FROM BAHAMAS TO BIG BEN: Tourism ministry hires firm to boost nation’s visibility in UK market

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation (BMOTIA) is aiming to increase the country’s brand visibility in the UK market, having hired global independent marketing and communications firm FINN Partners to provide public relations services for the islands in the United Kingdom. The UK office will reportedly also act as the […]

ArawakX awarded $400K in financing from Bahamas Development Bank in orange economy investment push

BDB awards over $400,000 in financing to crowdfunding NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Fintech in The Bahamas has found a champion in the Bahamas Development Bank (BDB), which has awarded over $400,000 in financing to local crowdfunding platform ArawakX. This financing is said to be part of the bank’s push to invest in the orange economy, which […]

URGENT ACTION: Health teams mobilized as COVID-19 cases skyrocket across archipelago

Free testing programme to pilot on impacted Family Islands Protocols on Inagua, North Eleuthera & the Berry Islands under review as COVID-19 cases soar NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials have launched an urgent assessment into islands in the southern and central Bahamas as COVID-19 cases skyrocket on several Family Islands in recent weeks. In a […]

‘THERE IS NO PLAN’: Former PM bashes govt’s handling of COVID pandemic amid Family Island surge

Minnis: The PLP does not have a way forward on the pandemic NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister and Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis lashed the new Davis administration for what he called a “disastrous, incompetent and chaotic response to the COVID-19 pandemic”. His criticism comes as cases on several Family Islands […]

BOLSTERING BUSINESS: Chinese ambassador urges Bahamians to take advantage of largest trade fair in China

“We are working with the BCCEC to foster greater awareness of the Canton Fair and encourage more business leaders to access it online” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang commenced the 130th session of the China Import and Export Fair, or the Canton Fair, last Friday, granting Bahamian business leaders and foreign buyers alike […]

WELLNESS CRISIS: Psychologist agrees with pause of Sandilands admissions but notes marked mental health impact

Thompson expects to face “thousands of individuals who are going to need assistance with the massive loss of life we have been experiencing in the last 12 months” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The moratorium on forensic admissions at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) is “probably the right thing to do” to avoid another crisis of overcrowding […]

MORE ACCESS, MORE HOPE: Former marijuana commission co-chair is hopeful for Davis-led administration’s mandate for cannabis regulation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana’s (BNCM) Cochair Simeon Hall said yesterday…     The commission’s mandate came to end in July 2021 and it submitted its final report to the Minnis administration. Cabinet approved the formation of the commission in July 2018 to gauge public opinion on cannabis. A preliminary report by the […]

REAP WHAT YOU SOW: President of local farming association talks nutrition security in The Bahamas

“The former government put it in their legislation [that] 40 percent of what the farmers can produce, the hotels, restaurants and food stores will purchase” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Caron Shepherd, the aptly-named leader of the Bahamas Argo Entrepreneurs Group, a newly-formed association of local farmers, has made it her mission to sow the seeds of […]

A ‘FOOLISH’ SIGNAL: Former public service minister says review of promotions “political decision”

Rolle submits govt will move forward with all promotions and other exercises will be “approved without fail” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Davis-led administration’s review of promotions doled out under the FNM government is “foolish” as the procedure was conducted in accordance with the Public Service Commission, according to former Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle yesterday. […]

INTERVENTION: PM commits to adjusting 7-year wait for insurance payout for missing victims

“Apart from the financial burden this imposes, the psychological burden is immense” Davis says his administration will bring relief to Abaco despite fiscal challenges NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said his administration is reviewing the seven-year wait requirement for missing individuals to formally be declared dead, asserting it “cannot be right” for […]

Caribbean and Latin America experienced larger share of COVID infections and deaths based on region size, says report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Structural inequities in health and disparities in coronavirus vaccine availability in the region have resulted in unequal distribution of infections and deaths, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report. “The unequal distribution and global asymmetry between developed and developing countries […]

“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 […]

CRIME DOWN: Overall crime down by two percent; murders trending upward when compared to 2020

87 murders recorded in the first nine months of 2021 Retaliation and conflict are most common motives for murders NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Overall crime decreased by two percent between January and September this year when compared to the same period in 2020, according to statistics released by Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle yesterday. During a […]

RESTRUCTURING: Reassigned officers rejoin RBPF executive leadership team

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Three senior police officers who were placed on leave in 2019 will now serve in leadership positions on the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), announced Commissioner of Police (COP) Paul Rolle yesterday. Assistant Commissioners Clayton Fernander, Leamond Deleveaux and Ken Strachan returned to active duty as of September 27, just days after […]

NOT OFF THE TABLE: Govt still intends to construct national park for Bahamian heroes, says Mitchell

“Action on the statue has enlivened the debate in a way we never did on the subject”  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While it was not shared in the Speech from the Throne, the government intends to construct a national park for all Bahamians named as national heroes, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell. “Well, […]

OFF THE HOOK?: RBPF unable to investigate Gibson or Fitzgerald without formal complaints, says COP

“I don’t have any authority to go and dig into nobody’s business unless there’s a complaint” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As he dismissed questions surrounding any possible investigation into Long Island MP and outgoing Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson, Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle said yesterday police have not received any formal […]