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BORCO’s 2014 Safety Star announced
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:24

2014 Safety Star Announced - Safety is of the utmost concern to Buckeye Bahamas (BORCO) and they continue to display this with their Safety Star Programme.  This year was the second year of the programme which was established in 2013, and this year’s top safety employee was Mark Wilkinson from BORCO’s Warehouse Designated safety coaches have been identified within the company and assigned with the responsibility of conducting daily Safety Observation Rounds (SORs) in the workplace. During daily observations, safety coaches immediately recognise employees and contractors who show correct safety behaviours, and immediately issue lapel safety star pins along with a congratulatory safety card.   In total, 137 Safety Stars were awarded in 2014, with 36 staff being recognised with cash incentives throughout the year for their efforts. (Photo courtesy of BORCO for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- Safety is of the utmost concern to Buckeye Bahamas (BORCO) and they continue to display this with their Safety Star Programme.  This year was the second year of the programme which was established in 2013, and this year’s top safety employee was Mark Wilkinson from BORCO’s Warehouse Department.

“I would like to congratulate Mark for demonstrating a high level of safety consciousness in not only observing but also reporting safety issues,” said Dexter Brooks, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) Team Leader.  “During 2014 Mark observed and reported numerous safety issues that potentially could have resulted in possible injuries to our employees and contractors. Reporting such deficiencies provides the opportunity to take corrective actions thereby avoiding possible injuries.”

The Safety Star programme was launched to promote BORCO’s ‘Safety Culture’ with management rewarding staff for their safe behaviour.  Designated safety coaches have been identified within the company and assigned with the responsibility of conducting daily Safety Observation Rounds (SORs) in the workplace. During daily observations, safety coaches immediately recognise employees and contractors who show correct safety behaviours, and immediately issue lapel safety star pins along with a congratulatory safety card.

Mark Wilkinson was selected as the top safety star after the Health Safety Security Environmental (HSSE) department conducted a raffle with all safety cards issued this year. “BORCO and contract employees are encouraged to follow Mark’s example and become Safety Stars by being very observant of safety issues encountered within our facility and reporting them to Supervisors / Safety Coaches immediately,” Brooks noted. “Unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, near misses and all incidents should be reported immediately as we strive to maintain a safe and secure work environment at BORCO.”

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Save The Bays Youth Environment Ambassadors see green side of heavy industry
Submitted by DP&A   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 07:19

POWER PLAY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS – Grand Bahama teens don hard hats and inquiring minds to learn more about energy production during a trip to the Grand Bahama Power Company. It’s part of the popular Youth Environment Ambassadors (YEA) leadership program sponsored by Save The Bays. In January, visits to the power plant and Grand Bahama Shipyard were aimed at demonstrating the synergetic co-existence of heavy industry and environmental protection when companies monitor, protect, respect and abide best practices and international standards. FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Some 45 young people in Grand Bahama in the past month witnessed the reality of what their older counterparts said for decades was possible  – the greening of modern heavy industry.

The youngsters, participants in a popular bi-monthly program called Youth Environment Ambassadors sponsored by Save The Bays, got the educational double dose with on-site tours, lectures and classroom visits by executives from two of the island’s leading industrial suppliers – the Grand Bahama Shipyard and Grand Bahama Power Company.   

“Grand Bahama is the heartbeat of industry in The Bahamas and, with the shipyard being the largest in the Western Hemisphere, it’s a real testing ground for how industry can serve the public’s needs without sacrificing the environment,” said Joe Darville Director of Education for the fast-growing environmental movement. “The presentations by both the Grand Bahama Shipyard and the Grand Bahama Power Company were lively, informative and interactive. But most importantly, they demonstrated how best practices can mitigate against any potentially negative impact on our health, well-being and on our environment, marine and terrestrial, even while operating in a massive industrial complex.”

While health and safety experts Nikita Mullings and Jensen Farquharson led the session from Grand Bahama Power, Grand Bahama Shipyard CEO Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch and Health, Safety, Environment and Security Manager Kendrick Knowles led the session that included a tour of what has been called “a celebrated example of industrial and environmental symbiosis.”

Darville had especially flattering words for the shipyard where he worked for eight years.

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Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce and Port Authority join forces to present VAT seminar
Submitted by Janet Albury   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 10:23

Mr. Christopher Baker, F.C.A., Senior Manager, Freeport Office HLB Galanis & Co.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited’s Value Added Tax along with The Small Business Sector conducted a seminar on the topic of “Value Added Tax & The Small Business Sector” on January 22, 2015.

The first session was held on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. commencing with remarks by President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Mr. Kevin Seymour, followed by the President of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited, Mr. Ian Rolle.

Both sessions were conducted by Mr. Christopher Baker, F.C.A., Senior Manager, Freeport Office HLB Galanis & Co. which was held in the Conference Room of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Baker explained how and why businesses need to register for VAT noting that it is a consumption tax applied to most goods and services, that are paid by the final customer, collected by businesses and remitted to the government.

He noted that if the small businesses were not registered and did not have the TIN numbers then they would be considered the final customer and not able to reclaim funds they paid out in taxes.

He said that most places have already included the 7.5% tax in their bills while others seem to have it placed on during purchase.

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Visiting the Shipyard proves that even in the industrial sector, it’s better in The Bahamas
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 13:38

Visiting the Shipyard Proves that Even in the Industrial Sector, it’s Better in The Bahamas - Although visiting Grand Bahama Shipyard isn’t an everyday experience for most visitors to The Bahamas, students from St. Bonaventure University commented that it was the best part of their trip. Fifty students from the university visited the Shipyard during their winter break as a part of an annual service trip that the ENACTUS club takes to The Bahamas.  This student-run trip includes business consulting, work with elementary schools, technology expos and Special Olympics programmes.  Shipyard executives gave students a tour of the facility and provided insights to the company for the large group of visitors, which it is a pleasure to host each year. (Photo courtesy of Derek Carroll for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Although visiting Grand Bahama Shipyard isn’t an everyday experience for most visitors to The Bahamas, students from St. Bonaventure University in New York commented that it was the best part of their trip.

Fifty students from the university visited the Shipyard during their winter break as a part of an annual service trip that the ENACTUS club takes to The Bahamas.  This student-run trip includes business consulting, work with elementary schools, technology expos and Special Olympics programmes.  The ENACTUS club is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that promotes partnership between leaders in business and university students to make a difference in their local communities.

“I personally learned so much driving around the Shipyard,” said Rachel Camilo, ENACTUS President.  “I did not realize how large of an operation the Grand Bahama Shipyard is or how well-known the Shipyard was around the world. I was impressed not only by the information that was given to us on the tour but also the ability to speak with COO, Rueben Byrd afterwards. We truly had a personalized tour and are very appreciative of the lengths that the Shipyard went through to accommodate us.”

This annual visit by St. Bonaventure has become a highlight on the Shipyard calendar which the executives also enjoy, as they can show visitors the successful Bahamian yard.

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First BNT Lecture Series on Grand Bahama opens to a packed house
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 09:25

BNT Lecture Series Opens to a Packed House - The first public lecture hosted by the Grand Bahama Regional Branch of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) series opened to a full house last week. Packed with BNT members, local residents and students, Peter Barratt’s presentation on Taino and Maya civilizations was described as excellent by many. (Photo courtesy of BNT for Barefoot Marketing)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The first public lecture hosted by the Grand Bahama Regional Branch of the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) series opened to a full house last week. Packed with BNT members, local residents and students, Peter Barratt’s presentation on Taino and Maya civilizations, was described as excellent by many.

“Our meeting started with an amazing turnout. Not only were all chairs taken but we had people standing to hear the lecture on Taino and Maya parallel cultures,” said Shamie Rolle, Chairman of the Grand Bahama Regional Branch of the BNT. “Peter Barratt, the night's speaker was greeted as a beloved historian and member of our community by a standing ovation.”

The lecture delved into the most recent archaeology findings of both Taino and Maya people and shared similarities in religion, art, society, skull deformation and many more. In addition to this, several artifacts were on display for meeting participants to view, some of which were found on Grand Bahama, and Barratt also gave some insight into excavation expeditions on Grand Bahama.

“The success of this lecture also excited members to continue their pursuit of a museum on Grand Bahama showcasing artifacts, paintings, photos, paleontology,” said Rolle.  

“Think of the addition this will make to the tourist visit and wonderful discoveries of Grand Bahama.”

The Grand Bahama branch is excited to see the return of lecture series. The next lecture will feature Melanie L. J. Stiassny from the American Museum of Natural History, presenting on her book ‘Opulent Oceans’.  

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