UNFAIR AND UNJUST: Nat’l Sec. minister says COVID convictions barred some from employment

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — National Security Minister Wayne Munroe yesterday said that there have been numerous applications from persons seeking to have convictions for offenses under the Emergency Powers COVID-19 lockdown orders removed from their records as it is prohibiting them from securing employment. Munroe described the situation as “unfair” and “unjust” as he led debate […]

Visitor allegedly raped in western NP

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police are appealing to the public to exercise vigilance when meeting strangers online after a woman was allegedly raped in western New Providence. The victim was reportedly visiting The Bahamas when she connected with a man she met on social media some time around 7pm on Tuesday. In a statement, Chief Superintendent […]

Former PM accuses Munroe of prejudicing Colebey-Davis investigation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has accused National Security Minister Wayne Munroe of prejudicing the investigation into an alleged altercation between Transport and Housing minister Jobeth Colebey-Davis and a police officer in May.  Minnis, who made his comments in the House of Assembly yesterday, was speaking after Munroe told Eyewitness News […]

UNLAWFUL: Pintard says Davis administration broke the law over pleasure vessels duty removal

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Michael Pintard has accused the Davis administration of breaking the law over its decision to eliminate customs duties on pleasure vessels outside of parliamentary approval. The change was not reflected in the recent budget exercise. However, Financial Secretary Simon Wilson, in a letter dated June 23rd, 2022, told […]

500,000 health workers to receive training under new joint initiative from PAHO and the United States 

LOS ANGELES — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has today welcomed the United States’ announcement of the launch of Americas Health Corps – Fuerza de Salud de las Americas, a joint US/PAHO initiative to train 500,000 public healthCARE workers throughout the region over the next five years. Americas Health Corps, which forms part of the Action Plan on Health and Resilience in the Americas aims to help the […]

SAFETY NET: Allocation for social Services assistance increases over pre-pandemic levels

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While social services assistance is expected to increase by 50 percent over pre-pandemic level of assistance, the over budget for the Department of Social Services will decrease by some 40 percent in the upcoming fiscal period. The drop largely reflects the decreased need for social services assistance which was inflated during the […]

“OUR BEST PRAYER”: CPSA pres. says PCR test would be ideal at borders, but no longer a simple fix

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Consultant Physician Staff Association (CPSA) President Sabriquet Pinder-Butler said yesterday that while the association would consider RT-PCR COVID-19 testing at the borders an “ideal” solution amid another wave of infections, there is no simple fix at this stage with the public wanting additional freedoms, and the need to balance health and the […]

FULL CAPACITY: Influx of non-COVID-19 patients overwhelm PMH Emergency Dept.

Nine more COVID deaths reclassified Another 49 COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Public Hospitals Authority advised yesterday that Princess Margaret Hospital was operating at full capacity as a result of non-COVID-19 patients seeking care amid a backlog during the pandemic. The PHA said the hospital expects an increase of 23 beds […]

Bahamian nurse recognised in CIBC First Caribbean’s regional roundup of healthcare ‘pillars’

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS — Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean has hailed nurses like Kerstin Usher of the Bahamas as pillars of the Caribbean healthcare system.  In paying tribute to regional nurses on International Nurses Day last week, CEO of CIBC FirstCaribbean, Colette Delaney heaped praise on the profession noting that nurses are “the pillars of the regional […]

Letters to the Editor: Level of judicial propriety

Dear Editor, Over a 30-plus-year career in law and as a former magistrate, I am pleased to say there has been a steady positive evolution in both our judiciary and our jurisprudence. Unlike in the past, the present complement of our judiciary each possesses the comportment and temperament the esteemed position demands. They are in […]

BAMSI expands academic reach, meets with Central State reps

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) is set to increase its academic footprint through an expanded partnership with Central State University. Students from both institutions now have the opportunity to study at the partnering school and receive full credits. The discussions to put parameters in place for the relationship took place when […]

AM Best affirms Coralisle Group’s financial strength following Massy United Insurance acquisition

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — AM Best has removed Coralisle Group Ltd.’s subsidiaries (“CG” or the “Group”) from “under review with developing implications” and affirmed CG’s credit rating following its acquisition of Barbados based Massy United Insurance Ltd (“United Insurance”) earlier this month. According to a press release, AM Best affirmed CG’s Financial Strength Rating of “A” […]