‘PERILOUS STATE’: MOF charts economic recovery to budget surplus by 2024/25 in fiscal strategy report

Ministry of Finance releases 2021 Fiscal Strategy Report and Medium-Term Debt Management Strategy NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Finance (MOF) projects an increase in revenues of up to 25 percent of GDP by the fiscal year 2025/26 with a cap on recurrent and capital expenditure to 20 percent and 3.5 percent of GDP, within […]

STILL NUMBER ONE: PM highlights need to stay competitive in tourism as Sandals Royal Bahamian reopens

Some 900 employees to return to work  Jamaican PM says investments like Sandals Royal Bahamian will “bear bountiful fruits” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that this nation must redouble its efforts to remain competitive in the tourism industry and diversify its economy while allowing for more tourism integration. Davis was […]

BUNDLE UP: Temp to hit low 40s as Winter Storm Kenan expected to hit parts of The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The northern parts of The Bahamas will experience “significant” drops in temperature beginning Friday evening until Monday as a cold front sweeps the east coast of Florida, according to meteorologists. In an interview with Eyewitness News, Department of Meteorology Deputy Director Jeffrey Simmons said temperatures could reach as low as 40 on Grand […]

TOP OF THE CLASS: Bahamian tourism rebounding faster than rest of the region, says Cooper

Jamaican tourism minister hails Caribbean’s resilience  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas’ tourism industry is rebounding even faster than the rest of the Caribbean, according to Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper. Cooper, who was speaking at the reopening of the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island yesterday, noted: “This is a […]

INFLATION EVERYWHERE: Poultry producer sees operation costs rise 30%; can’t hold back price increase any longer

Pinder stresses importance of Bahamas growing its own food “If you want something, you’re going to have to pay 10, 20 or 100 percent more” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An Abaco-based poultry producer said yesterday that inflationary prices have driven its operational costs up by as much as 30 percent, noting that it could no longer hold […]

CREDIT WHERE DUE: Former speaker commends Parliament resolution but urges more separation of powers

Moultrie also calls for MPs’ salaries to be increased NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie yesterday commended Parliament for passing a resolution to establish a standing committee to assist in managing the office of the House as a step in the right direction. The resolution was passed on Wednesday. Among […]

Lyford Cay Foundations announces new graduate and technical scholarships programme

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Lyford Cay Foundations (LCF) has announced the launch of the “Bahamas Resilience and Excellence Education Programme”, a new scholarship initiative focused on graduate and technical studies in Canada. Over a four-year period, the programme will provide for a total of 10 graduate and 10 technical scholarships to study in Canada, in […]

‘Stick It’ exhibition opens at TERN Gallery

Collage-based exhibition featuring Cydne Jasmin Coleby, Ronald Cyrille, Gherdai Hassell and Steven Schmid on view from January 27 to March 12, 2022 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Amalgamating images, textures and textiles and remixing these resources into new compositions — whether digitally, paper-based or through mixed media — is an integral act in the collective approaches of […]

FAMILY ISLANDERS HEAD TO POLLS: Minister ‘excited’ as local govt elections get underway

Over 600 candidates nominated; Sweeting pleased about diverse group NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs Clay Sweeting is leading a delegation to a number of islands today for local government elections. Over 600 candidates nominated on January 6. The minister is expected to travel to Eleuthera, Abaco and Grand […]

NOTHING PERSONAL: BUT pres. says more than 1,200 teachers engaged in industrial action over return to hybrid learning, working conditions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson yesterday claimed more than 1,200 teachers have engaged in some form of industrial action in protest of working conditions, the hybrid schedule, and disrespectful treatment as public schools across the country return to hybrid learning this week. Dozens of teachers at the T.A Thompson and […]

FIX IT: Students of T.A. Thompson may not return to face-to-face due to unfinished repairs

Teachers stage a sickout over poor working conditions NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Dozens of teachers at the T.A Thompson and Sybil Strachan Schools staged a sick out yesterday after returning to the classroom to “unsafe working conditions”. One teacher told Eyewitness News that the condition at the schools is not conducive for learning in a pandemic, […]

“EVERYONE’S BUSINESS”: Govt. forms task force to address gender-based violence in wake of murder-suicide

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of State for Social Services Lisa Rahming yesterday outlined several measures her ministry intends to take to begin tackling the issue of gender-based violence throughout the country in the aftermath of a murder-suicide of a young couple. Loved ones, religious leaders, the police, and residents in the surrounding community of Miami […]