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Assessment underway in flood impacted Harbour Island, North Eleuthera, and Abaco
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 07 May 2015 06:53

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Financial Services and Local Government has announced that an assessment team has been dispatched to survey and assess the flood-damaged areas of Harbour Island and Eleuthera, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

These areas were impacted during a severe thunderstorm system, which passed through the Exuma Cays, New Providence, Eleuthera, Berry Islands, Abaco and their adjacent waters on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Approximately 6.7 inches of rain fell in Harbour Island and areas of North Eleuthera between 8pm to 4pm on Tuesday alone.

Due to reports of massive flooding which damaged several homes, a team has been dispatched to the impacted areas to assess the level of damage.

The team comprises the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA headed by Captain Stephen Russell; the Department of Social Services; the Ministry of Works and Urban Development; the Ministry of the Environment and Housing; the Department of Local Government and other agencies.

Meanwhile, the airport at North Eleuthera has closed temporarily, due to flooding, until further notice.

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Cat Island students show their talent at E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:23

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas --  The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival took expression on Cat Island, Monday, May 4.  BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna.

Bahamian Folk Dance solo, Kendal Major, Jr., Orange Creek Primary School.

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Five national parks established in San Salvador
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Sunday, 03 May 2015 13:00

Five National Parks Established in San Salvador - Pictured at the official designation ceremony for the newest parks in San Salvador are (L to R): Philip Smith - Former MP for North Long Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, Eric Carey , BNT Executive Director, The Hon. Kendred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment & Housing, Astra Armbrister-Rolle , BNT Director of Development, Theophilus Cox, Administrator for Rum Cay & San Salvador, The Hon. Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay & San Salvador, Lakeshia Anderson, BNT GB Park Manager & Parks Planner, Claudine Greene, BNT Grants & Projects Administrator, and Michael Goffe, President of the San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)SAN SALVADOR, Bahamas – It was a momentous occasion for the San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation, the people of San Salvador and The Bahamas National Trust, as they gathered on Almond Tree Park for the public announcement of five new National Parks for San Salvador.

After working with the Government and with support from the Gerace Research Centre, the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), and the Nature Conservancy for ten years, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is pleased to announce that the Government has formalized the San Salvador National Parks, to be managed by the BNT, as the latest additions to the Bahamas’ National Park System.

Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon. Philip ‘Brave’ Davis officially declared the national parks’ designation, along with The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment & Housing, and Local Government Officials, in a ceremony recently held in San Salvador. The new parks encompass some 21,000 acres of pristine land and seascapes.

“This island jewel, in large part, remains unspoiled by development and unchanged by time,” said DPM Davis, who is also the MP for San Salvador, Cat Island and Rum Cay. “Even today, we experience the amazing beauty of this land, a mere five miles wide by ten miles long, which is surrounded by some of the most prolific and diverse environments of the Caribbean.”

During his address he noted, “It has been a long time coming, but today, we are here, and today, we celebrate! We are happy to acknowledge and thank the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) for its grant funding, which advanced the Park designations and management plan development. As Member of Parliament, it has been my pleasure to observe, encourage, and participate in collaborative ventures with the residents of San Salvador to bring keen awareness to the importance of preserving the exceptional natural beauty through a National Park System.

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Defence Force patrol ship named after legendary Bahamian sailor
Submitted by BIS   
Sunday, 03 May 2015 12:44

The children of Captain Rolly Gray, Mr. Frederick Gray and Mrs. Veronica Rolle, participate in the cutting of Commissioning Cake during the ceremony commissioning the HMBS Rolly Gray. The ceremony was held at the Marina at Emerald Bay in Great Exuma on Thursday, April 30.  Assisting is Marine Seaman Kameron Armbrister.  Looking on at right are Minister of National Security the Hon. Bernard Nottage and Mrs. Nottage.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna).GREAT EXUMA, The Bahamas – The fourth of nine patrol vessels has been named after legendary Bahamian sailor, Mr. Rolly Bertram Gray. Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship, Rolly Gray was commissioned during an official ceremony held at the Marina at Emerald Bay in Exuma on Thursday, April 30.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie led a delegation of Cabinet Ministers and Senior Government officials to attend the ceremony. Bahamians and a number of international guests were present despite the overcast weather conditions.  Prime Minister Christie said that he was honoured to participate in the event.  He said that Mr. Gray was a great Bahamian who contributed much to The Bahamas.

“I am satisfied that all Bahamians alike, will unquestionably agree, that Rolly Gray is deserving of this great honour,” said Mr. Christie. “This is a man who dedicated his life to promoting his country and his craft. He deserves this honour, posthumously, from a grateful nation.”

Minister of National Security, the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage also delivered brief remarks. He said that the patrol vessels would significantly impact illegal maritime activities, which currently plague the country.

For decades, Captain Gray’s name has been synonymous with regatta competitions. He was born on August 22, l922 to Richard Gray of Staniel Cay and Blanche Smith-Gray of Farmer’s Cay. In 1937, at the age of 15, Captain Gray went to sea for the first time with his uncle on an 18-foot boat.  One year later, he went out on the 36-foot Ragged Island sloop “The Return.”  Then at the age of 18, he became the captain of the 25-foot “Dolly.” Gradually, Captain Gray manned larger boats and more powerful boats, winning the first Out Island Regatta in the ‘A’ and ‘C’ divisions (which later became the National Family Island Regatta).

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Silver Airways increases service to Bimini; deals offered with Resorts World Bimini booking
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Friday, 01 May 2015 10:22

BIMINI, The Bahamas --Getting to paradise has never been easier or more affordable, thanks to a new joint promotion between Silver Airways and Resorts World Bimini (RWB). Silver Airways has increased its service from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini to 7 days per week, and passengers will receive 20% off* all flights to Bimini when booking air and hotel with Resorts World Bimini.

RWB President Ed Farrell says the new service and partnership between RWB and Silver Airways are a winning combination.

“Guests from South Florida wishing to travel to Bimini now have two convenient options, with the Bimini SuperFast cruises and now daily service on Silver Airways,” he said. “This is wonderful news for the island of Bimini, as it is now that much more accessible to the masses. We fully expect that this will provide a significant boost to the island’s economy and further solidify its year-round tourism business.”

The partnership comes at an opportune time, as guests can be among the first to stay in the new Hilton at Resorts World Bimini hotel, which opens its doors to the public on April 20th with the soft opening of Phase I. Additionally, guests can partake in several special events that are on stream at RWB.

  • Bimini Full Moon Party – May 1 - 3
  • Cinco de Mayo - May 3- 7
  • Mother’s Day Getaway – May 8 – 10
  • Hooters Calendar Shoot – May 10 – 15

Guests will be able to fish, dive and play in the home of the world’s best sports fishing and dive capital, go for a dip in crystal clear waters, relax on sandy white beaches, try their hand in Resorts World’s live action casino and lounge in the comfort of a luxury hotel.

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Corey Wood joins Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina as Dive Shop Manager
Submitted by John Bell   
Friday, 01 May 2015 10:18

ALICE TOWN, Bimini — Corey Wood, a PADI IDCS Instructor, has been selected to head the dive operations team at the renowned Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina.

Wood comes to Bimini from The Pirate Haus Inn in St. Augustine, Florida where he served as manager and previously at Barefoot Divers in Roatan, Honduras and Sea World Dive Center in South Korea where he was employed as an assistant instructor.

With some 1,500 dives to his credit, Wood has instructor ratings for all core courses up to assistant instructor and EFR Primary & Secondary Care, Underwater Navigation, Deep, Night, EANx, Search & Recovery, Wreck, Emergency O2 Provider,  and Peak Performance Buoyancy.

Big Game Divers visits a virtual treasure trove of dive sites and theme dives reached aboard Bimini Blue, the largest dive boat in the Bahamas—a glass bottom, double-decker certified for 100 passengers (but is limited to comfortably accommodate up to 30 divers with all their gear). Big Game Divers, which runs three dives per day, also offers a wide variety of services, including PADI  certification courses and equipment rentals. Bimini Blue is currently being re-powered and updated and will return to service at the Big Game Club on May 15th.

Featured dives include wrecks (The Sapona and Bimini Barge), reefs, Atlantis Road, Turtle Rocks and the Continental Shelf.  The shop also runs seasonal dives for hammerhead sharks and snorkeling trips for dolphin encounters. For more information, go to www.biggameclubbimini.com.

 
E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival comes to Long Island
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 08:01

LONG ISLAND, The Bahamas -- Scenes from the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival on Monday, April 27, on Long Island.  (BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)

Individual Verse Speaking, Eulano Rolle, Deadman's Cay Primary School.

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BTC television service test islands to enjoy live coverage of the IAAF/BTC World Relays
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 13:54

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Residents in Bimini, Inagua, Long Island, Cat Island and Andros that are testing BTC television services will be able to enjoy live coverage of the two day IAAF/BTC World Relays courtesy of IPTV by BTC.

One of the BTC TV testers Lauren Cartwright who lives and works on Long Island says her family is thrilled with the service.  “The kids are really enjoying it; they love all the shows on Nickelodeon and they watch American Idol,” said Mrs Cartwright. “We are happy to be a part of the programme and report any problems to help them get everything right. I expect my husband will be watching the live coverage of the World Relays.”

Willimae Bridgewater, principal of the Inagua All Age School on Inagua is enjoying the variety and number of channels now available to her and especially, local news from ZNS. “I am so pleased to be able to watch our own local news,” said the school principal. “Now I watch it every day; it was missing from the Cable Bahamas very limited channel line-up which also had too many Spanish channels.  BTC TV is good, even with the testing going on and obviously some trouble areas to rectify, I’m finding it far more enjoyable, we are blessed to have it, and it’s a pleasure.” The school principal added that she’d be sure to watch the live coverage of the IAAF/BTC World Relays.

“We’re ready! For the first time in history, residents in several Family Islands will be able to watch the IAAF/BTC World Relays courtesy of BTC said CEO Leon Williams. “In addition to providing television services in several family islands, we will also be providing an enhanced state of the art mobile experience in the stadium. Last year we encountered many challenges with mobile services at the stadium. We have learned from that experience. The stadium now has a complete in building mobile network solution. In addition to that, there will be mobile cellular on wheels placed in the parking lot areas of the stadium to allow for seamless coverage.  With these new additions, we are confident that our customers will enjoy a better mobile experience at the IAAF/BTC World Relays.

BTC is the title sponsor of the IAAF/BTC World Relays. More than 600 athletes from around the world will compete in five relay disciplines in the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

 
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