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An evening of appreciation held for former Administrator Pinder

An appreciation dinner was held in the Community Hall, Sandy Point, on July 21 to honour former Administrator for South Abaco, Benjamin Pinder. Mr. Pinder was hoping to work until his contract expired in September 2013, but was replaced by an Administrator from Nassau, Joshua Smith, who arrived to take up office on July 15. In an emotional farewell speech, Mr. Pinder said, “I am a little saddened at leaving my post but I was taught whenever one is down one should stand up, shake it off and move on so that is what I will do.

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Minister of Education Tours Local Schools

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Jerome Fitzgerald, visited Abaco on July 12-13 to inspect the “physical plan of the government schools” across Abaco and was pleased with the general conditions of the schools here. Mr. Fitzgerald spoke of the need to focus more time on core subjects in schools “as we move forward to improve our educational system so that the students are not only prepared for the jobs that will come online but to be able to compete in the twenty-first century.”

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Minister of Housing Inspects Government Projects

During his visit to Abaco on July 20, Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett addressed concerns with the number of government homes in Spring City that are boarded up and unoccupied stating that he intends to have them occupied as quickly as possible to avoid any further “depreciation of the assets here in Abaco.” “My concern continues to be that we have completed homes in Spring City and unfortunately my understanding is that we haven’t provided or facilitated the mortgages to enable people to occupy those homes,” he said.

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Body Found in Bustic Bight Area

A gruesome discovery was made on Sunday, July 15, when a resident and some family members were in the area of Bustic Bight hunting for hogs and they found a body wrapped in a sheet through a track road. Police were alerted and upon investigation discovered the body of a …

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Cephas Cooper Bids Farewell to Abaco

On July 14 previous Senior Island Administrator Cephas Cooper was honoured in a special going-away dinner held at Abaco Beach Resort. Mr. Cooper, originally from Cooper’s Town, has been Abaco’s Senior Administrator for several years. The dinner party marked his last weekend as Abaco’s Administrator before he headed to Rock Sound, Eleuthera to take up administrative duties there.

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Red Cross members plan for future initiatives

On July 20, a debriefing of the Central Abaco Red Cross Group’s Community Emergency Preparedness Day was held at the Dundas Town Church of God. Sarone Kennedy, group leader, noted the members’ suggestions of offering the event earlier 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.

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BNT holds public meeting on the use of lobster condos

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.” Currently, the lobster fishery is …

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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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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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