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PHA suspends services as Hurricane Isaias approaches - Jul 31, 2020 - 8:37:29 PM


Nassau, Bahamas - The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) its agencies and institutions are taking every precaution to protect patients and staff as the Hurricane Isaias approaches the central and northwest Bahamas.The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) will fully activate their Command Centers as of Friday, July 31, 2020.

PMH wishes to advise that for the duration of the storm, the Emergency Department will only be seeing emergency patients. Non-emergency patients will be seen after the all clear has been given...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Update on shelters special public announcement - Jul 31, 2020 - 12:39:58 PM

UPDATE ON SHELTERS

SPECIAL PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

The Following Shelters are opened on New Providence as of 10am today...


News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
NEMA activates to closely monitor TS Isaias, which threatens to become a Hurricane - Jul 30, 2020 - 11:30:41 PM

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The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) was activated at 6pm Thursday, July 30 to closely monitor the track of Tropical Storm Isaias as it threatens The Bahamas. 

Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) activated Level II of the Standard Operating Procedures because the situation escalated into a real threat such as storm warnings and flash flood warnings.

Representatives of NEMA’s Emergency Support Function (ESF) groups reported to the NEOC at NEMA on Gladstone Road to monitor the system...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Twenty-four (24) Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - Update #112 - Jul 30, 2020 - 10:38:59 PM

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The Ministry of Health confirms today that there are twenty-four (24) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to five hundred eight (508). There are two hundred forty-seven (247) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama, two hundred five (205) confirmed cases in New Providence, twenty-one (21) confirmed cases in Bimini, nine (9) confirmed cases in Moore’s Island, nine (9) confirmed cases in Great Guana Cay, six (6) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, four (4) confirmed cases in Cat Cay, three (3) confirmed cases in Cat Island, three (3) confirmed cases in Exuma, and one (1) confirmed case in Abaco.


News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prime Minister's Statement on Tropical Storm Isaias - July 30, 2020 - Jul 30, 2020 - 9:09:25 PM

Fellow Bahamians; Members of the Press:

Yesterday, officials held a press conference to brief the country on Tropical Storm Isaias, which poses a threat to The Bahamas.

Officials outlined various measures in preparation for the upcoming storm, which has now strengthened.

This evening, official s from the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, NEMA, security and other agencies will brief the country on the further preparations for the storm...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Reopening Public Treasury - Abaco - August 10, 2020 - Jul 30, 2020 - 6:09:11 PM

The Abaco Office will officially reopen for business,
 Post Hurricane Dorian, as follows: MARSH HARBOUR, ABAC0 OPERATIONS
The Public Treasury will open to the public Monday – Friday Between the hours of 9:00am- 1:00pm

For additional information please reach us by calling:MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO OFFICE...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Campbell outlines Govt.’s ‘comprehensive’ approach to country’s economic recovery that incorporates gender mainstreaming - Jul 30, 2020 - 5:16:44 PM

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The Government of The Bahamas has undertaken a comprehensive approach for the country’s economic recovery from the dual external shocks from the monstrous and catastrophic Hurricane Dorian in 2019 and the COVID-19 Pandemic this year that includes gender responsive financing, resources and mitigation where possible, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell told a United Nations/Inter-American Bank High-Level Meeting.

The Virtual High-Level Meeting was held (Wednesday, July 29) under the theme: “Moving Forward – Insights on Integrating Gender as a Catalyst for Economic Recovery (COVID-19)...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Systems in place and ready, says Minister Lewis - Jul 30, 2020 - 3:47:46 PM

With the shift of the projected path of now Tropical Storm Isaias, Minister of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis on Thursday, July 30, assured residents that plans are in place and shelters ready.

During a press briefing at the Ministry’s office in the Star General building, Freeport, Minister Lewis encouraged residents of the country to prepare for the tropical storm but do with existing protocols in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry, he said, is closely monitoring the trek of the storm, which is expected to impact the southern Bahamas as early as Friday morning...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation on Negative COVID-19 test requirement for resident hotel stays - Jul 30, 2020 - 2:22:25 PM

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation wishes to advise that following consultation with the Ministry of Health, the Competent Authority has affirmed that a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test will not be required by Bahamian and resident guests of hotels.The health and well-being of the population remains of upmost importance. Therefore, the Ministry of Health has recommended...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Junkanoo 2020/2021 and the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Jul 30, 2020 - 12:15:31 PM

On July 16, 2020, the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Culture "The Ministry" has been advised by the Ministry of Health, regarding the National Junkanoo Parades as follows:

"Given the current status of the COVID- 19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health cannot lend support to the hosting of this cultural activity at this time. "...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Reopening of Passport Office on Thompson Blvd - Jul 30, 2020 - 10:44:50 AM

The Cabinet Office announces for general information that the Passport Office on Thompson Blvd will reopen to the general public on Tuesday 4 August 2020 at 9am.

This follows the thorough cleaning and sanitization of the premises following exposure to a COVID-19 positive case earlier this week.

The public is reminded that persons with emergency matters should call the Online Unit number at 397-2330 or 397-2388...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Henfield Meets with the Chinese Ambassador Huang - Jul 29, 2020 - 9:21:41 PM

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas is pleased to inform the general public that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren A. Henfield, MP, received a call this morning, Wednesday, 29 July 2020, by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, HE HUANG Qinguo, at the Ministry’s Headquarters during which the two dignitaries addressed matters of mutual bilateral interest, with a major focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued good relations in the multilateral arena with respect to China’s efforts to provide assistance to the Latin American and Caribbean region for relief against the pandemic...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Thirty-seven (37) Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - Update #111 - Jul 29, 2020 - 6:53:30 PM

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The Ministry of Health confirms today that there are thirty-seven (37) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to four hundred eighty-four (484). There are two hundred forty-three (243) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama, one hundred eighty-five (185) confirmed cases in New Providence, twenty-one (21) confirmed cases in Bimini, nine (9) confirmed cases in Moore’s Island, nine (9) confirmed cases in Great Guana Cay, six (6) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, four (4) confirmed cases in Cat Cay...
News : International
Limited Student Visa Appointments Available at U.S. Embassy - Jul 29, 2020 - 6:44:04 PM

The Embassy of the United States in Nassau will begin offering limited appointments for student visa appointments starting on July 29. Interested applicants may begin the application process immediately at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-bs/niv.

Interested applicants should read in full the instructions at https://bs.usembassy.gov/visas/studentvisa2020...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
Junkanoo Summer Festival 2020 - Jul 29, 2020 - 5:00:34 PM

The 2020 Junkanoo Summer Festival moves to cyberspace, taking the form of a dynamic digital competition and workshop that offers locals the chance to compete, and everyone, including our visitors, the opportunity to learn about one of the most authentic expressions of Bahamian culture.

Junkanoo Artisans lead the conversation as they promote the legacy of the “Greatest Show on Earth” in a 4-day online workshop starting July 27 and ending July 31...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Storm Preparation Protocols in Place, Says Minister Iram Lewis - Jul 29, 2020 - 4:38:58 PM

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All of the necessary protocols are in place in preparation for the tropical disturbance currently in the region, said Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis.

During a press briefing in Grand Bahama, July 29, 2020 at the Star Insurance building which houses the Ministry, Minister Lewis said hurricane shelters are being prepared and an update will be provided by Thursday.

All the necessary agencies are in place, he said, protocols are in place particularly with respect to COVID-19 considerations. The shelters will not be opened unless the need arises...
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Improved trade between the Bahamas and UK to come as economic partnership agreement talks begin - Jul 29, 2020 - 2:53:57 PM

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On Monday 27 July, the Government of The Bahamas and the British High Commission Nassau met to discuss increasing trade between the UK and The Bahamas, primarily through the domestic ratification of the CARIFORUM-UK Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), signed in London in 2019.

The meeting was hosted by the Hon. Elsworth Johnson, Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration; Hon. Carl Bethel, Attorney-General...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PMH Tightens Protocols During Second Wave of COVID-19 - Jul 29, 2020 - 2:42:03 PM

The Public Hospitals Authority wishes to advise the public of various measures that have been implemented to ensure the safety of patients and staff during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) and the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) wishes to advise that effective July 28th, 2020 Specialty Clinics have been SUSPENDED at the Hospital until further notice; with the exception of the Eye Care Centre on Soldier Road and Family Medicine Clinic at 4th Terrace Centerville...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Alert #6 Potential Tropical Depression Nine - Jul 29, 2020 - 12:13:23 PM

ALERT #6 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY, WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY 2020, AT NOON EDT.

…HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WINDS CONTINUE TO SPREAD OVER THE LEEWARD ISLANDS…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.  THIS INCLUDES THE  ISLANDS OF INAGUA, MAYAGUANA, CROOKED ISLAND...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Clarence A. Bain building demolished - Jul 29, 2020 - 11:13:50 AM

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The Ministry of Public Works has begun the demolition of the Clarence A. Bain building located on the corner of Moss Rd. and University Boulevard. The demolition of the structure is projected to be completed by the end of the week.

Over a period of years several government agencies had demitted the building due to unsatisfactory working conditions. Works Minister the Honourable T. Desmond Bannister said that due to extensive damage...

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