Category: Bahamas

REGIONAL – Bahamas receives $1.4m from US to tackle corruption

NASSAU – The government yesterday signed an amendment to the Letter of Agreement on Narcotics Control Law Enforcement with the United States, which would provide over $1.4 million to fight crime and corruption throughout the country. The original letter of agreement was signed on September 24, 2010. This would be the eighth amendment to this […]

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BAHAMAS – Govt would reject $2.1b fishing proposal – PM

NASSAU – Prime Minister Perry Christie emphatically stated Monday that the proposed $2.1b agri-fisheries venture with Chinese investors at the centre of widespread public controversy would never have been approved by his government. Christie spoke directly to the infamous proposal as he pushed back against claims from the Official Opposition that the government’s bid to establish […]

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BAHAMAS – Firefighters tackle ‘very large’ bush fires

NASSAU – Firefighters are battling two “very large” bush fires in New Providence on Friday that are producing large plumes of thick, black smoke over surrounding communities. Fire Chief Superintendent Walter Evans said the latest fire, in the Grey Terrance off Bernard Road, is threatening homes in the immediate area and also releasing harmful emissions […]

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BAHAMAS – Govt considers hurricane tax

NASSAU – When it meets Tuesday, Cabinet may consider introducing and implementing a special tax to help finance Hurricane Matthew repair and recovery efforts, Prime Minister Perry Christie said Monday. If implemented, such a tax may be imposed in a way that has a “minimal impact on people”, he added. His statement came as he […]

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CARICOM rallies support for hurricane-ravaged country

Barbados and its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours are being asked not to abandon hurricane-hit Haiti and The Bahamas following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew last week. CARICOM is rallying support to help meet the most pressing needs in the two member states as they embark on a recovery and rehabilitation process. During a CARICOM […]

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BAHAMAS – Relief on the way

NASSAU – In hard-hit North Andros, disaster management officials are in the recovery stage, distributing relief aid and building materials to hurricane victims. Senior Deputy Administrator Ivan Ferguson told The Tribune Tuesday that cell service in his district was intermittent, with only “little pockets” of connectivity. When he spoke to The Tribune on Tuesday afternoon, […]

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BAHAMAS – Baha Mar buyer ‘has met’ Govt requirements

NASSAU – While he remained tightlipped over key details concerning the shuttered Baha Mar resort – among them the identity of the shortlisted potential buyer — Prime Minister Perry Christie Monday revealed that the “huge enterprise” has met the government’s requirements for a world-class developer. Christie said the principals of the would-be purchaser met with […]

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BAHAMAS – Facebook scam uses Labour Minister's identity

NASSAU –– Labour Minister Shane Gibson is raising the alarm about a Facebook scam that is conning Bahamians out of money while using his identity. Fake Facebook profiles featuring his name and image have been made within the last several months, he said. Those using the fake profiles have requested money from residents of his […]

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BAHAMAS –– Search continues for missing woman

FREEPORT – The US Coast Guard is searching for a woman who reportedly jumped overboard the Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship approximately 27 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas Wednesday. Missing is Rina Patel from Interlaken, New York. The Coast Guard said it was notified that the 32-year-old woman was “reportedly seen going overboard” at approximately 2:30 […]

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BAHAMAS – Doctor found not guilty

NASSAU – Dr Gerald Forbes, 45, has been acquitted of rape and indecent assault in the Supreme Court in Grand Bahama. A jury of four women and five men deliberated for about an hour and 20 minutes before returning around 3 p.m. on Monday with their unanimous verdicts, finding the doctor not guilty by 9-0 […]

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BAHAMAS – Doctor admits to sex, drugs denies rape

NASSAU – Dr Gerald Forbes told a Supreme Court that he and a woman who has alleged that he raped her were involved in an intimate sexual relationship and that she allegedly inserted abortion tablets into her vagina after becoming pregnant, possibly with his child. Forbes, who is on trial for rape and indecently assaulting […]

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BAHAMAS – Doctor accused of raping woman during abortion

NASSAU –– A doctor who is on trial for the rape and indecent assault of a 20-year-old woman refused to answer questions from a police detective about allegations that he had sex with the complainant against her will during an abortion procedure, a Grand Bahama court heard Thursday. It is also alleged that the doctor […]

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BAHAMAS – TUC president blasts govt over Sandals dispute

NASSAU –– President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Obie Ferguson castigated the Christie administration Wednesday over its handling of a union dispute at the Sandals Royal Bahamian resort, asserting that “gullible” and “compromised” politicians are failing the electorate. Ferguson’s comments came in defence of several Bahamas Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU) officers who […]

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Bahamas police seize $1.4m of marijuana

NASSAU –– Police have taken two men into custody in connection with the seizure of $1.4 million worth of marijuana following an early morning operation in the quiet community of Pikkano Properties, off Tonique Williams Highway. According to a preliminary report provided by head of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) Superintendent Samuel Butler, DEU officers, […]

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BAHAMAS – Two die in small plane crash

NASSAU –– Two people were killed Sunday when a small plane crashed in Bimini, authorities said. The pilot, Terence “Tango” Gibson, was one of the victims, according to West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe, who said Sunday night he had spoken to Gibson’s relatives, who are devastated. The Nassau Guardian did not confirm the […]

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BAHAMAS – Father of three killed at ATM

NASSAU –– Ivan Cleare, 61, expected Sunday to see his grandson christened and celebrate the occasion with family for the remainder of the day. But before he could head to Mount Pleasant Green Baptist Church for the event, the father of three sons and four grandchildren was shot dead at the Scotiabank ATM at Jerome Avenue […]

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Bahamians vote ‘no’ to changes

NASSAU –– Bahamians have rejected changes to the Constitution that the government had said were aimed at ensuring gender equality in citizenship matters, with the majority voting “no” in Tuesday’s referendum. Official results are not expected until this afternoon, but Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall said preliminary figures showed that the four bills which would have […]

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