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 […]

Hurricane Dorian: Barri and the Six

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – It’s been one year since Grand Bahama and Abaco residents faced the merciless beating of Hurricane Dorian. For hundreds, their lives continue to languish in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. But their memories of the horrific three days, battling 200mph winds and a storm surge of […]

PM “very pleased” with Dorian progress

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has made ‘extremely shocking’ progress since Hurricane Dorian blasted its way through The Bahamas nearly one year ago, said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday. “I am very very pleased of the progress that has been made,” Minnis said. He spoke following a tour of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial […]

Construction on the Rand Memorial Hospital to be complete in September, says GB minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson yesterday said reconstruction of the Rand Memorial Hospital is expected to be completed next month. Thompson made the revelation in a statement hitting back at criticisms from the Progressive Liberal Party over the government’s mitigation efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus on […]

Three COVID-19 deaths, 24 new cases

Cases surge past 500 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials have confirmed three additional coronavirus related deaths and 24 new confirmed cases as of today. According to the Ministry of Health, three more people were also admitted to hospital. No details on the deaths have been released, however health officials said more information will be provided […]

GB declared COVID-19 hotspot, borders close at 6pm

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Grand Bahama will be closed to all domestic flights today at 6pm and all international flights starting Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced this morning. The measures were announced in addition to a two-week lockdown to curb the recent surge of COVID-19 cases on the island. The lockdown will take effect […]