TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said now that the seeds have been planted for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival to grow and become a premier cultural festival, the opening of Baha Mar and other hotels are critical if they expect to have more visitors come for the event.
DATA protection legislation must be updated if the newly released draft Freedom of Information Bill is implemented in its current form, according to acting Data Commissioner Sharmie Farrington-Austin.
THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association yesterday pledged to challenge the constitutionality of the government’s new immigration legislation to establish the Belonger’s permit.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney said it should be mandatory for members of Parliament to provide a breakdown to the House of Assembly of constituency expenditure, as many of them are inactive in their elected areas.
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest sought to minimise scathing criticism about the party’s leadership which came from former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson, insisting yesterday that the FNM has “tolerance” for “dissension”.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett touted the merits of a compendium of petroleum bills that he said will protect the economic and environmental safety interests of Bahamians as the country looks ahead to likely oil exploration activities.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest questioned yesterday why the Festival Commission would be “reimbursing vendors” for losses they suffered during Junkanoo Carnival since the event was hailed as a “success” by the government.
NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage said yesterday that he could not speak to the proposed constitutional referendum’s timeline as he reassured Bahamians that the government has not abandoned the idea.
HOUSE of Assembly Speaker Dr Kendal Major yesterday urged Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Perry Christie to “have mercy” on parliamentarians by considering raising their constituency allowance.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that he “fervently” hopes to soon see a resolution to a dispute that has delayed the Baha Mar project.
MORE than 4,000 residents of New Providence are now part of the Department of Social Services’ modernised food assistance programme.
THE new Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill 2015 removes ministerial veto power over disclosures and sets out guidelines for the appointment of an independent Information Commissioner.
AN ESTIMATED total of 90,000 people attended this month’s inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival events in New Providence, according to official police statistics.
THE section of Exempt records in the new Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill 2015 released yesterday that was most expanded related to law enforcement.
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday urged the Christie administration to amend the law to stop island administrators from presiding over serious court matters.