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August 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 5 Central Abaco 15th CACIQUE Awards Ceremony to be heldPress Release The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is now receiving nominations for their 15th Cacique Awards Ceremony which will be held on January 27, 2013. Any member of the public may cast a nomination for the general awards, the Minster of Tourism’s Hospitality Award or the Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achieve ment Award. They may nominate as many persons as they wish. The same person may also be nominated for more than one award if he/she is making a contribution in more than one area. To be eligible for the awards, the nominees must be permanent residents of The Bahamas, whose product or performance has a positive impact on the quality development of Bahamian tourism. Nomi nees must be consistent high performers. Nominations for awards in the Hotel Sector must come from members of the Bahamas Hotel Association and meet BHA criteria. Employees of the Ministry of Tourism and their agencies are not eligible for nomina tion. Nominations are invited for the gen eral awards, which include the Minister of Tourism's Hospitality Award and the Clement T. Maynard Lifetime Achieve ment Award. The nomination period will open on June 4, 2012 and close on August 31, 2012. Nominees must be Bahamians or residents of the Bahamas who have made UKIPKECPVEQPVTKDWVKQPUVQVJGSWCNKV[FGvelopment of Bahamian tourism. A single nominee can be nominated for more than one award if applicable. Nomination forms may be obtained at VJG/KPKUVT[QH6QWTKUOQHEGQTQPNKPG at Additional information is also available atwww.tour We look forward to your support, and should you require any additional in formation and/or instruction, please refer to the website, send us an email atcaci or call the of EGCVBNT holds public meeting on the use of lobster condos By Canishka Alexander The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) held a public meeting on July 18 at the Anglican Parish Hall, and Angee Doerr, a PhD candidate from the University of California-Davis, delivered a presentation on the “Socioeconomic and Ecological Impacts of Condos on the Bahamian Spiny Lobster Fishery.” %WTTGPVN[VJGNQDUVGTUJGT[KUC part of the Fishery Improvement Program (FIP), which is part of long-term goal to gain Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) EGTVKECVKQP&QGTTOURTGUGPVCVKQPVQQMQP a two-part structure based on what she has already accomplished with her research, and on what she will be doing in the com ing months. She began her presentation by provid ing background details on the spiny lob UVGTCPFVJGV[RGUQHUJKPIOGVJQFUWUGF VQECRVWTGKV1HCNNVJGUJKPIOGVJQFU used, condos were believed to be the most RQRWNCTOGVJQFWUGFD[EQOOGTEKCNUJ ermen in The Bahamas. While the impacts of lobster condos on the marine environment have not been [GVDGGPUEKGPVKECNN[UVWFKGFYKVJKP6JG Bahamas, Doerr said she plans to focus her research on the socioeconomic impacts of EQPFQWUGYKVJTGICTFVQYJ[UJGTOGP use condos, how many they use and where they place them. So far, Doerr said that there are also some concerns regarding the ownership of lobster condos and the lobsters found in them. The threat that poachers pose comes up in every interview. Overall, she has received overwhelming feedback that indiECVGUJQYRQUKVKXGN[UJGTOGPHGGNCDQWV the use of condos, and in preserving the HWVWTGQHVJGNQDUVGTUJGT[ Grand Bahama, Abaco, New Provi dence, Spanish Wells, Andros and Long Island are the islands targeted for her surveys, which focus on collecting informa VKQPQPFGOQITCRJKEUHCEVQTUKP€WGPEKPI condo deployment, and environmental im pacts to name a few. Doerr explained that in Phase One QHJGTTGUGCTEJUJGTOGPYGTGKPterviewed and represented the aforemen Please see BNT Page 6 #DQXG#PIGG&QGTTGZRNCKPUVJGDGPGVUCPFKORCEVUQHQ.QDUVGT%QPFQURCVCTGEGPV Bahamas National Trust public meeting held in Marsh Harbour.


Page 6 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2012 Enjoy great dining at Angler’s Restaurantor casual fare at our famous pool bar both at the water’s edge in Marsh Harbour Karaoke Tuesday night by the Pool Bar starting at 8 pm. Rake n’ Scrape Dance with “Brown Tip” every Friday night starting at 8:30 pm. Calypso Night “Clint Sawyer” LIVE every Saturday night at 8:30 pm. Stephen Colebrook Enjoy Stephen’s versatile piano music and vocals Wednesday through Sunday.Contact us at tioned islands, and she also met with repre sentatives from the Department of Marine Resources, BNT, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Bahamas Marine Exporters Association (BMEA). The remainder of her research will be dedicated to ecological and environmental surveys. Doerr was hopeful that the potential outcomes of her research this summer will provide stakeholders with information to better manage condos in The Bahamas. In attendance at the meeting were BNT staff members namely David Knowles, director of parks for the BahaOCU0CVKQPCN6TWUVCPF(KUJGTKGU1HEGTU Jeremie Saunders and Leon Pinder from the Department of Marine Resources. Central Abaco BNT From Page 5 Red Cross members plan for future initiatives By Canishka Alexander 1P,WN[CFGDTKGPIQHVJG%GP tral Abaco Red Cross Group’s Community Emergency Preparedness Day was held at the Dundas Town Church of God. Sarone Kennedy, group leader, noted the mem bers’ suggestions of offering the event ear lier in the year, allowing more schools to be involved, promoting the event to include people outside of Abaco, and a change of venue so that there is more visibility of the event. Mr. Kennedy said that eleven active members participated that day, and that they received donations from several persons in the community in support of the day. He commended those who used their own initiative to get things done and for FQKPIKVYKVJGPVJWUKCUO%GTVKECVGUYGTG received by: Joan Baillou, Viline Baptiste, Claudine Burrows, Jerry Cornish, Can ishka Alexander, Crystal Linden, Sharon Rahming and Kenisha Watkins. Additionally, he thanked the mem bers for what has been done so far as he looked forward to where they are going next year. His vision for the Central Abaco Group targeted two of the Red Cross’ fundamental tools – service delivery and advocacy. In order to accomplish that vision, he told members that orientations must be completed, and that members must be will ing to go out and talk about what the Red Cross represents. He reminded them that VJG[JCXGKFGPVKGFUGXGTCNITQWRUKPVJG community that the group can assist like those of Haitian parentage, single family homes, senior citizens and those sick and EQPPGFVQVJGKTJQOGU To increase membership, Regina Kennedy said she would like to see a mem DGTUJKRFTKXGVCMGRNCEGVJCVURGEKECNN[ targets the Spring City community as well as a shelter management course extended to interested persons living on the cays. “It can’t just be me – it’s got to be we,” Mr. Kennedy emphasized. “We have to extend our reach in terms of helping the community, and we have to be a leader in strengthening other groups. “I am sold on the idea that the Red Cross is the way to go to help our com munities. Sometimes we have to empower people to help themselves.” Viline Baptiste also suggested arrang ing a calendar for the year and sticking to what is planned. Mention of reestablishing the Red Cross’ Youth Arm called Junior Link was made by Mr. Kennedy. The Central Abaco Red Cross Group will meet again at the Dundas Town %JWTEJQH)QFQP#WICVROHQT their next meeting and to hold elections for their members. All members must be upVQFCVGKPVJGKTPCPEGUVQRCTVKEKRCVGKPVJG elections. $GNQYRTGUGPVCVKQPQHEGTVKECVGUVQ4GF Cross members. From left to right: Can ishka Alexander; Viline Baptiste; Sarone Kennedy; Barbara Johnson; Regina Ken nedy; and Jerry Cornish.


Page 8 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2012 From the Editor's Desk // Traps Order The Abaconian TodayJUNE 2012Name Address Address City tttttt St. Postal code tt + tt Country E-mail or Tel # ttttt 24 issues US$ or B$ t Above subscription is a gift from: $45 USA via 3 rd Class t $25 Bahamas via surface t $20 to Abaco t US$65 Canada via Airmail t US$95 UK, Europe Surface t Mail to: 2022 Aero Circle, New Smyrna Beach, FL, 32168 t or: P.O. Box AB 20213, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas If you want to renew this gift next year, please give us your address below Why subscribe?The Abaconian will keep you informed on issues such as: V4GUQTVbJQVGNFGXGNQROGPV V+ORTQXGOGPVUVQnCPFFKUTGRCKTQHKPHTCUVTWEVWTG V+ORQTVCPV7VKNKV[7RFCVGU V(KUJKPIDQCVKPIbURQTVKPICEVKXKVKGU V+OOKITCVKQPVCZGUQTFWV[EJCPIGU V%JCPIGUVQNCYUCPFTGIWNCVKQPU V%QOOWPKV[GXGPVU V0GYDWUKPGUUXGPVWTGU V%JCPIGUKPCKTNKPGUGTXKEG V#EVKQPUD[NQECNIQXGTPOGPV 0#/'10%#4& %#4&07/$'4 ttttt ':2' 5+)0#674' tttttt #/17062#+& Master Card VisaWE NOW EXCEPT MASTER CARD/VISA The Abaconian t Bradley M. Albury Editor-in-Chief AB 20213 Marsh Harbour Abaco, The BahamasLogo Photo Credit: Tuppy Weatherford Reporters/Freelance Contributors: Canishka Alexander, Samantha Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Timothy Roberts, Mirella Santillo, Rashida Murray, Lee Pinderen Phone 242-367-3200 FAX 242-367-3677 Subscribe NOW Order form on Page 9 Abaco’s most complete newspaper.2022 Aero Circle New Smyrna Beach FL. 321687,500 copies Published twice monthlyFree at over 100 Abaco locations from Grand Cay to Moore’s Is. Subscription rates: $20.00 Abaco t $25 other Bahamas (One Year) $45.00 USA $65 Canada airmail $95.00 UK, Europe & Caribbean surface %TCYUJUGCUQPKUJGTG+ECPCN ready hear the sound of boat engines roaring to life as everyone stretches out their slings to test their elastic, look for holes in their mesh bags and retrace the steps they took when they laid their last VTCR%TCYUJUGCUQPKUHQTOCP[$C hamians and Abaconians a more excit ing holiday than any other. It’s Christmas in July, except that it’s in August. With August’s arrival we are in the fever pitch of summer. Many Ba JCOKCPUJCXGJCFVJGKTNNQHEQPEJ salad, the yards are overgrown thanks to the rolling showers and white boys like me have developed a decent tan thanks to the overbearing sun. But the summer has yet to reveal its last, de licious prize: the sweet spiny lobster. %TCYUJ Most of us who grew up here JCXGHQPFOGOQTKGUQHQWTTUVVKOG ETCYUJKPI1WTTUVVKOGYCUNKMGN[ with our close family and friends while we were still learning how to keep our goggles from fogging up. I remember O[TUVVTKRYKVJO[HCVJGT.QQMKPI back we didn’t go very far, but to a young boy we were Captain Ahab and Queequeg in the middle of the ocean pursuing our great white whale. The boat slowed eventually and I was encouraged overboard. I had my sling and spear in a tight grip and my OCUMQPVKIJV/[€KRRGTUYGTGCN ready starting to give me a rash on my ankles since they were a wrong size, but I didn’t care about that. Holding my breath I dove under. It was no more than eight or nine feet but it still felt like 20,000 leagues. Surveying the trap I say the spindly whips jerking up and down and side to side. A smile hurts when you’re wearing a tight pair of goggles. I learned that lesson that day after see ing our prize. I made my way back to the surface with the spear pointing downwards like I had been taught. At the surface again I saw my father had slipped overboard to join me. I couldn’t €KRVJGVTCRD[O[UGNH At the surface, my grinning mouth cemented around my poor snorkel, I watched my father drift down, dig his ankles into the ground and overturn the crafted plywood at least a dozen or so ETCYUJJCFWPVKNVJCVOQOGPVECNNGF home. +VYCUNKMGYCVEJKPIC€QYGT bloom. Its orange, spiny seeds drifting away in a thousand directions with the tide. 6JGFQ\GPETCYUJUEWTTKGF across the sandy bottom. Panic and in stinct guided their skinny legs and con tracted their meaty tails. Surprisingly graceful for such an ugly creature. They were getting away and unless I acted fast I would let my family down. I couldn’t let them all get away: I had to get one. I dove down. The 20,000 leagues had suddenly become 40,000. In my surprise at their escape I had forgotten to take that extra breath necessary. It was now a battle to the death between myself –lungs empty and refusing to return to the surface empty handedCPFVJGETCYUJ+JCF\GTQGFKPQPL beady eyed, alien and destined for the cooking pot. I pursued my prey across the bot tom. I watched him settle into a patch of sea grass then, when he saw his pur UWGTENQUGKPMKEMQHHCICKPYKVJC€KR of its tail. My vision narrowed. Partly from focus and partly from the lack of oxygen. Then I saw my chance. My prey was confused about its surround ings and the situation it had suddenly found itself in. One shouldn’t feel as excited as I did for outsmarting an ani mal with a brain smaller than a pea, but I could feel victory was close at hand and the time was now. I extended the glistening spear in front of me. I pulled back on the sling just like I had been practicing all summer. I made a last second adjustment in my aim even as every oxygen-starved DGTKPO[DQF[YCUYTGPEJKPIKP agony. And I let go. 6JGURGCT€GYGKVJGTCVJQWUCPF yards or two feet. I don’t know be cause at that point it did not matter. What mattered was that it had found its mark. The stainless steel had buried itself right between the protruding eyes of my unlucky quarry. I do not profess this was skill since I have never replicated such a shot. But what I do say it was one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. My young mind had no other experience to compare this joy with, the exception perhaps being Christmas Morning. But this was Christmas in July. Except it was in August. Returning to the surface I ripped off my mask. My eyes adjusted to the now strange, long-forgotten surface YQTNF'NGXGPQTUQQVJGTETCYUJ found mercy that day. I did not care. I had speared my great white whale and there would be no more joy in hunt ing another. I saw my dad smiling and quietly laughing. I did not understand until later. But that great beast I had so epically pursued was, in fact, much smaller than what is considered “legal size.” To this day I argue that its small stature made my shot all the more im pressive. I tell this story to remind everyone going into this season to appreciate it for what it is. Enjoy your family. Enjoy your friends. Make memories and cherish this living, Bahamian tradition QHETCYUJKPI(QTIKXGOGHQT+MPGY not what I did, but stay your hand from the little ones so your grandchildren can make memories for themselves. And take time to appreciate what you have. Appreciate what we have and what we as a people share in Abaco: YJGVJGTKVUETCYUJEQPEJQTRTKUVKPG beaches. And be sure to share it with your family and those you care about. Mer ry Christmas in August.Have something to say? News to break? Complaints to OH" Contact The Editor:BradleyAlbury@


August 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 9 Letters to the Editor Dangerous DrivingDear Editor; Thank you for the opportunity to share my concerns in your newspaper. I am disturbed at the lackluster re URQPUGQHVJGRQNKEGVQVJG€CITCPVFKUTGgard of laws and the lack of concern for the peace of the community. I constantly see several motorcycles and four wheelers blasting their way up and down the roads of Marsh Harbour YGCXKPIKPCPFQWVQHVTCHECVURGGFUVJCV are well over the 25MPH allowed within town. They can also often be seen wheel ieing up and down the streets at all hours with no helmets on. I have even seen them overtake police XGJKENGYKVJPQTGURQPUGHTQOVJGQHEGTU These motorcyclists are a nuisance and a danger to others and themselves and I would like to see the police address this situation. I am not against these young men enjoying themselves on their motorcycles; however, I would like to see the law fol lowed with speed limits, wheelieing and helmets in town and residential neighbor hoods particularly. Also I would hate to hear about an other death of a young person on a mo torcycle. There are many off road areas where they can enjoy their motorbikes to the full est without disturbing or endangering any one else. A Concerned ResidentHave Some PrideSubmitted By Timothy Roberts It is indeed a rare thing in The BahaOCUVQPFRGQRNGVJCVECTGL+OGCPTGCNN[ and truly care – about our history. +UC[VJKUDGECWUGTUVQHCNNKVKUC rare occurrence that relevant government agencies take the time and invest the money in order to maintain and preserve, much less restore important historical buildings. So much of our history is rotting, decaying and falling into ruin and in time someone will come along and tear it down and clear it away, removing the last vestig es of our physical history relegating their memory to the pages of a book or perhaps a photograph. It would be wrong to say that there is no one within the government interested in the preservation of our history; however, they are typically limited by budget and restricted by government mandates and can only do so much – their efforts within VJGEQPPGUQHVJGKTTGURGEVKXGCIGPEKGU should be applauded. While I may criticize the government for their lackluster efforts in the preserva tion of our historical sites I must now fo cus on the worst culprit – the Bahamian people. We have lost our pride. Our sincere regard for our history, heritage and culture is all but gone. We are for the most part ready and willing to sell it all to the high est bidder. I look at the icons of our past on Ab aco’s landscape and the history – the foundation of who we are as a people – and I see too many buildings and structures rotting and crumbling away soon to be noth ing more than mere memories. It saddens and shames me that foreigners (second home owners and frequent visitors) seem to be the primary ones leading the charge in actively raising money and investing time and energy in restoring and preserving these national treasures. This is something we must change. The path we are on will leave us devoid of our past and heritage. We can consider the economic value that it can provide us; however, the value of knowing our past and who we are as a people is something money cannot buy. I would like to see more people to see the value of these historical treasures and become involved in preserving them for future generations to see and experience. Let us have some pride in where we came from and how we have gotten to where we are as a people. Let us be the ones who take care of our past. Let us show pride and lead the charge in preserving and restoring these historical sites and buildings. It’s long overdue that we be the ones showing the care, passion and love for our national treasures as much as our esteemed guests do.Holey HighwayDear Editor; While I know there is major con struction happening there, I do really wish the government would have a little more common sense and know they can’t let the roads at the airport look that bad. It’s a disgrace and I am ashamed! 6JGTUVVJKPIQWTXKUKVQTUUGGKUC rundown little terminal (thank God the new one is almost done!) and these roads from that place we don’t want to go (where the man in red with the pitchfork lives). How hard can it be, with all the heavy equipment out there anyway, to smooth that road? I drive a small car and I am afraid to go out there because those potholes are deep! If I was at the Ministry of Tourism I’d be calling road works every day until they got sick of hearing me. It does not make sense for the roads to be that bad and I don’t want any government agent or min ister to tell me that that is okay! We wonder why we are still a third world country it’s because we can’t even deal with the simple things. Grate the road please! Minister of Works or of Transportation or whoever, please, please, please make it happen! Sincerely, Broke-Down-in-a-Pothole Opinion


August 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 11 Central Abaco Turnquest plans to ensure that ev GT[QPGKUUCVKUGFYKVJVJGUGTXKEGQHVJG Bahamas Telecommunication Corporation. Settling rapidly on the island, Turnquest is already exploring the possibility of joining a local service club to integrate himself and contribute to some of the com munity needs.BTC Page 10 St. Ambrose Band visits Abaco communities By Canishka Alexander Popular gospel music and the old, familiar notes of church hymns rang out from the instruments of St. Ambrose Community Band members during their tour of Abaco in mid-July. The members visited the island from July 13-15, and stopped in two North Aba co communities before ending their tour in Central Abaco at St. John the Baptist An glican Church. It was an ideal location for the band’s demonstration as they received full support from church members and at tracted the attention of passing motorists. Shavon Blades, band president of St. Ambrose Community Band, and Arreo Ferguson, band director and lead instruc tor, explained that the band has been doing community outreach through music for seven years. During their visit to Blackwood and Green Turtle Cay, Ferguson said that both marching displays incorporated traditional Bahamian music that featured a combina tion of songs whereas the Sunday perfor mance took on more of a religious appeal. “The routine was similar, but the songs were different,” Blades said, agree ably. She said that the band takes its minis try to various Family Islands where Angli can churches are located, and that it gives the children an opportunity to visit the is NCPFUHQTVJGTUVVKOG'CEJ[GCTVJG[ plan from at least six months in advance for their trip in July, and Abaco was the island that was chosen for this year. Next year, Blades said they have given consider ation to Exuma, Cat Island or North Eleu thera. Altogether, there are 70 members in volved with the St. Ambrose Community Band, but only 48 members travelled to Abaco. Thirty eight members marched, and the remaining 10 members represented administrative members and chaperones. Years passed as Mr. Cooper contin ued to work his way back up the archi pelago before once again returning home to Abaco to become the Senior Island Administrator. Since becoming the Adminis trator Mr. Cooper has overseen Abaco’s growth and struggles. However, those in public service often are kept on the move. So, once again, Mr. Cooper will take up administrative duties on another island. This time he and his wife will be in South Eleuthera. Mr. Cooper’s post in Abaco has been taken up by Preston Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham has over forty years of experience in public service and recently served in Eleuthera but has experience in many other constituencies throughout The Bahamas. Cooper From Page 7 1P,WN[VJGTGYCUC€CITCKUKPIEGT emony for campers at Camp Abaco. The ceremony was headed by Pastor Stafford Symonette, Pastor Eddie Bradley, Corpo ral Christopher Higgs, and Retired Chief 2GVV[1HEGTCPF/CUVGTCV#TOU2GVGTUQP D. James. 21 visitors from Mississippi joined in the EGTGOQP[YJKEJKPENWFGFVJG€CITCKUKPI the singing of the National Anthem and re citing the Pledge.Flag raising at Camp Abaco


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August 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 15 bypassing the caves would have to be cre ated. The path and the stairway to go up the hill will have to be cleared. A cast iron pipe running from the cistern to some of the buildings, blocking the way up, will have to be remove or relocated as well as the cesspit line. Moreover, the path to the shore has been completely taken over by sea grapes. Since most of the land surrounding the lighthouse is private property, Knowles decided that a survey will have to be done to determine the boundaries and make sure the work undertaken by the BNT and the Committee is within those boundaries. It was also assessed that the grounds surrounding the outer buildings will have to be cleared and some trees removed as well as around the cistern and the toilet at the bottom of the hill. The roof structures of the buildings South Abaco Hole in the Wall Lighthouse is toured and assessed By Mirella Santillo Five people Richard Cunningham with the Port Authority, David Knowles, Director of Parks for the Bahamas Na tional Trust, Marcus Bethel, National Park Warden and two Hole in the Wall Light house Restoration Committee members, Preston Roberts and Mirella Santillo took a trip to the lighthouse on July 21 to make a preliminary assessment of what had to be done to the lighthouse and to the surround ing grounds to make it more accessible. They found that the last few hundred yards of the access road was very much overgrown by trees and bushes barely wide enough for a truck to go through as well as the immediate area at the bottom of the lighthouse hill. Branches and tall grasses had to be cut to make a passage to go up. Knowles made assessment as the group looked around. He noted that a turnaround area would have to be created most likely using a D5. He also mentioned that a straight road JCXGVQDGZGFCPFVJGYKPFQYUENQUGF The lighthouse building itself has been cleaned and all the mercury removed. Cunningham went up to the lantern room to assess the strength of the stairs. He said they were OK, but there are a couple ar eas of concern where the concrete support ing the stairway has cracked. Roberts and Knowles agreed that an engineer should check these areas. Cunningham said that the wood of some of the steps has already been replaced and that an engineer with the Port Authority, Clarke, could do the struc tural check. As they left the property, they agreed that a date for a major cleanup is to be planned around September or October and should be decided at the August 9 meeting. Resorts doing business in South Abaco will have to be contacted to enroll their help. Above: Richard Cunningham, David Knowles, Marcus Bethel and Preston Roberts inspect the site of Hole in the Wall Lighthouse. Above: the other buildings that make up the Hole in the Wall site. Major restoration needs to take place to make these buildings safe and sturdy again.


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Page 18 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2012 Major plans on the horizon for the maritime industryBy Samantha Evans 6JGGNFQH/CTKVKOG5EKGPEGJCU great opportunities for employment in the Bahamas. It is important, however, that students are preparing themselves to re ceive these jobs as they become available. Dr. Cleare spoke to parents and students involved with the maritime camp about UQOGQHVJGRQUKVKQPUCXCKNCDNGKPVJGGNF and some of the lucrative salaries. She told them that captains of yachts make $1000 per foot. She told them that once they work on a ship they would work in three month intervals-three months on and three months off. She further explained that there are also opportunities for husbands and wives to work on ships too. She connected the disciplines they learned while a part of the maritime camp with those needed to work on a ship. Dr. Cleare also told them that they have to get CURGEKCNEGTVKECVKQPDGHQTGVJG[ECPYQTM on any vessel. This program was therefore started to ensure that youth have jobs in this area. She said that there are only two places in the world that people are leav ing their yachts now: The Bahamas and the Mediterranean. Hence, the thrust of this program is to educate the students about this vastly growing area. Labour Department plays major role in Bahamian economy By Canishka Alexander Ernest Rolle recently replaced Veronica Nairn as AbacoÂ’s newest Labour 1HEGTCVVJG.CDQWT&GRCTVOGPV+PJKU 14-year tenure, he has also served as an inspector. A brief history of the Labour Department revealed that its main function was to initially provide recruitment of Bahamians for employment as agricultural workers in the United States. Additionally, with the downturn in the economy and the introduction of Un employment Act, LabourÂ’s responsibilities have increased as the department works with the National Insurance Board for pay OGPVQHWPGORNQ[OGPVDGPGVUCNQPIYKVJ skills training of the unemployed at the College of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. The Department of Labour also is UWGUXCECPE[EGTVKECVGUHQTGZRCVTKCVGUHQT work permits at the Dept. of Immigration. 6JGEGTVKECVGKUKUUWGFVQVJGGORNQ[GTKP the absence of there being a suitably quali GF$CJCOKCPKPVJGFCVCDCUG+VKUKORQT tant for all unemployed persons to be registered at the Labour Department. .CDQWTCNUQNGUFKURWVGUQPDGJCNHQH an individual against a company or another individual. However, Rolle said that they prefer to resolve a dispute before it goes on to the Industrial Tribunal. Another of the departmentÂ’s functions, one of which Rolle was engaged in on July 17, was the Bahamas Communica VKQPUCPF2WDNKE1HEGTU7PKQPn$%217 elections. The Labour Department is required to conduct and supervise union elections and polls. Moving forward, Rolle expressed that there are a few changes he would like to see. One is a legislated paid lunch for Labour employees, while the other is to see employees paid for at least seven days while on leave with an immediate family member who falls ill. He was also anxious to see that the minimum wage be increased VQUQVJCVYCIGUYQWNFDGQPRCT For example, a worker would earn $4 an JQWTKHRCKFCYGGMCUUWRRQUGFVQ the $3.75 an hour that is paid at the current minimum wage of $150. As for the communityÂ’s awareness of LabourÂ’s functions, Rolle said that most people only come to see them to complain about their employers. Even employers can DGPGVD[ECNNKPIQPVJG.CDQWT&GRCTV ment when they have trouble interpreting the law. All in all, he said that Bahamian employees need to be educated with regard to the Labour Act and employers need to be reminded about their obligations. He added that the worst cases are those who come to The Bahamas to open a business, and although they are not familiar with Ba hamian law, they do not ask for advice. To meet the growth and needs of the Bahamian workforce, Rolle mentioned Business the DepartmentÂ’s one-stop service center, which is an online interactive data bank where prospective employers can list their vacancies and prospective employees can access and apply for these vacancies. The project was established with the assistance of the United States International Labour Affairs Bureau and the International La bour Organization (ILO), and has been operating successfully in New Providence and Grand Bahama for some time. Furthermore, Rolle said Labour employees have attended courses on the farming industry, industrial and labour relations, health and safety, labour market statistics, employment exchange (skills database), labour inspection, minimum wages and employment, trade disputes, maritime, relations with the ILO and rela tions with OAS through the Inter American Conference of Ministers of Labour. Nevertheless, RolleÂ’s ultimate goal is to speak at various social clubs and town meetings in the future to better educate people on the role of the Labour Depart ment in an evolving Bahamas. At the Labour Department on Abaco, Rolle is assisted by two other employees: Doris Jones and Quentin Hall. The Labour &GRCTVOGPVJCUQHEGUQP0GY2TQXKdence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera, Andros and Bimini. Please see industry Page 19


August 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 19 White Sound, Elbow CayFULL SERVICE MARINA‡'HHSZDWHU6OLSV‡)XHO2LO%DLW,FH ‡)UHVK:DWHU‡*DUERQ]R5HHI%DUWATERFRONT VILLAS‡2QHWZRtWKUHHEHGURRPXQLWV ‡2QWKHRFHDQtKDUERXU‡)XOONLWFKHQDLUFRQGVDW79For local transporation to Sea Spray call VHF 16 or 366-0065email : www.seasprayresort.comBahamian Breakfast Sat. & Sun.Enjoy a delicious dinner with usSea Spray will pick up from Hope Town Happy Hour Daily 5 pm 6 pm Open Year RoundCome lounge at The Helm, our indoor barBoat House Restaurant LIVE MUSIC by: Brown Tip Rake N Scrape Every Sunday 6:30 pm 9 pm Further Business She noted that if the students are properly skilled they will qualify them selves to work anywhere. Their goal is to be able to put one or two persons on each of these ships registered in The Bahamas. Dr. Cleare stated that they (College of The Bahamas and Campbell’s Shipping) have a great program that they are getting ready to embark upon with a university in New York. A campus will be on Freeport to work with this program which will be focused on engine and deck side. Additionally, Campbell’s Maritime Academy is coming soon and it will be located where Coral World used to be in New Providence. That cay is now called Maritime Cay. Students will live and learn on the campus. The program will be for one year after which time, the students will be placed on a ship to work. Jamal Smith, Campbell Shipping Representative, stated that the country is in a critical state with a lot of potential going to the graveyard. Potential has to be ex ecuted and this program is geared towards executing that potential. He and Dr. Cleare have worked hard to help young people bring about great results. They have trav elled the world and he personally has been to Europe, numerous Caribbean countries, Norway and many other countries to see what they are doing in the maritime industry. After his evaluation, he knows that what they are proposing can be done. He noted that Abaco is poised to do great things in the maritime industry. Dr. Black stated that the ripple effect has already started here on Abaco as many industry From Page 18 yachts are already being left at Baker’s Bay HQTFQEMKPIYJKNGVJGQYPGTU€[VQXCTKQWU parts of the world. She also spoke of vari ous other careers in the maritime industry VJCVCTGFGEKGPVUWEJCU/CTKVKOG.CY yers, Engineers, Doctors and chefs. This industry is wide open for interested persons to make a great living she explained.Meetings focus on sustainability of OREVWHUVKHU\By Canishka Alexander Although The Bahamas has a sizeable lobster industry, the country must prove that the industry can satisfy the demands for local consumption as well as for foreign or trade consumption. It was a statement that was empha sized by Edison Deleveaux, deputy direc tor of the Department of Marine ResourcGUCVVYQOGGVKPIUJGNFHQTUJGTOGPKP Fox Town and Sandy Point on July 19 and July 20, respectively. He added that we must ensure that our resources are stable, and that we must control illegal, unregu NCVGFCPFWPTGRQTVGFUJKPI+PCPWVUJGNN GXGT[VJKPIEQPEGTPKPIVJGNQDUVGTUJGT[ must be compliant with all Bahamian laws. “My feeling is this – the industry is yours,” Deleveaux reasoned. “You ought to safeguard your livelihood [because] each one of you has a stake in this. We are talking about one stock, and once that stock is gone there’s no guarantee that it is going to come back. “Follow the law and follow common sense,” Deleveaux warned. Additionally, with The Bahamas as the largest exporter of spiny lobster in the region, all eyes are on us in this multi-bil lion dollar industry. Fortunately, research has indicated that our resources are healthy and stable, but with the constant threat of RQCEJGTUCPFHQTGKIPUJGTOGPKPQWTYC ters, we cannot rest easy. Even with the assistance of the United States government with regard to the prosecution of poachers, tackling this issue is a mammoth task for all involved. “It depends on each one of us to keep the industry healthy, so you can get VJGOCZKOWODGPGVHTQO[QWTGHHQTVUR Deleveaux admonished. “Markets are becoming more rigid, and the world is saying that 70 percent of all wild caught species CTGUJGFVQECRCEKV[QTQXGTUJGF6JG[ are now taking steps to control that, so if you wish to enter certain markets to get top dollar for your product, you have to prove that you are managing and sustaining your stocks.” The second presenter was Mia Isaacs, president of the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association (BMEA). She is also af NKCVGFYKVJ,b,5GCHQQFCPF*GTKVCIG Seafood. Isaacs spoke concerning BMEA on what they have accomplished in the in dustry, and on the impact and importance of what they are doing. 6JGPCNURGCMGTYCU)NGP2TKVEJCTF of Tropic Seafood, and vice president of BMEA. He spoke in depth on the require ments for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which is globally recognized as the leader in sustainable ecolabeling. Pritchard said that only ten percent of the lobster UJGT[KUWUGFNQECNN[YJKNGPKPGV[RGTEGPV of our production is exported. This means we must meet world standards. For instance, in the European market, /5%EGTVKGFRTQFWEVUCTGRTGHGTTGFQT CPQVJGTEGTVKGFUWUVCKPCDNGUJGT[RTQF uct. He added that The Bahamas is ranked in the top four spiny-lobster producing countries in the world, and so far, only two NQDUVGTUJGTKGUKPVJGGPVKTGYQTNFJCXG CEJKGXGF/5%EGTVKECVKQPLQPGKP#WU tralia and the other in California. Q1DVCKPKPI/5%EGTVKECVKQPYKNN RTQRGNQWTUJGT[VQVJGVQRR2TKVEJCTF assured. Meanwhile, there are some Bahamian exporters who have chosen not to support /5%EGTVKECVKQP0GXGTVJGNGUUVJG$Chamian Lobster Fishery is expected to be presented for MSC assessment in Decem ber 2012. In the months leading up to the as sessment, there are a few more require OGPVUVQHWNNNDGHQTGHWNN/5%CUUGUUOGPV is achieved. First, a spiny lobster group must be formed, then management must UGVTWNGUCPFTGIWNCVKQPUCPFPCNN[YG must combat illegal, unregulated and unTGRQTVGFUJKPI6JGDGPGVUVQ$CJCOKCP UJGTOGPCTGCEEGUUVQOCTMGVUUWUVCKPGF and improved incomes, and better manage OGPVQHVJGUJGT[CPFCPGPJCPEGFOCTKPG environment.


Page 20 Section A The Abaconian August 1, 2012 Further Business Entrepreneur WatchT’s Fashion HouseBy Samantha Evans On July 20, T’s Fashion House opened one door down from Inspirations Beauty Supply Store on Forest Drive. Owner, Latoya Ferguson, loves fashion and has been in the fashion industry for many years. In fact, she managed a cloth ing store for a while. Her new store specializes in fashion able wear for women including dresses, pants, tops, shoes, costume jewelry and limited accessories. Clothing sizes range from adult small to plus sizes. She also car ries bags, clutches, swim wear, hair acces UQTKGUCPF€KR€QRU Latoya plans to add a limited amount of dresses in the coming months along with a variety of other accessories. Her motto is “Divas Sanctuary” as she believes that everyone who visits her store will feel right at home. The store is open Monday VQ6JWTUFC[COVQROCPF Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Idamae’s Fashions and Tailoring ShopBy Samantha Evans Jacques Ifreme is the tailor at Idam ae’s Fashions and Tailoring Shop located in Audrey’s Convenience Store Marsh Harbour. Before moving to this location, tailor Jacques worked from Just Ruth’s then relocated to Spring City. However, he realized that this was too far for his customers so decided to lease a small space in town. He specializes in government and private school uniforms, men’s suits and dresses. He is now taking orders for school uniforms and can provide the material as well. He will have some ready-made uni forms in stock too. Jacques will have short and long neckties for all schools in stock within the coming weeks. As a special for back-toschool, he will sew the crest on the blouses of all uniform clients free of charge. Cus tomers will also be able to purchase socks and shirts from Idamae’s Fashions and Tailoring Shop as well. According to his wife, Idamae, they will be making hats and repairing them too. She will be selling motivational tshirts soon. Many more things are to come in the near future. Jacques works Mon day to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the store but works longer hours at his Spring City location. He works on Sundays when emergencies arise or when he has an in€WZQHRKGEGUVQRTGRCTG0QLQDKUVQQDKI or too small for Mr. Jacques. He can be reached by calling 458-1253. Red’s KitchenBy Samantha Evans Red’s Kitchen opened recently a few FQQTUYGUVQHVJG0CVKQPCN+PUWTCPEG1HEG on Front Street. Red’s Kitchen specializes in Baha OKCPEWKUKPGUWEJCUHTKGFEJKEMGPUJ cracked conch, conch burger, hamburgers, chicken burgers, salads, various sides such as macaroni n’ cheese, plantain, potato salad, cole slaw and beverages. Meals range in price from $5 to $12. On Fridays and Saturdays they serve conch fritters. In the coming months, they will be UGNNKPIEJKEMGPPIGTUCPFXCTKQWUYTCRU The grill will also be open on weekends. Those who have a sweet tooth can en joy the coconut and pineapple tarts avail able. Patrons are encouraged to visit the location to try their daily specials Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The owner of this establishment is Lorraine Nesbitt. The phone contact of Red’s Kitchen KUSweets by MeeksBy Samantha Evans Tamika McIntosh is a pastry chef on the island and the owner of Sweets by Meeks. After working as a pastry chef for two years she decided to open her own business a few months ago. She has a successful career which she enjoys but her expertise was being sought outside of work hours to bake privately for functions and individuals. She special izes in theme cakes, cheese cake, birthday cakes, pies, cookies and pastries. McIntosh tells of how she grew up watching her grandmother cook and bake which she realizes fueled her passion to be come a pastry chef. She is looking forward VQQRGPKPIJGTTUVNQECVKQPKPVJG/CTUJ Harbour area very soon then opening a second store in Nassau. McIntosh works every day except Saturday and can be reached at 475-1851. Entrepreneur Watch is a feature The Abaconian publishes because we believe in supporting entrepreneurs and community business. If you know of an entrepreneur just setting out in their business please contact us at abaconiannews@gmail. EQOQT If you are an established business and would like to sponsor the Entrepreneur Watch we would love to hear from you as well.


August 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section A Page 21 /T&QTUGVVXKUKVGFVJGNCPFNNVQUGG KVUUVCVGTUVJCPFYKNNDGDCEMYKVJVJGFK rector for the DEHS to ensure that there is CRTQRGTCUUGUUOGPVVQPFQWVYJGVJGTQT PQVVJGNCPFNNJCUTGCEJGFKVUOCZKOWO capacity. He also noted that there are a large number of tires there and he will try to as certain why they are there and what we are doing with them. “We have to make sure VJCVQWTNCPFNNUCTGOCPCIGFGHHGEVKXGN[ and properly,” he said. Dorsett Page 16 By Timothy Roberts In our efforts to produce a better and more accessible source for news and information for and about Aba co, The Abaconian has embarked on an upgrade of their presence on the World Wide Web which is set to go live with the release of this issue on July 27. The Editor-in-Chief, Bradley Al bury, said that “we wanted to reach a larger audience and we wanted to engage them in a more personal and meaningful way. Using technology and innovation we can enhance the reader’s experience beyond paper and ink.” The newspaper already has a presence online through social media giant Facebook as well as with Twit ter and Google Plus (see more info at GPFQHCTVKENGQPJQYVQPFWUCPF the need was seen to take the next step in the evolution of the newspaper’s website. Previously the website was sparse on information and offered only a “pdf” version of the paper. With the implementation of the new website you will be able to see all the stories online and section by section. If you prefer the full “pdf” version of the newspaper you will still be able to access them under the “Issues” link. The stories will be searchable – a good feature for students looking for information for school projects – and will also be shareable on your favor ite social media links (located at the bottom of each article). You will also have the option to login via your Face book, Gmail, Yahoo, Twitter or Win dows Live accounts so that you can comment on stories that interest you. Over the next weeks and months The Abaconian will continue to adjust their online presence and add more features creating a more engaging and user friendly experience. Among other additions to come The Abaconian will be looking to add CENCUUKGFUUGEVKQPXKFGQEQPVGPVCPF photo galleries in the coming weeks and months. Find us on Facebook: http:// Find us on Twitter: @TheAba conian Find us on Google plus: Search for THE ABACONIAN Be sure to comment on your fa vourite stories and share the news with your friends.The Abaconian recommits to its online presenceAbove: Minister Dorsett (center) reviewing plans with Engineer John Schaeffer (center right.) “Like” The Abaconian on Facebook for breaking news alerts.


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Page 2 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2012 $[,GPPKHGT*WFUQP Lovely Rockley’s presence in the community is felt in many ways. She is a TGOCTMCDNGNCF[YJQUGKP€WGPEGCPFIGP erosity touches many lives. “Life is good,” she says as she ex udes joy. “We have a choice in life; we can be better or bitter. Everything we go through is a lesson to learn.” Reckley attributes her positive at titude towards life to a near death ex perience she had as a young girl. While playing with friends she suddenly fell un conscious and YCU€QYP into Nassau where she was thought to be dead and the doctors waited to put her in the morgue. However, through a miracle she moved and the doctors realized she was still alive. From then on she decided what to do with her life and has lived it helping others. “I don’t like to know that someone has a need and I do nothing to help them,” she says. Lovely Reckley was born in Fox Town where she attended school until she had to leave early in order to help her mother look after the younger children. 5JGYCUVJGUGEQPFEJKNFCPFVJGTUVIKTN in a family of 14 children born to Voidell and George Russell. The family moved to Freeport then to Green Turtle Cay before settling in Marsh Harbour. Lovely’s fa ther was pastor of a nondenominational church in Fox Town so she spent all of her life around the church. At the age of 19 years she met her husband, Bradley, while he was visiting the church and at the age of 19 they married and left Fox Town. “I had a great childhood even though it was a lot of work. There were no mod ern conveniences, so I had to scrub all the family clothes on a scrubbing board and get down on my hands and knees to scrub VJG€QQT+JCFXGT[NKVVNGURCTGVKOGDWV in any spare minutes I loved to read and learn about different places and cultures: reading helps you understand about life,” she said. “Summers were the highlight of my life because my father, who was a UJGTOCPCNYC[UVQQMWUVQVJGEC[UCPF I loved nature.” Lovely Reckley is well known for her many beautiful crafts, which she sells in her shop ‘Lovely Island Tings’ on Queen Elizabeth Drive. She learned to sew, knit and crochet from watching her mother and began by designing clothes for her doll babies. She then decided that if she could make clothes for her dolls she could make clothes for herself so if she had no fabric she would cut up sheets to make dresses and shirts. She later set WRVJGTUVNKPGQHFTGUUOCMKPIKP/CTUJ Harbour. From an early age Ms. Reckley had a love of creating things and when she had no hook or needles to learn to knit and crochet she used a straw from the beach to begin teaching herself. “Where there’s a will there’s a way,” she said. Somebody noticed Ms. Reckley’s determination and gave her a hook and showed her how to crochet and she then began making many items such as hats, bags and even bathing suits; her imagina tion knew no bounds. In addition to sewing, crochet and knitting Ms. Reckley now does beautiful beading, shell and coconut jewelry, straw bags, basket weaving and machine em broidery, an art she learned in China on a course spon sored by the Chinese gov ernment. She also loves to cook and make native jams as a hobby that she gives away to friends as gifts. Lovely Reckley has helped many people learn a craft and is always happy to give of her time to help someone who wants to learn. Her love of cooking is put to very /RFDOZRPDQLVDORYHO\LQXHQFHLQWKHFRPPXQLW\ :HKDYHD FKRLFHLQOLIH we can be better or bitter.” P\PRWKHU DQGIDWKHU took care of people, so it LVLQP\KHDUW and today I MXVWGRZKDW, VDZWKHPGR#DQXG.QXGN[4GEMNG[KUKPXQNXGFYKVJOCP[CURGEVUQHVJGEQOOWPKVKGUKP#DCEQ*GT DKIIGUVRTQLGEVJGNRKPIVQHGGFJWPIT[UEJQQNMKFUEQWNFCNYC[UDGPGVHTQOCFFKVKQPCN JGNRKPIJCPFUQTFQPCVKQPU Please see Lovely Page 4


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Page 12 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2012 ing machine, basic sewing machine use, sewing terms, and caring for the machine. They also learned how to cut free hand. The adults were able to make two types of skirts during this time: an align UMKTVCPFCUVTCKIJVUMKTVYKVJC€CTG The next class will begin the sec ond week of September and according to Simms, she may have to offer a begin ners class and an intermediate class so that those who just completed stage one can continue on. In the second class, the adult students will learn how to make different types of blouses. Interested persons can call her at 367-4284. 6FKRROt

August 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 13 Hurricane Info With the peak of Hurricane season now upon us, it is now more important than ever to keep yourself and your fam ily informed on how best to keep your selves and your possessions unharmed and undamaged. We at The Abaconian are doing our bit to keep you up to date and safe.3ULPDU\&DXVHVRI Hurricane Damage:Storm Surge: Approximately 90 percent of all hurricane deaths can be at tributed to the storm surge, the dome of water created by the low pressure centre of a hurricane. This storm surge quickly €QQFUNQYN[KPIEQCUVCNCTGCUYKVJCP[ where from three feet for a category one storm to over nineteen feet for a category XGUVQTO0WOGTQWUFGCVJUKPEQWPVTKGU such as Bangladesh have been caused by the storm surge of cyclones. Wind Damage: The strong winds of a hurricane, at least 74 mph, can cause widespread destruction far inland of coastal areas, destroying homes, build ings, vehicles, and infrastructure. It is extremely important that you secure your home and cover your windows. The goal is to keep the wind out of your home. If a window is broken or a door does not hold, it will allow the wind access to your home and can cause damage from inside. Freshwater Flooding: Hurricanes are huge tropical storms and can pour down a huge amount of rain over a wide spread area in a short period of time that ECPECWUG€QQFKPI/CTUJ*CTDQWTTG ceived over 19 inches of rain during Hur ricane Francis in September 2004. Tornadoes: Hurricanes can produce tornadoes, which we have experienced. The death of an Abaconian woman dur ing Hurricane Irene in 1999 was due to a tornado hitting her home in Bahama Palm Shores. However, while tornadoes are not a common occurrence at our lati tude, they can likely form to the north of us. Hurricanes ultimately diminish, re verting to a tropical storm, and eventu ally a tropical depression, as they move over cooler ocean waters and land, or reach a position where upper level winds are long. Although we can do nothing to af fect a hurricane’s path or intensity, we can all prepare. We stress with our read ers that you use this section of the paper to be your guide to prepare in case we are struck by another hurricane this year. Preparation needs to begin well ahead of any news that we may have a hurricane headed our way.6KXWWHU8SEven the most solidly built homes and structures need the protection of proper hurricane shutters. Many people have thought they could forgo the ex RGPUGQPN[VQPFQWVVQQNCVGJQYDCFN[ they were needed. Well-designed shut ters can substantially reduce the amount of damage a home receives in a hurri cane. There are a large number of both commercial and home-made shutter types available. Some houses have hurricane shutters that are attached to the build ing and in times of need can be folded or pushed out for coverage. These types of shutters are effective, and quick and simple to place once they are installed on your home, but are expensive. Per haps the best balance of effectiveness and EQUVGHEKGPE[YQWNFDGUVGGNQTCNWOK num panels or plates, which offer good protection and are relatively simple to install, but still cost more than simpler shutter styles. The most commonly used shutter is plywood, as it is extremely af fordable and can be found at almost any hardware store. Set up correctly, ply wood can make a serviceable shutter to persons or businesses who cannot afford a higher quality shutter material. However, setting up plywood shut VGTUKUFKHEWNVJGCX[CPFQHVGPVKOGU awkward work, and it is not nearly as strong as metal shutters. Choosing the right one is critical to your safety and the safety of your home. No matter what sort of hurricane shutter you end up us ing, the best hurricane shutter is one that KUUGEWTGN[ZGFVQ[QWTJQOGCPFVGUVGF well in advance of the storm. Even the most expensive and elaborate shutter will FQ[QWPQIQQFKHKVOUZGFKORTQRGTN[ or untested..QRZ7K\(QHP\Another key to surviving the storm is understanding hurricanes and the dif ferent categories. All hurricanes are dan gerous and need to be taken seriously, but comprehending the scale allows you to know what exactly you’re dealing with and how to properly prepare for it. t Category 1: 74-9 mph winds. t Category 2: 96-110 mph winds. t Category 3: 111-130 mph winds. t Category 4: 131-155 mph winds. t Category 5: 155+ mph winds. 6HFXUH

Page 14 Section B The Abaconian August 1, 2012 VQUCXGETKVKECNNGU(QTUCXKPIGOCKN messages and contacts some programs RTQXKFGVJGCDKNKV[VQVTCPURQTVNGUHQT UVQTCIG'ZRQTVNGU[QWYCPVVQC€CUJ drive or portable storage drive. If you WUGCPCPEKCNRTQITCONKMG3WKEM$QQMU make backups of your data that you can keep with you. You may want to keep the installation disks and license codes with you also. Make sure you put all disks and drives in watertight containers placed in a location in your home that is least like N[VQ€QQFQTGZRGTKGPEGYCVGTFCOCIG A good investment would be a por table hard drive. These hard drives can hold a large amount of data and can be easily connected to any computer, this way, even if your computer is damaged or destroyed, you can place your backedup data on a new computer. Although buying portable drives and securing computers may be the last of your wor ries while preparing for a hurricane, it is better to spend the effort preventing the problem than experience the vexations of VT[KPIVQZKVStock UpIt is important to remember that during and for some time after a hur ricane you will most likely be without electricity. Keeping that in mind, and unless you have a generator, you will be without refrigeration or electrical cook ing appliances. Therefore, it is important to have foodstuffs and other supplies that you can rely on consuming without any need to prepare or preserve them with electricity. Here is a list of items that are good to stock up on before a hurricane: Cereals and Granola bars Instant Coffee, Tea, or Milk Canned or Bottled Juices and Water Ready-to-eat canned goods, such as Fruits, Sauces, Vegetables, Soups, and Tuna Bread and Crackers Produce that will keep without re HTKIGTCVKQPn.KOGU.GOQPU1TCPIGU Bananas, etc.) Peanut Butter and Jelly Nuts and Dried Fruits t Paper towels and Plates as well as Plastic Utensils Charcoal Flashlight and Batteries VHF radio and Batteries 1KNHQT.CORUQT.CPVGTPU Stove FuelFor BoatersSecuring your boat before a hurri cane is near is absolutely critical, wheth er you are able to bring it up on land or have to leave it in the water, acting quickly and ahead of time will ensure your boat takes the least amount of dam age possible. When dealing with secur ing your boat you have two main options; you can either take it out of the water on a trailer to store on dry land, or you can leave your boat in the water at a location which has good protection from winds and rough waters. The best decision, if at all possible, is to have your boat taken up on dry land on a trailer to be stored at a boatyard. Hurricane Info 1PEGJGTGKVUJQWNFDGUGEWTGN[NCUJGF FQYPCPFRCTVKCNN[NNGFYKVJYCVGT While damage to your boat can still oc EWTHTQO€[KPIFGDTKUCVNGCUVKVECPPQV sink, and as it is already on land it will DGGCUKGTVQDGIKPPGGFGFTGRCKTU1DXK ously, taking a boat out of the water and storing it a boatyard will not be an option for a lot of people. However, there are measures you can take to keep your boat relatively safe even while in the water. The ideal choice is to tie your boat up securely in the mangroves. This will require the use of long spring lines with plenty of slack, as storm surge can be several feet either lower or higher than normal tide levels anywhere in Abaco. If mangroves are not an option, the next best thing to do is take your boat into a protected canal or harbour and use every available anchor, whether chain or rope, to secure your boat’s position. Whether your boat is on land or on water, remember to remove all non-se cured objects and items off of you boat before the storm. Rough weather will OCMGNQQUGQDLGEVUUJWH€GCTQWPFKPVJG boat causing unnecessary damage; also, you can lose unsecured items as the wind will blow them overboard. If you have a sailboat, try to remove the sails in ad vance of the storm, if this is not possible then tightly secure them to the boom so they do not unravel. Another essential preparation, es pecially if you rely on your boat for transportation, is making sure you have a secured supply of gasoline/petrol or diesel, and oil. In the aftermath of a hur ricane, these precious resources will be scarce and oftentimes impossible to ac quire until weeks after the storm. Having a stockpile of these resources allows you to continue operating your boat for some time until normalcy returns. Finally, there is one last piece of important advice to follow, if you live on your boat, do not attempt to stay on your boat throughout the hurricane. Secure your vessel as best you can and stay with a friend or family member. Your life is more important than your boat.Storm Names for 2012Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helene Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine 1UECT Patty Rafael Sandy Tony Valerie William


August 1, 2012 The Abaconian Section B Page 17 Guana Freight Services Regular Frei ght Runs to Guana Cay & Scotland Cay /QPFC[VJTW(TKFC[V%JCTVGTUb9CVGTCXCKNCDNGQPTGSWGUV 1HEG2JQPG 242-365-5190 Great Guana Cay OCEAN BLUE PROPERTIES Member B.R.E.A.G.P.O. Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas 6GNGRJQPGU6GNGRJQPG(CZ 'OCKNQEGCPDNW"DCVGNPGVDUUYYYQEGCPDNWGRTQRGTVKGUEQOSales, Rentals and Property Management ON GREEN TURTLE CAY: NEW!! Waterfront 100 year old two bedroom one bath basically furnished cottage. Located in the heart of the settlement of New Plymouth. Spacious rear patio. Golf cart parking. Internet. Just steps from public dock; ferry; restaurants and shops. Owner re-locating. $275,000 tSOLD! “ Beau Soleil” Waterfront furnished home on White Sound with 1/2 dock. tUNDER CONTRACT One acre with 85’ beachfront on gorgeous Bight O Bay t SOLD! 8,320 sq. ft. lot within walking distance of Atlantic Ocean Beach in Green Turtle Estates. t NEW PRICE REDUCTION! Three spacious bedrooms, two bath waterfront furnished home on Sea of Abaco. Stunning sunsets. High elevation. A/C throughout. W/D. Open plan. Large garage/workshop. New golf cart parking bay. New 300 ft. screened in porch. Golf cart and Isuzu included. Swimming dock and boat dock with lift. $1.2 million tSOLD! 9,000 sq. ft. lot within steps of Coco Bay Beach and public dock. tSOLD! On North End: “The Pink Cottage” $899,000 t NEW PRICE REDUCTION Furnished two master bedrooms with A/C, waterfront hilltop cottage. Kit/liv/din, cable TV, dock, overlooking Settlement Creek $225,000 t PRICE REDUCTION!!! Two-year-old 4 bedroom, 2 bath furnished home. Open plan with soaring ceiling in great room, replace, large decks. Central A/C. View of Coco Bay. Located 40 feet from Coco Bay Beach. Short walk to public dock. Asking price $575,000 t PRICE REDUCTION Four bedroom 3 bath fully furnished hilltop home overlooking the Sea of Abaco. Fourth bedroom suite has all round view of Green Turtle Cay. A/C. Swimming Pool. Designated dock slip. Great rental. $895,000 t3VTUJDGVSOJTIFEUXPCFESPPNUXPCBUIDPUUBHFTFBUPTFBPO8IJUF4PVOEBOEUIF4FBPG Abaco. A/C in bedrooms. Kit/liv/dining great room. Share in private dock. Great swimming and sunsets. Very private. Only accessible by boat. Located a mile from the historic town of New Plymouth. Asking Price $475,000 t Roberts’ House in historic settlement of New Plymouth. Waterview. Furnished. 3 beds 3 baths. Immaculate. Owner moving. $395,000 t Summer Breeze3FDFOUMZSFNPEFMFEGVSOJTIFEUXPTUPSZUISFFCFE›CBUIIPNF located on waterfront in the heart of New Plymouth. A/C. Satellite TV. W/D. Golf cart garage. Established rental history. PRICE REDUCTION $495,000 t#FBDIGSPOUXBUFSGSPOUBOEJOMBOEMPUTPO(SFFO5VSUMF$BZBOE.VOKBDL$BZ $VVDXOWZLWK,QWHQW to Rape (Suspect arrested)At 1:25pm on 21st July, 2012, a 40 year old female of S.C. Bootle Hwy Abaco, reported that while at her ex-boyfriend residence located S.C. Bootle Hwy, he took off his cloths and tried to try to force fully have sex with her against her will. Police action was requested. 5WURGEVCTTGUVGF 1PVJGVJGUWURGEVKPVJKU OCVVGTC[GCTQNFOCNGQH5%$QQVNG *Y[YCUCTTGUVGFD[2QNKEGEQVJG%GPVTCN &GVGEVKXGWPKVGrievous Harm. (U.I.)At 9:55pm on 16th July, 2012, a 27 year male of Murphy Town, Abaco report ed while walking towards his residence he was approached by two (2) masked men, wearing dark clothing and one armed with CJCPFIWP1PGYCUUNKOVCNNCPFVJGQVJGT short and thick. The culprits robbed him of one chain and cash. While leaving, the slim culprit discharged his handgun shoot ing the man in the stomach area. Police action requested. +PXGUVKICVKQPEQPVKPWGU 3RVVRI'UXJVZLWK Intent to Supply. (Suspect Remanded)At 12:40am on 17th July, 2012, act KPIQPKPHQTOCVKQP2QNKEG1HEGTUQHVJG Marsh Harbour Police Station arrested a 19 year old female of Murphy Town, Ab aco reference to Poss. D/Drugs with Intent VQ5WRRN[1HEGTGZGEWVGFCUGCTEJYCTrant on the premises of the female and her boyfriend and discovered a sack containing three (3) pounds of marijuana. 6JG[GCTQNFHGOCNGYCUCTTGUVGF EJCTIGFCTTCKIPGFCPFTGOCPFGFVQ*GT /CLGUV[2TKUQP Stealing. (U.I.)At 9:50pm on 21st July, 2012, a 54 year old female of Fire Road, Abaco, reported that sometime between 9:15pm and 9:30pm on same date some unknown person/s stole a metal tin containing $3,500.00 from her bedroom. The window was left open. Police action requested +PXGUVKICVKQPEQPVKPWGU6KRS%UHDNLQJt Stealing. (U.I.)1P6WGUFC[VJ,WN[CVCDQWV 8:05am a 36 year old female of Leisure Lee, Treasure Cay, Abaco reported that sometime between the hours of 5:30pm on Monday 16th July 2012 and 8:40am on Tuesday 17th July 2012 some unknown person(s) broke and entered her place of business located in Marsh Harbour. Police action requested. 6KRS%UHDNLQJt Stealing. (U.I.)1P6WGUFC[VJ,WN[CVCDQWV 9:05am a 32 year female of Central Pines Estate reported that sometime between the hours of 9:00pm on Monday 16th July 2012 and 9:00am on Tuesday 17th July 2012 some unknown person(s) broke and entered her place of business located down town Abaco. Suspects search and stole (1) one white microwave oven, make, model and S/N unknown at this time valued at $175.00. Police action was requested.3RVVHVVLRQRI''UXJV :,QWHQWWRVXSSO\ 6XVSHFWVFKDUJHGf1P6JWTUFC[VJ,WN[CVCDQWV RO1HEGTUQHVJG/CTUJ*CTDQWT Sandy Point and North Abaco Police Sta tion executed a search warrant on the residence of a 38 year old husband and his 37 year old wife both residents of the Mudd, Abaco. Both were arrested for the offenc es of Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Dangerous with the intent to supply and are expected to be arraigned at the Magistrate’s Court Abaco on the 23.7.12Illegal Immigrants. 1P6WGUFC[VJ,WN[CVCDQWV RO1HEGTUQHVJG/CTUJ*CTDQWT Police Station while on patrol reported that they stopped a green truck on Don Mack ay Boulevard in the area of DNR Sports Bar, they observed a green Dodge truck, travelling along the said roadway with ten [10] persons on board, including three [3] children. The vehicle was stopped and the QEEWRCPVUYGTGCUMGFVQRTQFWEGKFGPVK cation which they could not produce, as a result they were arrested and escorted to the Marsh Harbour Police Station for Im migration purpose. 6JG[YGTGNCVGTVWTPGFQXGTVQ+OOK ITCVKQP1HEGTUHQTHWTVJGTRTQEGUUKPI7KRXJKWKH&ULPH5Hport is one of more popXODUVHFWLRQV7KH$ED conian would love to see it disappear. 3OHDVHUHSRUWVXVSL cious activities to auWKRULWLHVDQGUHPHPEHU WRGLDO7KHSROLFH and courts cannot do it all, but if we take a stand against crime and invest RXUVHOYHVLQWKHFRP munity to prevent its spread we can make a GLIIHUHQFHWRJHWKHUCrime Report


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