EU considering US travel restrictions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As The Bahamas prepares to reopen its borders to commercial flights next week Monday, welcoming visitors from the United States and other jurisdictions, the European Union is considering a different approach. According to a draft list obtained by The New York Times,  America, Russia and Brazil could excluded from the list of […]

ZNS newscast hit by technical difficulties

NASSAU, BAHAMAS —The nightly ZNS news broadcast has been delayed due to technical difficulties, according to Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas executive chairman Mike Smith. “They have an IT glitch, it should be up soon,” Smith said. “They have to reboot the system, that’s the latest information. It’s a technical problem connected to the IT […]

Saharan Dust plume expected through end of the week

Unintended benefit: Dust is absorbing moisture that tropical cyclones need to form NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Residents with allergies and or respiratory illnesses are being advised to take necessary precautions, inclusive of taking medication, as The Bahamas braces for a concentrated expanse of Saharan dust haze. Some of the dust, known as the Saharan Air Layer […]

Detainees escape dorms, destroy fences at Carmichael Road Detention Center

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Some detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Center destroyed fencing to mount an escape as tensions rise at the facility over the stalled repatriation process due to COVID-19. In a statement, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force explained Haitian migrants at the facility launched a hunger strike and demonstrated “belligerent behavior” as they […]

Social Services still in “trenches” in Dorian response

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Social Services remains in crisis mode as it continues to serve individuals impacted during the passage of Hurricane Dorian some six months ago. In an interview with Eyewitness News, Assistant Director of Social Services Leonard Cargill said the government continues to provide assistance to Bahamians who were displaced from […]

#BahamasKind initiative targets xenophobia

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The International Organization for Migration Bahamas is expected to launch a campaign in collaboration with IsraAid and Church World Services to help sensitize Bahamians and reduce stigmas of Haitian migrants. The #BahamasKind will seek to foster increased community solidarity, encourage compassion and empathy, and reduce xenophobia and stigmas of Haitian migrants in […]

Op-Ed: Marcus, Martin, and Minneapolis

By Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, President of Universities Caribbean, and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission Martin Luther King Jr, when he felt he could not breathe came to Jamaica. When the threats to his life were constant and closing in around his neck, he took this measure to maintain his life. […]

Bahamas Development Bank: More than $2 mil. COVID-19 business loans approved

NASSAU, BAHAMAS —The Bahamas Development Bank has approved $2,865,319 in loans and $181,077 in grants to meet the needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) facing economic challenges imposed by COVID-19. “This effort to sure-up employment and facilitate business continuity continues,” the bank said in a statement today. “While the BDB Act, 1974 is […]

BTC operator confident in 2020 hurricane preparedness

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — BTC operator C&W Communications wants to assure the customers and communities it serves of the comprehensive preparation measures being put in place for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season In a press statement today, the company underscored the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season naturally brings increased anxiety as Caribbean residents brace […]

Western Air to keep flight schedule

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian airline operator said yesterday that it plans to keep its daily pre-COVID-19 flight schedule when domestic flights are able to resume next week. Rexy Rolle, vice-president of operations and general counsel of Western Air confirmed the airline plans to resume flights on June 8, with phone reservations beginning today and […]

Central Bank report: COVID-19 forces 60 percent drop in visitor arrivals in March

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Total visitors arrivals fell by nearly 60 percent in March as COVID-19 fears brought international travel to a standstill. The average hotel occupancy rate just under 42 percent, according to the Central Bank in its recently released monthly economic and financial development report for March. The bank noted that data provided by […]

Commonwealth Bank touts ‘strong capital and liquidity positions’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Commonwealth Bank believes that based on its “strong capital and liquidity positions” it has the ability to meet current and foreseeable obligations. The bank noted that based on preliminary assessments it is likely to experience higher than budgeted impairment losses on its loans and investments due to the COVID-19 fall-out. The BISX-listed […]

IMF approves $250 mil. disbursement

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a disbursement of US$250 million to the country under the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI). The government applied to take advantage of the low-cost emergency loan facility that is available to all member countries in a bid to meet the urgent balance-of-payments […]

Shell files application for base power generation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Shell has submitted its application for an Independent Power Provider (IPP) license to Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA). The company hailed the move as a significant milestone for its partnership with Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) on the gas-to-power project. “We’re pleased and excited to reach this milestone, another key step […]