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GBDRF collaborates with GBPA, local and international NGOs to help rebuild 400 Grand Bahama homes - Feb 25, 2020 - 3:09:34 PM

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The Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation, (GBDRF) in collaboration with its valued partners, has supported homeowners and helped restore hundreds of homes - and counting - in communities across Grand Bahama. Launched in November 2019, the Grand Bahama Home Repair Initiative was designed to assist homeowners in and around Freeport following the devastation of Hurricane Dorian. The program is a collaborative effort on the part of the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF) in partnership with various local and international partners including the Bahamas Red Cross, Rotary and SPB-USA...
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Abaco Companies form joint venture to maximize post hurricane Dorian clean up efforts - Feb 24, 2020 - 9:31:36 AM

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Two Abaco-based companies contracted by the Government of The Bahamas for post Hurricane Dorian restoration have teamed up to operate the Debris Management Site at Spring City. Principals Deshon Kemp of J & G Pavers and Shannon Albury of Big Cat formed a joint partnership to facilitate ongoing cleanup and debris site management on the ground in Abaco.

The companies were among several firms awarded contracts by the Ministry of Public Works to begin the massive task of clearing key areas after the catastrophic storm hit the island in early September 2019...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Grand Bahama District
Police in Grand Bahama are investigating the islands latest homicide - Feb 23, 2020 - 8:30:29 AM

Reports are that on Sunday 23rd February 2020, shortly before 2:00am, officers quickly responded to gunshots being fired in the Caravel Beach area on Polaris Drive near a business establishment. Officers met a male lying on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds about the body. EMS personnel were called to the scene and reported no signs of life.

Initial investigation revealed that there was an altercation involving a group of males in the area...
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BREEF Pioneers Post-Dorian “Resilient Blue Bahamas” Project in Grand Bahama - Feb 21, 2020 - 4:04:39 PM

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BREEF’s “Resilient Blue Bahamas” programme is inspiring young people to get involved with building back a more resilient Bahamas. Starting on 11th February, BREEF delivered a curriculum-based educational model to nearly 500 students from Hugh Campbell Primary School, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Mary Star of the Sea Academy, Lucaya International School and Freeport Gospel Chapel School. The presentation and activities were designed to increase students’ awareness of climate change and the role that coral reefs and mangrove wetlands play in safeguarding our islands from storms... 
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Allied supplies work-study opportunity to student evacuees - Feb 21, 2020 - 12:27:54 PM

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When a student displaced by Hurricane Dorian asked Allied Supply general manager Kwame Selver for “a couple dollars” to buy food, little could the twelfth grader imagine he would land a job for himself and three friends.
 
“I thought, ‘I could give him some cash to get something to eat or I could give him some good money, something more substantial than a plate of food – the opportunity to work for us,’” said Mr Selver who operates the plumbing, electrical and hardware supply store on Carmichael Road...
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Victim identification work between the UK and the Bahamas - Feb 21, 2020 - 11:44:24 AM

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The UK’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Unit Specialists returned to The Bahamas this week to carry out a three-day training session with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and officials from across the health and law enforcement community.

The UK police team, who responded to The Bahamas request for assistance in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian, trained more than 30 officials in victim identification techniques. This included action to collect and log evidence...
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Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference to address issues of Climate Resiliency - Feb 20, 2020 - 4:30:20 PM

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Academics, policymakers, conservationists and champions for small island sustainability will gather in Grand Bahama next month to dissect the major topics underpinning climate change and resilience, while the scars of Hurricane Dorian are still fresh.

Grand Bahama was one of the islands that bore the brunt of the hurricane last September, but will in the next few weeks serve as ground zero for comprehensive discussions at the 2nd Annual Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference under the theme, “Hurricane Dorian, Reflecting, Reimagining...
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Government and Public Policy Institute facilitating national discussions on Sustainable Development Goals - Feb 20, 2020 - 3:55:55 PM

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The University of The Bahamas Government and Public Policy Institute (GPPI) will facilitate increased discussions this year with local policy makers, civil society and the private sector on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to clean water, affordable energy, climate action, life below water and life on land.

The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently awarded GPPI a grant to engage various sectors in The Bahamas on SDG Goals 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15...
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BTVI Auto Graduate follows his passion - Feb 20, 2020 - 1:47:54 PM

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fter two years of studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of The Bahamas (UB), Jahlil Johnson decided to shift his approach to his dream career, and enrolled at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

Since a young age, Jahlil always knew he wanted to work in the auto industry so it was only natural for him to follow his passion into adulthood. While studying at UB, he realized that he needed more hands on instruction, so he signed up for Auto Mechanics at BTVI to further his experience in the field.

“BTVI has empowered and assisted me in many ways, in giving real world hands on experiences, as well as teaching management and organizational skills...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise bursts of light in the community - Feb 20, 2020 - 11:28:14 AM

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When the stars came out so did 170 plus avid walkers donned in bright neon shirts for a good cause. Fusion Superplex served as the starting line for the third annual Neon Walk hosted by Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise on Friday, 7th February 2020.

Walking with purpose through Baha Mar Boulevard to Goodman’s Bay and back, race organizers were pleased with the level of support from the community for Rotary’s signature event...
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Bahamian launches New Business Seconds Count First Aid, CPR AED Training Co. - Feb 19, 2020 - 9:53:32 AM

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On February 8, 2020, Bahamian entrepreneur Joann Hilton, launched Seconds Count, an Emergency (First Aid, CPR AED) Training Company. Seconds Count have many digital components, providing clients with Electronic CPR training equipment, the ease of doing business through online ordering, booking and processing systems.

With its mission to Save Lives, Seconds Count provides individuals and teams with comprehensive and accredited First Aid,
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force : Family Islands
RBPF South Bimini: Firearm and Ammunition Arrest - Feb 18, 2020 - 12:30:31 PM

Police on the Island of Bimini arrested a 54 year old male of South Bimini for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. 

Reports are that on Monday 17th February 2020 shortly after 11:00am, officers on the Island of South Bimini, while patrolling in the area of a business establishment, arrested the 54 year old male after they observed him brandishing a firearm...
Community
BTC launches ‘Coming Back Stronger’ customer focused initiative in Grand Bahama - Feb 18, 2020 - 11:38:41 AM

BTC officially introduced the customer focused “Coming Back Stronger” campaign in Grand Bahama through its Neighborhood Connect launch on February 8. The initiative is geared towards revolutionizing all aspects of the customer experience and focuses on putting customers first...
Community
Preschoolers fall in love with wildlife at Ardastra Gardens - Feb 18, 2020 - 10:50:26 AM

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It was  an exciting, sun-drenched day filled with “firsts” for 144 preschoolers – the first time they chased a peafowl, met a Bahamian boa or stroked the hardback of Hook, a sulcata tortoise.
 
For Ardastra Gardens it was just another Thursday, educating youngsters about the wonders of wildlife...
Community
Despite destruction of Hurricane Dorian, Hope Town’s warm, friendly ‘hometown Feel’ continues to be a draw for home buyers - Feb 18, 2020 - 10:47:33 AM

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From local hangouts like Pete’s Pub, Abaco Inn and Firefly Sunset Resort to endless miles of pristine white sand beaches, Hope Town’s unique charm and congenial vibe has attracted people from around the world for decades. Even now, in the midst of post-Hurricane Dorian rebuilding and restoration, the Abaco town most famous for its trademark red candy-striped lighthouse continues to attract visitors and second and third homebuyers...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
RBPF Nassau: Illegal firearm, ammunition and dangerous drugs recovered - 2 adult males in custody - Feb 18, 2020 - 8:30:38 AM

The enduring and dedicated work of the men and women of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, has led to illegal firearms, ammunition and a quantity of dangerous drugs being recovered from the streets of New Providence, Monday, 17th February, 2020.

According to reports, shortly after 11:00pm, South Eastern Division Officers were on patrol on Baillou Hill Road, when they observed two men walking. Upon seeing the officers, one of the men who was carrying a green bag, dropped the bag...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
RBPF Nassau: Shooting incident leaves an adult male dead - Armed robbery - Feb 17, 2020 - 11:50:37 PM

Police on New Providence are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident Monday, 17th February, 2020 which has left an adult male dead. 

According to reports, shortly before 8:00pm, a man was standing in front of a home on Toote Shop Corner off East Street, when a Honda vehicle pulled next to him. An armed man came from the vehicle and shot the victim before getting back into the vehicle and speeding away...
Community
Mission Accomplished: CPS cleans up Abaco’s Mud - Feb 17, 2020 - 3:37:29 PM

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The post Dorian cleanup of a densely populated, unplanned area with poor sanitation and sub-standard dwellings was a complex, environmentally hazardous, recovery project which some felt a home-grown company lacked the expertise and resources to see it through.
 
With Caribbean Pavement Solutions’ (CPS) cleanup of a 40.9-acre plot of land substantially completed, for the first time in decades Bahamian authorities have an unobstructed view of the property which once housed The Mud...
Community
Black Food Bookstore & Culture Shop opens storefront to feed the mind, body and soul - Feb 17, 2020 - 9:00:24 AM

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In Q4 of 2019, local e-commerce retailer Black Food Bookstore & Culture Shop expanded its retail operations to include a physical storefront on the corner of Robinson Road & East Street. Today, the community-focused business is already seeing the benefits of combining its online presence with a brick-and-mortar outlet.

Black Food is a celebration of all things African. The brand collaborates with vendors and artisans in The Bahamas and throughout the African Diaspora to curate a unique collection of books...
Community : Grand Bahama
$25,000 Cash Prize for GB Tournament Hole-in-One - Feb 14, 2020 - 8:40:10 AM

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The GBAWC’s 17th Annual Golf Classic takes place February 22 at The Reef Course, with a $25,000 cash prize for hole-in-one winners. The format is a four-ball scramble, blind draw with a shotgun start at noon. Registration is at The Reef Course Club House February 19, 20, and 21 between 11a.m. and 3 p.m. The $100 registration fee includes dinner at the awards ceremony at the Ocean Reef Yacht Club after the tournament...
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