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Speaker wants to make PM answer questions
Speaker wants to make PM answer questions

March 04, 2021

House Speaker Halson Moultrie said yesterday that he is minded to introduce in the House of Assembly a prime minister's question time where the prime minister will be obligated to answer questions put to him by any member of Parliament. However, it is unclear what provision in law or in the House rules Moultrie can..

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Dames says more than 12,000 new voters added to the register since 2017

March 04, 2021

More than 12,000 new voters were added to the voters register since 2017, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday. "As of March 2nd, 2021, after purging, there are 187,640 registered persons, which reflects a 6,097 increase or three percent increase of registrants from the 2017 register," Dames said during the debate of the mid-year budget. ...
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On the ground in Andros, mixed views on Forbes' decision
On the ground in Andros, mixed views on Forbes' decision

March 04, 2021

Mangrove Cay and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes was a “lousy MP” and it is time for the constituency to see a change, Karis Rolle-Davis, a resident of Calabash Bay, said yesterday.

But other residents said Forbes did his best and was at the mercy of successive administrations, which did little for the constituency.

Forbes announced on Monday that he will not run in the next election.

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Abaco man is the latest to die from COVID-19

March 04, 2021

A 58-year-old from Abaco is the latest person to die from COVID-19 in The Bahamas, the Ministry of Health reported.

In it’s daily dashboard, the ministry said the latest victim died on March 1.

The total number of COVID deaths in The Bahamas now stands at 181.

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Dames says police seeing success from ShotSpotter system

March 04, 2021

Of the more than 1,000 gunshot reports responded to by police in 2020, 44 percent of them were detected by ShotSpotter, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday. "Our investment is reaping dividends by aiding in the quick response of officers to reported gunshot incidents," he said during debate of the mid-year budget. "In ...
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Goodman seeking permission to appeal conviction

March 04, 2021

The Court of Appeal will on Friday continue to hear arguments on whether convicted child killer Kofhe Goodman should be granted permission to appeal. Goodman, otherwise known as Eduardo Ferguson, was convicted of the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer following a second trial in May 2017. The schoolboy went missing after leaving his mom's Brougham ...
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Picewell Forbes deserved better

March 04, 2021

I am saddened by the seemingly shoddy manner in which the Mangrove Cay, Central and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes has been treated by the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) top brass.

Like Mr. Forbes, I was under the impression that his renomination for his South Andros constituency would’ve been automatic, as was assured in 2020, amid rumors that Monique Pindling, daughter of Sir Lynden Pindling, was canvassing the South Andros community with the aim at getting the nomination.

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We need to act now to protect Caribbean children and young people

March 04, 2021

We, Caribbean Pediatricians supported by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition community, are deeply concerned about the health and wellness of our region's children and young people. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the lives of our children and young people have been turned upside down; the way that they learn, socialize, play, eat, move and ...
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IDB: Bahamas has weak public financial management system
IDB: Bahamas has weak public financial management system

March 04, 2021

A just released analysis by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has highlighted what the bank has called weaknesses in The Bahamas’ fiscal policies, governance, institutions, rules and processes, public financial management processes and public financial management.

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Extended stay visa program attracts 61 applicants so far
Extended stay visa program attracts 61 applicants so far

March 04, 2021

The government’s highly touted extended stay visa program, which was a recommendation of the Economic Recovery Committee to inject up to $30 million into the struggling COVID-19 economy, has only attracted 61 applicants, Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration Elsworth Johnson revealed yesterday.

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Dead Letter. Minnis at the time gave them three weeks in which to file
Dead Letter. Minnis at the time gave them three weeks in which to file

March 03, 2021

After assuming office in 2017, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis sent a message that he was serious about exposing those parliamentarians — former and current — who failed to file their financial disclosures during the last term as required by law.

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Disdain, disrespect disregard

March 03, 2021

As the Minnis administration gets further into its term in office, political arrogance is growing and there are increasing signs that Bahamians are being treated with disdain, disrespect and disregard. Oftentimes, while in opposition, politicians use the trite declarations, "I will work for you. I will be a servant of the people. You will be ...
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Left to die on the political vine
Left to die on the political vine

March 03, 2021

In recent weeks, developments related to the governing Free National Movement have made the FNM appear unstable and chaotic, but it was the announcement by Mangrove Cay and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes in Parliament on Monday that he is no longer seeking a nomination from the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) that attracted interest.

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Davis: Forbes' spot was never in doubt

March 03, 2021

Although Mangrove Cay and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes told reporters that his decision not to run in the next election was due to uncertainty over his renomination and a lack of support on the ground from the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that Forbes' nomination ...
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D'Aguilar hopeful tourism will rebound

March 03, 2021

After more than 100 employees were made redundant at Baha Mar, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D'Aguilar said yesterday that things will get better in the tourism industry saying that he believes the country will have a "robust Christmas" season. "There are going to ebbs and flows in the hotel sector," he said. "At the same ...
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Monique Pindling says PLP rejected her

March 03, 2021

The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) does not want Monique Pindling on its ticket for the next general election because of the negativity associated with her father's legacy, Pindling, the youngest daughter of former prime minister the late Sir Lynden Pindling, charged yesterday. But PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday denied the assertion. After months of ...
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Parker-Edgecombe named minister of state for disaster preparedness

March 03, 2021

West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe will serve as minister of state for disaster preparedness, management and reconstruction, replacing Iram Lewis, who was last week appointed minister of youth, sports and culture. Parker-Edgecombe will be the only woman in Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis' Cabinet following the resignation of Seabreeze MP Lanisha Rolle ...
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Scott: Up to 60 employees will return to work when Grand Lucayan reopens

March 03, 2021

Lucayan Renewal Holdings Chairman Michael Scott, QC, said yesterday that between 50 and 60 employees will return to work when the Grand Lucayan resort on Grand Bahama reopens later this month. The resort is slated to reopen on March 25. It was initially set to open on February 1 after being closed in March 2020 ahead of ...
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Bahamas' luxury tourism market doing well, minister says
Bahamas' luxury tourism market doing well, minister says

March 03, 2021

While the COVID-19 pandemic has, for the most part, devastated the tourism industry, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday that the luxury tourism industry in The Bahamas has been doing well despite the situation at hand.

D’Aguilar said some high-end hotels said that business was better at the end of 2020 than the same period in 2019.

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Pedophile drops appeal gets five months credit on sentence

March 03, 2021

A pedophile has abandoned his appeal. After consulting with his lawyer, Stanley Rolle, Fred Williams, 47, decided to drop his challenge to his February 2019 conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old boy. The age of consent for same-sex relationships is 18. However, the Court of Appeal gave Williams credit for the five months ...
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