Davis, Bannister butt heads over claim of AG “breaching Parliamentary privilege”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis has accused the attorney general of breaching his Parliamentary privilege regarding accusations against the prime minister’s failure to table financial reports relating to the government’s spending on coronavirus mitigation. House Speaker Halson Moultrie on Wednesday ordered that the matter be sent to the House Committee on Privilege. Davis […]

Davis slams state of emergency extension as “unnecessary power grab”

Opposition leader says emergency measures are “not a plan” to fight COVID pandemic NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday opposed the government’s move to extend the current state of emergency to January 31, 2021, suggesting instead that “ordinary legislation” can be used to implement measures to mitigate the novel […]

Cooper laments emergency orders “chaos and confusion” on Exuma

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Emergency measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 on Exuma were “unduly harsh” and caused “chaos and confusion”, the island’s member of Parliament stated yesterday. Exumas and Ragged Island MP and Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper said: “We saw that when the prime minister made the announcement of tighter […]

Turnquest resigns, PM accepts

PM to serve as interim minister of finance Third Cabinet minister to resign  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has accepted the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest. In a statement, the prime minister thanked Turnquest for his service to The Bahamas, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I […]

DNA leader joins calls for DPM’s resignation

Komolafe: The Bahamas does not need another PR nightmare NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Arinthia Komolafe has added her voice to those calling for the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest due to allegations of his involvement in a $30 million “bogus loan” scheme. “The DPM […]

South Eleuthera MP confirmed positive for COVID-19

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Central and South Eleuthera MP Hank Johnson confirmed today that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson, who posted the update to his Facebook page, said he is currently hospitalized in New Providence. “I thank the medical staff for their skilled and detailed care of me and all the Bahamians battling this […]

PM: Govt. to review manifesto

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that his administration will still seek to implement much of its campaign promises before the end of their first term. Minnis was responding to questions from Eyewitness News over the recent selection of the Consistencies Commission and whether the move signals a delay in the […]

Cooper: Govt. discriminating against Arawak Cay and Potter’s Cay vendors

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper yesterday accused the government of discriminating against Arawak Cay and Potter’s Cay vendors in new restrictions as the country experiences a second surge in coronavirus cases. The popular eateries were required to close on Monday. “What you have done is pathetic,” Cooper said in […]

PM Minnis is new Health Minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will “temporarily” assume the position of Health Minister following the resignation of Dr. Duane Sands, announced The Cabinet Office tonight. Sands’ resignation comes after a shocking revelation last week that six American permanent residents were allowed to disembark a plane along with a donation of COVID-19 test […]

Majority compliance in FATF re-rating

AG: Major step forward for financial services sector NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) yesterday re-evaluated The Bahamas’ compliance with its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements and found the country compliant with the majority of its recommendations. The re-evaluation and increased compliance ratings are expected to stave off any sanctions from […]

Major crime still trending downward

Major crime in the country remains down, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames, although he gave no exact figures. The national security chief, who spoke with Eyewitness News recently, attributed the curb in crime to increased patrols by the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and its recently relaunched community neighborhood watch program. “All of […]

Former GG’s bestowed Order of the Nation honours

Former Governor’s General Their Excellencies Sir Orville Turnquest and Arthur Hanna were formally installed as members of the Order of the Nation. The installation took place at Government House on Thursday. Governor General, Her Excellency, the Most Honorable Dame Marguerite Pindling, who became Chancellor of the Societies of Honour, pinned the incoming members. Sir Orville Turnquest […]

Former leaders turn down National Honours

Former Prime Ministers Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham have both declined the national honor awards at this time, despite the fact that they are both eligible to receive the Order of the Nation award which is given to former Prime Ministers and Governor’s General.  The honor would bestow them the title of Most Honorable. Eyewitness News […]

McAlpline chastises government for ‘wasting time’

Before the governing Free National Movement party won the vote of confidence in House Speaker, Halson Moultrie, yesterday, Pineridge MP, Frederick McAlpine chastised the government for wasting time. He said, while the Bahamian people were upset with the Opposition, they are even more disappointed in the current administration. He urged his parliamentary colleagues to be […]