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Kelly’s Freeport investing in their staff
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 17:16

Pictured are the supervisors who participated in the training session along with Lynn Lowe, Managing Director, Kelly’s Freeport Ltd on the left and Billie Bowe, President of Benchmark on the right. (Photo courtesy of Kelly's Freeport Ltd. for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Kelly’s Freeport Ltd. is proud to congratulate all of their supervisors for successfully completing an intense leadership training program conducted by Billie Bowe, President & CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services Ltd. The training, entitled "Leadership Essentials - A Look into Your Future as New and Emerging Leaders" focused on preparing those charged with leadership responsibilities, with the necessary skills to be more effective and empowered in their roles.

“At Kelly's we consider our associates to be one of our greatest assets,” said Lynn Lowe Managing Director, Kelly’s Freeport Ltd. “We believe that happy, committed and well trained associates equate to happy customers.    Those engaged, well-trained and highly valued employees in turn deliver the kind of personalized service that builds customer loyalty and satisfaction. When associates feel that they are genuinely valued for their contributions, and they can articulate what makes your store better than the rest, they carry that message into the community in a way that is more powerful than any advertising you could ever do."

This is one of several training programs Kelly's has slated for the rest of the year for all levels of the organization, including Customer Service course to be conducted by Benchmark. "Kelly's commitment to the training and development of all employees is commendable,” said Billie Bowe, President of Benchmark. She added that "in these lean times, businesses often overlook the value of continuous training of their number one asset; their people. It is during these difficult times, now more than ever, that employers provide training and development opportunities for their staff to remain motivated and engaged.”  

Photo: Kelly’s Freeport Investing in Their Staff - Kelly’s Freeport Ltd. is proud to congratulate all of their supervisors for successfully completing an intense leadership training program conducted by Billie Bowe, President & CEO of Benchmark Consulting Services Ltd. The training, entitled "Leadership Essentials - A Look into Your Future as New and Emerging Leaders".  Pictured are the supervisors who participated in the training session along with Lynn Lowe, Managing Director, Kelly’s Freeport Ltd on the left and Billie Bowe, President of Benchmark on the right. (Photo courtesy of Kelly's Freeport Ltd. for Barefoot Marketing)

 
YMCA builds tennis centre in Freeport
Submitted by Alexander L. Knowles   
Monday, 21 July 2014 17:00

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The YMCA has broken ground for a new four-court tennis centre that will offer both youth and adult players the chance to enjoy this popular sport in a safe and professional environment.

"Our new centre will provide the best possible tennis experience,” said YMCA Executive Director Karen Johnson. "We  will offer a full tennis programme for all ages and ability levels at reasonable cost, and thereby create a large pool of players and a social tennis environment that is missing for most on Grand Bahama."

The YMCA is an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of young people, promoting healthy lives, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

The tennis project was made possible by the contribution of land from the Grand Bahama Port Authority, as well as the initiative and support of sponsors like Bahamas Hotmix, who are also the main contractors. The grand opening is expected to take place in October.

Freeport's original YMCA facility was built in 1970. It was ground zero for the majority of team sports played on Grand Bahama; creating many local sports heroes and aficionados. But in 2004 the facility was destroyed by Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.

Today's YMCA has been rebuilt and teaches hundreds of children a day through the learn-to-swim programme. It also meets the challenge of operating in a community plagued by unemployment and rising criminal activity, involving otherwise idle young men and women in positive physical and character-building activity.

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Immerse Bahamas successful in forming sister city relationship between Concord North Carolina and Freeport
Submitted by Yolanda Hanna   
Monday, 21 July 2014 07:04

City of Concord with The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville and Ginger Moxey – Representatives from Concord Sister Cities Association paid a courtesy call to Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville and presented him with a gift during their “fact finding” visit to Freeport in June. Pictured from left:  Miguel Taylor, Operations Manager, Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd.; John Dunlap, President of Concord Sister Cities Association; Minister for Grand Bahama; Ginger Moxey, President & CEO of Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd.; Mary Loftus, Past President of Concord Sister Cities and Jim Loftus, Member.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- On Monday June 2nd, Ginger Moxey President and CEO of Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd. set out on a journey with one goal in mind – to promote the culture and the people of The Bahamas to the world.

Moxey went to Washington D.C. to visit the World Headquarters of Sister Cities International to cement the partnership between Immerse Bahamas and Sister Cities International; to discuss sister city agreements that were under development; and to revitalize existing relationships with The Bahamas.

As a result of the visit, John Dunlap, President of Concord Sister Cities Association in Concord, North Carolina and Past President Mary Loftus visited Grand Bahama Island on June 23rd to tour the City of Freeport and to discuss the benefits of such a relationship for both cities. The trip was facilitated by Immerse Bahamas and included courtesy calls with the Minister for Grand Bahama, The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville and Executives of The Grand Bahama Port Authority.

The President of Sister Cities International Mary Kane and Membership Coordinator Taylor Woodruff also visited Grand Bahama Island to participate in the official opening of Immerse Bahamas and the launch of its philanthropic programme “700 Partners” on June 30th.

On Wednesday July 10th, the Mayor of The City of Concord, Scott Padgett and the Concord City Council happily approved the agreement submitted by Concord Sister Cities Association to add Freeport as sister city. Reportedly, the agreement had already been unanimously approved by the Concord Sister Cities Board of Directors. Officials from the City of Freeport are expected to visit the City of Concord, NC over the next few weeks, prior to the signing of the agreement.

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Professional Engineers Board executives call on Minister for Grand Bahama
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 18 July 2014 12:11

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Executives from the Professional Engineers Board paid a courtesy call on Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville on Thursday. Freeman Duncanson (left), Registrar of the PEB and Darius Williams (right), Assistant Secretary/Treasurer met with the Minister for more than an hour and touched on employment opportunities for local engineers and the screening process for foreign engineers seeking employment in Grand Bahama and throughout The Bahamas. Minister Darville assured the Board that his ministry will work closely with the agency to ensure that local engineers get the various jobs as they come on stream and training among other issues. (BIS Photo /Vandyke Hepburn)

 
TEDx takes Grand Bahama by storm
Written by Desiree Joseph   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:05

TedX takes Grand Bahama by storm - The first ever TEDX Talk event took place in Grand Bahama on July 5 and featured video TED talks along with invigorating speeches from four young Bahamian professionals who shared their ideas under the theme, Bahamian Development: How can we further it? Pictured are the four guest speakers, from left-to-right: Joseph Gaskins, Lemarque Campbell, Dr. Crystal DeGregory (moderator), Katarvia Taylor and Luckner Timothee. (Photo Courtesy of TEDx Grand Bahama) FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Just in time for The Bahamas’ 41st Independence celebrations and in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, the first ever TEDx Talk event took place in Grand Bahama on July 5th under the theme, “Bahamian Development: How can we further it?”

The half-day event held at the Pelican Bay Hotel featured four young professional Bahamian speakers and video TED talks, which have all taken a multi-disciplinary approach to the broader theme of development. TEDx talks are no longer than 18 minutes and each speaker maintained that standard with insights that were concise and powerful.

TED is a non-profit, global set of conferences devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. The TEDX program was launched in 2009 and was created to spark deep conversations between local speakers presenting to local audiences about everything from politics to pollination. The mission was to bring ideas to the local level, then elevate them to a global stage by recording the talks as videos.

Organizers of TEDX Grand Bahama, Kartarlah and Earle Taylor, a dynamic father-daughter duo commented, “It was our privilege to provide a platform where Bahamians can connect locally and put forth their ideas that, if implemented, can help The Bahamas achieve sustainable development."

Joseph “Joey” Gaskins Jr., Kartarvia Taylor, Lemarque Campbell and Luckner Timothee were the guest speakers. Gaskins who is a Sociologist and part-time professor at The College of The Bahamas shared his ideas on the current education system and the need for ‘new tourism’ under his talk theme “Once and Future Histories: Colonialism, Development and Imagination.”

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