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No slowdown in bookings yet after CDC raised risk warning

THERE has been no slowdown so far in bookings after the US Centers for Disease Control raised the COVID risk rating for The Bahamas to level two - but hoteliers are on the alert as new subvariants are spreading in the US and could reach our shores.

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Ex-minister faces legal fight over $1.25m debt

An ex-Cabinet minister yesterday slammed as “ridiculous” an escalating legal battle that he has become embroiled in over a controversial New Providence dolphin attraction that was ordered to close by the Supreme Court.

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STATESIDE: Biden’s blundered in the execution but the decision to leave was the right one

AT 12:30AM on Sunday morning, lightning struck the Washington Monument, perhaps the most distinctive memorial in America’s capital city that is full of them.

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Afghanistan: Asia’s pit of despair

The Taliban has control of Afghanistan once again. The power elites throughout the globe will act as though this is a surprise to them, inconceivable, unplanned and unwanted. The Taliban will consolidate its power in one of three ways.

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Jail term upheld for police boat chase

THE Court of Appeal yesterday affirmed the four-year sentence of one of two men who led officers on a high speed boat chase after he and his partner were caught sailing on the open seas with a quantity of dangerous drugs.

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Senator: We have failed as parents if we rely on govt to raise our children

IN a tearful address, Senator Lisa Bostwick-Dean said if Bahamians are reliant on the government to raise and discipline their children, then they would have failed as parents.

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Guilty of riding around in car with loaded guns

A MAGISTRATE yesterday convicted a man who was caught riding around in a car with two loaded guns.

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INSIGHT: The dynamics of suicide

During the past few months, The Bahamas has had an increase in suicides and suicidal attempts. According to Commissioner Paul Rolle, there were 11 suicides reported in 2020, a slight increase from the eight reported in 2019.

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STATESIDE: Time for Biden to call out Trump?

A Canadian friend was commenting the other day about the goings-on in Washington, DC, just three weeks before Joe Biden will be sworn in as America’s new president and Donald Trump will grudgingly depart the White House.

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PETER YOUNG: How China spread its wings over the world - including the Caribbean

A FRIEND has kindly lent me a new book about the business activities of the Sassoon and Kadoorie families in China and Hong Kong during the last century. Entitled “The Last Kings of Shanghai”, it is written by British journalist and author Jonathan Kaufman, and was published earlier this year. Impressively comprehensive and evidently well researched, it is billed as the story of rival Jewish dynasties that helped create modern China.

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Basketball, bodybuilding national teams won’t get full funding

THEY won’t get the full funding, but the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will make a contribution to the Bahamas Basketball Federation and the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation as they prepare to send their national teams off in the next few weeks.

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Dive operator 'begs' Gov't for oil exploration rethink

A prominent Bahamian dive operator yesterday "begged" the Government to reconsider its approval of oil exploration in Bahamian waters, arguing: "The environment cannot take any more stress."

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FRONT PORCH: In politics you need more than blind ambition to lead - try humility and an ability to learn

Politics is about the long game, with even the most egotistical and self-possessed politicians requiring the capacity for growth, learning and humility to succeed and to realize their ambitions, including becoming Prime Minister in our system of government.

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FRONT PORCH: Chapters and narrative of COVID-19 still being written

The Italian humanist, scholar and poet Francesco Petrarca, whose anglicised surname is Petrarch, wrote these words at the height of the Plague, which was also known as the Black Death, the Great Mortality and the Pestilence.

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HACKERS STRIKE AT GOVT SYSTEM: Russians and Bulgarians behind cyber raid on key banking and personal data

The Government is "betwixt and between" over the Registrar General's Department's cyber security woes after being forced to again shut down its online database following fresh hacking attempts.

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STATESIDE: In ’68 when America burned, voters turned to Nixon - now Trump will be praying they’ll do the same for him

As America writhes in agony over the death of George Floyd and its bloody aftermath, politicians, pundits, journalists, observers and just plain citizens are trying to make sense of all the chaos, confusion and heartbreak. One way of doing this is to compare what’s happening today with sometime in the nation’s past. Since the US survived that comparable period, it will survive the current collection of calamities. Or so the thinking goes.

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STATESIDE: Deep down in the gutter as the body count keeps rising

It was probably inevitable, but it still feels disappointing.

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Wake up! 'There will be no tourists'

A Cabinet minister yesterday urged Bahamians to “grasp the simple yet inconceivable reality that there will be no tourists” visiting this nation for at least two to three months.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism and aviation, sought i

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We need our own airline

THE national airline of The Bahamas – Bahamasair – has been operating for decades in the ignominy of being a “burden” to the citizens of the Bahamas. We hear the narrative all the time “shut it down” when the facts remain that the airline is a tool that has not been utilised effectively to assist in the growth of the Bahamian economy, instead it has been a convenient tool used by the politicians who hypocritically lambaste its lack of performance from the confines of the House of Assembly.

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Grand Bahama 'was pushed to the ultimate by Dorian'

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler said the Grand Bahama District was pushed to the ultimate with Hurricane Dorian, but he is optimistic the island and the people of Grand Bahama will bounce back.

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