Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), Dr. Hubert Minnis will be sworn in as Prime Minister of The Bahamas in a ceremony scheduled for Thursday at 5:00pm (local time), following Wednesday’s landslide victory.
Up to late Wednesday, the official results were still outstanding but early returns showed that the FNM had won nine seats and the incumbent Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) had secured one.
In what has been described as the worst defeat of a ruling party in the country’s modern political history Prime Minister Perry Christie lost his seat in the constituency that he represented for decades.
However, Minnis, a medical doctor, easily won his seat .
Shortly before 10:00 pm Christie, the veteran politician called Minnis and conceded defeat.
“I called Dr. Minnis earlier this evening to congratulate him on his party’s victory. I understand as perhaps few others the challenges that await Dr. Minnis, and I wish him only success on behalf of our nation. He has my full support for a smooth transition.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Prime Minister of this great nation. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the Bahamian people for that opportunity. To those who served alongside me, I thank them for their dedication to our shared ideals,” said Christie.
In response, Minnis told hundreds of supporters that those who voted for a party other than the FNM “have nothing to fear” adding that “our founding fathers did believe in victimization and neither do we” adding that “ we will not deny any Bahamian access to opportunity based on partisan politics.”
However the FNM leader warned those who abused positions of trust “(they) many have something to fear. We will give the Auditor General the money and tools he needs to find how the people’s money was spent and if there is evidence of criminality we will let the law take its course.”
The Prime Minister elect who took the stage at the FNM victory rally said it was a long fought battle “but victory is not mine. The victory is yours, This is the people’s time and I am your servant.”
In the run up to the general election Minnis campaigned on a platform of political and promised to implement term limits on the prime minister and promote “Bahamian ownership in the economy”.
Although Christie’s administration was rocked by a series of scandals he sought to assure Bahamians that the best was yet to come.
This election in The Bahamas – the island archipelago that gained independence from Britain in 1973, has followed the trend in the English speak Caribbean of ousting the party in power.
In recent years, the incumbents in Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts Nevis, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Guyana, Montserrat the Turks and Caicos Island all lost at the polls.
The general election was overseen by international and regional observers including the Organization of American States (OAS) the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) regional grouping and the United States.
Dance Moms star, Abby Lee Miller, was formally sentenced to a year and a day in prison by a judge in Pittsburgh, according to Deadline. The sentencing comes a year and a half after the reality star was first indicted by a grand jury on over 20 counts of fraud.
Miller will also have to pay “a fine of $40,000 and a $120,000 judgment for the currency-reporting violation charge the feds hit her with last summer.” She will have an additional two years of supervised release.
Prior to the sentencing, Miller entered a plea of guilty to “one count of concealing bankruptcy assets and one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction” in June of 2016.
Miller’s main lawyer, Robert Ridge, reportedly said outside the courtroom that the defense has “no plans to appeal.”
The indictment back in 2015 said that Miller “orchestrated a complex shell game to hide money in recent years following her 2010 Chapter 11 petition to reorganize her dance studio business.”
As TMZ reports, she got off relatively “easy” in comparison to the maximum sentencing: “She could have gotten 5 years in prison and $5 mil in fines.”
It's funny the things you covet most when you are a child - for country music superstar Kenny Rogers it was water sprinklers.
Growing up in poverty on a federal housing estate in Houston, Texas, on his walks to and from school he'd go past wealthy houses, and be amazed by the big jets automatically watering the immaculate lawns.
So when he first made his millions back in the 1970s, he knew exactly how he would celebrate.
Building a massive house with its own 18-hole golf course, he fitted the grounds with hundreds of automated water sprinklers.
Now 78, Rogers says: "I would drive a golf cart out, right into those sprinklers, and it was great fun.
"If I had to pick one word [to describe the feeling], I'd say it was... satisfaction."
Currently on a farewell tour in the US, Rogers has been in the music industry for 60 years.
Over that time he has released more than 70 albums, and sold more than 100 million records.
Thanks to hit songs such as The Gambler, Lady, Coward of the County, and Islands in the Stream (a duet with Dolly Parton), and a parallel acting career, he was a household name in the late 1970s and 1980s.
A keen businessman, Rogers has also led several business ventures over the years, mainly in property and the restaurant sector.
The successes have brought Rogers wealth he could not have dreamed of as a child, and he is now worth an estimated US$250m.
But in a story that could be told in a country and western song, he has had some financial rock bottoms along the way.
While some business bets failed, and he has had four expensive divorces, Rogers admits that living too extravagantly - even for someone earning a fortune - left him "broke" both when he was 30, and again when he was 50.
"You don't think it [wealth] will have that impact on you, but it really did," he says.
Releasing his first single in 1958, Rogers remembers that he was always focused on the business side of the music industry.
He recalls pop singer and mentor Kirby Stone warning him that "if you don't treat it like a business it'll eat you up".
So fast-forward to the late 1960s when Rogers was having success as the lead singer in the psychedelic rock band Kenny Rogers And The First Edition, he was happy for the group to promote US aluminium giant Alcoa.
Going solo again in 1976 Rogers says he wanted to release pure country albums to match those of artists he admired, such as Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard, but because he didn't think he could be as good as them he came up with a different plan.
"I really studied the music business, and I realised there's only two ways to compete," he says.
"You can do what everybody else is doing and do it better - and I didn't like my chances - or you could do something nobody else is doing, and you don't invite comparison."
So instead of recording pure country albums, Rogers developed his own sound - a country and pop crossover - that sold by the bucketload.
"I did something different, and I was lucky it was successful."
Fast-forward to the 1990s, and with his record sales slowing, Rogers was spending more time looking after his business interests.
In 1991 he launched what would ultimately turn out to be his most high-profile business failure - rotisserie chicken restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters (KRR).
Co-owned with a former boss of Kentucky Fried Chicken, KRR was initially a great success, and grew strongly.
Within five years it had more than 400 restaurants across the US, Canada, the Middle East and Asia, and was so well-known in the US that it was even the central focus of one episode of hit comedy show Seinfeld.
However, the chain had over-expanded, and in 1998 had to file for bankruptcy protection.
KRR no longer has any restaurants in North America, but now Malaysian owned, it is still popular in Asia, and Rogers receives annual payments.
He says: "It's a good product. They are still using my name. God bless 'em you know."
In 1998 Rogers' music was introduced to a new audience when cult movie The Big Lebowski made good use of his version of the song Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).
It helped put more younger faces in the crowd as he continued to tour intensively.
Despite his enduring love of performing, Rogers says his current tour really will be his last because he wants to retire to spend more time with his wife Wanda and their 12-year-old twin sons.
While Wanda is Rogers' fifth wife, and 28 years younger than him, they have now been married for 20 years.
Musicology professor Mark Samples from Central Washington University says that Rogers is a great example of a "star 20th Century performer" who was able to diversify his business interests "beyond just playing music".
"He leveraged his musical brand as a down-to-earth, world-wise, straight-talker into multiple successful film characters, and even a chain of fast food restaurants."
As Rogers looks forward to putting his feet up a bit more, his advice for anyone in business or life in general is to do something for a living that "you care about".
"I think what it really boils down to for newcomers, the best advice I can give you, is pay your taxes, put 20% away, and then have some fun."
Country music star Loretta Lynn, 85, suffered a stroke Thursday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, and has been hospitalized, according to a statement on her website.
"She is currently under medical care and is responsive and expected to make a full recovery," the statement says.
Lynn has postponed two of her four upcoming shows, one in South Carolina on Saturday night, and one in Pennsylvania on May 12, according to a schedule on the website.
Lynn has been performing professionally since the 1950s. She's been nominated for 17 Grammy Awards and won four: three competitive and one honorary. In 1988, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Some of her hit songs include "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Fist City" and "You're Lookin' at Country."
She wrote an autobiography titled "Coal Miner's Daughter" that was published in 1976 and a hit movie of the same name was released in 1980.
If you are a free sandwich, Liam Neeson will look for you, he will find you and he will eat you.
The actor who is famous for a "very particular set of skills" put them to work recently after a restaurant in New Westminster, Canada, displayed a sandwich board sign reading "Liam Neeson eats here for free."
The Big Star Sandwich Company in British Columbia had heard the 64-year-old actor was in town filming "Hard Powder," a movie about a snowplow driver looking to avenge his son's death at the hands of drug dealers.
The sandwich solicitation worked and a few hours later the star showed up, reportedly asking in his famous gruff voice, "Where's my sandwich?"
Alex Johrden, spokesman for the eatery, told the CBC the actor posed for a few photos and took his food to go. One of the photos was posted on the Big Star Sandwich Company's Instagram page on Wednesday and has since amassed more than 3,500 likes.
Johrden said they are hopeful the star will return to try a new sandwich they have named for him.
"That's because it has a lot of beef, a one-two punch of bacon and hickory sticks and spice that will get revenge on you tomorrow," Johrden said.
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, projected results say.
Mr Macron defeated far-right candidate Marine Le Pen by about 65% to 35% to become, at 39, the country's youngest president, the results show.
If confirmed, he will also become the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic's foundation in 1958.
A bitterly fought election concluded on Sunday amid massive security.
Mr Macron's supporters have gathered to celebrate in central Paris.
Mr Macron told Agence France-Presse that a "new chapter of hope and confidence was opening".
The Macron team said that the new president had had a "cordial" telephone conversation with Ms Le Pen.
In a speech she thanked the 11 million people who had voted for her. She said the election had shown a division between "patriots and globalists" and called for the emergence of a new political force.
President François Hollande congratulated Mr Macron and said the result showed the French people wanted to unite around the "values of the republic".
The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris says this is the most remarkable success story of how a man who three years ago was utterly unknown to the French public, through sheer self-belief, energy - and connections - forged a political movement that has trounced all the established French political parties.
Does Sharon Osbourne only have weeks to live? That's what National Enquirer has reported. According to the publication, "The Talk" co-host is "on her last legs" and "fighting for life." Her "friends fear" she has only "weeks to live."
The gossip magazine mentions Sharon's "risky procedure" as evidence, and asserts the 64-year-old music manager appeared "frail" when she was spotted with a cane at Elton John's star-studded birthday bash back in March. The publication then quotes Sharon as saying that her back is "killing me."
It goes on citing an insider who predicts, "This could be the end of Sharon." The magazine doesn't give further explanation on why the said back injury would mean Sharon has "weeks to live," nor does it acknowledge that using a cane is part of her recovery process.
But fans don't have to worry as the story about Sharon only having "weeks to live" turns out to be untrue. A rep for the wife of Ozzy Osbourne has shut down the National Enquirer report by telling Gossip Cop that it's indeed a lie. The site also notes Sharon's not looking "frail," pointing out that she looked just fine when she was at the Daytime Emmys a few days ago.
Behind the big hair, big acclaim and even bigger personality — nobody knows Dolly like Dolly.
Dolly Parton’s rags-to-riches story and complicated past are the focus of a new book, Dolly on Dolly, Interviews and Encounters with Dolly Parton. The book is not authorized or endorsed by Parton herself, but rather is a collection of interviews published over five decades of the 71-year-old country legend’s career and compiled by editor Randy L. Schmidt.
Here are some of the most surprising revelations detailed in the project:
Her dog Popeye stopped her from committing suicide
In the early 1980s, Parton contemplated suicide after having an “affair of the heart” that ended in heartbreak. As a result, she struggled with her weight, suffered from serious health issues and had to cancel a tour due to death threats — all while trying to get over the “nightmare” that was working with Burt Reynolds on the 1982 film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Parton says she was sitting in her bedroom one day when she eyed her handgun for a long time, before finally picking it up. At that moment, she says, her dog Popeye came running up the stairs.
“The tap-tap-tap of his paws jolted me back to reality [and] I suddenly froze,” Parton said in an interview. “I put the gun down. Then I prayed. I kinda believe Popeye was a spiritual messenger from God.”
She called peeing the bed a “pleasure” growing up
Parton has long been open about growing up poor in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, but the book goes into further detail about how desperate the times were for her family.
In the summer, the kids would bathe in the river and then in the winter, they would bathe themselves with a pan of water. Parton was the first born of 12 kids, and she would have to bathe every night because three to four kids slept in a bed at a time and someone would ultimately pee the bed.
“That was the only warm thing we knew in the wintertime. That was our most pleasure to get peed on,” she described.
She has always had an open mind about sex
Though Parton won’t reveal the age when she lost her virginity, she admitted that she grew up fast and learned about sex from her older cousins and uncles.
“I always had an open mind about sex,” she said. “We all did. It was not a vulgar thing.”
She once threatened to shoot a man
At the age of 21, Parton and her friend were walking to a theater in Manhattan when men approached them thinking they were hookers.
As a man started grabbing Parton and offered her money, she pulled out a pistol and promised that if he touched her again, that she’d shoot him.
“I would have shot his feet off or shot at the ground,” she said. “That cooled the man’s jets and he took off.”
She thinks of her trademark appearance as a “gimmick”
Parton is known for her signature style, but she calls it all a “gimmick.”
” I’ve never thought of myself as being a sex symbol and I don’t want to have to be a beautiful woman, like Raquel Welch,” she said.
As far as surgery goes, Parton said that her breasts are real although she has had them lifted. She admits, though, to nips and tucks, liposuction and collagen injections.
“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap,” she famously said.
Prince Philip is to retire from all public royal duties at the age of 95 and the Queen who has given him her 'full support' to step down, it was revealed today.
The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh's well-earned retirement was announced at a top secret emergency meeting called by Buckingham Palace today.
It caused fevered speculation around the world about the future and health of the Queen and her husband - but it has emerged that Philip has decided to end his royal duties.`
The Queen will continue her public duties as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives.
Even at the age of 95 Philip has put the younger generation of royals to shame and undertook 219 official engagements in the UK last year, which was more than Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry put together.
In a statement Buckingham palace said this morning: 'His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen.
'Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.
'The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.
'Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.'
he Mail revealed last night that Her Majesty's most senior aides called her entire household from across Britain to London for a 10am summit ahead of a royal announcement.
But royal sources said that internet rumours about the Queen's or the Duke of Edinburgh's health faltering are 'wide of the mark' and the couple are 'fine'.
As speculation swirled yesterday the spokesman refused to say what the meeting is about but added: 'There's no cause for alarm' and the Royal Standard remains at full mast over Buckingham Palace today, meaning there has been no death in the royal family.
The Queen met Theresa May in London yesterday to dissolve Parliament for the General Election and Prince Philip opened a new stand at Lords cricket ground and both looked in rude health. Both have royal engagements in the capital later.
Servants from royal residences across the country were ordered to London and addressed by the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior officer of the Royal Household, as well as Her Majesty's right-hand man, Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt.
Even her longest serving staff were left in the dark about why the meeting was being called but multiple sources said it was 'highly unusual'.
'Everyone is on tenterhooks,' said one source last night.
'Although meetings involving the entire royal household are occasionally called, the way this has been done at the eleventh hour is highly unusual and suggests that there is something major to be disseminated.
'But at the moment, only those closest to her genuinely know what on earth this is all about.'
The Queen's loyal former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said it was unlikely to do with the royal couple's health.
He tweeted: 'It could well be about the Buckingham Palace refurbishment' adding that the meeting was 'nothing unusual'.
Staff from royal residences such as Windsor Castle and Sandringham have been asked to come in, as well as those from further afield as Balmoral in Scotland, suggesting that that any announcement will affect them all.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are reportedly back together. Rumor has it, the "All I Want for Christmas Is You" hitmaker is currently dating the former "America's Got Talent" host and they are ready to remarry.
According to sources, Mariah and Nick were spotted chatting together over dessert at West Hollywood's Au Fudge on Saturday, April 22. "They were laughing and joking around," a source tells Life & Style, "They arrived separately, but wound up leaving together."
The couple is giving their romance a second chance after Mariah dumped her toyboy Bryan Tanaka. While Mariah was engaged to James Packer prior to her relationship with Bryan, she always comes back to Nick.
"They feel like they belong together," the source continues, "Mariah wants to get married again, and thinks Nick is the one."
Mariah and Nick have been committed to co-parenting despite their divorce. "We really do feel we are soulmates," the "We Belong Together" hitmaker previously said of her relationship with her ex-husband. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me. I was always so career-oriented. I would hope and pray for my friends to find love, but I never did that for myself. And then? Everything just fell into place!"