Govt. to update health visa to expand COVID-19 testing options for travellers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday that his ministry is moving to update its health visa protocols amidst the United States new travel regime. The new measure will expand on the requirements announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for international travelers to first test negative for COVID-19 […]

Environmentalists question oil drilling “safety zone”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Environmentalists who have been lobbying against exploratory oil drilling in Bahamian waters yesterday called it “distressing” and “concerning” that the government would move to establish the area surrounding Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) oil well as a safety zone and prohibited area. On Monday, the government tabled the Petroleum (Operation of Facilities) (Safety […]

DRA set to continue housing initiatives; expects to impact “thousands of families”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Over $11 million has been spent on the Disaster Reconstruction Authority’s (DRA) Small Home Repair Programme, with 3,735 homeowners having applied and been approved for assistance since the program’s inception last February. The DRA has announced that it is gearing up to launch another round of housing assistance as it continues to […]

Cooper: Don’t wait for another EU blacklist

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Opposition Shadow Minister of Finance Chester Cooper yesterday urged the government to be proactive and not wait for this nation to be placed on another European Union blacklist. Cooper, during his contribution to debate on a resolution to extend the COVID-19 emergency orders, noted that the European Parliament is looking at setting […]

PAHO recommends countries redouble efforts to fight COVID while awaiting vaccines

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa F Etienne yesterday called for public health measures against the spread of COVID-19 to be redoubled while countries in the region are awaiting vaccines. “This pandemic has brought a triple crisis throughout our region as it has ravaged our health systems, fractured our social […]

IMF statement backs govt’s COVID-19 fiscal policy response and management, says Ministry of Finance

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Finance said yesterday that the recently published Concluding Statement from the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was proof that the government’s fiscal policy responses and economic management are producing results in keeping with global best practices. Minister of State for Finance Kwasi Thompson said: “We were happy […]

Construction of Grand Bahama utility’s $5 million reverse osmosis water facility underway

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — The Grand Bahama Utility Company (GBUC) yesterday announced the installation of a three million-gallon reverse osmosis (RO) plant, which represents a $5 million investment. GBUC Director of Operations Philcher Grant said that after months of extensive hydrogeological surveys, planning and design, the company is “delighted that this significant step in GBUC’s […]

De Gourville retires; new PAHO/WHO rep appointed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday announced a change in their representative in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, following the retirement of Dr Esther de Gourville, who served in that capacity between November 2016 and January 2021. Dr Eldonna Boisson has been appointed the […]

Renown Bahamian filmmaker explores life-defining experiences in new podcast “Looking Deep”

Kareem Mortimer to host 20-minute, interview-style episodes Subject matter to cover “intimate” topics like sexuality, religion, surrogacy, human trafficking, etc NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Award-winning Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer has announced the launch of “Looking Deep”, a podcast that intimately explores life-defining experiences from a diverse group of guests from around the world. The first two […]

Man killed in drive-by shooting

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A man was killed in a drive-by shooting on Mall Drive off Soldier Road last night, police reported today. According to the report, two men were sitting in a vehicle in front of a residence in the area around 7pm when the occupant of a “small vehicle” approached and fired in their […]