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‘NO SURPRISES’: Culmer warns FNM MPs - don’t back PM, you don’t back party

FREE National Movement chairman Carl Culmer expects all FNM parliamentarians to support Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis in today’s vote of no confidence in the House of Assembly, though he declined to discuss what repercussions could befall those who don’t.

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Top officers ‘insulted’ by jobs switch

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Kendal Strachan has been appointed chief of security at the Willie Mae Pratt School for Girls, a move his lawyer says he intends to fight.

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Union boss cries foul in election

BAHAMAS Public Service Union president Kimsley Ferguson has accused a fellow union leader of conspiring to “sabotage” his ambitions to become first vice president of the National Congress of Trade Unions Bahamas.

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50 bodies unclaimed in trailer

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said the government has released the remains of a few storm victims to their families, however there are about 50 unclaimed bodies in a refrigerated trailer in Abaco.

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Juvenile has his murder conviction overturned

A MAN previously accused of being an accomplice to murder when he was a teenager seven years ago has been freed on appeal.The appellate court quashed the 35-year sentence Glenardo Johnson was serving in connection to the murder of Owen “Pappi” Rose S

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Senate passes rate reduction bond bill

THE Electricity Rate Reduction Bond Act 2019 was passed in the Senate yesterday. The act, which will replace a similar piece of legislation passed previously by the former Christie administration, allows for Bahamas Power and Light to adjust its rat

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Sands confirms commitment to vaccinations

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring that the vaccinations brought into the country are safe and properly administered by the country’s medical professionals. “The vaccines that we bring into the country

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Passport renewals can now be done online

THE Passport Office yesterday launched the first phase of its electronic services allowing for the renewal of adult e-passports to be done online. Speaking at yesterday’s launch, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Marvin Dames noted the move as a ma

School board members want $1,000 stipend

SCHOOL board workers in Grand Bahama are frustrated about not receiving a government stipend for hurricane relief, which has been extended to all public sector workers in Grand Bahama and Abaco. In September it was announced that all government empl

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Residents queue up for NEMA furniture

RESIDENTS flocked to Grand Bahama’s NEMA warehouse yesterday for the distribution of furniture at the old Fenestration Glass facility on Queen’s Highway. Vehicles, particularly trucks, were queued up for miles around 9am to load and transport items

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$300 a week: Pinder reveals new target for minimum wage

THE government is looking to raise the minimum wage in the public sector to at least $300 per week, Labour Director John Pinder said yesterday.

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‘They beat me because I had a job’

A HAITIAN man whose rough arrest was captured in a viral video has alleged that an immigration officer told him he was beaten because he has a job at BTC when many Bahamians can’t find employment.

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‘14 domes should be up by Friday’

WITH 14 of the government’s 250 dome structures expected to be completed by Friday, Chairman of the Disaster and Reconstruction Committee John-Michael Clarke said yesterday the government is still in the process of determining who will be allowed to live in those domes.

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Grand Bahama still being battered by Dorian

FOR many residents on Grand Bahama, the destruction brought by Hurricane Dorian has only compounded the frustration of trying to make a living in an already anaemic economy that has not been able to fully recover from previous storms more than a decade ago.

39 Haitian migrants held in joint operation

A JOINT maritime operation between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Police Force, Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos Islands (OPBAT), and the United States Coast Guard on Saturday resulted in the apprehension of 39 Haitian migrants in the southern Ba