Nassau, Bahamas, September 25th, 2019 – As a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s eighth annual cancer care fundraiser, “Walk for the Cure,” has changed from its regular date of October 5 to Saturday November 9, 2019.
CIBC FirstCaribbean Customer Experience Officer and Walk Manager Kizzanae Arthur explained that “in light of the recent impact of Hurricane Dorian, CIBC FirstCaribbean has decided to reschedule our ‘Walk for the Cure’ as we focus our attention on relief efforts. We’re aware of the ways many of our staff from our Abaco and Grand Bahama branches have been affected and the toll Dorian’s impact is having on them, our clients, and The Bahamas as a whole.”
CIBC FirstCaribbean officially launched this year’s “Walk for the Cure” campaign in August at Café Channing Noelle at Caves Village when an October date was given for the three “Walks” in Nassau, Grand Bahama, and Abaco. However, due to the disruption of Hurricane Dorian, only the Nassau “Walk” will now be held. The new date for the New Providence walk is Saturday, November 9, at 6:30am at the Goodman’s Bay Corporate Center.
Vice President of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas (CSOB) Rochelle Wilkinson, who attended the “Walk for the Cure” launch, said, “Cancer spares nobody, and we never know who’s going to be next. Therefore, we’re happy for initiatives like the walk that enable us to provide our services to people to alleviate some of the stress that would be associated with taking treatment.”
Helen Rolle, Secretary of the Sister, Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, added, “In our organizations, you always wonder where the next dollar will come from, but we thank God for people who support causes like the ‘Walk for the Cure;’ because of them we’re able to extend a ray of hope to the wider community.”
“Walk for the Cure” is CIBC FirstCaribbean’s largest cancer fundraising and educational initiative. The funds are used to provide assistance, care, and counseling to patients and their families, and also to raise awareness and stress the importance of early detection through education campaigns. At the launch, Managing Director (Bahamas & TCI) Marie Rodland-Allen announced the bank’s goal to surpass its 2018 total of $90,000 and raise $100,000 for cancer treatment and awareness throughout The Bahamas with this year’s walk.
“That is still our goal,” CIBC Walk Manager Kizzanae Arthur said. “Fundraising efforts are still ongoing and we’re not slowing down. The eighth annual ‘Walk for the Cure’ is moving full-steam ahead, and we want all our loyal supporters to join us again this year on November 9 for a family affair, with activities, music, prizes, and various health and food vendors on site. You can visit any CIBC FirstCaribbean branch to sign up; or contact 302-6036 or 302-6085 for more information.”
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Photo Caption: CIBC FirstCaribbean officially launched their eighth annual “Walk for the Cure” campaign at corporate sponsor Café Channing Noelle in Caves Village, Nassau. The walk is now set for November 9, 2019. L to R: Kizzanae Arthur, CIBC FirstCaribbean Customer Experience Officer and Walk Manager; Rochelle Wilkinson, Vice President of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas; Marie Rodland-Allen, CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director (Bahamas & TCI); Loretta Thomas, owner of Café Channing Noelle, Walk for the Cure corporate sponsor; and Helen Rolle, Secretary of the Sister, Sister Breast Cancer Support Group.
Photo credit: Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
Bahamas Development Bank Launches 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Nassau Bahamas, 3 March 2024- The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) recently commenced its golden anniversary celebrations with special church services held at Freeport Bible Church and Golden Gates Native Baptist Church, in Grand Bahama and New Providence respectively. Both services marked the beginning of a year filled with commemorations of the bank’s 50 years of financial service and national development.
Bahamas Development Bank Managing Director, Nicholas Higgs, said, “As we launch our 50th anniversary celebrations, we are reminded of our journey fueled by an unwavering commitment to our country. As we look forward to the next 50 years and beyond, we remain dedicated to fostering economic growth, supporting local entrepreneurs, and building a prosperous future for The Bahamas.”
The New Providence service was led by Pastor Alonso Hinsey Jr., who serves not only as the senior pastor of Golden Gates Native Baptist Church but also as an executive at BDB. In his sermon, Pastor Hinsey emphasized the importance of trusting God and being trustworthy as two sides of the same coin.
“Trust is the foundation of any healthy relationship and our relationship with God is no exception. When we trust God, we believe who He says that He is, what He is going to do, and that He will do what He says He will do. We rely on Him to guide us, protect us, and to provide for us. Being trustworthy is just as important. When we are trustworthy, others can rely on us to keep our promises, can rely on us to tell the truth, and act with integrity.”
He referenced the story of God ordering Abraham to sacrifice his promised son Isaac.
“Trust is not easy when facing challenges. However, even in the midst of our doubts and fears, God is faithful and trustworthy. When we are trustworthy, others know they can rely on us and that they will not be let down. When we are trustworthy, we are reflecting the character of God who faithful and true,” Pastor Hinsey added.
Hinsey also stressed that, “Trustworthiness is essential for building strong relationships and creating a just and harmonious society.”
The Bahamas Development Bank has been instrumental in providing financial solutions and expertise to Bahamian businesses and entrepreneurs, driving economic growth and sustainability across the country. The 50th anniversary marks a significant milestone in the bank’s history and will be marked by a variety of events, including community outreach initiatives, competitions, and celebrations that both reflect on the bank’s past accomplishments and outline its way forward.
Pastor Hinsey’s powerful message can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/live/c0FxUErI65o?si=em2vTZ7AfPIZklNk.
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Abaco Hurricane Shelter ‘progressing’ despite inherited delays
Bahamas Information Services
March 3, 2024
Central Pines, ABACO, The Bahamas – The new, State-of-the-Art Hurricane Shelter and Community Centre currently under construction in Central Pines, Abaco, is scheduled to be fully completed by November 2024, despite some inherited delays.
Contractors add that the dual Shelter/Community Centre, which is anticipated to be a prototype for the future design and construction of shelters in The Bahamas, will have an “occupied date” of early summer, meaning that the facility should be available to host those persons requiring assistance at that time, if the need arises. This is good news as the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. Abaconians will continue to have access to a host of other approved shelters throughout the island, and not just rely on the prototype alone, however.
Disaster Risk Management officials further say the dual Hurricane Shelter and Community Centre will be “one of a kind” in the region in terms of its construction and design. The building is being constructed under “a new building code,” that calls for its structure – doors, window, roof — to withstand hurricane force winds of up to 250 miles per hour (Category 5 Hurricane and higher).
Its mechanical systems are designed to accommodate diverse loads, including an industrial kitchen, communication systems, air-conditioning system, male and female bathrooms and showers, office spaces for emergency personnel, in addition to storage areas.
Standby generators to ensure continuity with communications, water, sewerage, air-conditioning, refrigeration, safety and security, will be installed in order to mitigate the impacts of disruptions in power.
A ramp that was not included in the original design, was added to allow persons with disabilities and the elderly — considered two of the more vulnerable populations particularly during natural disasters such as tropical storms and/or hurricanes — easy frontal access to the facility under the protection of a canopy.
“Construction is going very well, particularly now that we are back on schedule,” said Mr. Chris Symonette, Project Manager. “We had lost almost a year due to some faults that we found in the ground, and in the foundation, we met in place when we assumed responsibility for the project. These corrective measures took us about 9 months to resolve.
“The building is one of a kind in the region. As a matter of fact, this will be the first 250 miles-per-hour hurricane shelter design in The Bahamas. We had to exceed the ratings while ensuring that we have redundancy upon redundancy,” Mr. Symonette added.
Raeh Williams, a Director, with Wilkem Solutions, a Bahamian-owned entity that specializes in development, civil works and waste management, among other services, said the construction team has been “pushing every day” to ensure that they meet the projected dates. The company took over construction operations a little over one year ago.
“We met a lot of challenges that were a real test of our skill and tenacity because there were caves, holes and a lot of other issues that basically caused us to have to perform a lot of corrective work to get us where we are today. The scheduled completion date is November 2024, but we are anticipating having an occupied completion by June/July which is right at the beginning of the Hurricane Season so that if there is some need to use the shelter, it will be available. That is our push and we are pushing every day to make sure that we stick to that.”
Header: Minister Lundy and delegation reviewing building plans for the multi-purpose Abaco Hurricane Shelter and Community Centre. (BIS Photo)
1st insert: Abaco Hurricane Shelter and Community Centre Project Manager Chris Symonette (right) updates Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Disaster Risk Management, the Hon. Leon Lundy (second right) during State-Minister Lundy’s Official Visit. (BIS Photo)
2nd insert: Minister Lundy (second right) and team conduct a walk-through of the multi-purpose Abaco Hurricane Shelter and Community Centre under construction in Central Pines. Also pictured (from left) are: Mr. Kirk Cornish, Member of Parliament, North Abaco, and Mr. John H. Pinder, Member of Parliament for South and Central Abaco and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation. Project Manager, Mr. Chris Symonette is at far right. (BIS Photo)
Over 9.6 Million Tourists for The Bahamas, 38 percent jump
#TheBahamas, March 3, 2024 – The Bahamas has again positioned itself as a top destinations within the Caribbean with record breaking tourism arrivals in 2023, an unprecedented milestone as announced by the Ministry of Tourism Investments and Aviation
A massive 9,654,838 visitors arrived in The Bahamas, indicating a 38 percent increase from 2022 as well as 33 percent rise from the previous record of 2019, before the pandemic.
Cruise arrivals went up significantly by 43.5 percent at 7, 934,858 up from 5,530,462 in 2022.
According to reports, New Providence saw 4,441,540 visitors, a 36 percent increase from 2022 while Grand Bahama attracted 559,812 visitors, a 44 percent increase.
The Family Islands brought in 4,653,486 tourists which is a 40 percent increase from 2022.
Chester Cooper, Minister of Tourism Investments and Aviation and Latia Duncombe, Director General of Tourism, as featured in reports, expressed great pride in this achievement, marking it as an indicator of The Bahamas’ hard work and dedication to foster and maintain tourism growth.
“This record-breaking year is a clear indication of the Bahamas’ position as a top-tier destination for travelers seeking unparalleled experiences. Our islands offer a unique blend of natural beauty, rich culture, and warm hospitality, making it a favorite of visitors from around the world,” said Cooper
Duncombe referred to future success for The Bahamas, with this development as a stepping stone.
“With our commitment to excellence and innovation in the tourism sector, the Bahamas is poised for even greater success in the years to come,” she maintained.
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