“HORRIFYING”: Environmentalists concerned whether tree-killing beetle onboard ship let loose on GB

“These bugs can devastate the forest; they are infamous for what they do” BNT exec: We really hope none of them escaped FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — Local environmentalists expressed dismay and concern after a vessel reportedly carrying wood infected with tree-killing beetles was allowed to offload on Grand Bahama. Joe Darville, chairman of Save The […]

TAKE THE CAKE: Leading realtor sees inquires in Eleuthera real estate “double” in the past year

“The world is rediscovering Eleuthera” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A leading realtor says he has seen “double” the number of inquiries about Eleuthera in the past year, with the island emerging as the Family Island real estate story of the year. Real estate broker Mario Carey, founder of the first international affiliate of Better Homes and […]

WHAT’S THE HOLD UP?: $1.8M Abaco hurricane shelter still not completed two weeks into hurricane season

“The reality is we would have wanted it to be done way before the hurricane season” Construction of homes for Hurricane Dorian victims still being planned NASSAU, BAHAMAS  — Construction on the $1.8 million Central Abaco Community Centre/Hurricane Shelter has been delayed and is expected to be completed by the end of summer, according to […]

HOUSING ON THE WAY: Abaco minister advises construction to begin on Dorian homes by months end

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — North Abaco MP Darren Henfield advised yesterday that the government will begin construction on homes in Abaco for Hurricane Dorian victims by the end of the month. The government has previously announced four housing projects on Abaco, and others on Grand Bahama. During his presentation to the budget debate, Henfield outlined several […]

Family Islands to get two new comprehensive schools

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Inagua and Grand Bahama are selected to receive two new “comprehensive” schools, according to Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd. In his 2021/2022 budget contribution on Wednesday, June 2, Lloyd told Parliamentarians the Ministry of Education plans to break ground for the schools during the third quarter of this year in Matthew Town, […]

Sandals Foundation and resort team member Bernette Nixon gift Roker’s Point Primary with new playground

EXUMA, BAHAMAS — Play time has a brand new meaning for students at Roker’s Point Primary School with the installation of brand new playground equipment from the Sandals Foundation. Valued at approximately US $3,000, the project, which includes a three-seater swing set, slide and see-saw, was the winning submission from the foundation’s recent Team Member […]

Perry Institute fights to save mangroves

PIMS receives grant to assess and restore damaged ecosystem NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Much-needed measures to regenerate an extraordinary ecosystem that safeguards people, infrastructure and the environment are underway, as the Perry Institute of Marine Science (PIMS) mobilizes a two-island mangrove restoration project funded by the Bahamas Protected Area Fund. As low-lying nations like The Bahamas […]

“DOING IT WITH DECENCY”: 10 shantytown structures demolished; 200 more to go

What happens to displaced shantytown residents? Bannister says that’s not his problem “It’s not my responsibility to take care of those residents” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government demolished 10 illegal housing structures in the Farm shantytown on Abaco over the weekend, as it continues its third phase of eradicating such dwellings throughout the country. Deputy […]

DOUBLE STANDARD: Shantytown demolition targets perceived Haitians and not Bahamians, claims rights group

HRB: Bahamians in “traditional” communities where same issues exist are left alone “Once again, we urge the FNM to stop embarrassing the country on the global stage” NASSAU, BAHAMAS —  Human Rights Bahamas (HRB) yesterday condemned the government for “continuing to manufacture and perpetuate a humanitarian crisis in Abaco”, as demolition of shantytowns on the […]

UPGRADE INCOMING: Govt signs $60M contract for Exuma airport; breaks ground on development

New airport expected to be completed within next two years NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government today signed a multimillion-dollar contract for the redevelopment of Exuma International Airport and broke ground on the new infrastructure. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, along with a delegation, traveled to the island […]

WASTE CONFLICT: Area MP and brother allegedly involved in govt’s North Eleuthera landfill contract

Harbour Island committee unhappy with site’s management ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS — Amid concerns that a North Eleuthera landfill has been improperly operated by a waste management company owned by the brother of area MP Howard Rickey Mackey, the MP has sought to defend the operation. Mackey owns the barge and some of the equipment involved in […]