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NEMA, Local Government, host CERT Training in Cat Island

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By MATT MAURA

Bahamas Information Services

 

#NEWBIGHT, Cat Island, August 25, 2022 – Officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Department of Local Government Monday launched a five-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training in New Bight, Cat Island.

Conducted by the Training Unit of the National Emergency Management Agency, headed by Mrs. Lisa E. Bowleg, the CERT Training will cover areas such as Disaster Medical Operations, Fire Safety and Utility Controls, Disaster Preparedness, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, CERT and Terrorism, and Light Search and Rescue.

Instructors include: Chief Petty Officer Romeiko Burrows, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (attached to NEMA); Mr. Frederick Johnson, Medical Operations Instructor; Petty Officer Kenrio Ingraham, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (attached to NEMA); and Leading Woman Marine, Karia Smith, Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

Participants underwent a Pre-Test on the Opening Day and will participate a Post-Test on Thursday. The Training ends Friday with a Final Drill and Closing Ceremonies.

Family Island Administrator for Cat Island, Mrs. Kate Williamson, applauded the collaboration between NEMA and the Department of Local Government. She urged the participants to “garner as much of the information provided as possible.”

“This is the most dynamic training you will ever receive in your lives,” Mrs. Williamson told her audience during Monday’s Soft Opening. “This is indeed a great day for Cat Island (as) anytime the opportunity for additional training opportunities and more knowledge arises, we ought to take advantage of those opportunities. Community Emergency Response Team training is critical for all communities, but particularly Family Island communities such as ours; and so on behalf of Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, the Hon. Clay Sweeting, and indeed our representative, Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Philip E. Davis, we commend the Director, (NEMA Director, Captain Stephen Russell) and his team of Instructors, headed by Mrs. Lisa Bowleg, for providing us with this opportunity. We certainly appreciate them for this opportunity and my word to you today here Cat Islanders, is to make sure that you use this time wisely. Gather every piece of information you can gather. Make this opportunity worthwhile. I count this training as a privilege,” Mrs. Williamson added.

The Cat Island training is part of the Agency’s resolve to build a culture of preparedness/response throughout the islands of The Bahamas, by establishing trained, community volunteer groups that are armed with the skillsets needed to effectively prepare for, and respond to, disasters and/or life-threatening emergencies in order to keep their communities safe until Professional First Responders can arrive.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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Regional Soldiers head to Jamaica to train for pending Haiti mission

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#KenyaMultinationalForce#CARICOM, February 22nd, 2024 – About 150 Bahamian soldiers are heading to Jamaica within the next one or two weeks for a joint training with Jamaican soldiers, in preparation for the pending Kenya led multinational force mission to Haiti according to Bahamian Defense Chief Commodore, Raymond King, in reports. Soldiers and security forces from Chile and Argentina will also travel to Jamaica for the training.

King informs that Kenya and Haiti are in the process of signing off on an agreement to allow Kenya to lead the force into Haiti, following advice from Kenya’s High Court which recently deemed Kenya’s decision to deploy police officers to the gang run nation as unconstitutional. This agreement includes a formal request for assistance from Haiti, allowing Kenya to legally intervene on the ground.

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Major plans for The Bahamas announced Davis

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Development,February 22nd, 2024 – “Things are changing in The Bahamas,” were the words of Prime Minister Philip Davis as he outlined some of the Government’s plans to improve the nation through a decrease in the cost of living, enhanced security for Bahamians and the expansion of access to opportunities. Davis, who was presenting on February 21st, the Bahamas Mid-Year Review of the fiscal performance for the fiscal year 2023/2024, highlighted a long list of plans for the archipelago.

Here’s the full list stated in Davis’ address :

  • A new energy policy and an expansion of renewable energy, including microgrids, and an emphasis on engaging local Bahamian firms and building local professional capacity; 
  • An expansion of Bahamian ownership in our economy, including support for entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, and an expansion of affordable housing –with hundreds of families moving into new homes by this summer; 
  • A modern and award-winning specialized tourism product, with new investments across our archipelago, and major visibility and branding campaigns in New York, Florida, and the UK;
  • Progress on redeveloping downtown Nassau, long overdue;
  • New commitments to education, including a Parental Engagement Unit; more teacher training, modernizing the curriculum, classroom enhancements, improving school attendance, and using the Renaissance testing results to design individualized support for students; 
  • An expansion of technical and vocational training, including certification at the high school level;
  • An Empower Grand Bahama micro-grant programme for entrepreneurs; $1.5 billion in investments for Grand Bahama in the pipeline; the Beautiful Grand Bahama programme, in which collaboration has led to safer communities; and Collab Grand Bahama, which fosters partnerships between the government and the private sector to bring change and progress to Grand Bahama;
  • Major upgrades to our health infrastructure;
  • More support for our athletes and sports programmes;
  • We’re on track to pave 65 miles of road in New Providence alone this year;
  • Investments in NIB to improve fairness and efficiency;
  • A National School Breakfast pilot programme, which is already giving thousands of our children breakfast in their primary schools, and is ready to expand;
  • New classes, camps, lessons, and programmes at our Urban Renewal Centres;
  • A Youth Guard to strengthen our capacity during national emergencies, and give more young Bahamians a path forward;
  • A Task Force addressing unregulated shantytowns in New Providence and Abaco, with other islands to follow;
  • The selection and training of new immigration officers;
  • Saturation patrols and new investments and collaboration in crime prevention; 
  • A juvenile detention facility;
  • A cadre of officers trained to recognize and manage psychiatric issues;
  • Stronger partnerships and new patrol vessels to secure our nation’s borders; 
  • Major new investments across our Family Islands, including new airports, and road paving in Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Abaco, Long Island; Great Harbour Cay, and Crooked Island;
  • The development of our nation’s blue carbon credits strategy; and
  • A major investment in agriculture and national food security.

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