DORIAN AND BEYOND: Bahamian historian launches storytelling project on killer storm

“I’ve always wanted to tell Bahamian stories; I’ve always wanted an avenue to do that”  Public invited to submit their testimonies  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Dr Crystal A deGregory is taking the initiative to draw a silver lining around the dark cloud left behind by the ravaging force of Hurricane Dorian. The killer storm, which rampaged […]

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 […]

‘GIVE US MORE TIME’: Abaco needs three to five-year extension on recovery concessions, says Chamber head

“We can’t get anything done in six months” Hutton says construction, housing and banking remain challenges to Hurricane Dorian recovery on Abaco MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO — Abaco needs a three to five-year extension on concessions related to Hurricane Dorian recovery, according to its Chamber of Commerce president, Ken Hutton. Hutton, who was addressing the 17th […]

“ENCOURAGING FIRST STEP”: Abaco chamber welcomes housing proposal and other infrastructure initiatives

Govt reviewing 150 house-building proposals for Abaco Davis said his govt focused on “the ongoing suffering of the people” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Abaco Chamber of Commerce Director Krista Albury said yesterday Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis’ announcement that the government is reviewing a housing proposal for 150 homes is a “breath of fresh air”. “I […]

DOWNHILL FROM 2016: Grand Bahama growth “stunted” after back-to-back hurricanes, notes IDB report

“GB in particular shows a stagnating growth trend compared to NP, the Family Islands and The Bahamas as a whole” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report has suggested that recovery efforts on Grand Bahama following Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Dorian have not been enough to allow the island to return to its […]

RECOVERY CARRIES ON: DRA assures support to Dorian-wrecked communities will continue

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) said yesterday that its community support program continues to aid needy families on Abaco. In a statement seeking to clarify a social media post, it noted that a fourth shipment of household goods was sent to Grand Cay yesterday. “The DRA can confirm that the Social Services […]

“I Survived Dorian” project chronicles survivors’ stories and impacts of climate change

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Even now, the scars of Hurricane Dorian remain, but the stories of those who survived the monstrous Category 5 storm are giving clues about how The Bahamas and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can adapt and address the vulnerabilities to climate change. “I Survived Dorian” has become more than a bittersweet […]

HARD-HIT BUT NOT DEFEATED: Two years after Dorian, poultry producer grateful to still be operational

“I wouldn’t say we’re thriving, but we’re functioning and we’re happy for that” Abaco Big Bird says it wants to begin several other projects but is waiting on govt to let it own the land NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian poultry producer said yesterday said that while it is still at only 15 percent pre-Hurricane […]

REMEMBERING DORIAN: Govt reaffirms commitment to long-term reconstruction of Abaco and GB

ABACO, BAHAMAS — Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield reiterated the commitment of the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the long-term reconstruction of Abaco, the Abaco cays and Grand Bahama on the second anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Dorian yesterday. “Together, hand in hand, we will continue to strengthen our resources in […]

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 […]

HELP US: Shantytown residents make impassioned plea for UN intervention in ongoing demolition of homes

“Stop this senseless, heartless and illegal action that is being driven by xenophobia and discrimination” ABACO, BAHAMAS — A group of residents from The Farm shantytown on Abaco demonstrated on Saturday against the ongoing demolition of their homes, calling for the United Nations (UN) to take urgent action on their behalf to stop the government […]

MORE DEMOLITIONS TO COME: Govt to begin moving on illegally built structures on New Providence

“It’s absolutely critical that we get this under control” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has started issuing notices of demolition to residents of illegal shantytown structures “popping up” on New Providence, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister yesterday. As he spoke to ongoing concerns of “shantytown houses” being built on […]

INQUEST CLOSURE: 22 of Dorian’s missing officially declared deceased by coroner

Some families finally able to receive death certificates for their loved ones after more than a year Coroner thanks those involved in rescue attempts, saying “much more lives would have been lost” without their efforts NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nearly two years after Hurricane Dorian decimated Abaco and parts of Grand Bahama, a coroner’s inquest officially […]

BALANCING ACT: Mitchell says govt’s approach to shantytowns must consider both intl obligations and local laws

“It is the job of the minister and his government to find the right balance” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday urged the government to find the “right balance” in managing unregulated shantytowns and following its international treaties. Mitchell’s comments come days after United Nations human rights experts called […]