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Hundreds of jobseekers turn out for ‘Labour on the Blocks 2.0’ in Grand Bahama



#TheBahamas, November 23, 2022 – Hundreds of residents in Grand Bahama gathered at St. George’s Gymnasium on November 19, 2022 for ‘Labour on the Blocks 2.0’ in hopes of getting off the unemployment line.

It is the second such edition hosted by the Department of Labour, which is collaborating with the Ministry for Grand Bahama to bring together private businesses and government agencies under the same roof for job seekers.

Eager job seekers flocked to the gymnasium early that morning, with resume and other supporting documents in hand, to get first pick at the 29 businesses and government agencies represented at the job fair, in some instances queuing long lines.

A wide cross-section of businesses and government agencies were present, including Ernst and Young, Deloitte and Touche, Sawyer’s Fresh Market, Quality Services, Baker’s Bay, Grand Lucayan, Universal Security, Grand Bahama Shipyard, Cyber Tech, Freeport Container Port, the University of The Bahamas, Pelican Bay, Sandals, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute, and government agencies such as the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Bahamas Immigration, Bahamas Customs and the National Training Agency.

Sebastian Leguizamon, owner of Compadre, the first recyclable pocket lighter, said they have designed an automated assembly line, which will be operated in Freeport where the lighters will be made, and they will be offering good, high-paying jobs and on-site training for the 23 positions they are hoping to fill initially at the plant.

Leguizamon said he is impressed with the labour pool in The Bahamas, some of whom flew into Grand Bahama to take part in the job fair.

“[I’m] very impressed with the government, how proactive everybody is and again it makes investors very comfortable,” he said.

Human Resources Manager Disney Cruiseline Bahamas Leslie Lopez revealed the company is looking to fill several positions, including landscaping, maintenance, custodial and beach lifeguard and are also scouting out job seekers to fill 200 key positions at its new island, Lighthouse Pointe, in Eleuthera in 2024.

“We’re just getting heads up and seeing what the talent is like in Freeport. So far it’s been great, we’ve met some exciting persons who are ready to work for us and help us in carrying on that journey,” he said.

Lopez said the Department of Labour has been a great partner in helping Disney find essential talent.

Anna Albury, Human Resources Manager at Ocean Cay, a 95-acre private island owned by MSC Cruises, said they are currently recruiting 25 new prospects from room attendants, food and beverage runners, heavy equipment operators to lifeguards.

“Currently we have a total of 142 staff on the island and we’re looking to increase our numbers tremendously and we are global international great company to work for,” she said.

Tavaras Russell, Senior Clerk in the Human Resources Division at Bahamas Immigration, said it was an impressive turnout, and with many stopping by their booth seeking employment, the department is looking for qualified individuals who are ready to serve their country.


Photo Captions:

Header: Hundreds of jobseekers in Grand Bahama flocked to Georges’ Gymnasium as a wide cross-section of businesses and government agencies took part in ‘Labour on the Blocks 2.0’ job fair on Saturday, November 19, 2022 hosted by the Department of Labour and the Ministry for Grand Bahama.

1st insert: Sebastian Leguizamon, owner of Compadre, the first recyclable pocket lighter, in Freeport said they are hoping to source 23 individuals from the pool of job seekers at the ‘Labour on the Blocks 2.0’ hosted by the Department of Labour and the Ministry for Grand Bahama on Saturday, November 19, 2022 in Grand Bahama to fill the first 23 positions at their plant.

2nd insert: Human Resources Manager Disney Cruiseline Bahamas Leslie Lopez said the company was participating in ‘Labour on the Blocks 2.0’ job fair on Saturday, November 19, 2022 in Grand Bahama in anticipation of filling several positions, including 200 key positions at its new island, Lighthouse Pointe, in Eleuthera for 2024.

3rd insert: Hundreds of residents queued long lines in hopes of snagging one of the vacant positions at one of the companies taking part in ‘Labour on the Blocks 2.0’ job fair on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at St. Georges’ Gymnasium hosted by the Department of Labour and the Ministry for Grand Bahama.

(Photos/Lisa Davis-BIS and Ministry for Grand Bahama)

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Mobile App brings unprecedented access & opportunity to Persons with Disabilities in The Bahamas



#TheBahamas, December 8, 2022 – Opportunities and services previously out of reach for many Persons with Disabilities (PWD’s) in The Bahamas are now easier to access with groundbreaking upgrades to the ‘AccessAbility’ mobile app innovated by the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), through a Bahamian APP developer.

As of January 2023, PWD’s registered on the App will be able to book accessible transportation, allowing unprecedented freedom of movement.

For now, services available on the App include free interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing; disaster alerts from NEMA; free registration with NCPD which includes mapped location of registered PWD’s in times of disaster; complaints mechanism; bus routes showing street by street movement ; request for adaptive equipment and other services; business directory for organizations compliant with the Disabilities Act; Career/job listings; as well as trending local and international news and resources.

Financing for the App and the related public education programme was contributed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Multi Country Office located in Jamaica which serves The Bahamas among five English-speaking countries in the northern Caribbean. The App is available for free download from Google Play and the App Store and is also preloaded on all new devices purchased from local telecommunications provider Aliv in partnership with NCPD.

At the launch event on Sunday (4 December), Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon.  Philip Davis said that The Bahamas aimed to achieve inclusion and accessibility on a level playing field for persons with disabilities and that the App was one of the means through which this could be achieved. He lauded the services provided through the app and highlighted the accessible transportation, one touch access to emergency services and sign language interpretation.

The Prime Minister announced that the Department of Labour will enable job listings in the AccessAbility app, and further reminded employers of provisions in the Disability Act for the employment of one person with a disability for every 100 employees. “I am asking corporate Bahamas to join the Government in recognizing the potential in persons with disabilities and providing employment opportunities that may never have been considered before,” he said.

Other major disclosures made by the Prime Minister included The Bahamas’ ratification of ILO Convention 159 establishing the right of PWD to vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities, and the successful implementation of the Nassau Airports Development’s Sunflower Laynard programme offering empathetic and specialized service to travelling PWD’s

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, said exclusion of PWD’s over the years has been troubling, but the mobile app will help bring the community closer to realizing inclusion and becoming part of the normalcy of the country. “We are elated and moved. PWD’s are celebrating because we have come a long way and UNDP is helping to make a difference” Minister Wilchcombe stated.

UNDP Resident Representative Denise E Antonio said recognizing that Disability Inclusion is a development issue requires continued attention and investment, UNDP supported the Government’s mission to expand digital inclusion to marginalized groups through the Digital Access for All (DAFA) Bahamas Project, specifically focusing on the AccessAbility Mobile App and public education.

She reiterated UNDP’s commitment to improving ICT infrastructure and digital access with and for PWD’s in The Bahamas; advancing gender equality and the empowerment of PWD’s in The Bahamas and forging partnerships to identify challenges and potential solutions to reduce inequalities against Persons with Disabilities.  “It is crucial for governments, public and private sectors, to collaboratively find innovative solutions with and for persons with disabilities, to make the world a more accessible and equitable place,” the Resident Representative noted.

She encouraged Persons with Disabilities to register with the NCPD through the App to ensure they benefit from a wide array of services.

The launch of the AccessAbility mobile app will be immediately followed by a multimedia public education campaign to encourage awareness, downloads, and usage among PWDs.

Technology and digitalization are considered enablers in UNDP’s global service offer of six signature solutions focusing on leaving no one behind. To this end, UNDP partners with countries to develop appropriate digital solutions which help advance poverty eradication, inclusion, equality and crisis resilience.  UNDP Multi Country Office in Jamaica serves Jamaica, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.


Release: UNDP

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Tropical Storm Owen in December?



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


December 8, 2022 – A low-pressure system observed in the Central Atlantic Ocean has led the National Hurricane Center to believe there is a 50 per cent chance a subtropical or tropical storm will develop. They reported on Tuesday,  the system was 800 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands.

NHC said that by Thursday or Friday, the system should move northeastward, where it will interact with a mid-latitude trough, thereby limiting the chances of development.

The potential subtropical or tropical storm would become the 15th named storm of 2022 and will be called Owen.

Here is the very latest forecast:

Central Subtropical Atlantic

Showers and thunderstorms have increased since last evening near a

large non-tropical area of low pressure located over the central

subtropical Atlantic about 850 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

However, the system remains embedded within a frontal zone, which is

expected to become more pronounced later today as the low begins to

move east-northeastward at 20 to 25 mph toward colder waters and

interact with a mid-latitude trough.  Therefore, while the system

could show some subtropical characteristics today, its chances to

fully transition to a subtropical or tropical cyclone appear to be

decreasing.  Nevertheless, significant non-tropical development of

this low is expected during the next couple of days, and additional

information, including hurricane-force wind warnings, can be found

in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.  The

next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued

by 9 AM EST Thursday.


* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.



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“WE ARE A COUNTRY OF LAWS”: Bahamas PM says gov’t will enforce PRICE CONTROL



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#TheBahamas, December 8, 2022 – Bahamas’ Price Control Regulations were amended two months ago and several grocers have not complied.  Now, Prime Minister Phillip Davis said the government will take measures to ensure grocers change their prices and obey the law.

Speaking at a Christmas Tree Lighting in Christie Park on Tuesday night, Davis said, “we are a country of laws, so we are going to make sure what we do, to help you, gets to you.”

He said the change was in response to the high cost of living in The Bahamas.  He promised the residents in attendance that the government will do all it can to ensure the people’s survival amidst the inflation. Many grocers complained that the price control would cut into their profits.

President of the Retail Grocers Association, Phillip Beneby announced that a proposal was sent to the government regarding the Price Control Basket, however, they have not received a response.

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