Community/Charity

'Now it's our turn to help'
'Now it's our turn to help'

April 13, 2021

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said Cabinet will discuss giving financial assistance to those affected by the volcano eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Schemia Major captures YRE national competition
Schemia Major captures YRE national competition

April 12, 2021

St. Anne’s School student Schemia Major is the winner of the 2021 Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) national competition and has earned the opportunity to represent The Bahamas in the 2022 Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) international YRE competition.

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'WE'RE HUMAN TOO': Shanty town residents hit out at authorities on tactics employed in raid
'WE'RE HUMAN TOO': Shanty town residents hit out at authorities on tactics employed in raid

April 12, 2021

RESIDENTS of The Farm shanty town in Abaco have hit out at what they claimed were heavy-handed tactics carried out during a raid on their community.

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'No justification for illegal invasion of homes'

April 09, 2021

HUMAN Rights Bahamas has condemned what it called an "illegal" and "regressive" invasion of homes at a shanty town in Abaco yesterday.

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IMS Makes Tech Donation to Bimini Promotes Maritime Careers
IMS Makes Tech Donation to Bimini & Promotes Maritime Careers

April 07, 2021

As learning environments around the country continue to adapt virtually due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, educators and administrators alike are struggling to provide students with the best possible learning advantages. Recently, the students of the Louise McDonald High School, on the island of Bimini, were given the opportunity to join that digital age courtesy of one of the country’s leading independent marine pilot firms: Independent Maritime Services (IMS).

Since becoming licensed by the Ministry of Transport and the Port Department of The Bahamas to operate and pilot vessels in the Greater Bimini Area including Ocean Cay, the company and its team of trained and qualified pilots have made it their goal to make a difference in and around the surrounding communities. As part of that effort, the company donated 15 new tablets to the school, giving the students access to the tools needed to prepare them for life in a technology-driven society.

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China hits backs over US concerns
China hits backs over US concerns

April 07, 2021

A Chinese embassy official yesterday called on the United States to stop “finger-pointing” about China’s involvement in The Bahamas and do more to improve vaccine accessibility for developing countries, create jobs and protect the livelihoods of locals.

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Youth, Sports and Culture senior officials visit Grand Bahama
Youth, Sports and Culture senior officials visit Grand Bahama

March 31, 2021

Senior officials of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture converged on Grand Bahama island, March 29 to view the facilities there. Hosted by the Minister, the Hon. Iram Lewis, the group started their tour at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex where they inspected the track and field and related facilities, as well as the softball area; they also visited the recently renovated park at the Royal Oasis, and took the opportunity to speak with sculptor Brian Maycock.

Before the tour at the Sports Complex, Minister Lewis said he was pleased to host the group so that they would all be well versed on what was needed on the island when they are having their discussions at the table.

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CBC to Award 2021 Carleton W. Williams Scholarship Winner
CBC to Award 2021 Carleton W. Williams Scholarship Winner

March 30, 2021

The Caribbean Bottling Company (Bahamas) Ltd. (CBC) will once again select one exceptionally bright Grand Bahama primary school student to receive the Carleton W. Williams Scholarship. The six year award, which allows the recipient to pursue their studies at the high school of their choice, has allowed seven other talented, young Bahamian students to continue their education.

The 2021 recipient will join last year’s winner, Angela Sands, 2019 recipient Gabriel Hall, 2018 recipients Kennedi Knowles and Anajah Culmer, 2017 recipient Kailena Pinder, and 2016 scholarship winners, D’Ron & T’Ron Strapp. Each year, the scholarship review panel alternates between selecting a student from Garvin Tynes Primary School in New Providence and a student from Grand Bahaha.

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Arawak Port Development Continues Support of Bahamas Feeding Network
Arawak Port Development Continues Support of Bahamas Feeding Network

March 26, 2021

President & CFO of Arawak Port Development Limited (APD) Dion Bethell (right) presents a cheque to Philip Smith, executive director of the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) during a visit to APD’s office.

“We at Arawak Port Development Limited would like to give you a small token of our appreciation for the good work that you are doing in the community with the Bahamas Feeding Network and encourage you and your team to continue,” said Bethell.

From its inception in 2013, BFN has had the support of corporate and individual donors who value the efforts of the Network in providing food for those facing food insecurity.

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GGYA Awarded International Grant to Help Reach At-Risk Youth
GGYA Awarded International Grant to Help Reach At-Risk Youth

March 23, 2021

GGYA has been awarded a £30,000 (GBP) grant from The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation to allow more at-risk youth, including young people in reform schools and those with greater levels of special educational needs, to participate in the programme which equips persons aged 14 to 24 for life.

GGYA is the local office charged with delivering the Award which challenges youth to discover their potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world. The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation is convinced that a “good non-formal education is essential to equipping a young person for adult life, and so should be available to everyone.”

“Although we have previously had some participants from these areas, for the most part, these at-risk categories of young people remain largely unreached,” said Jacquetta Lightbourne-Maycock, GGYA’s national director.

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Prime Minister Minnis opens Passport Office on Long Island
Prime Minister Minnis opens Passport Office on Long Island

March 20, 2021

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis opened another satellite passport office on Friday 19 March as part of the Government’s initiative to strengthen family island communities by investing in services and infrastructure.

The newest Passport Office, located in Clarence Town, is the third to be opened across the Family Islands within just over one month. Other offices were recently opened on the islands of Exuma and Inagua.

“We are fostering dynamic environments for you: to take greater advantage of economic and commercial opportunities and to improve the quality of lives in these communities and to incentivize family islanders remaining in their island homes while enticing others back to our Family Islands,” said Prime Minister Minnis at the official opening ceremony.

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Bahamas Feeding Network thanks Royal Caribbean - Because of you, we continue to push on in the fight to wipe out hunger
Bahamas Feeding Network thanks Royal Caribbean - Because of you, we continue to push on in the fight to wipe out hunger

March 18, 2021

The Bahamas Feeding Network today extended ‘deepest appreciation, a thank you that goes beyond words’ to Royal Caribbean, calling the award-winning cruise line “a corporate partner who is helping to ease the suffering of thousands who, without such generosity, would all too often go to bed hungry.”

“On behalf of all of those who were food security challenged before and are facing even greater challenges since the pandemic, we at the Bahamas Feeding Network express our deepest respect for and appreciation to Royal Caribbean International,” said Philip Smith, Executive Director of the non-profit organization that has provided more than two million meals since its founding in 2013.

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Scale of children abused laid bare
Scale of children abused laid bare

March 18, 2021

SOCIAL Services Minister Frankie Campbell said there were 382 reported cases of child abuse from January 2020 to February of this year.

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Cat Island told 'it's your time' as water works start
Cat Island told 'it's your time' as water works start

March 17, 2021

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation broke ground on Monday for a system that will bring potable water to Cat Island for the first time.

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Care packages for Gambier
Care packages for Gambier

March 17, 2021

COMMISSIONER Paul Rolle and other police officers distributed 200 care packages in the Gambier community yesterday.

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OVER ONE HUNDRED WOMEN AND GIRLS TO RECEIVE HYGIENE PRODUCTS FROM IWD INITIATIVE
OVER ONE HUNDRED WOMEN AND GIRLS TO RECEIVE HYGIENE PRODUCTS FROM IWD INITIATIVE

March 15, 2021

Across The Bahamas, there are instances where disadvantaged women and girls, some with disabilities and other special needs, have limited access to basic hygiene supplies.

This can have an impact on their education experience, access to work opportunities, participation and performance in society, and their human dignity overall.

In an effort to help ladies in need, CIBC FirstCaribbean recognized International Women’s Day by packaging a hundred hygiene kits and additional boxes of much-needed hygiene supplies purchased by the bank for distribution through the Dignified Girl Project (DGP).

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PACE Receives 5k Donation on International Womens Day
PACE Receives $5k Donation on International Women’s Day

March 09, 2021

Providing Access to Continued Education (PACE) received a five thousand dollars’ ($5K) donation from Colina Insurance Limited (Colina) in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

“Life does not always go as planned but we must choose to challenge, as inspired by this year’s theme for International Women’s Day,” said Maxine Seymour, Director, Corporate Communications, Colina. “Colina is proud to assist PACE in its endeavour to empower young mothers; we are committed to our community, with a special focus on health, wellbeing, education and music.”

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Toastmasters Club 1600 Has Positive Effect on At-Risk Adolescents
Toastmasters Club 1600 Has Positive Effect on At-Risk Adolescents

March 09, 2021

A non-profit, educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills played a strong role in the development and socialization of at-risk students of the Simpson Penn/Williemae Pratt Co-Educational Unit.

Shacoy Mullings, President of Toastmasters Club 1600 called the students involvement in this Youth Leadership Program “just the tip of the iceberg” as he encouraged young people who find themselves in conflict with the law, their parents and/or guardians to seek out more programs to motivate and influence them to make a change for the better.

The president himself was once a troubled youth before turning his life around. He went on to launch multiple businesses and a free summer camp program.

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CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN DONATES USD750,000 TO PURCHASE NEEDED COVID-19 VACCINES
CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN DONATES USD$750,000 TO PURCHASE NEEDED COVID-19 VACCINES

March 05, 2021

Ten countries across the region will get a major boost to their Covid-19 vaccination programmes as a result of a USD$500, 000 donation from regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean.

The donation to national vaccination programmes is being made by the bank through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, and will support the purchase of vaccines in Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

Additionally, the bank is providing separate contribution of USD$250,000 to cover the cost of vaccinating members of its 2 500 staff who wish to avail themselves of the vaccine in those countries, bringing its total contribution to the regional vaccination effort to USD$750,000.

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CBC Hosts Aluminum Can Drive In Support of Ongoing Environment Centric Initiatives
CBC Hosts Aluminum Can Drive In Support of Ongoing Environment Centric Initiatives

March 05, 2021

Recycling initiatives and waste reduction programs still have lots of room to grow and evolve throughout the country, but companies like the Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC) are committed to supporting Bahamian environmental preservation projects. CBC has implemented a number of environmental centric programs in recent years. And, in addition to being a proud supporter of the Cans For Kids program, which rewards schools for every aluminum can that they collect, CBC has a number of ongoing waste reduction and recycling projects, which includes recycling wooden pallets and scrap cardboard, utilizing recycling bins at CBC facilities, and taking part in events and activities that can encourage Bahamians to make small changes that can greatly impact the environment.

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