Environmentalists: Disney HOA reveals worst fears

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Several environmentalists yesterday characterized the heads of agreement for Disney’s $250 million project in Eleuthera, which was made public yesterday, as a realization of “our worst environmental, economic and societal fears”. In a joint statement, reEarth, Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation (BREEF), Save The Bays, and Waterkeepers Bahamas said the agreement represents […]

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Govt., Oban heads still locked in dialogue

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government and Oban heads are making significant progress in their negotiations concerning the proposed construction of a multi-billion dollar oil refinery and storage facility proposed for East Grand Bahama, according to Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes. Foulkes chairs the Cabinet sub-committee and technical advisory group charged with examining the Oban deal. […]

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AG: Order in the shanty town case amended

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Attorney General Carl Bethel revealed on Monday that the Order in the shanty town case has been amended. “The order in the shanty town case was amended to prevent any building anywhere in the Bahamas that is not according to code,” Bethel said. “The shanty town case itself has not been sat […]

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U.S. Human Rights report points to prison, immigration deficiencies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The United States has highlighted a series of shortcomings in The Bahamas’ immigration and detention process as well as its legal framework, and said while there have been efforts to improve procedure as it relates to migrants, gaps remain as it relates to the treatment, conditions and imprisonment of people in this […]

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WSC signs $18 million contract for pumping stations, treatment plants

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has signed an $18 million dollar contract with Island Site Development (ISD), to rehabilitate and construct pumping stations and several wastewater treatment plants in the capital. The contract is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The announcement came Tuesday in a press statement issued […]

Environmentalist “disturbed” by govt. approval of drilling

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government’s decision to approve Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) exploration period that would allow the company to drill an exploratory well before December 2020 came as a “shock”, according to environmentalist Joseph Darville, the chairman of the non-profit organization, Save The Bays (STB). BPC said in a statement that it received formal […]

New deal inked to operate city dump

Landfill will now be called, ‘New Providence Ecology Park’   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A contract to own, operate and remediate the New Providence Sanitary Landfill, often referred to as the city dump, was signed between Waste Resources Development Group and government on Thursday. The contract takes effect in 30 days. The new company takes over […]

BTC employees stage sickout; Union boss claims it was food poisoning

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Hundreds of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) workers called in sick on Thursday, forcing the closure of 12 retail outlets nationwide. In an interview with Eyewitness News Online, Bahamas Communication and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) president Dino Rolle confirmed that around 90 per cent of BTC workers called in sick. However, he maintained […]

Dock manager: Potter’s Cay Dock is still safe

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In the hours following a fatal shooting that unfolded on Potter’s Cay Dock on Sunday night, management at the popular restaurant strip still maintain that the area is a safe environment. Gregory Minnis, Potters Cay Dock manager told Eyewitness News Online that the fatal shooting of a young man in front of […]

C.W. Sawyer mould issue rectified, but parents still wary

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While the C.W. Sawyer Primary School reopened on Monday after closing last week due to a reported mould problem, some parents still expressed concern yesterday about the overall safety of their kids. Parents visited to the school, some without their kids, just to get an update on whether the school had been […]

Unknown smuggling victims laid to rest

A journey that began in Haiti and saw dozens of Haitians board a wooden sloop in search of a better life in The Bahamas, ended in disaster with the bodies of 22 victims laying in caskets yesterday at the Enoch Backford Auditorium on Carmichael Road. “Today is a sad day for all of us,” said […]

No classes at C.W. Sawyer following mould allegations

Irate parents lead protest on school’s campus   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After reports of mould and other issues surfaced at the C.W. Sawyer Primary School earlier this week, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Wednesday that the school will be closed today and on Friday. A statement released from MOE asked teachers to report […]

PM skirts talks of Oban deal

Says he’s not interested in talking “nonsense”   FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA –  While concerns still  linger over the proposed Oban project – a multibillion-dollar oil refinery and storage facility pegged for East Grand Bahama – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis told reporters on Tuesday that he was not in Grand Bahama to discuss ‘nonsense’ when […]