July 25, 2015

Local News: Long Island, The Bahamas

Bahama Resorts C Shells Guest Quarters


Nestled on the bayside, near the center of Salt Pond, C Shells is a private, self catering vacation rental.  With a beach front view, there are four units, no crowds and a perfect setting for laying back and preparing your own meals.

Watch the sunset or lie back in the hammock and relax with a book or a glass of wine. Leave all your cares and worries behind, they will fall away during your stay.

C Shells is the perfect place for unwinding and enjoying the beach life.  The beach is right at your feet. Nearby, there are local markets and gas station.  Salt Pond is the home to the biggest annual sailing festival event of the year, "Long Island Regatta", held around May, June every year.

You will not be disappointed with your stay; C Shells Guest Quarters was awarded the Certificate of Excellence Award 2014 from Trip Advisor. We look forward to seeing you at C Shells.




Goombay Summer Festival is coming to Long Island, August 15th at Clarence Town Dock

Goombay Summer Festival is coming to Long Island, August 15th at Clarence Town Dock, come out and enjoy a fun filled day with activities, competitions and live entertainment by K.B.

For more information contact the Long Island Tourist Office at 338 - 8668.

Bus transportation will also be provided heading from Seymours in the north to Clarence Town.


Long Island Bahamas was cueing it up over at Lloyds Restaurant and Sporting Lounge's, "Best of the Best " Lloyds Pool Tournament, this weekend. Providing a much need boost to the local economy this pool tournament did just that. Locals and visitors came to compete for over $10,000 in cash prizes. Events such as this can bring big bucks to the shores of Long Island in the future. The atmosphere of Lloyds proves to be of five star making, putting it on par for international and domestic events to be hosted there.

First place and the Champion Title went to FREEPORT, second place went to NEW PROVIDENCE and in third -Lloyds Sharp Shooters- LONG ISLAND.


On Friday 17 July 2015, at the Second Session of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 2). Captain Dwain Hutchinson, Deputy Director of The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA), responsible for Seafarers and Manning, was re-elected as Chairman of the Committee for the term 2015 - 2016. Captain Hutchinson was nominated by the Delegation of Canada and seconded by Liberia. 

The Bahamas High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Permanent Representative to the IMO, His Excellency Eldred E. Bethel, extends his congratulations to Captain Hutchinson on his re-election and states that his success at the IMO, keeps The Bahamas, and the Caribbean and other Small Island Developing States, in the spotlight highlighting their efforts and needs in this multilateral organization. 

Photo Caption (L-R): Captain Patrick Cornelius, Representative for The Bahamas Ship Owner's Association ( BSA), Bernis Pinder, Bahamas Liaison Officer to the IMO, Captain Dwain Hutchinson, re-elected Chairman (III) 2015-2016 and Tom Jenkins, Inspection and Investigation Officer (BMA).


Source: Bahamas High Commission, London

July 14, 2015

July 10, 2015

The 42nd Anniversary of Independence Message

From The Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie:

I extend cogratulations and best wishes to all my fellow citizens of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on this, the 42nd Anniversary of the Independence of our great nation. I do so reflecting on the heroic struggles and sacrifices of the men and women who committed themselves to the ideals of Independence and made it a reality. It is also worth reflecting on the "post-independence" generation, those citizens who have lived in a free and independent nation over the course of the past 42 years and who by their exemplary commitment to the common good have given renewed meaning to the ideals of Independence and national sovereignty.

Today, 42 years on, we fix our gaze on our children, our grandchildren, our future. In doing so, we inevitably ask what our country will be like in 42 years from now. Hopefully, it will still be a nation committed to the virtues of tolerance and mutual respect of our diversity; a nation of patriotic pride and common endeavour; and above, a nation still striving to become the best little country in the world.

Whether such hopes are realized will depend on how well Bahamians, especially our youth, remain committed to the timeless values of hard work, loyalty to country, and respect for one another. This is not a task that can be assigned to our educational system alone. It must be led by parents, by guardians and mentors, by religious and community leaders.

So, as Bahamians all across our archipelago come together to celebrate our 42nd anniversary as an independent nation, I urge you to become ever more personally committed to the task of nation-building, one citizen at a time. There is no one else in the world who can do this for us. We must do it ourselves. That's what Independence is all about. That's what mastering our own destiny really means.

Happy Independence, Bahamas!
Perry G. Christie
Prime Minister
Commonwealth of the Bahamas


Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 8, 2015


On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as you celebrate 42 years of independence on July 10. 

The Bahamas is a trusted partner and friend.  Your country’s abundant natural beauty is why Americans, such as Ernest Hemingway and Martin Luther King, Jr., flock to your shores.  And it is why more than six million Americans follow in their footsteps each year.

I congratulate you on your successful CARICOM chairmanship.  You have helped invest in our collective citizen security, energy diversification, and youth development.  The United States is a committed partner in working to build a safer and more prosperous Bahamas.

On this day of celebration, I wish all Bahamians a joyful Independence Day.


Member of Parliment for Long Island, Mrs. Loretts Butler-Turner Tackles The PLP on Bahamar

Government Needs to Get Baha Mar Correct

Yes we all want Baha Mar to succeed but this Government needs a more hands on approach regarding its future. As a nation we must all demonstrate good knowledge and quickly so we can move past this impasse and get this project back on track!!!

Posted by Loretta Butler-Turner on Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kiss 96.1FM "Mischief and Mayhem In The Morning (AM)" Hits The Streets for Bahamians View on Bahamar and Gets a "Lashing" Long Island Style


A Souse-out in aid of Lorraine Knowles' medical fund will be held on the 25th, July 2015 at St. John's Church hall. Donations are welcome. Please see Jennyilee Rolle, Dominique Knowles or Jurissler Knowles.



ON JULY 15th Long Island's: Island Breeze 106. FM

Will be hosting a BOAT CRUISE PARTY

Head on over gto Salt Pond Dock to board the MV ISLAND LINK





The plight of the people of Long Island seems to have been lost on the powers that be as this gem in our archipelagic chain continues to languish in the doldrums.


As it stands, Long Island - my hometown - is on the fringes of our nation’s development. Of late, a group of Long Islanders have communicated some of that island’s issues/concerns to me.

Why has water not yet been extended to both the southern and northern ends of the island? When will we see the actuality of the long-promised reverse osmosis plant for northern settlements? When will water improvement solutions be provided for persons using well water; since the water main is patchy, why haven’t Long Islanders been assisted via the distribution of water purification tablets throughout the island, especially to those residents - many elderly - who rely upon water pumps connected to salty and/or brackish wells?


Long Island has one bank currently open and operational. When Scotiabank closed its two branches, it only left an ATM in Buckley’s. We all know that the average elderly person does not and/or cannot use an ATM and, even if they could, still prefers that personal interaction with a teller. Most customers of Scotia on the island are now former customers since many have now opened accounts with Royal Bank. But, how long will it be before Royal Bank pulls out?

And, why does a major island such as Long Island only have one bank? Whatever happened to the now former employees of Long Island who must now join the ranks of the unemployed? And, what about the elderly in the north and the south who now have to use their paltry pension monies to pay someone to take them to Royal Bank in Gray’s to cash their cheques which are only between $265 and $285 to begin with? How does RBC accommodate this sudden influx of new customers and are there other banks interested in opening a branch in Long Island?


Gambling has taken a foothold in Long Island and, to quote one islander, “only the number man is richer whilst the islanders get poorer and starve by living on chance”.


Why are Long Islanders being delayed over renewing their business licenses? Why does the Business License Department in Nassau take so long to renew licenses and return them to island folk? And why does the business licensing department in Long Island have to send business licenses to Nassau in the first place? Why is Nassau not granting the island the autonomy to even renew a business license? Why does it have to take months?


It has been alleged that porters and staff at Bahamasair in Long Island have not received a raise in years and, in a few cases, they were initially hired as temporary workers more than a decade ago but their statuses have not been regularised and made permanent? Why is that?

Why was ZNS off in Long Island for months? What happened at the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB) and why did it take so long to resolve? I read Cable Bahamas’ statement and they clarified that ZNS’ outage on the Family Island was not their fault but the fault of the BCB.


We need a special education teacher with a designated centrally located building where children with special needs can be given the expert attention they need. Why have none of the old school buildings that are now shuttered been converted to cater to the island’s special needs children?

There is no need for two secondary schools and duplicating government’s efforts. Why is there not a thrust to amalgamate the North Long Island High School and NGM Major High - under the name NGM Major - and seek greater centralisation of education at the secondary level? I have long said that the facilities that house both schools could be converted and used as government complexes.


At present, there is no complex to house all governmental agencies. Why was the much-hyped, promised central high school ditched? A combined school would allow for more to be offered to all Long Island students, foster that a “one Long Island spirit” and merge resources.

Why are there teacher shortages throughout the island and no serious effort on the party of the Ministry of Education to resolve the issue?


Has anyone thought of how valuable it would be to develop a cruise ship port in Gordon’s settlement? For one, it would reinvigorate that dying settlement and, secondly, it would boost the island’s stagnant economy. Gordon’s offers natural protection from prevailing winds and swells and a deep water port. Passengers could even be ferried ashore. One can imagine the straw vendors and craft workers who could be on site, thereby also reviving these vanishing cultural expressions.

When will Long Island get a well-lit and proper international airport that could cater to large local aircraft and direct flights from North America, South America and Europe? The lack of airlift is killing our island. The island’s economy is dying due to this sad fact. Why is no one seemingly paying attention? How many Long Islanders would be willing to enter into a public-private partnership (PPPs) to develop a new international hub in Long Island?


Long Island is littered with old school buildings that were utilised before many of the primary schools were amalgamated. Why has the government not thought to renovate some and convert them to residences for government workers who may be deployed to the island?


When will a new slate of police officers be sent to Long Island? And, why does Long Island currently have six customs officers: what work could six customs officers possibly be doing on an island where the economy is almost at a standstill and where there is no international airport? How much is the government spending on rent every month for these officers and, since Long Island already is home to at least two customs officers who are native Long Islanders, what’s the need for the others?

Where is the long promised gymnasium promised by FNM and PLP administrations? Will that ever materialise?


I’m told that the nurses’ residence in Deadman’s Cay was recently renovated, but why is no one residing in it? Why is the government still paying rent for its nurses?


The dock in Simms is in a ragged, dusty state. It is a health hazard. Why won’t the government pave the site where freight is offloaded, rather than having Long Islanders brave near “dust storms” to clear their freight every week?


What’s with the new fishing regulations? Will the government at least give islanders, second home owners and fishing guides an audience before rushing to implement such a protectionist law which, I’m told, could drive so many second home owners and visitors away from the already ailing Family Islands?


In his budget communication, Prime Minister Perry Christie pledged that local government districts will be empowered to assist with real property tax collection and will be able to share in some of the proceeds to fund capital improvements in their communities. How will local government be empowered Mr Prime Minister? And, what percentage of local government’s revenue will remain in Long Island and other Family Islands? What percentage of the revenue will be reinvested into Long Island’s communities?


The Simms Community Clinic does not have medicine to cater to the residents in the north and poor people must purchase medication from the island pharmacy, paying for medication they cannot afford on their meagre pension. This is disgraceful and I’m sure the Minister/Ministry of Health would agree?


‪I’m tired of Long Island being malignantly neglected and seemingly being seen as a mere afterthought. We Long Islanders only want our fair share of the economic pie … nothing more, nothing less. Why is that so hard for the government to understand?!

Issued By The Long Islander's Association Board


Revelation 21:4 states “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”.

The Memorial Service for Mrs. Gwendolyn Turnquest will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Soldier Road at 7:00 p.m.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, Buckley’s, Long Island.

We ask that you support the family by attending one of the services and also continue to keep Cheryl, Steve, Tex and Dot and the entire family in your prayers.


This weekend let us remember the following Long Island families as they lay their love ones to rest. If you are unable to attend any of the funerals, we ask that you lift them up in prayer:

Catechist Wendell Cartwright affectionately called “Cabbage” funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at St. Athanasius Anglican Church, Deadman’s Cay at 10:30 a.m.

A Memorial Service will be held for Sidney Burrows Jr. at St. Christopher The Martyr, Lyford Cay on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Funeral Service for Brenda Knowles wife of Patrick Knowles faithful supporters of the Long Islanders' Association will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Calvary Bible Church, Collins Avenue at 2:00 p.m.

Cathechist Ezra Cartwright, formerly of Roses, Long Island, will be laid to rest on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at All Saints on Calvary Hill Anglican Church, Joan's Heights.

John 14:1-2 reads “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”  -LIA

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted -Matthew 5:4

The Board of Directors and Members of the Long Islanders’ Association express sincere condolences to Cheryl, Steve, Tex and Dot and the entire family on the passing of Mrs. Gwendolyn Turnquest on Saturday, July 4, 2015 in New Providence.

Funeral arrangements are being made. However, a memorial service will be held in New Providence for persons who may not be able to travel to Long Island to attend the funeral. Once we receive the information, we will keep you informed.

We ask that you keep the family in your prayers.

The Long Islander's Association

June 15th, 2015

Mr. Wendell Cartwright "Cabbage"

Long Island Regatta 2015. The girls rocked the waves at this year's regatta! "Xena" came out on top, winning the Junior category. Skippered by an all girl crew, in memory of their cousin and friend Xena Knowles. Xenia lost her battle with cancer at only ten years old, her memory will live and sail on. 

A special thank you to the parents of Xena, Dwayne and Samantha Knowles, for sharing Xena's legacy. 
Congratulations to the captain and crew, Paloma Cartwright, Rebecca Knowles, Dana Knowles and Chrysanthea Fox. 
#girlpower #girlsrule #girlsrock #regatta2015#liregatta2015 #longislandregatta2015 #teamXena




Class 'A'
1. Ruff Justice, Nangrove Bush
2. New Courageous, Ragged Island...
3. Running Tide, Salt Pond, Long Island
4. Rupert's Legend, Mangrove Bush, Long Island



Class 'B'
1. Lonesome Dove, Abaco
2. Eudeva, Nassau
3. Susan Chase V, Mangrove Bush, Lonf Island
4. Tari Ann, Exuma Cays



Class 'C'
1. Whitty K, cartwright's, Long Island
2. Lady Dian, Buckley's Long Island
3. Xena, Mangrove Bush, Long Island
4. Bul Reg, George Town, Exuma



Class 'G'
1. Sea Ya, Mangrove Bush, Long Island
2. Wind Jammer, Mangrove Bush, Long Island
3. Sunfish 22, Mangrove Bush Long Island
4. Sunfish 31, Abaco



Junior Championships
1. Paloma Cartwright, (Xena) Mangrove Bush, Long Island
2. Luke Knowles (Whitty K), Salt Pond, Long Island
3. Chris Rolle (Bul Reg)' George Town, Exuma



Boat with most Firsts - Whitty K

Good Sportsmanship Award - Rubin Knowles

Youngest Skipper - Don Knowles Jr.

Most Uniformed Crew - Beerly Legal





The regaata season on Long Island can lead to accidents, and some end in fatalities. Regatta brings, returning natives and visitors from all over the world and throughout The Bahamas to the shores of Long Island.


One such incident occured during the early morning hours of Sunday passed. Around 4am  a rental jeep overturned and ended up in the bushes. Seven persons were injured and had to be airlifted out of Long Island to seek medical attention.






March 15, 2015

Under the theme: "Progressing Toward Food Security,Our Food, Our Future, Our Bahamas"

The Agri-Business Expo begins on Friday, March 20th at 10am and through Saturday, March 21st at 7am. The public is invited to attend the expo, being held at the Clarence Town Community Centre.




Venue: J-Line Fitness Shirley Street

April 11, 2015 at 8pm

Davidoff and Dean's Blue Hole, Long Island Bahamas.

February 19, 2015

BASKETBALL JAMBOREE: Thu, February 19, 2015 - Sat, February 21, 2015 

This week kicks off a sports extravaganza for school students and spectators!

High schools from throughout the islands will compete in the annual Basketball Jamboree beginning at 2pm, February 19th.  Millers Park will be the venue where close to thirty teams, will merge and compete for the championships.

The two mega teams of Long Island, the STARS of North Long Island High (NLIH) and N.G.M. Major High, Wildcats will battle it out and go up against multiple teams competing fro the trophy and bragging rights.

Good Luck to all the teams today!

Contact: Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture / (242) 338-8662, (242) 472-1583

Mangrove Bush Primary School Inter-House Track & Field Competition will be held in Clarence Town at the Community Centre Sporting Grounds.

Photo by: Diane Knowles. MKSC sailors: Luke Knowles, Paloma Cartwright, Isaac Fox and Don Knowles Jr.

The 1st KPMG Youth Winter Championship Regatta

The Mack Knowles Sailing club of Long Island was represented this weekend at the first annual KPMG Youth Winter Championship Regatta. MKSC memebers, Paloma Cartwright, Issac Fox, Luke Knowles and Don Jr. Knowles took to the seas at Montagu shores, New Providence to compete for the championships.

Miss Paloma Cartwright stole the show proving that girls can sail too and win! Paloma came in 1st palce in the Sunfish Division.

The boys from Long Island did an outstanding job competing, ranking in the top ten of the advanced category. Luke Knowles  came in 7th, Isaac Fox came in 8th, and Don Knowles Jr. came in 12th place.




North Long Island High - "STARS"

The MP for Long Island, Loretta Butler-Turner on the Contribution 2014/2015 Mid Year Budget Debate




Need to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables? Look no further, Midway Mini Mart has all your favorite products and produce.

Picture: Samantha Gierszewski-Fox





Long Island Chapter - Cancer Society Of The Bahamas

Will be hosting a SOUSE-OUT on, Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at

St. John's Church Hall, Buckley's. Call 337-5777 for info or Tickets $10



Hello Long Islanders':

We need your help again with donating blood. Sabrina Adderley, daughter of Vandyke 'Vannie' Adderley is in need of blood. She's at PMH - Princess Margret Hospital, Female Medical 2.

She is having a sickle cell crisis and requires a blood transfusion because her platelet count is real low. The blood bank doesn't have sufficient blood so we're looking for donors. Anyone who donates needs to let the technician know they are donating for Sabrina Adderley.

Again we thank you for your support

-The Long Islander's Association

-The Long Island Runner News






Hi Everyone,

It's that time of year again! BYN is having our annual RE-Sale so that we can take as many Long Island Students as we can to summer camp in Eleuthera! You can help by donating items for the sale and attending the sale on March 7th to pick up anything you might need!

Thank you so much!

Gabe & Jan Swing


February 19, 2015


For further information please contact Mr. Maurice Minnis at the Dept. of Agriculture, (242) 337-3276 or contact the island's Administrator, Mrs. Terrece Bootle at ,(242) 337-3206

ITEMS FOR SALE BY OWNER CALL  1-(242)-338-0250

Used Frigidaire upright freezer, frost free, 32"widex65"Highx27"deep $125.00

New entry lever locksets have 6 with keys $25.00 per set

1-roll of r-30 unfaced $25.00

1-roll of r-20 faced $25.00

1-new Bronam ventilation fan/light $65.00

1-new Suzuki stainless steel 140 propeller $300.00

St.Valentine's Day Massacre Regatta 2015 Results

Montagu Beach shores was rocking with fans and spectators of the annual Valentine's Day Massacre regatta held Saturday, Feb. 14th - Sunday Feb. 15th.
The boats that took the lead were:
"ED SKY"                - 1st Place
"RUNNING TIDE"     -2nd Place
"THE LADY IN RED" - 3rd Place
Although sabotage was running rampant to exclude a champion boat the "Whitty K" . The boat was destroyed by fire and had to pull out the race.

February 14, 2015












Champion C Class boat "Whitty K" was participating in the "Catch Me If You Can" Valentine's Regatta going on at Montagu Beach in Nassau, New Providence this weekend of February 14-15th, 2015.

Clearly, here is evidence of sabotage and jealosy.

The "Whitty K" is a champion sailing boat from Long Island, owned by Jason Knowles of JWK Construction. It is sad to see that folks can't play fair. Sometime during the night hours someone or persons set fire to the boat, putting it out of the race. The boat was being kept in the Johnson Terrace area on the eastern side of New Providence.
Photos by: Jennifer Knowles


If you are in Nassau head on over to Montagu Beach and watch the "Catch Me If You Can" Valentine's Regatta. Going on Saturday Feb. 14th - Sunday Feb. 15th.


A family on the run in The Bahamas from the United States were apprehended in the Exuma chain of islands, near to Staniel Cay.

"They were arrested without incident on a boat near the Staniel Cay Yacht Club in the Bahamas,"  "The defendants failed to provide identification documents, and the Bahamian authorities, knowing about the federal arrest warrants, arrested the two defendants.", stated by Denver federal prosecutors.

 The Texas couple was wanted for fraud and fled the United States with their seven children.

 Read more at the link below:


Bradley Roberts


12th February 2015

PLP government rescues wrecked ship of state

Bradley B. Roberts

National Chairman

Progressive Liberal Party


The heavy lifting of the government during the first half of its term is bearing positive fruits for The Bahamas and the PLP fully endorses the midyear budget statement by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and look forward to a spirited debate next week. The government’s fiscal discipline in containing spiraling debt and the successful implementation of much needed revenue generating measures are all welcomed news. Yes the PLP government has rescued the wrecked ship of state when the former crew was fired for wrecking the same.

The numbers do not lie.

We again congratulate the Prime Minister and his team for their focused leadership, patience and courage as they boldly tackled the tough national issues facing this country when others lacked the personal courage, political will and conviction to address them while in office. In opposition they chose the easy path which is to hide in the tall grasses and throw stones, hoping against hope for failure.

The record will show that during last year’s midterm budget debate, opposition leader Dr. Minnis said that there was “no talk (by the PLP government) of introducing significant renewable energy initiatives or amendments to the Energy Act that would afford Bahamians even the smallest break or breather.” The PLP government was not talking – the PLP government was hard at work for the Bahamian people. The amended BEC Act has passed the House and the national energy policy completed – all by the midterm. What would Minnis and the FNM say now? Not only was he wrong on this score but he and his party did not see its way to offer this vision and relief to the Bahamian people in their entire term of five years save an except providing a few energy saving light bulbs. 

Minnis went further. He said “but Mr. Speaker, what I question is the feasibility of the government’s proposed plans to increase revenue collection - even a little bit” He was wrong yet again on this score, demonstrating that he has absolutely no idea or understanding and out of his depth on operations of government. The facts are that the PLP government successfully implemented Value Added Tax (VAT) and is on target to achieve its target of $300 million in 2015. Further, the Ministry of Finance has reported $50 million in real property tax collection in this year alone when Minnis and the FNM left over $500 million in delinquent accounts; the regularization of the gaming industry and the modernization of our gaming laws will generate millions more for the benefit of Bahamians while Minnis opposed all and stood on the sidelines and hoped against hope that these policies would fail. He offered no viable alternatives.

I strongly believe that given the rhetoric coming out of the FNM and other naysayers over the last thirty months, The Bahamas could have easily found itself in the predicament of a possible IMF intervention as is the case with one of our sister countries to the south.

Governor of the Central Bank of Denmark Per Callesen told that country they should not rule out an approach to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help improve the ailing economy.

“From a political perspective, you would hate to have foreigners intervening in how you run your affairs. You would, of course, prefer to be on your own. It is just that if the way you have done that is (such) that you don’t have any credibility in the markets, then lining up with the IMF is a much better solution than going completely down the drains of your economy. So that is the balance,” Callesen said.

So why should anybody listen to Minnis and the FNM as they continue to spew forth more sour grapes? He was wrong then and he is wrong now. What is good for The Bahamas is clearly bad for the FNM. How else can one explain the sour note the FNM opposition continues to sing in the face of positive news for the country?

I invited Dr. Minnis and the FNM before and I invite again to eat crow and to do so liberally.

Dr. Minnis continues to build a legacy of opposing sound public policies for no logical reason only to find himself on the wrong side of the argument and history. This is not the quality of a leader; he is at best an amateur critic and we have them a dime a dozen in The Bahamas.

The PLP government for its part and to its credit continues to lead and make the right policy decisions for the future security and prosperity of the Bahamian people. This government remains the best choice for this country.

Cancer Society of Long Island  Educating Our Community

Please note and share with friends, family and anyone you bump into:
The Long Island Cancer Society Office in Scrub Hill, Long Island will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday commencing February 2nd, 2015. The office will be manned by trained volunteers, so stop by and pick up literature or watch a video on the various types of cancer. Our aim is to educate and assist Long Islanders in every way we can in order to understand and deal with cancer and it's related effects.
All are welcome!
You can call ahead at 337-5777.


Hello Long Islanders and Friends of Long Island:

In 2013 a group of concerned Long Islanders formed the Long Island Branch of the Cancer Society of the Bahamas. Since that time we have made much progress in getting established and assisting persons in our community who may be afflicted by this terrible disease.

The Ministry of Education kindly handed over an old building located in Scrub Hill that once was used as a teacher's cottage for our use as a home for the branch. After many long months of hard work and commitment by our fledgling team, the building was transformed and opened on the First Anniversary of our branch's formation.

Since that time we have gone about setting up the office as a Media Centre, an Educational Oasis, an environment of hope and positivity. We are proud to announce that as of February 2nd 2015 we are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. We encourage you to stop in and pick up some literature, watch a video or otherwise educate yourself about the various types of cancer and how to manage the disease. The office is manned by trained volunteers who are more than willing to talk, listen or share information with you in a sensitive and confidential manner.

Please share this information with your family, friends, religious congregations, students and anyone you may come in contact with.
Persons who might wish to make a financial donation, large or small, are welcome to do so.

The telephone number at the office is: 337-5777 or email us at longislandcancersociety@gmail.com
You can like us on Facebook at Cancer Society of the Bahamas Long Island Chapter

Thanks and blessings,

January 31, 2015

Bahamas Prime Minister Signs Arbitration Agreement With China


Prime Minister Perry Christie said: "We are very strategically placed in terms of Central and South America, North America, and even in terms of Europe. We have the opportunity to increase our trading opportunities."

BIS (Bahamas Information Services) issued a statement on January 7, 2015 showing the Chinese President announced," The Bahamas would trade in RMB or Residential Mortgage Backed Security. This is incorrect. The fact is that during a thirty minute meeting with Bahamian Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chinese President announced an agreement in principle that would allow The Bahamas to be a country where debts involving international parties can be settled. He also announced an agreement that would allow The Bahamas to trade in Chinese denominated currency, the Renminbi (RMB) Chinese yuan.

This is good news for The Bahamas and especially the Financial Services Sector that stands to benefit substantially from the introduction of this new financial product and service, making the Bahamas jurisdiction only one of very few countries in the world where RMB trading takes place. This brings to fruition years of hard work by the Ministry of Financial Services in negotiating this arrangement with the Chinese government. The Ministry of Financial Services had been meeting for the last two years with Chinese authorities to develop this new financial market, and was a topic of discussion and negotiation on the most recent visit to China by the Ministry of Financial Services late last year.

Additionally, the government’s policy thrust to create The Bahamas as a center for international arbitration is beginning to bear fruit.

These new financial products are in line with the vision of incoming Financial Services Minister Hon. Hope Strachan which is to advance the Bahamas as a global financial hub inclusive of commercial trade financial transactions. The Minister recently pointed out that the location of the Bahamas is a strategic and competitive advantage which creates opportunities for greater international trade not only within the western hemisphere, but also in Europe and notable China.

“We are very strategically placed in terms of Central and South America, North America and even in terms of Europe. We have the opportunity to increase our trading opportunities.”

The Prime Minister and his ministerial delegation are in China this week to attend the China/CELAC Forum in addition to pursuing a number of projects and initiatives on behalf of the Bahamian people. These projects include a reciprocal air services agreement involving Air China and Bahamian registered airlines; an indoor stadium for youth development; an agreement on technical and research cooperation between the Bahamas Agriculture Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) and China’s Ocean University and other investment opportunities.

The delegation is due back in Nassau on Saturday, 11th January 2014.

By Bahamas Information Services" - Statement Issued by BIS


Prime Minister Christie Shares Light Moment with Vice President Joe Biden at CARICOM

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, second left, shares a light moment with Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden at the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, January 26, in Washington, D. C. Discussions were held towards the objective of Caribbean energy security, energy diversification, and cleaner sources of energy. Pictured at left is Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)
A woman was charged in courton January 30, 2015, for the murder of Andrea Carroll. On November, 29th 2014 Andrea's body was found in her home at Deadman's Cay with clear indications that foul play had occurred.

The 47 year old, identified as Daphnie Knowles coulld possibly face the death penalty. Reports alleged that Knowles, along with others conspired to rob Carroll of $68,000 which belonged to the number house, that Caroll was managing, Bowe's Web.

Although only one person was ...charged before the court, an ongoing invesitgation leading up to trial, will reveal whether she acted alone.

DNA Leader Branville McCartney makes a statement regarding the burden of VAT on the backs of Bahamians.

"I am frustrated to no end with the introduction of Value Added Tax by the PLP Government on the backs of Bahamian people in a struggling economy. The government themselves are not ready for VAT and yet it was introduced "four" days ago! Persons in the government as well as some Ministers still are not sure of its operation. The government including the Ministers can not tell us what VAT will be applied to. How will it benefit the Bahamians and those who have a right to be here and our country as a whole? Will it go towards education, social services, culture, sports, youth development, reducing our national debt, etc? The blatant reluctance of this government to introduce the Freedom Of Information Act is also most concerning! We are all aware that this government operates in the dark and for their personal benefit just look at the Renwood Wells Letter of Intent debacle. We still do not know what the deal is. This PLP government, as a result of VAT, will go down in history as the government that caused more financial burden on the Bahamian people, where the poor will get poorer and the rich will get richer. I certainly do not think that Sir Lynden Pindling envisioned this for the people. My Lord!"
VAT, Value Added Tax was introduced January 1, 2015. The tax rate of 7.5% is a burden on the people ,due to already sky high prices. Locals are calling for price control due to retail vendors hike in prices on top of VAT.

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Prime Minister Perry Christie representing The Bahamas at CELAC 

 "The Chinese government will invest $250 billion in Latin American and Caribbean countries over the next 10 years in an attempt to strengthen its presence in a region dominated by the US.

The volumes of bilateral trade between China and the region’s countries could reach $500 billion, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, at the first ministerial forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

 “I believe that this meeting will achieve fruitful results, give the world a positive signal about deepening cooperation between China and Latin America and have an important and far-reaching impact on promoting South-South cooperation and prosperity for the world," he said.

The countries are expected to adopt a five-year plan for comprehensive cooperation during the two-day summit held in Beijing.

 The plans to hold a China-CELAC forum were announced during Xi’s visit to the region in 2014, at which time the countries agreed on a cooperation framework, funds and projects in the fields of energy, infrastructure development, innovation and agriculture.

 China is interested in the region’s natural resources and wants to buy crude oil in Venezuela, copper in Chile and Peru, soybeans in Argentina and Brazil. The Latin American countries in return get billions of dollars in Chinese investments and long-term credit lines.

 Xi Jinping and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday agreed on the development of joint projects totaling more than $20 billion, while Ecuador received a $7.53 billion loan from China.

 CELAC is a block of 33 countries established in December 2011, in Caracas, Venezuela. It includes all South American countries, some Caribbean states and Mexico. "

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The name Constantakis definately rings a bell on Long Island. The prominient Greek Bahamian community of Petty's, Long Island is where a local 49 year old man resided while, the DEA and USMS, investigated his whereabouts. In November 2014, Constanatakis left his hometown enroute to Florida where he was then arrested. US Marshals where onboard flight after receiving a tip that he would traveling to Fort Lauderdale. Constantakis was wanted in Florida for 11 years on cocaine charges.

"A 49-year-old Tampa fugitive who fled the country in 2003 was arrested last week on cocaine distribution charges.

George D. Constantakis was arrested by the USMS Friday, Nov. 21 with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Constantakis was wanted by the USMS for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 5 Kilograms or more of cocaine.

In February 2003, a six-count indictment on Constantakis was returned by a Grand Jury in the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Office. Constantakis immediately fled and his whereabouts were unknown. 

After extensive efforts to locate Constantakis, information surfaced suggesting he was in the Bahamas and would be traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The USMS in Fort Lauderdale, and the DEA in the Bahamas worked together to confirm Constantakis would be traveling to the United States. USMS personnel arrested Constantakis upon arrival in Fort Lauderdale without incident."


"China is a natural partner," said PM #PerryChristie of the #Bahamas, in an exclusive interview with CCTVNEWS.

Click on the video to watch the full interview as PM Christie discusses the future of #China-#CELAC ties.

Listed below are the newly elected officers of The Long Islanders' Association for the 2015 year.

President - Gina Coakley 
Vice President - Keith Carroll
Treasurer - Taynia Farquharson
Asst Treasurer- Brian Turnquest 
Secretary - Cecilia Dean
Asst Secretary - Donna Delva 
Chaplain - Pretrece Kemp 
Director - C. Henderson Burrows
Director - Ruth Sumner  
Director - K. Darron Turnquest

Long Island Bahamas 2015 EVENTS:-

Farmer's Market (Year Round):
At the Farmer's Market, local vendors come out to sell their produce, including fruits, vegetables, and plants native to The Bahamas. Other products include authentically Bahamian jewelry, crafts, paintings, and straw bags. Venue is Salt Pond, South Long Island.
Time: Saturdays 9:00 a.m- 12:00 noon.
Contact: Mrs. Lolitta Darville (242) 337-0116

North Long Island Homecoming Festival
Thu, February 12, 2015 - Sun, February 15, 2015
This annual festival brings Long Islanders together from all over The Bahamas. It will feature local artist, the Prison Pop Band, creative arts, craft jewellery and paintings. Also great Bahamian food. Venue is Glinton's Park in North Long Island.
Contact: Mr. Samuel Smith, Yuma Island Club / (242) 326-2156, (242) 356-6943

Winter Residents & Visitors Reception: Long Island
Fri, February 13, 2015
This annual celebration is to express gratitude for the contributions made by the winter residents to the island.
Contact: Long Island Tourist Office / (242) 338-8668
Vertical Blue Free Diving International Competition
Mon, April 27, 2015 - Thu, May 7, 2015

Fifty six athletes, representing 21 countries that span every continent of the world, will compete over nine days of diving. At stake are titles for the world's deepest man and woman free diver —the biggest ever in this sport. Venue is Dean's Blue Hole, Long Island.
Contact: Mr. William Trubridge (242) 337-6125 /(242) 472-2917
Email: info@verticalblue.net

Vertical Blue Free Diving International Deep Anatomy
Fri, May 8, 2015 - Sun, May 10, 2015
This cluster uses the unique geography of Long Island (The Bahamas) and the Vertical Blue freediving championship ('the Wimbledon of Free-diving', NY Times) as a site for provocative intersections between the local community, freedivers, and performance studies academics. The programme and curation of the event examines performance and freediving as integrated processes: where action and intellect combine, and a 'deep anatomy' occurs.

******Long Island Regatta******
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Sat, June 6, 2015

This sailing regatta is the second largest in The Bahamas, next to the National Family Island Regatta held in The Exumas, and it is the major fund-raiser on the island. Skippers from throughout The Bahamas compete for cash prizes and trophies in A, B and C class races. Some of the sailing sloops that take part in the regatta are built right on the island in the settlement of Mangrove Bush. There is also lots to eat and drink, including tasty native mutton dishes, plus a kids' corner, games for the entire family, and performances by local bands.

Learn How To Plait
Mon, June 22, 2015 - Fri, June 26, 2015
Are you in search of something fun for your children to do this summer? Come to The Long Island Museum and learn how to plait with straws. Children ages five years and older are welcomed to take part in the activity. The Registration fee is $5.00.
Contact: The Long Island Museum at (242) 337-0500

Bahamas Independence Celebrations: Long Island
Thu, July 9, 2015 - Fri, July 10, 2015
The celebration begins with an Ecumenical Service in the evening. Then at midnight, there is a flag-raising ceremony, followed by fireworks and a wide variety of performance by local artists.
Venue: Cultural Site Salt Pond
Contact: Long Island Tourist Office / (242) 338-8668

Annual Hope Ball: Long Island
Sat, September 26, 2015
Come on out and join the Bahamas Cancer Society Long Island Chapter as they host their Cancer Ball.
Venue: Community Center Clarence Town
Contact: Mrs. Iris Pinder / (242) 337-0036
Email: longislandcancersociety@gmail.com

St. Paul's Anglican Church Bazaar
Mon, October 12, 2015
Come out with your family and friends to enjoy your day in Clarence Town, Long Island at the Community Center Grounds. Devour delicious Bahamian dishes and wash them all down with some down home coconut water and ice- cold Kalik Bahamian Beers.
Contact: Canon Henry Ward / (242) 337-3002, (242) 357- 3001

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Long Island
Fri, November 27, 2015
The event is sponsored by the Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Long Island Chapter
Contact: Mrs. Iris Pinder / (242) 337-0036
Venue: Scrub Hill office.
Email: longislandcancersociety@gmail.com

Caroling Down-Home Style
Sat, December 5, 2015
Enjoy an evening of music, singing, and holiday merriment at the Long Island Library & Museum in Buckleys.
Contacts: Long Island Library & Museum / (242) 337-0500

People-To-People Tea Party: Long Island
Fri, December 11, 2015
This complimentary afternoon tea party features entertainment by local artists, including story-telling, poetry, a live band performing and local artisans displaying their arts and crafts. Guests will also be treated to tasty Bahamian pastries, finger sandwiches and native "bush" teas. There will be prizes, surprises and fun for all in attendance. Venue is the Regatta Site in Salt Pond.
Contact: Long Island Tourist Office / (242) 338-8668

St. Peters & St. Pauls Catholic Church Bazaar
Sat, December 26, 2015
This fair raises funds to assist with the maintenance and building projects of the seven Catholic churches on the island. Native dishes, music, games and fun for the whole family will be available. Venue is The Big Yard Grounds in Clarence Town.
Contact: Mr. Patrick Darville / (242) 337-3802

Stella Maris New Years Eve Formal Dinner Party
Thu, December 31, 2015
This is the party of the year on Long Island and it is a great way to bring in the New Year! It is open to hotel guests and the general public and the resort goes all out for the many guests that usually attend. A large, scrumptious buffet-style dinner is provided, along with a number of pastries for dessert. There is live entertainment by a local band, plus there are prizes, limbo-dancing and fireworks. Reservations are required, due to limited seating, and dress is formal.
Contact: Stella Maris Resort Club / (242) 338-2050
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Donates To Long Island Cancer Society

"BTC donates $1,000 to Long Island's Cancer Society.
Thank you again BTC!
On December 30th, 2014 BTC presented the Long Island Branch of the Cancer Society with a cheque in the amount of $1000.00. Shown making the presentation to Mrs. Iris Pinder, President, is Mr Ian Knowles, Sr. Manager BT...C Long Island along with BTC Customer Service Reps Annie Turnquest (left) and Diane Lockhart (right).
BTC has been on the major supporters of our efforts in getting our office set up and running. Once again, thank you."
- The Long Island Chapter of The Cancer Society


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