Bahamas will not join CSME

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis allayed the fears of concerned citizens as he confirmed this weekend that The Bahamas will not sign on to the Caribbean Community’s Single Market and Economy (CSME). The announcement came at a press conference at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) Saturday, after Dr. Minnins returned from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meetings held in Jamaica […]

Symonette, Dames: Views on weed need to change

Ahead of the release of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) report on marijuana, Financial Services Minister Brent Symonette said the conversation on the decriminalisation of weed needs to be had sooner rather than later, especially as it relates to tourists visiting the country. National Security Minister Marvin Dames shared similar views stating that the world is changing its views on […]

BREAKING: Cabinet shuffle list revealed

The Cabinet Office confirmed the new appointments of Cabinet Ministers and Permanent Secretaries being rotated this afternoon according to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis. Highlighted in the shuffle are: Renward Wells being reassigned to the Ministry of Transport and Local Government Frankie Campbell is reassigned to the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development Michael Pintard […]

Committee for the establishment of local government in the capital to release report soon

The recently appointed advisory committee for the establishment of local government in New Providence will release its first report in August, according to the committee’s Vice Chairman and Transport and Local Government Director Ceephas Cooper. “We’re looking to make local government stronger in New Providence than in the Family Islands,” Cooper said. “The problem is that we are looking […]

VAT hike overshadows independence celebrations

While the Independence Secretariat officially launched the country’s 45th-anniversary celebrations Friday evening, only a handful of persons turned out to Rawson Square for the event. Addressing the first of 12 marquee events were Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands and the Chairman of National Independence Committee Mark Humes. Eyewitness News spoke to several Bahamians who said that […]

$8M for upcoming mass public service promotions

Task Force set up to execute promotions  After nearly a decade in waiting, Cabinet has finally approved some $8 million for a mass promotions exercise across the public service, which is expected to get underway once the 2018/2019 Budget comes into effect, the minister responsible confirmed Thursday. Public Service Minister Brensil Rolle, who appeared on […]

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PM gives Davis green light for Family Island VAT tour

Yesterday Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis extended an invitation to foot the bill for Leader of the Opposition Philip Davis to conduct town hall meetings with Family Island residents to discuss the implementation of value-added tax (VAT). It’s not very often that government and the opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) see eye-to-eye, but an exchange […]

Dames: Anti-Terrorism Bill 2018 needed to update 14-year-old Act

During his communication in the House of Assembly on the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2018,Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said that the existing legislation – the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2004– was not comprehensive enough to meet the “ever-evolving changes of terrorism” and its associated activities within the 21st century. “Now, almost 15 years later, we are enacting new […]

BREAKING: Robinson calls for Parliament to appoint a select committee on Westminster system in wake of firings

Member of Parliament (MP) for Bain and Grants Town Travis Robinson this morning called for the government to appoint a select committee on the Westminster system. The call comes in the wake of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis firing Robinson along with Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine and Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller last week for voting no to the value-added […]