FLIGHT CHALLENGES: Aircraft failing to gain altitude contributed to its crash on Abaco, notes AAIA report

Two pilots confirmed sole passengers onboard at time of incident NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A plane that crashed in Treasure Cay, Abaco, on Monday and claimed the lives of two young pilots, reportedly had challenges gaining altitude upon take-off. According to initial reports from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA), those challenges contributed to the accident. […]

WHAT’S THE HOLD UP?: $1.8M Abaco hurricane shelter still not completed two weeks into hurricane season

“The reality is we would have wanted it to be done way before the hurricane season” Construction of homes for Hurricane Dorian victims still being planned NASSAU, BAHAMAS  — Construction on the $1.8 million Central Abaco Community Centre/Hurricane Shelter has been delayed and is expected to be completed by the end of summer, according to […]

HOUSING ON THE WAY: Abaco minister advises construction to begin on Dorian homes by months end

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — North Abaco MP Darren Henfield advised yesterday that the government will begin construction on homes in Abaco for Hurricane Dorian victims by the end of the month. The government has previously announced four housing projects on Abaco, and others on Grand Bahama. During his presentation to the budget debate, Henfield outlined several […]

“DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN”: Foreign affairs minister underscores danger of shantytowns in defense of govt’s position

Henfield: This is not about migration or illegality; this is about saving lives “We still don’t know how many lives were lost in The Mudd” ABACO, THE BAHAMAS — As he toured the storm-ravaged areas of Hurricane Dorian with a United Nations (UN) delegation over the weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield defended the government’s […]

HELP US: Shantytown residents make impassioned plea for UN intervention in ongoing demolition of homes

“Stop this senseless, heartless and illegal action that is being driven by xenophobia and discrimination” ABACO, BAHAMAS — A group of residents from The Farm shantytown on Abaco demonstrated on Saturday against the ongoing demolition of their homes, calling for the United Nations (UN) to take urgent action on their behalf to stop the government […]

BAD TO WORSE: Shantytown resurgence further exacerbates Abaco’s “housing crisis”, says Chamber president

ABACO, BAHAMAS — The re-emergence of shantytowns on Abaco is merely exacerbating the housing crisis on the hurricane-ravaged island, according to its Chamber of Commerce president. Ken Hutton, the Abaco Chamber of Commerce president, told Eyewitness News: “I’m not taking sides on the issue, because that is not we do that, but we support the […]

DEMOLITION BEGINS: Govt begins removing structures in The Farm; issues “final warning”

Human Rights Bahamas denounces the move ABACO, BAHAMAS — Forty-five incomplete and unoccupied structures in the shantytown known as The Farm on Abaco were demolished yesterday, making good on Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister’s promise of resolute action in the area to remove those homes. Heavy-duty equipment tore the structures down as some residents […]

Three men arrested and charged for illegal landing following viral video showing migrants living in bus

ABACO, BAHAMAS — A widely shared video allegedly showing three undocumented Haitian migrants living in a school bus on Abaco led to their arrest and ultimate conviction for illegal landing in the Magistrate’s Court today. The Department of Immigration in a statement said an investigation was launched into the video after an official complaint was […]

GET OUT: Shantytown demolition to begin in two weeks; residents have 28 days to leave

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister yesterday affirmed that demolition of unfinished and unoccupied structures in the shantytown known as The Farm on Abaco will be demolished in 14 days, while occupied structures will face the same fate in 28 days. Notices have been erected on newly constructed structures — outside the […]

FARM SWEEP: Govt arrests residents in shantytown; confiscates suspected stolen property

Rights Bahamas condemns the govt’s actions as “illegal, shameful spectacle” ABACO, BAHAMAS — A multi-agency operation launched in The Farm yesterday led to the arrest of irregular migrants and “other persons who are suspected of being involved in various criminal offenses”, according to the Ministry of Works. The operation follows warnings from Minister of Public Works […]

Water restoration work on Abaco on target, says WSC head

ABACO, BAHAMAS — Water restoration efforts are progressing on Abaco almost two years since the passage of Hurricane Dorian. Executive Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) Adrian Gibson said the COVID-19 pandemic has created logistical issues and impeded work but the corporation is on target. “COVID has had the greatest impact. Without COVID, […]