MODEL FOR MARIJUANA: Govt looking to other jurisdictions as cannabis bill advances

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday draftspersons are in possession of marijuana legislation from around the region that could guide The Bahamas’ legislative framework on regulated growing and use of medicinal cannabis. Responding to questions from Eyewitness News on the status of the legislation, Bethel said: “It is not ready. I have […]

Man dead in Exuma traffic accident on February 21

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police on Exuma are investigating the circumstances surrounding a traffic accident that left a man dead last week Sunday. Family members of the victim reached out to Eyewitness News this week, advising they had not received any police report on the incident. Police included the report in their daily press release on […]

A RACE TO WATCH: Who will take Elizabeth constituency?

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With political parties slowly rolling out their lists of ratified candidates for the upcoming general election, the Elizabeth constituency is quickly becoming one of the races to keep an eye on. Free National Movement (FNM) incumbent Elizabeth MP Dr Duane Sands was ratified for the constituency on Thursday night, following an embattled […]

NIPPING IT IN THE BUD: No virus outbreak on Abaco but PM says “strict protocols” still needed

Minnis: We will be even more aggressive in trying to get vaccines ASAP NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Individuals traveling between Abaco mainland and its surrounding cays will not be required to undergo an RT-PCR test or obtain a travel health visa, according to the latest amendment to the emergency order. The Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic)(Risk […]

SANDS RETURNS: Five more candidates ratified by FNM council

Thompson ratified for East Grand Bahama NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Free National Movement (FNM) council ratified five more candidates last night, confirming the candidacy of Dr Duane Sands for Elizabeth and Minister of State for Finance and Senator Kwasi Thompson for East Grand Bahama. The FNM council also ratified Courtney Coulibaly, Centreville; Vandea Stuart, South […]

MEN’S CLUB: Lack of women in Cabinet decried as “utter disappointment”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Officials and organizations in the country are calling the lack of female representation in Cabinet extremely disappointing and gravely concerning following the resignation of former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle, who was the only woman in Cabinet. Rolle resigned from the position on Tuesday, though the reason remains unclear. […]

Two men arrested for unlicensed firearms

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two men were arrested shortly before 11pm on Wednesday for possession of unlicensed firearms. According to reports, officers conducting routine patrols on Augusta Street, Bain Town, noticed two men in a green Honda CRV, who aroused their suspicion. Police signaled the vehicle to stop, but the driver sped off and a chase […]

PAHO: Bahamas positioned to make “best decision” with vaccine distribution

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Assistant Director Dr Jarbas Barbosa indicated yesterday The Bahamas can make the “best decision” with distribution of its first tranche of AstraZeneca vaccines. His comments came as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility advises countries on the timeframe in receiving their first, second and third allocations […]

UNCONSTITUTIONAL: Speaker to bring end to govt circumventing “question time”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Interrupting an exchange between Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells and Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis on the rules of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Assembly Halson Moultrie announced yesterday the rules will be interpreted to end the practice of successive governments refusing to be answerable to the Bahamian people about the […]

“CHRISTIE ISN’T THE YARDSTICK”: Davis promises to hold ministers accountable if elected PM

PLP leader says the way former PM ran Cabinet isn’t how Minnis should run his NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While the last Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration failed to hold their ministers accountable, PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that should he be elected as prime minister, he would hold his ministers and MPs accountable […]