Deadman’s Cay Airport re-opened to receive relief goods only
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Department of Civil Aviation advises that the runway at the Deadman's Cay Airport in Long Island has been re-opened to receive relief goods only. No passengers are permitted at this time, due to flooding on the apron. The Department will update the public further on developments at the Deadman's Cay Airport as circumstances permit.
NEMA partners with Arawak Port Development Ltd. to receive hurricane relief supplies
NASSAU, 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 Hurricane Joaquin.
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 shipment.
The parameters for accepting supplies are:
Non-perishable food items and construction materials, which would be consolidated into a 40-ft container and shipped to the affected areas – free of charge.
Items should be packaged and properly labelled to identify the contents therein.
Clothing, insect repellant and small appliances would also be accepted for shipping.
The supplies would be distributed where needed and are not to be personalized.
Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are also involved in the initiative by providing security during the accepting and storage phases of the initiative.
Individuals can contact: NEMA at (242) 322-6081 or 5 and Arawak Port Development Ltd./Nassau Container Port at: (242) 424-5255 for further information.
Meanwhile, monetary donations can be deposited to the National Disaster Relief Fund at the Royal Bank of Canada, Account #1281013 Ref: Hurricane Joaquin.
U.S. Embassy supports Hurricane Joaquin relief effort
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The U.S. Mission to The Bahamas is working together with the Government of The Bahamas and the Bahamian people to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin. On Saturday, October 3, the U.S. Coast Guard conducted an extensive disaster assessment through the most impacted areas of The Bahamas observing conditions on the ground in Ragged Island, Long Island, Crooked Island, Mayaguana, Samana Cay, San Salvador, the Exumas, Cat Island, and Eleuthera.
The U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer and Department of Homeland Security Attaché was joined by disaster assessment experts from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Ministry of Meteorology, Bahamas Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Works and Urban Development, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), and the Bahamas Red Cross. The information gained from the assessment has been instrumental in directing resources to those most in need.
On Sunday October 4, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) began flying multiple air missions to direct assistance to distressed and stranded individuals in the most severely affected islands, primarily San Salvador, Crooked Island, and Long Island. These missions included: transporting police officers to isolated areas; conducting assessments to determine medical emergencies and sustenance needs; transporting medical supplies, food and water; and utilizing hoist operations to assist people who were completely cut off due to flooding.
Prime Minister Perry Christie joined DEA and RBPF onboard a Bell 412 helicopter on a mission to the southern section of Long Island, where humanitarian supplies were delivered and the Prime Minster was able to meet with residents trapped without food and water. Similar missions, including with Prime Minister Christie, continue on October 6, with an operational focus on communities in and around Crooked Island where some residents have been without food and water since Friday when the storm passed.
Ministry for GB/NEMA spearheading hurricane relief efforts on Grand Bahama
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville announced Monday that his office, along with the National Emergency Management Agency on Grand Bahama, will be spearheading hurricane relief efforts on the island.
Dr. Darville made the announcement Monday afternoon at his Ministry headquartered in the Harold Degregory Complex on the Mall.
The Minister also had a number of supporting agencies participating in the press conference, such as the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, Urban Renewal, Department of Social Services, Grand Bahama Christian Council, 700 Partners, Salvation Army and the Grand Bahama Red Cross.
“Today, I have with me a team of government and non-governmental 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 Joaquin,” the Minister said.
He feels the committee represents a unified force and coordinated effort to assist Family Islanders who have been affected by the devastating storm.
College president shares vision for the University of The Bahamas
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.
It was reported in the press that The College was at least four years behind in audits when the Christie administration moved to borrow the funds for its development from the CDB last October, and that audits for two of those four years have since been completed.
Smith acknowledged the delay.
“The fact of the matter is, yes, the audits are being completed. All the back audits are being completed. However, we have not allowed this to hamper our transition from college to university – as a matter of fact, we have already achieved most of what’s in Phase One of the loan agreement on our own,” he said.
Life-changing CCELD15 experience for three Bahamian women
KINGSTON, 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 and Transformation.”
The participants were divided into five groups of 12 and toured places throughout the Caribbean (including The Bahamas) and Canada.
“The Caribbean Canadian Emerging Leaders Dialogue is one of the most life-changing experiences that I have ever had, said Royann Dean, who was in Group 3, which toured Halifax and Trinidad and Tobago. “I have had discussions with leaders of multinational companies that operate in the Caribbean basin and are an integral part of its development, picked the brains of accomplished young professionals who are out changing the world, and built an outstanding network of professional and personal contacts.”
She said the study tour illustrated that regardless of different populations and ethnicities, many cities face challenges that are similar to those in The Bahamas.
In their letter they refute the Ambassador’s protest against the Bahamas
being categorised as a tax haven by the District of Columbia.
Tax Justice Network states, "The evidence which we have collected for
several years, and which we collate every two years into our Financial
Secrecy Index, reveals the Bahamas as among the most secretive and least
cooperative tax havens in the world." The following is their letter...
US extends deadline for exchange of information under FATCA
With only two weeks left
before the September 30th deadline for the mandatory exchange of
information under The Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the US
government has pushed back the target date for implementation in order to
accommodate the needs of countries that needed more time to implement
Passed in America in 2010 and ratified
by the Bahamian government in 2014, FATCA is a widely embraced US law requiring
US tax payers to annually report on their non-US based financial accounts. The
legislation also calls upon on all financial institutions outside of the US to
report all financial activities involving US tax payers to the US Treasury.
Bahamas Press Club condemns shooting of American journalists
Nassau, Bahamas - The Bahamas Press Club condemns the horrific shooting
of American journalists, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, a 27-year-old
photographer this morning in Moneta, Virginia, just outside of Roanoke,
and we applaud the police for their efforts in apprehending the
According to their employer, WDBJ-7 News, the two
journalists were covering a story at Bridgewater Plaza, a lakeside
shopping and recreational sports plaza in Moneta when shots rang out,
fatally wounding the two who where broadcasting live...
Nassau, Bahamas (July 27, 2015) – Baha Mar Ltd. issued the following
statement with regard to CCA Bahamas’ (“CCA”) press release dated July
“It is interesting that when a very viable proposal is put
forward by Baha Mar Ltd. to the Export-Import Bank of China—a proposal
which provides for a significant equity infusion by the Izmirlian family
to complete and open Baha Mar and would utilize Bahamian contractors
and a Bahamian workforce to properly finish the work at Baha Mar that
CCA failed to do—CCA issues a highly defensive and apparently panicky
press release. CCA should be concerned. No matter how CCA tries to spin
it and no matter how often it tries to deflect from its lack of
responsibility, it cannot cover up the sad pattern of its failing to
perform properly at Baha Mar and other important projects in The Bahamas
as well. CCA in its release cites not a viable proposal on its part but
rather a distortion of an old posture that made discussions to
negotiate a consensual resolution with it as one of the parties a sham.
It is why we came forward...
US Coast Guard suspends search for 'El Faro' survivors
The El Faro, which went missing on Thursday, was en route from Florida to Puerto Rico when it was caught in the ferocious storm near Crooked Island in the Bahamas. "Today, 28 American families -- from Florida to Maine -- and five Polish families are ...
Search ends for survivors of hurricane-hit U.S. cargo ship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard yesterday ended its search for missing crew of the cargo ship El Faro that sank off the Bahamas last week after sailing into the path of Hurricane Joaquin. An exhaustive air and sea search for possible ...
Robert Green, father of missing crew member LaShawn Rivera, said despite the decision, "I think we're still hopeful. Miracles do happen." The cargo ship sank off the Bahamas after suffering unexplained engine failure that left it unable to avoid the storm.
As anyone lucky enough to have spent time soaking up the sweet, sweet sun of the Caribbean will know, rice and peas (or peas and rice, if you’re in the Bahamas), is more than just a side dish. As Jamaican author Helen Willinsky explains, it is the ...
Finding Recorder Key to Solving the Sinking of Cargo Ship
"We will be here as long as it takes." The El Faro lost power and went down in 15,000 feet of water east of the Bahamas last Thursday while attempting to outrun Hurricane Joaquin on its regular route from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico, the Coast ...
REDLAC Weekly Note on Emergencies - Latin America & the Caribbean - Year 8 - Volume 424
HURRICANE SEASON: Hurricane Joaquin struck the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Government requested the technical support from CDEMA; UNDAC/OCHA is co-deploying with CDEMA to support needs assessment. EARTHQUAKES: Some events were registered in Chile (6.1 ...
Yet, like many other disappearances, this one is readily explainable. The ship set out from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico when Tropical Storm Joaquin was forming east of the Bahamas. Unfortunately, Joaquin rapidly bulked up to a major hurricane, not allowing ...
Rescued Pet Raccoon Thinks It's A Dog:. Explosion of Cuteness Begins
A year ago, Bahamas resident Rosie Kemp stumbled upon, of all things, a baby raccoon that had seemingly met its fate by falling out of a tree. Kemp stuck around and waited for the mother to come for her cub, but couldn't find the mother anywhere.
Search for ship lost in hurricane a ‘big challenge’: US investigator
JACKSONVILLE - Deep seas may complicate efforts to find the sunken US cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. A US National ...
Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship
On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded it sank near the Bahamas in about 15,000 feet of water. One unidentified body in a survival suit was spotted, and the search went on for any trace of the other crew members.
South Florida relief agencies seeking donations for Bahamas Local 10 South Florida relief agencies are stepping up to help the battered Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, but they need the public's help. Show Transcript Hide Transcript. SOME SMALL MEASURE OF PEACE FROM THAT. LORI? IT IS GUTTED ...
US Coast Guard suspends search for container ship crew missing in Bahamas
MIAMI, USA --The US Coast Guard at sunset on Wednesday suspended the search for possible survivors from the container ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin. Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Air National Guard and tugboat crews searched more than 183,000 square nautical...
Bahamas police chief calls for evacuation of island devastated by Hurricane Joaquin
NASSAU, Bahamas -- There are grave concerns over the state of Crooked Island in The Bahamas following the passage of Hurricane Joaquin last Friday, with Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade appealing for airlift for “evacuated” residents he said needed to leave for Nassau by sunset on Sunday.
CDEMA deploys damage and needs assessment teams to Bahamas
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has finalized arrangements for three rapid damage and needs assessment teams for the Bahamas, following the passage of Hurricane Joaquin over the central and southern part of the archipelago.
Bahamian motivational speaker conducts in-house training seminar for the MailBoat Company
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamian born, international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, customer service evangelist, author and host of “Dare To Be Great TV Show”, Master Motivator Spence Finlayson, recently conducted an in-house motivational customer service training for the management and staff...
Hurricane Joaquin leaves path of destruction in Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The powerful Hurricane Joaquin moved away from The Bahamas on Saturday, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Packing winds up to 140 miles per hour at its strongest point so far, the system churned over several islands in the central and southern Bahamas for most of Friday.
US Coast Guard continues search for missing container ship in Bahamas
MIAMI, USA -- US Coast Guard aircrews resumed the search on Sunday for a missing container ship with 33 crewmembers aboard near Crooked Island, Bahamas. The El Faro, a 790-foot roll on, roll off, cargo ship, departed Jacksonville, Florida, on September 29, en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico.