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Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020.

Frustrated Bahamians clearing crown land to live on

FRUSTRATED Bahamians in North Andros are apparently clearing Crown land where they plan to construct homes, insisting undocumented migrants are being allowed to do the same without consequence, The Tribune was told yesterday.

Economy of The Bahamas

THE country’s broke. The Bahamas Minister of Finance says there’s lots of money. Some say that there will be a devaluation. Others say they’ll guarantee there will be no devaluation. Many say they’re taking a page about lying out of Trump’s playbook. You be the judge.

Tourism remains our golden goose - for now

THERE is a healthy dose of realism in the comments from Finance Minister Peter Turnquest about trying to diversify the country’s income.

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ALICA WALLACE: If only we could learn practise the old maxim - it’s good to talk

Over the past few weeks, I have had speaking roles at numerous youth conferences, workshops and specialised sessions. There have been a few recurring themes but the one that stood out is teen relationships. During the question and answer periods and later on email or social media, participants having been asking a range of questions on topics including sex, violence and red flags.

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‘Hotel workers solely dependent on govt aid’

AFTER six months of hotels being closed, a hotel union official said industry workers are being negatively impacted by the uncertainty and are solely reliant on government assistance.

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Murdered boy’s aunt criticises police over wanted poster release

AN aunt of the seven-year-old boy killed in Nassau Village on Sunday is upset that police released a wanted poster for another of her children in connection with a murder investigation.

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BPL ‘can’t plan against’ recent power failures

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday blamed recent power outages in New Providence on bad weather and technical issues, saying such power failures are problems officials “can’t plan against”.

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COVID protocols affecting decisions over voter register

AS historical voter trends have seen around 100,000 people register for voting in the past four months before the register closes, constituting a new voter’s register does not fall in line with COVID-19 protocols, according to Parliamentary Commissioner Philip Turner.

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Lloyd: union did not disrupt exams

EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said his ministry has regular dialogue with the Bahamas Union of Teachers over issues of contention, adding that recent union industrial action did not negatively affect students’ national exams.

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Island House confirms staff member positive

MANAGEMENT of Shima at The Island House has confirmed that in recent weeks a staff member tested posted for COVID-19, but proper protocols were followed and continue to be adhered to.

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Turnquest and Bannister negative

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest and Works Minister Desmond Bannister have tested negative for COVID-19 after two staff members at the House of Assembly were confirmed positive.

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'Meaningful recovery' needs 50-75% of tourism staff back

The Bahamas' "economic stagnation" will last at least another 12 months, an ex-Central Bank governor warned yesterday, with recovery only arriving when 50-75 percent of tourism workers are re-hired.

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Cruise port's $25m in 'delay draw' deal

Nassau Cruise Port only received 83 percent of its $150m bond proceeds upfront after agreeing a "delayed draw" deal with "certain investors" for the remainder to be paid by year-end, it can be revealed.

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Downtown chief supporting private island cruise return

The Downtown Nassau Partnership's (DNP) co-chair yesterday backed the cruise industry's plan to restart with voyages to its private islands only, arguing: "It's critical they get it right."

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Economic realities' to dictate COVID support

The deputy prime minister yesterday said "economic realities" will dictate how long the Government can keep financing its individual and business COVID-19 assistance programmes.

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Some workers pushing Atlantis for severance

Atlantis last night reassured employees it had not been sold and branded claims of redundancy packages being offered as "entirely false" despite some furloughed workers pushing for them.

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When can we resume sporting activities?

While they have seen the return of sports around the world, with and without fans in most cases, local sporting bodies are trying to find out exactly when they can resume their activities.

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Equestrian Bahamas growing vibrantly by leaps and bounds

SINCE the formation of the Equestrian Bahamas after the defunct of the BANEF, president Catherine Ramsingh-Pierre and her executive team have been working arduously to make the sport one of the more vibrant ones in the country.

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Police shooting victim wants $2m

A 20-year-old man will seek $2m in damages after police shot him “without justification” in January and caused him injuries and “emotional distress”.