PROTECT THE ELDERLY: COVID death results in renewed restrictions at senior citizens homes

Elder care home outbreak not reported for two weeks Minister could not confirm whether six infected individuals were vaccinated or not NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell advised yesterday that restrictions will be reinforced at all elderly care homes after one of the facilities had a COVID-19 exposure resulting in one death and […]

TRAGEDY AFTERMATH: Social services assisting more than 40 people impacted by recent fires

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The back-to-back fires on Jennie Street and Fritz Lane last week impacted 42 people, according to Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell. Campbell, who was speaking to reporters on the matter outside Cabinet yesterday, provided an update on the assistance provided to those families, including short-term shelter, food and clothing. He said in […]

“WE WILL GET YOU”: Dames warns would-be criminals amid increase in drug busts

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of National Security Marvin Dames yesterday warned individuals partaking in illegal activities that they will pay for their crimes when caught. Dames’ strong deterrent was issued amidst a recent increase in police drug interdictions and arrests. On Monday, officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit recovered 161 lbs of suspected cocaine, valued […]

SOCIETY OF LAWS: DPM says Bahamas must take a stand against shantytowns if it doesn’t want to be like Haiti

Abaco shantytown demolitions will continue despite scolding from UN Bannister warns New Providence squatters are next NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Deputy Prime Minister and Public Works Minister Desmond Bannister suggested yesterday that the government will move forward with the demolition of shantytowns on Abaco, insisting that he has a job to do in eradicating illegal dwellings. […]

BAD TO WORSE: Shantytown resurgence further exacerbates Abaco’s “housing crisis”, says Chamber president

ABACO, BAHAMAS — The re-emergence of shantytowns on Abaco is merely exacerbating the housing crisis on the hurricane-ravaged island, according to its Chamber of Commerce president. Ken Hutton, the Abaco Chamber of Commerce president, told Eyewitness News: “I’m not taking sides on the issue, because that is not we do that, but we support the […]

DEEPENING DEMOCRACY: HRB lauds launch of pre-election debate series

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Human Rights Bahamas (HRB) has lauded the recently launched National Election Debate Series as deepening democracy, and encouraged all serious politicians to take advantage of the opportunity to participate. The series, hosted by the University of The Bahamas (UB) in conjunction with Verizon Media Group, the parent company of Eyewitness News, kicked […]

INTO THE FUTURE: Bahamas Cabinet goes digital

Thompson says ministers do not have to physically attend Cabinet meetings to participate NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Cabinet of The Bahamas has now transitioned to a digital platform designed to improve the processes and operating procedures in the Cabinet Office, according to State Minister for Finance Kwasi Thompson. Thompson officially announced the launch of the […]

DISGRACE: Local human rights group slams Johnson’s comments on shantytown demolition

HRB: Nation’s stance on immigrants an embarrassment on the world stage “The thin excuse that they are simply respecting the laws of The Bahamas isn’t fooling anyone” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Local activist organization Human Rights Bahamas (HRB) yesterday cried shame on Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson’s recent comments on the planned demolition of shantytown structures on […]

“Absolute explosion” of health visa applications; reports of returning Bahamians unable to receive health visas

Over 5,000 applicants per day Some travelers report being stranded in the US as they seek to return home today NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said today that the government had had to adjust its manpower and approvals process to handle the “absolute explosion’ in health visa applications, noting, “we’re up to over […]

ALL WILL BE DONE: PM assures campaign promises will be fulfilled, but “priorities had to be shifted”

PM: All islands except New Providence and Grand Bahama could have curfew removed NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the Free National Movement (FNM) marked its fourth-year anniversary since assuming office, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday that the government had to shift its priorities and deviate from its agenda in order to address both the […]

HOUSING MARKET DISPARITY: High-end real estate “booming”; local real estate, not so much

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The country’s high-end real estate market is ‘booming”, according to Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) President Christine Wallace Whitfield, who noted the segment appears to be outperforming pre-pandemic levels. Wallace-Whitfield, in an interview with Eyewitness News, noted: “It’s the high-end market that is doing very well. That market is booming. It’s crazy. […]

“ANY DAY NOW”: Bahamas will continue to issue first and second doses while awaiting vaccine balance arrival

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Co-Chair Ed Fields said yesterday The Bahamas is expected to receive the balance of its vaccine doses, approximately 66,000, from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility “any day now”. He said the committee will continue to issue first doses to eligible individuals as well as second […]

OUT IN THE COLD: Taxi drivers fear being left out by Royal Caribbean Beach Club arrangement

Inside source assures Royal Caribbean eager to meet with taxi union over concerns NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Taxi Cab Union President Wesley Ferguson yesterday voiced serious concerns that local taxi drivers will be left disadvantaged when the Royal Caribbean beach club destination on Paradise Island comes on stream. Ferguson told Eyewitness News: “We want to […]

NOT SURPRISED: Marijuana commission says govt’s position on regulation consistent with its recommendations

BNCM: Medicinal marijuana approval consistent with our recommendations but decision is up to govt NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana (BNCM) Co-Chairman Quinn McCartney said yesterday that the government’s move to legalize medicinal marijuana in the country is consistent with the commission’s recommendations. On Friday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis advised that the […]

BALANCING ACT: Mitchell says govt’s approach to shantytowns must consider both intl obligations and local laws

“It is the job of the minister and his government to find the right balance” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday urged the government to find the “right balance” in managing unregulated shantytowns and following its international treaties. Mitchell’s comments come days after United Nations human rights experts called […]