BPL board clarifies ‘right-sizing’

After clarifying reports that the Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) Company will not terminate employees but rather offer voluntary separation packages (VSEP) at the appropriate time, General Manager Whitney Haestie revealed that a new business plan for the company is currently being finalized. Company executives came under fire by unions that represent employees following a […]

Attorneys to counter witness anonymity bill

Members of the legal fraternity are considering filing a constitutional motion against the recently passed Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Amendment Bill, claiming that the legislation is “dangerous” and infringes on the rights of the accused. Noted criminal attorney Romona Farquharson-Seymour is among the group of lawyers speaking out against the bill, which was passed in […]

PHA hosts gambling symposium

Nearly 100 persons attended a Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) sanctioned gambling symposium at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre  (SRC) last week, aimed at highlighting “the serious effects of gambling and its impact on the well-being of a person’s mental and physical health”. Under the theme ‘Gambling: Fun or Addiction” the inaugural meeting  was designed to raise the level […]

BPL unions threaten “dark, hot summer” in wake of job cuts

As a system failure at Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) triggered an island wide power outage yesterday, BPL officials announced that more than 200 employees will be made redundant over the next 18 months. BPL’s Deputy Chairman Patrick Rollins made the revelation Thursday during a press conference at BPL’s headquarters, while laying out the company’s […]

New citizens sworn in secretly

Twenty-three individuals were sworn in and granted Bahamian citizenship during a naturalization ceremony at the Department of Immigration yesterday. The process however, was conducted behind closed doors and barred from the public. Eyewitness News attempted to cover that ceremony yesterday but was met with much resistance by Immigration Minister Brent Symonette. Moments before the swearing-in […]

Morgue overcrowded

There are currently 166 bodies in the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) morgue, nearly three times its intended capacity, according to Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands. In an interview with Eyewitness News Thursday, Dr. Sands said, Bahamians “just leave” their loved ones at the hospital, most times because they cannot afford an “elaborate” funeral. “The morgue […]