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Acklins school children meet the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 07:56

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Students and teachers from Snug Corner Primary and Lovely Bay Primary Schools in Acklins are pictured with Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes during a courtesy call on His Excellency at Government House, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

Resorts World Bimini Career Fair for Biminites to fill dozens of job vacancies
Submitted by Michelle Malcolm   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 17:28

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Biminites are being invited to apply for dozens of job openings now available at Resorts World Bimini (RWB). A Career Fair is being planned for the island on June 4th under the theme “Your career is about to take off at Resorts World Bimini”. The event will be held between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or beyond, depending on the response.

The drive to hire more staff is in preparation for major expansion at the Resort, which includes the openings of The Port at Resorts World Bimini this summer, and a 325-room luxury boutique hotel in late fall. Applicants will be vying for positions in the Hotel Front Office, Housekeeping, Slots, Casino Credit, Food & Beverage Service, Culinary, Marketing, Marina, Transportation and Security departments.

According to RWB President Dana Leibovitz, the career fair is expected to build on RWB’s contribution to the island’s economy, as well as national employment figures.

“Much more than a vacation destination, Resorts World Bimini is also an economic engine for The Bahamas and the islands of Bimini,” said Dana Leibovitz, President of Resorts World Bimini. “Our new hotel, paired with the construction of the cruise ship pier and airport expansion, will create hundreds of new jobs and enhance the island’s standing as a destination among visitors from South Florida and around the world.”

RWB’s employment plans are welcomed news, considering the national unemployment figures now stand at 16.2%, a 2.2% increase over the previous year. Mr. Leibovitz says candidates who are successful in obtaining employment with the Resort will have many opportunities for advancement.

Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina reports record Memorial Day weekend
Submitted by John Bell   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 17:25

Bimini Big Game Club Resort & MarinaBIMINI, The Bahamas — Management at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina,, reported a record breaking Memorial Day Weekend with just over $100,000 in sales, including rooms, food and beverage dockage.

“We maximized every profit source at the resort,” said Michael Weber, general manager.

Overall, according to Weber, the 51-room resort is up 23% year to date through the low season, with a strong upcoming summer where several weekends are already fully booked. Weber said the resort’s family business continues to build and that the restaurant and bar business remains strong.

Closed for two years, the Big Game Club, which was founded as a dinner club in 1936, was re-opened in 2010 by the Southern California-based Hankey Group of Companies, following completion of a $3.5 million renovation that included all guest rooms, the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill, Hemingway Rum Bar and Social Lounge, Gulfstream Conference Center and the Outfitter Shop.

Though Bimini is still primarily a destination for fishing and diving, Weber and his wife, Diana, marketing director, have worked diligently to add family fun and activities, with the addition of watersports, including backcountry kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, bicycle rentals and even yoga lessons.

STB praised for role in ‘David versus Goliath’ fight to save Bimini’s reefs
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 07:50

BIMINI, The Bahamas -- Anxiously awaiting the outcome of a Supreme Court hearing last night, concerned citizens who oppose the controversial cruise ship terminal project in Bimini issued a heartfelt statement of thanks to advocacy group Save The Bays (STB) for its crucial help and support.

Bimini Blue Coalition said there is no way it could have challenged an international conglomerate like Malaysia-based Genting for so long without the invaluable backing and advice of the fast-growing fellow NGO.

“We are a small organization and could not have fought this fight on our own,” said BBC in a statement. “This is truly a David versus Goliath fight and wanted to take this opportunity to thank the thousands around The Bahamas and the world who have given us support, and in particular Save The Bays, which threw its considerable influence, expertise and bravery behind out effort since day one.”

Since its launch just over a year ago, STB has catapulted into the role of champion of environmental causes and fledgling advocacy groups around the country.

It has enjoyed unprecedented growth for an NGO, attracting more than 500 registered members, 14,300 followers on Facebook and 6,000 signatures on its petition calling for a Freedom of Information Act, Environmental Protection Act and an end to unregulated development in The Bahamas.

Privy Council Bimini ruling on video
Submitted by DP&A   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 15:53

In the video from the Save The Bays YouTube channel Lord Neuberger tells lawyers for Resorts World Bimini and the Bahamas government that the appropriate permits were not in place to allow a controversial dredging operation off the coast of North Bimini.

The developers want to construct a 1,000 foot pier and terminal to accommodate their massive, cruise ship-size ferry, but concerned citizens say the project will destroy some of the most pristine and ecologically important reef systems in the country, which many Biminites rely on for their livelihood.

Click HERE to view.

The Privy Council brought the dredging to a halt, ruling that if they wish to continue, the developers must show how a permit they got "over night" and which they produced at the last minute was properly issued and took into account all the relevant considerations.

Governor General visits North Andros
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 26 May 2014 08:19

ANDROS, The Bahamas -- Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes made an official visit to North Andros May 9, 2014, where they attended a Special Assembly at the Bertram A. Newton Primary School in Red Bays. Dr. Perry Gomez, Minister of Health and MP for the constituency brought remarks. (BIS Photos/Ulric Woodside)

Cat Island parents sing praises of National Arts Festival
Written by BIS   
Monday, 26 May 2014 08:09

DUMFRIES, Cat Island, The Bahamas – As the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival continues its adjudications throughout the islands of The Bahamas, Cat Island residents applaud the Festival and sing high praises for their children that took part in the adjudications there, on May19, 2014.    

Rezel Rolle, of Dumfries, said she enjoyed seeing her daughter Brenea, a second-grade student at Dumfries Primary School, perform that day.  “I was excited, she was excited, it was a joy,” she said enthusiastically. “You can tell by the smile on her face that she enjoyed herself.”  

Bimini dredging halted by Privy Council
Submitted by DP&A   
Friday, 23 May 2014 16:53

Concerned citizens say the cloud of silt seen trailing away from the mammoth dredger ‘Niccolo Machiavelli’ will settle on Bimini’s pristine coral reefs and suffocate the island’s rich marine ecosystem. The Privy Council in London has granted an injunction to halt the dredging until the developers show they have satisfied all the conditions for a permit stipulated by law.BIMINI, The Bahamas -- The controversial dredging operation in Bimini, which concerned citizens say is threatening some of the most pristine and ecologically significant reefs in the region, has been brought to a halt with the granting of an injunction by the Privy Council in London.

The order to stop all dredging activities, which went into effect immediately, will stay in place until the developers, Resorts World Bimini (RWB), can demonstrate they have satisfied all the conditions for a the granting of a permit under the Conservation and Protection of the Physical Landscape of the Bahamas Act (CPPLB).

Declaring a major victory for advocacy group Bimini Blue Coalition (BBC), their lawyer Fred Smith, QC, said: “This is a significant step in the effort to save the vital natural resources of Bimini and defend the integrity of the rule of law in The Bahamas. Hopefully, political leaders will come to realize that they do not have the right to bypass the safeguards and protections built into our laws when granting approvals to developers. We are very happy with the court’s decision, and will continue to hold the government’s feet to the fire in an effort to protect the interests of Bimini’s unique community and precious environment.”

Since the start of dredging last month, a number of environmental scientists and dive experts have said the cloud of silt seen trailing away from the mammoth dredger ‘Niccolo Machiavelli’ will settle on Bimini’s pristine coral reefs and suffocate the island’s rich underwater ecosystem, a cruicial nursery for some of the country’s most important fisheries and marine resources.

The developer has said its management plan will prevent environmental fallout, but BBC produced images purporting to show that the silt curtains erected to contain the sediment produced by the dredging have failed.

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