JUMPING THE GUN: Rolle announces new hires but backtracks shortly after, says nothing is confirmed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While he initially announced that individuals on the government’s 52-week program would become permanent and pensionable this year, National Insurance Minister Brensil Rolle backtracked those comments, insisting that the matter remains under consideration for finalization. During his presentation for the mid-year budget debate yesterday, Rolle said: “I can now announce that persons […]

DON’T MISS VACCINE TRAIN: Wells says pro-vaxxers growing, healthcare workers have choice to make

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Acknowledging some initial “hesitancy” among some sectors of the nation towards the coronavirus vaccine, Minister of Health Renward Wells said the feedback from the general populous has been pro-vaccine, which bodes well for the government’s vaccination program. Last month, former Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands told Eyewitness News that the hesitancy […]

ACT OF A NATIONALIST: Bannister commends Forbes’ decision; says his legacy is complete

Minister of works promises Andros projects will be completed NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Deputy Prime Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday supported the decision of Mangrove Cay and South And Central Andros MP Picewell Forbes, who will not be seeking reelection in the upcoming general election. Forbes announced in Parliament on Monday that he would not be running for […]

NIPPING IT IN THE BUD: No virus outbreak on Abaco but PM says “strict protocols” still needed

Minnis: We will be even more aggressive in trying to get vaccines ASAP NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Individuals traveling between Abaco mainland and its surrounding cays will not be required to undergo an RT-PCR test or obtain a travel health visa, according to the latest amendment to the emergency order. The Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic)(Risk […]

SANDS RETURNS: Five more candidates ratified by FNM council

Thompson ratified for East Grand Bahama NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Free National Movement (FNM) council ratified five more candidates last night, confirming the candidacy of Dr Duane Sands for Elizabeth and Minister of State for Finance and Senator Kwasi Thompson for East Grand Bahama. The FNM council also ratified Courtney Coulibaly, Centreville; Vandea Stuart, South […]

MEN’S CLUB: Lack of women in Cabinet decried as “utter disappointment”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Officials and organizations in the country are calling the lack of female representation in Cabinet extremely disappointing and gravely concerning following the resignation of former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Lanisha Rolle, who was the only woman in Cabinet. Rolle resigned from the position on Tuesday, though the reason remains unclear. […]

“How will I feed my family?” asks Bahamian woman married to foreign fisherman

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s decision to limit commercial fishing to only Bahamians will impact many families who rely on the industry to feed their children and survive, said several Bahamian women married to foreign fishermen. The Senate has passed the Fisheries Act, 2020, and an amendment to the Immigration Act that prevents non-Bahamians from engaging […]

McAlpine: Voice notes show FNM prepared to “conspire, plot” for power

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine said yesterday that audio recordings of purported Free National Movement (FNM) members discussing their “war room” tactics evidenced what many Bahamians already know: that the FNM has “lost its way and lost its tenants”. In an interview with Eyewitness News, McAlpine said it was “disappointing and disheartening” that […]

Orders provide for “holiday shopping”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While easing restrictions for religious services and permitting limited social gathering later on this month through early January, the latest emergency orders also provides for “holiday shopping” on at least two Sundays in December. Holiday shopping during the season traditionally acts as a stimulus to retailers, but with continued restrictions on businesses […]

AG continues to make the case for The Bahamas’ removal from EU blacklist

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Having completed high-level meetings with Hungary and Finland last week, Attorney General Carl Bethel said he will meet with officials from Italy, Cyprus and Belgium this week as The Bahamas continues to make a case for removal from the European Union’s (EU) blacklist. Speaking with Eyewitness News, Bethel said The Bahamas cannot […]