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Maria strengthens to Cat 5
Hurricane Maria has strengthened to Category 5 strength and is poised to hit Dominica. With maximum sustained winds already at 160 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 8 p.m. advisory that Maria could strengthen. Based on...
 
 
Former Post Office worker charged with defrauding govt.
Former Post Office employee Darnell Kemp Lightbourne and businessman Quinton Ewing were arraigned in a magistrate’s court today with defrauding the government of more than $80,000 over a six-month period.Lightbourne, 47, and Ewing, 49, were both ch...
 
 
Cooper: Govt wasted money
Shadow Minister of Finance Chester Cooper claims the government made an “egregious and expensive error” when it decided to renew the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) policy the former administration dropped. Cooper said bec...
 
 
Murders up 40%
The murder count for 2017 reached triple digits over the weekend after a gunman shot a 17-year-old boy while he was walking with another individual on Johnson Road shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday. According to reports, two men in a gray vehicle pul...
 
 
PM promotes ‘Caribbean-type evacuations’
With an increasing threat of devastating weather systems to the Caribbean, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said a time may come for widescale “Caribbean-type evacuations” to protect the safety and future of the region. Standing beside Grenada P...
 
 
Maria could pose threat to Bahamas
While some people are still dealing with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma that passed through the southeastern Bahamas earlier this month, officials are “closely monitoring” Tropical Storm Maria, which is projected to take a similar ...
 
 
Students from storm-damaged islands being placed in other schools
Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday the students on the Family Islands whose schools were damaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month are being placed in several schools on New Providence. “They are being absorbed,” Lloyd said. ...
 
 
Former union leader Idena Burrows dies
Former President of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU) Idena Burrows has died. Burrows served as both president and vice president of the BCPOU. Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes noted in a statement yesterday that she playe...
 
 
Marquis Who’s Who names Michael Dingman Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Marquis Who’s Who, the premier authority on who makes a difference in the worlds of politics, law, science, art, business and community, has bestowed its highest honor on visionary entrepreneur Michael D. Dingman, naming him a 2017 Marquis Who’s ...
 
 
Defense force assists in rescue operations
Several Bahamian boaters were rescued via a joint effort by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, police force, Operations Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association in two separate incidents on Saturday. In th...
 
 
Reluctant to return
Tempers flared at the New Providence Community Centre (NPCC) on Blake Road yesterday after evacuees from the southern islands were told that they only had one day left at the shelter and would either have to return home or be relocated to another she...
 
 
Dorsett given more time to provide alibi
Former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Cabinet Minister Kenred Dorsett is one step closer to being tried before a judge and jury for allegedly soliciting bribes from a man who had a contract at the New Providence Landfill. Dorsett, 46, the erstwhile...
 
 
Omar Archer contrite before court
Outspoken community activist Omar Archer yesterday apologized to Supreme Court Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson and said that he accepts that he was wrong to make “adverse and malicious” comments on social media about the court. “I would not only...
 
 
Arrest warrant issued for talk show host
Supreme Court Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of talk show host Christina “Chrissy Love” Thompson. However, the warrant is suspended until Wednesday, September 20. Thompson has until 9:30 a.m. on Se...
 
 
BAMSI contractor back in court
Contractor Audley Hanna Sr. appeared before court yesterday on his own volition after a warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear in court earlier this week. Hanna, 68, stood before Magistrate Samuel McKinney with his attorney Devar...
 
 
Garbage collection fee still up in the air
The government has not yet had a formal discussion about implementing service fees for garbage collection on New Providence, but the idea is still on the table, said Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest. Turnquest announced in July, during a meetin...
 
 
DPM: No plan for income tax
Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said yesterday the government is not on track to introduce any new progressive tax structures after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggested in a statement released Wednesday that T...
 
 
Ragged Islanders still refuse to leave island
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Captain Stephen Russell said yesterday he believes the Ragged Islanders who refuse to leave the island following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma have yet to accept their loss. Russell sai...
 
 
Residents feared for lives in tornado
Violet Roberts was cooking Sunday dinner at her Imperial Park home in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Sunday afternoon when a tornado formed nearby and ripped through at least a dozen residences, displacing residents and injuring others. “I was in the ...
 
 
Resort ‘concerned’ about environmental impact on Bimini
Resorts World Bimini President Patricia “Missy” Lawrence said yesterday that she is “deeply concerned” about the environmental effects that Hurricane Irma has had on Bimini. Resorts World’s marina was badly damaged during the storm, causin...
 
 
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