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Bank donates $100,000 to Red Cross, announces concessions for staff and clients - Sep 20, 2019 - 12:03:07 PM

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A hundred thousand dollars and financial concessions to contribute to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts were announced by CIBC FirstCaribbean during a presentation at the Bahamas Red Cross headquarters recently.

During the donation to the Bahamas Red Cross, CIBC FirstCaribbean Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the bank’s charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, Colette Delaney, named a series of initiatives the bank has undertaken to help victims of the hurricane...
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Bahamas Feeding Network Plates Meals to Hurricane Dorian Evacuees - Sep 17, 2019 - 4:10:47 PM

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It was not the usual Thursday or Sunday distribution, instead it was on a Monday and Wednesday when volunteers from the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) loaded up their vans and transported piping hot meals to the Ranfurly Homes for Children and the Fox Hill Community Center respectively. They were answering the call to assist persons evacuated from Abaco and Grand Bahama because of Hurricane Dorian’s devastating impact of the northern islands.

“When we got word that children from the Grand Bahama Children’s Home were being welcomed at the Ranfurly Homes for Children in Nassau, we immediately made contact with them to determine what their needs were and how the Bahamas Feeding Network could help,” said Philip Smith, executive director of BFN...
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National Youth Month 2019 Launched - Sep 17, 2019 - 3:15:34 PM

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A scavenger hunt, march and rally, Jesus in the Park event, medal presentation ceremony and youth band encounter are among the events planned to observe National Youth Month 2019 in The Bahamas.

The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, officially launched National Youth Month, celebrated in October, at a press conference on Monday; and she appealed to all Bahamians to get involved in the myriad events set aside to hear the voices of young people and showcase their talents...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
RBPF Nassau: Police investigates a shooting incident that has left an adult male dead - Armed robbery - Sep 16, 2019 - 8:37:28 AM

Police on New Providence are investigating a shooting incident Sunday, 15th September, 2019 which has left an adult male dead.

According to reports, shortly before 7:00pm, a man was standing in front of a home on First Street, Coconut Grove, when the occupants of a white vehicle opened fire in his direction, hitting him about the body, before speeding away. The injured man was transported to hospital and later succumbed to his injuries...
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Bahamas Gov't Tribute to the Late John 'Chippie' Chipman - Sep 14, 2019 - 7:50:19 AM

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Bahamian ​Junkanoo Legend, John “Chippie” Chipman passed away on Monday September 9t​ h​, 2019 at 90 years of age. His career spanned more than six decades. The world knows Bahamian Culture due to the life and works of Mr. Chipman. He would have touched every continent with his goatskin drum, and has earned his reputation as a prolific Junkanooer, dancer and champion drummer.

“​Chippie​”, as he was affectionately called, received both national and international recognition for his outstanding contribution to nation building. He was honored and enlisted as a Member of the British Empire (M.B.E.), a recipient of The Bahamas Merit Award, Tourism Lifetime Achievement Award, The Junkanoo Legends Circle Award...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas State Recognized Funeral for Emmanuel E. Osadebay - Sep 13, 2019 - 11:33:11 PM

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A State Recognized Funeral was held for the Hon. Mr. Justice (Retired) Emmanuel E. Osadebay at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road, on Friday, September 13, 2019. Interment was at St. Agnes Cemetery.

"Justice of Appeal Osadebay had the distinction of serving The Bahamas at three different levels of the Judiciary; as the Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate, a Justice of the Supreme Court and a Justice of Appeal.  He also practiced at the private Bar with distinction for several years after leaving the Magistracy pro to his appointment to the Supreme Court Bench in February, 1994."
Community : Abaco
“We’re not giving up on Abaco,” say Abaco Neem farmers - Sep 10, 2019 - 8:51:01 PM

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For five blistering hours, Daphne de Gregory held her own against a raging hurricane, using her body like a concrete block to keep a dormer door shut while her husband, Nick Miaoulis, did the same with the adjoining door. All that stood between them and the howling 220 mile an hour winds of Hurricane Dorian was a sheet of glass. Together, they prayed, minute after minute, hour after hour. When one was nearly worn out and on the verge of collapse, the other prayed louder, offering up encouragement.

Back and forth it went until the wind finally subsided and for the first time in what seemed an eternity, Nick and Daphne breathed...
Community : Service Organizations : Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas
Rotary Club of West Nassau Donates to NEMA's Hurricane Relief Efforts - Sep 10, 2019 - 5:20:45 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Rotary Club of West Nassau donated $1,000 to the Hurricane Dorian Relief efforts, during a cheque presentation at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Gladstone Road on Monday, September 9, 2019. Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA accepted the cheque.

Pictured from left are Leron Williams, Vice President, Rotary Club of West Nassau; Barron Ferguson, Past President, Rotary Club of West Nassau; Captain Russell; and Tiffany Knowles, accountant, Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund.
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
Royal Bahamas Police Force on the Body Count - Sep 8, 2019 - 11:29:46 PM

The Royal Bahamas Police Force wishes to advise that, to date, Sunday, September 8, 2019 they have located 45 bodies in the Hurricane Dorian affected area: 37 in Abaco and 8 in Grand Bahama.

In their announcement the RBPF states:

We anticipate the discovery of more bodies as the process of search and recovery progresses...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PM Attends Briefing in Abaco Ahead of Hurricane Dorian's Projected Landfall - Aug 31, 2019 - 11:56:11 PM

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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis attended a press briefing for residents of Abaco today and checked in on the progress of the island’s preparations for Hurricane Dorian, an extremely dangerous and powerful Category 4 storm approaching the Northwest Bahamas.

The visit was part of The Prime Minister’s final appeal for residents of the northern cays and the northern mainland to seek safe harbour in south Abaco.

Hurricane Dorian is a major threat to portions of the northwest Bahamas, particularly Abaco and Grand Bahama, which are under a Hurricane Warning. Residents of vulnerable areas of those islands are being urged to get out of harm’s way...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
Stabbing and s shooting in front of a bar, latest homicides in Nassau - Aug 31, 2019 - 8:56:43 AM

Police on New Providence are investigating a stabbing and a shooting incident Friday, 30th August, 2019 which has left two adult males dead.

In the first incident, according to reports, shortly before 9:00pm, two men were at a home on Bowe Avenue, Montel Heights, when they became involved in an altercation, which escalated, resulting in one of them producing a knife and stabbing the other about the body. The injured man was transported to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prime Minister Minnis surprises Queen’s College eighth grader with a visit on first day of school - Aug 29, 2019 - 7:30:32 PM

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Matthew Stuart, a Queen’s College eighth grader who wrote to Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis asking for a surprise visit to his blind grandmother on her birthday, received a surprise of his own today when the Prime Minister dropped in on the boy’s social studies class.

Prime Minister Minnis decided to pay a personal visit to Matthew on the first day of school after receiving the letter from the 12-year-old earlier this year...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
RBPF Nassau: Police Investigates shooting incidents - Armed Robbery - Aug 29, 2019 - 7:15:55 AM

Police on the Island of New Providence are investigating two shooting incidents Wednesday, 28th August, 2019, which left a juvenile male and an adult male in hospital.

In the first incident, according to reports, shortly after 9:00pm, two males were standing in front of a home on Sunrise Road, Gamble Heights, when a silver Honda Accord pulled up...
Community
RBC assisting entrepreneurs in and out of the bank - Aug 28, 2019 - 3:32:06 PM

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RBC Royal Bank’s (RBC) partnership with the Access Accelerator, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has bolstered successful results for entrepreneurs before and after funding.

Six months after partnering with the SBDC,   RBC has financially invested in six clients to advance their businesses. Recently the bank granted funding to Cheryl's Taxi, a taxi and tour company started in the early '80s by Cheryl Cambridge. They also approved 22-year-old Benjamin Davis, owner of Drive Green Rentals.
Community
Abaco Mom Releases Memoir on Loving and Losing a Sickler - Aug 27, 2019 - 2:03:55 PM

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In her newly released, deeply emotional memoir, Zetta Sylvia Baillou-Poitier shares the challenges of raising children with sickle cell disease and the pain of losing her daughter, in a story that’s relatable to anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one, regardless of circumstance.
 
“I was inspired to write the book after the death of my daughter,” said the mother of two. “The book is to keep Vashti’s memory alive and it’s also dedicated to my son, Vance.”
 
Between the pages of Facing Two Sickles: Families Dealing with Sickle Cell Disease, the Cooper’s Town resident offer...
Community
Sun Oil Limited hosts Annual Abaco Back-To-School Extravaganza - Aug 26, 2019 - 9:50:24 PM

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Students throughout the island of Abaco will be ready for school with supplies distributed from Sun Oil Limited, a Shell licensee.

Nearly 350-children and parents attended the fifth annual Sun Oil Limited Back-To-School Extravaganza in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  Rufus Johnson Jr., Sun Oil’s Marketing Manager said, “Our investment in helping children feel more prepared for the first day of school reflects our commitment to fuelling journeys that matter in education and student success...
Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force
RBPF Nassau: Police are investigating a shooting incident that has left an adult male dead - Armed robbery - Aug 26, 2019 - 7:00:30 AM

Police on New Providence are investigating a shooting incident Sunday, 25th August, 2019 which has left an adult male dead.

According to reports, shortly after 10:00pm, two men were standing in front of a home on Ross Corner, when the occupants of a white vehicle opened fire in their direction, hitting one of them before speeding away...

Police on the Island of New Providence are seeking assistance in identifying and locating the men responsible for an armed robbery which occurred on Sunday 25th August, 2019...
Community
Deltec Initiatives Foundation Establishes Family Island Scholarship at UB - Aug 24, 2019 - 7:00:25 AM

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The Deltec Initiative for Scholarship & Education has established a scholarship tenable at University of The Bahamas to provide academic financial assistance to young Bahamian students from the Family Islands who possess extraordinary scholastic talent and require financial assistance to enable them to pursue a tertiary education.

On Wednesday, 21st August 2019, Mrs. Tanya Carey, Chief Financial Officer of Deltec Bank & Trust Limited and Director of the Deltec Initiatives Foundation, announced the partnership during the signing of an MOU for the Deltec Initiatives Foundation Scholarship Award...
Community
Dermal Distributions Provides Scholarship & Mentorship for BTVI Students - Aug 23, 2019 - 10:42:06 AM

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Dermal Distributions has provided Esthetics scholarships to two students to study at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI). The scholarship will cover application fees, tuition, uniform, books, tools, a Dermalogica product kit and mentorship throughout the program.

The recipients are Dereka Bain and Chandira Wright.

With this scholarship, Dermal Distributions Chief Executive Officer and President, Sarah Beek, hopes to raise the quality of estheticians and massage therapists in The Bahamas...
Community
University of The Bahamas announces appointment of Ombudsman - Aug 22, 2019 - 9:20:24 PM

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University of The Bahamas announces the appointment of Ms. Marisa Mason-Smith as the first Ombudsman for the institution and in The Bahamas.
 
In this role, Ms. Mason-Smith will, through consulting, mediation and negotiation, provide impartial, neutral, and confidential third party assistance to students, faculty, staff and administrators seeking dispute resolution. Reporting to the Board of Trustees, Ms. Mason-Smith will formulate...
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