Legalize cannabis — Economic Recovery Committee suggests hybrid approach strict controls

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Economic Recovery Committee has recommended the government legalize the cannabis industry in The Bahamas with strict controls that would allow production, consumption, and exportation of the plant. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis tabled the committee’s executive summary in Parliament on Wednesday. The committee noted there is the widespread use of marijuana […]

SICK AGAIN: Nurses call foul over ‘hidden’ shift system clause

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nurses in Grand Bahama are reportedly calling in sick today amid revelations that a long-protested shift system was embedded in the appointment letters of new hires. Bahamas Nurses President Amancha Williams told Eyewitness News that she is investigating reports that members have called in sick and suggested the action could be more […]

MP Robinson angered by House snub

Speaker of the House says there was a “breakdown in communication” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bains and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson said yesterday he will not allow his constituents to be “disrespected”, as he took grave exception to being prevented from contributing to debate on amendments to the Bail and Jury Acts. The amendments were […]

Public schools reopen with virtual orientation next week

5,087 students on the government’s lunch program NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday that his ministry will be conducting a National Virtual Orientation for students returning to school. Lloyd has previously announced that as the country continues to grapple with the global coronavirus,  the opening of the new school year will […]

Govt. still in discussion over extension of NIB unemployment program

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is still in discussion over whether it will extend its unemployment benefits program for workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Cabinet was expected to discuss the matter yesterday. Minister of Public Service and NIB Brensil Rolle told reporters that “whatever decision is taken about the extension will be a collective […]

B’Air chairman warns over money bleed as airline down to 23 flights per week

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamasair’s chairman Tommy Turnquest warned yesterday the airline cannot continue to “bleed money” having seen its operational capacity slashed by 90 percent. Turnquest told Eyewitness News that the airline is awaiting the government’s directive on whether it will be allowed to resume international flights. “Domestically the numbers are still very low,” he […]

CDB predicts 14 percent GDP contraction, approves $40 million loan

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is projecting that The Bahamas’ gross domestic product (GDP) will contract by 14 percent this year with economic growth of at least five percent next year. The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently announced that it had approved loans of US$40 million to The Bahamas and US$30 million to Saint […]

Auto dealer ‘surprise’ at 90 percent pre-COVID business surge

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian auto dealer said yesterday that given the current economic environment he was ‘surprised’ that his business volumes were at roughly 90 percent pre-COVID levels. Ben Albury, the Bahamas Bus & Truck General Manager told Eyewitness News noted the stalled economy and rising unemployment. “Surprisingly we are extremely busy which doesn’t […]

NIB reviewing benefits to thwart fraud

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister for the Public Service with responsibility for National Insurance Brensil Rolle said yesterday NIB is actively scrutinizing its benefits payments to thwart fraud and is pursuing employers who may not be up to date on their payments. Several persons were arraigned in court this week on fraud charges relative to NIB […]

Exuma man charged for a gram of marijuana valued at $5

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An Exuma man was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for possession of one gram of marijuana with a street value of five dollars.  Bryan Pearce, 42, appeared before Deputy Chief Justice Andrew Forbes on one count of possession of dangerous drugs. Prosecutors allege that on September 26, Pearce was searched and found […]

PM highlights vicious recovery mode cycle for small-island states at 75th UNGA

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis called into question the use of “outdated methodologies” to assess middle-income countries as he highlighted the “vicious recovery mode cycle” faced by small-island states during an address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Normally held at the UN’s New York offices, the 75th annual session of the […]

Bahamas Mortgage Corporation contacting clients after six months of deferral program

“Our aim is to keep you in your homes” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation (BMC) has started reaching out to clients who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and had mortgage payments deferred, according to Minister of Housing Romauld Ferreira. Ferreira, however, sought to assure homeowners that the aim is “to keep you in […]

Golden Isles MP crosses the floor to join PLP

Miller voted against VAT increase while battling thyroid cancer, says “my integrity is intact” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller yesterday said he made the decision to join the Progressive Liberal Party with his integrity intact as he voted against a resolution to extend the state of emergency for another month. The independent […]

Extension of state of emergency passed in the House

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A state of emergency in The Bahamas will be extended to October 31. Parliament passed a resolution to extend the measure in the House of Assembly yesterday. While opposition members, including Centreville MP Reece Chipman, an independent, voted against the extension, governing members carried the vote. Former Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands […]

Amendments passed to Register of Beneficial Ownership

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The country’s efforts to be removed from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATAF) International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG) process has been bolstered by the passage of amendments to the Register of Beneficial Ownership Act. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest led debate on the amendments that passed by Parliament yesterday. He said the Register […]