SHELTERS: Officials warn unregulated communities, homes face greater storm threat

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While acknowledging The Bahamas relies on public and private facilities to double as hurricane shelters due to a lack of dedicated shelter facilities, Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Permanent Secretary Carl Smith expressed concerns about the number of unregulated settlements across the archipelago and those not following the proper building code in […]

Cat Island festival & regatta to resume; other islands could follow suit

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis recently announced that the Cat Island Rake n’ Scrape Festival and Regatta would resume this year. Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs Clay Sweeting, who was on hand for the prime minister’s announcement in Cat Island, said his ministry is excited. “Regattas, homecomings and […]

TAKING A STAND: GB residents and business owners protest economic state of second city

GBPA given 30 days to respond NASSAU, BAHAMAS  — Hundreds of residents and business owners on Grand Bahama yesterday staged a march and demonstration in protest over the state of the economy on the island. Demonstrators marched through downtown Freeport towards the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) headquarters wearing shirts that read “take a stand” […]

UNDERWATER PANDEMIC: Fast-spreading coral disease poses serious threat to Bahamas’ vital reefs

Darville: This silent invader is contagious as the coronavirus and as deadly as Ebola for corals NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Waterkeepers Bahamas President Joseph Darville has warned that a fast-moving underwater disease is currently sweeping throughout The Bahamas, decimating coral reefs and destroying fish habitats at an alarming rate. [pullquote] It is impossible to exaggerate the […]

PROGRESS REPORT: PM Davis receives 67 percent approval rating for first 100 days in office in new survey

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Davis received a 67 percent approval rating, according to a recent survey on the Progressive Liberal Party’s first 100 days in office. The survey, which was conducted by Bahamian research and polling firm Intel Cay, polled 1,064 participants online and is still ongoing.  It was conducted between December 20th, […]

VINDICATED: PM says his hunch in opposition about Kanoo travel visa contract was “manifested” by auditor general’s report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Davis said yesterday that he feels vindicated after an auditor general’s report revealed several discrepancies with The Bahamas travel health visa (BTHV) prorate launched under the Minnis administration. While in opposition, Davis and the Progressive Liberal Party were continuously critical of the program and called on the government to provide […]

THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING ‘NO’: Advocacy group calls for rejection of GB power company’s rate increase proposal

“We have been advocating for years for electricity costs to be lowered on the island” FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — A Grand Bahama advocacy group yesterday argued that any proposed rate increase for the island’s power company should be rejected, noting that the economic and social condition of the island is “the worst it has ever […]

TOUGH SELL: Advocacy group slams GBPC’s rate increase proposal as “insensitive” and “out of touch”

GBPC says rate hike undesirable but necessary to maintain operations Coalition of Concerned Citizens prepared to protest “at a level we have never done before” FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — An advocacy group has slammed the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) as being “insensitive” and “out of touch” over a four percent rate increase application. The […]

‘IT COMES TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY’: Inagua hurting over continued loss of residents to COVID-19

“On the island, everybody feels the death of the person… If it hasn’t impacted you yet, it will impact you in some way” Inagua resident believes lockdowns could have helped prevent surge NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Residents on Inagua are mourning the sixth person from the island to succumb to COVID-19 symptoms, with relatives and family […]

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Former health minister says decisions today have led to Family Island surges

“This is when you have political pronouncements taking place before a campaign and then after you would have won a government” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Minister of Health Renward Wells said yesterday that the Davis-led government has to take responsibility for the repercussions of its decisions to ease restrictions. Wells dismissed Foreign Affairs Minister Fred […]

HEFTY HURRICANE CLEANUP BILL: Roughly $17 million spent on Abaco debris management to date

“We have to find ways to monetize this debris and move it from Abaco because if there is another storm, debris will be everywhere” MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO — Nearly $10 million has been spent on debris management and $7.3 million on community cleanup on Abaco, according to Aviation Director Algernon Cargill. Cargill had been appointed […]