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Welding programmes receive holiday donation from GB Shipyard
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   

Welding Programmes Receive Holiday Donation From Shipyard - In the spirit of giving and looking to improve Bahamian opportunities to work in the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), over two thousand pounds of welding electrodes were given to various welding programmes in Grand Bahama.  These costly and much-needed electrodes allow students to be able to practice their welding skills.  Donations were made to St. George’s High School, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Pineyard Steel and Technical Cadet Corp. Pictured are the GBS management team along with the recipients of the donation. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- In the spirit of giving and looking to improve Bahamian opportunities to work in the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS), over two thousand pounds of welding electrodes were given to various welding programmes in Grand Bahama.

These costly and much-needed electrodes, used to practice with, were donated to St. George’s High School, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Pineyard Steel and Technical Cadet Corp. “Welding is a very large programme at BTVI at the Freeport campus,” said Veronica Collie, Assistant Manager at BTVI. ”This donation of welding rods will definitely be beneficial to many of the students here.”

The Shipyard team noted that the welding programmes were selected to receive this donation as many of the staff they need are pulled from these accredited training programmes.

“These institutes give people the basic skills necessary for employment at the Shipyard,” said Don Forbes, Training Manager.  “We’re helping both the welding students and eventually us because when they come to the Shipyard as apprentices, they already have the foundations needed.  It also helps give them more expertise because they get to practice with various types of rods.”

Carl Rotkirch, Chairman and CEO at GBS was on hand for the presentation, and commended the welding programmes for working to ensure that students improve their technical skills.

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Baha Mar Santa spreads joy at Seahorse Institute
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Students and teachers of the Seahorse Institute got an early Christmas present, as Baha Mar’s resident Santa Claus spread holiday cheer throughout the school Friday.

Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, Niklaus Leuenberger, greeted students as Santa Claus, bearing gifts selected by their parents.

“This is what Christmas is about – bringing joy to others. The children’s smiles remind us of all that is good in the world,” Leuenberger said.

The excitement was visible on the faces of the students, ages 2-22, as well as their parents and instructors.

Dr. Michelle Major, Director of the Seahorse Institute explained, “For children with autism and other developmental delays, it can be hard for them to wait in line to see Santa or deal with the crowds at shopping malls this time of year. Baha Mar is giving the children and their families the gift of a wonderful Christmas experience by bringing Santa to the Seahorse Institute. The children and staff were so excited to see Santa and we hope this is a memory they will always cherish.”

The Seahorse Institute provides intensive research-based and data driven interventions for children, adolescents and adults with autism and other developmental delays.

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U.S. Embassy staff brings Christmas cheer to children of Nazareth Centre
Submitted by the U.S. Embassy Nassau   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Thursday, December 18, American and Bahamian staff from the U.S. Embassy gathered at the Nazareth Centre to participate in a festive holiday event bringing yuletide cheer to 42 of the home’s children.  U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Lisa Johnson and Embassy staff participated in the program that treated the children to snacks and a special appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.   

Santa and Mrs. Claus distributed gifts donated by the Embassy community as well as toys donated by the American Women's Club as part of the U.S. Marine's annual Toys for Tots program.  "The Embassy is excited to be visiting the Nazareth Center again this year,” said Chargé Johnson.  “The staff really looks forward to sharing the spirit of Christmas with all of you."

In line with the U.S. Embassy’s efforts to engage local communities through outreach, the event marks the eight consecutive year that the U.S. Embassy has reached out to children at Nazareth Centre during the Christmas season.

Photo: U.S. Embassy staff at the Nazareth Centre.

 
Young Bahamian entrepreneurs take on Bay Street
Submitted by D'Asante Beneby   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Saturday December 13th 2014, the Pompey Square buzzed with young entrepreneurs of Junior Achievement Bahamas New Providence Programme as they presented their annual Open House Exhibit.

A unique trade show that takes place every year to afford the JA companies an opportunity to promote and sell their products and services. In creative displays these achievers have the opportunity to gain hands on experience in entrepreneurial activity, team development and customer service.

Locals and tourists flocked to the creative stalls that enticed them to shop, support and find out more about young Bahamian entrepreneurs creative spirit and undeniable talent.

"We are very appreciative as students and as achievers to have this opportunity. We get a taste of the real business world and local market. We gain hands on invaluable experience of being in business, working with others and being able to see a project from beginning to end," shared Mr. Daniel Gibson, President of the Achievers' Association 2014-2015.

Judged on customer service, execution of theme, sales strategy and product knowledge KPMG's Whymisca Kitchen took first place. Followed by Bahamas First's FLAME and Commonwealth Bank F.L.E.X respectively.

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Bahamas weekly fishing report from Harbourside Marine
Submitted by Harbourside Marine   

Fish & Chicks - Brianna and Catherine spent the day fishing with their dads and caught these wahoo off on Booby Rocks last week end.Nassau: Wahoo, wahoo, wahoo and mahi!
Captain Adam Russell reports catching
Adam Russell, Chubasco Charters,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Teddy Pratt www.fishing242charters.com    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nicholas Pinder, Born Free Chaters, www.bornfreefishing.com
Mark Kooskalis, North Shore Charters,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dwayne Treco, Morinin' Ride Charters, www.morninridecharters.com

North Exuma, Highbourne Cay: They have been catching wahoo and mahi in the Sound.
Highbourne Cay Marina   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

North Eleuthera: There have been loads of wahoo and even large yellowfin tuna caught in the last week..
Devon Sawyer   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jeff Fox, Ocean Fox Charters  www.oceanfoxfishingbahamas.com
Ryan Neilly, Spanish Wells Fishing www.spanishwellsfishing.com
South Eleuthera, Cape Eleuthera: No reports.
Leon Gibson   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Al J Curry, Ocean Fox Charters. www.oceanfoxcottonbay.com
Andros: No Reports
Rosewell Rahming "Reel Tight Charters" www.androsbahamasfishing.com

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