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Haitian man pleads guilty to drug charges
The absence of a Haitian Creole interpreter delayed a drug case yesterday. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt postponed sentencing for Innovil Pierre, a 46-year-old Haitian national, who on Friday admitted charges of conspiracy to possess cocain...
 
 
Shaunae Miller-Uibo snags the bronze
Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo captured the bronze medal in the women’s 200 meters (m) today at the 16th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, in London, England. Miller-Uibo crossed the line in 22....
 
 
Unemployment rate drops
The national unemployment rate dropped by 1.7 percent, from 11.6 percent in October 2016 to 9.9 percent in April, according to the Department of Statistics. The results, which were released today, provide information on the labor force during the ...
 
 
Dame Joan blasts Ellis and Gomez
Former Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer yesterday accused Retired Anglican Archbishop Drexel Gomez and Senior Pastor of Mount Tabor Baptist Church Bishop Neil Ellis of seeking to divide The Bahamas. She charged that the two clergymen are n...
 
 
‘Anti-corruption efforts will improve country’s reputation’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield yesterday dismissed Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis’ concerns about The Bahamas’ reputation following the arrests and subsequent arraignments of three former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) parliam...
 
 
Lloyd: PLP govt gave select group school contracts
Repairs have not begun on a third of public schools that are in need of such work, according to Education Minister Jeff Lloyd. However, the minister assured that all repairs will be completed on time for the start of the new school year. He said a ...
 
 
Maynard defends PowerSecure
Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) President Paul Maynard said yesterday PowerSecure, the U.S. company that manages Bahamas Power and Light (BPL), was deserving of the $1.1 million performance bonus it was awarded by the Christie administration....
 
 
Major insists carnival spending justified
Former Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Thompson’s suggestion that the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) has questions to answer over its spending on the three Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival events in the last three years is not supported...
 
 
Mitchell: Public service verification exercise farcical
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Senator Fred Mitchell yesterday called on the government to rethink its “farcical” employee verification exercise. Mitchell said it is “ridiculous and laughable” to expect Governor General Dame Marguerite Pind...
 
 
Tough life for mother of seven on unemployment line
Tredia Johnson has not had a job in four years. Johnson, a 32-year-old mother of seven, admitted that some nights she has to go to bed hungry because she doesn’t have enough money. “As long as I make sure my children eat, I don’t mind going h...
 
 
Great Commission Ministries calls for help
Great Commission Ministries (GCM) has been “stagnant” for over two years and has been seeing a decline in donations for over a decade, its management team has said.The non-profit organization, which provides food and shelter for the poor, is in d...
 
 
BPL CEO says bonus justified
Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) CEO Pamela Hill insisted yesterday that PowerSecure was deserving of the $1.1 million performance bonus it was awarded by the Christie administration because under BPL there has been an increase in reliable power. “We...
 
 
Death threats against ministers are real
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, Attorney General Carl Bethel, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames and Minister of Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson have received death threats, The Nassau Guardian can confirm. They have reportedly received ext...
 
 
Minnis pledges to take politics out of public service
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday pledged to take “politics out the public service” and warned his Cabinet and parliamentary colleagues that their job is to shape policy and not politically micro-manage their respective ministries and de...
 
 
More tourism jobs to go
Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar revealed yesterday that more job cuts are to be made in the Ministry of Tourism. Though he did not say when the cuts will come, or how many people will go, D’Aguilar assured the cuts won’t be severe. “...
 
 
Govt employee verification process ‘going well’
As hundreds of civil servants lined up at government employee verification centers yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said despite a few “kinks” the government is satisfied with the process thus far. Turnque...
 
 
Sentencing hearing for man who killed coach
A man who admitted killing banker and volleyball coach Devince Smith over an alleged unwanted sexual advance deserves leniency, according to his lawyer. At a sentencing hearing for Lamar Albury before Senior Justice Vera Watkins yesterday, attorney ...
 
 
Crown drops murder charge
The prosecution yesterday discontinued a murder charge against Edlin Severe, one week after a jury was empaneled to determine his guilt or innocence. The move followed days of legal discussions in the absence of the 12-member jury. As Severe was no...
 
 
Parker-Edgecombe: ZNS, BIS won’t serve ‘propaganda’
Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Communication in the Office of the Prime Minister Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe assured yesterday that neither the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas nor Bahamas Information Services will be used for propag...
 
 
Survey of Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park conducted
A team of scientists recently completed the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) annual survey of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. The team assessed the health and biodiversity of reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds at 10 sites within the park and two o...
 
 
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