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RBDF joins Abaco community in Tribute to Victims of Hurricane Dorian

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Defence Headquarters, 01 SEPT. ‘20 (RBDF):  Several members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were on the island of Abaco when Hurricane Dorian struck exactly a year ago today. It was therefore quite fitting for those stationed there to join in a community effort today with the residents of Marsh Harbour in remembrance of the lives lost during the ordeal last year.     

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Held on the junction of Queen’s Highway and Bay Street, this occasion was in observance of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the destructive hurricane. This tragic event left a gaping hole in the hearts and minds of many Bahamians, and in particular Abaconians. Described as one of the saddest days in Abaco’s history, a bystander shared her very vivid recollection of the storm.   

“One year ago, almost exactly around this time, most of the houses were already gone. Just about everyone was underwater. Around 1 or 2 pm was about the time the eye came, and those who were still alive tried to find shelter somewhere else.”    


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At the event, a small area was set up to invite members of the community to offer flowers in memory of those lost during the storm. The RBDF team in attendance served as the Colour Party at the event and a symbol of the security of the small island, even in the midst of the resilient citizens. The resident who chose to remain anonymous explained the purpose of the community showing.    

“It’s a day to stop, think, pray, memorialize [those lost] and a day to see our friends. We may not be able to hug, touch or gather because of COVID-19, but we can see each other’s eyes and come together. This is really a celebration for Central Abaco.”    

This occasion also served as a quick drive-through for individuals who wished to simply stop their vehicles and place a flower or something tangible on the site in respect of the occasion.   


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Lieutenant Commander Andrew Bowe, Executive Officer for the RBDF Northern Command expressed that the organization remains committed to the residents of Abaco in particular, who were hardest hit during the hurricane.    

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to its mandate and will continue to serve not in only in the communities in which it is stationed, but the entire commonwealth of The Bahamas.


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(RBDF Photos by Able Seaman Michael Turner II)

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Bahamas Consulate Opens in LA

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#LosAngeles, February 19th, 2024 – The Bahamas Consulate General in Los Angeles, United States. officially opened on February 19th, 2024, by Prime Minister Philip Davis, reaffirming the commitment of the Government to protect all Bahamians as well as The Bahamas’ Economic interests and provide consular support for Bahamians on the West Coast of the United States. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

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NBA’s Buddy Hield appointed as Ambassador

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#BuddyHield#Bahamas, February 19th, 2024 – Accomplished Bahamian Basketball player Chavano Buddy Hield, has been appointed as Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Achievement, by the Davis Administration. This is a major accomplishment recognizing, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, Hield’s outstanding journey from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama to the NBA as well as his commitment to inspire Bahamians. Prime Minister Philip Davis speaking at his Credential Presentation, expressed great appreciation to Hield. He said “Thank you for being a shining example of what it means to be truly great, both on and off the court. Congratulations Ambassador.”

 

 

 

 

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UNDP appoints new Resident Representative for The Bahamas

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[Nassau, 6 February 2024] – The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) newly appointed Resident Representative for The Bahamas, Kishan Khoday presented his credentials to Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusa Ali yesterday at the Ministry.

As Resident Representative assigned to the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Jamaica, Mr. Khoday also represents UNDP in The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Mr. Khoday, a Canadian national of Indian descent, is currently leading a team from the Kingston office on the first leg of an official mission to The Bahamas and Bermuda. While in Nassau, he will also meet with Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Honourable Vaughn Miller; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Honourable Jomo Campbell as well as other officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance; Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

In welcoming the new Resident Representative, Ms Ali lauded significant areas of ongoing cooperation with the UNDP including disaster resilience and climate change adaptation and mitigation. She also outlined other key areas for potential collaboration related to digitization and data collection. 

Mr. Khoday pledged continuing support for The Bahamas’ development aspirations anchored on an inclusive and sustainable approach that leaves no one behind. He lauded the significant partnership between UNDP and the Government on the nation’s disaster management, climate resilience, biodiversity and debt management agendas, as well as investments in community-based action through the UNDP-implemented GEF Small Grants Programme and the India-funded Abaco Shelter project. He said that through the current Country Programme (CP)(2022-2026), UNDP offers a strategic approach to combating multidimensional poverty and advancing climate resilient, nature-based pathways, leveraging UNDP’s capacities in innovation, digitalization, and sustainable finance. “As we near the 50th anniversary of UNDP cooperation in The Bahamas, I look forward to building on our long-standing history and expanding cooperation in a way that builds resilience to multi-dimensional crises and advances results under the SDGs. This includes our partnerships for social inclusion and community empowerment; climate resilience and biodiversity, disaster management and sustainable finance,” he stated.

Mr. Khoday has served with UNDP for 25 years, having coordinated over USD $1 billion in country programming to help partners and communities around the world advance inclusive and sustainable development pathways. This included tours of duty with UNDP Country Offices in China, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia and with UNDP’s regional offices for the Middle East and North Africa based in Egypt and Jordan. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Khoday worked with government and community organizations in his home countries of Canada and India on issues of poverty reduction, ecological resilience, and community empowerment. 

Mr. Khoday is a scientist and lawyer, holding a Juris Doctorate specializing in constitutional, international, and environmental law; a Master of Science in natural resource management focused on land and water systems, and a Bachelor of Science in agriculture specializing in biodiversity and ecological change. The UNDP Resident Representative is a frequent speaker at international conferences and policy dialogues on the development agenda and a recognized thought leader on strategic issues such as climate change, ecosystem resilience, constitutionalism, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and resilience-based approaches to development, having published extensively on these and other issues.

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