Crown prosecutor: Nothing sinister about $2 million contract

Decision on no case submission expected Feb. 1   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Lead prosecutor for the crown, Edward Jenkins QC, told the court on Thursday that there was nothing sinister about Health Minister Dr Duane Sands approving a nearly $2 million cleaning contract for Barbara Hanna without board approval, despite Hanna donating to his political […]

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Lead prosecutor in Smith’s case says Hanna was “confused with her dates”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – “If there is no evidence that Frank Smith met with Barbara Hanna before the cleaning contract was awarded, then the charges against Smith, cannot stand”.  Those were the words of lead prosecutor Edward Jenkins, QC, before telling the court that Hanna was “confused with her dates” when she indicated she met with […]

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Frank Smith’s lawyers want 15 charges dismissed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Keith Knight, the lead attorney for Frank Smith on Tuesday argued that all 15 charges against his client be dismissed as the Crown did not provide any evidence to support its case. Smith, the former chairman of the Public Hospitals Authority was charged back in July of 2017 with one count of bribery, […]

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BUT: Extended Christmas break was not a ‘gift’ from MOE

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) president, Belinda Wilson on Sunday refuted claims that the teachers were given an extra week during the Christmas break as a ‘gift’ from the Ministry of Education (MOE). Last Thursday, the MOE announced that the opening of all public schools was pushed back a week, and classes […]

3,041 reside in 6 Abaco shantytowns, report reveals

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An Abaco shantytown assessment report, which surveyed 777 households, indicated that 3,041 people reside in six shantytowns on Abaco, inclusive of Sand Banks, Farm Road, L & H (treasure cay), the Mudd, Pigeon Pea and Elbow Cay. The report, released Wednesday, revealed that 80 per cent of persons are documented while 41 per […]

RBDF arrest more Dominican poachers on Monday

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers on Monday arrested another group of Dominican fishermen who were found poaching in Bahamian waters. Monday’s apprehension came on the heels of an arrest and charge that was made last week. According to reports, two small Dominican go-fast boats were apprehended around 11a.m. on Monday just […]

Senators pass amendments to Business License Act

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Senators on Thursday passed the Bill for an Act to amend the Business License Act, rolling back on the requirement for business owners to have audited financial and bank statements. Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) senators and Members of Parliament, while agreeing with the changes to the Act, criticized the government for its […]

Tourism sees 16.5% growth in stopover visitors

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – “Unprecedented” is how Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu described the country’s 16.5 per cent growth in stopover visitors this year. In a recent interview with Eyewitness News, Jibrilu said The Bahamas is not only outperforming the Caribbean’s expectations, but also global expectations. However, she said the challenge is now what will be […]

Highest paying jobs in financial services held by non-Bahamians

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The highest paying jobs in the financial services sector are held by non-Bahamians, according Labour Minster Dion Foulkes. Speaking in the Senate last Thursday, Foulkes said he is concerned with the high level of untrained, unqualified Bahamians. “For example, accountants, we also have a shortage in the Bahamas of wealth managers and […]

DPM tables bills to ensure Bahamas is not blacklisted

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest on Wednesday tabled a compendium of bills designed to keep the Bahamas off the European Union’s blacklist. Turnquest said this action brings the Bahamas in full compliance with the EU’s tax standards and will hopefully ensure the Bahamas remains off the blacklist when […]

As for C.H. Reeves, “Enough is Enough”

BUT files trade dispute requesting strike vote   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After months of agitating for changes at C H Reeves Junior High School with no resolution, Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) acting president Joan Turnquest said yesterday that “enough is enough”. The BUT acting president said a trade dispute was filed with the Ministry […]

RBC employees charged with stealing

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Two Royal Bank of Canada employees were hauled before the courts on Monday, charged with stealing more than  $200,000 from the bank’s East Hill Street location where they both worked. Travis Mackey and Kendra King appeared before Magistrate Subusola Swain charged with nearly 50 counts in connection with stealing. Mackey was charged […]