December 16, 2016

Long Island Bahamas

"The Seven" Issue Press Release On FNM EXPULSION

To: Members of the Press
From: Loretta Butler-Turner, Neko C. Grant, Edison Key, Hubert Chipman, Richard Lightbourn, Theo Neilly, S. Andre Rollins
Re: Press Release

Date: December 11, 2016

The actions taken by the FNM’s executive committee to initiate expulsion proceedings against us are obsessed with the embarrassment suffered by Dr. Minnis, instead of the interests of the FNM as an organization, or the larger national interest.

To be clear, it is absurd and perverse that our party would entertain the thought of expelling us for taking the same actions that the Dissident 8 – the founders of the FNM – took against Sir Lynden Pindling and the PLP in response to our country’s first preoccupation with the cult of personality in a post-Majority Rule Bahamas.

We, the majority of the FNM’s parliamentary team, were constrained to seek the assistance of Her Excellency the Governor General in the best interests of the FNM and the wider interests of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. We acted in response to serious concerns about the performance of the leader of the opposition and those concerns do not go against the provisions of Article 53 of the FNM’s constitution in any way. Indeed, to assert that they do is to put forward the notion that the FNM is nothing more than a dictatorship, where concerns voiced about the leadership are met with violent intolerance. That is a form of fascism! The FNM was formed as a check against such dangerous political overreach. We wish to remind Dr. Minnis that we live in a democracy!

The ridiculous suggestion that our actions were treasonous or undemocratic suggests a lack of understanding the difference between the political party and the state. Any accusation that our actions were unlawful would only be appropriate if Dr. Minnis were a reigning monarch! However, we must remind all Bahamians that Dr. Minnis is not a king!

The time has long passed to place the interests of the country before the selfish political pettiness of Dr. Minnis. In taking these actions, we are enthusiastically supported by FNM supporters and Bahamians-at-large. The FNM was conceived in dissent and nurtured in struggle. The actions taken on the 7th of December, 2016 were envisaged by the framers of The Bahamas’ constitution, men like Sir Arthur Foulkes and Sir Orville Turnquest, together with founding fathers of the FNM like Maurice Moore and Dr. Elwood Donaldson who are still alive today, as a democratic means of removing an ineffectual Leader of the Opposition. We have acted lawfully in accordance with our nation's supreme law.

We remind Dr. Minnis that the FNM is at its root a party that was built on principled dissent in response to political intimidation. We proudly carry on that tradition of fighting against those, like Dr. Minnis, who wish for us to cower in the face of threats of expulsion for speaking truth to power. Our country desperately needs people of courage to rise up and take a stand. We stand with men and women of courage.

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Dame Pindling Appoints Loretta Butler- Turner As Leader Of The Opposition

Honourable Loretta Butler Turner is the first Bahamian Woman to receive such an honour.

 FNM Leader Hubert Minnis Receives"Vote of No Confidence"

  A vote of "no confidence" was issued against Dr Hubert Minnis, opposition leader of the FNM. The letter was sent to the Governor General, Dame Marguerite Pindling, on Wednesday morning. Seven of the ten Members of the opposition voted to be led in Parliament by Mrs Butler-Turner. The vote of No confidence was read by House Speaker, Dr Kendal Major.

Member of Parliament for Long Island, Mrs Butler-Turner, along with 6 of her FNM colleagues:
St. Anne's MP; Hubert Chipman,
Central-South Abaco MP; Edison Key,
Montagu MP; Richard Lightbourn,
Fort Charlotte MP; Dr Andre Rollins,
North Eleuthra MP; Theo Neilly,
Grand Bahama MP; Neko Grant, all signed sealed, delivered the shocking blow to Minnis.
Peter Turnquest, FNM Deputy Leader and Renward Wells, Leader of Opposition Business in the House did not support the move.
The decision is now in the Governor General's hands, Dame Marguerite Pindling.

BAHAMAS BEST OF THE BEST REGATTA 2016

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Closure of the Capture of the Nassau Grouper Throughout The Bahamas

Public Notice

Closure of the Capture of the Nassau Grouper Throughout The Bahamas
Published Date : November 29, 2016

The Department of Marine Resources wishes to advise the general public, the fixed dates of the closure of the fishing of Nassau Grouper is now enforced, commencing December 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017.

The Department of Marine Resources wishes to further advise that the taking, landing, processing, selling or offering for sale of Nassau Grouper is strictly prohibited.

The general public is to note that the ban is only for the Nassau Grouper species and that one is able to capture and purchase any of the remaining species of groupers in The Bahamas.

All groupers are to be landed head and tail intact in the identification of the species of grouper. The identification of the Nassau Grouper species from the other grouper species is that the Nassau Grouper is the only grouper with the black band or saddle near its tail.

The Department of Marine Resources requests the cooperation of the general public in adhering to the fisheries laws of The Bahamas. Persons found violating the fisheries laws will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

 

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Adrian Gibson's Take On The Referendum- Equal Rights

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Adrian Gibson's take on Vote Yes -Equal Rights Referendum.

Up to writing this piece last night whilst in Long Island, I remained undecided about whether I would entirely support the government’s proposed Constitutional Referendum and continued to read the arguments of both the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns, the Constitutional Commission’s report and the related legal authorities that could provide further elucidation of the issues. I have now decided.

Unfortunately, Tuesday’s constitutional referendum has become deeply mired in the political and historical hangovers and jostling from the failed 2002 referendum.

Over the last few months, I have heard arguments ranging from Bill #4 being advanced to “backdoor in same-sex marriages” to persons expressing feelings that if Bill #2 is passed, “foreign men will come into The Bahamas, marry our women, get citizenship off of them, kick them in their (expletive) and then bring in the woman who they truly love, only to give her and their children citizenship.”

Sadly, the government has not dispelled such feelings among the populace. I have listened to many in Long Island and I have been told, by a ratio of 5 to 1, that folks are voting no on Tuesday or not voting at all. Due to the government’s failure to be more tolerant, inclusive of opposing views and their failure to include a Bill #5, as suggested by the Constitutional Commission, there is the chance that the referendum will go up in smoke.

Indeed, we need to eliminate all forms of discrimination from our Constitution - the supreme law of the land. In 2002, an effort that was voted on by all Parliamentarians sought to do so. However that was subsequently torpedoed by the Progressive Liberal Party, who sought to gain political mileage leading into the general election.

I had just entered college before that referendum and I recall much of the narrative that was heavily weighted with the language we see being used today, from “Haitians will come and breed up our women” to “Englishmen will come, sex our women, get citizenship and then bring in their true loves” to “the government is trying to promote sissying”, and so on.

Yes, Bahamians are - honestly - xenophobic, anti-gay and there is a very deep religious/conservative movement. Combined with the failed gambling referendum and the government’s disregard of the people’s vote and a belief that this government is dishonest, disingenuous and untrustworthy in its proclamations to the Bahamian people - unless we have a moral purgation by Tuesday - these Bills could fail. The Bills won’t fail because they are wrong, but because of what I have just stated.

Just as I’ve done previously, I spoke to several women and men this week and more women than men have told me that they will vote no. Much of the prejudices we see today are deeply rooted and, in many ways, relate to the reality of life in The Bahamas where the vast majority of children are born out of wedlock (among other social issues).

Let me say that whatever changes are made relative to the removal of discrimination from the Constitution, the government needs to constantly and consistently clarify - along with the Church - that there is absolutely no chance of same-sex marriages occurring in this country due to any constitutional changes.

People are very, very concerned about that.

According to Prime Minister Perry Christie, the four Bills represented the first round of constitutional reform. He asserted that the Bills are bound by a common thread: the need to institute full equality between men and women in matters of citizenship and, more broadly, to eliminate discrimination in the Bahamas based on sex.

The first bill proposed would enable a child born outside The Bahamas to a married Bahamian woman to have automatic Bahamian citizenship at birth. Presently, only those born in another country to a Bahamian father are able to take automatically Bahamian status, but not if the father is non-Bahamian and the mother is Bahamian.

Both Mr Christie and Constitutional Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney said the change will not operate retroactively. The government will grant Bahamian citizenship to all applicants born abroad after July 9, 1973 - and before the law changes - to a Bahamian-born mother and non-Bahamian father, subject to the exceptions and in accordance with procedures already prescribed by law. I support Bill #1. Fully.

No child or Bahamian woman should be unfairly discriminated against because they were born to a foreign father and/or because they fell in love with a foreign man and had a child. If I - if married to a foreign woman - could now automatically pass on my citizenship, per the Constitution, to a child born outside The Bahamas I would expect that Bahamian women married to foreign men and giving birth to children outside The Bahamas should be able to do the same. There is no debate about that.

The second bill enables a Bahamian woman who marries a foreign man to secure for him the same access to Bahamian citizenship that a Bahamian man has always enjoyed under the Constitution in relation to his foreign spouse. The bill contains provisions designed to ensure foreigners, male or female, who enter into bogus marriages with Bahamian citizens, will not be assisted by this constitutional change.

A foreign spouse who wants to acquire Bahamian citizenship based on marriage to a Bahamian will not be eligible for the constitutional change if they are no longer married to a Bahamian, if they are married but have no intention of living with the Bahamian spouse, or if it can be shown that the foreign spouse only married the Bahamian to access Bahamian citizenship. In all these cases, Bahamian citizenship applications will be denied.

In the US, there are two classes of citizenship: birth right citizenship and naturalised citizenship. The latter carry certain limitations. Thus far, I have heard no limitations proposed with respect to citizenship to be acquired by Bill #2. The same should apply to circumstances where men also marry foreign women. Today, I have not heard the government espouse any limitations.
The US constitution clearly states, at Article Two, that: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

In this instance, the Americans have clearly reserved positions within government - such as the Presidency and Vice Presidency - for natural born citizens. If the Speaker of the House is a naturalised citizen, he - according to their Presidential Succession Act - will be passed over.

I have heard the argument that foreign nationals could seek political office and become elected, even eventually become Prime Minister in The Bahamas. Whilst I think that a naturalised citizen becoming Prime Minister is unlikely, the government ought to have dispelled such fears by proposing legislation that specifically addresses such concerns. As it stands, the government can only rely upon the notion that Bahamian MPs would nix such an occurrence from ever happening.

In the United States, naturalised citizens can are free to reside and work, free to enter and leave the country, vote, stand for public office (except those specifically restricted), be called to sit on juries, participate in the military, pay taxes, invest in real property without triggering the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act and/or associated taxes, transfer US citizenship to children born abroad, are protected from deportation and so on. It is likely that many of the aforesaid conditions are already applicable in the Bahamas and will now be extended to the spouses of Bahamian women.

Whilst I have certain reservations and would require the Department of Immigration to engage in thorough due diligence exercises, I am confident that women should have the same rights much as a man already does.

The government should also take account of the political concerns of Bahamians.

I also believe that men and women seeking citizenship upon marriage should satisfy certain set requirements, namely that they have been permanent residents for a number of years, married to a Bahamian citizen for about ten years, must be of good moral character, of sound mind and able to pass citizenship exams.

Given the above, and my fundamental belief in equality, I will support Bill #2.

The third bill seeks to remediate the one area of the Constitution that discriminates against men based on gender. Presently, an unmarried Bahamian father cannot pass his citizenship to a child born to a foreign woman. The bill will give an unwed Bahamian father the same right to pass citizenship to his child that a Bahamian woman has always had under the Constitution in relation to a child born to her out of wedlock. However, proof of paternity by one of the methods prescribed by law is required.

I wholeheartedly support Bill #3. I am so overjoyed to see this bill being proposed as many fathers have suffered inequalities due to the Constitution being discriminatory to men in this regard.

The final bill will end discrimination based on sex. This involves the insertion of the word “sex” in Article 26 of the Constitution to make it unconstitutional to discriminate based on whether someone is male or female.

It makes clear that the existing exceptions will continue to apply. In particular, same-sex marriages will remain unlawful as prescribed under the Matrimonial Causes Act.
I have tossed and turned about this bill.

Talk of same-sex marriage and rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have come to define the debate about the referendum. Government officials and organisers of the Yes Bahamas campaign have pushed back against this narrative, stressing that tomorrow’s vote is about equal rights for men and women in the Constitution.

I am concerned that the government failed to heed the
Constitutional Commission’s recommendation to include a restriction to guard against same-sex marriage, one that reads “paragraph 1 of this Article shall not apply to any law so far as that law makes provisions - (f) for prohibiting same-sex marriage or rendering the same void or unlawful.” If the government had heeded this request, we would not see much of the political and religious pushback that we are now experiencing and that could possibly cause Bill #4 to be defeated.

I cannot and do not support same-sex marriage in any way. In fact, I am one of those persons who would vehemently fight against any attempt to bring about same-sex marriage in this country.

That said, I can appreciate that Bill #4 seeks to eliminate discrimination between men and women in our Constitution.
I am a supporter of equality for men and women across the board. Given that, I will support Bill #4.

We will see what the final verdict is tomorrow.

Comments and responses to ajbahama@hotmail.com

 

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The hypocrisy undermining the referendum campaign
By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

THE STINK of rank hypocrisy engulfs the upcoming constitutional referendum.

Whilst the anti-discrimination principles being espoused by the Bills are noble, many Bahamians fear that they would, by voting yes, sanction an untrustworthy government to yet again engage in political sleight of hand.

Though sweet hearting is a secret, undercover pastime of Bahamian society, we are socially conservative. Bahamians would gamble and then turn around and vote no to the legalisation of gambling.

As my father told me some time ago, he felt that some Bahamians feel that they took the moral position to vote no because they felt that gambling is “generally wrong but though they do it, that they would soon repent, stop and ask forgiveness and therefore wouldn’t want to do so long-term”.
We are socially conservative but hypocritical with it. That is the reality of life in Bahamian society. Given that Bahamians are distrusting of this government and seemingly believe that the passage of the Bills would lead to same-sex marriage and society being overrun by foreign nationals — arguments advanced by the No campaign — the Bills are in jeopardy of failing. Again, that failure would in part be due to our fears, social conservatism and hypocrisy!

A constitutional referendum was promised by Prime Minister Perry Christie upon taking office.

Mr Christie initially announced that the constitutional bills would be brought to Parliament before the end of 2013 and passed by February, 2014. At that time, he said the referendum would be held by June 2014. The referendum was initially expected in June 2013, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Independence. The referendum was again delayed to November 2013 and then it was set to take place on November 6, 2014, only to yet again be cancelled. PM Christie then said that he hoped the vote would happen before the end of June 2015. That too didn’t happen. And so, here we are with the vote finally scheduled to take place on June 7, 2016.

The four Bills, according to Mr Christie, represented the first round of constitutional reform. He asserted that the Bills are bound by a common thread — the need to institute full equality between men and women in matters of citizenship and, more broadly, to eliminate discrimination in the Bahamas based on sex.

The first bill proposed would enable a child born outside The Bahamas to a Bahamian woman to have automatic Bahamian citizenship at birth. Presently, only those born in another country to a Bahamian father are able to take automatically Bahamian status, but not if the father is non-Bahamian and the mother is Bahamian.

Both PM Christie and Constitutional Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney said the change will not operate retroactively. The government will grant Bahamian citizenship to all applicants born abroad after July 9, 1973 - and before the law changes – to a Bahamian-born mother and non-Bahamian father, subject to the exceptions and in accordance with procedures already prescribed by law.

The second bill enables a Bahamian woman who marries a foreign man to secure for him the same access to Bahamian citizenship that a Bahamian man has always enjoyed under the Constitution in relation to his foreign spouse. The bill contains provisions designed to ensure foreigners, male or female, who enter into bogus marriages with Bahamian citizens, will not be assisted by this constitutional change.

A foreign spouse who wants to acquire Bahamian citizenship based on marriage to a Bahamian will not be eligible for the constitutional change if they are no longer married to a Bahamian, if they are married but have no intention of living with the Bahamian spouse, or if it can be shown that the foreign spouse only married the Bahamian to access Bahamian citizenship. In all these cases, Bahamian citizenship applications will be denied.

The third bill seeks to remediate the one area of the Constitution that discriminates against men based on gender. Presently, an unmarried Bahamian father cannot pass his citizenship to a child born to a foreign woman. The bill will give an unwed Bahamian father the same right to pass citizenship to his child that a Bahamian woman has always had under the Constitution in relation to a child born to her out of wedlock. However, proof of paternity by one of the methods prescribed by law is required.
The final bill will end discrimination based on sex. This involves the insertion of the word “sex” in Article 26 of the Constitution to make it unconstitutional to discriminate based on whether someone is male or female.

It makes clear that the existing exceptions will continue to apply. In particular, same-sex marriages will remain unlawful as prescribed under the Matrimonial Causes Act.

Whilst I can appreciate that men should not enjoy a right that women do not have, I believe that every right and privilege and every freedom guaranteed by our constitution should be equal between male and females. I do have queries and concerns with respect to two of the bills and I will discuss those issues in my follow-up column on Monday.

The government has been unfair with the campaign. The governing party has overtly shown its hand, openly campaigning themselves and financially supporting the ‘Yes vote’ campaign without simultaneously providing seed money for the ‘No vote’ campaign. The issue that presents is that taxpayers money is being used to promote a campaign for fairness whilst the government is itself, hypocritically, being unfair by refusing to sponsor opposing campaigns.

The government and yes vote organisers have gone about this all wrong. The mistake they made was to promote the bills as predominantly beneficial to women as opposed to promoting the bills as seeking to remove constitutional discrimination across the board (which is what, I believe, is intended).

On 27 February, 2002, the Ingraham administration held a referendum to remove discriminatory language from the Constitution.

Among questions of equality were other pertinent questions of national interest. The questions, as proposed then were:

1. Do you approve of a Teaching Service Commission?

2. Do you approve of the creation of an Independent
Boundaries Commission?

3. Do you approve of an Independent Parliamentary Commissioner?

4. Do you approve amending the Constitution to increase the normal retirement age of judges from 67 to 72 for the Supreme Court, and up to 75 for the Court of Appeal justices?

5. Do you approve amending the Constitution to permit foreign spouse of Bahamian citizen to reside and work in The Bahamas for the first five years of marriage, and thereafter entitled to citizenship?

6. Do you agree that all forms of discrimination against women, their children and spouses should be removed from the constitution and that no person should be discriminated against on the grounds of gender?

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham decided to “kill two birds with one stone” and originally proposed to hold the referendum on the same day as the election asserting that it would ensure that the “maximum number of persons” participated in the process. He later decided against that.
In the House of Assembly on December 6, 2001, the former Prime Minister stated that he had the support of then Opposition leader Perry Christie and then third party MP Dr Bernard Nottage. By December 20, 2001, the House voted by a margin overwhelmingly in favour of the amendments to the constitution. Thirty-eight MPs voted that day.

The governing Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), though supportive of the amendments in the House, subsequently launched major campaign against the Bills.

Former Attorney General the late Paul Adderley, who was one of the framers of the constitution, claimed that the former prime minister was “getting it all wrong.” Perhaps, it was he — along with others — who, I am told, helped to persuade Mr Christie to change his mind.

The electorate voted against the proposed amendments. Resultantly, the PLP held a grand celebration.

Mr Christie then claimed that the referendum results demonstrated that the Bahamian public is not “dumb and stupid.” He went on to say:

“Rather, the Bahamian people demonstrated that they can separate fact from fiction and that they can and will make up their minds intelligently and rationally based on what they honestly believe to be in their own best interests and the best interests of our nation.” He claimed that the results demonstrated how sacred the people held their constitution.

Yet, here is the same Perry Christie essentially asking Bahamians to repeat the same process but unwilling to apologise for his commentary and his actions in 2002.
About the 2002 referendum, Mr Christie also said: “The clear and unmistakable signal that the Bahamian people telegraphed yesterday is that they do not want any government messing with ‘their things’ unless they, the people, are fully included in the process of constitutional reform from start to finish — and that the process of constitutional reform must never be rushed.”

He clearly rejected change and progress at that time, yet here he is. Unapologetically! In fact, Mr Christie told another daily that he had no intentions of apologising and boldly asserted that “the time has gone. The elections from 2002 are over”.
And then, of course, there is Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson who glibly claimed in the Senate in 2012 that the public rejected the amendments in 2002 because of the former prime minister and further claimed that the PLP was not at fault.

Notably, FNM MPs Tennyson Wells, Algernon Allen and Pierre Dupuch also campaigned against the amendments in 2002.
However, what’s of note today is that Bishop Neil Ellis, Archbishop Drexel Gomez and Bishop Samuel Greene — three known PLP pastors — are now campaigning in support of the four Bills when in 2002 they were loudly and fervently against amendments that would have yielded the same outcome. This is bloody hypocrisy!

Fox MP Fred Mitchell was, as the old people say, one of the ring leaders who vehemently opposed the amendments. He urged Bahamian women to be “very cautious”, raised public alarm about the former prime minister’s intentions and told voters that they could be “stuck with a badly drafted Act that has serious consequences”.

Yet, here they all are now campaigning in favour of a vote which would accomplish that which was proposed 14 years ago and doing so unapologetically. There is no wonder that the “no campaign” has gained so much traction when you take into account how intellectually insulting these men have been to the Bahamian people.

They all did a John Kerry (former US Senator, now Secretary of State), except it’s in reverse. They were against the bills and now they are for them! They have offered no sincere explanation as to the sudden about face nor have they offered an apology.

But, we all know that it is politics! They did it for political gain!
I respect Alfred Sears for being decent and honourable enough to apologise. This is why I sincerely believe that he is the frontrunner to succeeding Mr Christie as leader of the PLP. His sincerity is refreshing.

On Monday, I will discuss each of the Bills and reveal what I intend to vote on June 7th with respect to each Bill.
ajbahama@hotmail.com

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CEREMONY

 

Ms. Mary McIntosh and Mrs. Lee Wallace, homes were destroyed by Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. It was Mr. Clayton Smith of Exuma, who through his generosity, rebuilt these home,s with the help of volunteers.

 

Thank you for your act of kindness Mr. Clayton Smith, may you be blessed for your generosity.

 

While there were over 400 homes on Long Island, that were destroyed by Hurricane Joaquin, many persons are still not receiving assistance.

 

For instance some single mothers are not being assisted to repair or rebuild their homes. Mothers who have sick children, mothers with no one to help them.

There are only a chosen few that are being assisted.

The 2016 Basketball Jamboree was held this past weekend, over mid-term break, here on Long Island.Teams from around The Bahamas, gathered at Millers Park to compete in the annual tournament, hosted by North Long Island High School, home of the STARS.

 

Participating were the following schools:
San Salvador
Exuma- L.N. Coakley
Cat Island- Old Bight High School
Andros- North Andros High
Harbour Island
New Providence - Christian Heritage
NGM Major High - Long Island
North Long Island High

 

Winning the championship senior boys division were the STARS.
1st-place North Long Island Stars
San Salvador 2nd place

 

Junior A Boys- Champions - San Salvador, 1st place
Junior A Boys - LN Coakley -Exuma, 2nd place
Junior A Boys -North Long Island High, 3rd place

 

Junior B Boys- San Salvador, 1st place
Junior B Boys - NGM Major High, 2nd place
Junior B Boys -Christian Heritage -New Providence, 3rd place

 

Girls Division
Harbour Island - 1st place
2nd place - North Long Island High
3rd - NGM Major High

 

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"The Heartbreaking Tale of Captain Scottie Adderley"

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By ADRIAN GIBSON

The tale of the death of Christopher Prescott Adderley, affectionately known as Scottie, in a prison in Port-de-Paix, Haiti, is a harrowing tale of negligence, a callous disregard for the pleas of a distraught mother by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and has, in the aftermath, left a family grieving and in pursuit of answers.

Adderley, a 34-year-old father of two, was a pilot who had flown with Southern Air, Pineapple Air and Region Air. His mother, Sharon Rosemary Adderley, told me that on February 15, 2014, Scottie left the Stella Maris airport in Long Island for Haiti. He left onboard a Piper Navajo (N6739L) purportedly to pick up a friend and fellow pilot, Hughie Gray. His family and friends contend that he had borrowed the plane from a friend and that the plane had not been stolen. That was the last time he was seen alive.

Based on my interviews with Gray, his mother and close friends, Scottie crash landed in bushes slightly off the runway at an airport in Cape Haitien. The plane skidded off the runway and crashed into a house. Before leaving Long Island, he purportedly flew the plane to the airport in Deadman’s Cay for repairs as the brakes were not functioning properly. The brakes, I am told, malfunctioned during their landing in Haiti. Both men survived the crash but were immediately arrested, interrogated and later charged with the trafficking of illicit drugs.
According to Mrs Adderley, that began a nightmare which culminated in the death of her son.

She said that there were occasions when, on making inquiries about his wellbeing or requesting the intervention of the MOFA, she was made to feel about as welcome as a fungus.

On March 9, 2014, Mrs Adderley, affectionately known as Rosemary, wrote a letter to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell. In her emailed letter captioned ‘Detention of Christopher Prescott Adderley in Haiti’, she wrote:

“My son is a Pilot by profession. I last saw my son on Saturday 15th, February 2014. It is my understanding that he piloted an aircraft into Haiti on Saturday 15th, February 2014. He was scheduled to return on the same date with passengers. I was informed by a friend of his, that he is detained in Haiti. I was also advised that the plane developed mechanical difficulties, resulting in it crash landing.

“I have received communications from my son through Mr Anderson (Deputy Bahamian consulate in Haiti) for which I am grateful. Unfortunately, I have not spoken directly to my son and I am unable to ascertain why he is being detained. Today completes twenty days of his detention and according to the sources available to me he has not been formally charged with any offenses.

“In addition to his detention, I am also extremely concern about his physical and mental conditions as a result of the alleged plane crash. It is also my understanding that the aircraft is a private aircraft owned by a Bahamian ... It is obvious that the information provided is coming from several unsubstantiated sources, which elevates my frustration and concern ... As a result of the circumstance, I seek your urgent attention and formal assistance in bringing closure to this matter.”

Mr Mitchell, rather than reassuring her and pledging to address the matter urgently, nonchalantly responded the next day, telling her that he would pass the information on to the Permanent Secretary (PS) at Foreign Affairs and then urged her to “follow up with him at 3284500”.

The PS never called Rosemary and, though she attempted to reach him “on numerous occasions” from her homestead in Long Island, she was unsuccessful.

Rosemary emailed another letter to Mr Mitchell on March 27, 2014. In that letter, she pleaded for his urgent attention to her son’s incarceration. She wrote:
“Since my e-mail to you sir I have found out that Christopher and another pilot (Hugh Gray ) are being held in Port au Paix detention centre. I have also learnt that both pilots were forced into making and signing statements under pressure from the authorities there. Sir, I am asking your assistance in finding out the charges/offences of these two pilots. At present, I am aware that both my son and Hugh are adults but as a mother I (am) very much concern(ed) about what is happening with them in Haiti. As a result of the circumstance, I seek your urgent attention and formal assistance in this matter,” she pleaded.

This time, Mr Mitchell’s response was more comprehensive. He told Mrs Adderley: “This matter has received and is receiving attention. You are aware of this thru your representative and numerous calls and notes sent to you by various parties. You should also have been advised that our advice is that under the Haitian system a prosecutor can hold you indefinitely until they charge or release you so long as an investigation is on going. Your son has received consular visits and the information I have received is that he is as well as can be in his circumstances. I receive updates from time to time. If you have other information you can let me know. You can contact the embassy in Haiti directly. You should contact a lawyer. I am now advised that he has been charged before a court that certain admissions were made and that a further hearing is to take place. Again you may contact the embassy directly. That is the complete picture at the moment.”

In another email, he said: “I am advised that he appeared before an investigating magistrate and that our consul was present. Your son alleges that he made certain statements in exchange for release. We are investigating that matter.”

By January 2, 2015, Mrs Adderley - who felt that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was being too hands off and seemingly uninformed or unconcerned about the state of the two Bahamians locked up abroad - again wrote to Mr Mitchell. In that emailed letter she wrote:

“Mr Mitchell, emailing you is my last resource to find out how my son is doing in Haiti. I tried calling the number that you told me to call (3284500), I am unable to get through to it. As a result of me residing in Long Island I am unable to visit the office.

“I am begging you sir to please if it is possible, let me know how he is doing. I have not been in contact at all with him for three weeks. I have received unofficial information that he is very sick. I am very grateful of all that you and your ministry have done for him and his friend Hugh Gray thus far. Thank You Sir for your cooperation in this urgent matter.”

Mr Mitchell, to the obvious grief of this mother, only replied: “ambassador rolle are you able to address this. fm”

Mrs Adderley never heard from Mr Mitchell again ... until after Scottie’s death eight months later.

Scottie died on September 22, 2015. His mother was informed of his death, by Mr Anderson, the next day. His body was subsequently flown to the Bahamas.
One week later, his co-accused Hughie Gray - along with two Haitian police officers - were all exonerated.

Mr Gray, who is back in the Bahamas, told me about their experience. According to him, they were transferred from one prison to another during their detention in Haiti. They were first housed at a prison in Port-de-Paix, then on to Port-au-Prince, then to Port-de-Paix, then Gonaives, then to Saint-Marc and back to Port-de-Paix. He said that they were questioned by Haitian officials and the Drug Enforcement Agency of the US Federal government. They spent 10 months in a prison in Port-de-Paix before they were formally brought before a court. He said he remained in contact with deputy consul Mr Anderson in an effort to encourage the Bahamas government to intervene to discover what took so long for them to be taken to court. He stated that after they were taken to court, they were moved between prisons in Gonaives and Saint Marc. Saint Marc was described as “hell on earth” and he told me that, whilst in Gonaives, the water was contaminated and the sewer freely flowed past their cells. He said they could not bathe.

Mr Gray said that before Scottie’s death, a date for a final hearing had been set down for a verdict to be rendered by the court. Given that, they were transferred back to Port-de-Paix and 10 days after their arrival, Scottie died.

“Scottie’s foot started to swell up in Gonaives,” Mr Gray said. “The doctor told him that he had blood clots. They wrote him a prescription to buy pills. But, the foot didn’t go down. We heard that Mrs Adderley had contacted the Consul to check on Scottie and his foot. Our lawyer came to check on him. I had a cell phone. I spoke with the deputy Consul. I was asked by him to check on Scottie,” he said.

“When we got to Port-de-Paix, Scottie’s foot continued to bother him. He ended up taking pain killers. But he was still in pain and he kept complaining. He asked one of the prison officers to see a prison doctor but the doctor only told him that his foot was infected and gave him a cream for his foot. He couldn’t sleep and if he did it would be for five minutes. He stopped eating at one point or would sometimes only take two spoonfuls of food. So he wasn’t sleeping or eating.

“I soon noticed a green dot on his foot. This was all in the space of 10 days. He had dried-up blood around a cut on his foot. He didn’t know how the cut got there. Things started to get real bad and he started to have a fever. We (his cell mates) would bathe him every morning and every afternoon to keep him cool. I hired a young fella who was in the cell with us and he would help to bathe him or get whatever he needed so that he didn’t walk on that foot.”

Mr Gray said that Scottie soon requested to see a doctor again. “He saw the doctor, who cleaned up the cut. He told me that he was given a needle. He said that the doctor stuck it directly into the cut and he told me that the doctor asked him if he felt a burning sensation and how far the burning was felt. Chris said he told the doctor that he could feel it up to his knee and he said the doctor told him that the clot or whatever went far,” he said.

“A day or so later, the green dot now covered his entire foot. I called the prison officers to see his foot. They were scared and all said that it didn’t look good. We bathed him and he got dressed to go to the hospital. He was taken out of the cell around 7am. From 7am to 1pm he didn’t go anywhere. When I saw him again that day, he was not himself and he was lying on the floor, burning up with the fever. We took him to the shower and bathed him in cold water. He was shaking and his eyes were rolling. I asked to use the phone but no one would give me the phone. I was trying to reach our embassy but I was told to wait. The prison staff was clearly afraid.

“I went back to be with Chris. The prison officials never took him to the hospital. He was taken back to the cell by two men. I then made up my mind that I would put something in his belly that night and so I paid one of the prison cooks $30 to cook some soup. I started spoon-feeding him water. When the soup came, I allowed it to cool down and I gave it to him. But, after the first spoonful, he took no more. He was just lying there in my arms and breathing hard. I let him relax but I could feel that he still had a high fever.

“Shortly after, I heard when Chris took a deep and long breath. That was it! As he lay there, all I could think about was his children, his little girl,” he said.

“The prison went into an uproar. Everyone was running around. They said that they needed the Commissaire, a judge and representatives from the UN to come by and see his body before they could do anything. They then took him away. I asked to use the phone. I was denied for two days and no one wanted to allow me to use the phone. He died on September 22nd and I was finally able to speak to the Consul for the Bahamas on the 24th,” he recalled sadly.
Mr Gray said that they had court on October 7 and again on October 16. He said that at that time, a judge ruled that he was to be immediately released. He was taken by Mr Anderson to his official residence in Port-au-Prince, remaining there for three days before being flown to Cape Haitien and then to Nassau. He said that the Judge held that they were “wrongly charged and detained”.

Rosemary Adderley met with Haitian officials at the Haitian Embassy in Nassau on December 11. They promised her an investigation into her son’s death but she has yet to hear from them.

Hurting and frantically in search of answers, she reached out to Mr Mitchell in a letter written on December 21. The letter was taken to the MOFA. In that letter, she told him:

“It is with great sadness that I write you this letter concerning the untimely death of my son and the circumstances surrounding his death for which our family has yet to find answers or resolution. I write you as a mother in the troughs of grief, as a Bahamian citizen wanting to know what happened to a fellow Bahamian - my dearest son - whilst incarcerated in a Haitian prison.

“Mr. Mitchell, I write to request the Bahamas Government’s - i.e. the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all interested parties - intervention and investigation into this matter that, by all accounts and the account Hugh Gray, involves questionable, even unscrupulous and seemingly unlawful circumstances, concerning my son’s death at the prison in Port-au-Paix. I have recently visited the Haitian Embassy and met with one Mr Claudy Blaise. Mr Blaise has pledged to assist but he has also advised me to pursue this matter via your ministry and that, it appears, would also create and foster an official undertaking between our government and the Haitian government in launching an investigation into Christopher’s death.

“Bahamas Consul Mr Anderson, on the 23rd of September, 2015 pledged to me - as he gave me his condolences - that the Bahamas government will conduct a full and comprehensive investigation into my son’s death and all of the circumstances leading up to his death. This far, we have not gotten any further response or update related to the same.

“During Christopher’s incarceration and trial in Haiti, our family spent many thousands of dollars on his defence and upon requests by Haitian government officials for monies for various reasons. Much of that money was sent via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and transferred to the parties involved by Bahamas Consul Mr. Anderson himself,” she wrote.

She received no reply. Given that, she wrote Mr Mitchell an email on January 30, 2016, telling him that she was desperately in need of answers and that her family had been “tattered and torn” by her son’s tragic death.

Mr Mitchell responded, saying: “My understanding is that you are in touch with the Bahamas emeasly (embassy) in Haiti and they are following up on the matter. I thought you were aware of this. I will copy them on this matter. I regret the confusion and delay.”

Not only was Mrs Adderley not aware of this, but - to this date - besides a January 15th, 2016, letter finally expressing their condolences and promising that MOFA will “look into this matter”, she has yet to receive answers.
Mrs Adderley told me that she - along with Hugh Gray Sr - sent more than $20,000 to Haiti to pay for legal fees and bribes requested of them. These funds were all sent via the MOFA.

I have been asked to withhold some of the information concerning this matter. However, one can hardly conclude that the MOFA has truly fulfilled its mandate in representing the interests of Bahamians locked up abroad.

I have read communications between Mrs Adderley and MOFA officials pleading and begging them to take a private doctor to her son and/or ensure that he attends hospital as she had received several phone calls, from friendly prison guards, that her son was not doing well. On one occasion, one of the officials on the ground in Haiti responded that because it was a long drive, he would not be going. Disgraceful!

The Bahamas’ MOFA could learn a lot from the US State Department, particularly relating to the treatment and assistance of its citizens who are incarcerated in foreign jurisdictions.

Where was the effort to ensure that these Bahamians were afforded due process under Haitian laws?

Why were their conditions not more closely monitored?

Why were they not in contact with prison officials to ensure that these men were treated according to internationally accepted standards of human rights?

-ajbahama@hotmail.com

 

#immigration #teambahamas #teamlongisland #haiti #thebahamas #bahamas #longisland #captain #pilot #foreignaffairs #policy #onebahamas #lovelongisland #longislandstrong #humanrights #plp #fnm #government #politics #mitchell

February 23, 2016

OUR FLORIDA FRIENDS HELPING TO REBUILD AFTER HURRICANE JOAQUIN / Photo by: Bianca Major

This is what you call awesomeness! Sailing through The Bahamas and stopping here on Long Island, to help rebuild, is the mission these guys are on, even the kids got in on some building action! Even their shirts express it...Awesome, Superman and Florida, what a team!

These guys hail from Stuart, Florida and we appreciate all the love you have shown us. Our friends here, are pictured repairing, Mr. Delbert Darville's home in Petty's. Mr. Darville is a senior citizen and his h...ouse suffered major damage due to Hurricane Joaquin, which ravished the island in October 2015. Mr. Delbert has been staying with family until this group of volunteers showed up to repair his home.

The clean up and rebuilding process is far from over for Long Island.
Since the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin many are still without homes or their homes are in desperate need of repairs, including the single mothers and the elderly.

Please volunteer your support or contribute to the fundraising efforts put forth to help rebuild homes and lives here on Long Island.
We thank you whole heartedly.

You can visit our fundraiser at this link:   https://www.crowdrise.com/hurricanejoaquinreli/fundraiser/longislandthebahamashurricanejoaquinrelief 

 

#teamusa #teambahamas #teamlongisland #teamflorida #onebahamas #lovelongisland #longislandstrong

12 Free Calling & Messaging Apps Other Than Whatsapp

 

Don’t like paying for messaging apps? Well here are a few  alternatives you can try besides Whatsapp.

 

The following messaging apps the perfect alternatives for iOS and Android users. This way, you can contact more of your friends regardless of the mobile OS they are on. Having data issues with your phone company? WhatsApp always giving you a reminder to upgrade?  Time to make the switch.

 

1. Nimbuzz

Free messages, Free Calls. Unlimited!  Yu can call and send messages as much as you want!

Nimbuzz Messenger combines the power of internet and smart phone messenger into one, and lets you make free video calls, voice calls, send chat messages, share files, on any mobile device across popular messengers. Share unlimited photos, make free unlimited audio calls & video calls, share files, music and videos with others.

 

Nimbuzz Messenger is super-popular and  150+ million registered users across platforms prove that. Nimbuzz Messenger is available for every smartphone and feature phone, so go ahead and tell your friends to download Nimbuzz Messenger.

 

2. Viber

Viber is very similar to WhatsApp as it uses mobile contact numbers to identify users. You get an access code sent to your mobile number via text message. It’ll then access your address book to see if any of your contacts are connected to Viber; you can then instantly connect with them. Unlike WhatsApp, Viber allows you to call users, provided your smartphone is connected to the Internet.

 

 

3. LINE

LINE registers your phone number into its database where you can then connect with your phone contacts who are LINE users. An advantage of LINE is that it allows you to reply to messages by installing a PC or MacOS program, provided you register your number with an email account. Besides text messaging, you can call other LINE contacts through the app with an Internet connection.

 

4. Tango

Tango On a WiFi-only device, you can interact with any of Tango’s 200 million users without needing a cellular connection. The service supports voice calls, video calls, text, and image chat. Accounts are free and the signup process is quick and painlessTango allows you to easily connect with friends & family or make new friends. Make video & voice calls, send text messages, play games, send music messages powered by Spotify and more all for free. Tango is one of the most perfect video calling apps you can ever come across The makers of Tango are focused on presenting their app as not simply a communication tool, but as a full-fledged social network. That means a public profile and news feed, games, stickers, and other bells and whistles.

 

 

5. KakaoTalk Messenger

KakaoTalk Messenger also uses your mobile phone number to send you a 4-digit verification code when you register for an account. It then goes through your contacts to find for other KakaoTalk users, similar to how WhatsApp does it. There is also the ability to start group chats, send pictures or audio notes, and share calendar and contact information. Oh, and it does calls too, to other Kakaotalk users over an Internet connection.

 

 

6. Facebook Messenger

The Facebook Messenger app for both iOS and Android has been around for some time now and since you’re connected to most of the friends you want to communicate with, Facebook Messenger can be a great WhatsApp replacement. Only drawback is that you can’t use it to communicate with friends who are not on Facebook.

 

7. Skype

Skype  merges  contacts with old MSN or Hotmail accounts and its contacts, connecting you to some pretty longtime friends. Nostalgia aside, Skype is not only a great way to call for free, it also allows for text messaging with your contacts. Unlike WhatsApp, you’ll have to approve contacts before you can start sending messages but its reliability and stability makes it a suitable replacement.

 

 

8. LiveProfile

LiveProfile lets you register with an email account. Add your phone number where other users can find and contact you. Each account will also be given a LiveProfile PIN, this lets you share that PIN to others without giving them your phone number. It has no calling features but it does have standard messaging features with the abilty to start a group chat and send pictures or videos.

 

 

9. Kik Messenger

You register on Kik with your email address, then choose a unique username to allow other users to find you. The app is very simple and does a good job in sending messages to individuals or group. There are no calling capabilities but you have the overall basic messaging functionality supported on a wide variety of mobile systems, for free.

 

 

10. WeChat

WeChat is one of the most popular messaging apps in China. Similar to how you register with WhatsApp, you start by entering your phone number. An SMS will follow, giving you the verification code. You can then connect your Facebook and email account to let people find you more easily. Other functionalities include sharing pictures, WeChat contacts, your current location, and the ability to video chat through the app.

 

 

11. Hike Messenger

Hike Messenger announced free ‘Hike Calls’ on January 28, 2015. This feature allows you to call each other for free. The company also claims that Hike calls have been enabled on 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi in over 200 countries. These calls are optimised to consume very little data, giving its users more calling minutes per MB of data.

 

12. Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a cross-platform messaging service that ties into every Google account on the planet—and it’s the default application in Android 4.4, and includes SMS integration. Hangouts is a simple it allows users to exchange text, photo and video messages, group chat, make phone calls (in the U.S. and Canada), and send emoji and animated stickers.  

 

 

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February 12, 2016

BTC DENIES CHARGING FOR WHATSAPP ...SORT OF

"Do not mind the noise in the market. BTC likes Whatapp...they are our friends. We wont be charging you to chat with your friends and family. Here are a few answers to some of your questions:

1. What does this new partnership mean for BTC and its customers?
Given that BTC is the only commercial mobile operator, this new partnership does not change the way we treat or charge for the Whatsapp application, its business as usual. Customers will still require an active mobile data plan to allow them the connectivity needed to use Whatsapp. However, any new mobile operator providing cellular service in the Bahamas will not be able to provide the same type of Whatsapp service and benefits to its customers since BTC will be the only operator to exclusively provide this service.

2. What is in this deal for the customer, what will be the benefits for them?
Customers will continue to have unrestricted access to WhatsApp as they always have. However in the near future, as a result of this partnership and as our suite of products and services evolve, we will be developing and offering our customers new and different types of WhatsApp data packages that give customers more value for money.

3. What are the obvious changes that we will see from the customers’ point of view?
For BTC customers there will be no change to their use WhatsApp. Customers will still require a working internet connection to access Whatsapp either by subscribing to a mobile data plan, or by accessing to a WIFI connection."

WATER SUPPLY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

 The central and southern Bahamas are in dire straits due to slow moving, category 4, Hurricane Joaquin. Join in the restoration of Long Island Bahamas. Our goal is to raise $100,000 dollars to aid in the rebuilding of the Communities of Long Island, The Bahamas.

No donation is too small to aid in rebuilding the lives of Long Islanders. All monies would be used to purchase and distribute supplies and also to help with other organizations and charities designated to the rebuilding of Long Island.

We wish to thank all of you that have made donations so far. Thank you USA, UN, UK, RBDF, Pan American Health Org, RBPF, private organizations, business, volunteers and everyone who has contributed to bringing relief to Long Island.

January 28, 2016

The Fishing Community Of Long Island Relaunch Their Vessels

Governor General of The Bahamas, Dame Marguerite Pindling at Mangrove Bush Primary School - Picture Credit:Judith Rigby

Dame Marguerite Pindling Visits Long Island

 

The Governor-General of The Bahamas, Dame Marguerite Pindling makes a visit to Long Island. The former first lady of The Bahamas, pays a special visit to the children of Mangrove Bush Primary School on Thursday, January 28, 2015.

 

Picture Credit:Judith Rigby/ Dame Marguerite Visit To Mangrove Bush Primary

November 24, 2015

LONG ISLAND'S MP, LORETTA BUTLER-TURNER, SLAMS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

"..constituents of Long Island and citizens of the Bahamas. I am reporting live from the Parliament of our Bahamas. I regret to inform you that after two formal requests to the Speaker of the House. I will be DENIED the opportunity to speak on behalf of the residents of my constituency,Long Island on what has transpired by the devastation of Hurricane Joaquin. I wish to say that government of the Bahamas is silencing the voice of my people." - Loretta Butler-Turner - Member of Parliament for Long Island Bahamas

Watch Video below

Let's Throw A Spade of Spade

One of the most critical roles of government is safety, security and emergency preparedness and response. Leadership is about acting resolutely in a time of crisis and great need. When Joaquin struck, much of the leadership of the central government was paralyzed by confusion, indecisiveness and gross incompetence. It is time for us to learn from the genuine patriotism demonstrated by the many Bahamians who responded so quickly and magnificently to the needs and suffering of their fellow-Bahamians. Having already failed those in the affected areas in the initial stages of this crisis, I pray that the government will find the will and the wherewithal to respond in a more caring and competent manner to those suffering and in need of urgent and sustained hope and help.

Posted by Loretta Butler-Turner on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

November 12, 2015

Member of Parliment, Long Island: Mrs. Loretta Butler-Turner

MEMBER OF PARLIMENT DENIED ACCESS TO HURRICANE RELIEF FOR LONG ISLAND

Loretta Butler-Turner, Member of Parliment was denied access to receive Hurricane Relief Donations, for her constieuncy, Long Island Bahamas

Mrs. Butler-Turner arrived at Claridge Primary School Tuesday morning, to join in the morning assembly, where she would have been presented with a donation of school supplies for Long Island from the student, staff and PTA body of Claridge Primary.

Upon arrival at the school, MP for Long Island was advised to stay in her car and not to proceed with, receiving and collecting the donation of school supplies.

Claridge Primary School's principal, advised MP Butler-Turner that she was instructed by the Director of Education that the supplies were not to be given to her, Loretta Butler-Turner

The Minister of Education, Jerome Fitzgerald and Mr. Lionel Sands, Director of Education has yet to comment on this matter.

The MP for Long Island, in speaking with The Tribune News, Nassau, New Providence, said,

“I think it is a very sad day when we allow politics to overshadow the good of our human nature. I believe that at the end of the day, this is an awful lesson that we are going to have to give to our children that they cannot do good and be seen for the good that they are doing without politics being thrown into the mix.

“The reality is that they don’t have a difficulty with the supplies going, they just wanted me not to receive them. It is totally a political move. My understanding is that the supplies, the association that help to garner them – the PTA and the union – they are able to put them on the boat and send them.”

 “All that I have done thus far for Long Island has been without a political aspiration. This just plays into that bigger narrative of trying to censor media, trying to move away, in my opinion, the whole issue of us trying to help our people.

“Essentially, my constituents whether they supported me or not, cannot say that Loretta Butler-Turner has tried to prejudice anything that has been given, any of the goodwill that has been given to the island."

 

 

November 11, 2015

Fishing Vessel, "Captain Ryan". Photo by: M. Turnquest

NOTICE TO LONG ISLAND FISHERMEN, AS WELL AS FISHERMEN THROUGHOUT OUR BAHAMAS:

As a result of the destruction of the majority of fishing boats in Long Island and other Southern Islands during Hurricane Joaquin; the question was asked repeatedly if the Government would consider extending the fishing season for Nassau Groupers through December to enable the fishing community to make a little extra for all of the losses they sustained.

I am pleased to advise that at last Wednesda...y's Parliament sitting l asked the Government on behalf of the fishermen for this accommodation.

I wish to report that l did not receive a response from the Minister or anyone else on the Government side. However, in Thursday's newspaper, which was the following day the requisite notice posted that the Minister had signed the Order for the season to be closed from December-February.

I noted also that the President of the Fishing Association as well as one of the Conservation groups endorsed that the dates remain unwaived.

Therefore, please be advised that there will be no extention of the fishing season for Nassau Groupers. Please share this with all fishermen so that they might be so advised.
By: Member of Parliment for Long Island Bahamas, Mrs. Loretta Butler

 

Pictured is the fishing vessel, "Captain Ryan", owned by local fisherman, Emile Knowles, of Mangrove Bush. This vessel was grounded during Hurricane Joaquin, along with many other fishing boats. The fishing economy of Long Island has been completely wiped out by the wrath of Hurricane Joaquin, not one fishing boat was spared.
We are calling on the government of The Bahamas to help the ciztizens of Long Island Bahamas, rebuild our commuinities and lives, invest in our people!
Help businesses and industries, Fishing and Agriculture, restore our economy! - THE LONG ISLAND RUNNER NEWS

October 5, 2015

So sad. My heart hurts

Posted by Indira Wood-green on Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 4, 2015

October 3, 2015

Long Island's MP Loretta Butler-Turner Speaks About Hurricane Joaqin's Effects On Long Island

Father Keith Cartwright on Hurricane Joaquin Damages from Pett...

Father Keith Cartwright on the devastation that Hurricane Joaquin left behind from Pettys to Gordons, Long Island. October 3,2015 Photo Source: Desmond Fox

Posted by THE LONG ISLAND RUNNER NEWS on Saturday, October 3, 2015

Member of Parliament for Long Island Bahamas, Loretta Butler-Turner is flying over The Bahamas to asses ‪#‎Hurricane‬ ‪#‎Joaquin‬'s path of destruction.

LONG ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS:  HURRICANE JOAQUIN - UTTER DEVASTATION -

 HURRICANE JOAQUIN DESTROYS LONG ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS: ALL ARIEL  PHOTOS CREDIT- NEIL KNOWLES

October 2, 2015

Update

Thank you everyone for all your well wishes for the people of Long Island.

The hurricane is presently passing over the north end of the island and we will update once we know more.

 

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS JOAQUIN MOVING NORTHWARD NEAR RUM CAY AND SAN SALVADOR IN THE BAHAMAS... ...HURRICANE CONDITIONS TO CONTINUE OVER THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS TODAY...

2:00 PM EDT Fri Oct 2
Location: 23.8°N 74.8°W
Moving: N at 5 mph...
Min pressure: 942 mb
Max sustained: 130 mph

000
WTNT31 KNHC 021742
TCPAT1

BULLETIN
HURRICANE JOAQUIN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 19A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL112015
200 PM EDT FRI OCT 02 2015

...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS JOAQUIN MOVING NORTHWARD NEAR RUM CAY AND
SAN SALVADOR IN THE BAHAMAS...
...HURRICANE CONDITIONS TO CONTINUE OVER THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS
TODAY...

SUMMARY OF 200 PM EDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...23.8N 74.8W
ABOUT 10 MI...15 KM N OF RUM CAY BAHAMAS
ABOUT 25 MI...40 KM SW OF SAN SALVADOR BAHAMAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...130 MPH...215 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 0 DEGREES AT 5 MPH...8 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...942 MB...27.82 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Central Bahamas
* Northwestern Bahamas including the Abacos, Berry Islands,
Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence
* The Acklins, Crooked Island, and Mayaguana in the southeastern
Bahamas

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Bimini
* Andros Island

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Remainder of the southeastern Bahamas including the Turks and
Caicos Islands
* Andros Island
* Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguin, and Guantanamo

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area.

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.

Interests in Bermuda should monitor the progress of Joaquin. A
Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watch may be required later today.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor
products issued by your national meteorological service.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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At 200 PM EDT (1800 UTC), the center of Hurricane Joaquin was
located near latitude 23.8 North, longitude 74.8 West. Joaquin is
moving toward the north near 5 mph (8 km/h), and this general
motion should continue this afternoon. A turn toward the northeast
is expected tonight with an increase in forward speed. On the
forecast track, the core of the strongest winds of Joaquin will
continue moving over portions of the central and northwestern
Bahamas today. Joaquin will begin to move away from the Bahamas
tonight and Saturday.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate
that maximum sustained winds remain near 130 mph (215 km/h) with
higher gusts. Joaquin is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-
Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are
possible during the next 24 hours. Slow weakening is expected to
begin on Saturday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the
center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles
(335 km).

The latest minimum central pressure reported by the Hurricane Hunter
aircraft is 942 mb (27.82 inches). A Bahamas Meteorology Department
station on San Salvador recently reported a pressure of 969.9 mb
(28.63 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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WIND: Hurricane conditions are expected to continue across portions
of the central Bahamas through today. Hurricane and tropical storm
conditions are expected over portions of the northwestern Bahamas
today. Tropical storm conditions will affect portions of the
southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands today.
Tropical storm conditions are expected over portions of eastern Cuba
for a few more hours.

STORM SURGE: A very dangerous and life-threatening storm surge will
raise water levels by as much as 6 to 12 feet above normal tide
levels in the central Bahamas in areas of onshore flow. A storm
surge of 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels is expected in the
remainder of the Bahamas within the hurricane warning area. Near
the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous
waves.

RAINFALL: Joaquin is expected to produce total rain accumulations
of 12 to 18 inches over the central Bahamas with isolated maximum
amounts of 25 inches. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are
expected over the southeastern Bahamas, with 2 to 4 inches over the
northwestern Bahamas, eastern Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic,
and the Turks and Caicos Islands. This rainfall could result in
life-threatening flash floods.

SURF: Swells generated by Joaquin will affect portions of the
Bahamas during the next few days. Swells have begun to affect
portions of the southeastern coast of the United States and will
spread northward along the east coast of the United States through
the weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf
and rip current conditions. Even though Joaquin is expected to
pass well east of the coast of the United States, a prolonged
period of elevated water levels and large waves will affect the
mid-Atlantic region, causing significant beach and dune erosion with
moderate coastal flooding likely. Please consult products from your
local weather office.

NEXT ADVISORY
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Next complete advisory at 500 PM EDT
 

Update out of Long Island 9am

"Spoke to someone in Long Island after 6 this morning by satellite phone and the winds are still blowing at approximately 140 - 145 mph, no decrease in wind strength, unfortunately due to the severity of the wind and salt water surge nobody can go out to check on their neighbors......If I hear anything else I will share it. Please keep praying for everyone in the path of this monstrous hurricane, at the e...nd of the day all we have is our Almighty God and each other." - Nancy Knowles

We can only pray for safe keeping of our people on Long Island at this point. Hurricane Joaquin is so slow moving, that he is practically walking through Long Island Bahamas.

Some excerpts from residents on Long Island who were battling the storm yesterday...

"People evacuating because of water ! .... Long Island needs lots of prayers it's a disaster here !! Nothing but salt water.!" -Dian Knowles

" I think the eye must be on us now. Feels like he end of the world. Lightning, thunder and winds without end. All I can say to anyone at this time is pray for God's grace and mercy
Never in my life have I ever experienced anything of this magnitude and I hope I never will again.
The winds were terrible enough since this afternoon but now it's a whole different story.
I don't think we can take much more."- Ramona Ritchie Taylor

"... we are praying its raining and blown about 110 -125 mph winds the sea water is at the corner in hamiltons by mount camel catholic church pettys is under water its getn bad . The cell phone tower in hamiltons half of the top is hangn n the one in clarence town is broken down . I know Long Island. Is goin to be devastated after this...." -Shirvon Cartwright

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Update: 2am

 

The eye of Hurricane Joaquin was centered about 20 miles east-southeast of Clarence Town, Long Island, winds up to 150 and gusting.

Reports of another house losing roof up south.

Family of 11 in Scrub Hill needs to be evacuated. No update to confirm help.

Mother and children in Taits needs to be evacuated, no update to confirm if she has been helped.

Five persons were rescued between Cabbage Point and Pettys earlier.

Meanwhile, Long Island Bahamas is being led to the slaughter, with torrents of water, pounding rain and monstrous winds. Homes are being battered from North-end to South-end.
Roofs and shingles ripped off, windows, doors being blown in, flying debris and flooding.

All the while, The Prime Minister announces an evacuation all about 24 hours late.

There is no radar working at the weather department and the department is waiting on parts, this being brought to our attention by the US media.

The Red Cross is experiencing a shortage of supplies especially during a Hurricane Season.

NEMA was nowhere in sight and neither was the national news source of The Bahamas.

No national evacuation plan was put into effect.

Where is the government of this country???? On Mars?

October 1, 2015

ALERT #12 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY WEDNESDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2015 AT NOON EDT.
…..EYE OF JOAQUIN MOVING OVER SAMANA CAYS ….
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES THE ABACOS, THE BERRY ISLANDS, ELEUTHERA, GRAND BAHAMA, AND NEW PROVIDENCE.
A HURRICANE WARNING IS ALSO IN AFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF LONG ISLAND, EXUMA AND ITS CAYS, CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY AND SAN SALVADOR.
A ...HURRICANE WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, LONG CAY AND MAYGUANA.
A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES RAGGED ISLAND AND INAGUA AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA.
AT 11 AM EDT THE CENTER OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 23.0 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGTITUDE 73.9 DEGREES WEST. THIS POSISTION PUTS THE EYE OVER SAMANA CAY AND 15 MILES NORTH OF ACKLINS OR ABOUT 53 MILES EAST OF LONG ISLAND OR ABOUT 115 MILES NW OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND ABOUT 230 MILES ESE NEW PROVIDENCE.
HURRICANE JOAQUIN IS MOVING TOWARD THE SOUTHWEST NEAR 6 MILES PER HOUR. A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST AND NORTH IS EXPECTED ON FRIDAY AND A FASTER MOTION TOWARD THE NORTH IS EXPECTED THROUGH SATURDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK THE CENTER OF JOAQUIN IS EXPECTED TO MOVE NEAR OR OVER PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS TODAY AND TONIGHT AND PASS NEAR OR OVER PORTIONS OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ON FRIDAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 125 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS. JOAQUIN IS NOW A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE AND SOME ADDITIONALLY STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS WITH SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY POSSIBLE THROUGH SATURDAY.
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES FROM THE CENTER.
RESIDENTS IN THE WARNING AREAS SHOULD ENSURE THAT ALL PREPARATION HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND REMAIN INDOOR ONCE CONDITIONS DETERIORATES.

HEAVY RAINS WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE SEVERE FLOODING IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTH BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS TODAY AND TONIGHT.
SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS THROUGHOUT THE BAHAMAS SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT AS LARGE SWELLS AND BATTERING WAVES WILL AFFECT THE BAHAMAS DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN WILL BE ISSUED AT 3PM EDT.
ISSUED BY: BASIL A. DEAN – DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Video of the water flooding through the community of Mangrove Bush and surrounding areas.

Posted by Long Island Bahamas on Thursday, October 1, 2015

THE 2ND ANNUAL HOPE BALL: The Cancer Society, Long Island Chapter

 

The Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Long Island Chapter, hosted the 2nd Annual Hope Ball, this past Saturday, September 26th.

Glitz and glamour filled the Clarence Town Community Centre as many turned out to show their support for the cancer fundraising event.

Member of Parliament for Long Island, Loretta Butler-Turner, was in attendance and presented the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Long Island Chapter with a $10,000 donation.

The Long Island Chapter also honoured Mrs. Rosa Cartwright, of Berry’s, a 33 year survivor of cancer. Mrs. Cartwright spoke a few words about her battle and her family was also in attendance to celebrate her honorary status.

The overall event was a success thanks to the hardworking team at the Long Island Chapter.

 

Photo Source Credits:

The Cancer Society of The Bahamas- Long Island Chapter

The Administrator’s Office

Terece Bootle

Loretta Butler-Turner

Judith Rigby

 

 

September 26, 2015

DENTIST FACES CHALLENGES TO OFFER CLINIC ON LONG ISLAND

 

Dentist, Larry Levin, vacations here on Long Island and while doing so decided to offer the community of Long Island dental care and free screening for children. Levin has offered care back in 2014 on Long Island. Although he has negotiated through the proper avenues he is still facing challenges to proceed to offer his voluntary care to the island.

This is not the first time a dentist or doctor has volunteered, donated equipment, absorbing the cost to conduct these clinics,  all with the hopes of providing care to the communities of Long Island only to be roadblocked. 

Dentist Levin had a few choice words for the Dental Council and for those who want to deter him from providing such a service that is greatly needed. Levin made this annoucement via facebook.

"Permit me to go on a bit of a rant as I am a bit upset over recent events. As many know I have been trying to continue offering dental care on my visits to LI, but it appears the Dental Council or someone on the Council would like to prevent this. The Council told me my license is valid once I find a sponsor. I purchased dental equipment to ship to LI and Dr. Forte offered to sponsor me so that I could purchase work permits. The Council then said the sponsor had to be a Bahamian dentist. OK.. Fair enough. At this point, Dr. Rollins, a Bahamian Dentist who used to practice on LI offered to sponsor me knowing of the great need for quality dental care on the Island. I decided I wanted to come to LI and do free dental screenings in the schools for the children to let them know of any needs they might have and promote good dental care. I called Immigration to find out if I needed a work permit for this volunteer work and I was told I did not. I then contacted the Dental Council to tell them I had a new sponsor and planned to do free dental screenings on the Island for the children and was advised by Immigration I would not need a permit for this. They assured me THEY make the rules and not immigration and I would need a permit. OK. Fair enough. I told them I would buy the permit to do the screenings. They then asked me who my sponsor was. I told them Dr Rollins was my new sponsor. They advised me that since Dr Rollins does not have an office on LI, he cannot sponsor me. I told the Council that Dr Rollins was willing to open an office so that I could help out on the Island and that I would pay the license and facility fees. The Council then told me OK but there is an additional problem. Dr. Rollins is an Orthodontist and I am a General Dentist so that is a conflict and they cannot permit an Orthodontist to sponsor a General Dentist. Well, that's strange. Back in April when Dr. Forte wanted to sponsor me, all the Council said was "I must inform you of a recent technicality. You must be sponsored by a member of the dental profession in the practice of dentistry." Surely, Dr. Rollins qualifies as a member of the dental profession. When I asked the Council if they could send me the written copy of these regulations, I was told, "The Council makes up regulations as needed and they are not always in writing."
It's clear there is someone on the Council who does not want me to help out with the care on the Island."

BAHAMIAN PILOT DIES IN HAITI

First and foremost we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of, Pilot and Commander, Christopher "Scotty" Adderley, of north Long Island.

For nearly two years, since February 16, 2014, Adderley and another Bahamian pilot, was held in custody at Port-de-Paix, Haiti.

On Tuesday, September 22, Christopher Adderley died in custody of the Haitian authorities. No expalnation was given surrounding his detention or the circumstances surrounding his death.

Fred Mitchell, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration did not provide any details surrounding the matter.

 

 

September 12, 2015

SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2015

 

7:00am Holy Eucharist Holy Family
9:00am Holy Eucharist St.Paul
11:00am Holy Eucharist St.At...hanasius
9:00am Morning Prayer St.John
9:00am Morning Prayer St.Theresa

 

HOLY CROSS FEAST OF TITLE
Holy Cross church will celebrate its Feast of Title on Sunday, September 13th at 4:00pm at the church. Bus transporatation will leave Gordons at 2:30pm. Fr. Richard Wood will be the guest preacher.

CONDOLENCES

Our sincerest condolences goes out the Carroll family as 62 year old, Wesley Augustus Carroll, formally of Roses, Long Island will be laid to rest today at 2:30 p.m. at St Michael’s Anglican Church in Roses, Long Island. Fr. Alvardo Adderley will be officiating and Interment will follow at the church's cemetery.


He is survived by one brother: Retired RBPF Officer; Raymond Carroll; three sisters: Terecita Major, Barbara Turnquest and Joycelyn Ferguson; Four brothers-in-law: Orlando Turnquest, Elgin Major, Solomon Watson and Terrance Ferguson; Two sisters-in-law: Vernita and Marsha Carroll; One Adopted Daughter: Linda Watson-Munroe; Numerous nieces and nephews: Donnetta Turnquest, Linda Watson Monroe, Sheena Adderley, Sheridan Major, Vanessa Major- Knight, Megan, and Amanda Carroll, Rydell Turnquest, Ramon, Rekeno, Christian, Leonard and Jerome Carroll, Dwight, Darren and Baltron Major, Naveen and Terron Ferguson, Roger and Lowell Watson; Numerous grandnephews and grandnieces: Craig Adderley, Keyzerro, Ra’von and Baltron Major Jr., Immanuel and Ezekiel Carroll and Errol Monroe, and Rydell Turnquest Jr., Jada Adderley, Camille, and Olivia Knight, D’Atra and Denise Monroe; One great grandniece: Isabella Munroe.

 

Numerous other relatives and friends including: Akilah, Keva and Rosemarie Major, Sharell and Kriston Carroll, Drexel Munroe, Larry Knight and Craig Adderley, Paul Carroll & family, Charles Carroll and family, William Carroll and family, Wendell Carroll and family, Chloe Knowles and family, Rosalie Adderley and family, Frederica Carroll & family, Mary Johnson & family, Claudius Burrows, John Burrows, Coleman Darville and family, Colonna Burrows and family, Elsie Burrows and family, LaGloria Smith, Hazel Lightbourn, Beatrice Burrows, Frederica Cartwright, Danny Cartwright & family, Ignatius Carroll, Jonathon Carroll, Rudolph Pratt & family, Kevin Pratt & family, Clarice and Simeon Cartwright & family, John and Bernie Cartwright and family, Bianca Major, Lambert Major, Elias Cartwright and family,Thomas Watson & family, Denise Watson & family, the entire community of South Long Island and the Anglican Church community. https://www.facebook.com/LongIslandRunner

Our sincere condolences goes out to the family of, Bernice Louise Minnis, of Mortimer's, Long Island, who is being laid to rest today. Condolences especially, to Donald Watson, Geneva Munroe, Johnathan Cartwright, Virgil Gray, DJ, Deon, Nicole & Marcel, Blanche, the entire southern Long Island community

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Bernice Louise Minnis, 90, of Mortimer’s, Long Island will be laid to rest at 10am, Saturday September 12, 2015, Holy Family Anglican Church, Mortimer’s, Long Island.

Officiating will be Fr. Alvardo Adderley, assisted by Cathecist Baltron Major.

Interment will follow in the church's cemetery.


Predeceased by her daughter- Angela Watson, son- Elgin Cartwright.
Four children: Geneva Munroe, Virgil Gray, Donald Watson, and Jothnathan Cartwright; Grandchildren: Michelle, Gerald, Bruno, Kishna Rolle, Katrina Greaves, Ghia, Francis, Robert Munroe, Donald Jr., Deon Watson, Nicole Watson-Turnquest, Vashti, Lavanda, Keishan, Cara and Ethan Cartwright, Shantina, Sonia, Tanya, Yolanda, Virgil Gray, Keith Rolle;

Great-grandchildren: Jim Brown, Rashad, Bruno Jr., Meko Paris, Mathias Rolle, Karyden Greaves, Julian, Keno, Tremeko, Ashia, Christian Munroe, Saiyan Login, Joespt Castulovich, Nyeemah Turnquest, Donelle Taylor, Donald Watson III, Alicia Clarke, Douglas Higgs Jr., Travis, Tremaine and Tristan Cartwright, Jaquille, Brenda, Brendon, and Brendia;

Nieces: Monica Cartwright, Rose Edgecombe, Carolyn Paris, Rose Brown, Grace Beneby, Doreen Turnquest, Rowena Miller, Eva Lightboune, Mythlyn Bowe, Geletta Turnquest, Hilda Rolle, Aileen and Linda Adderley, Shirley, Elsie Minnis, Gloria Major, Winifred Roberts; Nephews: John Williams Sr., Peter Turnquest, Willard, Albert Munroe, David Dean, Hubert Major, Edward, Ralph, and Cedric Watson, James Adderley.

Daughters-in-law: Blanche Watson, Yvonne Cartwright, Toni Cartwright, Brenda Gray; Grandsons-in-law: Marcel Turnquest, and Trevor Greaves; Granddaughter-in-law: Latoya Rolle; a host of other relatives and friends including: Velma Chantelle, Jodelle, Sandra, Cora, Jill, Quintell, Bridgette, Monique, Charlton Jr., Roshan, Ian, Brandon, Oscar, Chris, John Jr., Dianne, Arnette Russell, Mario, Vardo, Barry, Valencia, Nickara, Clyde, Brianna, Bernita, Ralph, Deon, Val, Carlie, Cornell and the entire community of south Long Island especially the communities of Mortimer's and Gordon's.
 

By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

THERE has been quite a rumble on the political landscape recently as a new party has been projected to launch shortly, Raynard Rigby has announced his intentions to challenge Perry Christie for the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and it is perceived that the governing party scored a political point with the defection of Wayne Munroe from the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) to its ranks.

Indeed, the silly season has begun!

On a morning talk show yesterday, I highlighted how I feel that both the PLP and the Free National Movement (FNM) have failed as it relates to grooming young leaders and succession planning.
What I respect about Raynard Rigby’s announcement of his challenge to the sitting Prime Minister is that it demonstrates that he has the gravitas, the gumption, the “cojones” to step up – in the interest of the country’s growth, development and the advancement of a new generation of leaders – whilst the other would-be contenders cower in a dark corner and timidly ramble on about how much they love and support Mr Christie and about how they would not challenge him.

Mr Christie must be sitting atop his very own political mountain and gleefully looking down at his frightened minions. The truth is that all those persons who want to be leader of the PLP but won’t take on Mr Christie believe that to do so would be their political deaths and that not challenging shows their loyalty, that it shows how much they can kiss up and suck up to Mr Christie with the hope that he picks one of them and ordains them his chosen successor.
I highly doubt that the refusal of some of Mr Christie’s ministers has anything to do with their admiration and regard for him. They know that they need him to convince the throngs of stalwart councillors – much like Sir Lynden Pindling did for him in 1997 – that they are the one. They all want to be the one!

Leadership and succession in The Bahamas should be viewed like a relay race. One person could only take the baton so far. At the end of their leg, they should hand over the baton so that someone else could take it around the track. That said, for a country that has been independent for 42 years, we have only had three Prime Ministers whilst some of our regional counterparts – who have been independent for that time or a few years more – have had several leaders and have even had female Prime Ministers. What does this say about our political processes?

It appears that our leaders are seeking to hold on to the leadership baton so tightly that they die with it in their hands.

Mr Christie once promised to serve only a portion of a five-year term. However, during the 2012 general election campaign, he changed his mind. It would not be a stretch to argue that Mr Christie, though 72 years old and a pensionable senior citizen, could seek to run again. What younger PLPs around Mr Christie don’t seem to realise is that only a rare person simply gives up power, that only a rare person would simply walk away from being the most powerful man in The Bahamas.

Think of all the pomp and pageantry and sucking up and police saluting and riding in fancy cars and hero worship and attendance to fancy balls and free trips and police outriders and body guards and the delicious food. Think about having command of the government, oversight of the country’s Treasury. Think of that kind of power. Now, does anyone running away from challenging Mr Christie truly believe that he will be giving up any time soon?
In an ideal world, the PLP would go into November’s convention and choose a successor-in-waiting. That successor-in-waiting would then know that they are taking the helm of the party and leading the PLP into the 2017 general election. Further, if Mr Christie really wanted to give such a successor-in-waiting an opportunity to demonstrate to the public his/her capacity as Prime Minister, he would turn over the reins of power either one year or six months before the general election.

Say what you may about former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding but, knowing that he no longer resonated with the electorate, he stepped aside for his then Minister of Education Andrew Holness. Mr Holness served as Prime Minister for two months before his party was defeated by Portia Simpson-Miller and the People’s National Party. Holness is 43 today and when he became the ninth Prime Minister of Jamaica, he was 40. Our Parliament is not truly representative of the demographics of our electorate. Today, our electorate is predominantly comprised of voters between the age of 18 and 35.

I’m not suggesting that we throw our elder statesmen into the political dustbin. They should move to the side, serve in the capacity of elder statesmen and guide the young, up and coming leaders of this country. They should now be the ones to offer sage advice, to share their experiences and to make younger leaders aware of the pitfalls of governance.

And so, to Raynard Rigby. I think that the former PLP chairman realises that the only way to take power from the old guard is to snatch it away from them. Or, at least try. In Panama a few weeks ago, I had a conversation with our tour guide (from Zimbabwe) and a few other visitors over lunch. We talked about the killing of Zimbabwe’s pride lion, Cecil. The point being made was that Cecil’s brother, Jethro, would not protect Cecil’s cubs the moment he realised that Cecil was not returning to lead the pride. Officials in Zimbabwe were hurriedly removing the cubs, one by one, because the moment Jethro realised it, he would kill every one of Cecil’s cubs so that they could not rise up against him when he sought to lead the pride.

The tour guide - himself a trained guide for hunters visiting Zimbabwe - told me the lion that heads a pride is the one who challenges all of the other males and either kills them or chases them off.

The same can be said with local politics. If all the possible contenders are afraid to challenge Mr Christie, how can any of them emerge? Surely they know that all of them cannot become leader.

Raynard Rigby has become a voice of reason within the PLP. He is representative of a new generation PLP and to that end he is unlikely to be successful in his bid, that is, unless the PLP has an epiphany. It would not be a negative assessment of him but rather an assessment of the fact that the PLP’s culture hasn’t progressed to the point of accepting a progressive thinker. Look around and see who the current tastemakers are within the PLP and one would quickly realise that they are septuagenarians who, more often than not, still run plays using the same tired, played out playbook of yesteryear.

No, many of them have not caught up or remotely understand 21st century politics and, yes, the playbook works but it features misogyny, nepotism, cronyism, a feeling of entitlement and, of course, prevarication.

Unfortunately, we are watching the establishment of an elitist class of so-called untouchables. We are witnessing a perverted version of W E B Du Bois’ “The Talented Tenth”. The only problem in this instance is that what we see has nothing to do with talent and everything to do with connectedness.

Mr Rigby can communicate and articulate and he appears to be in touch with the social issues. I, too, would like to hear him articulate his plan for the PLP and, more importantly, the country at large if he ever becomes party leader or plays a leadership role. By his on-air utterances, he seems to desire to move the PLP in a different direction whilst being grounded in a principle that likely preserves and promulgates a truly progressive and liberal party. At present, the PLP is neither progressive nor is it liberal. I wait to see Mr Rigby’s platform.

These days, I constantly find myself feeling ireful at Bradley Roberts’ kvetching and his petulant and indignant attacks on anyone he feels disagrees with the governing party’s positions and/or, as was seen in the case of Raynard Rigby, with anyone who seeks to upset the political apple cart. Anyone who believes Mr Roberts’ type of language ought to resonate in a modern Bahamas is perhaps someone who believes we should remain in an underdeveloped state. Mr Roberts should be thanked for his service and put out to pasture.

Wayne Munroe’s defection to the PLP is a “good get” on their part. Mr Munroe is articulate and he is an accomplished lawyer with a number of controversial actions that have, no doubt, gained him notoriety. However, for many Mr Munroe seems like a political prostitute. There are those who will say that Mr Munroe is a political journeyman, a carpetbagger. Further, there are even others who have suggested that they don’t know if, when Mr Munroe speaks, he’s speaking from his heart or his wallet.
I have been told that Wayne Munroe is likely to be nominated for the Bain and Grants Town constituency. That constituency is a PLP stronghold and there are many who would be wooed back to the PLP if they had a chance of getting such a safe seat. I am told that current MP Bernard Nottage is retiring and so, if it true that Mr Munroe is the heir apparent, it is likely that he will win the seat.
Wayne Munroe is one of those persons who perhaps can be viewed as a potential future leader. He has influence and people will look to him to see what he thinks on various matters. But some will wonder if the positions he adopts are truly his or influenced by those who hire him.

I can appreciate that MP for Marco City Greg Moss wishes to establish his own political party. However, I think that such an entity will be a political stillborn.

I applaud Mr Moss’ effort but I leave him with the words of his fellow Independent Andre Rollins: “If it is that Mr Moss’ objective is to seek to change the government, he must be asked how realistic he believes change is if the opposition is divided, as opposed to if it is united ... We should not be preoccupied with leading a political party or being Prime Minister but instead use the platform we have in the House of Assembly as independent members to focus the public’s attention on the shortcomings of the government and, in some instances, the failings of the government that threaten the future safety and prosperity of our nation.”

The PLP and the FNM must get serious with issues of transition and successor identification, grooming and support - exclusionary leadership has become par for the course in the Bahamas and that is not prototypical of political evolution. We cannot continue to have a political culture where there are folks who hold on to power with a death grip whilst, at the same time, putting their foot on the neck of anyone by whom they feel threatened.
ajbahama@hotmail.com

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recognizing Vicente Stanton Chea with inclusion in the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database.

The database, which appears on the agency's website at www.faa.gov, names Chea and other certified pilots who have met or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA.

Pilot certification standards have evolved over time in an attempt to reduce pilot errors that lead to fatal crashes. FAA standards, which are set in consultation with the aviation industry and the public, are among the highest in the world.

Transportation safety experts strongly recommend against flying with an uncertified pilot. FAA pilot certification can be the difference between a safe flight and one that ends in tragedy.

The FAA recently announced that is it increasing the qualification requirements for co-pilots who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. These requirements mandate additional minimum flight time and training, as well as aircraft specific training.

"Safety will be my overriding priority as Secretary, so I am especially pleased to mark my first week by announcing a rule that will help us maintain our unparalleled safety record," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release. "We owe it to the traveling public to have only the most qualified and best trained pilots."

 

According to the FAA, the new regulations stem in part from the crash of Colgan Air 3407 in February 2009. An investigation of the crash revealed that pilot Renslow, had failed three "check rides" (the flying equivalent of driver proficiency tests) and may not have had adequate training to respond to the emergency leading up to the crash.

The FAA offers a variety of pilots licenses and certificates, each with a different set of privileges. These levels include Student, Recreational, Sport, Private, Commercial And Airline Transport Pilot.

Pilots with a student pilot certification are not permitted to fly solo and are barred from carrying passengers. Sport pilot certificate holders can not carry more than one passenger and are permitted to only fly light-sport aircraft during the daytime.

The highest level of certification is the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP), which is required to fly a commercial airliner.

To obtain Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, pilots must possess a commercial pilot license, have more than 1500 hours of experience in aircraft and be at least 21 years old. However, pilots with an aviation degree can qualify for the certificate with just 1,000 hours.

Pilots obtaining an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate must also pass an exam covering air law, general aircraft knowledge, flight planning, meteorology, navigation, instrumentation and other important topics.

Pilots are required to pass a physical examination administered by a FAA-authorized medical examiner.

There are a number of medical conditions that the FAA considers disqualifying, such as Bipolar disease, cardiac valve replacement, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus requiring hypoglycemic medications, disturbance of consciousness without satisfactory explanation of cause, epilepsy, heart replacement, Myocardial infarction, permanent cardiac pacemaker, personality disorder that is severe enough to have repeatedly manifested itself by overt acts, psychosis, substance abuse, substance dependence, transient loss of control of nervous system function(s) without satisfactory explanation of cause.

Pilots are required to report to the FAA's Security and Investigations Division any alcohol-related vehicle actions, such as an arrest, administrative action, driver license suspension.

The FAA has reason to be concerned in general about alcohol use by pilots. Recently, a 48 year-old American Eagle pilot was forced from the aircraft cockpit after airline employees smells alcohol on him. The pilot, Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen , subsequently failed a breathalyzer test and was arrested.

The Federal Aviation Administration's Airmen Certification Database contains the following listing:

UniqueID: A5097097
FirstName: Vicente Stanton
LastName: Chea
Street1: Dc 30740
Street2: Queens Highway Hamiltons
City: Long Island
State:
Zip:
Country: BAHAMAS
Region: SO
MedClass: 1
MedDate: 082013
MedExpDate: 082014

August 18, 2015

ACM GRILL OUT - Friday, August 21, 5pm - CLARENCE TOWN DOCK
 

Your Choice of Chicken, Ribs or Steak with sides.

Soft drinks, Coconut Water, Beer and Wine.

 

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

 

Join us in a social evening of fun and enjoyment as we say farewell to Canon Harry Ward and welcome our new Rector Rev. Fr. Alvardo Adderley

Part Proceeds to aid St. Athanasius renovations

BE THERE!

Call Maurice- 337-3276 or Larry- 337-7261 if you would like to donate, HELP cook or serve.

 

Saint Paul's Anglican Church Community Notices

 

- Special thanks to all who contributed and supported the Souse-out in aid of Lorraine Knowles' medical fund. God Bless you!

 

ACM SHUT-IN SERVICE - The A.C.M. Shut-in Service for Otis Knowles will be rescheduled.


Please note that Canon Ward along with our new Rector, Fr. Alvardo Adderley will visit the shut-ins and give Holy Communion as follows:

Friday afternoon August 21st in the south of the Parish

Saturday August 22nd in the North of the Parish.

HOLY CROSS MINI FAIR - STURDAY, AUGUST 29th
 

Photo Credit: Judith Rigby- Goombay Summer Festival

GOOMBAY FESTIVAL: LONG ISLAND

Photo Credit: Judith Rigby- Goombay Summer Festival

Election fever has officially started!

While celebrating Goombay in Long Island, PLP candidate, Fred Mitchell, must have been drinking too many "goombay smashes" at Goombay fest!

He proceeded to smash the FNM Member of Parliament for Long Island, Mrs. Loretta Butler-Turner, on her own turf!
Well, that didn't sit too well with the Long Island representative and she lashed out at PLP Fred.

Read MP Loretta Butler-Turner response below:

Cancer Society- Long Island Chapter Hosts 2nd Annual Ball Of Hope

2nd Annual Ball Of Hope: The Cancer Society Of The Bahamas- Long Island Chapter

August 15, 2015

Freedom Is A Must

On Monday, July 27th, 47 year old extraditee, Dwight Major, officially became a free man. Having served out his time, in a United States Fedral Prison, for conspiracy to import drugs.

Major, a native of Long Island, was scheduled to be released in May 2016. He was released early due to time served credited to his sentence while he was awaiting extradition....

Read More from www.justia.com :-
"On July 30, 2004, the Bahamian courts issued an extradition warrant. On November 7, 2007, the Bahamian court sentenced Major on his third conviction to five years in prison, retroactive to October 11, 2003. On the same date, Major appealed his third conviction and sentence in the Bahamian courts, which had the effect of suspending the execution of the decision. The Court of Appeal has not ruled on Major’s appeal of his third conviction. Major was extradited on April 18, 2008.

On October 10, 2008, Major pled guilty in the Southern District of Florida to a drug conspiracy charge. He subsequently was sentenced to 108 months in prison with “credit for time served in the Bahamas while awaiting extradition.” The BOP then calculated a release date in 2011. However, in 2011, after making inquiries as to Major’s legal status between 2004 and 2008, the BOP determined that Major was in the primary custody of the Bahamas at that time and recalculated his release date as May 4, 2016.

...Turning to the issue of whether the BOP abused its discretion, the BOP also concluded that the time period in question was credited to Major’s Bahamian sentence. Because the record reveals that Major was detained for nearly four years in a Bahamian prison and that the time period has not yet been credited to a Bahamian sentence, we conclude that the BOP’s conclusions to the contrary are an abuse of discretion.

The relevant statute provides:
A defendant shall be given credit toward the service of a term of imprisonment for any time he has spent in official detention prior to the date the sentence commences--
(1) as a result of the offense for which the sentence was imposed; or
(2) as a result of any other charge for which the defendant was arrested after the commission of the offense for which the sentence was imposed;
that has not been credited against another sentence.

...Accordingly, we grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis and vacate the district court's order with regard to the time period between September 28, 2004, and April 18, 2008, and remand with instructions for the court to enter an order directing the BOP to reconsider Major’s request for sentencing credit, taking into account Bahamian law regarding suspension of a sentence pending appeal and the Government’s concession in its motion to dismiss that the time period between September 2004 and April 2008 “has not yet been credited to another sentence.” The remainder of the district court’s order is affirmed. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process. "

READ MORE AT: http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/ca4/13-7210/13-7210-2014-06-27.html
 
 
 

Cancer Society Of The Bahamas Long Island Chapter

 

The Long Island Branch of the Cancer Society takes this opportunity to thank everyone for your support over the last few years. As we look forward to doing more to serve our fellow Long Islanders we wish to notify you that:

 

1. The office will be closed for the summer months. We will re-open in September. In the mean time if you need us please feel free to contact President Iris Pinder at 337-0036 or any member in your area or email us at longislandcancersociety@gmail.com

 

2. Tickets for the Annual Ball of Hope are now on Sale and can be purchased from any member of the local branch. Be sure to get yours today and support this worthy cause.

3. Persons wishing to advertise in the Commemorative Booklet can contact Ramona Taylor at 472-8100 or 337-1036.

Enjoy your summer and don't forget to stay hydrated and wear sun protection! - cancer society

 

Crawfish Season: August 1st- March 31st, 2016.

Wishing all our crawfishers out there a safe trip and bountiful catches!

 
THE LONG ISLAND RUNNER NEWS's photo.

Crawfish Season Begins: August 1st - March 31st, 2016

The Department of Marine Resources further wishes to remind fishers and all other members of the public, t...hat the harvesting and/or of undersized crawfish, is against the law and persons are to cease and desist the practice of illegally harvesting these resources.

Fishers are also cautioned against capturing egg-bearing crawfish as this practice further aids in the depletion of the crawfish stock in The Bahamas. The minimum legal size limit on the crawfish tail is 51/2 inches length.

All fishers capturing crawfish are required to have a measuring gauge to ensure that they are able to confirm full compliance with the legal size requirements.

The general public is advised to report all suspected violations to the Department of Marine Resources at telephone 393-1014, 393-1015 or 393-1777. All violators of the Fisheries Regulations can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

 

 

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