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Turnquest: Nat’l lottery worth a second look
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest thinks the introduction of a national lottery in The Bahamas is worth a serious look. Turnquest was asked his thoughts on a national lottery last week. “It is hard not to answer that q...
 
 
Davis to give nat’l address
Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis is expected to make a national address tonight. Davis’ address comes on the heels of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ first national address, which was televised last week. Davis will likely respond further...
 
 
Police report apparent drowning
The body of a man was found in waters off West Bay Street shortly after 6:30 a.m. yesterday, police said. Police were notified of the body floating in waters near the Sand Trap. The body was brought to shore, where the man was pronounced dead. Pol...
 
 
‘Gaming industry review needed’
The 10-year moratorium which prevents the government from even considering expanding the webshop industry beyond a maximum of eight operators is an “anti competitive” policy which impedes Bahamians aspiring to enter the webshop sector, according ...
 
 
Man killed off Saxon’s Way
Authorities discovered the body of a man with gunshot wounds through a track road off Saxon’s Way, Mason’s Addition yesterday around 1 a.m. Details on the incident were limited. Police appealed to the public to come forward with any information...
 
 
Mitchell: PM under-prepared for governance
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Senator Fred Mitchell said yesterday that he is concerned that Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis’ televised national address on Wednesday night “appeared to be woefully inadequate” and he seemed “under-prepared ...
 
 
Man admits to fraud charge
A 44-year-old man yesterday pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud by false pretenses. Renaud Bethel, of St Vincent Road, admitted that he dishonestly received $2,500 from Kevin Neely between February 2015 and February 8, 2017. Bethel was arraigned ...
 
 
Goodman sentencing delayed
The penalty phase of the Kofhe Goodman murder trial was delayed yesterday because the psychiatric report was not ready. The report is a necessary component of the sentencing hearing because the prosecution is seeking the death penalty for the 2011 m...
 
 
Dames: No tit for tat
Amid heavy criticism from members of the Official Opposition, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said he is “confused” that people may imply that the arrests of former parliamentarians have to do with their political affiliation as he insist...
 
 
‘Austerity could trigger recession’
Insisting that the first national address by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis shows the government has no economic growth plan for the country, Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis charged yesterday that the absence of such a plan, coupled with auste...
 
 
DPM: Budget cuts won’t impact necessary services
The government’s decision to cut the budgets of its ministries by 10 percent is not intended to impact necessary services, but target wasteful spending, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday. “We will ask o...
 
 
Turnquest: BPL service inadequate
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday that Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) is providing “inadequate” service to the Bahamian people and said it left a “bad taste” to see the company rewarded a $1.1. millio...
 
 
Shark attacks tourist
A woman from Switzerland was attacked by a shark in waters near Rose Island shortly after noon yesterday, police said. According to Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean, the woman was on a private snorkeling trip when she was attacke...
 
 
1,700 homes still damaged from Matthew
Nine months after the passing of Hurricane Matthew, nearly 2,000 homes have still not been repaired, according to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Captain Stephen Russell. Noting that initially near 5,000 homes were impacted by t...
 
 
Govt eying service fee for trash pickups
The government is looking to introduce service fees for garbage collection on New Providence, according to Minister of State for Finance Peter Turnquest. “Garbage continues to be free for private residences, yet we have a crisis at the landfill an...
 
 
Call for govt to abandon capital punishment
The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) is asking that the government back away from its pledge to enforce capital punishment, as it said, “The Bahamas must always be seen to affirm the maxim that all life is sacred.” The group also su...
 
 
Symonette says plans being formed to lessen illegal migration
Following the fourth interception of an illegal vessel by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) in the space of one month, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette said yesterday the government is currently working on several plans to combat the inflo...
 
 
Inquest into boating death begins
A five-member coroner’s jury yesterday began probing the circumstances surrounding the death of Christopher Turnquest, who was dismembered when the 16-foot boat he was on was rammed by a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) patrol vessel. Before tes...
 
 
D’Aguilar: 10 percent budget cut doable
As the government plans to cut the expenditure of its ministries by 10 percent and institute a hiring freeze, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D'Aguilar said yesterday that while it has been “politically expedient” to hire large numbers of people in ...
 
 
PM reveals budget cuts
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced last night that the government will cut the expenditure of its various ministries by 10 percent, institute a hiring freeze and not renew any contracts for emoluments that exceed $100,000 a year. Minnis also...
 
 
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