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San Salvador school principal hailed for 40-plus years as an educator
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 29 February 2016 08:12

Paul Turnquest is escorted into a retirement ceremony held in his honor by Asia King (left) and Ashton Fernander.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)SAN SALVADOR, Bahamas – The community of San Salvador celebrated the exemplary service and dedication of Paul Turnquest, former principal of United Estates Primary School, for more than 40 years to the field of education Thursday, February 25.

Students and teachers of United Estates Primary School and San Salvador High School recognized Mr. Turnquest in tributes, songs, poetry and dance during a retirement ceremony at Fellowship in Christ Kingdom Ministries, Cockburn Town, San Salvador. His family, well-wishers, representatives of the clergy, senior Government and Local Government officials were also in attendance.

Mr. Turnquest began his teaching career at San Salvador Teacher’s College at the age of 16. In addition to San Salvador he served in Long Island and Exuma for 7 years.

In his remarks, the Hon. Philip Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development, thanked Mr. Turnquest for his commitment to public service, to the teaching profession and for touching and moulding the lives of his students.

He described Mr. Turnquest as a “remarkable” leader, mentor, role model, community builder and friend who has been faithful to God, church, family and his students.

'Bonefish Sam' inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:46

(L-R) Leonard Stuart, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Plantation; Charlice Ellis (daughter) Letty Ellis Rolle (daughter) Dr. Pamula Ellis Mills (daughter) Middle row left Jani Pierre (grand daughter) K'Lizz Ellis (grand daughter), Betsy Ellis Moore (Daughter) Rumalo Ellis (son).  Back row Michael Myatt, IGFA; Ingrid Stuart, (Family) Dhara Mills (grand daughter) Jacqueline Simpson (grand daughter) Chesterique Bullard (grand daughter) Ketlinado Bullard (great grand son) Captain Skip Smith, IGFA.PLANTATION, Florida -- Bimini’s great bonefish king and Bahamian sports icon, the late Samuel Achilles “Bonefish Sam” Ellis was posthumously bestowed the legendary “Tommy Gifford Award” and inducted into the Hall of Fame by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ceremony took place at the IGFA Headquarters on February 13, 2016.

The Tommy Gifford Award is awarded to Captains and Crews that have contributed to the sport by an invention, outstanding catch or catches, or have set an outstanding example of their trade.

The non-profit IGFA is committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping.

Bonefish Sam, who spent more than seventy years in fishing before passing away on March 12, 2003, was one of six international captains and skippers recognized by the IGFA organization for their legendary skills and contributions to the fishing sport.

His daughter, Dr. Pamula Mills who accepted the award on behalf of her father and family said they “are humbled by the generosity of the IGFA, Legendary Captains and Crew, in presenting our father with the Tommy Gifford award and inducting him into the international fishing hall of fame.

Resorts World Bimini sponsors winning Bimini All Stars Junior Junkanoo group
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:27

BIMINI, Bahamas – Resorts World Bimini (RWB) is the offering hearty congratulations to the Bimini All Stars Junkanoo Group upon capturing the top prize in the All Age division of the Grand Bahama Junior Junkanoo parade. RWB once again displayed its commitment to the island’s youth and the preservation of Bahamian culture by covering the Bimini All Stars’ travel expenses to the recently held parade. The donation paid off with the youngsters capturing the inter-island competition’s first place prize in their division.

The donation continues RWB’s legacy of supporting the arts in Bimini. RWB was the first corporate sponsor to donate to the island’s Junior Junkanoo movement when it began in 2015 with the inaugural Bimini Junior Junkanoo parade. That parade which featured children from pre-school age all the way up to high school competing individually for top prizes was a huge success. The second annual Bimini Junior Junkanoo parade is set for Friday, February 26.

“There is a great sense of pride to see how far Bimini’s Junior Junkanoo has come in just one year, and we at Resorts World Bimini are pleased to continue supporting this movement”, said RWB General Manager Ray Valentino who presented the check. “Junkanoo is very much a part of what we do at the Resort, and by sponsoring Junior Junkanoo, we are contributing to the continued growth of this exciting and colorful celebration.”

Bimini Junior Junkanoo Committee member Nadia Sherman-Rolle thanked the Resort for their continued support.

NHI community meetings scheduled in the Family Islands
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 22 February 2016 12:06

See poster below for NHI Bahamas Community Meetings Schedule - Family Islands

Reconstruction to begin on Crooked Island, San Salvador, Long Island post Hurricane Joaquin
Written by BIS   
Monday, 15 February 2016 09:10

Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency and the National Repair and Reconstruction Unit sit down with contractors on Crooked Island to go over details of contracts to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. The contracts were signed in Crooked Island on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Pictured from left: contractors Clinton Scavella, Conrad Williamson, and Mario Lewis. Pictured right are Melanie Roach, NRRU, and Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Repairs and Reconstruction Unit (NRRU) issued contracts for the rebuilding of homes on Crooked Island, San Salvador and Long Island, the areas hardest hit by Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015.

On Thursday and Friday, February 11 and 12, 2016, Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA, and Melanie Roach, head of the NRRU, travelled to those islands to have local contractors sign contracts and to issue their mobilization cheques, materials distribution lists, building plans and building code manuals.

The shipping of building materials begins the week of February 15 and it is estimated that once all supplies are in place, it would take eight to nine weeks to complete each home.

The contractors, who have been engaged by NEMA in previous rebuilding processes following destructive hurricanes, come with a wealth of experience in construction. Others involved in the reconstruction phase are “Friends” of Crooked Island supplying hurricane impact windows, a group from Grand Bahama, and the Methodist Habitat organization.

Resorts World Bimini donates equipment to Bimini clinic
Monday, 15 February 2016 08:41

BIMINI, Bahamas – Bimini’s primary health care facility will soon be better equipped to meet the needs of the island’s residents and visitors thanks to a generous donation by Resorts World Bimini. The Resort is donating over $16,000 worth of equipment and supplies to the Bimini Community Clinic, a gift which medical professionals say will go a long way in enabling them to deliver quality health care services to the island.

"On behalf of the Public Health Care team here in Bimini, I am delighted to accept this gift of essential items for the clinic,” said Dr. Keysha Smith. “These items will go a long way in providing services which we might not have been able to provide from our own resources. Naturally, we would like on behalf of the Department of Public Health and the Ministry of Health to thank Resorts World Bimini for this gesture.”

Among the items being donated to the clinic are equipment and supplies for blood pressure monitoring, O2 Saturation, fetal monitoring, a fetal dropper, vital signs monitoring, a suction machine, HIV testing, wall mount diagnostics, glucose level testing, an ECG machine, and fecal hemocult.

Resorts World Bimini Director of Public Affairs Michelle Malcolm says the donation further cements the resort’s commitment to partnering with the community.

“As the population and number of visitors to the island increases, so too will the medical needs,” she said. “By donating these items to the community clinic, we are helping to ensure that the residents of Bimini and visitors receive the very best health care possible.”

NEMA awards two contracts for Acklins reconstruction
Written by BIS   
Monday, 15 February 2016 07:54

Two building contractors were awarded contracts to construct homes on Acklins, one of the islands severely impacted by the Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. The contracts, valued at an estimated $41,000 for each single bedroom-home, were signed during a press conference at NEMA on Gladstone Road and NEMA’s Way on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Pictured from left are Arthel B Gibson, contractor; Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA; Steven W Rose, contractor and Chrystal Glinton, First Assistant Secretary, NEMA.  (BIS photo/Kris Ingraham)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Two building contractors were awarded contracts to construct homes on Acklins, one of the islands severely impacted by the Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015.

The contracts, valued at an estimated $41,000 for each single bedroom-home, were signed during a press conference at NEMA on Gladstone Road and NEMA’s Way, Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

The contractors awarded the jobs were Arthel B Gibson and Steven W Rose to rebuild the homes in Mason’s Bay and Salina Point, respectively. Both veteran contractors who are residents of Acklins said they were pleased to be a part of the rebuilding process after the destructive path left by the storm, which impacted islands in the Central and Southeast Bahamas.

Director of NEMA, Captain Stephen Russell handed the contractors approved plans and drawings for the design of the homes, and a Construction Manual for Small Buildings for use in New Providence and the Family Islands, in keeping with The Bahamas Building Code.

After complete assessments by the Department of Social services following the storm, it was determined that the two homes be rebuilt. A protocol is followed for the rebuilding of homes: the aged, disabled, single parent, general public (having difficulty finding materials and or labour).

Prime Minister Christie tours Hilton at Resorts World Bimini
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Thursday, 11 February 2016 08:24

Touts resort as example of successful anchor project

BIMINI, Bahamas – Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie recently toured the Hilton at Resorts World Bimini, saying he is very impressed with the progress he has seen so far. The Prime Minister and a contingent of government officials and media personnel toured the soon-to-be-completed lobby and second floor of the luxury marina hotel, which is scheduled to be fully opened this spring with the completion of Phase II of the project.

Prime Minister Christie said he anticipated that the hotel was going to be high class for high net worth individuals, however regardless of who stays there they would be so impressed with the accommodations that they would be sure to come back, which is the whole idea of resorts.

“It seems to me that even though we are talking about a 300 room resort, the attention that was paid to it suggests that this is a massive resort complex with a great return on it,” he said. “So my sense is that they are going to have a high rate of occupancy because of the comfort that people will have and their willingness to return and tell other people about it. I expect the finished product to be absolutely magnificent.”

The Prime Minister said he is looking forward to declaring the official opening because it will mean that at least another 100 people will be employed.

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