Legislation drafted for term limits for PM

Minnis: Bill just requires “tweaking” before release NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The commitment to amend the constitution of The Bahamas to limit prime ministers to two terms in office is still at the forefront of the Minnis administration, according to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, who first made the commitment to push legislation to limit the […]

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PM to define ‘special interests’ in his budget communication

Says govt’s priority is ‘young people’ and ‘women’ NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis on Wednesday refuted assertions that the government’s 2019/2020 budget was devised to meet the needs of ‘special interest’ persons or groups. “One of the words they used is that this is a government of special interests. I will address […]

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Ferreira: Bahamas to join more than 40 countries that has banned plastic bags

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Environment and Housing, Romauld Ferreira, during his contribution to the 2019/2020 Budget debate on Tuesday night, said the Bahamas is expected to join more than 40 countries that have introduced a ban on plastic bags. The government’s proposed ban on plastic bags is set to take effect in January 2020. […]

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PM may be called as defense witness in Shane Gibson’s trial

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis may be called as a defense witness in the Shane Gibson corruption trial, which is scheduled to begin in September, the court heard on Tuesday. During a case management hearing held on Tuesday before Supreme Court Justice Carolita Bethel, Gibson’s lawyer, Owen Wells, put Justice Bethel on notice that […]

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Alleged squatters demand a monetary commitment from Pinewood MP

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A Pinewood Gardens resident, who has alleged that he and others have founded a start-up garden for the community, on Tuesday called on the member of parliament for Pinewood, Rueben Rahming, to honor his commitment in the sum of $25,000 towards the garden’s growth. Rahming, however, has denied making such a commitment. […]

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Foulkes: Despite union unrest, partnership with unions remain ‘active and strong’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Labour Minister, Dion Foulkes, expressed in his national Labour Day address to the nation on Thursday night, that while his ministry may have experienced a very active and public industrial relations environment over the past 12 months, the country remains stable and its partnership with various unions remain active and strong. “It […]

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Negotiations progressing well on Grand Lucayan sale, new cruise port

But Minister says he will not “pop champagne” as yet NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Although Grand Bahama continues to struggle with stopover visitors and cruise passengers down 24 percent compared to last year, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday that with the anticipated new investments such as the Grand Lucayan resort to come […]

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Turnquest: Social assistance programs bolstered, not cut

Dept. of Social Services budget decreased by $666,000 NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Amid assertions from the opposition that the government was set to significantly reduce social welfare programs in The Bahamas, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest assured yesterday that despite the overhaul budget for the Department of Social Services decreasing marginally, overall, […]

Moultrie: Police advancing investigation into HOA disturbance

House Speaker bans “strangers” use of cellphones in HOA NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Authorities have advanced their investigation into a disturbance in the House of Assembly last week, which led to the abrupt suspension of proceedings ahead of the budget communication. Minutes into the morning sitting last Wednesday, Fontella Chipman, sister to Centreville MP Reece Chipman, […]

Pintard: Budget increase for consultants at Min. of Agriculture is not enough

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Michael Pintard, on Wednesday expressed that the budget increase for his ministry’s consultants and for travel are insufficient. Following government’s tabling of the 2019/2020 budget, countless concerns have emerged over the allocation of certain funds, which some tax payers have deemed to be unnecessary. It was […]

Cabinet Office announces Brian Moree, QC, as next chief justice

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prominent attorney Brian Moree, QC, will become The Bahamas’ next chief justice, the Cabinet Office announced today. In a statement, the Cabinet Office said Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, following consultation with Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis, advised Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, to appoint Moree as chief justice, effective June 12. […]

“Surgical trimming” in 2019/2020 budget

RBPF’s allocation for personal emoluments decrease by $5.31 million NASSAU, BAHAMAS  The 2019/2020 budget reflects substantial decreases to personal emoluments and other line items in the majority of ministries and government agencies. Personal emoluments include wages and salaries for permanent and pensionable workers, salaries for contract workers and allowances such as overtime, uniform allowance, and […]

BNT: Fines paid by Carnival could have been paid to Bahamas govt.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As the Carnival Corporation has recently reached a settlement with United States Federal prosecutors that would see it pay $20 million in fines for violating the terms of its probation, Eric Carey, the Executive Director of The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) expressed on Tuesday that had the proper legislation been in place, […]

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C.A. Smith apologizes for breaching protocol

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After prematurely announcing the government’s plan to appoint him as the next Governor General, Cornelius A. Smith, the country’s non-resident ambassador to six Central American countries on Monday extended his sincerest apologies for making the premature announcement. “I extend sincerest apologies to Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and to the […]