Mitchell weighs in on halted deportations to Haiti

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Progressive Liberal Party chairman and former minister of foreign affairs, Senator Fred Mitchell, on Monday weighed in on the government’s decision to put a temporary freeze on the deportation of Haitian nationals. A statement released Saturday from the Office of the Prime Minister outlined that due to political unrest and violence in […]

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Symonette responds to circulated video of apprehension

Immigration dispels rumours of alleged kidnapping   NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  On the heels of two reports that shed a negative light on the Department of Immigration, Brent Symonette, the minister responsible for immigration, on Monday suggested that the public, instead of criticizing the efforts of officers, should offer their assistance when witnessing matters that may […]

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Govt. halts deportations to Haiti; RBDF apprehends 64 in Exuma chain

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Due to political unrest and violence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Government said it has temporarily ceased all deportations to that impoverished country. A statement released Saturday from the Office of the Prime Minister outlined that the decision follows the temporary closure of The Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince and the recall of all […]

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PLP chairman hits back at AG for criticizing boycott of HOA and Senate

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While Attorney General Carl Bethel lambasted the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) on the floor of the Senate last Friday for boycotting Senate and House of Assembly proceedings, the PLP on Sunday said the Free National Movement (FNM) was seeking to confuse the issue of why the boycott is actually taking place. At […]

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Lloyd: I made inquiries on behalf of Derek Rolle’s relative

Minister says he has no knowledge of inheritance   After a probate application revealed that Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd, in his capacity as an attorney before assuming office, made inquiries on behalf of a relative of Derek Clayton Rolle about the existence of a multi-billion-dollar inheritance, the minister said yesterday he was advised that […]

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D’Aguilar pleased with new gaming tax

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Having reached an agreement with gaming operators on Wednesday, Dionisio D’Aguilar, the minister with responsibility for gaming, said he is satisfied with the taxes that the government is presently getting under the new agreement, as to take the matter to court would have taken years. “We are doubling the take that we […]

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Sears gives govt. advice to address EU’s listing of The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After the Bahamas was listed earlier this week by the European Union College of Commissioners as a high-risk country for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) deficiencies, a former attorney general on Thursday cautioned the government against rushing off to the EU’s headquarters in Brussels to make any ‘ill-considered appeasements and […]

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New deal inked to operate city dump

Landfill will now be called, ‘New Providence Ecology Park’   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A contract to own, operate and remediate the New Providence Sanitary Landfill, often referred to as the city dump, was signed between Waste Resources Development Group and government on Thursday. The contract takes effect in 30 days. The new company takes over […]

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BTC employees stage sickout; Union boss claims it was food poisoning

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Hundreds of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) workers called in sick on Thursday, forcing the closure of 12 retail outlets nationwide. In an interview with Eyewitness News Online, Bahamas Communication and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) president Dino Rolle confirmed that around 90 per cent of BTC workers called in sick. However, he maintained […]

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PLP Senators boycott proceedings

FNM says, ‘PLP will do or say anything to score political points’   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Showing support for their leader, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Senators on Thursday walked out of the Upper Chamber, claiming that the Free National Movement (FNM) administration is creating an atmosphere of persecution. At a press briefing yesterday, PLP Chairman […]

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Morton Salt employees halt industrial action

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Employees of the Morton Salt Company in Inagua have halted industrial action pending the outcome of three employees that were suspended last week. According to Jennifer Brown, president of the Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers & Allied Workers Union (BIMAWU), meetings were expected to take place last evening to determine whether or not those employees […]

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Govt. stands behind Venezuelan vote

Govt. hopes for swift resolution for Venezuelan people   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro invokes constitutional provisions to assert himself as the country’s legitimate leader over self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, the government of The Bahamas has maintained that its decision to support Guaido is consistent with previous votes relating to […]

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Government reaches agreement with gaming operators

Major says govt must take a deeper look at its national tax regime   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After months of negotiations, the government has finally reached an agreement with gaming operators to increase taxes on the gaming industry and collect the payment of back taxes. A statement issued Wednesday from the Office of the Prime […]

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EU lists Bahamas as having weak anti-money laundering, terrorist financing regimes

AG to address matter with EU Commissioners   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Another black eye for the country’s financial services sector on Wednesday, following a scathing review by the European Union College of Commissioners which listed The Bahamas among high-risk countries for Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) deficiencies. Apparently, the international body believes that […]

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Davis hits govt. following arrest of PLP supporters

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After four Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) supporters were arrested and appeared before the magistrate’s court on Wednesday, Opposition leader Phillip Brave Davis said the Minnis administration was “embarrassed by the exposure of the egregious and quite possible criminal behaviour by multiple members of their Cabinet,” so they, therefore, launched a new offensive. […]

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Christie shocked by court proceedings

PLP accuses FNM of continued political attack   Former Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that he was shocked by the proceedings in a magistrate’s court yesterday that saw four defendants accused of fraud and money laundering brought before Chief Magistrate Joyann-Ferguson Pratt, but could not be arraigned because the prosecution was unable to provide […]

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Carmen Kemp tells BUSAWU’s president to ‘go back to work’

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Carmen Kemp, the former president of The Bahamas Utility Services and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU) on Tuesday advised current president Dwayne Woods to simply return to work. Woods confirmed that he has been on administrative leave for the past seven years. Earlier this week, he told Eyewitness News that he was sick […]

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Despite stabbing incident, Lloyd maintains schools are safe

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On the heels of a stabbing incident at the C.C. Sweeting Senior High School on Monday, Minister of Education Jeff Lloyd on Tuesday sought to ease the concerns of the public regarding the safety of government schools. Lloyd told media before heading to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting that the public should not be […]

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