NHS cast as bad employer by workforce

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. NHS cast as bad employer by workforceOn 5 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Less than one in three NHS staff feel they are treated with fairness and respect by their employer compared to nearly two-thirds of employees in the financial services sector.A survey by employee research specialist ORC International found only 28 per cent of health service employees believed they were well treated. For staff in the financial services sector the figure is 60 per cent.But NHS employees scored highly on job satisfaction with 93 per cent saying they enjoy their job.Only 43 per cent, however, said they are proud to work for the NHS compared with 68 per cent proud to be working in financial services.The benchmarking survey, Perspectives, polled 1.25 million UK staff in private and public-sector organisations including the NHS, Home Office, Tesco and Boots.The survey also found that 73 per cent of retail employees like the work they do and 48 per cent believe their earnings relate to their duties and responsibilities. In the NHS the proportion is only 27 per cent. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Eat, play, sleep

first_imgSleep. Eat three meals a day. Get outside the “Harvard bubble.” Try new things. And remember, professors are people too. Sounds easy enough, right?As the Class of ’17 heads for campus on move-in day Monday, faculty, fellow students, and administrators have some advice for the new freshmen.“Experiment, take intellectual risks, break the mold by doing things you haven’t done before,” said Jeffrey Hamburger, Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture. “Also, seek advice, but don’t feel obliged to take it.”The freshmen, many of them with their parents’ help, will move into the dorms in and around the Yard on Monday, and then spend the next several days exploring the campus and the many opportunities that lie ahead of them before classes start the following week. They also will begin to get to know their roommates and classmates.Here are some transitional tips from those who already know Harvard:Just relax“When I first came to campus, my first concern was: Will I make friends, and who will I be friends with? I questioned if I was smart enough to be here. And I was very curious about what the year would bring,” said Jayshlyn Acevedo, a senior. “Just relax. The schedule over the first few days is created with thought and detail so that most of the questions you have as a freshman will be answered by the time the week is over.”Dean of Freshman Thomas Dingman said Acevedo’s initial reaction is common since this can be an exciting yet anxious time for freshmen.“Just remember that everyone is in the same boat. No one knows where anything is. You are not the only one,” Dingman said. “I also think it is great practice to plunk down next to someone at Annenberg (Hall) you don’t know very well and continue that practice throughout the year.”Harvard provides a wealth of opportunities both in and out of the classroom, which interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister said could seem overwhelming, but shouldn’t be.“The richness of the community can have the potential to draw them into too many things — this sense that if they don’t do all of these extracurriculars they’re falling behind. I think the message is find what it is you want to do and do it well,” said Pfister, the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany. “I do think stepping back and relaxing and developing your own pace is a big part of it.”Remember to sleep, eat, and exerciseAnya Bassett, a lecturer on social studies, advises freshmen. She stresses the basics of health and wellness when she meets with them.“For busy Harvard freshmen, sleep and exercise are often the first things to go, and they are so important to students’ balance,” Bassett said. “When I meet with my freshmen advisees, I ask them to keep track of how much they are sleeping, and I strongly encourage them to exercise regularly.”Krystal Ortiz, a junior, said the beginning of the semester is a time for freshmen to become acclimated to their new environment, but then the pace quickens.“In about the third week, things really start to pick up. You need to remember to take care of yourself and pay attention to the signals your body is giving you,” she said. “One of the biggest questions in every freshman’s mind is, ‘How did I get in here?’ It is important to recognize that everyone is here for a reason, and yes, you do belong here.”Break the Harvard bubbleThose who have been at Harvard for a while agree that the close proximity to Boston provides an unusually broad opportunity for exploration.“The T is so easy to use, you can be in Boston in minutes, or you can bike five miles and be anywhere you need to be,” said Acevedo. “Boston is a beautiful city, and there is so much to do and explore. Or you can join a service organization and really get involved in the community that surrounds Harvard.”Many incoming freshmen have told Dingman they chose Harvard over other Ivy League schools because of its location across the river from Boston.“I think getting out of the Harvard bubble is great advice. There are tremendous opportunities to explore in Boston,” Dingman said.Fun matters“The extension outside of the classroom is really what Harvard is about. This holistic environment will create the possibilities for you and enable you to practice what you learn in the classroom,” said Acevedo. “Have an open mind about all aspects of the campus when you come here. Take everything in so you can decide what it is you want to do. You could take a class for fun that becomes your passion.”Harvard is an academic experience, but Dingman stressed that freshmen — and all Harvard students — need to ensure they have a healthy social life as well.“Fun matters,” said Dingman. “The more they can take meaningful breaks, the more successful they will be. We know the people who do best are doing things outside of the classroom.”Professors are people tooOrtiz said freshmen shouldn’t be apprehensive about approaching professors to ask questions or seek help. “The faculty want to interact with students; they want you to ask questions,” she said.Hamburger and Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, both said that professors are people too.“But don’t call your professor ‘dude,’ ” Franklin suggested.“Don’t be afraid to knock on your professor’s door. We want to talk to you,” said Hamburger. “And most importantly, don’t focus on success. Focus on finding a vocation.”It will be over quicklyPfister, a former House master and member of the Harvard faculty for nearly 40 years, has taught and interacted with thousands of students. He said to remember that freshmen won’t be freshmen for long.“We always say, ‘Today you’re here as freshmen, and tomorrow you’ll be at Commencement.’ It may feel like an eternity, but it will be over quickly, so enjoy it and make the most of it.”Read more advice and share your own for Harvard’s incoming freshmen on Twitter using #Harvard2017.last_img read more

COVID-19: World Athletics postpones bidding processes for 2023 events

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, World Athletics has postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. The world athletics governing body said on its website on Wednesday that the bidding processes for the 2023 World Athletics Cross Country Championships and the 2023 World Athletics Relays would now open in November 2020. It, however, noted that bidding processes for future World Athletics Series events beyond 2023 remained unchanged. “More information can be found in the hosting section of the World Athletics website,” it said.Tags: 2023 World Athletics Corss Country ChampionshipsCoronavirusCOVID-19World Athleticslast_img read more

Take another look at BPO – Investment mission to the USA

first_imgAccording to one of the delegates, Mr. Brian Whittaker, CEO of Business Trust, “South Africa’s strengths in the BPO sector play to the US’s needs. South Africa offers a high quality, value-based destination for offshoring business processes, in a stable investment environment supported by world class infrastructure.”Another delegate, Mr. Mfanu Mfeyela, the CEO of BPeSA (Business Process enabling South Africa – previously SACCCOM) agrees “Our message to investors is that South Africa provides value for money. So we benchmark our delivery and quality against Europe, not against cost base locations.” He notes that “The US accounts for more than 60% of globally offshored business, and as such it’s very important to South Africa as we position ourselves as a preferred offshore location.”The BPO delegation is promoting South Africa as an investment destination by emphasising three key messages:South Africa offers superior quality combined with high savings potential: Setting up a 1 000 seat centre would provide a saving of over 55% compared to a US operation. As an indication of quality, 95% of first time calls are resolved in South Africa. In contrast, the figure from India is 66%.South Africa has a vibrant industry serving local and offshore customers. Currently approximately 70 service providers serve local and offshore customers – a service that’s supported by excellent business ethics and cultural affinity with the US.Public sector commitment to developing BPO, which includes a five year development programme to enable stakeholders in the public and private sectors to work together to grow South Africa as a preferred BPO location. Initiatives in the programme include incentives and strategic marketing.Says Keryn House, CEO of ContactinGauteng, the Gauteng regional industry representative organisation, “The growth that we are witnessing in the BPO sector is very encouraging and is a real indication that we have the local capacity and capability to accommodate large outsource contracts by international companies located in the US.”In addition to promoting the BPO sector, the public-private sector mission will visit New York, Chicago and Detroit to promote investment in the ICT, biotechnology, automotive and financial services sectors.Iqbal Sharma, Chief Director, International Trade at DTI, who is accompanying the delegation, says that these five sectors were chosen “because that’s where we think the quickest bites will be.”Says Margaret Dingalo, Stakeholder Relations Director at the International Marketing Council of South Africa (which has partnered with the DTI to host this Mission) “The global BPO sector looks set to grow by 50% a year over the next 5 years. Our US investment drive showcases the boundless possibilities available to investors in South Africa. We believe that such initiatives will help achieve South Africa’s 6% growth target, as well as enhance our tourism, trade and investment prospects ahead of 2010.”Itinerary and additional informationThe South African delegation will be in the USA from 17-23 March during which time it will visit New York, Detroit and Chicago.A seminar entitled ‘Outsourcing to South Africa’ is taking place on 19 March in New York. Speakers include the Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Mandisi Mpahlwa – Keynote address; Dr. Raymond Ngcobo, Chief Director at DTI – South Africa’s BPO value proposition; Mr. Mfanu Mfeyela, CEO of BPeSA – Achieving excellence through quality assurance in the BPO industry and Mr. John Joseph, Executive Product Manager at Telkom – South Africa’s Telecommunications Environment. Three case studies will also be presented – Dimension Data (by Director, Mr. Martin Dove); Direct Channel (by CEO, Mr. Suleman Shaik) and Business Connexion (by Director, Mr. Sydney Ramutla).Some BPO delegates are going to the Gartner Outsourcing Summit in Dallas, Texas from 20 to 21 March, where they’ll have the opportunity to network with global outsourcing players.The BPO sector in South Africa is well established across a number of vertical industries, yet is rapidly expanding to accommodate increasing interest in outsourcing. Most BPO hubs are located in the urban centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The City of Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng has the highest number of call centres at more than 360 employing some 35000 call centre agents in outsourced and captive (in-house) call centres in ICT, financial services, banking, tourism, hospitality and business-to-business. Over the past two years the industry has shown significant growth, with some call centres having doubled capacity through the creation of some 2000 new jobs. Back office administration, document processing, and logistics management centres have also increased, with the emergence of several new entrants in the market.Government has earmarked R1bn in investment incentives over the next five years to lure international business services to South Africa. The plan, which was launched by Trade and Industry Minister, Mr. Mandisi Mpahlwa in Pretoria yesterday, is expected to translate into 100 000 new jobs by 2009 and attract about $175m in foreign direct investment.Organisations that are part of the delegation include: Accenture, BizWorks, Business Connexion, Business Process enabling South Africa (previously SACCCOM), Business Trust, Calling the Cape, City of Johannesburg, ContactInGauteng, Deloitte, Dialogue, Digital IQ, Dimension Data, Direct Channel Holdings, Direct Marketing Association of South Africa, Emmanuels, Fastcomm, IBM, I-Fundi Customer Solutions, INFORCOMM, IT-Consortium, Kelly, KZNonSource, Matlejoane Staffing Services, NAPS, Paladin Consulting, People Solutions, Phillips Consulting, Quest Flexible Staffing Solutions, SA Call Centre Solutions, SPM Direct, State Information Technology Agency, Telkom and Total Relationship Management.EndsIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry and the International Marketing Council of South AfricaEnquiriesFor more information about the mission, or to schedule interviews, please contact:Claire Taylor or Pamela Dlamini: Meropa CommunicationsTelephone: 011 772 1000, Email: Claire Taylor or Pamela Dlaminilast_img read more

SA scientists to unearth fossils live online

first_img A laboratory studio, designed in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, will be built at the Maropeng Visitor Centre in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. It will allow the public to view the preparation of this skeleton live if they visit Maropeng, or live on the internet. “The laboratory studio will be also linked to laboratories at Wits University and the Malapa site,” Berger said.Virtual outposts Access to the laboratory studio will not be limited only to visitors to the Cradle of Humankind and the internet. “We intend to create virtual ‘outposts’ in major partner museums around the world,” he said. “These outposts will allow visitors to these partner museums the chance to interact with scientists in real time in a way we simply could not conceive of a few years ago. “It is anticipated that the laboratory and virtual infrastructure will be built within a year, expanding our ambitious tourism and smart province infrastructure programme.” Negotiations have begun with the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, the Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom and the Smithsonian in Washington DC. “We have already donated casts of Australopithecus sediba to these three institutions, among others,” said Berger. “It has also just been confirmed that one of the virtual outposts will be hosted in the new Shanghai Natural History Museum due to open later this year.” SAinfo reporter 16 July 2012 South African scientists will share the country’s latest fossil discovery with the world when the uncovering of these remains is transmitted live on the internet from a laboratory studio in Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind. Professor Lee Berger from the Wits Institute for Human Evolution at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg announced the plan to uncover the fossils live in Shanghai, China last week. Berger was visiting China as part of a South African delegation promoting trade, business and tourism relations between the two competitive city regions, Gauteng and Shanghai.‘The most complete early human ancestor skeleton’ The skeleton housed in the rock is believed to be the remains of early human ancestor Australopithecus sediba, known as ‘Karabo’, which was discovered by Berger at the Malapa Site in the Cradle of Humankind in 2009. The rock containing the fossils was discovered almost three years ago, but lay in the Wits laboratories until early last month, when Justin Mukanku from the Institute for Human Evolution spotted a tooth in the rock. It was then scanned in a state-of-the- art CT scanner, which revealed more bones. “We have discovered parts of a jaw and critical aspects of the body including what appear to be a complete femur (thigh bone), ribs, vertebrae and other important limb elements, some never before seen in such completeness in the human fossil record,” Berger said in a statement. “This discovery will almost certainly make Karabo the most complete early human ancestor skeleton ever discovered. We are obviously quite excited as it appears that we now have some of the most critical and complete remains of the skeleton, albeit encased in solid rock.”Encouraging ‘open access to science’ To faciliate open access to science and public participation, Wits, the Gauteng provincial government and national government announced that, for the first time in history, the process of exploring and uncovering these fossil remains would be conducted live, captured on video, and conveyed to the world in real time. “This will allow members of the public and the scientific community to share in the unfolding discovery in an unprecedented way,” Wits said in a statement.last_img read more

Tweepi: Twitter Management for the Spreadsheet Afficianado

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts center_img Tags:#social networks#twitter#web If you fully realize the value of social media, then you’re constantly trying to parse, scrub, clean and otherwise organize your Twitter account. It’s a never-ending battle and often a steep, uphill one at that, but Tweepi can shift your effort into high gear – the geeky way.Tweepi lets you know right off the bat that it may not be pretty and, as its tag line says, it’s still “very much a beta”, but boy does it do everything we have spent way too much time trying to do with other desktop clients and the Twitter website itself.The “geekier, faster way to manage Twitter”, as it calls itself, offers four separate utilities, all of them “geeky”: Follow, Flush, Reciprocate and Cleanup.We tried out the Seesmic Web contact manager recently, and while we were impressed by it, Tweepi might win just by the sheer number of times the word “geeky” appears on the site. Tweepi is like taking all of your Twitter friends, importing them and a whole slew of stats about how they use Twitter into Excel, and then incorporating interactivity. We may not agree with all of the functions of Tweepi, but to each their own. Flush, for example, gets rid of users you follow who don’t follow you back. Depending on what you’re using Twitter for, this may be useless. If you’re looking for information, not conversation, then don’t bother. Reciprocate, on the other hand, “helps you find all the users that follow you, but you do not follow back” and can help you make sure you don’t fall on the other end of that Flush utility. The two functions that really caught our attention, however, are Cleanup and Follow. Cleanup will show you all of the people you follow and let you sort through them by any number of criteria, from their link-to-tweet ratio to the last time they tweeted. In all, it offers 16 separate columns that you can toggle on your view.Tweepi also gives you a set of preset targets to organize user lists. You can find “Twitterers who discuss much”, which compares the number of messages they receive with replies they send, or “Avoid linkless ramblings”, which sorts people you follow according to their link-to-Tweet ratio. If you’re nearing the follow limit, you can clear out inactive users or if you’re looking to get the word out there, you can look for people with “Higher reach or influence”.The Follow feature lets you enter a username and look at all the people following that user, again with all of the sorting capabilities we just mentioned. So, if I’m looking for other people who are interested in cycling in Austin, for example, I might put in @mellowjohnnys, the Twitter account for Lance Armstrong’s local bike shop, and see who else is following them. It’s a different take on the usual process, which more often lets you look at who a particular user is following rather than who is following them.Since it’s still in beta, we’re actually hoping that the Follow feature gets flipped around the other way too, at some point. @RWW, for example, has over a million followers. It is only following 1,486, however. We’d much rather look at who an account like that one is following than who is following it. If you’ll excuse us, we have some cleaning up to do. mike melansonlast_img read more

I will have to work out on my flaws in the nets, says Raina

first_imgIndia captain Suresh Raina on Thursday admitted the need to spend some time with coach Duncan Fletcher in the nets in order to iron out some flaws in his batting. He was speaking after India beat West Indies 3-2 in the ODI series.India captain Suresh Raina. APRaina who could muster only 74 runs from five ODIs was repeatedly out trying to play the wild slog over deep mid-wicket or extra cover.”I need to spend some time in the middle. I just can’t go out there and play big shots. I will look to have a couple of sessions with the coach,” Raina stated at the media conference after his team lost the final ODI by seven wickets.The skipper however wanted to stress on the positives. “It is disappointing that we lost the last two matches but I am happy that we won the series. We need to enjoy the moment,” he said.Raina felt that turning point was definitely getting all out for 251 with 15 balls to go.”I feel we fell short by atleast 25 to 30 runs. But full credit to Andre Russell for the manner in which he bowled at the death.”The batting of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel along with Amit Mishra’s bowling was a big plus for this young team.”Our fielding has also improved after sessions with new fielding coach Trevor Penny.”About the upcoming Test series, Raina said that all those who have been selected are raring to go. “Obviously we have prepared well and the seniors who will join us will have to get acclimatised in the next few days.”advertisementMan of the Series Rohit said, “It was important for me to get some runs as I wanted to make this tour count. I am glad it came off well.”Asked about his gameplan, he answered, “I kept telling myself that I had to stay in the middle as long as possible. I wanted to take the game through to the end. But it is indeed very disappointing to lose two consecutive matches. I wanted to be around till the 48th or 49th over but it happened otherwise.”West Indies skipper Darren Sammy lauded his bowlers for bringing them back in the match when it looked like Kohli and Rohit would take the game away.”Credit to all the bowlers who came back very well. It looked like we would chase 300 at one stage.”He was ecstatic about Darren Bravo’s match-winning effort of 86.”We all know what Bravo is capable of doing. About Sarwan, we had to take a decision.Sarwan was cramping, thought it would be good for the team if a new batsman came in.Although we won the last two matches but we need to start well in order to win the series,” the skipper said.Sammy was hopeful that the team would do even better in the Test series and is taking inspiration from their victory against PakistanFor man-of-the-match Russell, staying “posistive and bowling in the right areas” helped.”We have been playing good cricket over the past two games. I tried to remain positive and bowl in right areas.”With the wicket offering some assistance, Russell admitted that it was a good strip to bowl on in the morning.”It was a good wicket to bowl on in the morning. One or two of the Indian batsmen are not accustomed to the short ball, so I tried to use it as a surprise weapon.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

14 days agoRed Bull Salzburg hotshot Haaland now Man Utd priority target

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Red Bull Salzburg hotshot Haaland now Man Utd priority targetby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg hotshot Erling Haaland is now Manchester United’s priority target for 2020.AS says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the teenager his top target ahead of next season. However United will face a battle with Madrid, who are also believed to be keen on bringing him to the Bernabeu.It is claimed that Haaland ‘fits like a glove’ as Madrid are keen on finding a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema, who turns 31 in December.The 19-year-old has scored a remarkable 18 goals in 11 appearances this season, and after a recent illness, he climbed off the bench to notch Salzburg’s equaliser in this month’s Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield, which the Reds ultimately went on to win 4-3. last_img read more

Ebay sues Amazon saying it tried to poach its sellers

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Ebay filed a lawsuit against Amazon Wednesday, saying the online retail giant used eBay’s messaging system to steal its sellers.In the lawsuit, eBay said Amazon representatives signed up for eBay accounts and messaged sellers to get them to sell their goods on Amazon.com, which eBay said violated its user agreement. According to the complaint, Amazon representatives spelled out their email addresses and asked eBay sellers to talk on the phone in order to evade detection.Ebay called it an “orchestrated, co-ordinated, worldwide campaign” to “illegally lure eBay sellers to sell on Amazon.”Seattle-based Amazon declined to comment on the lawsuit.Both eBay and Amazon rely on independent sellers to boost their revenue, but it’s become a big part of Amazon’s growth: Last year, for the first time, more than half the items sold on Amazon were from third-party sellers.Ebay, based in San Jose, California, said it wants Amazon to stop misusing its messaging platform and to pay it an unspecified amount.last_img read more

Land Agreement Helps Fulfill Goal of New Girl Guide Headquarters

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Nassau – The Lease Agreement signed Wednesday (August 23, 2017) between the Government of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) has given members of the Association “new life” as it will assist the Association in fulfilling its longtime goal of constructing a new headquarters with additional facilities.The new building, which will be constructed at the current site at Fort Charlotte, will cover 7500 square feet and will be two and one-half storeys high.   The Ground and First Floors will consist of Administrative Offices, a Conference Room and a Work Area for Guides.   The Upper Floor will consist of Sleeping Quarters for the Guides, particularly visiting Guides, thereby cutting down on costs associated with having to find accommodations for visiting Guides.Construction costs will amount to $1.5Million.   The Association has already raised almost $800,000. Construction is scheduled to begin within two to three months.Dr. Gail Saunders, Chairperson of the Building Committee of the Bahamas Girl Guide Association said the new Lease Agreement has given the Association and its membership “new life.”“It’s been over twenty years that we have been participating in this particular project,” Dr. Saunders said.   “I think it (signing of the new Lease Agreement) has given us new life because sometimes you get to the point where you wonder whether you are going to make it or not, but now we have hope.“I would like to thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas for so generously granting us this extra land and also offering to help us to bring this long task to a happy conclusion.   We have not been sleeping at the wheel as we have raised almost $800,000 towards our construction costs.”Senior officials of the Government of The Bahamas and executives of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) reached what was termed a “mutually agreeable conclusion” on the lease of property located at their Fort Charlotte Headquarters, Wednesday, ending a twenty-year ordeal for Guiding in The Bahamas.Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, who led the Government delegation at the Lease Signing, also informed Guiding Officials that the Government of The Bahamas will grant all concessions provided by law and public policy to the Association to assist with the construction, and equipping, of the expanded facility.Prime Minister Minis also promised to review – at an appropriate time – the level of subventions provided to the Association.  The Lease Agreement was signed by Mrs. Eugenia Cartwright (representing the Government of The Bahamas) and Mrs. Sonia Adderley (representing the Bahamas Girl Guides Association).“This was a longstanding request that took over twenty years to fulfill,” Prime Minister Minnis said.   “It took successive governments over two decades to bring this matter to a mutually agreeable conclusion.”Prime Minister Minnis said the Association was offered land on Dolphin Drive in the past, but that it was deemed unsuitable by the Association as there was no access road to the property and that such as move would have separated the Headquarters facilities from its Operations. Related Items:center_img The Prime Minister said the expansion of the national headquarters, will be one of the most exciting and significant developments in the history of Guiding in The Bahamas.“The signing of this Lease Agreement will remove the frustration and uncertainty which you have experienced over the many years.   You will be able to confidently move ahead with your plans,” Prime Minister Minnis told Guiding officials Wednesday.Dr. Saunders said construction of a new Headquarters will allow Guiding Officials to meet a number of their objectives.“We have all sorts of things planned (and) the present plot of land is not large enough,” Dr. Saunders said.   “We will be able to actually have nights there where they have their campfires without worrying about security and an old building (once the construction is completed).“It’s really for us to state our gratitude for the extra land and the other help that will be forthcoming and hopefully in about a year or two, we will have our new headquarters and the girls and young women of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association can enjoy it,” Dr. Saunders added.Architect, Mr. Alvan Rolle (left) discusses plans for the construction of the new Bahamas Girl Guides Association Headquarters with Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis following Wednesday’s Signing of the new Lease Agreement as Brownies, Girl Guides, and Rangers look on.    The new facility will be built on land located at the current Fort Charlotte site.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services).Story by: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more