Save the Bays wants Oban to be “transparent” in 2019

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Save the Bays Chairman Joseph Darville on Sunday lambasted Oban Energies, calling for the company that signed a controversial heads of agreement with the government to develop a multibillion-dollar oil refinery and storage facility in East Grand Bahama, to be transparent in 2019. “With much consternation, we are learning that an Environmental […]

Christian Council welcomes sex offenders register

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Christian Council President Bishop Delton Fernander said he welcomes the Attorney General’s announcement that a sex offenders register will be established in The Bahamas early next year. “We thank the AG for indicating that the register will be coming in the new year,” Fernander told Eyewitness News Online. “I think as […]

Arrested Dominican fishermen released

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Attorney General Carl Bethel confirmed yesterday that seven Dominican fishermen who were apprehended earlier this week were released because there was no apparent crime to charge them with. According to reports issued by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, officers apprehended a group of Dominican fishermen for allegedly operating in Bahamian waters on […]

Bahamians against WTO accession

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A group agitating against The Bahamas’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) yesterday called on the government to halt negotiations geared toward the move. During a press conference Wednesday, Bahamians Agitating for a Referendum on Free Trade (BARF) contended that the government does not recognize the danger in WTO accession and […]

Pinder: Junior doctors should comply with clock in system

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Director of Labour John Pinder said yesterday that junior doctors should comply with the Public Hospitals Authority’s (PHA) automated time system as it is not an impediment, but serves those doctors in ensuring overtime and holiday pay is properly accounted for and compensated. “It’s good for safety reasons; for example, some areas […]

Wells confirms “undeliverable” mail was shredded

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Addressing allegations that mail at the General Post Office had been shredded, Minister responsible for the post office, Renward Wells, confirmed on Thursday that the most recent and deliberate destruction of “undeliverable” mail was on November 1 and 2, upon the authorization of the Postmaster General. According to a statement released yesterday […]

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 […]

Woods: Union will avert strike vote if Atlantis keeps word

Hotel union set to meet resort’s management today   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) President Darrin Woods said yesterday that if Atlantis honours its decision to discontinue a new disciplinary regime for unionized employees and comes to the table to negotiate a new shift system for housekeepers, the bargaining […]

Oban renegotiation team appointed

Negotiations slated for January   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government has appointed its lead negotiation team to strike a new deal with Oban Energies, the company that signed a controversial heads of agreement with the government to develop a multibillion-dollar oil refinery and storage facility in East Grand Bahama. Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes, who […]

BPSU president alleges General Post Office “shredding” mail

Three months’ worth of mail allegedly shredded   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As preparations are underway to relocate, the General Post Office on East Hill Street has allegedly engaged in a mass shredding exercise of mail, according to President of the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) Kimsley Ferguson. “I would have received information [from] my sources […]

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Senate delays passage of NPO Bill

AG: Govt. to review civil society’s recommendations   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Declaring that the Minnis administration is a “reasonable government”, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday that it will delay the passage of the Non-Profit Organizations Bill to thoroughly review the recommendations made by civil society. He made the announcement in the Senate during debate […]

Civil society commends AG for delaying NPO Bill

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Civil Society Bahamas (CSB) President Shaun Ingraham yesterday commended the government for delaying the passage of the Non-Profit Organizations Bill in order to consult with the umbrella organization and review its recommendations. Attorney General Carl Bethel announced the delay in the Senate yesterday during debate on a compendium of bills which seek […]

PHA: New shift system the only unresolved matter with BNU

Dec. 10  implementation for new shift system deferred   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Just one day after nurses throughout The Bahamas voted in favour of a strike, the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) on Wednesday did not respond to the pending move, but refuted statements by the Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) which specified that “other disputes” apart […]

Govt. to move with “deliberate haste” on marijuana issue

While acknowledging the strong push for change on the issue of medical marijuana in The Bahamas, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said yesterday the government will move “with all deliberate haste” to examine the controversial issue and develop a policy position. However, he stressed there is no need to rush. “The world is changing, […]