INFESTATION: Sanitation incinerating insect-infested wood offloaded in GB

Pintard: “We will find out.” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Officials in Grand Bahama were last night incinerating insect-infested wood and fumigating exposed areas after a cargo ship reportedly offloaded it without proper approval. Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard said an investigation has been launched into how the vessel was allowed to drop off […]

NOT GOOD ENOUGH: Davis bashes govt’s response to coronavirus surge; says public safety efforts must improve

Davis: Govt underutilizing critical tools in pandemic fight “The Minnis government never seems to have a plan” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Official Opposition again criticized the Minnis administration’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, with its leader Philip Brave Davis asserting yesterday that improving this nation’s pandemic response is “a matter of life and death”. His […]

IN THE DETAILS: Senior physicians welcome healthcare deployment, but call lack of specifics “unfortunate”

“We hoped that their hiring would have been fast-tracked so that we could help the present situation” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) President Dr Sabriquet Pinder-Butler said yesterday that while Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ announcement of additional hires of healthcare workers was “good to know”, the lack of details or a timeline […]

NOT FOR HOARDING: Sand Dollar will not function like cryptocurrency, says Central Bank governor

Rolle maintains CBOB focused on improving service “We’re not in the business of trying to provide something that looks and feels like cryptocurrency” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Central Bank’s Sand Dollar should not be viewed as something that will function like crypto assets, according to Central Bank Governor John Rolle. Rolle, who appeared as a […]

Police to step up enforcement of coronavirus restrictions over holiday weekend

Over 60 percent vaccination of RBPF vaccinated NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle said yesterday that authorities will increase their presence across the island over the Emancipation holiday weekend. “I just signed the operation order for the holiday this morning,” Rolle told the media. “We’ll be continuing our efforts and stepping it up […]

COVETED ISLES: Bahamas 5th on holiday bucket list for UK travelers, Royal Caribbean survey finds

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas ranks fifth on the holiday bucket list destination for UK travelers, according to a survey commissioned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Ben Bouldin, vice president, EMEA, Royal Caribbean International, stated: “Having had so much time without holidays, UK families have missed making memories with their loved ones. “Royal Caribbean cruises […]

Royal Star Assurance sees financial strength rating affirmed by AM Best

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Royal Star Assurance (RSA) Ltd has seen its financial strength rating affirm by global insurance rating agency AM Best. AM Best has affirmed the insurer’s financial strength rating of A (Excellent) and the long-term issuer credit rating (long-term ICR) of “a” (Excellent) with a stable outlook. The ratings agency said: “The ratings […]

100 trees planted for CIBC FirstCaribbean’s 100th year banking anniversary

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — To celebrate 100 years of banking in the region, CIBC FirstCaribbean is planting 100 trees across the 16 territories in which it operates. The first tree planting in The Bahamas recently occurred at the Bahamas Girl Guides Association Campsite, Camp Discovery, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Housing’s Forestry Unit. […]

MIYA Bahamas joins forces with Bahamas National Trust for water and climate event

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — In 2020, plans for a major ocean advocacy initiative between the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and Miya Bahamas were derailed by the events surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, however, the organizations have rallied to execute those plans within the parameters of the new normal. Miya Bahamas Project Manager Mario Tavera […]

PM recaps govt’s COVID surge response: $7M on more medical staff; 18 more PMH hospital beds; stronger contact tracing

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government will spend $7.2 million to engage medical staff, and 18 hospital beds will be added to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) inventory as part of a “continued aggressive and comprehensive” approach to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced last night. The prime minister was […]

“FOR THE 10TH TIME”: PAHO encourages vaccine push, urging govt to continue combatting misinformation

“It is not true that the increase in cases is due to vaccinated people” PAHO looking to ensure countries have enough vaccines for 20% of their populations NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Assistant Director Dr Jarbas Barbosa called for countries to prioritize vaccine campaigns, noting that data shows secondary infection in close […]

Cop killer’s sentence reduced due to “egregious breaches” of constitutional rights

“Die” Stubbs’ sentence will come to an end sometime in 2048 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Murder convict Stephen “Die” Stubbs yesterday saw his 45-year sentence reduced by 10 years as compensation for “egregious breaches” of his constitutional rights in trial delays and time served on remand. Stubbs, now 46, and two others were convicted for the […]

WE’RE TRYING: BPL pleads for union to be “reasonable” with money demands as company yet to turn a profit

Scores of BPL employees stage sickout amid mounting tension BPL execs assert union demanding financially challenged company to pay up to $3M more than already given NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) executives yesterday urged their employees to be “reasonable” in their compensation demands as the company seeks to be more fiscally responsible […]

TAKE THE CAKE: Leading realtor sees inquires in Eleuthera real estate “double” in the past year

“The world is rediscovering Eleuthera” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A leading realtor says he has seen “double” the number of inquiries about Eleuthera in the past year, with the island emerging as the Family Island real estate story of the year. Real estate broker Mario Carey, founder of the first international affiliate of Better Homes and […]