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Gibson: NIB Board Will Carry On
Gibson: NIB Board Will Carry On

NIB Minister Shane Gibson yesterday insisted that the board of the nation's social security net will carry on with its duties in the absence of a chairman.

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Gibson: NIB Will Function Without Moss

The board of the National Insurance Board (NIB) will still be able to function even without a chairman, Minister of National Insurance Shane Gibson said yesterday.

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Gibson: NIB director preparing written policies

The new director of the National Insurance Board (NIB) has her "hands full", but will focus on crafting policy guidelines for the social security agency, Minister of Labor and National Insurance Shane Gibson said yesterday.

The government selected Rowena Bethel as NIB's new director in June, nearly six weeks after former director Algernon Cargill was fired...

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Girl allegedly assaulted on bus

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly assaulted by a group of men who attempted to rape her on Sunday while she was riding on a bus, a senior police officer reported last week.

Superintendent Elsworth Moss, who heads the Central Police Station, told The Nassau Guardian that the matter is under active police investigation and would be brought to a close soon.

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Glad to see Rodney Moncur ratified

Dear Editor,
My heart was overcome with joy during the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) town meeting on the economy at the British Colonial Hotel.  Rodney Moncur was publicly announced as the DNA's candidate for Bain and Grants Town.
This is by all means a big deal.  You see, Moncur is a taxi driver by profession.  He lives in Black Village and he is of humble means.  He doesn't drive a fancy car and he is a happily married man.  Moncur is just an ordinary citizen who has finally received a well-deserved chance to represent the people of The Bahamas on a higher level.  He represents the grassroots man in spirit and in person.
Moncur has fought for decades for the citizens of this country with no voices.  He has fought for citizens who didn't have the fight in themselves.  He understands the plight of many disenfranchised Bahamians and I believe that if he is elected that he would be an outstanding Member of Parliament.
Moncur, you have given many Bahamians hope with your nomination.  All is not lost.  You have proven that you don't have to be a doctor or lawyer or be a member of an esteemed family to become a political candidate from a worthy political party.   Congratulations to Rodney Moncur and all the best to you sir.
 
Yours, etc.,
DEHAVILLAND MOSS

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Glen Russell Knowles, 63
Glen Russell Knowles, 63

A funeral service for Glen Russell Knowles, 63, of #22 Virginia Street will be held on Saturday August 13th, 10 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street. Rev'd. Fr. Colin Saunders assisted by the Very Rev'd. Patrick Adderley and Fr. Colin Humes will officiate. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery.

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Glenroy Brian Moss, 47
Glenroy Brian Moss, 47

Funeral service for Glenroy Brian Moss, 47, of True Blue, Crooked Island held on Saturday 10:00 am at Church Of God Of Prophecy, East Street. Officiating will be Bishop Sterling Moss assisted by other Ministers. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Solider Road.

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Gloria Marie Miller, 56

Funeral Service for the Late Gloria Marie Miller, 56 years of St. Ann Crescent, off Culberts Hill, Winton Heights, will be held on Saturday March 31st, 11:00 a.m. at New Covenant Baptist Church, East-West Highway. Bishop Simeon Hall assisted by Associate Pastors of New Covenant Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #34 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
Gloria Miller
A TIME TO BE BORN
Gloria Marie was born to the parentage of Joslyn
and Priscilla Jarrett on the sixth day of May, 1955.
She was the first child from this union. "Glo", as
she was affectionately called, "glowed" in every
sense of the word. She had an excellent spirit.
She was soft-spoken, loving, humble and although
strong-willed, she always had a sweet smile and a
pleasant disposition.

A TIME TO SOW
Glo's early education began at St. Mary's pre-school and continued at Oakes Field Primary which at that time was called the Base Road School. She then matriculated to J. F. K. Secondary School which was located at the site of the present H. O. Nash Junior High School. Glo always wanted to be a teacher and from early childhood she would sit her siblings, the cat and the dog down and then proceeds to "teach" them. Her love for teaching pushed her to enroll at the Teachers' Training College (now the second campus for C. C. Sweeting Secondary School). She was determined to achieve excellence in her chosen field.

Glo met Mr. Wellington Edison Miller, her "Androsian stallion", and a beautiful courtship ensued. "Welly" was indeed her soul mate. He was quiet, loving, faithful, reliable and very much in love with her. Welly strummed his box guitar and sang his way into Glo's heart. They were joined in matrimony on July 30, 1977. God blessed this union with three sons: Terru, Wellington Jr. (deceased), and Tristan Miller.

In 1978, Glo was transferred to Marsh Harbour, Abaco along with her husband, who was now an Immigration Officer. She was posted to Spring City Central High School where she taught until 1980. In 1980, she was redeployed to New Providence where she taught at S. C. McPherson Junior High school for a short time before being transferred with her husband to Inagua where she taught at the Inagua All Age School from 1980 - 1982. She was once again transferred to New Providence and in late 1982 she was redeployed to the Columbus Primary School.

At Columbus Primary, Glo headed the Remediation Program. It was here that she helped to organize the "Garden Club" which she used as a tool to effectively teach her students who were mainly kinesthetic learners. Her hard work resulted in her being blessed with the title Teacher of the Year for the Northwestern District while at Columbus Primary School.

The need to perfect the gift with which God had blessed her resulted in Glo enrolling in the College of Saint Benedict. She attended classes at the campus here in Nassau and then made the sacrifice of leaving her young family in order to complete required studies at the Minnesota Campus. In May of 1990, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and proudly returned home to her family.

Glo was a teacher "par excellence" and never missed an opportunity to hone her skills. In the final stage of her career, she developed a special interest in children who had long stays in the hospital; their education became very important to her. As a result, in December 2007, she accepted the post of Principal of the Hospital School and went on to excel in that field.

Glo's desire to use all the talents that God gave her was not limited to the classroom - it was exhibited in her role as a loving, dedicated, caring and faithful wife and mother and more importantly in her love for God and faithful stewardship to her church. Glo loved the Lord. On September 12, 1982, she and Welly joined New Covenant Baptist Church one week after the church's doors opened. At that time it was located in the Chicken Unlimited building on Mackey Street. She was faithful to her church. A teacher by profession, Glo was immediately drawn to the Sunday school where she would work her way up to become the second person to be elected Sunday school superintendent. She also had a beautiful and melodious voice and loved to sing. As a result she immediately joined the choir and would later be elected President of the Senior Choir. Later, Glo would coordinate the New Covenant Early Learning Centre, join the Executive Council of the church and along with her husband, serve as co-chairman of the Marriage Ministry for four years. She was faithful to all of her assignments!

Some people have green thumbs but Glo had green fingers and toes! She could take a sprig and make it bloom. She was always in her garden - planting and singing to her flowers, the grass and the trees. Her garden is beautiful because of the songs, sun, rain and fertilizer. Her yard won the Yard of the Year Award in 2007 as a result of her gardening skills and creativity. She was a member of the Horticulture Club and the Perky Garden Club.

A TIME TO REAP
Years of dedicated service in the field of Education and faithful stewardship to her church landed Glo many awards. Some of them include:

1991 - Honored for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Sunday School of New Covenant Baptist Church.
2000 - honored by the Young Adults Ministry for her dedication and faithfulness.
2001 - Awarded for faithful and dedicated service to the Senior Choir of New Covenant Baptist Church.
2003 - Awarded by the Ministry of Education Primary Principal's Association for long and dedicated service.
2003 - Awarded by The Ministry of Education for special contributions as a writer of indigenous textbooks for the Bahamas.
2004 - Honored by Sunday School of New Covenant for dedication.
March 2010 - Awarded Ministry of Education's Special School Administrators Award for Principals of Hospital Schools
2004 - Along with her husband, she was awarded by Marriage Ministry of New Covenant for being most unselfish couple.
2011 - Honored by Youth Department of New Covenant for outstanding work.
2011 - Honored by The National Baptist Association for longstanding and dedicated service.
1997 - She was named Mother of The Year by her church.

A TIME FOR WAR
There will come a time in all our lives when we have to go to battle for what we hold dear. Glo strongly believed that faith that was not tested could not be trusted. She was therefore ready for the battle of her life. She began to feel peculiarities in her body that told her that something was wrong. She attended physicians locally and abroad and in February 1999, she was diagnosed with lupus. This predator began to nip away at Glo's health. Year after year her body deteriorated. Her struggle to enjoy more well days was great as she was in and out of the hospital. Yet, her faith in God remained steadfast and her spirit grew stronger. Her valiant struggle became a living testimony of unwavering faith. As the years passed, the lupus took its toll and she could no longer do many of the things that she enjoyed. She was no longer able to sing or work in her garden. Her husband and sons formed a triangle of love, support and comfort around her through the painful and sleepless nights. When asked how she was doing, Glo would always declared, "It is well." This was a testimony not to her physical health but to the condition of her immortal soul. Through all the changing seasons of her life, Glo never failed to give God praise.

Left to celebrate her wonderful legacy and exemplary life are Husband: Mr. Wellington Edison Miller; Sons: Terru and Tristan Miller; Adopted Sons: Andre Seymour, Matthew Rolle, Rekeno Johnson, Rashad Thompson, Avard Cargill, Avery Cargill, Keith Thompson and Dwayne Lowers; Adopted Daughter: Jessica Hanna; Daughter-in-Law: Michelle Seymour; Mother: Mrs. Priscilla Jarrett; Sisters: Joy Rahming, June Penn, Christine and Eleanor Jarrett; Brothers: Dennis Jarrett, Joslyn Jarrett Jr., Carl Jarrett; God Children: Lanna Rolle, Alexia Nottage, Aaron Francis, Tiffany Francis, Kayliesha St. Cyr and Ellesha Daniels; Aunts: Leah Rolle and Leona Hepburn; Grandaunt: Lean Stubbs; Uncles: Kemuel Hepburn, Ezra and Wellington Hepburn
Granduncle: J. J. Stubbs; Sisters-in-Law: Grace Jarrett, Panchita, Rosa, Doretha and Erma Miller, Gertrude Pedican and Isadora McQuay; Brothers-in-Law: Vince and Charles Miller, Ernie Pedican, Ralph Adderley, Rudyard Penn and Patrick Rahming.
Nieces: Kimarrah Rahming, Raquel Penn,Leotha Debbie, Charlene. Linda. Paula, Jennifer, Necree, Donna,Jan, Goldie,Cheryl, Danise, Dominic, Demara,Nyoshie, Lynn, Dale, Tanisha and Shenequa; Grandnieces: Merchante Rahming, Trevette, Treva.
Niece-in-Law: Monteria Rahming; Nephews: Udahrae Rahming, Dennis Jr., Jerome, Tyrone, Kirk, Wayde, Ronnie, Edward, Shayne, Oscar, Troy, Brent, Travis, Darren, Theo, Waden, Liston, Alfred Jr., Zendall, Jerry and Allan; Grandnephews: Trevor Jr.
Cousins: Carolyn Hanna ,Malita, Jennifer, Ingrid, Claudia, Denise, Laontyna, Franz and Father Dwight Rolle. Other Relatives: Phipatoya, Lasheca, D'Adron, Garkeno, Indalisha, Dolly, Icelyn, Alphonso, Pastor Kirklyn Smith and the Smith Family; Maudline, Aranah, Iklyn, Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Roselda Woodside and all of the Woodside family; Mr. Carlton and Mary Bowleg; Mr. Zack and Mrs. Sharon Francis and Family; And friends of the family: Mrs. Maedawn Munroe and family; Mrs. Valencia Nottage and Family; Mr. and Mrs. Berkley and Partice Chisolm and family; Mr. and Mrs. Val and Marie Coley, and family, Pastor Willamae Braynen, Mrs. Evangeline Penn and family, Dr. Dionne Dames-Rahming,Mrs. Maltese Davis, Mrs. Nellie Walkes, Mr. and Mrs. Errol Bethel, Mr. and Mrs. Haldor Russell, Mr. John Ford and Family of Inagua, The Adderley Family of Inagua,, Mr. Elon and Shirley Arnette and family, Mr. Peuchler Jean, Mrs. Elicia Richards, Mr. Ronald and Cleomi Sutherland and family, Mr. Harold and Mrs. Carol Dorsette and Family, Lester and Shirley Farrington and Family and Mrs. Katherine Brown and Family. All the Farrington Road Family including: the Dean, Smith, Woodside, Eneas, and Sands Families, Maxine Daxon, Kim Hanna, Mr. Roy and Mrs. Arementhia Hanna, Delores Ferguson, Eloise Mackey, Lucianne Sturrup, Marsha Deveaux, Karen St. Cyr, Patrick and Debbie Johnson, Sherman and Royanna Swann (from Abaco), Clover Pratt, Yvonne Heath, Mary Moxey, Veronica Micklewhite, Sylvia Bethel, Martha Dean, Jacqueline Burrows, Barbara Burrows, Mavis Miller, Dorothy Darville, Tommy and Mizpah Smith and family, Barbara Johnson and Family, Cheryl Minnis and all the other teachers and friends. Church Family: Bishop Simeon and Minister Linda Hall and the entire membership of New Covenant Baptist Church especially the Senior Choir and Sunday School; Mrs. Beverly Beneby and Family, Mrs. Helen Thompson, Ethel Farrington, Sybil Taylor, Tyrone Miller, Whitlen Dorsette, Herbert Cash II, Chris Mullings, and The Sunday School Department.

The Bahamas Olympic Committee, The Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas and all other Sporting Federations and Associations of the Bahamas, all the doctors and nurses on the third and fourth floors of Doctors Hospital, Dr. Vincent Nwosa, Dr. Kevin Moss, The Perky Garden Club, the Horticulture Garden Club; and others too numerous to mention.

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Gloria Rosemary McPhee-Gardiner, 63

Funeral Service for the Late Gloria Rosemary McPhee-Gardiner, 63 years of #9 Gladiator Road, Stapledon Gardens, and Formerly of Exuma will be held on Sunday September 18th 2:00 p.m. at Church of God Convention Center, Joe Farrington Road. Pastor Dave Adams will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.

 
She is survived by her husband (38 years): Norman Gardiner; Daughter: Therese Gardiner; Sons: Demico, Samuel and Fredrick Gardiner of Atlanta Georgia; Daughter-in- Law: Lashawn Gardiner of Atlanta Georgia; Adopted Daughters: Latoya Rolle and Zendra Neely; Grandchildren: Aisha, Sanaa and Devin Gardiner; Sisters: Ethel, Sheila and Oralee McPhee, Susan Demeritte, Juanita Armbrister , Lynda Marshall , Vernie McKenzie and Beatrice Morley; Brothers: Reynard "Hasty" , John, Ernest "Pipey" , Kendal "Iceman" , Marlon "Doc", Lindop of New-York", Gladstone "Coach" , Sydney "Moon", Arnold "Manager" McPhee; Nieces: Anya McPhee-Tinker (Robert), Monalisa Thompson, Karla,  Kenrissa, Reynadia , Krizia & Adrianna McPhee, Kendra Higgs(Lloyd), Marcia Clarke (Clinton), Dawn Demeritte, Ashley Armbrister, Denise Cockburn (Quincy), Raquel Johnson(Anthony), Yolette McCuin, Madeen Bullard (Ricardo), Dwan McPhee of New York, Shamala & Rochelle Mcphee, Lenora Turnquest Crystal McKenzie, Sophia Moss, Cindy Cox (Terrell), Desiree Rolle (Carlos), Faith Allick (Dr.Alphaeus Allick) and Khalila Armbrister(Stafford), Petra Cooper; Nephews: Ian & Carlos Ferguson, Brian Anderson, Drameco McKinney (Shekita), Karl, Kenyon, Brandon, Oliva, Kaneil, Tijuan, Cordero, Javon, Jarrod, Jason, Marlon Jr., Dario,  Lenardo, Gladstone Jr., Alexander "Sandy", Mario & David McPhee, Harry Gelin, Keandro & Franco Moncur (Tamara), Grand Nieces & Nephews: Dareka & Carlesha Ferguson, Brian Jr. & Breann Anderson & Tenayason Tinker; Sisters-In-Law: Kezie, Rosemary, Beverley, Daisy McPhee , Marva Corbin of New York, Judy, Janet & Jackie Gardiner, Ruth McPhee; Brothers- In-Law: Don Demeritte, Albert Armbrister, Herbert Marshall, Rudy, Patrick , Collin & Vince Gardiner; Uncle in Law: Shem Johnson; Aunts: Martha McPhee, Bernice & Satara Bullard, Marietta Coakley; God Parents: Pastor Katrina Saunders & Mr. Alexander Taylor (Exuma); Other Relative & Friends Including: Fannette & Marsha Mcphee of Miami Fla, Rupert, Rachel & Martha Ferguson, Arnold & Mavis Jackson, Althea & Dora Rolle, Nursing Officer Gen Bowe, Nursing Officer Ernestine Flowers, Sanovia Mills, Janet Coakley, Trudymae Rolle, Yvonne Bethel, Nurse Willamae & Don Lotmore,   Chris & Cynthia Bullard, Minister Bernal & Rose Bullard, Cora Bullard, Advilda Dames, Norma Newton, Ginger Swain, Cora & Peter McPhee, Maxine & Adam Munroe, Ethel & Benard Lundy, Sylvia Peterson, Shirley Whyms, Erica Barr, Shawn & Sherry Thurston, Patricia Saunders, Clifford, Milton & Irene Strachan, Dwayne & Natasha Strachan, Rowena Clarke & Family, Patient Forbes, Hartman & Sinidor Brice, Catherine Musgrove, Inspector Sidney McPhee, Gracie McPhee, Margaret Taylor, Merva Higgs, Alvicia Morris, Kira Horton, Dramon"Champ" Darville, Charlotte Bullard, Sharon Chase and Family, Maudeline Forbes and Family, Calynn Weech & Family, Brickell Smith & Family, Gia Williams, Gia Davis, Nashtelka Thompson(Trent), Britt Colebrook & Family, Sandra Pinder & Family, Tanisha, Therez Usher, Mary-Lou Capron & Family, Litza Deane (Leah), Amanda Archer & Family, Tara Saunders & Family, Bernard & Kelly Godet, Stacy Bastian and Family, The Ward Family, Elearnor Forbes & Family, Eunice Deveaux 9& Family, Osbourne and Maxine Lockhart, Patrell Sullivan and Family, Shirlene Woods, Brenda Wilkinson and Family, Ravanna Mason & Family, Darren Rolle & Family, Anne Jerome & Family, Elaine Lightfoot & Family, Kevin Archer & Family, Velma Burrows & Family, Janet Lightbourne & Family, Janet Newbold & Family, Keith & Caren Smith & Family, Samuel 'Bookie" & Inez Johnson & Family, Anne Bowe & Family, Luella Watkins & Family, Dudley & Genevieve; Scavella, Rosemary Turnquest & Family, Freda Mayne & Family, Sylvia Johnson & Family, Shadrack, Enos, Mavis & Florence Johnson, Jane Smith, Ethel Farrington, Emma Whyte, Dudley Johnson & Family, Tyler Johnson & Family, Hilton Johnson & Family & Retired Nurse Ednamae Tinabue & Family,  Addison Francis & Lerell Dames & Family; Many Other Family & Friends Too Numerous To Mention.

Acknowledgements: Nurse Bernadette Godet, Lydia Armaly & Sandra Newton (Best Friends). Nurses: Celeste Lockhart, Gail Duncombe, Marie Butler, Gloria Greenslade, Gina Bennett Rolle, Pearlean Burrows, Icelyn Pratt, Albertha Bain, Lorna Jones, Apusum Symonette, Mikeandrea Stubbs, Acting Principal Nursing Officer Sandra Coleby, SNO Brenda Armbrister and Janice Brooks, Staff of Ministry of Health and Department of Public Health, Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis, Dr. Baldwin Carey, Dr. Duane Sands, Dr. Locksley Munroe, Dr. Duvaughn Curling & Staff of Oncology Clinic, Dr. Blaustien & Staff of Mount  Sinai Oncology Department, The Staff of Information Technology Department at Atlantis,   Mr. Kendal Butler, Dr.Capuli, Dr. Vernard McPhee, Dr. Jimmy McCartney,  Pastor Jason & Mrs. Lowe, Family Island Clinics, Nursing Class of  IC I, The Cancer Society & Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, Pastor Dave Adams & Mrs. Vernetta Adams , New Testament Baptist Church Family, The Entire Bullard, McPhee & Gardiner Family, Anthony Moss M.P.,  The Entire Exuma Family & Salute To Greatness.

 
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and at the church from 12:30 p.m. until service time.

 

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Godfrey Anthony Dawkins, 68

Funeral service for Godfrey Anthony Dawkins, 68 yrs., a resident of Reeves Street, Fox Hill, who died on 6th May, 2012, will be held at St. Anselm's Roman Catholic Church, Bernard Road, Fox Hill, on Friday at 4:00 p.m. Officiating will be Msgr. Preston A. Moss. Interment follows in St. Anselm's Cemetery.

Left to cherish his memories are Agnes Cash Greene and Family; one sister: Clothilda Brown and Family; one uncle: Oswald Knowles (Faith ) and Family; sister-in-law:Francis Dawkins and Family; numerous nephews and nieces including: Bernadette Dawkins of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Cousins: Nita and Netta and Family of Sarasota, Florida, Catherine and Minister Rosetta and Family of Pheonix, Arizona, Marvin Comarcho and Family, The Knowles Family, The Munnings Family, The Rahming Family, The McKenzie Family, The St. Anselms Church Family, The Reeves St. Family, Hon.Fred Mitchell and the Fox Hill Community Family.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 12-6:00 p.m. on Thursday & on Friday from 10-2:00 p.m. & at the church from 3:00 p.m. until service time.

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Golden Eagles Soaring

L.W. Young Junior School principal Janet Nixon is on a mission -- and for the immediate future, it's to see 100 students named to the school's honor roll list each year -- that from the school leader who met 25 students on the honor roll and five students on the principal's list of a...

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Golden Gates Office Opening - FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham
Golden Gates Office Opening - FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham

Golden Gates;
FNMs:

Colour Red is here in Golden Gates. Papa has come to ask you to vote for Winsome Miller and to vote for me. Iím proud to be here with Winsome on International Womenís Day.

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Gomez suggests opponents to bill insecure about their sexuality

Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez yesterday questioned if those people with concerns that the fourth constitutional amendment bill would pave the way for same-sex marriage, are harboring insecurities about their sexual orientation. Gomez said the government has had no discussion about legalizing same-sex marriage in The Bahamas. "All of a sudden the world seems to have been collapsing around us as people are clamoring about gays getting married," he said during debate on four bills that seek to amend the constitution to bring about gender equality."Where is this coming from? "Our law, as it presently stands, states quite clearly that marriage is an institution between a male and a female. We have not proposed to change that. "We haven't even dreamed it up. "Yet it consumes so many people, and I wonder if they are harboring insecurities about their sexual positions, because this is a completely irrelevant political discussion."The fourth constitutional bill seeks to make it unconstitutional for any law or any person acting in the performance of any public office to discriminate based on sex.Prime Minister Perry Christie has said this will not make same-sex marriages lawful.Marco City MP Greg Moss said if the government was serious about eliminating any doubts about same-sex marriage, it could insert specific words in the constitution to outlaw it.

Rollins blasts Gomez
But Gomez said he is opposed to "specifically outlawing homosexual marriages as a constitutional matter", arguing that there is an economic argument that the country must be aware of.Gomez referenced Uganda's outlawing of homosexuality.He said that the United States imposed sanctions against that country."I say this as a very real threat that was posed to Uganda and, you know what, immediately after the sanctions were announced, the Ugandans took a position to rescind the amendment," he said. "But we don't have that ability in our constitution and the expense and the time to rectify such damage would put us in a horrible economic situation."Before Gomez could finish, Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre Rollins shot to his feet on a point of order, challenging Gomez's assertion. "The member for South and Central Eleuthera is misleading the House, and he knows it," Rollins charged."It is wrong. If he wishes he can elaborate on matters in relation to Uganda and their interest in outlawing homosexuality."He continued, "Now if you are intending to scare the Bahamian public, that is one thing, but at least be sincere in what you have to say because this should be a matter of educating the Bahamian public on the basis of truth and not on the basis of scare tactics."Gomez only responded that he did not misled the House. The four bills seek to amend the constitution to bring about gender equality. Debate on the bills began last week.A constitutional referendum is scheduled for November 6.

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Gone Green Part 2

"The DNA is here to create the same paradise for Bahamians that only tourists and foreigners seem to enjoy. The DNA is here to encourage you to dream beyond your wildest imagination; we are here to dare you to think the unthinkable, to do the impossible."† -Branville McCartney's address at the launch of the Democratic National Alliance, May 12, 2011

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Goombay Summer Takes Nassau By Storm
Goombay Summer Takes Nassau By Storm

If there was one thing most people looked forward to during the summer period -- other than school being let out -- was the Goombay Summer Festival.

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Goombay Summer takes Nassau by storm
Goombay Summer takes Nassau by storm

If there was one thing most people looked forward to during the summer period -- other than school being let out -- was the Goombay Summer Festival.

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Governance with more vision needed

Dear Editor,
 
In the King James version of the Bible, Matthew 15 vs. 14 states, "Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.  And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into a ditch".  This biblical verse even though simple is very profound and can be applied to our everyday lives.  It can also be applied to the governance of The Bahamas.
Ervin Knowles, former minister of agriculture, spoke about farming sustaining The Bahamas almost 30 years ago.  Thirty years later we are even worse off than before.  It is as many Bahamians say, business as usual.
In a country still living on the model laid out by the late Sir Stafford Sands, we are still struggling economically and we are still relying too heavily on tourism.  The sweet talk of diversification provided and continues to provide deceptive sound bites.  But are we as a people serious about diversification?  When is someone with the gumption going to take the bull by the horn and make radical changes to our economy so that we can seek ways to get out of the ditch that we presently find ourselves?
Last year's budget that was read in Parliament speaks to the continued will of the government not to diversify our economy and the Bahamian people continue to suffer from a lack of proper vision from their leaders.  How is it that by the stroke of a pen, the government can again wipe out the Bahamian poultry industry and cripple the fruit and vegetable industries?  How is it that our youth continue to suffer from the lack of a proper education?  How is it that the average Bahamian is still not getting a viable piece of the economic pie?  You see Bahamians, the budget is a blueprint for where we intend on going as a nation.
I submit that as a country we have been in the ditch for decades now.  If you dug your self in a hole what would be the smart thing to do?  The answer would be to stop digging.  Our fiscal policy is disastrous at best.  With the national debt soon to reach $5 billion, that puts the debt for each Bahamian at $14,285.  This assumes a population of 350,000 Bahamians.  The department of statistics is now even using a different scale when calculating the national debt.  James Smith, former minister of state for finance, was surprised at the department of statistics for this action and he is worried about our current fiscal course.
I applaud the government though for the introduction of the job readiness program and the jump starter program that is helping willing and qualified Bahamians.  I also applaud the government for its reintroduction of government subsidies to private schools.  The cuts introduced in 2010 had a domino effect because private schools had to increase their fees.  This has led to a decrease in private school students and an increase in the enrolment in an already overpopulated government school system.
Farming, biodiesel manufacturing, solar energy, LNG, the proper promotion of Bahamian culture and e-commerce are all industries waiting to boom in The Bahamas.  The only obstacle is government policy or the lack there of.  The January 11, 2012 edition of The Tribune reported that the U.S. Senate has approved the Florida casinos bill.  Once these casinos are built in Florida, these will be in direct competition with Atlantis and Baha Mar.  Must we wait until we are literally forced to diversify our economy?  We must invest now in other sustainable industries.
The Bahamian people have to share part of the blame in this poor and outdated governance as well because we have repeatedly put our confidence in leaders whose visions are outdated and built for the 20th century.  Our interest is to only get a government job or a government contract.  We must become more informed and demand more from our leaders.  We need to generate more Bahamian employers rather than Bahamian employees.
Now we are reaping the harvest from years of improper governance.  We are reaping the harvest from years of mis-education, poor administration of the court system, poor collection of government revenue and the poor confidence placed in Bahamian professional talent when it comes to consultancy services and professional management services.
Can a change occur tomorrow?  Of course not.  But we must elect leaders who have the will to make the changes required.  No slick talking and no short-term promises will help The Bahamas.  We need to set policies on a number of issues and drive them home irrespective of who is in government or which elite family will be affected.
We need governance that will place our best resources in key positions, irrespective of their political persuasion.  We need governance that will desist from this culture of promoting friends, family and lovers.  We need governance that will devise a concise immigration policy and put it into action.  We need governance that will set fiscal policy that will not cause us to borrow more than we are collecting in revenue.  If our current borrowing trends continue, at some point we will become insolvent.
We need governance that will initiate effective educational programs that will focus on Bahamian culture, new industries and will challenge our children to be more creative.  We need governance that will give justice to all Bahamians irrespective of their societal status.  We need governance that will put Bahamians first in their own country.
 
- Dehavilland Moss

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Government 'likely to appeal' Baillou Hill Road and Market Street ruling

By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

tthompson@tribunemedia.net

GOVERNMENT will "most likely" appeal to the Supreme Court ruling that found that the Minister of Works acted unlawfully when he began road works on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street, said Attorney General John Delaney.

The judgment, handed down by Justice Neville Adderley last Friday, could cost the public treasury millions of dollars in damages to be paid out to the various businesses on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street, said attorney Paul Moss.

Mr Delaney reviewed the judgment yesterday morning and found several grounds that would provide a basis for an appeal. According to him he is only awaiting instructions ...

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Government Ought not Overlook Sports Issues

The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government is in a bit of a pickle these days. Certainly there is the condition of embarrassment faced. Given the National Insurance Board controversy that has resulted in the requested resignation of the chairman, the referendum on gambling...

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Government announces plan to build $10 million major motorsports complex

Three years after the first revival of Bahamas Speed Week re-awakened the nationís appetite for vintage auto racing...

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Government banking on loyalty of electorate

Dear Editor,

After much reflection, I have finally realized the real reason behind the birth of the boundaries commission.

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Government gun-shy after past referendum failures

National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said that if there is not unanimous parliamentary support for the proposed constitutional amendments on gender equality, the government would not proceed with the referendum slated for November 6.
"This is not an exercise in futility," he said. "If it becomes clear that there is not unanimity, then we will not proceed with the referendum. If there is unanimity and we are satisfied it is genuine, then we will do so."
Yet so far, most of the expressed opposition to the content of the proposed amendments has come from some of the government's own members of Parliament. Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller criticized the provision allowing a foreign man to be granted automatic citizenship if he marries a Bahamian woman, while Marco City MP Greg Moss said a better way to approach establishing equality in this regard would be to withhold the right to transfer citizenship to a spouse from both men and women.
Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn, an FNM, said he has a problem with the bill that would allow a Bahamian man to pass on citizenship to his child/children by a foreign woman who is not his wife.
And Nottage himself has weighed in, saying that in his opinion, the proposed referendum questions are too complex.
Astute political observers could not be blamed for reading Nottage's announcement as suggestive of an administration that is insecure and wants to hedge its bets before going into the second referendum since it came to office.
What's more, Nottage is backing away from the government's unequivocal promise of a constitutional referendum when most of the dissenting voices should be well within the prime minister's sphere of influence.
The government cannot be blamed for feeling gun-shy about hosting a referendum, considering the catalogue of failed public votes in recent Bahamian history.
In January 2013, the Christie administration held a referendum on the future of gaming in The Bahamas at a cost of $1.2 million to the public, only to see the "no" vote win convincingly.
And 12 years ago, the former Free National Movement (FNM) government's first referendum on gender equality also crashed and burned, with many feeling this contributed significantly to that party's election loss shortly thereafter.
However, Prime Minister Christie should keep in mind that his own Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) led the opposition to the 2002 referendum. Meanwhile, the vast majority of the criticism over the recent gaming referendum was not aimed at the fact that the public voted against the proposals, but rather that after spending the public's money the government has decided to ignore the outcome.
It is clear that the Christie administration is working hard to overturn a growing reputation as a government of blunders, failures and broken promises. However, breaking yet another promise is no way to go about doing it, particularly under so thin an excuse as the lack of parliamentary unanimity in what is supposed to be an exercise in unleashing the voice of the people, not political parties.

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Government has chosen new NIB director

Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said yesterday the government has selected the new National Insurance Board (NIB) director.

However, Gibson said he would not disclose the name of the person because NIB had not signed a contract with the candidate...

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Government has no confidence in Bahamian talent
Government has no confidence in Bahamian talent

Criticizing the Ministry of Tourism's '14 Islands Film Challenge', educator and columnist Nicolette Bethel said she doubts the project will have lasting effects and wonders at the governments lack of faith in local talent.

The ministry's competition will award $21,000 (converted from pounds) for the best films about The Bahamas and some of the footage may end up in future tourism campaigns. Only filmmakers from the United Kingdom were eligible, drawing criticism and leading about a dozen filmmakers and photographers, including Bahamas Film Festival founder and director Celi Moss, to protest in a demonstration on George Street, calling on the government to encourage local talent first.

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Government has no confidence in Bahamian talent
Government has no confidence in Bahamian talent

Criticizing the Ministry of Tourism's '14 Islands Film Challenge', educator and columnist Nicolette Bethel said she doubts the project will have lasting effects and wonders at the governments lack of faith in local talent.

The ministry's competition will award $21,000 (converted from pounds) for the best films about The Bahamas and some of the footage may end up in future tourism campaigns. Only filmmakers from the United Kingdom were eligible, drawing criticism and leading about a dozen filmmakers and photographers, including Bahamas Film Festival founder and director Celi Moss, to protest in a demonstration on George Street, calling on the government to encourage local talent first.

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Government needs to move forward with urgency

Dear Editor,
The investment climate report released by the United States Department of State has hurt our country and we might see negative reactions in the short term, something that our country does not need at this juncture. We risk having longer unfavorable effects if we don't step up to the plate now and begin to make much needed changes.
I have watched our government waste time, castigate groups and even private citizens about the source of the investment climate report, when in reality they should be moving with haste to repair our broken system. A simple survey by the Department of Statistics today would overwhelmingly show that the Bahamian people for years have known that contracts are awarded to political cronies and that the disregard for law and order at all government levels is endemic.
Any civil servant who can hear and see can tell you that there is political interference in all government ministries. This is just the norm. Let us not fool ourselves. This is The Bahamas we all know and we all know what goes on in the back room and many times in plain sight.
The government of the day has a unique opportunity to finally right a lot of the wrong that goes on in the issuance of contracts and they can begin the steps to regaining the people's trust. All this talk about being puzzled or confused and who wrote the report is just a deliberate attempt at wasting the Bahamian people's time.
The jury is out Bahamians. The stench of our dirty laundry has hit international airwaves. The way we issue contracts has come into question and is now known internationally. I appeal to all Cabinet ministers, senior government officials and anyone else charged with governance to please let's get on with it. Let's stop skylarking and pass the Freedom of Information Act. Let's enforce the Bribery Act. Let's award contracts on merit and not on party allegiance. Let's enforce the laws of the country regardless of whom it may affect and let transparency reign. Let's all start to peel away at this hole that we have dug for ourselves.
Notwithstanding that this debilitating culture of outright corruption is entrenched in many Bahamians, if the status quo remains we will find that our reputation will again come into question in the international arena. It's time to take corrective action Perry Christie and Philip Davis. It starts with you two leading the way. On the eve of our independence, let's move forward together with a renewed sense of urgency.
- Dehavilland Moss

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Government to be commended for salary advance

Dear Editor,
 
In a Bahamas where Bahamians collectively feel that successive governments have not had the will or the insight to empower Bahamians, I was ecstatic when I read a report which said that the government will be making it easier for civil servants with at least five years of service to purchase shares in the Arawak Cay Port Development Company (APD).  This offer is even being extended to civil servants who have been employed for more than five years but are paid on a weekly basis.
This initiative I am sure will increase the likelihood of more civil servants being able to purchase shares, given our contracting economy.  Bahamians need more acts like this from our government.  In fact, we need initiatives like these all the time, 100 percent of the time.
The salary advance, which is essentially a loan, will incur no interest over the allotted twelve-month period, a deal that no bank would have provided.  I implore all civil servants to apply to the Ministry of Finance before the deadline, and where possible make sacrifices to ensure that they become a part owner in APD because this is an excellent long-term investment.
I commend the government for its action in this instance.
- Dehavilland Moss

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Government to pay 18 million to BEC

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
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THE Ministry of Finance plans to allocate $18 million to take a sizable chunk off the government's electricity debt.
In announcing the payment to the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) in the House of Assembly yesterday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said there is "far too much wastage" in the public sector where energy consumption is concerned, and the government is "determined to make significant improvements.”
Last year, Michael Moss, BEC executive chairman said the government's account was $40 million in arrears.
Mr Ingraham said the government was trying "to do a better job at keeping current ...

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Government urged to 'sweeten pot' further for ZNS employees

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter

alowe@tribunemedia.net

UNIONS representing ZNS line and managerial staff have appealed to the government to further "sweeten the pot" for ZNS employees who were offered severance packages, but the minister responsible said its unlikely any more money can be found to accommodate this.

Both Tommy Turnquest, Minister with responsibility for the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas, and ZNS Chairman Michael Moss yesterday confirmed that the current total value of the severance packages already on offer is $4 million.

On Monday, the Bahamas Communication and Public Officers Union president Bernard Evans advised his union's membership not to ...

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Governor General Youth Award busy in Crooked Island

Colonel Hill, Crooked Island - Youths enrolled in an internationally recognized program are keeping busy on the remote Crooked Island.
A rare jewel in the Atlantic Ocean, Crooked Island is home to roughly 300 residents.  Fifteen of them are set to receive their Bronze Award from the Governor General's Youth Award program in a ceremony set for next month.
"The 15 who are getting their bronze are now working towards their silver," said Jerome Forbes, acting principal at the Crooked Island High School. "They have a two-day, one-night qualifying expedition [hike] coming up on February 29 to March 1.  The qualifying trek is about some 45 miles total. I t's not in a straight line.  They will take in the coast, before going inland and then back on the coast."
Forbes helped to form the first GGYA unit at the Crooked Island High School back in 2007, when he arrived on the island to assume a teaching position.  Prior to his Family Island posting Forbes had assisted with the GGYA unit at the C.C. Sweeting Senior High School in Nassau.
"The GGYA unit at this school was an eye-opener and a sudden hit with the students," he recalls.  "The students took part in community clean-ups.  They cleaned the yards of the elderly and also cleaned the coast during International Coastal Awareness Day.  Within the GGYA they learned first-aid and were introduced to the skill of surviving outdoors.  They  cooked and slept in their tents outdoors. Most importantly, they learned the value of team work."
During the summer of 2009, Crooked Island snagged the attention of other GGYA units when the Bahamas Award Scheme Expedition (BASE) was held there.
During BASE, GGYA units from across the country and a few units from the Caribbean come together to hike and qualify for various Awards.
"Crooked Island's population is only about 250 persons and to see another 150 individuals here was astounding," said Forbes.  "It was an experience for students from the other islands and countries, which included New Providence, Grand Bahama, Andros, Jamaica, Bermuda and others to get an opportunity to spend two weeks here."
In 2010, the Crooked Island unit witnessed two graduates of the GGYA program, Berkley Pinder and Macalister Beckles, return to lend a helping hand to younger participants.  Two weeks ago the men -- both 2009 graduates of the high school -- led a successful clean-up campaign at Major's Beach. This was part of GGYA's participants service hour, in order to qualify them for their Bronze Award.
"I served as the advisor to Mr. Pinder and Mr. Beckles. They came back to support the unit," said Forbes. "They remember the good and fulfilling experiences they had and they want to pass those good times onto others."
Recognizing the value of the GGYA the government lent its support to the program in 2010, when Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard announced a partnership with the GGYA through the G.O.L.D. Initiative -- an acronym for greatness, opportunity, leadership and development.
This partnership brought a significant financial contribution to the program in order to make it more available to Bahamians 14 to 25 years old, regardless of what island they called home.
Although her 19-year-old daughter, Dashanique Moss, has long graduated from Crooked Island High, Dorcas Moss continues to help out with the GGYA program.  She chaperones overnight hikes.
"The program is a good one," said Moss.  "I saw the difference in my daughter.  She's more outgoing now.  It's helped her a lot."
The GGYA is a member of the International Award Association for Young People, and is headquartered in the United Kingdom.  It is an exciting self-development program where participants improve their physical fitness, develop important skills, provide valuable community service and take adventurous journeys (hikes) in order to achieve a bronze, silver or gold award.
It takes a minimum of six months to obtain a Bronze Award, another six months to gain a Silver Award (if a Bronze recipient) and 12 months to get a Gold Award (if a Silver recipient).

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