While partial reopening of Caribbean economies is showing some
immediate signs of socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,
reduced output, export and fiscal space continue to take a massive toll
on regional labour markets according to a recently released report from
the International Labour Organization (ILO)...
Lyford Cay International School’s (LCIS) 18th Annual Fun Run was another
tremendous success thanks to the support of LCIS families, friends and
local businesses who served as corporate sponsors. The non-profit
international school met its fundraising goal for the event, with
$30,000 in donations raised. “The success of this event has not only
shown the enduring generosity of our school community, but also the
depth of our connectedness,” said LCIS Principal Mr David Mindorff.
accordance with physical distancing protocols and to ensure the safety
of the community, participants were able to take part in the run
anywhere they were on the island or around the world...
In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s
intent of improving the quality of life for retirees and veterans
through the Veteran’s Affairs Office and collaboratively with the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Veteran’s Association (RBDFVA), members of the
association paid a courtesy call at Defence Headquarters, John F.
Kennedy Drive on December 2, 2020.
Led by the president of the
Veteran Association, Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Harold Bosfield, and
his committee members, the visit coincided with the observance of their
first anniversary. Officially established on November 11th...
Today it is with great sadness that I extend sorrowful condolences to
The Hon. Romauld Ferreira, Member of Parliament for Marathon and the
Minister of the Environment and Housing and his family on the passing of
“The Ferreira family are close to my
family, our children school to together,” recounted BDM Leader Stuart.
With fewer words than usual, Mr. Stuart...
Laboratory studies show that toothpastes containing zinc or stannous and
mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) neutralize the
virus that causes COVID-19 by 99.9 percent. The studies are part of a
Colgate research program that includes clinical studies among infected
people to assess the efficacy of oral care products in reducing the
amount of the virus in the mouth...
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware of messages circulating in
social media regarding the termination of some Bahamian Honorary
Consuls in various countries. At least one of the messages claims that
the termination has caused them financial hardship and they are owed
monies by the Government.
The Ministry wishes
to inform that provisions for the appointment of Honorary Consuls are
made in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Associate
Professor of Architecture at University of The Bahamas (UB) and noted
professional architect Mr. Henry Hepburn as a Fellow for 2021, an
accomplishment that recognizes the contributions of architects to their
communities, the profession, and those who seek to follow in their
Both in and out of the classroom, Mr. Hepburn has
taught his students how to develop the competencies that are required to
meaningfully impact urban planning and design and uplift community. He
was pivotal in establishing the Architecture Endowment Fund at UB for
scholarships for full-time...
Borrowers who are told to read the fine print before signing usually
take it to mean hidden charges or burdensome terms. but for one group,
the fine print is taking on a new meaning – getting something for
nothing at a time when it’s more welcome than ever.
welcome ‘something for nothing’ is access to free marketing at no cost
to the borrower who receives it as part of a loan package arranged or
offered by Nassau-based Simplified Lending Ltd., a company that is
transforming how borrowing for business is handled in The Bahamas...
For the past 25 years Grand Bahamians have always looked forward to the
Bahamas National Trust’s annual fundraiser at the Rand Nature Centre -
Festival Noël. The signature holiday event that heralds the start of the
Christmas season on Grand Bahama.
Although we cannot gather in
person this year, a week of exciting activities will take place November
30th – December 4th, 2020 for the 26th Annual Festival Noël, reimagined
as a hybrid event in the virtual space. The Grand Bahamian community is
invited to enjoy and support this week of wine, music, prizes....
Now more than ever, companies across the globe rely on technology to
start, grow, and protect their businesses. In this new age of cyber
warfare, securing sensitive company and client data has emerged as a top
priority, no matter an organization’s size or scope of work. As a
thought leader in the region, Cloud Carib has focused its efforts on
providing first class protections to its client base. The goal, to
increase cybersecurity awareness and improve The Bahamas’ standing in
the global cybersecurity market...
International, regional, and government leaders announced the launch of
a broad-based project to support actions to mitigate climate change and
its serious health impacts in Caribbean nations. The EU/CARIFORUM
Strengthening Climate Resilient Health Systems Project – a joint project
of the European Union and CARICOM that PAHO is coordinating – will
advance public understanding of climate change effects and strengthen
the ability of health systems to respond to climate-related health
Less than two months since the US$600 million international capital
market transaction, and with the market responding positively to the
prospect of a reopening Bahamian economy, the Government was able to
take advantage of a significant rally witnessed in the 2032 Notes, to
successfully launch a US$225 million reopening of these Notes.
transaction was well received by the market. The orderbook was multiple
times oversubscribed with more than 75 global investors participating
in the final transaction...
It was considered an “historic day,” as the Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute (BTVI) graduated the first cohort of the National
Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) core program.
80 contact hours, the participants – some of whom were high schoolers –
were trained in general maintenance. They learned the fundamentals of
construction site safety, construction math, construction power tools...
The COVID-19 pandemic “disproportionally affects the most vulnerable –
especially our populations of African descent” and PAHO Director Carissa
F. Etienne today urged health authorities to “face this pressing
In a press briefing, Etienne said, “We’re taking
this issue as a priority and mainstreaming it into our programs,”
focusing on better data for targeted prevention and care...
The Ministry of Finance acknowledges the assessment done by the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Article IV Mission, which issued
a consulting statement with preliminary findings following its
recent visit. Despite the human, social and economic toll of the two
unprecedented shocks hitting The Bahamas in recent times, The
Bahamas continues to receive international recognition for its
overarching policy priorities to save lives, preserve livelihoods and
lay a solid foundation for a robust recovery...
As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
(International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women)
November 25 to December 10, wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Patricia
Minnis, of the Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister, made a
special visit to the Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls, December 1,
During the one-hour visit, Mrs. Minnis gave
the young ladies an inspiring pep talk, reassuring them that they can be
whatever they want to be. She also encouraged the girls to believe in
themselves, remain focused and strive to reach their goals.
On 2 December 2020, the global community observes the 35th
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. This International Day
was established by the United Nations in 1986. It highlights modern-day
slavery, with which many around the world are faced.
the fact that slavery was abolished hundreds of years ago, there
continues to be widespread conditions of modern slavery...