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Philip Armbrister and Chelina Williams-Allen receive top Public Service awards for Northern Region
Written by BIS   
Friday, 24 April 2015 09:09

MANAGER AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR -- Philip Armbrister and Chelina Williams-Allen were named Manager and Administrative Assistant of the Year, respectively, during the Fourth Administrative Professionals Awards Ceremony at Le Chateau on the Green on Wednesday, April 22, during a luncheon. Shown from left are: The Hon. Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service; Laurie Bullard, chairman, Northern Region Public Service Committee; Mr. Armbrister; Mrs. Allen; Donna Bastian, chairman, Administrative Professionals of the Year Committee; and the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama.  (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Philip Armbrister and Chelina Williams-Allen were named Manager and Administrative Assistant of the Year respectively during the Fourth Administrative Professionals Awards Ceremony at Le Chateau on the Green on Wednesday during an elegant luncheon.           

Hosted by the Ministry of the Public Service Northern Region Public Service Committee, the 12 nominees (four Managers and eight Administrative Assistants) were showered with accolades for exemplary work done in what was described as a thankless profession.         

On hand for the occasion, Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service, the Hon. Shane Gibson said, "this year's theme is a particularly powerful statement which signals your deliberate intention to become active players in the development and transformation of Grand Bahama."           

The theme, which was 'Public Service Administrative Assistants and Managers -- Professionals who Ignite Change,' is timely as the government's goals are to focus on the development of the country and Bahamians.           

"Today, we are celebrating a few public officers on whom the highest honour, that of being recognized by their colleagues and by those whom they supervise is being bestowed. You are being recognized as professionals who are exemplars for [your] colleagues. You have displayed outstanding leadership qualities, you are self-motivated, goal-oriented and committed to doing your part to ensure that your Ministry or Department fulfills its mandate for efficient and effective service."

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Blue Diamond/COB partnership: The training begins April 27
Submitted by Terrance L. Roberts   
Friday, 24 April 2015 08:59

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- As part of an ongoing strategy to deliver best in class vacation experiences, the management of Blue Diamond Hotels and Resorts and Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort and Casino has partnered with The College of The Bahamas to establish the resort as a working campus and a preferred location for internships.  Therefore, The College of The Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) has scheduled Supervisory and Guest Services training for 38 supervisors to commence at the Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort and Casino, Monday, April 27nd, 2015.

Resort General Manager, Gabriel Varela stated that, “our short term, medium term and long term strategy, is to invest in the natural talents of our Bahamian employees, in order to achieve our goal to become a recognized regional industry leader.”

The resort entered into a three-year agreement with The College of The Bahamas in December 2014, thereby appointing the Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute to be the sole Service Provider for the 700 employees of the resort.  Presently ranked as the leading all-inclusive resort in Grand Bahama by TripAdvisor, the Memories Grand Bahama Beach Hotel and Casino officially opened in March 2014.

“The arrangement,” said College of The Bahamas Council President, Dr. Rodney D. Smith, “will facilitate Blue Diamond Hotels & Resort employee access to the certified Culinary, Hospitality and Business Programs offered by the College, and determine College of The Bahamas student placement for practical professional internships at the Memories Grand Bahama Beach Resort, for the upcoming Fall Semester.”

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ICAN to hold 'This is my day student workshop'
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Friday, 24 April 2015 07:20

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Launched in 2010, the ICAN children’s empowerment organization, which is designed to inspire creative learning through creative expression, will be hosting its first “This is my day student workshop” on May 2, 2015 at the Grand Bahama Cultural Arts Center (formerly the Luis de Torres Jewish Synagogue) on East Sunrise Highway  at 10am-2pm.

Hosted by Mr. Kevin G. Tomlinson, founder, Mrs. Janae Cash, Ms. Kaylah Pinder, both of whom serve as teachers at the Freeport Primary School, along with Ms. Mira Ferguson, a Lab Technician at the Bahamian Brewery Company, came together to plan an event which will inspire, educate, enterntain, and motivate students across this island to live more responsible and productive lives.                   

A special session is planned for girls and boys separately. This will be facilitated by Mr. Nathaniel Lewis film producer founder/CEO at Prince Lewis Projects and Ms. Chevonia McBride CEO Sisters of Strength organization.

This workshop is free however space is limited. All interested parents should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 602-2340 to reserve their space.

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City of Freeport Council: Chervita Campbell releases statement on pending investigation
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 13:14
On Tuesday 21 April 2015, at special call meeting of the city of Freeport district council.  The council voted in majority that I should recuse myself from chairing meetings until such time as certain allegations involving quotations are properly investigated by the police.

Deputy Chief Councillor will conduct meetings until the completion of the report in accordance with generally accepted practices. Upon which time i will resume the chairing of meetings.

Additionally, there has been a formation of an Ethics Committee comprising known and respective persons of the community. who will provide advice regarding ethical standards to council.

This, I believe, is very important to our Democratic process to demonstrate ethics, transparency, accountability and good governance.
I am  certain I will be vindicated
 
Shipyard makes a donation to train machinists
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:41
Shipyard Makes a Donation to Train Machinists (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)     FREEPORT, Bahamas -- As the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) is a practical teaching school, having the right tools for students to use is essential. Recently, the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) donated a ‘Grizzly lathe machine’ with a milling attachment to the school so that students would be able to put their new knowledge into practice and not just learn the theory of machining.

“This significant donation will help to produce quality machinists in The Bahamas,” said Don Forbes, Training Manager at GBS. “As The Bahamas is currently lacking in machinists, we thought it was extremely important that we donate this piece of equipment to BTVI, as quality machinists are vital to the Shipyard business.”

Currently, twelve of the Shipyard’s first year apprentices are enrolled in BTVI’s machinist course, which provided further incentive for the company to donate the machinery. Although the apprentices were the incentive for the donation, all students at BTVI will be able to use the machine.

“Because we saw there was a need for the machine, we decided to purchase the tool for the school,” continued Forbes. “Our apprentices noted they were getting the knowledge but wanted to practice what they were learning. When it comes to our apprentices, we spare no costs to ensure they are trained properly.”

Instructors at BTVI were quick to thank the Shipyard for the donation and noted that the lathe machine has given the school a much needed tool to increase the success of their students. "We are elated that we received yet another donation from the GB Shipyard,” said Veronica Collie, Associate Vice President, BTVI, Freeport. “When the students leave us now, they’ll be able to go into the field and put into practice what we teach here at BTVI.”

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