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Store manager
cuts own throat

Business comes to
standstill after man
‘takes his own life’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

AN APPLIANCE sales-
man reportedly slit his own
throat killing himself in the
Palmdale shop where he had
worked for more than 10
years as other employees
milled about the store.

Business at Home Furni-
ture Company on Madeira
Street came to a standstill at
3.50 pm yesterday when Peter
Joseph was found, reportedly
in a restroom, bleeding from
what police suspect to be a
self-inflicted wound to his
neck. It was unclear if any
customers were in the store
at the time.

Friends, family and curious
onlookers converged on
Palmdale Shopping Centre
yesterday afternoon wonder-
ing what drove the 39-year-
old salesman — described by
many as a quiet, Christian

man who always appeared in
good spirits — to take his own
life.

Press Liaison Officer Chris-
lyn Skippings remained tight-
lipped on details of the inci-
dent because of the investi-
gation. She would not say in
which part of the store
Joseph's body was found, nor
would she reveal the instru-
ment used to take his life.

Shortly after the electronics
manager's body was wheeled
out of the appliance store by
morticians, several of Joseph's
grieving family members shuf-
fled quietly out of the shop,
trying to come to grips with
the tragedy.

"This is something no one
anticipated and I'm really
shocked," said younger broth-
er Wilson Joseph, who spoke
for the family. "I don't know
what would have triggered
this act, we never thought he

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Man accused of rape

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Former senator
says $4 million
lawsuit had ‘abated’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FORMER PLP Senator and
MP, Philip Galanis, yesterday said
he believed a lawsuit seeking $4
million damages from himself
over an alleged failure to repay a
construction loan had “abated.”

Mr Galanis, a partner in the
HLB Galanis Bain accounting
firm, was sued in Florida’s south-
ern district courts on February 16,
2010, after two loans worth a col-
lective $4 million, which he had
supposedly personally guaranteed,

SEE page 14






INS staff evaluation forms
allegedly tampered with

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PARAMEDICS had to be called
yesterday after an alleged rapist who
claimed he was the victim of police
brutality collapsed inside a courtroom.

Ricardo Knowles Jr who is facing
rape, kidnapping and armed robbery
charges stemming from two separate
incidents in 2008, was appearing
before Senior Supreme Court Justice
Jon Isaacs when the drama occurred.

With a trial scheduled for April 26,
Knowles told the court he had not
been provided with the necessary
information related to his hearing.

SEE page 14

services ‘grey list’

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net















ZNS staff are up in arms after a senior
manager at the broadcasting corporation
was allegedly found to have wrongfully
tampered with employee evaluation
forms.

The alleged tampering — which saw
staff members’ scores lowered on the
forms, which are key to promotions and
salary adjustments — came to light this
week when certain employees obtained
copies of their evaluation forms only to

SEE page 15

THE Bahamas fulfilled the require-
ments of the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD)
to be removed from the financial services
“grey list”.

Seven agreements allowing for the
exchange of tax information were signed
yesterday in Paris with the Nordic block
of countries — Denmark, Faroe Islands,

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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
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mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

POLICE will be taking a no-
nonsense policy to traffic vio-
lations when a new one-way
road system is introduced at the
end of the month.

Baillou Hill Road will be
one-way northbound between
Robinson Road and Wulff
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of Market Street will be one
way southbound from March
30 while major roadworks are
underway. And police are
warning motorists to obey the
signs, follow diversions and dri-
ve with caution or face penal-
ties. Road Traffic Division
Sergeant Garland Rolle assured
road users: “We will be out
there not so much with a view
of punishing people, but assist-
ing them. “However, we ask
drivers to pay attention to the
signs and obey the signs,
because if you refuse to, you
will be prosecuted.”

His warning, issued at a
Road Traffic Department and
Road Traffic Division press
conference in Chesapeake
Road yesterday, was reiterat-
ed by motorcycle division
supervisor Inspector Alphonso
Pinder. He said: “We are tar-
getting those persons who con-
tinue to break the law.

“We are appealling to mem-
bers of the public who continue
to use the streets in a reckless
manner to keep left, particu-

New one-way road system will signal
crackdown on wayward motorists

larly in Yellow Elder, near
Government High School,
where it’s particularly danger-
ous to schoolchildren.

“And we appeal to those
people riding motorcycles with-
out helmets, unlicensed and
uninsured, and those who have
not licensed their cars this year,
to get your vehicles sorted out.”

Road Traffic Division Super-
intendent Carolyn Bowe hopes
to address the myriad of issues
on Nassaw’s streets in monthly
meetings with the Road Traffic
Department.

The two agencies are work-
ing together to confront chal-
lenges as police draw informa-
tion on motor vehicle registra-
tion from the Road Traffic
Department’s database to
crackdown on car theft and
Road Traffic staff use police
statistics on road collisions to
develop preventative measures.

Crashes occurred at the rate
of one per hour in New Provi-
dence last year as 9,000 crashes
caused 56 deaths and added to
the toll of more than 500 road
deaths in the last 10 years.

A number of proposals to
increase penalties for speeding
and causing death by danger-
ous driving are being compiled
by police, in addition to the
need to enact laws enforcing

the use of seat-belts and allow-
ing trained police officers to use
breathalysers on those suspect-
ed of driving under the influ-
ence of alcohol.

Meanwhile, Road Traffic
Department transportation spe-
cialist Albie Hope said his
department aims to raise the
standard of driving by releas-
ing a new detailed driving
examination manual in the
coming months, and promoting
the revised 2008 Highway Code
in a media campaign.

Road Traffic staff are also
developing road safety educa-
tion in schools and will launch
two driving simulators in high
schools to help prepare young
drivers before they take to the
streets. However their efforts
will have little effect without
co-operation from the public.

Supt Bowe said: “Traffic is a
safety issue for all of us,
whether as pedestrians or
motorists, so we rely on your
co-operation to assist us when-
ever possible.

“We are asking members of
the public to obey road signs
and report traffic crimes.”

Contact the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Road Traffic Divi-
sion in Chesapeake Road on
393-7714/5 or call police on 919
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LOCAL NEWS

ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE

Several officers caught in strip

club raid

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune StaffReporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

SEVERAL Royal Bahamas Police
Force officers caught in a strip club dur-
ing a recent raid are still on active duty
pending the findings of an internal inves-
tigation.

The investigation centres around
whether or no the group — all police
women — played a part in organising an
illegal male strip show at the Ranch on
Mackey Street in late February.

Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames,
who oversees the RBPF Complaints and
Corruption Unit, said the investigation
isin the "advanced" stage.

"It's not quite completed as yet, it’s at
an advanced stage so it would be prema-
ture to comment on that given the fact
that it's not (done)," Mr Dames told The
Tribune yesterday. "No decision (on the
officer's fate) has been made either way
at this point”.

His comments came after a Tribune
source claimed the investigation had been
dropped, allegedly because one of the
female officers in question is reportedly in
a relationship with a senior police officer.

When this claim was put to the deputy
commissioner, he brushed off the asser-
tion, stressing that the investigation is
ongoing.

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If at the end of the day there is
evidence that will justify us tak-
ing disciplinary action against
those involved, then we will do

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"T can't comment on speculation, on
allegations ... The only thing I can com-
ment on is the investigation.

At the end of the day we will look at
the file and wherever it leads we will go.
My concern is to investigate this matter
fairly and transparently.

Disciplinary

"If at the end of the day there is evi-
dence that will justify us taking discipli-
nary action against those involved, then
we will do that," said Mr Dames.

The officers under investigation were
among 107 female patrons arrested in a
raid, which took place about three weeks
ago. Some 29 men were also arrested at

the Charms nightclub in Centreville at
the same time. Three men from Atlanta,
Georgia were charged with stripping at
The Ranch nightclub, and three women —
two Colombians and a Jamaican — are
charged with stripping at Charms.

Days after the raid, the police said they
were "intensively" investigating the pos-
sibility that the strip events were to some
extent organised by a ring of police offi-
cers stationed in various departments of
the force.

Police at the time would not confirm
the names of the officers or the number
of individuals involved, but the source
claimed eight officers, including four
women, were suspected of organising the
illegal events.

road crash death

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A TEENAGER killed in a
car crash has become the coun-
try’s ninth road death this year.

Investigators say Germaine
Jeron Forbes, 18, was a back-
seat passenger in the 2004 green
Cadillac Seville when it crashed
into a cedar tree in Yamacraw
Hill Road on the eastern end
of New Providence at around
9.30pm on Tuesday night.

Mr Forbes, of Bamboo
Boulevard, in Bamboo Town,
was seated in the rear right-
hand side of the car at the time.
He died at the scene.

Another man and two
women were pulled from the
wreckage and taken to hospital
where they remain in serious
condition.

Reserve Assistant Superin-
tendent Richard Rahming, of
the Police Road Traffic Divi-
sion, visited the site yesterday
to determine how the crash
may have happened.

Speed

The death is the sixth in New
Providence this year, while
three other fatalities have been
recorded in Andros, San Sal-
vador and Eleuthera. A total
of 56 fatal road accidents were
recorded across the country last
year, contributing to a death
toll of more than 500 over the
last ten years.

ASP Rahming has recon-
structed 524 fatal accident sites
during his 21-year tenure and
said speed causes the vast
majority of fatal road accidents.

He is pushing for more strin-
gent speeding laws and higher
penalties to help reduce traffic
fatalities.

“They say speed kills, and it
really does,” ASP Rahming
said.

“Tf we could control speed it
would eliminate a lot of prob-
lems.”

Man gets three
years for firearms
and ammo charges

A 27-year-old man was
sentenced to three years in
prison after pleading guilty to
firearm and ammunition
charges.

Ryan Taylor of Harrison
Square was arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethell in
Court 8, Bank Lane, yester-
day, charged with two counts
of possession of an unlicensed
firearm and possession of
ammunition.

Court dockets state that on
March 9, Taylor was found in
possession of a black Austria
Glock 9mm handgun and a
silver Rossi .38 revolver.
Court dockets also state that
Taylor was found in posses-
sion of 26 9mm bullets and
one .38 bullet.

The sentences are to run
concurrently.

ASP Rahming explained
how road deaths have been
reduced in the Turks and
Caicos islands where drivers
can be fined in court up to
$2,000 for speeding.

Police can issue a $250 penal-
ty for breaking the speed limit
and an additional $150 for
every mile per hour they drive
above the limit.

“This allows drivers to police
themselves, because the minute
you go over the speed limit you
know exactly what will hap-
pen,” ASP Rahming said.

“T would like to have some of
these fines placed in our laws
here to prevent speeding,
because speed is a situation
where at a particular momen-
tum you lose control and it kills.

“If you drive within the
speed limit fatalities could be
cut right down to a minimum.”

Road Traffic Department
Superintendent Carolyn Bowe
said a number of traffic laws
need to be revised and penalties
increased including the exist-
ing $10,000 fine for death by
dangerous driving, seatbelt and
drink driving laws.

Proposed updates to current
traffic laws are being compiled
for government by the Road
Traffic Division in cooperation
with the Road Traffic Depart-
ment.

As investigations into the
crash continue, police are
appealing for information from
those who may have seen the
Cadillac with registration num-
ber 226639 on Tuesday to call
the Road Traffic Division on
393-7714/5, call police on 919,
or call Crime Stoppers anony-
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Senator warns ministry

over negative online press

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION Senator
Hope Strachan is warning the
Ministry of Tourism not to
underestimate the impact neg-
ative online press could have
on the Bahamas brand.

She was speaking about the
recent notice issued by the
AOL Inc travel website that
listed the Bahamas, along with
several other Caribbean
nations, as places to avoid in
view of violent crime.

“In today’s instant messag-
ing environment even our Min-
ister of Tourism (Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace), who is a seri-
ous advocate for technology, is
incapable of stopping the pro-
liferation of websites which
warn people not to visit our
shores because of crime,” said
Ms Strachan in her mid-year
budget presentation to the Sen-
ate yesterday.

She said anti-Bahamas web-
sites have the potential to
undermine the positive mes-
sage disseminated in millions
of dollars worth of advertising
spent annually by the govern-
ment to promote the country.

She said the minister’s
expressed opinion, that the
AOL advisory is not a cause
for alarm, is not enough, and
more should be done to pro-
tect visitors and the industry.

The Ministry of Tourism
monitors online discussions and

HOPE STRACHAN



trends related to ‘Brand
Bahamas’, however, they do
not respond to all negative
internet posts to avoid creat-
ing additional visibility of mes-
sages that do not have much
traction.

Aside from the negative
online publicity, the Bahamas
has won coveted industry
awards for its successes using
internet technology to virally
spread positive messages.

At the 53rd annual Adrian
Awards Competition earlier
this year, hosted by the Hos-
pitality Sales and Marketing
Association International
(HSMAT), the Bahamas was
honoured with two awards for
web marketing excellence.

SENATE BRIEFS

The Bahamas won the com-
petition’s highest honour, a
Platinum Adrian Award, for
the web marketing campaign,
“Bahama Fridays,” which was
a video parody of a local news
segment about corporate
offices that encouraged their
employees to dress up in casu-
al island vacation attire on Fri-
day’s to simulate a Bahamas
experience.

Despite the offensive and
defensive strategies of the Min-
istry of Tourism, the internet
contains negative publicity.

A search of “negative
Bahamas tourist reviews” pro-
duces 166,000 search results on
Google, and not all of them are
about crime. However, the
search results also produced
positive reviews challenging the
negative ones.

On page one of the search
results, a commentator on
Yahoo! Travel posting under
the moniker ‘Will do it again’,
said: “This was our first trip to
the Bahamas, and it was mar-
velous! I had read so many
negative reviews and was sad-
dened ahead of time thinking
we had made the wrong choice.
However, as soon as we land-
ed, you could not have asked
for better service or hospitality!
I was not disappointed in the
least!”

In addition to the efforts of
the Ministry of Tourism, pri-
vate resorts do their own pub-
lic relations in order to address
negative online reviews.



IT WAS announced in the Senate today that:

precincts. Work on the Supreme Court is expect-

ed to take 18 months.

¢ A new criminal court has been added to the

two existing courts in New Providence and the
one in Freeport, and the Attorney General’s
Office expects a fifth to be established during
the course of the year.

¢ In December 2009, the Attorney General’s
office acquired secure government domain emails
for all its attorneys, secretaries and administrative
personnel. The office’s email was previously host-
ed by commercial email providers Yahoo and
Hotmail, which are not domestically secured.

¢ The Department of Justice is set to benefit
from a number of capital works in the second
half of the fiscal year, including the renovation,
expansion and centralisation of Supreme Court
facilities in the Bank Lane and Parliament Square

¢ Renovations of the Magistrates Court Com-
plex on Nassau Street are expected to be com-
pleted by June 2010.

¢ Four stipendiary and circuit magistrates are
expected to be appointed in the coming months
to serve in a full time capacity in four of the
larger population centres in the Family Islands —
Andros, Long Island, Exuma and Eleuthera.

e A draft Bill with recommendations for
changes to the Penal Code and the Criminal
Procedure Code is expected in the coming
months. The Office of the Attorney General
hired retired Justice of Appeal Mustapha
Ibrahim to review the codes with a view to mod-
ernising both.

Prime Minister to attend Caricom meeting Eag-yerarae,

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham will attend the
two-day 21st Caricom Heads
of Government Interses-
sional Meeting starting today
in Roseau, Dominica.

Caricom Heads are slated
to discuss a number of issues
pertinent to the region, pri-
marily developments in the

Mr Ingraham left Nassau
yesterday and will return on
Saturday.

National Security Minister
Tommy Turnquest is acting
as prime minister and Minis-
ter of Finance until today,
and Brent Symonette as
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Family Islands are
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second home market’

High Commissioner
of Republic of Incia

visits minister

MINISTER OF YOUTH,
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THE second home tourism
market plays an important role
in the Bahamian economy,
according to tourism experts
and land developers, with Aba-
co leading the charge.

Despite criticism over the rel-
atively small number of jobs
created through the second
home market, particularly when
compared to resort develop-
ments, and the bulk of the ben-
efit going to the developer, the
industry is said to produce the
most reliable tourists and sus-
tainable spin-off ventures.

Opposition spokesman on
tourism, West End and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe, said the
second home market is respon-
sible for keeping the economy
of Abaco buoyant.

He said Freeport has also
benefited from the model, and
Bimini is currently following
suit, although developments in
Bimini, such as the Bimini Bay
Resort, have been heavily criti-
cised in the past for making
large plots of land inaccessible
for Bahamians.

A number of components
work in the Bahamas’ favour
when it comes to the second
home market, including prox-
imity to the United States, wide-
spread Internet connectivity and
reliable utility services. These
are the features that made the
latest second home develop-
ment in Abaco possible.

Serenity Point is a planned
high-end 40-acre gated residen-
tial community targeting sec-
ond home owners. It is com-
prised of 24 beach-front lots,
hilltop sites and elevated estates
on the five-mile long Schooner
Bay Beach.

Lots start at $550,000. When
the cost of each home is fac-
tored in, the development of
each lot could run from $1.2
million to $7 million or even
higher, according to Gustaf
Hernqvist, senior sales and mar-

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ment.

“The government had the
foresight and vision to invest in
this infrastructure and I put it to
you right now if we did not have
all of that in the highway, (let’s
just say) thank God for that,”
said Alex Nihon II, real estate
developer and president of
Anco Lands.

“We are building this phase
one, and hopefully there will be
many more. Our objective is to
create jobs. After we sell a lot,
we build a home, so that is the
objective. We have all of these
real estate people here and
some of them haven’t been to
South Abaco in years,” said Mr
Nihon, who also noted the main
reason for a gated community is
to provide security and priva-
cy.

rhe generations of Nihon
men have invested in Bahamian
land, accumulating roughly
2,000 acres since they first set
foot in the country in the 1940s.
The family originated in Liége,
Belgium, and migrated to Mon-
treal, Canada, where they
amassed their fortune in indus-
trial manufacturing.

Asked how many jobs the
project in Abaco is expected to
create, Mr Hernqvist said:
“That is a question you have to
look at on the broad scale. The
family came here in the late 40s,
and has invested in large tracks
of land which has made them



one of the largest land owners
in the Bahamas and possibly the
largest land owner in Abaco.
This is our first development
that is happening and we have a
great future, so over a long peri-
od of time we are looking to
employ many Bahamians and
support the Bahamian commu-
nity as much as we can.”

George Smith, realtor and
former MP for Exuma, said the
second home market generates
employment for several groups,
including real estate brokers,
lawyers, construction compa-
nies, automobile dealerships,
executive property managers,
gardeners and other ground
staff.

“They are really the most
dependable tourists you can
have. They are constant return-
ers. They spend plenty money
in restaurants, casinos, they
shop, they become people who
spend long periods of time over
many years. In many cases, they
introduce their friends relatives
to the country,” said Mr Smith.

Real estate developer Paul
Moss believes differently. He
said the developments really
benefit the developer and not
the Bahamian people. He said
the employment afforded to
lawyers, real estate agents and
the income to government are
residual.

“The justification for them to
enter the environment and to
get approval for something that
should not be approved, it
should not be about jobs, it
should be about equity to the
extent the Bahamians own the
economy and realise careers
and not jobs,” said Mr Moss.

“They are not talking serious
employment, perhaps persons
doing domestic work, and nine
times out of ten it will be a for-
eign employee. To develop
Bahamians we have to exploit
the industries that have hereto-
fore not been exploited and
those are industries like farming
and fishing. They are the most
profitable industries in the
country,” he said.

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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

AGRIBUSINESS is catch-
ing on, with Bahamians now
growing products ranging from
goat peppers to organic pesti-
cides for sale on the local mar-
ket.

The Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources has
made agribusiness a priority
and is currently hosting a series
of 11 expos on islands across
the Bahamas.

The next expo is set to be
held in Cat Island on March 18.

Bahamians engaged in
agribusiness at various levels of
the production, from fresh pro-
duce vending to the manufac-
ture of organic cosmetics, are
participating in the expos.

The Junior Achievement
company Citco Kartel attended

Mi Ministry of Agriculture hosting expos across Bahamas

the New Providence expo in
late February, selling their hot
pepper sauce, produced from
dried goat pepper.

The company partnered with
the Food Safety and Technolo-
gy Laboratory of the Ministry
of Agriculture and Marine
Resources in order to make the
pepper product from locally
grown produce.

Abaco Neem is a 17-year old
Bahamian company that is well
versed in agribusiness. They
cultivate over 120 acres of farm
land in Abaco, where 6,500
neem trees sustain their busi-
ness. They have a manufactur-
ing factory in Marsh Harbour
that is about 13 miles from their
farm.

Daphne Degregory, co-own-
er, said one of the company’s

success strategies has been to
stay relevant by introducing a
new product in the market
almost every year.

Their latest innovation is a
certified organic pesticide made
from neem oil, distilled water
and trace elements.

To manufacture this product
the company teamed up with
another Bahamian company,
Kingdom Eagle Farms.

Neem

Abaco Neem manufactures
several lines of products includ-
ing, soaps, lotions, fertilisers,
healthcare, home and garden
products, and even pet care
products that are all derivatives
of the neem tree.

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SANDALS at Emerald Bay
is Opening new opportunities
for Exuma’s farmers and arti-
sans

The resort has agreed to pur-
chase Exuma-grown produce
and has arranged a weekly cul-
tural outing for its guests at the
local Fish Fry.

“We want our guests to expe-
rience Bahamian food and cul-
ture,” said general manager
John Keating. “So we have
arranged with the local Fish Fry
to go down on a Wednesday
night.

“At the Fish Fry they can eat
local Bahamian food prepared
by local Bahamian chefs along
with some entertainment,
music, dancing. We think that
would be very fruitful. We
think our guests will get a true
taste of the Bahamas while they
are here.”

The vendors have been “very
cooperative” in any changes
that had to be made to facilitate
the venture, he said. “We are
looking forward to a very
strong relationship with them.”

Thanks to Sandals, Air Cana-
da is making weekly flights to
Exuma. The next flight is
booked full, said Mr Keating.

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have been here we have re-

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Bahamians are entering the
field from diverse backgrounds.
Rionda Godet, owner of Ridge
Farms, an agricultural farm and
food processing business, tran-
sitioned into backyard farming
after practicing law for years.
She maintains a hydroponic or
soilless greenhouse in her back-
yard in New Providence.

Ms Godet is now in the
process of developing over 20
acres of land, primarily in Aba-
co. Her vision is to operate a
farm that grows agricultural
produce for retail and to take
from the field directly into her
kitchen for processing.

She currently produces jams,
pepper jellies, pepper sauces, a
variety of coconut cakes and
other products, some of which
are carried by the hotel chain

and artisans

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Key (second right) inspected the work.

shows what can be produced.

employed a lot of people who
worked formerly for the Four
Seasons and they are settling
down very, very well,” he said.
“They can see the place is get-
ting busy. The relationship
locally is getting better every
day.”

Sandals has also adopted
Exuma’s Livingstone N Coak-
ley High School.

“We’re going to work with
them through the Sandals
Foundation which always works
well in the local community. So
we are very happy to be
involved with that.”

Mr Keating hosted Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC) chairman Edi-

son Key and a team on Tues-
day. BAIC was in Exuma to
inspect land being prepared for
farmers and to meet with per-
sons interested in food produc-
tion.

“We have made available
some funding for farmers
whereby we pay half the cost
of the land clearing,” Mr Key
said.

“Tam pleased with what I
have seen. I see some progress
with the farmers. There has
been increased production in
onions, tomatoes, cabbages,
potatoes and other products.

“And the meeting with San-
dals was very, very encourag-
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connection between the farm-
ers and the hotel will go a long
way in eliminating farmers’
dependency on the packing
house and the produce
exchange in Nassau.”

BAIC is planning to erect
accommodations for farmers
and artisans at the Fish Fry.

“This is excellent news for
farmers here,” said Farmers
Association president Althea
Ferguson.

“We appreciate all that San-
dals on Exuma is doing for us.
We hope, soon, to be an asset
to them.”

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things grow from small
seedlings to producing their
own fruit and then being able to
take that and retail to high end
restaurants, and from your
reserved, process for value
added products. It is really a
win-win,” said Ms Godet.

The biggest challenge she
faces doing agribusiness in the
Bahamas are delays in produc-
tion as a result of having to wait
on other people. She said farm-
ers do not get a weekly wage
like typical employees, so they



have to constantly keep up pro-
duction.

“If we are not able to plant
our seeds, to cultivate our lands,
to get the relevant licenses and
help we need, then we can’t
produce and if we can’t pro-
duce we can’t get paid,” she
said.

“People not understanding
how important they are to the
farmer’s success. If you are
waiting for someone to find a
piece of paper on their desk for
weeks, people don’t understand
how debilitating that could be.
Too often people hold us up
because they refuse to do their
jobs in a timely manner.”

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Mahatma Rice and Robin
Hood Flour Junior Young
Chet Championship

CHRISTA Lyons of
Queen’s College won the
2010 New Providence
Junior Champion Young
Chef Contest sponsored by
Mahatma Rice and Robin
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The 14-year-old ninth
grade student impressed the
judges, Chef Keisha Bon-
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(CHMI) and Chef Seanette
Brice of Sandals Resort,
and earned a total of 359
points with her tasty "Sun-
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and "Tropical Fruit Fusion
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placed second with 274
points with her entries
"Spicy Seafood Rice Balls"
and "Pumpkin Papaya and
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Deidrah Stubbs of Jordan
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Queen’s College for juniors
and March 18 at CC
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school students, with over
$3,300 in scholarships avail-
able.

“The top two New Provi-
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the National Junior Cham-
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tion”, said Sharon Fergu-
son, Ministry of Education
home economics officer,
who coordinates the event
with P S Advertising and
public relations throughout
the nation’s schools.

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will be cash prizes for
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$100 for third and $50 for
forth.

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and $200 respectively”, said
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Lost in the ruins:
Haiti's hest
and brightest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

THEY kept the books, had
the training and fixed the com-
puters. They were the educat-
ed few of Haiti, an up-and-
coming generation of nurses,
technicians, office managers
and college students, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Now they're gone — just
when their struggling country
needs them most.

The Jan. 12 earthquake
struck just before 5 p.m.,
destroying office buildings and
disproportionately killing the
young professionals who were
going the extra mile to make
Haiti work. Many were
crushed at their desks.

"It is a generation that
decided not to leave the coun-
try. They chose to work for
the country," said Dieusibon
Pierre-Merite, a Haitian soci-
ologist with a United Nations
anti-gang program that lost
several staffers in the quake.
"They are the ones who died."

Compounding the loss is a
quickening brain drain, as peo-
ple with the ability and means
to leave abandon a ravaged
country where more than 1.2
million people have lost their
homes.

Prime Minister Jean-Max
Bellerive told The Associated
Press he has watched with dis-
may as educated youths board
planes to the United States
and elsewhere. They leave
because Haiti, always a diffi-
cult place to live, became
impossible after the quake.

"T was looking at their faces:
They were escaping a country
and they had no intention to
go back," Bellerive said. "I
feel love for the people that
have lost family ... but I
believe it's even harder for the
country to see living people
that could do so much to
rebuild Haiti, leaving Haiti."

Haiti has gone through such
losses of talent before, usually
in times of political upheaval.
Many fled or were killed
under the father-and-son
Duvalier dictatorships from
1957-86.

People also escaped
reprisals under the U.S.-
backed junta of Gen.

Raoul Cedras in the early
1990s, under President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide and in the
violent chaos that followed
Aristide's 2004 ouster.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 9

Letisha Henderson/BIS

THE MINISTRY of Public Works and Transport has announced that a one-way system for Baillou Hill
Road and Market Street will be introduced to make Baillou Hill Road one-way northbound and Market
Street one-way southbound between Robinson Road and Wulff Road starting Tuesday, March 30.

Motor vehicles are pictured on Baillou Hill Road.

Police to enforce traffic
rules during construction

By KATHRYN
CAMPBELL

OFFICERS of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force will
be out in full force to ensure
the smooth flow of traffic
during the construction
phase of the one-way sys-
tem for Baillou Hill Road
and Market Street, said
Sergeant Garland Rolle of
the Traffic Division.

“All uniformed police
officers working on the
island of New Providence
will be involved with main-
taining law and order in this
area and for other road
works going on in New
Providence,” he said.

“Any officer in a patrol or
motorcycle unit, once in uni-
form, understands his/her
responsibility to enforce the
laws of the Bahamas.”

He said the police force is
working closely with engi-
neers from the Ministry of
Public Works and Transport
to make traffic flow easier.

“We are very concerned
about this and we will be
giving it our full attention.
The cooperation of the gen-
eral public is very important

with this project to ensure
they know what to do,” said
Sgt Rolle.

Phase one of the Baillou
Hill Road and Market
Street corridor to be imple-
mented on Tuesday, March
30, will make Baillou Hill
Road one-way northbound
and Market Street one-way
southbound between
Robinson Road and Wulff
Road.

The new system is a part
of the $120-million New
Providence Road Improve-
ment Project that is being
funded by the government
and the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB).

The Road Traffic Depart-
ment has increased its
efforts to inform the public
of the changes to be imple-
mented.

Brad Smith, Assistant
Controller in the Road Traf-
fic Department, said in con-
junction with the Transport,
Policy and Planning Unit,
the Road Traffic Depart-
ment will be visiting the 20
plus schools in the area.

“It is important that we
get into the schools and
agencies that use Baillou

Hill Road and Market
Street corridors to commute
to and from school and
work,” Mr Smith said.

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ELIZABETH Burrows of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama checks
on a few pets awaiting collection after successful surgeries at the free
spay and neutering clinic being held in High Rock.

STAFF at the Grand Bahama Humane Society
(GBHS) are gearing up for numerous activities in March
with a spay and neutering clinic already underway and the
society’s annual major fundraiser coming up in two
weeks.

Four vets and three licenced veterinary technicians
(LVTs) from the United States are currently conducting a
field clinic in High Rock.

Free spay or neutering
services are being carried
out at the Anglican Parish
Hall from 7am — 7pm,
Monday through to Friday,
and the group hopes to
attend to 200 - 250 animals
during this visit.

On the first day of the
clinic, 49 animals received
attention - 40 dogs and
nine cats.

The animals undergo the
routine of a pre-exam,
anesthesia application,
surgery and recovery.

There is no age stipula-
tion but animals must
weigh at least two pounds
to receive the treatment.

In addition, whilst
they’re recovering, the ani-
mals’ ears are cleaned,
their nails are clipped and
they’re vaccinated, de-

Elizabeth Burrows wormed and treated for
other minor injuries if
needed. “Despite the enormous costs, it’s vital for us to
host such clinics on an ongoing basis because the animal
overpopulation in Grand Bahama affects everyone.

“Despite the
enormous costs,
it’s vital for us to
host such clinics
on an ongoing
basis because the
animal overpopu-
lation in Grand
Bahama affects
everyone. The ser-
vice we provide in
the community
benefits everyone,
regardless of
whether you have
a pet or not.”



Benefits

“The service we provide in the community benefits
everyone, regardless of whether you have a pet or not,”
said GBHS executive director Elizabeth Burrows.

Group leader, volunteer veterinarian Robin Brennen,
from New York, has participated in the local programme
since 2006 and considers it a privilege to assist.

“We are more than happy to participate. I feel that we
have a skill to share and it’s professionally rewarding to
take such skills and use them to help solve a preventable
problem.

“By our actions we hope to pass a love of animals on
and teach people about responsible pet ownership.”

During Tuesday’s clinic, Ms Burrows, along with some
of the visiting volunteers, travelled to the nearby High
Rock Primary School.

The group explained the role of the Humane Society
gave tips on proper animal care and distributed handouts
with animal-friendly messages.

After, what is hoped to be, a successful field clinic,
attention next turns to the Humane Society’s biggest
fundraiser, the “Weekend that went to the Dogs’, slated
for March 19 - 21.

Lunch

A ‘Red Hot Mama’s Lunch’ will be held in the lobby of
the Regency Theatre for ladies only on Friday, March 19.

Beginning at noon, the three-hour event will feature
live entertainment, a wine bar and lunch.

Saturday, March 20 promises to delight as well with an
‘Animal House Party’ at the Garden of the Groves.
Beginning at 7pm, the garden affair, also priced at $50 per
person, will feature a live band from Kentucky, a silent
auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

The weekend of festivities concludes, on Sunday,
March 21 with a ‘Furry Friends Festival and Dog Show’ at
the Humane Society’s shelter on Coral Road. A full slate
of activities is planned for the family fun day with food,
games, rides and various competitions.

“With a current animal count of 450, the shelter experi-
ences a monthly shortfall of $15,000 to $20,000,” Ms Bur-
rows said.

“Any donations received are much appreciated and are
used entirely for medicine, pet food, vet services, cleaning
supplies, gasoline, and other items related to the numer-
ous animals in our care.”

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LOCAL NEWS

BEC holds maths clinic for BJC, BGCSE students

THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) in con-
junction with the Ministry of
Education officially opened its
mathematics clinic last week for
grade nine and 11 students
from selected junior and senior
high schools.

The clinic will continue until
May 6, on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days between the hours of 4pm
and 6pm at BEC headquarters
on Baillou Hill and Tucker
Roads.

“BEC is committed to
empowering Bahamians,” said
Kevin Basden, 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 edu-
cational 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 execut-
ed, will assist with the mathe-
matical needs of our partici-
pants 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 Shar-
nette Curry, assisted the Min-
istry with organising the clinic.







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BEC MATH CLINIC — BEC and Ministry of Education staff responsi-
ble for tutoring at the clinic, the students, and at centre and seated
are Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour; BEC’s
general manager Kevin Basden and Environment Minister Earl

Deveaux.

“The staff at the Corpora-
tion 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.”

BEC’s chief financial officer
Cecile Greene, while giving
opening remarks, expressed to
the students present how
important mathematics is in
everyday life. Ministers Earl
Deveaux and Phenton Ney-
mour of the Ministry of Envi-
ronment also attended the
opening and reiterated what Ms
Greene had said to the stu-
dents.

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They were carefully selected by
the Ministry of Education’s
mathematics officer with math-
ematics teachers from the vari-
ous participating high schools.

Theresa McPhee, Ministry
of Education’s mathematics
officer said:

“T cannot begin to express
how grateful we are to BEC for
this effort. It is more than com-
mendable when corporate citi-
zens take time out to assist in
areas needed especially when
it pertains to our youth. We say
a big ‘thank you’ to BEC.”

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FORMER Minister of
State for Immigration
Branville McCartney’s res-
ignation is being seen as a
political rebellion in certain
quarters of the FNM, as
attack dogs and a number
of disgruntled, diehard
FNMs are having fits of
hysteria and are already
hurling scurrilous and
cheap potshots from behind
the curtain of anonymity.
From this week on, Mr
McCartney will be wading
through a political mine-
field.

Throughout the
Bahamas, Bran McCartney
is heralded as a hard work-
er, a young man who
understands the true pur-
pose of parliamentary rep-
resentation of his con-
stituents. The former min-
ister’s genuine concern for
the nation’s youth was on
display last November ina
speech and subsequent
question and answer ses-
sion given during a class I
lectured at the College of
the Bahamas.

Admittedly, Mr
McCartney’s resignation
from Cabinet, while serv-
ing as a first-term junior
Cabinet Minister and par-
liamentarian has led to
comparisons to bumbling
former Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin who herself
resigned before serving a
single, full-term. All-in-all,
however, Bran McCartney

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is not the divisive figure
and calamitous Jane that
Sarah Palin has turned out
to be.

Bran McCartney’s resig-
nation on his personal con-
victions, shows that he has
the kahunas to stand up for
his beliefs whatever they
might be and this might, in
the long run, catapult him
to the top of the leadership
totem pole as Prime Minis-
ter and FNM leader Hubert
Ingraham’s successor
while—in time—potential-
ly also earning the PM’s
admiration.

Mr Ingraham has not
said anything disparaging
about Mr McCartney and
he appears to be such an
astute politician that amidst
all the political brouhaha,
he is focused enough to
direct his attention upon
the PLP’s election court
challenge and other issues
instead of being found to
be in open combat with the
very popular Mr McCart-
ney.

Dr Dexter Johnson,
lawyer and medical doctor,
addressed Mr McCartney’s
resignation and potential
leadership of the FNM stat-
ing:

“In a situation with two
exhausted leaders, the
focus must be upon a

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file of potentially new lead-
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time. The system of the
past is not bringing the best
leaders forward.

“The change in the
immigration ministry’s poli-
cies had put Mr McCartney
in park—indefinitely. If he
crosses the floor, the Ingra-
ham administration would
fall,” he asserted.

Dr Johnson went on:

“Mr McCartney would
be a welcome addition to a
third party. His arrival
would immediately catapult
a third party into the polit-
ical stratosphere and could
be a platform to show his
uninhibited vision. His
arrival would immediately
make a third party a con-
tender as it would have a
credible Parliamentary
voice.”

It seems highly unlikely
that, even after submitting
his resignation, Mr McCart-
ney would cross the floor.

The timing of the former
junior minister’s resigna-
tion may be of concern to
some, particularly as it fol-

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lows an extremely acrimo-
nious Elizabeth by-election
campaign and has led to
overarching concerns about
his political plans, especial-
ly how his resignation—
with the FNM in a seem-
ingly precarious state—
could affect his aspirations
for leadership.

Frankly, in the wake of a
closely-contested, yet unde-
clared by-election, the
FNM must be uncertain of
exactly what the electorate
thinks and whether public
apathy is directed towards
the party and its gover-
nance. While Mr McCart-
ney’s resignation has rever-
berated throughout the
archipelago, his resignation
would have been more res-
onant had it been submit-
ted immediately after the
Prime Minister decided to
temporarily grant status to
the Haitian migrants
housed at the Detention
Centre following the cata-
strophic earthquake in
Port-au-Prince. At that
time, the PM's decision to
release the Haitians— even
with temporary status —
was met with a chorus of
dissent and questions about
its legality as local radio
talk shows were bombard-
ed by livid callers. Indeed,
there is a paralyzing fog of
disbelief and outright cyni-
cism being expressed in
some quarters about the
Prime Minister's decision.
It has been alleged that Mr
McCartney was not con-
sulted and felt that it was
a usurping of his power and
authority as Minister of
State in-charge of the
Department of Immigra-
tion.

It has also been alleged
that Mr McCartney had a
running feud with substan-
tive minister and DPM
Brent Symonette, who
some contend may have
sought to tie his hands on
certain immigration mat-
ters.

Indeed, while questions
run rife about whether the
Bamboo Town MP’s resig-
nation will further cripple
the FNM in terms of its
support, I believe that he
is a chap with the gravitas
to stand against the grain.
However, diehard FNM
supporters, despite their
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more concerned about par-
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how principled one might
be. Although Mr McCart-
ney has exhibited the
attributes, abilities and
intellect that are com-
mendable traits to propel
him to leadership as
opposed to an aptitude to
simply be a sycophant com-
plying with political dic-
tates, today, even the slight-
est misstep could lead to
another man (McCartney)
who would-be “king” being
permanently ushered out
of the throne room.

Are the voting delegates
and council members will-
ing to view an individual’s
abilities or, at the end of
the day, will party super-
sede any principle that a
person holds?

It is my belief that when
Charles Maynard—who is
not seen as the brightest
spark in the Cabinet—was
appointed the substantive
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture after a abysmal
performance as a junior
minister, Mr McCartney
possibly felt snubbed.

Sources assert that the
former state minister
believed himself to have
been overlooked and cast
aside.

Furthermore, unlike cer-
tain members of the cur-
rent and past Cabinets, Mr
McCartney is not overly
dependent upon a Cabinet
job, as he has publicly
admitted to being indepen-
dent, financially secure and
to have used his ministerial
salary in the constituency.

After the dust settles in
Elizabeth, it is said by cer-
tain FNM insiders that
McCartney could be dis-
placed. If Elizabeth serves
as a catalyst for what 2012
holds, there will then be a
strategic plan for counting
seats within both of the
major parties, with each
party distinguishing the
seats that are must-haves
in its column in the instance
that the election is close.
These must-have seats must
also be contested by
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ished and relocated to con-
test another constituency.

When former Bamboo
Town MP Tennyson Wells
initially broke ranks with
the FNM/PM Ingraham,
the constituency association
continued to support him
as an independent. Mr
Wells was shown that they
stood with him, only to lat-
er part ways upon being
won over by Mr McCart-
ney’s arrival and the real-
ization that an independent
could do little for the con-
stituency.

As it regards Mr
McCartney’s possible suc-
cession to PM Ingraham as
FNM leader, the issue of
his ability to galvanize the
voters across the political
spectrum to vote for the
party must also be taken
into account. Moreover, if
history serves as precedent,
future leadership chal-
lengers within the major
parties may also need the
blessings of previous lead-
ers—as seems to be the
norm in the Bahamas. Will

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Before the arrival of Mr
Ingraham, the FNM was
viewed as the elitist,
Republican Party of the
Bahamas. Since then, Mr
Ingraham’s leadership has
increased support for the
party across the electoral
spectrum. As PM Ingraham
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political career, it remains
obvious that the FNM has
yet to find homegrown tal-
ent to become a true
leader-Prime Minister
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fell into default and were
reportedly not repaid.

When contacted for com-
ment by The Tribune yester-
day, Mr Galanis said of the
lawsuit: “I was told it had
been abated.” He told this
newspaper to speak to attor-
ney Damien Gomez, who
“has the details” on the case,
but Mr Gomez never
returned this newspaper’s
telephone calls before press
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Mr Galanis’s assertion that
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by US District Judge Daniel
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both Mr Galanis and the
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addition to setting out case
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appears to be ‘live’.

Mr Galanis is being sued
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which is alleging breach of
contract in relation to a lend-
ing agreement it entered into
with a Bahamian-domiciled
company, North Andros
Assets, on December 16,
2005.

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personally, in the event of
default by North Andros
Assets.

A 12 per cent per annum
interest rate was attached to
the loan, Cordell Funding
alleged, with monthly pay-
ments due on the first day of
each month after the loan was
made. The loan matured, and
all interest and principal were
to be repaid after a term of
36 months.

The Miami-based lender
alleged that the credit facility
fell into default if monthly
interest payments were not
made within 10 days of the
due date, and North Andros
Assets had failed to make the
payments since September 27,
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“Borrower and guarantor
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PHILIP GALANIS



2006,” Cordell Funding
alleged. “Guarantor had actu-
al knowledge that interest was
not paid. Although guarantor
expressly waived any right to
notice or demand with respect
to the default by borrower or

obligation of the defendant
[Mr Galanis] to honour the
guarantee, written notice and
request for payment was
made by the plaintiff.”

Cordell Funding alleged
that the contract agreed that
the interest due on the loan
would rise to 20 per cent in
the event of default, while a
late fee worth 5 per cent of
the payment would be added
if any payment was late. A
default would leave the guar-
antor responsible for the late
fee.

“Galanis has failed and
refused to pay $3.5 million on
the initial loan and $500,000
on a supplemental loan,
together with interest and
expenses to the plaintiff in
breach of his obligations as a
guarantor of the aforesaid
loans,” Cordell Funding
alleged.

It also claimed that Gala-
nis had agreed to be liable for
its attorneys’ fees and costs
in the event of a default and
legal action.

seen by The Tribune, Mr
Galanis allegedly guaranteed
repayment along with three
other men, Conrad DeSantis,
Joe Simmons and Joel Jenk-
ins.

Further research by The
Tribune indicates that Cordell
Funding has also sued Mr
DeSantis, a former chairman
of Enterprise National Bank
in North Palm Beach and
attorney with DeSantis,
Gaskill, Smith & Shenkman,
plus Mr Simmons, in relation
to the same loan and guaran-
tee.

It appears that the loan was
intended to finance the con-
struction of a nine-strong con-
dominium complex in the
Bahamas, but this has never
been built.

In his defence, Mr DeSantis
has alleged that Cordell Fund-
ing delayed closing the loan,
and this combined with extra
fees drained the project’s
financing. He is alleging that
the lender imposed onerous
terms and charged sky-high
fees.

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to tend to him.

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Store manager ‘cuts own throat’

FROM page one

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reports that his brother — who lived
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He said his brother often had bouts of
paranoia, but did not have a history of
violence and had been doing well on his
medication.

A long-time friend on the scene said
Joseph showed no signs of suicide when
he saw him last week.

"He was a person who kept to him-
self, never got into any trouble, it's kind
of surprising something like this would







happen. He was a good friend, it's dis-
turbing to see this happen to him," said
the friend of more than 10 years.

Joseph was pronounced dead at the
scene by paramedics, police said.

The owners of the store declined to
comment as they left the store yester-
day, however, The Tribune was told that
employees and management are trau-
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Bahamas removed PAR teen

from financial
Services ‘grey list’

FROM page one

Finland, Greenland, Iceland,
Norway and Sweden.

Attorney General John
Delaney, in his mid-term
budget report in the Senate,
said: “Whatever that grey
list was, the Bahamas is no
longer on it. The govern-
ment is determined to
ensure the appropriate
infrastructural support for
the financial services sector
of the Bahamas. This tax
cooperation network of the
Bahamas is designed to
improve our nation as an
international financial cen-
tre by adapting to evolving
international requirements.”

The agreements were
signed on behalf of the
Bahamas by Zhivargo
Laing, Minister of State for
Finance. This takes the
Bahamas’ total number of
TIEAs to 18, which is six
more than the required
number, if a nation is to
avoid economically damag-
ing sanctions from the inter-
national community.

“Our exchange of infor-
mation on tax matters has
been established. Univer-
sally countries are entering
into these arrangements
with each other so I think
that what’s important in this
regard is that the principle
has been set and this is part
and parcel right now of the
cooperation being extended
by countries to each other
in the new global trading
environment,” said Mr
Laing yesterday.

The Bahamas was placed
on the OECD's "grey list"
in April of last year follow-
ing the G-20 Summit in
London. Along with 38 oth-

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er jurisdictions, it was
deemed “non-cooperative in
relation to (new) interna-
tional standards for the
exchange of tax informa-
tion.” The Bahamas had
signed just one TIEBA at that
time, namely with the Unit-
ed States.

The March 10 OECD
progress report from the
OECD lists the Bahamas as
one of 64 jurisdictions which
have “substantially imple-
mented the internationally
agreed tax standard,”
including nine in the
Caribbean.

“We are very pleased the
government complied with
the regulations and signed
sufficient treaties. We look
forward to concrete plans to
build, restructure and repo-
sition the financial sector,”
said opposition Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald.

“We reiterate the point
that we were disappointed
we were the last in the
region to have complied.

From that standpoint we
wished the government
would have been more
proactive,” he said.

By the end of February
the Bahamas had signed 11
agreements with the United
States, Argentina, Belgium,
France, China, Monaco, San
Marino, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, the United
Kingdom and Mexico. The
Bahamas is expected to sign
its nineteenth tax treaty
today with Spain.

The timing of the moves
come just in advance of the
March 31 deadline set by
the OECD for countries to
be in compliance.

The government initially
set itself the deadline to get
off the list as December 31,
2009.

Not all financial sector
analysts are satisfied with
the government’s move.
Progressive Liberal Party
affiliated attorney, Paul
Moss said the government
should use this opportunity
to push the boundaries in a
proactive way.

“Whilst the government
should be congratulated for
having acted appropriately
to have the Bahamas
removed off the grey list, it
is amomentary victory as it
will not be long before the
OECD come knocking
again with more demands,"
said Mr Moss commenting
on the report.

“Only when we become a
taxed jurisdiction (income
tax) would we be left alone.
Now is the perfect opportu-
nity for us to engage in this
dialogue and seek to sign a
double taxation agreement
with every country in the
world if necessary,” he said.

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find they contained information different
from that on which they and their immediate
supervisor had signed.

The evaluated employees and their man-
agers were said to have been “totally
shocked” by the discovery. Any adjustments
to evaluations are supposed to be signed off
on by all three individuals who initially con-
firmed the contents of the document — the
staff member being assessed, their immediate
supervisor and a senior manager, The Tri-
bune understands.

A long-term ZNS staff member with
knowledge of the situation yesterday said
employees are “very, very angry” about the

alleged meddling and feel that if the person
does not step down she should be forced
out.

“They need to send a message that people

can’t abuse their position,” said an irate staff
member. The staff member added that
recently great emphasis has been placed on
ensuring proper procedures are followed at
the corporation and the senior manager
would have been well aware of the protocols
in relation to the evaluations.

Several employees are understood to have
obtained private counsel for advice on pos-
sible legal action against the manager.

The Bahamas Communications and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU) executive team
went to ZNS yesterday to have an emer-
gency meeting with human resources man-
agers there to discuss the problem. Ulti-
mately, President Bernard Evans said Gen-
eral Manager Edwin Lightbourne agreed
that all affected evaluation forms, of which he
said there are “not very many”, would be
redone.

While he described the matter as “very
serious”, Mr Evans said he felt that this was
satisfactory and he would await a further
report before suggesting what additional
action might be taken.

He said his impression was that the senior
staff member did not wilfully break the rules
when she changed the forms without revert-
ing to the staff involved, but may have done
so out of “unfamiliarity” with procedures.

“Whether it stops here or not is some-
thing for management, upper management
chairman and board to decide,” said Mr
Evans.

According to a ZNS staff member, who
was affected by the changes, the senior man-
ager initialled the changes she made on the
forms.

Staff, who do not know at this time how
many are affected or on how many occa-
sions adjustments have been made to their
documents without their knowledge, fear
they may have been receiving the wrong
increments as a result for some time.

The senior manager implicated in the
scandal has been employed with the BCB for
more than two years, The Tribune under-
stands.

To date, at least five employees have con-
firmed that changes were made to their eval-
uation forms since they signed off on them
without their knowledge.

General Manager Edwin Lightbourne yes-
terday declined to comment on the contro-
versy, Stating only that “evaluations are an
internal process which we are dealing with
internally.”

The Tribune left a detailed message for
the senior managed implicated in the activ-
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Brazil leader rapped for stance on Cuba dissidents

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) —
Brazil's president came under
withering criticism Wednesday
at home and in Cuba for his
deference to the island's com-
munist government over polit-
ical prisoners and hunger
strikes for human rights.

A Cuban dissident on
hunger strike to demand the
release of ailing political pris-
oners accused President Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva of com-
plicity with "the tyranny of
Castro." Brazilian pundits also
criticized Silva and a political
ally called the president's





words disappointing.

In an interview with The
Associated Press on Tuesday,
Silva said that "we have to
respect the decisions of the
Cuban legal system and the
government to arrest people
depending on the laws of
Cuba, like I want them to
respect Brazil."

Silva said hunger strikes
should not be used to free peo-
ple from prison, despite the
fact that he himself engaged in
a hunger strike as a union
leader during his resistance to
Brazil's military dictatorship.

Brazil's media and critics
focused most on a statement
by Silva that they interpreted
as comparing Cuba's dissidents
with criminals in Brazil's
largest city who run lucrative
drug rings from behind bars
and orchestrated a wave of
killings on the streets in 2006.

"IT don't think a hunger
strike can be used as a pretext
for human rights to free peo-
ple. Imagine if all the crimi-
nals in Sao Paulo entered into
hunger strikes to demand free-
dom," Silva said in the inter-
view.



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INFIDELITY

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

thing for a spouse to ever do, especially

Pitrstore’ infidelity might be the hardest

when the inexplicable feelings of hurt and
pain from the unfaithful acts are still fresh to

the heart.

Pardoning this form of
betrayal, is a decision the
wounded spouse has to make,
only when he or she is ready to
let go of the past.

This issue is one that most
marriages are faced with, leav-
ing the oppressed partner with
only one question “should I
stay or should I go ?.”

To get an answer to that,
Tribune Religion spoke to
Reverend Everette Brown at
New Bethlehem Baptist
Church who said that it is nec-
essary to forgive, but rekin-
dling the fire that went out,
and regaining what has been
lost is where the two must
come to an agreeable consen-

sus.

“As Christians it is neces-
sary for one to forgive, since
all of us sin and fall short of
the glory of God. In the Bible
there was a woman who com-
mitted an adulterous act and
the people brought her before
Jesus. Jesus then said to the
people ‘he who is without sin
cast the first stone’. This alone
tells us that neither of us are
perfect so we must find it in
our hearts to forgive those
who have wronged us,” he
explained.

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overlook unfaithfulness. He said there
are some who take a while to overcome
the hurdle, and some who never come to
terms with the breach in their relation-
ship.

Freeing oneself from anguish will not
be easy, but time will heal the broken
heart. When one has fully forgiven and
has let go of the past, Reverend Brown
said those horrible stomach turning feel-
ings will begin to diminish slowly.

After one has decided to forgive, the
next thing they are left to consider is if
they desire a commitment once again
with their husband or wife.

“The one thing that the person must
consider is if the relationship is actually
worth saving, and if they do reconcile,
will the wronged mate truly let go of
what was done without constantly
reminding their spouse of it,” he said.

“Tf love is what brought the two
together, it is my opinion that they
should fight for their relationship and
then start rebuilding their union by try-
ing to regain the lost trust. So in a case of
infidelity there is still hope,” he told
Tribune Religion.

While there is no justification for step-
ping out of one’s marriage, Reverend
Brown said that in most cases, infidelity
occurs because one mate lacks “some-
thing” within the relationship.

Knowing what this issue is can some-
times affair- proof ones relationship,
decreasing the chances of infidelity
occurring for the second time.

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even though that is no excuse for engag=
ing in such a hurtful deed,” he said.

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source of the problem they both, can
move on and try to find solutions. If one
partner felt as though enoughytime was
not invested into the union for example
then they should plan to spend adequate
time together he said.

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that made them fall in love wath®on
another in the beginning and impli
ment those things once again. Dé
little things like going for ice crea
setting a nice candlelit date with ea
other is what they need. Once eae
partner feels that they are given The
attention they sought in the first place
their love and trust will grow once
again for each other,” he said.

“We are human beings, we love
attention and we need to feel that we
are loved and appreciated by our :
It is my advice to couples out there to
make sure that you make your spouse
feel loved and appreciated. Say a few
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PROV.13: 22: A good man leaveth an
inheritance to his children's children:
and the wealth of the sinner is laid up
for the just.

IN THE Hebrew this word Good is:
towb, tobe; which has several mean-
ings such as 1) bountiful, 2) prosperi-
ty or prosperous, and 3) wealthy.

Now, before we go any further
please do me this favour; and take off
your religious hat so that we can look
at the above passage of scripture
through the eyes of the Spirit, and
not through the eyes of a denomina-

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you that God won’t be angry at you;
as a matter of fact He would be very
proud of you for allowing the Holy
Spirit to enlighten you.

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is two fold? Part a- A good man
leaveth an inheritance to his chil-
dren’s children: Part b- The wealth of
the sinner is laid up for the just.

Here’s what Part A, doesn’t say: It
does not say that a religious man, be
that a Christian or a Muslim man,
neither does it say that a White or a
Black man leaveth an inheritance to
his children’s children; but rather it
states that a good man leaveth an
inheritance. Do you agree?

Erroneous religious teachings and
stinking thinking has caused many
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say dumb things like “The best inher-
itance a man can leave for his chil-
dren, is the word of God”

As good as the above saying might
sound and no matter how well one
might be able to exaggerate the scrip-
tures; the religious knuckle heads
that make such statements seems to
be too stupid to realise that
Prov.13:22. A good man leaveth an
inheritance to his children's
children: is the word of God. And
there is absolutely no doubt that the
inheritance Prov.13:22, is referring to
is not the word of God.

Watch this!

In the Hebrew this word inheri-
tance is: nachal, naw-khal'; which has
several meanings such as 1) to inher-
it, 2) to occupy, 3) to bequeath, or to
leave somebody something in a will,
and 4) to distribute or to divide an
estate.

Not to say that I told you so before;
but take another look at Hosea.4:6.
and you will see how and why the reli-
giously Christians are so messed up.
To the point that well meaning saints
have succumb to living beneath their
ordained rights as children of ‘ely-
own, el-yone’ the Most high God.
Listen, one need not be a rocket sci-
entist, a college graduate or a theolo-
gian to correctly answer this question.

If the scripture says that “A good
man leaveth an inheritance to his
children’s children” then, what kind
of man doesn’t leave an
inheritance? Selah. Could the answer
to this question be, A no-good man?

As aman, what inheritance are you
leaving for your children’s chil-
dren? Is it your religion or political
affiliation?

Watch this!

Whenever a good man dies, he
leaves a will / a bequeath, that out-
lines his wishes and demands of the
distribution of his estate. Whereas in
most cases whenever a no-good man
dies, he leaves a bill; as somebody has

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to pay for his funeral and other debts
he generated during his time.

A good man’s children and grand
children proudly declares of all the
lands, houses and money that are left
to them.

But the declaration of a no-good
man‘s children is as such “Daddy or
Grand Daddy worked at company A-
Z, or the Government for over 50
years, and all he left was a wrist
watch and plaque he got upon retire-
ment” What sort of man are you
striving to become? A good man, or a
no-good man?

Here’s Part B, of Prov.13:22 -and
the wealth of the sinner is laid up for
the just.

How many times in the settings of
an emotionally charged religious con-
ference or church service have you
heard this statement “The Bible says,
that the wealth of the wicked is laid
up for the righteous, and I‘m gonna
get mine”

Religious hype and pulpit rhetoric
along with the incomplete / unbal-
anced prosperity teaching has con-
tributed greatly to the high level of
ignorance as it relates to the true
covenant rights of today’s
church. Yes, I admit, even though it’s
difficult to do; I agree that there are
some wolves (so-called bishops, doc-
tors, apostles, etc;) in church leader-
ship who are giving the cynical (non-
believers) every reason and opportu-
nity to lambaste the church; but that
doesn’t nullify the will of God to
prosper his people.

In reading this article, if what
you’re seeing within church leader-
ship both internationally and locally
is causing you to withdraw from the
things of God and to disobey His
word please note what the Apostle
Peter said.

1Peter.4: 17 For the time is come
that judgment must begin at the
house of God: and if it first begin at
us, what shall the end be of them that
obey not the gospel of God?

Remember! Don’t allow where
you are in life, to determine who you
are. For the truth is; you are the
righteousness of Father Yahweh, in
Yeshuwa Messiah.

May the FOG (Favor of God) be
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.



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RELIGION

Ship of Hope

Logos Hope spreads the word of Christ from port to port

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

N the Logos Hope or

“the book ship” as it is

commonly called there
is no denominational divide.
All 80 of the crew members
identify themselves as

‘Christian.’

The differences in worship style or
religious beliefs are irrelevant on a ship
where compassion is displayed by
reaching out to the needy in interna-
tional ports.

They adopt the attitude of Jesus
Christ, his life and mission to the down-
trodden, and share their beliefs as well.
And besides being the largest floating
bookstore at sea, boarding tourists and
passengers everyday, crew members on
board the Logos Hope contribute to the
wider community in their relief efforts
on the ground.

In developing countries like the
Bahamas where the need isn’t great, the
Logos Hope does not give medical
assistance. However, in less developed
countries, crews are sent to several
communities to distribute help packs,
perform dental and medical clinics, and
lend a hand on building projects.

The ‘book ship,’ is fully equipped
with doctors for medical assistance and
dental care, which is one of the greatest
unmet physical needs in the developing
world.

The medical and dental facility on
Logos Hope provides quality and com-
prehensive health care services to the
crew, and they in turn give their servic-
es to underprivileged sick people. This
medical assistance, including medica-
tion if needed, is provided free of
charge.

“The people we treat do not come on
board, we go to their village,” said
Gerard van de Pol, a crew member.
“We are more into the relief and aid
projects. In poor countries where some
students that don’t have books and
clothes attend school, we provide those
things,” he told Tribune Religion.

Mr van de Pol spoke of the ‘book
ship’s’ benevolent efforts in countries
like the Philippines, where they discov-
ered ten university students sharing one
book, and through their resources, pro-
vided the students with more material.

The team tells the story of a little girl
named Arianne who could not speak
but managed to communicate through
her friends that she liked the “penguin
dance’ and the music during one of the
team’s interactive sessions at Saint
Benedict’s Day Nursery and Infant
Hospital.

Many leave impacted greatly as they
will have a much better quality of life
after being seen.

Teams like this one from Logos Hope
bring hope through practical help, in
addition to partnering on projects with
Habitat for Humanity and YWAM
(Youth With A Mission). The first team
worked for three days on a two-room
house designated for a single mother in
the Sophia area of Georgetown.

In this short time, they were able to
build most of the walls on top of the
previously constructed foundation
using bricks and mortar they mixed on a
nearby road.

On top of medical care, the crew

lends their expertise in ministerial train-
ing, assisting churches with manpower
and resources to impact the communi-
ties.

And the same information they dis-
seminate to other countries will be
offered onboard the ship at various
times during their two week stay in The
Bahamas.

Sessions are offered at low prices
(and some at no cost) to church per-
sons. There’s something for every sec-
tion of the church. Sunday school
teachers will be taught how to teach
children stories from the Bible, pastors
will converge with some of the men
onboard the ship to hear about para-
digm shifts in Biblical ministry. A spe-
cial evening is even planned for female
crew to converge with female passen-
gers.

The Logos Hope is a vessel that is
always on the go. Like military families,
the families on board are always adjust-
ing to new environments. All of them

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sacrificed the routine of life, uprooting
themselves-and in some cases-loved
ones, to be part of the crew.

Swarms of people will assemble on
the fourth level of the Logos Hope,
when it boards its passengers in Nassau
ports on March 26. There, they can
peruse a cross-section of learning mate-
rials, including Christian music CDs,
and a selection of about 7,500 titles cov-
ering a plethora of topics, including sci-
ence, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts,
economics, medicine, dictionaries, lan-
guages, philosophy, and faith.

“We want to bring good education
into the world, and good literature for
countries who don’t have literature to
produce,” said Mr Van de Pol.

To date, around 40 million visitors
have been eager to see what the Logos
Hope has to offer, since the ship began
sailing in 1970. That figure is equal to
roughly one in every 200 of the world’s
total population.

From the captain to the newest staff
member, each member of the crew are
non-salaried volunteers-including many
serving in their professional capacity,
such as seafarers, engineers, electri-
clans, nurses, teachers and even cooks
who prepare full course meals in the
International cafe.

Three-hundred-fifty persons live on
board the ship, representing 48 differ-
ent nationalities, including Papa New
Guinea, China, Japan, South Africa,
Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Korea.

"The day you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you

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(Coy THE HISTORY OF

Grace Gospel Chapel

HE MODERN History of

Religion in the Bahamas

has featured many divi-
sions with new churches creat-
ed by members moving away
from an established church.

About the year 1940 some mem-

bers of the Central Gospel Hall
(now known as Central Gospel
Chapel) located on Christie and
Dowdeswell Streets led by
Benjamin Hall, Earle Sandilands
(the adopted son of Bro Hall), Elsie

Dupuch, Evangelist Willie
Farrington, Chester Bethel,
Evangelist and Mrs Murdo

McKenzie and Pastor Al Nottage
formed a pioneer ministry. Brother
Hall donated property and eventu-
ally a 20ft by 30 ft building was
erected and became known as East
Shirley Street Gospel Hall.

During the mid-40s and into the
decade of the 50s, the East Shirley
Street Gospel Hall came alive with
exciting children's meeting and week-
ly youth programs. A flurry of young
men considered important among
Brethren circles in the Bahamas, were
all involved at that time.

In 1951 George Lunn, Errol Rolle,

RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS

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JIM
LAWLOR

Baltron Bethel and Earl Sandilands
met to determine a new name for
this thriving group. They came up
with the name Grace Gospel
Chapel, which was accepted by all.

Fresh impetus was given to the
development of Grace when Rex
Major, a recent convert joined the
group. Through his testimony and
the dedicated assistance of George
Lunn, several persons were convert-
ed and came into the fellowship of
the church. These included Herbert
and Marjorie Treco and Doddridge
Hunt. Other persons such as
Charles Wallace, Lester and Joyce
Maycock and Marguerite
Theophilus sister of Charles
Wallace joined the church.

In May 1968, Elders and Deacons
were officially ordained. Evangelist
Ed Allen carried out the special
service. Elders installed were:
Charles Wallace, Errol Rolle,

George Lunn, Herbert Treco and
Leslie Peters. Deacons were: Lester
Maycock, Nigel Wells, Thomas
Mingo and Joseph Darceuil. This
was a great blessing to the church;
and their combined leadership pro-
vided strength and guidance for
many years, especially during the
transition from a one-room hall toa
multi-purpose facility complex.

The congregation of about forty
five members undertook a building
project at Palmetto Village - the
move took place in October 1969.
Evangelist/Teacher Rex Major led
the Grace Gospel Chapel and laid
the groundwork for future success
and the introduction of a profes-
sional leader. In the long history of
Brethren in the Bahamas, this
would be the first installation of a
full-time paid pastor. Ed Allen was
accepted as the best candidate and
was installed in 1972. Under Pastor
Ed's leadership the church contin-
ued to grow by leaps and bounds.
His tenure with the church ended in
1977 and he started the Abundant
Life Bible Church in 1979.

Rex Major was installed the sec-
ond senior pastor of Grace. The
church stood behind the Majors by
commitment in prayer, encourage-

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ment and financial aid. A definite
attempt was made to give strong
support to promising young men
who sensed a call to ministry. Leroy
and Lillith Knowles, Marcel and
Leila Lightbourne, Gil and Joey
Maycock, Lyall and Janell Bethel,
Phillip and Schell Stubbs, Vaughn
and Norma ‘Treco and Leroy
(Tinkel) and Melody Hanna as they
sought to develop their ministerial
skills and use them for the advance-
ment of the Kingdom of God.

A milestone in worship experience
at Grace came into place with the
introduction of drums and eventually
a brass section to aid in congression-
al and special music. Contemporary
music forms joined hands with tradi-
tional music, producing a very pleas-
ing blend. Most of this was facilitated
because Leroy (Tinkle) and Melody
Hanna and Michael (Sarge) Hanna
were won over to become Christian
disciples and joined the church dur-
ing the 1980's.

Lyall Bethel became Senior
Pastor - a position he still holds.
With a Motto like, "Growing a
healthy church to impact our world",
the church continues to strive to
ee that goal for the glory of

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Enough to go around

DURING this past week of celebrat-
ing International Women’s Day, we
have been considering the theme:
“Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities:
Progress for All.” Let us consider how
the concept of equality can be
approached from a Christian perspec-
tive.

If we begin with the position that
equal rights are based on an under-
standing of God-given human rights,
then we can conclude:

1. Human life and the capacity to love
and be loved is a gift to us from God.
2. Being made in God’s image means
that we were created equal in worth
and value.

3. We are all God’s children who are all
sinners in need of salvation.

4. We are able to be saved by Christ’s



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sacrifice on the cross.

5, We are all gifted for loving service.
6. We are all chosen for eternal life in
heaven.

7. God has some good plans for our
lives let us not disqualify ourselves.”

While our basic human rights include
the right to food, water, shelter, safety,
protection, freedom from abuse,
opportunities to work and worship, our
basic spiritual rights include:

1. The right to desire and experience
unity and harmony.

2. The right to enjoy inner peace and
intimate communion with God.

3. The right to be blessed by
relationships which are life-giving.
4. The right to obtain the greatest
freedom and support to blossom
and bear fruit.

5. The right to bless generations

yet unborn.

6. The right to be the best person
that we can be to the honour and
glory of God”

While discussing the subject of equal
rights, there are also some “equal
wrongs” suffered by too many of God’s
people around the world. There is
always someone somewhere wanting
more than his or her fair share. The con-
quest mentality is a documented histori-
cal fact and the various atrocities
endured by countless women, children
and men speak of the presence of

human violence as another very evident
reality in human relationships. The
hunger for power, the desire to control,
manipulate and dominate is all too real.
Human sin manifests itself as selfish-
ness,

self-centredness, willfulness, and dis-
regard for God’s will and the insistence
upon our own.

When God controls our capacity to
control others we have godly leadership.
The qualities of determination,
endurance, fortitude and courage are
used to build up and not to push around.

We are mentors and models for our
children and other young persons, so let
us work together to right the wrongs in
the right way

There are enough of God’s blessings
to go around. There is enough room in
God’s world for all of God’s children to
enjoy these basic social and spiritual
humanrights. With God, there is always
enough of what we need for everyone to
enjoy. Let us pray for one another and
work together for the good of us all.



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ory

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

OPULAR minister Bishop

Neil Ellis of Mount Tabor

Full Gospel Baptist Church
has two reasons to celebrate- he
was recently nominated for the
prestigious Dove Awards and he
is receiving rave reviews for his
newly released book ‘Pursuing

The Glory.’

The double announcement comes after
a dark period in his life when Bishop
Ellis suffered vocal cord damage due to
acid reflux and had to have a series of
corrective surgeries to save his voice.
That struggle served as inspiration for his
book and for the song “Don’t Do It
Without Me,” which was recorded live in
2007 and has received a Dove Award
nomination in the category of Traditional
Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.

He explained that two weeks after the
initial surgery, he became frustrated
because he was unable to use his voice,
the very medium needed as a preacher to
communicate his sermons.

“Very soon, however, I resolved in my
mind that while I didn’t really under-
stand what God was doing in my life, I
had to submit to the process and in doing
so, I said to God, ‘Lord whatever you’re
doing in this season, please don’t do it
without me.”

“While I was recuperating from sur-
gery, God spoke to me and told me that
He had pulled me aside to give me my
latest assignment; that of leading the way
in restoring His glory into the church,”
said Bishop Ellis.

As a result of that “encounter” with
God, he was inspired to write 42 mes-
sages, 14 of which were written exclu-
sively on the ‘glory’.

Those messages became ‘Pursuing The
Glory’ which has received tremendous
local reviews and is set to have its inter-
national release on March 18 at Tyler
Perry Studios in Atlanta.

“Tyler Perry has once again extended
his generosity to this son of the soil,” said
Bishop Ellis.

Shortly thereafter, ‘Pursuing The
Glory’ will be available in 4,000 book-
stores throughout the United States,
Canada, South Africa, Nigeria,
Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, U.K.,
Mexico, Trinidad and many other coun-
tries.

“Because of the tremendous doors that
have been open, we do not take this
exposure lightly or boost in ourselves,”
said Bishop Ellis. “We simply see this as
yet another opportunity to fulfill the
assignment that God gave us three years
ago.”

“The opportunity to fulfill our mandate
ultimately benefits this country that I
love called the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas.”

This mandate will continue to be filled
as Mount Tabor takes the spotlight dur-
ing the Dove Awards on April 21 as the
first group of Bahamian songwriters to be
nominated in the GMA Dove Award for
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the
Year.

Other nominees in this category are
well-known and legendary artists; and to
have Mount Tabor named among that list
is a significant feat in itself, said a state-
ment from the church.

“We are grateful to Almighty God that
he would use this simple recording to
focus the eyes of the American Gospel
Music industry on the Bahamas,” said
Bishop Ellis.

“Don’t Do It Without Me” features the
vocals of Mount Tabor’s presiding
Bishop, Paul S. Morton and was recorded
on the Marlin Award winning debut CD,
“Wave of Glory,’ released by Kingdom
Glory Records.

Other songs nominated in the GMA

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Dove Award for Traditional Gospel
Recorded Song of the Year category
include: “Always Remember” by Men of
Standard & Andrae Crouch; “How I Got
Over”; by Vickie Winans; “Justified” by
Smokie Norful, and “Oh Happy Day” by
Queen Latifah & Edwin Hawkins.

The Dove Awards are the Grammys of
the Christian music industry honoring the
best in Christian and Gospel music since
1969.

A number of “key players” from the
city of Atlanta’s religious, entertainment
and sporting arena are expected to be in
attendance. Georgia State representative
Stanley Washington, Xernona Clayton,
President and founder of the Trumpet
awards, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Pastor
Paula White, former World Heavyweight
Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield,
Cassi Davis also known as Ella Payne
from Tyler Perry’s ‘House of Payne’ on
TBS, Terri Vaughn best known as Lavita
on the Steve Harvey Show, Katherine
Smith, Bahamas Consul General in
Atlanta will be representing the
Government and the President of the
Bahamas Christian Council, Reverend
Patrick Paul will be representing the
Bahamian religious community.

The Islands of the Bahamas will be
prominently featured during the occasion
as the Ministry of Tourism has decided to
provide special souvenir gifts and promo-
tional items for the distinguished invitees.



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RELIGIOUS NOTES

ACM PREPARES
FOR ANNUAL
CONFERENCE

e The 38th annual Anglican
Church Men (ACM) confer-
ence will be held in North
Andros from March 17-21. All
Anglican men are asked to reg-
ister at their parish or contact
any ACM council member for
more information. Ken Obrien
is the conference chairman he
can be reach at kob1150@coral-
wave.com for more informa-
tion.

CURSILLO
MOVEMENT

eThe Cursillo movement will
hold “Lenten Reflections” on
Friday, March 26 at St
Barnabas Anglican Church at 7
pm.

DAUGHTERS OF
LIGHT OUTREACH
EVENT

eThe Daughters of Light
Ministry will hold its first out-
reach event for the year on
Saturday March 13 on Windsor
Park, East Street and Wulff
Road from 10 am - 5pm. There
will be special entertainment
for the children in attendance.

The group also invites per-
sons to join them in their week-
ly fast every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday by skip-
ping at least one meal per day
during this time.

Members of the public are
also invited to tune into the
ministry’s radio broadcast “We
Care” the last Friday of each
month on 101.9FM at 9:45am-
10:00am.

els your church having a special
event? Let us know when and
where. Email to features @tri-
bunemedia.net.

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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Store manager cuts own throat C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.91THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 82F LOW 75F SEEPAGEFIVE Pushin da Envelope By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net AN APPLIANCEsalesm an reportedly slit his own throat killing himself in the Palmdale shop where he had worked for more than 10 y ears as other employees milled about the store. Business at Home Furniture Company on Madeira Street came to a standstill at 3.50 pm yesterday when Peter Joseph was found, reportedly in a restroom, bleeding from what police suspect to be a self-inflicted wound to his neck. It was unclear if any customers were in the store at the time. Friends, family and curious onlookers converged on Palmdale Shopping Centre yesterday afternoon wonder ing what drove the 39-yearold salesman described by many as a quiet, Christian man who always appeared in g ood spirits to take his own life. Press Liaison Officer Chrislyn Skippings remained tightl ipped on details of the inci dent because of the investigation. She would not say inw hich part of the store Joseph's body was found, nor would she reveal the instrument used to take his life. S hortly after the electronics manager's body was wheeled out of the appliance store by morticians, several of Joseph's grieving family members shuffled quietly out of the shop, trying to come to grips with the tragedy. "This is something no one anticipated and I'm really shocked," said younger brother Wilson Joseph, who spoke for the family. "I don't know what would have triggered this act, we never thought he Business comes to standstill after man takes his own lif The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com I N S I D E CLASSIFIEDSTRADER CLASSICARS! CARS! CARS! OBITUARIES and RELIGION INTODAYSTRIBUNE I N S I D E FINDTODAYSCLUEINSIDEFOR YOURCHANCE TOWIN$16,000 SECRETSOUND By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor FORMER PLP Senator and MP, Philip Galanis, yesterday said he believed a lawsuit seeking $4 million damages from himself o ver an alleged failure to repay a c onstruction loan had abated. Mr Galanis, a partner in the HLB Galanis Bain accountingf irm, was sued in Floridas southe rn district courts on February 16, 2010, after two loans worth a col lective $4 million, which he had s upposedly personally guaranteed, SEE page 14 Former senator says $4 million lawsuit had abated SEE page 14 ABOVE: The body is removed from Home Furniture Company yesterday. RIGHT: Family of the man were at the scene. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas fulfilled the require ments of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD to be removed from the financial services grey list. Seven agreements allowing for the exchange of tax information were signed yesterday in Paris with the Nordic block of countries Denmark, Faroe Islands, PARAMEDICS had to be called yesterday after an alleged rapist who claimed he was the victim of police brutality collapsed inside a courtroom. Ricardo Knowles Jr who is facing rape, kidnapping and armed robbery charges stemming from two separate incidents in 2008, was appearing before Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs when the drama occurred. With a trial scheduled for April 26, Knowles told the court he had not been provided with the necessary information related to his hearing. By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net ZNS staff are up in arms after a senior manager at the broadcasting corporation was allegedly found to have wrongfully tampered with employee evaluation forms. The alleged tampering which saw staff members scores lowered on the forms, which are key to promotions and salary adjustments came to light this week when certain employees obtained copies of their evaluation forms only to Bahamas removed from financial services grey list SEE page 15 Man accused of rape collapses in court SEE page 14 ZNS staf f evaluation forms allegedly tamper ed with SEE page 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Tribune PG32 T hursday, March 11, 2010 RELIGION By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net P OPULAR minister Bishop Neil Ellis of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church has two reasons to celebratehe was recently nominated for the prestigious Dove Awards and he is receiving rave reviews for his newly released book Pursuing The Glory. The double announcement comes after a dark period in his life when Bishop Ellis suffered vocal cord damage due to acid reflux and had to have a series of corrective surgeries to save his voice. That struggle served as inspiration for his book and for the song Don t Do It W ithout Me, which was recorded live in 2007 and has r eceived a Dove Award nomination in the categor y of T raditional Gospel Recor ded Song of the Y ear. He explained that two weeks after the initial surgery, he became frustrated because he was unable to use his voice, the very medium needed as a preacher to communicate his ser mons. er y soon, however, I resolved in my mind that while I didnt really understand what God was doing in my life, I had to submit to the process and in doing so, I said to God, Lor d whatever your e doing in this season, please dont do it without me. While I was recuperating from surgery, God spoke to me and told me thatHe had pulled me aside to give me my latest assignment; that of leading the way in r estoring His glor y into the chur ch, said Bishop Ellis. As a r esult of that encounter with God, he was inspired to write 42 messages, 14 of which wer e written exclu sively on the glory. Those messages became Pursuing The Glory which has received tremendous local reviews and is set to have its international r elease on Mar ch 18 at T yler Per ry Studios in Atlanta. yler Per ry has once again extended his generosity to this son of the soil, said Bishop Ellis. Shor tly ther eafter Pursuing The Glor y will be available in 4,000 bookstor es thr oughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Singapor e, Australia, Hong Kong, U.K., Mexico, Trinidad and many other countries. Because of the tremendous doors that have been open, we do not take this exposure lightly or boost in ourselves, said Bishop Ellis. W e simply see this as yet another oppor tunity to fulfill the assignment that God gave us thr ee years ago. The opportunity to fulfill our mandate ultimately benefits this countr y that I love called the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. This mandate will continue to be filled as Mount Tabor takes the spotlight during the Dove A war ds on April 21 as the first gr oup of Bahamian songwriters to be nominated in the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Other nominees in this categor y ar e well-known and legendary artists; and to have Mount T abor named among that list is a significant feat in itself, said a state ment fr om the chur ch. e are grateful to Almighty God that he would use this simple r ecording to focus the eyes of the American Gospel Music industr y on the Bahamas, said Bishop Ellis. t Do It W ithout Me features the vocals of Mount T abor s presiding Bishop, Paul S. Mor ton and was r ecor ded on the Marlin Award winning debut CD, ave of Glory, released by Kingdom Glor y Recor ds. Other songs nominated in the GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year category include: Always Remember by Men of Standar d & Andrae Crouch; How I Got Over; by V ickie Winans; Justified by Smokie Nor ful, and Oh Happy Day by Queen Latifah & Edwin Hawkins. The Dove Awards are the Grammys of the Christian music industr y honoring the best in Christian and Gospel music since 1969. A number of key players from the city of Atlantas religious, entertainment and spor ting ar ena ar e expected to be in attendance. Geor gia State r epr esentative Stanley Washington, Xernona Clayton, President and founder of the Trumpet awards, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Pastor Paula White, for mer W orld Heavyweight Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield, Cassi Davis also known as Ella Payne fr om Tyler Perrys House of Payne on TBS, T er ri V aughn best known as Lavita on the Steve Har vey Show, Katherine Smith, Bahamas Consul General in Atlanta will be r epr esenting the Gover nment and the Pr esident of the Bahamas Christian Council, Reverend Patrick Paul will be r epr esenting the Bahamian r eligious community The Islands of the Bahamas will be prominently featured during the occasion as the Ministry of Tourism has decided to pr ovide special souvenir gifts and pr omo tional items for the distinguished invitees. RELIGIOUS NOTES ] ACM PREPARES FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE The 38th annual Anglican C hurch Men (ACM ence will be held in North A ndros from March 17-21. All A nglican men are asked to register at their parish or contact a ny ACM council member for more information. Ken Obrien is the conference chairman he can be reach at kob1150@coralwave.com for more information. CURSILLO MOVEMENT The Cursillo movement will hold Lenten Reflections on Friday, March 26 at St Bar nabas Anglican Church at 7 pm. DAUGHTERS OF LIGHT OUTREACH EVENT The Daughters of Light Ministr y will hold its first out reach event for the year on Satur day March 13 on Windsor Park, East Str eet and Wulff Road from 10 am 5pm. There will be special enter tainment for the children in attendance. The gr oup also invites per sons to join them in their weekly fast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by skipping at least one meal per day during this time. Members of the public ar e also invited to tune into the ministrys radio broadcast We Car e the last Friday of each month on 101.9FM at 9:45am10:00am. Is your chur ch having a special event? Let us know when and where. Email to features@tri bunemedia.net. Glory INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays Pursuing the


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Store manager
cuts own throat

Business comes to
standstill after man
‘takes his own life’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

AN APPLIANCE sales-
man reportedly slit his own
throat killing himself in the
Palmdale shop where he had
worked for more than 10
years as other employees
milled about the store.

Business at Home Furni-
ture Company on Madeira
Street came to a standstill at
3.50 pm yesterday when Peter
Joseph was found, reportedly
in a restroom, bleeding from
what police suspect to be a
self-inflicted wound to his
neck. It was unclear if any
customers were in the store
at the time.

Friends, family and curious
onlookers converged on
Palmdale Shopping Centre
yesterday afternoon wonder-
ing what drove the 39-year-
old salesman — described by
many as a quiet, Christian

man who always appeared in
good spirits — to take his own
life.

Press Liaison Officer Chris-
lyn Skippings remained tight-
lipped on details of the inci-
dent because of the investi-
gation. She would not say in
which part of the store
Joseph's body was found, nor
would she reveal the instru-
ment used to take his life.

Shortly after the electronics
manager's body was wheeled
out of the appliance store by
morticians, several of Joseph's
grieving family members shuf-
fled quietly out of the shop,
trying to come to grips with
the tragedy.

"This is something no one
anticipated and I'm really
shocked," said younger broth-
er Wilson Joseph, who spoke
for the family. "I don't know
what would have triggered
this act, we never thought he

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Former senator
says $4 million
lawsuit had ‘abated’

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

FORMER PLP Senator and
MP, Philip Galanis, yesterday said
he believed a lawsuit seeking $4
million damages from himself
over an alleged failure to repay a
construction loan had “abated.”

Mr Galanis, a partner in the
HLB Galanis Bain accounting
firm, was sued in Florida’s south-
ern district courts on February 16,
2010, after two loans worth a col-
lective $4 million, which he had
supposedly personally guaranteed,

SEE page 14






INS staff evaluation forms
allegedly tampered with

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PARAMEDICS had to be called
yesterday after an alleged rapist who
claimed he was the victim of police
brutality collapsed inside a courtroom.

Ricardo Knowles Jr who is facing
rape, kidnapping and armed robbery
charges stemming from two separate
incidents in 2008, was appearing
before Senior Supreme Court Justice
Jon Isaacs when the drama occurred.

With a trial scheduled for April 26,
Knowles told the court he had not
been provided with the necessary
information related to his hearing.

SEE page 14

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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
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ZNS staff are up in arms after a senior
manager at the broadcasting corporation
was allegedly found to have wrongfully
tampered with employee evaluation
forms.

The alleged tampering — which saw
staff members’ scores lowered on the
forms, which are key to promotions and
salary adjustments — came to light this
week when certain employees obtained
copies of their evaluation forms only to

SEE page 15

THE Bahamas fulfilled the require-
ments of the Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development (OECD)
to be removed from the financial services
“grey list”.

Seven agreements allowing for the
exchange of tax information were signed
yesterday in Paris with the Nordic block
of countries — Denmark, Faroe Islands,

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POLICE will be taking a no-
nonsense policy to traffic vio-
lations when a new one-way
road system is introduced at the
end of the month.

Baillou Hill Road will be
one-way northbound between
Robinson Road and Wulff
Road, and the parallel portion
of Market Street will be one
way southbound from March
30 while major roadworks are
underway. And police are
warning motorists to obey the
signs, follow diversions and dri-
ve with caution or face penal-
ties. Road Traffic Division
Sergeant Garland Rolle assured
road users: “We will be out
there not so much with a view
of punishing people, but assist-
ing them. “However, we ask
drivers to pay attention to the
signs and obey the signs,
because if you refuse to, you
will be prosecuted.”

His warning, issued at a
Road Traffic Department and
Road Traffic Division press
conference in Chesapeake
Road yesterday, was reiterat-
ed by motorcycle division
supervisor Inspector Alphonso
Pinder. He said: “We are tar-
getting those persons who con-
tinue to break the law.

“We are appealling to mem-
bers of the public who continue
to use the streets in a reckless
manner to keep left, particu-

New one-way road system will signal
crackdown on wayward motorists

larly in Yellow Elder, near
Government High School,
where it’s particularly danger-
ous to schoolchildren.

“And we appeal to those
people riding motorcycles with-
out helmets, unlicensed and
uninsured, and those who have
not licensed their cars this year,
to get your vehicles sorted out.”

Road Traffic Division Super-
intendent Carolyn Bowe hopes
to address the myriad of issues
on Nassaw’s streets in monthly
meetings with the Road Traffic
Department.

The two agencies are work-
ing together to confront chal-
lenges as police draw informa-
tion on motor vehicle registra-
tion from the Road Traffic
Department’s database to
crackdown on car theft and
Road Traffic staff use police
statistics on road collisions to
develop preventative measures.

Crashes occurred at the rate
of one per hour in New Provi-
dence last year as 9,000 crashes
caused 56 deaths and added to
the toll of more than 500 road
deaths in the last 10 years.

A number of proposals to
increase penalties for speeding
and causing death by danger-
ous driving are being compiled
by police, in addition to the
need to enact laws enforcing

the use of seat-belts and allow-
ing trained police officers to use
breathalysers on those suspect-
ed of driving under the influ-
ence of alcohol.

Meanwhile, Road Traffic
Department transportation spe-
cialist Albie Hope said his
department aims to raise the
standard of driving by releas-
ing a new detailed driving
examination manual in the
coming months, and promoting
the revised 2008 Highway Code
in a media campaign.

Road Traffic staff are also
developing road safety educa-
tion in schools and will launch
two driving simulators in high
schools to help prepare young
drivers before they take to the
streets. However their efforts
will have little effect without
co-operation from the public.

Supt Bowe said: “Traffic is a
safety issue for all of us,
whether as pedestrians or
motorists, so we rely on your
co-operation to assist us when-
ever possible.

“We are asking members of
the public to obey road signs
and report traffic crimes.”

Contact the Royal Bahamas
Police Force Road Traffic Divi-
sion in Chesapeake Road on
393-7714/5 or call police on 919
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LOCAL NEWS

ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE

Several officers caught in strip

club raid

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune StaffReporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

SEVERAL Royal Bahamas Police
Force officers caught in a strip club dur-
ing a recent raid are still on active duty
pending the findings of an internal inves-
tigation.

The investigation centres around
whether or no the group — all police
women — played a part in organising an
illegal male strip show at the Ranch on
Mackey Street in late February.

Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames,
who oversees the RBPF Complaints and
Corruption Unit, said the investigation
isin the "advanced" stage.

"It's not quite completed as yet, it’s at
an advanced stage so it would be prema-
ture to comment on that given the fact
that it's not (done)," Mr Dames told The
Tribune yesterday. "No decision (on the
officer's fate) has been made either way
at this point”.

His comments came after a Tribune
source claimed the investigation had been
dropped, allegedly because one of the
female officers in question is reportedly in
a relationship with a senior police officer.

When this claim was put to the deputy
commissioner, he brushed off the asser-
tion, stressing that the investigation is
ongoing.

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The officers under investigation were
among 107 female patrons arrested in a
raid, which took place about three weeks
ago. Some 29 men were also arrested at

the Charms nightclub in Centreville at
the same time. Three men from Atlanta,
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Days after the raid, the police said they
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the names of the officers or the number
of individuals involved, but the source
claimed eight officers, including four
women, were suspected of organising the
illegal events.

road crash death

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A TEENAGER killed in a
car crash has become the coun-
try’s ninth road death this year.

Investigators say Germaine
Jeron Forbes, 18, was a back-
seat passenger in the 2004 green
Cadillac Seville when it crashed
into a cedar tree in Yamacraw
Hill Road on the eastern end
of New Providence at around
9.30pm on Tuesday night.

Mr Forbes, of Bamboo
Boulevard, in Bamboo Town,
was seated in the rear right-
hand side of the car at the time.
He died at the scene.

Another man and two
women were pulled from the
wreckage and taken to hospital
where they remain in serious
condition.

Reserve Assistant Superin-
tendent Richard Rahming, of
the Police Road Traffic Divi-
sion, visited the site yesterday
to determine how the crash
may have happened.

Speed

The death is the sixth in New
Providence this year, while
three other fatalities have been
recorded in Andros, San Sal-
vador and Eleuthera. A total
of 56 fatal road accidents were
recorded across the country last
year, contributing to a death
toll of more than 500 over the
last ten years.

ASP Rahming has recon-
structed 524 fatal accident sites
during his 21-year tenure and
said speed causes the vast
majority of fatal road accidents.

He is pushing for more strin-
gent speeding laws and higher
penalties to help reduce traffic
fatalities.

“They say speed kills, and it
really does,” ASP Rahming
said.

“Tf we could control speed it
would eliminate a lot of prob-
lems.”

Man gets three
years for firearms
and ammo charges

A 27-year-old man was
sentenced to three years in
prison after pleading guilty to
firearm and ammunition
charges.

Ryan Taylor of Harrison
Square was arraigned before
Magistrate Carolita Bethell in
Court 8, Bank Lane, yester-
day, charged with two counts
of possession of an unlicensed
firearm and possession of
ammunition.

Court dockets state that on
March 9, Taylor was found in
possession of a black Austria
Glock 9mm handgun and a
silver Rossi .38 revolver.
Court dockets also state that
Taylor was found in posses-
sion of 26 9mm bullets and
one .38 bullet.

The sentences are to run
concurrently.

ASP Rahming explained
how road deaths have been
reduced in the Turks and
Caicos islands where drivers
can be fined in court up to
$2,000 for speeding.

Police can issue a $250 penal-
ty for breaking the speed limit
and an additional $150 for
every mile per hour they drive
above the limit.

“This allows drivers to police
themselves, because the minute
you go over the speed limit you
know exactly what will hap-
pen,” ASP Rahming said.

“T would like to have some of
these fines placed in our laws
here to prevent speeding,
because speed is a situation
where at a particular momen-
tum you lose control and it kills.

“If you drive within the
speed limit fatalities could be
cut right down to a minimum.”

Road Traffic Department
Superintendent Carolyn Bowe
said a number of traffic laws
need to be revised and penalties
increased including the exist-
ing $10,000 fine for death by
dangerous driving, seatbelt and
drink driving laws.

Proposed updates to current
traffic laws are being compiled
for government by the Road
Traffic Division in cooperation
with the Road Traffic Depart-
ment.

As investigations into the
crash continue, police are
appealing for information from
those who may have seen the
Cadillac with registration num-
ber 226639 on Tuesday to call
the Road Traffic Division on
393-7714/5, call police on 919,
or call Crime Stoppers anony-
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Senator warns ministry

over negative online press

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

OPPOSITION Senator
Hope Strachan is warning the
Ministry of Tourism not to
underestimate the impact neg-
ative online press could have
on the Bahamas brand.

She was speaking about the
recent notice issued by the
AOL Inc travel website that
listed the Bahamas, along with
several other Caribbean
nations, as places to avoid in
view of violent crime.

“In today’s instant messag-
ing environment even our Min-
ister of Tourism (Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace), who is a seri-
ous advocate for technology, is
incapable of stopping the pro-
liferation of websites which
warn people not to visit our
shores because of crime,” said
Ms Strachan in her mid-year
budget presentation to the Sen-
ate yesterday.

She said anti-Bahamas web-
sites have the potential to
undermine the positive mes-
sage disseminated in millions
of dollars worth of advertising
spent annually by the govern-
ment to promote the country.

She said the minister’s
expressed opinion, that the
AOL advisory is not a cause
for alarm, is not enough, and
more should be done to pro-
tect visitors and the industry.

The Ministry of Tourism
monitors online discussions and

HOPE STRACHAN



trends related to ‘Brand
Bahamas’, however, they do
not respond to all negative
internet posts to avoid creat-
ing additional visibility of mes-
sages that do not have much
traction.

Aside from the negative
online publicity, the Bahamas
has won coveted industry
awards for its successes using
internet technology to virally
spread positive messages.

At the 53rd annual Adrian
Awards Competition earlier
this year, hosted by the Hos-
pitality Sales and Marketing
Association International
(HSMAT), the Bahamas was
honoured with two awards for
web marketing excellence.

SENATE BRIEFS

The Bahamas won the com-
petition’s highest honour, a
Platinum Adrian Award, for
the web marketing campaign,
“Bahama Fridays,” which was
a video parody of a local news
segment about corporate
offices that encouraged their
employees to dress up in casu-
al island vacation attire on Fri-
day’s to simulate a Bahamas
experience.

Despite the offensive and
defensive strategies of the Min-
istry of Tourism, the internet
contains negative publicity.

A search of “negative
Bahamas tourist reviews” pro-
duces 166,000 search results on
Google, and not all of them are
about crime. However, the
search results also produced
positive reviews challenging the
negative ones.

On page one of the search
results, a commentator on
Yahoo! Travel posting under
the moniker ‘Will do it again’,
said: “This was our first trip to
the Bahamas, and it was mar-
velous! I had read so many
negative reviews and was sad-
dened ahead of time thinking
we had made the wrong choice.
However, as soon as we land-
ed, you could not have asked
for better service or hospitality!
I was not disappointed in the
least!”

In addition to the efforts of
the Ministry of Tourism, pri-
vate resorts do their own pub-
lic relations in order to address
negative online reviews.



IT WAS announced in the Senate today that:

precincts. Work on the Supreme Court is expect-

ed to take 18 months.

¢ A new criminal court has been added to the

two existing courts in New Providence and the
one in Freeport, and the Attorney General’s
Office expects a fifth to be established during
the course of the year.

¢ In December 2009, the Attorney General’s
office acquired secure government domain emails
for all its attorneys, secretaries and administrative
personnel. The office’s email was previously host-
ed by commercial email providers Yahoo and
Hotmail, which are not domestically secured.

¢ The Department of Justice is set to benefit
from a number of capital works in the second
half of the fiscal year, including the renovation,
expansion and centralisation of Supreme Court
facilities in the Bank Lane and Parliament Square

¢ Renovations of the Magistrates Court Com-
plex on Nassau Street are expected to be com-
pleted by June 2010.

¢ Four stipendiary and circuit magistrates are
expected to be appointed in the coming months
to serve in a full time capacity in four of the
larger population centres in the Family Islands —
Andros, Long Island, Exuma and Eleuthera.

e A draft Bill with recommendations for
changes to the Penal Code and the Criminal
Procedure Code is expected in the coming
months. The Office of the Attorney General
hired retired Justice of Appeal Mustapha
Ibrahim to review the codes with a view to mod-
ernising both.

Prime Minister to attend Caricom meeting Eag-yerarae,

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham will attend the
two-day 21st Caricom Heads
of Government Interses-
sional Meeting starting today
in Roseau, Dominica.

Caricom Heads are slated
to discuss a number of issues
pertinent to the region, pri-
marily developments in the

Mr Ingraham left Nassau
yesterday and will return on
Saturday.

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Tommy Turnquest is acting
as prime minister and Minis-
ter of Finance until today,
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Family Islands are
‘dependent on the
second home market’

High Commissioner
of Republic of Incia

visits minister

MINISTER OF YOUTH,
Sports and Culture
Charles Maynard met
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of India to the Bahamas
Mohinder Grover at the
ministry’s headquarters,
Thompson Boulevard,
on Monday.



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THE second home tourism
market plays an important role
in the Bahamian economy,
according to tourism experts
and land developers, with Aba-
co leading the charge.

Despite criticism over the rel-
atively small number of jobs
created through the second
home market, particularly when
compared to resort develop-
ments, and the bulk of the ben-
efit going to the developer, the
industry is said to produce the
most reliable tourists and sus-
tainable spin-off ventures.

Opposition spokesman on
tourism, West End and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe, said the
second home market is respon-
sible for keeping the economy
of Abaco buoyant.

He said Freeport has also
benefited from the model, and
Bimini is currently following
suit, although developments in
Bimini, such as the Bimini Bay
Resort, have been heavily criti-
cised in the past for making
large plots of land inaccessible
for Bahamians.

A number of components
work in the Bahamas’ favour
when it comes to the second
home market, including prox-
imity to the United States, wide-
spread Internet connectivity and
reliable utility services. These
are the features that made the
latest second home develop-
ment in Abaco possible.

Serenity Point is a planned
high-end 40-acre gated residen-
tial community targeting sec-
ond home owners. It is com-
prised of 24 beach-front lots,
hilltop sites and elevated estates
on the five-mile long Schooner
Bay Beach.

Lots start at $550,000. When
the cost of each home is fac-
tored in, the development of
each lot could run from $1.2
million to $7 million or even
higher, according to Gustaf
Hernqvist, senior sales and mar-

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keting director of the develop-
ment.

“The government had the
foresight and vision to invest in
this infrastructure and I put it to
you right now if we did not have
all of that in the highway, (let’s
just say) thank God for that,”
said Alex Nihon II, real estate
developer and president of
Anco Lands.

“We are building this phase
one, and hopefully there will be
many more. Our objective is to
create jobs. After we sell a lot,
we build a home, so that is the
objective. We have all of these
real estate people here and
some of them haven’t been to
South Abaco in years,” said Mr
Nihon, who also noted the main
reason for a gated community is
to provide security and priva-
cy.

rhe generations of Nihon
men have invested in Bahamian
land, accumulating roughly
2,000 acres since they first set
foot in the country in the 1940s.
The family originated in Liége,
Belgium, and migrated to Mon-
treal, Canada, where they
amassed their fortune in indus-
trial manufacturing.

Asked how many jobs the
project in Abaco is expected to
create, Mr Hernqvist said:
“That is a question you have to
look at on the broad scale. The
family came here in the late 40s,
and has invested in large tracks
of land which has made them



one of the largest land owners
in the Bahamas and possibly the
largest land owner in Abaco.
This is our first development
that is happening and we have a
great future, so over a long peri-
od of time we are looking to
employ many Bahamians and
support the Bahamian commu-
nity as much as we can.”

George Smith, realtor and
former MP for Exuma, said the
second home market generates
employment for several groups,
including real estate brokers,
lawyers, construction compa-
nies, automobile dealerships,
executive property managers,
gardeners and other ground
staff.

“They are really the most
dependable tourists you can
have. They are constant return-
ers. They spend plenty money
in restaurants, casinos, they
shop, they become people who
spend long periods of time over
many years. In many cases, they
introduce their friends relatives
to the country,” said Mr Smith.

Real estate developer Paul
Moss believes differently. He
said the developments really
benefit the developer and not
the Bahamian people. He said
the employment afforded to
lawyers, real estate agents and
the income to government are
residual.

“The justification for them to
enter the environment and to
get approval for something that
should not be approved, it
should not be about jobs, it
should be about equity to the
extent the Bahamians own the
economy and realise careers
and not jobs,” said Mr Moss.

“They are not talking serious
employment, perhaps persons
doing domestic work, and nine
times out of ten it will be a for-
eign employee. To develop
Bahamians we have to exploit
the industries that have hereto-
fore not been exploited and
those are industries like farming
and fishing. They are the most
profitable industries in the
country,” he said.

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By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

AGRIBUSINESS is catch-
ing on, with Bahamians now
growing products ranging from
goat peppers to organic pesti-
cides for sale on the local mar-
ket.

The Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources has
made agribusiness a priority
and is currently hosting a series
of 11 expos on islands across
the Bahamas.

The next expo is set to be
held in Cat Island on March 18.

Bahamians engaged in
agribusiness at various levels of
the production, from fresh pro-
duce vending to the manufac-
ture of organic cosmetics, are
participating in the expos.

The Junior Achievement
company Citco Kartel attended

Mi Ministry of Agriculture hosting expos across Bahamas

the New Providence expo in
late February, selling their hot
pepper sauce, produced from
dried goat pepper.

The company partnered with
the Food Safety and Technolo-
gy Laboratory of the Ministry
of Agriculture and Marine
Resources in order to make the
pepper product from locally
grown produce.

Abaco Neem is a 17-year old
Bahamian company that is well
versed in agribusiness. They
cultivate over 120 acres of farm
land in Abaco, where 6,500
neem trees sustain their busi-
ness. They have a manufactur-
ing factory in Marsh Harbour
that is about 13 miles from their
farm.

Daphne Degregory, co-own-
er, said one of the company’s

success strategies has been to
stay relevant by introducing a
new product in the market
almost every year.

Their latest innovation is a
certified organic pesticide made
from neem oil, distilled water
and trace elements.

To manufacture this product
the company teamed up with
another Bahamian company,
Kingdom Eagle Farms.

Neem

Abaco Neem manufactures
several lines of products includ-
ing, soaps, lotions, fertilisers,
healthcare, home and garden
products, and even pet care
products that are all derivatives
of the neem tree.

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SANDALS at Emerald Bay
is Opening new opportunities
for Exuma’s farmers and arti-
sans

The resort has agreed to pur-
chase Exuma-grown produce
and has arranged a weekly cul-
tural outing for its guests at the
local Fish Fry.

“We want our guests to expe-
rience Bahamian food and cul-
ture,” said general manager
John Keating. “So we have
arranged with the local Fish Fry
to go down on a Wednesday
night.

“At the Fish Fry they can eat
local Bahamian food prepared
by local Bahamian chefs along
with some entertainment,
music, dancing. We think that
would be very fruitful. We
think our guests will get a true
taste of the Bahamas while they
are here.”

The vendors have been “very
cooperative” in any changes
that had to be made to facilitate
the venture, he said. “We are
looking forward to a very
strong relationship with them.”

Thanks to Sandals, Air Cana-
da is making weekly flights to
Exuma. The next flight is
booked full, said Mr Keating.

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have been here we have re-

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Bahamians are entering the
field from diverse backgrounds.
Rionda Godet, owner of Ridge
Farms, an agricultural farm and
food processing business, tran-
sitioned into backyard farming
after practicing law for years.
She maintains a hydroponic or
soilless greenhouse in her back-
yard in New Providence.

Ms Godet is now in the
process of developing over 20
acres of land, primarily in Aba-
co. Her vision is to operate a
farm that grows agricultural
produce for retail and to take
from the field directly into her
kitchen for processing.

She currently produces jams,
pepper jellies, pepper sauces, a
variety of coconut cakes and
other products, some of which
are carried by the hotel chain

and artisans

Gladstone Thurston/BIS

Bahamas. Wesley Lien of Kermit Rolle’s Farm of land preparation. Executive chairman Edison M
Key (second right) inspected the work.

shows what can be produced.

employed a lot of people who
worked formerly for the Four
Seasons and they are settling
down very, very well,” he said.
“They can see the place is get-
ting busy. The relationship
locally is getting better every
day.”

Sandals has also adopted
Exuma’s Livingstone N Coak-
ley High School.

“We’re going to work with
them through the Sandals
Foundation which always works
well in the local community. So
we are very happy to be
involved with that.”

Mr Keating hosted Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC) chairman Edi-

son Key and a team on Tues-
day. BAIC was in Exuma to
inspect land being prepared for
farmers and to meet with per-
sons interested in food produc-
tion.

“We have made available
some funding for farmers
whereby we pay half the cost
of the land clearing,” Mr Key
said.

“Tam pleased with what I
have seen. I see some progress
with the farmers. There has
been increased production in
onions, tomatoes, cabbages,
potatoes and other products.

“And the meeting with San-
dals was very, very encourag-
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connection between the farm-
ers and the hotel will go a long
way in eliminating farmers’
dependency on the packing
house and the produce
exchange in Nassau.”

BAIC is planning to erect
accommodations for farmers
and artisans at the Fish Fry.

“This is excellent news for
farmers here,” said Farmers
Association president Althea
Ferguson.

“We appreciate all that San-
dals on Exuma is doing for us.
We hope, soon, to be an asset
to them.”

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own fruit and then being able to
take that and retail to high end
restaurants, and from your
reserved, process for value
added products. It is really a
win-win,” said Ms Godet.

The biggest challenge she
faces doing agribusiness in the
Bahamas are delays in produc-
tion as a result of having to wait
on other people. She said farm-
ers do not get a weekly wage
like typical employees, so they



have to constantly keep up pro-
duction.

“If we are not able to plant
our seeds, to cultivate our lands,
to get the relevant licenses and
help we need, then we can’t
produce and if we can’t pro-
duce we can’t get paid,” she
said.

“People not understanding
how important they are to the
farmer’s success. If you are
waiting for someone to find a
piece of paper on their desk for
weeks, people don’t understand
how debilitating that could be.
Too often people hold us up
because they refuse to do their
jobs in a timely manner.”

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Mahatma Rice and Robin
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Chet Championship

CHRISTA Lyons of
Queen’s College won the
2010 New Providence
Junior Champion Young
Chef Contest sponsored by
Mahatma Rice and Robin
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The 14-year-old ninth
grade student impressed the
judges, Chef Keisha Bon-
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(CHMI) and Chef Seanette
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and earned a total of 359
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and "Tropical Fruit Fusion
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points with her entries
"Spicy Seafood Rice Balls"
and "Pumpkin Papaya and
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Deidrah Stubbs of Jordan
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Queen’s College for juniors
and March 18 at CC
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school students, with over
$3,300 in scholarships avail-
able.

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the National Junior Cham-
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tion”, said Sharon Fergu-
son, Ministry of Education
home economics officer,
who coordinates the event
with P S Advertising and
public relations throughout
the nation’s schools.

For the eighth year, there
will be cash prizes for
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$100 for third and $50 for
forth.

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and $200 respectively”, said
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Lost in the ruins:
Haiti's hest
and brightest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

THEY kept the books, had
the training and fixed the com-
puters. They were the educat-
ed few of Haiti, an up-and-
coming generation of nurses,
technicians, office managers
and college students, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

Now they're gone — just
when their struggling country
needs them most.

The Jan. 12 earthquake
struck just before 5 p.m.,
destroying office buildings and
disproportionately killing the
young professionals who were
going the extra mile to make
Haiti work. Many were
crushed at their desks.

"It is a generation that
decided not to leave the coun-
try. They chose to work for
the country," said Dieusibon
Pierre-Merite, a Haitian soci-
ologist with a United Nations
anti-gang program that lost
several staffers in the quake.
"They are the ones who died."

Compounding the loss is a
quickening brain drain, as peo-
ple with the ability and means
to leave abandon a ravaged
country where more than 1.2
million people have lost their
homes.

Prime Minister Jean-Max
Bellerive told The Associated
Press he has watched with dis-
may as educated youths board
planes to the United States
and elsewhere. They leave
because Haiti, always a diffi-
cult place to live, became
impossible after the quake.

"T was looking at their faces:
They were escaping a country
and they had no intention to
go back," Bellerive said. "I
feel love for the people that
have lost family ... but I
believe it's even harder for the
country to see living people
that could do so much to
rebuild Haiti, leaving Haiti."

Haiti has gone through such
losses of talent before, usually
in times of political upheaval.
Many fled or were killed
under the father-and-son
Duvalier dictatorships from
1957-86.

People also escaped
reprisals under the U.S.-
backed junta of Gen.

Raoul Cedras in the early
1990s, under President Jean-
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violent chaos that followed
Aristide's 2004 ouster.

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far more significant.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010, PAGE 9

Letisha Henderson/BIS

THE MINISTRY of Public Works and Transport has announced that a one-way system for Baillou Hill
Road and Market Street will be introduced to make Baillou Hill Road one-way northbound and Market
Street one-way southbound between Robinson Road and Wulff Road starting Tuesday, March 30.

Motor vehicles are pictured on Baillou Hill Road.

Police to enforce traffic
rules during construction

By KATHRYN
CAMPBELL

OFFICERS of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force will
be out in full force to ensure
the smooth flow of traffic
during the construction
phase of the one-way sys-
tem for Baillou Hill Road
and Market Street, said
Sergeant Garland Rolle of
the Traffic Division.

“All uniformed police
officers working on the
island of New Providence
will be involved with main-
taining law and order in this
area and for other road
works going on in New
Providence,” he said.

“Any officer in a patrol or
motorcycle unit, once in uni-
form, understands his/her
responsibility to enforce the
laws of the Bahamas.”

He said the police force is
working closely with engi-
neers from the Ministry of
Public Works and Transport
to make traffic flow easier.

“We are very concerned
about this and we will be
giving it our full attention.
The cooperation of the gen-
eral public is very important

with this project to ensure
they know what to do,” said
Sgt Rolle.

Phase one of the Baillou
Hill Road and Market
Street corridor to be imple-
mented on Tuesday, March
30, will make Baillou Hill
Road one-way northbound
and Market Street one-way
southbound between
Robinson Road and Wulff
Road.

The new system is a part
of the $120-million New
Providence Road Improve-
ment Project that is being
funded by the government
and the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB).

The Road Traffic Depart-
ment has increased its
efforts to inform the public
of the changes to be imple-
mented.

Brad Smith, Assistant
Controller in the Road Traf-
fic Department, said in con-
junction with the Transport,
Policy and Planning Unit,
the Road Traffic Depart-
ment will be visiting the 20
plus schools in the area.

“It is important that we
get into the schools and
agencies that use Baillou

Hill Road and Market
Street corridors to commute
to and from school and
work,” Mr Smith said.

“We are going into the
schools to inform the stu-
dents where they need to go
to catch the buses and we
will use this as a safety mes-
sage as well.”

He pointed out that 170
buses travel on Baillou Hill
Road and 12 buses use the
Market Street corridor full
time.

“The bus routes are not a
major challenge because the
drivers are easily adaptable.
The challenge we will have
is to get the students and
members of the public to
understand where to go to
take the buses.

“The bus drivers are
presently using the same
routes, but as the road work
progresses we will make the
necessary adjustments to
them.

“We are having meetings
with stakeholders and we
have been dialoguing with
all organisations in the trans-
portation business for the
past three weeks,” Mr Smith
said.

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ELIZABETH Burrows of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama checks
on a few pets awaiting collection after successful surgeries at the free
spay and neutering clinic being held in High Rock.

STAFF at the Grand Bahama Humane Society
(GBHS) are gearing up for numerous activities in March
with a spay and neutering clinic already underway and the
society’s annual major fundraiser coming up in two
weeks.

Four vets and three licenced veterinary technicians
(LVTs) from the United States are currently conducting a
field clinic in High Rock.

Free spay or neutering
services are being carried
out at the Anglican Parish
Hall from 7am — 7pm,
Monday through to Friday,
and the group hopes to
attend to 200 - 250 animals
during this visit.

On the first day of the
clinic, 49 animals received
attention - 40 dogs and
nine cats.

The animals undergo the
routine of a pre-exam,
anesthesia application,
surgery and recovery.

There is no age stipula-
tion but animals must
weigh at least two pounds
to receive the treatment.

In addition, whilst
they’re recovering, the ani-
mals’ ears are cleaned,
their nails are clipped and
they’re vaccinated, de-

Elizabeth Burrows wormed and treated for
other minor injuries if
needed. “Despite the enormous costs, it’s vital for us to
host such clinics on an ongoing basis because the animal
overpopulation in Grand Bahama affects everyone.

“Despite the
enormous costs,
it’s vital for us to
host such clinics
on an ongoing
basis because the
animal overpopu-
lation in Grand
Bahama affects
everyone. The ser-
vice we provide in
the community
benefits everyone,
regardless of
whether you have
a pet or not.”



Benefits

“The service we provide in the community benefits
everyone, regardless of whether you have a pet or not,”
said GBHS executive director Elizabeth Burrows.

Group leader, volunteer veterinarian Robin Brennen,
from New York, has participated in the local programme
since 2006 and considers it a privilege to assist.

“We are more than happy to participate. I feel that we
have a skill to share and it’s professionally rewarding to
take such skills and use them to help solve a preventable
problem.

“By our actions we hope to pass a love of animals on
and teach people about responsible pet ownership.”

During Tuesday’s clinic, Ms Burrows, along with some
of the visiting volunteers, travelled to the nearby High
Rock Primary School.

The group explained the role of the Humane Society
gave tips on proper animal care and distributed handouts
with animal-friendly messages.

After, what is hoped to be, a successful field clinic,
attention next turns to the Humane Society’s biggest
fundraiser, the “Weekend that went to the Dogs’, slated
for March 19 - 21.

Lunch

A ‘Red Hot Mama’s Lunch’ will be held in the lobby of
the Regency Theatre for ladies only on Friday, March 19.

Beginning at noon, the three-hour event will feature
live entertainment, a wine bar and lunch.

Saturday, March 20 promises to delight as well with an
‘Animal House Party’ at the Garden of the Groves.
Beginning at 7pm, the garden affair, also priced at $50 per
person, will feature a live band from Kentucky, a silent
auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

The weekend of festivities concludes, on Sunday,
March 21 with a ‘Furry Friends Festival and Dog Show’ at
the Humane Society’s shelter on Coral Road. A full slate
of activities is planned for the family fun day with food,
games, rides and various competitions.

“With a current animal count of 450, the shelter experi-
ences a monthly shortfall of $15,000 to $20,000,” Ms Bur-
rows said.

“Any donations received are much appreciated and are
used entirely for medicine, pet food, vet services, cleaning
supplies, gasoline, and other items related to the numer-
ous animals in our care.”

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LOCAL NEWS

BEC holds maths clinic for BJC, BGCSE students

THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) in con-
junction with the Ministry of
Education officially opened its
mathematics clinic last week for
grade nine and 11 students
from selected junior and senior
high schools.

The clinic will continue until
May 6, on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days between the hours of 4pm
and 6pm at BEC headquarters
on Baillou Hill and Tucker
Roads.

“BEC is committed to
empowering Bahamians,” said
Kevin Basden, 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 edu-
cational 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 execut-
ed, will assist with the mathe-
matical needs of our partici-
pants 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 Shar-
nette Curry, assisted the Min-
istry with organising the clinic.







TCL Photo: Wendell Cleare

BEC MATH CLINIC — BEC and Ministry of Education staff responsi-
ble for tutoring at the clinic, the students, and at centre and seated
are Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour; BEC’s
general manager Kevin Basden and Environment Minister Earl

Deveaux.

“The staff at the Corpora-
tion 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.”

BEC’s chief financial officer
Cecile Greene, while giving
opening remarks, expressed to
the students present how
important mathematics is in
everyday life. Ministers Earl
Deveaux and Phenton Ney-
mour of the Ministry of Envi-
ronment also attended the
opening and reiterated what Ms
Greene had said to the stu-
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They were carefully selected by
the Ministry of Education’s
mathematics officer with math-
ematics teachers from the vari-
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Theresa McPhee, Ministry
of Education’s mathematics
officer said:

“T cannot begin to express
how grateful we are to BEC for
this effort. It is more than com-
mendable when corporate citi-
zens take time out to assist in
areas needed especially when
it pertains to our youth. We say
a big ‘thank you’ to BEC.”

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FORMER Minister of
State for Immigration
Branville McCartney’s res-
ignation is being seen as a
political rebellion in certain
quarters of the FNM, as
attack dogs and a number
of disgruntled, diehard
FNMs are having fits of
hysteria and are already
hurling scurrilous and
cheap potshots from behind
the curtain of anonymity.
From this week on, Mr
McCartney will be wading
through a political mine-
field.

Throughout the
Bahamas, Bran McCartney
is heralded as a hard work-
er, a young man who
understands the true pur-
pose of parliamentary rep-
resentation of his con-
stituents. The former min-
ister’s genuine concern for
the nation’s youth was on
display last November ina
speech and subsequent
question and answer ses-
sion given during a class I
lectured at the College of
the Bahamas.

Admittedly, Mr
McCartney’s resignation
from Cabinet, while serv-
ing as a first-term junior
Cabinet Minister and par-
liamentarian has led to
comparisons to bumbling
former Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin who herself
resigned before serving a
single, full-term. All-in-all,
however, Bran McCartney

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is not the divisive figure
and calamitous Jane that
Sarah Palin has turned out
to be.

Bran McCartney’s resig-
nation on his personal con-
victions, shows that he has
the kahunas to stand up for
his beliefs whatever they
might be and this might, in
the long run, catapult him
to the top of the leadership
totem pole as Prime Minis-
ter and FNM leader Hubert
Ingraham’s successor
while—in time—potential-
ly also earning the PM’s
admiration.

Mr Ingraham has not
said anything disparaging
about Mr McCartney and
he appears to be such an
astute politician that amidst
all the political brouhaha,
he is focused enough to
direct his attention upon
the PLP’s election court
challenge and other issues
instead of being found to
be in open combat with the
very popular Mr McCart-
ney.

Dr Dexter Johnson,
lawyer and medical doctor,
addressed Mr McCartney’s
resignation and potential
leadership of the FNM stat-
ing:

“In a situation with two
exhausted leaders, the
focus must be upon a

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by-election and debate
served to heighten the pro-
file of potentially new lead-
ers. The pretenders in the
PLP and FNM are obtain-
ing zero mileage at this
time. The system of the
past is not bringing the best
leaders forward.

“The change in the
immigration ministry’s poli-
cies had put Mr McCartney
in park—indefinitely. If he
crosses the floor, the Ingra-
ham administration would
fall,” he asserted.

Dr Johnson went on:

“Mr McCartney would
be a welcome addition to a
third party. His arrival
would immediately catapult
a third party into the polit-
ical stratosphere and could
be a platform to show his
uninhibited vision. His
arrival would immediately
make a third party a con-
tender as it would have a
credible Parliamentary
voice.”

It seems highly unlikely
that, even after submitting
his resignation, Mr McCart-
ney would cross the floor.

The timing of the former
junior minister’s resigna-
tion may be of concern to
some, particularly as it fol-

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lows an extremely acrimo-
nious Elizabeth by-election
campaign and has led to
overarching concerns about
his political plans, especial-
ly how his resignation—
with the FNM in a seem-
ingly precarious state—
could affect his aspirations
for leadership.

Frankly, in the wake of a
closely-contested, yet unde-
clared by-election, the
FNM must be uncertain of
exactly what the electorate
thinks and whether public
apathy is directed towards
the party and its gover-
nance. While Mr McCart-
ney’s resignation has rever-
berated throughout the
archipelago, his resignation
would have been more res-
onant had it been submit-
ted immediately after the
Prime Minister decided to
temporarily grant status to
the Haitian migrants
housed at the Detention
Centre following the cata-
strophic earthquake in
Port-au-Prince. At that
time, the PM's decision to
release the Haitians— even
with temporary status —
was met with a chorus of
dissent and questions about
its legality as local radio
talk shows were bombard-
ed by livid callers. Indeed,
there is a paralyzing fog of
disbelief and outright cyni-
cism being expressed in
some quarters about the
Prime Minister's decision.
It has been alleged that Mr
McCartney was not con-
sulted and felt that it was
a usurping of his power and
authority as Minister of
State in-charge of the
Department of Immigra-
tion.

It has also been alleged
that Mr McCartney had a
running feud with substan-
tive minister and DPM
Brent Symonette, who
some contend may have
sought to tie his hands on
certain immigration mat-
ters.

Indeed, while questions
run rife about whether the
Bamboo Town MP’s resig-
nation will further cripple
the FNM in terms of its
support, I believe that he
is a chap with the gravitas
to stand against the grain.
However, diehard FNM
supporters, despite their
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more concerned about par-
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how principled one might
be. Although Mr McCart-
ney has exhibited the
attributes, abilities and
intellect that are com-
mendable traits to propel
him to leadership as
opposed to an aptitude to
simply be a sycophant com-
plying with political dic-
tates, today, even the slight-
est misstep could lead to
another man (McCartney)
who would-be “king” being
permanently ushered out
of the throne room.

Are the voting delegates
and council members will-
ing to view an individual’s
abilities or, at the end of
the day, will party super-
sede any principle that a
person holds?

It is my belief that when
Charles Maynard—who is
not seen as the brightest
spark in the Cabinet—was
appointed the substantive
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture after a abysmal
performance as a junior
minister, Mr McCartney
possibly felt snubbed.

Sources assert that the
former state minister
believed himself to have
been overlooked and cast
aside.

Furthermore, unlike cer-
tain members of the cur-
rent and past Cabinets, Mr
McCartney is not overly
dependent upon a Cabinet
job, as he has publicly
admitted to being indepen-
dent, financially secure and
to have used his ministerial
salary in the constituency.

After the dust settles in
Elizabeth, it is said by cer-
tain FNM insiders that
McCartney could be dis-
placed. If Elizabeth serves
as a catalyst for what 2012
holds, there will then be a
strategic plan for counting
seats within both of the
major parties, with each
party distinguishing the
seats that are must-haves
in its column in the instance
that the election is close.
These must-have seats must
also be contested by
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ished and relocated to con-
test another constituency.

When former Bamboo
Town MP Tennyson Wells
initially broke ranks with
the FNM/PM Ingraham,
the constituency association
continued to support him
as an independent. Mr
Wells was shown that they
stood with him, only to lat-
er part ways upon being
won over by Mr McCart-
ney’s arrival and the real-
ization that an independent
could do little for the con-
stituency.

As it regards Mr
McCartney’s possible suc-
cession to PM Ingraham as
FNM leader, the issue of
his ability to galvanize the
voters across the political
spectrum to vote for the
party must also be taken
into account. Moreover, if
history serves as precedent,
future leadership chal-
lengers within the major
parties may also need the
blessings of previous lead-
ers—as seems to be the
norm in the Bahamas. Will

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viewed as the elitist,
Republican Party of the
Bahamas. Since then, Mr
Ingraham’s leadership has
increased support for the
party across the electoral
spectrum. As PM Ingraham
seeks to close an illustrious
political career, it remains
obvious that the FNM has
yet to find homegrown tal-
ent to become a true
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fell into default and were
reportedly not repaid.

When contacted for com-
ment by The Tribune yester-
day, Mr Galanis said of the
lawsuit: “I was told it had
been abated.” He told this
newspaper to speak to attor-
ney Damien Gomez, who
“has the details” on the case,
but Mr Gomez never
returned this newspaper’s
telephone calls before press
time last night.

Mr Galanis’s assertion that
the action had been “abated”
appears to be partially accu-
rate. A March 1, 2010, order
by US District Judge Daniel
T. K. Hurley, the last docu-

ment filed with the court in
relation to the lawsuit, sent
both Mr Galanis and the
plaintiff into mediation, in
addition to setting out case
management guidelines and
discovery procedures. How-
ever, the litigation still
appears to be ‘live’.

Mr Galanis is being sued
by Cordell Funding LLP, a
Miami-based private lender,
which is alleging breach of
contract in relation to a lend-
ing agreement it entered into
with a Bahamian-domiciled
company, North Andros
Assets, on December 16,
2005.

Cordell Funding alleged

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that it loaned North Andros
Assets some $3.5 million, fol-
lowed by a subsequent credit
advance of $500,000 for a
total $4 million. It then
claimed that Mr Galanis guar-
anteed repayment of the loan
personally, in the event of
default by North Andros
Assets.

A 12 per cent per annum
interest rate was attached to
the loan, Cordell Funding
alleged, with monthly pay-
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each month after the loan was
made. The loan matured, and
all interest and principal were
to be repaid after a term of
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The Miami-based lender
alleged that the credit facility
fell into default if monthly
interest payments were not
made within 10 days of the
due date, and North Andros
Assets had failed to make the
payments since September 27,
2006.

“Borrower and guarantor
[Mr Galanis] are in default
since at least October 10,

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2006,” Cordell Funding
alleged. “Guarantor had actu-
al knowledge that interest was
not paid. Although guarantor
expressly waived any right to
notice or demand with respect
to the default by borrower or

obligation of the defendant
[Mr Galanis] to honour the
guarantee, written notice and
request for payment was
made by the plaintiff.”

Cordell Funding alleged
that the contract agreed that
the interest due on the loan
would rise to 20 per cent in
the event of default, while a
late fee worth 5 per cent of
the payment would be added
if any payment was late. A
default would leave the guar-
antor responsible for the late
fee.

“Galanis has failed and
refused to pay $3.5 million on
the initial loan and $500,000
on a supplemental loan,
together with interest and
expenses to the plaintiff in
breach of his obligations as a
guarantor of the aforesaid
loans,” Cordell Funding
alleged.

It also claimed that Gala-
nis had agreed to be liable for
its attorneys’ fees and costs
in the event of a default and
legal action.

seen by The Tribune, Mr
Galanis allegedly guaranteed
repayment along with three
other men, Conrad DeSantis,
Joe Simmons and Joel Jenk-
ins.

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Tribune indicates that Cordell
Funding has also sued Mr
DeSantis, a former chairman
of Enterprise National Bank
in North Palm Beach and
attorney with DeSantis,
Gaskill, Smith & Shenkman,
plus Mr Simmons, in relation
to the same loan and guaran-
tee.

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intended to finance the con-
struction of a nine-strong con-
dominium complex in the
Bahamas, but this has never
been built.

In his defence, Mr DeSantis
has alleged that Cordell Fund-
ing delayed closing the loan,
and this combined with extra
fees drained the project’s
financing. He is alleging that
the lender imposed onerous
terms and charged sky-high
fees.

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to tend to him.

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Store manager ‘cuts own throat’

FROM page one

was suicidal."

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Joseph complained to family that an
injection he received from a clinic for
his long-term mental problems left him
feeling "strange". He also dispelled
reports that his brother — who lived
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He said his brother often had bouts of
paranoia, but did not have a history of
violence and had been doing well on his
medication.

A long-time friend on the scene said
Joseph showed no signs of suicide when
he saw him last week.

"He was a person who kept to him-
self, never got into any trouble, it's kind
of surprising something like this would







happen. He was a good friend, it's dis-
turbing to see this happen to him," said
the friend of more than 10 years.

Joseph was pronounced dead at the
scene by paramedics, police said.

The owners of the store declined to
comment as they left the store yester-
day, however, The Tribune was told that
employees and management are trau-
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the country for the year.

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Bahamas removed PAR teen

from financial
Services ‘grey list’

FROM page one

Finland, Greenland, Iceland,
Norway and Sweden.

Attorney General John
Delaney, in his mid-term
budget report in the Senate,
said: “Whatever that grey
list was, the Bahamas is no
longer on it. The govern-
ment is determined to
ensure the appropriate
infrastructural support for
the financial services sector
of the Bahamas. This tax
cooperation network of the
Bahamas is designed to
improve our nation as an
international financial cen-
tre by adapting to evolving
international requirements.”

The agreements were
signed on behalf of the
Bahamas by Zhivargo
Laing, Minister of State for
Finance. This takes the
Bahamas’ total number of
TIEAs to 18, which is six
more than the required
number, if a nation is to
avoid economically damag-
ing sanctions from the inter-
national community.

“Our exchange of infor-
mation on tax matters has
been established. Univer-
sally countries are entering
into these arrangements
with each other so I think
that what’s important in this
regard is that the principle
has been set and this is part
and parcel right now of the
cooperation being extended
by countries to each other
in the new global trading
environment,” said Mr
Laing yesterday.

The Bahamas was placed
on the OECD's "grey list"
in April of last year follow-
ing the G-20 Summit in
London. Along with 38 oth-

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er jurisdictions, it was
deemed “non-cooperative in
relation to (new) interna-
tional standards for the
exchange of tax informa-
tion.” The Bahamas had
signed just one TIEBA at that
time, namely with the Unit-
ed States.

The March 10 OECD
progress report from the
OECD lists the Bahamas as
one of 64 jurisdictions which
have “substantially imple-
mented the internationally
agreed tax standard,”
including nine in the
Caribbean.

“We are very pleased the
government complied with
the regulations and signed
sufficient treaties. We look
forward to concrete plans to
build, restructure and repo-
sition the financial sector,”
said opposition Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald.

“We reiterate the point
that we were disappointed
we were the last in the
region to have complied.

From that standpoint we
wished the government
would have been more
proactive,” he said.

By the end of February
the Bahamas had signed 11
agreements with the United
States, Argentina, Belgium,
France, China, Monaco, San
Marino, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, the United
Kingdom and Mexico. The
Bahamas is expected to sign
its nineteenth tax treaty
today with Spain.

The timing of the moves
come just in advance of the
March 31 deadline set by
the OECD for countries to
be in compliance.

The government initially
set itself the deadline to get
off the list as December 31,
2009.

Not all financial sector
analysts are satisfied with
the government’s move.
Progressive Liberal Party
affiliated attorney, Paul
Moss said the government
should use this opportunity
to push the boundaries in a
proactive way.

“Whilst the government
should be congratulated for
having acted appropriately
to have the Bahamas
removed off the grey list, it
is amomentary victory as it
will not be long before the
OECD come knocking
again with more demands,"
said Mr Moss commenting
on the report.

“Only when we become a
taxed jurisdiction (income
tax) would we be left alone.
Now is the perfect opportu-
nity for us to engage in this
dialogue and seek to sign a
double taxation agreement
with every country in the
world if necessary,” he said.

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find they contained information different
from that on which they and their immediate
supervisor had signed.

The evaluated employees and their man-
agers were said to have been “totally
shocked” by the discovery. Any adjustments
to evaluations are supposed to be signed off
on by all three individuals who initially con-
firmed the contents of the document — the
staff member being assessed, their immediate
supervisor and a senior manager, The Tri-
bune understands.

A long-term ZNS staff member with
knowledge of the situation yesterday said
employees are “very, very angry” about the

alleged meddling and feel that if the person
does not step down she should be forced
out.

“They need to send a message that people

can’t abuse their position,” said an irate staff
member. The staff member added that
recently great emphasis has been placed on
ensuring proper procedures are followed at
the corporation and the senior manager
would have been well aware of the protocols
in relation to the evaluations.

Several employees are understood to have
obtained private counsel for advice on pos-
sible legal action against the manager.

The Bahamas Communications and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU) executive team
went to ZNS yesterday to have an emer-
gency meeting with human resources man-
agers there to discuss the problem. Ulti-
mately, President Bernard Evans said Gen-
eral Manager Edwin Lightbourne agreed
that all affected evaluation forms, of which he
said there are “not very many”, would be
redone.

While he described the matter as “very
serious”, Mr Evans said he felt that this was
satisfactory and he would await a further
report before suggesting what additional
action might be taken.

He said his impression was that the senior
staff member did not wilfully break the rules
when she changed the forms without revert-
ing to the staff involved, but may have done
so out of “unfamiliarity” with procedures.

“Whether it stops here or not is some-
thing for management, upper management
chairman and board to decide,” said Mr
Evans.

According to a ZNS staff member, who
was affected by the changes, the senior man-
ager initialled the changes she made on the
forms.

Staff, who do not know at this time how
many are affected or on how many occa-
sions adjustments have been made to their
documents without their knowledge, fear
they may have been receiving the wrong
increments as a result for some time.

The senior manager implicated in the
scandal has been employed with the BCB for
more than two years, The Tribune under-
stands.

To date, at least five employees have con-
firmed that changes were made to their eval-
uation forms since they signed off on them
without their knowledge.

General Manager Edwin Lightbourne yes-
terday declined to comment on the contro-
versy, Stating only that “evaluations are an
internal process which we are dealing with
internally.”

The Tribune left a detailed message for
the senior managed implicated in the activ-
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Brazil leader rapped for stance on Cuba dissidents

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) —
Brazil's president came under
withering criticism Wednesday
at home and in Cuba for his
deference to the island's com-
munist government over polit-
ical prisoners and hunger
strikes for human rights.

A Cuban dissident on
hunger strike to demand the
release of ailing political pris-
oners accused President Luiz
Inacio Lula da Silva of com-
plicity with "the tyranny of
Castro." Brazilian pundits also
criticized Silva and a political
ally called the president's





words disappointing.

In an interview with The
Associated Press on Tuesday,
Silva said that "we have to
respect the decisions of the
Cuban legal system and the
government to arrest people
depending on the laws of
Cuba, like I want them to
respect Brazil."

Silva said hunger strikes
should not be used to free peo-
ple from prison, despite the
fact that he himself engaged in
a hunger strike as a union
leader during his resistance to
Brazil's military dictatorship.

Brazil's media and critics
focused most on a statement
by Silva that they interpreted
as comparing Cuba's dissidents
with criminals in Brazil's
largest city who run lucrative
drug rings from behind bars
and orchestrated a wave of
killings on the streets in 2006.

"IT don't think a hunger
strike can be used as a pretext
for human rights to free peo-
ple. Imagine if all the crimi-
nals in Sao Paulo entered into
hunger strikes to demand free-
dom," Silva said in the inter-
view.



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INFIDELITY

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
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thing for a spouse to ever do, especially

Pitrstore’ infidelity might be the hardest

when the inexplicable feelings of hurt and
pain from the unfaithful acts are still fresh to

the heart.

Pardoning this form of
betrayal, is a decision the
wounded spouse has to make,
only when he or she is ready to
let go of the past.

This issue is one that most
marriages are faced with, leav-
ing the oppressed partner with
only one question “should I
stay or should I go ?.”

To get an answer to that,
Tribune Religion spoke to
Reverend Everette Brown at
New Bethlehem Baptist
Church who said that it is nec-
essary to forgive, but rekin-
dling the fire that went out,
and regaining what has been
lost is where the two must
come to an agreeable consen-

sus.

“As Christians it is neces-
sary for one to forgive, since
all of us sin and fall short of
the glory of God. In the Bible
there was a woman who com-
mitted an adulterous act and
the people brought her before
Jesus. Jesus then said to the
people ‘he who is without sin
cast the first stone’. This alone
tells us that neither of us are
perfect so we must find it in
our hearts to forgive those
who have wronged us,” he
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overlook unfaithfulness. He said there
are some who take a while to overcome
the hurdle, and some who never come to
terms with the breach in their relation-
ship.

Freeing oneself from anguish will not
be easy, but time will heal the broken
heart. When one has fully forgiven and
has let go of the past, Reverend Brown
said those horrible stomach turning feel-
ings will begin to diminish slowly.

After one has decided to forgive, the
next thing they are left to consider is if
they desire a commitment once again
with their husband or wife.

“The one thing that the person must
consider is if the relationship is actually
worth saving, and if they do reconcile,
will the wronged mate truly let go of
what was done without constantly
reminding their spouse of it,” he said.

“Tf love is what brought the two
together, it is my opinion that they
should fight for their relationship and
then start rebuilding their union by try-
ing to regain the lost trust. So in a case of
infidelity there is still hope,” he told
Tribune Religion.

While there is no justification for step-
ping out of one’s marriage, Reverend
Brown said that in most cases, infidelity
occurs because one mate lacks “some-
thing” within the relationship.

Knowing what this issue is can some-
times affair- proof ones relationship,
decreasing the chances of infidelity
occurring for the second time.

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source of the problem they both, can
move on and try to find solutions. If one
partner felt as though enoughytime was
not invested into the union for example
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that made them fall in love wath®on
another in the beginning and impli
ment those things once again. Dé
little things like going for ice crea
setting a nice candlelit date with ea
other is what they need. Once eae
partner feels that they are given The
attention they sought in the first place
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again for each other,” he said.

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attention and we need to feel that we
are loved and appreciated by our :
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PROV.13: 22: A good man leaveth an
inheritance to his children's children:
and the wealth of the sinner is laid up
for the just.

IN THE Hebrew this word Good is:
towb, tobe; which has several mean-
ings such as 1) bountiful, 2) prosperi-
ty or prosperous, and 3) wealthy.

Now, before we go any further
please do me this favour; and take off
your religious hat so that we can look
at the above passage of scripture
through the eyes of the Spirit, and
not through the eyes of a denomina-

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tional / religious view. I can assure
you that God won’t be angry at you;
as a matter of fact He would be very
proud of you for allowing the Holy
Spirit to enlighten you.

Take note: that the scripture verse

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is two fold? Part a- A good man
leaveth an inheritance to his chil-
dren’s children: Part b- The wealth of
the sinner is laid up for the just.

Here’s what Part A, doesn’t say: It
does not say that a religious man, be
that a Christian or a Muslim man,
neither does it say that a White or a
Black man leaveth an inheritance to
his children’s children; but rather it
states that a good man leaveth an
inheritance. Do you agree?

Erroneous religious teachings and
stinking thinking has caused many
who claims to be people of faith to
say dumb things like “The best inher-
itance a man can leave for his chil-
dren, is the word of God”

As good as the above saying might
sound and no matter how well one
might be able to exaggerate the scrip-
tures; the religious knuckle heads
that make such statements seems to
be too stupid to realise that
Prov.13:22. A good man leaveth an
inheritance to his children's
children: is the word of God. And
there is absolutely no doubt that the
inheritance Prov.13:22, is referring to
is not the word of God.

Watch this!

In the Hebrew this word inheri-
tance is: nachal, naw-khal'; which has
several meanings such as 1) to inher-
it, 2) to occupy, 3) to bequeath, or to
leave somebody something in a will,
and 4) to distribute or to divide an
estate.

Not to say that I told you so before;
but take another look at Hosea.4:6.
and you will see how and why the reli-
giously Christians are so messed up.
To the point that well meaning saints
have succumb to living beneath their
ordained rights as children of ‘ely-
own, el-yone’ the Most high God.
Listen, one need not be a rocket sci-
entist, a college graduate or a theolo-
gian to correctly answer this question.

If the scripture says that “A good
man leaveth an inheritance to his
children’s children” then, what kind
of man doesn’t leave an
inheritance? Selah. Could the answer
to this question be, A no-good man?

As aman, what inheritance are you
leaving for your children’s chil-
dren? Is it your religion or political
affiliation?

Watch this!

Whenever a good man dies, he
leaves a will / a bequeath, that out-
lines his wishes and demands of the
distribution of his estate. Whereas in
most cases whenever a no-good man
dies, he leaves a bill; as somebody has

Thursday, March 11, 2010 ® PG 29

to pay for his funeral and other debts
he generated during his time.

A good man’s children and grand
children proudly declares of all the
lands, houses and money that are left
to them.

But the declaration of a no-good
man‘s children is as such “Daddy or
Grand Daddy worked at company A-
Z, or the Government for over 50
years, and all he left was a wrist
watch and plaque he got upon retire-
ment” What sort of man are you
striving to become? A good man, or a
no-good man?

Here’s Part B, of Prov.13:22 -and
the wealth of the sinner is laid up for
the just.

How many times in the settings of
an emotionally charged religious con-
ference or church service have you
heard this statement “The Bible says,
that the wealth of the wicked is laid
up for the righteous, and I‘m gonna
get mine”

Religious hype and pulpit rhetoric
along with the incomplete / unbal-
anced prosperity teaching has con-
tributed greatly to the high level of
ignorance as it relates to the true
covenant rights of today’s
church. Yes, I admit, even though it’s
difficult to do; I agree that there are
some wolves (so-called bishops, doc-
tors, apostles, etc;) in church leader-
ship who are giving the cynical (non-
believers) every reason and opportu-
nity to lambaste the church; but that
doesn’t nullify the will of God to
prosper his people.

In reading this article, if what
you’re seeing within church leader-
ship both internationally and locally
is causing you to withdraw from the
things of God and to disobey His
word please note what the Apostle
Peter said.

1Peter.4: 17 For the time is come
that judgment must begin at the
house of God: and if it first begin at
us, what shall the end be of them that
obey not the gospel of God?

Remember! Don’t allow where
you are in life, to determine who you
are. For the truth is; you are the
righteousness of Father Yahweh, in
Yeshuwa Messiah.

May the FOG (Favor of God) be
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.
PG 30 ® Thursday, March 11, 2010

RELIGION

Ship of Hope

Logos Hope spreads the word of Christ from port to port

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

N the Logos Hope or

“the book ship” as it is

commonly called there
is no denominational divide.
All 80 of the crew members
identify themselves as

‘Christian.’

The differences in worship style or
religious beliefs are irrelevant on a ship
where compassion is displayed by
reaching out to the needy in interna-
tional ports.

They adopt the attitude of Jesus
Christ, his life and mission to the down-
trodden, and share their beliefs as well.
And besides being the largest floating
bookstore at sea, boarding tourists and
passengers everyday, crew members on
board the Logos Hope contribute to the
wider community in their relief efforts
on the ground.

In developing countries like the
Bahamas where the need isn’t great, the
Logos Hope does not give medical
assistance. However, in less developed
countries, crews are sent to several
communities to distribute help packs,
perform dental and medical clinics, and
lend a hand on building projects.

The ‘book ship,’ is fully equipped
with doctors for medical assistance and
dental care, which is one of the greatest
unmet physical needs in the developing
world.

The medical and dental facility on
Logos Hope provides quality and com-
prehensive health care services to the
crew, and they in turn give their servic-
es to underprivileged sick people. This
medical assistance, including medica-
tion if needed, is provided free of
charge.

“The people we treat do not come on
board, we go to their village,” said
Gerard van de Pol, a crew member.
“We are more into the relief and aid
projects. In poor countries where some
students that don’t have books and
clothes attend school, we provide those
things,” he told Tribune Religion.

Mr van de Pol spoke of the ‘book
ship’s’ benevolent efforts in countries
like the Philippines, where they discov-
ered ten university students sharing one
book, and through their resources, pro-
vided the students with more material.

The team tells the story of a little girl
named Arianne who could not speak
but managed to communicate through
her friends that she liked the “penguin
dance’ and the music during one of the
team’s interactive sessions at Saint
Benedict’s Day Nursery and Infant
Hospital.

Many leave impacted greatly as they
will have a much better quality of life
after being seen.

Teams like this one from Logos Hope
bring hope through practical help, in
addition to partnering on projects with
Habitat for Humanity and YWAM
(Youth With A Mission). The first team
worked for three days on a two-room
house designated for a single mother in
the Sophia area of Georgetown.

In this short time, they were able to
build most of the walls on top of the
previously constructed foundation
using bricks and mortar they mixed on a
nearby road.

On top of medical care, the crew

lends their expertise in ministerial train-
ing, assisting churches with manpower
and resources to impact the communi-
ties.

And the same information they dis-
seminate to other countries will be
offered onboard the ship at various
times during their two week stay in The
Bahamas.

Sessions are offered at low prices
(and some at no cost) to church per-
sons. There’s something for every sec-
tion of the church. Sunday school
teachers will be taught how to teach
children stories from the Bible, pastors
will converge with some of the men
onboard the ship to hear about para-
digm shifts in Biblical ministry. A spe-
cial evening is even planned for female
crew to converge with female passen-
gers.

The Logos Hope is a vessel that is
always on the go. Like military families,
the families on board are always adjust-
ing to new environments. All of them

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sacrificed the routine of life, uprooting
themselves-and in some cases-loved
ones, to be part of the crew.

Swarms of people will assemble on
the fourth level of the Logos Hope,
when it boards its passengers in Nassau
ports on March 26. There, they can
peruse a cross-section of learning mate-
rials, including Christian music CDs,
and a selection of about 7,500 titles cov-
ering a plethora of topics, including sci-
ence, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts,
economics, medicine, dictionaries, lan-
guages, philosophy, and faith.

“We want to bring good education
into the world, and good literature for
countries who don’t have literature to
produce,” said Mr Van de Pol.

To date, around 40 million visitors
have been eager to see what the Logos
Hope has to offer, since the ship began
sailing in 1970. That figure is equal to
roughly one in every 200 of the world’s
total population.

From the captain to the newest staff
member, each member of the crew are
non-salaried volunteers-including many
serving in their professional capacity,
such as seafarers, engineers, electri-
clans, nurses, teachers and even cooks
who prepare full course meals in the
International cafe.

Three-hundred-fifty persons live on
board the ship, representing 48 differ-
ent nationalities, including Papa New
Guinea, China, Japan, South Africa,
Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Korea.

"The day you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you

ale:

rejoice."

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(Coy THE HISTORY OF

Grace Gospel Chapel

HE MODERN History of

Religion in the Bahamas

has featured many divi-
sions with new churches creat-
ed by members moving away
from an established church.

About the year 1940 some mem-

bers of the Central Gospel Hall
(now known as Central Gospel
Chapel) located on Christie and
Dowdeswell Streets led by
Benjamin Hall, Earle Sandilands
(the adopted son of Bro Hall), Elsie

Dupuch, Evangelist Willie
Farrington, Chester Bethel,
Evangelist and Mrs Murdo

McKenzie and Pastor Al Nottage
formed a pioneer ministry. Brother
Hall donated property and eventu-
ally a 20ft by 30 ft building was
erected and became known as East
Shirley Street Gospel Hall.

During the mid-40s and into the
decade of the 50s, the East Shirley
Street Gospel Hall came alive with
exciting children's meeting and week-
ly youth programs. A flurry of young
men considered important among
Brethren circles in the Bahamas, were
all involved at that time.

In 1951 George Lunn, Errol Rolle,

RELIGION IN THE BAHAMAS

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JIM
LAWLOR

Baltron Bethel and Earl Sandilands
met to determine a new name for
this thriving group. They came up
with the name Grace Gospel
Chapel, which was accepted by all.

Fresh impetus was given to the
development of Grace when Rex
Major, a recent convert joined the
group. Through his testimony and
the dedicated assistance of George
Lunn, several persons were convert-
ed and came into the fellowship of
the church. These included Herbert
and Marjorie Treco and Doddridge
Hunt. Other persons such as
Charles Wallace, Lester and Joyce
Maycock and Marguerite
Theophilus sister of Charles
Wallace joined the church.

In May 1968, Elders and Deacons
were officially ordained. Evangelist
Ed Allen carried out the special
service. Elders installed were:
Charles Wallace, Errol Rolle,

George Lunn, Herbert Treco and
Leslie Peters. Deacons were: Lester
Maycock, Nigel Wells, Thomas
Mingo and Joseph Darceuil. This
was a great blessing to the church;
and their combined leadership pro-
vided strength and guidance for
many years, especially during the
transition from a one-room hall toa
multi-purpose facility complex.

The congregation of about forty
five members undertook a building
project at Palmetto Village - the
move took place in October 1969.
Evangelist/Teacher Rex Major led
the Grace Gospel Chapel and laid
the groundwork for future success
and the introduction of a profes-
sional leader. In the long history of
Brethren in the Bahamas, this
would be the first installation of a
full-time paid pastor. Ed Allen was
accepted as the best candidate and
was installed in 1972. Under Pastor
Ed's leadership the church contin-
ued to grow by leaps and bounds.
His tenure with the church ended in
1977 and he started the Abundant
Life Bible Church in 1979.

Rex Major was installed the sec-
ond senior pastor of Grace. The
church stood behind the Majors by
commitment in prayer, encourage-

Thursday, March 11, 2010 ® PG 31



ment and financial aid. A definite
attempt was made to give strong
support to promising young men
who sensed a call to ministry. Leroy
and Lillith Knowles, Marcel and
Leila Lightbourne, Gil and Joey
Maycock, Lyall and Janell Bethel,
Phillip and Schell Stubbs, Vaughn
and Norma ‘Treco and Leroy
(Tinkel) and Melody Hanna as they
sought to develop their ministerial
skills and use them for the advance-
ment of the Kingdom of God.

A milestone in worship experience
at Grace came into place with the
introduction of drums and eventually
a brass section to aid in congression-
al and special music. Contemporary
music forms joined hands with tradi-
tional music, producing a very pleas-
ing blend. Most of this was facilitated
because Leroy (Tinkle) and Melody
Hanna and Michael (Sarge) Hanna
were won over to become Christian
disciples and joined the church dur-
ing the 1980's.

Lyall Bethel became Senior
Pastor - a position he still holds.
With a Motto like, "Growing a
healthy church to impact our world",
the church continues to strive to
ee that goal for the glory of

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Enough to go around

DURING this past week of celebrat-
ing International Women’s Day, we
have been considering the theme:
“Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities:
Progress for All.” Let us consider how
the concept of equality can be
approached from a Christian perspec-
tive.

If we begin with the position that
equal rights are based on an under-
standing of God-given human rights,
then we can conclude:

1. Human life and the capacity to love
and be loved is a gift to us from God.
2. Being made in God’s image means
that we were created equal in worth
and value.

3. We are all God’s children who are all
sinners in need of salvation.

4. We are able to be saved by Christ’s



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sacrifice on the cross.

5, We are all gifted for loving service.
6. We are all chosen for eternal life in
heaven.

7. God has some good plans for our
lives let us not disqualify ourselves.”

While our basic human rights include
the right to food, water, shelter, safety,
protection, freedom from abuse,
opportunities to work and worship, our
basic spiritual rights include:

1. The right to desire and experience
unity and harmony.

2. The right to enjoy inner peace and
intimate communion with God.

3. The right to be blessed by
relationships which are life-giving.
4. The right to obtain the greatest
freedom and support to blossom
and bear fruit.

5. The right to bless generations

yet unborn.

6. The right to be the best person
that we can be to the honour and
glory of God”

While discussing the subject of equal
rights, there are also some “equal
wrongs” suffered by too many of God’s
people around the world. There is
always someone somewhere wanting
more than his or her fair share. The con-
quest mentality is a documented histori-
cal fact and the various atrocities
endured by countless women, children
and men speak of the presence of

human violence as another very evident
reality in human relationships. The
hunger for power, the desire to control,
manipulate and dominate is all too real.
Human sin manifests itself as selfish-
ness,

self-centredness, willfulness, and dis-
regard for God’s will and the insistence
upon our own.

When God controls our capacity to
control others we have godly leadership.
The qualities of determination,
endurance, fortitude and courage are
used to build up and not to push around.

We are mentors and models for our
children and other young persons, so let
us work together to right the wrongs in
the right way

There are enough of God’s blessings
to go around. There is enough room in
God’s world for all of God’s children to
enjoy these basic social and spiritual
humanrights. With God, there is always
enough of what we need for everyone to
enjoy. Let us pray for one another and
work together for the good of us all.
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ory

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Features Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

OPULAR minister Bishop

Neil Ellis of Mount Tabor

Full Gospel Baptist Church
has two reasons to celebrate- he
was recently nominated for the
prestigious Dove Awards and he
is receiving rave reviews for his
newly released book ‘Pursuing

The Glory.’

The double announcement comes after
a dark period in his life when Bishop
Ellis suffered vocal cord damage due to
acid reflux and had to have a series of
corrective surgeries to save his voice.
That struggle served as inspiration for his
book and for the song “Don’t Do It
Without Me,” which was recorded live in
2007 and has received a Dove Award
nomination in the category of Traditional
Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.

He explained that two weeks after the
initial surgery, he became frustrated
because he was unable to use his voice,
the very medium needed as a preacher to
communicate his sermons.

“Very soon, however, I resolved in my
mind that while I didn’t really under-
stand what God was doing in my life, I
had to submit to the process and in doing
so, I said to God, ‘Lord whatever you’re
doing in this season, please don’t do it
without me.”

“While I was recuperating from sur-
gery, God spoke to me and told me that
He had pulled me aside to give me my
latest assignment; that of leading the way
in restoring His glory into the church,”
said Bishop Ellis.

As a result of that “encounter” with
God, he was inspired to write 42 mes-
sages, 14 of which were written exclu-
sively on the ‘glory’.

Those messages became ‘Pursuing The
Glory’ which has received tremendous
local reviews and is set to have its inter-
national release on March 18 at Tyler
Perry Studios in Atlanta.

“Tyler Perry has once again extended
his generosity to this son of the soil,” said
Bishop Ellis.

Shortly thereafter, ‘Pursuing The
Glory’ will be available in 4,000 book-
stores throughout the United States,
Canada, South Africa, Nigeria,
Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, U.K.,
Mexico, Trinidad and many other coun-
tries.

“Because of the tremendous doors that
have been open, we do not take this
exposure lightly or boost in ourselves,”
said Bishop Ellis. “We simply see this as
yet another opportunity to fulfill the
assignment that God gave us three years
ago.”

“The opportunity to fulfill our mandate
ultimately benefits this country that I
love called the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas.”

This mandate will continue to be filled
as Mount Tabor takes the spotlight dur-
ing the Dove Awards on April 21 as the
first group of Bahamian songwriters to be
nominated in the GMA Dove Award for
Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the
Year.

Other nominees in this category are
well-known and legendary artists; and to
have Mount Tabor named among that list
is a significant feat in itself, said a state-
ment from the church.

“We are grateful to Almighty God that
he would use this simple recording to
focus the eyes of the American Gospel
Music industry on the Bahamas,” said
Bishop Ellis.

“Don’t Do It Without Me” features the
vocals of Mount Tabor’s presiding
Bishop, Paul S. Morton and was recorded
on the Marlin Award winning debut CD,
“Wave of Glory,’ released by Kingdom
Glory Records.

Other songs nominated in the GMA

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Dove Award for Traditional Gospel
Recorded Song of the Year category
include: “Always Remember” by Men of
Standard & Andrae Crouch; “How I Got
Over”; by Vickie Winans; “Justified” by
Smokie Norful, and “Oh Happy Day” by
Queen Latifah & Edwin Hawkins.

The Dove Awards are the Grammys of
the Christian music industry honoring the
best in Christian and Gospel music since
1969.

A number of “key players” from the
city of Atlanta’s religious, entertainment
and sporting arena are expected to be in
attendance. Georgia State representative
Stanley Washington, Xernona Clayton,
President and founder of the Trumpet
awards, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Pastor
Paula White, former World Heavyweight
Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield,
Cassi Davis also known as Ella Payne
from Tyler Perry’s ‘House of Payne’ on
TBS, Terri Vaughn best known as Lavita
on the Steve Harvey Show, Katherine
Smith, Bahamas Consul General in
Atlanta will be representing the
Government and the President of the
Bahamas Christian Council, Reverend
Patrick Paul will be representing the
Bahamian religious community.

The Islands of the Bahamas will be
prominently featured during the occasion
as the Ministry of Tourism has decided to
provide special souvenir gifts and promo-
tional items for the distinguished invitees.



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RELIGIOUS NOTES

ACM PREPARES
FOR ANNUAL
CONFERENCE

e The 38th annual Anglican
Church Men (ACM) confer-
ence will be held in North
Andros from March 17-21. All
Anglican men are asked to reg-
ister at their parish or contact
any ACM council member for
more information. Ken Obrien
is the conference chairman he
can be reach at kob1150@coral-
wave.com for more informa-
tion.

CURSILLO
MOVEMENT

eThe Cursillo movement will
hold “Lenten Reflections” on
Friday, March 26 at St
Barnabas Anglican Church at 7
pm.

DAUGHTERS OF
LIGHT OUTREACH
EVENT

eThe Daughters of Light
Ministry will hold its first out-
reach event for the year on
Saturday March 13 on Windsor
Park, East Street and Wulff
Road from 10 am - 5pm. There
will be special entertainment
for the children in attendance.

The group also invites per-
sons to join them in their week-
ly fast every Monday,
Wednesday and Friday by skip-
ping at least one meal per day
during this time.

Members of the public are
also invited to tune into the
ministry’s radio broadcast “We
Care” the last Friday of each
month on 101.9FM at 9:45am-
10:00am.

els your church having a special
event? Let us know when and
where. Email to features @tri-
bunemedia.net.

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