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MSC Donates Food Supply to Grand Bahama Urban Renewal Centers Inbox - Sep 28, 2020 - 6:39:06 PM

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Grand Bahama Urban Renewal Centers received a generous donation of food supply from MSC for the residents of Grand Bahama. The supply of food items and dry goods was delivered on Monday, September 28, 2020, at Freeport Harbour.  On hand to accept the goods was Senator the Hon. Jasmin Dareus, Deputy Director of Urban Renewal.

“We’re really excited about this donation from MSC and on behalf of the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama and for Urban Renewal, we’re really grateful to be able to distribute all of these food items to the residents of Grand Bahama," she said...
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Urban Renewal Fox Hill - School Giveaways - Sep 26, 2020 - 7:52:09 AM

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As school children navigate return to school, Urban Renewal Fox Hill provided supplies for them. 

(BIS Photos/Ulric Woodside)...
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RBDF and NEMA conducts Training Workshop - Sep 24, 2020 - 8:09:20 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with representatives from the National Emergency and Management Agency (NEMA) recently conducted a one-week training workshop.

Conducted at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR BASE NORTH from September 14-18th 2020, this training session allowed trained personnel from both organizations to become familiarized in the assembling and disassembling of tents which can be used in the event of a hurricane or a natural disaster. RBDF Marines who specialize in areas such as cooks, plumbing and electrical engineering were also in attendance...
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Panel Links Resiliency to Sustainable Development Targets - Sep 23, 2020 - 2:50:25 PM

Learning from the lessons of the past, committing to a blueprint for development, and taking serious action now were among the key recommendations from a panel of experts that recently addressed the topic: Resiliency and the Sustainable Development Goals, a discussion facilitated by the Government and Public Policy Institute (GPPI) at University of The Bahamas (UB).  

The discussion which aired on the “Z-Live: Off The Record” radio talk show hosted by the Executive Director and Senior Policy Fellow of GPPI, Zhivargo Laing...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PHA RBDF Partner in Successful Blood Drive - Sep 22, 2020 - 8:46:22 PM

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The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Blood Bank benefitting from a successful blood drive hosted by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).  The event which took place on Friday September 18th was the second such recent collaboration by the Defence Force and the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).  The drive, which netted twenty-four (24) units of blood, commences a part of the RBDF’s community outreach. “This is just the start of our being more community driven, seeking to be more nation minded, more nation builders...
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BTC lends support to Abaco and Grand Bahama Organizations - Sep 21, 2020 - 9:53:41 AM

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Churches and community organizations have substantially increased their efforts to support our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing groceries and other forms of relief. BTC joined forces with Friendship Tabernacle Church in Abaco and the Grand Bahama Reach Out and Touch Feeding Program to support their efforts during this difficult period.

BTC CEO, Garfield Sinclair said, “We are happy to lend a helping hand and partner with organizations that are committed to supporting our communities especially during these tough times. Friendship Tabernacle Church in Abaco and the Grand Bahama Reach Out...
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Legal Panel Addresses Roots of ‘Black Lives Matter’ and Need for Justice and Power Reform - Sep 18, 2020 - 3:07:04 PM
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A panel of legal experts has dissected the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, delving into its historical roots and calling for reforms in the justice system and the way in which power is exercised.

“‘Black Lives Matter’ is not the beginning of the conversation, but rather the midpoint in an unbalanced, dictatorial dialogue on racial equality that was rooted in colonization and continues to this day,” explained Dr. Jewel Amoah, Human Rights Commissioner and the Halton (Canada) District School Board’s Human Rights & Equity Advisor.
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Health Minister thanks the Government of Canada for its generous donation - Sep 18, 2020 - 2:40:39 PM

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Minister of Health the Hon. Renward Wells stated that the CA$677,000 given by the Government of Canada will help The Bahamas to achieve the goal of reducing the spread of COVID-19, while also protecting healthcare, frontline and essential workers.

During a press conference to announce the donation on Friday, September 18, 2020 at the Ministry of Health, Minister Wells explained that part of the donation includes Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that is in high demand globally...
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OEF’s Seed to Succeed awards $20,000 in grants to Eleutheran Entrepreneurs - Sep 17, 2020 - 10:40:45 AM

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The inaugural ‘Seed to Succeed’ event was hosted by One Eleuthera Foundation on Monday, August 31, 2020, where eight participants presented their business ideas in front of a panel of judges.

Mark Palmer, the One Eleuthera Foundation (“OEF”) Social Enterprise Accelerator lead noted, “He was impressed by the eight participants all of whom are residents of Eleuthera” He further added, “The newly minted entrepreneurs represented a plethora of industries including esthetician services and waxing...
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CFAL donates laptops to students to promote Social Media Financial Literacy Reading Series - Sep 17, 2020 - 9:54:28 AM

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Colina Financial Advisors Ltd. (CFAL) has donated laptops to four students as a part of its popular “CFAL Summer Reading” social media series. Through this charitable educational initiative, which was launched through the CFAL Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts, executives and managers of the company recommended personal finance, investing, and personal development books to Bahamians to encourage them to boost their financial literacy and invest in themselves. For every like or share of the posts in the series, CFAL donated $1 toward the purchase of a laptop for a student in need...
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Nassau RC promotes national development of rowing with gift to Skullers RC in Exuma - Sep 16, 2020 - 3:55:14 PM

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Nassau Rowing Club gifted one of its first boats to Skullers Rowing Club in The Ferry, Little Exuma to develop their nascent youth program. The Helen T, a 45-foot long rowing boat made by Vespoli USA in Connecticut, holds four rowers and a coxswain, and can be configured for sweep rowing (each rower has one oar) or sculling (each rower has two oars).

Nassau RC President Kyle Chea remembered when the Helen T arrived in Nassau in 2013: “We raised $6,000 to pay for shipping from Virginia; larger rowing boats exceed standard container measurements...
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Bahamas snags first runner-up in Global, Girls’ Video Competition - Sep 15, 2020 - 1:05:36 PM

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Out of more than 170 entries from 44 countries Bahamian twelfth grader Sierra Blair captured first runner-up in the Girls’ Voices at Home video challenge – a competition which invited young ladies ages 13 to 26, to share how they are staying strong and continuing their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
As first runner-up Blair received a $500 cash scholarship from the Seattle, Washington-based organization...
News : Local
Minister of National Security leads Community Outreach in Abaco - Sep 14, 2020 - 11:25:44 AM

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The Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Dr. Raymond King; Commissioner of Police, Paul Rolle; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Marco Rolle; other Senior Officers from the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces, ministerial staff and Island Administrators joined the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Marvin Dames in several stakeholders meetings throughout the Northern, Central and Southern Abaco and surrounding cays during Sunday 13 September 2020...
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Winners announced for 'Dignified Girl' Essay Competition - Sep 14, 2020 - 10:16:55 AM

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The Dignified Girl Project has announced its top three winners for its 3rd Anniversary Essay Competition. With the topic, “Describe Why You Should Be Awarded a Tablet During COVID-19”, girls, including those with disabilities, in grades six through 12, were given the opportunity to explain why they should win a tablet, in the form of either a 75-100-word essay or a 30-60-second video.

Shamacka Stubbs, seventh-grade student at H. O. Nash Junior High, placed first out of 10 participants. In her video entry, Shamacka described how winning a tablet would be “a huge burden lifted” off her parents’ shoulders. 
Community : Grand Bahama
Waste Management Companies donate equipment and operators in East End Grand Bahama Marine clean up effort - Sep 10, 2020 - 10:26:48 AM


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With the assistance of Captain James Edgar Curling, President of Tycoon Waste Management Company Ltd. and Andrew Gaitor of A&D Gaitor Heavy Equipment, 18 submerged vehicles were removed from the area around the McCleans Town Dock.  Captain Curling expressed that, ‘As a mariner, I realize the danger these submerged vehicles could have on the many boaters who frequent this area.’ 

Katherine Smith, Managing Director of the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) stated that, “It’s been a long year, and there are many things that we had hoped to address within the first six months of the reconstruction and recovery efforts,
Community
BTVI President Receives University of London Grad Diploma - Sep 9, 2020 - 8:53:00 PM

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President of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Dr. Robert W. Robertson has been awarded a Graduate Diploma in International Development by the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science at the University of London.

Developed by academics at LSE, the diploma provides a strong grounding in international development and helps to develop critical skills for a wide range of real world professional situations. It also helps learners understand the fundamentals of economics, sociology and how urbanization, gender issues, poverty and social exclusion affect the process of development.

Dr. Robertson, who is a Fulbright Specialist, is the first president of the institution. Since his appointment in 2016...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Generators Donated To Assist Abaco with Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts - Sep 9, 2020 - 2:25:12 PM

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A parcel of over 20 brand new generators made its way to Abaco yesterday to assist with relief efforts post Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged that island one year ago in September 2019.  The generous donation – the second of its kind -- was made by a group of Pastors from the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). 

The Pastors include: Pastor Marcus Davidson, Mount Olive AME Church in Fort Lauderdale; Pastor John White, Emmanuel AME Church, Pembroke Pines, Florida and Reverend Ranford Patterson, Cousin McPhee AME Church...
Community
Scotiabank donates $20,000 to Hands For Hunger - Sep 6, 2020 - 10:02:48 PM

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Scotiabank has donated $20,000 to support the efforts of local charity – Hands for Hunger – which has been working to alleviate the social and humanitarian impact of the COVID-19 crisis among thousands of Bahamians. 

On August 28, the Bank presented its contribution at the New Providence Community Centre and assisted with the packing of food items for delivery to communities of persons in need.

“Job loss and therefore hunger, is unfortunately one of the most difficult realities of the COVID-19 crisis which is now affecting thousands across the globe...
News : New Providence
The United States pledges $750K to Fight COVID-19 in The Bahamas - Sep 6, 2020 - 7:35:33 PM

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The United States Government has pledged $750,000 to help health facilities in The Bahamas detect, isolate, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Bahamas Red Cross Society, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will administer the funds...
Community
RBDF provides Non-Financial Assistance to Comrade - Sep 5, 2020 - 6:47:40 PM

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Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force recently joined forces to assist a recently retired comrade on Thursday past. 

Force Chief Petty Officer (FCPO) Shawn Rolle in recent times, experienced a medical challenge, which has increased his reliance on wheelchair, which led his family to create a temporary ramp to assist him in accessing his house. 

Current and past members of Entry 19, of which he is a part of, were happy to facilitate the construction of a wheelchair ramp at his residence...
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