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DPM: Finance investigation ongoing
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest yesterday confirmed that an investigation into missing funds at the Ministry of Finance is ongoing and the attorney general is reviewing the matter. Turnquest was asked for an update on t...
 
 
Two on rape charges
Police yesterday charged two men in connection with the alleged rapes of two visitors in separate incidents. An American who was vacationing at Atlantis with his wife is accused of the sexual assault of an American woman near the Ocean Club resort o...
 
 
PM renews anti-corruption pledge
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday many potential business owners are discouraged from establishing their companies in The Bahamas as a result of corruption, as he explained how the government plans to improve the ease of doing business ...
 
 
Healthcare upgrades ongoing, Sands says
Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands yesterday announced several initiatives from the government to improve infrastructure in the public health service throughout the country. During his contribution to the 2017/2018 budget debate, Sands said Prime Mi...
 
 
Appeals court upholds murder conviction
The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the conviction and sentence of a man who murdered his ex-girlfriend after a row over access to their daughter. John Adderley, 43, was sentenced to 28 years and eight months for the January 9, 2011, shooting death...
 
 
Govt commits to clearing shantytowns
Minister of State for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson has pledged that the Minnis administration will crack down on illegal dwellings in The Bahamas by enforcing existing laws. Johnson, the Yamacraw MP, said the government can no longer pretend these...
 
 
Johnson warns MPs to be accountable
Minister of State for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson yesterday warned parliamentarians to be accountable with their constituency allowance of $100,000 and said he and the attorney general are prepared to act against those who abuse public funds. Joh...
 
 
Henfield: Foreign Affairs to curtail spending on trips
Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield said yesterday his ministry will be restructured to ensure unnecessary spending, particularly on travel, is curtailed. Henfield said in an effort to save the Bahamian people money, given the fiscal constra...
 
 
Govt pledges anti-corruption commission early in term
The government will introduce anti-corruption legislation which would establish an anti-corruption commission after Parliament reconvenes following its summer break, the prime minister’s Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday. Newbold said...
 
 
Mother of alleged tourist rape victim testifies
An alleged rape victim’s mother said her daughter could barely keep her eyes open when she saw her. The woman was testifying Wednesday at the unlawful sexual intercourse trial of former Comfort Suites employee Dino Bethel and his friend Parron K...
 
 
Sands sounds alarm on country’s overall health
Though The Bahamas performs exceptionally well in tourism, finance and sports internationally, it “leads in ways that are destructive to the fabric of our social and economic well-being”, said Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands as he pointed to s...
 
 
Turnquest: Budget allocations could be adjusted soon
Amid some criticism that the government accused the Christie administration of excessive spending, but has put forward a budget for 2017/2018 without significant budget cuts, Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday that the government coul...
 
 
Sands: $90 mil in health contracts two weeks before election
Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands today painted a picture of waste in the midst of a government cash crisis weeks before the May 10 general election. As he contributed to the budget debate in the House of Assembly, Sands said he is ashamed by the f...
 
 
American, Bahamian charged with rape in separate matters
An American man vacationing in The Bahamas with his family has been remanded to prison after being charged with rape. Steve Resnick, 46, of Newark, Delaware, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Arnold Forbes today. He was charged with the June...
 
 
Govt left with big bill in STB case
Attorney Fred Smith yesterday rejected Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis’ assertion that the government is withdrawing the appeal of a landmark Supreme Court ruling involving former Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald as “payback” for Sm...
 
 
American tourist claims she was drugged, then raped
An American tourist who claimed that she was raped by a hotel employee and his friend, “appeared out of it”, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday. Dino Bethel and Parron Knowles are on trial before Senior Supreme Court Justice Stephen Isaacs in ...
 
 
Sands: NHI to be made clear
As the public seeks answers as to the way forward with National Health Insurance (NHI), Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said yesterday he intends to make the government’s plans abundantly clear today during his contribution to the budget debate....
 
 
Bell: NIA decision wrong move
Former Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell said yesterday the decision of the government to disband the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) was not a good move. Minister of National Security Marvin Dames announced in the House of Assem...
 
 
Ministries ‘stepping up’ water sports monitoring
Acknowledging that “more must be done” to implement stronger management of the water sports industry in The Bahamas, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation said yesterday efforts will be “stepped up” to see that tourists can enjoy their stay sa...
 
 
$20 million planned for employment projects
The Minnis administration has projected it will spend $60 million on “special employment projects” in the next three years, according to the 2017/2018 budget. In 2015/2016, the Christie administration spent $7.5 million on special employment pro...
 
 
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