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Bahamas China Friendship Association elects new officers
Submitted by Anthony Capron   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:02

Pictured from left: Se. Joseph Curry, founding president; Lloyd Wong, trustee; Anthony McKinney, past president; Gena Gibbs, public relations director; Anthony Capron, president; Ambassador Yuan; Andy Gomez, trustee; Kevin Simmons, trustee and Philip Simon, immediate past president. Missing are: Denise Dorsette, vice president, Aaron Brice, treasurer and LaPaige Gardiner, secretary.NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas China Friendship Association ratified its incoming officers for the year 2014-2015, naming Anthony Capron as the new president at the Annual General Meeting, Sept. 19, at the Balmoral Club.  

Also ratified were Denise Dorsette, vice president; Aaron Brice, treasurer; LaPaige Gardiner, secretary; Gena Gibbs, public relations director. The trustees are: Lloyd Wong, Andy Gomez and Kevin Simmons.  

Ambassador of China to The Bahamas Yuan Guisen was also in attendance at the AGM, which was moderated by Sen. Joseph Curry, founding president.  

Incoming president Anthony Capron thanked the membership for their confidence and sought their help in guiding the organisation. He noted that after 10 years the aims and objectives of the BCFA are still the same and that “much has happened that warrants we forge a closer link with the People’s Republic of China.”  

Mr. Capron reminded the audience of the gift from China of the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium and the development by Baha Mar that is transforming the Cable Beach Strip.  

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Education Minister addresses Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Toastmasters Club 7108
Submitted by Nerissa Hamilton   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:48

Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Honourable Jerome Fitzgerald addressed members of the Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Toastmasters Club 7108 on the many initiatives undertaken by the Ministry since he assumed office. (Photo by Dorlan Curtis)NASSAU, Bahamas -- In his pursuit to strengthen public private partnerships and improve the perception of public schools, The Minister of Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald graciously addressed the Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Toastmasters Club 7108 on Wednesday, 17th September, 2014. Under the theme, “A New Year, A New Dawn in Education!” Minister Fitzgerald took the opportunity to inform those in attendance of the paradigm shifts that have occurred since he became the Minister.

In an attempt to bring balance to the curriculum offering, he mentioned that there were very little options and opportunities for those who were not academically inclined to succeed. According to the Minister, “the key objective was to put a greater emphasis on the fifty percent of students performing below grade level.”

He noted that improving those at the bottom of the academic pole will undoubtedly have positive effects on the country; “as the level of education improves so do the social conditions.” Research revealed that approximately fifty percent of twelfth graders leaving school each year do not meet the graduation requirements.

This then led the Minister to share the strategies that have been devised to mitigate the continuance of this unfortunate trend. He then introduced the National High School Diploma (NHSD) programme to his audience and stated that for the first time in more than a decade, a standard for the NHSD had been agreed upon. He also outlined the criteria to obtain the NHSD:

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BNT Navigators complete PADI scuba diving course
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 22 September 2014 07:32

BNT Navigators Complete PADI Scuba Diver Course - The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) doesn’t only educate students on the environment, but also gives students amazing views of our environment, including under water ones.  In honor of this, fifteen students from the BNT’s Navigators programme at St. John’s High School, Nassau Christian Academy and Central Andros High successfully completed their PADI SCUBA Open Water Diver course earlier this month.  (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas --- The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) not only teaches students about the environment, but also provides them with opportunities to develop skills that will assist them with future career choices as well as amazing views of our environment, including under water ones.  Recently fifteen students from the BNT’s Navigators programme from St. John’s High School, Nassau Christian Academy and Central Andros High successfully completed their PADI SCUBA Open Water Diver course earlier this month.

The Navigators programme is the third level of Discovery Club. This level is partially sponsored by The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation and is more research based, targeting young people in high school and college.  Activities at this level are designed to equip the participants with knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college level studies in environmental science or eco- tourism based activities.

“Participants in the Navigators programme are embracing an awesome opportunity that will not only assist them in their biology and social studies courses but give them marketable skills to acquire jobs,” said Portia Sweeting, BNT Education Director.  ”We are grateful to our partner The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation for their continued support of the Navigator programme.”

The recent scuba certification was sponsored by Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas, Forfar Field Station and Kamalame Cay Resort.  Kamalame Cay resort owner Brian Hew offered full use of his facilities, equipment and dive instructors to train the students. Swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving are all necessary skills required for a career in marine science and the BNT is hopeful that even if the students decide on alternative careers they can use these skills to assist the BNT in monitoring of our marine parks.

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Carnival Corp president to headline Chamber’s annual meet ‘n greet for CEOs at Palm Cay
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 22 September 2014 06:57

NASSAU, Bahamas --- Arnold W. Donald, who heads the $3.6 billion Carnival Corporation, will headline the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation annual mix and mingle for business leaders, movers and shakers at an event being called The Wind Down: Where Business + Leisure Meet October 2.

The networking reception focusing on what creates sustainable success is expected to draw a waiting list of attendees. It will be held at the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay, the 350-home mixed residential and marina community that has been a success story in its own right, winning, among other accolades, the first Bahamas Contractors Association award presented to a development rather than a contractor.

“Bringing together a man who is larger than life in the diverse operation that is Carnival Corporation with its 10 cruise ships brands and 91,000 employees with local leaders in the business community in a venue at a beachside setting that shows the best of The Bahamas is one that we hope will once again reinforce how important the business sector is to the well-being of the nation,” said Edison Sumner, Chamber CEO.

Long recognized as the voice of business in The Bahamas, the Chamber has in the past few years touched more people at every level than ever before. Its Chamber Institute with monthly practical seminars and workshops, its thoughtful statements on pending legislation and its active development in promoting sectors of the economy linking domestic providers and suppliers with potential foreign buyers and investors has skyrocketed the 100-plus year old institution’s position to new heights.

The presence of Mr. Arnold could elevate its reputation even more.
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Ports International team receives fire safety training
Submitted by Michelle Rassin   
Monday, 22 September 2014 06:55

NASSAU, Bahamas --- Do you have the correct fire extinguishers in your business? Are they properly maintained? Do your employees know what to do in case of a fire? How do you make sure your facilities are safe for your employees and customers?

Having well trained staff who are equipped with an appropriate level of knowledge and understanding of fire and its consequences is an asset to any business, and a demonstration by the employer, of their commitment toward the education and protection of their workforce and those who may visit their premises.

In an effort to reinforce their Quality Management System, manage their fire risks, and reinforce Health and Safety in the workplace, Ports International's employees received a Fire Safety Training and Demonstration from local company Bahamas Fire & Safety.

The training included a practical demonstration on the safe use of portable firefighting equipment, during which the staff were invited to participate. The training covered: fire safety, theory, causes of fire, fire risk assessment, fire safety measures, evacuation procedures, portable fire equipment as well as a practical demonstration.

At the end of the training session, Ports employees were presented with certificates to demonstrate that their staff have been trained to required standards to deal with fire in the workplace.

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24 receive DOSS 50th Anniversary Long Service Awards
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:09

Kendal Barr, the lone male honoree, receives his Long Service Award for 28 years of service from Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, during the Department of Social Services' 50th Anniversary Long Service Awards at Government House, September 18.  Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin is at left. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson).NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the Department of Social Services would not be able to fulfill their respective roles within The Bahamas without a cadre of committed, trained staff, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said Thursday at an Awards Ceremony for the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Social Services, held at Government House.  

“So often we hear negative comments about public officers, but we have before us this morning a group of dedicated, hard-working men and women who have demonstrated by their long years in Social Services, their commitment to the uplifting of our people and the building of our nation,” Mrs. Griffin said.  

“You would recognize from the various job titles of our honorees, the wide range of supportive services they provide – many of them often performing duties outside of those job titles without even being asked and wherever a need may exist for additional hands. All of this is done to help facilitate the smooth and efficient operation of the Department of Social Services.  

“In my remarks at the Official Opening of the Exhibition, I stated that the modern Bahamas could not exist without the Department of Social Services (DOSS) and today I add to this statement by saying that the Department would be unable to fulfill its role without a cadre of committed, trained staff,” Mrs. Griffin added.  

Long Service Awards were presented as part of celebrations surrounding the 50th Anniversary of state-operated social welfare services in The Bahamas.  

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Halsbury Chambers hosts 10th Annual Free Legal Clinic
Halsbury Chambers Law Office   
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:41

Nerissa Greene, Partner at the law firmNASSAU, Bahamas -- The progressive firm of Halsbury Chambers will hosts its 10th Annual Free Legal Clinic, under the theme “Information You Need for the Life You Want” on Saturday the 20th September 2014 at its law office located on Village Road from 9am to 3pm.

Launched in 2004 as a community outreach effort to provide free legal advice and bridge the gap between the legal community and the public, the free clinics in the past have attracted hundreds of persons.

Nerissa Greene, Partner at the law firm, said that, “attorneys will be available from 9am to 3pm to give free legal advice on a wide range of legal issues such as mortgages, conveyances, wills, probate, divorces, adoption, personal injury, wrongful dismissal, immigration applications, trade marks, copyright and formation of companies”.  Greene stated that persons can call the law firm at 393-4551 to make an appointment to consult with an attorney free of charge on Saturday, the 20th September 2014.

Greene expressed her excitement about the fact that Halsbury Chambers believes in giving back.  “If I am correct, no other law firm has taken such a bold position consistently for the last 10 years!” Ms. Greene acknowledged that although she is most grateful for the attorneys in her firm for volunteering their time and effort, it must be acknowledged that the events, past and present, would not have been a reality if it were not for Halsbury Chambers Management team and support staff.

"I am most pleased that the firm has continued with such a wonderful community service, even during the rough economic climate, when I think it is most needed” said Branville McCartney, Founding Partner of the firm.  “I have had a significant number of persons approach me over the years and told me that they benefited greatly from these Free Legal Clinics.  I would certainly encourage all persons to take advantage of the opportunity” said McCartney.

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