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Gomez Chosen as FNM’s North Abaco Candidate

On July 23 the Free National Movement officially selected and ratified their candidate to run in the North Abaco by-elections. Greg Gomez was chosen and accepted to run on the party’s behalf. The by-election will be called within sixty days after the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham officially resigns from the House of Assembly on August 31. Other names, besides Mr. Gomez, which were considered by the FNM were Perry Thomas, Jackson McIntosh and Cay Mills. Mr. Gomez was chosen after nearly ten hours of deliberation.

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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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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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Upgrades Planned for Abaco’s Sporting Facilities

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, visited Abaco on July 12, and began his travels on Moore's Island where he met with Coach Anthony Williams, the athletes and their parents, and the community to congratulate them on what they have accomplished. He was impressed that four athletes from Moore’s Island attended the Penn Relays and captured the small school championships.

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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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Hole in the Wall Lighthouse is toured and assessed

Five people - Richard Cunningham with the Port Authority, David Knowles, Director of Parks for the Bahamas National Trust, Marcus Bethel, National Park Warden and two Hole in the Wall Lighthouse 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 surrounding grounds to make it more accessible.

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