PRE-POSITIONED TO SUPPORT: After learning lessons from Dorian, UK defense has restructured its response for The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — United Kingdom officials yesterday held high-level discussions with the country’s disaster response agencies and personnel to fine-tune their disaster response for The Bahamas ahead of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season. UK Regional Defence Attache to the region, Lieutenant Simon Wesley, told Eyewitness News that the UK has restructured and reorganized its approach […]

Eeden Farms becomes Eeden Acres

CINCINNATI, OHIO, USA — Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis and Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs Clay Sweeting joined a delegation of stakeholders and the owners of Eeden Farms in Hamilton, Ohio, on Friday, January 21, 2022, to tour the world-class flagship 70K Farm owned by 80 Acres Farms. This top-class revolutionary […]

GIVE US THE DEETS: FNM wants breakdown of costs and criteria for Expo 2020

Cultural advocates demand answers over country representation  Dubai participation spearheaded by Christie administration in 2016 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Free National Movement (FNM) yesterday called on the government to give a detailed account of the country’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE, including a justification for how artists and artisans were chosen to participate.  The […]

WE SAID NO: Minnis said his Cabinet rejected travel for Expo 2020 initiative

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister Hubert Minnis yesterday castigated the Davis administration over its level of participation in the global cultural exchange Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE. Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis and the delegation traveled to Dubai yesterday. On the heels of public criticism over the Bahamian delegation’s trip to Dubai for Expo 2020, […]

CONVICTIONS UP 85%: AG flags need to ensure more prosecutors available for trial

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Department maintained a high conviction rate of upwards of 85 percent, according to Attorney General Ryan Pinder at The Bahamas Judiciary Virtual Opening of the 2022 legal year. Pinder said yesterday that an internal reorganization is underway to ensure sufficient attorneys are available to […]

NOT IN COURT ANYMORE: FNM chairman accuses natl. security minister of preempting coroner’s inquest

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Free National Movement (FNM) chairman Carl Culmer yesterday accused National Security Minister Wayne Munroe of preempting and prejudicing the coroner’s inquest in the shooting death of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine by police. Culmer was responding to comments made by Munroe outside Cabinet regarding the body camera footage of officers involved […]

BACK TO LEVEL THREE: CDC flags rising COVID-19 infections, US State dept warns to reconsider travel

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The US State Department is again warning its citizens to reconsider travel to The Bahamas in an increased travel advisory prompted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raising the country to a Level 3 due to the high level of infections. Health officials recorded 315 cases on Monday, taking […]

HIT THE BRAKES: Ministry of Tourism suspends mandatory RT-PCR testing for entry of fully vaxxed travelers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas has suspended the planned mandatory RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travelers, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The policy turnaround follows a warning last week from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that advised Bahamians to expect delays in obtaining COVID test results and flight cancelations during the holiday period due […]

SHORT-LIVED TAKE-OFF: Air Canada to suspend Exuma service less than a month after its launch

Omicron variant cited as reason for flight cancelation  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Just weeks after resuming its service into Exuma, Air Canada will suspend that service at the end of this month due to the impact of the global worldwide increase in COVID-19 cases. Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper noted: “Worldwide, we have […]

TRAVEL TROUBLE: MOFA warns Bahamians planning trips abroad not to expect an easy time getting back home

Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Rapid antigen test results normally delivered in 1 hour now taking up to 3 days NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamians intending to travel for the holidays should expect delays in obtaining COVID test results, flight cancelations and unexpected costs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cautioned yesterday. A statement containing the warning noted: […]

DON’T YIELD JUST YET: DPM warns against being ‘lulled to sleep’ by improved CDC travel advisory

Cooper says improving rating “good for business” but threat of omicron persists NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper yesterday warned that this nation ought not be “lulled to sleep” by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) decision to lower The Bahamas’ COVID-19 Travel Risk Advisory Rating […]