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News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Fifty-three (53) Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - Update #128 - Aug 13, 2020 - 7:43:50 PM


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The Ministry of Health confirms today that there are fifty-three (53) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to one thousand eighty-nine (1089). There have been five hundred forty-six (546) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, four hundred forty (440) confirmed cases in Grand Bahama, forty-five (45) confirmed cases in Bimini, thirty-one (31) confirmed cases in Abaco, twelve (12) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, eight (8) confirmed cases in Cat Island, five (5) confirmed cases in Exuma, one (1) confirmed case in Eleuthera, and one (1) confirmed case in Inagua...

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University of The Bahamas on cleaning and sanitization of campus - Aug 13, 2020 - 6:48:00 PM


All University of The Bahamas campuses remain closed and operations are continuing remotely.

The necessary protective and sanitization measures are being implemented at University campuses for the eventual resumption of on-site operations.  Sanitizers are being installed throughout the University’s campuses.  Plexiglass screens are being installed in all heavily trafficked areas.  Additionally, offices and buildings are being inspected for mold and cleaned constantly...

Bahamas Weather

6pm News Item on Tropical Storm Josephine - Aug 13, 2020 - 6:09:50 PM


NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM JOSEPHINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION , AT 6:00 PM T HURSDAY 13 TH , AUGUST 2020.

… JOSEPHINE MOVING WEST - NORTHWESTWARD WITH LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH …

AT 5:00 PM AST , THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JOSEPHINE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 14.5 ° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 50.6 ° W EST OR ABOUT 865 MILES EASE...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

ERC recommendation for work & study annual visa gains approval - Aug 13, 2020 - 5:30:15 PM


The Economic Recovery Committee (ERC) is pleased to announce that the Cabinet of The Bahamas recently approved its recommendation for the introduction of The Bahamas Extended Stay Visa Programme for persons wishing to work or study from The Bahamas for a year.

“The Extended Stay Visa Programme is a remodeling of the current annual residence regime, to expand its qualifying criteria and to make it easier and faster for persons to get consideration and approval”, noted Kenwood Kerr, co-chair of the ERC...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Government addressing critical food needs through National Food Distribution Task Force - Aug 13, 2020 - 4:44:45 PM


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“This is a big help. This is really, really good for the people,” said Jolean Williams as she collected her gift certificate for groceries.

Williams was among Bahamians and residents, Wednesday, who braved the heat and long queues at Pentecostal Baptist Church in Nassau Village where the Red Cross distributed boxes of food parcels and vouchers on behalf of the National Food Distribution Task Force...

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Coastline saves the most vulnerable from COVID-19 - Aug 13, 2020 - 12:53:42 PM


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As health care systems begin buckling under the strain of COVID-19, a skilled nursing facility is working furiously to ensure the deadly coronavirus does not find its way into one of the most vulnerable places in the country – nursing homes for senior citizens.

So far, Coastline Community Care Nursing Centre has succeeded at keeping the coronavirus at bay since the country confirmed its first case in March. Meanwhile, two in five American deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities...

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New UB study suggests poor understanding of Coronavirus could undermine prevention and risk reduction - Aug 13, 2020 - 12:05:38 PM


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In order to help reduce the surge of new COVID-19 cases, consistent public education on what is a coronavirus and how it spreads needs to be increased, the results of a new study conducted by UB Associate Professor of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at University of The Bahamas (UB) Dr. Theresa Moxey-Adderley suggests.

According to Dr. Moxey-Adderley, a lack of understanding by the public has the potential to undermine public health efforts to contain the outbreak and delay the effectiveness of prevention and control measures.  There were over 1035 COVID-19 positive cases in The Bahamas on nine islands up to 12th August. 

 “Knowledge is a precursor to behavioral change, and plays a role on how one implements preventative precautions to reduce the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Moxey-Adderley...

Bahamas Weather

12pm News Item on Tropical Storm Josephine - Aug 13, 2020 - 11:36:26 AM



NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM JOSEPHINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT NOON THURSDAY, 13TH AUGUST, 2020.

...TROPICAL DEPRESSION ELEVEN HAS BECOME TROPICAL STORM JOSEPHINE...

AT 11:00 AM EDT, THE CENTER OF JOSEPHINE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 13.7° NORTH AND LONGITUDE 49.2° WEST OR ABOUT 975 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS...

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Bahamas Waste employees treated to the ultimate pop-up breakfast experience courtesy of Apex Management - Aug 13, 2020 - 11:25:30 AM


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They say a good day always starts with a good breakfast. Thanks to a recent giveback sponsored by Apex Management Services Ltd. (Apex), essential workers at Bahamas Waste were treated to the ultimate pop-up breakfast experience courtesy of the local Debt Collection Agency.

In late July, Apex arranged for the Sprinkles food truck known for its sweet and savory breakfast delights to set up shop on the Bahamas Waste grounds on Gladstone road and provide meals to the more than 152 staff...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Forty-seven (47) Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - Update #127 - Aug 12, 2020 - 10:36:36 PM


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The Ministry of Health confirms today that there are forty-seven (47) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to one thousand thirty-six (1036). There have been four hundred ninety-five (495) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, four hundred thirty-eight (438) confirmed cases in Grand Bahama, forty-five (45) confirmed cases in Bimini, thirty-one (31) confirmed cases in Abaco, twelve (12) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, five (5) confirmed cases in Exuma, eight (8) confirmed cases in Cat Island, one (1) confirmed case in Eleuthera, and one (1) confirmed case in Inagua...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Leader of the Opposition’s continued failure of substance and support puts all Bahamians at risk - Aug 12, 2020 - 9:38:11 PM


In response to the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition’s recent statement, the Office of the Prime Minister wishes to note the following information for the Bahamian people.

This is a time of extreme strain on all Bahamians. Families are hurting. Jobs are being lost.   Businesses are fighting to survive...

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RBDF urges Public to adhere to Crawfish Regulations - Aug 12, 2020 - 8:49:57 PM


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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force acknowledges that the crawfish season has reopened and is on high alert to ensure this valuable and much sought after resource is protected from those who seek to poach or illegally harvest it.

Royal Bahamas Defence Force assets have been monitoring popular crawfish harvesting areas to deter and intercept would be offenders. During the last two months, some two arrests of persons fishing with compressors or possession of the resource out of season were made by RBDF vessels.

The Force remains poised to guarding our heritage by ensuring laws protecting sustainable harvesting of marine resources are adhered to...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

GB Multi-million-dollar Debris Removal Project Underway - Aug 12, 2020 - 5:52:26 PM


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The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis, is a part of a multi-million-dollar debris removal project, in conjunction with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Sanitation Services.

During a press conference on Wednesday, August 12 at the Ministry’s office in the Star General Building, Minister Lewis said that since the passing of Hurricane Dorian in September of 2019, Grand Bahama and Abaco have been declared disaster zones and the partnership is working to clear the island of debris...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Closure of the Ministry of Health Headquarters - Aug 12, 2020 - 5:39:30 PM


The Cabinet Office announces for general information that the Ministry of Health Headquarters on Meeting and Augusta Streets will be closed this afternoon for deep cleaning and sanitization.

It was discovered that a member of staff tested positive for COVID-19, but has not been into work since 28th July 2020.

The Surveillance Unit has initiated contact tracing to determine the level of exposure to employees...

Health

PAHO trains 2,800 community health workers in Haiti for COVID-19 Response - Aug 12, 2020 - 5:05:57 PM


The Pan American Health Organization has trained in Haiti more than 2,800 community health workers including 2,700 community health agents (ASCP) and 162 community health nurses and auxiliary nurses as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much-needed support to the Ministry of Health and the country’s Multisectoral Pandemic Management Commission of COVID-19...

Community : Grand Bahama

GBPA partners with Disaster Reconstruction Authority to collect bulk debris in private subdivisions - Aug 12, 2020 - 4:47:57 PM


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The City Maintenance & Management Department of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is collaborating with the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) to carry out post-hurricane debris collection and disposal in private subdivisions. 

The effort kicked off on Friday, August 7, 2020 in the Sunset and Regency subdivisions.  The teams moved onto debris collection in the private subdivisions of Hudson Estates, Royal Bahamia Estates, Bahama Terrace. Troy McIntosh, GBPA’s Deputy Director of Building and Development Services...

Community : Royal Bahamas Police Force

Police investigates Police involved shooting - Police recovered illegal firearm and ammunition - Armed robberies - Aug 12, 2020 - 3:15:51 PM


Police on the island of New Providence are investigating a shooting which occurred on Mon day 10th August 2020 that resulted in an officer and m ale suspect being shot and a firearm recovered.

According to reports, shortly before 10:00 a.m., Police were called to a domestic dispute between a mother and son on Cascarilla Avenue...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

The Ministry Of Public Works: Drain cleaning - Aug 12, 2020 - 2:31:31 PM


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The Ministry of Public Works has subcontracted multiple drainage maintenance companies to clean drains throughout New Providence with the aim of decreasing flooding and settled water across the island.

With hurricane season underway, Works Minister the Honorable T. Desmond Bannister underscored the importance of this initiative and noted that the contractors will work around the clock to help resolve this matter.  Special dispensation has been obtained to have the contractors work during the covid19 lockdown...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Closure of the Ministry of Public Works - Aug 12, 2020 - 1:43:05 PM


The Cabinet Office announces for general information that the Administrative Building, Northern Compound and the Security Office of the Ministry of Works have been closed for cleaning and sanitization following exposure to COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health has initiated contact tracing to determine the level of exposure to employees and visitors to the buildings.

It is expected that the Ministry of Works will re-open for business on Monday, 17 August, 2020.

Bahamas Weather

12pm News item on Tropical Depression Eleven - Aug 12, 2020 - 12:05:43 PM


NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION ELEVEN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION , AT 12:00 PM WEDNESDAY 12 TH , AUGUST 2020.

… DEPRESSION REMAIN S JUST BELOW TROPICAL STORM STRENGTH …

AT 11:00 AST , THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION ELEVEN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 12.4 ° NORTH...

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