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Man found dead at Potter’s Cay
A man was found floating in waters at the eastern end of Potter’s Cay yesterday morning, police said. Responding officers made the discovery around 10:30 a.m. It is unclear how the man died. Police said an autopsy will be performed to confirm th...
 
 
‘Explosion’ of hires at Gaming Board
The Gaming Board was a profitable government agency up until this fiscal year when an “explosion” of hires took place before the general election, and it is now projected to lose money in the upcoming fiscal year, Minister of Tourism and Aviation...
 
 
$40 million for Bahamasair
Bahamasair, the national flag carrier, will cost taxpayers $40 million in the 2018/2019 fiscal year, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionsio D’Aguilar revealed during the budget debate on Thursday night. He noted that Bahamasair, with the assista...
 
 
Gay Gambian activist released pending asylum application
A Gambian activist who is seeking political asylum yesterday won a lawsuit against the government over his detention for the past 18 months. Ousman Bojang, who fled his country due to political persecution, came to Nassau through Cuba on a tourist v...
 
 
Prosecution closes in tourist rape case
The prosecution yesterday closed its case against two men accused of the rape of an American tourist when she was a minor. Dino Bethel, a former employee at Comfort Suites, and his friend Parron Knowles have denied a charge of unlawful sexual inte...
 
 
NAD board shoots down firing claims
Nassau Airport Development (NAD) Company Board Chairman Anthony McKinney today denied that the board was fired despite an assertion from Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar that it had been summarily dismissed for “acting improperly”. In his c...
 
 
Over $1 million for culture consultant
A vendor took home $1 million for consulting on culture for the Ministry of Tourism, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar revealed yesterday during the budget debate. D'Aguilar said since assuming office he has commenced a review of a...
 
 
NAD’s board fired for writing off huge chunk of tenant’s debt
The entire board of the Nassau Airport Development (NAD) Company was summarily dismissed after it was revealed that it wrote off a third of the $3.3 million debt a politically connected tenant of Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) accumulat...
 
 
Most students fail English, maths
Highlighting the country’s failing education system, Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd pointed out yesterday that 65 percent of students failed the BGCSE English exam in 2015. That same year, he said, 75 percent of students failed the BGCSE math...
 
 
Frayed nerves during island-wide power cut
In some areas of New Providence yesterday, the buzzing sound of generators filled the air while cars were left in bumper-to-bumper traffic due to inoperable lights, and families sat under trees and on porches seeking refuge from the sweltering heat a...
 
 
Teachers promised payment
Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday the government will pay teachers the more than $3.5 million owed to them, as he lamented the Christie administration’s employment practices in the Ministry of Education. “We have a problem of me...
 
 
ORG calls for FOIA amendments
Several civil society organizations and private industry groups yesterday called on the Minnis administration to amend and quickly enact the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) passed under the Christie administration. “Following remarks from the at...
 
 
PMH saw 1,200 assault cases last year
For the period 2012 to 2016, the Accident and Emergency Department at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) managed almost 8,000 (7,935) assault cases; 1,300 (1,229) stabbing cases and 1,100 (1,078) gunshot wounds. “To bring it home for the Bahamian pe...
 
 
PM outlines plans for BAMSI
The government’s plans for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) will enable the Andros facility to focus on the production of select quality products for local and export markets, according to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minni...
 
 
Minnis pledges to revitalize Nassau, boost tourism
Highlighting that more diversification is needed in the tourism industry, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis promised to revitalize Nassau and construct a native food market Over-the-Hill as part of his strategic plan to boost the economy and promote c...
 
 
A picture of waste
The Christie administration executed over $90 million worth of medical-related contracts — one of which was for the cleaning of an Abaco clinic that was closed — just two weeks before the 2017 general election, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands ...
 
 
$14 mil. in clinic contracts for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands yesterday revealed that Former Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis awarded contracts totalling $14 million for clinics in his sparsely populated constituency in the days leading up to the election. Sands, who ...
 
 
Davis: Baha Mar on track
Baha Mar President Graeme Davis said yesterday despite the property’s occupancy reportedly being under 25 percent, the mega resort is “where we want to be” and is ramping up quickly. “If you’re reading the paper on our occupancy, that was,...
 
 
‘Lucrative’ contracts for NHI consultants
The Christie administration spent $14 million on consultants for its National Health Insurance (NHI) program, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands revealed yesterday as he outlined the direction the Minnis administration will take with the universal ...
 
 
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...
 
 
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