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Baha Mar Family Island outreach heads to Bimini
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Saturday, 14 June 2014 06:54

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- With more than 4,000 Bahamians set to be hired by the time Baha Mar opens in December 2014, the $3.5 billion resort’s recruitment and outreach team is ramping up its search throughout The Bahamas for the best and brightest Bahamians to join the growing Baha Mar team.

The Baha Mar Academy will be on Bimini on June 16th-17th, conducting presentations and interviews, in the search of Dream Team individuals who are committed to becoming a part of Baha Mar.

Representatives from the Grand Hyatt, Rosewood and Baha Mar Casino and Hotel will discuss specific career opportunities available and qualifications necessary while all potential candidates will discover more about the Baha Mar Standard of Service and expectations from their future team members.

When Baha Mar opens its doors, guests from all over the world will be expecting only the best global service standards. Those expectations will be exceeded at Baha Mar, according to the property’s Chief Operating Officer, Paul Pusateri.

“We are revolutionizing service in the country, creating a best-in-class service culture you can only find here at Baha Mar,” Mr. Pusateri said. “Our outreach to Bahamians throughout The Bahamas is another part of Baha Mar’s ongoing recruitment and training efforts to engage people with an aptitude for service, a commitment to hospitality and the passion tohelp build a world-class destination.”

Burning marlin sculpture officially on its way to Guy Harvey Outpost's Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament in Bimini
Submitted by Alina Maria Quintana   
Friday, 13 June 2014 07:05

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- The burning marlin is pumped and ready as it makes its way to the now sold-out Bimini Sands Resort & Marina for the Beach Bash Bonfire and Tournament. It’s set to arrive this week.

The Guy Harvey Outpost crew is still hard at work preparing for this year’s exciting and highly anticipated event, which runs from June 26 to June 29.

For the event’s signature bonfire celebrations, 30-foot tall Blue Marlin wire sculptures by artist Bobby Little will be lit on fire Friday and Saturday night.  

The family-friendly event will feature an exciting fishing competition, scuba diving, family entertainment and much more, headlined by world-renowned marine artist and conservation advocate Guy Harvey and Florida fishing authority and IGFA’s “Legendary Captain” Bouncer Smith.

On-line tournament registration to bid on half and full day charters with Capt. Bouncer is still open. Auction proceeds will go directly to the IGFA and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to benefit conservation efforts in Bimini and its surrounding waters.

(Photo Credit: Guy Harvey Outpost / Bobby Little)

End of One Eleuthera's grant with Susan G. Komen marks the beginning of notable change
Submitted by Gacintha Deveaux-Gordon   
Friday, 13 June 2014 06:46

ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- Saturday, May 31, 2014 marked the official completion of the Susan G. Komen (SGK) grant given to the One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) which funded a Community Outreach Program on Eleuthera.  

Focused primarily on breast cancer, the program employed a Community Outreach Coordinator (COC) in the person of Maisie Pinder, who has travelled the length and breadth of Eleuthera educating women and increasing breast cancer awareness since the program’s inception in May of last year.

The goal of the outreach program has been to educate the public about breast cancer, the high risks Bahamian women face, the importance of early detection via regular mammogram screenings and the need to maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce the risks of being diagnosed with this dreaded disease.

The message has been heralded through various means. The Community Outreach Coordinator conducted an island-wide needs and assessment study, breast cancer presentations, seminars and sessions with church women’s groups, schools and civic groups, home visits, field trips distributing breast cancer material, health and fitness programs, public service announcements and lending support to local cancer groups and associations such as Cancer Society of Eleuthera and Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative. The Outreach program even included the mentorship of a 9th grader from Deep Creek Middle School as a part of a community activism class.

“It has made a tremendous difference to have Maisie Pinder serve as Community Outreach Coordinator and for the opportunity to work with her to enhance the programs that we offer to the women of Eleuthera”, said President of Cancer Society of Eleuthera, Juanita Pinder. “We feel that the Breast Cancer Community Outreach Program has certainly made a huge difference in the lives of our women as they have benefitted from an intensive breast health education campaign and other programs and activities that focused on providing crucial information to assist them to make better health choices.”

SkyBahamas teams up with Resorts World Bimini to boost visitor arrivals
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Monday, 09 June 2014 07:37

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- SkyBahamas and Resorts World Bimini (RWB) are teaming up to increase airlift to the twin islands. Beginning June 13th 2014, RWB is offering an all-inclusive hotel package deal for visitors to the island to promote midweek and weekend stays at the Resort.

The collaboration comes on the heels of SkyBahamas’ introduction of flight services between Bimini and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) three days per week – Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. On Sundays and Fridays, SkyBahamas will depart South Bimini at 5:00 p.m., arriving in FLL at 5:30 p.m. It will then depart FLL at 6:00 p.m., arriving in Bimini at 6:30 p.m. Each Wednesday, flights will depart Bimini at 10:00 a.m., arriving in FLL at 10:30 a.m. It then departs FLL at 11:00 a.m., arriving in Bimini at 11:30 a.m.

SkyBahamas currently offers flights between Bimini and Nassau, and Bimini and Freeport every day (except Tuesdays and Saturdays) with continued service on to Fort Lauderdale and back on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Bimini- Freeport connection flights leave Bimini at 3:50 p.m. and arrive in Freeport at 4:15 p.m. (Sundays and Fridays). It leaves Freeport for Bimini at 4:25 p.m., arriving at 4:50 p.m. (Sundays and Fridays). On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday flights depart Bimini at 8:50 a.m. and arrive in Freeport at 9:20 and returns to Bimini from Freeport at 9:30 a.m.

Scores attend Resorts World Bimini Career Fair for Biminites
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 16:45

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Dozens of Biminites were hired on the spot after successfully interviewing for jobs being offered during a Resorts World Bimini Career Fair held on the island on Wednesday. Scores of Biminites began cueing as early as 7:30 a.m. for a chance to fill one of the dozens of job openings being offered by the Resort (RWB).

Organizers are describing the Career Fair as a tremendous success, based on the turnout and the caliber of persons seeking employment. RWB Director of Human Resources Dave Winslow said the career fair was necessary to fill existing positions and those that will come on stream as the company expands. He said the company is dedicated to helping the community and providing opportunities for the citizens of Bimini.

“We have a number of positions in the existing operation that are vacant and we are looking to hire persons ahead of time in preparation for the opening of the jetty and hotel, so they can be fully trained to invite the many more guests that are going to come to our resort,” he said. “We thought this would be a great opportunity to invite Biminites to preview the jobs available, so we set this up so we could hire folks right on the spot. The quality of the persons that are coming are high caliber professionals, and we are welcoming many of them onto our team.”

Also on hand for the Career Fair was the Local Government Chief Councilor, Lloyd Edgecombe who was impressed by the staging of the fair, and even more excited about the turn out.

QC Smith: Nearly 40% of Bimini seabed already gone
Submitted by DP&A   
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 17:31

Fred Smith, QCSmith raises concern over Court of Appeal delay, claiming accelerated dredging by developers

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- There may soon be nothing left in Bimini to argue over according to attorney Fred Smith, QC, as a massive seafloor dredging operation was allowed to continue during a court postponement, with 38% of the work already complete thanks to a “dramatically increased” rate of excavation.

Mr. Smith, who represents Bimini Blue Coalition (BBC), a group of activists and concerned citizens seeking to protect Bimini’s invaluable marine resources in the face of the construction of a mega-resort and 1,000 foot ferry terminal, said that according to the developer’s own reports, 53,000 cubic yards had been dredged between May 16th and 21st , but over the next two days the total jumped to 150,000 cubic yards, the acceleration coinciding with BBC’s legal efforts to stop it.

On Monday, his clients, Bimini Blue Coalition (BBC) were set to present their case against a recent Supreme Court decision to allow dredging to resume, overturning an injunction granted by the Privy Council in London.

However, the matter was delayed until Wednesday after attorneys for the developer, Resorts World Bimini, said they had not had an opportunity to read Mr. Smith’s submissions, having only received them the night before. Two of the three justices of the court said they also had not had a chance to read the documents.

RWB lawyer John Wilson said he had no desire to delay the proceedings, but Mr. Smith pointed out that on the eve of last week’s Supreme Court case, BBC’s team was likewise given short notice of the developer’s submissions but was nevertheless ready to proceed the next day, despite having to consider a large amount of new material.

GEF SGP Bahamas and One Eleuthera Foundation build capacity of organisations on Eleuthera
Submitted by One Eleuthera Foundation   
Monday, 02 June 2014 16:27

Participants from the GEF SGP and OEF Project Management and Grant Writing Workshop.ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas -- Through its work of connecting organisations to resources to assist in strengthening them and the communities they work in, The One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) observed the need for capacity development for the NGOs, CBOs, CSOs and Government agencies on Eleuthera. Recognizing the connection of its objectives to those of the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme Strategy, OEF successfully submitted application to host a three-day workshop on Eleuthera geared toward improving the grant writing and project management skills of organizations on the island.

“While organisations have been working miracles with their limited resources, it is imperative that such training be provided to allow them to increase their funding resources, which is a major factor in them continuing and expanding their work, and evolving to compete in a global economy”, said OEF’s Director of IT/Communications Gacintha Gordon.

Held May 19th to 21st, the workshop was led by GEF SGP Bahamas National Coordinator, Deon Stewart and HD Wells President Stacey Wells-Moultrie who was the main trainer for the event. Pertinent information and evocative exercises on topics such as proper budgeting, monitoring and evaluating grants and projects, and managing and tracking project budget and activities captivated the attention of participants throughout the training. The skills learned have equipped attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to apply for almost any grant or manage almost any project.

Trainer Stacey Moultrie was intrigued by the enthusiasm of those attending the workshop. “The attendees participated actively and came up with some excellent project ideas,” said Moultrie.

E. Clement National Arts Festival adjudications continue on Andros
Written by BIS   
Sunday, 01 June 2014 11:21

ANDROS, The Bahamas -- Fresh Creek Primary grade-one students perform the poem "Fire Drill", during the E. Clement National Arts Festival Central Andros adjudications at the school in Fresh Creek, on May 28, 2014.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)    

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