Two tropical waves form off African coast

Low chance of development over the next five days, says meteorologists NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two tropical waves that developed off the coast of Africa yesterday have a 20 percent and 30 percent chance respectively of development over the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center. The wave close to Africa has a 20 […]

Possibility of COVID reinfections “daunting” for the medical community — says Forbes

New Hong Kong study reveals first confirmed reinfection  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The first confirmed coronavirus reinfection case in Hong Kong is very “unfortunate” and “daunting” news for the medical community, said Dr Nikkiah Forbes, Director of the National HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases Programme. Researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU has revealed a 33-year-old […]

Hurricane warning in effect for all islands of The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Isaias formed into a hurricane overnight with maximum sustained winds of 80mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Around 2am, the National Hurricane Center issued a warning to the northwestern, southeast and central Bahamas as the Category 1 storm moves closer to Great Inagua. Those northwest islands include Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos […]

Public transport ban “two middle fingers, not one”

No warning over cease in public transportation NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamians and residents who utilize public transportation were left out in the heat with little to no warning that the service had been suspended due to emergency orders yesterday. The latest emergency order states: “No person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on […]

Tourism minister apologizes, Harbour Island wedding request “went up the chain”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Harbour Island wedding request went up the command chain, according to Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar, who today explained the hotel operator reached out to a number of officials, including himself. D’Aguilar said he “deeply” apologized for the consternation and angst faced by Bahamians, residents and visitors due to the sudden weekend […]

D’Aguilar: Govt. to continue “hybrid” lockdowns for the next two weekends

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The country will go into lockdown for the next two weekends as officials work through a “hybrid” lockdown strategy, according to Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. The Tourism minister confirmed health officials are not recommending a full lockdown for New Providence, which recorded 16 new cases yesterday. “Right now the data as advised […]

EU considering US travel restrictions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As The Bahamas prepares to reopen its borders to commercial flights next week Monday, welcoming visitors from the United States and other jurisdictions, the European Union is considering a different approach. According to a draft list obtained by The New York Times,  America, Russia and Brazil could excluded from the list of […]

ZNS newscast hit by technical difficulties

NASSAU, BAHAMAS —The nightly ZNS news broadcast has been delayed due to technical difficulties, according to Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas executive chairman Mike Smith. “They have an IT glitch, it should be up soon,” Smith said. “They have to reboot the system, that’s the latest information. It’s a technical problem connected to the IT […]

Saharan Dust plume expected through end of the week

Unintended benefit: Dust is absorbing moisture that tropical cyclones need to form NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Residents with allergies and or respiratory illnesses are being advised to take necessary precautions, inclusive of taking medication, as The Bahamas braces for a concentrated expanse of Saharan dust haze. Some of the dust, known as the Saharan Air Layer […]

Detainees escape dorms, destroy fences at Carmichael Road Detention Center

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Some detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Center destroyed fencing to mount an escape as tensions rise at the facility over the stalled repatriation process due to COVID-19. In a statement, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force explained Haitian migrants at the facility launched a hunger strike and demonstrated “belligerent behavior” as they […]

Social Services still in “trenches” in Dorian response

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Social Services remains in crisis mode as it continues to serve individuals impacted during the passage of Hurricane Dorian some six months ago. In an interview with Eyewitness News, Assistant Director of Social Services Leonard Cargill said the government continues to provide assistance to Bahamians who were displaced from […]

#BahamasKind initiative targets xenophobia

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The International Organization for Migration Bahamas is expected to launch a campaign in collaboration with IsraAid and Church World Services to help sensitize Bahamians and reduce stigmas of Haitian migrants. The #BahamasKind will seek to foster increased community solidarity, encourage compassion and empathy, and reduce xenophobia and stigmas of Haitian migrants in […]

Op-Ed: Marcus, Martin, and Minneapolis

By Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, President of Universities Caribbean, and Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission Martin Luther King Jr, when he felt he could not breathe came to Jamaica. When the threats to his life were constant and closing in around his neck, he took this measure to maintain his life. […]