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Resorts World Bimini announces new summer schedule
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Monday, 11 May 2015 07:20

MIAMI, Florida -- Resorts World Bimini has announced a new summer sailing schedule, offering guests more time on Bimini during the weekends. Bimini SuperFast will now depart from Port Miami on Fridays at 7 p.m., returning on Sunday at 8 p.m. providing another full day on the island. Previously the ship returned to Miami at 1 p.m.

“Guest response was positively overwhelming when we shifted from a day cruise to an overnight cruise product,” said Edward Farrell, president of Resorts World Bimini. “To afford our guests more time to enjoy the island of Bimini we’re extending the port time on Sundays, making the experience a full weekend getaway.”

Bimini SuperFast will spend Sunday evenings docked in Port Miami, depart Mondays at 12 p.m., returning Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and departing again Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. to return on Fridays at 1 p.m. The new cruise schedule begins Friday, May 22, 2015.

Passengers have a choice of staying at the new Hilton at Resorts World Bimini for $250 per person*, which includes two nights’ accommodation, round trip transportation via Bimini SuperFast and all port and resort fees and taxes. Kids aged 17 and under stay free in the same room. Guests can also choose to stay in comfortable cabins onboard Bimini SuperFast with prices start from $118 per person based on double occupancy. Port fees and taxes for ship stay guests are not included but all meals are.

E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudications come to South Andros
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 11 May 2015 07:14

SOUTH ANDROS, The Bahamas -- E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudication took place on May 7 in South Andros.  BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna.

Choral Verse Speaking, High Rock Primary School, Grade 4.

E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival comes to Cockburn Town, San Salvador
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 08 May 2015 11:22

COCKBURN TOWN, San Salvador --  The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival took place in Cockburn Town, San Salvador, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna.

United Estates Primary School, Grades 1 & 2, Choral Verse Speaking.

High Rock Primary students from Andros visit the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:10

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Grade six students of High Rock Primary, the Bluff, South Andros, paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  The students were accompanied by their principal Ms. Carolyn Stuart and teacher Ms. Mohani Nandkeshore.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

Assessment underway in flood impacted Harbour Island, North Eleuthera, and Abaco
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 07 May 2015 06:53

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Financial Services and Local Government has announced that an assessment team has been dispatched to survey and assess the flood-damaged areas of Harbour Island and Eleuthera, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

These areas were impacted during a severe thunderstorm system, which passed through the Exuma Cays, New Providence, Eleuthera, Berry Islands, Abaco and their adjacent waters on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Approximately 6.7 inches of rain fell in Harbour Island and areas of North Eleuthera between 8pm to 4pm on Tuesday alone.

Due to reports of massive flooding which damaged several homes, a team has been dispatched to the impacted areas to assess the level of damage.

The team comprises the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA headed by Captain Stephen Russell; the Department of Social Services; the Ministry of Works and Urban Development; the Ministry of the Environment and Housing; the Department of Local Government and other agencies.

Meanwhile, the airport at North Eleuthera has closed temporarily, due to flooding, until further notice.

Cat Island students show their talent at E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:23

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas --  The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival took expression on Cat Island, Monday, May 4.  BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna.

Bahamian Folk Dance solo, Kendal Major, Jr., Orange Creek Primary School.

Five national parks established in San Salvador
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Sunday, 03 May 2015 13:00

Five National Parks Established in San Salvador - Pictured at the official designation ceremony for the newest parks in San Salvador are (L to R): Philip Smith - Former MP for North Long Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, Eric Carey , BNT Executive Director, The Hon. Kendred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment & Housing, Astra Armbrister-Rolle , BNT Director of Development, Theophilus Cox, Administrator for Rum Cay & San Salvador, The Hon. Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, Lakeshia Anderson, BNT GB Park Manager & Parks Planner, Claudine Greene, BNT Grants & Projects Administrator, and Michael Goffe, President of the San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)SAN SALVADOR, Bahamas – It was a momentous occasion for the San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation, the people of San Salvador and The Bahamas National Trust, as they gathered on Almond Tree Park for the public announcement of five new National Parks for San Salvador.

After working with the Government and with support from the Gerace Research Centre, the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), and the Nature Conservancy for ten years, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is pleased to announce that the Government has formalized the San Salvador National Parks, to be managed by the BNT, as the latest additions to the Bahamas’ National Park System.

Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon. Philip ‘Brave’ Davis officially declared the national parks’ designation, along with The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment & Housing, and Local Government Officials, in a ceremony recently held in San Salvador. The new parks encompass some 21,000 acres of pristine land and seascapes.

“This island jewel, in large part, remains unspoiled by development and unchanged by time,” said DPM Davis, who is also the MP for San Salvador, Cat Island and Rum Cay. “Even today, we experience the amazing beauty of this land, a mere five miles wide by ten miles long, which is surrounded by some of the most prolific and diverse environments of the Caribbean.”

During his address he noted, “It has been a long time coming, but today, we are here, and today, we celebrate! We are happy to acknowledge and thank the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) for its grant funding, which advanced the Park designations and management plan development. As Member of Parliament, it has been my pleasure to observe, encourage, and participate in collaborative ventures with the residents of San Salvador to bring keen awareness to the importance of preserving the exceptional natural beauty through a National Park System.

Defence Force patrol ship named after legendary Bahamian sailor
Submitted by BIS   
Sunday, 03 May 2015 12:44

The children of Captain Rolly Gray, Mr. Frederick Gray and Mrs. Veronica Rolle, participate in the cutting of Commissioning Cake during the ceremony commissioning the HMBS Rolly Gray. The ceremony was held at the Marina at Emerald Bay in Great Exuma on Thursday, April 30.  Assisting is Marine Seaman Kameron Armbrister.  Looking on at right are Minister of National Security the Hon. Bernard Nottage and Mrs. Nottage.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna).GREAT EXUMA, The Bahamas – The fourth of nine patrol vessels has been named after legendary Bahamian sailor, Mr. Rolly Bertram Gray. Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship, Rolly Gray was commissioned during an official ceremony held at the Marina at Emerald Bay in Exuma on Thursday, April 30.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie led a delegation of Cabinet Ministers and Senior Government officials to attend the ceremony. Bahamians and a number of international guests were present despite the overcast weather conditions.  Prime Minister Christie said that he was honoured to participate in the event.  He said that Mr. Gray was a great Bahamian who contributed much to The Bahamas.

“I am satisfied that all Bahamians alike, will unquestionably agree, that Rolly Gray is deserving of this great honour,” said Mr. Christie. “This is a man who dedicated his life to promoting his country and his craft. He deserves this honour, posthumously, from a grateful nation.”

Minister of National Security, the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage also delivered brief remarks. He said that the patrol vessels would significantly impact illegal maritime activities, which currently plague the country.

For decades, Captain Gray’s name has been synonymous with regatta competitions. He was born on August 22, l922 to Richard Gray of Staniel Cay and Blanche Smith-Gray of Farmer’s Cay. In 1937, at the age of 15, Captain Gray went to sea for the first time with his uncle on an 18-foot boat.  One year later, he went out on the 36-foot Ragged Island sloop “The Return.”  Then at the age of 18, he became the captain of the 25-foot “Dolly.” Gradually, Captain Gray manned larger boats and more powerful boats, winning the first Out Island Regatta in the ‘A’ and ‘C’ divisions (which later became the National Family Island Regatta).

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