DORIAN AND BEYOND: Bahamian historian launches storytelling project on killer storm

“I’ve always wanted to tell Bahamian stories; I’ve always wanted an avenue to do that”  Public invited to submit their testimonies  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Dr Crystal A deGregory is taking the initiative to draw a silver lining around the dark cloud left behind by the ravaging force of Hurricane Dorian. The killer storm, which rampaged […]

DELAYING CARE COULD BE DEATH SENTENCE: Pinder-Butler urges Family Islanders to take COVID precautions

“You don’t have a while with this; you don’t have a while…” Public education and vaccination campaign to be expanded on islands “at risk” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) President Dr Sabriquet Pinder-Butler yesterday encouraged Family Island residents to take urgent steps to protect themselves and their families against the coronavirus. She […]

FROM BAHAMAS TO BIG BEN: Tourism ministry hires firm to boost nation’s visibility in UK market

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation (BMOTIA) is aiming to increase the country’s brand visibility in the UK market, having hired global independent marketing and communications firm FINN Partners to provide public relations services for the islands in the United Kingdom. The UK office will reportedly also act as the […]

URGENT ACTION: Health teams mobilized as COVID-19 cases skyrocket across archipelago

Free testing programme to pilot on impacted Family Islands Protocols on Inagua, North Eleuthera & the Berry Islands under review as COVID-19 cases soar NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials have launched an urgent assessment into islands in the southern and central Bahamas as COVID-19 cases skyrocket on several Family Islands in recent weeks. In a […]

‘THERE IS NO PLAN’: Former PM bashes govt’s handling of COVID pandemic amid Family Island surge

Minnis: The PLP does not have a way forward on the pandemic NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister and Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis lashed the new Davis administration for what he called a “disastrous, incompetent and chaotic response to the COVID-19 pandemic”. His criticism comes as cases on several Family Islands […]

BOLSTERING BUSINESS: Chinese ambassador urges Bahamians to take advantage of largest trade fair in China

“We are working with the BCCEC to foster greater awareness of the Canton Fair and encourage more business leaders to access it online” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang commenced the 130th session of the China Import and Export Fair, or the Canton Fair, last Friday, granting Bahamian business leaders and foreign buyers alike […]

Fourteen more COVID-related deaths recorded, 10 more under investigating

Long Island administrator believes cases stemmed from fishing trip NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Another 14 people were claimed by the coronavirus this month, pushing total COVID-19-related deaths to 622, the Ministry of Health reported yesterday. There have been 55 COVID-related deaths this month alone, thought infections continue to trend downward. Among the latest deaths were eight […]

Man who took $872 in ‘mutilated’ BSD to Central Bank given conditional discharge

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Leslie Hendrick Bodie, 50, was given a conditional discharge when he appeared in a Magistrate’s Court just over two weeks ago charged with stealing by finding $872 “mutilated” Bahamian notes in September. While the arraignment took place on September 30, the case went viral on social media yesterday, but conflated the sum […]

WELLNESS CRISIS: Psychologist agrees with pause of Sandilands admissions but notes marked mental health impact

Thompson expects to face “thousands of individuals who are going to need assistance with the massive loss of life we have been experiencing in the last 12 months” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The moratorium on forensic admissions at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) is “probably the right thing to do” to avoid another crisis of overcrowding […]

MORE ACCESS, MORE HOPE: Former marijuana commission co-chair is hopeful for Davis-led administration’s mandate for cannabis regulation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana’s (BNCM) Cochair Simeon Hall said yesterday…     The commission’s mandate came to end in July 2021 and it submitted its final report to the Minnis administration. Cabinet approved the formation of the commission in July 2018 to gauge public opinion on cannabis. A preliminary report by the […]

REAP WHAT YOU SOW: President of local farming association talks nutrition security in The Bahamas

“The former government put it in their legislation [that] 40 percent of what the farmers can produce, the hotels, restaurants and food stores will purchase” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Caron Shepherd, the aptly-named leader of the Bahamas Argo Entrepreneurs Group, a newly-formed association of local farmers, has made it her mission to sow the seeds of […]

A ‘FOOLISH’ SIGNAL: Former public service minister says review of promotions “political decision”

Rolle submits govt will move forward with all promotions and other exercises will be “approved without fail” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Davis-led administration’s review of promotions doled out under the FNM government is “foolish” as the procedure was conducted in accordance with the Public Service Commission, according to former Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle yesterday. […]

EARNED, NOT GIVEN: Mitchell says decision to rescind pension policy was determined by legal opinion

Minnis: We don’t agree with it Mitchell suggests opposition of trying to “pollute the issue” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s plan to rescind a Minnis administration policy that did not allow public officer pension entitlements has been met with significant hit back from the opposition. However, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Public Service Fred Mitchell […]

STILL STUCK ABROAD: Travel ban on Haiti under review as Bahamians and residents still unable to return

Man stuck in Haiti since March: We have been damaged, neglected and abandoned NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the government seeks to arrange for permanent residents and citizens of The Bahamas who remain stuck in Haiti to return home, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell said the government is not minded to retain the existing travel ban on […]

Caribbean and Latin America experienced larger share of COVID infections and deaths based on region size, says report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Structural inequities in health and disparities in coronavirus vaccine availability in the region have resulted in unequal distribution of infections and deaths, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report. “The unequal distribution and global asymmetry between developed and developing countries […]

“ENCOURAGING FIRST STEP”: Abaco chamber welcomes housing proposal and other infrastructure initiatives

Govt reviewing 150 house-building proposals for Abaco Davis said his govt focused on “the ongoing suffering of the people” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Abaco Chamber of Commerce Director Krista Albury said yesterday Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis’ announcement that the government is reviewing a housing proposal for 150 homes is a “breath of fresh air”. “I […]