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Benzie Dump open for hurricane debris
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 23 October 2015 08:18

LONG ISLAND – The Department of Environmental Health Services wishes to advise the public that the Benzie Dump in Hamilton’s has been re-opened, temporarily, to allow for the dumping of hurricane debris.

Residents are asked to utilize this dumpsite until further notice.

Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club donates $50,000 towards Hurricane Joaquin relief effort
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:11

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay, Abaco donated $50,000 to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, towards the Hurricane Joaquin relief effort. The presentation took place at the Office of the Prime Minister on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. Pictured from left are Senior Vice President, Baker’s Bay, Dr. Livingston Marshall; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and Director, NEMA, Captain Stephen Russell. (BIS photo/Peter Ramsay)

All Long Island students back in school
Submitted by Nikki Bethell   
Thursday, 22 October 2015 07:21

Lower Deadman's Cay Primary ready for back-to-school.NASSAU, Bahamas -- A few days after announcing the opening of most schools on Long Island, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is happy to announce that the students from the Mangrove Bush Primary School will return to school sooner than initially expected.

Director of Education, Mr. Lionel Sands returned to the capital on Sunday after a trip to Long Island to meet with the principals of the schools and to ensure that the schools were conducive for the return of students. The Long Island community worked assiduously to clean up schools so that students could return and have a sense of normalcy in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Joaquin.

Initial talks with Principal Carla Rodgers of Mangrove Bush Primary were to find a temporary facility for the 78 students - 9 preschoolers and 69, first to sixth graders. However, in keeping with the community spirit that has been evident on Long Island throughout the hurricane relief efforts, the principals of the Mangrove Bush Primary School and Lower Deadman’s Cay Primary School, Mrs. Lucy Adderley agreed to amalgamate the two schools until the extensive works to Mangrove Bush Primary are completed.

In speaking with the Director of Education, Mr. Lionel Sands, he expressed his pleasure that the Mangrove Bush students would be able to return to school. “I am pleased that the principals have reached this agreement and think that it is a viable option. I felt a little disheartened for Mrs. Rodgers when we were there on Sunday, realizing that her students would have been the only ones not slated to return to school this week when the official statement was given for the return of students to their respective schools throughout Long Island.

Royal Bahamas Defense Force establishes effective presence on Crooked Island
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:33

CROOKED ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Continuing its aggressive efforts to bring relief to the residents of the hard hit southern islands of The Bahamas in the wake of hurricane Joaquin, The Bahamas Government through the Royal Bahamas Defense Force has established an effective presence in Crooked Island in the form of a temporary work base. Prime Minister Christie is on record as saying that the rebuilding and restoration efforts will be challenging, protracted and his government is fully committed to assisting the affected families in an expeditious manner. Clearly our marines are in for the long haul.

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Images are of the timely and innovative relief efforts from last week with Minister of National Security, the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage posing with his team of officers and relief workers in front of one of the containers on Crooked Island.

Eleuthera's Glass Window Bridge closed Monday
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:27

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- Family Island Administrator for North Eleuthera, Jolton Johnson, advises residents that due to the sea surges, the Glass Window Bridge closed at 4pm, Monday, October 19, 2015, until further notice.

Residents are being strongly advised to stay away from the area until the waves subside.


Sandals Resorts International honoured at World Travel Awards’ Caribbean & North America ceremony
Submitted by Chester Robards   
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 07:14

left to right: World Travel Awards model, Gary Williams, General Manager of Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island , Jeremy Mutton, General Manager of Sandals Emerald Baya Spa Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort, Ramel Sobrino, General Manager of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort and David Latchimy, General Manager of Sandals Negril Beach Resort & SpaEXUMA, The Bahamas -- Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honored with prestigious recognition at the 22nd Annual World Travel Awards’ Caribbean & The North America Ceremony, held on October 17, 2015 at Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort. The Luxury Included® Resort Company collected 17 awards, demonstrating the continued success and evolution of the brand and its resorts.

In addition to this distinguished accomplishment, SRI once again received the notable recognition of Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand, thus earning this title for 22 consecutive years. New to the winners’ circle was Sandals Barbados, which was awarded Caribbean’s Leading Resort after recently opening this past January.

“We are honoured to be continuously awarded by the World Travel Awards,” said Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International. “These outstanding recognitions validate the hard work of our staff and their constant commitment to providing our guests with the best possible experiences each and every day.”

With a total of 17 trophies from this year’s awards ceremony, Sandals Resorts International rose above other highly acclaimed hotel brands. The Caribbean resort company’s top honors included:

Students throughout Long Island to return to school this week
Submitted by Nikki Bethell   
Monday, 19 October 2015 08:20

LONG ISLAND, The Bahamas –– Senior Education Officials spent the last four days on Long Island providing psychological support and assessing the damages as well as assessing the repairs to the schools in order to give the all clear for the opening of schools. The Department of Education has been working in tandem with members for the community to ensure that schools are able to resume as soon as possible and to provide the items necessary for the reopening of schools. In anticipation of schools opening this week, Mr. Coleman Andrews, First Assistant Secretary responsible for school facilities, sent a trailer of desks to the island on Tuesday, 13th October, 2015, to replace those damaged by the storm. Additional items have been ordered and will be dispatched to the islands as soon as they arrive in Nassau.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been working simultaneously on Long Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Crooked Island and Acklins to ensure that schools on all those islands are given equal attention and are able to open as quickly as possible. Each island faces its unique set of challenges and of course, the damages cover a broad spectrum. We are giving priority to all schools on all islands affected and we are appreciative to all those who have come forth to offer assistance. This is indeed a show of national collaboration and requires the cooperation of various ministries/agencies and community members to facilitate the multiple needs required. We wish to thank the leaders of the communities and particularly the schools administrators and their teams who have been working diligently to restore their schools. We will also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to private citizens and NGOs for their willingness to assist us in the rebuilding and restoration of schools on the various islands.

The Ministry of Education has been strategizing and devising action plans from the onset to mobilize the resources needed for the restoration of all schools. Schools are indeed the lifeline of our family island communities and their existence is paramount to the sustaining of these already small communities and therefore the restoration of these schools are critical to the MOEST and also to provide stability and a degree of normalcy to the lives of the students.

Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina makes a splash in hurricane relief fundraiser
Submitted by John Bell   
Monday, 19 October 2015 06:46

Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina General Manager Steve Riely with Nassau’s Chase Fernander. ALICE TOWN, Bimini — Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina General Manager Steve Riely literally took the plunge to help reach a donation goal during a recent hurricane relief fundraiser.

Upon hearing that the fundraiser was just short of its $1,000 goal, Riely promised to jump into the Big Game Club’s pool fully clothed if the goal could be reached. Guests quickly responded and Riely kept his promise. The resort then matched the total with another $1,000.

The hurricane fundraiser is part of the resort’s ongoing Community Goodwill program that supports individuals and organizations in need. This time the funds will be sent to help residents of San Salvador in the central Bahamas to help rebuild their homes following the damages caused by Hurricane Joaquin.

The fundraiser, held on Saturday, October 10, featured two local Bahamian entertainers—Bimini’s Stevie S (Hold Ya Head) and Nassau’s Chase Fernander (Dear John)—along with jerk chicken, BBQ ribs, Kalik beer and Bahama Mama rum punch. Raffle tickets were sold with prizes provided by the Big Game Club and local merchants.

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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