Gaming operators grand standing, says DPM

Finance Minister Peter Turnquest insisted Friday that gaming operators are using governments new scaled tax regime as an excuse to terminate employees. “These businesses always intended on downsizing their operations due to the fact that an increasing number of gamers have turned to online gambling,” Turnquest claimed, as he fielded questions from reporters on the […]

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Oban deal renegotiated

The government is in the process of revising the $5.5 billion Oban Energies deal, according to Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes. The announcement came yesterday during his communication in the Upper Chamber. Foulkes sits on the board, appointed by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, to review the controversial agreement. While Foulkes could not give an exact time as to […]

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Christie: Oban deal a bad move

Despite the government’s assurance to correct its missteps in the Oban deal, former prime minister Perry Christie questioned why the government proceeded with the deal in the first place, especially considering the former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) left in place an agreement with Carnival Cruise Lines for East Grand Bahama. Christie maintained that the PLP was of the […]

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PM defends decision to fire MPs

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis defended his decision to fire three of his parliamentary secretaries Wednesday, as he asserted that his decision was not personal but protocol of parliamentary procedures. His comments came on the sidelines of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference in Grand Bahama. “I cannot allow my personal views to get into democracy,” […]

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Former MP blasts the FNM’s motive on taxing gambling houses

Says AG an “attack dog” “Rather than being the ‘bully boys’ the government should make money by saving money…” Former Member of Parliament (MP) Pierre Dupuch is arguing that the government has targeted gambling houses because “they are rich”. “What the precedent says is that anybody who the government perceives to be rich can be […]

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Constituents condemn firings in social media frenzy

Hours after three Free National Movement (FNM) Members of Parliament (MP) were fired from their government posts, social media lit up with questions about why the men were released from their positions. Residents in Bain and Grants town and Golden Isles, expressed anger after learning that their respective MPs were axed from their parliamentary secretary positions. […]

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Former PM says govt. got it wrong on budget

Former Prime Perry Christie said he believes the government has not considered all of its options before implementing a tax hike. In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, the former leader of the country said, he believes government realized after coming to office, that governance is not easy and said it is using the Progressive Liberal Party’s […]

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Roberts: Tax hikes must be rejected

Former Minister of Works in the Perry Christie-led Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Bradley Roberts said, he fervently opposed the value-added tax (VAT) increase from 7.5 per cent to 12 per cent Monday. In a statement released yesterday, Roberts said, he “opposes the tax hikes and additional taxes proposed” during the tabling of the 2018/2019 Budget […]

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‘Papa Doug’ still contender for ambassador

Embattled United States (US) nominee for ambassador to The Bahamas Doug ‘Papa Doug’ Douglass, is still pegged to take up the post, despite ongoing issues with his nomination, according to the foreign minister. The billionaire real estate developer, who was re-nominated by US President Donald Trump, was earlier this year accused of having a misogynistic […]

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LNG Clifton deal: wrong time, wrong place, wrong people

Environmentalists are continuing to raise the alarm over the plan to build Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in the heavily polluted industrial area at Clifton Pier. Sam Duncombe, president of outspoken conservation group reEarth, said that the deal is wrong on every level, as it lags far behind the global trend of switching to renewables; […]

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