Politics

White House condemns judge's order blocking asylum change

July 25, 2019

The White House is condemning an order by a federal judge requiring President Donald Trump's administration to stop denying asylum to anyone who transits through another country to reach the U.S. border. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday the plaintiffs [...]

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Turnquest: OECD gives Bahamas thumbs up
Turnquest: OECD gives Bahamas thumbs up

July 25, 2019

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has concluded that The Bahamas is a safe place for financial services and corporate investment activities, a press release from the Ministry of Finance revealed, explaining that the country's domestic legal framework is in line with international [...]

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Bills to improve govt's AML/CFT regime passed

July 25, 2019

Parliamentarians yesterday passed bills to further safeguard the financial services sector - the Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill, 2019 and the International Obligations (Economic and Ancillary Measures) Amendment Bill, 2019. The first bill stipulates that a financial institution must make a report to the Financial Intelligence Unit [...]

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CSB makes further recommendations on NPO bill

July 25, 2019

Civil Society Bahamas (CSB) has put forward recommendations for further amendments to the Non-Profit Organisations Bill, 2019, that was passed in the House of Assembly yesterday. That bill outlines several changes to the original Non-Profit Organisations Bill, 2018, which was passed in the House of [...]

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'Obie can't win and won't win'
'Obie can't win and won't win'

July 25, 2019

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe “can’t win and won’t win” in his bid to become PLP chairman...

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Wilchcombe: I accept challenge to reignite PLP
Wilchcombe: I accept challenge to reignite PLP

July 25, 2019

In a voice note announcing his bid for Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) chairman, former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe proffered several initiatives he would implement if elected, noting that the former and present PLP members of Parliament should have a say in the party's work. "I [...]

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Financial services bills pass in House
Financial services bills pass in House

July 25, 2019

A compendium of financial services bills, including the Non-Profit Organisations (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was unanimously passed in the House of Assembly yesterday. Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Copper, who serves as shadow minister of finance, said the opposition did not have any "burning issues" [...]

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Education bonus fraud: 'Ten should face action'

July 25, 2019

THE Office of the Attorney General recommended that disciplinary action, including dismissal, be taken against ten people involved in a Department of Education scheme that defrauded the government of $450,000...

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Sex offender register moves a step closer
Sex offender register moves a step closer

July 25, 2019

REGULATIONS tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday contain a provision for the public to be notified through the Royal Bahamas Police Force of the release of a sexual offender from the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services...

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Non-profits face cash crackdown
Non-profits face cash crackdown

July 25, 2019

UNDER the Non-Profit Organisations Amendment Bill, non-profits that fail to renew registration face having financial accounts frozen and being investigated by authorities, according to Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson...

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Mitchell urges members to be on their best behaviour at convention
Mitchell urges members to be on their best behaviour at convention

July 25, 2019

AS members of the Progressive Liberal Party head into day one of their convention, PLP chairman Fred Mitchell has offered some guidance to candidates running for internal office: be careful what you say and avoid public attacks on colleagues...

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'Healthcare system is falling apart and we need a plan'
'Healthcare system is falling apart and we need a plan'

July 25, 2019

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Arinthia Komolafe has called for the government and Health Minister Dr Duane Sands to produce a "comprehensive plan" for the nation's healthcare system to ensure an improved standard of living for Bahamians...

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Wells insists Post Office is in the right place
Wells insists Post Office is in the right place

July 24, 2019

TRANSPORT Minister Renward Wells fiercely defended the Minnis administration's decision to lease the Town Centre Mall to house the General Post Office yesterday, insisting the government hid no element of the deal...

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Davis now happy to take on challengers
Davis now happy to take on challengers

July 24, 2019

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip "Brave" Davis pivoted last night from rhetoric discouraging a challenge to his leadership team at the upcoming PLP convention...

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Mueller: I did not clear Trump of obstruction of justice
Mueller: I did not clear Trump of obstruction of justice

July 24, 2019

Former Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller told lawmakers Wednesday he could not exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice and that the president's claims that he had done so in his report are not correct. "The president was not exculpated for [...]

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Near the top of Boris Johnson's in-box: Iran tanker standoff
Near the top of Boris Johnson's in-box: Iran tanker standoff

July 24, 2019

Boris Johnson's premiership will no doubt end up being judged by Brexit, but that won't come to a head just yet. Perhaps the most immediate problem in his in-tray as he enters 10 Downing Street is the continued presence of a British-flagged [...]

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The wrong message
The wrong message

July 24, 2019

At its convention this week, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) intends to amend its constitution to make the organization more democratic and to reshape its image in this post-Christie era. But at the same time, its current leadership wants to run unopposed -- a throwback [...]

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DPM: OECD peer review process for Bahamas deferred
DPM: OECD peer review process for Bahamas deferred

July 24, 2019

The peer review process planned for next month by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be deferred until The Bahamas enters into bilateral or multilateral tax treaties...

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Wells defensive about GPO deal noncommittal on tabling mall lease

July 24, 2019

Wells defensive about GPO deal; noncommittal on tabling mall lease...

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Minister noncommittal on tabling mall lease
Minister noncommittal on tabling mall lease

July 24, 2019

Minister of Transport and Local Government Renward Wells would not say yesterday if the government will make public the lease agreement it signed with the owners of the Town Centre Mall to house the General Post Office...

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