Former Finance Minister slams housing plan as “inherently discriminatory”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A former Cabinet minister yesterday described the Access to Affordable Homes (Amendment) Bill, 2021 as “inherently discriminatory,” arguing that it goes against the principle of fairness and equal treatment under the law. “I get the laudable intent but in my mind, this Bill goes against the principle of fairness and equal treatment […]

IDB highlights international good practices and lessons in post disaster reconstruction in The Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas — The Inter-American Development Bank has highlighted global experiences following natural disasters in a publication on best practices in post-disaster reconstruction in The Bahamas. Presented in a virtual event for the government, organized by the IDB’s country office in The Bahamas, a summary document entitled ‘International Good Practices and Lessons in Post Disaster […]

Dairy Queen returns to The Pointe

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — After being closed for just over a year, the Dairy Queen franchisees are reopening its The Pointe location this weekend. Crystal Campbell DQ operations manager said: “The location was closed since the first Emergency Powers Order in March of last year, so it’s been a little over a year now. That location […]

COVID ENFORCEMENT: Over $1 million dollars in fines in breach of emergency orders

52 people convicted and fined collectively $117,500 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — There were approximately 1,940 violations of the COVID-19 Emergency Orders since the start of the state of emergency resulting in  $1,020,550 of fines, according to the National Security Minister Marvin Dames. As he outlined the work of his ministry during the 2021 budget, Dames indicated […]

GBPA REEF Committee unveils “Action Plan’ for Freeport socio-economic growth

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Upgrading and enhancing Freeport’s infrastructure to support a modern cosmopolitan city will require considerably more investment than current revenue streams, according to Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) Revitalization and Economic Expansion of Freeport (REEF) Committee. The committee has unveiled its five point ‘Action Plan’ to restore socio-economic growth to Freeport. “Since 1955, […]

IDB: Government halted research permits as it moved to plug loophole

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas issued no research permits in 2019 and 2020 as the government moved to plug a loophole that has enabled foreign exploitation of this nation’s biological and genetic resources without compensation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has noted. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in a paper accompanying its latest $140m loan […]

Kanoo expands offering to include social assistance payments

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Digital payments solutions provider Kanoo has included social assistance payments into its offering, with over 3,000 beneficiaries currently receiving assistance via its platform. Kimani Braithwaite, chief operating officer of Kanoo noted that individuals receiving social assistance payments can no do so more discreetly and efficiently. “The benefits are multi-fold. You don’t have […]

HURT AND HARM: Rolle says she suffered as a result of Cabinet “insinuation” surrounding her resignation

MP says drones flew over her under-construction home  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Seabreeze MP Lanisha Rolle said the Cabinet Office’s incorrect insinuation that her resignation as a Cabinet minister was linked to an audit at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture caused her hurt and harm, but she maintained that her record as a minister […]

FLAWED DECISION: Govt to appeal Supreme Court injunction extension on Abaco homes

DPM Bannister says ruling “dangerous” for the country NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney General Carl Bethel advised yesterday that the government will appeal a Supreme Court ruling to extend its injunction preventing the government from destroying shantytown communities on the entirety of Abaco. On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson handed down her ruling in the contentious […]

Housing: 100 lots to be available in Carmichael Village Phase I

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira said yesterday the installation of infrastructure in phase I of the Carmichael Village Subdivision is nearly complete. Ferreira touted government’s housing development efforts as the “most innovative and groundbreaking government housing system ever devised in this country” during his contribution yesterday to the 2021/2022 budget. He […]

DNA on new lockdowns on Family Islands

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate Lamont Nixon yesterday called the continued use of lockdowns on the Family Islands disappointing, suggesting the government’s plan was based solely on convenience. “It is the government’s duty to make prudent and logical decisions grounded in proper data analysis and science,” Nixon said in a press statement. […]

Corona partners with BNT to ‘Save Our Oceans’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As a leading global beer brand, Corona has been committed to the preservation of marine life and oceanic protection and has focused its efforts on supporting the fight against plastic pollution. Because of that commitment, Corona is now the first global beverage brand with a net-zero plastic footprint, recovering more plastic from […]

Marine Science interns dive into World Oceans Day

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Launching their careers against the backdrop of World Oceans Day, a few young marine scientists are getting their feet wet, teaming up with a prominent research organization to conduct coral reef research and restoration around The Bahamas.  The Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) conducts conservation, education, and citizen science programs locally […]