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May 24, 2007

ISSUE 6

Junkanoo J urnal

THE US EMBASSY NEWSLETTER

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

what's inside 2 Marine Farewell 3 CLO Connection 4 Management News-HR 5 Management News 6 Public Affairs/ Commissary News 7 Summer Camps & Workshops 8 Kids Contests 9 Community Events 10 Photo Gallery 11 Advertisements & Announcements

` A note from The Charge On Saturday, I had the honor to help launch the Bahamas Special Olympics Torch Run. Each year, Embassy law enforcement and military join with Bahamian counterparts to carry the torch through the streets of New Providence to raise money and support for Bahamian Special Olympians. The Special Olympians were a great group of people, many of whom will be competing in the World Special Games in Shanghai later this year.

I wanted to thank those of our staff who volunteered their time (and especially their energy) to carry the torch on behalf of the Embassy this year: LCDR Mike Fredie Sgt. Chong Bae Sgt. Jesse Christopherson SSgt. Harry Taylor Even though a small group, they represented us with distinction. I have committed to launching the Olympics again next year, and look forward to an even bigger law enforcement and military turnout. Thanks again to our swift, fleet-footed runners. The Chargé d'Affaires, D. Brent Hardt

Special Olympics Torch Run

Marines' Farewell Party

On Friday May 18, the Marines had a Farewell Party for SGT Bae and SGT Steedley.

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"Bloom where you are planted"

CLO

CONNECTION

For more information about items on this page, please contact Jeanne Dennis at 322-1181 Ext. 4254 or [email protected]

June 1 -

Compass Point Restaurant Night 7:00pm

There is a full moon this evening (actually it is a "Blue Moon" month) and we will have a great view from the oceanside deck of Compass Point. The new owners, Skip and Linda, have arranged a special dinner for us, consisting of Caesar Salad, Choice of 3 Entrees: Grouper Almandine, Sirloin Steak or Seafood Pasta, and Desert of Carrot Cake. The price is $40 per person, including gratuity. Please RSVP to the CLO at Ext.4254 by May 29th.

June 9 -

Stingray Adventure 9:00am - 4:00pm

A favorite excursion for families and singles alike, on the island of Blackbeard Cay. The excursion on the 65 foot catamaran leaves at 9:00 a.m. from the Prince George wharf and returns at 4:00 p.m. (There is also an earlier departure at 12noon). Hand feed and snorkel with the Southern Atlantic Stingrays, which are gentle and de-barbed. Relax in lounge chairs, have a drink at the Bacardi Beach Bar, play volleyball, and check out their souvenir shop. This all-day outing includes lunch. Prices are $25.00 for adults and $21.00 for kids 3-12, with under 3 years old free. (Regular adult price is $49.00) You can pay for your ticket when you arrive to the cay. They have a great website at www. stingrayadventure.com which includes additional information, and a photo gallery. Please RSVP to the CLO at Ext.4254 by June 5th, and I will call in the group reservation.

Top 12 Experiences Of Authentic Nassau!

For a quick immersion in Bahamian culture, here are a dozen experiences that you can sample. Take in one, two or several. All will take you to the real Bahamas, the one located just minutes away from the resorts of Cable Beach, Nassau, and Paradise Island. Come see..... The Fish Fry at Arawak Cay... People-to-People... Afternoon Tea... Cafe Johnny Canoe... The Straw Market... Take a Jitney... Festival Place... Local Theatre... The Sound of a Choir... A Bat and Wickets... Pure Island Rhythms... Sunsets Like No Other... To read the complete article and for more information on the Bahamas, visit www.whatsonbahamas.com

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Management News Seasonal Hire Program For Students

The Embassy will again sponsor a program this summer to employ students who are between the ages of 16 and 23, and who will be available for work for at least one month during the summer. High School Students will be paid at the rate of $8.95 per hour (FP-CC/1) and college students (including students who have just graduated from high school and will be in college next fall) will be paid at the rate of $9.75 per hour (FP-BB/1). Work assignments and the number of hours available for employment will be determined once the application process has been completed and we know the number of students interested. Funding permitting, we will try to ensure students are able to work for at least twenty hours a week for four weeks. Most work will be unclassified unless the student has had a recent State Department Security level at Confidential or above. Students will have to fill out an electronic request for a National Security Name Check and provide fingerprints in order to be employed. Students must meet the following requirements: Student must be at least 16 years of age and a full time secondary or post-secondary (college) student; Student must be listed on the sponsoring employee's travel orders; Student must be able to participate in the program for a minimum of four weeks;. We will try to make this experience interesting and rewarding and therefore encourage students to list their interests and activities on the application form. The program guidance prohibits placement of the student in the parent's office. Due to the short deadline, all applications must be completed and returned to HR no later than May 30. Students away from post may submit their application electronically to Ruth Fernander in HR. [email protected]

H/R

New Embassy Nurse

Marilyn Young, RN, has accepted the position of Embassy Nurse, replacing Carol Clowes who has returned to the states. Marilyn is the wife of Leonard Young, Assistant Port Director, CBP. She will be located in the Embassy Health Unit at Sandyport. Marilyn comes to us with many years of experience, including serving as a nurse at the Sandyport Walk-in Clinic for the last two years. We will send out an announcement when Marilyn officially steps into her new role. Until then, for medical questions, please contact Post Medical Advisor, Dr. Todd Pinder, at 356-3255, pager 380-0095.

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Management News

How Many Hurricanes Do We Expect In 2007?

There is no perfect model to predict hurricanes but the below model from Colorado State is one of the most respected. All models predict a very active season. As you notice the most recent report has even revised the numbers upwards. The fact that the El Nino effect is diminishing in this area means that waters are warmer which provide ideal hurricane conditions. (That is one of the reasons we had a quiet year last year. The El Nino effect kept the waters cooled which discourages hurricane formation.)

Forecast Parameter

Dec 2006 Report 14

April 2007 Report 17

Statistical Average 1950-2006 9.6

Named Storms

A hurricane or a tropical storm.

Named Storm Days

How many four 6-hour periods during which a tropical cyclone is observed (or is estimated) to have attained tropical storm intensity winds.

70

85

49.1

Hurricanes

A tropical cyclone with sustained low-level winds of 74 miles per hour or greater.

7

9

5.9

Intense Hurricanes

A hurricane which reaches a sustained low-level wind of at least 111 mph at some point in its lifetime. This constitutes a category 3 or higher on the Saffir/Simpson scale (also termed a "major" hurricane).

3

5

2.3

Net Tropical Cyclone Activity

Gives overall indication of Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane activity. The 1950-2000 average value of this parameter is 100.

140

185

100

Want more info? Go to http://typhoon.atmos.colostate.edu/forecasts/

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The Embassy's Volunteer Reading Program continues on Wednesday, May 30, from 12:45 p.m. ­ 1:15 p.m. at Woodcock Primary School. As usual volunteers are asked to meet in the lobby at 12:30 p.m. for transport to the school. We are now into the last term of the academic school year - school closes the third week in June. Let's continue to make a positive difference in the lives of the youth! Please contact Katherine Stewart-Gibson at [email protected] or 322-1181 Ext.4251, if you plan to participate.

Public Affairs

Commissary News

Wednesday 10:00am-2:00pm Thursday 2:00pm-6:00pm

Hours of Operation

For comments or to suggest items for future commissary orders, please contact your board members at [email protected]

The commissary will be open this Friday, May 25, from 10:00am - 2:00pm. A new beverage shipment has arrived! Coke, Diet Coke, Diet 7-up, Heineken, Corona and Coors Light

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Summer Camps & Workshops

Summer Camp for Astronomy by Astro Club: June 19-August 24

The Astro Club is designed to explore the wonders of the Cosmos with students through the use of their eyes, binoculars and telescopes. This summer camp will introduce them to an adventure with the stars. The camp will appeal to students 7 years and older. Once weekly for 10 wks.: Mon.,Wed., or Fri., 6:30pm - 8:30pm Fee: $9.90 per visit ($99.00 paid in advance) 10% off for siblings. Fees include membership fee for the whole year. ($10.00 value) Pick up /drop off service on request. Cosmos Observatory at the Medical Arts Building, Dean's Lane, Fort Charlotte. For inquiries, contact Dr. David Sands at [email protected] or 323-8879/427-1420.

Lyford Cay Summer Camp ­ June 25 - July 13

Application forms can be picked up from the Administration or High School office. For more information, call 362-4774.

Summer Workshop: July 2 - July 26

Jessica Colebrooke is holding a "Tileworks Studio Summer Workshop' allowing children to have fun with clay and exposing them to the basic handbuilding techniques. Time: 9:30am ­ 2:00pm; Tuition: $500 per child covering lectures, glazes, clay and tools. Ages 8 ­ 13 year olds. Space limited to 7 ­ 10. Parents can also attend. Contact Jessica on 324-3533 or [email protected] Register by June 1.

Jessica Tileworks

Kid's Choice Summer Camp - July 2 - July 27

Featuring value-based Music, Art, Drama, Sports and Swimming. 9:00am - 3:00pm Fees: $475/month, $250/2 weeks, $150/1 week. Extended care: 3:30-6:00pm/$10 per day. Call 328-1151/2 for more information.

St. Andrew's Summer School - Starts July 2

Please be sure to register your child for one of our exciting summer school courses. Brochures are available in the main office. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 25. For more information, call 324-2621/2.

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Kids Contests

Astro Club Essay Competition

Essay Requirements: Write an essay commenting on or reflecting on the topic: "The Sky at Night". The essay should demonstrate a clear understanding and description of the effects of celestial bodies on both life in The Bahamas, as well as on the contestant him or herself. The essay may use narrative, descriptive, expository or persuasive techniques. The essay competition is open to all students in grades 4-12, in public and private schools in New Providence and the Family Islands, and will be judged in three categories: Primary: Grades 4-6; Junior High: Grades 7-9; Senior High: Grades 10-12 Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category, and will be announced on June 16, 2007 at the Astro Club Summer Camp official opening. The prize for first place in each category is a telescope; second and third place finishers will be awarded binoculars. Essay criteria: (a) Primary 150-300 words (typed or hand-written) Junior High 250-400 words (typed or hand-written) Senior High 350-500 words (typed or hand-written) (b) Originality of content (30 points) (c) Clarity of thought and organization/structure (20 points) (d) Language and style (25 points) (e) Grammar and spelling (25 points) Contestants are asked to provide the Astro Club Essay Committee with their full name, school's name, telephone contact, email and mailing addresses. The applicant's name should appear on each page. All pages should be numbered. Applicants will be required to append a signed statement to the end of the essay attesting that it represents their original work. Essays may be forwarded to one of the following addresses to be received on or before 12 noon on Tuesday, May 29: 1. [email protected] 2. Centreville Pediatrics, 11 East Avenue, North Centreville 3. Fax: (242) 325-7162 Essays may also be hand delivered to the Astro Club Exhibition at the Bahamas National Trust, Village Road, by 5:00p.m. Monday, May 28, 2007. For further information, contact Dr. David. Sands (Club Director) at phone 323-8879/427-1420

"Living Safely Overseas" Calendar Contest

It's time again for the annual Diplomatic Security A-OK Children's Security Program Contest which is open to children of all agencies in the Foreign Service Community, including children of FSNs. Children are invited to submit a full color drawing on the theme, "Living Safely Overseas." We will hold a local contest at post (grade groups, K-2, 3-4 and 5-6) with the winning entries from each grade group forwarded to Diplomatic Security in DC. Final selections are made with the winning drawings used for each month and cover of next year's A-OK calendar and the winners receiving a certificate of achievement and a prize. For more information and contest guidelines, contact the CLO office. Submissions must be received by May 31.

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COMMUNIT Y EVENTS

May 26 -

The Bahamas Humane Society - Animal Fun Day Botanic Gardens 10:00am - 6:00pm

Bring your children to the fair and your dog to the dog show. It will be an educational and fun packed family day. Tickets at the gate: Adults $3, children $1 Everyone gets a fashionable BE KIND TO ANIMALS latex wrist band of a $3 value.

May 28 -

An Exhibit of the Cosmos Observatory The Bahamas National Trust 11:00am - 9:00pm

Find out about the Astro Club and see the telescopes. For inquiries, contact Dr. David Sands at [email protected] or 323-8879/427-1420.

May 30 - Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" The Retreat, Village Road 7:00pm

Bahamas National Trust invites you to a special presentation of Al Gore's acclaimed film. "An Inconvenient Truth", offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.

June 23 -

The Great Fair Eastern Parade Grounds (opposite foot of the new Paradise Island Bridge) 12:00pm - Until...

Fish fry, pony rides, Bingo, Haunted House, face painting, Candy Land, Dog Show, Antique Car Show. Live band and entertainment. For more information, call 323-8220 or 322-3259.

July 7,14 - "Peace on da Streets" Basketball Classic The Kendall G.I. Isaacs Gym

Shooting Hoops, Instead of Guns. Up to $1200 Cash Prize. Think you have what it takes? For application forms and more info call 356-6549 or visit The Hope Center, Thompson Boulevard.

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PHOTO GALLERY

Farewell Party for Letitia Robinson

On Saturday, May 5, Norman Pottinger hosted a 1970's Farewell Party for Letitia Robinson. Many well wishers wore 70's attire, danced the night away to ol' school music courtesy of Mr. Pottinger, and feasted on numerous dishes prepared by co-workers and friends. Many guests were in attendance from the embassy and two special guests, Steve and Beulah Jameson, flew in to surprise Letitia from Florida. Letitia's departure was truly a celebration as she has been promoted to a Mission Support Specialist and is being assigned to work for the CBP Attache' in Belgium. We wish her much success!!!!!

Send in your photos to be featured in the Photo Gallery!

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Advertisements Announcements

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Mission Family Book Group

"Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown (May Read) "American Taboo (A Murder in the Peace Corps)" by Philip Weiss (June Read) The group will be combining the May and June discussions for these two books. Our hosts will be Kelly Campbell and Linda Nigro. Anyone interested in joining the group for this discussion or any future ones, please contact Kelly Campbell at 327-4945 or Pat Wielkie at [email protected] or 394-4575. We will be meeting at Kelly Campbell's on Wednesday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Kelly or Pat for directions. Happy Reading!

Car Needed

Looking for a car to purchase, anywhere from $4000 and below. Please contact Adam at 327-4429 or [email protected]

4Housekeeper

Housekeeper looking for work. Hard working and has work papers. Recommended by an Embassy employee spouse. If you are in need of someone, please call Jeta at 393-3630.

Hunter Xcite For Sale 4Housekeeper/Nanny

Housekeeper/Nanny looking for work. Will require a Bahamian visa and work papers. If interested, please contact Vilma at the Foran's 327-1439 or by cell 426-9608. New! Never been in the water - still plastic wrapped. 10' daysailer. Perfect training sailboat. Unsinkable. Get ready for the summer.... Asking $3800. Call Claire at 362-6027 or 427-1667 or email [email protected] Check out this link for specs: http://www.whitebearboatworks.com/HunterXcite.html

33Changes Made Regarding Submission and Distribution Dates44 Submission Guidelines

Submissions are to be made by email to Sue Minor at [email protected] or by phone at 327-1631. The Junkanoo Journal will be published on Thursdays, every other week and all submissions must be made by COB on the Monday before distribution. Some submissions may have to be reformatted due to program conversion. If youre sending a picture and know how to make it a smaller file, please do. Submissions may be edited for length, clarity, or security. All content will be reviewed and approved by the Community Liaison Officer and RSO.

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