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Inez Louise Boyd Carey, 76

Funeral service for Retired Nurse Inez Louise Boyd Carey age 76 years a resident of Rupert Dean Lane will be held 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 18th 2011 at The Apostle Of The End Time Church, West and Ferguson Street. Officiating will be Apostle Carlos Wallace assisted by other Ministers. Interment will be made in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F Kennedy Drive.
Left to cherish his memories her husband: Bruce Carey; seven children: Reginald Hanna, Paige Boyd, Vaughn, Wayne, Cordell Carey, Nina McBride and Sheena Cooper; four adopted daughters: Betty Bostwick, Janet Fynes, Glorian Lightbourne and Shelly Shepard; one sister: BerthaMae Bowleg; three brothers-in-law: Solomon Bowleg, Jack and Carl Carey; four sisters-in-law: Sybil Cassar, Carolyn Kelley, Lorraine Carey and Gloria Rolle; two daughters-in-law: Adora Hanna and Cherene Carey; sons-in-law: Wellington Cooper and Gayland McBride; numerous grandchildren: Reginald Jr. and Renee, Lauren and Paige Hanna, Rodney Smith, Quentin and Carlotta Scott, Akeem Boyd, Monalisa Carey, Adonis Vaughn, Leonardo, Kanya, Wayne Jr., Jahson, Rashad, Donovan and Winchelle Carey, Cordell Jr. and Eric Carey, Gaynell, Gabrielle, Genae, Gianina and Gayland McBride Jr., Akilah Lightbourne, Ashante and Wellington Cooper Jr.; nine great-grandchildren: Gianni Smith, Italy and Jaharie Scott, Chacovia Taylor, Shelly Pinder, Caleb Carey, Atwezz and Malachi Boyd, Empress Carey; numerous nieces and nephews: Laverne, Trevor, Victor and Ricardo Bowleg, Torah, Paul and Amy Cole, Sophia Quant, Gavin Cassar, Ingrid Pratt, Kim Thompson, Douglas Cassar, Lisa McNeilly,Kevin and Gregory Rolle, Sherise Blunt, Cindy Robins, Dereck, Andrew, Michael and Jason Seymour, Patrice Johnson and Kaynell Seymour, Natasha Dames, Rochelle and Stacy Carey, Desmond Cooper and Dereck Sands; grandnieces and nephews: Jamal, Renzo and Hassah Bowleg, Jordan, Andrew and Elizabeth Cole; cousins: Kelcine Hamilton, Joyce, Fletcher and Otis Deveaux, Debbie Harris and Muriel Hamilton of New York, Bishop Laish Boyd, Angela George, Evelyn Alfred, Donnell Miller of Florida, Shandy Martinez, LaShon Storr, Monique Harvey of Chicago, Lindell, Livingston, Jan and Eddie Johnson, Monique and Theresa Deveaux, Urshula Dawson of New York, Fletcher Deveaux Jr., Shane Deveaux, Letravino and Dario Deveaux, Dorothy and Marilyn Deveaux; other relatives and friends: Deloris Darling, Mark Knowles, Avernell Rhaming, Mother Marilyn Wallace and family, Deborah Davis and family, Philomese Burrows and family, Marcelle Forbes and family; Brenville Stuart and family, Solomon and Althea McBride and family, Rodney Stuart and family, Jeffrey Fowler and family, Susan Sears and family, Adrian Whylly, The Christie family, The Hart family, Dorothy Gibson, Fred Brennan and family, Ellison Smith and family, Rev. C.B Moss, Dr. Bernard Nottage, Dr. Michael Darville, Joyce Nairn and family, Andre Wilmott, Geraldine Darville and family, Janet Russell and family, Doris Lewis, Minister Quinty and Meko Sears, Dr. Perry Gomez, The entire End Time family, The entire Bain Town family, The Rupert Dean Lane Shack Crew, Agape House family (Freeport) and the nurses and doctors at the Rand Memorial Hospital and the Princess Margaret Hospital.
And others relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. and at the church on Sunday from 11:30a.m. to service time.

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Attack of the Tiger Dragons
Attack of the Tiger Dragons

In the last show of the season, the Tiger Dragon Mixed Martial Arts Dojo team dominated the field of schools that participated in the 1st Annual Yellow Elder tournament.

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Protecting unborn children

Bishop Simeon Hall this week called on lawmakers to change the law to allow for the recognition of murdered fetuses.
The former president of the Bahamas Christian Council and chairman of the Ingraham government's crime commission said in a letter sent to several women MPs and senators: "I write praying your attention to the fact that at least two of several women murdered this year were pregnant and the law, in its present form, does not follow the Judeo-Christian position that human life begins at conception."
Bishop Hall's call comes after two high profile murders of pregnant women in recent months.
On July 30, Erica Ward was one of three people murdered at a residence on Montgomery Ave., off Carmichael Road. Ward was around eight months pregnant.
Weeks later, Baresha Glinton-Lewis, who was five months pregnant, was shot to death in the presence of her 10-year-old son.
Hall, a Baptist clergyman,  argues that a child in any stage, from conception to birth, should be protected from murder by law, and its homicide considered separate from the mother.
Under existing Bahamian law, unborn children are not considered murder victims. And when two men were charged with Ward's murder, there was no charge leveled for the death of Ward's unborn child.
As it stands now, there is a contradiction in our law. Abortion is a crime in The Bahamas. A person could get up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of abortion.
If it is a crime to terminate a pregnancy voluntarily, why is it not a crime when an unborn child is killed by a bullet or knife or some other weapon?
In 2004, the United States passed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which created a federal law that makes it a crime to harm a child in the womb.
Under the U.S. law: "The Unborn Victims of Violence Act provides that, under federal law, any person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb shall be charged with a separate offense, in addition to any charges relating to the mother."
The government is expected to soon bring to Parliament a new penal code.
We have said it in this space before but it bears repeating, there needs to be a change in our law ensuring that the killing of a mother and her unborn child or children is considered a multiple murder. The sanction for such a crime should be severe.
In what will surely not be long from now, the country will record another record-breaking murder count. It will mark the fifth in five years. And we are on pace to far surpass the 94 recorded in 2010.
It is not yet clear if any of the anti-crime initiatives implemented by the government will help to slow violent crime in the future.
It is also unclear if any of the opposition political parties have anti-crime plans that will make a difference.
What is clear is that much needs to be done to reform our criminal justice system.
This simple change to the penal code could send a message to those out there with the criminal intent that harming expecting women is unacceptable.

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Dorothy Louise Smith, 80

Funeral Service for the Late Dorothy Louise Smith, 80 years of Bailey Town, Bimini will be held on Saturday September 17th, 11:00 a.m. at The Cathedral of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Bailey Town Bimini. Bishop Stanley B. Pinder and Rev. Dr. Carlise Russell assisted by Rev. Dr. Clyde Flowers, Rev. Oriel Rolle, Rev. John Saunders and Rev. Joel Rolle will officiate. Interment will follow in Bailey Town Public Cemetery.

Left to cherish her joyous memories are: Her three loving and devoted children: Florence Saunders, Lemuel "Stevie S" and Robbie Smith. Grandchildren: Michaella Saunders, Adrian, Robyn Smith, Ashton Dottin, Michael "M.J." Saunders, Lemuel L. J. Smith, Kemica Stuart, Xavier "Ravae" & Skyla Smith, Donnique King & Lashay Brown. Son-in-law: Michael Saunders; Daughter-in-law: Enjoli Smith Sister-in-law: Francis Rolle. Nieces and Nephews The Children of the late Lela Anderson: Victoria Anderson and family, Geneva and Oral Pinder and family, Cecil & Leotha Anderson and family, Ellamae and Zilcus Thompson and family, Leviticus and Earine Anderson and family, Rufus and Jennie Anderson, Mary Anderson & family, Ettamae Anderson & family. Children of the late George Anderson Jr., Children of the late Vernita "Punkie" Cleare. The children of the late Samuel Rolle: Ulamae, Samuel Jr., Reynold Rolle, Patricia Davis & family. The children of the late Joseph Rolle: Arlington & Sheena Rolle & family, Merlene Saunders & family, Evelyn & Erlin Sawyer & family, Joycelyn Rolle & family, Veronica Rolle & family, Elvis Rolle & children. The children of the late Miriam Toote: Viola & Hershel Smith, Rosenell Farrington & family, James & Rosyln Toote & family, Sarahlee Curtis & family, Mellony & Joseph Blane & family, Michael Saunders & son, Douglas Saunders Sr. & family Melissa & Rodney Watson & family, Robert Saundrs, Leotha & James Darilus & family, Daniel Saunders Jr. & family, The children of the late Mithell Rolle: Mytha & Kendall Eneas & family, Gene Rolle; The children of the late Mitchell Rolle: Maytha & Kendall Eneas & family, Gene Rolle & children: Steve & Kim Rolle & family, Cyril & Khendra Williams and family, Edith Williams. The children of the late Wilmore B. O. Rolle: Carolyn & Fredrick Storr & so, Shane Deveaux, Wilmore Rolle Jr. & daughter, Leroy Rolle & daughter, Romell. Daughter of the late Whitlene Stuart: Whitlene & Donald Bullard & family, Jerrene Brennen & family. Children of the late Edwin Rolle: Keith Rolle. Nieces: Florence Symonette & family Corrine Hanna & family, Louise Hanna & family, Nanette Conyers & family, Loretha Bernard & family, Loretha McDuffy & family, Karen Saunders & family, Louise Hanna & family, Leroy & Kevin Russell, Albert McDuffy. Other Relatives Include: Neville & Evelyn Rolle & family, Mr. & Mrs. Evans Rolle & family, Ben Rolle & family, Audley & Marrie Rolle & family, Estermae & Charle Weech & family, Sybil Charlton & family, Ethelmae Russell & family, Relatives of the late Randolph Rolle, Lamour, Kenis, Macarthur Rolle & Ingrid Ellis. Special friends: Megan Morris, Bishop Stanley B. Pinder, Alma Sawyer & family, William & Alma Farrington, Mia & Vervie Thomas, Enith Sherman & family, Reginald Taylor, Elder Elmetta Rolle, Pastor Teachlett Pierre, Emma Rolle, Maxwell & Quinton Rolle, Nadine Benneby, Jerry Brown, Blanche Weech, Ada Levarity, Louise, Pastor Chester Rolle & family, Daisy Rolle, Pastor Benjamin & Jennifer rolle, Holland & Nannette Bain, Deaconess Patricia Rolle, Bernice Stuart, Miriam "Katie" Toote, George Weech, David & Lourice Rolle, Barbera Hanna, Janet Cox, Annis Robins Shirley Ritchie, Esmeralda Smith, Rev. Clyde & Rozeld Flowers, Brenda Hanna, Malcolm Pinder & Family, Arias, The entire Diaspora Church family, The Widows Club Officers & Members of the Cathedral Of Mount Zion Baptist Church; Care givers: Carolyn Newbold, Mr. & Mrs. Percel Rolle, Magaret & Elizabeth Smith, Jospeh Blane, The staff of the Bimini Clinic; Godchildren: Ann Moxey, Stephanie Rolle, Janice Wallace, Eleanor Saunders & Jerrene Brennen; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at the Church in Bailey Town Bimini, on Friday from 7:00 p.m. until service time.

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A MAN charged with stabbing his brother to death appeared at Nassau magistrates court yesterday.

Fanel Joseph, 31, of Mermaid Blvd, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez at Court One, Bank Lane, charged with murder.

It is alleged that on Thursday, December 15, the accused caused the death of his twin brother Joel Joseph, who lived in the Golden Gates area.

The country's 120th homicide is said to have taken place at a house on Mermaid Blvd, off Carmichael Road, around 4am.

The prosecution claims there was an altercation between the two men which turned violent.

After reading the charge to the defendant, Chief Magistrate Gomez ...

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IT HAS been claimed that Minister of Environment Earl Deveaux will not be seeking re-election in his current Marathon seat.

It has been speculated that Mr Deveaux will be replaced by businessman and FNM deputy chairman Michael Turnquest.

Mr Turnquest received the FNM candidacy for the Kennedy constituency in the 2007 general elections, however was defeated by former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate, Kenyatta Gibson.

Party chairman Carl Bethel said he had no information on the matter one way or the other, and could not comment on speculation.

Mr Bethel added that if and when Mr Deveaux has something to say, he ...

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BTC settles with Leon Williams

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has reached a settlement with its former CEO and president Leon Williams, according to Williams' attorney Wayne Munroe.
Williams took legal action after BTC terminated him in 2008.
The parties were due before the Supreme Court last Thursday but reached a confidential agreement instead, according to Munroe.
After the firing, then chairman of BTC Julian Francis claimed that Williams was "pretending" to be an expert in communications but that was really just a "smoke screen".
Francis said Williams was incapable of properly managing the company, which was being prepared for privatization.
Of the lawsuit against BTC, Munroe said it was satisfactorily resolved with BTC, which was the defendant.
Asked whether the settlement is favorable to Williams, Munroe said, "He wouldn't have come all this way to be satisfied with something that wasn't favorable to him."
Williams' termination was an issue of great public interest, and angered people who supported his work in telecommunications.
The Progressive Liberal Party said in a statement after Francis' remarks in 2008: "It is contemptuous of our judicial system and its customs and conventions, as well as the law, for Mr. Francis to make disparaging comments in the media about Mr. Leon Williams' long, outstanding and distinguish service to BTC."
The party had called on Francis to apologize to Williams, but he never did.
Munroe told The Nassau Guardian it was important to his client to pursue legal action given the manner in which he was dismissed.
"[This was important also] bearing in mind some of the untrue, scandalous, cowardly things that were said by particularly Julian Francis.  He (Williams) would clearly have had to move to vindicate himself which is what you do in the courts," Munroe said.
"So, nobody has to just sit down and take what is being offered to them in terms of poor treatment by a public corporation or even the government."
Munroe represents several clients who think they have been aggrieved by the government -- former deputy director of public prosecutions Cheryl Grant-Bethell took action after she was passed over for the position of director of public prosecutions.
Architect Michael Foster took the Ingraham administration to court after it cancelled the $22 million straw market contract entered into by the Christie administration.
Munroe said these actions all demonstrate that the courts "are there to be guardians of your rights in all arenas".
"It would demonstrate that nobody is above the law and sadly, a lot of the cases we have been doing demonstrate just the magnificent waste of public funds that public officials get up to, perhaps facing the knowledge that they don't personally have to pay the bill at the end of the day," Munroe said.
BTC spokesman Marlon Johnson said yesterday he was not aware that BTC had settled with Williams and promised to check into the matter.
The government sold 51 percent of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications earlier this year, ushering in the long promised privatization of the company.

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Gritsy teet an' almond head

Some people have a love hate relationship with home.  I know I definitely have a love-hate relationship with these salty rocks.  For instance, I loved The Bahamas on Sunday, then I read the headlines on Monday morning and saw we had 100 murders and I hated The Bahamas.  At such times I usually head to Andros and get a sweet scorch conch and a fry snapper and I love The Bahamas yet again.
You know, speaking of murder records, I once lived in a city that did not record a single murder in almost 12 months, but I still missed home.  Das me. I am a Bahamian.  And there's so much to love in spite of all the stupidity around us.
One of the things I really miss when I live abroad is the pleasure of conversation.  Not that there aren't people to talk to in the places I've lived.  I'm talking about the pleasures of conversation Bahamian style.  Conversation isn't just a necessary form of human interaction or something you do just to feel connected.  No, in The Bahamas conversation is an art form, a sport, a performance.  When we talk we paint pictures, we add color and spice.  It's like taking up fencing, only you use words not a sword.
We are an interesting people with fun, vivid ways of expressing ourselves.  For instance, we regularly tie food references into our conversations.  Now, I know what quite a few of you might be thinking: obesity is a serious problem in The Bahamas, so maybe we talk about food so much because we're obsessed with eating.  How else do you explain remarks such as "soupy mout"?  However, even when we were a skinny people, we used food as a reference point in conversation.
Most communities in The Bahamas were subsistence communities, growing food to live more than to trade, and life was hard.  Money was scarce, so people eked out an existence on the sea and on the land.  Food was precious and earned through sweat.  Food is also an integral part of every Bahamian celebration, even a part of Bahamian mourning rituals.  After we jump in the grave with the coffin, we calm down and go have a massive plate a food.  Remember Eddie Minnis' song, "The Buffett"?  We "ack like we ain use".  And maybe we ack like we ain't use because we ain't ackin, we really ain't use.
So next time you are having some sausage and grits with a slice of bread, think on these things: my favorite Bahamian food-related sayings.
1. Peas. Oh the peasy head!  If you have to run a comb through it, then a brush, and then a comb, plus add some water, softener and leave-in conditioner, and finally add a skull cap or head scarf to keep it in place, then you qualify.  Your head peasy.  I love me some peas 'n' rice but I ain' ga lie, dem peas at da base a my head cause me cry plenty a school mornin.  Until I discovered Stay Soft Fro that is.  Now of course, I wish I had some peas to cover dis shiny "peanut head" a mine.
2. Conch.  "Mix up like conch salad."  This one is self explanatory.  A people who love conch as much as we do, were bound to find a way to work it into our daily conversation.  In moments of extreme fatigue you may also go "divin' fa conch," which pretty much means to fall asleep sitting upright, but that alone is not enough.  You have not taken a real conch dive unless your chin hits your chest and your head snaps back in momentary alertness.  That's when you play it cool, glance around and make sure no one saw that you almost gave yourself whiplash.
3. Lunch.  If "dog eat ya lunch" you are not just going to go out and buy some more lunch.  You have no more lunch.  It was your last lunch.  Repeat: no more lunch.  This expression is intended to let you, poor fool, know that not only is your situation sad, but it also without redemption.  Your sister ain't eat it, your brother ain't eat it, your fren ain't eat it, dog eat your lunch, man.  Talk about adding insult to injury.  You can't even yuk it back and finish off wa's left.
4. Sauchiss. "Sauchiss", is sausage for the uninitiated.  As in "slam bam" or sauchiss and bread, or grits and sauchiss.  Anyway, it also refers to a man's  . . e-hem . . . part.  As in the ringplay song, "Sauchiss in here and a loaf a bread right dere, take dat penny sauchiss and stick it right in dere". And of course, having obeyed the devil in the song, and placed the sauchiss in the bread, "juicin" takes place.  Let's quickly move on.
5. Stale.  When your crackers, cookies, or cereal get "stale," you throw them out.  But if you, as a human being are stale, or your joke is stale, then you are actually a boring, dull, less than imaginative individual.  You lack crunch.  Today the young folks say "dat don' come out".  Being called stale is like being called "dry bread," which means you lack a certain joie de vivre or panache.
6. Grits.  Here's a real vivid food expression: "gritsy teet'."  Now I love grits.  Just love it.  I do not like to associate the warm buttery goodness of some corn meal grits with the plaque and food remains left on the teeth of an unhygienic person.  Sadly, that is what it means to have gritsy teet'.  I ain't ga lie dough, is fun to say to somebody: "Come from roun' here wit ya gritsy teet."  And why do we say "come" when we really mean "go"?  Anyway, that's another story.
7. Mangra.  When you have just enough color to your skin, not too light and too dark, we call that mangra skin.  Yellow and sweet.  Usually, anyone who is mangra is also female.  I have yet to meet a mangra skin man.  They just call such fellas "Yellow".  As in, "Bey, Yellow, where you gern? Bring me back one soda when you come, dread."  Yellow man gone out a style when black men like Michael Jordan and Wesley Snipes hit the scene.  But dey on da way back, just aks all dese woman what goin 'Green'.  Black, yellow, green . . . Look I ain't no Rasta!
8. Bread and roaches.  When you have "Roach on ya bread," you need more than "flit," you need a lawyer.  This has of course been immortalized in a song by Avvy.  Someone is having an affair with your man or woman, and the result is that your goods are now tainted.  Anyone who has had to wage war with cockroaches should relate to how unpleasant and graphic an image this Bahamian expression is painting.  I especially can't stand flying roaches.  Mother Nature just ain't fair sometimes.  And speaking of "bread," do I need to explain that bread also refers to . . . no, I don't need to explain.  Just read number 4 again and you'll figure it out.
9. Pot.  No, not marijuana.  Have you ever heard some variation of the expression, "Watch pot never boil"?  Love this proverb.  It's so true.  It means literally, if you stand there staring at the food it will feel like it's taking forever.  But the principle can of course be applied more broadly.  Fixating and consuming yourself with anticipation for something to happen only makes life harder.  Walk away, let it be and put your mind on something else.  Then time will pass more easily if not more quickly.
10. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.  OK, what dis have to do wit food, right?  Well, we Bahamians love to describe people according to the foods they remind us of.  It's hardly ever flattering either.  So and so "gat a meaty head," dis one have a "mealy mout," so and so "need to come from roun me wit dey sauchiss lip" or "dey conch bubby lip".  Wait, there's more. You might hear someone say to you, "Hey coconut head" or "Bey, you gat a biiig yoke, nah".  Worse yet, you might hear someone say "Jermaine likin one fish mout gal" or Tario look jus like "goggle eye".  Sometimes we ain't nice, not at all.
Well those are my favorites.  I'm sure I've left out some good ones. Oh, I remember another one about food.  I'll leave you with it.  "Hongry make dog eat raw corn."  I wish I was there to see that one. Tings mussy was really "pussin".

IAN STRACHAN is Associate Professor of English at The College of The Bahamas. You can write him at or visit

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BEC signs 'historical' renewable energy deal

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) made history yesterday when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a renewable energy company to produce ocean-powered electricity for the general public - a venture which will come at no cost to The Bahamas.
The landmark power/purchasing agreement, signed with Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTEC), will result in a commercial-grade plant built entirely by the U.S. based company.
BEC, in turn, will purchase the energy and provide it to the Bahamian people, becoming the first utility in the world to provide ocean-powered, base-load energy for market use.
In the end, according to BEC, it will provide reliable, affordable, cleaner and more efficient power.
Jeremy Feakins, the Chairman and CEO of OTEC, believes this project will be a "shining example" on the possibilities of renewable energy.
"The Bahamas will be an example to the world on how an island community can successfully follow the road to sustainable energy production," he told Guardian Business, adding that construction of the facility will take between two and three years.
"One of the great things with this model, is we not only bring the expertise, but also the financing.  We design, build and operate the plants, and then sell the energy we produce.
"We do not look to BEC or the government for any money."
For the last several months, Feakins has been in close talks with Michael Moss, the Chairman of BEC, and Earl Deveaux, the Minister of the Environment.
Deveaux was unavailable for comment. Phenton Neymour, the Minister of State for the Environment, did not return calls before press time.
Meanwhile, Kevin Basden, the General Manager of BEC, called the deal a "historical time" for the company and The Bahamas.
Moss echoed his sentiments. He said there were a number of other renewable ideas being considered, but ultimately, ocean thermal energy was an original and practical solution.
Unlike solar and wind, ocean thermal energy can be produced 24-hours a day, seven-days a week, and doesn't require any fossil fuels to function.
Moss added that The Bahamas is uniquely situated to exploit this technology.
"The uniqueness of several islands being closely located near the tongue of the ocean and having access to rather cold water, but also warm water, is what makes this technology flourish," he said.
"The bigger the difference in temperature, the better."
Constructed adjacent to an existing BEC facility, the plant will, in essence,  pump the frigid water from the depths of the ocean.  Whilst warm water is simultaneously brought into the plant, and they are combined to produce great amounts of stream, which subsequently drives turbine generators.
The concept, seemingly science fiction, has other practical applications that will be invaluable to The Bahamas, including desalination for agriculture and seawater district cooling for air conditioners.
Located in Hawaii, OTEC's current plant has served as a test project for the company and is not commercial grade.
OTEC, in collaboration with the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA), has explored the merits of ocean thermal energy conversion for decades.
The NELHA was first established in 1974 in part by the Hawaii State Legislature.
Today, in Nassau, the exact site for the commercial-grade plant has yet to be determined.
The next step, Feakins said, is for a team of engineers to arrive in Nassau and draw up the plans and designs.
"We are working out the schedule now, but I anticipate that will happen over the next couple of weeks," he added.  "I don't think it will take us long to come up with the designs.  In the end, what it will really come down to is what we charge for the electricity."
Feakins said OTEC is still determining how big the plant will be and how much it will cost, but he felt the price tag would easily surpass $100 million.  He pointed out that it will be a commercial-grade plant, capable of powering homes and businesses.
However, because the technology is so cutting edge, Feakins said both sides want to minimize the risks and ensure no mistakes will be made.
In an earlier interview, Moss speculated that The Bahamas will derive approximately 10 percent of its energy from a renewable source, and 30 percent by 2030.  It will take time, but he contends this is a giant leap forward in the manner through which Bahamians, and indeed the world, receive their energy.
"This is a very exciting time for us," he said.
"For OTEC, it's an excellent test for the technology, and eventually it might help them use this process [in] other marginal, less ideal conditions.  For now, we are the ideal, but this could be a new beginning."

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Decline and decimation of the middle class

Dear Editor,
In any western nation the so-called middle class has always been and remains the bulwark of such a nation.  It is from the ranks of the same that most job creators emerge and the same act as the catalyst that drives the local economy.  It is a given that small to medium sized businesses generate approximately 60 percent of all jobs and gross national revenue and productivity.

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