Dorian death toll increases to 69

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday confirmed the official death toll for Hurricane Dorian has risen to 69 after two unidentified human remains were found in The Mudd, Abaco. The shanty town, populated by hundreds of unregulated homes, was leveled by Dorian in early September. According to NEMA, the Royal Bahamas […]

Investigator wraps up testimony in Gibson case

Gibson’s defense expected to outline case to trial judge today NASSAU, BAHAMAS — After four days on the witness stand, Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Assistant Superintendent Deborah Thompson concluded her evidence in the bribery trial of former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson. The investigator took statements from the prosecution’s key witness Jonathan Ash and Gibson’s […]

First 40 domes for relief site arrive in Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The first 40 domes for the government’s $6.4 million temporary housing initiative in Abaco has arrived, according to Disaster Relief and Reconstruction Committee Chairman John Michael Clarke. Clarke said on the island and preparations are being made to install them. The government has announced that the Family Relief Centre near Spring City, […]

Commonwealth Brewery ‘cautiously optimistic’ on short term post Dorian outlook

Positive third quarter yield despite Dorian impact NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Commonwealth Brewery Ltd (CBL) says it is ‘cautiously optimistic’ on its short term outlook post-Hurricane Dorian, with its third quarter net revenue increasing by 2.9 percent over the same period last year. The BISX-listed brewer which is which is 75 percent majority-owned by international giant, […]

Public healthcare sector “behind the eightball” on electronic records, says minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamian public healthcare sector is “behind the eight ball” and needs to “catch up” regarding the implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday. Sands noted that the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) is investigating the Allscripts deal. The Chicago-based company had been contracted for an […]

‘Feed 5000 Families’ initiative to raise $150K for annual holiday giveback

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — AML Foods Limited officially launched the company’s 4th Annual Feed 5000 Families holiday giveback yesterday. The company will jumpstart their goal of raising $150,000 with a $30,000 donation towards the initiative in celebration of their 30th year Anniversary, executives said. Until December 19, AML will appeal to the general public and corporate […]

Lyford Cay Foundation holds Thanksgiving ecumenical service

Governor-General and DPM Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Scholars and Board Members NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Lyford Cay Foundations held an ecumenical service of thanksgiving at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral as part of the elongated celebrations of its 50th anniversary. Governor General Cornelius A Smith and Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest joined board members, scholars, and their […]

Strachan wraps up historic season

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Mike Strachan capped off a historic season for the Charleston Golden Eagles on Saturday, finishing with three receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown in a 34-26 win over West Liberty in the season finale. Strachan, a redshirt junior wide receiver had over 1,000 yards (1,319) and 19 touchdowns on the season and […]

Ragged Island to receive modular clinic

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government will be placing a modular clinic on Ragged Island, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said yesterday. The decision comes more than two years after Hurricane Irma devastated public infrastructure on the small island.  “As we survey the post hurricane [Dorian] landscape, we shall address the needs of The Bahamas […]

Taxi president warns of industry face-off

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Taxicab Union president Wesley Ferguson yesterday warned of another face-off between taxi drivers and Transport and Local government Minister Renward if he fails to ‘aggressively’ to address issues plaguing the industry. “Taxi drivers are being put out of work,” Ferguson told Eyewitness News Online. “That’s a reality, it’s happening now. We […]

Lewis: Disaster authority to get full powers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis yesterday said his ministry is waiting on Cabinet approval before its authority can utilize its full powers. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the government passed the Disaster Reconstruction Authority Bill, 2019, the Disaster Preparedness and Response (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and […]

IOM: Migration dialogue needed with Bahamian public

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Echoing the concerns of his International Organization for Migration (IOM) counterparts in Haiti, IOM Bahamas Chief of Mission Jan-Willem Wegdam yesterday called for widespread dialogue on migration. Giuseppe Loprete, IOM’s mission chief in Haiti, has called on the Bahamian government to investigate Haitian deportee claims of physical and sexual abuse by immigration […]

DPM: Government forced to ‘reset priorities’ due to Dorian impact

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday said Hurricane Dorian’s impact has forced government to “reset our priorities and change our plans”. Turnquest underscored the significant impact on the country’s near-term fiscal economic prospects, in a statement addressing the recently released assessment report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The IDB report […]