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‘Up to 8,000 jobs in 2015’
Defending himself against opposition criticisms that he is delusional over his “unbridled optimism” regarding the economy, Prime Minister Perry Christie declared in the House of Assembly yesterday that between 7,500 and 8,000 new jobs will be cre...
 
 
DPM accuses Baha Mar of being uncooperative
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis yesterday charged that the Baha Mar deal was “poorly negotiated” and accused the mega resort of being uncooperative in the negotiations to settle how much the government owes Baha Mar to cover its portion ...
 
 
BAMSI building was not insured at time of fire
Minister of Works Philip Brave Davis revealed yesterday that the male dormitory at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) that was severely damaged by fire last month was not insured at the time of the blaze. It is unclear who ...
 
 
Mitchell tables immigration bill
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell yesterday tabled the Immigration Amendment Bill, which he said would bring about the “reform that many people have been asking for”. The bill would provide for the introduction of a resi...
 
 
CARICOM agriculture ministers tour BAMSI
Despite claims by the official opposition that the construction of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) had come to a halt, work on the $100 million facility was well underway yesterday. Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr...
 
 
Roberts: Minnis’ NHI position latest case of flip-flopping
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday called Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis’ announcement that his party would not support taxing Bahamians to fund National Health Insurance (NHI), his “latest s...
 
 
AG projects sharp rise in criminal cases heard this year
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday projected that 333 criminal matters could be heard this year, as she extolled the successes of the Swift Justice program. Swift Justice was reintroduced in 2012 after the Progressive Liberal Party re...
 
 
Woman charged with obstruction of justice
Amagistrate will determine today whether a woman accused of having an improper conversation with a juror will be given bail pending trial. Anishkah Colett McPhee, 52, pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstruction of justice during her arraignment be...
 
 
Anonymous witness tells of seeing man running with gun
An anonymous witness claimed that she saw a man running with a gun in his hand seconds after she heard five to six gunshots. The witness, identified only as “Alpha”, was testifying yesterday in the trial of Michelet Auguste, who is on trial for ...
 
 
BNT team gets in-depth lesson on coral reef protection
The Bahamas National Trust (BNT), the GEF Full Size Project, the Atlantis Blue Project and The Nature Conservancy all teamed up last week to train twenty-three team members in the coral reef assessment tool known as Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Asses...
 
 
Scotiabank spreads love at Willie Mae Pratt, Simpson Penn centers
Scotiabank continues to be relevant and responsive to the needs of the local community at the grassroots level. On February 21, the bank hosted “Love Fest” – a day of games, pampering and empowerment for the residents of the Willie Mae Pratt an...
 
 
FNM to reject any NHI tax
Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday his party will not support taxing Bahamians to fund National Health Insurance (NHI), which the government said it will implement in January 2016. “Already you have a 12.8 percent poverty rate,” ...
 
 
Man shot dead while at work in Bain Town
A man was shot and killed while at work off Augusta Street in Bain Town yesterday, police said. Officers responding to reports of gunshots around 2:45 p.m. found the man lying on the ground with gunshot wounds at IDS Battery and Courier Services. C...
 
 
New senator praises Minnis for ‘raising standards in politics’
Upon receiving her instruments of appointment as the Free National Movement’s (FNM) newest senator, Lanisha Rolle yesterday praised Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis as a leader who is raising the standards of politics throughout The Bahamas and ...
 
 
Williams: Further downsizing might come after competition
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) might have to downsize further after competition is introduced to the cellular market, BTC CEO Leon Williams said yesterday. After appearing on the Guardian Radio show “Connected” with Lester Cox, Wil...
 
 
PM offers condolences on passing of William Saunders
Prime Minister Perry Christie has offered condolences on the passing of businessman William “Bill” Saunders. “Mr. Saunders, who for many years was the owner and operator of Majestic Tours, was a pioneer in the tourism industry for more than 50...
 
 
Pilots convicted of drug trafficking
Two Bahamian pilots were convicted yesterday in connection with a plot to smuggle drugs from Montreal, Canada to The Bahamas. The prosecution’s case revolved around the evidence of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Eric Durante, ...
 
 
Court upholds conviction of man, 66, on sex charge
The Court of Appeal yesterday affirmed the conviction and 16-year sentence given to a 66-year-old man for having sex with a minor. This is the second time that Edward Butler, of Lyon Road, has been jailed for having sex with a young child. He was c...
 
 
Govt accommodates web shops with RFP delay
Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe yesterday admitted the requests for proposal (RFP) process that will lead to several web shops being licensed is delayed by a couple of weeks. A formal invitation to apply for web shop licenses was released in mid...
 
 
Man who allegedly tried to steal BEC copper still alive
Though Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) Executive Chairman Leslie Miller reported on Monday that the man who suffered a severe electric shock on Friday died in hospital, police said yesterday the man is still alive. He was in critical condi...
 
 
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