red Cross with
$96,589.21, the proceeds of the Haiti Relief Fund, established in the
wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12,
2010. Scotiabank declared Friday, January 15, 2010 as Help for Haiti
Day, inviting the public to make donations to the Haiti Relief efforts.

This donation also included the proceeds of the Coins for Haiti Drive
held in New Providence on January 19, 2010 with 12 hour remote
broadcasts on Jamz, Cool, Y, and Joy. Through the overwhelming
support of the Bahamian public, Coins for Haiti raised $61,200

within the one day.

Red Cross Director General, Caroline Turnquest, thanked the

partners for organizing these initiatives, ”

| want to ensure the public

that the funds will be sent to Haiti in short order. Our international
team is doing a tremendous job in assisting the victims of Haiti by
providing food, tents, water and other much needed essentials. In

any disaster, the Red Cross is there.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and the
Haitian-Bahamian community during this extremely difficult period,”
said Barry Malcolm, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas. “We
are pleased to support the Red Cross in their efforts to provide this
much needed assistance to our Haitian brothers and sisters.”

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Commissioner of Police and Urban Renewal leaders
vow to improve communities through joint effort




COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Ellison Greenslade paid a courtesy call on

Urban Renewal New Providence coordinator Ella Lewis yesterday and
pledged the support of the entire police force in community policing.

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

Engage

Ms Lewis hopes to see more
police officers engage with res-
idents and familiarise them-
selves with communities to help
root out crime, and Mr
Greenslade pledged the full
support of the force.

“Every single police officer,
every single reserve officer is a
neighbourhood policing offi-
cer,” Mr Greenslade said.

“What else could they be? I
can’t have an officer show up

with a friendly smile and be
polite, and five minutes later a
different kind of police officer
show up. “That is only confus-
ing people. We will all serve
with care, respect and trust,”
he said. Department of Labour
and Social Services deputy per-
manent secretary Rudolph
Pratt also declared support for
partnership.

“Based on the things we see
happening in our country, it’s
almost like we are a ship in a
storm and we have to have all
hands on deck,” Mr Pratt said.

Urban Renewal centres are
also in need of volunteers and
anyone interested in volun-
teering at any time is urged to



@ PHONE NUMBERS

Telephone numbers for
Urban Renewal Centres:

W@ Farm Road: 323-5314

W@ Bain and Grants Town,
Baillou Hill Road and
Cameron Street: 323-
0234/6/9

@ Englerston, Moore
Avenue off Miami Street:
325-0585/6

@ Kemp Road, St James
Road off Shirley Street: 394-
7966

Fort Charlotte, Mus-
grove Street and Dunmore
Avenue: 328-1946/7

@ Nassau Village, Stack
Avenue and Williams Street:
394-2642/3/5

M St Cecilia, Oxford
Avenue: 328-2640/1

@ Pinewood Gardens,
Charles Saunders Highway:
392-3362

@ Fox Hill, Springfield
Street: 364-8319

contact their local centre or
contact Ms Lewis at the head
office on Collins Avenue at
328-1728/9.

Emergency operation ‘should reduce dump smoke significantly’

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

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

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

Equipment

The heavy equipment will be
used to spread the waste and
expose smouldering areas with-
in the dump that firefighters
have found hard to reach.

Once this is achieved, the
burning garbage will be doused
with water and covered with
fill. The dump is currently pro-
ducing large amounts of toxic

fumes, which have left residents
of the nearby Jubilee Gardens
subdivision in particular con-
cern for their health and homes.

A fire broke out at the site
on February 12. Despite the ini-
tial best efforts of firefighters,
the fire spread, creating one
large fire and several smaller
blazes, both on the surface and
within the large mounds of
waste.

Dr Deveaux told the media
on Tuesday that he hopes going
forward that more financial
resources can be made avail-
able to the Department of
Environmental Health Services
so it can implement a plan to
manage the landfill in a more
competent and sustainable
manner that will reduce the
likelihood of future hazardous
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LOCAL NEWS



© Police report TAX INFORMATION EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS

Govt acting aggressively
to remove Bahamas from
tax-haven ‘grey list’ - PM

Nineteen tax deals will be signed by deadline, says Ingraham

Two of the
country's ‘most
wanted men’
apprehended



JEFFREY WILSON

TWO of the country’s
most wanted men were
apprehended yesterday in
the wake of public appeals
by the police.

Armed robbery suspect
Jeffrey Wilson, 53, of Rock
Crusher Road, New Provi-
dence, was found at the
Orchid Garden Hotel in
Village Road at around
10.30am and was arrested
for questioning in connec-
tion with several armed
robberies.

Commissioner of Police
Ellison Greenslade said
Wilson was in possession
of a large amount of cash
at the time.

Police then apprehended
David Cooper-Cunning-
ham, known as Crocket, of
Bruce Avenue, also want-
ed for questioning in con-
nection with several armed
robberies. Cunningham
turned himself in at the
Central Detective Unit in
Thompson Boulevard just
before 10am.

Both men are being held
at the Central Detective
Unit (CDU).

Gratitude

Mr Greenslade
expressed his gratitude to
the media for assisting
police efforts and the pub-
lic for coming forward with
information.

“Members of the press, it
works,” the Commissioner
said. “Bahamians want to
help us arrest people who
have broken the laws in
this country.”

Police are also celebrat-
ing the apprehension of
two men arrested in con-
nection with the recovery
of illegal firearms on Tues-
day.

Mobile division officers
who searched a home in
Hall’s Close, off Gladstone
Road, with a warrant at
around 3pm found a hand-
gun and ammunition,
according to Royal
Bahamas Police Force
press officer Sergeant
Chrislyn Skippings. A 36-
year-old man was arrested
in connection with the find.

Just 45 minutes later,
Drug Enforcement Unit
officers on patrol in But-
tercup Lane, South Beach,
found a handgun hidden or
discarded in some bushes.

Sgt Skippings said the
DEU officers had followed
aman acting suspiciously
before searching the area,
recovering the firearm and
arresting the man.

The Tribune wants to
hear from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

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







By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT will have
signed not just the 12 Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreements
(TIEA) required for removal
from the tax-haven “grey list”
by the March 31 deadline —
but a total of 19 such agree-
ments, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said yesterday.

ATIEA signing with Mexico
this past weekend provided the
Bahamas with a current tally
of 11 such agreements — one
short of the number demanded
by the Organisation for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Devel-
opment (OECD) and the G-20
(Group of Finance Ministers
and Central Bank Governors
from 20 economies).

Sanctions

Twelve signed TIEAs are
required if this nation is to
avoid economically damaging
sanctions from the internation-
al community.

Addressing parliament as he
made his mid-year budget state-
ment yesterday, Mr Ingraham
said the Bahamas has “moved
aggressively to meet the
requirements” demanded by
the OECD and G-20 on tax
information exchange.

“At present there are 11
signed agreements, and, by the
end of March, we will have exe-
cuted 19 agreements to ensure



our exit from the grey list,” he
said. It is not clear at this stage
which countries those remain-
ing agreements will be with, or
the basis upon which the gov-
ernment has determined to sign
seven more TIEAs than the
number presently demanded by
the OECD and G-20.

To date the Bahamas has
signed agreements with the
United States, Argentina, Bel-
gium, France, China, Monaco,
San Marino, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, the United King-
dom and Mexico.

The Bahamas was placed on
the OECD’s “grey list” in April
of last year following the G-20
Summit in London. Along with
38 other jurisdictions, it was
deemed “non-cooperative in
relation to (new) international

Christie tears into

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‘Lamentable and inadequate’, says PLP Leader

PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday described the prime min-

ister’s mid-year Budget statement as a “lamentable and inade-
quate tale of woes with too much self-promotion.”

“The prime minister’s budget statement is noted for what it
did not say ... Beating the chest to say ‘what a good government am
I’, does not change the fact of the human suffering that this gov-
ernment has inflicted on the country,” said Mr Christie, speaking
after parliament adjourned following the morning session where Mr

Ingraham presented his report.

Suffering

Mr Christie, flanked by his fellow PLPs, said the party does

not believe the budget statement “adequately addresses the issue

of human suffering in the country, nor does it appreciate the lev-
el of unemployment in the country or say what the government
intends to do to deal with an economy that continues to contract

or crime which continues to rise.”

“The prime minister is expert at describing the problem but no
solutions arise. We believe that there is still a need to commit
government resources to providing considerable support for the
thousands who are unemployed and under employed and who
stand to lose their homes. The social safety net was also not
addressed in this statement. It is a glaring gap in the statement,”

said the former prime minister.

At present

there are

11 signed
agreements, and,
by the end of
March, we will
have executed 19
agreements to
ensure our exit
from the grey
list.”

Hubert
Ingraham

standards for the exchange of
tax information.”

At that time the Bahamas
had signed just one TIEA —
with the US.

In giving his mid-year bud-
get statement, Mr Ingraham
noted the government’s action
in negotiating and signing
TIEAs as part of its progress
in “enhancing the competitive-
ness of financial services” in the
Bahamas.

Also relevant in this regard,
said Mr Ingraham, is the gov-
ernment’s intention to amend
the Investment Funds Act to
“remove restrictions that
impact negatively on Bahamian
investment managers and advis-
ers and the competitiveness of
the Bahamas as a financial cen-
tre.”




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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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WE AGREE with Opposition leader Per-
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tion campaign reform — in fact it is long
overdue. These reforms should be in place
before another election is held in the
Bahamas.

Mr Christie said this reform had to come
from the two major political parties to assure
third-party and independent candidates an
even playing field. These reforms are needed,
not just for third parties and independents,
but for all parties, regardless of size or polit-
ical strength.

The late Basil Kelly, former MP for three
islands that formed the Crooked Island con-
stituency — Crooked Island, Acklins and
Long Cay — was of the same opinion when
dirty tricks defeated him at the polls in the
1987 general election, and two years later
snatched the by-election from him by intim-
idation and bully tactics.

This is the way Mr Kelly put it at the end
of the 1987 campaign: “There is no more we
could have done and stayed within the law.
The rules must be changed and enforced in
order to have free, fair elections under this
PLP government.”

Firstly, the electoral register must be cor-
rected and verified in ample time for publi-
cation so that voters will have time to make
certain they are registered in the proper
polling divisions. There must be an earlier cut
off date for the registration of voters so that
the Boundaries Commission can better deter-
mine the number of voters in each con-
stituency, which in turn will determine
whether boundaries will have to be changed
to allow for the growth or decline in popula-
tion in each constituency. The excuse used for
the lateness of the boundaries commission
report in the 2007 election was the lateness of
Bahamians to register, thus depriving the
commissioners of the numbers they needed
to draw the boundaries. Bahamians are not-
ed for leaving everything to the last minute,
but given a definite deadline, they usually
make it to the door on time.

The Boundaries Commission, now com-
posed of politicians, should be independent.
It is only in this way that an objective decision
will be made for the drawing of the bound-
aries without a commissioner running his
pencil down a certain side road to include
supporters of his own party. Boundaries
should be drawn on the number of residents
in each district, not on their political persua-
sion.

Now to flash back to the Crooked Island
constituency, 1987. In the 24 settlements of
that sparsely populated constituency of three
islands, there were 550 registered voters. Of
the 550, 503 voted. Some of the registered
voters had died, some were civil servants,
some had left the district, and others did not
vote. There was one protest vote. The PLP
divided that handful of people into 13 polling
divisions, the better to control and intimi-

date them. In one division 13 votes were cast.
The largest division had 79 voters.

This is what happened to 13 voters from
Binnacle Hill, who were solid supporters of
Mr Kelly, and who were registered at the
Salina Point polling division. Two weeks
before the election the PLP decided to trans-
fer those voters to the Pompey Bay poll. The
Commissioner arrived to amend their cards
from polling division 12 to 11. However, on
the morning of election day the head PLP
general, who was very concerned about the
way the 13 would vote, arrived at the polling
division to announce that the 13 were not
on the voters’ register. He ordered them to
go home. It was true. They were no longer on
the list. The day before the election a new
voters’ list was sent to the island with instruc-
tions that it was now the official list. The 13
voters’ names were no longer on the list.
Through no fault of their own they had been
disfranchised.

There must also be more careful scrutiny
of assisted voters. Mr Kelly reported that in
the 1987 election a reverend gentleman asked
that a friend assist him at voting. He claimed
blindness. Two weeks before the election,
Mr Kelly attended the reverend’s church and
watched him read the fine print in the Bible.
Another was the case of a young girl
employed as a janitress. She walked into the
poll with a PLP supporter, also claiming
blindness. Her vote had to be verified if she
wanted to save her job.

And then there have been the isolated
cases at other elections. Those who were
obviously imbeciles, who didn’t know who
they were, where they were, or why they
were there. Should helpers also be allowed to
drag them in and pass them off as legitimate
voters? However, reform has to go even
further back to the attitude of the electorate.
Too many think that their “representer” is
there for the Christmas ham and turkey, the
odd jobs and a few handouts — in other
words “what you gonna do for me?” For too
many years Bahamians have been encour-
aged to be totally dependent on politicians,
thereby depriving them of their own inde-
pendence and initiative. None of us has to go
too far back to recall the words of Sir Lynden
Pindling — “don’t worry, be happy.” In oth-
er words leave your future all to him.

In its 1992 Manifesto the FNM said it
placed great emphasis on the elevation of
“our people’s spirit in a participatory democ-
racy in which social and economic justice is
the entitlement of every citizen and the
dependency syndrome is a thing of the past.”

Bahamians have to learn that they have to
expect more than a ham and a turkey from
their MP. They want a society created in
which they can work to purchase their own
ham and turkey, send their children to school
and spread their entrepreneurial wings as
wide as nature will allow them — without a
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LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me space to
express a very serious observa-
tion that only sheds light on the
priorities of those who govern
our country.

As the by-election saga in
Elizabeth constituency rages on
and a probable future court
action looms, every radio talk
show and media house enthu-
siastically continue their cover-
age on every aspect of the by-
election in Elizabeth Estates.
As the torch burns and the
crabs walk, the Nassau city
dump burns releasing fumes
that contain very dangerous
chemicals, surrounding neigh-
bourhoods. The fire at the
dump is symbolic of the many
“fires” that burn unattended in
the Bahamas.

Subdivisions such as Jubilee
Gardens and many other areas
continue to inhale extremely
poisonous chemicals like diox-
ins and mercury receive their
daily dose of smoke filled poi-
son, the inside of many homes
smell as if a garbage can was
lit inside their living rooms. In
Bahamian history, I have stud-
ied two instances when the
Bahamas as a nation stood up
to foreigners trying to dispose
of, or offload their garbage
either in our waters or in our
lands. In August of 1970 the
US Army had planned to dump
3000 tons of highly lethal nerve
gas deep in the Atlantic off the
Coast of Florida. The dumping
was to start on August 10th,
1970 164 miles northeast off the
Bahamian islands but was met
with serious protest from the
people of the Bahamas. The
other major garbage protest
took place in 1986 when the
Khian Sea, an ocean-going
barge containing seven tons of
ash from incinerated household
garbage, sailed from Philadel-
phia to dispose of the ash in an
overseas landfill in the
Bahamas. Sixteen years later,
the Khian Sea has returned to
Philadelphia-with its original
load of ash. Over the last 16
years the Khian Sea has sailed
around the world, trying to find
a country — any country —
that would accept the ash for
disposal. The Khian Sea origi-

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nally had a contract with the
Bahamas to accept the ash, but
en route the Bahamian gov-
ernment under pressure and
protest from the people of the
Bahamas changed its mind and
reneged. It’s now time for the
people of the Bahamas to
protest the continued poison-
ing of many of our citizens in
Nassau by allowing the improp-
er methods used in the daily
disposal of our garbage. In a
developed city a dump site
should not be in the middle of
residential and commercial
properties. What is the plan to
deal with this situation? Yet,
the by-election in Elizabeth
takes priority in the media and
has consumed the attention of
all our politicians in govern-
ment and opposition. Who is
managing the fires that threaten
the environment and health of
Bahamians?

As the Nassau city dump
burns the poisonous crime sit-
uation engulfs the Bahamas —
home invasions and daylight
robberies have become com-
mon as the cold. Serious crime
continues to rise just like the
plumes of smoke from the
dump that finds its way in many
homes. Even as Commissioner
Greenslade came out with
many new initiatives, the by-
election in Elizabeth Estates
takes priority in the media.
Who is managing the ferocious
flames of crime that is raging
through Bahamian society?

As the Nassau city dump
smoulders, our economy is sim-
ilarly the victim of repressed
flames conflagration and appar-
ently is not being given the
proper attention required by
those in government to save
and restore it. Our governments
have allowed our Financial Ser-
vices industry to struggle and
fade away instead of putting in
proactive measures that
strengthen our country even in
the face of the United States
and OECD led initiatives to
close such jurisdictions. As they
continue their strategy and cre-

ate new laws every time we
adjust our laws to their require-
ments, they once again “move
the goal post back” on us. We
must unconditionally take bold
steps to save this industry as
they have taken bold steps to
destroy our Financial Services
Industry in our face, we in the
Bahamas cannot lose our
Financial Services Industry as it
has been one of our main indus-
tries and job providers, yet we
have allowed ourselves to be
dictated to as our economy
hinges on the foreign financial
markets and other economies
but, the by-election in Eliza-
beth Estates takes priority in
the media. Who is containing
the flames that are retarding
the recovery, growth and devel-
opment of the economy of
Bahamas?

As the Nassau city dump
burns — symbolic of all the
threats that pervade every facet
of life in the Bahamas, we must
move away from the political
short term “quick vote” job get-
ter which all governments have
been guilty of, to long term real
job solutions for the thousands
that graduate high school or
return from college every year.
A long term productive job of
substance that positively affects
and enhances the dignity and
self esteem of every individual
is the only answer. This will aid
in eliminating the anti-social
behaviour that result in the
escalation of crime and the pre-
sent state of social degradation.

I pray that our leaders’
response to the fire at the dump
is not indicative of our leaders
focus on the priorities that face
our nation. We have what I
consider a national crisis
because someone from every
island in the Bahamas lives on
the island of New Providence.
What an opportune time for
criminals to increase their activ-
ities or illegal immigrants of all
backgrounds to invade, as the
dump slowly burns and our
politicians distract the entire
Bahamas and focus only on
“Lizzy”.

ANTHONY

U BOSTWICK
Nassau,

February 20, 2010.

A tribute to Betty Kelly Kenning

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Bahamas and the swim-
ming community say farewell
to a true Bahamian patriot in
the passing of Mrs Betty Kelly
Kenning.

The Kennings, both John and
Betty, have been very gener-
ous in giving back to the
Bahamian public. I first met
Betty some 15 years ago after
my wife Nancy did research on
the history of swimming in the
Bahamas; it was then that we
realised the important role that
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this meet were teams from all
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The championships took
place in the COLD and DARK
lake Ontario between bulk-
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ing to put grease all over their
bodies so they wouldn’t freeze
to death. All the swimmers
placed in the top three in their
respective races, and Betty Kel-
ly-Kenning still had her 3rd
place medal for the junior girls
100m freestyle. In 1941 the
Shoreham Aquatic Club took
nine boys to compete in the SE
State Championships in North
Carolina on August 11th.These
boys performed so well that
Kenneth Albury was offered a
full scholarship at the Univer-
sity of Miami for January 1942.
This never materialized due to
the war, but judging from the
success this small squad of
swimmers had, including Bet-
ty Kelly-Kenning in their few
trips abroad, who knows what
could have happened.

After talking with Betty

some 45 years later and have
her attend our Swift Swimming
swim meets and also the
National Swimming Champi-
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appreciation for her love and
contribution to the sport of
swimming.

As the Bahamian public is
aware Betty Kelly Kenning
made an enormous contribu-
tion to the development of
Bahamian youth and swimmers
in particular when she basically
donated the monies to build the
first and only 50 meter pool for
the Bahamas. It has helped us
host Regional Championships
and put on Olympic qualifying
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LOCAL NEWS



Tribune readers: PLP should

pay bills before election court

TRIBUNE readers over-
whelmingly believe that the
PLP should be made to pay
its outstanding election court
debts and government bills
before being permitted to take
the Elizabeth by-election
result to election court.

The Opposition party lost
the Elizabeth contest by just
two votes to the governing
FNM and have already filed
their challenge with the courts.
However, in the latest online
poll on tribune242.com, 232
readers said the PLP should
settle its debts from similar
legal battles before incurring
further expenses. Only 85
readers opposed this view.

Commenting on the results,
reader Freda noted that if pri-
vate citizens don’t pay their
utility bills, they are discon-
nected “no matter who we
vote for.”

ToniBear added: “If I don't
pay my bills then I will not be
afforded the luxury of own-
ing my own home, enjoying
my favourite television show
or chatting to friends online.
So likewise how can the PLP
go to election court owing for-
mer election court debts?
Doesn't make sense to me.”

Many of those who com-
mented on the results of the
poll said the PLP should drop
their challenge altogether.

According to Tired of Sore



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Losers, “It seems to be the
trend now to contest elections
when one loses. Why can't
politicians just accept defeat
like in the past, shake hands
and move on. Examples need
to be set so that this genera-
tion and future ones will
realise that there is no shame
in defeat, and it takes a big
man to swallow his pride and
lose gracefully.”

Fed Up with Politics agreed
that the PLP should “let it
go.” The reader added that if
the party really wants to move
forward with its challenge, it
should be made to settle out-
standing bills at ZNS and pay
in full for the failed election

court challenges it mounted
following the 2007 general
election.

Erasmus Folly pointed out
that even if the PLP were to
pay all its bills, this new court
challenge will end up costing
the public.

He said: “Having political
parties waste time and money
on court hearings is time and
money that all those MPs and
lawyers could be dedicating
to real work that would
improve the operation of the
Bahamian government and
the country by extension.
Instead, they are engaged in
petty squabbles over non-
issues.”

Voters not required in court, PLP claims

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP is denying that the five individuals
who cast protest ballots in the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion will have to appear in election court,
although the party says they are likely to do so.

This comes after FNM leader, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, suggested the PLP would not
be able to succeed in their election court bid
unless the five voters presented themselves in
court, and under oath stated their qualifications
to vote in Elizabeth.

“The court will have to be satisfied based on
the evidence produced that the voter had a right
to vote. The voter may come to court or may
not,” according to PLP stalwart, Valentine
Grimes.

“The voters are not a party to the action, so it

is not necessary for them to come forward. But
people are not intimidated by the FNM so in all
likelihood they will come forward,” said Mr
Grimes.

After a recount of the votes cast on February
16, Duane Sands was up by a slim margin of two
votes. This result will not be declared final until
the court rules on the five protested votes.

Even though the votes in question were cast by
secret ballot, the voters can be identified because
their voter’s card number is placed on the coun-
terfoil. Legally, if there is anything on the ballot
itself which identifies the voter, the ballot is void.

“The vote is like a raffle ticket: you tear the
piece off and you vote on that piece. The stub has
the same number as the ballot and their voter
card is written on the stub.

“It is a secret ballot, but it will only not be
made secret if you have to go to court,” Mr
Grimes explained.

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LOCAL NEWS



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THE Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources’ all-
Bahamas agri-expo moves to
the Gladstone Road Agricul-
ture Centre in New Providence
today.

It will be officially opened

10am by Minister of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources
Larry Cartwright. The expo will
feature products in the cate-
gories of ornamental, vegetable,
root crops, fruits, poultry,
marine resources and livestock.

It is a partnership between
the government and stakehold-
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such expos were held so far.

“However, based on the
interest, demand and request
from the Family Islands,” said
Mr Cartwright, “the vision was
expanded and our focus refined
and we are hosting with local
support ten such expos
throughout the Bahamas.

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vision, we called upon farmers,
administrators, teachers, con-
sumers, buyers and sellers, fish-
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organise island-based expos.

“The full support of the gov-
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expos. Funds are allocated in
our 2009/10 budget to supply
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said, “we have created marine
protected areas, and closed the
seasons for the harvesting of
lobster, grouper and stone crab
to ensure their adequacy and
sustainability.”

An assessment of agriculture
and fisheries with the assistance
of the Food and Agriculture
Organisation is being under-
taken.

“Friendly competition is a
part of the National Expo,” said
Mr Cartwright.

“This encourages the best
among producers to achieve the
best they can. With these island
expos, judging for the nationals
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“This process now allows for
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Week of activities to honour
Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield.

By DENISE MAYCOCK
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FREEPORT - A week
of special activities is being
planned in Grand Bahama
for the month of March to
honour the late Sir Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield.

Among the celebratory
events to be staged is an
exhibition to highlight Sir
Cecil’s significant contri-
butions to the national
development of the
Bahamas.

Plans have not yet been
finalised regarding a venue
for the exhibition, but two
locations are being consid-
ered — the Post Office
Building in downtown,
Freeport, or at the govern-
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minate with a church ser-
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Sir Cecil was a major
political figure in Bahamian
politics. He died on May 9,
1990 at age 60.

His image is featured on
the $5 Bahamian note.

In 1967, the Progressive
Liberal Party won the gov-
ernment from the United
Bahamian Party (UBP)
under Sir Cecil’s chairman-
ship. He was appointed to
the Cabinet by Sir Lynden
Pindling, the then leader of
the PLP.

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new vision for education,
and under his tenure many
schools were constructed in
the Bahamas.

Disillusioned with the
PLP, he resigned from the
party in 1970 and led the
departure of the “Dissident
Bight.”

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Donaldson, James Shep-
herd, George Thompson
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Parrots in Abaco

ON HIS landfall in the
Bahamas five centuries ago,
Christopher Columbus report-
ed that "the song of the little
birds might make a man wish
never to leave here.”

“The flocks of parrots that
darken the sun and the large
and small birds of so many
species are so different from
ours that it is a wonder,"
Columbus wrote in his log.

Back then, there were as
many as 34 species of para-
keets, macaws, and parrots
throughout the Caribbean. But
within a few hundred years all
12 macaw species disappeared,
along with two thirds of the
parakeets and a third of the
parrot species.

The Bahama Parrot - the
bird described by Columbus as
being so numerous - once lived
throughout the Bahamian arch-
ipelago, in all areas with food-
bearing plants. But it survives
today only in the most rugged
regions of Abaco and Inagua.

The pinelands of the south-
ern third of Abaco are the par-
rot’s primary stronghold on that
island.

Parrots occur island-wide on
Inagua, but are patchy in dis-
tribution. And with a popula-
tion of less than 7,000 today on
both islands, scientists say the
risk of extinction is high.

The Abaco population is
unique in that it is the only
ground nesting parrot in the
Western Hemisphere (Inagua
parrots nest in tree cavities).
Unfortunately, this unusual
behaviour makes them easy
prey for cats, rats and raccoons.

These birds spend up to 23
hours a day in their ground cav-
ity nests during the month eggs
are being incubated.

And researchers have deter-
mined that cats can kill half of
the nesting females in one year
alone. Racoons were intro-
duced to Abaco in the early
1990s and only made matters
worse.

As is often the case in con-
servation, the establishment of
the Abaco National Park began
with a quest to rescue this
charismatic endangered species
from extinction.

The Bahamas National Trust
became concerned about the

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survival of the ground-nesting
parrot in the early 1970s.

Owens Illinois (then the
biggest landholder on the
island) had agreed to set aside a
hundred acres of pineland for
the parrot, but the BNT knew
that more protection was need-
ed.

The New York Zoological
Society was enlisted to develop
a conservation plan whose main
goal was the protection of par-
rot habitat. Ornithologist Rose-
marie Gnam was sent to Abaco
in 1983 to undertake a long-
term field study on the parrot
to back up this plan.

Her research confirmed that
only a thousand parrots
remained in the wild on Abaco
and identified perdition, habitat
loss and natural disasters as the
main conservation threats. By
the end of her nine-year study,
Gnam was calling for urgent
measures to save the parrots.

These efforts drew the atten-
tion of the RARE Center for
Tropical Bird Conservation -
an organisation that uses social
marketing techniques to pro-
mote bio-diversity conservation
around the world.

In 1990 RARE teamed up
with the BNT, the government,
and Abaco Friends of the Envi-
ronment to launch a massive
public education programme
modelled on similar efforts in
other countries.

And in 1992, the Abaco par-
rot became a highly publicised
symbol for the Bahamian quin-
centennial celebration of
Columbus’ landfall.

At least four proposals were
submitted to government by the
BNT over a period of 16 years
recommending that important
parrot habitat in South Abaco
receive protection.

But the park was finally
established in 1994 as a result of
this successful “national pride”
public education campaign.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham (the Member of Par-
liament for North Abaco) cred-
ited the “consistent and persis-
tent” letter writing by school-

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children as a major factor in the
government’s decision to cre-
ate the park.

The BNT was granted a 99-
year lease on 20,500 acres, with
the proviso that traditional uses
of the area for hunting would
be allowed to continue.

The authority to manage
such protected areas through-
out the country is derived from
the Bahamas National Trust
Act of 1959, which gives the
organisation full responsibility
for the preservation of the “nat-
ural aspect, features, and ani-
mals, plants, and marine life”
of land and sea areas.

It is the only non-govern-
mental organisation in the
world to administer a national
park system.

In 2000, University of Florida
scientists joined with the BNT
and Friends of the Environ-

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ment (with funding from the
Disney Foundation) to imple-
ment a new public awareness
programme on Abaco called
“People and Parrots”.

This initiative was designed
to explain the economic bene-
fits that the park and its wildlife
could bring to local communi-
ties.

In 2002, the Abaco National
Park was designated an Impor-
tant Bird Area by the BNT -
using criteria developed by
BirdLife International -
because of its importance as
breeding habitat to the endan-
gered parrot and also because it
is a stronghold for two endem-
ic bird species - the Bahama
Swallow and the Bahama Yel-
lowthroat.

But despite increasing public

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support as a result of these pro-
grammes, survival prospects for
the parrot continued to deteri-
orate.

By 2004, there were only 77
breeding pairs left on Abaco.

About a third of these were
predated by wild cats, and half
of the remaining pairs did not
survive hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne.

This led the BNT to under-
take an urgent predator control
project in conjunction with Par-
rots International - a Califor-
nia-based organisation dedicat-
ed to the conservation of endan-
gered parrots. The removal of
non-native predators is the
biggest contribution that con-
servationists can make towards
improve the parrot’s survival
prospects.

Trapping and removal of fer-
al cats began in early 2005, fol-
lowed by a census to determine
nesting success.

And each year of predator
control has been estimated to
reduce the extinction pressure
on the parrots by a third.

The Abaco National Park is
dominated by pine woodlands
interspersed with pockets of
broad-leaved evergreen cop-
pice. Several types of wetlands

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are found in the park, together
with two inland blue holes and a
significant portion of Abaco’s
underground fresh water
reserves.

Currently, the park’s only
physical infrastructure is a net-
work of disused logging roads.

This road network makes it
much easier to traverse the for-
est on foot or by vehicle.

However, the roads also dis-
turbed parrot breeding habitat,
which is no longer suitable for
nesting.

Conservationists argue that
the park boundaries should be
extended to encompass more
breeding and feeding habitats.
And it is important to discour-
age incompatible development
on land adjacent to the park.

The pine forests were logged
for lumber from 1908 to 1916
by the Bahamas Timber Com-
pany of Minnesota.

Lumber was again harvested
from the park in the early 1940s
by the Abaco Lumber Compa-

ny, and the trees were cut again
in the 1960s for pulp to make
paper products by Owens-IIli-
nois. The Owens-Illinois land
concession reverted to the gov-
ernment in the early 1970s.

Evidence of the logging oper-
ation can be found throughout
the park in the form of old trails
and remnants of the logging
tram railway used to transport
lumber to processing plants and
docks. The lumber companies
left five seed-bearing trees on
each acre so that the pine forest
could regenerate itself.

Today the park serves as a
refuge for an abundance of
plants, animals and natural com-
munities, a number of which are
considered threatened or
endangered.

It is home to the Pygmy Boa,
an endemic snake; the rare
Bahama Pintail Duck and Kirt-
land’s Warbler, and the White
Crowned Pigeon.

According to Anthony
White, author of ‘A Birder’s

Guide to the Bahama Islands’,
“Abaco has the best birding of
any island in the Bahamas.”

And the park holds great
potential to support nature-
based recreational activities and
sustainable economic opportu-
nities that benefit local com-
munities.

Critical conservation threats
include incompatible develop-
ment, an altered forest fire
regime, invasive plants and ani-
mals, litter and pollution, recre-
ational impacts, natural disas-
ters and climate change.

The BNT’s management
goals seek to address or min-
imise these negative impacts
while promoting economic
opportunities for Bahamians
consistent with the park’s mis-
sion.

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Police make their
presence known in the
Kemp Road community

BY GENA GIBBS

INCREASED police pres-
ence and educating the public
about conflict resolution are the
solutions for crime deterrence
in the Kemp Road area, Police
Superintendent Ashton
Greenslade, officer in-charge
of Northeastern Division on
Wulff Road said.

“Police visibility is a deter-

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rent to crime, and in short order
you will see increased police
presence in both foot and
mobile patrols,” Supt
Greenslade said.

“We raided a number of
establishments in this area,
based on public information
given to us by residents,” he



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and the Kemp Road Urban
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After several stabbing inci-
dents, the police want to edu-
cate persons on how to resolve
issues without stabbing or fight-

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

ing a Kemp Road resident.



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Majesty’s Prison, L W Young
Junior High School, and Kemp
Road Urban Renewal Centre,”
Supt Greenslade said.

“We are here to reassure the
residents of the northeastern
community that we are one
team with one vision, building a
safe Bahamas for everyone to
work in, live in and visit.”

He also reinforced that the
public should inform the police
about criminal activity they wit-
ness in their communities.

POLICE SUPERINTENDENT Ashton Greenslade, officer in-charge of the

Northeastern Division, leads the community walkabout on February 20,

2010.

“The public is urged to give
police information about per-
sons in possession of unlicensed
firearms, or other crimes being
committed in this area.”

The public can call the north-
eastern division at 394-4540 or
call the Supt personally at 394-
4542, he said.

“The public should feel free

to contact officers because we
appreciate your information,
which will be kept in the
strictest of confidence.

“We want to take our mes-
sage to the community and let
them know together we can
make a difference with the
crime problem in our country,”
said Supt Greenslade.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, PAGE 11



LOCAL NEWS



FROM page one Weathering’ economic storm

described the report as an
exercise intended to enlight-
en the public with information
by which it can make its own
assessment on how the Gov-
ernment is using and managing
public funds. However, it
included no major surprises.

By the close of the first six
months of the 2009/2010 bud-
get period, the Prime Minis-
ter provided figures which
showed that at $140.1 million,
the Government spent rough-
ly $150 million more on capital
projects in the first six months
of the 2009/2010 budget year
than it did in 2009.

That figure represented 55
per cent of the total amount
the Government has allocat-
ed for capital expenditure in
the entire 2009/2010 budget
year, said Mr Ingraham.

On the other side of the
budget, the Government had
by December 31 spent just
under $10 million more on
“recurrent” costs — those that
do not result in the acquisition
or enhancement of an asset,
such as public sector salaries
— than it had forecast in June
2009, at $742.8 million.

Its recurrent revenue, in
light of weaker than expected
economic activity in the latter
part of 2009 than was antici-
pated in June, was “lower than



expected”, said Mr Ingraham.

If it were not for a number
of “one-off revenue collec-
tions” totaling $84 million
which had not been included
in the 2009/2010 budget fore-
cast, total recurrent revenue
collections would have dipped
$76 million lower than in the
corresponding time period in
2008.

As it was, those one-off pay-
ments gave the government an
extra $8 million in revenue
than forecast up to December
31, at $634.9 million. The areas
that were primarily responsi-
ble for the shortfall seen
before the $84 million pay-
ment boost were with respect
to: Import and Export duties
($21.9 million less than fore-
cast), Stamp Tax ($21.7 mil-
lion less) and Excise Tax
($13.1 million less).

Mr Ingraham said: “The
totals for expenditure and rev-
enue for the first six month
period of the fiscal year must
be viewed with caution as
there are seasonal and other
timing factors in play which
will only be eliminated when
accounts are closed at the end
of the fiscal year. Accordingly,
allowance must be made for
these types of factors in
analysing the data.”



In terms of economic per-
formance, Mr Ingraham
revealed that while the admin-
istration had predicted total
declines in growth of 3.5 per
cent for the economy in the
2008/2009 budget cycle and 0.5
per cent in the 2009/2010 bud-
get cycle, even these uninspir-
ing projections have proved to
be too optimistic to date —
with 2009 thus far bringing
with it a four per cent decline
in economic growth, and 2010
now projected to see a greater
one per cent decline.

“The economy is expected
to strengthen as we move
through 2010 and positive
growth on an annual basis is
expected to return in 2011 and
beyond,” said Mr Ingraham.

Depicting the global and
domestic economic back-
ground against which these fig-
ures have emerged, the Prime
Minister noted that while eco-
nomic developments in the US
have been “more encouraging
than we anticipated at the time
of the 2009/2010 Budget Com-
munication” with the econo-
my of our northern neighbour
and prime tourist market hav-
ing finally registered two quar-
ters of positive economic
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America’s recovery, persis-
tently high unemployment,
and a “shift in US consump-
tion patterns towards
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ue to constrain the return to
positive growth momentum
for the Bahamian economy in
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an economy faced significant
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and economic crisis continued
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ments,” said the Prime Minis-
ter.

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construction sectors dropped
off sharply, unemployment
rose to 14.2 per cent in New
Providence as a result of large-
scale lay offs in the hotel sec-
tor, and Bahamian dollar cred-
it growth declined sharply by
around $150 million in 2009,
primarily reflecting reduced
demand for loans from the pri-
vate sector, but also in recog-
nition of a $42 million
decrease in consumer credit.
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$113.2 million expansion in
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tor arrears rising by 42.4 per
cent or $324.3 million, repre-
senting 17.6 per cent of total
loans — and banks adopted
more conservative lending
practices.

Suggesting reduced demand
for home purchases, among
other things, mortgage growth
diminished by $90.8 million to
$120.3 million, said Mr Ingra-
ham.

At the same time, external
resetves rose by $256 million,
to $818.4 million at the end of
December, “equivalent to a
projected 19.5 weeks of non-
oil imports, up from 13.1

weeks at the end of 2008.”

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Monday to debate the Mid-
Year Budget Statement and
Supplementary Appropria-
tions Bills calling for the re-
allocation of funds within Min-
istries and Departments.

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ed to provide a breakdown of
the ways in which money has
been spent in their individual
Ministries in the six months
since the budget communica-
tion, including any achieve-
ments or requirements for
additional resources to meet
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FROM page one

After being released, Mr Bodie told ZNS
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He explained that he intended the comment
to be facetious and that he does not, in fact, |
know where to purchase an illegal firearm. |

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out of the fear and anger he shares with mem-
bers of the public over the rising crime rate
and the fact that it has become very easy for
people to get guns.

The talkshow host is no stranger to controversy. Having already
been disbarred from the legal fraternity many years ago, he was
accused last year of attempting to charge listeners who contact-
ed him after hours for legal advice. Mr Bodie has strongly denied
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The most vocal critic of the
festival, filmmaker and founder
of the Bahamas Film Festival
Celi Moss, has publicly lam-
basted the college for using its
resources to honour Sir Sidney,
questioning what the Academy
Award-winning actor and diplo-
mat has done to further arts in




the Bahamas.

"When it comes to the arts
in the Bahamas he's done noth-
ing,” claimed Mr Moss, who
plans to protest at COB this
afternoon.

However, Dr Strachan criti-
cised Mr Moss for putting forth
an "ignorant" argument that

Man gets three year sentence







FROM page one

Kikivarakis was sentenced by Magistrate Carolita Bethell to
three years imprisonment on each drug charge. The sentences are
to run concurrently. He was also sentenced to a year in prison on
the deceit charges. The sentences are to take effect from Novem-
ber 11, 2009. Inspector Ercell Dorsette was the prosecutor.

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and have been sentenced to three years in prison. The prosecu-
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drugs. Russell was standing trial with another woman. The tri-





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tions to the country and the
international community.

"T could easily dismiss the
activities of Celi Moss as rank
opportunism, as a classic exam-
ple of someone believing that
any publicity is good publicity,
no matter how foolish the
cause," said Dr Strachan in a
statement issued yesterday.
"But I have run into people
who make me think otherwise."

Yesterday Mr Moss said Sir
Sidney owes the arts communi-
ty an apology.

"Even when you look at his
philanthropy compared to his
peers, it's been minimal at best,"
he said. "I'm not saying he's not
a great filmmaker but he has an
obligation to give back."

He noted that other Bahami-
ans who have found success
internationally, like athletes
Mark Knowles and Tonique
Williams-Darling, have estab-
lished youth camps to foster tal-
ent.

But the professor thinks this
outlook is fueled by a narrow-
minded "sense of entitlement.”

Dr Strachan said: "We
believe 'Bahamianess’ is one
thing and one thing only. I am
saddened by the artists who
wish we wouldn’t have this
event. Their outlook stinks of
a ‘what have you done for me
lately’ attitude.

"What they are basically say-
ing is that despite the fact that
Sidney Poitier helped change
the world for all black people,
he is not worth remembering,
honouring or studying because
he didn’t do some specific things
for this community that they
think are paramount."

Sir Sidney helped fund an
infant Progressive Liberal Party,
was part of the movement fight-
ing to end segregation and

FROM page one

spending and revenue has
remained within projections
made in June of last year when
the 2009/2010 budget was first
implemented.

In presenting that statement,
the Prime Minister also dis-
closed that, even without fur-
ther borrowing, the Bahamas
government’s indebtedness
reached unanticipated levels in
the first six months of the
2009/2010 budget cycle.

The Prime Minister revealed
that in the period ending
December 31, 2009, alone —
the level of public debt rose
three per cent beyond that
anticipated for the entire
2009/2010 budget period — to
46 per cent of Gross Domestic
Product.

In this regard, Mr Ingraham
drew attention to the fact that
his administration has under-
taken “necessary extraordinary
fiscal measures to support the
economy and workers,” opting
to continue to spend on
employment-creating public
works, among other things,
despite growing indebtedness.

Such fiscal behaviour was not
in keeping with his administra-
tion’s previously conservative
policies in this area, aimed at
maintaining a “relatively
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said.

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racism in America, gave schol-
arships to Bahamians, and has
cast a number of Bahamians in
his films, said Dr Strachan.

In 1971, his film “Buck and
the Preacher” had its world pre-
miere in Nassau with proceeds
reportedly aiding the building
of the Jordan Prince William
High School. Another film,
“Uptown Saturday Night” pre-
miered in the Bahamas in the
1970s with the Stapledon School
for Children the beneficiary of
the premiere.

Still, to many this is not
enough because "it seems he
didn’t help today’s struggling
Bahamian artists directly, mon-
etarily, by ‘putting in a word’
or by showing up every sum-
mer and teaching a class in
method acting,” said Dr Stra-
chan, himself a filmmaker, play-
wright and novelist.

The Sir Sidney Poitier film
festival and conference explores
the good and bad of the Cat
Island native's career and its
impact on society.

Although born in Miami in
1927 during his parents’ visit to
Florida, Sir Sidney — the son
of a poor tomato farmer —
grew up in Cat Island. Sir Sid-
ney has also served as the
Bahamas’ ambassador to Japan
and was made an Honorary
Knight Commander by the
British in the 1970s for his con-
tribution to the arts.

He is the first black actor to
win an Academy Award for a
lead performance (Lilies of the
Field in 1963). Many of his films
tackled racial themes and have
been heralded for helping to
break down social barriers
between whites and blacks dur-
ing an era of racial segregation.

A film festival showing 20 of
Sir Sidney's movies is held at
COB until Saturday.

Mid-year budget

ing the downgrading of the
Bahamas sovereign credit rat-
ing by Standard and Poor’s as a
result of the government
increased levels of deficit
spending and indebtedness over
the last year.

The Prime Minister outlined
some steps already taken by the
government over the last six
months towards eventually
guiding the country’s public
finances to a return to lower
levels of indebtedness, includ-
ing progress on achieving the
“critical” twin goals outlined in
the 2009/2010 Budget Commu-
nication of maximising the gov-
ernment’s ability to successful-
ly collect monies owed to it —
such as various taxes like Real
Property Tax or Import and
Export tax — and to get more
out of the money it spends
through greater efficiency.

In addition to reform of Cus-
toms, the Government’s pri-
mary revenue collection arm,
to bring it into line with “best
international practices in its
operations and procedures,”
the Prime Minister noted that
consultations have now been
concluded on a Discussion
Paper introduced last year on
strengthening accountability
and transparency in public
financial administration, and a
“new and modern” Financial
Administration and Audit Act
intended to effect such
strengthening is now being
finalised.

Meanwhile, a new Central
Revenue Administration is
being developed to administer a
“broad range of taxes” in a
more modern and effective
manner.

Mr Ingraham said more
details on how the Government
intends to pull the public
finances back into more
favourable shape as the eco-
nomic recovery expected to ful-
ly kick-in in 2011 begins will be
outlined in the 2010/2011 Bud-
get Communication, set for
June 2010.

The Prime Minister empha-
sised that the Government is
now seeking to adjust the recur-
rent and capital expenditures
outlined in the initial 2009/2010
budget — shifting monies with-
in certain ministries and depart-
ments — but “importantly”
remains committed to staying
within the total expenditure
limits already approved by par-
liament for expenditure in fiscal
year 2009/2010 at the time of
the Budget (June 2009) and in
the November (2009) Supple-
mentary Appropriations.”

The Prime Minister tabled
two Bills that call for Supple-
mentary Recurrent Expendi-
ture of $35.6 million and Sup-
plementary Capital Expendi-
ture of $48.6 million. The Mid-
Year Budget Report and these
Bills will be debated at the next
sitting of parliament, on Mon-
day March 1.

The full text of the Prime
Minister’s statement can be
read on the Free National
Movement’s website, at
www.freenationalmovement.or

Parliamentarians will return
to debate the Mid-Term Bud-
get Report and Supplementary
Appropriations Bills on Mon-
day, March 1.





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Bahamas Educational Tours
(BET), a group of 60 students,
teachers, administrators and
parents of grades one and two
enjoyed an informative and
fun-filled day in Nassau.

For many, the trip to New
Providence was a first-time
experience, beginning with an
early morning flight on Western
Air, a long-time partner of
BET’s. After enjoying break-
fast in downtown Nassau, some
of the students visited a local
school for a brief exchange.

Then it was off to Govern-
ment House in private charter
buses for a courtesy call on the
Governor General Arthur



Hanna. Michele Coburn, BET
spokesperson, said the grade
one students of Maurice E.
Moore Primary made history
as one of the youngest groups
to ever visit Government
House. “The entire group,
grades one and two, presented
His Excellency with a gift. He
was gracious as usual and

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shared much rich history with
them. I would definitely
describe the visit as a highlight
of their trip,” she said.

The guided one-day tour of
Nassau is widely recognised as
one of BET’s signature trips.

Additional features include
a city tour and a visit to histor-
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the Queen’s Staircase. Also, a
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“To actually stand amongst
our national birds that they’ve
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memorable experience,” com-
mented one of the teachers.

Accompanying the group
students and faculty was Miss
Bahamas World Joanna
Brown.

“T had a good time interact-
ing with the students and over-
all the trip was great,” she said.

Along with the educational
aspects, the eager youngsters
got a chance to unwind during
lunch at the Mall at Marathon
where they also shopped and
spent time in the game room.

“At Bahamas Educational
Tours, our main focus is to help
teachers bring their lessons to
life. By offering personalised
service for each group, we take
the hassle out of arranging and
booking school tours. Our field
trips are exciting, educational
and fun, and travelling is always
great exposure for the kids,”
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sau, BET offers guided school
trips to Grand Bahama, Bimini,
Abaco, Eleuthera, Long Island,
Exuma, Cat Island, Andros,
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Exuma to get
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By MATT MAURA

GEORGE TOWN, Exuma
- Officials at the Ministry of
Health and the Department of
Public Health are “moving
ahead” with plans for the con-
struction of a mini-hospital on
mainland Exuma, Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis
recently announced.

Dr Minnis said the construc-
tion of the mini-hospital will
result in the provision of
improved services to residents
of the area that, in turn, should
further improve health out-
comes there.

The Health Minister said
renovations are also scheduled
to be undertaken at a number
of the healthcare facilities in
the Exuma and Ragged Island
Districts within “this budget
year” as part of the govern-
ment’s commitment to further
improving healthcare services
to Exuma, its cays and Ragged
Island.

Dr Minnis was in Exuma to
participate in the hand-over
ceremony of an ambulance and
a defibrillator that were donat-
ed to healthcare officials at the
George Town Clinic.

“The comfort of now having
a functional ambulance and
other emergency resuscitative
equipment such as the defibril-
lator will go a long way toward
improving the management and
resuscitation of patients,” Dr
Minnis said.

“The donation of these two
vital pieces of equipment is crit-
ical to the resuscitation of
patients and improvement of
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about through community lead-
ership and participation.

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holders for their generosity in
the donation of the ambulance
and defibrillator,” Dr Minnis
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Department of Public Health
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“Our data also showed that
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required air ambulatory ser-



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Medical Officer at
the George Town
Community Clinic
(left) and Minister of
Health Dr Hubert
Minnis inspects the
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recently donated to
the clinic.

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ing from traffic accidents and
intentional violence and injuries
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THE World Harmony Run,
a global torch relay that pro-
motes international friendship
and understanding, came to the
Bahamas for the second time
last week, en-route through
more than 100 countries.

Dozens of schools and hun-
dreds of children on the three
islands — New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Exuma —
participated by running and
holding the torch for peace and
friendship. Day one of the Har-
mony Run events, which began
on February 17, included school
visits to the Teleos School,
Westminster College and St
John’s College in Nassau.

Reception

A official reception at Gov-
ernment House was held in the
evening where Governor Gen-
eral Arthur Hanna received the
Harmony Torch and the Torch
Bearers Award presented by
Ambassador Davidson Hep-
burn. The reception also fea-
tured a special exhibit entitled
“Paintings for World Harmo-
ny” by the event’s founder, Sri
Chinmoy, which will stay in the
Bahamas.

On the second day, the torch
travelled to Grand Bahama
where over nine schools car-
ried the torch in a relay.

On the day three, the torch
arrived in Exuma, and over a
100 youth and children partici-
pated in the 13-mile run.









The Sri Chinmoy World Harmony Run 2010
in The Bahamas February 17th to 22nd

Hundreds run for international friendship



HUNDREDS of youths run. Holding the torch is a runner from the Royal Bahamas Police Cadets.

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

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

Then on the fifth day, the
World Harmony Run Torch
Team bid farewell to the
Bahamas.

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the torch with the principal of St. John’s College.

NASSAU relay exchange.

before the official international
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12. More than 2,000 people are
expected to attend the opening
ceremony.

Beginning in 1987, the World
Harmony Run was founded by
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peace Sri Chinmoy. His dream
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ary dedicated his life to advanc-
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ry the torch 10,000 miles in a
continuous relay through all 50
states finishing in New York
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KEEPING YOUR LENTEN COMMITMENT.....



By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

URING Ash Wednesday servic-
les last week, Catholics and

Anglicans were urged to
“Remember that you are dust, and to
dust you shall return” from the offici-
ating priest as they walked back to
their pews with the cross ash on their
foreheads.

Those ashes were a symbolic reminder
of a Christian’s own fallen nature, the
understanding that their existence
depends on God, and without Him they
are nothing, ‘but blown away like dust in
the breeze.’

Lent is part of the Christian’s prepara-
tion to celebrate what is regarded as the
greatest time in Christian history: the
Passover, and death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. The gospels recall the story
of Jesus retreating into the wilderness,
where he fasted for forty days, and was
tempted by the devil.

Jesus overcame all three of Satan's
temptations by citing scripture to the
devil, at which point the devil left him,
angels ministered to Jesus, and he began
his ministry.

Jesus further said that his disciples

should fast "when the bridegroom shall
be taken from them" (Matthew 9:15), a
reference to his Passion (death, burial
and resurrection).

Since, presumably, the apostles fasted
as they mourned the death of Jesus,
Christians have traditionally fasted dur-
ing the annual commemoration of his
burial.

Monsignor Alfred Culmer of St
Thomas More Catholic Church said that
“we need to prepare ourselves mentally,
physically, and spiritually for the obser-
vance of Palm Sunday, March 28.”

Sometimes people talk about giving up
something for Lent, and some believe in
taking on more for Lent. Monsignor
Culmer encouraged Catholics to pray
more as prayer is one of the three
penances that characterize the Lenten
practice, in addition to fasting and the giv-
ing of alms.

“Prayer is like capturing moments in
our lives when God is directly intervening
but we’re too busy to recognise what he’s
saying and doing,” said Monsignor
Culmer.

“That’s when the spirit takes us into the
presence of God and we have that sense
of the mystery of God,” said Monsignor
Culmer. “That's what I was trying to get
the congregation to look at on Ash
Wednesday. We have lost a sense of mys-
tery and awe that we need to recapture.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS ADVISE PERSONS TO CONSIDER THESE GUIDELINES
TO DE-CLUTTER THEIR LIVES, AND ESTABLISH MORE TIME FOR GOD:

1. DON’T CHECK your email every five minutes. Those extra 25 minutes
may give you an allowable margin of freedom to pray.
2. GET AWAY from any distractions or noise to get into the presence of

God

3. STEP BACK, quiet yourself, and meditate on Jesus’ sacrifice for you and
his blessings on your life that you may take for granted. It’s a humbling thing
4. “IF YOU FAIL, pick yourself up and start again,” says Monsignor Alfred
Culmer. “The same kind of fidelity that is required in a relationship with a
person is required in our relationship with God.”

“We've gotten into the routine of life.
The mystery of life and the awesome
presence of God in our lives is missing,”
he said.

Monsignor Culmer says that this
shouldn’t be so in a country gifted with
such a beautiful environment. For this
reason, people should be filled with a
deeper sense of awe and mystery.

“People drive by the sea and just see it
for what it is, but to capture the presence
of God in nature and in our lives is amaz-
ing,” said Monsignor Culmer.

“T don’t think they will allow those 40
days to go by without capturing that
moment,” he said. “There’s a heightened
sensitivity now, and a lot of people will be

fasting and praying so that they can help
some others in need.”

Encapsulating the last aspect of

penance, which is almsgiving, Monsieur
Culmer says: “Some people will be moti-
vated more to do things, as there are a lot
of people in our own community that
have lost jobs and have families and so
on.”
“People will sacrifice things for them-
selves, and others will sacrifice to help
others, for relief efforts in Haiti but also
locally.”

Monsignor Culmer suggests that chari-
ty begins home, and highly recommends
acts of benevolence toward relief efforts
in the Haitian earthquake.



‘Leprosy in the
Bible — What is it?

By DR CLELAND GOODING

THE WORD Leprosy is found in the
Bible. This disease provoked fear, suf-
fering, isolation and eventually death.
But, was Leprosy a single skin disease
Biblically? Or was it a whole group of
them?

Let us look at the origin of the word.
The word in the Hebrew Bible that we
translate as “Leprosy” is Tsara’ath. This
word was not a precise medical term
referring to a specific disease rather it
seem to refer to a whole range of disfig-
uring conditions animate and inanimate
objects. The Linguistic root of
“Tsara’ath” means “smiting” so it is
quite possible that Tsara’ath was a gen-
eral term for certain severe skin dis-
eases than a particular condition.

The Jewish Talmud maintains a simi-
lar view, arguing that Tsara’ath referred
generally to any disease that produces

sores and eruptions on the skin.
However, when the Hebrew Bible was
translated into Greek (The Septuagent)
the Greek word lepra was used for
Tsara’ath. Like Tsara’ath, Lepra was a
rather vague term indicating a variety of
skin conditions and diseases. The
English translators changed “lepra” to
leprosy since this appeared to be the
nearest to the word lepra.

What then was the leprosy of the
Bible? Was it what we called True
Leprosy or Hansen’s disease today?
The answer is No. The Hebrew word
Tsara’ath may have included true lep-
rosy (Hansen’s disease) but also other
skin diseases. Remember, the original
translation meant not a specific disease
but a variety of disfiguring skin condi-
tions that cause rejection by society.
Some of the newer bibles use the word
skin disease instead of Leprosy. Today
there are about thirty conditions which



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

can be confused with True Leprosy
(Hansen’s disease).

True leprosy is caused by a bacteria
and is progressive and affects the

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

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GENESIS 4: 6-7

And the Lord said

unto Cain, why art
thou wroth? And why
is thy countenance
fallen? If thou doest
well, shalt thou not be
accepted? and if thou
doest not well, sin lieth
at the door."





ALLISON
MILLER

This scripture reminds me of the fact that we have to be careful
what we allow to enter into our minds and our spirits. Actions and
words are reflection of thoughts that we think about. If enough time
is given to those thoughts it is only a matter of time before they
manifest into reality.

In this passage of scripture Cain got upset with Abel because
Abel's gift was accepted by God. Many times in our lives we get
mad at people because they are prospering. Rather than ask them
what they did to become that way we become angry and that opens
the door to jealousy. We must understand that sin CAN NOT be
contained. Jealousy will lead to contempt and that will lead to
hatred. How is it that, as children of the most high God can justify
hatred being found in us? (The only exception is when we hate sin)
That is simply because we leave the door open for the devil to creep
in our minds and often times we entertain the foolishness that he
brings.

Some of the things we think about we know that we should not
give place to them because we know what the word of God says.
Anything that seeks to exhalt itself about the knowledge of God we
are to cast down. Another scripture says “whatsoever things are
lovely, good, pure and of a good report think on these things.” We
have the ‘how to.’ We just need to apply it.

What happens is we pay the price for havoc that we allow him
(the devil) to reap. Yes I said, "allow" because the devil doesn’t
have any power over us unless we give it to him. I wonder some-
times what we think of the Bible. If we honestly think that it can be
of any assistance to our lives? Rather than be angry at someone for
what they have, inquire of them the method(s) they used to get
what they have. Sometimes we are jealous of people without the
facts of how they obtained their possessions. You may not be will-
ing to do what someone else has done in order to get what they
have.

The Bible is plain, in Matt 6:33 it says that we are to seek FIRST
the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL things will be
added to us.

If you do not know what the, "Kingdom and God's
Righteousness" is I beg you to go find out so you can begin your
search. Maybe that’s why a lot of us don't look because we don't
know what we looking for. However, that can not be an excuse. Just
because an atheist does not believe that God exists means that he
does not. We owe it to ourselves to go and find out what the
"Kingdom of God and His Righteousness” is. We all know that
when we want something only death itself can stop us from getting
that. If truth be told it is that same determination we need to have
in our pursuit of God.

We have to stop leaving the door of negativity open in our lives.
We know that life and death is in the power of the tongue. So rather
than speaking death and entertaining it's negativity, speak life and
watch those things that are not come into being. It makes no sense
to get upset at someone for what they have or how they live. All you
have to do is seek God for the things that you should have and the
way of your life. Since we entertain the devil sin lieth at the door of
our hearts. We in one way or the other always do what is in our
hearts. I can only hope that the righteousness of God can be found
in our hearts.



RELIGION Thursday, February 25, 2010 ® PG 33

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RELIGION

The Tribune

(CS THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS

Calvary
Bible Church

tor of Evangelistic Temple

after much soul searching
and prayer decided to move on
and form a new church - many
of his congregation moved with

n 1962, Earl Weech, the pas-

Service Times for

Christ Church Cathedral

Anglican; Episcopal Church

George Street

Nassau, Bahamas

Sunday, February 28", 2010
Second Sunday In Lent

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Parish's Annual General Meeting will take place
on Sunday, February 28", 2010.

ALL Services will be held at their usual times with the

exception of Evensong.

7:30 a.m,

9:00 a.m.

Holy Communion with Sermon

Sung Holy Eucharist with Sermon

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Holy Communion with Sermon

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Evening Service.



him. In September, 432 people
attended the first service at
Frank Pinder’s Simonizing
Service workshop. A large tent
and chairs were brought from
Miami the next week and a
property on Collins Avenue pur-
chased and work began on the

new building.

The men of the church worked hard
night after night and would often end
their day swimming at Montagu Beach
to get rid of the perspiration and dirt.
The ladies kept the men supplied with
food, cool drinks and ice cream. This
was a community miracle as men and
women of the church, community and
businesses donated equipment, mate-
rials and manpower to raise this beau-
tiful sanctuary and Christian educa-
tion unit to the glory of God.

The dedication of the completed
building, Calvary Bible Church, took
place on October 24, 1965. In 1970 the
parsonage was built in High Vista and
housed new Pastor Maurice Anderson
until he left in 1971. The late Jasiel
Thompson served as interim pastor
until 1972 when Pastor David T Cole
was appointed.

Pastor Cole, with the help of the
peoples Church Canada, launched an
extensive missions programme, which
included a faith promise offering plan
(now renamed ‘Calvary Bible Faith
Investment Plan’). Before Pastor Cole
left in 1978, The Earle Weech
Auditorium was constructed, The
AWANA Bible Club Programme
under Kathryn Cole began and
Michael Thompson was employed as
‘Youth Director.

In 1980 Pastor A Morris Russell was
called to the pastorate of Calvary
Bible Church. "Operation Inasmuch"
- was inaugurated by Frederick Arnett
as a home based community outreach
— Pastor Russell further developed the
programme in 1981 for the distribu-
tion of food and clothing to the needy
of the congregation and community.
He returned to Canada in 1990.

In 1981, Pastor and Mrs Earle
Weech came out of retirement to give
pastoral leadership to Calvary Bible
Church Freeport and later a Christian
Education and a Sanctuary building
were completed. Pastor Weech then
came back to Nassau to assist in the
new ‘Christian Counselling Centre’ in
the Adaline B Russell building. He
died in 1987.

Frederick Arnett was appointed
pastor’s assistant in 1985, director of
the ‘Christian Counselling Centre’ in
1986, ordained pastor in 1989 and led

the church during 1990 -1992 along
with Jasiel Thompson and Allan R
Lee.

In 1992, Allan Lee became senior
pastor - teacher of Calvary Bible
Church and chairman of the ‘Christian
Counselling Centre’, positions he still
holds to this day. Under this new lead-
ership a new portfolio was presented
for the Elder Board in that all elders
were now considered to be pastors and
each was assigned to specific areas of
pastoral care and responsibilities in
keeping with each pastor's gift and
passion. Plural leadership was seen as
a sharing of authority as well as pas-
toral responsibilities.

1996 was an eventful year beginning
with the acquisition of additional
properties on West Avenue. In April
of 1996 the Men's Fellowship ministry
was reintroduced with the objective of
promoting intimacy with God, family
and fellow believers. A new Women's
Ministry kicked-off in September with
the stated purpose of "in dependence
upon God, meeting the needs of our
women on a spiritual, emotional and
practical level; that in reaching out to
each other we may strengthen the
bond of love in our church family, and
serve the community as we grow and
respond in obedience to our Lord
Jesus Christ."

The Mini-church concept was
introduced - ten mini-churches, con-
sisting of a limited number of family
units from Calvary Bible Church,
who committed themselves to mutual
spiritual development under the
leadership and pastoral care of a pas-
tor or pastor-supervised leader. The
primary purpose of the mini-church
was spiritual development involving
activities which equip, strengthen,
establish or build up a believer in the
faith.

The Excellence in Christian
Broadcasting Ministry (ECB) in the
new Jasiel G. Thompson Recording
Studio was dedicated and launched on
July 19, 1998. ECB broadcasts local &
international biblically based pro-
gramming on a daily basis via
AM1240 Radio. In addition, Calvary's
two long running radio ministries,
"Echoes of Calvary" at 7:30 am on
ZNS-1, historically conducted by the
Sr Pastor-teacher, and "Calvary Bible
Time" at 10:00 am on ZNS-2, con-
ducted by Pastor Jasiel Thompson,
continued to beam over the airwaves
bringing blessings, challenges and sal-
vation to many.

And Calvary Bible Church moved
into the 21st Century with the estab-
lishment of a church world-wide web

site (www.calvarybible.org.bs).



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RELIGION

The Blessing Part 2

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

Here’s where Part.1, of this series
ended as we’ve identified the blessing,
and its purpose. Genesis 12:1. Now the
LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee
out of thy country, and from thy kin-
dred, and from thy father's house, unto
a land that I will show thee:

: 2. And I will make of thee a great
nation, and I will bless thee, and make
thy name great; and thou shalt be a
blessing:

Please note: (1) That the blessing is
not a house; for Father Yahweh told
Abram to leave his father‘s (Terah)
house, (2) The blessing is God’s
empowerment “And I will make of
thee” and (3) The purpose, “And thou
shalt be a blessing.

Watch this! In studying the scrip-
tures, nowhere can it be found where
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job, etc; had to
talk or preach about their material pos-
sessions as today’s religious leaders do,
in order to motivate or so-called to
inspire their congregations. For if it
takes the preaching about (cars, houses
and other material possessions) by reli-
gious leaders to inspire their congrega-
tions other than the word of God; then
the church as we know it, is in big trou-
ble.

This misconstrued concept / teaching

I

PASTOR
ALLEN

of the blessing has opened the doors for
many scandalous questions within and
outside the church; which ultimately
brings the motives of the growing num-
ber of churches and their leaders into
question.

As mentioned in part one of this arti-
cle; the blessing is not a car, a house or
some other material possessions, but
rather it is God’s empowerment upon
one’s life.

Therefore it’s nauseating to mature
kingdom minded disciple of Yeshuwa
Messiah to hear religious leaders tak-
ing to the air waves preaching and
prophet-lying about how they see God,
“blessing this or that one with a new
car, a house or some other stuff.” For a
religious minded, itching ear Christian;
today’s twisted teaching of the blessing
is right down their alley, as they’ve
been methodically trained from the
pulpit by their religious leaders to see
the blessing as something material.

One of the problems with this is kind
of teaching is: There are young men
who have a call of God upon their lives
and are subjected to this teaching, who
are easily swayed into prematurely

‘Leprosy’ in the Bible — What is it?

FROM page 32

atrophy, tendons contract, there is ulcer-
ation and loss of digits with disfigure-
ment. The Leper was considered conta-
gious. Biblically the priest had to exam-
ine the skin and pronounce the person
clean or unclean depending on his
observation. Leviticus 13. (KJV)

Are there references to “Leprosy” in
the Bible that obviously refer to skin
conditions other than true leprosy
(Hansen’s disease)? The answer is Yes.
Naaman, the Leper (2 Kings 5:27) KJV
was said to be “Leprous”- or “white as
snow”. This clearly is not what we call
Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) today,
because Hansen’s disease does not cause
all the skin to be become white!

What skin disease then did Naaman
have? A common condition which caus-
es a whitening of the skin is Vitiligo

(also called Michael Jackson disease
today). In true Leprosy (Hansen’s dis-
ease), there can be some loss of pigment
(colour) in the skin, but it never
becomes totally white because of the
disease. Also, was Naaman contagious?
Does not seem so! He had a job, a
home, a family, access to the King and
was a well respected person not exclud-
ed from society. Some authors even
believe he had albinism (totally white).

Another argument that shows all
“Leprosy” in the Bible was not true
Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) is in
Leviticus 13:10&20, Biblical leprosy
even resulted in the hair turning white.
This does not happen in patients with
Hansen’s disease nor is their scalp
affected by the disease as in Leviticus
13:42. Biblical leprosy could also involve
the clothing and leather garments.
Leviticus 13:37-48. Then in Leviticus 14:
v37 it could affect the walls of a building,

starting their own church in pursuit of
the material stuff that their bishops,
apostles, doctors, etc; possesses from
this distorted teaching.

Remember this word blessing in the
Hebrew is: Berakah, ber-aw-kaw’;
which means benediction. And we
know that the word benediction means
(1) to speak well of, (2) an expression
of approval, (3) good wishes. For at the
end of every traditional church service
the pastor or a delegated person would
give the benediction (blessing) before
the congregation is dismissed.

Think of this! What if the blessing
truly was something material, as a car
or a house? At the end of the service,
would the religious leaders be willing to
give every attendee of the service a
blessing (a car or a house)?

Genesis 27:4. What was Isaac refer-
ring to when he spoke about blessing
Esau? Was it the giving of something
material to Esau? No, it wasn’t a chari-
ot or a nice home, but rather it was his
pronouncement of God’s empowering
presence upon Esau’s life.

Here’s the NLT of Genesis 27:1-4.

Genesis 27:1. When Isaac was old
and almost blind, he called for Esau, his
older son, and said, "My son?" "Yes,
Father?” Esau replied. 2. "I am an old
man now," Isaac said, "and I expect
every day to be my last. 3. Take your
bow and a quiver full of arrows out into
the open country, and hunt some wild
game for me. 4. Prepare it just the way
I like it so it’s savory and good, and

was this a form of mildew? Dr Stanley
Brown (USA) believes that in Leviticus
13:v18, it could be describing a form of a
boil, then verse 24: is this an infection
complicating a burn? Is verse 29 talking
about a ringworm or sycosis of the
scalp?

Biblical Leprosy also has a religious
connotation. It was such a repulsive con-
dition that it was imagined that God
used it as an instrument of divine pun-
ishment. See the punishment suffered
by Miriam (Sister of Moses) in the Bible
book of Numbers 12:10.

The Story of the ten (10) Lepers in the
book of Luke is interesting. Did they all
have true leprosy (Hansen’s Disease)?
Or was it a mixture of disfiguring skin
diseases? Psoriasis, Infected Atopic
Ezema, Vitiligo, Mycosis Fungoides or
Lupus? True Leprosy was incurable by
man in Bible times, but today can be
treated by multi-drug therapy Dapsone,
Rifampicin etc.

In conclusion, most authorities are
generally in agreement that there was
certainly true Leprosy in the middle
east, but from other Biblical details it is

Thursday, February 25, 2010 ® PG 35

bring it here for me to eat. Then I will
pronounce the blessing that belongs to
you, my firstborn son, before I die."

The word of God will always be true,
and everyday the scripture Hosea 4:6. is
being reveled to us.

The sole purpose of these two arti-
cles on the blessing is to help bring
some clarity and balance back to the
body of the Messiah. Through the
onslaught of the contaminated reli-
gious teachings, many well meaning
saints are living beneath their God
ordained privileges. Whenever the
church gets the revelation of the pur-
pose for the blessing / God’s empower-
ing presence; then the greater works
that Yeshuwa spoke of in (John.14:12)
will be seen throughout the length and
breath of the Bahamas. I would sin-
cerely pray that you, the reader of this
article would further seek the face of
Yahweh concerning his blessings and
will for your life.

In closing: Again, don’t allow your-
selves to be taken any longer by crafty
religious teachings that would cause you
to look to and somewhat worship man

Remember! 2 Tim.2:15 Study to
show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
truth.

¢ For questions or comments contact us
via E-mails: pastormallen@yahoo.com or
kmfci@live.com

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

GOODING



¢ Dr Cleland Gooding is a physician with a
speciality in skin diseases. He works for
the Bahamas Government. The above
article is from his series entitled“ SKIN
DISEASES OF THE BIBLE: A MODERN
VIEW”

email:Clegood5@hotmail.com



PG 36 © Thursday, February 25, 2010

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

BEMI

Anniversary gift to

Haiti

RELIGION

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ahamas Faith
Ministries
International in recog-

nition of its 30th
Anniversary recently pre-
sented a $5000 cheque
to the United Haitian
Bahamian Association and
a AO foot container of
relief items to the

Methodist Habitat.

During the presentation BFM
officals said they are committed
to assisting local, regional and
international efforts to restore
Haiti.

“On the occasion of its 30th
Anniversary the Ministry is fortu-
nate to demonstrate in a tangible
way the selflessness of its mem-
bers. BFMI is confident that funds
will bring much needed relief to
the Haitian community in Haiti



The Tribune



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

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

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



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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 C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.79THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WINDY HIGH 70F LOW 54F SEEPAGEFIVE THE CONTROVERSIAL and provocative radio talkshowh ost Ortland H Bodie Jr was a rrested by police at the More 94 FM station yesterday after telling a caller he knew how top urchase an illegal firearm. According to sources within the police force, Mr Bodie was h eld at the Central Detective U nit while officers conducted a search of his home for weapons before he wasr eleased last night. When initially contacted for comment, Assistant Superin-t endent Hulan Hanna said he could only confirm that Mr Bodie was in fact in police custody and that the police would make a more detailed statement to the media at an “appropriate time.” He declined to give the reason for Mr Bodie’s arrest and would only add that he had been picked up from the radio station following his show yes terday. However, The Tribune understands that during the programme, Mr Bodie told his listening audience that if someone could come up with $500, he could tell them where to buy a gun. This comment came shortly after Mr Bodie was discussing the prevalence of AK-47 assault rifles in Bahamian soci-e ty. This highly dangerous w eapon is prized amongst guerilla fighters who depend on the weapon’s high rapidr ate of fire along with its light weight body and trademark durability. Throughout the w orld, the AK-47 is by far the m ost widely smuggled firearm that is sold to rebels and crim inals alike on the black mark et. During the show, Mr Bodie also claimed that he knows exactly” what happened to the firearm which went missing from a Defence Force vessel just before Christmas. Mr Bod ie said he had asked the Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade to contact him or come on the show to discuss the matter, but claimed Mr Greenslade ignored the offer. The police reportedly took Mr Bodie’s claim of knowing where to get a weapon very seriously. The talkshow host was said to be “very remorseful” at CDU headquarters yesterday. One source in the department claimed Mr Bodie had come to recognise that what he had done was wrong. The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com Police quiz talk show host over gun claim On-air comment leads to arrest I N S I D E C LASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSIFIEDS I N S I D E OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAY’STRIBUNE CARS! CARS! CARS! I N S I D E Get Pushin’ Da Envelope’s take on E lection Court challenge By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net RYAN PINDER, the PLP candidate for the Elizabeth byelection, renounced his American citizenship before he was nominated to run on January 29. According to a letter received by The Tribune , Mr Pinder renounced his American citizenship on January 20, 2010 Pinder ‘renounced US citizenship before nomination’ S EE page 13 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas is “weathering the economic and financial storm as well if not better than might have been expected several months ago,” the Prime Minister stated yesterday. “A glimpse of clearer skies is gradually emerg ing on the horizon,” said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. He presented this assessment in Parliament as he delivered his mid-year budget state ment, providing an insight into the progress made by the Govern ment in the first six months of the budget cycle in achieving the goals and objectives and meeting the financial targets and projections it set out in the Budget of June, 2009. The Prime Minister PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham speaks in the House of Assembly yesterday. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page 11 B AHAMAS ‘WEA THERING’ EC ONOMIC STORM SEE page 12 A 35-YEAR-OLDGrand Bahama man has been sen tenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the seizure of just over 700 pounds of marijuana in the Exumas last November. Andre Perez Kikivarakis, of Mayfield Park, Grand Bahama on Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to import marijuana, conspiring to pos sess marijuana, importation of marijuana and possession of 20 bales of marijuana with intent to supply. He also pleaded guilty to charges of deceiving two police officers. He had initially been arraigned on the charges last November. The drugs, which were report ed to weigh 711 pounds and have a street value of $638,000, were seized on Little Cistern Cay on November 9, 2009. Kikivarakis. who was arraigned on the charges last November, had pleaded not guilty. Man gets three year sentence for drug charges SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Report tthompson@tribunemedia.net COLLEGE Professor Dr Ian Strachan yesterday hit back at criticism of the College of the Bahamas’ decision to host a conference and film festival dedicated to Bahamian-raised actor Sir Sidney Poitier, arguing that the event's protesters are misguided by a sense of "entitlement." By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday stressed that the Government will not be seeking to borrow anymore money during the mid-year budget, but simply to re-allo cate funds already approved by Parliament within various min istries and departments in response to shifting priorities. He made this comment yesterday in his mid-year budget statement to Parliament, which is intended to apprise the public on the performance of the economy in the first six months of the budget year and the extent to which government Govt ‘will not be borrowing anymore’ in mid-year budget SEE page 12 SEE page 12 COB hits back at Sir Sidney Poitier film festival criticism SIR SIDNEY POITIER

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net T HE Commissioner of Police and Urban Renewal leaders yesterday pledged to fight crime and improve com-m unities through combined efforts. Newly appointed Royal Bahamas Police Force Commissioner Ellison Greenslade told Urban Renewal New Prov-i dence coordinator Ella Lewis and managers of the island’sn ine centres that they have the support of all 3,000 RBPF offic ers and nearly 1,000 reserve officers. He made this pledge while on a courtesy call to the Urban Renewal headquarters on Collins Avenue. M s Lewis expressed her desire to build on the existingr elationship with police to ensure the protection of her s taff and volunteers, 95 per cent of whom are women, as well as s trengthen the fight against crime by sharing information on criminal matters. “We have information we can share with them and they h ave information they can share with us,” Ms Lewis said. We have our ears on the ground, and we want to work in p artnership to make our communities safer.” Urban Renewal centres operate under the Department of Labour and Social Developm ent and host a number of programmes for children, youth, families and the elderly from m arching band groups to healthy lifestyle clinics and h ome visits. Engage M s Lewis hopes to see more police officers engage with res i dents and familiarise themselves with communities to help r oot out crime, and Mr Greenslade pledged the full support of the force. “Every single police officer, every single reserve officer is a n eighbourhood policing officer,” Mr Greenslade said. What else could they be? I can’t have an officer show up with a friendly smile and be p olite, and five minutes later a different kind of police officer s how up. “That is only confusing people. We will all serve with care, respect and trust,” h e said. Department of Labour and Social Services deputy per m anent secretary Rudolph Pratt also declared support for p artnership. “Based on the things we see happening in our country, it’s almost like we are a ship in a storm and we have to have all h ands on deck,” Mr Pratt said. Urban Renewal centres are a lso in need of volunteers and anyone interested in volun t eering at any time is urged to contact their local centre or contact Ms Lewis at the head office on Collins Avenue at 328-1728/9. By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net AN emergency operation c osting nearly half a million dollars which got underway yes t erday at the dump should result in a significant reduction in the amount of smoke affect ing New Providence by the weekend, the Minister of the Environment said. According to Dr Earl Deveaux, a 10-houra -day “dozing and dousing” exercise involving four excavators, four bull-dozers, two water t rucks, four water pumps and 14,000 cubic yards of fill is expected to finally extinguish the largest fire ever to catch at the landfill in just under a month. Equipment The heavy equipment will be u sed to spread the waste and expose smouldering areas withi n the dump that firefighters h ave found hard to reach. Once this is achieved, the burning garbage will be doused w ith water and covered with fill. The dump is currently producing large amounts of toxic fumes, which have left residents of the nearby Jubilee Gardens subdivision in particular concern for their health and homes. A fire broke out at the site on February 12. Despite the initial best efforts of firefighters, the fire spread, creating onel arge fire and several smaller b lazes, both on the surface and within the large mounds of waste. D r Deveaux told the media on Tuesday that he hopes going forward that more financial resources can be made avail a ble to the Department of Environmental Health Services so it can implement a plan to manage the landfill in a more competent and sustainable manner that will reduce the likelihood of future hazardous fires. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Scotiabank (Bahamaspartnership with 100 Jamz, Cool 96, Y98.7 and Joy FM presented The Bahamas Red Cross with $96,589.21,the proceeds of the Haiti Relief Fund, established in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. Scotiabank declared Friday, January 15, 2010 as Help for Haiti Day, inviting the public to make donations to the Haiti Relief efforts. This donation also included the proceeds of the Coins for Haiti Drive held in New Providence on January 19, 2010 with 12 hour remote broadcasts on Jamz, Cool, Y, and Joy. Through the overwhelming support of the Bahamian public, Coins for Haiti raised $61,200 within the one day. Red Cross Director General, Caroline Turnquest, thanked the partners for organizing these initiatives, “I want to ensure the public that the funds will be sent to Haiti in short order. Our international team is doing a tremendous job in assisting the victims of Haiti by providing food, tents, water and other much needed essentials. In any disaster, the Red Cross is there.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and the Haitian-Bahamian community during this extremely difficult period,” said Barry Malcolm, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas. e are pleased to support the Red Cross in their efforts to provide this much needed assistance to our Haitian brothers and sisters.” SCOTIABANK HAITI RELIEF FUND DONATED TO THE RED CROSSL-R Eric Ward, Operations Manager & Programme Director, Radio House; M axine Seymour, Marketing & Promotions Director, Radio House; Caroline Turnquest, Director General, Bahamas Red Cross; Leah Davis, Senior Manager of Marketing & PR, Scotiabank; Damario Barton, Nat'l Training Officer, Bahamas Red Cross. Crime crackdown pledge A REWARD is being offered to a nyone who can help a distraught family find their missing dog. The dog, a Border Collie who answers to the name ‘Skye’, was wearing a collar bearing an identificationt ag and was last seen in the San Souci, Eastern Road area at about 2pm yesterday. Anyone with information about Skye’s whereabouts is asked to call3 24-5273 or 376-2227 urgently. HAVEYOUSEENSKYE? Emer gency operation ‘should r educe dump smoke significantly’ Reward offered for lost Border Collie C OMMISSIONER OF POLICE E llison Greenslade paid a courtesy call on Urban Renewal New Providence coordinator Ella Lewis yesterday and p ledged the support of the entire police force in community policing. Commissioner of Police and Urban Renewal leaders vow to improve communities through joint effort PHONENUMBERS Telephone numbers for Urban Renewal Centres: n F arm Road: 323-5314 n Bain and Grants Town, Baillou Hill Road and Cameron Street: 3230234/6/9 n E nglerston, Moore Avenue off Miami Street:3 25-0585/6 n Kemp Road, St James R oad off Shirley Street: 3947966 n Fort Charlotte, Musgrove Street and Dunmore Avenue: 328-1946/7 n N assau Village, Stack Avenue and Williams Street:3 94-2642/3/5 n St Cecilia, Oxford Avenue: 328-2640/1 n Pinewood Gardens, Charles Saunders Highway: 3 92-3362 n Fox Hill, Springfield S treet: 364-8319

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENT will have signed not just the 12 Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEA from the tax-haven “grey list” by the March 31 deadline but a total of 19 such agreements, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said yesterday. A TIEA signing with Mexico this past weekend provided the Bahamas with a current tally of 11 such agreements one short of the number demanded by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD (Group of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from 20 economies). Sanctions Twelve signed TIEAs are r equired if this nation is to avoid economically damaging sanctions from the internation-a l community. Addressing parliament as he made his mid-year budget statem ent yesterday, Mr Ingraham said the Bahamas has “moved aggressively to meet the r equirements” demanded by the OECD and G-20 on tax information exchange. “At present there are 11 signed agreements, and, by the end of March, we will have executed 19 agreements to ensure our exit from the grey list,” he said. It is not clear at this stage which countries those remaining agreements will be with, or the basis upon which the government has determined to sign seven more TIEAs than the number presently demanded by the OECD and G-20. To date the Bahamas has signed agreements with the United States, Argentina, Belgium, France, China, Monaco, San Marino, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United King dom and Mexico. The Bahamas was placed on the OECD’s “grey list” in April of last year following the G-20 Summit in London. Along with 38 other jurisdictions, it was deemed “non-cooperative in relation to (new standards for the exchange of tax information.” At that time the Bahamas had signed just one TIEA with the US. In giving his mid-year budget statement, Mr Ingraham noted the government’s action in negotiating and signing TIEAs as part of its progress in “enhancing the competitiveness of financial services” in the Bahamas. Also relevant in this regard, said Mr Ingraham, is the gov ernment’s intention to amend the Investment Funds Act to “remove restrictions that impact negatively on Bahamian investment managers and advisers and the competitiveness of the Bahamas as a financial cen tre.” Govt acting aggressively to remove Bahamas from tax-haven ‘grey list’ – PM T WO of the country’s m ost wanted men were apprehended yesterday int he wake of public appeals b y the police. Armed robbery suspect Jeffrey Wilson, 53, of Rock Crusher Road, New Providence, was found at the Orchid Garden Hotel in Village Road at around 1 0.30am and was arrested f or questioning in connect ion with several armed r obberies. C ommissioner of Police E llison Greenslade said Wilson was in possession of a large amount of cash at the time. Police then apprehended David Cooper-Cunningham, known as Crocket, of B ruce Avenue, also wanted for questioning in connection with several armed robberies. Cunninghamt urned himself in at the C entral Detective Unit in Thompson Boulevard just before 10am. B oth men are being held at the Central Detective Unit (CDU Gr atitude Mr Greenslade expressed his gratitude to the media for assistingp olice efforts and the pub l ic for coming forward with information. “Members of the press, it w orks,” the Commissioner said. “Bahamians want to help us arrest people who h ave broken the laws in t his country.” P olice are also celebrat ing the apprehension of two men arrested in con nection with the recovery of illegal firearms on Tues-day. Mobile division officers who searched a home in Hall’s Close, off Gladstone Road, with a warrant at around 3pm found a handgun and ammunition, according to Royal Bahamas Police Force press officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings. A 36year-old man was arrested in connection with the find. Just 45 minutes later, Drug Enforcement Unit officers on patrol in But tercup Lane, South Beach, found a handgun hidden or discarded in some bushes. Sgt Skippings said the DEU officers had followeda man acting suspiciously before searching the area, recovering the firearm and arresting the man. Two of the country’s ‘most wanted men’ apprehended PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday described the prime minister’s mid-year Budget statement as a “lamentable and inade quate tale of woes with too much self-promotion.” “The prime minister’s budget statement is noted for what it did not say Beating the chest to say ‘what a good government am I’, does not change the fact of the human suffering that this gov ernment has inflicted on the country,” said Mr Christie, speaking after parliament adjourned following the morning session where Mr Ingraham presented his report. Suf f ering Mr Christie, flanked by his fellow PLPs, said the party does not believe the budget statement “adequately addresses the issue of human suffering in the country, nor does it appreciate the level of unemployment in the country or say what the government intends to do to deal with an economy that continues to contract or crime which continues to rise.” “The prime minister is expert at describing the problem but no solutions arise. We believe that there is still a need to commit government resources to providing considerable support for the thousands who are unemployed and under employed and who stand to lose their homes. The social safety net was also not addressed in this statement. It is a glaring gap in the statement,” said the former prime minister. Christie tears into Ingraham’s mid-year Budget statement J EFFREYWILSON Police report TAX INFORMATION EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS Nineteeen tax deals will be signed by deadline, says Ingraham A t present t here are 11 signed agreements, and, by the end of March, we will have executed 19a greements to e nsure our exit from the grey l ist.” H ubert Ingraham PERRY CHRISTIE ‘Lamentable and inadequate’, says PLP Leader Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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EDITOR, The Tribune . The Bahamas and the swimming community say farewell to a true Bahamian patriot in the passing of Mrs Betty Kelly Kenning. The Kennings, both John and B etty, have been very generous in giving back to the B ahamian public. I first met Betty some 15 years ago after my wife Nancy did research on the history of swimming in the Bahamas; it was then that we realised the important role that Betty played in the develop ment of swimming in the B ahamas. Let’s travel back to the early 1930’s – to what you could call the beginning of “competitive “ swimming in the Bahamas. It was during these years that the ShorehamA quatics Club was started with Betty Kelly being a part of this s uccessful team. The team will be remembered for its achieve ment at two major international events. In 1939, a team of eight swimmers, David Butler, Paul Lightbourne, Loree Kelly, George Moseley, Kenneth Albury, Maurice Kelly, John C ash, and Betty Kelly travelled to the Canadian National Exhibition Championships which were held in High Park, Ontario from August 26th to September 5th. Competing in this meet were teams from allo ver Canada and the NE United States. T he championships took place in the COLD and DARK lake Ontario between bulkheads. The girls remember hav ing to put grease all over their bodies so they wouldn’t freeze to death. All the swimmers placed in the top three in their respective races, and Betty Kelly-Kenning still had her 3rd place medal for the junior girls 100m freestyle. In 1941 the Shoreham Aquatic Club took nine boys to compete in the SE State Championships in North Carolina on August 11th.These boys performed so well that Kenneth Albury was offered a full scholarship at the Univer sity of Miami for January 1942. This never materialized due to the war, but judging from the success this small squad of swimmers had, including Betty Kelly-Kenning in their few trips abroad, who knows what could have happened. After talking with Betty some 45 years later and have her attend our Swift Swimming swim meets and also the National Swimming Championships it gave me a greater appreciation for her love and contribution to the sport of swimming. As the Bahamian public is aware Betty Kelly Kenning made an enormous contribution to the development of Bahamian youth and swimmers in particular when she basically donated the monies to build the first and only 50 meter pool for the Bahamas. It has helped us host Regional Championships and put on Olympic qualifying swim meets and allowed swimming in the Bahamas to reach new levels of success. We will miss you, Betty, but will be forever grateful for your impact on our youth and the building of a better Bahamas. ANDY & NANCY KNOWLES Grateful swimmers and coaches Nassau, February, 2010 EDITOR, The Tribune. Please allow me space to e xpress a very serious observation that only sheds light on thep riorities of those who govern our country. As the by-election saga in E lizabeth constituency rages on and a probable future court action looms, every radio talk show and media house enthusiastically continue their cover-a ge on every aspect of the byelection in Elizabeth Estates. As the torch burns and the crabs walk, the Nassau city dump burns releasing fumest hat contain very dangerous chemicals, surrounding neighbourhoods. The fire at the dump is symbolic of the many “fires” that burn unattended int he Bahamas. Subdivisions such as Jubilee G ardens and many other areas c ontinue to inhale extremely poisonous chemicals like dioxins and mercury receive theird aily dose of smoke filled pois on, the inside of many homes s mell as if a garbage can was l it inside their living rooms. In Bahamian history, I have studi ed two instances when the B ahamas as a nation stood up t o foreigners trying to dispose of, or offload their garbage either in our waters or in ourl ands. In August of 1970 the U S Army had planned to dump 3 000 tons of highly lethal nerve gas deep in the Atlantic off the Coast of Florida. The dumping was to start on August 10th, 1970 164 miles northeast off theB ahamian islands but was met with serious protest from the people of the Bahamas. Theo ther major garbage protest t ook place in 1986 when the Khian Sea, an ocean-going barge containing seven tons of ash from incinerated household g arbage, sailed from Philadel p hia to dispose of the ash in an overseas landfill in the Bahamas. Sixteen years later, the Khian Sea has returned toP hiladelphia-with its original l oad of ash. Over the last 16 years the Khian Sea has sailed around the world, trying to finda country any country that would accept the ash ford isposal. The Khian Sea originally had a contract with the Bahamas to accept the ash, but en route the Bahamian gove rnment under pressure and protest from the people of theB ahamas changed its mind and reneged. It’s now time for the people of the Bahamas to protest the continued poisoning of many of our citizens in N assau by allowing the improper methods used in the daily d isposal of our garbage. In a developed city a dump site s hould not be in the middle of residential and commercial properties. What is the plan to deal with this situation? Yet, the by-election in Elizabeth takes priority in the media and has consumed the attention ofa ll our politicians in government and opposition. Who is managing the fires that threaten the environment and health of Bahamians? As the Nassau city dump b urns the poisonous crime situation engulfs the Bahamas –h ome invasions and daylight r obberies have become comm on as the cold. Serious crime continues to rise just like the plumes of smoke from the dump that finds its way in many homes. Even as Commissioner G reenslade came out with m any new initiatives, the byelection in Elizabeth Estates takes priority in the media. Who is managing the ferocious flames of crime that is ragingt hrough Bahamian society? A s the Nassau city dump s moulders, our economy is similarly the victim of repressed flames conflagration and apparently is not being given the proper attention required by t hose in government to save a nd restore it. Our governments h ave allowed our Financial Services industry to struggle and fade away instead of putting in proactive measures that strengthen our country even in the face of the United States a nd OECD led initiatives to close such jurisdictions. As they continue their strategy and create new laws every time we adjust our laws to their requirements, they once again “movet he goal post back” on us. We must unconditionally take bolds teps to save this industry as they have taken bold steps to destroy our Financial ServicesI ndustry in our face, we in the Bahamas cannot lose our Financial Services Industry as it has been one of our main industries and job providers, yet weh ave allowed ourselves to be dictated to as our economy hinges on the foreign financial markets and other economies but, the by-election in Eliza-b eth Estates takes priority in the media. Who is containing the flames that are retarding the recovery, growth and development of the economy ofB ahamas? As the Nassau city dump b urns – symbolic of all the t hreats that pervade every facet of life in the Bahamas, we must move away from the politicals hort term “quick vote” job gett er which all governments have b een guilty of, to long term real j ob solutions for the thousands that graduate high school or r eturn from college every year. A long term productive job of s ubstance that positively affects and enhances the dignity and self esteem of every individuali s the only answer. This will aid i n eliminating the anti-social b ehaviour that result in the escalation of crime and the pre sent state of social degradation. I pray that our leaders’ response to the fire at the dumpi s not indicative of our leaders focus on the priorities that face our nation. We have what Ic onsider a national crisis b ecause someone from every island in the Bahamas lives on the island of New Providence. What an opportune time for c riminals to increase their activ i ties or illegal immigrants of all backgrounds to invade, as the dump slowly burns and our politicians distract the entireB ahamas and focus only on Lizzy”. ANTHONY U BOSTWICK Nassau, F ebruary 20, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm WE AGREE with Opposition leader Perry Christie that there is serious need for election campaign reform in fact it is longo verdue. These reforms should be in place b efore another election is held in the Bahamas. Mr Christie said this reform had to come from the two major political parties to assure third-party and independent candidates ane ven playing field. These reforms are needed, not just for third parties and independents,b ut for all parties, regardless of size or polit ical strength. T he late Basil Kelly, former MP for three islands that formed the Crooked Island con stituency Crooked Island, Acklins and Long Cay was of the same opinion when dirty tricks defeated him at the polls in the1 987 general election, and two years later snatched the by-election from him by intim-i dation and bully tactics. This is the way Mr Kelly put it at the end o f the 1987 campaign: “There is no more we could have done and stayed within the law. The rules must be changed and enforced in order to have free, fair elections under this PLP government.” F irstly, the electoral register must be corrected and verified in ample time for public ation so that voters will have time to make certain they are registered in the proper p olling divisions. There must be an earlier cut off date for the registration of voters so that the Boundaries Commission can better determine the number of voters in each constituency, which in turn will determine w hether boundaries will have to be changed to allow for the growth or decline in populat ion in each constituency. The excuse used for the lateness of the boundaries commission r eport in the 2007 election was the lateness of Bahamians to register, thus depriving the commissioners of the numbers they needed to draw the boundaries. Bahamians are noted for leaving everything to the last minute, but given a definite deadline, they usually make it to the door on time. The Boundaries Commission, now com posed of politicians, should be independent. I t is only in this way that an objective decision will be made for the drawing of the bound aries without a commissioner running his pencil down a certain side road to include supporters of his own party. Boundaries should be drawn on the number of residents in each district, not on their political persua sion. Now to flash back to the Crooked Island constituency, 1987. In the 24 settlements of that sparsely populated constituency of three islands, there were 550 registered voters. Of the 550, 503 voted. Some of the registered voters had died, some were civil servants, some had left the district, and others did not vote. There was one protest vote. The PLP divided that handful of people into 13 polling divisions, the better to control and intimidate them. In one division 13 votes were cast. The largest division had 79 voters. This is what happened to 13 voters from B innacle Hill, who were solid supporters of M r Kelly, and who were registered at the Salina Point polling division. Two weeks before the election the PLP decided to transfer those voters to the Pompey Bay poll. The Commissioner arrived to amend their cardsf rom polling division 12 to 11. However, on the morning of election day the head PLPg eneral, who was very concerned about the way the 13 would vote, arrived at the polling d ivision to announce that the 13 were not on the voters’ register. He ordered them to go home. It was true. They were no longer on the list. The day before the election a new voters’ list was sent to the island with instruc-t ions that it was now the official list. The 13 voters’ names were no longer on the list.T hrough no fault of their own they had been disfranchised. T here must also be more careful scrutiny of assisted voters. Mr Kelly reported that in the 1987 election a reverend gentleman asked that a friend assist him at voting. He claimed blindness. Two weeks before the election, M r Kelly attended the reverend’s church and watched him read the fine print in the Bible. A nother was the case of a young girl employed as a janitress. She walked into the p oll with a PLP supporter, also claiming blindness. Her vote had to be verified if she wanted to save her job. And then there have been the isolated cases at other elections. Those who were o bviously imbeciles, who didn’t know who they were, where they were, or why they w ere there. Should helpers also be allowed to drag them in and pass them off as legitimate v oters? However, reform has to go even further back to the attitude of the electorate. Too many think that their “representer” is there for the Christmas ham and turkey, the odd jobs and a few handouts in other words “what you gonna do for me?” For too many years Bahamians have been encouraged to be totally dependent on politicians, thereby depriving them of their own indep endence and initiative. None of us has to go too far back to recall the words of Sir Lynden Pindling “don’t worry, be happy.” In other words leave your future all to him. In its 1992 Manifesto the FNM said it placed great emphasis on the elevation of “our people’s spirit in a participatory democ racy in which social and economic justice is the entitlement of every citizen and the dependency syndrome is a thing of the past.” Bahamians have to learn that they have to expect more than a ham and a turkey from their MP. They want a society created in which they can work to purchase their own ham and turkey, send their children to school and spread their entrepreneurial wings as wide as nature will allow them without a politician blocking their upward mobility. Forget Elizabeth by-election, fix the city dump LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Major electoral reforms needed A tribute to Betty Kelly Kenning

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BY-ELECTIONCOURTCHALLENGE B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE PLP is denying that the five individuals who cast protest ballots in the Elizabeth by-elec tion will have to appear in election court, although the party says they are likely to do so. This comes after FNM leader, Prime Minister H ubert Ingraham, suggested the PLP would not be able to succeed in their election court bid unless the five voters presented themselves in court, and under oath stated their qualifications to vote in Elizabeth. “The court will have to be satisfied based on the evidence produced that the voter had a rightto vote. The voter may come to court or may not,” according to PLP stalwart, ValentineG rimes. “The voters are not a party to the action, so it is not necessary for them to come forward. But p eople are not intimidated by the FNM so in all likelihood they will come forward,” said Mr Grimes. After a recount of the votes cast on February 16, Duane Sands was up by a slim margin of two votes. This result will not be declared final until the court rules on the five protested votes. E ven though the votes in question were cast by secret ballot, the voters can be identified because their voter’s card number is placed on the coun terfoil. Legally, if there is anything on the ballot itself which identifies the voter, the ballot is void. “The vote is like a raffle ticket: you tear the piece off and you vote on that piece. The stub has the same number as the ballot and their voter card is written on the stub. It is a secret ballot, but it will only not be made secret if you have to go to court,” Mr Grimes explained. Voters not required in court, PLP claims TRIBUNE readers overwhelmingly believe that the PLP should be made to pay its outstanding election court debts and government billsb efore being permitted to take t he Elizabeth by-election result to election court. The Opposition party lost the Elizabeth contest by just two votes to the governing FNM and have already filed t heir challenge with the courts. H owever, in the latest online poll on tribune242.com, 232 readers said the PLP should settle its debts from similar legal battles before incurringf urther expenses. Only 85 r eaders opposed this view. C ommenting on the results, reader Freda noted that if private citizens don’t pay their utility bills, they are discon nected “no matter who we vote for.” ToniBear added: “If I don't pay my bills then I will not be afforded the luxury of owni ng my own home, enjoying m y favourite television show o r chatting to friends online. So likewise how can the PLP go to election court owing form er election court debts? Doesn't make sense to me.” Many of those who com m ented on the results of the p oll said the PLP should drop their challenge altogether. According to Tired of Sore Losers , “It seems to be the trend now to contest elections when one loses. Why can'tp oliticians just accept defeat like in the past, shake hands a nd move on. Examples need t o be set so that this generat ion and future ones will realise that there is no shame in defeat, and it takes a big man to swallow his pride and lose gracefully.” F ed Up with Politics a greed t hat the PLP should “let it go.” The reader added that if the party really wants to move f orward with its challenge, it should be made to settle outstanding bills at ZNS and payi n full for the failed election court challenges it mounted following the 2007 general election. E rasmus Folly p ointed out that even if the PLP were to p ay all its bills, this new court c hallenge will end up costing t he public. He said: “Having political parties waste time and money on court hearings is time and money that all those MPs andl awyers could be dedicating t o real work that would improve the operation of the Bahamian government and t he country by extension. Instead, they are engaged in petty squabbles over non-i ssues.” Tribune readers: PLP should pay bills before election court THEPOLL appeared on tribune242.com

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THE Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources’ allBahamas agri-expo moves to t he Gladstone Road Agriculture Centre in New Providence today. It will be officially opened 10am by Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright. The expo will f eature products in the categories of ornamental, vegetable, root crops, fruits, poultry, marine resources and livestock. It is a partnership between the government and stakeholders producers, buyers and educ ators. Last weekend was Exuma’s turn to show off its wares. Under the central theme, ‘Progressing Toward Food Security’, expos are next scheduled for Andros, Cat Island and Abaco. The ministry had envisa ged holding a national expo every year at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre. Two such expos were held so far. “However, based on the i nterest, demand and request from the Family Islands,” said Mr Cartwright, “the vision was expanded and our focus refined a nd we are hosting with local support ten such expos throughout the Bahamas. “In realising the expanded vision, we called upon farmers,a dministrators, teachers, consumers, buyers and sellers, fishermen and producers throughout the Bahamas to plan and o rganise island-based expos. “The full support of the government is being given to these expos. Funds are allocated in our 2009/10 budget to supplys eed money.” Production Mr Cartwright said his mini stry has determined to progress toward food security by encouraging increased production in t he areas of vegetable, root c rops, fruits, poultry, marine resources and livestock. T he ministry is also mandated to address issues that a dversely impact marine resources. “In this regard,” hes aid, “we have created marine protected areas, and closed the s easons for the harvesting of lobster, grouper and stone crab to ensure their adequacy and sustainability.” An assessment of agriculture a nd fisheries with the assistance of the Food and AgricultureO rganisation is being under taken. “Friendly competition is a part of the National Expo,” said Mr Cartwright. This encourages the best among producers to achieve theb est they can. With these island expos, judging for the nationals b egins. “This process now allows for wider and fairer assessments to take place. In February 2011, at the culminating event, the N ational Agri-business Expo competitors in myriad areas willl earn who the winners are,” he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Agri-expo fair moves to New Providence MINISTRY of Agriculture and Marine Resources’ first assistant secretary Tellis Mullings shows off what Exuma can produce during last weekend’s agri-business fair. MINISTER of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright admires straw work during the Exuma agri-business fair last weekend. BIS PHOTOS / Derek Smith

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By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d maycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT – A week o f special activities is being p lanned in Grand Bahama f or the month of March to honour the late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield. Among the celebratory events to be staged is an exhibition to highlight Sir Cecil’s significant contrib utions to the national development of the Bahamas. P lans have not yet been finalised regarding a venue f or the exhibition, but two locations are being considered the Post Office B uilding in downtown, Freeport, or at the governm ent complex on the Mall. April Crowther-Gow, who heads the planningc ommittee, is helping organise a week of activit ies that pay tribute to the life and times of Sir Cecil, o ne of the founding members and the first leader of the Free National Movem ent. She believes it is import ant that young Bahamians k now who Sir Cecil Wal lace-Whitfield was and the significant role he playedin the FNM party and the c ountry. She described Sir Cecil as “one of the architects oft he country’s modern era.” The exhibition is slated for March 15. An essay competition is p lanned for March 17 on t he topics, “Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield – the gift of legacy to Bahamian poli t ics” and “Sir Cecil Wal lace-Whitfield – The life and times of a great B ahamian hero.” A special radio talk show w ill be held on March 18 when eight associates of Sir Cecil will give first-hand accounts of their experi ences with the late politi cal leader. Former High Rock MP Maurice Moore will be one of those appearing on the show. There also will be a Sir Cecil Family Fun Day on M arch 20 at FNM headq uarters. The week will culminate with a church service on March 21. Sir Cecil was a major p olitical figure in Bahamian politics. He died on May 9, 1990 at age 60. H is image is featured on t he $5 Bahamian note. I n 1967, the Progressive L iberal Party won the gove rnment from the United B ahamian Party (UBP under Sir Cecil’s chairmans hip. He was appointed to the Cabinet by Sir Lynden Pindling, the then leader oft he PLP. Sir Cecil spearheaded the n ew vision for education, and under his tenure many schools were constructed in t he Bahamas. Disillusioned with the P LP, he resigned from the party in 1970 and led the departure of the “Dissident E ight.” He, along with Warren L evarity, Maurice Moore, Curtis McMillan, Eldwood Donaldson, James Shepherd, George Thompson and Arthur Foulkes,b ecame the Free PLP and l ater merged with the UBP to become the FNM. After 25 years of PLP r ule, the FNM came to power for the first time in 1992, two years after Sir Cecil’s death. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Week of activities to honour Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Exhibition to highlight contribution to national development of Bahamas S IR CECIL WALLACE-WHITFIELD

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ON HISlandfall in the Bahamas five centuries ago, Christopher Columbus reported that "the song of the little birds might make a man wish never to leave here.” “The flocks of parrots that darken the sun and the large and small birds of so many species are so different from ours that it is a wonder," Columbus wrote in his log. Back then, there were as many as 34 species of parakeets, macaws, and parrots throughout the Caribbean. But within a few hundred years all 12 macaw species disappeared, along with two thirds of the parakeets and a third of the parrot species. The Bahama Parrot the bird described by Columbus as being so numerous once lived throughout the Bahamian archipelago, in all areas with foodbearing plants. But it survives today only in the most rugged regions of Abaco and Inagua. The pinelands of the southern third of Abaco are the parrot’s primary stronghold on that island. Parrots occur island-wide on I nagua, but are patchy in distribution. And with a population of less than 7,000 today on both islands, scientists say the risk of extinction is high. The Abaco population is unique in that it is the only ground nesting parrot in the Western Hemisphere (Inagua parrots nest in tree cavities). Unfortunately, this unusual behaviour makes them easy prey for cats, rats and raccoons. These birds spend up to 23 hours a day in their ground cavity nests during the month eggs are being incubated. And researchers have determined that cats can kill half of the nesting females in one year alone. Racoons were introduced to Abaco in the early 1990s and only made matters worse. As is often the case in con servation, the establishment of the Abaco National Park began with a quest to rescue this charismatic endangered species from extinction. The Bahamas National Trust became concerned about the survival of the ground-nesting parrot in the early 1970s. Owens Illinois (then the biggest landholder on the island) had agreed to set aside a hundred acres of pineland for the parrot, but the BNT knew that more protection was needed. The New York Zoological Society was enlisted to develop a conservation plan whose main goal was the protection of parrot habitat. Ornithologist Rosemarie Gnam was sent to Abaco in 1983 to undertake a longterm field study on the parrot to back up this plan. Her research confirmed that only a thousand parrots remained in the wild on Abaco and identified perdition, habitat loss and natural disasters as the main conservation threats. By the end of her nine-year study, Gnam was calling for urgent measures to save the parrots. These efforts drew the atten tion of the RARE Center for Tropical Bird Conservation an organisation that uses social m arketing techniques to pro mote bio-diversity conservation around the world. In 1990 RARE teamed up with the BNT, the government, and Abaco Friends of the Environment to launch a massive public education programme modelled on similar efforts in o ther countries. And in 1992, the Abaco parrot became a highly publicised symbol for the Bahamian quincentennial celebration of Columbus’ landfall. At least four proposals were submitted to government by the BNT over a period of 16 years r ecommending that important parrot habitat in South Abaco receive protection. But the park was finally established in 1994 as a result of this successful “national pride” public education campaign. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham (the Member of Par-l iament for North Abaco) credited the “consistent and persis tent” letter writing by schoolchildren as a major factor in the government’s decision to create the park. The BNT was granted a 99year lease on 20,500 acres, with the proviso that traditional uses of the area for hunting would be allowed to continue. The authority to manage such protected areas throughout the country is derived from the Bahamas National Trust Act of 1959, which gives the organisation full responsibility for the preservation of the “natural aspect, features, and animals, plants, and marine life” of land and sea areas. It is the only non-govern mental organisation in the world to administer a national park system. In 2000, University of Florida scientists joined with the BNT and Friends of the Environment (with funding from the Disney Foundation) to implement a new public awareness programme on Abaco called “People and Parrots”. This initiative was designed to explain the economic benefits that the park and its wildlife could bring to local communities. In 2002, the Abaco National Park was designated an Important Bird Area by the BNT using criteria developed by BirdLife International because of its importance as breeding habitat to the endan gered parrot and also because it is a stronghold for two endem ic bird species the Bahama Swallow and the Bahama Yellowthroat. 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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM It’s more than engineering. It’s performance art.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is equipped with many innovative technical features which delivers a driving experience that is unique in this class. Think beautiful design, elegant ease and stately confidence. Among the highlights is the AgilityControl Package which automatically adjusts the suspension set-up according to the conditions of the road. Along with exemplary fuel use, faster gear changes, exceptional interiors and increased cabin space, you will see the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. All candidates must possess the following: Exceptional administrative skills are required for: The Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP sector organisation charged with the revitalization of Nassau. PARTNERSHIPDOWNTOWN National Park support as a result of these programmes, survival prospects for the parrot continued to deteriorate. By 2004, there were only 77 breeding pairs left on Abaco. About a third of these were predated by wild cats, and half of the remaining pairs did not survive hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. This led the BNT to undertake an urgent predator control project in conjunction with Parrots International a California-based organisation dedicated to the conservation of endangered parrots. The removal of non-native predators is the biggest contribution that conservationists can make towards improve the parrot’s survival prospects. Trapping and removal of feral cats began in early 2005, fol lowed by a census to determine nesting success. And each year of predator control has been estimated to reduce the extinction pressure on the parrots by a third. The Abaco National Park is dominated by pine woodlands interspersed with pockets of broad-leaved evergreen coppice. Several types of wetlandsare found in the park, together with two inland blue holes and a significant portion of Abaco’s underground fresh water reserves. Currently, the park’s only physical infrastructure is a net work of disused logging roads. This road network makes it much easier to traverse the forest on foot or by vehicle. However, the roads also disturbed parrot breeding habitat, which is no longer suitable for nesting. Conservationists argue that the park boundaries should be extended to encompass more breeding and feeding habitats. And it is important to discourage incompatible developmenton land adjacent to the park. The pine forests were logged for lumber from 1908 to 1916 by the Bahamas Timber Com pany of Minnesota. Lumber was again harvested from the park in the early 1940s by the Abaco Lumber Compa ny, and the trees were cut again in the 1960s for pulp to make paper products by Owens-Illinois. The Owens-Illinois land concession reverted to the government in the early 1970s. Evidence of the logging oper ation can be found throughout the park in the form of old trails and remnants of the logging tram railway used to transport lumber to processing plants and docks. The lumber companies left five seed-bearing trees on each acre so that the pine forest could regenerate itself. Today the park serves as a refuge for an abundance of plants, animals and natural com munities, a number of which are considered threatened or endangered. It is home to the Pygmy Boa, an endemic snake; the rare Bahama Pintail Duck and Kirt land’s Warbler, and the White Crowned Pigeon. According to Anthony White, author of ‘A Birder’s Guide to the Bahama Islands’, “Abaco has the best birding of any island in the Bahamas.” And the park holds great potential to support naturebased recreational activities and sustainable economic opportu nities that benefit local communities. Critical conservation threats include incompatible development, an altered forest fire regime, invasive plants and animals, litter and pollution, recreational impacts, natural disasters and climate change. The BNT’s management goals seek to address or minimise these negative impacts while promoting economic opportunities for Bahamians consistent with the park’s mission. Written by Larry Smith, Media Enterprises Ltd, for the Bahamas National Trust. For more information call 393-1317 or visit www.bnt.bs. MAKING nest boxes for the parrots. FROM page eight

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TheBahamasElectricityCorporationinvitestenders from bidders for the PURCHASE AND IMMEDIATER EMOVAL of any and/or all of the vehicles on the tableshownbelow.Allunitsaresoldasisandeach FLEET # YEAR DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLES VIN NUMBER LICENSE PLATE #1 8 1997 NISSAN SENTRA EN1BDAB14T008063 2105 20 1992 FORD CARGO VAN 1FTJE34M7NHB55643 T-5793 23 1998NISSAN SENTRA 3N1DB4159ZK012532 56004 36 1992 FORD SUPER DUTY 2FDCF47M7NCB14455 T-5799 39 1995 FORD F-800 1FDWF80C2SVA47369 T-5716 43 1995 FORD F-800 1FDXF80C1SVA49263 M-160 51 1993 FORD F-350 2FTJW35M2ACA01895 T-5608 58 1992 FORD F-350 1FDKF37MXNB14563 M-390 95 1990 GMC FUEL PINCHER 1GDK7D1F4LV509946 M-143 104 1996 NISSAN UD21 5LBUD2100114 T-1164 124 1999 TOYOTA TERCEL EL50-0079725 69659 128 1997 FORD F-450 1FDLF47F5VEA68555 T-1480 131 1988 FORD F-600 1FUNK64B1VA46494 T-5767 144 1996 NISSAN SD21 5LBGD21000863BLGD2 T-4066 148 1995 GMC TOP KICK 1GDM7H1J2SJ520079 M-463 155 1995 NISSAN SENTRA 3N1BEAB135008042 29618 163 1995 NISSAN SENTRA 3N1BEAB135009308 29617 169 1983 BACKHOE C704212 M-472 171 1999 TOYOTA TERCEL EL500080022 69660 176 1991 GMC 2500 1GDGC24J5ME506612 T-5782 182 1996 FORD F-250 1FTJW35F6TEA14980 T-5719 1871996 FORD F-250 1FTJW35F5TEA14981 T-5722 202 1996 FORD F-350 1FTJW35F1TEA14983 T-5723 207 1996 FORD F-350 1FTJW35F3TEA14984 T-5718 208 1999 TOYOTA TERCEL EL500080121 69654 210 1996 FORD F-350 1FTJW35F5TEA14985 T-5726 213 1991 GMC 2500 1GDGC24J8ME508418 T-5784 225 1996 FORD F-350 1FTJW35F7TEA14986 T-5721 229 1990 GMC 1GDL7D1F4LV509577 M-40 230 1996 FORD F-350 2FDHF25F7TCA04033 T-5724 231 1993 FORD F-700 1FDPK74P8PVA01267 T-5798 235 1987 GMC 7000 1GDJ701E5HV5199453 M-179 236 1990 FORD F-600 1FDNK64P5MVA12044 T-5735 246 1988 CHEVROLET VAN 1GCHP32JOJ3305147 T-5743 247 1996 FORD F-450 1FDLF47F5TEA06246 T-5725 262 1995 FORD F-4501FDL47F5SEA24471 T-5729 265 1995 FORD TRACTOR352809M M-465 270 1999 TOYOTA TERCEL EL500081299 69658 271 1992 FORD F-350 1FTJE34M5NHB55642 T-5794 289 1993 BUS 1FBHE31MINHB55644 B-1453 297 1991 CLARKE FORKLIFT Y101513970130B M-242 300 1991 GMC STEP VAN 1GTGP32J9M3500471 T-5754 323 1992 FORD F-350 1FDKF37M6NNB17878 M-291 341 1994 NISSAN SENTRA 3N1BEAB13R001641 29680 401 1987 FORD F-800 1FDNT74POHVA50873 M-52 404 1989 FORD F-800 1FDXK84A3JVA48182 M-54 486 1999 FORD F-450 1FDXF46F9XEC61796 MAYAGU 500 1999 GMC 3500 1GDKC34F8XF025327M-198 605 1990 FORD F-800 1FDXK84A9LVA03251 NIL Potential Bidders are invited to view and examine the vehicles at the Corporation’s Transport Department located within its Big Pond Complex, Blue Hill Road, Nassau, Bahamas between the hours of 8am and 1pm or 2pm and 4pm Monday through Friday only from February 24th, 2010 inclusive. Potential Bidders are encouraged to use the form of tender for a single bid or a Forms may be collected from the security booth of the Corporation’s Big Pond Tenders are to be delivered in an envelope on or before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 and addressed as follows:Mr. Kevin Basden General Manager Bahamas Electricity Corporation Blue Hill & Tucker Roads Nassau, Bahamas Marked: Tender No. _721/10___ RETIRED VEHICLESThe Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject the whole or such part of any tender the Corporation deems necessary. FEB 2010TENDER FOR THE PURCHASE OF RETIRED FLEET VEHICLESLocated At The Transport Department Bahamas Electricity Corporation Big Pond Compound, Blue Hill Road, N assau, Bahamas BY GENA GIBBS INCREASED police prese nce and educating the public about conflict resolution are the solutions for crime deterrence in the Kemp Road area, Police S uperintendent Ashton G reenslade, officer in-charge of Northeastern Division on Wulff Road said. “Police visibility is a deterr ent to crime, and in short order you will see increased police presence in both foot and mobile patrols,” Supt G reenslade said. We raided a number of establishments in this area, based on public information given to us by residents,” he a dded during a walkabout of the Kemp Road community by the Wulff Road Police Station and the Kemp Road Urban Renewal Centre on Saturday. A fter several stabbing incid ents, the police want to educate persons on how to resolve issues without stabbing or fighting one another, Supt G reenslade said. Support A number of government a gencies also participated in the c ommunity walkabout to support and join the efforts of Kemp Road Urban Renewal Centre and the Wulff Road P olice Station. “We have the Royal B ahamas Defence Force, Her Majesty’s Prison, L W Young J unior High School, and Kemp Road Urban Renewal Centre,” Supt Greenslade said. “We are here to reassure the residents of the northeastern c ommunity that we are one team with one vision, building a s afe Bahamas for everyone to work in, live in and visit.” H e also reinforced that the public should inform the police about criminal activity they witness in their communities. “The public is urged to give p olice information about per sons in possession of unlicensed firearms, or other crimes being committed in this area.” The public can call the northe astern division at 394-4540 or call the Supt personally at 394-4 542, he said. “The public should feel free to contact officers because we a ppreciate your information, which will be kept in the strictest of confidence. “We want to take our mes sage to the community and let t hem know together we can make a difference with thec rime problem in our country,” said Supt Greenslade. Police make their presence known in the Kemp Road community KEMP ROAD residents showed their support by greeting and shaking hands with high-ranking police officers during the community walkabout on February 20, 2010. Pictured is Police Superintendent Ashton Greenslade, officer in-charge of the Northeastern Division, greeting a Kemp Road resident. G e n a G i b b s / B I S P h o t o G e n a G i b b s / B I S P h o t o POLICE SUPERINTENDENT Ashton Greenslade, officer in-charge of the N ortheastern Division, leads the community walkabout on February 20, 2 010.

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described the report as an exercise intended to enlighten the public with information by which it can make its own assessment on how the Government is using and managing public funds. However, it included no major surprises. By the close of the first six months of the 2009/2010 budget period, the Prime Minister provided figures which showed that at $140.1 million, the Government spent roughly $150 million more on capital projects in the first six months of the 2009/2010 budget year than it did in 2009. That figure represented 55 per cent of the total amount the Government has allocated for capital expenditure in the entire 2009/2010 budget year, said Mr Ingraham. On the other side of the budget, the Government had by December 31 spent just under $10 million more on “recurrent” costs those that do not result in the acquisition or enhancement of an asset, such as public sector salaries than it had forecast in June 2009, at $742.8 million. Its recurrent revenue, in light of weaker than expected economic activity in the latter part of 2009 than was anticipated in June, was “lower than expected”, said Mr Ingraham. If it were not for a number of “one-off revenue collections” totaling $84 million which had not been included in the 2009/2010 budget forecast, total recurrent revenue collections would have dipped $76 million lower than in the corresponding time period in 2008. As it was, those one-off payments gave the government an extra $8 million in revenue than forecast up to December 31, at $634.9 million. The areas that were primarily responsible for the shortfall seen before the $84 million payment boost were with respect to: Import and Export duties ($21.9 million less than forecast), Stamp Tax ($21.7 million less) and Excise Tax ($13.1 million less Mr Ingraham said: “The totals for expenditure and revenue for the first six month period of the fiscal year must be viewed with caution as there are seasonal and other timing factors in play which will only be eliminated when accounts are closed at the end of the fiscal year. Accordingly, allowance must be made for these types of factors in analysing the data.” In terms of economic performance, Mr Ingraham revealed that while the administration had predicted total declines in growth of 3.5 per cent for the economy in the 2008/2009 budget cycle and 0.5 per cent in the 2009/2010 budget cycle, even these uninspiring projections have proved to be too optimistic to date with 2009 thus far bringing with it a four per cent decline in economic growth, and 2010 now projected to see a greater one per cent decline. “The economy is expected to strengthen as we move through 2010 and positive growth on an annual basis is expected to return in 2011 and beyond,” said Mr Ingraham. Depicting the global and domestic economic background against which these figures have emerged, the Prime Minister noted that while economic developments in the US have been “more encouraging than we anticipated at the time of the 2009/2010 Budget Communication” with the economy of our northern neighbour and prime tourist market having finally registered two quarters of positive economic growth at the end of 2009 after four straight quarters of decline, the slow pace of America’s recovery, persistently high unemployment, and a “shift in US consumption patterns towards i ncreased savings, will continue to constrain the return to positive growth momentum for the Bahamian economy in the short term.” “During 2009 the Bahamian economy faced significant challenges, as the adverse effects of the global financial a nd economic crisis continued to impact real sector developments,” said the Prime Minister. Output in the tourism and construction sectors dropped off sharply, unemployment rose to 14.2 per cent in New Providence as a result of larges cale lay offs in the hotel sector, and Bahamian dollar credit growth declined sharply by around $150 million in 2009, primarily reflecting reduced demand for loans from the private sector, but also in recognition of a $42 million decrease in consumer credit. T his is to be compared with a $113.2 million expansion in consumer credit in 2008. More loans went into arrears in 2009 private sector arrears rising by 42.4 per cent or $324.3 million, representing 17.6 per cent of total loans and banks adopted m ore conservative lending practices. Suggesting reduced demand for home purchases, among other things, mortgage growth diminished by $90.8 million to $120.3 million, said Mr Ingraham. At the same time, external r eserves rose by $256 million, to $818.4 million at the end of December, “equivalent to a projected 19.5 weeks of nonoil imports, up from 13.1 weeks at the end of 2008.” Parliamentarians return on Monday to debate the MidYear Budget Statement and Supplementary Appropriat ions Bills calling for the reallocation of funds within Ministries and Departments. Ministers are also expected to provide a breakdown of the ways in which money has been spent in their individual Ministries in the six months since the budget communicat ion, including any achievements or requirements for additional resources to meet their aims and objectives in these areas. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :22')/225),1,6+ )RUH[FHOOHQWZRRGRRUQLVKFDOO 05&)/2256 DW :H%ULQJGXOOZRUQRXWRRUVEDFN WROLIHZHDOVRLQVWDOODOOW\SHV RIRRUV eathering’ economic storm FROM page one

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The most vocal critic of the festival, filmmaker and founder of the Bahamas Film Festival Celi Moss, has publicly lambasted the college for using its resources to honour Sir Sidney, questioning what the Academy Award-winning actor and diplomat has done to further arts in the Bahamas. "When it comes to the arts in the Bahamas he's done nothing," claimed Mr Moss, who plans to protest at COB this afternoon. However, Dr Strachan criticised Mr Moss for putting forth an "ignorant" argument that ignores Sir Sidney's contributions to the country and the international community. "I could easily dismiss the activities of Celi Moss as rank opportunism, as a classic example of someone believing that any publicity is good publicity, no matter how foolish the cause," said Dr Strachan in a statement issued yesterday. "But I have run into people who make me think otherwise." Yesterday Mr Moss said Sir Sidney owes the arts community an apology. "Even when you look at his philanthropy compared to his peers, it's been minimal at best," he said. "I'm not saying he's nota great filmmaker but he has an obligation to give back." He noted that other Bahamians who have found success internationally, like athletes Mark Knowles and Tonique Williams-Darling, have established youth camps to foster talent. But the professor thinks this outlook is fueled by a narrowminded "sense of entitlement." Dr Strachan said: "We believe 'Bahamianess' is one thing and one thing only. I am saddened by the artists who wish we wouldn’t have this event. Their outlook stinks ofa 'what have you done for me lately' attitude. "What they are basically saying is that despite the fact that Sidney Poitier helped change the world for all black people, he is not worth remembering, honouring or studying because he didn’t do some specific things for this community that they think are paramount." Sir Sidney helped fund an infant Progressive Liberal Party, was part of the movement fighting to end segregation and racism in America, gave scholarships to Bahamians, and has cast a number of Bahamians in his films, said Dr Strachan. In 1971, his film “Buck and the Preacher” had its world premiere in Nassau with proceeds reportedly aiding the building of the Jordan Prince William High School. Another film, “Uptown Saturday Night” premiered in the Bahamas in the 1970s with the Stapledon School for Children the beneficiary of the premiere. Still, to many this is not enough because "it seems he didn’t help today’s struggling Bahamian artists directly, monetarily, by ‘putting in a word’ or by showing up every summer and teaching a class in method acting," said Dr Strachan, himself a filmmaker, playwright and novelist. The Sir Sidney Poitier film festival and conference explores the good and bad of the Cat Island native's career and its impact on society. Although born in Miami in 1927 during his parents' visit to Florida, Sir Sidney the son of a poor tomato farmer grew up in Cat Island. Sir Sidney has also served as the Bahamas' ambassador to Japan and was made an Honorary Knight Commander by the British in the 1970s for his contribution to the arts. He is the first black actor to win an Academy Award for a lead performance (Lilies of the Field in 1963). Many of his films tackled racial themes and have been heralded for helping to break down social barriers between whites and blacks during an era of racial segregation. A film festival showing 20 of Sir Sidney's movies is held at COB until Saturday. s pending and revenue has remained within projections m ade in June of last year when the 2009/2010 budget was first implemented. In presenting that statement, the Prime Minister also disclosed that, even without further borrowing, the Bahamas government’s indebtedness reached unanticipated levels int he first six months of the 2009/2010 budget cycle. The Prime Minister revealed that in the period ending December 31, 2009, alone the level of public debt rose three per cent beyond that anticipated for the entire 2009/2010 budget period to4 6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product. In this regard, Mr Ingraham drew attention to the fact that his administration has under taken “necessary extraordinary fiscal measures to support the economy and workers,” opting to continue to spend on e mployment-creating public works, among other things, despite growing indebtedness. Such fiscal behaviour was not in keeping with his administra tion’s previously conservative policies in this area, aimed at maintaining a “relatively favourable debt position,” he said. “Accordingly, while we will maintain the short-term stimulus that we are providing to the economy and Bahamian workers, as global and domestic con ditions recover, we will frame fiscal policies so as to arrest the rise in the public debt burden and reverse its course back to more acceptable and prudent levels,” said Mr Ingraham, not ing the downgrading of the Bahamas sovereign credit rating by Standard and Poor’s as a result of the government increased levels of deficit spending and indebtedness over the last year. T he Prime Minister outlined some steps already taken by the government over the last six months towards eventually guiding the country’s public finances to a return to lower levels of indebtedness, includ ing progress on achieving the “critical” twin goals outlined int he 2009/2010 Budget Commu nication of maximising the gov ernment’s ability to successfully collect monies owed to it such as various taxes like Real Property Tax or Import and Export tax and to get more out of the money it spends through greater efficiency. I n addition to reform of Cus toms, the Government’s primary revenue collection arm, to bring it into line with “best international practices in its operations and procedures,” the Prime Minister noted that consultations have now been concluded on a Discussion Paper introduced last year on strengthening accountability and transparency in public financial administration, and a “new and modern” Financial Administration and Audit Act intended to effect such strengthening is now being finalised. Meanwhile, a new Central Revenue Administration is being developed to administer a “broad range of taxes” in a more modern and effective manner. Mr Ingraham said more details on how the Government intends to pull the public finances back into more favourable shape as the eco nomic recovery expected to ful ly kick-in in 2011 begins will be outlined in the 2010/2011 Bud get Communication, set for June 2010. The Prime Minister empha sised that the Government is now seeking to adjust the recurrent and capital expenditures outlined in the initial 2009/2010 budget shifting monies within certain ministries and depart ments but “importantly” remains committed to staying within the total expenditure limits already approved by parliament for expenditure in fiscal year 2009/2010 at the time of the Budget (June 2009 the November (2009 mentary Appropriations.” The Prime Minister tabled two Bills that call for Supple mentary Recurrent Expendi ture of $35.6 million and Sup plementary Capital Expendi ture of $48.6 million. The MidYear Budget Report and these Bills will be debated at the next sitting of parliament, on Monday March 1. The full text of the Prime Minister’s statement can be read on the Free National Movement’s website, at www.freenationalmovement.or g. Parliamentarians will return to debate the Mid-Term Bud get Report and Supplementary Appropriations Bills on Monday, March 1. 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Working in partnership with the Network Sales Teams to implement strategies, processes and d isciplines to achieve sustainable earnings and r evenue growth through the sales force. Leading and developing an effective adaptable sales force to maximize revenue and p roductivity opportunities. Promoting sales management practices to a chieve superior client experience and enhance employee capability and engagement while leveraging full RBC capabilities including branches, alternate delivery channels and service partners. A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus) will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. P lease apply before February 26, 2010 to: Regional Manager Human Resources Caribbean Banking RBC Royal Bank of Canada Bahamas Regional Office East Hill Street P.O. Box N-7549 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas Via fax: (242 Via email: bahcayjp@rbc.com A fter being released, Mr Bodie told ZNS news that he had no grudge with the police. He explained that he intended the commentto be facetious and that he does not, in fact, know where to purchase an illegal firearm. M r Bodie said his comments were born o ut of the fear and anger he shares with memb ers of the public over the rising crime rate and the fact that it has become very easy for people to get guns. The talkshow host is no stranger to controversy. Having already been disbarred from the legal fraternity many years ago, he wasa ccused last year of attempting to charge listeners who contacte d him after hours for legal advice. Mr Bodie has strongly denied these claims. Kikivarakis was sentenced by Magistrate Carolita Bethell to three years imprisonment on each drug charge. The sentences are to run concurrently. He was also sentenced to a year in prison on the deceit charges. The sentences are to take effect from November 11, 2009. Inspector Ercell Dorsette was the prosecutor. T wo Jamaican men have already pleaded guilty to the charges and have been sentenced to three years in prison. The prosecution is proceeding with its case against a fourth man Haywood Virgill Cartwright, 42, of Hard Bargain, Long Island. A woman who was found with a pound and a half of cocaine in her underwear was sentenced to eight months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to the charge. Sheryl Rosie Russell, 36, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to possess and export a quantity of cocaine with intent to s upply. She also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply as well as taking preparatory steps to export the drugs. Russell was standing trial with another woman. The trial was nearly complete. According to police on Tuesday July 5, 2005, Russell, while on her way to the United States, was searched at a security checkpoint at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, after a security officer noticed a bulge in the front of her pants. She was subj ected to a second search and a black plastic wrap containing one and a half pounds of cocaine was found in her underwear. Magistrate Carolita Bethel sentenced Russell to eight months on each charge. The sentences are to run concurrently. FROM page one Police quiz talk show h ost over gun claim ORTLANDBODIE Mid-year budget FROM page one Man gets three year sentence FROM page one FROM page one COB hits back

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S TUDENTS of Maurice E Moore Primary School in Grand Bahama recently embarked on a one-day educat ional excursion to the capital. O n a tour organised by the Bahamas Educational Tours (BET teachers, administrators and p arents of grades one and two e njoyed an informative and fun-filled day in Nassau. For many, the trip to New Providence was a first-time e xperience, beginning with an early morning flight on Western Air, a long-time partner of BET’s.After enjoying breakf ast in downtown Nassau, some of the students visited a local school for a brief exchange. Then it was off to Governm ent House in private charter b uses for a courtesy call on the Governor General Arthur H anna. Michele Coburn, BET spokesperson, said the grade one students of Maurice E. Moore Primary made history as one of the youngest groups to ever visit Government House. “The entire group, grades one and two, presented His Excellency with a gift. He w as gracious as usual and s hared much rich history with them. I would definitely describe the visit as a highlight of their trip,” she said. The guided one-day tour of Nassau is widely recognised as one of BET’s signature trips. Additional features include a city tour and a visit to histori cal sites like Fort Fincastle and the Queen’s Staircase. Also, a visit to Atlantis, Paradise Island, allowed the youngsters to see live dolphins swimming in the lagoon. Squeals of delight filled the air as students got up close and personal with flamingoes at the Ardastra Garden and Zoo. To actually stand amongst our national birds that they’ve o nly seen in pictures was a memorable experience,” comm ented one of the teachers. Accompanying the group students and faculty was Miss Bahamas World JoannaB rown. I had a good time interacting with the students and overall the trip was great,” she said. Along with the educational a spects, the eager youngsters got a chance to unwind during lunch at the Mall at Marathon where they also shopped ands pent time in the game room. At Bahamas Educational Tours, our main focus is to help t eachers bring their lessons to life. By offering personalised s ervice for each group, we take the hassle out of arranging and booking school tours. Our field trips are exciting, educational and fun, and travelling is always g reat exposure for the kids,” Ms Coburn said. Besides Nas s au, BET offers guided school trips to Grand Bahama, Bimini, A baco, Eleuthera, Long Island, Exuma, Cat Island, Andros, Inagua and even abroad. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Bahamas Educational Tours bringing country to life for students ORGANISED SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS: Students o f Maurice E Moore Primary School from Grand Bahama interacting with flamingoes at the Ardastra Garden and Zoo during a recent s chool trip to Nassau.

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T HE World Harmony Run, a global torch relay that promotes international friendship and understanding, came to the Bahamas for the second time l ast week, en-route through more than 100 countries. Dozens of schools and hundreds of children on the three islands – New Providence, Grand Bahama and Exuma – participated by running and holding the torch for peace and friendship. Day one of the Harm ony Run events, which began on February 17, included school visits to the Teleos School, Westminster College and St John’s College in Nassau. Reception A official reception at Government House was held in thee vening where Governor General Arthur Hanna received the Harmony Torch and the Torch Bearers Award presented by Ambassador Davidson Hepb urn. The reception also featured a special exhibit entitled Paintings for World Harmo ny” by the event’s founder, Sri C hinmoy, which will stay in the Bahamas. On the second day, the torch travelled to Grand Bahama where over nine schools car-r ied the torch in a relay. On the day three, the torch a rrived in Exuma, and over a 100 youth and children particip ated in the 13-mile run. T he torch then returned to New Providence where theW orld Harmony Run took place last Saturday. Several h undred people took part in the 20-mile route through the streets with 18 exchange points w ith different school teams and Royal Police Cadets relayingt he torch for an overwhelming walk to the finish with Special N eeds and Special Olympics holding the torch into the clos ing ceremony at Arawak Cay. T hen on the fifth day, the World Harmony Run TorchT eam bid farewell to the Bahamas. T he Bahamas Sri Chinmoy World Harmony Run is one of several events to take place b efore the official international launch of the World Harmony R un in New York City on April 12. More than 2,000 people are e xpected to attend the opening ceremony. Beginning in 1987, the World H armony Run was founded by international ‘Dreamer ofW orld-Oneness’ and student of peace Sri Chinmoy. His dream w as to provide an opportunity for citizens to express their own h opes and dreams for a more h armonious world. Himself a champion athlete, artist and m usician, the late peace visionary dedicated his life to advanci ng the ideals of self-transcendence, world friendship and oneness. In the US, an interna-t ional team of runners will carry the torch 10,000 miles in ac ontinuous relay through all 50 states finishing in New York C ity in August. An estimated 700,000 runners are expected t o participate in America. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 20, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREDERICKSTREET|WULFFROAD|MADEIRAPLAZA|ROBINHOOD|CABLEBEACH|FREEPORT|MARSHHARBOUR FastTrack yourplans... witha FastTrack Loan.FidelityBank FastTrack Loan Fast Trackyour loan – Call Today! Decisions Fast Money Fast Plus Visa Credit Card FastApplytodayforTheFidelityBank FastTrack Loan bysalarydeduction. FastTrack loans arealsoavailable with Debt $AVER consolidationloans soyoucanborrowandsave! H OME IMPROVEMENTS CAR PURCHASE EDUCATIONAL LOAN Hundreds run for international friendship The Sri Chinmoy World Harmony Run 2010 in The Bahamas February 17th to 22nd HUNDREDS of youths run. Holding the torch is a runner from the Royal Bahamas Police Cadets. DAVIDSON HEPBURN , president of UNESCO Governing Council, holding t he torch with the principal of St. John’s College. MORE HARMONY RUN PHOTOSONPAGE 24 NASSAU relay exchange.

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Religious news, stories and church events THURSDAY February 25, 2010 The Tribune’s RELIGION SECTION PG 3 1

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The Tribune PG 32 T hursday, February 25, 2010 RELIGION By DR CLELAND GOODING THE WORD Leprosy is found in the Bible. This disease pr ovoked fear , suf fering, isolation and eventually death. But, was Leprosy a single skin disease Biblically? Or was it a whole group of them? Let us look at the origin of the wor d. The word in the Hebrew Bible that we translate as “Leprosy” is Tsara’ath. This word was not a precise medical term r efer ring to a specific disease rather it seem to refer to a whole range of disfiguring conditions animate and inanimate objects. The Linguistic r oot of sara’ath” means “smiting” so it is quite possible that T sara’ath was a general term for certain severe skin diseases than a particular condition. The Jewish T almud maintains a simi lar view , ar guing that Tsara’ath referred generally to any disease that produces sores and eruptions on the skin. However, when the Hebrew Bible was translated into Gr eek (The Septuagent the Gr eek word lepra was used for Tsara’ath. Like Tsara’ath, Lepra was a rather vague term indicating a variety of skin conditions and diseases. The English translators changed “lepra” to leprosy since this appeared to be the nearest to the word lepra. What then was the lepr osy of the Bible? W as it what we called T r ue Leprosy or Hansen’s disease today? The answer is No. The Hebrew word Tsara’ath may have included true lepr osy (Hansen’ s disease) but also other skin diseases. Remember , the original translation meant not a specific disease but a variety of disfiguring skin conditions that cause r ejection by society . Some of the newer bibles use the wor d skin disease instead of Leprosy. Today there are about thirty conditions which can be confused with True Leprosy (Hansen’s disease). T rue leprosy is caused by a bacteria and is pr ogr essive and af fects the peripheral nerves and the skin. Eventually, it caused numbness, muscle ‘Leprosy’ in the Bible – What is it? LEPROSY is caused by a bacteria and is progressive and affects the peripheral nerves and the skin. SEE page 35 By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter r shearer@tribunemedia.net D URING Ash Wednesday services last week, Catholics and Anglicans were urged to Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return from the officiating priest as they walked back to their pews with the cross ash on their foreheads. Those ashes were a symbolic reminder of a Christian’s own fallen nature, the understanding that their existence depends on God, and without Him they are nothing, ‘but blown away like dust in the breeze.’ Lent is part of the Christian’s preparation to celebrate what is regarded as the greatest time in Christian history: the Passover, and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospels recall the story of Jesus retreating into the wilderness, where he fasted for forty days, and was tempted by the devil. Jesus overcame all three of Satan's temptations by citing scripture to the devil, at which point the devil left him, angels minister ed to Jesus, and he began his ministry. Jesus further said that his disciples should fast "when the bridegroom shall b e taken from them" (Matthew 9:15 r eference to his Passion (death, burial and resurrection). Since, presumably, the apostles fasted as they mourned the death of Jesus, Christians have traditionally fasted during the annual commemoration of his burial. Monsignor Alfred Culmer of St Thomas More Catholic Church said that “we need to prepare ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually for the observance of Palm Sunday, March 28.” Sometimes people talk about giving up something for Lent, and some believe in taking on more for Lent. Monsignor Culmer encouraged Catholics to pray more as prayer is one of the three penances that characterize the Lenten practice, in addition to fasting and the giving of alms. “Prayer is like capturing moments in our lives when God is directly intervening but we’r e too busy to recognise what he’s saying and doing,” said Monsignor Culmer. “That’ s when the spirit takes us into the presence of God and we have that sense of the mystery of God,” said Monsignor Culmer. “That’s what I was trying to get the congr egation to look at on Ash W ednesday. We have lost a sense of myster y and awe that we need to r ecapture. e’ve gotten into the routine of life. The mystery of life and the awesome presence of God in our lives is missing,” he said. Monsignor Culmer says that this shouldn’t be so in a country gifted with such a beautiful envir onment. For this reason, people should be filled with a deeper sense of awe and mystery. “People drive by the sea and just see it for what it is, but to captur e the pr esence of God in nature and in our lives is amazing,” said Monsignor Culmer . “I don’t think they will allow those 40 days to go by without capturing that moment,” he said. “There’s a heightened sensitivity now, and a lot of people will be fasting and praying so that they can help some others in need.” Encapsulating the last aspect of penance, which is almsgiving, Monsieur Culmer says: “Some people will be motivated more to do things, as there are a lot of people in our own community that have lost jobs and have families and so on.” “People will sacrifice things for themselves, and others will sacrifice to help others, for relief efforts in Haiti but also locally .” Monsignor Culmer suggests that charity begins home, and highly recommends acts of benevolence toward relief efforts in the Haitian earthquake. KEEPING YOUR LENTEN COMMITMENT PART ONE RELIGIOUS LEADERS ADVISE PERSONS TO CONSIDER THESE GUIDELINES TO DE-CLUTTER THEIR LIVES, AND ESTABLISH MORE TIME FOR GOD: 1. DON’T CHECK your email every five minutes. Those extra 25 minutes may give you an allowable margin of freedom to pray. 2. GET AWAY from any distractions or noise to get into the presence of God 3 . STEP BACK, q uiet yourself, and meditate on Jesus’ sacrifice for you and his blessings on your life that you may take for granted. It’s a humbling thing 4. “IF YOU F AIL, pick yourself up and star t again,” says Monsignor Alfred Culmer. “The same kind of fidelity that is required in a relationship with a person is required in our relationship with God.”

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CHURCH NOTES ACM PREPARES FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE GENESIS 4: 6-7 And the Lord said unto Cain, why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door." This scripture reminds me of the fact that we have to be careful what we allow to enter into our minds and our spirits. Actions and words are reflection of thoughts that we think about. If enough time is given to those thoughts it is only a matter of time before they manifest into reality. In this passage of scripture Cain got upset with Abel because Abel's gift was accepted by God. Many times in our lives we get mad at people because they are prospering. Rather than ask them what they did to become that way we become angr y and that opens the door to jealousy . W e must understand that sin CAN NOT be contained. Jealousy will lead to contempt and that will lead to hatr ed. How is it that, as childr en of the most high God can justify hatred being found in us? (The only exception is when we hate sin That is simply because we leave the door open for the devil to cr eep in our minds and often times we entertain the foolishness that he brings. Some of the things we think about we know that we should not give place to them because we know what the wor d of God says. Anything that seeks to exhalt itself about the knowledge of God we are to cast down. Another scripture says “whatsoever things are lovely, good, pure and of a good report think on these things.” We have the 'how to.' W e just need to apply it. What happens is we pay the price for havoc that we allow him (the devil eap. Yes I said, "allow" because the devil doesn’t have any power over us unless we give it to him. I wonder sometimes what we think of the Bible. If we honestly think that it can be of any assistance to our lives? Rather than be angry at someone for what they have, inquire of them the method(s what they have. Sometimes we are jealous of people without the facts of how they obtained their possessions. Y ou may not be will ing to do what someone else has done in or der to get what they have. The Bible is plain, in Matt 6:33 it says that we ar e to seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL things will be added to us. If you do not know what the, "Kingdom and God's Righteousness" is I beg you to go find out so you can begin your search. Maybe that's why a lot of us don't look because we don't know what we looking for . However , that can not be an excuse. Just because an atheist does not believe that God exists means that he does not. W e owe it to ourselves to go and find out what the "Kingdom of God and His Righteousness" is. We all know that when we want something only death itself can stop us from getting that. If truth be told it is that same determination we need to havein our pursuit of God. We have to stop leaving the door of negativity open in our lives. W e know that life and death is in the power of the tongue. So rather than speaking death and enter taining it's negativity, speak life and watch those things that are not come into being. It makes no sense to get upset at someone for what they have or how they live. All you have to do is seek God for the things that you should have and the way of your life. Since we enter tain the devil sin lieth at the door of our hearts. We in one way or the other always do what is in our hearts. I can only hope that the righteousness of God can be found in our hearts. The Tribune T hursday, February 25, 2010 PG 33 RELIGION ALLISON MILLER The open Door! The 38th annual Anglican Church Men(ACM conference will be held in North Andros from March 1721. All Anglican men are asked to register at their parish or contact any ACM council member for more information. Ken Obrien is the conference chairman he can be reach at kob1150@coralwave.com for more information.

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THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS I n 1962, Earl Weech, the past or of Evangelistic Temple after much soul searching and prayer decided to move on and form a new church – many of his congregation moved with him. In September, 432 people a ttended the first service at Frank Pinder’s Simonizing Service workshop. A large tent and chairs were brought from Miami the next week and a property on Collins Avenue purchased and work began on the new building. The men of the church worked hard night after night and would often end their day swimming at Montagu Beach to get rid of the perspiration and dirt. The ladies kept the men supplied with food, cool drinks and ice cream. This was a community miracle as men and women of the church, community and businesses donated equipment, materials and manpower to raise this beautiful sanctuary and Christian education unit to the glory of God. The dedication of the completed building, Calvary Bible Church, took place on October 24, 1965. In 1970 the parsonage was built in High Vista and housed new Pastor Maurice Anderson until he left in 1971. The late Jasiel Thompson ser ved as interim pastor until 1972 when Pastor David T Cole was appointed. Pastor Cole, with the help of the peoples Church Canada, launched an extensive missions pr ogramme, which included a faith promise offering plan (now renamed ‘Calvary Bible Faith Investment Plan’). Befor e Pastor Cole left in 1978, The Earle Weech Auditorium was constr ucted, The AWANA Bible Club Programme under Kathr yn Cole began and Michael Thompson was employed as Youth Director. In 1980 Pastor A Mor ris Russell was called to the pastorate of Calvar y Bible Church. "Operation Inasmuch" was inaugurated by Frederick Arnett as a home based community outr each Pastor Russell fur ther developed the programme in 1981 for the distribution of food and clothing to the needy of the congr egation and community . He returned to Canada in 1990. In 1981, Pastor and Mrs Earle W eech came out of r etir ement to give pastoral leadership to Calvar y Bible Church Freeport and later a Christian Education and a Sanctuar y building wer e completed. Pastor W eech then came back to Nassau to assist in the new ‘Christian Counselling Centre’ in the Adaline B Russell building. He died in 1987. Frederick Arnett was appointed pastor’s assistant in 1985, director of the ‘Christian Counselling Centre’ in 1986, ordained pastor in 1989 and led the church during 1990 -1992 along with Jasiel Thompson and Allan R Lee. In 1992, Allan Lee became senior p astor teacher of Calvary Bible Church and chairman of the ‘Christian C ounselling Centre’, positions he still holds to this day. Under this new leadership a new portfolio was presented f or the Elder Board in that all elders w ere now considered to be pastors and each was assigned to specific areas of pastoral care and responsibilities in keeping with each pastor's gift and passion. Plural leadership was seen as a sharing of authority as well as pastoral responsibilities. 1996 was an eventful year beginning with the acquisition of additional properties on West Avenue. In April of 1996 the Men's Fellowship ministry was reintroduced with the objective of promoting intimacy with God, family and fellow believers. A new Women's Ministry kicked-off in September with the stated purpose of "in dependence upon God, meeting the needs of our women on a spiritual, emotional and practical level; that in r eaching out to each other we may str engthen the bond of love in our chur ch family , and ser ve the community as we grow and respond in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ." The Mini-church concept was introduced ten mini-churches, consisting of a limited number of family units fr om Calvar y Bible Church, who committed themselves to mutual spiritual development under the leadership and pastoral care of a pastor or pastor -super vised leader. The primary purpose of the mini-church was spiritual development involving activities which equip, str engthen, establish or build up a believer in the faith. The Excellence in Christian Br oadcasting Ministr y (ECB new Jasiel G. Thompson Recor ding Studio was dedicated and launched on July 19, 1998. ECB br oadcasts local & inter national biblically based pr ogramming on a daily basis via AM1240 Radio. In addition, Calvary's two long r unning radio ministries, "Echoes of Calvary" at 7:30 am on ZNS-1, historically conducted by the Sr Pastor -teacher , and "Calvar y Bible Time" at 10:00 am on ZNS-2, conducted by Pastor Jasiel Thompson, continued to beam over the airwaves bringing blessings, challenges and sal vation to many. And Calvary Bible Church moved into the 21st Centur y with the estab lishment of a church world-wide web site (www .calvar ybible.or g.bs ). The Tribune PG 34 T hursday, February 25, 2010 RELIGION Calvary Bible Church JIM LAWLOR

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The Tribune T hursday, February 25, 2010 PG 35 RELIGION The Blessing Part 2 The foundation scripture for this series of articles on (The Blessing Proverbs 10: 22 : The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. H ere’s where Part.1, of this series ended as we’ve identified the blessing, and its purpose. Genesis 12:1.Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindr ed, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: : 2.And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Please note: (1 not a house; for Father Yahweh told Abram to leave his father‘s (Terah) house, (2 s empowerment “And I will make of thee”and (3 shalt be a blessing. Watch this! In studying the scriptures, nowhere can it be found where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job, etc; had to talk or preach about their material possessions as today’s religious leaders do, in or der to motivate or so-called to inspire their congregations.For if it takes the pr eaching about (cars, houses and other material possessions) by religious leaders to inspire their congregations other than the wor d of God; then the church as we know it, is in big trouble. This misconstr ued concept / teaching of the blessing has opened the doors for many scandalous questions within and outside the church; which ultimately brings the motives of the growing number of churches and their leaders into question. As mentioned in part one of this article; the blessing is not a car, a house or some other material possessions, but rather it is God’s empowerment upon one’ s life. Therefore it’s nauseating to mature kingdom minded disciple of Yeshuwa Messiah to hear religious leaders taking to the air waves preaching and prophet-lying about how they see God, “blessing this or that one with a new car, a house or some other stuff.” For ar eligious minded, itching ear Christian; today’ s twisted teaching of the blessing is right down their alley, as they’ve been methodically trained fr om the pulpit by their religious leaders to see the blessing as something material. One of the problems with this is kind of teaching is: There are young men who have a call of God upon their lives and are subjected to this teaching, who are easily swayed into prematurely starting their own church in pursuit of the material stuff that their bishops, apostles, doctors, etc; possesses from this distorted teaching. Remember this word blessing in the H ebrew is: Berakah, ber-aw-kaw'; w hich means benediction.And we know that the word benediction means (12 of approval, (3 end of every traditional church service the pastor or a delegated person would give the benediction (blessing the congregation is dismissed. Think of this!What if the blessing truly was something material, as a car or a house?At the end of the service, would the religious leaders be willing to give every attendee of the service a blessing (a car or a house Genesis 27:4. What was Isaac referring to when he spoke about blessing Esau? Was it the giving of something material to Esau?No, it wasn’t a chariot or a nice home, but rather it was his pronouncement of God’s empowering pr esence upon Esau’ s life. Here’s the NLT of Genesis 27:1-4. Genesis 27:1.When Isaac was old and almost blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, "My son?" "Yes, Father?" Esau r eplied. 2."I am an old man now," Isaac said, "and I expect every day to be my last. 3.Take your bow and a quiver full of ar rows out into the open country, and hunt some wild game for me. 4.Prepare it just the way I like it so it's savor y and good, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die." The word of God will always be true, and everyday the scripture Hosea 4:6. isb eing reveled to us. T he sole purpose of these two articles on the blessing is to help bring some clarity and balance back to the body of the Messiah. Through the onslaught of the contaminated religious teachings, many well meaning saints are living beneath their God ordained privileges.Whenever the church gets the revelation of the purpose for the blessing / God’s empowering presence; then the greater works that Yeshuwa spoke of in (John.14:12 will be seen throughout the length and breath of the Bahamas. I would sincer ely pray that you, the reader of this article would further seek the face of Yahweh concerning his blessings and will for your life. In closing: Again, don’t allow yourselves to be taken any longer by crafty r eligious teachings that would cause you to look to and somewhat worship man Remember! 2 Tim.2:15 Study to show thyself appr oved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the wor d of truth. For questions or comments contact us via E-mails: pastormallen@yahoo.com or kmfci@live.com PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN atrophy, tendons contract, there is ulceration and loss of digits with disfigurement. The Leper was consider ed conta gious. Biblically the priest had to examine the skin and pronounce the person clean or unclean depending on his obser vation. Leviticus 13. (KJV Ar e there references to “Leprosy” in the Bible that obviously refer to skin conditions other than true leprosy (Hansen’ s disease)? The answer is Y es. Naaman, the Leper (2 Kings 5:27 was said to be “Leprous”or “white as snow”. This clearly is not what we call Lepr osy (Hansen’ s Disease) today , because Hansen’ s disease does not cause all the skin to be become white! What skin disease then did Naaman have? A common condition which caus es a whitening of the skin is V itiligo (also called Michael Jackson disease today). In true Leprosy (Hansen’s disease), ther e can be some loss of pigment (colour becomes totally white because of the disease. Also, was Naaman contagious? Does not seem so! He had a job, a home, a family , access to the King and was a well respected person not excluded from society. Some authors even believe he had albinism (totally white Another ar gument that shows all “Leprosy” in the Bible was not true Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) is in Leviticus 13:10&20, Biblical lepr osy even r esulted in the hair tur ning white. This does not happen in patients with Hansen’s disease nor is their scalp af fected by the disease as in Leviticus 13:42. Biblical lepr osy could also involve the clothing and leather gar ments. Leviticus 13:37-48. Then in Leviticus 14: v37 it could affect the walls of a building, was this a form of mildew? Dr Stanley Br own (USA 13:v18, it could be describing a for m of a boil, then verse 24: is this an infection complicating a burn? Is verse 29 talking about a ringwor m or sycosis of the scalp? Biblical Leprosy also has a religious connotation. It was such a repulsive condition that it was imagined that God used it as an instr ument of divine pun ishment. See the punishment suffered by Miriam (Sister of Moses book of Numbers 12:10. The Stor y of the ten (10 book of Luke is inter esting. Did they all have true leprosy (Hansen’s Disease)? Or was it a mixture of disfiguring skin diseases? Psoriasis, Infected Atopic Ezema, V itiligo, Mycosis Fungoides or Lupus? True Leprosy was incurable by man in Bible times, but today can be tr eated by multi-dr ug therapy Dapsone, Rifampicin etc. In conclusion, most authorities are generally in agreement that there was cer tainly tr ue Lepr osy in the middle east, but fr om other Biblical details it is believed that other ver y seri ous skin diseases are also included under the heading ”Lepr osy” in earlier times, and according to Carolyn and Kenneth Mull of the ‘ ‘Biblical Archaeology Review”, this is an example of how a generic ter m for skin disease in the Hebrew Bible, became Leprosy in the English translation because of a Linguistic mistake. Dr Cleland Gooding is a physician with a speciality in skin diseases. He works for the Bahamas Government. The above article is from his series entitled“ SKIN DISEASES OF THE BIBLE: A MODERN VIEW” email:Clegood5@hotmail.com ‘Leprosy’ in the Bible – What is it? FROM page 32 GOODING

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The Tribune PG36 T hursday, February 25, 2010 RELIGION B ahamas F ait h Ministr ies International in recognition of its 30th Anniversary recently presented a $5000 cheque to the United Haitian Bahamian Association anda 40 foot container of relief items to the Methodist Habitat. D uring the pr esentation BFM officals said they are committed to assisting local, r egional and international efforts to restore Haiti. “On the occasion of its 30th Anniversary the Ministry is fortunate to demonstrate in a tangible way the selflessness of its mem bers. BFMI is confident that funds will bring much needed r elief to the Haitian community in Haiti Understanding the ur gency to meet basic human needs in Haiti and accepting the mandate to transform followers into leaders and leaders into agents of change, it is the ministr y's pleasur e to pr esent these gifts to agencies and associations in our local commu nity who are making a change,” they said in a statement. BFM 30TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT: Methodist Habitat, William Higgs, Chair woman, BFM 30th Anniversar y Committee, Pastor Ruth Munroe, Turpie Mullings, BFM Senior Pastor, Dr Myles Munroe, Pastor Sheila Francis, United Association of Haitians in The Bahamas Rev . Antoine St. Louis, Pastor Henr y Francis and Robert Dediunne. BFMI Anniv ersary gift to Haiti L TR: Fellowship Pastor , Dr Richard Pinder , William Higgs and Dr Myles Munroe.


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and provocative radio talkshow
host Ortland H Bodie Jr was
arrested by police at the More
94 FM station yesterday after
telling a caller he knew how to
purchase an illegal firearm.

According to sources within
the police force, Mr Bodie was
held at the Central Detective
Unit while officers conducted a
search of his home for
weapons before he was
released last night.

When initially contacted for
comment, Assistant Superin-
tendent Hulan Hanna said he
could only confirm that Mr
Bodie was in fact in police cus-
tody and that the police would
make a more detailed state-
ment to the media at an
“appropriate time.”

He declined to give the rea-
son for Mr Bodie’s arrest and
would only add that he had
been picked up from the radio
station following his show yes-
terday.

However, The Tribune
understands that during the
programme, Mr Bodie told his
listening audience that if some-
one could come up with $500,
he could tell them where to
buy a gun.

This comment came shortly
after Mr Bodie was discussing

arrest

the prevalence of AK-47
assault rifles in Bahamian soci-
ety. This highly dangerous
weapon is prized amongst
guerilla fighters who depend
on the weapon’s high rapid
rate of fire along with its light
weight body and trademark
durability. Throughout the
world, the AK-47 is by far the
most widely smuggled firearm
that is sold to rebels and crim-
inals alike on the black mar-
ket.

During the show, Mr Bodie
also claimed that he knows
“exactly” what happened to
the firearm which went missing
from a Defence Force vessel
just before Christmas. Mr Bod-
ie said he had asked the Com-
missioner of Police Ellison
Greenslade to contact him or
come on the show to discuss
the matter, but claimed Mr
Greenslade ignored the offer.

The police reportedly took
Mr Bodie’s claim of knowing
where to get a weapon very
seriously. The talkshow host
was said to be “very remorse-
ful” at CDU headquarters yes-
terday. One source in the
department claimed Mr Bodie
had come to recognise that
what he had done was wrong.

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House of Assembly yes-
terday.



By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff
Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net





























THE Bahamas is
“weathering the eco-
nomic and financial
storm as well if not bet-
ter than might have been
expected several months
ago,” the Prime Minis-
ter stated yesterday.

“A glimpse of clearer
skies is gradually emerg-
ing on the horizon,” said
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham.

He presented this
assessment in Parlia-
ment as he delivered his
mid-year budget state-
ment, providing an
insight into the progress
made by the Govern-
ment in the first six
months of the budget
cycle in achieving the
goals and objectives and
meeting the financial
targets and projections
it set out in the Budget
of June, 2009.

The Prime Minister

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anymore’ in mid-year budget

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday stressed
that the Government will not
be seeking to borrow anymore
money during the mid-year
budget, but simply to re-allo-
cate funds already approved by
Parliament within various min-

COB hits back at Sir Sidney
Poitier film festival criticism

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Report
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

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

SEE page 12

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istries and departments in
response to shifting priorities.

He made this comment yes-
terday in his mid-year budget
statement to Parliament, which
is intended to apprise the pub-
lic on the performance of the
economy in the first six months
of the budget year and the
extent to which government

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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

RYAN PINDER, the PLP
candidate for the Elizabeth by-
election, renounced his Ameri-
can citizenship before he was
nominated to run on January 29.

According to a letter received
by The Tribune, Mr Pinder
renounced his American citi-
zenship on January 20, 2010 —

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? stemming from the seizure of
? just over 700 pounds of mari-
i juana in the Exumas last
: November.

i Andre Perez Kikivarakis, of
i Mayfield Park, Grand Bahama
i on Tuesday pleaded guilty to
? charges of conspiring to import
i marijuana, conspiring to pos-
i sess marijuana, importation of
i marijuana and possession of
? 20 bales of marijuana with
i intent to supply. He also
i pleaded guilty to charges of
i deceiving two police officers.
? He had initially been arraigned
i on the charges last November.
i The drugs, which were report-
i ed to weigh 711 pounds and
? have a street value of $638,000,
? were seized on Little Cistern
i Cay on November 9, 2009.
? Kikivarakis. who was arraigned
? on the charges last November,
i had pleaded not guilty.

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Crime crackdown pledge

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THE Commissioner of
Police and Urban Renewal
leaders yesterday pledged to
fight crime and improve com-
munities through combined
efforts.

Newly appointed Royal
Bahamas Police Force Com-
missioner Ellison Greenslade
told Urban Renewal New Prov-
idence coordinator Ella Lewis
and managers of the island’s
nine centres that they have the
support of all 3,000 RBPF offi-
cers and nearly 1,000 reserve
officers. He made this pledge
while on a courtesy call to the
Urban Renewal headquarters
on Collins Avenue.

Ms Lewis expressed her
desire to build on the existing
relationship with police to
ensure the protection of her
staff and volunteers, 95 per cent
of whom are women, as well as
strengthen the fight against
crime by sharing information
on criminal matters.

“We have information we
can share with them and they
have information they can
share with us,” Ms Lewis said.

“We have our ears on the
ground, and we want to work in
partnership to make our com-
munities safer.”

Urban Renewal centres
operate under the Department
of Labour and Social Develop-
ment and host a number of pro-
grammes for children, youth,

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Damario Barton, Nat'l Training Officer Bahamas Red Cross.

Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. in partnership with 100 Jamz, Cool 96,
Y98.7 and Joy FM presented The Bahamas Red Cross with
$96,589.21, the proceeds of the Haiti Relief Fund, established in the
wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12,
2010. Scotiabank declared Friday, January 15, 2010 as Help for Haiti
Day, inviting the public to make donations to the Haiti Relief efforts.

This donation also included the proceeds of the Coins for Haiti Drive
held in New Providence on January 19, 2010 with 12 hour remote
broadcasts on Jamz, Cool, Y, and Joy. Through the overwhelming
support of the Bahamian public, Coins for Haiti raised $61,200

within the one day.

Red Cross Director General, Caroline Turnquest, thanked the

partners for organizing these initiatives, ”

| want to ensure the public

that the funds will be sent to Haiti in short order. Our international
team is doing a tremendous job in assisting the victims of Haiti by
providing food, tents, water and other much needed essentials. In

any disaster, the Red Cross is there.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and the
Haitian-Bahamian community during this extremely difficult period,”
said Barry Malcolm, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas. “We
are pleased to support the Red Cross in their efforts to provide this
much needed assistance to our Haitian brothers and sisters.”

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Commissioner of Police and Urban Renewal leaders
vow to improve communities through joint effort




COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Ellison Greenslade paid a courtesy call on

Urban Renewal New Providence coordinator Ella Lewis yesterday and
pledged the support of the entire police force in community policing.

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

Engage

Ms Lewis hopes to see more
police officers engage with res-
idents and familiarise them-
selves with communities to help
root out crime, and Mr
Greenslade pledged the full
support of the force.

“Every single police officer,
every single reserve officer is a
neighbourhood policing offi-
cer,” Mr Greenslade said.

“What else could they be? I
can’t have an officer show up

with a friendly smile and be
polite, and five minutes later a
different kind of police officer
show up. “That is only confus-
ing people. We will all serve
with care, respect and trust,”
he said. Department of Labour
and Social Services deputy per-
manent secretary Rudolph
Pratt also declared support for
partnership.

“Based on the things we see
happening in our country, it’s
almost like we are a ship in a
storm and we have to have all
hands on deck,” Mr Pratt said.

Urban Renewal centres are
also in need of volunteers and
anyone interested in volun-
teering at any time is urged to



@ PHONE NUMBERS

Telephone numbers for
Urban Renewal Centres:

W@ Farm Road: 323-5314

W@ Bain and Grants Town,
Baillou Hill Road and
Cameron Street: 323-
0234/6/9

@ Englerston, Moore
Avenue off Miami Street:
325-0585/6

@ Kemp Road, St James
Road off Shirley Street: 394-
7966

Fort Charlotte, Mus-
grove Street and Dunmore
Avenue: 328-1946/7

@ Nassau Village, Stack
Avenue and Williams Street:
394-2642/3/5

M St Cecilia, Oxford
Avenue: 328-2640/1

@ Pinewood Gardens,
Charles Saunders Highway:
392-3362

@ Fox Hill, Springfield
Street: 364-8319

contact their local centre or
contact Ms Lewis at the head
office on Collins Avenue at
328-1728/9.

Emergency operation ‘should reduce dump smoke significantly’

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

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

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

Equipment

The heavy equipment will be
used to spread the waste and
expose smouldering areas with-
in the dump that firefighters
have found hard to reach.

Once this is achieved, the
burning garbage will be doused
with water and covered with
fill. The dump is currently pro-
ducing large amounts of toxic

fumes, which have left residents
of the nearby Jubilee Gardens
subdivision in particular con-
cern for their health and homes.

A fire broke out at the site
on February 12. Despite the ini-
tial best efforts of firefighters,
the fire spread, creating one
large fire and several smaller
blazes, both on the surface and
within the large mounds of
waste.

Dr Deveaux told the media
on Tuesday that he hopes going
forward that more financial
resources can be made avail-
able to the Department of
Environmental Health Services
so it can implement a plan to
manage the landfill in a more
competent and sustainable
manner that will reduce the
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© Police report TAX INFORMATION EXCHANGE AGREEMENTS

Govt acting aggressively
to remove Bahamas from
tax-haven ‘grey list’ - PM

Nineteen tax deals will be signed by deadline, says Ingraham

Two of the
country's ‘most
wanted men’
apprehended



JEFFREY WILSON

TWO of the country’s
most wanted men were
apprehended yesterday in
the wake of public appeals
by the police.

Armed robbery suspect
Jeffrey Wilson, 53, of Rock
Crusher Road, New Provi-
dence, was found at the
Orchid Garden Hotel in
Village Road at around
10.30am and was arrested
for questioning in connec-
tion with several armed
robberies.

Commissioner of Police
Ellison Greenslade said
Wilson was in possession
of a large amount of cash
at the time.

Police then apprehended
David Cooper-Cunning-
ham, known as Crocket, of
Bruce Avenue, also want-
ed for questioning in con-
nection with several armed
robberies. Cunningham
turned himself in at the
Central Detective Unit in
Thompson Boulevard just
before 10am.

Both men are being held
at the Central Detective
Unit (CDU).

Gratitude

Mr Greenslade
expressed his gratitude to
the media for assisting
police efforts and the pub-
lic for coming forward with
information.

“Members of the press, it
works,” the Commissioner
said. “Bahamians want to
help us arrest people who
have broken the laws in
this country.”

Police are also celebrat-
ing the apprehension of
two men arrested in con-
nection with the recovery
of illegal firearms on Tues-
day.

Mobile division officers
who searched a home in
Hall’s Close, off Gladstone
Road, with a warrant at
around 3pm found a hand-
gun and ammunition,
according to Royal
Bahamas Police Force
press officer Sergeant
Chrislyn Skippings. A 36-
year-old man was arrested
in connection with the find.

Just 45 minutes later,
Drug Enforcement Unit
officers on patrol in But-
tercup Lane, South Beach,
found a handgun hidden or
discarded in some bushes.

Sgt Skippings said the
DEU officers had followed
aman acting suspiciously
before searching the area,
recovering the firearm and
arresting the man.

The Tribune wants to
hear from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

If so, call us on 322-1986
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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT will have
signed not just the 12 Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreements
(TIEA) required for removal
from the tax-haven “grey list”
by the March 31 deadline —
but a total of 19 such agree-
ments, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said yesterday.

ATIEA signing with Mexico
this past weekend provided the
Bahamas with a current tally
of 11 such agreements — one
short of the number demanded
by the Organisation for Eco-
nomic Cooperation and Devel-
opment (OECD) and the G-20
(Group of Finance Ministers
and Central Bank Governors
from 20 economies).

Sanctions

Twelve signed TIEAs are
required if this nation is to
avoid economically damaging
sanctions from the internation-
al community.

Addressing parliament as he
made his mid-year budget state-
ment yesterday, Mr Ingraham
said the Bahamas has “moved
aggressively to meet the
requirements” demanded by
the OECD and G-20 on tax
information exchange.

“At present there are 11
signed agreements, and, by the
end of March, we will have exe-
cuted 19 agreements to ensure



our exit from the grey list,” he
said. It is not clear at this stage
which countries those remain-
ing agreements will be with, or
the basis upon which the gov-
ernment has determined to sign
seven more TIEAs than the
number presently demanded by
the OECD and G-20.

To date the Bahamas has
signed agreements with the
United States, Argentina, Bel-
gium, France, China, Monaco,
San Marino, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, the United King-
dom and Mexico.

The Bahamas was placed on
the OECD’s “grey list” in April
of last year following the G-20
Summit in London. Along with
38 other jurisdictions, it was
deemed “non-cooperative in
relation to (new) international

Christie tears into

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‘Lamentable and inadequate’, says PLP Leader

PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday described the prime min-

ister’s mid-year Budget statement as a “lamentable and inade-
quate tale of woes with too much self-promotion.”

“The prime minister’s budget statement is noted for what it
did not say ... Beating the chest to say ‘what a good government am
I’, does not change the fact of the human suffering that this gov-
ernment has inflicted on the country,” said Mr Christie, speaking
after parliament adjourned following the morning session where Mr

Ingraham presented his report.

Suffering

Mr Christie, flanked by his fellow PLPs, said the party does

not believe the budget statement “adequately addresses the issue

of human suffering in the country, nor does it appreciate the lev-
el of unemployment in the country or say what the government
intends to do to deal with an economy that continues to contract

or crime which continues to rise.”

“The prime minister is expert at describing the problem but no
solutions arise. We believe that there is still a need to commit
government resources to providing considerable support for the
thousands who are unemployed and under employed and who
stand to lose their homes. The social safety net was also not
addressed in this statement. It is a glaring gap in the statement,”

said the former prime minister.

At present

there are

11 signed
agreements, and,
by the end of
March, we will
have executed 19
agreements to
ensure our exit
from the grey
list.”

Hubert
Ingraham

standards for the exchange of
tax information.”

At that time the Bahamas
had signed just one TIEA —
with the US.

In giving his mid-year bud-
get statement, Mr Ingraham
noted the government’s action
in negotiating and signing
TIEAs as part of its progress
in “enhancing the competitive-
ness of financial services” in the
Bahamas.

Also relevant in this regard,
said Mr Ingraham, is the gov-
ernment’s intention to amend
the Investment Funds Act to
“remove restrictions that
impact negatively on Bahamian
investment managers and advis-
ers and the competitiveness of
the Bahamas as a financial cen-
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
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EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

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Major electoral reforms needed

WE AGREE with Opposition leader Per-
ry Christie that there is serious need for elec-
tion campaign reform — in fact it is long
overdue. These reforms should be in place
before another election is held in the
Bahamas.

Mr Christie said this reform had to come
from the two major political parties to assure
third-party and independent candidates an
even playing field. These reforms are needed,
not just for third parties and independents,
but for all parties, regardless of size or polit-
ical strength.

The late Basil Kelly, former MP for three
islands that formed the Crooked Island con-
stituency — Crooked Island, Acklins and
Long Cay — was of the same opinion when
dirty tricks defeated him at the polls in the
1987 general election, and two years later
snatched the by-election from him by intim-
idation and bully tactics.

This is the way Mr Kelly put it at the end
of the 1987 campaign: “There is no more we
could have done and stayed within the law.
The rules must be changed and enforced in
order to have free, fair elections under this
PLP government.”

Firstly, the electoral register must be cor-
rected and verified in ample time for publi-
cation so that voters will have time to make
certain they are registered in the proper
polling divisions. There must be an earlier cut
off date for the registration of voters so that
the Boundaries Commission can better deter-
mine the number of voters in each con-
stituency, which in turn will determine
whether boundaries will have to be changed
to allow for the growth or decline in popula-
tion in each constituency. The excuse used for
the lateness of the boundaries commission
report in the 2007 election was the lateness of
Bahamians to register, thus depriving the
commissioners of the numbers they needed
to draw the boundaries. Bahamians are not-
ed for leaving everything to the last minute,
but given a definite deadline, they usually
make it to the door on time.

The Boundaries Commission, now com-
posed of politicians, should be independent.
It is only in this way that an objective decision
will be made for the drawing of the bound-
aries without a commissioner running his
pencil down a certain side road to include
supporters of his own party. Boundaries
should be drawn on the number of residents
in each district, not on their political persua-
sion.

Now to flash back to the Crooked Island
constituency, 1987. In the 24 settlements of
that sparsely populated constituency of three
islands, there were 550 registered voters. Of
the 550, 503 voted. Some of the registered
voters had died, some were civil servants,
some had left the district, and others did not
vote. There was one protest vote. The PLP
divided that handful of people into 13 polling
divisions, the better to control and intimi-

date them. In one division 13 votes were cast.
The largest division had 79 voters.

This is what happened to 13 voters from
Binnacle Hill, who were solid supporters of
Mr Kelly, and who were registered at the
Salina Point polling division. Two weeks
before the election the PLP decided to trans-
fer those voters to the Pompey Bay poll. The
Commissioner arrived to amend their cards
from polling division 12 to 11. However, on
the morning of election day the head PLP
general, who was very concerned about the
way the 13 would vote, arrived at the polling
division to announce that the 13 were not
on the voters’ register. He ordered them to
go home. It was true. They were no longer on
the list. The day before the election a new
voters’ list was sent to the island with instruc-
tions that it was now the official list. The 13
voters’ names were no longer on the list.
Through no fault of their own they had been
disfranchised.

There must also be more careful scrutiny
of assisted voters. Mr Kelly reported that in
the 1987 election a reverend gentleman asked
that a friend assist him at voting. He claimed
blindness. Two weeks before the election,
Mr Kelly attended the reverend’s church and
watched him read the fine print in the Bible.
Another was the case of a young girl
employed as a janitress. She walked into the
poll with a PLP supporter, also claiming
blindness. Her vote had to be verified if she
wanted to save her job.

And then there have been the isolated
cases at other elections. Those who were
obviously imbeciles, who didn’t know who
they were, where they were, or why they
were there. Should helpers also be allowed to
drag them in and pass them off as legitimate
voters? However, reform has to go even
further back to the attitude of the electorate.
Too many think that their “representer” is
there for the Christmas ham and turkey, the
odd jobs and a few handouts — in other
words “what you gonna do for me?” For too
many years Bahamians have been encour-
aged to be totally dependent on politicians,
thereby depriving them of their own inde-
pendence and initiative. None of us has to go
too far back to recall the words of Sir Lynden
Pindling — “don’t worry, be happy.” In oth-
er words leave your future all to him.

In its 1992 Manifesto the FNM said it
placed great emphasis on the elevation of
“our people’s spirit in a participatory democ-
racy in which social and economic justice is
the entitlement of every citizen and the
dependency syndrome is a thing of the past.”

Bahamians have to learn that they have to
expect more than a ham and a turkey from
their MP. They want a society created in
which they can work to purchase their own
ham and turkey, send their children to school
and spread their entrepreneurial wings as
wide as nature will allow them — without a
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the city dump

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me space to
express a very serious observa-
tion that only sheds light on the
priorities of those who govern
our country.

As the by-election saga in
Elizabeth constituency rages on
and a probable future court
action looms, every radio talk
show and media house enthu-
siastically continue their cover-
age on every aspect of the by-
election in Elizabeth Estates.
As the torch burns and the
crabs walk, the Nassau city
dump burns releasing fumes
that contain very dangerous
chemicals, surrounding neigh-
bourhoods. The fire at the
dump is symbolic of the many
“fires” that burn unattended in
the Bahamas.

Subdivisions such as Jubilee
Gardens and many other areas
continue to inhale extremely
poisonous chemicals like diox-
ins and mercury receive their
daily dose of smoke filled poi-
son, the inside of many homes
smell as if a garbage can was
lit inside their living rooms. In
Bahamian history, I have stud-
ied two instances when the
Bahamas as a nation stood up
to foreigners trying to dispose
of, or offload their garbage
either in our waters or in our
lands. In August of 1970 the
US Army had planned to dump
3000 tons of highly lethal nerve
gas deep in the Atlantic off the
Coast of Florida. The dumping
was to start on August 10th,
1970 164 miles northeast off the
Bahamian islands but was met
with serious protest from the
people of the Bahamas. The
other major garbage protest
took place in 1986 when the
Khian Sea, an ocean-going
barge containing seven tons of
ash from incinerated household
garbage, sailed from Philadel-
phia to dispose of the ash in an
overseas landfill in the
Bahamas. Sixteen years later,
the Khian Sea has returned to
Philadelphia-with its original
load of ash. Over the last 16
years the Khian Sea has sailed
around the world, trying to find
a country — any country —
that would accept the ash for
disposal. The Khian Sea origi-

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nally had a contract with the
Bahamas to accept the ash, but
en route the Bahamian gov-
ernment under pressure and
protest from the people of the
Bahamas changed its mind and
reneged. It’s now time for the
people of the Bahamas to
protest the continued poison-
ing of many of our citizens in
Nassau by allowing the improp-
er methods used in the daily
disposal of our garbage. In a
developed city a dump site
should not be in the middle of
residential and commercial
properties. What is the plan to
deal with this situation? Yet,
the by-election in Elizabeth
takes priority in the media and
has consumed the attention of
all our politicians in govern-
ment and opposition. Who is
managing the fires that threaten
the environment and health of
Bahamians?

As the Nassau city dump
burns the poisonous crime sit-
uation engulfs the Bahamas —
home invasions and daylight
robberies have become com-
mon as the cold. Serious crime
continues to rise just like the
plumes of smoke from the
dump that finds its way in many
homes. Even as Commissioner
Greenslade came out with
many new initiatives, the by-
election in Elizabeth Estates
takes priority in the media.
Who is managing the ferocious
flames of crime that is raging
through Bahamian society?

As the Nassau city dump
smoulders, our economy is sim-
ilarly the victim of repressed
flames conflagration and appar-
ently is not being given the
proper attention required by
those in government to save
and restore it. Our governments
have allowed our Financial Ser-
vices industry to struggle and
fade away instead of putting in
proactive measures that
strengthen our country even in
the face of the United States
and OECD led initiatives to
close such jurisdictions. As they
continue their strategy and cre-

ate new laws every time we
adjust our laws to their require-
ments, they once again “move
the goal post back” on us. We
must unconditionally take bold
steps to save this industry as
they have taken bold steps to
destroy our Financial Services
Industry in our face, we in the
Bahamas cannot lose our
Financial Services Industry as it
has been one of our main indus-
tries and job providers, yet we
have allowed ourselves to be
dictated to as our economy
hinges on the foreign financial
markets and other economies
but, the by-election in Eliza-
beth Estates takes priority in
the media. Who is containing
the flames that are retarding
the recovery, growth and devel-
opment of the economy of
Bahamas?

As the Nassau city dump
burns — symbolic of all the
threats that pervade every facet
of life in the Bahamas, we must
move away from the political
short term “quick vote” job get-
ter which all governments have
been guilty of, to long term real
job solutions for the thousands
that graduate high school or
return from college every year.
A long term productive job of
substance that positively affects
and enhances the dignity and
self esteem of every individual
is the only answer. This will aid
in eliminating the anti-social
behaviour that result in the
escalation of crime and the pre-
sent state of social degradation.

I pray that our leaders’
response to the fire at the dump
is not indicative of our leaders
focus on the priorities that face
our nation. We have what I
consider a national crisis
because someone from every
island in the Bahamas lives on
the island of New Providence.
What an opportune time for
criminals to increase their activ-
ities or illegal immigrants of all
backgrounds to invade, as the
dump slowly burns and our
politicians distract the entire
Bahamas and focus only on
“Lizzy”.

ANTHONY

U BOSTWICK
Nassau,

February 20, 2010.

A tribute to Betty Kelly Kenning

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Bahamas and the swim-
ming community say farewell
to a true Bahamian patriot in
the passing of Mrs Betty Kelly
Kenning.

The Kennings, both John and
Betty, have been very gener-
ous in giving back to the
Bahamian public. I first met
Betty some 15 years ago after
my wife Nancy did research on
the history of swimming in the
Bahamas; it was then that we
realised the important role that
Betty played in the develop-

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this meet were teams from all
over Canada and the NE Unit-
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place in the COLD and DARK
lake Ontario between bulk-
heads. The girls remember hav-
ing to put grease all over their
bodies so they wouldn’t freeze
to death. All the swimmers
placed in the top three in their
respective races, and Betty Kel-
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place medal for the junior girls
100m freestyle. In 1941 the
Shoreham Aquatic Club took
nine boys to compete in the SE
State Championships in North
Carolina on August 11th.These
boys performed so well that
Kenneth Albury was offered a
full scholarship at the Univer-
sity of Miami for January 1942.
This never materialized due to
the war, but judging from the
success this small squad of
swimmers had, including Bet-
ty Kelly-Kenning in their few
trips abroad, who knows what
could have happened.

After talking with Betty

some 45 years later and have
her attend our Swift Swimming
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appreciation for her love and
contribution to the sport of
swimming.

As the Bahamian public is
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Bahamian youth and swimmers
in particular when she basically
donated the monies to build the
first and only 50 meter pool for
the Bahamas. It has helped us
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Tribune readers: PLP should

pay bills before election court

TRIBUNE readers over-
whelmingly believe that the
PLP should be made to pay
its outstanding election court
debts and government bills
before being permitted to take
the Elizabeth by-election
result to election court.

The Opposition party lost
the Elizabeth contest by just
two votes to the governing
FNM and have already filed
their challenge with the courts.
However, in the latest online
poll on tribune242.com, 232
readers said the PLP should
settle its debts from similar
legal battles before incurring
further expenses. Only 85
readers opposed this view.

Commenting on the results,
reader Freda noted that if pri-
vate citizens don’t pay their
utility bills, they are discon-
nected “no matter who we
vote for.”

ToniBear added: “If I don't
pay my bills then I will not be
afforded the luxury of own-
ing my own home, enjoying
my favourite television show
or chatting to friends online.
So likewise how can the PLP
go to election court owing for-
mer election court debts?
Doesn't make sense to me.”

Many of those who com-
mented on the results of the
poll said the PLP should drop
their challenge altogether.

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Losers, “It seems to be the
trend now to contest elections
when one loses. Why can't
politicians just accept defeat
like in the past, shake hands
and move on. Examples need
to be set so that this genera-
tion and future ones will
realise that there is no shame
in defeat, and it takes a big
man to swallow his pride and
lose gracefully.”

Fed Up with Politics agreed
that the PLP should “let it
go.” The reader added that if
the party really wants to move
forward with its challenge, it
should be made to settle out-
standing bills at ZNS and pay
in full for the failed election

court challenges it mounted
following the 2007 general
election.

Erasmus Folly pointed out
that even if the PLP were to
pay all its bills, this new court
challenge will end up costing
the public.

He said: “Having political
parties waste time and money
on court hearings is time and
money that all those MPs and
lawyers could be dedicating
to real work that would
improve the operation of the
Bahamian government and
the country by extension.
Instead, they are engaged in
petty squabbles over non-
issues.”

Voters not required in court, PLP claims

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP is denying that the five individuals
who cast protest ballots in the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion will have to appear in election court,
although the party says they are likely to do so.

This comes after FNM leader, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, suggested the PLP would not
be able to succeed in their election court bid
unless the five voters presented themselves in
court, and under oath stated their qualifications
to vote in Elizabeth.

“The court will have to be satisfied based on
the evidence produced that the voter had a right
to vote. The voter may come to court or may
not,” according to PLP stalwart, Valentine
Grimes.

“The voters are not a party to the action, so it

is not necessary for them to come forward. But
people are not intimidated by the FNM so in all
likelihood they will come forward,” said Mr
Grimes.

After a recount of the votes cast on February
16, Duane Sands was up by a slim margin of two
votes. This result will not be declared final until
the court rules on the five protested votes.

Even though the votes in question were cast by
secret ballot, the voters can be identified because
their voter’s card number is placed on the coun-
terfoil. Legally, if there is anything on the ballot
itself which identifies the voter, the ballot is void.

“The vote is like a raffle ticket: you tear the
piece off and you vote on that piece. The stub has
the same number as the ballot and their voter
card is written on the stub.

“It is a secret ballot, but it will only not be
made secret if you have to go to court,” Mr
Grimes explained.

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LOCAL NEWS



Agri-expo fair moves to New Providence

THE Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources’ all-
Bahamas agri-expo moves to
the Gladstone Road Agricul-
ture Centre in New Providence
today.

It will be officially opened

10am by Minister of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources
Larry Cartwright. The expo will
feature products in the cate-
gories of ornamental, vegetable,
root crops, fruits, poultry,
marine resources and livestock.

It is a partnership between
the government and stakehold-
ers - producers, buyers and edu-
cators. Last weekend was Exu-
ma’s turn to show off its wares.

Under the central theme,
‘Progressing Toward Food

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Thursday,

Security’, expos are next sched-
uled for Andros, Cat Island and
Abaco. The ministry had envis-
aged holding a national expo
every year at the Gladstone
Road Agricultural Centre. Two
such expos were held so far.

“However, based on the
interest, demand and request
from the Family Islands,” said
Mr Cartwright, “the vision was
expanded and our focus refined
and we are hosting with local
support ten such expos
throughout the Bahamas.

“In realising the expanded
vision, we called upon farmers,
administrators, teachers, con-
sumers, buyers and sellers, fish-
ermen and producers through-
out the Bahamas to plan and
organise island-based expos.

“The full support of the gov-
ernment is being given to these
expos. Funds are allocated in
our 2009/10 budget to supply
seed money.”

Production

Mr Cartwright said his min-
istry has determined to progress
toward food security by encour-
aging increased production in
the areas of vegetable, root
crops, fruits, poultry, marine
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An assessment of agriculture
and fisheries with the assistance
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taken.

“Friendly competition is a
part of the National Expo,” said
Mr Cartwright.

“This encourages the best
among producers to achieve the
best they can. With these island
expos, judging for the nationals
begins.

“This process now allows for
wider and fairer assessments to
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Cecil’s significant contri-
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quarters. The week will cul-
minate with a church ser-
vice on March 21.

Sir Cecil was a major
political figure in Bahamian
politics. He died on May 9,
1990 at age 60.

His image is featured on
the $5 Bahamian note.

In 1967, the Progressive
Liberal Party won the gov-
ernment from the United
Bahamian Party (UBP)
under Sir Cecil’s chairman-
ship. He was appointed to
the Cabinet by Sir Lynden
Pindling, the then leader of
the PLP.

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and under his tenure many
schools were constructed in
the Bahamas.

Disillusioned with the
PLP, he resigned from the
party in 1970 and led the
departure of the “Dissident
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and Arthur Foulkes,
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Parrots in Abaco

ON HIS landfall in the
Bahamas five centuries ago,
Christopher Columbus report-
ed that "the song of the little
birds might make a man wish
never to leave here.”

“The flocks of parrots that
darken the sun and the large
and small birds of so many
species are so different from
ours that it is a wonder,"
Columbus wrote in his log.

Back then, there were as
many as 34 species of para-
keets, macaws, and parrots
throughout the Caribbean. But
within a few hundred years all
12 macaw species disappeared,
along with two thirds of the
parakeets and a third of the
parrot species.

The Bahama Parrot - the
bird described by Columbus as
being so numerous - once lived
throughout the Bahamian arch-
ipelago, in all areas with food-
bearing plants. But it survives
today only in the most rugged
regions of Abaco and Inagua.

The pinelands of the south-
ern third of Abaco are the par-
rot’s primary stronghold on that
island.

Parrots occur island-wide on
Inagua, but are patchy in dis-
tribution. And with a popula-
tion of less than 7,000 today on
both islands, scientists say the
risk of extinction is high.

The Abaco population is
unique in that it is the only
ground nesting parrot in the
Western Hemisphere (Inagua
parrots nest in tree cavities).
Unfortunately, this unusual
behaviour makes them easy
prey for cats, rats and raccoons.

These birds spend up to 23
hours a day in their ground cav-
ity nests during the month eggs
are being incubated.

And researchers have deter-
mined that cats can kill half of
the nesting females in one year
alone. Racoons were intro-
duced to Abaco in the early
1990s and only made matters
worse.

As is often the case in con-
servation, the establishment of
the Abaco National Park began
with a quest to rescue this
charismatic endangered species
from extinction.

The Bahamas National Trust
became concerned about the

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survival of the ground-nesting
parrot in the early 1970s.

Owens Illinois (then the
biggest landholder on the
island) had agreed to set aside a
hundred acres of pineland for
the parrot, but the BNT knew
that more protection was need-
ed.

The New York Zoological
Society was enlisted to develop
a conservation plan whose main
goal was the protection of par-
rot habitat. Ornithologist Rose-
marie Gnam was sent to Abaco
in 1983 to undertake a long-
term field study on the parrot
to back up this plan.

Her research confirmed that
only a thousand parrots
remained in the wild on Abaco
and identified perdition, habitat
loss and natural disasters as the
main conservation threats. By
the end of her nine-year study,
Gnam was calling for urgent
measures to save the parrots.

These efforts drew the atten-
tion of the RARE Center for
Tropical Bird Conservation -
an organisation that uses social
marketing techniques to pro-
mote bio-diversity conservation
around the world.

In 1990 RARE teamed up
with the BNT, the government,
and Abaco Friends of the Envi-
ronment to launch a massive
public education programme
modelled on similar efforts in
other countries.

And in 1992, the Abaco par-
rot became a highly publicised
symbol for the Bahamian quin-
centennial celebration of
Columbus’ landfall.

At least four proposals were
submitted to government by the
BNT over a period of 16 years
recommending that important
parrot habitat in South Abaco
receive protection.

But the park was finally
established in 1994 as a result of
this successful “national pride”
public education campaign.

Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham (the Member of Par-
liament for North Abaco) cred-
ited the “consistent and persis-
tent” letter writing by school-

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children as a major factor in the
government’s decision to cre-
ate the park.

The BNT was granted a 99-
year lease on 20,500 acres, with
the proviso that traditional uses
of the area for hunting would
be allowed to continue.

The authority to manage
such protected areas through-
out the country is derived from
the Bahamas National Trust
Act of 1959, which gives the
organisation full responsibility
for the preservation of the “nat-
ural aspect, features, and ani-
mals, plants, and marine life”
of land and sea areas.

It is the only non-govern-
mental organisation in the
world to administer a national
park system.

In 2000, University of Florida
scientists joined with the BNT
and Friends of the Environ-

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ment (with funding from the
Disney Foundation) to imple-
ment a new public awareness
programme on Abaco called
“People and Parrots”.

This initiative was designed
to explain the economic bene-
fits that the park and its wildlife
could bring to local communi-
ties.

In 2002, the Abaco National
Park was designated an Impor-
tant Bird Area by the BNT -
using criteria developed by
BirdLife International -
because of its importance as
breeding habitat to the endan-
gered parrot and also because it
is a stronghold for two endem-
ic bird species - the Bahama
Swallow and the Bahama Yel-
lowthroat.

But despite increasing public

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support as a result of these pro-
grammes, survival prospects for
the parrot continued to deteri-
orate.

By 2004, there were only 77
breeding pairs left on Abaco.

About a third of these were
predated by wild cats, and half
of the remaining pairs did not
survive hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne.

This led the BNT to under-
take an urgent predator control
project in conjunction with Par-
rots International - a Califor-
nia-based organisation dedicat-
ed to the conservation of endan-
gered parrots. The removal of
non-native predators is the
biggest contribution that con-
servationists can make towards
improve the parrot’s survival
prospects.

Trapping and removal of fer-
al cats began in early 2005, fol-
lowed by a census to determine
nesting success.

And each year of predator
control has been estimated to
reduce the extinction pressure
on the parrots by a third.

The Abaco National Park is
dominated by pine woodlands
interspersed with pockets of
broad-leaved evergreen cop-
pice. Several types of wetlands

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are found in the park, together
with two inland blue holes and a
significant portion of Abaco’s
underground fresh water
reserves.

Currently, the park’s only
physical infrastructure is a net-
work of disused logging roads.

This road network makes it
much easier to traverse the for-
est on foot or by vehicle.

However, the roads also dis-
turbed parrot breeding habitat,
which is no longer suitable for
nesting.

Conservationists argue that
the park boundaries should be
extended to encompass more
breeding and feeding habitats.
And it is important to discour-
age incompatible development
on land adjacent to the park.

The pine forests were logged
for lumber from 1908 to 1916
by the Bahamas Timber Com-
pany of Minnesota.

Lumber was again harvested
from the park in the early 1940s
by the Abaco Lumber Compa-

ny, and the trees were cut again
in the 1960s for pulp to make
paper products by Owens-IIli-
nois. The Owens-Illinois land
concession reverted to the gov-
ernment in the early 1970s.

Evidence of the logging oper-
ation can be found throughout
the park in the form of old trails
and remnants of the logging
tram railway used to transport
lumber to processing plants and
docks. The lumber companies
left five seed-bearing trees on
each acre so that the pine forest
could regenerate itself.

Today the park serves as a
refuge for an abundance of
plants, animals and natural com-
munities, a number of which are
considered threatened or
endangered.

It is home to the Pygmy Boa,
an endemic snake; the rare
Bahama Pintail Duck and Kirt-
land’s Warbler, and the White
Crowned Pigeon.

According to Anthony
White, author of ‘A Birder’s

Guide to the Bahama Islands’,
“Abaco has the best birding of
any island in the Bahamas.”

And the park holds great
potential to support nature-
based recreational activities and
sustainable economic opportu-
nities that benefit local com-
munities.

Critical conservation threats
include incompatible develop-
ment, an altered forest fire
regime, invasive plants and ani-
mals, litter and pollution, recre-
ational impacts, natural disas-
ters and climate change.

The BNT’s management
goals seek to address or min-
imise these negative impacts
while promoting economic
opportunities for Bahamians
consistent with the park’s mis-
sion.

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

The Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP) is a public-private
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Market Street (North
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TENDER FOR THE

RETIRED FLEET WEHICLES

LOCAL NEWS



Police make their
presence known in the
Kemp Road community

BY GENA GIBBS

INCREASED police pres-
ence and educating the public
about conflict resolution are the
solutions for crime deterrence
in the Kemp Road area, Police
Superintendent Ashton
Greenslade, officer in-charge
of Northeastern Division on
Wulff Road said.

“Police visibility is a deter-

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rent to crime, and in short order
you will see increased police
presence in both foot and
mobile patrols,” Supt
Greenslade said.

“We raided a number of
establishments in this area,
based on public information
given to us by residents,” he



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KEMP ROAD residents showed their support by greeting and shaking

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After several stabbing inci-
dents, the police want to edu-
cate persons on how to resolve
issues without stabbing or fight-

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

ing a Kemp Road resident.



’ ’ ’ : ing one another, Supt
unit requires a separate bid. All sales are final. Greenslade said.
Support

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Supt Greenslade said.

“We are here to reassure the
residents of the northeastern
community that we are one
team with one vision, building a
safe Bahamas for everyone to
work in, live in and visit.”

He also reinforced that the
public should inform the police
about criminal activity they wit-
ness in their communities.

POLICE SUPERINTENDENT Ashton Greenslade, officer in-charge of the

Northeastern Division, leads the community walkabout on February 20,

2010.

“The public is urged to give
police information about per-
sons in possession of unlicensed
firearms, or other crimes being
committed in this area.”

The public can call the north-
eastern division at 394-4540 or
call the Supt personally at 394-
4542, he said.

“The public should feel free

to contact officers because we
appreciate your information,
which will be kept in the
strictest of confidence.

“We want to take our mes-
sage to the community and let
them know together we can
make a difference with the
crime problem in our country,”
said Supt Greenslade.

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THE TRIBUNE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010, PAGE 11



LOCAL NEWS



FROM page one Weathering’ economic storm

described the report as an
exercise intended to enlight-
en the public with information
by which it can make its own
assessment on how the Gov-
ernment is using and managing
public funds. However, it
included no major surprises.

By the close of the first six
months of the 2009/2010 bud-
get period, the Prime Minis-
ter provided figures which
showed that at $140.1 million,
the Government spent rough-
ly $150 million more on capital
projects in the first six months
of the 2009/2010 budget year
than it did in 2009.

That figure represented 55
per cent of the total amount
the Government has allocat-
ed for capital expenditure in
the entire 2009/2010 budget
year, said Mr Ingraham.

On the other side of the
budget, the Government had
by December 31 spent just
under $10 million more on
“recurrent” costs — those that
do not result in the acquisition
or enhancement of an asset,
such as public sector salaries
— than it had forecast in June
2009, at $742.8 million.

Its recurrent revenue, in
light of weaker than expected
economic activity in the latter
part of 2009 than was antici-
pated in June, was “lower than



expected”, said Mr Ingraham.

If it were not for a number
of “one-off revenue collec-
tions” totaling $84 million
which had not been included
in the 2009/2010 budget fore-
cast, total recurrent revenue
collections would have dipped
$76 million lower than in the
corresponding time period in
2008.

As it was, those one-off pay-
ments gave the government an
extra $8 million in revenue
than forecast up to December
31, at $634.9 million. The areas
that were primarily responsi-
ble for the shortfall seen
before the $84 million pay-
ment boost were with respect
to: Import and Export duties
($21.9 million less than fore-
cast), Stamp Tax ($21.7 mil-
lion less) and Excise Tax
($13.1 million less).

Mr Ingraham said: “The
totals for expenditure and rev-
enue for the first six month
period of the fiscal year must
be viewed with caution as
there are seasonal and other
timing factors in play which
will only be eliminated when
accounts are closed at the end
of the fiscal year. Accordingly,
allowance must be made for
these types of factors in
analysing the data.”



In terms of economic per-
formance, Mr Ingraham
revealed that while the admin-
istration had predicted total
declines in growth of 3.5 per
cent for the economy in the
2008/2009 budget cycle and 0.5
per cent in the 2009/2010 bud-
get cycle, even these uninspir-
ing projections have proved to
be too optimistic to date —
with 2009 thus far bringing
with it a four per cent decline
in economic growth, and 2010
now projected to see a greater
one per cent decline.

“The economy is expected
to strengthen as we move
through 2010 and positive
growth on an annual basis is
expected to return in 2011 and
beyond,” said Mr Ingraham.

Depicting the global and
domestic economic back-
ground against which these fig-
ures have emerged, the Prime
Minister noted that while eco-
nomic developments in the US
have been “more encouraging
than we anticipated at the time
of the 2009/2010 Budget Com-
munication” with the econo-
my of our northern neighbour
and prime tourist market hav-
ing finally registered two quar-
ters of positive economic
growth at the end of 2009 after
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America’s recovery, persis-
tently high unemployment,
and a “shift in US consump-
tion patterns towards
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ue to constrain the return to
positive growth momentum
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an economy faced significant
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ter.

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construction sectors dropped
off sharply, unemployment
rose to 14.2 per cent in New
Providence as a result of large-
scale lay offs in the hotel sec-
tor, and Bahamian dollar cred-
it growth declined sharply by
around $150 million in 2009,
primarily reflecting reduced
demand for loans from the pri-
vate sector, but also in recog-
nition of a $42 million
decrease in consumer credit.
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$113.2 million expansion in
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tor arrears rising by 42.4 per
cent or $324.3 million, repre-
senting 17.6 per cent of total
loans — and banks adopted
more conservative lending
practices.

Suggesting reduced demand
for home purchases, among
other things, mortgage growth
diminished by $90.8 million to
$120.3 million, said Mr Ingra-
ham.

At the same time, external
resetves rose by $256 million,
to $818.4 million at the end of
December, “equivalent to a
projected 19.5 weeks of non-
oil imports, up from 13.1

weeks at the end of 2008.”

Parliamentarians return on
Monday to debate the Mid-
Year Budget Statement and
Supplementary Appropria-
tions Bills calling for the re-
allocation of funds within Min-
istries and Departments.

Ministers are also expect-
ed to provide a breakdown of
the ways in which money has
been spent in their individual
Ministries in the six months
since the budget communica-
tion, including any achieve-
ments or requirements for
additional resources to meet
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Police quiz talk show
host over gun claim
FROM page one

After being released, Mr Bodie told ZNS
news that he had no grudge with the police.
He explained that he intended the comment
to be facetious and that he does not, in fact, |
know where to purchase an illegal firearm. |

Mr Bodie said his comments were born
out of the fear and anger he shares with mem-
bers of the public over the rising crime rate
and the fact that it has become very easy for
people to get guns.

The talkshow host is no stranger to controversy. Having already
been disbarred from the legal fraternity many years ago, he was
accused last year of attempting to charge listeners who contact-
ed him after hours for legal advice. Mr Bodie has strongly denied
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The most vocal critic of the
festival, filmmaker and founder
of the Bahamas Film Festival
Celi Moss, has publicly lam-
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resources to honour Sir Sidney,
questioning what the Academy
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the Bahamas.

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cised Mr Moss for putting forth
an "ignorant" argument that

Man gets three year sentence







FROM page one

Kikivarakis was sentenced by Magistrate Carolita Bethell to
three years imprisonment on each drug charge. The sentences are
to run concurrently. He was also sentenced to a year in prison on
the deceit charges. The sentences are to take effect from Novem-
ber 11, 2009. Inspector Ercell Dorsette was the prosecutor.

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drugs. Russell was standing trial with another woman. The tri-





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tions to the country and the
international community.

"T could easily dismiss the
activities of Celi Moss as rank
opportunism, as a classic exam-
ple of someone believing that
any publicity is good publicity,
no matter how foolish the
cause," said Dr Strachan in a
statement issued yesterday.
"But I have run into people
who make me think otherwise."

Yesterday Mr Moss said Sir
Sidney owes the arts communi-
ty an apology.

"Even when you look at his
philanthropy compared to his
peers, it's been minimal at best,"
he said. "I'm not saying he's not
a great filmmaker but he has an
obligation to give back."

He noted that other Bahami-
ans who have found success
internationally, like athletes
Mark Knowles and Tonique
Williams-Darling, have estab-
lished youth camps to foster tal-
ent.

But the professor thinks this
outlook is fueled by a narrow-
minded "sense of entitlement.”

Dr Strachan said: "We
believe 'Bahamianess’ is one
thing and one thing only. I am
saddened by the artists who
wish we wouldn’t have this
event. Their outlook stinks of
a ‘what have you done for me
lately’ attitude.

"What they are basically say-
ing is that despite the fact that
Sidney Poitier helped change
the world for all black people,
he is not worth remembering,
honouring or studying because
he didn’t do some specific things
for this community that they
think are paramount."

Sir Sidney helped fund an
infant Progressive Liberal Party,
was part of the movement fight-
ing to end segregation and

FROM page one

spending and revenue has
remained within projections
made in June of last year when
the 2009/2010 budget was first
implemented.

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government’s indebtedness
reached unanticipated levels in
the first six months of the
2009/2010 budget cycle.

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that in the period ending
December 31, 2009, alone —
the level of public debt rose
three per cent beyond that
anticipated for the entire
2009/2010 budget period — to
46 per cent of Gross Domestic
Product.

In this regard, Mr Ingraham
drew attention to the fact that
his administration has under-
taken “necessary extraordinary
fiscal measures to support the
economy and workers,” opting
to continue to spend on
employment-creating public
works, among other things,
despite growing indebtedness.

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in keeping with his administra-
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cast a number of Bahamians in
his films, said Dr Strachan.

In 1971, his film “Buck and
the Preacher” had its world pre-
miere in Nassau with proceeds
reportedly aiding the building
of the Jordan Prince William
High School. Another film,
“Uptown Saturday Night” pre-
miered in the Bahamas in the
1970s with the Stapledon School
for Children the beneficiary of
the premiere.

Still, to many this is not
enough because "it seems he
didn’t help today’s struggling
Bahamian artists directly, mon-
etarily, by ‘putting in a word’
or by showing up every sum-
mer and teaching a class in
method acting,” said Dr Stra-
chan, himself a filmmaker, play-
wright and novelist.

The Sir Sidney Poitier film
festival and conference explores
the good and bad of the Cat
Island native's career and its
impact on society.

Although born in Miami in
1927 during his parents’ visit to
Florida, Sir Sidney — the son
of a poor tomato farmer —
grew up in Cat Island. Sir Sid-
ney has also served as the
Bahamas’ ambassador to Japan
and was made an Honorary
Knight Commander by the
British in the 1970s for his con-
tribution to the arts.

He is the first black actor to
win an Academy Award for a
lead performance (Lilies of the
Field in 1963). Many of his films
tackled racial themes and have
been heralded for helping to
break down social barriers
between whites and blacks dur-
ing an era of racial segregation.

A film festival showing 20 of
Sir Sidney's movies is held at
COB until Saturday.

Mid-year budget

ing the downgrading of the
Bahamas sovereign credit rat-
ing by Standard and Poor’s as a
result of the government
increased levels of deficit
spending and indebtedness over
the last year.

The Prime Minister outlined
some steps already taken by the
government over the last six
months towards eventually
guiding the country’s public
finances to a return to lower
levels of indebtedness, includ-
ing progress on achieving the
“critical” twin goals outlined in
the 2009/2010 Budget Commu-
nication of maximising the gov-
ernment’s ability to successful-
ly collect monies owed to it —
such as various taxes like Real
Property Tax or Import and
Export tax — and to get more
out of the money it spends
through greater efficiency.

In addition to reform of Cus-
toms, the Government’s pri-
mary revenue collection arm,
to bring it into line with “best
international practices in its
operations and procedures,”
the Prime Minister noted that
consultations have now been
concluded on a Discussion
Paper introduced last year on
strengthening accountability
and transparency in public
financial administration, and a
“new and modern” Financial
Administration and Audit Act
intended to effect such
strengthening is now being
finalised.

Meanwhile, a new Central
Revenue Administration is
being developed to administer a
“broad range of taxes” in a
more modern and effective
manner.

Mr Ingraham said more
details on how the Government
intends to pull the public
finances back into more
favourable shape as the eco-
nomic recovery expected to ful-
ly kick-in in 2011 begins will be
outlined in the 2010/2011 Bud-
get Communication, set for
June 2010.

The Prime Minister empha-
sised that the Government is
now seeking to adjust the recur-
rent and capital expenditures
outlined in the initial 2009/2010
budget — shifting monies with-
in certain ministries and depart-
ments — but “importantly”
remains committed to staying
within the total expenditure
limits already approved by par-
liament for expenditure in fiscal
year 2009/2010 at the time of
the Budget (June 2009) and in
the November (2009) Supple-
mentary Appropriations.”

The Prime Minister tabled
two Bills that call for Supple-
mentary Recurrent Expendi-
ture of $35.6 million and Sup-
plementary Capital Expendi-
ture of $48.6 million. The Mid-
Year Budget Report and these
Bills will be debated at the next
sitting of parliament, on Mon-
day March 1.

The full text of the Prime
Minister’s statement can be
read on the Free National
Movement’s website, at
www.freenationalmovement.or

Parliamentarians will return
to debate the Mid-Term Bud-
get Report and Supplementary
Appropriations Bills on Mon-
day, March 1.


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The Bahamas Educational Tours
bringing country to life for students

STUDENTS of Maurice E
Moore Primary School in
Grand Bahama recently
embarked on a one-day educa-
tional excursion to the capital.

On a tour organised by the
Bahamas Educational Tours
(BET), a group of 60 students,
teachers, administrators and
parents of grades one and two
enjoyed an informative and
fun-filled day in Nassau.

For many, the trip to New
Providence was a first-time
experience, beginning with an
early morning flight on Western
Air, a long-time partner of
BET’s. After enjoying break-
fast in downtown Nassau, some
of the students visited a local
school for a brief exchange.

Then it was off to Govern-
ment House in private charter
buses for a courtesy call on the
Governor General Arthur



Hanna. Michele Coburn, BET
spokesperson, said the grade
one students of Maurice E.
Moore Primary made history
as one of the youngest groups
to ever visit Government
House. “The entire group,
grades one and two, presented
His Excellency with a gift. He
was gracious as usual and

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shared much rich history with
them. I would definitely
describe the visit as a highlight
of their trip,” she said.

The guided one-day tour of
Nassau is widely recognised as
one of BET’s signature trips.

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a city tour and a visit to histor-
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“To actually stand amongst
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memorable experience,” com-
mented one of the teachers.

Accompanying the group
students and faculty was Miss
Bahamas World Joanna
Brown.

“T had a good time interact-
ing with the students and over-
all the trip was great,” she said.

Along with the educational
aspects, the eager youngsters
got a chance to unwind during
lunch at the Mall at Marathon
where they also shopped and
spent time in the game room.

“At Bahamas Educational
Tours, our main focus is to help
teachers bring their lessons to
life. By offering personalised
service for each group, we take
the hassle out of arranging and
booking school tours. Our field
trips are exciting, educational
and fun, and travelling is always
great exposure for the kids,”
Ms Coburn said. Besides Nas-
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reviewed Baby M at Mount St John’s Medical Centre in Antigua
during their monthly Cancer clinic there.

‘This child has a curable cancer and can go on to a full life given the
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LOCAL NEWS



Exuma to get
mini-hos pital

By MATT MAURA

GEORGE TOWN, Exuma
- Officials at the Ministry of
Health and the Department of
Public Health are “moving
ahead” with plans for the con-
struction of a mini-hospital on
mainland Exuma, Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis
recently announced.

Dr Minnis said the construc-
tion of the mini-hospital will
result in the provision of
improved services to residents
of the area that, in turn, should
further improve health out-
comes there.

The Health Minister said
renovations are also scheduled
to be undertaken at a number
of the healthcare facilities in
the Exuma and Ragged Island
Districts within “this budget
year” as part of the govern-
ment’s commitment to further
improving healthcare services
to Exuma, its cays and Ragged
Island.

Dr Minnis was in Exuma to
participate in the hand-over
ceremony of an ambulance and
a defibrillator that were donat-
ed to healthcare officials at the
George Town Clinic.

“The comfort of now having
a functional ambulance and
other emergency resuscitative
equipment such as the defibril-
lator will go a long way toward
improving the management and
resuscitation of patients,” Dr
Minnis said.

“The donation of these two
vital pieces of equipment is crit-
ical to the resuscitation of
patients and improvement of
healthcare services, brought
about through community lead-
ership and participation.

“T take this opportunity to
express my ministry’s appreci-
ation and gratitude to the Ding-
man and Clemente families,
volunteers and other stake-
holders for their generosity in
the donation of the ambulance
and defibrillator,” Dr Minnis
added.

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opportune time as healthcare
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their plans to construct the new
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He said a review of expen-
diture for emergency medical
services revealed that
$683,346.80 was spent by the
Department of Public Health
on the evacuations of residents
requiring emergency transport
services from the District for
the period July, 2008 to Janu-
ary, 2010.

Of this amount, $211,000 was
spent for the evacuation of per-
sons requiring air transporta-
tion from the Exuma and
Ragged Island.

“Our data also showed that
43 persons from Exuma
required air ambulatory ser-



DR DENIELLE
ROBINSON, District
Medical Officer at
the George Town
Community Clinic
(left) and Minister of
Health Dr Hubert
Minnis inspects the
defibrillator that was
recently donated to
the clinic.

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Minnis said.

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evacuations were trauma result-
ing from traffic accidents and
intentional violence and injuries
totaling 12 cases; chronic, non-
communicable diseases and
related conditions (seven cas-
es) and seizures, accounting for
five cases.”

Dr Minnis said that as part
of the preparations leading to
the construction of the mini-
hospital and the renovation of
some of the existing facilities,
officials from the Ministry of
Health, the Department of
Public Health and the Public
Hospitals Authority will con-
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LOCAL NEWS



THE World Harmony Run,
a global torch relay that pro-
motes international friendship
and understanding, came to the
Bahamas for the second time
last week, en-route through
more than 100 countries.

Dozens of schools and hun-
dreds of children on the three
islands — New Providence,
Grand Bahama and Exuma —
participated by running and
holding the torch for peace and
friendship. Day one of the Har-
mony Run events, which began
on February 17, included school
visits to the Teleos School,
Westminster College and St
John’s College in Nassau.

Reception

A official reception at Gov-
ernment House was held in the
evening where Governor Gen-
eral Arthur Hanna received the
Harmony Torch and the Torch
Bearers Award presented by
Ambassador Davidson Hep-
burn. The reception also fea-
tured a special exhibit entitled
“Paintings for World Harmo-
ny” by the event’s founder, Sri
Chinmoy, which will stay in the
Bahamas.

On the second day, the torch
travelled to Grand Bahama
where over nine schools car-
ried the torch in a relay.

On the day three, the torch
arrived in Exuma, and over a
100 youth and children partici-
pated in the 13-mile run.









The Sri Chinmoy World Harmony Run 2010
in The Bahamas February 17th to 22nd

Hundreds run for international friendship



HUNDREDS of youths run. Holding the torch is a runner from the Royal Bahamas Police Cadets.

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

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

Then on the fifth day, the
World Harmony Run Torch
Team bid farewell to the
Bahamas.

The Bahamas Sri Chinmoy
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the torch with the principal of St. John’s College.

NASSAU relay exchange.

before the official international
launch of the World Harmony
Run in New York City on April
12. More than 2,000 people are
expected to attend the opening
ceremony.

Beginning in 1987, the World
Harmony Run was founded by
international ‘Dreamer of
World-Oneness’ and student of
peace Sri Chinmoy. His dream
was to provide an opportunity
for citizens to express their own
hopes and dreams for a more

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champion athlete, artist and
musician, the late peace vision-
ary dedicated his life to advanc-
ing the ideals of self-transcen-
dence, world friendship and
oneness. In the US, an interna-
tional team of runners will car-
ry the torch 10,000 miles in a
continuous relay through all 50
states finishing in New York
City in August. An estimated
700,000 runners are expected
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KEEPING YOUR LENTEN COMMITMENT.....



By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

URING Ash Wednesday servic-
les last week, Catholics and

Anglicans were urged to
“Remember that you are dust, and to
dust you shall return” from the offici-
ating priest as they walked back to
their pews with the cross ash on their
foreheads.

Those ashes were a symbolic reminder
of a Christian’s own fallen nature, the
understanding that their existence
depends on God, and without Him they
are nothing, ‘but blown away like dust in
the breeze.’

Lent is part of the Christian’s prepara-
tion to celebrate what is regarded as the
greatest time in Christian history: the
Passover, and death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. The gospels recall the story
of Jesus retreating into the wilderness,
where he fasted for forty days, and was
tempted by the devil.

Jesus overcame all three of Satan's
temptations by citing scripture to the
devil, at which point the devil left him,
angels ministered to Jesus, and he began
his ministry.

Jesus further said that his disciples

should fast "when the bridegroom shall
be taken from them" (Matthew 9:15), a
reference to his Passion (death, burial
and resurrection).

Since, presumably, the apostles fasted
as they mourned the death of Jesus,
Christians have traditionally fasted dur-
ing the annual commemoration of his
burial.

Monsignor Alfred Culmer of St
Thomas More Catholic Church said that
“we need to prepare ourselves mentally,
physically, and spiritually for the obser-
vance of Palm Sunday, March 28.”

Sometimes people talk about giving up
something for Lent, and some believe in
taking on more for Lent. Monsignor
Culmer encouraged Catholics to pray
more as prayer is one of the three
penances that characterize the Lenten
practice, in addition to fasting and the giv-
ing of alms.

“Prayer is like capturing moments in
our lives when God is directly intervening
but we’re too busy to recognise what he’s
saying and doing,” said Monsignor
Culmer.

“That’s when the spirit takes us into the
presence of God and we have that sense
of the mystery of God,” said Monsignor
Culmer. “That's what I was trying to get
the congregation to look at on Ash
Wednesday. We have lost a sense of mys-
tery and awe that we need to recapture.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS ADVISE PERSONS TO CONSIDER THESE GUIDELINES
TO DE-CLUTTER THEIR LIVES, AND ESTABLISH MORE TIME FOR GOD:

1. DON’T CHECK your email every five minutes. Those extra 25 minutes
may give you an allowable margin of freedom to pray.
2. GET AWAY from any distractions or noise to get into the presence of

God

3. STEP BACK, quiet yourself, and meditate on Jesus’ sacrifice for you and
his blessings on your life that you may take for granted. It’s a humbling thing
4. “IF YOU FAIL, pick yourself up and start again,” says Monsignor Alfred
Culmer. “The same kind of fidelity that is required in a relationship with a
person is required in our relationship with God.”

“We've gotten into the routine of life.
The mystery of life and the awesome
presence of God in our lives is missing,”
he said.

Monsignor Culmer says that this
shouldn’t be so in a country gifted with
such a beautiful environment. For this
reason, people should be filled with a
deeper sense of awe and mystery.

“People drive by the sea and just see it
for what it is, but to capture the presence
of God in nature and in our lives is amaz-
ing,” said Monsignor Culmer.

“T don’t think they will allow those 40
days to go by without capturing that
moment,” he said. “There’s a heightened
sensitivity now, and a lot of people will be

fasting and praying so that they can help
some others in need.”

Encapsulating the last aspect of

penance, which is almsgiving, Monsieur
Culmer says: “Some people will be moti-
vated more to do things, as there are a lot
of people in our own community that
have lost jobs and have families and so
on.”
“People will sacrifice things for them-
selves, and others will sacrifice to help
others, for relief efforts in Haiti but also
locally.”

Monsignor Culmer suggests that chari-
ty begins home, and highly recommends
acts of benevolence toward relief efforts
in the Haitian earthquake.



‘Leprosy in the
Bible — What is it?

By DR CLELAND GOODING

THE WORD Leprosy is found in the
Bible. This disease provoked fear, suf-
fering, isolation and eventually death.
But, was Leprosy a single skin disease
Biblically? Or was it a whole group of
them?

Let us look at the origin of the word.
The word in the Hebrew Bible that we
translate as “Leprosy” is Tsara’ath. This
word was not a precise medical term
referring to a specific disease rather it
seem to refer to a whole range of disfig-
uring conditions animate and inanimate
objects. The Linguistic root of
“Tsara’ath” means “smiting” so it is
quite possible that Tsara’ath was a gen-
eral term for certain severe skin dis-
eases than a particular condition.

The Jewish Talmud maintains a simi-
lar view, arguing that Tsara’ath referred
generally to any disease that produces

sores and eruptions on the skin.
However, when the Hebrew Bible was
translated into Greek (The Septuagent)
the Greek word lepra was used for
Tsara’ath. Like Tsara’ath, Lepra was a
rather vague term indicating a variety of
skin conditions and diseases. The
English translators changed “lepra” to
leprosy since this appeared to be the
nearest to the word lepra.

What then was the leprosy of the
Bible? Was it what we called True
Leprosy or Hansen’s disease today?
The answer is No. The Hebrew word
Tsara’ath may have included true lep-
rosy (Hansen’s disease) but also other
skin diseases. Remember, the original
translation meant not a specific disease
but a variety of disfiguring skin condi-
tions that cause rejection by society.
Some of the newer bibles use the word
skin disease instead of Leprosy. Today
there are about thirty conditions which



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

can be confused with True Leprosy
(Hansen’s disease).

True leprosy is caused by a bacteria
and is progressive and affects the

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

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GENESIS 4: 6-7

And the Lord said

unto Cain, why art
thou wroth? And why
is thy countenance
fallen? If thou doest
well, shalt thou not be
accepted? and if thou
doest not well, sin lieth
at the door."





ALLISON
MILLER

This scripture reminds me of the fact that we have to be careful
what we allow to enter into our minds and our spirits. Actions and
words are reflection of thoughts that we think about. If enough time
is given to those thoughts it is only a matter of time before they
manifest into reality.

In this passage of scripture Cain got upset with Abel because
Abel's gift was accepted by God. Many times in our lives we get
mad at people because they are prospering. Rather than ask them
what they did to become that way we become angry and that opens
the door to jealousy. We must understand that sin CAN NOT be
contained. Jealousy will lead to contempt and that will lead to
hatred. How is it that, as children of the most high God can justify
hatred being found in us? (The only exception is when we hate sin)
That is simply because we leave the door open for the devil to creep
in our minds and often times we entertain the foolishness that he
brings.

Some of the things we think about we know that we should not
give place to them because we know what the word of God says.
Anything that seeks to exhalt itself about the knowledge of God we
are to cast down. Another scripture says “whatsoever things are
lovely, good, pure and of a good report think on these things.” We
have the ‘how to.’ We just need to apply it.

What happens is we pay the price for havoc that we allow him
(the devil) to reap. Yes I said, "allow" because the devil doesn’t
have any power over us unless we give it to him. I wonder some-
times what we think of the Bible. If we honestly think that it can be
of any assistance to our lives? Rather than be angry at someone for
what they have, inquire of them the method(s) they used to get
what they have. Sometimes we are jealous of people without the
facts of how they obtained their possessions. You may not be will-
ing to do what someone else has done in order to get what they
have.

The Bible is plain, in Matt 6:33 it says that we are to seek FIRST
the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL things will be
added to us.

If you do not know what the, "Kingdom and God's
Righteousness" is I beg you to go find out so you can begin your
search. Maybe that’s why a lot of us don't look because we don't
know what we looking for. However, that can not be an excuse. Just
because an atheist does not believe that God exists means that he
does not. We owe it to ourselves to go and find out what the
"Kingdom of God and His Righteousness” is. We all know that
when we want something only death itself can stop us from getting
that. If truth be told it is that same determination we need to have
in our pursuit of God.

We have to stop leaving the door of negativity open in our lives.
We know that life and death is in the power of the tongue. So rather
than speaking death and entertaining it's negativity, speak life and
watch those things that are not come into being. It makes no sense
to get upset at someone for what they have or how they live. All you
have to do is seek God for the things that you should have and the
way of your life. Since we entertain the devil sin lieth at the door of
our hearts. We in one way or the other always do what is in our
hearts. I can only hope that the righteousness of God can be found
in our hearts.



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RELIGION

The Tribune

(CS THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS

Calvary
Bible Church

tor of Evangelistic Temple

after much soul searching
and prayer decided to move on
and form a new church - many
of his congregation moved with

n 1962, Earl Weech, the pas-

Service Times for

Christ Church Cathedral

Anglican; Episcopal Church

George Street

Nassau, Bahamas

Sunday, February 28", 2010
Second Sunday In Lent

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Parish's Annual General Meeting will take place
on Sunday, February 28", 2010.

ALL Services will be held at their usual times with the

exception of Evensong.

7:30 a.m,

9:00 a.m.

Holy Communion with Sermon

Sung Holy Eucharist with Sermon

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Holy Communion with Sermon

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Evening Service.



him. In September, 432 people
attended the first service at
Frank Pinder’s Simonizing
Service workshop. A large tent
and chairs were brought from
Miami the next week and a
property on Collins Avenue pur-
chased and work began on the

new building.

The men of the church worked hard
night after night and would often end
their day swimming at Montagu Beach
to get rid of the perspiration and dirt.
The ladies kept the men supplied with
food, cool drinks and ice cream. This
was a community miracle as men and
women of the church, community and
businesses donated equipment, mate-
rials and manpower to raise this beau-
tiful sanctuary and Christian educa-
tion unit to the glory of God.

The dedication of the completed
building, Calvary Bible Church, took
place on October 24, 1965. In 1970 the
parsonage was built in High Vista and
housed new Pastor Maurice Anderson
until he left in 1971. The late Jasiel
Thompson served as interim pastor
until 1972 when Pastor David T Cole
was appointed.

Pastor Cole, with the help of the
peoples Church Canada, launched an
extensive missions programme, which
included a faith promise offering plan
(now renamed ‘Calvary Bible Faith
Investment Plan’). Before Pastor Cole
left in 1978, The Earle Weech
Auditorium was constructed, The
AWANA Bible Club Programme
under Kathryn Cole began and
Michael Thompson was employed as
‘Youth Director.

In 1980 Pastor A Morris Russell was
called to the pastorate of Calvary
Bible Church. "Operation Inasmuch"
- was inaugurated by Frederick Arnett
as a home based community outreach
— Pastor Russell further developed the
programme in 1981 for the distribu-
tion of food and clothing to the needy
of the congregation and community.
He returned to Canada in 1990.

In 1981, Pastor and Mrs Earle
Weech came out of retirement to give
pastoral leadership to Calvary Bible
Church Freeport and later a Christian
Education and a Sanctuary building
were completed. Pastor Weech then
came back to Nassau to assist in the
new ‘Christian Counselling Centre’ in
the Adaline B Russell building. He
died in 1987.

Frederick Arnett was appointed
pastor’s assistant in 1985, director of
the ‘Christian Counselling Centre’ in
1986, ordained pastor in 1989 and led

the church during 1990 -1992 along
with Jasiel Thompson and Allan R
Lee.

In 1992, Allan Lee became senior
pastor - teacher of Calvary Bible
Church and chairman of the ‘Christian
Counselling Centre’, positions he still
holds to this day. Under this new lead-
ership a new portfolio was presented
for the Elder Board in that all elders
were now considered to be pastors and
each was assigned to specific areas of
pastoral care and responsibilities in
keeping with each pastor's gift and
passion. Plural leadership was seen as
a sharing of authority as well as pas-
toral responsibilities.

1996 was an eventful year beginning
with the acquisition of additional
properties on West Avenue. In April
of 1996 the Men's Fellowship ministry
was reintroduced with the objective of
promoting intimacy with God, family
and fellow believers. A new Women's
Ministry kicked-off in September with
the stated purpose of "in dependence
upon God, meeting the needs of our
women on a spiritual, emotional and
practical level; that in reaching out to
each other we may strengthen the
bond of love in our church family, and
serve the community as we grow and
respond in obedience to our Lord
Jesus Christ."

The Mini-church concept was
introduced - ten mini-churches, con-
sisting of a limited number of family
units from Calvary Bible Church,
who committed themselves to mutual
spiritual development under the
leadership and pastoral care of a pas-
tor or pastor-supervised leader. The
primary purpose of the mini-church
was spiritual development involving
activities which equip, strengthen,
establish or build up a believer in the
faith.

The Excellence in Christian
Broadcasting Ministry (ECB) in the
new Jasiel G. Thompson Recording
Studio was dedicated and launched on
July 19, 1998. ECB broadcasts local &
international biblically based pro-
gramming on a daily basis via
AM1240 Radio. In addition, Calvary's
two long running radio ministries,
"Echoes of Calvary" at 7:30 am on
ZNS-1, historically conducted by the
Sr Pastor-teacher, and "Calvary Bible
Time" at 10:00 am on ZNS-2, con-
ducted by Pastor Jasiel Thompson,
continued to beam over the airwaves
bringing blessings, challenges and sal-
vation to many.

And Calvary Bible Church moved
into the 21st Century with the estab-
lishment of a church world-wide web

site (www.calvarybible.org.bs).
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RELIGION

The Blessing Part 2

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

Here’s where Part.1, of this series
ended as we’ve identified the blessing,
and its purpose. Genesis 12:1. Now the
LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee
out of thy country, and from thy kin-
dred, and from thy father's house, unto
a land that I will show thee:

: 2. And I will make of thee a great
nation, and I will bless thee, and make
thy name great; and thou shalt be a
blessing:

Please note: (1) That the blessing is
not a house; for Father Yahweh told
Abram to leave his father‘s (Terah)
house, (2) The blessing is God’s
empowerment “And I will make of
thee” and (3) The purpose, “And thou
shalt be a blessing.

Watch this! In studying the scrip-
tures, nowhere can it be found where
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job, etc; had to
talk or preach about their material pos-
sessions as today’s religious leaders do,
in order to motivate or so-called to
inspire their congregations. For if it
takes the preaching about (cars, houses
and other material possessions) by reli-
gious leaders to inspire their congrega-
tions other than the word of God; then
the church as we know it, is in big trou-
ble.

This misconstrued concept / teaching

I

PASTOR
ALLEN

of the blessing has opened the doors for
many scandalous questions within and
outside the church; which ultimately
brings the motives of the growing num-
ber of churches and their leaders into
question.

As mentioned in part one of this arti-
cle; the blessing is not a car, a house or
some other material possessions, but
rather it is God’s empowerment upon
one’s life.

Therefore it’s nauseating to mature
kingdom minded disciple of Yeshuwa
Messiah to hear religious leaders tak-
ing to the air waves preaching and
prophet-lying about how they see God,
“blessing this or that one with a new
car, a house or some other stuff.” For a
religious minded, itching ear Christian;
today’s twisted teaching of the blessing
is right down their alley, as they’ve
been methodically trained from the
pulpit by their religious leaders to see
the blessing as something material.

One of the problems with this is kind
of teaching is: There are young men
who have a call of God upon their lives
and are subjected to this teaching, who
are easily swayed into prematurely

‘Leprosy’ in the Bible — What is it?

FROM page 32

atrophy, tendons contract, there is ulcer-
ation and loss of digits with disfigure-
ment. The Leper was considered conta-
gious. Biblically the priest had to exam-
ine the skin and pronounce the person
clean or unclean depending on his
observation. Leviticus 13. (KJV)

Are there references to “Leprosy” in
the Bible that obviously refer to skin
conditions other than true leprosy
(Hansen’s disease)? The answer is Yes.
Naaman, the Leper (2 Kings 5:27) KJV
was said to be “Leprous”- or “white as
snow”. This clearly is not what we call
Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) today,
because Hansen’s disease does not cause
all the skin to be become white!

What skin disease then did Naaman
have? A common condition which caus-
es a whitening of the skin is Vitiligo

(also called Michael Jackson disease
today). In true Leprosy (Hansen’s dis-
ease), there can be some loss of pigment
(colour) in the skin, but it never
becomes totally white because of the
disease. Also, was Naaman contagious?
Does not seem so! He had a job, a
home, a family, access to the King and
was a well respected person not exclud-
ed from society. Some authors even
believe he had albinism (totally white).

Another argument that shows all
“Leprosy” in the Bible was not true
Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) is in
Leviticus 13:10&20, Biblical leprosy
even resulted in the hair turning white.
This does not happen in patients with
Hansen’s disease nor is their scalp
affected by the disease as in Leviticus
13:42. Biblical leprosy could also involve
the clothing and leather garments.
Leviticus 13:37-48. Then in Leviticus 14:
v37 it could affect the walls of a building,

starting their own church in pursuit of
the material stuff that their bishops,
apostles, doctors, etc; possesses from
this distorted teaching.

Remember this word blessing in the
Hebrew is: Berakah, ber-aw-kaw’;
which means benediction. And we
know that the word benediction means
(1) to speak well of, (2) an expression
of approval, (3) good wishes. For at the
end of every traditional church service
the pastor or a delegated person would
give the benediction (blessing) before
the congregation is dismissed.

Think of this! What if the blessing
truly was something material, as a car
or a house? At the end of the service,
would the religious leaders be willing to
give every attendee of the service a
blessing (a car or a house)?

Genesis 27:4. What was Isaac refer-
ring to when he spoke about blessing
Esau? Was it the giving of something
material to Esau? No, it wasn’t a chari-
ot or a nice home, but rather it was his
pronouncement of God’s empowering
presence upon Esau’s life.

Here’s the NLT of Genesis 27:1-4.

Genesis 27:1. When Isaac was old
and almost blind, he called for Esau, his
older son, and said, "My son?" "Yes,
Father?” Esau replied. 2. "I am an old
man now," Isaac said, "and I expect
every day to be my last. 3. Take your
bow and a quiver full of arrows out into
the open country, and hunt some wild
game for me. 4. Prepare it just the way
I like it so it’s savory and good, and

was this a form of mildew? Dr Stanley
Brown (USA) believes that in Leviticus
13:v18, it could be describing a form of a
boil, then verse 24: is this an infection
complicating a burn? Is verse 29 talking
about a ringworm or sycosis of the
scalp?

Biblical Leprosy also has a religious
connotation. It was such a repulsive con-
dition that it was imagined that God
used it as an instrument of divine pun-
ishment. See the punishment suffered
by Miriam (Sister of Moses) in the Bible
book of Numbers 12:10.

The Story of the ten (10) Lepers in the
book of Luke is interesting. Did they all
have true leprosy (Hansen’s Disease)?
Or was it a mixture of disfiguring skin
diseases? Psoriasis, Infected Atopic
Ezema, Vitiligo, Mycosis Fungoides or
Lupus? True Leprosy was incurable by
man in Bible times, but today can be
treated by multi-drug therapy Dapsone,
Rifampicin etc.

In conclusion, most authorities are
generally in agreement that there was
certainly true Leprosy in the middle
east, but from other Biblical details it is

Thursday, February 25, 2010 ® PG 35

bring it here for me to eat. Then I will
pronounce the blessing that belongs to
you, my firstborn son, before I die."

The word of God will always be true,
and everyday the scripture Hosea 4:6. is
being reveled to us.

The sole purpose of these two arti-
cles on the blessing is to help bring
some clarity and balance back to the
body of the Messiah. Through the
onslaught of the contaminated reli-
gious teachings, many well meaning
saints are living beneath their God
ordained privileges. Whenever the
church gets the revelation of the pur-
pose for the blessing / God’s empower-
ing presence; then the greater works
that Yeshuwa spoke of in (John.14:12)
will be seen throughout the length and
breath of the Bahamas. I would sin-
cerely pray that you, the reader of this
article would further seek the face of
Yahweh concerning his blessings and
will for your life.

In closing: Again, don’t allow your-
selves to be taken any longer by crafty
religious teachings that would cause you
to look to and somewhat worship man

Remember! 2 Tim.2:15 Study to
show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
truth.

¢ For questions or comments contact us
via E-mails: pastormallen@yahoo.com or
kmfci@live.com

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

GOODING



¢ Dr Cleland Gooding is a physician with a
speciality in skin diseases. He works for
the Bahamas Government. The above
article is from his series entitled“ SKIN
DISEASES OF THE BIBLE: A MODERN
VIEW”

email:Clegood5@hotmail.com
PG 36 © Thursday, February 25, 2010

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

BEMI

Anniversary gift to

Haiti

RELIGION

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ahamas Faith
Ministries
International in recog-

nition of its 30th
Anniversary recently pre-
sented a $5000 cheque
to the United Haitian
Bahamian Association and
a AO foot container of
relief items to the

Methodist Habitat.

During the presentation BFM
officals said they are committed
to assisting local, regional and
international efforts to restore
Haiti.

“On the occasion of its 30th
Anniversary the Ministry is fortu-
nate to demonstrate in a tangible
way the selflessness of its mem-
bers. BFMI is confident that funds
will bring much needed relief to
the Haitian community in Haiti



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

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

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