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Volume: 106 No.85



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THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010



FNMs say former State
Minister must run in
next general election

AS the most popular can-
didate within the party,
sources within the FNM said
they feel it would be a gross
error for the party not to have
Branville McCartney run in
the next general election.

Speaking out on the specu-
lation that the former Minis-
ter of State for Immigration
could have faced some sort of
“disciplinary action” for
resigning from Cabinet in the
form of being denied a nomi-
nation, many FNMs
expressed their hope that the
party would not stoop to this
level to destroy one of their
most “promising” rising stars.

“They would be fools!
Worse than fools! He is a
hard worker, and the people
support him,” said an FNM
source who spoke on the con-
dition of anonymity.

“Tf I were to handle this, I
would use the man’s popular-
ity to assist the party going

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he says he is then fine, give
him a ministry that he will
have to handle next time and
let it be a sink or swim exer-
cise for him.

“This time we will be able
to see if it is all smoke and
mirrors or if the man is made
of substance. It makes no
political sense to make an
enemy out of what could be
one of your best assets,” he
said.

As a man who has
expressed his interest in lead-
ing the FNM one day in the
future, it is also believed
amongst some political pun-
dits that Mr McCartney
would never see a shot at the
party’s top post as long as
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham remains on the political
scene.

Having resigned from his

SEE page 14



McCartney ‘to
nopular to lose

Anglican Archdeacon ‘can
be removed’ from Most

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

WITHIN hours after a judge lifted an
injunction that prohibited the removal of
Anglican Archdeacon Etienne Bowleg as
rector of the Most Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, locksmiths were busy on the church
grounds changing locks.

The protracted court battle involving
Archdeacon Bowleg and the Anglican Arch-
diocese came to an end yesterday following a
hearing that lasted some three hours before
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.

Senior Justice Isaacs had granted an
injunction blocking Anglican Archbishop
Laish Boyd or anyone else from removing
Archdeacon Bowleg until his court matter

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By NOELLE
NICOLLS
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Reporter
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FOX Hill Member | =
of Parliament Fred [Raversae
Mitchell is urging the
Caribbean Community to speak up
in the face of criticism from the
developed world over any number
of issues from corruption to incom-
petence.

“One incident of corruption and
the whole country is corrupt,” said

SEE page 14



Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham approved the
National Insurance Board (NIB) request to raise con-
tributions this week and set a date for payments to rise
by one per cent in June, with half of the increase paid
by the employer and the other half by the employee.

Employers contributions will go up from 5.4 to 5.9
per cent, while the contributions for employees rise
from 3.4 to 3.9 per cent; bringing the current 8.8 per
cent contribution rate up to 9.8 per cent.

NIB maintains the rise translates to a maximum

SEE page 15

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International body
satistied with IOSCO

AN international regulatory body yes-
terday announced it had ceased monitor-
ing the Securities Commission of the
Bahamas’ ability to exchange information
and assist overseas securities regulators,
meaning it is now satisfied this nation has
addressed weaknesses over its co-opera-
tion with peers.

The International Organisation of Secu-
rities Commissions (IOSCO), whose
members are global securities industry
regulators, advised that its Standing Com-
mittee 4 had ceased monitoring the Secu-
rities Commission of the Bahamas’ inter-
national assistance and exchange of infor-
mation activities.

Hillary Deveaux, the Securities Com-
mission’s executive director, said in a
statement: “The Commission has worked

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A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN
died when his Honda
Accord crashed into a utili-
ty pole in Prince Charles
Drive early yesterday morn-
ing.
Wendall Smith, of Win-
ton Meadows, was found by
police just before 2am and
Emergency Medical Ser-
vices paramedics pro-
nounced him dead at the
scene.

Police investigating the
incident say no other dri-
vers were involved in the
crash and there were no
passengers in the car, regis-
tration number 21692, when
Mr Smith hit the post near
Marco’s Pizza, west of Eliz-
abeth Estates.

Detectives have not yet
ascertained the circum-

stances of the crash.

Meanwhile, officers based ;
at the Elizabeth Estates and :
Fox Hill stations took to the }
streets of their divisions yes- :
terday for a walkabout with :
officers from the Criminal
Detective Unit, the Nation- }
al Crime Prevention Office :
and the Central Intelligence }

Bureau.

In addition to advising }
the public on how to stay :
safe and warning criminals }
of the zero-tolerance policy }
on crime, officers executed }

several search warrants.

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LOCAL NEWS
Man dies after his. Island-wide power outage
delays flights at airport

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

FLIGHTS to and from Lyn-
den Pindling International Air-
port were delayed for about an
hour yesterday morning due to
an island-wide power outage,
airport officials said.

The outage disrupted air traf-
fic controllers’ communications
and radar equipment preventing
them from communicating with
air traffic personnel at other air-
ports.

This prompted officials to
ground incoming and outgoing
flights as a safety measure.

The Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration said the outage
occurred after a 33,000 volt
underground cable faulted,
causing a few generators to go
off-line around 7.45am. The
remaining generators tripped
off-line around 8.08 am, caus-
ing a loss of electricity to the
rest of the island.

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in the air traffic environment,
in the communications fre-
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While they waited for power
to be restored, the airport was
running on a generator that
switched on around 8.15am, Mr
Butler said.

Shonalee Johnson, a
spokesman for Nassau Airport
Development Company,
which oversees LPIA's devel-
opment said: "At the time, the
air traffic control would not
have been able to communi-
cate with the air traffic head-
ing into Nassau."

"The outage took place at
8.06am, and flights were
restored at 8.43am, so we're
looking at 37 minutes in total
that services were suspended.
As far as impact on our site in
Nassau, flights were delayed an
hour on average — there were
only one or two flights leaving
at that time. In Miami, there
were some delays because air
traffic had to wait until the air
tower reopened.”

One American Eagle flight
enroute to Nassau from Miami
had to be turned around yes-
terday morning because of the
power disruption. There were
no major delays to domestic
flights, said Ms Johnson.

Full power was restored to
the airport around 9am yester-
day.

BEC said its restoration
process began immediately
adding that power was restored
to most customers by 8.45am,
with the exception of one cir-
cuit. Full power was restored to
the capital at around 9.30am
yesterday.

"Our operations staff worked
diligently to ensure that elec-
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THE Committee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas for
Future Generations continued its push for the resignation of Envi-
ronment Minister Earl Deveaux yesterday.

Saying they were “shocked and appalled” by Mr Deveaux’s
response to the very “serious issues” they raised regarding the ero-
sion of Saunders Beach, committee members accused the minister
of being evasive and said this was a sign of his “obvious insecuri-
ty”.

“Quite frankly his response was disrespectful and an insult to the
intelligence of many Bahamians who consider this issue of para-
mount importance. The minister’s attempt to belittle the issue is fur-
ther evidence of the committee’s claim that he should resign
immediately,” said committee chairman and PLP Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald.

According to Mr Fitzgerald and his supporters, the govern-
ment’s dredging activities around Arawak Cay ahead of the estab-
lishment of a new port are responsible for the considerable erosion
at Saunders Beach.

Responding to these claims on Tuesday, Mr Deveaux put them
down to Senator Fitzgerald’s “political agenda”, as the senator has
already expressed his intention to run against the minister in the
next general election.

Mr Deveaux acknowledged that a great deal of sand has disap-
peared from Saunders Beach, but said this was due to the recent
extreme weather, which he said has effected the entire Northern
Shore of New Providence.

The minister said the sand has disappeared from many areas, but
is expected to eventually be redeposited by weather and wave
action.

However, yesterday Mr Fitzgerald said the committee had
warned the minister and the government in advance that Saunders
Beach would be eroded by the dredging, and claimed the beach “is
not coming back”.

Mr Fitzgerald said politics plays no part in the committee’s con-
cerns.

Meanwhile, reports have reached The Tribune that the senator
has been seen actively campaigning in Mr Deveaux’s Marathon
constituency for some time. PLP insiders say he is tipped to get the
party’s nomination to run for the seat in 2012.

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LOCAL NEWS

ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION

Election Court hearing
may get under way today

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

ALTHOUGH attorneys for by-election
candidates Ryan Pinder and Dr Duane
Sands are expected to meet in the Supreme
Court for a fixture date this morning, there
is a possibility the actual election court
hearing may begin today.

Thomas Evans, QC, said he has been
informed that Supreme Court Justices Ani-
ta Allen and Jon Isaacs want to begin the
highly anticipated case today, rather than
simply setting a date for the trial to begin as
was initially reported.

"They've indicated to us that they intend
to start the trial tomorrow, so we'll see what
happens,” said Mr Evans, lead counsel for
Free National Movement candidate Dr
Duane Sands.

The election court petition was filed by
Ryan Pinder of the PLP, who gained 1,499
votes to Dr Sands’ 1,501 in the February 16
race. Mr Pinder is claiming that five protest
votes cast in his favour should be counted,
thus making him the elected MP for Eliza-



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beth. Because the hearing is expected to
focus on only five votes, rather than the
usual lengthy list of disputed voters, the
parties involved believe the matter will be
resolved quickly.

"This is not your typical election court
case. This is a discreet issue that the court
will have to decide on relative to the valid-
ity of the protest votes that were made in
that constituency and so it depends on how
much evidence they think they need in
order to determine the rights of those vot-
ers who were required to vote on the
coloured ballot.

"They're certainly not going to be hear-
ing evidence from a large number of resi-
dents which you typically find in an election
court case. It will generally centre around
whose name appears on the registry in each
(polling division)," Mr Evans said.

Third party by-election candidates Cas-
sius Stuart of the Bahamas Democratic
Movement, Dr Andre Rollins of the
National Development Party and Rodney
Moncur of the Workers' Party, all have the
right to participate in the hearing and call
witnesses if they choose to. Earlier this
week Mr Moncur threatened to file a formal
complaint to Chief Justice Michael Barnett
about Justice Allen's involvement in the
case. Mr Moncur claims Justice Allen's hus-
band Algernon Allen campaigned on behalf
of the PLP in the lead-up to the by-election.
Mr Allen, and the PLP, have vigorously
denied these assertions.

Yesterday, Mr Moncur told The Tribune
he was off the island and would not be pre-
sent when the proceedings commenced, but
remained adamant that he would file his
complaint at the earliest possibly opportu-
nity.

OEnvironment

Plan to turn city
dump into waste-
to-energy facility

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A WASTE management
plan aims to transform Nassau’s
stinking, smouldering city dump
into an attractive, odourless
waste-to-energy facility within
five years.

Minister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux explained the
long-term plans for the site as
toxic smoke continued to blow
from the 100 acre landfill site
off the Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Highway into homes across
New Providence for the third
week. Although government
has committed $480,000 to
extinguish the blaze set on Feb-
ruary 12, residents living in the
growing communities around
the towering wasteland want it
to be permanently closed.

Homeowners in the nearby
government subdivision Jubilee
Gardens held a press confer-
ence in the neighbourhood
park yesterday afternoon to
draw attention to the health
and safety risk posed by the
dump.

Rashad Amahad said: “We
the residents feel the dump
have to be moved or there
should be a better system to
ensure the facility is managed at
such a degree we the Bahamian
citizens deserve.

“We are asking the govern-
ment to relocate this facility or
put in place better management
to ensure we do not suffer the
way we have, and those harm-
ful toxins do not contaminate
anyone in this immediate area
and the surrounding areas.”

While Mr Deveaux said
there are no plans to relocate
the dump as yet, the govern-
ment is working to improve
management of the facility and
convert it to a waste-to-energy
plant within five years.

The government has com-
menced discussions with pri-
vate companies to manage the
solid waste facility and Mr
Deveaux’s department hopes
to reach an agreement with a
company which has a history
of working in Grand Bahama
and the Caribbean by the end
of the month, and perfect an
arrangement for site manage-
ment before the beginning of
the financial year in June.

“The first step is to ensure
proper collection, disposal,
recycling and security of the
facility,” Mr Deveaux said.

“The second step is to inte-
grate the operations to ensure a
clear path to waste-to-energy.

“The final step is to have a
solid waste facility providing
energy from waste and one
which is odourless and attrac-
tive. It will take five years to
achieve these steps.”

He added: “This is the only
area in New Providence suit-
able for a solid waste facility.

“Tt has been poorly managed.
With the approach we are tak-
ing, its life can be extended to
50 years, by which time tech-
nologies, management, costs
and other factors will have
changed the parameters and we
may be in a position to explore
other options similar to Singa-
pore (where they use separate
islands for garbage, power and
sewerage facilities).

“However, our immediate
goal is proper management and
in the shortest time to have a
waste-to-energy facility oper-
ating at the site.”



ALLEGED DRUG, GUN TRAFFICKER
Jamaica under pressure from US over
refusal to act on extradition request

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE Jamaican government
is coming under growing pres-
sure from the United States
government, the country’s offi-
cial opposition and others for its
refusal to act on an extradition
request from the US for a
Jamaican accused of drug and
gun trafficking.

In the 2009 International
Narcotics Control Strategy
Report, released by the US
State Department Monday, the
Jamaican Government came in
for unusually severe criticism
from the Americans over its
delay in dealing with the
request relating to Christopher
“Dudus” Coke, an alleged
benefactor of the ruling
Jamaica Labour Party based in
Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s
West Kingston constituency.

The report, which named
Jamaica, along with 19 other
countries, including The
Bahamas, as a “major illicit
drug-producing and/or drug-
transit” country, said the Gov-
ernment of Jamaica’s (GOJ’s)
“unusual handling of the
August request for the extra-
dition of a high-profile
Jamaican crime lord with
reported ties to the ruling
JLP...on alleged drug and
firearms trafficking charges
marked a dramatic change in
GOJ’s previous cooperation on
extradition” and “calls into
question” Kingston’s commit-
ment to cooperation with the
USS. on law enforcement issues
in general.

It linked “pervasive public
corruption” with the continued
ability for drugs and drug pro-
ceeds to find “safe passage”
through Jamaica and called on
the Jamaican government “to
demonstrate its political will to
address corruption by success-
fully investigating, prosecuting,
and convicting corrupt officials

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the timely
extradition of
fugitives in
accordance
with the provi-
sions of the
bilateral extra-
dition treaty
without regard to political influ-
ence or party affiliation.”

In relation to the “Dudus”
matter specifically, it accused
the government, which asserts
that the delay in signing off on
the extradition request is a
result of the administration hav-
ing “unanswered questions”
about the basis for it and its
desire to protect the constitu-
tional rights of a citizen, of
“unprecedented delays, unex-
plained disclosure of law-
enforcement information to the
press, and unfounded allega-
tions questioning US compli-
ance with the Mutual Legal
Assistance Treaty and
Jamaican law.”

The USS. government’s clear
dissatisfaction with Kingston’s
handling of the “Dudus”
request has in the last week
been widely linked in the coun-
try with the revocation of a US
visa to another influential
Jamaican and good friend of
Prime Minister Bruce Golding,
Wayne Chen. Many Jamaicans
believe the sudden and unex-
plained revocation of the non-
immigrant visa issued to Mr
Chen, Chairman of the Urban
Development Corporation and
CEO of the Super Plus Foods
supermarket chain in Jamaica,
was an act of reprisal by the
U.S. government intended to
subtly persuade the govern-
ment to stop dragging its feet
on the extradition request.

Mr Chen, who has stated that
he is baffled by the move and
has since reapplied for his visa
to be reinstated, was uncere-
moniously informed of the

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revocation as he sought to
board an American Airlines
plane in Kingston to travel to
the U.S. with his family last
week. Attempts by the
Jamaican government and
media to get an explanation
from U.S. government officials
in the country on the decision
have so far been fruitless.

Jamaicans also point to the
fact that Jamaica has been with-
out a US ambassador for a year
and two months as an indica-
tion of the cooling of relations
between the two countries.
“This is the longest in living
memory that Jamaica has been
without a US ambassador,” said
a leading Jamaican business-
man. Meanwhile, The Bahamas
also came in for scrutiny in rela-
tion to extradition matters in
the international narcotics con-
trol strategy report.

The U.S. State Department
expressed concern about the
extent to which this country’s
“overburdened” legal system is
to blame for delays in trials
which provide an opportunity
for those accused of serious
crimes to be released on bail.

“There have been credible
reports of subjects of US extra-
dition requests continuing to
participate in illegal drug smug-
gling activities while on bail
awaiting resolution of their cas-
es,” the report states. It added
that despite Bahamian prose-
cutors’ vigorous pursuit of US
extradition requests defendants
are able to appeal a magis-
trate’s decision locally and at
our ultimate court of appeal,
the United Kingdom's Privy
Council.

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Angry youth educated in prison

IN THIS column yesterday in discussing
the “Haitian problem” and the fact that the
Haitian has become the favourite whipping
boy for anything that goes wrong in this
country, we confirmed with prison authori-
ties that crime is a Bahamian, not a Haitian
problem. Of course, this fact is contrary to
the popular belief of most Bahamians.

However, Prison Superintendent Ellis-
ton Rahming said on Tuesday that the belief
that Haitians are to blame for the present
increase in crime is a “myth.”

This, said the superintendent, is a
“Bahamian problem.” Bahamians — full
blooded Bahamians, no trace of Haitian
blood — make up 94 per cent of the prison
population. And so for those who say that
Haitians have introduced bad blood into the
national blood stream is just a way of allow-
ing their unfounded prejudices take them
on an uninformed joy ride.

We were told that most of the prison
population is made up of those who have
either dropped out of school or been
expelled. In, other words, they have little
education and most of them cannot read.
Not being able to read, it is presumed they
cannot write. Some of them probably sign
their names with an ‘X’.

Kicked out of school at the age of 14 or 15
for fighting, they turn to crime and eventu-
ally qualify for prison charged with murder
or armed robbery, or both.

Mr Doan Cleare, chairman of the Classi-
fication Board and information technology
manager, said that on entry each prisoner has
to go through a classification process and
their treatment is recommended according to
their classification. They have to follow what-
ever sentence plan is assigned them. This
includes education. The programme is
mandatory.

When they enter prison there is “anger
somewhere and so we have to find that,”
said Mr Cleare.

Obviously, if they have been found guilty
of abuse of any kind, including inflicting
grievous harm, they go through an anger
management programme. If drugs are the
problem they will enter a drug treatment
programme.

Education is mandatory for all of them
as retired teachers conduct classes daily from
9am to 3pm to get their education up to high
school level. They are prepared for their
BJCs in Mathematics and English. They take
technical and vocational courses, and litera-

the upbringing of their own children, and
to stop making the Haitian the excuse for
their failures.

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To be a beach — or not a beach

It is suggested that PLP Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald has his eye on Environment Min-
ister Earl Deveaux’s Marathon constituency,
which, it is said, he plans to make a bid for in
the 2012 election.

Between now and then, Mr Fitzgerald
will probably find many issues to talk about,
but for the time being a denuded Saunders
Beach is giving him grist for his election mill
as he tries to push Minister Deveaux aside.

Mr Fitzgerald’s committee — The Com-
mittee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas
for Future Generations — contends that the
Arawak Cay dredging has destroyed Saun-
ders Beach — rocks are now showing where
there was once abundant sand. Mr
Deveaux’s answer is that the extreme weath-
er has shifted the sand, which will return
when the weather settles. We do not know
who is right, but we offer our observations
gleaned over more than 40 years of living on
the waterfront.

When we moved into our waterfront
home a small quoin was constructed to
attract the sand to our beach. For the first
few years we spent all of our spare cash
keeping this beach clean — removing the
debris from seashore party-goers and passing
boats, getting rid of the seasonal build up of
seaweed and wringing our hands in agony
when all the sand disappeared.

Eventually years of observation left us
with some knowledge and we decided to
save our spare cash and settle in with nature.
This is what nature taught us — there is a
time and a season for all things. When the
tide flows in a certain direction it brings with
it the unwanted detritus. Have patience and
the tide shifts again and washes the beach
clean. Then comes the summer seaweed —
the beach is piled high — two feet in some
areas and seaweed covers the sea as far as
the eye can see. Our brother would send his
truck and cart away the seaweed for his fruit
trees. Whatever was left we ignored, because
we had learned to rely on nature to again
wash the beach in its good time. And then
during the night the waters would crash and
churn and by morning a beach of nothing but

Shame on you
Immigration for
not protecting
Bahamians’ jobs

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am writing this letter to
give voice to a serious matter
that plagues our Abaco
islands. The Bahamas is facing
the same financial struggles
as the rest of the world and
we, as Bahamian citizens, are
struggling to find work to sup-
port our families. Work has
become very scarce in many
professions, but one in par-
ticular, that of construction,
has taken a huge hit in this
recession. With so many com-
panies and individuals out of
work I feel the need to say
“Shame on you, our local
Immigration”. There seems
to be an over abundance of
work permits being handed
out to foreigners for jobs that
Bahamians are not only qual-
ified to do, but are standing in
line waiting for.

I have a personal com-
plaint against Immigration.
Myself and a number of other
Guana Cay construction
workers were let go off a
house we were in the middle
of building and replaced by
foreigner workers who had
obtained “temporary” work
permits within hours from an
Immigration officer in Trea-
sure Cay. Since when does
Immigration give out “legal”
permits to foreigners for jobs
that Bahamians should be
doing without the proper
steps as outlined by our gov-
ernment? Apparently, since
right now! The same day this
incident occurred our crew
flooded the local Immigration
office with calls and even per-
sonal visits to voice our com-
plaints. When this did not

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result in any action we began
calling Freeport and Nassau
who assured us the local
Immigration officers would
look into it.

After two weeks and many
heated phone conversations
between our unemployed
workers and the local Immi-
gration officers we were final-
ly rewarded to see one of the
head officers from Marsh
Harbour come out to Guana
to “investigate” these foreign
workers who had taken over
our job.

However, our joy was
short lived when we had to
watch the foreign workers
escort the officer out to lunch
at Grabbers. After lunch the
officer left with no explana-
tion to any of us who had filed
the complaint and the foreign
workers returned to our for-
mer job to continue working,
secure in their new found
positions.

This incident occurred the
third week of October and
here we are over three
months later and nothing has
been done. We have contin-
ued to call and make com-
plaints but we are left with
unanswered questions and
have received no assistance
from Immigration.

Our complaint deals with
Guana Cay, but we have
heard cries of foul play from
many of the Outer Islands
with the same complaints

against foreign workers get-
ting these new “fast pass”
types of permits that are
obtained within minutes.
There are also the complaints
of foreigners getting work
permits allegedly based on
false information or permits
granted for work that can be
done by a local Bahamian.

It is truly a sad state of
affairs when the only people
seemingly breaking Immigra-
tion laws are the very ones
who have sworn to protect
them. We recognise that for-
eign tourist, visitors, and sec-
ond homeowners provide our
economy with an abundance
of revenue and for that we
are grateful and welcome
them. We do, however, think
it is a Bahamian’s God-given
right to work in his own coun-
try to support himself and his
family.

As a Bahamian citizens we
have to stand up and say “No
More!” to Immigration. “No
More” work permits given
out randomly within minutes
or hours. “No More” work
permits given out to foreign-
ers for jobs that a Bahamian
can do. “No More” ignoring
our valid cries of complaints
against these infractions!

It is time for our local
Immigration to be called on
the carpet and to answer to
the people they are sworn to
protect, we the people of
Bahama Land!

PROBLEMS
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ABACO
Abaco,
February, 2010.

Concern over Olympics condom distribution

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Reports of post-competition partying and
condom hand-outs at the Olympics show the
need for athletes to be more grounded in their
religious faith and the need for the sporting
world to recover the idea of athletics as a forge

for virtue.

Olympians have a “play hard, party hard”
reputation. The massive condom distribution
seems to be evidence of that lifestyle and sends
the message that such a lifestyle is permitted
and even encouraged at the Olympic Village.

considered to go hand in hand with those that
go into being a person of integrity and faith.

coaching.

Vince Lombardi, the former NFL coach of
the Green Bay Packers football team, was a
good example of that.

He lived his faith and it was integral to his

Today, however, sports is increasingly asso-

ciated with vice. It should be a vehicle to devel-
op good character, to make a man courageous,
a generous loser, and a gracious victor.

We have to recover these original princi-
ples of sports so that we can work to forge

rocks was exposed. Not to panic — again
give nature a chance. The rocks were pol-
ished by the action of the angry water. Even-
tually when nature became at peace with
itself, the oceans calmed, the sand returned,
the beach was pristine and beautiful again —
and according to Pippa’s song, God was in
His heaven and all was right with the world.

Just give nature time and we shall see
who is right — Minister Deveaux or Mr
Fitzgerald.

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‘Too great a risk



PUSHIN’ DA ENVELOP

By Jamaal Rolle

for the Bahamas’

Conservationist sounds warning about Yellow-fin Tuna fishing

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The com-
mercial fishing of Yellow-fin
Tuna using purse seine nets in
Bahamian waters poses too
great a risk for the Bahamas,
fisheries conservationist Dr
David Philip warned.

He is urging the government
not to permit the use of this
technique — in which, he says,
large game fish, dolphins, sea
turtles, and other species are
likely to be caught and killed
along with the tuna in the large
nets. “This is a huge issue and
the Bahamas should take lead-
ership and stand to be leaders
in this manner and say no to
this kind of fishing,” said Dr
Philips, a representative of the
Fisheries Conservation Foun-
dation. The government has
already said it plans to outlaw
the method, but has failed to
say when. This is cause for con-
cern among conservationists in
light of reports that one
Freeport company’s request to
use purse seine nets is about to
be approved.

Dr Philip attended a town
meeting on Monday evening at
the Bahamas National Trust’s
Rand Nature Centre in
Freeport to stress his opposi-
tion to the venture, which has
been proposed by Paul and

David Mellor of the Bahamas
Pelagic Fisheries and Aquacul-
ture Limited. The Mellors say
that while they plan to harvest
tuna, they also want to create a
tuna farm to replenish the stock
and prevent over-fishing. They
have acquired a vessel and are
still waiting for a permit.

The plan has evoked strong
opposition from Grand
Bahama residents, some local
fishermen, environmentalists
and conservationists.

Dr Philips said tuna is
already over-fished, and the
species’ ability to reproduce is
being severely compromised.

“Adding to that will further
exacerbate the problem, par-
ticularly with the fact that there
may be fish spawning right here
in the Tongue of the Ocean,”
he said.

The Mellors say that any oth-
er fish caught with the tuna will
be released, but Dr Philip
insists that “if harvested that
way, those fish will be killed.”

He added that major sport
fish species like Marlin, Wahoo
and Sailfish school with tuna,
as do sea turtles and dolphins.

According to Dr Philip,
sportsfishing injects $134 mil-
lion a year into the economy.

“That will be put at risk if
there is even the perception
that the Bahamas is going to
allow this kind of fishing .. .
and the fallout from that will

be huge,” he said. “The reality
is that very few people will reap
financial benefits from this
operation. All of the high end
jobs and scientists will be for-
eign ... and the number of peo-
ple employed, compared to the
sports fishing industry that
employs thousands and thou-
sands of people, is a drop in the
bucket.

“What we are doing is mort-
gaging our future. We are eat-
ing the fish of the future and
we are eating our kids’ fish.

“These fish are not going to
pop back in a matter of a few
years; it will take generations
of laying off these fish to do
that,” he said.

Craig Riker, president of the
Grand Bahama Dive Associa-
tion, says no one wins with
purse seine fishing. “If you take
the big fish out of the ocean,
what fills its place is jellyfish.
Jellyfish eat baby fish and fish
eggs, and even if you leave
some fish to breed they can’t
because the jellyfish get them.

“Once that happens there is
very little chance of getting fish
back. It is a very dangerous
slope to jump off,” he said.
Meanwhile, David Mellor
assured the meeting that the
operation would be “transpar-
ent”, and allow for an observer
onboard to make sure the cap-
ture of other species remains
at a minimum.

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HOW TO AVOID BEING SHOT BY THE POLICE - PART 2

Go and tell your young

Tell your young men that when an officer is

men these things.

It is not a police officer’s
job to determine your inno-
cence or guilt. So don’t be
surprised if you are arrested
during an altercation, even ,
if you are the victim. This D'ARCY RAHMING
may mean being handcuffed,
thrown to the ground or even manhandled.
Comply with the officer while stating emphati-
cally, “I am the victim here!”

Do not assume that you are having a rational
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towards violence to contain the situation.”

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The greater your resistance, the greater the lev-
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Always remember, we outnumber the Bad
Guys.

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LOCAL NEWS



Minister of Environment
tours marina subdivisions



By GENA GIBBS

MARINA subdivisions cur-
rently being built in Nassau
will help turn the country’s
economy around, according to
developers.

Minister of the Environ-
ment Earl Deveaux and sev-
eral developers toured three
marina subdivisions - South
Seas, Venice Bay and Albany
last Friday.

During the tour the subdi-
visions, developers told the
minister that although there
may have been some setbacks
due to the downturn in the
economy, they believe their
developments will help the
economy rebound.

Tennyson Wells, South Seas
developer said, “The recession
has temporarily changed a few
of our plans, but we employ
about 50 Bahamians right now
in construction and will
employ more as the project
develops.”

The South Seas develop-
ment has 280 residential lots
and will complete construction
in the next 18 months, Mr
Wells said.

“Our marina site has six and
a half acres and we want to
play a part in the governmen-
t’s plan to develop a network
of maritime community devel-
opments.”

Venice Bay developer Roo-
sevelt Whyms told Minister
Deveaux that the concerns
over what impact the Bacardi
plant had on his development
have been addressed.

When the Bacardi plant was
in operation potential buyers



VENICE Bay developer Roosevelt Whyms (right) shows Minister of
the Environment Earl Deveaux (centre) a map and the site where
the proposed marina in Venice Bay will be constructed. Mr Whyms
currently allows tour guides to use the saltwater creeks as a tourist
attraction for bone fishing. Also pictured is the Permanent Secre-
tary in the Ministry of the Environment.

of lots in the development
became concerned about
fumes and black smoke being
emitted from the plant.

Mr Whyms said he wants to
move forward with the com-
pletion of the Venice Bay’s
marina and beach-front resort
development, which is cur-
rently attracting bone-fishing
tourists.

“The property has 208.5
acres with 500 lots on it,
including two swimming pools,
a tennis court, a park, a his-
toric site to be reconstructed, a
clubhouse, and a beach area,”
he said.

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DEVELOPERS of the
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Deveaux to explain
how their develop-
ments will help the
country’s economy to
rebound. Pictured
from left: Patrick
Turnquest, South
Seas developer;
Minister Deveaux;
Tennyson Wells,
South Seas developer;
Ronald Thompson,
Environment Perma-
nent Secretary and
Douglas Turnquest,
South Seas developer.

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LOCAL NEWS

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UTES a

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KENDRICK David
Kemp, the winner of the
Male Model Muse Compe-
tition at the Islands of the
World Fashion Week last
November, has been select-
ed by the Miss World
Bahamas organisers to rep-
resent the Bahamas at the
Mr World Competition.

The competition is sched-
uled to be held on Satur-
day, March 27, in Incheon,
South Korea. Mr Kemp
leaves the Bahamas for
South Korea on March 11
to prepare for the final and
participate in a number of
preliminary events.

At Muse Model Search
Competition held as a part
of the Islands of the World
Fashion Weck, Mr Kemp
was chosen over eight final-
ists representing the
Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti,
St Kitts and Nevis, and
Trinidad and Tobago.

The title of Female Mod-
el Muse was won by Gio-
vara Gertruida of Curacao.

The winners of the Muse
Model Search Competition
receive a cash prize and
become the face of Islands
of the World Fashion Week
for the ensuing year.

In addition, they appear
in promotional campaigns
for designers and sponsors,
and travel with the team on
the newly launched Islands
of the World Fashion Tour,
with scheduled appearances
in Palm Springs, California,
Chicago, and Miami.

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who can best show his

‘strength, stamina, mental
agility and determination to
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World organisation,
Michelle Malcolm, and
Macumbla Smith who has
stepped in to assist with
training and choreography
and, of course, my family,
Mode Iles and Mr Owen
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Mr Kemp said.

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Young Butler

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010, PAGE 9

LOCAL NEWS

takes over

his family’s

40-year-old
business

FRANKLYN Butler H,
newly appointed president
of Milo B Butler and Sons
Ltd, has been chosen to lead
a business almost twice his
age which was established
over four decades ago by his
late grandfather Sir Milo B
Butler, first Bahamian-born
Governor General of the
Bahamas, along with his late
father Franklyn Butler, Sr
and other family members.

The 27-year-old former
deputy head Boy of St
Anne’s College and 2003
graduate of the University
of Warwick in England, who
holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Accounting and
Finance, said he is deter-
mined to take the company
to greater heights.

He said he believes that
key to the company’s suc-
cess will be his ability to
empower the organisation’s
53 employees and managers
to take ownership, while
providing exceptional cus-
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and the internet will also
play an integral role in the
company.

The company, he said, has
over the years positively
impacted the community by
creating business opportu-
nities for small and large
scale business owners
involved in the food and
grocery sector as well as
through its various dona-
tions to civic organisations.

From the age of nine,
Franklyn Butler II grew up
working in his family’s busi-
ness on Peach Street off
Montrose Avenue, helping
out wherever help was need-
ed, beginning with odd tasks
to eventually becoming a
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LOCAL NEWS



Three-year project to
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The Pew Fellowship in
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Dr Mumby’s fellowship will
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between coral reefs and corals’
reaction to stress, all of which
contribute to the “resilience” of
coral reefs.

This integrated research
approach will better inform
decisions about which reef sys-
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LEG TWO OF LIGHTBOURNE MARINE’S THIRD ANNUAL WAHOO CHALLENGE

Captured! Record
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Team “Rook” took first
place, fished by Captain Ted-
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Donnie Lisgaris; followed by
“Paws 2 Fish” in second place
with Robert Darville, Chris
Lloyd, Dr Greg Neil, and David
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Leg one of the tournament,
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Tour of Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute

Students learn
about conservation

and sustainability

THE Island School welcomed C R
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terrestrial research, and modelling sys-
tems that encourage responsible
resource management.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

CRESTWEALTH INVESTMENTS

LIMITED

Bahamas.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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Legal Notice

NOTICE

BEDWICK LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PINEWOOD EQUITIES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
STRAVROPOL CORPORATION

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HILL CHARM INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

and advance fee fraud have not been corrected.

The report, however, does not mention Stan-
ford, a Texas financier accused of promising
inflated returns on certificates of deposit from an
Antigua bank. He has pleaded not guilty.

The overseas British territory of the Cayman
Islands, which has been lobbying in Washing-
ton to thwart a crackdown on offshore financial
centers, also remains on the list, along with the
Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Haiti.



Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) CYBELE LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the Inter
national Business Companies Act 2000

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on March 2, 2010
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd
Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the day of 14th day of April, 2010 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be ex-
cluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts
are proved.

March 4, 2010
ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

Legal Notice

NOTICE
LADYWELL INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DELTOIDS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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LOCAL NEWS

FROM page one

diligently over the past five
years to adhere as best it
could to standards for inter-
national assistance and the
exchange of information.”

The IOSCO announcement
also effectively addresses
many of the concerns raised
in the House of Assembly this
week by former attorney gen-
eral, and Fort Charlotte MP,
Alfred Sears.

Mr Sears had expressed
concern that the Bahamas
could be branded by the
Financial Stability Board
(FSB), and the G-20 group of
nations, as “non-cooperative”
on securities regulation
because it had failed to
address the Securities Com-
mission’s legislative weak-
nesses, “under funding and
under staffing.”

In late 2005, the Financial
Stability Forum, now the FSB,
and IOSCO started a joint ini-
tiative to assess international
assistance and information
exchange among the latter’s

International
body satisfied
with IOSCO

members.

As part of this initiative, the
FSB and IOSCO established
a confidential review process
in which they named “priori-
ty” jurisdictions, including the
Bahamas. The Bahamas was
named a priority jurisdiction
on the basis of its significance
to the international financial
markets, and the size of cross-
border transactions it han-
dled.

Once identified as a priori-
ty jurisdiction, the Bahamas’
international assistance and
exchange of information
regime was reviewed and a
report setting out results of
that review was issued. This
report identified certain
weaknesses in the Securities
Commission’s co-operation
regime.

As a result of the various
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committee monitored the
Securities Commission’s
exchange of information
activities.

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was directed to submit the fol-
lowing reports to [OSCO’s
Standing Committee 4 on a
quarterly basis:

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and timetable for obtaining
the amendments to the rele-
vant legislation to bring the

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IOSCO’s Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU).

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status of international
requests for assistance
received by the Commission
from foreign regulators.

The Securities Commission
provided the information

required by IOSCO, and was
advised in mid-January 2010
that the monitoring of its
information exchange activi-
ties had ceased.

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Standing Committee 4,
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Mr Mitchell in the House of
Assembly, yesterday, about
the perception of the devel-
oped world. He said issues
are made “larger than life”
and every Caribbean gov-
ernment suffers.

He indicated the US is
plagued with political scan-
dals, such as the recent
investigation of the New
York State governor over
sexual impropriety involv-
ing prostitutes, and still alle-
gations of corruption in that
country are treated as iso-
lated incidents in the public
eye.

Despite the US general
election fiasco of 2000 that
handed power to US presi-
dent George Bush, the US
electoral system is not
broadly categorised as cor-
rupt.

“We see this sort of
duplicity, this sort of
hypocrisy all the time. They
look at The Bahamas (and
the developing world) as
being these little banana

McCartney ‘too
popular to lose’

FROM page one

republics, where politicians
are corrupt from top to bot-
tom and no one plays by the
rules,” said a former high
ranking government official
and attorney.

“The Bahamas and most
other off shore financial cen-
tres are held to a much high-
er standard and to much
more intense scrutiny than
the first world countries sub-
ject themselves to. The clas-
sic example is that of the US
State of Delaware which is
the biggest off shore centre
in the world,” he said.

In April 2009, the Organ-
isation for Economic Co-

cabinet, it was said, was a great
affront to the party’s leader

who sources suggest was not
too pleased with Mr McCart-
ney’s decision.

“As long as the PM is there BRU IUTELE SIGNRUIIEY
he might as well forget it. History will show what happens to
you when you get on the wrong side of Hubert Ingraham.
The PM is a master of this game and no one else plays it like

him,” he said.

e SEE PUSHIN’ DA ENVELOPE: PAGE 5



Legal Notice

NOTICE
ABIES OVERSEAS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALTIMA GROUP LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SOUTH SHORE VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

LOCAL NEWS

Mitchell hits back at
criticism of Caribbean

operation and Development
(OECD) placed the
Bahamas on a grey list, char-
acterising it as a jurisdiction
engaged in unfair tax prac-
tices. This resulted in a
major French bank, BNP
Paribas, leaving the territo-

ry.

The 2000 “blacklisting” of
the country cost the Gov-
ernment $40 million in
expended or lost revenue
and more-than-halved its
number of registered banks
and trust companies, accord-
ing to former Bahamian
attorney-general Alfred
Sears. International busi-
nesses migrated from the
Bahamas to the British Vir-
gin Islands, Hong Kong, Sin-
gapore and other jurisdic-
tions.

“(Delaware) is doing
exactly the same things we
are being black listed for.
Switzerland is another
example. They treat Switzer-
land totally differently,” said
the attorney interviewed by
The Tribune.

A number of bodies have
input into the OECD black
listing, such as the Financial
Action Task Force and the
G-20. The US is a promi-
nent member of all of these
organisations.

“They are tentacles of the

most powerful industrialised
democracies in the world.
They are the ones making
the rules, they are the ones
who are the policemen of
the world, and they don’t
hold themselves accountable
to the same standards they
hold us to,” he said.

“Who wants to be known
as a country that does not
conform to civilized norms
when it is subject to these
kind of negative listings. It is
an insult to a nation’s digni-
ty.”
The same dynamic is
played out when the Unit-
ed States publishes its annu-
al International Narcotics
Control Strategy Report
(INCSR) that often lam-
bastes Caribbean countries
over their extradition prac-
tices.

Caricom member,
Jamaica, was criticised heav-
ily in the 2009 INCSR over
its failure to extradite Pres-
ley Bingham to the US on
narcotics charges. Mr
Mitchell said with all the
pressure placed on Jamaica,
the US government failed
to look at its own failures
where extradition is con-
cerned.

He pointed to the extra-
dition case of alleged Nazi
death camp guard John

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BROOX CROIX VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MALLOW STREAM LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDENRAIN VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Demjanjuk. His extradition
to Germany for trial on war
crimes took 10 years.

In the 1980s and 1990s,
the US government “clob-
bered” the Bahamas, in a
similar manner to the treat-
ment of Jamaica today,
according to the attorney
interviewed by The Tribune.

Every year, the narcotics
report pointed to the case
of Nigel Bowe, who was
eventually extradited to the
US on narcotics related
charges. Bahamian politi-
cians were charged with pro-
tecting drug traffickers.

“The point is it took a
long time, but if you have a
lot of money, because extra-
dition is such a highly tech-
nical multi-layered multi-
level process you can spin it
out a long, long time. The
same is true for the US, UK
and any developed system
of law based on all the dif-
ferent avenues of appeal and
judicial review. It has noth-
ing to do with the govern-
ment, it is the judicial
process that has to run its
course,” said the attorney.

Mr Mitchell is proposing
CARICOM produce its own
analysis of the US, examin-
ing aspects of its judicial sys-
tem, political system and
economic system. He said

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the Bahamas government
should “speak up” for the
country more.

“The answer is not going
out there and mimicking
what they do. Caricom sim-
ply lacks the resources to
fund that kind of oversight.
Most of the members can’t
even pay their dues. Some
states are in a chronic state
of delinquency where they
can’t pay their membership
dues. External funding is
not going to be available,
because the developed
countries are not going to
investigate themselves. It is
a nice idea about giving
these people some of their
own medicine, but it is a
pipe dream,” said the attor-
ney.

He said a rapid response
public relations mechanism
might be a more practical
way to address the prob-
lem. He said it should be a
priority in the same way
that the government allo-
cates millions to high pow-
ered public relations firms
to help promote tourism.

“JT think we need to allo-
cate the same investments
in PR firms and lobbyists
to ensure the interests are
fully protected when nega-
tive stories appear,” he
said.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
FOSTERIANA LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DALICHA VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MURANO UNITED LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Bahamas.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010, PAGE 15



FROM page one

weekly increase of $2 for the
employer and $2 for the
employee, that is no more than
a $104 annual increase for
employees and $104 per mem-
ber of staff for employers.

The first contribution rise in
the organisation’s 35-year his-
tory is expected to strengthen
NIB’s social security safety net
with no more than $10 million
per year, NIB director Alger-
non Cargill said.

Employers and workers were
warned the increase could be
implemented early this year as
funding would be needed for
the unemployment benefit
scheme launched in April last
year.

The scheme was launched
with a $20 million fund to help
thousands of people unable to
find work during the recession.

Unemployment had hit 14.6
per cent in New Providence and
17.2 per cent in Grand Bahama,
and the scheme aimed to help
those out of work while they

NIB contributions to rise on June 1 | How THE INCREASE WILL

applied for jobs through the
Department of Labour.

A total of 14,692 unem-
ployed Bahamians had claimed
$21.9 million from NIB
between April and January,
and Bahamas Employers Fed-
eration president Brian Nutt
said businesses have been
braced for the increase for sev-
eral months.

“This has been a long time
coming,” Mr Nutt said.

“Everybody has been aware
it will eventually impact us, so I
am just glad that we did get a
few more months respite from
having to pay.

“June will give enough time
for everybody to alter their pay-
roll programme to be able to
correct the contribution rate
and calculate deductions.”

The increase will allow NIB
to initiate the second, perma-
nent, phase of the programme
in June.

LOCAL NEWS

Unlike the first phase that
helped those who have been
out of work since 2004, the per-
manent unemployment benefit
scheme will only be paid to the
recently unemployed from
June.

Claimants must have paid at
least 52 NIB contributions
throughout their working life
and of those payments 20 must
have been paid in the 40 weeks
prior to becoming unemployed,
and seven during the 13 weeks
before unemployment.

Those eligible to receive the
benefit will then receive the
unchanged rate of 50 per cent
of the average insurable income
for up to 13 weeks, that is a
maximum of $200 per week
paid by a NIB cheque every
two weeks.

Mr Cargill said: “You have
to be looking for work and cer-
tify that on a weekly basis with
the Department of Labour to

receive the benefit.

“The structures we have in
place would prevent fraud from
that perspective, as well as from
those who are employed.”

Employers and workers have
also been warned of another
one per cent rise in contribu-
tions to cover the cost of the
National Drug Prescription
Plan to be implemented in
June.

But Mr Cargill said he does
not expect NIB contributions
to rise to 10.8 per cent this year.

When brought into force
employers and employees will
both face another 0.5 per cent
rise in contributions.

The National Drug Prescrip-
tion Plan aims to provide 170
prescription medications free
of charge to patients making
NIB contributions who suffer
from the most common 11
chronic non-communicable dis-
eases.

Anglican Archdeacon ‘can be removed’ from Most Holy Trinity Anglican Church

FROM page one

had been heard.

Attorney Damian Gomez, who repre-
sents the Anglican Archdiocese, told
reporters after the hearing yesterday: “We
presented our arguments and the attorney
for Father Bowleg conceded that he ought
to have disclosed but failed to disclose his
deed of institution.

“On that basis, and on the additional
basis that damages would have been a more
appropriate remedy, the injunction was dis-
charged with costs.”

Mr Gomez said this means that Anglican
Archbishop Laish Boyd can now install
whomever he desires as rector of the
Stapeldon Gardens parish.

The court battle stemmed from a dispute
that had arisen over Archdeacon Bowleg’s
contention that he is 64, although with a

beyond the mandatory retirement age for
Anglican priests.

Following yesterday’s proceedings,
Archbishop Laish Boyd stated: “I am very
happy with the decision that the court has
made. We are grateful that justice was
done.”

Former Archbishop Drexel Gomez
added: “I think it is unfortunate that the
issue had to be raised but it’s good to have
it clarified and I hope it will bring peace to
the church.”

Locksmiths got to work changing the
locks at the parish shortly after 2pm yes-
terday afternoon, minutes after Archbish-
op Boyd and several other Anglican cler-
gymen arrived at the church grounds.

Bishop Boyd assured parishioners yes-
terday that the parish would still function as
usual.

Archdeacon Bowleg was said to be out of
office when The Tribune arrived at the




1937 birth certificate, he is recognised by
the Anglican Diocese as being 72, two years

Legal Notice

NOTICE
TECHNO ADVANCE INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDEN ANKA OCEAN LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
WESTBROOKE VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

church grounds yesterday and was report-
edly making preparations to travel.

ANGLICAN Archbishop Laish Boyd
speaks to the media yesterday.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALTA MAR SEAS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
TOK JUNCTION CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
RYTTE MOUNTAIN CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

















AFFECT YOUR SALARY

The increase will affect salaries up to a maximum week-
ly income of $400, and monthly income of $1,600

e If you earn $400 per week you now pay a 3.4 per cent
contribution of $13.60 per week or $54.40 per month.

From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of
$15.60 per week or $62.40 per month

e If you earn $300 per week or $1,200 per month you now
pay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $10.20 per week or
$40.80 per month.

From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of
$11.70 per week or $46.80 per month.

¢ If you earn $200 per week or $800 per month you now
ay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $6.80 per week or
827 .20 per month,

From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of
$7.80 per week or $31.20 per month.

¢ If you earn $100 per week or $400 per month you now
pay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $3.40 per week or
$13.60 per month.

From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution or
$3.90 per week or $15.60 per month.

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on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

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on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
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LOCAL NEWS

MEMBERS of the Nassau Tourism Development Board and the Down-
town Nassau Partnership meet for a second time with the leadership
of the Central and Tourism Police Units.

Security ‘absolutely
essential’ to Nassau
redevelopment

CALLING it “the first and
most significant step in the revi-
talisation of downtown Nas-
sau,” Nassau Tourism Devel-
opment Board Chairman and
co-chair of the Downtown Nas-
sau Partnership (DNP) Charles
Klonaris said security was
“absolutely essential” to the
success of Nassau’s rejuvena-
tion.

“The Nassau Tourism Devel-
opment Board has been push-
ing for the redevelopment and
revitalisation of downtown Nas-
sau for many, many years.
Finally, today we are at an
important crossroads. But with-
out security, whatever we do in
terms of structure and infra-
structure will be irrelevant. We
can have the most beautiful
buildings, but without security,
especially for families coming
downtown at night, those build-
ings will be empty. We won’t
have business. We look at the
city of Nassau as an economic
opportunity for Bahamians so
our partnership with the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and, in
particular with the Tourism
Unit is critical to the success
and revitalization of the city.”

Ms Klonaris’ comments came
during a second meeting with

the new leadership of the Cen-
tral and Tourism Police units.

Held at the British Colonial
Hilton, which has been instru-
mental in supporting the
Tourism Police Unit, the work-
ing meeting and frank discus-
sions brought downtown busi-
ness owners and taxi and tour
representatives to the table with
police and the Ministry of
Tourism.

According to DNP manag-
ing director Vaughn Roberts,
security is critical in expanding
the city’s growing nightlife.

“Any revitalisation effort is
dependent upon a vibrant night
life and a vibrant night life will
only exist as long as people feel
comfortable about their safe-
ty,” he said.

“As long as we can address
these concerns and issues har-
moniously in a working rela-
tionship with the police, we will
be making the progress we
need to make.”

ASP Ellsworth Moss told the
group that the increased police
visibility in highly-trafficked
tourist areas including down-
town, Paradise Island and
Cable Beach was just part of a
“new commitment to policing
in the entire Bahamas.”

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THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation has opened a math clin-
ic for 9th and 11th grade students from selected junior and senior
high schools.

The clinic, organised in conjunction with the Ministry of Edu-
cation, will run through May 6, 2010.

“BEC is committed to empowering Bahamians,” said Mr Kevin
Basden, BEC’s general manager. “And in so doing, we see it only
fitting to assist with the education of our country’s youth as there
have been many negatives said about their educational progress.

“As we work in union with the Ministry of Education to quell
these negatives, we have put together a math tutoring programme 7
that, when executed, will assist with the mathematical needs of our
participants and move them forward not only academically, but "
from a well rounded perspective.” ‘7

Mr Basden also thanked the employees who volunteered to
tutor the students.

BEC’s Public Relations Department, headed by Sharnette Cur-
ry, assisted the ministry with organising the clinic. Ms Curry not-
ed the enthusiasm of the staff.

“The staff at the corporation is elated to be a part of this clinic,”
she said. “We have been excited from the inception of planning the
clinic and are very dedicated to this cause and willing to assist in
whatever way needed to make this a tremendous success.”

The participants include students from AF Adderley, CR Walk-
er, TA Thompson, CH Reeves, SC McPherson, CC Sweeting,
RM Bailey, St John’s College, St Augustine’s College and Gov-
ernment High School.

They were carefully selected by the Ministry of Education’s
Math Officer, with the help of math teachers from the participat-
ing high schools.

Ethan Munroe, a Government High 11th grader said, “I think
what the corporation is doing is splendid. The fact that BEC is giv-
ing back to the community is awesome and I will take in everything
learned here and apply it to my upcoming exams.”

Volunteers from the corporation’s staff and the Ministry of
Education will aid and monitor the students as they take part in the
clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 4pm and
6pm at the BEC’s headquarters on Baillou Hill Road.

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Bahamas State Council Prepares for an exciting

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of The Pentecostal Assemblies of The World Inc.
March 7th - 12th, 2010

Greater Bethel Cathedral
Faith Way, off Blue Hill Road South
(Corner of Carlton E. Francis School)

Host Pastor
Suffragan Bishop Christopher Minnis

Early Morning Prayer - 5:00 am - 6:00 am
Day Sessions - 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Evening Worship Service - 7:30 pm

Theme: “Spread The Fire”
“But thou shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witness to Me in Jersusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to th end of the earth.”
Scripture Text Acts 1:1-8

Suffragan Bishop Winston Redwood
Pastor Thomas Mackey

Bishop Ellis Farrington J.P.
Prophetess Dorothy McPhee

Day Session Speakers:

Evening Worship Speakers:

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Farrington Ezekiel Mumnings = Bahamas Christian Church of God,
Council, Presickent National Crersser

Don't Miss
Your
Blessing!
Be There!
District Elder
Paul Recelle

Pastor
Nathaniel Curtis

Suffragan Bishop
Christopher Minnis



PG 30 ® Thursday, March 4, 2010

Debra Elliott

KI Bringing all people closer to God
through Worship, Ministry and Service
As part of its 200th Anniversary and the celebration of
the 450th Anniversary of the Reformation
presents its

2010 Lenten Lectures Series

‘Giants of the Reformation”

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

This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to learn more about the Protestant Reformation and some of the
“Giants” who helped shape the Reformed Faith that, in part or in whole, is central to most Protestant denominations
of Christianity ... including the Presbyterian denomination.

With CHRIST at the center and Chief Cornerstone, we will learn how dedicated men of the gospel starting with the
Apostle Paul on to Augustine and beyond to Calvin and Knox helped to frame what we have come to know as the
Reformed Faith, with Knox being referred to as the founder of the Presbyterian denomination.

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RELIGION

The Tribune

Staying single
and celibate

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

OR many single women

wanting to walk the straight

and narrow path, taming
their sexual desires and resist-
ing the urge to engage in pre-
marital sexual affairs can be
challenging.

To help women with their sexual
struggles, Debra Elliott and the
Daughters of Light International will
host a seminar under the theme
“Single, Saved, Over 40 and Still
Having Sex”.

The event will be held at the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel in the Exuma
Room starting at Sam on March 26.

During the seminar, women will find
the key to unlocking the tower of
strength they need to override any and
every temptation.

“This tower of strength which is
Christ is the only remedy to the prob-
lem,” Debra Elliot president of
Daughters of Light International told
Tribune Religion.

During her experiences as a coun-

selor she has been greeted by many
woman who face the challenge of
celibacy.

And while she has mentored young
women who face the same issue, she
said that now more than ever middle
aged women have fallen victims to the
spirit of lust.

“T realised that these women are bat-
tling with the flesh. For them their
greatest struggle is singleness,” she
said.

Because modern day society has
casually accepted sex before marriage,
women have fallen weak to the pres-
sures of men she said.

Fearing that these men will leave to
find someone who’s willing to have sex
with them is what she said causes the
women to break their celibacy commit-
ment.

“The spirit of lust is very rampant in
our society and it is hard for these
women to resist the temptation since
their main fear is getting older and
being alone,” she said.

Additionally, she explained that
some men take advantage of the
women’s vulnerability and their fear of
loneliness.

SEE page 35



Yadah

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

“YADAHW’ is one of seven Hebrew
words used to describe unrestrained,
uninhibited praise, engaging the full
participation of Christian worshippers.
It is at this level of praising God where
you may witness some persons being
caught up in the ‘Holy Ghost’ during
an extreme hand-clapping, power-
packed worship service.

This is the idea behind Yaddah Fest-
-an Easter Sunday concert at New
Covenant Baptist Church planned by
minister Glenmore Johnson, who
hopes that Bahamians will attend the
event in large numbers.

“When we praise God, a lot of good
things happen,” said Mr Johnson. “We
are reflecting on the death and resur-



rection of Christ, and out of this event,
there’s going to be a death to evil and a
resurrection to righteousness.

Yadah Fest is described as “some-

SEE page 35



The Tribune

RELIGION

Thursday, March 4, 2010 ® PG 31

(CY MEDITATION

A cold wind

THE TEMPERATURE for the
next several days is supposed to be
on the cool and breezy side. This
means bundling up to protect the
body and moving outdoor events
indoor if the wind is too blustery or
the cold front brings rain. Now
imagine what it must be like to live
in a family where the emotional tem-
perature is like this or worse. No
smiles, no hugs, no warm and loving
words only cold stares, the cold
shoulder, and icy tones dripping with
icicles of sarcasm. What does this do
to the heart? How does it affect the
spirit?

The spiritual deep freeze is only
able to thaw when the love of God is
permitted to melt the heart. Healing
and forgiveness must accompany the
journey to warm relations. We have

Catholic schools
at center of
aluse scandal

BERLIN

IT HAPPENED for years, again and
again. Every morning before class, the
boys had to undress and Father Ludger
Stueper sprayed them with cold water
from the hose, front and back, according
to the Associated Press.

The boys also had to lie down on
Stueper's couch where the Roman
Catholic priest would take their temper-
ature — rectally for seven minutes.

And then there were the photos.

"One time, Stueper took pictures of a
friend and me while we were in the show-
er. He also made us go outside and we
had to pose naked for him, lean against
stones and trees in the park, the foam
from the shampoo still in our hair,"
recalled Miguel Abrantes, a former stu-
dent at the Jesuit-run boarding school
Aloisius Kolleg in Bonn.

Abrantes, now 37 and an actor in
Duesseldorf, is one of the few victims
willing to speak out about the abuse and
humiliation he suffered as an 11-year-old
boy at the school.

He is one of at least 150 victims in an
ever-widening scandal involving allega-

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to, first of all, admit that we need
God’s presence to be our ever-pres-
ent fireplace keeping our lives bright
and cheery (filled with joy). Next,
we need the power of the cross to
keep the Blood of Christ flowing
over us, and the Holy Eucharist min-
gling with the blood in our veins.
Finally, the Holy Spirit keeps us
aglow, so that we radiate the warmth
of God’s love wherever we go.

If you have ever lived in a very
cold climate you know what is need-

tions of priests sexually abusing their
pupils at several Catholic high schools
across Germany. The scandal has spi-
raled since seven alumni of the presti-
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Canada, for several years and learnt
how to layer clothing to be comfort-
able outside in the bitter cold, and
inside in a heated, crowded room. It
is a matter of taking off and putting
on as the need arises. Caps on the
head and over the ears, mittens on
the hands, scarves around the neck
and nose, winter coats, fur lined
boots, thermal undergarments and
various sweaters, snow suits and any-
thing else suitable for the occasion.

Likewise, cold hearts are often
buried under layers of hurt, anger,
bitterness and unforgiveness. There
are many walls and barriers careful-
ly placed to protect the individual
who lives in the winter of isolation,
loneliness, rejection or betrayal.

As we come into contact with the

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abuse in January, shocking the homeland
of Pope Benedict XVI

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Living God, we begin to shed our
layers because it is so uncomfortable
to keep a distance from God’s grace.
If we are willing to come closer to
the hearth of God’s heart, we find
ourselves stripped of unnecessary
barriers and the crippling bondage
that has wrapped itself around us.

It is time for us all to come out of
the cold, and come home to God.
We no longer have to stand outside
looking in through the window at
the loving family seated around the
lavishly spread table. We no longer
have to brace ourselves as we are
buffeted off course by gale force
winds.

Ask God to bless you with rebirth
or renewal and come join the family
in the warmth of God’s embrace.
Come, come, come out of the cold.

the United States for several years, abuse
scandals have in recent years erupted in
other countries as well, including Ireland,
the Philippines, Poland, Mexico, Italy,
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RELIGION

The Tribune



Are we religious or spiritual?

IN THE Bahamas, we like to think of
ourselves as a religious nation. More
precisely, we say we are a Christian
nation. But are we a spiritual nation? Is
there a difference? I believe there is a
subtle, but important difference. To be
religious implies that we hold to a lim-
ited view of spiritual truth - we strive to
live according to certain ideals that we
believe have been endorsed by God.

We may, for example, always end our
prayers in a certain way for fear of not
being heard by God if we do not.
Similarly, we may always attend a par-
ticular church, believing that to attend
any other is wrong. To be religious also
implies that we have strong beliefs
about God, and that we feel our ver-
sion of religious truth-and the version
of those who agree with us- is the only
correct version. This is, in my view,
detrimental to our spiritual growth and
to the progress of a nation.

Spirituality, on the other hand is like
swimming in a vast ocean and realising
that the same ocean that carries you
also holds and supports everyone else.
When you are spiritual, you do not feel
you have special access to God, or that
you have found the absolute truth; you
feel alive and blessed by a presence
that is loving and generous to all. You
feel no need to compete for God's
attention; no need to be right. You are
free to be who you are, to explore and

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DESHON

investigate religious teachings with an
unbiased eye.

How would our society change if we
matured into a spiritual nation? This
question is one every Bahamian should
ponder.

Our society is, by any reasonable
yard stick, in trouble. Our children are
killing each other at school, the very
place where they should be maturing
into thoughtful adults. Our educational
system is largely outdated and ineffec-
tive. Our politics is petty. We have
rightfully lost respect for many of our
religious leaders. And yet, amidst this
worsening social decay, we still claim to
be a religious nation. Very strange!
What would help us to move forward as
a nation is not more bombastic preach-
ing from pulpits, but a deeper aware-
ness of our common aspirations as
human beings and as Bahamians.

This does not require us to abandon
our religious ideals; indeed, it requires
us to reassess what true religion is and
to independently evaluate our religious
beliefs. If we did this sincerely, with an

open mind and with absolute detach-
ment, we would become more enlight-
ened and would gradually be trans-
formed into more compassionate
human beings. Such a global shift in
spiritual awareness would fundamen-
tally change our society. A kinder, gen-
tler Bahamas would gradually emerge.
Our political discourse would be ele-
vated. Crime would be reduced as we
perceive more fully the sacredness of
all life. The Bahamas would become an
island nation known not only for its
physical beauty, but also for the spiritu-
al beauty of its people.

And so, while we may and should
pride ourselves on being a nation of
strong religious traditions, let us strive
to be more spiritual than religious.
Being religious cannot and should not
take the place of being spiritual. Our
ultimate goal should be to become spir-
itually enlightened. Religious activities
and traditions may, for some, be the
vehicle to this enlightenment, but it is
only a vehicle, not the destination. As
we “travel” towards spiritual enlighten-
ment, we should respect and value the
different paths that others may take
towards the same goal. We should
wholeheartedly embrace even those
who hold vastly different religious
beliefs than us. With spiritual eyes, we
would be able to see their humanity
and love them unconditionally.

This love must find expression in our
actions. Tolerance becomes divisive
when it is the kind of tolerance that
breeds pretense. Political rhetoric that
sings the praises of compromise and
consultation becomes background
noise when it is not harmonised by uni-
fying policies and behaviour. Attempts
to stem crime become a waste of
human resources when humility and
kindness are not consistently modeled
by parents and teachers. Without true
spirituality-an enlightened awareness
that allows us to perceive the beauty
and sacredness of all life-our efforts to
forge a unified and prosperous
Bahamas will only have incremental
benefits.

If we want to launch forward, to see
monumental changes in our country in
the coming years, our religious values
must move beyond our heads to our
hearts. Our actions, not simply our
words, must be aligned with the central
teachings of our faiths. If this does not
happen, positive change will be slow
and painful, and our country will con-
tinue to be just a religious nation.

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St Saviour’s Anglican Parish hosts Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish

ANGLICANS and Catholics from
all over Cat Island came together to
mark the solemn start of the Lenten
season in a joint Ash Wednesday serv-
ice held at St Mark’s in Port Howe.

The mass was celebrated in true
Lenten form; no flowers adorning the
altar and no alleluias and the Gloria
which are omitted during the Lenten
season. Fr Edward “Rex” Seymour
was the celebrant for the Eucharist and
Fr Chester Burton gave the introduc-
tion to the guest preacher. Fr Burton in
his warm hearted welcome thanked
God that the Catholic Church has now
filled the void left vacant for many
years with the appointment of Fr
Andrew Burrows.

He further reminded his congrega-
tion of the tightly knitted relationship
that the Anglican/Episcopal Church

SEE page 34





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RELIGION

Thursday, March 4, 2010 ® PG 33

@x THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS

Seventh Day Adventist Movement

THE BEGINNING of the Seventh
Day Adventist Movement is attributed
to William Miller (1782 - 1849) an
American Baptist preacher. In the
1830s, he interpreted Daniel 8.14:
“Unto two thousand and three hun-
dred days; then shall the sanctuary be
cleansed,” to mean that the cleansing
of the sanctuary represented the
Earth's purification by fire at Christ's
second coming. The Adventist move-
ment and its observance of the Sabbath
was transformed from an obscure,
regional movement into a national
campaign.

The cause of the Seventh Day
Adventists was advanced by Ellen G
White. She was a woman of remark-
able spiritual gifts who lived most of
her life during the nineteenth century
(1827-1915), yet through her writings
she is still making a revolutionary
impact on millions of people around
the world. During her lifetime she
wrote more than 5,000 periodical arti-
cles and 40 books

As a Christian church, Seventh-day
Adventists are a faith community root-
ed in the beliefs described by the Holy
Scriptures. Adventists describe these
beliefs in the following ways:

God's greatest desire is for you to see
a clear picture of His character. When
you see Him clearly, you will find His
love irresistible. Scripture is a road
map. The Bible is God's voice, speak-
ing His love personally to you today.

Jesus is the one who never changes in

Members of Temple of the Word

Ministries members discuss :

“What my

pastor
means
to me”

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a universe that always does. Jesus is
Creator, Sustainer, Saviour, Friend,
God's Son, and God Himself!
God's vision for you is life as He lives
it! God loves you, and wants to give
you the highest quality of life imagi-
nable.

In the heart of God is a place you
can experience as home. God loves
you, and wants to spend time with you
personally, one on one, as two close
friends.

Eternal life, peace, purpose, forgive-
ness, transforming grace, hope:
Everything He promises is ours,
because He's offering it and He's
shown we can trust Him to do exactly
as He promises. Accept His gifts, and
you immediately become an active
part of His family, and He joyfully
becomes part of yours.

In 1893, Seventh Day Adventist
Missionary, C H Richards and his wife
came to the Bahamas which he report-
ed had a population of about 50,000 -
one third of the population was
Caucasian and the balance with shades
from yellow to black. Richards implied
that the Bahamas was a virgin territo-
ry and that "no one of whom so far as

we know, fully understands and obeys
the (Sabbath) truth for this time."

In March of 1895, Mr and Mrs C. FE.
Parmele, also literature evangelists,
under the directive of the Foreign
Mission Board, succeeded the
Richards in the Bahamas.

Charles Antonio, a shoemaker was
the first Bahamian to accept the
Seventh-day Adventist message. His
son, Brother William W Antonio,
was among the first Bahamians to
serve on the Bahamas Mission of
Seventh Day Adventist Executive
Committee.

Pastors Silas N McKinney and
Neville E Scavella, were the first
Bahamians to train for the ministry. In
1956, upon completion of their theo-
logical studies they were employed by
the Bahamas Mission. Silas McKinney
(1964 - 1976 ) became the first
Bahamian President and was followed
by Leslie V McMillan (1976 - 1980),
Hugh A Roach (1980 - 1986) Silas N
McKinney (1986 - 1990), Jeremiah
Duncombe (1990 - 1996), Keith D
Albury (1996 - January 10, 2003) and
Leonard Johnson - January 10, 2003 -
to date).

Great things come from humble
beginnings. The oldest Adventist
Church in The Bahamas is Centreville
Church which started on Shirley
Street but relocated to the corner of
Collins Avenue and Sth Terrace.

The Hillview Seventh-day
Adventist Church began as far back as

ON THE eve of his tenth pas-
toral anniversary, members of the
Temple of the World Ministries
explain the impact Pastor
Kenneth Adderley has had on
their lives. Pastor Adderley will
be honoured this week under the
theme - “ A servant with a pas-
sion and a purpose”

KIYOSHI MAJOR - “Pastor Ken
is a person that comes to your
aid when the world has turned its
back on you, and you feel that
there is no way out of life’s
issues.”

CERON ROLLE - “ Pastor Ken is
one of the most inspiring role
modes in my life. He is smart,
funny and knows his Bible really
well. His teachings stand out like
a shining beacon of light in a cor-
rupted world of evil and dark-

ness.”

KATIE SYMONETTE - “Pastor
Ken has great character. He dis-
plays humbleness, confidence
and pride. Most importantly, he
shows love for anyone no matter
who they are.”

TALITHA CARTWRIGHT - “When
you walk in this church with evil
and no care of God's word, you
walk out with a clean spirit and
with a Bible in your hand.
Pastor Ken is friendly and you
can go to his office and tell him
your complaints.”

TRACEY SYMONETTE - “Despite
the challenges and obstacles he
has been through, his purpose in
life is to follow God. Pastor Ken
is loyal and trustworthy. He has a
deep kindness that teaches us to
be content in our everyday life.”

1942 - Haddassah Poitier then, a
member of the Grant's Town Seventh-
day Adventist Church invited all of
the children in the neighborhood to
Friday evening vespers and Branch
Sabbath School classes on the follow-
ing day. In 1952 under the leadership
of Elder Mote, Mission President, the
company was organised into a church.
Charter Members included
Haddassah Poitier, Jane Brown, Pearl
McMillan and Hamfreth Rahming
from the Grant's Town Adventist
Church.

The Breath of Life Seventh Day
Adventist Church came into being in
1993 following a six-week crusade,
held by Dr Charles Brooks, at the H.
D. Colburn Auditorium, Wulff Road.
Pastor Leonard and Denise Johnson
were chosen to lead the fledgling
church.

Thus from humble beginnings, the
church in the Bahamas began. Today,
the Seventh-day Adventist Church is
the fourth largest denomination in the
country. The total of the Bahamas
Conference Membership as of
November 5, 2009 was 15,020. There
are 44 Adventist Churches and
Companies in the Bahamas
Conference. Twenty-four are located
in Nassau, and 20 are on eight of the
central and southern Family Islands.
The Islands of Grand Bahama,
Abaco, Bimini, and the Berry Islands,
constitute the Northern Bahamas
Conference.

Ken Adderley





PG 34 ® Thursday, March 4, 2010

RELIGION

Kmpowerment

As I’ve stated before; we’ve perfect-
ed the art of riding the waves of words
without dissecting and understanding
fully the meaning thereof. Therefore
no matter how we try to eloquently
politicise or spiritualise a word; the
scripture (Hosea.4:6) always meets us
at the front door as our ignorance
shines forth like the morning sun.

The national word of today is
Empowerment. It seems as if no mat-
ter what arena or gathering one goes
into; the word empowerment is some-
what the thrust of the conference or
meeting. As the scriptures are being
fulfilled everyday before our eyes; peo-
ple from all walks of life can be heard
crying out in various ways for spiritual,
emotional, financial, or psychological
help, yet to no avail.

This leads me to conclude that
despite all of the rhetoric about
empowerment for the most part; 95
per cent of the people who are talking
about empowerment have a precon-
ceived, distorted, unclear view of
empowerment itself. The following
statement can be often heard over the
air waves and throughout our commu-
nities, “The Government needs to do
more to empower its people.”

I would double dog dare you to ask
those who are echoing empowerment
to expound on their meaning of
empowerment? To make a long story
short; empowerment to many is creat-
ing employment opportunities or some
kind of hand out to the needy. Listen!

By no means am I knocking the cre-
ation of employment opportunities and
assisting the needy; for this in itself is



Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish |

FROM page 32

has with the Catholic Church from his-
tory with the separation due in large
part to King Henry VIII marriage. He
also thanked God that the two denom-
inations can share joint services.

Deacon Burrows took his text from
the gospel passage appropriate for the
Ash Wednesday Eucharist service-
Matthew 6 vs. 1-6 and 16-18. In the pas-
sage Jesus spoke specifically to the
nature and tenets which the Lenten
season is hinged upon.

First, Jesus spoke about almsgiving
and not letting your left hand know
what your right hand is doing. Second,
Jesus spoke about praying and said this




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MATTHEW



good also.

Follow me for a few moments as I
paint the picture of that which I’m say-
ing; and if you’re honest, you know that
what I am saying is the truth.

Here’s the Webster Dictionary defi-
nition of empowerment: 1) to give
authority or power, and 2) to enable.

Where do you think Mr Webster got
his definition of empowerment? Being
the religious people that we are- does
Webster’s definition sounds familiar?

Watch this! Speaking of Yeshuwa
Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) here’s
what the scripture says.

Luke.9:1: Then he called his twelve
disciples together, and gave them
power and authority over all devils, and
to cure diseases.

: 2. And he sent them to preach the
kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

: 3. And he said unto them, Take
nothing for your journey, neither
staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither
money; neither have two coats apiece.

This word power in the Greek is:
dunamis, doo'-nam-is; which means 1)
ability, and 2) the abundance of
strength and might.

The word authority in the Greek is:
exousia, ex-oo-see'-ah; which also has
several meanings as follows: 1) force, 2)

should be done within the confines of
one’s room instead of promenading on
street corners and intersections and
finally Jesus said when fasting, you
shouldn’t look dismal and exhibit the
look of fasting, it is only important to
be seen by God.

Deacon Burrows in his sermon
emphasised that Lenten acts of devo-
tions should be focused on getting
God’s attention not man’s attention. He
admonished that every Lenten season
Christians should peel away a layer of
our beings that it is not pleasing to God
(indicative of the layers of an onion.)

Throughout the season of Lent, the
Anglicans and Catholics will visit and
host each other for alternative Fridays
for Stations of the Cross.

capacity, 3) competency, 4) freedom, 5)
mastery, 6) magistrate, 7) potentate, 8)
token of control, 9) delegated influ-
ence, and 10) jurisdiction.

As a people / nation, we’ve become
so comfortable with mediocrity that
even in our cry of empowerment; we
will settle for being the recipients of a
weekly or monthly pay-check or chari-
table hand outs. The two most influen-
tial systems of the world (political and
religious) have not been established to
empower the masses of people; but
rather to govern and keep the masses
looking to, and depending upon their
leaders for answers and support.

Do yourself a favor and follow the
trail of authority in this country; maybe
then you will get some idea of that
which ’m speaking. Because, true
empowerment calls for the denying of
one’s self and the preferring, the
advancement and the substantial wel-
fare of others above self.

Now, check your list / trail of author-
ity figures and see who is denying
themselves so that you or others can
succeed? How about your honourable
member of parliament, or better still;
how about your anointed religious
leader?

Again, the leaders of the systems
(political and religious) fully embrace
the lyrics of the Great Ronnie Butler’s
song “I know them long time, them
people they’re mine” for the politicians
are fully aware of the fact that the
grassroots have been well trained and
conditioned to receive political rhetoric
and futile promises.

Likewise, the religious leaders know

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that the people are trenched in tradi-
tion and religion; and its only a matter
of opening a Bible and quoting a few
scriptures to move their agenda and
their people in a desired direction.

True empowerment comes from
Father Yahweh through the obedience
of His word from which man has taken
and twisted to form their various reli-
gions thereby financially and materially
empowering themselves.

In speaking to a people here’s what
Yahweh says: Deut.8:18. But thou shalt
remember the LORD thy God: for it is
he that giveth thee power to get wealth,
that he may establish his covenant
which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is
this day.

People, wake up! The empowerment
that your spirit man knows that you’re
entitled to through a covenant relation-
ship will never be obtained in religion.
This empowerment can’t be found at
political rallies or religious confer-
ences, but rather it is found in getting
back to basics studying and obedience
to God’s word. Again, there’s always
much more to say, but this ought to be
enough to cause you to get up and do
the right things for your children‘s chil-
dren sake.

May the FOG (Favor of God) be
with you

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RELIGION

Staying single and celibate

FROM page 30

“T have had many women come to
me in positions like this who explain
that the men, knowing how much it
means to them to get married, paint a
picture that they are for keeps. Then
after they have somehow persuaded
the woman to have sex with them, they
tell the woman they need space from
the relationship when she starts talking
about marriage,” Mrs Eliott explained.

An explanation for why this
becomes a cycle for some women is
because the strength of their connec-
tion with Christ is weak she said.

“Its not that they don’t love the
Lord. Some of these women have told
me that they want to do what is right
and live a celibate life until they get
married. But to be honest if your bond
with God is not strong, this is next to
impossible,” she explained.

Although the struggle may seem
challenging, Mrs Eliott said with help
from God it is possible for one’s life to
turn around and evidence of that is her
own life.

“This is my testimony. I never lived a
celibate life before I got married. I had
kids out of marriage and I was one of
those women who dated married men.
After realising that this is not the kind
of life I wanted, God grabbed a hold
on me and ever since that day my life
has turned around. I remained celibate
and God has blessed me with a hus-
band that loves me more than ever,”
she said.

She hopes that women all over will
seek God first and believe that he
knows what’s best for their lives.



“Tf that man really loves you, he will
wait on you until you are ready to get
married. So there is no need to fear
that he will leave if you don’t give
yourself to him. And it may be hard
accepting the fact that he might not be

the one, because you love him, but
trust God and he will send someone
who will love you selflessly,” she said.
It is her prayer that the seminar will
provide valuable information, uplift-
ment and encouragement to women.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 ® PG 35

‘If that man really
loves you, he will
wait on you until you
are ready to get mar-
ried. So there is no
need to fear that he
will leave if you don’t
give yourself to him.’

DEBRA ELLIOTT





FROM page 30

thing positive,” with music behind the
cause. It is the first of a series of con-
certs to be held at New Covenant
Baptist Church. Barak, Landlord, Mr
Lynxx, Tracy Tracy, Stichie, Kirk Davis,
Ricardo Clarke, Twiggy, June
Flemming, Mr God Bless, Christian
Massive and several other gospel reg-
gae artists will provide entertainment;
crossing a wide array of musical genres.

“Music plays an integral part in cor-
recting some of the problems of society,
and we wanted to bring on artists who
would attract young people to uplift the
name of Christ,” said Mr Johnson.

In a statement to Tribune Religion,
the church’s pastor Bishop Simeon Hall

emphasied his concern for the crime sit-
uation in the country and called on the
Christian community and everyone else
to look to God during their tests and tri-
als.

“One of the tragedies in modern life
is that we are always feeding our fleshly
desires, and callously living our lives.
But we are also spirit beings, and we
need to feed our spirit as we do our
flesh. And we believe that this concert
will help to feed the spirits of our peo-
ple,” said Bishop Hall.

Bishop Hall made a “clarion and
urgent call” to the country’s leaders to
move quickly to seek greater response
to the nightmare of crime which engulfs
this land.

“There is a powerful group of persons
who are benefiting from crime and the
change we so badly need cannot be
expected to be initiated by them,” said
Bishop Hall.

The statement went on to say: “The
dark night of lawlessness must be met

with laws which are draconian and
enforceable. While all sectors must par-
ticipate in this crusade, parliamentari-
ans and lawyers must lead in this fight.”

“When a man is out on bail and mur-
ders again, it is time to act,” said Bishop
Hall. “It seems to me an obvious fact
that it is the law that must remain at the
vanguard of the crusade against lawless-
ness in our Bahamas.”

Yadah Fest is just one another initia-
tive that New Convenant Baptist
Church has taken on to put a Band-Aid
on the crime situation in the region,
which the church believes can be mend-
ed through spiritual renewal.

Last year, Bishop Hall praised the
construction of his church’s memorial
wall, located on the grounds of the
church on Independence Highway.

The structure is a significant and
symbolic tool commemorating the lives
of Bahamians who were taken in hor-
rific and unjust fashions.

Bishop Hall lamented that the

courts, lawyers, magistrates, and judges
are not doing enough to protect inno-
cent persons in Bahamian society. He
called on higher officials to “rid (the
country) of persons who are intent on
destroying the civility which we once
enjoyed.”

Still, the laws and legal infrastruc-
ture of the country pillars are difficult
to heed for some, and Bishop Hall
believes that the solution is for persons
to return to the Christian faith.

“The church is at its best when it
caters to the whole man, meeting the
spiritual, mental and physical needs,”
he said.

Bahamian minister Glen Johnson
who now lives in the US has coordinat-
ed the event, and according to Bishop
Hall, Mr Miller has put on power-
packed concerts in the past.

Part of the proceeds generated from
the concert, will be donated to the
Children’s Hostel and Haitian Relief
Fund.



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RELIGION The Tribune

WASTING. NO TIME

CONCERT

N THE heels of yet another smash
hit song "Wasting No Time"
Ricardo Clarke is staging yet
another gospel concert to inspire, encour-
age new talent and celebrate the release
of his official follow up to his breakthrough
hit song and album "Not Settling". Ricardo
shot to the national spotlight as his song
crossed over into heavy rotation and
became an anthem and soundtrack to peo-
ple's lives.
The Wasting No Time Album Release
Concert on March 19 will feature some of the
brightest musical talents on our shores. It will
be an absolute musical blend that will certainly
hit every musical taste bud while uplifting and
motivating all in attendance. He has also seen
the need to give back through acts of various
charity which has lead him to partner with the
Sister/Sister Breast Cancer Support Group,
Cancer Society, Teen Challenge and The Faith
Village Project, a senior citizens complex and
youth centre proposed by his local church. He
has also been very active traveling to speak/sing
in schools, colleges, churches and political are-
nas in Nassau, the family islands, USA, Turks
and Caicos, Canada and London. ——
The night will feature Ricardo Clarke with
the Higher Level Band, Monty G, Christian
Massive, Reuben Heights, Najie Dun, Minster
Denczil Rolle & High Praise, DJ Councellor,
Mr Beeds, Countella and many more with host
Jack Thompson at Calvary Deliverance Church
on East Street South in Nassau, Bahamas.
Showtime is at 7.30 pm.



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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 McCar tney ‘too popular to lose’ C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.85THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZYWITH SUNSHINE HIGH 72F LOW 59F AS the most popular candidate within the party,s ources within the FNM said they feel it would be a gross error for the party not to haveB ranville McCartney run in the next general election. Speaking out on the specu lation that the former Minist er of State for Immigration could have faced some sort of “disciplinary action” for resigning from Cabinet in the form of being denied a nomination, many FNMs expressed their hope that the party would not stoop to this level to destroy one of their most “promising” rising stars. “They would be fools! Worse than fools! He is a hard worker, and the people support him,” said an FNM source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “If I were to handle this, I would use the man’s popularity to assist the party going forward. If he is ambitious as he says he is then fine, giveh im a ministry that he will have to handle next time and let it be a sink or swim exer c ise for him. “This time we will be able to see if it is all smoke and mirrors or if the man is madeo f substance. It makes no political sense to make an enemy out of what could be one of your best assets,” he said. As a man who has expressed his interest in lead ing the FNM one day in the future, it is also believed amongst some political pundits that Mr McCartney would never see a shot at the party’s top post as long as FNM leader Hubert Ingraham remains on the political scene. Having resigned from his FNMs say former State Minister must run in next general election The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com I N S I D E CLASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSIFIEDSTRADER I N S I D E OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAY’STRIBUNE JOBSAND HELPWANTED L L O O A A D D S S O O F F CARS! CARS! CARS! FINDTODAY’SCLUEINSIDEFOR YOUR CHANCE TOWIN$16,000 SECRETSOUND By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net WORKERS and employers will face the first ever rise in National Insurance Board contributions from June 1 to pay for the national unemployment benefit scheme. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham approved the National Insurance Board (NIB tributions this week and set a date for payments to rise by one per cent in June, with half of the increase paid by the employer and the other half by the employee. Employers contributions will go up from 5.4 to 5.9 per cent, while the contributions for employees rise from 3.4 to 3.9 per cent; bringing the current 8.8 per cent contribution rate up to 9.8 per cent. NIB maintains the rise translates to a maximum NIB contributions to rise on June 1 SEE page 15 POLICEOFFICERS took to the streets yesterday to make road checks on motorists and advise the public on how to stay safe. SEE page 14 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net WITHIN hours after a judge lifted an injunction that prohibited the removal of Anglican Archdeacon Etienne Bowleg as rector of the Most Holy Trinity Anglican Church, locksmiths were busy on the church grounds changing locks. The protracted court battle involving Archdeacon Bowleg and the Anglican Archdiocese came to an end yesterday following a hearing that lasted some three hours before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. Senior Justice Isaacs had granted an injunction blocking Anglican Archbishop Laish Boyd or anyone else from removing Archdeacon Bowleg until his court matter AN international regulatory body yes terday announced it had ceased monitoring the Securities Commission of the Bahamas’ ability to exchange information and assist overseas securities regulators, meaning it is now satisfied this nation has addressed weaknesses over its co-opera tion with peers. The International Organisation of Secu rities Commissions (IOSCO members are global securities industry regulators, advised that its Standing Com mittee 4 had ceased monitoring the Securities Commission of the Bahamas’ international assistance and exchange of infor mation activities. Hillary Deveaux, the Securities Com mission’s executive director, said in a statement: “The Commission has worked By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@ tribunemedia.net FOX Hill Member of Parliament Fred Mitchell is urging the Caribbean Community to speak up in the face of criticism from the developed world over any number of issues from corruption to incompetence. “One incident of corruption and the whole country is corrupt,” said Anglican Archdeacon ‘can be removed’ from Most Holy Trinity Anglican Church SEE page 15 Mitchell hits back at criticism of Caribbean from developed world SEE page 14 International body satisfied with IOSCO SEE page 13 FREDMITCHELL POLICEGETINTOGEARWITHROADCHECKS T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net FLIGHTS to and from Lynden Pindling International Airport were delayed for about an hour yesterday morning due to an island-wide power outage, airport officials said. The outage disrupted air traffic controllers' communications and radar equipment preventing them from communicating with air traffic personnel at other airports. This prompted officials to ground incoming and outgoing flights as a safety measure. The Bahamas Electricity Corporation said the outage occurred after a 33,000 volt underground cable faulted, causing a few generators to go off-line around 7.45am. The remaining generators tripped off-line around 8.08 am, causing a loss of electricity to the rest of the island. "We had power fluctuations in the air traffic environment, in the communications frequency, they were affected somewhat when the power went off at 8.06am lasting for about half an hour," said deputy director of civil aviation Eugene Butler. While they waited for power to be restored, the airport was running on a generator that switched on around 8.15am, Mr Butler said. Shonalee Johnson, a spokesman for Nassau Airport Development Company, which oversees LPIA's development said: "At the time, the air traffic control would not have been able to communicate with the air traffic heading into Nassau." "The outage took place at 8.06am, and flights were restored at 8.43am, so we're looking at 37 minutes in total that services were suspended. As far as impact on our site in Nassau, flights were delayed an hour on average there were only one or two flights leaving at that time. In Miami, there were some delays because air traffic had to wait until the air tower reopened." One American Eagle flight enroute to Nassau from Miami had to be turned around yesterday morning because of the power disruption. There were no major delays to domestic flights, said Ms Johnson. Full power was restored to the airport around 9am yesterday. BEC said its restoration process began immediately adding that power was restored to most customers by 8.45am, with the exception of one circuit. Full power was restored to the capital at around 9.30am yesterday. "Our operations staff worked diligently to ensure that electricity was restored in a timely manner. Further the corporation is presently having a review of the protective systems carried out by an international firm. This will assist us in the prevention and possible elimination of such outages," said BEC general manager Kevin Basden. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN d ied when his Honda A ccord crashed into a utilit y pole in Prince Charles Drive early yesterday morning. Wendall Smith, of Winton Meadows, was found by police just before 2am and Emergency Medical Services paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Police investigating the incident say no other drivers were involved in the crash and there were no passengers in the car, registration number 21692, when M r Smith hit the post near M arco’s Pizza, west of Elizabeth Estates. D etectives have not yet a scertained the circums tances of the crash. M eanwhile, officers based a t the Elizabeth Estates and F ox Hill stations took to the streets of their divisions yesterday for a walkabout with officers from the Criminal Detective Unit, the National Crime Prevention Office and the Central Intelligence Bureau. In addition to advising the public on how to stay safe and warning criminals of the zero-tolerance policy on crime, officers executed several search warrants. Police Press Officer Sargeant Chrislyn Skippings s aid eight people were a rrested in connection with various offences including d rug possession and causi ng harm. Man dies after his car hits utility pole Island-wide power outage delays flights at airport THE Committee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas for Future Generations continued its push for the resignation of Environment Minister Earl Deveaux yesterday. Saying they were “shocked and appalled” by Mr Deveaux’s response to the very “serious issues” they raised regarding the erosion of Saunders Beach, committee members accused the minister of being evasive and said this was a sign of his “obvious insecurity”. “Quite frankly his response was disrespectful and an insult to the intelligence of many Bahamians who consider this issue of paramount importance. The minister’s attempt to belittle the issue is further evidence of the committee’s claim that he should resign immediately,” said committee chairman and PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald. According to Mr Fitzgerald and his supporters, the government’s dredging activities around Arawak Cay ahead of the establishment of a new port are responsible for the considerable erosion at Saunders Beach. Responding to these claims on Tuesday, Mr Deveaux put them down to Senator Fitzgerald’s “political agenda”, as the senator has already expressed his intention to run against the minister in the next general election. Mr Deveaux acknowledged that a great deal of sand has disap peared from Saunders Beach, but said this was due to the recent extreme weather, which he said has effected the entire Northern Shore of New Providence. The minister said the sand has disappeared from many areas, but is expected to eventually be redeposited by weather and wave action. However, yesterday Mr Fitzgerald said the committee had warned the minister and the government in advance that Saunders Beach would be eroded by the dredging, and claimed the beach “is not coming back”. Mr Fitzgerald said politics plays no part in the committee’s con cerns. Meanwhile, reports have reached The Tribune that the senator has been seen actively campaigning in Mr Deveaux’s Marathon constituency for some time. PLP insiders say he is tipped to get the party’s nomination to run for the seat in 2012. ‘SHOCK’ AT MINISTER’S RESPONSE TO ‘SERIOUS ISSUES’ EROSION on Saunders Beach. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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B y ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net THE Jamaican government is coming under growing pres sure from the United States government, the country’s official opposition and others for its refusal to act on an extradition request from the US for a Jamaican accused of drug and gun trafficking. In the 2009 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, released by the US State Department Monday, the Jamaican Government came in for unusually severe criticism from the Americans over its delay in dealing with the request relating to Christopher “Dudus” Coke, an alleged benefactor of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party based in Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s West Kingston constituency. The report, which named Jamaica, along with 19 other countries, including The Bahamas, as a “major illicit drug-producing and/or drugtransit” country, said the Gov ernment of Jamaica’s (GOJ’s “unusual handling of the August request for the extradition of a high-profile Jamaican crime lord with reported ties to the ruling JLP...on alleged drug and firearms trafficking charges marked a dramatic change in GOJ’s previous cooperation on extradition” and “calls into question” Kingston’s commit ment to cooperation with the U.S. on law enforcement issues in general. It linked “pervasive public corruption” with the continued ability for drugs and drug proceeds to find “safe passage” through Jamaica and called on the Jamaican government “to demonstrate its political will to address corruption by success fully investigating, prosecuting, and convicting corrupt officials at all levels of government service and by the timely extradition of fugitives in accordance with the provisions of the bilateral extradition treaty without regard to political influence or party affiliation.” In relation to the “Dudus” matter specifically, it accused the government, which asserts that the delay in signing off on the extradition request is a result of the administration having “unanswered questions” about the basis for it and its desire to protect the constitu tional rights of a citizen, of “unprecedented delays, unex plained disclosure of lawenforcement information to the press, and unfounded allega t ions questioning US compliance with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and Jamaican law.” The U.S. government’s clear dissatisfaction with Kingston’s handling of the “Dudus” request has in the last week been widely linked in the count ry with the revocation of a US visa to another influential Jamaican and good friend of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, Wayne Chen. Many Jamaicans believe the sudden and unexplained revocation of the nonimmigrant visa issued to Mr Chen, Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation and CEO of the Super Plus Foods supermarket chain in Jamaica, was an act of reprisal by the U.S. government intended to subtly persuade the government to stop dragging its feet on the extradition request. Mr Chen, who has stated that he is baffled by the move and has since reapplied for his visa to be reinstated, was unceremoniously informed of the revocation as he sought to board an American Airlines plane in Kingston to travel to the U.S. with his family last week. Attempts by the Jamaican government and media to get an explanation from U.S. government officials in the country on the decision have so far been fruitless. Jamaicans also point to the fact that Jamaica has been without a US ambassador for a year and two months as an indica tion of the cooling of relations between the two countries. “This is the longest in living memory that Jamaica has been without a US ambassador,” said a leading Jamaican business man. Meanwhile, The Bahamas also came in for scrutiny in rela tion to extradition matters in the international narcotics con trol strategy report. The U.S. State Department expressed concern about thee xtent to which this country’s “overburdened” legal system is to blame for delays in trials which provide an opportunity for those accused of serious crimes to be released on bail. “There have been credible reports of subjects of US extra dition requests continuing to p articipate in illegal drug smuggling activities while on bail awaiting resolution of their cases,” the report states. It added that despite Bahamian prosecutors’ vigorous pursuit of US extradition requests defendants are able to appeal a magistrate’s decision locally and at our ultimate court of appeal, the United Kingdom's Privy Council. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE T HURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 , PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Jamaica under pressure from US over refusal to act on extradition request B y TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net ALTHOUGH attorneys for by-election candidates Ryan Pinder and Dr Duane Sands are expected to meet in the Supreme Court for a fixture date this morning, there is a possibility the actual election court hearing may begin today. Thomas Evans, QC, said he has been informed that Supreme Court Justices Anita Allen and Jon Isaacs want to begin the highly anticipated case today, rather than simply setting a date for the trial to begin as was initially reported. "They've indicated to us that they intend to start the trial tomorrow, so we'll see what happens," said Mr Evans, lead counsel for Free National Movement candidate Dr Duane Sands. The election court petition was filed by Ryan Pinder of the PLP, who gained 1,499 votes to Dr Sands' 1,501 in the February 16 race. Mr Pinder is claiming that five protest votes cast in his favour should be counted, thus making him the elected MP for Elizabeth. Because the hearing is expected to focus on only five votes, rather than the u sual lengthy list of disputed voters, the parties involved believe the matter will be resolved quickly. "This is not your typical election court case. This is a discreet issue that the court will have to decide on relative to the validity of the protest votes that were made in that constituency and so it depends on how much evidence they think they need ino rder to determine the rights of those voters who were required to vote on the coloured ballot. "They're certainly not going to be heari ng evidence from a large number of residents which you typically find in an election court case. It will generally centre around whose name appears on the registry in each (polling division Third party by-election candidates Cassius Stuart of the Bahamas Democratic Movement, Dr Andre Rollins of the National Development Party and Rodney M oncur of the Workers' Party, all have the right to participate in the hearing and call witnesses if they choose to. Earlier this week Mr Moncur threatened to file a formal complaint to Chief Justice Michael Barnett about Justice Allen's involvement in the case. Mr Moncur claims Justice Allen's husband Algernon Allen campaigned on behalf of the PLP in the lead-up to the by-election. M r Allen, and the PLP, have vigorously denied these assertions. Yesterday, Mr Moncur told The Tribune he was off the island and would not be present when the proceedings commenced, but remained adamant that he would file his complaint at the earliest possibly opportunity. Election Court hearing may get under way today By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A WASTE management plan aims to transform Nassau’s stinking, smouldering city dump into an attractive, odourless waste-to-energy facility within five years. Minister of the Environment Earl Deveaux explained the l ong-term plans for the site as toxic smoke continued to blow from the 100 acre landfill site off the Tonique Williams-Dar ling Highway into homes across New Providence for the third week. Although government has committed $480,000 to extinguish the blaze set on Feb r uary 12, residents living in the growing communities around the towering wasteland want it to be permanently closed. Homeowners in the nearby government subdivision Jubilee Gardens held a press conference in the neighbourhood park yesterday afternoon to d raw attention to the health and safety risk posed by the dump. Rashad Amahad said: “We the residents feel the dump have to be moved or there should be a better system to ensure the facility is managed at such a degree we the Bahamian c itizens deserve. “We are asking the govern m ent to relocate this facility or put in place better management to ensure we do not suffer the way we have, and those harmful toxins do not contaminate anyone in this immediate area and the surrounding areas.” While Mr Deveaux said there are no plans to relocate the dump as yet, the govern ment is working to improve management of the facility and convert it to a waste-to-energy plant within five years. The government has commenced discussions with private companies to manage the solid waste facility and Mr Deveaux’s department hopes to reach an agreement with a company which has a history of working in Grand Bahama and the Caribbean by the end of the month, and perfect an arrangement for site manage ment before the beginning of the financial year in June. “The first step is to ensure proper collection, disposal, recycling and security of the facility,” Mr Deveaux said. “The second step is to inte grate the operations to ensure a clear path to waste-to-energy. “The final step is to have a solid waste facility providing energy from waste and one which is odourless and attractive. It will take five years to achieve these steps.” He added: “This is the only area in New Providence suitable for a solid waste facility. “It has been poorly managed. With the approach we are tak ing, its life can be extended to50 years, by which time technologies, management, costs and other factors will have changed the parameters and we may be in a position to explore other options similar to Singapore (where they use separate islands for garbage, power and sewerage facilities). “However, our immediate goal is proper management and in the shortest time to have a waste-to-energy facility oper ating at the site.” Plan to turn city dump into wasteto-energy facility ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION DUANESANDS RYAN PINDER ALLEGEDDRUG, GUN TRAFFICKER ‘Dudus’ C oke Environment

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I am writing this letter to give voice to a serious matter that plagues our Abaco islands. The Bahamas is facing the same financial struggles as the rest of the world and we, as Bahamian citizens, are s truggling to find work to supp ort our families. Work has become very scarce in many professions, but one in particular, that of construction, has taken a huge hit in this recession. With so many companies and individuals out of w ork I feel the need to say “Shame on you, our local I mmigration”. There seems to be an over abundance of w ork permits being handed out to foreigners for jobs that B ahamians are not only qualified to do, but are standing in l ine waiting for. I have a personal comp laint against Immigration. Myself and a number of other G uana Cay construction workers were let go off a house we were in the middle of building and replaced by f oreigner workers who had obtained “temporary” work p ermits within hours from an I mmigration officer in Treasure Cay. Since when does Immigration give out “legal” permits to foreigners for jobs that Bahamians should bed oing without the proper s teps as outlined by our government? Apparently, since right now! The same day this incident occurred our crew flooded the local Immigration office with calls and even personal visits to voice our com plaints. When this did not result in any action we began calling Freeport and Nassau who assured us the local Immigration officers would look into it. After two weeks and many h eated phone conversations between our unemployed workers and the local Immigration officers we were finally rewarded to see one of theh ead officers from Marsh H arbour come out to Guana t o “investigate” these foreign w orkers who had taken over our job. H owever, our joy was short lived when we had to watch the foreign workers escort the officer out to lunch at Grabbers. After lunch the officer left with no explanation to any of us who had filedt he complaint and the foreign w orkers returned to our former job to continue working, s ecure in their new found p ositions. T his incident occurred the third week of October and here we are over three m onths later and nothing has been done. We have contin ued to call and make com plaints but we are left withu nanswered questions and have received no assistance from Immigration. O ur complaint deals with G uana Cay, but we have heard cries of foul play from m any of the Outer Islands with the same complaints against foreign workers getting these new “fast pass” t ypes of permits that are obtained within minutes. There are also the complaints of foreigners getting work permits allegedly based on false information or permits granted for work that can be done by a local Bahamian. It is truly a sad state of affairs when the only people seemingly breaking Immigration laws are the very ones w ho have sworn to protect them. We recognise that fore ign tourist, visitors, and second homeowners provide our economy with an abundance of revenue and for that we a re grateful and welcome them. We do, however, think it is a Bahamian’s God-given r ight to work in his own count ry to support himself and his f amily. As a Bahamian citizens we have to stand up and say “No More!” to Immigration. “No More” work permits given out randomly within minutes o r hours. “No More” work permits given out to foreigners for jobs that a Bahamian can do. “No More” ignoring our valid cries of complaintsa gainst these infractions! It is time for our local I mmigration to be called on the carpet and to answer to t he people they are sworn to protect, we the people of Bahama Land! PROBLEMS FACING ABACO Abaco, F ebruary, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE 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 . P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm IN THIS column yesterday in discussing the “Haitian problem” and the fact that the Haitian has become the favourite whippingboy for anything that goes wrong in this country, we confirmed with prison authorities that crime is a Bahamian, not a Haitian problem. Of course, this fact is contrary to the popular belief of most Bahamians. However, Prison Superintendent Elliston Rahming said on Tuesday that the belief that Haitians are to blame for the present increase in crime is a “myth.” This, said the superintendent, is a “Bahamian problem.” Bahamians full blooded Bahamians, no trace of Haitian blood make up 94 per cent of the prison population. And so for those who say that Haitians have introduced bad blood into the national blood stream is just a way of allow-i ng their unfounded prejudices take them on an uninformed joy ride. We were told that most of the prison population is made up of those who have either dropped out of school or been expelled. In, other words, they have little education and most of them cannot read. Not being able to read, it is presumed they cannot write. Some of them probably sign their names with an ‘X’. Kicked out of school at the age of 14 or 15 for fighting, they turn to crime and eventually qualify for prison charged with murder or armed robbery, or both. Mr Doan Cleare, chairman of the Classi f ication Board and information technology manager, said that on entry each prisoner has to go through a classification process and their treatment is recommended according to their classification. They have to follow what ever sentence plan is assigned them. This includes education. The programme is mandatory. When they enter prison there is “anger somewhere and so we have to find that,” said Mr Cleare. Obviously, if they have been found guilty of abuse of any kind, including inflicting grievous harm, they go through an anger management programme. If drugs are thep roblem they will enter a drug treatment programme. Education is mandatory for all of them as retired teachers conduct classes daily from 9am to 3pm to get their education up to high school level. They are prepared for their BJCs in Mathematics and English. They take technical and vocational courses, and literacy and computer classes. “The inmates in Maths and English classes,” said Mr Cleare, “do very well. As a mat ter of fact they do better than the ones on the outside. Up here they don’t have much distraction!” It’s a challenge,” he added, “but it is playing a pivotal role in lessening crime in society in fact the recidivism rate has declined.” Bahamians are advised to concentrate on the upbringing of their own children, and to stop making the Haitian the excuse for their failures. To be a beach – or not a beach It is suggested that PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald has his eye on Environment Minister Earl Deveaux’s Marathon constituency, which, it is said, he plans to make a bid for in the 2012 election. Between now and then, Mr Fitzgerald will probably find many issues to talk about, but for the time being a denuded Saunders Beach is giving him grist for his election mill as he tries to push Minister Deveaux aside. Mr Fitzgerald’s committee The Committee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas for Future Generations contends that the Arawak Cay dredging has destroyed Saunders Beach rocks are now showing where there was once abundant sand. Mr Deveaux’s answer is that the extreme weather has shifted the sand, which will return when the weather settles. We do not know who is right, but we offer our observations gleaned over more than 40 years of living on the waterfront. When we moved into our waterfront home a small quoin was constructed to attract the sand to our beach. For the first few years we spent all of our spare cash keeping this beach clean removing the debris from seashore party-goers and passing boats, getting rid of the seasonal build up of seaweed and wringing our hands in agony when all the sand disappeared. Eventually years of observation left us with some knowledge and we decided to save our spare cash and settle in with nature. This is what nature taught us there is a time and a season for all things. When the tide flows in a certain direction it brings with it the unwanted detritus. Have patience and the tide shifts again and washes the beach clean. Then comes the summer seaweed the beach is piled high two feet in some areas and seaweed covers the sea as far as the eye can see. Our brother would send his truck and cart away the seaweed for his fruit trees. Whatever was left we ignored, because we had learned to rely on nature to again wash the beach in its good time. And then during the night the waters would crash and churn and by morning a beach of nothing but rocks was exposed. Not to panic again give nature a chance. The rocks were pol ished by the action of the angry water. Eventually when nature became at peace with itself, the oceans calmed, the sand returned, the beach was pristine and beautiful again and according to Pippa’s song, God was in His heaven and all was right with the world. Just give nature time and we shall see who is right Minister Deveaux or Mr Fitzgerald. Shame on you Immigration for not protecting Bahamians’ jobs LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Angry youth educated in prison E DITOR, The Tribune. Reports of post-competition partying and c ondom hand-outs at the Olympics show the need for athletes to be more grounded in their religious faith and the need for the sportingw orld to recover the idea of athletics as a forge for virtue. Olympians have a “play hard, party hard” r eputation. The massive condom distribution seems to be evidence of that lifestyle and sends the message that such a lifestyle is permitted and even encouraged at the Olympic Village. On the contrary, athletes should be grounded in their faith and encouraged to engage in prayer and spiritual reading. They should also have a discipleship-relationship with a spiritual mentor to help combat the dangers of off-the-field activities. Historically, sports was considered to be a virtue-making machine. The values that correspond with sports were c onsidered to go hand in hand with those that go into being a person of integrity and faith. Vince Lombardi, the former NFL coach oft he Green Bay Packers football team, was a good example of that. He lived his faith and it was integral to his c oaching. Today, however, sports is increasingly associated with vice. It should be a vehicle to devel-o p good character, to make a man courageous, a generous loser, and a gracious victor. We have to recover these original principles of sports so that we can work to forge greater bonds between people and help overcome the real, terrible social problems of our time such as genetic manipulation, human trafficking, the depletion of the earth’s resources, poverty, famine, and illness. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, February 22, 2010. Concern over Olympics condom distribution

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 , PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Go and tell your young men these things. It is not a police officer’s job to determine your inno cence or guilt. So don’t be surprised if you are arrested during an altercation, even if you are the victim. Thismay mean being handcuffed, thrown to the ground or even manhandled. Comply with the officer while stating emphati cally, “I am the victim here!” Do not assume that you are having a rational conversation with an equal. Lt Col Grossman in his book, “On Combat” most aptly states, “The police are the ones that are tasked with running towards violence to contain the situation.” Tell your young men that when an officer is using his best judgment to bring a situation under control, that is the time to exercise your self control – or you are going to be controlled. The greater your resistance, the greater the level of force the officer can and will use on you. Always remember, we outnumber the Bad Guys. D’Arcy Rahming is a violent crime researcher and adjunct faculty member at the College of the Bahamas. He holds Black Belts in several martial arts and is an internationally renowned seminar leader for corporations, pri vate groups and police and security groups. You can follow him on his blog at www.stoplivinginfear.org. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – The commercial fishing of Yellow-fin Tuna using purse seine nets in Bahamian waters poses too great a risk for the Bahamas, fisheries conservationist Dr David Philip warned. He is urging the government not to permit the use of this technique – in which, he says, large game fish, dolphins, sea turtles, and other species are likely to be caught and killed along with the tuna in the large nets. “This is a huge issue and the Bahamas should take leadership and stand to be leaders in this manner and say no to this kind of fishing,” said Dr Philips, a representative of the Fisheries Conservation Foundation. The government has already said it plans to outlaw the method, but has failed to say when. This is cause for concern among conservationists in light of reports that one Freeport company’s request to use purse seine nets is about to be approved. Dr Philip attended a town meeting on Monday evening at the Bahamas National Trust’s Rand Nature Centre in Freeport to stress his opposi-tion to the venture, which has been proposed by Paul and David Mellor of the Bahamas P elagic Fisheries and Aquaculture Limited. The Mellors say that while they plan to harvest tuna, they also want to create a tuna farm to replenish the stock and prevent over-fishing. They have acquired a vessel and are still waiting for a permit. The plan has evoked strong o pposition from Grand Bahama residents, some local fishermen, environmentalists and conservationists. Dr Philips said tuna is already over-fished, and the species’ ability to reproduce is being severely compromised. “Adding to that will further e xacerbate the problem, particularly with the fact that there may be fish spawning right here in the Tongue of the Ocean,” he said. The Mellors say that any other fish caught with the tuna willbe released, but Dr Philip i nsists that “if harvested that way, those fish will be killed.” He added that major sport fish species like Marlin, Wahoo and Sailfish school with tuna, as do sea turtles and dolphins. According to Dr Philip, sportsfishing injects $134 million a year into the economy. “That will be put at risk if there is even the perception that the Bahamas is going to allow this kind of fishing . . . and the fallout from that will be huge,” he said. “The reality i s that very few people will reap financial benefits from this operation. All of the high end jobs and scientists will be foreign . . . and the number of people employed, compared to the sports fishing industry that employs thousands and thousands of people, is a drop in the b ucket. “What we are doing is mortgaging our future. We are eating the fish of the future and we are eating our kids’ fish. “These fish are not going to pop back in a matter of a few years; it will take generations of laying off these fish to do t hat,” he said. Craig Riker, president of the Grand Bahama Dive Association, says no one wins with purse seine fishing. “If you take the big fish out of the ocean, what fills its place is jellyfish. Jellyfish eat baby fish and fish e ggs, and even if you leave some fish to breed they can’t because the jellyfish get them. “Once that happens there is very little chance of getting fish back. It is a very dangerous slope to jump off,” he said. Meanwhile, David Mellor assured the meeting that the operation would be “transparent”, and allow for an observer onboard to make sure the capture of other species remains at a minimum. oo great a risk for the Bahamas’ Conservationist sounds warning about Yellow-fin Tuna fishing STOP LIVING IN FEAR – AVOID BEING NEXT HOW TO AVOID BEING SHOT BY THE POLICE PART 2 D’ARCY RAHMING

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DEVELOPERS of the South Seas Marina Community met with Minister of the E nvironment Earl D eveaux to explain how their developments will help the country’s economy to rebound. Pictured from left: Patrick T urnquest, South S eas developer; Minister Deveaux; Tennyson Wells, South Seas developer; Ronald Thompson, Environment Perman ent Secretary and Douglas Turnquest, S outh Seas developer. B y GENA GIBBS MARINA subdivisions curr ently being built in Nassau will help turn the country’s economy around, according tod evelopers. Minister of the Environment Earl Deveaux and several developers toured three marina subdivisions South Seas, Venice Bay and Albany last Friday. D uring the tour the subdivisions, developers told the minister that although therem ay have been some setbacks d ue to the downturn in the economy, they believe their d evelopments will help the economy rebound. Tennyson Wells, South Seas developer said, “The recessionh as temporarily changed a few of our plans, but we employ about 50 Bahamians right now in construction and will e mploy more as the project develops.” The South Seas develop m ent has 280 residential lots and will complete construction in the next 18 months, Mr W ells said. “Our marina site has six and a half acres and we want to p lay a part in the government ’s plan to develop a network of maritime community developments.” V enice Bay developer Roosevelt Whyms told Minister Deveaux that the concernso ver what impact the Bacardi plant had on his development have been addressed. When the Bacardi plant was in operation potential buyers of lots in the development became concerned about fumes and black smoke beinge mitted from the plant. Mr Whyms said he wants to move forward with the com p letion of the Venice Bay’s marina and beach-front resort development, which is cur rently attracting bone-fishingt ourists. “The property has 208.5 acres with 500 lots on it,i ncluding two swimming pools, a tennis court, a park, a historic site to be reconstructed, a clubhouse, and a beach area,” h e said. Bahamians, Americans, Canadians and Europeans have all shown interest in the community, Mr Whyms added. Albany Developer Jason Callender said Albany recruit ed some of the top architects i n the world to design an international resort, which will offer an eclectic appeal and become a signature attraction for Albany’s world-class clientele. “For the most part it has been very well received and w e have not started market ing it yet, not until we are in a position to open the commu n ity sometime this year,” Mr Callender said. Albany will be hiring Bahamians to work during diff erent stages of the community development. These posi tions will require a training period for new employees to adjust to the service needs of Albany’s residents. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE T HURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 , PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Minister of Environment tours marina subdivisions VENICE Bay developer Roosevelt Whyms (right t he Environment Earl Deveaux (centre the proposed marina in Venice Bay will be constructed. Mr Whyms currently allows tour guides to use the saltwater creeks as a tourist attraction for bone fishing. Also pictured is the Permanent Secre t ary in the Ministry of the Environment. ALBANY developers Jason Callender (rightleft E arl Deveaux an architectural small-scale model of the marina community to be constructed at the Albany Development in the South Ocean area. G e n a G i b b s / B I S P h o t o s

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 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 F LEET # YEAR DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLES VIN NUMBER LICENSE PLATE #18 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-57262 13 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-57982 35 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 JohnBullLtd.islookingforpeoplewho: Weoffer:WeShouldTalkexcitingcareerinretailLooking foran?The premier retailer in The Bahamas,hasanopeningfor thepositionof: Jr. Graphic DesignerPlease hand to: The Marketing Department #284 Bay St. P.O. Box N-3737 Nassau, Bahamas Know what it means to give outstanding customer service Have an interest in retail sales and management Desire to bring fun and enthusiasm to our family Truly believe the customer always comes first A great group of people to work with A competitive benefits package An outstanding employee discount policy All of the training you'll need to be highly successful Onlythoseinterestedinhelpingusupholdour worldfamousreputationforcustomerservice needapply. Ifyouwanttolearnmoreabout retail forafuturecareerorwouldliketogrow withus, pleasecompleteanapplicationform (available atalllocations)andattachacurrent resume, photo and a copy of current police certificate, NIB card and Passport (first 4 pages). (Marketingexperienceaplus) K ENDRICK David Kemp, the winner of the Male Model Muse Competition at the Islands of the World Fashion Week last November, has been selected by the Miss World B ahamas organisers to repr esent the Bahamas at the M r World Competition. The competition is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 27, in Incheon, South Korea. Mr Kemp leaves the Bahamas for South Korea on March 11 t o prepare for the final and p articipate in a number of preliminary events. A t Muse Model Search C ompetition held as a part o f the Islands of the World Fashion Week, Mr Kemp was chosen over eight final-i sts representing the Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago. T he title of Female Model Muse was won by Gio vara Gertruida of Curacao. T he winners of the Muse M odel Search Competition r eceive a cash prize and become the face of Islandso f the World Fashion Week f or the ensuing year. In addition, they appear in promotional campaigns for designers and sponsors, and travel with the team on the newly launched Islands of the World Fashion Tour,w ith scheduled appearances i n Palm Springs, California, Chicago, and Miami. Mr Kemp has also been r ecently featured on the r unway of the Joann Berman show during Mer cedes Benz Fashion Week in New York in February. H e said he is now “looking forward to representing the Bahamas proudly at Mr. World.” I feel that I truly e mbody the characteristics for which the competition is known, namely identify ing that man in the world w ho can best show his strength, stamina, mental agility and determination to succeed in the face of adversity’. “I am confident that I will do my best. I wish to thank the local Miss BahamasW orld organisation, Michelle Malcolm, and Macumbla Smith who has stepped in to assist with training and choreography and, of course, my family, Mode Iles and Mr Owen Bethel for their support,” Mr Kemp said. Kemp set to represent the Bahamas at Mr World Competition in South Korea Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. 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FRANKLYN Butler II, newly appointed president of Milo B Butler and Sons Ltd, has been chosen to lead a business almost twice his age which was established over four decades ago by his late grandfather Sir Milo B B utler, first Bahamian-born Governor General of the Bahamas, along with his late f ather Franklyn Butler, Sr a nd other family members. T he 27-year-old former deputy head Boy of StA nne’s College and 2003 g raduate of the University of Warwick in England, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance, said he is determined to take the company to greater heights. H e said he believes that k ey to the company’s success will be his ability to e mpower the organisation’s 5 3 employees and managers t o take ownership, while providing exceptional customer service. Technology and the internet will also play an integral role in the company. The company, he said, has over the years positively impacted the community by creating business opportunities for small and larges cale business owners involved in the food and grocery sector as well as through its various donations to civic organisations. From the age of nine, Franklyn Butler II grew up working in his family’s busi n ess on Peach Street off Montrose Avenue, helping out wherever help was need ed, beginning with odd tasks to eventually becoming a “problem solver.” “My dad was someone w ho never made us believe t hat because he ran a busi ness that we were entitled to anything,” he said, not ing that he greatly appreciates his family’s values about hard work. Franklyn Butler II will be featured in a special interview on Visionaries Wealth M anagement and Business Show tomorrow at 8.30pm on ZNS TV-13 and on Sund ay, March 7, at 8.30pm on J CN Channel 14. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE T HURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 , PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Practical or Luxury? C-CLASS ML-CLASS E-CLASS Tyreflex Star MotorsCall us today for your new Mercedes-Benz at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 You may ask the question: Is it practical t o own a Mercedes-Benz or is it a luxury? Well, Mercedes-Benz would like to ask you a question. Are excellent gasm ileage, top safety standards and superior driving technology considered a luxury? Mercedes-Benz doesnt think so and you shouldnt either. You deserve to get the most out of your gas dollar. You and your family deserve to be safe a nd comfortable when maneuvering through our nations less-than-perfect roadways. Thats why these features ands o much more come standard in every class and model of Mercedes-Benz. So do something practical while still enjoying the best of life become an owner of a beautiful new Mercedes-Benz today. :$17('6725( 683(59,625W R RYHUVHHPXOWLSOHUHWDLORXWOHWV 0 LQLPXP\HDUVVXSHUYLVRU\ H[SHULHQFH:HDUHRSHQHGGD\VD D 6 DODU\ZLOOFRPPHQVXUDWHZLWK H[SHULHQFH3OHDVHVHQGHVXPHDQGSDVVSRUW VL]HSKRWRDORQJZLWKD&RYHU/HWWHU LQ\RXURZQKDQGZULWLQJWR3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV Young Butler takes over his family’s 40-year-old business N OTED BUSINESSMAN , the late Franklyn Butler Sr (at left), with son Franklyn Butler I I. The younger Butler now leads his family’s business as president of Milo B Butler and Sons Ltd. M M y y d d a a d d w w a a s s s s o o m m e e o o n n e e w w h h o o n n e e v v e e r r m m a a d d e e u u s s b b e e l l i i e e v v e e t t h h a a t t b b e e c c a a u u s s e e h h e e r r a a n n a a b b u u s s i i n n e e s s s s t t h h a a t t w w e e w w e e r r e e e e n n t t i i t t l l e e d d t t o o a a n n y y t t h h i i n n g g . .

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WASHINGTON – Peter Mumby, Ph D, a professor at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, has been awarded a 2010 Pew Fellowship i n Marine Conservation for his project to develop scientific models that will identify which coral reef systems are most resilient to, or can best withstand, environmental threats. He will use these models to promote a network of marine reserves around the Bahamas. T he Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation is a prestigious programme that gives recipients US $150,000 for a three-year scientific research or conservation project designed to address critical challenges facing our oceans. Dr Mumby’s fellowship will c ombine otherwise unrelated datasets, such as hurricane risk, ocean pollution, interactions between coral reefs and corals’ reaction to stress, all of which contribute to the “resilience” of coral reefs. This integrated research a pproach will better inform decisions about which reef systems have the greatest chance for survival and would benefit from additional protection. Dr Mumby will work closely with partners at the Bahamas National Trust, the Nature Conservancy and Bahamas Departm ent for Marine Resources in order to provide scientific sup port for on-going plans to develop networks of marine reserves. “Because coral reefs are vulnerable to so many different threats, it is crucial we put resources toward reefs that have the greatest opportunity for long-term survival,” said Dr Mumby. “The Pew Marine Fellowship offers an opportunity to develop the models needed make management decisions that best protect coral reefs.” Coral reefs, like other marine life, are facing a myriad of threats, including climate change. Although rising sea levels, more intense hurricanes, increasing ocean acidification and water temperatures all g reatly impact coral reefs, these impacts are difficult to address through specific management decisions. Instead, managers often focus their efforts on protecting coral reefs that demonstrate greater natural resilience. Y et, reef systems may be resilient to some threats but not t o others, making these management decisions difficult. Dr Mumby’s project will develop a method for presenting an overall picture of coral reefs’ resistance to multiple threats in order to better inform management decisions. Coral reefs are home to extraordinary marine life and are essential to the functioning of many ocean ecosystems,” said Joshua S Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group. “Dr Mumby’s project to map t he resilience of coral reefs using innovative modeling techn iques will go a long way toward ensuring their long-term protection.” Dr Mumby received his doctorate degree from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. His work as a marine ecologist primarily focuses on t ropical coastal ecosystems, and his field work spans the Caribbean and Pacific with long-term research interests in Belize, the Bahamas and Palau. In April 2010, Dr Mumby will move from the University of Exeter to the University ofQ ueensland School of Biological Sciences to take up a prestig ious Laureate Fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM b t :$17('5(7$,/25( 0$1$*(56IRUFKDLQRIUHWDLOVWRUHVRQDUDGLVH ,VODQG:HDUHRSHQHGGD\VDZHHN 6DODU\ZLOOFRPPHQVXUDWHZLWK H[SHULHQFH3OHDVHVHQGHVXPHDQGSDVVSRUW VL]HSKRWRDORQJZLWKD&RYHU/HWWHU LQ\RXURZQKDQGZULWLQJWR3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV -RXUQDOLVP,QWHUQV:DQWHG$ QHZLQGHSHQGHQWRQOLQHQHZVSDSHULV D FFHSWLQJDSSOLFDWLRQVIURPFROOHJHVWXGHQWV L QWHUHVWHGLQQRQSDLGPRQWKMRXUQDOLVP LQWHUQVKLSV(PDLOUHVXPHVWR E DKDPDVLQGHSHQGHQW#JPDLOFRP Three-year project to identify and protect resilient coral reefs CORAL REEFS , like other marine life, are facing a myriad of threats. H OWARD Drake, OBE, the newly appointed British High Commissioner toJ amaica and non-resident British High Commissioner t o the Commonwealth of the Bahamas paid a courtesy call on the Attorney Gener al and Minister of Legal A ffairs SenatorJohn Delaney at the Office of the Attorney General, Monday, March 1. Patrick Hanna / BIS BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO THE BAHAMAS PAYS CALL ON AG

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A record size Wahoo, weighing over 90lbs, was captured during leg two of Lightbourne Marine’s Third Annual Wahoo Challenge. Ten Bahamian boats ranging from 24 to 74 feet fished leg two of the tournament on Saturday, February 27. Anglers left Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island at 6am and took off for an exciting day of intense high speed trolling from Abaco and Andros to the Berry Islands, Eleuthera and the Exuma Sound for the coveted game fish. Favoured with a calm breeze out of the south and gorgeous sunny weather, the crews gave it their everything up to the weigh-in time at 4pm when one by one they pulled in to Hurri cane Hole to tally up their four heaviest Wahoo. Rachel Lightbourne, tourna ment organiser and Nassau rep resentative for the Internation al Game Fish Association (IGFA Exciting “This is definitely the most exciting leg yet with regards to the average size of fish caught and the large number of spectators at the weigh-in. I am blown away by the 91.7lbs Wahoo caught on ‘Rook’. “This is a new record fish for the Lightbourne Marine Wahoo Challenge and just goes to show you that a local tournament like ours can compete with the international ones hosted in the Bahamas.” Chris Lloyd of BASRA and Ms Lightbourne presented the w inners with hand-crafted tro phies later that evening at the Green Parrot Bar and Grill on East Bay Street. Team “Rook” took first place, fished by Captain Teddy Pratt, Alex Cartwright, and Donnie Lisgaris; followed by “Paws 2 Fish” in second place with Robert Darville, Chris Lloyd, Dr Greg Neil, and David Jenkins; and team “Zephros” in third with Basil Goulandris and Jacob Disston. Everyone enjoyed delicious fresh Wahoo donated by the tournament organisers and pre pared by the chefs at Green Parrot. Leg one of the tournament, held on December 12, was won by Robert Wells on ‘D’Fish’N’Seas’ who landed the four heaviest Wahoo, followed by Peter Maury on ‘Too Reel’, and Scott Kelly on ‘White Rat’. Lightbourne Marine thanked its sponsors, including Graham Real Estate and Cabela’s Tro phy Properties, Bahamas Wholesale Agency, Sands Beer, and Green Parrot Bar and Grill, as well as the committee members and volunteers who helped, for making the event possible. “We are so excited for next year’s tournament, said Ms Lightbourne, “and I’d really like to see more local anglers come out to fish with us.” “It’s such an exhilarating sport, and you don’t have to have the biggest boat to catch the biggest fish.” C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE T HURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 , PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Captured! Record 91.7lbs Wahoo L EG TWO a nd overall tournament champions: Captain Teddy Pratt, Alex Cartwright, and Donnie Lisgaris with a total of 225lbs. LEG TWO OF LIGHTBOURNE MARINE’S THIRD ANNUAL WAHOO CHALLENGE LEG TWO TEAM "Paws t o Fish" with 189.9lbs. LEG TWO second place winners: Robert Darville, Chris Lloyd, Dr Greg Neil, and David Jenkins.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf / HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf / HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf /HJDORWLFH127,&( ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHDERYHQDPHG &RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRPPHQFHG RQGD\RI0DUFK7KH/LTXLGDWRU $UJRVD&RUS1DVVDX %DKDPDV $5*26$&253/LTXLGDWRUf THE Island School welcomed C R Walker High School, Wemyss Bight Primary, and Rock Sound Primary to its campus last week, where the students l earned about conservation and sust ainability. Students ranged from grade one to grade twelve, and all came away with a better understanding of the importanceof protecting the Bahamas’ precious r esources. R ock Sound Primary and Wemyss Bight Primary each spent a day at the s chool, learning fish identification skills in the morning and touring the Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute( CEI) campuses in the afternoon. During their time touring the campus, the grade one students learned about sustainable systems like waste water treatment, renewable energy, rainwater catchment, green building, r ecycling, and food production. O n Friday, C R Walker students from Nassau visited the Island School as a reward for their second place finish int he United States Embassy’s energy competition. T he students spent time learning a bout the campus’ renewable energy s ources, then shared their winning “I Can Do Click!” marketing campaign and jingle with Island School faculty a nd staff. "The Island School is always happy to share our knowledge and research ons ustainability, waste management, and renewable energy with visiting groups,” said Krista Sherman, assistant managero f visiting programmes. “Our hope is that these students return to their schools inspired by what they have seen and willing to make a commitment to improve their own communities." Visiting programmes are welcomed y ear round to the Island School and C ape Eleuthera Institute. The Island School is a three-month semester leadership programme for highs chool students. Participants have come from over 300 s chools to study the tropical marine e nvironment and take place-based c ourses in math, history, English, and art. The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI p romotes sustainable development through education, tropical marine and terrestrial research, and modelling sys-t ems that encourage responsible r esource management. Students learn about conservation and sustainability ( BIS photo: Derek Smith) G RADE SIX STUDENTS a nd teachers from Bennett’s Harbour and New Bight Primary schools in Cat Island pose with Governor General Arthur D Hanna (standing centre STUDENTS PAYCOURTESYCALLON GOVERNMENTHOUSE Tour of Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute “Our hope is that these students return to their schools inspired by what they have seen and willing to make a commitment to improve their own communities." K rista Sherman SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico The island where financier R. Allen Stanford allegedly based a $7 billion Ponzi scheme is one of five Caribbean spots on the latest U.S. list of m ajor money laundering countries, a ccording to A ssociated Press . A State Department report said Monday that money laundering problems in Antigua and Bar-b uda tied to schemes involving investment fraud and advance fee fraud have not been corrected. T he report, however, does not mention Stanf ord, a Texas financier accused of promising inflated returns on certificates of deposit from an A ntigua bank. He has pleaded not guilty. The overseas British territory of the Cayman I slands, which has been lobbying in Washington to thwart a crackdown on offshore financial centers, also remains on the list, along with the B ahamas, Dominican Republic and Haiti. Antigua, 4 other Carib spots on US laundering list CARIBBEAN NEWS

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diligently over the past five years to adhere as best it could to standards for international assistance and the exchange of information.” The IOSCO announcement a lso effectively addresses m any of the concerns raised in the House of Assembly this week by former attorney general, and Fort Charlotte MP, Alfred Sears. Mr Sears had expressed c oncern that the Bahamas c ould be branded by the Financial Stability Board (FSB nations, as “non-cooperative”on securities regulation b ecause it had failed to a ddress the Securities Comm ission’s legislative weaknesses, “under funding and under staffing.” In late 2005, the Financial Stability Forum, now the FSB,a nd IOSCO started a joint initiative to assess international assistance and information exchange among the latter’s m embers. As part of this initiative, the F SB and IOSCO established a confidential review process in which they named “priority” jurisdictions, including the Bahamas.The Bahamas wasn amed a priority jurisdiction o n the basis of its significance to the international financial markets, and the size of crossborder transactions it handled. Once identified as a priorit y jurisdiction, the Bahamas’ i nternational assistance and exchange of information regime was reviewed and a report setting out results of that review was issued.This report identified certain weaknesses in the Securities C ommission’s co-operation regime. As a result of the various weaknesses identified in the report, IOSCO’s standing committee monitored theS ecurities Commission’s exchange of informationa ctivities. The Securities Commission was directed to submit the following reports to IOSCO’s Standing Committee 4 on aq uarterly basis: 1. Reports on the progress and timetable for obtaining the amendments to the relevant legislation to bring the e xchange of information r egime into compliance with I OSCO’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU 2. Regular reports on the status of international requests for assistancer eceived by the Commission f rom foreign regulators. The Securities Commission provided the information r equired by IOSCO, and was a dvised in mid-January 2010 t hat the monitoring of its information exchange activities had ceased. The chairman of IOSCO Standing Committee 4,G eorgina Phillipou, said the S ecurities Commission had obtained signatory ‘B’ status to IOSCO’s MoU. S he said: “In light of this p ositive development and the f act that IOSCO Standing Committee 4 members continue to report positive experiences regarding co-operation with the Commission,I OSCO has decided to cease m onitoring the Commission in the context of the IOSCO initiative.” C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 , PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Introducing the all-new redesigned 2011 PREVIEW THE FUTURE Be the first to get yours — contact us today!#1 AUTO DEALER IN THE BAHAMAS Part of the Automall groupEAST SHIRLEY STREET 322-3775 325-3079Visit our showroom at Quality Auto Sales (Freeport) Ltd for similar deals, Queens Hwy, 352-6122 or Abaco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916 G L S m o d e l s h o w n FROM page one ALFREDSEARS International body satisfied w ith IOSCO

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He said issues are made “larger than life” and every Caribbean government suffers. He indicated the US is plagued with political scandals, such as the recent investigation of the New Y ork State governor over s exual impropriety involvi ng prostitutes, and still allegations of corruption in that country are treated as isolated incidents in the public eye. D espite the US general e lection fiasco of 2000 that handed power to US president George Bush, the USe lectoral system is not broadly categorised as cor-r upt. We see this sort of duplicity, this sort of hypocrisy all the time. They look at The Bahamas (and the developing world) as being these little banana r epublics, where politicians are corrupt from top to bottom and no one plays by the rules,” said a former high ranking government official and attorney. “The Bahamas and most o ther off shore financial centres are held to a much higher standard and to much more intense scrutiny than the first world countries subject themselves to. The classic example is that of the US State of Delaware which is the biggest off shore centre i n the world,” he said. I n April 2009, the Organi sation for Economic Coo peration and Development (OECD Bahamas on a grey list, characterising it as a jurisdiction engaged in unfair tax practices. This resulted in a major French bank, BNP P aribas, leaving the territory. The 2000 “blacklisting” of the country cost the Government $40 million in expended or lost revenue and more-than-halved its number of registered banks and trust companies, accordi ng to former Bahamian a ttorney-general Alfred S ears. International busin esses migrated from the B ahamas to the British Virg in Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore and other jurisdictions. “(Delaware exactly the same things we are being black listed for. Switzerland is another e xample. They treat Switzerland totally differently,” said the attorney interviewed by T he Tribune. A number of bodies have i nput into the OECD black listing, such as the FinancialA ction Task Force and the G -20. The US is a prominent member of all of these organisations. “They are tentacles of the m ost powerful industrialised democracies in the world. They are the ones making the rules, they are the ones who are the policemen of the world, and they don’t hold themselves accountable t o the same standards they hold us to,” he said. “Who wants to be known as a country that does not conform to civilized norms when it is subject to these kind of negative listings. It is an insult to a nation’s dignity.” T he same dynamic is p layed out when the Unite d States publishes its annua l International Narcotics C ontrol Strategy Report ( INCSR) that often lambastes Caribbean countries over their extradition practices. Caricom member, Jamaica, was criticised heavily in the 2009 INCSR over i ts failure to extradite Presley Bingham to the US on narcotics charges. Mr M itchell said with all the p ressure placed on Jamaica, t he US government failed to look at its own failuresw here extradition is con c erned. He pointed to the extradition case of alleged Nazi death camp guard John D emjanjuk. His extradition to Germany for trial on war crimes took 10 years. In the 1980s and 1990s, the US government “clobbered” the Bahamas, in a similar manner to the treatm ent of Jamaica today, according to the attorney interviewed by The Tribune. Every year, the narcotics report pointed to the case of Nigel Bowe, who was eventually extradited to the US on narcotics related charges. Bahamian politic ians were charged with prot ecting drug traffickers. The point is it took a l ong time, but if you have a l ot of money, because extrad ition is such a highly technical multi-layered multilevel process you can spin it out a long, long time. The same is true for the US, UK and any developed system of law based on all the diff erent avenues of appeal and judicial review. It has nothing to do with the governm ent, it is the judicial p rocess that has to run its c ourse,” said the attorney. Mr Mitchell is proposing C ARICOM produce its own a nalysis of the US, examining aspects of its judicial system, political system and economic system. He said t he Bahamas government should “speak up” for the country more. “The answer is not going out there and mimicking what they do. Caricom simply lacks the resources to f und that kind of oversight. Most of the members can’t even pay their dues. Some states are in a chronic state of delinquency where they can’t pay their membership dues. External funding is not going to be available, because the developed c ountries are not going to i nvestigate themselves. It is a nice idea about giving t hese people some of their o wn medicine, but it is a p ipe dream,” said the attorney. He said a rapid response public relations mechanism might be a more practical way to address the problem. He said it should be a p riority in the same way that the government allocates millions to high powe red public relations firms t o help promote tourism. I think we need to allocate the same investmentsi n PR firms and lobbyists t o ensure the interests are fully protected when negative stories appear,” he said. c abinet, it was said, was a great affront to the party’s leader who sources suggest was not t oo pleased with Mr McCartn ey’s decision. “As long as the PM is there he might as well forget it. History will show what happens to you when you get on the wrong side of Hubert Ingraham. The PM is a master of this game and no one else plays it like him,” he said. SEE PUSHIN’ DA ENVELOPE: PAGE 5 McCartney ‘too popular to lose’ BRANVILLEMCCARTNEY F ROM page one FROM page one Mitchell hits back at criticism of Caribbean

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weekly increase of $2 for the employer and $2 for the employee, that is no more than a $104 annual increase for employees and $104 per member of staff for employers. The first contribution rise in the organisation’s 35-year history is expected to strengthen NIB’s social security safety net with no more than $10 million per year, NIB director Algernon Cargill said. Employers and workers were warned the increase could be implemented early this year as funding would be needed for the unemployment benefit scheme launched in April last year. The scheme was launched with a $20 million fund to help thousands of people unable to find work during the recession. Unemployment had hit 14.6 per cent in New Providence and 17.2 per cent in Grand Bahama, and the scheme aimed to help those out of work while they applied for jobs through the Department of Labour. A total of 14,692 unemployed Bahamians had claimed $21.9 million from NIB between April and January, and Bahamas Employers Federation president Brian Nutt said businesses have been braced for the increase for several months. “This has been a long time coming,” Mr Nutt said. “Everybody has been aware it will eventually impact us, so I am just glad that we did get a few more months respite from having to pay. “June will give enough time for everybody to alter their payroll programme to be able to correct the contribution rate and calculate deductions.” The increase will allow NIB to initiate the second, permanent, phase of the programme in June. Unlike the first phase that helped those who have been out of work since 2004, the permanent unemployment benefit scheme will only be paid to the recently unemployed from June. Claimants must have paid at least 52 NIB contributions throughout their working life and of those payments 20 must have been paid in the 40 weeks prior to becoming unemployed, and seven during the 13 weeks before unemployment. Those eligible to receive the benefit will then receive the unchanged rate of 50 per cent of the average insurable income for up to 13 weeks, that is a maximum of $200 per week paid by a NIB cheque every two weeks. Mr Cargill said: “You have to be looking for work and certify that on a weekly basis with the Department of Labour to receive the benefit. “The structures we have in place would prevent fraud from that perspective, as well as from those who are employed.” Employers and workers have also been warned of another one per cent rise in contributions to cover the cost of the National Drug Prescription Plan to be implemented in June. But Mr Cargill said he does not expect NIB contributions to rise to 10.8 per cent this year. When brought into force employers and employees will both face another 0.5 per cent rise in contributions. The National Drug Prescription Plan aims to provide 170 prescription medications free of charge to patients making NIB contributions who suffer from the most common 11 chronic non-communicable diseases. 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From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of $ 15.60 per week or $62.40 per month If you earn $300 per week or $1,200 per month you now pay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $10.20 per week or $40.80 per month. From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of $11.70 per week or $46.80 per month. If you earn $200 per week or $800 per month you now pay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $6.80 per week or $27.20 per month, From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of $7.80 per week or $31.20 per month. If you earn $100 per week or $400 per month you now p ay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $3.40 per week or $ 13.60 per month. From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution or $ 3.90 per week or $15.60 per month. had been heard. Attorney Damian Gomez, who represents the Anglican Archdiocese, told reporters after the hearing yesterday: “Wep resented our arguments and the attorney for Father Bowleg conceded that he ought t o have disclosed but failed to disclose his deed of institution. “On that basis, and on the additional basis that damages would have been a more appropriate remedy, the injunction was discharged with costs.” Mr Gomez said this means that Anglican A rchbishop Laish Boyd can now install whomever he desires as rector of the S tapeldon Gardens parish. The court battle stemmed from a dispute that had arisen over Archdeacon Bowleg’s contention that he is 64, although with a 1937 birth certificate, he is recognised by the Anglican Diocese as being 72, two years beyond the mandatory retirement age for Anglican priests. Following yesterday’s proceedings, Archbishop Laish Boyd stated: “I am very happy with the decision that the court has made. We are grateful that justice was done.” Former Archbishop Drexel Gomez added: “I think it is unfortunate that the issue had to be raised but it’s good to have it clarified and I hope it will bring peace to the church.” Locksmiths got to work changing the locks at the parish shortly after 2pm yesterday afternoon, minutes after Archbishop Boyd and several other Anglican clergymen arrived at the church grounds. Bishop Boyd assured parishioners yesterday that the parish would still function as usual. Archdeacon Bowleg was said to be out of office when The Tribune arrived at the church grounds yesterday and was report edly making preparations to travel. FROM page one Anglican Archdeacon ‘can be removed’ from Most Holy Trinity Anglican Church F ROM page one NIB contributions to rise on June 1 A NGLICAN A rchbishop Laish Boyd speaks to the media yesterday.

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CALLING it “the first and most significant step in the revitalisation of downtown Nassau,” Nassau Tourism Development Board Chairman and c o-chair of the Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP Klonaris said security was “absolutely essential” to the success of Nassau’s rejuvenation. “The Nassau Tourism Development Board has been push ing for the redevelopment and revitalisation of downtown Nas-s au for many, many years. Finally, today we are at an important crossroads. But without security, whatever we do in terms of structure and infrastructure will be irrelevant. We can have the most beautiful buildings, but without security, especially for families comingd owntown at night, those buildings will be empty. We won’t have business. We look at the city of Nassau as an economic opportunity for Bahamians soour partnership with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and, in particular with the Tourism Unit is critical to the success and revitalization of the city.” Ms Klonaris’ comments came during a second meeting with the new leadership of the Central and Tourism Police units. Held at the British Colonial Hilton, which has been instrumental in supporting the T ourism Police Unit, the working meeting and frank discussions brought downtown business owners and taxi and tour representatives to the table with police and the Ministry of Tourism. According to DNP manag ing director Vaughn Roberts, security is critical in expandingt he city’s growing nightlife. “Any revitalisation effort is dependent upon a vibrant night life and a vibrant night life will only exist as long as people feel comfortable about their safety,” he said. “As long as we can address these concerns and issues har-m oniously in a working relationship with the police, we will be making the progress we need to make.” ASP Ellsworth Moss told the group that the increased police visibility in highly-trafficked tourist areas including downtown, Paradise Island and Cable Beach was just part of a “new commitment to policing in the entire Bahamas.” C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE T HURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 , PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 248 Bay Street: 302.2800 Marathon Mall: 393.4406 THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation has opened a math clin ic for 9th and 11th grade students from selected junior and senior high schools. The clinic, organised in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, will run through May 6, 2010. “BEC is committed to empowering Bahamians,” said Mr Kevin Basden, BEC’s general manager. “And in so doing, we see it only fitting to assist with the education of our country’s youth as there have been many negatives said about their educational progress. “As we work in union with the Ministry of Education to quell these negatives, we have put together a math tutoring programme that, when executed, will assist with the mathematical needs of our participants and move them forward not only academically, but from a well rounded perspective.” Mr Basden also thanked the employees who volunteered to tutor the students. BEC’s Public Relations Department, headed by Sharnette Curry, assisted the ministry with organising the clinic. Ms Curry noted the enthusiasm of the staff. “The staff at the corporation is elated to be a part of this clinic,” she said. “We have been excited from the inception of planning the clinic and are very dedicated to this cause and willing to assist in whatever way needed to make this a tremendous success.” The participants include students from AF Adderley, CR Walker, TA Thompson, CH Reeves, SC McPherson, CC Sweeting, RM Bailey, St John’s College, St Augustine’s College and Government High School. They were carefully selected by the Ministry of Education’s Math Officer, with the help of math teachers from the participating high schools. Ethan Munroe, a Government High 11th grader said, “I think what the corporation is doing is splendid. The fact that BEC is giving back to the community is awesome and I will take in everything learned here and apply it to my upcoming exams.” Volunteers from the corporation’s staff and the Ministry of Education will aid and monitor the students as they take part in the clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 4pm and6pm at the BEC’s headquarters on Baillou Hill Road. BEC holds math clinic for students MEMBERS of the Nassau Tourism Development Board and the Downtown Nassau Partnership meet for a second time with the leadership of the Central and Tourism Police Units. Security ‘absolutely essential’ to Nassau redevelopment

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The Tribune Thursday, March 4, 2010 PG 29 RELIGION The Tribune’s RELIGION SECTION PG 2 4

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer F OR many single women wanting to walk the straight and narrow path, taming their sexual desires and resisting the urge to engage in premar ital sexual affairs can be challenging. To help women with their sexual struggles, Debra Elliott and the Daughters of Light International will host a seminar under the theme “Single, Saved, Over 40 and Still Having Sex”. The event will be held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel in the Exuma Room starting at 8am on March 26. During the seminar , women will find the key to unlocking the tower of strength they need to override any and every temptation. “This tower of str ength which is Christ is the only remedy to the problem,” Debra Elliot pr esident of Daughters of Light International told Tribune Religion. During her experiences as a couns elor she has been greeted by many woman who face the challenge of celibacy. And while she has mentored young w omen who face the same issue, she said that now more than ever middle aged women have fallen victims to the spirit of lust. “I realised that these women are battling with the flesh. For them their greatest struggle is singleness,” she said. Because modern day society has casually accepted sex before marriage, women have fallen weak to the pressures of men she said. Fearing that these men will leave to find someone who’ s willing to have sex with them is what she said causes the women to br eak their celibacy commit ment. “The spirit of lust is ver y rampant in our society and it is hard for these women to resist the temptation since their main fear is getting older and being alone,” she said. Additionally, she explained that some men take advantage of the women’s vulnerability and their fear of loneliness. The Tribune PG 30 Thursday, March 4, 2010 RELIGION Staying single and celibate By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net ADAH’ is one of seven Hebrew words used to describe unrestrained, uninhibited praise, engaging the full par ticipation of Christian worshippers. It is at this level of praising God wher e you may witness some persons being caught up in the ‘Holy Ghost’ during an extr eme hand-clapping, power packed worship ser vice. This is the idea behind Yaddah Fest-an Easter Sunday concert at New Covenant Baptist Chur ch planned by minister Glenmor e Johnson, who hopes that Bahamians will attend the event in large numbers. “When we praise God, a lot of good things happen,” said Mr Johnson. “W e ar e reflecting on the death and resurr ection of Christ, and out of this event, ther s going to be a death to evil and a resurrection to righteousness. Y adah Fest is described as “some Yadah SEE page 35 SEE page 35 Debra Elliott Bishop Simeon Hall

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BERLIN IT HAPPENED for years, again and again. Every morning before class, the boys had to undr ess and Father Ludger Stueper sprayed them with cold water fr om the hose, fr ont and back, accor ding to the Associated Press . The boys also had to lie down on Stueper's couch where the Roman Catholic priest would take their temper ature rectally for seven minutes. And then there were the photos. "One time, Stueper took pictur es of a friend and me while we were in the shower . He also made us go outside and we had to pose naked for him, lean against stones and tr ees in the park, the foam from the shampoo still in our hair," r ecalled Miguel Abrantes, a for mer student at the Jesuit-run boarding school Aloisius Kolleg in Bonn. Abrantes, now 37 and an actor in Duesseldor f, is one of the few victims willing to speak out about the abuse and humiliation he suffered as an 11-year-old boy at the school. He is one of at least 150 victims in an ever -widening scandal involving allegations of priests sexually abusing their pupils at several Catholic high schools acr oss Germany. The scandal has spiraled since seven alumni of the pr esti gious Catholic Canisius Kolleg in Berlin first came forward with allegations of abuse in Januar y, shocking the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI. While the focus of the sex abuse scan dal in the Catholic chur ch centered on the United States for several years, abuse scandals have in r ecent years erupted in other countries as well, including Ir eland, the Philippines, Poland, Mexico, Italy , Canada and elsewher e. The Tribune T hursday, March 4, 2010 PG 31 RELIGION THE TEMPERATUREfor the next several days is supposed to be on the cool and breezy side. This means bundling up to protect the body and moving outdoor events indoor if the wind is too blustery or the cold front brings rain. Now imagine what it must be like to live in a family where the emotional temperature is like this or worse. No smiles, no hugs, no warm and loving words only cold stares, the cold shoulder, and icy tones dripping with icicles of sarcasm. What does this do to the heart? How does it affect the spirit? The spiritual deep fr eeze is only able to thaw when the love of God is per mitted to melt the heart. Healing and forgiveness must accompany the jour ney to warm relations. We have to, first of all, admit that we need God’s presence to be our ever-present fireplace keeping our lives bright and cheery (filled with joy we need the power of the cross to keep the Blood of Christ flowing over us, and the Holy Eucharist mingling with the blood in our veins. Finally, the Holy Spirit keeps us aglow , so that we radiate the warmth of God’s love wherever we go. If you have ever lived in a ver y cold climate you know what is needed to survive. I lived in Montreal, Canada, for several years and learnt how to layer clothing to be comfortable outside in the bitter cold, and inside in a heated, crowded room. It is a matter of taking off and putting on as the need arises. Caps on the head and over the ears, mittens on the hands, scar ves around the neck and nose, winter coats, fur lined boots, thermal undergarments and various sweaters, snow suits and anything else suitable for the occasion. Likewise, cold hearts are often buried under layers of hurt, anger, bitterness and unforgiveness. There are many walls and barriers carefully placed to protect the individual who lives in the winter of isolation, loneliness, rejection or betrayal. As we come into contact with the Living God, we begin to shed our layers because it is so uncomfortable to keep a distance from God’s grace. If we are willing to come closer to the hearth of God’s heart, we find ourselves stripped of unnecessary barriers and the crippling bondage that has wrapped itself around us. It is time for us all to come out of the cold, and come home to God. We no longer have to stand outside looking in through the window at the loving family seated around the lavishly spread table. We no longer have to brace ourselves as we are buffeted off course by gale force winds. Ask God to bless you with rebirth or renewal and come join the family in the warmth of God’s embrace. Come, come, come out of the cold. MEDITATION A cold wind REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD PALACIOUS Catholic schools at center of abuse scandal

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BROADER VISION The Tribune PG 32 T hursday, March 4, 2010 RELIGION Are we religious or spiritual? IN THEBahamas, we like to think of ourselves as a religious nation. More precisely, we say we are a Christiann ation. But are we a spiritual nation? Is there a difference? I believe there is a subtle, but important difference. To be religious implies that we hold to a limi ted view of spiritual truth we strive to live according to certain ideals that we believe have been endorsed by God. We may, for example, always end our prayers in a certain way for fear of not being heard by God if we do not. Similarly, we may always attend a particular church, believing that to attend any other is wrong. To be religious also implies that we have strong beliefs about God, and that we feel our ver sion of religious truth-and the version of those who agree with usis the only correct version. This is, in my view, detrimental to our spiritual growth and to the progress of a nation. Spirituality , on the other hand is like swimming in a vast ocean and r ealising that the same ocean that carries you also holds and supports everyone else. When you ar e spiritual, you do not feel you have special access to God, or that you have found the absolute tr uth; you feel alive and blessed by a presence that is loving and gener ous to all. Y ou feel no need to compete for God's attention; no need to be right. You are free to be who you are, to explore and investigate religious teachings with an unbiased eye. How would our society change if we matured into a spiritual nation? This question is one every Bahamian should ponder. Our society is, by any reasonable yard stick, in trouble. Our children are killing each other at school, the ver y place where they should be maturing into thoughtful adults. Our educational system is largely outdated and ineffective. Our politics is petty. We have rightfully lost respect for many of our r eligious leaders. And yet, amidst this worsening social decay, we still claim to be a religious nation. Very strange! What would help us to move forward asa nation is not mor e bombastic preaching from pulpits, but a deeper awareness of our common aspirations as human beings and as Bahamians. This does not require us to abandon our religious ideals; indeed, it requires us to r eassess what true religion is and to independently evaluate our r eligious beliefs. If we did this sincerely, with an open mind and with absolute detachment, we would become more enlightened and would gradually be trans-f ormed into more compassionate human beings. Such a global shift in spiritual awareness would fundamentally change our society. A kinder, gent ler Bahamas would gradually emerge. Our political discourse would be elevated. Crime would be reduced as we perceive more fully the sacredness of all life. The Bahamas would become an island nation known not only for its physical beauty, but also for the spiritual beauty of its people. And so, while we may and should pride ourselves on being a nation of str ong religious traditions, let us strive to be more spiritual than religious. Being religious cannot and should not take the place of being spiritual. Our ultimate goal should be to become spiritually enlightened. Religious activities and traditions may , for some, be the vehicle to this enlightenment, but it is only a vehicle, not the destination. As we “travel” towards spiritual enlightenment, we should r espect and value the different paths that others may take towar ds the same goal. We should wholeheartedly embrace even those who hold vastly dif fer ent religious beliefs than us. With spiritual eyes, we would be able to see their humanity and love them unconditionally. This love must find expression in our actions. Tolerance becomes divisive when it is the kind of tolerance thatb reeds pretense. Political rhetoric that sings the praises of compromise and consultation becomes background noise when it is not harmonised by unif ying policies and behaviour. Attempts to stem crime become a waste of human resources when humility and kindness are not consistently modeled by parents and teachers. Without true spirituality-an enlightened awareness that allows us to perceive the beauty and sacredness of all life-our efforts to forge a unified and prosperous Bahamas will only have incremental benefits. If we want to launch forward, to see monumental changes in our country in the coming years, our religious values must move beyond our heads to our hearts. Our actions, not simply our wor ds, must be aligned with the central teachings of our faiths. If this does not happen, positive change will be slow and painful, and our country will continue to be just a r eligious nation. Deshon Fox is the author of The Middle Theory. He is also a professional engineer and columnist. To learn more about his new book, visit www .themiddletheor y .com . DESHON FOX ANGLICANS and Catholics from all over Cat Island came together to mark the solemn star t of the Lenten season in a joint Ash W ednesday ser v ice held at St Mark’ s in Port Howe. The mass was celebrated in true Lenten form; no flowers adorning the altar and no alleluias and the Gloria which ar e omitted during the Lenten season. Fr Edward “Rex” Seymour was the celebrant for the Eucharist and Fr Chester Burton gave the introduction to the guest pr eacher . Fr Bur ton in his war m hearted welcome thanked God that the Catholic Church has now filled the void left vacant for many years with the appointment of Fr Andr ew Bur rows. He further reminded his congregation of the tightly knitted relationship that the Anglican/Episcopal Chur ch St Saviour’s Anglican Parish hosts Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish SEE page 34

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THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS The Tribune T hursday, March 4, 2010 PG 33 RELIGION Seventh Day Adventist Movement THE BEGINNINGof the Seventh Day Adventist Movement is attributedt o William Miller (1782 1849 American Baptist preacher. In the 1830s, he interpreted Daniel 8.14: “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed," to mean that the cleansing of the sanctuary represented the Earth's purification by fire at Christ's second coming. The Adventist movement and its observance of the Sabbath was transformed from an obscure, regional movement into a national campaign. The cause of the Seventh Day Adventists was advanced by Ellen G White. She was a woman of remarkable spiritual gifts who lived most of her life during the nineteenth century (1827-1915 she is still making a r evolutionary impact on millions of people ar ound the world. During her lifetime she wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books As a Christian church, Seventh-day Adventists are a faith community rooted in the beliefs described by the Holy Scriptur es. Adventists describe these beliefs in the following ways: God's greatest desire is for you to see a clear pictur e of His character. When you see Him clearly, you will find His love irresistible. Scripture is a road map. The Bible is God's voice, speak ing His love personally to you today. Jesus is the one who never changes in a universe that always does. Jesus is Creator, Sustainer, Saviour, Friend, God's Son, and God Himself! God's vision for you is life as He lives it! God loves you, and wants to give you the highest quality of life imaginable. In the heart of God is a place you can experience as home. God loves you, and wants to spend time with you personally, one on one, as two close friends. Eternal life, peace, purpose, forgiveness, transforming grace, hope: Ever ything He pr omises is ours, because He's offering it and He's shown we can trust Him to do exactly as He pr omises. Accept His gifts, and you immediately become an active par t of His family, and He joyfully becomes part of yours. In 1893, Seventh Day Adventist Missionary, C H Richards and his wife came to the Bahamas which he r epor t ed had a population of about 50,000 one third of the population was Caucasian and the balance with shades from yellow to black. Richards implied that the Bahamas was a vir gin territory and that "no one of whom so far as we know, fully understands and obeys the (Sabbath I n March of 1895, Mr and Mrs C. F. Parmele, also literature evangelists, under the directive of the Foreign Mission Board, succeeded the Richards in the Bahamas. Charles Antonio, a shoemaker was the first Bahamian to accept the Seventh-day Adventist message. His son, Brother William W Antonio, was among the first Bahamians to serve on the Bahamas Mission of Seventh Day Adventist Executive Committee. Pastors Silas N McKinney and Neville E Scavella, were the first Bahamians to train for the ministry. In 1956, upon completion of their theological studies they were employed by the Bahamas Mission. Silas McKinney (1964 1976 Bahamian Pr esident and was followed by Leslie V McMillan (1976 1980 Hugh A Roach (1980 1986 McKinney (1986 1990 emiah Duncombe (1990 1996 Albury (1996 January 10, 2003 Leonar d Johnson January 10, 2003 to date). Gr eat things come from humble beginnings. The oldest Adventist Chur ch in The Bahamas is Centreville Church which started on Shirley Street but relocated to the corner of Collins A venue and 5th T er race. The Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church began as far back as 1942 Haddassah Poitier then, a member of the Grant's Town Seventh-d ay Adventist Church invited all of the children in the neighborhood to Friday evening vespers and Branch Sabbath School classes on the following day. In 1952 under the leadership of Elder Mote, Mission President, the company was organised into a church. Charter Members included Haddassah Poitier, Jane Brown, Pearl McMillan and Hamfreth Rahming from the Grant's Town Adventist Church. The Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church came into being in 1993 following a six-week crusade, held by Dr Charles Brooks, at the H. D. Colburn Auditorium, Wulff Road. Pastor Leonard and Denise Johnson were chosen to lead the fledgling chur ch. Thus fr om humble beginnings, the church in the Bahamas began. Today, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the four th lar gest denomination in the country. The total of the Bahamas Conference Membership as of November 5, 2009 was 15,020. Ther e ar e 44 Adventist Churches and Companies in the Bahamas Conference. Twenty-four are located in Nassau, and 20 ar e on eight of the central and southern Family Islands. The Islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, and the Ber r y Islands, constitute the Northern Bahamas Conference. JIM LAWLOR ON THE eve of his tenth pas toral anniversar y, members of the Temple of the World Ministries explain the impact Pastor Kenneth Adderley has had on their lives. Pastor Adderley will be honoured this week under the theme - “ A ser vant with a pas sion and a purpose” KIYOSHI MAJOR “Pastor Ken is a person that comes to your aid when the world has tur ned its back on you, and you feel that ther e is no way out of life’ s issues.” CERON ROLLE Pastor Ken is one of the most inspiring role modes in my life. He is smar t, funny and knows his Bible r eally well. His teachings stand out like a shining beacon of light in a cor r upted world of evil and darkness.” KA TIE SYMONETTE “Pastor Ken has great character. He displays humbleness, confidence and pride. Most impor tantly , he shows love for anyone no matter who they are.” T ALITHA CARTWRIGHT “When you walk in this chur ch with evil and no care of God's word, you walk out with a clean spirit and with a Bible in your hand. Pastor Ken is friendly and you can go to his office and tell him your complaints.” TRACEY SYMONETTE “Despite the challenges and obstacles he has been thr ough, his purpose in life is to follow God. Pastor Ken is loyal and trustworthy. He has a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our ever yday life.” Members of T emple of the W or d Ministries members discuss : “What my pastor means to me” Ken Adderley

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The Tribune PG 34 T hursday, March 4, 2010 RELIGION As I’ve stated before; we’ve perfected the art of riding the waves of wordsw ithout dissecting and understanding f ully the meaning thereof. Therefore no matter how we try to eloquently politicise or spiritualise a word; the scripture (Hosea.4:6 at the front door as our ignorance shines forth like the morning sun. The national word of today is Empowerment. It seems as if no matter what ar ena or gathering one goes into; the word empowerment is somewhat the thrust of the conference or meeting.As the scriptures are being fulfilled everyday before our eyes; people from all walks of life can be heard crying out in various ways for spiritual, emotional, financial, or psychological help, yet to no avail. This leads me to conclude that despite all of the rhetoric about empowerment for the most part; 95 per cent of the people who are talking about empower ment have a pr econceived, distor ted, unclear view of empower ment itself. The following statement can be often heard over the air waves and thr oughout our commu nities, “The Government needs to do mor e to empower its people.” I would double dog dare you to ask those who are echoing empowerment to expound on their meaning of empowerment? To make a long story shor t; empowerment to many is creating employment oppor tunities or some kind of hand out to the needy. Listen! By no means am I knocking the creation of employment oppor tunities and assisting the needy; for this in itself is g ood also. Follow me for a few moments as I paint the picture of that which I’m saying; and if you’re honest, you know that what I am saying is the truth. Here’s the Webster Dictionary definition of empowerment: 1) to give authority or power, and 2) to enable. Where do you think Mr Webster got his definition of empowerment? Being the r eligious people that we aredoes Webster’s definition sounds familiar? Watch this!Speaking of Yeshuwa Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christs what the scripture says. Luke.9:1:Then he called his twelve disciples together , and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cur e diseases. : 2. And he sent them to pr each the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. : 3. And he said unto them, T ake nothing for your jour ney, neither staves, nor scrip, neither br ead, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. This word power in the Greek is: dunamis, doo'-nam-is; which means 1) ability , and 2) the abundance of strength and might. The wor d authority in the Gr eek is: exousia, ex-oo-see'-ah; which also has several meanings as follows:1) force, 2) capacity, 3) competency, 4) freedom, 5) mastery, 6) magistrate, 7) potentate, 8)t oken of control, 9) delegated influe nce, and 10) jurisdiction. As a people / nation, we’ve become so comfortable with mediocrity that even in our cry of empowerment; we will settle for being the recipients of a weekly or monthly pay-check or charitable hand outs. The two most influential systems of the world (political and r eligious) have not been established to empower the masses of people; but rather to govern and keep the masses looking to, and depending upon their leaders for answers and support. Do yourself a favor and follow the trail of authority in this country; maybe then you will get some idea of that which I’m speaking.Because, true empowerment calls for the denying of one’s self and the preferring, the advancement and the substantial welfare of others above self. Now , check your list / trail of author ity figur es and see who is denying themselves so that you or others can succeed?How about your honourable member of parliament, or better still; how about your anointed religious leader? Again, the leaders of the systems (political and religious the lyrics of the Great Ronnie Butler’s song “I know them long time, them people they’r e mine” for the politicians ar e fully aware of the fact that the grassroots have been well trained and conditioned to receive political rhetoric and futile pr omises. Likewise, the r eligious leaders know that the people are trenched in tradition and religion; and its only a mattero f opening a Bible and quoting a few s criptures to move their agenda and their people in a desired direction. True empowerment comes from Father Yahweh through the obedience of His word from which man has taken and twisted to form their various religions thereby financially and materially empowering themselves. In speaking to a people her s what Yahweh says: Deut.8:18.But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. People, wake up! The empowerment that your spirit man knows that you’re entitled to through a covenant relationship will never be obtained in religion. This empowerment can’t be found at political rallies or religious conferences, but rather it is found in getting back to basics studying and obedience to God’ s wor d. Again, there’s always much more to say, but this ought to be enough to cause you to get up and do the right things for your children‘s childr en sake. May the FOG (Favor of God with you For questions or comments contact us via E-mail:pastormallen@yahoo.com or kmfci@live.com or Ph.1-242-441-2021 Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int’l Empowerment PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN has with the Catholic Chur ch fr om history with the separation due in large part to King Henry VIII marriage. He also thanked God that the two denominations can shar e joint ser vices. Deacon Bur rows took his text from the gospel passage appropriate for the Ash Wednesday Eucharist serviceMatthew 6 vs. 1-6 and 16-18. In the pas sage Jesus spoke specifically to the nature and tenets which the Lenten season is hinged upon. First, Jesus spoke about almsgiving and not letting your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Second, Jesus spoke about praying and said this should be done within the confines of one’ s room instead of promenading on street corners and intersections and finally Jesus said when fasting, you shouldn’t look dismal and exhibit the look of fasting, it is only impor tant to be seen by God. Deacon Burrows in his sermon emphasised that Lenten acts of devotions should be focused on getting God’ s attention not man’s attention. He admonished that every Lenten season Christians should peel away a layer of our beings that it is not pleasing to God (indicative of the layers of an onion. Throughout the season of Lent, the Anglicans and Catholics will visit and host each other for alter native Fridays for Stations of the Cr oss. FROM page 32 Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish

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The Tribune T hursday, March 4, 2010 PG 35 RELIGION thing positive,” with music behind the cause. It is the first of a series of concer ts to be held at New Covenant Baptist Chur ch. Barak, Landlord, Mr Lynxx, Tracy Tracy, Stichie, Kirk Davis, Ricardo Clarke, Twiggy, June Flemming, Mr God Bless, Christian Massive and several other gospel r eggae artists will provide entertainment; crossing a wide array of musical genres. “Music plays an integral par t in cor r ecting some of the pr oblems of society, and we wanted to bring on artists who would attract young people to uplift the name of Christ,” said Mr Johnson. In a statement to T ribune Religion , the chur ch’s pastor Bishop Simeon Hall emphasied his concern for the crime situation in the country and called on the Christian community and ever yone else to look to God during their tests and trials. “One of the tragedies in modern life is that we ar e always feeding our fleshly desir es, and callously living our lives. But we are also spirit beings, and we need to feed our spirit as we do our flesh. And we believe that this concer t will help to feed the spirits of our peo ple,” said Bishop Hall. Bishop Hall made a “clarion and urgent call” to the country’s leaders to move quickly to seek gr eater r esponse to the nightmare of crime which engulfs this land. “Ther e is a powerful group of persons who ar e benefiting fr om crime and the change we so badly need cannot be expected to be initiated by them,” said Bishop Hall. The statement went on to say: “The dark night of lawlessness must be met with laws which are draconian and enforceable. While all sectors must participate in this cr usade, parliamentari ans and lawyers must lead in this fight.” “When a man is out on bail and murders again, it is time to act,” said Bishop Hall. “It seems to me an obvious fact that it is the law that must r emain at the vanguard of the crusade against lawlessness in our Bahamas.” Y adah Fest is just one another initia tive that New Convenant Baptist Church has taken on to put a Band-Aid on the crime situation in the region, which the church believes can be mended thr ough spiritual r enewal. Last year, Bishop Hall praised the construction of his church’s memorial wall, located on the gr ounds of the chur ch on Independence Highway . The str ucture is a significant and symbolic tool commemorating the lives of Bahamians who wer e taken in horrific and unjust fashions. Bishop Hall lamented that the courts, lawyers, magistrates, and judges are not doing enough to protect innocent persons in Bahamian society . He called on higher officials to “rid (the country) of persons who are intent on destroying the civility which we once enjoyed.” Still, the laws and legal infrastr ucture of the country pillars are difficult to heed for some, and Bishop Hall believes that the solution is for persons to r etur n to the Christian faith. “The church is at its best when it caters to the whole man, meeting the spiritual, mental and physical needs,” he said. Bahamian minister Glen Johnson who now lives in the US has coordinated the event, and accor ding to Bishop Hall, Mr Miller has put on power packed concer ts in the past. Part of the proceeds generated from the concer t, will be donated to the Children’s Hostel and Haitian Relief Fund. I have had many women come to m e in positions like this who explain that the men, knowing how much it means to them to get married, paint ap icture that they are for keeps. Then after they have somehow persuaded the woman to have sex with them, they tell the woman they need space fr om the relationship when she starts talking about marriage,” Mrs Eliott explained. An explanation for why this becomes a cycle for some women is because the strength of their connection with Christ is weak she said. “Its not that they don’t love the Lord. Some of these women have told me that they want to do what is right and live a celibate life until they get married. But to be honest if your bond with God is not strong, this is next to impossible,” she explained. Although the struggle may seem challenging, Mrs Eliott said with help from God it is possible for one’s life to turn around and evidence of that is her own life. “This is my testimony. I never lived a celibate life befor e I got married. I had kids out of mar riage and I was one of those women who dated mar ried men. After r ealising that this is not the kind of life I wanted, God grabbed a hold on me and ever since that day my life has tur ned around. I remained celibate and God has blessed me with a hus band that loves me more than ever she said. She hopes that women all over will seek God first and believe that he knows what’s best for their lives. If that man r eally loves you, he will wait on you until you are ready to get married. So there is no need to fear that he will leave if you don’t give yourself to him. And it may be har d accepting the fact that he might not be the one, because you love him, but trust God and he will send someone who will love you selflessly,” she said. It is her prayer that the seminar will pr ovide valuable infor mation, uplift ment and encouragement to women. FROM page 30 FROM page 30 Yadah Staying single and celibate ‘If that man really lo ves you, he will wait on you until you ar e ready to get married. So there is no need t o fear that he will leave if you don’t give yourself to him.’ DEBRA ELLIOTT

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The Tribune PG36 T hursday, March 4, 2010 RELIGION O N THEheels of yet another smash hit song "Wasting No Time" Ricardo Clarke is staging yet another gospel concert to inspire, encourage new talent and celebrate the release of his official follow up to his breakthrough hit song and album "Not Settling". Ricardo shot to the national spotlight as his song crossed over into heavy rotation and became an anthem and soundtrack to people's lives. The Wasting No Time Album Release Concert on March 19 will feature some of the brightest musical talents on our shores. It will be an absolute musical blend that will certainly hit ever y musical taste bud while uplifting and motivating all in attendance. He has also seen the need to give back through acts of various charity which has lead him to par tner with the Sister/Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, Cancer Society, Teen Challenge and The Faith Village Project, a senior citizens complex and youth centre proposed by his local church. He has also been ver y active traveling to speak/sing in schools, colleges, churches and political arenas in Nassau, the family islands, USA, Turks and Caicos, Canada and London. The night will featur e Ricar do Clarke with the Higher Level Band, Monty G, Christian Massive, Reuben Heights, Najie Dun, Minster Denczil Rolle & High Praise, DJ Councellor , Mr Beeds, Countella and many more with host Jack Thompson at Calvar y Deliverance Church on East Street South in Nassau, Bahamas. Showtime is at 7.30 pm. WASTING NO TIME ALBUM RELEASE CONCERT


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AS the most popular can-
didate within the party,
sources within the FNM said
they feel it would be a gross
error for the party not to have
Branville McCartney run in
the next general election.

Speaking out on the specu-
lation that the former Minis-
ter of State for Immigration
could have faced some sort of
“disciplinary action” for
resigning from Cabinet in the
form of being denied a nomi-
nation, many FNMs
expressed their hope that the
party would not stoop to this
level to destroy one of their
most “promising” rising stars.

“They would be fools!
Worse than fools! He is a
hard worker, and the people
support him,” said an FNM
source who spoke on the con-
dition of anonymity.

“Tf I were to handle this, I
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him a ministry that he will
have to handle next time and
let it be a sink or swim exer-
cise for him.

“This time we will be able
to see if it is all smoke and
mirrors or if the man is made
of substance. It makes no
political sense to make an
enemy out of what could be
one of your best assets,” he
said.

As a man who has
expressed his interest in lead-
ing the FNM one day in the
future, it is also believed
amongst some political pun-
dits that Mr McCartney
would never see a shot at the
party’s top post as long as
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham remains on the political
scene.

Having resigned from his

SEE page 14



McCartney ‘to
nopular to lose

Anglican Archdeacon ‘can
be removed’ from Most

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

WITHIN hours after a judge lifted an
injunction that prohibited the removal of
Anglican Archdeacon Etienne Bowleg as
rector of the Most Holy Trinity Anglican
Church, locksmiths were busy on the church
grounds changing locks.

The protracted court battle involving
Archdeacon Bowleg and the Anglican Arch-
diocese came to an end yesterday following a
hearing that lasted some three hours before
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.

Senior Justice Isaacs had granted an
injunction blocking Anglican Archbishop
Laish Boyd or anyone else from removing
Archdeacon Bowleg until his court matter

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FOX Hill Member | =
of Parliament Fred [Raversae
Mitchell is urging the
Caribbean Community to speak up
in the face of criticism from the
developed world over any number
of issues from corruption to incom-
petence.

“One incident of corruption and
the whole country is corrupt,” said

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Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham approved the
National Insurance Board (NIB) request to raise con-
tributions this week and set a date for payments to rise
by one per cent in June, with half of the increase paid
by the employer and the other half by the employee.

Employers contributions will go up from 5.4 to 5.9
per cent, while the contributions for employees rise
from 3.4 to 3.9 per cent; bringing the current 8.8 per
cent contribution rate up to 9.8 per cent.

NIB maintains the rise translates to a maximum

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International body
satistied with IOSCO

AN international regulatory body yes-
terday announced it had ceased monitor-
ing the Securities Commission of the
Bahamas’ ability to exchange information
and assist overseas securities regulators,
meaning it is now satisfied this nation has
addressed weaknesses over its co-opera-
tion with peers.

The International Organisation of Secu-
rities Commissions (IOSCO), whose
members are global securities industry
regulators, advised that its Standing Com-
mittee 4 had ceased monitoring the Secu-
rities Commission of the Bahamas’ inter-
national assistance and exchange of infor-
mation activities.

Hillary Deveaux, the Securities Com-
mission’s executive director, said in a
statement: “The Commission has worked

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A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN
died when his Honda
Accord crashed into a utili-
ty pole in Prince Charles
Drive early yesterday morn-
ing.
Wendall Smith, of Win-
ton Meadows, was found by
police just before 2am and
Emergency Medical Ser-
vices paramedics pro-
nounced him dead at the
scene.

Police investigating the
incident say no other dri-
vers were involved in the
crash and there were no
passengers in the car, regis-
tration number 21692, when
Mr Smith hit the post near
Marco’s Pizza, west of Eliz-
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delays flights at airport

By TANEKA THOMPSON
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tthompson@tribunemedia.net

FLIGHTS to and from Lyn-
den Pindling International Air-
port were delayed for about an
hour yesterday morning due to
an island-wide power outage,
airport officials said.

The outage disrupted air traf-
fic controllers’ communications
and radar equipment preventing
them from communicating with
air traffic personnel at other air-
ports.

This prompted officials to
ground incoming and outgoing
flights as a safety measure.

The Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration said the outage
occurred after a 33,000 volt
underground cable faulted,
causing a few generators to go
off-line around 7.45am. The
remaining generators tripped
off-line around 8.08 am, caus-
ing a loss of electricity to the
rest of the island.

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While they waited for power
to be restored, the airport was
running on a generator that
switched on around 8.15am, Mr
Butler said.

Shonalee Johnson, a
spokesman for Nassau Airport
Development Company,
which oversees LPIA's devel-
opment said: "At the time, the
air traffic control would not
have been able to communi-
cate with the air traffic head-
ing into Nassau."

"The outage took place at
8.06am, and flights were
restored at 8.43am, so we're
looking at 37 minutes in total
that services were suspended.
As far as impact on our site in
Nassau, flights were delayed an
hour on average — there were
only one or two flights leaving
at that time. In Miami, there
were some delays because air
traffic had to wait until the air
tower reopened.”

One American Eagle flight
enroute to Nassau from Miami
had to be turned around yes-
terday morning because of the
power disruption. There were
no major delays to domestic
flights, said Ms Johnson.

Full power was restored to
the airport around 9am yester-
day.

BEC said its restoration
process began immediately
adding that power was restored
to most customers by 8.45am,
with the exception of one cir-
cuit. Full power was restored to
the capital at around 9.30am
yesterday.

"Our operations staff worked
diligently to ensure that elec-
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THE Committee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas for
Future Generations continued its push for the resignation of Envi-
ronment Minister Earl Deveaux yesterday.

Saying they were “shocked and appalled” by Mr Deveaux’s
response to the very “serious issues” they raised regarding the ero-
sion of Saunders Beach, committee members accused the minister
of being evasive and said this was a sign of his “obvious insecuri-
ty”.

“Quite frankly his response was disrespectful and an insult to the
intelligence of many Bahamians who consider this issue of para-
mount importance. The minister’s attempt to belittle the issue is fur-
ther evidence of the committee’s claim that he should resign
immediately,” said committee chairman and PLP Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald.

According to Mr Fitzgerald and his supporters, the govern-
ment’s dredging activities around Arawak Cay ahead of the estab-
lishment of a new port are responsible for the considerable erosion
at Saunders Beach.

Responding to these claims on Tuesday, Mr Deveaux put them
down to Senator Fitzgerald’s “political agenda”, as the senator has
already expressed his intention to run against the minister in the
next general election.

Mr Deveaux acknowledged that a great deal of sand has disap-
peared from Saunders Beach, but said this was due to the recent
extreme weather, which he said has effected the entire Northern
Shore of New Providence.

The minister said the sand has disappeared from many areas, but
is expected to eventually be redeposited by weather and wave
action.

However, yesterday Mr Fitzgerald said the committee had
warned the minister and the government in advance that Saunders
Beach would be eroded by the dredging, and claimed the beach “is
not coming back”.

Mr Fitzgerald said politics plays no part in the committee’s con-
cerns.

Meanwhile, reports have reached The Tribune that the senator
has been seen actively campaigning in Mr Deveaux’s Marathon
constituency for some time. PLP insiders say he is tipped to get the
party’s nomination to run for the seat in 2012.

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LOCAL NEWS

ELIZABETH BY-ELECTION

Election Court hearing
may get under way today

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

ALTHOUGH attorneys for by-election
candidates Ryan Pinder and Dr Duane
Sands are expected to meet in the Supreme
Court for a fixture date this morning, there
is a possibility the actual election court
hearing may begin today.

Thomas Evans, QC, said he has been
informed that Supreme Court Justices Ani-
ta Allen and Jon Isaacs want to begin the
highly anticipated case today, rather than
simply setting a date for the trial to begin as
was initially reported.

"They've indicated to us that they intend
to start the trial tomorrow, so we'll see what
happens,” said Mr Evans, lead counsel for
Free National Movement candidate Dr
Duane Sands.

The election court petition was filed by
Ryan Pinder of the PLP, who gained 1,499
votes to Dr Sands’ 1,501 in the February 16
race. Mr Pinder is claiming that five protest
votes cast in his favour should be counted,
thus making him the elected MP for Eliza-



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beth. Because the hearing is expected to
focus on only five votes, rather than the
usual lengthy list of disputed voters, the
parties involved believe the matter will be
resolved quickly.

"This is not your typical election court
case. This is a discreet issue that the court
will have to decide on relative to the valid-
ity of the protest votes that were made in
that constituency and so it depends on how
much evidence they think they need in
order to determine the rights of those vot-
ers who were required to vote on the
coloured ballot.

"They're certainly not going to be hear-
ing evidence from a large number of resi-
dents which you typically find in an election
court case. It will generally centre around
whose name appears on the registry in each
(polling division)," Mr Evans said.

Third party by-election candidates Cas-
sius Stuart of the Bahamas Democratic
Movement, Dr Andre Rollins of the
National Development Party and Rodney
Moncur of the Workers' Party, all have the
right to participate in the hearing and call
witnesses if they choose to. Earlier this
week Mr Moncur threatened to file a formal
complaint to Chief Justice Michael Barnett
about Justice Allen's involvement in the
case. Mr Moncur claims Justice Allen's hus-
band Algernon Allen campaigned on behalf
of the PLP in the lead-up to the by-election.
Mr Allen, and the PLP, have vigorously
denied these assertions.

Yesterday, Mr Moncur told The Tribune
he was off the island and would not be pre-
sent when the proceedings commenced, but
remained adamant that he would file his
complaint at the earliest possibly opportu-
nity.

OEnvironment

Plan to turn city
dump into waste-
to-energy facility

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A WASTE management
plan aims to transform Nassau’s
stinking, smouldering city dump
into an attractive, odourless
waste-to-energy facility within
five years.

Minister of the Environment
Earl Deveaux explained the
long-term plans for the site as
toxic smoke continued to blow
from the 100 acre landfill site
off the Tonique Williams-Dar-
ling Highway into homes across
New Providence for the third
week. Although government
has committed $480,000 to
extinguish the blaze set on Feb-
ruary 12, residents living in the
growing communities around
the towering wasteland want it
to be permanently closed.

Homeowners in the nearby
government subdivision Jubilee
Gardens held a press confer-
ence in the neighbourhood
park yesterday afternoon to
draw attention to the health
and safety risk posed by the
dump.

Rashad Amahad said: “We
the residents feel the dump
have to be moved or there
should be a better system to
ensure the facility is managed at
such a degree we the Bahamian
citizens deserve.

“We are asking the govern-
ment to relocate this facility or
put in place better management
to ensure we do not suffer the
way we have, and those harm-
ful toxins do not contaminate
anyone in this immediate area
and the surrounding areas.”

While Mr Deveaux said
there are no plans to relocate
the dump as yet, the govern-
ment is working to improve
management of the facility and
convert it to a waste-to-energy
plant within five years.

The government has com-
menced discussions with pri-
vate companies to manage the
solid waste facility and Mr
Deveaux’s department hopes
to reach an agreement with a
company which has a history
of working in Grand Bahama
and the Caribbean by the end
of the month, and perfect an
arrangement for site manage-
ment before the beginning of
the financial year in June.

“The first step is to ensure
proper collection, disposal,
recycling and security of the
facility,” Mr Deveaux said.

“The second step is to inte-
grate the operations to ensure a
clear path to waste-to-energy.

“The final step is to have a
solid waste facility providing
energy from waste and one
which is odourless and attrac-
tive. It will take five years to
achieve these steps.”

He added: “This is the only
area in New Providence suit-
able for a solid waste facility.

“Tt has been poorly managed.
With the approach we are tak-
ing, its life can be extended to
50 years, by which time tech-
nologies, management, costs
and other factors will have
changed the parameters and we
may be in a position to explore
other options similar to Singa-
pore (where they use separate
islands for garbage, power and
sewerage facilities).

“However, our immediate
goal is proper management and
in the shortest time to have a
waste-to-energy facility oper-
ating at the site.”



ALLEGED DRUG, GUN TRAFFICKER
Jamaica under pressure from US over
refusal to act on extradition request

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE Jamaican government
is coming under growing pres-
sure from the United States
government, the country’s offi-
cial opposition and others for its
refusal to act on an extradition
request from the US for a
Jamaican accused of drug and
gun trafficking.

In the 2009 International
Narcotics Control Strategy
Report, released by the US
State Department Monday, the
Jamaican Government came in
for unusually severe criticism
from the Americans over its
delay in dealing with the
request relating to Christopher
“Dudus” Coke, an alleged
benefactor of the ruling
Jamaica Labour Party based in
Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s
West Kingston constituency.

The report, which named
Jamaica, along with 19 other
countries, including The
Bahamas, as a “major illicit
drug-producing and/or drug-
transit” country, said the Gov-
ernment of Jamaica’s (GOJ’s)
“unusual handling of the
August request for the extra-
dition of a high-profile
Jamaican crime lord with
reported ties to the ruling
JLP...on alleged drug and
firearms trafficking charges
marked a dramatic change in
GOJ’s previous cooperation on
extradition” and “calls into
question” Kingston’s commit-
ment to cooperation with the
USS. on law enforcement issues
in general.

It linked “pervasive public
corruption” with the continued
ability for drugs and drug pro-
ceeds to find “safe passage”
through Jamaica and called on
the Jamaican government “to
demonstrate its political will to
address corruption by success-
fully investigating, prosecuting,
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extradition of
fugitives in
accordance
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without regard to political influ-
ence or party affiliation.”

In relation to the “Dudus”
matter specifically, it accused
the government, which asserts
that the delay in signing off on
the extradition request is a
result of the administration hav-
ing “unanswered questions”
about the basis for it and its
desire to protect the constitu-
tional rights of a citizen, of
“unprecedented delays, unex-
plained disclosure of law-
enforcement information to the
press, and unfounded allega-
tions questioning US compli-
ance with the Mutual Legal
Assistance Treaty and
Jamaican law.”

The USS. government’s clear
dissatisfaction with Kingston’s
handling of the “Dudus”
request has in the last week
been widely linked in the coun-
try with the revocation of a US
visa to another influential
Jamaican and good friend of
Prime Minister Bruce Golding,
Wayne Chen. Many Jamaicans
believe the sudden and unex-
plained revocation of the non-
immigrant visa issued to Mr
Chen, Chairman of the Urban
Development Corporation and
CEO of the Super Plus Foods
supermarket chain in Jamaica,
was an act of reprisal by the
U.S. government intended to
subtly persuade the govern-
ment to stop dragging its feet
on the extradition request.

Mr Chen, who has stated that
he is baffled by the move and
has since reapplied for his visa
to be reinstated, was uncere-
moniously informed of the

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revocation as he sought to
board an American Airlines
plane in Kingston to travel to
the U.S. with his family last
week. Attempts by the
Jamaican government and
media to get an explanation
from U.S. government officials
in the country on the decision
have so far been fruitless.

Jamaicans also point to the
fact that Jamaica has been with-
out a US ambassador for a year
and two months as an indica-
tion of the cooling of relations
between the two countries.
“This is the longest in living
memory that Jamaica has been
without a US ambassador,” said
a leading Jamaican business-
man. Meanwhile, The Bahamas
also came in for scrutiny in rela-
tion to extradition matters in
the international narcotics con-
trol strategy report.

The U.S. State Department
expressed concern about the
extent to which this country’s
“overburdened” legal system is
to blame for delays in trials
which provide an opportunity
for those accused of serious
crimes to be released on bail.

“There have been credible
reports of subjects of US extra-
dition requests continuing to
participate in illegal drug smug-
gling activities while on bail
awaiting resolution of their cas-
es,” the report states. It added
that despite Bahamian prose-
cutors’ vigorous pursuit of US
extradition requests defendants
are able to appeal a magis-
trate’s decision locally and at
our ultimate court of appeal,
the United Kingdom's Privy
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Angry youth educated in prison

IN THIS column yesterday in discussing
the “Haitian problem” and the fact that the
Haitian has become the favourite whipping
boy for anything that goes wrong in this
country, we confirmed with prison authori-
ties that crime is a Bahamian, not a Haitian
problem. Of course, this fact is contrary to
the popular belief of most Bahamians.

However, Prison Superintendent Ellis-
ton Rahming said on Tuesday that the belief
that Haitians are to blame for the present
increase in crime is a “myth.”

This, said the superintendent, is a
“Bahamian problem.” Bahamians — full
blooded Bahamians, no trace of Haitian
blood — make up 94 per cent of the prison
population. And so for those who say that
Haitians have introduced bad blood into the
national blood stream is just a way of allow-
ing their unfounded prejudices take them
on an uninformed joy ride.

We were told that most of the prison
population is made up of those who have
either dropped out of school or been
expelled. In, other words, they have little
education and most of them cannot read.
Not being able to read, it is presumed they
cannot write. Some of them probably sign
their names with an ‘X’.

Kicked out of school at the age of 14 or 15
for fighting, they turn to crime and eventu-
ally qualify for prison charged with murder
or armed robbery, or both.

Mr Doan Cleare, chairman of the Classi-
fication Board and information technology
manager, said that on entry each prisoner has
to go through a classification process and
their treatment is recommended according to
their classification. They have to follow what-
ever sentence plan is assigned them. This
includes education. The programme is
mandatory.

When they enter prison there is “anger
somewhere and so we have to find that,”
said Mr Cleare.

Obviously, if they have been found guilty
of abuse of any kind, including inflicting
grievous harm, they go through an anger
management programme. If drugs are the
problem they will enter a drug treatment
programme.

Education is mandatory for all of them
as retired teachers conduct classes daily from
9am to 3pm to get their education up to high
school level. They are prepared for their
BJCs in Mathematics and English. They take
technical and vocational courses, and litera-

the upbringing of their own children, and
to stop making the Haitian the excuse for
their failures.

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To be a beach — or not a beach

It is suggested that PLP Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald has his eye on Environment Min-
ister Earl Deveaux’s Marathon constituency,
which, it is said, he plans to make a bid for in
the 2012 election.

Between now and then, Mr Fitzgerald
will probably find many issues to talk about,
but for the time being a denuded Saunders
Beach is giving him grist for his election mill
as he tries to push Minister Deveaux aside.

Mr Fitzgerald’s committee — The Com-
mittee to Protect and Preserve the Bahamas
for Future Generations — contends that the
Arawak Cay dredging has destroyed Saun-
ders Beach — rocks are now showing where
there was once abundant sand. Mr
Deveaux’s answer is that the extreme weath-
er has shifted the sand, which will return
when the weather settles. We do not know
who is right, but we offer our observations
gleaned over more than 40 years of living on
the waterfront.

When we moved into our waterfront
home a small quoin was constructed to
attract the sand to our beach. For the first
few years we spent all of our spare cash
keeping this beach clean — removing the
debris from seashore party-goers and passing
boats, getting rid of the seasonal build up of
seaweed and wringing our hands in agony
when all the sand disappeared.

Eventually years of observation left us
with some knowledge and we decided to
save our spare cash and settle in with nature.
This is what nature taught us — there is a
time and a season for all things. When the
tide flows in a certain direction it brings with
it the unwanted detritus. Have patience and
the tide shifts again and washes the beach
clean. Then comes the summer seaweed —
the beach is piled high — two feet in some
areas and seaweed covers the sea as far as
the eye can see. Our brother would send his
truck and cart away the seaweed for his fruit
trees. Whatever was left we ignored, because
we had learned to rely on nature to again
wash the beach in its good time. And then
during the night the waters would crash and
churn and by morning a beach of nothing but

Shame on you
Immigration for
not protecting
Bahamians’ jobs

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I am writing this letter to
give voice to a serious matter
that plagues our Abaco
islands. The Bahamas is facing
the same financial struggles
as the rest of the world and
we, as Bahamian citizens, are
struggling to find work to sup-
port our families. Work has
become very scarce in many
professions, but one in par-
ticular, that of construction,
has taken a huge hit in this
recession. With so many com-
panies and individuals out of
work I feel the need to say
“Shame on you, our local
Immigration”. There seems
to be an over abundance of
work permits being handed
out to foreigners for jobs that
Bahamians are not only qual-
ified to do, but are standing in
line waiting for.

I have a personal com-
plaint against Immigration.
Myself and a number of other
Guana Cay construction
workers were let go off a
house we were in the middle
of building and replaced by
foreigner workers who had
obtained “temporary” work
permits within hours from an
Immigration officer in Trea-
sure Cay. Since when does
Immigration give out “legal”
permits to foreigners for jobs
that Bahamians should be
doing without the proper
steps as outlined by our gov-
ernment? Apparently, since
right now! The same day this
incident occurred our crew
flooded the local Immigration
office with calls and even per-
sonal visits to voice our com-
plaints. When this did not

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result in any action we began
calling Freeport and Nassau
who assured us the local
Immigration officers would
look into it.

After two weeks and many
heated phone conversations
between our unemployed
workers and the local Immi-
gration officers we were final-
ly rewarded to see one of the
head officers from Marsh
Harbour come out to Guana
to “investigate” these foreign
workers who had taken over
our job.

However, our joy was
short lived when we had to
watch the foreign workers
escort the officer out to lunch
at Grabbers. After lunch the
officer left with no explana-
tion to any of us who had filed
the complaint and the foreign
workers returned to our for-
mer job to continue working,
secure in their new found
positions.

This incident occurred the
third week of October and
here we are over three
months later and nothing has
been done. We have contin-
ued to call and make com-
plaints but we are left with
unanswered questions and
have received no assistance
from Immigration.

Our complaint deals with
Guana Cay, but we have
heard cries of foul play from
many of the Outer Islands
with the same complaints

against foreign workers get-
ting these new “fast pass”
types of permits that are
obtained within minutes.
There are also the complaints
of foreigners getting work
permits allegedly based on
false information or permits
granted for work that can be
done by a local Bahamian.

It is truly a sad state of
affairs when the only people
seemingly breaking Immigra-
tion laws are the very ones
who have sworn to protect
them. We recognise that for-
eign tourist, visitors, and sec-
ond homeowners provide our
economy with an abundance
of revenue and for that we
are grateful and welcome
them. We do, however, think
it is a Bahamian’s God-given
right to work in his own coun-
try to support himself and his
family.

As a Bahamian citizens we
have to stand up and say “No
More!” to Immigration. “No
More” work permits given
out randomly within minutes
or hours. “No More” work
permits given out to foreign-
ers for jobs that a Bahamian
can do. “No More” ignoring
our valid cries of complaints
against these infractions!

It is time for our local
Immigration to be called on
the carpet and to answer to
the people they are sworn to
protect, we the people of
Bahama Land!

PROBLEMS
FACING
ABACO
Abaco,
February, 2010.

Concern over Olympics condom distribution

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Reports of post-competition partying and
condom hand-outs at the Olympics show the
need for athletes to be more grounded in their
religious faith and the need for the sporting
world to recover the idea of athletics as a forge

for virtue.

Olympians have a “play hard, party hard”
reputation. The massive condom distribution
seems to be evidence of that lifestyle and sends
the message that such a lifestyle is permitted
and even encouraged at the Olympic Village.

considered to go hand in hand with those that
go into being a person of integrity and faith.

coaching.

Vince Lombardi, the former NFL coach of
the Green Bay Packers football team, was a
good example of that.

He lived his faith and it was integral to his

Today, however, sports is increasingly asso-

ciated with vice. It should be a vehicle to devel-
op good character, to make a man courageous,
a generous loser, and a gracious victor.

We have to recover these original princi-
ples of sports so that we can work to forge

rocks was exposed. Not to panic — again
give nature a chance. The rocks were pol-
ished by the action of the angry water. Even-
tually when nature became at peace with
itself, the oceans calmed, the sand returned,
the beach was pristine and beautiful again —
and according to Pippa’s song, God was in
His heaven and all was right with the world.

Just give nature time and we shall see
who is right — Minister Deveaux or Mr
Fitzgerald.

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“The inmates in Maths and English class-
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“It’s a challenge,” he added, “but it is
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They should also have a discipleship-rela-
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‘Too great a risk



PUSHIN’ DA ENVELOP

By Jamaal Rolle

for the Bahamas’

Conservationist sounds warning about Yellow-fin Tuna fishing

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The com-
mercial fishing of Yellow-fin
Tuna using purse seine nets in
Bahamian waters poses too
great a risk for the Bahamas,
fisheries conservationist Dr
David Philip warned.

He is urging the government
not to permit the use of this
technique — in which, he says,
large game fish, dolphins, sea
turtles, and other species are
likely to be caught and killed
along with the tuna in the large
nets. “This is a huge issue and
the Bahamas should take lead-
ership and stand to be leaders
in this manner and say no to
this kind of fishing,” said Dr
Philips, a representative of the
Fisheries Conservation Foun-
dation. The government has
already said it plans to outlaw
the method, but has failed to
say when. This is cause for con-
cern among conservationists in
light of reports that one
Freeport company’s request to
use purse seine nets is about to
be approved.

Dr Philip attended a town
meeting on Monday evening at
the Bahamas National Trust’s
Rand Nature Centre in
Freeport to stress his opposi-
tion to the venture, which has
been proposed by Paul and

David Mellor of the Bahamas
Pelagic Fisheries and Aquacul-
ture Limited. The Mellors say
that while they plan to harvest
tuna, they also want to create a
tuna farm to replenish the stock
and prevent over-fishing. They
have acquired a vessel and are
still waiting for a permit.

The plan has evoked strong
opposition from Grand
Bahama residents, some local
fishermen, environmentalists
and conservationists.

Dr Philips said tuna is
already over-fished, and the
species’ ability to reproduce is
being severely compromised.

“Adding to that will further
exacerbate the problem, par-
ticularly with the fact that there
may be fish spawning right here
in the Tongue of the Ocean,”
he said.

The Mellors say that any oth-
er fish caught with the tuna will
be released, but Dr Philip
insists that “if harvested that
way, those fish will be killed.”

He added that major sport
fish species like Marlin, Wahoo
and Sailfish school with tuna,
as do sea turtles and dolphins.

According to Dr Philip,
sportsfishing injects $134 mil-
lion a year into the economy.

“That will be put at risk if
there is even the perception
that the Bahamas is going to
allow this kind of fishing .. .
and the fallout from that will

be huge,” he said. “The reality
is that very few people will reap
financial benefits from this
operation. All of the high end
jobs and scientists will be for-
eign ... and the number of peo-
ple employed, compared to the
sports fishing industry that
employs thousands and thou-
sands of people, is a drop in the
bucket.

“What we are doing is mort-
gaging our future. We are eat-
ing the fish of the future and
we are eating our kids’ fish.

“These fish are not going to
pop back in a matter of a few
years; it will take generations
of laying off these fish to do
that,” he said.

Craig Riker, president of the
Grand Bahama Dive Associa-
tion, says no one wins with
purse seine fishing. “If you take
the big fish out of the ocean,
what fills its place is jellyfish.
Jellyfish eat baby fish and fish
eggs, and even if you leave
some fish to breed they can’t
because the jellyfish get them.

“Once that happens there is
very little chance of getting fish
back. It is a very dangerous
slope to jump off,” he said.
Meanwhile, David Mellor
assured the meeting that the
operation would be “transpar-
ent”, and allow for an observer
onboard to make sure the cap-
ture of other species remains
at a minimum.

STOP LIVING IN FEAR - AVOID BEING NEXT

HOW TO AVOID BEING SHOT BY THE POLICE - PART 2

Go and tell your young

Tell your young men that when an officer is

men these things.

It is not a police officer’s
job to determine your inno-
cence or guilt. So don’t be
surprised if you are arrested
during an altercation, even ,
if you are the victim. This D'ARCY RAHMING
may mean being handcuffed,
thrown to the ground or even manhandled.
Comply with the officer while stating emphati-
cally, “I am the victim here!”

Do not assume that you are having a rational
conversation with an equal. Lt Col Grossman in
his book, “On Combat” most aptly states, ‘““The
police are the ones that are tasked with running
towards violence to contain the situation.”

STRUCKUM

using his best judgment to bring a situation
under control, that is the time to exercise your
self control — or you are going to be controlled.
The greater your resistance, the greater the lev-
el of force the officer can and will use on you.

Always remember, we outnumber the Bad
Guys.

© D’Arcy Rahming is a violent crime
researcher and adjunct faculty member at the
College of the Bahamas. He holds Black Belts in
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LOCAL NEWS



Minister of Environment
tours marina subdivisions



By GENA GIBBS

MARINA subdivisions cur-
rently being built in Nassau
will help turn the country’s
economy around, according to
developers.

Minister of the Environ-
ment Earl Deveaux and sev-
eral developers toured three
marina subdivisions - South
Seas, Venice Bay and Albany
last Friday.

During the tour the subdi-
visions, developers told the
minister that although there
may have been some setbacks
due to the downturn in the
economy, they believe their
developments will help the
economy rebound.

Tennyson Wells, South Seas
developer said, “The recession
has temporarily changed a few
of our plans, but we employ
about 50 Bahamians right now
in construction and will
employ more as the project
develops.”

The South Seas develop-
ment has 280 residential lots
and will complete construction
in the next 18 months, Mr
Wells said.

“Our marina site has six and
a half acres and we want to
play a part in the governmen-
t’s plan to develop a network
of maritime community devel-
opments.”

Venice Bay developer Roo-
sevelt Whyms told Minister
Deveaux that the concerns
over what impact the Bacardi
plant had on his development
have been addressed.

When the Bacardi plant was
in operation potential buyers



VENICE Bay developer Roosevelt Whyms (right) shows Minister of
the Environment Earl Deveaux (centre) a map and the site where
the proposed marina in Venice Bay will be constructed. Mr Whyms
currently allows tour guides to use the saltwater creeks as a tourist
attraction for bone fishing. Also pictured is the Permanent Secre-
tary in the Ministry of the Environment.

of lots in the development
became concerned about
fumes and black smoke being
emitted from the plant.

Mr Whyms said he wants to
move forward with the com-
pletion of the Venice Bay’s
marina and beach-front resort
development, which is cur-
rently attracting bone-fishing
tourists.

“The property has 208.5
acres with 500 lots on it,
including two swimming pools,
a tennis court, a park, a his-
toric site to be reconstructed, a
clubhouse, and a beach area,”
he said.

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DEVELOPERS of the
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Community met with
Minister of the
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Deveaux to explain
how their develop-
ments will help the
country’s economy to
rebound. Pictured
from left: Patrick
Turnquest, South
Seas developer;
Minister Deveaux;
Tennyson Wells,
South Seas developer;
Ronald Thompson,
Environment Perma-
nent Secretary and
Douglas Turnquest,
South Seas developer.

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23 1998
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39 1995
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58 1992
95 1990
104 1996
124 1999
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131 1988

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FORD CARGO VAN
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FORD F-800

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LOCAL NEWS

SRO
UTES a

PTAC (er

KENDRICK David
Kemp, the winner of the
Male Model Muse Compe-
tition at the Islands of the
World Fashion Week last
November, has been select-
ed by the Miss World
Bahamas organisers to rep-
resent the Bahamas at the
Mr World Competition.

The competition is sched-
uled to be held on Satur-
day, March 27, in Incheon,
South Korea. Mr Kemp
leaves the Bahamas for
South Korea on March 11
to prepare for the final and
participate in a number of
preliminary events.

At Muse Model Search
Competition held as a part
of the Islands of the World
Fashion Weck, Mr Kemp
was chosen over eight final-
ists representing the
Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti,
St Kitts and Nevis, and
Trinidad and Tobago.

The title of Female Mod-
el Muse was won by Gio-
vara Gertruida of Curacao.

The winners of the Muse
Model Search Competition
receive a cash prize and
become the face of Islands
of the World Fashion Week
for the ensuing year.

In addition, they appear
in promotional campaigns
for designers and sponsors,
and travel with the team on
the newly launched Islands
of the World Fashion Tour,
with scheduled appearances
in Palm Springs, California,
Chicago, and Miami.

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Mr Kemp has also been
recently featured on the
runway of the Joann
Berman show during Mer-
cedes Benz Fashion Week
in New York in February.

He said he is now “look-
ing forward to representing
the Bahamas proudly at Mr.
World.”

“I feel that I truly



Kendrick David Kemp



embody the characteristics
for which the competition
is known, namely identify-
ing that man in the world
who can best show his

‘strength, stamina, mental
agility and determination to
succeed in the face of
adversity’.

“Tam confident that I will
do my best. I wish to thank
the local Miss Bahamas
World organisation,
Michelle Malcolm, and
Macumbla Smith who has
stepped in to assist with
training and choreography
and, of course, my family,
Mode Iles and Mr Owen
Bethel for their support,”
Mr Kemp said.

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182 1996
187 1996
202 + =1996
207 =1996
208 1999
210 1996
213 1991 GMC 2500

225 1996 FORD F-350

229 1990 GMC

230 1996 FORD F-350

231 1993 FORD F-700

235 1987 GMC 7000

236 1990 FORD F-600

246 1988 CHEVROLET VAN
247 1996 FORD F-450

262 1995 FORD F-450

265 1995 FORD TRACTOR
270 1999 TOYOTATERCEL
271 1992 FORD F-350

289 1993 BUS

297 =1991 CLARKE FORKLIFT
300 1991 GMC STEP VAN
823 1992 FORD F-350

341 1994 NISSAN SENTRA
401 1987 FORD F-800

404 1989 FORD F-800

486 1999 FORD F-450

500 1999 GMC 3500

605 1990 FORD F-800

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FORD F-250
FORD F-350
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John Bull Ltd. is looking for people who:
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.

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need apply. If you want to learn more about
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RETIRED VEHICLES

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any tender the Corporation deems necessary.

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Young Butler

THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010, PAGE 9

LOCAL NEWS

takes over

his family’s

40-year-old
business

FRANKLYN Butler H,
newly appointed president
of Milo B Butler and Sons
Ltd, has been chosen to lead
a business almost twice his
age which was established
over four decades ago by his
late grandfather Sir Milo B
Butler, first Bahamian-born
Governor General of the
Bahamas, along with his late
father Franklyn Butler, Sr
and other family members.

The 27-year-old former
deputy head Boy of St
Anne’s College and 2003
graduate of the University
of Warwick in England, who
holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Accounting and
Finance, said he is deter-
mined to take the company
to greater heights.

He said he believes that
key to the company’s suc-
cess will be his ability to
empower the organisation’s
53 employees and managers
to take ownership, while
providing exceptional cus-
tomer service. Technology
and the internet will also
play an integral role in the
company.

The company, he said, has
over the years positively
impacted the community by
creating business opportu-
nities for small and large
scale business owners
involved in the food and
grocery sector as well as
through its various dona-
tions to civic organisations.

From the age of nine,
Franklyn Butler II grew up
working in his family’s busi-
ness on Peach Street off
Montrose Avenue, helping
out wherever help was need-
ed, beginning with odd tasks
to eventually becoming a
“problem solver.”

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that because he ran a busi-
ness that we were entitled
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ing that he greatly appreci-
ates his family’s values about
hard work.

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“My dad was
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because he ran a
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LOCAL NEWS



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The Pew Fellowship in
Marine Conservation is a pres-
tigious programme that gives
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three-year scientific research or
conservation project designed
to address critical challenges
facing our oceans.

Dr Mumby’s fellowship will
combine otherwise unrelated
datasets, such as hurricane risk,
ocean pollution, interactions
between coral reefs and corals’
reaction to stress, all of which
contribute to the “resilience” of
coral reefs.

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decisions about which reef sys-
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CORAL REEFS, like other marine life, are facing a myriad of wet

threats, including climate
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increasing ocean acidification
and water temperatures all
greatly impact coral reefs, these
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Instead, managers often focus
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“Dr Mumby’s project to map
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using innovative modeling tech-
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toward ensuring their long-term
protection.”



Dr Mumby received his doc-
torate degree from the Univer-
sity of Sheffield in the United
Kingdom. His work as a marine
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tropical coastal ecosystems, and
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from 24 to 74 feet fished leg
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urday, February 27.

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LEG TWO second place winners: Robert Darville, Chris Lloyd, Dr

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Tour of Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute

Students learn
about conservation

and sustainability

THE Island School welcomed C R
Walker High School, Wemyss Bight Pri-
mary, and Rock Sound Primary to its
campus last week, where the students
learned about conservation and sus-
tainability.

Students ranged from grade one to
grade twelve, and all came away with a
better understanding of the importance
of protecting the Bahamas’ precious
resources.

Rock Sound Primary and Wemyss
Bight Primary each spent a day at the
school, learning fish identification skills
in the morning and touring the Island
School and Cape Eleuthera Institute
(CEI) campuses in the afternoon.

During their time touring the cam-
pus, the grade one students learned
about sustainable systems like waste
water treatment, renewable energy,
rainwater catchment, green building,
recycling, and food production.

On Friday, C R Walker students from
Nassau visited the Island School as a
reward for their second place finish in
the United States Embassy’s energy
competition.

The students spent time learning
about the campus’ renewable energy
sources, then shared their winning “I
Can Do Click!” marketing campaign
and jingle with Island School faculty
and staff.

"The Island School is always happy to
share our knowledge and research on
sustainability, waste management, and

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“Our hope is that these stu-
dents return to their schools
inspired by what they have seen
and willing to make a commit-
ment to improve their own
communities."



Krista Sherman

renewable energy with visiting groups,”
said Krista Sherman, assistant manager
of visiting programmes. “Our hope is
that these students return to their
schools inspired by what they have seen
and willing to make a commitment to
improve their own communities."

Visiting programmes are welcomed
year round to the Island School and
Cape Eleuthera Institute.

The Island School is a three-month
semester leadership programme for high
school students.

Participants have come from over 300
schools to study the tropical marine
environment and take place-based
courses in math, history, English, and
art.

The Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI)
promotes sustainable development
through education, tropical marine and
terrestrial research, and modelling sys-
tems that encourage responsible
resource management.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

CRESTWEALTH INVESTMENTS

LIMITED

Bahamas.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

STUDENTS PAY COURTESY CALL ON GOVERNMENT HOUSE



(BIS photo: Derek Smith)

GRADE SIX STUDENTS and teachers from Bennett’s Harbour and New Bight Primary schools in Cat Island pose with Gov-
ernor General Arthur D Hanna (standing centre) during a courtesy call at Government House, Friday February 26.

CARIBBEAN NEWS

Antigua, 4 other Carib spots on US laundering list

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

The island where financier R. Allen Stanford
allegedly based a $7 billion Ponzi scheme is one
of five Caribbean spots on the latest U.S. list of
major money laundering countries, according to

Associated Press.

A State Department report said Monday that
money laundering problems in Antigua and Bar-
buda tied to schemes involving investment fraud

Legal Notice

NOTICE

BEDWICK LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

ARGOSA CORP. INC.

(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE

PINEWOOD EQUITIES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
STRAVROPOL CORPORATION

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
HILL CHARM INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

and advance fee fraud have not been corrected.

The report, however, does not mention Stan-
ford, a Texas financier accused of promising
inflated returns on certificates of deposit from an
Antigua bank. He has pleaded not guilty.

The overseas British territory of the Cayman
Islands, which has been lobbying in Washing-
ton to thwart a crackdown on offshore financial
centers, also remains on the list, along with the
Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Haiti.



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NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) CYBELE LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the Inter
national Business Companies Act 2000

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on March 2, 2010
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Zakrit Services Ltd. of 2nd
Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the day of 14th day of April, 2010 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be ex-
cluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts
are proved.

March 4, 2010
ZAKRIT SERVICES LTD.
LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY

Legal Notice

NOTICE
LADYWELL INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DELTOIDS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



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LOCAL NEWS

FROM page one

diligently over the past five
years to adhere as best it
could to standards for inter-
national assistance and the
exchange of information.”

The IOSCO announcement
also effectively addresses
many of the concerns raised
in the House of Assembly this
week by former attorney gen-
eral, and Fort Charlotte MP,
Alfred Sears.

Mr Sears had expressed
concern that the Bahamas
could be branded by the
Financial Stability Board
(FSB), and the G-20 group of
nations, as “non-cooperative”
on securities regulation
because it had failed to
address the Securities Com-
mission’s legislative weak-
nesses, “under funding and
under staffing.”

In late 2005, the Financial
Stability Forum, now the FSB,
and IOSCO started a joint ini-
tiative to assess international
assistance and information
exchange among the latter’s

International
body satisfied
with IOSCO

members.

As part of this initiative, the
FSB and IOSCO established
a confidential review process
in which they named “priori-
ty” jurisdictions, including the
Bahamas. The Bahamas was
named a priority jurisdiction
on the basis of its significance
to the international financial
markets, and the size of cross-
border transactions it han-
dled.

Once identified as a priori-
ty jurisdiction, the Bahamas’
international assistance and
exchange of information
regime was reviewed and a
report setting out results of
that review was issued. This
report identified certain
weaknesses in the Securities
Commission’s co-operation
regime.

As a result of the various
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report, [OSCO’s standing
committee monitored the
Securities Commission’s
exchange of information
activities.

The Securities Commission
was directed to submit the fol-
lowing reports to [OSCO’s
Standing Committee 4 on a
quarterly basis:

1. Reports on the progress
and timetable for obtaining
the amendments to the rele-
vant legislation to bring the

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Understanding (MoU).

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status of international
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received by the Commission
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The Securities Commission
provided the information

required by IOSCO, and was
advised in mid-January 2010
that the monitoring of its
information exchange activi-
ties had ceased.

The chairman of IOSCO
Standing Committee 4,
Georgina Phillipou, said the
Securities Commission had
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fact that TOSCO Standing
Committee 4 members con-
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Mr Mitchell in the House of
Assembly, yesterday, about
the perception of the devel-
oped world. He said issues
are made “larger than life”
and every Caribbean gov-
ernment suffers.

He indicated the US is
plagued with political scan-
dals, such as the recent
investigation of the New
York State governor over
sexual impropriety involv-
ing prostitutes, and still alle-
gations of corruption in that
country are treated as iso-
lated incidents in the public
eye.

Despite the US general
election fiasco of 2000 that
handed power to US presi-
dent George Bush, the US
electoral system is not
broadly categorised as cor-
rupt.

“We see this sort of
duplicity, this sort of
hypocrisy all the time. They
look at The Bahamas (and
the developing world) as
being these little banana

McCartney ‘too
popular to lose’

FROM page one

republics, where politicians
are corrupt from top to bot-
tom and no one plays by the
rules,” said a former high
ranking government official
and attorney.

“The Bahamas and most
other off shore financial cen-
tres are held to a much high-
er standard and to much
more intense scrutiny than
the first world countries sub-
ject themselves to. The clas-
sic example is that of the US
State of Delaware which is
the biggest off shore centre
in the world,” he said.

In April 2009, the Organ-
isation for Economic Co-

cabinet, it was said, was a great
affront to the party’s leader

who sources suggest was not
too pleased with Mr McCart-
ney’s decision.

“As long as the PM is there BRU IUTELE SIGNRUIIEY
he might as well forget it. History will show what happens to
you when you get on the wrong side of Hubert Ingraham.
The PM is a master of this game and no one else plays it like

him,” he said.

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NOTICE
ABIES OVERSEAS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALTIMA GROUP LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
SOUTH SHORE VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

LOCAL NEWS

Mitchell hits back at
criticism of Caribbean

operation and Development
(OECD) placed the
Bahamas on a grey list, char-
acterising it as a jurisdiction
engaged in unfair tax prac-
tices. This resulted in a
major French bank, BNP
Paribas, leaving the territo-

ry.

The 2000 “blacklisting” of
the country cost the Gov-
ernment $40 million in
expended or lost revenue
and more-than-halved its
number of registered banks
and trust companies, accord-
ing to former Bahamian
attorney-general Alfred
Sears. International busi-
nesses migrated from the
Bahamas to the British Vir-
gin Islands, Hong Kong, Sin-
gapore and other jurisdic-
tions.

“(Delaware) is doing
exactly the same things we
are being black listed for.
Switzerland is another
example. They treat Switzer-
land totally differently,” said
the attorney interviewed by
The Tribune.

A number of bodies have
input into the OECD black
listing, such as the Financial
Action Task Force and the
G-20. The US is a promi-
nent member of all of these
organisations.

“They are tentacles of the

most powerful industrialised
democracies in the world.
They are the ones making
the rules, they are the ones
who are the policemen of
the world, and they don’t
hold themselves accountable
to the same standards they
hold us to,” he said.

“Who wants to be known
as a country that does not
conform to civilized norms
when it is subject to these
kind of negative listings. It is
an insult to a nation’s digni-
ty.”
The same dynamic is
played out when the Unit-
ed States publishes its annu-
al International Narcotics
Control Strategy Report
(INCSR) that often lam-
bastes Caribbean countries
over their extradition prac-
tices.

Caricom member,
Jamaica, was criticised heav-
ily in the 2009 INCSR over
its failure to extradite Pres-
ley Bingham to the US on
narcotics charges. Mr
Mitchell said with all the
pressure placed on Jamaica,
the US government failed
to look at its own failures
where extradition is con-
cerned.

He pointed to the extra-
dition case of alleged Nazi
death camp guard John

Legal Notice

NOTICE
BROOX CROIX VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MALLOW STREAM LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDENRAIN VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Demjanjuk. His extradition
to Germany for trial on war
crimes took 10 years.

In the 1980s and 1990s,
the US government “clob-
bered” the Bahamas, in a
similar manner to the treat-
ment of Jamaica today,
according to the attorney
interviewed by The Tribune.

Every year, the narcotics
report pointed to the case
of Nigel Bowe, who was
eventually extradited to the
US on narcotics related
charges. Bahamian politi-
cians were charged with pro-
tecting drug traffickers.

“The point is it took a
long time, but if you have a
lot of money, because extra-
dition is such a highly tech-
nical multi-layered multi-
level process you can spin it
out a long, long time. The
same is true for the US, UK
and any developed system
of law based on all the dif-
ferent avenues of appeal and
judicial review. It has noth-
ing to do with the govern-
ment, it is the judicial
process that has to run its
course,” said the attorney.

Mr Mitchell is proposing
CARICOM produce its own
analysis of the US, examin-
ing aspects of its judicial sys-
tem, political system and
economic system. He said

THE TRIBUNE

the Bahamas government
should “speak up” for the
country more.

“The answer is not going
out there and mimicking
what they do. Caricom sim-
ply lacks the resources to
fund that kind of oversight.
Most of the members can’t
even pay their dues. Some
states are in a chronic state
of delinquency where they
can’t pay their membership
dues. External funding is
not going to be available,
because the developed
countries are not going to
investigate themselves. It is
a nice idea about giving
these people some of their
own medicine, but it is a
pipe dream,” said the attor-
ney.

He said a rapid response
public relations mechanism
might be a more practical
way to address the prob-
lem. He said it should be a
priority in the same way
that the government allo-
cates millions to high pow-
ered public relations firms
to help promote tourism.

“JT think we need to allo-
cate the same investments
in PR firms and lobbyists
to ensure the interests are
fully protected when nega-
tive stories appear,” he
said.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
FOSTERIANA LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
DALICHA VENTURES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MURANO UNITED LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator

Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator

is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.

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Bahamas.

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FROM page one

weekly increase of $2 for the
employer and $2 for the
employee, that is no more than
a $104 annual increase for
employees and $104 per mem-
ber of staff for employers.

The first contribution rise in
the organisation’s 35-year his-
tory is expected to strengthen
NIB’s social security safety net
with no more than $10 million
per year, NIB director Alger-
non Cargill said.

Employers and workers were
warned the increase could be
implemented early this year as
funding would be needed for
the unemployment benefit
scheme launched in April last
year.

The scheme was launched
with a $20 million fund to help
thousands of people unable to
find work during the recession.

Unemployment had hit 14.6
per cent in New Providence and
17.2 per cent in Grand Bahama,
and the scheme aimed to help
those out of work while they

NIB contributions to rise on June 1 | How THE INCREASE WILL

applied for jobs through the
Department of Labour.

A total of 14,692 unem-
ployed Bahamians had claimed
$21.9 million from NIB
between April and January,
and Bahamas Employers Fed-
eration president Brian Nutt
said businesses have been
braced for the increase for sev-
eral months.

“This has been a long time
coming,” Mr Nutt said.

“Everybody has been aware
it will eventually impact us, so I
am just glad that we did get a
few more months respite from
having to pay.

“June will give enough time
for everybody to alter their pay-
roll programme to be able to
correct the contribution rate
and calculate deductions.”

The increase will allow NIB
to initiate the second, perma-
nent, phase of the programme
in June.

LOCAL NEWS

Unlike the first phase that
helped those who have been
out of work since 2004, the per-
manent unemployment benefit
scheme will only be paid to the
recently unemployed from
June.

Claimants must have paid at
least 52 NIB contributions
throughout their working life
and of those payments 20 must
have been paid in the 40 weeks
prior to becoming unemployed,
and seven during the 13 weeks
before unemployment.

Those eligible to receive the
benefit will then receive the
unchanged rate of 50 per cent
of the average insurable income
for up to 13 weeks, that is a
maximum of $200 per week
paid by a NIB cheque every
two weeks.

Mr Cargill said: “You have
to be looking for work and cer-
tify that on a weekly basis with
the Department of Labour to

receive the benefit.

“The structures we have in
place would prevent fraud from
that perspective, as well as from
those who are employed.”

Employers and workers have
also been warned of another
one per cent rise in contribu-
tions to cover the cost of the
National Drug Prescription
Plan to be implemented in
June.

But Mr Cargill said he does
not expect NIB contributions
to rise to 10.8 per cent this year.

When brought into force
employers and employees will
both face another 0.5 per cent
rise in contributions.

The National Drug Prescrip-
tion Plan aims to provide 170
prescription medications free
of charge to patients making
NIB contributions who suffer
from the most common 11
chronic non-communicable dis-
eases.

Anglican Archdeacon ‘can be removed’ from Most Holy Trinity Anglican Church

FROM page one

had been heard.

Attorney Damian Gomez, who repre-
sents the Anglican Archdiocese, told
reporters after the hearing yesterday: “We
presented our arguments and the attorney
for Father Bowleg conceded that he ought
to have disclosed but failed to disclose his
deed of institution.

“On that basis, and on the additional
basis that damages would have been a more
appropriate remedy, the injunction was dis-
charged with costs.”

Mr Gomez said this means that Anglican
Archbishop Laish Boyd can now install
whomever he desires as rector of the
Stapeldon Gardens parish.

The court battle stemmed from a dispute
that had arisen over Archdeacon Bowleg’s
contention that he is 64, although with a

beyond the mandatory retirement age for
Anglican priests.

Following yesterday’s proceedings,
Archbishop Laish Boyd stated: “I am very
happy with the decision that the court has
made. We are grateful that justice was
done.”

Former Archbishop Drexel Gomez
added: “I think it is unfortunate that the
issue had to be raised but it’s good to have
it clarified and I hope it will bring peace to
the church.”

Locksmiths got to work changing the
locks at the parish shortly after 2pm yes-
terday afternoon, minutes after Archbish-
op Boyd and several other Anglican cler-
gymen arrived at the church grounds.

Bishop Boyd assured parishioners yes-
terday that the parish would still function as
usual.

Archdeacon Bowleg was said to be out of
office when The Tribune arrived at the




1937 birth certificate, he is recognised by
the Anglican Diocese as being 72, two years

Legal Notice

NOTICE
TECHNO ADVANCE INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
GOLDEN ANKA OCEAN LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
WESTBROOKE VALLEY INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

church grounds yesterday and was report-
edly making preparations to travel.

ANGLICAN Archbishop Laish Boyd
speaks to the media yesterday.

Legal Notice

NOTICE
ALTA MAR SEAS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
TOK JUNCTION CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
RYTTE MOUNTAIN CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

















AFFECT YOUR SALARY

The increase will affect salaries up to a maximum week-
ly income of $400, and monthly income of $1,600

e If you earn $400 per week you now pay a 3.4 per cent
contribution of $13.60 per week or $54.40 per month.

From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of
$15.60 per week or $62.40 per month

e If you earn $300 per week or $1,200 per month you now
pay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $10.20 per week or
$40.80 per month.

From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of
$11.70 per week or $46.80 per month.

¢ If you earn $200 per week or $800 per month you now
ay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $6.80 per week or
827 .20 per month,

From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution of
$7.80 per week or $31.20 per month.

¢ If you earn $100 per week or $400 per month you now
pay a 3.4 per cent contribution of $3.40 per week or
$13.60 per month.

From June you will pay a 3.9 per cent contribution or
$3.90 per week or $15.60 per month.

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NOTICE
AVENIDA BALBOA INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
CHARA ELECTRA INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice

NOTICE
MATCHING COLOURS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of March 2010. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

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LOCAL NEWS

MEMBERS of the Nassau Tourism Development Board and the Down-
town Nassau Partnership meet for a second time with the leadership
of the Central and Tourism Police Units.

Security ‘absolutely
essential’ to Nassau
redevelopment

CALLING it “the first and
most significant step in the revi-
talisation of downtown Nas-
sau,” Nassau Tourism Devel-
opment Board Chairman and
co-chair of the Downtown Nas-
sau Partnership (DNP) Charles
Klonaris said security was
“absolutely essential” to the
success of Nassau’s rejuvena-
tion.

“The Nassau Tourism Devel-
opment Board has been push-
ing for the redevelopment and
revitalisation of downtown Nas-
sau for many, many years.
Finally, today we are at an
important crossroads. But with-
out security, whatever we do in
terms of structure and infra-
structure will be irrelevant. We
can have the most beautiful
buildings, but without security,
especially for families coming
downtown at night, those build-
ings will be empty. We won’t
have business. We look at the
city of Nassau as an economic
opportunity for Bahamians so
our partnership with the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and, in
particular with the Tourism
Unit is critical to the success
and revitalization of the city.”

Ms Klonaris’ comments came
during a second meeting with

the new leadership of the Cen-
tral and Tourism Police units.

Held at the British Colonial
Hilton, which has been instru-
mental in supporting the
Tourism Police Unit, the work-
ing meeting and frank discus-
sions brought downtown busi-
ness owners and taxi and tour
representatives to the table with
police and the Ministry of
Tourism.

According to DNP manag-
ing director Vaughn Roberts,
security is critical in expanding
the city’s growing nightlife.

“Any revitalisation effort is
dependent upon a vibrant night
life and a vibrant night life will
only exist as long as people feel
comfortable about their safe-
ty,” he said.

“As long as we can address
these concerns and issues har-
moniously in a working rela-
tionship with the police, we will
be making the progress we
need to make.”

ASP Ellsworth Moss told the
group that the increased police
visibility in highly-trafficked
tourist areas including down-
town, Paradise Island and
Cable Beach was just part of a
“new commitment to policing
in the entire Bahamas.”

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THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation has opened a math clin-
ic for 9th and 11th grade students from selected junior and senior
high schools.

The clinic, organised in conjunction with the Ministry of Edu-
cation, will run through May 6, 2010.

“BEC is committed to empowering Bahamians,” said Mr Kevin
Basden, BEC’s general manager. “And in so doing, we see it only
fitting to assist with the education of our country’s youth as there
have been many negatives said about their educational progress.

“As we work in union with the Ministry of Education to quell
these negatives, we have put together a math tutoring programme 7
that, when executed, will assist with the mathematical needs of our
participants and move them forward not only academically, but "
from a well rounded perspective.” ‘7

Mr Basden also thanked the employees who volunteered to
tutor the students.

BEC’s Public Relations Department, headed by Sharnette Cur-
ry, assisted the ministry with organising the clinic. Ms Curry not-
ed the enthusiasm of the staff.

“The staff at the corporation is elated to be a part of this clinic,”
she said. “We have been excited from the inception of planning the
clinic and are very dedicated to this cause and willing to assist in
whatever way needed to make this a tremendous success.”

The participants include students from AF Adderley, CR Walk-
er, TA Thompson, CH Reeves, SC McPherson, CC Sweeting,
RM Bailey, St John’s College, St Augustine’s College and Gov-
ernment High School.

They were carefully selected by the Ministry of Education’s
Math Officer, with the help of math teachers from the participat-
ing high schools.

Ethan Munroe, a Government High 11th grader said, “I think
what the corporation is doing is splendid. The fact that BEC is giv-
ing back to the community is awesome and I will take in everything
learned here and apply it to my upcoming exams.”

Volunteers from the corporation’s staff and the Ministry of
Education will aid and monitor the students as they take part in the
clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 4pm and
6pm at the BEC’s headquarters on Baillou Hill Road.

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Bahamas State Council Prepares for an exciting

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of The Pentecostal Assemblies of The World Inc.
March 7th - 12th, 2010

Greater Bethel Cathedral
Faith Way, off Blue Hill Road South
(Corner of Carlton E. Francis School)

Host Pastor
Suffragan Bishop Christopher Minnis

Early Morning Prayer - 5:00 am - 6:00 am
Day Sessions - 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Evening Worship Service - 7:30 pm

Theme: “Spread The Fire”
“But thou shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witness to Me in Jersusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to th end of the earth.”
Scripture Text Acts 1:1-8

Suffragan Bishop Winston Redwood
Pastor Thomas Mackey

Bishop Ellis Farrington J.P.
Prophetess Dorothy McPhee

Day Session Speakers:

Evening Worship Speakers:

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Bishop Ellis Suffragan Bishop — Rey, Patrick Paul Bishop John Humes
Farrington Ezekiel Mumnings = Bahamas Christian Church of God,
Council, Presickent National Crersser

Don't Miss
Your
Blessing!
Be There!
District Elder
Paul Recelle

Pastor
Nathaniel Curtis

Suffragan Bishop
Christopher Minnis
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Debra Elliott

KI Bringing all people closer to God
through Worship, Ministry and Service
As part of its 200th Anniversary and the celebration of
the 450th Anniversary of the Reformation
presents its

2010 Lenten Lectures Series

‘Giants of the Reformation”

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

This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to learn more about the Protestant Reformation and some of the
“Giants” who helped shape the Reformed Faith that, in part or in whole, is central to most Protestant denominations
of Christianity ... including the Presbyterian denomination.

With CHRIST at the center and Chief Cornerstone, we will learn how dedicated men of the gospel starting with the
Apostle Paul on to Augustine and beyond to Calvin and Knox helped to frame what we have come to know as the
Reformed Faith, with Knox being referred to as the founder of the Presbyterian denomination.

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Staying single
and celibate

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

OR many single women

wanting to walk the straight

and narrow path, taming
their sexual desires and resist-
ing the urge to engage in pre-
marital sexual affairs can be
challenging.

To help women with their sexual
struggles, Debra Elliott and the
Daughters of Light International will
host a seminar under the theme
“Single, Saved, Over 40 and Still
Having Sex”.

The event will be held at the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel in the Exuma
Room starting at Sam on March 26.

During the seminar, women will find
the key to unlocking the tower of
strength they need to override any and
every temptation.

“This tower of strength which is
Christ is the only remedy to the prob-
lem,” Debra Elliot president of
Daughters of Light International told
Tribune Religion.

During her experiences as a coun-

selor she has been greeted by many
woman who face the challenge of
celibacy.

And while she has mentored young
women who face the same issue, she
said that now more than ever middle
aged women have fallen victims to the
spirit of lust.

“T realised that these women are bat-
tling with the flesh. For them their
greatest struggle is singleness,” she
said.

Because modern day society has
casually accepted sex before marriage,
women have fallen weak to the pres-
sures of men she said.

Fearing that these men will leave to
find someone who’s willing to have sex
with them is what she said causes the
women to break their celibacy commit-
ment.

“The spirit of lust is very rampant in
our society and it is hard for these
women to resist the temptation since
their main fear is getting older and
being alone,” she said.

Additionally, she explained that
some men take advantage of the
women’s vulnerability and their fear of
loneliness.

SEE page 35



Yadah

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

“YADAHW’ is one of seven Hebrew
words used to describe unrestrained,
uninhibited praise, engaging the full
participation of Christian worshippers.
It is at this level of praising God where
you may witness some persons being
caught up in the ‘Holy Ghost’ during
an extreme hand-clapping, power-
packed worship service.

This is the idea behind Yaddah Fest-
-an Easter Sunday concert at New
Covenant Baptist Church planned by
minister Glenmore Johnson, who
hopes that Bahamians will attend the
event in large numbers.

“When we praise God, a lot of good
things happen,” said Mr Johnson. “We
are reflecting on the death and resur-



rection of Christ, and out of this event,
there’s going to be a death to evil and a
resurrection to righteousness.

Yadah Fest is described as “some-

SEE page 35
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RELIGION

Thursday, March 4, 2010 ® PG 31

(CY MEDITATION

A cold wind

THE TEMPERATURE for the
next several days is supposed to be
on the cool and breezy side. This
means bundling up to protect the
body and moving outdoor events
indoor if the wind is too blustery or
the cold front brings rain. Now
imagine what it must be like to live
in a family where the emotional tem-
perature is like this or worse. No
smiles, no hugs, no warm and loving
words only cold stares, the cold
shoulder, and icy tones dripping with
icicles of sarcasm. What does this do
to the heart? How does it affect the
spirit?

The spiritual deep freeze is only
able to thaw when the love of God is
permitted to melt the heart. Healing
and forgiveness must accompany the
journey to warm relations. We have

Catholic schools
at center of
aluse scandal

BERLIN

IT HAPPENED for years, again and
again. Every morning before class, the
boys had to undress and Father Ludger
Stueper sprayed them with cold water
from the hose, front and back, according
to the Associated Press.

The boys also had to lie down on
Stueper's couch where the Roman
Catholic priest would take their temper-
ature — rectally for seven minutes.

And then there were the photos.

"One time, Stueper took pictures of a
friend and me while we were in the show-
er. He also made us go outside and we
had to pose naked for him, lean against
stones and trees in the park, the foam
from the shampoo still in our hair,"
recalled Miguel Abrantes, a former stu-
dent at the Jesuit-run boarding school
Aloisius Kolleg in Bonn.

Abrantes, now 37 and an actor in
Duesseldorf, is one of the few victims
willing to speak out about the abuse and
humiliation he suffered as an 11-year-old
boy at the school.

He is one of at least 150 victims in an
ever-widening scandal involving allega-

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to, first of all, admit that we need
God’s presence to be our ever-pres-
ent fireplace keeping our lives bright
and cheery (filled with joy). Next,
we need the power of the cross to
keep the Blood of Christ flowing
over us, and the Holy Eucharist min-
gling with the blood in our veins.
Finally, the Holy Spirit keeps us
aglow, so that we radiate the warmth
of God’s love wherever we go.

If you have ever lived in a very
cold climate you know what is need-

tions of priests sexually abusing their
pupils at several Catholic high schools
across Germany. The scandal has spi-
raled since seven alumni of the presti-
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ed to survive. I lived in Montreal,
Canada, for several years and learnt
how to layer clothing to be comfort-
able outside in the bitter cold, and
inside in a heated, crowded room. It
is a matter of taking off and putting
on as the need arises. Caps on the
head and over the ears, mittens on
the hands, scarves around the neck
and nose, winter coats, fur lined
boots, thermal undergarments and
various sweaters, snow suits and any-
thing else suitable for the occasion.

Likewise, cold hearts are often
buried under layers of hurt, anger,
bitterness and unforgiveness. There
are many walls and barriers careful-
ly placed to protect the individual
who lives in the winter of isolation,
loneliness, rejection or betrayal.

As we come into contact with the

first came forward with allegations of
abuse in January, shocking the homeland
of Pope Benedict XVI

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Living God, we begin to shed our
layers because it is so uncomfortable
to keep a distance from God’s grace.
If we are willing to come closer to
the hearth of God’s heart, we find
ourselves stripped of unnecessary
barriers and the crippling bondage
that has wrapped itself around us.

It is time for us all to come out of
the cold, and come home to God.
We no longer have to stand outside
looking in through the window at
the loving family seated around the
lavishly spread table. We no longer
have to brace ourselves as we are
buffeted off course by gale force
winds.

Ask God to bless you with rebirth
or renewal and come join the family
in the warmth of God’s embrace.
Come, come, come out of the cold.

the United States for several years, abuse
scandals have in recent years erupted in
other countries as well, including Ireland,
the Philippines, Poland, Mexico, Italy,
Canada and elsewhere.

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Are we religious or spiritual?

IN THE Bahamas, we like to think of
ourselves as a religious nation. More
precisely, we say we are a Christian
nation. But are we a spiritual nation? Is
there a difference? I believe there is a
subtle, but important difference. To be
religious implies that we hold to a lim-
ited view of spiritual truth - we strive to
live according to certain ideals that we
believe have been endorsed by God.

We may, for example, always end our
prayers in a certain way for fear of not
being heard by God if we do not.
Similarly, we may always attend a par-
ticular church, believing that to attend
any other is wrong. To be religious also
implies that we have strong beliefs
about God, and that we feel our ver-
sion of religious truth-and the version
of those who agree with us- is the only
correct version. This is, in my view,
detrimental to our spiritual growth and
to the progress of a nation.

Spirituality, on the other hand is like
swimming in a vast ocean and realising
that the same ocean that carries you
also holds and supports everyone else.
When you are spiritual, you do not feel
you have special access to God, or that
you have found the absolute truth; you
feel alive and blessed by a presence
that is loving and generous to all. You
feel no need to compete for God's
attention; no need to be right. You are
free to be who you are, to explore and

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investigate religious teachings with an
unbiased eye.

How would our society change if we
matured into a spiritual nation? This
question is one every Bahamian should
ponder.

Our society is, by any reasonable
yard stick, in trouble. Our children are
killing each other at school, the very
place where they should be maturing
into thoughtful adults. Our educational
system is largely outdated and ineffec-
tive. Our politics is petty. We have
rightfully lost respect for many of our
religious leaders. And yet, amidst this
worsening social decay, we still claim to
be a religious nation. Very strange!
What would help us to move forward as
a nation is not more bombastic preach-
ing from pulpits, but a deeper aware-
ness of our common aspirations as
human beings and as Bahamians.

This does not require us to abandon
our religious ideals; indeed, it requires
us to reassess what true religion is and
to independently evaluate our religious
beliefs. If we did this sincerely, with an

open mind and with absolute detach-
ment, we would become more enlight-
ened and would gradually be trans-
formed into more compassionate
human beings. Such a global shift in
spiritual awareness would fundamen-
tally change our society. A kinder, gen-
tler Bahamas would gradually emerge.
Our political discourse would be ele-
vated. Crime would be reduced as we
perceive more fully the sacredness of
all life. The Bahamas would become an
island nation known not only for its
physical beauty, but also for the spiritu-
al beauty of its people.

And so, while we may and should
pride ourselves on being a nation of
strong religious traditions, let us strive
to be more spiritual than religious.
Being religious cannot and should not
take the place of being spiritual. Our
ultimate goal should be to become spir-
itually enlightened. Religious activities
and traditions may, for some, be the
vehicle to this enlightenment, but it is
only a vehicle, not the destination. As
we “travel” towards spiritual enlighten-
ment, we should respect and value the
different paths that others may take
towards the same goal. We should
wholeheartedly embrace even those
who hold vastly different religious
beliefs than us. With spiritual eyes, we
would be able to see their humanity
and love them unconditionally.

This love must find expression in our
actions. Tolerance becomes divisive
when it is the kind of tolerance that
breeds pretense. Political rhetoric that
sings the praises of compromise and
consultation becomes background
noise when it is not harmonised by uni-
fying policies and behaviour. Attempts
to stem crime become a waste of
human resources when humility and
kindness are not consistently modeled
by parents and teachers. Without true
spirituality-an enlightened awareness
that allows us to perceive the beauty
and sacredness of all life-our efforts to
forge a unified and prosperous
Bahamas will only have incremental
benefits.

If we want to launch forward, to see
monumental changes in our country in
the coming years, our religious values
must move beyond our heads to our
hearts. Our actions, not simply our
words, must be aligned with the central
teachings of our faiths. If this does not
happen, positive change will be slow
and painful, and our country will con-
tinue to be just a religious nation.

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St Saviour’s Anglican Parish hosts Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish

ANGLICANS and Catholics from
all over Cat Island came together to
mark the solemn start of the Lenten
season in a joint Ash Wednesday serv-
ice held at St Mark’s in Port Howe.

The mass was celebrated in true
Lenten form; no flowers adorning the
altar and no alleluias and the Gloria
which are omitted during the Lenten
season. Fr Edward “Rex” Seymour
was the celebrant for the Eucharist and
Fr Chester Burton gave the introduc-
tion to the guest preacher. Fr Burton in
his warm hearted welcome thanked
God that the Catholic Church has now
filled the void left vacant for many
years with the appointment of Fr
Andrew Burrows.

He further reminded his congrega-
tion of the tightly knitted relationship
that the Anglican/Episcopal Church

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RELIGION

Thursday, March 4, 2010 ® PG 33

@x THE HISTORY OF RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS

Seventh Day Adventist Movement

THE BEGINNING of the Seventh
Day Adventist Movement is attributed
to William Miller (1782 - 1849) an
American Baptist preacher. In the
1830s, he interpreted Daniel 8.14:
“Unto two thousand and three hun-
dred days; then shall the sanctuary be
cleansed,” to mean that the cleansing
of the sanctuary represented the
Earth's purification by fire at Christ's
second coming. The Adventist move-
ment and its observance of the Sabbath
was transformed from an obscure,
regional movement into a national
campaign.

The cause of the Seventh Day
Adventists was advanced by Ellen G
White. She was a woman of remark-
able spiritual gifts who lived most of
her life during the nineteenth century
(1827-1915), yet through her writings
she is still making a revolutionary
impact on millions of people around
the world. During her lifetime she
wrote more than 5,000 periodical arti-
cles and 40 books

As a Christian church, Seventh-day
Adventists are a faith community root-
ed in the beliefs described by the Holy
Scriptures. Adventists describe these
beliefs in the following ways:

God's greatest desire is for you to see
a clear picture of His character. When
you see Him clearly, you will find His
love irresistible. Scripture is a road
map. The Bible is God's voice, speak-
ing His love personally to you today.

Jesus is the one who never changes in

Members of Temple of the Word

Ministries members discuss :

“What my

pastor
means
to me”

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LAWLOR

a universe that always does. Jesus is
Creator, Sustainer, Saviour, Friend,
God's Son, and God Himself!
God's vision for you is life as He lives
it! God loves you, and wants to give
you the highest quality of life imagi-
nable.

In the heart of God is a place you
can experience as home. God loves
you, and wants to spend time with you
personally, one on one, as two close
friends.

Eternal life, peace, purpose, forgive-
ness, transforming grace, hope:
Everything He promises is ours,
because He's offering it and He's
shown we can trust Him to do exactly
as He promises. Accept His gifts, and
you immediately become an active
part of His family, and He joyfully
becomes part of yours.

In 1893, Seventh Day Adventist
Missionary, C H Richards and his wife
came to the Bahamas which he report-
ed had a population of about 50,000 -
one third of the population was
Caucasian and the balance with shades
from yellow to black. Richards implied
that the Bahamas was a virgin territo-
ry and that "no one of whom so far as

we know, fully understands and obeys
the (Sabbath) truth for this time."

In March of 1895, Mr and Mrs C. FE.
Parmele, also literature evangelists,
under the directive of the Foreign
Mission Board, succeeded the
Richards in the Bahamas.

Charles Antonio, a shoemaker was
the first Bahamian to accept the
Seventh-day Adventist message. His
son, Brother William W Antonio,
was among the first Bahamians to
serve on the Bahamas Mission of
Seventh Day Adventist Executive
Committee.

Pastors Silas N McKinney and
Neville E Scavella, were the first
Bahamians to train for the ministry. In
1956, upon completion of their theo-
logical studies they were employed by
the Bahamas Mission. Silas McKinney
(1964 - 1976 ) became the first
Bahamian President and was followed
by Leslie V McMillan (1976 - 1980),
Hugh A Roach (1980 - 1986) Silas N
McKinney (1986 - 1990), Jeremiah
Duncombe (1990 - 1996), Keith D
Albury (1996 - January 10, 2003) and
Leonard Johnson - January 10, 2003 -
to date).

Great things come from humble
beginnings. The oldest Adventist
Church in The Bahamas is Centreville
Church which started on Shirley
Street but relocated to the corner of
Collins Avenue and Sth Terrace.

The Hillview Seventh-day
Adventist Church began as far back as

ON THE eve of his tenth pas-
toral anniversary, members of the
Temple of the World Ministries
explain the impact Pastor
Kenneth Adderley has had on
their lives. Pastor Adderley will
be honoured this week under the
theme - “ A servant with a pas-
sion and a purpose”

KIYOSHI MAJOR - “Pastor Ken
is a person that comes to your
aid when the world has turned its
back on you, and you feel that
there is no way out of life’s
issues.”

CERON ROLLE - “ Pastor Ken is
one of the most inspiring role
modes in my life. He is smart,
funny and knows his Bible really
well. His teachings stand out like
a shining beacon of light in a cor-
rupted world of evil and dark-

ness.”

KATIE SYMONETTE - “Pastor
Ken has great character. He dis-
plays humbleness, confidence
and pride. Most importantly, he
shows love for anyone no matter
who they are.”

TALITHA CARTWRIGHT - “When
you walk in this church with evil
and no care of God's word, you
walk out with a clean spirit and
with a Bible in your hand.
Pastor Ken is friendly and you
can go to his office and tell him
your complaints.”

TRACEY SYMONETTE - “Despite
the challenges and obstacles he
has been through, his purpose in
life is to follow God. Pastor Ken
is loyal and trustworthy. He has a
deep kindness that teaches us to
be content in our everyday life.”

1942 - Haddassah Poitier then, a
member of the Grant's Town Seventh-
day Adventist Church invited all of
the children in the neighborhood to
Friday evening vespers and Branch
Sabbath School classes on the follow-
ing day. In 1952 under the leadership
of Elder Mote, Mission President, the
company was organised into a church.
Charter Members included
Haddassah Poitier, Jane Brown, Pearl
McMillan and Hamfreth Rahming
from the Grant's Town Adventist
Church.

The Breath of Life Seventh Day
Adventist Church came into being in
1993 following a six-week crusade,
held by Dr Charles Brooks, at the H.
D. Colburn Auditorium, Wulff Road.
Pastor Leonard and Denise Johnson
were chosen to lead the fledgling
church.

Thus from humble beginnings, the
church in the Bahamas began. Today,
the Seventh-day Adventist Church is
the fourth largest denomination in the
country. The total of the Bahamas
Conference Membership as of
November 5, 2009 was 15,020. There
are 44 Adventist Churches and
Companies in the Bahamas
Conference. Twenty-four are located
in Nassau, and 20 are on eight of the
central and southern Family Islands.
The Islands of Grand Bahama,
Abaco, Bimini, and the Berry Islands,
constitute the Northern Bahamas
Conference.

Ken Adderley


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RELIGION

Kmpowerment

As I’ve stated before; we’ve perfect-
ed the art of riding the waves of words
without dissecting and understanding
fully the meaning thereof. Therefore
no matter how we try to eloquently
politicise or spiritualise a word; the
scripture (Hosea.4:6) always meets us
at the front door as our ignorance
shines forth like the morning sun.

The national word of today is
Empowerment. It seems as if no mat-
ter what arena or gathering one goes
into; the word empowerment is some-
what the thrust of the conference or
meeting. As the scriptures are being
fulfilled everyday before our eyes; peo-
ple from all walks of life can be heard
crying out in various ways for spiritual,
emotional, financial, or psychological
help, yet to no avail.

This leads me to conclude that
despite all of the rhetoric about
empowerment for the most part; 95
per cent of the people who are talking
about empowerment have a precon-
ceived, distorted, unclear view of
empowerment itself. The following
statement can be often heard over the
air waves and throughout our commu-
nities, “The Government needs to do
more to empower its people.”

I would double dog dare you to ask
those who are echoing empowerment
to expound on their meaning of
empowerment? To make a long story
short; empowerment to many is creat-
ing employment opportunities or some
kind of hand out to the needy. Listen!

By no means am I knocking the cre-
ation of employment opportunities and
assisting the needy; for this in itself is



Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish |

FROM page 32

has with the Catholic Church from his-
tory with the separation due in large
part to King Henry VIII marriage. He
also thanked God that the two denom-
inations can share joint services.

Deacon Burrows took his text from
the gospel passage appropriate for the
Ash Wednesday Eucharist service-
Matthew 6 vs. 1-6 and 16-18. In the pas-
sage Jesus spoke specifically to the
nature and tenets which the Lenten
season is hinged upon.

First, Jesus spoke about almsgiving
and not letting your left hand know
what your right hand is doing. Second,
Jesus spoke about praying and said this




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MATTHEW



good also.

Follow me for a few moments as I
paint the picture of that which I’m say-
ing; and if you’re honest, you know that
what I am saying is the truth.

Here’s the Webster Dictionary defi-
nition of empowerment: 1) to give
authority or power, and 2) to enable.

Where do you think Mr Webster got
his definition of empowerment? Being
the religious people that we are- does
Webster’s definition sounds familiar?

Watch this! Speaking of Yeshuwa
Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) here’s
what the scripture says.

Luke.9:1: Then he called his twelve
disciples together, and gave them
power and authority over all devils, and
to cure diseases.

: 2. And he sent them to preach the
kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

: 3. And he said unto them, Take
nothing for your journey, neither
staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither
money; neither have two coats apiece.

This word power in the Greek is:
dunamis, doo'-nam-is; which means 1)
ability, and 2) the abundance of
strength and might.

The word authority in the Greek is:
exousia, ex-oo-see'-ah; which also has
several meanings as follows: 1) force, 2)

should be done within the confines of
one’s room instead of promenading on
street corners and intersections and
finally Jesus said when fasting, you
shouldn’t look dismal and exhibit the
look of fasting, it is only important to
be seen by God.

Deacon Burrows in his sermon
emphasised that Lenten acts of devo-
tions should be focused on getting
God’s attention not man’s attention. He
admonished that every Lenten season
Christians should peel away a layer of
our beings that it is not pleasing to God
(indicative of the layers of an onion.)

Throughout the season of Lent, the
Anglicans and Catholics will visit and
host each other for alternative Fridays
for Stations of the Cross.

capacity, 3) competency, 4) freedom, 5)
mastery, 6) magistrate, 7) potentate, 8)
token of control, 9) delegated influ-
ence, and 10) jurisdiction.

As a people / nation, we’ve become
so comfortable with mediocrity that
even in our cry of empowerment; we
will settle for being the recipients of a
weekly or monthly pay-check or chari-
table hand outs. The two most influen-
tial systems of the world (political and
religious) have not been established to
empower the masses of people; but
rather to govern and keep the masses
looking to, and depending upon their
leaders for answers and support.

Do yourself a favor and follow the
trail of authority in this country; maybe
then you will get some idea of that
which ’m speaking. Because, true
empowerment calls for the denying of
one’s self and the preferring, the
advancement and the substantial wel-
fare of others above self.

Now, check your list / trail of author-
ity figures and see who is denying
themselves so that you or others can
succeed? How about your honourable
member of parliament, or better still;
how about your anointed religious
leader?

Again, the leaders of the systems
(political and religious) fully embrace
the lyrics of the Great Ronnie Butler’s
song “I know them long time, them
people they’re mine” for the politicians
are fully aware of the fact that the
grassroots have been well trained and
conditioned to receive political rhetoric
and futile promises.

Likewise, the religious leaders know

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that the people are trenched in tradi-
tion and religion; and its only a matter
of opening a Bible and quoting a few
scriptures to move their agenda and
their people in a desired direction.

True empowerment comes from
Father Yahweh through the obedience
of His word from which man has taken
and twisted to form their various reli-
gions thereby financially and materially
empowering themselves.

In speaking to a people here’s what
Yahweh says: Deut.8:18. But thou shalt
remember the LORD thy God: for it is
he that giveth thee power to get wealth,
that he may establish his covenant
which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is
this day.

People, wake up! The empowerment
that your spirit man knows that you’re
entitled to through a covenant relation-
ship will never be obtained in religion.
This empowerment can’t be found at
political rallies or religious confer-
ences, but rather it is found in getting
back to basics studying and obedience
to God’s word. Again, there’s always
much more to say, but this ought to be
enough to cause you to get up and do
the right things for your children‘s chil-
dren sake.

May the FOG (Favor of God) be
with you

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RELIGION

Staying single and celibate

FROM page 30

“T have had many women come to
me in positions like this who explain
that the men, knowing how much it
means to them to get married, paint a
picture that they are for keeps. Then
after they have somehow persuaded
the woman to have sex with them, they
tell the woman they need space from
the relationship when she starts talking
about marriage,” Mrs Eliott explained.

An explanation for why this
becomes a cycle for some women is
because the strength of their connec-
tion with Christ is weak she said.

“Its not that they don’t love the
Lord. Some of these women have told
me that they want to do what is right
and live a celibate life until they get
married. But to be honest if your bond
with God is not strong, this is next to
impossible,” she explained.

Although the struggle may seem
challenging, Mrs Eliott said with help
from God it is possible for one’s life to
turn around and evidence of that is her
own life.

“This is my testimony. I never lived a
celibate life before I got married. I had
kids out of marriage and I was one of
those women who dated married men.
After realising that this is not the kind
of life I wanted, God grabbed a hold
on me and ever since that day my life
has turned around. I remained celibate
and God has blessed me with a hus-
band that loves me more than ever,”
she said.

She hopes that women all over will
seek God first and believe that he
knows what’s best for their lives.



“Tf that man really loves you, he will
wait on you until you are ready to get
married. So there is no need to fear
that he will leave if you don’t give
yourself to him. And it may be hard
accepting the fact that he might not be

the one, because you love him, but
trust God and he will send someone
who will love you selflessly,” she said.
It is her prayer that the seminar will
provide valuable information, uplift-
ment and encouragement to women.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 ® PG 35

‘If that man really
loves you, he will
wait on you until you
are ready to get mar-
ried. So there is no
need to fear that he
will leave if you don’t
give yourself to him.’

DEBRA ELLIOTT





FROM page 30

thing positive,” with music behind the
cause. It is the first of a series of con-
certs to be held at New Covenant
Baptist Church. Barak, Landlord, Mr
Lynxx, Tracy Tracy, Stichie, Kirk Davis,
Ricardo Clarke, Twiggy, June
Flemming, Mr God Bless, Christian
Massive and several other gospel reg-
gae artists will provide entertainment;
crossing a wide array of musical genres.

“Music plays an integral part in cor-
recting some of the problems of society,
and we wanted to bring on artists who
would attract young people to uplift the
name of Christ,” said Mr Johnson.

In a statement to Tribune Religion,
the church’s pastor Bishop Simeon Hall

emphasied his concern for the crime sit-
uation in the country and called on the
Christian community and everyone else
to look to God during their tests and tri-
als.

“One of the tragedies in modern life
is that we are always feeding our fleshly
desires, and callously living our lives.
But we are also spirit beings, and we
need to feed our spirit as we do our
flesh. And we believe that this concert
will help to feed the spirits of our peo-
ple,” said Bishop Hall.

Bishop Hall made a “clarion and
urgent call” to the country’s leaders to
move quickly to seek greater response
to the nightmare of crime which engulfs
this land.

“There is a powerful group of persons
who are benefiting from crime and the
change we so badly need cannot be
expected to be initiated by them,” said
Bishop Hall.

The statement went on to say: “The
dark night of lawlessness must be met

with laws which are draconian and
enforceable. While all sectors must par-
ticipate in this crusade, parliamentari-
ans and lawyers must lead in this fight.”

“When a man is out on bail and mur-
ders again, it is time to act,” said Bishop
Hall. “It seems to me an obvious fact
that it is the law that must remain at the
vanguard of the crusade against lawless-
ness in our Bahamas.”

Yadah Fest is just one another initia-
tive that New Convenant Baptist
Church has taken on to put a Band-Aid
on the crime situation in the region,
which the church believes can be mend-
ed through spiritual renewal.

Last year, Bishop Hall praised the
construction of his church’s memorial
wall, located on the grounds of the
church on Independence Highway.

The structure is a significant and
symbolic tool commemorating the lives
of Bahamians who were taken in hor-
rific and unjust fashions.

Bishop Hall lamented that the

courts, lawyers, magistrates, and judges
are not doing enough to protect inno-
cent persons in Bahamian society. He
called on higher officials to “rid (the
country) of persons who are intent on
destroying the civility which we once
enjoyed.”

Still, the laws and legal infrastruc-
ture of the country pillars are difficult
to heed for some, and Bishop Hall
believes that the solution is for persons
to return to the Christian faith.

“The church is at its best when it
caters to the whole man, meeting the
spiritual, mental and physical needs,”
he said.

Bahamian minister Glen Johnson
who now lives in the US has coordinat-
ed the event, and according to Bishop
Hall, Mr Miller has put on power-
packed concerts in the past.

Part of the proceeds generated from
the concert, will be donated to the
Children’s Hostel and Haitian Relief
Fund.
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RELIGION The Tribune

WASTING. NO TIME

CONCERT

N THE heels of yet another smash
hit song "Wasting No Time"
Ricardo Clarke is staging yet
another gospel concert to inspire, encour-
age new talent and celebrate the release
of his official follow up to his breakthrough
hit song and album "Not Settling". Ricardo
shot to the national spotlight as his song
crossed over into heavy rotation and
became an anthem and soundtrack to peo-
ple's lives.
The Wasting No Time Album Release
Concert on March 19 will feature some of the
brightest musical talents on our shores. It will
be an absolute musical blend that will certainly
hit every musical taste bud while uplifting and
motivating all in attendance. He has also seen
the need to give back through acts of various
charity which has lead him to partner with the
Sister/Sister Breast Cancer Support Group,
Cancer Society, Teen Challenge and The Faith
Village Project, a senior citizens complex and
youth centre proposed by his local church. He
has also been very active traveling to speak/sing
in schools, colleges, churches and political are-
nas in Nassau, the family islands, USA, Turks
and Caicos, Canada and London. ——
The night will feature Ricardo Clarke with
the Higher Level Band, Monty G, Christian
Massive, Reuben Heights, Najie Dun, Minster
Denczil Rolle & High Praise, DJ Councellor,
Mr Beeds, Countella and many more with host
Jack Thompson at Calvary Deliverance Church
on East Street South in Nassau, Bahamas.
Showtime is at 7.30 pm.