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The Best In – The Bahamas – Chessbase News

Chess on the Bahamas

Situated below Miami and above Cuba, the Bahamas are an archipelagic state that consists of of a bit less than700 islands, of which only about 30 are inhabited. The Bahamas are the 178th largest country in the world by population and reach place 155 by size. The national sport is cricket but chess is become more and more popular.

We had the chance to interview WCM Polina Karelina, the best female player of the Bahamas. Polina was also kind enough to annotate some of her games.

Polina Karelina vs. Valentine Cox

Arne Kaehler: Dear Polina, you are the best female player of the Bahamas. Tell us a bit about yourself, and when and how you started to play chess.

Polina Karelina: I learned the rules of the game when I was four years old. About a year after that, I started to participate in Bahamian tournaments. When I was six I won the U10 championship, and at the age of eight I became the overall U18 scholastic champion. In the following years, I showed a lot of potential, becoming the youngest Bahamas junior champion, and I started to win games against the adult players, including the national champion at that time.

When I was 11, I encountered some health problems. My mother and I moved to Ukraine for my medical treatment. I continued to play chess, winning the U12 girls Kyiv championship that same year. However, a couple of months later, I decided to quit chess due to chronic spinal pain.

It was only at the end of 2015, when I was 14, that I finally decided to study chess again. It was very difficult. My results were extremely inconsistent. I played in my first tournament since my return to chess in January 2016. To my surprise, I managed to draw against a 2000 rated player in that tournament, but there were a lot of ups and downs throughout the year.

AK: Where in the Bahamas did you grow up and how did you feel growing up in this country?

PK:When I was little, I grew up on Paradise Island, a small island that is connected to New Providence, which is where the national capital city of Nassau is located. Most tournaments are held in Nassau, with an exception of a few that are played in the Old Fort Bay Club and the Atlantis hotel on Paradise Island.The Bahamas is made up of about 700 islands and cays, most of which are referred to as the "family islands". Although it is common to travel to other islands by boat, it's often easier to travel by airplane because a lot of them are quite far away.The distance makes it difficult to organize tournaments with chess players from all the islands but sometimes players come to visit Nassau to play in tournaments. I know that the Bahamas Chess Federation has been making a great effort in promoting chess by training chess teachers on the family islands, and is hoping to soon host bigger tournaments with players from all over the Bahamas.

AK: Since when are you a titled player and how did you achieve your title?

PK: In May 2016, I participated in the female section of the 2.3.5 sub-zonal. My results were extremely inconsistent in that tournament, I had a very difficult start. However, I managed to come back mid-tournament, and going into the final round against a WCM, I only needed a draw to get the WCM title myself. I managed to score a win and only 5 months after starting to play again, I had achieved the WCM title.

Throughout the year, however, I still struggled a lot, and I felt like I was not playing at the level I should be at. I decided to continue trying, and by the end of the year, and early 2017, I finally started scoring some wins against the strongest Bahamian players. The following game is from the 2017 National championship. My opponent, NM Frank Gibson, is a seven-time national champion and has been the highest-rated Bahamian player for many years. He does not play very often now, but I am happy to have scored some nice wins against him, including the following game.

With anything I do, I always believe that I should set high goals for myself and push myself to take on challenges. In 2017, I received an invitation to a tournament in Barbados, which had two two sections and I decided to register for the section that primarily consisted of 2100+ players. I was by far the lowest-rated player in that section and to my surprise, I managed to get 1.5 points, including a win against an IM. I also had a number of close games against other players.

This experience helped me a lot, and in 2018 I started winning Bahamian tournaments consistently, qualifying to the 2018 Bahamas Olympiad absolute team. The Olympiad was a great experience. I played all 11 rounds on board one, which was very challenging, but I learned a lot, and the team did well, with one of our top players, CM Byron Small, gaining another CM title for the country.

The following game is from round 1 of the 2019 Bahamas national championship. My opponent, NM Valentine Cox, is one of the strongest players in the country. I often find it difficult to play against him, so this game was very important to me. After this, I went on to win the next six rounds and shared the lead together with the current national champion, CM Kendrick Knowles. I ended up losing my last two games and finished second but because Knowles had already qualified for the Olympic team in the 2018 National Championship, the qualification spot went to me. I am really looking forward to once again being part of the absolute team that will be representing the Bahamas in the next Olympiad in Moscow!

AK: Does your country support you and other chess players?

PK: Our federation is very small, and chess is only starting to grow as a sport in the Bahamas. We have a lot of talented players, but with a lack of opportunities to play internationally, it is a bit more challenging for us to improve than it is for players in other countries were the chess scene is more developed. That said, our local tournaments have gained some sponsors, and this has tremendously helped to promote chess in the country. Thanks to the hard work of BCF president CM Elton Joseph and FM Cecil Moncur more talented juniors than ever before play tournaments, and it is very exciting to see how chess will continue to grow in the country.

The team from the Bahamas at the Chess Olympiad 2018

AK: What are you doing when you do not play chess?

PK: I am studying computer science online, and starting this autumn I will also be studying business in Austria. I am looking forward to participating in more tournaments while I am studying in Europe.

AK: Your name doesn't sound typically Bahamian.

PK: I have family in Ukraine and Russia. My stepfather was Bahamian, so I have some relatives here as well.

AK: Last year in September 2019, Hurricane Dorian struck parts of the Bahamas. Are the Bahamas a dangerous place to live in or is it more the paradise you imagine it to be?

PK: Of course, especially with global warming, hurricanes are a threat to the Caribbean, and we all need to do our part to preserve our environment. However, the Bahamas remains to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.

A swimming pig in Pig Beach - Major Cay

AK: You mentioned health problems you had when you were 11? Do you feel better now?

PK: Yes. I am doing fine now. I had surgery in 2015, and after that I started playing chess again.

AK: You even played against Magnus Carlsen once. How did that happen?

PK: When I started to play chess again, I used the PlayMagnus app, and every year, they invite about 10-12 players to take part in a simul against Magnus. I was really surprised when I found out that I was invited in 2016. The simul was played in New York. Of course, I knew the result would be clear, but I still wanted to play a good game, although I was quite nervous and ended up making a ton of mistakes right in the opening. It was a really cool experience though.

Magnus Carlsen vs. Polina Karelina (Analysis)

AK: Do you have a favourite chess player? And a favourite chess book?

PK: The Polgar sisters! Susan, Sofia, and Judit have been my inspiration since I started playing chess. When I just started playing, I followed the book "Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games" that was written by their father Lszl Polgr. That was my favorite book when I was little.

AK: Are you planning to stay in Europe after studying, or will you move back to the Bahamas?

PK: I have no idea, right now I am just planning to study there. But either way, the Bahamas will always be my main home.

AK: Thank you very much for the interview!

PK: Thank you for having me and your support!

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What travel looks like in the Bahamas in 2020 – Lonely Planet Travel News

The Bahamas reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 15, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs closed the borders 10 days later. Four months later, there were just 119 confirmed cases across the islands, but cases jumped in mid-July and the travel restrictions that were lifted July 1 were rolled back. Heres the latest.

Editor's note: This story was last updated on August 5, 2020. We will update this piece regularly to stay on top of the latest travel advice.

The Bahamas have seen a dramatic spike in new cases since its reopening July 1, and the local lockdown situation - and international travel advice - has been changing quickly and often.

In a national address on 3 August, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis noted that there had been a surge in hospitalizations and demand for ICU beds and a new national lockdown would be initiated. While the Bahamas will remain open to international travel during the lockdown, its recommended that all travel is limited to essential purposes. All travelers arriving in the Bahamas will have to follow the lockdown protocols and all other travel policies contained in the latest Emergency Powers Order.

Travelers who do arrive there will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Cruise ships have not yet returned, but when they do, protocols could include the advance submission of health declarations, temperature screenings, and restrictions around disembarkation, according to the Bahamas tourism board.

While travel is currently discouraged, all incoming visitors and residents by air and by sea above age 10 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 swab test, taken within the previous 10 days. An electronic health visa is also required, and travelers are asked to complete the form in advance by uploading their test results and providing any relevant contact information. Applications take up to 72 hours to process, and those approved will receive a green code to be presented at airport check-in and upon arrival.

Everyone arriving in the Bahamas is required to quarantine for 14-days when they arrive. Travelers will be allowed to quarantine at a hotel, private club, rented accommodations (like Airbnbs), or on a private boat. They will have to submit to monitoring and install the HubbCat APP on their phone for contact tracing.

After 14 days, anyone intending to stay longer in the country will have to complete another COVID-19 test, at their own expense, to exit quarantine. More details, including rules for private aviation and private yachts and pleasure craft, can be found on bahamas.com/travelupdates.

A national lockdown went into effect on Tuesday, 4 August at 10 pm and will remain in place for a minimum of two weeks. During this time, quarantine measures will be enforced, and all businesses in the countryincluding curbside and takeaway dining and retail are required to suspend operations. Residents will only be able to leave their homes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 am to 5 pm - and then only for the sole purposes of getting essential items like groceries, water, medication and gas. Find out more details at opm.gov.bs.

New Providence: As of July 20, public and private beaches and parks on New Providence, Paradise Island, Rose Island, Athol Island and the surrounding cays are closed until further notice, as are the restaurants at Nassaus Arawak Cay and Potters Cay. The two Sandals properties in the Bahamas were scheduled to welcome guests July 1 with some extreme new protocols, but the Nassau resorts opening date has been pushed back to November 1.

When the Bahamas entered phase two of its reopening on July 1, resuming operation of commercial airlines, hotels and vacation rentals, and transportation like taxis, jitneys, and buses, authorities were cautiously optimistic but noted that the situation would be closely monitored in the days ahead.

Unfortunately, things didnt go according to plan, with Prime Minister Minnis noting in his July 19address to the Bahamian people that the situation deteriorated at an exponential rate since the countrys borders reopened. Grand Bahama has seen a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after being Covid-19 free for a little over two months, he said, an increase that "coincided with the re-institution of international flights and passenger sea transport.

The situation including the travel advice appears to be changing rapidly in the Bahamas, so check with all relevant government agencies and resources before planning any travel.

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Bahamas Once Again Welcoming Americans, But With Restrictions – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) The Bahamas is once against welcoming Americans, but with plenty of restrictions.

Travelers must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

The one silver lining is that hotels in the Bahamas are designated as quarantine sites.

Guests can still access onsite facilities, but thats about it.

The area was shutdown to travelers because of the growing number of coronavirus cases last month.

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The Bahamas will promote competitiveness and environmental resiliency with the IDB support – MENAFN.COM

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WASHINGTON, USA - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a US$200 million loan to promote competitiveness and environmental resiliency in The Bahamas by improving the business climate, supporting the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) continuity, modernizing the institutional and legal framework to protect the natural resources, and economic diversification by promoting scientific and institutional developments in the Blue Economy.

This program supports the mandate and vision of The Bahamas Economic Recovery Committee of providing for a resilient, dynamic, inclusive, and sustainable economy and promotes private sector-led growth under a stronger comprehensive environmental framework.

This is the first of two operations under the modality of Programmatic Policy-Based Loan (PBP), to be contractually independent and technically related.

The project improves and modernizes the business climate by strengthening the transparency and governance of capital markets and facilitating the process of obtaining business licenses for low-risk companies. It also supports the continuity of MSMEs and the strengthening of their technical capacities in the short and medium-term period.

At the same time, the program modernizes the legal framework established for environmental resiliency, with the creation of the Ministry of the Environment, new legislation for control of plastic pollution, environmental impact assessment, sustainable procurement practices and the promotion of scientific resources to develop the Blue Economy. It also supports the governance and financial management of Marine Protected Areas, which is part of the ambitious strategic goal of the Bahamas to protect 20 percent of its marine and coastal environment by 2020

The policy reforms of the program are a combination of initiatives that support both public and private sector entities, that strengthen the environment of doing business in a sustainable and resilient manner, while protecting the natural assets of the country. In addition, different actors of the Blue Economy sector will benefit from the initiatives to promote its development; and the citizens of the country in general that will enjoy the benefits of the marine protected areas (better natural barriers for environmental resilience and more sustainable fishing) including positive externalities from the measures to control plastic pollution.

The IDB loan of US$200 million has a repayment term of 20 years, a grace period of five and a half years and an interest rate based on LIBOR.

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Belgium and the Bahamas off safe list – ABTA Magazine

Change comes into place on 4am on Saturday August

Travellers arriving in the UK fromBelgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will be forced to quarantine for 14 days after the countries were removed from the governments travel corridors list.

The Department for Transport said that data from the joint biodiversity centre and Public Health England indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases in the countries.

The change comes into place on 4am on Saturday August 8. Scotland has also withdrawn the countries from its list.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office now advises against all but essential travel to Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas.

Data shows we need to remove Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors in order to keep infection rates DOWN. If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Belgium recoded more than 70,000 Covid-19 cases this week, meaning it has a rate of 27.8 new cases per 100,000 people. This is compared to the UKs 8.4.

Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia,Slovenia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines were added to the list on July 24, butSpainwas removed on July 25 andLuxembourgwas removed on July 31.

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The government is under increased pressure to implement a testing regime at borders amid the confusion caused by changes to thetravel corridors list.

In the wake of the Department for Transport removingSpainfrom its safe list and the change in FCO advice, which was subsequentlyextended toinclude the Canary and BalearicIslands, the chief executive of Heathrow has renewedcalls for testing.

As many of our customers have experienced, its difficult to plan a holiday that way, let alone run a business.Testing offers a way to safely open up traveland trade to some of the UKs biggest markets which currently remain closed, John Holland-Kaye told BBC Radio 4sTodayprogramme.

He said: The UK needs a passenger testing regime and fast, adding that without it, Britain is just playing a game of quarantine roulette.

Matt Hancock has said he hasabsolutely no regrets about the quickchange in advice on Spain and saidmore countries could be removed from the exemption list within days.

The health secretary said officials were looking all of the time at coronavirus cases in other countries.

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PM lifts restrictions on southern islands, 20 new cases reported – EyeWitness News

NASSAU, BAHAMAS Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis today announced lockdown and curfew measures will be lifted for eight islands tomorrow.

Normal commercial activity, including church services, beaches and parks will resume on those islands at 5am on Monday.

These include: Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay, Long Island, Rum Cay, and Ragged Island.

The lockdown and curfew has been lifted for these islands because health officials have not recorded any specific COVID-19 activity on these locations for at least two weeks, he said.

The prime minister advised travelers between islands where restrictions have been lifted will be not be required to get tested or quarantine upon arrival.

Minnis noted while there has not been a confirmed case in San Salvador; however, he said officials are waiting on the results of a travel-related swab.

During his national address, the prime minister also announced measures to expand bed capacity in New Providence as health officials confirmed 20 new cases of COVID-19.

Of the new cases, there were 15 in Grand Bahama, and five in New Providence.

Minnis noted the COVID-19 outbreak in GB is still not under control, urging residents there to give the restrictive measures more time and stick to safety protocols.

The prime minister advised grocery stores will be allowed to open on all weekdays in Grand Bahama, similar to the easing of restrictions for Abaco.

Noting the need for greater accessibility to food stores, Minnis noted shopping hours have been extended to 7pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and the extension to 6pm on Saturdays for essential service workers.

Food stores will also be permitted to restock on Sundays, in addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Minnis revealed the government is spending $1 million per week with the national food distribution task force, adding just under 28,000 families have registered for food assistance.

He noted that the pharmaceutical association has raised concerns about access to services, and the public has raised concerns regarding access to laundromats.

We will continue discussions with health officials on those two areas, he said.

As the Princess Margaret Hospital approaches bed capacity, Minnis revealed plans to utilize privately-owned facilities to establish a public health facility off-site.

He announced plans to utilize the east building of Superclub Breezes as a national response facility to meet the needs of non-COVID-19 low medical care patients during the pandemic.

The government will only be tasked with covering utility expenses for the facility, he said.

He said moving forward clinical management of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients will be treated at following locations: South Beach Center mild to moderate presentation; PMH moderate to severe; Doctors Hospital West moderate to severe presentations.

PMH will continue the management of medical and surgical patients at the main institution, he said.

Minnis said Doctors Hospital West is also increasing its bed capacity to help address shortfalls.

In Grand Bahama, he said the Cancer Society Building will be retrofitted to house patients with infectious diseases.

The combined strategy in public and private facilities will result in increasing capacity by 80 patient beds.

This includes transferring 33 PMH boarders to another facility.

Minnis said those boarders cost the government $491 per day, or $6m per year.

Minnis added: Do not be misled with fakes news or fake therapieswe have to learn to live with this virus until there is a vaccine.

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UK quarantine imposed for travellers from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas – Telegraph.co.uk

Locked down, hot and desperate for a dip? If you live in Indianapolis and fancy putting a pool in your back yard there's a three-week wait - but that's just for an appointment to order one for next year.

Across the US and Europe, manufacturers and distributors of swimming pools and hot tubs are scrambling to meet a wave of demand as consumers cocoon at home to escape the coronavirus pandemic.

Frustrated by the long lead times and worried about a second wave of infections, some US consumers have even resorted to fashioning home-made pools out of metal livestock tanks despite the health and safety concerns.

"I've been in this industry for 35 years and I've never seen anything like this," said Thomas Epple, chief executive of Only Alpha Pool Products in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Mr Epple said orders for its steel and composite pool walls surged 200 per cent in 60 days after a lacklustre March and April and he has now doubled output by taking on more workers, adding shifts and paying lots of overtime.

It's a similar story in Spain, a country known for its sizzling summer temperatures which imposed one of Europe's toughest lockdowns to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Spain's Fluidra, the world's largest swimming pool equipment maker, initially furloughed employees in anticipation of a slump in demand but it soon put them all back to work, and hired more people.

In May, Fluidra ran out of stock and production capacity for the year for its above-ground pools, despite the extra staff. Sales of those models, which cost about 1,300 euros ($1,531), jumped over 50 per centin early July from the same period of 2019.

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UK Quarantine List: Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas have been added – Full details – Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

Travellers arriving in the UKfrom Belgium, Andorra and The Bahamas will have to quarantine for 14 days from this weekend.

Here's what you need to know.

Why has this announcement been made?

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said rising Covid-19 infection levels in the three countries mean they have been removed from the so-called travel corridors which meant arrivals were exempt from self-isolating.

What time will the rules come into force?

In a tweet, he said the measures would come into force in England from Saturday at 4am, echoing a statement made earlier by Scotland'sJustice Secretary Humza Yousaf.

In Wales, the restrictions come into force from midnight tonight, August 6.

At the same time, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to warn against all but essential trips to Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas.

What has been added to the travel corridor list?

Brunei and Malaysia have been added to the Governments travel corridor list, following a decrease in confirmed cases of coronavirus - meaning arrivals from these countries no longer need to quarantine.

What has happened in Belgium?

Figures released on Thursday show Belgium has suffered a consistent increase in cases in recent weeks, rising to 27.8 new cases per 100,000 people.

This towers over the UKs latest rate of 8.4 per 100,000, and is higher than Spains 27.4 level around the time when the UK introduced travel restrictions there.

Belgiums prime minister, Sophie Wilmes, was last week forced to put a halt to the nations Covid-19 exit plan by introducing drastic new social distancing measures in the hope of avoiding a new national lockdown.

Contacts outside every household were limited to the same five people for a month, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

What about Andorra?

In Andorra -new cases per week have increased five-fold since mid-July, while in The Bahamas the weekly case rate peaked at 78.6 last week, up from 3.1 in the middle of last month.

The UKs move to add Spain onto the quarantine list on July 26 sparked a diplomatic row with the nation and caught out holidaymakers who had already flown over, including Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

It also angered transport bosses who have called for increased testing to reduce the isolation period.

Luxembourg was added to the UKs red list on July 31.

Mr Shapps said he cannot rule out other countries being included on the list, as officials keep overseas infection rates under close observation.

The Foreign Office says it keeps its own travel advice under constant review.

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Belgium, Andorra and Bahamas have been added to the UK quarantine list – heres why – Leighton Buzzard Observer

Travellers arrivng in the UK from Belgium will now be required to quarantine for 14 days (Getty Images)

Travellers arriving in the UK from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

The new measure comes into place from Saturday 8 August, except in Wales where the restriction is already in place.

The trio of countries follow Spain and Luxembourg in having a quarantine reimposed, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warning against all but essential travel to the three countries.

When do the measures get underway?

The Transport Secretary revealed the changes on Thursday night.

He tweeted: Data shows we need to remove Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas from our list of [coronavirus] travel corridors in order to keep infection rates DOWN.

"If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days."

Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousuf said there was a shared understanding between all home nations that the measures were required.

Wales have already implemented the quarantine restrictions.

The measures apply to anyone travelling through Belgium on their return from other European or World destinations.

Why have the measures been introduced?

Belgium has seen a rise in cases in recent weeks with data showing 27.8 new cases per 100,000 people compared to UKs 8.4.

The weekly case rate has spiked in The Bahamas at 77.8, while Andorra has seen a five-fold increase in cases since mid-July.

According to the Guardian measures could be introduced for France amid a rise in cases.

Are there any new travel corridors?

UK travellers have been told it is now safe to travel to Malaysia and Brunei following a significant dip in cases.

Vaughan Gething, the Welsh health minister said the public health risk posed by a decreasing prevalence was now low enough to open up a travel corridor to the southeast Asian countries.

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US issues level 4 advisory warning against travel to The Bahamas – Loop News Jamaica

Residents of the United States have been cautioned against travelling to The Bahamas.

On Thursday the US State Department issued a level four travel advisory for the Caribbean territory citing health and safety concerns and COVID-19 related conditions.

The advisory which was issued on Thursday said: "Do not travel to The Bahamas due tohealth and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.Exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due tocrime. Some areas have increased risk."

The State Department warned US residents to exercise extreme caution if they decided to venture to the Caribbean territory.

Included in the advisory was a country summary which read: "Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, occurs even during the day and in tourist areas. Although the family islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands."

The Bahamas is the first country within the English speaking Caribbean to be on the receiving end of a level four travel advisory since the start of the pandemic.

The United States has approximately five million confirmed cases and has recorded over 160 thousand virus-related deaths.

On Thursday the Bahamas Ministry of Health recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 761.

Of the 10 new cases, 7 were recorded in New Providence, 2 in Bimini and 1 on the island of Abaco.

With concerns raised over the rate of infection in the territory, persons travelling from The Bahamas to Sweden and the United Kingdom will now be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The Bahamas currently has 654 active cases of COVID-19.

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Foundations Aren’t What You Think: The Little-known Bahamas Private Wealth Structure Explained – Wealth Management – Bahamas – Mondaq News Alerts

06 August 2020

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When you hear the word "foundation" your immediatecorrelation is probably "charity." But in the Bahamas,the definition has evolved from the classical philanthropic senseand foundations have become a formidable instrument to assist withprivate wealth planning.

The Bahamas Foundations Act, 2004 (later amended in 2007)relating to the appointment of a foundation agent, foundationcouncil and the rights of a beneficiary, is a relativelylittle-known private wealth vehicle. Over the years, we have seenthat certain instruments originating from common law jurisdictionsmay not be recognized in civil law jurisdictions, but foundationsare a dependable option due to their non-recognition, meaningthey're not subject to forced heirship statutes applied bycivil law countries.

Foundations are often referred to as a "hybrid," a termused because this instrument has attributes of a trust as well as acompany.

Here are the similarities of a foundation to a trust:

Has a settlor

The founder is similar to thesettlor

Settlor can have reservedpowers

Founder can have reservedpowers

Can be revoked

Can be revoked

Can be amended

Can be amended

Must have objects (assets)

Must have objects (assets)

Must have beneficiaries

Must have beneficiaries

No perpetuity period

No perpetuity period

May have a protector

May have a protector

After death of the settlor,probate is not necessary

After death of the founder,probate is not necessary

And here are the similarities of a foundation to a company:

Coupled with the Bahamas' stable regulatory framework,foundations are an untapped and practical private wealth option.Get in touch with an expert below to learn more.

The content of this article is intended to provide a generalguide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be soughtabout your specific circumstances.

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Bahamas PM Assesses Isaias Damage on US Coast Guard Aircraft – US Embassy in The Bahamas

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Less than 24 hours after Hurricane Isaias passed over The Bahamas, the United States provided aircraft support so that Prime Minister the Most Honorable Dr. Hubert Minnis could assess the damage, and the humanitarian needs of those in the storms wake.

Charg dAffaires Kevin OReilly accompanied the Prime Minister on the overflight, along with U.S. Coast Guard District 7 Commander Rear Admiral Eric Jones. The Honorable Desmond Bannister, Minister of Public Works; Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency; and Leader of the Opposition, Philip Davis also joined the overflight.

As Hurricane Isaias was still roaring over The Bahamas on August 1, the U.S. Embassy was putting in place a plan to provide a U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry so that the Prime Minister could fly over affected areas to assess the damage from the storm. Based out of Air Station Miami, the overflight went over Andros and the Berry Islands, before returning to New Providence due to prevailing weather conditions.

In the coming weeks the United States will continue to work with Bahamian partners at every level of government to strengthen disaster response in The Bahamas. Before Isaias struck, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) activated a team of 11 Bahamas-based disaster experts to liaise with NEMA and humanitarian partners, and to help assess impacts and humanitarian needs, if required.

Long before Isaias had formed in the eastern Caribbean, the United States works year-round to reduce the riskand impactof disasters in the Caribbean. The USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance has provided training to NEMA staff and other national and local emergency responders in The Bahamas, including courses on disaster risk reduction, school safety, shelter management, risk program management, and damage assessment and needs analysis. NEMA staff are now certified to teach the courses to others first responders, ensuring the wide implementation of the information and protocols across The Bahamas, thereby strengthening the entire countries ability to respond to a disaster.

By U.S. Embassy Nassau | 2 August, 2020 | Topics: Press Releases

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What travel looks like in the Bahamas in 2020 – Lonely Planet Travel News

The Bahamas reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 15, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs closed the borders 10 days later. Four months later, there were just 119 confirmed cases across the islands, but cases jumped in mid-July and the travel restrictions that were lifted July 1 were rolled back. Heres the latest.

Editor's note: This story was last updated on August 5, 2020. We will update this piece regularly to stay on top of the latest travel advice.

The Bahamas have seen a dramatic spike in new cases since its reopening July 1, and the local lockdown situation - and international travel advice - has been changing quickly and often.

In a national address on 3 August, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis noted that there had been a surge in hospitalizations and demand for ICU beds and a new national lockdown would be initiated. While the Bahamas will remain open to international travel during the lockdown, its recommended that all travel is limited to essential purposes. All travelers arriving in the Bahamas will have to follow the lockdown protocols and all other travel policies contained in the latest Emergency Powers Order.

Travelers who do arrive there will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Cruise ships have not yet returned, but when they do, protocols could include the advance submission of health declarations, temperature screenings, and restrictions around disembarkation, according to the Bahamas tourism board.

While travel is currently discouraged, all incoming visitors and residents by air and by sea above age 10 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 swab test, taken within the previous 10 days. An electronic health visa is also required, and travelers are asked to complete the form in advance by uploading their test results and providing any relevant contact information. Applications take up to 72 hours to process, and those approved will receive a green code to be presented at airport check-in and upon arrival.

Everyone arriving in the Bahamas is required to quarantine for 14-days when they arrive. Travelers will be allowed to quarantine at a hotel, private club, rented accommodations (like Airbnbs), or on a private boat. They will have to submit to monitoring and install the HubbCat APP on their phone for contact tracing.

After 14 days, anyone intending to stay longer in the country will have to complete another COVID-19 test, at their own expense, to exit quarantine. More details, including rules for private aviation and private yachts and pleasure craft, can be found on bahamas.com/travelupdates.

A national lockdown went into effect on Tuesday, 4 August at 10 pm and will remain in place for a minimum of two weeks. During this time, quarantine measures will be enforced, and all businesses in the countryincluding curbside and takeaway dining and retail are required to suspend operations. Residents will only be able to leave their homes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 am to 5 pm - and then only for the sole purposes of getting essential items like groceries, water, medication and gas. Find out more details at opm.gov.bs.

New Providence: As of July 20, public and private beaches and parks on New Providence, Paradise Island, Rose Island, Athol Island and the surrounding cays are closed until further notice, as are the restaurants at Nassaus Arawak Cay and Potters Cay. The two Sandals properties in the Bahamas were scheduled to welcome guests July 1 with some extreme new protocols, but the Nassau resorts opening date has been pushed back to November 1.

When the Bahamas entered phase two of its reopening on July 1, resuming operation of commercial airlines, hotels and vacation rentals, and transportation like taxis, jitneys, and buses, authorities were cautiously optimistic but noted that the situation would be closely monitored in the days ahead.

Unfortunately, things didnt go according to plan, with Prime Minister Minnis noting in his July 19address to the Bahamian people that the situation deteriorated at an exponential rate since the countrys borders reopened. Grand Bahama has seen a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after being Covid-19 free for a little over two months, he said, an increase that "coincided with the re-institution of international flights and passenger sea transport.

The situation including the travel advice appears to be changing rapidly in the Bahamas, so check with all relevant government agencies and resources before planning any travel.

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Coronavirus UK live updates as arrivals from Belgium, Andorra and The Bahamas forced into quarantine – HullLive

People arriving into the UK from Belgium, Andorra and The Bahamas will have to self-isolate after a rise in coronavirus cases.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed on Thursday evening that the three countries will be removed from the UK travel corridor list.

It means anyone arriving into the UK from one of the three countries after 4am on Saturday will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

A statement on the Government website said: "Data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England has indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) in all 3 destinations, leading to ministers removing these from the current list of travel corridors.

"There has been a consistent increase in COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of the population in Belgium since the middle of July, with a 4-fold increase in total cases over this time period. In Andorra, new cases per week have increased 5-fold over the same time period, while in The Bahamas the weekly case rate peaked at 78.6 last week, up from 3.1 in mid-July."

Mr Shapps tweeted: "Data shows we need to remove Andorra, Belgium and The Bahamas from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors in order to keep infection rates DOWN.

If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Meanwhile, a further 950 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the UK on Thursday - the highest daily number for six weeks.

A total of 49 more deaths have also been confirmed, bringing the UK death toll to 46,413.

The worst affected areas in England remain Blackburn with Darwen, where there are 82.2 cases per 100,000 people. It is followed by Oldham, at 67.9, Pendle, at 58.6, and Leicester, at 52.2 cases.

Other areas where there have been increases are Swindon, Calderdale, Manchester, Preston and Tameside.

In Leeds, the city council has warned of clusters in Kirkstall and Harehills and says "further steps may need to be considered" if case numbers continue to increase.

In Hull, the infection rate in the seven days to August 3 is 1.9 - with five cases confirmed - compared to 3.5 in the seven days to July 27, when nine cases were confirmed.

Meanwhile, up to 135,000 people could lose their jobs at more than 100 of Britain's biggest firms due to coronavirus.

An audit carried out by the Daily Mail shows the severity of cuts likely to hit both here and abroad.

Analysis found that, of large firms that disclosed figures, 22,500 jobs are in retail, 18,100 in hospitality and 21,600 in travel and airlines.

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Hurricane Isaias lashes the Bahamas as it bears down on Florida – TRT World

Hurricane Isaias has lashed the Bahamas as it churns towards Florida, bringing new dangers to a US state suffering record deaths from an unrelenting coronavirus outbreak.

Hurricane Isaias has strengthened slightly as it has lashed the Bahamas, bearing down on Florida.

Isaias was carrying top sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) and was located about 125 km (80 miles) south-southeast of the Bahamas capital Nassau at 5 am (0900 GMT) heading northwest, the National Hurricane Center said.

Its centre was approaching Andros Island in the Bahamas and was due to pass over or near islands in the central and northwest Bahamas on Saturday, bringing a danger of damaging storm surges of up to 1.52 m (5 feet) over normal tide levels, the NHC said.

Meanwhile, officials in the Bahamas evacuated people on Abaco island, who have been living in temporary structures since Dorian. People living in the eastern end of Grand Bahama were also being moved.

Paula Miller, Mercy Corps director for the Bahamas, told The Associated Press that while the islands can normally withstand strong hurricanes, some have been destabilised by the coronavirus pandemic and the damage caused by Dorian.

With everything not quite shored up, property not secured, home not prepared, even a Category 1 will be enough to set them back, she said.

Two of those islands, Abaco and Grand Bahama, were battered by Dorian, a Category 5 storm that hovered over the area for two days and killed at least 70 people, with more than 280 reported missing. People are still living in tents on both islands, and officials said crews tried to remove leftover debris ahead of Isaias.

READ MORE: Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm

Curfew imposed

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis relaxed a coronavirus lockdown as a result of the storm, but imposed a 10 pm to 5 am curfew. He said supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and hardware stores would be open as long as weather permitted.

The Bahamas has reported more than 570 confirmed Covid-19 cases and at least 14 deaths. It recently barred travellers from the US following a surge in cases after it reopened to international tourism.

Measures in parts of Florida

The storm, a Category 1 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, prompted authorities in parts of Florida to close Covid-19 testing sites and people to stock up on essentials.

Isaias was expected to deliver heavy rains to the state's Atlantic coast beginning late Friday before hitting the eastern Carolinas by early next week, the NHC said.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis established a state of emergency for a dozen counties on the Atlantic coast, which makes it easier to mobilise resources.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper followed suit.

'No need to open shelters' in Miami

Public beaches, parks, marinas and golf courses were closed in Miami-Dade County on Friday.

Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez said on Friday that 20 evacuation centres were on standby that could be set up with Covid-19 safety measures.

We still dont think there is a need to open shelters for this storm, but they are ready, he said.

Miami-Dade and Broward counties also closed drive-through and walk-up testing sites for Covid-19, as the state at the epicentre of the country's outbreak reported a record increase in coronavirus deaths for a fourth day in a row.

DeSantis said testing sites would remain open on Florida's west coast, and testing at hospitals and community centres may also continue.

READ MORE:US once again registers more than 70,000 new Covid-19 cases

Flooding and landslides

On Thursday, while still a tropical storm, Isaias toppled trees, destroyed crops and caused widespread flooding and small landslides in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where hundreds of thousands of people were left without power and water.

Officials reported that a man died in the Dominican Republic when he was electrocuted by a fallen electrical cable. More than 5,000 people were evacuated, and more than 130 communities remained cut off by floodwaters.

In Puerto Rico, the National Guard rescued at least 35 people from floodwaters that swept away one woman who remained missing.

READ MORE:Hurricane Hanna threatens flash floods in coronavirus-hit Texas

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Hurricane Isaias to impact Bahamas today and the US this weekend - CNN

Talking the Tropics With Mike: Isaias to roll across the Bahamas through Friday night & near Florida over the – ActionNewsJax.com

There is an alleyway of sorts developing near the U.S. east coast/far W. Atlantic. A more organized Isaias seems to now be sniffing out that alley lending confidence to the more north & east solution in the long run. The approaching upper level trough moving into the Eastern U.S. should help eventually steer Isaias north then northeast. The trough may help with the upper level ventilation of the storm negating some of the effects of potential low level shear while along or near the east coast & Isaias may undergo a period of fairly solid intensification through the weekend/early next week as indicated by some models..... &, therefore, be even stronger - at times - than a Cat. 1 hurricane. However, there may also be some land interaction - especially on the west side of the circulation - over the weekend during the close approach to SE Florida. The GFS model has recently come in stronger as has the operational European & UKMET models & generally agree on a painfully close approach to SE Fl. while turning north then well east of Jacksonville. The GFS remains decidedly faster (by 12+ hours) than either the European or UKMET models. A compromise between all three is the prudent route at this juncture & probably will end up closest to reality.

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Hurricane Isaias Moves Through Bahamas as Category 1 Hurricane, Projected to Strike Brevard County on Sunday – SpaceCoastDaily.com

Hurricane Isaias Carrying 80 mph max sustained winds

ABOVE VIDEO: Hurricane Warning issued for Brevard County by the National Hurricane Center. Space Coast Dailys Zach Clark reports on the latest developments.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA National Hurricane Center is continuing to monitor Category 1 Hurricane Isaias after a Hurricane Warning was issued for Brevard County on Friday.

The system is carrying 80 mph max sustained winds and moving to the northwest at 15 mph. The Category 1 hurricane is expected to slow down forward progress as it moves through the Bahamas early Saturday morning.

Experts project tropical storm-force winds could impact Brevard County as early as Saturday late afternoon around 3 p.m. The main portion of the hurricane will move near or over the Floridas East Coast, including Brevard County, throughout the day on Sunday. The strongest winds will arrive Sunday night around 8 p.m.

National Hurricane Center is expecting Hurricane Isaias to gain strength tonight as it moves off the Bahamas Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Brevard County could be impacted by winds as high as 85 mph.

Isaias is expected to carry storm surge around 2-4 feet for Brevard County, along with the entire east coast of Florida. The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the right of the center, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves.

In addition to storm surge, rainfall amounts is also a concern as Isaias is producing a vast amount rainfall. Brevard County is expected to receive 2-4 inches of rain, which could cause isolated flash flooding, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas.

Finally, Brevard County will begin seeing swells spread along the coast by Saturday afternoon. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Those traveling to the beach on Saturday should adhere to local government warnings regarding dangerous rip currents as Isaias begins to descend on the area.

A local State of Emergency has been declared for Brevard County on Friday in response to the pending threat of Hurricane Isaias.

A local state of emergency is declared in advance of a potential disaster event and enables government entities to readily seek response or recovery assistance from the state.

The emergency declaration will be signed by Brevard County Commission Vice-Chair Rita Pritchett, who is the appointed chair of the Policy Group, which consists of local, county, and state officials and is activated for emergencies.

An emergency declaration provides avenue for counties to expedite contractual procedures, rental of equipment, employment of permanent and temporary workers, acquisition of supplies, materials and facilities and appropriation and expenditure of public funds.

Gov. Ron DeSantis also declared a state of emergency on Friday.

ABOVE VIDEO: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey talks about area sandbag locations for citizen pickup.

The Brevard County Sheriffs Office along with the Board of County Commissioners and our Public Safety partners continue to monitor the storm projections of Hurricane Isaias.

As a result of a potential impact to Brevard County, the Sheriffs Office will be distributing sandbags (at no cost) to our citizens, today and Saturday, at five different locations throughout Brevard County.

In an effort to expedite the process, we will be using inmate labor to fill and load the sandbags directly into our citizens vehicles at the five different locations.

This will be conducted under the direct supervision of the Sheriffs Office employees. Each vehicle can obtain up to 10 free sandbags so they can help prepare and protect their homes and businesses.

The five locations will be open for distribution Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. or until supplies are gone.

*The five locations are:

NORTH BREVARD AREAChain of Lakes Park2300 Truman Scarborough WayTitusville, FL 32796

COCOA/PORT ST. JOHN/CANAVERAL GROVES AREABrevard County Jail (*across the street*)855 Camp Road, Sharpes

MERRITT ISLAND AND BEACHESMitchell Ellington Park575 Hall RoadMerritt Island, FL 32953

CENTRAL BREVARD AREACalvary Chapel Church2852 Fellowship PlaceViera, FL 32940

SOUTH BREVARD AREAEastern Florida State CollegePalm Bay CampusPalm Bay, FL, 32909

Please continue to monitor the potential track of this major storm and take the necessary precautions to protect you, your family, your pets, and your homes as we face another hurricane season together in Brevard County.

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Red Cross in Bahamas preparing for Hurricane Isaias, while balancing COVID-19 response and Hurricane Dorian recovery – International Federation of Red…

Panama/Port of Spain, 31 July 2020 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is working alongside the Bahamas Red Cross to prepare for Hurricane Isaias.

A hurricane warning is in effect in the Bahamas with storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and heavy rainfall expected on the south eastern islands today and continuing through the weekend.

Effective preparedness and early action in disaster saves lives and livelihoods. The Red Cross is working with communities to ensure they are ready to address possible hurricane conditions during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bahamas Red Cross is working closely with the National Emergency Management Agency supporting plans for preparedness and response, including the opening of shelters. The Bahamas Red Cross is sharing information about how-to be ready for disaster, and the latest information about the storm. Red Cross volunteers have been trained in using personal protection equipment and are ready to mobilize in response to Hurricane Isaias.

The team in the Bahamas is managing three difficult emergencies simultaneously: they are preparing for Hurricane Isaias, addressing and supporting people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuing to help in recovery from Hurricane Dorian, said Ariel Kestens IFRC Head of Country Cluster for the English and Dutch Speaking Caribbean.

The Red Cross is continuing our work, as well as monitoring the situation to determine our ongoing course of action and how to continue to best meet the needs of vulnerable communities during these difficult times.

To mitigate the impacts of a hurricane and associated flooding, the Red Cross has pre-positioned humanitarian relief supplies in key areas throughout the region. Across the Caribbean, Red Cross volunteers are sharing early warning and preparedness messages, and they are urging people to have food, water, and other necessities available, and to consider personal protection measures, such as masks and hand sanitizer for emergency go bags.

Latin America and the Caribbean are disaster-prone regions. The IFRC advocates for climate change adaptation measures to mitigate the humanitarian impact of these disasters.

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