3,500-plus in shantytowns are residents

20% undocumented   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – An estimated 80 per cent of the 4,950 shantytown residents spread across New Providence and Abaco have legal status to be in The Bahamas, while 20 per cent or 989 people are undocumented, according to preliminary data provided by the Shantytown Action Task Force (SATF). Three-thousand, five hundred and […]

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Davis: IMF success report has nothing to do with the FNM

Says FNM has done nothing but take credit for the PLP’s work   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday that despite the pat on the back from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the success of the economy has nothing to do with Free National Movement (FNM). During a press conference at […]

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Turnquest: Govt. accepts consultation criticisms

Govt. has to take a stand with international bodies, minister says   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest yesterday acknowledged there may not have been enough stakeholder consultation over the Non-Profit Organizations Bill that Parliament passed last week, but insisted the proposed legislation is intended to prevent any organization […]

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Deputy COP sides with PM on ‘fear of crime down’ comments

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – On the heels of Prime Minister Hubert Minnis expressing that the fear of crime was down, Deputy Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour on Tuesday touted similar views, stating that the Royal Bahamas Police Force was pleased with the lowered crime stats. “You heard the most honorable prime minister say it, and you’ve […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Questions linger over cruise port bidding process

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Citizens for a Better Bahamas (CBB) Chairman Lemarque Campbell yesterday questioned how the government will ensure its request for proposals (RFP) process for Nassau’s cruise port development is fair and transparent. He said stakeholders nor the public have been involved or apprised as to what the government envisions for the port or […]

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Works Minister refutes claims made by former PLP Minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister on Monday took issue with a recent voice note that was reportedly issued by former Progressive Liberal Party member of parliament, V. Alfred Gray, which circulated on What’s App social media over the weekend. “Mr. Gray alleges that the Government has proposed a Contractors Association Bill […]

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DPM: Grand Lucayan could turn profit before resale

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Before its projected resale in the second quarter of 2019, the Grand Lucayan resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama, could stop operating at a loss and turn a profit under government ownership, according to Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest. In an interview with Eyewitness News Online, Turnquest said there are several “exciting business […]

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Hotel union to take strike vote on Dec 18

Pinder: Atlantis has agreed to suspend disciplinary system   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) has filed an application with the Department of Labour to take a strike vote on December 18, over a recently imposed 12-point disciplinary system and a shift system that impacts housekeepers at the Atlantis […]

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Doctors finally return to work

CPSA reaches tentative agreement “in principle” with govt.   NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Having arrived at a tentative agreement “in principle” with the government and the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA), senior physicians who ceased elective services in the public healthcare sector for the past 10 days will return to work in their full capacity today. “An […]

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PHA pleased doctors returned to work

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After senior physicians agreed to return to work today, having ceased elective services in the public healthcare sector for the past 10 days, the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) said they were pleased that members of the Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) had resumed their full duties. “On Wednesday, the PHA and CPSA […]

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