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Several charged with separate drug offences

SEVERAL people were given fines or community service after being arraigned for separate incidents of drug possession in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Patrick was a man of enormous wisdom and knowledge

As I knew Patrick Bethel, here is my salute to an incomparable national hero.

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Nairn on Floyd protests: ‘I am a Bahamian first’

Laquan Nairn, graduating as a Razorback track star at the University of Arkansas, joined big brother Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn - a former basketball player with the Michigan Stated Spartans - in forming a rare Bahamian siblings to finish their tertiary education in the United States in two different sports.

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Class of 1988 donate hurdles to the NCA Crusaders

AS they deal with the uncertainty of COVID-19, Nassau Christian Academy will start rebuilding its Crusaders’ track and field team for the new school year with a generous donation of hurdles from the graduating class of 1988.

NHI providers: Only one third trained in tele-health

Just one third of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s primary care providers have been trained in tele-health systems that cover around 20,000 patients, it was revealed yesterday.Dr Monique Thompson, the NHI Authority’s manager of healthcare

DPM urges patience on small business financing

The deputy prime minister yesterday urged entrepreneurs to have patience with the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) as it lacks the necessary staff to meet all private sector demands in a timely manner. K Peter Turnquest, speaking outside the

IMF: Bahamas faces 'deep recession' risk

The Bahamas faces “a deep recession” due to the “unprecedented crisis” caused by the combination of COVID-19 and Hurricane Dorian, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.The Fund, in approving this nation’s request for an “emergency” $250m

Shell seeks licence for new power plant

Shell North America says it has become the first company to apply for an independent power producer (PP) licence in The Bahamas through its May 29 submission to local regulators.The energy giant, in a statement, said the approval as an IPP is essenti

Development Bank in $3m COVID support

The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) yesterday said it has approved more than $3m in COVID-19 financing for small businesses as it prepares to open its doors to the public on June 8. The state-owned institution, in a statement, disclosed that it has p

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06022020 EDITION

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020.

EDITORIAL: The impossible choice between virus and tourism

THE closer we get to reopening the country for business, the more conundrums we face. Open up too much and risk the virus coming back in, or keep the door so tightly closed we don’t let the tourism industry rebuild.

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PETER YOUNG: Are we heading for another China crisis with Hong Kong?

THE former British colonial territory of Hong Kong has attracted the world’s attention again, but for potentially harmful reasons. Last week, China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, rubber-stamped a sweeping new draft security law to be imposed directly on Hong Kong and its population of over seven million.

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FACE TO FACE: Think there are no lessons for us to learn in what’s happening in the US?

Marching, rioting, looting… anger, frustration, shouts for equal rights and justice…. fires, tear gas, rubber bullets… angry mobs, demonstrations and confrontation. It looks like the scene of a war zone in more than 40 states across America as people have taken a stand against the senseless killing of yet another black man at the hands of the police.

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Police probe after database hacked

THE digital database of the Registrar Generals Department was hacked in January and its contents have been published online, according to a statement from the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs. A group called Distributed D

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‘Quash coconut conviction’

KHANDI Gibson, founder and president of the local advocacy group Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM), is calling on the government to quash the conviction of a teenager who was fined for selling coconuts on the side of the road last month.

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'Revisions' sought to Grand Lucayan deal

A Cabinet minister yesterday said “it’s full steam ahead” on the Grand Lucayan’s redevelopment even though the ITM/Royal Caribbean joint venture is seeking “certain proposed revisions” to the deal. Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviatio

Restaurants 'can't survive' with 60% sales devastation

Restaurants will simply be unable to survive if the loss of 60 percent of their sales persists amid continuing COVID-19 restrictions, one operator told Tribune Business . Mario Cash, the Burger King franchise’s operations manager, told this newspape

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Atlantis further delays reopening to June 25

Atlantis has delayed its phased re-opening until June 25 after informing staff over the holiday weekend that it is “unable to announce a definitive date at this time”.The Paradise Island mega resort has pushed back plans to re-open the Royal Towers,

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From 160,000 to near zero at COVID-hit LPIA

Major Nassau/Paradise Island resorts suffered a 28 percent room revenue fall for the 2020 first quarter just before COVID-19 unleashed its full fury with only 445 passengers exiting The Bahamas’ major airport during April. The Central Bank of The Ba

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Auto industry re-opening 'matter of life and death'

Auto dealers say today’s full sector re-opening was increasingly becoming “a matter of life and death” with as much as “half the industry” in danger of folding had the Government not relaxed COVID-19 restrictions.Ben Albury, Bahamas Bus and Truck’s g