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Minister of Foreign Affairs to lead Bahamas Delegation participating in the 50th OAS General Assembly
- Oct 18, 2020 - 10:52:06 PM
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren. A Henfield, will lead
The Bahamas’ delegation participating virtually in the 50th Regular
Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States,
to be held from 20th to 21st October 2020, Washington, DC. The Session,
which will be convened under the theme, “Facing the Challenges of
COVID-19 in the Hemisphere: A Collaborative Approach to Address
Vulnerabilities and Build Resilience in Times of Crisis, Based on the
Four Pillars of the OAS”, will be an historic one, in that for the first
time member states will meet in a virtual forum in light of the
Coronavirus pandemic. The Bahamas was originally to have hosted the 50th
Update #200 - Ministry of Health - COVID-19 Update
- Oct 18, 2020 - 8:32:46 PM
The Ministry of Health advises the general public of the current COVID-19 situation in The Bahamas.
CURRENT CASE NUMBERS
Seventy-five (75) new cases1 have tested positive for COVID-19...
Samaritan’s Purse COVID-19 care facility set to begin operations tomorrow
- Oct 18, 2020 - 5:56:54 PM
A multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, and administrative
support from Samaritan’s Purse set to commence clinical services in a
field hospital erected on the campus of the Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) tomorrow (19th October 2020). The thirty-three (33) member team
from Samaritan’s Purse includes doctors, nurses, water and sanitation
specialists, an electrician, and other key support staff.
field hospital which has a capacity for twenty (20) patients and is
designed to specifically care for coronavirus positive patients is made
up of seven tents...
Grand Bahama Children’s Home officially reopened
- Oct 17, 2020 - 9:17:59 PM
Inclement weather did not stop the much-anticipated arrival from Nassau
of the 30 children of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home on Friday,
October 16, for the official reopening of the Home.
Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie
Campbell accompanied the youngsters from the nation’s capital to
Freeport, along with other senior government officials and chaperones...
Grand Bahama Children’s Home had been damaged by Hurricane Dorian over a
year ago, and the children were moved to home facilities in New
RBDF welcomes newest squad of Marines
- Oct 17, 2020 - 11:05:43 AM
After spending a total of twenty-three weeks of New Entry Training at
HMBS CORAL HARBOUR, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force welcomed 56 of the
newest Marines into the organization during a Passing out Parade
ceremony on October 16, 2020.
In the first ever graduation
ceremony without family members in attendance, the young men and women
of New Entry 57 and Woman Entry 26 displayed spectacular performances of
drills that included: precision military foot drills, weapons drills
and a physical fitness display...
Samaritan's Purse, setting up the Tent Hospital at PMH
- Oct 16, 2020 - 9:05:13 PM
Samaritan's Purse in partnership with Princess Margaret Hospital is
setting up a 20-bed tent hospital at PMH to assist in management of
COVID-19 cases. Samaritan’s Purse will work with PMH clinical staff to
provide care to coronavirus positive patients. Clinical services are
tentatively set to begin on Monday, October 19, for a period of three to
six weeks, after which a transition from Samaritan’s Purse personnel to
PMH clinical staff will occur. The hospital tent is located in the
hospital’s parking lot “G” at the rear of the PMH Blood Bank.
Sustained efforts to ensure needed space in healthcare facilities
- Oct 16, 2020 - 8:40:41 PM
Minister of Health the Hon. Renward Wells said throughout the COVID-19
response, consistent efforts have been made to increase the bed capacity
at the nation’s healthcare facilities.
“We continue to work to ensure that COVID-19 patients, as well as
patients with unrelated illnesses, have the needed space in our
healthcare Facilities,” Minister Wells explained during a COVID-19
Update Press Conference at the Ministry of Health, Friday, October 16,
Minister Wells noted that through numerous capacity building exercises the total bed capacity for COVID-19 cases...
Children returned safely to Grand Bahama Children’s Home
- Oct 16, 2020 - 3:37:52 PM
Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A.
Campbell, led a delegation of officials from the Ministry of Social
Services and Urban Development, and the Department of Social Services,
that re-united 30 children from the Grand Bahama Children’s Home with
administrators and staff members of the Home and the Grand Bahama
community following their return Friday (October 16) onboard Bahamasair
The children were relocated to New Providence (September 2019) in the
aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the Home in Grand
Bahama. The monster storm ravaged parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco.
Minister Campbell applauded the Administrators and staff of the New
Providence-based Ranfurly Home for Children...
UWP calls on Wayne Girard to come clean about Freedom Bay
- Oct 16, 2020 - 2:50:40 PM
The United Workers Party is appalled at recent statements by St Lucia
Labour Party candidate for Anse La Raye/Canaries, Wayne Girard, on the
reason why his investment project, Freedom Bay failed. Appearing on the
Choice Television Program, SoLucians, Girard told the Nation that
Freedom Bay never opened its doors because Prime Minister Allen
Chastanet upon assuming Office in 2016, whispered to his partners that
he, Girard, ought not to be part of the Project and so to protect
himself and the investors a decision was taken “to put the Development
Cabinet and National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) meet amidst concerns about COVID-19 community spread
- Oct 16, 2020 - 11:50:54 AM
The Prime Minister has activated the National Emergency Management
Advisory Committee (NEMAC) which will hold a special meeting this
afternoon. Prior to the NEMAC meeting the Cabinet of Ministers are
meeting to discuss Saint Lucia’s current situation regarding the
A presentation is being made to Cabinet by the
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar George, with other key
officials in attendance including officials from the Royal Saint Lucia
Police Force (RSLPF), the Ministry of Education...
Cuban Nationals apprehended in Bahamian Waters
- Oct 16, 2020 - 9:13:26 AM
At total of thirteen Cuban Nationals were transported to the capital
aboard Defence Force patrol craft HMBS LEON LIVINGSTONE SMITH after they
were apprehended by a United States Coast Guard (USCG) cutter in the
Nine Cuban nationals were discovered on Cay
Sal and another four were discovered near Anguilla Cay by USCG Cutter
ISSAC MAYO. As part of the Comprehensive Maritime Agreement between the
US and The Bahamas, the Cuban nationals (11 males, 2 females) were
transferred to HMBS L. L. SMITH under the command of Senior Lieutenant
Closure of Road Traffic Department
- Oct 15, 2020 - 10:27:47 PM
The Cabinet Office announces for general information the temporary
closure of the Road Traffic Department, Ministry of Transport and Local
Government’s stadium location.
The Road Traffic Department will
be closed on Friday 16 October 2020 and Monday 19 October 2020 to
facilitate the appropriate cleaning and sanitizing following exposure to
a COVID-19 case...
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
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...
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.
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
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.
Naledo manufactures the world’s first wildcrafted, whole root turmeric
paste as well as fresh juices blended with turmeric...
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.
of The Bahamas, our operations continue to be affected by the ongoing
COVID-19 health crisis...
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.
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...