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NEMA Partners with Arawak Port Development Ltd. to receive Hurricane Relief Supplies
- Oct 6, 2015 - 4:17:53 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA,
has partnered with Arawak Port Development Ltd. (APD) to assist
individuals seeking to donate relief supplies to the areas impacted by
Individuals wishing to donate relief items
are asked to bring them to the Nassau Container Port at Arawak Cay from
Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am to 4pm for storage pending
College President Shares Vision for The University of The Bahamas
- Oct 6, 2015 - 4:07:40 PM
Nassau, BAHAMAS - The long-term vision is for the University of The
Bahamas to have six campuses across the country, with international
students who fly in to attend the University of The Bahamas (UB) most
likely passing through Nassau on their way to the UB Centre of
Excellence of their choice, according to College of The Bahamas (COB)
President Rodney D. Smith.
Smith spoke to the Rotary Club East
Sunrise last week, and while he looked forward to the institution’s
future, he also addressed concerns about the institution’s finances
raised in the daily press...
Health leaders vow new action to address the epidemic of violence against women in the Americas
- Oct 6, 2015 - 1:59:11 PM
Washington, D.C. – Violence against women is a serious human rights
violation and a public health problem throughout the Americas, with
significant health, social and economic impacts on women as well as
children, families, communities and national economies.
address the problem, health officials meeting at the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) this week vowed to improve the ability of health
systems to prevent and respond to violence against women...
Ministry for GB / NEMA spearhead Hurricane Relief efforts on Grand Bahama
- Oct 6, 2015 - 1:34:36 PM
Minister for Grand
Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville announced
that his office, along
with the National Emergency Management Agency on Grand Bahama, will be
spearheading hurricane relief efforts on the island.
Darville made the announcement
Monday afternoon at his Ministry headquartered
in the Harold Degregory Complex on the Mall.
Minister also had a number of supporting agencies participating in the press
conference, such as the Royal Bahamas Defense Force...
Al Jazeera reports on Baha Mar and Bahamas - China relations
- Oct 6, 2015 - 1:07:07 PM
NASSAU, Bahamas — Missing two grand opening deadlines isn’t something
that any large venture hopes to experience, but that’s exactly what has
happened to Baha Mar.
Touted as China’s largest commercial real estate project in the
Western Hemisphere, Baha Mar, a $3.5 billion Bahamian resort complex, has floundered
this year, causing the most serious economic damage the small island
country has seen since the global financial crisis. The resort is
predicted to contribute 12 percent to the country’s gross domestic
product, but its failure to materialize has at least in part led
Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the country’s sovereign credit rating...
Intensive Capacity Building at Bahamas Bureau of Standards & Quality
- Oct 6, 2015 - 12:28:23 PM
The Bahamas - The newest bureau in the CARICOM
Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) network, The
Bahamas Bureau of Standards and Quality (BBSQ), recently held a week of
intensive activities aimed at updating legislation, devising a strategic
plan and increasing the capacity within the institution.
on its own national resources, as well as those under the 10th European
Development Fund (EDF) Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) programme, the
BBSQ brought together a number of consultants from September 28 to
October 2, 2015, to aid in necessary institutional development...
WSC Emergency Response to Family Islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin
- Oct 6, 2015 - 10:37:46 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) wishes to
provide the following update to our customers and the general public
following the passage of Hurricane Joaquin.
On Sunday October 04,
2015, WSC with the assistance of the National Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) dispatched Emergency Assessment and System Recovery teams
to the following islands and they have provided the updates outlined.
Caribbean Muzik Festival to commemorate Nassau Accord
- Oct 6, 2015 - 12:23:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has signed on as the
host sponsor of the Caribbean Muzik Festival, which will this year
commemorate a momentous milestone in the history of The Bahamas.
occasion also marks the 30th anniversary of the Nassau Accord, hailed
as the key step toward ending apartheid in South Africa and securing
South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela’s release from
Schools on Cat Island, Exuma, Inagua and Ragged Island to Reopen Tuesday
- Oct 5, 2015 - 11:34:20 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – 5th October,
2015 – The Ministry of Education, Science and Technolog advises the public that
schools on the following islands will REOPEN
TOMORROW, Tuesday, 6th October, 2015; Cat Island, Exuma, Inagua
and Ragged Island.
Schools on the islands of Acklins, Crooked
Island, Long Island, Mayaguana, Rum Cay and San Salvador will remain closed
until further notice.
We would like to thank the public for their
understanding and cooperation as we continue the recovery efforts on our
southern family of islands.
Grand Bahama Minister on Hurricane Relief for the Central & Southern Bahamas Islands
- Oct 5, 2015 - 11:22:23 PM
Today, I have with me a team of government and non-government
officials, comprised of a working committee, who will aid in the
hurricane relief efforts on Grand Bahama Island, for those islands in
the Central and Southern Bahamas that were affected by Hurricane
This committee, spearheaded by the Ministry for Grand Bahama
in conjunction with NEMA, The Departments of Urban Renewal and Social
Services, The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, The Grand Bahama Christian
Council, registered non-profit organizations including The Red Cross,
Salvation Army and 700 Partners, represents a unified force and
coordinated effort to assist our brothers and sisters in the family
islands who have been affected by this devastating storm...
Royal Navy evacuates residents from Crooked Island
- Oct 5, 2015 - 11:17:04 PM
On Monday evening, Bahamas Police Commissioner, Elison Greenslade's twitter account showed photos coming out of Pitt Town Point, Crooked Island.
He's reported that the British Royal Navy was evacuating residents from the Hurricane Joaquin devastated island to Nassau.
Hurricane Relief Efforts Underway for The Bahamas
- Oct 5, 2015 - 10:59:36 PM
The Prime Minister, along with Leader of The Opposition and MP Hubert
Chipman traveled Saturday to assess the damage of Hurricane Joaquin. BTC
CEO Leon Williams was also on board.
On the same day, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines traveled to Long Island.
Islands that have been impacted by Hurricane Joaquin are Cat Island,
Ragged Island, Inagua, Mayaguana, Exuma, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Crooked
Island, Long Island and Acklins...
Bahamian airports now open in Spring Point, Acklins and Colonel Hill, and Crooked Island
- Oct 5, 2015 - 10:38:24 PM
Department of Civil Aviation advises that the airports in Spring Point, Acklins
and Colonel Hill, Crooked Island have been inspected in the aftermath of
Hurricane Joaquin and have now been re-opened for operations. The Deadman’s Cay
Long Island Airport is the only airport which remains closed at this time.
The public is assured that the Department will
advise on the re-opening of this airport, as soon as possible.
Long Island residents meeting set for Tuesday, Oct. 6
- Oct 5, 2015 - 10:28:09 PM
Terrece Bootle Bethel, Family Island Administrator for Long
Island wishes to advise
residents from Petty's to Salt Pond
by Hurricane Joaquin - to meet at the NGM Major High School in Buckley's
9am on Tuesday, October 6,
2015. Members of the Disaster Preparedness Committee are also asked to attend.
residents from Gordon's to Hamilton are to meet at Clarence Town's
Community Centre at 9am on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. On hand would also
be personnel from the Department of Social Services to assist ALL in
BTC Opens Call Centres for Joaquin Affected Islands
- Oct 5, 2015 - 6:36:54 PM
Nassau, Bahamas (October 5, 2015) - While BTC Technical Teams are
working to restore services in the South East Islands, BTC initiated
Communications Centers for residents in Ragged Island, Inagua and
Clarence Town Long Island allowing them to make telephone calls and send
emails to their loved ones free of charge.
In Ragged Island,
customers will be able to make telephone calls at the BTC office. In
Inagua and Clarence Town Long Island, customers are able to make
telephone calls and send emails from the BTC locations. Residents will
be given three minutes each, allowing them to connect with loved ones.
BTC advises, at this time, calls are only able to leave the island,
customers are not able to make calls into the island. The Call Centers
will be opened until 7pm this evening (Monday) and from 10am – 6pm
Mitchell addresses UN Human Rights Council General Debate
- Oct 5, 2015 - 6:16:49 PM
Today, we are players in a complex world where the rule of law for some, is
adapted to suit the circumstances based on political ideologies, economic
pursuits or even environmental occurrences which force people to move from one
place to another.
No matter the circumstance, The Bahamas adheres to the belief that people
everywhere deserve to live in a world free from violence and fear, where
dignity and integrity of the human being is preserved...
Clarion Call For Collective Action Amongst Caribbean International Financial Services Sector
- Oct 5, 2015 - 5:33:46 PM
future of financial institutions in the Caribbean is under serious threat if no
pro-active collective action is taken now. Regulatory changes within recent
times have made it increasingly difficult with an ever increasing demand on
financial resources just to keep up with the pace and breadth of change. If
this trend continues financial institutions in the Caribbean region could be severely
challenged to provide the level and types of services to its customer base. The
impact of this could ultimately result in high unemployment rates, brain drain,
poverty and even economic chaos in the whole region.
was the main concern of participants of the workshop ‘Caribbean Banking and the
Caribbean International Financial Services Sector’ which was held in Curaçao on
September 30-October 1, 2015 by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean
Export) in conjunction with Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA). The
workshop acted as a precursor to the Global Forum of the Organization for
International Space Station Partners Release Major Update to Docking Standard
- Oct 5, 2015 - 5:27:15 PM
Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) has approved a major
update to the station docking system standard. First released in 2010,
the docking standard established a common station-to-spacecraft
equipment interface to enable spacecraft of multiple types to dock to
the space station.
"The latest additions to the docking standard further open the door
for contributions by international agencies, as well as commercial
enterprises for the International Space Station and exploration,” said
William Gerstenmaier, MCB chair and NASA’s associate administrator for
the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. “We have
already seen benefits of this standard, creating the opportunity to
develop additional standards for spacecraft design...
Life-Changing CCELD15 Experience for Three Bahamian Women
- Oct 5, 2015 - 5:16:47 PM
Jamaica - Three Bahamian participants in the recent Caribbean-Canada
Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCELD15) were so inspired they have determined they
would like to use their invaluable experience towards the further development
of their country.
The young Bahamian women,
who are leaders in their respective careers and personal lives, are: Ruthann
Rolle, Senior Manager, Ministry of Tourism; Royann Dean, PR and Communication
Strategist at Baha Mar; and Keithra Morley, Founder of the Boys & Girls
Club. They were among the 60 participants from around the Caribbean and Canada
selected to participate in the in-field leadership development programme
September 20 to October 4, 2015 under the theme: “Leading through Innovation
Bahamas Airport Fee Exemptions - Hurricane Joaquin
- Oct 5, 2015 - 4:59:31 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Minister of Transport and
Aviation advises that with effect from Saturday, 3rd October, 2015, and
until further notice, landing fees at all Government Airports will not be
payable by any and all aircraft involved in the transport of relief goods to
islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin, namely Long Island, San Salvador, Rum
Cay, Acklins, Crooked Island, Inagua, Mayaguana and Cat Island.