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Kelvin Cooper Cross Cultural Dance Workshop

Daily Costs increasing for Consumers... On Saturday evening, July 6, 2013, the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center in Tarpum Bay, came alive with an excited buzz of young and old coming together to display the modern dance and vocal techniques learned during a two week “Cross Cultural Dance Workshop”, in a grand finale performance. The “Cross Cultural Arts Performance” was directed and choreographed by International/ Bahamian artist, Kelvin Cooper who also hosted the two week workshop.

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Food Prices on the shelves are destined to increase as Businesses once again come in the cross-hairs of Government Taxes. Already hit with high customs duties and increased Business License fees local businesses are now having to pay a slew of new fees to government.

On family islands, such as Eleuthera, where freight charges are higher, land delivery distance can be as much as 40 miles, and the economy is weak, the new fees are increasing the likelihood of business failure.

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Cover Story: New Tax Increases May be Knock Out Punch “If

By The Eleutheran News Team

Business owners in Eleuthera, long in a poor local economy, are now finding the burden of taxes unexpectedly increased, even as the prospects of the life changing - wide reaching, Value Added Tax (VAT) looms. The most recent taxes are hitting businesses at the port, where, with little publicity, customs fees have undergone dramatic increases, bringing into question the viability of small business on the island. President of the Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce and businessman, Mr. Thomas Sands in an interview, expressed ‘extreme concern’ over new fees levied by the government via customs. He shared that his business was notified about the change in taxes just two days before their regular shipment arrived on island, giving them absolutely no lead time to plan for the dramatic increases in costs.

“CRIPPLING” Mr. Roderick Pinder, proprietor of a small business explained, “I have been in business for fifteen years, a short time for some, but I have never experienced an onslaught of crippling new taxes on small business such as this government has levied in such a short period of time.” Pinder also commented on earlier tax increases by the former government which only served to compound the current challenges to small business, stating that they had, “Drastically increased the import duties on certain imports.” He continued, saying that

costs continue to increase, the cost of living on the family islands may go beyond survival for persons.” President of The Eleuthera Chamber, T. Sands.

small business had suffered as a result, and added, “They then changed the way businesses paid their license fees, calculating on total sales rather than on profit.” As a 90% import operation, the double taxation, along with the combination of tax increases to date by both the former and current government, has dealt a serious blow, he said. Other business owners have added that the lack of prior notice have left them fighting to cope with the reality of what is happening. Added to this is the uncertainty of what is coming with the proposed introduction of VAT in 2014 and the slew of changes likely to follow as the country proceeds to WTO accession. Freight costs to the island are ordinarily high and are increasing. New taxes are being calculated as a percentage of these higher costs. Essentially local Eleuthera businesses are paying even more to government, than their small business counterparts in the nation’s capital, because they pay more for freight. Additionally, in some instances shipments must be trucked as much as 40 miles incurring hundreds in transport costs – and requiring on site inspections by customs. For these inspections, fees have gone up from $20.00 per hour to $50.00 per hour – a 150% increase. Businessman, Mr. Birchinald Gibson, proprietor of the North Eleuthera Shopping Center, who because of his business location in North Eleuthera incurs the additional trucking costs, and onsite inspection fees along with the other increases, said, “It’s go-

ing to be very difficult”. In his business where he offers competitive prices on grocery and other items, Gibson expressed that he was not pleased with the tax increases, and the impact it would have on his pricing. Thomas Sands, who is a principal in a longstanding supermarket business on island, also weighed in on the impact to all Eleutherans, saying that, although recent development announcements bring hope, the reality on the ground is that the impact they will hopefully have on the wider community is still quite a ways off – and in the meantime, the cost of food is going to increase.

Sands continued, saying that, in an island market where the economy has been stagnant and at times in decline for many years, any additional costs makes it more difficult for business, adding, “How can you cope in the family islands?… With the additional costs and no increase in traffic – over the last several years if you’ve broken even, you’ve been lucky, and many have not done that. The reality is more businesses are likely to fail… If costs continue to increase, the cost of living on the family islands may go beyond survival for persons.” The costs and increases which came into effect on July 1, 2013 were summarized by Chamber president, Sands as: -

Custom fee changes include

• Customs Officer Transportation $95.00 (Same) • Processing Fee for Attendance Form $50.00 (New Fee) • Officer Hourly Rates $50.00 (Per hour) – (increased from $20.00 per hour) • A Stamp Duty of $10.00 is now being called an Entry Processing Fee, which will be calcu-

lated at 1% of the dutiable value (Cost of Goods + total freight), minimum $10.00, maximum $500.00. (An increase from $10 to $500 represents a 4900% increase.) These costs are on top of the high costs of customs and freight. Another recently implemented import tax is the new Environmental Levy, being added to the import cost of a wide range of appliances, electronics and other items brought into the country that require a special means of being discarded. The new levy ranges from as low as $1 on bicycle tires to $5 on cell phones, right up to $200 on imported cars and other vehicles.

In an effort to shed further light on recent tax increases and the coming introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), Chamber president Sands, shared that the Eleuthera Chamber of Commerce has communicated with government officials to facilitate a presentation on the VAT and changes in the tax structure for the benefit of Eleutherans in business and the general public.


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Fire: COMMUNITY MAY LOSE MORE THAN THE FIRE TOOK By The Eleutheran News Team

Th e N o r t h E l e u t e r a C o u n c i l i s a pparen t l y s p l i t o v e r t h e p a t h t o t a k e i n the af t e r m a t h o f t h e d e v a s t a t i n g f i r e that f u l l y d e s t r o y e d t h e A d m i n b u i l ding in U p p e r B o g u e o n J u l y 2 n d . A b o u t 11 : 1 0 a m o n t h a t d a t e a fire s t a r t e d i n a b a c k s t o r e r o o m o f the ad m i n i s t r a t i v e b u i l d i n g i n u p p e r Bogue w h e r e t h e t e l e p h o n e j u n c t i o n was lo c a t e d . T h e c a u s e o f t h e f i r e i s believ e d t o b e e l e c t r i c a l . Vo l u n t e e r s fough t t h e f i r e w i t h w a t e r f r o m t h e main w a t e r l i n e i n f r o n t o f t h e b u i l ding u n t i l f i r e f i g h t e r s a r r i v e d s h o r tly aft e r 1 2 n o o n w i t h t h e f i r e t r u c k equip m e n t o u t o f l ow e r b o g u e . Wo r k e r s w e r e i n t h e b u i l d i n g a t the ti m e , h o w e v e r n o o n e w a s s e r iously i n j u r e d b y t h e b l a z e . M i n i s t e r o f l o c a l g o v e r n m a n t V. Alfred G r a y a l o n g w i t h f i r e s e r v i c e s

C h i e f S upt. Walter Evans arrived on s c e n e / on island around 1:30pm with a n i n v e stigative team to determine the c a u s e o f the fire and inspect the gove r n m e n t premises. H e was also accompanied by MP f o r C e n tral and South Eleuthera, Dam i a n G omez, and local government r e p r e s e ntatives along with govern m e n t m edia representatives from New P r o v i d e nce. T h e minister confirmed on that d a t e t h at the Government would re-

build the structure at the same location in the community in the near future, stating that if it isn’t completed by the end of 2013 it will be well on its way. Since the fire, a dispute devel oped over a second building in Upper Bogue that the community has been outfitting, with written permission from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to serve as a library and community resource center. To-date they had secured a donation

of books and shelving, and a promise of computers and other materials to outfit the building. It has long been a goal of some members of the community to develop a library in Upper Bogue with initial attempts being thwarted when the now destroyed admin building was taken over by Government in 1992/93 after brief use as a library following the amalgamation of the local Continued On Page 27


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Government Expects to introduce VAT in 2014 “The decisions which have to be taken by the Government and people of the Bahamas in the near future will, in all probability, change the structure of the economy for ever.” Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur and on July 15th, spoke with clarity and detail about the “dramatic transformation” that is about to occur in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He addressed the GRAND BAHAMA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE on the topic:

Value Added Tax (VAT) a potential cash cow for Government, will herald in a broad range of taxes on the wider population. As business owners seek answers, the wider population must become engaged in the reality that 2014 will see a dramatic change in when/why/how much we pay money to Government. Former Prime Minister of Barbados, Owen Authur was a part of the 40th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations ongoing in the country

“THE VALUE ADDED TAX, ITS IMPACT OF THE BAHAMAS: A CARIBBEAN PERSPECTIVE” Owen Authur, a respected regional leader, oversaw the introduction of the VAT in Barbados in 1997. He pointed out that “Despite the challenges, the IMF’s publication, “The Modern VAT”, in evaluating the performance of the VAT in small countries, at page 168 cites Barbados as a

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“SURE TO GENERATE CONTROVERSY” “The introduction of a Value Added Tax in Bahamas, no matter how well intended or designed it is, will be sure to generate its own controversy largely because it will bring into the tax net activities that are not now such to indirect tax.” ABOUT THE TAX AS IT IS TO BE IMPLEMENTED “First, it is intended to be a broad based tax, levied Continued On Page 4

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Owen Arthur on VAT in The Bahamas Continued from pg. 4 at multiple stages of production, with the crucial essential feature that taxes on input will be credited against taxes on output.” WHAT POLICY MAKERS WILL CONTEND WITH

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“Policy makers in the Bahamas will have to contend with and to deal successfully with a number of other issues relating to the incidence and effects of a VAT. “First, a properly designed VAT is intended to be a tax on consumption, and to bring into the tax net a number of services which hitherto have not been liable to tax. “The case will be put that the relative burden will fall more heavily on the poor or those at the lower end of the income scale. The argument is therefore certain to be advanced that the tax is regressive in its effect and incidence, and that features should be built into its rate and base to offset any pain it inflicts on the disadvantaged and the genuinely poor. “Experience has shown that it is very difficult to address issues concerning the effects of the VAT on the poor by building special discrim-

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ber of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and it is inconceivable that the Bahamas will be able to indefinitely maintain this “odd man out” status where relating to a rules-based international economy is concerned. “The relevant issue therefore is not that as to whether Bahamas should become a member of the WTO. It is that as to how best the nation should prepare for and negotiate the terms of its participation in this critical institution, and how it should do so while giving equal priority to the other reforms that the forging of such a relationship with the global economy are sure to trigger. “The introduction and potential impact of a VAT in the Bahamas, have in, my judgement to be discussed in that broader context. It has to be viewed as an essential part of a broader suite of economic reforms which have to be implemented as a single, coherent undertaking.” HIS FULL SPEECH IS A RECOMMENDED READ. Email services@ theeleutheran.com and we can send it directly to you or visit www.EleutheraNews.com and search Owen Arthur.

inatory features into the structure of the tax itself. It is better to collect the tax and distribute part of the proceeds through carefully targeted support programmes to the poor and

the disadvantaged. The former Prime Minister of Barbados prefaced his discussion of the VAT with his assertion that it should be discussed within the con-

text of a broader and interrelated set of issues. He said that The Bahamas is the only country in the Western Hemisphere which is not a mem-


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of a unique Place in the history of The Bahamas.

Mrs Bethel unveils the monunent as Rev Bethel and Mr. Culmer looks on.

On July 10th, 2013, amidst 40th Independence Anniversary celebrations in communities across The Eleutheras, the township of Palmetto Point came together as a community and honoured one of their own, who holds a very special place in the annals of Bahamian history. Reverend Philip Bethel, former Member of Parliament, who has served as Minister in numerous government ministries, now at the age of 72, is one of just six men still alive, who were a part of the group of sixteen that signed off on the Bahamas’ Declaration of Independence, during the Independence Conference in November of 1972 in London. The community celebration

in Palmetto Point began around 6:30 pm with a tradition which the township is famous for – slow pitch softball. Teams faced off with married men versus single men just for fun, and sports were followed by a native crafts fashion show. Then came the planned recognition ceremony, where among fifty plus men who were recognized from the community for their contributions with certificates, Reverend Philip Bethel was singled out to receive special honours. Two banners highlighting Reverend Bethel had been mounted earlier, at the highway cross roads between north and south Palmetto Point, as well as in front of the

community post office, where the honours service took place. Mr. Bethel, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Yvonne Bethel, was presented with one of the banners, after it was ceremoniously cut down. Reverend Bethel was also given a special plaque of recognition, which read as follows: “Honourable Reverend Philip M. Bethel, In recognition of your valuable contributions to your country and the community of Palmetto Point during the Bahamas 40th Independence celebrations under the theme, ‘The bridge to the future, the journey continues’, July 10, 2013.” A permanent monument and affixed plaque lauding the contributions of Reverend Bethel to the Palmetto Point community had also been built in front of the community post office, and was unveiled during the honours ceremony. The special recognition event in Palmetto Point during the 40th Anniversary of Independence was organized by the seven member Local Government Town Council and volunteer committee members.

Rev. and Mrs. Bethel stand with other stalwarts of the community.

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EleutheraNews Local Collision on the sea : A vacationing sail boat captain shares his description of waking up to find a “Freighter Bearing Down” on him “Less than 200 ft Off” in Rock Sound

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By The Eleutheran News Team A visitor to Eleuthera, shared his description of an incident reported to Police in May 2013, of an on sea collision that occurred in the Rock Sound Harbour involving the M/V Eleuthera Express and Sailing vessel Gillean. The visitor, Douglas McLean, is the Captain of sailing vessel Gillean and is a retiree who lives full time on his boat. He described entering the Bahamas in January and on May 27th, sailed from Little San Salvador, 45 miles to Rock Sound, arriving at low tide at around 5:45pm. He had spent the first months of his visit cruising in the Exumas, Jumentos, and Ragged Islands. He said that he anchored 0.8NM south-southeast of the government dock in 7 feet of water with the intention to move in closer

to the dock on high tide the following day. Anchored with lights on, he turned in for the night but was awakened by rain at about 2:40am. After closing up the hatches and heading back to bed, but before falling asleep he was alerted to the sound of a “large deck generator” approaching. McLean described the encounter in his own words: “I got up to see what it was. “ I climbed up in to the cockpit and immediately saw a freighter bearing down on me less than 200 feet off. “He was heading straight for my stern at a high rate of speed, approximately eight knots. “I realized a collision was imminent and began running down the starboard side deck.

“I made it half way to the bow when he hit me. “No more than five seconds passed between my seeing him and his hitting me. “There was a large exploding sound at the stern and Gillean shot forward and, I believe, swung to port. “I don’t know which side of me the freighter passed on, I think the port side. “He never reduced speed or altered course. I looked forward and saw him off my bow moving away. “I screamed loudly three times and saw someone appear and look back at the starboard opening on the main deck at the stern. “I did not see any navigation lights displayed, either before or after he hit me.

McLean’s boat was badly damaged by the impact, but he was not injured. He later discovered that he had been dragged in the collision and had moved 85 feet from where he had anchored with only 45 feet of rope, and there was no wind shift or current in the harbour. After the collision, He went to his radio and called “mayday” on channel 16 and got a response from another vessel and told them what had happened. Shortly after, the captain from the M/V Eleuthera Express came on the radio saying he had his boat (dinghy) and was coming to bring it back. Thirty minutes later the M/V Eleuthera express returned to his vessel, the crew passed the dinghy back over to him and again continued on their journey – not stopping to inquire as to the well being of the occupants of the vessel.

Visible Damages to the Gillean:

1. To the starboard quarter penetrating the hull and bending the stern railing. 2. Damaged rear solar panels. 3. Damaged wind vane 4. Damage to dinghy The M/V Eleuthera Express being a steel hull vessel sustained no damages Police investigated the incident and according to the report forwarded to The Eleutheran by Mr. McLean, investigators determined the accident to have been the fault of Mr. Charles Pinder the captain of the Eleuthera Express. The report further referenced a previous incident in the same harbor involving Mr. Pinder in 2007 about which Mr. McLean has been seeking more information.

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NEMA coordinates assessment of Haitian village fire Over 100 people, including children, displaced.

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, is assisting with the coordination of an assessment exercise being conducted by the Department of Social Services in the aftermath of the fire, which occurred in a Haitian Village off Joe Farrington Road on Monday, July 22, 201 First Assistant Secretary at NEMA, Chrystal Glinton said the assessment exercise is to also

determine the extent of destruction to homes and how many individuals are in need of assistance. On Tuesday the team comprising personnel from NEMA, Department of Social Services and the Bahamas Red Cross walked through the area, to conduct the initial assessment exercise. Out of the estimated 400 persons living in that community, 121 are displaced. Of that number, 36 are under the age of 17. At

least 30 homes were totally destroyed. The Great Commission Ministries are providing hot meals for the victims. The Salvation Army will provide clothing and non-perishable items, the Department of Social Services, accommodations for the women and children and the Bahamas Red Cross donated bedding and toiletries. Assessments are ongoing.

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URCA hosts public consultation in Eleuthera

on new Consumer Protection Regulations and Number Portability

URCA Director of Policy & Regulation, Stephen Bereaux presented the new Consumer Protection Regulations to the public meeting audience in Eleuthera.

By The Eleutheran News Team

The Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) was in Eleuthera on Thursday evening, July 11th, 2013, where they hosted a public meeting at the Cancer Society building in Palmetto Point. The meeting was part of two major initiatives launched by URCA on June 10th, 2013. The initiatives were described in an URCA release on the same date as, “An information and public awareness campaign leading up to a September 3rd, 2013 launch of ‘Number Portability’, and a public consultation exercise to establish regulations for the protection of consumers in the electronic communications sector (ECS).” According to URCA, the consumer protection initiative resulted from widespread public feedback on issues of service quality in the ECS, and a

new draft ‘Consumer Protection Regulations’ document has been released for public consultation. The regulations address areas which include, consumer sales, contracts and services, consumer obligations, advertising, billing and credit management, customer complaints handling, and customer quality of service standards. The new Consumer Protection Regulations would apply to commercial service providers of landline telephone services, mobile telephone services (including SMS and MMS messaging), broadband and dialup internet services, pay television services, paging services and other services. Representatives with URCA, Stephen Bereaux - Director of Policy & Regulation, and Waldon Russell - Assistant Case

Officer, at the public meeting held on Thursday, gave a presentation on the new draft Consumer Protection Regulations being proposed for the protection of consumer rights within the electronic communications sector. They encouraged members of the public to review the draft regulations and to send in their feedback before the closing date for comments on August 2nd, 2013. The consumer summary of the released draft can be accessed online at (http://www.urcabahamas. bs/download/043837000. pdf). Public consultations are being held on a number of islands, shared, Mr. Bereaux, including Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, New Providence and San Salvador.

(L-R) President RCE Robyn Curry; Stephen Bereaux - Director of Policy & Regulation, URCA; Juanita Pinder - President, Eleuthera Cancer Society; and Waldon Russell - Assistant Case Officer, URCA.

FEEDBACK

During the public meeting in Eleuthera, members of the audience asked many questions and shared a variety of concerns with the URCA representatives, including the unavailability of cable television services in a number of populated areas throughout the island, the two week long or more response time for repairs or maintenance of some internet and pay television services, the charging of or refusal to refund for lost services after hurricane down time, and a number of other service issues. Bereaux, advised those in attendance and the general public to address concerns that were not being satisfied by their service providers directly to URCA through Email: info@urcabahamas.bs, Tel: 393-0234 or by Fax: 393-0153. In the meeting, Russell and Bereaux also introduced the upcoming availability of ‘Number

Presenter Stephen Bereaux - Director of Policy & Regulation, URCA; and Juanita Pinder - President, Eleuthera Cancer Society fielded a robust Q&A session.

Portability’ on September 3rd, 2013, which will allow fixed and landline customers to switch providers, while keeping their original telephone number - relieving a major concern for commercial consumers

in business continuity and enhanced convenience for home consumers. This service will be available for islands where there is more than one fixed telephone service provider. Currently, those islands are

Abaco, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence.


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Retiree, Mrs. Aladice Vernetta Butler Richards was recently celebrated for her 50 years of service to Education.

Mrs. Aladice Vernetta Butler Richards is a veteran educator of 50 years, who has made valuable contributions to the Bahamian Educational System. She was born to the late Rev. Zebedee and Frances Butler, and grew up in the settlement of Green Castle, on the island of Eleuthera, receiving her early education at the Green Cas tle All Age School. In September of 1963 , she was appointed as a monitor and in 1965, received the appointment as a pupil teacher at Green Castle All Age School.

During this time, she taught and studied to improve her educational standards. At the time, it seemed like a mammoth task, but she was determined to succeed. She obtained her G.C.E O’ levels and A’ levels certificates by attending evening institutions and correspondence courses. In 1969, Mrs. Richards had the opportunity to attend the Bahamas Teachers College to further her career in teaching and graduated in 1971, with her Teacher ’s Certificate in Education. In addition, she holds a Bachelor ’s

Degree in Education from The University of the West Indies (1985). Teaching has always been her life long dream. She has molded and impacted the lives of many individuals in Bahamian Society during her career. She taught at Claridge Primary School (January – June 1969); Stephen Dillet (Au gust – October 1982); Naomi Blatch Primary (August 1982 – June 1984); and S. C. McPherson Jr. High (August 1985 – June 1987) – in New Provi dence. Additionally, she spent a large part

of her career posted at the Green Cas tle Primary School (August 1987 – June 2013) in Eleuthera. Before retirement, Mrs. Rich ards held the position of Senior Assistant Teacher at the Green Cas tle Primary School and was assigned to grade 4. For a number of years she held responsi bilities of writing the Language Arts Eleuthera District Examination for grades 2, 4 and 5. Most recently, she was a designated marker for the Language GLAT Examinations for grades 3 and 6 in the Eleuthera District. In 1993, she was nominated teacher of the year for the Eleuthera District, and has received numerous awards and certificates for dedicated service to the educational system, religious and civic organizations. In October 2000, she received the Governor General’s Long Service Award and the Tenure award in June 2003 from the Eleuthera District. She was also awarded the Golden Apple Award in July 2005 from the Salute to Greatness

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Organization. Mrs. Richards is married to Mr. Delroy Richards of Green Castle, and is a devoted wife of 39 years and a proud mother of six children. Two of her daughters are educators as well. She is also actively involved in community and church activities. Presently, she serves on the usher board, and as secretary and soloist at her church: Miracle Convention

Cathedral Ministries. She highly enjoys reading, writing, and singing. Mrs. Richards is well respected in her community and has served her country with professionalism, dignity, and humility.


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Daddy Joe’s

The Gregory Town establishment, blossoms as a Full-fledged RESTAURANT & BAR in its 5th year. Owner Tiffany Johnson explains why 2013 is the best year yet!

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Daddy Joes, a restaurant and bar, located just south of the fa mous Glass Window Bridge on Eleuthera, with room rentals avail able as well, celebrates its fifth year in 2013. Owned and op erated by Tiffany Johnson, Daddy Joes, has grown f rom being a bar nightspot, to a f ull-fledged restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, catering to visitors and locals. Tiffany’s services also include catering to special events, group travel, weddings, event planning and more. The property also features a clothing boutique, carrying the fashions of designer, Whitney Maro. After a few bumps and grow ing pains during the first years of operation, Tiffany shared that the 2013 season has been her best yet. She places great emphasis on having fresh, delicious food, and her staff serves up lots of warm

and friendly customer service. In fact, their motto is, “You come in as a guest, but you leave as family”. This approach to service has yielded dividends in the property’s reviews, as Daddy Joes is currently ranked at #5 of 43 restaurants in Eleuthera on tripadvisor.com. The menu at Daddy Joes is distinctly Bahamian with American and Continental options as well, carefully crafted by owner, Tiffany, and executed by one of the friendliest chefs on the island, Samuel Young. On many evenings during the week dinner is served with live music and rake n’ scrape by talented local musicians. A first for Daddy Joes this year will be a closure during the month of September for renovations. Tiffany expressed that she will be refurbishing her rooms and ava ilable amenities.

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Commencement Ceremonies were held across the island at the five public schools in June and all other public schools were featured in the previous issue of The Eleutheran.

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On July 10th, 2013, Independence Day throughout the Bahamian archipelago, 40 years to the date that the Bahamian flag was first flown over the country, townships throughout the Eleutheras celebrated with community fun events during the afternoon, and some with community parties going well into the evening, polishing off the 40th Anniversary with celebrations of fireworks, music and dance.

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It was a family affair for the Mother/Daughter/ Mother/Daughter pairs shown above and a musical affair thanks to the beautiful sounds including those of the steel pans being played by Kevin Sy-

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young people competed with their traditional swimming races and greasy pole event early in the day, and the community party transitioned into an all out Independence Bash at the ballpark beginning around 6pm.

MP Theo Neilly presenting honours

Dancing with the Stars!

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monette and Kendall Underwood.

Mother/Daughter pairs have Fun at the Bash

Special coverage was given by The Eleutheran to the evening’s BASH which opened in prayer followed by a welcome from Chief Councillor, Abner Pinder. MP for North Eleuthera, Theo Neilly was also on hand to give remarks, along with Administrator for North Eleuthera, Jolton Johnson, who read the speeches from the Governor General and the Prime Minister. The Island Flavor Band kept the crowds moving to Bahamian music favourites in between

presentations by students of the Spanish Wells All Age School, the reading of two winning essays on Independence, and dance performances. Three stalwarts of the Spanish Wells community were recognized as Outstanding Citizen’s, and were presented with plaques by MP Theo Neilly in recognition of their contributions to their home town, including Mr. Charles A. Pinder, Mr. Keddy I. Pinder, and Mr. Grover M. Pinder. One of the fun highlights of the evening’s celebrations was the Ms.

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Independence Pageant, which included three age categories – Little Miss (ages 4-9), Jr. Miss (ages 10-17),and Miss Independence (ages 18 and up). Each winner received fabulous prizes, like manicures and pedicures, photo shoots, cash prizes as well as a 2night/3day getaway to Breezes Cable Beach Winners Shown Left (Arianna, Clara, Renata) Kevin Symonette and Kendall Underwood then displayed their talent on the steel pans, followed by a “Dancing with the Stars” dance competition – where the stars were the volunteer contestants, who picked

Miss Independence Winners Ariana, Clara & Renata

Recent SWAA Graduates Brittany & Courtney

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a partner and danced up a storm – contending for the pair of round trip tickets on the Bohengy II that were up for grabs. Sergeant Howard Pinder of the Royal Bahamas Police Force also led a Junkanoo Rushout with musicians from the All Star Eleuthera Youth Band, joined by students from the Spanish Wells Junkanoo group. Just before the evening climaxed in a beautiful display of fireworks, students of the Spanish Wells All Age School collaborated with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to put on a reenactment of the lowering of the Union Jack flag and the raising of the Bahamian Flag, as well as the reading of the speeches given by the Prince of Wales, and Prime Minister Lynden Pindling on the Eve of the first celebration of Independence back in 1973.


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Communities across Eleuthera hold special Ecumenical Servicies Park named for teen in Lower Bogue and several people honoured in South Eleuthera. By The Eleutheran News Team In splendid displays of national pride, communities across Eleuthera held ecumenical services on Sunday, July 7th, 2013, beginning in the north with Spanish Wells, where a service celebrating 40 years of Independence was held at 3:00pm at the Methodist Church. In Lower Bogue a special service was also held, during which, the local park, draped in national colors, opposite the Wesley Methodist Church was dedicated and named for the town’s very talented female teenage athlete, Ms. Keianna Albury. Harbour Island celebrated later that evening under the Fig Tree on Bay Street, beginning at 6:00pm. Member of Parliament for North Eleuthera, Mr. Theo

Neilly was out in support of these events in the constituency. The Eleutheran gave special coverage to the ecumenical service hosted by

The Eleuthera All-Star Marching Band, featuring members from around the island. the South Eleuthera Independence Committee on the grounds of the St. Ann’s school in Rock Sound, beginning shortly before 4pm.

During the service the committee presented awards to outstanding primary and high school students from each settlement in South Eleuthera, as well as the oldest living /stalwart citizens from each township. Band and community members march in honour of a proudly independent Bahamas, toward Rock Sound’s Town Center. Fountain of Life Kingdom Dancers, put all their energy and soul into a spectacular dance performance in honour of a proudly Independent Bahamas Brief remarks at the ceremony were made by Rev. Hilda Allen, Administrator Margaret Symonette, MP. South Eleuthera Hon. Damian Gomez, and His Excel-

lency Deputy Governor General, Mr. Oswald Ingraham. The All Eleuthera Marching Band, Fountain of Life Kingdom Dancers and the Wemyss Bight Assemblies of God Choir helped to add music and dance to the Independence service. Speakers reminded the large audience of the major strides the country has taken since 1973. Mr. Ingraham added that prior to Majority Rule and Independence, there was little opportunity for people of color in The Bahamas. The leaving age for school was 14 he commented and added that from there it was on to “a service job.” The primary students presented with awards by Administrator Margaret Symonette were: Traliyah Carey of Tarpum Bay Valencia Bain of Rock Sound Tyler McPhee of Green Castle Davia Wright of Deep Creek Charma Morley of Wemyss Bight Shania Butler of Waterford Shaun Rolle of Bannerman Town The high school students who received awards presented by MP and Minister of State for Legal Affairs, Damian Gomez were:

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Track and Field athlete Keianna Albury (left) is from Lower Bogue and attended North Eleuthera High School until the 2012/2013 school year when she was “recruited” by a school in Nassau. Read her plaque which outlines her accomplishments on the regional circuit, as a member of the national CARIFTA team.

Phylisha Carey /Tarpum Bay Carleen Etienne /Rock Sound Chrislynn Rolle /Green Castle Wayde Anderson /Deep Creek Gary Delancy /Wemyss Bight Alteria Jolly /Waterford Terika Miller /Bannerman Town The senior citizens who received awards presented by former appointed Deputy to the Governor General HE Oswald Ingraham were: Cecil Williams /Bannerman Town Margaret Rolle /John Millars Harold Gibson (deceased) of Wemyss Bight Theodora Smith /Waterford Louise Sweeting /Deep Creek Raymond Mackey /Green Castle Charles Sands /Rock Sound Vera Carey /Tarpum Bay


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Deep Creek Middle School End of Year Student Awards 2013 By DCMS

The faculty, staff and families of DCMS would like to congratulate the following students for exceptional performance during their second semester. These students are examples amongst their peers. They have exhibited true qualities of future leaders in our community and the Bahamas. Once again, CONGRATULATIONS! Keep up the good work!!

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

The following ninth graders received scholarships from their respective schools to study abroad through 12th grade. They join 28 other DCMS alums who have received scholarships for U.S. boarding schools. Breanna Leary (Rock Sound) – The George School, PA Keniesha Pinder (Tarpum Bay) – Hebron Academy, ME Shawnea Neeily (Tarpum Bay) – The Darrow School, NY

HIGH HONOR ROLL (3.75 and above) Tyrin Culmer (Palmetto Point) Grade 7 – 4.12 Dashae Clarke (Deep Creek) Grade 7 - 3.82 Zachary Carey (Tarpum Bay) Grade 8 - 3.82

HONOR ROLL (3.30 and above) SAND DOLLAR AWARD: Keniesha Pinder (Tarpum Bay)

The Sand Dollar Award is presented to the ninth grade student with the highest cumulative grade point average (3.72) during their time at DCMS. Keniesha’s diligence, perseverance and passion for learning has enabled her to rise to the top and will guarantee future success.

FOUNDER’S AWARD: Lance Pelecanos (Tarpum Bay)

The Founder’s Award recognizes the ninth grade student who best exemplifies the core values of the school: academic growth, responsible citizenship, and leadership. This award goes to Lance Pelecanos who has experienced exceptional personal and academic growth by taking full advantage of the opportunities offered at the school. He has demonstrated responsible citizenship through outstanding leadership within the school community in the classroom, in extracurricular activities and on the field. In addition, he is a role model for young people in the larger community. Lance was unanimously selected by the teachers and principal.

Trevonya Pinder (Water Ford) Grade 7 – 3.64 Sidhira Johnson (Governors) Grade 7 - 3.60 Antonishe Kemp (Rock Sound) Grade 7 – 3.56

PRINCIPAL’S AWARD:

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These students did not receive any disciplinary incidents and did not miss any assignments for the quarter. Antonishe Kemp (Rock Sound) Grade – 7 Ashton Symonette (Rock Sound) Grade – 7

Dashae Clarke (Deep Creek) Grade – 7 Destinee Outten (Tarpum Bay) Grade – 7 Louis Preneus (Rock Sound) Grade – 7 Sidhira Johnson (Governors) Grade – 7 Solomon Williams (Rock Sound) Grade – 7 Tillia Leary Grade (Rock Sound) Grade – 7 Trevonya Pinder (Water Ford) Grade – 7 Tyrin Culmer (Palmetto Point) Grade – 7 Demetria Humes (Tarpum Bay) Grade – 8 Perez Sands (Tarpum Bay) Grade – 8 Zachary Carey (Tarpum Bay) Grade – 8 Zyria Sands (Rock Sound) Grade – 8 Breanna Leary (Rock Sound) Grade – 9 Keniesha Pinder (Tarpum Bay) Grade – 9

The Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS) is an independent school for Bahamian students in grades seven through nine. The mission of the school is “teaching the future leaders of The Bahamas.” Deep Creek Middle School works collaboratively with The Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute. Visit our website at www.dcmsbahamas.org to read more. For more information please contact Ms. Odette Pretty, Principal, at 3348414 or odettepretty@dcmsbahamas.org.

Congratulations To Safyha V. J. Bryan for your successful completion of the Junior High grades of the Central Eleuthera High School while maintaining a Top GPA of 3.95 (cumulative).

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14th Annual Artie Johnson All Eleuthera Youth Tennis Camp a success despite the wet month. He added, “A Special thanks goes out to David who assist in the coaching, a few days of providing

lunch, and at the end of the camp we had a tournament for beginners and advance players and David present-

ed the winners and runners up with I-pods and one year of tennis lesson.”

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The 14th Annual Artie Johnson All Eleuthera Youth Summer Tennis Camp was once again a success despite some late starts because of rain says organizer Artie Johnson. The camp averaged 37 kids per day, and on four days had 42. “During the two

weeks, we saw lots of potentials, and we are informing the parents of those kids our findings so they can let them continue takings tennis lessons,” said Johnson. He expressed gratitude to all the sponsors for their donations, and said his expression of thanks

will also be in the form of thank you letters later this month. “I would also like to thank all the volunteers who work very hard doing the two weeks of camp, Alva Nixon, Parry Sands Culmer, Michelle Walker, Alban Johnson and Barbra Johnson.

Ahmad Thompson has made The Bahamas National Team which will travel to the Junior International Championship (JITIC) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic until August 11th. Ahmad recently participated in the BLTA Junior Nationals where he and his partner Bradley Fowler made it to the doubles finals defeating their opponents 6 4, 6 0. They also made it to the finals in the ITF Junkanoo Bowl by defeating the United States and Jamaican # 2 seed 7 6, 6 4 but lost in the finals.


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Beach Trash/Treasure: Pineapple

Fields offers Young Art Students innovative internship with Resident Resort Artist.

(L-R) Wayde Watson, Lorenzo Knowles, Franco Moncur (resident artist), and Latario Sands. By The Eleutheran News Team

Pineapple Fields embarked on a new summer internship program this year, hiring young student artists to work along with resident resort artist, Franco Mon-

cur, on beach trash/treasure sculptures designed to recycle in a creative way, the island’s beach trash/treasure into trendy island decor for each unit’s balcony on the

property. Three students took part in this initial design project, with two young men from the Preston H. Albury High School and a third young man recently graduated from Agape Christian School in Abaco. The students got their hands wet first by collecting beach trash/treasure materials, including buoys, ship’s ropes, drift wood, netting, washed up coral, conch and other shells from area beaches, then got firsthand experience in creating sculptures with spatial and colour balance. In an interview with the three students, Latario Sands, Lorenzo Knowles and Wayde Watson, they shared that the experience was a rewarding one for them. Specifically commenting on how it had opened their eyes to new

Beach Trash/Treasure Sculpture.

ways of using their artistic skills. They also described the ‘work’ as fun, and as something that they had never done before. One of the young men said the program had expanded his imagination, and taught him to look at the materials they had collected in a new way – not just as trash on the beach. Latario and Lorenzo expressed hopes of going on to take the BGCSE Art examinations as they both enter the 12th grade in September – and both have dreams of becoming pilots one day. Wayde, who recently graduated from high school, says he has been accepted into programs at both the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI), and at the College of the Bahamas (COB), and hopes to study engineering. David Barlyn, Owner of Pineapple

Owner, David Barlyn (front left), stands with Moncur and his summer students at the entrance of Pineapple Fields, moments before the students were to be treated to lunch at Ti ppy’s.

Fields, shared that the vision of the program was to give gainful summer employment to several students, while exposing them, through art, to the opportunities available around them. He also encouraged other businesses to step up and create summer employment for young people on the island who could use the experience to propel themselves forward. “This is definitely something that we are going to be doing on a regular basis during the summer”, Barlyn added, saying projects will continue in producing creative signage, stonework, landscaping and more within the resort’s property.

Fire: Conflict after destructive blaze Continued from pg. 3

Administrator Johnson with Minister Alfred Gray as ASP Armbrister looks on, at the scene of the fire on July 2nd.

Minister Alfred Gray during his visit at the burnt out Administration building in Upper Bogue. schoo l i n t o t h e p r i m a r y s c h o o l i n Bluff. T h e f e a r i s t h a t t h i s s e c o n d a ttempt w i l l b e a g a i n i m p a i r e d b y t h e recent c i r c u m s t a n c e s . U n f o r t u n a t e l y f o r t h e c o m m u n i t y, the M i n i s t r y r e s p o n s i b l e f o r L o c a l Gover n m e n t , h e a d e d b y M i n i s t e r A lfred G r e y n a t i o n a l l y a n d t h r o u g h A dminis t r a t o r J o l t o n J o h n s o n l o c a l l y, i n

t h e w a k e of the fire, would like to use t h e s a m e building to, according to the M i n i s t er, “temporarily” house some of t h e s t a ff and operations displaced. A c cording to Council member, Mr. K e v i n Collins, after a series of com m u n i c a tions with the Administrator t h e i s s ue came to a head on Monday,

July 22nd, 2013 when he was asked to but refused to hand ove r the keys for the building. Collins said he did so based on a letter granting permission to use the building as a library and resource center for the Upper Bogue community. Police were reportedly called in to mediate between the pa rties and as a result a council meeting was called on Tuesday afternoon, July 23rd in Low er Bogue at the North Eleuthera High School beginning at 5pm, where the issues were expected to be thrashed out.

The meeting is reported have re vealed that four council members supported not using the building for admin purposes while three, including the administrator supported the take over of the building. Expectations are that the permission granted to Mr. Collins to use the building by the Ministry of Education will likely be rescinded ending any of ficial claim the community would have to its use and subsequently allowing the Administrator to move staff and services in, as the plans for the library are shelved.


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letter Dear Editor, I pen this article with a heavy heart, even while purposefully optimistic for a positive outcome. Please allow me a few lines in your paper to present an overview of my beloved community of Upper Bogue, nestled between the Glass Window Bridge in the south and Lower Bogue in the north. My intention and approach is from an educational perspective for our public school and to establish our public library. I am told by community historians, those of whom are left, that the first public school in Upper Bogue began as the residence of one Mr. Julius Ward. The residence was purchased in the early 1950’s and the negotiations were conducted by Sir Alvin Brennen, who was the Member of Parliament and Chairman of the board of Education. It was also during that time another residential building was purchased from a Mally Moss, by the Board of Education , coincidentally directly across from the school house, but more on that later. The structure which became our first school was extended by then contractor, Errol Symonette, under the guidance of Sir Alvin Brennen, Joe Albury and Foster Clark. Public school prior to the establishment of this was the Anglican diocese which had established an educational facility. As time went on an impressive array of educators graced the walls of the Upper Bogue All Age school. They collectively left behind a rich history covering decades of our rises and falls. Names that can be recalled include: Noris Thompson of Wemyss Bight, Percy Saunders of the Bluff , Mervin Gibson Ferguson, Father Harry Ward, Charles

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Rahming, Veronica Jones, Melvern Davis, Donald Sawyer and Mr.Keith Moss. I must pause here and apologize for any person/s omitted due to the lack of available information. During the mid-nineties the Upper Bogue All Age school P.T.A association, due to the increasing number of children, it was decided that a new extension was needed. Through fund raisers, personal sacrifices and perseverance an additional 14’ x56’ structure was added on to the existing building with parents and well wishers looking on. In 1992, it was a sad day when the community was informed by the M.O.E (Minster of Education) C.A Smith of the closing of our school in favor of amalgamation with the Bluff primary school. For a short time following this, our community enjoyed use of the building as a library and community center which helped to impact the community in a positive way. It was short-lived, however, as we were again informed in ‘92-‘93 that the building was needed as an administration complex. So the community was left without any area designated as a resource center or even a public park for recreation by youth and older residents. I would like to bring your attention back to the second building to which I referred earlier which was acquired from Mally Moss. This residence was demolished and a new building erected by the same contractor Errol Symonette and later renovated by Ralph Albury. In recent times this building was occupied by various educators working in the district schools. In 2012 the residence was vacated by way of transfer of the principal of the North Eleuthera High School and the successor owning a home in a neighboring settlement. As a result the building remained vacant for a period, potentially presenting a new opportunity for the community of Upper Bogue.

In my capacity as the Local Government representative, I wrote to the Honorable Minister of Education, Science and Technology indicating the Upper Bogue community’s desire to utilize the vacant building as a library and community center / recreational center. In one of my most joyous moments, I received a favourable response from the Minister who granted us permission to develop our community. I immediately contacted Mrs. Susan Siel, founder of “Freedom to Read”, a nonprofit organization that has generously donated pallets of books and other resources to schools all over the island. We have since become great friends and she personally took part in collecting books for our library as well as the North Eleuthera High school. Susan, also through generous donations, paid freight charges on all books imported, with us only having to organize the pickups. In addition I have commitments from the Member of Parliament for North Eleuthera for a donation of three computers and printers. Also through the assistance of Susan a donation of six computers has been secured from Mrs. Kimberly King and Briland Modem, another non-profit organization. Requests for donations are ongoing. We are now in the processes of constructing book shelves and are in need of computer desks and chairs. Words can hardly express my gratitude to the Minister for helping the community of Upper Bogue in achieving our goal of building a better community one mind at a time. Yours gratefully, Kevin Collins Council Representative North Eleuthera District Council


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Letters Dear Editor, Today I sat In amazement as I listened to a politician speak to the economic woes of our country...I came in on the conversation a bit late and did not recognize the voice but the context included urban renewal and how it impacted the Fort Charlotte community. Non the less, the speaker spoke so eloquently of how the government realized the need to work tirelessly in an effort to relieve economic tensions in order to bring about a sense of hope to the hopeless in our country. He correctly recognized that the average person is struggling to make ends meet. He also did a good job at articulating his view that the public sector could not meet the demand for employment, as the public sector was staffed to the hilt.. The solution, he said, was clearly tied to the governments ability to strengthen the private sector in order to create new jobs. However, recent tax reforms would cause one to question as to which sector of the private sector he was talking about. Is it foreign or domestic? I was left confused after he spoke so competently and confidently of the solutions to solving this mountain of a problem, while on the other hand displaying a total lack of understanding as to how his government was going to accomplish this goal. I am tired of politicians who give false hope to the Bahamian people

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who have put so much confidence in them to find the answers. It is clear to me, intentional or unintentional that their actions do not match his insightful articulation to the solution of the problem. This is very troubling to me, as it should be to all critical thinking Bahamian business people. I have been in business for fifteen years, a short time for some, but I have never experienced an onslaught of crippling new taxes on small business such as this government has levied in such a short period of time. Let me say that successive governments have been tune deaf when speaking to this aggravating problem amid the cries of the small business community. The Ingraham Government killed the used car business for many, by drastically increasing the import duties on certain imports... As well intentioned as they were, small business suffered... They then changed the way businesses paid their license fees, calculating on total sales rather then on profit.. While small business cried foul, due to double taxation on goods already taxed on import. To add insult to injury our new consultative government who was elected to put us first continues the onslaught without notice. While proposing to Strengthen the private sector they continue to burden the small Bahamian businessman with a seemingly disdain for Bahamian business amid these trying

times. The situation at Bahamas customs is unprecedented... Stamp tax which was a flat ten dollars can now be any where from ten dollars to five hundred dollars..Every entry that is cleared on a C-19 form is now twenty five dollars when in the past they where free. Inspection fees for containers on sight has increased beyond any sense of reason. As if that isn’t enough, here in Eleuthera, it can take a day sometimes to clear a box while business people stand in the elements watching customs officers strip them down like criminals. On the other hand utilities have doubled. I remember the electricity bill for my store increasing from four hundred dollars to Eight hundred unexpectedly in just one month. No, my business is not being strengthened but rather weakened, even more so with the uncertainty of how the implementation of the VAT will impact small business. I wonder if the sector they are talking about is foreign rather then local because by their actions they can’t be talking about the Bahamian private sector...Hell no. The reality is that governments every where are faced with the question of how to improve revenue collection..But our government is killing the only goose left to lay a “golden egg”... As a business person I am not encouraged by the direction we are headed in.. God help us all. Mr. Roderick Pinder.

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Listen to Him! By: Andrew L. Burrows Email: andrewburrows1@gmail.com The record of Jesus’ transfiguration is preserved for us in three of the Gospels and is recited by Peter in his second Apostolic letter. On a mountain somewhere in Israel Jesus took with him Peter,

James and John and they experienced the Kingdom to come. Jesus was seen in radiant glory conversing with Moses and Elijah and it is said that the three Apostles were drowsy but Peter spoke to Jesus, of-

fering to construct temporary shelters for Him and company. The record concludes with a cloud blotting out the scene and the voice of God saying “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, LISTEN to HIM”. I am amazed at the ways we who profess to be the disciples of Jesus, identified by His name, born again and steeped in church activities but walking and believing contrary to the revealed word of God. Let me explain; when I examine my position from the natural creation I conclude that I was made by God and therefore I belong to Him. Then I examine my position now that I have become a disciple of Jesus by repentance and receiving new life through the salvation He freely gives. I am now a Bond Slave to my Master who purchased me at the cost of His own life. I am at no time my own. Jesus said that if we remain in Him we will receive eternal life. Eternal life is not a length of time but a quality of living, He died that we might enter into a quality of living that only He can produce in us. Jesus

was born into this world to become a MAN, even though He always was and will always be the Son of God. Jesus is the only Man to live on this planet who lived perfectly in accord with the recorded word of God and is the only Man that qualifies to be the King of the World. When God created Adam and placed him in the garden of Eden, Adam was given authority over the entire creation, he allowed The Tempter (Satan) to steal that authority when he disobeyed God’s command by eating the forbidden fruit (an act of defiance brought on by doubting God). It was necessary for Jesus to come into the world to restore what Adam lost to Satan. Jesus came in fulfillment of all the prophecies made by God through many Prophets who wrote the Old Testament. First by dying to redeem all those who would come to God through faith in Him. He will take the kingdom of this world away from the Tempter when He returns in Glory, at which time it is said that He will destroy the wicked with the “Brightness of His coming”. If we would return to examining the word

www. EleutheraNews . com of God and stop taking for ‘fact’ what others think the Bible teaches, we will not be deceived, misled, and twice lost. Simply put, we must listen to what Jesus our Lord says. Matthew recorded the details of what Jesus taught His disciples while sitting on a hill surrounded by a crowd of curious people. It has become known to us as ‘The Beatitudes’. Jesus instructed them in the principals of Kingdom living and the people were amazed at this new doctrine because it was contrary to all that was practiced at that time. He said that the poor in spirit are blessed because the Kingdom of Heaven is their own, those who mourn will be comforted, the earth will be inherited by the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled, the merciful will be shown mercy, the peacemakers will be called sons of God, and the Kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are persecuted for righteousness. Listen, listen to what Jesus is saying to us who believe. “You are blessed when people insult you, persecute and lie against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad

Garden Corner Summertime and the living is easy…

With the worst of the summer heat and humidity now upon us, now is the time to take break, give yourself and the soil a rest, but just because you’re not growing doesn’t mean you aren’t gardening. These are the months for building the soil, both in quality and quantity. The easiest method of doing this is by planting a “green manure” cover crop. A good choice for the summer climate is a fast growing legume such as black-eye peas, or lima beans which fix nitrogen from the air with nodules on their roots and when dug under and allowed to decompose fully add valuable organic matter to the soil, and you get a crop of fresh peas or beans to enjoy! Another good method for boosting the fertility of your soil is adding compost, if you haven’t already got a compost pile going now is the time to start one,

as the summer heat will have it ready in no time. An easy method is simply to build a pile approximately one square yard in size, slightly larger is okay but any smaller and it will not get hot enough to “cook” properly. The pile should consist of about 80% carbonaceous matter (dried leaves/ fronds, shredded paper or cardboard, rinsed and dried seaweed) and 20% nitrogenous material (farm animal manure, fish/conch slop, kitchen scraps, coffee grounds). Crushed egg-

because great is your reward in Heaven, for that is the way they treated the prophets who were before you”.Mat.5.11-12. Just prior to being crucified Jesus spoke to His Apostles and instructed them to listen to the Holy Spirit, the Counselor who He would send to be with all who believe after He return to the Father in Heaven. Jesus is a King, his gospel message was “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand “(near). His teaching instructs us who are chosen by believing His word, how we are to live as citizens of the kingdom. Jesus told his hearers many times that He speaks the words of his Father (God) because he was in the Father and that the Father was in Him. The writer of the Hebrews stated, ”God, who in times past spoke to us in many different ways through his Prophets, has in these last days spoken to us through His Son”. While Jesus is absent from us the Holy Spirit is guiding us by illuminating what Jesus has said. Listen, listen to Him.

shells are also a good addition. You will need to keep it moist and turn it once a week. Cover the pile with a tarp or flattened cardboard boxes to prevent heavy rains from leaching nutrients. Alternately, you can build or buy enclosed composting barrels or boxes if you have small amounts of material or limited space or are worried about rodents. Any enclosed structure should include air and drainage holes without which the compost becomes too wet and smelly and does not break down as fast. A well-built and tended pile should be ready to use in two to three months. Properly made compost is a safe and balanced fertilizer and will make everything in your garden grow big and strong!


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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 By tom glucksmann

asking to share our snack! While of course abundant on some Exuma cays, to see such a giant lizard within spitting distance of the Atlantis craps tables was …

Scientific Sketch of a Caribbean Monk Seal from the U.S. National Museum. Source: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2008/20080606_monkseal.html

This was a favorite exercise of mine when I taught middle school students over a decade ago. How time flies in this life! The Caribbean Monk Seal was officially declared extinct in 2008 after an exhaustive search by scientists. That was just five years ago. The last confirmed sighting was in 1952 on a bank midway between Jamaica and Nicaragua. The seal was abundant in the Bahamas and yes, extensive hunting led to its demise, but unconfirmed sightings still filter in according to Wiki-

pedia. If you’re out on the water keep an eye out. Can you imagine seeing a seal – a species David Campbell describes in his classic ‘The Ephemeral Islands’ as “almost mythical” – in Bahamian waters?

and sometimes even with each other!) Kemp’s Ridleys are sometimes spotted in Bahamian waters. They are the most endangered turtle in the world. Almost all females return to nest on a single beach in Mexico!

Amazing but true! The Kemp’s Ridley Turtle is critically endangered now that man has spread all over, under and above this planet. I was going to write ‘our planet’ but it’s not, is it? Unless ‘our’ means all living things. (Many of us just don’t see it as a planet we should share with other species

Amazing but true! While snacking on Athol Island fifteen years ago, facing the Narrows separating us from Paradise Island, a friend and I turned around to investigate a noise we’d heard. Imagine our surprise when faced with an iguana about as long as us, staring us down and, we guessed,

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Amazing but true! While the Golden Girls were fast and Chris Brown and the Knights are bad to the bone, the Bahamas is also home to the world’s fastest animal! Okay, the peregrine falcon uses gravity to reach speeds over 200 miles per hour when it goes into a hunting dive, but it’s still the fastest animal on earth when it does! They have been spotted in Eleuthera and can also be seen near the Paradise Island bridges,

where pigeons, one of their favorite foods, are abundant. Amazing, but true. Speaking of world records, Dean’s Blue Hole, Long Island is the world’s deepest blue hole at 663 feet deep. New Zealander William Turbridge has set a couple of free diving world records there, including the deepest free dive without fins when he went almost halfway down the blue hole in 2010. He dove 331 feet, which is 101 meters. That is indeed … Amazing, but true. The latest, and media-savvy, environmental group ‘Save the Bays’ reached its Independence

Day goal of 4,000 signatures on its petition to have an environmental protection act passed for the Bahamas. They’ve also got 9,000 likes on Facebook. At the very least this group has done exceptionally well in bringing awareness to the environment and the fact that we should or could protect a lot more of it. Amazing, and true. The Lakers made the NBA playoffs last season! Amazing, but true.


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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.

Arrest ref. Stealing by Reason of Employment:

On Monday 1st July 2013 sometime after 8pm, Officers from the Central Detective Unit Arrested a 36yr and a 25yr old female of South Eleuthera in reference to stealing by reason of employment, a complaint made by an airline on 28/5/13. They were later processed and charged with that offence.

House Breaking Report

On Tuesday 2 July 2013, at about 9:30 am, a 45yr old male of Rock Sound Eleuthera, came into Rock Sound Police Station and reported that sometime between 6:30 am and 8:45 pm, on Monday 01 July 2013, some unknown person/s broke in and entered his home and stole (1) black Acer mini laptop valued at $250.00, (1) silver Nokia cell phone valued at $49.00, (1) pair of gold stud earrings valued at $40.00, (1) Sony PSP hand game valued at $200.00, (1) cup containing $20.00 worth of coins, (1) Axe body spray valued at $6.00, and (1) pair black Jordan tennis valued at $150.00, altogether valued at $715.00. Entry was gained by prying the lock on the rear kitchen door. This matter is under active police investigation.

Boating Accident Report

On Tuesday 2 July 2013, at about 4:00 pm, a 44yr old male of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, came into Rock Sound Police Station and reported that sometime around 9:50 am on 2-07-13, while fishing in his boat in an area between Tarpum Bay and Rock Sound, that M/V Eleuthera Express came towards him and caused damage to one of his gill nets valued between $600.00 - $700.00. He did not see anyone in the Captain’s Quarters and the motor vessel did not stop. This matter is under active police investigation.

Shop breaking & Stealing Report

On Saturday 13 July 2013, at about 8:25 am, a 65yr old female contacted Rock Sound Police Station via telephone and reported that sometime between 9:00 pm on Friday 12-07-13 and 6:30 am on Saturday 13-07-13, some unknown person/s broke in and entered her shop, and stole the following items; (4) Alaska Sweet Milk valued at $2.50 each, (1) Hellmann’s Mayonnaise valued at $2.50, (1) Hunts Ketchup valued at $3.00, (7) Brunswick sardines valued at $1.50 each, (2)

Ariel Detergent valued at $2.00 each, (1) Value-time cornflakes valued at $3.00, and $50.00 assorted cash from the cash register. This matter is under active investigation.

Assault Report

On Saturday 13 July 2013, at about 11:35 pm, a 40yr old male , came in at Rock Sound Police Station and reported that sometime around 11:05 pm on 1307-13, he was at a club located in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Further, that while exiting the club, he accidentally stepped on the shoe of a young man of Rock Sound, known to him. That at this point, he was approached by the club’s owner, who firmly struck him to the left chest area, with a full bottle of Kalik Beer, causing pain. This matter is under investigation.

House breaking & Stealing (M.C.R)

On Monday 15 July 2013, at about 2:00 pm, a 67yr old male reported to Police, that sometime between early May 2013, and Monday 15-07-13 some unknown person/s broke in and entered his shed, located at the north eastern section of his residence, located Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. He also reported that the person/s searched and stole one (1) blue Yamaha trail bike, serial number# SNYYZ250F, one (1) red Honda trail bike, serial number# YYZ150F, and one (1) black Quadro four wheeler, with silver flame design, serial number unknown; value of stolen items unknown at this time. This matter is under investigation.

Causing Harm, Threats of Harm and Willful Damage Reported

On Thursday 18 June 2013 at about 8:30pm a 44yr old male came to the Rock Sound Police Station and reported that sometime around 5:00pm on 18 June 2013 while at the front of his brother in law’s residence, his niece called to him to come inside the residence. Once inside the house she began to insult him. She then incited an altercation with him and threatened to get a cutlass and chop him up as he tried to leave. He reported that after a brief struggle between the two he left the residence and she chased him with a cutlass. She also picked up a stone and struck him on his head causing a wound. The complainant also reported that he got into his vehicle and as he tried to leave he was again approached by her who again threatened to chop him up with the cutlass which she swung and damaged the rear windshield of the vehicle. This matter

is under investigation.

Arrest reference to Damage and Causing Harm

On Saturday 20 July 2013 at about 10:16am Officers form the Rock Sound Police Station arrested and cautioned a 23yr old female in reference to this complaint. She was processed and charged with those offences.

Assault, Threats of Death and Willful damage reported

On Saturday 20 July 2013 at about 1:04am a 39yr old male came to the Rock Sound Police Station and reported that sometime around 12:50 am same date while outside a Night Club in Rock Sound he was approached by a lady known to him, who asked him to buy her a drink. He reported that after he refused she told him “I will kill you for all the years you put my mother through and punched him on his left right eye and began grabbing him. He stated that during the process she ‘popped’ his gold chain valued at $2400.00 and lost the Pendant valued at $600.00. While the complainant was speaking with the police, he was again approached by ‘a group of males and females from South Eleuthera who attacked him and punched and kicked him about the head and body.

GROUP ALLEGEDLY FOLLOWS MAN INTO POLICE STATION, ASSAULTS POLICE AND MAN.

On Saturday 20 July 2013 at about 1:04am Officers were on duty at the Rock Sound Police Station when a 39yr old male came to the station and reported certain information. At this time five people entered the Rock Sound Police Station and tried to get at the 39yr old male in an aggressive manner. They consisted of three (3) residents from Green Castle, one (1) resident from Waterford and one (1) resident from Wemyss Bight, Officers removed the male from the Charge Room and took him into the nearby corridor and locked the door from the Charge Room. At this time the Officers were trying to calm the group down and told them that if they had a complaint the Police Would take their complaint and investigate it. However, they ignored the Officers Advice and refused to calm down and act in an orderly manner. They then tried to push past the Officer who

was standing against the corridor’s door. They were physically denied access to the door and they backed off for a short period again and physically tried to push the Officer from the door to gain access. At this time a 53yr old female also began to bang on the Sergeant’s Office door and throw her body against it trying to gain access to the same. On the third attempt the five (5) suspects overpowered the officer and gained access to the corridor where they proceeded to kick and punched the 39yr old male for about two minutes until they left the station. During the process of the altercation a 24yr old male stated “I should have had my gun, I am going to get my gun, I am going to kill *** you” referring to 39yr old male. As a result of this incident Officers from the Rock Sound Police Station arrested and subsequently charged a 53yr old female, a 32yr old female, a 24yr old male, a 23yr old male, and a 20yr old male for disorderly behaviour in a police station, assaulting a police officer, Threats of Death, Damage and causing harm.

Threats of Harm and Harassing Phone Calls Reported

On Saturday 20 July 2013 at about 2:20am a 36yr old female, reported to the Police who was on mobile patrol in South Eleuthera, that sometime around 1:42am same date while at her residence she received a telephone call from two females whose voices she recognized to be both of Green Castle who threatened her stating that they were coming to her house to deal with her putting her in fear for her safety. She stated that after she told both persons not to call her telephone they again called the telephone to her annoyance. This matter is under investigation.

Assault Report

On Saturday 20 July 2013 at about 8:41pm, a 43yr old male contacted the Rock sound Police Station by telephone and reported that while at a residence in Rock Sound he was approached by a male known to him who slapped him on his face causing him to fall to the ground. This matter is under investigation.

Arrest reference to shop breaking and stealing

Officers from the Hatchet Bay Police Station reported conducting surveillance at the Hatchet Bay clinic and reported that sometime around 2:55am on the 3/7/13 they observed a 33yr old male of Hatchet Bay climb through a western window of


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Stealing Report

On Wednesday the 4th of July 2013 at 10:30am, a 53yr old male reported to the Governors Harbour Police Station that, sometime between 12:00pm on Tuesday the 25/06/2013 and 9:00am on Thursday the 4/07/2013 some unknown person/s stole $450.00 worth of mixed gasoline and an orange tool box containing an assortment of tools valued at $50.00 from his white Boston Whaler boat, which was docked at the Run-Away Marina in South Palmetto Point. This matter is under investigation.

Shop Breaking Report

On Thursday the 4th of July 2013 at 11:00am, a 65yr old female reported to the Hatchet Bay Police Station that sometime between 7:00pm on the 03/07/2013 and 8:45am on the 04/07/2013, some unknown person/s broke and entered a Bakery situated on a dirt road off Queens Highway in Gregory Town Eleuthera. Nothing appeared to have been stolen, however; This matter is under investigation.

Arrest Reference to House Breaking and Attempted Shop Breaking

On Thursday 18th July, 2013 sometime around 7:10pm Officers from the Governor’s Harbour Police Station arrested a 36yr old male in reference to House Breaking and Attempted Shop Breaking.

Damage and Stealing

On Thursday the 4th of July 2013 at 10:00am, a 44yr old male, reported to the Hatchet Bay Police Station that sometime between 5:00pm on Wednesday the 03/07/2013, and 5:45pm on Thursday the 04/07/2013, some unknown person/s caused damage to two (2) of his plastic bouncing castles with a sharp object by punching holes in both of them. The same was kept on a white Hyundai flat bed truck that was left parked on the property of his ex-girlfriend at Hatchet Bay. He further reported that his black battery “the name brand is unknown at present” for his truck was also stolen. The estimated cost to repair the damages and the value of his battery is unknown at present time. This matter is under investigation.

House Breaking and Causing Damage

At about 4:45pm on the 5/7/13 a 49yr old male contacted the Governors Harbour police station and reported on where he is the care taker of a house situated in James Cistern . He reported that sometime around 4:00pm on the 5/7/13 he made a check of the house and discovered that some unknown persons broke and entered the house and caused damage to all of the outlets, breaker panels and power tools. Estimate of damage unknown at this time, This matter is under investigation.

Arrest Reference to Assault With a Dangerous Instrument

On Saturday 06th July 2013 at 2:20pm, a 28yr old male came to the Governors Harbour Police Station, where Officers informed him of a complaint made against him on 06/07/13, and placed him under arrest for assault with a dangerous instrument and cautioned him. He was processed and later released pending further investigation.

Arrest reference to shop breaking and stealing

At about 4:40pm on the 6/7/13 a 66yr old male contacted the Governors Harbour police station via telephone and reported where he had received information that a young boy known to him of north Palmetto Point broke into his store situated in north Palmetto Point through a front window. Further as a result he checked his store and discovered where six gallon bottles of water, one v8 splash juice and $70 in cash was stolen from his store. Results: At about 4:50pm on the 6/7/13 Officers from the Governor’s Harbour Police Station arrested a suspect in this matter, he was interviewed under caution and later charged with those offences.

Assault Report

On Sunday 7th July 2013 at 2:55pm, a 25yr old male reported to the Governors Harbour Police Station that sometime around 2:30pm on Saturday the 06/07/2013 while outside a business on Cupids Cay, he was accosted by a young man he knows who pushed and punched him about the upper body. This matter is under investigation.

House Breaking Report

On Monday 8th July 2013 at 9:15am a 40yr old female came to the Hatchet Bay Police Station and reported that sometime around 9:00pm on Sunday the 07/07/2013 she secured her residence and at about 3:00am on Monday 08/07/2013 she was awakened by an unknown male opening her bedroom door. As a result she screamed and he fled on foot in an unknown direction. This matter is under investigation.

Damage Report

On Thursday 11th July 2013 at 8:00pm, a 65yr old female contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that while making checks to a blue two storey house situated through a dirt road which she is the care taker of situated just north of the entrance of Gregory Town she discovered that the eastern glass sliding door was shattered, nothing appeared to have been stolen. The estimated cost to repair the same is unknown at present. This matter is under investigation.

Threats of Death and Assault Report

On Friday the 12th of July 2013 at 10:15am, a 48yr old female came to the Governor’s Harbour Police Station with her 15yr old son and reported on his be-

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half that on Wednesday the 10th of July 2013, sometime around 3:00am, while in North Palmetto Point, he was approached by two males known to him who threatened to kill him putting him in fear for his life and assaulted him by grabbing him about the neck. As a result of this complaint both males were arrested, cautioned and later charged for those offences.

Attempted Robbery

On Friday the 12th of July 2013 at 8:30am, a 36yr old female came to the Governor’s Harbour Police Station with her 18yr old son of same address and reported on his behalf that on Sunday the 7th of July 2013, sometime after 9:30pm while walking home from a friend’s house in North Palmetto Point, a dark skinned male clad in black clothing wearing a white t-shirt covering his face came out of an abandoned building situated some forty feet from his residence approached and grabbed him from behind putting him in fear and attempted to search his pockets, however, he was able to escape and fled to his residence. This matter is under investigation.

Attempted Robbery

On Friday the 12th of July 2013 at 9:00am, a 29yr old male came to the Governor’s Harbour Police Station and reported that on Wednesday the 10th of July 2013. Sometime around 3:00am while in North Palmetto Point in the area of the A.M.E. Church, he was approached by a male who was wearing a mask but was known to him. The male attempted to rob him putting him in fear for his life. This matter is under investigation.

tWO mEN AND ONE JUVENILE REMANDED TO PRISON AFTER TWO SUCCESSIVE ROBBERIES Burglary Report On Wednesday 10th July, 2013 sometime around 1:55pm a 51yr old male contacted the Governors Harbour Police station via phone and reported that sometime around 11:30pm on 09/07/2013 he retired for bed. At about 2:00am on 10/07/2013 he woke up and met a dark skinned male who is about 5’ 8” clad in dark clothing standing in his bedroom with a flash light in hand. The complainant stated that when he questioned the suspect concerning his reason for being in his residence he ran off in an unknown direction. Police on Thursday July 11th and Friday July 12th 2013 arrested two 25yr old males of Palmetto Point, and a 15yr old male in reference to Burglary. They were later interviewed under caution and charged with those offences. The men were subsequently released (conditions not known at print time). SUBSEQUENT Burglary Reported with Arrest On Saturday the 13th of July 2013 at 5:30pm, a 34 yr old male, contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station via email and reported that on Wednesday the 13th of June 2013 while vacationing with his

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family at the Banks Road in North Palmetto Point Eleuthera, sometime around 2:00am he awoke from sleep and met a tall dark male clad in a white t-shirt standing in his room, as a result he got up and pursued the individual while arming him self with a knife. The male fled but while pursuing the male he saw a second dark male individual who was on the balcony of the vacation home who also fled and a third male individual squeezing through the rear sliding door who also fled. Investigative Action/Results: Arrest reference to Burglary Officers from the Governor’s Harbour Police Station arrested the same three individuals of the robbery three days earlier. The culprits have reportedly been remanded to prison with court dates in September 2013.

Assault & Damage Report with Arrest

On Sunday the 14th of July 2013 at 1:12am, a 21yr old female reported to the Governor’s Harbour Police Station that sometime around 1:00am on the 14/07/2013 she had just arrived home and while walking to her residence she was approached by her ex-boyfriend who attacked her by punching her a total of three times to the head and slapping her once across the face while in the process damaging her chain which is costume jewelry valued $20.00. She further stated that for the past few days after they had broken up, she had been receiving a number of calls and messages from him in which he threatened to kill her for leaving him. Investigative Action/Results: At 3:10am on Sunday the 14/07/2013, Officers from the Governor’s Harbour Police Station arrested a 39yr old male in reference to assault and damage. He was later charged with those offences.

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

In August

At the Eleuthera Arts and Cultural Center (EACC) Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera Upcoming Events *NOW ON DISPLAY - The Central Eleuthera High School Art Exhibit.

* For more information on the above programs please contact the Center at tel: 334-4101 or email: info@eleutheraarts.org

July 30 - Aug. 5 HATCHET BAY BAY FEST ‘Unforgettable Days of Summer’” Tuesday July 30th –

Hatchet Bay Pride 8:00 am – 1:00 pm Bayfest Clean Up Competition 7:00 pm Prayer Service - St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 8:30 pm Dinner Band March to Park 9:00 pm Family Games (Hoola Hoop, Needle & Thread, Three-Legged Race, Sack Race, Egg & Spoon, etc.) 10:00 DJ Earthquake

Wednesday July 31st –

Karaoke Wednesday 5:00 pm DJ 6:00 pm Soldier Crab Race, Crab Catching Competition, & Other Games 8:00 pm Karaoke 9:00 pm Bay Fest Talent Search Trials 10:00 pm ‘Know Your Tunes’ 11:00 pm DJ Earthquake

Thursday August 1st - –

Faces of the Bay 3:00pm Stalls Open 6:00 pm Watermelon Eating Contest 7:00 pm Karaoke 8:00 pm Bay Fest Dancers 9:00 pm Recognizing Friends of Hatchet Bay 10:00 pm Bay Fest Talent Search Trials 11:00 pm DJ Earthquake

Friday August 2nd –

Rake n Scrape Friday 3:00pm Stalls Open 6:00 pm Karaoke 7:00 pm Official Opening 7:30 pm Island Princesses 8:00 pm Spanish Wells Band 8:30 pm Bay Fest Dancers 9:00 pm Bay Fest Talent Search Quarter Finals

9:30 pm Skit 11:00 pm Live Entertainment by The Sky Juice Band 12:00 am DJ Earthquake Hue: Aquamarine *Door Prize for ‘Who Wears it Best’ *Prize awarded between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. *Must be present to win

Saturday August 3rd -

“Pandora Gibson Gomez” Cultural Saturday” 7:00 am Recorded Devotion by Rev. Dr. P. A. Gibson 7:00 am Walking Tours of Hatchet Bay 8:00 am Stalls Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Fishing Tournament at Pond Dock 12:00 pm Story Telling (Ms. Rhona and Ms. Mary Dawn) 1:00 pm Sands Beer Bikini Beach Bash and Beerfest - Big Bay 1:00 pm DJ Earthquake 2:00 pm Bayfest Family Fun - Hoola Hoop, Ski pping Contest, Marbles 3:00 pm Watermelon Eating Contest 4:00 PM Kangaroo Court 5:00 pm Karaoke 6:00 pm The Best of Our Local Talent 7:00 pm Bay Fest Dancers 8:00 pm Bay Fest Talent Search Semi Finals 9:00 pm Fashion Show by Angelica 10:00 pm Live Entertainment by The Sky Juice Band 11:00 pm Live Entertainment by Stileet 12:00 am DJ Earthquake

July 28 - Aug. 4

TARPUM BAY HOMECOMING ‘Back to The Bay’” Sunday July 28th –

Church Service at 4pm, held at Church of the Living God

Monday July 29th – Stalls OPEN Music by DJ Snow

Tuesday July 30th – Stalls OPEN Music by DJ Snow

Wednesday July 31st – Stalls OPEN Music by DJ Snow

Thursday August 1st – Stalls OPEN Music by DJ Pressure and Big Mo Entertainment

Friday August 2nd – Stalls OPEN Music by DJ Pressure and Big Mo Entertainment 8:00 pm - Entertainment begins Juice Unit Dancers Back to the Bay Dancers

Guest Artist: Dyson Knight

Sunday August 4th -

Saturday August 3rd –

Serenade Sunday

Stalls OPEN Music by DJ Pressure and Big Mo Entertainment 8:00 pm - Entertainment begins Y2K Dancers Back to the Bay Pole Plaiting Junkanoo Rushout

8:00 am Stalls Open 10:00 am DJ 11:00 am Bayfest Church Service - St. Marks Methodist Church 2:00 pm Community Marching Band on Main Street 2:30 pm Recorded Devotion by Rev. Dr. P. A. Gibson 3:00 pm Gospel Concert on the Park 4:00 PM Kangaroo Court 5:00 pm Karaoke/Bay Fest Talent Search Finale 7:00 pm Bayfest Dancers 7:30 pm Jazz in the Park - Sky Juice 8:00 pm TUTU Divas Fashion Show 9:00 pm Bridal Show by Angelica 9:45 pm Bayfest Raffle 10:00 pm Live Entertainment by The Sky Juice Band 11:00 pm Live Entertainment by Geno D 12:00 am DJ Earthquake

Monday August 5th -

Wind Down Monday 8:00 am Stalls Open 1:00 pm Family Beach Day Seaside 6:00 pm Live Music Bayfest Park by DJ EarthQuake

Guest Artist: SPICE Sunday August 4th – Gospel Concert

7:30 - (Special Guest Artist)

In August

At the South Eleuthera Mission Please Join Us….. Coffee Mornings at the Mission Every Tuesday morning - 9am to 11:30am.

*Community Sewing Classes at The South Eleuthera Mission - July 25th to August 29th 2013 - 6 weeks - For more information, and to register, please contact Samuel Cartwright at the South Eleuthera Mission at 334-2948 or 225-9870.

Thank you and we look forward to your continued support. Fax: (242)334-2949 E-mail: southeleutheramission@gmail.com Website: www.southeleutheramission.com

July 24

3rd Annual South Eleuthera Junior Tennis Camp The 3rd Annual South Eleuthera Tennis Camp begins on July 24th, 2013. Children from age 5 to Teens are invited to come out and partici pate. For more information contact coordinator, Mr. Alvin McKinney at 334-0028 or 431-9267.

In August

Eleuthera Cancer Society ***2nd Annual Pathway to Wellness: Reversing the Trends, Health and Wellness Symposium*** The One Eleuthera Foundation in collaboration with the Cancer Society of Eleuthera and Family Medicine Center will host the 2nd Annual Pathway to Wellness: Reversing the Trends, Health and Wellness Symposium under the theme “The Pathway to the Cure”

August 1st through August 3rd, 2013. This year, the Symposium will look primarily at cancer, as that is one of the largest contributors to morbidity and mortality in Eleuthera. The lineup of presenters will speak to the scope of the disease, the options for management of it within the country and within our own local community, and what we need to do to begin to reverse the trends based on recent research. Fully Functional Thrift Shop Come in and shop Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also open First Saturday of each month 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. We also receive thrift item donations. (* Must be usable - can include clothing, shoes, household items, etc.) Hall Space available for Rental Can be used for Small Conferences, meetings, luncheons, dinners and other functions. Other amenities include a fully stocked kitchen, free wifi, state of the art sound system, projector and screen. The Cancer Society Eleuthera Branch is here for you! Offering Education and Support for Cancer patients and their families. We can also assist with early screening (Men & Women) Call our Office at 332-1804 or 225-6480 Mon. to Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..


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New President: Jacqueline Gibson

hands over Rotary Club of Eleuthera’s reins to Robyn Curry By The Eleutheran News Team

Knowles, received the ‘Blue Marlin Rotarian Partner Service Award’ for being the best Rotary spouse on the island – said to have been willing to assist his wife and Rotary member, Leahnora Knowles at any time; One Eleuthera, received the ‘Lignum Vitae Community Former RCE President Jacqueline Gibson (right) graciously hands over the Partnership Award’ for gavel to incoming President Robyn Curry (left) their work with the RoOn Friday evening, District, of which it is a tary Club; Kathy ColJune 28th , 2013, the Ro- part. man was awarded for givSuccessful commu- ing her time and talent to tary Club of Eleuthera (RCE) hosted its annual nity projects, as well as the children of the School changeover, at the Eleu- an aggressive growth push for Exceptional Learnthera Arts and Cultural in the establishment of a ers - holding yoga classes Center in Tarpum Bay, Rotaract, Interact, as well with them weekly; Max where the President and as an Earlyact club on the Leary was also awarded Board members turned island of Eleuthera have for his contribution to the over their responsibilities set the members apart breakfast program for the to a new crop of leaders in thus far from competing Exceptional Learners; and clubs in the region. In the Dr. Joanna Paul received the organization. The President during most recent Rotary 7020 the ‘Yellow Elder Youth the 2012/2013 year, Jac- District Conference held Service Award’ for her queline Gibson, formally in the British Virgin Is- work with pioneering the handed over the Club gav- lands, under the auspice of Earlyact club. el to incoming President District Governor Vance During her incoming for the 2013/2014 year, Lewis, now Past President speech, President Robyn Robyn Curry, in a ceremo- Jacqueline Gibson and Curry spoke of her goal ny which mirrored thou- her Board, were presented to continue the push for sands of others happening with the District Gover- growth, not just in numglobally - as June/July is nor’s Platinum Award, the bers, but in the level of the period when a change- highest honour for a Ro- voluntary participation over of management hap- tary Club, which was one and contribution of inpens annually - throughout of many received during dividual members in the all levels of Rotary Inter- the Conference. Rotary Club of Eleuthera. Before passing on the She also stated her comnational around the world. Honoured guests dur- gavel, Past President Jac- mitment to providing ing the event were Assis- queline Gibson took the even further support to the tant Governor, Stanford opportunity to recognize a younger Rotaract, Interact Charlton, accompanied by number of the club’s mem- and Earlyact clubs formed his wife Nadine Charlton, bers who had gone above on the island - all in keepwho made a special effort and beyond expected duty ing with the new Rotary to be in attendance, and during the 2012/2013 year, year’s theme of, “Engage presented remarks before making special contribu- Rotary, Change Lives.” tions of personal time and the official handover. Serving Presidents The four year old Ro- money as well as sacrific- during the four year histary Club of Eleuthera has ing in many other ways. tory of the Rotary Club Among those recog- of Eleuthera include Mr. achieved a tremendous amount in its relatively nized were Maisy Pinder, Shaun Ingraham (2009 short time since beginning, who received the ‘Fla- – 2011), Mr. Ian Carey back in April of 2009, and mingo Service Above Self (2011 – 2012), and Jacquehas carved out for itself a Award’ for her unselfish line Gibson (2012 – 2013). reputation of being one of assistance at every level the best in the Rotary 7020 in the Club; Mr. Kevin

Congratulations

to

Miss Makai Maurice

Valedictorian of her 2013 class at P.A. Gibson primary school, where she graduated with top honours, receiving awards in all eleven (11) subjects. Continue to excel and always remember to put God first! With love from your grand dad Lherisson “Willie”, parents Devin and Shantell, your sis Myerr, aunts, uncles and the entire Maurice, Laverity, and Green families.

2013 Police Camp Kicks Off!

By The Eleutheran News Team Summer camp season has begun in Eleuthera with a wide variety of options for youngsters languishing in the freedom from schoolwork and from the confines of the classroom. One of the largest camp organizations on the island, with four separate locations in North, Central, and South Eleuthera is the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Camp program. According to Sergeant Mavis Knowles, Camp Coordinator at the South Eleuthera location being held on the grounds of the Tarpum Bay Primary School, one hundred children

showed up at that one location to participate in the six week long day camp, which this year runs from 9am to 1pm daily, from July 1st to August 9th. Large numbers can also be expected in the other Districts. Day one in South Eleuthera was planned as an allday fun day for the excited crowd of children, who participated in entertaining activities, with group games, like musical chairs and water balloon throwing, as well as face painting, and many more. During the rest of the first week at camp, the kids

would receive a visit from Doctor Knowles, Dental Hygienist, who would give them free cleanings; jewelry making with all natural materials is also on the activity roster, as well as a day’s session with International Dance Artist – Kelvin Cooper. A community cleanup is planned for Thursday, teaching the kids to give back, with activities wrapping up on Friday at a day on the beach – and that’s just the first week. Personnel involved at the South Eleuthera Police Camp location include, Sgt. Knowles (Camp Coordinator), Sgt. Armbrister, Sgt. Sands, Corporal Pyfrom, as well as three student advisors in training, who are also assisting with the campers. A grand closing event is also planned for the end of the six-week camp, bringing together the participants from North, Central and South to celebrate what is hoped to be another successful and enriching year of Summer Police Camp in Eleuthera.


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Central Eleuthera Independence Celebrations 2013 Photos by The Eleutheran

Octavia Rolle at the Mic

Eleuthera All Star Marching Band

Global Outreach Ministries Chorale

Boys Brigade carry the flag - Go Ricardo Go!

Malik Fox in song

Eleuthera Combined Youth Choir

Rev. Philip Bethel Eleuthera Combined Youth Choir

Supt. Davis leads inspection team

Uniformed groups march! Rev. Henry White


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Jasmine Kemp Crowned Miss Teen Bluff 2013!!

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Little Miss Bluff Eleuthera crowned!

Top: Full slate of contestants Right: Final Five. Left: Miss Jara Russell Winner! Friday night, July 12th, was pageant night in The Bluff, North Eleuthera, where the annual Homecoming Festival focused on crowning the Miss Teen Bluff 2013. Six teens vied for the coveted crown through four segments featuring, Casual Wear, Professional Wear, Talent and Evening Wear. The young ladies began with a dance routine prepared

especially for the event (photo in the gallery), followed by the Casual Wear segment where they introduced themselves to the surrounding crowd of onlookers, and each contestant described an island in The Bahamas which they represented. During the Professional Wear round, the ambitious ladies shared their career aspirations, which varied from Police Women, to Prime

Minister. At the end of the night, Ms. Jasmine Kemp was crowned the winner coming out ahead of Tameka Kelly in second and Walisha Morimvil in third. The night’s entertainment following the pageant was Sonovia Pierre of Visage.

See photos online at: http://www.eleutheranews.com/permalink/3361.html http://www.eleutheranews.com/permalink/3351.html

Happy Independence Bahamas! Central Eleuthera 40th Independence Anniversary Celebrations. On the grounds of the Administration Building in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera on the evening of July 9th leading straight into the post midnight hours of July 10th, Central Eleuthera celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Independence of The Bahamas with ceremony, song and reflection. Uniformed groups performed in a March Pass which was inspected by a team led by Superintendent of Police on the island, Ismella Davis and also included a living signatory to the declaration of independence, Hon. Phillip Bethel, Administrator of Central Eleuthera Charles King and Head of Immigration Brown (Eleuthera District). Choirs echoed songs of praise in honour of the Independence of the Nation, achieved in 1973 from the clutches of a British Colonial empire.

Sunday night was **showtime** for 12 young girls of North Eleuthera vying, with their eager family members, to become the 2013 Little Miss Bluff in this the 19th year of the Annual Festivity and in Celebration of Forty Years (40) of Independence for the country. The pageant which got started on Friday evening with a motorcade through North Eleuthera, was hosted by the Bluff Homecoming committee at the Purple Mae Restaurant on Sunday, July 7th, 2013 in the run up to the Bluff Homecoming weekend. The little contestants showed off their poise and grace in a number of fashion segments as well as a question and answer challenge. After the final segment where the young girls styled in fabulous formal dresses, it was then up to the judges to decide which contestant was most deserving of the coveted title of “Little Miss Bluff”.

The twelve young contestants were: Padera Cash (Miss Jasmine) Shania Heastie (Miss Lilac) Layla Isaacs (Miss Clover) Allyana Henry (Miss Buttercup) Sherlinda Ladresse (Miss Cherry Blossom) Princess Joseph (Miss Water Lilly) Tenaja Johnson (Miss Sunflower) Rosie Joseph (Miss Morning Glory) Jara Russell (Miss Hibiscus)

Robinjina Louismar (Miss Carnation) Roseland Diejuste (Miss Blue ball) Warrae Hudson (Miss Yellow Elder) When the scores were tallied, five of the twelve contestants had made it to

the top, including Miss Layla Isaacs – as fourth runner up, Miss Allyana Henry – third runner up, Miss Tenaja Johnson as second runner up, and Miss Warrae Hudson in the first runner up position. Miss Jara Russell (pictured above) was crowned as the new Little Miss Bluff, in front of a crowd cheering so loudly – it sounded more like a roar. The five finalists, awaiting the final announcement: (L-R) Miss Layla Isaacs, Miss Allyana Henry, Miss Tenaja Johnson, Miss Warrae Hudson and Miss Jara Russell. Miss Russell also ran away with titles for Best Float, Miss Popularity, Miss Photogenic, Best Evening Wear, and Best Costume. Miss Amity was awarded to Miss Padera Cash. Second and third positions in the Float parade competition were Miss Layla Isaacs and Miss Princess Joseph, respectively.


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Prime Minister Christie praises the Constitutional Commission

-- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie (at right holding the Report) received a copy of the Report of the Constitutional Commission into a Review of The Bahamas Constitution from members of the Constitutional Commission led by its Chairman, Sean McWeeney (holding the Report at left) in the Cabinet Room, Monday, July 8, 2013. The Cabinet Ministers were also present. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Note; Eleuthera’`s representative on the commission, Chandra Sands, stands over the shoulder of Mr. Sean McWeeney in the photo.

By Llonella Gilbert Bahamas Information Services

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie praised the Constitutional Commission that he set up to Review The Bahamas Constitution for getting the views of the Bahamian people from throughout the country during the information gathering process. “We are so happy to see the emphasis placed by this Commission on consultation with people in our islands, because to too great an extent, because of the capital being here and the majority of people being here and this being the centre of Government, we tend to be Nassau centric, and so to that extent people of the islands are not full participants in the democracy of our country,” the Prime Minister said. “So the fact that you have gone

out there, you have sensed what they want to see and want to hear, I think is very important, but we must recognise that it is a work in progress. “We have to pay a lot of attention to ensure that our democracy is understood and felt by people in our islands,” he added at the Presentation of the Report of the Constitutional Commission at the British Colonial Hilton, Monday, July 8, 2013. Prime Minister Christie said the report will be read very carefully, keeping in mind that the Government of The Bahamas must take a position, must take it to the Legislature for its support and then ultimately, the Bahamian people will make the decision as to what recommendations they will accept. He explained that the Government and the Opposition have received copies of

the Report at the same time and will have to determine to what extent they are able to agree in moving forward with the recommendations of the Report and agree on what goes into making up the questions in the Referendum that will take place. “We know already that we agree on eliminating gender discrimination in regard to citizenship and in respect to sex.” The Prime Minister noted that he believes the recommendations made by the Commission are intended to bring about a deepening of the country’s democracy and a greater degree of accountability of that democracy. Chairman, Constitutional Commission, Sean McWeeney, QC explained that Prime Minister Christie appointed the Commission in August 2012 with the broad mandate “to conduct a comprehensive

review of the Constitution of The Bahamas, and to recommend changes to the Constitution in advance of the 40th anniversary of Independence next year. These changes will require a national referendum to be held in due course so that the will of the people can be determined on the matter”. Mr. McWeeney said the Commission was directed to focus on thematic constitutional issues and specific questions. “These included among others, the strengthening of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, with particular focus on citizenship provisions, a review of the provisions relating to the distribution of state power versus civil liberties and individual rights; whether The Bahamas should evolve from a Constitutional monarchy into a republic within the Com-

monwealth of Nations; matters relating to the Judiciary, including whether the Privy Council should remain the final appellate court; the composition of both Houses of Parliament, and accountability of political representatives.” The Commission also had to consider questions relating to the country’s political system which were as follows: Whether there ought to be fixed terms for general elections; Whether there ought to be fixed terms for Prime Ministers and Members of Parliament; Whether the electorate should be vested with limited rights to recall their MPs; Whether the Senate, being an appointed body, should be constituted differently to encapsulate a broader cross-section of national interests; Whether eligibility for service in the Senate should be lowered

from 30 to 21, the same age that applies to the House of Assembly; Whether the unqualified right to free speech enjoyed by legislators needs to be modified so as to give the individual citizen either a limited right of reply to defamatory attacks against him in Parliament, or a right to seek redress against the offending legislator in a court of law; and Whether the constitutional power and authority over criminal prosecutions now vested in the Attorney General should be transferred instead to a constitutionally independent Director of Prosecution with security of tenure.

Members of the public who wish to review the work done by the Commission can find information on HYPERLINK “http://www.bahamas. gov.bs” www.bahamas.gov. bs.

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