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UWI Vice-Chancellor Leads Mission to The Bahamas
- Sep 15, 2019 - 8:09:55 PM
Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI),
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, was visibly moved as he opened his Forum
on the Hurricane Response in The Bahamas on Friday, September 13, 2019.
Calling it a ‘zone of vulnerability and devastation’, he addressed the
enormity of devastation, the magnitude of effort required to rebuild,
and The UWI’s role in the context of post-colonial vulnerability.
Vice-Chancellor and UWI teams had been and are in the affected islands
working on the ground and with Government officials in the aftermath of
Hurricane Dorian which clocked winds of 220 and battered the islands of
Abaco and Grand Bahama for almost two days...
Meet housing needs for displaced with repossessed properties says local realtor
- Sep 15, 2019 - 7:07:37 PM
Thousands of repossessed properties sit vacant while thousands who lost
their homes as Hurricane Dorian thrashed Abaco and Grand Bahama are
sleeping in shelters, desperate for some semblance of a return to
Now, says leading real estate broker and entrepreneur
Mario Carey, as government searches for a solution to housing the answer
may be staring them right in the face – incentivize investors to buy
distressed properties and transform them into rent-controlled,
EY Donates to Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts
- Sep 15, 2019 - 1:43:37 PM
On Sept. 13, EY announced a $200,000 donation to Hurricane Dorian relief
efforts in the Bahamas.
Leadership of the EY region of the Bahamas,
Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands will donate $100,000,
with EY Americas matching the donation, to The Bahamas National
Emergency Management Authority (NEMA).
“This is an
extraordinarily difficult time for the Bahamas and,by extension,all of
the countries that make up a part of this region, so it is imperative
that we come together as one to help the Bahamas and its people begin to
rebuild,” said Dan Scott, Regional Managing Partner with EY..
Trinidad and Tobago Troop arrives in Capital
- Sep 12, 2019 - 9:27:04 AM
The Minister of National Security, the Honorable
Marvin Dames, the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, and
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Eugene
Poitier, welcomed one hundred and nineteen (119) soldiers from the
Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) on Sunday 8th September.
in the group were Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of National Security,
the Honourable Stuart Young, and TTDF Chief of Defence Staff, Commodore
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.
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."
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
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...
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.
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...
No Quarantine, Cholera or Epidemics in The Bahamas
- Sep 8, 2019 - 12:55:42 AM
The Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
wishes to advise that no islands in The Bahamas are under quarantine.
can potentially increase the transmission of water-borne and
communicable diseases. Nevertheless, there have not been any detected
cholera cases at the moment, nor any increased number of infectious
diseases due to the hurricane.
The Ministry of Health and PAHO
recommends that the population in the affected areas drink and use safe
water and also continue to practice good hygiene such as hand washing to
prevent water-borne diseases...
Grand Bahama and Abaco advised to avoid drinking ground water
- Sep 6, 2019 - 10:22:00 PM
Residents of Grand Bahama, Abaco and the surrounding Cays are advised to avoid
drinking or consuming ground water.
Following the passage of Hurricane Dorian,
officials are warning that ground water on these islands has the potential to be
contaminated with infectious bacteria, chemicals and other pollutants which can cause
Residents are advised to use only clean bottled water for drinking, food preparation and
NEMA updates on Abaco evacuations
- Sep 6, 2019 - 3:26:33 PM
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is providing
evacuation support to residents in the Abacos free of charge. Starting
today, BahamasAir planes and private aircraft donated by partners will
conduct evacuations from Treasure Cay and Sandy Point, Abaco to New
Transportation will be provided in
Nassau for residents to be housed in local emergency shelters. The
Department of Social Services will register evacuees to ensure family
and friends can be notified of their status. Fast Ferries is also
bringing passengers from Abaco by sea free of charge.
Bahamas Marinas Are Open For Business
- Sep 6, 2019 - 2:19:59 PM
Other Islands and Some 20 Marinas Fully Operational
Association of Bahamas Marinas, on behalf of its participating members,
are in full support mode of the northern islands of The Bahamas. As are
all the Bahamian people, we are grateful for the outpouring of support
and we will be there for our fellow marinas for as long as it takes to
rebuild and come back better than before.
The Bahamas is an
archipelago of over 700 islands spread out over 100,000 square miles of
ocean and only a small portion of the country was impacted by Hurricane
Public directed to NEMA for inquiries on relative impacted by Dorian
- Sep 5, 2019 - 7:28:06 PM
Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) advises that all inquiries regarding
relatives who may have been evacuated from Abaco and Grand Bahama for
medical care to the Princess Margaret Hospital direct their inquiries to
the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). NEMA serves as the
official agency facilitating the identification of the injured and
NEMA can be contacted at the following numbers 322-6081,
322-6082, 322-6083, 322-6084 and 322-6085. Representatives from the
Department of Social Services and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF)
are posted at NEMA to render assistance...
Bahamas Gov't Schools Notice after Hurricane Dorian
- Sep 4, 2019 - 7:38:09 AM
Nassau, The Bahamas - September 4th
The Minister of Education wishes to advise the general public that all government schools
in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (except those in Abaco and Grand Bahama) will
re-open on Monday, September 9th, 2019 at the usual time.
All staff members are
expected to report for duty.
Lives lost in Abaco now 7 confirms Prime Minister
- Sep 3, 2019 - 11:11:32 PM
In a media update today, September 3, 2019 following his aerial
reconnaissance of the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian on the island of
Abaco, facilitated by the US Coast Guard, Prime Minister the Most Hon.
Hubert Minnis reported that the official number of lives lost is now
seven, though that number may turn out to be greater.
main centre, Marsh Harbour, including the airport, has been severely
damaged. There has been less impact in the south of Abaco, than the
Royal Caribbean is committing $1 million to Dorian disaster relief
- Sep 3, 2019 - 4:09:16 PM
The Bahamas has always been more than a destination for Royal Caribbean and our guests.
more than half a century, we’ve made many friends and many memories.
The Bahamas is also home to more than 500 of our colleagues who work at
Perfect Day at CocoCay and the Grand Bahama Shipyard.
So in the
aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamian people are in our thoughts
and prayers. And we’re rolling up our sleeves to help our friends, and
inviting our guests to help...
Five die in Hurricane Dorian, PM calls on Nation to Unite to Help those in Need
- Sep 2, 2019 - 7:14:34 PM
The Royal Bahamas Police Force has confirmed that five people died
during the passage of the category 5 Hurricane Dorian through North
This was revealed by the Most Hon Dr Hubert A Minnis in a
statement during a live NEMA press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2019.
"We are in the midst of a historic tragedy in parts of the northern Bahamas," said the Prime Minister.
mission and focus now is search, rescue and recovery. I ask for your
prayers for those in affected areas and for first responders..
Bahamas Education on School Openings and Closures
- Sep 1, 2019 - 5:40:47 PM
(Sept. 1, 2019) Nassau, Bahamas - The Minister of Education has
announced the following with respect to the opening of schools
throughout The Bahamas:
Schools in the islands of Cat
Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Exuma, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ackiins,
Crooked Island and Inagua will open for students on Wednesday, Sept. 4
at 9 a.m. School administrators, teachers and support staff posted at
these schools are to report to work tomorrow (Monday, Sept. 2) at their
regular times as they will prepare for the return of students on
RBDF prepares for Hurricane Dorian
- Aug 29, 2019 - 10:00:24 PM
As Hurricane Dorian travels through the Caribbean region, the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force is making necessary preparations to assist with
disaster mitigation, as well as disaster relief and recovery efforts.
of RBDF Senior Command and the Enlisted Corps were briefed on Wednesday
past on Hurricane Preparedness by Commander Defence Force, Commodore
Tellis Bethel; Captain Coral Harbour, Captain Adrian Chriswell; the
Commander Operations, Commander Chappell Whyms, as well as by Senior
Haitian Nationals rescued after Cargo Vessel Runs Aground
- Aug 28, 2019 - 6:45:22 PM
Eight Haitian nationals were rescued during a combined effort by members
of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and OPBAT on Wednesday morning after
their vessel ran aground in the southern Bahamas.
wooden cargo freighter ‘SHAMU TOO’ was enoute to Haiti when their vessel
experienced mechanical failure. As a result, it ran aground Hogstyle
Reef with the men onboard.
None of the occupants were injured
during the ordeal, and received food supply by an OPBAT helicopter...
British Legion executives call on Commander of Defence Force
- Aug 27, 2019 - 4:00:38 PM
The newly appointed Executive Committee Members of the British Legion -
Bahamas Branch (BLBB) paid a courtesy call on Commander Defence Force,
Commodore Tellis Bethel on August 23, 2019.
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force Reservist Adina Munroe-Charlow, the newly elected Chairman of the
British Legion Bahamas Branch was in attendance, along with other
members of the BLBB's executive committee...