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July 16, 2014
Knowing when to depart

Whether Prime Minister Perry Christie likes it or not, the issue of his political future will increasingly be of interest in the months to come. He did not seem too enthused when reporters asked him yesterday if he will seek another term as prime minister.
"That's not important to me now, [the fact that] people keep on talking about whether I'm running again," he said to reporters at the opening ceremony for the UNESCO Regional Meeting on the Underwater Cultural Heritage at SuperClubs Breezes.
"You know who decides whether I'm running again? Firstly, me and my family. Secondly, the people, the members of Parliament and the political organization throughout the country.
"So I'm not going to be distracted by that now. I see people saying I am running again. That's fine. They are able to say that.
"I am now running to get results from the Progressive Liberal Party government. That's what I'm running for. I am running full speed all the time. I have not taken a day off since the election."
This question should not annoy Christie. The whole country wants to officially know what he intends to do - we think he'll run again.
Christie will be 71 years old next month and has been in frontline politics for 40 consecutive years. What Christie should know, actually, is some of his colleagues in the PLP, from time to time, even ask the media to ask him publicly if he is running again. They too want to know in order to plan their political futures.
While Christie is proud of how long he has been in frontline politics - he mentions it nearly every time he speaks in Parliament - many think it is time for new thinking, new energy and new ideas in the Office of the Prime Minister. Crime and unemployment are high; taxes are going up; there is a mortgage crisis; the price of electricity is so high that many are in darkness. In this context, we have no sensible big ideas from our leader as to how to raise The Bahamas to a better circumstance.
In a recent interview with this newspaper, Bahamas Faith Ministries International President Dr. Myles Munroe suggested that the political leadership in the country should recognize that its time is over and identify suitable replacements.
"Leadership is a relay. It is not a sprint," he said.
"The most important part of a relay is not how fast you run. It is that crucial moment of passing that baton. Leadership will be judged not by how fast or how long or great they ran.
"It is that moment in history when they have to let go of that baton. Nothing can be worse than passing the baton to the next runner, but you are not letting go of it. The next election, to me, is the passing of the baton."
Munroe's reflection echoes what many think around this country. We need energetic and transformative leadership from another generation of Bahamians in order to revive our system of governance. To be clear, youth does not automatically equate to wisdom, and age to exhaustion. It is obvious, though, that a Christie-led government has little new to offer that will make our circumstance better.
"That's a tough moment because there are people who believe [they are] not yet old enough to leave the race," said Munroe.
"Letting it go is tough because if you enjoy power, if you enjoy notoriety, the respect and the recognition and if you confuse your value with your title...you feel like if you let the baton go you let your life go."
Munroe left one further gem.
"The next election will prove who is mature and who is immature," he said.
"I'm talking among the fathers. It will determine who has vision and who has ambition. Ambition is normally canvassing for personal progress or personal promotion.
"Vision has to do with the progress of other people. This will test who loves the country or who wants to use the country."
Those words seem very directed at our most senior politician. We hope he reflects on them and does what is best for our Bahamas.

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May 16, 2013
Woman of Worth conference seeks to empower and assist with building self-worth

In these challenging times, a conference that seeks to empower women to face life's challenges, change their circumstances and assist with building their self-worth while helping them to discover who they really are is just what is needed.
With that in mind, the Woman of Worth Ministries International will host this year's worship summit under the theme "Positioned For Such A Time As This."
The conference takes place May 24-25 at the SuperClubs Breezes. The conference starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
"Things are changing around us daily and you need to be equipped with the correct tools to be effective in this season," said conference host Minister Lorna Jay Simmons. "We feel that it is important to take time out to be renewed, refreshed and refueled to have an encounter that will help prepare us for our promise," she said.
Reverend Eileen Johnson from the Church of God; Patricia Womack from the Libert Worship Center Church of God of Prophecy, Atlanta, Georgia; Pastor Cleopatra Williams from Life Changers Ministries International; Minister Nadene Moss and Minister Necole Watson are also scheduled to speak at the conference.
The conference's focus will be on awakening the awareness that women have been strategically placed to complete an assignment given to them by God for the body of Christ, family and society.
The conference, for which there is a $50 per person fee (a group rate for five or more is available) targets single, married, mature, young, professional, hurting, broken and strong women who are thirsty for refreshment.
Minister Simmons said whatever women are going through -- whether they're downtrodden or flying high, they can find their place and purpose through God.

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Grammy Award Winning Artist R. Kelly Coming To The Bahamas
February 07, 2013
Grammy Award Winning Artist R. Kelly Coming To The Bahamas

February 6, 2012 – Tired of the same old predictable concert experience year after year? Fresh Entertainment is keeping it fresh and exciting with a brand new face, a brand new venue, a brand new fresh experience.

For the first time, live in the Bahamas it’s Grammy award winning producer, songwriter and artist R. Kelly with “A Celebration of Love” Post Valentine’s Concert presented by Fresh Entertainment. On Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 the Seaside Pavilion at Arawak Cay will house an intimate musical journey with R. Kelly and be transformed in to an unforgettable, upscale Oasis. Doors open at pm, and the Show begins promptly at 9pm.

For a preview and detailed seatmap of the venue, view sections and purchase tickets now via www.freshentbah.com. Tickets start at. Box office locations commence sales on Friday, February, 2013.

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June 07, 2011
CBC Championships rapidly approaching

Local basketball players have less than three weeks to work on their games if they plan to play on one of two senior national teams, set to compete this summer.
Coaches of the respective teams have by June 23 to select and submit a roster of 24 players eligible to participate in the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships. The men's tournament is slated for July 23-29 and the women's are penciled in for August 3-7, at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. Even though The Bahamas will be the host of both the men and women's championships, the deadline is still in full effect, confirmed Lawrence Hepburn, Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) President.
He said: "The coaches are going through their selection process everyday. They do an evaluation of the players and what they have or see at each practice. We don't want to close our practice sessions too early because there are persons we have not seen as yet, and then there are players who still haven't performed up to their full potential, because they are still getting in shape. We wanted to see what a little more practice time and getting in shape will do. Some of our players practicing now are veteran players and they bring a lot to the floor.
"We know and have an idea who some of our younger players are. These players are a little more active than the older ones, but we plan to combine the experience factor as well as the youth factor. Up to now everything has been working out well. I have watched the coaching staff sit down night after night and do evaluations, so in that aspect, they are doing well. The practices are running really strong. I know we will meet the deadline of June 23 to name the 24 players selected."
The roster of 24 players will be shaved down to 12, seven days ahead of tournament play. Hepburn encourages persons who are interested in representing their country to come out to practices, noting that no additions can be made once the 24 names are sent in.
If you are unable to come out to training sessions a communication must be sent in to the federation stating the reasons why. Leniency is being given to persons in summer school at their respective colleges, playing in professional leagues, and others who are currently not in range of any of the practice sessions.
Workouts are currently being held in New Providence, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera. Interested persons from the remaining Family Islands are asked to contact their association's president or the BBF for more information. Head coaches for the men's squad are Larry Brown, Mario Bowleg, Quintin 'Three Ounce' Hall and Dexter Cambridge. Larry Tidwell will head the women's squad, and he will be assisted by Felix 'Fly' Musgrove and Kayla Campbell.
"The problem is once we name the 24 there is a difficulty in naming anyone else who comes in later," confirmed Hepburn. "Anyone who is off to school or has not communicated to us their position and what is happening, it is going to be difficult trying to get them on the team. It is going to cost us $1,000 per player if we name persons outside of the roster of 24. This is why we have been asking and telling persons if you are interested and if there is a situation, summer school, professional contract or job situation let us know. We will look at your situation and make some decisions based on that, but to come after June 23 and you're not named to the 24-man roster, it is going to be really difficult to get you on. It is possible but it costs $1,000, so we must name the list and you have to be on that roster."
Training sessions for both squads are held three to four times a week. Hepburn and executive members want to have a good showing at the championships and hope to qualify for the Centrobasket Championships. Playing host creates a perfect opportunity for The Bahamas' men and women's teams to qualify.
This will mark the first time in 10 years The Bahamas is playing host to the event. The BBF will welcome teams from Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic.
The men's championships will be held under the patronage of former Bahamian NBA player Mychal 'Sweet Bells' Thompson, who won two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. Teams will play out of two pools. Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana and the Turks and Caicos Islands will play out of Pool A, and the other pool will feature the British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Bermuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Cayman Islands.
The women's affair will be played in a round-robin format.
Only the top three teams from both tournaments will advance to the Centrobasket Championships, which is made up of eight countries from around the Central American and Caribbean region. Teams will be staying at the SuperClubs Breezes Resort. Officials from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and CBC will be housed at the Wyndham Nassau Resort.

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Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony tonight
July 01, 2011
Boxing Hall of Fame ceremony tonight

Tonight at SuperClubs Breezes, the Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) will induct its Hall of Fame Class for 2011.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., BBC Chairman Pat Strachan will lead the reception that will honor Open Inductee Bertram 'Bert Perry' Perigord and Veterans Inductee Wilfred 'Battling' Douglas.

Tonight's event is the second of the present commission's initiative to pay tribute to the icons of Bahamian boxing. In early 2009, the commission made a decision to begin the Hall of Fame program and in November of that year, with the full endorsement of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the first ceremony was held during the Caribbean Awards Sports Icons (CASI) week.

The first inductees were William 'Yama Bahama' Butler, Gomeo Brennan and Everette 'Elisha Obed' Ferguson. Yama Bahama and Brennen were the original international pioneers of Bahamian boxing and Obed was the first (and still only) fully recognized world champion. He won the World Boxing Council's (WBC) Junior Middleweight crown in 1975.

Brennan twice held the Commonwealth (British Empire) middleweight title, winning it the first time in 1963. Yama Bahama was the original Bahamian prime time sports star of television and radio. Tonight, officially their company will be expanded by two more.

Perigord is a former two-time heavyweight champion of The Bahamas and a New York State Golden Gloves silver medalist from 1968. Douglas is one of the more exciting Bahamian boxers who ever put on a pair of gloves.

For the 2011 Hall of Fame Induction, the commission decided to include a Veterans category. The decision was grounded in the need to acknowledge all of the high-level contributors and pacesetters of the sport from its beginning in the country. The political powers in the land enacted legislation during the decade of the 1990s to control professional boxing.

The present commission is going a bit outside of the box and expanding its functions with the Hall of Fame ceremonies. Commissioner Paul Moxey has been appointed Chief Statistician and has the mandate of the organization to work with a committee on a research effort it is hoped will eventually result in the listing of all of the champions of the past and present. The boxers from different eras will also be compiled. It's a tough task because no records were kept prior to the establishment of the Bahamas Boxing Commission Act.

However, this commission has undertaken the responsibility. It will take a quality job by the research committee to sustain the Hall of Fame program.

Tonight, the Boxing Hall of Fame spotlight will be on Bertram 'Bert Perry' Perigord and Wilfred 'Battling' Douglas. They will be the center of attraction one more time.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at frobertsturrup@gmail.com)

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August 22, 2014
Knowing when to depart

Whether Prime Minister Perry Christie likes it or not, the issue of his political future will increasingly be of interest in the months to come. He did not seem too enthused when reporters asked him recently if he will seek another term as prime minister.
"That's not important to me now, [the fact that] people keep on talking about whether I'm running again," he said to reporters at the opening ceremony for the UNESCO Regional Meeting on the Underwater Cultural Heritage at SuperClubs Breezes.
"You know who decides whether I'm running again? Firstly, me and my family. Secondly, the people, the members of Parliament and the political organization throughout the country.
"So I'm not going to be distracted by that now. I see people saying I am running again. That's fine. They are able to say that.
"I am now running to get results from the Progressive Liberal Party government. That's what I'm running for. I am running full speed all the time. I have not taken a day off since the election."
This question should not annoy Christie. The whole country wants to officially know what he intends to do - we think he'll run again.
Christie is 71 years old and has been in frontline politics for 40 consecutive years. What Christie should know, actually, is some of his colleagues in the PLP, from time to time, even ask the media to ask him publicly if he is running again. They too want to know in order to plan their political futures.
While Christie is proud of how long he has been in frontline politics - he mentions it nearly every time he speaks in Parliament - many think it is time for new thinking, new energy and new ideas in the Office of the Prime Minister. Crime and unemployment are high, taxes are going up, there is a mortgage crisis, the price of electricity is so high that many are in darkness. In this context, we have no sensible big ideas from our leader as to how to raise The Bahamas to a better circumstance.
In a recent interview with this newspaper, Bahamas Faith Ministries International President Dr. Myles Munroe suggested that the political leadership in the country should recognize that its time is over and identify suitable replacements.
"Leadership is a relay. It is not a sprint," he said.
"The most important part of a relay is not how fast you run. It is that crucial moment of passing that baton. Leadership will be judged not by how fast or how long or great they ran.
"It is that moment in history when they have to let go of that baton. Nothing can be worse than passing the baton to the next runner, but you are not letting go of it. The next election, to me, is the passing of the baton."
Munroe's reflection echoes what many think around this country. We need energetic and transformative leadership from another generation of Bahamians in order to revive our system of governance. To be clear, youth does not automatically equate to wisdom, and age to exhaustion. It is obvious, though, that a Christie-led government has little new to offer that will make our circumstance better.
"That's a tough moment because there are people who believe [they are] not yet old enough to leave the race," said Munroe.
"Letting it go is tough because, if you enjoy power, if you enjoy notoriety, the respect and the recognition and if you confuse your value with your title...you feel like if you let the baton go, you let your life go."
Munroe left one further gem.
"The next election will prove who is mature and who is immature," he said.
"I'm talking among the fathers. It will determine who has vision and who has ambition. Ambition is normally canvassing for personal progress or personal promotion.
"Vision has to do with the progress of other people. This will test who loves the country or who wants to use the country."
Those words seem very directed at our most senior politician. We hope he reflects on them and does what is best for our Bahamas.

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July 01, 2011
Police liaison officers for public schools

Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade announced yesterday that a police liaison officer will be assigned to each government school when schools re-open in September.

Greenslade and other government officials, including the Director of the Immigration Department Jack Thompson, met with public school principals during a forum at SuperClubs Breezes Resort yesterday morning to discuss crime and immigration related issues affecting the public school system.

School violence has been a major concern in public schools, especially in New Providence, over the last few years. The Department of Education and police have had to respond to fights, stabbings and at least one homicide on or near New Providence public schools.

"I've assured principals that they are fully in control of their schools and we stand in full support of them," Greenslade said.

"But we will be more than happy to ensure that there's a school liaison officer assigned to every school in The Bahamas. We have sufficient officers to deal with that and they should be available at all times to the schools and any issues that needs to be pushed further up will be handled by our officers."

Greenslade's announcement came fours years after the Free National Movement (FNM) administration dismantled the school policing program left in place by the last Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration.
This program involved stationing police at public schools.

That initiative was replaced with a community policing approach through which officers are stationed outside schools during peak hours (7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and his government have held to the position that police officers do not belong in schools.

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June 19, 2012
Nottage laments crime in prison

Behind the gates of Her Majesty's Prisons, crimes are being committed by both inmates and prison officers, National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said yesterday.
Nottage said some incarcerated criminals order hits while a small group of "rouge" prison officers supply inmates with contraband.
"With respect to the importation of contraband, it is well known that illicit drugs and cellular telephones are the contraband items of choice in prisons worldwide," he said while addressing the Caribbean Association of Corrections Conference at SuperClubs Breezes.
"These twin evils continue to wreak havoc on prison administrations because of the polluting and contaminating influence on institutional law and order and public safety generally.
"The incorporation of various technological devices to stem the stream of contraband smuggling has met with varying degrees of success.
"I am advised that this is because most of our penal institutions are saddled with a relatively small band of highly organized rogue officers who use trafficking as a part time occupation."
Nottage said in order to reduce the problem, officials must not only focus on trying to identify those who are corrupt, but must find ways to incentivize officers "who are otherwise law abiding but indifferent and silent in the face of wrongdoing."
"So members of ACHCPS (Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services) must find new ways not just to oppose corruption; it is your duty to expose it," Nottage said.
He said the emergence of gang activity in prisons is also a major concern.
"Given the poisonous, insidious impact of gangs in our prison systems, no effort should be spared to eradicate them by all lawful means necessary," Nottage said.
"In the case of The Bahamas, I am advised that organized gangs in our prison system is a relatively new phenomenom. Not only do gangs spell violence but they are often central to hits being ordered on law-abiding witnesses and ordinary citizens.
"I note from your program that one of your sessions will examine the role of gangs within prisons. It is my hope that as a result of your deliberations you may help to formulate new ideas and policies on how we may best deal with this vexing problem."
In recent years, some witnesses have been murdered.
Earlier this month, two people who were witnesses in an approaching murder trial were killed.
Dario Dean, 23, and his mother Nora Mae Johnson, 53, were shot to death at an apartment on Buttonwood Avenue in Pinewood Gardens on June 5.

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June 04, 2014
'Record attendance' at Commonwealth Bank AGM

More than 400 people packed the SuperClubs Breezes ballroom on May 28 for the Commonwealth Bank annual general meeting, creating a record crowd for attendance.
"Our results this past year were very impressive when one considers the difficult economic environment and increased competition that we are exposed to," said William B. Sands, Jr., executive chairman. "Total profit in 2013 was $51 million, the third highest profit in the bank's history."
That result, said President Ian Jennings, placed Commonwealth Bank out in front of all the clearing banks in The Bahamas, including those with vast regional resources and assets; it also allowed the bank to pay out a total of $29.5 million in dividends to some 6,000 shareholders from every walk of life who earned quarterly and extraordinary dividends totaling 30 cents per share in fiscal 2013.
Questioned whether the bank would alter its business model of personal banking relationships with a focus on consumer lending to move toward e-banking and other global banking initiatives, Jennings said Commonwealth Bank understands its market and will continue to focus on personal banking, implying that a move outside its core business could easily have quick negative results.
"The challenge comes not from the growth period," he told the standing room-only crowd, "but from how you maintain your performance once growth slows down. The danger of growth or undertaking new business directions is that you outgrow your capacity to manage the business."
More important than changing direction, he said, is managing risk and maintaining strong personal relationships with customers. Risk management and consistency were themes carried throughout the meeting that several times erupted in applause as financial highlights were interspersed with appreciation to staff and shareholders.
"The foundation of Commonwealth Bank is ingrained in our business model, which focuses on personal banking," said Sands. "This model is captured in our vision - to be the first choice of Bahamians for all personal banking services. This model has served us well over the years as we have successfully used it to navigate through good and bad times, and in many instances outperforming our competitors. The current challenging economic environment has become our new normal since 2008 and is expected to persist in the short term. While the market environment in recent years has forced many of our competitors to change direction, our business model has and will continue to be consistent, reinforced and focused on being the first choice of Bahamians for all personal banking services."
As Jennings said, "there has never been an easy year", but the bank's challenges of impaired loans - a major concern for all banks throughout the retail domestic system - are being met through a multi-tiered approach that involves concentration on quality loans, active collection and writing off those loans that are realistically unable to be satisfied. The combination of tactics has produced a stronger loan portfolio, according to reports, with Commonwealth Bank's non-performing loan portfolio at less than a third of the percentage of the industry average that hovers about 15 percent.
In a snapshot of financials for the fiscal year that ended December 31, CFO Patrick McFall reported a 42 percent increase in profits from the previous year.
"Commonwealth Bank had total profit of $50.8 million dollars in 2013, compared to $35.7 million in 2012 - an improvement of 42.1 percent," he said. "Commonwealth Bank ended 2013 with total assets at $1.43 billion, basically unchanged from 2012. The combination of improvements in profits and no change in assets resulted in overall improvements in the bank's performance ratios.
"Earnings per share is up 50 percent. Return on shareholders' equity is up 42 percent. Profit available to common shareholders is up almost 50 percent. While total profit is up, the bank's efficiency ratio is also up."
In other business, shareholders approved the first increase in remuneration for directors in several years, approved the amendment of the rights of unissued preference shares to terms that comply with Basel III accords on Tier 1 capital and re-elected all directors, including William B. Sands, Rupert W. Roberts, Jr., Earla J. Bethel, Dr. Marcus R.C. Bethel, Larry R. Gibson, Robert D.L. Sands, R. Craig Symonette and Vaughn Higgs. Jennings continues to serve in his capacity as president.

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C.C. Sweeting Work Based Learning Programme students urged to defy the odds
June 12, 2013
C.C. Sweeting Work Based Learning Programme students urged to defy the odds

Graduates of the C.C. Sweeting High School Work Based Learning Programme were reminded that they might never get a second chance to make a first impression, and that as they graduate high school they should decide to be strong, confident A-grade employees.
Elma Garraway, former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, told the members of the sixth graduation class, of which Micheal Hanna was the top academic student, to decide that with determination, hope and commitment they can achieve their goals.
"It is my prayer that you will make wise decisions and remain safe as you move forward, upward and onward in your new role as a responsible adult, citizen and proud alumni of C.C. Sweeting Senior High School," said Garraway.
For those students seeking further training and educational experiences, Garraway reminded them that financial aid was available for them at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and that short courses can be found on a part-time basis in most of the technical and business areas.
The former education permanent secretary, who was also an educator, said it's never too late to learn anything their mind's can conceive of.
"You must be prepared to defy the odds [and] intend to win," said Garraway.
The former permanent secretary shared with the young men seven traits identified by the American Association of Technical and Vocational Education sent to her by Dr. Iva Dahl, the manager/consultant at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute, that she said would ensure success once followed -- attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, accountability, acceptance and appreciation.
"Positive people are in short supply, but are in high demand. Display good manners at all times and never let anyone determine how you should behave," Garraway said.
Garraway told them to be on time every time, as punctuality speaks to character and will give their supervisors an impression about how they feel about their jobs. She reminded them of an old adage: "The early bird catches the worm."
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Dress the part you were hired to play or would wish to play," she said.
The educator also said that their ambitions would show that they value knowledge and to always learn, read and continue their educations and training.
"Exceed the expectations of those around you and show that you are invaluable to your employer. My advice to you is to write down three goals you would wish to achieve. Look at them every week and evaluate how you are working to achieve them," she said.
Garraway reminded the graduating students to be accountable and people of integrity. She told them to always demonstrate that they can be trusted to complete all tasks assigned without being watched.
"Be honest in all things, and be the kind of person you would trust to work for you," she said.
She told them that they always need to be accepting of rules and regulations of the job, the country and the Bible and to respect authority and those placed in leadership positions.
"Be a good team player. And remember that in order to be a leader you must be a good follower," she said.
The former teacher reminded the graduates to always show appreciation and to go beyond the call of duty to give good service and be reminded that every satisfied customer is a repeat customer. She told them their supervisors would value their service.

The program
The C.C. Sweeting Work Based Learning Programme is an all-male cohort started in September 2007 by the school's former Principal Delores Ingraham. Its motto is: "It's Better to Build a Boy than to Repair a Man."
The main objective of the program is to act as an intervention for twelfth grade male students -- to reduce the dropout rate among high school male students who are challenged academically; to ensure that the students participating in the program achieve a skill/trade; to provide students with the opportunity for gainful employment. (If they work well enough on the job, the company may hire them for the summer and then full time); to expose the students to hands-on, on-the-job training opportunities; improve the number of male students satisfactorily completing high school; and provide participants with the opportunity to sit the Bahamas Junior Certificate examination for math, English language and health science if they have not done so.
Students attend school twice per week to receive instruction in the core subjects and report to the work site of their career choice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are mentored while acquiring a skill as they are exposed to various skill sets like air condition repair, auto repair, bodywork, landscaping, plumbing, hotel training, videography and welding while still completing high school.
Over 120 students have passed through the program since its inception. The program has an 80 percent completion average.
Current Work Based Learning Programme work sites are E & U Watercoolers, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Junkanoo Beach Resort, Superclubs Breezes and The Royal Bahamas Police Force Garage.

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