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Interview with LJM Maritime Academy  

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#TurksandCaicos, March 20, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos could soon have local students trained to act as maritime officers thanks to a partnership between the Turks and Caicos Community College and LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) which is putting its graduates on major cruise lines including Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Brandon Wilson, Student Services representative, detailed to Magnetic Media what The Bahamas based LJMMA offers that TCI youngsters will be able to access.  

“We are the number one maritime institute in The Bahamas, we have two programs, a ratings program and a cadet program.’ he explained at the recent career expo organized by the National Maritime Policy Implementation Committee in The Bahamas.  

‘Rating’ is a catch-all term for deckhands that provide support in a multitude of ways to ensure the smooth running of the ship while at sea. LJM offers four-month rating certifications and students graduate as Efficient Deck Hands (EDH).  Also offered, Williams told us, are three-year diploma or ‘cadet’ programs. 

“You would do two years on campus here and then 12 months at sea. Your 12 months could be with any of our major sponsors Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Disney [or] Campbells shipping,” he explained. 

Potential students will have to  note the strict nature of the profession with an almost regimental structure Williams notes but those three years of studying would grant them either a diploma in nautical science deck/navigation (foundation for future Master Mariners) or a diploma in marine engineering, (foundation for those aspiring to the ranks of Chief Engineer the school says on its website). Wiliams told us that of the schools population it is seeing an influx of determined women ‘females are dominating,’ he said.  

TCICC announced the collaboration with the hidden gem of a school earlier this month.    

Education Minister Rachel Taylor in a press conference at the opening of College Month had said TCICC would now be offering courses in the Blue Economy thanks to LJM including for tour operators, hoteliers, boat captains, shipping companies and more. 

LJM was one of over a dozen maritime organizations featured at last week’s Maritime Career Expo held at the Mall at Marathon in Nassau, Bahamas.  

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Bahamas Government and Grand Bahamas Port Authority in squabble over millions allegedly owed

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Rashaed Esson

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#TheBahamas#DavisAdministration#PortAuthority, April 9, 2024– The Bahamas Government according to reports, says the Grand Bahama Port Authority owes 357 million dollars in back payments over the last five fiscal years, 2018 to 2022, and in a letter sent to the Port Authority last week by the Davis Administration, the government is giving them 30 days to pay up. However, the Port Authority clapped back in a statement, denying the government’s claim saying that they do not owe the sum of 357 million dollars

 

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition

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Rashaed Esson

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TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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