THE CHURCH MUST LEAD: Bishop Boyd supports new restrictions; says complying the Christian thing to do

“I think the church has to participate in and respect all of the restrictions that the rest of society is being asked to observe” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands Reverend Laish Boyd yesterday suggested that further restrictions were perhaps necessary for New Providence amid […]

THUMBS DOWN: Most Seabreeze and St Barnabas constituents feel country going in wrong direction, survey shows

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The vast majority of respondents surveyed in Seabreeze and Saint Barnabas believe the nation is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new report produced by Bahamian consulting, communications and public engagement firm Open Current. However, those constituents have yet to make up their minds on which political party they will […]

DON’T BE FOOLED: Voters’ cards with white-out not from Parliamentary Registration Dept, says minister

Dames assures voter registration dept’s security protocols thwart fraud attempts “It is time for a change? Absolutely, and this government [is] moving toward automation” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Parliamentary Registration Department does not use white-out for any purpose, according to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames, who said the presence of the correcting fluid on […]

Two men found dead in separate incidents

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A man believed to be in his 50s was found dead in a warehouse behind a liquor store off First Street, Coconut Grove, late Monday night. Details remained sketchy up to press time, but police officials said the discovery was made around 11pm. The victim’s identity has not been officially released, but […]

WORK WITH US, NOT AGAINST US: Union leader slams govt’s anti-COVID efforts as “autocratic and dictatorial”

“The government can’t be trying to control this thing by themselves” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A prominent trade union leader said yesterday that government has been too “autocratic and dictatorial” in its COVID-19 mitigation efforts, suggesting there would be greater public buy-in through serious engagement with various sector leaders. Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Obie Ferguson […]

ACTUALLY, NEVERMIND: Govt abruptly halts rollout of new customs processing fee amid outcry

Customs Dept says customers charged $3.35 fee incorrectly will be refunded Ministry of Finance dispels rumors of charge being linked to digital payments company Kanoo NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government yesterday “temporarily suspended” the introduction of a customs processing fee to allow for additional training and customer education, noting that the $3.35 fee does not […]

“TAKE IT VERY SERIOUS”: Taxicab union chief urges drivers to get vaccinated as business picks up

Ferguson: Homeporting was a big boost but the delta COVID variant is a great concern NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the taxicab industry continues to benefit from improved visitor arrivals, President of the Bahamas Taxicab Union Wesley Ferguson yesterday urged cab drivers to get vaccinated as they are often among the first to encounter visitors to […]

Public and private sector join forces to install security cameras in Stapledon Gardens

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of National Security Marvin Dames recently lauded the support of the public and private sector in obtaining and installing security cameras in Stapledon Gardens, spearheaded by the National Neighbourhood Watch Council (NNWC) Stapledon Gardens Community Association. Dames congratulated the association for its initiative and said such activities could be replicated in […]

Op-Ed: The pandemic push to digital

By Royann Dean Digital solutions have proven to be a saving grace for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. From celebrating life’s moments via Zoom and shifting to online classrooms to working from home every day, the pandemic has changed purchasing behavior and how we interact with our communities. Like we learned in school, success lies […]

Bahamian men charged with human trafficking

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two men charged in a Magistrate’s Court today were released on bail after pleading not guilty to charges of human trafficking for the purpose of prostitution. Paul O’Brian Pawar, 30, of Sapphire Ridge, and Theo Johnson, 33, of Milky Way Drive, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt. The pair was charged with […]

HELP US: CPSA calls on govt to shore up staff as healthcare workers desperately overwhelmed

PMH administrator calls hospital situation “grim” “The physicians are at their breaking point; the nurses are at their breaking point” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) President Dr Sabriquet Pinder-Butler yesterday called on the government to immediately move to shore up the healthcare sector with able nurses and doctors, noting that existing staff […]

NO MORE RT-PCR?: CDC withdraws EUA for COVID-19 test; Sands says it will be “logistical switch”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The withdrawal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) emergency use authorization (EUA) of its real-time RT-PCR COVID-19 tests by the end of this year will present a “logistical switch” for The Bahamas, according to former Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands. However, the surgeon suggested the change in testing […]

OBJECTION: Opposition parties slam “oppressive” vaccination requirement for campaigning

Mitchell: The law is not reasonably justifiable in a democratic society and should be challenged in court “We do not support the fact that the prime minister is looking to take away people’s right to choose” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Three political parties, including the official opposition, yesterday slammed requirements for campaign teams to be vaccinated […]

UNFAIR: Making spa owners close shop while hotel spas still operate “discriminatory”, argues businessman

Small businesses waiting to see what will happen when emergency orders end August 13 Turnquest: We want the country to balance economic and health mindsets but “we do not advocate for severe curfews and shutdowns” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A well-known small business consultant said yesterday there is “no reason” spas should be required to close […]