Between $14 mil. and $17 mil. owed to NIB in contributions

Rolle renews pledge to pursue employers who fail to pay NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Large employers in The Bahamas collectively owe the National Insurance Board (NIB) between $14 million and $17 million in contributions, Minister of Public Service and National Insurance Board (NIB) Brensil Rolle revealed yesterday during the budget debate. “Think about the thousands of […]

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Rolle calls for Opposition leader to apologize over prison chief criticisms

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In order for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and its current leadership team to absolve itself from the “hypocrisy” of past actions, they must first accept wrongdoing and then apologize, Minister of Public Service and National Insurance Board Brensil Rolle said yesterday. “I await their apology Mr. Speaker,” Rolle said during the […]

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Hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair Huntley Christie High School

Lloyd condemns suspected arson at Anatol Rodgers as “burden on Bahamian taxpayers” NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As authorities continue their investigation into a fire that destroyed two buildings in the mathematics block of Huntley Christie High School in North Andros, the cost to repair the school has been pegged at several hundreds of thousands of dollars, […]

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$20 million capital works commence at LPIA

Travellers should brace for delays NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Travellers should brace for delays at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) as capital works to revamp the runway began in earnest today and is expected to take another four months to complete, according to the Nassau Airport Development (NAD) company. NAD, the company that manages operations of […]

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Some REV customers lament changes to programming

Eight channels removed and replaced due to licensing agreement changes NASSAU, BAHAMAS- Scores of REV customers took to social media over the weekend to express their frustration over the company’s changes to its television program lineup, which launched last Friday. In a statement on its Facebook Page, REV advised that “due to changes in licensing […]

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Hotel union to hold off on strike as talks resume

Union president hopes to complete negotiation within six months NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) President Darrin Woods yesterday stopped short of saying that hotel employees will not strike as the union continues to negotiate with the Bahamas Hotel Employers Association (BHEA) for a new industrial agreement. Talks are expected […]

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24 suspects arrested in major Bimini operation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A major joint law enforcement operation on Bimini over the weekend resulted in the arrests of 24 people in connection with a myriad of crimes, including firearm and drug possession, trafficking, and connection with organized crime. Utilizing officers from the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and United States […]

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U.S. Coast Guard releases footage of migrants caught off Inagua

Authorities discourages migrants from illegal voyages Releasing video footage of a recent illegal entry attempt of nearly 200 Haitian migrants to underscore the dangers associated with human smuggling and trafficking, the United States Coast Guard is seeking to discourage migrants from making the treacherous and illegal journey on unseaworthy vessels from Haiti to The Bahamas […]

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Fire at Anatol Rogers was act of arson

Blaze leaves classroom extensively damaged A fire at Anatol Rogers High School yesterday left one classroom extensively damaged, according to authorities, who concluded that the blaze was the result of arson. Fire Services personnel received information that the school was ablaze around 8 a.m. and responded shortly after. According to authorities, officers discovered that someone […]

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Sands: NHI “slipping through our fingers” due to nurse shortage

Govt. seeking to hire 40 nurses in 2019/2020 NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Due to a shortage of healthcare professionals, namely nurses and physicians, National Health Insurance in The Bahamas may be “slipping through our fingers”, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands indicated yesterday. Despite 308 nurses entering the healthcare system since 2015 — an average of […]

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Hanna-Martin defends Western Air rental

Englerston MP: D’Aguilar misled Parliament on rental issue NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin yesterday accused Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar of misleading Parliament, saying the minister sought to paint an image of a scandal regarding the previous administration’s rental arrangement with Western Air in North Andros. “The member was anxious to speak to […]

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Roberts “watchful” of expanded VAT-free breadbasket items

Super Value owner says grocers anxious to get the full picture NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Super Value President Rupert Roberts said yesterday that while he “remains watchful” as the government moves to expand the list of value-added tax (VAT)-exempt breadbasket items, he was somewhat shocked by the move. Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands made the […]

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Govt. to expand VAT-free breadbasket items

New list to include almonds, strawberries and spinach NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government plans to expand the list of value-added tax (VAT)-exempt breadbasket items, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands announced today. “Mr. Speaker, we will keep ‘da’ corn beef, for now at least,” Sands said during the morning sitting of the 2019/2020 budget debate. […]

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Lloyd: Society must decide way forward on corporal punishment

Minister says govt. won’t be sucked into debate without public input NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As debate rages on whether the government should discontinue the contentious practice of corporal punishment in the Bahamian education system, Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd suggested yesterday that government will not be “sucked into” determining that while parents in The Bahamas […]

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PM calls C.A. Smith video “unfortunate”

Minnis suggests Smith’s announcement should have remained private Just over a week after former non-resident ambassador to Panama C.A. Smith apologized over his “unintended breach of protocol” after a video of him announcing he was to become the next governor general made the rounds on social media, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that it […]

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