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Deadly traffic accidents down 14%

FATAL traffic crashes in the country declined by 14 percent in 2019, with 54 incidents reported, according to newly released Royal Bahamas Police Force statistics. In 2018, police said there were 63 crashes that resulted in deaths. The number of vic

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Overall crime shows 7% decline

CRIME declined by seven percent in 2019 despite a four percent uptick in murders and a 12 percent increase in armed robberies, according to police statistics. Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson, as he released the statistics, cited Hurricane Dorian for the murder increase from 91 in 2018 to 95 in 2019, saying law enforcement will learn from having its resources stretched to respond to a natural disaster.

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'Marijuana will boost economy': Commission report says drug has huge business potential

THE Bahamas National Commission on Marijuana has endorsed the economic potential of a cannabis industry in The Bahamas as robust.

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Man accused of helping in killing granted bail

A MAN charged with helping another man kill a teenaged father last year has been granted bail ahead of his trial by the Court of Appeal.

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Motorcyclist dies in accident

A motorcyclist in New Providence was killed in traffic accident on Wednesday night. Police reported the incident happened shortly after 11pm at West Bay Street and St Alban’s Drive involving a motorcycle and a white 2013 Ford E-350 van. The motorcy

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Apparent suicide in Grand Bahama investigated

POLICE are investigating an apparent suicide that happened in Grand Bahama on Friday.

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96 killed in 2019 as murder count increases by five percent

THE country’s murder count in 2019 was pushed to 96, according to The Tribune’s records, a 5.5 percent increase over 2018’s 91 killings.

Xmas jewellery sales better than expected

Many Bahamian jewellery retailers shrugged off early holiday season pessimism to report “good” Christmas sales that beat 2018 figures by up to eight percent. Denise Cooper, area retail manager for Colombian Emeralds, told Tribune Business: “This is

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GUILTY AS CHARGED: Conviction rate hits 80% as trial backlog clogs courts system

THE conviction rate for serious offences has increased to almost 80 percent, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.

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‘Exclude Abaco shanty towns from injunction’

THE government is seeking to have Abaco’s five shanty towns removed as beneficiaries of a standing injunction prohibiting it from eradicating unregulated communities throughout The Bahamas.

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Haitian captain has smuggling sentence cut

THE captain of a Haitian sloop used to smuggle over $100,000 pounds of cocaine into the country last year has had his prison sentence shortened on appeal. Terry Nacius will now serve three years in prison instead of the five years he was sentenced t

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Foreign workers dominate at The Pointe

THE Department of Labour is not happy with the disproportionate number of foreign workers to Bahamians at The Pointe’s construction site, Director of Labour John Pinder said. There are 264 foreign labourers to 90 Bahamian workers at site, Mr Pinder t

Sands happy to welcome signing of industrial agreement with CPSA

AFTER several years of negotiations, the Consultant Physicians Staff Association officially signed its first industrial agreement with the Public Hospitals Authority yesterday. Noting the move was a long one in the making, Health Minister Dr Duane S

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Deltec slams ‘inaccurate’ claims on broker’s failure

A major Bahamian financial institution has slammed “inaccurate and unsubstantiated” allegations that it played a “conflicted” role in the collapse of a local investment advisory firm.

Failed broker paid 'excessive' cash to related parties

A Bahamian investment adviser collapsed into insolvency due to “mismanagement” centred on internal conflicts and the payment of “excessive cash” to related parties for client introductions. Ed Rahming, Pacifico Global’s liquidator, told the Supreme

Nassau/PI hotels give mixed Xmas outlook

Several Nassau/Paradise Island hotel operators yesterday reported a mixed Christmas occupancy and bookings outlook as the industry readies for the peak winter 2020 season. Ketera Rolle, acting general manager for the Holiday Inn Express, told Tribun

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Prison officers threaten revolt

CORRECTIONAL officers are threatening to “revolt” over long standing issues and victimisation they allege has come from the actions of Commissioner Charles Murphy.

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Man sentenced to ten years for stabbing wife

A 58-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to just over a decade in prison for stabbing his wife multiple times during a domestic dispute at their house last year. Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson sentenced Wilfred Armbrister to 11 years behind bars for

Antoan Richardson first base coach for upcoming season

ANTOAN Richardson achieved another career milestone for the San Francisco Giants and another landmark moment in Bahamian baseball history.

Baha Mar attracted 2m visitors in 2019

Baha Mar yesterday said it rounded off a year in which it attracted more than two million visitors with 100 percent occupancy during the Christmas season. The Cable Beach mega resort, in a statement to Tribune Business, said: “2019 proved to be a mo