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Tellis A. Bethel - Author PhotoNassau, Bahamas DEC 21, 2014 – Tellis Bethel has just released his latest book, ‘The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of the Modern Americas.’ A naval officer by profession, Captain Bethel uncovers fresh insights concerning the rich heritage of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to unveil a hidden identity, purpose and destiny for the people of these islands at a critical juncture in their history. His timely research explores the plight of the indigenous Lucayans and the impact of world-changing events that originated from the shores of the Bahama chain of islands at the dawning of the modern Americas.

The peaceful Lucayans were an offshoot of an ancient migration that trekked eastward across Asia into North America. They were the first to settle the Bahama Islands, the first to welcome Italian explorer Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492, and the first to suffer total genocide at the beginning of a new era. Through this tragic episode and the historic events that followed, Captain Bethel reveals an ‘inherent responsibility’ for the inhabitants of these islands that, if fulfilled, would foster peace, security and prosperity for generations to come.

Like a maritime explorer of old, Captain Bethel takes readers on a voyage to ‘rediscover’ the New World of the Americas through the extraordinary heritage of the Bahama Islands and the peoples who inhabited them. As readers journey through the pages of this eye-opening book, they will discover:

• An ancient quest that culminated in the Bahama chain.

• The birthplace of the modern Americas.

• A leadership role that modern-day Bahamians and Turks and Caicos Islanders were meant to play within the Americas and the wider world.

• An inherent responsibility bestowed upon today’s inhabitants of The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands, and the many visitors to their shores as a result of the Lucayan genocide.

• A life-enriching identity for the people of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands in light of their history, geography and culture.

• A proposed name for the waters surrounding the Bahama chain as a lasting tribute to the Lucayan legacy, and a reminder for all to help make the world a more peaceful place.

Now available online at (hard copy and kindle) and Barnes and Noble (hard copy), The Lucayan Sea: Birthplace of the Modern Americas will soon be available at bookstores in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

ABOUT The Author:

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Captain Tellis Bethel is a British-trained naval officer, currently serving in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as Deputy Commander Defence Force. His unique insights about the rich heritage of the Bahama Island chain speak to an identity, purpose and destiny for the people of these islands that are fundamental to their peace, security and prosperity. A graduate of the Britannia Naval College in Devon, England, Captain Bethel has a Master of Arts degree in Leading Innovation and Change from York St. John University, York, England. Captain Bethel lives in Nassau, Bahamas with his wife, Teri, and their two sons.

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.

The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year.  In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.

In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.


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Cruising should slow down says PAHO



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Vassel Johnson, received the honour in 1994; he was Cayman’s first Financial Secretary; he died in November 2008 at the age of 86.

Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”

Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.

Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour.  Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands.  In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”

Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.


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