Expansion underway for Dept. of Immigration

Govt. considering building a new detention center The Department of Immigration is preparing to provide more effective and functional services through an expansion exercise, according to Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration Brent Symonette. In a recent interview, the immigration Minister said that the ministry has already transferred citizenship and residency services […]

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Hinds: Police await the executive on breathalyzers

Amid domestic and international concerns over the increase in road traffic fatalities in The Bahamas, Assistant Chief Superintendent of the Road Traffic Division Mareno Hinds said yesterday that the police force has considered the use of breathalyzers in an effort to clamp down on motorists driving under the influence. With the backdrop of a United […]

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Symonette: No proof of Immigration Officers accepting bribes

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On the heels of a human rights report which suggested that Immigration Officers were being bribed, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette said yesterday that no legitimate cases have been reported to him. “We have to be careful. People go around saying this one [has] bribed that one, this one [has] bribed [the […]

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New Immigration Bill not ready for consultation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  The proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill, which is intended to replace the current Immigration Bill, was released prematurely, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette revealed on Tuesday. “The new Immigration Bill is not out for consultation, yet it was unfortunately put up on the AGs website,” Symonette told reporters before heading to […]

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Rupert Roberts: WTO will not benefit local businesses

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As the Government continues negotiations into the country’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), a local businessman on Monday spoke out against the move. Rupert Roberts, the owner of Super Value food stores, Quality Supermarkets and a paper manufacturing plant, told the media during a press conference hosted by the Bahamians […]

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Junior Doctors Union wants alleged termination of physician to be addressed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – President of The Bahamas Junior Doctors Union, Melisande Bassett, on Friday called on Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands or Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to intervene and address the alleged dismissal of a fellow physician who serves on the union’s executive board. “We have never received any notice. We have never […]

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Traffic fatality recorded on JFK Drive

Traffic cop reminds drivers to be cautious and avoid distraction NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Just moments after the country’s 18th traffic fatality occurred on John F. Kennedy Drive on Thursday morning, Superintendent of police Mareno Hinds warned drivers to be cautious and avoid distraction while behind the wheel. “We always advise our drivers, particularly on this […]

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Ferguson hopeful standoff on Grand Lucayan VSEPs will be resolved tomorrow

Says he has been “accessible” despite D’Aguilar stating otherwise NASSAU, BAHAMAS – President of the Trade Union Congress, Obie Ferguson, said despite assertions made by tourism and aviation minister, Dionisio D’Aguilar, that negotiations on behalf of the Grand Lucayan managerial staff have been silent for at least a week, he has been accessible and has […]

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D’Aguilar on Grand Lucayan VSEPS : “There is no movement and I’m a little alarmed”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar on Tuesday claimed that representatives of the Grand Lucayan managerial staff are holding up the issue of voluntary separation packages from coming to any timely resolution. “There is no movement and I’m a little alarmed. I don’t know what’s going on [or] what strategy they’re […]

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Sands: Govt. in discussions with John Hopkins University to improve healthcare

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In an effort to achieve better healthcare in The Bahamas, the government is currently in discussions with John Hopkins University, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands revealed Monday. Sands said this public-private partnership is the best avenue to improve the level of healthcare that is presently being offered. “It’s just one institution […]

BUSAWU members lead work-to-rule demonstration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Members of the Bahamas Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU), representing workers at the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC), led a work to rule demonstration on Tuesday to air their concerns, mainly claiming that administration at the Corporation was abusing their power. BUSAWU President Dwayne Woods told media outside the Corporation’s […]

Maura: Vendors should embrace port redevelopment project

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Following the government’s announcement that Global Ports Holding was chosen as the preferred bidder for the redevelopment of the Nassau Cruise Port, Chief Executive Officer of Arawak Port Development (APD), Michael Maura expressed on Monday that vendors in the Prince George Wharf area should be happy about the redevelopment project. “I would […]

Family’s search for missing man continues as court dismisses application

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – It appears as if the family’s efforts to locate Marvin Pratt, a man reported missing since December 6, 2018, remain futile as Justice Andrew Forbes on Thursday dismissed the Habeas Corpus application that was filed in the supreme court by the attorney representing Pratt’s family. The family was represented by Crispin Hall […]

Campbell urges parents to pay more attention to their children

600 child sexual abuse cases between 2015 and 2018   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Amid a series of abductions and other violent incidents involving children, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development Frankie Campbell said yesterday that there is a dire need for parents in The Bahamas to pay more attention to their children and instill […]