Friday, August 30
By DANA SMITH
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.
heavy storm hits New Providence
Preliminary inquiry into a grossly indecent picture posting allegation adjourned because of a third non-appearance by the chief investigator in the case.
Dustin Tynes has shattered a four-year-old record that Jeremy Knowles set in 2008.
Protesters are telling US and other media about their claims of abuse of detainees
Thursday, August 29
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.
By NEIL HARTNELL
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).
By NATARIO McKENZIE
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.
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.
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.
By NEIL HARTNELL
By NEIL HARTNELL
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.
"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…”
BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING LASTING UNTIL LATER THIS EVENING.
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.
How the Cuban story evolved - a timeline of events.
Features Editor Noelle Nicolls attends the Keva M. Bethel Distinguished Lecture at the College of the Bahamas.
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.
Cuban detainees have been released from the custody of immigration to fly to the US.
Wednesday, August 28
FIVE men were detained by police in Andros in connection with the discovery of a drug stash on a boat.
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.
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.'
FREEPORT: More than a dozen illegal immigrants were discovered at a home in the Freeport area on Tuesday evening
By NEIL HARTNELL
By NEIL HARTNELL
By DANA SMITH
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.
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.
STATE Minister Keith Bell criticised what he called the irrational behaviour of the FNM party.
TWO men robbed a group of teenages and shot a young woman during an armed robbery.
THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING.
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.'
CUBAN man claiming to have been in custody at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre says he was one of a group of detainees beaten.
A MAN was responsible for an armed robbery at a Carmichael Road service station.
Police have formally identified four victims who were shot to death over the weekend.
FIVE men in custody after they was arrested by police in Andros for possession of dangerous drugs.
Tuesday, August 27
By D’Arcy Rahming
By NEIL HARTNELL
By NEIL HARTNELL
By NEIL HARTNELL
Thirteen young Bahamians have been awarded scholarships to pursue tourism-related studies, thanks to a collaborative effort by three organisations.
By NEIL HARTNELL
By NEIL HARTNELL
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
By Michael Moss
ONLY four of the six Cubans apprehended by the US Coast Guard on Friday were taken to the Detention Centre, The Tribune understands.
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.
Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said he will continue to promote a positive image of the Bahamas.
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
By DANA SMITH
By KHRISNA VIRGIL
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.
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.
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
THE Democracy Movement is alleging that women Cuban migrants with other nationalities were sexually assaulted while detained in the Bahamas.
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.
There is a 'compelling need' for heightened protection against the scourge of crime, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
Tthe Bahamas' four-member team finished tied with seven other countries for 16th place at the 17th Pan American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia.
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.
POLICE are asking for the public's help in solving the country's fourth murder in four days.
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 are investigating the circumstances surrounding the apparent drowning of a 14-year-old boy on Sunday afternoon.
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.
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.
HEALTH officials have issued an alert for dengue fever in a Central Florida community.
17-year-old dead after drive-by shooting
Police are investigating the drowning death of a 14-year-old boy in a pond.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTH ELEUTHERA, NEW PROVIDENCE, BERRY ISLANDS AND NORTH ANDROS AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS AND CAYS.
Sunday, August 25
By SANCHESKA BROWN
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.
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.
By SANCHESKA BROWN
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday criticised Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis who accused the government of covering up alleged abuse of Cuban detainees.
A YOUNG man died after being thrown from a vehicle in a traffic accident early yesterday morning.
By KHRISNA VIRGIL
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.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Saturday, August 24
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.
FORMER ZNS Radio talkshow host Phillippa ‘Lady’ Russell was taken in for questioning by officers of the police’s Commercial Crimes Division yesterday morning.
A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN is in custody after he stabbed his mother three times after a row at their home.
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
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.
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”.
A 24-year old male is in custody accused of stabbing his 41-year old mother.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville McCartney called for “calm and sensible heads” to prevail in the Cuban detainee abuse controversy.
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.
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.
JAMIE Smith should have died from a close range gunshot wound to the heart, Wayne Munroe told the Coroner’s Court yesterday.
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.
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.
ANIMALS are tortured at an abandoned hotel used as an apartment complex, claim neighbours and a concerned animal lover.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A MAN suspected of being the culprit behind the “execution” of an alleged gang leader was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
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.
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.
A MAN on bail wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet was discovered in Canada.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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’.
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.
NO matter what your political affiliation, you would agree that there is a feeling of despair and hopelessness in our country.
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.
DUE to the high level of crime, security has come to be the watchword for almost all businesses in the Bahamas.
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.
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.
IN the team’s final match in group stage play, the Bahamas failed to improve on its fourth place in the Group A standings.
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.
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.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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’.
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.
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.
RIDE for Hope organisers visited Odyssey Aviation to show their appreciation for the company’s continued support for the charity event.
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.
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.
A PRIVATE company donated 3,000 backpacks to inner city students as part of the Urban Renewal programme yesterday.
THE government announced yesterday a reversal of their decision to implement a new medical insurance package for law enforcement officers.
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 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.
The Marine Max Annual Lobster Bash’s rendezvous at Resorts World-Bimini marked the end of the summer vacation.
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.
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.
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).
By ALESHA CADET
Opposition Leader Hubert Minnis has this afternoon called for Prime Minister Perry Christie to fire Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell from his Cabinet.
FISHING was once a lucrative business for our local fishermen. But no more.
TWO of three Cuban detainees who made a habeas corpus application before the Supreme Court have been accepted for asylum into a third country.
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.
A BUS driver became the country’s latest murder victim when he was shot and robbed Monday evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Bahamas yesterday confirmed it had closed one of its four Florida acquisitions, purchasing US Metropolitan Telecom for $23.256 million.
FREEPORT – A man and woman were arrested in Abaco on Monday after a firearm was discovered at a home in the Mud.
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.
IT WAS a heartbreaking finish for the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s under-17 men’s team at last week’s Centrobasket Championships.
Jay Abrams is a world-famous marketing consultant that executives of Fortune 500 companies pay a lot to for advice.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance leader Branville McCartney said the government must invest in new technology in the fight against illegal immigration.
THE results of standardised exams like the BGCSE can only improve if teacher supervision improves, Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney is pressuring government to follow through on its promised prosecution of shanty town landowners.
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.
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.
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.
A DEFENCE Force officer has been named a recipient of a prestigious British scholarship.
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.
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.
THE DOORS have opened for Bahamian model David Maycock to step onto the international modelling scene
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RESIDENTS and firefighters joined forces to battle a blaze that broke out at a residence in Hope Town, Abaco, yesterday afternoon.
• Ya hear Chris Brown ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service?
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”.
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.
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.
SATISFYING his listening audience is all the drive he needs to keep pushing himself in the entertainment world.
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.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie has promised to prosecute to the full extent of the law any officer found guilty of abusing Cuban detainees.
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.
A MAN sentenced to death for murder more than two decades ago appeared in Supreme Court yesterday for re-sentencing.
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.
WHEN asked about Prime Minister Christie’s statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said that things could have been handled differently.
GLOBAL Battle of the Bands could come to the Bahamas, said the chief executive officer of the global competition.
Tuesday, August 20
FRED Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, has announced two additional appointments to his foreign diplomatic team.
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.
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.
Bus driver robbed and shot by gunman - passenger was taken to hospital.
Senior Pastor of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church, Neil C. Ellis, has formally resigned as 2nd Presiding bishop,
STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
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.
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.
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.
THE FAMILY of 49-year-old Rufus Frederick Storr camped out at the Montagu Ramp all day yesterday hoping for some good news.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best way to determine whether faith or fear fuels you forward is to listen to the tenets of your everyday conversations.
WHAT is time and why is it important? How does guarding and watching time in the corporate world benefit those in industry?
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.
MOSCOW, Russia — The 14th IAAF World Championships didn’t end the way Team Bahamas expected.
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.
ANOTHER loss at the inaugural CONCACAF Boys Under-15 tournament places the Bahamas fourth in Group A after four games.
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.
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.
THE Bahamas Customs, Immigration and Allied Workers Union has joined forces with several law enforcement associations to protest a new health insurance scheme.
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.
THIRTEEN Bahamian students were awarded scholarships to undertake studies in the People’s Republic of China yesterday.
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.
THIRTY-TWO young people completed a week long “eco-experience” on the island of Andros as part of this year’s Eco-Camp.
DISTRAUGHT family members of a missing 17-year-old boy are appealing to anyone who may have information concerning his whereabouts.
FREEPORT – THE Grand Bahama Port Authority spearheaded a two-day workshop for environmental stakeholders on the island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By JEFFARAH GIBSON
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.
By KIRKLAND PRATT
Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen says Bahamian officials conducted themselves 'in a manner not conducive to a free society.'
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.
United States Congressional members express 'outrage' in letter to Prime Minister Perry Christie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A BODY was found in the South Beach Canal yesterday, making it the second in less than a month, discovered in that area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Atlantis Resort’s Animal Rescue Team has announced the successful release of Georgie, an endangered West Indian Manatee, at Great Harbor Cay.
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”.
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.
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.
MOSCOW, Russia — Some things were just not meant to be.
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
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.
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.
A HOMICIDE investigation has been launched after a two-year-old boy was found dead at home.
AN 18-YEAR-OLD girl left a courtroom in tears yesterday crying in anguish after the man accused of sexually assaulting her was acquitted.
No medals for The Bahamas at the Moscow World Championships.
Friday, August 16
A 30-year old man is in custody assisting police after the death of a two-year-old
SEVERAL days ago, a single mother walked into a tyre shop in search of a used tyre.
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.
Twenty four Cuban nationals have been repatriated to Havana.
MOSCOW, Russia: Fourth best in the world in the women's 200 metres.
OFFICIALS laid the corner stone of a $25 million maritime academy yesterday at the former Crystal Cay – now Maritime Cay.
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.
POLISH Ambassador yesterday defended the human rights record of the Bahamas amidst ongoing protests over alleged torture of Cuban detainees.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday denied that the government’s move to privatise BEC was influenced by special interests.
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.
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.
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”.
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.”
MOSCOW, Russia: When our plane made its descent into Moscow, I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw.
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, 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.
MOSCOW, Russia — What a difference a year has made.
MOSCOW, Russia — Donald Thomas decided to go for it all.
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.
FREEPORT – Grand Bahama Police are searching for a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with a causing harm incident.
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 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.
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.
A YOUNG woman who was reported by police as missing has been located.
Thursday, August 15
By BRENT STUBBS
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.
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.
Vampires need plenty of shade while on vacation in the Bahamas, according to “True Blood” star Kristin Bauer.
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”.
A MAN was reportedly struck by a car while walking home in the Berry Islands last week, dying hours later.
Olympic champions The Bahamas came fourth in the 4x400, failing to make the final.
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.
Activist Rodney Moncur's preliminary inquiry into an alleged 'grossly indecent' picture posting on Facebook started today.
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.
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.
THE Defence Force is handicapped by a shortage of equipment and human resources, Public Relations Officer Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux said yesterday.
STATEMENT FROM MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION
Shaunae Miller qualified for the WOMEN'S 200M final
Cuban protestors plan to resume their demonstrations against the Bahamas today in Miami.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
HUNDREDS of Bahamians turned out in support of the annual Fox Hill Day celebrations on August 13.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE police are requesting the public’s help in locating two male suspects responsible for a burglary and armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday.
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.
After a successful summer camp debut, Quality Beach Soccer Academy looks to extend its reach to a year-round programme.
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.
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.
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”.
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
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.
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.
By Rev. Fr. S. Sebastian
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.
Edward Butler, who was convicted in May of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a nine-year-old girl, jailed today.
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.
POLICE have three men in custody in connection with the discovery of the body of 17-year-old Altaranika Young.
PANAMANIAN officials have yet to formally engage the Bahamas government after announcing plans to offer territorial asylum to 19 Cuban detainees.
DEFENCE Force officers apprehended more than 100 Haitian immigrants in two separate incidents yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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 on a western New Providence office development is expected to begin by October, its broker describing interest in the development as quite overwhelming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
BAHAMIAN artist Alistair Stevenson will bid farewell to the local art community at his final exhibition, The Growth Series, tomorrow evening.
Years ago I once had to deliver a presentation to a high level executive board of a multibillion dollar company.
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.
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.
TWO tourists had to be taken to hospital yesterday after a collision between a truck and the scooter they were riding.
A MAN was sentenced to eight years in prison after changing his plea to guilty during the continuation of his armed robbery trial yesterday.
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.
POLICE are on the hunt for a man responsible for a burglary and attempted rape early yesterday morning.
MOST of the Christie Cabinet yesterday visited several churches in commemoration of Fox Hill Day.
Tuesday, August 13
EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Girl, 13, escapes police custody. The Tribune, August 6, 2013.
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.
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.
MANY people shy away from talking about digestive health issues, especially when it involves infrequent bowel movements.
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.
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.
Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Yellow Elder seized a Haitian sloop off Green Cay approximately 60 miles south of New Providence this afternoon.
MAN armed with a knife and wearing a mask broke into a residence and attempted to sexually molest a woman.
The dump is on fire again this afternoon shooting huge plumes of smoke into the sky.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EACH summer, the Royal Bahamas Police Force conducts a series of summer camps throughout New Providence and the Family Islands.
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.
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.
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.
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
THE body of a woman found dead near St Augustine’s Monastery, off Bernard Road, on Sunday, has been identified by police.
A STORY of how one civic action group is using social media to drive public awareness on national issues. Forward, Upward, Onward, Together.
“The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry…”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris 'Fireman' Brown and Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson gave it their best, but unfortunately neither of them advanced to the final of their respective events.
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.
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.
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.”
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”.
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.
A MODERN road system for San Salvador’s drivers, cyclists and pedestrians is on the way, according to the government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
POLICE are investigating a suspected drowning after a body was found last Friday under water off Junkanoo Beach.
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.
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.
THE Bahamas Basketball Federation looks to field another qualifying junior national team at the Centrobasket level.
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.
MEMBERS of a local dance company took the stage by storm at the Starquest International Dance Competition’s World Finals in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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.
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
By BRENT STUBBS
"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.
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
PROTESTERS in the US have called for media access to see Cuban detainees being held at Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill.
A MAN accused of raping a 52-year-old woman was denied bail when he was arraigned in the magistrates’ court yesterday.
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.
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.
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations officials tight lipped about athlete's absence from Moscow
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
IN THE House of Assembly Wednesday, Prime Minister Christie complained that the PLP were held to a different standard of behaviour.
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.
'Frank Edgecome Street' named in honour of Frank Edgecombe
The Tribune was sent this picture of a lorry in Miami. Earlier in the week dozens of vehicles drove through downtown Miami.
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.
BAIL was granted yesterday to two 18-year-old youth who were charged with raping a 15-year-old American tourist early Monday morning.
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.
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.
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.
CENTRAL and South Abaco MP Edison Key is “a political prostitute” in the opinion of DNA Leader Branville McCartney.
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.
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.
Bahamian water bills could be slashed by 25 per cent through the cheaper electricity costs proposed by a $700 million power plant project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ZION Knowles is still miles away from receiving the $500,000 bone marrow transplant that she needs.
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.
RELATIVES of a pastor who was killed in a hit-and-run nine months ago have come forward with new information.
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.
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.
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.
DRUG Enforcement Unit officers found two pistols in bushes off Carmichael Road on Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday, August 8
By RENALDO DORSETT
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.
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.
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.
FNM MPs clashed with police in the House of Assembly yesterday after officers attempted to forcibly remove Opposition Leader Hubert Minnis from parliament.
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.
The Government is planning to “revive” a three Bill-strong legislative package that would create a Bahamian Land registry, a Cabinet Minister has confirmed.
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.
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 is looking to create 20 new jobs initially as it moves into airport maintenance with its subsidiary Airport Maintenance Services (APS).
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.
SEVERAL members of a fledgling political group, “Forward, Upward, Onward, Together” showed up in Rawson Square yesterday to call attention to “national issues.”
JOIN The Tribune and Team Bahamas as our athletes go for gold at the World Athletics Championships over the next two weeks.
DREAMS do come true. Just ask Van Hutchinson Jr.
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.
Computer graphics applications often offer an option to save designs and EPS is one of those formats that graphic designers and publishing professionals know so well.
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.
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.
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.
A MAN pleaded not guilty when asked to answer to more than half the 70 fraud allegation he faces.
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.
THE 40-year-old man who was shot and killed on Sunday has been identified at Terrance Musgrove of Dunmore Avenue and Hospital Lane.
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.”
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.
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.
A YALE School of Medicine graduate from Grand Bahama has won the Manhunt International Bahamas 2013 title.
FOUR Bahamian men are lucky to be alive after the boat they were on exploded off the coast of Bimini on Tuesday afternoon.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis last night vowed to continue to fight for democracy following his removal and barring from the House of Assembly.
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.
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
By AVA TURNQUEST
By KHRISNA VIRGIL
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
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.
House suspended after FNM Leader is ordered to be removed but stays.
FREEPORT - Two toddlers were victims of a near drowning at a popular beach on Grand Bahama during the Monday holiday.
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.
A 30-year-old man became the country’s latest murder victim when he was gunned down outside a night club Monday night.
HEAVY rain and thunderstorms continue to batter The Bahamas this morning and the bad weather is forecast to continue all week.
POLICE have two Bahamian men in custody in connection with the alleged rape of a 15-year-old American tourist early Monday morning.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
A MAJOR development in San Salvador is expected to be announced “very soon” Prime Minister Perry Christie said.
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.
I wrote in an earlier column about how systems are integrating marketing, finance and even operations with marketing leading the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As you read this, I will be en route to Moscow, Russia, with high expectations to cover the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
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”.
By DENISE MAYCOCK
THE University of Miami is prepared to partner with the Bahamas government on future stem cell research, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced yesterday.
FREEPORT - A 56-year-old male pedestrian who was hit by a car almost a month ago died in hospital on Saturday.
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.
HEAVY rain and thunderstorms continued to batter The Bahamas yesterday and the bad weather is forecast to continue all week.
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 authorities have rescued a pilot who crash landed his small plane near Exuma.
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.
School Art Supply Drive
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 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.
FORMER INSURANCE executive Maude Lockhart is happy to be able to devote her full energy towards something she truly loves, art and craft.
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.
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.
THE fate of the embattled Cuban detainees in Bahamian custody will be announced today, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell told The Tribune yesterday.
EVEN as they continue to call for the death penalty for Kofhe Goodman, Bahamians remain sceptical that such a sentence would ever be fulfilled.
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.
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.
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.
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 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”.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
THE Government has a “master plan” for the economic development of the Family Islands, according to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.
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.
A MAN, wanted for questioning in several offences in Abaco, was arrested by police early Sunday morning.
POLICE are searching for a 25-year-old woman who is wanted for alleged threats of death and assault with a deadly weapon.
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”.
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.
THIS year’s Fox Hill Parade was once again a “winning success” according to the historic area’s MP, Fred Mitchell.
AUTHORITIES are asking members of the public to come forward with any information they might have regarding the whereabouts of a missing teenage boy.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
FOR the second time in three years, the Summit Academy Ravens are the champions of the Bahamas Flag Football League.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
A shooting has left a man dead and several vehicles damaged.
Friday, August 2
Unamimous decision by jury.
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 a pastor who was killed in a hit-and-run nine months ago have come forward with new information.
BAHAMIAN pastor has branded as ‘reckless’ Pope Francis’s decision to tell the media that he would not judge priests if they were gay.
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.
A US couple were on honeymoon in Cable Beach when they were tied up and robbed inside their vacation home.
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.
DORIAN has the potential to become a Tropical Storm again as it tracks through the Bahamas towards Florida this weekend.
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.
A shooting at a local club last night left five people in hospital with gunshot injuries.
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.
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.
JUSTICE Bernard Turner will give further directions to the jury in the Kofhe Goodman murder trial today after choosing to postpone the trial yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
A man was taken to hospital Friday morning, reportedly after being struck by a car.
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.
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.
FREEPORT – Police seized over $200,000 worth of suspected cocaine, which was found hidden in a bucket inside a vehicle, police reported on Thursday.
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.
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.
THE Bahamas has been included in the expansion of a study on coral reefs under a new campaign by the Catlin Group.
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.
BAHAMIAN law enforcement officials have got their wings - after completing a US Government funded aviation security training course.
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.
POLICE need people’s help to solve two armed robberies that happened in New Providence in the last two days.
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).
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.
SEVERAL unions have filed a trade dispute against the government over the implementation of a new health insurance scheme.
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.
SPORTS World is coming to the Bahamas and president Devon McDonald can’t wait.
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.
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.
THE Bahamas is still only “scratching the surface” in the Latin American market, the tourism director-general said yesterday.
BAHA Mar has announced its senior operating executives for the Rosewood, Grand Hyatt and Mondrian hotels.
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.
A CHURCH ministry is offering children a summer music camp.
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
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.
A 22-strong fleet pulled into Sandals’ Emerald Bay Marina last Tuesday for a reception held in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism (MOT).
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Mauricio Valdez, Randy Rodriguez, and Pedro Parrado appeared before Supreme Court Justice Carolita Bethel today for a full hearing.
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe has promised greater dialogue with the aviation and cruise ship industries before any potential tax changes are introduced.
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.
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.
FORMER PLP Chairman Andrew “Dud” Maynard yesterday criticised his former party for failing to recognise the contributions of past politicians.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FORMER Tropical Storm Dorian will continue to track across the Bahamas through Friday, in a southeast to northwest fashion, accompanied by showers and thunderstorms.
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.
LAWYER Fred Smith yesterday apologised to Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson if “his public utterances conveyed the impression that she was personally victimising” him.
ABACO Police are searching for a 26-year-old Exuma man for questioning into housebreaking, shopbreaking and sacrilege.
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.
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.
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.
Did you find a PSD file on your computer and wonder what program should open it?
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.
The Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) is using funds raised from its annual fishing tournament to help schools in the western parts of Grand Bahama.
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.
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.
ORGANISATIONS joined forces to donate five specially modified wheelchairs which are valued at $13,000 to patients in the Robert Smith Ward of Sandilands.
AUTHORITIES have arrested three men after finding them with suspected marijuana.
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.
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.
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.
THE Free National Movement is scheduled to host a memorial track and field classic for the late Charles Maynard next month.
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.
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.