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Agave wins over the taste buds of everyone at Festival Noel
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:56

Agave Wins Over the Taste Buds of Everyone at Festival Noel - While Festival Noel might be over, the memories of the night remain, especially for everyone who tasted the food and drinks prepared by Agave Latin Fusion restaurant, who won Chef Noel at this year’s Festival Noel.  This is not Agave’s first time winning the prestigious Chef Noel title! Agave won the award in 2008 when they had just opened. Pictured left to right are Noel and Britton Clark, Owners of Sparky’s and Agave Restaurants, Karin Sanchez, Festival Noel Committee Member, Chef Dencil Bain, Agave, Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager, Shamie Rolle, BNT Grand Bahama Regional Branch Chairman and Lisa Wildgoose, Office Manager, Rand Nature Centre. (Photo courtesy of Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Bahamas – While Festival Noel might be over, the memories of the night remain, especially for everyone who tasted the food and drinks prepared by Agave Latin Fusion restaurant, who won Chef Noel at this year’s Festival Noel.

This is not Agave’s first time winning the prestigious Chef Noel title! Agave won the award in 2008 when they had just opened.

“It was a great win for Agave and a great year,” said Noel Clarke, co-owner of Agave in Port Lucaya. “This is our third year participating and each year gets more fun.  My team really loves the event, and our Chef Dencil Bain did a superb job.  We also want to thank the young students who worked with us as they worked incredibly hard.”

Student chefs from Bishop Michael Eldon School, Mary Star Christian Academy, Jack Hayward High School, Eight Mile Rock High School and St, George’s High School joined the restaurants to help prepare and serve the food to Festival Noel guests, and they were a huge asset to all of the restaurants.

“Compliments to all the restaurants for their participation in Festival Noel this year, and kudos to Agave for coming out as Top Chef winners,” said Lakeshia Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager. “The Chef Noel competition is instrumental in the event’s success and the savoury dishes by all participants kept our patrons boasting all evening. I would also like to extend our appreciation to Bahamas Wholesale Agencies (BWA) for sponsoring the Chef Noel Competition, and to Mr. Gailey Williams for organising the student chefs to assist the restaurants, to afford them with exposure in the Culinary Arts.”

Save The Bays sponsored Youth Environment Ambassadors program kicks off with waiting list – nearly 80 sign up for 40 slots
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:46

Students from the Youth Environmental Ambassador program, sponsored by Save The Bays, diligently work together to complete their leadership exercises.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Anyone who thinks teens are not interested in studying hasn’t met some special students in Grand Bahama. More than 40 of them between the ages of 12 and 14 are trading Saturdays at the mall for Saturdays in the park, literally, preparing to be ambassadors for the environment.

The program called Youth Environment Ambassadors is funded by the fast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays and run in Grand Bahama by Save The Bays Director Joseph Darville with a group of assistants, including Rashema Ingraham, Jensen Farquharson, Javan Hunt, Nikie Severe, Robert Nabb and others. This year’s course includes special leadership training with Sharon Glover, a volunteer from North Carolina with Bahamian roots.

“When we arrived for the start of the program this year, we couldn’t believe it,” said Darville. “Nearly 80 students had signed up for the six week course and there were only 40 slots. And the first day, which was December 6, was incredible.”

Initial work at a facility provided by the YMCA involved comparing the life of a tree to ecology of the planet.

“When we went into the Garden of the Groves and they could see the trees and understand how it all revolves and evolves, how everything from limbs to leaves to the ants on the ground, were intertwined, it was if they had unraveled the secrets of the universe,” Darville said. “You have never seen such excitement and passion among young people eager to learn more. They were touching every part of the tree, asking a million questions. It was incredible.”

New ships for Celebration and Balearia increase capacity on Grand Bahama route
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 08:40

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- In an effort to continue ongoing recovery in the nation’s second city, the government this week announced that two new ships will be heading to Grand Bahama’s cruise port come 2015.

During a special press conference at Grand Lucayan, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that the Bahamas Celebration, which was destroyed by an accident on October 31, will be replaced with the Grand Celebration.

“The new “Grand Celebration” replacement ship comes with 50 percent more capacity and projects some 280,000 year round passengers with not less than 100,000 electing to purchase a two or more night stay in GBI combination with the cruise boosting room nights sold from just under 50,000 versus full year 2014 to 125,000 minimum 2015,” he said.

The ownership has also committed to create new job opportunities for not less than 300 Bahamians in the first phase of their operations and ultimately hopes Bahamians can qualify for 100 per cent of the 632 jobs on this Grand Bahama based ship serving the island exclusively from the Port of Palm Beach.

Meanwhile, the Balearia – a $100 million new vessel – will arrive in Grand Bahama this weekend. Built in Spain four years ago, it is one of the newer of the vessels in the company’s fleet. The superfast cruise ferry sails up to 23 knots in speed. Amenities include a full breakfast buffet restaurant, casino, a la cart restaurant, bars, entertainment for children, spa and a tropical pool bar on the upper deck.

The ship has a capacity for 1,000 passengers and 200 containers. The ship sails from Freeport at 7:00 p.m. and from FLL at 8:00 a.m. As a result of the new vessel, 30 new direct jobs in the Bahamas and 150 indirect jobs will be created.

Shipyard’s food drive a growing success
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:02

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give,” said Winston Churchill.  And in this vein the management of the Grand Bahama Shipyard are truly proud of their apprentices who are learning the meaning of giving back in their community. This week the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) kept their holiday good deeds going by donating the collected food items from their ‘Lend a Hand Give a Can’ holiday drive.

“Christmas is a time of giving so it gives us great pleasure to be able to do this for others,” said Carl Rotkirch, CEO of GBS.  “This is also a great learning opportunity for our apprentices, as they learn the importance of being good corporate citizens and giving to those in need.”

During the past three weeks, apprentices have visited various stores around Grand Bahama seeking donations for their program.  As a result of the food drive, the apprentices collected over $6,000 worth of food supplies for the Salvation Army and for the West Grand Bahama community.

“Our Lend a Hand Give a Can food drive is great, and it’s a constructive way to involve our apprentices,” said Kay Smith, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations.  “Not only does our programme teach students the practical side of our business but it shows them the great lessons of community involvement.”

The Salvation Army is extremely appreciative that the Shipyard has chosen to carry out this good deed year after year as it really helps to make the holiday season a good one for those who may be less fortunate.” I appreciate all of the hard work that they do collecting for the food drive,” said Roger Compton, Captain of the Salvation Army in Grand Bahama.  “There are already people signing up for Christmas assistance so this donation comes right on time.”

GBPA participates in 2014 Caribbean Exporter’s Colloquium in Barbados
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   
Friday, 12 December 2014 12:28

Mr. Derek Newbold, Senior Business Development Manager, represented The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited at the 2014  Caribbean Exporter’s Colloquium, held in Bridgetown, Barbados  last month.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- “Building Economic Resilience in the Caribbean Region” was the focal point for government ministers, private sector participants and donor agencies, as they gathered at the Caribbean Exporter’s Colloquium 2014, held in Bridgetown, Barbados last month.

In keeping with the colloquium’s agenda, discussions addressed key factors facing the Caribbean community, including the state of regional exports, innovation and entrepreneurship, issues affecting competitiveness, the role of alternative energy as a driver for increased competitiveness and opportunities for the Caribbean within the context of the Panama Canal’s expansion.

Derek Newbold, Senior Business Development Manager for The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, participated as a conference speaker/panelist, at the invitation of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA). Presenting on the topic, “The Caribbean in the New Global Logistics and Shipping Eco-system” Newbold highlighted the integral role Freeport has, and will continue to play in regional trade.

“My contribution addressed a number of pertinent issues related to the maritime sector, including trade patterns impacting markets in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. According to industry experts, we can expect to see an increase in global trade over the next few years and more specifically, trade between West Coast cities and countries along the East Coast of South America. ” Newbold cited.

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