CBA refutes lower bank fees

Head of the Clearing Banks Association (CBA) Gowon Bowe has refuted recent claims made by Labour Minister Dion Foulkes that Commercial Banks have agreed to lower administrative fees. Last month before a weekly Cabinet meeting, Foulkes revealed that he had recently met with the Clearing Banks Association and an agreement had been formalized  [to lower […]

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Sweethearting in The Bahamas: Part 2

Local phycologists and life coaches weighed in on the sweet-hearting phenomenon in The Bahamas, noting that the reason for this culturally accepted practice cannot be readily defined. Therapist and Life Coach Harrison Thompson, said while men might “step-out” of a marriage for sexual satisfaction, for women it is much deeper than that. “I believe that […]

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Sweethearting in The Bahamas

Sixty-five-year-old Judith Rolle married young, just six months before her 17th birthday. Her husband, several years her senior, initially provided for her and the six children they eventually had but according to Rolle, the relationship soured when she discovered that her husband was being unfaithful. “My husband was a good husband to me,” Rolle said. […]

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Govt. lashes back at Sunwing

The Ministry of Tourism expressed its disappointment with Sunwing Travel calling it’s latest move to pull out of Grand Bahama a slap in the face. The company last week discontinued its flight services from the United States (U.S.) and Canada into Grand Bahama. In a statement, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said he fully supports […]

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Sandals execs in breach of Act says labour director

Executives of the Sandals Resort are in breach of the Industrial Relations Act for failing to recognize the union as its bargaining agent according to Labour Director John Pinder. The Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU), which falls under the Trade Union Congress, has since 2009 been seeking to negotiate an industrial agreement. […]

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“Social Services an embarrassment,” says judge

Social service worker chastised for ‘unlawfully’ removing children The Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) plans to call for legislation to protect social service workers after an employee of the Social Services department was detained for contempt of court. Social Services worker Ellise Seymour, attached to the Child Welfare Protection Unit (CWPU), was taken into custody […]

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Dept. of Labour halts work permit applications

The Department of Labour has halted approval on all Notice of Vacancy (NOV) applications for work permits, in the wake of the 5.9 magnitude hurricane that hit Haiti on Saturday, October 6. Labour Director John Pinder told Eyewitness News yesterday that since the earthquake, there has been an influx of applications for Haitian labourers, but […]

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Govt. to halt shanty town expansion

Attorney General Carl Bethel has made application to the court to prevent the expansion of shanty towns across the country. This move comes after a discovery by the Ministry of Works that expansion – or the adding on of structures – was taking place in existing shanty towns. Commission chairman and Labour Minister Dion Foulkes […]

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Hall, McCartney to co-chair local Marijuana Commission

Bishop Simeon Hall and former deputy commissioner of police Quinn McCartney have been appointed as co-chairs to head the local Marijuana Commission, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands revealed Tuesday. Hall served on CARICOM’s commission that presented its report at the general meeting in July, which recommended the reclassification of marijuana from a dangerous drug to […]

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