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The ultimate summer vacation — 6 parks in one area!
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:29

The Ultimate Summer Vacation— 6 Parks in One Place. With over 27 National Parks and Reserves throughout The Bahamas, any of the six national parks in Abaco would be the perfect place to visit for summer vacation with so much inspiring beauty and outdoors adventure in one place. Pictured is the Coppice Bluehole located inside the Abaco National Park. (Photo Courtesy The Bahamas National Trust for Barefoot Marketing)ABACO, Bahamas -- With summer quickly coming to a close and back-to-school just around the corner, you’re probably looking for a great way to spend the last few days with your kids.

Well look no further, here’s the perfect idea for a last minute family vacation— visit any of the six Abaco national parks! Come get up close and personal with nature’s breathtaking wonders by island hopping from Abaco’s mainland to the various cays.

Begin your adventure at The Abaco National Park, located in Southern Abaco and is easily accessible by car out of Marsh Harbour towards Sandy Point. With over 20,500 acres of pine forest this park is rich in biodiversity and offers a number of trails for hiking, and bird watching.

Kids can see and learn about the many species of birds including the endangered Bahama Parrot, indigenous to Abaco. Visitors need to contact the BNT Abaco office in advance to organize a guided tour with the park warden.

Known for its outstanding beauty, showcased through its wild and pristine natural environment, Tilloo Cay Reserve is approximately 7 miles southeast from Marsh Harbour. The park, though small in size is an important nesting site and breeding ground for White–tailed Tropicbirds, as well as other sea birds. Difficult to access the parks birdlife is best viewed by boat.

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Scullers come out in full force in Treasure Cay
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 06:54

Scullers Come Out in Full Force in Treasure Cay! The Sands Man in the Boat sculling races once again saw great success in Treasure Cay, Abaco over the weekend, as many women and men lined up to scull the boat.  Pictured is one of the eight heats during the sculling races. (Photo courtesy of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for Barefoot Marketing)TREASURE CAY, Abaco -- The Sands Man in the Boat sculling races once again saw great success in Treasure Cay, Abaco over the weekend, as many women and men lined up to scull the boat.  

To start the event of right, the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage team held a boat parade throughout the communities of Abaco, starting at Jimmy’s Wines and Spirits on Bay Street, Marsh Harbour and ending in Treasure Cay, with the races.

After eight thrilling heats, including an all lady race, Skeeter Rolle placed first, Fernley Cox placed second and M. Kelly placed third.  The winners all received trophies and the traditional cases of Sands beer for their participation in the event.  Abaco winner, Skeeter Rolle, will now join the other four winners and head to Nassau for the sculling championships, which will be taking place in November.

Ladies Scull Too! Pictured are some of the women who entered the sculling race at the Treasure Cay regatta. (Photo courtesy of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for Barefoot Marketing)“Our sculling races are becoming a real Regatta highlight throughout The Bahamas, and with each sculling race, the excitement shows more and more,” said Lynden Johnson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Bahamian Brewery and Beverage.  “The crowd really enjoyed seeing the sculling boats, as we moved around Abaco, and Treasure Cay beach was full by the time the sculling races started.”

In addition to hosting the sculling races, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage also provided truly Bahamian beers, and live entertainment from the New Entry Band, Geno D with DJ MC Frankie performing.  A fantastic, truly Bahamian day was had by both scullers and spectators and Johnson extended a huge thanks to the entire Abaco community for their support of the races and for making the event so successful.  To learn when the next sculling races visit the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage website or like them on Facebook.

Photo 1: Scullers Come Out in Full Force in Treasure Cay! The Sands Man in the Boat sculling races once again saw great success in Treasure Cay, Abaco over the weekend, as many women and men lined up to scull the boat.  Pictured is one of the eight heats during the sculling races. (Photo courtesy of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for Barefoot Marketing)

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Safety training a priority for gas business
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 10:35

Participants of a Liquefied Propane Gas course are shown at the beginning of a five-day course on the volatile substance.  The initial assessment is a written exam.  It will be followed by oral and practical exams to be administered by the Ministry of Works, before certification. ABACO, The Bahamas -- With 90% of people in the propane business not having adequate formal training, according to leading natural and propane gas trainer, Stephen C. Nook, The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has joined forces with the Ministry of Public Works to conduct intense training.

Ten persons are participating in a five-day course on the island of Abaco, representing Man-O-War Gas, Guana Lumber and Supplies, and Abaco Gas Company. The training of Abaconians in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) business comes at a time when LPG plants are “popping up” throughout several islands, according to BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville.

“We, at BTVI, want to help enforce the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act. On a lot of the cays in Abaco, they are using LPG gas for their propane generators and commercial appliances due to the cost of fuel. Because it’s so widely used, more training is needed,” said Mr. Darville.

Furthermore, Ministry of Public Works, Volatile Inspector, Freeman Hanna, stressed the importance of always visually examining a propane gas tank for leaks because safety is paramount. He added that many accidents could be avoided if the proper safeguards are taken.

“One of the reasons the government decided mail boats shouldn’t transport propane tanks is because of the accidents. People aren’t taking the precautionary measures. Propane is nothing to play with. You must know the regulations. They’re like our daily Bible in the field,” he said.

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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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