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Acklins Central High School student wins MICAL District Spelling Bee competition
Submitted by Nerissa Hamilton   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:21

ACKLINS, The Bahamas -- Jameila Singh, an eighth grade student of the Acklins Central High School was the winner of the 2014 MICAL District Spelling Bee.

Jameila beat out eight other finalists in the MICAL District to win the competition. She competed for 16 rounds against second place winner, Faleisha Johnson of Abraham’s Bay High School for the win.

Jameila correctly spelt the word ‘galoot’ to capture first place. Darneka McPhee of Abraham’s Bay High School and Shellico Moxey Jr. of Crooked Island High School were tied for third place.

Photo: Jameila Singh of Acklins Central High School emerged as the winner of the 2014 MICAL District Spelling Bee.

(Photo by Aletha Cooper)



Sandals offers hospitality training to twelfth graders
Submitted by Chester Robards   
Monday, 24 February 2014 16:58

Tanya Rolle, Asst. Housekeeper at Sandals Emerald Bay, lays down some hospitality training at L.N. Coakley’s demo hotel room.EXUMA, The Bahama -- The bond between Sandals Emerald Bay and L.N. Coakley Secondary School got a little stronger recently with Sandals’ staff offering hospitality training to twelfth graders.  

The training is slated to become a part of the school’s curriculum.  As the largest employer in Exuma, Sandals realised the importance of spearheading this programme.

“We believe that we have a corporate responsibility to ensure that students are equipped for the working world, especially when a large majority of students will remain on island and seek employment with Sandals,” said Sandals Emerald Bay’s General Manager Jeremy Mutton.

Each week the Sandals Emerald Bay team will visit L.N. Coakley and coach the students on resort operations within the housekeeping, Front Office and Food and Beverage departments, among others.

Upon completion of the programme, students will receive a certified hospitality training certificate from the resort.

Grand Isle courts Bahamian residents in alliance with SkyBahamas
Submitted by Jeannie Gibson   
Monday, 24 February 2014 08:21

GREAT EXUMA, The Bahamas -- Grand Isle Resort & Spa is courting Bahamian business in 2014, offering both an enticing discount on villas and competitive airfare through its strategic alliance with SkyBahamas.  Relaxation at its most impressive, the resort is pleased to bring Bahamians over to Exuma for a luxurious getaway while escaping the grind of Nassau.

Now through December 19, 2014, Bahamians and permanent residents can take advantage of a 35% discount on any villa if they stay three nights or more. The promotion also includes a $125 resort credit, and an optional special roundtrip airfare of $150 per person with SkyBahamas.

Grand Isle launched its "Bahamian Resident Exclusive Getaway" at the first annual Bahamas Rum Festival,  February 21–23, 2014, at Fort Charlotte in Nassau. The resort partnered with John Watling's Distillery Ltd, a top rum brewery and distributor in the region, and provided an expansive VIP lounge for guests at the event.

"Grand Isle is an important piece of the Bahamian community in Exuma, and we want everyone, not just tourists, to enjoy this amazing property," said Grant Castle, executive director of the resort. "For those who haven't experienced us, this competitive promotion is an opportunity to see what the hype is all about."

Bahamians and permanent residents have from February 21-April 30 to book their getaway package. Travel is valid through December 19. The promotion has blackout dates of April 22 - 26 and Sept. 8 - Oct. 12. Guests should call (214) 393-2841 for reservations and use the Promo Code "Getaway" for the hotel package and "Air Getaway" when including travel with SkyBahamas. A credit card must be confirmed at the time of booking, and all reservations are based on villa availability.

Exuma featured on AWE TV's Vicarious Escapes
Submitted by Chester Robards   
Monday, 24 February 2014 07:54

EXUMA, The Bahamas -- Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, named World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company, for five consecutive years, recently took AWE TV’s Vicarious Escapes on a whirlwind tour of the Exumas. The entertainment cable network, formerly known as WEALTHTV, is renowned for giving viewers an inside glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Vicarious Escapes does just that by enabling guests to follow host, Jennifer Barlow, to exotic locations across the globe and experience the destination with her, almost as if they were there for themselves, this time in Jamaica and the Exumas.

The Exuma cays were in the spotlight this past weekend when Vicarious Escapes aired Saturday. The episode showcased the best of the best that the Exumas and the island routes has to offer, allowing viewers to step into James Bond’s shoes and explore the renowned Thunderball Grotto.  With Island Routes, guests can experience Exuma in any way their hearts desire and that is exactly the message that Island Routes aimed to portray on the show.

While the company operates in eleven Caribbean destinations, the nature of the hour-long show focused on adventures in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The feature on Exuma also highlighted the area’s famous swimming pigs and land-locked iguanas.

CAD closes Arthur's Town Airport
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 08:32

ARTHUR'S TOWN, Cat Island -- The public is informed that in order to mitigate against any risk to safety as a result of runway works to the runway at Arthur's Town Airport, the Bahamas Civil Aviation Department (CAD) has temporarily closed the Arthur's Town airport, effective Tuesday, 18th February, 2014.  

The Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) has issued a notice to all airmen (NOTAM), in this regard.  

It is anticipated that the airport will be re-opened on 26th February, 2014.  

The Bahamas Civil Aviation Department is coordinating this work along with the Ministry of Works, to ensure that these short term repairs do not become overly disruptive. The Department of Civil Aviation apologises for any inconvenience caused as a result of the temporary closure of the airport.

Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 17 February 2014 17:38

WHAT A CATCH!  It’s wintertime, fish are jumpin’ and the livin’ is easy – or something like that - at Romora Bay where local and visiting youngsters along with captains and friends hauled in mahi-mahi, wahoo and barracuda from a recent afternoon’s fishing. HARBOUR ISLAND, The Bahamas -- What a catch!  It’s wintertime, fish are jumpin’ and the livin’ is easy – or something like that - at Romora Bay where local and visiting youngsters along with captains and friends hauled in mahi-mahi, wahoo and barracuda from a recent afternoon’s fishing.

Nothing from the near record haul was wasted. The ‘cudas went to those who asked and the famed chef at Romora Bay’s Sunsets Grille prepared the wahoo and mahi-mahi for guests of the 14-room resort and busy marina that just celebrated the opening of its fitness centre.

“It was the perfect match,” said Romora Bay’s manager Anne Ward. “Harbour Island is known worldwide for the island’s fare and this was an opportunity to take the best from sea directly to table at its freshest.”

Sandals Emerald Bay graduates another class from their Hospitality Training Programme
Submitted by Chester Robards   
Monday, 17 February 2014 17:13

Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, Dr. Danny Johnson (centre), stands with Sandals Emerald Bay's latest Hospitality Training Programme graduates.EMERALD BAY, Exuma -- Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, Dr. Danny Johnson, last week lauded Sandals Emerald Bay's Hospitality Training Programme (HTP), as an opportunity that will "open doors."

Dr. Johnson made an impromptu courtesy call to Sandals Emerald Bay on Exuma, and assisted in presenting certificates to Emerald Bay's latest round of HTP graduates.  He was pleased by the partnership between Sandals and the Ministry of Youth and applauded Sandals for this initiative.  He also encouraged the HTP graduates to continue to strive for excellence and to be grateful for the opportunity afforded them.

He said he was happy to present those in attendance with their certificate of completion and advised them to treasure the certificate as a tool that will open doors for them in the future.

Both Sandals Emerald Bay and Sandals Royal Bahamian offer the HTP to anyone interested in learning about the ins and outs of the hospitality industry. At the end of the programme participants would have worked in and learned about numerous resort operations, including food and beverage, front desk and entertainment, among others.

Photo: Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, Dr. Danny Johnson (centre), stands with Sandals Emerald Bay's latest Hospitality Training Programme graduates.

Sunken barge in Exuma park refloated
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 17 February 2014 07:50

EXUMA, Bahamas – The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) was recently monitoring attempts to refloat a sunken barge off of Pirate’s Retreat, a small private island within the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP). Park Administrator, Andrew Kriz and Deputy Warden Kendedo Marshall investigated the report, the same day that they were contacted, and they have been monitoring the activity since then.

The owner of Pirate’s Retreat, Dr. Greg Frojker, advised that the barge had been completing work on the island on the installation of a breakwater, which had local government, Port Department and BEST Commission approval. Dr. Frojker confirmed that the barge, which is owned and operated by Heavy Marine and Foundations Ltd. (HMF) had indeed sunk overnight. The barge was carrying an excavator at the time of its sinking.

The barge company worked for more than a week on refloating the barge.   All savage efforts were closely monitored by the BNT and park wardens to ensure was no additional damage to the park and its resources.

BNT Park Personnel confirmed that the the barge was not resting on any corals, and there are no significant coral reef in the in the immediate vicinity. The sunken barge was not carrying fuel and the excavator did not appear to be leaking and fuels or oils except minor residual amounts initially.

The BNT remained in close contact with all parties involved as the salvage efforts continued, to ensure that no damage was done to the park’s resources, including surrounding waters. The barge was finally successfully refloated late Saturday, and is now making its way back to Nassau.

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