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VAT on BEC
The new value-added tax (VAT) legislation tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday would tax electricity bills, other utilities, food and private healthcare. Past incarnations of the legislation exempted many Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC)â€...
 
 
Wells and govt quiet on resignation issue
The fate of Parliamentary Secretary Renward Wells remained unclear yesterday as the embattled Bamboo Town MP refused to reveal whether he would resign over claims that he acted outside of his authority. The government has also remained silent on the...
 
 
Referendum set for November 6
Following three delays, the long-anticipated constitutional referendum will be held on November 6, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced yesterday. The referendum, which will focus on gender equality, will be separated into four questions. The Ba...
 
 
Minnis urges support for referendum
Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday Bahamians should not be discouraged from voting in the constitutional referendum set for November 6, despite the government’s decision to ignore the results of the 2013 gaming referendum. “Let m...
 
 
$3.5 mil. for tax reform effort
Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis said yesterday the government has allocated $3.5 million for its overall tax reform process, including its education campaign for value-added tax (VAT). Halkitis’ comments came after he tabled the Val...
 
 
Miller disagrees with BEC Friday disconnection plan
Although the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) said yesterday that it will resume its disconnection exercises this Friday, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said he does not support the practice and will seek to “put a stop to it”. In the...
 
 
FNM calls for transparency in BEC deal
Former Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour yesterday slammed the government over what he called a complete lack of transparency and repeated delays over the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) restructuring. Neymour said desp...
 
 
Gun traffickers get five years in prison
Two men convicted of smuggling 16 firearms and 861 rounds of ammunition were yesterday sentenced to the maximum of five years’ imprisonment. Trevis Demeritte, 38, and Patrick Rolle, 51, committed the offenses prior to a November 2011 amendment to ...
 
 
Justice tells human resources leaders to ‘treat people like people’
Addressing the July meeting and seminar of the Bahamas Human Resources Development Association (BHRDA) under the theme ‘Essential tools for an HR professional working in The Bahamas’, Justice Keith Thompson, vice president of the Industrial Tribu...
 
 
Minnis: Govt is leaderless
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis’ comments on the controversy ensnaring Parliamentary Secretary Renward Wells point to a lack of leadership in government, Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis charged yesterday. Minnis said Davis appears to ...
 
 
Protests continue at Ministry of Works
Police were called to the Ministry of Works yesterday after more than 100 employees blocked the entrance to the lobby, demanding hazard pay they claim is owed to them from 2005. Workers have been lobbying for months to get their money. Last month, ...
 
 
Woman convicted of killing boyfriend
A woman was convicted of manslaughter Tuesday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend. Prosecutors said that Halisia Chevette Smith stabbed Aldean Gibson Jr. in the neck after neighbors stopped them from fighting on May 3, 2012. Smith claimed that she w...
 
 
BTC CEO says share transfer deal concluded
Nearly six months after Prime Minister Perry Christie announced the new Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) deal, BTC CEO Leon Williams said yesterday the deal is finalized and a public announcement will be made very soon. Williams was respon...
 
 
CMO: At least 60 chikungunya cases suspected in Bahamas
Chief Medial Officer Dr. Delon Brennen said yesterday that there are two new confirmed cases of chikungunya fever in The Bahamas, bringing the total number of cases to six so far. He said a team from the Ministry of Health is currently investigating...
 
 
Williams: BTC not ready for competition
As the government undertakes the process of bringing another company into the telecommunications sector, Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) CEO Leon Williams said yesterday that BTC employees’ jobs are at risk as the company faces compe...
 
 
Former ‘Vote Yes’ coordinator disappointed with Gaming Bill
Even though the new Gaming Bill addresses the regularization of web shops, former Vote Yes coordinator Theresa Moxey-Ingraham said yesterday she cannot support the bill in its current form. Moxey-Ingraham agreed with Marco City MP Greg Moss that the...
 
 
Sentencing expected today in gun smuggling case
Two men convicted of smuggling 16 guns and 861 rounds of ammunition from Florida will be sentenced today. The penalty phase of the trial of Trevis Demeritte and Patrick Rolle was supposed to take place yesterday. However, Rolle was inadvertently not...
 
 
Atlantic Medical clients get physical
When is the last time you saw a treadmill inside a restaurant...or some dumbbells for that matter? If you were at Graycliff Restaurant for Atlantic Medical Insurance Limited’s recent launch of its Virgin Pulse campaign, chances are you did. The i...
 
 
PM honored to celebrate BNGIS 10th anniversary
Prime Minister Perry G. Christie said on July 21, 2014 that he was honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the reactivation of the Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre because when he saw that, in the late 1990s and ear...
 
 
DPM unsure if Wells acted improperly
Although The Nassau Guardian confirmed on Sunday that Prime Minister Perry Christie has asked Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works Renward Wells to resign, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said yesterday he still needed to determi...
 
 
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