Frank Smith case resumes today

Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands is expected to give testimony in the extortion case against former Progressive Liberal Party  (PLP) Senator Frank Smith which resumes today, Eyewitness News understands. Smith is accused of Extorting $60,000 from Barbara Hanna, owner of Magic Touch Cleaning Company. It is alleged that Smith assisted Hanna in obtaining a contract […]

Head of licensed gamers association says no data to support gaming addiction

Chairman of the Bahamas Gaming Operators Association (BGOA) Gershan Major said, despite growing concern that more and more Bahamians are addicted to gaming, there is not data to support this claim. Major explained that since accepting the role as chairman, there have been less than five individuals who have taken advantage of the voluntary assistance […]

Sued: Gaming operators file class action suit against govt.

Attorneys representing members of The Bahamas Gaming Operators Association (BGOA) will appear before Justice Indra Charles this morning for a hearing, after filing a class action lawsuit against government late yesterday afternoon. The move is based on the sliding scale tax of the industry that will go into effect on September 1st. Lead attorney, Alfred […]

Gaming minister reacts to class action suit

Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar, who holds responsibility for gaming, told Eyewitness News Thursday that the date stands for the implementation of the sliding tax for gaming operators. The idea of the new tax was initially introduced during the government’s mid-year budget presentation. That initial plan was to levy the tax on July 31st, but the […]

Sands says governments purchase of Grand Lucayan is good

Bahamas Contractors Association President Leonard Sands says the renovation of the Grand Lucayan resort will cost up to an estimated $25 million, a better deal than the figure Sands says was estimated by others. “I’ve heard figures thrown out like 100 million -that’s not realistic,” he said. “The entire property only needs a refresh not […]

Former head of the church holds firm to stance to legalize weed

Bishop Simeon Hall says if you can find some remedy growing in your backyard, then he has no problem with it.  The former Christian Council President reiterated his position on the legalization of marijuana, saying he is for its use as long as it helps the greater good.    

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Religious and community leaders discuss decriminalizing Marijuana

The Bahamas government has exhibited open reluctance to the idea of decriminalizing marijuana until recently, according to former Christian Council President and Caricom regional commission member Bishop Simeon Hall.  While appearing on Beyond The Headlines (BTH), Hall said the government is considering the possible positive medicinal effects of the plant. “It may appear that most people […]

US Department of State Officials Pay Courtesy Call on Minister Symonette

NASSAU, The Bahamas — Officials from the US Department of State paid a courtesy call on Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration, the Hon. Brent Symonette (second left), on August 23, 2018.   Pictured from left: Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, David Davis; Minister Symonette; US Embassy Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers; and […]

Former Bahamasair minister calls for explanation on recent delays

Progressive Liberal Party Leader (PLP) Phillip Davis called on the minister with responsibility for Bahamasair Dionisio D’Aguilar to explain what led to the breakdown of services at the national flag carrier this past weekend. Company officials earlier cited electrical issues with one of the state-run company’s jets, which left flights backed up for hours and […]

$10 million dollar move to save GB economy

No timeline for opening  Owners of the Grand Lucaya hotel in Grand Bahama – Hutchinson Whampoa – failed to reinvest into the property after collecting the insurance proceeds from damages sustained in 2016, which prevented the resort from reopening and in essence crippled the Grand Bahamian economy, according Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Agular, who made the revelation […]

Bannister lashes back

Works Minister Desmond Bannister aimed to set the record straight Tuesday, levying heavy and damning allegations against former Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) chairman Darnell Osborne. Osborne on Monday issued a letter outlining her grievances with Bannister – namely his unwelcomed interference in the company’s operations. While Bannister did not deny that there was some political […]