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Shipyard staff give to the Breakfast Club supporting the Grand Bahama Children’s Home
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 06:57

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and staff of the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) recently donated much needed breakfast foods to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home.  Last month, the staff at GBS joined the ‘Breakfast Club’ in which supporters pledge to donate $5 each month to help provide breakfast for children at the Home.  

Pictured (left to right) are Justan Campbell, Junior Project Planner, Krishna Pratt, Planning Department Clerk, Ed Pavey Director of Technical, Planning and IT, Gevon Hall, Project Planner, Shelia Johnson-Smith, GBCH Executive Committee, Driscal Pinder-Woodside, Production Control Clerk, Bary Dickson, Technical Manager, Natasha Bethel, Junior Project Planner and Anya Wilson, Technical Assistant. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)

Ed Pavey, Director of Technical, Planning and IT at GBS said, “When I first received the call for help from Christine Van Der Linde for immediate assistance to the Children’s Home last month, it was with great pleasure that I donated to the cause.  Afterwards, Christine came up with the idea of the ‘Breakfast Club’ which she implemented at her office.  I thought it was such a fantastic idea that I asked my employees if they wanted to join.  Again, to my pleasure, they instantly offered their pledge of support each month and for many more to come.”

Opening of GBPA's VAT training sessions sees double the expected attendance
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 11:41

VAT FORUM HOSTED BY GBPA:Presenters and hosts take a quick break to pose for a shot at the opening day of the VAT training sessions, hosted by GBPA every day until 17th October of this week.(From Left) Bahabeach Web IT Development Director Chief, Dario Roberts, GBPA Vicechairman, Sarah St.George, Keith Worrell, representative of the VAT Unit, GBPA Business Services Manager and GBPA Commercial Manager, Charles Pratt.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) efforts to assist its licencees with pertinent information regarding the fast approaching implementation of VAT received rave reviews, as day one of the four day initiative began Tuesday, with many being asked to roll over to the following day as the room’s capacity was full. Registration for the remaining days are encouraged, as the hosts cannot override the room’s capacity.

Nearly 100 concerned persons from the island’s business sector turned out for advice and practical assistance on the new consumer tax VAT.

GBPA Vice Chairman Sarah St. George praised the event and noted its significance as it relates to the entity’s licencees.

“Everyone of us will be impacted by VAT in some form or other. All of this is vital because VAT applied to us here in Freeport will be a bit different to its application elsewhere in The Bahamas. While Freeport should see more exemptions and zero rating, that does not necessarily mean an easier transition.  So it’s very important that we take the time to follow the consumer tax theory and actual mathematics of VAT. I think that by the end of the week, everyone will have a basic grasp of numbers and software programmes as well as formulated new practical questions. I certainly have."

Keith Worrell, VAT Implementation Unit representative served as one of the event’s key presenters, in which he pointed out what he hopes to achieve within the session.

Grand Bahamian travels to Trinidad for Caribbean regional management consultants conference
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:26

Billie Bowe, President and CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services Ltd. was one of six other Bahamian delegates to attend the 4th Annual Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) 2014 Conference held in Port of Spain, Trinidad earlier this month.  The conference was held October 1st through 3rd under the theme 'Strategic Partnerships for Knowledge Brokers: Caribbean Consultants Creating Value for Clients' and included three days of dynamic presentations.  Pictured is Billie Bowe, President and CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services Ltd. during the conference.  (Photo courtesy of Randall Roberts)FREEPORT, Grand Baham -- Billie Bowe, President and CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services Ltd. was one of six other Bahamian delegates to attend the 4th Annual Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) 2014 Conference held in Port of Spain, Trinidad earlier this month.

The conference was held October 1st through 3rd under the theme Strategic Partnerships for Knowledge Brokers: Caribbean Consultants Creating Value for Clients. Delegates from across the region from St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Suriname and of course the host country Trinidad and Tobago, gathered for a power-packed three days of dynamic speakers from various industries including both the private and public sectors.

According to the organization’s President, Dr. Vasantha Chase, Ph.D., CMC, the theme was chosen to “bring renewed focus for creating strategic alliances and partnerships and to increase the value proposition to clients while at the same time increasing opportunities for Caribbean consultants throughout the region and the diaspora for leveraging knowledge assets.”

Billie Bowe, who is a Professional Member of the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants, said she was delighted to be surrounded by so many consultants all with their own specialties and diverse experiences.

Birding classes to return to Garden of the Groves, November 1
Submitted by Garden of the Groves   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:40
By Erika Gates
Certified Bahamas Birding Guide

Hello Birders! (and those wishing to become birders!)

One of the events during our annual International Migratory Bird Celebration at Garden of the Groves is the "Basic Birding Class"!

Over the past 13 years more than 150 residents from the Grand Bahama community have participated in these most enjoyable and educational classes. The program is sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Grand Bahama Nature Tours and yours truly will be the instructor. Classes begin Nov. 1st and run for five consecutive Saturdays, beginning at 8 am with two hours theory, followed by two hour fieldtrips.

The primary focus of our birding class is to master the challenge and the process of bird identification. In a classroom setting, the proper use of binoculars is explained, a bird field guide book becomes a trusty companion for identification rather than an overwhelming source of information and the Grand Bahama Birding Checklist turns into a cherished life-long document! Each lesson is followed by the highly anticipated fieldtrip where eyes and ears of novice birders are sensitized to the wonders of nature!

Interested? Be careful! You may just be taking up a rich, lifelong pursuit unlike any other! For more information and registration call Garden of the Groves at 374-7778.

Photo of previous class.
Social Services Ministry to establish unit for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Grand Bahama
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:55

Social Services and Community Development Minister the Hon. Melanie Griffin as she addressed a gathering on Grand Bahama in celebration of Older Persons Month and the 50th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the Department of Social Services.  (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)FREEPORT, The Bahamas – Social Services Minister the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin announced Friday, the establishment of a unit for senior citizens and persons with disabilities on the island of Grand Bahama.  

The Minister was in Grand Bahama attending a church service marking the start of “Older Persons Month,” which is being observed on the island throughout the month of October.  

Under the theme “Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All,” the Church Service was held at the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King and was well attended by persons from throughout Grand Bahama.  The service also marked celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Social Services. 

The United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1st each year as a special day for older persons worldwide, with 2014 marking its 24th observance. For the past seventeen years, the Department of Social Services and the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development, in conjunction with the National Council for Older Persons, has organized a schedule of activities during the month to highlight issues facing older persons and their contributions to the development of The Bahamas.  

Addressing Friday’s gathering Mrs. Griffin said she was delighted to be in Grand Bahama “to pay tribute to those persons in our country on whose shoulders we stand.”

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