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Resorts World Bimini to hold career fair November 12
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:07

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Resorts World Bimini is seeking customer service driven individuals as it prepares to stage another career fair in Bimini. Candidates will be interviewed for dozens of jobs, as the date for the opening of the resort’s new hotel draws near. The Career Fair will be held on the island on Wednesday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The drive to hire more staff in preparation for major expansion at the Resort is resulting in many openings for well-paying careers. Dozens of jobs are being created in anticipation of the openings of a 325-room luxury marina hotel this winter. Applicants will be vying for positions in the Hotel Front Office, Housekeeping, Slots, Casino Credit, Food & Beverage Service, Culinary, Marketing, Marina, Transportation and Security departments.

“We are looking for high caliber professionals to join our growing team here at Resorts World Bimini as we prepare to open our new luxury marina hotel,” said David Winslow, Director of Human Resources.

The career fair is expected to build on RWB’s contribution to the island’s economy, as well as national employment figures.

Applicants should be prepared to supply a valid police certificate, passport, four passport photographs, three original character references, original birth certificate, NIB card and original fingerprints.

To learn more about Resorts World Bimini visit www.rwbimini.com.

 
Acklins Trade and Development Association call on the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:47

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Acklins Trade and Development Association paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency the Governor General, Dame Marguerite Pindling, at Government House on Monday, November 3, 2014. Pictured from left: Stephen Cox; Basil J. Moss, president; Dame Marguerite Pindling and Calvert Stevens.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

 
Cat Island Sailing Association invests in youth with technical scholarships
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   
Monday, 03 November 2014 09:05

SCHOLARSHIP – Four Cat Islanders are on their way to higher education after being awarded scholarships by the Cat Island Sailing Association.  Standing from left to right are: Raphael Munroe, recipient; District Superintendent, Cat Island Rum Cay and San Salvador, Garth H. King; BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl; President, Cat Island Sailing Association, Patrick Strachan and Principal, Old Bight High School, Jerome Forbes.  Seated are recipients: Donnamae Dean, Arley Merzius and Clifton Bullard.CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Cat Island’s future is looking brighter as four young natives were recently awarded technical scholarships, thanks to the Cat Island Sailing Association.

Awarded were Clifton Bullard, Arley Merzius and Raphael Munroe, students already enrolled at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) along with Donnamae Dean, who will join them in spring 2015.  It was a huge moment for the association’s president, Patrick Strachan, who was able to tick off one of his goals for his 2013-2015 tenure.

Mr. Strachan said the scholarships were awarded to students who represent the future of Cat Island. “As president of the sailing club, I’ve always felt that the club ought to be known as something more than a group of people organizing a regatta.  I’m of the opinion that we ought to do things for the Cat Island community that will leave a lasting impression and help it to grow.  I believe that when you educate an individual, that will always remain with that person, unlike material things which will wither,” he stated.  

Meanwhile, principal of Old Bight High School, Jerome Forbes, who flew into Nassau just for the presentation, was elated over the scholarships presented to his former students, Clifton and Arley, both of whom have six Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE’s).

“These two men could have chosen any other institution, but they chose BTVI.  They did their own research, telling me they want to become Electricians.  We thank the Cat Island Sailing Association for allowing them to fulfill their dreams,” said Mr. Forbes.

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BTC opens revamped store in Spanish Wells
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:43

The official ribbon cutting of the new and improved BTC retail store in Spanish Wells. (L – R): Rev. Ross Newbold; BTC SVP of Customer Operations Patricia Walters; Margaret Saunders retired BTC employee Spanish Wells (28 years); BTC CEO Leon Williams; mural artist Gloria Pinder; Jolton Johnson Senior Administrator North Eleuthera District.SPANISH WELLS, Eleuthera -- Regardless the size of the island or its community, BTC is giving the same retail opportunities, products and services in new and glamourous, full-service BTC stores throughout The Bahamas. The island of Spanish Wells is one such example, and Main Street was in a celebratory mood when BTC CEO Leon Williams led a BTC team to the store re-opening on October 29th.

Mr. Jolton Johnson, Senior Administrator, North Eleuthera district welcomed them and thanked the BTC CEO for the new store, which he said built on the community spirit of the island whilst boosting the local economy by way of employment.

Senior VP Customer Operations, Patricia Walters with responsibilities for new store roll outs, recounted her earlier trip some months previously when she made a pledge that all three districts in North Eleuthera would have modernized BTC stores.

“I found on my trip here that the stores were not up to standard and made a pledge on behalf of BTC that Eleuthera would be one of the first renovation projects following completion in Nassau.; and I’m very proud to be here today to say that promise has been fulfilled.”  

Ms. Walters drew the attendees’ attention to the modern and distinct Bahamian-themed design and décor and the colourful mural by local artist Gloria Pinder depicting island life. She likened the modern BTC product displays to those found in the much acclaimed Apple stores.

“We’re not too dissimilar to the Apple stores in the way we showcase our products; we are modern and best in class.”  

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Bid to protect Bimini mangroves goes international
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:02

 Bid to Protect Bimini Mangroves Goes International - Experts call on the Bahamas government to live up to its promise and protect marine resources that sustain crucial local industries.  Save The Bays recently released a video which was taken when experts visited the proposed North Bimini Marine Reserve  recently.   Pictured is an excavator digs near mangroves in Bimini as part of RWB’s mega-resort construction. (Photo courtesy of Save The Bays)Experts call on Bahamas government to live up to its promise and protect marine resources that sustain crucial local industries

BIMINI, Bahamas -- International conservation experts are urging the government to fulfill its promise and protect Bimini’s unique ecological heritage and the local industries that have depended upon it for generations.

The experts, hosted on a tour of Bimini by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), called for the official establishment of the North Bimini Marine Reserve. Among other important natural resources, the NBMR would protect mangrove forests that serve as a nursery for the abundant sea life that has attracted so many visitors to the island over the years in the latest Save The Bay’s release on their YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/1wb4rJ4).

“From an ecological perspective, its incredibly important to maintain these mangroves in order to maintain the whole marine ecosystem,” said Rachael Silverstein, the Waterkeeper for Biscayne Bay, Florida.

“This is one of the only mangrove locations in this area and all of the important species that come from the Gulfstream, that people like to fish, have habitats here and live in the nurseries here and if we destroy that we also destroy our fishing industry and our diving industry and the repercussions can be felt across the Caribbean, across The Bahamas and certainly in Miami – we won't be able to come here anymore to fish, to dive or snorkel.”

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Ongoing development in Bimini attracts new businesses
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:37

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Resorts World Bimini’s ongoing development is having a positive spin-off effect – the opening of several new business ventures on the twin islands. Among them is the 1 2 3 Floor Sports Bar – a joint venture between a Biminite and an investor; and The Bimini Times community newspaper and Blue Marlin FM (BMFM) radio station, both of which will be owned and operated by businessman Obie Roberts.

The Bimini Times will be a bi-monthly newspaper initially, however Roberts says the plan is to increase the frequency of the publication as the need arises. It will cover stories of interest surrounding Bimini’s development, community life and sports.

“Mass media relations are important for a growing community,” he said. “With Resorts World Bimini you have the SuperFast ferry coming in and the development of a new airport which permits night flights; these are very historical moments that are occurring in this community. The story must be told and clearly articulated, not just to Biminites but throughout the entire Bahamas and the rest of the world.”

According to Roberts, Biminites are excited about the new media outlets coming to the island.

“It gives them a voice, an identity and a chance to express themselves,” he said. “This radio station is going to belong to the community of Bimini, and it will allow them to voice their concerns and jubilation about their past successes as well those to come.”

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BNT Executive Director Eric Carey offers apology and explanation for comments at Exuma Business Outlook
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 27 October 2014 16:44

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Eric Carey, extended his sincere apologies to all boaters that visit The Bahamas year after year today.

During the Exuma Business Outlook forum Director Carey answered a question from the floor that painted annual boaters in a less than flattering light.  He and the BNT executive team acknowledge that comments such as those should not have been made considering that the yachting, sailing and small craft boaters who visit the islands have a significant impact and role in the Bahamian economy, tourism and environmental longevity.

Since its inception in 1958 the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park has been a premier anchoring location for boaters who visit The Bahamas.  Recently the BNT introduced anchorage fees due to the increased annual operational cost of repairs and upkeep of the Bahamas’ oldest national park.  

In Mr. Carey’s passion to defend his organization’s need to increase income to support the Park’s operations, he suggested that the residents of Elizabeth Harbour install moorings to help with their efforts to clean up and restore their harbour. Some residents made comments to the effect that some boaters were not willing to pay for moorings. Carey unfortunately went on record to support the comments and agreed that some of these boaters do not contribute significantly to the economy.

“The comments which I made at the Exuma Business Outlook Conference are not the views of the Trust,” noted Carey.  “We welcome all visitors and most importantly boaters in The Bahamas – not only to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park but throughout The Bahamas.”

Carey continued, “International boaters are significant contributors to our economy and specifically to the more boutique islands which are not visited by mainstream tourists.  In addition, hundreds are annual supporters of the Trust through membership, valued Support Fleet members, the payment of mooring fees or by donating much needed personal resources to the protection of the marine environment.  I offer my heartfelt apologies and hope that all boaters will continue to visit The Bahamas.”

 
1, 2, 3 blast-off for Bahamian from Exuma as Heineken ‘The Voyage’ winner
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 27 October 2014 06:27

Michael Rolle (first row, 3rd from left), the grand prize winner of Heineken’s The Voyage: Legendary Travelers Wanted campaign unwinds with other participants during a trip to XCOR Space Expedition camp in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.Exuma resident Michael Rolle recently returned from a five day visit to Amsterdam as the national winner of Heineken’s The Voyage: Legendary Travelers Wanted campaign. The champion of the 11-week long competition walked away with the grand prize of 10 cases of Heineken, a $10,000 VISA gift card and an all-expense paid trip to XCOR Space Expedition camp in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“It was awesome, amazing. I saw all these things I’ve never seen before and going into a space simulator, that was wow,” said Rolle. “Who really thinks about visiting ‘space’?”

Rolle’s route to mock space travel was paved by luck during a lively drawing of those Heineken enthusiasts who collected Heineken bottle caps during the award-winning beer’s under-the-cap promotion. While Rolle represented The Bahamas, he was in the company of others who had capped the honours in their countries and the entire entourage was treated like superstars, he said.

“The trip to Amsterdam was 13 hours and when we got to the airport, there was a whole team waiting to welcome us,” Rolle said. Driving through the city to the luxury hotel that became home base for the 3-night, 4-day trip, Rolle was wide-eyed at sights a world apart from the sand dunes and sea of Georgetown. “I’ve never seen so many bikes, everyone was bicycling. And the people – oh, the people were so great, so friendly.”

The literal highlight of the trip – a mock voyage into space.

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