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Cable Bahamas expands Cash N' Go partnership in Abaco
Thursday, 06 August 2015 09:47

REV service centre relocates to Abaco BAF building

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Cable Bahamas has relocated its operation in Abaco from the Dove Plaza on Don Mackey Boulevard to the BAF Financial & Insurance building as part of its extended partnership with Cash N' Go.

"We are thrilled about this partnership and the opportunity for our customers to do everything that they need to do in one location, at one time and in less time," Cable Bahamas Northern Bahamas Operations Manager Edris Wilson-Elliott said. "The location is centrally located in the heart of downtown Abaco, has ample parking and is wheelchair accessible."

At this site, Cash N' Go will serve as the bill payment collection agent, while a full-time REV customer service representative will be available to handle account inquiries, service transfers, new service activations, service reactivations, service disconnections and more.

Cash N' Go Business Development Manager Jevon Butler said, "Cash N' Go is happy to partner with Cable Bahamas in Abaco. We see this as great synergy and look forward to our continued partnership."

The new REV location opened to customers on Saturday, August 1, with operating hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The company's move to the BAF Financial & Insurance building, also located on Don Mackey Boulevard, helps to expand Cash N' Go's 'one-stop-shop' concept, as the location will be a multi-service facility for Cable Bahamas customers.

In addition to making bill payments at the Cash N' Go store, Cable Bahamas subscribers can take advantage of several other pay options. These methods include payment via mail, personal bank web site, pre-authorised cheque, post-dated cheque, cheque-payment drop box and by credit card over the phone or via Cable Bahamas' web site, at cablebahamas.com.

 
Southern Comfort clinches Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament third year in a row
Submitted by Sabine Kirchner   
Thursday, 23 July 2015 06:56

TREASURE CAY, Abaco -- Southern Comfort clinched First Place for their third consecutive year at the 32nd Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament (TCBT), June 17-21 at Treasure Cay Beach, Marina & Golf Resort, Abaco, Bahamas. Owned by Peter Angel, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Southern Comfort took the lead on the first day of fishing with a white marlin release. They clinched First Place plus Top Angler when Peter Angel released a blue marlin on the second day.

Kim Kuhnle's team on the Pandemonium, Treasure Cay, took Second Place overall, with a blue marlin release by 15-year-old Bly Hoffstetler, Islamorada, FL, recipient of the Top Junior Angler trophy.

Southern Comfort also won the Fun Fish Division with an impressive 46.5 lb. wahoo caught by Peter Angel.

Known as the best tournament value in the Bahamas, the TCBT is a modified release tournament with three days of fishing, parties and dinners. The tournament raised funds for the Treasure Cay Primary School. Sponsors included Rubis Bahamas, Ltd. and Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort. Co-sponsor/official weather provider was Weather Routing, Inc. The Official Fighting Chair sponsor was Pompanette.

TCBT information, scoring, photos and the tournament magazine can be viewed at www.treasurecay.com and on the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina Facebook page, www.facebook.com/treasurecayresort.

Photo: Southern Comfort takes first place.

 
Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ sculling race pulls into Abaco
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:45

Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling Race Makes a Stop in Abaco - Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. Ltd. helped Abaconians to enjoy the 42nd Bahamian Independence celebrations in a ‘Truly Bahamian’ way with their Sands ‘Man in The Boat’ sculling races. The event took place over the holiday weekend in Treasure Cay, right after the Abaco Regatta finals.  Registration began early Saturday morning and the action began at 6:00pm with the spectators cheering on their favourite sculler. There were six intense and exciting heats, with four scullers per heat, that also included a female race. In the end and in the final heat for the day, Steven Gardiner, from Fox Town, Abaco was crowned this year’s winner. Fernley Cox and Skeeter Rolle – both from Cooper’s Town, Abaco – took 2nd and 3rd place. Pictured are competitors sculling the boat. (Photo courtesy of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for Barefoot Marketing)TREASURE CAY, Abaco – Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Co. Ltd. helped Abaconians to enjoy the 42nd Bahamian Independence celebrations in a ‘Truly Bahamian’ way with their Sands ‘Man in The Boat’ sculling races. The event took place over the holiday weekend in Treasure Cay, right after the Abaco Regatta finals.

”We love coming to Abaco each year,” stated Lynden Johnson, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Sales Manager. “Everyone is so welcoming and the locals and tourists truly embrace what we are doing with the sculling events. And, let’s be honest – it’s Abaco – it’s gorgeous!”

Abaco came alive with excitement for the races that took place at the Treasure Cay public beach facility and was the third stop in the 2015 ‘Man in the Boat’ sculling season. Josh Green won the Long Island sculling race and Luda Nester won the sculling race in Exuma earlier this year.

Anticipation for the races began Thursday when the sculling boats were taken on a float parade through the Abaco communities from Cooper’s Town to Marsh Harbour. Passersby were given some free samples from the brewery and encouraged to come out to the regatta and participate in the races.

Official registration began early Saturday morning and the action began at 6:00pm with the spectators cheering on their favourite sculler. There were six intense and exciting heats, with four scullers per heat, which also included a female race. In the end and in the final heat for the day, Steven Gardiner, from Fox Town, Abaco was crowned this year’s winner. Fernley Cox and Skeeter Rolle – both from Cooper’s Town, Abaco – took 2nd and 3rd place.

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CIBC FirstCaribbean branch celebrates star student
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 06:35

Kaitlyn Francis, CIBC FirstCaribbean annual scholarship awardee in the Primary School Student of the Year Award Programme, is welcomed at the bank’s Marsh Harbour Branch.ABACO, The Bahamas – The Marsh Harbour Branch of CIBC FirstCaribbean was buzzing with excitement recently as Kaitlyn Francis, a 6th grade student from Central Abaco Primary School visited for a celebration in her honour.

The 11 year old was named the 7th place finalist and the recipient of the 13th annual CIBC FirstCaribbean sponsored award in the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Award Programme and received a $2000 scholarship from the bank to go toward her high school studies.

During her visit, Kaitlyn was given a tour of the Branch by Branch Manager Iris Henchell and was introduced to staff and customers and commended for her accomplishments. Kaitlyn was also interviewed by a journalist for feature in an upcoming issue of Abaco’s local publication ‘The Abaconian.’

Ms. Henchell described Kaitlyn, who was Deputy Head Girl and Valedictorian this year at Central Abaco Primary School, as highly impressive and stated that the staff looks forward to her future successes.

“We are not surprised that Kaitlyn performed as well as she did in the Primary School Student of the year award. Her resume is a display of well-rounded extracurricular activities and stellar grades, and she is personable and dynamic. We are proud to host her and to have sponsored her scholarship,” Ms. Henchell said.

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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.”

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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.

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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)

 
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