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BTC brings the latest technology to Bimini with new store and IP TV testing
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Monday, 10 November 2014 13:26

L-R – Oscar Munroe, Sr. Admin Bimini District; Jack Thompson Sr. Under Secretary / Office of the Prime Minister; Mrs Dianne Stuart, retired BTC Employee, Mr. W.O. Weech, retired BTC Employee; back row Talbot Collie VP Northern Bahamas BTC, Leon Williams CEO BTC. ALICE TOWN, Bimini -- BTC’s CEO Leon Williams delivered a double dose of good news for Biminites on November 6th when he officially opened a new BTC retail store in Alice Town and also announced that in two weeks, Bimini would be the first testing ground for IPTV, BTCs new internet television service available next year.

“You'll enjoy free IP TV during the test period,” he told attendees at the new store opening. “You’ll have an alternative to those other fellows and you’ll get a taste of what is to come next year when we launch IP TV with all the channels.”

The CEO said that in another couple of months the government will go to tender to receive bids for the second cellular license and in 2016, a third.

“The Bahamas government has the option in 2016 to issue a 3rd license, I am suggesting to you that as it stands today, the Bahamian people own 51 % of the economic value of BTC - you own 51% so when the competition arrives and they want to give you free this and that, remember you own 51% of the economic interest in BTC and we've been here since 1892.”  

Local Government Official for Bimini, Robbie Smith, said that BTC’s store upgrade was both timely and very welcome, given the boom expected to come with the impending launch of Resorts World Bimini.

PM meets with investors on Andros
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 07 November 2014 06:14

He is pictured here, at left, during lunch gathering with other officials and bonefish club members.  Next to the Prime Minister are, left to right:  Dr. Jerald Ault; Minister of State for Investments the Hon. Khaalis Rolle; and Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Creswell Sturrup.  At right is Ted McGraw, and second right, Bev Landstreet.  (BIS Photo/Peter L. Ramsay)CARGILL CREEK, Andros -- The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, met with William Michaelcheck and investors at Andros Island Bonefish Club, November 5, with respect to the Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Science Institute and general economic prospects for Andros Island.

He is pictured here, at left, during lunch gathering with other officials and bonefish club members. Next to the Prime Minister are, left to right: Dr. Jerald Ault; Minister of State for Investments the Hon. Khaalis Rolle; and Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Creswell Sturrup. At right is Ted McGraw, and second right, Bev Landstreet.

(BIS Photo/Peter L. Ramsay)

Resorts World Bimini to hold career fair November 12
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:07

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Resorts World Bimini is seeking customer service driven individuals as it prepares to stage another career fair in Bimini. Candidates will be interviewed for dozens of jobs, as the date for the opening of the resort’s new hotel draws near. The Career Fair will be held on the island on Wednesday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The drive to hire more staff in preparation for major expansion at the Resort is resulting in many openings for well-paying careers. Dozens of jobs are being created in anticipation of the openings of a 325-room luxury marina hotel this winter. Applicants will be vying for positions in the Hotel Front Office, Housekeeping, Slots, Casino Credit, Food & Beverage Service, Culinary, Marketing, Marina, Transportation and Security departments.

“We are looking for high caliber professionals to join our growing team here at Resorts World Bimini as we prepare to open our new luxury marina hotel,” said David Winslow, Director of Human Resources.

The career fair is expected to build on RWB’s contribution to the island’s economy, as well as national employment figures.

Applicants should be prepared to supply a valid police certificate, passport, four passport photographs, three original character references, original birth certificate, NIB card and original fingerprints.

To learn more about Resorts World Bimini visit

Acklins Trade and Development Association call on the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 11:47

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Acklins Trade and Development Association paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency the Governor General, Dame Marguerite Pindling, at Government House on Monday, November 3, 2014. Pictured from left: Stephen Cox; Basil J. Moss, president; Dame Marguerite Pindling and Calvert Stevens.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

Cat Island Sailing Association invests in youth with technical scholarships
Submitted by Hadassah Hall   
Monday, 03 November 2014 09:05

SCHOLARSHIP – Four Cat Islanders are on their way to higher education after being awarded scholarships by the Cat Island Sailing Association.  Standing from left to right are: Raphael Munroe, recipient; District Superintendent, Cat Island Rum Cay and San Salvador, Garth H. King; BTVI’s Manager and Consultant, Dr. Iva Dahl; President, Cat Island Sailing Association, Patrick Strachan and Principal, Old Bight High School, Jerome Forbes.  Seated are recipients: Donnamae Dean, Arley Merzius and Clifton Bullard.CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Cat Island’s future is looking brighter as four young natives were recently awarded technical scholarships, thanks to the Cat Island Sailing Association.

Awarded were Clifton Bullard, Arley Merzius and Raphael Munroe, students already enrolled at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) along with Donnamae Dean, who will join them in spring 2015.  It was a huge moment for the association’s president, Patrick Strachan, who was able to tick off one of his goals for his 2013-2015 tenure.

Mr. Strachan said the scholarships were awarded to students who represent the future of Cat Island. “As president of the sailing club, I’ve always felt that the club ought to be known as something more than a group of people organizing a regatta.  I’m of the opinion that we ought to do things for the Cat Island community that will leave a lasting impression and help it to grow.  I believe that when you educate an individual, that will always remain with that person, unlike material things which will wither,” he stated.  

Meanwhile, principal of Old Bight High School, Jerome Forbes, who flew into Nassau just for the presentation, was elated over the scholarships presented to his former students, Clifton and Arley, both of whom have six Bahamas General Certificates of Secondary Education (BGCSE’s).

“These two men could have chosen any other institution, but they chose BTVI.  They did their own research, telling me they want to become Electricians.  We thank the Cat Island Sailing Association for allowing them to fulfill their dreams,” said Mr. Forbes.

BTC opens revamped store in Spanish Wells
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:43

The official ribbon cutting of the new and improved BTC retail store in Spanish Wells. (L – R): Rev. Ross Newbold; BTC SVP of Customer Operations Patricia Walters; Margaret Saunders retired BTC employee Spanish Wells (28 years); BTC CEO Leon Williams; mural artist Gloria Pinder; Jolton Johnson Senior Administrator North Eleuthera District.SPANISH WELLS, Eleuthera -- Regardless the size of the island or its community, BTC is giving the same retail opportunities, products and services in new and glamourous, full-service BTC stores throughout The Bahamas. The island of Spanish Wells is one such example, and Main Street was in a celebratory mood when BTC CEO Leon Williams led a BTC team to the store re-opening on October 29th.

Mr. Jolton Johnson, Senior Administrator, North Eleuthera district welcomed them and thanked the BTC CEO for the new store, which he said built on the community spirit of the island whilst boosting the local economy by way of employment.

Senior VP Customer Operations, Patricia Walters with responsibilities for new store roll outs, recounted her earlier trip some months previously when she made a pledge that all three districts in North Eleuthera would have modernized BTC stores.

“I found on my trip here that the stores were not up to standard and made a pledge on behalf of BTC that Eleuthera would be one of the first renovation projects following completion in Nassau.; and I’m very proud to be here today to say that promise has been fulfilled.”  

Ms. Walters drew the attendees’ attention to the modern and distinct Bahamian-themed design and décor and the colourful mural by local artist Gloria Pinder depicting island life. She likened the modern BTC product displays to those found in the much acclaimed Apple stores.

“We’re not too dissimilar to the Apple stores in the way we showcase our products; we are modern and best in class.”  

Bid to protect Bimini mangroves goes international
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:02

 Bid to Protect Bimini Mangroves Goes International - Experts call on the Bahamas government to live up to its promise and protect marine resources that sustain crucial local industries.  Save The Bays recently released a video which was taken when experts visited the proposed North Bimini Marine Reserve  recently.   Pictured is an excavator digs near mangroves in Bimini as part of RWB’s mega-resort construction. (Photo courtesy of Save The Bays)Experts call on Bahamas government to live up to its promise and protect marine resources that sustain crucial local industries

BIMINI, Bahamas -- International conservation experts are urging the government to fulfill its promise and protect Bimini’s unique ecological heritage and the local industries that have depended upon it for generations.

The experts, hosted on a tour of Bimini by fast-growing social and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays (STB), called for the official establishment of the North Bimini Marine Reserve. Among other important natural resources, the NBMR would protect mangrove forests that serve as a nursery for the abundant sea life that has attracted so many visitors to the island over the years in the latest Save The Bay’s release on their YouTube channel (

“From an ecological perspective, its incredibly important to maintain these mangroves in order to maintain the whole marine ecosystem,” said Rachael Silverstein, the Waterkeeper for Biscayne Bay, Florida.

“This is one of the only mangrove locations in this area and all of the important species that come from the Gulfstream, that people like to fish, have habitats here and live in the nurseries here and if we destroy that we also destroy our fishing industry and our diving industry and the repercussions can be felt across the Caribbean, across The Bahamas and certainly in Miami – we won't be able to come here anymore to fish, to dive or snorkel.”

Ongoing development in Bimini attracts new businesses
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 16:37

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Resorts World Bimini’s ongoing development is having a positive spin-off effect – the opening of several new business ventures on the twin islands. Among them is the 1 2 3 Floor Sports Bar – a joint venture between a Biminite and an investor; and The Bimini Times community newspaper and Blue Marlin FM (BMFM) radio station, both of which will be owned and operated by businessman Obie Roberts.

The Bimini Times will be a bi-monthly newspaper initially, however Roberts says the plan is to increase the frequency of the publication as the need arises. It will cover stories of interest surrounding Bimini’s development, community life and sports.

“Mass media relations are important for a growing community,” he said. “With Resorts World Bimini you have the SuperFast ferry coming in and the development of a new airport which permits night flights; these are very historical moments that are occurring in this community. The story must be told and clearly articulated, not just to Biminites but throughout the entire Bahamas and the rest of the world.”

According to Roberts, Biminites are excited about the new media outlets coming to the island.

“It gives them a voice, an identity and a chance to express themselves,” he said. “This radio station is going to belong to the community of Bimini, and it will allow them to voice their concerns and jubilation about their past successes as well those to come.”

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