Turnquest: Govt. still on track with finances; revenue increased by $25 million

The government has spent $30 million more than was budgeted since May for “surprise” bills left by the former Christie administration, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Peter Turnquest revealed  yesterday in the House of Assembly. Despite the unexpected expenses however, Turnquest said the government is still on track to bring the country’s fiscal […]

Govt. considers ‘sin tax’ to fund NHI plan

The government is considering a new tax as a way to fund the country’s controversial National Health Insurance (NHI) plan. The plan, introduced under the former administration, was free during the roll-out phase, but the present administration has made it clear that, moving forward, the Bahamian people will have to pay for public health coverage. […]

No citizenship application for Jean Charles at Immigration Dept.

Despite a pending court appeal on the recent ruling for Bahamian-born Jean Rony Jean Charles, Immigration Minister Symonnette said that, to date, no application has been made by Jean Charles. “There is no application before immigration for him as of yesterday for anything to do with him so let’s put some balance to this,” said […]

Dames to criminals: ‘There is no hiding place’

The weekend shootings in the Pinewood constituency are getting the attention of the government as retaliation appeared to be the cause for both incidents. National Security Minister, Marvin Dames, told Eyewitness News that although police have several persons in custody, the government is looking at dealing with the larger issue he says stems from within […]

GB $4 billion project sparks environmental concerns

Environmental concerns over the $4 billion project earmarked for east Grand Bahama are beginning to mount as the government signed a Heads of Agreement with Oban Energies today to establish an oil refinery and storage facility without an environmental impact assessment in place. Both sides however, assured that the project will be environmentally sustainable and […]

Island Luck continues crackdown on inter-island money transfers

Island Luck gaming company witnessed a 90 percent decline in client withdrawals and deposits since last November when the company took an aggressive approach to crack down on inter- island money transfers. The news comes from the company’s Chief Compliance Officer, Neil Major, who told Eyewitness News yesterday that the majority of the company’s 80,000 […]

McAlpline chastises government for ‘wasting time’

Before the governing Free National Movement party won the vote of confidence in House Speaker, Halson Moultrie, yesterday, Pineridge MP, Frederick McAlpine chastised the government for wasting time. He said, while the Bahamian people were upset with the Opposition, they are even more disappointed in the current administration. He urged his parliamentary colleagues to be […]

Dept. of Immigration debuts new communication, surveillence equipment

The Department of Immigration was outfitted on new state of the art equipment aimed at assisting Immigration Officers with better carrying out their duties. Immigration Director Clarence Russell said the equipment, which includes body cams, dash cams, and two-way radios – will ensure the safety of the officers while carrying out their duties and also […]