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Amazingly sharp Centenarian in Spanish Wells turns 102 in February.

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Local Education District, Faculty, Staff and Students of CEHS, memorialise, Young Teacher.

Audrey Mae Martin Sunrise: June 30, 1983 Sunset: January 18, 2014 Central Eleuthera High School (CEHS) mourned the sudden loss of one of their own on Monday, January 20th, 2014. Ms. Audrey Mae Martin, Physical Education teacher

and coach at the school, died on Saturday, June 18th, 2014, at the age of 30, following complications of sickle cell anemia disease, according to school officials - a condition it was said she had battled all of her life. A memorial service on the grounds of the CEHS campus was held on the morning of

Monday, January 20th, which saw local education officials, school administrators and teachers, current students, as well as a number of parents and former students out to honour her memory and the impact she had on their lives. Arriving in Eleuthera in September of 2012 from CC Sweeting High School

in the capital, Ms. Martin made lasting impressions in her relatively short time at the school. Students in special tributes to her memory spoke of how they were touched by her presence and recalled the little things that made her special, including always giving time for a few minutes of basketball play, no matter what sport was on the agenda - and the large - ‘could not be missed’ - straw hat she could be seen wearing to all those long hot days of sports meets. Principal Galanis also spoke about Ms. Martin, highlighting that she was a true fighter, not allowing a disease which left her hospitalized often during her life to stop her from playing the game that she loved - basketball - with an undeniable passion and energy, even playing in night league games. Although she had been small in stature, she was said to have been big in dreams and in courage. Colleagues at CEHS also

Harbour Island loses a legend, a true Gem in the Tourism Industry of The Bahamas. “I’m not there just to take a dollar. I’m there to bring people back to me, and I think that’s why I got so famous… good service!” In June of 2009, on the event of his 60th birthday, The Eleutheran Newspaper had the privilege of speaking with renowned Brilander, Mr. Reginald “Reggie” Major. Then and up until 2013, Mr. Major operated the best known taxi service on the island, where he was famous for impeccable service. It was obvious that he loved Harbour Island, took pride in his role as a deliverer of service on the island and enjoyed sharing the beauty of himself and the Continued On Page 16

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DOG OWNER PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Victim still recovering from vicious pack attack while running on beach. By THE ELEUTHERAN NEWS TEAM

Mrs. Carnetta Gaitor of Central Eleuthera, suffered a horrific end to 2013, when on December 27th, she was reportedly attacked by a pack of dogs, including a pit-bull, while taking a morning walk on a north shore beach between James’ Cistern and the Governor’s Harbour airport. The pack was said to have as many as seven dogs, and they inflicted multiple bite wounds to her feet, legs and arms. Accounts given of the attack describded the victim having to play dead to stop an intial attack and then when a slight motion caused the dogs to attack for a second time she again played dead. It is believed that the dogs were eventually brought under control by

their owners. Mrs. Gaitor was flown to New Providence where she continues to undergo treatment for the serious injuries she sustained. She was hospitalised for 3 days and since then has had to do regular follow-up visits to monitor and treat her wounds. On the morning of Monday, January 13th, 2014, Mr. Marcin Ondella (with online references as Marcin Van Hi) appeared in court where he was identified as the owner of six of the dogs alleged to have been involved in the attack. He faced six charges of ‘permitting a ferocious dog at large’. He appeared in court before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux and entered pleas of ‘not

guilty’, and according to his defense lawyer, was still in possession of the dogs suspected as being involved in the attack, which he said are at this Bandages hide the graphic time being held in ‘a conwounds suffered from the dog fined area’. The dogs were de- attack - the nightmare scenario scribed as: • 3 Brown pot played out while walking on a locakes cal beach. • 1 Black pitbull • 1 Blond pot cake • 1 White & Brown ment and therapy. As a pot cake result a trial commencement date was set for The prosecuting offi- March 17th, 2014. cer informed the court that The accused was the victim of the attack released on bail in the was still in New Provi- amount of $5,000 with dence receiving treatment two sureties. for the multiple wounds According to local inflicted by the dog pack, authorities, the fate of and would not be able to the dogs would be deterreturn to Eleuthera for mined after completion of another month, due to the the trial. need for continued treat-


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2014 ‘OPTIMISM?’: Are there reasons to believe this will be a better business year for the island? By THE ELEUTHERAN NEWS TEAM

Coming off an apparent robust end to the year in terms of visitors to the island, optimism is growing for the local economy, in some corners. Two of the real estate companies on the island, who we have spoken to, have described an uptick in interests in purchasing property on Eleuthera, by visitors particularly from the United States. This augers well for the belief that there could be some light around the corner. “Generally I’m getting the sense that Americans have developed a sense of comfort with this market and travel,” said local businessman and president of the Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Thomas Sands in a recent interview. “Going into Christmas, the numbers appear, after a slow summer to have had a dramatic increase in visitors and home rentals, and they seem optimistic about their travel back to Eleuthera”, Mr. Sands explained. Based on his discussion with a number of developers, he said that, there is a sense that the market is returning in the US and he expects growth in the market in Eleuthera. He added, “Not to the 2004 to 2008 levels, but generally confidence is returning, and they feel that Eleuthera is that next destination that will take off in the Bahamas.”

Prime Minister Perry Christie in his address to the recently held Bahamas Business Outlook, announced ongoing discussions between the Office of the Prime Minister and a partnership comprised of representatives of Four Seasons and the Sarmiento interests for the construction of a five star resort at Cotton Bay. Mr. Sands, who is also a part owner of the newer Cotton Bay development, suggested that this partnership between Four Seasons and one of the richest men in the world has the potential to deliver dividends to the

island. He said he thought Eleutherans should prepare, as the development had the potential to have a similar impact in Eleuthera, as was felt in Exuma, including an increase in confidence, demand and interest. He added that there were signs of additional real estate acquired in the area by the same interests to consolidate for possible use in the development. Additionally, small construction activity has begun in the ‘Reeves Wells’ area for engineering and staff accommodation.

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Prime Minister Christie described the possible impact, saying, “This project will bring much needed jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities to the people of South Eleuthera. It will undoubtedly be the catalyst to jump start other resort development in Eleuthera. We are also this year engaging in initiatives which should result in other resort development activities in Eleuthera.”


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New Experience for Visitors and Residents: Dune Buggy Rides through South Eleuthera an awesome Adventure! By THE ELEUTHERAN NEWS TEAM

Stunning natural beauty, History...

Above: Driving through the less beaten path. Below: Church ruins in the heart of Bannerman Town

A visiting couple who took the Dune Buggy tour, enjoying a magical view from atop a bluff at Lighthouse Beach

Eleuthera Adventure Tours Ltd., a 100% Bahamian owned company within the Rock Sound Properties Limited group is continuing to grow, with its newest Dune Buggy tour experience launched recently. The tour takes cruise, on-island visitors and residents looking to experience points of interest along the southernmost tip of Eleuthera and Lighthouse Beach from a new, slightly bumpier and definitely more exciting way. The Eleutheran recently had the opportunity to take this tour on a weekend with about 7 other pairs of visitors leaving the gates of Princess Cay and travelling through Bannerman Town and on. To par-

ticipate we had to have a licensed driver and no one in the party of two under the age of 12. The tour trail took us through, at some points rocky, hilly, sandy and pot-holed paths - perfect for dune buggy enthusiasts ready to test the mettle of their driving skills. “Don’t press brakes”, was the advice from guides as we moved through hilly sandy areas reminiscent of a slalom. Along the way several stops were made to explain points of interest, including large natural mangrove and bird ponds, church ruins, slave ruins and the climax of Continued On Page 5


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the tour - stunning Lighthouse beach. The paths used along the tour were those also used for normal vehicular traffic exploring the area, and tour organizers had a prepared area away from the famous beach for dune buggy parking while those of us on tour took in the splendour of the beach, its bluffs and Lighthouse Point on foot. The principals with Eleuthera Adventure Tours say that they are committed to creating opportunities and added exposure for Eleuthera, with more than 17,000 visitors catered to since inception, and look forward to introducing more new experiences.

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Cyber Advice to students by the DATA Commissioner: ‘Be cautious of how you

collect, process and disclose your personal information’

ployee’s online reputation when al Bahamas Police Force outlined the variconsidering hiring opportunities. Therefore, students should be very cautious as to how they collect, process, keep and disclose their personal information. The students were educated on certain aspects of social media and cyber crimes including cyber bullying and happy slapping. Commissioner Austin and Inspector Barrett of the Cyber Crime Unit of the Roy-

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, Officially commenced “Privacy Week”, on the morning of January 13th with a special presentation, at St. John’s College (New Providence), Monday morning assembly. Commissioner Farrington Austin highlighted the need for students to respect the use and disclosure of an indi-

vidual’s personal information. She underscored the fact that students should be mindful of the fact that the “appification of society” has made it very easy for personal information to be collected and disseminated. Students were warned that employ-

ers look at their prospective em-

ous offences and encouraged students to be mindful that while technology should be embraced, it can also be abused. The Commissioner concluded by adding that it was her privilege to return to her alma mater as Data Protection Commissioner and indicated that she is hopeful that the school year will be a rewarding and uneventful one.


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Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) maintains full control of BTC. By THE ELEUTHERAN NEWS TEAM

On January 22nd 2014, Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) announced that they had reached a deal with the Government of The Bahamas to “establish a charitable foundation dedicated to investing in projects for the benefit of Bahamians.” This was perhaps the most honest description of what was achieved from negotiations between the Government and CWC. Negotiations were opened with CWC because of a campaign promise by Prime Minister Christie in the run-up to the 2011 national elections, to regain control of BTC from the foreign company, who had acquired majority shares (51%) from the previous government. Political pandering and excessive spin aside, now that the negotiations have concluded, nothing has changed in the operations of BTC. As CWC pointed out in an appended note to their press release, “When all

transfers are completed, CWC will hold a marginally larger number of BTC shares than the Government” CWC will maintain management and Board control of the business, and as a consequence will continue to consolidate BTC’s financial results. Parties agreed on the transfer of just under 2% (5,093,200 shares) of CWC’s 51% shareholding to a none-voting charitable Foundation “dedicated to investing in projects for the benefit of Bahamians.” This does reflect a real transfer of capital, however, it in no way represents a transfer of any power away from CWC. Part of what is missing in the press releases are the exact decimals associated with share percentages, but the language does clearly indicate that: • CWC owns just over 49% of the company. • The non-Voting Foundation owns just under 2% and; • The Government still owns 49%.

Prime Minister, Perry Christie had this to say about the deal:

Today we meet to formalise an historic agreement under which the majority economic interest in BTC will once again rest with the Bahamian people. Let me say right from the outset that this re-gaining of the majority economic interest in BTC will not cost the government or the people of the Bahamas one single cent – not one! On the contrary, the government has been able to amicably secure the return of the majority economic interest in BTC without having to pay anything for it, and I should add, without having to make any deals to get it done either!

In particular, there will be no extension of BTC’s monopoly and no postponement of the liberalization of the telecommunications sector. Let us be very clear about this then. We have not paid, and will not have to pay, for the re-acquired shares in any form or fashion. So, in financial terms, this is a win-win for the government and people of the Bahamas. I say what I have just said up-front so that all the naysayers out there who were saying that we were wasting our time, and that we were going to have to pay huge sums and/or crippling penalties … well… what are they going to say now? They have all been proved wrong, dead wrong! To put today’s agreement in historical perspective, it will be recalled that up until 2011, BTC was 100% owned by the Bahamian people. In 2011, however, the then government sold a 51% majority interest in BTC to cable and wireless communications (CWC), the united kingdom-based multinational telecommunications conglomerate. I am happy to confirm today, however, that following many months of discussion with CWC, we have arrived at an agreement which will, as I have said, return the majority economic interest in BTC to the Continued On Page 13


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Bahamian people and on terms that will not cost the Bahamian taxpayer anything. I should like to take public note of the fact that the discussions that have now culminated in this historic agreement were carried out with the utmost cordiality and on a completely voluntary basis, without threat or compulsion on either side. I wish to express thanks and appreciation to the principals of CWC who co-operated fully with the government and its negotiators to ensure that the outcome that was arrived at would fairly reflect mutuality and the common desire of both CWC and the government. For this, I wish to give special thanks to the former CEO of CWC, Mr. Tony Rice, and the current CEO of CWC, Mr. Phil Bentley, with each of whom I have developed a rapport and understanding that augurs well, I believe, for future mutually beneficial relations between the government and CWC. Indeed I look forward to holding regularly scheduled meetings with Mr. Bentley so as to ensure that the relations between the government and CWC as partners in BTC can be optimized. I would also like to recognize the important contributions of Mr. Nick Cooper and Mr. Chris Dehring of CWC. On the government’s side, we extend our commendation and thanks to our own negotiating team headed by Mr. Franklyn Wilson CMG, Mr. Sean McWeeney QC, Mrs. Rowena Bethel, and Mr. Leon Williams. They have done an outstanding job and, I should add, that they have done so without remuneration or any other cost to the government. We are very grateful to them for their superb efforts and sacrifices. Turning now, if I may, to the agreement, it will specifically result in the transfer by CWC of 5,093,200 of its shares in BTC back to the government for placement in a foundation that will hold these shares in trust for the Bahamian people. In addition to these shares, which represent just under 2% of the total issued share equity in BTC, the new foundation will also hold all of the dividends and other income and all other economic benefits that will accrue from ownership of the shares. We confidently expect that annual dividends from the re-acquired shares will be in the low seven figures range based on historical performance. It is of particular importance to note that the income from the re-acquired shares will not be going into the consolidated fund but instead will be held separate and apart by the foundation so as to

ensure that the money will be used only for permitted purposes, namely : • to improve and expand the Bahamian people’s access to, and enjoyment of, telecommunications technology throughout the Bahamas; • to assist in the development of athletics and other sporting, recreational and civic activities in the Bahamas; and • to assist in the war against crime by expanding the use of cctv and telecommunications technology as tools of law enforcement. Now, let me be as candid as I can on one point: although the shares that are being re-acquired to be held upon trust for the Bahamian people will carry the entitlement to all of the economic rights, they will be non-voting shares. This means that the transfer of the shares will not involve any change in the existing arrangements under which executive control and management will continue to rest with CWC. At the same time, let us be equally as clear on what this new agreement does do : it returns approximately 51% of the economic ownership in BTC to the Bahamian people whereas under the arrangement negotiated by the former government this same 51% economic ownership rested with CWC. In addition, under this new phase in the CWC partnership with the Bahamian people, there will be greater collaboration with the Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation with a view to assisting in the integration of technologies and other collaborative strategies aimed at enhancing the performance of Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation. Indeed, I am advised that such collaboration is well underway already. I would wish to conclude by expressing my government’s satisfaction with having achieved what we honestly consider to be the best obtainable deal for the Bahamian people under the circumstances, one that has not cost us anything, and one that has resulted in the restoration of majority ownership to the Bahamian people on terms that will provide a new source of funding to assist in improving access to technology, improving funding for sports and civic activities, and improving funding for the use of telecommunications technology in the war against crime.

The FNM Leader, Dr. Hubert Minnis had this to say about the deal: Last night’s (night of the announcement) press conference was nothing short of a national embarrassment. After promising, on the campaign trail, to regain the majority of the shares in BTC, the Prime Minister tried to create the illusion that he has delivered a New Deal. This is nothing short of deception of the Bahamian People. We have gotten nothing new out of this arrangement. The Prime Minister was right to hold his head down during the press conference yesterday because it was shameful for the Prime Minister to pretend that the Bahamian people own an entity that is not vested in the treasurer of the Bahamas and whose proceeds are not deposited into the consolidated fund. There has been no change in ownership and no transfer of shares to the Bahamian

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people. The Prime Minister sheepishly announced that he has struck a deal to regain “majority economic interest” in BTC, not the majority of directors on the board, not the majority of the control of management. This is nothing less than a shameful and cynical betrayal of his campaign promise to the Bahamian People where he made majority ownership of BTC a major campaign issue. Previously Senator Frank Smith stood up in the senate and said that BTC (meaning Cable & Wireless) had “financially raped the Bahamas”. The lead negotiator, Franklyn Wilson, also claimed that there was evidence that the FNM made “a bad deal”. If the FNM made a “bad deal” Christie has now made an even worse deal. Now, for the PLP, there has been a change of heart and CWC are now trustworthy. What they did not admit was that the FNM got it right in the first place. Their so-called new

deal is nothing less than full confirmation of the integrity of the FNM’s position.

Phil Bentley, Chief Executive of CWC, commented: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Government to create the BTC Foundation. From the start of our partnership with the Government three years ago, we have been proud for BTC to support good causes for the Bahamian people. Establishing the BTC Foundation enables us to add significantly to the support we provide to the community.”


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Mrs. Sybil Kathleen Carey Treco (102 years old on February 12th, 2014) Growing up fast A s f ate would have it however, young Sybil would have to grow up quickly, as tragedy struck the family. Her mother grew ill, and she remembered having to stay home from the all age school in Tarpum Bay three days out of the week, while her younger sister stayed home two days out of the week to care for their mother. Sadly she did not recover, and at the age of 12, Sybil and her younger brothers and sister were without a mother. As the eldest child much of the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings rested on her shoulders.

The Eleutheran had the opportunity to sit down and chat with an absolutely amazing woman this month. Mrs. Sybil Kathleen Carey, a 101 year old lady, on the cusp of celebrating 102 years of life on this earth on February 12, 2014, who exuded a love for God, for life, and for the people around her. We sat together, in the home of one of her daughters, Mrs. Daphne Roberts, who she now re sides with, and talked about who she was and how she had gotten to where she is today. Sybil was born to Samuel Wesley Carey and Doris Evans Carey, on February 12, 1912 in the seaside township of Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, and was the eldest of four siblings. She had one younger sister, Florence and two even younger brothers, Osborne and Sidney. Sybil described her parents as being very protective. She shared a story about wanting to help her mother with the ironing work when she was still quite a young girl, explaining how her mother prepared a little ironing pad where she could learn and the care she took in removing the hot iron from the heat. However, being still so young she didn’t take enough care to keep her body from the ironing pad, and lost her privileges. Sybil recalled crying in her disappointment and declaring t o her mother, “If it was left to you, I wouldn’t know how to do anything.”

“Gorvus and Tamlins” A fter the passing of her mother, Sybil said that she was then able to attend school regularly, and des cribed herself as “a smart young girl.” “We had an English teacher come out after my mother died, and I was in grade 6 then”, she explained. “He used to give us dictation and common words that we couldn’t pronounce, those are the words he gave us, like ‘guava’, we said ‘gorvus’ and ‘tamarinds’ - we sai d ‘tamlins’. But I was one of the scholars that he could advance with, and he would always call me up to read.” It wasn’t long before this English teacher called Sybil up to his desk and asked her if she would like to teach. She said she expressed doubts, saying to him that she didn’t know enough to teach, but despite her being unsure of herself he encouraged her to say yes, if that was something she would have liked to do. Sybil said yes. “That was money, and we needed money, and in those days, it was a four shilling note that I got a month for teaching”, she said. Her experience teaching at the all age school was the beginning of a career that she would leave but return to later in life. Sybil’s husband to be was also an assistant teacher at the all age school. She retold just a bit of their story, saying, “Then this fellow, Sammy, he started to like me, and it used to make me self-conscious. My daddy was very strict with me, and my house was clo se to the street, so Sammy

could stand on the sidewalk and talk to me on the por ch. “So I would say well Sammy,and he would keep looking to see if he saw if my daddy was coming, looking you know. And I said, well Papa can’t stop you from walking the Queen’s Highway, so just pass, and if I am on the porch, say hello Sybil and just pass on.” She said he replied, “I can’t do that. If I see you, I have to talk with you”. One day, she r ecalled rain coming down hard as they talked from the road and the porch, and not being able to invite him in, she said she invited him to take shelter in an outside toilet, where they stood and conti nued to talk until her father discovered them, ending their conversation that day. She proudly described her intended as a very intelligent man who was a school teacher, post master, band master, and choir director, adding that she

wanted to be a part of the church choir but was not allowed to by her dad, because of Sammy being the director. Sybil had had enough of being over protected, and wrote to a friend in Nassau about securing a job opportunity there, and it all came to a head when Sammy found out that she had made this enquiry without mentioning anything to him. He confronted her, and she said to him, “Sammy, I am tired of having to be quarantined on your account.” He told Sybil that a job had been found for her, but then and there, asked her if she would prefer to go to Nassau or stay home and get engaged to him. Sybil chuckled with a smile and blushed a bit, as she remembered telling him that she would rather stay and be engaged to him. At the age of eighteen, she became the wife of Joseph Sam uel Carey (now deceased), also of Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera and


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Online at www.EleutheraNews.com they were blessed with their first child when she was nineteen. The couple went on to have eleven children all together, with the last child arriving when Sybil was forty two years old. They were blessed with four boys and seven girls. In 1937, S ammy and Sybil then twenty five years old, moved out of Tarpum Bay into Nassau in hopes of finding a better future. Sammy, had secured a good job, working with Ritz Cola, and then as Manager of City Lumber Yard, and according to Sybil he was also one of the four founding members of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). “Mone y is no t everything .” When she was still at a relatively youn g age of 47, having been married just under 30 years, her husband, died - leaving her to raise eleven children, two of whom were married. To support her large family she went to work in the housekeeping department of the British Colonial Hotel. This lasted for ten years, and she was then offered a job at the Prince George Hotel as a housekeeper for double the pay, but there was a cat ch. There she had to work on Sunday. So she lasted only one year before taking another job for much less pay, just to be able to be at home and go to Church on Sundays. She said, “Money is not everything.” Sybil shared t hat she had given her heart to the Lord at an early age, and brought up her children to fear and love God, and made sure they were in Sunday school and Church every Sunday. L ife cir cumstances o nce a g ain cha nged for Sy bil.

An old aunt in Tarpum Bay with no children, who had been like a mother to her, needed care. So she brought her to Nassau to care for her. To allow her time to care for her elderly aunt, she said she changed jobs and took on part-time teaching job at Toddler ’s Academy for an even smaller pay cheque. This was Evangelistic Temple’s nursery school and Sybil taught there for nine years. Evan gelistic Temple is where she and her f amily worshipped, and where she is still a member. HONOUR ED

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il was honoured by the Mothers Club of Nassau, and chosen as the ‘Mothe r of the Year ’. At the time she was mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to many. She was very active in her church as Sunday School teacher, Day School teacher, and Presi dent of the Women’s Missions. She also received a certificate of appreciation from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center, where she worked one day a week selling goods to benefit the patients. She also worked as a volunteer at Abaco Youth Camp and with St. Mary’s London & Needlework Society. re-MARR IAG E At the age of eighty five, af ter all of her children had moved out of her home, Sybil, who said she had many opportunities to re marry, but refused to do so with children who were still living with her – finally remarried to a Mr. Kenneth Treco, who was 82 at the time, and she remained with him until his death two years ago. Sybil then spent some time living in the U.S. with one of her daughters, before moving to Spanish Wells in November of 2013. Now at 101, Sybil was asked how she felt at her age, and she answered categorically, “I don’t feel like it. I feel now like my mind, my ambition is I want to do exactly now what I’ve been used to doing - visiting the sick and doing things like that, visiting the prison… I always gave advice, and even with her [daughter Daphne] now, and she don’t like me to give her advice, but I’m still doing it”, Sybil quipped with a chuckle. Before ending our conversation, Daphne pointed out her mother ’s love of reciting poetry that she had memorized over the years, and at 101, Sybil shared one of her favorite’s - ‘Catch the Sunshine’.

“ C aT C H T H E SU NS H I N E”

Catch the sunshine, though it glitters through a dark and dismal cloud Though it falls so faint and feeble on a heart with sorrow bowed Catch it quickly - It is passing, passing rapidly away It has only come to tell you, there is yet a brighter day Catch the sunshine - don’t be grieving o’er that darksome billow there Life’s a sea of stormy billows, and we must meet them everywhere Pass right through them, do not tarry, overcome the heaving tide There’s a sparkling gleam of sunshine, waiting on the other side Catch the sunshine, catch it gladly, messenger in hopes employ Sent through storms, through clouds, through billows bringing you a cup of joy Don’t give up and say forsaken; don’t begin to say I’m sad Look there comes a gleam of sunshine, catch it, oh it seems so glad

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Remembering the Life of Mr. Reginald Francis Major June 19th, 1949 - January 17th, 2014 Continued from pg. 1 sau Bahamas died at The Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday, January 17th, 2014. He is survived by his Mother: Mae Higgs; Two (2) Daughters: Schiketa & Travia Major; Seven (7) Grandchildren; Eight (8) Brothers: Sidney, Cedric & Ivan Higgs, Edward Richardson, Keith & Steven Gilbert, Police Officer Wayne & Sean Major of Harbour Island; Seven (7) Sisters: Sandra Kemp, Eleanor Deal, Janet Riley, Jane Gilbert, Sherry Major, Chiquita Major, Nellie Major; Four (4) Uncles: Granville “Papa” J. Johnson, Hansel King of Freeport, G.B., Paul King of Atlanta G.A., Tony King of San Francisco; Numerous nieces & nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. -END-

island with all its visitors. Reggie, following a battle with kidney failure, died on January 17th, 2013. His Obituary online reads: Mr. Reginald Francis Major age 64 years of Love Lane Harbour Island, formerly of Nas-

It is indeed a loss for the island and by extension the country. Through the 30+ years that he drove a taxi on Harbour Island, he had been the subject of internationally published articles and had become branded as “the” taxi to ask for. He was our first choice, each time the paper travelled to Harbour Island since our inception in 2008 and without fail he would charge us

$20 for the hour, but never counted the minutes in the hour which could exceed 120. In 1986 he was nominated for and awarded the Cacique Award for excellence in transportation services. Twenty years later in 2006 and 2007 he received back-to-back Cacique Award nominations, a true testament to the consistent quality of the gentleman. We first published a profile of Mr. Major in 2009 and as he informed us then, that in one way or the other, he had been involved in the hospitality industry for more than four decades. Reggie Major was born on June 19th, 1949 to Edward Major of Harbour Island and Mae Higgs of Nassau. At the tender age of one, he was brought to Harbour Island by his grandmother, Mrs. Georgie Lou Major, who raised him for most of his young life. He recalled his granny as being known as the number one seamstress on Harbour Island at the time. He attended St. Benedict’s Catholic School in Harbour Island and grew up attending the Catholic Church, also serving as an altar boy. Under the tutelage of his Dear grandmother he remembered being a mannerly young person, growing up under the strict training and positive influence. Reggie described his relationship with his grandmother as very close, saying, “She was the only mother I really knew. She would take me to Nassau once or twice a year to see my real mother, she made me go – and that’s how I got to know my brothers and sisters in Nassau, but she was who I knew as mother at that time.” Grand Bahama in its Hey Day. At the age of 14 he had to leave school - a customary practice at that time, especially if guardians couldn’t afford to pay for schooling off the island. He shared with us, “When I turned 14, I had to go out and do construction, and that’s what I did until I decided to leave Harbour Island and go to Grand Bahama to seek a better life.” In 1966 at the age of 17, Reggie moved to Grand Bahama seeking further opportunities for his life. He described the 60’s in Grand Bahama as a hey day, “At that time, in the 60’s and 70’s, Grand Bahama was jumping, flowing with jobs, you could work two to three jobs, working three hours at one job and four hours at the next job – and those small jobs you did were paying more money than doing a normal seven hour at a hotel.” He first spent time as a houseman with the King’s Inn, then at another property as a short order cook, including a night position for a few hours and declared he made more doing those than his position at a main hotel. He also described, star personalities, like Percy Sledge, Diana Ross, Otis Redding, James Brown and others coming into Grand Bahama, a different star every week at the ‘Pussyfoot’, the ‘Tropicana’ and the ‘Bamboo East’, all off of the Queen’s Highway near the ‘Fishing Hole’. In 1974, at 25 he went seeking adventure in Cat Cay, a tiny island about ten miles off of Bimini, where the very rich had a private playground, flying in on short seaplane flights or getting there by private boat in an hour and a half from Florida. Reggie spent the next six years working there and traveling between Bimini, Florida and Grand Bahama until new opportunity called.

1981 return to Harbour Island and the rest is History

In 1980 he left Cat Cay and moved into Nassau, where he worked with the Graycliff Hotel for one year, before finally returning home to Harbour Island in 1981. Teaming up with his father for two years in the taxicab business, Reggie got first hand training and experience. In 1983 he branched out on his own, driving his own taxi and beginning a service that continues to this day. Early on, he gained tremendous experience working with ‘fam’ groups [foreign media and tourism industry professionals on familiarization trips to the Bahamas] and tour groups with people from all over the United States. As a result of his clientele and his impeccable service, Reggie was written up in international articles and became well known as ‘the’ taxi service to ask for in Harbour Island. Visitors would arrive on island asking for Reggie’s Taxi Service brandishing their international magazines touting his special attributes. He described it best, “In my situation I meet a lot of people and I deal with a lot of people, and my personality is different from many other people. I’m not there just to take a dollar. I’m there to bring people back to me, and I think that’s why I got so famous… good service!” 1986 was a red letter year for Reggie, after being in the business on his own, for just three years, he was nominated for and awarded with the prestigious Cacique Award. He recalls being asked by more seasoned drivers at the time, “Boy, you just come in this business, how are you going to get this award”, he continued, “and when they shouted my name, I said, you all sit down. You all hear that name, that’s Reggie Major, that’s me! And everybody was killing themselves laughing.” Reggie’s acclaim continued throughout the 90’s and has followed him into the first decade of the 21st century. In 1992, with the Gulf War raging, Reggie teamed up with an American, while taking care of his sailboat at the Valentine’s Marina – a Lawyer from Colorado who had a Lear Jet, which he flew from state to state in the US and Reggie accompanied him on many of these trips. Reggie recalls visiting at least 30 of the 50+ states in the US, gaining a world of experiences that has served him well in his career. When asked about how Harbour Island has changed over the years, Mr. Major expressed his observance of the quiet village becoming a little less carefree, where doors could be left wide open in the 80’s, and that feeling of utter safety being a little less nowadays. However, he lauded the resilience of Harbour Island throughout the economic upswings and downswings over the years to being able to support much of the North Eleuthera population in jobs and business. When asked about his message to young persons in Harbour Island today, he advised them to stay away from nonsense and to take advantage of the jobs and business opportunities around them.


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Bahamasair says thank you to two of its longstanding local employees.

The Bahamasair team in Eleuthera said goodbye on Monday, January 27th to two of its long standing employees from the Rock Sound airport, now moving on into retirement. Regina Hall, who began her services at the Governor’s Harbour airport, relocating to Rock Sound after marriage, spent 25 years with the national airline, and was presented with a plaque in appreciation of the time she served.

Harry Horton of Rock Sound, spent 37 years with the national airline, which was commemorated with a fabulous custom designed cake, topped with an aircraft. Bahamasair colleagues, both Central and South Eleuthera Administrators King and Symonette, RBPF OIC for Eleuthera, Superintendent Ismella Davis, as well as employees of Southernair and Pineappleair, and Sheema Darling of Immigration in Rock Sound were

present for the occasion. Bahamasair executives Henry Wood, Managing Director; John Fowler, Chief customer service officer; Howard Hall, Family island Manager; Francis Carey, Bahamasair board of directors member; and Mr. Wellington Johnson, Eleuthera area manager, all celebrated with the retirees on Monday.

Budding Young (10) Entrepreneur

Ten year old Equoia Gibson, of Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera is a budding young entrepreneur. Now in grade six, and soon moving on to junior high school later this year, she is already thinking about what she wants for her life in the future, and aiming to achieve those goals. Having grown up in the family business, a bustling food store located just outside of The Bluff, Eleuthera, Equoia yearned to be a part of it all since very young. At the age of six, she was allowed to begin cashing under close supervision, and by age eight was allowed to be on her own serving at the register. Now at ten, she is fully involved, and it’s said she can assist in almost any area. “I have a passion for helping and meeting people and interacting with people from all around”, said Equoia. “I cash, restock shelves, do inventory, and work behind the main counter taking orders over the phone”, she added. The big idea for her first business on her own, came during a family trip in early 2013, where she saw a hotdog machine and thought that she could do that and make her own money. So she asked her Mom and Dad to invest in her idea by purchasing a hotdog machine, and young Equoia was in business. In operation for about a year, and located just outside of the family store, Equoia says the family store is where she shops for her supplies, which she has to prepare a held receipt for, until the end of the day, when she pays off her receipt with her earnings and her profit goes towards her savings, which she says is earmarked to help with college. “I like that I can actually do something independent to show that I don’t always have to depend on someone to help me, and that I can do something on my own”, she said confidently. Equoia, who says she loves to cook, expressed that she would like to be a chef someday, with her own restaurant. Asked to describe herself as a person, young Equoia responded, “I think that I’m a good leader, and I have a passion for helping out others in any way that I can. I just want everyone to be happy, and I know that even though a person is small, they still can make a change in the world.”


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TSA SECURITY AUDIT FOR GHB: Big emergency drill preceded the visit to Eleuthera by Nassau and US officials. By The Eleutheran news team Upgraded security screening equip m e n t a r e o n i s l a n d a n d r e a d y t o be ins t a l l e d a t b o t h t h e D o m e s t i c a n d Intern a t i o n a l t e r m i n a l s a t t h e G o v e rnor ’s H a r b o u r a i r p o r t . Th e p e n d i n g u p g r a d e s f o l l o w a n audit b y t h e Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n S e c u r i t y Admi n i s t r a t i o n ( T S A ) a i r p o r t a n d airline s e c u r i t y a u d i t t h a t t o o k p l a c e during t h e p e r i o d o f J a n u a r y 1 3 t h a n d Janua r y 1 7 t h , w i t h s i x i n s p e c t o r s i n volve d . A c c o r d i n g t o A i r p o r t S u p e rintend e n t , M r s . C y n t h i a J o h n s o n , t h e inspec t o r s i n c l u d e d S e c u r i t y I n s p e ctor A n t o n i o C l a r k e a c c o m p a n i e d b y Inspe c t o r We n d e l l C a r e y f r o m t h e D epartm e n t o f C i v i l Av i a t i o n . i n a d d ition t o r e p r e s e n t a t iv e s f r o m t h e U . S . Depar t m e n t o f H o m e l a n d S e c u r i t y, i ncludin g T S A A t t a c h e a n d t e a m l e a d e r, Larry M i z e l l - b a s e d a t t h e Ly n d e n Pindli n g I n t e r n a t i o n a l A i r p o r t , a ccompa n i e d b y Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n S e c urity S p e c i a l i s t s w i t h t h e T S A ; P e d r o Rotell a , J a r e d D a R o c h a , a n d Wi l l i a m Robic h e a u . According to Mrs. Johnson, the airpor t a n d a i r l i n e a u d i t w e n t w e l l . Th e a u d i t w a s p r e c e d e d b y a n emerg e n c y d r i l l a n d t a b l e t o p s a f e t y and s e c u r i t y p l a n n i n g d i s c u s s i o n e a rlier in t h e m o n t h . Em e rg e n c y p e r s o n n e l f r o m s e veral g o v e r n m e n t a g e n c i e s , d e s c e n d e d on the G o v e r n o r ’s H a r b o u r a i r p o r t o n Tuesd a y, J a n u a r y 7 t h , 2 0 1 4 a t a b o u t 1:30 p m i n r e s p o n s e t o a m a j o r e m e rgency s c e n a r i o d e s i g n e d t o e v a l u a t e their r e s p o n s e c a p a b i l i t i e s . C i v i l Av i a t i o n o ff i c i a l s i n c o o peratio n w i t h N A D ( N a s s a u A i r p o r t Devel o p m e n t C o m p a n y ) S a f e t y C o o rdinato r, C y r i l B u l l a r d , s t a g e d a n i mpromp t u e m e rg e n c y r e s p o n s e s i m u l ation e x e r c i s e a t t h e a i r p o r t i n C e n t r a l Eleuth e r a , a h e a d o f t h e T S A ( Tr a n sportat i o n S e c u r i t y A d m i n i s t r a t i o n USA) a i r p o r t a n d a ir c a r r i e r a u d i t . Th e d e t a i l e d e x e r c i s e w h i c h h a d emerg e n c y p e r s o n n e l i n a c t i o n , b egan w i t h t h e B a h a m a s a i r I s l a n d M a n ager r e p o r t i n g a s u s p i c i o u s p a c k a g e at a t i c k e t c o u n t e r w i t h i n t h e G o v e rnor ’s H a r b o u r a i r p o r t , f o l l o w e d b y t h e evacu a t i o n o f a l l a i r p o r t e m p l o y e e s from t h e c o r d o n e d o ff p r e m i s e s . A k e y f u n c t i o n b e i n g t e s t e d d u ring th e e x e r c i s e w a s r e s p o n s e t i m e b y first r e s p o n d e r t e a m s . M r. A n t h o n y M c p h e e , I s l a n d M a nager f o r E l e u t h e r a a i r p o r t s , c o m m e n ted tha t t h e y w e r e v e r y p l e a s e d w i t h the tim e s c l o c k e d , w h i c h s a w t h e f i r s t teams a r r i v i n g a t t h e a i r p o r t f r o m Gover n o r ’s H a r b o u r w i t h i n s e v e n minut e s o f t h e c a l l w h i c h w e n t o u t a t 1:30 p m . Pa s s i n g m o t o r i s t s w o u l d h a v e seen e m e rg e n c y p e r s o n n e l a n d v e h icles f r o m t h e R o y a l B a h a m a s P o l i c e Force , D e p a r t m e n t o f H e a l t h , F i r e D epartm e n t , C u s t o m s , I m m i g r a t i o n a n d a numb e r o f o t h e r c o o p e r a t i v e g o v e r n ment a g e n c i e s , a s s em b l e d i n r e s p o n s e to the s t a g e d b o m b r e p o r t a t t h e a i rport. Th e r e m a i n d e r o f t h e s i m u l a t i o n

Emergency agencies gather after a successful security drill at the Governor’ s Harbour airport on January 7th, 2014

i n c l u d e d a bomb squad isolating the p a c k a g e, retrieving it to a safe locat i o n a n d determining the extent of t h e t h r eat; while medical personnel h a d s e t up a triage area where several e m p l o y ees who had received mock m i n o r i njuries during the evacuation w e r e t r eated. Police nearby prepared a t e n t e d command post where they c o u l d s et up on site communications c a p a b i l ities for the duration of the i n c i d e n t, while emergency fire trucks a n d o t h er agencies stood ready to ass i s t w h ere needed. The local media w a s a l s o contacted and engaged duri n g a p ress and stakeholder briefing - t o s h are timely and accurate inform a t i o n with the public. O n ce the bomb squad gave the all c l e a r, e mployees were allowed to ret u r n t o the airport, and operations res u m e d as normal. O n e day earlier, the very same a g e n c i e s were engaged in a table top e m e rg e ncy response and contingency p l a n n i n g meeting, held at the local g o v e r n ment building on Cupid’s Cay i n G o v e rnor ’s Harbour. The meeting w h i c h began at 10:30 am was hosted b y l o c al Civil Aviation authorities w i t h p r esenters, Wendell Carey - Sr. Av i a t i o n Security Inspector, Kevin R u d o n - Aviation Security Inspector, a s w e l l as NAD Safety Coordinator C y r i l B ullard. M r. Carey fielded comments on i s s u e s and concerns at both the Gov e r n o r ’s Harbour and Rock Sound airp o r t s , and remarked that his role at t h e m e e ting, was to make sure that all t h e r e l evant stakeholders were aware o f t h e i r responsibilities and to make r e c o m mendations as it related to sec u r i t y measures to the Department of C i v i l Aviation. N A D representative, Mr. Cyril B u l l a r d , facilitated the table top disc u s s i o n exercise, where agency heads a n d r e presentatives were given an e m e rg e ncy scenario, and asked to outl i n e t h e ir role in the response and ac t i o n s t hat would be taken. This exe r c i s e was done, said Mr. Bullard, to b r i n g an awareness of the require m e n t s f or safety emergency response a n d s e c urity contingency plans. “ I think the group effectively t o u c h e d bases with all those aspects, a n d w e can see positive things coming

out as a result”, commented Mr. Bullard about the morning’s exercise. When asked about remarks made during the discussions about the possibility of NAD taking over management of airports in Eleuthera in the future, Mr. Bullard replied, “Just like everyone I’ve heard these rumours ,

these recommendations… Certainly I think the country is undergoing an upgrade in some civil aviation facilities and requirements, and as such that is within the realm of possibilities.”

Above: Emergency and security stakeholders work together during the drill at the Governor’ s Harbour Airport.

Above: A wide cross section of agencies were represented during the security tabletop planning and discussion sessions


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Assistant Superintendent Christopher Wright, with responsibility for the

Harbour Island District, confirmed that the official search for the missing

Harbour Island man, Rennie ‘Glover ’ Johnson, had been called off, with Defence Force divers ending their search and recovery mission sometime before noon on Monday, January 13th, 2014. To-date Mr. Johnson has not been located. However, according to ASP Wright, the case is still open and under investigation. Mr. Rennie ‘Glover ’ Johnson was last seen at about 5:30pm on Tuesday 7th January 2014, when he left the three island dock area of North Eleuthera onboard a grey and blue 12ft bone fishing boat in route to Harbour Island. On January 8th police issued a missing person’s alert for the 57-year-old

Immersed in Eleuthera - Student nurses of Emory University in an on island Community Nursing program 2014 is now the 12th year of a collaboration between the Emory University School of Nursing and local health officials on Eleuthera. The university has been sending teams of student nurses to the island every year since 2002. Through their visits, they are presented with the opportunity to immerse themselves in community nursing at the local clinics, as well as interact with local school children in educational presentations at a number of the junior and senior high schools. On Monday, January 6th, 2014, The Eleutheran caught up with four members of a twelve person team on island from the Emory University School of Nursing, who were just beginning their one week experience of traversing the local clinics in central and south Eleuthera – arriving on island on Friday, January 3rd, 2014. Mary Windom (from South Carolina - USA), Lubna Momin (originally from India - now living in Atlanta), Tigest Teshome (originally from Ethiopia - now a

US citizen living in Atlanta), and Fayzah Saeed (An ethnic Eritrean, born in Saudi Arabia and now living in Atlanta with her family), were all senior nursing students spending time at the Governor ’s Harbour clinic on Monday morning as part of their final year in the four year nursing degree program at the university - with their sights set on graduation in May of 2014. When asked about why they chose to take part in the alternative one week Eleuthera trip elective course, the varied group of young women agreed that it was all about the experience. Lubna Momin shared, “We started working the clinics today and we did do a tour around the area like a visitor, but we don’t feel like tourists here, we feel like Bahamians here. We are living the life their way, eating the ethnic food from here. It’s been great!”

Harbour Island man, describing him as being of a dark brown complexion, slim build and 5’ 5” in height. On Thursday, January 9th, according to local authorities, the boat belonging to Mr. Rennie Johnson was discovered by the US Coast Guard, submerged in an area of the bay between Harbour Island and Three Island Dock - described as being closer to the Three Island Dock side. Roy al Bahamas Defence F orce divers arrived in Harbour Island on Sunday, January 12th on a P130 sea craft, and searched the waters in the area where the vessel was found, and also swept the coastal area along the North Eleuthera

side on Sunday and again on Monday morning, ending the search and recovery mission sometime before noon on Monday, January 13th, 2014. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Rennie Johnson is asked to contact Police in Harbour Island at 333-2111/332-3500 or Police Emergency at 919. Police are appealing to anyone with information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant (the tip) may seem, to anonymously call Police at 919 or CRIME STOPPERS at 328-TIPS (8477) (New Providence) or 1-242-300-8476 (Family Islands).


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Congratulations to Traliyah R. B. Carey. Valedictorian at Tarpum Bay Primary - 2013, receiving the Principal’s Award. Semi-Finalist in Primary School Student of the Year 2013, receiving a $1,000 scholarship award. Honour Roll student, also Top of the Class at Preston Albury High School - grade 7p. From your very proud parents, Roderick and Betty Lynn Carey, brother Tramaine, sister Tramesha and nephew Tramecio. We love you - Always strive for excellence!

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Congratulations to Tobias Turnquest on being chosen the national first place winner in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival in the grade 1 Arts & Craft category. From your Godparents, (L-R) Ann Bethel, Joyce Pinder, and Mavis Cartwright. We are so proud of you!

Congratulations

Congratulations go out to Kyla Sands, a fifth grade student at the Governor’s Harbour Primary School. Kyla has a GPA of 3.69 and was installed as a prefect at the school. We love you Kyla. Continue to do your very best. From your loving family.


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Ministry of Tourism’s 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Anniversary celebrated on Eleuthera and Harbour Island By THE ELEUTHERAN NEWS TEAM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Eleuthera office located in Governor’s Harbour, celebrated the ministry’s 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary on Sunday, January 26th, with a church service at the People’s Restoration Baptist Church in Palmetto Point, followed by a luncheon hosted at the Cancer Society building, also located in Palmetto Point. Deputy Director General, Ellison Thompson, joined the local staff - Managers, Jacqueline Gibson and Glenda Johnson, as well as Donnalee Miller and others, and tourism partners from around the area, bringing greetings from the Minister of Tourism. Rev. Philip Bethel, who was the speaker during the morning service lauded the ministry on its achievements during the past 50 years, however, the praise was tempered with criticism, saying that there was more to the Bahamas than just Nassau and Grand Bahama, and that a more substantial effort, budget and initiatives needed to be focused on islands like Eleuthera, which he described, as “a destination whose time has come.” He minced no words, and asked that his message be taken by the Deputy Director General to the Minister of Tourism, who he quipped should have been present for the occasion. At the luncheon following the service, South Eleuthera Manager, Jacqueline Gibson made a special effort to thank all of the tourism partners in attendance, highlighting their importance and expressing full appreciation from her team. Harbour island held its service on January 29th.

Administrators, Tourism Staff and Partners stand with Rev. Phili p Bethel (Right) at his church in Palmetto Point following the service.

Audience sings accompanied by `The Admiral`

Jr. Tourism Minister for Eleuthera, Ryan Rolle, Dep. Dir. Gen of Tourism, Ellison Thompson and South Eleuthera Tourism Manager, Jacqueline Gibson.

Rev and Mrs Bethel. Rev Bethel was the main speaker for the event.


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Remembering Ms Martin Continued from pg. 1 shared memories of their time spent with Ms. Martin, both at school and special fun times outside of work, counting her as a treasured friend. Ms. Martin is remembered as a mother, with one daughter, Jacquay, as well

as being a sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, friend, teammate, colleague, teacher and coach.

Who Was Audrey Martin? January 20, 2014 Audrey Martin was a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, teammate, colleague, teacher, coach. There are a few things for sure that we know and can learn from Ms. Martin: Ms. Martin was a fighter - she was born with the sickle cell anemia disease and was hospitalized often for the painful and debilitating side effects of the disease. One can only imagine the pain she suffered which didn’t prevent her from playing the game she loved - basketball. She played with an energy and vigour that was undeniable. Watching her play basketball competitively, especially during the night league games, one would never have known that she suffered from the debilitating effects of sickle cell anemia. She was a fierce competitor. She played to win and coached to win. In fact, nothing was more important to her than her team. And, when her sense of fairness was violated, she would try to move heaven and earth in the pursuit of what she perceived as justice. All of you know what I am talking about. She cared - she cared about her mom, her daughter, her family and her teams - both the Junior Girls and Junior Boys teams. In whatever capacity that we have known and interacted with Ms. Martin - let us remember a woman who was small in stature, but big in dreams and big in courage. Thank you. Mrs. M. Galanis , Central Eleuthera High School, Principal

Seems Like Yesterday Just seems like yesterday we use to rock the show That dance you love that we call the martin where you would get down low. You were so down to earth, cool and one of a kind Wish you were still here to hear a ‘WET all day baby!’ from the 3point line. Your presence alone would brighten my day Sneaking out class to be with you ignoring the punishment I would pay. Playing ball and talking about O.K.C with Kevin Durant whom you love to death Showing how much you care you would ask me ‘Mr.why you aint to your class yet’? Your car you always wanted to keep clean was like jewel to you You would always compare it to my basketball shoe. ‘Don’t bring no dirt in my car ‘ you would always say O.M.G!If your head touched her roof she would have an heart attack on that day. Coach I’m going to truly miss you coming around When being grounded you was the only one to get me out of the house to go up town Missing those days when we would ball after a Sunday dinner Chilling and talking before, because you would say the food can digest quicker. Life isn’t always what it seem to be Words can’t even express what you mean to me. Even though your gone we are still a team But I want to let your family know that I’m going to fulfill her dream.

It would be kind of hard with you not around Know you in heaven smiling down. So Ball on Coach In Paradise you would be miss I wish I was present to give you a goodbye Kiss. By: Quinton Charlton-adopted Son 11-1A Central Eleuthera High School

Ms Martin is shown in this March 2013 photo standing proudly with her athletes who were also among the top students in their academics.

Coach Audrey Martin

To the best coach in the world, If we only knew that you would leave us so soon, we would have made your last days on earth the best. Ms. Martin you have been nothing but a good coach to me and also a good role model, someone I looked up to. You had so much faith in us that you would never call us ‘Central Eleuthera Sentinels’; you would call us your ‘BTC Star Makers’. Every day I would come to you during class time and you would always say “Taquia! Why you always out of class, please go to class, I will talk to you break time.” Every time we enter your car you would always say “No eating in my car or I am going to make you’ll hike, and if you’ll head touch my roof I will make you’ll wash my car after practice Saturday.” I clearly remember every day after practice I would always say “Well I know one person who’s not bathing tonight.” You would always say “Taquia, please go home and bathe.” Ms.Martin I cherish all our memories together, but I really wish you had stayed with me longer, but I guess God knows best and he wanted you to be up in heaven with him. I really don’t know how I’m going to make it without you. I won’t quit basketball because I know you would be my angel and watch, guide and protect me as I’m playing. Ms. Martin, I thought we’d get to see forever, but forever has gone away, and it’s so hard to say goodbye because you have been so good to me; I really don’t know how I will make it without you. I will miss you so much and you will never be forgotten in my heart. All the best for Quay, I feel her pain. I love you Ms.Martin. I wish I didn’t have to write this tribute, just wishing you were here with me. You were the Best Coach, a mother, a sister, and a best friend to me. Now you are going to be my #1Angel.! May Your Soul Rest In Peace!

Taquia Thomas-10-1A Central Eleuthera High School

A Tribute to Ms. Martin They said sickle cells will always bring you down But Martin never held a frown Her smile was never there just for a while. Who knew we wouldn’t see that smile again A frown in her life was just a little sin. She would always laugh and say that BTC Starmakers was our softball team She always said it’s not as easy as it seem. She told us nothing was easy in life We would always have to put up a little fight. Her daughter was all she ever asked for and need Like she said “Quay” was going to succeed. Martin wanted the best for her girls Ashley, Nijah, Taquia She has done all she could everything in this world Who would ever think this day would come All she wanted was just to win one. The day has come where we are apart But today she is here in our hearts. Our motivator, our teacher, our friend is gone There is no more pain, no more fighting or stress We all know our God knows best. I thought the dream that I had was true. But we both didn’t know God had plans for you. REST IN PARADISE MRS.A.MARTIN By Nijah A. Bastian - 10-1a Central Eleuthera High School


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A Case for Compensation for Climate

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Sceptics continue to deny that these phenomena are in any way related to climate change. But, increasingly, scientific evidence points to humaninduced effects of climate change - something that the science-sceptics have not been able to disprove.

Change Destruction

By Sir Ronald Sanders. The writer is a Consultant, Senior Research Fellow at London University and former Caribbean di plomat. A case for compensation for climate change destruction By Sir Ronald Sanders

Can the countries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) take international legal action against the States that are warming the planet with devastating consequences not only for their survival, but in some cases even their existence? This question comes into sharp focus in the wake of the damaging effects of flooding and landslides in St Vincent and

the Grenadines, St Lucia and Dominica as 2013 came to an end. The Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, described the flooding and landslides as “unprecedented”. He gave a preliminary estimate of damage in his country alone to be in excess of US$60 million. People who live in the Caribbean know from their own experience that climate change is real. They know it from days and nights that are hotter than in the past; from more frequent and more intense hurricanes or freak years like the last one when there were none; from long periods of dry weather followed by unseasonable heavy rainfall and flooding; and from the recognisable erosion of coastal areas and reefs.

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By Jr. Comic Writer Delphine Carroll

Over the last two decades the Caribbean area has been the victim of climate change even though it contributes the least to the problem. Trinidad and Tobago is the region’s biggest polluter at a paltry 0.17 per cent of the world’s total CO2 emissions. Each of the other 13 independent CARICOM countries emits 0.01 per cent or less. The region has become the kitchen sink for the world’s polluting countries developed nations principally the United States and Japan, and large developing ones such as China and India. The European Union (EU) countries taken collectively are also major polluters. Recent studies give Caribbean countries, including the mainland states of Guyana and Belize, no reason for comfort. The Inter-American Develop-

ment Bank fears that the tourism industry in the Caribbean - the mainstay of many of the islands - could lose upwards of US$900 million a year by 2050. It also says that flat islands like the Bahamas are particularly vulnerable, and it estimates that, by 2053, climate change will cumulatively have cost the Caribbean up to US$2 billion. Also, the annual income from fishing may be affected by as much as US$140 million from 2015. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belize has also posted an authoritative report which shows that the Caribbean is particularly at risk for dramatic rises in temperature with damaging effects on sensitive ecosystems that cannot tolerate even small changes in climate if they occur at a rapid pace. The indications are that, if nothing is done to halt the current trend of global warming, Jamaica will be among the first places on Earth (2023) to see a significant increase in temperature from the historical average. It will be followed by Haiti (2025), Dominican Republic Continued On Page 29


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Continued from pg. 28 (2026), Bahamas (2029), Guyana (2029), and Belize (2034). While these countries are specifically mentioned, all Caribbean countries will be similarly affected to some degree with consequences for agriculture, water, tourism and production.

indebted and whose governments are strapped for? So far, the international community has shown little willingness to provide the funding that Caribbean countries urgently need for adaptation to a problem of which they are not the perpetrators but the victims.

The problem is real. It is also enormous. While it has been present for some time, its urgency for governments has been overtaken by immediate problems such as contracting economies, high debt, high deficits and high unemployment caused by a combination of factors including poor policy choices. But, the problem is fast becoming one that goes beyond survival to actual existence. What happened in the twilight days of 2013 in Dominica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines are wake-up calls that are echoes of flooding in Guyana and climate events in other parts of the region.

Therefore, the idea of taking international legal action against the countries that are warming the planet has substantial merit. The idea was posited a few days ago (December 29) by Chris Huhne a former Environment Minister in the present coalition government in Britain. He pointed out that in 2013 “a group of small island states threatened by rising sea levels, led by Palau, came close to asking the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion, and the main reason they did not press ahead then was that the scientific case is strengthening by the month”. He is supported in this view by Phillipe Sands QC, a professor of international law familiar with the Caribbean.

Amid all this, the InterAmerican Development Bank says the “region needs to dramatically increase its investment in climate change adaptation and mitigation in the coming decades”. But, where is the money to come from in a region that is highly

At the urging of Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, the governments of CARICOM have set up both regional and national commissions to develop a legal case to seek reparations for slavery.

Dr. Gonsalves will shortly formally become the Chairman of CARICOM. Against the background of the clear evidence of the effect of climate change on the Caribbean, and his own country’s most recent experience, perhaps he might consider similarly placing on the agenda of Heads of Government possible international legal action to secure from the main polluters the financing they have been unwilling to provide despite the ruin inflicted on the Caribbean. The Caribbean can no longer merely endure the effects of global warming whose evidence is plain to see and whose offenders have been identified by no less an organization than the United Nations. The scientific documentation is already collected. What is needed now is a high quality team of negotiators backed up by scientists drawn not only from the Caribbean’s Universities and Climate Change Centre, but such sympathetic and experienced people in the global community who recognize the clear danger to the survival of the Caribbean people. Responses and previous commentaries: www.sirronaldsanders.com

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letter to the editor Dear Editor (Afraid and Scared to Walk), Thank you for this opportunity to express my outrage at the incident of the dog attack on the beach near James’ Cistern the Friday following Christmas. My heart goes out to Mrs. Gaitor who suffered the unthinkable. I’ve been afraid of dogs since I was a child because I was bitten by one and never trusted any dog since. I’m afraid to walk the beach or even the street right in front of my house because of dogs. Dogs on the Beach and the stray dogs running unleashed in the neighborhoods on Eleuthera is a vexing problem which must be dealt with NOW. Enough of the talk, enough of the seminars and demonstrations, this must be the last time anything like this happens because we residents of this beautiful island will no longer be held hostage by DOGS. Some residents choose to let their pot cakes run around wild in the streets and occasional residents think nothing of letting their pure bred dangerous dogs run unleashed and unmuzzled on OUR beaches. Obviously with no concern for the dogs or us who want to walk freely with no fear of being attacked. Just a few years ago, we would take leisurely walks on French Leave Beach with no concern for a dog bothering us. In the past few years, there has been such a proliferation of unleashed and unmuzzled dogs on OUR beautiful beaches that we won’t dare walk them anymore. Something must be done and done now! I’m appealing to the powers that be to start now to bring this scourge to an end. A note to Mr. Springer (Acting Senior Veterinary Officer-ACU) What we need in Eleuthera is: 1. A dog Pound. (any dog found unleashed walking with or without an owner should be taken and kept until the owner gets a leash and sits through a session on the importance of the leash. They will need to pay a fee to get the dog back-if the same dog is found unleashed again it will be taken) 2. We need on island patrols from the ACU to be trained to capture stray and unleashed dogs and take them to the pound for processing. 3. We need to to have a more robust program to neuter and spay dogs that have caring owners. Yours sincerely, Afraid and scared to walk Danielle C. Gibson (Comment via Facebook) I can share the concerns expressed by the writer. I too was attacked by two dogs nearing the end of my pregnancy. One dog bit my stomach and the other my leg. To this day I distrust dogs no matter how “friendly” the owner claims the dogs to be as long as they have teeth/fangs. I think we need to go a step further and put these viscous animals to sleep. My hairdresser expressed just yesterday that she and her 2yr old were attacked in her yard by the neighbors dogs. She had to be taken to the clinic and given tetanus shots. Owners should be responsible for their animals. This is unacceptable. Gene (Comment via www.Eleutheranews.com) Afraid and scared to walk.....I’m sorry you that you got bitten when younger and that you are now frightened of dogs and are too afraid to walk YOUR beaches. Considering the number of stray dogs on the island and how few dog attacks resulting in actual bites occur it would appear that your fear is extreme....perhaps you should get some therapy to get over your fear. That being said, I do agree stray dogs are a huge problem on Eleuthera...and every other island of the Bahamas that really does need to be addressed in a concrete way.


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By tom glucksmann Tom Glucksmann, originally from New Providence, has been running eco-adventure tours here in Eleuthera for the last eight years with his company Bahamas Out Island Adventures. Email him at tom@bahamasadventures.com

Just web surfing through interesting articles on bbc.co.uk (still free, thanks BBC!), I came across one entitled ‘The last place on Earth without human sound.’ As an out-islander, it struck me as interesting; and as a 9-year resident I’ve heard ‘my’ part of Eleuthera get increasingly invaded by human noise. Generators, saws, loud voices, stereos, water pumps (our own), cars, planes and machines of all sizes permeate our soundscape, even here on Eleuthera. The study, conducted by New York professor George Foy, who was being driven crazy by his city’s noise, attempted to find large areas, (i.e. habitable areas with a central point buffered on all sides by at least a couple hundred quiet miles) where no human noise was detected for at least 15 minutes at a time. 15 minutes! That qualifies as one of the earth’s last quiet areas.

Foy lists some of his discoveries – like deep in the Ecuadorian rainforest and Canada’s Grasslands National Park – but does not list all of them, preferring to keep them secret… and quiet. Because let’s face it, we are one NOISY species! Surely we can boast that some of our out islands are some of the planet’s quietest places. Our country boasts 5,382 square miles of cays, water and banks (the sandy, not security-guarded ones). Maybe, in this (all too) tourism-dependent economy, we can start promoting this ‘soundscape ecology.’ We already do in some respects. Travelers might venture to somewhere like the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.to hear its soundscape of birds, waves lapping on shores, wind whispering through trees and 150-foot yachts pulling into newly-dredged marinas, built smack dab in the middle of the park just in the last couple years.

Let’s NOT let this happen again my fellow Bahamians. A few years ago Prince Karim Aga Khan IV donated $1 million to the Bahamas National Trust, (maybe MisTrust is more applicable in this case), ‘courted’ some ministers and set noisy machines loose in a park the whole Caribbean region points to as a precedent-setting gem. The B.N.T. and our ‘esteemed’ politicians made a mistake, and what’s done is done; we need to make sure it - destruction of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park - doesn’t happen again. We are misinformed as Bahamian citizens, and even more so uninformed, choosing to be so mostly because out of sight is out of mind and if it’s not happening where I live why should I care, right? Shoot, I thought, me being one of the many semi-informed Bahamians, that no one could touch the E.C.L.S.P., other than say the B.N.T. putting in an ‘interpretive trail loop.’

Wrong I was! (Thanks Yoda!) Apparently if you happen to be someone like Prince Aga Khan - and that means you’re not just a 1 per center (wealthier than 99 percent of humanity), you’re a like a 0.001 per center you can. There have always been privately-owned cays in the park, their owners are supposed to tread lightly on their environs. But apparently this protected area is not as protected as some of us thought. Money - how much we’ll probably never know - talked in this case. And Bell Island of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park will NEVER be the same. So those seeking one of those quiet places, go deeper, deeper into the Bahamian archipelago. Samana, Mayaguana, Joulter, Acklins… I’m sure you’ll get at least 15 minutes before a Bahamasair flight goes over. Heck, they’re usually late anyway. Peace.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: GHPS Students awarded for

participation in E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival 2013. On Monday, January 27th, 2014 during the morning assembly at the Governor’s Harbour Primary School, Principal Emily Petty made special recognition of students who had received awards as a result of their participation in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival in 2013. A number of parents and guardians were also in attendance in support of their young winners. A group of students who had competed together at the grade three level in the Choral Verse Speaking category received a certificate of merit for their participation. Young Kamesha Carey received a certificate of merit for her individual participation in the Choral Verse Speaking category for grades 4-6, accompanied by Antwanya Dames who also received a certificate of merit for her participation in the Choral Verse Speaking category

for grades 4-6. Tobias Turnquest, now in grade 2, received the national first place award for Arts & Craft at the grade 1 level, receiving both a certificate and a plaque to commemorate his overall national win. His classmate Nathan Poiter received the national second place award for Arts & Craft at the grade 1 level, also receiving both a certificate and a plaque to mark his second place finish nationally. Principal Emily Petty was very pleased with how the school performed, and expressed her pride in the talent and achievements of the students. She promised to keep encouraging their growth, saying, “We are keenly interested in continuing our participation in the national arts festival this year.”


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Feeding Ourselves By: Andrew L. Burrows Email: andrewburrows1@gmail.com

In the 1970’s when the Majority party government was new and our country was granted a form of ‘Independence’ from the United Kingdom, a little effort was made to encourage Bahamian farmers to plant more crops and produce more food for us. This effort was most noticeable in the expansion of the Potters Cay Produce Exchange, the building of Packing Houses in the most active locations throughout the major Islands, and the assistance given to farmers through accessing their fields and supplying seeds and fertilizer. It is said that ‘foresight’ is hard, while ‘hindsight’ is easy. When we look back on the results of farming in our Bahamas over the past 40 years, we can only conclude that over all the effort was weak and the direction was nearsighted. The present Minister of Agriculture has announced plans for a major effort to be undertaken in the coming year/s to advance the stalled mission of making us self sustaining in the production of agriculture related foods, by developing a base in Andros. At face value the grand plan is just that,

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a plan, and it remains to be seen just

hamas feeding ourselves from the re-

from our dreaming before it turns into

how well designed and committed the

sources that we have at hand. Our land

the nightmare it is becoming. We must

Ministry is in bringing the scheme to

can produce more than enough to meet

go back to the land and once again

life. If the past is to be used as an ex-

our need, but it has to be envisioned.

learn to sustain ourselves from the

ample, then there is little to be excited

Importing basic foods from every coun-

ground we walk on. The Minister made

about.

try around us is no future. While our

no reference to what steps will be taken

The Scripture says that there is

population appears to be well fed and

to include the schools that are respon-

safety in many advisors, and the rep-

prosperous, we are deficient in health.

sible to teach our children. If we simply

resentatives of the people should seek

Our diet is largely supplemented with

lunge ahead and not include all aspects

counsel from the very experienced

over manufactured and highly pro-

of an enduring plan, only failure can be

people to whom they are proposing to

cessed by-products of the major indus-

expected, when failure is built into the

help in accomplishing this excellent

tries that supply us. When we revert

plan. May God’s perfect will be done.

initiative. While it is the freedom of

back to eating locally grown and pre-

God has blessed us with a beau-

the People’s representatives to boast

served fruits, vegetables, nuts and ber-

tiful country of Islands, each unique in

about grand plans, in this world of un-

ries, along with home raised meats and

design, He has also made us a mixture

certainty it is wiser to remain humble,

fish, our populations will be healthier

of talented people, but there are some

seek the inclusion of all experienced

and our morgues less crowded.

negative aspects of our blessed heri-

farmers throughout our country, and

As the cost of food continues to

tage; we must make a deliberate effort

say “if it be God’s will’. We on Eleuthera

demand more of our people’s income,

to break our dependence on imports

know only too well what it was to be

we will be forced to adjust our adapted

and not allow our own produce to rot.

one of the leading food producing is-

way of life; the ‘throw away’ style of our

lands in the decades of the 1950’s and

present living will come to an abrupt

60’s when Rock Sound was produc-

end. Our trash cans and the district

ing Beef Cattle, Fruit Crops and had

dumps are the richest places around;

its own canning factory, at the same

all that has to stop, we must wake up

time Hatchet Bay had Milk producing Cows, with Egg and Meat producing Chickens and Gregory Town was the country’s major supplier of Pineapple. And in the North the Citrus Trees supplied a good portion of our need. That is all ‘History’ now. As the farming industry limps along, this is not the time to boast of grand plans, it is time to seriously consider all of the potential causes of failure, so that we learn from the past, and make sensible plans for the present. I have very serious reservations about the Central Government spearheading a large single location operation in the name of the people of the Bahamas. While the goal seems to be good, I can see the Devil in the execution of such a plan. Any enduring plan to begin to make the people of the Bahamas self reliant must include all of the Major Islands, if the people’s money is involved. It has long been my wish to see the people of Eleuthera and the Ba-


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Reports issued by the RBPF locally. Reports are printed to keep the public informed of the incidents of crime that are reported within our communities. All reports are to be treated as allegations only. Stealing Report Particulars:

At about 3:00pm on 20/10/13 A male of Queens Highway Savannah Sound contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station via telephone and reported that sometime between 8:30pm on 19/10/13 and 7:00am on 20/10/13 some unknown person(s) stole $1200.00 in American currency from his pants pocket which was in his bedroom; he suspects his sister of same address of stealing same. Police action requested.

Stealing by reason of employment Police action requested

On Tuesday 10/12/13 around 10:30am, the GM of a business in Harbour Island came into H.I.P.S and reported that on Sunday 8/12/13 an employee stole $6,304.47 that was the property of the company. In her capacity as Supervisor she had control possession of missing funds. Police Action Requested. A female of Coconut Grove Avenue came in at H.I.P.S where she was informed of the complaint made against her she was later arrested and cautioned for stealing by reason of employment.

Alleged Sexual Assault Police assistance requested

On Wednesday 11/12/13 a nursing officer of the Harbour Island Community Clinic contacted police and reported that a minor female was brought to the Clinic by her mother with vaginal bleeding and swelling. Officers visited the Harbour Island Community Clinic where they saw and spoke with the victim in the presence of her mother . Police contacted the Department of Social Services in Harbour Island.

Shop breaking report Police action requested On Wednesday 11/12/13 A male of Colebrooke Street, Harbour Island contacted H.I.P.S and reported that between Tuesday 10/12/13 around 11:00am and Wednesday 11/12/13 around 4:00pm, person/s unknown broke and entered his business and successfully removed seven (7) bottles of 40oz rum collectively valued $250.00 He provided the name of a male he suspected. Police Action Requested. Police recorded a written statement from complainant.

Housebreaking report Police action requested Case number #

On Friday 20/12/13 at about 10:50pm A male of #447 East 57 Street N.Y 10022 and c/o La Samana House located Johnson Street East Harbour Island reported that sometime between 3pm and 7pm 20/12/13 some unknown person/s broke and entered his son room of same address stole his Iphone 5 cell # valued at $500 his Mack book computer valued at $1,300 his I Pad valued at $500 and his I Pod valued at $200. the culprit also went upstairs to the eastern dining room and stole the complainant H.P Laptop valued at $1,200 the culprit then went into an upstairs bedroom and stole (1) Sony Vaio Laptop valued at $1,700 and $200 in cash. Police action requested.

Arrest Reference: Possession of D/Drugs Case number#

On Saturday 21-12-13 at about 1:55 am crew of Officers reported that while in the bay street area of Harbour Island near “Beyond The Reef” Bar and restaurant Cpl 957 Munroe arrested and cautioned the suspect one A Male of Colebrooke Street reference Possession of Dangerous Drugs namely marijuana.. He appeared well and had no complaints suspect remains in custody.

Damage & Assault report Police action requested Case number # A male of Pitt Street contacted police and reported that on 20.12.13 at 5:30pm while in the area of Three Island Dock, on Eleuthera talking when a male known to him grabbed him by his shirt valued at $25.00 damaging his gray shirt. Additionally, he popped his gold chain valued at $345.00 off his neck causing the same to be lost. Police action requested. POLICE collected THE shirt as AN exhibit and recorded a statement from complainant.

House breaking

A female of Coconut Grove Ave, Harbour Island contacted POLICE and reported that sometime between 11:30am and 6:20pm some person(s) unknown broke and entered her premises however nothing was discovered stolen. She suspected her estranged husband. Police action requested. Police recorded a statement from the complainant.

STEALING REPORT

Sometime around 12.15pm on Tuesday 24.12.13. A male of Coconut Grove Ave Harbour Island came to Harbour Island Police Station and reported that sometime around 9.08am on the same date, while at his place of work located at Colebrook Street Harbour Island, He placed his Maroon colored Samsung Galaxy S-3 cell phone on charge in the garage area. He then left the yard returning a short time later to discover his phone missing. He suspected a young man he knew. Police Action Requested. Police recorded a written statement from the complainant. Matter is under investigation

TRAFFIC OFFENCE REPORT

Sometime around 2.50pm on Tuesday 24/12/13 police while on mobile patrol on Bay Street Harbour Island, reported A female of Coconut Grove Avenue Harbour Island for driving a Honda Civic east bound on Bay Street in the area of the Government Dock while it was Unlicensed, Uninspected and Uninsured for the current year. She was instructed to produce her driver’s license at Harbour island police station within 48 hours for examination. She was warned of prosecution.

FEROCIOUS DOG ATTACK

Sometime around 6.57pm on Tuesday 24/12/13 A female of Dunmore Street, Harbour Island came to Harbour Island Police Station and complained on behalf of her daughter of same address who reported that sometime around 5.30pm same date, While walking through a tract road off Coconut Grove Avenue She was attacked by two dogs (one black and the other white). She was bitten about the body resulting in injuries to her right leg, left upper back and right hip. Police action requested. Police recorded a written statement from both complainants and issued a police hospital form to the victim.

CAUSING HARM

At 2:35am on Saturday the 11th of January 2014, A male of Queens Highway Palmetto Point Eleuthera, reported to police while on mobile patrol, that sometime around 12:30am on Saturday the 11/01/2014, while attending the Fish Fry at Anchor Bay in Governors Harbour, a male of Hatchet Bay approached him and snatched three gold chains off of his neck together valued $1,500.00. In addition he was held down by another male of Hatchet Bay also of Hatchet Bay who held him from the back while the man punch him repeatedly in the face and head, then struck him across the left forehead with a

glass bottle and stabbed him three times to the body namely; the left and right shoulder and the center of his back,. police action requested. The victim was transported to the Levy Medical Centre via private vehicle.

Assault with weapon report

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At about 9:45 pm on the 11/1/14 an police constable contacted the Governors Harbour police station via telephone and reported that a male he knew of Palmetto Point was in the immediate vicinity of the I-95 Bar and drew a black assault rifle and pointed the same in the direction of a group of persons including himself putting him in fear of his life. Police action requested.

Shop Breaking Report

At about 9:55am on 12/01/14 A male of LA Drive North Palmetto Point , reported that sometime between 10:00pm on Thursday 09/01/14 and 9:28am on Sunday 12/01/14 some unknown person(s) broke and entered a church and stole from the church office desk $350.00 cash. Entry was gained by way of the church office southern window where a screen was removed and the window forced open. Police action requested.

Stealing from a Vehicle At about 11:42am on 17/01/14 A Male of Palmetto Point came in to the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that sometime on Thursday 16th January 2014 some unknown person(s) removed a black and orange 1000 watt portable generator from the rear of his vehicle while it was left parked unattended at his house, same is valued at $500.00. Police action requested.

SHOP BREAKING/ STEALING:

On Monday 27th January 2014 at around 7:44am A manager of a Governors Harbour resort Contacted Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that between 10:00am on 26/1/14 and 7:00am on 27/1/14. Some unknown person/s broke and entered the manager’s office of the business and stole an unknown amount of money out of the safe. At about 8:30am police visited the scene where they observed damage to a door and a safe that was forcibly opened. Police recorded a written statement from the manager.

STEALING:

At about 12:54pm A Male of Rainbow Bay, “Bahama Breeze Villas” contacted Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that sometime between 11:00am and 12:00pm on 27/1/14. Some unknown persons entered his home and stole meat, two bottles of soda, a bottle of milk and $200.00 in $100.00 notes. Police assistance requested.


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On Monday January 27th 2014 at around 8:10pm A Male of Gibbs Hill James Cistern Eleuthera reported to Governors Harbour Police Station. That some unknown person/s entered his house and stole his Xbox 360 with cables and controls together valued at $520.00. Also his Nintendo Wii with cables, Wii remotes and joystick valued at $100.00, and $30.00 from a back bedroom. Police action requested. Police visited the scene and recorded a written statement from complainant.

Shop-breaking: Particulars:

At 10:30am on 16th December 2013, A male of Victoria Street, Hatchet Bay came in to H.B.PS. and said that sometime between 11:00pm on 15-12-13 and 6:00am on 16-12-13 person(s) unknown forcefully effected entry into his establishment. Once inside the culprit(s) searched and stole $15.00 cash, sixteen (16) packs of snack chips valued at $12.00 and three (3) bottles of Gatorade valued at $6.00. Police action requested. At 10:35am on the same date, Officers visited the establishment and noted where the culprit(s) initially tried to gain entry but were unsuccessful. The culprit(s) then moved to another door and were successful in “picking” it. A statement and stolen property list were recorded. Investigations continue.

Shop-breaking:

At 10:50am on 16th December 2013, A manager of a business in Hatchet Bay reported to H.B.PS. that sometime between 12:00am on 16-12-13 and 7:35am on 1612-13 person(s) unknown forcefully effected entry into the office and bar area of the establishment. Once inside the culprit(s) searched and stole an undetermined amount of cash, ½ bottle of Hennessey Rum valued at $25, one (1) bottle of Absolute vodka valued at $23.00 and about ten (10) bottles of Kalik beer valued at $5.00 each. Police action requested. At 11:30am same date, Officers visited the establishment and noted where the culprit(s) initially tried to gain entry but were unsuccessful due to a deadbolt. The culprit then moved to a window and were successful in opening it. A statement and stolen property list were recorded. Investigations continue.

Stolen Boat Engine

At about 8:30am on Monday 16/12/13 A male of Governors Harbour reported to the Governors Harbour Police Station that sometime between the hours of 2:00pm on Saturday 14/12/13 and 7:00am on Monday 16/12/13 some unknown person(s) stole the engine head off his 200HP Yamaha outboard engine valued at eleven thousand dollars ($11,000.00) and his grey Honda diving air compressor valued at fifteen hundred dollars ($1500.00) from his 25ft blue cigarette boat while it was moored in Savannah Sound. Police action requested. Officers recorded a written statement

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and visited the scene. Investigation are ongoing.

Road Accident Report (4-3) Case no:

At about 9:40am on 16/12/13 A male of Savannah Sound came in at the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that sometime around 1:00am on Saturday 14/12/13, he was driving his white 2002 car LP# unknown south along Eleuthera Main Road outside Governors Harbour settlement at about 30Mph when his vehicle hit a bump in the road and skidded off the road in a western direction causing damages to the front and left section of the vehicle, no injuries was reported. Investigative Action/Results: Officers recorded a written statement under caution and issued the driver an N.O.I.P form. Investigations are ongoing.

House Breaking and Stealing

At about 2:40pm on Wednesday 18/12/13 A female of Queens Highway James Cistern Eleuthera reported to the Governors Harbour Police Station that sometime on the 20th of October 2013 she discovered that some unknown person(s) had entered her house and stole her two gold chains, one of which is valued at $450.00, her mother’s diamond gold ring valued at #350.00 and her brothers gold hand chain valued at $500.00, she stated that initially she thought that the jewelry was just misplaced and is uncertain as to when her house was broken into, however she recently received information of who has possession of her jewelry. Police action requested.

Causing Harm / Threats of Death / Assault With A Deadly Weapon Case no: On Saturday 21st December 2013 sometime around 9:10am an anonymous caller contacted H.B.P. Residence and reported that there is a disturbance on Main Street, Hatchet Bay and the suspect known is armed with a long silver blade kitchen knife and making threats of death towards persons in the area and also caused harm to a male of Hatchet Bay. Police assistance requested. Saturday 21st December 2013 sometime around 9:15am, Officers proceeded to the area however the suspect fled on foot through bushes and made good his escape. Police spoke with the mother of the suspect and advised her to turn her son into the police station. At 9:35am the mother came in to the H.B.P.S with her son of Hatchet Bay. He was arrested and cautioned by officers

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Ferocious Dogs Report

On Thursday 2-1-14 sometime around 9:44am, a male resident of Hatchet Bay came to H.B.P.S. and reported that sometime around 8:00am on Sunday 29-12-13 while riding his bicycle with a group of friends on Queens Highway, Rainbow Bay about five (5) “potcake” dogs ran at them putting them in fear. He suspect that the dogs belong to male from Rainbow Bay because they were in his yard. On Thursday 2-1-14 sometime around 1:30pm, Officers made a check at the residence of of the dogs owner. He was not there.

Stealing From a Vehicle Case no: Particulars: On Thursday 2-1-14 sometime around 11:30am A female of Hardy Street, Titus Villa, Florida came to H.B.P.S. and reported that sometime between 1:00pm and 5:00pm on Wednesday 01-01-2014 while leaving her green Jeep C parked at Surfers Beach, Eleuthera Island Shores, person(s) unknown entered the vehicle via an unlocked door and stole her purse containing her U.S.A. drivers license and $200 cash and her bank credit cards. Police action requested.

By The Eleutheran news team

20-year-old remanded to fox hill, following serious stabbing in hatchet bay. Police in New Providence released a report of a stabbing in Hatchet Bay that occurred on January 10th 2014. The report read: “Police are investigating a stabbing incident that occurred on Friday 10th January 2014. According to reports, around 8:30pm an altercation occurred between a 38 year old man and a 20 year old man at Albury Street, Hatchet Bay. During the altercation the 38 year old man was stabbed to the chest and back and the 20 – year old man was stabbed in the hip. The 38 – year old man was treated at the local clinic and later airlifted to New Providence where he was detained in serious condition. The 20 – year old man was treated for his injury and later discharged. Investigations are ongoing.” No update on the condition of the man who was reportedly badly injured was available on print date. The twenty year old of male of Hatchet Bay, was arraigned in magistrates court in Governor’s Harbour on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 in connection with the stabbing incident . The prosecuting officer objected to the granting of bail due to the nature of the offence, and subsequently, Rashad Gibson was remanded into custody and later transported into New Providence. A summary trial is set to take place in Governor’s Harbour on February 10th, 2014

“SUSPECT CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF HOMICIDE - ABACO” Police in Abaco on Sunday 26th, January 2014, charged Pedro Dean alias “Stitchie” of Murphy Town, Abaco with (2) counts of Murder. This is in connection with the two homicides that occurred on Saturday 18th 2014 in Abaco. Both males have since been identified as: • •

Landris Lacaro Curry age 32 years of Dundas Town, Abaco Drayson Forbes age 28 years of Dundas Town, Abaco

Pedro Dean alias “Stitchie” was arraigned at the Magistrate Court in New Providence on Monday 27th January 2014. Police in Abaco are continuing the investigation into this matter and would like to thank members of the public for their assistance in this investigation.

Police Contact Numbers

HeadQuarters (GH).......................332-3500 Governor’s Harbour.................... 332-2111 OR................................................332-2117 O/C Governor’s Harbour...............332-2723 Gov.Harb. Airport Station............332-2323 Deep Creek Station......................334-8207 Tarpum Bay Station.....................334-4033 Rock Sound Station..................... 334-2244 Rock Sound Sgt. Office.................334-2212 Rock Sound Airport Station.........334-2052 Lower Bogue Station (Airport)......335-1208 Harbour Island Station.................333-2111 O/C Harbour Island.......................333-2327 Spanish Wells Station...................333-4030 Gregory Town Station...................335-5322 Hatchet Bay Station......................335-0086


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Upcoming Events!

What’s Happening in Eleuthera....Share your event by calling 422 - 9350 or email editor@TheEleutheran.com

February 1

SEEP Crafters & Farmer’s Market is BACK The Crafters and Farmers Market is back at SEEP (South Eleuthera Emergency Partners) Queens Highway, Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. On Saturday, February 01st 2014 beginning at 10:00 am the public is invited to attend the first Market for the year.  At the same time there will be an Open House of the upgraded SEEP facility which includes the recycling facility and the backyard farm.  Come join us, as an Emergency Center we must rely on each other.

February 1 & 8

Junior Baseball EVENTS The Eleuthera Junior Baseball League of Rock Sound will be holding a Fund Raising Steak-Out on Saturday 1st February from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at the Primary School Baseball Park in Rock Sound .At the same time there will be a Jamboree with scrimmage games played during the day and the Awards Presentation of trophies and awards for the past 2013 Baseball Season. On February 8th the Official Opening  of the 2014 Baseball Season will be held at the Primary School Baseball Park in Rock Sound starting at 1:00 pm.

At the South Eleuthera Mission

February 25 & 27

A Jewelry Making Workshop Featuring native conch shells and beads Facilitated by local professional crafter and jewelrymaker: Mrs. Merionette (Net) Hall of Rock Sound Dates: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, February 25th and 27th 2014 or March 4th and 6th 2014 Time: 6pm to 7pm Place: South Eleuthera Mission Building, Rock Sound, Eleuthera Registration fee is $5. Course is for persons age 10 and older. Material to be provided. Kindly contact Sam Cartwright at 334-2948 or 225-9870 at the South Eleuthera Mission between February 11th to 21st 2014 to register or for further information.

February 28

A TASTE OF CENTRAL ELEUTHERA

Hosted by the Methodist Church Date: February 28, 2014 Venue: Anglican Parish Hall, Governor’s Harbour Time: 11am to 2pm

ELEUTHERA ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER:

In FEB/MARCH February 22 Annual HACE Fundraising Event

Funds raised go to operate the Ambulance VENUE. SUNSET INN . GOVERNORS HARBOUR. TIME 12 MIDDAY -3 PM SILENT AUCTION FOOD, RUM PUNCH, RUM DRINKS, WINE INCLUDED IN TICKET ADMISSION $25.00 MUSIC. Date 22nd February 2014 If you wish to donate towards the auction please contact Chris Gosling  332-3178 0r 557-7006 Email: cgosling1949@hotmail.com

Mondays 4:30 – 6:00 pm English Class – juniors Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm Math Class – juniors Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:30 pm Discovery Club Children Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm Math Class – seniors Thursdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Quilting Class Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am Art & Craft Every Friday January 31 – March 14, 2014 10:00 am – 12 noon Sewing Class (Intermediate) Professional Instructor: Ms. Verda Gardiner. February 24 – 27, 2014, 9:30 am – 12 noon, quilting workshop for beginners, Professional Quilting

Instructor: Ms. Kim Jacobs March 15th, 12 noon until 9:00 pm, The All Eleuthera District Schools International Cultural Extravaganza. March 20th, 4 pm – 6 pm, Music and Cultural Jam Session March 22nd, 12 noon until midnight, Annual Arts & Cultural Fair, featuring Junkanoo, Guests Artists, Bahamian Cuisine, Art, Games and more FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE ABOVE PLEASE CONTACT THE CENTER AT TEL: 334-4101 OR EMAIL

SCHOOL Events

In February Harbour Island All Age School (HIAAS): 24th - 25th January Inter House Sports - Track & Field

Central Eleuthera High School (CEHS): 7th February

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Inter House Sports - Track & Field

At the South Eleuthera Mission

11th February

March 3 to 6

Awards Ceremony

5TH ANNUAL KNOWLEDGE BOWL COMPETITION

Preston H. Albury High School (PHAHS)

Games Schedule:

TBA - End of January GAME 1 March 3, 2014 at 4:00pm Wemyss Bight Primary vs Tarpum Bay Primary

Christmas Term Awards Ceremony

GAME 2 March 4. 2014 at 4:00pm Game I Winner vs Green Castle Primary

8th February

North Eleuthera High School (NEHS) Fun/Run/Walk Fundraiser

14th February Father John Johnson Day

GAME 3 March 5, 2014 at 4:00pm Rock Sound Primary vs Deep Creek Primary GAME 4-Championshi p March 6, 2014 at 3:30pm Game 2 Winner vs Game 3 Winner Come and support our youth as they showcase their educational talents

March 6 & 7

Track & Field EVENTS

Primary School All Eleuthera Track Meet March 6 & 7 High School All Eleuthera Track Meet - April 10 & 11

19th - 20th February Inter House Sports - Track & Field

Spanish Wells All Age (SWAA) 31st January Inter House Sports - Track & Field

March 26 - 30

ELEUTHERA ALL THAT JAZZ Festival In aid of The Haynes Library Mar.26 Rainbow Inn, Queens Highway Mar.27 The Beach House , Banks Rd, Governor’s Harbour Mar.28 The Fish Fry, Governor’s Harbour Mar.29,  Concert at The Levy Preserve, Banks Rd, Governor’s Harbour, Mar.30 On the Rocks Lunchtime Concert   for further information please check www.eleutheraallthatjazz. com or FB Eleuthera All That Jazz. or  email:eleutheraallthatjazz@gmail.com


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The 2013 All Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Competition once again saw a number of schools opting out, but the schools that participated in the rush on the new route in Governor’s Harbour helped to make it a tremendous success. CEHS was the High School Winner with North Eleuthera High as the other High School providing a tremendous display of energy and dance, however they were not attired in costumes. DCMS was the only one in the Jr. High division, James’ Cistern the only one in the Primary B Division and Tarpum Bay was the winner in the Primary A Division with Governor’s Harbour 2nd, Rock Sound 3rd, North Eleuthera 4th, Wemyss Bight 5th and Emma Cooper 6th. Pictures from the event are displayed over the next four pages, however for a tremendous photo display visit www.EleutheraNews.com. We now display photos online in large non-standard sizes allowing vivid imagery. (Resolution is reduced online to diminish load time).

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All Eleuthera Junkanoo - CHRISTMAS 2013 Christmas Day Junkanoo in Rock Sound was a tremendous success and we documented it all online results and a stunning presentation of large photos that place any viewer on the street. Check out the photos at:

1st Place - Tarpum Bay - for “Cinderella” 2nd Place - Hatchet Bay - for “Father of the Nation” 3rd Place - Hatchet Bay - for “Coat of Arms”

http://www.eleutheranews.com/permalink/3726.html

Best Off the Shoulder Costume Lineup:

http://www.eleutheranews.com/permalink/3725.html

1st Place - Tarpum Bay - for “The Ball is Over” 2nd Place - Governor’s Harbour - for “Quincy Johnson” 3rd Place - Governor’s Harbour - for “’Enoch Smith”

Check out the results article at:

The articles have been read over 5000 times, and we are very thankful for the wonderful feedback we’ve received on our coverage of the holiday event. For the record, the results were: 1st - Tarpum Bay - with 431 points 2nd - Governor’s Harbour - with 400 points 3rd - Rock Sound - with 377 points 4th - Hatchet Bay - with 363 points Best Banner awarded to Tarpum Bay - with 90 points Best Music went to Hatchet Bay - with 87 points Best Choreographed Dance was taken by Tarpum Bay - with 86 points Lead Costume Lineup:

The Administrative Office, along with the Junkanoo Committee, and Chief Judge Shema Darling and Staff expressed a special thank you to all the business places that contributed to the success of the parade, and all of the participants that made it happen;


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