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New U.S. Chargé d’Affaires makes first official visit to Grand Bahama
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --- On August 27-28, U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson, accompanied by U.S. Embassy representatives, visited Grand Bahama Island for an extensive two-day visit that included a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville as well as meetings with the U.S. Embassy’s key partners and stakeholders in the business, trade and industrial sectors.

 

Mr. Melvin Seymour, Permanent Secretary, U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson and The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama.

During the courtesy call on Minister Darville, Charge Johnson and the Minister engaged in a productive dialogue on areas of mutual interest including the safety and security of American and Bahamian citizens and economic development.  She expressed her delight in the opportunity to learn more about the great city of Freeport with its long history of American presence, adding that she looks forward to many more visits to the island.

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Grand Bahama Shipyard proud to support National Training Programme
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Shipyard Proud to support National Training Programme - After ten weeks of intense, on the job traning, twelve young men completed a summer Training Programme organized by the National Training Agency (NTA) at the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBSY). Accepting the challenge by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Right Honourable Perry Christie, the GB shipyard was happy to assist the NTA in its training efforts. Pictured are the participants in the programme along with management at Grand Bahama Shipyard. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --- After ten weeks of intense on the job training, twelve young men were exposed to work at the Grand Bahama Shipyard through a joint program between the Shipyard and the National Training Agency (NTA).  

Accepting the challenge by the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Right Honourable Perry Christie, the GB Shipyard participated in this programme to expose more young Bahamians to the ship repair industry. “We worked these young men very hard,” said Don Forbes Training Manager GBSL. “It was an intense few weeks and we hope they have gained much needed real hands on experience with some of our best tradesman in the yard.”

The National Job Readiness & Training Initiative has three major components: job readiness, job training and general job placement, all seeking to prepare young Bahamians for entrance into the labour market and to enhance their work skills. Speaking on behalf of the programme Norma Pyfrom, Grand Bahama NTA Office Manager, thanked the yard for their support of the programme and commended the young men for working hard and diligently to finish the programme.

Attending the presentation of certificates to mark the end of the training, Carl Rotkirch, CEO of Grand Bahama Shipyard said, “We were honoured to help the National Training Agency in its training efforts.” He noted, “We are cognizant of the fact that the world is coping with unemployment needs but by helping young persons learn valuable skills we can assist in exposing them to our business of ship repair and hopefully they will see the benefits of a career at the yard.

In addition to this training programme, the yard currently runs an apprenticeship programme where twelve new Bahamian high school graduates are recruited each year.  This year’s apprentices will be announced in early September with the fourth year apprentices graduating on September 19th.

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Ronnie Butler honoured in statue unveiling ceremony
Written by BIS   

Ronnie Butler, seated -- surrounded by family and friends.  Pictured at right are Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and Mrs. Bernadette Christie; at left is the artist and creator of Mr. Butler’s statue; second left, Charles Carter, and Craig Flowers at centre. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, delivered remarks during a ceremony for the unveiling of a statue honouring Bahamian Entertainment icon, Mr. Ronnie Butler. The event was held on the grounds of Craig Flowers Corporate Headquarters on West Bay Street, August 28, 2014.  

Mr. Butler is a Bahamian calypso and rake 'n scrape entertainer and singer, whose career spanned more than 50 years. His career as an entertainer began at the age of 16, and he is commonly referred to as 'The Godfather of Bahamian Music.'

He has performed in memorable local night spots including: Ronnie's Rebel Room, the Trade Winds Lounge, Big Bamboo and the Nassau Beach Hotel in addition to venues throughout the Caribbean, Europe and North America.  

Among his most popular hits songs are "Burma Road,” “Pretty Brown Eyes,” and most recently his single “Married Man,” which was featured in Tyler Perry's, Why Did I get Married Too? which was filmed in The Bahamas in 2010.

Mr. Butler’s many contributions and achievements were recognized in 2003 when he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire  

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Countdown is on for Bahamas Carnival
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The countdown has officially begun for the Bahamas Carnival, which officials say will draw thousands of visitors to The Bahamas.  

Recently, Prime Minister Perry Christie officially launched Bahamas Carnival: In the spirit of Junkanoo – an exciting four-day event that will rival 200 other carnivals around the world.  

“Even though there seems to be a disenchantment with carnivals around the world, this is going to be a magnificent event,” Prime Minister Christie said.  

“We are going to have a major impact on culture. I want Junkanoo to be predominant in this but I want this Carnival to be known around the world as a Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.”  

During the events, which will be held May 7-9,2015, all roads will lead to Nassau where visitors will be able to immerse themselves in concerts, cultural shows and street parades that will showcase the Bahamian cultural festival Junkanoo, native rake and scape music as well as art and craft, cuisine, music and dance.  

The events include Junkanoo Mania, Music Masters, Midnight Rush and Road Fever.  

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U.S. Embassy closure in observance of U.S. Labor Day holiday
Submitted by the US Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The U.S Embassy in Nassau will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of the United States' Labor Day holiday.  

The Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, September 2 at 8:00 a.m.

For visa information please visit the Embassy's website: http://nassau.usembassy.gov.

 


 
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