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 […]

Bahamas Taxicab Union launches partnership with Global Ports Holding

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Having been selected as the preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Nassau’s cruise port, Global Port Holdings first order of business was to formally meet with Executives of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union (BTCU),  the Prince George Wharf Taxi Association  and the Downtown Nassau Partnership in regards to the redevelopment of Prince […]

Royal Caribbean confident in “resurgence” of Grand Lucayan and GB

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) President and CEO Michael Bayley said yesterday that the company, and its partners, are approximately at the halfway point of finalizing a proposal to the government for the acquisition of the Grand Lucayan Resort. RCCL and Mexican port developer, ITM Group, partnered in a bid to acquire […]

After US advisory, Jet-ski operators say procedures have been amended

But tourists say they feel safe   NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Local jet ski operators shot down the concerns of the U.S. government on Wednesday, who noted in its latest travel advisory that operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. The U.S. Department of State released another level two advisory last week on […]

D’Aguilar: U.S. travel advisory is “inaccurate, outdated”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

Global Ports Holding selected as preferred cruise port bidder

Govt. eyes majority Bahamian ownership in $250 million project   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Ministry of Tourism yesterday announced Global Ports Holding (GPH) Limited as the preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Nassau’s cruise port, marking the beginning of negotiations to formulate an agreement with the government. “The proposal put forth by Global Ports was […]

D’Aguilar: Negotiations with Americans on airspace management resumes

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar, on Tuesday revealed that the aviation ministry’s negotiations with the American government on the management of the country’s airspace has resumed. D’Aguilar revealed this much to media before heading to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting. Back in November, the aviation minister announced the government’s plan to begin […]

Another body retrieved from waters

Total body count stands at 30; capsized vessel was carrying 83 persons   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The death toll of Haitian migrants who perished when their boat capsized last weekend continues to rise after another body believed to be that of a Haitian national was retrieved from waters in Abaco on Wednesday. A statement released […]

Bahamas records lowest ever number of annual port state control detentions

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) announced on Tuesday that it has recorded its lowest ever number of annual detentions following port state control (PSC) inspections with only 24 ships being detained in 2018. “These results build on the BMA’s impressive track record of supporting its maritime clients comprehensively, rapidly and proactively,” said Minister of Transport […]

Haitian govt. requests bodies of deceased migrants

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Haitian government has requested that the government of The Bahamas return the bodies of the 27 migrants who drowned in waters off Abaco after their sloop ran aground and capsized on Friday night, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield. Henfield said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has had continued […]

Immigration head: Persons found culpable in deadly Haitian voyage will be prosecuted

RBDF continues search, high-level meeting held to discuss deaths   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – If persons are found culpable in planning the tragic voyage which led to the death of 27 Haitians over the weekend, they should expect harsh consequences, according to Immigration Director Clarence A. Russell. “Director of Immigration Mr. Clarence A. Russell expressed his […]

Taxi-cab drivers lead protest to parliament

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Fed-up with their reported unfair treatment and poor working conditions which have spanned decades, members of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union led a protest on Wednesday, taking their concerns to the downtown area outside the House of Assembly. The irate drivers swarmed parliamentarians, hoping to get some resolution to their long-standing issues. […]

Taxi-cab drivers to strike today

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Following government’s reported failure to address their concerns, members The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union are expected to withdraw their services and lead a strike today, president of The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union Wesley Ferguson told Eyewitness News last night. The move to strike comes after months of complaints against tour companies and […]

Suspected marijuana recovered from cargo flight at LPIA

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police in New Providence recovered a large quantity of dangerous drugs at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) on Sunday. According to police reports, shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Airport Division Officers, acting on information, conducted a search of a cargo flight that arrived from Jamaica and recovered 19 packages of […]