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Working from Paradise, could be the Answer!
we head into a lockdown here in Grand Bahama, hoping to flatten the
curve of this unseen enemy, we are not going to address what we have
lost, but look to what we can gain in this nightmare of COVID times.
week we were part of our Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce zoom
discussions on the way forward for our island and our country. Our PM
has also created a ‘think tank’ working to diversify our economy so that
we are not so dependent on tourism. Sadly, we have not heard much from
this group, and with Grand Bahama locking down, the country now stopping
US visitors on commercial flights, our economy is not going to rebound
am announcing today that after consultation with health and other
officials, including officials on Grand Bahama, that Grand Bahama will
be placed on a two-week lockdown in order to slow and control the
community spread of the COVID-19 virus on this island.
lockdown will take effect beginning Thursday, the 23rd of July at 7
p.m. until Friday the 7th of August at 5 a.m. I note that similar
lockdown periods were applied on the island of Bimini and in other
countries to help to control the spread of COVID-19. This measure is
absolutely necessary in order to save and to protect the lives of the
residents of Grand Bahama.
D’Aguilar: Govt wasn’t strict enough with Bahamians traveling abroad
three weeks after the country reopened to international commercial
travel, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said
yesterday the spike in COVID-19 cases is “domestic grown” and suggested
the government could have implemented stricter measures for Bahamians
in hindsight we were not strict enough on Bahamians going in and out of
the country,” D’Aguilar told reporters outside Government House.
added, “From the evidence that I have right now in front of me, I have
no known cases by foreign visitors coming into the country. They were
all following the protocols, getting the COVID-19 tests, we were
screening them before they came. So, I think that was working well.”
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is
pleased to inform that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren
A. Henfield, MP, met for the first time today, Monday, 20 July 2020, at
the Ministry’s Headquarters with the recently appointed Haitian Chargé
d’Affaires, a.i., to The Bahamas, Mr. Anthony Brutus.
the Chargé was Mr. Karl-Henry Chatelier, Head of Consular Affairs of
the Embassy of Haiti. Accompanying the Minister were the High
Commissioner of The Bahamas to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the
Hon. Reuben L. Rahming, MP, and the Director-General of the Ministry, HE
Mrs Sharon Brennen-Haylock.
of timely importance were addressed in a constructive manner. They
included the preparations currently underway for the repatriation
exercise this week to Haiti, as well as the general terms of reference
for the proper conduct of these exercises.
Prime Minister Minnis announces enforcement measures to help control spread of COVID-19
Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced a number of
enforcement measures to assist in the Government’s comprehensive
national strategy in the battle against COVID-19, including new fines
and the establishment of a COVID-19 Enforcement Unit.
will be doing everything possible to ensure that the health protocols
and Emergency Orders are enforced, to limit the spread of the virus and
to avoid further restrictive control measures,” Prime Minister Minnis
said in a live address to the nation from the Office of the Prime
Minister on Sunday 19 July.
the enforcement measures are fines for falsifying results of a COVID-19
test, knowingly exposing or infecting another person to the coronavirus
and breaking mandatory or self-quarantine.
at the Bahamas Development Bank celebrated the relaunch of the
42-year-old institution in July 2020. The multicolored hummingbird logo
of the Bank combines flashes of red, blue, green, yellow and pink into a
bright eye-catching image. The new brand for the Bank was developed in
consultation with BDB personnel who wanted the look and feel to support
the vibrancy, agility and dynamism that they perceive is at the core of
The “New” Bahamas Development Bank.
hummingbird, an industrious native species, is known for its utility as
a pollinator. Like The Bank, the bird stimulates growth and
Troy Sampson, Business Development Manager stated, “ The new logo is
emblematic of The Bank’s aspirations to be energetic and in perpetual
motion to assist Bahamians in growing their ideas and dreams into real
wealth for the future.”
The Path to Recovery: Industry-specific guidance from Cleveland Clinic about transitioning to the workplace during COVID-19
coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic has significantly affected people
all across the world, sending massive shock waves through the global
economy and leaving a trail of death in its wake. There were many
unforeseen challenges with millions advised to practice social
distancing and wear masks daily. As global cases edge closer to 15
million, there is still much uncertainty, but people have begun asking:
how do we move forward and remain safe at the same time?
Bahamas, like many countries around the world, began focusing its
efforts toward economic recovery and returning to everyday life beyond
quarantine from mid-June 2020 with phased re-openings for certain
groups, full opening of commercial travel from July 1, and now effective
July 22, closing commercial travel again from certain destinations due
to a huge spike in Covid-19 cases. However, one thing has remained
constant – ensuring organizations and business houses alike establish
the right measures and safety guidelines to prevent further contagion of
the virus in the local community.
Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation Statement On
Border Closure To The United States Due To COVID-19
to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, as
well as an uptick in cases in The Bahamas, Prime Minister, The Most Hon.
Dr. Hubert Minnis, has made the difficult decision to close borders to
international commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying
passengers from the United States. The order is effective as of
Wednesday, July 22 at midnight. In addition, Bahamasair will cease
outgoing flights to the United States, effective immediately.
flights will be permitted to accommodate any current visitors scheduled
to return to the United States after Wednesday, July 22.
of the island’s cabinet ministers on July 18, 2020 toured some of the
schools on island currently under repairs in the largest re-build and
reconstruction projects of schools here.
as ahead of schedule even though the coronavirus pandemic has slowed
progress in other segments of society, Ministers Michael Pintard, Kwasi
Thompson and Iram Lewis all expressed pleasure with what they had seen.
the tour, which started at Hugh Campbell Primary School, were Minister
of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael Pintard; Minister
of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator
the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson; and Minister of State for Disaster
Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis.
Bahamians Among Outstanding Graduates of American Caribbean Maritime
Foundation. She spent 11 months aboard a bulk carrier, the youngest
member of the crew of 23 and the only female. He spent nine months on a
container ship and six months on a bulk carrier.
they are the future of the maritime industry and as of this week, the
two Bahamians, Shante Pearson and Tre’von Ferguson, were among three
honours graduates of the prestigious Caribbean Maritime University. The
third honours graduate was from Jamaica. All three attended the
university on scholarships from Royal Caribbean International donated
through the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation.
am so proud of Shante and Tre’von who are graduating at the top of
their class after rigorous training at the Caribbean Maritime
University, an ISO 9001 certified institution,” said Geneive Brown
Metzger, LLD Hon.,
Grand Bahama Placed on Lockdown to Slow and Control Spread of COVID-19 Virus
Bahama will be placed on a two-week lockdown starting Thursday 23 July
at 7pm to Friday 7 August at 5am in an effort to slow and control the
community spread of COVID-19 on the island, Prime Minister the Most Hon.
Dr. Hubert Minnis announced on Tuesday.
of Monday 20 July, health officials had confirmed a total of 59 cases
of COVID-19 on Grand Bahama. Fifty-one of those cases have been recorded
since the borders fully re-opened on 1 July. Outside of New Providence,
Grand Bahama now has the largest number of recorded cases in The
measure is absolutely necessary in order to save and to protect the
lives of the residents of Grand Bahama,” the Prime Minister said in a
statement carried live from the Cabinet Office.
$70,000 Raised For The Fight Against Cancer “Very Timely”
cancer organizations across The Bahamas are now better able to provide
quality care and counselling to cancer patients and their families.
the $70,000 raised from Walk for the Cure 2019, ports, medicine and
needles will be procured, and housing and transportation continuously
provided for patients from various islands.
funds raised during CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure 2019, were
donated to Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, The Cancer Society
of The Bahamas, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group of Grand
Bahama, the Cancer Societies of Abaco, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama, and
the Cancer Association of Grand Bahama.