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November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 1 VOLUME 26 NUMBER 22 November 15th, 2017 Minister Says North Abaco Port is 95% Complete PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAIDWEST PALM BCH FLPermit NO 4595Renew your subscription before the expiration date shown in the label below. The Abaconian Stuart Web Inc. 5675 SE Grouper Ave Stuart, FL 34997 Change Service Requested Minister of Transport and Local Government, Frankie Campbell, is given a tour of the North Abaco Port facilities accompanied by government officials and a representative of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) during his recent visit to Abaco. See page 2. By Timothy Roberts Road work began on November 10 on the main thoroughfare of Bahama Palm Shores, with the work expected to be completed by mid-November. The repaving of the road was awarded to Bill Simmons Construction and Heavy Equipment Company and covered the main road which connect to the Ernest Dean Hwy, and also included the side road to the High Banks Fire Station and its parking lot. James Albury, Central and South Abaco Member of Parliament, said “I am very happy to see these works progress. I am going to continue to work so we can see more infrastructural development as we all move forward.”Roadworks Begins in Bahama Palm ShoresBill Simmons Construction and Heavy Equipment Company began work on Baha Palm Shores main road on Nov 10. What’s Inside


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Page 4 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2017 LOCAL NEWS North Abaco Masquerade Ball Recognizes Cancer Survivors & VictimsNia Cooper and her husband at the 3rd Annual Pink Masquerade Ball on Nov. 4. Cooper was selected as this year’s Honouree. By Canishka Alexander Members of the North Abaco Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group organized their 3rd Annual Pink Masquerade Ball at the Faith Walk Church of God Auditorium on Nov. 4. As guests arrived, Photographer Nixon Joseph captured their exquisite photos against the backdrop of the masquerade ball’s design. On the inside of the church’s auditorium, elaborate fabrics of pink and white were lavishly draped from the ceiling and fans with each table adorned with attractive tablecloths, dinnerware, menus, large vases, flower arrangements, candles and masks. Themed “Sisters Living Well Despite the Mask,” the masquerade ball was held under the distinguished patronage of 2017 Honouree – Nia Cooper, a breast cancer survivor. Cooper was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. After undergoing surgery to remove the tumor and cancer, she received chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Cooper was recently re-diagnosed with breast cancer, yet she continues to fight the disease with determination, resilience, family support and her faith in God. In the midst of her trials, Cooper was rewarded for her hard work and dedication at BAF Financial in 2013 when she was recognized as BAF Financial Manager of the Year for overseeing the company’s relocation and filling in where needed on the job. As emcee, Bahamian Comedian Wilbert “Will” Stubbs set the atmosphere for the occasion by keeping the guests amused and entertained with jokes, riddles, games and giveaways throughout the event. Following a mighty prayer by Rosamae McIntosh, and the National Anthem, the welcome was delivered by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis was the guest speaker. PINK PAGE 6


November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 LOCAL NEWS By Timothy Roberts With well over a year of public frustration due to lengthy waits for driver’s licenses among other issues that have plagued Abaco’s Road Traffic Department, Minister of Transport and Local Government, Frankie Campbell indicated that some relief may come early next year. Mr. Campbell noted that “We are aware that Abaconians would have had the frustration of having to wait for the driver’s license to either come from Grand Bahama or Nassau and the delay, understandably would have been frustrating.” He said that his department advised him that the Driver’s License printer – which have to be customized are on order and should be here in early 2018. “We advise that in the interim that all efforts are being made to ensure that Grand Bahama is running efficiently so that the delays are minimized to within a week,” he added. The Road Traffic Department within the last twelve months embarked on its automation system. He said that after reviewing the results of the first twelve months “we have had the opportunity to work out the kinks; as with any new system it will not go smoothly initially.” Mr. Campbell said that “We are satisfied now that most of the kinks have been worked out to the extent that the additional equipment necessary to furnish the family island sites, including Abaco, can now be ordered because the necessary modifications have been made. “And we are satisfied that persons with a receipt for their renewals will not be adversely affected if they are stopped by the police or any other agency.” Mr. Campbell noted that additionally the expiry date has no bearing on the legitimacy of the license being used to identify the holder. He also noted that staffing is an issue, not just in Abaco, but across the board in the entire Bahamas and that there are adjustments being made in areas where there is excess staff, and adjustments will be made where there isn’t sufficient staff. Above: Min. Campbell along with local Road Traffic Dept. A Driver’s License printer should be delivered in early 2018. TRAFFIC PAGE 9


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2017 Shoe Village LOCAL NEWS PINK Shanae Knowles, daughter of Nia Cooper. Knowles gave an account of her mother’s first experience with cancer at the age of 35 and then again at 40. She also shared how the North Abaco Sister Sister group assists cancer patients with plane tickets and doctor’s visits. Knowles deemed the event set for royalty as members lift sisters up who are “living well every day despite the mask.” LaShawnti Russell performed a tribute in dance to the hit gospel song, “I Never Lost My Praise” before the audience. Birdie Curry was up next to share her Survivor’s Story. She said when she first visited her doctor, he thought it was milk mass that had accummulated in her breast. However, she informed him that her “baby” was attending college. She went on to do a mammogram and then a biopsy. The biopsy results revealed that she had breast cancer. To gain a second opinion, Curry travelled to her daughter who lives in West Palm Beach. Once again, it was confirmed that cancer was found in her left breast. After surgery and eight treatments of chemotherapy, Curry continues with checkups every three months. All in all, she considers herself blessed with God and for having the best family to support her through her ordeal. “I know I’m healed,” Curry declared. “I am a 13-year breast cancer survivor, and I will survive with God’s help and strength.” Stubbs agreed with Curry’s declaration stating that although there are many doctors available, there is only one Healer: God. The next speaker was the Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP for North Abaco. “The instances of cancer are far too prevalent,” he observed. “Cancer is a struggle all by itself, and without help it makes the burden harder. A strong support group is needed.” In fact, Min. Henfield knows all too well about the devastation of cancer having lost two aunts to the deadly disease. He expressed pride in being alongside the Prime Minister and his wife who set aside time to attend the event, and congratulated the members of the support group for their tireless efforts to assist those impacted by cancer. Sophia Thompson, a member of the North Abaco Sister Sister Group introduced Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis as the guest speaker. Reiterating his astounding record of delivering 5,000 babies, Dr. Minnis quipped that he sent out a cry to the nation during the election season, and they answered and delivered him. He said it was wonderful for he and his wife to be in North Abaco as he commended Nia Cooper as a woman of resilience and great courage. Working in the medical field, Dr. Minnis said he has seen firsthand the effects of cancer. To those who are survivors, he described them as brave souls who found a new life in the face of mortality. With last month being Breast Cancer Month, he encouraged The Zion United Baptist District Convention Honoree Banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Faith Walk Church of God Hall in Cooper’s Town. Under the patronage of District Superintendent Bishop Christopher Dean, twelve honorees were selected to be honored under the theme: “Shining Stars for Christ.” The honorees are: Pastor Elon McIntosh, Assistant Convention Chairman; Pastor Daniel Curry, District Administrator; Pastor Marvin Mills, Music Director; Minister Christine Dean, District Ladies President; Rev. Leroy Thompson, Convention Finance Chairman; Deaconess Lorraine Thompson, Convention Program Chairman; Rev. Everette Strachan, Convention Chairman; Deacon Felton Pritchard, Convention Choir Director; Deacon Joseph Knowles, Convention Usher President; Deaconess Susan Knowles, Convention Assistant Choir Director; Deacon Berkley Roberts, Convention Assistant Administrator; and Sister Winnifred King, Convention Secretary. Ticket costs are $50 per person. trict Convention to Honour 12 “Shining Stars for Christ” CANCER PAGE 7


November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 7 Furniture Plus LOCAL NEWS By Timothy Roberts During a visit to Abaco the Minister of Transportation and Local Government, Frankie Campbell addressed issues concerning the National and Local Postal Services which are seeing slow delivery times. He noted that the crux of the issue stems from issues at the main Post Office in New Providence. He said that Post Offices throughout the Bahamas are being affected by “the inefficiencies being experienced at the main post office in New Providence, that is the nucleus of the issue.” “When they suffer, all satellite stations suffer.” He said that the government of the Bahamas is working “in overdrive trying to resolve the issue of accommodations; we believe that is the beginning of the reformation and transition of postal services throughout the Bahamas.” He said that there are other agencies anxiously awaiting that transition so they can enter into agreements for parcel post which will increase revenue generation for the post office “That in and of itself will lead to upgrades throughout the family islands including Abaco,” he said. A recent break-in at the Post Office at the Government Complex in Abaco has caused the Ministry to review its security measures. “We intend to employ electronic surveillance and any other solutions that will put us in a position to not work too hard, but work smarter,” Mr. Campbell said. “The fight against crime calls for accessing technology.” Regarding the break-in, he noted that there is a security service already in place “and obviously that wasn’t as effective as we thought it to be so we will revise that, and nothing is off the table.” He said at the end of the day they want to “ensure that government buildings, government documents and government funds along with all government employees, are safe.” CANCER women to get tested because early testing improves one’s longevity and quality of life. He, too, has not been excluded with the loss of family members to cancer. Dr. Minnis shared how he had lost an older sister who was like a mother to him to cancer. At her bedside, it hurt him to see her suffer so tremendously, so his prayer was for God to release her from her pain. Astoundingly, Dr. Minnis said that research is showing the prevalence of cancer in the Bahamas because of our gene pool whereas Bahamian women have a genetic predisposition to certain forms of cancer. Yet over the years, Dr. Minnis said there have been a number of compelling stories that have emerged with education on the prevention of cancer. “There are stories of faith and community, and healing and fellowship. Groups like these are centers of MINNIS PAGE 9


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2017 I f you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address belowName: Address: City: St. Postal code: + Country: E-mail or Tel # NAME ON CARD: CARD NUMBER: EXP DATE: SIGNATURE: AMOUNT PAID: Master Card VisaWE NOW ACCEPT MASTER CARD/VISAThe above subscription is a gift from: ORDER Your Abaconian Today GIFT Give a Subscription as a Make Check out to: The Abaconian 2012 U.S. Address: # 189 990 Old Dixie Hwy, Suite 8, Lake Park, FL 33403 Local Address: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas One Year Subscription US$ or B$ $27 Bahamas via surface $49 USA via 3 rd Class US$70 Canada via Airmail US$105 UK, Europe SurfaceYou can now order or renew through our website. Visit: From the Editor's Desk // Holidays Approach Community Calendar for Elimination of Violence Against Women (Airport Roundabout Spring City) rade We’re already half way through November and before you know it we will be in the thick of the Holiday Season. The days are going as quickly as the government spends money and the town will soon be as all triple-booked at the same venue. The social calendars are beginning to fill as weekends become more crowded with events. Soon the open houses will begin beckoning Abaconians to shop locally – which we should. Before you know it, families will begin staking out their claim for which night to hold holiday dinners. But before we indulge in the holiday rush we should take a moment to reflect on the year. A moment to ponder where our country is going and how we can affect it. A moment to look at our community and how we can benefit it. A moment to reach out to our family, friends and fellow Abaconians and how we can help each other. If we start small I believe it will echo outwards. Kind deeds, acts of civil responsibility, initiatives of change even in little-old-Abaco can help end 2017 strong and set the tone for how we want to conduct our matters in 2018. Our country is a work in progress. I think we often forget that. It can be aggravating to see ourselves take steps backwards and it can be encouraging to see advancement. Our country is small. Though this may prove to be a hindrance in many matters it also means each one of us has so much potential to affect our trajectory. Sitting small from election to election does no one any favours especially our youth who are so often left to the wolves of a changing world. Adaptation comes slow for Bahamians but I am encouraged by some steps I see many taking. Adapting to technology, globalization, immigration and irreversible changes in the world are large pills to swallow for generations of Bahamians who either relied on the sea or tending to tourists’ whims. But change starts small and adjusting to change starts in the smallest cross-sections of our communities. So, as Christmas comes knocking do not forget that it is each of our responsibilities to not only enjoy the beauty that we have in this country but also make a positive mark on it.


November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 LOCAL NEWS Abaco Hardware 10X10 He said that the government is also reviewing a draft legislation outlining some changes to the Road Traffic Act, which is now in its final stages. “The act will take into consideration the modernization of laws and the advancement in technology, the necessities that need to be addressed with regards to traffic fines, outstanding warrants and connectivity with other government departments,” he said. He added that there will also be consideration for fixed penTRAFFIC alties for road traffic violations that would allow people to pay a fine without having to go to court in order to pay the fine. hope, and the important work of the Cancer Society must be the work of us all. Nia’s story is the story of many. Nia is a survivor and a warrior. Although she struggles, she found time to give at her work and to her community. “It’s the stories and testimonies of others that help us to go MINNIS on. Nia said, ‘I have realized although I had cancer, I was never a victim.’ Nia, The Bahamas is proud of you, and I am proud of you. Continue doing the excellent work you are doing,” Dr. Minnis encouraged. After dinner, the Hanging of Memory Ribbons took place with the Prime Minister leading the charge. Afterwards, the Prayer for Battlers and Survivors was delivered by Bishop Cedric Bullard, president of the Abaco Christian Council. Phillippa McIntosh, president of the North Abaco Sister Sister Group, gave the Vote of Thanks and made presentations to Mickell Hall and Nia Cooper. She also thanked Chef Pherrol Duncombe and Dave Hart for preparing the delicious feast served to their guests. A presentation was made to the support group on behalf of the staff and students of Cooper’s Town Primary School from their Pink Monday Fundraiser on Oct. 23.


Page 10 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2017 NATIONAL NEWS Press Release The Department of Gender and Family Affairs will celebrate National Women's Week 2017 from Sunday, 26 November to Saturday, 2 December 2017. The theme during the week of observance is "Strong Women-Strong Families-Strong Communities". This year will mark the fifty-fifth (55th) anniversary of the enfranchisement of women in The Bahamas and we continue to celebrate. Activities are being planned by the Department, commencing with a church service, at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity on Sunday, 26 November 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Additionally, on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, a special assembly will be held at Doris Johnson Senior High School as a part of the youth observance of activities at 9:30 a.m. An invitation has also been sent to all High Schools in The Bahamas inviting them to also recognize and honour the women that week during their school assemblies. Further, the Department is endorsing a two (2) day seminar, "Women and Construction", to be hosted by Bahama Isles Innovative Technology Solutions Multipurpose Cooperative Limited (BIITSCO) slated for Friday, 1 December Saturday, 2 December, 2017. Additional information on this seminar will be circulated in the coming days. The Department will also commemorate International Day to End Violence against Women on 25 November 2017, which coincides with National Women's Week. In this context, 16 days of Activism to eliminate violence against women will also be observed, ending on 10 December, 2017. Among the activities planned for this commemoration is an Orange Your Office Competition, which begins on 1 November 2017. Further details on additional activities will be circulated shortly. In keeping with past practice, organisations are invited to conduct their own activities to commemorate National Women's Week as well as International Day to End Violence against Women. The Department would be pleased to collaborate with you and to include your activities in our calendar for these events. Kindly submit your information to Observance of National Press Release The Minnis Administration will introduce a number of “ambitious social intervention and training programmes” to help transform the prospects and lives of those in gangs or those minded to criminal behaviour even as it remains tough on crime. “Those who are open to being helped will be helped. But those who decide on a life of crime, and who seek to do violence, will feel the full weight of the law,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday (October 30). “We must use every measure possible to reduce crime and to restore a more peaceful way of life for our people.” Delivering the keynote address at the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, East Street, Prime Minister Minnis said the fight against crime and corruption must be comprehensive and vigorous. Prime Minister Minnis said the “great challenge of criminal violence” facing The Bahamas is rooted in “a sad and sordid history.” The Prime Minister said his Administration will work towards restoring the productive values of Bahamian culture. “I intend to lead the fight by ensuring there is honesty in government; that there is fairness in contracting and that the corrupt are no longer able to use power to protect themselves from the law. “I do not accept that any group of Bahamians should have special protection. We are a nation of laws. All Bahamians should follow those laws or face the consequences of their transgressions. We must fight crime and corruption at every level. This includes criminal violence and those who would abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Government to Introduce ‘Ambitious’ Social Intervention and Training Programmes to Help Combat Crime


November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 NATIONAL NEWS Press Release A proposed organizational restructuring of The Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Company and a redistribution of responsibilities could lead to savings in excess of $3 million while also resulting in the advancement of seven Bahamians to key senior positions within the company. Mr. Anthony Newbold, Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, said the proposed restructuring is also expected to “effect the required changes within the Corporation.” The announcement comes on the heels of a presentation made by the newly appointed Board of Directors of The Bahamas Power and Light Company to Cabinet on the status of the company and the Board’s plans for the utility company going forward. Board Chairperson, Ms. Darnelle Osbourne; Deputy Chairman, Mr. Patrick Rollins and Board Members Mr. Whitney Heastie, Mr. Deepak Bhatnagar, Mr. Ferron Bethel and Ms. Nicola Thompson were in attendance. (Mr. Heastie has been appointed C.E.O. Ms. Christina Alston is the C.O.O) Board members spoke to various aspects of BPL’s proposed Business Plan. The proposed new organizational structure will to be administered by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a Chief Operating Officer (COO) and a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Directors will be appointed under the COO portfolio and will be responsible for Generation Services, Transmission and Distribution, Family IsChain. “An additional five Directors with responsibility for Customer Service, sources and Internal Communications, Health, Safety and Environment, and Information Technology, would report to the Chief Financial Officer. Some of those posts will be advertised,” Mr. Newbold said Tuesday (October 31, 2017) during his weekly Press Briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre. “The redistribution of responsibilities would replace three expatriate employees with seven Bahamian employees at savings of $3.3 million. International benchmarks were followed in formulating that structure,” Press Secretary Newbold added. Mr. Newbold said the Board of Directors of BPL have been meeting up to twice weekly for the past three months in developing a new plan for BPL and “had given much time and consideration in formulating plans to improve the management of the company.” “The new Board was resolute and committed to managing the Corporation as a business and the plan proposed by the new BPL Board would restructure the organization to effectively manage the Corporation’s finances and assets. “Towards that end, BPL Board Members anticipate that the plans to effect required changes within the Corporation would be implemented in the shortest possible time,” Mr. Newbold added. Press Secretary Newbold said the Members of the Board also addressed short and long-term transmission and generation requirements. “One of the goals of the BPL Board was to implement an automated meter system. However, many of the meters were antiquated. The Plan was to commence and advanced meter reading system. The Board is also dealing with outstanding financial concerns.” Mr. Newbold reported that the BPL Board will investigate the environmental issues at the Clifton Power Plant to determine the magnitude of the problem before deciding how it would be addressed and at what cost. “The BPL Board also recommended to the Cabinet, the need to amend the Electricity Act, the Rate Reduction Act and the Articles of Association document which became necessary as a result of new developments within BPL. An updated Business Plan is expected to be completed by October 31, 2017,” Press Secretary Newbold added.Proposed Restructuring at BPL Could Result in Over $3 Million in Savings New Board Pledges to Run Corporation “As a Business” 30 YEARS overEXPERIENCE Phone: 242.577.DOCK (3625) Home: 242.367.6066 Fax: 242.367.6066 E-mail: OUR SERVICES INCLUDE: Dock Construction Boat Lift Sales & Service Dock Accessories Sea Walls Demolition & Removal Building Abacos nest docks OURSERVICESINCL We are now the Authorized Dealers ForABACOS FINEST DOCK BUILDERS Better Docks Better Prices & Better Service“Honesty and Quality You Can Count On”Brandon Thompson Residential and Commercial Customized to suit your lifestyleSales and Service Quality boat lift dealer for 10 yearsOffering unsurpassed attention to detail with almost two decades of hands on experience Cell: 242-357-6532 Ph/Fax: 242-367-2704


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Page 14 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2017 BUSINESS PeteÂ’s PubThe Pink Rose Ball committee of Abaco was pleased to have the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) on the PINK team for their 5th Annual Pink Rose Ball, held in Marsh Harbour this past October. BTC staff were pleased to support Chairman, Melinda Pinder from The Pink Rose Ball Committee whose team raised BTC Turns Pink for 5th Annual Ball Press Release Pictured at the presentation are Carmen Williams BTC Abaco, Melinda Pinder, Chairman Pink Rose Ball Committee and Lorraine Burrows, BTC Abaco.funds to help the Abaco Cancer Society. The Committee uses funds raised to not only help the organization which has existed for 30 years but also those currently fighting the disease and its effects. BTC supported the Abaco Cancer walk earlier this year and was pleased to financially support this event whose motto is: overCome, throUgh, couRage and strEngth (CURE). Abaco Chamber of Commerce Directors Brenda Jenoure and Ruth Saunders met with five (5) COC associations in New York.Abaco Chamber Goes on Press ReleaseThe Abaco Chamber of Commerce was one of the Bahamas ChamberÂ’s represented at a recent 10 day International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP); held October 15th to 25th 2017, that visited New York, Vermont and Arizona. The Abaco Chamber was represented by Directors Brenda Jenoure and Ruth Saunders. The delegation also included representatives from the Grand Bahama Chamber and the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation. This program is the U.S. Department of StateÂ’s premier professional CHAMBER PAGE 19 exchange program. It is a short-term structured visit to the United States, for current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields. The participants engage in planned professional meetings that reflect their professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States. One cannot apply to be enrolled in the IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world. This particular tour, centered around Chambers of Commerce, was arranged by the US Embassy in Nassau


November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 BUSINESS Appreciation Luncheon Local taxi drivers along with Abaco Beach Resort Staff at the Nov 3 luncheon.On November 3, 2017, locally owned Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina hosted a taxi driver appreciation luncheon at Angler’s Restaurant on November 1st to thank Abaco’s community of taxi drivers for their efforts and hospitality in transporting the resort’s guests. Thirty-four taxi drivers attended and the menu included BBQ Chicken, Hog Snapper, Bahamian Seasoned Rice, Cole Slaw, assorted drinks, and Chef’s Specialty Desserts. “I’ve been a taxi driver for over 10 years and take pride in representing my island and making sure visitors have a good experience,” said Willie Albury of Taxi #7. “I even work on my own time with a group of other individuals on keeping seven of our blue holes presentable for visits from taxi drivers with guests.” Albury went on to say that he was excited about the Sushi Fridays, Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour specials, and other promotions that Abaco Beach Resort is launching. “We have definitely noticed an uptick in activity at Abaco Beach Resort, especially the increased marina traffic,” said Joseph Knowles of Taxi #75. Coming off of many extremely tough years following the global recession, Abaco Beach Resort is very optimistic with the efforts being placed in the sales and marketing department, operational changes, and services to increase visits to the island and the resort. Clayton McIntosh of Taxi #22, Glen Miller of Taxi #135, and Brenda Pratt of Taxi #151 stated how surprised and grateful they were that all of the managers of Abaco Beach Resort, including General Manager Kashmie Ali, were present not only to greet them but to also thank them and to serve and enjoy lunch whilst listening to their input. “The taxi drivers and their services are a key part of the Abaco Beach Resort and Abaco experience that we promise to deliver to our guests,” said Ali. “I was honored to host these individuals, enjoyed our conversations, and Abaco Beach Resort looks forward to our continued good relations with the taxi driver community.” Press Release H.G. Christie agent Neil Aberle recently attended the 5th Annual Pink Rose Ball at The Abaco Beach Resort on October 21st, 2017, along with his wife Rachael and eldest daughter Summer. At the event, Summer Aberle was anPress Release Neil, Rachael and Summer Aberle at Pink Rose Ball Abaco 2017nounced as the recipient of the annual Jack Albury Award for Academic Excellence, for her winning essay on the topic of “The Importance of Humour in the Treatment of Cancer”.HG Christie Sponsors The Pink Rose Ball


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November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 17 LOCAL NEWS By Timothy Roberts Minister of Transport and Local Government, Frankie Campbell, encouraged local government to think outside the box and aim for more autonomy while Central Government will seek to leave more revenue collected locally in the district. “Inadequate funding is the cry throughout the government services and it’s not unique to local government,” Mr. Campbell stated. “When it becomes necessary for the tightening of the financial belt, that is necessary across the board, and local government falls within that bracket.” He said he acknowledges that there are certain areas that are severely lacking in funding which led the government to make some minor changes to this year’s the budget. “We made some provision for the funds for the repairs of administrators houses and offices,” he said. “We also made some allocation for small capital projects within districts, which is the first time in a long time and that is a step in the right direction,” he added. Mr. Campbell noted that “even with the constraints we have, that is showing that we are minded to increase where we can and I am satisfied as resources become more available we are going to continue that trend.” “My government, while in campaign mode, indicated their intent that a percentage of revenue collected by any district would remain in that district,” he said. “We have not yet agreed on the percentage. It may be necessary for different percentages in different districts based on size and what their needs are, but I assure when it comes to the collection of government revenue we are relentless in pursuit thereof.” Mr. Campbell said that they would explore any and all opportunities to collect the government’s revenue which he said would enable the government to address those financial concerns. “We are also encouraging districts to think outside of the box and find creative ways to raise their own funds for pre-approved projects,” he said. “We are waiting for a district to come to us and say, here is a project we have and here is how it can be funded we seek your approval to keep half, or whatever percentage which is negotiable. And that would Aim For More Autonomy in Local Government Announcedbe funds we weren’t getting in the first instance, so that district would be in fact helping the consolidated fund while helping themselves,” he explained. Mr. Campbell reminded that local government is still about persons living in a district being the guardians for their district and having a say in the direction that their district is headed in. He said that since independence Abaco wanted itself to be independent, “so I call on Abaconians to show that same spirit of independence in addressing local needs.” “That is what local government was intended to do. Local government and independence are not necessarily one and the same but they do have some similarities,” he said.


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November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 LOCAL NEWS Man-O-War HardwareNon-Corrosive HardwareAn Extensive Selection of Brass, Stainless & MonelBolts, Nails & Screws Hinges & Barrel BoltsStainless Steel Hurricane Clips#1 LumberPlain & Pressure TreatedPine, Fir, Cypress Teak & MahoganyInterior, Exterior & MarinePLYWOOD For quotes or information Call Walter Sweeting Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, BahamasPh: (242) 365-6011 l Fax (242) 365-6039 CHAMBER By Canishka AlexanderThe Kiwanis Club of Central Abaquet under the Distinguished Patronage of Lieutenant Governor Garnell Kemp at the Anglican Parish Hall on Nov. 11. Annually, Kiwanians install and celebrate the leadership of incoming officers and directors to serve the community of Abaco. Founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers who are committed to improving the world one child and one community at a time. A good-humoured Claire Basden served as the Mistress of Ceremony. Rashad Reckley better known as the Sax Man played the National Anthem on his saxophone, and Cheri Rolle, a Kiwanis Director, gave the invocation.Kiwanis ClubÂ’s Installation Banquet Ushers in New Slate of The head table was comprised of Paul Knowles, Immediate Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco; Claudia Butler, president elect; Jacyntha Miller, president; and Kiwanis Club Lt. Gov. Garnell Kemp.Director David Knowles listed the Objects of Kiwanis International, which encompass giving, encouraging, promoting developing, providing and cooperating through the organization. President Elect Claudia Butler gave the toast to Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, while Director Corderro DeanÂ’s toast was extended to the members of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis Treasurer Frederick Rodgers delivered a hearty welcome address, before Lt. Gov. Kemp highlighted the names of the retiring officers of 2016-2017. Immediate Past President Paul Knowles made the presentation of Kiwanian of the Year Award to Raisa Hamilton. He said he was thankful to lead in an organization that was estabKIWANIS PAGE 20 who welcomed the opportunity to promote growth for up and coming leaders. In each state visited, Brenda & Ruth, along with the other delegates, attended professional meetings where they collaborated with various Chambers of Commerce, to exchange ideas, learn best practices, and garner knowledge about sustainability and futuristic programs that would propel their respective island chambers, and the Bahamas Chamber as a whole. The meetings began in New York, where they met with five (5) associations; Brooklyn COC; representing 2,060 business, NY Hospitality Alliance; 2,000 business, Hudson County COC; 600 business, Manhattan COC; 1,400 business, and Harlem COC; 1,300 business. The next stop was Vermont where they met with another five (5) associations; Vermont State COC; representing 1,700 business, Lake Champlain Regional COC; 1,500 business, Franklin County Regional COC; 305 business, North East Kingdom COC; 215 business, and Heart of Vermont COC; 150 business. Rounding out the tour was a stop in Sedona Arizona with Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau; representing 900 business and then in Phoenix with Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce representing 2,400 business, Experience Scottsdale with 400 business and a meeting with the USA Small Business Administration. As the volume of business portfolio varied, so did the staffing; from 100% volunteer to staff of 45 or more. The networking was amazing and will last a lifetime. The lessons learnt ranged from simple tweaks of process to phenomenal initiatives. There were commonalities and there were distinct features amongst USA Chambers, and also between USA Chambers and Bahamas Chambers. All in all, 14 associations were visited, and at least 60 points of networking contacts were forged. There was a lot to grasp, a lot of engagement from small chambers to very large population chambers; with each adding value. Ruth and Brenda have benefited tremendously from the tour and plan to roll out their plan of how the Abaco Chamber can benefit as it enters a new two year term, (Nov 2017 thru Oct 2019), with an added 3 to 5 year projection of enhanced programs. We are enthused about the programs we would like to bring on stream and are very excited to have our members be exposed to the things that we have learned, so look forward to seeing more updates from us and possible seminars on small business development, more networking mixers and mingles, all with the goal of adding value to each Chamber membership. We are ever grateful to the US Embassy they both said, in particular Hank Ferguson, for recognizing a need and meeting that need thru the IVLP.


Page 20 Section A The Abaconian November 15, 2017 LOCAL NEWS The Best Sailing Vacations In The World! Prestige Class Come and experience the beauty of the Bahamas. We are waiting for you. The Moorings and The Conch Inn Hotel and Marina Cruise the Abaco Sound in one of our new sailing yachts 38 ft. mono hull or 44 ft. catamaran SAILING VACATIONSSunsaillished more than a century ago, and that while he was the face of Kiwanis, it was the members who helped the Club to complete many of its accomplishments in style. Hamilton, who is the Kiwanis Club’s secretary, returned the favour to Knowles by presenting him with the Immediate Past President Award. While dinner was served, Reckley serenaded the guests with a selection of: “Heal the World.” Throughout the event, Rodgers called off two numbers allowing the winners to collect prizes of a Maxwell’s gift card and a Fresh Fruit Arrangement made by Vandea Stuart, respectively. With the introduction of Lt. Gov. Kemp as the guest speaker, she gave the charge and installed the 2017 Officers and Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco. “Commitment to Service – Building Tomorrow, Today” is the theme she has chosen under her leadership. Her focus is to see the 85-percent completion of the Roy Davis Centre in New Providence. She also wants to see the reactivation of the Kiwanis Foundation so that funds can be received for the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. Lt. Gov. Kemp is committed to seeing the installation of 100 new members this year. “It’s a volunteer service so we’re not paid, but we get paid through service and we need more hands,” she explained. “People always say they are busy, and I’m a busy person, but I still find time to meet my commitments.” Another one of her goals is to open a new Kiwanis Club; presently, they are in the process of upgrading a satellite club in Exuma to a full-fledged Kiwanis Club. Kemp also seeks more support for their Service Leadership Programs because there is a need to educate Kiwanians as well as young people. “Kiwanis has succession planning, so you know who will be the next president. We train people for leadership positions,” she informed the audience. Knowles once again stood at the podium to give an introduction and tribute during his tenure. His remarks were followed by those of Jacyntha Miller during her President Acceptance remarks. In her message, Miller acknowledged that it is because of the actions she has seen demonstrated by Kiwanians in Abaco and throughout the world that she is honoured and humbled to serve as the Club’s President. She pledged to build on the admirable trend of leadership by educating and expanding the reach of Kiwanis on KIWANIS the island. Therefore, the primary focus areas are: Members Development and Retention; Public Image; Expansion of Service Leadership Programs (SLPs); Projects and Fundraisers; and Club training and Leadership. Distinguished President Neulessa Major closed out the Installation Banquet with the Vote of Thanks. The Kiwanis Club of Central Abaco was chartered on Sept. 29, 2014 under the leadership of Charter President William Davis. The Club has grown from 17 members to 28 since its inception. The members have been involved in many local projects including the Meals on Wheels program to feed the elderly, the Kindness Challenge in the schools and they also assisted at Baker’s Bay’s First Health Fun Run Walk event.


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November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 1 VOLUME 26 NUMBER 22 November 15th, 2017 Section B Friends of the Environment Hosts Seventh Annual Kayak Challenge By Mirella Santillo KAYAK PAGE 2 DEBATE PAGE 16 CROSSING PAGE 2 Clear weather, rather calm sea, and congenial surroundings created the perfect atmosphere for the seventh annual Abaco Kayak Challenge, which is a partnership event, raising money for the work of Friends of the Environment and the Abaco Cancer Society. The kayak challenge was sponsored by Pete’s Pub, Abaco Construction Ltd., L.C. Hull & Co., Abaco Family Medicine, Ministry of Tourism, Abaco Petroleum Company Ltd., Bahamas Telecommunications Company. Friends of the Environment representatives, Ms. Cha Boyce, Mrs. Joy Chaplin, Mrs. Olivia Maura, Ms. Lianna Burrows and Mrs. Cassandra Abraham, and the founder of the Abaco Cancer Society, Mrs. Marjolein Scott, together with other Lory Kenyon placed first among kayak paddlers who participated in the Friends of the Environment Kayak Challenge in Little Harbour.PJBHS Debate Team to Represent Abaco in Nationals By Mirella Santillo PJBHS Debate Team students display their trophies. A very controversial topic: Do employers have the right to drug test employees? This was the questioned posed to the two finalist debate teams of SC Bootle and Patrick J Bethel High Schools. The winner of the final round of the Department of Education’s debate would go on to represent Abaco in the National Debate Series in Nassau. Judges, finalists, teachers, parents, supporters, and sponsors (BTC), met in Courtroom Number 2 on November 10 to attend the event, which was monitored by District of Education Officer Huel Moss. The soon-to-be District of Education Superintendent, Mrs. Dominique Russell, welcomed the assembly, leaving the stand to Mr. Moss who requested a moment of silence for the demise of a young ECC student. Dr. Black in turn read a eulogy for the late Sir Arlington Butler, who, she said, put the country in a special place. She added that he was the most eloquent Speak-Partnership leads to Crossing Beach Clean-Up Basketball players assisting with Crossing Beach clean-up on Nov. 2. By Canishka AlexanderIt all started when Cay Mills, a local businessman, posted a video of the appalling state of the Crossing Beach on Oct. 30. Trash could be seen everywhere at the beach site, and Mills sought to do something about it. “I was at the Crossing in my private vehicle, and I walked across from the ferry side to the beach side, and I was astonished to see all of the trash that was here,” he recalled. “All of the coconut limbs… and I was shocked to see the debris.” Mills approached Scott Ferguson of Albury’s Ferry about doing a


Page 2 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2017 LOCAL NEWS Blue Mertz came in First Place among paddleboarders who competed. KAYAK volunteers met in the early morning to register the participants and oversee the sales display of promotional items such as t-shirts, caps, and water bottles, among others, and the sale of raffle tickets. The lucky winners of the raffle could walk away with either a colorful art wrap of a mermaid underwater scene by artist Marjolein Scott, a couple of bottles of Bacardi rum, a bronze manta ray cast by sculptor Pete Johnson, certificates for a snorkeling trip for two, compliments of Dive Abaco, or phone coupons by BTC. To honor his memory, a bronze bust of Charlie Sweeting, cast in the foundry by Pete Johnson, had been placed on the deck railing by Heather Johnston, Manager of Pete’s Pub. Mr. Sweeting, a long time resident of Little Harbour who died earlier this year, used to help with the function year after year. By 8:30 a.m., the kayaks and paddle boards were ready to be towed by boat out of the Little Harbour cove, to be taken to the starting point in the Bight of Robinson. There, the challengers were to paddle through the mangrove creek and come back to the Little Harbour beach after rounding Tom Curry's point, the most challenging part of the course because of currents and swells. Lory Kenyon was the first kayak paddler to reach the beach, happy to have conquered the challenge in a good time. The next to arrive was Charlotte Dunn, together with Jim and Denise Todd. The first paddleboarder to complete the course was teenager Blue Mertz, who was greeted by his proud father upon his arrival. “It was easy at first, but it got really tiring at the end,” Mertz said. After the first arrivals, participants continued to return to base amid cheers and photo-taking. Many commented on the beautiful surroundings they passed through, mentioning the abundance of turtles they saw. The Bight of Old Robinson is one of Abaco’s most important marine areas and was recently designated part of a national park called the East Abaco Creeks, which also includes Snake Cay Creek and Cherokee Sound. By that time, DJ Craig Boo had set up his stereo equipment and was treating the assembly with mellow island rhythms. Supporters soon arrived and by noon the party was in full swing. The event lasted until 2 p.m. by which time the raffle had been drawn, prizes collected. and donations handed out. clean-up because the ferry operates a business in the area, and he felt as though the company had a responsibility to help keep the area clean. Ferguson agreed to partner with Mills proposing that Mills round up some basketball players to do the clean-up, while he would do his part to obtain the dumpsters, food and drinks for them. The clean-up took place on Nov. 2. Mills added that the agreement also included sponsorship of the basketball team. “And that is why we’re here. We got the high school team here, and we’re supposed to have some other teams from the community here, and I’m not working so this is a great work for me to come and spearhead. “I just want to take my hat off to Connie [Nelson] and Scott Ferguson for this initiative,” Mills lauded. “As you can see it’s good work, and it looks great already, but how did it get to this point? Nobody’s been cleaning this place for the past – it looks like a year! If you had seen the photos that I took from the beginning then you would see the work we have done here.” Jarvie Bienaimer and Ronald Swain aka Gubba also assisted with manual labour. Meantime, Ferguson was pleased about the partnership, which allowed some of the island’s youth to work together for a good cause. “I saw what Cay posted, and as a business that benefits from the Crossing Beach, I totally agree with him. It is sad and a disgrace.” While Albury’s Ferry covered the expenses related to the clean-up, Timothy Roberts of Abaco Waste supplied the dumpsters. Ferguson said that as a result of the clean-up, two dumpsters full of trash were collected from the Crossing Beach. CROSSING Cay Mills gathering palm fronds during the beach clean-up.


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Page 4 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2017 The first meeting of the Horticultural Society took place on October 14, at the home of a member in Pelican Shores. Approximately 30 members attended the event, which featured a presentation on plants of the Ginger Species, an array of plants to be auctioned, and food and drink containing edible Ginger. The meeting started with the welcome by new President Lavonda Smith who praised the long time faithful members that attended meetings over the years and acknowledged the recent additions of members to the Society. She then introduced the new board members to the assembly, most of them who had occupied the same position in prior years, except for VicePresident Lauren Riviere and Directors Elaine Martinborough and Susan Lill. Mrs. Smith also announced the agenda for the coming months with the next meeting scheduled for November 11 at Bernard Curry’s place in Treasure Cay. The topic will be “dish garden”. Mrs. Smith invited people to get in touch should they want to participate in car-pooling. The annual Christmas Luncheon will be held at the firehouse in Bahama Palm Shores on December 16. The January 13 meeting will bring people to Cherokee Road at the Five Stars Sod Farm. On February 10, the members are invited to attend the meeting held at the Great Abaco Nursery to listen to a presentation by Abraham Williams. A visit to Orchid Bay’s Star Eden Farm will take place on March 10. April will offer a cultural show presented by Mrs. Ruth Smith, at her home in Dundas Town. The Cultural Show will be a rehearsal for the 2018 tenth anniversary’s activities, which will be spearheaded by a specially appointed committee. Before ending her address, which was followed by a plant auction, Mrs. Smith reminded the audience to send photographs for the 2018 calendar before November 20. The auction was conducted by “Gardener Jack” Hardy, assisted by Reginald Patterson. It was the last time that Mr. Hardy acted as auctioneer. He will be replaced by Ms. Riviere. To go along with the theme of the presentation, there were quite a few of the Ginger-Turmeric species to be auctioned, among other interesting herbs Horticultural Society Holds First Meeting of the Season LIFESTYLES By Mirella Santillo Shirley Higgs presents Laine Snow with a gift certificate. and ornamentals donated by members. The first President of the Horticultural Society, Mrs. Shirley Higgs, presented the immediate Past-President Laine Snow with a gift certificate as a gesture of gratitude for her time as president. She also had one for Mr. Hardy, for his long service to the Society not only as auctioneer, but also as a presenter, adviser, and host with his wife of many meetings. She then introduced Ms. Riviere who was to speak on “plants of the Ginger orders”. Ms. Riviere, who grew up on the island of Dominica, is very familiar with many of theses plant species, which like a hot and humid tropical climate. Her interest was renewed while visiting a Botanical Garden during a recent trip to Singapore in the Summer. Ms. Riviere outlined some of the particularities of Gingers, especially ornamental Gingers, and gave the description of quite a few species. At the end of the presentation, Mr. Hardy mentioned that there were several species of Edible Ginger, especially from Jamaica. Two arrangements in glass bottles, decorated by the President, were won as raffle prizes. Mrs. Dona Patterson and Mr. Chris Dale were the lucky winners. Ms. Riviere concocted a delicious “gingerade” that was enjoyed. Finger foods made with edible ginger and turmeric were also served.


November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 5 Installation/Service Technician Abaco Cable Bahamas Limited is seeking to employ an Installation / Service Technician, Abaco, Bahamas. The successful candidate must be a highly motivated person, organized and detailed oriented. JOB SUMMARY This position, situated in Abaco, is responsible for installation and troubleshooting of all Cable Bahamas services in line wit h the companyÂ’s customer service focus and company installation policies and procedures. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSDuties will include but are not limited to:Installation and activation of TV, Internet and Voice services at the customer premise in line with company guidelines, policie s and procedures. Respond to customer trouble calls resulting from equipment failures and plant outages, conduct troubleshooting to determine the source of problems, and perform necessary repairs or replace equipment to restore services to customers. This includes performing various types of installations externally or internally where required to restore services. Perform regular troubleshooting techniques on the physical plant to check and monitor audio and video levels, detect leakage, a nd to ensure signal quality is maintained within the applied engineering standards. Assess RF signal levels, noise and quality, and troubleshoots with electronic equipment related to plant and or residential equ ipment for the purpose of customer service resolution. of customer information. Participate in the On Call rotation. Perform any other technical and customer support related duties as assigned by management. SKILLS REQUIRED An Associate Degree in an Engineering/Electronics discipline. A minimum of two (2) experience in the telecommunications industry. NCTI training an asset. The entire job knowledge and skills of an Installation Technician. Must have physical dexterity for pole climbing and outdoor all weather work. Acceptable physical conditions to enable crawling, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, pulling, pushing, grasping climbing, lifting 75 pounds, working with general hand tools and a 32 foot ladder. Must be familiar with and able to correctly use a signal level meter, volt-ohm meter, a signal leakage meter. Must have a basic knowledge of electronics including understanding and working with dB and dBmV. Must be capable of recognizing cross-modulation, co-channel, adjacent channel, and impedance mismatch, direct pick up of ambien t signal, low signal to noise ratio, spurious interference, radio frequency interference, hum and second order distortion. The ability to analyze and solve problems without supervision. Must exhibit the ability to work safely, and assume increased responsibilities. A positive and professional manner and appearance is essential. A valid driverÂ’s license and acceptable driving record. The willingness to conduct job related functions in the Family Islands as necessary. Thursday, November 30, 2017, to the Director of Human Resources, PO BOX CB-13050, Nassau, Bahamas or send electronically with Ref: Installation / Service Technician, Abaco, Bahamas to


Page 6 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2017 LIFESTYLES Press Release Hope Town is proud to announce the start of ‘Hope Town Salsa Seminar’ and Party with Evelyn. Evelyn Osorio Vaccaro, actor, dancer and stunt performer is most commonly known by Abaconians for her support of our beloved Potcakes with such documentaries as ‘It’s a Potcake Life’ which helped create awareness and funds which were dedicated to North Abaco Potcake Rescue and the Abaco Shelter. Evelyn is now bringing her Latin roots to quaint Hope Town where she has already had one successful seminar and already onto the 2nd. The 4 day seminar will raise funds for the Hope Town Community Centre. November 21, 24th and 25th from 5:30-7:30 and the 22nd from 12noon-2pm, followed by a hot salsa party at the Firefly November 25th from 8-midnight. Albury’s Ferry will be available to get you to and from the events. For more information and how to purchase tickets, see the Hope Town Salsa Seminar Facebook page. Firefly is selling tickets, Salsa Seminar Comes to Hope Town call 366-0145 to purchase ahead of time. Tickets can also be purchased day of seminar. Needed: comfortable clothes and for ladies, a small comfortable heel to dance in. Partners and singles welcome! As a bonus, Evelyn will be filming a music video to the student’s favorite song where you get to be the star! Here is a look at some fun highlights from the first seminar: “Fashion Night Out” on November 22nd, 2017 will combine philanthropy & fashion into one festive evening. “Adventure in Color” themed fashion show that will center around the island lifestyle and showcase the collections that are sold in the boutique. The location of the show at the Firefly will be the perfect backdrop to make the clothes and accessories come alive in a magical island setting. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Hope Town Primary School. Founded in 1893, the Hope Town School provides education for children ages 5-12. The mission of the Hope Town School is to produce a well-rounded individual who has developed an appreciation of learning for the sake of knowledge, possesses feelings of self worth, understands the importance of their responsibilities to their family, community and nation, thinks independently and asserts themselves while maintaining a positive, respectful attitude for authority and all forms of life. Every dollar raised for the school goes directly towards ensuring a positive and thorough education for the youth of Hope Town. Seating is Limited. Purchase your tickets at the Firefly Sunset Resort Boutique on Elbow Cay for the “Fashion Night Out” to see some great fashion and support an even greater cause.By Joanne Feinstein “Fashion Night Out” Primary School Ph: 242-367-2544 Fax: E-mail: abacoislanpharmacy@gmail.comMon-Sat: 8:30 6pm Sun: 9am-4pm Perscriptions Vitamins Supplements Glucose & Cholesterol Testing Health & Beauty Supplies Homecare & Medical Equipment Accepts all Major Insurance Plans Accepts National Prescription Drug Cards Accepts US Perscriptions Fast and reliable service!


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Page 10 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2017 SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS Angels Academy Brownies, Gov’t Day Angels Academy’s Brownies held a Wreath Laying Ceremony in observance of Remembrance Day on Nov. 8. Remembrance Day is when Bahamians memorialize our veterans who served in the British Army in World War I and II in 1914-1918 and 19391945, respectively. Attending the event was: Agatha Joyce of the Bahamas Department of Immigration; Inspector Christan Leary of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF); and Marine Mechanic Diquan Gray of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF). Elaine Martinborough and Michelle Bailey represented The Bahamas Girl Guides organization. “Da-da-da dum! Da-da-da dum!” – was the rhythm played on the drum by Joshua Albury. He was accompa-Procession of Angels Academy Brownies and Leaders, Gov’t Officials and guests at their Wreath laying Ceremony in observance of Remembrance Day on Nov. 8. The ceremony took place at the Union Jack Dock. By Canishka Alexander ANGELS PAGE 16 Jakheim Cornish, a second grade student at Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS), is no ordinary six year old. You can tell from the stories he writes – and they are exceptional stories at that. Throughout two of the stories he shared, he appropriately uses paragraphs, apostrophes and past tense for verbs. Jakheim explained that his Grade 2 Teacher Ms. Russell wrote words on the board accompanied by a picture and the students had to develop stories from the details given for their Written Composition class on the topic of Picture Writing. Rider Rat was the title of one of his stories, while the main characters of his second story – Boat Riding – were Mr. CAPS Student Develops Into an Exceptional WriterNikey and the crocodile. Rider Rat was about a hamster named Myler whose family left him behind when they left for a boat trip. Myler made a boat from an umbrella and can and sailed the seas to find his family. “Myler found his family,” Jakheim wrote. “Then they had fun, they had a celebration, they played and relaxed. It was the best day ever.” Yes, he wrote celebration in his story, and spelled it correctly. Impressive! In the second story, a crocodile tried to attack Mr. Nikey while he was out fishing. Mr. Nikey tried to defend himself with a sword, but the crocodile knocked it out of his hand. “Mr. Nikey jumped up in the sky. When Mr. Nikey fell back down, the boat flipped over then the crocodile climbed in the boat.” Unfortunately, Mr. Nikey was eaten by the crocodile bringing the story to an ill-fated end. He clarified how he is able to write so well. “I write from what’s in my mind,” he explained. According to his first grade teacher, Neulessa Major, Jakheim has excelled in writing since he was in her class. In fact, writing and reading appear to be a favourite pastime for him. “I love stories about writing,” says the young writer. “They are fun.” He also loves stories about wizards and computers. In addition to his writing aspirations, Jakheim’s future goals are to be a man of prayer and to be a hard-working man. By Canishka Alexander Jakheim Cornish shows off his writing notebook.


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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2017 By Dave Ralph For 60 years Arthur Eldon of Man-OWar has been involved with bodybuilding. He began bodybuilding at the age of 15 and began competing three years later when he was 18 years old. Since then he has entered many competitions in The Bahamas and internationally. Arthur and another Bahamian were the first Bahamians to compete in a bodybuilding competition internationally. Since then he has competed annually even through 2017. He has entered competitions in The Bahamas, the United States, Trinidad, St. Martins, Canada, Mexico, even going to Spain. He has come in first, second or third place in more than 100 competitions. His collection of trophies is impressive. He has even appeared on the covers of four international bodybuilding magazines. Congratulations to Arthur for being so dedicated to his goal. Local Man has Competed in Over 100 Bodybuilding ContestsArthur Eldon, Man-O-War local, has been competing in bodybuilding for 60 years since he was 18 years old. SPORTS 12th Grade Athlete Dominates Cross Country Event By Canishka Alexander Patrick J Bethel High Teacher Jamal McIntosh (far left) and Coach Vogel Williams (far right) pictured with athletes who competed in the first Green Arrow Track and Field Club’s Cross Country Run. Veteran Coach Vogel Williams, and founder of the Green Arrow Track and Field Club, spearheaded the club’s first Cross Country Run on Abaco on Nov. 4. Athletes covered varying distances from the entrance to Camp Abaco just off the Ernest Dean Highway to the camp grounds based on five categories. In the high school under 17 and under 20 categories, athletes were required to run a distance of 3.1 miles (5K), while under 14 athletes in the high school category covered a two-mile distance. Meanwhile, the under 14 primary school athletes ran 1.5 miles, and the under 12 primary athletes completed one mile. According to Williams, six competitors were assigned to each team, and the team with the lowest score would be declared the winner. Unfortunately, few athletes were in attendance to make up teams therefore the run was amended to an open race to award the athletes who showed up. It was 17-year-old Ivan Curry Jr. who outdistanced the other competitors to finish his run in an unofficial time of 15 minutes. Training under Williams, it was evident that Curry Jr. was a more seasoned runner than the other athletes. Curry Jr. was pleased with his performance that day, and was grateful to Williams for always pushing him to do his best. “Because of him I know I will be able to succeed in the races I compete in; I usually run the 3,000 and 5,000 meters and the 4x4 relay,” Curry explained. “Running usually takes everything off my mind As Curry’s coach, Williams recognized the potential in him early on. “There is no doubt about it that he has potential. He has to work on going to another level. By that I mean at different stages of his run he needs to speed it up, take the pace higher to put pressure on his rivals. Once he can get to that stage, then he can start moving his development to the next stage. He is potentially sound, ATHLETE PAGE 14 The first basketball event of the season was a Tip-Off Tournament that took place at Agape Christian School’s Grace Gymnasium during the weekend of October 26-28. The participation was great with teams visiting from Doris Johnson Senior High School, C.I. Gibson Senior High School, Anatol Rodgers High School and Jordan Prince William High School in Nassau. Central Eleuthera High School also entered one team in the tournament. Altogether, eight senior teams and six junior teams registered in the tournament, including local teams from S.C. Bootle High School, Patrick J. Bethel High School, Wesley College and Agape Christian School. Coach Stephan Johnson who organized the Tip-off said it was a very good tournament. The teams were divided into pools. The top two senior teams in each pool made it to the final. The top four junior teams made it to the championship. The senior victory went to the Anatol Rodgers’ Timber Wolves who beat the Doris Johnson’s Mystic Marlins: 49-42. The MVP for Anatol Rodgers was Devon Bonaby. The Doris Johnson team defeated C.I. Gibson in the junior category – 60-55 – in a tight game that went into overtime. Joshua Burrows earned the MVP title. The Agape Christian School’s Eagles lost by two points in the play-offs to Doris Johnson in a game that went into overtime. Agape’s seniors also lost to the Mystic Marlins. Both seniors and juniors took third place in the tournament. “Everybody enjoyed it; they are coming back next year,” commented Coach Johnson who sent his thanks to all the volunteers and fans. Referees were hired from Nassau, Freeport and Cooper’s Town, and Timothy Bullard helped with keeping score. Mr. Bullard himself is in the process of organizing a tournament for the middle of December; should it happen, it will take place at Agape Christian School’s Gymnasium.Visiting Team Takes Trophies at Basketball Tip-Off Tournament By Mirella Santillo


November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 By Recently the Bahamas Darts Federation travelled to Kobe, Japan to represent the Bahamas in the 2017 World Darts Federation World Cup. The team consisted of four men and four women, a team manager, a captain and a coach who were from Abaco, Nassau and Grand Bahama. In Men's Team play, the Bahamas lost to the Republic of Ireland with a score of 9-2 and Belgium with a score of 9-1. In the Men's Doubles tournament, both teams were knocked out in the early rounds by teams from Russia and the United States. The Men's Team placed 24th in the tournament, beating out Turkey, lceland and Luxembourg. The Women's Team was victorious against Italy 9-4 and lost to Northern Ireland 8-9, finishing second in their pool. They advanced to the top sixteen teams, but lost to Australia 9-2 in the first round of single elimination. In Doubles both teams lost in the first round to teams from Japan and Australia. The Women's Team finished tied with Hong Kong in 18th place ahead of France, India, SPORTS Bahamas Darts Federation Represents the Nation at the 2017 World Darts Federation World Cup in Japan Italy, and South Korea to name a few. It was a great tournament and a great experience for the players to represent the Bahamas and Abaco. The team is very grateful to their sponsors L C HULL and BTC for sponsoring their uniforms. It would be very difficult to carry a national team without the help of local sponsors. The team is primed and ready to represent the Bahamas next July in the 2018 America Cup and Caribbean Cup, both being contested in Trinidad and Tobago. Sir Eden


Page 14 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2017 SPORTS The Abaco Youth Football Association (AYFA), with just a few weeks left for the regular season games, is beginning to see a clearer view of the playoff picture after the games held at Murphy Town Park on November 11. In the first game of the day the Hope Town Bull Sharks took on the Marsh Harbour WildHawgs in the Junior Division in a competitive game. While the Bull Sharks took the early lead the WildHawgs showed life despite several stalled drives. However, by the second-half the Bull Sharks gained a comfortable lead and held on to defeat the WildHawgs 33 to 14. In the second game the Man-O-War Makos took on the Murphy Town Tigers in more Junior Division competition. While the Tigers took the lead the resilient Makos fought hard and tied the game late forcing overtime. The Makos then held defensively and then scored the go ahead touchdown on their possession winning 20 to 14. In the final Junior Division game of the day the Bull Sharks took on the Green Turtle Cay Falcons. The undefeated Falcons put on a good show lighting up the scoreboard with 34 points and shutdown the talented Bull Sharks only allowing 6 points. In Peewee Division action the Undefeated WildHawgs took on the Makos. The WildHawgs played good offense and defense overcoming the Makos handily 40 to 20. In the final game of the day the Hope Town/Man-O-War Sharks took on the WildHawgs in an extremely competitive game. The Sharks took an early two touchdown lead; but the WildHawgs pushed back scoring four touchdowns to take the lead back. However, the Sharks weren’t done and scored two touchdowns to tie the game and force overtime. The WildHawgs scored on their possession and the defense held on to win the game 32 to 25. With the sixth week of games completed (and two weeks remaining) the standings are:Youth Flag Football Nears End of Season By Timothy Roberts Peewee Division: Wildhawgs 4-0 Makos 2-3 Falcons 1-4 Junior Division: Falcons 6-0 Wildhawgs 3-3 Bullsharks 2-4 Makos 2-4 Tigers 2-4 Senior Division: Wildhawgs 3-2 Sharks 3-3 Falcons 2-3The Abaco School Sports Association Volleyball Season came to a close with two days of Championship games held after school on November 3 and 6 at Agape Christian School’s Gymnasium. In the finals were the Eagles, the Marlins, and the Dynamic Dolphins. On Friday afternoon, the juniors boys started the competition with the Eagles playing the Marlins. The players had to win three out of five games for the victory. The first game was an easy deed for the Eagles who won by a large margin. However, not so much with the two following games as the Marlins regained their fighting spirit, yet not quite enough to overtake the Eagles. The same scenario was repeated on Monday, with the junior Eagles Volleyball Season Comes to Close with Championship Games PJBHS’s senior boy volleyball team with their coach, Ms. Jenoure, and their championship trophy.winning three games. Reagan Roberts, an all around athlete who also plays basketball and tag football, was the MVP for the Eagles. The Girl Eagles also defended their school colors throughout the championship, winning three games to one against the Patrick J Bethel Marlins, in spite of a tough opposition. Clanae Davis was the Girls team MVP. The seniors played last, with the SC Bootle High School’s Dynamic Dolphins facing the Marlins. The Marlins took the victory. The Captain for Patrick J Bethel High School was Dremiko McIntosh. The MVP title went to Bearryl Russell. By Mirella Santillo though. There is a lot of promise there.” Nevertheless, Williams would like to see more promise from the country as a whole as he expressed concerned about the lack of representation from Abaco athletes in light of the 2018 CARIFTA Games being held in The Bahamas this year. He said it was through athletics – track and field being among them – that The Bahamas became famous with names like Thomas Robinson, the Golden Girls (Pauline Davis-Thompson, Debbie Ferguson, Chandra Sturrup and Eldece ClarkLewis), Savatheda Fynes, Chris Brown, Steven Gardiner and so on. Despite its reputation on the athletic stage, though, The Bahamas still has room for improvement to develop more athletes who can compete regionally and internationally in distance running. Williams plans to host the Green Arrow Track and Field Club Cross Country Run annually, with additional races open to young athletes throughout the year. Additionally, Williams received the support of award-winning Bahamian media personality Fred Sturrup, who is the general manager/managing editor at The Freeport News. Sturrup travelled to Abaco to cover the cross country event, and was accompanied by Sports Writer Shane Sturrup. He said they are looking to expand sports in the northern region of The Bahamas. In the senior boys category, the overall placement resulted in Ivan Curry Jr. in first place; Connon Curry, second; Christonn Swain, third; and Jamari Rolle in fourth place. In the primary school category, Anthony Mertil secured the win followed by Deandre Francois in second; Jameha Johnson, third, Drew Pollard, fourth; Daniel Ambrister, fifth; and Devon Daxon in sixth place. ATHLETE


November 15, 2017 The Abaconian Section B Page 15 as are all Bahamian harbours by order of the Port AuthorityNotice to MarinersThe harbour of Marsh Harbour is a NO WAKE ZONE SUDOKU e rules to play Sudoku are quite simple. Fill in the blanks so that each row, each column, and each of the nine 3x3 grids contain one instance of each of the numbers 1 through 9. EASY # 268 MEDIUM # 268HARD # 268 Solutions to the Sudoku puzzles (October 15 issue) # 267 Easy # 267 Medium # 267 Hard Call 367-3200 to Sponsor a Puzzle of Your Own.Your Ad Here: 367-3200Your Ad Here: 367-3200 FUN & GAMES Previous Answers Ad363200 Across 1. ISLAND 5. BUBBLE 6. ABNORMAL 10.STERN 12.FORWARD 14.DEANS 15.TRAFFIC 16.IMPOSTER 17.LIMESTONE Down 2. SCUBA 3. FLAMINGO 4. PUNCH 7. LITERATE 8. PINK 9. DUPLICATION 11. HONEY 13.KNIFE 15.TRIUMPH Across3. Bouncing Marsupial. 6. Congests Roads 8. A form of electronic communication 10. Sweet tropical delicacy, often shredded in pies or crusted on sh. 12. A type of precipitation as well as a type of crab. 14. ROYGBV 15. Energy drink derived from beansDown1. Twirling dance. 2. Focused light. 4. Common sedimentary stone. 5. Planet 7. In need of repair. 9. Brushing against this indigenous tree will leave you itching. 11. Acidic and Sour. 13. National Sport.


Page 16 Section B The Abaconian November 15, 2017 WELL DONEDRILLING SERVICES &CARIBBEAN MARINE CONSTRUCTION Equipment Rental:CAT 330DL excavator (98,000# class)CAT 420F backhoeCAT 277B skid steer (rubber track)Komatsu mini-excavatorSterling Terex 23.5 Ton boom truckGrove 18 Ton boom truckP&H 22 Ton all terrain craneCAT 953TL Telehandler Services:Crane services Transport services Excavation services Land clearing and earth moving Auger cast piles for foundations Vibro sheet pile installation services Wooden and concrete pilling sales & installation Supply wells & Injection wells Sales, delivery, excavation and installation SEPTIC TANKS Marsh Harbour, Abaco 242-367-4842 SEPTIC TANKS SCHOOL & YOUTH NEWS During a special assembly held on the morning of November 7, seventh through eleventh graders of the 20162017 school year were awarded certificates, medals, and trophies for their academic and athletic achievements. The trophies were displayed on several tables set behind the stage. Moderated by the newly elected Head Boy and Head Girl, Ivan Curry and Jakline Jean-Jacques, the ceremony unfolded with the National Anthem, a prayer, scripture reading, musical pieces, skits, and an encouraging speech by PTA President Pastor Jason Quashie. Elaborating on the theme of the event, which was “Producing a mosaic of multi-talents, one image at the time”, Pastor Quashie delivered the message that creativity, endurance, and patience led to the success of the finished result. He used the known fable of “the crow and the pitcher” to illustrate his advice. The School Board’s President, Mr. Soluke Innocent, handed out grade seven’s awards. Student Khadaija Thompson was the first called to the stage. Grade eight’s awards were presented by Pastor Quashie who gave out trophies and certificates to Honor Roll students Rolner Paul and Denicha Petit-Homme. Others received recognition for different achievements. The Honor Roll students of grade nine received their awards from PTA member Karen Rolle. She congratulated Brendon Alexis, Darry Beaubrun, Deja Mincey, Antonique Palmer, Tamia King, and Denise Decius who were among those who received awards. Vice-Principal Shirley Krezel distributed grade ten and eleven awards. The Honor Roll students in grade ten were Dikemba Wilkinson, Quannasha Swain, Kerlande Michel, and Maliyah Forbes. Stephanie Cartwright, Amelia Gomez, Twanesha Lightbourne, Hanisha Russell, Jakline Jean-Jacques, Student Achievements Recognized at PJBHS Award Distribution Ceremony nied by the procession of Brownies and government officials from Angels Academy to the Union Jack Dock. Taking their place on the floating dock at Union Jack Dock, Donnika Johnson gave the welcome while Jacqueline Estevez led in the opening prayer. A poem called Flanders Field was read by the Brownies, and those in attendance joined in with reading the words of the hymn “God of Our Fathers.” The presentation of wreaths was made to the government representatives followed by a moment of silence. A selection of Taps was sung leading up to the laying of the wreaths in the water. The National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance led up to the vote of thanks by D’Sya Scott. The procession made its way back to the school grounds where several parents waited. “Procession halt,” Brownie Leader Barbara Johnson ordered. “Dismissed!” Angels Academy Brownies who participated in the parade were: Traniya Jounasse, Donnika Johnson, Sterling Mazzarella, Jenna Sands, Ahlysiah Desir, D’Sya Scott, Ta’Kell Miller and Donnika Seymour. They were joined by Brownies Deputy Leader Reesie Johnson. ANGELS By Mirella Santilloand Alexis William were grade eleven Honor Roll students. Tenth grader Maliyah Forbes made the Principal’s Award with a 3.70 GPA, along with ninth grader Tamia Forbes with a 3.53 GPA. Recognized for their most outstanding BJC results were Deja Mincey, Brendon Alexis, Barry Beaubrun, Denise Decius, Lee-Vantae Ferguson, and Tamia King. Before the vote of thanks by Dremiko McIntosh,Christine Jenoure, President of the School Sports Association and coach for the senior Marlins volleyball team, announced the results of the volleyball championship held on November 3. The Marlins placed second in the girls and junior boys category. They won the senior championship title. The ceremony ended with a performance of the school song by the whole of the Assembly since the independence of The Bahamas. Mr. Moss then explained that the team of SC Bootle High School would be proposing and the Patrick J Bethel representatives would be opposing. Explaining the rules of the debate, he said that the first speaker will have ten minutes to expose his/hers argument. The second speaker will have five minutes to re-enforce the presentation, and the last presenter will conclude in three minutes or less. Each part of the presentation was timed with an orange warning light that came on one minute before the time limit was complete. If the red light came on, penalty points would be taken out, up to ten points for an overtime of one minute. Charmiqua Cornish was the first speaker for SC Bootle High School, putting forward her arguments in favor of drug testing. Cornish listed the safety of the employees, diminished productivity, and the liability of the employer if an accident occurred, as the reasons why employers should have the right to drug test. Dikembe Wilkinson was the opposition’s first speaker. He first spoke of one’s right to be able to do what is morally good and generally acceptable. “Who is to say that the employer does not use drugs?” Wilkinson argued. He paralleled the use of drugs with the use of coffee, energy drinks, or an alcoholic beverage during Happy Hour and mentioned several countries where drug testing was considered an infringement of liberty. “Employers employ your loyalty;If trusted, employees will do a better job,” he stated. An additional point was that any addiction is considered a disease and finding out about someone’s drug use would be a breach of medical confidentiality. In support of drug testing, Vessi Ernes of SC Bootle High School, listed examples of situations in which people had been in an accident due to carelessness while under the influence. She added that drug testing would ensure a safer and more productive environment. The second speaker for Patrick J Bethel High School, Ashanti Hardy, exposed the humiliating and degrading process of being tested. Testing for a job does not take into consideration recreational use or abuse. She also brought forward the possibility of false positive and deplored the amount of money spent on drug testing. Cadidra Thomas concluded by DEBATE asking the audience to imagine extreme cases such as a pilot flying under the influence of alcohol, or a doctor performing surgery while drunk, or a teacher drinking in the staff room while students are running loose. She again mentioned liability and the fact that testing would boost employees confidence while protecting the health of others. Quannash Swain concluded the debate with the argument that a perfect employee in every aspect should not be fired because he tested positive. She also mentioned the case of a person with seizures using medical marijuana. She equated drug testing to a punishment, affirming that employees were people with rights. The teams had an additional five minutes for a rebuttal; then it was up to the judges to decide who would go to Nassau in January. It had to be a difficult decision, as Ms. Jones with Social Services, Mrs. Pratt with Central Abaco Primary School, Mrs. Edwards and Ms. Bain, both District of Education Officers, took over a half hour to decide on the results. While they were gone, parents and other attendees were asked what was their opinion of the debate. All agreed that both teams did a great job and that whoever the winners were, they would give Nassau a tough competition. Finally, Mrs. Edwards came out of the deliberation room and addressed the competitors with some advice to practice before their trip to Nassau. Mrs. Edwards then called the runner-up SC Bootle’s team to the stage to receive their certificates and Patrick J Bethel’s team to be handed their trophies. Ms. Alice Rahming coached the SC Bootle High School students, while Ms. Nadira Cartwright was the coach for Patrick J Bethel High School’s team. SCBHS student, Cadidra Thomas, addresses the audience.


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The traditional poinsettia colour is red but yellow, white and pink are available as well as mixed colours. The actual flowers of the poinsettia are yellow but the colour we adore lies in bracts – modified leaves that are large and showy. Some words of advice on buying Christmas poinsettias: First of all, buy early. The sooner you have your plants the better it is for them. Poinsettias like a temperature between 70 and 80 degrees and hate wind, draughts, and sudden changes in temperature. At the nursery, examine your prospects closely. Make sure what you buy is a single plant and not two or three planted in one pot for bushiness. A potted poinsettia should be wider than it is tall and the lower leaves – the older ones should be unblemished. Pollen on the yellow flowers indicates the plant may be rather old and may show its age before the festive season is over. More poinsettias are killed by overwatering than anything else. We often buy decorative sleeving (called a hat in the trade) that makes the pot look festive but retains water. If you buy a hat, make sure you water your Gardening With Jack Christmas Plants Jack Hardy Abaco’s resident gardening expert.poinsettia while it is not in the hat and has completely drained before returning it to the hat. Just two days of waterlogged conditions will kill the average poinsettia. Once the Christmas season is over you can move your poinsettia to a larger pot and prune away any distressed foliage. Move the poinsettia to a sunny location that is sheltered from north winds and is well away from light sources like porch or street lamps. Your poinsettia should ‘flower’ until Easter. Once the bracts have lost their colour you will find the plant dominated by true leaves. Give the whole plant a radical pruning and thereafter treat it the same as other potted plants, or you can transplant to a suitable location in your garden. Do not prune after August and you will have a much larger and multi-headed poinsettia to show off next Christmas. Christmas cactus is a wonderful candidate for hanging baskets because of its charming drooping habit. You may want it indoors for the season and I suggest a ceramic pot (with saucer) about 8 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter. This will show off the tumbling flowers nicely and when January comes you can transfer the plant to a hanging basket. Like the poinsettia, Christmas cactus should bloom through to Easter. Christmas cactuses come in many flower colours besides red and my favourite is ivory that reminds me so much of tuberose, without the scent. Around about Easter is a good time to propagate new Christmas cactuses by nipping off a three-leaf section and burying the lowest leaf in a mixture of sand, perlite and fine potting mix. The lowest leaf will produce roots and by next Christmas you will have lots of plants of the same colour. These make lovely Christmas gifts so you may decide to buy several plants of different colours. Pinewoods Nursery always has a good selection of poinsettias, Christmas cactuses, and other seasonal plants.


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