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The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) congratulates the Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL), its executive team, coaching staff, and most importantly, the players for their outstanding performance during the Grand Bahama Port Authority's (GBPA) 10th BBF Andre Rodgers Baseball Championships.
The Farmers captured four of the six age divisions up for grabs at the recent championships. The BBF hosted over 700 boys and girls from June 20-24 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The tournament paid dividends for Grand Bahama. A total of five hotels on the island were impacted, and most if not all of the rental cars were booked out.
There were some dominating pitching performances in the 13-15 and 16-18 divisions. In the 13-15 division, Anthony Russell from the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) threw a perfect game, and Justin Sweeting and most valuable player (MVP) Michael Sands tossed no-hitters.
In the 16-18 division, a no-hitter was thrown by MVP Dwight Rahming from Freedom Farm. Rahming barely missed a perfect game, as he gave up a walk to the ninth batter in the fifth inning. The federation is excited to see the level of pitchers being developed in the country as it prepares teams to represent The Bahamas in the international arena.
Freedom Farm won gold medals in the Insurance Management Coach Pitch Division, the BTC 9-10 Division, the GBPA and Bommer George Trucking 11-12 Division, and the Summit Insurance High School 16-18 Division. In the Coach Pitch Division, a very powerful team of seven and eight-year-olds from Freedom Farm, who know and understand the game of baseball, dominated the division. In the 9-10 Division, one of the best games of the tournament was the gold medal game between JBLN and the Farmers. Freedom Farm won a close game, 7-6.
In the 11-12 Division, Freedom Farm went undefeated, advancing to the gold medal game with a 4-2 win over Grand Bahama Little League.
They won the gold with a 10-4 victory over the JBLN. In the 16-18 Division, Freedom Farm advanced to the gold medal game after being down in a rain-shortened game on Saturday night against the Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association (GBABA) team.
Both teams went into that game undefeated. Freedom Farm Manager Jeff Francis went with southpaw Dwight Rahming, who turned in an outstanding pitching performance. He led the Farmers to an 8-1 victory over the GBABA team.
In The Shoe Village Junior Division (13-15), the JBLN benefitted from outstanding pitching performances and steady play to win the gold medal. They defeated the Grand Bahama team in the gold medal game, 4-2.
Finally, in the FOCOL College Division (25-and-under), the gold medal game proved to be one of the most exciting games of the tournament a previously unbeaten JBLN team lost a nail-biter to the defending champions Legacy, 3-2. Southpaw MVP Leon Cooper turned in a strong pitching. He held the JBLN bats at bay.
The BBF thanks its corporate sponsors for their contribution, and congratulates its lifetime achievement recipients, and high school and college award winners.
The BBF lifetime honorees are: Adrian Rodgers, the late Arthur Thompson, the late George Mackey, and the late Vince Ferguson. The most outstanding high school player was Theodore "Trae" Sweeting, from JBLN, while Byron Ferguson, also from JBLN, won the most outstanding high school pitcher award. Sweeting attends Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, and Ferguson attends Trinity Christian Academy in Florida.
The most outstanding college player award was shared between Jervis "Champ" Stuart, out of Bimini, and Brandon Murray, from the JBLN. Stuart plays his collegiate baseball for the Brevard College Tornados, and Murray who was a DI player of the year this year, plays for the College of Charleston Cougars.
Desmond Russell, from Legacy, who was also a DI player of the year this year and who plays for the Jackson State University Tigers, won the most outstanding college pitcher award.
In other baseball news, the New Providence Amateur Baseball League (NPABL) is all set to host the NPABL Senior Summer Baseball Jamboree.
Draft Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, at the JBLN Senior Field at noon. Games are scheduled to be played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
All senior players in New Providence are invited to take part. The contact persons for the jamboree are Jeff Francis and Bertram Murray.
LONDON, England - Young V'Alonee Robinson is another one of those first-time Olympians having the time of their lives here in this historic city.
Robinson, who finished third in the women's 100 meters (m) at the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials, is a part of the relay pool for The Bahamas at these 30th Olympic Games. She is set to represent The Bahamas in the women's 4x100m relay. The 20-year-old rising star is taking in everything the Olympics has to offer. On her off days, she said she has just been relaxing, walking around the Athlete's Village and enjoying her first Olympic experience.
"This is a wonderful experience. This is the big stage for athletes and I'm just happy to be here. This is the Olympics - everything is big here. It's a great experience and I'm just happy to be a part of it," she said.
The former St. Augustine's College (SAC) sprinter is one of the young up-and- coming sprinters in the country. She has a personal best time of 11.57 seconds in the 100m, ran this year at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Regionals. As one of the alternates on the sprint relay team, she could very well run the heats at these games.
The heats of the women's 4x100m are set for Thursday August 9 at the Olympic Stadium, and the final is set for Friday, August 10.
"I'm a bit nervous but for me, it's good nerves. It's good to be here and represent my country at such a big meet. To know that Bahamians are here supporting us, and back home as well, it gets me even more excited to compete."
With sprinters like young Robinson surging to the forefront, the future of Bahamian female sprinting appears very encouraging. She and other young female sprinters like Anthonique Strachan, Sheniqua Ferguson and Carmeisha Cox have big shoes to fill, with the 'Golden Girls' setting a very high standard. But these young speedsters certainly have the potential of living up to that legacy.
"I think I'm really coming along as a sprinter. I'm happy with my progress," said Robinson. "I have targets that I have set for myself in the future, so hopefully I can achieve them. You will definitely be hearing more from me."
That same confidence has garnered Robinson a spot on this year's Olympic team. She has always believed in her ability, and now, others are starting to take note as well. The Auburn sophomore trains under the watchful eyes of Bahamian coach Henry Rolle. She's hoping to really make an impact on the collegiate scene next year.
As for the London Olympics, she said that she just wants to get on the track. The Bahamas' women's 4x100m team qualified in the 15th of 16 spots for these games. There's no doubt in the minds of many though, that once the right pieces are in place, they can qualify for the final and give a good account of themselves once they get there.
Two local companies have officially thrown their financial support behind the Olympic trials for the sport of track and field.
The generous donations from communications giant, the Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) and Scotiabank Bahamas Limited will ensure that the Olympic trials, hosted by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) will run smoothly. The two-day meet, which will feature several head-to-head competitions, is now being referred to as the BTC/Scotiabank Olympic Trials.
The meet will be held June 22-23 at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. It is a mandatory event for all persons hoping to be named to the squad. The official team will be named that Sunday.
"The Olympic fever has begun in The Bahamas with the London 2012 Olympic Games being just 43 days away," said Kevin Teslyk, managing director at Scotiabank. "Scotiabank is again proud to be partners with the BAAA as we showcase the very best of track and field in The Bahamas, at the BTC/Scotiabank Trials 2012."
The trials will also serve as the last opportunity for many of the junior athletes wanting to meet the qualifying standards for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Junior World Championships. With so many of the local junior athletes ranked so high in the world, president of the BAAA Mike Sands is confident that the mixture will add the much needed flavor to the meet.
Young Anthonique Strachan has the fastest time in the world, for junior female athletes, in the 100 meters (m). Strachan has already qualified for the Olympic Games with her season's best of 11.22 seconds. She will contest the 100m dash with fellow training partner Sheniqua Ferguson and veteran sprinter Chandra Sturrup, both of whom have posted fast times this year, and have qualified for the London Games.
In the half lap event, on the junior circuit, Strachan follows Shaunae Miller who has a best of 22.70 seconds. Both are a shoe-in for the Olympic Games and the IAAF Junior World Championships, Strachan has a best of 22.75 seconds.
It is not certain if Miller will contest the loaded 200m, which will include national record holder Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Sheniqua Ferguson, among several others. However, she will line up in the 400m with Christine Amertil, an Olympic finalist in the event.
Junior quartermiler O'Jay Ferguson's name is ranking among the elite athletes. He is one of the favorites going into the 400m event, during the trials. Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder and Avard Moncur should not be counted out. Ramon Miller and Andretti Bain have also entered the stacked field.
On the field, national record holder in the men's triple jump event Leevan Sands will be challenged by Lathone and Latario Collie-Minns. Raymond Higgs has moved over the long jump clearing the way for Ryan Ingraham, Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas.
Barry has already met the qualification standard of 2.31m, which is the A level set by the IAAF. The B standard is 2.28m and Ingraham has cleared that.
Saturday 28th June 2014 7:00 PM
20th Annual Dance Production: ALL EYES ON US!!! When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Where: The Rain Forest Theatre Crystal Palace Casino Time: 7:00pm Tickets: $25 (Available @ Rosetta Street, Palmdale, West of John's Shoe Store) Click HERE to go to Eurhythmics Dance Studio listing page. EURHYTHMICS DANCE STUDIO, The Bahamas' #1 Premier Dance Studio, under the direction of Gabriella Szabo and Mario Wright proudly presents its 20th Anniversary Dance Production: "ALL EYES ON US" on Saturday, June 28th at 7pm at the Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace Casino, Nassau. It will be a show filled with lots of surprises and exciting dance numbers that you DON'T want to miss. Conceived and Choreographed by: Ms. Gabriella Szabo Directed by: Gabriella Szabo and Mario Wright Star Performers: Students of the Eurhythmics Dance Studio. Features: 16 NEW Original pieces 2 Signature pieces 5 Favorite Dance Highlights from "Neon Music" Guest Performers: Mr. Unique (Top Bahamian Magician) HD Dance Crew The Show Stopping Performance will be held Saturday the 28th of June 2014 @ The Rain Forest Theater. Phone: 436-0303, 535-0956, 394-1822
When Sister Marva Coakley devoted herself to religious life in 1977, her Benedictine religious order had 22 sisters, and there were two convents in Nassau -- Saint Martin (which is now Saint Martin Monastery) and the Sisters of Charity. Today the Sisters of Charity Convent is no more and the number of sisters at Saint Martin has dwindled to 11 Bahamians and one foreigner.
As the numbers dwindled, the ages soared. The youngest Bahamian nun is Sister Marva who is now 57. Sister Vernice Wilson at 82 is the oldest. A 32-year-old Filipino who transferred from the Philippines is the youngest nun in the convent, but she is not Bahamian.
In the United States the count has fallen from about 180,000 in 1965 to 55,000 last year, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
The number of nuns and sisters plunged through the years as more career opportunities for women opened and sisterhood became less viable. Generally, a nun lives a cloistered, contemplative life in a monastery while sisters live and work within their communities.
In the United States and Canada, convents and monasteries aren't leaving the future of their orders to prayer and chance, and have turned to the Internet and social media to attract women who feel the calling to serve God and their community.
Like monasteries and convents around the world, Saint Martin Convent is facing challenges attracting youthful Bahamian women to the order and have resorted to different methods as opposed to word of mouth to try to attract women.
Recently, an advertisement in The Nassau Guardian read "Do you want to become a nun and do the Lord's work? If interested contact Saint Martin Convent at 323-5517 or 323-5466". The advertisement was sponsored by a friend of the sisters.
"We are most certainly facing the same challenges as convents the world over," said Sister Marva Coakley, the director of vocation at Saint Martin Monastery. "The population is aging. The majority of the sisters are in their 70s with the youngest at 32, and she's not a Bahamian."
The urgency of the situation was even addressed by Pope Benedict on World Day of Prayer in April, as he urged young people to recognize that they are a gift to the church and not sell themselves short. The pope hoped young people would recognize there is a need for nuns and that they have something to give, that they should give themselves up for the love of God, and give themselves up unselfishly so that other people may live.
As vocation director, Sister Marva tries to recruit by going into the churches and holding seminars to inform people about religious life. Opportunities are also provided for people to get a chance to see what the sisters do and to meet them. Saint Martin Monastery currently has a come-and-see program at least twice yearly. An exhibition of the sisters at work is set up for viewing and people are invited to experience evening vespers (prayers). Afterwards they are invited to partake in a social, with goodies baked by the sisters. It also gives people the opportunity to ask questions and experience the silence of the convent and the calmness of the sisters' lives.
Sister Marva, who grew up on Harbour Island and is the principal of St. Bede's Primary School, said it was that calmness of life that attracted her to the convent. She said she had a yearning, and she wanted to teach.
"On Harbour Island, there were only white sisters (Sisters of Charity). I liked how the sisters carried themselves and the things they did for other people in the community, and I wanted to do something like that. Going to Aquinas, I met another group of sisters (Dominican nuns), but they were all doing the same things, and they had that quietness about them that I liked," she said.
But she believes the technological advances of the world and the opportunities that now exist have pulled women away from the sisterhood. In the 60s and 70s when she showed an interest in the religious order, she was required to complete high school and work at least one year. But today she said things are simply not the same.
She also said while the life has stipulations and a lot of discipline, they are not missing what most people think they are -- freedom. She said everything the sisters have is in common and they all go to prayers three times per day -- at 6:30 a.m. at noon and at 5:15 p.m. After evening prayers they do not go "gallivanting". They go to dinner and those who have evening meetings attend them and then return home.
"The misconception is what they think they will be missing, and they think they will be missing freedom. But, you have your freedom," she said. "When I decided to go into the convent I knew there were going to be rules and
regulations and that everyone would not be doing their own thing, but we do have something to say about what we do, and we are out to do our tasks, which is our ministry. "
Sister Clare Rolle works with the Samaritan Ministry; Sister Annie Thompson, Sister Agnes Johnson and Sister Janice Coakley bake the cookies and tarts the monastery is famous for; Sister Ena Albury works at the hospital and does visiting; Sister Cecilia Albury takes care of the elderly at St. Joseph's Daycare Center; Sister Mary Benedict is the retired superintendent of Catholic Schools, but serves as the monastery's prioress (mother superior); Sister Agatha Hunt is retired and most times can be found in the chapel in quiet prayer to make sure her sisters all stay safe.
As a member of the order, they all take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
"Our community is a group of women seeking a deeper awareness of God's presence in our lives and in our community. Everyone works hand in hand, sharing meals, prayer, work and conversion," she said.
And she said all of their needs are being met. She can go to the hairdresser, she can purchase shoes and clothes or anything she wants because they all get an equal allowance -- no matter what job they hold. But if they have a special need they can make a request of their superior.
"We are our own women and we do our own thing. I manage my own money and if we want something special we can save up for whatever we want," she said. "None of our nuns step out looking shabby. We all look good."
If young women have a drawing on their heart or soul to religious order in joining the sisterhood, Sister Marva said they have to have finished high school and worked at least a year. Training is done right at Saint Martin Monastery.
Sister Marva has celebrated 25 years in the monastery and she said she has no regrets. She said over the years some people tried the monastic life but did not stay. Even though they did not, she said she respected them for it.
"I prefer them to leave even though they may have had years of training at the expense of the convent. I prefer them to leave rather than to be miserable there, because it's not a jail, nor is it a house of refuge. It's freedom," she said.
Prospective sisters she said should have a love of God and others, and an openness to be spirit-led and having an interest in serving the church.
There motto is Ora et Laboura, which Sister Marva said means to work and pray.
Saint Martin Monastery will celebrate 75 years in October as a religious community. Sister Marva said God has brought them this far and their fate will depend on what He has planned for them.
"As much as we think we have control, and are doing all we think we can do, God is still in control," she said.
While her counterparts around the world are making use of technology to reach young women, Sister Marva said she desires to use technology more in fostering vocation, but she said it has been a challenge for her. It's her goal to have the monastery's lay group members (women and men) who have the expertise assist her in using the media. There are approximately 50 lay members. They do the same things that the sisters do except the lay members live with their families.
About the sisters
Our way of life is not restricted to any one ministry. The Rule of Benedict affirms both manual and intellectual work as essential to a balanced life. Our small community of members are educators, administrators, pastoral workers, healthcare givers, homemakers, mentors and spiritual guiders.
On October 3, 1937, a new possibility opened up for young Catholic women in The Bahamas when three local young women of New Providence answered the call to enter religious life.
The women were formed and guided by the Sisters of Charity from Mount St. Vincent, New York and the Benedictine priests from St. John's Abbey in Minnesota.
In 1962, the Sisters of St. Martin joined the Benedictine Community of St. Benedict's Convent of St. Joseph, Minnesota. They became a part of a great monastic community with a tradition that dates its origin to the sixth century following the rule and customs of its founder, St. Benedict and his twin sister Scholastica, in the Caves of Subiaco, Italy. It became an independent monastery in 1994.
The Benedictine Sisters of St. Martin Monastery are a monastic community of women, seeking to follow Christ through a vowed life of stability, fidelity to the monastic way of life and obedience. We strive to be rooted in Jesus Christ, our Benedictine heritage and the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
The grace of preferring nothing to Christ impels them to contemplate and hear God's call, evident in the needs of the local church and the world. Inspired and formed by the Gospel, the rule of Benedict and the Benedictine tradition, they offer hope and ministry freely as our gifts and vows allow.
Sister Mary Benedict Pratt, OSB -- Prioress
Sister Jacintha Neely, OSB
Sister Mary Josephine Albury, OSB
Sister Marva Coakley, OSB
Sister Clare Rolle, OSB - director of the Samaritan Ministry
Sister Cecilia Albury, OSB
Sister Vernice Wilson, OSB
Sister Agatha Hunt, OSB
Sister Ena Albury, OSB
Sister Janis Coakley, OSB
Sister Annie Thompson, OSB
For years, the BET Awards, have been a semi formal event. Even with that dress code some celebs STILL don't know what to wear when they hit the red carpet at the Kodak Centre. There were a few hits and misses so let us scrutinise!
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By Bernadette Gibson
As we wind down to the opening of the school year, many parents are busy selecting footwear for their children. I find it necessary to address this topic as many children experience foot problems due to improper footwear. Parents can worry about their child's teeth and eyes, but often do not give any attention to the developing foot. Many adult foot problems have their origins in childhood, so attention to footwear in children can minimise these problems in adults.
Buy Children's Shoes that Fit - it is not unusual for a parent or grandparent to purchase shoes for a child without the child present. A child's shoe should be directly fitted to the foot in the store. ...
The two men police believe are responsible for the shooting death of an off-duty police reservist were literally dragged into the South Street court complex to be charged with his murder yesterday.
Clemson Edgecombe, 22, and Andrew Gibson, 28, who appeared to have trouble getting up the steps, were carried up the stairs by officers to appear before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez.
At one point, Gibson stumbled causing his shoes to slip off his feet, leaving him barefoot, as police carried him inside.
Both men were charged with the murder and armed robbery of police reservist Dennis Clarke on May 31.
According to police, Clarke was outside Superwash on Prince Charles Drive last Thursday when the occupants of a silver Toyota in the parking lot reportedly approached and shot.
Gibson was unable to stand as the charges were read. He claimed that the entire left side of his body was in pain.
Meanwhile, Edgecombe was charged with another armed robbery that occurred on May 17.
Police claim Edgecombe robbed Pedro Brennan of $700 worth of goods and $200 cash.
Edgecombe's attorneys told the court that their client was beaten by police and forced to sign a statement.
Gibson's attorney, Stanley Rolle, said his client was also abused and was brought to court barefoot, something he described as inhumane.
Gomez ordered that both defendants be taken to see a doctor immediately. The men were not required to enter a plea today and will return to court on August 22 for service of a voluntary bill of indictment.
Jamia St. Clair Moss had an up close and personal account with how sickness affects a family. She watched a friend and their family member suffer through dialysis treatments, before succumbing to death. Because of the toll she saw it take on that family, Jamia, who always knew she wanted to study medicine, decided she wanted to try to do something about it and decided that her focus would be transplant surgery with a specialty in kidney surgery.
The rough period in that family's life, that helped her focus in on her decision about her life which Jamia wrote about, helped her win $140,000 in scholarship money and the title of All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship winner. Coupled with the fact that she's smart -- she has a 3.93 cumulative grade point average, passed eight Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams, all with A grades, scored 1,900 on her Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), and is a well-rounded student who did volunteer work for a number of organizations, made her a shoe-in for the award.
But with a humble attitude she says she knows a number of her peers who were just as deserving of the award.
"It was a great honor to receive this scholarship," said Jamia who is currently in Minnesota preparing for her first year of college at Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, where she will study Biochemistry and Hispanic Studies. "I know a lot of other young Bahamians, very deserving ones were in the running too, a lot of them were my close friends, so I know exactly how much work it takes to get to that level, so it means quite a bit."
The scholarship money could not have come at a better time for the St. Augustine's College graduate, who had been awarded a half scholarship to the university. She learned she had won the award five days before she was to leave the country for Minnesota.
"It's a great burden off my parents [James and Allyson Moss] actually, because I was offered almost half of the fees from the school, and my parents were still responsible with having to come up with about $26,000 per year, which is still a lot, because I want to do medicine and that's a lot of time in school, so winning was really good actually."
Students qualifying for consideration for the All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship Award have to have a very strong grade point average, write an essay between 1,000 to 2,000 words explaining their plans for their career and their goals, and they have to be well-rounded students who participated in volunteerism.
Jamia did volunteer work at the Nazareth Home for Abused Children, the Children's Emergency Hostel, Special Olympics, Doctors Hospital, the Bahamas National Trust and the Bahamas Humane Society.
She was also involved in the Governor General Youth Award Program (bronze and silver), and a member of her yearbook staff at her alma mater. She was also a nominee for a global youth leadership conference, and a lector and commentator at St. Paul the Apostolic Catholic Church. She received a first place in the Build-a-Bridge national team competition, and is a published author (There's a Monkey in the Refrigerator).
The All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship winner's advise to her peers who are looking to be given the award next year is to stay strong and study hard and to remember that it's not all about academics. She advised them to get involved in other activities to and have fun doing so while they study hard.
For her undergraduate degree she's studying biochemistry and Hispanic studies. The St. Augustine's College graduate's advise - Just stay strong and study hard, and remember that it's not all about academics and that they can get involved as well, and have some fun, and discover other things they like to do, but study hard too. As for her worth ethic, she said it definitely comes from her parents.
"Academically in primary school it was easy stuff, but my parents really helped me to understand that to continue to do well you still have to study hard to do the best you can."
The teen chose to attend Saint Benedict and Saint John's University because of the history it represents in her family. Both of her parents went there, so she says it meant a lot to her to be able to do the same.
Jamia was one 11 students that were recipients of more than $.5 million in scholarship money given out through the All-Bahamas Merit Scholar Award Program funded by the Lyford Cay Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Central Bank.
Nine other students received full scholarships to further their studies at universities in the People's Republic of China. There were 10 national merit award recipients. Each award covers four years of higher education.
Bishop Carroll Rolle knows he cannot sleep in the storm-ravaged structure that used to be his house on Acklins Island, yet he is determined to stay there as long as there is daylight. After all, even though there's not much left, it is still home.
It's where The Nassau Guardian found Rolle during a visit to Acklins on Saturday.
At 79, Rolle has aged into a dignified man with snow-white hair and white eye lashes.
Walking with a cane, but with firm, measured steps, he gave a tour of what was left, pointing to an old shed that was reduced to rubble, and the walls of the modest house he lived in, barely still standing after Irene's ferocious winds pummeled Acklins last week. The hurricane tore off most of the roof of Rolle's home, and the roofs of many other buildings on the island.
"Most of my damage extends from the roof. We lost shingles and different things," said Rolle, who retired to Acklins in 1992. "I don't know what I'm going to do with this and I don't want to move back to Nassau because Nassau is no place for me. In today's day they push old people out the way. That's my reason for retiring back here."
He called the experience of the storm heart-breaking. "Thank God there was not much water," Rolle said. "The most we got was wind."
Not too far away in Snug Corner, Henry Rolle, one of Bishop Rolle's 11 sons, sat across from his establishment, Club Rolex, which was also battered when Hurricane Irene roared through on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
"I heard about Hurricane Irene coming but I never thought she was that serious," Henry Rolle said. "I made some arrangements to batten up and secure it and all of that but when [I watched] the hurricane as it passed it just destroyed the building, totally destroyed the building."
Rolle said his building is not insured because there were tough times with the recession. The storm ripped through the roof and smashed up the nightspot. On Saturday, the floor was still in place, but it was covered with slippery muck and debris. The dance floor still remained, but there was no music anywhere. It too was covered in the mangled mess left by Irene.
Across the island, the hurricane also left miles of power lines on the ground. Several men worked under the blistering August sun on Saturday afternoon, pulling wires and cables -- some with their bare hands. The men had one ladder pressed against a pole that was still standing. They had no bucket truck and not much else as they worked on restoring power to an island where most of the several hundred residents remained without electricity and water.
The island's chief councilor Roston Cox, who was a part of the small Bahamas Electricity Corporation work team, could not say how long it would be before power is restored to the entire island. "We're just doing the best we can," Cox said, "trying to take it one day at a time." He said power had been restored to a portion of Spring Point, Delectable Bay and Pompey Bay.
Referring to the storm, he added, "In the amount of time that I've been living, I've never seen anything like it. There are some people who say the strength of the hurricane was similar to [Hurricane Donna in 1960] but I am not familiar with Donna." He said the experience with Irene was "real scary."
Stephen Wilson, assistant administrator for Acklins, said 17 houses on the island were destroyed, and 80 percent of all the houses were impacted by the storm.
"We're asking for food, water and clothing and then we need building materials so that they can commence the reconstruction," Wilson said. He added though that Acklins Islanders are positive, resilient people. "The people are strong," Wilson said. "All of them would tell you that they thank God that no life was lost in this ordeal."
Rev. Newton Williamson echoed that sentiment.
"When I saw [the devastation to my property] I said thank God I'm alive," Williamson said, "because if I am alive there is hope to replace [what was lost]." His popular fishing lodge at Grey's Point received substantial damage in the storm. Windows were busted out, the roof was raked away and contents from the building were sent sailing in every conceivable direction. A fishing boat was overturned in bushes not far from the main structure. The fishing lodge would have to be re-built, but Williamson said he was not sure whether the structure is insured. "I have never seen devastation like that and I have been through a lot of hurricanes," said Williamson, referring generally to Irene's impact on Acklins.
In other settlements, similar stories have emerged.
Eliza Taylor, 83, returned to her Mason's Bay home on Saturday after riding out the storm in Nassau. The old woman put out shoes to dry, wiping away water and dirt. She wore a pained expression with beads of sweat popping across her forehead and draining down her weathered cheeks as she tried to salvage whatever she could.
"Oh my God, only destruction I call it," Taylor said. "I couldn't believe it." Irene pounded the small home, tossing things inside around like rag dolls. A little bathroom mirror was still on the wall, but the small bathroom was a mess from the storm's force -- as was every other room. "Everything is just gone," said Taylor, who pointed out that her small restaurant was also torn apart.
A couple miles away, Bishop Rolle was still sitting there, meditating. When night comes, he will go back to his son's house. Until then, he will use the daylight hours to pray for the people of Acklins.
"I thank God for life because you can easily get material things back, but life, you cannot get it back," Rolle said.
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