Category: Bahamas

THE BAHAMAS – schizophrenic man held for three years without medication, charge or court date

NASSAU – A 42-year-old schizophrenic man has been held in prison without medication, charge or court date for more than three years. Alfairs Agregory Higgs was arrested in Freeport after an incident at the immigration department in February 2015. Now Higgs’ family are begging the government to intervene as they fear as he waits in […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Bahamas’ Eu’s Ban Won’t Last Long, assures deputy PM

NASSAU – The government was last night “optimistic” The Bahamas’ blacklisting will be “quickly reversed”, suggesting the European Union (EU) had ignored top-level pledges to meet its demands. KP Turnquest, the deputy prime minister, urged Bahamians – and especially the financial services industry – not to panic as removing this nation from Europe’s listing was […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Seven People Swept Off Bridge by severe sea swells Rescued

NASSAU – Seven people had to be rescued from waters off Eleuthera yesterday after being swept off the Glass Window Bridge by severe sea swells. The incident came after several other life-threatening circumstances were reported at or near the bridge this week. According to chief superintendent Stephen Adderley, officer in-charge of the Eleuthera Division, the […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Stop school beatings

West Grand Bahama and Bimini public educators are moving to eliminate corporal punishment within schools, a move The Tribune was told is part of a wider effort to stamp out the practice nationally. Ministry of education district superintendent Ivan Butler confirmed to The Tribune the practice may be fully discontinued within his district before the […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Officers Justified In Shooting Two Men Dead

NASSAU – The jury in a coroner’s inquest into the shooting deaths of Jeffrey Smith and John Aristotle found yesterday their deaths were “lawful” and committed in “self-defence”. Nearly a half hour after being excused by coroner Jeanine Weech-Gomez to deliberate on a verdict of lawful or unlawful killing, the four women and one man […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Search still on for Haitian immigrants

NASSAU – More than a week after a large empty sloop was discovered on the shoreline of Adelaide Beach, immigration officers have still not captured any of the Haitians suspected to have been on board, according to Kirklyn Neely, head of the Immigration Department’s Enforcement Unit. However, Neely said the intensive search continues. Over the […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Mitchell demands turnquest apologise

NASSAU – Senator Fred Mitchell has demanded an apology from Finance Minister K Peter Turnquest, saying his comments regarding the former Christie administration’s handling of $42m from a $150m loan borrowed in the wake of Hurricane Matthew were “misleading”. Last month, Mr Turnquest told parliamentarians the Minnis administration was only able to trace $108m of […]

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THE BAHAMAS – Two charged in $80k post office scam

NASSAU – A Former female Post Office employee and a businessman were charged in Magistrate’s Court with defrauding the Bahamas government of over $80,000 in a six-month period. Darnell Kemp Lightbourne, 47, and Quinton Ewing, 49, both appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney, each facing six counts of fraud by false pretences and one count each […]

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BAHAMAS – PM warns: stay indoors and heed all warnings

NASSAU – Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis today made his final plea to residents across the country ahead of Hurricane Irma, urging people to stay indoors and “heed” all warnings associated with the storm’s passage. During a national address which was broadcast live via local television and radio stations, Dr Minnis again underscored the seriousness […]

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BAHAMAS – Emergency evacuations . .Southeastern Bahamas residents move out as Irma Approaches

NASSAU – Scores of Bahamians from the southern islands have begun arriving in the capital, Nassau as they heed a desperate call from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to flee their homes as an ominous Hurricane Irma makes a trek towards The Bahamas. In a national address yesterday evening, Minnis warned his countrymen they were […]

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BAHAMAS – Hundreds demand refunds from Ponzi scheme

NASSAU – Hundreds of Bahamians stormed the offices of “asue” holders company, Pineapple Express this morning to recover their monies from the business that regulators have described as a Ponzi scheme. Police had to be called to control the angry customers who were part of the asue – a system of saving money, and financing. […]

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BAHAMAS – 36 charges

NASSAU – Former Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson was taken into police custody yesterday afternoon, after voluntarily presenting himself to the Central Detective Unit to assist officers with an ongoing investigation, The Tribune understands. Gibson was expected to be held overnight and a decision should be made by noon today as to […]

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BAHAMAS – Ninth murder in two weeks

NASSAU – A shooting following an argument between a group of men in Fox Hill on Tuesday morning ended with the country recording its ninth murder in two weeks. According to officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash, the scene was played out on Armbrister Street as the deceased, and another man, […]

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Shark attacks woman in Bahamas

NASSAU –– A shark attack has left a woman from Switzerland nursing severe wounds in hospital, police reported yesterday. “Preliminary information indicates shortly after noon, this woman was on a private snorkeling trip in waters near Rose Island when she was attacked by a shark,” Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said. “The woman was […]

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BAHAMAS – ‘Minnister of Pain’

NASSAU – Making good on his promise to slash government expenses in an effort to balance the country’s books, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis last night announced a variety of conservative fiscal measures, including a ten per cent cut in spending in all government ministries and no new public sector hiring. In his first televised […]

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BAHAMAS – Clean-up begins after blaze at Rand Memorial

NASSAU – Clean-up efforts are underway at the Rand Memorial Hospital following Friday’s fire and some of the evacuated patients are now back in the hospital. Health Minister Dr Duane Sands reported that 20 of the 48 patients transferred to the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King were returned to the hospital by 2am Saturday, and […]

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BAHAMAS – Empty seats as fans stay away

NASSAU – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard said it is too early to say if the Commonwealth Youth Games will yield a viable return on the government’s $7m investment despite a meagre turnout on opening night, adding: “Investments are not just financial.” Attendance at the opening ceremony Tuesday night at the Thomas […]

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