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Downgraded
True to its word, Moody’s Investors Service yesterday downgraded The Bahamas’ sovereign credit rating following a review initiated in July. The ratings agency lowered the bond and issuer ratings of the government of The Bahamas one notch, to Baa...
 
 
4 Zika cases confirmed, dozens more suspected
Health officials yesterday confirmed four cases of Zika in New Providence. Of the 83 suspected cases found throughout The Bahamas, officials say eight are pregnant women. “On the 10 of August, the first case was reported,” said Health Minister ...
 
 
Baha Mar agreement, but PM gives few details
Prime Minister Perry Christie announced last night that the government and the Export-Import Bank of China have signed an agreement that was approved by the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon that will see the derailed Baha Mar project completed, sold...
 
 
Global tender for NHI, but details still sketchy
As the government issued a global tender yesterday for a company to run its public insurer for National Health Insurance (NHI), there remained uncertainty surrounding the timeline for NHI and whether the government will be able to constitute a public...
 
 
Former Sandals workers sit exam, reapply for jobs
Latoysa Walkes worked at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort for 18 years before she was sent home a week ago as part of a mass redundancy exercise officials said was necessary as the Cable Beach property embarked on crucially needed renovations. Walkes h...
 
 
AG nolles three cases
Three backlogged cases were concluded without a trial yesterday. Prosecutor Randolph Dames presented Acting Supreme Court Justice Joyann Ferguson-Pratt directives to discontinue the matters against three men who had been committed to stand trial i...
 
 
Teen accused of armed robbery granted bail
A 16-year-old boy accused of armed robbery could resume school if his family can meet the requirements of his $10,000 bail. Acting Supreme Court Justice Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday placed a 10 p.m. curfew on the suspect and ordered him to report...
 
 
Minnis wants Sandals workers rehired
Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis is calling on Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort to rehire all of the workers it made redundant last week when it reopens in October and “immediately re-engage with the Bahamas Hotel Maintenance and ...
 
 
Four Zika cases confirmed in Bahamas
Health officials said today that four cases of Zika infection in total have been confirmed on New Providence. Officials said there are 83 suspected cases. Of that group, eight are pregnant women. Minister of Health Dr. Perry Gomez said, “This is ...
 
 
Grant bows out
Central Grand Bahama MP Neko Grant announced on the weekend that he will not seek re-nomination, and decried the state of the Free National Movement (FNM) under the leadership of Dr. Hubert Minnis. “Our party is in disarray,” Grant told The Nass...
 
 
Bronze for The Bahamas
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – A bronze medal from the men at the highest level of sports in the world closed out an up and down Olympics for The Bahamas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The men’s 4x400 meters (m) relay has been a pillar of strength for the...
 
 
Sands: Resignation a non-issue
Free National Movement (FNM) Senator Dr. Duane Sands said yesterday “it is not an issue within the FNM” whether he will offer his resignation from the Senate. Prior to the recent FNM convention, Sands said he would offer his resignation from the...
 
 
Human rights group claims Marathon residents may still be at risk
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) claimed yesterday that dozens of people who live near the Rubis gas station on Robinson Road and Old Trail Road have yet to be switched from well water to city water despite ground contamination conce...
 
 
Cocaine seized at LPIA
A Bahamian man was being questioned yesterday in connection with 51 kilos of cocaine discovered at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), police said. Authorities found the drugs in two large suitcases on board a chartered aircraft that lande...
 
 
Zika fears among pregnant women, others
The recent announcement by health officials that the first case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in The Bahamas has some Bahamian women and their husbands and partners nervous as the virus is linked to birth defects. Alayna Dorsett, 27, is five ...
 
 
2,200 illegal migrants picked up in first six months of year
More than 2,200 illegal migrants were arrested between January 1 and June 31, 2016, according to data obtained by The Nassau Guardian. According to the data, 1,685 or 76 percent of those migrants were Haitian – 1,123 men, 384 women and 140 childre...
 
 
Gibson: Job fair very suspicious
Minister of Labour Shane Gibson said yesterday it is “very suspicious” of Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort to host a job fair beginning on Monday, a week after making more than 600 workers redundant as the hotel closed for renovations. “Sandals s...
 
 
Miller not fit enough to run relay heats
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Shaunae Miller’s surge across the finish line in the women’s 400 meters (m) on Monday night might have won a gold medal for the country, but it also might have taken away another medal. According to reports, Miller wasn...
 
 
Haitians hold 36% of work permits
Haitians accounted for 36 percent of the work permit holders in The Bahamas in 2015, according to data released by the Department of Statistics yesterday, which provides a breakdown of foreign labor for that period. A total of 9,208 work permit...
 
 
Halkitis says he did nothing untoward in LOI matter
Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis said yesterday that there was nothing untoward on his part when he wrote the country representative for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) more than two years ago about the waste-to-energy project...
 
 
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