The newly established Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and
Reconstruction has, along with the rest of the country, faced
significant challenges due to Hurricane Dorian followed by the COVID-19
Minister of State for the Ministry of Disaster
Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis, during
his report on Thursday, October 29, described the challenges as
“unprecedented” making note of climate change and the global pandemic.
Minister outlined the various steps being taken by Government to help
strengthen not only the building codes...
If no one is to be left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts
must be stepped up to ensure a strong and coordinated response with
indigenous organizations and leaders, Deputy Director of the Pan
American Health Organization (PAHO), Mary Lou Valdez, said today.
at the first of two High-Level Regional Meetings – The Impact of
COVID-19 on indigenous peoples in the region of the Americas:
Perspectives and opportunities, Valdez emphasized the health
inequalities faced by these populations...
After a three-year delay, including the set back as a result of the
Covid-19 pandemic, the new Revive Academy is set to commence. The
program is being offered by The Ministry of National Security via its
Citizens Security & Justice Program (CSJP) and is being offered to
unemployed and at-risk youths in the age range of 15-29 years.
will focus on four core areas including: soft skills, numeracy and
literacy development, hospitality and retail training as well as
technical trade’s development...
At this time, we at the Inter-American Development Bank Country Office
Bahamas extend our condolences to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Finance Hon. K. Peter Turnquest on the passing of his mother.
know this moment is filled with profound sadness and emotions and we
extend our deepest sympathies to his family...
Today, the South Florida based ferry company, Baleària Caribbean,
has announced that they will postpone their scheduled November 5th, 2020
passenger transport reopening date until further notice.
company stated that they came to this decision after further
discussions with Government and Tourism officials. All parties agree
that it is important to ensure that they are ready to properly and
safely receive passengers in all areas, both air and cruise ports...
For some, the road to recovery a year after
Hurricane Dorian has been a hard fought one, wrought with tears,
heartache, mixed emotions and bitter-sweet memories. But it is the
generosity of relief organizations like Global Emergency Relief Recovery
and Reconstruction (GER3) that have helped to make the last year for
residents in Grand Bahama and Abaco bearable.
“It was like God had GER3 waiting for me,” said Sitha Silien, 28, who lived in an area in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, known as ThePea...
Financial institutions across the Caribbean Community this week had the
opportunity to learn more about project support systems and tools
within the renewable energy and energy efficiency space.
renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies have seen notable
decreases in cost, leading to significantly lower capital needed to
invest in new systems, financing renewable energy projects remains a
major difficulty in the region...
Given the current status of active COVID-19 cases and projections, the
Government of Saint Lucia is implementing protocols in order to curb the
spread of COVID-19 to be effective today, Friday October 30th 2020 and
to remain in effect for the next 30 DAYS.
On the recommendations
by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the Command Centre and following a
consultative session with the National Emergency Management Advisory
Committee (NEMAC) and various stakeholders...
The Network of Focal Points of the Regional Initiative Latin America and
the Caribbean Free of Child Labour launched its 6th Annual Meeting
today, to assess the progress in the implementation of its Strategic
Plan and define priorities for the COVID-19 response and recovery
stages, within the broader context of preparing for 2021, the
International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour...
The necessary reinstatement of curfews and lockdowns for the entire
month of August exerted significant pressure on the country’s fiscal
position in the first quarter of the 2020/21 Fiscal Year (FY), according
to preliminary estimates published in the First Quarter Fiscal Snapshot
and Report for FY 2020/21.
Revenue fell by 45.5% or $251.4
million compared to the same period during the previous fiscal year.
Expenditures, on the other hand, increased moderately...
After two weeks working together to develop big ideas for the Caribbean,
the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Pivot Event closes with the
reveal of nine moonshots for the future of the region – with input from
the four Bahamians selected as a part of the team leading the idea
The Ministry of National Security wishes to advise the general public
that all persons whose dire is to use the National Symbols: the National
Flag and/or Coat of Arms or any part thereof including the colours on
any articles/things/goods to be produced, distributed, sold or imported
in The Bahamas, whether in connection with any business/calling/trade or
profession on an annual basis MUST obtain a license or written
permission from the Minister of National Security as stated in Section
Please see enclosed Remarks by Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis in his National Report, October 29, 2020:
My Fellow Bahamians,
I begin by
taking this opportunity to thank the hard-working and dedicated staff of
The Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction,
the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)...
The days of daydreaming of paradise from your makeshift home office or
classroom are over. The Islands of The Bahamas announced its new Bahamas
Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) program, a one-year residency
permit designed to allow professionals and students to pack their laptop
and their swimwear as they march to the island rhythm of their own
drum, remotely, from The Bahamas...
Scholarly analysis on the prevalence of Haitian stigmatization in The
Bahamas, the relationship between religiosity and Bahamian gambling
impulses, and the efficacy of corporal punishment in Bahamian schools,
headline the 2020 edition of the University of The Bahamas’ (UB) premier
The 26th volume of UB’s International
Journal of Bahamian Studies (IJBS) was officially published on Friday,
23rd October, 2020...
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force salutes the first group of females to enlist in the organization 35 years ago.
the leadership of Commodore Livingstone Leon Smith, this first woman
entry was allowed to enlist on 28 October 1985. Following a group of
former Police Marines who transferred, and a total of 17 all-male
entries, the time had come to enlist women into the organization...
“Financial crime is a serious problem worldwide, with the estimated
annual cost of money laundering and associated crimes between US$1.4
trillion to US$3.5 trillion,” stated Tyrone Neely, Accord Services