CHINA BLUEPRINT: Bahamas could benefit from special loan opportunities from partner in the far east

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas could benefit from special loan opportunities for its digital economy and in areas of food security and development cooperation over the next two years. Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Dai Qingli said: “China sees The Bahamas as an important partner of cooperation not just bilaterally but also at the regional […]

NEW SEASONS COMING: Shock Treatment social reform program and TV show returns

Previous Shock Treatment participant was one of six men killed in Jerome Ave mass shooting NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is expected to relaunch the Shock Treatment program and reality TV show in January 2022, announced Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe yesterday. During a press conference announcing the reintroduction of the initiative, Munroe advised […]

Health care workers and law enforcement discussing quarantine enforcement

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials and law enforcement are still trying to determine the management for the enforcement and monitoring of COVID-19 individuals required to isolate and quarantine, said National Security Minister Wayne Munroe. Munroe was responding to questions surrounding the government tracking system of COVID-19 positive individuals and noted that officials had a meeting […]

VERY DANGEROUS: Minnis asserts young people gathering at carnival is of “great concern”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, the member of Parliament for Killarney, yesterday insisted that allowing a Carnival to operate is “very, very dangerous at this time”, particularly because of potentially young attendees who remain unvaccinated. He said he was “amazed” and had “great concern” to see the carnival site being set […]

Darville: Govt to share supplies of Johnson & Johnson as doses set to expire by year’s end

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With The Bahamas’ supplies of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine set to expire before the end of the year, Minister of Health Dr Michael Darville said the government is in discussions to share those doses with several other Caribbean countries that need them. “We have 20,000 doses of Johnson and Johnson just […]

‘MY LOYALTY IS CLEAR’: Central & South Abaco MP renounces dual citizenship in favor of Bahamas

Pinder dismisses rumors as political “pot-stirring”; says he started process to renounce US citizenship as soon as PLP ratified him NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Central and South Abaco MP John Pinder yesterday confirmed that he has renounced his United States nationality, giving up his dual citizenship, and insisted that loyalty lies with The Bahamas. Pinder tabled […]

PREPARING FOR FACE-TO-FACE: School repairs reach 80% completion but some still not ready, says minister

Lightbourne to make substantive address on in-person learning in HOA today NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With school repairs more than 80 percent completed, Minister of State for Education Zane Lightbourne said yesterday some schools will not be ready for the return of face-to-face learning in a hybrid model come the second week of the New Year. […]

‘WE’RE GOING TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE’: BCPOU says it will not tolerate mandatory vaccination come January

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) President Sherry Benjamin said yesterday that as the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) seeks to enforce its mandatory vaccination policy on contract and temporary workers come January 1, the union will stand with those workers and send the company a “clear and strong message” of zero […]

KEEPING OMICRON OUT: Govt may tighten travel testing requirements in light of new COVID variant

Bahamas could return to PCR test requirements for travel amid omicron fears Samples to be sent abroad for testing to determine whether new variant already in country NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is considering tightening up travel protocols amidst the detection of a new COVID-91 variant, said Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Michael Darville […]

WILL YOUR WATER STAY ON?: WSC disconnections to be among top discussions of new board

New WSC board being officially appointed today NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) board of directors is officially appointed today, the disconnection exercise of residents in arrears will be among the top discussions of priority, according to Minister of Works and Utilities Alfred Sears. Following a civil aviation agreement signing between […]

WITH MERRYMAKING COMES COVID?: CPSA would not be surprised if cases increase over holidays

Association warns irresponsible behavior over Christmas will erode COVID progress Increased travel and relaxed restrictions could result in higher infection rate NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Irresponsible behavior over the holidays could erode the progress made to keep coronavirus cases as low as possible, according to Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) President Sabriquet Pinder-Butler. She said an […]

‘THAT’S NOT WHO I AM’: Urban Renewal minister on defense against ‘political victimization’ accusations

Rahming says she has no power to fire anyone; suggests opposition leader just trying to advance his political career Social services minister confirms reversal of decision to “displace” 40 Urban Renewal employees NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of State with responsibility for Social Services and Urban Development Lisa Rahming yesterday denied claims that she has verbally […]

WILL VACCINES STOP OMICRON?: Forbes says research is still ongoing but vaccination remains key

Forbes urges continued adherence to health protocols “until we find out more” about how contagious or lethal new omicron variant may be NASSAU, BAHAMAS — HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Program Director Dr Nikkiah Forbes said while the omicron COVID variant is very concerning, research is ongoing around the world to determine whether the strain is […]

VIRUS SYMPTOMS FOUND TO PERSIST: Long COVID patients still suffer side effects months after recovery

“As this is being studied, we’re finding out, yes, there are long-term symptoms of COVID-19” Hospitalized cases and women more likely to experience long COVID NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Up to 30 percent of patients who contract the coronavirus can experience a range of long-term health ailments well after recovering from the virus, a condition that […]