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Six key workers who were witnesses of the tornado that killed three colleagues at the Freeport Container Port were never interviewed by independent investigator Jacques Obadia, it has been claimed.
According to a reliable source, only one worker was interviewed by Mr Obadia, who completed investigations into the deaths at the facility on May 15.
The first phase of Baha Mar's service and training academy got underway yesterday with 120 unemployed Bahamians receiving the opportunity to enhance their skills at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).
The men were among just over 1,000 applicants who applied for the training program, said Baha Mar's VP of Workforce and Planning Development Anne Williams during the orientation exercise at BTVI.
"They should feel very fortunate because they are a part of the first group," she said.
BTVI's Dean of Construction Trades Alexander Darville said over the 18-day program, the participants will be trained in electrical, carpentry, masonry, drywall and plumping.
Darville pointed out that successful completion of the course does not guarantee employment for the participants.
However, those who pass the course will be given preferential treatment among those who apply to work on the construction of the project. Four thousand jobs are anticipated to be created in the construction sector for the various activities involved in the project's development. Courses will begin at BTVI on Monday.
Darville said Baha Mar is in the process of identifying institutions it hopes to partner with for future training programs. Charles Hunt, a consultant at the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, also attended the orientation. Hunt pointed out the benefits of the training program.
"All of these persons are unemployed and by going through this process they have a real opportunity to be considered for employment for a project that would have at least four years to completion," he told The Guardian after the orientation.
Hunt said after the training, the Department of Labour will enter their names into its skills bank and will liaise with Baha Mar's human resources department. The 120 participants -- 75 from New Providence and 45 from Grand Bahama -- were chosen on the basis of their lack of skill.
Hunt said many of the participants have limited experience in construction.
"This program will provide individuals a classroom experience and they will build on their skills," he said.
"This will not qualify anyone to be (an expert) but they will be capable and able to work with experts in the field."
Baha Mar has committed to spending about $8 million on training exercises. Senior Vice President of Administration and External Relations at Baha Mar Robert Sands said the $8 million is for the construction of an academy, as well as operational training and retraining once the academy is established.
The academy represents Baha Mar's commitment to ensuring staff are prepared to deliver the quality performance levels that will be expected of them, according to officials.The first phase is estimated to cost about $65,000.
The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) was successfully convened from November 8 to 14 in Beijing.
More than 2,300 reporters, both domestic and overseas, of over 180 news agencies of the five continents went to Beijing to cover the event.
With the unemployment rate hovering in the double digits in the face of a dramatic economic downturn, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has revealed that a temporary job program the government is seeking to put in place would likely create jobs for as many as 2,000 Bahamians
Every Bahamian can vividly recall the day when as a country we earned what is likely our most treasured Olympic Gold Medal. We remember watching our “Golden Girls” execute flawless baton passes. Picture Debbie Ferguson grabbing that baton from Pauline Davis Thompson and racing with all her might to the finish line bringing to this country what then was its first track and field Gold Medal.
I rise on behalf of the Ministry of Health to make my contribution to this 2010/2011 budget presentation and thank the great constituency of Killarney for the opportunity to present this, my third health budget to this honorable chamber.
I wish to congratulate the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham, for his courage in presenting a Budget that is reflective of the realities of the national economic situation and that refused to defer difficult decisions for future generation of leaders.
commend the Rt. Honourable Prime Minister and his team for their leadership and competence in finalizing the budget.
I especially single out
The Prime Minister for continuing to engage every corner of The Bahamas as he seeks solutions to the challenges before us. I have never heard of a man having so many people and being so available. Contrary to the view expressed publicly. I know that he always seeks a solution which does not divide our society.
And the Minster of State for Finance for his strong belief in Bahamian entrepreneurial talent and his continued tangible support of their cause.
The 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference: Strengthening Evidence To Achieve Sustainable Action, November 18-21, will bring together approximately 2,000 individuals from across the Caribbean to review research findings, to learn about best practices and skills-building tools, and to participate in networking opportunities.