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30 more days? Bethel suggests extension to lockdown likely

WHEN Parliament convenes on Monday it will likely agree to extend the 24-hour curfew based on the recommendation of medical experts.

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‘It’s going to be deep recession’

WITH the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to hit the country with a $1bn loss or more, Finance Minister Peter Turnquest said yesterday it is likely the economy is already in a recession.

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Govt may expand temporary jobless benefit scheme

MINISTER of Public Service and National Insurance Board Brensil Rolle suggested the government could expand its temporary unemployment benefit assistance to include people not in the tourism industry who have been affected by actions taken to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

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PLP leader criticises emergency order

PLP leader Philip “Brave” Davis criticised an emergency order issued by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis yesterday, saying the provisions appeared to be rushed. He said the prohibitions outlined in the order - including a national curfew and the suspension of business operations with few exceptions - may adversely impact the public.

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Minnis warning against fake news

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis railed against fake news yesterday while discussing provisions in new emergency regulations that make it an offence to spread misinformation if one knows or can be reasonably expected to know the information is false.

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We are at war and together we’ll win: PM’s battle plan to fight deadly virus

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis declared “war” against the novel coronavirus yesterday, saying new regulations granting him sweeping emergency powers over the Bahamian society are needed to save lives.

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Economy facing $1bn bodyblow, Turnquest tells House

DESPITE a projected total economic fallout of as much as $1bn from the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced several relief measures for workers in the tourism industry who will be most affected by the virus’ global impact.

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Davis urges WSC to reconnect customers

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said because of the coronavirus crisis, the Water & Sewerage Corporation and Bahamas Power & Light should reconnect customers disconnected over arrears.

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Prime Minister's COVID-19 speech from the House in full

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis' speech on Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Regulations, House of Assembly, Wednesday, 18 March, 2020:

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PM: Country ‘at war’ with COVID-19 – reveals two more cases

THE country “is at war” with the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Wednesday as he revealed the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country have risen to three.

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Christie 'hopeful' Davis will become PM

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie said he still supports Progressive Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis and his quest to be the next prime minister of the country. He brushed off questions yesterday about whether he will return to frontlin

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There was no ill intent, says Forbes-Smith as she misses disclosure deadline

FORMER Senate President Katherine Forbes-Smith yesterday told The Tribune there had been no ill intent behind her failure to file an asset disclosure for last year as required by law. Instead, the managing director of the Disaster Reconstruction Aut

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PLP leader asks police to probe 'violent' meme

PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis wants the police Cyber Crime Unit to investigate a “violent” internet meme made about him and find the persons responsible.Mr Davis spoke out after a meme was circulated on social media showing him blowing a whistle wh

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'Ragged Island has not been abandoned'

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday assured the government is not abandoning residents of Ragged Island, noting that a number of projects are lined up to assist with the restoration efforts there. “What I said in the House of Assembly is poss

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One person fails to submit disclosure

THE Public Disclosures Commission has written to the prime minister and leader of the official opposition revealing that one official has failed to file an asset disclosure.

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