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Village of Richton Park, Illinois and Cat Island to sign Sister Cities Agreement
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:57
WELCOME RECEPTION – A seven-member delegation from Richton Park, Illinois, headed by Mayor Richard Reinbold and his wife, Tammy; Immerse Bahamas President and CEO Ginger Moxey and members of the Cat Island Sister Cities Association at a welcome reception at the home of Cat Island MP Philip Davis and his wife, Ann Marie, in New Providence in March.  (Photo by Immerse Bahamas)Cat Island MP, the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Philip and Illinois’ Village of Richton Park President Mayor Richard Reinbold are set to witness the official signing of a Sister Cities agreement between the people of Cat Island and the Village of Richton Park on Friday, June 12, 2015.

The historic event, a year in the making, will take place at Fernandez Bay in Cat Island.

Ginger Moxey, President and CEO of Immerse Bahamas, who spearheaded the initiative will also be in attendance for the signing, along with Bahamas Honourary Consul to Chicago Michael Fountain.

While the formalities of the signing is just hours away, the bond between the people of Cat Island and Richton Park have already formed and were cemented with a visit to the Village of Richton Park by the Cat Island Sister City Association in September 2014 and a subsequent visit to Cat Island by the people of Richton Park three months ago.

Deputy Prime Minister Davis and his wife Ann Marie hosted Mayor Reinbold, his delegation and members of the Cat Island Sister City Association to a welcome dinner at their home in New Providence during the four-day visit back in March.

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Sculling races bring excitement to Long Island Regatta
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:38
Sculling Races Bring Excitement to Long Island Regatta - Pictured are competitors in the sculling races. (Photo courtesy of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for Barefoot Marketing)LONG ISLAND, Bahamas – Over the Labour Day weekend, visitors and residents of Long Island learned the true meaning of excitement when the Bahamian Brewery sculling races were held at the 48th Long Island Regatta.

Over the past few years the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage company has been traveling throughout The Bahamas revitalising the sport of sculling at local regattas. It has long been the passion of the brewery owner, Jimmy Sands to keep this Bahamian tradition alive. All of their work is now coming to fruition as Long Islanders and visitors alike were talking about the sculling race all week. From Seymour’s in the North to Gordons in the South, sculling enthusiasts were arguing about who they thought would be the winner of the Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ sculling races.

“We’re incredibly pleased that sculling is catching on throughout The Bahamas,” said Lynden Johnson, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Sales Manager. “The crowd really enjoyed the action, and many spectators said that they’re going to start practicing for next year’s sculling races.”

Registration for sculling began early on Friday morning at 10 am, and once the regatta races were ending, the sculling action began.

After five fierce heats, where scullers gave their all on the water, Josh Green of Mangrove Cay, Andros was crowned the sculling winner for Long Island, with local boys Rodney Knowles placing second and brothers Dennis and Alton Fox tied for third place.

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Aqua Cat bolsters the corporate donations at the BNT
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:46
Aqua Cat Bolster the Corporate Donations at the BNT - With 32 National Parks to manage, BNT had a definite cause for celebration with the recent $35,000 donation from long time supporter Aqua Cat.  Included in the donation was $25,000 directly from Aqua Cat and their clients, with the remainder funds coming in from BNT’s Dive Tag program.  Aqua Cat is one of the first supporters of the new Dive Tag Initiative.  Pictured are (left to right) Astra Armbrister-Rolle, BNT Director of Development, Eric Carey, BNT Executive Director and Captain Des Greyling, Aqua Cat Captain. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas – With 32 National Parks to manage, BNT had a definite cause for celebration with the recent $35,000 donation from long time supporter Aqua Cat. Included in the donation was $25,000 directly from Aqua Cat and their clients, with the remainder funds coming in from BNT’s Dive Tag program. Aqua Cat is one of the first supporters of the new Dive Tag Initiative.

Aqua Cat is one of a fleet of live-aboard vessels owned by Bruce Purdy, offering catamaran cruises from Nassau to the islands of the Exumas. Their weekly visits to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP) have lead to a longstanding relationship with the BNT. Aqua Cat values the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park as a destination for their guests and supports the management of the protected area with an annual donation.

Aqua Cat collects a donation from their guests and matches it to make an annual contribution to the BNT in excess of $20,000. These funds go toward the upkeep of ECLSP, including maintaining the marine and terrestrial habitats located in the national park.

“Our corporate mission here at Aqua Cat is to help preserve and protect the tourism product that we all so heavily rely on in The Bahamas,” said Captain Des Greyling, Aqua Cat Captain, who visited the Retreat to present the donation. “We have a great desire to continue our relationship with the BNT and deepen the partnership by offering our support to the organisation whenever it’s needed.”

In addition to the $25,000 donation, Aqua Cat has included the Dive Tags as part of their package. By purchasing a tag, divers get to show off the fact that they have been diving in The Bahamas by hooking the tags to their dive equipment. Companies wishing to participate in the programme cover the upfront costs with all sales donated to the Trust. Aqua Cat has made a significant contribution to the programme by purchasing an initial 1,000 dive tags to sell to guests aboard their ships.

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BNT Discovery Clubs in Andros participate in envrionmental Share and Care
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 08 June 2015 14:44


Recently students from the Bahamas National Trust's (BNT) Discovery Club in North and Central Andros came together to share experiences about their clubs and all the special activities they did during the school year. This was their second Share and Care event which the BNT hopes to make an annual event. This year six Discovery Clubs including Red Bays, Behring Point, Bowen Sound, Fresh Creek and Nicholl's Town Discovery Clubs joined the event including the third grade students from Staniard Creek. As a part of the event students visited Blue Holes National Park, gave presentations on what they've learned through Discovery Club and enjoyed time together. Additionally, Burnt Rock and High Rock Discovery Clubs ended the school year with a joint camp out on Mangrove Cay. "It is amazing that Blue Holes National Park was created before these children were even born," said Liz Brace, BNT Education Officer. "We are fulfilling our mission to preserve green spaces for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations. We hope to bring all Andros together next year with the financial support of the public, young earth warriors and citizen scientist are making a difference."

(Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)
 
NEMA to hold Disaster Conference for southern Family Islands
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 07:49

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in collaboration with the United States Embassy, the Pacific Disaster Centre, and the United States Northern Command will host a disaster Conference for the Southern Bahamas, June 2 to 4, 2015 at Meliá Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach.

Participants are Family Islands Administrators and other representatives from Local Government, and members of the National Disaster Consultative Committee who will engage in dialogue in the 2015 National Bahamas Knowledge Exchange under the theme: ‘Be Disaster Aware -- Building Disaster Resilient Communities.’

The objectives of the 2015 Conference are to:

  • build capacity and knowledge exchange in the field and strengthen the level of disaster preparedness and response in the country;
  • develop and deliver a “train the trainer” course in Disaster Management Fundamentals and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) operations; and,
  • discuss the process for selecting personnel to train in hazard mapping.

The Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is expected to official open the conference Tuesday, June 2 at 6pm at Meliá resort.

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Pineapple Festival to ‘Bring Back Da Ole Days’
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:59

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- The 28th Annual Pineapple Festival gets underway Wednesday June 3 to Friday, June 5 in Gregory Town, Eleuthera, with the usual fun, frolic, and festivities celebrating the ‘sweetest pineapples in the world.’ Sponsoring the pineapple jubilee will be Kalik, Island Luck, Sands Beer, and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. 

The theme this year is ‘Bring Back Da Ole Days.’

On Saturday, sporting types can enjoy 5K Fun Run /Walk Road Race, Pineappleman Sprint Triathlon, Aquathon, and World-Beater Road Race! Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for race registration and information.

Special events will be: Pineapple Peeling Contest, Pineapple Eating Contest, Pineapple Cooking Contest, Plaiting of the Pineapple Pole, Central Eleuthera High School Band, Pineapple Festival Triathlon, Face Painting, D-Mac, Stileet, Island Flavour, the Rum Runners, Bennett and the Boys, Steel Band (Island Boys), Blue Waters Live Band, Cultural Dancing, Stories/Folklore, Box Cart Race Competition.

The festival brings people of all walks of life together to keep alive a historical cornerstone, and to have fun enjoying the many events and the lovely island of Eleuthera.

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Second home market energizing Eleuthera’s resurgence
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 07:58

GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, Eleuthera – The island of Eleuthera is on track for a major economic boom, which will return the island to its former glory, making it one of the most prosperous islands in the country said Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie as he delivered the keynote address at the 3rd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook, Thursday, May 21.

Mr. Christie said that this impending economic boom in Eleuthera could be attributed to the island’s strong second home market.

“In terms of tourism development, the economic model of mainland Eleuthera is still evolving, “ he said. “The Ministry of Tourism’s records reveal that with 376 second homes actively engaged in short-term rentals, the islands of Eleuthera and Harbour Island are out paced only by Abaco in the Bahamian home rental market.  Of that number, 290 are located on mainland Eleuthera, with seventy-five percent of these homes located in the settlement of Governor’s Harbour.”

Prime Minister Christie said that the venue at which the event was held -- French Leave Eleuthera, a high-end condominium development – spoke volumes of the kinds of investments that second home owners were making in the country.

He also referred to the recent signing of a Heads of Agreement between the Government and Cotton Bay Holdings and Mine Holdings Limited, which will develop a five-star resort on the island in a very short time.

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Prime Minister addresses third Eleuthera Business Outlook
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 08:29
REMARKS BY
THE RT. HON. PERRY G. CHRISTIE
PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FINANCE
AT THE THIRD ELEUTHERA BUSINESS OUTLOOK
MAY 21, 2015

Salutations…

Let me first congratulate Mrs. Joan Albury and her team who are now in their third year of organizing this wonderful and informative business seminar series which has been hosted on the islands of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera.

Having just signed an agreement for a major development in South Eleuthera last week, it gives me great pleasure to be afforded this opportunity to address the communities of Eleuthera at your Business Outlook on the subject of “Securing Eleuthera through Planning, Partnership and Productivity”.

Let’s start with Planning.

You know, Governments continually engage in a process of planning and do so with the caveat that we cannot plan for today for today is already here. Our planning efforts, therefore, must focus on building a bridge to the future.
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