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BAHAMAS: NEMA cuts missing persons list by more than half; 608 still unaccounted for

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#Nassau, September 27, 2019 – Bahamas – A whopping 692 individuals are now struck from the missing persons list by NEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian; the list of 1,300 people is now sawed almost in half.

Up to earlier on September 24, NEMA informed that 1,300+ people were still missing following the catastrophic hurricane which hit the northwest Bahamas in the first days of September.

The change in the tally of missing persons came in an early evening dispatch from Bahamas Information Services on September 24, however there is no explanation for the sudden and significant change from over 1,300 to now 608 people missing since the storm three weeks ago.

The news from NEMA, is however a relieving and welcomed update.

The death toll remains unchanged at 53 killed in or because of the hurricane.

There is a less noticeable change when it comes to how many are being housed in shelters and there are now, according to NEMA, less shelters opened in New Providence but more shelter residents.

On September 24, there were nine shelters housing 1,586 residents who opted to evacuate from the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco.

Grand Bahama continues to have two shelters operational with 52 people recorded as resident.

Abaco shelters are shut down due to a lack of use and a there is no information on how many people are living within a private shelter on the island of Eleuthera.

On Wednesday, the shelters in Nassau are reduced to seven locations and the record of residents at those temporary housing facilities has increased by three people to 1,589.

Help to Bahamians hardest hit by the hurricane has charted an impressive record. 

NEMA notes that over 274,000 meals have been delivered.  Health kits, hygiene kits and dignity kits combine for a total of 10,500 delivered to storm survivors.  Water delivered is 135.7k, gallons of fuel is listed at 7.6k gallons and the number of tarps given to those whose roofs were punctured in Hurricane Dorian is 8.6k.  Volunteers have also distributed 5,800 blankets.

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Bahamas Government and Grand Bahamas Port Authority in squabble over millions allegedly owed

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Rashaed Esson

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#TheBahamas#DavisAdministration#PortAuthority, April 9, 2024– The Bahamas Government according to reports, says the Grand Bahama Port Authority owes 357 million dollars in back payments over the last five fiscal years, 2018 to 2022, and in a letter sent to the Port Authority last week by the Davis Administration, the government is giving them 30 days to pay up. However, the Port Authority clapped back in a statement, denying the government’s claim saying that they do not owe the sum of 357 million dollars

 

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition

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Rashaed Esson

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TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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