House passes vote of confidence in PM

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – After amending a motion tabled by the opposition seeking a no confidence vote in Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, government MPs today passed a vote of confidence in the prime minister. Thirty-one MPs voted in favor of the motion and the four opposition MPs voted against it. Three MPs were absent during […]

Iram Lewis appointed minister of state for new disaster preparedness ministry

PM: Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction created in response to “historic circumstances of this generational tragedy” NASSAU, BAHAMAS —Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has appointed Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works Iram Lewis as the Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, a new ministry created in the aftermath […]

HAI: Hundreds died in Abaco

Vast majority of residents in The Mudd, Pigeon Peas have status, Ingraham says NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said today that notwithstanding the 50 people confirmed dead to date by authorities in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, based on his understanding hundreds were killed in Abaco alone as a result of the […]

DPM: All relief contributions will be accounted for

Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility worth it, says Turnquest NASSAU, BAHAMAS — All contributions received by the Bahamian government to aid Hurricane Dorian relief efforts will be accounted for, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest said. Speaking outside of the Churchill Building, Turnquest said, “We are pleased with the level of […]

Joblessness rate drops

Unemployment drops on NP and GB, but increases in Abaco NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Joblessness dropped nationally from 10.7 percent last November to 9.5 percent in May according to data released today by the Department of Statistics. According to the data, employment rose by 4,330 jobs over the six-month period.  At the time of the latest […]

Permanent Secretaries transferred

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Cabinet Office of The Bahamas announced on Thursday that the Prime Minister has advised Her Excellency the Governor General to effect the transfer of three Permanent Secretaries. Mr. Marco Rolle, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs will be transferred to the Ministry of […]

White House official cites problems in security clearances

WASHINGTON (AP) — A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump’s administration were granted security clearances despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, including concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct. Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee who oversaw the issuance of clearances for some […]

Govt. eyeing increased security at public schools

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said the government has to consider introducing “technological, innovative” changes within the public-school system to increase safety and security in the wake of a fatal stabbing of a T.A. Thompson student last week. “I have had any number of conversations with the minister of education,” Dames […]

Majority compliance in FATF re-rating

AG: Major step forward for financial services sector NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) yesterday re-evaluated The Bahamas’ compliance with its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements and found the country compliant with the majority of its recommendations. The re-evaluation and increased compliance ratings are expected to stave off any sanctions from […]

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 […]

Halkitis to govt: Scrap Oban Deal

Deal cannot be trusted Former Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis urged government to scrap the Oban deal ahead of a second signing for a new heads of agreement (HOA). Assurances were given earlier this summer by head of the government committee on the new deal, Labor Minister Dion Foulkes, that a new deal […]