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Tropical Storm Matthew lashes southern Caribbean islands

TROPICAL Storm Matthew formed on Wednesday morning in the eastern Caribbean and lashed several islands with heavy wind and rain.

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In the pink? Rawson Square is a little off-colour

BAHAMIANS and tourists in downtown Nassau have been noticing that something is a little off-colour in Rawson Square these days.

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Staff left short in Baha Mar pay

WHILE some former employees of Baha Mar yesterday expressed no disappointment in receiving their settlement sums from the beleaguered resort, others complained of the low amount offered as part of the resort’s Claims Committee payout process.

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Carnival ‘was never meant to be profitable’

BAHAMAS Junkanoo Carnival was never designed to work as a “profit exercise”, according to Bahamas National Festival Commission Chairman Paul Major.

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Baha Mar buyer ‘has met’ govt requirements

WHILE he remained tightlipped over key details concerning the shuttered Baha Mar resort – among them the identity of the shortlisted potential buyer — Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday revealed that the “huge enterprise” has met the government’s requirements for a world-class developer.

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Road Traffic Dept denies plan to raise vehicle licensing fees

THE Department of Road Traffic dispelled speculation that it is planning to increase vehicle licensing fees as part of its automation project while refuting social media reports of a purported new license plate design.

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PM: I can’t forgive songwriter for his insults to my family

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that he does not think he can forgive the man who wrote an expletive-filled song about his family, which went viral on social media in August, although the singer tearfully expressed contrition.

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Equipment for PMH repairs to arrive by end of week

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that compressors needed to fix a malfunctioning air-conditioning unit in the $100m Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital should be in the country by the end of the week.

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Marines arrested after row with police officer

TWO Royal Bahamas Defence Force marines were taken into custody over the weekend after they allegedly got into a physical argument with a Royal Bahamas Police Force officer.

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Carnival cost nearly $10m

FOUR months after Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, officials from the Bahamas National Festival Commission have finally released key financial details surrounding the event, revealing the total cost was $9.8m with a government subsidy of $8.1m.

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Minnis is silent on Rollins candidacy

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis remained tight-lipped yesterday on whether the FNM was considering giving Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins a nomination to run under the party’s banner in the upcoming general election.

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Bishop optimistic over ‘light at the end’ of CLICO saga

A prominent CLICO (Bahamas) policyholder yesterday said he is “very optimistic” over a potential resolution to the eight year debacle, saying that the “light at the end of the tunnel” could come within the next two weeks.

Public Hospitals Authority chairman criticises Minnis for ‘attack’

CHAIRMAN of the Public Hospitals Authority Frank Smith yesterday criticised FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ “attack” on the Princess Margaret Hospital, saying the Killarney MP is using his office to “gain cheap political mileage” out of “unfortunate” circumstances.

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Seven days to file papers against murder acquittal

THE OFFICE of the Attorney General was given seven days by the Court of Appeal to file an application for substituted service against a man whose directed murder acquittal it is contesting.

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New trial date expected in teacher murder trial

A NEW trial date is expected to be set for two men and a teenager to stand trial in Supreme Court concerning the murder of a private school teacher.