Cruise ship with COVID-19 patients allowed to dock in Florida

PM: Govt. in discussion with US on new Coast Guard directive for cruise lines to seek critical care from flag-state NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two Netherlands-flagged Holland America cruise ships, one vessel carrying COVID-19 patients, have been allowed to dock in Florida. International media reported the ships — the Zaandam and the Rotterdam — were scheduled […]

PM foreshadows generational changes to economy

Minnis signals shift from tourism industry  WHO calls for debt relief from World Bank and IMF NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday signaled a shift in the country’s reliance on tourism, insisting that worldwide border closures has forced The Bahamas to change how it operates. During a press briefing, the prime minister […]

Mask on or off? We’re making them anyway, says AG

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney General Carl Bethel has said that The Bahamas will soon start the local manufacturing of masks for Bahamians. Bethel made the revalation in the Senate on Monday, during  debate on a resolution to extend the state of emergency and emergency powers to April 8. The resolution was passed unanimously. During his […]

Pay Up: BPL resumes disconnections tomorrow

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Power and Light Company Limited (BPL) will resume disconnections tomorrow, BPL Director of Public Relations K. Quincy Parker has confirmed.  Last Tuesday, the power company announced that it will immediately suspend disconnections until March 31 as thousands of Bahamians are forced to stay home to prevent the spread of the […]

Bimini mourns, concerns spike after death of suspected COVID-19 patient

Kim Johnson-Rolle is the sister of Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson. NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The suspected COVID-19 patient has been identified as deli vendor Kim Johnson-Rolle. Johnson-Rolle, a mother of three, is the sister of Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson. Speaking to Eyewitness News, West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe said the island is in mourning at […]

Sands: We have adequate capacity to combat COVID-19

WHO says COVID-19 not ordinarily an aerosol, but may be possible in “specific circumstances” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands today reaffirmed the government’s preparedness and capacity to combat a “surge” of COVID-19 cases should local spread continue and peak in The Bahamas. “All across The Bahamas Mr. Speaker we have been […]

More than 700 COVID-19 cases in the region

Bahamas reportedly tracking some 600 contacts Countries urged to move to state of readiness and rapid response NASSAU, BAHAMAS – There have been some 760 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in up to 29 countries in the Caribbean region, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) latest situation report. This comes as The […]

Bahamians abroad urged to contact embassy

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamian nationals living abroad who are in distress or seeking to return home should make direct contact with their respective Embassy, High Commission or Honorary Consulate in The Bahamas, advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today. The clarion call follows announcements from the Nassau Airport Development Company that the country is now […]

“Significant” amount of lunch vouchers uncollected, says Lloyd

Ministry will redistribute again sometime next week in hopes of wider participation NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A “significant number” of parents whose children participate in the National Lunch Programme did not collect lunch vouchers on Wednesday, according to Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd. Lloyd told Eyewitness News the low turnout has prompted the government to consider […]

Privy Council ruling reignites scrutiny over ministers’ involvement in Frank Smith corruption trial

FNM chairman says now is not the time for division or politics, but unity NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Privy Council’s decision to reject a bid to appeal Frank Smith’s acquittal has reignited opposition criticism over the role of two sitting Cabinet ministers in the corruption trial. In a statement today, Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis […]

New emergency order closes Bahamas for business

New emergency order implements “shelter in place orders” Public beaches to be closed with immediate effect All travel except outgoing flights and cargo to be discontinued NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Four days into a partial nationwide lockdown and a mandatory nightly curfew, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday announced a complete nationwide lockdown that will close […]

Homeless, vulnerable have mixed feelings on Coronavirus pandemic

Great Commission Ministries seeking assistance to respond to growing need, and homeless problem NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Some of the homeless and panhandlers, who are among the most vulnerable of dwellers in The Bahamas, expressed mixed feelings yesterday about their risk of exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Henry Sweeting, 47, a former janitor, said after […]

QC says emergency regulations prevent access to legal representation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Attorney Damian Gomez, QC, yesterday echoed concerns over the government’s Emergency Powers (COVID-19) order, and its damaging impact. “The things that they’ve done are questionable and to the extent that they have caused damages to different people and persons can sure,” Gomez told Eyewitness News. “It may well be that the government […]