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NEMA holds water rescue training course in Bimini
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:54

Participants conducting water rescue operation, during the Surface Water Rescue Course (Levels I & II) training on Bimini held February 16-18, 2015.  (Photo/NEMA)ALICE TOWN, Bimini – In continuing its mission to establishing disaster resilient communities throughout the islands, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, held a Surface Water Rescue Course (Levels I & II) on this northern island.

The course was conducted February 16-18, 2015 at the Local Government facility in Alice Town, for 17 participants inclusive of three marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines and two NEMA personnel.

The purpose of the training was to provide techniques and skills to members of the community in Surface Water Rescues and Rescue Tasks.

Other objectives were to:

  • Enhance correct execution of tasks
  • Enhance communication between rescuers
  • Provide a guide for ongoing training

Level I focused on developing site survey for existing water hazards and an action plan for a shore-based rescue, conducting a witness interview, how to use watercraft for rescue operations and how to extricate an incapacitated victim, amongst other training skills.

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Village of Richton Park, Illinois delegation visit Cat Island
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 09:19

 RICHTON DELEGATION WITH DPM – A seven-member delegation from Richton Park, Illinois, headed by Mayor Richard Reinbold and his wife, Tammy, Cat Island and Immerse Bahamas representatives at a welcome reception at the home of Cat Island MP Philip Davis and his wife, Ann Marie, in New Providence Monday, March 2 before the group flew into Cat Island to further talks of a Sister City relationship with the people there.  (Photo by Immerse Bahamas)CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- A four-day visit to Cat Island last week has yielded plans for a subsequent trip by Mayor Richard Reinbold and a delegation from the Village of Richton Park, Illinois, for a formal signing of a Sister City agreement between the two communities.

Cat Island MP, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis and his wife Ann Marie hosted Mayor Reinbold and his group, along with members of the Cat Island Sister City Association to a welcome dinner at their home in New Providence on Monday, March 2.

The Chicago delegation included Mayor Reinbold’s wife, Tammy; Prairie State College President Terri Winfree; Village of Richton Park Sister City Committee Chairwoman Pam Smith; Village Manager De'Carlon Seewood; and Guaranteed Technical Services and Consulting, Inc. owners Daniel and Yvonne Evans.

The seven-member delegation’s  trip followed a similar visit which a group from Cat Island paid to the people of Richton Park in September 2014.

Cat Island Administrator Jackson McIntosh; Cat Island Sister City Association (CISCA) Chairman Danson King, CISCA member Melvin Seymour and Immerse Bahamas President and CEO Ginger Moxey and her public relations and production team were on hand Monday and served as chaperones over the next three days to ensure the group’s experience was documented and an enjoyable one.

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Governor General visits Mangrove Cay, Andros
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 08:48

MANGROVE CAY, Andros – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling made an official visit to Mangrove Cay, Andros, on Friday, March 6, 2015.  

Also visiting Mangrove Cay were the Minister of Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, and His Excellency Picewell Forbes, High Commissioner to CARICOM and MP for Mangrove Cay and South Andros, and other government officials.  

Photo 1: Dame Marguerite greets a student from Burnt Rock Primary School. (Photos by Letisha Henderson/BIS)

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Resorts World Bimini celebrates outstanding employees
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 07:57

Anthony Taylor, Laundry Supervisor from the Property Operations department was crowned Supervisor of the Year.BIMINI, The Bahamas -- The excellent work ethic of outstanding Resorts World Bimini (RWB) team members was recently celebrated in the first annual SuperService Awards and employee luncheon held at the resort. The event marked the beginning of a series of new and exciting events that are being planned to honor the company’s best performers.

Thirty-three (33) outstanding nominees were recognized and applauded by their peers and managers before the big moment – the announcement of the Employee and Supervisor of the Year. Emerging as the best of the best were Kashera Hart, a Sports Book Teller from the Resorts World Bimini Casino who walked away with the Employee of the Year title; and Anthony Taylor, Laundry Supervisor from the Property Operations department who was crowned Supervisor of the Year.

General Manager Ray Valentino described the celebratory event as an important one, saying as team leader he is proud to work alongside such outstanding individuals.

“All members of our staff are very important to the organization.” he said. “As customer service oriented team members, they are the heart and soul of the hospitality industry. While doing their best to further enhance tourism to Bimini, these dedicated team members set us apart from other establishments and for this reason we are pleased to celebrate their accomplishments and show gratitude in a tangible way.”

According to Director of Human Resources David Winslow, the awards recipients were well deserved.

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Cat Island to host Richton Park, Illinois delegation
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Monday, 02 March 2015 08:33

CAT ISLAND, The Bahamas -- The Cat Island Sister City Association is hosting a delegation from the Village of Richton Park, Illinois, over the next four days to conclude talks on the formation of a Sister City relationship.

The seven-member delegation trip come on the heels of a similar visit a group from Cat Island paid to the people of Richton Park in September 2014 that was facilitated by Immerse Bahamas, a destination management company, which set the wheels in motion.

Heading the Richton group is Mayor Richard Reinbold and his wife, Tammy, who will be given a brief tour of New Providence before flying in to Cat Island where they will spend the majority of their visit becoming familiar with the people and its cultural and educational makeup.

Members of the Richton delegation began arriving in New Providence on Sunday while the others, who were delayed as a result of a snow storm, are expected on Monday.

Cat Island Administrator Jackson McIntosh was among the group who travelled to Chicago back in September described the visit as a fruitful one and was impressed with the hospitality the people of Richton extended.

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Resorts World Bimini to feature truly Bahamian beer
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 07:33

Resorts World Bimini to Feature Truly Bahamian Beer - Bahamian Brewery and Beverage is continuing to forge relationships with hotels in The Bahamas and recently offered a tour to food and beverage executives from Resorts World Bimini as a part of their plan to have truly Bahamian beers available everywhere in The Bahamas.  Pictured is the Resorts World Bimini team on their tour of the Brewery. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Bahamas – Bahamian Brewery and Beverage is continuing to forge relationships with hotels in The Bahamas and recently offered a tour to food and beverage executives from Resorts World Bimini as a part of their plan to have truly Bahamian beers available everywhere in The Bahamas.

The Resorts World property will be having a soft opening next month, with a full opening in 2016, and is looking to partner with Bahamian Brewery and Beverage to feature their beers at the resort.  Food and Beverage Manager at Resorts World Bimini Patrick Fortemps noted, “We are pleased to be here today and visit the brewery. We are opening the full resort soon and want our weekly visitors to have a truly Bahamian experience and we want to see them sippin’ a Sands.”

The group of seven executives experienced a brewery tour led by Gary Sands, Sales Executive, and learned about how all the local beers are produced at the Grand Bahama facility.

Former Grand Bahama resident William Martinborough, who now works at the Resort, commented, “It’s exciting to be back in my hometown and showing off our own brewery. We are making an effort at the resort to showcase and promote everything Bahamian and the Bahamian Brewery has a great story and history for our guests - and great beer!”

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BTC TV services to begin testing on Long Island
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Friday, 20 February 2015 08:27

 L to R: BTC CEO Leon Williams, who foreshadowed the BTC TV beta testing to come; Senior Manager for Long Island, Ian Knowles; former BTC Senior Manager for Long Island and S.E. Islands of The Bahamas Ramona Taylor; Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner at the September opening of BTCs state-of-the-art new flagship store in Long Island.     NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has been further developing, improving and expanding the BTC network to transform the entire country into a connected Bahamas.  Every day their work demonstrates this commitment to bring telecommunications to the entire Bahamas, including High Definition (HD) Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service.  

In December, Bimini became the first island to have BTC TV. Long Island will be the second island to begin testing BTC TV services.  Scores of Long Islanders are scheduled to receive the service before the end of February. Other islands in the pipeline include Inagua and Cat Island; New Providence will close out the list after completion of the Family Islands.

Long Island Government Administrator Terrece Bethel-Bootle, one of the very first testers in Long Island reported that after just a few days of testing, she is very impressed and happy with BTC TV.  

“Hundreds of channels it seems, great picture and reliability so far. Cable Bahamas works in some spots on Long Island but only offers the Basic package, and Satellite is very expensive because it comes through a third party.  We are all looking forward to having BTC TV available here island-wide,” said the administrator.

BTC CEO Leon Williams foreshadowed the BTC test programme for the Southern Islands whilst opening the new BTC flagship store at Deadman’s Cay, Long Island last September.  Local MP the Honourable Loretta Turner gave remarks at the event and expressed her thanks and excitement with the opening of the new store in her constituency and the coming of BTC TV.

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Three American sport icons coming to Bimini to chase Bonefish
Submitted by John Bell   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 07:59
Photo: Stu Apte with a TarponALICE TOWN, The Bahamas -- Fly Fishing for elusive grey ghosts and the lure of Hemingway’s Bimini is bringing together two basketball greats and a legendary fishing Hall of Famer and author for a March 20-22 gathering at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina.  

More than 50 years ago John Havlicek and Bob Knight, racked up three post season NCAA final appearances as Ohio State teammates. Havlicek went onto a storied Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics with 8 NBA World Champion titles while Knight, also a member of the Hall of Fame, became one of college basketball’s most successful coaches, winning three NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Titles at Indiana University and amassing 902 Division I wins over a 43 year career.  

A few years before Havlicek and Knight met at Ohio State, Stu Apte was flying F9F Panther Jets as a Navy fighter pilot during the Korean War. Already an avid fly fisherman, Apte went on to build a reputation as top guide in the Florida Keys. His career as a top-notch angler blossomed as his Stu Apte Tarpon Fly and Stu Apte Improved Blood Knot have become standards.  A frequent guest and co-host on several broadcast and nationally syndicated fishing shows including ABC¹s Wide World of Sports and American Sportsman, Apte is a member of the Fishing Hall of Fame, IGFA Hall of Fame, holder of more than 44 world records and a recipient of the prestigious Ted Williams Award.  

It was during American Sportsman show that Apte shared the camera with the rangy, 6¹5² Havlicek, who was an accomplished and avid fisherman.  He has fished in Alaska, The Northwest Territories and appeared on the American Sportsman with Apte fishing for sailfish in Panama.  

As for Knight, his ability to remain highly focused and dialed into the game on the floor has made him an exceptional fly fisherman on the water.  

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