Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, has appealed to staff within his Ministry to commit to integrity and efficiency as they join him in the quest to improve infrastructure and make The Bahamas beautiful again.Minister Bannister addressed “real” issues during an Employee of the Year Awards Luncheon informing employees that each of them is important in the task and that he will be counting on every single person in the Ministry. Eighteen employees who were nominated for the position of Employee of the Year were recognized at the British Colonial Hilton, September 29, 2017. William Brown, of the Architectural Section, emerged the winner.Minister Bannister remarked that throughout recent years a trend has developed in which many have become disheartened, dispassionate and disillusioned in an environment of mediocrity at extraordinary levels. It is imperative for the reality to be addressed.“I admonish you to work as your theme suggests in a spirit of excellence in your respective areas of responsibility. I urge you to execute your tasks expeditiously, set daily goals, plan, prioritize and take pride in the delivery of quality service to our people.“During the upcoming year I will be pushing many of you like you have never been pushed before.“There will also be many changes in the Ministry. When these things happen please don’t get upset with the Minister. Bear with me, work with me and I guarantee you that very soon this entire country will appreciate that the Ministry of Public Works has the most exceptional staff in the public service,” he said.He informed the nominees that their efforts and merits have not gone unnoticed and they should consider themselves “champions.” He paid tribute to them for opting to rise above the status quo and mediocrity.On behalf of Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, his Cabinet colleagues and the Bahamian people, Minister Bannister thanked the nominees for their outstanding service.The nominees are: Ritchie Alcie, Seth Apau, Jody Bootle, William Brown, Samuel Cox, Edgar Fernander, Anthony Fowler, Thomas Frazier, Carolee Lightbourne, Joseph Lightbourne, Bertram Mackey, James Pratt, Elvis Reckley, Deon Robinson, Sandra Rolle, Robert Seymour, Orlando Strachan and Sharon Stubbs.By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto Caption: The Hon. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works, gives the keynote address. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Air traffic control facilities used by the Army and Air Force are falling apart and, in many locations, jeopardizing safety as the Defense Department has been forced to postpone funding for military construction, according to the House Appropriations Committee report accompanying the FY 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill.“[Army] facilities are unsafe, antiquated, and do not provide adequate control, communications or observation abilities for the current air traffic levels at certain locations,” the report states. The existing facility at Fort Benning, Ga., for example, will not be able to handle the current pace of operations, requiring a replacement.“The committee is concerned that this could be a problem throughout the Army enterprise with the recent reductions to the Department of Defense’s construction accounts,” the panel wrote.To address the issue, the committee directs the Army to conduct a risk assessment of its air traffic control facilities and craft a plan to update the facilities.The panel said it was concerned about the deteriorating condition of the Air Force’s air traffic control towers and resulting environmental health risks. “In some cases, towers have developed extensive mold issues and contain health risks related to the use of asbestos and lead-based paint,” according to the report.Lawmakers also cited concerns about the obstructed views experienced by some towers. The committee urges the Air Force to prioritize funding for affected towers “in a much timelier manner.”The committee report, which includes a listing of milcon projects by installation, is available on the committee website.