VACCINATION PACE SLOWS: Data suggests possible waning in vaccine uptake

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The pace of vaccinations in The Bahamas appears to have slowed as first-dose coverage reaches just over 27 percent of the population. The government and health authorities continue to encourage vaccine uptake, attributing its “aggressive vaccination campaign” to the beginning of a downward trend in coronavirus cases in the last four weeks. […]

INVESTOR INITIATIVE LAUNCHED: Red Lobster and Bahama MyFi first out the gate on ArawakX crowdfunding platform

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Red Lobster and Bahama MyFi are the first two companies to launch on the ArawakX crowdfunding platform, with the founders touting the move as a step towards financial inclusion for Bahamians. D’Arcy Rahming Jr, chief technology officer of ArawakX, said: “We have tried to make it super simple so that companies and […]

BURY YOUR DEAD: Residents warned to collect loved ones from morgue before govt takes legal action

Health minister claims overcrowding not a result of COVID-19 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government will take legal action to remove bodies being stored at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) morgue if they are not collected by their relatives, said Minister of Health Reward Wells yesterday. The warning comes as officials continue to make appeals to residents […]

NO HARM DONE: Positive COVID cases on cruise ships unlikely to be “detrimental” to industry rebound, says port chief

“Our reality is that there will be people that test positive” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nassau Cruise Port Chief Executive Officer Mike Maura Jr said yesterday that occasional reports of COVID-19 cases onboard cruise ships would likely not be detrimental to the industry’s rebound. Speaking to Eyewitness News, Maura noted that with the industry having been […]

URCA to investigate Cable Bahamas’ “concerning” widespread service quality issues

NASSAU, BAHAMAS-  The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has pledged to investigate the quality of Cable Bahamas’ television service, describing the widespread service quality issues as “concerning”. In a statement on its approval of Cable Bahamas Limited’s application to restructure its pay television packages, the regulator said that it found it necessary to “address […]

BORROWING STRATEGY: Govt to tap international capital markets for $700M

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government plans to tap the international capital markets for $700 million, which represents the bulk of its foreign currency borrowings for fiscal year 2021/2022, according to its annual borrowing plan. The plan, which was released yesterday, noted that of the $959.2 million proposed in foreign currency borrowings, $700 million or 73 […]

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD: BCA chief fears industry facing 2-3 years of supply shortages and price hikes

“It’s really a sad situation” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamian Contractors’ Association (BCA) President Michael Pratt said yesterday it may be two to three years before the industry sees relief from current supply shortages and significant price hikes, with New Providence cement and concrete suppliers now also facing supply chain disruptions. Pratt told Eyewitness News: “It’s […]

Police investigate armed robbery and rape of woman

Viral video purportedly shows suspects tied up and beaten by community members NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police are investigating the circumstances of an alleged armed robbery and rape of a woman said to have occurred on Mackey Street shortly after 5am on Wednesday. According to reports, a woman was walking along the street when she was […]

DOUBLEDOWN: Former DPM defends staff against House speaker’s tirade

Turnquest: Religion or lack thereof is inconsequential and should not have been raised in Parliament NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Minister of Finance and East Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest attempted to defend Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson yesterday over comments made by House Speaker Halson Moultrie earlier this week about his religious belief. On Monday, during […]