U.S. officials arrest three Bahamians off Miami

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The United States Coast Guard arrested three Bahamians, who were a part of a group of migrants and suspected human smugglers on board an unlit 26-foot vessel, 12 miles off the coast of Miami on Saturday. The U.S. Coast Guard released a statement on the arrests on Wednesday on its website. According […]

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Chipman: Govt’s ‘question time’ block an “injustice” to Bahamians

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Centreville MP Reece Chipman suggested yesterday that while the Free National Movement (FNM) campaigned on accountability and transparency, the abuse of a House rule on Wednesday that prevented opposition members from asking questions of the government is an “injustice to the Bahamian people”. Chipman made the statement in a press release a […]

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No word on quarterly press briefings

PM to address nation next month   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis will make a national address early in the New Year and plans to take Christmas greetings directly to the electorate while he travels throughout the Family Islands over the next couple of weeks, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold. However, […]

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Security guard shot dead during armed robbery

Six murders in 10 days   A security guard at a convenience store on First Street, Coconut Grove was shot and died in hospital following an armed robbery yesterday, according to Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash. According to authorities, two masked gunmen entered the store around 6 p.m. and held employees at gunpoint while demanding cash. […]

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Over $5 million for Grand Lucayan VSEP offer

Exercise to be completed before the end of the year   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest yesterday revealed that the government’s special purpose vehicle (SPV) will disburse more than $5 million as part of it voluntary separation packages (VSEPs) to Grand Lucayan employees before the end of the […]

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Woods: Union will avert strike vote if Atlantis keeps word

Hotel union set to meet resort’s management today   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) President Darrin Woods said yesterday that if Atlantis honours its decision to discontinue a new disciplinary regime for unionized employees and comes to the table to negotiate a new shift system for housekeepers, the bargaining […]

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Five men in custody for last week’s double murders

Another man arrested in connection with Tuesday’s murder   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Authorities have arrested three men in connection with the double murder of Ashlee Sarah Hilton, 30, and George Deveaux, 33, which occurred last Monday at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre on Fox Hill Road South, according to Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash. He confirmed that another […]

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Cooper: FNM’s “brute force” will be its downfall

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Exuma and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper said yesterday that the Minnis administration’s failure to consult with stakeholders on key policy initiatives that impact taxpayers will be its downfall. “This failure apparent today was also apparent on Monday when the attorney general, whom I suggested members opposite consult, delayed for a week […]

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Oban renegotiation team appointed

Negotiations slated for January   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government has appointed its lead negotiation team to strike a new deal with Oban Energies, the company that signed a controversial heads of agreement with the government to develop a multibillion-dollar oil refinery and storage facility in East Grand Bahama. Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes, who […]

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3,500-plus in shantytowns are residents

20% undocumented   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An estimated 80 per cent of the 4,950 shantytown residents spread across New Providence and Abaco have legal status to be in The Bahamas, while 20 per cent or 989 people are undocumented, according to preliminary data provided by the Shantytown Action Task Force (SATF). Three-thousand, five hundred and […]

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Turnquest: Govt. accepts consultation criticisms

Govt. has to take a stand with international bodies, minister says   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest yesterday acknowledged there may not have been enough stakeholder consultation over the Non-Profit Organizations Bill that Parliament passed last week, but insisted the proposed legislation is intended to prevent any organization […]

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Davis: PLP senators abstained finance bills over unaddressed concerns

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that while opposition parliamentarians voted in support of a package of financial sector reform bills in the House of Assembly last week, it did so with an understanding that certain concerns expressed about the proposed legislation would be addressed in the Senate. However, the PLP […]

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