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Two Bishop Michael Eldon High School students and a student from Doris Johnson High School are the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest...
Education is more than just book learning and memorizing what teachers tell you, according to Gabrielle Moss, the 2014 recipient of the prestigious All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship (ABMS). To her, education is about developing as a whole person - and that includes academics.
"You also have to develop yourself morally, knowing the difference between right and wrong; developing yourself socially and being able to relate to other people; and learning how to help others as well. Education also means making your own mistakes as well. We learn from history so we won't be doomed to repeat it. When you make mistakes, it really drives it home and you begin to better yourself as well. So I think education is not just changing yourself and bettering yourself academically, not just learning new things, delving into new aspects, but it also encompasses developing yourself morally, developing the whole being - not just the academic side," said the 16-year-old Bishop Michael Eldon School graduate.
Gabrielle received a $140,000 four-year scholarship, which will go toward her studies in mathematics and statistics with a focus on actuarial science at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., where the annual tuition is $67,777.
Gabrielle is the 19th person to be awarded the coveted ABMS in the 21-year history of the award that started in 1993 (the scholarship was not awarded in 2001 and 1994). She is the seventh female student to win and the third recipient to attend Johns Hopkins University.
The award is funded by the Lyford Cay Foundation, the Ministry of Education and The Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Winning the award was a major milestone for the teen. When she got a call from the scholarship committee, she thought she had received a merit award and not the top award.
"Initially when I got the call, I heard them say I'd gotten the $25,000 award, and I was still thrilled. I called my mom [Wendy] and said I got second place. It wasn't until actually right before I was getting on the flight [from Grand Bahama] to come to Nassau that I got an email saying I had to write a thank you. When I saw that I was wondering if I had actually gotten the All-Bahamas Merit award, and the next day when I found out I'd gotten it for certain, I was just ecstatic."
Gabrielle said when she found out she was awarded the scholarship, she was in a daze, but was thrilled.
"It was difficult for me to grasp on to the concept that I'd gotten it, because I was so happy thinking I had gotten the $25,000, and then come to see I had gotten it [ABMS]."
In the midst of her happiness, she was humbled, because the result showed that "God can do amazing things as well".
"It really was a major moment of my life to say the least," she said.
Being awarded the ABMS was by no means about luck for the teen, who for years has shown commitment to hard work and studiousness. Moss has been focused and disciplined to the point of earning herself an impressive 4.11 grade point average; she passed nine Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams with eight A grades and one B grade, and scored 2,080 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
In her final year of high school, she took three advanced placement (AP) courses -- chemistry, English language and calculus. She sat one BGCSE in English literature, of which she still awaits results.
Her academic prowess by itself is astounding, but she was able to engage in a number of extracurricular activities to ensure her career as a well-rounded student. She complemented her academics with involvement in a number of activities. She was the national and Grand Bahama winner for piano playing in the National Arts Festival; the winner of the 2014 Martin Luther King Essay Competition and the winner of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Pacesetter Award. She also played softball and threw discus for her school. She participated in the Interact Club, Student Christian Movement and Alpha Kappa Alpha 20 Pearls Program. She was also her school's deputy head girl and co-captain of her church's youth group.
Gabrielle is arguably one of the country's best and brightest students coming out of the class of 2014. It's an honor she will take, albeit humbly.
"It surprises me a bit because people think I'm smart when I'm just trying to do my best, but it touches my heart," said Gabrielle. "It's not something I hold on to in a sense. It's not something I let go to my head [because] it's not something I'm used to," she said. "I'm really humble when people tell me that [I'm smart]. I say thank you and I really and truly appreciate when people tell me that."
She especially appreciates when her family members tell her that she's doing well, and credits her work ethic to her parents. The daughter of Gregory Moss, a lawyer, and Wendy Moss, a part-time mathematics lecturer at The College of The Bahamas, the young Moss believes both of her parents are diligent individuals, but her love for mathematics comes from her mother, whom she lives with.
Gabrielle said her journey to applied mathematics and actuarial science as a course of study at the university level was a process. She grew up loving math and had plans to become a college professor like her mother, but when she really considered her passion, she realized she did not enjoy teaching and started looking at different careers in mathematics. Her mother suggested actuarial science a few years ago. Not knowing anything about the field, the scholar did her research and liked the high concentration of mathematics and statistics involved. What is particularly appealing to her is the work involved in looking at past financial events and examining current events to calculate risks and forecast future trends. She also likes that the work allows for the actuary to work independently doing research, collecting data and analyzing statistics, but would also give her the chance to collaborate with a group for information presentation."I do sometimes work better by myself, but I do not want a job where I'm in isolation," said Gabrielle. The course of study became more attractive to the teen when she realized actuaries were limited in The Bahamas.
As far as she can recall, the 2014 ABMS recipient has always been focused on her education. She said her mother drilled into her the importance of an education. Gabrielle believes she has matured over the years and has done what she needed to do to advance herself academically.
"In primary school I was doing it because my parents were telling me, even though I knew it was important, but when I came to grades eight...nine when I started BJC's [Bahamas Junior Certificate exam studies], I began to realize that this isn't just something I'm doing because my mom is telling me [that] I needed to do this. It's something I'm doing because I have to do it in order to succeed. If I want to fulfill my dreams I'm going to have to take the extra step and do it," she said.
With her mother's advice to begin preparing for exams in advance, Gabrielle's routine saw her taking every possible chance she had to study and review, including during her lunch breaks, and devoting at least an hour to each subject she had to study after arriving home, taking a bath and having her dinner.
As smart as she is, Gabrielle owns up to having her struggles -- for her it was language and literature. She never failed, but did not enjoy the English subjects as much as the sciences. It wasn't until her final year as she took AP language that she really began to appreciate and enjoy the subject.
The teen, who will commence her first year of university at age 16 (her 17th birthday is in November), is looking forward to attending university. She said it will be tough leaving her family for the first time, but she's looking forward to meeting new young people and commencing her studies.
She will depart in two weeks for Maryland. Her plans for the ensuing days include sorting out her visa, packing and trying to get in at least one beach day before she leaves, something she said she's been unable to do so far this summer.
"Really, I just want to enjoy my country before I go -- and make sure to buy things to carry before I go away. So many individuals have instructed me to purchase a six-pack of Goombay [soda] before I go, and to drink one every two or three weeks for the first three months that I will be there," she said.
Gabrielle said she also wants to spend as much time with family, and was able to do that in the past few days while on New Providence, where the majority of her family lives, before she heads back to Grand Bahama and then to university.
"Once I leave here and go back to Freeport, I most likely won't see them again until, God spare life, Christmas, so another thing I want to do is spend time with my family members while I have the time before I go," she said.
Gabrielle considers herself to be a diligent, resolved and empathetic individual.
"I'm diligent and resolved, because it's not only about being confident," she said. "Even when things seem tough I don't like to give up, that's not my nature."
She also described herself as creative musically and curious; she is a person who likes to engage in projects and help her mom in their garden.
The middle child of three, she is sandwiched between two brothers. Her elder brother, Edward is three years older and enrolled at The College of The Bahamas. She is older than her younger sibling William by five-and-a-half years. He will enter high school in the fall.
Gabrielle also admits to Edward being a role model to her. She described him as "intelligent" and said she used to refer to him as a "walking dictionary". What she admires most is his demeanor and his mannerly disposition.
"He gets along with people really well. He's a caring individual. The reason I really look up to him is because he's socially confident all the time, and I really admire the fact that he's not afraid to stand up, speak if he has to, go up to people and talk. That really encouraged me growing up, because socializing was not my forte, honestly. But when I saw him do it, it allowed me to be more comfortable. I was able to start reaching out and talk to individuals."
She also said she admired the fact that her brother always professed Christianity, no matter what others said, that he strived to get his education and promote the word of God.
"Being himself, no matter what others might say about him, really encouraged me as well, for when others tried to hurt or told me I couldn't do certain things," said Gabrielle.
She prays that she's a role model for William.
As she prepares to commence the next phase of her educational journey, the ABMS recipient's advice to her peers is to first know what they want, hold fast to their dreams and work hard for them, even though she said there would be people who will try to deter them and tell them that they can't make it.
"I'm a Christian so I always say you have to have faith. To be honest, I always thought I had faith, but it wasn't really until this year that I really had to realize that it's not all about you, and that you have to do your part -- you will have to work hard for your grades and you have to know what you have to do and what to leave alone. Know what you want, don't let other people tell you your dreams; don't let other people deter you from your dreams telling you it's not worth fighting for, and strive hard to go and achieve it and give it your all in the process," she said.
Previous All-Bahamas Merit Scholars
2013 -- Shannon Butler, University of St. Andrew's, medicine
2012 -- Theophilus Moss, John Hopkins University, mechanical engineering
2011 -- Jamia Moss, College of St. Benedict, biochemistry and Spanish
2009 -- Jenna Chaplin, University of The Pacific, fine arts and psychology
2008 -- Genymphas Higgs, Drexel University, biomedical engineering
2007 -- Lisa Rodgers, Brown University, education
2006 -- Kyle Chea, Vassar College, pre-med and foreign languages
2005 -- Andrea Culmer, McGill University, Chemistry and Pre-Med
2004 -- Sharelle Ferguson, Harvard University, social studies
2003 -- Sebastian Hutchinson, University of Pennsylvania, finance and accounting
2002 -- Peter Blair, Duke University, physics and mathematics
2001 -- No award given
2000 -- Ricardo Davis, Queen's University, Ontario, biochemistry
1999 -- Ryan Knowles, Boston University, accounting and finance
1998 -- Damian Archer, University of Western Ontario, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus - 1 year, chemistry, medicine
1997 -- Jehan Unwala, Tufts University, international relations and economics
1996 -- Rhys Powell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, electrical engineering and computer science
1995 -- Damian Forbes, Yale University, economics
1994 -- No award given
1993 -- Shireen Denise Donaldson, Johns Hopkins University, biochemistry
One of the most astute members of Parliament is undoubtedly Fred Mitchell. If you listen to a lot of his contributions in the House of Assembly you could many times follow his trend of thought and believe in what he says.
Mitchell's contribution in the House on Wednesday, February 6 was, however, an all-time low. I heard him say that he was pleased with the process and he basically gave the government a pat on the back for its handling of the gambling referendum.
Mitchell is a Harvard graduate and as I said he is very astute. But why he would bring false commentary to the public is mind-boggling. Mitchell, please contemplate the following facts:
o The referendum date was changed from December 3 to January 28, 2013 amid public pressure that the process was being rushed.
o The government promised a public education campaign that never materialized.
o The prime minister said that he had no horse in the race, but yet he told the public that if they voted no social services would be stretched and he would have to seek to find jobs for persons left unemployed.
o The chairman of the Gaming Board said that the process was awkward and untidy.
o The chairman of the governing party told supporters at a meeting to vote yes and a few hours later he said that his party's position was neutral.
o The referendum initially had one question and then a second question was added. Additionally, when the questions were made public not enough time was given for public discourse.
o The electorate was sufficiently confused by question number one which sought to regulate web shop gambling as opposed to legalizing this industry. This is unheard of in any civilized society because you cannot regulate an industry that is illegal.
o The consultant report which the prime minister initially said was going to be released was never made public because he later said that no report was prepared.
If the government wants a pat on the back for all the confusion it caused, it certainly won't come from me. The gambling referendum was a textbook case of what not to do in the future. I trust that the government would learn from its mistakes and not waste time talking fool in the honorable House of Assembly.
- Dehavilland Moss
It is a pleasure for me to be among such vivacious freedom fighters and front line soldiers in the cause of the great Progressive Liberal Party. We know that our fight is not yet over as too many of our people are still hurting. We must continue to wipe every tear from every eye. The fight for social justice, a level playing field, economic justice and expanded opportunities for all Bahamians endures. This fight is as relevant today as it was in 1967 therefore we must not faint in our resolve to create a more perfect Commonwealth and the best little country on earth.
Funeral Service for George Edward Wilson, 68, of Honey Combe Street will be held on Saturday November 19th 2011 at 11:00a.m. at Christain Gospel Fellowship, Flint & Honeycombe Street. Officiating will be Pastor Dwayne Wright. Interment will be made in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spiknard Roads
Left with cherish memories are 2 daughters Diana Stubbs and Angela McPhee, 3 sisters Diana Swann, Sylvia Wilson and Therecita Moss, 3 brothers Wheatly, Junior and Steven Wilson, 4 Grandchildren Ethan Sturrup, Sonia Taylor, Brendon Beneby and Tyrone Wilson, 4 Great Grand children Ethan Sturrup, Brendeaka Beneby, Brender Beneby and Tyronique Wilson, numerous nieces and nephews, cou ...
A Funeral Service for George Simon Moses, 87, of Nassau, who passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday March 10,will be held at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Shirley Street, Nassau on Saturday March 19, at 4pm.
Father Mel Taylor, O.S.B. will officiate.
Mr. Moses is survived by his sister Selma Watson; nieces Sylvia Malone, Lila Fina, Barbara Duff (Thomas), Helen Scarlatos (Emmanuel), Ann Marie Hanson (Clive), Irene Cathopoulis (Themelis), Nomiki Knox (Justin); nephews Dr. John Louis (Marie), Frederick Louis, Charles Zaidan (Beverly), George Watson (Lorri), Robert Watson (Gina), Demetrios Moses; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.
Special thanks to Dr. Kevin Moss, and to ...
Funeral service for George Washington Horton, 84 yrs., a resident of Blue Hill Road South, who died on 26th August, 2011, will be held at Cedars of Lebanon Baptist Cathedral, Buttonwood Drive, Nassau Village, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Charles C. Rolle. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left to Cherish his memories are:
Sons: Richard Horton, Patrick Horton, Joseph Horton, Christopher Horton, Alexander Horton, Edward Horton, Harold Horton
Daughter: Willamae Goodman, Lillian Saunders, Stephanie Horton, Misheann Horton, Loraine McKenzie, Angeline Smith, Vernice Miller, Katie Smith, Vanessa Horton.
Sister: Lorraine Higgs
Grand Children: Chukerra and Terrance Saunders Jr. , Patrice Kemp, Camille Woods, Tony and Maria Saintelli, Turkesa Grant, Omario Forbes, Shaketra Johnson, Tamesha Smith, Tyler Moss, Dionne Horton Lloyd, Dave Horton, Erine Horton, D'Angelo Horton, Nadia Gray, Vandio Forbes, Cabrad Strachan, Tiffany, Frederick and Carsean Clarke, Nitika Cash, Quentin Horton, Patrick Paul, Raquel and Dexter Horton, laval, Geo, Jean, Sheldon, Shawna Horton, Mark, Patcheeko, Van Horton, Eyvette Wright, Axel, Troy, Trevor, Leonard Goodman, Terrance Horton, Leslie Horton, Erica and Edrika Horton, Suzette and Adrian Horton, Alexia Horton, Jennefer Bethel, Jacqueline Johnson, Tamara Horton, Andrew Bowe, Craig Horton. Aslyn Smith, Brian Miller, Lorette Dean
Son In Laws: Terrance Saunders, Ed Smith, Ernest Smith and Kelson Miller.
Daughter in laws: Jacqueline Horton.
Nephews: Carl, Edward and Isreal Deveaux, Albert Wells and Marvin Wells, Edward Johnson, Ricardo, Derek, Christopher, Godfrey, Rodger, Wenzel, Frederick, and Anthony Higgs, Isaiah and Leon Taylor, Lawrence Rolle,
Nieces: Louise Johnson, Dorothy Simon, Andrea and Debbie Wells, Dorcas Pierre, Donna Higgs, Bernadette Brown, Betty Culmer, Catherine Adderley, Cynthia Fowler, Rose Gilchrist,
Other friends and relatives including: Lester, Lettieann, Bethany, Roy, Donald, Ruth and Douglas Brown, Kirk Deveaux, Marilyn Ferguson, Wilfred Simon, Vincent Pierre, Ruth Rolle, Crystal Saunders, Marina, Tevin, and Frederick Clarke Jr, Tiffany Woodside, Annamae Taylor, Teanna Saunders, Melony and Shantae Hamilton, Francina, Nadia, and Mavis Wells, Christelle and Lashonda and Donisha Taylor, David and Erica Hepburn, Jermaine and Carlton Wells, Marion Sweeting, Gloria Butler, Katina and Raleigh Seymour, Pandora Munroe, Elaine Smith, Trevor, Cameron, Avery and Bryan Kemp, Kenyatta Taylor, Cardio and Miracle Woodside, Perry, Perinique, and Pedro Woods, Renique Stubbs, Chrystal Goodman, Renaldo Goodman, Shanae Brown, Latrell Riley, Rashad Simms, residents and staff of Good Samaritan Home for the Aged.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
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The political back and forth on Urban Renewal is counterproductive. The launch of the program by the PLP administration of Perry Christie was a progressive and important step in the right direction to address a host of social ills.
FNMs and others should recognize and applaud the intent and various aspects of urban renewal with consideration of expanding its reach.
Meanwhile, PLPs should stop pretending that the program has been dismantled or of its efficacy in fighting crime in the manner in which the party often boasts.
Both parties should pay more attention to Rev. C.B. Moss, founding pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church and executive director of Bahamas Against Crime (BAC). Whence cometh his authority to speak about urban renewal, the idea and not simply the specific program?
His understanding of the many dimensions - roots and branches - of urban renewal and the limitations of urban renewal is more expansive than much of the current thinking by many. While many think in terms of programs, Rev. Moss is on a mission of transformation.
He is armed and fortified for this mission with the wisdom and vantage point of paradox. Rev. Moss is tough-headed and tender-hearted, street smart and book-learned with fluency in the language and the vocabulary of both, and a man of progressive ideas and traditional values. He is also not without some showmanship and clever at grabbing media attention to press his causes.
To understand where Rev. Moss has come to and what is required of people of faith in The Bahamas to help heal the land, is to appreciate the journeys of other men of the cloth; men like Reinhold Niebuhr whose theology is built on paradox, irony and Christian realism, and Walter Rauschenbusch and his theology of the social gospel.
Through a life's journey and with a deep sense of the history of The Bahamas, Rev. Moss knows the depths of the valleys and the heights of the mountaintops.
He understands the addictions of which we are all heir, of power, drugs, money, possessions, fundamentalist certainty and many more. He also appreciates too the power of service and altruism.
They are saving graces which can liberate us from the tyranny of the mess we often make of our lives and the self-righteous judgment we inflict on others projecting our personal demons onto our favorite scapegoats be they individuals or entire groups.
So when he faces the issue of crime and the death penalty, he is clear about criminals being held responsible for their crimes as well as society being held responsible for the role it plays in fostering and sustaining a criminal culture by commission or omission.
Unlike many of his fundamentalist colleagues, Rev. Moss is deeply uncomfortable with capital punishment, recognizing its limits as a deterrent. He sees through the scapegoating, the all too easy panaceas, and the "vengeance is mine" mentality.
His theological reflections are seasoned with sociological realities unlike so many pastors stuck in a rigid Old Testament mind set, untouched or liberated by the Gospel of Jesus Christ whose sermon on the mount and parables have barely penetrated the spirits of those more comfortable with fire and brimstone.
From his vantage point sitting outside Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bain Town, at the crossroads of Meadow and Augusta Streets, and of much that ails our society, Rev. Moss understands why on an issue like capital punishment, Christians must hold firm to both arms of the cross with the message of Christ at the center.
Those arms include care and compassion for the families of murder victims. It demands seeking the redemption of those who murder. It requires also compassion and care for the families of murderers. In this, Rev. Moss is a spiritual companion of Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, whose ministry of forgiveness and transformation on the most capital of punishments was chronicled in the film Dead Man Walking.
He knows too that this same spirit is required for genuine renewal of our urban communities and inner city. A call to renewal which will require not just house repairs, clean-ups and better community policing, but more fundamentally conversion of hearts and minds.
A resident of an over the hill community noted that urban renewal will not become real solely by people coming into his community and doing things for him and other residents. He was clear that urban renewal will only become more genuine when the people of his community are truly engaged in rebuilding their lives and community.
In essence, he offers the essential mission and ambition for more effective urban renewal of which the major parties might take note. In so doing there are many models for such a mission. One of them is Afro Reggae.
The Afro Reggae cultural group arose from a slum, the Vigário Geral favela in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro in response to violence spawned by drugs and related criminal activity. The group opened its first Culture Community Center in 1993 initially offering workshops in dance, percussion, garbage recycling, soccer and capoeira, which became foundations for various social projects.
The center had as its mission: "To offer a cultural and artistic education for adolescents living in slums by affording local youth more chances of strengthening their citizenship" and providing them "a viable path away from entanglement in the prevalent drug trade". Over the years Afro Reggae has expanded the number of its centers and programs.
"In conjunction with workshops in music, capoeira, theater, hip hop and dance", Afro Reggae helps "preschool kids through programs aimed at socializing and literacy". Participant children's parents also take part in weekly meetings where subjects such as domestic violence and personal hygiene are discussed; they also receive basic-food baskets.
But it is through the power of the arts, entertainment and film and documentary production that Afro Reggae has transformed the lives of thousands and helped to sustain itself. It has transformed minds and hearts by providing career paths, and new horizons and friendships for teens tempted to drugs, early sexual encounters, bullying, crime and anti-social behavior.
Through well-honed experiential learning and edutainment models, Afro Reggae has broken the cycle of poverty for many and restored community while giving voice to cultural expression. The program is targeted for young people but engages their parents and others in its program of transformation.
Afro Reggae's offerings have expanded to include circus arts, a theatrical group, community service to the elderly, choirs, a newspaper, radio programs, and an internet site dedicated to Afro-Brazilian culture.
Its health program is conducted by a theatrical group comprised of adolescents that utilize the performance arts to educate and inform their peers on a range of adolescent development issues.
Afro Reggae has plowed through the viciousness and violence and rampant criminality of a number of the favelas in Brazil. Through its inspiring hard work and success, it has saved lives that may have been lost to communities in despair.
The problems in Brazil's cities and favelas with millions of people are much broader and complex than those of our urban centers.
Surely, by employing the creativity and will of models such as Afro Reggae we can stem much of our social decay through a sociology hope. This is the message of Rev. C. B. Moss whose voice on these matters we ignore at our own peril.
This morning I heard in a local news report that a man convicted of causing grievous harm to his girlfriend was sentenced by a magistrate to pay $300 to the Crisis Centre. Although he was also ordered to receive anger management counseling, he was not given a custodial sentence even though, according to the news report, as a result of the harm it is uncertain if the woman will be able to see out of one of her eyes. I was absolutely stunned. How can such grievous harm attract such light punishment?
Sadly, it is light sentences like this one that continue to communicate that we as a country are not serious about addressing violence in general and domestic violence in particular. We give lip service to it, but we do precious little to combat it. However, what is desperately needed is for the laws passed by our legislators and the punishment meted out by our courts to better reflect how we say we feel about particular crimes. Otherwise, we are fooling ourselves.
Recently, the Crisis Centre rejected a $1,000 check from the Hon. Leslie Miller; I believe they did the right thing in rejecting it. Therefore, I trust that in similar fashion they will reject this man's tokenistic $300 check (and similar ones) and send a message to both the abuser and the magistrate that some in our country do take violence seriously.
- Pastor Cedric Moss
Funeral service for Mr. Gevuldo Duvann Rodgers age 26 years of Tropical Gardens will be held at Cousin Mcphee Cathedral on Saturday august 27th at 2pm. Officiating will be Rev. Ranford Patterson nd internment will follow in the woodlawn gardens cemetery.
Loving and fond memories will forever be cherished by his
Parents: George Sr. and Justina
Three (3) brothers: Giovanie, PC3310 George Jr. and PC 3363 Jaicoy both of the Royal Bahamas Police Force,
Two (2) sisters: Tanya Armbrister and Danielle Rodgers,
Grandmother: Loretta Gertrude Rodgers,
Step-mother: Valery Rodgers,
Two (2) nieces: Tianna Armbrister and Hailey Rodgers,
Two (2) nephews: George 111 and Carlin Rodgers, Mavis
Twelve (12) aunts: Geraldine Higgs, Emerald Frasier, Cleomi Forbes, Leona Morris, Dorothy Clarke, Ellen Forbes, Lorena Rolle, Pamrica Rodgers, Helena and, Maybelle Farrington, Elahmae Rodgers and Ilsa Sands
Twelve (12) uncles: Henry, George and Sanford Farrington, Charles, Leo and Samuel Rodgers, George Sr. and Pastor Henry Forbes, Craig Rolle, John Higgs, Joseph Morris and Rupert Taylor Cressel Clarke and Treg Rolle
Numerous Cousins: Verlene, Vannae, Barbara, Betty, Sheeva, Pamela, Lavern, Magdalene, Natasha, Anishae, Clevonicia, Lakeisha, Rochelle, Portia, Leanor, Elmertis, Rose, Roberta, Mebra, Rheeda, Yvonne, Madelyn, Nursing Officer Ellamae Blyden, Karen Knowles, Willarine and Marie Rodgers; Carla, Kendra and Cleo Rodgers, Linda, Monique Clarke and Bridgeann Burrows; Laverne Forbes, Paulette Curry; Pamela, Jourdana, and Nadia Rodgers; Tenisha and Mavis Forbes, Brenda Rolle, Barbara Goodman and Kendra Johnson; Shantel Rodgers, Lakhia Watson, Shenika, Ginger Minnis, Nicola, Tysheka and Kachara Rodgers, Rufus, Samuel, Fred, Boston, Charles, Phillip, Cecil, Solomon, Fitzgerald, Bruno, Montez, Henry Jr., Curtis, Giodanno, George Jr, Marvin, Const. 1857 Prince Rodgers, Insp. Warren 'Buck' Rodgers, Michael, Gary, Jason and Lamont Clarke, George Jr., Henry, Phillip, Clement, Clyde, Randy, Dwayne Forbes, Oscar, Darwin, Leonardo, Kevin , Kendrick, PC 3116 Kieron, Kyle, Samuel Jr., David and Sean Rodgers, Andrew & Tremayne Rolle, Godwin Blyden, Van Knowles, Alfredo Burrows, Floyd Curry, Kevin Rolle, Pedro Goodman, Teran Armbrister, Jason Minnis and Gregory Johnson.
Grand Uncle: Bursil Rolle of South Andros.
Grand Aunts: Leah Moss, Dotlyn Rodgers, Evelyn Hepburn Of Clearwater, Florida, Masalena Rolle and Edna Rolle of South Andros, Mary and Lucille Rolle.
Other relatives and friends: Andrew, Deborah, Romero, Rokeno, Roan and Roante' Dorsette, Melanie Delancy, Albertha Rodgers, Joy Reckley, François Williamson, Brain Hanna, Donalton Hanna, Hosea Wallace, Caroline Lightbourn, Alex Tasha, Teranie, Terrol Cash, Justin McDonald, Alcott Forbes, Andrew and Sherry Pinder and Family, Mary Clarke and Family, Claudette Young and Family, Marilyn Wilson and Family, Lavane Brown and Family, Tony Spencer, Glen Major, Alex and Keisha Carey, Allen and Linda Wallace and Family, Patricia Mortimer, Denton and Nicola Richards, Pat Roberts and Family, Leo, Sidney, Don, Terry, Michael, Jackie, Ginger, Jillian and Gina Rodgers, Edmund Rahming, Rose Strachan, Mazella Rahming, Elfloy Newery, Betty Rolle, Yvonne Adderley, Coralee Munroe, Eldridge, Cpl. Rueben, Kenneth and Roscoe Rolle, Elizabeth Smith, Gary, Vernita Moss, Jennifer, Jeff, Lesile, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Timothy, Joshua, Elizabeth and Esther Rolle, Nursing Officer Patsy Taylor of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Ralph and Donnie Rolle, George and Carolyn Rodgers, Linda Roker, Pat Bethel, Rose Richardson, Phillippa, Rosemarie Kerr, Michelle, Marva, Marcia, Monique and Rosemary, Apostle Amos Rahming, Rebecca Fife, James Bodie, Leroy Stubbs, Kenwood Kerr, Helen Johnson, Hannah Johnson of Smith's Hill South Andros, Joann Johnson, Lawrence Ash, Ellen Williams, Thomas Forbes of Fort Pierce, Florida and Stella Hopkins of Freeport Grand Bahamas. C. V. Bethel Class 2002, Air-condition Workshop, Ministry of Public Works, Staff of Antiquities Monument and Museum, Staff of Olde Town Marina Sandy Port, Rev. Ranford Patterson and Cousin McPhee Cathedral Family, Rev. Ellison Greenslade and Bible Truth Ministries, Apostle J. Rodney Roberts and Five Porches of Deliverance Centre and a host of other relatives and friends to numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their respect at Demeritte's Funeral home on Friday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturday at the church from 1 pm until service time.
Since he came to St. John's College (SJC), Herbie Brown Jr. has been on a winning spree that is comparable to no other. Based on his success, he has been arguably the best senior girls basketball coach in the country.
Brown has won four of the past five Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) basketball titles, and this year, he is headed down that road again as he has his girls off to another undefeated start. The SJC Giants trampled the Aquinas College Aces yesterday, 33-10, at St. John's. They took control of the game early, and cruised over their private school counterparts in the wire-to-wire win. It was their best offensive showing of the season, but Brown knows that there are still some things that they need to work on if they are going to win their third straight BAISS title this year, and fifth in the past six years.
"I'm happy for the win, but we were sloppy for the first two and a half quarters. We started to do some things differently as the game went along and started executing a little better, but we have to get off to better starts in the future," said Giants' coach Brown. "In essence, we just want to thank God for the win and thank God for the turn around. It started out sloppy, but it ended up in our favor."
The Giants were paced by Petrel Pickstock with 14 points yesterday. Jody Ford added seven, and Dayne McKenzie and Semone Thompson contributed six apiece. Bijon Lockhart scored four points to lead the Aces. The Giants were never threatened yesterday. They led 6-1 after the first quarter and were ahead 14-2 at the half. By the end of the third, there was no doubt as to what the final result would be as the Giants took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Despite the winless start (0-2) for her girls, Aces' coach Sherline Moss is optimistic based on the progress they have shown so far.
"I'm happy because a lot of them have shown a lot of improvement and that tells me that the program is working," said Moss. "We know that there's still a lot of work to be done in terms of offense and defense. I think that when we get back to practices, we have to focus on moving the ball more and making better passes. That is one of the areas that we fell down on today."
Moss is not giving up her girls making the post-season just yet. They played two of the better teams in the league, St. John's and St. Augustine's College, in their first two games, so Moss is optimistic that they will be able to pick up some wins as the season goes on.
"Well, nothing is out of reach... I always preach that to my girls. Right now, our program is based on development," she said. "Our job is to get the girls more basketball savvy. We want them to work on their individual games and develop some skills on their own, so that when we come together, we'll be able to work better as a team," added Moss.
The Giants were in total control of the game from the opening tap, but they really picked it up defensively in the second half. They forced quite a few turnovers and were able to score some easy transition points from their defensive pressure.
"Defense is the key," said Giants' coach Brown. "I think that once we get progressively better on that end of the ball, by the grace of God we'll be right back where we were last year and the year before that. It will definitely be tight down the stretch because there are some good teams out there, but if we execute defensively, we will be right in the mix. There are some teams out there but we are focussed on what we need to do as a team. If we do what we need to do, we will be alright," he added.
The Giants swept the Queen's College Comets in the senior girls championship last year, and swept the St. Augustine's College Big Red Machine the year before that.
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Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said last night that although former National Insurance Board (NIB) Chairman Gregory Moss was fired from his post, he still has the ability to "bounce back" politically, adding that "people are making it out to be more than it is".
Bahamians who want to gamble in The Bahamas should not be discriminated against, Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said yesterday.
Gibson was asked his personal thoughts on the law that prevents Bahamians from gambling in casinos.
"I don't think Bahamians should be discriminated against," he said in an interview with The Nassau Guardian.
"If somebody chooses to gamble, which they can do anywhere in the world, except The Bahamas, then they should be allowed to gamble.
"Now if you are talking about introducing something that is illegal all over the world then I would agree, why should we legalize it here.
"But if I can hop on a plane and go to Florida, go to Las Vegas, New Jersey, go anywhere in the world and I can gamble, why shouldn't I be able to gamble in The Bahamas?"
The newest draft of the Gaming Bill would continue to prohibit Bahamians from gambling in casinos.
Web shops would be permitted to legally engage in cash betting transactions with domestic players only, the bill says.
The 'domestic player' refers to anyone who is ordinarily resident in The Bahamas; is the holder of a permanent residence certificate; is a work permit holder or the spouse of any of these people.
Under an early draft of the bill more than a year ago, the government had proposed that while Bahamians would still be prohibited from gambling in casinos, permanent residents and work permit holders would be able to do so.
Gibson declined to comment on the details of the new bill, stating that he would discuss them once the bill is tabled.
When the government first unveiled the Gaming Bill last year, several Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) MPs criticized the bill's discriminatory elements.
Marco City MP Greg Moss and MICAL MP V. Alfred Gray said they do not support foreigners being able to do something in The Bahamas that Bahamians cannot do.
At the time, Gaming Board Chairman Dr. Andre Rollins, Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells and Mount Moriah MP Arnold Forbes also said they have concerns about a bill that discriminates against Bahamians.
Exuma and Ragged Island MP Anthony Moss said he was glad that debate on the bill was postponed because he was not "prepared to support it".
The bill, which was tabled last November, was never debated.
Prime Minister Perry Christie said last month the new Gaming Bill will be debated following the budget debate.
He said web shops will be taxed and regulated as of July 1, 2014.
However, Christie hinted last week that the bill may be delayed and The Guardian understands that parliamentarians will debate amendments to the Juries Act tomorrow.
Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said the vacant post of National Insurance Board (NIB) director will be filled in short order.
Gibson said NIB's board made a recommendation for the new hire, which he said was forwarded to his cabinet colleagues and approved.
Earlier this month, Guardian Business reported that the list of candidates for the post was narrowed to four prominent Bahamians: Rowena Bethel, Hillary Deveaux, Abraham Butler and Edgar Moxey.
Yesterday, Gibson confirmed those names as being shortlisted.
"Hopefully, I should be meeting with those persons in the order that we selected them, hopefully over the next couple days, and once we would have completed the meetings we'll be making the final appointment," he said.
There has been some speculation that Bethel, a legal advisor in the Ministry of Finance, has already been selected for the post.
When asked to respond to this, Gibson said, "We've not selected anyone yet.
"We've gotten cabinet's agreement to proceed, but we have not selected anybody yet. We've not negotiated any contracts with anybody yet. Once we have the meetings over the next couple days then we will move on to that stage."
Algernon Cargill, NIB's director for the past four years, was fired last month for alleged gross misconduct.
This came two months after accounting firm Grant Thornton (Bahamas) completed a forensic investigation into allegations against Cargill and former NIB Chairman Greg Moss.
The firm found that bonuses appeared to have been improperly paid to Cargill and other executives at NIB.
Gibson said the new director would be hired under the present salary scale at NIB but said he hoped those parameters would soon be changed.
"There's a salary structure in place already at NIB," Gibson said. "It's difficult to move away from that structure now.
"Certainly whenever the time comes and we have a change in leadership we will look to see how we can restructure it."
Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson yesterday admitted that he has not yet read the four referendum questions that are set to be on a ballot on November 6.
When asked his views on the questions, Gibson said, "I haven't seen the questions yet."
The minister was asked his views in light of a statement made on Friday by National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage that the questions need to be simplified.
When informed that Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin read the questions in Parliament last week Gibson, said, "I probably wasn't paying attention then."
While saying he has not seen the questions, Gibson yesterday defended the constitutional amendment bills intended to bring about gender equality, stating that some people are "reading into the bills things that are not there".
Gibson was not specifically referring to any of the recent concerns expressed by his colleagues though.
But he said he has spoken to many Bahamians who have "concerns with the bills".
Regarding the fourth bill, Gibson said the government is doing nothing that will give rise to same sex marriage.
"I do not support gay marriage," he said.
"Anything that will give rise to us getting to that point, I do not support it.
"I do not see any of the amendments giving rise to us supporting same sex marriage.
"I see where people are stretching it there; where people connect two things that have no relationship, no relevance and are completely different and they connect them.
"You can always do that, but the point is, I don't see anything that will give us any need to be concerned about same sex marriage, particularly when it is very explicit in the act.
"In order for us to change it we have to go to Parliament."
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 that the bill will not bring about same sex marriage.
The four bills will institute full equality between men and women in matters of citizenship and will eliminate discrimination in The Bahamas based on sex, Christie said.
Debate on the bills is expected to resume tomorrow.
"I have spoken to Bahamians who share concerns with all of these bills," Gibson said.
"I don't know any Bahamian who doesn't have a concern with any, expect a couple people. But most people have a concern, not that they don't support it, but they need to understand it better.
"I think coming out of the debate, persons will understand it better. So people have issues of not understanding it properly..."
Gibson said he fully supports all four bills.
"I think it is the right thing to do," he said.
"I understand sometimes the position that Bahamians take where they want to always live in what they consider to be a protected environment, where it is difficult to accept sometimes that you have persons who are not born here who are entitled to certain benefits in your country.
"I think the challenge will be to put together a proper educational program where individuals can have all of their concerns addressed and done so adequately."
Several PLP MPs have voiced concerns about several of the bills.
Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller, Fort Charlotte MP Dr. Andre Rollins, Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells and Marco City Greg Moss have all gone public.
Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn and St. Anne's MP Hubert Chipman are also concerned. They are both opposition MPs.
When asked if he was concerned that the effort is in jeopardy, Gibson said, "Whenever you go into a referendum there is a chance you can win and there is a chance you can lose.
"The issue is, we try and educate the people as much as possible, put it to a vote and then however they vote we are willing to accept the people's decision."
Nottage said on Friday that if there is not unanimous support for the proposed amendments, the government will not proceed with the referendum.
Nottage is the minister responsible for referenda and leader of government business in the House of Assembly.
As the National Insurance Board (NIB) commences its search for a new director, Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said yesterday morale at NIB is at an "all time high" following the firing of former director Algernon Cargill.
Cargill, who held the post more than four years, was fired last week for alleged gross misconduct.
Gibson said NIB is looking for someone whose values align with NIB's mandate.
He said once suitable candidates are identified, the board will make a selection.
"We have not interviewed anybody yet," said Gibson before heading into a Cabinet meeting.
"A couple names have been tossed around and we'll wait to see which names the board advances and then we'll also give them a couple names. Then we'll make the decision from there."
Cargill's termination brought months of intense NIB scrutiny to a head.
Despite the controversy that continues to surround NIB, Gibson said morale is higher than ever.
"The employees last year took a no confidence vote and I'm sure you remember the results of that no confidence vote. So you could tell me based on that, how you think the morale is at this time," he said.
"Based on what I see it's at an all time high. Of course, you will always have a few persons who would have concerns, but that's normal in democracy."
Gibson was referring to the vote of no confidence in Cargill that the Public Managers Union and the Union of Public Officers took last May.
Despite that vote, Cargill continued to actively serve as NIB director until he was suspended last November.
His suspension came after then NIB Chairman Gregory Moss wrote to Gibson advising him that the board of NIB had voted to terminate the director. That 22-page letter outlined a number of serious allegations against Moss.
Shortly after the letter was leaked, the government retained accounting firm Grant Thornton (Bahamas) to investigate the claims detailed in the letter.
The forensic audit found that bonuses may have been improperly paid to Cargill and other executives, and also highlighted reported irregularities in the awarding of certain NIB contracts for various projects.
Auditors also found that Cargill is listed as an officer of the company owned by his brother that rented an apartment to NIB.
Last week, Cargill asked the Supreme Court to set aside the findings of the audit.
In his application for judicial review, he also asked the court to "quash the decision of the minister of labor and national insurance to appoint the accounting firm of Grant Thornton" to conduct the forensic review.
Cargill is also seeking a declaration that Gibson's appointment of Grant Thornton "amounts to a usurpation of the power of the Board of NIB".
As for NIB's response to the judicial review, Gibson said the matter is still under review by NIB's attorneys.
"I saw a copy for the first time (Monday) and I think our lawyers got a copy on Friday or over the weekend," Gibson said.
"[Cargill] is requesting a judicial review and in light of that we need to seek legal advice on whether it would be appropriate to continue to discuss that matter at this time."
Last November, Cargill took legal action against Moss and NIB following the allegations. That matter remains outstanding.