Politics

Orange Ribbon Pinning at House of Assembly

November 28, 2019

The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, the Department of Gender & Family Affairs, in collaboration with the National Women’s Advisory Council and the community of Non-governmental Women’s Organizations in The Bahamas are holding National Observance of the Women’s Suffrage Movement from 24 to 30 November, 2019 under the theme: “Accelerating the Advancement of Women in Politics 57 years later”...

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Prime Minister Minnis: Government working to ensure better and cheaper energy for all Bahamians

November 28, 2019

Decades of short-term decision making, poor choices and in some instances, corruption, have brought Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) to its knees, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis said in the House of Assembly today...

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Families Face 30 Bill To Bail Out Bpl
Families Face $30 Bill To Bail Out Bpl

November 28, 2019

BAHAMAS Power and Light customers will see a $20 to $30 increase in their monthly electricity bills for 10 months starting in 2020, according to Minister of Works Desmond Bannister...

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Breaking News: Shane Gibson Found Not Guilty On All Counts
Breaking News: Shane Gibson Found Not Guilty On All Counts

November 27, 2019

FORMER Labour Minister Shane Gibson was acquitted on all counts of bribery he was accused of by a jury on Wednesday...

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Sands Defends 4m Increase In Travel Budget
Sands Defends $4m Increase In Travel Budget

November 27, 2019

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday defended the government’s decision to increase its travel budget by $4 million in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, amid criticisms from the opposition party that cited the move as a wrong decision and a badly timed one. “And now the discussion starts...about how can we spend $10 for this and $5 for that.. I think this is the beauty of democracy that you are able to have an impassioned discussion about facts,” he told reporters outside of Cabinet yesterday...

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Foreign Affairs – Correction to Prior Statement

November 27, 2019

With respect to its prior statement of 27 November 2019 entitled, ‘Press Release In Response To Visit Of UN Human Rights Advisor’ -- the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to make a correction to inform that it was Ravina Shamdasani, the deputy spokesperson from the UN Human Rights Office, who told The Nassau Guardian about the findings from the visit of Mr. George Abu Al Zulof to The Bahamas. We will convene a meeting next week with all UN Agencies on the ground and we look forward to a productive outcome. The Ministry apologizes for the error that was made...

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Minister Wells Addresses 31st Session of the IMO Assembly in London

November 26, 2019

Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Renward Wells addresses the 31st Session of the International Maritime Organization Assembly, which is being held November 25 to December 4, at IMO Headquarters in London. Minister Wells addressed the Assembly on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas. The Bahamas is up for re-election to the Council in Category C. Regular sessions of the Assembly are conducted every two years...

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Fake News - 15 Vat Rate Rise
Fake News - 15% Vat Rate Rise

November 26, 2019

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest has refuted what he called "misinformation" about value added tax increasing to 15 percent in January 2020...

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Minnis' 'smokescreen' to hide FNM problems
Minnis' 'smokescreen' to hide FNM problems

November 26, 2019

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party deputy leader Chester Cooper said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis should do more than just talk about marijuana decriminalisation, adding the Minnis administration should be drafting the necessary law changes for debate in Parliament as soon as possible.

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Davis: Govt made wrong decision to increase travel budget
Davis: Govt made wrong decision to increase travel budget

November 26, 2019

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the government made the wrong decision to increase its travel budget by $4 million in the wake of Hurricane Dorian...

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Davis: GovT Has Failed To Pay 7m In Vat Refunds
Davis: Gov’T Has Failed To Pay $7m In Vat Refunds

November 25, 2019

OPPOSITION leader Philip "Brave" Davis said the government has not been paying legitimate VAT refunds, adding yesterday that it is undermining the compliance level of the tax and "overstating its true performance value"...

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Statement by Prime Minister Minnis on expunging records for small possession of marijuana
Statement by Prime Minister Minnis on expunging records for small possession of marijuana

November 25, 2019

A week ago I expressed support for decriminalising the possession of small amounts of marijuana and making the substance legal for medicinal and scientific purposes...

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Brave - WeRe Heading Over A Fiscal Cliff
Brave - We’Re Heading Over A Fiscal Cliff

November 25, 2019

OPPOSITION Leader Philip "Brave" Davis said the country is headed toward a financial crisis and that he is certain it will face a credit downgrade...

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'Worst fiscal shape we've ever been in'
'Worst fiscal shape we've ever been in'

November 22, 2019

OPPOSITION spokesman for finance Chester Cooper estimates that the government may be $400 million below its revenue targets this year...

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Ballooning deficit means govt needs to borrow 507m
Ballooning deficit means govt needs to borrow 507m

November 21, 2019

THE deficit for the fiscal year has ballooned to $677.5 million because of Hurricane Dorian, prompting the government's plans to borrow $507.9 million to meet the shortfall...

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Impeachment takes centre stage in Democratic debate
Impeachment takes centre stage in Democratic debate

November 21, 2019

The fifth Democratic presidential debate was held on Wednesday evening at the Tyler Perry studios in Atlanta, Georgia...

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Plastics Ban Needs Buy-In From Public
Plastics Ban Needs Buy-In From Public

November 21, 2019

EXUMA and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper said the government's upcoming ban on single-use plastics is being implemented too soon...

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Impeachment inquiry: White House attacks witness who heard 'improper' call

November 20, 2019

The White House attacked its own top Ukraine official as he testified to an impeachment hearing that a phone call made by the president was "improper" and had left him in "shock"...

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Crown Wraps Up Its Case Against Gibson
Crown Wraps Up Its Case Against Gibson

November 20, 2019

THE Crown closed its case yesterday against former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson over allegations he demanded more than $300,000 from local businessman Jonathan Ash to ensure the contractor would be paid for hurricane cleanup efforts...

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Plp's Bond Plan Would Not Have Meant Higher Prices
Plp's Bond Plan Would Not Have Meant Higher Prices

November 19, 2019

OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis said the Progressive Liberal Party’s rate reduction bond plan would not have resulted in increased electricity costs for most customers...

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