Stories for December 2011


Thursday, December 22

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Christie expects early election

By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter PLP LEADER Perry Christie said if media reports regarding the resignation of two FNM MP's are true, he expects there to be an early election. Speaking with The Tribune, Mr Christie said if

Tuesday, December 13

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Business to take roadworks battle to Privy Council

By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter BUSINESS owners who took the Government to court over Baillou Hill Road and Market Street's transformations into one-way streets say they plan on taking their case to the Privy Coun

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Credit union member growth expands 29%

By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamian credit unions have outpaced commercial banks through an average total asset growth rate of 9.25 per cent over the past five years, the Central Bank's governor said yesterday, their collective membership h

Keeping your mouth alive

Dental Avulsion

By Dr Andre Clarke What does it mean to have an avulsed tooth? The terminology sounds very complicated, but it is simply when an individual accidentally has a tooth knocked out.

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Young athletes and sports injuries

There are several factors that contribute to sports injuries among our youth, and one of the most common is improper footwear. For amateurs as well as elite athletes, the shoe is considered the most important piece of equipment, because contact between the foot and the athletic surface is fundamental to accomplishment.

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Cubicle Cupid

Cubicle Cupid By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter THE AMOUNT of time adults spend at work is matched only by the amount of time children spend at school, so it is no wonder that many working men and women find themselves engaged in office romance

Ready for the national stage

Lisa Sawyer-McCartney: Ready for the national stage By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer WITH the launch of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) earlier this year, party leader Branville McCartney has been making waves in the political arena.

Monday, December 12

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Customs accused of 'Gestapo tactics'

By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamas Customs has been accused of employing "Gestapo tactics" by spying on Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) licensees to determine if they are using so-called 'bonded vehicles' correctly, a leading attorney su

Good governance from the DNA

EDITOR, The Tribune. The Progressive Liberal Party had its fair share of controversies during its last tenure as the governing party of the Bahamas. There was the debacle with Sydney Stubbs and the Korean boats at BAIC. Additionally, the Hon Shane Gibs

Drug link to fatal shooting

By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE are investigating the fatal shooting of an Abaco man, who residents claim may be connected to drug and human trafficking operations. Claude Collins, 44, of Mary Susan Drive, Marsh Har

Thursday, December 8

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Bob Marley heirs sue half brother over name use

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer MIAMI (AP) -- A feud has erupted within the first family of reggae, with the widow and nine children of Bob Marley suing his half brother to stop use of the Marley name to promote an annual Miami music festival and

Wednesday, December 7

Homes given out without mortgages by PLP ministry

By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter TWELVE homes in six government subdivisions are being occupied without mortgages, The Tribune has learned. According to Tribune sources close to the matter, the homes are located in Suns

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Murdered teen was victim in rape case

THE young girl who was found dead in Blue Water Cay has been identified as 17-year-old Candice Major, who police sources say was the alleged victim in a rape case before the courts. The sources say before her body was dumped in a rocky area of Fox Hill on

Does witchcraft exist in the straw market?

EDITOR, The Tribune. Since time immemorial, there have been rumours of unusual practices and behaviour in the straw market. There have been strange and unusual scents witnessed and experienced by others to be directed to or concentrated around the stal

Tuesday, December 6

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Huge blaze on Bay Street

By LAMECH JOHNSON JUST months after the one decade anniversary of the September 2001 Straw Market fire that destroyed a number of buildings on West Bay Street, downtown has been forced to relive another blaze that destroyed three structures and extensively damaged another yesterday morning.

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PM's pledge on affordable housing

By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter THE government has pledged to continue tackling the "critical" lack of affordable housing in New Providence by reclaiming shanty towns. Speaking yesterday at the groundbreaking and renaming

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Atlantis takeover 'best thing that ever happened'

By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Brookfield Asset Management's ownership takeover at Atlantis and the One & Only Ocean Club has been described by a leading accountant as "the best thing that ever happened for the Bahamas". Raymond Winder, managin

IMF fiscal reform delays 'may jeopardise recovery'

By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A failure to rapidly implement tax reforms "could jeopardise a sustained recovery" in the Bahamas, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warning the Government's plans were "not sufficient" to reverse a rising $4.

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Rihanna gets personal

SOME fans may be upset that Rihanna seemingly chose a Chris Brown look-alike for her new video, but there is no doubt that the Bajan pop princess has delivered one of her most intense, cinematic clips to date.

Climate change on the rise

THIS MORNING dawns with an interesting political scene developing and depending on which way the wheel turns, we might be facing an election just after Christmas. Miffed because their electoral seats were vaporised by the Boundaries Commission, two of the FNM’s MPs have resigned from the party.

Guyana crisis follows election

By Sir Ronald Sanders NOVEMBER 28 general elections in Guyana have resulted in a crisis for the country. While it is being suggested that the elected President, Donald Ramotar, of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) can appoint and run a minori

Monday, December 5

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Dolphins destroy the Raiders 34-14 in Miami

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) -- Even with his team losing badly, Oakland Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry had to smile. He broke up a fourth-quarter pass with a jarring hit on Reggie Bush, who responded by rolling over onto his stomach and doi

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Battle 4 Atlantis 2012 to feature outstanding field

By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter THE newest addition to the NCAA early season tournament scene, the Battle 4 Atlantis will look to continue its momentum and build on its brand with another tournament played at a high level, fe

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Active week for J R Cadot, Miller in the NCAA

By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter AS the NCAA basketball season gets into full swing, it was an active week for a pair of Bahamians during a week of inter conference challenges. J R Cadot equalled his double double total from t

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U-17 girls secure berth in CONCACAF Championships

By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter A lone goal from Keisha McCartney was all the Bahamas Football Association's under-17 girls national team needed to secure their berth in the Confederation of North, Central American and Car

Moneygram security breach

A MONEYGram agent in the Bahamas may have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars this weekend as a result of its system being hacked, The Tribune understands. Harvey Morris, managing dir

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Former candidate lashes out at DNA

By DANA SMITH A FORMER DNA candidate has criticised his former party for comments it made about him when giving the reasons for his removal as its candidate for South Beach. Sammie "Star" Poitier, former DNA South Beach candidate

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Waiting for months to see road repaired

Harbour Island residents said they are incensed that their roads have yet to be paved following infrastructural upgrades that have been completed for months. Chief Counsel for the islan

Man shot in both arms

Police are appealing to members of the public to help them in investigating the murder of a woman whose body was discovered on Friday. Just after 10am, police received information that a body was found in Blue Water Cay, sou

Grand Bahama targets law breakers who dump waste

Freeport - Having just celebrated its fifth anniversary, the Keep Grand Bahama Clean organisation got a major boost when Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour again pledged his officers' full support in the fight against environmental cr

Gun recovered after man shot

By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT - Grand Bahama Police recovered a firearm in a shooting over the weekend that has left a 26-year-old man hospitalised with injuries to the upper right arm. According to repor

Woman left homeless by house fire

By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT - An elderly woman is homeless following a house fire in Lucaya early Friday morning. Fire officials went to a home at Amelia Place off Albacore Drive, where a single-story s

Mortgage company was 'near bankruptcy'

By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter THE Bahamas Mortgage Corporation was headed to bankruptcy as a result of "reckless lending habits" under the PLP administration, chairman Dr Duane Sands said yesterday. Dr Sands said tha

Latest housing division opened

By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT - The first phase of the Wellington Pinder Heights Subdivision was officially opened on Thursday by Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell, who unveiled plans for a complete $

Committee aims to tackle trafficking

By Kathryn Campbell Bahamas Information Services THE Inter-Ministerial committee appointed to review the United States Government's 2011 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report on The Bahamas and to make recommendations on these matters to Cabinet held its i

Extra homes at low price

By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT - The government is actively pursuing development of an additional 100 low-income housing lots at a Freeport subdivision, Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell announced. He

Abuse of children 'problem in society'

THE abuse of children by church leaders, teachers and parents who take part in youth programmes is a problem in the Bahamas, and reflective of a deep problem in society, according to Dr Sandra Dean Patterson, the director of the Bahamas Crisis Centre. Sp

Thursday, December 1

Tottenham beats Villa 2-0, rises to third in league

LONDON (AP) -- Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice on Monday as Tottenham beat Aston Villa 2-0 to rise to third in the Premier League by extending its unbeaten streak to nine matches, including eight victories. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp made his first ap