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Rebuilding Ragged Island to cost tens of millions

THE Minnis administration’s proposed plan to restore hurricane-ravaged Ragged Island will cost tens of millions of dollars and currently involves the private sector along with international partners, Works Minister Desmond Bannister told reporters yesterday.

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Davis: Heads must roll over sloop

OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday reiterated his call that “heads must roll” as he rejected the explanation proffered by Commodore Tellis Bethel over the second illegal landing of a Haitian sloop near the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Coral Harbour Base in recent weeks.

High school student in Mall stabbing

A STUDENT of RM Bailey High School was stabbed at the Mall of Marathon yesterday by a fellow student.

Officer: Defendant told me he drove car on night of murder

A LEAD police investigator in a double murder case which occurred in Grand Bahama testified that one of the accused men, Kevin Dames, told him he drove four co-defendants in his car to Deadman’s Reef to get money on the night of September 12, 2015.

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Campbell rounds on Mitchell over Haitian heritage

TRANSPORT and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell suggested yesterday his post in Cabinet as someone with Haitian heritage has had no bearing on the influx of illegal migrants from Haiti coming into The Bahamas.

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RBDF chief: All weapons are accounted for

ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Tellis Bethel has defended the military agency’s use of a home-based company for the procurement of weapons and ammunition, saying yesterday all RBDF weapons are accounted for.

Finally, post office has working AC

THE air-conditioning unit at the General Post Office has finally been replaced, Minister of Transport and Local Government Frankie Campbell confirmed yesterday.

Save The Bays costs 'rather generous'

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said yesterday the $800,000 demanded by Save The Bays for damages and legal costs related to the Supreme Court’s ruling involving former Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald is “rather generous” and will “have to be taxed down”.

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Teacher murder: Two found guilty

A SUPREME Court jury yesterday returned unanimous guilty verdicts for two of three individuals accused of the 2015 murder of former Queen’s College elementary teacher Joyelle McIntosh.

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Commodore: We'll learn our lessons

COMMODORE Telis Bethel said yesterday he was “concerned” but not “embarrassed” that for the second time in less than about a month, an illegal sloop landed within a few miles of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Coral Harbour Base.

Lawyers file new writs for detainees

A high-profile team of lawyers filed applications for habeas corpus writs in the Supreme Court yesterday over the detention of three more men at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

Shame - FNM boss' 'dirty' illegals slur

WITH debate over illegal immigration raging in the country, Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Carl Culmer drew criticism yesterday for saying in a press statement the properties of illegal immigrants in Over-the-Hill communities are “dirty” and “shoddy” and their presence in the country has “added to the unsanitary conditions” in those communities.

'Blame staff for contract not going out to tender'

THE renovation project for the Stephen Dillet Primary School this summer was not subject to a proper public tendering process, Minister of Works Desmond Bannister said yesterday, adding the government has held public servants responsible for this error accountable. He did not identify those public servants or say what consequences they have faced.

Public disclosures commission still reviewing filings

THE Public Disclosures Commission has held several meetings in recent weeks, according to Chairman Myles Laroda, who yesterday suggested the unit was still reviewing the status of various 2016 and 2017 filings.

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Building to begin on Junkanoo facilities

CONSTRUCTION will begin in 2018 on multi-purpose Junkanoo facilities in The Bahamas, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard said, having already received commitments of over $700,000 towards the project from private citizens.