Archive | June, 2018

“VAT Increase Heartless”

Opposition Senator Doctor Michael Darville says Progressive Liberal Party Senators will not support the 60 percent increase in Value Added Tax (VAT).   The senator, argued that the increase was “unacceptable, disgraceful, heartless and certainly cannot be afforded at this time.” He urged the government to stop being lazy administrators of the public purse and […]

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Foulkes: Shantytowns In Decline

Since the Shantytown Audit, the number of shantytowns in New Providence has been lowered to ten, as one has already been destroyed, forcing its residents to relocate.  According to the Head of the Shantytown Committee,  Senator Dion Foulkes, contrary to popular beliefs, non-Bahamians are not the only ones who call these  inhumane, unregulated communities home.  […]

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Gov’t To Focus On Fixed election dates

Attorney General  Carl Bethel indicated in his 2018/2019 budget contribution in the Senate that the idea of having fixed election dates  is still very much the focus of the  government. The Attorney General continued to push the whole idea of having fixed election dates as promised by the government on the campaign trail, but there […]

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Officials Working to Rid Prison of Rogue Officers

National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday that while the vast majority of law enforcement officers may be committed to serving the country, there are still errant officers hell-bent on undermining the system at any cost.  Prison officials plan to beef up raids at the Department of Correctional Services in the wake of a stabbing […]

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Increase in generator sales

Several businesses are reporting a jump in purchases for residential generators. Having been left in the dark one too many times over the summer and during hurricane seasons, Bahamians seem to not be taking any chances this time around. Bahamas Welding and Fire Assistant Sales and Marketing Manager, Mavis Duncombe said sales have increased by […]

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Bahamians Ready For Sacrifices

Bahamians have accepted that the 4.5 per cent increase in Value Added Tax will take some adjustments and sacrifices. Rather than asking what people think about VAT,  The Journal interviewed  several persons on plans to make lifestyle adjustments.  Quincy Pratt is a 48-year-old cab drive, and like many others, he  will  readjust his lifestyle when […]

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BAM To Coordinate Silicon African Film Festival

The Bahamas Artist Movement (BAM) has been elected the regional coordinators for the 9th annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival held under the theme Africa through the African lens.  BAM is owned and ran by Rowena and Ronald Sutherland and aims to give Bahamian youth the opportunity to cultivate their love, passion and talents for performing arts through coaching and training of its drama studio program. […]

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Minister Calls for Physical Fitness Standards in Law Enforcement

Law enforcement agencies are looking to tighten up their image as National Security Minister Marvin Dames expressed a need for physical fitness standards across the board.  While the Royal Bahamas Defense Force already has a standard, Mr. Dames said that the commissioner of police is looking to introduce the same after releasing the 105 recruits […]

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Juvenile Arraigned for Murder

 A 17-year-old male of Periwinkle Avenue, off Kemp Road stood before magistrate Koschina Marshall yesterday at 2pm. He was charged with unlawful harm and the intentional cause of death of Michael Johnson  on Homestead Street on June 4th  this year.   Johnson was shot shortly  while standing outside his home, when a dark coloured jeep […]

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VAT Increase Gets Mixed Views

The topic of the increase in  Value Added Tax (VAT)  has been  discussed throughout the country  since the day the  2018/2019 national  budget was first introduced to the Bahamian public. Members of the public  interviewed by this Journal  have given  mixed  reactions  to the increase.  While  everyone  offered different views,  some people were expecting the […]

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