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, […]

“WALKING ON DEAD BODIES”: Dorian survivor recalls three-day search for missing husband in storm’s aftermath

Wife testifies during coroner’s inquest that she saw her husband’s body but has not been informed of DNA match  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A coroner’s inquest into victims lost during Hurricane Dorian continued for a third day yesterday with Her Majesty’s Coroner hearing statements from spouses of two of the victims, as well as a met […]

SLIM CHANCES: Forecaster tells court it would have been difficult for anyone to survive Dorian’s intensity

Met office: Alerts were sent out “long before the storm was threatening The Bahamas” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology Michael Stubbs testified during an inquest into Hurricane Dorian’s missing yesterday that given the intensity of the storm, it would have been difficult for anyone to survive outdoors or indoors. Stubbs, […]

Water restoration work on Abaco on target, says WSC head

ABACO, BAHAMAS — Water restoration efforts are progressing on Abaco almost two years since the passage of Hurricane Dorian. Executive Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) Adrian Gibson said the COVID-19 pandemic has created logistical issues and impeded work but the corporation is on target. “COVID has had the greatest impact. Without COVID, […]

GBPA support of Genesis Academy helps ensure every child has access to education

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS — With the support of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA), Genesis Academy will once again provide teaching and training to Grand Bahama’s teens. Genesis Academy, located in the Children’s Village in Freeport, was devastated by floodwater during Hurricane Dorian in September 2019, destroying most of the interior, the roof and […]