Pinder: Disappointed with unemployment increase

1,400 people hired via Labour on the Blocks initiative   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Director of Labour John Pinder said yesterday that while he was disappointed and somewhat surprised by the increase in joblessness given the employment bursts last year, the figures suggest that Bahamians on New Providence in particular, ought to consider seeking alternative employment […]

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BNT allays residents’ fear of anchored fishing vessel in Andros

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is seeking to allay the fears of residents in Mangrove Cay, Andros who purport that a foreign fishing vessel has illegally anchored and set up shop in the Andros West Side National Park. The BNT, via a press release issued Tuesday, indicated that a number of residents […]

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Nearly $90,000 raised for Bahamian vendor, following failed Fyre Festival

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Maryann Rolle, owner of the Exuma Point Bar and Grille, said yesterday that she is more than overjoyed with the outpouring of “support and love” from the international community, more than a year and a half after she paid $50,000 out of pocket to cater and pay staff during the famously doomed […]

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NHI Authority wraps up public consultation

Authority to present findings to govt.   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In the wake of widespread public criticism, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Authority embarked on a three-month public consultation campaign to gather feedback on what changes should be made to the proposed insurance. Graham Whitmarsh, Managing Director and CEO of NHI Authority, told Eyewitness News […]

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Marijuana commission unveils plans for public consultation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Marijuana Commission, a team of a little over one dozen civic leaders who represent a wide cross-section of society, revealed for the first time on Wednesday that its efforts to garner public feedback on the use and decriminalization of marijuana will be rolled out in short order. Dr. Bridgette Rolle, Chairman […]

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UTEB “gravely concerned” about recent comments of UB president

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas (UTEB), on Wednesday expressed that it is gravely concerned about recent statements made by University of  the Bahamas president, Dr. Rodney Smith, in which he blamed the submission of late grades by faculty as the reason for the long lines at the University’s registration […]

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Two Family Islands to receive potable water supply systems

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After years of being faced with unreliable and salty water supply systems, North Long Island and Crooked Island will soon be able to consume potable water for the first time ever. Recently, Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation and Member of Parliament for Long Island, Adrian Gibson, released a much-anticipated plan […]

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Family of missing Marvin Pratt still holding out hope

Mother has since visited morgue, flyers distributed   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The family members of 40-year-old Marvin Pratt are still holding on to hope. They believe that their missing relative is still alive, and they are still holding firm to their allegations that members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force arrested Pratt last month and […]

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Maritime academy shines at open house

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In its first open house for the year, the LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) rolled out the red carpet to 150 prospective students interested in pursuing a career in maritime. The 40-minute campus tour which included opportunities to hear from lecturers and current student excited 22-year-old Tristan Lightbourne and his mom, Tiffany Garvey […]

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Junkanoo controversy

JNCP requests assistance of police over bribery allegations   NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  The Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence (JCNP) has requested the assistance of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to investigate claims of alleged bribery of judges, JCNP President Silbert Ferguson confirmed Sunday to Eyewitness News Online. The allegations stemmed from several voice recordings, […]

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Public, private partnership brings gambier community park to life

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In a quiet, yet crucial corner of Gambier Village a lacklustre lot is being transformed into a thriving greenspace designed to bring neighbours together to mix, mingle and play, revelling in the joys of outdoor activities. Wife of the Prime Minister, Patricia Minnis envisions Gambier’s rebirth into a cultural heritage site of […]

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Groups protest WTO accession

Holding a large banner that read: ‘Country first, say no to WTO’, more than 60 demonstrators marched from Arawak Cay to Rawson Square yesterday morning to protest The Bahamas’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). When the group got to Rawson Square, they met barricades and more than a dozen police officers lining the […]

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San Salvador residents take charge of managing their marine protected areas

San Salvador is known as the place where the first steps into the New World happened and has long been globally recognized for its historical significance. This little island formerly known as ‘Guanahani’ has once again stepped into the forefront as the first island where a community group has entered a formal agreement with a […]

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Crime down eight percent

Ferguson: crime decreases not “mere coincidence”   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Crime overall was down eight per cent last year compared to 2017, according to statistics released yesterday by Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson, who said the downward trend, particularly in the majority of violent crimes was “no coincidence”. The overall decrease continues a trend observed […]

Immigration to use drones to assist with apprehensions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As illegal migration has been an ongoing issue for decades, the government has recently issued a request for proposal to secure drones to assist immigration officials in their apprehension efforts, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette revealed Tuesday. “The government, as you have seen in the newspapers, have a request for proposal out […]