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REGION – Bahamian PM tells world leaders about Hurricane Dorian’s impact

Only three weeks since one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded laid waste to a large portion of the Bahamas, the country’s Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said: “The Bahamas experienced major hurricanes in 2015, 2016 and 2017. But on the first of this month of September, we experienced something way beyond anything we have […]

Sir Hilary Beckles

The UWI Vice-Chancellor leads mission to The Bahamas

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, […]

BAHAMAS – UN chief calls for greater action to address climate change

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has charged world leaders attending the upcoming UN Climate Action Summit to show up armed – not with speeches –  but with plans to achieve carbon neutrality, reduce emissions and improve adaptation.  Speaking to journalists on Friday, the UN chief expressed international solidarity with the Government and people of the hurricane-ravaged country.  […]

Still reeling from Dorian, Bahamas faces tropical storm

(Source: The Associated Press) – Officials temporarily suspended aid efforts and closed a couple of small airports in the Bahamas on Saturday as Tropical Storm Humberto threatened to lash the archipelago’s northwest region that was already hit by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago. Humberto’s arrival coincides with a weekend visit to the Bahamas by U.N. […]

More than 23 of Sidney Poitier’s family are missing in the Bahamas

(Source: Daily Mail) – The nephew of actor Sidney Poitier has said that more than 23 members of his family are feared missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Jeffrey Poitier, 66, said that as of Thursday there was still no news from the relatives, including his sister Barbara and his adult […]

The Bahamas: Death toll from Hurricane Dorian to rise

SOURCE: NASSAU GUARDIAN: The death toll from Hurricane Dorian will increase, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said today after he revealed that a few children are among the dead. “I caution Bahamians everywhere that chances that we find more persons dead, those chances are real,” Dames told reporters outside Cabinet. “It’s certainly a concern […]

Monster hurricane wreaks havoc in northern Bahamas

SOURCE: NASSAU GUARDIAN: Hurricane Dorian made a dramatic and terrifying landfall in the Abacos early yesterday with devastating impacts, before taking aim at nearby Grand Bahama. As the Category 5 storm — the strongest on record to hit the northern Bahamas — pummeled the mainland and surrounding cays, videos of the destruction quickly circulated, showing […]

Hurricane Dorian now a ‘Catastrophic Category 5’ Storm

Hurricane Dorian is now a “catastrophic Category 5” storm as it approaches The Bahamas, according to a National Hurricane Center update today. As of 8 a.m., Dorian has maximum wind speeds of 160 mph (260 km/h) as the storm churns about 35 miles (55 km) east of Great Abaco Island. The storm is about 225 […]

CDEMA deploys teams to support The Bahamas ahead of Hurricane Dorian

As the Northern Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas brace for the pending impact of Hurricane Dorian, CDEMA has once again taken the lead to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) in support of this Participating State. CDEMA, with the financial support of the Government of the United Kingdom through the Department for International […]

Investigators search for clues in Bahamas chopper crash

(Source – AP): Accident investigators in the Bahamas are conducting underwater surveying and mapping of the site of a helicopter crash that killed West Virginia coal magnate Chris Cline and six other people. The Air Accident Investigation Department of the Bahamas said via Twitter late Friday that salvage teams were “in place at the crash […]

BAHAMAS: Twenty eight Haitians drown when ship sinks off Bahamas

CMC – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), says at least 28 Haitians drowned off the coast of the island of Abaco. The tragedy occurred on Saturday when the ship, carrying the Haitians, sunk near Fowl Cay,  off the coast of Marsh Harbour, Abaco.  “Thus far, a total of 17 persons have been rescued alive and […]

REGIONAL – Bahamas receives $1.4m from US to tackle corruption

NASSAU – The government yesterday signed an amendment to the Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control Law Enforcement with the United States, which would provide over $1.4 million to fight crime and corruption throughout the country. The original letter of agreement was signed on September 24, 2010. This would be the eighth amendment to this […]

BAHAMAS – Govt would reject $2.1b fishing proposal – PM

NASSAU – Prime Minister Perry Christie emphatically stated Monday that the proposed $2.1b agri-fisheries venture with Chinese investors at the centre of widespread public controversy would never have been approved by his government. Christie spoke directly to the infamous proposal as he pushed back against claims from the Official Opposition that the government’s bid to establish […]

BAHAMAS – Firefighters tackle ‘very large’ bush fires

NASSAU – Firefighters are battling two “very large” bush fires in New Providence on Friday that are producing large plumes of thick, black smoke over surrounding communities. Fire Chief Superintendent Walter Evans said the latest fire, in the Grey Terrance off Bernard Road, is threatening homes in the immediate area and also releasing harmful emissions […]

BAHAMAS – Govt considers hurricane tax

NASSAU – When it meets Tuesday, Cabinet may consider introducing and implementing a special tax to help finance Hurricane Matthew repair and recovery efforts, Prime Minister Perry Christie said Monday. If implemented, such a tax may be imposed in a way that has a “minimal impact on people”, he added. His statement came as he […]

CARICOM rallies support for hurricane-ravaged country

Barbados and its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours are being asked not to abandon hurricane-hit Haiti and The Bahamas following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew last week. CARICOM is rallying support to help meet the most pressing needs in the two member states as they embark on a recovery and rehabilitation process. During a CARICOM […]

BAHAMAS – Relief on the way

NASSAU – In hard-hit North Andros, disaster management officials are in the recovery stage, distributing relief aid and building materials to hurricane victims. Senior Deputy Administrator Ivan Ferguson told The Tribune Tuesday that cell service in his district was intermittent, with only “little pockets” of connectivity. When he spoke to The Tribune on Tuesday afternoon, […]