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PM Christie opens phase two of Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
Written by BIS   
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:00
GOVERNOR’S HARBOUR, Eleuthera – Phase two of the Leon Levy Plant Preserve is officially opened. A ceremony marking the event was held on Friday, April 11 at the sanctuary on Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera.

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie officially opened the event. A delegation, which included the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister of State for Legal Affairs and M. P., Central and South Eleuthera, Hon. Damien Gomez; Minister of the Environment and Housing, Hon. Kenred Dorsett and Minister of State for Investments, Hon. Khaalis Rolle, accompanied him. Also in attendance were the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Brent Symonette and his wife.

Lauding the contributions of non-Bahamians to the country, Mr. Christie said he was extremely pleased by this gesture of goodwill.

“There are people who come to The Bahamas and make meaningful contributions to this country, “ said Mr. Christie. “This project exemplifies such a case.”

Mr. Christie said that the preserve could serve as a ‘model’ for other parks in the country, in addition to being an attraction for visitors and Bahamians. Further, he said that the parks such as the preserve could be used to facilitate research in order for people to learn about various plants and their medicinal benefits.

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Bimini Sands Resort & Marina joins Expedition Collection by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges
Submitted by John Bell   
Monday, 14 April 2014 08:14

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL— Guy Harvey, Chairman of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges has announced that Bimini Sands Resort & Marina has joined the company’s Expedition Collection, a portfolio of Outpost properties that stretches through the Bahamas, Caribbean and Galapagos Islands.  

“We are thrilled that Bimini Sands invited us back to Bimini,” noted Harvey, a celebrated international marine wildlife artist, scientist and conservationist. In announcing the company’s return to the legendary fishing island, Harvey added: “Our fans want us back in Bimini to help promote and protect the island’s heritage they have enjoyed for years and hope to pass on to the next generation.”  

The company returns to Bimini after helping reopen another resort on North Bimini in 2010. “We turned the lights back on in sleepy Alice Town, but now it’s a boom town on North Bimini,” notes Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts & Lodges President Mark Ellert. “Bimini Sands offers our customers what they want – lots of activities, great facilities and an incredible vacation value. Add the laid back vibe of South Bimini, and whether you’re traveling with family or friends for a weekend or a week, you’ll have a visit worthy of a Hemmingway story.”  

Adds Guy Harvey, “Life’s an adventure, and with this affiliation, we now can enjoy sharing adventures with our friends and colleagues who live and work on South Bimini at Bimini Sands.”  

The only resort on South Bimini, Bimini Sands is Resort & Marina is a familiar beacon to boaters, with its oceanfront townhouses steps from a powder soft beach. In addition to being the only marina in Bimini to carry the internationally recognized Blue Flag designation for environmental stewardship, it is also a member of the Shark Free Marina Initiative and active promoter or shark conservation measures.  

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Cat Island residents complete NEMA building course
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:43

About 30 residents graduated from a Safer Building Code Course conducted by the National Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency along with the Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute and the Bahamian Contractors’ Association. The graduation ceremony was held at the Old Bight High School, Cat Island, on April 5, 2014. Pictured with the graduates, seated from left to right are: Jackson McIntosh, Administrator, Cat Island; Samara Sands, Registrar, BTVI; Dr Iva Dahl, Manager/Consultant, BTVI; Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA; Gayle Outten-Moncur, NEMA; Charlene Collie, BEC; and Godfrey Forbes, President, Bahamian Contractors’ Association. (Photo: NEMA/BTVI) OLD BIGHT, Cat Island -- About 30 residents graduated from a Safer Building Code Course held on this island where most of the homes were severely damaged during the passage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.  

The three-week course was held by the National Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Caribbean Disaster Management Agency along with the Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute and the Bahamian Contractors’ Association.  

The course was held under the theme: “Enhancing Community Resilience To Disaster”. The graduation ceremony was held at the Old Bight High School on April 5, 2014.  

Cat Island was struck by Hurricane Irene in 2011, and the following year by Hurricane Sandy, with more than 100 homes severely damaged or completely destroyed. Hence the island was chosen for the safer building code course, the third in the series held outside New Providence.  

Director of NEMA Captain Stephen Russell noted that over the past 20 years, The Bahamas and the Caribbean have experienced major hurricanes, severe floods and other destructive weather systems, which seemed to be growing in intensity. And in this vein CDEMA’s aim is to have its 18-member countries implement building codes that are up to standards.  

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Ministry of Health update on Berry Islands fire
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:35

The Berry Islands reported a major fire on the island early morning of Tuesday, April 1st. The community on the island mobilized and used its limited water resources but were unable to contain the fire. Consequently, on Wednesday April 2nd, the Chief of Fire Department, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Superintendent Walter Evans and two officers; Corporal Ambrister and Constable Whymms, arrived on the
Island and worked tirelessly with the community to bring the fire under control.
 
Together with great community effort, and a skilled staff of the Fire Department, the fire was brought under control on Friday 4th.

The community has requested its representative, Dr. Perry Gomez, Minister of Health, to provide two additional water trucks and water pumps in order to provide continuous water management of fires. The Chief of Fire Department noted that this is the dry season and has
scheduled training for the community in the coming two weeks to enhance the response to fire threats and emergencies.

The Government of The Bahamas will review a proposal to identify appropriate land for the establishment of government complex to include health facilities on Great Harbour Cay, that is privately owned.

 
Prime Minister makes Bimini visit for inauguration of night flights
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 07 April 2014 12:32


Prime Minister Perry Christie brought remarks and socialised with the principals of Resorts World Bimini - KD Lim and Gerardo Capo, during the inauguration of night flights to the Bimini International Airport, April 3, 2014.  Pictured is the PM with Mr. Capo.BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister Perry Christie brought remarks and socialised with the principals of Resorts World Bimini - KD Lim and Gerardo Capo, during the inauguration of night flights to the Bimini International Airport, April 3, 2014.

Pictured is the PM with Mr. Capo.

(BIS photo)

 

 
Andros project to remove invasive species and re-plant coconut trees
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 04 April 2014 07:13

ANDROS, The Bahamas -- The South Andros Handicraft & Manufacturing Association (SAHMA) will hold an official launching ceremony of the “South Andros Coastal Restoration & Coconut Project” on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10am at the Craft Centre in Motion Town, Long Bay Cays, South Andros, Bahamas. This initiative is a ‘Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme UNDP funded project for the Community’.  

The project will be implemented over a 15-month period and is intended to address the issue of coastal erosion and land degradation of a 25,500 square feet coastal area in Long Bay Cays, South Andros, where harvesting of coconuts was once an economic contributor to the local community.  

The project will restore this coastal site by the removal of all invasive species (e.g. the Casuarina) and replanting native coastal-friendly plant species including coconut, to help stabilise the coastline and reestablish the coconut grove. Resources from the restored area are expected to reinvigorate and enhance the local cottage industries of charcoal and agro-processing, resulting ultimately in sustainable livelihoods for community members.  

The Bahamas Ambassador to CARICOM and Member of Parliament for the South Andros Constituency, the Hon. Picewell Forbes will be in attendance and will bring remarks at the event. It is also anticipated that other government officials and Members of Parliament will be present.    

 
South Bimini Airport to welcome its first-ever night flight
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:58

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- The Bahamian government will welcome the next installment of Resorts World Bimini’s $150 million investment in the Bimini islands on Thursday April 3, 2014 when night flights begin arriving at South Bimini Airport for the first time in the island’s history. The addition of new flight instrumentation and runway lighting will enable civilian aircraft to land 24 hours a day. Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie will travel aboard the first night flight, which is set to arrive in Bimini from Nassau at approximately 8:30pm.

The upgrades make South Bimini Airport only the third airfield in The Bahamas capable of accommodating take-offs and landings around the clock. The airport can now aid aircraft in distress, providing an emergency landing alternative to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

These airport improvements are part of Resorts World Bimini’s ongoing investments in the twin Bahamian islands, which are being undertaken in collaboration with Prime Minister Christie and the national government. Other upgrades to come will include an expansion of the airport’s runway from 5,400 feet to 6,000 feet, which will enable jets as large as a Boeing-737 to land; improvements to the islands’ roads; and the development of a new luxury marina hotel, which will open this year.

“Nearly 100 years have gone by without a plane landing in Bimini after sunset, putting the islands at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting visitors from around the world,” says Resorts World Bimini president Dana Leibovitz. “With its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters, these islands are home to some of the world’s greatest natural treasures. We’re making investments that will help bring more people here, creating new jobs and spurring welcome economic impact along the way.”

Commercial flights between Nassau and Bimini are available through Western Air and Sky Bahamas and flights between Ft. Lauderdale and Bimini are available through Sky Bahamas and Silver Airways. In addition, the Bimini SuperFast cruise ship offers regular service from Miami.

 
Sandals Foundation outfits Rolleville Primary with computers
Submitted by Chester Robards   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:48

EXUMA, The Bahamas -- Another Exuma school has had its technology upgraded by the Sandals Foundation. This time Rolleville Primary was the recipient of a brand new computer lab.

And while the lab will be used to advance the students of Rolleville Primary, it’s principle, Lavone Knowles, said the computers will benefit the entire community.

The students were overjoyed to receive the new computers and created a special hand-made sign for the opening of the lab saying, “thank you Sandals”. They also presented Sandals Foundation representatives with a beautiful plaque.

Community leaders, like Rev. Adam Brown, made a commitment to assist in the upkeep of the new computers.

This is the fourth computer lab the Sandals Foundation has donated to Exuma schools and it is looking forward to completing many more.

 
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