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BAHAMAS: Government Building Named in Honour of Dame Ivy Dumont

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#TheBahamas, July 7, 2021 – Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis officially named the building housing the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture the Ivy L. Dumont Building. The ceremonies, July 5, 2021 on University Drive, were part of the 48th Anniversary Independence Celebrations.

‘It is a great honour,” the Prime Minister said, to recognize “a distinguished Bahamian patriot.”
He noted, that she hailed from Long Island, “the birthplace of a number of Governors General and extraordinary educators….

“As an educator, public officer, politician, religious and community leader, consummate professional, unionist and as the first female Minister of Education and Governor General, Dame Ivy Dumont has been an extraordinary citizen and servant-leader.”

The Prime Minister said, “While much of Dame Ivy’s biography has been recalled today by others, please allow me to highlight a few chapters from her storied journey.

“In 1992, under the first Free National Movement Government led by the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Dame Ivy was appointed a Senator and Minister of Health and the Environment. During her tenure in the ministry, she instituted a number of pioneering achievements in the Ministry of Health.

“This included her recognition of the epidemic of non-communicable diseases and its costs in lives, productivity and health care costs.

“As early as then she spearheaded a national health drive to encourage Bahamians to adopt healthy lifestyles.
“What she spearheaded then, is even more critical now, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically demonstrated the risk of comorbidities.”

He continued, “Dame Ivy’s adept leadership as Minister of Education between 1995 and 1999, and as Minister of Education and Youth until 2001 was a critical period of transformation in Bahamian education.
“As Dame Ivy is an educator at heart, she possesses a keen understanding of what was required to advance our education system.

“Under her leadership, the first indigenous Language Arts book for primary school students was published and utilized throughout the government-operated school system.
“Dame Ivy paved the way for technological advancement in education, overseeing a project to computerize the school system.

“Her impact on student development included:

• The Government’s Guaranteed Scholarship Loans Programme
• Expansion of the Teacher Cadet Corp
• Re-introduction of two-tier high schools
• Implementation of magnet programmes and the expansion of distance education

The prime minister noted that with Dame Ivy’s extraordinary range of intellectual gifts, she exhibited humility, generosity, patience, fairness and resilience: “In naming this building in her honour, we are memorializing her stellar contributions to nation-building, her example as a citizen, and her generosity of spirit. When new generations of students ask, ‘Who is Ivy Dumont,’ we have an extraordinary Bahamian story and example to share with them.”

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

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Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 

 

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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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”

 

Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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