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Central Abaco sixth graders call on the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:34

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Sixth grade students from the Central Abaco Primary School paid a courtesy call on His Excellency the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Also present were Paul Knowles, grade 6 teacher; Eleanor Hield, grade 6 teacher; Keva McKintosh, Vice Principal and Brieth Young, Office Staff. (BIS PHOTO/Letisha Henderson)

 
Fox Town Primary students visit the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 07:26

NASSAU, Bahamas -- His Excellency the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes welcomes Grade 4, 5 and 6 students from Fox Town Primary School, Abaco to Government House on Monday, April 14, 2014. They were accompanied by Ms. Sheila Thomas, teacher of Grade 5 and 6; Ms. Nadia McDermott, Grade 4 teacher; Ms. Claudette Adderley, Grade 3 teacher and a parent, Ms. Nicola Mills. (BIS PHOTO/Letisha Henderson)

 
Chinese Harbour Engineering Company engages Bahamian firm on North Abaco Port project
Submitted by Inderia Saunders   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:43

ABACO, Bahamas — Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) has engaged the expertise of local Engineering firm Caribbean Coastal Services Ltd. (CCS) as the $39 million North Abaco Port project moves one step closer to ground breaking.

The Bahamian Engineering firm will review, comment, stamp and seal CHEC’s designs for the Abaco port to make sure all the drawings that are handed into the Ministry of Public Works will comply with all the local and relevant laws and codes.

Principal of CHEC Bahamas Felix Chang said support from CCS will enhance the award-winning international engineering firm’s ability to fulfill all the country requirements for this port development.

“We are pleased to establish a mutually beneficial business relationship with Caribbean Coastal Services the way we have with other local firms,” said Mr. Chang. “We look forward to completing our project to the high standards that both firms are known for.”

Construction on the North Abaco Port project is expected to be completed in roughly two years and is to be funded by the Export Import Bank of China and the government of The Bahamas. A minimum of one-third of the project’s investment will be shared throughout the community directly and indirectly during the construction phase.

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Abaco Chief Councilor: Treasure Cay environmental damage ‘irreparable, heartbreaking’
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:21

Left photo shows the wetlands in pristine conditionRight photo shows the destruction of acres of wetlands, slashed by heavy equipment on a site being developed under expansion plans by a resort known as Treasure Sands despite a cease and desist order by government. TREASURE CAY, Abaco -- Abaco’s Chief Councilor today labelled as “heartbreaking” the destruction of acres of wetlands, slashed by heavy equipment on a site being developed under expansion plans by a resort known as Treasure Sands despite a cease and desist order by government.

“I don’t blame the developer,” says North Abaco Chief Councilor Gary Smith. “Nor do I blame the government in Nassau. The Minister of Finance for Investments Khaalis Rolle did the proper and honourable thing and we are very grateful to him for recognizing that protecting the environment and proceeding with the right permits is important for the long-term sustainable growth and development of any community.”

But something thwarted the delivery of the cease and desist order once it got to Abaco, he said, and an investigation is ongoing to learn why it was not presented to the developer for some three weeks after it arrived, enough time for centuries of mangrove, wetlands and hardwood forests to be mowed down. The Abaco Council and two environmental groups, Abaco Defenders and Save The Bays, are trying to get to the bottom of the delay.

“In the three weeks between when the cease and desist order was signed and when it was actually presented to the developer, irreparable damage was done to the wetlands in Treasure Cay,” said Smith. “Before, this place was a haven -- a sanctuary for birds and bonefish. You could see the nurse sharks coming in and the baby nurse sharks. The wetlands were the nursery for all sorts of species.” The Bahamas National Trust had plans to turn the area into a national park. Today, the scarfed land is a stark reminder, said Smith, of how quickly something that took centuries to form can be wiped out.

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Baha Mar Academy connects with 170 people in Abaco
Submitted by Royann Dean   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 10:04

Benjamin Sims, Director of Human Resources for Mondrian at Baha Mar, presents to high school seniors at St. John The Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Baha Mar Academy representatives recently traveled to Abaco, reaching out to approximately 170 recent high school graduates and professionals on the first trip of several to the Family Islands that are scheduled over the coming months.

The audience met the team from Baha Mar which included Kristin Wells, Director of the Baha Mar Academy; Vonya Ifill, Baha Mar Academy Associate and representative for Rosewood at Baha Mar; Benjamin Sims, Director of Human Resources for Mondrian at Baha Mar; Beth Cantor, Roving Director of Human Resources for Hyatt hotels (representing Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar), and Jarrel Hall, Outreach Associate and acting representative for the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel.

In addition to interviewing potential candidates for positions at Baha Mar, the team also provided information about career opportunities, the recruitment process and general expectations about belonging to the Baha Mar team.

“Our outreach to Bahamians throughout the entire country is another part of Baha Mar’s ongoing recruitment and training efforts,” said Paul Pusateri, Chief Operating Officer at Baha Mar. “We are looking for people with an aptitude for hospitality who will be as committed as we are to building a world-class destination and transforming The Bahamas.”

Interested candidates should complete applications at www.bahamar.com/careers/opportunities.

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Abaconians excited as National Arts Festival begins on island
Written by BIS   
Monday, 07 April 2014 11:48

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco – As the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival recently began its Abaco adjudications, residents were happy and excited that it is giving Abaconians a change to showcase their talents.    

Arts Teacher at Angels Academy Stacey Adderley shows Arts and Craft Officer in the Department of Culture Ellery Deveaux a number of pieces by her students at the Marsh Harbour, Abaco, school during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications of the island. (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)

Founder and Administrator at Every Child Counts (ECC) Lyn Major said that it was wonderful that the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications came to the school.    

“The first time we entered was last year and it was a really neat experience for the kids and I think it really helps them with their practicing music and art and they look forward to this time,” she said. “It is just a great experience.”    

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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications come to Abaco
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 04 April 2014 08:29

Students at Angels Academy in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, perform a piece on Junkanoo as a choral verse speaking group, during their first time in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications, on April 1, 2014.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)  

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