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Gaming Bill Passed—Opposition members walk out after historic vote

Gaming Bill Passed—Opposition members walk out after historic vote

The controversial Gaming Bill passed in the House of Assembly yesterday with the vote split across party lines moving the historic piece of legislation one step closer to becoming law. There were 27 government members who voted yes to the bill while the six Opposition members present all voted against its passage. Five members were [...]

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Critical Care Block Opening Awaits Cabinet Approval

Critical Care Block Opening Awaits Cabinet Approval

Ground was broken for the Critical Care Block at The Princess Margaret Hospital back in 2011 and while the building is complete it is still not in operation after facing several delays and setbacks, but Public Hospital Authority (PHA) Managing Director Hubert Brown said a date has been set but officials are awaiting Cabinet approval. [...]

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Bahamians Arrested In Belize

Bahamians Arrested In Belize

Bahamian nationals Rohn Knowles, 29 and Kelvin Leach, 34, wanted by U.S. authorities for their alleged roles in a string of illegalities related to investment fraud totalling some $500 million, were arrested in Belize over the weekend. According to international media reports, sometime after 1:00 p.m. Friday, the pair was taken into custody on behalf [...]

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15,000 STRIKE—Court orders strikers back to work

15,000 STRIKE—Court orders strikers back to work

The members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) who participated in yesterday’s massive strike have been ordered back to work after Supreme Court Justice Ian Winder placed an injunction on the unions’ actions late Wednesday. From as early as 5:00 Wednesday morning more than 15,000 members of the TUC executed a long planned and nationwide [...]

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Five Murder, Attempted Murder Suspects Arraigned

Five Murder, Attempted Murder Suspects Arraigned

Five men were yesterday taken before the courts to be arraigned for murder and attempted murder in separate cases. Nineteen-year-old Garvin Pratt of Palm Tree Avenue and 35-year-old Edvardo Carey of Windsor Road were together charged with the murder of Delano Brice. Brice was shot to the neck on Saturday August 23 while at Quakoo [...]

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BAMSI 70 Per Cent Complete

BAMSI 70 Per Cent Complete

The Bahamas Agricultural Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) will welcome 50 students to kick off its first semester on September 29, however the construction process will not meet the opening date as the construction process is only between 65 to 70 per cent complete , according to the project’s chief architect. Chief Architect in the Ministry [...]

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FNM Opposes Gaming Bill

FNM Opposes Gaming Bill

The Free National Movement (FNM) will not support the regularisation of web shops nor will the party offer its support to an ‘unfair and non- transparent’ revised Gaming Bill, FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday. Dr. Minnis maintained that his party will continue to stand with Bahamians who voted No in last year’s gaming [...]

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Bahamian Businessman Opens Private Island Resort

Bahamian Businessman Opens Private Island Resort

Bahamian businessman Tom Basden has made the leap from constructing elevators to operating a boutique hotel on a private island. On Thursday, Mr. Basden, the proprietor of the Camp Grantanna Special Projects Resort on Rose Island, took Prime Minister Perry Christie and several of his Cabinet minister on a tour of the $10 million property [...]

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Bahamians Could Play Casino Games In Future

Bahamians Could Play Casino Games In Future

Bahamians could one day be allowed to gamble in casinos – ending years of discrimination, however Tourism Minister Obie Wilchombe, who has responsibility for gaming, told The Bahama Journal that this will not happen overnight as the process to get there will be a gradual one. At the moment Mr. Wiclchombe said, the government is [...]

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US Government Provides Advanced Skill Training for RBPF SWAT Officers

US Government Provides Advanced Skill Training for RBPF SWAT Officers

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL), and the U.S. Department of State’s Antiterrorism and Assistance (ATA) Program teamed up to provide twenty-seven Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officers advanced training in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) August 24through August 29 in Nassau. The [...]

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