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06282017 EDITION

Wednesday, 28th June, 2017.

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Dr Bernard Nottage dies age 71, PM pays tribute to 'Bahamian patriot'

FORMER Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage has died at the age of 71.

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Sears backs Cooper on PLP views

FORMER Attorney General Alfred Sears applauded Exuma and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper’s recent frank reflections on the Progressive Liberal Party’s loss yesterday while former State Minister for National Security Keith Bell said he disagreed with those remarks.

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Contracts of 21 NHI workers ended as part of effort to ‘streamline costs’

AFTER it was revealed that 21 customer service representatives from the National Health Insurance Secretariat have been let go, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that it is “difficult to rationalise an excess number of individuals being paid and not providing a benefit to the Bahamian public”.

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Bethel: Law will prevail in cases of misfeasance

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel resolutely assured Bahamians that where facts and evidence align with the laws of the country, they could confidently expect that his full authority will be used to guarantee the director of public prosecutions ensures that the law prevails.

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Swann is out as general manager at ZNS

FORMER General Manager Diana Swann is no longer employed at the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas.

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Govt: No reply yet to Izmirlian’s plea

THE government has no official response to former Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian’s plea for a moratorium on the sale process of the beleaguered resort at this time, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday, adding that the situation is still being evaluated.

Arawak Port targeting further 40% energy cut

The Nassau Container Port operator yesterday said it is targeting a further 40 per cent cost reduction from its renewable energy initiatives, which it believes will lead to further growth opportunities.Michael Maura, Arawak Port Development Company’s

MAB chief's 'surprise' at insurers' NHI meet

The Medical Association of the Bahamas (MAB) president yesterday expressed “surprise” that the Minnis administration had yet to meet with doctors over its plans to reform National Health Insurance (NHI).Dr Sy Pierre indicated he had been taken aback

Bar candidate pledges 'anti-competitive' fight

A Bar Association presidential candidate yesterday unveiled plans to uphold legal professional privilege and end “anti-competitive measures” impacting mortgage-related work.Dr Peter Maynard told Tribune Business that he would ensure commercial banks

Accountants 'grapple' with whistleblower obligations

Bahamian accountants are being forced “to grapple with” global rules turning them into client ‘policemen’ and whistleblowers, the Institute’s president said yesterday.Gowon Bowe, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) head, told Tribun

Govt plans increase to redundancy 'cap'

The Labour Department’s Industrial Relations Unit has enjoyed an 89 per cent success rate in resolving trade disputes over the past 12 months, a Cabinet Minister said yestrerday. Dion Foulkes, minister of labour, told the Senate during his contributi

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'20,000 people' without indoor toilet facilities

BEFORE the Minnis administration rolls out legislation to regulate its inner-city incentives plan - an initiative which was a part of its 2017 campaign - the government plans to carry out an intense study of Over-the-Hill areas taking into account ve

More than 40 hired in MICAL ahead of election

IN the lead-up to the May 10 general election, more than 40 people were hired as contract workers in the MICAL constituency, The Tribune understands.Minister of State for the Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle confirmed to this newsp

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Nation praised for efforts to tackle human trafficking

US State Department officials have listed the Bahamas among its “tier-one”’ list of countries yesterday, for its continued effort to combat the trafficking in persons. In the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, released globally Tuesday by US

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Bahamian arrested after seizure of $4m worth of suspected cocaine

A BAHAMIAN man has been arrested in connection with the seizure of $4m worth of suspected cocaine discovered at a residence in West End, Grand Bahama.According to police reports, officers acting on information executed a search warrant on a home, whe

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Police hunt for armed man after car theft

POLICE are searching for a male suspect responsible for stealing a vehicle during an armed robbery that occurred on Monday. Reports are that shortly after 11:30pm, a man was driving his black 2009 Suzuki Swift car in the area of Hospital Lane and Me

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CULTURE CLASH: The Flexibility of Activism

AS social justice issues become more mainstream, the number of activists, advocates, and allies is steadily increasing. People are more involved in conversations about gender, race, class, migration, and a variety of other issues with social media as

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Ministry of Education employee granted bail in fraud case

A WOMAN employee at the Ministry of Education recently arraigned on several fraud charges has been granted bail by a Supreme Court judge, The Tribune understands.Paulette Wilson, 59, was granted $5,000 bail with one or two sureties by Senior Justice

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Thompson: Progress made on Lucayan redevelopment

KWASI Thompson, State Minister for Grand Bahama, said the government has made some progress on the redevelopment deal for the Lucayan strip, which officials in the Minnis administration are treating as a matter of urgency in Grand Bahama. He said th

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