NO FREE RIDES: Environment minister says time to demand appropriate compensation for bush medicine

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas is now in a position to demand the proper respect and appropriate compensation for its ancestral knowledge, said Minister of the Environment and Housing Romauld Ferreira yesterday. Ferreira made the comment during his presentation to the mid-term budget debate as he pointed to the recent passage of the Biological Resources […]

“WE TAKE OUR BLOWS”: Saunders says praise of FNM outweighs criticisms

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Acknowledging the hardship among the Bahamian people and the criticisms of the government, Tall Pines MP Don Saunders said yesterday that the Free National Movement (FNM), when walking in constituencies, “take our blows”, but insisted the general feedback from the electorate is more favorable than negative. During the mid-year budget debate in […]

GAINING STEAM: Carnival seeing strong cruise demand despite minimal marketing

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Carnival cruise line executives said yesterday they are encouraged by the strong demand for cruises, while noting they are still not in a position to say when they will resume sailing. Carnival Vice President, Global Ports and Caribbean Government Relations Marie McKenzie said: “We have canceled all sailings through a certain date. […]

REV/Cable Bahamas invested $1M in local content over last two years

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A senior REV/Cable Bahamas executive said yesterday the company has invested at least $1 million in local content over the past two years, noting that it is also working to export local content. Dave Burrows, Rev vice president, while addressing a media roundtable on regional distribution rights for television content yesterday, noted: […]

BNT: BPC oil exploration failure should be “turning point” to embrace sustainability and renewable energy

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) said Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) unfruitful oil exploration exercise should serve as a “turning point” for this nation to focus on working towards a future that embraces sustainability and renewable energy. The BNT said in a statement that it is reassured to hear that no commercial volumes […]

Appellate court denies Nygard more time to appeal contempt order

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Court of Appeal has denied Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard additional time to appeal a contempt order for breaching a Supreme Court injunction. In November 2019, Justice Ruth Bowe-Darville had sentenced Nygard to 90 days’ imprisonment and fined him $150,000 for breaching an injunction order granted in February of that year by Justice Keith […]

Exuma Chamber of Commerce fears Scotia’s exit will impact half the banking population

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Exuma Chamber of Commerce president said yesterday that half of the island’s banking population will be impacted by Scotia Bank’s exit, with no other institution having stepped up to this point to fill the gap. Pedro Rolle told Eyewitness News that while the reopening of Sandals Emerald Bay scheduled for February […]

IMF: Debt target delay “appropriate” as government’s near-term priority is to “save lives and livelihoods”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s near-term priority is to “save lives and livelihoods” according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which added that it is “appropriate” to postpone the achievement of the public debt target of 50 percent of GDP by another two years. According to the IMF, public debt is expected to jump to […]

Union chief: Extension of state of emergency raises “economic and social concerns”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A prominent trade union leader yesterday blasted as “unacceptable and a total disrespect to the labor movement” the prime minister’s decision to further extend the state of emergency until May 23 without consulting trade unionists, warning that the move raises serious economic and social concerns. Obie Ferguson, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) […]

US to implement quarantine as part of travel protocols

US president establishes 14-day review committee for CDC travel protocols  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Newly inaugurated United States President Joe Biden announced yesterday that international visitors traveling to the United States will be required to quarantine upon arrival in the country. The new measure will expand on the requirements announced by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

BTC unions reject company’s early retirement program offer

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) line staff and managers union representatives have taken issue with the company’s decision to offer an Enhanced Early Retirement Program (EERP), with one union head describing the company’s actions as “distasteful”. BTC said in a statement yesterday that while it remains committed to transforming its business into […]