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Playboy Playmate adds another reason to shout ‘WAHOO’ at upcoming Smackdown V tournament at Bimini Big Game Club
Submitted by John Bell   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:02

ALICE TOWN, Bimini — A Florida girl with a love of diving and fishing, Shawn Dillon also happens to be the February 2013 Centerfold in Playboy Magazine. She’s returning for a second engagement to the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina to play hostess for the upcoming Wahoo Smackdown V Tournament scheduled for November 13-15.  

Shawn, who has won major bikini competitions from Vegas to the Bahamas, grew up fishing with three brothers, either on her uncle’s boat in Bimini or in the lake in their Sarasota, Florida backyard. Also a surfer and wakeboarder, Shawn will be involved in final weigh-ins, presenting trophies and, well, posing for pictures and signing autographs for participating teams.  

Also returning to the November tournament as Grand Marshal will be writer John Hemingway, grandson of novelist and sport fishing legend Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway, who also spent considerable time fishing off Bimini as a youngster, will be chasing Wahoo onboard Miss Kethleen II, captained by Tournament Director Chase Camacho.  

Ernest Hemingway, who lived and fished in Bimini for two seasons in the 1930s, is credited with putting the tiny island on the international sportfishing map. During its heyday, Bimini anglers, including Hemingway (who is credited with being the first to land an unmutilated tuna on the docks) would catch many hundreds of blue marlin, bluefin tuna, sharks and other game fish for display and trophy mounts. Today the blue marlin granders and huge bluefin are rare. Catch and release thanks to the IGFA and conservation groups is the norm for many billfish and sharks caught, though Camacho said that wahoo, yellowfin tuna and dolphin are still prevalent in certain territories.  

“Playboy, Hemingway and the potential to catch a lot of Wahoo, should make for some bucket list memories,” said Camacho. “We already have several boats committed so it looks like we will have a competitive field of anglers.”  

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NEMA reports islands not impacted by Tropical Storm Cristobal
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:06

Flooded road in Mayaguana, during the passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal through the Central and Southeast Bahamas.   (Photo/NEMA) NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed that the islands in the projected path of Tropical Storm Cristobal fared well during the passage of that fourth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

On Monday, August 25, First Assistant Secretary at NEMA Chrystal Glinton said that Family Island Administrators reported very little impact, with the exception of flooding of the road in Mayaguana between Pirate’s Well and Abraham’s Bay.

By Sunday afternoon, the Bahamas Department of Meteorology issued tropical storm warnings for the Central and Southeast Bahamas, which include Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Ragged Island, Mayaguana, Inagua, Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.

Over a 48-hour period, Tropical Storm Cristobal was expected to produce rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches over the Southeast and Central Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“NEMA monitored the system because there was going to be severe water fall resulting in flooding,” Ms. Glinton said, “but those islands were not impacted.”

She explained that those islands were in a state of readiness and the Emergency Operation Centres on each island were prepared to partially activate or fully activate, if there was a need to do so.

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Tropical storm warning remains for southeastern Bahamas
Submitted by BIS   
Sunday, 24 August 2014 10:47

ALERT ON TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014 AT 9AM.  

TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL RE-FORMS A LITTLE TO THE NORTHEAST AND IS STILL MOVING NORTHWESTWARD NEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS.  

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR, LONG ISLAND, EXUMA AND ITS CAYS, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, LONG CAY, RAGGED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA AND INAGUA.  

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.  

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…..IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 12 HOURS.  

AT 8AM, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 23.0 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGTITUDE 73.0 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT   40 MILES NORTH OF MAYAGUANA, 130 MILES EAST OF LONG ISLAND AND 310 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NASSAU.

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Tropical storm warning issued for the southeast Bahamas
National Hurricane Center   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 16:00
From the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida

Tropical Depression FOUR Public Advisory
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE BAHAMAS HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING
FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ACKLINS...CROOKED
ISLAND...LONG CAY...THE INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED
ISLANDS...AS WELL AS FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS...AND FOR THE
CENTRAL BAHAMAS...INCLUDING CAT ISLAND...THE EXUMAS...LONG
ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND SAN SALVADOR.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ACKLINS...CROOKED
ISLAND...LONG CAY...THE INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED
ISLANDS...AS WELL AS FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
* CENTRAL BAHAMAS...INCLUDING CAT ISLAND...THE EXUMAS...LONG
ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND SAN SALVADOR

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...IN THIS CASE WITHIN
THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS
OF THIS SYSTEM.

Click HERE to follow the progress of this weather on the NHC website
 
San Salvador High School basketball team feted by Club Med in Florida
Written by BIS   
Friday, 22 August 2014 07:23

The San Salvador Caciques Basketball Team enjoyed a VIP stay at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St Lucie, Florida, August 9 to 16, 2014. Pictured amongst team members are teacher of the San Salvador Central High School and Coach, S. Brown; David Meyer, Chef de Village at Club Med; and Club Med GOs.  (Photo/Club Med)PORT ST LUCIE, Florida – Members of the Caciques Basketball Team of San Salvador Central High School were rewarded for their outstanding achievement in the game by being feted to a week-long stay at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.

Called the Caciques after the Arawak Indian chief, the team, accompanied by their teacher, Coach S. Brown, were given the VIP treatment upon their arrival at the all-inclusive resort also known for its comprehensive sporting programmes.

Club Med executives greeted the team at Ft. Lauderdale Airport and whisked them away in a chauffeur-driven limousine to the property where a private welcome cocktail reception and orientation at the Spanish Patio took place.

From August 9 to 16, 2014, the team enjoyed a week of activities which included nutrition presentation, private trapeze lessons, beach volleyball tournament, sailing and paddy boarding at the beach, and a basketball scrimmage versus the Club Med GOs.

It was the first time some of the youngsters travelled outside The Bahamas and they were all very appreciative of the opportunity to do so. Coach Brown, who is also President and Organizer of the San Salvador Youth Organization of which the team members are a part, explained how the event came about.

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Kids learn about corals and climate change at BREEF San Salvador Sea Camp
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:35

Sea campers are pictured with BREEF staff and volunteers at Columbus Landing, San Salvador.SAN SALVADOR, The Bahamas -- “Pants can help you float” - one of the safety tips Joshua Storr and thirty-nine other campers learned at BREEF’s eighth annual Sea Camp at Gerace Research Center in San Salvador held from July 21-25.  

During the week-long sea camp, children learned water safety skills and how climate change is affecting coral reefs and people in The Bahamas.

Campers eagerly participated in activities including snorkeling and free-diving, games, crafts, science experiments and a beach clean-up.  

“The best thing about sea camp is learning how much CO2 we let out in our environment and how I can reduce it to help protect the coral reefs,” stated sea camper Jamillah Rolle.

By the end of the camp, children also set personal goals to help slow down climate change. Daverelle Major pledged to “stop leaving on my TV when I am not watching it” and Shante Pratt wants to “grow gardens, plant vegetables, (and) ride my bike more instead of riding cars."

Three campers also completed their prerequisite water skills and are now eligible to be trained as certified scuba divers.  

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson discusses business entrepreneurship with youth during Andros visit
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:12

The U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson presents a certificate of achievement to a member of the Andros Youth Outreach Program.ANDROS, The Bahamas -- On Thursday, August 7, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson discussed business entrepreneurship with members of the Andros Youth Outreach Program and formally donated a collection of 110 books to the Central Andros District Council Office Resource Center.  Office of Defense Cooperation Commander Sam Wartell and Island Administrator for Central Andros Cleola Pinder were also present at the event.  

During the meeting, over 20 teenagers from the Andros Youth Outreach Program provided a presentation on a business entrepreneurship program they recently completed.  Each youth presenter spoke briefly about their experience in an assigned position operating a simulated business venture under the program.  

Chargé Johnson presented all of the participants in the business entrepreneurship program with certificates of achievement and gave remarks promoting entrepreneurship, leadership, and teamwork.  Although the simulated business venture did not turn a profit, the Chargé emphasized the valuable lesson the participants had learned and the importance of understanding that everyone may not succeed the first time.

At the end of the meeting, Chargé Johnson officially presented the Central Andros District Council Office Resource Center with a collection of books donated by the U.S. Embassy to assist with increasing the resource center’s recently established reading collection.  This latest donation of books in Andros is part of the U.S. Embassy’s continuing support to improve education and learning resources in The Bahamas.

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EcoCampers return from Andros ready to take on the world
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 16:12

EcoCampers Return from Andros Ready to Take on the World! EcoCampers from throughout The Bahamas recently returned to their various islands after participating in an exciting week-long camp for students aged 13 – 16, where they learned about the ecology and culture of Andros Island, and the importance of conversing our natural resources. (Photo courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)ANDROS, The Bahamas -- The 2014 EcoCampers from throughout The Bahamas recently returned home after participating in an exciting week-long camp for students aged 13 – 16, where they learned about the ecology and culture of Andros Island, and the importance of conserving our natural resources.

During the camp, students spent time learning about wildlife in Andros, the importance of conservation, the Andros barrier reef, critically endangered species, blue holes and much more.  Campers also visited various areas in Andros including Red Bays, Lowe Sound, Andros North Marine Park and Blue Hole National Park. 

They were had a special visit by Owner/Operator of Stafford Creek Lodge, BNT Council member and President of Bahamas Sportfishing Conservation Association (BSCA), Captain Prescott Smith who gave a presentation and inspired campers to continue on their journey in learning about the environment.

“The experience afforded to me this past week is one I will never forget,” said Janae, an EcoCamper from Nassau.  “I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge from this amazing programme. Attending EcoCamp introduced me to new things, new people and new ideas.”

The campers camped in the wilderness, swam in blue holes, enjoyed music around the camp fire, swam along the barrier reef in Andros, participated in an outreach event, spoke to spongers, straw crafters and wood carvers and even spotted a Bahama Oriole.  The Bahama Oriole is a critically endangered bird that is found only on the Island of Andros, and there are fewer than 260 individual birds left on earth.

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