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BAHAMAS: CIBC Helps The Dignified Girl Project



#Bahamas, February 28, 2018 – Nassau – A volunteer with the Bahamas Crisis Centre, Phillipa Dean, was so moved by learning of the struggle of many of the women attendees to afford undergarments for their daughters, that she started a new volunteer group called “The Dignified Girl Project.”  Now the program is preparing for their next quarterly distribution cycle.

“The Dignified Girl Project provides young girls ages six to 17 with new undergarments, free of charge and without discrimination.  The initial response the program got was overwhelming,” said Dean.  “When I first heard about the need I was taken aback – ‘Is that a real issue?  Are women really having trouble buying new undergarments for their daughters regularly?’  The feedback confirmed that the need is out there.  People welcomed the project, so we decided to expand.

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“The original idea was simply to provide new panties and bras every three months. However, we became aware that these young women also need personal hygiene products like deodorant, sanitary napkins, toothpaste and toothbrushes. I thought it was an excellent idea to have a complete package, so for our second distribution cycle our ‘official’ care package contained undergarments as well as hygiene products. It’s because of CIBC FirstCaribbean – our very first financial sponsor – that we’re able to create these personal care packages.”

“The Dignified Girl Project” allocates the parcels to official distribution centres.

“We want to be a resource provider to organizations, like the Bahamas Crisis Centre and Girl Guides, that already work with young women, because they know the girls, the communities, and where the needs are. They can apply to us to become a distribution center, and every quarter they will receive a set inventory. Then they’re responsible for identifying girls in their program or within the community where they operate and distributing those packages accordingly. I think we will reach more young girls that way, and it’s our long-term goal to be able to touch at least three other family islands with the program as well.”

CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Managing Director Marie Rodland-Allen said: “The Dignified Girl Project resonates with us. We know that personal hygiene and clean clothes help to boost self-esteem.”

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Dean expressed hope for the future of the project. “We’re looking to establish it for the long run.  We have volunteers, but what we need is more sponsorship. It doesn’t have to be financial. If you want to distribute cases of content for the care packages, you have that option as well. You can donate a case of deodorant, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, toothbrushes… all of it is welcome.

“I want to encourage potential sponsors out there listening to contribute in any way they see fit. If they have a passion or this cause excites them – jump on board and partner with us.”

Look for “The Dignified Girl Project” on Facebook or use this link:

Release: CIBC First Caribbean

Photo Caption: CIBC FirstCaribbean was honoured to be the first financial sponsor to jump on board “The Dignified Girl Project.” L to R: Phillipa Dean, founder of “The Dignified Girl Project,” and Keturah Thompson, CIBC FirstCaribbean Sales Specialist at the Mall

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Work of NAECOB critical in ensuring high standards in education, says Minister Hanna-Martin



By KATHRYN CAMPBELLBahamas Information Services
NASSAU, The Bahamas, March 29, 2023 – Over 100 schools in New Providence, public and private, and some 30 plus schools in Freeport have been inspected by The National Accreditation and Equivalency Council (NAECOB) to ensure high quality standards for the delivery of education.
“We will cover every island, every cay in this country to make certain that the facilities that we send our children to are adequate, conducive for learning, safe and sound for education,” said Thelma Grimes, chairperson, NAECOB.
“We are going to head to Cat Island and all the others before June.This is our announced visit. They [schools] have a chance to get things fixed that are not finished and [afterwards] we will have the unannounced.”
The Council informed the media of its progress during a briefing Monday, March 20, 2023 at its headquarters, Tonique Williams-Darling Highway.
Howard Newbold, Inspector and Council Member explained that the council’s seven inspectors are tasked with visiting every site or virtual space operating the following: primary/secondary schools, private/secondary, post-secondary, recognized, training, allied health and business institutions among others.
 Mr. Newbold said inspections include an examination of:
 -Safety and security standards-Human security which begins at the entrance to the property’-Physical security: safety mechanisms including smoke detectors, fire alarms and extinguishers (service date verification, and evacuation plan)-Primary grounds, playground equipment, swing sets and slides-Curriculum-Information management system (student records, staff schedules, registration certificate with NAECOB, business license, photos of the national leaders etc.)
The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Institute thanked NAECOB for their efforts. She described their work as “critical” and a part of an overall national thrust to ensure that the quality of education in the country is at a high standard.“We’re the Ministry of Education and they’re our schools. We are accountable to NAECOB. They ensure that what is happening on the campuses throughout the nation meets the physical standards and the qualitative standards of education. You would have heard classroom size and teacher/student ratio. We may have challenges, and we do at the Ministry of Education but when these issues are brought to our attention we are obliged and compelled to seek resolution to ensure that the standards are met.
“This is a quality assurance measure for the Ministry itself and our schools to ensure that public and private and public schools meet these standards. We value that. Because the objective of the Ministry is to ensure that we meet the standards so that our young people who enter these institutions are afforded the best opportunity possible.
 “Education is a cultural value; a norm. We submit ourselves to the work of NAECOB to ensuring what happens is done at least to make the acceptable standards of the delivery of education in our schools,” she said.
Cassia Minnis, registration officer, said “registration” certifies that a local educational institution/provider has met the criteria to offer an educational service in The Bahamas as outlined in the Education Act. She said it is mandatory that all educational institutions/provider offering/proposing to offer an educational service in the Bahamas must be registered according to the NAECOB Act and the Education Act.
 She said NAECOB is aware of “small” schools operating within residential homes and warned that this is in contravention of the law.
She encouraged the public to view listings of all registered institutions on the website at
NAECOB is responsible for registering and accrediting primary schools, secondary schools, post-secondary schools, and any institution that offers training in The Bahamas.

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Header: Seated at the table, from left: – Lorraine Armbrister, Permanent Secretary; Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin; Dominique McCartney Russell, Acting Director; Cassia Minnis, Registration Officer; Thelma Grimes, Council Chairperson; Howard Newbold, Inspector, Council Member; Shena Williams, Council and Inspector; Dorothy Anderson, Inspector; T. Nicola McKay, Deputy Chairperson;  (seated behind) Willard Barr, Council and Inspector.

1st insert: Thelma Grimes, Council Chairperson

2nd insert: Howard Newbold, Inspector and Council Member

3rd insert: The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin, Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training

4th insert: Cassia Minnis, Registration Officer

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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays



#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.

The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.

At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.

We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”

View the newly released calendar of events here:…

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Soca Warriors crush  Bahamas at home



By Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer



#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.

The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).

Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.

Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.

Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches.  Next match for the Soca Warriors is against  Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day.  The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.

Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.

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