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    U.S. Embassy sponsored leadership development workshop attracts youth
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    Fallen American and Bahamian members of the armed services honoured during wreath-laying ceremony on Memorial Day
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    Culture rocks the opening of IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014
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    Tourism Minister joins Sandals executives at travel event in Los Angeles
  • BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
    BTC awards $5,000 scholarship to Primary School Student of the Year
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    HMBS Arthur Dion Hanna first thrust in ‘new strategies’ against transnational crime
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    'Wearable Art meets Wall Art' shows off unique styles at event opening
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    Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition presented by Cable Bahamas & HBO
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    Fishermen's bounty enjoyed at Romora Bay
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    BTC, PMH and Doctors Hospital team up for World Blood Donor Day



Alert #8: Moderate to severe flooding expected with TS Erika
Submitted by NEMA Bahamas   

NASSAU, The Bahamas - ALERT #8 ON TROPICAL STORM ERIKA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 6 PM, THURSDAY, 27TH AUGUST, 2015.

TROPICAL STORM ERIKA PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAINS OVER PORTIONS OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, MAYAGUANA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND AND RAGGED ISLAND.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS CAN POSSIBLY BE EXPERIENCED IN THOSE ISLANDS WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM ALERT ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF LONG ISLAND, CAT ISLAND, THE EXUMAS, SAN SALVADOR AND RUM CAY.

A TROPICAL STORM ALERT MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS CAN POSSIBLY BE EXPERIENCED IN THOSE ISLANDS WITHIN THE NEXT 60 HOURS.

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Grand Bahama residents prepare for TS/Hurricane Erika
Written by BIS   

Administrator for the City of Freeport, Charles King is pictured as he gave an update on Hurricane Erika on Thursday morning. Left to right in the photo are: Kirk James, weather department; Debra Cox Strachan, Administrator for East Grand Bahama; Mr. King; Tammy Mitchell, Grand Bahama Hurricane Committee; and Harcourt Brown, Sr. Undersecretary, Ministry for Grand Bahama.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Hurricane Committee, headed by the Administrator for the City of Freeport, Mr. Charles King, and Ms. Tammy Mitchell are in full operational mode.

Administrator King held a press conference on Thursday at his office in the National Insurance Complex, Freeport, to give an update on the impending threat of Hurricane Erika to Grand Bahama Island.

That press conference was attended by all stakeholders, including senior officials from the Defence Force, Ministry of Works, Ministry of Health, Department of Social Services, Ministry of Education, Grand Bahama Port Authority, Ministry for Grand Bahama, Local Government officials from East and West Grand Bahama, The Red Cross and more.

Administrator King, whose position places him as the spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Grand Bahama had each of the various agencies outline their role, inclusive of those involved in shelter management.

According to the Administrator for the City of Freeport “over the last few years, we experienced minimal threats of hurricanes and thus have built up a degree of complacency. We know the saying, out of sight, out of mind. But I only need to remind you of the devastating effect of Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances, and Wilma and that should awaken your slumber with respect to these devastating storms.”

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Public schools closed Monday and Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Erika
Submitted by Nikki Bethell   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Department of Education wishes to advise that due to Tropical Storm Erika, the opening of school has been delayed. All public schools will be closed on Monday, August 31st and Tuesday, September 1st, 2015.

  • All administrators, teachers and custodial staff should report for duty on Wednesday, 2nd September,
  • All 7th and 10th graders attending Junior and Senior High School respectively for the first time will report to school on Thursday, 3rd September for orientation.
  • All 8th and 11th graders will report to school on for orientation on Friday, 4th September and
  • All preschool, primary, junior and senior high school students will report to school for the first official day on Monday, 7th September, 2015.

Once the weather system passes over and we are able to make assessments, we will provide further information. We will be certain to keep administrators, teachers, students, parents and the general public abreast with any new developments as they arise. The public is encouraged to stay posted to Facebook page - Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Bahamas for updates as well as local radio stations and ZNS.

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Tribute to Sir Albert Miller by Minister Wilchcombe
Submitted by Elcott Coleby   

Tribute to Sir Albert Miller
by The Hon. Obadiah H. Wilchcombe, M.P. and Minister of Tourism

One day the life and times of Sir Albert will be the study of historians. He sought no fanfare and wanted no praise. He was an officer and a gentleman “called” to serve and in the end left an unmatched legacy of social and economic change in the city of Freeport. Fact is, the sixty year history of Freeport would have been entirely different had Albert Miller not stepped onto the stage and entered the Leadership of the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

Sir Albert became the pivotal player in changing the tone and bringing the proverbial “soul” into Freeport. His emergence must never be misunderstood or miscalculated. It must be seen in its true context of the times they were, and what and who were needed to reverse and to change an unacceptable social order.

Sir Albert had an unpronounced determination to populate the offices of the Port Authority and its subsidiary companies with recognizable faces. Today young Bahamians follow his path in leadership of the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

Sir Albert sat at the gate when heavy industry found the “Free Port” creating jobs and careers for high school students from New Providence and Grand Bahama. The result was the evolution of a middle class. Families were started, new homes were built and many housing divisions were opened. Bahamians now have a piece of Freeport’s Rock!

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BTC begins back-to-school charity tour in Andros
Submitted by Chauntez Wilson   

The BTC community service corps, the iVolunteers, assisted with eye exams, games and activities, and handing out backpacks and school supplies at the 3rd Annual School Aid. Many volunteers traveled from other islands to lend a hand at the event.ANDROS, The Bahamas -- Its back-to-school time and BTC is back at it, assisting over 200 Androsian school children, and 60 parents to prepare for the new school year at their 3rd Annual School Aid event. This is the first time that the event has been held outside of Nassau, and also the first time it was open to the public.

At the event, 11 iVolunteers, BTC’s community service corps, assisted with the activities as students enjoyed games, health screenings, food and drinks, face painting and a wide range of other entertainment to help participants get in gear for September.

Each student received a BTC backpack filled with school supplies and BTC provided back-to-school haircuts and styles for the students, with a barber and salon stall on site.

The parents were also encouraged to join in, receiving seminars on parenting, good health, and nutrition. The Karaoke King of Nassau flew in to entertain the crowds and gave participants chances to win free giveaways and phone cards.

Christopher Hinsey, BTC Senior Manager, Andros, said that he was pleased with the event and looks forward to seeing it grow.

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