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Obie Wilchcombe remains a sad link to the failures of the Christie era
Obie Wilchcombe remains a sad link to the failures of the Christie era

April 21, 2021

Today, Obie Wilchcombe remains a sad link to the failures of the Christie era. It was an administration beset by scandal after scandal, one that demonstrated no commitment to transparency and accountability and one that showed a general disregard for the wishes of the electorate and disrespected Bahamians on multiple levels.

Under Wilchcombe’s watch as tourism minister, the disastrous Fyre Festival unfolded, causing significant economic losses to Exumians and grave embarrassment to the country.

There was no accounting for how this was allowed to happen. There was only deflection.

Under Wilchcombe’s watch as tourism minister, taxpayers lost $650,000, which the ministry approved for the Caribbean Muzik Festival, which never happened.

There was no accounting for this either. The people’s money was simply flushed down the toilette.

The unnecessary spending on carnival, identified as one of the contributing factors to the party’s loss, was also a matter the former tourism minister played an integral and infamous role in.

Describing his leadership in the ministry during these controversies and scandals, one former tourism ministry professional said, “He buried his head in the sand and acted like it wasn’t happening.”

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PM's COVID-19 address in the House of Assembly
PM's COVID-19 address in the House of Assembly

April 21, 2021

From the PM’s COVID-19 address in the House of Assembly:

Effective Immediately

The daily curfew on mainland Abaco will be removed from 8pm-5am and replaced 10pm-5am.

Those within the Bahamas that have been fully vaccinated will be exempted from COVID 19 test requirements when traveling to the Islands.

- These travelers will be exempted immediately after full vaccination.

- You must still adhere to the social distancing and mask wearing protocols.

🛬Effective May 1, those traveling to The Bahamas from Outside of the Bahamas will be exempted from a COVID 19 test once they are fully vaccinated and have passed the 2 week immunity period.

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'Reckless' posts on massacre
'Reckless' posts on massacre

April 21, 2021

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames says he's disturbed by social media reports naming police officers as responsible for the murders of six men last week and cautioned the public against spreading unsubstantiated claims.

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'Assault' officer retires

April 20, 2021

THE attorney representing one of the victims of an alleged police brutality incident captured on audio fears the Royal Bahamas Police Force will not bring disciplinary action against the accused senior officer involved in the matter.

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QC demands rebates for govt subdivision homeowners
QC demands rebates for govt subdivision homeowners

April 19, 2021

Former Attorney General Alfred Sears, QC, is demanding the government provide a promised rebate to residents of Ardastra Estates 3, for what he claims are inflated purchase prices.

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Thompson: Bahamas not doing that well at cybersecurity
Thompson: Bahamas not doing ‘that well’ at cybersecurity

April 19, 2021

The Bahamas is “not doing that well” in protecting its digital infrastructure from cybersecurity threats, the government’s lead on digitization efforts and Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson said recently, adding that the country is currently undergoing a national assessment of its system risk by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

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BMOTA Team returns to In-Person Business Activity at the 2021 Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo
BMOTA Team returns to In-Person Business Activity at the 2021 Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo

April 16, 2021

The Islands of The Bahamas is the premier and exclusive destination being featured at the 47th Annual Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, being held April 13 -18, 2021in Lakeland, Florida.

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BREEF hosts Virtual Youth Environmental Leadership Summit
BREEF hosts Virtual Youth Environmental Leadership Summit

April 16, 2021

The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) convened its second Youth Environmental Leadership Summit virtually on March 30th and 31st, 2021 under the theme "Carbon, Corals and Conservation."

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Potter's Cay clean up underway
Potter's Cay clean up underway

April 15, 2021

POTTER'S Cay Dock vendors jumped into action to clean up debris left behind by Sunday's destructive fire after allegedly waiting on government to initiate efforts.

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Union hits out as PLP's candidate put on leave
Union hits out as PLP's candidate put on leave

April 15, 2021

THE union representing Water and Sewerage Corporation line staff has accused the company’s executives of victimisation and using intimidation tactics against a senior employee who is seeking a run in the next general election.

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FIRE DESTROYS SECTION OF POTTERS CAY FISH FRY
FIRE DESTROYS SECTION OF POTTERS CAY FISH FRY

April 14, 2021

A fire tore thru a segment of the eastern side of the historical Potters Cay fish fry late Sunday evening, April 11th, that saw 6 stalls completely destroyed and two adjacent stalls damaged.

Additionally, at least two vessels were completely lost to the fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined by the Fire Branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The fire comes just as vendors were beginning to see more customers return to the site, which saw business significantly disrupted during the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. More than twelve families will be affected by the fire.

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Disaster Reconstruction Authority working 'aggressively' to help Dorian-hit homeowners
Disaster Reconstruction Authority working 'aggressively' to help Dorian-hit homeowners

April 14, 2021

DISASTER Reconstruction Authority officials say they are working "aggressively" to assist homeowners in Abaco and Grand Bahama who have not yet received help from the agency to continue their post-Dorian home repairs.

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Cooper says the govt's proposed housing policy 'unfair, elitist and discriminatory'
Cooper says the govt's proposed housing policy 'unfair, elitist and discriminatory'

April 14, 2021

EXUMA and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper says while the Progressive Liberal Party supports homeownership for young professionals, he thinks the Minnis administration's policy in this area is "unfair, elitist" and "discriminatory".

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'No extra COVID-19 controls'
'No extra COVID-19 controls'

April 14, 2021

HEALTH Minister Renward Wells says he does not "foresee" any additional COVID restrictions being implemented despite a sustained uptick in new infections over the past several weeks.

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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Aviation returns to In-Person Trade Shows since pandemic
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Aviation returns to In-Person Trade Shows since pandemic

April 14, 2021

The Islands of The Bahamas is the premier and exclusive destination being featured at the 47th Annual Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, being held April 13 -18, 2021in Lakeland, Florida. Traditionally, Florida's largest annual convention, the show usually attracts more than 200,000 persons and 10,000 aircraft.

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The authority belongs to the people
The authority belongs to the people

April 14, 2021

The 56th anniversary of Black Tuesday is approaching.

Though important in the march toward Majority Rule, the date April 27, 1965 is rarely discussed or acknowledged by the masses these days.

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Slow home insurance uptake despite looming hurricane season
Slow home insurance uptake despite looming hurricane season

April 14, 2021

With yet another active hurricane season looming, Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) Chairman Anton Sealy said the level of premiums across the industry has been maintained among those who already have home insurance, but the sector has not seen an uptick in new policies over the past year, despite the high susceptibility of property damage for Bahamian homeowners.

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Lost in Dorian
Lost in Dorian

April 14, 2021

TWO witnesses testified in the Coroner's Court yesterday about their frantic efforts to find loved ones who went missing during Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

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Where do they go after demolitions
Where do they go after demolitions

April 14, 2021

ACTIVIST Louby Georges has said available housing in Abaco will be the biggest challenge for residents of The Farm shanty town with a government mandated eviction and demolition looming.

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Upscale community for young professionals: you don't have to be a lawyer or doctor to qualify
Upscale community for young professionals: you don't have to be a lawyer or doctor to qualify

April 13, 2021

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the definition of young professionals who will be eligible to buy lots in a proposed upscale community in western New Providence is broad enough to include barbers, plumbers, farmers and many others--not just lawyers or doctors.

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