Abaco seeking to get COVID-19 test kits on island, says MP

Albury says island may have small advantage in experiencing limited touristic traffic for months NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Central and South Abaco MP James Albury yesterday said officials are actively working to increase health capacity, and the island’s ability to manage a potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) case.For now, samples of a patient exhibiting symptoms at this time […]

24-hour curfew presents ‘greatest test’ for officers – says assoc.

Miller says officers are prepared to “dig deep” to protect nation NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The emergency measures and 24-hour ‘shelter in place’ orders present the “greatest test for police officers” to date, according to Police Staff Association (PSA) Chairman Sergeant Sonny Miller. However, Miller noted organization is being assisted by the other law enforcement agencies […]

Privy Council ruling reignites scrutiny over ministers’ involvement in Frank Smith corruption trial

FNM chairman says now is not the time for division or politics, but unity NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Privy Council’s decision to reject a bid to appeal Frank Smith’s acquittal has reignited opposition criticism over the role of two sitting Cabinet ministers in the corruption trial. In a statement today, Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis […]

AG: Govt. may expand exempted businesses list

Preventing sale of liquor was an unintended consequence of emergency order Bethel says officers “may be a little overstretched” amid 24-hour curfew Farmers allowed to upkeep livestock with social distancing measures NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney General Carl Bethel said today that Cabinet will meet and consider expanding the exempted services and businesses as stakeholders and […]

New emergency order closes Bahamas for business

New emergency order implements “shelter in place orders” Public beaches to be closed with immediate effect All travel except outgoing flights and cargo to be discontinued NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Four days into a partial nationwide lockdown and a mandatory nightly curfew, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday announced a complete nationwide lockdown that will close […]

PM tight-lipped on activation of emergency laws

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis would not indicate today when emergency laws that would give the government wide-sweeping powers for mandatory detention, isolation and curfew, could be activated. Governor General CA Smith issued a proclamation order for a public state of emergency over the health threat on Tuesday. Article 29 of the […]

DPM: COVID-19 economic blow projected at $258 mil. to $1 bil.

Gov’t outlines measures to mitigate COVID-19 fall-out, no plans for add. borrowing High impact projections indicate potential $1 billion total economic loss, $832 million decline in lost tourism related expenditure Water and Sewerage ordered to reconnect all recently disconnected services for residential customers Utility bills deferred for three months for those who contract COVID-19, are […]

PM: We will win fight against COVID-19

• Two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in The Bahamas •Governor General signs proclamation order for public state of emergency on Tuesday •Churches suspend services and plan to move online NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced the country is in a public state of emergency as confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

Coronavirus: WHO classifies COVID-19 to be a pandemic

Organization says its deeply concerned by “alarming levels of inaction” “All countries can still change the course of this pandemic”, says director general NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The World Health Organization has officially classified the globally spreading novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic, saying it is “deeply concerned” by the rate of the spread and severity, […]

Govt. gets $190 mil. Dorian loan

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – RBC Royal Bank has announced the successful disbursement of a BSD $190 million consortium loan to the Bahamian government to assist with Hurricane Dorian reconstruction efforts. RBC was the largest bank involved, providing BSD $100 million. The remaining BSD $90 million was provided by four other local banks. The proceeds of this […]

Drug suspect dies in court

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A man accused of several drug-related charges died in Magistrate’s Court this morning after suffering from alleged seizures. Jermaine Adderley, 26, was set to be arraigned before Justice Andrew Forbes on two counts of drug possession with intent to supply after he and two other men were found in possession of Indian […]

Four arrested over NP drug bust

Marijuana seized has estimated value of $259,000 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Four men were arrested today after the discovery of 259 pounds of marijuana at a residence on Chou Close off McKinney Drive. The drugs have an estimated value of $259,000. According to reports, officers of the South Central Division searched the home shortly after 3 […]

HAI: Hundreds died in Abaco

Vast majority of residents in The Mudd, Pigeon Peas have status, Ingraham says NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said today that notwithstanding the 50 people confirmed dead to date by authorities in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, based on his understanding hundreds were killed in Abaco alone as a result of the […]

Tourism will take hit from Dorian

D’Aguilar hopes visitors do not cancel their vacations, as other islands unaffected NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While Hurricane Dorian and the destruction left in its wake will have an impact on tourism in The Bahamas, with cancellations already being recorded this month, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said while the total impact remains unclear, it is […]