Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada officially assumes post

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Cabinet minister Kenneth Russell has officially assumed his post as High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Canada, confirmed the Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield yesterday. The former commissioner, Alvin Smith, returned to The Bahamas last year after completing his tour of duty on November 7, 2020. Foreign service officer Chanelle […]

Police investigate Western Esplanade shooting

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police are investigating a shooting at Western Esplanade that left a man in hospital last night. The man was reportedly walking with two women when they were approached by a group of men shortly before 11pm. According to police, one of the men began to choke one of the women and when […]

PAHO director welcomes US plan to share first tranche of 25 million COVID vaccine doses

Approx 6 million doses to be distributed for South and Central America and Caribbean WASHINGTON, DC — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne yesterday thanked the United States Government for its commitment to a COVID-19 vaccine dose-sharing plan through COVAX. “The actions announced today (yesterday) by the White House are a good […]

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line welcomes Grand Classica back into Port of Palm Beach in anticipation of July resumption of cruising

Cruise line CEO: We have missed Grand Bahama, our home away from home “It’s time to get crew members, cruise line support staff and parking attendants back to work” FLORIDA, USA — Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line yesterday marked the long-awaited return of Grand Classica to its homeport, the Port of Palm Beach. The ship has […]

Special Bahamian Heritage event to be celebrated at Miami Marlins game next week Saturday

Junkanoo culture and Bahamian Jazz Chisholm of Marlins will highlight special event Bahamians encouraged to bring their goatskin drums and flags MIAMI, FLORIDA — Bahamians throughout Florida, the wider USA and The Bahamas are encouraged to bring their goatskin drums and flags to a special Bahamian Heritage celebratory game with the Miami Marlins on Saturday, […]

PAHO director calls for intensified health response in Haiti to reverse rapidly deteriorating COVID conditions

PAHO is assisting with vaccine delivery, scaled-up testing and increased PPE for health workers Bahamas has banned travel from Haiti since February WASHINGTON, DC — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne warned that the COVID-19 response in Haiti must be scaled up dramatically to cope with sharply escalating cases, hospitalizations and deaths […]

ADDRESSING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: UN visits Carmichael Road Detention Center

UN delegation to visit Abaco next Conille: We’re pleased with the level of transparency given and level of discussions had with govt to date NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Following a tour of the Carmichael Road Detention Center yesterday, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands Garry Conille […]

Canadian govt to donate CAN$50 million to PAHO in support of Caribbean and Latin America pandemic efforts

WASHINGTON, DC — A new collaboration between the government of Canada and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is being launched to improve the health and protection of populations in situations of high vulnerability due to COVID-19. To meet this target, Canada is contributing CAN$50 million (close to US$40 million) in support of PAHO’s critical […]

Sebastian Bastian designated Bahamas non-resident high commissioner to the Republic of South Africa

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently appointed Bahamian businessman and philanthropist Sebastian Bastian as The Bahamas’ non-resident high commissioner to South Africa. High Commissioner Designate Bastian has a number of successful business ventures and is the chairman of the Wyyse Technologies Group, the Verizon Media Group and the Brickell Management Group. He […]

Latin America and Caribbean should expand vaccine production, PAHO suggests

Dr Etienne: Low regional percentage of vaccinated a “symptom” of overdependence on imports Bahamas, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago saw COVID deaths double in the last week WASHINGTON, DC — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne yesterday called for closing “glaring gaps” in access to COVID-19 vaccines in Latin America and the […]

CHALLENGED: Govt has “legal authority” to deny BPC license renewal, says US non-profit

Earthjustice: Denying BPC not only within lawful authority of The Bahamas but also consistent with govt’s public opposition to oil drilling NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A US-based non-profit specializing in environmental law, Earthjustice, has asserted that the Bahamian government has full legal authority to deny the Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) request to review its licenses. The […]

RBDF apprehends Cuban nationals in northwestern Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A group of Cuban Nationals was intercepted off Guinchos Cay, in the northwestern Bahamas, by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) on Saturday, May 15, 2021. While conducting patrols at 2.27am, the defence force patrol craft HMBS DURWARD KNOWLES, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Jataro McDonald, spotted and intercepted a 20-foot […]