Pilot blacked out in fatal air crash

Pilot blacked out in fatal air crash The Air Accident Investigation Authority’s preliminary report into the matter said: “The pilot stated that after he selected gear up, he ‘proceeded to climb to 1,200 feet’ and his next memory was ‘being in the water with the crew door blown open and two Bahamian men shouted at me from approximately 300 yards away on land, ‘sir, are you okay, do you need help?’.”

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Eleuthera and Cat Island
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Eleuthera and Cat Island THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 8:45 AM EDT UNTIL 10:45 AM SATURDAY 8TH MAY 2021.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTH ELEUTHERA AND CAT ISLAND ALONG WITH THEIR ADJACENT WATERS.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning Update For Abaco, Andros, the Berry Islands, New Providence
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning Update For Abaco, Andros, the Berry Islands, New Providence A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR THE BERRY ISLANDS; IT REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ABACO, NORTHERN ANDROS, NEW PROVIDENCE AND ELEUTHERA ALONG WITH THEIR ADJACENT WATERS.

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Minister Lloyd Thanks Valencia College Master Trainer
Minister Lloyd Thanks Valencia College Master Trainer Minister of Education, the Honourable Jeffrey Lloyd, recently presented a plaque to Valencia College’s Construction Program Manager, Mark Hughes in appreciation of his work with the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

Mr. Hughes is a Master Trainer of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification. He has played a crucial role in helping BTVI to achieve its goal of training 1,000 persons in the NCCER Core program by the end of the year. The third cohort for the NCCER Craft Instructor Certification workshop recently completed a four-day training.

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National Election Youth Debate to Garner Critical Data and Insights
National Election Youth Debate to Garner Critical Data and Insights The Bahamas’ first national election debate with nationwide polling will be held on May 11th at University of The Bahamas (UB) where six young political aspirants will probe seminal issues by responding to a range of previously prepared questions as well as those generated from live focus groups.

This highly anticipated event will be co-moderated by Communications Professional and Bahamas at Sunrise host Anastarcia Palacious and UB adjunct professor Shelby McPhee at the university’s Performing Arts Centre.

The two-hour event will be held in strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols with on-site rapid antigen testing provided by Eden Well.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning Update For Grand Bahama, Abaco, the Berry Islands, New Providence and Eleuthera
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning Update For Grand Bahama, Abaco, the Berry Islands, New Providence and Eleuthera A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR GRAND BAHAMA; IT REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ABACO AND THE BERRY ISLANDS AND NOW INCLUDES NORTHERN ANDROS, NEW PROVIDENCE AND NORTH ELEUTHERA ALONG WITH THEIR ADJACENT WATERS.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Grand Bahama, Abaco and the Berry Islands
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Grand Bahama, Abaco and the Berry Islands THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 11:00 AM EDT UNTIL 1:00 PM FRIDAY, 7TH MAY 2021.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN GRAND BAHAMA, ABACO AND THE BERRY ISLANDS ALONG WITH THEIR ADJACENT WATERS.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Grand Bahama and Abaco
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect For Grand Bahama and Abaco THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 9:00 AM EDT UNTIL 11:00 AM FRIDAY, 7TH MAY 2021.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF GRAND BAHAMA AND ABACO ALONG WITH THEIR ADJACENT WATERS.

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PHA Announces New Acting Hospital Administrator at Sandilands
PHA Announces New Acting Hospital Administrator at Sandilands The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jessica Cartwright as Acting Hospital Administrator at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) with effect from April 6th, 2021.

A former educator, Ms. Cartwright earned her Master of Health Administration (HONORS) from Western Connecticut State University and began her career in Health Administration at the Public Hospitals Authority, Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in July 1999, where she was posted as Trainee Administrative Cadet. She was appointed Assistant Hospital Administrator in 2001 and accepted the appointment as Senior Assistant Hospital Administrator in 2003.

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Air Navigation Services Agreement ends ‘decades’ of talks; results in fees being paid to an entity owned by the Government
Air Navigation Services Agreement ends decades of talks results in fees being paid to an entity owned by the Government Officials of the newly-created Bahamas Air Navigation Services Authority and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Wednesday (May 5, 2021) concluded the ceremonial signing of a historic Air Navigation Services Agreement between the two entities.

Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, said the Agreement allows the Minnis Administration to correct a “construct that left The Bahamas totally out of the loop as it relates to the management and fee collection for the use of its sovereign airspace.”

The Signing means that (commencing May 1, 2021) aircraft landing in, and departing out of the sovereign airspace of The Bahamas; aircraft flying solely within the airspace of The Bahamas, and aircraft flying over the sovereign airspace of The Bahamas, will – for the very first time – pay fees for the use of its airspace to an entity owned and operated by the Government of The Bahamas.

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Bahamians share heartfelt memories of their mothers
Bahamians share heartfelt memories of their mothers For this Mother’s Day holiday Bahamains are remembering the touching and special moments with their moms.

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MAY 2021: Healthy Vision Month
MAY 2021: Healthy Vision Month Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam
Getting a dilated eye exam is simple and painless — and it’s the single best thing you can do for your eye health! Even if your eyes feel healthy, you could have a problem and not know it. That’s because many eye diseases don’t have any symptoms or warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to check for many eye diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat.

Find out if you’re at risk for eye diseases
Getting older increases your risk of some eye diseases. You might also have a higher risk of some eye diseases if you:

Are overweight or obese
Have a family history of eye disease
Are African American, Hispanic, or Native American
Other health conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure, can also increase your risk of some eye diseases. For example, people with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy — an eye condition that can cause vision loss and blindness.

If you’re worried you might be at risk for some eye diseases, talk to your doctor. You may be able to take steps to lower your risk.

Know your family’s health history. Talk with your family members to find out if they’ve had any eye problems. Some eye diseases and conditions run in families, like age-related macular degeneration or glaucoma. Be sure to tell your eye doctor if any eye diseases run in your family.

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Communications with Attorney General’s Office - Toby Smith
Communications with Attorney Generals Office - Toby Smith Subsequent to the Attorney General’s Press Release Statement dated 5th May, 2021 captioned “Leaked Communications”

The Attorney General needs to please check his facts as he did not call me into a meeting to “negotiate” on the 27th February, 2020, just a few weeks after I signed, notarized, sealed and returned Paradise Island Lighthouse & Beach Club’s Crown Land lease.

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Leno Corporate Centre Expected to Draw Competitive Bids for Occupancy
Leno Corporate Centre Expected to Draw Competitive Bids for Occupancy After a year of making the best of a kitchen corner or pushing aside bikes and tools to set up a laptop and backdrop in the garage, thousands of professionals are eager to get back to a plush office with all the accoutrements meant for conducting business.

In The Bahamas, there is just one more hurdle before the pre-pandemic office world resumes. It’s a shortage of space.

“For a long time, we have known that the inventory for commercial Prime A office space has been scarce,” explains Hartman Longley, Deputy Chairman of the Bahamas Real Estate Association and Managing Director of Leno Realty Ltd. “We can cite stories of owners of buildings who had to move their own offices to lesser buildings to make way for those begging to pay the higher price because ideal office space is so limited.”

That lack of inventory is part of the reason that the broad-based financial services firm Leno went big when it decided to build its own headquarters.

“We looked around, even when we were leasing, and to get the kind of space we needed, we ended up in a new building but it was a trade-off,” Longley says. “To satisfy our requirement for interior square footage, we wound up on the second floor of a building with a gated security door on the first floor, concrete steps to our offices and an address that was more industrial than professional.”

Fast forward five years and Leno was ready to build.

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After tough, complicated pregnancies, miracle babies bring joy
After tough, complicated pregnancies, miracle babies bring joy It took nine years, five pregnancies and a minimally invasive but technically challenging medical procedure for Cherise Butler to deliver her first miracle baby with husband, Yorick Sr.

Each pregnancy conceived naturally, two years apart, was a roller coaster ride of hope and heartache. As her body – time and time again – rejected the baby she dreamt of having, Mrs Butler slipped further into depression. At her lowest point, she attempted suicide before learning to cope and ultimately welcoming two-year-old Yorick Jr and five-month-old Cheyanne into the world.

During this month honoring motherhood, she shared her journey to give courage to those who have endured the loss of a baby.

“My first two pregnancies ended in miscarriages. I was unsure of what the problem was until my third pregnancy. I found out that I had a cervix problem. I had a procedure done to get my womb stitched and I was on bed rest for about 12 weeks. The very day I went back to work…my stiches popped and pulled apart. I was 24 weeks at that time. I was rushed to the hospital where the doctor, he restitched me. Afterwards, I stayed in the Rand Memorial for about two days,” the 33-year-old recalled.

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Uriah McPhee students benefit from donation of Child Protection guide books
Uriah McPhee students benefit from donation of Child Protection guide books Officials of the National Child Protection Council (NCPC), the Child Protection Month Committee and the Free Town Urban Renewal Centre recently teamed up with Administrators, Staff and Fifth-Grade students of Uriah McPhee Primary School to commemorate Child Protection Month.

The collaboration resulted in almost 100 of the NCPC’s “Say No, Then Go” Colouring Books being donated to the students. School Principal, Mrs. Pamela Armaly, accepted the books on behalf of the students to ensure that the health and safety protocols established by the Ministry of Health to stop/limit the community spread of COVID-19 were adhered to. Crayons were also provided to the students.

The students were also presented with hygiene kits that included masks and hand sanitizers, along with a number of other items, by the Free Town Urban Renewal Centre and Centre Manager Mrs. Loretta Mackey as a means of further keeping them protected from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Bahamian HR Executive reaches "HRCI Approved Certification Preparation Provider" status
Bahamian HR Executive reaches HRCI Approved Certification Preparation Provider status The HR Certification Institute (HRCI), a 45-year-old global premier credentialing and learning organization for human resources professionals have a new certification preparation provider – Solachar Consulting. Solachar Consulting, headed by 15-year HR executive Esaura Cumberbatch.

“Mrs. Cumberbatch is a successful human resource practitioner with a proven track record in human resources programming. I believe in her excellence and this is why she was nominated and elected to serve as President-Elect for The Bahamas Society for Human Resource Management (BSHRM) during my tenure as president”, expressed Wellington Hepburn, BSHRM president. “Additionally, Mrs. Cumberbatch in her previous role as VP Programmes coordinated top tier speakers for the chapter’s monthly meetings and educational opportunities. Additionally, Esaura was instrumental in the transition from physical to virtual meetings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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Governor General of The Bahamas Assistance Request - Toby Smith
Governor General of The Bahamas Assistance Request - Toby Smith Dear Your Excellency,

I trust that you are well. Please convey my deepest condolences to Her Majesty on
the Queen on the passing of His Highness Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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International Non-profit and Caribbean Leaders urge International Community to Speak Out
International Non-profit and Caribbean Leaders urge International Community to Speak Out Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), an international peace organization with Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and associated with the UN Department of Global Communications (DGC), issued an official statement expressing deep concern about the human rights crisis arising from the recent military coup and mass protests in Myanmar.

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Insurance Commission Supports Lupus 242 During Awareness Month
Insurance Commission Supports Lupus 242 During Awareness Month In recognition of lupus awareness month, the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas recently made a donation to local non-profit Lupus 242. The gift is earmarked to benefit members of the support group with the purchase of medication and pharmaceutical supplies. Jamell Bodie (second from the right), Manager-Supervision at the Insurance Commission and a lupus fighter was the catalyst behind the push to assist fellow members. Shonalee Johnson, Vice President of Lupus 242 Association, thanked Ms. Bodie and the Insurance Commission for their generosity particularly during a time when many members are facing financial hardships due to the global pandemic. In addition to providing aid to members, Lupus 242 will host a series of activities for the month including a virtual POP Up Run and health panels discussing topics from Lupus and COVID-19 to Mentally Coping With a Chronic Illness. The group is also encouraging the country to P.O.P (Put On Purple) For Lupus every Friday in May by wearing purple attire and sharing why. On May 10th, World Lupus Day, Lupus 242 will release a new PSA with project sponsor The Movi Group. To support the cause, follow @Lupus242 on Facebook or Instagram, visit www.lupus242.org or call 242-525 9967. Pictured from l to r: Shandeisa McFall, Secretary, Lupus 242, Shonalee Johnson, Vice President, Lupus 242, Jamell Bodie, Manager- Supervision, Insurance Commission of The Bahamas and Lupus 242 member and Nneska Williams, Lupus 242 member.

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Seven Day Weather Forecast 3rd May to 9th May 2021
Seven Day Weather Forecast 3rd May to 9th May 2021 High pressure will dominate the weather pattern across the islands of The Bahamas for the majority of the week. This will keep a southerly wind flow across the area to support very warm to hot daytime temperatures and warm night. A cold front is expected to move into the Northwest Bahamas on Friday; however, pre-frontal activity may bring some unsettled weather in the Northern islands from Thursday night. The front is expected to produce showers and thunderstorms across the Northwest and Central Bahamas through Saturday, as it moves southeastward, gradually weakening. High pressure will build behind the front and prevail across the area through early next week.

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