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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

National Report by Minister of the Public Service & National Insurance Brensil Rolle - Oct 15, 2020 - 9:15:04 PM

See enclosed Remarks by Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance the Hon. Brensil Rolle in his National Report, October 15, 2020:

Permanent Secretary, Chairman and Members of The National Insurance Board, Director of National Insurance Board and the Executive Management team of the Ministry of the Public Service and the National Insurance Board, ladies and gentleman of the media and my fellow Bahamians, Good afternoon...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Bahamians advised to take additional funds when traveling to address unforeseen expenses related to COVID-19 protocols - Oct 15, 2020 - 7:15:33 PM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise Bahamians traveling abroad to take sufficient funds with them in the event they run into additional expenses as a result of restrictions and protocols put in place because of COVID-19. Bahamians are increasingly approaching Bahamas Embassies and Consulates Overseas requesting financial assistance related to COVID-19 testing, quarantine, accommodations, airline ticket changes, etc. The Ministry wishes to advise that our Overseas Missions do not have sufficient discretionary financial resources to accommodate and maintain persons who find themselves stranded because of a lack of funds...


Adopt a culture of readiness in tackling climate change - Oct 15, 2020 - 5:52:31 PM

A culture of preparedness is the key component in any viable climate action plan for The Bahamas, according to an environmental advocate, who argues that The Bahamas must increase its preparedness to play the long game and adopt a “prevention is better than cure” mentality to thwart an existential threat. 

“The ultimate goal is to create a culture of preparedness for climate change so we can decrease our vulnerabilities and build capacity to mitigate negative impacts from events, not just a culture of preparedness to respond post-disaster when we have already lost what we know could have been protected,” said Kelli Ashley Armstrong, Project Manager at BRON Limited...

News : International : Caribbean News

The CCREEE and CIMH sign agreement to partner on climate services for energy - Oct 15, 2020 - 4:02:37 PM

The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) to be the lead energy partner in the co-development of state-of-the-art, tailored climate information and services for the energy sector in CARICOM Member States. 

The Centre signed on to the agreement which first went into force in 2016, making the Caribbean the first region globally to officially create and implement a commitment between climate-sensitive sectors and a climate services provider to build climate resilience at regional and national levels...

News : International : Caribbean News

Caribbean company wins major award at international food expo - Oct 15, 2020 - 2:02:57 PM

Caribbean company Naledo overcame fierce competition to win the ‘New Food Product of the Year’ award at Food Matters Live 2020, a prestigious international food event in the UK.

Belizean-based Naledo manufactures the world’s first wildcrafted, whole root turmeric paste as well as fresh juices blended with turmeric...


From hazard to haven: NPEP’s environmental transformation takes flight as a sanctuary for dozens of bird species - Oct 15, 2020 - 1:24:23 PM

The environmental transformation at the New Providence Ecology Park (NPEP) has fostered a bird sanctuary at the site, with the now revitalized Park serving as a home and breeding ground to dozens of bird species.

On a recent visit to NPEP, birders Elijah Sands and Chris Johnson of the Bird Club of New Providence spent several hours identifying, counting, and photographing the Park's diverse bird population.

"This site was once considered an environmental hazard. The fires that would occur and the scenes were always the topics of major national discussions...

News : New Providence

Scotiabank Thompson Blvd Branch also temporarily closed due to COVID-19 - Oct 15, 2020 - 1:08:46 PM

Scotiabank Bahamas has announced that its Thompson Blvd Branch will be closed to the public for the next two weeks. Early Thursday (October 15), the Bank was informed that a staff member attached to the branch tested positive for COVID-19, this being less than 24 hours after it closed its Carmichael Road branch for a similar reason.

“Like all of The Bahamas, our operations continue to be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis...


RBDF Rangers cleans up Coral Harbour - Oct 15, 2020 - 12:47:41 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers section was pleased to contribute to the community they are based in, as they recently assisted the Coral Harbour community during a clean-up effort on October 3, 2020. 

The young leaders took the time to trim the edges of the sidewalks and remove unwanted debris from along the main Coral Harbour thoroughfare. They were assisted by the RBDF Rangers Instructors, led by Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Dwight Rolle. Accompanying the Rangers was President of Coral Heights East, Ms. Kim Deveaux...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

US Embassy Charge d'Affaires pays courtesy call on the Minister of National Security - Oct 15, 2020 - 12:37:03 PM

US Embassy Charge d'Affaires a.i., Mr. John McNamara (left), paid a courtesy call on Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames at the Ministry, October 15, 2020. 

(BIS Photo/Ulric Woodside)...

News : International

World Standards Day 2020: “Protecting the Planet with Standards” - Oct 15, 2020 - 11:25:48 AM

Each year, on 14 October, World Standards Day is celebrated as a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts, globally, who develop the technical agreements that are published as International Standards. “Protecting the Planet with Standards” is the theme and focus for World Standards Day 2020.

Globally, current patterns of energy production and consumption are unsustainable and threaten the environment, through local pollution and global climate change. Emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Update #197 - One hundred ninety-four (194) additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, three (3) additional confirmed deaths and one hundred (100) additional recovered cases - Oct 15, 2020 - 11:20:39 AM

Ministry of Health confirms today that there are one hundred ninety-four (194) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As stated in Update #196, the long holiday weekend led to delayed reporting from a  number of laboratories.  Hence, the one hundred ninety-four (194) additional COVID-19 cases today is an additive effect of the cases recorded and reported during the period 7th - 13th October, 2020.    The Ministry of Health will continue to work with reporting laboratories to ensure timely submissions of COVID-19 reports... 

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Closure of The National Emergency Management Agency - Oct 15, 2020 - 9:48:53 AM

The Cabinet Office announces for general information that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), located on Gladstone Road and NEMA’s Way, will be closed effective Wednesday 14 October 2020 for deep cleaning and sanitizing due to a staff member having tested positive for COVID-19.

NEMA headquarters will reopen on Monday 19 October 2020...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Minister Of Foreign Affairs participates in Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) - Oct 15, 2020 - 9:38:16 AM

The Honourable Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered a Statement on behalf of The Bahamas at the 20th Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting (CFAMM) held virtually on 14 October 2020. 

Ministers exchanged views on a range of issues, including the existential threat posed by Climate Change for Small Island Developing States, the Commonwealth’s global COVID-19 recovery plan and matters relating to social tensions and racism.  Ministers also pledged support for the Commonwealth’s ‘Say No More’ initiative which is geared towards the elimination of discrimination against women and the reduction of gender-based violence...


New rapid antigen tests could transform COVID-19 response in the Americas - Oct 14, 2020 - 10:57:20 PM

The new affordable, reliable antigen diagnostic tests recently approved by WHO that can be performed anywhere are set to transform the region’s COVID-19 response by allowing health workers to carry out accurate, rapid testing, even in remote communities, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne, said today. 
Unlike previous rapid, antibody tests, which can show when someone has had COVID-19 but often give a negative result during the early stages of infection, the new rapid, antigen tests are much more accurate in determining if someone is currently infected

News : New Providence

Scotiabank Temporarily closes Carmichael Road Branch following COVID-19 exposure - Oct 14, 2020 - 9:52:03 PM

Scotiabank has advised that its Carmicheal Road branch will be temporarily closed to the public effective October 15, 2020, following the confirmation of a positive COVID-19 test among its team members. The tentative date for re-opening is Monday, October 26, 2020.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have taken the decision to suspend operations at the branch while we provide the necessary support for our staff members,” said Roger Archer, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas...

News : International : Caribbean News

Saint Lucia announces Updated Quarantine Policy and Support Plan for returning nationals and residents - Oct 14, 2020 - 6:02:30 PM

From March 2020, The Government of Saint Lucia through its COVID-19 response efforts established quarantine facilities at five local hotels and ensured over a four-month period the safe repatriation and accommodation of 844 Saint Lucian nationals.

To date, the Government has accommodated a total of 2,261 individuals at its Public Health Facilities, including repeat travelers. Government’s expenditure for the national COVID-19 response to date, tallies at over $10 million...

News : International

Bahamas designated WTTC Safe Travels Destination - Oct 14, 2020 - 5:04:02 PM

The Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) is pleased to announce that the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has recognized The Islands Of The Bahamas as a Safe Travels destination for having met its enhanced health and safety standards in line with its global Safe Travels Protocols. Having developed these protocols specifically to rebuild the traveler’s confidence and to ensure that there is a coordinated public and private sector approach to the recovery efforts of the global tourism industry, the WTTC awarded The Bahamas the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Commander Defence Force presents flag to widow of fallen marine - Oct 14, 2020 - 12:23:46 PM

The Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King, presented the Bahamas National Flag to the wife of the late Marine Mechanic Raynaldo King on October 13, 2020 at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive.  

Whilst thanking Mrs. Le'Chea Capron-King for her husband's service and offering sincerest condolences, the Commander Defence Force used the opportunity to remind her that her husband served the organization with pride and honor...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

DPM Turnquest on Debt Financing Activities and Statement to Parliament - Oct 13, 2020 - 8:46:29 PM

Following the announcement of a US$600 million issue of 8.950% bonds on the international market, the Ministry of Finance advises the public that it will provide an update on all of the Government’s borrowing activities consistent with its documented Resilient Bahamas Plan at the next sitting of Parliament.

The public can have confidence in the Government’s prudent management of the country’ debt portfolio, and its transformative plans to establish a new Debt Management Unit and legislative framework.

Bahamian governments have a long-standing track record of engaging top tier investors and multilateral institutions for which we are shareholding members...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

BahamaHost Goes Digital - Oct 13, 2020 - 5:26:57 PM

In the wake of Covid-19, the Ministry of Tourism has transitioned the BahamaHost Program to a digital platform. The program, in its new digital format, allows the Ministry to continue to engage attendees in talent development, skills training, attitudinal training, and customer relations workshops. For more than 40 years, the BahamaHost program has been the tourism industry’s premier training program...

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