The eloquent and competent Rubie Nottage (inset) now under attack by the media and their foreign influence after her appointment to the Supreme Court bench became public. Both Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham and opposition leader Rt. Hon. Perry Christie endorsed Mrs. Nottage appointment.
Rubie Nottage, a Decent Globally Respected Bahamian
Nassau, Bahamas – Now that all of the WUTLESS media in The Bahamas has done their careless reporting on the fine daughter of this Bahamian soil, bahamaspress.com believes the time has come for the truth to be told on this DECENT Bahamian called Rubie Bethel-Nottage.
Foreigners had much to say, about this woman who has dedicated her life to her God, her family and most of all her country. Foreigners had soo much to say, until the foreign-influenced Bahamian media [The PUNCH, The TRIBUNE and THE GUARDIAN] used the occasion of Mrs. Nottage’s appointment to the Supreme Court to try and assassinate her impeccable character.
They all spoke of an incident that did not even hold merit in a US courtroom where the case against all of the lawyers charged in the indictment some 20 years ago was dismissed. The Guardian’s article went further to suggest with their non-factual report that their hidden ‘United States official’ said that Mrs. Nottage is still considered a fugitive. That was another DAMN LIE! Because, the charges were dropped against the lawyers who stood accused on the indictments back in 1989.
Here is a clear example of the ‘cockeyed culture’ found in the Bahamian media today. They never went back to that Boston Massachusetts court file to check the facts of their source. None of the papers mentioned what actually transpired in this case in total. They all simply threw out silly innuendoes surrounding what happened and never reported the conclusions.
Lawyers out of Boston representing their client contacted the law firm of the Nottages and requested the opening of a bank account here in The Bahamas for their client. Thus like any Bahamian lawyer here today, or any law firm for that matter, the Nottages did just that. That is what happened, an account was opened at the behest of a foreign law office on behalf of their client. To be exact, this is how The Bahamas makes money through our number two industry BANKING. An industry to which, for many years, the US desired to have access in order to track its citizens financial affairs.
When all of the lawyers including the Nottages were charged in that indictment, the State to which they were brought decided they had no case to answer to. This included the Nottages as they were all found in that unwarranted indictment back in 1989. Therefore the suggestion by the ‘US official’ is more than a lie, and borders on something libelous. The Nottages can sue the Guardian. And a lawsuit against the Guardian by the Nottages should be done!
What was further amazing as one publication after the other stole article from each other and then all carelessly concluding together a cropped up attack against Rubie Nottage; the media then all presented themselves irresponsibly to their readers. One then asked a question of the United States Ambassador, if Rubie Nottage was on the United States stop list.
Now don’t you think if something sinister was not afoot here, by their initial foreign source, members of The Bahamian media could not have known that Mrs. Nottage has not once or twice or thrice but on many occasions since 1989, traveled to the Untied States to conduct her business like any other Bahamian?
If the WUTLESS media in The Bahamas did their homework and acted responsibly in this story, would they not have discovered that not only had Mrs. Nottage traveled to the United States frequently, but in the same case in which she has been maligned, that all of the lawyers involved in the indictment had “NO CASE TO ANSWER TO” in the same Boston Massachusetts court?
If the careless and irresponsible media did their homework and reported responsibly, would they not have discovered by now that Rubie Nottage has served on panels and boards both here in The Bahamas and abroad [where she traveled] extensively since 1989?
In fact it was the Archbishop of Canterbury Rt. Rev. Rowan Williams, Head of The Church of England and the Church of the State, who called on Rubie Nottage in 2005 to sit on a committee called, ‘The Panel of Reference’ along with a list of global minds to guide the Church in their selection process of Bishops where disputes occur. In situations where congregations are in serious dispute and unwilling to accept the episcopal ministry of their bishop can only be considered by the Panel on reference from the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Panel is also empowered to consider situations where dioceses are in serious dispute with their provinces, and also, by reference from a Primate, to mediate in situations arising within that Primate’s jurisdiction. She in this capacity is adjudicating matters around the world.
Here, again Mrs. Nottage was appointed as a member of the Panel back in 2005. She has served on regional boards, where she is widely respected. Rubie Nottage has dedicated her life to sharing her knowledge with scores of students who have entered the legal profession in the area of Trust and Family law particularly those at the College of The Bahamas. And to round it off, Rubie Nottage has served for over 15 years in the position as Vice Chancellor and Chancellor of the State’s Church. In other words she is the Church’s legal advisor.
She is just not qualified, but ‘Eminently Qualified’ to adjudicate matters of this state called The Bahamas. Yet the minions of this world, now question her ability to serve on the Supreme Court bench of The Bahamas?
But here is another interesting twist to all of this, why is the Government of this sovereign country finding it so difficult to speak up for and on the behalf of its citizens is beyond us here at Bahamaspress.com. Most foreign countries when their citizens are accused by another, that country would fight tooth and nail for its people, yet in The Bahamas, a false claim is made against a respected citizen like Rubie Nottage, and the government of The Bahamas has yet to act against nor seek a request to squash an indictment where the foreign courts has dismissed the case.
Bahamaspress.com therefore asks the question, knowing that the irresponsible media [The Guardian, the Tribune & The Punch and all their affiliates] would not speak up for Bahamians, nor would the government of The Bahamas defend the integrity of its finest sons and in this case, daughter Rubie Nottage, who will then fight for us in this Bahamas?
Rubie Nottage, the fine daughter of the late Marcus and Jane Bethel, will be an excellent addition to the Supreme Court bench. Bahamaspress.com supports her appointment.