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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
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    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year



Engineers get exclusive tour of Grand Bahama Shipyard
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Engineers Get Exclusive Tour of Grand Bahama Shipyard - Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) recently showed their support of Grand Bahama’s engineering community by hosting a tour of the yard during the Third Annual Bahamas Society of Engineers Northern Branch meeting and workshop.  The shipyard organized a bus tour of their facilities for the delegates, including BSE board members, general members and the AutoCAD class from Jack Hayward High School who were recently adopted by the BSE Northern Branch. Pictured are the engineers and students during the tour. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) recently showed their support of Grand Bahama’s engineering community by hosting a tour of the yard during the Northern Branch of the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) 3rd Annual Meeting & Workshop.

The shipyard organized a bus tour of their facilities for the delegates, including the BSE board members, general members and the AutoCAD class from Jack Hayward High School who were recently adopted by the BSE Northern Branch.

“Grand Bahama Shipyard is dedicated to fostering the engineering profession throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, especially within the youth sector of our communities here on Grand Bahama island,” said Ed Pavey, Director of Technical, Planning and IT at GBS and new BSE Vice President 2014-2016.  “I personally am very excited, pleased, and proud to serve on the board of the Bahamas Society of Engineers – Northern Branch for the next two year term.”  

The tour lasted about an hour and showed all of the shops, docks, and piers at the Grand Bahama facility, recently visited by the Prime Minister.  Along with hosting the tour of the yard, GB Shipyard directors and engineers were on hand throughout the conference for various tours of industrial companies and for the annual popsicle bridge competition.  

The Shipyard is a proud supporter of the Bahamas Society of Engineers and offers their congratulations to the team who have joined this organization.

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LCIS attracts international educator as Development Director
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NASSAU, Bahamas -- As Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) commences its second five-year strategic plan and prepares for the expansion of the Secondary School, the school has recognized the need to strengthen their development efforts. With this primary goal in mind, LCIS is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Joanna Paul as the school’s new Development Director.

Dr. Paul began her career as an educator in Los Angeles, California where she was embedded in the educational community as a teacher, a high school principal, and a district administrator for twelve years. Her desire for less city and traffic and more community and nature transported her to the island of Eleuthera where she headed the Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS). Dr. Paul worked as a school leader at DCMS and The Island School for seven years. In her most recent role as Director of Education and Advancement, she was part of the team that completed a $15 million dollar comprehensive campaign ahead of schedule for The Island School. Her leadership allowed DCMS to exceed its fundraising goals for four consecutive years. She has developed a deep bond with The Bahamas and a belief that this is one of the best countries in the world to live and work in.

In Eleuthera, as both a new mother and leader of a young institution, she was prompted to investigate the best educational opportunities in The Bahamas. Those queries led her to LCIS. “I’ve always searched for progressive schools that focussed on critical thinking, connectivity, creativity, and community building,” she explained. Dr. Paul did her doctorate research on international schools that best prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. “I was attracted to LCIS because of the school’s focus on larger global issues and the skills that these children will need to be leaders in the complex future. I can't think of a school in the region that is making a bigger impact,” she added. “The world should be paying attention to what is going on at LCIS!”

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Palm Cay's second annual Family Fishing Fun Day nets big smiles
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Look ma, dinner for one—Matthew Reid, 8, holds his prized blue runner, possibly thinking a fish in the hand is better than two in the water. Young Matthew was among about 25 competitors of all ages who took part in Sunday’s Palm Cay 2nd Annual Family Fun Fishing Day vying for honours in biggest fish, prettiest fish and ugliest. The light-hearted tourney followed by a hefty fish and conch feast at Billfish Grill was all part of the marina and beach club development’s commitment to create a sense of community. NASSAU, Bahamas -- Matthew Reid reeled in his catch grinning from ear-to-ear and, like any fisherman, knew luck was now on his side.  He had landed a jack, a little blue runner.  It weighed in at under a half pound. That was just enough.

“At least, we didn’t get skunked,” proclaimed the 8-and a half-year-old, mimicking his parents’ phrase that means whatever the expense of having a boat and the cost of fuel, the fish are not laughing at you -- you’ve got something to show for a day of being out there on the water, doing your best to get dinner from anywhere besides the store or ramp.         

Matthew was one of some 25 kids and parents who took part in the 2nd annual Palm Cay Fun Fishing Day Sunday, September 21.  Like Matthew’s catch, the fish may not have set any world records, but the smiles and the seafood feast were huge enough to last a very long time.

“We think of it as the world’s smallest fishing tourney with the biggest prize – a day with the family topped by a seafood feast,” said Zack Bonczek, Palm Cay Sales & Marketing Director.

For Bonczek and the developers of the fast-growing oceanfront neighborhood, the tourney is part of an agenda of creating family-oriented activities and building a sense of community.

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First event in 242 Colour Run series 2014 brightens a sunny Sunday in Nassau

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The 242 Colour Run in Nassau took place on a beautiful Bahamian Sunday morning, September 28th.  The second instance of the event saw 449 people registered, up from last year's attendance of 330.  

The revised course left Eastern Parade and headed east, rounding Montagu foreshore and heading back to finish at Green Parrot Nassau, a total distance of 5km.  The course also had a 6.1km Challenge option, where runners and walkers could head over the bridge and back before completing the race.

The 242 Colour Run is different from the average walk or run, as teams and individuals are encouraged to get as funky and colourful as they possibly can.  Individuals and teams consisting of friends, families, co-workers, athletic groups, and specialty groups dressed in funky clothing, tutus, wigs, and even a batman costume!

Participants were able to register online and at The Sports Center, and pick up their bags at The Sports Center on the Friday and Saturday before the race.  Each bag contained a 242 Colour Run shirt, race bib, bumper sticker, sunglasses, 242 and Rotary tattoos, and samples such as Go-Ahead biscuits and Pinalen multicleaners.  Each person also got a small bag of powdered colour, which was used primarily for one of the morning's highlights, the colour toss.

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Water and Sewerage supporting young engineers
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Pictured (left to right) are Trevor Ferguson, Technical Cadet Director, Ministry of Education, Ingrid Strachan-Farrington, Training Manager,WSC, Jania Darville, Mother of scholarship recipient Joshua Darville, and Cheri Hanna, Assistant General Manager/Human Resources & Training, WSC. (Photo courtesy of Keen i Media for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is helping to make the dreams of a young Bahamian engineer come true by awarding him a scholarship valued at over sixteen thousand dollars to continue his studies in the US.

Joshua Darville was the recipient of this year’s technical cadet scholarship and is currently studying engineering at Fisk University in Tennessee.  The budding engineer was chosen as the recipient due to receiving top grades throughout high school and excelling during his time in the technical cadet corps programme.  Darville joined the programme during tenth grade while attending St. Augustine’s College and continued with the programme until he graduated high school.

Speaking on behalf of her son, Jania Darville, said “I am humbled and even honoured to receive yet another blessing from The Lord on Joshua’s behalf from the Water and Sewerage Corporation for his top performance in the Technical Cadet Corps with his focus on the engineering subjects.”

The technical cadet programme prepares high school students for futures in technical and engineering fields, and Darville is just one of the hundreds of students impacted by this programme each year.  “The Water and Sewerage Corporation recognizes that for the country to grow technically it must invest its resources in this programme and students with the acquisition of basic engineering and practical technical skills,” said Ingrid Strachan-Farrington, Training  Manager at WSC.

WSC has partnered with the government and the cadet programme for twenty-four years to help prepare students for future careers in technical and engineering areas.  Both WSC and the government believe that ‘partnership through technical and vocational education establishes the future growth and development of the Bahamas’ and this scholarship is just one way of accomplishing that.

Pictured (left to right) are Trevor Ferguson, Technical Cadet Director, Ministry of Education, Ingrid Strachan-Farrington, Training Manager,WSC, Jania Darville, Mother of scholarship recipient Joshua Darville, and Cheri Hanna, Assistant General Manager/Human Resources & Training, WSC. (Photo courtesy of Keen i Media for Barefoot Marketing)

 
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