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Biminite earns ‘Captain’ at United Airlines
Submitted by BIS   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 08:13

DAVIE, Florida – Wilmore Jerome Stuart a product of Bailey Town, Bimini, is making a name for himself in the airline industry and likewise making all Bahamians proud of his accomplishment.  The fifty-two year old Biminite who resides in Davie, Florida was on Monday morning en route to United Airlines Headquarters for the first phase of obtaining his Captain’s upgrade.

The son of Veronica Pritchard, also a Bimini native and a resident of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Mr. Stuart says he is living a dream.

“As a little boy growing up on the island of Bimini, I would look to the skies as the Chalk’s plane flew over the Catholic school to land in the water, and dreamt of being able to fly airplanes someday.

“I knew then that to accomplish this dream I would have to leave the island for the United States.  Times were not always good because of the financial requirement to fly airplanes.  But perseverance paid off, as I was able to complete my flight training,” he said.

At age fifty-two, Mr. Stuart now has a wealth of experience in the industry, having flown for Bimini Island Air, Bahamasair, Trinity Air Bahamas, Sun Jet and currently United Airlines where he has been employed for the past 18 years.

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Historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina scheduled for a $4.4 million renovation
Submitted by John Bell   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 07:04

ALICE TOWN, Bimini -- Southern California-based Hankey Group of Companies, today announced plans for a $4.4 million renovation of the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina.

The renovation program is now underway and entails a new pool and pool furniture, updating for the 75-slip marina (primarily docks A, B and C), rebuild for the resort’s 60-foot glass-bottom dive boat and several other capital improvements to the property, including landscaping , painting, and new windows and sliding glass doors.

The 51-room Big Game Club, which was purchased and re-opened by the Hankey Group of Companies in 2010, is a popular, internationally-regarded resort less than 50 miles from South Florida.  The property is known for world-class diving and snorkeling, fishing and as a family-friendly destination with many on-the-water activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding, boating and sailing.

In 2010, the resort underwent a $3.5 million renovation that included all guest rooms, the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill, Hemingway Rum Bar & Social Lounge and the Outfitter Shop.

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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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