Myers: Good and efficient government “more critical now than ever”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Good and efficient government is “more critical now than ever”, according to a governance reformer. Robert Myers, principal of the Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), told Eyewitness News that a lack of leadership and irresponsible management of the nation’s fiscal affairs have led to this nation’s decline. “Successive political administrations for the […]

Area residents demand consultation over former South Ocean Hotel property

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Residents of the South Ocean Village community have decried the lack of public consultation over Albany’s proposed development of the former South Ocean Hotel & Golf Course property and its potential impact on the community. Ronald Jones, president, South Ocean Village Association, said yesterday the South Ocean Village community welcomes the proposed […]

ERC recommends “ambitious” 8-fold agriculture and fisheries GDP output

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Economic Recovery Committee (ERC) has recommended that the government pursue the “ambitious goal” of increasing the agriculture and fisheries sector’s contribution to GDP eight-fold over the next decade. According to the ERC’s executive summary report, this would mean increasing its yield from $150 million per year or 1.5 percent of GDP) […]

Rolle: Bahamians using less of reserve “nothing to celebrate”, points to social assistance dependence

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Central Bank Governor John Rolle said yesterday he was wrong to believe that Bahamians would have relied heavily on their savings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that this was “nothing to celebrate” as it suggests that many individuals are currently living off social assistance and government support. “The one thing I’m not […]

NHI sees “record” enrollment amid pandemic

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has seen “record” enrollment numbers in the National Health Insurance scheme since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, executives said yesterday, noting that in excess of 2,000 people are now being enrolled per month. During a press conference to announce the launch of consultation of the […]

SBDC launching crowdfunding platform

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) is looking to launch a crowdfunding platform, executives said yesterday. During a press conference to mark the entity’s two-year anniversary, Davinia Grant, the SBDC’s executive director said: “We are going to be launching a crowdfunding platform and we will be looking at opportunities for […]

Roberts calls for “brutal” penalties for COVID-19 infractions

Super Value had 34 employees in quarantine at one time, but tests came back negative NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A prominent businessman yesterday called for “brutal” penalties for those who breach COVID-19 restrictions, telling Eyewitness News, “I would hate to see another lockdown”. Rupert Robert’s, Super Value’s president, told Eyewitness News that the country can overcome […]

Non-profit offering private sector end-to-end COVID screening, testing and monitoring solution

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A well-known governance reformer said yesterday that it is “critical” for the Ministry of Health and law enforcement officials to enforce the quarantine of persons infected with COVID-19, with a local non-profit offering the private sector with a screening tool and antigen test solution. Robert Myers, principal of the Organization for Responsible Governance […]

Public Consultation continues for Introduction of Local Government in New Providence

Residents of the capital are having their say on the concept of Local Government as the work of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the introduction of Local Government in New Providence intensifies. NAC has commenced stage two of its project with widespread consultation with the goal of presenting its findings to Cabinet later this year.  The […]

Former Bahamasair minister calls for explanation on recent delays

Progressive Liberal Party Leader (PLP) Phillip Davis called on the minister with responsibility for Bahamasair Dionisio D’Aguilar to explain what led to the breakdown of services at the national flag carrier this past weekend. Company officials earlier cited electrical issues with one of the state-run company’s jets, which left flights backed up for hours and […]