Eleuthera, Harbour Island & Spanish Wells
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Volume 10, Issue 1, February 2017
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New public DOctors
finally in place on the island BY THE ELEUTHERAN NEWS TEAM
The public health network on island, in late 2016, received its first permanent medical doctor replacement, marking the beginning of alleviating the shortage in The Eleutheras. Public health in Eleuthera during the final four months of 2016, had one medical doctor available to service the entire Eleuthera district in the person of Dr. Smith, based in South Eleuthera. Local health officials recently confirmed that Dr. Farrington, a new resident doctor began service in North Eleuthera during the month of December 2016, servicing the North Eleuthera, Spanish Wells and Harbour Island areas. As of January 2017, Dr. Watson is now in position in Central Eleuthera on a temporary basis, to be replaced in February by another temporary physician, Dr. Wallace. A permanent resident doctor in Central Eleuthera is expected, officials say, during the month of April 2017. Dr. Smith continues to serve the public in South Eleuthera. Four Month Challenge:
The shortage of doctors on the island was highlighted in September 2016 and was an item of concern raised during a Disaster Preparedness meeting, ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew into The Bahamas during early October 2016. It was confirmed then that Dr. John Mensah, who had served in The Bahamas for the previous twenty years, and had most recently been based in Central Eleuthera, was no longer serving on the island. Likewise Dr. Caponi who had been based in the north, serving North Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells was also no longer serving that area. Attendees expressing concerns about the status of health services in The Eleutheras were informed that despite the shortage of doctors on island, the district was staffed with a good compliment of professional registered nurses and nurse practitioners, skilled in emergency services, midwifery, community nursing and other critical areas.
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illegal landing in S. Eleu
Authorities detain over two dozen people after the discovery of a battered boat on a beach in Bannerman Town. A capsized Haitian vessel, with an outboard engine attached, was discovered on Sunday evening, January 22nd, 2017, on the coast near Bannerman Town in South Eleuthera, at about 10pm. Police and Immigration after searching the surrounding areas, as of 10am on Monday, January 23rd, had taken eight (8) Haitian nationals into custody - five (5) males and three (3) females. Two additional people, also of Haitian nationality, with up-to-date documentation to be resident in the Bahamas, were reportedly found lurking in the area, and were arrested on suspicion of being connected to the landing. The call, reporting suspicious activity in the area where the boat was found, came in to the Rock Sound Police sta-
tion sometime before 10pm on Sunday evening. Both Police and Immigration responded, resulting in the discovery of the capsized Haitian vessel. An intense search throughout the area surrounding Bannerman Town beach continued throughout the day on Monday, resulting in twelve illegal immigrants of Haitian nationality being taken into custody from the area near the beach landing. Further investigations on Monday led officers to Cupid’s Cay, Governor’s Harbour, and acting on information, they were able to take another large group of illegal immigrants into custody. By end of day on Monday, a total of twenty six (26) illegal immigrants had been taken into custody - nineteen (19) males and seven (7) females.
According to authorities, arrangements were made for the group to be transported to New Providence on Tuesday morning, January 24th, 2017. The two residents taken into custody on suspicion of facilitating the landing were reportedly placed before the courts, also on Tuesday morning.
Congratulations Harniqua Bodie on making a 4.0 G.P.A. Once again you have made your family very proud. Remember to always put God first. From your Mom, Dad and family: “We Love You”
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Eleuthera… All That Jazz 2017 Coming in March …
Now in their 5th year of the “Eleuthera… All That Jazz” event, organizers sent out a special thank you to all of their sponsors, highlighting Damianos Sotheby’s Realty and Holowesko, Pyfrom and Fletcher law firm, for their loyal support from the very first year. This year’s “Eleuthera… All That Jazz” is promised to be as amazing and dynamic as ever! About the 2017 event, Founder and Chairman, Patricia Oakes Leigh-Wood, commented, “This year’s exciting line-up includes some fresh sounds from Europe... popular singer, Myra-Maud, (www.myramaud.com) based in Germany, who everyone so enjoyed in 2014. Since then, her career has taken her to exciting places and extended her amazing repertoire. From Milan, Italy, Tomasso Starace (www.tom-
masostarace.com) on sax and other horns, performing with Masimmo Colombo (www.masimmocolombo.com) on piano. They will also be backing Myra as well as performing as a duo! From Toronto, Canada we have Steve Koven’s Trio (www.stevekoven.com) who will perform their own original compositions, as well as backing Bahamas’ own wonderful singers, Anuschka Wright and Osano Neely.” “Joining the above artists will be the wonderfully talented musicians from Nassau… Already confirmed are Adrian D’Aguilar on bass, Kevin Dean on drums and Tino Richardson on sax. Naturally, our super talented Musical Director, Johnny Schütten, so much a part of the musical scene on Eleuthera, will be playing the piano whenever he can,” Mrs. Leigh-Wood added! During the 2016, “Eleuthera… All That Jazz”, guest musicians took part in a ‘Meet the Instrument’ event, held on the Saturday morning at the Haynes Library, where dozens of children were given the opportunity to meet the jazz artists and their instruments face to face in small groups. A high school student who was self-taught on the piano, was fascinated by
Rotary Club of Eleuthera makes cheque donation to CEHS for a project headed by its Interact Club On Wednesday morning, January 11th, 2017, the Rotary Club of Eleuthera, represented by President Colin Moss, presented Principal Marie Galanis at the Central Eleuthera High School (CEHS), as well as Advisors, and Interact Club members at CEHS with a monetary donation. The cheque donation presented by the Rotary Club of Eleuthera was said to be for the purpose of assisting with a Lunch Bench Project for the school, being spearheaded by the Interact Club.
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the skill and depth of knowledge displayed by the jazz pianist and composer, Art Hirahara. With local BGCSE national exams coming up, and Music on the list, the brave teen jumped at the opportunity to learn more. After speaking with Art following the presentations, he agreed to give of his time while on island and gave a one on one lesson to boost the student’s practical skills in preparation for their Music BGCSE exam. They went on to receive an A result, and shared that the short time afforded with such a talented musician had been invaluable. Described as a “Pillar of the community in Central Eleuthera”, all profits are said to go to enable the Haynes Library, in Governor’s Harbour to offer a number of diverse programs throughout the year to children, adults, residents and visitors alike. To find out more about the ongoing work at the Haynes Library, click on: https://vimeo. com/162898510. Online tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ eleuthera-all-that-jazz..., or at the Haynes Library in Governor’s Harbour. Schedule of Events is as follows:
Wednesday, March 29th to Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 Mar.29 Wednesday 6pm, Sunset Concert - Wild Orchids, Rock Sound - $20 cover charge Mar.30 Thursday 5:15pm Jazz Vespers, St. Patrick’s Church, Governor’s Harbour 7:45 pm 1648 Restaurant, Governor’s Harbour $20 cover charge Mar.31. Friday 7:15pm Jammin’ at Fish Fry, Governor’s Harbour Apr. 1 Saturday 10am Meet the Instrument, Haynes Library, Governor’s Harbour 7:15pm Levy Concert (tickets) Apr.2. Sunday 12:30pm On the Rocks Lunchtime Concert (tickets)
Regulatory Framework announced for the Fly Fishing Industry of The Bahamas. by BIS NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray announced that on Monday, January 9, 2017 Fly Fishing Industry regulations will come into effect. Minister Gray made the announcement at a Press Conference at the Ministry’s offices on January 4, 2017 to introduce the Regulatory Framework for the Fly Fishing Industry of The Bahamas. Fly Fishing, he said, is worth more than half a billion dollars annually for The Bahamas, and for more than 20 years, stakeholders of the industry under several administrations have sought to have regulatory oversight established. Said Minister Gray: “Ladies and gentlemen, the Fly Fishing industry in The Bahamas is said to be worth more than half a billion dollars. For more than 20 years, and under several administrations, the men and women involved in the Fly Fishing industry of The Bahamas have been seeking to have this very important industry regulated. He continued: “The Fly Fishing industry
worldwide is said to be worth (in revenue terms) over $5 billion, and in The Bahamas it is said to be worth more than $5 million in revenue annually.” Detailing the process that has brought industry developments to this point, he said: “About six or seven years ago, the majority of the guides in The Bahamas, formed themselves into a registered body called the ‘Bahamas Fly Fish Association’. Two years ago, the Government of The Bahamas, led by my Ministry, agreed to the regulation of the Fly Fishing Industry in The Bahamas. As a result, months of consultations and negotiations began with all stakeholders throughout The Bahamas.” He said, “The Flats Fishing sector is an important part of the Bahamas’ tourism product and is responsible for the employment of hundreds of Bahamians throughout The Bahamas. This is particularly true for the islands of Andros, Abaco, Acklins, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Bimini, Long Island and Mayaguana. Because this sector was not governed by any form of regulations, those involved in the industry acted as they de-
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sired, without any rules or regulations and without any safeguard for conservation and sustainability of the industry. This position we believe could not be continued.” Minister Gray pointed out that The Bahamas was the only country in the Caribbean, the Americas, and other competing jurisdictions, with no law governing Fly Fishing. Consultative meetings, he said, were attended by all stakeholders including the Ministry of Tourism, fishing guides, marina and hotel operators, fishing lodge operators, Bahamas National Trust, other conservation groups, and non-governmental organizations – all under the guidance of the Attorney General’s Office, with input from the Department of Marine Resources. Interested persons and private sector stakeholders who were unable to attend the meetings gave input by email and fax, and where necessary those views were factored into the final regulation. Regulations require that all persons using the Flats, such as guides, anglers, and do-ityourselfers (DIY’s) have a license issued by the Department of Marine Resources in New Providence, or by the Family Island Administrators in the Family Islands. Soon licenses will be issued online, for a small license fee – Daily Fee $5.00; Weekly Fee $20; and Yearly Fee $60. All guides are expected to be certified over time by the Ministry of Tourism and the Department of Marine Resources, in conjunction with approved Fly Fishing associa-
tions in The Bahamas. Minister Gray pointed out aspects of the regulations to be noted: 1. Bahamian certified fishing guides will be employed if two or more anglers are fishing on the Flats by means of a vessel (skiffs, etc.); 2. Only Bahamian registered vessels will be allowed on the Flats; 3. Only Bahamians will be allowed to act as guides; 4. All anglers over the age of 12 years will need a license to fish; 5. Do-It-Yourselfers or DIY’s will need no fishing guide; 6. A conservation fund will be established for the conservation and management of the Flats and its Fishery Resources; 7. No commercial fishing will be allowed on the Flats; 8. The Fishery covered by this regulation includes the Bone Fish, the Tarpon, the Cobia and the Permit. The fines and penalties as set out in the regulations will be strictly enforced. Minister Gray stated the regulations would come into effect on Monday, January 9, 2017. He encouraged everyone to observe the regulations and so strengthen the future growth of the Fly Fishing Industry.
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Sayle’s Saga: The Lost Baby Manatee BY Tom Glucksmann
they swam back onto the shallower beds of the Great Bahama Bank Sayle twisted and spun a full revolution showing her gratitude for leaving what to her felt like bottomless depths. A fine patch of seagrass caught her eye and Gina murmured approval for snack time to begin. Gina knew their travel itinerary was long today and the next, sustenance would be needed. Sayle’s new love for vegetation saved her mother’s milk stores for another time. Unlike Gina’s homeland across the Gulf Stream, the Bahamas offered far fewer opportunities for a drink of fresh water and manatees craved it, much like their fellow oxygenbreathing mammals she spied standing on their boats and docks. With a quick dive, she closed on Sayle down at the bottom, already chomping into a muddy, grassy clump. A non-verbal signal only told Sayle to follow and Gina led them to a fresh water seep further along the seabed. The same fresh water Spanish explorGina and Sayle in Spanish Wells harbour, Eleuthera before intervention in February of 2016 to free Sayle of a mono-filament line entangled around her right flipper. Photo credit to Shane Gross, Gross Photographic.
Even having gone from the light shallow blue to deep dark blue water numerous times in her young life; Sayle’s instincts kicked into gear, steering upwards she tucked in closer to her parent, the strokes of their massive tails in synch. Sayle, a 9-month-old West Indian manatee born a native Bahamian right in the waters of Spanish Wells which she now swam away from, moved easier, reassured by the presence of her almost 1,000-pound mother. Her mother, a veteran of four Bahamian-born calves, gave a low chirp, further reassurance that she was close and they were making this journey together. Again in synch they steered surfaceward, mother Gina hesitating, wiser in her years, listening for the motors of man’s machines. The scars decorating the skins of her friends and mates, part of her memories from the occasional meetings and gatherings of her kind. Sayle was close to being fully weaned; her mother wanted only to set her on her own journeys in the clear waters flowing through these scattered islands safely and having gleaned some of Gina’s wisdom. It was a wide, wild ocean and as
ers had stopped for to and from their forays deeper into the Americas. The same fresh water they had dug for and had become the famous namesake of the settlement that now stood there. Water. Life. Gina had taught Sayle man could provide it. Like the cruisers who sailed in from North America and beyond the manatee pair’s standard route around the long island (their name for Eleuthera) included stops into marinas where rainwater runoff, drains, air conditioner condensation and hoses helped them top up their bodies’ freshwater reserves. But Gina knew the dangers she put her calf into; indeed Sayle had spent most of her short life entangled in monofilament left by a careless fishermen. Her right flipper had been squeezed almost to the point of amputation; but then those same humans, with their loud voices and dangerous machines had cut the line and set the flipper free.
In Memory Of
Penny Edwards..... Sunrise Dec.1. 1931....... Sunset......Jan28, 2016 Penny Edwards was born Violet Penny Hardt in Maspeth, Queens New York.......Penny arrived in the Bahamas over 50 years ago, where she fell in love with the island and a dashing boat captain , Joseph William Edwards from
Of course she’d again been burdened with a floating annoyance that attached to a belt near her tail; an annoyance she dragged along now some 30 feet deep, slowly moving towards the island the humans called New Providence… …To Be Continued in March’s The Eleutheran newspaper. Author’s note: Sayle and Gina made the swim to the waters surrounding our nation’s capital, arriving in December of last year. Sayle however disappeared soon after and has not been sighted since. Felice Knowles, formerly of Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization said via email: “Due to her young age (~9 months), manatee professionals do not think that she was able to survive on her own.” The organization also offers constant reminders on Manatee Manners: DO NOT touch, chase, or follow them, DO NOT feed them, and DO NOT give them fresh water to drink.
Bristol, Va. They married and went to work chartering their sail boat, “The Bonfire”. thru out the Bahamas and Miami Fla.......until it was destroyed near eleuthera during Hurricane Betsy....Together, they played an active role in the forming of our country.....Joe, a news paper man, worked for the Bahamas News Bureau, then formed The Counselors Ltd., their public relations firm......Joe wrote the political speeches for the government from 1965 to 1990...... Penny prided herself on having typed The Constitution for the newly Independent Bahamas 1973.....They had a lot to do with the late Senator George Thompson campaign. ....she also worked as a secretary to John Watts/Scotiabank, Nassau. Joe succumbed to brain cancer, the very day that Hurricane Andrew inflicted severe damage on their new, aptly named house, ShipWreck Hill. There was major devastation all over eleuthera Aug.221992. as a grieving widow, Penny returned to her beloved, adopted home and began the journey of rebuilding... About a decade ago, Penny announced she was ready to sell the island house......too much hurricanes......health woes.....she hoped to find a place that would provide nearby shopping and health care..... Vero beach became that magical place and that was her goal.....but it took her a decade, making excuses year after year, as to why she could not sell the house......just yet..... She finally achieved that Vero Beach goal........as well as her goal to pay off all of her creditors before she left the island. She spent the first night in her new apartment, surrounded by all of her new furniture and Joe, still in container nearby. During the second night of her new life in Fla., Penny called 911 to report that she thought she might be having a heart attack.....she was right......She never went back to her apartment. Penny Edwards, the widow of Joe Edwards passed away peacefully in her sleep Jan.28,2016...We all hope that she and Joe are finally back together, and sailing around the Bahamas like they did in the 50’s and 60’s... Loving Memories are treasured by her sister, Marion Jaye and family, niece and nephew Junnie and Joan and their family, Joes family, Pennys’ house-keeper/caregiver Sandra Forbes and family, her migratory friends, John Watts, Matt Hoopes, pt and tommy, Rev. David Cann, and the good people of Eleuthera and Nassau.
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Administrator’s Offices Ramping Up Voter Registration Efforts Across Eleuthera January 2017 in the Eleuthera District, saw ramped up efforts in the voter registration drive, spearheaded by the local Administrator’s offices throughout the islands. In an open communication to the public on January 12th, 2017, the Administrator’s office in Spanish Wells, commented, “Registration is at an all-time low in Spanish Wells,” and called for all eligible voters to get registered, further warning that the time for a date to be set for the next general election was soon approaching. “The Prime Minister has the authority to set a date for election and close the register at any time.” Evening voter registration in Spanish Wells was announced for Monday to Thursday (with the exception of public holidays) from 4pm to 6:30pm. Senior Administrator Joseph Ferguson, on Monday, January 23rd, 2017, commented that voter registration was at that time going very well in the Central Eleuthera area with numbers at more than 1200 of the estimated 1400 eligible voters having completed registration. During the brief interview, shortly before 7pm that evening, Administrator Ferguson was busy with his team, hosting an evening voter registration session in Gregory Town. In South Eleuthera, Administrator Glen Lightbourne revealed that voter registration was still sluggish, saying, “We still have a bit of a way to go,” with approximately just 800 eligible voters having regis-
tered to date, which represented just below 50% of the total registrants in the area during the last general election of 2012. Administrator Lightbourne’s team have doubled their efforts, starting by extending registration days to Monday through Saturday, as well as reaching out to the schools - taking the registration team on site to register teachers and staff, with other locations also on the radar in the coming weeks. Evening registration is also taking place in different townships in South Eleuthera, from 5pm to 7:30pm. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the team is in Rock Sound; Tuesday and Thursday in Tarpum Bay; and Fridays are further south in Wemyss Bight, Green Castle, and Deep Creek. Saturdays, the voter registration team can be found at various shopping centers in South Eleuthera. For further information contact the Administrator’s office nearest you. Harbour Island (242) 333-2275/3031 (242) 3332425 (p) Governor’s Hbr 242) 332-2112/3/6 (242) 332-2320 (p) Rock Sound (242) 334-2034/49 (242) 3342566/2634 (242) 225-3258 Spanish Wells (242) 333-4054/4409 Upper Bogue (242) 335-1364 (242) 335-1255 (p)
Eleuthera Schools On Target to Attain a 50% or Slightly Higher Graduation Rate for new standard in June 2017 The upcoming first-ever Eleuthera District’s Bahamas National High School Diploma Graduation Ceremony, scheduled to take place at a centrally located venue (TBA) on Monday, June 12th, 2017, will see successful graduates from a pool of approximately two hundred (200) 12th grade students from six (6) high schools across the district. The Bahamas High School Diploma, sets a new standard for students throughout the country and the first graduation is set for
June 2017. Students who entered senior high school in September of 2014 represented the first groups of students nationally who would have the opportunity to graduate with the Bahamas National Diploma, which according to the Ministry of Education, aimed at establishing a national standard for graduation and enforcing Continued On Page 11
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
under 100-days to the start of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017, members of the Local Organizing Committee said the new stadium will be ready to host thousands of local and international spectators.
highlights in february Valentine Banquet: Church of God, Rock Sound February 17th, 2017 Old Prep/Eleuthera Arts & Cultural Center, Tarpum Bay
High School Track and Field Championships: February 9th - February 10th, 2017 Venue: Rock Sound, South Eleuthera
foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge New Providence.
Eleuthera… All That Jazz 2017
School Events: Junior Junkanoo Event: Saturday, February 4th, 2016
District Spelling BEE: Scheduled to be held on Friday, January 27th, 2017 At the Ministry of Education’s Resource Center Located in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera
Wednesday, March 29th to Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
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Or PUBLIC NOTICE GUN LICENSE COLLECTION SPANISH WELLS All gun licenses submitted for renewal on or before 14 January 2017 are ready for collection during normal office hours. Persons are asked to bring their receipts for collection.
HACE Annual Fund Raising Event 2017 Date: February 25th, 2017 Venue: Sunset Inn Time: 12pm to 2pm Music, food, drinks and a good time! Entry $30. A limited number of items will be auctioned, including a road worthy 1999 Sebring convertible car. All funds raised will be used to support HACE.
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Schedule of events is as follows: Mar.29 Wednesday 6pm, Wild Orchids, Rock Sound - $20 cover charge Mar.30 Thursday 5:15pm Jazz Vespers, St. Patrick’s Church, Governor’s Harbour 7:45 pm 1648 Restaurant, Governor’s Harbour - $20 cover charge Mar.31. Friday 7:15pm Jammin’ at Fish Fry, Governor’s Harbour Apr. 1 Saturday 10am Meet the Instrument, Haynes Library, Governor’s Harbour 7:15pm Levy Concert (tickets) Apr.2. Sunday 12:30pm On the Rocks Lunchtime Concert (tickets)
National Debate Competition Quarterfinals Eleuthera Team (CEHS) Competing against St. John’s College:
Friday, February 17th, 2017
Mid Term Break: February 22nd - February 24th, 2017
Tickets are now available online or at Haynes Library beginning in early February.
Aiming High - Eleuthera Schools Continued from pg. 10 standards of accountability throughout the educational system. A set of minimum graduation requirements were instituted, which each student aiming to graduate would have to meet. The essential requirements include the acquisition of; 4 Bahamas Junior Certificate subjects (BJC’s) in Mathematics, English Language, a Social or Technical Science (Religious Knowledge, Social Studies, Technical Drawing, or Family and Consumer Science), and a Natural Science (General Science, or Health Science); a 90% record of attendance and punctuality; 30 hours of community service; 20 hours of job readiness training; parental participation in at least 3 PTA meetings per annum; a minimum grade point average of 2.0; as well as a minimum of 27 earned high school course credits - by the end of 12th grade. With the national graduation average currently standing at about 50%, the Ministry of Education publicized their aim of reaching an 85% graduation rate by the year 2030. High schools throughout the Eleuthera district have seen a variety of challenges associated with the Class of 2017
being able to successfully reach the goal of attaining the national diploma. After speaking with Principals at four of the six high schools in the Eleuthera district, some common challenges were apparent - including; a number of students struggling to acquire the minimum four BJC subjects, especially Mathematics and Science; and the minimum of 27 high school course credits also posed a unique challenge for scores of students. As explained, students are required to attain at least 9.5 credits in grade 10, another 9.5 credits in grade 11, and at least 8 credits in grade 12 to meet the 27 credit minimum. Each course or class taken during grade 10, 11 and 12 has a credit value of 1 or 1/2, depending on the subject, and students, according to current requirements must pass with an A to C grade to earn the credit for any class taken. This requirement, according to some schools, created an anomaly for some students - who may have acquired the necessary BJC subjects (as a D pass is accepted), as well as the required 2.0 grade point average, however, because of the higher A-C standard for class subjects, may not have
earned enough credits if they got a D in any class subject, with little or no opportunity to retake classes. The fact that not every high school offers the same classes or subjects, because of staffing differences was also a point of discussion, with students in one school possibly having the opportunity to take more classes than a student in the same grade level at another high school, meaning the one taking fewer classes had less opportunity to acquire the necessary credits, with less wiggle room for making up credits if they received less than a C pass in any class. Principals shared that students whose only deficiency was not having the minimum BJC subjects, would still have an opportunity to receive their diploma in August, if they were successful in their June 2017 national exams. Most of the schools reported that as of January, they were hovering right around the 50% mark or just above in terms of 12th grade students who had attained all the necessary requirements for the national diploma, however, one school administrator did comment, “We are not where we want to be.”
To the credit of schools in the district, a rigorous effort was made since September of 2016 to inform students and their parents of their graduation status, and what they needed to do, to attain the requirements for graduation. Several of the high schools have also actively pursued intervention methods to assist students willing to work to make the grade; including summer classes in 2016, as well as lunchtime and afternoon classes during the 2016/2017 school year. Principals also agreed in their positive outlook for the 10th and 11th graders following the Class of 2017, reporting that higher numbers of students already had the basic requirements, and would have had more time to adjust to the demands of the national diploma process. One Principal lauded the program, saying, “I think it’s an excellent idea, and students will rise to the challenge after this first year, especially with their parents pushing and supporting them.”
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An Eleutheran Profile:
Miss Kristy Ferguson By sherelle wallace
Introduction: Kristy always sensed there was something different about her. Her earliest memory was being around the age of three, sitting in a chair, watching her sister and cousin running around the house playing, and desperately wanting to play with them. But she had to remain in the chair as she wasn’t physically able to get herself down or run around. Of course her parents were genuinely perplexed about Kristy’s lack of mobility but couldn’t put a finger on the sudden change. Seeing Kristy’s struggle, her mother assisted her in getting out of the chair and Kristy began to crawl around with a determined drive to not miss out on all the fun the other children enjoyed. This drive, with her parent’s love and encouragement, was the first signs that Kristy was a fighter. Life Change and Challenge: The change in the toddler was so drastic that her parents were forced to seek a doctor’s prognosis and Kristy began a long, tumultuous love affair with hospitals. There was so much she didn’t understand at the time, and she came to see herself as ‘limited’. Christened Kristy Shavanna Ferguson by her parents Bradley and Kayla Ferguson, she was born
and raised in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Kristy has two sisters, Janeekie and Braleachia and a brother, Bradley JR. Now at the age of twenty-six, Kristy still resides in her hometown, making a valuable contribution to the area by single-handedly operating an office supply store. Although she was a healthy delivery at Rock Sound Clinic, as a toddler Kristy suffered a severe blood clot and was diagnosed with a spinal cord injury that affected her lower limbs. In the blink of an eye, Kristy’s life was forever set on a different course. What followed were major surgeries and lengthy stays in hospitals, with her mother travelling with her. Kristy’s battle for mobility and independence began as a toddler and carried through until 2002. She has undergone surgery and treatments at Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence and Shriners Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she spent nearly three months in hospital. These hospital stays have been garnished with numerous clinic visits and stints in various facilities. Hospitalizations included: A Myelogram: Which is an X-ray study that involves the injection of a dye into the spinal canal to assess the nerve roots. A needle is injected into the thecal sac containing the nerve roots with radiopaque dye that will highlight the nerve areas in the X-ray image. Spinal Cord Surgery: To remove severe blood clot Broken legs: Kristy’s legs were broken by doctors to correct her walking in a very bent state. Placement of External Fixation: Metal bars were placed in both her legs in the upper thigh and lower calf. Therapy: For numerous rehabilitative purposes. When asked if there was anything that resonates with her about her hospital stays, Kristy responds: “Yes there is. During my Hospital stay in Philadelphia I met other children like me and who were worse than me. Some of the children were amputees and had spinal cord injuries that were worse than my issues, but they had great spirit and that encouraged me to push on. And then there was my therapist Kyle. She was my favorite person other than my mommy at the hospital. Although it was painful she made most days fun and pushed me to continue.” During a stint at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, New Jersey she frequently met people who helped to enrich her life. And she was fortunate enough to find joy despite her illness and being away from home. Delight came while visiting the New Jersey Aquarium three times. Kristy gets most of her inspiration from her parents, Bradley and Kayla. She is also inspired by international star Fantasia Barrino. “She has an inspiring and powerful voice and I love to sing. She also has so much strength
in spite of all the trials and tribulations she has been through. Like her song says, she made it and I’m making it too. Only God!!” Kristy is also extremely grateful to those who have helped her along the journey to where she is today. School Days: Because of her medical condition, Kristy missed out on a lot of schooling. She attended Rock Sound Primary School, followed by a few terms at Preston H. Albury High, then moved on to Windermere High. Despite time out of school, and without a system to catch up on her courses, Kristy was an accomplished student and managed to maintain a 2 point GPA. She recalls struggling during the earlier transition between Preston H. Albury High and Windermere High because of the stricter grading system at the latter institution. She pushed on, however, and managed to maintain a 3 point GPA. During her time at Windermere High School she became; Student of the Month, Prefect, Student Christian Movement (SCM) Treasurer, and was on the Honor Roll. When Kristy graduated high school, she was in the top four students, slipping out of third place Continued On Page 13
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An Eleutheran Profile Continued from pg. 12 by just a few points. As a result of her good grades she was awarded a grant from The Ministry of Education to attend The College of The Bahamas (Now University of The Bahamas) in 2008. She studied there for three semesters, majoring in Bio/Chemistry. When asked what motivated her to want to attend college and to choose her particular field of study in nursing, Kristy shared: “I wanted to become a nurse because I’ve been in and out of hospitals all my life and so I wanted to in turn help other children feel better. I remember being in the hospital in pain, pressing the buzzer for the nurses to come and they would take forever and have a not-so-pleasant attitude. So, I know how it feels not always having a friendly face when your family isn’t around. I have always had a great appreciation for nurses throughout my life and that hasn’t changed. I know they work hard and a lot of times are overlooked and disrespected by patients. As a result, I always try to be patient with nurses.” After immersing herself in the medical field, and coming to understand more of who she was as a young adult, Kristy realized becoming a nurse wasn’t the path she wanted to continue on. Yet she still had a strong desire to work with children and make a difference in their lives. She enrolled in Hope College, located at Christian Life Center on John F. Kennedy Drive, New Providence. There she studied Early Childhood Education and received a Diploma for Creative Activities in Early Childhood Education. Fortunately, the relocation to New Providence to attend COB didn’t take Kristy away from family completely. She lived with her older sister who, along with other family members, drove her back and forth to the colleges she attended. There were a few times when their schedules didn’t allow for them to be available for Kristy. At those times, Kristy braved the public buses. She was afraid initially, but later was happy she stepped out of her comfort zone because she always strived to be independent. On campus, some of Kristy’s friends assisted her from time to time. And sometimes she toughed it out and often had to walk long distances, which was difficult maneuvering her crutches. Career and Independence: Kristy returned to Eleuthera and continued studies in Early Childhood Education at Success Training College, operated out of the campus at Preston H. Albury High. Kristy was awarded a partial scholarship from the Catholic Church and maintained her good grades at this college as well. When an opportunity opened up for a position at Office General’s expansion to Rock Sound, Kristy took it. South Eleuthera has for many decades been a community of limited opportunities and growth, especially for young adults entering the professional or corporate markets. Positions of a managerial nature are rare, and Kristy is pleased she still
holds her post after five years. As far as fulfilling her calling to work with children, Kristy persists, “I’m still on that journey. I love children and how they can be molded into great students and in turn great adults. And so, I want to become a Preschool Teacher.” Despite her age and physical limitations, Kristy has traveled quite a bit. In addition to living in New Providence, she has visited Miami, Fort Lauderdale, South Carolina, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Atlanta. Building relationships with people in your own community who share similar struggles can sometimes be very therapeutic and Kristy shares: “I have met a couple persons with disabilities throughout the years. I have traveled with a few of them to The Disabled Games that were held in Miami, Florida. I am also in a disabled group on WhatsApp where we encourage each other daily.” For Kristy, what saddens her most is, “When I walk about and adults stare me down trying to figure out what’s wrong with me. That makes me feel different.” She is also disheartened when being passed over for jobs because of her limitations. On the other hand, she is most happy when she is singing, or getting lost in a good book (Historical Romances are her favorite) and when she is with family and her best friend Olivia, whom she misses daily because they are separated. Does Kristy feel as if she’s handicapped? “In some ways, I would consider myself handicapped, because I am limited in different areas in my life. I don’t walk as straight as others. I can’t run like others, although I do try running here and there. I might be limited physically but I make up by being kind, smart and a fast learner. I also try not to put limits on myself. As a child, I became a tomboy, climbing trees, swinging from the vines in the gully. I made lemonade out of lemons.” Her biggest adjustments to not being able to walk without mechanical aide are when she has to ask for assistance when travelling, when there is a long distance ahead of her, and not being able to dance. Future Unlimited: Kristy feels one of her biggest accomplishments so far in her life was graduating from high school, as neither of her parents completed their secondary education. And she’s always wanted to have independence, which is very important to her. Her goals for the future are to become a teacher in the Ministry of Education and to later own her own Pre-school. This is Kristy’s message to anyone with a handicap: “Be encouraged and always stay positive, no matter what else comes our way, because we are not freaks. We are wonderfully special and God has plans for our lives. He wants to use us to touch lives and display His grace through our determination and will power to not be defeated. We can’t go through life ruled by fear. Follow your dreams, go for it! Remember God is our Healer. His way of healing might not be what we expect it to be but he heals our situations, our hearts, and he healed
us from death. That should be enough to never give up and give God the Praise.” Whatever path Kristy chooses to walk in her life, she will continue to inspire others with her journey to fulfilling life’s purpose and her steadfast push to not allow her physical limitations to hold her back. With a smile on her face, a desire to help others, and her intellect, the possibilities in Kristy’s life, are limitless.
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The Department of Immigration in Eleuthera have shared that during the 2016 calendar year, more than 300 people, had been taken into custody on the island, working in partnership with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, for illegal entry into the country. Just under 4% of those arrested were of Jamaican nationality, and 93% were of Haitian nationality. Three ‘illegal vessel landings’ were intercepted in 2016 compared to nine in 2015. Chief Immigration Officer, Eleuthera District, Mrs. Shema Darling, looking positively at this stat, commented, “We’ve put a dent in,” adding that this was an indication that Eleuthera was no longer a ‘Safe Zone’. Assisting the efforts of the Department of Immigration, was an increase in their staffing levels during the year, to thirteen. A new office was opened in Harbour Island. Additional staff were added in Governor’s Harbour, and an office in Spanish Wells is set to open shortly, with an officer already in place. The staffing levels across the Eleuthera
district include; two officers in Rock Sound, four officers in Governor’s Harbour, and another seven in North Eleuthera (including Spanish Wells and Harbour Island). Additionally, a new bus in Harbour Island brought the Immigration fleet to three vehicles, however, officers in Rock Sound are still currently awaiting a vehicle to service that area. The new national initiative of having Reserve Immigration officers is also anticipated to impact staffing levels in the future, and is eagerly awaited. Officer Darling highlighted that the Immigration Department recently celebrated the graduation of a class of recruits, and that a new class was to begin soon. She encouraged individuals on island who were interested in joining Immigration to make application as soon as possible. Officer Darling voiced a reminder to immigrants with legal status in the district, to monitor their status to ensure that it is kept up to date, and that all fees are current. The Department of Immigration intends to reach out to those
Suspected illegal migrants in custody in Eleuthera on January 24th, 2017. They were transferred to New Providence for further processing.
with outstanding fees. Another reminder was to new applicants, that they should not be in the Bahamas while their applications were being processed, and if caught could jeopardize their case. Immigration in Eleuthera working actively with the Police, placed nine Bahamian individuals before the courts in 2015, charged with various forms of aiding an illegal landing. In 2016 all of these individuals were found guilty. “We must discourage this type of activity… and dissuade those persons from engaging in such activity,” explained Officer Barr, with the Department office in Governor’s Harbour. “We are still out there,” said Officer Darling, referring to her team’s efforts to rigorously enforce the immigration laws of the country, adding that
Utter despair on the face of this young woman, a citizen of Haiti, recently detained in Eleuthera. It is a costly journey in search of a better life.
active surveillance continued. “We are also encouraging the public to work with us as they have been doing. They have played an integral role in providing good, credible information,” she added. A warning was also communicated to people working outside of the scope of their permits. Officer Darling commented that if an employer was finding it difficult to keep an employee with a permit fully occupied, the Department of Immigration did have an allowance for up to three employers to share the services of an employee with permit. However, employers/employees would have to make proper application to the department to formalize such an agreement.
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Communication by Fred Mitchell MP Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on 18th Jan, 2017. I wish to address the House on Immigration matters that are now in the public domain. I wish to lay on the table the statistics for repatriations, arrests and releases for the years 2015 and 2016. They are broken down by nationality. The general categories are in 20154,957 people were arrested; 3379 were repatriated; 571 were released. Important to note that amongst those who were released are many who owed work permit fees. Compare and contrast the figures from 2015 to those of 2016: 7357 people were arrested; 6869 were repatriated; 488 people were released. The major categories were Cubans and Haitians. I give these figures for comparison year to year—2015 as compared to 2016: Cubans 1287 in 2016 repatriated compared to 153 in 2015. Haitians 2015 - 3,183 and 2016- 5,241. You will see that there is a substantial jump in the figures of Cubans. We believe that this was largely driven by Cubans anticipating the end of the so called wet foot/ dry foot policy. I wish to record the statement released by the government on the announcement by the United States government on the end of that policy which gave Cubans who landed in the United States a fast track to Permanent Residence. The officials here have said there have not been any interdictions of Cubans since that policy was announced. We continue to watch the situation. FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & IMMIGRATION ON US WET FOOT / DRY FOOT POLICY COMING TO AN END . 12th January 2017 The United States government through its Charge in The Bahamas Lisa Johnson communicated to the Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell this afternoon that with immediate effect, the so called “wet foot / dry foot” immigration policy of the United States with regard to Cuban nationals landing in the United States will come to an end. The United States told the Foreign Minister that the decision comes following the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries the United States and Cuba. The effect of the policy is that Cuban nationals will now be treated like any other foreign nationals landing in the United States illegally. They will be returned following the appropriate screening to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. The Bahamas Government welcomes this decision, particularly as it is believed that this policy was believed to be driving the rise in Cuban landings in The Bahamas. The Government is mindful however that the decision is taken just as the Political Administration in the United States is about to change. The Government waits to see whether the policy will continue beyond the current administration before the Government can determine what the policy’s full effects are.
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Alleged Drowning Victim body discoverd on Christmas Day Police in Eleuthera are investigating an alleged drowning after the recovery of the body of a missing man. The deceased has been officially identified as 25-yearold, Kendal Bethell who resided in Savannah Sound, Central Eleuthera. According to reports, on Sunday, an adult female reported to the Governor’s Harbour Police that she last saw her son, 25 years old, at her residence when he apparently left to attend a party in Governor’s Harbour on Friday evening and she had not seen or heard from him since. At about 9:35am, on Sunday 25th December 2016, an adult male reported to the Police the discovery of a body below the water, at the Public Dock, in Governor’s Harbour. Supt C. Wright and a team of officers responded and the discovered body was retrieved from the water by police along with volunteers. Initial examination reportedly saw no suspicious injury to the body. The body of the deceased was removed from the scene and transport to the Levy Medical Centre for further examination by District Medical Officer Dr. Smith. Police say the investigations are ongoing.
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Deep Creek New Year’s Junkanoo Two Organizations combine efforts Looking to positively impact the community.
by the eleutheran news team The last New Year’s Junkanoo event held in Deep Creek was two years ago, so the Deep Creek Development Association (DCDA) and the Deep Creek Junkanoo Committee (DCJC) worked together to make it happen in 2017. “The crowd and support this year was bigger and better than it was then. It was a very good turnout,” stated DCDA President, Mekell Anderson, who took over the DCDA reins in August from John Pinder. Some of the goals for the DCDA in 2017 shared, Ms. Anderson, was to complete the Resource Center in Deep Creek, and outfit it as a computer lab and library for the students in the community. They also want to put in a playground for the children at the primary school in Deep Creek, as the kids are currently without one. A fishermen’s dock in Deep Creek is also on the wish list of community projects, so that fishermen would not have to go to Cape Eleuthera. “There are a lot of things that we need to do, and we are trying to raise some funds to go towards those,” explained Ms. Anderson. The Deep Creek Development Association also recently donated funds to the Preston Albury Junkanoo Group to sponsor ten of the kids involved to travel with the group to the National Junior Junkanoo competition, held in New Providence during December 2016, where they reclaimed their national championship title. Members of the Deep Creek Development Association include: Mekell Anderson-President; Lyvette Strachan - Vice president; Sabrina Sweeting - Treasurer; Jason Newbold -Assistant Teasurer; Jessica Burrows - Secretary and Franceta Miller - Assistant Secretary. Members of the Deep Creek Junkanoo Committee include: Mr. Leviticus Anderson- President; Mr. Cyril Anderson - Vice President and Ms. Mekell Anderson - Secretary.
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100+ Cove Employees Graduate MOT’s Bahamahost Training Graduates stand with trainers, colleagues and management during the Bahamahost program at The Cove Eleuthera.
Executives: (L-R) Former General Manager, Chorten Wengyel; and President, Mark Grenoble.
On Tuesday evening, December 13th, 2016, St. Gregory’s Catholic Church in Gregory Town hosted more than 110 proud Bahamahost gradu-
ates, all employees of The Cove Eleuthera, as a result of the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) partnering with The Cove Eleuthera to have their entire
staff participate in the service excellence program. During the final quarter of 2016, MOT Bahamahost Trainers, Mrs. Deborah YoungFox, Ms. Levaughn Cooper, and Mrs. Diana Black-Brooks worked with the employees at The Cove who were divided into four different groups on property. President of the Enchantment Group (which bought the resort in 2015), Mark Grenoble, made a special effort to be on island to attend the Bahamahost graduation, and also gave remarks during the event. During an interview in the week following the ceremony, Mr. Grenoble, shared that he had taken away three important bits of information from the graduation event, saying, “First, the partner-
people in to train them and take them to the next level. Our job is to train and to teach people to move up, and the team so far has been responding very well,” he added. When asked about the impetus for the focus on training, Mr. Grenoble, shared, “As I said the other night at the graduation ceremony, Eleuthera is an incredible island within The Bahamas, and The Cove is just special - with the double coved beaches from that standpoint, so it’s got a lot of stuff going on for it. What intrigued us a lot about the property when we came in, was the staff here, because there are a lot of great beaches, and a lot of stuff you can do on the island, but the staff is really what we thought would make
ship with the Bahamian government and The Cove was very impressive; second, was the camaraderie and the team building exercise which was a byproduct of this - because they were in groups, four different groups went through the program and those groups had to get a little competitive, I could tell, but they also bonded. As in any hotel, the front office people hang out with front office, housekeepers hang out with housekeepers, but they weren’t going through the program as departments…, so you had people intermingling. So I think it actually built the team up. Lastly, was the pride of the employees going through the program and graduating. I told them that I would not have believed, had I not seen how impressive everyone was dressed. It was an incredibly good looking bunch of people. The team was appreciative of the program and I think they were honoured to be part of it.” The Bahamahost program was just the beginning step in a major push by the resort in terms of training for their employees. “The addition of a Human Resources Manager in the person of Jewel Edwards, gives us a real focus on training,” said Mr. Grenoble. “This week we also have training going on with the accounting system, the front office system, food and beverage, and housekeeping. We are investing in the team, by bringing outside
the difference, because that’s what people remember. We also have to remember that we are competing with the global world with people who are used to going into - French Polynesia, the One and Only’s, to Turks and Caicos and so we need to be able to compete with that. And those guests have high expectations when we are charging from $700 up to $5,000 a night, so we have to meet that expectation. “This program is very important as a building block to start raising the level of service up to match the guest expectations that come to The Cove. The entire staff went through it, about 110 people. I did not go through the program, although I am familiar with it and know the basics of the program. What I was impressed with, was that the Ministry of Tourism actually did the entire team here. They had never done that for another hotel before, and the fact that they partnered with us to do it - it was a pleasant surprise that the Bahamian government was really investing in the team through the program. We are investing in the team going forward, so I thought it was a great partnership.” When asked about the outlook for the property during 2017, Mr. Grenoble commented,
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Cove & BahamasHost Continued from pg. 22 “We’ve been involved in the property now for eighteen months, and I think it’s been very positive. The team is really responding and this (Bahamahost) has been a step where I saw the team come together. We are very positive on the prospects of this property.”
“We have a lot of momentum going into 2017. Unfortunately, the hurricane set us back a little bit this year in October and November with us staying open, but that’s something we have to evaluate every year. The year has been a good year in general and going into next year, we are way ahead
of where we were this time last year. Also, our rates are going up in 2017, and when rates are increased, guest expectations increase as well, and that is why we need to keep investing in the team and the team to keep responding to that as well,” he added. Future plans for The Cove Eleuthera said Mr. Grenoble, included the addition of more rooms, possibly a spa, as well as a space for wedding venues. “We are doing a lot of weddings here now, and we think there is a potential to do a lot more wed-
| Jan/Feb 2017 23 dings, and we want to make sure we have a nice venue when it does happen to have some Bahamian rain,” he smiled. In 2017, he shared that they would continue to invest in the team, and perhaps add some amenities and boats to the property, and other minor capital efforts.
Celebrating Success: Deep Creek
Middle School Student Awards Term 1, 2016
www. EleutheraNews . com The faculty, staff and families of DCMS would like to congratulate the following students for exceptional performance during their end of term reports for the first trimester. These students are examples amongst their peers. They exhibit true qualities of future leaders in our community and The Bahamas. Once again, CONGRATULATIONS! Keep up the good work!! HONOR ROLL (3.30 and above) Grade 7 Christian Carey (Water Ford) Christina Pratt (Deep Creek) Iesha Fitzgerald (Rock Sound) K’Tonya Johnson (GHB) Shanti Carey (Tarpum Bay) Sheanna Hall (Wemyss Bight) Summer Smith (Deep Creek) Tearra Davis (Rock Sound)
Grade 8 Alia Albury (Tarpum Bay) Darren Thompson (Water Ford) Christiano Knowles (G Castle) Doniqua Nairn (Deep Creek) Jaden Carey (Tarpum Bay) Katrina Seymour (Deep Creek) Tarryn Johnson (Tarpum Bay) Thomas Sands III (Rock Sound) Alisha Albury (Water Ford) Grade 9 Forrest Schmitt (Cape Eleu) Jade Knowles (Tarpum Bay) Khiara Knowles (Rock Sound) Petra Kemp (Rock Sound) Rekenley Preneus (R Sound) Tiara McKinney (Rock Sound) Tiia McKinney (Rock Sound) Tinnicia Bain (Rock Sound) Wisdom Thompson (D Creek) HIGH HONOR ROLL (4.0 and above) Harniqua Bodie (Rock Sound Grade 8
Community Donors in Wemyss Bight Help Make ‘FAME Girls Club’ - Kids Holiday Gift Initiative A Reality The Future Achievers Modeling Excellence (FAME) Girls Club, based in Wemyss Bight, South Eleuthera, set out to bring memorable holiday cheer to all students within the township during the holiday season by purchasing gifts for all children in Wemyss Bight from preschool to grade 6. Club leader, Mrs. Delores Stubbs (also Department Head of Environmental Health in the Eleuthera District), shared that they reached out to a number of people within the community to make the gift purchase initiative a reality, and said the event turned out to be a great success. A very special thanks, said Mrs. Stubbs, was being given to everyone who participated, including Mr. Hilary Richards for providing the music at the event.
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http://eleutheranews.com/?p=8486 Find more Junkanoo Online (Eleuthera Christmas) http://eleutheranews.com/?p=7957 (Tarpum Bay - Jr Junkanoo Primary Champs!) http://eleutheranews.com/?p=8981 (Eleuthera Junkanoo Festiival) Pictured here are the “Lucayans” from Savannah Sound, one of the small but vibrant groups in the Eleuthera Junkanoo Festival held in Governor’s Harbour over the Majority Rule Holiday Weekend.
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through science and outreach: investigating bonefish spawning migrations on Eleuthera by CEI
Though typically, when asked about The Bahamas, many tourists will reflect on the beautiful beaches and culture of the islands; anglers, however, will regale you with tales of schools of bonefish tailing on beautiful flats with mangrove backdrops. Flats fishing in The Bahamas is world-renowned, attracting anglers to try their hand (or fly) at catching a bonefish, the aptly named grey ghost of the flats. In 2010, the flats fishery was valued at $141 million annually, with the majority of revenue generated on the Family Islands for example, bonefishing expenditures by tourists made up over 80% of Andros’ economy in 2010. However, there are many threats to this lucrative fishery, primarily habitat loss as a result of land use changes. As a species that frequently uses the nearshore environment, coastal development directly impacts this species. Protecting this economically important fishery means establishing effective conservation and management plans that are publicly supported and backed by scientific research. A successful management plan for a species should protect each habitat that the species occupies during its life. Bonefish pose a particular challenge for conservation as each stage of a bonefish’s life cycle takes place in a different ecosystem. Specifically, adult bonefish forage in mangrove creeks and tidal flats, yet migrate up to 110 kilometers to spawn in deep water. The resulting eggs drift in pelagic currents for 30-70 days before settling as juveniles in shallow, rocky embayments. After a year, juvenile bonefish transition to subadults for two to three years, occupying a currently unknown habitat before joining the fishery as adults. Currently, researchers are attempting to fill the large knowledge gaps regarding bonefish life history, specifically by locating critical habitat for bonefish. Spawning migrations have been of particular interest to scientists and resource managers alike because reproduction is paramount to the health of a species. Bonefish form site-specific spawning aggregations, which
are schools of hundreds to thousands of fish that gather at the same sites, month after month, typically between October and May, to spawn. Only six locations have been discovered in The Bahamas thus far, and several of the identified migration route and spawning locations have been the locations of proposed development in the form of mega-resorts and cruise ship ports. Thus, the identification and protection of spawning locations throughout The Bahamas will be a crucial step towards successful conservation of the fishery. On Abaco and Grand Bahama, the identification of spawning locations provided support for managed marine areas around these sites by The Bahamas National Trust. Recently, researchers at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) have begun an islandwide investigation of bonefish spawning migrations on Eleuthera. By simultaneously tracking bonefish populations across Eleuthera, researchers aim to identify migration routes and spawning locations, which will be used to understand how bonefish populations are connected. Researchers also aim to use this data to generate a model of factors, such as season, temperature, moon phase, tide, and predation risk, that influence spawning migrations of bonefish. This study can be used to determine critical habitat for bonefish which could support future management decision making. To locate spawning migrations, researchers use acoustic telemetry to track bonefish across the spawning season. Acoustic receivers deployed in strategic locations act as underwater listening stations - when a fish that was surgically implanted with acoustic transmitter swims past, the receiver hears the unique ping of that transmitter and records the fish’s presence in the area. This technique allows researchers to simultaneously track populations of fish across large space- and time-scales. This study created a unique opportunity to provide a hands-on research experience for young students. Engaging local youth is
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critical for supporting long-term conservation and management of ecosystems. Recently, researchers at CEI were joined in the field by 23 students from the Harbour Island and Preston H Albury Eco-Clubs, led by Will Simmons and Christina Darville. The students assisted with the capture of bonefish that were then implanted with acoustic transmitters - these transmitters will last for 3 years, providing invaluable data on habitat use by these fish. Students were also able to assist with collecting data and tagging juvenile green sea turtles to support a long-term monitoring study of turtle populations throughout South Eleuthera. Through hands-on experiences, students can better understand the importance of bonefish,
turtles, and mangrove creeks to not only the ocean’s health, but to Bahamian economy as well. It is the aim of hands-on research engagement to generate interest in applied science and how science can provide support for environmental conservation in The Bahamas. Effective conservation and management plans require frameworks generated by research and supported by the public. By involving young students in bonefish research, they can better understand and support conservation of this species and their local ecosystems. Incorporating science and outreach is the first step towards ensuring the future of this lucrative fishery for future generations.
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Summary Commentary THIS WEEK IN THE BAHAMAS (16 – 20 JANUARY 2017) BY ELCOTT COLEBY Prime Minister Christie breaks ground on multi-million dollar cruise port Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie led a ministerial delegation to Ocean Cay on Monday to break ground on a multimillion dollar cruise destination, complete with a marina, a marine park, a Bahamian shopping village, an amphitheater, a sporting facility, rstaurants and a boutique hotel among other entertainment amenities. His delegation including Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis and Tourism Minister the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe were joined by Mr. Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Cruises and developer. “Under its Heads of Agreement negotiated with the Bahamas Government” said Mr. Christie, “MSC will invest over $100 million to transform Ocean Cay into a world class cruise destination with facilities inclusive of a 20-room small hotel, Bahamian shopping village, amphitheater, restaurants, sporting and entertainment venues, spa, mega-yacht marina & ferry operation and marine reserve in a private port of call.” MSC will also provide facilities for a Police Station, Customs and Immigration terminals and complimentary ferry passage to appointed members of law enforcement. The Prime Minister also said that “MSC has made a commitment to Bahamian entrepreneurial development through the offer of financing of construction and equipment in respect of restaurants, retail shops, water sports, entertainment and attractions to be operated by Bahamians.” Additionally, “MSC will also seek to maximize employment for Bahamians in the construction and management of this high-end development on Ocean Cay, (when) once completed, will have a built environment and commercial activity to support the employment of three hundred persons…” said Prime Minister Christie. MSC has also committed to establishing a Seafarers Technical School in Freeport, Grand Bahama. This cruise destination is projected to attract 369,000 passengers annually Prime Minister and Deputy among sixteen ratified by their party It was a festive and jovial atmosphere on Thursday night at party headquarters as the governing Progressive Liberal Party ratified sixteen more candidates for the upcoming general elections. Expressing confidence at the polls, Mr. Christie urged hundreds of supporters to ramp up voter registration efforts as the path will be clear towards the next general elections once the party emerges from its national convention next week. Also urging Bahamians to ramp up registration efforts were National Security Minister the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage and Labour Minister the Hon. D. Shane Gibson. Following is the list of sixteen ratified: •
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Mr. Philip Davis: Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador Dr. Bernard Nottage: Bain and Grants Town Mr. Obie Wilchcombe: West Grand Bahama and Bimini Mr. Alfred Gray: MICAL Ms. Glenys Hanna-Martin: Englerston Mr. Shane Gibson: Golden Gates Dr. Michael Darville: Pineridge Dr. Perry Gomez: North Andros and the Berry Islands Mr. Khaalis Rolle: Pinewood Mr. Alex Storr: Elizabeth Mr. Picewell Forbes: South Andros and Mangrove Cay Ms. Reneika Knowles: Killarney Rev. Preston Cooper: East Grand Bahama Mr. Norris Bain: Marco City Mr. Clay Sweeting: North Eleuthera
School brawl renews call for government tracking system A brawl at the Government High School on Thursday resulted in one student detained in hospital in critical and two more were treated and later discharged. Parents were understandably outraged as they showed up to the school to check on and collect their children. Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean told the media that police are still attached to the schools but cannot be everywhere at the same time. Speaking mostly to Parliamentarians and Cabinet Ministers at the NGC meeting of the PLP on Thursday night, PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts expressed sadness at the level of murder and support for the families of the injured in the school melee. He called on the government to act with haste in establishing the school tracking and remediation component of the Citizen Security and Justice Initiative. “Councilors, I am deeply saddened over the number of murders so far in 2017 generated mainly by young black men who have lost their way and senses. The event at the Government High School today was tragic and deeply troubling. The news of the incident travel fast and furious. On behalf of the PLP I extend support to the families of the victims as they struggle and travail to make sense of what occurred today.” Mr. Roberts urged the government “to act with haste in the introduction of a new program for at-risk youth to be located at the former Bahamas Academy Seven Day Adventist School located on Wulff Road. This tracking and remediation system in addition to a comprehensive parole system – all part of the Citizens Security and Justice Program - will allow for better oversight and management of our at-risk youth and the reintroduction of ex-convicts into civil society.” Office of the Public Defender officially opens “With the creation of this office, my government’s commitment to executing a multifaceted strategy in the fight against crime and to providing equal access to justice takes a critical step forward.” This according to Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie at the official opening of the Office of the Public De-
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fender, located on the corners of Bay and Virginia Streets. The ceremony took place on Thursday, 19th January 2017. Insisting that with a reported reduction in serious crime since 2004—a 26% decline; the concurrent operation of 10 criminal courts; a doubling of the rates of conviction and an increase in the amount of cases disposed of by the Supreme Court, the country is moving in the right direction in tackling crime. “Today we stand at an intersection where, uniquely, a decrease in serious crimes, a rise in conviction rates and an increase in how swiftly we dispose of trials are all happening together. We are moving in the right direction.” Mr. Christie said that his government has taken a “holistic approach to addressing the challenge of crime” and the opening of the Office of the Public Defender is a part of this strategy where the poor can access legal representation, ensuring their constitutional rights under the law.
The following statement was released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday 20th January 2017. “The Ministry has seen the article of 19 January 2017 that appeared in the Huffington Post “For immigrants trapped in the Bahamas, a paradise lost” by Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights. The article is replete with errors and exaggerations. The Robert F. Kennedy organization is not a credible source of information. Mr. Kennedy is well known to be associated with a rich individual who is a disgruntled permanent resident, who is funding money to Mr. Kennedy and Save the Bays, a so called environmental organization, who are running a campaign of disinformation and destabilization. The Government puts no reliance therefore on their objectivity or commitment to the truth.”
Attorney General briefs industry on automatic exchange of financial data The status briefing to industry stakeholders on the implementation of the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information Act 2016 took place on Friday at the British Colonial Hilton on Bay Street. Senator Allyson MaynardGibson, Attorney-General, told stakeholders that the Bahamas government implemented this law rather quickly. “I am pleased to advise that that the government of The Bahamas successfully enacted the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information Act 2016 (“Act”) to implement the Common Reporting Standard for the automatic exchange of financial account information in December 2016” said Mrs. Maynard-Gibson. Basically this piece of legislation allows for the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) approved by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) in 2014 for the automatic exchange of financial information in tax matters (with the home country) of foreign nationals living in the Bahamas. Many OECD countries have vowed to put an end to what they termed “cross-border tax evasion” by their nationals who hold financial accounts in foreign countries like The Bahamas. This piece of legislation demonstrates the commitment of The Bahamas, one of twenty non-OECD countries, in cooperating with the OECD countries in meeting this 2018 deadline as it strengthens the financial services sector as a highly regulated jurisdiction with probity and transparency as the key watch words.
In Passing Speaking at the New Providence Women’s Branch of the Progressive Liberal Party on Sunday (15th January), Prime Minister Christie spoke of his energy and enthusiasm to serve another term; the poor state of the economy in May 2012; and the strides the country has made together over the last four and one half years. Speaking on transition, Prime Minister Christie said he will pass the baton when the time is right. As the only united and most stable political organization, he urged party supporters not to “squander” the opportunity to win the general election. On Monday, Baha Mar began the process of recruiting 1,500 Bahamians in its first wave of hiring for the once stalled $3.5 billion resort according to Robert Sands, the resort’s Senior Vice-President of Government and External Affairs. In an interview, Mr. Sands said the entire process will be conducted online through the company’s website careers.bahamar.com. The amount of applicants numbered more than 4,500 by Tuesday. BTC presented its Smart City concept to the RBPF this week. The company’s executive management team met with the Commissioner and Senior Officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force to discuss new trends and how the Force could make use of modern technology. The Minister of Tourism says the immediate fate of Freeport’s major hotels is still “waiting on Hutchinson Whampoa” to provide confirmed repair and reopening dates. Freeport News reported that Minister of Tourism, Obediah (Obie) Wilchcombe had high praise for Schumacher Electric Corporation, which donated $1.5 million in power conversion products in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
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By Sir Ronald Sanders (The writer is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and Massey College in the University of Toronto. The views expressed are his own) Trade between the US and other countries of the world, particularly China, was a major plank of Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency. He regarded all the trade deals as inimical to US interests. So, is there reason for Caribbean Community Common Market (CARICOM) countries to worry about their trade relationship with the US under the Trump Presidency? Let’s examine the facts, by starting with what Trump has said. On his own website, he has stated quite categorically that he will withdraw the US from the TransPacific Partnership, which has not yet been ratified; tell Mexico and Canada – the US partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement – that he wants to renegotiate the deal; instruct the Treasury
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Trump, trade and the Caribbean Secretary to label China a currency manipulator and tell the U.S. Trade Representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the WTO. In his election campaign, he also attacked global trade deals, calling the WTO a “disaster” and said the US would “pull out” of the Geneva-based body if Washington was not able to renegotiate the rules on major issues like tariffs. CARICOM as a collective is hardly likely to be a focus of the new President’s perspective on trade. One very good reason is that the US enjoys a significant balance of trade surplus with CARICOM countries collectively. In 2014, the US trade surplus was $3.24 billion, rising to $4.17 billion in 2015. Only two CARICOM countries have trade surpluses with the US and in both cases the surpluses are declining – Trinidad and Tobago’s surplus slipped from $3.58 billion in 2014 to $1.8 billion in 2015; Guyana dropped from $131.4 million in 2014 to $63 million in 2015. CARICOM countries, except Suriname, enjoy access to the US market for a narrow range of products under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) which was expanded by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTA) in 2000. Haiti benefits not only from CBERA but from a number of other specially designed trade preferences in the HOPE Act and the HELP Act. But, even with these, Haiti still experiences a trade deficit with the US ($367.6 million in 2014 and $190.5 million in 2015). However, it is obvious that CBERA provides important benefits to the US. As the USTR reported to Congress in December 2015, “the value of US exports to CBERA countries grew (by) 2.5% in 2014, exceeding the growth rate for total US exports which grew by 2.1%”. It is clear, therefore, that the US has no reason for regarding its trade in goods relationship with CARICOM countries as anything but beneficial. The most significant threat to the US-CARICOM trade relationship (in goods and services) comes not from CARICOM states, but from the US itself. That threat is the withdrawal of correspondent banking relations (CBR’s) from Caribbean banks by US banks. The threat, in its extreme form, is that if CBR’s are withdrawn from all banks operating in the Caribbean,
CARICOM importers will be unable to pay for US goods and services causing: (a) diversion of trade away from the US; (b) a decline in US exports; (c) loss of employment and revenues associated with such exports; and (d) decline in US influence in the region. In relation to trade in services, the withdrawal of CBR’s will have a direct effect on millions of US tourists (air and sea) for whom the Caribbean is a highly desirable holiday destination. It would also cause a decline in Caribbean tourism to the US; and significantly reduce the use of many US services such as Universities, hospitals and doctors by Caribbean people. At a secondary level, even if Caribbean countries employ more expensive means of paying for goods and services from the US (by going through distant third countries), the rising costs will adversely affect the quantum of imports from the US and purchase of services, therefore, revenues and jobs in the US will decline. Further, if trade in goods and services between the US and CARICOM countries is allowed to decline, the US would lose the influence it presently enjoys in the region. That influence would flow to countries with which stronger economic relationships are forged. This would be destructive to the collaborative relationship between the US and CARICOM countries over a range of areas, including security (terrorism and drug trafficking); political support in the international community; containing the flow of economic refugees; and maintaining the Caribbean as a nearby, safe and affordable destination for a large number of Americans. Therefore, it is in interest of the US to strengthen its trade relations with CARICOM and, in this context, to ensure that the barriers to trade (including the withdrawal of correspondent banking relations) are lifted. With regard to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), all countries need a rules-based system for international trade. These rules protect markets from unfair trade practices that could displace national producers; they provide remedies for correcting trade violations (albeit not always effective for small countries, as Antigua and Barbuda knows in its 14-year contention with the US over Internet Gaming); and they permit cross-border access to markets in a structured and
agreed manner. The WTO, and the rules-based system over which it presides, are essential safeguards against chaos and conflict at a global level arising from trade. What is more, the US uses the dispute settlement machinery of the WTO more than any other country, and has benefitted from its peaceful arbitration of conflicts. Indeed, Mr Trump has himself said, as pointed out earlier, that he would instruct the U.S. Trade Representative “to bring trade cases against China at the WTO”. With regard to investment, US investment in CARICOM countries has been declining steadily, and particularly after the recession that began in 2008. The major new investment has been EXXON Mobil’s recent oil exploration in Guyana. Yet, the CARICOM region is one of the most peaceful in the world and is safe for investment. Four of the 14 CARICOM countries have Bilateral Investment and Protection Treaties (BITs) with the US, and all would be interested in concluding such treaties. Additionally, all CARICOM countries have Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) with the US for the automatic provision of tax information, and 12 of the 14 countries have signed Inter-Governmental Agreements to comply with the US Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). CARICOM countries also offer generous incentives to US investors, including tax holidays and full repatriation of profits. On the face of it the countries of CARICOM represent an area in which the US enjoys a consistent trade surplus in goods that contributes to US revenues and employment. The area has been a source of revenues for safe and secure investment. Therefore, there is every benefit for a Trump administration not only to maintain and enhance trade with CARICOM, but to lift the barriers to trade, including the withdrawal of CBRs by US banks, and increase the level of investment which has proved to be mutually beneficial. These are arguments that CARICOM governments and the private sector – at every level - have to lay before the Trump administration as early as now. Responses and previous commentaries: www.sirronaldsanders.com
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By Mike Lightbourn Zap. There goes the power. Uh oh. A hurricane’s approaching. Living on an island with frequent power outages can make life a little challenging, especially in the summer when we crave cool air. We all know the hardship of living without electricity for a prolonged period. Hurricane Matthew left some people without power for more than three weeks after it devastated sections of the island last October.
Typically, once a storm blows over, there’s a mad dash to buy a generator and the shops sell out. In view of the above, a growing number of people are opting to install generators. And for good reason. No-one wants to sleep in the sweltering heat if they don’t have to. Some homes rely on electricity to pump water and we need refrigeration. And who wants to wash clothes by hand? Of course, the ideal solution would be to turn to solar power. Unfortunately, solar power is still very expensive, unless you’re willing to settle for just the basics. And BEC isn’t set up to allow homeowners to sell to the grid. So for the foreseeable future, a generator is a welcome addition to any home and it’s an attractive selling feature. What’s even more appealing, though more expensive, is having an automatic transfer switch. This allows for the transfer of power during an outage from the BEC grid to the generator in a matter of seconds. When BEC’s power is restored, the automatic transfer switch reconnects to the BEC grid and turns off the generator. Manual transfer switches with a remote start switch are a less expensive option. THE RIGHT GENERATOR. Generators come in various shapes and sizes. They can run off diesel, gasoline and
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LP gas. They’re rated by the number of watts they produce. A small portable generator, for instance, may produce only 1,500 watts (1.5 kilowatts). Smaller generators, 1.5 to 8 kilowatts, are usually portable gasoline units and are generally connected to the home through a manual transfer switch. They don’t have the capacity to carry the entire load of a modern home with air-conditioning, electric stoves and water heaters and so on. A manual switch allows the homeowner to switch on only those loads the generator is capable of handling. In an average home, this would typically include lights, ceiling fans, refrigerator, water pump and maybe a small to medium sized A/C unit. Larger generators, LP gas or diesel, are required to accommodate all of the modern appliances and A/C loads associated with a more contemporary home. In order to use an automatic transfer switch, the generator must be of sufficient capacity to carry whatever loads are running at the time of the power outage. A qualified electrician will be able to calculate what you need based on your requirements.
Position your generator with your neighbours in mind and use appropriate housing for maximum soundproofing. The generator should be placed at least five feet from any house opening, including doors, windows and dryer vents. Bulk tanks and fuel lines for LP gas machines should be installed by a qualified LP gas installer in a well ventilated area. Cables from the generator to the transfer switch and electrical panel inside the house must be either buried or protected from physical damage using appropriate conduits and fittings. Install the generator on a well-drained solid surface or concrete pad. Make sure you work with an experienced licensed electrician and professional installation crew. COSTS VERSUS COMFORT A generator can be costly to buy and install, especially larger diesel units. However, there are various options to fit different wallets. Living in a hurricane belt and on an island with frequent outages, a standby generator is no longer considered a luxury but a necessity for those who can afford one.
CUT THE NOISE!
Questions or comments? Contact me at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty)
Generators can be noisy, depending on the size and type. However, many of the newer machines, particularly the larger units, are equipped with sound proofing.
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National Commentary Continued from pg. 27 The Bahamas non-resident Ambassador to the Holy See, Sean McWeeney QC, attended the annual gathering of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican last week. The high point was the annual “state-of-the-world” address delivered on Monday to the ambassadors by Pope Francis, followed by the traditional exchange of greetings between each of the Ambassadors and the Pope. Aviation officials on Sunday said thy were investigating the circumstances that led to a twin-engine Piper Aztec aircraft skidding off the tarmac shortly after landing at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on Saturday. Targeting the “racist and misogynistic” statements made by Anglican Archbishop James Palacious last week, noted Bahamian attorney, author and United Nations expert Marion Bethel called for the elevation of women’s voices and institutions to push back against the predominant misogynistic and discriminatory climate in the country. The Grand Celebration resumed cruise services to Grand Bahama on Saturday (14th January), bringing some 1,300 passengers to Freeport for the first time since the passage of Hurricane Matthew. The ship’s return is good for Grand Bahama because it brings $45m in business every year to the island, according to veteran tourism executive David Johnson. The Bahamas Fly Fishing Industry Association’s (BFIA) president has again fired back at critics of new industry regulations, labeling the oppositions as “absolute foolishness”. Resorts World Bimini (RWB) is holding a two-day career fair in Grand Bahama this week in search of potential candidates to fill over 30 positions at the resort and build a talent bank for future employment opportunities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration last night announced that the government is to introduce a new series of passports at the end of this month. The new passports will have enhanced security features, but will not impact the current holders of e-passports. Christina “Muffin” Fernander, Chairman of the One Family Junkanoo group - the first woman to lead a major Junkanoo group - was officially recognized as the “Queen of Junkanoo”, a move government officials said effectively “shattered the glass ceiling” for the advancement of women in the traditional cultural expression. The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is continuing to undertake a series of water supply improvements on several Family Islands. The Corporation has signed a $1.69m contract with Bahamas Hot Mix to extend and improve water supply to San Salvador after a tender process that started in August. Chairman of the Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) Senator Jerome Gomez asserted the need for fair competition within the retail banking sector amid consumer complaints over fees charged for certain banking services. Both The Bahamas Journal and Bahamas Weekly reported that Minister Draville said that Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour confirmed that crime is indeed down by 49% since September 2016 in Grand Bahama. The government signed a $18.4m contract last August with AllScripts and their partner, Infor Lawson, for Integrated Health
Information Management Systems (IHIMS) propriety software. The Minister of Health said healthcare modernization had taken a “giant leap forward” through the implementation of an $18.4 million Integrated Health Information Management System (IHIMS). A workshop on this integrated system was held on Tuesday. Police Commissioner Greenslade on Wednesday called the country’s murder count so far this month a “disgrace”, but stressed that many of the country’s recent killings stem from feuds over drugs and relationship. He urged family members, friends and associates of serial criminals to “turn them into the police before you become targets”. Staff of the Parliamentary Registration Department who deny people the ability to register to vote because of their dress must be sent home, National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said in the House of Assembly yesterday. Although Dr. Nottage said he has instructed Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall to send staff home who have set baseless criteria limiting people’s ability to register to vote, he said “people are still doing it”. The Constituencies Commission has stalled the release of its boundaries report in the hope that the sluggish voter registration will pick up considerably over the next few weeks. House Speaker Dr. Kendal Major, who is also the commission’s chair, stated yesterday that he was confident that members will be in a position to table the report “within two weeks or very shortly”. Repatriations of Cuban nationals skyrocketed last year, according to statistics from the Department of Immigration, which indicated that total repatriations increased by some 80 percent over 2015. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said the department believed that the more than 700 percent rise in repatriations of Cuban nationals in 2016 was driven by anticipation that the United States’ “wet foot/dry foot” policy was coming to an end. Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Worker Union (BHCAWU) executives Wednesday said they are still seeking a meeting with management at the One & Only Ocean Club to ascertain the status of the 61 persons terminated back in December. Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell responded in the House on Wednesday to the “hateful” criticism attorney Fred Smith, QC, made about The Bahamas recently. Mitchell was referring to comments Mr. Smith allegedly made during a meeting of the Coral Beach Condominium Association on January 15. The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has contributed $82 million to the Public Treasury since its inception, Glenys Hanna Martin said in the House on Wednesday, adding that its income increased by 6.26 percent to just over $17 million in the 20152016 fiscal year. An American woman is suing the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort after she was allegedly bitten by a “colony of bed bugs” living in the mattress of a hotel bed. Despite a significant decline in hotel room capacity on Grand Bahama, a tourism executive said there is no plan for a pullout by Sunwing Airlines, which is linked with the currently closed Memories Resort. The Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Al-
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requiring more citizens to assume top posts within the financial services industry, Hope Strachan said yesterday. The Road Traffic Department will introduce its new automated vehicle and driver’s licence system on February 6 in Grand Bahama. Road Traffic officials are in discussions about the introduction of a points system against traffic violators, according to a Road Traffic Controller Ross Smith. He noted that the points system will be linked with police activities.
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As chairman of the Health Association of Central Eleuthera (HACE), I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who supported this organization in 2016, whether it was through financial donations, volunteering or donating blood at our bi-annual PMH blood drives. HACE purchased and operates three modem ambulances and funds all expenses associated with their operation. No financial support whatsoever is received from the government. One ambulance is based in Hatchet Bay and two in Palmetto Point, giving Central Eleuthera the ability to dispatch one ambulance to an emergency call or in the unlikely event of a major catastrophe attend with three ambulances. Our biggest expenses are fuel, insurance and maintenance, assuming no major repairs are needed. Depending on the number of emergency calls and distance, our fuel bill averages around $250-$300 per month, excluding fuel for the Hatchet Bay ambulance. The average number of calls varies, but on an annual basis the ambulances stationed in Palmetto Point attend between 50 to 70 calls per year with Hatchet Bay attending 30-35 calls per year. All EMT personnel are volunteers and not paid for their work, however, many times they are called out at whatever hour of the day or night. In addition, no charge is ever made to residents by HACE for the use of the ambulance. The Health Association also assists the clinic staff whenever asked and has purchased glucometers and pulse oxometers for every nurse and substantial pieces of equipment such as the blood analysis machine which cost over $10,000. HACE organizes two blood drives per year in conjunction with the PMH Blood Bank and we are a leader in Family Islands in the number of donations due to the generosity of local Bahamians, school students and visitors. It should be noted that blood donated goes to the public hospital for the benefit of the general public and no charge is made for the blood when given to patients. I would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to Mr. David Barlyn and Mr. Addison Cooper who have provided free accommodation to the blood bank personnel during the blood drives. I have reserved my final comments for the nursing staff of Governor’s Harbour and Hatchet Bay clinics for their outstanding skill, professionalism and sheer hard work. Having worked with many nurses over the last 24 years I sometimes wonder if the general public fully appreciates what these nurses do for the public and what their job entails. On a typical day a nurse will work from 9 to 5 pm, sometimes without lunch if there is a busy patient schedule. However, next time you go to the clinic and the nurse may seem a little tired or is struggling to do her job with limited supplies, give a thought to what she may have been through the day before. On rare occasions (as recently happened) a patient will use profanities or make rude and disparaging comments to the nurse who is doing her best to assist with the medical problem. If your local nurse looks tired bear in mind this factual account of a recent Friday’s events in Governor’s Harbour, which is by no means an isolated event. All the nursing staff (3) and doctor started work at 9am. During the afternoon there was a medical emergency which necessitated the ambulance being called out to transport the patient to the airport and accompanied on that flight by one of our nurses. This first ambulance call took place at 6.30 pm. Shortly afterwards the ambulance was again called to attend a road traffic accident just north of Tarpum Bay - this was attended by the EMT crew, doctor and nurses. The patient was then transported to Governors Harbour clinic for assessment and it was deemed necessary to fly the person out to Nassau. At 10 pm just as the EMT crew were about to transport the traffic accident patient from the clinic to the airport, news was received of a male who had collapsed in North Palmetto Point. This necessitated the doctor, one EMT driver and a nurse being dispatched to Palmetto point to transport the patient back to Governor’s Harbour clinic in the second HACE ambulance... Meanwhile, the road traffic accident patient was transported to GHB airport and airlifted out to Nassau. To conclude, it was not until apContinued On Page 31 proximately 5.30 am Saturday morning that
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educated By: Andrew L. Burrows
I was looking out of the window this morning and noting how green and lush the bushes were, and that caused me to think of what we should be growing for ourselves to eat. Our trash cans are full to capacity with the wrappers,
bottles and cans that were used to feed, clothe and sustain us; so I pondered the subject of education. When I was in school in the mid – last – century we had a head teacher who taught us to use whatever we had to make what we needed; he was one – of – a – kind. I thought of what is being taught in schools today and wondered just how prepared are the children of today to live in the real world! What are the goals of the schools? There is a lot of fanfare at graduation time, but are those students truly ‘educated’, and if so ‘to what’? What are the essential things that a young man or woman need to be all around successful, and did they get it from school? I am convinced that rather than being educated our students are being cloned and manipulated to follow orders, codes and uniformed, instead of being educated to live and
prosper in this world, especially right here where we live. The Bible instructs parents to ‘Train up a child in the way he should go’. Every child that goes to school is ‘unique’, there is no one test or exam that can determine the potential of a person, NONE! In the Bible we are also instructed to encourage children to question everything, so that we have opportunity to instill in them the reason why things are what they are, and there is a reason for that, we are preparing the next generation to take over from us. When I look at our young children in their well pressed uniforms marching off to school, with their back packs stuffed with books and supplies, and think of what it is our educational system is doing to the next generation of people, it scares me. Instead of teaching them to think and reason, to seek out the purpose for everything; they are being indoctrinated into a system of acceptance, where you take what is because you as an individual does not matter, you are just another spoke in the great
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My mother was a true Proverbs 31 ‘Wife of Noble Character’ who took care of the needs of her family and also reached out to assist others, and while mothering fifteen children she taught us to think independently and to work hard with both our minds and hands. When a people become wholly dependent on a government educational system to prepare their children for life, that generation will stumble and slide, be given over to sports and amusement, suffer from obesity and drunkenness, and will self-destruct. Parents must not commit the unpardonable sin of not teaching their children to live in the real world. There is a reason why some people succeed in life, while others fail; it is all a matter of ‘Inheritance’; this generation is responsible for the next one, parents are responsible for their children, and not the other way around. God’s blessings are on the children whose parents take time to ‘train them up in the way they should go’ and not rely on the system.
Suspect, R. Knowles
According to police at about 12:10pm on Wednesday, they received a report of an alleged Armed Robbery and Stabbing at Savannah Sound, Eleuthera. Officers were dispatched and confirmed the incident however the suspect left prior to the arrival of the Police. The victim, Mrs. Thompson, was transported to the Levy Medical Centre suffering from one stab wound to the upper left arm and one stab wound to the front left shoulder. She was treated for her wounds and referred to New Providence for further medical care.
The victim reported that she had given a ride to the suspect from Palmetto Point to Savannah Sound when the suspect stabbed her and demanded “what she have”. She reported that she gave the female her purse and the female left the vehicle. The suspect, Rhonda Knowles, D.O.B. 12/01/1990, of Tarpum Bay was arrested while at Savannah Sound and is presently in custody at the Governor’s Harbour Police Station. Investigations continue. http://eleutheranews.com/?p=9069
Letter Ref:HACE Continued from pg. 30 the patient from Palmetto Point was flown out to Nassau and nurses and EMT personnel returned home. In effect the nursing staff and doctor had been on duty from 9 am on Friday morning until 6 am Saturday morning without a break, sleep or any proper meals. This dedication to duty is mirrored over the entire island of Eleuthera and the general public should truly appreciate how hard they work. So as Chairman of HACE I would finish by saying a big heartfelt thank you to all the nursing staff, and our faithful HACE volunteers, (Governors Harbour) Mr. Neville Sands, Mr. Jason Thompson, Mr. Bryan Johnson, AIison Gosling; (Hatchet bay) Mr. Michael Roberts, Mr. Maurice Johnson, Mr. Calvin Munroe and Mr. Kalin Cooper. Sincerely, Mr. Christopher Gosling HACE Chairman/ EMT volunteer
wheel. In the book of Proverbs we are urged to seek out wisdom, and to buy knowledge. There is nothing in this world that was created by Jehovah God all Mighty that is simple. All things are intricate and complex, and if our children are to live and be successful they need to be thoroughly informed of how life works for their good. Instead we see year after year our young people being fast tracked on to the ‘Job’ market with no skills and no motivation to become builders and owners of their country. I grew up amid a generation of people who were poorly schooled and most had little or no goals for success. Many of the people I knew achieved very little and died leaving nothing or very little behind. Both of my parents were schooled in the settlement of Governor’s Harbour and never saw a College or University, but they were not satisfied with the meager level of public education of the day; they went on in their own way to educate themselves and became teachers and instructors of others.
Police in Central Eleuthera on Wednesday afternoon, January 25th, 2017, arrested Rhonda Knowles of Tarpum Bay, in reference to the stabbing of respected pastor, Mrs. Clarice Thompson, of Global Outreach Ministries from the township of James’ Cistern.
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Letter To The Editor Ref: Airlifting Patients
Dear Editor, having been involved with the local ambulance service for many years one of the paramount problems was airlifting the patient in a reasonable amount of time at a reasonable cost. One answer was the Lifeflight service commonly known as MASA for which many residents pay a monthly fee. However it is apparent from several emergencies that this service and the response time varies from reasonable to downright disgusting. In a recent emergency it is ironic that the assailant left the island over 2 hours before the victim who had been stabbed. I have seen senior nursing staff struggle to even contact MASA let alone have a prompt and efficient service. Furthermore, it is not unusual for paid up MASA members to wait for hours on a backboard for the arrival of the so-called emergency flight. This service needs to improve given the urgency of many medical situations. Chris Gosling Chairman H.A.C.E
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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. Reports issued by the RBPF locally.
Traffic Offence Report - On Tuesday 3rd January, 2017, sometime around 10:35am, Officers while on mobile patrols on Queens Highway Deep Creek , reported an adult male of Deep Creek for driving a black 1999 Jeep Cherokee south along Eleuthera Main Road that was unlicensed, not inspected, and uninsured for the current year 2017. He was informed of the offences and was warned of prosecution. Road Accident with injury Report - At about 11:41pm on Sunday, 1st January, 2017, an anonymous female caller contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station via telephone and reported that there was a hit and run accident which had occurred in Gregory Town where a young man had knocked down another male and fled the scene. Police assistance was requested. Officers responded to the scene of the reported hit and run. The Information received was that sometime around 11:30pm on Sunday 1st January, 2017,an adult male was reportedly knocked down by a gray Honda Accord . The vehicle was reportedly driven by an adult male . Witnesses reported to police that sometime earlier in the day the driver of the vehicle, and the victim were both involved in a verbal altercation, which occurred over the driver’s girlfriend, and that the suspect had intentionally knocked the victim down. It was further reported that after the incident the driver refused to stop and fled the scene in the vehicle, travelling south along Queens Highway towards Eleuthera Island Shores at a high rate of speed. The victim was transported to the Gregory Town Clinic for medical assistance prior to police arrival. At about 12:45am officers , arrested and cautioned an adult male reference to Assault with a Dangerous Instrument. The suspect was then transported to the Hatchet Bay Police Station along with a Gray 2006 Honda Accord. At about 1:30 am Officers arrived at the Gregory Town Clinic where the victim was being treated for injuries to the head, chest, right leg, right shoulder and face. He had a deep laceration on the forehead to the middle of the head. He was conscious but not coherent at the time. The victim was referred to P.M.H Nassau for further medical attention. Shop Breaking and Stealing - At about 2:10pm on Thursday, 29th December, 2016, an adult female came into the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that sometime around 9:02am on 29/12/2016 while in the parking lot area of the Governors
Harbour Primary School, she noticed that a single window louver on the western office window appeared to be broken and the screen torn. However there was no visible signs of entry into the building. She notified the principal of the school. She stated that she is reporting the same for Police Information . This matter is under active investigation. Trespassing Report - At about 5:18pm on Thursday, 29th December, 2016, an anonymous female caller contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that an unknown male wearing a white shirt and short pants was seen attempting to break into her house at Hunters Estates Governors Harbour. Police assistance was requested. Officers responded to the residence where he saw and spoke to the complainant who stated that while at home she went outside at about 5:15pm where she observed a dark skin male on her south west deck with his face pressed against her double door peeking in the glass, however when she yelled at him he ran out the yard only to double back through the bush where he re-entered her property where she chased him around the house twice before he fled the yard towards the Banks Road area. Nothing appeared to be stolen. Officers made checks in the surrounding area with negative results. Police Information (Prowler on Premises) - At about 7:51pm on Thursday 29th December 2016 an anonymous male caller contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that an unknown dark male wearing a white shirt and dark colored sweat pants was spotted crouching down near one of his house windows at Wykee Estates who fled on foot when the lights was turned on. Same was reported only for police information. Officers made checks in the Wykee Estates area and surrounding areas with negative results in finding the suspect. Area was left with all quiet at the time. Road Accident Damage only - On Wednesday, 28th December, 2016 an adult female came in to the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that sometime around 10:30am while travelling south along Queens Highway, Hatchet Bay she got into an accident when a cow ran out in front of her vehicle causing her to brake suddenly after which another cow ran out the bush colliding into the front left fender of her vehicle causing damage to same. Arrest reference to Threats of Harm - On Tuesday, 27th December, 2016, sometime around 6:30pm an adult male came in to the Rock Sound Police station and was informed of a complaint made against him on the 24.12.2016. As a result he was arrested and cautioned reference to Threats of
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Harm. The suspect was processed and released from Police custody pending further investigation . Road Accident Involving Injury At about 6:30pm an adult male contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station via telephone and reported that he was involved in a traffic accident in Gregory Town in the area of the new Aliv cell tower where he struck a pedestrian causing injuries. Police assistance requested. Officers responded to the scene of the traffic accident involving a white 2001 Chevy Silverado registered to and driven by an adult male who reported under caution that while travelling north along the mentioned road in the area of the Lighthouse Church he struck a pedestrian with his vehicle causing injury. The victim, an adult male , was transported to the Clinic where he was treated by medical personnel for injury to the left shoulder. The driver was instructed to produce his driver’s license and insurance for inspection within 48 hours at which time he is to be served with a NOIP form. Investigations area ongoing. Arrest ref. House Breaking At about 8:25pm on Saturday, 24th December, 2016, Officers came in at the Hatchet Bay Police Station with an adult male under arrest and reported that he was arrested and cautioned at about 7:42pm in reference to a complaint of House Breaking made on 22/12/16. Causing Harm Report: On 24/12/16 an adult female reported to Police that sometime around 7:00pm on 24th December, 2016, while attending a wedding reception , her boyfriend attacked her and beat her about the body. Police action was requested. At about 8:14pm, on Saturday, 24th December, 2016, Officers arrested an adult male reference to the complaint. Road Traffic Accident Reported - On Friday, 23rd December, 2016, at about 11:35 a.m. an Anonymous Caller contacted the Governor’s Harbour Police Station and reported that there is a traffic accident on Queen’s Highway Governor’s Harbour South of Office General damage and minor injuries involved. Police Assistance Requested. Officers responded to the scene where they saw and spoke to both parties in the presence of each other Ve-
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hicle #1 a grey 2001 Honda CRV and driven by an adult female. Vehicle #2 was a Red Cherokee Jeep registered to and driven by an adult female . Both drivers complained of pain about their neck and back and were issued with a Hospital forms to seek medical attention. They were both treated and discharged from Levy medical Center. (Government Clinic). Statements were recorded under caution. Measurements were taken and N.O.I.P forms were served on both parties they were told to produce their Driver’s license and proof of their risk insurance to the G.H.P.S. within 48hrs. Investigations are ongoing. Suspected Stolen Vehicle Impounded: At about 2:25 pm. On December 23rd 2016 Officers came in at the G.H.P.S. with one black 1997 Nissan Maxima and reported that while in the area of J.C. Discount the lone male driver of the vehicle exited the vehicle and ran in bushes just behind J.C. Discount making good his escape. Investigations are ongoing Sometime around 11:35pm Officers arrested an adult male while in the area of the island luck building in the area of Governor’s Harbour in relation to offence. Shop Breaking and Stealing On Thursday, 22nd December, 2016, sometime around 7:26 am, an unknown male caller contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that some unknown person or persons had broken into the Highway Service Station, Queens Highway by throwing what appeared to be a large rock through the front glass door. Police assistance requested. Officers visited the scene where the proprietor reported that she secured the establishment around 6:30pm on 21st December, 2016. She pointed out the mention damages, The culprit(s) gained entry through a front entry door by smashing the glass door, searched and stole $35.00 in assorted coins from the cash register, (1) 15” black HP laptop valued at $250.00 from a back shelf and an assortment of jewelry mostly men’s watches, value still unknown. Investigations are ongoing. Road Traffic Accident Reported - On Thursday, 22nd December, 2016, at about 11:27am an adult female contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that she was in the area of the Governors Harbour Bakery, where a yellow car had just reversed into her vehicle. Police Assistance Requested.
Online at www.EleutheraNews.com Officers responded to the scene of the reported accident involving two vehicles, vehicle #1 being a black 2007 Nissan Note registered to and driven by an adult female , who stated that her vehicle was parked almost completely off the roadway opposite the Governors Harbour Bakery, when a yellow vehicle reversed from the bakery and hit the rear bumper of her vehicle causing minor damages. Vehicle#2 was a yellow 2006 Honda Fit driven by an adult male. When interviewed under caution the driver admitted to reversing into the said vehicle. Investigations are ongoing.
Traffic Offence Report - On Monday, 19th December, 2016, at 5:05pm the Officers while on mobile patrol reported an adult male for driving a gold 2002 Honda Accord south along an unnamed road in Betsy Village Governor’s Harbour while same was unlicensed, not inspected and uninsured for the current year 2016. The driver was informed of the offences, told to produce his driver’s license and proof of third party risk insurance to the Governor Harbour Police Station within 48hrs and he was warned of prosecution. Investigations are ongoing.
Burglary ReporT On Thursday, 22nd December, 2016, sometime around 10:05pm an adult male contacted the G.H.P.S. via telephone and reported that he had guests in a home who had just reported to him that a dark male about 5’8” wearing a red shirt, blue shorts heavy set, came into their home and upon seeing them, fled the scene in a black car . Police action is requested. On Friday, 23rd December, 2016, sometime around 12:45am, Officers cautioned and arrested three adult males in reference to Burglary. All of the suspects were transported to the G.H.P.S. for processing. One of the males admitted to the offence and was charged. On Friday 23rd December, 2016, sometime around 10:25am Officers arrested an adult female while in the area of Governor’s Harbour in reference to Housebreaking. She was interviewed, processed and released pending further investigation.
Road Accident Report - At about 10:25 am on Saturday an adult male contacted the Governor’s Harbour Police Station and reported that there was an accident on Queens Highway near Paradise Service Station. Police assistance was requested Officers responded to the scene of the accident involving one vehicle a white 2000 Ford F150 driven by an adult male who reported verbally under caution that he was travelling north along Queen’s Highway at approximately 50 M.P.H when he lost control due to the wet road surface causing the vehicle to run off the western edge of the road then overturning resulting in the vehicle receiving extensive damages. He received minor injury . A statement was recorded under caution, measurements recorded, N.O.I.P form and hospital form served. Investigations are ongoing.
Causing Harm Report - On Thursday 22nd December, 2016, at about 1:25pm, an adult female , came into the R.S.P.S. and reported that 1:10pm on the same date while with her 5 year old son she caught a ride to her sons fathers residence located in Rock Sound. When she arrived, her son’s father, slammed the car door on her then hit her in her back with a big stick causing pain and injury. He then told her to go to the man for him. Police action was requested. This matter is under active investigation. Traffic Offence Report - On 21/12/16 Officers from the Governor’s Harbour Police Station conducted a traffic inspection on Queens highway south of Palmetto Point where they reported 8 persons for various traffic infractions. Suspect Warned of Prosecution On Monday 19th December, 2016, sometime around 9:40am a juvenile male came to the Governors Harbour Police Station accompanied by his mother and was informed that he was observed by Police officers while on the Bay Fest Park, Hatchet Bay sometime 3:00 am on 17th December 2016, fighting while in a public place. The suspect was warned of persecution, and informed that he will be summoned for Court in Governor’s Harbour on Wednesday, 28th December, 2016.
Road Accident Report - At about 6:15 pm on Saturday an adult male contacted the Governor’s Harbour Police Station and reported that he is involved in a traffic accident on Queen’s Highway James Cistern in the area of the graveyard. Damage only no injuries involved. Police assistance requested. At about 10:25 am, December 17th, 2016, the crew of Eskimo 2-9 PC 3293 Cooper visited the scene of the accident involving a black 2007 Nissan Note registered to and driven by an adult male and vehicle no.2 a grey 2004 Sayum Vue driven by an adult female. Both parties were interviewed under caution, measurements were recorded and N.O.I.P form served. Investigations are ongoing. Traffic Offence Report: - On Friday, 16th December, 2016, sometime around 4:50pm Officers while on mobile patrol reported an adult male for driving a green 1995 Suzuki Vitara east along Church Street, North Palmetto Point without a valid driver’s license. He was informed of the offence and warned of persecution. Assault Reported: - On Saturday 17th December 2016 sometime around 4:40am an adult female contacted Governors Harbour Police Station and reported that a male known to her was in the area of “Big Rock” James Cistern fighting with everyone and punched her in the face. Police Action Requested. Officers responded to the scene and
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arrested the suspect reference to Assault and Fighting in a Public Place. At the time suspect had visible injuries to his left eye and his right hand along with abrasion on his back. He was transported to the local Clinic where he was treated for his injuries. He was later processed and charged with those offences. Arrest ref to various offences On 16th December, 2016, Officers came in at Governors Harbour Police Station with an adult male suspect under arrest reference to Causing Harm, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Resisting arrest, disorderly behavior in a police station and assaulting a police officer. He was later processed and charged with those offences . House Breaking, Stealing, Shop Breaking, Receiving and Warrant of Arrest Report: On Friday 16th December, 2016 sometime around 12:40am Officers came in the Hatchet Bay Police Station with an adult male under arrest, they reported that he was arrested and cautioned sometime around 12:05am on the 16/12/2016 while at his residence reference to House Breaking; Stealing; Shop Breaking; Receiving and Warrant of Arrest. Traffic Offence Report: On Wednesday 14th December, 2016 sometime around 11:20 am Officers reported an adult male for driving a gold 2002 Honda Accord South along Queens Highway, Governor’s Harbour while same was unlicensed, had no valid certificate of inspection. He was warned of prosecution. Arrest reference to Threats of Death and Damage - An adult male came in to Rock Sound Police station sometime around 9:50pm on the 19/12/2016, where he was informed that threats of death and damage complainants had been made against him on the 17.12.2016. As a result he was arrested and cautioned him. The suspect was interviewed and denied making the threats but admitted to causing the damage. He was later charged with those offences. Suspect Charged and Released on Bail - At 10:20am on Saturday, 10th December, 2016, Officers charged an adult male with assault contrary to section 133 and damage contrary to section 328(1) both of Chapter 84 of the Penal Code he was later released on bail in the sum of $2,500.00 with one surety to appear before the Magistrate Court in Rock Sound Eleuthera on the 13/12/2016. Causing Harm Report - At 3:15am on Sunday, 11th of December, 2016, an adult male a reported to The Rock Sound Police Station that sometime around 2:00am on Sunday the11th of November 2016, while outside of Veta’s Bar and Restaurant situated on Long Lane Rock Sound Eleuthera, he was attacked by a man he knows who struck him multiple times across the head with bottles injuring his left
lower jaw. Officers issued complainant with hospital form, the complainant refused to give a written statement. Traffic Offence Report - At about 6:38am on Thursday 8th December, 2016, Officers while in the area of Eleuthera Supply Store, Governors Harbour, reported two persons for traffic offences , the drivers was informed of the offences and warned of prosecution. Stealing report - Sometime around 5:10 pm an adult female contacted the station via telephone and reported on behalf of her sister , that on today’s date sometime between the hours of 10:30 am – 4:30 pm some unknown persons (s) broke and entered her sisters residence and stole $480.00 in Bahamian and U.S currency. Caller stated that entry was gained via northern door. Police assistance requested. This scene was visited and processed by Officers, investigations are ongoing. Suspect Charged - At about 10.35 a.m. on Wednesday December 7th 2016 Officers while at the Governors Harbor Police Station charged an adult male suspect with House Breaking contrary to section 362 and Stealing contrary to section 340 (5) both of the Penal Code chapter 84. He was further cautioned and did not reply to the charges. Arrest ref to Receiving: At about 2:04 pm Supt. C. Wright along with other officers came in at Governors Harbor Police Station with an adult female suspect under arrest for Receiving. the suspect was processed and released from custody pending further investigations. Traffic Offence Report - At 1:00am on Thursday 8th December, 2016 Officers while on mobile patrol reported an adult male for driving a green 1992 Chevy flatbed pickup truck south along Queen’s Highway with no rear license plate attached, he was informed of the offence and warned of prosecution. Investigations are ongoing. Arrest: Breach of Immigration Act - On Wednesday 7th December 2016 sometime around 8:08am, Officers from the South Eleuthera District conducted Operation “Touch and Go”, during which they arrested an adult male Haitian National for breach of the Immigration Act. He appeared to be in good health. and was later handed over to the Dept. of Immigration in addition Seven persons were reported for various traffic infractions. They were subsequently informed of the offence and warned of prosecution reference to same. Arrest reference to Immigration purposes At about 7:50am on the 6/12/16 Officers arrested 5 adult Haitian Males reference to suspected illegal landing. they were handed over to the Dept. of
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Arrest/ Housebreaking/Stealing On 6/12/16 Officers came in a the Governors Harbour station with an adult male under arrest and reported that he was arrested in the vicinity of the Magistrates Court Governors Harbour, reference to Housebreaking and Stealing.
Shop Breaking Report - At 2:15pm on Saturday,14th January, 2017 The Principal of Governors Harbour Primary School Queens Highway Governors Harbour contacted the Governors Harbour Police Station via telephone and reported that sometime between the hours of 5:30pm on Friday the 13/01/2017 and 1:30pm on Saturday the 14/01/2017, some unknown person/s broke and entered the Secretary Office and attempted to break into the principal’s Office at the Governors Harbour Primary School through both main doors. Nothing appeared to be stolen, Police action requested. Officers responded to and processed the scene investigations ongoing.
Accident - On 15/01/17 at 2:09pm an adult female reported that her 2004 four door white Nissan Sentra was parked at the residence of a friend when a male driver of a vehicle crashed into her parked vehicle causing damages to left fender, hood , light, bumper and wheel. Damages was also caused to a western bedroom wall. both parties came to an agreement for repairs. Traffic Accident Report - On Saturday 14th January 2017 sometime around 5:12 am an unknown caller contacted the station and reported that a two car collision located on Queens Highway, Police assistance requested. Officers responded to the scene and saw a white Subaru Legacy facing in a western direction and a red Honda Accord facing in a eastern direction. He spoke with the driver of vehicle No:1 a White 2006 Subaru Legacy who stated in the presence of Driver 2 that sometime around 4:55 am while traveling on Queens Highway, in the direction of Deep Creek. He saw a vehicle heading in his direction. As he continues traveling east he noticed that a yellow school bus driven by a male known to him partially parked in the road. As he drove pass the bus a vehicle collided into his. He then exited the vehicle and noticed that his front right hood, fender, bumper, front right door was damage and airbag deployed. He then made further checks of the vehicle and noticed that the rear left lamp, bumper and rear let door was damaged due to him colliding into a lamp pole when his vehicle was hit. He then looked in the direction of the next driver and recognize . He then informed his aunt who contacted the police for assistance. Sometime around 6:25 am Officers saw and spoke to driver No: 2 an adult male who stated in the presence of driver No:1 who stated that sometime around 4:55 am while on Queens Highway, heading in the direction of Davis Harbour in a red 2004 Honda Accord. He said he had difficulty seeing the road due to the rain. As a approached he noticed a yellow public service bus driven by a male known to him was practically parked in the road in his lane. Upon seeing that he attempted to over take the bus and as he did a vehicle collide into his. He then came out the vehicle and notice that his front right hood, bumper, fender, tire, rim and axel was broken. He then looked in the direction of the other driver who he knows who informed him that his aunt called the police for assistance. N.O.I.P forms were issued to both drivers and informed both drives to produce their drives license and insurance to the Police Station. Scene was
Road Accident Report On Friday 13th January, 2017 Officers while on mobile patrol investigated a traffic accident which occurred on Queen’s Highway south of B.T.C involving a white 2001 Nissan Maxima driven by an adult female and a grey 2000 Honda Accord driven by an adult male of Governor’s Harbour. Both parties were interviewed under caution in the presence of each other, N.O.I.P forms served on both drivers and measurement were recorded. Investigations are ongoing. Traffic Accident with injury Report (Serious Injuries) On 13/01/17 Officers received information that there was a reported traffic accident in the area of the out skirts of Tarpum Bay, where some person/s may have been injured. Police assistance was requested. Officers visited the scene of this accident situated near a curve at Salt Bluff just outside of Tarpum Bay North where a two car collision had occurred. Vehicle #1 a grey 2000 Honda Logo registered to and driven heading North at the time by an adult female . She was discovered by passerby, lying on the ground to the left side of the street and her vehicle, and was assisted to a red truck which she was met seated in. She complained of severe neck and chest pain, as a result she was examined by the medical doctor Dr. Watson and was later assisted by the EMT via ambulance to the Levy medical Center. The second vehicle was registered to and driven at the time by an adult male heading South and traveling with two passengers both adult males who were later treated by Dr. S. Smith at the T.B Clinic for neck injuries. the driver appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and referred for medical assistance on three separate occasions where he refused. He was unable to give an account of how the accident took place. Officers served a N.O.I.P form on the drivers and measurements of the scene was recorded. Shop Breaking - At about 2:50pm on Tuesday, 10th January, 2017 an adult male c/o Bahamas Ferries Cupids Cay Governors Harbour reported to the Governors Harbour Police Station that sometime between 3:30pm
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on Monday, 9th January, 2017 and 11:30am on Tuesday, 10th January, 2017 some unknown person(s) broke and entered Bahamas Ferries office through a side door and attempted to break into his personal office. Only a small box appear to have been stolen at this time. Police action is requested. Officers visited and processed the scene. Investigations are ongoing. Traffic Offence Report At 10:30am on Monday 9th January, 2017, Officers reported that at 8:20am on 09/01/2017 while on Queens Highway in Governors Harbour they reported an adult male for driving a black 2003 Honda Civic north along Queens Highway while same was not licensed, not inspected and not insured for the current year 2017. In addition for parking in manner likely to cause obstruction and fraudulent use of a license disc. He was informed of the offences and warned of prosecution. Arrest Reference to Disorderly Behavior, Obscene Language and Resisting Arrest On Sunday, 8th January, 2017, at 12:01am Officers came in at the Governors Harbour Police Station with two adult males under arrest. They reported where both were arrested and cautioned while in the area of Burrow’s Food Store, Governors Harbour in reference to disorderly behavior, obscene language and resisting arrest. Both men were later processed and charged with those offences. Traffic Offence Report On Saturday, 7th January, 2017, at 4:05pm, Officers reported that at 3:35pm while on Mobile Patrol in James Cistern Eleuthera they reported an adult male for driving a 2006 Honda Accord north along Queens Highway while same was not, licensed, not inspected and not insured. He was informed of the offense and warned of prosecution. House Breaking and Stealing On Saturday, 7th January, 2017, at 5:30pm, an adult male reported to the Governors Harbour Police Station that sometime between the hours of 5:00pm on Wednesday 04/01/2017 and 5:00pm Saturday 07/01/2017, some Unknown person/s broke and entered his unoccupied apartment building situated at the junction of Queens Highway and Boiling Hole Subdivision in Governors Harbour, and stole his two Carrier 4 ton air condition Systems along with their accessories together valued at $9.600.00, Police action requested. Officers visited the scene and commenced investigations into this matter. Found Property On Sunday, 8th January, 2017, at 12:20am Officers came in to Rock Sound Police Station and handed over one black and gold Alcatel pop cell phone and reported that the same was found by two females while in the area of Royal Bank, Governors Harbour. Arrest/Housebreaking On Friday, 6th January, 2017, some-
time around 4:06am: Officers in at Rock Sound Police Station with an adult male under arrest, and reported that he was arrested and cautioned while at his residence in reference to Housebreaking and Stealing. Arrest/Housebreaking & Stealing - On Friday, 6th January, 2017, sometime around 10:39am, an adult male came in at Rock Sound Police Station where he was informed of a complaint of Housebreaking and Stealing made against him on 25.12.16. As a result, he was arrested and cautioned . Threats of Death - On Friday, 6th January, 2017, sometime around 10:20pm an adult male came in at Rock Sound Police Station and reported that sometime around 10: 00pm on 6.1.17 while on Long Lane, Rock Sound in the area of Vitas Bar, he was approached by a male known to him who grabbed him by the shirt and told him that he was waiting to see him because he had robbed his grandfather. This male then punched him several times in the face and told him “I am going to kill you before tomorrow” putting him in fear for his life. Police action was requested. This matter is under active investigation. Traffic Offence Report - Officers reported an adult female for driving a red 2004 Dodge Durango in a southern direction on Queens Highway Lower Bogue while the same was unlicensed, there was no valid certificate of inspection posted, and the vehicle was uninsured. She was informed of the offences and was warned of prosecution. POSSESSION OF AN ILLEGAL FIREARM /DANGEROUS DRUGS - At about 2:25 p.m. on Thursday, 5th January, 2017, Officers c/o Spanish Wells Police station proceeded to Wreckers Restaurant and Bar situated on South Street Spanish Wells where they observed a Caucasian male sitting at the bar and acting in a suspicious manner. They approached the suspect and informed him that he was suspected of being in possession of dangerous drugs and an illegal firearm. They then escorted the suspect away from the patrons and to the office of the establishment where a search was conducted of his person. Concealed in his waist was a black pistol and with (3) live rounds of 7.65 ammunition in the magazine. Other than the serial number, there were no other visible markings on the firearm but it may be a .380 pistol. He was immediately placed under arrest and cautioned. The suspect was then escorted to the Spanish Wells Police Station where Officers conducted further search of his person and discovered a red and white Marlboro cigarette pack in his right front pants pocket. Same contained (2) plastic wrappings, each with a small quantity of suspected powder cocaine. The suspect was further cautioned.
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Eleuthera Junkanoo Festival: Bigger & Better
the second time around - Happy New Year! BY THE ELEUTHERAN NEWS TEAM
Five colourful groups from all ends of the island were brought together in a very enjoyable, energy filled junkanoo parade competition on Saturday evening, January 6th at The Eleuthera Junkanoo Festival, hosted in Governor’s Harbour during the weekend leading into the Majority Rule Day holiday, by the Governor’s Harbour Cultural & Community Organization (GHCCO) and sponsored by BTC. Local Eleutherans as well as tourists on island were out in full force in support of the Junkanoo Parade, demonstrating an island wide appreciation of this unique facet of Bahamian culture. Competing groups included the Harbour Island Warriors from North Eleuthera, the Savannah Sound Lucayans and the Harbour Boys from Central Eleuthera, as well as the Tarpum Bay Unity Builders and Rock Sound’s New Vision out of South Eleuthera. The Lucayans and the Unity Builders were smaller groups with fewer costumes, however the music and energy of the performance made up for what they didn’t have in size. The three larger groups - Warriors, Harbour Boys and New Vision, each brought a wonderful variety of junkanoo costume creations, including dance troupe performances, individual dancers, off the shoulder costume pieces, standalone pieces, and banners. Design and craftsmanship demonstrated were impressive and original themes ranged from the ancient Aztecs, to Chinese culture and Christian religious expression. In the end, the Warriors claimed the top spot with their high quality mix of beautiful costuming, music, dance and thematic presentation. Following them in second were the New Vision. In third were the Harbour Boys, followed by the Lucayans and the Unity Builders. A key organizer with the GHCCO commented after the event, saying, “This weekend was phenomenal for the patrons and participants!! Next year we hope to have even more avenues for others to experience what we have to offer here by way of participation or by simply being an active bystander. Overall we hope to exceed everything that has been done so far!” Overall Results: 1st - Harbour Island Warriors - 1188 2nd - Rock Sound New Vision - 979 3rd - GH Harbour Boys - 959 4th - Savannah Sound Lucayans - 474 5th - Tarpum Bay Unity Builders - 422
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