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Grand Bahama Minister urges residents to remain vigilant against COVID-19

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ENCOURAGING GRAND BAHAMIANS – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, during a press conference on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, said that the recent confirmed case of COVID-19 in Grand is an indication that Grand Bahamians must remain vigilant against the virus and continue to follow the protocols set out by the Ministry of Health. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

#Freeport, Grand Bahama – March 7, 2020 — Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson is urging Grand Bahamians to continue to follow the protocols laid out by the Ministry of Health, as The Bahamas continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Minister Thompson’s remarks came in light of one additional person from Grand Bahama who tested positive for exposure to the novel coronavirus.  On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, a 50-year-old resident of Grand Bahama was among five new cases of positive COVID-19 in the Bahamas.

The new case brought the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama to eight. Grand Bahama had gone over three weeks with no new cases.

Grand Bahama recorded new case of Covid-19 on May 5

“To hear of this new case after going for so long without a new case in Grand Bahama is disappointing, but it sends a clear message to Grand Bahama that we cannot let our guards down with respect to this disease and the fight that we are in,” said Minister Thompson.

Minister Thompson noted that during the Prime Minister’s latest national address on COVID-19, he pointed out that Nassau and Grand Bahama were moving into Phase 1B of the reopening plan for the Bahamian economy.

This phase allows for businesses to accept and fulfill online and telephone orders with curbside and delivery pickups for customers: “We are urging those businesses to stay within the guidelines that have been set out by the Prime Minister and not to breach the protocols,” said Minister Thompson. “Only businesses that can operate through online and telephone orders, using curbside and delivery services are allowed to operate.”

Asked if further testing in Grand Bahama will be conducted, Minister Thompson said that additional testing is being carried out by health professionals in Grand Bahama. He added that vigorous contact tracing is still being carried out on the island in respect to the new confirmed case.  “We have been informed that the person is at home and is being treated at home. But all of us must stay vigilant with respect to this fight.”

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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Regional Soldiers head to Jamaica to train for pending Haiti mission

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#KenyaMultinationalForce#CARICOM, February 22nd, 2024 – About 150 Bahamian soldiers are heading to Jamaica within the next one or two weeks for a joint training with Jamaican soldiers, in preparation for the pending Kenya led multinational force mission to Haiti according to Bahamian Defense Chief Commodore, Raymond King, in reports. Soldiers and security forces from Chile and Argentina will also travel to Jamaica for the training.

King informs that Kenya and Haiti are in the process of signing off on an agreement to allow Kenya to lead the force into Haiti, following advice from Kenya’s High Court which recently deemed Kenya’s decision to deploy police officers to the gang run nation as unconstitutional. This agreement includes a formal request for assistance from Haiti, allowing Kenya to legally intervene on the ground.

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Major plans for The Bahamas announced Davis

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Development,February 22nd, 2024 – “Things are changing in The Bahamas,” were the words of Prime Minister Philip Davis as he outlined some of the Government’s plans to improve the nation through a decrease in the cost of living, enhanced security for Bahamians and the expansion of access to opportunities. Davis, who was presenting on February 21st, the Bahamas Mid-Year Review of the fiscal performance for the fiscal year 2023/2024, highlighted a long list of plans for the archipelago.

Here’s the full list stated in Davis’ address :

  • A new energy policy and an expansion of renewable energy, including microgrids, and an emphasis on engaging local Bahamian firms and building local professional capacity; 
  • An expansion of Bahamian ownership in our economy, including support for entrepreneurs, small and medium sized enterprises, and an expansion of affordable housing –with hundreds of families moving into new homes by this summer; 
  • A modern and award-winning specialized tourism product, with new investments across our archipelago, and major visibility and branding campaigns in New York, Florida, and the UK;
  • Progress on redeveloping downtown Nassau, long overdue;
  • New commitments to education, including a Parental Engagement Unit; more teacher training, modernizing the curriculum, classroom enhancements, improving school attendance, and using the Renaissance testing results to design individualized support for students; 
  • An expansion of technical and vocational training, including certification at the high school level;
  • An Empower Grand Bahama micro-grant programme for entrepreneurs; $1.5 billion in investments for Grand Bahama in the pipeline; the Beautiful Grand Bahama programme, in which collaboration has led to safer communities; and Collab Grand Bahama, which fosters partnerships between the government and the private sector to bring change and progress to Grand Bahama;
  • Major upgrades to our health infrastructure;
  • More support for our athletes and sports programmes;
  • We’re on track to pave 65 miles of road in New Providence alone this year;
  • Investments in NIB to improve fairness and efficiency;
  • A National School Breakfast pilot programme, which is already giving thousands of our children breakfast in their primary schools, and is ready to expand;
  • New classes, camps, lessons, and programmes at our Urban Renewal Centres;
  • A Youth Guard to strengthen our capacity during national emergencies, and give more young Bahamians a path forward;
  • A Task Force addressing unregulated shantytowns in New Providence and Abaco, with other islands to follow;
  • The selection and training of new immigration officers;
  • Saturation patrols and new investments and collaboration in crime prevention; 
  • A juvenile detention facility;
  • A cadre of officers trained to recognize and manage psychiatric issues;
  • Stronger partnerships and new patrol vessels to secure our nation’s borders; 
  • Major new investments across our Family Islands, including new airports, and road paving in Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Abaco, Long Island; Great Harbour Cay, and Crooked Island;
  • The development of our nation’s blue carbon credits strategy; and
  • A major investment in agriculture and national food security.

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