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 […]

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Parliamentarians pass amendment to Business License Act

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Parliamentarians on Tuesday passed a bill in the House of Assembly, which according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, will make it easier for Bahamians to enter into and sustain small businesses. During the final sitting before the Christmas break, Parliament approved the Bill for an Act to amend the Business License […]

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Davis: IMF success report has nothing to do with the FNM

Says FNM has done nothing but take credit for the PLP’s work   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday that despite the pat on the back from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the success of the economy has nothing to do with Free National Movement (FNM). During a press conference at […]

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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 […]

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Parliamentarians pass compendium of bills

Passage brings The Bahamas in full compliance with EU tax standards   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – In just a few weeks, the European Union will decide whether or not The Bahamas will be blacklisted once again, but in an effort to avoid a possible breakdown of the financial services sector, Parliamentarians on Wednesday began debate and […]

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Jean Rony granted approval to take case to Privy Council

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The court of appeal on Tuesday granted leave for Jean Rony Jean Charles to take his constitutional case before the Privy Council in London, despite the government’s attempt to block the move. Fred Smith, the lawyer for Jean Charles told Eyewitness News that he will be appealing to the Privy Council. The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

$40,000 cleaning contract nearly triples, court hears during Smith’s case

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Barbara Hanna was granted a contract nearly three times the amount of her original cleaning contract for the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), weeks after she testified in a criminal case against former Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) Chairman Frank Smith, it was revealed during  a special sitting of court on Saturday. During her […]