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Friday 1st June 2012 6:00 PM
June 1 & 2 Harbourside Marine Rotary Tuna Classic This fishing tournament is sponsored by Harbourside Marine. Lines must be in at 6am, lines out 7pm. This year weigh stations include Schooner Bay in Abaco, Cape Eleuthera, Spanish Wells and Green Parrot in Nassau. Entry fee is $1,000 per boat. Registration & Captain/Anglers' meetings held at both Green Parrot (PI) and Boat Harbour Marina. Prizes include Yamaha scooters, generator, Shimano and Kristal rods and reels. Proceeds go to Rotary Club of East Nassau's charitable programs. Awards ceremony & raffle held June 9 at Green Parrot East Bay.. T: 376-9858 or 457-2282 Schedule of Events Thursday May 31st, 2012 - Registration & Captain/Anglers’ meeting Held at both Green Parrot (PI) and Boat Harbour Marina-Anglers Bar (MHH-AB) Friday June 1st, Saturday June 2nd, 2012 - Fishing Lines in at 6am. Lines out at 7pm. All caught fish eligible for Bahamas Rotary Tuna Classic awards must be brought to an official weigh station and weighed on the same day as caught. Any fish hooked before “lines out” with fight exceeding “lines out” must communicate with tournament committee or judge. Weighmaster at each weigh station keeps official time. Weigh stations are Schooner Bay, Abaco Spanish Wells, N Eleuthera Nassau, NP Cape Eleuthera, S Eleuthera Hours For Weigh-In: Friday 1st 6pm-8pm Saturday 2nd 6pm-8pm Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo categories only. No billfish Saturday June 9th, 2012 - Awards Ceremony & Raffle Held at Green Parrot, Harbourside. Live band, food, raffle, awards, fun for the whole family. Any winners in top categories who live in Abaco or Eleuthera will be flown to Nassau and overnight at Sheraton hotel. Compliments of Sky Bahamas and Sheraton Nassau Beach. Covers only the actual angler. ClickHERE to fill Entry Form. ClickHERE to view Rules & Regulations.
Investigations are ongoing to determine whether the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) Clifton Pier Plant is the source of last week's oil spill in waters off southwestern New Providence, Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.
However, he noted that there are several other private companies that could very well be contributing to the "extraordinary" amount of fuel that was recently sighted.
In a communication in the House of Assembly, Dorsett reported that the government's response team and environmental consultants yesterday inspected all of the relevant properties, including BEC's Clifton Pier Plant.
He added that once investigations are complete, "... No one is going to be off the hook when it comes to doing what is right. Whether it is BEC or private stakeholders."
While not placing the blame on BEC, Dorsett revealed that BEC's containment booms at the Clifton Pier Plant have not been as effective as they should be.
"The BEC containment booms were not preventing all of the fuel emitted into the marine environment from spreading," he said. "It also appeared that fuel was being discharged from one of the outfalls."
Based on reports, Dorsett said a significant amount of oil washed ashore on Albany's beach and Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas' marina on Saturday.
However, Dorsett said initial reports indicate that Stuart Cove's officials discovered fuel in the canal area of their operation last Wednesday.
When asked by Long Island MP Loretta Butler -Turner what mitigation efforts the government intends to implement with regard to BEC, Dorsett said the government would take action.
"It is clear that those booms that were installed... were not containing all of the oil," he reiterated.
"So one of the things that the team is doing today (Monday) is assessing the possibility of putting in secondary containment booms and they will advise us on other strategies so that we ensure that we mitigate against any spreading of the oil in the environment which exists today.
"I do not want to make the representation in this House until we conduct the science to determine exactly where the oil is emanating from."
Dorsett added: "It's a huge industrial area. A lot of people use fuel and oil in that area. And to use the term of my technical team, the oil is like a cocktail with different mixtures.
"Once it is assessed, you can determine what it is made of. Some of it, more than likely, will be BEC. But I'm not excluding the fact that others may have contributed as well."
Dorsett acknowledged the presence of oil in southwestern New Providence is a long-time issue that has spanned over the last two decades.
"This is a huge problem which impacts our marine life, tourism and our environment," he said.
The government has retained international consultants from Coastal Systems International Inc., which is a U.S. environmental firm.
Dorsett said Coastal arrived in the country yesterday to assist in investigating and confirming the source or sources of the oil spill, assess the impact, address the mitigation of the spill, advise on the preparation of an environmental management plan for the area and make remediation recommendations to the government.
Members of the National Oil Spill Advisory Committee are also looking into the oil spill.
A key Family Island resort is boasting about its 20 per cent increase in revenue for 2013.
The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina continues to show impressive business growth for the year.
"We are pacing to be one of the better performing properties in The Bahamas this year," said General Manager Michael Weber.
"And 2014 is off to a great start with several weekends already sold out."
Closed for two years, the Big Game Club, which was founded as a dinner club in 1936, was re-opened in 2010 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.
Weber and his wife, Diana, who handles sales and marketing, credits "hard work and creative thinking" to positioning and promoting the 51-room, 75-slip marina property located in Alice Town.
"We continue to exhibit at various boat shows and other trade shows to generate more business to the resort. We've also re-established big game tournaments drawing large turnouts, created the world's first dockside bull shark cage experience, increased our group dive bookings drawing European and Canadian visitors and improved our food and beverage offerings adding a Shark Bar, private labeled Big Game Club Ale and introduced holistic menus for those requesting gluten-free and vegetarian meals, as well as meeting other dietary requests," said Diana Weber.
"We've also seen an increase in our marina business thanks to seasonal discount specials and long-term slip rentals."
Also joining the Big Game Club in 2013 is the Bimini- Quebec Watersports operation that offers a variety of watersports including back country kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, bicycle rentals, sailing and bareboat rentals.
"Especially popular with families is our free pool 'Intro to scuba dive' class for all guests with a PADI dive instructor," said Diana Weber.
The Webers continue to plan more events to attract guests in 2014, including a return of the highly popular "Wahoo Smackdown" tournament in February and in April the first ever "NFL Hall of Fame Billfish Invitational."
The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) recently held it's 62nd annual general meeting (AGM), followed by its traditional annual Christmas luncheon on Thursday, December 11 2014, at Atlantis resort.
President of the BHTA Stuart Bowe reviewed the year's achievements and events and spoke of "changes and challenges" forecasted for 2015.
Noteworthy achievements in 2014 were the BHTA's advocacy efforts, primarily focused on ensuring industry stakeholders had a voice in influencing the formation of the value-added tax (VAT) legislation. The BHTA also worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Tourism to create and launch a formative VAT training and readiness program specifically geared to prepare tourism-related businesses for the imminent implementation of VAT. Twelve "training sessions" were held throughout the nation between October and November 2014, reaching almost 500 participants.
The AGM also highlighted the BHTA's numerous, impactful workforce development initiatives and partner programs with the Ministry of Education and The College of The Bahamas' Culinary Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI).
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe participated as the keynote speaker. The minister, in his speech, spoke of the need for service to be one of the key pillars of strength for our tourism product.
During the AGM, the BHTA held its election of officers and directors for the 2015-2016 term. Bowe was re-elected for another term. Also elected were Carlton Russell, vice president of hotel operations, The Cove and Reef, Atlantis; Earle Bethel, general manager of Comfort Suites, who will serve as treasurer, and Robert, "Sandy" Sands of Baha Mar, who will continue as immediate past president.
Hotel operator representatives proposed and ratified to serve on the BHTA's executive committee were Rui Domingues, general manager of the British Colonial Hilton, as vice president (VP) of Nassau and Paradise Island; Magnus Alnebeck, general manager of Pelican Bay, Grand Bahama, as VP for Grand Bahama; Dean Spychalla, managing director of Valentines Resort and Marina, Harbour Island, as VP for Family Islands, and Vernice Walkine, president and CEO of Nassau Airport Development Authority, as VP representing allied members. Nina Maynard of the Corner Hotel, Nassau was appointed as small hotels chairperson and Beverly Saunders, president and managing director of The Learning Connection, was appointed as workforce development chairperson.
Immediately following the meeting was the traditional Christmas luncheon, where 150 tourism industry stakeholders from the public and private sector gathered to enjoy the festivities and to hear the keynote speaker, Perry G Christie, prime minister of The Bahamas. The prime minister spoke of the continued need for public/private sector collaboration to market The Bahamas as a premier destination, and the government's commitment to promote The Bahamas' unique and distinct culture through dynamic events and festivals held throughout the year. The prime minister challenged hoteliers to recognize that the key ingredient to success in the Bahamian tourism industry lies in the people of The Bahamas.
The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association thanks its members, public and private sector partners, sponsors, past officers and directors, committee members, volunteers and team members for their support throughout 2014.
INVESTORS behind the eastern New Providence-based Palm Cay development have hosted a welcome cocktail reception for their new chief executive, Richard Browning, at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel.
His arrival marks the beginning of Palm Cay's next phase in construction development, and a new branding and marketing programme for the waterfront residential development and marina on Eastern Road.
Guests included members of Nassau's business community, and sailor 'King' Eric Gibson shared his knowledge on the many sailing activities and island regattas around the Bahamas.
Mr Browning brings 30 years of development management experience to the post, and has wide experience in ...
Bahamas - "Michael Jackson was always an inspiration to me," said Bahamas' Celebrity Artist, Jamaal Rolle, who has been
featured on ABC and NBC news for his many celebrity drawings.
"One night I saw an entourage of about eight securities guarding some
children. The children appeared to be familiar to me as I had seen their
faces before. I recognized the children to be Michael Jackson's as well
as the gentleman who was with them to be Tito Jackson, son out of a
former music group called 3T," said Rolle who goes on to explain that
during their walk through Marina Village (where his shop is), one of the
Nassau, Bahamas - A new sloop race trophy was commissioned and
introduced to the national Regatta circuit by Palm Cay Marina
Development CEO Richard Browning. Named for Sir Durward Knowles in
honour of his sailing career achievements, it was presented to Sir
Durward's son Randy Knowles at a cocktail reception at the Palm Cay Club
House on the Eastern Road, Nassau. L to R: Danny Strachan-FI Regatta
Commodore, A. 'Real' Storre-sloop owner/skipper, 'King' Eric
Gibson,Randy Knowles, Richard Browning-CEO Palm Cay Marina Development,
Angelique Mackey-Regatta Desk Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture,
James 'Jimmy' Sands, president of
Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company
As has become the "way to win a BBC tournament", Marlin Darlin's three blue marlin, one white marlin and a sailfish earned them the victory in the Treasure Cay Championship of the 2014 Bahamas Billfish Championship (BBC) series. Like the winners of the Guana Cay Championship and Green Turtle Cay Championship, the 3-1-1 combo of releases added up to 2,100 points for the win.
Bob Jacobsen's 62' Spencer from Clearwater, Florida clinched the victory in the third leg of the BBC series. Their win earns them the overall top spot on the leaderboard. The 2012 BBC Champion, Frank Rodriguez, guided Team Fa La Me to a second place finish with three blue marlin releases and a white marlin release. The 70' Viking from Indian Shores, Florida, released a white marlin on day one, two blue marlin on day two, and on day three they released their third blue marlin.
Team Wave Paver, led by team captain Jr. Davis, added their points by releasing a blue marlin each day. Consistency was the key for the Kissimmee, Florida, team as it earned them the third place finish.
All of the Bahamas Billfish Championship teams received a warm welcome from host resort Treasure Cay. The resort rolled out the red carpet with first class hospitality and fabulous food. The Treasure Cay Championship win earned Bob Jacobsen and team Marlin Darlin a Chris Costello hand-carved trophy as well as a gift certificate for a pair of Costa Sunglasses from tournament sponsor Costa and a gift certificate from Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting (ROFFS), longtime BBC sponsors. Captain Ed Wheeler and his crew each received Randy Rich designed crew trophies sponsored by the Lewis Marine Group.
The second place Chris Costello trophy went to Fa La Me led by team Captain Frank Rodriguez. Jr. Davis and Team Wave Paver received the third place Chris Costello trophy. In addition, the second and third place teams also received gift certificates from Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS) and Costa Sunglasses. The Chris Costello trophies are sponsored by Murray Products.
The Treasure Cay Championship, hosted by Treasure Cay Resort & Marina, produced 17 blue marlin, three white marlin and four sailfish. All billfish were released. All catches in Bahamas Billfish Championship tournaments are validated using time and date stamped digital images. Affidavits signed by all participants fishing on each team further confirms that the fish were released in accordance with International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and Bahamas Billfish Championship rules.
The blue marlin are present in Abaco. Every boat fishing the tournament reported bites and seeing large blue marlin on the fishing grounds. This has everyone excited for the final leg of the 2014 championship in Marsh Harbour June 18-22, at Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour Marina.
At present, the lead for the 2014 championship belongs to Team Marlin Darlin with 5,200 points, Wave Paver is second with 3,200 points and Team Torta is third with 2,900 points. Teams Marlin Darlin and Torta are not fishing the last leg. Therefore, the 2014 BBC is wide open. Everyone has a chance for the championship.
Nassau The Bahamas - Prime Minister and
Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie congratulated Albany
Bahamas, on September 3, 2012, for its expansion and the 650 jobs and
millions of dollars in revenue the property's new phase will be
producing in The Bahamas.
"It's one thing talking about a vision. It's quite another thing to
actually see it manifested and then to see the linkages that are being
established to make this a real total, integrated and, obviously, very
co-ordinated development going on here," Prime Minister Christie said
during the groundbreaking ceremony for the first three buildings of the
Marina Residences at Albany...
A tiny shop packed floor to ceiling with accessories, swim and resort wear walked away with top honors and a check for $1,000, in an ongoing monthly contest to identify winning merchants, restaurants, attractions and experiences in the Bahamas Priceless program, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and MasterCard. Now in its fourth year, the joint initiative between the Ministry of Tourism and MasterCard has been voted a genuine people pleaser, providing benefits for existing card holders when they arrive in Nassau and offering everyone using the card - visiting and local - the opportunity to add value to experiences. Some 53 businesses are participating in the program this year, the largest number ever.