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When the going gets tough: five ways to build resilience
“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller   We have undoubtedly been dealt a tremendous blow in recent times. Hurricane Matthew visited our beautiful country and left lots of damage and destruction in its wake, le...
 
 
BTC promises credit to landline customers
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has announced that it will issue a credit to residential landline customers whose services were interrupted because of an extended loss of commercial power. The credit adjustment will appear in the Novem...
 
 
Meliá offers locals a break on Friday
The Meliá Nassau Beach All Inclusive Resort has announced that it will offer one night of “relaxation and comfort” at a special discounted rate of $99, taxes included, exclusively for locals. The special is set for Friday, October 21, 2016. All...
 
 
PM: Bahamas borrowing costs exorbitant
Prime Minister Perry Christie said the government must raise $150 million by way of a special bond to “help the country to get back on its feet”. However, Christie is worried that the traditional designation of The Bahamas as a high-income countr...
 
 
PLP ‘unprepared’ for Matthew aftermath, Turnquest says
Shadow Finance Minister Peter Turnquest, in a deliberate removal of the proverbial gloves, said the Christie administration was obviously unprepared for the recovery from Hurricane Matthew. Turnquest further charged that the ideas floated by Prime Mi...
 
 
North Andros health facilities ‘in good standing’
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Community Health Administrator Charlene Bain said health facilities in North Andros are in good standing and service continues despite some damage sustained by the Nicholls Town and Mastic Point clinics. Bain also a...
 
 
IMF: Caribbean pension funds ‘unsustainable’ without reform
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) working paper has asserted that population aging is among a number of unfavorable demographic trends influencing long-term projections which say pension schemes have become “unsustainable” in the Caribbean. T...
 
 
Hurricane czar pledges SME focus
Hurricane czar Shane Gibson said the government will work with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) on strategies and programs to assist small businesses in restarting in order to get the local economy moving again espe...
 
 
Andros resort launches relief effort
Travel + Leisure Magazine award-winning resort Kamalame Cay has launched a Go Fund Me web page under the name “Kamalame Cares” in order to raise funds to assist communities across Andros Island. In a statement issued yesterday, the resort and its...
 
 
BTC outlines restoration schedule
Since the passing of Hurricane Matthew, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) said that basic mobile and fixed line services have now been restored in North Andros. “As a result of the repairs to the Nicholls Town site that was damaged in t...
 
 
BIA confirms flooding part of hurricane coverage
In a notice designed to assist people in filing for insurance claims, the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) has assured that, in The Bahamas, flooding caused by a hurricane is included as part of hurricane coverage. The association also warns dir...
 
 
Cable focused on restoration, not billing
Complaints about allegedly being billed for unused services from Cable Bahamas Limited (CBL) are surfacing, but Vice President of Marketing at CBL David Burrows said the company’s sole focus at the moment is on restoring services to its customers. ...
 
 
URCA regs say CBL can’t bill for no service
In response to mounting complaints from customers of Cable Bahamas Ltd. (CBL) irate because they have been issued bills that do not reflect the days without CBL service, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has made it clear th...
 
 
Bahamas: $3.2B in disaster damage, 1950-2014
The Bahamas incurred a total of $3.2 billion worth of damage from 10 natural disasters and hurricanes during the years 1950 to 2014, according to a working paper from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The estimated damage is reported to hav...
 
 
Bill for Matthew will far outweigh Joaquin
The bill for insured losses attributed to damage caused by Hurricane Matthew is approximately eight times more than that attributed to Hurricane Joaquin, said President and CEO of Bahamas First Patrick Ward. There are persons in New Providence, Nort...
 
 
Efficient windows allow greater use of natural light
One of the great things about The Bahamas is the bright sunlight that we get to enjoy, and with advances in window technology, we have the opportunity to harvest an abundance of free natural light without the massive gain of heat into the space. The...
 
 
Old Bahama Bay ‘fortunate’, awaiting power to reopen
While Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour was fortunate to sustain no major damage from Hurricane Matthew, General Manager James Culmer pointed out that West End and the rest of Grand Bahama were not so fortunate. The resort, located at West E...
 
 
NEMA approval required for most exigency order benefits
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Bahamas Customs Department will play an increasingly integral role in how individuals and businesses access benefits under the still-to-be-published exigency order. In fact, NEMA approval wi...
 
 
CDEMA teams pinpointing storm recovery needs
The Rapid Needs Assessment Teams (RNATs) deployed to The Bahamas by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) have reported on their findings, and made recommendations to the government as to what steps should be taken in the recover...
 
 
Questions, plaudits for hurricane bond scheme
Questions surround the government’s proposal to create a new form of funding for businesses and residents in need of immediate financial recovery using a hurricane recovery and reconstruction bond. But, as the recovery effort following Hurricane Ma...
 
 
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