MIAMI, Florida -- WPLG, the ABC station, is set to air “Gambling with Bimini’s Beauty,” a report on a controversial resort and gaming development underway on the island in the northern Bahamas that environmentalists fear will destroy Bimini’s fragile coral reefs and world-renowned marine environment.
The report is slotted to appear Friday, January 17 in the 11 pm Local News and repeated in whole or part over the next few days. It was researched, written and produced by award-winning journalist Christina Vazquez who was on site in Bimini to investigate the development by Malaysian-based Genting Group and its potential environmental impact. At the heart of the matter is a planned 1,000-foot pier to convenience cruise traffic and mega-yachts feeding passengers into the casino that opened in 2013. Along with the pier the developer has announced plans to build an artificial 4.5-acre island.
In an online and on TV promo for the news story, the report questions “Is this too big a gamble for this tiny island?” According to one scientist interviewed, Bimini has a resident population of about 1,600, about the same number of persons the cruise ship can deposit on the island daily.
ALICE TOWN, Bimini — A chance to dive with the elusive yet majestic Great Hammerhead Shark is less than a month away with the Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina today releasing dates for February and March 2014.
Working with dive operator Scotty Gray of Blue Iguana Charters, the resort’s Director of Sales and Marketing Diana Weber confirmed that dives are being scheduled February 1-18 and March 8-24.
“Bimini is one of the best places in the world this time of year where divers can encounter the Great Hammerhead Shark, an endangered species and the second largest predatory shark in the ocean,” said Gray.
Weber said per person full day dives, which include boat, crew, equipment and food, are $499 per person per day. Group rates (book 4 rooms or more at Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina) for Hammerhead Shark dive is $425 per day. For more information and/or to book please email
or call 305-336-4172.
The fabled Sphyrna mokarran, a species that can reach 20 feet in length, is easily recognized by its unusual and distinctive head, which is flattened and extended into a “hammer” shape. A favorite food is spotted eagle rays in the shallows near the island. The rays, according to divers, will often jump high into the air in an attempt to escape the Great Hammerheads Sharks.
NICOLL’S TOWN, Andros -- At a time when many people seems to be losing hope in our young populace, the inhabitants of the big yard Andros came together in a spirit of joy and enormous hope as they celebrated the achievement of two teenagers David Romer and Asia Rolle for their contribution to church and society.
David Romer of North Andros High School was honoured as Server of the Year 2013 for St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church Mastic Point Andros and Asia Rolle of North Andros High School honoured as Server of the Year 2013 for St. Margaret Church Nicoll’s Town Andros.
In his speech, the Reverend Father Jude Edomwonyi, Priest in Charge of St. Margaret’s Parish said, “An altar Server serves God through his service in the church. The servers are instrumental in helping the services to run smoothly. Serves also aid in the worship of the other Congregation members. Servers are leaders in the church through the examples they set at the altar.
"Thank you David and Asia for using your talents to serve Christ and the Church. Thank you for assisting the priests at God's Table and the congregation throughout the service. Thank you for Leading by your example of dignity and reverence; thereby proclaiming the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ's Love.”
St. Margaret’s Church Nicoll’s town Andros was filled to capacity on Sunday January 12, 2014 as people came from every nook and corners of the island to celebrate with the honourees.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Teachers and students from Roker's Point Primary School in Exuma are pictured at Government House during a field trip to New Providence on Thursday, January 9, 2014. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
ALICE TOWN, Bimini — Representing The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, eleven men recently entered an underwater realm of reefs, wrecks and sharks off the coast of Bimini where they maneuvered freely and for a moment, left troubled memories and disabilities at the dock.
For the avid diver, it’s an endless debate on the top dive destinations, but what is not in debate is that Bimini consistently ends up on that list, and that the historic Bimini Big Game Club and Resort offers one of the best dive experiences in The Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islands sweeping across 500 miles of open ocean.
“Bimini has no shortage of great dive sites: Reefs, Wrecks, Walls, Drift Dives, our famous Atlantis Road and truly amazing Shark and Wild Dolphin Encounters - you name it,” said Michael Weber, General Manager of the 51-room Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina (www.biggameclubbimini.com), where the veterans stayed. “We’re also providing unique dive encounters early in 2014 with the elusive Great Hammerheads which annually congregate off our shores in Bimini.”
Tiny Bimini, with some 1,500 permanent residents, was a short plane ride for the special unit of veterans departing from Fort Lauderdale. The flight, aboard Tropic Ocean Airways’ new Cessna Caravan Amphibian was a great start to the diving adventure.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- It was toy land for lots of wonderful girls and boys across New Providence and Great Exuma this holiday season as the Sandals Foundation continued its annual toy and treat giveaway during the month of December.
The Sandals Foundation representatives - or elves - visited 11 schools, did three community outreach visits, went to the children’s ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital.
"Throughout the year, the Sandals Foundation undertakes projects that promote and support education in our Caribbean schools,” said the Sandals Foundation’s Director of Programmes, Heidi Clarke. “By the time the holiday season comes around, we intend to do what we can to ensure that the children, who have worked hard throughout the year, enjoy themselves and have some fun.”
And fun was had. The Sandals Foundation team in Great Exuma threw Christmas parties for the kids at Roker’s Point Primary, Stuart Manor Primary, Exuma School for the Gifted, Moss Town Primary, Forest Primary, Mt. Thompson Primary, Rolleville Primary, George Town Primary and Williams Town Primary Schools. In addition to the gifts, the students were feted by team members and guests from Sandals Emerald Bay.
In New Providence, Sandals Foundation representatives will have visited the Centre for the Deaf, Gambier Primary School, the PMH children’s Ward and the Bain and Grants Town community Christmas party and The Bahamas AIDS Foundation, all before Christmas.
BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Hundreds of Bimini’s children were whipped into a frenzy of excitement asSanta Claus and his Resorts World Bimini (RWB) helpers arrived at the Alice Town Craft Center aboard a tram loadedwith toys and gifts. The arrival of the big guy and his goodies was the highlight of the island’s annual Christmas festival –at least from the standpoint of the children in attendance.
RWB partnered with the Ministry of Tourism to play Santa Claus for the island’s children during the event which broughttogether the entire community to kick off the Christmas season. The festival began with singing, dancing and other actsby local performers. It ended with the pulsating beat of the Junkanoo drums, inciting fancy footwork and cowbellshaking from RWB managers and staffers who joined in the rush out, much to the delight of the community. Howeverfor the children attending the event, the real excitement began with the announcement “Here comes Santa Claus!” asthe RWB tram slowly approached the Craft Center.
As expected, Santa received a ‘rock star’ reception from the children, several of whom got to take a photo with him. Ittook much effort to bring the eager bunch to order as they were presented with toys according to age group and gendercourtesy of RWB, which invested tens of thousands of dollars in the goodwill gesture.
“It was such a joy to see the faces of the children light up as they received their gifts,” says RWB General Manager Ray Valentino. “I don’t think anyone could have expected such an incredible response. We at Resorts World Bimini arethankful for the opportunity to bring some cheer this holiday season, and we look forward to even more on the horizonas we partner with the people of Bimini to improve the quality of life on the island.”
FRESH CREEK, Central Andros – In the wake the recent missing couple in the area, Central Andros residents came to the Clarence A. Bain Town Hall to talk with Director Dr. David Allen of “The Family: People Helping People” Project and members Harold Sweeting and Patrice Rose, on December 11, 2013.
The team traveled to Fresh Creek, Central Andros, to meet with civic leaders and family members affected by the recent unsolved missing couple incident and "stand with them in their pain".
“Fresh Creek has gone through a rough time with this tragic situation – the disappearance of two people – and they are traumatised,” Dr. Allen said.
Dr. Allen not only spoke to residents concerning the incident and its effect on the community and individuals, but also on issues such as conflict resolution and the stages of psychological traumatisation. Several residents voiced fears and concerns arising from the fact that there was no closure and agreed that it made them more cautious of any suspicious-looking strangers, especially at night,
Mr. Sweeting and Mrs. Rose also gave testimonies as to the role that group therapy played in their lives, especially in terms of having someone to talk with about their tragedies and caring enough to listen to them.