By ZNS News, Oct 18 2016 8:31PM
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, left, views illegal dumping near Golden Gates Assembly, in southern New Providence, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, October 17, 2016. (BIS Photo/Eric Rose)
By ZNS News, Oct 18 2016 8:24PM
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Minister responsible for Hurricane Relief and Restoration the Hon. Shane Gibson, and Members of Parliament joined a team operating under the umbrella of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other pertinent stakeholders for an interactive visit with residents in Southern New Providence on October 17, 2016.
"One of the reasons I wanted to come out here in the South was because we placed a lot of emphasis on Andros, Grand Bahama -- Lowe Sound, Freeport, West End -- and people may have gotten the impression that the damage is much less here in New Providence and it is really not," Prime Minister Christie said. "We hear the complaints about electricity; but people must be aware that in New Providence I do not recall having a category 4 hurricane pass through and hit New Providence directly."
The first stop was the historic community of Adelaide, where Prime Minister Christie, Minister Gibson, Minister of State the Hon. Michael Halkitis and other Members of Parliament spoke to various residents, while NEMA and Department of Social Services representatives, several police officers and Urban Renewal officials worked to ascertain their various needs after the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew.
Next, the team visited Marshall Road and witnessed firsthand the surge waters that were still present in several places. They also heard harrowing tales of survival from those who did not heed the warnings to leave the area, and Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon. Kendred Dorsett showed the team a horseshoe-shaped road that was still partially submerged.
In Misty Gardens, they interacted with residents who also did not heed the evacuation warning and met men who saved their neighbours from chest-high surge waters and assisted the armed forces with further rescues.
Finally, it was on to South Beach, where long-time residents concurred about the fear they experienced in seeing the waters approach and engulf their homes. Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Cleola Hamilton spoke to several residents, as their needs were being assessed by the proper officials. One older resident said that Hurricane Matthew was the worst storm he experienced since Hurricane Betsy of 1965.
Being on the ground, Prime Minister Christie and the stakeholders were able to make more informed decisions, including one to institute Urban Renewal in all constituencies in an effort to assist in recovery and restoration.
"What we found here is that there is a lot of damage and that, rather than have people come out on an ad-hoc basis, we should have a more organized approach to it, " Prime Minister Christie said during the exercise.
"So the coordinator Minister Gibson and Captain (Stephen) Russell, and Assistant Commissioner (Stephen) Dean determined that we should integrate Urban Renewal into this process and because Urban Renewal is only in, I think, 11 areas, it meant that we have to create new entities, whole new bodies of people led by the police force -- and this is the next point -- to ensure accountability, to ensure fairness, to ensure that we reach the people who we ought to reach .…"
Throughout the visit, needs were assessed, tarpaulins were distributed as temporary fixes as needed, and residents had a chance to speak firsthand with officials who were able to interact with them one-one-one, making many vocalize the view that they felt that "someone cared" about them.
"The idea is to be able to have a group of persons who constitute a multi-disciplinary team, that will go into these areas, be added to according to the extent to which their work is necessary and to be able to bring relief and keep us informed as to what is happening," Prime Minister Christie said, as he stood on the shores of Adelaide.
"The worse thing out there is that people out there are battling on their own and not knowing who to turn to and that sort of is almost cancerous. It's very toxic to have people who don't know how to access assistance; so this team is there to really respond .…"
Photo Caption: Prime Minister Christie, along with Ministers Kenred Dorsett and Shane Gibson, looks at the aftermath damage to the Adelaide coastline after Hurricane Matthew.
Photo Caption: NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell hands out much-needed Roofing Tarp.
Photo Caption: Chaos after the storm
By ZNS News, Oct 17 2016 9:57PM
The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) has donated 30 cases of bananas to
local charities across New Providence to help those who experienced the devastating effects of
Hurricane Matthew. Alaasis Braynen, BAMSI’s general manager, said in the wake of the category
four storm which left many Bahamians struggling to put the pieces of their lives back together,
BAMSI recognized the urgency of the need and moved to quickly support the communities it serves.
The agriculture-based Institute - which focuses on food security and the implementation of sustainable agriculture practices through the four-pronged approach of academic upgrade, research and domestic farming, outreach programmes and marine farming – wanted to respond to the call for action in the best way it could: feeding those in need with healthy food, locally grown. Among the agencies that received bananas were the Ranfurly Home for Children and Great Commission Ministries International.
By ZNS News, Oct 17 2016 9:54PM
Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my pleasure to extend to you all a warm welcome to The Bahamas for the third Bahamas Diplomatic Week, under the theme, ‘Strengthening Relationships for a More Secure and Prosperous Bahamas.’
I extend warm congratulations to those Ambassadors who will present their Letters of Credence to the Governor-General during Diplomatic Week this year. I wish you an enjoyable and rewarding tour of duty, as you, on behalf of your country, seek to deepen relations between your countries (Austria, Finland and Indonesia) and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The most recently appointed Bahamian Ambassador is His Excellency Tony S. Joudi, Non-Resident Ambassador of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the State of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, with his appointment as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Joudi was also designated by the Government of The Bahamas as Commissioner General of The Bahamas’ Pavilion for Expo 2020, which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Having an impeccable resume and exceptional knowledge of this part of the world, I am confident that Ambassador Joudi will represent The Bahamas in a most effective way.
I am pleased to learn that there are numerous Non-Resident Ambassadors from Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America, with us this week, joining in this event. Your participation is a demonstration of the bonds of friendship and cooperation, which you share with The Bahamas.
Since we last met, The Bahamas has formally forged diplomatic relations through the signing of Joint Communiqués with Mongolia, Thailand and Turkmenistan. Having already enjoyed cordial relations both bilaterally and in the context of multilateral fora with these countries, establishing diplomatic ties serves to strengthen and improve our level of engagement.
Permit me at this time to reiterate sincere condolences on behalf of ‘Strengthening Relationships for a More Secure and Prosperous Bahamas’ the Government and People of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the Government and the People of the Kingdom of Thailand on the passing of their King. His Majesty served his country for over 70 years, and he has left an enduring legacy.
Finally, I welcome our own Heads of Mission and Honorary Consuls, to whom I express much gratitude for the dedicated service they have rendered, and continue to render, to The Bahamas in the international arena.
Diplomatic Week 2016 comes on the heels of a devastating category four hurricane that passed through The Bahamas. No doubt, you all are aware that Hurricane Matthew impacted the entire Bahamian archipelago with catastrophic results particularly on the islands of Andros, Grand Bahama and New Providence. It has been estimated that the overall cost of the damage could range as high as $400,000,000. The toll on homes, property and infrastructure has been high, but not one life has been lost as a result of this very powerful climatic event. For that we are extremely grateful.
What has made this experience even more poignant is that it was just last year around this same time that the southeastern islands of the Bahamas were ravaged by Hurricane Joaquin and they have yet still to fully recover.
The process of recovery, restoration and rebuilding is underway, and it will take time. I know, however, that my country will persevere due to the resiliency and strong faith of the Bahamian people. I am deeply heartened also by the generous assistance and donations from our friends around the world – national governments, international organizations and individuals - who wasted no time in providing rapid support to, and continue to support, The Bahamas in the aftermath of the hurricane. Just last week, after visiting Haiti, which also experienced severe damage and loss of life from Hurricane Matthew, the Prime Minister of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt, who is also Chair of the CARICOM Heads of Government, visited The Bahamas along with Mr. Irwin Laroque, Secretary General of CARICOM, to see firsthand the destruction. On behalf of the Bahamian people, I thank each and every one of you for all of the help that has been provided. I wish also to extend sincere condolences on behalf of the Government and people of The Bahamas to our sister CARICOM country Haiti, for the loss of life and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew.
Hurricane Matthew has passed through not only Haiti and The Bahamas, but also other parts of the Caribbean and the United States, leaving a path of damage and destruction in varying degrees. This is not the first hurricane to visit our shores, and it will not be the last. Until we address with utmost seriousness and sincerity what is going on with our climate the increasing severity of these storms will have a devastating effect on island states. The fact is that we can no longer question whether climate change is valid our not. Weather events – hurricanes, droughts, floods, storms and other environmental threats – are increasing in frequency and intensity, and they have become the “new normal”. These events take a massive human toll and roll back years of development.
This ‘new normal’ should not devolve into “business as usual”. We have to put emphasis on actions to reduce and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and also to prepare for, and respond to, these climate-linked threats. The existential threat posed by climate change illustrates with crystal clarity the need for us all to work together. We have no time to waste. This we must do for human dignity, safety and well-being, as well as for economic and social development. It is for this reason The Bahamas was amongst the first group of countries to sign and ratify the Paris Accord on Climate Change.
For small countries like The Bahamas the road to sustainable development is a challenge and we must partner with others for security and prosperity. It is in this context I refer to the unfair use of per capita GDP as a measure of economic growth, capacity and prosperity. The per capita GDP of The Bahamas ranks amongst the highest in the world, and the use of this determinant prohibits The Bahamas and similar small countries from accessing much needed development assistance or concessional loans. It is an extremely misleading measurement that does not show the risks that we face as small nations, nor does it show our vulnerability both to economic and environmental shocks. We have advocated and will continue to press for a change in the use of this measurement and to develop one that takes into account that “small island developing States remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their small size, remoteness, narrow resource and export base, and exposure to global environmental challenges”.
I want at this point to single out the particular case for The Bahamas. One of the more pointed observations made by the CARICOM Secretary General when he visited last week that the images of destruction and the news of the devastation of our country is not widely known or seen. In this, we are the victims of our own success, where many people see us as rich country able to back bounce largely on its own.
Our neighbours in Florida have been most generous with their support, because they know the country and the struggles that we face in bouncing back. Those farther afield do not know. I want to take time out to thank those businesses and private citizens in Florida who have started sending assistance from as soon as the storm abated. There are many other generous citizens from across the globe.
However, we know that it cannot be done by private assistance by itself. We have in the short term to raise 150 million dollars by way of a special bond, an extra budgetary borrowing to be able to assist in helping the country to get back on our feet. Our second city Freeport, for example, is crippled economically with the power plant down and its main tourism engines badly damaged. Hundreds of homes have been damaged by floods, people have lost all their possessions from tidal surges and have no personal savings. In this instance only the Government has the resources to pay for this.
We have had to bring in 200 people from outside The Bahamas through the Caribbean Distracter Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Electricity Agency (CARILEC) and from Power Secure in the USA to augment the work that can be done by local people. This also costs money.
We have some capacity to borrow but the costs of the borrowing is exorbitant when we have to go to the normal markets. The Bahamas cannot access the concessional financing because of this measure of GDP per capita. It would help enormously if that criteria were waived for this purpose. I make such an appeal here today.
In keeping with this year’s theme, for a country to be secure and prosperous, its borders must be controlled and protected. The Bahamas being an archipelago is no stranger to the vexing problem posed by irregular migration. In September of this year, I addressed the United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants. I informed the Summit that the phenomenon of large movements of refugees and migrants has reached an unprecedented level of complexity and challenge, in some cases presenting risks of crime and illegal activity in receiving countries. I therefore called upon the United Nations and regional bodies to put in place a mechanism to address comprehensively irregular migration and its impact particularly on small island states such as The Bahamas. I reiterate that call to this august gathering here today, and I urge that we work together to find viable solutions.
Being a small island developing state with many borders, the trafficking of small arms, narcotics and illegal migrants remains a concern for the Government of The Bahamas and its citizens. Two years ago The Bahamas at the 69th United Nations General Assembly, The Bahamas deposited its Instrument of Ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty in response to the threat of weapons trafficking. The Bahamas Government will continue to support all international efforts to suppress criminal activity and enhance national security.
The Foreign Service of The Bahamas is an integral component of the engine of growth and development of The Bahamas and it is vitally important in strengthening our relationships with fellow countries. The Bahamas is committed to carry out the UN’s ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ and I have placed great priority to continue on the path of modernization of The Bahamas Foreign Service, to have in place a cadre of staff that is specialized and equipped with superior skills. The process of modernizing the Foreign Service, under the leadership of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, the Hon. Fred Mitchell, commenced two years ago and it is expected that the final stages will be concluded by the end of this year, with the implementation of a Career Path for Foreign Service Officers and the creation of a Foreign Service Institute. We count on your continued support in helping us in this journey.
I am proud to say that The Bahamas Foreign Service continues to perform at a high level in the field of international diplomacy. Most recently, Mrs. Marion Bethel a fellow Bahamian and attorney-at-law was elected to serve on the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. This achievement places Mrs. Bethel in a prominent position to make a difference in the lives of women all around the world. Her election was greatly aided by the unwavering support from the CARICOM countries and for that The Bahamas is grateful. We hope, with your support, to continue to make our mark in the global arena, in our bid for seats on the IMO Council, Category C, for the term 2018 – 2019 and the Human Rights Council for the term 2019 – 2021. Both of these candidatures have already been endorsed by CARICOM and with your support we will succeed.
Tourism is The Bahamas’ principle industry. Being an archipelago of 700 islands and cays that features some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and seas my country has been fortunate enough to receive millions of visitors from divers countries. Strengthening our ties in this area would undoubtedly enhance The Bahamas’ tourism product and foster Bahamian tourism abroad. With the recent and historic establishment of diplomatic ties with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, The Bahamas looks forward to welcoming an increase in the number of visitors from the Gulf region.
In concluding, I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the appreciation of The Bahamas to you and to the Governments and Organizations that you represent, for your interest and efforts in The Bahamas and for your participation in this annual event. We can all make this world a better place through the strengthening of present relations and the fostering of new ones. My country values your friendship and the contributions you have made towards its development.
PHOTO CAPTION: Bahamas Ambassadors at the Opening of Diplomatic Week at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, October 17, 2016, from left: Godfrey Rolle, Elliston Rahming, Calsey Johnson, Alma Adams, Ed Bethel and Mrs. Bethel, Rhoda Jackson, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Newry. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)
By ZNS News, Oct 14 2016 6:15PM
Defence Force Patrol craft, Her Majestys Bahamian Ship Madeira, under the command of Senior Lieutenant William Sturrup left Coral Harbour Base for Morgan’s Bluff on its third mission to provide much needed relief supplies to North Andros residents.
Supplies included water, dry goods, canned items, perishables, meats, cooking grills, food warmers, cooking utensils, pots, coffee makers, tables, charcoal, propane tanks and cleaning supplies. These items will be used to feed hundreds using the field kitchen provided by the Defence Force & Mobile Base City (MBC). The MBC is 17 custom designed container units to enable Defence Force members to sustain themselves while providing disaster relief assistance to affected communities.
The MBC was transported to Morgan's Bluff, North Andros by the Defence Force & foot landing craft, HMBS Lawrence Major, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe on Thursday.
By ZNS News, Oct 13 2016 6:40PM
STUART, FLORIDA AREA SENDS MASSIVE OUTPOURING OF HURRICANE RELIEF ITEMS RESIDENTS OF STUART, FLORIDA AND ITS NEIGHBORING CITIES IN A MASSIVE HURRICANE RELIEF DRIVE PROVIDED NEARLY 100,000 POUNDS OF ITEMS TO THE BAHAMAS’ HURRICANE VICTIMS IN GRAND BAHAMA AND ANDROS OVER THE PAST FOUR DAYS. ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6TH HURRICANE MATTHEW PLOWED ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF THE BAHAMAS AS A CATEGORY FOUR STORM, PACKING WINDS OF UP TO 140 MILES PER HOUR.ALTHOUGH BAHAMIANS HAD HEEDED WARNINGS AND PREPARED, THE FORCE OF THE STORM, WHILE SPARING LIVES, CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION TO BUILDINGS, HOMES AND ELECTRICAL AND COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE TO NEW PROVIDENCE, GRAND BAHAMA AND ANDROS ISLAND.
GRAND BAHAMA WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT, AND WITH UTILITY POLES DOWN, MUCH OF THE ISLAND CONTINUES TO BE WITHOUT POWER.IT HAS BEEN PREDICTED THAT POWER MAY NOT BE RESTORED FOR WEEKS. AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, THE RESIDENTS OF STUART, FLORIDA RALLIED TO ASSIST THE BAHAMAS AND DONATIONS HAVE BEEN POURING IN. PRIVATE PILOTS HAVE BEEN USING THEIR TIME, FUEL AND PLANES TO DROP OFF A WIDE ARRAY OF RELIEF ITEMS FROM TARP AND GENERATORS TO FOOD, WATER AND BASIC PERSONAL ITEMS.THE MASSIVE OPERATION OUT OF STUART JET CENTER IS THE BRAINCHILD OF JOSEPH RIEGER, THE OWNER OF BLUE MARLIN COVE IN GRAND BAHAMA.MR. RIEGER ORCHESTRATED THE OUTREACH THROUGH HIS MANY CONTACTS IN THE AREA AND THE OWNERS/OPERATORS OF THE JET CENTER, JEFF CAPPEN AND HIS BROTHERS, DONATED ONE OF THEIR HANGERS FOR THE STAGING OF THE RELIEF EFFORTS.
ON WEDNESDAY, BAHAMAS MINISTER OF TOURISM AND MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WEST END AND BIMINI OBIE WILCHCOMBE RELEASED A FORMAL STATEMENT EXPRESSING GRATITUDE TO MR. RIEGER AND THEPEOPLE OF STUART FOR ALL THAT THEY ARE DOING. “IT IS WITH PROFOUND GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION AS THE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT OF WEST GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI, THAT I EXTEND MY APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE ON BEHALF OF THE CONSTITUENTS OFWEST GRAND BAHAMA TO MR. JOE RIEGER OF THE BLUE MARLIN COVE IN BOOTLE BAY,” HE SAID.“MR. RIEGER HAS TIRELESSLY LED A RELIEF EFFORT TO ASSIST THE PEOPLE BY COORDINATING THE COLLECTION OFSUPPLIES, TRANSPORTATION AND DISTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY. BECAUSE OF HIS EFFORTS, A RELIEF KITCHEN HAS BEEN ORGANIZED IN WEST END. HIS EFFORTS HAVE ALSO RESULTED IN THE PREPARATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF RELIEF PACKAGES. I AM MOST GRATEFUL TO HIM AND HIS STAFF WHO HAVE DILIGENTLY AND WITH INTEGRITY MANAGED THE PROCESS.”
PATRICK ALDRICH, ONE OF THE LEAD ORGANIZERS ON THE GROUND AT THE JET CENTER, SAID THAT WHEN THE PROJECT BEGAN ORGANIZERS THOUGHT THAT THEY WOULD ONLY BE SENDING OUT A FEW PLANES TO ASSIST. MR. ALDRICH SAID HE NEVER IMAGINED THAT THE OPERATION WOULD GROW TO SUCH A LARGE UNDERTAKING WHERE PLANES ARE FLYING OUT THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH SUPPLIES AND DONATIONS POURING IN RAPIDLY.HE SAID THAT THE EFFORTS BEGAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND WENT VIRAL.“IT JUST GOT BLOWN UP,” HE SAID. “PEOPLE JUST KEPT SHARING THE INFORMATION AND EVEN THE MEDIA FOUND OUT ABOUT IT.”
DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS ARE BEING USED TO ASSIST IN THE EFFORTS, FROM SCHOOL CHILDREN TO CHURCH ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHERS WHO SIMPLY WANT TO JUST LEND A HAND. THE VOLUNTEERS INCLUDE PERSONS FROM AS FAR UP NORTH AS ST. AUGUSTINE, WHICH WAS ALSO HIT BY HURRICANE MATTHEW LAST WEEK.
WHEN ASKED WHY HE WAS ABLE TO ASSIST WITH THE RELIEF TO THE BAHAMAS WHEN HIS TOWN WAS ALSO HIT BY THE HURRICANE, A DONOR FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SAID, “BECAUSE WE HAVE HOME DEPOT AND IN THEBAHAMAS THEY DO NOT.” JEFF CAPEN ALSO SHARED WHY HE WAS SO HAPPY TO ASSIST WITH THE RELIEF EFFORT FOR THE BAHAMAS. “I TRAVEL TO THE BAHAMAS AND VACATION THERE. I HAVE FRIENDS THERE AND I WANTED TO HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BECAUSE I WANTED TO BE SURE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WERE AFFECTED BY THE STORM WERE TAKEN CARE OF,” HE SAID.
THE VOLUNTEERS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS HAVE INCLUDED STUDENTS FROM TREASURE COAST HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR AIR FORCE ROTC. THE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN HELPING WITH THE UNLOADING OF DONATIONS AS THEY ARRIVE, PACKING ITEMS AND LOADING THEM ON PLANES FOR DELIVERY. ON WEDNESDAY, THE STUDENTS WERE VOLUNTEERING ON A TWO-HOUR ROTATION AND ACCORDING TO THEIR LEADER SOME 40 WOULD HAVE ASSISTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY THE GROUP LEADER SAID THAT THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THE DAY AND WAS HELPING INSTEAD OF SLEEPING IN LATE AND PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.
HE SAID THAT IT WAS ALL A PART OF WHAT THE KIDS ARE BEING TAUGHT AT TREASURE COAST HIGH. “HELPING YOUR NEIGHBORS IS A PART OF BEING A GOOD CITIZEN. WE WANT OUR NEIGHBORS IN THE BAHAMAS TO KNOW THAT WE ARE HERE FOR THEM,” HE SAID. ANOTHER GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS ASSISTING IS FROM EMPOWERED MASTERS COMMISSION, A BIBLE COLLEGE IN LAKE WALES, FL.
THE OPERATION AT THE JET CENTER IN FLORIDA WILL BE CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY, WHEN REMAINING ITEMS WILL BE TAKEN DOWN TO SOUTH FLORIDA TO SEACOR ISLAND LINES, WHERE VESSELS THERE WILL SHIP THE RELIEFS TO THE ISLANDS. SEACOR ISLAND LINES IS A SHIPPING COMPANY THAT RUNS CARGO SHIPPING TO ALL OF THE BAHAMAS.MIKE LAFLEUR, CEO OF THE COMPANY, SAID THAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH PRIVATE ENTERPRISES, FOUNDATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS TO SHIP RELIEF CARGO TO THE ISLANDS ESPECIALLY ANDROS AND FREEPORT.
OF THE MASSIVE OPERATION IN STUART, FLORIDA, HE SAID, “WE ARE REALLY HOPING TO REPLICATE THIS EFFORT DOWN SOUTH.”HE ADDED THAT HIS COMPANY WOULD BE ASSISTING IN RELIEF EFFORTS AS LONG AS NEEDED BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN OPERATING IN THE BAHAMAS FOR YEARS. “WE ARE A PART OF THE COMMUNITY AND WE WANT TO HELP OUR FRIENDS, OUR COLLEAGUES, AND THE BUSINESSES.”
WHEN THE RELIEF OPERATIONS IN STUART END ON FRIDAY, DONATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE COLLECTED IN FORT LAUDERDALE AT SEACOR ISLAND LINES, 1300 ELLER DRIVE, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33316. PHONE 954-929- 9292.
By ZNS News, Oct 13 2016 6:32PM
Members of the senior national team were scheduled to attend the Jason Morris Cup in Albany New York, but Hurricane Matthew had different plans. Kentico Forbes 81kg, Taryn Butler 52kg, Joshua Mcfall 73kg and Desmond Bootle 66kg had prepared for months but due to airport closures were unable to attend.
This did not dampen their spirits. Training at the national training center resumed with strength and fitness testing where over 25 members of the junior squad and senior squad are actively training daily. All of this despite the training center not having had electricity since the storm. The training centre is located on the grounds of Holy Family catholic Church on Robinson Road.
"We are preparing for CARIFTA and the Commonwealth Youth Games.This means getting as much experience as possible." said Head Coach and High Performance Director D'Arcy Rahming jr. "Seniors need the experience to bring the juniors along.
We used this opportunity for strength testing and to teach the team the value of taking care of their environment."
Team members participated in cleaning up the national training center of fallen debris from the Hurricane. About 25 members of the national training center are fed a hot meal every day after practice. These meals are donated by service groups such as the Fox Hill Kiwanis club and private companies like Mikey Dames Construction. And even individuals who bring in a meal from time to time.
Anyone interested in assisting can contact the Bahamas Judo Federation at Cariftajudo@gmail.com
By ZNS News, Oct 13 2016 6:25PM
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt. Hon Perry Christie joined senior government officials and National Emergency Management Agency representatives in inspecting Family Island damage doled out by Hurricane Matthew, with an international delegation led by the Honourable Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of Dominica and Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community; Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRoque, on October 12, 2016. The team visited the islands of Andros and Grand Bahama that day. (BIS Photos/Eric Rose)
By ZNS News, Oct 12 2016 8:41PM
Justice Stephen Isaacs was sworn-in as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. (BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)
By ZNS News, Oct 12 2016 6:55PM
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has embarked on a door-to-door exercise distributing tarpaulin to residents in New Providence, whose homes suffered roof damage during the passage of the powerful Hurricane Matthew.
On Wednesday, October 12, a team comprising the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Department of Social Services, the Ministry of Housing and other volunteers went into the communities to distribute the waterproof material, donated by the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA).
The team will quickly make an assessment of the home in the presence of the homeowner to verify that the tarp is needed. The names will be logged in a registry so as to ensure each person in need receives help.
The areas are Garden Hills, Golden Gates, Southern Shores, Pinewood Gardens, Carmichael, Mt Moriah, Elizabeth Estates, Golden Isles and all other areas in New Providence impacted by the severe flooding and storm surge during the Category 3 Hurricane which hit New Providence.
NEMA WILL CONTINUE THE EXERCISE AS LONG AS SUPPLIES LAST.
There will be NO distribution of tarp at the NEMA office on Gladstone Road.
Meanwhile, residents are also asked to go to the following Social Services distribution centres in their areas, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, to register their needs:
Distribution Centre A, Pitt Road, two-storey building next to KFC
Distribution Centre C, old NIB building on Wulff Road
Distribution Centre D, Robinson Road in the old NIB building at Montel Heights
Distribution Centre F, Fox Hill roundabout in the NIB building
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