WHAT’S THE HOLD UP?: $1.8M Abaco hurricane shelter still not completed two weeks into hurricane season

“The reality is we would have wanted it to be done way before the hurricane season” Construction of homes for Hurricane Dorian victims still being planned NASSAU, BAHAMAS  — Construction on the $1.8 million Central Abaco Community Centre/Hurricane Shelter has been delayed and is expected to be completed by the end of summer, according to […]

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 […]

HELP US: Shantytown residents make impassioned plea for UN intervention in ongoing demolition of homes

“Stop this senseless, heartless and illegal action that is being driven by xenophobia and discrimination” ABACO, BAHAMAS — A group of residents from The Farm shantytown on Abaco demonstrated on Saturday against the ongoing demolition of their homes, calling for the United Nations (UN) to take urgent action on their behalf to stop the government […]

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 […]

INQUEST CLOSURE: 22 of Dorian’s missing officially declared deceased by coroner

Some families finally able to receive death certificates for their loved ones after more than a year Coroner thanks those involved in rescue attempts, saying “much more lives would have been lost” without their efforts NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nearly two years after Hurricane Dorian decimated Abaco and parts of Grand Bahama, a coroner’s inquest officially […]

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 […]

CLOSER TO CLOSURE: Coroner to issue decision on Dorian missing next week as first round of inquest wraps up

Court decision may allow some family members to get death certificates nearly two years after tragic storm Just 25 human remains of 59 recovered have been identified, pathologist notes NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Her Majesty’s Coroner yesterday heard the final testimonies in the first part of an inquest into people presumed to have died during Hurricane […]

DORIAN INQUEST: 59 bodies recovered after storm, 25 identified

Vast majority of victims were not identifiable NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A pathologist yesterday outlined several recommendations to the government for the handling of victims, decomposing bodies and surviving family members of national disasters, following the challenges experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Dr. Kiko Bridgewater testified during the continuation of a coroner’s inquest into people […]

“LET US FLOURISH”: Abaco construction progressing but still being impeded too much, says BSE president

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) President Quentin Knowles said yesterday that while the pace of reconstruction on hurricane-ravaged Abaco has improved, there is still too much resistance impeding the process. Knowles told Eyewitness News: “I’m an electrical contractor and we’re doing several projects in Marsh Harbour. Just the logistics of working in […]

$18 MIL UPGRADE: Minnis approves climate-resilient healthcare facility project for northern Bahamas

More than a year after Hurricane Dorian, GB’s Rand renovated and recommissioned  GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — The government has allocated $18 million from the Hurricane Dorian Fund for a new climate-resilient hospital and clinic facility for Grand Bahama and the northern Bahamas, announced Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday. Rand Memorial Hospital was recommissioned yesterday, […]