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Bahamas Gov't statement on the passing of John “Chippie” Chipman - Sep 9, 2019 - 10:14:08 PM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis today released the following statement on the passing of Mr. John “Chippie” Chipman:

The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is saddened at news of the
death of cultural icon John “Chippie” Chipman, who has passed away at the age of

On behalf of the Government and people of The Bahamas, and on my own behalf and
that of my wife Patricia, I offer condolences to the entire Chipman family on the
death of John “Chippie” Chipman.
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Balearia Caribbean statement on 119 passengers denied passage - Sep 9, 2019 - 8:12:40 PM

"We regret and apologize for the hardship and inconvenience experienced by the 119 passengers who are residents from Grand Bahama Island who could not be transported yesterday, Sunday, September 8. We boarded these passengers with the understanding that they could travel to the United States without visas, only to later having been advised that in order to travel to Ft. Lauderdale they required prior in-person authorization from the immigration authorities in Nassau.

In coordination with U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP), our Company is informing all Bahamian residents of the required travel documentation necessary for travel to Ft. Lauderdale."
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Carnival reaffirms its commitment to major project in Grand Bahama - Sep 9, 2019 - 8:04:58 PM

In spite of the devastation unleashed on the Northern Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, Carnival Cruise Line is still committed to its major project on the island of Grand Bahama.

That commitment was confirmed by Giora Israel, senior vice-president of Global Port and Destination Development, during an interview with the media on Friday, September 6, 2019.

“I’m here to advise that Carnival was committed, is committed and re-committed to the Port project,” said Mr. Israel, during an interview at the Emergency Operation Center at the C.A. Smith Building...
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NEMA Update on Hurricane Relief Response - Sep 9, 2019 - 4:36:39 PM
NEMA MORNING UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 by Carl Smith – NEMA Spokesperson

I want to start today’s public briefing thanking the local and international non-governmental and private sector partners who have been working with NEMA to support the disaster relief effort.

Almost 150 representatives from local NGOs turned up for one of our early meetings with NGOs. That is a testament to the level of support...
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MOFA on the renewal or replacement of Bahamian passports - Sep 9, 2019 - 4:03:05 PM

The general public is advised that due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian that gravely affected the residents of Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands, persons wishing to renew or replace their E-Regular or Manual passport which was damaged or lost during the hurricane can do so by visiting the Passport Office in New Providence. The Passport Office in Grand Bahama is currently closed due to the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Persons whose passports were damaged are asked to bring the damaged passport and two (2) passport size photographs when applying for a replacement passport. Persons whose passports were lost during the hurricane are asked to bring two (2) passport size photographs...
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PM Minnis to call for a National Day of Mourning for victims of Hurricane Dorian - Sep 9, 2019 - 3:54:45 PM

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said that a national day of mourning must be held in order to properly mourn those who have passed as a result of Hurricane Dorian.

The Prime Minister’s announcement came during a visit to Grand Bahama, where he held a press briefing and was updated by all of the relevant agencies on Grand Bahama as they continued the relief effort on the island, which was severely impacted by Category 5 Hurricane Dorian as it passed through Abaco and Grand Bahama on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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U.S. Dept. of Health meets with Princess Margaret Hospital - Sep 9, 2019 - 12:47:11 PM

Representatives from the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) met with senior members of the Executive Management Committee of the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) today. The meeting was held to discuss proposed medical support for the hospital in response to Hurricane Dorian.

The PMH team provided a snapshot of the current patient census at PMH, and the level of acute patients that were evacuated from Grand Bahama and Abaco to the Emergency Department and admitted to hospital. The meeting was also apprised on resource challenges such as beds and other medical equipment that are critically needed at PMH...
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Bahamas PM meets with USAID officials on Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery - Sep 9, 2019 - 12:21:17 AM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis met with USAID (United States Agency for International Development) officials on Sunday, 8 September, to solidify how the organization can best support Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in The Bahamas.

A USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is on the ground in The Bahamas to lead the U.S. government’s humanitarian response to the Category 5 storm that devastated parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Prime Minister Minnis thanked the Agency for its support and assistance...
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NEMA Hurricane Dorian Press Briefing on Sept. 8 - Sep 8, 2019 - 11:41:20 PM


NEMA and its partners have not commenced any mass scale debris cleaning in Abaco.

Search and recovery is still being conducted, particularly in Marsh Harbour.

We are aware of rumors about bulldozing in The Mud. These reports are false.

NEMA has directed a 50 member team from The United States Agency for International Development /Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) to work with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to do a systematic sweep of the island...

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More than 900 Bahamian police, defence force officers on Abaco and Grand Bahama - Sep 8, 2019 - 1:07:47 PM

The Government of The Bahamas is providing the necessary resources to ensure safety and security on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

As of Saturday 7 September, a total of 274 Royal Bahamas Police Force and Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers were on Abaco. On Grand Bahama, there were 666 Royal Bahamas Police Force and Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers on the island. These figures include police reserves.

The Government also wishes to advise that 120 security personnel from the Jamaican Defence Force, as part of a CARICOM force, arrived in The Bahamas on Saturday (7 September) evening...

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