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Abaco's Kaitlyn Francis receives 13th annual CIBC FirstCaribbean sponsored scholarship at Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 13:40

Kaitlyn Francis receiving her awards from Mrs. Tabitha Newbold, CIBC FirstCaribbean Branch Manager, Marathon Mall Branch.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Kaitlyn Francis, a 6th grade student from Central Abaco Primary School, has been named the recipient of the 13th annual CIBC FirstCaribbean sponsored scholarship award in the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Award (BPSSYA) program. Miss Francis who was amongst the 12 finalists, ranked 7th place out of the 121 participating students.

Kaitlyn received her award at 19th annual Primary School Student of the Year Award this past Saturday. The 12 finalists were selected by an independent panel who evaluated the students on academics, extracurricular activities and leadership amongst other criteria.

Kaitlyn, who is Deputy Head Girl at Central Abaco Primary School, meets the criteria for the programme with flying colours. Her resume is a consummate display of well-rounded extracurricular activities and stellar grades. The young scholar is an avid religious education student, placing 2nd in Abaco’s Religious Education Month Speech Competition. She is also a member of the school’s Math Team, ranked second in the district, and a member of the school’s award winning Lego Team. She was also the winner of the district spelling bee contest going on to compete in the National Spelling Bee.

Principal of Central Abaco Primary School, Ms. Beatrice Moxey, said that Kaitlyn has always been a driven young lady and that the school is very proud.

“We are very proud of Kaitlyn, she always puts her best foot forward,” said Ms. Moxey. “She is a quiet student, but an excellent academic and ever since she entered our school has consistently been on the principal’s list. I congratulate her on her excellent performance, she is a very strong young lady and I look forward to seeing her continue to succeed as she moves into high school.”

Residents express fears of further Guana Cay destruction from new round of dredging activities
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 29 May 2015 06:54

This dredger can pump up to 250 cubic yards of fill an hour. Concerned residents say it has been working off the north coast of Guana Cay every day since September 2015, including weekends and holidays. They fear the spoil is being used to fill in protected wetlands for the construction of high-end homes in the exclusive Baker’s Bay development.ABACO, The Bahamas -- Distraught residents are calling on the Ministry of Environment to urgently investigate a new round of dredging off the coast of Guana Cay, Abaco, which they fear is leading to the destruction of invaluable areas of protected wetland.

Having been forced to watch helplessly while the fragile offshore reef system suffered extensive damage over the last five years due to the controversial Baker’s Bay development, locals now want the government to step and save what is left of this once pristine island before it is too late.

“Just when we thought it could get no worse, we find that the developers dredging at the north end of the island,” said Troy Albury, president of the Save Guana Cay Reef Association (SGCRA).

“A powerful dredger has been on site since September 2014. It is digging huge holes in the sand bank on the bay side of Baker’s Bay. When you drive by you can the see the bank scarred by huge holes where the dredge has sucked up the sand and pumped it inland.”

Albury noted that according to the law, permits must be issued for every dredging event in The Bahamas.  He said residents want the authorities to verify whether or not this current work has the proper authorization.

Agape Christian School students visit the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 07:54

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Grade 6 students of Agape Christian School in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Monday, May 4, 2015.  They were accompanied by their principal, Cecile Albury, and teacher, Farrah Cartwright.   (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

Baker’s Bay to employ additional 250 Bahamians
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 06:31

Prime Minister Christie led a delegation of Cabinet Ministers and government officials on a site tour of expanding Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club development on Great Guana Cay, Abaco, April 23 – one of the stops of which was the Baker’s Bay hydroponics farm.  GREAT GUANA CAY, Abaco – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie led a delegation of Cabinet Ministers and government officials on a tour of Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club, April 23.  During the visit, Mr. Christie met with the principal and some key stakeholders of the development.  

He said that he has been advised that an additional 250 Bahamians will be employed in construction of the expanding resort: the move was necessary in order to meet the demand for skilled workers, which exceeds the capacity of the local Bahamian workforce and local specialty subcontractors. He said that Bahamians actually make up 94% of all construction jobs and vast majority of full-time operational jobs.

“Employment is projected to expand from the current 796 construction and operational jobs to 911 by year end,” he said.  “Of the 34 Bahamian construction companies employed here, 27 of them are local Abaconian companies.”

Prime Minister Christie said that Discovery Land Company (principals of Baker’s Bay) has ‘prioritized’ employing and contracting Bahamians both in construction and operations.

“The Discovery Land Company, headed by its Chairman and CEO Michael S. Meldman, has created the Baker’s Bay high-end residential resort, golf course and marina, which serves as a model of success in the Family Islands for ultra-luxury property owners and visitors,” said Mr. Christie.

BAIC launches agricultural land lease program in Spring City and Norman’s Castle, Abaco
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 03 April 2015 15:07

ABACO, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Dion D. Smith, Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) formally launched the Abaco Agricultural Program for the Spring City and Norman’s Castle areas at a ground breaking ceremony held on Friday, March 27th 2015 in Spring City, Abaco.

In keeping with the government’s pursuit to develop the agricultural sector and forge ahead with decreasing our billion-dollar food import bill, BAIC is moving throughout the Family Islands to ensure that Bahamians are afforded the opportunity to help reduce this bill.

The Corporation has agricultural land in the Spring City and Norman’s Castle settlements that will be available for lease to Bahamians who are interested in farming. This includes vegetable and fruit production, greenhouses, aquaponics, hydroponics, seafood production, livestock and poultry farming.

Also included in this agricultural land lease program are provisions for the food processing and handicraft sectors. It is envisaged that more Bahamians would become involved in the value added concentrations of the agricultural sector. For example, this means that once the tomatoes have been grown, BAIC would then encourage processing, canning and bottling of products such as pizza sauces, tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato paste, as well as jams and jellies

As it relates to the handicraft sector, Bahamians can pursue coconut farming, sisal production, and acquire land to build a facility to develop handicraft products, jewelry making, and souvenir items.

Immigration interdiction exercise in Abaco in second day
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:51

The Department of Immigration continues its interdiction exercise in Abaco in search of the 60 or so migrants believed to have illegally entered The Bahamas from Haiti on the 12th March.

To date, forty-eight people have been detained and are to be brought to Nassau for further processing.   

There was on incident in which a Bahamian citizen has been charged with attempting to assault immigration officers with a knife. He was charged in the magistrate’s court in Marsh Harbour with an offence.

The Officers on the scene report that the cooperation of the people of Abaco has been excellent notwithstanding the incident and the checks will continue.

The operations are expected to continue throughout the month.

Communication by Fred Mitchell MP on Immigration operations in Abaco
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:24
Communication by Fred Mitchell MP
House of Assembly
18th March 2015
Nassau, The Bahamas

On Operations in Abaco

Following on a report that 60 people believed to be from Haiti slipped in undetected into Abaco and without visas in the early hours of 12th March, a period of more intensive checks has been mounted in Abaco by the Department of Immigration beginning today.

Immigration officers were transported by HMBS Nassau this morning to Marsh Harbour and began immigration checks assisting the local immigration force. The Department of Immigration is supported by the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is also on standby for support.

The operations will unfold over several days.
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