$2mil long range radar system commissioned at RBDF Inagua Base

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A multi-million-dollar technology upgrade at the Matthew Town, Inagua Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) base yesterday is expected to enhance monitoring and provide better protection against illegal migration, illicit drugs, gun trafficking, poaching, human trafficking and other threats to national security. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis officially commissioned a $2 million dollar, […]

Road traffic amendments will “save lives”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As he expressed the critical need for the government to curtail road traffic fatalities in the country, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday that proposed legislation to criminalize the use of cellphones while driving and having open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle will shift the motoring public’s behaviour and […]

NAD: Grounding of Boeing Max planes not expected to impact LPIA

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The grounding of Boeing 737 Max series 8 and 9 by most major airlines, following a fatal crash in Ethiopia over the weekend involving the model, is not expected to impact operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), according to Nassau Airport Development Company Limited’s (NAD) Vice President of Marketing & Communications Jan […]

Pintard to recommend lip thickness standard for conch harvesting

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard said yesterday that his ministry will strongly recommend the introduction of a minimum conch lip thickness for legal harvesting in an effort to reduce the increasing pressure on the fisheries product. The thickness of the shell indicates the age of the conch. Pintard also […]

Long Island to get doppler radar

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Auxiliary vessel, HMBS Lawrence Major, departed  Coral Harbour Base on Saturday to transport equipment and materials for the installation of a Meteorological Doppler radar in Long Island on behalf of The Bahamas Meteorological Department. The Doppler Radar will be installed on the Island as part of that Department’s weather radar coverage system for The Bahamas.

Still no date for Ragged Islanders to return home

Having endured the devastating wrath of Hurricane Irma last September, Ragged Island became unlivable and residents were forced to leave their humble abode in search of a better and much safer standard of living.  Now, one year later, repairs on the island are still in progress and there is still no established date for Ragged […]

Residents urged to complete preparations as hurricane season heightens

As The Bahamas moves into the peak of the hurricane season, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) urges residents, companies, schools, churches and government ministries and departments to bring hurricane preparedness measures to a completion. Basil Dean, Chief Met Officer, announced during a Press Briefing at NEMA headquarters, Gladstone Road, Tuesday, September 11 that The Bahamas is expected […]

Government still in assessment phase for Ragged Island restoration

During a press conference at the Office of The Prime Minister (OPM) on Tuesday, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold in response to Eyewitness News’ question on Ragged Island, Newbold informed the media that the Free National Movement (FNM) administration is near completion of their assessment of Ragged Island. “Based on the recovery unit report who was […]

New doppler at met office

Technical advancements are under way at the Bahamas Department of Meteorology that will give forecasters more detailed data during severe weather, senior officials said. With the country directly in the hurricane belt, Deputy Director Basil Dean told Eyewitness News yesterday that with the installation of new Doppler Radar systems in New Providence and a number […]

NEMA director outlines preparedness plan

With the peak of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season only a week away, head of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Captain Stephen Russell outlined to media yesterday, government’s preparedness plan. “I am generally pleased with the state of preparedness,” Russell said. According to the NEMA chief, the team is currently prioritizing which areas they […]

NEMA disburses nearly $100k in aid for Ragged Islanders

RAGGED ISLAND – Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), issued financial assistance estimated at $72,000 to Family Island residents impacted by the devastating Hurricane Irma in 2017. Captain Russell was accompanied by NEMA assistant accountant Eva Lightbourn, and Family Island Administrator for Exuma and Ragged Island Districts Preston Cunningham. Captain Russell and his team made […]

Hot summer ahead warns Met Dept.

Bahamians urged to stay hydrated Officials in the Meteorology Department confirmed Tuesday that summer temperatures will continue to spike and warned Bahamians to take the necessary precautions to ensure that they remain hydrated. While the weather office provides daily daytime high temperatures which can soar well into the 90’s, Deputy Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean warned […]

Beryl here until weekend

What appeared to be a freak weather pattern that passed over New Providence Wednesday afternoon, was in fact nothing out of the ordinary, according to Deputy Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean, who said the island was experiencing the effects of Tropical Storm Beryl. Light intermittent rain fell on New Providence in the morning hours until sometime after […]