Rights Bahamas calls for urgent intervention at Immigration Dept. after US report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Rights Bahamas is calling on the Royal Bahamas Police Force  (RBPF) to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the Bahamas Immigration Department in light of the U.S. Department of State’s 2018 Human Rights Report. The report, released earlier this week on Wednesday, outlined that there has been “widespread, credible” reports that […]

U.S. govt. highlights corruption in immigration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – There have been “widespread, credible” reports that Bahamian immigration officials physically abused detainees and officials “solicited bribes” to either prevent detention following raids or facilitate release, according to the United States government. “Numerous Haitian migrants reported being detained by immigration officials and solicited for bribes of $3,000 Bahamian dollars (one Bahamian dollar […]

The Bahamas avoids EU’s blacklist

Ministry of Finance: Blacklist avoidance sends a “strong signal”   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas was not included on the European Union’s updated list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, which was published yesterday. In a statement, the Ministry of Finance said the decision reflected the government’s efforts to “safeguard the global competitiveness of the […]

Family of African cruise ship employee “heartbroken” there is no burial

Cousin expresses frustration with lengthy process to view body   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The family of South African cruise ship employee, Nobuhle Ntombenhle Bhengu, are struggling to come to grips with the fact that they will not be able to have a proper burial for their loved one. Bhengu, an employee of the Mediterranean Shipping […]

Opposition slams govt. for “secret deal” signed with Disney

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Various stakeholders are calling into question government’s recent Heads of Agreement (HOA) signed with Disney Cruise Lines to construct a $400 million-dollar cruise port and entertainment facility on Lighthouse Point, Eleuthera. The deal was inked last week but was only made public on the weekend. Not only are questions surfacing on why […]

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Govt.: Disney HOA to be tabled March 20

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After being slammed by the Opposition and environmentalists for not allowing the media to attend last week’s Heads of Agreement signing for Disney’s proposed development at Lighthouse Point in  Bannerman Town, South Eleuthera, the government announced last night that in the interest of transparency and accountability, the Heads of Agreement will be […]

Haiti’s capital a melting pot of opportunity

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI – Reporting live from Port-au-Prince Haiti for the next two days, host of Beyond the Headlines, Clint Watson, revealed on Wednesday that despite being known as an impoverished nation with few jobs and political unrest, Haiti’s bustling capital is actually a melting pot of opportunity for those who may be interested in investing. […]

Stronger U.S. economy helped The Bahamas’ economic growth pace maintain momentum

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Acting Prime Minister Peter Turnquest explained that a stronger U.S. economy was the pillar on which the country’s domestic economic growth pace maintained its momentum in 2018, with the most favourable gains posted by the tourism industry. “You may recall that the Prime Minister recently noted the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) growth […]

Foreign Affairs responds to U.S. travel advisory

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday night responded to the recent travel advisory that was issued earlier this week by the United States Department of State. The Ministry said while the U.S. advisory includes cautions regarding the inconsistent regulation of the commercial and recreational watercraft industry, including water tours, the travel […]

Clint Watson to take inside look at Haiti

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In the wake of recent political unrest, Eyewitness News Director and host of Beyond the Headlines, veteran journalist Clint Watson will depart the capital today for Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Watson will spend the next three days immersed in that country’s way of life, while delivering in-depth and hard-hitting reports for Eyewitness News and […]

Exercise ‘increased caution’ when visiting The Bahamas, U.S. advises

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The United States Department of State yesterday reissued a travel advisory, cautioning American citizens visiting The Bahamas to exercise “increased caution” when visiting the country due to crime. The level two advisory said violent crimes, including armed robberies, sexual assault and burglaries remain common “even during the day and in tourist areas”. […]

D’Aguilar: U.S. travel advisory is “inaccurate, outdated”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While the travel advisory released by the United States (U.S.) Department of State on Monday caught the Ministry of Tourism by surprise, tourism minister Dionisio D’Aguilar told Eyewitness News Online that the “exaggerated release” will have no effect on tourist arrivals from the U.S. D’Aguilar said he found the release to be […]

Foreign ministers meet ahead of CARICOM Inter-Sessional opening

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS – Caribbean foreign ministers met ahead of the official start of the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government on Monday, February 25, in a special meeting of the Community Council of Ministers. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darren Henfield represented The Bahamas at the Tenth Special Meeting of the Community Council […]

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 […]

Komolafe: Many afraid to support DNA because they fear change

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Arinthia Komolafe, the newly-elected leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), said many are afraid to support the young party because they fear change in what has remained a ‘biased’ political system. “They are fighting to keep us out because their contract will not be automatic, but under a DNA government, every […]

Dr. Minnis chats with Jamaica’s PM at CARICOM

BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS & NEVIS — Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, along with Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness arrived in Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis on Monday for the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).  Prime Minister Minnis is pictured (right) in conversation with Prime […]

Blacklisting, regional political unrest concerns as Bahamas goes to CARICOM meetings

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert A. Minnis will lead a delegation to the 30th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in St Kitts, on February 26-27, 2019. Heads are expected to engage in several side meetings to advance diplomacy and bilateral agreements among Member States. […]