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03302020 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, 30th March, 2020.

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03302020 EDITION

Monday, 30th March, 2020.

EDITORIAL: Get off the roads and stay at home

STILL too many people on the road – that’s the key point to be drawn from the latest tightening of regulations to curtail movement.

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INSIGHT: This is only the start - for God’s sake do as you’re told and stay indoors

SINCE the country’s first case of Covid-19 was announced, while the government has done its part in implementing strict legislation to regulate the movement of people, the same can’t be said for many Bahamian citizens. It would seem as though our reaction to impending hurricanes – stocking up on everything we think we need - has given us a similar reflex response to Covid-19, which is a completely different animal.

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INSIGHT: A delicate balance of minimising deaths without putting the whole country at risk

THE world, including The Bahamas, has been plunged into a state of fear, insecurity and uncertainty by the coronavirus epidemic. We congratulate our Prime Minister for taking the bold stand of setting up a curfew and restriction of movement in response to this national challenge. A leader must be informed, willing to take risks and, above all, able to exude calm. The Prime Minister fulfilled these three characteristics.

Deadline for lunch vouchers

THE Ministry of Education advises all parents and guardians who did not collect lunch vouchers from public schools on Wednesday that they should now collect them on either today or tomorrow.

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Davis calls for reimbursement plan for hotels

Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday called on the government to implement a reimbursement plan for hotels so they can continue to pay workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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109 people living in church arrested

MORE than 100 people were arrested for illegally residing at a church in Marsh Harbour, Abaco early on Saturday morning.

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14 infected crew aboard RCCL vessel off Coco Cay

ROYAL Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is anchored off the coast of Great Harbour Cay with 14 crew members positive for COVID-19, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar confirmed yesterday.

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Henfield defends decision to close country’s borders

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield has defended the government’s decision to close the country’s borders to all incoming commercial travellers, including Bahamians, saying the move was a bid to prevent a rise in COVID-19 cases as has been seen in other countries.

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BPL cash crisis as payments collapse

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) has suffered a "frightening" multi-million dollar March revenue drop that threatens the energy provider's very existence if it continues, a Cabinet minister has revealed.

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Atlantis’ plan to pay axed workers

Atlantis workers have hailed the mega resort's plans to pay staff up to 50 percent of their base salaries for the next 60 days as a "wonderful thing" to mitigate COVID-19's financial fall-out.

Harbour Island 'like movie set that's gone dark'

A Harbour Island property manager has described the tourism hot-spot as akin “a movie set gone dark” amid the COVID-19 lockdown, adding: “We’ve not seen this in almost 70 years.”James Malcolm, a former Ministry of Tourism executive who now runs a vac

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VAT, business licence filings back to April 15

The government has pushed back the deadlines for March’s VAT filings and business licence fee payments until April 15, a senior official confirmed yesterday. Marlon Johnson, the Ministry of Finance’s acting financial secretary, told Tribune Business

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We've never seen numbers like this - how will it play out in the end?

The coronavirus pandemic is taking the planet by storm, despite emerging less than four months ago it has taken over headlines, infecting hundreds of thousands including prominent leaders such as the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and causing u

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Unemployment assistance expands to self-employed outside tourism

THE government will expand its unemployment assistance programme to self-employed people outside of the tourism industry, Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest announced Monday.

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WE ALL NEED TO DO MORE: Curfew extended until at least April 8, two infected cases hospitalised, designated shopper for each house

THE House of Assembly will today debate a resolution to extend the country’s state of emergency and emergency orders to April 8, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said last night, as he revealed the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases had surged to 14.

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Husband’s agony at wife’s funeral delay

VINCENT Cash made the difficult decision to postpone his wife’s funeral amid restrictions put in place by the government to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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WORLD VIEW: Today’s OAS - run by a few for a few

ON March 20 a reckless and irresponsible General Assembly (GA) was held by the Organization of American States (OAS), putting the health of many at risk and giving an entirely wrong example to the entire world.

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Two in hospital after shootings

TWO men are in hospital after separate shooting incidents on New Providence and Grand Bahama on the weekend.

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