Cooper: Is Abaco’s water table at risk?

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper yesterday urged the government to address claims the proposed Family Relief Centre in Abaco poses a risk to the island’s water table. Several Abaconians have claimed the site where the facility is being erected, near Spring City, is a water reserve. Residents told Eyewitness News Online […]

Dorian death toll rises to 65

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Four more bodies have been recovered in Abaco, police confirmed yesterday. Authorities said two bodies were recovered on Tuesday while the remains of another two bodies were found on the island Wednesday. This brings the total number of bodies recovered in the wake of Hurricane Dorian to 65. Dorian, a Category 5 storm, […]

Cooper: Obligation to Ragged Island remains

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper yesterday criticized the Minnis administration over its “abandonment” of Ragged Island. Cooper underscored deep concerns for recovery efforts on islands impacted by Hurricane Dorian during his contribution the debate on the Disaster Preparedness and Response Amendment Bill, 2019. “Given the lack of progress in Ragged Island, two years later, […]

Ferreira confirms 35,000 barrels of oil recovered

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Environment Romauld Ferreira yesterday confirmed 35,000 barrels of oil has been recovered from the oil spill at Equinor – formally known as Statoil – in East Grand Bahama. Approximately 119,000 barrels of oil were spilled during the passage of Hurricane Dorian. The cleanup effort is the largest in the history of The Bahamas. […]

Relief for Mortgage Corp clients pending

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The government has directed the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation (BMC) to look into providing relief for clients who were impacted during the passage of Hurricane Dorian, according to Housing minister Romauld Ferreira. Ferreira told Parliament a 15-member team from the Department of Housing was dispatched to Abaco following to storm to do initial assessments in the communities of […]

Policy changes for NIB benefits post-storm

Minister says greater flexibility needed with how NIB responds to disasters NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Labour Brensil Rolle yesterday foreshadowed several policy changes to the National Insurance Board (NIB) in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Rolle stressed the changes were necessary to ensure the social safety net of The Bahamas is more flexible in its response to […]

Bahamas must pass and enforce ‘genuine’ competition laws

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas must pass and enforce ‘genuine’ competition laws, according to the country’s chief World Trade Organization negotiator. Zhivargo Laing, a former State Minister for Finance, said 80 percent of the Bahamian economy is open to foreign competition. He spoke during an Inter-American Development Bank Economic Knowledge event on “Enhancing Private Sector […]

Recommendation for Nassau Flight Services preferred bidder in 14 days

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The recommended preferred bidder to take over Nassau Flight Services (NFS) is expected to be finalized by the government appointed evaluation committee within the next 14 days, according to Aviation Director Algernon Cargill. “That RFP is in its final stages. We are down to two respondents,” said Cargill, who heads the committee. The […]

$44 million Exuma airport could be mini-hub for southern Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Exuma’s $44 million dollar airport expansion could see the island emerge as a mini-hub for the southern Bahamas, according to Aviation Director Algernon Cargill. With Abaco’s tourism product having been severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian, Cargill said a ‘sharper focus’ will now be placed on islands such as Exuma to continue to […]

Laing: No WTO accession this term

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The country’s chief negotiator Zhivargo Laing yesterday confirmed it is “95 per cent unlikely” the government will proceed with World Trade Organization (WTO) accession in this current term. However, Laing said if accession does not happen within this term – it won’t happen in the next decade. The former state Minister for Finance […]