Tuesday, December 31
• Improvement and expansion of the capabilities of the Situation Room to collect and analyse data and to positively influence co-ordination of policing operations.
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.
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.
Police have just confirmed that another murder has taken place in the capital near Yellow Elder Primary School on Blue Hill Road.
AN AMERICAN man has made an impassioned plea for persons to come forward with information about the whereabouts of his missing friend.
A POLICE unit specifically aimed at organised gangs will be formed in an effort to combat escalating crime, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
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.
SEVENTEEN Dominicans were fined a collective $96,000 yesterday in Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to six poaching related charges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
WITH 2014 just a week away, many people are jotting down their New Year’s resolutions.
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.”
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
A NEW winner has claimed the top prizes in the 3rd annual Bahamas Realty Holiday Home Showcase.
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.
THE entire cruise ship industry remains concerned about the safety of passengers and employees in The Bahamas, an executive at Carnival said yesterday.
THE Bahamas and the Netherlands have enjoyed a long-standing and cordial relationship since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1974.
Monday, December 30
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.
The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) has held its second annual Oil Spill Response training seminar in Grand Bahama.
By MICHELLE MILLER
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
MINISTER of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said police will use “severe methods” if necessary to return the Bahamas to a peaceful state.
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!
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.
“KING” Eric Gibson was one of the sailing and entertainment communities’ “most influential ambassadors and brightest stars,” said PLP chairman Bradley Roberts.
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.
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.
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.
POLICE have detained a man for questioning in connection with a missing person’s investigation in Andros.
The political class never tire of ways to try to keep citizens under control.
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.
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.
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.
OUR leaders have lost control of our country: our leaders have eaten sour grapes and now our children’s teeth are on edge.
FREEPORT – A Freeport man was charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrates Court on Friday.
FREEPORT –The Bahamian flag is flying high atop seven of the highest summits in the world, thanks to mountaineer Dave Mellor of Freeport.
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”.
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.
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.
THE Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s 2013 Employee of the Year Chilean Burrows paid a courtesy call on Minister Jerome Fitzgerald.
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.
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.
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
AN award winner is celebrating after collecting a clutch of trophies.
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.
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.
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
THE FINAL suspect of five people wanted in connection with the attack on Philip “Brave” Davis and his family was arrested yesterday.
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
Four people have died and four others have been injured in a drive-by shooting in Freedom Park, Fox Hill.
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.
POLICE officers on Monday found three marijuana fields in North Andros worth an estimated street value of $250,000.
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.
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.
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.
THE VALLEY Boys returned as unofficial champions of the 2013 Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade with Prime Minister Perry Christie as emperor.
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.
FREEPORT - Grand Bahama Police are searching for two men who robbed a cab driver of cash.
A POLICEMAN wept in courtroom after he was unanimously acquitted of manslaughter by a Supreme Court jury.
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.
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.
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 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.
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-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 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.
CHRISTMAS was a little special for the Children’s Ward at the Princess Margaret Hospital, thanks to the efforts of quartermiler Shaunae Miller.
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.
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.
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.
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
Valley Boys are the unofficial winners of the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade.
By Pastor Leonard A. Johnson
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.
Two men are dead after separate shootings in the early hours of Thursday.
Wednesday, December 25
BTC are reporting that the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade will begin at 3am due to expected rain.
Tuesday, December 24
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.
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.
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.
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.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
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.
TWO parishioners chased and caught a man moments after he stormed into their church during a service and robbed the members.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
USING her love for painting as an escape to relax, Rebecca Armbrister said art is cathartic when she does not over think it.
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.”
FNM chairman Darron Cash yesterday urged the government to show courage in regulating the webshop industry in the Bahamas.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NOW a staple on the Christmas season’s sporting calendar, the Providence Holiday Basketball Classic continues to expand in its 11th edition.
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
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 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.
A Christmas message by BRANVILLE McCARTNEY
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
A Christmas message by
THE Department of Environmental Health has released an island wide schedule to make homeowners aware of exactly when their garbage should be collected.
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.
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.
NATIONAL leaders and those who took in the local efforts to end the apartheid regime in South Africa gathered at
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.
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.
ROYALSTAR Assurance celebrated the grand opening of their new office on JFK Drive under the patronage of Prime Minister Perry Christie.
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.
THE Department of Environmental Health has released an island wide schedule to make homeowners aware of exactly when their garbage should be collected.
POLICE discovered human remains in Central Andros this weekend.
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.
POLICE are investigating five separate incidents after a spate of armed robberies this weekend.
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.
JOHN Bull is now on “island time” with the launch of two new lines from the country’s flagship watch brand, LuCairi.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Police are seeking the public's help after a woman was found stabbed to death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
AFTER 40 years of playing Santa Claus, Robin Brownrigg was honoured for bringing joy into the lives of children this Christmas.
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
POLICE are investigating a fire that destroyed a restaurant on West Bay Street around 4.30am yesterday.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
ONE man is dead and another is fighting for his life in hospital following a traffic accident on Wednesday night.
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.
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.
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 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”.
A 22-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of abusing a year-old boy.
THE 17 Dominicans accused of poaching in Bahamian waters over the weekend could face numerous charges when the investigation wraps up.
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.
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.
AFTER nearly three years in operation, Young’s Champagne and Fine Wine has expanded its space in Sandy Port Olde Town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bahamian hotels unanimously believe the Government will be “unsuccessful” in implementing Value-Added Tax (VAT), and that it will ultimately deter inward investment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
THANKS to the work of the Montel Heights Community Development Association, the residents of that area now have a community development centre.
By Ian Ferguson
THIS week, Special Olympians will do their part at RBC Royal Bank to “wow the customer” during the busy Christmas season.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday hit back at critics of his support for gay rights in the Bahamas.
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.
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.
A FORMER Cabinet Minister wants officials with oversight of Junior Junkanoo to enforce penalties to discourage vulgarity from parade participants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE 2014 Bahamas Handbook is hot off the press and in bookstores.
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.
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.
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 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’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”.
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.
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.
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.
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’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
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.
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.
Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty has expanded its appraisal team to seven in response to an increasing demand for property valuations.
By Rev. Canon S. Sebastian
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.
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.
By Rex Major
By RASHAD ROLLE
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).
Thomas Rigby sentenced to 16 months at HMP.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FREEPORT – Bradford Marine Bahamas is doing its part to support education, making a much-needed donation of computers to a local school.
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.
The majority of voters on the tribune242.com poll have backed random ID checks as a method to tackle illegal immigration.
“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.
A YEAR–old boy was airlifted to Nassau yesterday afternoon when doctors in Abaco discovered “visible bruises” all over his body.
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.
HEALTH Minister Dr Perry Gomez yesterday confirmed that the opening of the new Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital has been delayed.
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.
NEW YORK – In a brief ceremony yesterday, the Bahamas assumed chairmanship of the United Nations Shark Coalition.
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.
A HIGHLY successful adopt-a-thon saw the Bahamas Humane Society find new homes for 63 dogs and cats over the weekend.
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.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.”
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.
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.
A QUICK response by Mobile Division officers led to the apprehension of two men just moments after an armed robbery on Monday.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Children of The Bahamas Photography Exhibition
THE FINALISTS were chosen from hundreds of contestants and now the X Factor USA has a final three.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A MAN, shot in his head in the Yamacraw Hill area yesterday, is in critical condition at the Princess Margaret hospital.
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.
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.
Seven men were shot last night, one died, after gunmen opened fire at a party on Rupert Dean Lane.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
BARRY University Miami welcomed Bahamas Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin at its annual fall commencement ceremony.
FREEPORT – A special project for children under the age of three was launched on Grand Bahama by Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald.
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.
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”.
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’ 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.
THE Carlton E Francis Rockets Primary School girls’ basketball programme continues to roll under head coach Sherman Smith.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MINISTER of Financial Services Ryan Pinder announced an “exciting” educational initiative his ministry has undertaken in collaboration with the Bahamas Institute for Financial Services.
With the countdown on for the upcoming Junkanoo Parades, Scotiabank (Bahamas) has provided financial donations to the major groups.
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 world of letters lost another of its important figures recently. British writer Doris Lessing died at a great age on November 17, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE WEATHER WATCH FOR NEW PROVIDENCE FROM 3:10PM EDT UNTIL 5:30PM FOR MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2013.
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.
FIVE fewer guns are on the streets of the capital after they were confiscated by police over the weekend.
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.
ONE man is dead and two others in hospital after three separate shootings that occurred in just over 24 hours.
“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.
FREEPORT - Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes was in Grand Bahama for his annual Christmas visit and tour of the Rand Memorial Hospital.
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.
A GROUP of Dominican fishermen have been apprehended by the Defence Force on suspicion of fisheries violations in Bahamian waters.
AN attack in which a woman was sexually molested is one of three armed robberies under investigation by police.
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.
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.
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).
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
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
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.
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
By LAMECH JOHNSON
By LAMECH JOHNSON
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.
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.
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.
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.
POLICE have recovered the vehicle used in the armed robbery of Acting Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis, The Tribune understands.
A TWENTY-five year-old man of Sunset Park was arraigned on a murder charge before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
BTC held a Christmas party for the 25 under privileged children who live at the All Saints Camp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RELIGIOUS leaders were up in arms yesterday over claims that recent amendments to the Sexual Offenses Act have essentially outlawed marital rape.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most local economists have projected that 2014 is expected to be the best year for the Bahamas since the recession hit in 2007-2008.
A corporate income tax may be a simpler Value-Added Tax (VAT) alternative than the personal variety, an accountant said yesterday.
Simone Pratt, 17; Rasheed Carey, 17
THE 2013 Lil Mo International Junior Championships came to a close on Wednesday with a number of age group finals.
Thursday, December 12
Bahamas Speed Week participants slowed down this week with a Monday excursion to Exuma’s Grand Isle Resort & Spa.
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.
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.
FREEPORT – The National Emergency Management Agency has officially taken control of the newly constructed emergency relief warehouse at Hawksbill, Grand Bahama.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GOVERNOR-General Sir Arthur Foulkes officially recommissioned the newly refurbished Children’s Ward during his Annual Visit to the Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday.
A POLICE shooting case in which a corporal is facing manslaughter charges made it to trial in the Supreme Court yesterday after seven years.
IT WASN’T just a typical evening at the Ranfurly Home for Children on Mackey Street last Tuesday – magic was in the air!
FLANKED by his Ministers of Tourism and Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister Perry Christie paid his respects to the remains of Nelson Mandela yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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”.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the draft Value-Added Tax (VAT) Bill out for consultation, it is appropriate to consider the experience of other countries on the subject.
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”.
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 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.
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.
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
By RENALDO DORSETT
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.
By Rev. Angela C. Bosfield Palacious
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
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.
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.
A jury has found Rashid Dean guilty of the August, 2011 murder of Oneika Johnson by a unanimous verdict this afternoon.
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.
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.
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 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.
Immigration officials conducted road blocks in Eastern New Providence this morning, stopping some motorists and asking them to provide identification or proof of citizenship.
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.
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.
THE current level of deadly violence means the Bahamas almost qualifies as an armed conflict zone, a new report reveals.
A CABLE Beach property raided by armed robbers belongs to Steve Harris, bassist and lead songwriter for iconic British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Black is hoping that she will be one of the next Bahamian female sprinting superstars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YESTERDAY’S interruption in cellphone and land-line services was the result of an unspecified “technical issue” according to BTC.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Junior Jumper riders put their skills to the test at the Equestrian Bahamas Jumper Show I at Mariposa Stables on Sunday.
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 was yesterday mourning the loss of its founder and current chairman, Philip Keeping, who died in what was described as “an unfortunate accident”.
I just watched a You Tube video with a marketer that I used to follow, and came away completely disgusted.
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 has seen a major increase in real estate inquiries through November and into December, resulting in seven condo sales over a three-week period.
The stage is now set for Friday night’s ‘Pain and Glory’ professional boxing match at Wyndham Nassau Resort.
Tuesday, December 10
By KHRISNA VIRGIL
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.
• Ya hear new reality show about white rappers in the making?
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.
The Bahamas Dance Theatre is gearing up for its Christmas musical production, In Retrospect: Our Living Legacy of Dance.
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.
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.
Heartworm disease is becoming one of the more common ailments afflicting dogs today in The Bahamas. It is caused by the heartworm, Dirofilaria Immitis.
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”.
Prime Minister Perry Christie has led the Bahamian delegation to South Africa to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela.
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.
THE home invasion and armed robbery of Acting Prime Minister Philip Davis yesterday sparked a flood of responses from tribune242.com readers.
A MAN was unanimously convicted of a double murder yesterday in his third trial before the Supreme Court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DNA leader Branville McCartney said the government must declare war on crime, or the citizens of the Bahamas will never be safe.
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.
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.
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.
The body of a man and a vessel were discovered on the beach in the Holmes Rock area early Tuesday morning.
ACTING Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis told reporters outside of Cabinet this morning that he was unshaken by yesterday's armed robbery.
A WOMAN was gunned down in the street last night and rushed to hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
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.
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.
NO police aides were present when acting Prime Minister Brave Davis and his wife Ann Marie were held at gunpoint and robbed yesterday morning.
FREEPORT – Two tourists were held up by a knife-wielding robber while at a resort in the Lucaya area on Sunday, police have revealed.
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.
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”.
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”.
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.
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.
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”.
Crime’s negative impacts are not unique to the Bahamas, and when one visits other countries, you realise this very quickly.
THE Father Marcian Peters basketball tournament continued yesterday with play in the primary boys’ division dominating the schedule at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
A CAREER year for Bahamian wide receiver Demitri Knowles saw him and his Virginia Tech Hokies earn the 21st bowl appearance in school history.
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
Deputy Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis was the victim of an armed robbery at his home early this morning.
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.
THE rollout of the new Value Added Tax regime is seemingly setting up to become an unholy mess!
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.
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”.
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.
POLICE are investigating a stabbing in Abaco that left one man 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
INTER-island play began over the weekend at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex in week six of the Commonwealth American Football League.
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.
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 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
Scotiabank Bahamas has named Sean Albert as its managing director to replace Kevin Teslyk.
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”.
EDITOR, The Tribune
The Bimini Blue Coalition has enlisted eight scientists to bolster its Judicial Review claims and provide what it considers “a better plan for Bimini”.
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.
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
FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday said she has not set her sights on becoming leader of the party.
A MAN is fighting for his life in hospital after he was shot in the head.
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.
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
BY DENISE MAYCOCK
By RASHAD ROLLE
By SANCHESKA BROWN
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.
AN angry woman yesterday lashed out at officials who toured several shanty towns in New Providence where demolition has taken place.
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.
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.
A FORENSIC analyst gave evidence yesterday on what she found after testing a number of samples obtained from the scene of a murder.
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.
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.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has denied that his ministry has spent over $1.5 million on travel since he took office in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
THE Silver Cay A Class Regatta, which was was postponed last week, is now scheduled to take place in Montagu Bay this weekend.
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”.
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.
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.
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
By LAMECH JOHNSON
SHAMAR Burrows may be a work in progress for the Ridley College Tigers, but he showed Tuesday night he has plenty to work with.
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.
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).
IN celebration of World Volunteers Day, the Bahamas Red Cross Society is taking the opportunity to recognise the value of local contributors.
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.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
The Prime Minister has asked for alternatives to VAT as he rightly reconsiders the July date for implementation of the new tax increase.
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.
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.
By Ian Ferguson
Three races, light conditions but very close competitions marked the second day at the Bahamas’ first Star Sailors League Finals.
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.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
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.
SCOTT Aranha, the artist behind Thursday’s “Bahamas, The Beauty Beneath the Blue” photographic art show, has been diving since he was a child.
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.
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.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie says he is close to a resolution in negotiations for the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunication’s Company Ltd.
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.
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.
OPERATION Potcake will proceed as planned, but with even more foreign vets than originally expected, it was announced last night.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rev up your engines. Speed Week is here.
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.
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.
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
EDITOR, The Tribune.
By Rev. Angela Bosfield
DEPUTY PRIME Minister Philip Davis yesterday insisted that the government’s Small Home Repair project is transparent and can “withstand any inquiry”.
THE government has not yet concluded negotiations with the union representing the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis said yesterday.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
EDITOR, The Tribune
By Simon Cooper
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).
By ALESHA CADET
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.
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”.
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.
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.
FREEPORT – Eighteen suspected illegal immigrants, including a young girl, were apprehended during a series of searches conducted by Bahamian authorities on Grand Bahama.
AUTHORITIES, assisted by residents, yesterday detained 31 Haitian migrants who made their way onto Long Island.
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.
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.
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.
SPEED Week 2013 will officially begin today with an opening ceremony at Arawak Cay.
IT IS one of the most legendary and brutal stages for amateur artists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
POLICE are asking for the public’s help in solving three shootings and armed robberies that happened late Monday night.
A MAN sentenced to death for a “contract killing” will challenge his murder conviction and punishment to the Court of Appeal in three months.
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.
FREEPORT – Nine students from St George’s High School took their oath of office as local government junior councillors.
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.”
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
The New Providence Basketball Association continued league play with a double header at the AF Adderley Gym Monday night.
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”.
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.
SWIFT swimming is becoming a regular name at the Plantation Winter Swimming Championships as it continues to make its presence known.
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.
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
EDITOR, The Tribune.
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.
A 26-year-old man died in hospital yesterday after being seriously injured in a car crash on Friday.
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.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter
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.
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.
The Bahamas was yesterday ranked as the world’s 22nd least corrupt country, with only Barbados faring better among Caribbean nations.
US Embassy officials have visited Grand Bahama to help prepare their forthcoming ‘Investment Climate Guide for the Bahamas’.
SANDALS Royal Bahamian will retain 70 per cent of the 22 individuals who graduated from its Hospitality Training Programme yesterday.
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 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
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 Royal Bahamian will retain 70 per cent of the 22 individuals who graduated from its Hospitality Training Programme (HTP) yesterday.
BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE College of the Bahamas has called in police to investigate the misappropriation of funds from the COB business office.
POLICE have released the four persons they were questioning in connection with the disappearance of an Immigration Officer and his girlfriend in Andros.
FORMER police constable Jovanh Munnings, 31, was charged yesterday with possession of an unlicensed firearm and causing damage.
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.
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.
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.
THE country’s latest murder victim was the third teenager to be shot and killed within the last five days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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”.
STRUGGLING with being overweight for many years, Ethan Quant was uncomfortable in his skin and unhappy with his body.
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.
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.
A YOUNG CALIFORNIA fashion and design student is exploring her Bahamian roots, weaving together the threads of two different worlds.
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.
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
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.
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.
Once again we have stepped into a discussion of violence. Violence has been equated with masculine behaviour.
There are many hardworking, loyal Civil Servants, but...
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.
CONSTRUCTION work on the new corporate office complex that will house the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation is about 60 per cent complete.
By RENALDO DORSETT
By DENISE MAYCOCK
By LAMECH JOHNSON
BY DENISE MAYCOCK
INTERNATIONAL judges may be invited to take part in Junkanoo parades in the future, it was announced yesterday.
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.
By Scott Farrington
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.
“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.”
INTERNATIONAL organisation Animal Balance has warned that the country’s stray animal problem will never be resolved if the government listens to local veterinarians.
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.
POLICE want the public to help them crack a major fraud ring believed to have fleeced thousands of dollars from a prominent financial institution.
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?’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BAHAMIAN women were challenged to put their passion to work in politics and public service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
A BAHAMIAN accused of killing a Broward County police officer is scheduled to appear in a Ft Lauderdale courthouse at 1.30pm today.
Scotiabank (Bahamas) will soon have to appoint a new managing director, after Kevin Teslyk, confirmed his departure to Tribune Business.
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.
POLICE yesterday officially identified two teenagers who were shot and killed last week.
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.
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.
A second straight night, against a ranked opponent, and all accompanied by plenty of dramatics.