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The Paint Place brings stroke of colour to Bahamas National Feeding Network
Submitted by DP&A   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 07:45

Christine King, General Manager at The Paint Place presents Philip Smith, Executive Director Bahamas National Feeding Network with a donation. (Photo by Cay Focus Photography.) NASSAU, Bahamas -- For decades, The Paint Place has filled businesses, homes and lives of many Bahamians with bright hues and bold pigments. Recently they’ve added colour to the lives of many accustomed to seeing gray and gloom. These persons, among thousands in the community, on a daily basis are filled with hunger and battle with the thought of where their next meal will come from. Through a donation to the Bahamas National Feeding Network, The Paint Place has joined corporate Bahamas in championing this fight.

“We at The Paint Place have always been kindhearted towards the children and the underprivileged,” said Christine King general Manager The Paint Place. “We’ve seen the commitment of the Bahamas National Feeding Network over the short period they’ve been in operation and are very pleased to assist them feed the hungry, something many of us will never have to face.”

“The partnership with The Paint Place is dear to us at the Network,” shared Philip Smith, executive director of the Bahamas National Feeding Network. “They truly exemplify what a socially responsible company is. It is a continuous challenge funding the various feeding programs and we are forever grateful to the individuals and organizations who understand the plight of the persons we share with on a daily basis. If it were not for the generousity of those who dig deep in their coffers, we may be unable to meet a very basic physiological need of thousands.”

“It really does our heart good and we find it so fulfilling to help those who need it the most,” King said.

Historic apprenticeship contract signing ceremony at COB’s Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
Submitted by Office of Communication   
Thursday, 10 March 2016 07:24

Chef Addiemae Farrington, Apprentice Coordinator CHMI, Mr. Clarence Albury, Director of Training & Development, Lyford Cay Club, Katiusia Johnson, Student Apprentice, COB, Dr. Sophia Rolle, Interim Executive Director, CHMI and Chef Pascal Hollander, Director of Cuisine & Operations, Lyford Cay Club.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Students from The College of The Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) will not only be taught the ins and outs of the food and beverage industry at The College, but will also receive on-the-job training through the Apprenticeship Programme. First year students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Arts Degree Programme in Culinary Arts at CHMI participated in an Apprenticeship Contract Signing Ceremony held last week at Choices Restaurant on the Oakes Field campus.

“What is so significant about this signing,” emphasized Dr. Sophia Rolle, Executive Director for the Institute, “is that we have not had such a signing ceremony in over fifteen years.”

Historically, students entering the Culinary Arts Degree Programme must compete in various areas for one year after entering the programme before they are invited to participate in the interview process with potential hotel placement. A well-organized and technically crafted interview process is held and executive chefs from the leading hotels are invited to interview the students. These freshman students are generally very well prepared by Chef Instructors at The College.

Apprenticeship Coordinator and Fellow of the American Culinary Chef Addiemae Farrington mentors the students along with other certified and credentialed instructors including Chef Mario Adderley, Davian Maycock, Sterling Thompson, Christina Moseley Rolle and the famous pastry chef, Eldred Saunders of Chef Ellie’s Duff.

This year, a number of our students have successfully signed up with hotel/club properties that have longstanding relationships with The College.

Women’s Bureau and Chamber of Commerce host small business seminar for Bahamian women
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 07:24

Participants in Empowering Women in Small Business Seminar, March 8, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, Boyd Road. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)NASSAU, The Bahamas – Officials of the Women’s Bureau of the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development Tuesday partnered with those from The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation to host a half-day small business seminar designed to empower Bahamian women already operating small businesses or those interested in starting their own micro businesses.

The seminar, held at St. Joseph’s Church Hall, allows the Government of The Bahamas, through the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the Women’s Bureau, to meet two key pillars of Goal Five of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, 2030, which calls for the achievement of gender equity and the empowerment of all women and girls, by providing equal rights for women to economic resources and ensuring women’s full and effective participation in and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making and public life.

The third pillar of Goal Five, which was approved in September 2015 by Heads of State, calls for the elimination of violence against women, among others.

Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie Sharon Griffin said the seminar and the focus on empowering women will assist the Government of The Bahamas – through her Ministry and the Women’s Bureau – in further addressing two key issues involving women – one, creating parity at all levels of decision-making and public life, and secondly, addressing the issue that a significant number of women have now become the heads of households in The Bahamas and therefore are becoming increasingly responsible for generating income for those households.

Cable Bahamas supports local youth literacy programme
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 07:58

NASSAU, Bahamas -- T. G. Glover Primary School students are singing their way to improved reading proficiency thanks to Mission: Educate Bahamas, which recently partnered with Cable Bahamas (CBL) and Kelly's Home Centre to give the school a new computer lab, equipped with the melodic learning programme Tunein to Reading (TiR).

The organisations teamed up in January to make the generous donation, which will benefit hundreds of students in grades three through six. For its part, Kelly's contributed 40 brand new laptops to the resource centre. CBL stepped in to provide the site with dedicated REV broadband Internet modems.

Deployment Director for Mission: Educate Bahamas Alexis Tsavoussis said the organisation is committed to eradicating childhood illiteracy in the country through the TiR programme, and the support it has received from corporations like CBL has been critical to its goal.

"We are so appreciative of everything Cable Bahamas has done for us," Ms Tsavoussis said. "They have been so generous in dedicating modems to our programme. Tunein to Reading is computer-based and requires a steady stream of Internet in order for it to work effectively and keep students interested. So this sponsorship is vital to our success."

To date, Mission: Educate Bahamas has implemented TiR in 22 government primary schools in New Providence. The innovative programme uses music to improve reading, pronunciation and comprehension skills. Students enter the programme at their designated grade level and sing along to songs that are specially written to test reading difficulty and vocabulary. TiR also includes quizzes that measure comprehension and progress over the course of the programme.

NAD celebrates International Women's Day
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 07:53

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is proud to observe International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, in celebration of the achievements of women at Lynden Pindling International Airport.

Photo left to right: Tenniel Newton, Manager of Business Analysis; Paula Rigby, Director of Finance; Dionne Comery, Financial Controller; Ayla Isaacs, Manager of Airfield Maintenance & Environmental Affairs; Jan Knowles, Vice President of Marketing & Communication; Vandetta Moorshead, Manager of Customer Experience; Vernice Walkine, President & CEO; Deborah Coleby, Vice President of Operations; Deborah Johnson, Manager of Human Resources; Sian Bevans, Director of Human Resources; Nicole Henfield, Manager of Parking & Ground Transportation and Tashena Adams, Manager of Operations.

HRH Prince Edward visits St. Augustine's College
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 05 March 2016 08:19

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, at the beginning of his tour of various schools during his visit to The Bahamas, speaks with participants of the Governor General Youth Awards Programme at Saint Augustine's College on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)

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AKA Eta Psi Omega Chapter hosting 38th annual Honour’s Day programme March 18-20
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Saturday, 05 March 2016 08:00

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On March 18-20, 2016; FOURTY-FIVE of the best and brightest graduating female students from throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will convene in New Providence for the 38th Annual Honour’s Day Programme weekend of activities culminating with an awards Ceremony at Government House.

The Honour’s Day Programme remains an integral part of Eta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. This year is especially significant to the organization as the international organization is celebrating one hundred and eight (108) years of service to mankind and the Honours Day Programme is celebrating thirty eight (38) years of positive influence in The Bahamas.

Over the last 38 years, the chapter has awarded almost $100,000 in scholarships to the most outstanding female high school students in the Bahamas.

During the Honour’s Day weekend, the students will have the opportunity to:

  • Vie for the scholarship award and additional awards and incentives

  • Participate in community service

  • Represent their respective schools

  • Meet past awardees

  • Receive career and college mentorship

The Honours Day programme was introduced in 1978 under the presidency of Ms. Mellany Zonicle. The idea was conceived by Mrs. Thelma McMillian a member of the sorority who had experience with a similar programme in the United States. Initially the chapter invited the top three female graduating seniors from high schools in New Providence to participate in an essay competition and the winner received a cash prize.

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