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Bimini Big Game Club’s newly-completed pool hosting swimming for children participating in the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Summer Camp
Submitted by John Bell   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 10:15

ALICE TOWN, Bimini — The splish, splash and laughter from dozens of local children will be a common scene at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina as management hosts the swimming camp sessions for the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s 2015 Summer Camp through July 31st.

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Having fun is just part of the swimming activities for these youngsters—ages 5 to 16— as Big Game Divers, the resort’s dive operation, helps mentor the group with lessons and safety. Corey Wood, the resort’s dive shop manager, and members of his team along with the Bimini Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force are providing the instruction.

Bimini Big Game Club’s longtime dockmaster Robbie Smith recognized for his contribution to tourism in The Bahamas
Submitted by John Bell   
Monday, 20 July 2015 06:46

Captain Robbie Smith With Bahamian Icon Award Certificate of Nomination.ALICE TOWN, Bimini — The 75-slip full service marina has long been considered the front door to the Bimini Big Game Club Resort and dockmaster Robbie Smith has been the first to greet thousands of boaters at the docks over the last 27 years.

Captain Smith’s professionalism and approach to his craft recently brought him to Nassau as a nominee in tourism category for the 2015 Bahamian Icon Awards program held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort last weekend.

Celebrating greatness, the Bahamian Icon Awards recognize Bahamian citizens who have exemplified the best intentions of the Bahamian Spirit through excellence and achievement.

Though he didn’t receive the Icon Award for Tourism, Captain Smith did receive a Certificate of Nomination along with tremendous support from his wife and family, co-workers and friends and the Bimini community, who all celebrated his honor to be a national nominee.

“Robbie is one special person,” commented Robier Escutary on the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina Facebook site. “The times I have been to Bimini he has been very kind.”

22nd Annual All Andros & Berry Islands Regatta a highlight of Independence weekend
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 15 July 2015 15:28

MORGAN’S BLUFF, Andros -- The 22nd Annual All Andros & Berry Islands Regatta of Morgan’s Bluff, North Andros, took place over the Bahamas 42nd Independence Anniversary Celebrations weekend, July 9-11. Minster of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. V. Alfred Gray presented trophies to winning skippers. ‘Most Outstanding Skipper’ was Stephan Kemp.

The Hon. Alfred Gray, Minister of Agriculture & Marine Resources, with presentation to the crew from Ant's Nest, Class B Champs. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

Deputy Prime Minister Davis takes a tour of BAMSI
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 13 July 2015 08:14

ANDROS, The Bahamas -- Farm Manager Everson Parks, far left led the delegation on a tour of the Bahamas Agriculture Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) in North Andros on Saturday, 11th July 2015.

Pictured next to Mr. Parks are Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Philip Brave Davis; Health Minister and Member for North Andros and the Berry Islands, Hon. Dr. Perry Gomez and the Member for Tall Pines, Hon. Leslie Miller. Other members of the delegation included PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts and Straw Market Chairman, Kevin Simmons.

In the background could be seen part of the twenty sprawling acres of Williams Bananas, imported from Grand Bahama primarily.

North Andros was the final leg of Mr. Davis' multi-island independence tour. He made stops in Exuma and Abaco before landing in North Andros. The tour covered the livestock, commercial farming and aquaponics operations which is currently under construction.

While in Andros, the delegation celebrated with Androsians at the All North Andros and Berry Islands Regatta and Homecoming.

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Remarks by Fred Mitchell at Independence celebrations in Exuma
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   
Saturday, 11 July 2015 11:31

Remarks by Fred Mitchell MP
Minister of Foreign Affairs
At the Forest, Exuma

42nd Anniversary Of The Independence of The Bahamas

On a really hot and sunny day way back 17 years ago in Mt. Thompson outside the 7th Day Adventist Church, the then MP for this area Elliott Lockhart, myself and several pastors stood on the beach side and took a picture to mark the then 25th anniversary of the independence of The Bahamas. I was then 39 years old. I am 61 now. I was a Senator then and in Opposition and I had come back to renew acquaintances with a people who I had been introduced to as a young politician on the make back in 1977 by George Smith and Livingstone Coakley.

I am a Minister of the Government today.

After that year, with perhaps a missing year or two, I have been back every year at this time. It is heartening to hear how many people remember it and that I do it. It is a hard habit to break and I am honoured and privileged to become a part of your ceremony every year.

My colleagues often ask why do I come to Exuma. My reply is always the same: the nation is not Nassau. This nation is an archipelagic one. If I had the power, the government would be dispersed to every island for this occasion so that the people can have a political representative of the central government on their independence day.

Primary healthcare system gets boost with recruitment of latest Family Island physicians
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 11 July 2015 11:13

Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Michael Perry Gomez (seated centre) and senior officials at the Ministry of Health and Department of Public Health, are excited about the increased possibilities for primary healthcare for Family Island patients following the recruitment of a number of doctors who will be assigned for service in the Family Islands. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Glen Beneby, said the successful recruitment of the doctors for service in the Family Islands will open greater opportunities on the way primary healthcare is delivered in the Family Islands as the Government of The Bahamas prepares to introduce Universal Health Coverage for all Bahamians via National Health Insurance. The doctors recently paid a courtesy call on Minister Gomez and senior officials at the Ministry's headquarters. Pictured (seated from left) are: Charlene Bain, Administrator, Department of Public Health; Dr. Beneby; Minister Gomez; Marco Rolle, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; and Dr. Jillian Bartlette, Acting Medical Staff Coordinator, Department of Public Health. Standing (from left) are: Drs. Christian Senero, Felicia Balfour-Greenslade; Cheryl Langonille; Basil Dookran; Aisha Kirkpatrick; Neitesha Humes-Rahming; Kayleisha Watson; Scarlett Stuart; Rhundra McKenzie; Jerome Hamilton and Allen Cho. (BIS Photo)NASSAU, The Bahamas – The public, primary healthcare sector of The Bahamas got a big “shot in the arm” recently with the successful recruitment of 12 physicians who will be posted to the Family Islands.

Public healthcare officials were also able to successfully recruit four Bahamian graduates who were among those recording the highest academic results from the University of West Indies’ Doctor of Medicine (DM) Post Graduate Family Medicine Training Programme Examinations that were held this past June.

Dr. Glen Beneby, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, said, July 6, that the successful recruitment of the physicians will allow officials of the Ministry of Health and the Department of Public Health to post the new physicians to a number of key Family Islands. These include the larger islands such as San Salvador, Abaco and Exuma.

The successful recruitment process comes as the Ministry, the Department of Public Health and the Government of The Bahamas prepares to launch Universal Health Coverage for all Bahamians through the National Health Insurance Initiative scheduled to come on stream in January 2016.

“This gives us the privilege of putting the qualified persons in the larger Family Islands such as San Salvador, Abaco and Exuma in key positions to help us not just to provide doctors in the Family islands, but doctors in those islands who can supervise junior doctors and this opens up other opportunities for us,” Dr. Beneby said.

Joan Braithwaite joins Damianos Sotheby's International Realty Eleuthera sales team
Submitted by Sharon Thompson   
Saturday, 11 July 2015 11:11

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- Joan became enthralled with Eleuthera and in 2006 she and her husband moved from Nassau to the unique and beautiful island.

She is a seasoned realtor and prides herself on delivering outstanding service to both buyers and sellers and has thoroughly enjoyed assisting international and Bahamian clients in locating their dream properties in Eleuthera.

Joan is pleased to be joining the dedicated, professional, experienced team of realtors at Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty and she will be based out of her Gregory Town Art Studio/Home Office and will work alongside our Governor’s Harbour and Spanish Wells team members.

She looks forward to hearing from friends, clients and contacts regarding their real estate needs and goals.


Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina assists local student in foreign language study abroad
Submitted by John Bell   
Saturday, 11 July 2015 11:02

Dafna Ronis, General Manager Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina; Mr. Oscar Munroe, Senior Administrator, Bimini and Cat Cay; Jaquan Brennan; and Marci Ellis (Jaquan’s mother). ALICE TOWN, Bimini — As part of its ongoing Community Goodwill program, management at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina is assisting a local high school student attend a study abroad program in Costa Rica this summer.

General Manager Dafna Ronis presented 16-year-old Jaquan Brennan with a $1,000 check that will help with expenses allowing Jaquan to attend an intensive Spanish language program at the Escuela de Lenguas y Experiencias in Heridia, Costa Rica.

The Language Study Aboard Program (LSAP) is a Bahamas based organization that specializes in offering two and four week foreign language study abroad programs for local students.

Jaquan will attend the program from July 11th to July 26th, 2015. He attends the Louise McDonald High School where he was honored for scoring the highest grade point average in tenth grade. He also happens to be the son of Marci Ellis, a respected and longtime employee of the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina.

The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina has previously made scholarship donations to the local elementary and high schools as well as a student needing corrective eye surgery.

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