Stories for August 2013


Friday, August 30

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Defence Force will hold summary trial of marines implicated in Cuban abuse claims

THE Defence Force intends to move forward with a summary trial of the marines implicated in a brutal attack on unresisting Cuban detainees on June 13, The Tribune has learned.

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Thunderstorms and heavy rain hit the Central Bahamas

heavy storm hits New Providence

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Rodney Moncur's case adjourned - he claims it's a showing of 'gangsterism'

Preliminary inquiry into a grossly indecent picture posting allegation adjourned because of a third non-appearance by the chief investigator in the case.

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Dustin Tynes shatters Bahamian swim icon’s record

Dustin Tynes has shattered a four-year-old record that Jeremy Knowles set in 2008.

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'Defence Force officer raped Cuban detainee' claim at Miami press conference

Protesters are telling US and other media about their claims of abuse of detainees

Thursday, August 29

Wellness tourism strategy unveiled

The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has launchded a dual effort to improve industry standards and grow the region’s spa and wellness sector.

Investment approvals 'totally up to date'


Shipyard team passes firefighter training

The 15 members of Grand Bahama Shipyard’s (GBS) Emergency Response Team (ERT) passed a week of intense firefighter training in Orlando, Florida, held at the Valencia College (formerly Central Florida Fire Academy).

RUBIS: Robinson Road clean-up 'on schedule'


GB Chamber in VAT briefing

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s (GBCC) Board and guests met with John Rolle, the Ministry of Finance’s financial secretary, and members of its Value-Added Tax (VAT)implementation team at the Pelican Bay Canal House.

Minnis: This shows need for Freedom of Information Act

FNM leader Hubert Minnis said he will now push for the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, in the aftermath of leaked documents detailing abuse done to Cuban detainees at the detention centre by Defence Force officers, so that such information cannot be withheld.

FNM deputy fears for nation's reputation

NOW that documentation has gone public to verify the abuse of detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner is questioning how the country's international image might be affected.

Gov't stifles $1m Brewery expansion


Minister wants FNM to apologise

DESPITE yesterday’s calls for the prosecution of Defence Force officers responsible for a brutal assault on Cuban detainees – and demands for his own resignation – Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell failed to address the confession of four marines and the publication of evidence implicating several others.

'Stand up for right, not for wrong'

"THE blood of this good man shed in Memphis still cries out across the years, cries out to each and every one of us wherever we may be all across the world to stand up for freedom, to stand up for human dignity, to stand up for equality, to stand up for social justice, to stand up for right and not for wrong…”

Met Office issues thunderstorm warning


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Cuban abuse claims - marines 'admit' beatings - read extracts and see images from the investigation

A YOUNG Defence Force marine admitted that on the direction of superiors, he punched, kicked and beat unresisting Cuban detainees with a stick at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Timeline of events involving the Cuban detainees alongside Fred Mitchell's statements.

How the Cuban story evolved - a timeline of events.

NOELLE NICOLLS: Slaying the dragon; an immodest proposal

Features Editor Noelle Nicolls attends the Keva M. Bethel Distinguished Lecture at the College of the Bahamas.

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Beef patties exported to the Bahamas have been recalled

Pride Foods has recalled beef patty and chub products exported to the Bahamas, according to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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Court case Cubans will fly to the US

Cuban detainees have been released from the custody of immigration to fly to the US.

Wednesday, August 28

Five held over discovery of drug stash

FIVE men were detained by police in Andros in connection with the discovery of a drug stash on a boat.

Rubis readies for 'critical' re-brand

RUBIS will change the look and feel of its Bahamian service stations when it starts to eliminate the Texaco brand within weeks, it has told Tribune Business.

Small Business Agency budget Branded 'gross underestimate'

The budget for the proposed Small and Medium-Sized Business Development Agency (SMEDA) 'should be increased from an initial $25 million spread over five years to that sum on an annual basis.'

Illegal immigrants discovered at a home in the Freeport area

FREEPORT: More than a dozen illegal immigrants were discovered at a home in the Freeport area on Tuesday evening

SEC brands broker's defence 'laughable'


More than 2,000 to be trained by agency


Detainee was left with broken ribs and collapsed lung

THE investigation into allegations of an assault on Cuban detainees by Defence Force marines officially began on July 30, more than six weeks after the incident occurred.

BTC 'vehemently denies' Cable portability claim

Cable Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday renewed their verbal war, this time over who was to blame for the delay in introducing number portability to this nation.

Bell criticises FNM for 'irrational' boycott

STATE Minister Keith Bell criticised what he called the irrational behaviour of the FNM party.

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VIDEO: Young woman shot during robbery

TWO men robbed a group of teenages and shot a young woman during an armed robbery.

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Severe thunderstorm warning from Met Office


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PM: 'Carry on Luther King's noble struggle'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie says we must be resolved to carry on 'the greater noble struggle for which Martin Luther King Jr gave his life.'

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Cuban claims to have been 'almost killed' in detention centre beating

CUBAN man claiming to have been in custody at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre says he was one of a group of detainees beaten.

Gunman held up service station

A MAN was responsible for an armed robbery at a Carmichael Road service station.

Police name shooting victims

Police have formally identified four victims who were shot to death over the weekend.

Police make drug bust in Andros

FIVE men in custody after they was arrested by police in Andros for possession of dangerous drugs.

Tuesday, August 27

Target market, but don't cut

By D’Arcy Rahming

CIBC Trust fights $113m fraudster


Bahamians receive 13 tourism scholarships

Thirteen young Bahamians have been awarded scholarships to pursue tourism-related studies, thanks to a collaborative effort by three organisations.

Business Outlook's 10th anniversary

The Abaco Business Outlook (ABO) will celebrate its 10th anniversary when it is held on Wednesday, September 25, at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour. U

Six cubans arrested - but two go missing

ONLY four of the six Cubans apprehended by the US Coast Guard on Friday were taken to the Detention Centre, The Tribune understands.

Fitzgerald: schools facing union threat will open as scheduled

FOLLOWING a union threat to pull teachers and shut down two schools if the principals are not removed, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald said the schools will open as scheduled.

Wilchcombe: I will promote positive image of country

Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said he will continue to promote a positive image of the Bahamas.

GSSSA reverting back to their old schedule

The GSSSA, which caters to 12 junior and senior high schools, will be reverting back to their old schedule where volleyball is played first and softball is last on the agenda

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ADRIAN GIBSON: The Elliston Rahming diplomatic 'fiasco'

THE government’s scurrying this week to right a “diplomatic wrong” indicates that they blundered and are thoroughly embarrassed by the Elliston Rahming diplomatic fiasco.

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Crash victim's daughter petitions for a review of laws on driving recklessly

A petition has been launched to revisit laws in the Bahamas which apply to persons who are convicted of harming or killing a person while driving recklessly.

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Defence Force officers have admitted abusing Cuban detainees says FNM

FIVE Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers have admitted to abusing Cuban detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre by way of written statements, according to the Free National Movement. 

Monday, August 26

Sex attacks in detention centre claim

THE Democracy Movement is alleging that women Cuban migrants with other nationalities were sexually assaulted while detained in the Bahamas.

New hotel 'can be fine example to others'

A NEW Bahamian-owned boutique hotel in western New Providence can become a fine example to other local businessmen of what can happen when they invest in their country, Prime Minister Perry Christie said.

PM: Need for heightened protection against crime

There is a 'compelling need' for heightened protection against the scourge of crime, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

Bahamas ties with seven other countries for 16th place at Pan American Junior Championships

Tthe Bahamas' four-member team finished tied with seven other countries for 16th place at the 17th Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia.

PM: Public will know the truth

THE public will know exactly what has taken place regarding the government's probe into abuse allegations at the detention centre unless making that information public will endanger any further steps Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

Fourth murder in four days

POLICE are asking for the public's help in solving the country's fourth murder in four days.

FNM says five Defence Force officers have admitted to abusing Cuban detainees

FIVE Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers have admitted to abusing Cuban detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre by way of written statements, according to the Free National Movement.

Police investigate death of boy, 14, from drowning

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the apparent drowning of a 14-year-old boy on Sunday afternoon.

Government proposed 21-year lease of reclaimed Crown Land to Peter Nygard

The Government proposed a 21-year lease of reclaimed Crown Land at Nygard Cay to its fashion mogul owner, with an annual rental rate pegged at $25,000.

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Cuban injury picture showing a man's whipped back 'is genuine'

THIS picture revealed on a social media website apparently showing a man’s whipped back is authentic and was submitted to the government as evidence of Cuban detainee abuse, The Tribune understands.

Dengue fever alert in Florida

HEALTH officials have issued an alert for dengue fever in a Central Florida community.

Teenager gunned down outside house

17-year-old dead after drive-by shooting

14-year-old boy drowned in pond

Police are investigating the drowning death of a 14-year-old boy in a pond.

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Severe thunderstorm warning for islands


Sunday, August 25

THREE DEAD in 48 hours of violence


Environmental groups renew call for a Freedom of Information Act

TWO environmental groups representing hundreds of members renewed their “urgent cry” for a Freedom of Information Act after a barge laden with pipes and construction materials entered Bimini harbour – but no one can find out why.

Marine's death is thought to be suicide

THE ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force as well as friends and family of 41-year-old Chinyere Wilkinson are mourning his loss today, after the marine is believed to have committed suicide on Friday.

THREE feared dead as boat capsizes


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Mitchell: FNM stance 'sickening'

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday criticised Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis who accused the government of covering up alleged abuse of Cuban detainees.

Man dies after being thrown from car

A YOUNG man died after being thrown from a vehicle in a traffic accident early yesterday morning.

Picture is a part of govt investigation

A PICTURE revealed on a social media website of a man’s whipped back is authentic and was submitted to the government as evidence of Cuban detainee abuse, The Tribune understands.

Nygard lease plan revealed


Saturday, August 24

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Sentence delay for man who caused $1.2m road damage

A MAN who admitted for the second time to causing $1.2 million damage to the airport road was told by a magistrate that she would need time to consider the factors in his case before deciding what to do with him. Acting Chief Magistrate Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt told 53-year-old Thomas Alexander Rigby that he would be medically and psychologically evaluated before she makes a decision on September 27.

Phillippa ‘Lady’ Russell questioned by police

FORMER ZNS Radio talkshow host Phillippa ‘Lady’ Russell was taken in for questioning by officers of the police’s Commercial Crimes Division yesterday morning.

Man held after stabbing his mother three times

A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN is in custody after he stabbed his mother three times after a row at their home.

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PM: Minnis will pay price over Cuban claims

PRIME Minister Perry Christie says Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis will ‘pay a political price’ for claiming there was a cover-up over the alleged abuse of Cuban detainees in the Bahamas.

Friday, August 23


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ACCORDING TO ME: The Cuban fiasco's biggest abuser

THE Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas spoke this week on the current Cuban detainees controversy, telling the country he leads that he is both “worried” and “concerned” about our nation’s reputation – a reputation that has once again become tarnished in large part by the actions of one of his Ministers – Ministers he ought to keep in check as head of the Cabinet.

Yes, Mr Mitchell, there was another way

IN AN article published in The Tribune on Wednesday, guest commentator Kirkland Turner repeated a humorous catch praise describing diplomacy as the “art of telling someone to go to hell and having them look forward to the journey”.

Man arrested for stabbing his mother

A 24-year old male is in custody accused of stabbing his 41-year old mother.

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Bran calls for calm heads in controversy

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville McCartney called for “calm and sensible heads” to prevail in the Cuban detainee abuse controversy.

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Man accused of beating two-year-old to death

A MAN accused of murdering a two-year-old infant was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge he faced when arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Amnesty International concern over Cuban probe

HUMAN rights activists have questioned how thorough an investigation into allegations of abuse at Carmichael Road detention centre would be if those who claim to have been victims are facing deportation.

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Police officers’ attorney says he would have shot man who died in custody

JAMIE Smith should have died from a close range gunshot wound to the heart, Wayne Munroe told the Coroner’s Court yesterday.

Offender found in Canada had magistrate’s permission

THE CEO of ICS Security Concepts is defending his company’s monitoring capabilities as criticisms mount when it was revealed that a man on bail and wearing an ankle bracelet was found in Canada.

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Sands: Were any deportees witnesses?

FNM Deputy Chairman Dr Duane Sands has questioned whether any of the recent Cuban nationals who have been repatriated to their home country were either witnesses to, or victims themselves of the reported physical abuse at the Detention Centre that took place on May 20.

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Animals tortured in abandoned building

ANIMALS are tortured at an abandoned hotel used as an apartment complex, claim neighbours and a concerned animal lover.

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Move after Neil Ellis' resignation

EIGHTEEN Baptist churches in the Bahamas have withdrawn their membership from the Full Gospel Fellowship as a result of Bishop Neil Ellis’ resignation from the international religious body.

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FOCOL: Deal structure prevented any Esso bid

FOCOL Holdings yesterday said it decided not to bid for Esso (Bahamas) because the deal’s multi-territory structure was “not consistent with our business model”.

'Highly efficient' Bahamas: OECD praises 85% tax mark

The Bahamas has been praised by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) for the “highly efficient manner” in which it deals with tax information requests, processing 85 per cent within six months of receipt.

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Credit union eyes 'other measures' over Club Land'Or

A leading credit union yesterday warned it may “have to take other measures” if a prominent Paradise Island resort fails to soon remedy payment arrears dating back to November 2012.

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OECD endorses 'huge strides' by the Bahamas

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) latest review endorses the “huge strides” the Bahamas has made in meeting its tax information exchange obligations, a leading financial executive said yesterday.

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NCAA: Shockers have high hopes for Kadeem Coleby

SITTING on the sidelines for the 2012-13 NCAA season, Kadeem Coleby watched his Wichita State Shockers nearly complete a storybook ending to their season when they reached the NCAA Final Four.

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Team Bahamas gets 'C' grade

NOW that the curtains have come down on the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia, it’s time to put the performances of the Bahamas’ 27-member team into perspective.

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Sports journalists meet with NACAC chief, IAAF director

Representatives of the Sport Journalists Chapter of the ACM met with Victor Lopez, president of North America, Central America & Caribbean Athletic Associations (NACAC) and Anna Legnani, deputy director in the IAAF Communications Department, during a luncheon with the NACAC Family at the IAAF Lounge on August 15.

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STUBBS OPINION: 'Bringing the world to our backyard'

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations will be bringing the world to the new Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium when it hosts the inaugural IAAF World Relays May 24-25.

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Richardson back from injury

An ankle sprain relegated Antoan Richardson to the disabled list for approximately three weeks, but the veteran outfielder made his return just in time as the Rochester Red Wings are set to make a playoff run.

Cable: Cellular battle 'two to three years away'

Cable Bahamas believes that competition in the Bahamian cellular market is “at best two to three years away”, making it “premature” to devise a pricing regime for calls between mobile phones.

Fox sniffs out GB investments

Former NBA player turned actor, Rick Fox, recently embarked on a fact-finding mission to Grand Bahama in his new role as a tourism and investment ambassador for the Bahamas.

Equities market rebound holds

The Bahamian equities market consolidated its fledgling recovery in the 2013 second quarter, data unveiled yesterday shows, with the BISX All-Share Index up 4.49 per cent for the first half.

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Fox in Grand Bahama on factfinding mission

FREEPORT – Former NBA player turned actor Rick Fox went on a fact-finding mission to Grand Bahama in his new role as a tourism and investment ambassador for the country.

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COB welcomes hundreds of students for new term

HUNDREDS of high school graduates attending new student orientation activities at the College of the Bahamas this week are transitioning into a life of higher education.

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American man denied bail in tourist rape case

AN American man vacationing in paradise is now behind bars at Fox Hill prison after being denied bail yesterday in connection with a rape allegation made by another tourist.

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Remembering Raleigh Butler

RALEIGH Butler, described by the prime minister as a pillar of the community who played a vital role in the business and political affairs of the modern Bahamas, was laid to rest yesterday.

No charge for officer whose dog died in hot car

THE police officer responsible for the death of a dog killed by heat stress after being locked in a van for more than a day will not be charged with criminal negligence, a senior officer said.

Thursday, August 22

Ceremony to honour Independence couples

AS part of the celebrations of the nation’s 40th anniversary, Grace Community Church, in conjunction with Rex Major and Associates, will conduct a special ceremony to honour all couples married in the year the Bahamas became independent.


In Wednesday’s Tribune, in an article entitled “Pop star Shakira ‘cannot win’ Bahamas Court case”, it was incorrectly stated that John F Wilson is an associate of the law firm McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes.

TOUGH CALL: Tax justice and what it would mean for the Bahamian economy

IN July, the Observer newspaper in Britain published an exhaustive study by the Tax Justice Network asserting that at least $21 trillion of unreported private financial wealth was hidden in secret tax havens by the global super-rich elite at the end of 2010 – a sum equal to the combined size of the American and Japanese economies.

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Election rift may have led to bishop’s shock resignation

A RIFT during the Full Gospel election of a new leader prompted Mount Tabor Church pastor Bishop Neil C Ellis’ decision to resign from the international religious body, The Tribune understands.

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Man accused of killing gang leader

A MAN suspected of being the culprit behind the “execution” of an alleged gang leader was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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‘Woman raped in blackout’

POLICE are investigating a woman’s allegation that she was attacked and raped during a power outage by an acquaintance she had been casually talking with just before the lights went out.

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US is likely destination for two Cuban refugees

THE United States of America is the likely asylum country for two of three Cubans who made a habeas corpus application before the Supreme Court, The Tribune learned yesterday.

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Man with ankle monitor found in Canada

A MAN on bail wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet was discovered in Canada.

Police dog dies from heat in van

A GERMAN Shepherd dog owned by the Royal Bahamas Police Force died from heat stress on Monday after being found in the back of a van.

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FNM says minister should sacked

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell last night shot down calls for his termination from the Cabinet of the Bahamas, denying any alleged cover-up of physical abuse to Cuban detainees at the Detention Centre earlier this year.

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Bank closes US branch

Bank of the Bahamas International yesterday confirmed it had effectively closed its sole US branch on June 30, after regulatory changes made its business model “non-viable”.

Esso sale in Gov't approval 'challenge'

Esso (Bahamas) may “face some challenges” in getting its multi-million dollar sale to the Barbados-based SOL Group approved by the Government, Tribune Business can reveal.

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$7.5m at stake for BISX firm on plant deal

Consolidated Water has confirmed the Water & Sewerage Corporation is examining “alternatives” to extending its Windsor plant water supply agreement for another five years, potentially jeopardising $7.5 million in annual revenues.

Bahamas broker blasts 'contradictory' SEC

A Bahamian broker/dealer has slammed US regulators for “contradicting themselves” over whether it should have uncovered an alleged $11.834 million ‘illegal unregistered share offering’.

Project's pledge: 'As much power as you can hope for'

A $500 million alternative energy project yesterday pledged that its sea turbines could “generate as much power as this country could ever hope for”, and at rates 50 per cent below the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) existing tariffs.

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YOUR SAY: Is there light at the end of the tunnel?

NO matter what your political affiliation, you would agree that there is a feeling of despair and hopelessness in our country.

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Concerns raised over condition of surrey horses

ANIMAL rights workers say they are concerned about the poor condition of surrey horses in New Providence, but drivers hit back with their own complaints about working conditions.

YOUR SAY: Security should be part of your approach to business

DUE to the high level of crime, security has come to be the watchword for almost all businesses in the Bahamas.

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Miss Bahamas contestants introduced to public

THE launch of Miss Bahamas 2013 was celebrated yesterday with a reception at The Nassau Florist/ JW Events on Dowdeswell Street, at which seven of the eight contestants were offically sashed by their sponsored and introduced to the public.

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Hewitt to sport Sands Beer logo

Former world No.1 Australian professional tennis player Lleyton Hewitt will once again sport the Sands Beer logo when he competes in the US Open as he did when he competed in Wimbledon 2013.

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Bahamas draw 2-2 with USVI

IN the team’s final match in group stage play, the Bahamas failed to improve on its fourth place in the Group A standings.

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Pratt advances to semis, Thompson eliminated

SOME of the Bahamas’ best junior tennis players continue their tour of tournaments around the Caribbean, with the latest stop this week in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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LJ Rose to play for Houston Cougars

HOUSTON Cougars transfer LJ Rose will not have to wait the customary season on the sidelines before he takes the court for his new programme this fall.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Colina Insurance in outlook boost

The Bahamas’ largest life and health insurer yesterday received a boost from the industry’s top rating agency, which upgraded the company’s outlook to ‘stable’ from ‘negative’.

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VAT: Govt aims to finalise regulations by end of month

THE government hopes to wrap up the entire process of formulating the legislation and regulations that will govern Value Added Tax in the Bahamas by the end of the month, State Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis told The Tribune yesterday.

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New York mayor praises green team

DECLARING it a model that will serve to help cities around the world survive catastrophic weather events that threaten human lives, wildlife and habitats, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a unique, all-star team of research institutions and non-profits, thanking those who made its creation possible, including the National Park Service, Rockefeller Foundation, Secunda Family Foundation, National Grid and Bahamas-based billionaire Louis Bacon.

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Ride for Hope organisers thank company for its support

RIDE for Hope organisers visited Odyssey Aviation to show their appreciation for the company’s continued support for the charity event.

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The search is on for the next gospel superstar

THE songs have been approved and the judges are ready to search for the next gospel superstar as 242Untapped gets ready to host auditions for season two.

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Mitchell and Nottage meet Panama officials

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell and National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage met yesterday with Panama officials to discuss the much-disputed offer of asylum for 19 Cubans who had been detained in Nassau.

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3,000 backpacks given to students

A PRIVATE company donated 3,000 backpacks to inner city students as part of the Urban Renewal programme yesterday.

Government reverses decision on medical package for law enforcement officers

THE government announced yesterday a reversal of their decision to implement a new medical insurance package for law enforcement officers.

US Embassy has not confirmed if video is true

THE US Embassy in Nassau says it has not confirmed the truth of a video allegedly showing abuses against Cuban detainees in the Bahamas.

Wednesday, August 21

Cable unveils its Board appointees

Cable Bahamas last night confirmed that Phaedra Mackey-Knowles, Calvin Knowles and Ministry of Finance official, Simon Wilson, have been appointed to its Board of Directors coinciding with the resignation of Anthony Butler. He remains the company’s president and chief executive.

Bimini gains 300 visitor boost via flotilla getaway

The Marine Max Annual Lobster Bash’s rendezvous at Resorts World-Bimini marked the end of the summer vacation.

Cape Fear Heroes to hold open tryouts in Freeport

THE Cape Fear Heroes, a professional indoor football team from Fayetteville, North Carolina (USA), and the Bahamas American Football Federation have formed a relationship to help promote the sport of American Football in the Bahamas.

BFSB, regulator team on captive education

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and the Insurance Commission of the Bahamas have teamed up to provide full scholarships for the Associates in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation.

Bank legal chief passes the test

Pasche Bank & Trust’s legal head, Thamara Saunders-Munnings, has passed the Canadian Chief Compliance Officer qualifying exam after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI).

Rum Cay celebrates its Patronal Festival


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Minnis calls for Christie to fire Fred Mitchell over issue of Cuban detainees

Opposition Leader Hubert Minnis has this afternoon called for Prime Minister Perry Christie to fire Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell from his Cabinet.

Poachers are killing the fishing industry

FISHING was once a lucrative business for our local fishermen. But no more.

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Cuban detainees granted asylum 'in the United States'

TWO of three Cuban detainees who made a habeas corpus application before the Supreme Court have been accepted for asylum into a third country.

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Minister tight-lipped over teaching union action threat

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald is saying as little as possible about a threat from Teachers Union President Belinda Wilson that her members will shut down two schools in the country if the schools’ principals are not removed.

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Jitney driver dies after being shot in robbery

A BUS driver became the country’s latest murder victim when he was shot and robbed Monday evening.

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Shock as Bishop Ellis resigns from Full Gospel community

SHOCKWAVES rippled through the Full Gospel Baptist community yesterday when Bishop Neil C Ellis announced his resignation as the second Presiding Bishop and as a member of the Bishop’s Council of the church’s international community with immediate effect.

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Rahming is the ambassador who never was as new man appointed in Washington

AFTER months of waiting for Dr Elliston Rahming to be accepted as the Bahamas’ Ambassador to Washington, the Bahamas has been forced to transfer him to the United Nations and appoint Dr Eugene Newry in his place.

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Pop star Shakira 'cannot win' Bahamas court case

POP star Shakira, a permanent resident of The Bahamas, cannot win her near $6 million lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, his Bahamian lawyer said yesterday.

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Christie fears for country’s reputation

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday admitted that he is concerned about the country’s reputation with the international community in the wake of criticisms that followed the repatriation of a group of Cubans.

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'Changing landscape' doubles realtor's foreign web share

A well-known realtor yesterday said international visitors had more than doubled their share of ‘hits’ on his website, after he expanded into the luxury market within the last six months.

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Airline's $4m spend hinging on US pass

A leading aviation executive yesterday said the success of his latest $4 million investment depends heavily on whether the Bahamas retains Category 1 status with the US, with federal inspectors due back in this nation today.

BORCO owner confident on $25m recovery

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company’s (BORCO) owner is optimistic that it will recover the full $25 million in damage caused when a ship collided with one of the Grand Bahama-based facility’s jetties.

'No reason to delay' renewable energy until 2014

There is “no reason” for the Government to delay decisions on renewable energy proposals until 2014, a leading proponent yesterday calling for it to reintroduce the recently-withdrawn tender for Family Island project.

Cable closes first Florida acquisition

Cable Bahamas yesterday confirmed it had closed one of its four Florida acquisitions, purchasing US Metropolitan Telecom for $23.256 million.

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Man and woman arrested after firearm found

FREEPORT – A man and woman were arrested in Abaco on Monday after a firearm was discovered at a home in the Mud.

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Sports tourism to get boost as Bahamas hosts NCAA postseason

SPORTS tourism in the Bahamas achieved another milestone when it was announced that the Bahamas was one of two new venues set to host NCAA postseason games in 2014.

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U-17 girls to depart for Centrobasket tournament next week

IT WAS a heartbreaking finish for the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s under-17 men’s team at last week’s Centrobasket Championships.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Three ways to raise revenue

Jay Abrams is a world-famous marketing consultant that executives of Fortune 500 companies pay a lot to for advice.

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Bran: Govt must invest in new technology to fight illegal immigration

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville McCartney said the government must invest in new technology in the fight against illegal immigration.

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Union president: Results can only improve if teacher supervision improves

THE results of standardised exams like the BGCSE can only improve if teacher supervision improves, Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said.

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DNA leader: Live up to promise on shanty town landowners

DNA Leader Branville McCartney is pressuring government to follow through on its promised prosecution of shanty town landowners.

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PM: Don't like the new scheme? Have the old one

IF CUSTOMS and immigration workers object to a new medical insurance package then the government has no reservations about re-implementing their previous scheme, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

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Wilson concerned about state of Family Island

WHILE she believes the majority of schools on New Providence will be ready to open when school starts a week from now, Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson told The Tribune yesterday that she is concerned about the condition of a few schools in the Family Islands.

Family wait for answers on missing jet ski operator

IT HAS been three days since 49-year-old Rufus Frederick Storr disappeared in waters off Cabbage Beach but his family says they are still “nowhere close” to knowing what happened to him.

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Defence Force officer handed prestigious British scholarship

A DEFENCE Force officer has been named a recipient of a prestigious British scholarship.

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Unions offer health care solution

JOHN Pinder, president of the Bahamas Public Service Union, said that the country’s largest union may be able to offer the uniformed branches of the civil service a solution to what is currently the most pressing issue they face today – the cost and scope of health care coverage.

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Jalam brings poetic vibes with new single 'My Mama'

BAHAMIAN singer Jalam pays tribute to his mother and all other mothers in his new music video “My Mama”. Through his poetic lyrics, Jalam expresses gratitude and love for his mother’s guidance and struggles.

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Stepping into the spotlight

THE DOORS have opened for Bahamian model David Maycock to step onto the international modelling scene

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Sammie Swain restaging: an opportunity to 'invest in Bahamians'

pics in website daily as Sammie Swain

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Residents help to fight blaze in Abaco

RESIDENTS and firefighters joined forces to battle a blaze that broke out at a residence in Hope Town, Abaco, yesterday afternoon.

Ya Hear?

• Ya hear Chris Brown ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service?

OPINION: The cowboy diplomat

THERE is a humorous catchphrase about diplomacy – it’s the “art of telling someone to go to hell and having them look forward to the journey”.

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Thomas set to fly high in Diamond League

Following a performance at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships which proved he’s still among the elite at the international level, Donald Thomas will be back amongst the talented field which produced one of the most thrilling finishes in Moscow last week.

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Team named for Jr Pan Am Championships

AFTER much debate about whether the Bahamas would in fact be able to field a team for the Junior Pan Am Championships, a four-member team was finally named just days before competition.

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Getting to know DJ Hardness

SATISFYING his listening audience is all the drive he needs to keep pushing himself in the entertainment world.

Gov't seeks meeting with other Feb Point purchasers

FREEPORT – The Government wants to meet with all shareholders in the group seeking to purchase Exuma’s February Point development prior to giving final approval to the $8.3 million deal.

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PM: Anyone who abused detainees will be prosecuted

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has promised to prosecute to the full extent of the law any officer found guilty of abusing Cuban detainees.

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Ankle bracelets contract 'may not be renewed'

THE government’s contract with the company that supplies ankle bracelets for suspects on bail may not be renewed, with National Security Minister Bernard Nottage saying the government has not been satisfied with the results of the system to date.

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Spared death penalty but back in court for new sentence

A MAN sentenced to death for murder more than two decades ago appeared in Supreme Court yesterday for re-sentencing.

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PM's birthday prediction is a safer, richer Bahamas

AS he marks his 70th birthday today, Prime Minister Perry Christie is predicting the Bahamas will reap “significant” results on key issues like crime and the economy by the end of his term in office.

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Mitchell: It could have been handled differently

WHEN asked about Prime Minister Christie’s statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said that things could have been handled differently.

Bahamas imagines playing host to global band battles

GLOBAL Battle of the Bands could come to the Bahamas, said the chief executive officer of the global competition.

Tuesday, August 20

Foreign diplomat appointments

FRED Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, has announced two additional appointments to his foreign diplomatic team.

Health and wellness symposium

THE One Eleuthera Foundation, in conjunction with the Family Medicine Centre, the Cancer Society of Eleuthera and others, hosted the 2nd annual “Pathway to Wellness: Reversing the Trends” health and wellness symposium.

Politicians don’t understand business

OVER the weekend, we had an interesting, but troubling talk with two businessmen. One was particularly concerned by the confusion being caused in the business community, which had resulted in the sudden – and unexpected – drop in business.

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Bus driver dead after he was shot at Toote Shop Corner

Bus driver robbed and shot by gunman - passenger was taken to hospital.

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Neil Ellis resigns from Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International

Senior Pastor of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church, Neil C. Ellis, has formally resigned as 2nd Presiding bishop,

New Bahamas ambassadors to U.S. and U.N.


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Amnesty given no answer on monitoring of Detention Centre

HUMAN rights watchdog Amnesty International says it got “no answer” when it called on Bahamian authorities to allow independent monitoring of the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Panama ‘has waited six days for response’

PANAMANIAN officials stationed in New Providence have been waiting for the government to respond to their requests for a meeting for the past six days.

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Woman raped by men who kidnapped her boyfriend

POLICE have launched an island wide hunt for three men responsible for the abduction and rape of a woman and holding her boyfriend hostage early Sunday morning.

Search under way for jet ski operator

THE FAMILY of 49-year-old Rufus Frederick Storr camped out at the Montagu Ramp all day yesterday hoping for some good news.

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Meeting with congresswoman may be scrapped

AS INTERNATIONAL criticism continues to grow over the repatriation of a group of Cubans, Cabinet will today consider cancelling planned discussions with a US congresswoman, The Tribune understands.

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THERE is “absolutely no question” that affordable housing is a challenge on New Providence according to Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) and Arawak Homes President Franon Wilson, who told this newspaper the demand for home ownership was “stronger than ever”.

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Gov't to revamp BIA into 'vibrant investment promotion vehicle'

MINISTER of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle said the Government was moving on its plans to revamp the Bahamas Investment Authority into a “vibrant investment promotion vehicle”, telling Tribune Business that an economic development approach was critical to the survivability of small and medium enterprises.

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Palm Cay sees significant interest in condo offering

A $200 million eastern New Providence development has seen significant interest in its recently launched condo offering, its sales and marketing director telling Tribune Business that despite the traditionally slow summer period, the development had seen “a good amount activity” in lot sales and reservations for its condo product.

Gov't looking to wrap up February Point deal

THE Government appears to be set for one final wrap up meeting before moving to approve the $8.3 million purchase of Exuma’s February Point.

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18-year-old charged with girl's murder

AN 18-year-old boy was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the strangling death of a 17-year-old girl, the country’s 69th homicide victim for the year.

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Murdered US girl’s father suggests police force ‘cover-up’

IT’S BEEN 11 years since Gary Karp’s teenage daughter was found stuffed in a garbage bag and dumped in a canal in Florida, but Mr Karp says he will not rest until her killer is behind bars.

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For the love coconuts

THE one thing Youlette Etienne enjoys most about being an entrepreneur is the fact that she is her very own boss. As the founder and owner of the Vennie’s Natural Factory, an organic food processing company that produces 100 percent organic coconut oil, milk, butter, flour and flakes in the Bahamas, Youlette said her business is very time consuming and labour intensive, but she enjoys the many creative ideas that continue to flow from one idea to the next.

Young Bahamian launching first novel

Davrielle Burrows, a 23 year old Bahamian author recently released her first novel “Never Been Kissed”. She hosted the official launch and book signing on August 16 at Starbucks in the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre.

Faith or fear: What fuels you forward?

The best way to determine whether faith or fear fuels you forward is to listen to the tenets of your everyday conversations.

CHAMBER VOICE: Time is money

WHAT is time and why is it important? How does guarding and watching time in the corporate world benefit those in industry?

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Hosts Bahamas ‘should stack up very well’ at inaugrual IAAF World Relays

MOSCOW, Russia — With the 14th IAAF Worlds over and done with, the focus now switches to the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ hosting of the inaugural IAAF World Relays next year.

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BRENT STUBBS: No medals but Bahamas did well for small nation

MOSCOW, Russia — The 14th IAAF World Championships didn’t end the way Team Bahamas expected.

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Centrobasketball team 'a force to reckon with'

THE Bahamas was one of four teams to finish the 2013 Centrobasket Under-17 Championship with a single loss on their record and, despite a fifth place finish, established themselves as a force to reckon with in the region.

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COCACAF Under 15: Bahamas lose to Cayman Islands

ANOTHER loss at the inaugural CONCACAF Boys Under-15 tournament places the Bahamas fourth in Group A after four games.

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Giants beat Bradley University 77-74

THE Bahamas Basketball Federation’s ‘Summer of Thunder’ is just over three weeks in and local teams have already achieved unprecedented success, with three wins in the summer-long series against top tier NCAA Division I teams.

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Police custody death inquest visits room where Jamie Smith died

THE jury in the Jaime Smith coroner’s inquest were taken to see the room where the 35-year-old died while in police custody at the Central Detective Unit.

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Unrest grows over new health insurance scheme

THE Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union has joined forces with several law enforcement associations to protest a new health insurance scheme.

Task force set to tackle gender-based violence

THE task force appointed by the government to address gender based violence got down to business in the first of what will be bi-weekly meetings.

Bahamians awarded scholarships to begin studies in China

THIRTEEN Bahamian students were awarded scholarships to undertake studies in the People’s Republic of China yesterday.

Activists call off campaign to provide chance for talks

THE group of activists in Miami protesting the poor treatment of Cuban detainees in the Bahamas have called off their campaign to facilitate cordial discussions.

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Thinking eco

THIRTY-TWO young people completed a week long “eco-experience” on the island of Andros as part of this year’s Eco-Camp.

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Renewed plea for missing boy, 17

DISTRAUGHT family members of a missing 17-year-old boy are appealing to anyone who may have information concerning his whereabouts.

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Workshop encourages green thinking

FREEPORT – THE Grand Bahama Port Authority spearheaded a two-day workshop for environmental stakeholders on the island.

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Roberts says Cash is 'clueless and confused'

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts hit out at his Free National Movement counterpart Darron Cash after he criticised the government’s new energy policy and its handling of Cuban detainees.

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Two charged over thefts

FREEPORT – Two men were arraigned before the Courts on Monday in relation to a string of thefts from cars in the Smith’s Point area.

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'Ankle bracelet monitors have not live up to hype'

WITH three months left on the ankle bracelet contract between the government and ICS Security Concepts, DNA leader Branville McCartney said it patently clear that this piece of crime fighting technology has not lived up to the hype.

Killing of two-year-old sparks call by activists

A LOCAL activist group is calling for the return of corporal punishment for serious offenders after the killing of a two-year-old infant and another weekend marred by violence.

Call to clamp down on poachers

FEARS have been raised over the future of the fishing industry by local fishermen who are calling on the government to ramp up its fight against poachers.

Monday, August 19

HG Christie Ltd. gets exclusive agreement on first class properties

THE New Providence Development Company Ltd (NPDCo) has announced it has awarded HG Christie Ltd, The Bahamas exclusive affiliate for Christie International Real Estate, an exclusive agreement on a selection of first class properties in three of its prime developments.

The physical solution for an obesity problem

By Dr Bernie Hanna


OVER the weekend, we had an interesting, but troubling talk with two businessmen. One was particularly concerned by the confusion being caused in the business community, which had resulted in the sudden – and unexpected – drop in business.

The key to managing acid reflux


'Limits on firms paying VAT is discriminatory'

THE proposal from government to only require Value Added Tax from companies making more than $50,000 in profits is discriminatory, according to director and operations manager of Nassau Motor Company Rick Lowe.

Are we unconsiously signing off on rape?


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Florida legislator lays new claims against Fred Mitchell

Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says Bahamian officials conducted themselves 'in a manner not conducive to a free society.'

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The crisis of the invisible black man

BECAUSE we have passed through periods of emancipation, decolonization, desegregation and independence, there are many who assume that race – once the primary basis of prejudice against black people – is no longer a relevant topic for discussion.  

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Florida senator Marco Rubio 'outraged' over Bahamas deporting Cubans

United States Congressional members express 'outrage' in letter to Prime Minister Perry Christie

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National record for men's 4x100 relay team, women's team disqualified

MOSCOW, Russia — The time: 38.70 seconds. It was posted as a national record for the quartet of sprinters Adrian Griffith, Warren Fraser (he was under the weather over the past few days), Jamial Rolle and Shavez Hart as they clinched third place in the last of three heats in the semifinal of the men’s 4 x 100 metre relay.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: We've been here before

LONG Island — Here comes Blue Water all over again! Certainly, that’s what most Bahamians must be thinking about the government’s sudden decision to divide the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) into two, privatising one of the proposed splinter companies.

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Man shot dead in gunfight with police

A MAN died in a gunfire exchange with police during a weekend when nine persons were arrested for being in possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

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FNM offers support over energy – if the PLP is serious

FNM Chairman Darron Cash said that Prime Minister Perry Christie will get both “political cover” and “support” from the FNM if he is honestly serious about addressing the country’s energy challenges.

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Minister dismisses reports of Panama asylum offer

NO MEETINGS will occur today between Panamanian officials and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell who dismissed reports yesterday that the government of Panama had granted territorial asylum to 19 Cuban nationals detained in the Bahamas as “misinformation.”

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Body found in South Beach canal

A BODY was found in the South Beach Canal yesterday, making it the second in less than a month, discovered in that area.

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Mitchell denies any admission over abuse

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said any allegations of abuse of detainees, including an alleged incident on June 16 resulting in three Cubans reportedly being hospitalised, are under investigation.

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Laing: VAT timeline 'not doable'

THE Bahamas must develop a tax structure “that suits us” according to an ex-FNM Finance Minister, who said that the Government should “rethink” its plan to introduce a 15 per cent Value Added Tax in mid-2014.

Consulting firm to spearhead small business 'needs analysis' survey

DESCRIBED as the singularly “most critical” component towards the development of a Small & Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDA), a local management consulting firm is set to undertake a “Needs Analysis” survey of as many as 800 such businesses throughout The Bahamas.

Laing: New tax proposal must take Freeport privileges into account

THE implementation of any new tax system “has to take account” of the legal and economic privileges Freeport enjoys under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, a former Cabinet minister has warned.

Gov't looks to launch excise stamp for tobacco products

Targeting a September launch of the new excise stamp for tobacco products, the Ministry of Finance is providing details of related regulations and procedures to educate manufacturers, vendors and purchasers of such goods to ensure a smooth and beneficial transition for all concerned.

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Green energy scheme 'could save BEC $400m a year'

A UK-based renewable energy power and its Bahamian partners are touting a green energy technology proposal which seeks to ‘revolutionise’ the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) existing electrical system and generate millions in annual cost savings for the country’s major electricity provider.

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Cleare pleased with 'reservoir of talent'

MOSCOW, Russia — There were no medals but a tie with seven other countries for 30th place in the standings after a fourth and a sixth place in two finals was all that Team Bahamas could muster as the changing of the guard was quite evident in a number of events at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championship.

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DNA leader calls on Ingraham to apologise

FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham should apologise to the Bahamian people rather than offer apologies to Baha Mar’s Chinese investors, DNA Leader Branville McCartney said in a press release yesterday.

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PM holds out prospect of BTC extension

NEGOTIATIONS between the government and BTC are reaching a point where Prime Minister Perry Christie may be able to determine whether he is prepared to extend the time for liberalisation.

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Missing girl is back home

A THIRTEEN-year girl reported missing last week has returned home, the second teen girl do so in a matter of days, according to police.

Christina Galanos raises questions over VAT

IN this short feature, we present the questions and concerns from business owners and the general public as it to relates to the implementation of Value Added Tax 11 months from now.

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Education minister pleased with school renovations

FREEPORT – Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald said he is pleased with the progress of renovations on schools in Grand Bahama and that he expects a very smooth opening for government-operated schools on the island.

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Releasing Georgie

THE Atlantis Resort’s Animal Rescue Team has announced the successful release of Georgie, an endangered West Indian Manatee, at Great Harbor Cay.

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Cash tells McCartney to 'get a life'

BRANVILLE McCartney clearly does not understand the role of the opposition according to FNM chairman Darron Cash, who told the DNA leader he needs to “get a life”.

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CONCACAF: Bahamas enjoys 8-0 win

AFTER a pair of defeats to open tournament play in regional competition on the soccer pitch, the Bahamas finally scored its first victory at an inaugural CONCACAF event.

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Bahamas fifth overall with win over El Salvador

DESPITE a single loss to Puerto Rico, the Bahamas was relegated to the fifth place game in the 2013 Men’s Under-17 Centrobasket Championships.

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Brown 'not calling it quits' just yet

MOSCOW, Russia — Some things were just not meant to be.

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Simone Pratt wins girls 18 championship in St Lucia

A very hot summer for young tennis ace Simone Pratt continued on the court with another tournament title on the ITF Junior Circuit over the weekend.

Sunday, August 18

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Heartache for women's relay team, men fail to qualify despite new record

MOSCOW, Russia: After the disqualification of the women's 4 x 100 metre relay team on a lane violation, there was some consolation for Team Bahamas at the 14th IAAF World Championships when the men's 4 x 100 relay team broke the national record for the third time this year.

Saturday, August 17


A FLORIDA Congresswoman yesterday vowed to continue to put pressure on the Bahamian government following the repatriation of 24 Cuban nationals, who were at the centre of a months-long protest and a hunger strike, to Havana, Cuba.

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Shaunae impresses with fourth place finish

MOSCOW, Russia: From multiple champion at Carifta to back-to-back singular queen at both the IAAF World Junior and Youth Championships, Shaunae Miller has arrived at the global senior level with a fourth place finish at the 14th IAAF World Championships.

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Two-year-old boy killed at his home

A HOMICIDE investigation has been launched after a two-year-old boy was found dead at home.

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Anguish after not guilty verdict in sex assault case

AN 18-YEAR-OLD girl left a courtroom in tears yesterday crying in anguish after the man accused of sexually assaulting her was acquitted.

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No medals for first time in 20 years; Women disqualified; Men break national record

No medals for The Bahamas at the Moscow World Championships.

Friday, August 16

Man, 30, arrested after two-year-old's death

A 30-year old man is in custody assisting police after the death of a two-year-old

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ACCORDING TO ME: War against our wallets

SEVERAL days ago, a single mother walked into a tyre shop in search of a used tyre.

Results do not augur well for the future

DESPITE the government’s increased spending on education, public schools continue to release more students into the community without the required skills in reading, writing and arithmetic.

Cuban nationals repatriated to Havana

Twenty four Cuban nationals have been repatriated to Havana.

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Shaunae finishes fourth in final

MOSCOW, Russia: Fourth best in the world in the women's 200 metres.

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Cornerstone laid for $25m maritime academy

OFFICIALS laid the corner stone of a $25 million maritime academy yesterday at the former Crystal Cay – now Maritime Cay.

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Heightened security after threat to consulate

SECURITY was heightened around the Bahamas’ Consulate in Miami yesterday after the United States’ Diplomatic Protection Services identified a threat that was made against the consul on Facebook.

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Poland defends Bahamas over allegations

POLISH Ambassador yesterday defended the human rights record of the Bahamas amidst ongoing protests over alleged torture of Cuban detainees.

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Christie: No deal done yet over BEC

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday denied that the government’s move to privatise BEC was influenced by special interests.

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Exam results graded a D

DESPITE the government’s stated focus on improving public education, the average results of the 2013 BJC and BGCSE examinations continue to hover around D.

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Moscow athletics: Fourth place for Shaunae in final

The women's 4 x 400 metre relay team proved their point today. Jamial Rolle struggled to catch the field. Shaunae runs at 1.15pm.

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Chamber calls for 'full articulation' of government national energy policy

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer’s Confederation (BCCEC) yesterday reiterated its call for “full articulation” of the Government’s National Energy Policy, noting that to initiate a request for proposals process (RFP) without outlining its national energy policy in advance is like “putting the cart before the horse”.

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QC ready to mount lawsuit against the govt

A WELL-KNOW QC yesterday said he was expecting instructions “any day now” to mount a class action lawsuit against the Government over new taxes, adding that, “Everything Freeport is supposed to stand for, the Government continues to suck from it.”

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Exploring Moscow

MOSCOW, Russia: When our plane made its descent into Moscow, I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw.

NPIF reports 7.25% return year-to-date

THE New Providence Income Fund Ltd (NPIF) launched by Sterling Financial Group last January, has reported a year-to-date return of 7.25 per cent to its investors.

RBC Wealth Management appoints co-heads

RBC Wealth Management, part of Royal Bank of Canada, has announced the appointment of David Foster and Mike Adams as co-heads of the Caribbean business, based in Cayman and Barbados respectively.

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Men's 4x400m team doesn't secure spot in the final

MOSCOW, Russia — What a difference a year has made.

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Donald Thomas ends up sixth overall in high jump

MOSCOW, Russia — Donald Thomas decided to go for it all.

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Moncur police interview cameras were not working

RODNEY Moncur’s interview while in police custody was not video recorded because the cameras were not working, a policeman admitted in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Man wanted by police

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama Police are searching for a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with a causing harm incident.

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Consumers may be able to generate energy for grid

THE government’s plans to reform the energy sector may allow for an “energy credit programme” to be introduced, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.

Tropical Storm Erin has formed

TROPICAL Storm Erin has formed and was yesterday moving away from the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic, with expectations that it will strengthen over the next two days.

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Suspect declines to testify in bible school sex attack case

A MAN opted to remain silent rather than take the witness stand to defend himself against a charge of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl attending vacation Bible school.

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One missing girl safe - but Tacha still missing

A YOUNG woman who was reported by police as missing has been located.

Thursday, August 15

Shaunae speeds into final


Matters of mutual interest with Rubis

EXECUTIVES of Rubis Bahamas Ltd, the new French-based energy company that acquired Texaco last year, recently met with the Minister of Finance, Michael Halkitis, and members of his team to discuss matters of mutual interest.

Pharmaceutical technology 'in embryonic stage'

The Bahamas is in its “embryonic stage” when it comes to pharmaceutical technology, Philip Gray, pharmacist and chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) revealed yesterday.

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A vampire who enjoys the sun: True Blood star visits Bahamas

Vampires need plenty of shade while on vacation in the Bahamas, according to “True Blood” star Kristin Bauer.

Fred Mitchell's strange behaviour

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell, during the budget debate in the House of Assembly earlier this year, made it clear that he wants to retire in the PLP government “with a comfortable life” and “continue to prosper with respect while no longer actively involved in public policy”.

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Family wants answers over man's death

A MAN was reportedly struck by a car while walking home in the Berry Islands last week, dying hours later.

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The Bahamas fails to make 4x400m relay final

Olympic champions The Bahamas came fourth in the 4x400, failing to make the final.

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Senate FNMs join boycott

FREE National Movement senators yesterday followed their colleagues who boycotted parliament on Monday because of the suspension of their leader, Dr Hubert Minnis, from the House.

Rodney Moncur's preliminary inquiry into alleged 'grossly indecent' posting on Facebook

Activist Rodney Moncur's preliminary inquiry into an alleged 'grossly indecent' picture posting on Facebook started today.

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PM predicts 300 new jobs for Bimini

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday forecast more than 300 new jobs for Bimini and upgrades to health care services as the government expands its public-private sector partnership with the Genting Group and the University of Miami.

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Man, 64, jailed for sex with girl, 9

SIXTY-four-year-old Edward Butler was jailed for 16 years yesterday for forcing a nine-year-old girl to perform oral sex on him on three occasions.

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Shortage of equipment blamed by Defence Force

THE Defence Force is handicapped by a shortage of equipment and human resources, Public Relations Officer Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux said yesterday.

'Specific threat' against Bahamas Consul General in Miami


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Shaunae Miller makes final, but men's 4x400 team out

Shaunae Miller qualified for the WOMEN'S 200M final

Cuban protests to resume in Miami

Cuban protestors plan to resume their demonstrations against the Bahamas today in Miami.

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'PM taking Bahamians for fools'

WITH confirmation that an agreement will soon be signed for partners of BEC, the FNM is questioning whether special interests are driving the government’s push to privatise the Corporation.

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Leading businessman calls for gov't to divest BEC controlling interest

A LEADING businessman and former Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) director warned yesterday that country’s major electricity supplier would “never turn the corner” unless the Government divests its controlling interest.


THE cost of electricity for some businesses has become “a critical situation” according to Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employer’s Confederation (BCCEC) chief executive Edison Sumner who told The Tribune that for some companies, electricity costs were more than 20 per cent of their monthly return.

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Bahamas 'an easy sell' for second home market

INTEREST in the Bahamas’ second home market has improved according to the principal of a Florida-based real estate consultancy firm, describing this destination as “an easy sell”.

New Bay Street marina developers hope to have it up and running soon

THE owners/developers behind the million dollar state-of the art Bay Street Marina hope to have it powered up soon, describing the development as an “anchor” in the city of Nassau’s revitalisation plans.

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Investigation questioned by attorney in Bible school sex attack case

THE investigator of an alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl at vacation Bible school dismissed an attorney’s suggestion that she did a “lousy job” with the investigation.

Advertising strategy goes to Grand Bahama

AFTER the success of Bahamas Airport Advertising in Nassau, the company said it is now taking its advertising strategy to the nation’s second city.

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Moncur seeks swift justice

POLITICAL activist Rodney Moncur told The Tribune yesterday that he will push to have his “grossly indecent” picture- posting case sent to the Supreme Court so that he can have “swift justice”.

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Shark experts praise marine reserve

CALLING it an area of “unequalled ecological importance”, the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation applauded government’s support of the proposed North Bimini Marine Reserve – but also urged decision-makers and developers to pull out all the stops to protect the island’s environment.

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New York award for billionaire Bacon

BILLIONAIRE Louis Bacon has been recognised by a conservation organisation for his efforts to preserve and protect land, wildlife and a way of life increasingly threatened by urban development.

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Hundreds turn out for Fox Hill Day

HUNDREDS of Bahamians turned out in support of the annual Fox Hill Day celebrations on August 13.

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Death of woman found near monastery classified as murder

POLICE have officially classified the death of 17-year-old Altarnika Young as a homicide according Paul Rolle, officer in charge of the Central Detective Unit.

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Sponsorship for sculling races

FREEPORT – During a press conference yesterday at the headquarters of Bahamian Brewery and Beverage, the company’s sales manager Lynden Johnson announced sponsorship for upcoming sculling races to be held in West End and at the annual BASRA Bernie Butler swim race.

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Dump blaze is expected to smoulder for days

THE Tuesday afternoon blaze at the city dump off the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway has been reduced to a “smouldering phase” but is expected to go on for days according to fire chief Walter Evans.

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Rev CB Moss: Why I turned down $75,000 coalition job

COALITION to Save Clifton president Rev CB Moss said he opted to forgo a $75,000 a year salary working with the Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay organisation after attending one board meeting, as he felt the organisation was focusing too much attention on billionaire fashion mogul Peter Nygard.

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Police seek help in search for robbers

THE police are requesting the public’s help in locating two male suspects responsible for a burglary and armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday.

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Comeback win for Bahamas

PRIOR to their departure for Puerto Rico, national team coaches raved about the Bahamas’ shooting ability, but it was their resilience and effort on the defensive end which led to a gutsy comeback win yesterday afternoon.

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Soccery academy looks to extend reach

After a successful summer camp debut, Quality Beach Soccer Academy looks to extend its reach to a year-round programme.

ART OF GRAPHIX: What kind of image are you looking for?

WHEN it comes to pictures, some people cannot imagine NOT taking advantage of the greater opportunities of RAW while others think any extra step is too much trouble, and are quietly satisfied with JPG, but my own biased opinion is that it is worth the try as the benefits are so great.

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Power generation and distribution split 'the way to go'

THE Government’s plan to establish to separate entities for distribution and power generation was yesterday described as “the way to go”, a local renewable energy provider saying that “now is the time” for the Government to move toward its renewable energy power generation targets.

Officers urged to treat civilians with are and respect

FREEPORT – Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour told officers they are “servants of the public” and should treat civilians with “the utmost care and respect”.

Fears over job security in wake of announcement

THE government’s announcement to make radical changes at BEC has sent shock waves throughout the Corporation with employees concerned about job security, said a Bahamas Electrical Workers Union (BEWU) official yesterday.

Wednesday, August 14

FNM Chairman: Miller comments show hypocrisy of PLP

PRIME Minister Perry Christie and House Speaker Kendal Major were yesterday accused of “rank hypocrisy” for failing to insist that the remarks of Leslie Miller be expunged from the parliamentary record after the Tall Pines MP blamed a private citizen for the murder of his son.

YESI, RBC team up in a rush

MOTIVATED by a need to facilitate organised sports, specifically soccer, in the public school system, Happy Hall founded the Youth Empowerment through Soccer International (YESI) programme two years ago.

The church militant (PART I)

By Rev. Fr. S. Sebastian

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Team Bahamas back in action in Moscow on Thursday

Team Bahamas will be back in action on Thursday at the 14th IAAF World Championships with the highlight on the men's high jump final for Donald Thomas and Ryan Ingraham.

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Man who had unlawful sex with girl aged nine jailed for 16 years

Edward Butler, who was convicted in May of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a nine-year-old girl, jailed today.

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Leaders unite to criticise Miller’s actions

THE leaders of both major parties disagreed with Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller’s use of parliamentary privilege to accuse someone of his son’s killing – but the FNM’s Dr Hubert Minnis added that the failures of the judicial system are partially responsible.

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Three men held over body find

POLICE have three men in custody in connection with the discovery of the body of 17-year-old Altaranika Young.

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No formal talks with Panama on detainees

PANAMANIAN officials have yet to formally engage the Bahamas government after announcing plans to offer territorial asylum to 19 Cuban detainees.

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100 Haitian immigrants held

DEFENCE Force officers apprehended more than 100 Haitian immigrants in two separate incidents yesterday.

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PM to bring in backer for major shake-up

THE government hopes to lower the cost of electricity with “far reaching”, widespread changes at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation that include the creation of two new companies in partnership with the private sector.

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Poaching has crawfish season shaping up to be 'a rough one'

THE 2013/14 crawfish season is shaping up to be “a rough one” according to Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA) president Adrian LaRoda who said that initial reports seem to suggest that traditional fishing areas had been depleted by poachers.

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Group business would 'allow higher hotel room yield'

THE Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board (NPIPB) is hoping to make the group business segment 20 per cent of its total business, a board executive telling Tribune Business that this would ultimately allow hotels to achieve a higher room yield.

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Bimini Big Game resort looking to build its wedding business

THE historic Bimini Big Game Resort & Marina is looking to build on its “niche” wedding business segment, Michael Weber, general manager at the resort telling Tribune Business that the resort was receiving quite a few requests.

Construction of new office development to begin in October

CONSTRUCTION on a western New Providence office development is expected to begin by October, its broker describing interest in the development as quite overwhelming.

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New home for AG's office

MINISTER of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said the Attorney General’s Office should be in its new JFK Drive home by the end of the year, and as possibly as soon as next month.

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Chairmen in war of words

PLP chairman Bradley Roberts and his FNM counterpart Darron Cash are continuing their war of words over opposition leader Hubert Minnis’ refusal to apologise for comments about Prime Minister Perry Christie and fashion mogul Peter Nygard.

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City dump hit by fresh blaze

A MAJOR blaze at the city dump, believed to have been sparked sometime around noon, sent “heavy plumes” of black smoke into the sky as fire fighters responded to yet another fire at that location.

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Minnis: We will be back

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis blasted Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson yesterday for his suggestion that FNM MPs who boycotted House sessions should have their salaries docked for failing to represent their constituencies.

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There’s been plenty for Bill Maher to celebrate of late: He’s just marked the 20th anniversary of his original talk show, Politically Incorrect, with his team; his HBO political discussion programme Real Time is in its 11th season, and the news just keeps handing him comedy material.

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First solo exhibit explores mystical nature of life

INSPIRATION FROM mystical life, African heritage and Bahamian folklore is evident in new works by young Bahamian artist Averia Wright, whose exhibition opened last week at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

A Cry For Peace

Party promoter Da Recession Entertainment Group is looking forward to a large turn-out at the Luna Nightclub for the “A Cry For Peace” concert on Saturday night.

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Bahamian rising star shines on legendary stage

BEFORE hitting the stage at the Apollo Theater in New York two weeks ago, Bahamian rising star Kamilah followed in the pattern of famous performers Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Lauryn Hill and rubbed the legendary tree stump.

TOUGH CALL: Stem cells and health tourism

IN one of his now infamous “Sith Lord” videos posted online, fashion mogul Peter Nygard is shown injecting himself with a hypodermic needle while exclaiming to awed onlookers at his Lyford Cay pleasure dome: “Ah, it feels so good – and you can see it’s working.”

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Gibson places 8th in 400m hurdles semis, doesn't advance

MOSCOW, Russia — It would have been the perfect birthday present for Jeffery Gibson on Thursday. However, his celebrations will now have to focus on a possible spot in the heats of the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay.

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Ingraham, Thomas soar into final

MOSCOW, Russia — One thing about Donald Thomas. When he needs to come through with a big clearance, he has consistently found a way to do it.

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World Championships schedule

MOSCOW, Russia — The Bahamas will be off on day five of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships as only a limited amount of events are slated to be contested at the Luzhniki Grand Sports Complex on Wednesday. Only a morning session is scheduled. Here is our events for the rest of the week:

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Budding ceramicist hosts final exhibit before China departure

BAHAMIAN artist Alistair Stevenson will bid farewell to the local art community at his final exhibition, The Growth Series, tomorrow evening.

MARKETING REVOLUTIONS: Creating winning presentations

Years ago I once had to deliver a presentation to a high level executive board of a multibillion dollar company.

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Grand Bahama FNM chief backs Edison Key

FREEPORT – FNM Grand Bahama chairman David Thompson said he will “continue to embrace” Edison Key as an important part of the party despite the Abaco MP’s decision not to join his colleagues in boycotting the House.

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PM: we face challenge of resettling displaced shanty town residents

WHILE shanty towns continue to be of concern to Bahamians, the government is faced with the challenge of resettling persons who will be displaced following eviction, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday.

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Tourists hurt in scooter collision with truck

TWO tourists had to be taken to hospital yesterday after a collision between a truck and the scooter they were riding.

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Man jailed after admitting armed raid on laundry

A MAN was sentenced to eight years in prison after changing his plea to guilty during the continuation of his armed robbery trial yesterday.

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Gomez claims over lack of beds at critical care block criticised

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday blasted Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez for his claim that there are not enough beds in the new critical care block under construction at Princess Margaret Hospital.

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Man hunted after burglary and attempted rape

POLICE are on the hunt for a man responsible for a burglary and attempted rape early yesterday morning.

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MOST of the Christie Cabinet yesterday visited several churches in commemoration of Fox Hill Day.

Tuesday, August 13

Escapee took police advice

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Re: Girl, 13, escapes police custody.
 The Tribune, August 6, 2013.

Shaolin monks perform to packed house

The Scores of Bahamians packed the National Centre for the Performing Arts to watch Chinese cultural performers display the best in martial arts and acrobatics. There was only standing space in the theatre for the Henan Cultural Performing Arts Group’s performance, which included Shaolin monks, chosen from around the monasteries of China.

Where are the troops, Fred Mitchell asks

AS SOON as Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis took his stand on the Nygard issue during the stem cell debate, the government planned to close him down.

Listening to your gut

MANY people shy away from talking about digestive health issues, especially when it involves infrequent bowel movements.

Are you standing in your own shoes?

In a culture overly driven by money and material motivation, you may be surprised to find that despite much external success, many people live a life of quiet desperation.

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Bahamian author returns home for book launch

BAHAMIAN author and publisher Nicole Roberts hopes to be an inspiration for budding writers with the launch of her new books and publishing company. She hopes to show young writers the many opportunities that exist through a career in writing and publishing.    

Sloop seized at sea

Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Yellow Elder seized a Haitian sloop off Green Cay approximately 60 miles south of New Providence this afternoon.

Masked raider broke into house and tried to molest woman

MAN armed with a knife and wearing a mask broke into a residence and attempted to sexually molest a woman.

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Dump on fire again

The dump is on fire again this afternoon shooting huge plumes of smoke into the sky.

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Mitchell: We did not make agreements over detainees

AS MIAMI-based protesters celebrate a perceived human rights victory, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell remained tight-lipped yesterday over the issuance of visas to Cuban detainees by Panama.

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‘Visitors leave money on ship for fear of robbery’

DOWNTOWN businesses have suffered a financial loss as visitors often leave spending money and valuables aboard ship for fear of being robbed, according to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday.

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PM dismisses Ingraham over Baha Mar

THE government cannot allow itself to be distracted by former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham’s personal apology to Baha Mar and the Chinese Government, Prime Minister Perry Christie said, dismissing Mr Ingraham’s comments as a “little blip in the screen.” 

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Lawyer 'a disgrace against this Bar and humanity in this country'

GEOFFERY Farquharson, the attorney who represented Kohfe Goodman in the murder trial of 11-year-old Marco Archer, displayed actions that were totally disgraceful during the case, said Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller yesterday.

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Girl: I was victim of sex attack at bible school

A TEEN girl told a jury yesterday how playing with friends after vacation Bible school led to a church’s handyman dragging her into a restroom and sexually assaulting her.

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Leslie Miller accuses man over son's death

IN an emotional contribution to the House of Assembly yesterday, Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller named the person he said was responsible for ordering the brutal murder of his son, Mario, 11 years ago.

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Pinder identifies best tax compliance model

A Model I Inter-governmental Agreement for reporting under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) provides the “greatest level” of preferential treatment in terms of exemptions for key Bahamian products, Financial Services Pinder Ryan Pinder said yesterday, noting that Model I should result in lower costs and reporting burdens to Bahamian Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs).

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Balmoral looking to 'break ground' on commercial office space soon

THE Balmoral’s principal said yesterday that he expected to break ground on a eight unit commercial office space development in four weeks, telling Tribune Business that to-date five of the units had been sold.

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BISX-listed Consolidated Water said yesterday that it had gone “over and above” in providing the Water & Sewerage Corporation with water volumes which were 20 per cent more than what its contract required.

Govt's offer seeks 40% reduction in goods average peak tariff

THE Government's second offer to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) provides for a 40 per cent reduction in the average peak tariff on goods, said Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder, who noted that protective tariffs were maintained in an effort to safeguard the production of local goods.

Claims that new principal is political appointee

PARENTS of students attending a school in Long Island are concerned that the new principal is not experienced enough to take on the post – and question whether political connections had anything to do with the appointment.

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Edison Key leaves House - but only to go to the doctor

CENTRAL and South Abaco MP Edison Key left the House of Assembly yesterday because he had a doctor’s appointment – not because FNM bosses pressured him to do so, he insisted.

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Ferguson falls short in 100 semis

MOSCOW, Russia — In contrast to her first-round appearance, sprinter Sheniqua ‘Q’ Ferguson got left in the blocks and this time she had to run down the rest of the field in the semifinals of the women’s 100 metres at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships.


THE French Leave, Harbour Village’s “unique selling proposition,” has sparked significant buyer interest months ahead of the launch of its actual marketing campaign, Eddie Lauth, CEO of Shaner Bahamas describing the development as the ‘antithesis’ of mega resort projects.

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Sandals Royal Bahamian hosts incentive planners

INCENTIVE planners responsible for bringing almost $1 billion in business to the Bahamas each year were hosted at Sandals Royal Bahamian last week as part of the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board’s (NPIPB) most recent incentive planners FAM (familiarisation) trip.

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Dame Marguerite launches Red Cross grand raffle

DAME Marguerite Pindling launched the Bahamas Red Cross Society’s Grand Raffle yesterday as the charity hopes to recoup critical shortfalls from this year’s fair.

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Bahamas promoted in heart of New York

NEW YORK – The Islands Of The Bahamas has mounted yet another impressive promotional venture which officials say will have thousands in the world famous Times Square area looking up. The country’s message has been mounted high above the crowd on a new jumbotron video board in the heart of Times Square.

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FNM blasted over 'manufactured crisis'

FRED Mitchell, Fox Hill MP yesterday branded opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ expulsion from Parliament as a “manufactured crisis” in a bid to flex his political prowess to fellow FNMs.

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PM calls on speaker to 'build bridge'

Prime Minister Perry Christie called for House of Assembly Speaker Kendal Major to build a “bridge” and allow Parliament to review the recommendations of the Constitutional Commission to determine the way forward.

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Commissioner tells of 'serious developments' in custody escape case

COMMISSONER of Police Ellison Greenslade revealed that there have been “very serious developments” in the investigation into the escape of a 15-year-old girl from police custody two weeks ago.

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'People should have helped police officer under attack'

COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade yesterday expressed his disappointment in the community of Lower Bogue after they did not come to the aid of an officer who was allegedly being assaulted by a civilian.

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Police summer camp proves a success

EACH summer, the Royal Bahamas Police Force conducts a series of summer camps throughout New Providence and the Family Islands.

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Paddling for Piper raises over $15,000

FOUR South Florida men successfully paddled across the mighty Gulf Stream this weekend in a Crossing-For-A-Cure challenge to raise public awareness and money to support the battle against cystic fibrosis.

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In memory of Charlie

OFFICERS and members of the Free National Movement, led by party leader Dr Hubert Minnis, celebrated the life and legacy of the late Charles Maynard, former national chairman and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

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Government officials tour new critical care block

SENIOR government officials yesterday toured the new multi-million dollar critical care block at the Princess Margaret Hospital, which is expected to be turned over to the government in October and open for patients “shortly thereafter” according to hospital officials.

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MOSCOW LATEST: Donald Thomas and Ryan Ingraham leap into final, Gibson misses out

First Bahamians to make it to a final event in Moscow Championships 2013 as Donald Thomas and Ryan Ingraham compete in men's high jump

Monday, August 12

Woman found dead identified

THE body of a woman found dead near St Augustine’s Monastery, off Bernard Road, on Sunday, has been identified by police.

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Civic action group driving change through social media

A STORY of how one civic action group is using social media to drive public awareness on national issues. Forward, Upward, Onward, Together.

Speaker reads from the wrong script

“The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry…”

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Ingraham warns Christie over Baha Mar

FORMER prime minister Hubert Ingraham has warned that the Christie administration’s “tedious, vexatious” efforts to revisit the Baha Mar deal may have serious consequences for the Bahamas.

Ingraham advice on Baha Mar

The policy of Governments of The Bahamas of subjecting the necessary arrangements for foreign direct investment projects as agreed between the Government and the Investor to executed agreements between them reflects the huge importance of such projects to the economic growth and development of The Bahamas.

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Cubans may end hunger strike

MIAMI-BASED protesters were willing to end their hunger strike today at the Bahamas consulate after Panama granted territorial asylum to 19 Cubans detained in the Bahamas.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Shipping in the Bahamas

THERE is an urgent need to examine shipping in our archipelago. I have recently had cause to ship building supplies to Long Island via G and G shipping company, which is situated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Firstly, the service was horrendous and the cost for shipping was exorbitant and, frankly, ludicrous.

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One man dead after shootings

A SATURDAY night Kemp Road shooting left one man dead – and last week, Eleuthera police shot another man in both of his legs, leaving him hospitalised in police custody.

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Ferguson, Brown miss out on finals at Moscow Championships

Chris 'Fireman' Brown and Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson gave it their best, but unfortunately neither of them advanced to the final of their respective events.

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Great result! Jeffery Gibson through to semifinal of men's 400m hurdles

National record holder Jeffery Gibson has made his debut at the global level by advancing to the semifinal of the men's 400metres hurdles at the Moscow World Championships.

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Wendy's Carmichael Rd drive through concept could be exported worldwide

THE dual drive through/walk up window concept at Wendy’s (Bahamas) on Carmichael Road has worked so well that it could be exported around the world.

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Local attorney says Prime Minister is 'out of touch' on environment

Environmental attorney and consultant Romauld ‘Romi’ Ferreira took to the airwaves recently to express concern over what he called “out of date” thinking by Prime Minister Perry Christie who, he said, called concerns with the environment “foolishness.”

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BEC Chairman: Decrease in electricity costs 'already happening'

THE BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) executive chairman Leslie Miller says consumers should see a ‘noticeable decrease’ in their electricity bills come September, telling The Tribune the electricity provider’s Clifton power station was running at “full speed”.

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12% increase in Bimini Club high season

BIMINI — Management at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina is reporting a healthy 2013 with a 12 per cent “high season” increase over 2012 based on room occupancy and food and beverage earnings.

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$2.8m contract signed for roadworks in San Salvador

A MODERN road system for San Salvador’s drivers, cyclists and pedestrians is on the way, according to the government.

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PM pays tribute to father of FNM deputy leader

RALEIGH Butler was a pillar of the community and played a vital role in the business and political affairs of the modern Bahamas, Prime Minister Perry Christie said.

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Mangroves planted as part of Bonefish National Park Project

BONEFISH Pond National Park was added to the national park system in 2002. This coastal marine park protects mangrove creeks and is an ideal spot for students studying mangrove ecosystems.

Sunwing revamps Reef Village, anticipates busy Christmas season

THE Sunwing Travel Group is gearing up in anticipation of a busy Christmas season with the revamped Reef Village on schedule to open under its Memories Hotel & Resorts brand late this Fall, executives telling this newspaper that the resort would inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the Grand Bahama economy over the next few years.

Consolidated Water reports two percent revenue increase

THE BISX-listed Consolidated Water Company Ltd (CWCO) is reporting improved operating results and for the 2013 second quarter and first half of 2013, with total revenues for the quarter increasing two per cent to approximately $16.6 million.

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Drowning suspected as body found off Junkanoo Beach

POLICE are investigating a suspected drowning after a body was found last Friday under water off Junkanoo Beach.

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Training in Texas earns shipyard promotion

FREEPORT – Phillip Duncombe, previously a junior nondestructive technician inspector at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, went to Houston, Texas, for a 40-hour training session in ultrasonic thickness.

Miller: Baha Mar 'no problem' for BEC when it comes on stream

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) will have “no problem at all” meeting electricity demand once the Baha Mar mega resort comes on stream, its executive chairman telling The Tribune that it was “not probable or possible” for any firm to reduce the cost of energy in the country by 50-60 per cent.

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Team Bahamas set for under-17 Centrobasket tourney

THE Bahamas Basketball Federation looks to field another qualifying junior national team at the Centrobasket level.

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Seven Colombian women arrested

A STRING of arrests this weekend saw seven Colombian women taken into custody for “unlawfully engaging in gainful employment” in addition to three persons found in possession of ammunition, an imitation firearm, a ski mask, and a bulletproof vest.

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Live 2 Dance, Dance 2 Victory

MEMBERS of a local dance company took the stage by storm at the Starquest International Dance Competition’s World Finals in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Rahming urges investors to consider the Bahamas

WASHINGTON, DC – Investment opportunities in the Bahamas were highlighted during a reception at the Bahamas Embassy hosted by Dr Elliston Rahming, permanent representative to the Organisation of American States.

Changes to tariffs hurting Freeport recovery, warns chamber leader

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce president Barry Malcolm says changes in the Customs Tariffs will “harm the already weak economic recovery of Freeport.”

Sunday, August 11

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Trevorvano: Why I'm not at Moscow championships

"There was an issue and I have to respond to it," Bahamian athlete tells The Tribune about why he is not at the IAAF games.

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Chris Brown, Sheniqua Ferguson through in World Championships

MOSCOW, Russia: Chris 'Fireman' Brown and sprinter Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson were the first two Bahamian athletes to advance in their respective events at the 14th IAAF World Championships.

Saturday, August 10

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Cuban protests against Bahamas intensify

PROTESTERS in the US have called for media access to see Cuban detainees being held at Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill.

Man accused of rape denied bail

A MAN accused of raping a 52-year-old woman was denied bail when he was arraigned in the magistrates’ court yesterday.

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Court backs church in graduation row

TWENTY-six students of the 2013 graduating class of St John’s College had their hopes dashed yesterday when Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett ruled that while contracts did exist between those students and the Anglican Central Education Authority, the ACEA had the discretion to cancel their graduation ceremony and prom.

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Tough start for Bahamas at World Championships

DAY one of the 14th International Amateur Athletic Federation's World Championships didn't turn out as expected as neither long jumper Bianca 'BB' Stuart or sprinter Shavez Hart advanced in their respective events.

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Moscow: Where is Trevorvano? Athlete absent from games

Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations officials tight lipped about athlete's absence from Moscow

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13.14pm: SO a tough start for the Bahamas on day one of the World Championships in Moscow. Both Hart and Stuart fail to qualify - but still plenty of action to come on Sunday - see the bottom of this story for the schedule.

Friday, August 9

A friendship too cosy for the good of the Bahamas

IN THE House of Assembly Wednesday, Prime Minister Christie complained that the PLP were held to a different standard of behaviour.

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ACCORDING TO ME: Rules broken, rights stolen

KILLARNEY MP Dr Hubert Minnis can return to the Monday, August 12, scheduled sitting of Parliament and be within the rules of Parliament in doing so – and that is because contrary to what everyone is being told, the Speaker failed to follow House rules regarding the naming and suspension of a Member, and thus in fact failed to have the Member suspended from the Parliament.

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New street to honour MP spelt wrong

'Frank Edgecome Street' named in honour of Frank Edgecombe

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Activists ramp up protests against Bahamas over detainees

The Tribune was sent this picture of a lorry in Miami. Earlier in the week dozens of vehicles drove through downtown Miami.

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Judge: Authority had discretion to cancel St John's prom/graduation

Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett ruled this afternoon that while contracts did exist between students of the 2013 graduating class of St Johns College and the Anglican Central Education Authority, the ACEA did have the discretion to cancel the graduation ceremony and prom.

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Bail granted to pair accused of raping 15-year-old tourist

BAIL was granted yesterday to two 18-year-old youth who were charged with raping a 15-year-old American tourist early Monday morning.

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Cash: Gibson criticises us after Anna Nicole?

FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday criticised Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson over his accusations that previous FNM administrations fast-tracked residency applications of former criminals.

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Defence Force to use CCTV after claims over detainees

THE Defence Force said it will use CCTV cameras to monitor those in its custody following accusations that officers of the military organisation violated the human rights of detainees.

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Christie seeks unity ahead of referendum

PRIME Minister Perry Christie wants unity among PLP and FNM MPs on issues of concern as the government prepares for another referendum – this time seeking to amend the Constitution.

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McCartney advises MP's removal from FNM

CENTRAL and South Abaco MP Edison Key is “a political prostitute” in the opinion of DNA Leader Branville McCartney.

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Marco's Pizza opens first store in Freeport

MARCO’S Pizza (Bahamas) will create 55 new jobs when it opens its first store in Freeport early next week, the franchise’s operator revealing that as many as eight stores are envisaged for The Bahamas.

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THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) would see savings of between $85-$100 million if a new power plant was constructed in the next 30 months according to its executive chairman Leslie Miller, who touted the corporation’s own power generation proposal as superior to any plan presented to the Government.

Power project pledges 25% water cost slash

Bahamian water bills could be slashed by 25 per cent through the cheaper electricity costs proposed by a $700 million power plant project.

Offshore sector 72 times larger than Bahamas GDP

The Bahamian international financial services industry is 72 times larger than this country’s gross domestic product (GDP), an International Monetary Fund (IMF) study has estimated.

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Gov't moving to bring Gaming Board up to speed ahead of new laws

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said that training for gaming inspectors would begin in a few weeks as the Government moves to ensure that the Gaming Board is “up to speed” before the Gaming Act 2013 and associated regulations are passed.

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Deadline drawing near for duty exemption in aftermath of flooding

THE National Emergency Management Agency has reminded those who suffered losses as a result of the severe flooding on May 22 that the deadline for submitting duty exemption forms is Wednesday, August 28.

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DNA leader: speaker's actions were wrong

CRITICISING the actions of Speaker Kendal Major as “wrong”, DNA Leader Branville McCartney questioned how a comment can be withdrawn in the House of Assembly if it was already expunged from the record.

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Supreme Court to sentence man who caused $1m road damage

A CUSTODIAL sentence would not suffice as punishment for a man who admitted to causing more than $1 million worth of damage to asphalt on John F Kennedy Drive last month, a magistrate said yesterday.

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Bahamian athletes set for Moscow showdown

MOSCOW, Russia: The Bahamas’ 24-member team will be made up of a mixture of youth and experience at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Russia.

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Bahamian golfer Thomas Bethel disqualified

DAY three of the 57th Annual Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship Tournament was a disappointing outing for Team Bahamas, highlighted by the disqualification of one team member.

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Team Bahamas settles in

MOSCOW, Russia — Team Bahamas manager Ralf McKinney said all 24 members have settled in at the Games Village and are working out daily in preparation for the start of the nine intense days of competition in the 14th IAAF World Track & Field Championships on Saturday.

DPM 'rejects' $500k solution for Oceania

The Deputy Prime Minister has rejected a proposal that would have seen homeowners at the controversial Oceania Heights project lumbered with a $500,000 debt repayment obligation.

Bimini Big Game Club 'doing well' say bosses

MANAGEMENT at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina continue to report a healthy 2013 with a 12 per cent season increase over 2012 based on room occupancy and food and beverage earnings.

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Crossing for a cure for Piper

ALICE TOWN – Four South Florida men will begin paddling from the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina at noon today in an epic 24-hour, 90 mile journey that will not only test their endurance but raise awareness for cystic fibrosis and hope for a 5-year-old child suffering from the disease.

Five-year-old girl still needs money for transplant

ZION Knowles is still miles away from receiving the $500,000 bone marrow transplant that she needs.

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Roberts: This is the biggest blunder I have ever seen

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts claimed opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis “needs to go back to political school” after committing the biggest political blunder the veteran politician said he has ever seen.

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Family's plea over pastor's death

RELATIVES of a pastor who was killed in a hit-and-run nine months ago have come forward with new information.

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Police Summer Youth Camp draws to a close

CAMPERS gathered at CR Walker Senior High School yesterday for a day of food, fun and awards as the Central Division segment of the Police Summer Youth Camp drew to a close.

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'Edison key should be applauded, not criticised'

VETERAN politician and former FNM MP Pierre Dupuch yesterday said Edison Key should not be criticised or punished for “going against” his party but applauded for following his conscience.

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FNM chairman criticises 'brute force' in Parliament

THE “brute force” used by police officers as they attempted to remove FNM Leader Hubert Minnis from parliament was an abuse of law enforcement, party chairman Darron Cash said yesterday.

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Pistols found in bushes

DRUG Enforcement Unit officers found two pistols in bushes off Carmichael Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, August 8

Difference between 'corruption' and its appearance

HISTORY was made in the House of Assembly yesterday when for the first time in 50 years – since the beginning of internal self government — the voice of an Opposition leader was silenced.

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PM rejects claims of improper relationship with Nygard

PRIME Minister Perry Christie finally broke his silence yesterday on claims of an improper relationship between the PLP and multi-millionaire stem cell supporter Peter Nygard.

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Girl accused of evading cops is on suicide watch

A SUICIDE watch was ordered by Acting Chief Magistrate Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt for a teenage girl who pleaded not guilty to escaping police custody after she allegedly tried to rob a clothing store in a local mall with a shotgun.

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FNM MPs clashed with police in the House of Assembly yesterday after officers attempted to forcibly remove Opposition Leader Hubert Minnis from parliament.

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Baha Mar: Gov't has no right to 'tamper' with infrastructure cost

BAHA MAR executives said yesterday that under its Heads of Agreement with the Government the latter has ‘no right’ to ‘exclude, discount or modify’ any of the infrastructure cost included in the company’s determination, telling Tribune Business that they anticipated that the Government would honour its agreement.

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Gov't set to 'revive' land reform Bills

The Government is planning to “revive” a three Bill-strong legislative package that would create a Bahamian Land registry, a Cabinet Minister has confirmed.

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Three companies shortlisted for operator to manage Grand Lucayan's casino

THREE companies have been shortlisted in the Government’s search for an operator to manage Grand Lucayan’s casino, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe revealed yesterday, adding that an announcement on the new operator could come in two to three weeks.

Timber company targets 20,000 ft of lumber production

A COMPANY with a licence to harvest timber in The Bahamas is set to ‘kick-start’ a small scale operation in Abaco at the end of the month, its principal telling Tribune Business that the company was looking to produce 20,000 feet of lumber before launching into large scale production.

Bahamas Striping looks to create 20 new jobs

BAHAMAS Striping is looking to create 20 new jobs initially as it moves into airport maintenance with its subsidiary Airport Maintenance Services (APS).

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MP grabbed by police says actions by officers were inappropriate

THE actions of the police in the House of Assembly yesterday were inappropriate according to Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn, who was grabbed by officers attempting to forcibly move him.

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Protest group calls for freedom of information and campaign finance reform

SEVERAL members of a fledgling political group, “Forward, Upward, Onward, Together” showed up in Rawson Square yesterday to call attention to “national issues.”

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Tribune heads to Moscow for World Athletics Championships

JOIN The Tribune and Team Bahamas as our athletes go for gold at the World Athletics Championships over the next two weeks.

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Hutchinson Jr gets athletic scholarship

DREAMS do come true. Just ask Van Hutchinson Jr.

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Team Bahamas has ground to cover for golf title

AFTER two rounds at the top amateur golfing event in the region, Team Bahamas finds itself with much ground to cover if they hope to contend for the overall title.


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Fidelity Bank completes process for BISX listing

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) has announced that Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited has successfully completed the listing process for their Series E Redeemable 6 per cent Fixed Rate Notes due 2018 (the “Notes”) which are now listed on the Exchange under the symbol FBB18.


COMMONWEALTH Bank yesterday signed a $2.1 million contract for the renovation and expansion of its busy Oakes Field branch. Commonwealth Bank officially signed contracts with architects, engineers and contractors yesterday for the renovation and expansion of the branch in a brief ceremony that one participant called a welcome ‘micro-boost’ for the local economy.

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Investigation of tourist's rape claim nearly complete

ASSISTANT Commissioner Leon Bethel said police have “nearly completed” their investigations into the alleged rape of a 15-year-old American tourist on Monday morning.

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Deputy Speaker: Minnis' actions 'unfortunate'

THE actions of FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis and opposition MPs yesterday were deemed “unfortunate” by Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Dion Smith.

Suspect denies first set of charges in $30,000 fraud case

A MAN pleaded not guilty when asked to answer to more than half the 70 fraud allegation he faces.

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Bran queries call for apology

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville McCartney questioned whether opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis should have been ordered to apologise for comments expunged from the House of Assembly records last month.

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Police identify shooting victim

THE 40-year-old man who was shot and killed on Sunday has been identified at Terrance Musgrove of Dunmore Avenue and Hospital Lane.

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Edison Key remains as fellow FNM MPs depart

AS FNM MPs left the House of Assembly in solidarity with suspended party leader Hubert Minnis, their colleague Edison Key stayed behind, explaining: “I am an individual. I think for myself.”

Row with detainees may have led to video

A ROW between guards at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre and Cuban detainees trying to escape in June may have led to the decision of Cuban American activists to stage a videotaped assault of migrants.

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Christie says Minnis' actions 'made no sense'

FOLLOWING the removal of Dr Hubert Minnis from the House of Assembly yesterday, Prime Minister Perry Christie said the FNM leader’s actions made “no sense whatsoever” and that he has never witnessed such a display in his four decades in office.

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Doctor chosen as winner of manhunt international title

A YALE School of Medicine graduate from Grand Bahama has won the Manhunt International Bahamas 2013 title.

Lucky escape for four Bahamians as boat explodes off the coast of Bimini

FOUR Bahamian men are lucky to be alive after the boat they were on exploded off the coast of Bimini on Tuesday afternoon.

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Minnis tells rally he will fight for democracy

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis last night vowed to continue to fight for democracy following his removal and barring from the House of Assembly.

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Neilly: I refuse to let police push me around

FNM South Eleuthera MP Theo Neilly said he stands with party leader Dr Hubert Minnis, who was named and barred from two House of Assembly meetings yesterday.

Sports in brief

THE Bahamas Cycling Federation has announced that its National Individual Time Trials is set for 8am Saturday, August 10, starting from Clifton Heritage Park.

Wednesday, August 7

Family's plea over pastor's death


A sad day

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Bahamians need answers from Mr Christie

PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie declared on the eve of the July 17th House meeting that he could not wait to take the floor that day to clear up the controversy of stem cell research and his and his party’s relationship with fashion designer Peter Nygard.

TOUGH CALL: Crocodiles in the Bahamas

EVERYTHING you always wanted to know about crocodiles in the Bahamas is contained in a paper recently published in the Florida Museum of Natural History’s scientific bulletin.

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VIDEO: Loretta's warning for cops

House suspended after FNM Leader is ordered to be removed but stays.

Toddlers are saved in near drowning

FREEPORT - Two toddlers were victims of a near drowning at a popular beach on Grand Bahama during the Monday holiday.

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Man faces 70 fraud charges

A MAN told two Magistrates yesterday he wanted his lawyer present before answering to 70 fraud allegations he faced concerning use of fraudulent cheques to obtain more than $30,000 worth of goods from 15 businesses.

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Man gunned down outside nightclub

A 30-year-old man became the country’s latest murder victim when he was gunned down outside a night club Monday night.

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New Moon to blame for flooding

HEAVY rain and thunderstorms continue to batter The Bahamas this morning and the bad weather is forecast to continue all week.

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POLICE have two Bahamian men in custody in connection with the alleged rape of a 15-year-old American tourist early Monday morning.

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24 homes expected to be completed in Schooner Bay by year’s end

DEVELOPERS behind the Schooner Bay community in Abaco expect to have 24 homes completed and occupied by the end of the year, telling Tribune Business that about half of the 133 lots in the development’s first phase had been sold.

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Gov't urged: Act 'sensitively' over real estate reform

The Government must approach real estate policy reforms “sensitively”, a well-known attorney warning that proposed changes could cost the Bahamas “a percentage” of its second home market.

DPM: Progress made in talks with Baha Mar over govt's financial commitment

DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip Davis said yesterday that progress was being made in discussions between the Government and Baha Mar’s developers over the Government’s financial commitment to the company, stating the he was hoping to have a resolution “as quickly as possible”.

Financier’s ‘economic survival’ now at stake

A Bahamas-based financier’s “economic survival” is at stake, Tribune Business can reveal, after the Court of Appeal dismissed his applications for leave to appeal an $8 million default judgment against him.

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Christian Council: Stop issuing web shop licences

THE Bahamas Christian Council wants all business licenses for new web shops to be suspended until the court has determined whether gaming operations will be permitted to continue.

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Announcement due 'soon' on Sal Salvador project

A MAJOR development in San Salvador is expected to be announced “very soon” Prime Minister Perry Christie said.

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Supporting kids of courage

SUPPORTERS of an organisation that provides medically supervised dream trips to chronically ill children will seek to boost their fundraising efforts by taking part in next year’s Marathon Bahamas.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Who are you marketing to?

I wrote in an earlier column about how systems are integrating marketing, finance and even operations with marketing leading the way.

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New play to feature ‘honest and raw’ characters

CAST and crew members of a new stage play, Trapped are getting set to pull back the curtains. The play’s story of Bahamian life in a small community will unfold on the September 6-9 at the National Centre of Performance Arts.

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Hands for Hunger set to host 5th annual Paradise Plates

Paradise Plates, Hands For Hunger’s annual fundraising event has quickly become one of the island’s most anticipated events for foodies and supporters of good causes.

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Dyson Knight brings the energy

IF YOU have ever seen Dyson Knight live in concert then you are familiar with the hype energy he brings to the stage. From jumping and dancing to taking full advantage of the stage, the Bahamian singer and entertainer always presents a must see show.

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Freedom Farm teams win titles in virginia tourney

THE Freedom Farm Farmers took their game international and emerged with a pair of championship teams at the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League Inner City Classic.

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Danrad looking forward to his NCAA debut with Cougars

ONE Bahamian native is ready to help the Houston Cougars men’s basketball programme make a transition to the new-look Big East this fall.

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BRENT STUBBS: Who will win a medal at IAAF Worlds?

As you read this, I will be en route to Moscow, Russia, with high expectations to cover the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

Renewable energy firm sees dramatic uptick in energy systems

A RENEWABLE energy firm has seen a dramatic uptick in interest in energy systems over the past two to three months, a company executive telling Tribune Business “we’ve definitely seen an increase in activity”.

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Five charged over robberies


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University of Miami a possible partner in stem cell research

THE University of Miami is prepared to partner with the Bahamas government on future stem cell research, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced yesterday.

Man hit by car dies a month after incident

FREEPORT - A 56-year-old male pedestrian who was hit by a car almost a month ago died in hospital on Saturday.

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Gibson: Lack of written guidelines problem for NIB

A LACK of “specific written policy guidelines” at the National Insurance Board is one of the biggest problems that NIB faces, National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.

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Downpour a taste of bad weather ahead

HEAVY rain and thunderstorms continued to batter The Bahamas yesterday and the bad weather is forecast to continue all week.

Biker killed in crash officially identified

FREEPORT – A motorcycle rider who was killed early Sunday morning on Grand Bahama has been officially identified as 29-year-old Keith Jamaal McCartney, of No 83 Hill Court.

Bahamian maritime police rescue crash pilot

BAHAMIAN authorities have rescued a pilot who crash landed his small plane near Exuma.

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Speaker: I will do what is necessary

HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major says he is prepared to do whatever is necessary to advance Parliament’s agenda when proceedings reconvene today.

Tuesday, August 6


IN an article published on June 20, The Tribune incorrectly reported that the Bahamas was classified as a Tier 2 Watch List country in the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) Report for 2013.

Things 2 do

School Art Supply Drive

Hands for Hunger set to host 5th annual Paradise Plates

Paradise Plates, Hands For Hunger’s annual fundraising event has quickly become one of the island’s most anticipated events for foodies and supporters of good causes. Scheduled for September 28, the event is in its fifth consecutive year. It will showcase signature fare from more than 25 of the island’s most elite chefs, restaurateurs, vintners, brewers and beverage purveyors. The outstanding food and drink will be complemented by varied live and silent auction collections, and live entertainment.

Police superintendent dies

POLICE superintendent Oscar Sands, the head of the Security detail at the Magistrate’s Court, died early yesterday morning at Doctor’s Hospital after battling a serious illness for years.

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It’s never too late to follow your dreams

FORMER INSURANCE executive Maude Lockhart is happy to be able to devote her full energy towards something she truly loves, art and craft.

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US court rules against Dwight Major

AFTER having his application for a writ of habeas corpus denied by a District Court in North Carolina, convicted drug kingpin Dwight Major will not be leaving a US Federal Prison until at least 2016.

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Two die in traffic accidents

THE recent deaths of two men in separate traffic accidents in Nassau and Freeport, have renewed calls from officials for motorists to pay attention to road laws.

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Fate of Cuban detainees to be revealed today

THE fate of the embattled Cuban detainees in Bahamian custody will be announced today, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday.

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Death penalty sought for Marco Archer's murderer

EVEN as they continue to call for the death penalty for Kofhe Goodman, Bahamians remain sceptical that such a sentence would ever be fulfilled.

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Missing Grand Bahama teen reunited with mother in Kentucky

NATASHA Gay-Regis is breathing a sigh of relief now that her 16 year-old daughter Charencia ‘Renci’ Charlisa Gay who went missing while the family shopped at a Florida Walmart is safe and sound.

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Police hunt for killers after man gunned down

INVESTIGATORS need the public’s help in finding the persons responsible for the shooting death of a man at Yellow Elder Gardens over the weekend.

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Teenager sneaks out of station

SENIOR Royal Bahamas Police Force officials were embarrassed yesterday after a teenager escaped custody prompting an intense investigation of holding procedures at the Grove Police station.

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Sunwing demands $9m GB airport upgrades

SUNWING Travel Group is demanding a $9 million upgrade to bring Grand Bahama International Airport up to its standards, Tribune Business can reveal, before it launches services to the island this fall.

'The most critical investment in the Bahamas' history'

The principal behind a $700 million power plant proposal has described the project as “the most important investment ever made in the history of the Bahamas”.

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Port urged: Dispel 'closed shop' myth

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has been urged to stimulate investment by Nassau’s business community, a top QC saying it needed to dispel the notion that Freeport was a “closed shop”.

BORCO drives $6.7m earnings increase

Although only expected to hit its full earnings potential in 2014, the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) has led a $6.7 million like-for-like operating income increase for its parent’s international operations.

$10m project eyes 'credence' boost

THE DEVELOPERS behind a $10 million ‘upscale’ entertainment venue for western New Providence believe the project will be fully funded within 90 days, one of its principals disclosing that US-based consultants had been contracted to take it to the “next level”.

Ministry extends condolences to traffic accident victims

THE Ministry of Transport and Aviation has extended condolences to the families of those who lost their lives or were seriously injured in traffic accidents in Nassau, Freeport and the Family Islands in recent days.

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'Master plan' for Family Islands

THE Government has a “master plan” for the economic development of the Family Islands, according to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.

TALKING SENSE: Political hyperbole on the medical frontier

WHEN politicians train to be politicians, one of the first lessons they learn is about the use of hyperbole, the art of using obvious and intentional exaggeration to make a point.

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Wanted man arrested

A MAN, wanted for questioning in several offences in Abaco, was arrested by police early Sunday morning.

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Police seek woman over death threats

POLICE are searching for a 25-year-old woman who is wanted for alleged threats of death and assault with a deadly weapon.

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Traffic fatalities number 'unacceptable'

THE Government has issued advice to drivers in the wake of the latest traffic fatalities - describing the total of 35 fatalities for the year as “unacceptable”.

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Team Bahamas gets travel tickets for IAAF Worlds

DESPITE waiting until the eleventh hour, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has secured the necessary funding to enable the team to travel to the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

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Fox Hill Parade a 'winning success'

THIS year’s Fox Hill Parade was once again a “winning success” according to the historic area’s MP, Fred Mitchell.

Plea to find missing boy

AUTHORITIES are asking members of the public to come forward with any information they might have regarding the whereabouts of a missing teenage boy.

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Vat branded as 'huge mistake'

The Bahamas is making “a huge mistake” in introducing a Value-Added Tax (VAT), a prominent financial services provider arguing that it should instead implement a 2 per cent corporate income tax.

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Waltiea Rolle: It's just good to be home

SINCE getting drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the Women’s National Basketball Association, Waltiea Rolle said she has been on such a whirlwind spin that she had to take some time off to relax with her family.

Power plant plan in 75% fuel charge cut

A $700 million power plant proposal aims to slash BEC’s existing fuel charge by up to 75 per cent, and eliminate the more than-$20 million it spends annually on ‘waste sludge’.

Airline's bookings in promotion spike

A LEADING Bahamian airline executive has seen a major spike in bookings due to a special rate offering on its Freeport/Fort Lauderdale route, with those for its Nassau/Fort Lauderdale route hitting a 90 per cent high.

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Ravens are champions of Flag Football League

FOR the second time in three years, the Summit Academy Ravens are the champions of the Bahamas Flag Football League.

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It's a first as Giants stun Jaspers 88-82

THE Manhattan College Jaspers were hoping to return home to Riverdale, New York, with a perfect run through the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s 5th annual BTC Summer of Thunder Classic in the Bahamas.

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Sports in brief

AFTER two days of gruelling round robin competition at the 2013 JITIC tournament in the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas was able to advance six players to the main draw in three divisions.

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Queen Drucilla takes it all

Queen Drucilla gave owner King Eric Gibson more than enough to celebrate after taking the Acklins Regatta B Class series with 15 points, winning all three races Friday and back-to-back on Saturday.

Monday, August 5

Pharmacy veteran celebrates multiple milestones

The importance of the pharmacists in the healthcare process can often be overlooked when considering the medical profession. However, the person who has responsibility for dispensing drugs, plays a vital and conclusive role. They must be knowledgeable about not only the drug, but also a patient’s gender, general weight and height and medical status, all information that allows pharmacists to properly interpret the hundreds of prescriptions that pass their desks every day.

Summer camp for special needs children

The Bahamas National Council for Disability will host a special three day summer enrichment programme for children with special needs this month.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Sunday, August 4

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Man dead after shooting

A shooting has left a man dead and several vehicles damaged.

Friday, August 2

MITCHELL says Bahamians are 'fed up' with protests about Cuban detainees

Fred Mitchell said it was 'reprehensible that The Bahamas is being attacked in this way, apparently with official sanction. It is simply outrageous.'

Relatives of pastor who died in hit-and-run speak out

RELATIVES of a pastor who was killed in a hit-and-run nine months ago have come forward with new information.

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Myles Munroe brands Pope's decision to speak on gay priests 'reckless'

BAHAMIAN pastor has branded as ‘reckless’ Pope Francis’s decision to tell the media that he would not judge priests if they were gay.

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Shotgun fired in clothing store as it is wrestled from would-be girl thief aged 13

A SHOTGUN was been fired in a clothing shop in the Town Centre Mall this morning as an employee wrestled the weapon from a teenage would-be thief.

US honeymooners tied up and robbed in Cable Beach

A US couple were on honeymoon in Cable Beach when they were tied up and robbed inside their vacation home.

FOCOL comes under fire from Grand Bahama residents

FREEPORT – After much backlash few weeks ago over the ‘bad gas’ situation, Freeport Oil Company Limited (FOCOL) is coming under fire again by a group of concerned residents and local community activists on Grand Bahama.

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Dorian 'could become a Tropical Storm again'

DORIAN has the potential to become a Tropical Storm again as it tracks through the Bahamas towards Florida this weekend.

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Fred Mitchell: Miami mayor's call over Cuban detainees is 'misdirected'

MIAMI Mayor Tomás Regalado says the Bahamas government ‘should heed the call’ of activists who are protesting in Florida about the alleged abuse of undocumented Cuban detainees in Nassau.

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Multiple injuries in club shooting

A shooting at a local club last night left five people in hospital with gunshot injuries.

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As detainees face court, Bahamas faces claim of reneging on deal

MIAMI-BASED protesters accused the Bahamas government of “reneging” on an agreement struck through US congressman Joe Garcia over Cuban immigrants held at Fox Hill prison and the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Bishop feels ‘violated’ by church theft

BISHOP Simeon Hall says he feels “violated” after thieves caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to New Covenant Baptist Church – stealing cash, computers, and laying waste to several rooms.

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Judge to give directions to trial jury

JUSTICE Bernard Turner will give further directions to the jury in the Kofhe Goodman murder trial today after choosing to postpone the trial yesterday.

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US Embassy official is victim of robbery

LESS than two months after an attack on a senior US diplomat, another US official was robbed at the beach with his family last weekend.

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Minnis seeks stem cell committee

FNM Leader Hubert Minnis has called for a select committee to review stem cell legislation before the Bill is passed in the House of Assembly.

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Leslie Miller uses shotgun at store site

A PLP MP fired shots in the direction of what he believed to be two fleeing copper thieves after an estimated half a million dollars worth of “utter destruction” was caused to a Robin Hood store.

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Man injured after being 'struck by car'

A man was taken to hospital Friday morning, reportedly after being struck by a car.

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Developer: 'Do I put my neck on the line?'

A Bahamian developer yesterday said he was “questioning whether to proceed” with a $4 million-plus project after Stamp Act amendments effectively eliminated 50 per cent of his potential buyers.

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NIB 'embarrassment' on $100m Cable deals

Cable Bahamas’ largest shareholder “abstained” from voting in favour of its $100 million worth of Florida acquisitions, after “foot dragging” by its government ‘owner’ meant several pre-conditions for the transactions’ approval could not be met.

Cocaine worth $200,000 seized

FREEPORT – Police seized over $200,000 worth of suspected cocaine, which was found hidden in a bucket inside a vehicle, police reported on Thursday.

Commission's top executive departs

The Securities Commission’s executive director, Dave Smith, has been forced out of his post amid “industry concerns” about how the capital markets supervisor is approaching its regulatory mandate.

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BRENT STUBBS: How did BAAA get in this predicament?

WHEN the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations held its election of officers on November 7, I don’t think any of the members expected for the most prominent sporting body in the country to be going through the turmoil that it has in the past eight months.

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Bahamas to be part of study on coral reefs

THE Bahamas has been included in the expansion of a study on coral reefs under a new campaign by the Catlin Group.

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Arianna just misses qualifying for final of the 100 free

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, the most decorated swimming athlete in Bahamian history, just missed out in qualifying for her final at the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

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Bahamians complete aviation security course

BAHAMIAN law enforcement officials have got their wings - after completing a US Government funded aviation security training course.

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Mitchell sends message to mark Emancipation

MONDAY is the Emancipation Day holiday and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell is offering best wishes of the people of Fox Hill on the 179th anniversary of the freeing of all slaves.

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Police appeal after armed robbery

POLICE need people’s help to solve two armed robberies that happened in New Providence in the last two days.

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Reaching out to hotels

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) and Grand Bahama Development Company (DEVCO) joined in another collaborative promotional effort with key government officials at the 17th annual National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers (NABHOOD).

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Former tropical storm to bring showers and thunderstorms

FORMER Tropical Storm Dorian will continue to track across the Bahamas through Friday, in a southeast to northwest fashion, accompanied by numerous showers and thunderstorms.

Unions file dispute over health insurance scheme

SEVERAL unions have filed a trade dispute against the government over the implementation of a new health insurance scheme.

Baha Mar eyes $12bn payroll

REAFFIRMING its commitment to a majority Bahamian workforce, a senior Baha Mar executive yesterday the $2.6 billion resort development would position the Bahamas for economic growth and activity over the next 20 years.

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Sports World on 'go positive tour' in October

SPORTS World is coming to the Bahamas and president Devon McDonald can’t wait.

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ACCORDING TO ME: None of our business

WHEN you hear the phrase “the business of the House” as it pertains to parliament, that business refers to our business – the people’s business.

Sunwing affiliate unveils GB flights from south-east US

VACATION Express, a division of the Sunwing Travel Group, will launch flights between the US and Grand Bahama in Spring 2014, in addition to beginning six flights per week from Canada this winter.

Bahamas 'scratches surface' over Latin American tourism

THE Bahamas is still only “scratching the surface” in the Latin American market, the tourism director-general said yesterday.

Baha Mar names three hotel managers

BAHA Mar has announced its senior operating executives for the Rosewood, Grand Hyatt and Mondrian hotels.

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Freeport not after 'special treatment'

Freeport businesses are aiming to bring a Judicial Review challenge to the Government’s new and increased taxes, Tribune Business was told yesterday, their proposed action having received the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s blessing.

Summer music camp

A CHURCH ministry is offering children a summer music camp.

BOC official FISU member

THE Bahamas Olympic Committee has been recognised as an official member of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) at a meeting of the FISU governing body in Kazan, Russia, in July.

Thursday, August 1

Bahamian attorney attends key summits

A Higgs & Johnson partner has attended the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Bar Leaders’ Conference and the mid-year Officers’ Meeting that took place in Zurich, Switzerland.

Emerald Bay hosts 22-strong flotilla

A 22-strong fleet pulled into Sandals’ Emerald Bay Marina last Tuesday for a reception held in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism (MOT).

Teams named for JITIC

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has named its under-14 and under-16 teams to compete in the 2013 JITIC tourney in the Dominican Republic August 2-9.

Port promotes GB at hotel summit

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and Grand Bahama Development Company (DEVCO) joined government officials to promote the island at the 17th annual National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers (NABHOOD) conference.

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Weather warning - severe thunderstorms alert

THE Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning lasting until this evening for Andros, New Providence, Cat Island, North Abaco, Grand Bahama and Exuma along with their adjacent waters and cays.

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Wilchcombe: No deal cut over Cuban detainees

AMID protests by Cuban-Americans over allegations of abuse at the nation’s detention centre, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday, “steps are being taken” by the government in an effort to “get the matter behind us”.

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Cubans in court for habeas corpus application

Mauricio Valdez, Randy Rodriguez, and Pedro Parrado appeared before Supreme Court Justice Carolita Bethel today for a full hearing.

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Pledge for more talks before new taxes

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe has promised greater dialogue with the aviation and cruise ship industries before any potential tax changes are introduced.

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Shaolin monks to perform in Nassau

THE Henan Cultural Performing Arts Group is in town bringing along with them some of the best Shaolin martial arts performing monks and some of the nimblest acrobats in China for a breathtaking exhibition.

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Cubans to step up protests

A CUBAN exile group in Miami has intensified its protest campaign to stop what they claim are human rights abuses of immigrants held in the Bahamas.

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'Dud' Maynard criticises PLP

FORMER PLP Chairman Andrew “Dud” Maynard yesterday criticised his former party for failing to recognise the contributions of past politicians.

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Brothers settle case

A SETTLEMENT between two millionaire brothers over $100 million after years of litigation might never be known by the public after the appellate court ordered that the agreement be sealed yesterday. 

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Accused speaks out during trial

POLICE escorted Kofhe Goodman from court yesterday during his murder trial after Goodman stood and said he was “disturbed” by the prosecutor’s closing submissions and claimed he was being threatened by those in the gallery behind him.

Dingman comes to Bay Street

An investor group headed by Jamie Dingman has leased 25 per cent of the units in a major Bay Street shopping plaza, Tribune Business can reveal, with plans to create a restaurant destination unmatched “except for Marina Village”.

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Downtown Nassau needs '20 more restaurants'

Downtown Nassau needs “at least 20 more restaurants” to transform itself into a nighttime destination that will once again attract both locals and tourists, a senior private sector executive said yesterday.

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Top QC confirms Blackbeard's Cay Judicial Review

A well-known QC yesterday confirmed he has been instructed to launch Judicial Review proceedings against the Government and developers of the $5 million Blackbeard’s Cay project, and accused Cabinet Ministers of reneging on assurances not to approve the development.

$34.2m claim against UBS Bahamas revives

A $34.2 million claim against UBS (Bahamas), which has connections to Bernard Madoff’s infamous multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme, was yesterday reinstated by the Court of Appeal.

Out Island hotels eye 40% occupancy

FAMILY Island hotels have seen a 4 per cent increase in average occupancy levels year-over-year, the Out Island Promotion Board’s president said yesterday, adding that room nights sold had risen by 2 per cent during the same period.

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Tribune heads to World Championships in Russia

THE Bahamas’ big name athletes are back in action shortly in a major competition in Russia - and you can follow the heartache and the glory as they go for gold.

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Showers and thunderstorms

FORMER Tropical Storm Dorian will continue to track across the Bahamas through Friday, in a southeast to northwest fashion, accompanied by showers and thunderstorms.

Teenager is youngest to be called to the bar

A TEENAGER whose parents are from the Bahamas became the youngest person called to the Bar of England and Wales through the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

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Smith says sorry to AG

LAWYER Fred Smith yesterday apologised to Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson if “his public utterances conveyed the impression that she was personally victimising” him.

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Abaco police seek man over thefts

ABACO Police are searching for a 26-year-old Exuma man for questioning into housebreaking, shopbreaking and sacrilege.

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'Man in the Boat' sculling event

TREASURE CAY, Abaco — Bahamian Brewery and Sands beer held their ‘Man in the Boat’ sculling races for Abaco in Treasure Cay over the weekend. Bahamians from all islands came to Abaco to participate in the event, according to a press release.

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National team needs financial support for world qualifier

IN one week, the Bahamas Volleyball Federation will be sending its men’s national team off to compete in the second round of the World Qualifying Tournament.

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BAAA treasurer: We really need the funding

While they had to skip the training camp because of a lack of funding, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has confirmed that the Bahamas’ contingent of 37 persons will be leaving on Monday from various sites for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Shopping for the best file opening

Did you find a PSD file on your computer and wonder what program should open it?

Russia airlift in January 2014 start

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday that he was not alarmed by the drop-off in 2013 first-half air arrivals, and pledged that 2014 would be a “banner year” for airlift.

Shipyard helping West End schools

The Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) is using funds raised from its annual fishing tournament to help schools in the western parts of Grand Bahama.

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Bran: What is next step on shanty towns?

DNA Leader Branville McCartney has called on the government to reveal the “next step” after issuing the initial notice to shanty town landowners to comply with regulations.

The drugs that fuel sex trade

ALCOHOL appears to be the drug of choice for the vast majority of sex workers in The Bahamas, a new study by the Bahamas Urban Youth Development Centre reveals.

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Wheelchairs donation

ORGANISATIONS joined forces to donate five specially modified wheelchairs which are valued at $13,000 to patients in the Robert Smith Ward of Sandilands.

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Three arrested on suspicion of drug possession

AUTHORITIES have arrested three men after finding them with suspected marijuana.

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The Pink Mystic Avenger

A BAHAMIAN artist won a competition by coming up with a “superhero” whose bottom is her most powerful weapon and who can hide objects in her lacefront.

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No arrests after body discovery

POLICE have made no arrests in connection with the discovery of a badly decomposed body of a man wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet earlier this week.

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Family of missing retired lawyer offers reward

THE family of retired lawyer Anthony (Tony) Hepburn is offering a reward to anyone with information concerning his disappearance about 8am on Sunday, May 5, in the vicinity of Jaws Beach.

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FNM to host memorial track and field classic for the late Charles Maynard

THE Free National Movement is scheduled to host a memorial track and field classic for the late Charles Maynard next month.

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TALKING SENSE: The economics of stem cells

IMAGINE living in a world where a drug-free fix for HIV/AIDS existed, or a cure for cancer, blindness, Parkinson’s, diabetes, heart disease, even Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Sports in brief

FOR more than 25 years, Frank Rutherford has travelled to the family islands giving back to the youths in the islands, conducting track and field, basketball and football camps and organising motivational speaking tours that have inspired youths in all the islands.