HOUSING ON THE WAY: Abaco minister advises construction to begin on Dorian homes by months end

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — North Abaco MP Darren Henfield advised yesterday that the government will begin construction on homes in Abaco for Hurricane Dorian victims by the end of the month. The government has previously announced four housing projects on Abaco, and others on Grand Bahama. During his presentation to the budget debate, Henfield outlined several […]

Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada officially assumes post

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Cabinet minister Kenneth Russell has officially assumed his post as High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to Canada, confirmed the Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield yesterday. The former commissioner, Alvin Smith, returned to The Bahamas last year after completing his tour of duty on November 7, 2020. Foreign service officer Chanelle […]

Police investigate Western Esplanade shooting

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police are investigating a shooting at Western Esplanade that left a man in hospital last night. The man was reportedly walking with two women when they were approached by a group of men shortly before 11pm. According to police, one of the men began to choke one of the women and when […]

ADDRESSING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: UN visits Carmichael Road Detention Center

UN delegation to visit Abaco next Conille: We’re pleased with the level of transparency given and level of discussions had with govt to date NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Following a tour of the Carmichael Road Detention Center yesterday, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Turks and Caicos and the Cayman Islands Garry Conille […]

MORE DEMOLITIONS TO COME: Govt to begin moving on illegally built structures on New Providence

“It’s absolutely critical that we get this under control” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has started issuing notices of demolition to residents of illegal shantytown structures “popping up” on New Providence, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister yesterday. As he spoke to ongoing concerns of “shantytown houses” being built on […]

LESS TALK, MORE ACTION: Time to address violence in schools, says BUT president

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) President Belinda Wilson yesterday called for the redoubling of efforts to put police officers back on school grounds. Wilson’s comments come amid increased calls from parents and guardians of Government High School (GHS) students for increased police presence and additional security measures after the fatal stabbing of […]

“DOING IT WITH DECENCY”: 10 shantytown structures demolished; 200 more to go

What happens to displaced shantytown residents? Bannister says that’s not his problem “It’s not my responsibility to take care of those residents” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government demolished 10 illegal housing structures in the Farm shantytown on Abaco over the weekend, as it continues its third phase of eradicating such dwellings throughout the country. Deputy […]

ONLY SO FAR: Social services to assist fire victims but only in immediate short-term

“If we expect in every incident that the government will make us whole, that is not realistic” Campbell suggests homeowners consider insurance options NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell yesterday assured that the families recently impacted by Sunday’s fire on Jennie Street are being assisted by his ministry. On Sunday, a massive […]

Former house speaker says Parliament adjournment was “unfortunate to democracy”

Speaker’s stance was “noteworthy” and “absolutely correct” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former House Speaker Dr Kendall Major described the “very strange” and “unprecedented” adjournment of Parliament as “very unfortunate to democracy”. In an interview with Eyewitness News yesterday, Major said: “What occurred in Parliament very strange set of circumstances and very unfortunate to democracy. “I think […]

Cooper blasts govt. over parliamentary “war”

“Our children are watching these discourses” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper yesterday lambasted the government over the abrupt adjournment of parliamentary proceedings. House Speaker Halson Moultrie accused the executive branch of the government of failing to act in response to a COVID-19 exposure in the Lower Chamber and of […]

EXPOSED: House of Assembly staff quarantined after another employee tests positive for COVID

“Many members were in attendance on Wednesday last week and were served by that particular staffer who has contracted the virus” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A staff member of the House of Assembly has tested positive for COVID-19 and was reportedly symptomatic during last week’s parliamentary sitting, according to House Speaker Halson Moultrie. In an interview […]

STILL LEARNING: Dahl-Regis defends eased restrictions for fully vaccinated people but notes research is ongoing

“We are being guided; the story is still being written” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Despite concerns regarding the removal of testing restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals traveling into and throughout The Bahamas, Head of the National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis said yesterday the matter of transmission after vaccination is still being reviewed by […]