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Workers at Water and Sewerage Corporation ink new labour agreement
Submitted by BIS   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 07:34
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The management of the Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation (W&SC) signed a new industrial agreement with the Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) on Friday morning at the corporation’s headquarters on Thompson Boulevard.

The five-year agreement benefits 350 and the 453 corporation employees.

Highlights of the new contract include a salary review, merit pay system, hazard pay, and a statute of limitation on minor breaches.

The new salary and emoluments package includes the following:

  • A $2,400 lump sum payment will be due at contract signing.
  • A review of salary scales effective January 2016.
  • An automatic increment will be due in July 2016.
  • 2016 and 2017 Christmas bonuses will be $700 plus four (4) days pay.
  • Increments changed from anniversary date to January 2017.
  • A lump sum payment of one increment will be payable in March 2017.
Education Minister views renovated computer lab at E.P. Roberts primary school
Submitted by BIS   
Saturday, 29 August 2015 07:26

NASSAU, The Bahamas  -- The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, and Janice Moss principal of E. P. Roberts Primary School tour the newly-renovated computer lab at the school which is under extensive renovations, as announced by Minister Fitzgerald during a press conference at the school Thursday, August 27.

The Minister announced revised public school opening dates in light of Tropical Storm Erika.

He had personally toured the schools last weekend.

(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

‘A’s for Excellence winners applauded by Education Minister
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:46

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald Minister of Education, Science and Technology presented prizes to winners of Customs Computers 8th annual ‘A’s for Excellence summer campaign at Customs Computers, in the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza on Saturday.

Primary school winner Martique Thompson of First Step Academy earned 13 “A”s and received a HP 15.6” laptop PC; high school winner Tarique Gomez of Queen’s College earned 9 “A”s and received a HP 15.6” probook 450 + HP inkjet printer; and the college category winner Neil Cleare earned 3 “A”s and received a 10.1” Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.

Customs Computers co-owner and campaign organizer Mrs. Pia Farmer said students studying at the primary, high school and college level at registered institutions throughout the country were eligible to participate. Students were entered once for each “A” they achieved. An additional prize was given to the Family Island School with the most entries.

Minister Fitzgerald encouraged all students to work hard and cheered on the winners to aim for the top.

Dame Marguerite lays wreath at Sir Lynden's mausoleum
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:28

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Dame Marguerite Pindling laid a wreath at the mausoleum of her late husband, former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling, on Wednesday to mark the 15th anniversary of Sir Lynden’s death. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell attended as did Carlis Blatch, Aide to the Governor General, and Ruby Ann Cooper-Darling, former Senator. The event took place at St. Agnes Cemetery. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)

4th annual Lionfish Roundup spears 350 predators
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:14

4th Annual Lionfish Roundup Spears 350 Fish! This year was the fourth year of the Lionfish Roundup and eleven teams participated, catching 350 fish.  Pictured is Team Mailis who placed first by catching 146 lionfish and won a paddle board from Harbourside Marine, a bottle of John Watling’s Buena Vista Rum and an earring set from Bahama Art & Handicraft – made from lionfish tail. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas –-- What do you do when there’s an invasive species dwelling in your waters and that species can be very delicious? You catch and eat them of course!

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) capitalised on that by hosting the Lionfish Roundup with their partners The Green Parrot restaurant, East Bay Street, Nassau. The event was created to help remove this invasive species and show Bahamians various way to prepare this fish for consumption. This year was the fourth year of the Lionfish Roundup, and eleven teams participated, catching over 350 fish from the waters around the New Providence seas.

“The Lionfish Roundup is a great event for raising awareness about invasive lionfish and the need to continue to remove them from the main environment,” said Lynn Gape, BNT Deputy Executive Director. “The BNT and Department of Marine Resources are very grateful to the Green Parrot and the great sponsors for their continued support of this event.”

In addition to the Green Parrot, who sponsored and organised the event, other sponsors included Harbourside Marine, Tropic Seafood, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage, John Watlings, Thompson Trading, Lion King, Digi Print, Bahamas Art & Handicraft and Bay Street Marina.

Bryan Wright wins AIDS Foundation's annual raffle
Submitted by Frederick Johnson III   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:39

Pictured L to R: Kimberly Bodie; HR Manager A Sure Win, Bryan Wright; grand prize raffle winner; President of Bahamas AIDS Foundation Camille Lady BarnettNASSAU, Bahamas -- Bryan Wright purchased the winning ticket for the Bahamas AIDS Foundation's annual raffle during a ticket drive at the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre a few weeks ago. This week he officially received his winnings in the form of a $2,500 gift certificate for electronics from A.E. Solutions.

The top prize was donated by A Sure Win gaming company.

The raffle is one of several major fundraisers held by the Bahamas AIDS Foundation annually to help raise money to defray the costs associated with the work of the Foundation. A Sure Win has assisted the Bahamas AIDS Foundation with several other projects in the past.

Pictured L to R: Kimberly Bodie; HR Manager A Sure Win, Bryan Wright; grand prize raffle winner; President of Bahamas AIDS Foundation Camille Lady Barnett.

Venezuelan Navy ship ‘Simon Bolivar’ visits Nassau
Written by BIS   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 07:21

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The ‘Simon Bolivar,’ of the Bolivarian Navy of Venezuela arrived in Nassau on Saturday, August 22, and was officially welcomed by the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The military training vessel, berthed at Nassau Harbour, carries a crew of 174 with 75 of them cadets.

The vessel is traveling through the Caribbean on its 26th Foreign Training Cruise. At this time it also commemorates the 10th Anniversary of Petrocaribe’s regional Energy Cooperation Agreement and through its travels aims to promote friendly relations with its Caribbean neighbours.

The Simon Bolivar sailed into Nassau from Honduras, and will depart at dawn on Wednesday for Santiago de Cuba. While in Nassau, the crew, on Sunday, attended church at Saints Francis and Joseph Catholic Church; on Monday had a City Tour of Nassau; and on Tuesday scheduled in a basketball game with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. The naval ship has been open to the general public for tours.

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