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Office of the Spouse strives to empower women and girls Mrs. Minnis tells IWF delegates - Sep 19, 2019 - 7:35:34 PM

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The need to fulfill her desire to empower women is the driving force behind the establishment of the Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister in The Bahamas, said Mrs. Patricia Minnis, wife of Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis.

“It is my life’s goal to motivate and inspire young women and girls to lead, and by doing so impact their communities and the world,” she said.

Mrs. Minnis welcomed participants at IWF Intensive, a program of the International Women’s Forum (IWF)...
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PM Minnis meets with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce to discuss rebuilding of Abaco and Grand Bahama - Sep 19, 2019 - 5:45:35 PM

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Prime Minister Minnis meets with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce to discuss rebuilding of Abaco and Grand Bahama

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis emphasized the need to remove the red tape to ensure the rebuilding process on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama proceeds as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Prime Minister Minnis was speaking at a meeting with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) on Thursday 19 September about rebuilding the islands affected by Hurricane Dorian...
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NEMA Daily Briefing: Sept. 19 - Sep 19, 2019 - 5:32:01 PM

NEMA DAILY BRIEFS

SOCIAL SERVICES - SHELTERS

As of 18th September 2019: There are 12 Government Approved Shelters; 10 in New Providence and 2 in Grand Bahama. The Salvation Army shelter will be deactivated at 1 pm Thursday, September 19, and the 27 shelterees will be transferred to All Saints Community Centre...
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DPM says Government will assist with rebuilding - Sep 19, 2019 - 5:00:57 PM

The government will create packages to assist those who have been affected by the devastation brought on by Hurricane Dorian so as to help people rebuild their lives and communities, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest during the National Prayer Service on Wednesday, September 18, at St. John’s Jubilee Cathedral.

Assistance and incentives will be offered, he said, as he pledged that the government will do their part.

Stating the residents are blessed, the Deputy Prime Minister said that he is grateful to be here...
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National Prayer Service in Grand Bahama: “Time for All to Pull Together” - Sep 19, 2019 - 4:30:21 PM

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It is time for all people, regardless of religious or political beliefs, to pull together to rebuild lives and communities now that the storm has past, said Rev. Dr. Robert Lockhart, president of the Grand Bahama Christian Council during the National Prayer Service on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

The service was held at St. John’s Jubilee Cathedral to honour those who lost their lives to Hurricane Dorian, the Category 5 hurricane that devastated Grand Bahama and Abaco at the beginning of September...
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NIB simplifies replacement Smart Card Process (For existing Card Holders of Grand Bahama and Abaco) - Sep 19, 2019 - 9:03:23 AM

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The National Insurance Board’s (NIB) Registration Department is proactively working to assist with issuing replacement National Insurance (NI) smart cards to residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama who would have lost their cards during Hurricane Dorian. 

The Board has taken steps to simplify the application process for replacement cards for the residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama reapplying for the NI card.  The official police reportrequired for all lost or stolen cards is not required to replace cards lost during the storm...
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Bahamas National Prayer Service in Hurricane Dorian's Aftermath - Sep 19, 2019 - 1:49:14 AM

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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis along with clergy from various denominations and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis addressed a National Prayer Service at Bahamas Faith Ministries International on Wednesday evening, September 18, 2019 in Nassau.

... in a moment of reflection on the passage of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.
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Bahamas PM and Bill Clinton Discuss Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts - Sep 18, 2019 - 10:55:57 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis spoke today (18 September) by phone with former United States President Bill Clinton to discuss Hurricane Dorian relief efforts on the affected islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Mr. Clinton expressed his sadness over the devastation caused by the Category 5 storm, and the Clinton Foundation’s willingness to assist The Bahamas in its recovery efforts.

Prime Minister Minnis highlighted the need for temporary housing for residents...
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NEMA in Grand Bahama provides updates on Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts - Sep 18, 2019 - 3:15:56 PM

In an effort to expedite and improve the overall aid distribution on Grand Bahama, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Grand Bahama has requested additional resources from the U.S. Coast Guard and the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to support logistics, warehouse management and distribution...
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Gov't Offices Open in Grand Bahama Island – Major Projects to Continue - Sep 18, 2019 - 2:22:17 PM

Residents of Grand Bahama were told the announcement and signing of a Heads of Agreement between the government of The Bahamas and Carnival Cruises will be held in the near future.

Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson announced on Monday, September 16, during a press conference at the C.A. Smith Building that, following the Memorial Service and National Day of Prayer on Wednesday for the victims of Hurricane Dorian, the significant step will take place.

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Campbell: Social Services operating 'business as usual' while playing key role in Hurricane Dorian relief effort - Sep 18, 2019 - 2:00:48 PM

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Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell said Tuesday that the services, assistance and programmes offered by the Ministry, through its various Departments and Divisions, have been operating “business as usual” -- even while staff continue to play leading roles in the relief efforts in the aftermath of the monster hurricane, Dorian.

Minister Campbell said this includes social services personnel who themselves were adversely affected by the hurricane...
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Collaboration on Security and Re-building of Abaco and Grand Bahama - Sep 17, 2019 - 6:17:15 PM

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been at the center of the Bahamian government’s emergency response management efforts, leading a coalition of local and international governmental and nongovernmental partners.

During the initial stages of the emergency response, NEMA and its partners worked diligently to get resources to the people in the places that needed them most. As the efforts now transition from the immediate response stage to the recovery stage, security and rebuilding have played an increasingly important role in the work of NEMA and its partners, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force...
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Coordinator for NEMA Grand Bahama Updates the Community at Press Conference - Sep 17, 2019 - 3:40:48 PM

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A more efficient system to deal with the influx and distribution of the much-needed hurricane relief supplies is in place, along with many volunteers and organizations to better assist the affected residents of Grand Bahama and surrounding cays following the passing of Hurricane Dorian, said newly-appointed Coordinator for NEMA Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith during a live press conference at NEMA headquarters in the C.A. Smith Building on Monday...
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Health Minister Gives Update on Clinics, Healthcare Facilities affected by Hurricane Dorian - Sep 17, 2019 - 1:45:30 PM

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Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands said on the island of Abaco, clinics in Marsh Harbour, Fox Town, Moore’s Island and Sandy Point are all operational -- in Category 5 Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath -- and are being staffed by local nurses, relief healthcare workers from New Providence and volunteer teams.

“Cooper’s Town Clinic is partially operational due to sustained roof damage; currently this clinic is being staffed by a volunteer team,” the Health Minister explained during a press conference at his office, Monday, September 16, 2019...
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Hurricane Dorian Has Left Hurt, But Humanity and Patriotism Remains Strong - Sep 17, 2019 - 8:29:04 AM

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"Hurricane Dorian battered the north-western Bahamas inclusive of Abaco, Grand Bahama and the surrounding cays for approximately 68 hours with the eye-wall remaining over Grand Bahama for almost 30 hours. In total, approximately 68,592 persons experienced this unfortunate act of nature. In the aftermath of the storm there has been major damages to critical infrastructures such as airports, clinics, hospitals, shelters, roads, and bridges.

Even more devastating has been the loss and/or destruction of personal property and lives. The storm has truly made history in weather related phenomenon, but also on the lives of every Bahamian..."
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Hurricane Dorian Emergency Response Management progresses to Recovery Phase - Sep 16, 2019 - 11:39:38 PM

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The National Emergency Management Agency, the governmental organization which leads the coalition of local, international governmental and nongovernmental partners assisting with the Hurricane Dorian emergency response management efforts, recently shared the operation’s progress from Immediate Response, the first phase to Recovery, the second phase.

The Recovery phase, which includes additional search and rescue operations, is coordinated by NEMA with Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and its international civil-military partners. The transition to this phase occurs once most urgent, on-the-ground needs such as food and water have been met and there is no longer an immediate threat to peoples’ lives...
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Cayman Islands donate medical supplies for Hurricane Dorian relief effort - Sep 16, 2019 - 9:45:36 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today accepted a donation of medical supplies from the Premier of the Cayman Islands, the Hon. Alden McLaughlin. The presentation took place at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Premier McLaughlin, on behalf of his country, offered his sympathy and goodwill to the people of The Bahamas.

“We have had this experience with Hurricane Ivan – not as bad as Hurricane Dorian – and if there is any way that we can continue to help, please let us know,” the Premier told Prime Minister Minnis...
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India gives $1 million to Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian Relief Effort - Sep 16, 2019 - 7:40:07 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis accepted a $1 million contribution from the Government of India that will go toward Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

India High Commissioner M. Sevala Naik presented the donation to the Prime Minister and NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday 16 September.

Following the cheque presentation, officials met to discuss rebuilding and resilience efforts.
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NEMA daily brief - Sept 16 - Sep 16, 2019 - 5:40:34 PM

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Present were: Captain Stephen Russell, Director, NEMA
Carl Smith, NEMA Spokesperson...

STATEMENT: Carl Smith, NEMA Spokesperson

Good Morning Bahamas.

Over the past two weeks, our country has been through a traumatic experience dealing with the impact of the second strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic and the strongest hurricane ever recorded in The Bahamas...
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National Oil Spill Contingency Advisory Committee Convened re Oil Spill in Grand Bahama - Sep 16, 2019 - 5:40:00 PM

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A National Oil Spill Contingency Advisory Committee (NOSCAC) convened September 16, 2019 to provide oversight and direction of NEMA's initiatives to manage an oil spill that occurred at Equinor storage and transshipment terminal, South Riding Point, Grand Bahama, during Hurricane Dorian.  The event has necessitated international assistance from the United States Coast Guard with a view to addressing concomitant environmental concerns for the terrestrial and marine environs where the spillage occurred...
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