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 […]

BTC gets new chief; André Foster to become one of the youngest CEOs in company’s history

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTC) yesterday announced the appointment of André Foster as the company’s chief executive officer effective March 1, 2021. Foster is one of the youngest Bahamian CEOs in the company’s history, moving on from his most recent role as head of operations for BTC for the last nine […]

Business license requests back on track by Monday, says Inland Revenue controller

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Department of Inland Revenue’s acting controller yesterday acknowledged there were delays in the processing of business licenses, telling Eyewitness News the department should be back on track by March 1. Gaynell Rolle explained the delay had been in large part due to the fact that the department was also tasked with assisting […]

BUILD FORWARD: IDB governors back $3.5B program to help Caribbean countries recover

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Caribbean Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have backed a $3.5 billion multi-year program to help Caribbean countries sustainably recover while making technological leaps that will bring about a transformational future. The Build Forward initiative includes a multi-donor facility to provide targeted grant and concessional financing for smart and resilient […]

THE FUTURE IS GREEN: Eeden Farms links technology and agriculture

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian tech-enabled hydroponic containerized farming company is aiming to change the perception of what sustainable farming is and offer fresh organic produce year-round. Serial entrepreneur Lincoln Deal II said yesterday the idea to develop Eeden Farms was conceptualized eight years ago, starting as a research paper. Deal, while speaking at the […]

Nearly 80 percent of inherited arrears eliminated, says finance minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Minnis administration has eliminated nearly 80 percent of the $360 million in arrears it inherited when it assumed office in 2017, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. During his mid-year budget statement for the six months ending December 2020, Minnis noted: “The government continued its commitment to reduce the $360 […]

Bowe warns govt not to “mortgage” nation’s future to meet current needs

Govt has to raise taxes, curb expenditure or “seriously grow the economy” to cover revenue shortfall, notes finance expert NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A top banker yesterday cautioned against “mortgaging” this nation’s future amid significant borrowing and increases in government expenditure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. During his mid-year budget statement yesterday, Prime Minister Dr […]

Airport Authority Act amendment brings govt one step closer to acquiring GB airport

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government yesterday took another step toward acquiring Grand Bahama International Airport (GBIA), with one tourism stakeholder expressing optimism over the potential impact on the island and its tourism segment. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard yesterday tabled a bill for an act to amend the Airport Authority Act “to […]

PM: Bahamian dollar “as strong as ever”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis assured that despite the twin economic catastrophes of Hurricane Dorian and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bahamian dollar remains “as strong as it has ever been”. Minnis, who today presented in Parliament the mid-year budget statement for the six months ending December 30, 2020, acknowledged the pandemic has […]

“NOT A GOOD LOOK”: Historian says this is the most Cabinet resignations since 1984 corruption report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Not since the release of the 1984 Royal Commission Report have there been so many resignations from Cabinet under one administration, according to a University of The Bahamas (UB) history professor. Dr Chris Curry, associate professor of history at UB, told Eyewitness News the developments are “not a good look” for the […]

LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES: New graduates entering ailing job market a “major concern”, says Labour director

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The fate of hundreds of school leavers in a sluggish economy still being impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic is a “major concern”, Labour Director John Pinder acknowledged yesterday. Pinder noted: “It is a major concern. We know we have an unemployment rate high due to Dorian and pandemic. “There are students […]

Marina chief “disconcerted” by new Customs Dept boating fee collection portal

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Association of The Bahamas Marinas (ABM) president said yesterday it was “disconcerting” that the industry’s own online portal for collecting boating fees has apparently been pushed aside for one newly launched by the Customs Department. Customs yesterday announced its own electronic submission portal for cruising permit applications. Peter Maury told Eyewitness News: […]

Aubry: Move ahead with campaign finance reform legislation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A governance reformer said yesterday that with election fever heating up, the government should now move ahead with campaign finance legislation. Matt Aubry, the Organization for Responsible Governance’s executive director, said: “Campaign finance laws help to level the playing field. It helps to standardize and equalize the process. It creates a better […]

WSC chairman and former DNA leader at odds in legal fees row

Gibson threatens to submit formal complaint to bar association as McCartney says “Adrian should have kept his mouth shut” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) Chairman Adrian Gibson said yesterday the corporation will instruct its attorneys to file a complaint with the Bahamas Bar Association against the law firm of former Democratic National […]

PM: Economy will begin to improve this year

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday assured that while this nation faces significant challenges, the government is meeting its core commitments and obligations, predicting that the economy will begin to improve this year. During a national address, Minnis stated: “Never in our recent history have we had to deal with disruptions of […]

Bahamian firm claims its proposal can provide 40-60% reduction in BPL fuel costs

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian consulting company and its US affiliate said their alternative fuel technology and funding proposal to Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) could deliver reductions in fuel costs upwards of 40 to 60 percent. WMS Holdings Limited (WMS) said in a statement that it has proposed a superior alternative fuel technology and […]