East Enders: Job availability overrides EIA

The desperation for job opportunities for those in the East End community of Grand Bahama overshadows the overarching potential environmental impact of the proposed $5.5 billion Oban Energies oil refinery and storage facility, according to residents, particularly the youth. Eyewitness News spoke with a number of young people in the community on Friday who expressed that those who stay in […]

“PLP to blame for blacklisting”, says Symonette

Financial Services Minister Brent Symonette said Monday that members of the former Christie administration “dragged their feet” with important deadlines imposed by the European Union (EU), which he claimed, is ultimately what led to The Bahamas being blacklisted last week. However, he asserted that the issue is “non-political” and that he is focused on getting […]

Airbnb hosts subject to VAT

The Department of Inland Revenue has imposed valued added tax (VAT) on visitors who book rooms online through the home-sharing giant Airbnb, which will mean more revenue for the government, according to Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar. The tourism minister, who spoke with Eyewitness News Online outside the House of Assembly Monday said, the tax […]

Bahamians make the most of international trade partnerships

Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Executive Chairman Michael Foulkes said, Bahamian companies are taking advantage of opportunities provided by international trade partnerships. While addressing delegates attending the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) at the SuperClubs Breezes Thursday, Foulkes said, The Bahamas is ‘privileged’ to be a part of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA and through BAIC, […]