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Grand Bahama Shipyard training young Bahamians in ship repair trades
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Shipyard Training Young Bahamians in Ship Repair - After participating in the Shipyard Apprenticeship Programme – a four year on-the-job training course to learn the ropes of the ship repair business - Theo Pelecanos will be headed to Florida International University (FIU) to study Mechanical Engineering courtesy of Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS).  Pictured (left to right) are Don Forbes, GBS Training Manager, Theo Pelecanos, Carl Rotkirch, CEO of GBS and Kay Smith, GBS Human Resource Director and Country Liaison. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- After participating in the Shipyard Apprenticeship Programme - a four year academic and on-the-job training course designed to prepare apprentices for a career in ship repair - Theo Pelecanos is headed to Florida International University (FIU) to study mechanical engineering courtesy of the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS).

Pelecanos, joined the Shipyard in 2010 as an apprentice, and has progressed well during his 4 years in the programme. He will be graduating from the Apprenticeship Programme in September, but not before heading to college for the fall semester.  

Pelecanos received a full four-year scholarship valued at well over $100,000 and will also receive a portion of his salary while attending FIU.

“The GB Shipyard has been here for 15 years,” said Carl Rotkirch, CEO of GBS. “We are in our infancy here but as we grow we take seriously our responsibility to train Bahamians to work and run this business.  Theo is an exceptional young trainee who my staff has recognized as a leader and an exceptional potential engineer for the yard.”

Speaking at a press conference to announce this exciting news, Don Forbes, GBS Training Manger, noted, “Theo joined us after graduation from Sunland Baptist Academy.  He excelled from day one and has met and exceeded the checks and balances we have in place here.  It’s very exciting to see this young man going off to study abroad and knowing he will come back and be a great resource for our team.”

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San Salvador High School basketball team feted by Club Med in Florida
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The San Salvador Caciques Basketball Team enjoyed a VIP stay at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St Lucie, Florida, August 9 to 16, 2014. Pictured amongst team members are teacher of the San Salvador Central High School and Coach, S. Brown; David Meyer, Chef de Village at Club Med; and Club Med GOs.  (Photo/Club Med)PORT ST LUCIE, Florida – Members of the Caciques Basketball Team of San Salvador Central High School were rewarded for their outstanding achievement in the game by being feted to a week-long stay at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.

Called the Caciques after the Arawak Indian chief, the team, accompanied by their teacher, Coach S. Brown, were given the VIP treatment upon their arrival at the all-inclusive resort also known for its comprehensive sporting programmes.

Club Med executives greeted the team at Ft. Lauderdale Airport and whisked them away in a chauffeur-driven limousine to the property where a private welcome cocktail reception and orientation at the Spanish Patio took place.

From August 9 to 16, 2014, the team enjoyed a week of activities which included nutrition presentation, private trapeze lessons, beach volleyball tournament, sailing and paddy boarding at the beach, and a basketball scrimmage versus the Club Med GOs.

It was the first time some of the youngsters travelled outside The Bahamas and they were all very appreciative of the opportunity to do so. Coach Brown, who is also President and Organizer of the San Salvador Youth Organization of which the team members are a part, explained how the event came about.

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Rising athletics star interns at BIS
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Mr. Luther Smith, Director-General of Bahamas Information Services (second left), met with National Junior standout and BIS Summer Student Daejha Moss, August 20.  Pictured from left are: Mrs. Linda Woodside-Major, former National Record Holder and National Champion who serves as Human Resources Manager at BIS; Mr. Smith; Daejha Moss; and Mr. Delvin Moss, Daejha’s father. (BIS Photo/Eric Rose)NASSAU, The Bahamas --- Three-time and defending Bahamas National Junior Girls’ High Jump champion Daejha Moss joined the staff of Bahamas Information Services for the summer where she interned in the Broadcasting Division.  

Moss, 15, the daughter of Delvin “Cheese” Moss and Mrs. Raquel Moss, will enter the tenth grade at Queen’s College when the Fall Semester opens in September.  

The three-time and defending Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Junior Girls High Jump champion, Daejha is also the co-holder of the BAISS Junior Girls High Jump record with a leap of 5ft, 5 inches, matching Tanya Wildgoose’s 21-year-old mark set in 1993.  

She was a member of the 2014 Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations’ Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Team, competing in the Girls Under-18 high jump competition as a 14-year old.  

Moss also excels on the academic front, earning six Bahamas Junior Certificate Passes in English, Art, Maths, Social Studies, General Science and Religious Education – all Bs.  

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Interns gain knowledge at Bahamas Waste
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Summer interns learning about Waste Management - With school tours about recycling and waste management, Bahamas Waste is constantly trying to educate Bahamian youth about the wonderful world of waste, and their internship programme is no different.  There are currently two students interning with Bahamas Waste, one in the maintenance department and the other in the medical waste department.  Ashton Sweeting, who is a graduate of Kingsway Academy is currently working in the field, helping the technicians in the maintenance department, and learning what it takes to help make The Bahamas a greener place.  Pictured (left to right) are Ashton Sweeting and Vernal Taylor, Equipment Maintenance Manager, Bahamas Waste. (Photo courtesy of BVS for Barefoot Marketing)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hosting numerous school tours about recycling and waste management, Bahamas Waste is known for educating Bahamian youth about the wonderful world of waste, and their internship programme is no different.

There are currently two students interning with Bahamas Waste this summer, one in the maintenance department and the other in the medical waste department. 

Ashton Sweeting, who is a graduate of Kingsway Academy is currently working in the maintenance field, helping the technicians in the maintenance department, and learning what it takes to help make The Bahamas a greener place.  During his time at Bahamas Waste, he has assisted hydraulic technicians in repairing hoses and hydraulic cylinders as well as electrical technicians in the servicing of the machine motors.

Ashton commented on his experience interning, by saying, “During my time at Bahamas Waste, I have been enlightened on all the aspects of running and maintaining a garbage collection company that I was once oblivious to and have definitely found a new appreciation for the work that goes into it.”

Cordero Mott, a graduate of C. V. Bethel Senior High School, is currently interning in the medical waste department. Mott’s duties are to assist with the daily operations in the Medical Waste Facility including loading up the autoclave carts with bio med waste, assisting with the loading/off-loading of the bio hazardous waste from the medical waste truck, and emptying the autoclave carts once the bio waste within them has been sterilized. He also assists with the cleaning of the facility, as well as answering telephone calls.

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Ministry of Tourism reports over 500 entries for best beaches photo competition
Submitted by Kendea Smith   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Over 500 entries have been made to the Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook page for its #Bahamasbestbeaches promotion and now tourism officials are making a final push for more breathtaking beach photos.

The competition, which began in late July, aims to use social media to get a look at the best of the nation’s beaches through the eyes of residents and tourists.

When participants upload a unique and engaging photo of a Bahamian beach at the ministry’s Facebook.com/TravelBahamas page or post via Twitter and Instagram @ VisitTheBahamas using the hashtag #BahamasBestBeaches – they are automatically entered to win a five-day, four night stay at Pelican Bay on Grand Bahama.

"We are awarding the winner of this contest a five-day/four-night stay in Grand Bahama Island. Who would not love to be the lucky recipient of a prize like that,” said General Manager of Global Communications Andre Miller.

“There are only a few days left for Bahamians and US visitors to participate in our first ever 'best beaches' photo contest via social media. I invite everyone to show the world why their favorite stunning beach photo(s), on that Bahamian island they love, is the best beach The Bahamas has to offer. Enter now before it's too late."

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