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University of The Bahamas Preparing for Largest Commencement Class Since Pandemic - May 18, 2022 - 12:56:08 PM

The University of The Bahamas (UB) Commencement Ceremony that will be held next week is expected to be one of its largest since the pandemic, with well over 600 graduands who comprise the 2022 Commencement Class having completed their academic matriculation in an era of extraordinary circumstances.

And after a two-year hiatus on in-person commencement events because of the COVID-19 pandemic, UB will return to hosting its commencement activities on-site with the approval of health authorities...
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RF Gives Back With Charity Golf Tournament - May 12, 2022 - 10:56:58 AM

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Local golf enthusiasts are gearing up for the 35th Annual Charity Golf Tournament hosted by the Rotary Club of East Nassau & The Scout Association of The Bahamas. RF Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd. has signed on as the title sponsor for the tournament which will take place on May 16th at the One & Only Ocean Club Golf Course.

The tourney has been one of the club’s primary fundraising activities for the past 35 years, collectively raising over $3.5 Million for numerous charitie...
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BNT Raises $100K at Cuban Pig Roast for Flamingo Conservation - May 11, 2022 - 2:25:39 PM

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The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) celebrated a return to in-person events with their first Cuban Pig Roast since 2020, held on Saturday, May 7th at the Maillis Farm. The event was a huge success, raising a total of $100,000 to support the enhancement of BNT’s Predator Control Program. The Predator Control Program at the Inagua National Park will advance the protection of our national bird, the West Indian Flamingo.
 
With a target of $175,000 to operationalize the program, Pig Roast provided a significant jumpstart to the organization’s fundraising efforts...
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Abaco Neem Receives Significant Donation from Rotary Bahamas Disaster Relief - May 4, 2022 - 1:30:22 PM

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When District 7020 Governor (DG) Louis Wever and his spouse First Lady Amanda who are from St. Maarten visited The Bahamas, in February 2022, Abaco was on their schedule. They were hosted to a tour and lunch at the Abaco Neem Farm and to conclude some delayed Rotary business.

DG and the First Lady formally installed a sign to mark the celebration of a gift, made possible by Rotary Bahamas Disaster Relief two years ago; the pandemic had prevented the formal installation....
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Citizens For Justice Bahamas on Crime - May 4, 2022 - 9:12:03 AM

RECOMMENDATIONS TO REDUCE CRIME AND LAWLESSNESS

Crime, murders, lawlessness, corruption and poverty are major issues facing the Bahamas today. Below are some strategic recommendations that may resolve some of these vexing problems:

1. IDENTIFY AND RESOLVE POVERTY ISSUES.
Address social problems with a plan of ACTION. We have had too much talk for too long and crime has reached epidemic levels in the Bahamas. Poverty is the number one cause of crime...
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Bahamian Women’s Reproductive Health Care needs addressed in Harvard-Affiliated Hospital News - Mar 28, 2022 - 12:23:59 PM

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Two Bahamians made their editorial debut this International Women’s Day in a publication of Massachusetts General Hospital, the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Dr Shamanique Bodie-Williams and media professional Tosheena Robinson tackled the pandemic’s impact on cervical screenings tests for Bahamian women in their article, “Screening Inequalities During Covid,” featured in the latest edition of the digital journal MGH Global OB/GYN Newsletter....
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San Salvador water startup receives over $200,000 in funding through Access Accelerator - Mar 21, 2022 - 2:02:17 PM

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Out Island Water Company was created by Trevor Williams, a native of the island of New Providence. The startup will specialize in purified water manufacturing, water bottling and manufacturing ice. The Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre (Access Accelerator) assisted Out Island Water Company on Sal Salvador to receive funding approval of $207,500. The capital injection came from the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund in the form of loan and equity funding.

As the son of San Salvadorians, Williams was inspired to start the company by the need to increase water security on the island...
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University of The Bahamas announces appointment of Dr. Ian Strachan as Executive Vice President - Mar 18, 2022 - 12:02:42 PM

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University of The Bahamas today announced the appointment of Dr. Ian Strachan to the position of Executive Vice President (EVP) effective 1st April 2022. Dr. Strachan retains his position as President of the UB-North campus in Grand Bahama.

The position of EVP is vitally important in the University system. It is enshrined in the University of The Bahamas Act as an officer of the institution and serves a critical role in maximizing operational performance and maintaining continuity...
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Donations Fueling a New Over-The-Hill Community Center - Mar 14, 2022 - 5:42:39 PM

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Although a $500,000 donation from FTX to Lend A Hand Bahamas is a show stopper, other Bahamas-based likeminded corporations and charitable foundations have also donated generously to the building of a new community center on Lewis Street in Bain and Grants Town.

In the lead up to the ground breaking on March 9th, the non-profit organization received donations from Leslie Bacardi of the Contigo Foundation in honor of her late husband, Jorge Bacardi...
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University of The Bahamas and University of South Carolina Beaufort partner to strengthen Hospitality, Tourism - Mar 8, 2022 - 3:04:11 PM

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University of The Bahamas (UB) has forged a new partnership with a leader in hospitality and tourism management that will create new opportunities for experiential learning and raise service excellence and innovation in the sector.  

Graduates of UB have been at the forefront of progressive changes in the industry. The newly inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB)...
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University of The Bahamas Invited to Share Lessons in Digital Transformation at Global Conference - Feb 23, 2022 - 7:36:15 PM

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The systems, processes and procedures of University of The Bahamas (UB) are far more digitalized today than they were before Hurricane Dorian or even the COVID-19 pandemic. For a university system that operates in an archipelago, the transformation has meant increased access to higher learning, deeper support for student success outcomes and greater operational efficiencies overall...
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New England Institute of Technology strengthens ties with BTVI - Feb 16, 2022 - 1:17:51 PM

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The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently hosted officials of the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) to further develop a partnership between the two schools.

The visit by NEIT to The Bahamas was designed to detail specific pathways for students considering matriculating from BTVI to NEIT. Detailed articulation agreements are currently being developed for cyber security...
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BBS Learners test their blockchain projects on Ethereum to earn Developer Certificate - Feb 15, 2022 - 3:56:18 PM

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Four Bahamian participants from the 2021 Blockchain Business School (BBS), ages 13 to their late 20’s, are earning their developer’s certificates to become blockchain developers. Engagement in an intense 11-week blockchain Bootcamp offered by world-renowned ConsenSys Academy, exposed this cohort to powerful industry knowledge and hands-on instruction to test their projects on Ethereum.  

Rhonda McDeigan-Eldridge, founder and curator of Harness All Possibilities (HAP) and BBS was proud of these learners, among more than 1,400 global novices...
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UB Expands Partner Institutions for College Credit Transfer - Feb 10, 2022 - 3:14:06 PM

University of The Bahamas (UB) has forged a partnership with Saylor Academy, an open access education provider, to increase pathways to higher learning and professional development.

UB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Saylor under which UB will accept transfer credits from courses offered by Saylor that have been reviewed and recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE is a US non-profit organization that assesses courses for collegiate level accreditation...
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22nd Annual Christmas Bird Count in Honour of the Late Erika Gates - Feb 1, 2022 - 8:05:23 PM

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In December 2021 and January 2022, the Grand Bahama Island Birders (GBIB) group conducted its 22nd annual Christmas Bird Count. This was the first time that GBIB had to accomplish this feat without our fearless leader and beloved mentor, Erika Gates. Erika passed recently after several months of battling cancer. The membership of GBIB is still reeling from our loss. We extend our sincere condolences to her devoted husband, Ed Gates and her family and the many who benefited from her mentorship and loving spirit.

As a result of teaching a basic birding class in partnership with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism...
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Sister Sister gets $14,000 Donation - Dec 23, 2021 - 9:03:23 AM

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The Zonta Club of New Providence Save A Life Campaign raised $14,000 to help women diagnosed with breast cancer have a fighting chance to live.  

Campaign Chair Sherrel Cox says Zonta chose to make the donation to Sister Sister after learning that there were cancer patients who lost their lives because they could not afford the port implants and other basic necessities that are vital to their treatment...
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AID, RBDF Commodore among Icon Award Winners for Disability Awareness Week - Dec 22, 2021 - 8:54:47 AM

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Disability Awareness Week 2021 culminated with the Icon Awards, announced by the Disability Affairs Unit of the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. The event was held at the National Art Gallery on Friday, December 3 at "A Jolly Extravaganza" hosted by the Training Centre for the Disabled in collaboration with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Icon Awards.

AID won “Group of the Year” - Special Achievement in Advocacy. This award recognizes a business organization which, through a significant advocacy effort...
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Eleuthera and Abaco say No to Violence - Dec 13, 2021 - 9:02:46 AM

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Women of the Zonta Club in Eleuthera and Abaco brought the Orange the World campaigns to life on their islands, spreading the word that people everywhere should say "No!" to gender-based violence.

The 16 days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence wrapped up  on Friday, December 10. International Human Rights Day. In Abaco,  Zonta representative Eva Bain spent the campaign going from settlement to settlement...
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University of The Bahamas forges Agreement with University of Guelph for Global Experiences - Dec 3, 2021 - 12:27:58 PM

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University of The Bahamas (UB) and the University of Guelph (UGuelph) have found common ground on which to solidify a relationship that will expose students and faculty to additional opportunities for global learning, teaching and research experiences and collaborations.

The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) governing a student and faculty exchange relationship...
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PACE pays tribute to treasurer emeritus - Nov 18, 2021 - 12:54:31 PM

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Fifty years ago, the PACE program evolved when support was offered to an 11-year-old who against her own choice, had moved from childhood to motherhood. “No longer able to continue her education in regular school, the PACE program was there to help support her,” said Andrea Archer, one of the founders. She is also a former social worker and former deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health.

The PACE program offers teen mothers an important second chance. PACE – Providing Access to Continued Education...
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