52 WEEKS LATER: 1,200 public service workers officially made permanent and pensionable as govt promised

Rolle: It’s not political; we made a commitment to them when we hired them last summer NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has officially made some 1,200 workers from its 52-week unemployment program permanent and pensionable, confirmed Public Services Minister Brensil Rolle yesterday. He announced on a Free National Movement (FNM) rally stage in Abaco on Monday […]

DISAPPPOINTED: D’Aguilar dismayed by Grand Lucayan sale delay but says govt will “soldier on” after election

“We tried very hard to get it completed” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday expressed disappointment over the government’s inability to close the sale of the Grand Lucayan prior to the end of the Minnis administration’s current term in office. Speaking to reporters prior to the last Cabinet meeting of […]

SIGNS OF EASING: Surge in COVID infections showing indications of downward trend

PM Minnis expected to make address today; MOH to hold press conference next week NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Notwithstanding an overwhelming number of coronavirus hospitalizations, an analysis of the confirmed cases since August and September shows the beginning of a downward trend. A Ministry of Health statement read: “Analysis of COVID-19 data by the Ministry of Health […]

VACCINATION PACE SLOWS: Data suggests possible waning in vaccine uptake

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The pace of vaccinations in The Bahamas appears to have slowed as first-dose coverage reaches just over 27 percent of the population. The government and health authorities continue to encourage vaccine uptake, attributing its “aggressive vaccination campaign” to the beginning of a downward trend in coronavirus cases in the last four weeks. […]

A MATTER OF CHARACTER: Davis slams PM’s premature declaration of “win” in advance poll

Davis asks Minnis: Why hasn’t Ingraham endorsed you yet? NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis on Monday hit out against Minnis over comments made about the advance polls — where some 19,000 voters were registered on New Providence, Grand Bahama and overseas. Minnis claimed during two Free National Movement (FNM) […]

Police investigate Bimini shooting after party supporters clash

ALICE TOWN, BIMINI — Police are investigating a recent shooting that took place in Bimini following the Free National Movement’s drive-in rally yesterday. Last night, residents alleged there was a clash with Free National Movement supporters and Progressive Liberal Party supporters on a motorcade, following the event. Police released a statement on the incident this […]

OUT OF OFFICE: Public service union members at hospital, airport did not show up to work

Aviation director labels union action an “illegal withdrawal of labor” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Hundreds of Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) members did not show up to work yesterday, impacting services at several airports throughout the country and departments at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).  The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) advised that services at the PMH […]

NEW RULES: PRD outlines COVID-19 health measures for September 16 polls

Old and disabled to be allowed to vote immediately with PRD concierge program NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Parliamentary Registration Department has outlined specific COVID-19 health measures for Election Day, which includes the prohibition of political party campaigners on-premises or within 100 yards of the polling site. It has been a longstanding tradition during General Elections for […]

A CONVINCING CASE: New data shows unvaccinated continue to be hospitalized and die

Forbes says data should be convincing argument to become vaccinated and keep up public health measures NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The latest data on coronavirus patients in the last month shows that the overwhelming majority of patients being hospitalized and dying continues to be unvaccinated individuals. However, there were at least three cases of fully vaccinated […]

STARK REALITY FOR PREGNANT WOMEN: Three maternal deaths in the past six weeks; 10 since March 2020

COVID-19 could tremendously impact the country’s maternal mortality rate NASSAU, BAHAMAS — There have been 10 maternal deaths at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and three within the past six weeks, said Head of PMH Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Dr Richard Braham. During a Public Hospitals […]

ELECTION SPIKE?: Forbes advises failure to follow health measures will result in increased cases

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While health officials were unable to say whether the recent election activities and advance poll will result in an increase in cases of the coronavirus, Director of the National HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Programme Dr Nikkiah Forbes indicated that any events where public health measures are not rigidly followed could result in […]

POST MORTEM: PRD commissioner says dept. working to fix issues from Advance Polls before September 16

Just over 19,000 persons registered for the advance polls, 194,524 people on overall voter’s register NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Parliamentary Registration Department is expected to beef up its protocols and release a layout for voting in the General Election on September 16, after a myriad of challenges arose during Thursday’s advance polls. Chaos erupted at […]