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Engineers get exclusive tour of Grand Bahama Shipyard
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:50

Engineers Get Exclusive Tour of Grand Bahama Shipyard - Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) recently showed their support of Grand Bahama’s engineering community by hosting a tour of the yard during the Third Annual Bahamas Society of Engineers Northern Branch meeting and workshop.  The shipyard organized a bus tour of their facilities for the delegates, including BSE board members, general members and the AutoCAD class from Jack Hayward High School who were recently adopted by the BSE Northern Branch. Pictured are the engineers and students during the tour. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) recently showed their support of Grand Bahama’s engineering community by hosting a tour of the yard during the Northern Branch of the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) 3rd Annual Meeting & Workshop.

The shipyard organized a bus tour of their facilities for the delegates, including the BSE board members, general members and the AutoCAD class from Jack Hayward High School who were recently adopted by the BSE Northern Branch.

“Grand Bahama Shipyard is dedicated to fostering the engineering profession throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, especially within the youth sector of our communities here on Grand Bahama island,” said Ed Pavey, Director of Technical, Planning and IT at GBS and new BSE Vice President 2014-2016.  “I personally am very excited, pleased, and proud to serve on the board of the Bahamas Society of Engineers – Northern Branch for the next two year term.”  

The tour lasted about an hour and showed all of the shops, docks, and piers at the Grand Bahama facility, recently visited by the Prime Minister.  Along with hosting the tour of the yard, GB Shipyard directors and engineers were on hand throughout the conference for various tours of industrial companies and for the annual popsicle bridge competition.  

The Shipyard is a proud supporter of the Bahamas Society of Engineers and offers their congratulations to the team who have joined this organization.

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GB Public Service Week retirees recognised
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:08

The Hon. Shane Gibson brought greetings, appreciation and best wishes from his government ministry.  (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The 15th Annual Public Service Week & Recognition of Retirees 2014 events got started Sunday, September 28, in Grand Bahama with a Service of Thanksgiving at the Pro Cathedral of Christ the King, and an Appreciation Luncheon under the patronage of Minister of Labour & National Insurance and Minister of the Public Service the Hon. Shane Gibson.  

Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville brought remarks, and introduced Minister Gibson who brought words of gratitude and best wishes from his ministry. Public Service Week Celebrations, October 14-26, are under the theme ‘Charting the Course, Serving the Nation, and Securing the Future.’  

Photo: The Hon. Shane Gibson brought greetings, appreciation and best wishes from his government ministry. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)

 
Keep Grand Bahama Clean celebrates eight years of environmental initiatives
Submitted by Kimberley Miller   
Monday, 29 September 2014 08:51

KEEP GRAND BAHAMA CLEAN CELEBRATES 8 YEARS: Members and friends worship at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, marking the first event for the month long 8th anniversary celebration.  FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Keep Grand Bahama Clean, launched in 2006, celebrates eight successful years of environmental initiatives. The October 2014 Anniversary began with members and friends worshipping together at a Sunday morning church service held at Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, serving as the kickoff event for month long activities.

“It’s truly a blessing to celebrate the 8th Anniversary of this Keep Grand Bahama Clean initiative,” shares Nakira Wilchombe, GBPA Environmental Manager. “The anniversary highlights the commitment of the committee and its supporters, whose primary goal is to engage residents of this island in environmental initiatives that serve as constant reminders that keeping our island clean should be a way of life for all residents,” says Wilchcombe.

October calendar activities include: Special visit to the students of Maurice Moore Primary school on the 29th of September, Talkin’ Trash news segment on Love 97, literature distribution will take place on Coral Road and East Sunrise highway on the 15th of the month, an island wide initiative where all individuals, clubs and organizations are encouraged to be involved will take place on the 25th of the month. KGBC invites all who wish to be involved to join the committee and therefore volunteer sign ups will take place on the 24th and on the 31st, both will take place from noon to 2pm and the latter will serve as the closing event for the anniversary month. For more information please call 350-9164.

Wilchcombe reminds us that KGBC’s purpose is to educate all on the importance of, “refraining from casual littering, indiscriminate dumping and to know that it’s everyone’s job, it’s everyone’s responsibility to adhere to these environmental duties.” Wilchcombe assures us that, “If we all play our part, we can certainly see a cleaner Grand Bahama and this is what we want to encourage for all residents and for our future generations.”

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Grand Bahama Chamber delivers their Vision Paper for 2015
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Monday, 29 September 2014 08:18

Executives of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce formally presented to the Government of The Bahamas its Vision 2015 -- a blue print for the future development of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and by-extension the country for the remaining 40 years of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. The document, directed to the Office of the Prime Minister, was presented to Minister Michael Darville at the Ministry of Grand Bahama on Friday. Pictured (left to right) are Mercynth Ferguson, GBCC Executive Director / Administrator, Bille Bowe, GBCC 2nd Vice-President, Minister Darville, Barry Malcolm, GBCC President, Leigh Termath, 1st Vice-President and Dillion Knowles GBCC Director.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama --- Executives of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce formally presented to the Government of the Bahamas an extensive analysis of targeted development opportunities, with specific recommendations for structuring the economic future of Freeport and Grand Bahama Island upon expiration of key provisions of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement in August of next year.  

The product of many months of work and internal discussion within its organization, the Chamber has produced and presented its Vision 2015 -- a blue print for the future development of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and by-extension the country for the remaining 40 years of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. The document, directed to the Office of the Prime Minister, was presented to Minister Michael Darville at the Ministry of Grand Bahama on Friday.

Leveraging the expertise of members, invested as committed business owners and licensees within the Port Area, the Chamber’s Vision Paper suggests a strategy and a range of options for consideration of the Bahamas Government in its engagement with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Hutchison as it negotiates the positions regarding payment of property and other taxes, and the economic strategy for Freeport’s overdue success as an international trade center beyond 2015.   

While the expiration of certain property tax provisions of the HCA was initially the focus, the GBCC thought that this was a good opportunity to produce an evaluation and a set of recommendations that addresses the broader perspective of the whole Agreement and the future structure for operation of the island of Grand Bahama under the HCA. As the representative of businesses on the island, The Chamber created its Vision Paper that sought to speak to choosing a structure that would best serve the interests of all licensees, who, by their investment and commitment, have created the successes on this island so far.

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Government keenly aware of G.B. challenges, DPM says
Written by BIS   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 12:41

FREEPORT, The Bahamas – Though hope and rebounding prosperity are on the horizon for The Bahamas, the Government is cognizant of the real struggles of its people and keenly aware of the Grand Bahama’s continual challenges, says Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Philip “Brave” Davis.  

The Member of Parliament for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador and Minister of Public Works and Urban Development was in Grand Bahama Friday afternoon addressing participants at the Third Annual Bahamas Society of Engineers Northern Branch at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant.  

He told the gathering the Government is conscientiously working towards a tangible turnaround for each island of The Bahamas, and he announced some capital works projects for Grand Bahama, inclusive of the Fishing Hole project.  

“In a very pointed way, this government fulfilled its promise to create a Ministry for Grand Bahama, which is the vehicle through which the needs peculiar to this island are brought to the forefront.  

“All must know that in the same way that faith cannot take a holiday, collectively, we are tireless in our efforts to cause Grand Bahama to return to its glory days,” he told professional engineers and guests.  

The Minister took note of the fact that the Northern Region Branch has grow from a fledging group of eight to what he described as a synergetic team of 41. “This is a very good indication that you are serious about your profession and that you understand the value of unity. These are the characteristics that are essential to the growth and development of our country,” he stated.  

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