SQUARING IT OFF: Govt settles $52M in arrears payments in nine months ending March

Paying off inherited past-due arrears had been govt’s justification for VAT rate hike $26M in payments remaining in schedule NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government settled $52.3 million in payment arrears in the nine months ending March 2021, according to the Ministry of Finance. The ministry, in its nine-month report on budgetary performance for the period […]

Dames: Sex offenders register within two months

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Infrastructure, resources and personnel could be in place to fully establish The Bahamas sex offenders registry within two months, according to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames. According to the Sexual Offenders Regulations 2019, the minister would make a disclosure to the public to “heighten their awareness of the presence of the […]

CONTRARY TO LAW: Davis says he was not consulted about FOI commissioner pick as mandated

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government did not consult the official opposition when it chose and appointed the new Freedom of Information (FOI) commissioner, according to Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Philip Brave Davis. On Sunday, Attorney General Carl Bethel named retired Supreme Court Justice Keith Thompson and former Assistant Director of Legal Affairs (ADLA) Shane Miller […]

CLOSER TO CLOSURE: Coroner to issue decision on Dorian missing next week as first round of inquest wraps up

Court decision may allow some family members to get death certificates nearly two years after tragic storm Just 25 human remains of 59 recovered have been identified, pathologist notes NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Her Majesty’s Coroner yesterday heard the final testimonies in the first part of an inquest into people presumed to have died during Hurricane […]

RESILIENT FUTURE: Bahamas must work towards building back better, says governance reformer

Aubry: This is prime time for Bahamas to look at economic diversification, digitization and expenditure NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the country continues to battle the challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a governor reformer said yesterday that this nation must craft policies for a resilient future. Matt Aubry, the Organization for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) […]

PHA announces new appointments at Sandilands and PMH

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) yesterday announced the appointment of Jessica Cartwright as acting hospital administrator of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) and Charlene Davis as principal nursing officer (PNO) at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), both with effect from April 6, 2021. A former educator, Cartwright earned her Master of Health Administration (honors) […]

Another feather in Gertie’s hat — Bahamian hat designer’s 2021 launch

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamian designer Gertie O’Brien is exemplifying that “the show must go on” with the resumption of her highly anticipated fashion events. Following last year’s decrease in face-to face activities, O’Brien recently marked the start of her 2021 hat show season giving a ‘hats off’ to her dearest long-time supporters. Bold colors, varied […]

IMPASSE: Davis says speaker has right to ask questions but PM has right not to answer

Opposition leader says private discussion between Minnis and Moultrie should have been held before the matter was made public NASSAU, BAHAMAS —  Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday warned that the “administrative impasse” between the House of Assembly speaker and the government could lead to an interruption in the legislative agenda. Davis was responding to […]

“PLAYING GAMES”: House Speaker demands PM Minnis answer questions; Deputy Speaker orders Opposition Davis to leave Parliament

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tempers flared in the House of Assembly yesterday with both the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly lashing out at party leaders. A shouting match between Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Don Saunders and Opposition Leader Philip Davis saw the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador […]