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Canishka Alexander

Canishka Alexander was born in New Providence, but spent most of her childhood years on Abaco. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Abilene Christian University.

Although she has accomplished many things in life, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to her four children. She loves God, her country and people of all cultures.

Labour Department plays major role in Bahamian economy

Ernest Rolle recently replaced Veronica Nairn as Abaco’s newest Labour Officer at the Labour Department. In his 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.

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Major plans on the horizon for the maritime industry

The field of Maritime Science has great opportunities for employment in the Bahamas. It is important, however, that students are preparing themselves to receive these jobs as they become available. Dr. Cleare spoke to parents and students involved with the maritime camp about some of the positions available in the field 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.

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FRIENDS Camp Teaches Campers about Abaco’s Ecosystems

The Friends of the Environment’s Junior Camp was held from July16-20 in Marsh Harbour and was geared for six to nine-year-old children. The Senior Camp was held from July 23-27 for 11 to 13-year olds. Now offered for the past six years, Friends Education Officer D’Shan Maycock recalled that the camp was first offered at Central Abaco Primary School but is now held at the Friends’ Educational Center According to Maycock, the junior campers learned about a different eco system every day, and included sea grass, pine forest, sandy beach, coral reef and mangrove habitats.

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Maritime Camp Attracts Majority of Abaco High Schools

Students in Grades 8 and 9 on Abaco experienced the benefits of being involved in the Maritime Summer Camp, which was held for three weeks this summer. The program is sponsored by Campbell Shipping and facilitated by the College of The Bahamas. Two cohorts of 25 students were open to interested students. The summer camp helps to expose the students early on to what is available in maritime, and in turn, lets those involved in the industry know who they are.

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Meetings focus on sustainability of lobster fishery

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 emphasized by Edison Deleveaux, deputy director of the Department of Marine Resources, at two meetings held for fishermen in 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, unregulated and unreported fishing. In a nutshell, everything concerning the lobster fishery must be compliant with all Bahamian laws.

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Abaconians Attend Darts Tournament in Belize

Abaconians headed to the 19th Caribbean Cup of Darts and 6th Americas Cup of Darts in Belize from July 20 to 30 as part of the Bahamas National Darts Team, which was comprised of approximately 30 members all together. Accompanying the participants were Malcolm Spicer, president of The Bahamas Darts Federation and World Darts Federation’s Americas Region as well as the Acting President for the Caribbean Darts Organization, and Kevin Higgs, Abaco Darts Team Manager. According to Spicer, at least 12 countries were expected to participate in the tournaments.

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North Abaco Teams Dominate Softball games

The Lady Sluggers and the R.J. Runners met again for another round of softball on July 6 at the Murphy Town Ball Field. This time Tessa Louis led the team as pitcher in the absence of Rhonda Eldon. Their game was the first of a double-header series scheduled for the night.

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St. Ambrose Band visits Abaco communities

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 Abaco communities before ending their tour in Central Abaco at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. It was an ideal location for the band’s demonstration as they received full support from church members and attracted the attention of passing motorists.

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“Stranded Naked” party kicks off Regatta

Good-natured people, excellent weather, and an abundance of food, drinks, fun and games were the order of the day at the 2012 Cheeseburger in Paradise Party held on June 29 at Fiddle Cay. Stranded Naked, as the party is also known, sponsor Bobb Henderson couldn’t agree more as he donned his Jimmy Buffet Hat before entering the water. Like him, everyone was glad to see that the remnants of Tropical Storm Debby had left The Bahamas just in time for the festive day.

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High school students participate in Maritime Camp

The three-week Maritime Summer Camp was launched on Abaco for the first time, and two cohorts were offered to interested students. Dr. Brenda Cleare, interim vice president of academic affairs at the College of The Bahamas, and Jamal Smith, company representative and recruitment manager from Campbell Shipping Company, were there …

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