March 26, 2014




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Tsunami Warning System Test, No Tsunami Threat To The Bahamas
A tsunami warning test was issued today in The Bahamas and other countries to determine the response and effectiveness of the warning system.
"Large Scale Test of Caribbean Tsunami Warning System (UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

A tsunami warning exercise involving 31 Member States* is taking place on 26 March in the Caribbean. Organized under the auspices of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions in... the event of a dangerous tsunami.

The scenario will simulate an earthquake and tsunami generated 430 kilometres West of Gibraltar on 26 March at 10 am UTC, modelled after the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on November 1st, 1755. This historic event affected the coasts of Portugal, Spain, North Africa, and the Caribbean. The first tsunami waves reached Lisbon in about 20 minutes, and struck in Antigua a little over 9 hours later.

The fictitious alert messages will be sent to participating countries by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) and the United States National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC). The goal is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, which was established in 2005 by the countries of the region in collaboration with IOC-UNESCO, ensuring that the national focal points responsible for the dissemination of the alert receive timely warning. Previous experience underlines the crucial importance of rapid transmission of information to minimize the damage caused by tsunamis.

Over the last 500 years, 75 tsunamis have occurred in the Caribbean. This figure represents about 10% of the entire number of oceanic tsunamis in the world during that period. Tsunamis have killed more than 3,500 people in the region since the mid-19th century (source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA). In recent decades, an explosion in population growth and the number of tourists in coastal areas have further increased the region's vulnerability.

The Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions was established in 2005, replicating the model of the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Northeast Atlantic systems.

* Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France (Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Martin, Guyane), Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands (Bonaire, Saba, Sint Eustatius), Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos), United States (Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands)."
Although the tsunami warning system was carried out, there has been outrage and criticism based on the lack of education on how to handle this type of situation. The evacuation of schools, hospitals, persons with disabilities and mental preparedness was among the concerns. The positioning and signaling of alarms was another concern. ZNS TV & Radio and Cable Bahamas should have a warning system in place. In the event a disaster like this should occur, the people of The Bahamas deserve better informative methods of warning and evacuation.
Monday, March 31st at 6:30 pm is the monthly meeting for The Long Island Sailing Club. The meeting will be held at the regatta site in Salt Pond.


Head SOUTH on Friday, 21st March,


On The Go Bar & Grill in Morrisville!

Get your belly full with some fresh conch salad, food hot off the grill, cool off with some ice cold beers and drinks, and shake your leg to the sounds of the live band, INFERNO!

Conch Fritters, Baked Macaroni and all of your favorite food will be on the menu.
On The Go Bar & Grill - Phone (242) 337-4223



The Vet, will be holding animal clinic on the 29th and 30th of March, in Long Island.

To make an appointment, call (242) 337, 0024. Dr. Dorsett will return in May on the 3rd & 4th.




A Letter to the Editor


This goes out to the Ministers in charge, since I was told not to call names.

We as a nation are tired of the political strategies to keep us hungry, we, as a small country; The Bahamas cannot sustain food for ourselves.

I don't know why, but the government is encouraging people to farm, but they are not helping.

A Minister, he should know who he is, was on the radio the other day, say they are giving out $100,000 to any farmer who has a good proposal. I went and took my proposal to the Minister and his aides saying it was a good idea but after months no one can get back to me.

           I think the government officials in power are wrong for blowing hot air to the people that they can't deliver. It is just like you saying these things during election to get into power, and then after you get in, we don’t hear from you anymore. I guess that, I am just misunderstood.

I sold my vote for $100 breaking that down that’s $20 per year which can't even put gas in my vehicle to pick up the feed when they do send any from the mail-boat.

I would truly think the Bahamian people deserve better than this. Members of Parliament should be held accountable for their actions, tell the people the truth.

Signed “A Very Fed Up Farmer”- Marcel Turnquest


Once Again, Long Island Students Bring Home The Victory!

March 12th marked the day the national competition began between the Young Chefs of The Bahamas. Junior and Senior students from throughout the islands travelled to Nassau to battle and face the heat in the kitchen.

Read more on the School Block page, click the button below.


South Long Island's Development

Although there has been much excitement and buzz about Stella Maris Village in the northern district of Long Island, the southern end of Long Island needs a boost in economic development.

We appreciate and welcome foreign investment to our tranquil, scenic shores. Long Island boasts of many beautiful wonders, more than the eyes can behold.

Long Island, especially the southern district, would graciously appreciate the homecoming of many native daughters and sons of the soil... to help the development and growth of our jewel of an island.

With the helping hand of the government, local and foreign investments; south and north Long Island can flourish with commercial industries, fisheries and agricultural industries. The opening of the tourism industry to encompass a broader spectrum, like a much needed cruise ship port, with Clarence Town as the port of entry. Boutique hotels and resorts throughout the entire island, these factors alone will set Long Island on the road to economic sustainability for decades to come.



Stella Maris, Long Island: Multi-Million Luxury Home Development Breaks Ground

Long Island will finally get its long awaited economic boost with the ground breaking construction of Stella Maris Village in the northern district.

"This brings us another step closer to implementing the final phase of our long-term plan, that of facilitating the new proposed, fully permitted, Port St. George development, the five star luxury community on the southern boundary of Stella Maris Village." said CEO of Stella Maris Village Limited, Ian Morcroft.

Tuesday, March 11th marked the first day of construction on the 3 million dollar, model home of 7,500 square foot which sets on a half acre of land, with ocean views of the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea.


Long Island contractors, Kevin and Neil Cartwright, of Cartwright’s Construction in conjunction with Carib Construction & Project Management Company Ltd. based in New Providence, were secured the contract to build the luxury multi -million dollar model home.


Stella Maris Village, is located in the resort community of Stella Maris, with the convenience of a marina and international airport. The properties have already received over two hundred inquiries since the New Year from prospective buyers as close as our neighbours in the United States, to as far as the UK and the United Arab Emirates.


“This is really good news for employment and businesses throughout the Bahamas, but especially for Long Island.” said Member of Parliament for Long Island, Ms. Loretta Butler-Turner.


“It is really great to see a start to this work. We hope this is the first of many we build.” said Cartwright’s Construction, Mr. Kevin Cartwright.


This was a long term vision of the British owned developers, Stella Maris Village Limited. Mr. Joerg Friese, represents the previous land owners and currently operates the Stella Maris Resort Club, he states, “I’ve worked alongside this team for very nearly a decade and this next phase promises to be as exciting and energetic as ever.”


The Director of Stella Maris Village, Mr. Jon Houghton arrived on Long Island from Europe over the weekend to cut the ribbon to mark the start of this magnificent development.


The developers of these homes included the “Eco-pack”, an economic, ecologically friendly way to allow home owners a self sufficient energy source.


“In a stunning, ecologically sensitive location such as this, it is incumbent up on us to provide new homes which are sympathetic to the surroundings and to the needs of an environment ally aware, yet economically astute property investor. New materials and construction methods facilitate this. Stella Maris is already held in high esteem internationally and we hope to enhance its reputation even further. Exciting investment and lifestyle opportunities exist here.” as Mr. Richard Keyworth, Director of International Sales & Marketing, noted.


Homes start at $489,000 including the Eco-pack. There are five home designs to choose from, satisfying the prospective buyers look and feel, for the contemporary or classic design.


The home model currently under construction, is the “Leeward”, a luxurious contemporary designed two-storey, with four double bedrooms, plunge pool, and terrace atop the roof with panoramic views. The “Clearwater” design is a single storey villa, with two double bedrooms.


The classic style home, the “Beachcomber” is a single storey cottage double bedroom cottage and the “Sea Glass” is a two storey home with master suite and three double bedrooms.


“I am happy to offer support for this expansion of our settlement and we’ll welcome all those who wish to participate in our community.” Mr. Peter Kuska, owner of a neighbouring home added, “Our thriving locality looks forward to welcoming yet another international inhabitant”, stated the President of the Stella Maris Property Owners Association, Mr. David Walker.


To read more about the Stella Maris Village development or find contact information visit their websites.


Groundbreaking at Stella Maris Village: Left- Director of Stella Maris Village Ltd., Jon Houghton, Cartwright’s Construction: Kevin and Neil Cartwright, Project Manager: Ruben Caputo. Groundbreaking at Stella Maris Village: Left- Director of Stella Maris Village Ltd., Jon Houghton, Cartwright’s Construction: Kevin and Neil Cartwright, Project Manager: Ruben Caputo.


The Island Link departs Simms, Long Island at 6pm Friday, April 25th and

leaves Exuma 2am Sunday, April 27th.

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Party on the boat to the sounds of DJ SLIM & Hosted by DJ HEAVY T!

One lucky person goes free with vehicle round trip!

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Annual Cruisers Rally at Long Island Breeze Resort

Long Island Breeze hosted their Annual Cruisers Rally, Awards Ceremony, Dinner & Dance  this past weekend. More than 70 cruisers, hailing from all ports of the globe sailed into Salt Pond and Thompson Bay harbours this past weekend.

The boaters enjoyed a fun filled day at the resort over looking Salt Pond Harbour, enjoying the warm weather away from most of their snow capped homes in the north.

Mr. Larry Cartwright, former Memebr of Parliment stopped by to welcome our guests to Long Island and entertained them with stories of about island life.

Mike and Jackie of Long Island Breeze Resort made sure these sea lovers had a grand time at the Annual Cruisers Rally and will be ready to do it again next year.

Athena Constantakis 1st front row, Amy Knowles seated 3rd front row middle, seated between her parents, Jeff & Joanne Knowles


Who Will Take The Crown?

The current Miss Teen Bahamas crown holder, Miss Angel Cartwright, hails from Long Island and will soon turn over the crown to the next Miss Teen Bahamas. Miss. Cartwright will help to guide these young ladies into the next round of competition and may the best young lady win.

This year we have two young ladies, both of Long Island heritage, going for the crown in this years competition, Athena Constantakis and Amy Knowles.

Miss Athena Constantakis hails from Petty's, Long Island and is a former NGM Major High School student.

Miss Amy Knowles is from Nassau, New Providence and her parents are Long Island natives.

We wish both young ladies the best of luck as they compete for the crown and demonstrate role model qualities, beauty and excellence.


Lower Deadman's Cay Primary School, Will be hosting a “Movie Night” on Saturday, March 1st starting at 6:00pm. The proceeds will go to help the 5th and 6th graders raise funds for their educational field trip.

Food and treats will be on sale. Get your popcorn, conch fritters, macaroni, chicken and cupcakes.

Come out and for some family fun and support the 5th and 6th grades field trip.


February 28, 2014


Two Plane crashes at Stella Maris Airport in less than two weeks.
The first plane crash occurred on February 15th, when a Canadian pilot's aircraft had experienced landing gear problems. No injuries were reported. The second incident was on February 25th, when a Canadian pilot crashed at Stella Maris. No injuries were reported, as well as both accidents were seemingly hush- hush in the aviation news. Both incidents were reported by local Facebook groups before hitting mainstream media. These two crashes are still under investigation.
Read more at the Long Islanders's Association Corner page Long Islanders In Nassau, Please Support, Bring A Friend! Tell A Friend!


The deepest, known blue hole in the world, under water cavity, “Dean’s Blue Hole” located right here on Long Island, in The Bahamas, ranks number 2 on Huffington Post’s “12 Breathtaking Places You've Probably Never Heard Of”

Dean’s Blue Hole has called divers and adventure thrill seekers from all around the globe to take the plunge in into the 600 ft deep blue underwater cave.





Saturday, March 1st at 7:00am

At Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Church Hall

Hamilton’s, Long Island

The Whitty K brought home the win not once, but twice. Champions of the Farmers Cay Regatta, Exuma and winning the Class C races at the St. Valentine’s Day Regatta.

Dennis Fox, was the winner of the “Man In The Boat “ Sculling Race and Sandra Fox took the win for the Women’s Division of sculling the boat, at the Valentine’s Day Regatta held at Montagu Bay, New Providence.



February 15th at 8:30pm

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Satellite Listing:
Dish Network-285 (SD/HD), 395
DirecTV 605

USA Cable Providers and Channel:
Time Warner - 315...
Cox Communications - 270
Comcast- 209
Bright House Networks -118 & 1157
AT&T U-verse -645

UK Cable Provider Listings:  Sky,  Freeview,  Virgin,  Freesat
Worldwide: Contact your local cable provider if it is not listed above.

BAHAMAS: Cable Bahamas 457 order the channel today!!

Valentine's Night of Love at ON THE GO BAR AND GRILL


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    1st prize Complimentary Dinner for the first couple to arrive!
    2nd prize Bottle of Chocolate Lovers Wine for best dressed couple!
    3rd prize Bottle of Verde for the longest married couple!
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR- The Long Island Runner News

Voting In A Democracy And The Seriousness Of It



Dear Editor,

If on Election Day the people vote a government out, but that government refuses to leave -what does it make that government? If a union holds legal elections and the union that loses refuses to leave office, what does that make the defeated union? Think about this when paid public spokespersons and members of the press seek to convince Bahamians that their vote in last year's gaming poll is insignificant and does not need to be respected by the government of the day. The critical issue with respect to last year's gaming poll is not about numbers houses or churches and religion - it is about what the will of the people in a national poll held by the State means in a democracy, and how backwards and defunct a "free" nation The Bahamas would prove itself to be if it does not honor what that means.

And for those members of the press who seem not to know - a poll or election held by the State in this country is not legitimized or illegitimate based on how many registered voters vote. The results of the vote count regardless of the numbers of persons who turn out is the mandate of a State poll or election. Media persons to whom this applies ought to learn their nation, its Constitution, its system of government and its laws.

Here is a history lesson for you. Governments in this country are to serve a maximum of a five-year term in office. In 1992, the then government led by the late Sir Lynden Pindling overstayed that five-year period and refused to call an election prior to that period expiring. It prompted fears in the Hemisphere that it might be seeing The Bahamas turn into a dictatorship, because to willfully overstay your Constitutional term in office is a flagrant violation of the Constitution, our system of government, our democracy and the rights of all Bahamians, regardless of which Party they support. The Party that now runs the country has a recorded history of violating the Bahamian people when it comes to the electoral process and the mandate given by the people through their votes at the polls. If it so happens that we should see this occur again soon, it will be history repeating itself in this regard. When you do not know or acknowledge your history, you are doomed to repeat it.

And if this government violates the mandate of the Bahamian people as expressed in a democratic State poll held last year, then all Bahamians need to wake up and understand what this government is fully prepared to do whenever another poll, Constitutional referendum or general election is called. If your democratic vote is violated now by the State - with no opposition from the nation - your next vote cast can and would be violated again by the State. Wake up Bahamas. Take your mind off numbers and focus on what the will of voters in a democracy means.


Sharon Turner


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On Monday, February 17th The Cancer Society of Long Island, Annual Meeting will be held at North Long Island High School, Simms. Meeting will start at 7PM.

All Members and the public are invited to attend. We would like to encourage all of you to join and become a part of this movement in the fight against cancer.




DNA Press Release - Failed Leadership to Keep Bahamas in Quagmire

February 11, 2014 at 12:05pm

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2014

It’s sad that we hear that our current Prime Minister says he will stay if his counterpart and former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham return. This confirms that the Prime Minister’s intention was to retire during this term or at the end of this term. What does this say about politics in this country? How does such a sad state of affairs reflect on us as a people?

Mr. Ingraham had his time and Mr. Christie’s time is due and yet they cannot release their grip on power. Why is this? You have to wonder!

Mr. Ingraham repeatedly, time and again, said he would run for two terms and two terms only! What happened? He completed a third and now wants a fourth? Words from the past uttered, “no one woman can born a Prime Minister”!

Mr.Christie publicly stated that if re-elected he would hand the reins of power toa successor midway through this his second term. Not only has he gone back on his word but appears now ready to play more games with our future because his friend and business partner is threatening to return. We cannot afford the games these men are playing with our nation to continue. What happened to “building a bridge to the future”?

Thereseems to be a collaboration between these two men – political opponents,business partners and friends – to continue to stagnate the progress and growthof our beloved Bahamaland. They are two-sides of the same coin and we cannotafford their back and forth games – it’s embarrassing to our country. 

We know what Mr. Ingraham has offered in the past and we see what Mr. Christie is now doing to this country. No right thinking person would think it sensible to bring either of these men back.

Under their leadership we have seen a rise of crime and the fear of crime, we have seen the unfettered influx of illegal immigrants and the proliferation of illegal shanty towns, we have an economy in peril and are locked into arecession that they have been unable to see a way out of.

Quite frankly they have failed! The only thing they can offer now is the same song and dance that has us in this mess we are in today!

This childish game between Mr. Ingraham and Mr. Christie must come to an end. We as a nation cannot afford the constant back and forth when real substantive changes must be made.

If anything is obvious in this country with the many problems we face it is this: we cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again! This insanity must stop and we must look to new leaders who can and will bring change.

Branville McCartney -DNA Leader



Long Island schools came out on top with many champions throughout various competitions held this past week.

Read more on the School Block page...


The Farmer's Market at Salt Pond, every Saturday from 9am - 12 noon. The market is located at the old school building. Lots of fresh herbs, organic fruits & vegetables.

Home-made juices, teas, coconut water, jellies & jams. Plants and fruit trees on sale. Handcrafted jewelry, souvenirs, arts & crafts.

Visitors to the island enjoyed shopping at the Farmers market and we would like to encourage all Long Islanders, from north to south, to come out support and join in the farmers market.

Remember every Saturday is the Farmers Market! Support our Local Vendors.


Photo Source/Credit: Michelle Burrows

Long Island Bids Farewell To Mr. Roderick Bowe

We would like to take a moment to pay tribute and send our sincere condolences to the family, on the passing of Mr. Roderick Bowe.

Mr. Bowe served Long Island as Commissioner and Island Administrator. He was a friend to many throughout the communities of Long Island. He was a warm hearted individual and always encouraged people to do well, he will be missed.

Mr. Roderick Bowe is pictured below during the contract signing for the reconstruction of Simms Dock in August 2008.

Pictured from left are: Former FNM MP for Long Island and Ragged Island the Hon. Larry Cartwright; Mr. Roderick Bowe, Administrator for Long Island; Leo Knowles of G and L Construction; Junior Bruce, Structural Engineer at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport; Gordon Major, Acting Director, Ministry of Public Works and Transport; Neko Grant, former Minister of Public Works and Transport (front row/centre); Anita Bernard, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Works and Transport. PHOTO BY: BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson.



As a Parish family, we express our heartfelt condolences and assurance of prayers to the following:
Fr.Chester Burton and daughter Chelsea on the account of the passing of his wife, Mrs. Coral Patrice Burton. The funeral service for Mrs.Burton and her mother, Mrs. Eulie Fernander will take place on the 8th February at 10:00am at St.Patrick's Anglican Chu...rch in Governor's Harbour Eleuthera.

Roger and Zoe Cartwright and family on the passing of Zoe's father who passed away in Canada.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

Canon Ward will be away from the Parish January 28th to February 8th.

There will be a Prayer Meeting on Thursday, February 6th at St.John's Church at 6:00pm.

There will be NO Bible Study, Communion to the Sick and Shut-Ins and Confirmation Class this week due to Canon Ward absence.

Catechist, Lay-Readers and Chalice Bearers are urged to attend Retreat & Training Session #1 on February 12th at St.Paul's Church at 6:30pm.

Council Elections will be held in the following Church on February 9th
Holy Family, St.Michael's and St.Paul's and on February 16th
Holy Cross, St.John's, St.Athanasius and St.Theresa.

Confirmation Class Retreat Schedule
Feb.15th - 9:00am to 1:00pm at Francis Darville Hall
Mar.1st - 9:00am to 1:00pm at Francis Darville Hall

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will occur on February 23rd. Please note that it was in the best interest to change the date of AGM.

Our Parish-wide Lenten Mission under the theme,"Walking With Jesus," will take place from March 9th to 14th 2014. All who claim to be members of St.Paul's Parish are expected to attend. Others are invited.

Confirmation date for the Parish has been set for March 23rd 2014 at 9:00am at St.John's Church.
 An invitation is extended to anyone with children of special needs to attend a meeting hosted by Andy & Keri Cartwright and Nelson & Sharon Cartwright at the Resource Center in Gray's at 6:00pm on Saturday February 8th to form a help and support for those concerned.



St Pauls Parish held it's Patronal Festival on the 26th of January in the newly repaired St. Pauls Church, Clarence Town. The festival draws church goers from all over The Bahamas. Here are photos of the event courtesy of St' Pauls Parish.

St. Paul's Parish Patronal Festival

Long Island: Mangrove Bush Mourns The Loss A Forefather

Our heartfelt condolence goes out to the family of the late Bert Knowles, especially his wife Chloe Knowles, his children, grandchildren and the entire community of Mangrove Bush, Long Island.


Bert was born in Mangrove Bush, Long Island, on July 27, 1942; he was the son of legendary boat builder, Rupert Knowles.


Both Rupert and Bert were the forefathers of Mangrove Bush, making the boat building settlement what it is today economically. 


Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. “




Bimini Bay Hosts Job Fair

Bimini Bay Resorts will be hosting a Job Fair in Long Island. All persons interested, especially construction workers, are invited to attend.

The Job Fair will be held at Ellen's Inn, in Deadman's Cay on Monday, February 3rd at 10:00 a.m.  




Joan Cartwright: Long Island Descendant Brings the Sounds of Jazz to Grand Bahama

Long Island descendant, jazz singer, composer, performer author, born in New York heads to Grand Bahama.

Spend the evening with Joan Cartwright; be soothed by the smooth sounds of jazz, as Joan performs at The Grand Bahama Sailing Club.

The night of jazz sounds off on Friday, the 7th of February and the Vocal Workshop is on Saturday, February 8th.

Visit Joan's pages by clicking the links below:

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