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Guidance counselors participate in workshop for National Career Awareness Month
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 03 October 2014 09:59

Guidance Counselors listen attentively at the Guidance Counselors Workshop for National Career Awareness Month held at the Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute. (Photo credit: Aletha Cooper/Communications Department, The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Guidance Counseling Unit of the Special Services Section of the Department of Education in conjunction with industry partners hosted a workshop for Guidance Counselors at the Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute, October 1.  

The workshop, one of several activities planned for National Career Awareness Month, brought together Guidance Counselors from public and private institutions throughout New Providence and the Family Islands.  

Participants in the opening ceremony included: Dr. Sophia Rolle, Executive Director (Acting) at The College of The Bahamas (COB); Dr. Eslyn Jones, Vice President, Student Affairs at COB; and Keyshan Bastian, Assistant Director, Career and Technical Education in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.  

In welcome remarks, Dr. Jones encouraged the participants to use the information garnered from the presentations to impact their schools. “Go back and continue to put passion in our young people,” she said. Encourage them to create jobs so we will not be dependent on others to create jobs.”  

Ian Ferguson, Director of Training and Education, the Ministry of Tourism led a discussion on “Workplace Standards”, Simone Bowe, Transformation and Transition Strategist of Horizons Development Group presented on the topic “Embracing Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in the Workplace”, Phyllis Woodside, Guidance Counselor at Doris Johnson Sr. High School addressed the topic “Model Excellence” and Travis Robinson, a student at COB, spoke on “My Guidance Counselor’s Influence on my Life”.  

125 students inducted into Technical Cadet Corps programme
Submitted by Nerissa Hamilton   
Friday, 03 October 2014 09:55

The 2014 Technical Cadet Corps Programme inductees pledged to complete the three-year programme and assist one another during the Induction Ceremony. (Photo by Edgar Arnette)NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas will gain additional engineers, electricians, architects and computer programmers in the near future, as one hundred twenty-five students were inducted into the Technical Cadet Corps Programme (TCCP) on Monday, 25th August, 2014. The seventy-three males and fifty-two females from various public and private schools pledged to do their best to complete the programme and assist their fellow cadets when necessary. Representatives from sponsoring corporations Bahamas Electricity Corporation, the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Bahamas Telecommunications Company and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas attended the induction service.

Undersecretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Angela Pratt-Rolle gave the keynote address on behalf of the Minister, the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald. Undersecretary Pratt-Rolle commended the corporations for their support of TCCP for more than two decades. She encouraged the new cadets to remain focused and work towards the goal of completing the programme. She noted that the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald was concerned that the statistics reflected that out of the approximately 120 students taken into the programme in Year One, less than ninety make it to Year Three.

“This matter has to be addressed, and wherever possible, intervention provided for students who are serious about completing the programme”, said Mrs. Pratt-Rolle. The Undersecretary urged parents to support their children throughout the three years so as to will increase their chances of graduating in 2017.

Photo: The 2014 Technical Cadet Corps Programme inductees pledged to complete the three-year programme and assist one another during the Induction Ceremony. (Photo by Edgar Arnette)

Taste Our Bahamas to become signature event
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Friday, 03 October 2014 09:47

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The much-anticipated Taste Our Bahamas Festival is set to become a signature event that draw thousands of food lovers to The Bahamas during the traditionally slow period.

Culinary Manager DeAnne Gibson likened the event to that of the South Beach food festival in Miami, Florida.

“This event is the first of many to come,” she said. “We are really excited that the Culinary Tourism market is really growing in The Bahamas. This year is the sampler and the building block to everything next year. It is going to be bigger and better and there will be more components to Culinary Month.”

Taste Our Bahamas is the cornerstone of Culinary Month.

The festival, which will be held on October 4th and 11th, will center around a competition between the 16 islands to determine which island has the best tasting food in the nation.

Data protection seminar coming October 9
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 03 October 2014 09:01

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, along with the Department of Information Technology and the Cyber Crime Unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, wishes to announce its second National Training Symposium, under the theme “Presenting the 7th Data Protection Principle - Personal Data Security Offline and Online.” The symposium will be held on the 9th October, 2014 at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, from 9:00a.m. to 3:00pm.

The symposium is scheduled to be officially opened by the Rt. Honourable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and will close with a recognition luncheon for industry experts and participants. This year’s honorees are: Mr. Leon Williams, CEO, BTC; Mr. Felix Stubbs, General Manager, IBM; Ms. June Collie, Director of Department of Information Technology; Dr. Raymond Wells, Deputy Director of IT, NIB; Detective Sargeant Dale Strachan, Hi-Tech Crime at the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

This national training symposium underscores the Data Protection Commissioner’s Office mandate to provide public training. Symposium Speakers include: Mrs. Rowena Bethel, Director of National Insurance, Mr. Leon Williams, CEO, BTC, Mrs. Sharmie Farrington Austin, Data Protection Commissioner, Mrs. June Collie, Director of Department of Information Technology, Mr. Mark Barret, Head of Cyber Crime, Department of Information Technology, Mr. Richard Douglas, Secure Hosting, Ms. Stacia Williams, Vice President Human Resources, Fidelty Bank and Trust, Mr. Christian Sawyer, Managing Director, Sunryse Shredding Services and former Data Protection Commissioner , George Rodgers. Other industry stakeholders and vendors will be on hand to display their products and services.

For more information, the public is invited to contact the Office of Data Protection Commissioner, 1st floor, Cecil Wallace Whitfield Building, West Bay Street, telephone (242)-702-1552 or email the office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Garvin Tynes Primary School opens computer lab after generous corporate donations
Submitted by Georgette Turnquest   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:15

ictured with Garvin Tynes Primary School Students (L - R are): Mr. Julian V. Anderson; Superintendent – Southwestern District, Christopher Tsavoussis; President – Wendy’s Bahamas & Founder of Mission Educate Bahamas New Providence., Carolyn Mitchell; Principal – Garvin Tynes Primary School., The Honorable Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology., Jennifer Basden; Marketing Manager – Caribbean Bottling Co. Ltd. (Coca-Cola Bahamas)., Dorothy Newbold; Computer Technician, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. (Photo by Edgar Arnette)NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, The Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald, was present to officially open the new computer laboratory at Garvin Tynes Primary School. Also present were a small panel of education officials and corporate donors from the Caribbean Bottling Company and Aetos Holdings Ltd. (Wendy’s/Marco’s Pizza franchise). The newly refurbished computer laboratory will benefit the 1, 177 students of Garvin Tynes Primary School.

Jennifer Basden, speaking on behalf of The Caribbean Bottling Company, emphasized that the company’s donation and establishment of the school’s new computer laboratory met “the commitment of Caribbean Bottling Co., the bottler of Coca-Cola products, in promoting the use of modern information and communication technologies in schools throughout New Providence, Freeport and the Family Islands.”

According to Basden, “creating hope and meaningful prospects for young people is a crucial concern of [the company] and we are delighted to continue our support for education across The Bahamas.” Basden further stated that the company plans to further its support by seeking to assist two additional schools with computer laboratories over the next two year, even extending the company’s reach to a family island school.

Christopher Tsavoussis, representing Mission Educate Bahamas and the Tune Into Reading Program applauded the Caribbean Bottling Company and stated that the donation will succeed in “empower[ing] our country’s youth.”  He further stated that the timely donation “will also open the door for every struggling reader at Garvin Tynes Primary, to experience the dynamic results of Tune Into Reading, the     revolutionary, music-based, literacy program.”

Mr. Tsavoussis emphasized that the program had the ability to produce “impressive reading gains of 1.5 years, after only 9-12 weeks of exposure.” He stated that he looked forward to the same success stories that have been experienced at schools like Columbus Primary, and Thelma Gibson Primary to now echo within the halls” of Garvin Tynes Primary school.

Uriah McPhee Primary School group among callers at Government House
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:58

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Uriah McPhee Primary School, grade 5 and grade 6 students along with their teachers paid a courtesy call on the Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, foreground, centre left, on September 29, 2014 at Government House.  (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)

International Coastal Cleanup makes big impact in Nassau as more than 350 volunteers remove 4 tons of trash
Submitted by Kelly Meister   
Thursday, 02 October 2014 07:18
Teamwork! Students from many school worked together to clear trash from South Beach during International Coastal Cleanup.NASSAU, Bahamas – More than 350 volunteers from all walks of life turned out to participate in the 29th Anniversary of International Coastal Cleanup in New Providence. To date, this global initiative has helped remove over 153 million pounds of marine litter from more than 312,000 miles of coastlines and waterways since it began 29 years ago.

International Coastal Cleanup is the world’s largest one-day volunteer event created to prevent and eliminate pollution of the marine environment.  This year, volunteers in New Providence turned out to clean-up beaches and wetlands.  The event, which began as a local program in Texas, has gradually expanded to include every major body of water in the world in over 92 countries, including The Bahamas.

“We had an incredible turnout for this year’s cleanup. So many volunteers from the local community, corporate and civic organizations, students and concerned neighbours came out  in force to help rid South Beach from more than 11,139 pieces of trash,” said Linzi Knowles-Belton, education supervisor at Dolphin Encounters which is the National Coordinator of International Coastal Cleanup in The Bahamas.

“In New Providence, we cleaned South Beach and found everything from mattresses, refrigerators, car parts, construction materials and so much more. Each volunteer was determined and together we made a huge impact. We also sent the message that we don’t want trash to destroy our environment. It took many people working as a unified team to make a real difference and we thank everyone who participated. We hope our efforts will be supported by all by putting trash in its place.”
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