“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 […]

GBUC partners with McKim & Creed for leak detection services

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — Timely, ongoing maintenance of the Grand Bahama Utility Company’s (GBUC) water distribution system is critical to delivering safe, reliable water to all residents. As part of its leak detection program, GBUC has collaborated with engineering and surveying firm McKim & Creed to provide leak detection services for 120 miles of water […]

$18 MIL UPGRADE: Minnis approves climate-resilient healthcare facility project for northern Bahamas

More than a year after Hurricane Dorian, GB’s Rand renovated and recommissioned  GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — The government has allocated $18 million from the Hurricane Dorian Fund for a new climate-resilient hospital and clinic facility for Grand Bahama and the northern Bahamas, announced Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday. Rand Memorial Hospital was recommissioned yesterday, […]

GBPC acknowledges spate of power outages

Power company says Peel Street Plant restoration vital to improving service reliability FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) yesterday extended apologies to customers across Grand Bahama for recent unplanned electricity outages. GBPC Chief Operating Officer Nikita Mullings said: “Interruptions in electricity service are a significant inconvenience to our customers, and the […]

GBPA support of Genesis Academy helps ensure every child has access to education

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — With the support of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Genesis Academy will once again provide teaching and training to Grand Bahama’s teens. Genesis Academy, located in the Children’s Village in Freeport, was devastated by floodwater during Hurricane Dorian in September 2019, destroying most of the interior, the roof and […]

BTC reopens Grand Bahama offices 16 months after Dorian

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — BTC proudly reopened its 5,000-plus-square-foot Settlers Way employee complex on March 19, approximately 16 months following Hurricane Dorian. The complex, which includes the company’s warehouse and fleet, was completely destroyed as a result of water damage. The Settlers Way facility has been fully remodeled, and features a sleek open floor plan […]

ACCESS GRANTED: Seven “special guests of the Grand Lucayan Resort” granted temporary exemption from travel health visa

D’Aguilar confirms group presented negative RT-PCR COVID tests on arrival NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Seven people were granted temporary exemption of a travel health visa to enter Grand Bahama over the weekend. A letter from the Office of The Prime Minister to Director of the Hotel Corporation Terrence Roberts, dated on March 5, advised that after […]

Airport Authority Act amendment brings govt one step closer to acquiring GB airport

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government yesterday took another step toward acquiring Grand Bahama International Airport (GBIA), with one tourism stakeholder expressing optimism over the potential impact on the island and its tourism segment. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard yesterday tabled a bill for an act to amend the Airport Authority Act “to […]

GBPA to launch lower-cost license for micro-businesses in January

FREEPORT, BAHAMAS — The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) revealed yesterday that it intends to introduce a new licensee category next month that will aim to make starting a new business be more affordable for aspiring entrepreneurs. “Beginning January 2021, aspiring entrepreneurs on Grand Bahama will have a new, cost-effective option for launching new […]

GBPC announces transition to fully Bahamian-led operations

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — The Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) yesterday announced the appointments of three Bahamians, all women, to executive positions within the company, a move it said “progresses its goals of being a customer-focused, agile, Bahamian-led utility”. Grand Bahama natives Nikita Mullings and Domonique Pinder were appointed chief operating officer (COO) of GBPC […]

Florida-based Bahamian association still assisting Hurricane Dorian victims over a year later

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The National Association of The Bahamas, Florida, (NAB) recently donated 176 laptops, 480 school bags and miscellaneous school supplies to the children of Abaco more than a year after the massive category 5 Hurricane Dorian barreled through the island, flattening it and leaving scores dead and thousands devastated. The recent contribution […]

DRA records an influx in registrants for Dorian home repair program

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An influx of registrants to the government’s Dorian Small Home Repair Programme has led to a delay of residents receiving supplies and vendors being paid, according to Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis yesterday. “There was an influx,” Lewis told reporters outside Cabinet. “We expected x amount. Everyone […]

Bahamasair to resume flights on Thursday

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamasair will resume its domestic flight schedule on Thursday. The airline announced the resumption of services in a statement yesterday, and advised that flights are presently available for purchase. All passengers leaving Nassau are reminded that they must be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test – taken within 5 days […]

“People are dying due to lack of care”: Mother recounts horrific birthing experience at PMH

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Dozens of women have taken to social media to recount horrific experiences at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) Maternity Ward – many revealing they’ve lost their children in the process. Conditions at the facility have been severely strained during the COVID-19 pandemic. The firestorm was sparked by a Facebook post from 35-year-old mother […]