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Drive carefully in Abaco, parrots crossing!
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Sunday, 29 June 2014 16:10

Drive Carefully, Parrots Crossing!   With all of the successful breeding seasons in recent years, the Bahama Parrot is thriving in Abaco, causing the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) to install six Parrot Crossing signs near the Great Abaco Highway. The BNT team in Abaco is thrilled that the number of parrots on the island are increasing and proud that they have been able to install these signs due to high numbers of parrots.  The parrots regularly fly across the highway, and hopefully the new signs will make drivers more careful.  Pictured is one of the newly installed parrot crossing signs. (Photo courtesy of the BNT for Barefoot Marketing)ABACO, The Bahamas -- With all of the successful breeding seasons in recent years, the Bahama Parrot is thriving in Abaco, causing the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) to install six Parrot Crossing signs on the Ernest Dean Highway, between Croosing Rocks and Sandy Point communities.

“Due to management efforts and successful breeding seasons in recent years the Bahama Parrot population on Abaco has increased,” said Marcus Davis, Deputy Park Warden for Abaco National Park where the parrots breed.  “The parrots regularly cross over the Great Abaco Highway in flight, and the Parrot Crossing signs will alert motorists using the Highway that Bahama Parrots are using the Ernest Dean Highway along with them, and further inform them to proceed with caution.”

The BNT has been conducting surveys in both Abaco and Inagua on the Bahama Parrot populations, for the past ten years, and the surveys have been showing that the populations are bouncing back. The Abaco population is unique because it is the only ground-nesting parrot in the Western Hemisphere; and it is also the only parrot in the world that has adapted to fire.  

The BNT team in Abaco is thrilled that the number of parrots on the island are increasing and proud that they have been able to install these signs due to high numbers of parrots.  The parrots regularly fly across the highway, and hopefully the new signs will make drivers more careful.  With drivers and parrots using the highway in harmony, hopefully the number of parrots on the island can continue to grow.

The Bahama Parrot was once found on seven islands, but now can only be found on Abaco and Inagua which has led to the protection of the parrots under the Wild Birds (Protection) Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It is illegal to harm, capture or offer this bird for sale, and if anyone is caught doing so they can fact a significant fine or jail time. The breeding area of the parrot in Abaco is protected in the Abaco National Park, which was created in 1994.

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Abaco expected to benefit from first-class port facility
Written by BIS   
Monday, 23 June 2014 06:40

Bahamas Government officials along with Lin Xianjiang, Charge d'Affaires of the People's Republic of China watch a friendly game of basketball between residents of Abaco and staff of Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) in Cooper's Town, Abaco on Friday, June 20.  Pictured from left: Loraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary; Hope Strachan, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works; Lin Xianjiang, Renardo Curry, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of  the Prime Minister and Luther Smith, Director General, Bahamas Information Services. Neil Campbell, Administrator for North Abaco District is pictured standing at far right.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson).COOPER'S TOWN, Abaco – Construction is set to begin on the state-of-the-art North Abaco Port project in Cooper’s Town, Abaco a partnership between the governments of The Bahamas and the People’s Republic of China.  

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, June 20 to officially mark the occasion. The $39 million port is being constructed by China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and facilitated by the Ministry of Works and Urban Development.  

In attendance were Hope Strachan, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport; Renardo Curry, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Abaco; Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary and senior government officials. Representatives of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Neil Campbell, Administrator for North Abaco District and the representatives of the Abaco community were also present at the event held on the site of the Port project.  

Participating in the ceremony were Ms. Strachan, Mr. Curry, Felix Chang, Principal/Project Manager, CHEC and Tang Zhongdong, Regional Director, CHEC Americas.  

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, Philip Davis said the port will put in place the infrastructure to facilitate international trade and regenerate business revenue. “Cooper’s Town specifically and by extension all of Abaco from Treasure Cay northwards including Green Turtle Cay and other offshore cays will reap the benefit of this investment and seize opportunities resulting therefrom,” he said.  

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Marsh Harbour Airport’s new international terminal officially opens
Written by BIS   
Friday, 30 May 2014 08:12

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco – The 46,000 square foot international terminal in Marsh Harbour is complete and open for business. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, led a delegation of cabinet ministers and officials to view the new terminal on Wednesday, May 25. He said that it was a ‘major accomplishment’ for the people of Abaco. A soft opening was held on Tuesday, May 24.


Mr. Christie expressed gratitude to all who participated in project, including the former Ingraham Administration.

“Let me first indicate my satisfaction on coming here in this building and seeing this edifice for the first time,” said Mr. Christie. “It has been, not without controversy and political commentary as to the efficacy of the building. I’m so happy that those who have come here to make it habitable and functional, have done an excellent job in doing so.”

He said he was "particularly pleased" that the representative for Central and South Abaco, Edison Key, joined the delegation.

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Consistency pays off for Torta at Green Turtle Cay leg of Bahamas Billfish Championship
Submitted via Bahamas Billfish Championship   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 11:15

Photo from SportfishPictures.com.   GREEN TURTLE CAY, Abaco -- No one enjoyed the first ever Bahamas Billfish Championship tournament at Green Turtle Cay more than Joe Possillico, owner of the winning boat Torta. Joe had a great three days of fishing for Team Torta. The 61' Viking from Farmingdale, New York released three blue marlin, one white marlin and a sailfish to clinch victory in the second leg of the 2014 Bahamas Billfish Championship. Team Torta released fish each day of the tournament to earn a total of 2100 points.

Angler Bill Gardner guided Team The Boomer to a second place finish with three blue marlin releases. The 76' Whiticar from Hartford, Wisconsin released two blue marlin on day two and on day three released their third blue marlin. As is usually the case, it was an exciting final few hours of the tournament as Torta and The Boomer traded the top two spots throughout the afternoon.

Team Hooker, led by team captain Kenneth Cummins, had an exciting first day. Three separate anglers released two blue marlin and a white marlin putting Hooker in third place. The team, from Bradenton, Florida, was even more excited as all three anglers had never released a marlin before.

All of the Bahamas Billfish Championship teams received a warm welcome from co-host resorts Bluff House and Green Turtle Club on beautiful Green Turtle Cay. The BBC went to Green Turtle Cay this year after the channel to White Sound was dredged to accommodate the BBC’s sportfish fleet. Everyone that participated was certainly happy! Both resorts rolled out the red carpet with first class hospitality and fabulous food.

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Abaco Defenders stop clearing of land that may be remains of first Loyalist settlement in Abaco
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 06:52

The Abaco Defenders banded together to stop the clearing of land on private property that may be the remains of Carleton settlement, the first Loyalist settlement in Abaco.  The group approached the operating bulldozer, stood in front of it with cameras running until it shut down.TREASURE CAY, Abaco -- The Abaco Defenders banded together to stop the clearing of land on private property that may be the remains of Carleton settlement, the first Loyalist settlement in Abaco.  The group approached the operating bulldozer, stood in front of it with cameras running until it shut down. The group was able to explain their concerns to the operator and the General Manager of Treasure Sands, Tim Blakely.

After our discussion Mr. Blakely said that no further clearing would take place on the site until further archeological surveying could be done,” said Ossie Hall, vice president of Abaco Defenders.

On May 4th Dr Keith Tinker and senior archaeologist Dr Michael Pateman of the Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporations (AMMC), visited the site of the proposed expansion of Treasure Sand Club and Spa.  The site might also be part of the site of Abaco’s first loyalist settlement. They were joined by a representative from the Abaco Office of the Prime Minister, Mr. Flowers, Save The Bays, and the Abaco Defenders along with journalist Larry Smith.

As Smith described in an article on the trip, “Remains of a loyalist-era settlement lie scattered over the landscape just off Treasure Cay Drive, the road that connects to the Abaco highway between the public beach and the adjacent creek. Last week, we collected brick and pottery fragments, bottle glass, and a heavily corroded iron object that looked like a ship's cleat.” Smith states that after the visit Tinker was able to confirm that "there is sufficient evidence for the area to be considered a significant heritage site," and called for construction to cease pending further investigation.

According to the Abaco Defenders at the site, Blakely explained to them that he was "underbrushing" the land to make way for AMMC to conduct their surveys, but the local group pointed out that his bulldozer was doubtlessly doing more harm than good.

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Elbow Reef Lighthouse celebrating 150 years with June 24 event
Submitted by AbacoBuzz   
Monday, 26 May 2014 08:28

ELBOW CAY, Abaco -- The Lighthouse Society is going to recognize this milestone by producing a celebration that will take place on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014. 3:00pm to 8:00pm at the site of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse, on Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.  The celebration will include artists, fun packed activities, historic education, boutique items, food and drinks to mark this historic occasion.


The Elbow Reef Lightstation is the ONLY remaining lighthouse in the world to be manually operated and fueled with kerosene.  This iconic, red and white lighthouse is known and loved throughout Abaco and the world. This festival will commemorate its 150th birthday. The event is being produced by board members, sponsors, local businesses and volunteers, all to show their thankful support to this vital part of the Abaco community and its maritime heritage.

 
Bahamian special needs school celebrated in international documentary
Submitted by DP&A   
Saturday, 26 April 2014 07:25

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Every Child Counts, a pioneering special needs school in Abaco which refuses to leave any child behind, has become the subject of an international documentary.

The film began with veteran independent film director Wendy Loten, who partnered with Ryerson University after discovering a shared interest in the school. The three-year project chronicles the journey from typical island school to a beacon of hope for disabled children faced with limited educational options. As the name suggests, the school excludes no child because of financial or other limitations.

The world premiere of the documentary will take place in Nassau this Saturday, April 26 at 7pm at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and will be attended by the president of Ryerson.

It was filmed by a professional Canadian television team who originally intended to make a short fundraising video, but quickly realized that the inspirational story has a much broader appeal.

The premiere coincides with recent efforts by the Bahamian government to pass legislation concerning disability issues, in particular providing for the educational needs of special needs children.

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