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‘More Breast Cancer Research Needed’

As breast cancer statistics in The Bahamas remain frightening, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said there is a great need to establish more robust machinery for local breast cancer research. In 1999, the incidence of breast cancer in The Bahamas measured 32 out of 100,000 women. In 2014, 62.9 percent of 100,000 Bahamian women […]

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Minister of Tourism, Aviation & Bahamasair Dionisio D'Aguilar gives his contribution in the House of Assembly yesterday.

Abaco Airport Workers Walkout

Security officers at the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in Marsh Harbour, Abaco walked off the job on Saturday. Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar told The Bahama Journal yesterday that the security officers walked off the job because of poor working conditions at the airport following Hurricane Dorian. “I’m led to believe that […]

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Gov’t Refutes OHCHR Immigration Comments

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to comments made by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and advised that due process was followed to determine whether an immigrant has the right to be in The Bahamas before deportation was considered.  According to the ministry, all illegal migrants, irrespective of their origin, […]

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‘Abaco Needs Resilient Building’ -Henfield Concerned NGOs May Leave

North Abaco Member of Parliament Darren Henfield stressed the need for Abaco to build resilient, so as to better withstand hurricanes like Dorian. Additionally, Henfield said in the House of Assembly yesterday that more than 4,000 nongovernmental organizations were in Abaco post Dorian.  While in New York, he added that a number of countries pledged […]

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Cooper Against Disaster Bill

Progressive Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper expressed his disapproval of the Disaster Preparedness and Response Amendment Bill 2019, which seeks to implement forced mandatory evacuations.  Debate on the bill continued yesterday in the House of Assembly, where Cooper said he cannot support the bill because it offends Article 29 of the Constitution. “From all […]

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$300 Million Baha Mar Expansion

A heads of agreement was signed yesterday at the Cabinet Office for Baha Mar’s second phase, a $300 million undertaking that will take the mega resort’s total investment to $4.8 billion.  Baha Mar President Graeme Davis said the mega expansion will provide nearly 500 direct permanent jobs and over 1,000 indirect jobs. More than 80 […]

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Draft Public Procurement Bill Published Represents ‘Sea-change’ for Fairness and Gov’t Transparency

The Ministry of Finance published the draft Public Procurement Bill on Tuesday for public consultation, paving the way for the full modernization of government protocols for contracts for goods and services.  The new draft bill calls for the regular publication of contracts awarded to vendors, including public disclosures of basic contract details, such as the […]

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BPL Oil Spill

Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd. (BPL) confirmed yesterday that there was an oil spill in the area of the Blue Hills Power Station (BHPS).  According to BPL Public Relations Director Quincy Parker, the spill occurred after a contractor working in the area ruptured the fuel line that runs from BHPS to the Clifton Pier […]

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Tourist Arrivals Down

Tourist arrivals are expected to take a hit since Hurricane Dorian ransacked Abaco and Grand Bahama leaving behind a trail of devastation.  Officials project a nearly 10 percent decrease by the end of the year. Still, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar is optimistic visitor arrivals will bounce back and quickly.  “Our decrease is around 9 […]

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Gov’t May Reduce Timeline to Declare Missing Dead

The government is considering reducing the time for a person to officially be declared dead, according to Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands. It’s a burning concern for many considering that hundreds of people are still missing in hurricane torn Abaco and Grand Bahama. Currently, it could take up to seven years for a person […]

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