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RBDF thanks BNT wardens for heroic efforts in Haitian migrant grounding
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:45

RBDF thanks BNT Wardens for Heroic Efforts in Haitian Migrant Grounding.  Last week the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) and the US Coast Guard received notification of a grounded vessel in the Exuma Chain. During the recovey efforts BNT Wardens at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park were requested to assist the local police force in their efforts.   BNT Wardens Henry Haley and Kendedo Marshall and two RBDF Officers responded to the call in an Exuma Park vessel.  The BNT joins the nation in its concern and sorrow over this tragic incident that occurred in our waters. RBDF officers and the BNT wardens are being afforded counseling to assist them in dealing with the tragedy.  (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)EXUMA, The Bahamas -- Last week the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) and the US Coast Guard received notification of a grounded vessel in the Exuma Chain. During the recovey efforts BNT Wardens at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park were requested to assist the local police force in their efforts.  BNT Wardens Henry Haley and Kendedo Marshall and two RBDF Officers responded to the call in an Exuma Park vessel.  

Superintendent McDaniel, who is in charge of Exuma police noted, “It is common in the Exuma Community for volunteers and residents to respond to emergencies.  It is also extremely helpful that ECLSP Warden Henry Haley is Reserve Police Officer.“

The tragic grounding of the 40-foot Haitian sloop in Bahamian waters is being described by the RBDF “as the worst immigration disaster in history with over 30 dead.” The RBDF transported over 119 persons back to Nassau and  the survivors were in very poor condition and the recovery of the drowned victims was traumatic for all concerned.  

RBDF Senior Lieutenant Carlon Bethell in charge of Operations personally thanked the BNT Wardens for their efforts, “Mr. Haley and the team that rendered assistance to HMBS Yellow Elder during the rescue of the 104 Haitian migrants which ran aground West of Harvey Cay earlier this week.  The effort of the team was nothing short of exceptional. The Exuma Park Wardens should be commended for their timely response, diligent work and unwavering support in the rescue efforts of the Haitian migrants and collaborative efforts with the RBDF as a whole.  On behalf of HMBS Yellow Elder, and as the On Scene Commander of the rescue operation, I extend our sincerest gratitude to Mr. Haley and his team.”

Cable TV subscribers compensated for outages with free weekend of premium services
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:44

Subscribers on Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera to benefit from free weekend

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Cable subscribers in Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera were affected last week with an interruption of a small portion of their TV services. Cable Bahamas advised that the issues were caused by equipment and service upgrades.

The upgrades began Wednesday, November 27, when a number of channels and the video on demand service were impacted with intermittent signals. The completion of the 48-hour upgrade process resulted in the resolution of the intermittent signals experienced by some of Cable Bahamas' subscribers.

"Every single one of our subscribers are important to us," said Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing David Burrows. "We know that people love their cable TV services and anything that gets in the way of that enjoyment is a serious matter for us."

Mr Burrows explained that the company will be providing free access to premium cable TV services for subscribers on the islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco & Eleuthera, as compensation for the inconveniences experienced during the upgrade of its television network.

Select dive operators recruited to join Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts’ Elite Expedition Outfitter program
Submitted by John Bell   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:27

Guy Harvey (L) and Neil Watson.FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — With his Marine Corps training, scuba diving legend Neal Watson knows a thing or two about taking a beachhead and securing a landing zone. As the newly appointed Director of Dive Operations for Guy Harvey Outpost, Watson is the company’s new commander in its bid to plant Outpost dive flags on beachfronts throughout Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.  

Like the Marine Corps slogan “the few, the proud”, Watson will be extending an invitation to a pre-selected group of the region’s top dive operations to enlist as Expedition Dive Outfitters of Guy Harvey Outpost, the rapidly expanding lodging company of Guy Harvey and his partners Mark Ellert, Bill Shedd and Charles Forman.  

“For top-of-class dive shops it’s a unique opportunity to add the recognition of the Guy Harvey name to their operation and increase sales through his huge marketing outreach with little out-of-pocket costs, “ said Watson. “Our Outpost Resorts’ brand is defined by great customer experiences and services. To make that happen, only the best operators are qualified to join the Expedition Outfitter program.”  

Harvey, best known as a marine wildlife artist, angler, scientist and conservationist, is also recognized as a world-class diver. Last month he was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. His Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Outpost Resorts company with hotel properties in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, recently launched Expedition Outfitters featuring membership categories for dive shops and guided or charter fishing operators.  

Watson, holder of the world’s scuba depth and distance record and affectionately known as the “Dive God”, has owned and operated a chain of Neal Watson’s Undersea Adventures franchise dive operations in the Bahamas and Caribbean as well as hotels and an airline charter company. He is also past president of the Bahamas Diving Association and a member of the DEMA Diving Hall of Fame.  

Baha Mar Academy launches Family Island outreach with visit to Cat Island
Submitted by Royann Dean   
Friday, 29 November 2013 09:03

Baha Mar Academy representative Lashanta Smith answers questions about Baha Mar from students at Old Bight High School in Cat Island.NASSAU, The Bahamas -- As part of its outreach to Bahamian students across the Bahamas, Baha Mar Academy representative Lashanta Smith recently visited two high schools in Cat Island. Over 160 seventh through twelfth grade students at Arthur’s Town High School and Old Bight High School learned about Baha Mar and careers in hospitality. The students also learned about personal branding and the importance of soft skills such as punctuality, reliability and having apleasant attitude in the workplace.

Photo: Baha Mar Academy representative Lashanta Smith answers questions about Baha Mar from students at Old Bight High School in Cat Island.

To apply for a position at Baha Mar, please upload your resume on the careers page at A Baha Mar Academy recruiter will contact shortlisted applicants to interview with the company as positions become available.  Stay up-to-date with available positions and career advice on Facebook and Twitter @Baha Mar Careers.

30 dead after Haitian sloop runs aground
From The Tribune   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:27

From The Tribune

At least 30 people are dead after a Haitian sloop ran aground west of the Exuma chain during Monday's storm.

A team from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the US Coast Guard fought rough seas this morning in a bid to rescue the Haitian nationals from the vessel.

Acccording to the US Coast Guard, 90 people have been rescued.

The Coast Guard says the migrants were clinging to the hull of the 40-foot sail freighter when rescue crews arrived.

A US Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued 13 people from the water after deploying a raft.

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Exuma high school students visit New Providence
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 25 November 2013 13:42

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Students and teachers from the L. N. Coakley High School in Exuma are pictured outside Government House, where they made a special visit, Nov. 22, 2013, as part of their field trip to New Providence.

(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)



Resorts World Bimini unveils plans for South Bimini airport expansion
Submitted by Eileen Fielder   
Sunday, 24 November 2013 15:18

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- An Automatic Weather Observation Station, extended runway, hangers for private aircraft, Aerodrome markings and a lighting system for night flights are just a few of the features that will make the new and improved airport in South Bimini one of the best in the region. The airport expansion and upgrade are part of Resorts World Bimini’s (RWB) master plan of development for the island chain.

Developers say once completed, the new airport will be second in the country only to the Lynden Pindling International Airport in terms of modern technology and facilities. A key feature will be an Automatic Weather Observation Station (AWOS) which has already been installed and certified by the Bahamas Meteorological Department. The system provides pilots and other concerned persons with the actual weather on the ground and in the vicinity of the aerodrome, including prevailing wind direction and speed, wind gusts; visibility; and temperature.

RWB executives are confident that the sophisticated new facility will assist in the growth and development of the entire island.

“This new and improved airport will not only open Bimini to larger aircraft, but the availability of hangers for private jets will also attract high end clientele to the islands,” said RWB President Dana Leibovitz. “The expansion is making Bimini that much more welcoming, both in terms of practicality and aesthetically. This can only bode well for the islands tourism product and will help to further improve Bimini’s economy.”

Private islands in Exuma and Abaco make international private island list
Submitted by Sharon Thompson   
Friday, 22 November 2013 16:43

Private Paradise-Beach in Exuma.THE BAHAMAS, November 21, 2013 – The Telegraph, a UK newspaper with a Saturday circulation of 1,714,000  ranked Private Island Paradise in the Exumas, Bahamas listed by George Damianos - number 2 on their top 10 private islands listed for sale ranked amongst an archipelago of islands stretching from Italy to the British Virgin Islands, on a list that celebrates unique topography, first-class accessibility and footprint free beaches, the beautiful 38-acre island in Pipe Creek also received the coveted Property of The Week title. The Telegraph’s property maven Liz Meek describes the private island as,

[Located] half an hour from Nassau, and an hour from Palm Beach, this gorgeous island combines a remote feel with convenience. You could be back in London in less than twelve hours – if you wanted. There is all the turquoise sea and white sand you could want, as well as enough features to keep your extended family and friends amused for weeks. Between them the main and guest cottages sleep 22, and there is also a stone chapel, tennis courts, helipad and dock.

Additionally Damianos Sotheby’s International Real Estate private island listing, Sandy Cay in Abaco, holds the number 4 spot on Liz Meek’s international list of top 10 private islands for sale around the world. Liz Meek notes the amenities included with the purchase of Sandy Cay, an eight-acre island that “comes with its own boat lift, two dock slips and a harbour, with five boats. As well as a diving shop and fitness centre, there are four residences. The main house has six beds with rooms opening on to covered terraces.”  

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