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Environment Minister addresses Abaco Business Outlook
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 18:46

Remarks – Hon Earl D. Deveaux MP Minister of The Environment  
at ABACO BUSINESS OUTLOOK 2011
Theme: Shaping the Future: Investment, Invention, Integration

Salutations

My Colleague, Minister Grant could not be with you and graciously asked that I apologise to you and to represent him. So therefore on his behalf and mine, It is a pleasure to address this opening session of the Abaco Business Outlook.

This morning I will provide an overview of public infrastructure projects that will facilitate investment opportunities and the further development of the island of Abaco and The Bahamas.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Like other countries, the global economic slowdown has had significant impact on the islands of The Bahamas. The efforts by The Government, some of which I will address today, have been designed to minimise the impact of the recession and to prepare the Country and our people for recovery.

In an effort to counter these effects on the construction industry, and to prepare the country for the gradual economic upturn, the Government of The Bahamas launched an initiative to enhance public infrastructure and create employment. The public infrastructure enhancement initiative has resulted in Docks, Bridges, Road Works and other Capital works being executed on every major island of The Bahamas.

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Kayak Challenge to benefit Abaco Cancer Society
Submitted by Barefoot Contessa   
Friday, 16 September 2011 06:44

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- On October 15th Abaco will be "Up the Creek With a Paddle" during a unique and fun fundraiser at Boat Harbour Marina.  Participants are invited to paddle -- anything!  Any craft that can be paddled: kayak, paddleboard, canoe ... just no engines ... for a distance of 7, 12, or 20 miles.

This fun event is a fundraiser for the Abaco Cancer Society and Friends of the Environment with events for the entire family kicking off at 8am.  Click on the graphic to view the full event poster, see below, or click HERE.

 

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New Marsh Harbour Airport terminal to enhance quality service
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 03 September 2011 06:43

A contract signing ceremony for the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility was held at the terminal site.  Pictured from left: Architect, Donald Dean; Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace; Principal, FES Construction Company Limited, Fletcher McIntosh; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham; Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant and Member of Parliament, South Abaco Edison Key.   (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- The building of the new Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility will further enhance Marsh Harbour Airport’s capacity to provide quality service to the growing number of Abaco residents and visitors, Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant said.

The project will complement recent upgrades to the airside infrastructure that were undertaken a year ago, Minister Grant said during the Contract Signing Ceremony at the new terminal site, Thursday, September 1.

“These upgrades included construction of a new jet runway of 6,100 feet conversion of the original runway into a jet-way; installation of new signage, approach, taxiway, and runway lighting, and the development of new flight procedures for the new runway to ensure compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.”

Minister Grant explained that in July 2010, the Architects Incorporated Company was awarded a contract for architectural design of the new Marsh Harbour terminal, control tower, and fire/crash facilities along with works to integrate the existing terminal building into the new airport terminal’s design.

He said subsequent to completion of the architectural drawings, nine contractors were invited to submit tenders for the project. Seven tenders were received and opened at the Ministry of Finance’s Tenders Board meeting, May 17, 2011.

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Abaco Rock Ltd. to construct concrete roads in Hope Town
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 03 September 2011 06:39

A small contract signing ceremony was held in Hope Town, Abaco as Abaco Rock Limited was awarded a $101,834.27 contract to construct concrete roads.  Pictured during the signing from left: Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant; Permanent Secretary, Colin Higgs; Owner, Abaco Rock Ltd., Kenneth Meltarp and Member of Parliament for Abaco and Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Edison Key.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)HOPE TOWN, Abaco -- Residents and visitors to Hope Town, Abaco will benefit from the $101,834.27 contract awarded to Abaco Rock Limited to construct concrete roads.

The contract signifies the Government’s commitment to upgrading the public infrastructure throughout The Bahamas, Minister of Public Works and Transport the Hon. Neko Grant said during the contract signing ceremony, Thursday, September 1.

“In advancing this project, a pre-qualification tender exercise was undertaken for these works in which three Abaco-based construction companies were invited to submit tenders,” Minister Grant said.

Two of these companies responded with bid submissions. On review of the bids, it was determined that Abaco Rock Ltd. had submitted the lower qualifying bid.

Member of Parliament for South Abaco and Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation Edison Key, said as tourism is the country’s number one industry and first impressions are usually the ones readily remembered, Hope Town, a gateway to The Bahamas, deserves comfortable amenities.

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FES Construction Company Limited awarded contract to construct new Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal
Written by BIS   
Friday, 02 September 2011 17:37

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham was the keynote speaker at the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility contract signing ceremony in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Thursday, September 1.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham announced that the FES Construction Company Limited out of Freeport, Grand Bahama has been awarded the contract for $27.3 million to construct the Marsh Harbour Airport Terminal, Air Traffic Control Tower and Fire/Crash Rescue Facility.

The new facility will be named the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport after the man who “singlehandedly has done a great deal to improve and expand the economy of Abaco,” Prime Minister Ingraham said during the contract signing ceremony at the new terminal site, Thursday, September 1.

“Mr Thompson was the one who brought us the largest single development on Abaco Island,” he said.

The principals of FES Construction, Fletcher McIntosh and James Edgecombe, are originally from Abaco.

“I have reminded them that we fully expect that they will use this opportunity afforded them to train and transfer skills and trades to other Abaconians and residents of Abaco and to maximise the use of local subcontractors and suppliers of goods and services to the construction sector,” Prime Minister Ingraham said.

“We are using this opportunity to attach to this project 30 or more training positions out of the Government’s Job Training Programme,” he said.

 

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Local Bahamian artists and guests descend on Furniture Plus in Abaco for 'Plus Arts & Culture' Summer Showcase 2011
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 01 September 2011 06:16

 Local Bahamian artists featured at Furniture Plus in Abaco for 'Plus Arts & Culture' Summer Showcase - Interested collectors, home owners and artists attended the Plus Arts & Culture (PAC) Summer Showcase debut at Furniture Plus in Maxwell's Plaza in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Featured at the event were the works of 26 artists including handmade quilts, bronze sculpture, ceramics, watercolor on silk, oil on canvas, imprints, Androsia table linens, wooden bowls, tile mosaics, photography and more.  Pictured at the reception is (far left) Mrs. Krystynia Lee d'Arville, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Furniture Plus along with some of the local artists whose work is being featured in the Furniture Plus Abaco showroom.  (Photo courtesy of Beulah Wong)MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Interested collectors, home owners, and artists attended the Plus Arts & Culture (PAC) Summer Showcase debut at Furniture Plus in Maxwell's Plaza in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The private reception was held to launch Plus Arts & Culture (“PAC”), a celebration of arts, crafts and more by Bahamian artists.  Among the attendees were Winsom Ferguson from the Ministry of Tourism, representatives from Commmonwealth Bank, Royal Bank and Scotia Bank, second homeowners from Hopetown, Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Harbor and Treasure Cay, and more.

Featured at the event were the works of 26 artists including handmade quilts, bronze sculpture, ceramics, watercolor on silk, oil on canvas, imprints, Androsia table linens, wooden bowls, tile mosaics, photography and more. The showcase is open to the public through September 30, and new artistic works will be introduced every week for the duration of the show. These include  underwater photography, stained glass, and lithographs.

Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres served by Moments Bahamas as well as fine wines served courtesy of corporate sponsor Burns House. Door prizes valued at over $3,000 came from among Furniture Plus’s lineup of accessories. T-shirts imprinted with the custom PAC logo were also given away.

“Everything looks perfect,” commented Marjolein Scott, Chairman of the Abaco Island Artists. “It’s hard to believe how beautifully the showroom was transformed into an art gallery in which any artist would be proud to display their work. It’s breathtaking.”

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Rapid Damage Assessments available for Abaco and Eleuthera following Hurricane Irene
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 07:19

Pathfinders Task Force has completed a Rapid Damage Assessment on Abaco and Eleuthera following Hurricane Irene.  Rapid Damage Assessments contain information about individual structures and classify structural damage based on Type and Damage Condition.  These PDF format assessments also include geo-tagged photos providing a picture of where critical areas are and what resources are allocated towards them.

Click HERE to download the Rapid Damage Assessment for Abaco.

Click HERE to download the Rapid Damage Assessment for Eleuthera.

Additionally, Pathfinders Task Force has completed a SWEAT-MS (Sewer, Water, Electricity, Academics, Transportation, Medical, and Security) infrastructure survey for Abaco.  This displays colour codes for functionality in each area assessed.  Click HERE to download.

 
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