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May 07, 2013
Tornado causes damage in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Abaco, Bahamas - On Friday, May 3rd at 6:30pm a tornado caused damage in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.

The following photos were taken by Timothy Roberts.

Green Turtle Cay is an island in The Bahamas. It is located in the
"Abaco Out Islands" and is 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. It was named
after the abundance of green turtles that inhabited the area.

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Two shot dead in Abaco
January 20, 2014
Two shot dead in Abaco

Two men were shot to death in Abaco over the weekend, according to police...

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May 08, 2013
Tornado causes damage in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco

Abaco, Bahamas - On Friday, May 3rd at 6:30pm a tornado caused damage in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.

The following photos were taken by Timothy Roberts.

Green Turtle Cay is an island in The Bahamas. It is located in the
"Abaco Out Islands" and is 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. It was named
after the abundance of green turtles that inhabited the area.

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February 24, 2012
Wedding Planner's Institute of Canada to hold International Certification Course in Abaco

ABACO, Bahamas  - The
Wedding Planner's Institute of Canada (WPIC) will be holding an
International Wedding Certification Course at Abaco Beach Resort on
March 12-13.

The International Wedding Certification Course prepares individuals to coordinate,

organize
and facilitate all styles of local and destination weddings. The March
12-13 course will be instructed by WPIC President, Danielle Andrews
Sunkel, who will also be in the country to speak at the Abaco Wedding
Professional's Symposium, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism. Together
with the WPIC team of instructors, WPIC has certified over 4,000 people
worldwide...

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October 04, 2012
More Developments Announced After Abaco Cabinet Meeting

Several developments came out of Tuesday's historic Cabinet meeting in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

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October 16, 2012
PLP Thanks People Of North Abaco

This bye-election result represents a great victory for both democracy and the good people of North Abaco in addition to a transition from the past to a glorious new day in the political life and continued development of North Abaco.

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October 22, 2011
Deal signed with China for Abaco bridge, new port

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
cnixon@tribunemedia.net

AFTER 15 years of planning, the government has signed a contract with a Chinese construction company to build a bridge linking North Abaco and Little Abaco.
The contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) will also include the construction of a new port in North Abaco.
At a press conference yesterday at the Ministry of Finance, the government signed the $40 million contract, which will be funded by the EXIM Bank of China.
The project will begin in December with the bridge expected to be completed in February 2013 and the Port in November 2013.
According to Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Works Colin Higgs, the design a ...

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April 26, 2013
Abaco Students Show Talent at National Arts Festival

Abaco, The Bahamas -- Central Abaco Primary
School students perform a dramatic piece, during the recent E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco Adjudications.

Photos enclosed...

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September 21, 2011
Abaco Business Outlook remarks, Shaping the Future: Investment, Invention, Integration

The following are remarks made by the Minister of the Environment at the Abaco Business Outlook on September 21st, 2011. 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.

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October 23, 2011
CHINESE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY TO BUILD ABACO BRIDGE

By CELESTE NIXON

Tribune Staff Reporter

cnixon@tribunemedia.net

AFTER 15 years of planning, the government has signed a contract with a Chinese construction company to build a bridge linking North Abaco and Little Abaco.

The contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) will also include the construction of a new port in North Abaco.

At a press conference Friday at the Ministry of Finance, the government signed the $40 million contract, which will be funded by the EXIM Bank of China.

The project will begin in December with the bridge expected to be completed in February 2013 and the Port in November 2013.

According to Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Works Colin Higgs ...

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December 29, 2012
2013 Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend set for March 22-24

ABACO, Bahamas - The
2013 Great Abaco Family Fitness Weekend (GAFFW) date has been selected
and the triathlon-style event will take place from March 22nd to 24th,
2013 in Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

 

The fun-filled weekend
consists of a 1-mile Open Water Swim, Sprint and Olympic triathlons, a
Kids 1-Mile Run, and a 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk.  Competitors can choose to
compete individually or as a relay team in the triathlons.

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April 18, 2013
(Photos) National Arts Festival Adjudications in Abaco

Abaco, Bahamas -  Agape Christian School
student Beth Ann Johnson sings The Winans' "Tomorrow", during the E.
Clement Bethel National Arts Festival's Abaco Adjudications, at the school in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, on April 15, 2013. The Adjudications will continue
throughout the week and visit several settlements. Admission to view the
performances is free to the public

Photos

enclosed...

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August 30, 2011
Schooner Bay, South Abaco report on Hurricane Irene

Schooner Bay, South
Abaco - "Damage Assessment & Aerial Reconnaissance of Schooner Bay
Confirms What Planners, Environmentalists and Engineers Had Predicted
All Along -- If One Works Within and Enhances The Centuries Old, Existing
Natural Systems, Then Mother Nature Shows Her Mercy in Times of Major
Storms Like Irene. "

With a projected storm
surge on the Atlantic side of Abaco at 4 feet, the seawall, harbour,
groin, dune system and completed homes at Schooner Bay were put to the
near ultimate test from Hurricane Irene on 25"' August 2011. Note:
Official NOAA models max out at a 6 ft. storm surge in a Cat 5 storm on
east coast of Abaco....

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September 20, 2013
Abaco potholes patched

One day after a story ran in The Tribune concerning the deplorable condition of the roads in Central Abaco, workmen were seen patching potholes in the areas of most concern on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour...

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August 31, 2011
Abaco resorts aggressively restoring properties after Irene

ABACO, Bahamas - A team of tourism officials toured areas of Abaco on August
30, finding that Hurricane Irene affected resorts to varying degrees
but being assured by all property owners that they would quickly recover
from flood and wind damage. 

Ronald Parker,
general manager of the luxurious Abaco Club Ritz-Carlton in Cherokee
Sound, said his crews were hard at work putting the property back in
order. 

"We are left
with clean up," he said. "During the hurricane, we got a lot of
debris damage from landscaping, from some structural damage to some
of our homes, to some of our common areas, to some of our buildings,
from significant beach erosion down to our beach. So we have a lot of
clean up to do."

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July 24, 2010
(VIDEO) North Abaco Summer Festival Power Boat Race - July 22nd to 25th

Treasure Cay, Abaco, The Bahamas - The

2010 North Abaco Summer Festival and Power Boat Race will take place from Thursday,

July 22nd to Sunday, July 25th in Treasure Cay.

Enjoy power boat racing involving boats from Grand Bahama, Nassau, and the Abacos.

Bahamian entertainment by Stileet, Terez Hepburn, The Spank Band, The New Entry Band, Miss Daisy, Colyn McDonald and KB...

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January 04, 2013
Govt Invests 1.3M In Abaco Road Project

The government is planning to invest up to $9 million in infrastructure projects in Abaco, as officials place a renewed focus on Family Island development.
During a press conference yesterday, the Ministry of Works and Urban Development announced that islands other than New Providence will become more of a priority in 2013 and beyond in an effort to create more balance, diversify the economy and shift the intense spotlight away from the country's capital.

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May 28, 2012
Police in Abaco investigating Sunday morning traffic fatality

ABACO, Bahamas - Police in Abaco are continuing their investigations into an early

morning road traffic accident that claimed the life of a Spring City resident in Abaco.

It
was approximately 4:53am this morning, Sunday 27th May, 2012 when the
Police at the Marsh Harbor Police Station were notified of a traffic
accident that occurred on Don McKay Boulevard. Reports are that a 26
year old resident of Murphy Town was traveling north on the named
Boulevard in his vehicle and a 25 year old male motor-cyclist of Spring
City was traveling south when the collision
 

occurred...

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January 03, 2014
Bahamian group eyes Abaco Club

A group of Bahamians led by Dwight Smith, the head of the police staff association, is leading an ambitious effort to purchase the Abaco Club at Winding Bay, as part of a plan to implement a multimillion-dollar "Bahamian capital development project" which would see thousands of homes built throughout The Bahamas, while the Abaco property is redeveloped into one which includes an Olympic training facility and a stem cell research project.
Smith said that funds from the Security Forces of the Bahamas Pension Trust, a pension plan established just under two years ago to cover members of the enforcement forces in The Bahamas such as police, immigration and customs officers, would be used to fund mortgages for those seeking to buy the homes that would be developed throughout the Bahamian islands as part of an effort to provide greater amounts of affordable housing for Bahamians.
Exactly how realistic their efforts might be remains an open question, however Smith and others associated with the project claim to have established a competent management team who would lead the initiative and to have received positive feedback from potential financiers in the United States.
A copy of a letter indicating the same was seen by Guardian Business, although its authenticity could not be verified.
A group of representatives from the Pension Trust recently visited the Abaco Club property, which is now for sale as well as being the subject of a legal dispute after home owners sued the Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp over alleged breaches of duty relating to allegations of poor maintenance, among a variety of concerns, and claim to have held discussions with the owners about purchasing the property which they believe may have prompted the homeowners decision to go public with their lawsuit.
The lawsuit also alleges that the homeowners are concerned about the owner's plans to sell the property, which Marriott Vacations has indicated could be worth around $28 million, to a group which plans to undertake a large-scale re-development of the property.
There was no indication in their lawsuit or from Marriott Vacations as to who this group might be.
Guardian Business has been informed that plans are now in place on the part of the representatives of the Security Forces of The Bahamas Pension Trust to meet with the Minister of State for Investments, Khaalis Rolle, about their intentions and to seek government support.
An extensive report, also seen by Guardian Business, has been compiled by Randolph John of the Construction Services Group in The Bahamas indicating the full extent of the group's plans and its likely cost, which is in the hundreds of millions.
Smith said that the group has spoken to a group of doctors who are interested in spearheading the stem cell facility, and sees the Olympic facility as likely to create a reliable source of revenue for the group as they move ahead with their residential development plans.
Plans are in place to put aside $9 million in funding to establish a physical office for the Security Forces of The Bahamas Pension Trust from which it would offer a range of financial services for members, Guardian Business was informed.
Meanwhile, the Trust plans to make the investment a public one ultimately, with Bahamians able to buy in via an initial public offering.
Smith said the overall intention is to make the development an inclusive one which addresses existing needs in The Bahamas.
"Our plan is to do the best to help the country at large," he stated.

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November 05, 2012
Abaco Festival To Feature Float And Dog Parades

'Christmas in the Bahamas' is the theme for this year's Abaco Christmas Festival.

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August 02, 2011
Government awards three contracts for infrastructure upgrades in Abaco

Abaco, The Bahamas - The Government's Infrastructure crusade
continued in Marsh Harbour, Abaco with the award of three contracts totaling $3.5 million for the upgrade of physical infrastructure on this northern island.

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August 02, 2011
Ministry of Works officials tour Government Administration Complex in Abaco

Abaco, Bahamas - The Hon. Neko C. Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport is pleased with the progress of work on the
Government's $19.2 million Administration Complex presently under construction in Central Abaco.

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May 20, 2012
Abaco police uncover shotgun in bushes

ABACO, Bahamas -  Officers at Abaco uncovered a shotgun in bushes near the Ernest Dean Highway. Initial reports indicate that around 4:30 pm on Saturday 19th May, 2012 officers at Abaco acting on information went to the area where they discovered the weapon.

No one arrest was made. Active police investigations continue.

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August 03, 2011
Multi-purpose gymnasium planned for Abaco

Abaco, The Bahamas - Plans are under way for a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose gymnasium for the island of Abaco.

Senior Government officials including Public Works and Transport
Minister the Hon. Neko Grant along with Minister of Youth, Sports and
Culture the Hon. Charles Maynard, informed residents of plans for the
gymnasium during an Information Meeting on July 28.

The meeting held at Friendship Baptist Church was attended by
Government officials including Edison Key, MP for South Abaco; Colin
Higgs, permanent secretary; Calvin Balfour undersecretary; John Canton
and Tim Munnings, directors; Livingston Forbes, chief architect and
Shaun Forbes, engineer...

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March 21, 2014
Abaco resort appoints new executive

Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina in The Bahamas has announced the appointment of Brent Ingraham as the director of sales and marketing.
A veteran of the hospitality industry, Ingraham brings with him over 20 years of experience and a history of proven success, said the company.
In his new role he will be responsible for developing and implementing initiatives that seek to increase overall sales and create strong marketing campaigns for the resort's group, leisure and marina offerings.
"Brent's strong sales and marketing background combined with his in-depth knowledge of hotel operations will be a great asset to Abaco Beach Resort and our guests," said Manny Alexiou, owner of Abaco Beach Resort.
"As a former resident of The Bahamas, Brent deeply understands not only this market but also what makes it a unique destination."
Ingraham most recently served as the business development and marketing consultant for the Beck Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to his role there he held positions as the marketing and sales operations consultant for M&M Quality Solutions. During his tenure in The Bahamas Ingraham served as vice president of sales and business development for Old Bahama Bay Resort and Marina, director of catering and convention services at Westin and Sheraton Our Lucaya Resort, regional director of sales and marketing at Royal Oasis Golf Resort and Casino and general manager at Holiday Inn Junkanoo Beach Hotel.
Ingraham holds a bachelor's degree from Hampton University and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami.

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February 22, 2012
Great Abaco highway bypass taking shape

THE new bypass road under construction on the Great Abaco highway is taking shape.

Six months ago, the Government awarded a contract for $965,818,95 to Knowles Construction and Development Company Ltd to build the bypass road in Central Abaco.

"There is traffic congestion in downtown," said Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant.

"This road will eliminate the heavy traffic in the downtown area which permits one to land at Marsh Harbour International Airport and proceed to north Abaco without going downtown.

"The road connects from the south and brings you to the airport. It will take you to downtown as well, just past the Government Administration building.

"On t ...

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September 21, 2012
PLP Faces Mounting Pressure to Win North Abaco By-election

Dear Editor,

I once held the view that the October 15 by-election in North Abaco would be a crucial test for Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis (Killarney). I was of the view that if Minnis fails to win this electoral contest, his leadership position would be in grave jeopardy.

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December 30, 2012
Abaco wanted suspect, Nevin Russell now in police custody

Abaco, The Bahamas - On Friday 29th December 2012, around 7:40pm, wanted suspect Nevin Russell age 44 years of Crockett Drive, Marsh Harbour Abaco, who was wanted by police for Housebreaking, Shopbreaking and Stealing was arrested by police in the Pigeon Pea area.

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May 10, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard to Support Abaco's First Annual Special Olympics Torch Run

On Saturday, May 12,
Abaco's first annual Special Olympics Torch Run will be held in Marsh
Harbour with a 9 a.m. start.  The six mile route will begin at the
airport roundabout and end at the park at the Abaco Central High
School.  The U.S. Embassy is lending its support to the event,
represented by LTJG Karin Evelyn of the U.S. Coast Guard who will lead
off the first leg of the law enforcement relay, taking the Special
Olympics torch for the first two miles of the route through the streets
of downtown, Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

The inaugural torch run race
is expected to attract eighty participants including law enforcement
officers from the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force (RBDF), representatives from the business community...

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May 03, 2011
(Photos) Francis de Sales Catholic School Shows Off Abaco Talent

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas - Enclosed are photos of  the recent E. Clement
Bethel National Arts Festival
adjudications at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

St. Francis de Sales Catholic School
student Jessica Knowles recites a poem about thinking, during the recent
E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications, at the Marsh
Harbour, Abaco school. She scored a 94 and drew praises from Drama
Adjudicator and Bahamian cultural icon Mr. James Catalyn.

See more photos within of the other students who participated...

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