Lloyd: As many as 900-plus contract workers in MOE

Says some teachers, education personnel don’t “deserve to be there”   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd revealed yesterday that an audit of the Ministry of Education determined there were 900-plus contract workers in the ministry. Approximately 300 contract workers failed to comply with the ministry’s verification process, according to Lloyd, who said […]

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Michelle Reckley case transferred to another magistrate

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The money laundering, extortion and fraud case involving former Urban Renewal director Michelle Reckley was transferred to Magistrate Ambrose Ambrister in court #10 on Monday, after Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said she and two other magistrates were mindful not to adjudicate the matter for various reasons. The chief magistrate also stated that […]

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Man killed in double shooting in Fox Hill

16 murders recorded for 2019   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A man was shot and killed and another injured as a result of a drive-by shooting in Fox Hill, Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash said yesterday. Speaking to reporters at the scene, Cash said another man was shot in the leg during the incident and transported to hospital. […]

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FNM Chairman calls on opposition to stop “petty games”, work with govt.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Carl Culmer yesterday challenged the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) to drop its “smear campaign” and stop playing “petty games”, but instead work with the Minnis administration to improve the lives of the people of The Bahamas. Speaking to Eyewitness News Online, Culmer said the PLP has attempted […]

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Senator highlights move to E-Cabinet, E-Government services

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — The Ministry of Labour (MOL) officially celebrated World Consumer Rights Day (March 15) with a special ceremony and exhibition in Freeport, Grand Bahama on Friday past. The ceremony was held at the Harold DeGregory Complex and brought to a climax World Consumer Rights Week which was recognized with various activities in […]

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PDC Chairman: Some Senators, MP’s have failed to disclose assets

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Myles Laroda, Chairman of the Public Disclosure Commission(PDC) confirmed on Thursday that some parliamentarians did not disclose their assets before the March 1 deadline. In a telephone interview with Eyewitness News, Laroda said following a meeting held yesterday, he has since written a letter to prime minister Dr. Hubert Minnis as well […]

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African family wants govt. to hold off on cremation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The family of South African cruise ship employee Nabalue Bhengu, who died in New Providence last month from tuberculosis is hoping that the government will hold off on having the body cremated and allow the family to have an official viewing first. “There has been so much drama from all sides – […]

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Culmer: FNM will deliver on campaign finance reform

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Minnis administration “will deliver on its promise” to regulate campaign finance in The Bahamas, according to Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Carl Culmer. He was responding to the United States’ 2018 Human Rights Report, which highlighted the issue. The report read: “The campaign finance system is largely unregulated, with few safeguards […]

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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 […]

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25 beds gifted to PMH; at least 200 more needed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While the 25 beds gifted to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) by the PMH Foundation on Thursday is a start to eliminating old beds and decreasing the existing bed shortage, at least 200 more are needed, said Lyrone Burrows, Deputy Managing Director at the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA). At yesterday’s official bed […]

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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 […]

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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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FNM claims PLP opposes job creation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Free National Movement (FNM) is of the view that the opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) opposes job creation after the PLP made queries earlier this week about the recent Heads of Agreement that was signed for Disney Cruise Lines to construct a $400 million-dollar cruise port and entertainment facility on Lighthouse […]

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BEWU president urges BPL to clean filthy bathrooms

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – President of The Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) Paul Maynard, on Wednesday threatened to shut down the Clifton Pier power plant if the bathrooms are not immediately cleaned. Maynard claimed that management has refused to clean the bathroom at the site for more than two months. Maynard alleged that BPL renovated a […]

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Public disclosure committee meeting set for today

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  While the Public Disclosure Committee was expected to meet last Thursday to determine if all parliamentarians had met the March 1 disclosure deadline, that meeting was posted.  Another meeting is therefore scheduled for today. Chairman of the Committee, Myles Laroda told Eyewitness News on Wednesday that last week’s meeting was delayed as […]

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Campbell details govt.’s commitment to building alliances to protect women, girls

UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK  — The Government of The Bahamas has partnered with many of the country’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as it continues to build alliances for social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Addressing a high-level interactive dialogue among Ministers on […]

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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 […]

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