Stories for December 2013


Tuesday, December 31

Government's anti-crime initiatives

• Improvement and expansion of the capabilities of the Situation Room to collect and analyse data and to positively influence co-ordination of policing operations.

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Wilchcombe: Web shop gaming is ‘not off the table’

OBIE Wilchcombe said yesterday he has begun a series of meetings with religious leaders and those with interests in gaming in an effort to reintroduce the discussion of web shop gaming in 2014.

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Final suspect in Deputy PM robbery charged

THE FINAL suspect believed to have had a role in the robbery of Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis was arraigned in the magistrates’ court yesterday.

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Murder toll rises as body found in bushes

Police have just confirmed that another murder has taken place in the capital near Yellow Elder Primary School on Blue Hill Road.

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Woman missing after vacation in Bahamas

AN AMERICAN man has made an impassioned plea for persons to come forward with information about the whereabouts of his missing friend.

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PM reveals plan to tackle crime

A POLICE unit specifically aimed at organised gangs will be formed in an effort to combat escalating crime, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

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Five charged with murder of Andros pair

FIVE Androsian men were in the magistrates’ court yesterday charged in connection with the disappearance and murder of an Immigration officer and his girlfriend in Andros.

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Dominicans fined $96,000 for poaching offences

SEVENTEEN Dominicans were fined a collective $96,000 yesterday in Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to six poaching related charges.

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Gift delivery by SkyBahamas

SKYBAHAMAS made a special delivery on Christmas Eve this year as representatives of the company brought cards and gifts for each child of The Mission Home for Children in Cat Island.

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$50,000 report urges WSC to close contract loophole

TWO foreign consultants hired to conduct a forensic audit of Nassau’s “rusty water woes” at a cost of $50,000 have issued their report to government.

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Bahamian delegation at Dolphins game

MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, along with a Bahamian delegation, made an appearance on the field at the Miami Dolphin vs New York Jets game on Sunday to announce a grand prize trip for one lucky fan.

'VAT effect will beat Baha Mar'

A prominent businessman yesterday warned that “the VAT effect will outweigh the Baha Mar effect” in 2014, adding that next year will “have been a failure” if unemployment remains close to 16 per cent.

BEC's bidders 'left in dark'

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) reform process is today a month behind schedule, with some bidders said to be complaining it “lacks transparency” and that they have literally been ‘left in the dark’.

Bank creditors receive $15.64m

A former Bahamian bank’s creditors have been approved to receive a collective $15.635 million first dividend - a sum that pales in comparison to their collective $335.367 million loss.

Bimini developer: No twice-daily trips till April

Resorts World has alleged it cannot return to its “original business model” of twice daily cruises to Bimini until April 2014, due to high winter seas and the absence of its controversial terminal/jetty.

Wilson objects to Cable's late fees

Prominent businessman Franklyn Wilson has objected to Cable Bahamas’ charging him ‘late payment’ fees, with the industry regulator agreeing to his demand that such charges be proportionate.

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Waltiea Rolle prepares for WNBA

Waltiea Rolle is eager to return to the Czech Republic. She has some unfinished business to take care of with the DS Karlin before she embarks on her debut in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

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Bahamas takes centre stage at Dolphins game

WITH the backdrop of the Miami Dolphins’ dwindling playoff hopes, the Bahamas took centre stage halftime at Sun Life Stadium Sunday afternoon in a major sports tourism campaign.

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Holiday resolutions for female empowerment

WITH 2014 just a week away, many people are jotting down their New Year’s resolutions.

'We have to get Gaming Bill done'

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday he was hopeful that the Government would get the Gaming Bill on its legislative calendar for January, telling Tribune Business: “We have to get it done.”

Crime endangering tourism reputation

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday expressed serious concern over the impact increasing crime levels could have on the Bahamas’ reputation as a global tourist destination

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The winners who lit up Christmas

A NEW winner has claimed the top prizes in the 3rd annual Bahamas Realty Holiday Home Showcase.

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McCartney: It's time to draw the line in the sand

IN LIGHT of the recent tragedy in Fox Hill, the Commissioner of Police commented that he must draw the line in the sand regarding the criminal activity in the Bahamas. This is indeed good to hear but that line should have been drawn years ago, not only by the Commissioner but by the government of the day – past and present.

Cruise ship concern over crime - but no ultimatum

THE entire cruise ship industry remains concerned about the safety of passengers and employees in The Bahamas, an executive at Carnival said yesterday.

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Nation's relationship with Netherlands highlighted

THE Bahamas and the Netherlands have enjoyed a long-standing and cordial relationship since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1974.

Monday, December 30

Swift swimmers lower national records in 50 breaststroke

IN the last two opportunities in December, the Orca meet and a Bahamas Swimming Federation time trial, two Swift swimmers lowered the Bahamian record in the 50 breaststroke.

BORCO stages oil response training

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) has held its second annual Oil Spill Response training seminar in Grand Bahama.

Make your resolution to develop real solutions


Stock market still reviving

THE BISX-All Share Index increased by 4.47 per cent for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2013, indicating that a modest stock market recovery continued. 
 In its statistical report for the January to September period, the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) said the All-Share Index’s closing at 1,406.38 represented a year-to-date increase of 60.12 or 4.47 per cent.

Things to do

CHRISTMAS has come and gone, but party promoters are still making plans to keep Bahamians entertained by preparing exciting New Year’s Eve parties. This Tuesday, most countries around the world will celebrate the coming of the New Year. Whether it is at a family gathering, a watch night church service, dinner and dancing or a special festival, millions of people will be out on the town. Below, The Tribune gathered a list of Things To Do to bring in the New Year in the Bahamas.

Minnis: Vacuous response is more of the same

PRIME Minister Perry Christie and his government should be “roundly and soundly rejected” by all Bahamians for their “faint-hearted and vacuous” response to the Fox Hill killings, FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis said.

Decision need on organ donation system for the Bahamas

REGULATIONS to ensure the best possible practices in organ transplantation and donation exist in the Bahamas must be addressed, according to Michaela Sumner-Budhi, a legal counsel at Doctors Hospital.

2013: A year to remember in local sports

THE local sporting community includes Bahamians from every segment of the community. Everyone from weekend warriors to former collegiate and professional athletes were represented and collaborated to make 2013 a year to remember in local sports.

Seeing is believing

Just two short years ago, I returned to the Bahamas after spending a few years studying in the Caribbean. So much was new, and the need to reacquaint myself with my home environment presented the formidable challenge of getting back into the professional race. I needed a strategic plan.

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Bahamas flag given a hike up!

European born, Bahamians at heart, Peter Wirth, Senior Relationship Manager Credit Suisse, and Harry McPike earlier this year successfully returned from climbing Lhakpa-Ri, one of several 7000m plus peaks in the fabled Himalayas. Conquest of this peak could qualify one for a climb of Mt Everest.

Hoping for a better New Year than 2013

AT LEAST one of our readers did not appreciate our Christmas editorial in which we wished our nation a happy and blessed Christmas, but urged Bahamians — especially the young — to try to grasp the meaning of Christmas by understanding that the birth of the Christ-child was God’s greatest gift to mankind

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Police will use 'severe methods' if necessary

MINISTER of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said police will use “severe methods” if necessary to return the Bahamas to a peaceful state.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Let’s do the shuffle

Boom! Bang! Boom! The Valley Boys Junkanoo group rocked Bay and Shirley Streets yesterday and totally “mashed up” the scene. I felt so good on Boxing Day morning that I was doing the Kool PC (Prime Minister Perry Christie) shuffle and any other move that came to my musically possessed spirit. Congratulations to the best group in Junkanoo—the Valley Boys!

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PM scraps BTC meeting to focus on crime

CRIME fighting strategies will be the “singular focus” when Cabinet meets today, Prime Minister Perry Christie said, revealing that a key meeting on the future of BTC will be postponed.

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Tributes paid to 'King' Eric Gibson

“KING” Eric Gibson was one of the sailing and entertainment communities’ “most influential ambassadors and brightest stars,” said PLP chairman Bradley Roberts.

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Hundreds gather for prayer vigil in Fox Hill

HUNDREDS of relatives, friends, and community leaders last night gathered for a prayer vigil after the deaths of four people killed in a drive-by shooting.

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60 people detained after Fox Hill shooting

POLICE have 60 persons in custody in connection with a drive by shooting in Fox Hill that left four persons dead and seven others in hospital.

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FOX HILL SHOOTING: 'My brother never got up'

A WOMAN who witnessed three drive-by gunmen open fire on innocent people, including herself, at a park in Fox Hill says she is lucky to be alive when one of the gunman’s weapons malfunctioned.

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Man held in missing persons investigation

POLICE have detained a man for questioning in connection with a missing person’s investigation in Andros.

Say 'no' to a national ID card

The political class never tire of ways to try to keep citizens under control.

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BRAN: Fox Hill murders - A sad state of affairs

IT IS with a great sense of sadness for our nation that I sit here today to pen my personal thoughts of the state of our nation. The recent killings in Fox Hill and the number of murders for the year, not to mention the number of persons killed in the last five years, is heartbreaking to say the least.

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Minnis: We must come together as a country

OPPOSTION leader Dr Hubert Minnis extended condolences yesterday to the community of Fox Hill on behalf of the Free National Movement.
Dr Minnis said it would take a long time for the community and the Bahamas to come to grips with such a tragic loss.

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16-year-old boy shot by police following robbery

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was shot in the buttocks by police moments after he and another 16-year-old robbed a John Chea Food Store.

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Activist Moncur seeks return of hanging

OUR leaders have lost control of our country: our leaders have eaten sour grapes and now our children’s teeth are on edge.

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Murder suspect faces court

FREEPORT – A Freeport man was charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrates Court on Friday.

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Climber completes bid to climb highest mountains

FREEPORT –The Bahamian flag is flying high atop seven of the highest summits in the world, thanks to mountaineer Dave Mellor of Freeport.

Oil regulations a 'priority' in 2014

THE regulatory framework to govern The Bahamas’ petroleum sector will be a “priority” in 2014 according to a key Cabinet minister, who told this newspaper, “We’re just fine tuning what we have”.

Bahamas poised for 'much better year' on FDI front.

THE Bahamas appears poised for a “much better year” on the foreign direct investment (FDI) according to State Minister for Investments Khaalis Rolle, who noted that several hotel/resort developments in particular were expected to materialise in the new year.

Sky Bahamas bounces back with 'exceptionally good Christmas'

A LEADING domestic airline said that it is coming off an “exceptionally good Christmas” with load factors averaging as high as 85 per cent for the period, and its CEO reiterating calls for the government to rethink its decision to levy 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) on domestic air transportation.

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Employee of the Year visits Minister

THE Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s 2013 Employee of the Year Chilean Burrows paid a courtesy call on Minister Jerome Fitzgerald.

Contractor: Construction sector in a 'dismal situation'

THE Bahamas’ construction sector appears to be in a “dismal situation” according to one local contractor, charging that “prohibitively expensive” closing costs have caused the demand for new home construction to dwindle significantly.

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'His whole life was about giving and helping people'

IF there’s ever a Bahamian befitting the image of an icon, it’s ‘King’ Eric Gibson, who was remembered for his dedicated service to the music industry and his commitment to growth and development in the sporting world of golf and sloop sailing. In his passing on Saturday at Doctors Hospital, the legendary Gibson was considered as a man for all seasons, a towering strength and a source of inspiration.

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Get ready for the final eight in Holiday Classic

Providence Basketball Club’s annual Holiday Classic tournament for senior boys basketball teams is growing by leaps and bounds as more Family Islanders are coming to town to stay active over the Christmas break.

Sunday, December 29

Paul D. Antonas sweeps Top Bahamas Realty Awards

AN award winner is celebrating after collecting a clutch of trophies.

Cecil Rose dies at 58

FORMER University of Houston guard Cecil Rose, whose arrival at UH started a family connection that continues today, passed away Friday at his Houston home. He was 58.

Former FNM candidate calls for elected police commissioner

By HOWARD JOHNSON Former FNM candidate MY condolences to the families of the recent murder victims in Fox Hill and all those who lost loved ones to murder in 2013.

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UPDATED: Fox Hill shooting - police name men wanted for questioning

THREE men and one woman were killed “execution style” and four others were seriously injured in a drive-by shooting at Freedom Park in Fox Hill last night.

Saturday, December 28

Final suspect in Deputy PM raid arrested

THE FINAL suspect of five people wanted in connection with the attack on Philip “Brave” Davis and his family was arrested yesterday.

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One Family challenges Boxing Day results

ONE Family has lodged an official protest over the Boxing Day Junkanoo results, claiming a penalty they received was wrongly applied. If successful in their bid, One Family, whose theme was “Ya born dere, ya born dere,” could move up from third to first place and be declared the overall winners of the parade.

Friday, December 27

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Four dead, four injured in drive-by shooting

Four people have died and four others have been injured in a drive-by shooting in Freedom Park, Fox Hill.

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Man on remand for Christmas as judge runs out of time to check file

A MAN seeking bail ahead of his murder trial spent Christmas on remand because a judge did not have an opportunity to look at his file.

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Fields of marijuana worth $250,000 found

POLICE officers on Monday found three marijuana fields in North Andros worth an estimated street value of $250,000.

17 migrants die as boat capsizes off Turks and Caicos

At least 17 migrants from Haiti died Wednesday when their overloaded sailboat capsized as it was being towed to shore in the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials in the territory said.

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Man faces court accused of church robbery

FREEPORT – A man, accused of robbing members at a local church, was arraigned on armed robbery and assault charges in the Freeport Magistrate’s court on Tuesday.

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Murder count over 2012 total

TWO Boxing Day murders and the decomposed bodies of two persons found in Andros last week has taken the country’s murder count for the year to one death past 2012’s total.

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PM leads Valley Boys to victory

THE VALLEY Boys returned as unofficial champions of the 2013 Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade with Prime Minister Perry Christie as emperor. 

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Bahamian's battle with bone cancer

MIAMI, Florida – For the past year, Brittany Burrows, a 17-year-old from Grand Bahama, has been battling “a very aggressive” case of bone cancer.

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Cab driver robbed

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama Police are searching for two men who robbed a cab driver of cash.

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Policeman weeps as he is cleared of manslaughter

A POLICEMAN wept in courtroom after he was unanimously acquitted of manslaughter by a Supreme Court jury.

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Arrests after high speed chase

POLICE were led on a high-speed chase yesterday before taking two men, ages 49 and 25, and a 20-year old woman into custody in connection with an unlicensed firearm.

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90th birthday celebrated

MIAMI, Florida – Relatives and fellow church members joined Helen Fisher-Roberts in celebrating her 90th birthday during a lunch and party held at Renaissance at the Gables.

Fears auto sales to slump 35% post-VAT

The Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president believes new vehicle sales could follow St Lucia’s lead and slump 30-35 per cent post-VAT, warning: “Some of us will not survive.”

Marathon to generate 2,000 room night boost

Marathon Bahamas organisers are projecting the 2014 event will again generate close to 2,000 hotel room nights, providing a much needed boost for the resort industry.

South Ocean disposal eyed for January end

The sales process for New Providence’s South Ocean resort is expected to conclude next month, with the Government said to be pressurising its Canadian pension fund owner to accept a New York developer’s “incredibly good offer”.

Ex-Feb Point staff in $380k Xmas gift

Ex-February Point employees received an early Christmas present after its prospective new owner paid off $380,000 worth of debts, with the property’s sale projected to complete early in the New Year.

Orchid Bay's manager feared losing everything

Orchid Bay’s manager feared he would lose everything he had worked for if Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) called in its $1 million debenture, having kept the 203-acre Abaco property “open and operating by whatever means” available.

Special Christmas for children's ward, thanks to Shaunae Miller

CHRISTMAS was a little special for the Children’s Ward at the Princess Margaret Hospital, thanks to the efforts of quartermiler Shaunae Miller.

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Buddy Hield and Sooners off to flying start

PUNDITS expected Buddy Hield to have a breakout season for the Oklahoma Sooners in his sophomore year, but Hield has exceeded expectations thus far on the floor as a scorer and in the locker room as a leader for a team that expects to surprise many people in the Big 12.

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Shaunae Miller looks forward to 2014

Quartermiler Shaunae Miller is looking forward to 2014. It will be the first year that she will venture on full season on the professional circuit while she is still pursuing her academics at the University of Georgia where she won this year’s NCAA Indoor 400 metres and was the outdoor runner-up.

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Carl Hield ends year with No.13 rank

ALTHOUGH he still searches for his first win in the World Series of Boxing, Carl Hield ended the year ranked as the No. 13 boxer in the league’s welterweight division.

Family Island resorts suffer mixed Xmas

OCCUPANCIES at Out Island resorts for the Christmas period and into the New Year appear to be mixed, with one major property forecasting strong performance, while another said its guest business was in the

Thursday, December 26

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Valley Boys are unofficial Boxing Day winners

Valley Boys are the unofficial winners of the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade.

Utilising the gifts in 2014

By Pastor Leonard A. Johnson

Bank chief reassures clients and investors

Bank of the Bahamas’ (BOB) managing director has reassured customers and its 4,000-plus shareholders that it has a robust capital position matched by adherence to “sound banking principles that are consistently tested and validated by internal and external authorities to ensure the highest standards of prudence.”


EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Two men dead after shootings

Two men are dead after separate shootings in the early hours of Thursday.

Wednesday, December 25

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Junkanoo to start 3am

BTC are reporting that the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade will begin at 3am due to expected rain.

Tuesday, December 24

We wish all of you in the Bahamas a happy Christmas

HAVE ANY of our readers ever heard of the rare condition of “affluenza”? No? Nor had we until we read of the unfortunate condition of a 16-year-old Texan boy, who with his buddies stole beer from Walmarts, jumped into a pick up truck and smashed into a woman whose car had broken down.

Giving the gift of life: Organ Donation

DONATING AN organ is the ultimate gift anyone can give to someone who needs it, Dr Adrian Sawyer a transplant nephrologist said during Doctor’s Hospital monthly lecture series.

Heart Foundation makes year end plea for support

IN THE midst of holiday fun, cheer and celebration a local charity is asking people to remember to give the gift of life by making a donation.

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CASH: What is government's relationship with Genting?

FNM Chairman Darron Cash has demanded that the Christie government set the record straight as to its relationship with The Genting Group, developers of Bimini.

Government has dismissed draft paper

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Bahamas is a powder keg

AS this year draws to a close and the celebration of Christmas in a few days takes hold of our national consciousness, it is clear that a tsunami of death and mayhem has surged over Bahamian society.

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IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday the Government is considering introducing a National Identification Card as well as charging persons who knowingly hire illegal immigrants in an effort to deal with the country’s long standing illegal migration problem.

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Church robbed during service

TWO parishioners chased and caught a man moments after he stormed into their church during a service and robbed the members.

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DNA tests on remains found in Andros

POLICE confirmed yesterday that the skeletal remains found in Andros over the weekend are that of an adult man, discovered along with “items related to a female”.

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Police officer accused of manslaughter testifies

WHAT was supposed to be an investigation into a report of domestic violence turned fatal when a policeman fired a gun-shot at a car that was reversing into him.

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Webshop courier shot in face after dropping off money

A WEBSHOP courier became the country’s latest homicide when he was shot in the face multiple times after dropping off money to his employer’s main office on East Bay Street.

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Junior water polo team competes in Florida

IT WAS the first time overseas for the Bahamas Mantas junior water polo team, but they returned conquering heroes having defeated three Florida clubs — Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Dania Beach. The eight and under team won its tournament, each swimmer receiving a red ribbon, while gold medals went to the 10 and under team that took the overall tournament.

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What's on your Christmas wish-list?

WHETHER it is a trip you always wanted or a piece of home decor you just have to have, the perfect gift may just be waiting for you in Santa’s bundle of gifts. This Christmas, Bahamian women gave Tribune Woman a look into their wish lists.

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Rebecca discovers career path in art

USING her love for painting as an escape to relax, Rebecca Armbrister said art is cathartic when she does not over think it.

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Street Legends MVP Grandison awarded $12,000 scholarship

THE Street Legends Organisation embarked on new territory this weekend when they hosted their first inter-school event, the “Private vs Government Schools Scholarship Quest.”

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'Government should have courage to regulate webshops'

FNM chairman Darron Cash yesterday urged the government to show courage in regulating the webshop industry in the Bahamas.

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Volunteers bring joy to Cat Island Christmas

THE children of Cat Island’s Old Bight Mission Home again welcomed the BTC iVolunteers when they arrived for a second year to entertain the children with a Christmas party complete with gifts and entertainment.

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Roaring 20s event helps Humane Society

KICKING OFF their upcoming 90th anniversary in style, the Bahamas Humane Society hosted the Great Gatsby Party, transporting their 200 guests back in time to an era of glitz and glamour.

US: Bimini developer 'victim of own choice'

The US government has urged that Resorts World Bimini’s attempt to save its night-time cruises be dismissed, at it is asking the courts for permission “to violate [US] law to maximise profit and reduce losses from bad business decisions”.

Receiver has concerns over revenue trail

An Abaco development’s receiver is alleging that operational revenues were not being deposited into its bank accounts, while lot sales to clear a previous debt may have been more than five times’ undervalued.

Bad loans hit $1.34bn

Bahamian commercial banks suffered a further credit quality deterioration in November, as delinquent loans increased by $23.5 million to a new $1.343 billion record.

Bimini casino gains 'double tax break'

Resorts World’s $150 million Bimini expansion project is set to benefit from a ‘double casino tax break’, after the Government permitted it to deduct airport and island infrastructure upgrade costs from these payments.

Liquidators pledge recognition of $83m Alliance investments

One group of liquidators for an alleged multinational Ponzi fraud yesterday denied claims they would not recognise investors who placed $217 million into it via a Bahamian broker/dealer.

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11th Providence Holiday Classic starts December 27th

NOW a staple on the Christmas season’s sporting calendar, the Providence Holiday Basketball Classic continues to expand in its 11th edition.

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Buffaloes win Signature title

With a strong Bahamian presence in their starting lineup, the Sunrise Christian Academy Buffaloes continue to play like one of the most dominant teams in American high school basketball with their second early season tournament title.

Monday, December 23

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Man shot dead near PI Bridge, killer was wearing 'red wig'

A webshop employee is the latest murder victim of the year after being shot multiple times in the face at the corporate offices of Asue Draw on East Bay Street.

Bloomberg anchor to address BFSB Summit

Bloomberg TV anchor, Adam Johnson, is a featured speaker at the Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) 2014 International Business & Finance Summit (IBFS), scheduled for January 23-26 at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Exuma.

Christmas message calls for peace

A Christmas message by BRANVILLE McCARTNEY

Return rubbish bins

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BFSB summit to focus on women

A panel discussion at the Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) 2014 International Business and Finance (IBFS) Summit will focus on Bahamian women in the global workforce and the impact they are having.

Bradley Roberts looks ahead to more prosperous year

A Christmas message by

Garbage collection schedule

THE Department of Environmental Health has released an island wide schedule to make homeowners aware of exactly when their garbage should be collected.

Bahamas in World's Ten Best Ethical Destinations

ETHICAL Traveller, a non-profit organisation that compiles an annual list of countries to visit around the world, has named the Bahamas in its World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations for 2014.

Bahamas to take spotlight at Dolphins game

THE Islands Of The Bahamas will receive prominence during the Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets game on Sunday (December 29) at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Honouring life of Nelson Mandela

NATIONAL leaders and those who took in the local efforts to end the apartheid regime in South Africa gathered at

Parking woes limit Bay Street's Xmas

BUSINESS for many Bay Street retailers this Christmas season was described yesterday as being “fair”, with some merchants lamenting that the continued lack of adequate parking in the downtown district continues to deter Bahamian shoppers.

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Citizens for Justice group offers plan to tackle crime

AS VIOLENT crime continues to escalate, activist group Citizens For Justice has established a plan of action it believes will help turn the tide against criminals and make the Bahamas a safer place to live.

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RoyalStar Assurance opens new office

ROYALSTAR Assurance celebrated the grand opening of their new office on JFK Drive under the patronage of Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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FNM: VAT roll-out has been a failure

THE government’s roll-out exercise for Value Added Tax has been a failure according to the FNM, which said “critical weaknesses” are now evident in the administration’s finance team.

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New schedule for waste collection

THE Department of Environmental Health has released an island wide schedule to make homeowners aware of exactly when their garbage should be collected.

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Remains found in search for missing pair in Andros

POLICE discovered human remains in Central Andros this weekend.

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Fred Mitchell reaffirms gay rights support

FOR the second time in a week, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell publicaly declared his support for the gay rights cause, calling it part of the ongoing fight against all forms of injustice around the world.

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Armed robberies over weekend

POLICE are investigating five separate incidents after a spate of armed robberies this weekend.

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Woman stabbed to death in her home

A JAMAICAN woman stabbed to death in her own home was one of two persons killed in separate incidents over the weekend, bringing the country's murder count to 107 for the year so far.

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John Bull launches Bahamian watch brand

JOHN Bull is now on “island time” with the launch of two new lines from the country’s flagship watch brand, LuCairi.

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$500,000 endowment for COB

For a second consecutive year, the College of the Bahamas has welcomed the Commonwealth Bank Emerging Leaders Award, a $500,000 endowment pledge over ten years.

'We are closing because of VAT'

A well-known businessman has told his retail staff to begin looking for new jobs before the business closes by mid-2014, blasting: “We are not doing VAT.”

AML eyes non-food retail sales 'north of 25%'

AML Foods is aiming for non-food retail sales to comprise “north of 25 per cent of our sales mix”, in the hope that diversification will counter Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) potential impact.

AML fears for New Year after 'awful' September

AML Foods has serious “concerns” for its early 2014 performance, following a September that its chief executive described as “easily our worst month” since he took the post six-seven years ago.

Bahamas First to 'slightly exceed' '12's $5.7m profit

Bahamas First believes it is on track to match or “slightly exceed” last year’s $5.689 total comprehensive income in 2013, as it continues to seek both local and Caribbean acquisition opportunities.

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Jones posts double double in Colonials uniform

THE long-awaited debut for Jonquel Jones and the George Washington Women’s Basketball Programme was better than advertised as she helped lead the team to a rout in her first game in a Colonials uniform.

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Lil' Bahamians among the best junior tennis players in the world

A number of Bahamians played in the Little Mo International tennis tourney in Miami, Florida, last week. It’s the largest tournament in the United States for the best junior players around the world.

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Dario Saunders gets valuable advice for the minor league

FROM several players who have been there and done it, Dario Saunders got some valuable advice to help him prepare for his trip to the Dominican Republic in April to play in the Cincinnati Reds’ minor league summer league programme.

Bimini injunction would have grown developer loss 15%

The developers behind Bimini’s controversial cruise terminal would have suffered “severe and dire consequences”, amounting to a 10-15 per cent increase in their projected $11 million operating loss for 2014, had the Supreme Court blocked its construction.

Food retailers fear 12% VAT cost rises

Bahamian food retailers fear the Government’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) legislation will have a “profound impact” and result in job losses, increasing their cost base by up to 12 per cent.

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Thompson, Mullings victorious

Teenage sensation Iesha Shephard was having a sensational run through the ladies’ singles of the Giorgio Baldacci Battle of the Elite Players Tennis Tournament until she ran into Danielle Thompson in the final.

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Petty hosts welcome home ceremony for athletes on athletic scholarships

HARRISON Petty, president of the Bahamas Parents Association of Track and Field, hosted a welcome home ceremony on Friday at the original Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium for the athletes whom they helped to get off on athletic scholarships.

Sunday, December 22

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Woman found stabbed to death

Police are seeking the public's help after a woman was found stabbed to death.

Saving the Bays and teaching youngsters how to swim in them

Declaring it was proud to help impart lifesaving skills to children growing up on an island surrounded by water, environmental group Save The Bays has presented a grant to the YMCA SOS Learn to Swim programme in Grand Bahama.

Bimini ruling 'stifles access to justice'

The Supreme Court’s decision not to grant an injunction halting work on Bimini’s controversial cruise terminal sets a precedent that “stifles access to justice” for ordinary Bahamians.

Web shop gives away $1m in prizes

THE holidays will be better than ever for many Island Luck customers, as the web shop gave away more than $1m in prizes at its annual Christmas party Saturday night.

Water rescue training programme to be launched

THE National Emergency Management Agency has assisted in identifying sites for a proposed a water rescue-training programme on Cat Island, Long Island and Andros, slated for March and April 2014.

Cigarette manufacturer targeting $3m in sales

A Grand Bahama-based cigarette manufacturer is reporting “excellent market interest” in its Palms brand less than three months after its launch, with sales exceeding initial expectations.

Santa visits annual party

THE Rotary Club of East Nassau recently hosted the 10th annual Christmas Party for students of the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled at their headquarters on Dolphin Drive.

Saturday, December 21

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Honoured for bringing 40 years of joy as Santa

AFTER 40 years of playing Santa Claus, Robin Brownrigg was honoured for bringing joy into the lives of children this Christmas.

Fishermen save U.S. man’s life

AN AMERICAN boater got a first-hand taste of Bahamian hospitality when a group of fishermen saved his life after his boat hit a damaged lighthouse near Eleuthera.

Friday, December 20

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Fire destroys West Bay restaurant

POLICE are investigating a fire that destroyed a restaurant on West Bay Street around 4.30am yesterday.

Mitchell wrong to support gay rights

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Man killed, second fights for life after accident

ONE man is dead and another is fighting for his life in hospital following a traffic accident on Wednesday night.

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FNM deputy criticises security after Davis robbery

LORETTA Butler Turner, FNM deputy leader, is questioning the Christie administration’s approach to governance if an elected official acting as Prime Minister can be left without a proper security detail.

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Haiti work agreement to be resurrected

AFTER being shelved for a decade, the government is working to resurrect an agreement between Haiti and the Bahamas on work exchange and immigration procedures.

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Visa-free travel deal with China 'tremendous'

VISA-free travel between China and the Bahamas was hailed as a “tremendous” step towards reducing the country’s dependency on North American markets as officials signed a mutual agreement yesterday.

Police Staff Association: PM silent over concerns

POLICE Staff Association President Dwight Smith said yesterday his members are “concerned” that every other union and organization in the Bahamas can get their needs met by the government, but the PSA “hasn’t even been invited to the table”.

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Accused of beating baby

A 22-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of abusing a year-old boy.

Officials find 'number of infractions' by Dominicans

THE 17 Dominicans accused of poaching in Bahamian waters over the weekend could face numerous charges when the investigation wraps up.

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Cuba abuse trial victims' return not convinced

THE Cuban Embassy remains tight-lipped on whether or not two Cubans claiming to have been beaten at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre will be returned to the Bahamas to testify.

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$100,000 bail is granted for drugs suspect

DISMISSED constable Toni Sweeting was granted $100,000 bail yesterday morning in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that she be released on bond if her drug trial was not completed by December 18.

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VIDEO: Expansion for champagne and wine company

AFTER nearly three years in operation, Young’s Champagne and Fine Wine has expanded its space in Sandy Port Olde Town.

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Still no leads in search for hit-and-run killer

POLICE say they still have no leads in the hit and run that claimed the life of a three-year-old boy and seriously injured his mother.

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Sketching the Bahamas

A NEW hardcover picture book on the Bahamas by acclaimed watercolour artist Graham Byfield was launched recently. The 72-page book captures the vernacular architecture of the islands in a series of graceful illustrations, with accompanying historical text.

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$500,000 a year saved on garbage collection

THE Department of Environmental Health Services expects to save Bahamians about $500,000 a year while creating a more efficient garbage collection system, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.

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'Urban Renewal 2.0 must be given time to work'

AS HEAVY criticism continues that Urban Renewal 2.0 has done little to control crime in the country, co-chair Cynthia “Mother” Pratt says people have not allowed the programme enough time to work.

Hotels unanimous on 'unsuccessful' VAT

Bahamian hotels unanimously believe the Government will be “unsuccessful” in implementing Value-Added Tax (VAT), and that it will ultimately deter inward investment.

Developer's 'unwavering commitment' to Bimini

The developer behind Bimini’s controversial cruise ship terminal yesterday pledged “unwavering commitment” to the island and the project, despite opponents “jumping for joy” over their night-time sailing ban.

'We can't tax our way out'

The Tax Coalition’s co-chair yesterday reiterated that the Bahamas “cannot tax our way out of” the current fiscal crisis, as he urged this nation to avoid the “disturbing” example set by Barbados.

Fortify coast for economic growth

The Bahamas’ growth and economic diversification “depend” on fortifying its coast against natural threats, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) noting that 60 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) is generated by these areas.

Dairy Queen's $400k expansion creates 14 jobs

The Dairy Queen franchise has created 14 new jobs through its $400,000 expansion to Cable Beach, its principal yesterday disclosing ambitions to grow beyond its fourth location with outlets in downtown Nassau and other islands.

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Coach Sandy Reid back in Bahamas with a plan for tennis

AFTER spending the past two decades in the United States, Sandy Reid is now back home and he’s hoping to make a contribution to the future growth and development of the of the junior programme in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.

FamGuard net profits up 26% as annuities double

Family Guardian’s BISX-listed parent has unveiled a 26 per cent net income increase for the nine months to end-September 2013, aided by annuity deposits more than doubling year-over-year.

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Shephard, 14, upsets Fountain

In what could be described as a “changing of the guard,” rising young teenager Iesha Shephard pulled off one of the biggest upsets of her life with a stunning 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory over veteran Nikkita Fountain to highlight Thursday’s action at the Giorgio Baldacci Open Challenge tennis tournament.

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Saunders signs Minor League contract with Cincinnati Reds

CHRISTMAS came a little early for Dario Saunders, who will get to live out his life-long dream of playing professional baseball, after he signed a Minor League Baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Thursday, December 19

BNT lauds Bahamas return to top 10 ethical nations

Ethical Traveler, a non-profit organisation that compiles an annual list of countries to visit around the world, has named the Bahamas in its World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations for 2014.

Community development centre opened in Montel Heights

THANKS to the work of the Montel Heights Community Development Association, the residents of that area now have a community development centre.

A father's gift to social peace

By Ian Ferguson

RBC link with Special Olympians

THIS week, Special Olympians will do their part at RBC Royal Bank to “wow the customer” during the busy Christmas season.

Outlook conference unveils presenters

Focusing on ‘Charting a New Course for Growth in 2014’, Prime Minister Perry Christie will lead the speaker schedule for the 23rd annual Bahamas Business Outlook (BBO).

ICD Utilities in $1.25m dividend

BISX-listed ICD Utilities is making its first capital return to shareholders in three years, as it prepares to pay out a collective $1.25 million dividend on January 3, 2014.

PM Christie still chasing the elusive rainbow

ALTHOUGH Prime Minister Christie has admitted that his government cannot afford to purchase the two per cent needed to get controlling interest in Bahamas Telecommunications Company, he continues to waste everybody’s time chasing that elusive rainbow.

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Junior Junkanoo stadium move 'saved $50,000'

ALTHOUGH the decision to host Junior Junkanoo at the national stadium met with considerable criticism, officials said that the government saw a reduction in expenditure thanks to the move.

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Christie: We have the answer to crime

DESPITE a murder count now in the triple digits, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday he still thinks his government has the answer to the country’s escalating crime problem.

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Trafficking suspect refused ID parade

A WOMAN accused of human trafficking declined to participate in an identification parade for a witness to pick out a suspect who withheld her passport and forced her into prostitution.

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Bruised baby: Man held

POLICE have a 22-year-old man in custody in connection with the alleged abuse of a year old baby boy in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

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Mitchell: I am criticised because of my support for gay rights

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday hit back at critics of his support for gay rights in the Bahamas.

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Acting PM 'should have had' security - and Nottage says police responsible

DEPUTY Prime Minister “Brave” Davis should have had increased security, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie, who said that in hindsight the government is now considering heightened police coverage for officials.

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PM: Talks concluded over BTC stake

PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie said yesterday the government has concluded negotiations with Cable and Wireless for the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunication’s Company Ltd.

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Mother Pratt wants rules to curb ‘vulgar’ Junior Junkanoo

A FORMER Cabinet Minister wants officials with oversight of Junior Junkanoo to enforce penalties to discourage vulgarity from parade participants.

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Bimini resort 'is in peril'

THE company seeking to build a controversial cruise ship terminal on Bimini has revealed that its “entire operation is in peril” as a result of the US government banning a key aspect of its business model due to alleged immigration violations.

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Salvation Army hosts annual senior luncheon

HUNDREDS of senior citizens and low income families were treated to food, fun and fellowship yesterday at the Salvation Army’s annual Community Seniors Luncheon.

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'We must take up Mandela's mantle'

THOSE who want to see a more peaceful and fair world must take up the mantle of Nelson Mandela and demand universal liberty and justice, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis told the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Government resolution thanks God for life of Nelson Mandela

THE government yesterday moved a resolution thanking God for the life of the late Nelson Mandela, who Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell called a shining example for all people, but particularly those of African descent.

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Latest Bahamas Handbook published

THE 2014 Bahamas Handbook is hot off the press and in bookstores.

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Man jailed for $1m road damage

UNDER no circumstances could causing more than $1 million damage to the new airport road be considered “reasonable”, Thomas Rigby was told moments before being sentenced yesterday to 16 months at Her Majesty’s Prison.

US puts $275m Bimini expansion 'in peril'

Resorts World Bimini’s “entire operations are in peril” as a result of the US government banning a key aspect of its business model due to alleged immigration violations, Tribune Business can reveal.

East GB opposes sand mining plan

Resorts and bonefishing guides yesterday expressed outrage that a Bahamian company was seeking approval for sand mining just outside a proposed Marine Protected Area (MPA) off eastern Grand Bahama, fearing it will jeopardise both investments and livelihoods.

Stock market poised for 'north of 10%' returns in 2014

Stock market investors “should be expecting 10 per cent or north of 10 per cent” returns in 2014, a leading investment banker said yesterday, with Baha Mar’s impact effectively cancelling out any tax-related negatives.

Super Value fears $4m cost from VAT split tax approach

Super Value’s president yesterday said the proposed VAT ‘split tax treatment’ for food retailers would cost the supermarket chain $3-$4 million per annum, and potentially “wipe out most of the industry”.

Gov't yet to confirm Freeport fee removal

The Government has yet to confirm “in writing” that it will remove the 1 per cent Customs administrative processing fee in Freeport, it was disclosed yesterday.

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Bahamas teams in win column at major beach soccer championships

IN the Bahamas’ first appearance at the Major Beach Soccer Championships, Quality Beach Soccer Club delivered a series of encouraging performances against some of the most notable teams in the region.

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Top tennis players take time out to remember G Baldacci

WHILE the country’s top tennis players vie for supremacy on the court in the Giorgio Baldacci Open Challenge Tennis Tournament, they took time out to fondly remember the impact Baldacci had on the sport.

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Top four seeds dominate en route to next round

Day one of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Giorgio Baldacci Open Challenge Tennis Tournament was highlighted by the performances of the top two players in the men’s singles draw.

Bahamas Waste chief to meet Minister on residential contracts

Bahamas Waste’s managing director yesterday said he planned to meet the Minister of the Environment over the residential garbage collection contracts, after the Government cut back its business earlier this month.

Wednesday, December 18

Palm Cay condos beating schedule

Six weeks after buyers turned reservations into purchases at Palm Cay’s first condominium offering, construction work is well underway with infrastructure and site preparation slightly ahead of schedule.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

THE BIRTH of Jesus will be celebrated during the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to be held this Sunday.
Final preparations are underway for the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas to be held on December 22 at the Christ Church Cathedral.

Realtor expands appraisal team

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty has expanded its appraisal team to seven in response to an increasing demand for property valuations.

A tribute to Nelson Mandela

By Rev. Canon S. Sebastian

Students get opportunity to design mascot for 2014 IAAF World Relays

A DESIGN competition engaging students aged nine to 18 to design and name an original mascot for the 2014 IAAF World Relays commenced this week. The competition is slated to end on January 17.

North Long Island offers early Christmas joy

FATHER CHESTER Burton, Rector of Anglican Churches in Long Island, and the praying warriors who accompany him every fortnight in St Peter’s Parish, began their Christmas celebration early this year.

Scotia executive passes Canada securities course

Na-amah Rahming, a member of the Scotia Private Client Group, passed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI).

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Man who caused $1M damage to airport road jailed for 16 months

Thomas Rigby sentenced to 16 months at HMP.

An alternative to VAT outlined in letter

IN the letters column on this page today Garth Buckner, who was on the board that privatised BTC, has responded to the Prime Minister’s invitation for an alternative plan to VAT. What Mr Buckner writes makes a good deal of sense. We recommend that Mr Christie and his government give it the consideration that it deserves.

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Junkanoo artisan builds Bahamas-centric business

WHEN AWARD winning actor Danny Glover mentioned he was tired of receiving regular old trophies - he has acquired many over the years - Bahamian artist Philip Gibson knew exactly what he would present the actor and other award recipients during the 2013 Bahamas International Film Festival.

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In Ya Ear 2013 Music In Review

WITH JUST weeks left in 2013, In Ya Ear reflects on some of the most outstanding music highlights of the year. From the Caribbean Slide to the most recent Avante Guarden Global Battle of the Bands win, these artists made a memorable impact on the 2013 music scene this year.

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Lady Maynard shines in ceramic art exhibition

Zoe Lady Maynard proved last week the truism that you are never too old to learn. After taking several ceramic classes she held her first exhibit in a private showing with friends and family.

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Buyers respond to 'Father Knowledge/Mother Tongue' Exhibit

ALMOST half of the artwork mounted at Doongalik Art Gallery and Studios for the Father Knowledge, Mother Tongue exhibition by Bahamian artist Angelika Wallace -Whitfield was sold even before the show opened early this month.

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Defending champion sets sights on $20,000 purse

Junkanoo shacks are abuzz as the days tick down to Boxing Day. However, in other corners of the Bahamas, in back yards and living rooms, another type of preparation is in full force. For Skipper Lansan Munroe, three time winner of the Sir Durward Knowles Festival of Lights boat parade, the routine is all too familiar.

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Young filmmakers shine at premiere of camp shorts

CELEBRATING the talent of young Bahamian filmmakers and actors from across the Bahamas, the FilMAD Camp 2013 recently presented a sold out night of films at Galleria Cinemas JFK.

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Fourever 1 vies for 2013 Australian radio award

THE girls group Fourever 1 is rallying the support of Bahamians in order to emerge as the winners of Australia’s Song of the Year competition.

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'Simple Moments' by Tyler Johnston

A NEW photography exhibition by Bahamian artist and filmmaker Tyler Johnston is now filling the upstairs dining space at Van Breugel’s restaurant on Charlotte Street.

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Stem cell regulations 'are nearly complete'

THE government is nearing the completion of regulations which are expected to govern how stem cell research and therapy is carried out in the Bahamas, Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez said yesterday.

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Bradford Marine Bahamas donates computers to local school

FREEPORT – Bradford Marine Bahamas is doing its part to support education, making a much-needed donation of computers to a local school.

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Permanent Secretary's car stripped of tyres

THESE photos show the official government vehicle of Tourism Permanent Secretary Harrison Thompson, which was stripped of its tyres and left on blocks over the weekend.

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Readers back random ID checks

The majority of voters on the poll have backed random ID checks as a method to tackle illegal immigration.

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Jury hears of cry: 'The police got me'

“The police got me! The man them got me!” a policewoman shouted into her cellphone as she resisted arrest, moments after a package of cocaine dropped from under her skirt, a jury was told yesterday.

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Badly bruised baby airlifted

A YEAR–old boy was airlifted to Nassau yesterday afternoon when doctors in Abaco discovered “visible bruises” all over his body.

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Jewellery worth $93,000 stolen in Deputy PM raid

TWO men accused of robbing then acting Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis stole items collectively valued at $100,465, Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson Pratt said yesterday when they were being charged.

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Critical care block opening delayed by four months

HEALTH Minister Dr Perry Gomez yesterday confirmed that the opening of the new Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital has been delayed.

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ONE man is dead and six others are in hospital after they were shot at a “Bring the Peace Back in Bain Town” party Monday night.

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Bahamas takes lead role in UN Shark Coalition

NEW YORK – In a brief ceremony yesterday, the Bahamas assumed chairmanship of the United Nations Shark Coalition.

Fishermen 'pushed over the edge' by poachers

BAHAMIAN fishermen have waged war on Dominican poachers fishing in Bahamian waters ever since one of their own was shot in the neck by the trespassers.

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Cats and dogs adopted

A HIGHLY successful adopt-a-thon saw the Bahamas Humane Society find new homes for 63 dogs and cats over the weekend.

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BORCO hosts Christmas fun

FREEPORT – The employees of BORCO and their children got a real treat to kick off the holiday season when the company hosted them to a Christmas family fun day and then an evening thank you banquet.

Our country is crumbling

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Prices 'through roof' on grocers' 20% VAT recovery

Food stores could recover as little as 15-20 per cent of their Value-Added Tax (VAT) ‘input’ costs under existing legislation, a leading retailer yesterday warning this would drive prices “through the roof” plus result in business closures and lay-offs.

Airlines to appeal 'unreasonable' VAT

Leading Bahamian airline executives say the sector will “without a doubt” appeal the Government’s decision to levy 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) on domestic air transportation, describing the move as “unreasonable”.

'Jail time' urged to crack down on $20m poaching

Fishermen yesterday described this week’s capture of a Dominican fishing vessel and its crew as “just the tip of the iceberg”, estimating that a “conservative” $20 million worth of fish was stolen annually from Bahamian waters.

Broker blasts $11m suit's 'deficiencies'

A now-defunct Bahamian broker/dealer and its principal have reiterated that they were “not a substantial factor” in an alleged $11 million stock fraud, and the allegations against them were “deficient”.

IDB 'says it all' on renewables inaction

The Bahamas Renewable Energy Association’s president yesterday said a recent Inter-American Bank (IDB) report “says it all” on renewable energy, adding: “The opportunity’s there but nothing’s being done.”

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Dynamic duo to team up in doubles

IT’S going to be a small field, but Larikah Russell said she’s still expecting the Giorgio Baldacci Battle of the Elite Players Tournament to be an exciting one.

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Sports in brief

THE top player in City Bowling League competition Monday night at Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Centre was Leon Graham of Unique Discovery, who crushed the pins for a gigantic 666 high three game set. The men’s runner-up MVP was Errol Morley of BEC Shockers with an outstanding 638 set.

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Two arrested after armed robbery

A QUICK response by Mobile Division officers led to the apprehension of two men just moments after an armed robbery on Monday.

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Francis, Ferguson and Turnquest are victorious

Teenagers Joshua Turnquest and Shannon Francis, fresh off their appearances in the IC North American 16-and-under Junior Challenge, pulled off victories in three of the six scheduled matches played in the men’s qualifying round of the Giorgio Baldacci Battle of the Elite Players Tournament at the National Tennis Centre on Tuesday.

RICHARD COULSON: VAT 'gaps' spark public resistance

At last we have it: The Government’s recently published ‘Summary and Explanation of the Draft Legislation’ is a solid, workmanlike summary of the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) regime.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: The right relations with Christmas time

The Huffington Post reported that a man jumped to his death off a seven-storey balcony at a mall in China because his girlfriend would not stop shopping after four hours.

Tuesday, December 17

PM set to address Business Outlook

Prime Minister Perry Christie has confirmed he will deliver the keynote address at the 23rd annual Bahamas Business Outlook (BBO) conference, scheduled for January 13, 2014, at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort.

Things 2 Do

The Children of The Bahamas Photography Exhibition

And then there were three

THE FINALISTS were chosen from hundreds of contestants and now the X Factor USA has a final three.

VAT alternatives

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BUT president silent on congress changes

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson yesterday remained tight-lipped over the decision to withdraw membership of some 4,000 educators from the National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas.

Nassau Grouper closed season underway, ends February 28, 2014

THE Department of Marine Resources has issued a reminder to the public that the Nassau Grouper closed season began on December 1 and does not end until February 28, 2014.

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Salvation Army soldiers on despite shortage of donations

DESPITE a decline in donations from previous years, Salvation Army representatives say they will continue to spread the message of “hope and love” to the thousands in need, this holiday season.

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Junior Junkanoo stadium move likely to be permanent

THE annual Junior Junkanoo parade will likely be permanently moved to the Thomas A Robinson stadium after a successful weekend event, Eddie Dames, Assistant Director of Culture and Chairman of the Junior Junkanoo committee, said yesterday.

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McCartney murder accused denied bail

POSSIBLE witness interference was among a number of reasons a judge denied bail to one of four people charged in connection with the murder of businessman Kurt McCartney.

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17 poachers captured - but 33 escape RBDF

THIRTY-THREE Dominicans, suspected of poaching, evaded capture by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force over the weekend after they were spotted fishing illegally in waters near Cay Lobos.

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Teachers stay on work-to-rule

TEACHERS have withdrawn their threat to go on strike against the government until further notice, but they will remain on work-to-rule until their issues are 100 per cent resolved, Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said yesterday.

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Shooting victim in critical condition

A MAN, shot in his head in the Yamacraw Hill area yesterday, is in critical condition at the Princess Margaret hospital.

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Mitchell: Critics are 'politically motivated'

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said criticism of his travel habits is “politically motivated,” adding that he is allocated about $120,000 per year for travel purposes.

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FOUR HELD OVER DPM RAID: ‘Police not to blame for lack of security’

IT WAS not the responsibility of police authorities to ensure that Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis was assigned an armed security detail, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said yesterday.

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Seven shot - one dead - at Rupert Dean Lane party

Seven men were shot last night, one died, after gunmen opened fire at a party on Rupert Dean Lane.

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Christmas means different things to different people. For many, it is about the hustle and bustle, the long checkout lines, the wrapping of presents, trimming of the tree and entertaining family and friends.

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Khepera's Sun presents 'Succulent Secrets Intimates'

UNDER THE Khepera’s Sun Jewellery line, Bahamian designer Xan-Xi Bethel is set to launch a new collection of adult oriented jewellery known as “Succulent Secrets Intimates”.

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THE fate of a man who admitted to causing $1.2 million worth of damage to the new airport road was expected to be decided yesterday in Magistrates Court.

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Delay in $380,000 cocaine smuggling trail

A MAN was expected to stand trial yesterday in Magistrates Court accused of smuggling $380,000 worth of cocaine into the country in ceiling fans, a digital drum set and a remote-controlled toy car.

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BARRY University Miami welcomed Bahamas Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin at its annual fall commencement ceremony.

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Project for GB children

FREEPORT – A special project for children under the age of three was launched on Grand Bahama by Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald.

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Bahamian High school teacher publishes play to inspire students

BAHAMIAN author and educator Audra Tynes’ new book is an extension of classroom lessons. Her new book “In Times Like These” further addresses the importance of self value and the effects of violence.

Receiver's 'conflict concern over undervalued $15m sale'

The receiver for a well-known Abaco resort/marina development has alleged that part of its real estate holdings have been sold at $15 million below market value, with its property manager placing himself in “numerous conflicting positions”.

'Outrage' over punishment for Oceania lawyer

Homeowners at the controversy-plagued Oceania Heights project yesterday said they were “outraged and stunned” after the Bahamas Bar Association’s Disciplinary Tribunal effectively let one of the key players off with a “slap on the wrist”.

Satellite Bahamas chiefs hit by bank records blow

Satellite Bahamas’ principals have suffered a fresh blow in their ongoing battle with the US’s largest satellite TV provider, after a judge ruled that it could obtain information on their bank and personal financial transactions.

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Carlton E Francis girls win their third tournament title of season

THE Carlton E Francis Rockets Primary School girls’ basketball programme continues to roll under head coach Sherman Smith.

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Elite players qualifying round starts today

WHILE play in the main draw won’t get started until Wednesday, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association is allowing 14 other male players to earn eight spots out of the qualifying round to join the top eight in the Giorgio Baldacci Battle of the Elite Players Tournament.

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Barbados holds off Bahamas 5-1 for bronze

THE US earned the right to compete in the IC Worldwide Final next year at Wimbledon by beating Mexico 4-0 on Monday as the IC North American 16-and-under Junior Challenge came to a close at the National Tennis Centre.

VAT's 'stronger merits' defeat all alternatives

A top government official yesterday said Value-Added Tax (VAT) had “stronger merits” than any alternatives put forward by the private sector to-date, with those options also having to “confront” structural weaknesses in the Bahamian economy.

Six-month 'past due' loans double to 60%

The proportion of non-performing loans more than six months’ past due has almost doubled from pre-recession levels to 60 per cent, reflecting both borrower struggles and bank repossession difficulties.

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Three honoured for their contribution to boxing

PROMOTER Tommy Stubbs said the “Pain and Glory” boxing show on Friday night was not just about the return of professional boxing in the country, but it was also to recognise some of those persons who have made their contribution to the sport over the years.

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What happened to 'Death' in Pain & Glory?

WHAT happened to Dencil “Death” Miller? That’s the million dollar question that was asked as the veteran lightweight refused to get dressed to fight the youthful Lester Brown Jr on the undercard of the “Pain and Glory” professional boxing card on Friday night.

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Sports in brief

CHAMPION Amateur Boxing Club is scheduled to hold its 18th annual Ray Minus Sr End of Year Amateur Boxing Tournament, recognising the legends of the ring - former Bahamian boxing greats.

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‘Private vs Government Schools Scholarship Quest’

The Street Legends Organisation continues its mission of providing opportunities for young Bahamians through the sport of basketball.

Monday, December 16


THE BATON is now in the hands of Dr Nikkiah Forbes who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table as the new director of the National HIV/AIDS Programme and Infectious Diseases. She intends to continue in the footsteps of her predecessor Dr Perry Gomez, in getting the Bahamas to zero.

Laboratory Accreditation: A Milestone for the Ministry of Health

MINISTRY OF Health (MOH) Lab Strengthening Manager Dr Indira Martin calls the recent Reference Laboratory Accreditation obtained by the MOH a great accomplishment that will allow the Bahamas an international voice in medical research.

Science alliance conference to be hosted in Abaco

FRIENDS of the Environment are hosting the 6th biennial Abaco Science Alliance Conference from January 16 to 18 at New Vision Ministries in Marsh Harbour.

Courses announced for financial services sector

MINISTER of Financial Services Ryan Pinder announced an “exciting” educational initiative his ministry has undertaken in collaboration with the Bahamas Institute for Financial Services.

Scotiabank backs Junkanoo groups

With the countdown on for the upcoming Junkanoo Parades, Scotiabank (Bahamas) has provided financial donations to the major groups.

Environmental education programme launched

CERTAIN students in Grand Bahama will have an extra school day when they return to class in January – and no one is complaining.


THE Water and Sewerage Corporation has implemented an intensive IDB loan-funded support programme in an effort to significantly improve overall service levels and put the corporation on the path to financial sustainability.

The quiet death of a vociferous literary heavyweight

The world of letters lost another of its important figures recently. British writer Doris Lessing died at a great age on November 17, 2013.

Giving gets you into the Christmas spirit

In DA marketing spirit. It is the holiday season, and for some it is a great time of sharing, socialising and, yes, eating. However, for others it is not such a good time for many different reasons.


The year 2014 will see a very different Bahamas. Very soon, Bahamians will come to comply with Value Added Tax (VAT) and every social and financial implication that will be imprinted on the Bahamian public in the wake of its tepid introduction.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Attack on DPM was an attack on all of us

THE home invasion of Deputy Prime Minister, at the time Acting Prime Minister, Philip Brave Davis, was representative of a new, embarrassing low as our nation becomes engulfed by a bloating culture of violence that, if continued, is sure to set our society down the path of no return and, quite honestly, see our country go to hell in a hand basket.

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Junior Junkanoo results, photos

THE CR Walker Knights beat out title holders Spanish Wells All Age School and seven other groups to become the unofficial winners of this year’s Junior Junkanoo senior division.

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BRAVE ROBBERY: Four arrested, one man still at large

Authorities have confirmed that four men were arrested for their alleged involvement in the armed robbery of Deputy Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis and his wife Ann Marie last week.

Peddling false hope

How last week’s attack on the Acting Prime Minister Philip Davis has highlighted the failure of the PLP’s pre-election promises on crime.



US Embassy's duty is to their citizens, not the Bahamas

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe seemed peeved that the United States does not appreciate the efforts of the Bahamas to get crime under control. It’s as though Big Brother has let him — and the Bahamas — down.

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Five guns seized by police

FIVE fewer guns are on the streets of the capital after they were confiscated by police over the weekend.

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Wilchcombe: We are making dent in crime

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday said the United States “will have to appreciate” the efforts the Bahamas government is making to help curb crime in the country.

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One dead, two hurt in shootings

ONE man is dead and two others in hospital after three separate shootings that occurred in just over 24 hours.

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Reward to find hit-and-run killer

“HOW can we be so heartless?” was the question the Tall Pines MP put to Bahamians yesterday when offering a $2,000 cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the driver responsible for last week’s hit-and-run accident.

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Governor-General visits Rand Memorial hospital

FREEPORT - Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes was in Grand Bahama for his annual Christmas visit and tour of the Rand Memorial Hospital.

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Dealing with pain over missing couple

FRESH CREEK – Psychologist Dr David Allen travelled to Central Andros, to meet with civic leaders and family members affected by the still unsolved case of a missing couple.

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Dominican fishermen held

A GROUP of Dominican fishermen have been apprehended by the Defence Force on suspicion of fisheries violations in Bahamian waters.

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Woman molested in attack by armed robbers

AN attack in which a woman was sexually molested is one of three armed robberies under investigation by police.

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NPBA: Giants squash Marines 132-73

THE New Providence Basketball Association ended the first segment of its season on a high note with a pair of marquee matchups Saturday night at the DW Davis Gymnasium. The league reopens play on January 3.

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Laywers called to the bar

THE number of lawyers practising in The Bahamas increased by six after the Admissions to The Bahamas Bar Ceremony in the Supreme Court on Friday.

Private sector unveils $304m new tax measures

The private sector’s Tax Coalition has submitted $304.427 million worth of new revenue-raising measures to the Government as part of its alternatives to Value-Added Tax (VAT).

Coalition: 'Cap' Gov'ts spending within 3-5 years

The private sector has called for Budget caps “to be imposed at all levels of government” within the next three-five years, as part of a 13-pronged strategy to rein in public spending and make the Bahamas “one of the most prized nations in the world”.

Realtors object to three 'taxes' in Coalition plan

The Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) has objected to three revenue-raising proposals in the private sector’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) alternatives package, its president fearing they will have “grave consequences” for the industry if adopted.

Homeowners 'freaked out' by receiver's Orchid Bay takeover

Bewildered homeowners at a major Abaco resort/marina development yesterday told Tribune Business they were “a bit freaked out” after a team from Grant Thornton (Bahamas), backed by police officers, took over the site and removed the long-standing property managers.

SEC case against Bahamian broker 'among weakest'

A judge has given a significant boost to a Bahamian broker/dealer and its principal in their ongoing legal battle with US regulators, finding that a key element of the case against them was “weaker than any other” he had seen.

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CAFL: Stingrays get win over the Falcons, Pros beat Jets in ot

WEEK seven of the Commonwealth American Football League featured three games on the schedule and the first week with games played simultaneously in New Providence and Grand Bahama.

Group business grows as 25% tourism base

GROUP business is growing in importance to the country’s overall tourism product, a Ministry of Tourism executive noting that the Bahamas has significant penetration in the incentive market.

Bahamasair targeting 30% tourist load rise

BAHAMASAIR is aiming to further drive growth in the international market, a senior executive telling Tribune Business that tourist traffic now accounts for roughly 30 per cent of passengers on its international routes.

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Calderon prevails in 'Fight of the Night'

FERNANDO Calderon knew that he had to be more active than Kendric Stuart to pull off the victory in their amateur match on Friday night in the Rainforest Theatre at the Wyndham Resort on Cable Beach.

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IC Tennis: Bahamas, Barbados in battle for bragging rights

THE US and Mexico will battle for the last spot in the IC Worldwide Challenge Final today at the National Tennis Centre. The Bahamas and Barbados will battle for bragging rights.

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Harbour Island All Age School captures three titles

THE 29th edition of the Father Marcian Peters basketball tournament concluded with continued dominance by Harbour Island All Age School as they captured three of the six contested divisions.

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Major overcomes pain for win

Meacher ‘Pain’ Major had to go on the defensive, using his jab to hold off a pesky Brazilian Roger Rosa for a six-round unanimous decision on Friday night in the Rainforest Theatre of the Wyndham resort in Cable Beach.

Sunday, December 15

BFSB unveils EU funds conference

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Financial Services, the Securities Commission of rhe Bahamas (SCB), plus corporate sponsor Ernst & Young (EY), will host a half-day seminar on the European Union’s (EU) Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) on Monday, January 13. The event will be held at the British Colonial Hilton at 10am.

GB Shipyard beats 2013 expectations

The Grand Bahama Shipyard’s (GBS) chairman and chief executive applauded his employees at their annual review and Christmas luncheon last week, saying: “We are doing more than we ever dreamed of.

Untidy justice

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Melia targets $18m Cable Beach upgrade

THE all-inclusive Meliå Nassau Beach Hotel is set to undergo an $18 million upgrade set for completion in December 2014, its general manager telling Tribune Business the resort’s restaurant and bar count would likely be doubled, creating additional jobs.

Water Corp strikes payments agreement

The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has implemented an intensive Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan-funded programme, in a bid to improve overall service levels and put it on the path to financial sustainability.

Saturday, December 14

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Salvation Army’s worst Christmas

THE SALVATION Army is experiencing its worst Christmas season to date, with few donations and no toys, food or clothing for the hundreds of families in need.

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Bahamas Christmas crime warning for U.S. citizens

THE United States Embassy in Nassau has reiterated its warning against increased criminal activity in the Bahamas for US citizens preparing to the travel to the islands this Christmas season.

Friday, December 13

Man gets 17 years for attempted murder


Mitchell defends random immigration I.D. checks


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Gang rape: Police reveal incidents - but say they are not connected

THERE have been at least two reported rapes involving two or more men in eastern New Providence, but the police do not think they are connected, The Tribune understands.

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MP gagged by speaker over nolle prosequi

HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major did not allow Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn to explain why it was necessary to appoint a select committee over the nolle prosequi signed by then acting Attorney General Jerome Fitzgerald.

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Death of man with head injuries not yet classified

FREEPORT – Police have not yet classified the death of a 65-year-old Bahamian who was found with head injuries in Holmes Rock on Tuesday.

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Nottage: No attempt to sneak through laws on marital rape

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday denied that legislators were trying to secretly embed changes to the highly controversial marital rape bill in the newly amended Sexual Offences Act.

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Car found in search for men who robbed Davis

POLICE have recovered the vehicle used in the armed robbery of Acting Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis, The Tribune understands.

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Suspect faces court over murder charge

A TWENTY-five year-old man of Sunset Park was arraigned on a murder charge before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday.

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BEC bonuses will be paid

BEC CHAIRMAN Leslie Miller said yesterday the Corporation has decided to give employees their Christmas bonuses on one condition – they will receive no other bonus until the company is out of debt.

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Oil transfer regulations 'to bring in new revenue'

FREEPORT – The implementation of lightering regulations in the Bahamas will create a new stream of revenue for the government according to Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin.

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Delay to allow Cubans to be quizzed in abuse trial

THE Cuban detainee abuse trial has been postponed until two Cubans claiming to have been beaten at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre earlier this year can be cross-examined, according to lawyer Wayne Munroe, who represents the Defence Force marines accused of abuse.

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BTC hosts Christmas party for All Saints Camp kids

BTC held a Christmas party for the 25 under privileged children who live at the All Saints Camp.

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Kids show their courage to take on marathon

RUNNERS in the Nassau Bahamas Marathon this upcoming January will probably see an uncommon sight as two local youths plan to participate in the race.

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Woman accused in McCartney case has bail hearing delayed

ONE of four people charged in connection with the murder of businessman Kurt McCartney appeared in Supreme Court yesterday seeking bail ahead of her trial.

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Four Haitians and one Bahamian guilty in human smuggling case

FREEPORT – Four Haitian men and one Bahamian man were arraigned in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the suspected illegal human smuggling incident at Holmes Rock.

Central Bank link for co-operatives department

FORMING a transition plan to strengthen satellite co-operative associations, the Department of Co-operatives is expected to graduate from its affiliation with unions to a partnership with the Central Bank of the Bahamas.

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Religious leaders angry amid marital rape law confusion

RELIGIOUS leaders were up in arms yesterday over claims that recent amendments to the Sexual Offenses Act have essentially outlawed marital rape.

Water union's first refusal claim branded 'nonsensical'

A union’s claim to have ‘right of first refusal’ over all Water & Sewerage Corporation outsourcing initiatives, including the multi-million dollar Windsor water plant contract, were yesterday branded as “nonsensical”.

'Take politics out of VAT enforcement'

A leading accountant yesterday called for the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) enforcement unit to be made “quasi-governmental”, on the grounds such a move could reduce political interference.

'Help Wanted' ads lure jobless into money laundering

Unsuspecting jobless Bahamians are being lured into lured into money laundering schemes primarily through ‘Help Wanted’ advertisements placed in the newspapers, a Senator said yesterday, noting this trend was increasing.

Hotels want 10% VAT 'across the board'

The Bahamian hotel industry wants a 10 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate to be applied to it “across the board”, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with the sector working “aggressively” to ensure tax reform does not undermine its competitiveness.

Almost 60% of VAT's 48 fines 'very serious'

Close to 60 per cent of the 48 offences listed by the draft Value-Added Tax (VAT) Bill fall into the ‘very serious’ category, a well-known accountant yesterday warning Bahamians to “psychologically” prepare themselves for a new “culture of compliance”.

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Lester Brown Jr to face Dencil 'Death' Miller in 'Pain and Glory'

When Lester Brown Jr meets Dencil “Death” Miller on the undercard of the return of professional boxing to the Bahamas, it will be a battle of youth versus experience.

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Major confident ahead of fight

Having made the weight and holding an advantage in height, Meacher ‘Pain’ Major said he’s confident that he will be successful against Brazilian Roger Rosa tonight in their light welterweight fight in the Rain Forest Theatre at the Wyndham Resort Hotel, Cable Beach.

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St Paul's in 18-5 rout over Golden Gates to win the men's best-of-3 championship

GOLDEN Gates was looking for the hat trick in the Baptist Sports Council’s 2013 Coca-Cola Softball Classic on Saturday, but St Paul’s saved their best game for the last to spoil their much anticipated celebrations.

Injured motocyclist airlifted to Nassau

FREEPORT – A motorcyclist who was discovered injured and unconscious in the street in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, has been airlifted to New Providence for medical treatment.

IAN FERGUSON: Plan now for 2014 success

Most local economists have projected that 2014 is expected to be the best year for the Bahamas since the recession hit in 2007-2008.

Don't get 'personal' over VAT income tax alternative

A corporate income tax may be a simpler Value-Added Tax (VAT) alternative than the personal variety, an accountant said yesterday.

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Simone Pratt, 17; Rasheed Carey, 17

Overall results best ever for Bahamian team at Lil Mo Jr Championships

THE 2013 Lil Mo International Junior Championships came to a close on Wednesday with a number of age group finals.

Thursday, December 12

Speed Week slows down through Exuma reception

Bahamas Speed Week participants slowed down this week with a Monday excursion to Exuma’s Grand Isle Resort & Spa.

Youngest Callenders partner an asset recovery leader

Callenders & Co’s youngest partner has been named as one of the Bahamas’ top five asset recovery attorneys by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

Safety tips for festive season

WITH the holiday season in full swing, the police are urging the public not to present any easy targets to the criminals who usually thrive at this time of year.

NEMA takes charge of new Grand Bahama warehouse

FREEPORT – The National Emergency Management Agency has officially taken control of the newly constructed emergency relief warehouse at Hawksbill, Grand Bahama.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Clifton Bay judicial review delayed a month

THE judicial review case between the Coalition to Protect Clifton Bay, the government, Canadian multi-millionaire Peter Nygard and attorney Koed Smith was pushed back by a month.

Tax, finance courses target knowledge gap

THE Ministry of Financial Services has teamed with the Bahamas Institute for Financial Services (BIFS) ito roll-out two internationally endorsed courses in taxation and corporate finance in January 2014.

Trusting in God is the only way

PEOPLE sit in chairs because they trust their ability to stand firm. If there was any doubt about a chair’s design, people would not feel comfortable sitting down. In a similar light, Christians are to live a life trusting God’s ability to do what he said he would do as admonished throughout scripture.

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Miller: I should report union leader to Commissioner of Police

UNION boss Stephano Greene’s assertion that BEC workers will turn to robbery if they do not get their Christmas bonuses was labelled “unfortunate and callous” by BEC chairman Leslie Miller.

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Call for action plan over immigration

UN SPECIAL Rapporteur Joy Ngozi Ezeilo yesterday urged the government to implement a national action plan to combat human trafficking given the high level of migration to the country.

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Sir Arthur visits children's ward

GOVERNOR-General Sir Arthur Foulkes officially recommissioned the newly refurbished Children’s Ward during his Annual Visit to the Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday.

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Police shooting trial begins

A POLICE shooting case in which a corporal is facing manslaughter charges made it to trial in the Supreme Court yesterday after seven years.

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Magic in the air at Ranfurly

IT WASN’T just a typical evening at the Ranfurly Home for Children on Mackey Street last Tuesday – magic was in the air!

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Bahamas delegation pays its respects to Nelson Mandela

FLANKED by his Ministers of Tourism and Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Perry Christie paid his respects to the remains of Nelson Mandela yesterday.

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DAVIS: Talks being held over BEC bonus

ACTING Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday that one of his consultants is holding meetings with BEC union executives about whether the corporation’s workers will receive Christmas bonuses this year.

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Man found guilty of murdering mother of his child

GUILTY was a Supreme Court jury’s verdict yesterday in the trial of a man accused of murdering the mother of his child at their workplace.

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Civil liberty fear over random check

HUBERT Chipman, Opposition MP and Shadow Minister for Immigration, said yesterday that the government should apologise to Bahamians who were profiled during a random identification check on the Eastern Road yesterday morning.

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As House debates Marco’s Law, family recalls horror

A RELATIVE of 11-year-old Marco Archer who was murdered by a paedophile, yesterday recalled the horrific experience in the days leading up to the discovery of the child’s lifeless body.

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Shock at police 'denial over gang rapes'

A SENIOR political figure said he is appalled at the police’s blanket denial that gang rapes have been taking place, claiming he knows a young woman who was attacked in eastern New Providence by a group of men and raped for hours.

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Mother fights for life after son killed in hit-and-run

A THREE-year-old boy is dead and his mother is fighting for her life in hospital after they were the victims of a hit-and-run accident early yesterday morning.

YOUR SAY: VAT is not the solution

MY name is Tim. I am a 40-year-old graphic designer on the Island of Abaco and a citizen of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. I believe the Bahamas is indeed in need of tax reform; in fact we are likely more than overdue. Import duties have long been an inefficient model for the country due in large part to how easily and often they are circumvented and go unpaid.

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Contempt of court case stood down until next year

JUSTICE Bernard Turner stayed his hand for two months on the question of what action, if any, the court will take regarding Geoffrey Farquharson’s conduct during the Marco Archer murder trial.

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Young woman gets all-clear thanks to mammogram donation

WHEN Doctors Hospital was asked to donate a free mammogram to be used as a prize for the Bahamas Beauties Against Cancer social media contest, the hospital immediately seized an opportunity to spread its message that early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer.

Monthly report shows deficit down - but tourism weakens

AMID a lacklustre performance of the tourism economy the country’s total deficit decreased, according to a Central Bank of the Bahamas monthly financial report.

Broker 'caused' to supply false financial details

The mastermind behind a $340 million Ponzi fraud allegedly “caused” a BISX-listed firm’s broker/dealer affiliate to issue “fabricated financial information” that resulted in the value of investors’ holdings being overvalued by almost $149 million.

RoyalStar on target to hit $4m profits

RoyalStar Assurance’s 2013 performance is on target to match last year’s $4 million bottom line, its managing director yesterday telling Tribune Business its new JFK Drive headquarters showed the firm was “here to stay”.

VAT alternatives 'don't generate revenue we need'

The private sector’s proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) alternatives will not generate “the revenues we need” for a fiscal turnaround, a former finance minister argued yesterday, warning: “We’re running out of time.”

VAT 'uncertainty' may halt insurer savings pass-on

Uncertainties related to Value-Added Tax (VAT) may prevent Bahamian insurers from passing reinsurance savings on to consumers via reduced property and casualty insurance premiums.

Road Runners awards banquet held in memory of late Basil Neymour

FOR the fourth consecutive year, coach Dexter Bodie took the opportunity to recognise the achievement of his athletes in the Road Runners Track Club by holding another presentation and awards banquet.

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YESI/RUSH players selected for U-14 Boys Soccer Camp

THE partnership between Youth Empowerment through Soccer International and Rush Soccer continues to provide an avenue for young Bahamians to gain increased exposure in the sport.

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NPBA: Giants beat Cleaners 104-94

WHILE the match-up between high scoring wing players Michael Bain and Lenny Oscar drew the focus, the Commonwealth Bank Giants’ supporting cast with five players in double figures led to the 6-0 start to the season.

SIMON COOPER: Foreign examples show Bahamas the way on VAT

With the draft Value-Added Tax (VAT) Bill out for consultation, it is appropriate to consider the experience of other countries on the subject.

Baha Mar providing an art export 'springbroad'

WHILE the local market for Bahamian art work is still relatively small but “growing”, the National Art Gallery’s director said there was the potential for “exponential growth outside these borders”.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Crafting the perfect work

What is the difference between art and craft? This question is not new, as the boundaries between craft and art have long been contested. I believe that to define anything as either art or craft may seem iniquitous when, in fact, both are on a spectrum that can be described as ‘skill’ or ‘Talent’.

RUBIS tying up 'loose ends' on $1.3m rebrand

RUBIS is set to complete its aggressive $1.3 million network re-branding in the Bahamas by year’s end, a company executive said yesterday, as it moves to tie-up some “loose ends” in the Family Islands.

Gov't fiscal plans are 'bearing fruit'

THE Government’s fiscal turnaround plans are starting to “bear fruit”, the minister of state for finance yesterday pointing to the almost 50 per cent cut in its first quarter deficit year-over-year.

Business environment 'deters investment'

Cumbersome property registration and business licensing requirements are “deterring private investment”, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has warned, while court costs associated with contract enforcement are equivalent to almost 30 per cent of claim value,

Wednesday, December 11



Christmas concert

THE BAHAMAS National Youth Choir under the direction of Cleophas R E Adderley will present its Fifth Annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 17 at Trinity Methodist Church, Fredrick Street at 7:30 p.m.

Taking advent action

By Rev. Angela C. Bosfield Palacious

On with the show!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Water and Sewerage PR firm deal

AS a result of a procurement exercise guided by the InterAmerican Development Bank, Barefoot Marketing was awarded a four-year contract to lead the public relations activities of the Water and Sewerage Corporation.

Man shot in leg by police

A 33-year-old Carmichael Road man was shot in the leg by police while being detained for questioning in connection with a car theft.

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Legendary hotelier transforms property into art retreat

THE FAST paced life of Nassau and the tranquillity of the Family Islands co-exists in one place: A foot step into the doors of Casuarinas Resort and Different of Nassau owned by Netica Symonette, and guests are transported into a world of culture and heritage, just like old time Bahamas.

Man guilty of 2011 murder

A jury has found Rashid Dean guilty of the August, 2011 murder of Oneika Johnson by a unanimous verdict this afternoon.

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FNM mps to pay for CCTV cameras in constituencies

OPPOSITION Members of Parliament in New Providence have vowed to install CCTV systems in the crime ridden areas of their constituencies, announced FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday.

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Shot woman was robbery victim

A well-known business woman is fighting for her life in hospital after being shot multiple times and robbed of a sum on money Monday night.

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Teachers will be paid - but dispute not over

ONLY two of more than a dozen concerns by the Bahamas Union of Teachers remain to be resolved after talks with government officials, BUT president Belinda Wilson said yesterday. 

Cable Bahamas founder dies

CABLE BAHAMAS chairman and founder Phil Keeping, died in a fall from a mechanical scissor-lift in a Harley-Davidson dealership in Newfoundland, Canada, early Monday afternoon.

Motorists stopped by Immigration road blocks

Immigration officials conducted road blocks in Eastern New Providence this morning, stopping some motorists and asking them to provide identification or proof of citizenship.

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Downtown Subway robbers tie up employee

ROBBERS made a daring daylight raid on the Charlotte Street branch of Subway yesterday morning, targeting an eatery that is popular with both locals and tourists, and located just a stone’s throw from the international cruise ship terminal.

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Commissioner: Brave robbery investigation makes progress - but no one in custody

INVESTIGATORS are making “extremely good progress” into the armed robbery of acting Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis and his family, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade announced last night.

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Violence in Bahamas at levels close to armed conflict zones

THE current level of deadly violence means the Bahamas almost qualifies as an armed conflict zone, a new report reveals.

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Heavy metal musician's home was raided by armed robbers

A CABLE Beach property raided by armed robbers belongs to Steve Harris, bassist and lead songwriter for iconic British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

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Christmas bonus for BEC staff deferred

BEC employees will have less of a Merry Christmas this year, as the Corporation has decided to “defer” Christmas bonuses because of “financial constraints”, The Tribune understands.

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Brave: I was not targeted

ACTING Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday shrugged off concerns that he was personally targeted by the three gunmen who invaded his home and terrorised his family.

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Young child dead, mother in hospital after hit and run

A young child is dead and his mother in critical condition in hospital after they were the victims of a hit and run accident early this morning. 

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PM holds talks with Haitian president during South Africa flight

PRIME Minister Perry Christie held bilateral talks with the President of Haiti Michel Martelly and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad Bissessar during their flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Baha Mar names John Cox as creative arts producer

In a unique step for a destination resort, Baha Mar has committed to the extensive use of Bahamian art as an inherent component of the guest experience.

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Scott's 'Deep Blue View' x-rays underwater world

THE WATERS of the Bahamas serve as the focal point of Scott Aranha’s love for photography. At an early age Scott became fascinated with what was hidden beneath the ever-changing “blue window” of the sea.

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Artist Spotlight: Darrenique Mortimer

HER ULTIMATE goal is to go global with her music, but for now, Bahamian Darrenique Mortimer is continuing her university studies and developing her craft.

Krystel hopes to be one of the next Bahamian female sprinting superstars

KRYSTEL Black is hoping that she will be one of the next Bahamian female sprinting superstars.

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Man cleared of raping woman in hotel room

A MAN accused of raping a woman in a hotel room at her friend’s birthday sleep-over was acquitted of the charge by a Supreme Court jury.

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12 cheques permitted as evidence in $320,000 theft trial

PROCEEDINGS in the legal battle between a Kerzner International affiliate and a former employee over the alleged theft of $320,000 intensified yesterday when the plaintiff asked for permission to amend their statement of claim.

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Bahamian film makers shine at BIFF 2013

ON THE closing night of the Bahamas International Film Festival Travolta Cooper, director of the “Black Moses”, shared the stage with Hollywood actor Dennis Haysbert after presenting the provocative documentary on the life of Sir Lynden Pindling. The intricately woven documentary signed off a week of film festival activities that began with another set of Bahamian film makers.

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‘PM should have returned to nation after robbery’

PRIME Minister Perry Christie should have returned to the country immediately following the armed robbery of his Deputy Philip ‘Brave’ Davis and his wife, according to Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

$100m lawsuit over Abaco helicopter crash

MORE than a year after a fatal helicopter crash in Abaco, a $100 million lawsuit has been filed in a US federal court against the alleged pilot.

Death of Bahamian man and suspected human smuggling operation investigated

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama police are investigating the death of a Bahamian man at Holmes Rock and a suspected human smuggling operation involving a number of Haitians.

Call for National Youth Policy to be implemented

YOUNG people called for a National Youth Policy to be implemented, while raising concerns about crime and the government’s handling of it during an “Operation Cease Fire: Let Your Voice Be Heard” crime forum on Monday night.

‘Technical issue’ hits cellphone, land-line services

YESTERDAY’S interruption in cellphone and land-line services was the result of an unspecified “technical issue” according to BTC.

BTC appeals for help to stop copper thefts

AN unremitting onslaught by copper thieves on telecom facilities has police and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company appealing to the public for assistance in stemming the dangerous criminal attacks.

Sports in brief

THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association is scheduled to play its final set of games at the DW Davis Gym this weekend before taking a break for the Christmas holiday.

S&P: downgrade if no tax ‘follow through’

The Bahamas will suffer another credit rating downgrade within the next six-nine months unless it “follows through” on Value-Added Tax (VAT) or some other structural revenue reform following the 2014-2015 Budget.

IDB blasts Gov’t debt management strategy

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has criticised the Government’s debt management strategy, warning that its reliance on domestic investors to cover a $1.2 billion financing gap would “likely be more expensive” and create an increased fiscal burden.

Johnny Canoe chief creates 20 jobs through new eatery

Johnny Canoe’s principal has returned to the restaurant business with venture that has created 20 jobs, telling Tribune Business he aimed to make it “just as good and hopefully better” than the well-known eatery where he made his name.

Sandals rep planning 100 jobs via new HQ

UNIQUE Vacations, the New Providence-based sales and marketing company, will create up to 100 jobs when it opens its new corporate headquarters in summer 2014.

Bahamas fails to enact 27% energy demand cut plan

The Bahamas has yet to implement efficiency and conservation measures that could slash hotel and residential energy demand by 27 per cent, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has revealed.

BIFF Film Spotlight

TRIBUNE Entertainment caught up with the 2013 Bahamas Film Festival (BIFF) filmmakers Andrew Turley and Vijay Subramanian to talk about their latest films. Both artists shared insight about making films with Bahamian themes or backdrops, and spoke about their goals moving forward.

Bahamian stars come together for mega 'save the environment' concert

Fifteen of the biggest names in Bahamian music will be lending their voices to a growing movement to preserve and protect the Bahamas environment when they take the stage for a mega-concert December 28 at Arawak Cay.

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Junior Jumpers put their skills to the test

Junior Jumper riders put their skills to the test at the Equestrian Bahamas Jumper Show I at Mariposa Stables on Sunday.

Bimini resort in 20% revenue rise

The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina yesterday said total revenues for 2013 to-date had increased 20 per cent year-over-year.

Cable Bahamas mourns chairman’s passing

Cable Bahamas was yesterday mourning the loss of its founder and current chairman, Philip Keeping, who died in what was described as “an unfortunate accident”.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Giving a 'stand out' marketing display

I just watched a You Tube video with a marketer that I used to follow, and came away completely disgusted.

Over half of unemployed jobless for 12 months

More than half of unemployed Bahamians have been jobless for a year or more, an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report warning that labour productivity had also declined between 2000 and 2007.

Caves Heights sees increased activity

CAVES Heights has seen a major increase in real estate inquiries through November and into December, resulting in seven condo sales over a three-week period.

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Get ready for ‘Pain and Glory’

The stage is now set for Friday night’s ‘Pain and Glory’ professional boxing match at Wyndham Nassau Resort.

Tuesday, December 10



Demi all out of contestants: Ellona and Rion say goodbye

ELLONA Santiago’s X Factor USA exit last Thursday left her “shocked and speechless”. With tears in her eyes, Ellona told FOX reporters that she didn’t want to leave the stage because she could not believe it was her name that X Factor host Mario Lopez called.

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Renaissance singers prepare for Christmas concert

The Nassau Renaissance Singers are pleased to announce the 2013 “Music for Christmas” concert series, which will be held at the Ballroom of Government House on Thursday, December 12 and Saturday, December 14 at 8:00pm.

Celebrating 45 years of dance and theatre

The Bahamas Dance Theatre is gearing up for its Christmas musical production, In Retrospect: Our Living Legacy of Dance.

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Female athlete talks body building health

ALTHOUGH some people look at body building as a male dominated sport, associated with big muscles and heavy weight lifting, female body builder Jheaneale Bahadosingh said the sport is a testament to strength, discipline and determination.

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SVU detective addresses violence against men

WOMEN ARE not the only victims of domestic violence. Men in the Bahamas and around the world are abused and battered in intimate relationships. These cases are even more under reported.

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Heartworm disease in dogs

Heartworm disease is becoming one of the more common ailments afflicting dogs today in The Bahamas. It is caused by the heartworm, Dirofilaria Immitis.

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The Natural Empress on the move: New downtown juice bar opens

THE “Free Ya Mind” Bahamian Star of 100 Jamz has taker her personality and creative flow and infused it into a new business. Renee Davis, or the Natural Empress as she is popularly known, is staging a healthy living takeover with her new venture “Juicin’ For Life”.

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PM leads Bahamian delegation to South Africa for Nelson Mandela funeral

Prime Minister Perry Christie has led the Bahamian delegation to South Africa to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

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Dating violence a challenge for teen relationships

UNHEALTHY teenage relationships present a big challenge to eliminating violence against women and girls said Detective Holly Tucker, who was the speaker at a forum on domestic violence last week.

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Shocked response online to news of armed robbery

THE home invasion and armed robbery of Acting Prime Minister Philip Davis yesterday sparked a flood of responses from readers.

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Man convicted of 2008 double murder

A MAN was unanimously convicted of a double murder yesterday in his third trial before the Supreme Court.

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Employee accused of stealing $320,000

A COMPANY affiliated with Kerzner International began legal action in the Supreme Court yesterday against a former employee for $320,000, claimed to have been stolen from the company over a seven-year period.

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Breakthrough reveals sharks return to birthing grounds

RESEARCH conducted in Bimini over almost two decades shows that female lemon sharks born there returned 15 years later to give birth to their own young – confirming this behaviour for the first time in sharks.

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Church funds were taken in raid

ARMED gun men escaped with an undetermined amount of church funds after they held up Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis and his wife Ann Marie at their home yesterday.

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Moss: Nation is in a state of emergency

LEADERS in politics and law enforcement are to blame for the high rate of crime and corruption plaguing the country because they have “put a spin” on the severity of the situation, according to anti-crime activist Rev CB Moss.

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BRAN: Declare war on crime

DNA leader Branville McCartney said the government must declare war on crime, or the citizens of the Bahamas will never be safe.

YOUR SAY: Will the fat lady be singing after VAT?

THE public is becoming irate over the July 1, 2014, deadline for the enforcement of VAT. There’s an air of trepidation around lately, and it’s not going away any time soon.

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Teachers in Family Islands still casting strike votes

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) is still polling Family Island teachers to determine if it should invite Department of Labour representatives to conduct a strike vote, BUT president Belinda Wilson said in a statement yesterday.

Only a united nation can defeat crime

IT IS a tragedy that crime had to crash through the front door of the acting prime minister’s home as morning broke yesterday to make him and all of his political colleagues realise that crime is not a political problem, but a community problem. And that only a united community can solve that problem.

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Body and vessel found on beach

The body of a man and a vessel were discovered on the beach in the Holmes Rock area early Tuesday morning.

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Acting PM defiant after robbery

ACTING Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis told reporters outside of Cabinet this morning that he was unshaken by yesterday's armed robbery.

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Woman gunned down in street

A WOMAN was gunned down in the street last night and rushed to hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

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‘Why did acting PM not have PM’s security detail?’

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner questioned yesterday why Acting Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis was not given the same security detail as Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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Nottage: We will review security

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday confirmed that the government will review security protocols for high-ranking officials in the wake of acting Prime Minister Philip Davis’ armed robbery.

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No bodyguards on duty as acting PM held at gunpoint

NO police aides were present when acting Prime Minister Brave Davis and his wife Ann Marie were held at gunpoint and robbed yesterday morning.

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Tourists robbed at knifepoint in resort

FREEPORT – Two tourists were held up by a knife-wielding robber while at a resort in the Lucaya area on Sunday, police have revealed.

Liquidator readies control plan for Alliance accounts

Liquidators for an alleged $340 million Ponzi scheme are planning to apply to the Supreme Court for permission to gain control over six accounts they have been denied access to by a BISX-listed firm’s broker/dealer affiliate.

Retailer eyes claim over ‘$60,000 loss’

A frustrated Freeport food retailer yesterday said he planned to “claim” against a major shipping company, after the late delivery of perishables cost him an estimated $60,000 sales and much customer “goodwill”.

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VAT ‘Death sentence’ fear for new housing projects

The Government’s proposal to make residential real estate sales ‘exempt’ from Value-Added Tax (VAT) could have “very serious” implications for property developers, Tribune Business was told yesterday, one describing it as “a death sentence”.

Atlantis, Baha Mar urged to push for ‘fair VAT recovery’

A major accounting firm has urged Atlantis and Baha Mar, and major food stores, to approach the Government and work out “a fair recovery of Value-Added Tax costs” due to their split tax treatment.

$30m VAT redistribution shows tax’s ‘inefficiency’

A well-known businessman yesterday suggested that the Government’s plan to redistribute $30 million in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues to prevent it from increasing poverty levels exposed the “inefficiency” of its preferred tax reform option.

$30m development sells out town home product

THE $30 million Venetian West development has received a strong market response, Tribune Business was told yesterday, having already sold-out one of its offerings with other products “moving very quickly”.

SAFE AND SECURE: Refining anti-crime strategies for 2014

Crime’s negative impacts are not unique to the Bahamas, and when one visits other countries, you realise this very quickly.

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Father Marcian basketball tourney underway

THE Father Marcian Peters basketball tournament continued yesterday with play in the primary boys’ division dominating the schedule at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

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Junior tennis players named to touring team

Junior tennis players Simone Pratt (right) and Rasheed Carey have been named to an ITF/GSDF touring team which will compete in a series of junior tournaments in January.

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BAAA: ‘We resolved that we will work together’

FORGET the bickering and backbiting that has rocked the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations since the newly elected officers were voted in office a year ago. Forget the vote of no confidence in various members. Forget about the legal actions that were taken against each other.

Gold dealer: ‘Go after crooks, not an industry’

A major gold/silver dealer yesterday urged the Government to crackdown on ‘Cash for Gold’ enterprises suspected of illegal activities, stating: “Go after those people and not the whole industry”.

Key downtown site in $3m price slash

A nearly four-acre property that is key to revitalising downtown Nassau has seen its sales price drop to $12 million, a top realtor telling Tribune Business yesterday that potential buyers were still waiting to see what they can do with the property.

Knowles and Holies earn 21st bowl appearance in V-Tech history

A CAREER year for Bahamian wide receiver Demitri Knowles saw him and his Virginia Tech Hokies earn the 21st bowl appearance in school history.

Sports in brief

AFTER exiting the gate a little bit slow last Monday night in City League Bowling competition, reigning national bowling champion Driskell Rolle of TK Falcons cranked it up a notch and went on to smash the ladies’ high game record of 288 held by the late Cheryl Thompson since 1993.

Monday, December 9

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Deputy Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis was the victim of an armed robbery at his home early this morning.

A holistic approach to an efficient water supply system

WITH an eye on the goal of making its water supply system more efficient, the Bahamas Water and Sewerage Corporation is making a bold move with a 10-year comprehensive water efficiency project that began in April 2012, funded by an Inter-American Development Bank loan.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: VAT roll-out will be a mess

THE rollout of the new Value Added Tax regime is seemingly setting up to become an unholy mess!

PLP deaf to warning signs from Bahamians

OBVIOUSLY, the PLP government is floating on a planet of its own making — so far removed that they are not getting the message being sent them by the Bahamian people. While the government is talking taxation, the people have made it clear they want government to cut spending before they will be lured into a debate that they neither understand nor are prepared to consider.

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BUT release video 'to clarify position'

AS tensions continue to rise between the Bahamas Union of Teachers and the Ministry of Education, BUT President Belinda Wilson released a 25 minute video to the public clarifying the union’s position on several “serious matters”.

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Tributes paid to P Anthony White

VETERAN journalist and broadcaster Paul Anthony White was described as an “outstanding family man, poet and champion” by loved ones who paid their final respects yesterday.

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Man in hospital after stabbing

POLICE are investigating a stabbing in Abaco that left one man in hospital.

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Man dies in drive-by shooting, another dies in hospital

According to police, the murder count is now eight short of last year’s official 111 total after a man was gunned down in a drive-by shooting and one man died in hospital of a shooting injury.

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Two months later and cause of blaze still not known

MORE than two months after a fire devastated an inner city community claiming the lives of six relatives, including a toddler, loved ones gathered to pay their final respects on Saturday.

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Motorcyclist dies in collision

A 25-year-old motorcyclist became the country’s latest traffic fatality when he was involved in a collision with a car early yesterday morning.

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PM leads delegation to attend Mandela memorial service

AS Prime Minister Perry Christie set off for South Africa, government officials failed to confirm how many people would be a part of his delegation.

Speaker pays respects to long-serving Rahming

THE entire staff of the House of Assembly and indeed the Parliament are deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Mr Leon David Rahming, Assistant Clerk of the Parliament.

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Bahamian memories of bid to free Mandela

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama resident Robert Grant - who in the late 1980s was part of a movement in the Bahamas that fought for the Nelson Mandela’ release from prison - expressed deep sadness at the death of the former South African president.

House clerk Rahming dies

SHOCK waves rippled throughout the community over the weekend as news spread of the sudden death of Leon “Lee” Rahming who served for more than 30 years at the House of Assembly.

Poorest Bahamians face 11% spend cut without VAT net

The poorest Bahamians would face an 11.2 per cent spending/disposable income cut over 10 years as a result of Value-Added Tax (VAT) if no ‘social safety net’ is provided, with poverty levels increasing in line with the tax rate.

Insurers avoid 25% VAT cover drop-off

The Government’s decision to ‘exempt’ property and casualty insurance from Value-Added Tax (VAT) has prevented an estimated 25 per cent fall-off in coverage, which would have been “catastrophic for the Bahamian public”.

VAT 'almost as large as Y2K'

Value-Added Tax (VAT) at the Government’s proposed rate would grow the Bahamian economy by 16.5 per cent over 12 years, an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study has shown, despite one businessman yesterday likening the confusion over the new tax to Y2K.

New Zealand's VAT success no guarantee for Bahamas

New Zealand’s success at fiscal reform does not necessarily mean its approach is the ‘best fit’ for the Bahamas, a co-chair of the private sector’s Tax Coalition has told Tribune Business.

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'Battle 4 Atlantis' promotional value grows 5% to $38.5m

Atlantis saw the free promotional value generated by its Thanksgiving college basketball tournament jump 5 per cent year-over-year to a “massive” $38.5 million, and is planning to use it as a model to attract other “exciting events”.

Sandals to build its HQ in Bahamas

SANDALS Resorts International is moving ahead with plans to construct its new corporate headquarters in the Bahamas, the Prime Minister recently revealed, adding that the move would provide additional jobs in marketing, accounting and information technology (IT )services.

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Speed Week 'absolutely a great event'

MICKEL Willms and his black Maserati 200S was the envy of the fleet and the awe of the viewing public at the third annual Bahamas Speed Week Revival.

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Baseball players take advantage of NCAA early signing period

A TRIO of Bahamian high school baseball players have made an impact on the NCAA’s early signing period as they announced where they would continue their careers at the collegiate level.

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Pros get 10-6 road win over Freeport Bulldogs

INTER-island play began over the weekend at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex in week six of the Commonwealth American Football League.

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Judo exhibition held

Under the patronage of the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr Daniel Johnson and the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC), a judo exhibition was held Saturday at the Carmichael Athletic Centre in Flamingo Gardens.

FDI's current account share to fall to 50%

Foreign direct investment (FDI) will finance “close to” 50 per cent of the Bahamas’ current account deficit in the near-term, a Wall Street rating agency has projected, down from historical levels.

Airfare promotions are 'vital' to Out Islands

AIRFARE promotions such as the ‘Two Fly Free’ programme are “critical” to sustaining business levels Family Island resort properties, the Out Island Promotion Board’s (OIPB) president warning that access costs had to be reduced to increase stopover visitor arrivals.

Sunday, December 8

Scotia names new managing director

Scotiabank Bahamas has named Sean Albert as its managing director to replace Kevin Teslyk.

Fiscal deficit falls 46% in first quarter

The Government’s fiscal deficit was slashed by almost 46 per cent to $78.1 million for the first quarter of its 2013-2014 fiscal year, even though the Bahamian economy continues to face “significant headwinds”.

More guidance needed

EDITOR, The Tribune

Palm Cay sells 70% of single family lots

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Eight scientists to aid Bimini coalition

The Bimini Blue Coalition has enlisted eight scientists to bolster its Judicial Review claims and provide what it considers “a better plan for Bimini”.

Bahamas to strengthen relationship with People's Republic of China

THE Bahamas is looking forward to strengthening its relationship with the People’s Republic of China in a wide range of areas including trade, technical exchange, education and tourism, Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes said.

Gymnasts to battle for title at Atlantis

A GROUP of 416 female gymnasts between the ages of 16 and 18 and representing five countries will compete at the 2013 Atlantis Crown Invitational Women’s Gymnastics Competition, to take place December 12-15.

Saturday, December 7

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Loretta: I don’t want to be leader of the FNM

FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday said she has not set her sights on becoming leader of the party.

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Man fighting for his life after being shot in head

A MAN is fighting for his life in hospital after he was shot in the head.

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‘We must come together to stop crime’ says businessman

A BUSINESSMAN called for greater community involvement in the anti-crime fight after a joint operation with the police led to the recovery of more than $5,000 worth of stolen goods.

VAT may increase poverty levels

POVERTY levels in the Bahamas could rise with Value Added Tax without safety net programmes in place, a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank has revealed.

Friday, December 6

'Tremendous' drop in crime in Grand Bahama


Mikiko Black waits for sentence


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Govt ‘should have consulted’ before new Bill

ANTI-CRIME activist Rev CB Moss has expressed regret that the government did not consult more widely before drafting the new ‘Marco Alert’ sexual offender laws.

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‘Outbursts common’ on shanty town visits

AN angry woman yesterday lashed out at officials who toured several shanty towns in New Providence where demolition has taken place.

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Minister voices concerns over tourist-related crime in Bahamas

FREEPORT - Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe expressed serious concerns about the crime problem in the Bahamas, especially tourist-related crime incidents that trigger travel warnings and advisories.

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New Zealand team to explain VAT in Bahamas

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday a team of experts from New Zealand are expected to come to the Bahamas in January to explain Value Added Tax.

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Murder trial: Forensic analyst gives testimony

A FORENSIC analyst gave evidence yesterday on what she found after testing a number of samples obtained from the scene of a murder.

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Shanty Town landlord ‘saw no problem’ with illegal homes

AN elderly woman who collected rent for more than a decade from shanty town residents said she did not see a problem with the illegal homes in the area where she lived.

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Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

THE death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was met with great sorrow yesterday as leaders acknowledged the impact of South Africa’s first black president on democracy throughout the world. 

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Mitchell denies ministry has spent $1.5M on travel

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has denied that his ministry has spent over $1.5 million on travel since he took office in 2012.

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PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday declared that public servants “double-dipping” on sick benefits is against the law and the government intends to end the practice.

BBA offers no comment on application to have president imprisoned

FOLLOWING the conclusion of chamber proceedings yesterday, no comment was offered by the Bahamas Bar Association on an application by one of its members to have the BBA president committed to prison for contempt.

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Lavish reception for Bahamas Ambassador to US

WASHINGTON, DC – After presenting his credentials to US President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday, Dr Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States and his family were guests of honour at a lavish reception hosted by Paulette Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General.

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Decision making ‘stuck in 1960s paper trail model’

FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell questioned how the Bahamas expects to survive in today’s world with decision-making processes stuck in the paper trail model of the 1960s.

Start-up targeting $250m sales via repair exports

A Bahamian start-up yesterday said it was targeting $250 million in sales “within the first three years” of exporting its airport runway repair products to the Caribbean, as it works on a contract to overhaul eight Family Island airports.

Developers 'unnecessarily sullied' on Bimini project

Resorts World (Bimini) executives yesterday said the company’s name had been “unnecessarily sullied” by criticisms of its multi-million dollar project, with construction work continuing despite a legal action seeking to block it.

S&P questions Gov’t over US $300m bond

The Government’s decision to go to the international capital markets for a US$300 million bond yesterday appeared to be questioned by a Wall Street credit rating agency, which said there was “significant appetite” for its debt in the Bahamas.

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Buyers fight for British Colonial

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that a buyer seeking to purchase the British Colonial Hilton was currently in its due diligence period, adding that a rival was “lurking in the background.

Albany aiming to be a 'Monte Carlo'

ALBANY aims to become the “Monte Carlo” of this region as it moves ahead with a multi-million dollar expansion in early 2014, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday, adding that the development would bring an additional 1,000 jobs.

Sports in brief

THE Silver Cay A Class Regatta, which was was postponed last week, is now scheduled to take place in Montagu Bay this weekend.

$400k contract 'opens up industry for Bahamians'

The $400,000 contract give to a Bahamian start-up to upgrade and repair South Bimini’s airport has created employment for 10 islanders, and “opened up an entirely new industry previously untapped by Bahamians”.

New Year 'shaping up well' for hotels

THE 2014 first quarter is “shaping up quite nicely” for Nassau/Paradise Island resort properties, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president telling Tribune Business yesterday that over the last six months hotels had readied themselves for the new year with major investments in human and physical upgrades.

Bahamas has 'huge void' in labour development

The Bahamas is still suffering from “huge voids” in human capital development, a key tourism executive said yesterday, noting that succession planning and leadership development were key to reducing the impact of managerial level changes in the workforce expected to be created by major projects such as Baha Mar.

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'You'll be surprised how fast they drive them'

FORMER multiple Le Mans world champion Derek Bell said the organisers of Bahamas Speed Week couldn’t have picked a better opportunity for the public to interact with the general public than taking the vintage cars through the streets of New Providence.

Thursday, December 5

Shamar work in progress for Ridley College Tigers

SHAMAR Burrows may be a work in progress for the Ridley College Tigers, but he showed Tuesday night he has plenty to work with.

Bahamian retailer enters 'omni' world

A Bahamian retailer is embracing the paraellel worlds of ‘bricks and mortar’ and e-commerce, in a bid to provide shoppers with better service and convenience.

Call centre hires first agent group

Island Outsourcers has hired its first wave of call centre agents on Grand Bahama, all of whom recently completed tourism product training coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism (MOT).

Red Cross celebrates World Volunteers Day

IN celebration of World Volunteers Day, the Bahamas Red Cross Society is taking the opportunity to recognise the value of local contributors.

'Imbalanced' criteria cuts Bahamas off from WTO grant assistance

A Cabinet minister has called for the Bahamas to receive grants and ‘soft’ loans to assist its integration into global trading regimes, arguing that an “imbalanced” criteria was being used to exclude it from such aid.


THE Bahamas Humane Society has gratefully received donations from Installs4Less and Purina.

Economic plan needed for VAT

EDITOR, The Tribune.

VAT alternatives

The Prime Minister has asked for alternatives to VAT as he rightly reconsiders the July date for implementation of the new tax increase.

Equestrian trainer completes high-level jumping course

THE Bahamas Olympic Committee and Equestrian Bahamas are proud to announce that local equestrian trainer Erika Adderley successfully completed the Pan-American Sports Organisation’s Continental Technical Course of High-Level Jumping, which was hosted by the Mexican Olympic Committee in Mexico City.

Govt 'should have consulted' before new Bill

ANTI-CRIME activist Rev CB Moss has expressed regret that the government did not consult more widely before drafting the new ‘Marco Alert’ sexual offender laws.

Keeping your brand clean

By Ian Ferguson

Star Class sailors in Grand Final

Three races, light conditions but very close competitions marked the second day at the Bahamas’ first Star Sailors League Finals.

Decision making 'stuck in 1960s paper trail model'

FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell questioned how the Bahamas expects to survive in today’s world with decision-making processes stuck in the paper trail model of the 1960s.

Sacred cows?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Bahamian government out of touch with the people

IT WAS not the best of times, but it was certainly the “worst of times” for a beaten Bahamas. The only bright light on the horizon was a belief that an “age of foolishness” was nearing an end.

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Nelson Mandela dies age 95

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.

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Diving experiences inspire photographer

SCOTT Aranha, the artist behind Thursday’s “Bahamas, The Beauty Beneath the Blue” photographic art show, has been diving since he was a child.

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Marco's Law is tabled in Parliament

MORE than two years after 11-year-old Marco Archer was murder by a sexual predator, the government moved the highly anticipated amendment to the Child Protection Act named in the child’s memory.

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Bahamas Ambassador to the US meets President Obama

WASHINGTON, DC – Dr Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, officially presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday.

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PM ‘close to resolution’ on BTC majority stake talks

PRIME Minister Perry Christie says he is close to a resolution in negotiations for the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunication’s Company Ltd.

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Christie fails to address international trip cost

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday went into great detail to explain his trip to Sri Lanka with stops in London and Rome, but failed to address the mounting concerns over its cost to taxpayers.

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Minister: Govt not at fault over cruise ships' inability to dock

TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin yesterday insisted that the government was not at fault for the inability of three large cruise ships to dock in Nassau harbour last Monday.

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Operation Potcake programme back on

OPERATION Potcake will proceed as planned, but with even more foreign vets than originally expected, it was announced last night.

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Police: Car scam targets women

AS the Christmas season approaches, the Royal Bahamas Police Force is warning the public, especially women, of a new “ad scam” that has resulted in thousands of dollars being stolen from unsuspecting buyers.

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Missing man's loved ones hold service in his honour

LOVED ones gathered yesterday for a tear filled service in honour of a father-of-three who has been missing for more than three months.

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BREEF's '20 Shades of Blue' party draws big crowd

MARKING 20 years of conservation and remembering founder the late Sir Nicholas Nuttall, close to 400 people partied in fitting celebratory manner at the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation’s “20 Shades of Blue Full Moon Party”.

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THE Annual Festival of Carols was celebrated yesterday under the theme, ‘Jesus: Marvellous and Wonderful’ at the Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries on Carmichael Road.

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Exuma Park wardens thanked for their actions during migrant disaster

EXUMA park wardens have been thanked for their “heroic efforts” during the disastrous grounding of a Haitian sloop which led to the death of at least 30 migrants.

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Tributes paid to veteran journalist P Anthony White

FAMILY and friends paid tributes to veteran journalist and broadcaster P Anthony White at a special memorial service held at St Agnes Anglican Church last night.

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New racetrack will enhance Speed Week

DUE to the growing economic benefits from Bahamas Speed Week Revival, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis announced that a new racetrack will be built at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre to facilitate the 60th anniversary of the event in 2014.

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Christmas trees bring help to families

FREEPORT – The sale of real Christmas trees by the Lucaya Presbyterian Church has been benefitting the community for more than 40 years as profits from the sales assist several outreach projects and many families in need.

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DECLARING that pink is “a vibrant colour that symbolises good health and success”, Nassau Airport Development Company staff threw their weight behind two events to support the fight against breast cancer.

Top QC's VAT fears eased

Legal and professional services providers were yesterday reassured that work for offshore clients would be treated as ‘zero-rated’ under the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT), easing fears that it might undermine the Bahamas’ “international competitiveness”.

Bahamas faces recession if consumer 'can't absorb' VAT

The Bahamas will fall back into economic recession if consumers are unable to absorb Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) inflationary impact, a co-chair for the private sector’s Tax Coalition warned yesterday.

Gov't increasing VAT energy exemption 150%

The Government is aiming to increase the Value-Added Tax (VAT) ‘exemption’ threshold for electricity bills by 150 per cent to 500 kilowatts per month, Tribune Business was told yesterday, a move likely to cover 50 per cent of residential customers.

Bacon slams Nygard's 'dangerous precedent'

Louis Bacon has slammed claims he is using the Save the Bays coalition as ‘cover’ for his dispute with his neighbour as “entirely misguided”, while adding that alleged unauthorised development at Nygard Cay 
“sets a dangerous precedent for the Bahamas if left unchallenged”.

Speed Week 2014 eyes 'double room nights'

BAHAMAS Speed Week’s investors yesterday predicted the event will take “a big step up” on 2014 with “double the number of entrants and the room nights”, following a pledge by Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis to build a proper racing circuit to accommodate it.

VAT 'major concern' to Out Island hotels

OCCUPANCY levels at Family Island resorts remain in the low 30 per cent range, the Out Island Promotion Board’s (OIPB) president said yesterday, adding that Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) potential impact on the ‘bottom line’ of small properties was a growing concern.

Bahamasair: 20% of subsidy pays off Gov't bills

More than 20 per cent of the $23.476 million taxpayer subsidy granted to Bahamasair in fiscal 2011-2012 went on a money ‘merry go round’ to pay bills the airline owed to its Government shareholder.

BTC targets 10-15k Xmas phone sales

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is optimistic it will beat last year’s smartphone sales for the Christmas shopping period, the company projecting to sell 10,000-15,000 devices this period.

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Brave in gear for Speed Week

Rev up your engines. Speed Week is here.

St John's and St Paul's advance

ST John’s and St Paul’s have advanced to the Baptist Sports Council’s 2013 Coca-Cola Softball Classic’s best-of-three championship series that is scheduled to be played in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday.

Get paid to play ball in ABL 'Bahamas Division'

WHEN the American Basketball League debuts its “Bahamas division” this summer, Bahamian basketball players will have an opportunity to play professionally at home for the first time.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Essential qualities for graphic design

This is a typical question: “I’m thinking of choosing graphic design as a career path, as it appears to be a ‘cool’ profession. Besides, my first summer job was at a graphic design studio. And even though I was shocked at how intense the environment sometimes got, I was intrigued and still feel the need to pursue it. Do you have any advice?”

Wednesday, December 4

Hard to believe offer was blocked

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Starting all over again

By Rev. Angela Bosfield

Deputy PM: Small Home Repair project is transparent

DEPUTY PRIME Minister Philip Davis yesterday insisted that the government’s Small Home Repair project is transparent and can “withstand any inquiry”.

Deputy PM staystight-lipped on 'double dipping'

THE government has not yet concluded negotiations with the union representing the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis said yesterday.

The potcake fiasco

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Importance of Operation Potcake

EDITOR, The Tribune

Minimise exemptions to spread VAT's pain

By Simon Cooper

BSI executive passes Series 7

An account officer at BSI Overseas, Zachary Lyons, has passed the Series 7 Exam in the US after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI).

Keeping the faith throughout the holidays


Micronet unveils 11,500 sq foot HQ

Micronet, the New Providence-based technology provider, has marked its 30th anniversary this month with the unveiling of its new 11,500-plus square foot store and service facility.

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GBOB Champions prepare for Thailand

AVANTE GUARDEN walked away from last year’s Global Battle of the Bands heart broken and disappointed after not advancing to the third round. This time the rock band redeemed themselves with lively performances that won the judges and audiences members over. They are now the “Best Band in the Bahamas”.

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Murder victim 'received multiple stab wounds'

A WOMAN murdered on her job at a resort in San Salvador received some 15 cuts and stab wounds, a Supreme Court jury was told by a pathologist yesterday.

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'Attempt at payback deal over missing COB $12,000'

ATTEMPTS were made to broker a deal with a College of the Bahamas employee to pay back $12,000 that disappeared from the college, The Tribune understands.

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18 suspected illegal immigrants are apprehended

FREEPORT – Eighteen suspected illegal immigrants, including a young girl, were apprehended during a series of searches conducted by Bahamian authorities on Grand Bahama.

31 Haitian migrants detained on Long Island

AUTHORITIES, assisted by residents, yesterday detained 31 Haitian migrants who made their way onto Long Island.

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Operation Potcake cancellation came ‘after local vets refused to back foreign volunteers’

THE cancellation of Operation Potcake was the result of local veterinarians refusing to support foreign experts who had volunteered to spay and neuter stray animals, according to Agriculture Minister V Alfred Gray.

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Local vets say Operation Potcake row result of a ‘misunderstanding’

AFTER a week of angry public outcry, the Veterinary Medical Association of the Bahamas has broken its silence over the cancellation of the much anticipated Operation Potcake.

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Gibson: Teachers can’t go on strike

LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday teachers in Nassau cannot take any industrial action, despite hundreds of them agreeing to hold a strike vote next week.

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Speed Week officially underway today

SPEED Week 2013 will officially begin today with an opening ceremony at Arawak Cay.

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Kamilah finishes strong on legendary Apollo stage

IT IS one of the most legendary and brutal stages for amateur artists.

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Double elimination sends Lillie McCloud and Josh Levi home

WITH TWO girls, two groups, one boy and one over 25 contestant left in the competition, the X Factor USA Show is getting more intense as it quickly comes to a close.

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Bahamian musicians bring Christmas fever

WITH THE Holidays right around the corner, the pine trees are now being lit, the streets are filled with green, red and white lights, and locals are feeling holly and jolly.

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Bahamian music struggles to find voice at GBOB

ALTHOUGH the Global Battle of the Bands competition is open to any musical group, playing any style of music, members of Kontact, believe any band that wants to win the local competition would have to perform a specific genre of music.

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FATAL FIRE: Decision on charges is on hold

ONE week after a three-year-old boy was found burned to death in his home, clinging to the family’s pet dog, authorities say they are still unsure of whether charges will be brought against his guardians.

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Police seek help over three shootings and armed robberies

POLICE are asking for the public’s help in solving three shootings and armed robberies that happened late Monday night.

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Man sentenced to death to challenge conviction

A MAN sentenced to death for a “contract killing” will challenge his murder conviction and punishment to the Court of Appeal in three months.

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AG to address concerns over Public Prosecutions Office in Senate today

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard Gibson said that in the Senate today she will address concerns about the standard and upkeep of the Public Prosecutions Office.

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St George's junior councillors take their oath of office

FREEPORT – Nine students from St George’s High School took their oath of office as local government junior councillors.

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Co-op Development Dept revamps producer and service policies

MINISTER of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government V Alfred Gray told the final consultative workshop on repositioning and restructuring the Department of Cooperative Development, that “the reorganised co-operative department will become a respected, competent, authority responsible for marketing, developing, monitoring, and supervising registered societies, with emphasis on education, professional services and compliance.”

Memorial tonight for veteran journalist P Anthony White

A MEMORIAL for veteran journalist and broadcaster P Anthony White will be held at St Agnes Anglican Church on Baillou Hill Road at 7pm tonight.

Gov't taps markets over US$300m bond

Key Christie administration officials are currently in the midst of a global roadshow to test international capital market appetite for a potential US$300 million Bahamas sovereign bond issue, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

$50k VAT real estate threshold questioned

A top realtor yesterday questioned why a lower $50,000 Value-Added Tax (VAT) threshold was being applied to real estate investors, calling for a uniform $100,000 benchmark to be applied “across the board”.

Exemptions can't hit VAT's revenue goals

The Government’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenue goals mean that any decision to ‘exempt’ a particular good or service will require it to impose the 15 per cent levy on another sector, a top Ministry of Finance official implied yesterday.

VAT 'not best fit' for web shop sector

A Value-Added Tax (VAT) may not be the best fit for the web shop industry, a leading accountant said yesterday, calling it “unfortunate” that this sector was being allowed to operate without facing some form of taxation.

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Shockers, Cleaners win

The New Providence Basketball Association continued league play with a double header at the AF Adderley Gym Monday night.

Pier#16 after-party a first of its kind for 'Festival of Lights'

The Sir Durward Knowles Festival of Lights is powdering up its party face this year, revamping the entertainment experience for guests attending the event. On December 21, 2013, all roads lead to Pier #16, the site of the” Greatest Party on Earth”.

Pindling faces unrestrained post-modern examination

One of the classic features of post modernism is the deconstructive approach to analysis that tends to take an unceremonious look at dominant ideologies, frames of references and entrenched narratives.

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SWIFT wins eight medals at the Plantation Winter Swim Championships

SWIFT swimming is becoming a regular name at the Plantation Winter Swimming Championships as it continues to make its presence known.

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Hurricanes, Warriors are the national volleyball champions

THE St Andrew’s Hurricanes senior boys and Bishop Michael Eldon senior girls blazed equally dominant paths to their respective national titles when the Ministry of Education and the Bahamas Volleyball Federation hosted the National Tournament of Champions, sponsored by JS Johnson Insurance Company Limited.

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‘Strange object’ in sky identified as rocket launched from Florida

A NEW communications satellite was launched into space aboard a private rocket last night - and its launch was captured by photographers in The Bahamas.

Tuesday, December 3

The international language of choice

EDITOR, The Tribune.

UN expert on trafficking in persons to visit the Bahamas

THE United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, will undertake an official visit to the Bahamas from December 9 to 11, it was announced yesterday.

Man dies in hospital after car crash

A 26-year-old man died in hospital yesterday after being seriously injured in a car crash on Friday.

Former premier of Bermuda addresses Women's Forum

IT’S not every day that you hear a message about how doing what one loves could lead to an ascension to one of the highest offices in the land.

Man shot by police identified

Tribune Freeport Reporter

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Getting business out of a rut

One of my good friends and I have an accountability agreement. If I ever seem to be lost in my business, he has leave to shake me awake and put me back on the right path. And vice versa.

Cloud computing provider aims for 2014 Q1 take-off

A BAHAMAS-based cloud computing firm is aiming to provide local businesses with a “test run” of its offering in the 2014 first quarter, after aligning itself with a major US multi-national computer technology corporation.

Bahamas fares well in 'corruption' rankings

The Bahamas was yesterday ranked as the world’s 22nd least corrupt country, with only Barbados faring better among Caribbean nations.

US Embassy visits GBPA for report

US Embassy officials have visited Grand Bahama to help prepare their forthcoming ‘Investment Climate Guide for the Bahamas’.

Sandals Royal Bahamian graduates 22 people from its Hospitality Training Programme

SANDALS Royal Bahamian will retain 70 per cent of the 22 individuals who graduated from its Hospitality Training Programme yesterday.

Stuart Cove joins Guy Harvey brand

Guy Harvey Outpost has appointed legendary dive guru Neal Watson as its director of dive operations, as it bids to plant Outpost dive flags on beachfronts throughout Florida, the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean.

Fidelity doubles dividend returns

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) yesterday announced a further dividend payment of $0.07 per share to shareholders, doubling 2013 capital returns to investors.

Roadrunners Track and Field Club's 14th Annual Presentation and Awards Banquet

Roadrunners Track and Field Club’s 14th

Cable Subscribers on Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera to benefit from free weekend after service disruption

CABLE Bahamas has offered a free weekend of premium services for its Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera customers after TV services were affected during an upgrade exercise last month.

Sandals to retain 70% of training graduates

Sandals Royal Bahamian will retain 70 per cent of the 22 individuals who graduated from its Hospitality Training Programme (HTP) yesterday.

Solar generation unit 'will reduce energy costs on grand Bahama'

Tribune Freeport Reporter

Nassau-born songwriter reflects on a career in entertainment

USUALLY, you can’t find songwriter Eric Minns anywhere in Nassau, the town of his birth. So you might legitimately expect him to be either in Freeport or in jail – but you would be wrong.

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Six years in jail for gun possession

COURT of Appeal judges yesterday dismissed a convicted man’s plea for mercy from the court to lessen his six-year consecutive sentence for possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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Disabled woman faces losing her home in row with government over salary

A DISABLED woman with an autistic daughter, who cannot feed her children because she is not being paid by the Ministry of Education, said the bank is foreclosing on her home.

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Minnis: Mess at prosecution office is hurting trials

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday the public can expect longer delays in criminal trials because of the “poor conditions” under which prosecutors now work.

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Call for union chiefs to resign 'for failing hotel workers'

There has been a call for executives of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union to resign for failing to present to the Bahamas Hotel Employers Association a proposal in time for a new industrial agreement.

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Overwhelming support for Operation Potcake

TRIBUNE readers overwhelmingly feel Operation Potcake should continue according to its original model, with 98 per cent of those voting in an online poll supporting the inclusion of foreign volunteers.

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Police called in to investigate missing funds at COB

THE College of the Bahamas has called in police to investigate the misappropriation of funds from the COB business office.

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Four released in missing persons probe

POLICE have released the four persons they were questioning in connection with the disappearance of an Immigration Officer and his girlfriend in Andros.

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Former cop on gun charges

FORMER police constable Jovanh Munnings, 31, was charged yesterday with possession of an unlicensed firearm and causing damage.

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Haitian migrants land on Long Island

Police are reporting that shortly after 2:00pm today, a sloop landed at Long Island with a large number of Haitian migrants who escaped on land.

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Battle 4 Atlantis gets rave reviews

IN its third official edition, the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament has established a reputation as an event loaded with high-calibre talent playing against the backdrop of a tropical paradise.

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Teachers take steps to hold strike vote

HUNDREDS of New Providence teachers yesterday voted “yes” to taking the formal step toward going on strike, which could happen as early as next week, Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said yesterday.  

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Teenager shot dead on street

THE country’s latest murder victim was the third teenager to be shot and killed within the last five days.

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Former death row inmate seeks attorney assistance

FORMER death row inmate and murder convict Maxo Tido requested the Court of Appeal’s assistance yesterday in getting an attorney to aid him in challenging his 52-year sentence for the killing 16-year-old Donnell Connover.

Freeport Harbour in major redevelopment

A proposed oil recovery plant has agreed to expand its footprint by 20 per cent as part of a major redevelopment of Freeport Harbour, Tribune Business can reveal.

BEC generation IPO 'within 36 months' of deal

An initial public offering (IPO) of shares in the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) generation business will occur “within 36 months” of its part-privatisation, Tribune Business can disclose.

Gov't moving on Freeport Customs levy 'roll back'

The Government has agreed to “roll back” the 1 per cent Customs administrative processing fee in Freeport to help facilitate the long-proposed $250 million expansion at the Freeport Container Port, Tribune Business was told last night.

Bahamas 'can't survive with 1.8-2.5% growth'

The Bahamas cannot tax its way out of its economic malaise, a top QC has warned, adding that this nation “will not survive with growth rates of 1.8-2.5 per cent”.

Domestic aviation VAT is branded 'suicide'

FAMILY Island resort/hotel operators yesterday expressed serious concern that a 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) on domestic aviation would increase access costs and drive away visitors, one describing the move as “suicide”.

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Ethan transforms overweight body into competitive body building machine

STRUGGLING with being overweight for many years, Ethan Quant was uncomfortable in his skin and unhappy with his body.

Macedonia secures berth into 19-and-under championship

WHILE Macedonia secured their berth into the 19-and-under championship, Golden Gates and St Paul’s have the upper hand in both their respective co-ed and men’s playoff series in the Baptist Sports Council’s 2013 Coca-Cola Softball Classic which will be completed this week.

Bail makes NCAA debut with UCLA Bruins

While the Bahamas’ NCAA focus was on the Battle 4 Atlantis, there were Bahamian players who reached career milestones this weekend, one in scoring, while the other made his NCAA debut.

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Exploring Bahamian heritage through fashion

A YOUNG CALIFORNIA fashion and design student is exploring her Bahamian roots, weaving together the threads of two different worlds.

Blindness is not a 'contagious disease'

ONE OF the most annoying things about living with a disability is having your abilities overlooked, said Genevieve Evans, a retired Bahamian teacher. She has intimate experience with people focusing on what she cannot do instead of focusing on what can do.

What can the story of Saartjie Baartman teach us? Part 2 - The thickness

In the last ThinkUp column, I introduced Saartjie Baartman, a South African, Khoi Khoi woman who was coerced into early travel to England when she was “discovered” by a British ship doctor William Dunlop.

Monday, December 2

Minister to address stem cell conference

Okyanos Heart Institute’s chief science officer will address the International Stem Cell Society (STEMSO) Global Conference that will be held in Freeport on February 19-22.

Pssst...where are your goals for 2013?

Today is the third day of December. Isn’t amazing that we are at the beginning of the last month of 2013, and the familiar holiday hustle again lurks around the corner.

Dealing with violent abusers who wear the uniform

Once again we have stepped into a discussion of violence. Violence has been equated with masculine behaviour.

Civil servants

There are many hardworking, loyal Civil Servants, but...

Macedonia secures berth into 19-and-under championship

WHILE Macedonia secured their berth into the 19-and-under championship, Golden Gates and St Paul’s have the upper hand in both their respective co-ed and men’s playoff series in the Baptist Sports Council’s 2013 Coca-Cola Softball Classic which will be completed this week.

BAIC office construction work 60% complete

CONSTRUCTION work on the new corporate office complex that will house the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation is about 60 per cent complete.

Search for pair after armed robbery


International judges for Junkanoo?

INTERNATIONAL judges may be invited to take part in Junkanoo parades in the future, it was announced yesterday.

Conference to be held on stem cells

FREEPORT – The International Stem Cell Society’s global conference will take place February 19-22 at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Grand Bahama, it was announced yesterday.

Perfect service to last generations

By Scott Farrington

Keith Bell has wrong 'facts' on Police Staff Association

ALTHOUGH Prime Minister Christie and National Security Minister Nottage have agreed to meet with the Police Staff Association to discuss compensation for the 12-hour shifts that police were assigned to combat escalating crime, comments made in October by Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell keep surfacing.

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It's about animals, not vets

“Either for reasons of pride and insecurity, or for financial gain – whichever you believe – local vets are willing to tolerate the suffering of more animals in the short term than would have been the case had they allowed the original plan to go forward.”

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'Listen to vets and stray dog problem will never be solved'

INTERNATIONAL organisation Animal Balance has warned that the country’s stray animal problem will never be resolved if the government listens to local veterinarians.

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Group stands side by side with family mourning infant's death

DIRECTOR Dr David Allen and members and stakeholders of “The Family: People Helping People” Project paid an impromptu visit to relatives and neighbours of the three-year-old boy who died in a house fire at Obeah Alley off St Margaret’s Road.

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Police seek help in fraud probe

POLICE want the public to help them crack a major fraud ring believed to have fleeced thousands of dollars from a prominent financial institution.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: A lack of accountability

TODAY, as I write this column, I find myself questioning: ‘Is the Bahamas truly a country only for friends, families and lovers of politicians and the politically connected?’

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Villanova wins Battle 4 Atlantis

The Villanova Wildcats came to the Bahamas unranked in the new look Big East, but after defeating two of the top teams in the NCAA on consecutive nights, they emerged as the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis champions.

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As VAT draft bill is published, DNA urges alternatives

WITH the draft legislation for Value Added Tax finally released to the public with only a month before it is set to be debated in Parliament, DNA leader Branville McCartney is urging the government to consider alternatives.

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$12,000 COB theft claim

THE employee and student unions at the College of the Bahamas are demanding to know whether there is truth to the claims that a large sum of money has been stolen from COB’s business office.

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Police officer stabbed

A POLICE officer is in stable condition today after being stabbed in his head near the Accident and Emergency section of the Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday.

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Teachers hold strike vote

TEACHERS in New Providence will decide today if they will go on strike to protest the government’s failure to address their concerns, Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) President Belinda Wilson said yesterday.

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Women urged to put passion to work

BAHAMIAN women were challenged to put their passion to work in politics and public service.

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Cheetahs outlast the Lady Truckers 75-73

LATOYA Thompson’s go ahead free throws with under two minutes left to play helped the Career Builder’s Cheetahs to fend off an upset in the lone game this weekend in the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association.

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Pros defeat Stingrays in CAFL rivalry

IN the latest chapter of the top rivalry in the Commonwealth American Football League, the defending champions evened the season series in the second matchup of the season.

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Humane Society photo contest

THE Bahamas Humane Society held its 4th annual photo contest at the New Providence Community Centre as part of an ongoing campaign to educate the public in the humane treatment of animals.

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Police officers make contribution to RBDF Dependants' Trust Fund

IN THE spirit of thanksgiving, police officers assigned to the Urban Renewal Division, headed by superintendents Stephen Dean and Carolyn Bowe, made a contribution to the RBPF Dependants’ Trust Fund.

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Honesty is the best policy for young brothers

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation lost a valuable GPS unit, but it was returned to the corporation by two brothers, both students of Oaksfield Primary School.

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Cuban hearings resume this week

THE hearings into the alleged abuse of Cuban detainees by Defence Force marines at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre earlier this year will resume on Wednesday, the lawyer for the marines, Wayne Munroe, said yesterday.

Bahamas attracts world's leading captive manager

The world’s largest captive insurance manager is in the “final stages” of obtaining approval to operate from the Bahamas, a Cabinet Minister describing this a major step “in re-establishing” this nation’s presence in the sector.

VAT 'very dangerous' if no public buy-in

A top QC has warned it will be “very dangerous” for the Government to impose Value-Added Tax (VAT) without widespread public support, as it was “not the right fit” for the Bahamas at this time.

Oil explorer to boost Freeport's 'little gem'

The Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) is planning to use Grand Bahama’s industrial and logistics abilities to support its oil exploration activities, its chief executive describing the island as an “under-utilised little gem”.

Gov't u-turn on electricity VAT

The draft Value-Added Tax (VAT) Bill and regulations released to the Bahamian people on Friday contain a number of tweaks from the October version, the biggest of which is an abrupt ‘U-turn’ on electricity’s tax treatment.

VAT clarity sought over commercial property sales

A top realtor has urged the Government to clarify whether it plans to levy 15 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on commercial real estate transaction prices, after this was dropped as an ‘exempt’ item in the latest draft Bill.

Leading QC calls for 20% Gov't spend cut

The Government has been urged to cut spending by 20 per cent over the next five-10 years, with a top QC warning Bahamians they must abandon “cradle to grave entitlements”.

Bimini developer: 'We expect no dredge delay'

Resorts World (Bimini) is not anticipating any delays to the dredging schedule for its cruise terminal and pier project, despite the undertakings given at last week’s Judicial Review hearing.

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NCAA WOMEN: Top ranked teams emerge as champions

IN Grand Bahama, women’s NCAA basketball held true to form as the top ranked teams coming into the tournament emerged as champions in their respective divisions of the 11th Annual Junkanoo Jam.

Retailers enjoy up to 50% Black Friday boost

BAHAMIAN retailers looking to boost sales with their own version of the popular American ‘Black Friday’ tradition have reported a noticeable uptick in business, one telling this newspaper that business had picked up as much as 50 per cent due to the promotion.

Sunday, December 1

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Stray dog warning after Operation Potcake cancelled

INTERNATIONAL organisation Animal Balance has warned that the country’s stray dog and cat problem will never be resolved if the government listens to local veterinarians.

Bahamian accused of killing US police officer

A BAHAMIAN accused of killing a Broward County police officer is scheduled to appear in a Ft Lauderdale courthouse at 1.30pm today.

Scotiabank chief leaves Bahamas

Scotiabank (Bahamas) will soon have to appoint a new managing director, after Kevin Teslyk, confirmed his departure to Tribune Business.

Attorneys urged to watch global pace

With international business and cross-border transactions increasing dramatically, a partner in a Bahamian law firm said it is critical for local attorneys to keep pace with legal precedence, trends and changes in other jurisdictions.

Teens killed in shootings are named

POLICE yesterday officially identified two teenagers who were shot and killed last week.

Phone number portability to launch today

Fixed-line number portability will finally launch in the Bahamas today, after regulators granted both Cable Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) their Certificates of Readiness.

Choices in government

It is said that ‘Governing is about choices’. Governments decide what is important and what requires immediate attention and what can be postponed. It is clear that the present Christie-led Government has determined that the enjoyment and pleasure of its Cabinet Ministers is what is important and what demands the expenditure of scarce public money.

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Villanova wins Battle 4 Atlantis

A second straight night, against a ranked opponent, and all accompanied by plenty of dramatics.