IN THE CLEAR: US recognizes individuals who took AstraZeneca as fully vaccinated

US Embassy: Local regulations and enforcement may vary by state New York’s Broadway initially excluded AstraZeneca-vaccinated individuals, but has since changed its policy NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While the United States recognizes individuals who become inoculated against the coronavirus with AstraZeneca as “fully vaccinated”, local regulations and enforcement could vary across states, according to US Embassy […]

PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE: Govt to regularize 300 Ministry of Education staffers by end of budget year

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd announced yesterday that some 300 contract workers in his ministry will become permanent and pensionable by the end of the budget year. During his presentation to the budget debate, Lloyd acknowledged “vexing concerns” of employees from the delays in confirmations, reclassifications and regularization to permanent and pensionable […]

RECONSIDER: CPSA urges govt to rethink easing travel restrictions; recommends continued testing after May 1

Pinder-Butler says govt must find balance between healthcare and economy CPSA: Healthcare workers exposed on the frontlines yet “continue to be excluded from meaningful engagement with policymakers” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) is recommending that testing remain a requirement for travel beyond May 1, due to the widespread transmission of COVID-19 […]

STILL LEARNING: Dahl-Regis defends eased restrictions for fully vaccinated people but notes research is ongoing

“We are being guided; the story is still being written” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Despite concerns regarding the removal of testing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals traveling into and throughout The Bahamas, Head of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis said yesterday the matter of transmission after vaccination is still being reviewed by […]

“THE CARIBBEAN IS NOT YOUR BACKYARD”: China defends relations with The Bahamas amid US allegations of an ulterior motive

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Chinese Embassy in The Bahamas is insisting its relationships in the Caribbean, including with The Bahamas, are not an attempt to undermine the US or any other major world power, as was recently suggested by a US general. The counterclaim comes after General Glen VanHerck last month claimed: “China continues to […]

Govt to update health visa to expand COVID-19 testing options for travelers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday that his ministry is moving to update its health visa protocols amidst the United States’ new travel regime. The new measure will expand on the requirements announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for international travelers to first test negative for COVID-19 […]

Appeals court rules it was not “competent” for lower court to revise drug sentence

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The appellate court yesterday advised magistrates that once they have convicted and sentenced a defendant, they may no longer exercise jurisdiction over the defendant in the same case and the matter must go before a superior court. The statement came in a judgment concerning Stanley Adam Pratt’s appeal of his July 2019 […]

Bahamian leaders congratulate US President-Elect Joe Biden on victory

Associated Press called US presidential race for Biden today NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis offered congratulations to United States President-Elect Joe Biden after he was declared the winner of the US presidency by The Associated Press. Minnis also offered his regards to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, who made history, becoming the first […]

U.S. border closure will not impact geopolitical relationship

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s closure of  The Bahamas’ borders to commercial flights from the United States will not have an impact on the geopolitical relationship between the two countries moving forward, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield said yesterday. During his national address, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the closure of the country’s […]

MOFA: No position yet on U.S./Bahamas travel

Bahamas Miami Consul General warns against non-essential travel to Florida NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield said yesterday that the government has yet to determine an official position on travel to COVID-19 hotspots in the United States. Henfield noted that the prime minister chaired a meeting yesterday with the Minister of Tourism, […]