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Prime Minister Minnis Visits North Abaco and Cays - Sep 16, 2019 - 1:23:57 AM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis traveled to North Abaco, including a number of the Abaco cays on September 11 as part of his assessment of relief and recovery efforts on affected islands.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs and North Abaco MP the Hon. Darren Henfield; Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition, Mr. I. Chester Cooper; and President of the Bahamas Christian Council, Bishop Delton Fernander.

Prime Minister Minnis visited Green Turtle Cay and Elbow Cay, and the settlements of Cooper’s Town, Crown Haven and Fox Town in North Abaco...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prohibition to Build issued for Areas of Abaco - Sep 15, 2019 - 11:53:18 PM

The Minister of Housing and the Environment has issued a Prohibition to Build Order for The Mudd, Pigeon Pea, Sand Bank and Farm Road community areas located on the island of Abaco, with immediate effect.

According to the Order, “no person shall erect any new building or development for the purposes of residing or carrying out any commercial activity” in the identified community areas.

The purpose of the Order is to allow for recovery efforts and the removal of storm debris related to Hurricane Dorian.
News : Local
UWI Vice-Chancellor Leads Mission to The Bahamas - Sep 15, 2019 - 8:09:55 PM

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, was visibly moved as he opened his Forum on the Hurricane Response in The Bahamas on Friday, September 13, 2019. Calling it a ‘zone of vulnerability and devastation’, he addressed the enormity of devastation, the magnitude of effort required to rebuild, and The UWI’s role in the context of post-colonial vulnerability.

The Vice-Chancellor and UWI teams had been and are in the affected islands working on the ground and with Government officials in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian which clocked winds of 220 and battered the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama for almost two days...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
OAS Commission on Nicaragua - Sep 15, 2019 - 7:50:24 PM

The Commission of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Nicaragua, composed of representatives from Argentina, Canada, Jamaica, Paraguay and United States of America, expresses its discomfort at the Nicaraguan Government decision of not granting access to the country to its members and an OAS officer enforced by a communication from the migration agency issued today...
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Meet housing needs for displaced with repossessed properties says local realtor - Sep 15, 2019 - 7:07:37 PM

Thousands of repossessed properties sit vacant while thousands who lost their homes as Hurricane Dorian thrashed Abaco and Grand Bahama are sleeping in shelters, desperate for some semblance of a return to normalcy.

Now, says leading real estate broker and entrepreneur Mario Carey, as government searches for a solution to housing the answer may be staring them right in the face – incentivize investors to buy distressed properties and transform them into rent-controlled, affordable housing...
News : Grand Bahama
300 Bahamians back to work at Grand Bahama Shipyard - Sep 15, 2019 - 6:01:14 PM

Even as its ships ferried thousands of meals and tons of supplies to hurricane-stricken Grand Bahama in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, Royal Caribbean issued welcomed news yesterday – Grand Bahama Shipyard, one of the island’s largest employers, re-opened September 11, providing jobs and a semblance of normalcy amidst the tumultuous relief efforts.

“We are extremely pleased to advise that the Grand Bahama Shipyard re-opened for business on Wednesday, September 11, allowing some 300 Bahamian employees to return to work and demonstrating to the outside world that Grand Bahama is on a path to recovery,” said Michael Bayley, President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas PSA: Renewal or Replacement of E-Regular Passports - Sep 15, 2019 - 3:46:41 PM

The general public is advised that the Government of The Bahamas has authorized a fee waiver for the replacement of E-Regular passports for persons from Grand Bahama and its Cays and Abaco Islands and its Cays whose passports were damaged, destroyed or lost during the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

Persons from the affected islands wishing to replace their E-Regular passport can do so by visiting the Passport Office in New Providence.  Of note, effort is being made to restore service at the Passport Office in Grand Bahama in the shortest time possible.

Persons whose passports were damaged are asked...
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EY Donates to Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts - Sep 15, 2019 - 1:43:37 PM

On Sept. 13, EY announced a $200,000 donation to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas.

Leadership of the EY region of the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands will donate $100,000, with EY Americas matching the donation, to The Bahamas National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA).

“This is an extraordinarily difficult time for the Bahamas and,by extension,all of the countries that make up a part of this region, so it is imperative that we come together as one to help the Bahamas and its people begin to rebuild,” said Dan Scott, Regional Managing Partner with EY..
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Taking Food to the People in Grand Bahama - Sep 15, 2019 - 6:13:15 AM

The National Emergency Management Agency, along with Carnival Cruise Line took thousands of prepared lunches to the residents of Grand Bahama on Thursday afternoon (September 12, 2019) during the lunchtime rush.

The prepared meals were distributed on the grounds of the old Portion Control Shopping Centre, which intersects two major highways. The meals, which were prepared by chefs aboard Carnival Cruise Line, were properly packed and handed out to any and all residents who stopped by for lunch...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
UN Secretary General Visits The Bahamas to Assess Damage from Hurricane Dorian - Sep 15, 2019 - 2:04:49 AM

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres expressed the solidarity of the United Nations and the international community with the government and people of The Bahamas after the unrelenting onslaught of Hurricane Dorian.

“I bring our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones and our sympathy to the many others who have lost their homes and communities,” the Secretary General said during a press conference held after a meeting with Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis and officials at the Office of the Prime Minister, September 13, 2019...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
(Photos) UN Secretary General visits Abaco, Bahamas - Sep 15, 2019 - 1:07:17 AM

ABACO, The Bahamas -- The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres visited The Bahamas, arriving Friday, September 13 -- during which he had meetings with Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, participated in a press conference, and visited the island of Abaco where he saw first-hand the devastation by Hurricane Dorian.

Photos within show his visit to Abaco...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
(Video) 'Bahamas Strong' - Sep 14, 2019 - 11:14:53 PM

Bahamas Information Services presents the first in a series of video presentations under the theme, 'Bahamas Strong,' which captures the spirit and strength of the Bahamian people in the wake of the devastating impact of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian...
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Bahamas PM speaks with His Royal Highness Prince Charles - Sep 14, 2019 - 9:53:38 PM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis spoke by phone with His Royal Highness Prince Charles today from his office at Cabinet, Churchill Building.
Prince Charles expressed how deeply the people of the United Kingdom are feeling for Bahamians during this time of tragedy in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

His Royal Highness and the Prime Minister also spoke about ways to rebuild storm-affected communities better and with resilience and long-term reconstruction...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Displaced Persons Registration Desk at Odyssey Aviation is Now Closed - Sep 14, 2019 - 9:15:33 PM

The Department of Rehabilitative Welfare Services announced Saturday, September 14, 2019 that the displaced persons registration desk at Odyssey Aviation is now closed.

The registration desk was spearheaded by a collective group of private citizens, partners and NGOs in collaboration with the Department of Social Services. It was staffed by more than 50 trained volunteers working on shifts, registered approximately 6,854 people arriving to New Providence by air from Abaco and Grand Bahama between September 5 -13, 2019...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Awards for 2018 Junior Junkanoo Competition Presented - Sep 14, 2019 - 7:51:01 PM

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture (MOYSC) recognized schools throughout The Bahamas for their accomplishments in the 2018 Junior Junkanoo Competition, Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at the National Training Agency, Gladstone Road.

Students and teachers, representing pre, primary, junior and senior high school divisions, accepted their prizes for their achievements in various categories during the 31stJunior Junkanoo Awards Presentation sponsored by the MOYSC, the NJC and Sol Petroleum Bahamas Ltd. The categories included: Best Banner, Best Music, Best Choreography, Best Overall, Best Off the Shoulder and Best Free Dancer...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Grand Bahama prepares for another storm - Sep 14, 2019 - 3:10:37 PM

Even as residents of both Grand Bahama and Abaco struggle to clean up following the passage of Hurricane Dorian, which left behind devastating effects, the threat of a tropical wave over these islands have only added to the anxiety GB and Abaco residents have been feeling.

Tropical Cyclone Nine is expected to develop into the next Tropical storm, as it moves through parts of The Bahamas this weekend. According to local and international weather reports, the Wave has a 70 percent chance of further development..
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
UN Secretary General commends NEMA - Sep 14, 2019 - 2:00:12 PM

Secretary General of the United Nations António Guterres commended the National Emergency Management Agency and The Bahamas Government at large, on its response in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

During his Visit to The Bahamas, he met with the NEMA committee at the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) on Friday, September 13, 2019. He was accompanied by the Most Hon Dr Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister and members of his UN staff...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
PAHO Officials call on Bahamas Government - Sep 14, 2019 - 12:24:29 PM

Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Cornelius A. Smith welcomed board members of the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in a courtesy call at Government House, September 13, 2019.

Pictured from left: Dr. Esther de Gourville, Bahamas Representative, PAHO; H.E. Cornelius A. Smith; Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director, PAHO; and Dr. Merle Lewis, Chief of Staff, PAHO...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
AIBT Told, Bahamas is Still Open for Business - Sep 14, 2019 - 8:15:01 AM

Despite the recent passing and devastation of two major islands by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago, the country’s Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson, told industry leaders that the country is still ‘open for business.’

Mr. Johnson made the statement while addressing the Association of International Bank & Trust (AIBT) Companies, September 11, 2019 at Baha Mar Convention Centre.The theme for this year’s Nassau conference is “Evolution: Substance, Transparency & Opportunity...”
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas National Prayer Service set for Sept. 18, flags to be flown at half mast - Sep 14, 2019 - 2:00:36 AM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis has announced plans for a National Prayer Service to honour the lives lost to Hurricane Dorian.

The Government has invited the Bahamas Christian Council to plan the National Prayer Service, which will take place on Wednesday 18 September at Bahamas Faith Ministries International, Carmichael Road, starting at 7pm...

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