New acting RBDF commander

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Senior Captain Dr Raymond King will now serve as acting Commander of the Royal Bahamad Defence Force, Eyewitness News can confirm. King was promoted to Deputy Commander two weeks ago, and his acting post comes as Commodore Tellis Bethel takes a three-month leave of absence. It follows the retirement of senior Captain Samuel Evans […]

Police investigate armed robbery

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- A man was robbed in the parking lot of a Mackey Street business, according to police. The gunman robbed him of a bag containing cash shortly after 9am, and escaped in a silver vehicle. Meanwhile, police recovered three illegal firearms in two separate incidents in New Providence yesterday. Officers found the first weapon […]

Gov’t reviewing timeline for death certificates for missing Dorian victims

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Health Minister Dr Duane Sands has suggested there may be changes to the seven-year rule on death certificates for missing people. His comments outside Cabinet on Tuesday indicate a shift in the government’s position after Attorney General Carl Bethel dismissed a suggestion by Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis to amend the law […]

UN agency: Halt Haitian deportations

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A United Nations agency has called on The Bahamas to halt deportations to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. In a press briefing note on The Bahamas, dated October 11, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over the deportation of 112 Haitian migrants […]

Nearly 1,000 apply for NIB benefit

Unemployment on GB increases post storm NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Just under 1,000 storm victims from both Grand Bahama and Abaco have applied for NIB payouts in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, according to Minister of National Insurance Brensil Rolle. Rolle told Eyewitness News Online the number was likely to climb. Meanwhile, the Department of Social Services […]

BPL restores power to South Abaco

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) announced yesterday power has been restored in South Abaco as crews continue to push north to restore electricity in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. BPL underscored support from the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) in a statement detailing its progress. “A mechanical component failed on the 1.8 […]

BPL probes oil spill

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- A contractor ruptured a Bahamas Power and Light fuel line yesterday, spilling an unconfirmed amount of oil near its Blue Hills Station. According to BPL, the spill was reported at 12.30pm after the contractor’s equipment made contact with a fuel line that runs from BHPS to Clifton Pier Power Station (CPPS). “The line was shut down […]

Police probe holiday shootings

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Two men are in hospital and another man arrested after separate shooting incidents on Monday. In the first shooting, two men were standing at the junction of Ethel Street and Ethel Close in Montell Heights shortly before 5pm. The occupants of a pink Nissan March opened fire on the men, hitting one of them, according to police. […]

Samaritan’s Purse to extend Bahamas relief for six months

NASSAU, BAHAMAS Samaritan’s Purse International Relief Organization will extend its engagement in The Bahamas for six months, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands confirmed yesterday. The organization posted a job advertisement signaling an urgent need for workers to continue the delivery of health services on Grand Bahama and Abaco on October 4. According to Kaitlyn Lahm, the organization’s media […]

GB gov’t workers ‘high rise’ in PTSD and depression post-Dorian

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Psychological assessments conducted in Grand Bahama indicate a “high rise” in storm-related mental illness among government workers. Findings were included in a daily update from the National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) on storm recovery and reconstruction efforts. A team, led by consultant psychologist Dr. Gregory Swann, was tasked with assessing all Government employees in Grand Bahama […]

Minnis administration touts ‘sea change’ in public procurement

Draft legislation released for consultation NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Minnis administration yesterday touted its public procurement reforms as a ‘massive step forward’ for The Bahamas towards ensuring greater transparency and accountability. More than 1,500 vendors have registered on its e-tender platform, according to a statement from the Ministry of Finance. The draft Public Procurement Bill […]

Police officer shoots ‘armed’ motorcyclist

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- A police officer yesterday shot a motorcyclist in the leg after he allegedly pulled out a firearm. According to police, the officer was on routine patrol when he saw a man riding an unlicensed motorcycle. “The officer attempted to stop the driver, who continued speeding, followed by the officer,” read a police report. “As they were on […]

Gov’t to ensure ‘seamless’ ID process for Dorian victims

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday said the government is working to ensure a ‘seamless’ process’ for the identification of recovered Hurricane Dorian victims. Sands noted a number of the recovered bodies are in an advanced state of decomposition, and will require DNA testing. He lamented hundreds of families remain in ‘anguish’ over the fate […]

Arrivals projected to decrease by 10 percent in 2019

Tourism Ministry adjusting marketing spend to combat Dorian fall-out NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Stop-over arrivals to The Bahamas in 2019 are projected to decrease just under 10 percent compared to last year, according to Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. D’Aguilar said his ministry has had to adjust its marketing spend to combat the negative fall-out from Hurricane Dorian. “There has […]