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NHI ‘a risk to our way of life’
Bahamas Insurance Association Chairman Emmanuel Komolafe said yesterday that National Health Insurance (NHI) could “risk our way of life and/or the economy” if it is not implemented properly by the government. Komolafe, the chairman of the BIA...
 
 
Minnis blasts NHI, mortgage relief plans
Following Prime Minister Perry Christie’s pledge to refocus on the government’s failed mortgage relief plan and push forward with National Health Insurance (NHI), Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis has dismissed those statements as attempts to g...
 
 
Bell: Govt still committed to sex offenders register
Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell said the government is still committed to introducing a sex offenders register. It’s been nearly a year and a half since Parliament passed amendments to the Sexual Offences Act. Bell said the gov...
 
 
Man shot, killed off Baillou Hill Road
A man was shot to death on Bias Street, off Baillou Hill Road on Thursday night, marking the 56th murder for the year. Preliminary reports indicate that the man, who police identified as Marco Newbold, 20, of West Street, was walking on the road aro...
 
 
Cancer Society to host telethon
The Cancer Society of The Bahamas will host the first national live telethon this Sunday to raise funds for the Cancer Caring Centre. The event will be held in the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will start the organization...
 
 
Justice stays commital proceedings against attorneys
A judge on Friday stayed committal proceedings against two attorneys who were found in contempt of court last December. Attorneys Derek Ryan and Keod Smith were ordered to appear before Justice Rhonda Bain yesterday to give reasons why they should n...
 
 
Man pleads not guilty to charge of murdering mother
A man accused of murdering his mother pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment before the Supreme Court yesterday. Jerome Butler, 56, appeared before Justice Bernard Turner in relation to the death of his mother, Princess Butler, on Febru...
 
 
Sentencing delayed for man convicted of abetment to murder
The sentencing hearing for a man convicted of abetting the murder of the teenage son of convicted drug traffickers Dwight and Keva Major has been adjourned to June 11. Justice Bernard Turner was expected to sentence Kervin Neely yesterday for his pa...
 
 
‘FNM leadership will not change’
The current leadership team of the Free National Movement (FNM) will lead the party into the 2017 general election, FNM Chairman Michael Pintard declared yesterday. Pintard made the statement amid widespread discussions about the state of the party...
 
 
Christian Council president says NHI tax a bad idea
Just over five months following the introduction of value-added tax (VAT), Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) President Dr. Ranford Patterson said VAT is "killing Bahamians" and suggested that the implementation of any tax associated with National Healt...
 
 
Lightbourn calls on AG to make Gray report public
Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn is calling for the attorney general to make public the police file turned in after their investigation into allegations MICAL MP V. Alfred Gray interfered in a judicial matter in his constituency on March 19. Following ...
 
 
Carnival payments ‘still being processed’
The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) is still processing outstanding payments for people who worked during Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. In a statement, the commission said it mobilized hundreds of Bahamians during the festival to provide an...
 
 
BEC staff told no ‘large purchases’ ahead of new management deal
Weeks after he expressed concern that there may be job losses at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) as a result of the management deal, Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard said yesterday BEC management sought to ease...
 
 
Govt commissions study on mold in police stations
Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell said yesterday the Ministry of Health is conducting a review of the police stations that were alleged to have mold. The Nassau Guardian reported on April 27 that in 2013, remediation experts found t...
 
 
Two arraigned for endangering life of police
Two men police say were arrested following a confrontation with police over the weekend were arraigned yesterday on five counts of firearm possession with intent to endanger life and possession of an assault rifle. Wendel Fleurena, 21, of Fort Finca...
 
 
Students graduate from YEA environmental program
Friends and family members filled the halls of Wallace Groves Auditorium of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School to cheer on just under 30 students as they walked across the stage as certified leaders and environmentalists graduating from the...
 
 
FNM chairman ‘talking nonsense’
Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Michael Pintard said yesterday former Cabinet minister Frank Watson has never raised any of his concerns regarding the party’s leadership internally, but Watson said Pintard is “out of the loop” and “talk...
 
 
PM in another round of talks with Baha Mar
Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday he "firmly hopes" that there will be a conclusion soon regarding outstanding issues between the developers of Baha Mar and its lead contractor. Christie said he intended to meet with Baha Mar Senior Vice ...
 
 
Up to 150 Baha Mar workers assigned to Urban Renewal
Urban Renewal Commission Co-chair Algernon Allen confirmed yesterday that up to 150 Baha Mar employees will begin working with the Urban Renewal Programme as early as next week. “I have been reliably informed by senior police officers within the U...
 
 
Nottage: Gender equality referendum not abandoned
National Security Minister Dr. Bernard Nottage said yesterday the government has not abandoned the referendum on gender equality, but he could not say when it will take place. Prime Minister Perry Christie, who also responded to questions on the ref...
 
 
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