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Waterside wreaths in memory of those lost; One Year since Hurricane Dorian for Abaco



Heartbreaking scene as a little boy tosses a bouquet into the water this afternoon in memory of who he lost to Hurricane Dorian

#Abaco, The Bahamas – September 1, 2020 — They floated almost angelically; the beautiful blossoms tossed onto the waters buffeting the shores of Great Abaco. Beneath the clear ocean which carried wreaths away from the still battered wooden dock and the people who lined the shore, is evidence that something horrible happened here. 

The broken, barnacle-covered debris beneath, and  flowers floating above created a dramatic image – eerily symbolic of the gravity of the moment. 

From cell phone video posted on Facebook

What Abaco had endured, what the islanders have overcome and what was painfully wrenched from the people on September 1, 2019 when Hurricane Dorian hit.

Wreaths were today given to the very same waters which have taken so much… still it is where countless loved ones spent their final minutes fighting for their lives and where those left to mourn found it most fitting to say a more formal farewell.

A solemn ceremony was held at Friendship Tabernacle in Marsh Harbour on this September morning; with dignitaries including local government officials, Members of Parliament and Hon Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs who represented the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, all attending.

Messages to the diverse attendees, according to prominent media businessman, pastor and community leader, Silbert Mills were:  “Uplifting, encouraging, inspiring…”

Rev. Mills shared, Abaconians were mindful of COVID-19 social distancing protocols as they filed into the church; and he was pleased with the unity and comforting tone of the service… some were quiet, he said, others sobbed and yet more were thankful, somehow.

From cell phone video posted to Facebook, September 1, 2020

It has been one year since Hurricane Dorian brought harrowing conditions which led to a still untallied death toll.    

“We still do not know how many of our Haitian brothers and sisters were lost in the hurricane,” explained Rev. Mills in our phone interview earlier today.

The Royal Bahamas Police and Royal Bahamas Defence Forces brought nobility to the thanksgiving service; participating most memorably in the finale wreath laying ceremony held at the water’s edge.

The island’s capital, Marsh Harbour was crushed under the weight and devoured in the fierceness of Hurricane Dorian – strongest Atlantic Hurricane in modern history, which sat for three days over Abaco and Grand Bahama in the northern Bahamas.

 Today, power is restored, internet services are available, reconstruction is underway and temporary housing  is embraced.

“Oh the dome homes are complete and fully occupied; in fact new dome homes are being built on properties as people work to repair what was structurally lost,” updated Rev. Mills.

Government provided dome housing, post Hurricane Dorian

There is dignity.

As wreaths were laid; the quiet singing of a well-worn gospel hymn of perseverance.

“…Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to knowa
It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Residents are at 5 p.m. called to line the shores  from Marsh Harbour to Murphy Town for a drone fly-by in memory of Abaco’s darkest day.

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Mobile App brings unprecedented access & opportunity to Persons with Disabilities in The Bahamas



#TheBahamas, December 8, 2022 – Opportunities and services previously out of reach for many Persons with Disabilities (PWD’s) in The Bahamas are now easier to access with groundbreaking upgrades to the ‘AccessAbility’ mobile app innovated by the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), through a Bahamian APP developer.

As of January 2023, PWD’s registered on the App will be able to book accessible transportation, allowing unprecedented freedom of movement.

For now, services available on the App include free interpreter services for the deaf and hard of hearing; disaster alerts from NEMA; free registration with NCPD which includes mapped location of registered PWD’s in times of disaster; complaints mechanism; bus routes showing street by street movement ; request for adaptive equipment and other services; business directory for organizations compliant with the Disabilities Act; Career/job listings; as well as trending local and international news and resources.

Financing for the App and the related public education programme was contributed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its Multi Country Office located in Jamaica which serves The Bahamas among five English-speaking countries in the northern Caribbean. The App is available for free download from Google Play and the App Store and is also preloaded on all new devices purchased from local telecommunications provider Aliv in partnership with NCPD.

At the launch event on Sunday (4 December), Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon.  Philip Davis said that The Bahamas aimed to achieve inclusion and accessibility on a level playing field for persons with disabilities and that the App was one of the means through which this could be achieved. He lauded the services provided through the app and highlighted the accessible transportation, one touch access to emergency services and sign language interpretation.

The Prime Minister announced that the Department of Labour will enable job listings in the AccessAbility app, and further reminded employers of provisions in the Disability Act for the employment of one person with a disability for every 100 employees. “I am asking corporate Bahamas to join the Government in recognizing the potential in persons with disabilities and providing employment opportunities that may never have been considered before,” he said.

Other major disclosures made by the Prime Minister included The Bahamas’ ratification of ILO Convention 159 establishing the right of PWD to vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities, and the successful implementation of the Nassau Airports Development’s Sunflower Laynard programme offering empathetic and specialized service to travelling PWD’s

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, said exclusion of PWD’s over the years has been troubling, but the mobile app will help bring the community closer to realizing inclusion and becoming part of the normalcy of the country. “We are elated and moved. PWD’s are celebrating because we have come a long way and UNDP is helping to make a difference” Minister Wilchcombe stated.

UNDP Resident Representative Denise E Antonio said recognizing that Disability Inclusion is a development issue requires continued attention and investment, UNDP supported the Government’s mission to expand digital inclusion to marginalized groups through the Digital Access for All (DAFA) Bahamas Project, specifically focusing on the AccessAbility Mobile App and public education.

She reiterated UNDP’s commitment to improving ICT infrastructure and digital access with and for PWD’s in The Bahamas; advancing gender equality and the empowerment of PWD’s in The Bahamas and forging partnerships to identify challenges and potential solutions to reduce inequalities against Persons with Disabilities.  “It is crucial for governments, public and private sectors, to collaboratively find innovative solutions with and for persons with disabilities, to make the world a more accessible and equitable place,” the Resident Representative noted.

She encouraged Persons with Disabilities to register with the NCPD through the App to ensure they benefit from a wide array of services.

The launch of the AccessAbility mobile app will be immediately followed by a multimedia public education campaign to encourage awareness, downloads, and usage among PWDs.

Technology and digitalization are considered enablers in UNDP’s global service offer of six signature solutions focusing on leaving no one behind. To this end, UNDP partners with countries to develop appropriate digital solutions which help advance poverty eradication, inclusion, equality and crisis resilience.  UNDP Multi Country Office in Jamaica serves Jamaica, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.


Release: UNDP

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Tropical Storm Owen in December?



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


December 8, 2022 – A low-pressure system observed in the Central Atlantic Ocean has led the National Hurricane Center to believe there is a 50 per cent chance a subtropical or tropical storm will develop. They reported on Tuesday,  the system was 800 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands.

NHC said that by Thursday or Friday, the system should move northeastward, where it will interact with a mid-latitude trough, thereby limiting the chances of development.

The potential subtropical or tropical storm would become the 15th named storm of 2022 and will be called Owen.

Here is the very latest forecast:

Central Subtropical Atlantic

Showers and thunderstorms have increased since last evening near a

large non-tropical area of low pressure located over the central

subtropical Atlantic about 850 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

However, the system remains embedded within a frontal zone, which is

expected to become more pronounced later today as the low begins to

move east-northeastward at 20 to 25 mph toward colder waters and

interact with a mid-latitude trough.  Therefore, while the system

could show some subtropical characteristics today, its chances to

fully transition to a subtropical or tropical cyclone appear to be

decreasing.  Nevertheless, significant non-tropical development of

this low is expected during the next couple of days, and additional

information, including hurricane-force wind warnings, can be found

in High Seas Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service.  The

next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued

by 9 AM EST Thursday.


* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent.

* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.



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“WE ARE A COUNTRY OF LAWS”: Bahamas PM says gov’t will enforce PRICE CONTROL



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#TheBahamas, December 8, 2022 – Bahamas’ Price Control Regulations were amended two months ago and several grocers have not complied.  Now, Prime Minister Phillip Davis said the government will take measures to ensure grocers change their prices and obey the law.

Speaking at a Christmas Tree Lighting in Christie Park on Tuesday night, Davis said, “we are a country of laws, so we are going to make sure what we do, to help you, gets to you.”

He said the change was in response to the high cost of living in The Bahamas.  He promised the residents in attendance that the government will do all it can to ensure the people’s survival amidst the inflation. Many grocers complained that the price control would cut into their profits.

President of the Retail Grocers Association, Phillip Beneby announced that a proposal was sent to the government regarding the Price Control Basket, however, they have not received a response.

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