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Cherokee youth carries Bahamian banner to Sailing World Championship
First time a Bahamian team competes on the world stage
Cherokee local Branden Sands (carrying flag) competed with the first National Bahamas Sailing Team in the Sailing World Championship this summer. This year the Championship was held in Italy. For the full story see page 8.
Back-to-School Giveaway organized in The Mudd
Above: Pastors from the Abaco community helped organize and support the give-away initiative for students in The Mudd. Organizer Octervil Baptist (far right) said this was a first-of-its-kind event for the immigrant community and it was showing that they were attempting to better themselves. Pastors involved (one not picured) included Sitoir Pasterain, Lucane Joseph, Raynald Olibrice and Antoine Joseph.
On Sunday, September 1 a Back-toSchool Giveaway was organized for students from The Mudd. The event, which was organized in part by Octervil Baptist, was the result of donations from local businesses, churches and private citizens. According to Mr. Baptist this is the first such event organized for the shanty town community. He said that unless the larger community sees them helping themselves and trying to better themselves, how can they expect help and acceptance from Abaconians. The Mudd is one of two major shanty towns located in Marsh Harbour. The other is the Pigeon Peas. Pastors from the involved churches were present to pray over and bless the gifts. These included Pastors Sitoir Pasterain, Lucane Joseph, Raynald Olibrice and Antoine Joseph. Though sound equipment had been set up to help with the announcements and communication with the crowd that day, an electrical surge had fried the equipment. Regardless, the event proceeded with a line-up of children and parents as they received small bags of donated items. Mr. Baptist said he hopes this lessens the burden on the public schools. With the influx of children from immigrant communities, the Ministry of Education is unable to provide all the supplies to each child necessary for the school year.
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Treasure Cay Resort’s Back-to-School Pizza Night was a great success event, to address the audience, acknowledging the purpose of the event - which was to send children back to school on a positive note. Meanwhile adults socialized at tables, lining up for pizza that was being prepared in the open kitchen. A representative of the Ministry of Tourism, Michelle Mikula, walked around distributing the back-packs. The coordinator for the event, Paula Morley, was overseeing the whole operation and the Manager of the resort, Stephen Kappeler, was circulating among the tables making sure the service was adequate and that people were having a good time. A local MC, DJ Skye, took over from
Above: MP Curry (left) and Treasure Cay Resort Manager Mr. Kappeler (center) presenting the laptop prize. Malorie McIntosh and her daughter won the laptop, but it was received by Mrs. Charles Carey (pictured). By Mirella Santillo school supplies were displayed. They were The back to school Pizza Night, held soon directed to a stage where the popular at the pool bar of the Treasure Cay Hotel singer from Nassau, DJ Counselor, was Resort and Marina was a great success with waiting for them. He started singing and close to five hundred people attending, in- involving them in his rap/reggae style of cluding close to two hundred children. performance. His songs contained mesIt was a family night, but most of all sages for young people, messages which it was an evening geared to children. They were reinforced with spoken advice. He were able to enjoy a kids’ corner, received involved them by addressing them individback-packs containing school supplies and ually, captivating their interest. Children were entertained by DJ Counselor during a populated the stage areas for hours, wavlarge part of the evening. ing their arms in rhythm and enjoying the The function started late afternoon on attention. August 29 and by 6:00 pm a large crowd The performance was interrupted of children, some accompanied by parents, shortly to allow the MP for North Abagathered around the kid’s corner where co, Mr. Renardo Curry who attended the
the live performance, singing, going from table to table and keeping the music going and the evening alive. It was finally time to draw the big prize: a laptop computer that the lucky winner would take home. Mr. Curry was asked to the stage again to help in the drawing. It took three draws for a winner to finally come forward. It was not, however, the end of the evening’s entertainment as the sound of trumpets and drums could be heard from the parking lot, heralding the approach of a Junkanoo Parade. Please see
Above: Ministry of Tourism representative, Michelle Mikula, distributing school bags to students at the event. $3,000 worth of gifts and prizes were awarded.
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Sure enough, a group from the Spring City Rockers in full costume made their appearance, rushing through the bar and dining area, marking the end of a great family evening. Mr. Kappeler attributed the success of the evening to donations from the Treasure Cay Community. Community residents, some of the local businesses, the Treasure Cay Home Owners Association, the staff of the resort, and the resort owner Alfred Meister, together came up with approximately $3,000.00 that helped cover the cost of the school supplies and the laptop.
Abaco Battery and Tire hosted Back-to-School Fun Day and Jamboree By Samantha Evans It is back to school time again and some parents have found it challenging to provide all of the supplies their children need to begin the school year right, so Abaco Battery and Tire decided to host the “Kids of Abaco Back to School Fun Day and Jamboree” at Brown’s Bay Park on Saturday August 31, 2013. According to owner, Michael Jones, September would make one year that they have been operating a business in Dundas Town so they decided that instead of having an in-house celebration that they would host the students to a fun day and jamboree which included hoop la, bouncing castle, hair cuts for the boys, hair plaiting for the girls, hot dogs, burgers and drinks. They also distributed a school bag with note books, folder sheets, pencils and other basic school supplies to all children in attendance. They gave out drawstring “Top Up” bags provided by the BTC Top Up Distributor for Abaco Battery and Tire. Finally, they got some drinks and hot dogs donated by Cost Rite which were greatly appreciated. In total this business gave out 300 school bags. The event began at 12 noon and ended at 3pm but the barbers and hair braid-
ers remained at Brown’s Bay until they attended to all waiting students. The barber who gave his service free of charge was Keith Jones who was flown in from Nassau and the hair braiders were Darnell Mitchell, Sandra Mitchell, Sangia Mitchell, and Kristia. The organizers of this event were store manager Maxwell Jones, co-owner Joetha Jones, and Michael Jones. Music was provided by DJ Monk.
Summer program active in spite of government budget cuts By Mirella Santillo Approximately thirty youths- high school and college students- were able to take advantage of the Government Summer Placement Program that ran from the beginning of July to August 23. Each child had the opportunity to work for one week in one of the government offices or private entities participating in the program. The Road traffic Department, The Port Authority, the Royal Police Force, the Department of Education, the Department of Marine Resources, the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Culture, BEC, the Post Office as well as Abaco Hardware and the College of The Bahamas employed students. Their jobs ranged from general office duties such as filing and basic computer work to merchandising at the hardware store. Arts and Crafts activities were offered for primary school children at Fox Town Primary School under the supervision of Rolanda Curry. Charles Poitier was the coordinator for Cooper’s Town Primary. Austine Mills took care of the Treasure Cay program while Karen Duncan supervised J. A Pinder’s Primary School children. Each coordinator was helped by a high school student. Churches and other organizations also offered free summer programs, among them basketball tournaments, so the youth would not be bored and get into mischief while out of school.
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South Abaco Back-to-School Bash presented at Sandy Point By Jennifer Hudson The South Abaco District Council along with South Abaco Corporate Sponsors presented its 3rd Annual Back to School Bash for the children of South Abaco on August 31 in the Sandy Point Hurricane Shelter. Settlements included in the South Abaco constituency are Sandy Point, Crossing Rocks, Bahama Palm Shores, Casuarina Point and Cherokee Sound. A large number of children attended from Sandy Point and Crossing Rocks but the long distance from the remaining three settlements made it difficult for those students to attend. Their bags of school supplies were distributed to them during the following days by members of Local Government for South Abaco. It is a pity that some students were unable to attend due to distance since they missed an afternoon full of fun and prizes. Following an opening prayer by Jason Roberts, Pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, Sandy Point, the afternoon of entertainment began, organized by Mrs. White, wife of the Chief Councilor for South Abaco, Candace Davies from the Administration Office and Valeria Lightbourne, longest serving member of the Sandy Point Township. A quiz was held on ‘Things Bahamian’ in which the children proved quite knowledgeable and were able to win gift certificates donated by various business establishments. The students were then fortunate to be able to listen to a very beneficial talk by well-known motivational speaker, Simmone Bowe of Horizons Development Group. The theme of her talk was ‘Maximizing your Potential in the Pursuit of Excellence’. Ms. Bowe chose this as her focus because it is the key area for improvement in many students.
“Some people never reach their potential, they have the ability but never fully use it,” she stated. Ms. Bowe used the example of having a cell phone, video games or television and not using all of the features the item is capable of performing. “Many of the items’ capabilities are left unused and the same is true for people,” she told the students. She also reminded them that teachers often say things like; “Simmone can try harder, Simmone can do more than she is doing and this all boils down to three particular points on potential.” These she summed up as: •KNOW IT. We must know our potential and what we are good at. Ms. Bowe asked the children to share what they are good at such as math, reading etc. and encouraged them to get even better at it thus maximizing their potential. •GROW IT. We must stretch ourselves beyond what we can already do, go past our own self limitations and so get better at things. An example is if a coach gives a new or challenging exercise a student may complain it is too hard before they have even tried it but when the coach insists the student finds they can do it. •SHOW IT. We must take every opportunity to show others what we can do. At the end of the talk Ms. Bowe asked the students to repeat the three points aloud: “Know It, Show It, Grow It- My Potential.” Each child was presented with a bag of school supplies which included exercise books, file folders and file paper, mathematical instruments, pencils, crayons and glue. Following the presentation they were treated to refreshments which, among other tasty treats, included some healthy fruit.
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School & Youth News Seventeen ladies complete “Ladies of Character” curriculum By Samantha Evans After completing twelve sessions of the curriculum-“Young Ladies of Character: Restoring the Princess Ministry,” seventeen teenage girls received their crown, pin, Bible and certificate on Saturday evening August 31 at Friendship Tabernacle Church beginning at 6:30pm. The young ladies entered the church adorned in either pink, purple of white as they were applauded by their family, friends, sponsors, and church supporters. This curriculum, written by Kimberly Williams, taught the young women how to act like ladies, improve their self-esteem, etiquette, anger management strategies and how to draw closer to God. Ms. Williams saw it fitting to attend this momentous occasion where the first group of princesses was being crowned in the Bahamas. She spoke to the teens about being young ladies of character and becoming a true princess. She told them that they will see young ladies just like them when they go to school so they must stand out in a unique way. She said they must be young women of character, have Godly character and have high self-esteem even when no one is looking. They must know that they are wonderfully made which makes them priceless. She spoke to them of the beauty, grace and character of Esther which resulted in her becoming a queen. She encouraged them to turn away from sex, violence and drugs but rather live their lives for God so that when they lay down at night they will know that all they did was pleasing to God. Pastor Mills then prayed a prayer of covenant and blessings over the young ladies then gave them a few words of encouragement. He thanked the ladies for being gifted for the passion they give towards this ministry and for those who support them. He thanked the parents for trusting
them with their daughters every Thursday. G.I.F.T.E.D. is indeed the village that will help them raise their children. He thanked Ms. Kimberley Williams for writing the curriculum that is blessing the lives of young women across the world. He encouraged the teens to put their trust solely in God. At the end of the remarks the young ladies were presented to their parents and guests as true young ladies of character and princesses. They were applauded and praised by all present. A banquet followed where each young woman was escorted by her father, mother, sister, brother or close family friend. They entered the hall one by one as their accolades and accomplishments were read. The princesses are: Daphne Blanc, Jermina Blanc, Raneisha Burrows, Roann Burrows, Wilda Cadet, Kadesha Canton, Tatyana Charmant, Sancha Dimanche, Jessica Etienne, Julia Fortulien, Christina Guillaume, Sarah Lebran, Natalie Moreau, Shante Russell, Lens Saintolien, Lindalee Sawyer and Lakeisha Toussaint. The advisors of G.I.F.T.E.D. are Theodora Fernander, Rose Thompson, Cindy Hollingsworth along with the founding members being Sister Bertlyn Linden (Director) and Samantha V. Evans. Present were members of some government agencies including Wynsome Ferguson from the Abaco Tourism Office, Felemease Sawyer for the Abaco Department of Education Office, a representative from the Department of Social Services, and Joan Baillou of New Rehoboth Ministries. Each of the young ladies had a sponsor who was also present to see her crowned. The scrumptious five course meal was prepared by Chef Noel St. Claude. The master of ceremony was Paul Knowles and the mistress of ceremony was Cindy Hollingsworth.
Students taking COB courses receive their Certificates of Completion
Above: MP Curry with students and instructors of the COB-Abaco courses. By Mirella Santillo During a short ceremony under the patronage of MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, students who took College of The Bahamas semester courses in Accounting I and Human Resources I, were awarded their certificates of completion. The event took place next to the COB office, at the marina’s reception area of Mangoes Restaurant and Boutique, during the evening of September 4. A group of supporters and people interested in taking courses were also present. Rosnelle Simmons, the instructor for Human Resources I handed out certificates to six persons who had completed the course with top grades. More students took
the course but were unable to attend the reception. Each person having completed Accounting I, received his or her certificate from their instructor, Christopher Glinton. As certificates were handed out, Mr. Curry personally congratulated each recipient. The representative for College of the Bahamas on Abaco, Dr. Chervon MackeyMorley informed the audience that people could presently register for the next level courses, since classes had not started yet. She handed out application forms, reminding the interested parties that half of the tuition was due in advance and the other half Please see
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before the end of the course. She went on to explain the regulations of the applying process, mentioning also that five people were required for a course to be held on Abaco. She reminded the assembly that she held the COB Office open Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, so people could come and check on classes and bring their payment. A few people registered for Human Resources II. They agreed with Mrs. Simmons who will be the instructor again, that the class could be held as the previous one, each Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Accounting II which is to take place twice weekly for two hours each time with Mr. Glinton did not bring as much interest, but the course is still being offered as well as Accounting I and Human Resources I. Other courses presently offered for a ten week semester are Electrical Phase I, Business Communications and Pre-School Licensing. Classes will take place as usual at Abaco Central High School in Murphy Town and will start the last week of September.
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as well as Mrs. Thompson. Mrs. Ramdin went back to Guyana and religious studies’ teacher, Wendy Rolle, resigned from education. The academic staff of ACH will thus be increased by two teachers.
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Above: Principal Ferguson addresses the assembly. By Mirella Santillo Six new teachers and a new VicePrincipal, Shirley Krezel, will bring new blood and energy to Abaco Central High School for the year 2013-14, but Ricardo Ferguson is still at the helm, committed to lead the ship with new concepts and a firm hand. The Principal’s goals for the new school year are to continue improving the academic performance by increasing the strides made last year as well as to provide more support in vocational areas. Two new subjects are being introduced for the time being in that field: carpentry and pastry baking. After school programs in English, Mathematics and Social Studies to prepare for the BJC and BGCSE examinations are being offered. Mr. Ferguson is also work-
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ing on implementing a better in-house system of competition in debate and English. Academic re-enforcement will not lessen sports activities according to the principal, and Mr. Ferguson said he is looking at an active sports program. Last year’s PE teacher, Ms. Brown will be helped by Christine Jenoure who is replacing Vogel Williams, who retired. The two former national athletes will also be coaching students in track & field, basketball and most probably softball. The Principal himself will continue to coach the senior basketball team. The last year’s mark of 580 students will most likely be easily surpassed. “We are still registering some kids” said the Principal on September 6, adding that there is a large influx of students coming from local private schools, and schools from Nassau and Eleuthera. He explained that he had to put a freeze on youths over 18, wanting to join twelfth grade for only one year, especially those with mediocre previous school performance. These students are being redirected to the GED program. He anticipated that the contingent of twelfth graders this year will be of approximately seventy students who will be divided into three classes. His hopes are that at least 95% of those students will graduate with a better GPA than last year. There will be a PTA meeting on September 19, during which a new board will be elected. Two parents have expressed their interest in serving on the board and it is expected that the Urban Renewal organization will be involved with the school this year also. Last year’s Acting Vice-Principal, Sophia Miller is now the subject coordinator in Mathematics. Nicolas Emepue has been re-assigned on another island,
By Samantha Evans The teachers and educators received a treat as Michael Pintard, a renowned author, play write, businessman, former senator and teacher, graced them with his words of wisdom on Friday August 30 at 11am. He began his talk with a comedic poem written about The Bahamian society today paying close attention to the committed hardworking teachers of the Abaco district which the teachers thoroughly enjoyed. He told the teachers that whenever they look into the eyes of their students they are affecting their lives. Outside of his mother, Mr. Pintard stated that his teachers greatly influenced his life. His task on this day was to help teachers achieve excellence, set simple objectives to achieve at various levels and start to put a plan in place that they can execute. This year, educators are being asked to exercise excellence without excuse which he noted is a tall order but can be done. He asked them to not short change the young people in their school because they are leaders now. He defined a leader as someone who motivates and coordinates people towards a common goal. He gave a recap of the state of the economy, crime and investment in the country and reminded teachers that they transform lives. They have the mammoth task of equipping students with skills needed for the world of work, moral, social and ethical competencies, becoming team players and providing them with the knowledge needed for them to become positive contributors of society. He asked them to go back to school with a spirit of forgiveness and to take time to focus on what is important in education and in their individual lives. He further advised them to take time to prepare lesson plans and be creative so that they can stimulate the students to learn. He led the teachers through an exercise where they constructed goals for the school year and came up with strategies that can help them accomplish each of the goals constructed.
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Artist Highlight Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts: Crafts Extraordinaire
addition to amazing bed size quilts, Kimberley also quilts bags, wall hangings and pillows. Also from the age of seven years Kim enjoyed attending Bahamas Ceramics in Nassau since she always had an aptitude for many types of arts and crafts. She began entrepreneurship early by painting and selling T-shirts while in high school and also made a lot of her own clothes. After leaving high school she attended Palm Beach Atlantic University where she studied studio art and psychology with an emphasis on photography, sculpture and painting. Her intention was to become an art therapist but instead became a successful entrepreneur.
Above: a set of quilts by Mrs. Sturrup-Roberts By Jennifer Hudson This week’s featured artist is a highly talented crafter. Kimberly Sturrup Roberts has a very lively imagination which is always leading to innovative new ideas which, along with her very skilled fingers, ensure that she always has some exciting new project in hand. Kimberly’s creative talents first came to the attention of the people of Abaco when she opened a shop in Memorial Plaza in 1995 which sold Bahamian-made crafts and craft supplies. Then in 1998 she began her own special line of crafts, naming her company Bahama Dawn. In 2005 she closed shop and opened her own studio where she keeps very busy with her creations. Her skills are not limited to any one type of craft for as she states on her website; “I like to melt glass and metal, stitch
fabric and get messy in clay.” Kimberly is well known for her quilting, a talent which she learned from her mother who is an extremely gifted quilter. Every year they create a beautiful quilt together which they donate to the Bahamas National Trust to be auctioned at the ‘Arts for the Parks’ show to raise funds for the Trust. From a very early age the seed of creativity was established in Kimberly for while her mother was busy sewing clothes for her daughter, Kim was emulating her by busily sewing dresses for her Barbie dolls. Kim’s talents were further nurtured by her Home Economics teacher at St. Andrews School in Nassau who, Kim says; “Was very particular and if the stitching was not neat enough she would make you pick it all out and do it over again.” In
Above: the artist in her workshop.
Nowadays Kimberly has turned her attention to glass work and metalwork which she says is a natural progression from the stained glass work which she previously used to do a lot of. She particularly enjoys making jewellery and creates very stylish and unique pieces incorporating glass beads, see glass, silver and other metals. All of the glass beads she makes herself from a long glass rod like a pencil which she melts in a flame then forms into the shape she wants; she also creates freeform glass owls, birds’ nests, flowers and fish. Many other interesting pieces such Please see Artist
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Cherokee sailor competes in World Championship By Jennifer Hudson Thirteen year old Branden Sands of Cherokee Sound entered Grade 7 at Forest Heights Academy on September 2 and he must have found it pretty hard to come back down to earth after his amazing summer activities. Branden is a young sailor with a lot of promise and during the summer months he has been honing his skills at both sailing and teaching at home and abroad. Sailing is his passion and his heartfelt comment just before the beginning of term was; “I wish that summer would never end so that I can go on sailing.” The highlight of the summer for Branden was his trip to Italy where he represented The Bahamas in the World Championships (Optimist class). He was one of four young sailors ( the other three from New Providence) chosen to form the Bahamas National Junior Sailing team by the Bahamas Sailing Association following his very successful placings in four major national and international sailing competitions within the previous six months. The World Championship Regatta is the top sailing regatta for Optimist dinghies and Branden performed well against the approximately 270 sailors between the ages of 11 and 15 from 58 nations. Due to the very large numbers, the boats had to be divided into four fleets for launching and starting. Each race lasted approximately one hour and Branden raced in four races every day. He was astounded
by the number of boats on this huge lake. “It was amazing; the boats were like flies. Every different type of competition boat you can think of was sailing and training on that lake.” In preparation for the World Championships Branden underwent a week of training in Freeport in the ‘Advanced Racing Tactics Class’ which also included physical fitness training and then proceeded to Nassau for further team training. He participated in the North American Championships in Bermuda from 2-11 July and then flew on to Rome, Italy, where he competed in the World Championships on Lake Garda from 15 -26 July. “Bermuda was very similar to home and the winds were very light but Italy was a whole new experience,” stated Branden. “Lake Garda is a glacial melt lake and so the water is very, very cold. Also the summer wind which is called the Ora, blows so hard and shifts which adds to the difficulty of sailing,” added Branden. He spent the mornings rigging and waiting for the wind which he said came every day at midday and could be seen making its way down the valley towards the lake. Branden’s father, Timothy, who has coached him from an early age, accompanied the team as Team Leader along with Robert Dunkley, Coach of the Bahamas National Sailing School. During some time off, father and son took a windsurfing course which they found very challenging due especially to the extreme cold of the water. “I could not even feel my toes,” said Branden. An amazing fact was that each of the boats was fitted with a GPS tracking unit so that although Branden’s
Above: Branden Sands Lake Garda, Italy for the Sailing World Championship. Branden, a sailor with national and international sailing experience, just recently entered grade 7 at Forest Heights Academy. mother and sister were unable to accompany him to Italy, they could watch all the races online and see Branden’s exact position at any time. This is the first year that The Bahamas attended the World Championships as a national team and Branden explained that they went for the experience and the coaching. “We got exactly what we went for and I am very excited about the coaching I got,” he enthused. “Coaches from other countries were very willing to teach and they helped us all. I learned new techniques and a lot about fine tuning the sail.” “This was the best experience of my life so far. I have become a lot more confident in my sailing and more knowledgeable about racing and I’m stronger and smarter
on how to sail,” stated Branden. He was cognizant of the different opportunities that other countries got. “Most countries had full-time employed coaches many of whom are former world champions. The top countries are given huge government budgets but here in the Bahamas we have to scrap for donations,” he stated. Since his return from Italy, Branden attended camp in Eleuthera for one week and then spent the remaining two weeks of the holiday on Man O War Cay helping to teach sailing there. He was Junior Coach assisting Coach David Valentine from Freeport and a friend of his from Ireland. Please see
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Branden is looking forward to many more sailing competitions in the year ahead when he will be able to put into practice all of the new skills he learned during his amazing experience competing in the World Championships in Italy. He will be starting with a regatta in Freeport in September and then one in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, during the first week in October. “My major goal for the coming year is to win the Opti Nationals,” he says. Branden would like to thank everyone who supported him with his fundraising efforts for this could not have happened without them.
Weekly softball games lead up to playoffs Solution. Meanwhile, the DNR Sluggers readied themselves for the TC Jets out of North Abaco. Although those games were cancelled because of rainy weather, they continued the next day. The Wreckers fought to stay alive as they neared the softball playoff season, and were successful as they edged away with six runs to beat the
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Intensity. Lyle Sawyer, Bulldogs pitcher, stares across from the mound.
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By Canishka Alexander The Abaco Softball Association’s Facebook page announced that all roads would lead to the Murphy Town Ball Field on Aug. 23 for a double header featuring Simple Solution and Hope Town Wreckers and then the Creter’s Bulldogs against the DNR Sluggers. Simple Solution enjoyed an easy win against the Wreckers, beating them 10 to 1. The same was true for the Bulldogs as they swept the game away from DNR. The Bulldogs scored seven runs; DNR scored one. The following weekend on Aug. 30, the Wreckers emerged again to face Simple
Swing and a miss. DNR Sluggers vs the Creter's Bulldogs on Sept. 6. The Bulldogs beat DNR: 6 to 1.
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in the lineup for the top three teams to advance to the playoffs alongside the Bulldogs and the Jets. On Sept. 3, the DNR players returned to the field to play against the Wreckers. The Wreckers proved to be a worthy opponent, and ended up winning the game. They scored 16 runs, and DNR secured three runs. Another game – this time a tiebreaker – was scheduled for Sept. 10 because the Wreckers were now tied with Simple Solution with four wins. In the final set of games before the playoffs, a total of seven games were spread out over the exciting weekend of Sept. 6-7. Once again, Abaco welcomed Adney ‘The Heat’ Bethel with the Bommer G Truckers – the current New Providence Softball Association men’s championship winners. Games ran the course of one hour a piece, but a lot of damage took place in between. The Truckers beat the Hope Town Wreckers: 10 to 0 in the first game. In the second game, the Bulldogs beat DNR – 6 to 1. The Truckers took on the Jets in the final game and shut them down 7 to 0 notwithstanding the game was tied at 0 for both teams up until the fourth inning. On Sept. 7, there were more wins for the Truckers, and great losses for the Abaco men’s teams. The Truckers rivaled against the DNR Sluggers in Game 1, and beat them 8 to 0. Next in line was Simple Solution. The Truckers conquered them 11 to 0.
Focus. Claudia Knowles, first baseman for the AG Diamond Dollz. Above: North Abaco MP Renardo Curry at Tip Off. The women’s softball teams made their appearance, and it was the Terez Gas Angels who soared with nine runs, while the Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz scored five. In the final game, there was an all-star performance by the Truckers and Bulldogs as they were called one by one to the field followed by Umpires Eustace Penn and Kirk Thompson. Truckers delivered their final blow of the night beating the Bulldogs 4 to 0. The Hope Town Wreckers were scheduled to play, but were a no-show in Saturday’s games. Playoffs are scheduled for Sept. 13-14 nightly at the Murphy Town Ball Field.
By Mirella Santillo During the last two weekends of August, the Zion Baptist Cathedral’s basketball court was bustling with people- players, coaches and local supporters- who had come to play or watch the end of the season elimination games. Three games were played in the evening of August 24. The first game was played between the Zion Baptist Cathedral’s team and Youth Ministries’ team in the under 19 category. In spite of good attempt by Zion’s team, the victory went to Pastor Emmet Archer’s Youth Ministries, 23 to 17. Thanks to star player, Edney “Boo-
tie” Bethel, Church of God of Prophecy’s team defeated Change Ministries’ team in the open category, 31 to 23 in the second game. It was a close game between Zion’s Baptist Cathedral’s and Soul Saving Ministries’s teams in the third game, open category. The “Blues” of Zion Cathedral ended up winning by 21 to 19. The elimination rounds resumed on August 31with five games disputed between Zion Baptist Cathedral, Change Ministries, Victory Tabernacle, Youth Ministries, Soul Saving Ministries and Please see
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Church of God of Prophecy. In the first game, the Zion’s “Blue” were defeated by the Change Ministries’ team 29 to 11, in the under 19 age group. In the same age group, the Victory Tabernacle’s team grabbed an easy victory over Youth Ministries, winning 30 to 17. It was a close game between the under fifteen teams of Change Ministries and Zion Baptist Cathedral. Those younger players tried their best at defeating their opponent and by the end of the game, the result was a 15 points tie. The game went into overtime, which allowed Zion Baptist Cathedral’s team to win by a mere point, with a final score of 21 to 20. Game four was played between Church of God of Prophecy, the Dundas Town team, and Soul Saving Ministries. Again it was an easy victory in the open category, for Church of God of Prophecy with “Bootie” Bethel living up to his reputation. The end result was 34 to 23. Zion Baptist Cathedral’s team pulled the victory in the last- open category- game of the evening, defeating Change Ministries’ team 37 to 31, with the two Murphy Town teams each putting up a good fight for a chance to end up in the final. A good crowd frequented the court on August 31, enjoying the sport and the freshly grilled hamburgers. Among the attendees was the MP for North Abaco, Mr. Renardo Curry who socialized with old friends and acquaintances before throwing the starting ball in the third game. The championship game took place on September 6.
Anti-Doping Commission meets in Marsh Harbour with people involved with sports
Left to right: Brendon Davis (athlete), Nurse Beatrice Arthur, and David Morley address the gathering during the anti-doping meeting. By Mirella Santillo In the morning of Thursday, August 29, members of the Bahamas AntiDoping Commission ( BADC) , came to Marsh Harbour from Nassau and Freeport to meet with local people involved in the sports community, such as coaches, teachers, Principals and parents. A few athletes were also present at the meeting which took place in the Prime Minister’s Office in the new Government Complex. Even though only two cases of sport-
doping have been reported over the years in The Bahamas, with the resurgence of sports activities in schools and the achievements- national and international- of many Bahamian athletes, the BADC, which accepted the world anti-doping code in 2003 and is a signatory of the World Anti- Doping Association, felt that it was imperative to bring the subject to the attention of the people involved with sports in various islands of the country. The MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry and Administrator Preston Cunningham briefly attended the function, offering their support and their comments on the subject. A local DADC coordinator, Jevaughn Toote, acted as MC, welcoming the assembly and introducing the speakers. The first person to take the stage was BADC‘s Board Member, Roscow Davis, who is responsible for education. He gave a brief history on how the commission came to be formed, stating that it dealt with all matters relating to “clean sport.” The anti-doping commission has to ensure that everybody is aware of its existence and that athletes will not take anything internally or externally to enhance their performance. Different committees within the commission deal with testing of the athletes, discipline and appeals. There is also a Therapeutic Committee that deals with medication an athlete may genuinely require. Only the therapeutic committee can issue an exemption certificate that should be applied for three months in advance before the person’s participation in a sport’s event. The second board member, also a representative of Global Drug Reference Online (DRO)David Morley, was next to make a presentation on how doping was defined. One or more of the following statements constitute anti-doping rule violations, he stated: - The presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s sample - The use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method - Refusing to submit to sample collection after being notified - Failure to file athlete’s whereabouts information and missed tests -Tampering with any part of the doping control process -Possession of a prohibited substance -Trafficking a prohibited substance or
measure -Administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance or method to an athlete. He subsequently went through a list, updated every year, of which were the prohibited substances and methods. The list, mentioned Mr. Morley, applied to athletes both in, and out, of competition. A substance or methods is placed on the prohibited list when it has the potential to enhance or it enhances sport performance; when it represents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete and when it violates the spirit of sport. Athletes can be tested randomly or if there is a suspicion of abuse. Athletes in vacation will still be tested. Athletes under 17 years of age are not usually tested, but should it become necessary, they must have parental permission and be accompanied by an adult. Before a refreshment break, people were invited to ask questions or make comments. After partaking from platters of pastries and fruits, members of the audience were informed on the doping control process by Nurse Beatrice Arthur. She is the Lead Doping Control Officer with extensive experience in sample collection. She explained that once athletes have been selected for an anti-doping check, they must comply by reporting to the doping station right away and be accompanied at all time by a chaperon until the tests are performed. Sanctions for violating anti-doping regulations may range from a reprimand to a lifetime ban. Except for the Secretary, Mona Michel, the members of the BADC are all volunteers. Dr. Chervon Morley was the local coordinator of the event. Together with Jevaughn Toote, they represent BADC on Abaco.
Above: Jevaughn Toote, who together with Dr. Chervon Morley, are Abaco’s BADC representatives.
September 15, 2013
School & Youth News
Kathleen Key (backstage, center) gives her remarks at Angels Academy’s first graduation back in June. The three Grade 6 graduates were Hannah Parotti, Tanner Cartwright and Charles Pinder while Jayce Bonell graduated from Kindergarten.
By Jennifer Hudson June 13, 2013, was a very special day for the staff and students of Angel’s Academy. The school was founded in 2006 and so this was the occasion of its very first Graduation ceremony which was held in the Bible Truth Hall. Four students graduated, three from Grade 6 and one from Kindergarten. The three Grade 6 graduates were Hannah Parotti, Tanner Cartwright and Charles Pinder while Jayce Bonell graduated from Kindergarten. The ceremony was a very emotional one for School Principal, Barbara Johnson, since two of the graduating students, Hannah Parotti and Tanner Cartwright, were original students of the school having moved there with Mrs. Johnson from St. Frances de Sales School when Angels Academy first opened its doors. The other graduate, Charlie Pinder had come to the school later but had been a very helpful part of the family stated Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. Johnson took the students down memory lane asking them to remember the popular story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ told to them in kindergarten when they were themselves ‘little caterpillars’ in the scheme of things. Now they were graduating as ‘beautiful butterflies’. She had withheld the journals they wrote throughout their school life for this day so that she could present them to the graduates as a memento of their young lives and also so that they could see the transformation which had taken place. Mrs. Johnson told the graduates that during their time at the school they had achieved very well and were exceedingly well rounded students and all graduated with honours. Hannah Parotti spoke well as Valedictorian and Grade 5 students Ashley Newell and Lucas Kaighin did an excellent job as Masters of Ceremony. The programme was opened competently with a welcome by Taryn Carroll and a prayer by Jaquan Gedeon. Song and poem selections were presented by each of the grades from Pre K up while students from grades 2-5 also presented ‘Thoughts to the Graduates’. This was followed by the very appropriate song “Whenever you Remember” by Carrie Underwood. Following the procession of graduates the guest speaker, Kathleen Key, wife of Member of Parliament for South Abaco, Edison Key, was introduced by Dylan Sweeting. She was escorted to the stage by
student, Lucas Kaighin. Mrs. Key offered her congratulations to the students telling them; “Tomorrow will be the beginning of one of the most wonderful, memorable and exciting parts of your lives, for the next years of your life will determine your future. I would like you to listen well because I am going to give you some secrets for success.” She then expounded on the ‘4 G’s’ ,-Growth, Generosity, Gratitude and love of God-- illustrating her points with anecdotes of famous people. In closing and in summary of her four special points, Mrs. Key stated a wish for all; “In your life may you have people who will listen and spend time with you, encourage you and believe in you. May you embrace growth and excellence; may you be generous and may you say ‘thank you’ often. May God watch over you always.” Diplomas and awards were then presented and closing remarks spoken by Principal Barbara Johnson and Director Shelley Roark. Mrs. Johnson was very pleased with the large turnout of family members, friends and well-wishers who were then invited to partake of refreshments in the church hall.
S.C. Bootle holds memorial for teacher Press Release At the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic school year, the week began on a sad note for S. C. Bootle High School students as they viewed a memorial picturedisplay as a tribute to the late Norbelus Bustemante-Perez. Mr. Perez, a Cuban National, was the Physics/Computer Teacher at the school for the past three years. His body was one of eight that was found washed up on the shore off Holmes Rock in Grand Bahama on July 19, 2013 in an apparent failed human smuggling attempt. Mr. Perez was an extremely brilliant technical mind and was very popular with students and his colleagues alike. He will be missed by the entire Dynamic Dolphins Family.
Back to school ceremony at S. C. Bootle
Happy, eager and well rested – teachers at S. C. Bootle High School assemble at the front Entrance gate to welcome students on the first day of the new school year. From left: Michelle Clarke, Curlain Coakley, Carol Griffiths and Kayetta Brown. Press Release Some students of S.C. Bootle High School made their way by buses while others made their way by foot to the school for the start of the 2013-2014 school year. According to Principal Huel Moss, they were all greeted with big smiles by administrators and teachers in what has become an annual tradition. Moss observed that S. C. Bootle High School students were smartly dressed in bright, new uniforms. They hugged and shook hands with their teachers; and verbally exchanged high expectations for the new school year.
Crossing Rocks Primary has big voice Press Release Crossing Rocks Primary is one of the Primary Schools in the South Abaco District. According to the Principal it is a unique school where excellence lives. “Though we have a small body we have a big voice.” The principal, Mrs. Simone Pinder, teachers and staff work beyond the call to ensure that each child is nurtured properly to face the world. “We faced many challenges however we are over-comers. It is our pleasure to tell our story of accomplishments to the Abaco community and The Bahamas at large.” Their accomplishments last year: •First place Grade 5 Abaco District Spelling Bee •Second place Grade 4 Abaco District Spelling Bee •Third place Grade 2 Abaco District Spelling Bee •First place C Category Junior Junkanoo •First place Primary Category Bahamas National Trust Arts in the Parks Competition •Five students were awarded for their outstanding performance at the Abaco District Awards Ceremony. •Outstanding Performance in Dance and Choral Speaking in The Clement E Bethel National Arts Festival •We had excellent performance in the Abaco Dictrict Primary Inter School Sports. •We gained first, second and third place in the Primary National Track Meet In New Providence. •The Annual School Fair was a great success. The staff wants to thank the many stake holders who gave unselfishly to education.
Educators receive pep talk from District Supt. By Samantha Evans On August 30, educators gathered at New Vision Ministries for the Education Symposium under the theme: “Maximizing the quality of instructional leadership in pursuit of excellence in education.” Teachers joined the staff from various schools in The Bahamas, the United States and the Caribbean. The symposium began with an uplifting praise and worship session followed by a presentation by District Superintendent Lenora Black. Dr. Black gave a presentation to the staff on recommendations and beliefs as shared by the Minister of Education-Jerome Fritzgerald-in his absence. She reminded teachers that they are the representatives of the Minister of Education in his absence to parents, the community and staff. She challenged them to act on it. They all make decisions that impact the lives of the children they teach so they should be passionate about the educational process. The Minister believes that these changes cannot be made until teachers have the support needed by parents, civic and community organizations. Additionally, the Minister wants teachers to know that accountability must be accompanied by action. Dr. Black noted that the Grade 12 students are released from school earlier than others but they are not as disciplined as Grade 12 students of yesteryear. They are looking to hold on to them longer so that they do not get into mischief. Finally, she stated that the Minister would like for them to use examination results to make necessary changes at various school levels. Dr. Black then briefly went over parts of her presentation on “Teaching in the Bahamas,” paying special attention to the GLAT results. She compared the budget allocated to education in The Bahamas with those in countries where best practices have been seen and results exemplary. She showed teachers where The Bahamas has the highest percentage of budget at 24% yet our scores are not as good as Finland, Canada, Belize, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago where the budgets are in the single digits in some instances. She told them to recommit themselves to the education process and know that their reward will not come in money always but in those reaped through the students they have taught.
Angels Academy hosted their first graduation ever
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Artist Highlight Artist
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as Kim’s own copper and silver crosses and other ‘vintage stuff’ and rhinestones are incorporated into her ‘one-of-a-kind’ necklaces, bracelets and picture frames. A treasure vial is one of her latest innovations and these little ‘Message in a Bottle’ pendants are filled with ‘dreams’ such as fabric scraps, seashells, sea glass and glitter. Kimberly really dislikes repetition and so is always trying out new things and attending different courses to learn new techniques. She is very excited about her next bead making course in December. Just for fun she enjoys constructing mixed media wall hangings incorporating clay, paper, paint and wood. When she was running her shop in Marsh Harbour Kimberly used to teach arts and crafts and people have been asking her to begin teaching again so she is planning on beginning classes in quilting, jewelry and glass bead making. Anyone interested in attending these classes or purchasing any of her work can contact her at: www.bahamadawn.blogspot.com or Bahama Dawn on Facebook. Ninety five percent of Kimberly’s work is sold online throughout Nassau, Abaco and the United States but there are also selected pieces for sale in Palm Cottage and Java. She displays annually at ‘Art for the Parks’ the annual Bahamas National Trust Art Show at the Abaco Beach Resort and is now gearing up to begin showing again at the pre-Christmas Jollification in Nassau. In addition to her love of arts and crafts Kimberly is also a great animal lover. She works tirelessly with ‘Friends of Abaco Animals’ rescuing stray dogs and cats and personally provides a safe haven for any animals which cannot be adopted out. Among the dogs presently living at her house she has five with epilepsy, two which are feral and will not let anybody touch them except her, two with thyroid problems two which are blind and one that is deaf. In addition she has several cats and 15 freshwater turtles which people didn’t want any more once they grew past the cute baby stage they were at when they bought them. “People do not realize that these little tiny turtles will grow into plate size creatures,” she stated. In addition to all this, this busy lady finds time to run half marathons and is even planning a full marathon in the New Year. Her mind like her body is always on the move and she says that her head is now brimming with new ideas for Halloween decorations.
Cooper’s Town Sunrise Foundation held a basketball jamboree By Mirella Santillo The Sunrise Foundation was started on May 23 by Alvino Saunders - a Cooper’s Town resident. It is an all-boys club organization geared at helping young men to stay busy by involving them primarily in sports for now, but aiming later on to bring their awareness to community needs, such as donation drives for the Cancer Society or blood drives when needed. Since May, the club members have concentrated on basketball training with the outcome being a Jamboree held between Sunrise Foundation Basketball Team and an All Star Team from Dundas and Murphy Towns, affiliated to the Abaco Church Sports Association. A bus-load of players from Victory Tabernacle, Zion Baptist Church, Abaco Youth Ministry and Change Ministries, driven by Pastor Everett Strachan, left Murphy Town around 7:00pm on August 23 on its way to Cooper’s Town to participate in the event . They were accompanied by their coaches and supporters. In Cooper’s Town they were welcomed by the coordinators of the Jamboree, Sylvia Poitier and Mr. Saunders, who had trophies ready for the winners. Many locals made their way to the Cooper’s Town Community Park basketball court to watch the four games which were played during that evening. The Church Sports Association All Star Team defeated Abaco Youth Ministries 22 to 13 in the under 19 category in the first game. Sunrise Foundation Basketball team defeated Abaco Youth Ministries, 24 to 20 in the under sixteen category in the second game. It was another victory for Cooper’s Town in the third game of under-nineteen participants. Sunrise Foundation beat Abaco Youth Ministries 28 to 26 in an exciting game during which all the players worked hard to make their team win. The last game was played between the All Star Abaco Church Sports team and Abaco Youth Ministries also in the under nineteen age group. The All Star team, comprised of players such as Edney “Bootie” Bethel, Brendon Davis and Edvon Stuart, to mention a few, defeated the Youth Ministries team. The two winning teams- Sunrise Foundation and All Star Church Sports Association were scheduled to meet again in Cooper’s Town for the championship game, in both the under 16 and under 19 age groups, on September 7. Above right: Organizers and participants stand in front of the trophies.
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Church News First Assembly attends Mission Trip to Key West By Samantha Evans The church family of First Assembly has been on mission trips before but had not planned one since they went to Haiti in 2011 after the earthquake that left many residents without homes and food. This year they were invited to Key West, Florida by Pastor Jonathan Carey of Gladtides Community Church who visited Abaco to conduct a leadership seminar earlier in the
year. The mission trip took place July 2431 at which time they took part in evangelistic outreach on Bahama Village Park which is an area where many Bahamians live. While there, they visited the Salvation Army where they fed the less fortunate and homeless, visited a food distribution center where they helped package and distribute food to those in need, engaged in outdoor
ministry where they shared the Gospel of Christ, shared testimonies, worshipped through song and dance, played a baseball game with the host church and went on a radio program to talk about their mission trip. An evangelism seminar was also held for the leaders of the church and Pastor Deion Gibson preached at the church’s Sunday service. To assist with funding
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