Health ministry defends storage of Dorian victims’ remains in Abaco

‘All victims will be buried with dignity’ says ministry NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Ministry of Health yesterday sought to clarify several claims circulating on social media surrounding the bodies of Hurricane Dorian victims being kept in coolers on Abaco. Labeling them as “baseless and inaccurate”, the ministry pointed to claims made in a widely circulated […]

Customs Management Optimization project to identify $15 million in uncollected revenue

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government has signed a $1.4 million contract with international customs consultants TTEK Global Inc. for a Customs Management Optimization project, guaranteed to identify at least $15 million in uncollected revenue. The Ministry of Finance announced in a statement yesterday that the consultancy, which is expected to start today, will span eight […]

Bobcat Bahamas makes 54 employees redundant

Company under group that owns Cavalier Construction NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Bobcat Bahamas, the well-known heavy duty equipment service provider, has made 54 employees redundant, according to Labour director John Pinder. Pinder told Eyewitness News Online the workers were made redundant by the company last Thursday. “I heard that they were making 54 people redundant due to […]

Disaster authority to hold strategy retreat

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –The Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority will host a three-day retreat in Grand Bahama, in order to strategize key initiatives to ramp up operations on reconstruction efforts four months post-Dorian. Minister of Disaster Preparedness Iram Lewis told Eyewitness News Online yesterday that the retreat, which will be held from Thursday to Saturday, will focus cleanup […]

Aliv suffers ‘manageable’ Dorian shortfall

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Aliv suffered a ‘manageable shortfall’ as a result of Hurricane Dorian, according to its top executive Damian Blackburn, who noted that the monster storm caused roughly $6 million in network equipment. Blackburn said those losses were largely insured. “We are in full review from Cable Bahamas and Aliv of the backbone transmission […]

114 Haitians repatriated

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas Immigration Department repatriated 114 Haitians to Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Friday. According to a press release, the Bahamasair flight departed the Lynden Pindling International Airport at 7.30am. The group included 85 men, 27 women and two minors, it read. “The Department will continue its commitment to carrying out the mandates of […]

Man burns woman in domestic dispute

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A woman is in hospital after she was burned by a man during an argument yesterday. Superintendent Shanta Knowles said the pair were at a home in the eastern district of New Providence when the argument escalated shortly before 7am. Knowles said the man threw hot liquid on the woman, causing burns […]

Ophthalmologist calls for end of VAT and introduction of a sales and service tax

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas should ‘do away’ with Value-Added Tax (VAT) and introduce a 15 per cent sales and service tax ‘across the board’, a well-known doctor has suggested. Ophthalmologist Dr Jonathan Rodgers made the charge while addressing the Bahamas Business Outlook on Thursday. “We need to change the tax structure, do away with […]