Stories for February 2013


Thursday, February 28

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Sports in brief

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association announced the names of the players who will be representing the Bahamas at the ITF/COTECC Pre-Qualifying World Junior Tennis Championship Event in the Dominican Republic March 11-17.

What is the Chief Justice saying?

EDITOR, The Tribune.


AMID a clutter of Chinese restaurants big and small, a local entrepreneur and his daughter think they have finally served up the best combination - with a funky name to boot.

FNM leader congratulates Nicole Martin on election victory

FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis congratulated Nicole Martin on her reelection to the presidency of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union, calling it a “hopeful opportunity” for the union to come together and advance the causes of its members.


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Dr Porter 'too ill to travel' to face charges

A BAHAMAS-based cancer chief wanted on criminal charges in Canada says he has late, stage-four cancer himself and is too ill to travel.

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Plane collapses on maintenance worker

A maintenance worker was crushed to death when the plane he was working on collapsed on him early this morning.


Reports of a plane crash in Lake Killarney or Lake Cunningham are not true, police have confirmed

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Houston not worried about BTC takeback talk

GEOFF Houston, BTC Chief yesterday insisted that he is not worried about ongoing majority share take back negotiations, but with ensuring that the company’s day-to-day operations run smoothly.

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$100,000 loss for Atlantis as cruise ship turned away

THOUSANDS of enraged stop-over visitors demanded compensation after the cruise ship they were on was turned away from Prince George dock.

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Nurses take strike action

THE FNM has criticised the government for failing to keep its promises to Bahamian workers after nurses across the public health system failed to show up for work yesterday.

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Martin back as union president

THE prediction is that Nicole Martin will be re-elected president of the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union, following the court-ordered Tuesday election.

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Call for gay rights

HUMAN RIGHTS Activist Erin Greene yesterday called for a provision to be added to the constitution that protects individuals from being discriminated against based on their “sexual orientation”.

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Canada issues warrant for Porter's arrest

BAHAMAS cancer chief Dr Arthur Porter says he is “surprised and angered” on hearing that Canadian authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest.

Development Bank facing 'wind-up'

The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) faces being “wound up”, at least in its present form, under a radical proposed restructuring of the Government’s small business support services that is tied to implementation of new legislation.

BORCO battles to recover $20-$30m in jetty damages

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) is embroiled in a court battle to recover $20-$30 million in damages caused when a ship collided with one of its jetties in late May 2012, it was revealed yesterday.

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City Meat: 'Strong case' for lawsuit versus wholesalers

City Markets’ majority shareholder believes there is “an extremely strong case” for initiating legal action against the Bahamian wholesale industry for alleged breach of agreement, although it wants to leave the final decision to all investors.

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Public sector pensions 'fleecing the Bahamas'

Public sector trade unions are “fleecing and bankrupting the country” via unsustainable non-contributory pension schemes, a well-known businessman said yesterday, noting that Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) staff were earning benefits that exceeded 25 per cent of salaries.

Fraud convict seeking licence from Commission

Convicted fraudster, Derek Guise Turner, is set to meet with the Securities Commission of the Bahamas today in a bid to obtain a licence that would allow him to trade his own money, Tribune Business can reveal.

Congresswoman visits over business ventures

A US congresswoman brought a delegation of Florida business leaders to the Bahamas last week to discuss potential joint venture business opportunities.

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Bahamas 'well positioned' for foreign direct investment

THE Bahamas is “well positioned” to capture a significant amount of foreign direct investment, according to Minister of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle, who noted that the recent Bahamas International Investment & Business Forum (BIIBF) had generated a “tremendous amount of activity”.

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Actor Christopher Abbott on being Charlie in HBO's Girls

It seems some guys don’t have all the luck. Charlie Dattolo, played by Christopher Abbott in HBO’s hit show Girls, has been humiliated by comments in a diary, dumped while in bed with his girlfriend and, now in season two, is struggling to find a balance between his new love and feelings for his ex.

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Raptors win GSSSA junior track and field title

The dominance continues for the CH Reeves Raptors in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association Junior School Track and Field Championships.

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Carifta sponsor makes $30,000 contribution

Another member of corporate Bahamas has joined BAAA and the local organising committee for Carifta to help provide money for the hosting of this year’s Carifta Track and Field Championships.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Get to the point on presentation

Presentations, designed by PowerPoint or other applications, are a great way to support a speech or visualise a complicated concept. But a bad one can achieve the opposite effect, distracting or irritating an audience.

BTC CEO 'confident' of 50 franchise stores

BAHAMAS Telecommunications Company (BTC) CEO Geoff Houston said yesterday that he was “very confident” that the telecommunications provider would get at least 50 franchise stores throughout the Bahamas, noting that the company already had its sights set on three stores in New Providence in the next three to four months.

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Bahamas produces 'only 10 per cent of what it consumes'

THE Bahamas produces only 10 per cent of what it consumes, according to Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister V Alfred Gray, who recently told the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) that one of the main challenges facing the country was making agriculture an attractive option.

Wednesday, February 27

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Urban renewal team takes boys club on bike tour of island

OFFICIALS of the Police Division of the Bain and Grant’s Town Urban Renewal Project Office (West) and the Boys Club of The Bahamas teamed up Friday to provide an unusual treat for 15 boys of the Bain and Grant’s Town Community during the recent mid-term break by arranging a bicycle tour of some parts of New Providence.

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BTC to spend $10m more on 4G network

THE Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) plans to invest at least $10 million more into its 4G network, according to the company’s CEO, Geoff Houston, who revealed that the company had already begun testing its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

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Rolle: Govt is seeking new capital for ecomomy

ADDRESSING a meeting of the Bahamas Society of Engineers, State Minister for Investment Khaalis Rolle said the government is aggressively seeking new capital to jump-start the economy.

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Working hand in hand with BTC

OFFICIALS from Urban Renewal 2.0 yesterday announced a new corporate partnership with the Bahamas Telecommunications Company.

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Countdown to launch of visa application system

THE US Embassy in Nassau has issued a reminder to travelling Bahamians that a new visa appointment service will be launched on March 11.

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Two men and a dog saved from cripple sailboat

TWO elderly men and their dog who set sail for Grand Bahama were rescued after their crippled sailboat went adrift for seven days then ran aground on a Florida beach.

Bid to ensure rights for disabled

PRESIDENT of the Bahamas National Council for Disability Sheila Culmer yesterday urged the Constitutional Committee to add disability rights to the fundamental rights protected by article 15.

Sentence delay in plea bargain case

A FORMER Scotiabank loans officer who admitted his involvement in the theft of $1.3 million from the bank appeared in Supreme Court yesterday expecting to be sentenced to a year in prison in accordance with his plea bargain agreement.

Let the church say 'Amen'


Believers honour women in 'world day of prayer'

World Day of Prayer is a unique organisation that is truly interdenominational and truly international; it speaks with the voices of women from all corners of the globe. Involvement in WDP creates a network of Christian women on a worldwide scale which also reaches into local communities. Preparations go on for months in advance. On March 1, women and men will be gathering to celebrate, using a programme of worship prepared this year by women in France.

Bishop Hubert A Pinder honoured in grand style

FAMILY, friends and well-wishers congregated at the Lively Stone Church of God on February 17 to celebrate and show appreciation to Bishop Hubert A. Pinder, the church’s assistant pastor.

Anglican Church Men participate in executive training retreat

The Anglican Church Men Council initiated its first executive officers training retreat at St John’s College this month. The session was opened with a morning prayer led by Ruel Strachan, Chaplin, Holy Trinity ACM.

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Ticket holders demand refund over Beres Hammond concert

Ya hear, ticket holders to Beres concert not happy with promoter response?

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Ty Love makes comeback with new name

AFTER being missing in action for some time, Bahamian R&B artist Ty Love made his comeback during a weekend performance. He also revealed a name change that is in the works.

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R Kelly leaves lasting impression

AN EMOTIONAL R Kelly moved the local crowd during his first concert in the Bahamas.

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Bahamians urged: 'Buy now' in West

THE “Baha Mar effect” has led to a surge in real estate activity in western New Providence, a local realtor yesterday urging Bahamians to “buy now”as a significant price appreciation on properties in the area is expected in the coming years.

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Dr Arthur Porter a wanted man in Canada

A BAHAMAS-based cancer chief is now a wanted man in Canada after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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PM: We can't afford to buy back BTC

ADMITTING that government’s attempts to take back BTC’s majority shares have not gone the way he would have liked, Prime Minister Perry Christie said the current budget constraints would not allow the move in any case.

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Former Scotiabank staff guilty of $1.3M theft

TWO former Scotia Bank employees, accused of stealing $1.3 million from the bank’s Nicholl’s Town branch in 2008, were convicted by a unanimous jury verdict yesterday.

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Task force on suicides appointed

FOLLOWING government’s concern over a “suicide trend,” a government-appointed task force will be investigating the country’s past suicides in an effort to determine their cause and what can be done to prevent future

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Family: Still no answers over death in custody

NEARLY three weeks after her son died in police custody, Earla Dorch says she still has no answers from the police or the Coroner about what happened to her “perfectly healthy” son.

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JUST IN: Early reports are Nicole Martin has been re-elected

Nicole Martin's 'A-Team' has reportedly regained leadership of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) once again.

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First governor of Central Bank dies, 79

TIMOTHY Baswell Donaldson, 79, a true Bahamian patriot, visionary, and statesman died yesterday at his home in Winton after fighting a long battle with cancer. At his bedside at the time of his death at 3:17 pm were his wife, Yolande, and his three children, Dwight, Kevin and Tatiana.

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Huge haul of cocaine confiscated

POLICE confiscated $2 million worth of suspected cocaine in Inagua on Monday, the biggest drug find for the year and the largest in recent years, according to Samuel Butler, Officer in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Unit.

Seaside Pavilion brings change to concert scene

The Celebration of Love concert featuring Grammy award winning artist R Kelly brought in several firsts for the Bahamas.

GB Power: No rate rise from $18.3m asset recoveries

The Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) majority shareholder yesterday confirmed it had been given regulatory approval to recover $18.3 million tied up in retired generation units, although it emphasised this would not lead to an increase in customer tariffs.

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'Breach of trust' fear blocked $3.8m HQ deal

Trustees for the City Markets employee pension fund would have “been in absolute breach of trust” had they sold the former supermarket chain’s head office to a Bahamian wholesaler for $3.8 million, with one charging the buyer “wanted something for nothing”.

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Students turn out for Classical concert: Before there was Mozart

Over 400 students and teachers attended a short concert entitled” Before There Was Mozart” which illustrated the life of Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, or the Black Mozart.

City Markets payout battle set for court

The Supreme Court will likely have to determine whether ex-City Markets staff are entitled to one or both of their severance pay and pension savings, a spokesman for the workers yesterday saying he had been advised trust law “supersedes” the Employment Act.

Gov't eyes $138m spending slash

The Government is moving to cut recurrent spending projections by 5.6 per cent for the current fiscal year to compensate for a $120 million drop in revenues, with a Wall Street analyst yesterday saying execution would be “key” if it was to hit is deficit/debt reduction targets.

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BISX explores Global Depository Receipt

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) is exploring the creation of a Global Depository Receipt (GDR) that would allow international companies based in this nation to issue securities in any currency, its chief executive yesterday saying multi-million dollar investors had already expressed interest in the product.

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COB student leader finds redemption through art

ART BECAME therapy for Renbert Mortimer II after an ordeal ended in the college student being arrested and suspended from school.

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DJ of the week: DJ Pressure

DJ Pressure’s early appreciation for music came in his teenage years under the guidance of a more experienced group called Spin Tech.

Realtor lists '10 great reasons' to select Bahamas

A Freeport realtor gave an overview of ‘10 great reasons to buy real estate in the Bahamas’ during last week’s Bahamas International Business & Investment Forum (BIBIF).

Port assesses Haiti trade possibilities

Haiti’s Ambassador to the Bahamas has undertaken a first official, fact-finding visit to Grand Bahama to coincide with the Bahamas International Investment and Business Forum.

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MARKETING REVOLUTION: Targeting marketing is far more useful

My wife’s Blackberry makes an obnoxious sound every time an e-mail comes in.

Who survived the sudden death eliminations?

TEN FEMALE SINGERS performed live, but only five advanced past the two hour American Idol “Sudden Death” episode last Wednesday.

Artists enter creative collaboration with Sandals Foundation

A new theatrical show and silent auction at Sandals Royal Bahamian has geared itself to be a major promoter of visual art in The Bahamas and a significant fundraiser for the efforts of The Sandals Foundation.

Transforming Spaces art tour

Galleries and artists are gearing up for Nassau’s annual Transforming Spaces art tour. Tickets are now on sale for the two day bus tour set for March 16 and 17 at eight participating galleries.

Affliction hits the big screen today

FEVER induced madness cripples the city of Nassau and sends three people on a hunt for food and clean water in a new Bahamian film to premiere tonight.

Tuesday, February 26

Thanksgiving service held

The annual Thanksgiving Service for law enforcement officers, civil servants and other public officers was held on Sunday.

A fourth term for Ingraham

As Frenchmen cried out for the return Charles de Gaulle and Americans for Franklin D Roosevelt so are Bahamians crying out for Ingraham to return!

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Hugh Campbell title win was vindication for the Cobras

AFTER all the adversity that they experienced this year in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association, coach Mario Bowleg said their repeat championship feat in the prestigious 30th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic was vindication for his CC Sweeting Cobras.

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Raptors in the lead after day 1

The CH Reeves Raptors surged to the top of the chart after day one of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s Junior High School Track and Field Championships, taking a 11.50 points margin over their nearest rivals, SC McPherson Sharks, at the new Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium on Tuesday.

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Rowing power

NASSAU Rowing Club’s twelve-hour Ergathon at Club One Fitness Centre, Sandyport, on Saturday attracted a continual stream of persons interested in this comparatively new sport for the Bahamas. DJ Benjavarae Tynes (“DJ Tynez”) motivated the rowers all day with background music.

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88 Haitians held by RBDF

THE 88 Haitian migrants detained in two separate incidents this week have been transferred to New Providence for processing, the Defence Force reported yesterday.

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Union holds elections to decide leadership

THE Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union held its elections last night, conforming with a court order from the Chief Justice.

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PM's 're-emergence' at Haiti CARICOM event

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said Prime Minister Perry Christie’s participation in the CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting, held earlier that week, signalled his “re-emergence” in the Caribbean theatre.

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Man convicted on manslaughter charge

A MAN standing trial in Supreme Court in connection with the murder of a 66-year-old Long Island woman was acquitted of that charge but convicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Chamber chief to step down

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation (BCCEC) announced yesterday that its chief executive, Winston Rolle, will demit office on March 31, 2013, to focus full-time on personal business ventures.

Chief Justice glad of debate over same sex marriage laws

CHIEF Justice Sir Michael Barnett said he was surprised by the negative reaction to his comments about same sex marriage, but glad they sparked a discussion that is good for democracy.

Sports in brief

THE Bahamas along with 210 countries around the world who are members of the International Tennis Federation will celebrate World Tennis Day on March 4.

Food self-sufficiency is an illusion for the Bahamas

OPENING the newspaper this week, I was confronted with a huge load of BS.

pm: we can't afford to buy back btc


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Rep Ya Cause promotes healthy lifestyle choices

IN AN effort to promote healthy lifestyles, the Junior Achievement company Legacy hosted the 3rd Annual Rep Ya Cause fun run/walk event.

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Fighting cellulite

CELLULITE, the dimply appearance that resembles cottage cheese on the skin is not life threatening, however it is a bane for many Bahamian women.

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The sweetheart deal

Some years ago I contracted a rental property in a quiet area of western Nassau. On conferring with the property manager regarding the tenants of the agreement, he made it clear that my neighbours were prominent and very private people who at no time wished to engage their neighbours.

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A look into girl guides week

THE BAHAMAS Girl Guides Association (BGGA) 2013 week of celebrations closed out with some of the most memorable festivities.

There has to be an accounting of money spent

SUDDENLY, the Christie government has discovered that the world is in an economic crisis, which strangely is retarding the growth of the Bahamas’ economy. However, when the slump came shortly after the Ingraham government took over the administration in 2007, Mr Christie, then in Opposition, was apparently unaware that the world was in trouble, and that the Bahamas, as a part of that world, was also in financial hot water.

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Deal done to bring 1,000 new jobs

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday confirmed the finalisation of a deal to renovate a major resort at Grand Bahama which is expected to create 1,000 permanent new jobs.

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Shot dead: Survivor of nightclub attack

A 19-YEAR-OLD was shot dead early yesterday morning and a 23-year-old woman rushed to hospital in the same incident, according to police.

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Halkitis: $100M needed to cover Ingraham commitments

MICHAEL Halkitis, State Finance Minister, said the government will be seeking authorisation for around $100m to cover the prior commitments of the former Ingraham administration.

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Call for answers over job costs

FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called for the government to disclose how many people it hired since taking office and how much was spent on those hired.

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Haitians charged after $780,000 cocaine find

THE Haitians arrested in connection with the discovery of $780,000 worth of cocaine in Inagua nearly a week ago were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on multiple drug charges.

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'Time to decide on death penalty'

BAHAMAS Bar Council President, Ruth Bowe-Darville, is calling on the Bahamas to take a firm legislative position on the death penalty.

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Minnis says PLP voted to spend money

THE PLP knew about $100 million worth of inherited debt because they voted to spend the money when they were the opposition party, FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

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City Markets: Choose pension or severance

The $2.5 million remaining from the sale of its leasehold interests will not be enough to fully compensate City Markets’ creditors, its principal revealed yesterday, adding that by law the company’s former employees were not entitled to receive both their severance pay and pensions.

20% pt truck tax slash a 'tremendous blessing'

A Bahamian auto dealer yesterday described plans to lower Excise Tax rates by 20 percentage points on certain trucks as “a tremendous blessing”, telling Tribune Business his sales in this category had fallen by 75 per cent since the 2010-2011 Budget.

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Property tax rebate 'not enough reward' for current payers

While describing the Government’s real property tax amnesty/incentive programme as “a good start”, a well-known realtor yesterday said it should have offered rebates of up to 20-25 per cent to homeowners who were current on their payments.

Gov't still on deficit target despite $100m in new borrowings

The Government yesterday said it would still hit its ‘6.5 per cent of GDP’ fiscal deficit target for the current Budget year, despite having to borrow a further $100 million to meet “carry over expenditures” it inherited from the former Ingraham administration.

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CC Sweeting Cobras claim second consecutive Hugh Campbell title

In 2012, Alvano Miller, Dionte Strachan, DeAngelo Wallace and Rashad Davis were the underclassmen during the CC Sweeting Cobras’ storybook season.

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Jay Major top cyclist so far this season

THE New Providence Cycling Association staged its second road race of the 2013 season and young Jay Major proved to be the cyclist to watch as he posted back-to-back victories in a hotly contested race from start to finish.

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Richardson, Cartwright to continue MLB quest

THEY spent the past four months here at home working out and helping to develop some of the up and coming baseball players. Now Antoan Richardson and Albert Cartwright are preparing to return to Florida to continue their quest to play in the Major League.

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Gov't targeting $660m revenue rise in 4 years

The Government is targeting improved revenue yields equivalent to 4 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the centrepiece of its plan to generate a recurrent Budget surplus within three years, it was disclosed yesterday.

City Markets: Ready to 'let courts decide' on investor meeting

City Markets’ principal yesterday threatened to ‘let the courts decide’ if the company was unable to resolve its differences with the Securities Commission over its recently-postponed shareholder meeting, arguing it was impossible to meet the regulator’s requirements.

Butterfield executive relocates to Bahamas

The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son yesterday announced that a senior trust executive will relocate to its Bahamas offices and take on a senior role in promoting this product.

Retailers reiterate concern over Baha Mar's John Bull deal

SEVERAL Bay Street retailers yesterday reiterated concerns that they would effectively be squeezed out of the Baha Mar project due to rival John Bull’s ‘master leasor’ for retail agreement at the $2.6 billion project.

Grand Lucaya deal to end 'same piece of cake' battle

A GRAND Bahama hotelier yesterday said the lease agreement between Hutchison Whampoa and the Sunwing Travel Group meant that the island’s properties would no longer be fighting “over the same piece of cake”.

Contractors: We need work before trucks

THE Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president, Godfrey Forbes, yesterday said “relatively small” progress had been seen in engineering a construction sector rebound, adding that the industry still anticipated a marginal increase in business this year.

Monday, February 25

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Students walk for a better future

HUNDREDS of Centreville Primary School students, teachers and parents walked the streets of Collins Avenue to march in honour of their educational system.

COB's budget cut: Death of an independence dream?

IN mid-July 1979, international scholars attended a two-day academic conference held at the University of Miami centred on Issues in Caribbean Studies.

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Carnival Triumph investigation expected to be completed 'very soon' by Bahamian authorities

COMMODORE Davy Rolle, director and CEO of the Bahamas Maritime Authority, said that investigations into what caused the fire on the Carnival Triumph should be completed very soon and then handed over to the International Maritime Organisation.


A 19-YEAR-OLD was shot dead early yesterday morning and a 23-year-old woman rushed to hospital in the same incident, according to police.

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Pond clean-up party

THE Sandals Foundation joined the Bahamas National Trust in its ongoing efforts to manage the invasive cattails at Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park on Saturday.

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A bridge to solidarity

WOMEN, men and children in Freeport, Grand Bahama, will be joining together at the Garden of the Groves to celebrate International Women’s Day as they walk across the Bridge in solidarity with others from around the world who believe in peace and equality for all.

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Assembly clerk hits out at senate effectiveness

THE Senate is ineffective, irrelevant and has evolved over the years into a platform for failed politicians according to House of Assembly chief clerk Maurice Tynes.

Five Cubans held after 40ft vessel intercepted

DEFENCE Force officers intercepted a 40 foot vessel registered with the Cuban government and detained five Cuban nationals found aboard, the Ministry of National Security reported yesterday.

Bimini resort hosts leading tournament

Hemingway, Playboy, running with the bulls (sharks that is), seaplane landings and take-offs, a sunset serenade with country artist Craig Morgan and 3,400 pounds of wahoo made for one of the Bahamas’ most intriguing fishing tournaments in recent memory.

Second crash victim dies

ANOTHER victim of last week’s horrific car accident in Eleuthera has died.

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Strong words in closing of $1.3m bank theft trial

ATTORNEYS defending a man and woman accused of stealing $1.3 million from their then-employer did not mince their words yesterday when making closing addresses to the jury about the prosecution’s evidence and the bank’s investigation into the allegations against their clients.

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Audit 'deficiencies' have led to strained relations

CERTAIN “deficiencies” in public school audit reports have led to strained relations between school boards and the Ministry of Education, Minister Jerome Fitzgerald said.

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Minister: We aim to protect our most precious resource - water

MINISTER of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin said the government is now in the process of developing a maritime policy aimed at protecting and maximising the Bahamas’ most precious resource – water.

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Man accused of break-ins charged over stolen goods

A MAN accused of being behind a string of break-ins over the past ten months was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court along with other men charged with being in unlawful possession of potential stolen goods.

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Gibson crowned king of St. Valentine's race

BUILDER and sculling crafter Sheldon Gibson captured the second annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre Regatta sculling championship on Sunday in Nassau.

Building your capacity to cope with life-changes

Life is a continuous process of change. While it is intended to be a productive and enjoyable journey, life also brings its share of ups and down. Joy and pain are the fraternal twins of our emotional transition.

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Suspect held, click here for video and story

POLICE confirm they have a suspect in custody in connection with the Friday afternoon shooting by police of a fleeing driver who hit an officer with his car before speeding off from busy downtown Bay Street.

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Family's search for missing man

MYSTIFIED as to why they have not heard from Henry Leroy Cooper in three months, a family in the Bahamas is desperate, hoping that they can get closure, or at least find a clue about his whereabouts.

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Beres Hammond fans left angry after no-show

BERES Hammond croons “they gonna talk” in one of his popular songs, and that is exactly what some angry concert goers have been doing since the reggae star was a no-show at Friday night’s “A Night of Love” concert.

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Airlift for EMS worker amid dispute

AS EMERGENCY Medical Service (EMS) personnel continue to lobby their employer for comprehensive health insurance, one of their colleagues in need of an organ transplant has taken a turn for the worse, and has been airlifted to Florida, The Tribune understands.

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Drive-by attack on 14-year-old

ALL Bahamians should be shocked and outraged by the drive-by shooting of a 14-year-old boy in the early hours of yesterday morning, the executive director of Bahamas Against Crime said.

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Investors battle over provider's $7.5m needs

A Bahamian ‘quadruple play’ provider is in negotiations with three foreign investor groups vying to invest the $7.5 million critical to completing its network build-out, a development that would create “no fewer than” 20 jobs in Nassau.

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Gov't receives $1.5bn food project proposal

THE INVESTMENTS Minister has confirmed he received a proposal for an ambitious $1.5 billion food production project on Andros, aimed at making the Bahamas self-sufficient.

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BISX-listed firm's CEO faces 'grilling' over alleged fraud

The chief executive of a BISX-listed company faces a grilling from liquidators investigating an alleged multinational fraud, who are seeking information on a series of multi-million dollar transactions involving his company.

Ex-Robin Hood boss 'rises from the ashes' with $10m re-opening

BUSINESSMAN Sandy Schaefer said around $10 million has been invested to re-open both of his former Robin Hood outlets, a development he said will create 250 jobs.

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Concerns over Baha Mar's 'master leasor' deal with John Bull

Rival Bay Street retailers have expressed concern that the John Bull Group of Companies will be acting as the master leasor of all retail space at the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project.

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Sports in brief

THE Champion Amateur Boxing Club completed the Island Sound Solutions amateur boxing show at the Wulff Road Boxing Square on Saturday night.

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Showtime: 'Reno' hits the big screen


Non-contributory pensions: 'Those days are past'

A leading Bahamian accountant has warned that the days of non-contributory pensions “are over”, as he called on this nation not to let total employment costs “get out of hand”.

Atlantis condo tower does $20m in six months

Paradise Island’s 497-unit condo complex, the Reef, is providing evidence of a real estate market revival through $20 million worth of sales within six months.

CHAMBER VOICE: The business of one big, happy family

A well-respected business owner recently questioned me on the benefits and drawbacks of owning and operating a business that employs family members, and where the principals in the company are all related.

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Minister aims to brand the Bahamas

INVESTMENTS Minister Khaalis Rolle says plans to make the recent Bahamas International Investment & Business Forum an annual or biennial eventare being considered, telling Tribune Business: “We want to brand the Bahamas from an investment perspective.”

World Bank exec targeting Bahamas 'incubation centre'

EARLY-stage Bahamian entrepreneurs could soon have the benefit of an “incubation centre” to support their development via a World Bank programme that has already facilitated a network of approximately 400 business incubators in more than 100 countries.

Employee benefits now 23% of salary

The average extra cost, across the world, to businesses in social security and other ‘taxes’, of employing a worker is now almost 23 per cent of an employee’s salary, according to research by UHY, the international accounting and consultancy network.

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Athletes shine in track and field classic

With a chance to qualify for the BTC Carifta Games and the IAAF World Youth Championships, LaQuan Nairn has abandoned his chance to play basketball for the CR Walker Knights and is now concentrating on his high jump abilities in track and field.

Financial analysts meet the Commission

The Certified Financial Analysts (CFA) Society of the Bahamas (CFASB) has met with Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB) representatives for dialogue on matters impacting the sector.

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Teenagers held over marijuana find

POLICE report that they had a busy weekend, making arrests in connection with customs avoidance, stolen vehicles, drug possession and a number of outstanding warrants.

WORLD VIEW: Harsh terms a sign of the future?

JAMAICA’S harsh experience with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to get a new $750 million loan, signals equally harsh conditions for many Caribbean countries in the not too distant future.

36-member Carifta swim team ratified

FOLLOWING the completion of the final trials at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Center over the weekend, the Bahamas Swimming Federation has ratified the team that will represent the Bahamas at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, over the Easter holiday weekend.

Sunday, February 24

Statue tribute to a Cuban hero

UNVEILING the Jose Marti commemorative monument in Mathew Town, Inagua on February 23, Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes noted its importance as a symbol of the Bahamas’ contribution to human culture.

Problems to bring more suicides?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

GB Business Outlook unveiled

The annual Grand Bahama Business Outlook (GBBO) will take place on Thursday, March 14, at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Freeport. This year’s theme is ‘Discovering the Opportunities in this Challenging Environment’.

Family tribute to Nezera Baker

By James A Donahue III

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ACCORDING TO ME: Suicide, depression and some facts

YOU woke up this morning, not that you really wanted to. It’s another day, and already you’re exhausted without rolling over yet. Sure the sun is shining outside, but all you see is gray...

Saturday, February 23

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Shoppers flee after downtown shooting

ONLOOKERS say “pandemonium” broke out in downtown Nassau in broad daylight yesterday when a police officer opened fire on a fleeing vehicle.

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Former police chief BK Bonamy dies

FORMER Commissioner of Police Bernard K Bonamy died in the Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday afternoon at the age of 67.

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Bulgarian man must pay $500 or go to prison for cocaine possession

A BULGARIAN man who was holidaying in the Bahamas must pay the court $500 or go to prison for six months for possessing three grams of cocaine.

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Ex-bank loans officer remanded

A FORMER Scotiabank loans officer who admitted guilt about his role in stealing $1.3 million from the bank was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison pending the completion of the ongoing trial.

Friday, February 22

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Expect the unexpected says R&B superstar

R&B SUPERSTAR R Kelly is excited about his first ever performance in the Bahamas, saying that one of his greatest joys is travelling the world and inspiring people with his music. The 46-year-old Grammy-award winning singer said fans attending tonight’s “Celebration of Love” concert at Arawak Cay can expect the unexpected when he takes the stage.

ex-bank loans officer remanded

pic in ique pictures by lamech

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Tourists and shoppers flee Downtown shooting

Tourists and shoppers reportedly fled and hid in stores after a shooting in Downtown Nassau Friday lunchtime.

Are Wilson's 'shocking revelations' a political bluff?

FRANKLYN Wilson, reputed to be a clever businessman, persists in his mission to reverse ownership roles at Bahamas Telecommunications Company. Despite an ironclad contract, signed by the previous government, with Cable and Wireless Communications as majority shareholder of BTC, Prime Minister Christie has appointed Mr Wilson to head a committee to convince CWC to reverse ownership roles with his government.

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Six held in major drugs swoop

POLICE swooped on a sailboat loaded with suspected cocaine in what was reported last night as a major drug bust.

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Bishop: Gays had bad childhood

MOST practising lesbians and gays are the products of dysfunctional families which are on the rise, claimed former Bahamas Christian Council President Bishop Simeon Hall yesterday.

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Halfway there - Baha Mar holds topping-off event

BAHA MAR officials yesterday celebrated its mid-way completion point with a topping off celebration at the $3.5 million resort – exactly two years after officially breaking ground.

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Oil spills show need for law

PROMINENT human rights and environmental attorney Fred Smith QC, yesterday called on the government to put in place an environmental protection act.

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Man injured while at work seeks 'justice' from boss

A MAN who was seriously injured on the job says his employer refuses to give him “justice” – but the man he named as his boss claims he was not in charge of the facility at the time of the incident.

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Hepburn trial delayed

THE judge set to preside over the highly-anticipated trial of Prince Hepburn - accused of killing his lover, a well known charity worker - yesterday adjourned the trial because of another matter before her court.

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PM'S call to Baha Mar

PRIME Minister Perry Christie publicly appealed to Sarkis Izmirilian, Baha Mar Chairman and CEO, last night for a “closer relationship” despite their many disagreements.

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Gov't targets $100m VAT net revenue rise

The Government is estimating that implementation of a Value-Added Tax (VAT) will generate a $100 million net increase in its annual revenues, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with the new tax generating equivalent to 2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Bahamas needs $1.8bn infrastructure spend

THE Bahamas needs to invest at least $1.8 billion in infrastructure in the short to mid-term to support economic growth, a senior accountant said yesterday, telling Tribune Business that a $500 million investment in education alone was “critical”.

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Bahamas can't 'sit and wait for next Baha Mar'

Small businesses will have to drive economic growth for the next two-three years, a leading accountant said yesterday, arguing that he did not see “any significantly large business coming to the Bahamas” post-Baha Mar.

Venture Fund's 'failure rate' 11% pts higher outside Nassau

The Government-sponsored venture capital fund has suffered a Grand Bahama/Family Islands “failure rate” that is 11 percentage points higher than New Providence, although its chairman yesterday said it expected to receive a further $1 million injection from the Government by April.

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Govt reviews three GB casino proposals

THE Government is set to review “at least three proposals” for the takeover of the Grand Lucayan Resort’s casino by a new operator, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday, telling Tribune Business it should be close to a final decision next week on which group would win.

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Business forum boost for Grand Bahama

More than 300 international delegates attended the first-ever Bahamas International Investment and Business Forum, participating in two days of intensive discussions on potential investment opportunities in the Bahamas - particularly Grand Bahama.

Hotel boss questions why GB so expensive

GRAND Bahama must start to capitalse on its US proximity, the Pelican Bay’s general manager said yesterday, questioning how- as the closest Bahamian island - it was more expensive to get there.

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Tourism Ministry in GB call centre

GRAND Bahama is well-positioned to become a “technological hub”, according to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe, who yesterday said the Ministry Tourism was playing its part through plans to relocate its call centre to that island.

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Chamber: Just two firms exploit free book-keeping

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s (BCCEC) chief executive yesterday criticised small businesses for failing to fully exploit all the assistance available to them, disclosing that just two companies had taken advantage of its free book-keeping service over the past year.

Shipyard increases local jobs 35% in seven years

Grand Bahama Shipyard has increased its employment of Bahamians by 35 per cent over seven years, injecting $70 million and 2,600 jobs into the economy last year.

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'It's been a real struggle to get here'

MOORE’S Island, known for their senior boys track team that was introduced a few years ago to the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations by coach Anthony Williamson, made their debut in the 30th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic at the AF Adderley Gym on Wednesday.

Grand Bahama teams are ready for hardwood

AS the action starts to heat up in the 30th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic, there are two things that the fans usually look forward to - playing in the mystique of the AF Adderley Gym and watching the Freeport teams in action.

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In Kenya, distance runner 'settling in very good'

SINCE returning to Kenya earlier this month to fulfil his dream of becoming a world class distance runner, Oneil Williams said he has been having the time of his life, readjusting to the conditions that he experienced when he first made the trek a year ago in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.

NPBA: the final four

IT’S now down to the final four in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) semifinals, featuring three former champions.

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Team Bahamas forced to skip cup due to 'lack of funding'

THEY should have been in Santiago, Dominican Republic, but the four-member team from the Amateur Boxing Association of the Bahamas has had to skip the trip this week to the Independence Cup because of the “lack of funding.”

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Sports notes

ROADRUNNERS Track & Field Club is scheduled to host its 7th Annual Diana Lynn Thompson Track & Field Classic on Saturday.

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Knights prevail

It was a busy day four in the 2013 Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic which featured an early start and the first round of eliminations in this year’s tournament.

Commission analyst to study Mandarin

A Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB) employee is taking a six-month Mandarin course in China.

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BICA stages its first Peer Review workshop

The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) has held its first Practice Monitoring/Peer Review Workshop, aimed at preparing licensees that sign off on attestation and assurance engagements for a process that begins this year.

Thursday, February 21

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Rentokil celebrates 50th anniversary

RENTOKIL Initial celebrated its golden anniversary in the Bahamas with a cocktail reception at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday.

BTC tower 'destroyed' during repair exercise

A BTC tower in Bullocks Harbour, Berry Islands collapsed during a repair exercise being carried out by an external contractor, the company said.


What is VAT?

Public has its say over government VAT plans

FOLLOWING the government’s announcement that opinions are being sought on which items should be exempted from Value Added Tax, The Tribune hit the streets to see what Bahamians think about the new tax system, set to come into effect next year.

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Jamaican faces charge of armed robbery

A JAMAICAN man recently charged with breaking into the home of a millionaire’s daughter found himself back in Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing a charge of armed robbery.

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Call for action on dump trucks

A NASSAU resident believes police aren’t tackling the issue of dump trucks laden with quarry and pea rock travelling at speed along John F Kennedy Drive and Windsor Road.

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Young believer ministers the word through dance

THE day she can no longer move will be the day Julane Robinson stops dancing for God. The young liturgical dancer was inspired to dance at a very young age and intends to continue ministering the word of God through dance in her adulthood.

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JUST IN: Nellie Brown murder trial delayed again

Accused murderer Prince Hepburn just had his murder trial adjourned again at the request of his attorney Murrio Ducille.

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Man dies in hunting accident

A 39-year-old man was killed in Abaco during hog hunting when he was accidentally shot

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Child killed in Eleuthera road crash

A CHILD became the country’s latest traffic fatality when the driver of the car he was in lost control on an Eleuthera highway yesterday.

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Student union 'not satisfied' after meeting with minister

MEMBERS of the Bahamas’ Union of Students said yesterday they were “not satisfied” with the outcome of a meeting with Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald.

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Gibson accused of cover-up

NATIONAL Insurance Minister Shane Gibson allegedly attempted to “cover up” a reported NIB policy violation of a $15,000 guarantee issued to Doctors Hospital by providing the payment, a source claims.

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Maycock Sr. and son are sentenced for escape bid

CONVICTED drug dealer Melvin Maycock Sr and his accomplices in the infamous cellblock escape faced a maximum two-year prison term going into yesterday’s sentencing before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis.

Monument to Cuban hero

GOVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes will be in Mathew Town, Inagua, this weekend with other dignitaries for the unveiling of a monument in commemoration of the visit to that island in 1895 of Cuban liberator Jose Marti.

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Cuts to focus on operational 'efficiencies'

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald said yesterday education is a priority to the government and his ministry has no intention of making any negative adjustments to its budget.

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HBO blasts Bahamas for copyright 'failure'

The US’ top pay-TV network yesterday blasted the Bahamas for its “persistent failure” to compensate it for copyright violations, despite claiming only 20 per cent of the $3 million Fund created to do this.

Private sector-run Procurement Bureau can save Gov't $200m

The Government was yesterday urged to establish a private sector-managed National Procurement Bureau as an alternative to across-the-board spending cuts, a well-known doctor suggesting it could save taxpayers up to $200 million per year.

Copyright woes 'soon dealt with'

The Copyright Royalties Tribunal’s chairman yesterday said the issue of outstanding payments owed to foreign rights holders would “not be outstanding for very much longer”, with Tribune Business obtaining documents showing his predecessor sought to use URCA to “pressure” Cable Bahamas over the issue.

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'Serious proposal' for Grand Bahama's casino

THE Government has received a “very serious proposal” from a Canadian group interested in taking over the Grand Lucayan Resort’s casino, tourism minister Obie Wilchcombe confirmed yesterday.

India investors pledge 50MW waste energy plant

A group of Indian investors have committed to developing “at least” a 50 Mega Watt (MW) waste-to-energy plant, that nation’s Honorary Consul to the Bahamas said yesterday.

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Atlantis in $132m economic injection

Atlantis injected roughly $132 million directly into the Bahamian economy last year through the procurement of goods and services, Brookfield Hospitality’s president and managing director said yesterday

Honouring your parents

Honour thy father and mother That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

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Secular artists singing gospel: is that okay?

THE RECENT release of a gospel song by international recording artist Kandi Burruss, “Prayed Up”, has raised eyebrows at home and abroad.

The one true god of possibilities

THE bible story about the virgin Mary becoming pregnant with Jesus Christ teaches the lesson that with God nothing shall be impossible.

Powered up for service

THE YOUTH Department at Macedonia Baptist Church last week hosted a seminar under the theme “Powered Up for Service”.


ST John’s Native Baptist Cathedral is hosting a number of activities to celebrate its 178th anniversary.

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Day 3: Family Island teams make debut

Day three of Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic traditionally signals the debut of Family Island schools in the national tournament, and several programmes got off to impressive starts in their respective runs at the 2013 title.

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New stadium certified by the IAAF

IN an effort to keep the public abreast with the progression toward the Bahamas hosting the 2013 BTC Carifta Games, the local organising committee announced they would issue weekly updates.

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Helping to promote American Football in the Bahamas

THE Cape Fear Heroes, a professional indoor football team from Fayetteville, North Carolina (USA) and member of the American Indoor Football League, has formed a partnership with the Bahamas American Football Federation to help promote the sport of American Football in The Bahamas.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: How the best computer falls into your lap

I was casually looking for a new laptop this week, and the hunt went surprisingly well despite my meticulous computing specifications and needs.

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Government 'stalling for time' on energy policy

The Government was yesterday accused of “stalling for time” over its energy sector reform policies, a former Cabinet Minister arguing it was faced with either privatising the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) or increasing its rates.

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VAT needs 'cashless' society to succeed

A Value-Added Tax (VAT) will not succeed without the banks driving Bahamians to a ‘cashless’ society, a leading businessman warned yesterday, adding that reforms would be “a disaster” unless accompanied by “ruthless” enforcement.

Be 'smart' with fiscal reforms

Dr Johnathan Rodgers urges Christie administration to adopt more nuanced approach to reforms

Wednesday, February 20

QC giving back

AS Queen’s College celebrates its 123rd anniversary, the school’s Alumni Association is calling on all former students and teachers to “give back”.


This is lent. Lent is a time to make a change. The following words of warning shock us to stop, take notice, and make a decision.


IN an article published in The Tribune on Wednesday, February 20, it was reported that a burglary and armed robbery accused did not call any witnesses in his defence.
Jefferson Delancey’s did call a witness, Dr Harry Ferreira of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, who testified about him being mentally challenged with an IQ of 61.
The Tribune apologises for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

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Club welcomes would-be rowers to give it a try

MOST people believe the Bahamas is just sun, sand and sea, but go down to Lake Cunningham on most weekends and you’ll see a new national sport emerging that will reach great heights in the international arena.

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Cash: Stop wasting time over BTC

FREE National Movement Chairman Darron Cash yesterday urged BTC “take-back” negotiators to stop wasting the Bahamian people’s time with promises to expose hidden findings of the corporation’s privatisation process.

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Mother pratt hits back over claims about urban renewal cash

URBAN Renewal Commission co-chair Cynthia “Mother” Pratt hit back at “subtle and overt allegations of (funding) corruption” in the programme, insisting that every penny donated to Urban Renewal has been accounted for.

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Murder trial begins over woman's death

THE trial of a man facing murder, burglary and armed robbery charges over the death of an elderly Eleuthera woman opened in Supreme court yesterday.

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Minister to seek truth over student's injuries

MINISTER of Education Jerome Fitzgerald vowed to get to the truth over claims a student was so severely beaten by a headmaster that he eventually had to have surgery.

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Extra $50 for driving in Florida put on hold

FLORIDA almost tacked-on an extra $50 to Bahamians’ Sunshine State vacation budgets.

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Melvin Maycock Sr and son are sentenced

Melvin Maycock Sr has been given a prison term of eight months for escaping lawful custody five years ago.

Bahamians want answers to Government spending

HAS URBAN Renewal 2.0 failed? Surely not, after all this was supposed to be the panacea to solve all the Bahamas’ social ills and defeat crime – or was it in reality just a ploy to win an election?

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$1.3m theft trial told of bank protocols

A COURT in a $1.3m theft case heard yesterday how a verbal request was put in to Scotiabank’s Systems Support Centre by a loans officer at the Nicholl’s Town branch asking for the assistant branch manager’s system profile to be assigned to his password.

TOUGH CALL: Tracking the path of history

FOLLOWING hard on the heels of his earlier book – The Migration of Peoples from the Caribbean to the Bahamas – Bahamian Keith Tinker has come up with another scholarly page-turner, entitled The African Diaspora to the Bahamas.

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Haiti to benefit from CARICOM membership

HAITI’s membership in CARICOM and its anticipated participation in the regional single market present opportunities for improving the lives of the Haitian people, CARICOM secretary-general Ambassador Irwin Larocque said.

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Man dies in fire

A MAN died in a house fire in Lewis Yard, Grand Bahama.

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Students praised for heroic efforts

UNDER the theme “Excellence Driven, Purpose Bound”, the SC McPherson Junior High School formally recognised the scholastic achievements of its students at an Honour Roll ceremony held at the Greater Bethel Cathedral.

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Fond farewell to consul

BRITISH High Commissioner Howard Drake has thanked outgoing British Honorary Consul Peter Young for his many years “outstanding service” and invaluable contribution to both the British Government and the Bahamas.

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Handmade bowl sale to help feed the hungry

HELP raise money to feed the hungry by buying handmade bowls.

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Once in a lifetime visit for contest winners

WINNERS of a Costa Sunglasses and Budweiser promotion enjoyed their “once in a lifetime” vacation in the Bahamas, fly-fishing and snorkelling in waters off Deep Water Cay.

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Paige gets ready to follow in family's footsteps

THE granddaughter of Bahamian supermarket mogul Rupert Roberts is among the next generation of entrepreneurs getting set to transform business as we know it in the country.

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Players go above the rim

The CI Gibson Rattlers, the winningest school out of New Providence, is on a quest for another title in the 30th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic.

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Hugh Campbell tourney has fitting 'driven to pursue excellence' theme

DIRECTOR of Education Lionel Sands commended AF Adderley Junior High School for organising the prestigious Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic, which for the past 30 years has symbolised discipline, determination and zeal as the participants are given an opportunity to realise their potential and showcase their abilities.

Sports in brief

THE defending champions Commonwealth Bank Giants have secured their berth in their divisional final of the New Providence Basketball Association’s best-of-five semifinal series after they completed a two-game sweep over the PJ’s Stingers at CI Gibson Gym Monday night.

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Man guilty of house robbery

A LONG Island man accused of breaking into the Cape Santa Maria Villa of an American family and robbing a man of cash and a jeep was unanimously convicted of the crimes in the Supreme Court yesterday.

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One dead, one hurt in shootings

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl could only watch as her father was gunned down in the street last night.

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Man found dead at airport

POLICE in Exuma are investigating the death of a man who was found in the parking lot of Moss Town airport.

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Urban renewal board demands to know where donations are going

ONE Urban Renewal Advisory Board has hit out at the programme, saying it will not put up with a “cloak and dagger routine” and wanted to know where thousands of dollars in reported donations are going.

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Moncur: 'Police raising funds'

Former DNA candidate Rodney Moncur is claiming some police officers are raising funds on behalf of Urban Renewal and are not on patrol when they are supposed to be.

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Alice Cooper cruise scrapped

ROCK legend Alice Cooper’s planned Halloween concert cruise to the Bahamas has been sunk due to poor ticket sales.

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UPDATE: Students have met with minister

THE proposed funding cuts at the College of the Bahamas will not affect the quality of education offered by the institution, according to the government.

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Equities to generate 10% returns in 'great year'

The Bahamian stock market will generate a minimum 10 per cent return for investors in 2013, a leading investment banker said yesterday, adding that some listed equities had seen “significant price increases” of up to 69.5 per cent year-over-year.

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Bahamas must 'disabuse itself' on Immigration

The Bahamas must “disabuse itself” of the mindset that it can meet all the financial services industry’s labour needs internally, a top QC suggesting that “hundreds, if not thousands” of jobs would be created if the sector’s GDP contribution increased just 3-4 per cent.

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Condo project enjoys $5-$6m January sales

THE Caves Heights development has generated $5-$6 million from condo sales in January alone, its vice-president of sales and marketing yesterday telling Tribune Business the oceanfront development was aiming to double last year’s performance.

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Wall Street backs VAT as 'good first step'

Wall Street yesterday described the Government’s plan to introduce Value-Added Tax (VAT) by 2014 as “a good first step” to tackling the Bahamas’ fiscal woes, given that it could have “dragged out” much-needed reforms.

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Freeport 'pacesetter' for implementing VAT

The Government and private sector were yesterday urged to “emulate” Freeport’s bonded goods practices as a model for implementing Value-Added Tax (VAT) throughout the rest of the Bahamas, a well-known QC describing the city as a reform “pacesetter”.

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DJ OF THE WEEK: Todd Stylez

THE DEFINING moment in DJ Todd Stylez’s life came after watching a performance by the late DJ AM in 2007. 
He considers the international DJ as one of his idols. “I think of all the DJs I’ve see, my style is most similar to his. He was amazing.”

Brewery recycling over 50% of bottles

THE KALIK beer brand is continuing to grow off a strong 2012 performance, Commonwealth Brewery’s managing director said yesterday, adding that it maintains a strong market foothold after 25 years.

Card hacking: No fraud signs yet

A top banker yesterday said no evidence had yet emerged to suggest that Bahamas-based commercial banks or their customers had suffered a “major fraud” as a result of any external link of their credit card details.

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Family Island growth needed for 80,000 population shift

A leading small business consultant yesterday called for more incentives to foster Family Island development, telling Tribune Business that New Providence had “maxed out” and a population shift off at least 80,000 was needed.

Government launches FATCA survey

The Ministry of Financial Services yesterday said it had joined forces with industry regulators to launch a survey that will assess the financial services sector’s readiness for the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

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ZNS welcomes new talent for fresh talk show

THE need for more local television programming was the driving force behind the development of a new show, The Network.

New date for 'Night of Love' concert

EVENT promoters have bowed to pressure from Berres Hammond lovers and set a new date for the Night of Love concert.

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Burnside's 'writings on the wall'

NOT many people have a recollection of their birth. Conceivably, those memories are imprinted in our psyches, but most minds seem incapable of retrieving details of the experience. Bahamian artist Stan Burnside remembers.

Heritage centre preserves Junkanoo artistry  

THE ARTISTRY of Junkanoo costumes cannot be fully appreciated by a view from the sidelines or the television screen.

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MARKETING REVOLUTION: Calls for proper phone behaviour

The other day I was sitting at home relaxing and reading my e-mail on my desktop computer.

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Chamber Board eyes 'desperately needed change'

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s newly-inducted Board of Directors hope their tenure will act as a catalyst for the change that is “desperately needed” on the island.

Tuesday, February 19

Things 2 do

February 22
A Night Of Love
Above The Rim Productions will present A Night of Love featuring Beres Hammond and Friends on February 22.
The event will be held at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and will featuring Bahamian acts including Sammi Starr and Julien Believe. Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 10pm. For more information contact 356-9601 or 356-0660.

Minister: Social workers are the key to change

FREEPORT – Motivating social workers is the first step in fighting the increase in poverty, Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin said.

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Descendants of Buffalo Bill die in plane crash

THE great-grandsons of Wild West character Buffalo Bill Cody have died in a plane crash after they were island-hopping in the Bahamas.

Atlantis builds up its links with Florida Cruise Association

ATLANTIS is continuing to solidify its partnership with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.

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Sheldon captures sculling title

If you build it, you should know how to sail it. That’s how Sheldon Gibson summed up his triumph Sunday in the Bahamian Brewery’s Sands Beer ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling championships in Montagu Bay to complete the 26th St Valentine’s Day Massacre.

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Cherubins win opener

IF the closing game of the 2013 Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic can provide anywhere near the excitement of yesterday’s opening game, the 31st edition of the tournament is shaping up to be one of the most exciting tournaments in recent memory.

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'Catch me is you can': A class boats fail to beat lady Nathalie

SKIPPER Clyde Rolle made sure that history didn’t repeat itself on Sunday as the 26th St Valentine’s Day Massacre concluded with none of the A class boats catching the B class Lady in Red, Lady Nathalie in the ‘Catch Me If You Can’ challenge race in Montagu Bay.

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Cruising into form for Carifta

With the goal to compete in the Carifta Swimming Championships, the Barracuda Swim Club held its Atlantic Medical Invitational meet at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre over the weekend.

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BSA members get opportunity to sail 7--foot Volvo Ocean Racer

ADULT and junior Bahamas Sailing Association members and their families were afforded a unique opportunity to sail a 70-foot Volvo Ocean Racer.

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EXPERT: We must combat deep levels of stress

A LEADING psychiatrist says the two apparent suicides at the weekend indicate “deep levels of stress” exist in the country and research is needed to combat it.

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Government to consult on VAT this week

THE government expects to start consulting with members of the public this week on which food items and materials are to be exempted from value added tax (VAT).

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Man accused in $38,000 fraud case

A MAN on trial in the magistrates’ court accused of conning 13 prospective car owners of $30,000 was back in two courts yesterday being arraigned on more fraud charges totalling more than $38,000.

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Halkitis: Budget cuts yet to be imposed on COB

THE government has asked all public institutions to go over their finances with a fine-tooth comb and to highlight where savings could be made.

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Loans officer admits guilt in $1.3M theft

A FORMER Scotiabank loans officer has admitted guilt about his role in stealing $1.3 million from the Nicholl’s Town branch.

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Minister's concern after two deaths

SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin says she is very concerned about a “suicide trend” in the Bahamas and is urging people to take advantage of the help on offer.

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Oceania homeowners demand $6.9m refund

Homeowners at the controversy-plagued Oceania Heights project are demanding that the developers repay them a collective $6.95 million, although one yesterday said he expected an offer of nothing better than “50 cents on the dollar”.

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Couple's home destroyed on Valentine's Day blaze

ELEUTHERA – On Valentine’s Day, a young couple and their infant child lost their home to a fire in Wemyss Bight but escaped without injury.

QC urges 'hybrid' IGA for Bahamas FATCA compliance

A leading QC yesterday urged the Government to comply with the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) by negotiating a “hybrid agreement best suited to our national interests”, while warning that it would be “very dangerous” for the Bahamas if Europe adopted the same approach.

Regulator blocks City Markets' investor meeting

City Markets failed to hold its advertised shareholder meeting yesterday after the Securities Commission blocked the now-defunct supermarket chain from doing so, Tribune Business can reveal.

No trickle down from $1.5 billion FDI

Despite the Bahamas enjoying $1.5 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2012, a Cabinet Minister yesterday said very little of this had trickled down to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) over the years.

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Arbitration Centre plan 'will not succeed' if Immigration Inflexible

The Bahamas’ International Arbitration Centre ambitions have “no real prospect of being successful” unless this nation adopts a “smart” Immigration policy that allows parties to bring in their own, foreign attorneys, a leading QC warned yesterday.

RBC unit wins top regional honour

RBC Wealth Management, located at Lyford Cay, has been recognised as the best provider of private banking services in the Caribbean, according to Euromoney, a global banking publication.

Manufacturers uncertain over VAT's impact

BAHAMIAN manufacturers yesterday said they were uncertain about what the implementation of a Value Added Tax (VAT) system would mean for the ssector, telling Tribune Business it still needed protection.

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Small business Bill '40th birthday gift'

A well-known consultant yesterday said long-planned small business development legislation would be “like a 40th anniversary gift to the Bahamas” if it was brought into law, as the Government works “feverishly” to get it enacted

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An entrepreneurs rise to denim success

FOR the past ten years, she has worked in the marketing and distribution field. Using her skills, Dania Ferguson decided to branch off and become her own boss. She is now the proprietor of her very own retail clothing boutique.

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Student art sells to help heart health

The Salus Project’s latest exhibition turned out to be an event filled with great conversations and beautiful art. The focus of the “Matters of the Heart” exhibition was to combine health and wellness with the value of craft and beauty.

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PLP pin blame on the FNM for nation's problems

RESPONDING to criticism of its performance so far, the governing Progressive Liberal Party laid the blame for the current state of affairs squarely on the shoulders of the former administration.

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Golden Heart awarded to Sheila M Culmer

GUESTS at the 49th Annual Heart Ball, held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, were excited when they heard that Sheila M. Culmer was named this year’s recipient of the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award. Mrs. Culmer has spent most of her life giving to others.

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Dancers take over Rawson's Square for Bahamas Rising

A TROUBLING United Nations statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten at some point in her life if current trends continue prompted a global campaign to end violence against women. Every year on February 15, men and women rise in solidarity for the One Billion Rising.

Monday, February 18

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Court dismisses paedophile's appeal over sex with girl,11

BEFORE dismissing the appeal of a paedophile who challenged his 39-month jail term for having sex with an 11-year-old girl, Court of Appeal judges told the man his actions were “extremely serious and egregious”.

Violence begets violence

Around town of late there has been a great deal of talk about schools and students and violence. The radio shows have been busy presenting opinions on what has become an apparent epidemic of youth-centred violence. The Minister of Education has commented on it. As a country, one of the things we have to do is step back and begin to ask what we are doing to perpetuate this violence?

The call to reawaken: Womanly Wisdom

For some reason, whenever the dialogue turns towards the subject of womanhood, equality, inner Goddess or womanly wisdom, there’s a subtle tendency on the part of many women to tread gingerly. I am not quite sure, why this is the case. Nonetheless, there is dire need to reawaken womanly wisdom.

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Stabbed man fights for life

A 23-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed multiple times on Sunday night.

Salvation Army and CIBC make a perfect couple

AROUND this time of year, many focus on giving to loved ones to mark Valentine’s Day.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

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BIFF brings Oscar glamour to the Bahamas

BAHAMIAN film buffs will be able to experience the glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night at the second annual Academy Awards party hosted by the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF).

YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Officers, but not gentlemen

THESE days, a number of bull-headed police officers are abusing their authority and adopting a grossly misguided perception that because they wear a uniform and carry a badge, they are above the law.

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Bahamian's tell-all book about Eddie Long scandal

Centino Kemp’s new book, “First Lady” delves into a world to which few people are privy – the darker side of the men and women who consider themselves shepherds of the religious flock.

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Inside a factory for criminals

NOT long ago, a scathing report on the state of Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill, was released.

US will not tolerate online gaming

ALTHOUGH the future of a web shop industry for the Bahamas remains locked in the bosom of the courts, we suggest to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe that he should not depend too heavily on American tourists becoming involved in the game of the dice. One look at what’s happening between the US and the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda should cool Mr Wilchcombe’s ardour about getting Americans involved.

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Dressed to the nines for a good cause

FASHION, food, laughter and fun made the 49th annual Heart Ball a great success, organisers say.

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CARICOM to US link is hailed as 'strong'

THE relationship between the 15-member Caribbean Community and the United States of America remains strong, despite differences of opinions “from time to time,” CARICOM’s Secretary-General said.

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FNM says government has failed 'early and often'

ALMOST nine months since being elected as the government of the Bahamas, the Progressive Liberal Party has failed “early and often”, the opposition FNM said in a statement yesterday.

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Discussions underway for Panama-Freeport link

FRESH on the heels of a Panama trade mission, officials of The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited confirmed that discussions are already underway with several key entities who have expressed possible interest in doing business in Freeport.

PLP condolences to Persis Rodgers

THE Progressive Liberal Party has extended its condolences to the family of veteran nurse Persis Rodgers.

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COB students 'alarmed' by subsidy cut

THE College of the Bahamas Union of Students said it is alarmed by the government’s decision to cut subsidies to the college by as much as 45 per cent over the next five years.

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Salvation Army holds awards ceremony

THE Salvation Army Bahamas Division Advisory Board held its appreciation and awards ceremony at the Governor’s Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 15.

Misleading Baha Mar comments

Is the Prime Minister seeking to mislead Bahamian workers into believing that he did not receive prior notice of plans to terminate 140 workers from the Baha Mar? If that is so, I do not believe him.

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Two dead in possible suicides

POLICE are investigating the suicide of a 35-year-old Fox Hill woman hours after a 31-year-old man allegedly shot himself in the head on Friday.

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Five shot in two attacks at weekend

FIVE men are recovering in hospital after being shot in two separate incidents over the weekend

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Human trafficking on agenda at CARICOM

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has led a delegation to a CARICOM session in Haiti where officials plan to address regional security matters, including human trafficking.

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Sex attack on cruise claim

A TEAM of detectives from the capital flew into Galveston, Texas, yesterday to investigate an alleged sexual assault that occurred on the Carnival Triumph, The Tribune has learned.

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Concerns amid fresh oil spill off Grand Bahama

OFFICIALS of the Ministry of Transport and Aviation have launched a full investigation into another oil spill that occurred off Grand Bahama over the weekend.

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Terrorised by criminals 'almost daily'

RESIDENTS of a Nassau community say they are being terrorised by criminals on an almost daily basis.

Suppliers 'amazed' over PHA price gouge claim

Bahamian suppliers are “amazed” that the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) has effectively accused their entire industry of employing “unethical business practices”, despite them accepting profit margins well below the permitted 32 per cent contract maximum.

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BTC to invest millions in new cell build-out

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is set to invest several million dollars in building-out 15-18 new cell phone tower sites nationwide within the next 14-18 months, having already switched 25 per cent of its fixed-line customers over to the Next Generation Network (NGN).

City Markets holds shareholder meeting

INVESTMENT analysts are intrigued by the now-defunct Bahamas Supermarkets’ decision to hold a shareholder meeting today, with most anticipating it is intended to complete the company’s formal winding-up and dissolution.

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Chamber leader brands 2014 VAT 'overly aggressive'

PLANS to implement a Value-Added Tax (VAT) by July 2014 are “overly aggressive”, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s (BCCEC) chief executive has warned, arguing that the private sector be given “at least two years” to prepare if the new tax is to work “properly”.

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Latest LPIA expansion stage injects $12.8m into economy

CONSTRUCTION work on stage three of the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is 40 per cent complete, with more than $12.8 million having been injected into the Bahamian economy through the procurement of local services.

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Sports notes

THE Mail Boat Cybots were the first team to advance out of the New Providence Basketball Association’s first round playoffs.

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Knights take it all

Coach Trevor Grant got a chance to celebrate another Government Secondary Schools Sports Association senior boys title.

Managing the process of business changes

WE have often heard that the only thing constant in life is CHANGE.

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Credit Bureau, union Bills under review

REVIEWS of draft Bills that will create a Credit Bureau and bring Bahamian credit unions under the regulatory supervision of the Central Bank of the Bahamas will both be complete “in the coming months”, the latter’s Governor told Tribune Business.

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New coach, training location already paying off for Thomas

A NEW coach and training location is already starting to pay off big dividends for Donald Thomas as he tries to regain his form that enabled him to produce the IAAF World Championship men’s high jump title in 2007 in Osaka, Japan.

Sunday, February 17

US will not tolerate online gaming

ALTHOUGH the future of a web shop industry for the Bahamas remains locked in the bosom of the courts, we suggest to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe that he should not depend too heavily on American tourists becoming involved in the game of the dice. One look at what’s happening between the US and the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda should cool Mr Wilchcombe’s ardour about getting Americans involved.

Logistics provider in Freeport interest

A Panama-based logistics provider has expressed interest in establishing a Freeport-based warehouse to serve the North American market, with Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) officials moving to build on the recent Trade Mission to that nation in discussions with other entities.

Saturday, February 16

PM’s vow over custody deaths probe

A ‘VERY accountable investigation’ will take place to probe the circumstances surrounding last weekend’s deaths of two men while they were in police custody, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

PM discusses Wyndham firings with union chiefs

PRIME Minister Perry Christie met with union officials yesterday over the firing of nearly 150 employees from the Wyndham Resort.

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Family grieves after father ‘kills himself’

SHOCKED family and friends are grieving after a father of two reportedly shot himself in the head.

Friday, February 15

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Wrinkle granted bail by appeals court

STEPHEN Wrinkle's year-long prison stretch for stealing electricity was cut short today after he was granted bail in the Court of Appeal.

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Circle Mall's owner enjoys 'birthday present'

The owner of Freeport’s Circle Mall yesterday described the Supreme Court’s decision to “dismiss” an application to place it into court-appointed receivership as “my birthday present”.

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Cybots draw first blood

EVEN though it wasn’t the type of performance they expected, the Mail Boat Cybots proved why they are the Vince Ferguson divisional pennant winners.

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Olympian Brown spoke to Pistorius two days before shooting incident

CHRIS ‘Fireman’ Brown said he was “shocked” to hear that his Olympic 400-metre rival Oscar ‘the Blade Runner’ Pistorius was charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend at his home in a luxury gated community in South Africa yesterday.

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Racing at Palm Cay for Knowles trophy

FOR the second consecutive year, the Palm Cay Resort will be providing the Sir Durward ‘Sea Wolf’ Knowles Floating Trophy for the 26th annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre Catch Me If You Can A challenge race this weekend in Montagu Bay.

Atlantic Medical backs swim club

ATLANTIC Medical has partnered with the Barracudas Swim club to host the first Atlantic Medical Invitational swim meet this weekend at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Center. Atlantic Medical is enthusiastic and excited to be a part of this event.

Rising star to headline Lovefest tomorrow

FOR the past four years, LoveFest has become synonymous with Valentine’s Day, and the top event for couples looking to share laughter with their love.

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Palm Cay distances itself from shareholder's trial

PALM Cay has moved to reassure the public that the legal troubles of co-owner Paul Cummins have nothing to do with the high-end residential development.

Work on London residence to cost Bahamas $247,000

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said the structural work on the Bahamas High Commissioner’s residence in London – which he claimed had been delayed for more than four years by the former government – will cost around $247,000 (£159,000).

Amnesty International speaks out for women

Latifah, a 14-year-old girl from Indonesia, was accused of adultery by the local police when she went to report she had been raped.

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ACCORDING TO ME: 50 unanswered questions

SINCE the start of the current administration’s term in office, a preponderance of unanswered questions continues to mount...

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Chinese New Year starts in style

THE CHINESE New Year was celebrated in grand style at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort over the weekend with officials from the Chinese Embassy, Baha Mar, and the government in attendance.

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Boy in hospital after being beaten in street

A 15-year-old boy is fighting for his life in hospital today after being attacked by a group of men Wednesday afternoon.

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Man charged with murder

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with the February 3 murder of Margaritte Oltime. It is alleged that on Sunday, February 3, 38-year-old Dion Brice, being concerned with another, intentionally caused her death.

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Two accused of child porn

TWO photographers – one of whom is a police reservist - were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on two separate matters involving child pornography.

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A DERELICT car dump fire in southeast New Providence forced residents of Misty Gardens from their homes yesterday while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

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Human rights group speaks out after deaths

A GLOBAL human rights watchdog group yesterday delivered several scathing criticisms of the Royal Bahamas Police Force following the deaths of two men in custody.

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Safe: Men found at sea

JULIAN WALLACE was thankful to be alive, after being stranded at sea for almost a week, with nothing but hope and prayers keeping him and his two shipmates alive.

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JUST IN: Apparent suicide at Perpall Tract

Police have just received reports of an apparent suicide at Perpall Tract. Investigators are on the scene at this moment.

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'Con man's' $8m belongs to Butlers, investors, not US

The US Government cannot seize $8.106 million in assets that belonged to convicted con man, Derek Guise Turner, because they had already been declared the “property” of Loretta Butler-Turner’s family and other defrauded Bahamian victims.

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BTC 'exacerbates' $265m FDI decline

A $265 million decline in year-over-year net foreign investment (FDI) into the Bahamas is not as bad as it seems, the Central Bank’s governor yesterday saying that stripping out the BTC privatisation proceeds produced a more “modest” 7.6 per cent fall.

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MInister urges attorneys: improve commercial work

A CABINET Minister yesterday called Bahamian attorneys to “raise the level of commercial practice”, backing the notion that permitting foreign specialist attorneys to practice from this nation would boost the financial services industry.

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Gov't targeting end to recurrent, not total, deficit

The Government’s fiscal plans will eliminate just its recurrent - not the total - deficit, a Cabinet Minister yesterday explaining this would still be “a major step forward” if achieved.

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Real property tax outsourcing urged

A FORMER Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president said yesterday it was “not at all surprising” that some 35,000 properties that should be subject to real property tx (RPT) assessments were not in the Government’s database, again calling for this tax’s collection to be outsourced to the private sector.

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Existing 'ineptitiude' causing VAT concern

A LEADING businessman yesterday said the Government must have a serious plan to collect all revenue due under a Value Added Tax (VAT) system, citing the $400 million-plus owed in outstanding real property tax (RPT) as a “classic example” tax collection ineptitude.

Has the public tender been abandoned at NIB?

NATIONAL Insurance’s first forensic report is yet to be completed, but what is now happening at NIB, observed a concerned Bahamian yesterday, is paving the way for another forensic review at the end of this government’s five-year term.

First-time buyers urged: 'Act now'

POTENTIAL first-time home buyers were yesterday urged to “act now” and capitalise on the first-time buyer Stamp Duty exemption, the Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president telling Tribune Business: “There is no guarantee it would be in place tomorrow”.

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Love is in the air

THE mission was simple: Help Marine Seaman Michael Fox pull off an elaborate marriage proposal at LPIA for his unsuspecting girlfriend, Alexandra Kaufmann.

Thursday, February 14

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What is love?

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

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Embracing the season of Lent

THE 40 Day period from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday known as lent officially began yesterday with many Christians giving up personal pleasures as a form of penitence.

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God's plan and purpose for the family

The home is the first church a child should experience. It is a place to be presented to God for blessing, to be taught to pray as Jesus taught his disciples and to learn how to listen for God’s voice like Samuel.

Leadership by referendum

The Rt Honourable Prime Minister has a golden opportunity to carve out what could be his political legacy...

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Human rights group calls for 'accountability for police abuses'

HUMAN rights watchdog Amnesty International has hit out after the deaths of two men in police custody in the Bahamas.

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Hotel workers protest to defend their rights

SCORES of angry hotel workers protested outside the House of Assembly yesterday demanding the government “do whatever they have to do” to ensure that the rights of Bahamian workers are not trampled on by foreign investors.

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200 arrested in car licensing scam

POLICE say they have arrested more than 200 persons in connection with a fraudulent auto licensing scam that had contributed to the country’s “alarming” level of vehicles reported stolen.

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No bail for Wrinkle

ANY hopes of bail for former Bahamas Contractor’s Association president Stephen Wrinkle pending his appeal over his conviction for stealing electricity were ended yesterday.

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Officers on leave after custody deaths

SEVERAL officers of both police stations where two men died in custody have been placed on leave until the Coroner completes investigations, National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage confirmed yesterday.

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JUST IN: Men being towed back to Nassau

THREE missing Bahamians who have been lost at sea since Saturday have been found alive by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and are currently being towed into the capital.

Accusations of money laundering

ONE of the businessmen behind the multi-million dollar Palm Cay development in Nassau is due to stand trial in the UK following an investigation into money laundering carried out by Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency.

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Early morning blaze near Anatol Rodgers school

Fire fighters have extinguished a blaze at a car dump near Anatol Rodgers High School that flared up during the night, The Tribune understands.

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Ex-Cabinet Minister targets South Ocean

A former Bahamian Cabinet Minister has partnered with international investors in a bid to either acquire the South Ocean Resort or its casino licence, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Gov't targets 15% VAT from July 1, 2014

THE Government is proposing to implement a Value Added Tax (VAT) on July 1, 2014, at a rate of 15 per cent, the Minister of State for Finance said yesterday, adding that the hotel industry would be subject to a lower 10 per cent rate.

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BTC, Cable blast retail price rules

The Bahamas’ two leading communications operators have urged the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) to move rapidly to alter retail pricing regulations they slammed as “invasive, arbitrary and expensive”.

Real property tax: 1/3 of homes not in government database

AROUND one-third of the properties that should be subjected to Real Property Tax assessments are not in the Government’s database, it was revealed yesterday, with 25 per cent of those that are benefiting from the ‘owner-occupied’ exemption.

VAT not mandatory for 15,000 firms

More than 80 per cent of Bahamian companies, numbering more than 15,000, will not be mandated to pay Value Added Tax (VAT), with financial services and health/education among the industries exempt from paying it.

90% of taxes to go via Central Revenue Agency, Customs

THE Government is proceeding with plans to establish a Central Revenue Agency (CRA) that will collect all taxes bar Customs duties, a Cabinet Minister saying that together the two departments would receive 90 per cent of all due revenues.

Carifta talent search paying off

An initiative by the BAAAs to identify CARIFTA hopefuls, the Carifta Talent search has already begun to yield dividends according to its organisers.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Memorise the hard disk differences

HAVE you ever walked out of a Mall and completely forgotten where you parked? Walked into a store and not remembered what you went there to buy? Or walked into a room and forgot why you were there?

PHA 'victim' of price gouging

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) yesterday reiterated that it had no policy to exclude Bahamian medical equipment and pharmaceutical suppliers from its Critical Care Block expansion tenders, stating it had spent almost $124 million with local distributors over the past five years.

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Bran to speak at international law conference

HALSBURY Chambers founder and managing partner Branville McCartney has been selected as one of two Bahamian attorneys to address an international meeting of lawyers and judges when the National Bar Association holds its mid-winter conference in Nassau this week.

Constitution referendum delayed until November

THE referendum to reform the country’s outdated constitution has been postponed to late November 2013, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced in Parliament yesterday.

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Gibson: 'We'll make it illegal to sack workers without notification'

MINISTER of Labour Shane Gibson said yesterday the government will soon bring legislation to Parliament to stop employers making workers redundant without proper notification.

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Officers on leave after custody deaths

SEVERAL officers of both police stations where two men died in custody have been placed on leave until the Coroner completes investigations, National Security Minister Dr Bernard 
Nottage confirmed yesterday.

Team offers surgical way to lose weight

LEADING gastroenterologist Dr Harold Munnings has introduced a unique non-surgical weight-loss procedure that can be completed under sedation in a single office visit and is ideal for patients who need to lose 22 pounds or more.

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Surgeon in court over road deaths

A SURGEON charged in connection with the traffic deaths of two motorcyclists must wait nearly four months before learning when he will stand trial.

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Broken bone cuts Hield's season short

A fantastic freshman season from the Oklahoma Sooners’ Buddy Hield has been cut short and remains in jeopardy after the freshman guard suffered a broken bone in his foot in Monday night’s win over TCU.

Independent audit or a witch hunt is now the question

IS THE government-ordered forensic audit of National Insurance an independent audit or a witch hunt?

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Atlantis backs Carifta Games

Another member of corporate Bahamas has joined the BAAAs and the Carifta Local Organizing Committee to provide financial support in hosting the 2013 BTC Carifta Track and Field Championships.

Extra roles for Miller

WITH the Bahamas Olympic Committee’s election of officers still pending, president Wellington Miller has added two extra positions to his portfolio at the Pan American Sports Organization’s Extraordinary General Assembly that was held over the weekend in Kingston, Jamaica.

Wednesday, February 13

Antique Auto Club plans show, cook-out

MEMBERS of the Antique Auto Cub of the Bahamas have started making plans for the Club’s 26th annual Antique Auto Show and Cook-out.

Nothing impossible

THE lesson to be learnt from the story about the virgin Mary becoming pregnant with Jesus Christ, is with God nothing shall be impossible.

Go online to apply to Lyford Cay

LYFORD Cay Foundation, Inc and The Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation are now accepting online applications for academic and technical training and vocational scholarships for study at approved institutions in the US, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean.

$70,000 confiscated from woman at court hearing

A MAGISTRATE seized $70,000 in US currency from a woman who attempted to take the money out of the country, while granting $50,000 bail to a pilot accused of the same offence regarding $150,000.

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In the spirit

THE THIRTEENTH century Muslim poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic Rumi inspired Grand Bahama native Chantal Bethel to explore the deeper meaning of the flamingo in her latest solo exhibit “In the Spirit”.

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Book showcasing Nassau's pictorial history launches at Doongalik

The launch of Rosemary Clarice Hanna’s book, “Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau’s Over-The-Hill”, will take place at Doongalik Studios on February 28.

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Sosa shows diversity in new combo video

THE NEWLY released music video by Bahamian rapper Sosa Man went viral this month after its online release.

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Japanese cuisine with a Bahamian twist

A NEW restaurant is putting a spin on popular Japanese cuisine, with a variety of sushi rolls made with foods familiar to the Bahamian palate.

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Venue transformation underway for R&B giant

THE TRANSFORMATION is underway to create a world class stage for Grammy Award winning R&B artist R Kelly at the Seaside Pavilion, Arawak Cay.

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Festival of Afro-Caribbean composers

From February 20-25, 2013, the Nassau Music Society will hold a “Festival of Afro-Caribbean Composers” in Nassau.

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Nikki gets tough on male contestants

AMERICAN Idol headed to Hollywood last week. Contestants from across the United States shared one stage, competing for the top spots that will advance to the live show round of competition.

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Teen phenomenon launches new single 'Stop Sign'

IT SEEMS like just yesterday when Angelique Sabrina stepped onto the music scene with her singles “13” and “Speakerbox.” ...

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Veteran DJ has surprising start

VETERAN deejay Da Butler is at the top of his game now, but just like many of his counterparts he worked his way up the ranks.

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'Hypocritical' view over appointments

RESPONDING to the FNM’s criticism of recent diplomatic appointments, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell accused the opposition party of wanting to “have its cake and eat it too”.

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Chipman accuses Mitchell of missing the point

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has missed the point on the government’s diplomatic appointments, Shadow Mininister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman said.

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Two drug busts in three days

THE ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force has doubled its efforts in Bimini after two separate drugs busts in three days, RBDF public relations officer Lt Orgin Deleveaux said yesterday.

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Uncertainty over whether teachers will return to work

IT REMAINS unclear whether teachers at Anatol Rodgers will return to the classroom today, two days after they staged a sit-in over complaints of health risks at the secondary school.

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Government 'struggled' with mid-year budget

THE government has struggled with several aspects of the economy in trying to finalise the mid-year budget, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

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Italian visitors are given a warm welcome

MINISTER for Grand Bahama Michael Darville welcomed passengers from Milan and Rome at Freeport International Airport February 11.

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Tackling illegal fishing

AN official delegation returns to the Dominican Republic next week for more talks on a bilateral agreement to address illegal fishing in Bahamian waters. And the government will soon approve a $200 million investment in patrol boats and port facilities for the Defence Force.

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Why i'm happy to be a 38-year-old virgin

WHEN Steve Carrel awkwardly dealt with his virginity woes in the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin, it was a comedy at its finest as friends tried to pressure his character Andy to ‘give it up’.

Are they shadow boxing with the NIB audit?

ON MONDAY, Labour Minister Shane Gibson accused former National Insurance Board Director Algernon Cargill of frustrating the current audit into NIB by making “unreasonable demands on them”. These demands, therefore, had delayed the completion of the audit, and obviously its delivery to government.

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PM meets with union head over firings

Prime Minister Perry Christie met with President of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union Nicole Martin today.

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'Parliament a good idea - and a house for PM too'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie insisted that despite being faced with fiscal constraints, the government’s plans for a new Parliament complex and more benefits for MPs are good moves.

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PM: We must try to see eye-to-eye

PRIME Minister Perry Christie admitted yesterday that great efforts must be made between Baha Mar and the government to see eye to eye as the development advances to completion.

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Tour guide locked up over Straw Market scuffle

A TOUR guide, who had recently testified in the Supreme Court about an armed robbery in which she and tourists were victims, found herself in Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing a possible sentence for her Straw Market scuffle with police officers two years ago.

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Suspect in police shooting faces armed robbery charge

A MAN, who had almost a week ago been wanted by police in connection with the recent shooting of two police officers, was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on unrelated yet multiple criminal charges.

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Gibson turns on critics of job figures

LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson hit out at the FNM for criticising the recent unemployment figures, explaining nothing the government does is good enough for the Opposition.

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Contractor told he 'should've known better'

FORMER Bahamas Contractor’s Association president Stephen Wrinkle spent his first of 365 days behind bars after being sentenced yesterday in Magistrates Court for stealing electricity from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.

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DEVELOPING: Workers to march on Parliament

Baha Mar staff who were laid off late last week plan to march on Parliament this morning, The Tribune understands.

S&P: Give us ‘complete package’, not 10% cuts

Wall Street yesterday said it wants the Government to come up with “more of a complete package” rather than just a 10 per cent spending cut designed to contain immediate fiscal “pressures”.

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Chamber chief: 2-2.5% growth is 'a stretch'

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s (BCCEC) chief executive yesterday said it would be “a stretch” for this country to generate even 2-2.5 per cent economic growth for 2013, although he expressed hope that last year’s 5.5 per cent decline in commercial loan arrears was a “sign of things to come”.

Investor injects $1.099m more into oil recovery plant

A UK-based investor yesterday said it had invested another $1.099 million into a Grand Bahama-based company to help finance its Freeport-based oil hydrocarbon recovery plant.

IMF: 'No threat' to financial industry

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) last night said there were “no immediate threats” to the stability of the Bahamas’ financial services industry, while describing the Government’s fiscal position as “the key policy priority”.

BTC, Cable criticise Gov'ts seven-month sector policy delay

Cable Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) are both urging regulators to push the Government to release its revised industry policy, noting that it is already four months late and causing increased uncertainty for sector players/investors.

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Teams to miss final over brawl

AS stipulated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the CI Gibson Rattlers and the CC Sweeting Cobras were denied the opportunity to participate in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s basketball postseason, thus being denied a chance to play for another senior boys title this week.

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American Football apparel gifted to programme by US Embassy

Members of the New Providence Youth American Football Association’s Development Programme will be enjoying their sporting activities in style, thanks to a generous donation made by the United States Embassy.

JS Johnson rolls into the top spot

IN the Bankers Bowling League Thursday night at Mario Bowling Lanes, JS Johnson Insurance Company moved into the top position while Central Bank dropped to the second position.

Grand Lucayan in conference boost

THE Grand Lucayan is reporting a year-overyear increase in conference room nights booked, highlighted by a recent 4,000 room night event.

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FNM chairman blasts Cable's 'arrogance'

THE FREE National Movement’s (FNM) chairman yesterday blasted Cable Bahamas (CBL) as being “wantonly arrogant” in its response to rejection of its monthly SuperBasic TV rate increase proposal, telling Tribune Business the company had not been sensitive to quality of service concerns raised by consumers.

IDB approves $150k micro credit project

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $150,000 project that will see Transfer Solutions Providers (TSP), the Mango card provider, develop a method for assessing the creditworthiness of so-called ‘unbanked’ clients.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Firms, consultants must understand the customer

“Listen to me, son, we don’t need all of this marketing stuff.” I was told this recently by a client who I had done an online university for.

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McCartney to speak at legal conference

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney has been selected as one of two Bahamian attorneys to address an international meeting of lawyers and judges, when the National Bar Association (NBA) holds its mid-winter conference in Nassau this week.

Hotel union still refuses Wyndham lay-off package

HOTEL union officials yesterday said they were still instructing laid-off Wyndham employees not to accept separation packages, adding that they were hoping for further word from Prime Minister Perry Christie on the matter.

Tuesday, February 12

National Arts Festival 2013 launched

The Department of Culture of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture launched the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival 2013, now in its 54th year of existence, with the announcement of the festival’s adjudicators for 2013.


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Restaurateur faces her fears

THE FEAR of failing did not stop Danielle Sands from pursuing her lifelong dream to open her own restaurant and be her own boss. Last month, the young Bahamian restaurateur opened Crave Deli on Dowdeswell Street in pursuit of her passion.

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'Bahamas rising' mass action planned for V-Day

ON VALENTINE’S Day, Bahamian activists are celebrating “One Billion Rising” the global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

Life-Improvement is about taking action

I may be wrong, but I truly believe that there is a fundamental reason why the creator made human beings with two hands and one mouth. This is a clue that we ought to talk less and act more by building, planting, creating and producing.

Is popular culture fueling gun violence?

Rhianna’s video of ‘We Found Our Love in a Hopeless Place’ illustrates rough sex, drugs and abuse.

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Baby Tyrese's unlikely survival story

THE five millimetre hole in baby Tyrese Glinton’s heart is now closed. The 20-month old year old underwent a successful heart surgery last year and is now progressing normally like any other child.

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Cans for kids launches 'Spring Bash Collection Competition'

THE non-profit organisation Cans for Kids is announcing its first “Spring Bash Collection Competition”.

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The psychology of pet ownership

Suffice it to say, most Bahamians have chased a stray potcake out of their yard as a child before caring for one as an indoor or yard pet.

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JUST IN: Wrinkle sentenced to jail

Former Bahamas Contractor's Association president, 61-year-old Stephen Wrinkle, was sentenced to jail for one year for stealing electricity from the Bahama Electricity Corporation in 2011.

Who knew what and when?

Permit me to bring the following to your attention. During the course of his remarks in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, 6th February 2013, Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Perry Christie, in his defense of Mrs. Michelle Reckley, ”Deputy Director” of Urban Renewal on Grand Bahama, revealed, for the first time, that he was advised of the plight of the Grand Bahama woman who was in dire need of heart surgery, before Mr Greg Moss, the former NIB Board Chairman, was approached by the woman’s family and before Mr Moss issued the letter of guarantee to Doctors Hospital in the amount of $15,000.

Christie should follow pope's lead

On February 11, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down from one of the most powerful posts in the world.

Battle of Waterloo?

On Friday night last following a harrowing night of road blocks and seat belt checks on the very safe and secure East Bay Street the boys (police) obviously getting no action decided at 12:01am to raid Club Waterloo again and tell the predominantly minority white party-goers that it was time to go home, or they would be put in the paddy wagon.

Start from the top to trim the debt

GOVERNMENT has ordered spending cuts in its ministries in an effort to relieve the financial strain on the Public Treasury.

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Minister 'very concerned' but urges public patience

MINISTER of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said he is very concerned that two men died while in police custody, but urged the public not to rush to judgment.

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Police cracking down on opening hours of nightclubs

AUTHORITIES have grown concerned about a spike in the number of violent crimes occurring during the early morning hours, Minister of National Security Bernard Nottage said yesterday.

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Chipman: Appointments show no clear agenda

SHADOW Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman yesterday raised concerns about the government’s recently announced diplomatic appointments.

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Pinder praise for financial services

RYAN Pinder said the history of financial services in the Bahamas is a true story of “entrepreneurial activity at work”.

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Human trafficking suspect to face trial

A woman accused of being a human trafficker was told she will be tried in the Supreme Court on seven charges.

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Working to re-engergise brand

MINISTER of Financial Services Ryan Pinder said that the government is “tirelessly working” to re-energise the financial services brand of the Bahamas.

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Survey to examine household expenditure

THE Department of Statistics has announced that beginning immediately, its officers will be conducting a nationwide Household Expenditure Survey.

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Senior official to oversee Social Safety Net scheme

THE appointment of a senior government official to oversee the process leading to the implementation of the Social Safety Net Programme is a clear sign of the government’s commitment to improving the lives of citizens, Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin said.

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Minnis calls for inquiry on deaths in custody

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called for an independent inquiry, before the end of the week, into the deaths of two young men while in police custody over the weekend.

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Pope's resignation an act of 'great courage'

POPE Benedict’s decision to resign represents an act of “great courage” according to Archbishop of Nassau Patrick Pinder.

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Irish Consul to boost both nations

A NEWLY cultivated partnership with Ireland in the form of an Honorary Consul could help both the Bahamas and Ireland as they “regain (their) economic footing” and “cement and deepen” their bilateral ties, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

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Contempt application against Moss dismissed

AXED NIB Chairman Gregory Moss walked away from the Supreme Court yesterday without handcuffs or a fine over his head after a judge ruled against a contempt application brought against him by National Insurance Board Director Algernon Cargill.

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BIS 'up in arms' over appointees

STAFF at the Bahamas Information Services are reportedly “up in arms” over two deputy directors who they believe are political appointees, unqualified to do their jobs.

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PM's broadside remarks at Chinese celebration

PRIME Minister Perry Christie shocked delegates and guests at a celebration of the Chinese New Year when, instead of bringing salutations from the government as expected, he used the opportunity to chastise Baha Mar for the state of its relations with government.

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Multi-million bidding war erupts for Hilton

A bidding war has erupted for downtown Nassau’s British Colonial Hilton resort, with at least two rival groups - one said to have Bahamian involvement - emerging to challenge the $74 million offer submitted by a multi-billion New York asset manager.

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Cable blasts URCA 'frolic'

Cable Bahamas yesterday blasted regulators for engaging “in a frolic”, a senior executive accusing them of operating “inside, outside and above the law” over a decision that will cost the company “millions and millions of dollars”.

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Bahamas requires 5-7% GDP growth

The Bahamas needs to achieve consistent record economic growth of between 5-7 per cent over a five-six year period to absorb both its existing 30,000 unemployed workers, and school leavers, into the workforce.

URCA 'categorically denies' forcing Cable digitisation

The Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) has “categorically denied” that it ordered Cable Bahamas to ‘digitise’ its network and require consumer to purchase Set Top Boxes (STBs), disclosing that the company could have selected a “more cost effective” solution.

Ex-GG 'buys into' utility criticism after TV cut-off

A former Governor General says her experience with Cable Bahamas after it disconnected her TV service enabled her to “buy into [the] denunciation” of Bahamian utility services, adding that this nation was falling “so short” of its ‘full Bahamianisation’ ideal.

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Heat gives a warm welcome

THE Golden Knights men’s 4x400 metre relay team had another shinning “priceless” moment when they sat at courtside to watch the Miami Heat put a 20-point spanking on the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at the American Airlines Arena.

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Canadian diplomat seeks Oceania dispute 'update'

Canada’s newly-appointed Bahamas High Commissioner has “requested” that the Christie administration provide him with a report on the controversial Oceania Heights dispute, it has been disclosed.

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Realtor receives President's Award

Veteran Bahamian realtor, Larry Roberts, captured the NAI Global President’s Award at the organisation’s recent Commercial Real Estate Conference.

URCA focuses on service standards

THE Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) plans to introduce quality service standards for the communications industry this year, in a bid to tackle network availability and dropped calls.

Slatter and Lockhard earn top spots in title race

DAVID ‘Mr Consistency’ Slatter, still reeling from his historic national record breaking performance last month, rejoined Joy Lockhart in rolling to the top spots in the Bahamas Bowling Federation’s national team trials on Sunday.

Tuesday Sports Notes

DURING the Pan American Sports Organisation Extraordinary General Assembly held over the weekend in Kingston, Jamaica, Bahamas Olympic Committee president Wellington Miller was appointed to two special committees.

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Sports administrator McCoook dies aged 73

TEDDY McCook, one of the most accomplished sporting figures to come out of the Caribbean, passed away on Monday at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Hield makes his mark

A rough shooting day from the field, but Buddy Hield was still able to leave an imprint on the Oklahoma Sooners’ signature win of the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season thus far.

Monday, February 11

The psychology of pet ownership

By Kirkland Pratt

Do our politicians live on a different planet?

IT WAS reported in The Tribune’s weekend newspaper — The Big T – that the operating budget for the College of the Bahamas will have to be reduced over the next two fiscal years because of the country’s present financial crisis. In short, the economy can no longer support the College’s current costs.

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Finding authenticity: Beyond 'sun, sand, and sea'

SUPER Bowl XLVII was orchestrated as a contest between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, however that contest was not the only showdown taking place.

CHAMBER VOICE: Work on your work space

Research has indicated that a healthy work space and attractive office environment adds value to the atmosphere that is created for employees, customers and the public at large.

Minnis on the PLP

As Leader of the Opposition, I have been astounded to see how the PLP has already allowed their second chance at rendering good, effective governance to degenerate into one of dishonour, an apparent unwillingness to adhere to the will of the people and an inglorious streak of scandalous revelations.

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Mystery over two deaths in 24 hours

TWO MEN arrested last week on separate charges of armed robbery and escaping died in police custody over the weekend within 24 hours of each other in what remains mysterious circumstances.

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Casino 'could bring 200 jobs to Bimini'

WITH the Resorts World Bay Bimini Casino scheduled to open in 10 weeks, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said that more than 200 jobs could become available.

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Ferry service 'will put Bimini back at forefront'

WITH the Resorts World Bay Bimini Casino scheduled to open in 10 weeks, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said that more than 200 jobs could become available.

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Man dies as car hits pole

A MAN was killed in Abaco when his car crashed into a utility pole, police reported over the weekend.

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Party chairmen disagree over latest job figures

THE opposition Free National Movement hit out at the PLP over its take on the latest unemployment numbers, claiming it reveals the hypocrisy of the governing party.

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Roberts: We're on the right track

NEW employment figures show that the Christie administration is on the right track, PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said.

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Union gives praise to ministers

IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell and Grand Bahama Minister Michael Darville received high praise from the Industrial Union for the role they played in resolving a long-standing labour dispute between the management of Quality Services and its unionised employees.

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Festival judges named

THE Department of Culture officially launched the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival 2013 with the announcement of the festival’s adjudicators.

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Residents gather for BTC community programme

RESIDENTS of Coral Harbour turned out in force for BTC’s Neighbourhood Connect Programme at the weekend.

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Eyeing the case before the Caribbean Court of Justice

THE judgment in a case now proceeding through the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) could prove to be a landmark in the movement of West Indians through each other’s countries.

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Book reveals memoirs of cultural icon

THE highly anticipated memoir of cultural icon Netica “Nettie” Symonette have hit book stores in the Bahamas.

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NEMA in meet and greet session

FREEPORT – Members of the National Emergency Management Agency and top officials from the United States Coast Guard and the US Embassy held what was described as a meet, greet, mix and mingle luncheon with disaster stakeholders on Grand Bahama.

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Gov't told: raise Mortgage Plan's $22,500 'Gap'

Bahamian commercial banks have recommended that the Government increase the $22,500 ‘Gap’ amount in a bid to have more struggling homeowners qualify for its Mortgage Relief Plan, Tribune Business can reveal.

Bahamian funds defraud leading banks of $219m

A psychologist dubbed Germany’s ‘mini-Bernard Madoff’ and a co-conspirator have been accused by the US government of using Bahamas-domiciled hedge funds to defraud some of the world’s top banks out of $219 million.

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Wyndham staffing ratio still 30 pts above average

THE Wyndham Nassau Resort’s staff per available room ratio still exceeds the industry average by 30 basis points even after last week’s lay-offs, which cut the workforce by 27 per cent.

BORCO enjoys 29% ship berthing rise

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) saw a 29 per cent year-over-year increase in the number of ships berthing at its facilities during the 2012 fourth quarter, with its “unparalleled capabilities” ensuring 97 per cent of storage tanks were fully leased.

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Gov't to prove BTC was 'horrendously bad deal'

The Prime Minister’s efforts to regain majority ownership of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) rated not a mention at Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) Friday results conference, but a key member of his negotiating team pledged: “The public will soon be presented with considerable evidence as to why this was an horrendously bad deal.”

Fiscal deficit increases 47%

The Government’s fiscal deficit for the first five months of the 2012-2013 Budget year rose 46.7 per cent or $70.3 million to hit $220.9 million, imposing further strain on the nation’s finances by taking the administration’s direct debt burden to $4.23 billion.

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Learn how to play tennis for just $1

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association introduced its $1 Saturday, a new program they intend to run to provide another avenue for youngsters to learn the game of tennis.

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Airline: March for $1.6m hangar ground breaking

SKY Bahamas hopes to break ground on its $1.6 million hangar during the first week in March, its chief executive telling Tribune Business that the facility could immediately save the airline 20-30 per cent in direct maintenance costs.

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Bahamas completes sweep to return to Division One

The Bahamas national team dominated the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americans Division II Championships by completing a four-match sweep over their counterparts on Saturday at Haynes Oval and now they are getting ready for the Division 1 championships in March in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Putting faith in sport

IT was a special day on Friday for students of St Bede’s Primary School.

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Athletes inspire next generation

PRE-SEASON training and workouts continue this and each Saturday throughout February between 1:090 pm ad 3:00 pm as the Legacy Baseball/Softball Association finalises teams for its upcoming girls softball and boys baseball seasons which opens on March 2nd, 2013 at the YMCA.

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Special night for Ray Minus Jr

IT was a special night for Ray Minus Jr on Saturday night at his Wulff Road Boxing Club.

Roberts hits a winning note

BAHAMIAN Justin Roberts is wrapping up his Middle East ITF tennis tour on a successful note.

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Allison Williams on being Marnie Michaels in HBO's Girls

It’s won two Golden Globes, an Emmy, amassed a huge fan base, been at the centre of controversy and is currently the most talked about show on TV. Now HBO’s Girls – the comedy drama about four girls in Brooklyn navigating their twenties “one mistake at a time” is back for a second season.

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Hotel concern over snow storm impact

MAJOR hotel properties on Nassau/Paradise Island have expressed concern over the impact a massive snow storm affecting the northeastern US may have on their business, with one property already reporting “a dozen or more” cancellations.

Unemployment rate in minor decline

The Bahamas’ official unemployment rate declined by 70 basis points over a six-month period to hit 14 per cent in November 2012.

Sunday, February 10

Man dies in police custody

Her Majesty’s Coroner Dr. Linda Virgill is currently investigating the death of a 33-year old male suspect who died in police custody on Friday.

Saturday, February 9

YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Gambling referendum a colossal failure

THE gambling referendum was nothing short of a colossal failure, an opinion poll that can only be likened to a swift drop kick, collectively meted out by an electorate clearly fed-up with the chaotic process leading up to voting day.

YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Rent Control

IN THIS country, the strong societies that were founded by African slaves and were anthological/archaeological gems have now deteriorated into squalid pigsties.

Constable and reservist are charged in court

TWO policemen, a Constable and a reservist, found themselves before the courts yesterday where they were respectively charged with causing grievous harm and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

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Man in custody in connection with shooting of police officers

POLICE have in custody one of two men wanted in connection with the Thursday shooting of two of their fellow officers.

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Fired staff march on the PM’s office

MORE than 100 hotel workers stormed the grounds of Prime Minister Perry Christie’s office demanding answers, claiming their employment with Wyndham Nassau Resort was terminated yesterday without notice.

Friday, February 8

Short of money, but must have new House

ARE OUR politicians completely lacking in sense, or is it sensibility? Maybe they have screws missing in both departments.

Minister touts sports improvements, reveals plans to Rotary members

DR Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture, addressed members of the Rotary at the Nassau Yacht Club yesterday, listing the improvements being made in his ministry and revealing plans to move into the business side of sports.


This week, PLP MPs Fred Mitchell and Andre Rollins led the call for the construction of a new Parliament building, as they said the current structure is inadequate for the members to carry out the business of the people.

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JUST IN - Wanted man captured

Police announced this afternoon that they have captured the man wanted in questioning for a murder and who shot two police officers during a high-speed chase.

Bahamian church is in crisis

Nearly two decades ago the president of the US based anti-cult organisation the Christian Research Institute, Hank Hanegraff, published the ground breaking book Christianity in Crisis in order to expose the myriad of false teachings which had inundated the church in America.

What about SC McPherson?

In recent days, much has been said about the politicians who contributed to the achievement of Majority Rule Day – January 10. Names have been called, but no one has mentioned Samuel C McPherson, MP whose efforts saved Government High School (GHS) from closure.

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Fishermen guilty of smuggling immigrants

A Bahamian fisherman pleaded guilty in a United States court on charges of attempting to smuggle illegal migrants into the country after being offered $20,000 for the job.

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Cash accuses Darville of being 'an idle minister'

GRAND Bahamians know all to well that Minister for the island Michael Darville is “an idle minister with nothing to do,” FNM chairman Darron Cash charged yesterday.

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RBDF gets ready for influx of immigrants

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force is preparing for an possible influx of immigrants after more than 100 undocumented Haitians were detained in Bahamian waters in less than 48 hours.

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New US Visa system on the Internet

THE US Embassy in Nassau will be transitioning to a new web-based visa appointment system on March 11, 2013, that will affect all non-immigrant visa applicants throughout the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

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Accused faces wait for verdict in marijuana case

A MAN on trial in connection with a 130lb marijuana seizure must wait two weeks before hearing the magistrate’s verdict.

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Man denies drug charges

A JAMAICAN man pleaded not guilty to possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, discarding his initial plea two days ago when he said he owned the marijuana found in his luggage.

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ACCORDING TO ME - Crime: we love it, so we're letting it kill us

I BEGIN with this truth – we as Bahamians say we want crime to decrease, but what we really mean is we only want certain crimes to decrease, while at the same wanting to be otherwise free to ignore the rule of law whenever doing so provides us personal benefit or pleasure.

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DEVELOPING: Wyndham employees fired

About 100 Wyndham employees were made redundant today and have marched to the Prime Minister's office in protest, The Tribune has learned.

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Auditors will not question Cargill

THE auditors examining claims of misuse of funds at the National Insurance Board have no questions for former NIB director Algernon Cargill despite the fact that he is at the centre of the investigation, according to Mr Cargill’s attorney Alfred Sears.

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Cash questions Lamm 'reward' for PLP service

FNM chairman Darron Cash is questioning whether convicted drug offender Carlos Lamm was “wonderfully rewarded” for his campaign services to the PLP with “lucrative contracts” allegedly granted to him by the government.

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Call for vote on death penalty

THE question of whether the mandatory death penalty for murders ought to remain on the law books should be put to the electorate, Court of Appeal President Anita Allen said yesterday.

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VIDEO: The Bahamas sets new world record

POPULAR restaurant Señor Frogs wrote its own name and that of the Bahamas in the Guinness Book of Records by toppling more than 3,500 shot glasses yesterday.

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Murder suspect wanted for shooting two police officers

TWO police officers were taken to Doctor’s Hospital yesterday after being shot while attempting to arrest a murder suspect in the Pinewood area.

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Baha Mar eyeing 2013 'mixed bag'

Baha Mar yesterday forecast “a mixed bag for 2013” at its two existing resorts, predicting 4 per cent occupancy growth at the Sheraton but a “deterioration” at the Wyndham sparked - at least in part - by a 25-30 per cent room inventory drop.

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Bran: Bahamas still operating 'in 19th century'

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance (DNA) leader, Branville McCartney, yesterday urged the Government to expand services on its e-government portal and offer incentives to investors who used it, stating: “We are operating in a 19th century environment competing in a 21st century world.”

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BTC backs Carifta

YOU can now call it the 2013 BTC Carifta Games.

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National stadium to host Tottenham v Jamaica

THE Bahamas will make history on May 23, 2013 as its new $30 million Thomas A Robinson National Stadium will serve as host to an exhibition match between Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the Jamaican national football team.

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Coach helping high-performance team

WHILE he carries out his responsibilities as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, George Cleare is also instructing a group of elite athletes in his High Performance Management Team in Athens, Georgia.

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Sports notes

THE Scottsdale Vixens and the Technicians have both taken commanding 2-0 lead in their New Providence Volleyball Association’s best-of-five championship series on Wednesday night at the DW DAvis Gymnasium.

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Aircraft registry opening 'won't last very long'

The Bahamas’ window of opportunity to establish a competitive international aircraft registry “won’t remain open very long”, a local attorney warned yesterday, as rival international business centres continue to get a head start on this nation.

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Minister 'focuses' on resort project re-start

A Cabinet Minister yesterday said he was “focusing a lot of my efforts” on reopening closed hotels and resort development projects halted by the recession, particularly those that could revive Grand Bahama’s “dead” economy.

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BICA discusses best practices with Securities Commission

The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) has met the Securities Commission of The Bahamas (SCB) in continuing efforts to ensure regulation meets best practices and standards.

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Bahamian attorney to attend Malta summit

For the fourth time in less than a year, a Bahamian attorney will attend a major international aviation conference with the goal of leaving home with a brief case and returning with new information and industry relationships.

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BTC's regional parent sees its chief depart

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) regional parent, LIME, yesterday announced that its chief executive was stepping down after four years at the helm.

Ex-Central Bank economist named financial secretary

Former chief Central Bank of the Bahamas economist, John Rolle, has been appointed as the Ministry of Finance’s financial secretary, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Babak 'very confident' no mall receivership

The owner of Freeport’s Circle Mall yesterday said he was “very confident” the newly-opened shopping complex would not be placed into receivership, arguing that there were “no circumstances that would warrant” such a development.

Bahamas receives over $3m energy project assistance

THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Government are planning discussions over implementing energy sector reforms outlined in a 2010 report, the Bahamas having received more than $3 million over the past four years to assist with such projects.

26th St Valentine's Day Massacre

WITH the 26th St Valentine’s Day Massacre all set for next weekend in Montagu Bay, Bahamian Brewery Company Limited and Sands Beer made its cheque presentation to organiser Eleanor ‘the Sailing Barber’ Johnson for their sponsorship of the huge regatta extravaganza.

Thursday, February 7

Politicians attack editor over Freeport

DURING yesterday’s meeting of the House of Assembly, The Tribune editor was criticised for comments made in this column on Tuesday about the administration of the Urban Renewal programme in Grand Bahama under programme coordinator, Michelle Reckley.

Outreach course gets under way

THE Sports Outreach Level 1 - Certification Course In and Through Sports is currently underway.

Reaching out to promote Carifta Games

The Local Organizers of Carifta 2013 are committed to reaching out to every circle of the community to promote this prestigious event, which is scheduled for March this year in the new Thomas A Robinson Stadium.

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VIDEO: Senor Frogs Bahamas breaks Guinness record

POPULAR restaurant Señor Frogs wrote its name and the Bahamas' in the Guinness World Record Books today by toppling more than 3,500 shot glasses yesterday.

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BREAKING NEWS: Police officers shot in Pinewood

Two police officers have been injured in a shoot-out after chasing wanted suspects in the Pinewood area.

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PLP hits out at Tribune

PLP Members of Parliament came to the defence of controversial Grand Bahama Urban Renewal deputy director Michelle Reckley in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Woman in hospital after being stabbed in head

An 18-year-old woman is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the head Tuesday evening by a “man known to her”. It happened around 8pm.

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Union to appeal court ruling on election

BAHAMAS Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union president Nicole Martin announced plans yesterday to appeal a court decision on the union’s elections in order to avoid paying “significant” court costs.

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House call for new building

PROPOSALS were put forward yesterday in the House of Assembly for the construction of a new Parliament building – despite concerns over how the country could afford it.

GB mortgage lending in 90%-plus slump

Mortgage lending on Grand Bahama has declined by more than 90 per cent, in both volume and value, compared to the pre-recession ‘boom’ years, data obtained yesterday by Tribune Business shows.

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Indecent assault case delay

AN EMERGENCY room doctor facing claims of indecent assault must wait a few more weeks before learning whether the court feels he has a case to answer.

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Web shops: Technology puts us outside law

THE web shop industry is arguing that the sector’s “development of technology and business methods” have taken it outside the regulatory purview of the Lotteries & Gaming Act.

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Realtor calls for stamp, real property tax 'double win'

A leading realtor believes the Government could achieve a “double win” if it implements creative policies to bolster Stamp Duty and real property tax revenues, while also stimulating the ‘investment property’ market.

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Man changed plea four times over drug charges

A JAMAICAN man returns to Magistrates Court today to say whether or not he owned the marijuana found in his luggage five days ago, when he and six others were pulled over in a van following a failed attempted to be smuggled into the United States.

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Making Freeport 'a bride, not just the bridesmaid'

A Grand Bahama realtor is doing his part to ensure Freeport “is no longer the bridesmaid but the bride”, as he yesterday called for increased direct airlift to supplement marketing efforts that have reached as far afield as Russia and Brazil.

Title insurance 'way of future'

A Bahamas-based title services provider yesterday described title insurance as”the way of the future” for this nation, suggesting it could “serve as a precursor” for moving to a Registered Land system.

Anglican Sports Council honours Mr. Tommy Robinson

THE Anglican Sports Council has paid tribute to Bahamian athlete Tommy Robinson, who died last year.

A God moment

I HAVE always been an avid church goer, but not just for the sake of going.

Miss Clara remembered as a true woman of faith

IT HAS been a year since Clarabell Hanna-Williams passed away, but the sting of her death is still felt by her eight children, other relatives and friends.

Baptist youth hold leadership symposium

YOUNG CHRISTIANS are staying true and dedicated to their beliefs, as they work towards making themselves better leaders in church and community, according to Rev Ellerston Smith, youth minister at St Johns Native Baptist Cathedral.

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Big Red sweep

A stifling defensive effort in the third quarter gave the St Augustine’s Big Red Machine the separation they needed to take game two and complete a sweep of the Kingsway Academy Saints in the BAISS Junior Girls Championship Series.

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Latest crop of boxers set sights on Rio Olympics

A new crop of boxers are set to represent the Bahamas on the amateur level and according to national team Head Coach Andre Seymour, officially begin their trek toward Rio 2016 Olympic qualification.

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Comets soar to championship

The Queen’s College Comets withstood a late run by the St John’s College Giants and held on to take game two and claim the BAISS Junior Boys Basketball Championship.

April creditors meeting urged over major fraud

The Bahamian liquidators of an alleged multinational fraud that has ensnared a BISX-listed firm’s affiliate have applied to the Supreme Court for an Order that the first creditors meeting be held during April 2013.

Bahamas sees off Belize

The Bahamas moved to 2-0 in the International Cricket Council’s Tournament of the Americas Division II competition.

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Young tennis player wins Florida contest

ANDREW Cole Maura, Grade 7 student at Lyford Cay International School, won the Boys 12s Singles division at the Plantation Holiday Super Series junior tennis tournament held at the Frank Veltri Tennis Complex in Plantation, FL.

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Help desk set up to deal with environment problems

A NEW “help desk” has been established at the Department of Environmental Health.

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Maritime sector is 'full of opportunities'

FREEPORT – Minister for Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin described the maritime sector as filled with opportunities, both actual and potential.

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Grand Bahama 'to play maritime role'

FREEPORT – The island of Grand Bahama is ready to play its role in the maritime sector and ready to work hand in hand with other government agencies in accomplishing that goal, Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville said.

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Walking in Unity

GOVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes, Prime Minister Perry Christie, opposition Leader Hubert Minnis, and other government officials were on hand yesterday to officially announce One Bahamas’s “Unity Walk”, set to take place at 6.30am on Saturday, February 23.

Wednesday, February 6

Minister Uhijah turns 100

MINISTER Uhijah Johnson has lived through two world wars; witnessed the defining shift in power to the black majority in the Bahamas and saw the birth of a nation in 1973. The celebrated centenarian has seen much, but remains in awe of the many blessings he has received.

Funeral home adds 'green-burning' crematorium

CEDAR Crest and Yager Funeral Homes and Crematorium recently commissioned its newest crematorium, a state of the art “green-burning” unit at Cedar Crest Funeral Home on Robinson Road and First Street. This new crematorium has been designed using the latest technology available with a specific focus on the environment.

I am not a loser!

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Four-year old photographer tells stories with his lens

AT JUST four years old, young photographer Joshua Marshall has captured more emotion and creativity in his photography than one would imagine.

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Silence over referendum is broken

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has admitted that he was surprised with the outcome of the referendum which sought to legalise the numbers racket.

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Christie says no mistakes - but pledges PR campaign

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has promised the electorate will be informed ahead of the next referendum to reform the country’s constitution.

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Prison guard turned killer locked away for 40 years

A FORMER prison officer and FML Group of Companies security guard, before being sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder, was told by a judge that his punishment for the repeated stabbing of a man nearly four years ago would reflect society’s disapproval of such violent actions.

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Minnis: What has government to hide over gun case?

FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis has urged the government to explain what it has to hide over a gun case that was dismissed under unusual circumstances.

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US man dead in road crash

POLICE are investigating a traffic accident that left an American man dead and five other people in hospital.

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Rape case investigated

POLICE are investigating the sexual assault of a teenage girl who was allegedly raped on her way home from school Monday night.

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Drug dealer, son and police officer guilty of aiding escape

NEARLY five years after escaping detention at a police station by swapping places with his son, being helped by a policeman, and avoiding arrest for four months, convicted drug dealer Melvin Maycock Sr was found guilty of the crime yesterday in Magistrate’s Court.

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Teenager died in stabbing

AN 18-year-old became the country’s latest murder victim when he was stabbed in the neck by another man during an argument over a woman.

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One & Only to host LPGA golf classic

A MAJOR professional golf tournament set to kick off on Paradise Island in May will showcase the country on a global scale, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcome said yesterday.

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Markantonis: Theft is a daily problem

KERZNER International president and managing director George Markantonis said employee crime is a problem the Atlantis Resort deals with every day.

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'Die' Stubbs cleared of two drug charges

STEPHEN ‘Die’ Stubbs was acquitted in Magistrate’s Court yesterday of two drug charges brought against him last year, in which he faced a minimum of four years imprisonment if convicted.

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Cleaning up at Jaws Beach

THE Lyford Cay International School community came together on Saturday, February 2 to participate in a school-wide beach clean up at Jaws Beach in the Clifton Heritage National Park.

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Art and poetry collide in 'Saltwater Healing'

STORIES THAT are difficult to talk about and digest are retold through art and poetry in a new book by Bahamian author Angelique Nixon.

DJ OF THE WEEK: Giggy Fyah

THE BOLD move from Bimini to Nassau in 2011 really paid off for DJ Giggy Fyah, who said his rise to greatness has exceeded all expectations.

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2 Chainz rocks Grand Bahama

NASSAUVIANS travelled to Grand Bahama to enjoy international rapper 2 Chainz live in concert at Club Amnesia on Saturday night.

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Bahamas passes biggest test yet

IN their biggest test in the International Cricket Council’s Tournament of the Americas Division II competition, the Bahamas survived with a 14 run victory over Argentina to highlight day one action at Haynes Oval.

Questions for Attorney General

I have read with interest Sean McWeeney’s comments regarding the powers of the Attorney General, published in Tuesday, February 5th’s edition of The Tribune which failed to provide definitive answers, as was my expectation, and which provided the stimulus for the following follow-up questions:

Michelle Reckley must explain why she wasn't on the job

IT WOULD appear that Urban Renewal 2.0 is a disaster under the direction of the PLP-appointed Michelle Reckley, former party assistant secretary-general on Grand Bahama and school caterer, whose self proclaimed claim to fame is that she is qualified for her present position because she “comes from urban”.

TOUGH CALL: How the old man came to the sea at Bimini

LATER this month, Ernest Hemingway’s grandson, John, a 52-year-old writer from Montreal, will take part in a fishing tournament sponsored by the Bimini Big Game Resort & Marina.

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Food retailer, ex-receiver trade 'shambles' accusations

The principal and former receiver of a major Bahamian food retailer yesterday traded accusations that each had left the business “in shambles”, with both threatening to continue their verbal battle by filing more Supreme Court lawsuits.

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Superwash to invest $2m in Soldier Road laundromat

Superwash is set to invest $2 million in constructing a new laundromat and shopping complex at the former Pricebusters warehouse on Soldier Road, its president yesterday saying work would start in the “next couple of months” to ensure it caught the anticipated economic upturn.

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Botched service overturns food store's receivership

The Supreme Court has overturned the receivership of a major Bahamian food retailer on the grounds that attorneys acting for its landlord, Hannes Babak, made a “material non-disclosure” over a botched attempt to serve legal papers on their counterparts.

Bahamas 'on track' to beat $13m sports tourism revenue goal

THE Bahamas is “well on track” to generate more than $13 million, and over 20,000 room nights this year, from sports tourism.

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'Getting stadium ready for Carifta was biggest hurdle'

SINCE taking office a year ago, chairman Leroy Archer said he’s faced a lot of challenges in getting the National Sports Authority established.

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How sports can reach out

IN an effort to provide an avenue for Bahamians to gain more knowledge in effective sports outreach, Commune Sports Bahamas and the International Sports Coalition is hosting a Sports Outreach Level 1 certification course.

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Sports notes

THE Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas has selected its national team that will represent the Bahamas at the Presidential Cup Boxing Tournament that will be held in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The event will run from February 18-22.

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Port promotes GB's film potential

Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) officials promoted the island’s film production potential when in Los Angeles for the recent Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS).

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MARKETING REVOLUTION: Keep in mind the best ads

I used to read comic books as a child. Everything from Batman to Archie.

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FCC grants Cable its 'fast track' extension

US regulators yesterday granted a one-month ‘fast track’ authority extension for Cable Bahamas’ proposed acquisition of Summit Broadband, one of its three $89 million US purchases.

Marathon generates almost $2m spend

MARATHON Bahamas organisers said yesterday that this year’s event generated around 2,000 room nights for the hotel industry, resulting in just under $2 million in overall tourist spend.

Tuesday, February 5


The students of Blairwood Academy got became a band for a day, backing up a 65 year veteran in Bahamian music, the legendary John “Chippie” Chipman. Chippie came to visit the school at the behest of the school’s music director, Dr Diane Major. She wanted the children to learn more than just the classics - so she reached out to an indigenous musician with a worldwide appeal.

Architect firm unveils new consulting services

A Bahamian architecture firm has unveiled a new package of consulting services that it believes will help customers.

I support end of Senate

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Baby Keziah conquers battle with heart disease

NORMAL HEARTBEATS make a lub-dub sound. At birth, 15 month-old Keziah Bethell’s heart made a whooshing sound. The abnormal beat, described as a heart murmur by nurses, signalled a problem.

Matters of the heart

COMBINING Health and Wellness with the value of craft and beauty is the objective of a new exhibition, “Matters of the Heart”, by Bahamian artists in the Salus Project.

The power of setting meaningful goals

Have you ever accomplished an achievement only to realize that it was not as important as you thought it was? Or have you reached a point in your climb for success only to recognise that many of your ideas about success really belong to someone else?

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Bahamian earns top honours at cancer awareness pageant

At seven years old, Alejandra Stack has gone from honour roll student and student of the month to a ray of hope when it comes to cancer awareness.

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Fashion with a purpose

BAHAMIAN D’ANDRE Wilson combined her love for fashion with her desire to see young women educated and empowered by launching her bag and accessory line.

Mismanagement at NIB should be investigated

LAST MONTH, after The Tribune reported a two-day sick-out in the NIB’s National Prescription Drug Plan department, Public Relations Minister Pandora Butler denied that such an event had ever taken place. In fact, she claimed that despite our reports, morale at NIB was not at a low, rather it was “on a sharp incline”.

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Record run for Shaunae

FRESHMAN Shaunae Miller, the moast decorated athlete expected home to represent the Bahamas at the Carifta Games next month, inked her name in the record books at the University of Georgia in just her first appearance in an indoor event in her specialty in the women’s 400 metres over the weekend for the Lady Bulldogs.

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US visitor killed in traffic accident

A traffic accident in Eleuthera has left a male visitor from the United States dead.

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Super Bowl ad part of $14m campaign

THE MINISTRY of Tourism officially debuted its first in a series of commercials for the Bahamas during the Super Bowl at a cost of $197,000, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday.

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No ruling in Moss contempt claim

AXED Chairman Gregory Moss fought a contempt application in Supreme Court yesterday brought against him by National Insurance Board Director Algernon Cargill.

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Señor Frogs takes a shot at world record

POPULAR restaurant Señor Frogs will write its name and the Bahamas’ in the History books on Thursday by attempting to break a Guinness World Record by toppling the Longest Ever Domino Drop Shot in the world.

Petition for overhaul of immigration

A UNITED Nations representative has suggested overhauling certain immigration procedures in an effort to cut back on instances of statelessness among Haitian nationals in the country.

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Call for probe into minister's handling of firearms case

CONCERNED Bahamians have called for a further probe into whether Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald, who was acting as Attorney General, performed in accordance with the law in discontinuing a firearms case against a married couple.

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PLP campaign general gets a year in jail

CONTRACTOR and Progressive Liberal Party campaign general Carlos Lamm, after a trial lasting four years, was convicted in Magistrate’s Court Monday for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.

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Pinder criticised for being 'too hard' on straw vendors

STRAW Market Authority chairman Ron Pinder has been criticised for being too hard on vendors and portraying them in a negative light.

Bahamas targeting 5-6% tourist growth in 2013

Total tourist arrivals to the Bahamas are projected to increase year-over-year by 5-6 per cent in 2013, Tribune Business was told yesterday, taking gross visitor numbers to more than six million.

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Casino reform vital to driving 9,000 potential new jobs

Modernising the Bahamas’ casino gaming legislation is critical to driving a sustained increase in resort occupancy levels, a senior hotel executive yesterday saying an industry-wide 10 percentage point rise would create 9,000 total jobs.

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Web shop: Suppliers, workers fear 'harm'

A WEB shop operator yesterday alleged that his suppliers and employees fear “their commercial interests will be harmed” if the Government shuts his business down, disclosing that the company pays $36,000 per month in rent to various landlords and $21,000 to Cable Bahamas for Internet services.

Copa urged: Start Panama-Freeport air cargo service

A Bahamian Trade Mission to Panama has urged Copa Airlines to start routes between that nation and Freeport for both passengers and air cargo, suggesting this would “open up Central American markets”.

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Chamber to be 'more involved' on arbitration plans

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce (BCCEC) is planning to emulate its Panamanian counterpart by becoming “more involved” in developing this nation’s Arbitration Centre, its chairman yesterday disclosing that the two bodies had “agreed in principle” on a Business Development Alliance.

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Oil gives PM chance at gaming redemption

The long-awaited, ballyhooed referendum on web shop gambling was supposed to bring clarity and end doubts. It has done just the opposite.

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Secret project given voice at last by pupils

LAST year in June, there were secretive giggles in the hallways at Lyford Cay International School.

Gov't urged: Allow exploratory oil drill before referendum

THE Government should allow the Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) to drill an exploratory well to determine if commercial quantities of oil exist in this nation’s waters prior to putting the issue to a referendum, a senior private sector official said yesterday.

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Road project 'substantially complete'

THE New Providence Road Improvement Project, which began in January 2009, is now “substantially” complete, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works Philip Davis said.

Colina unveils updated Business Continuity plan

Colina Insurance Company has unveiled its updated Business Continuity and Hurricane Preparedness plans, believing these will give it a competitive advantage in rebounding after a natural disaster.

Monday, February 4

Support for Rev Simeon Hall

I wish to support the Rev Simeon Hall in his quest to have the Senate of The Bahamas abolished.

Where did we go wrong?

I love Rihanna. Her music is upbeat, tempting and full of cool, funky grooves.

Mismanagement at NIB should be investigated

LAST MONTH, after The Tribune reported a two-day sick-out in the NIB’s National Prescription Drug Plan department, Public Relations Minister Pandora Butler denied that such an event had ever taken place. In fact, she claimed that despite our reports, morale at NIB was not at a low, rather it was “on a sharp incline”.

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A victory for the Pharisees

IN botching the gambling referendum, Perry Christie and his Progressive Liberal Party dealt a serious blow to the prospects for liberalism and progress in the Bahamas.

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JUST IN: Carlos Lamm found guilty in drug case

CARLOS Lamm was found guilty of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply today.

International award to Cargill suppressed by NIB

WHILE FORMER National Insurance Board chairman Gregory Moss was busy drafting a letter to justify his arbitrary dismissal of Alegernon Cargill as Director and Chief Executive Officer of NIB, a rather inconvenient letter arrived from Geneva notifying NIB that Mr Cargill was to receive global recognition for an outstanding plan he had introduced at NIB.

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Second family member killed in 2 years

A WOMAN whose husband was murdered almost two years ago became the country’s latest murder victim yesterday when she was shot in the head during an apparent robbery.

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Veto over Urban Renewal uniforms in PLP colours

URBAN Renewal workers in Grand Bahama have been ordered to stop wearing work uniforms displaying PLP colours and reminded that they work on behalf of all Bahamians.

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Police probe armed robberies

POLICE are investigating a string of armed robberies that took place over the weekend as well as three shooting incidents – which left four people in hospital.

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Family's plea over missing teenage girl

THE family of a missing young girl is urgently seeking information about her whereabouts.

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Investigation into cancer chief's links with firm in fraud case

INVESTIGATORS are questioning if links exists between the Cancer Centre’s managing director Arthur Porter and a company involved in an alleged fraud case at McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, according to one leading Canadian newspaper.

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Trio held after $300,000 find

THREE Central American men are in police custody after they were found in possession of more than $300,000 cash at a local hotel on Friday evening.

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Dorsett puts his focus on cutting costs of electricity

REDUCING the high cost of doing business and managing household expenses is a priority of the government, Minister for the Environment and Housing Kendred Dorsett said.

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Bahamians to participate in Venice Art Festival

BAHAMIANS will participate for the first time in the Venice Art Festival, now in its 55th year, director of education Lionel Sands announced.

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Grandson of Hemingway headed for fishing event in Bimini

ALICE TOWN –The Bimini Big Game Club Resort and Marina announced that there will be a Hemingway fishing in their Wahoo Smackdown II Tournament scheduled for February 21-23.

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Grants issued to those helping to fight HIV/AIDS

US Charg� d’Affaires John Dinkelman has announced the five recipients of the 2012 President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief small grants programme.

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Minister 'pleased to see Bahamians first policy is working'

MINISTER of National Security Bernard Nottage toured Bahamas Striping’s work site on Carmichael Road and said he was pleased to see Prime Minister’s election promise to put Bahamians first was working.

Port's cargo volume 10% above forecast

By NEIL HARTNELLThe Arawak Cay Port’s container throughput volumes are “about 10 per cent” ahead of forecasts for the first half of its 2013 financial year, making tariff cuts a distinct possibility with a further Baha Mar-related boost expected by March.

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Cable expecting Gov't approval 'in 30 days' on $89m US deals

Cable Bahamas is expecting to receive Bahamian government approval for its $89 million worth of US acquisitions within the next 30 days, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Graycliff 'finalising' six airport lounges

GRAYCLIFF is “finalising the details” to expand its airport lounge concepts to six more locations within the US and the Caribbean this year, a senior executive has told Tribune Business. a

Broker's closure takes $1.5m out of economy

A broker/dealer that became embroiled in a controversial fight with both Bahamian and Canadian regulators yesterday said it was closing down, leaving 15 Bahamians out of work and taking an estimated $1.5 million out of the local economy.

Diplomat 'can't figure out' why no Bahamas-Panama trade take-off

Panama’s honorary consul to the Bahamas “can’t for the life of me figure out” why trade opportunities between the two nations have not been better explored, telling Tribune Business that the Central American state offered this country “substantial” savings in areas such as food and auto imports.

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Minister pledges financial services Innovation council

The Government has pledged to create an Innovation Council to develop new financial services products, as it aims to develop the Bahamas into a “vibrant, robust” international business centre that rivals tourism’s economic contribution by 2023.

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Athletes shine on the track

A number of exciting match-ups between local and international competitors took place on Saturday as the Star Trackers Club hosted their 10th annual Star Performers Track Classic at the new Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

Bahamas targets wellness tourism

HEALTH and wellness services could become a ‘niche’ tourism sector for the Bahamas, an industry executive telling Tribune Business that a local chapter of the Caribbean Spa & Wellness Association (C-SWA) is set to be formed this year. The move is designed to put the Bahamas on track to becoming one of the leading health and wellness vacation destinations.

CHAMBER VOICE: Think before the expansion leap

In a familiar passage of sacred text, Jesus tells Simon Peter, an experienced fisherman, to launch out into the deep and cast The Net on the other side.

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National trials for bowling out of time

AFTER a series of delays to adjust the lanes, the Bahamas Federation of Amateur Bowlers was unable to complete their second round of six games for the National team trials on Saturday because management needed the lanes for their other patrons.

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Sports notes

The BTC Digitals and the Mail Boat Cybots won the New Providence Basketball Association’s double header on Saturday night at the CI Gibson Gymnasium. The results of their games are as follows:

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Gov't targeting key global IP recognition

The Government wants the intellectual property registry at the Registrar General’s Department to become recognised by the area’s leading global authority, the Attorney General said this weekend.

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Major starts season with victory

JAY Major started off the year on the right foot, winning the first race as the Bahamas Cycling Federation kicked off the 2013 Cycling season on Saturday with the New Providence Cycling Association’s 30 mile road race.

Sunday, February 3

Star Performers Track Classic results

Results from the 10th Star Performers Track Classic held on Saturday at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

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BREAKING: Murder on East Street

A woman was shot dead in her convenience store on East Street this afternoon, while a man in the store was shot in the leg.

Saturday, February 2


THE Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese wants the constitution of the Bahamas to ensure the protection of lesbians and gays.

Friday, February 1

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Bahamian gospel musicians take talent international

BAHAMIAN gospel singers who signed distribution deals with management group KLR Management are on their way to being heard on the international scene.

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Did US man fall to death?

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a an American man Wednesday afternoon.

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Nottage: gaming will not be shut down until court makes decision

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage said yesterday “no steps” will be taken by the police force to shut down gaming operations until a decision is made by the court.

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Bran: court was not wrong

THE court “was not wrong” in issuing an order to “maintain the status quo” with respect to the operation of web-shops, as web-shops legally have a license to operate, DNA Leader Branville McCartney explained yesterday.

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Warning to US visitors

POINTING to the steady rise in violent crime over the past two years, US State Department officials again warned American visitors to avoid “Over The Hill” areas after dark in its annual crime and safety report.

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Fresh delay in drugs trial

AN outstanding trial transcript has again delayed a magistrate’s ruling in the possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply case of a contractor and his former girlfriend.

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Tour vendors' praise for market vendors

TOUR operators commended vendors and regulatory officials for exceeding expectations for local craft offerings at the Cable Beach straw market at Pompey’s Village.

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Urban Renewal to link up with Billy Graham group

WITH many children at risk of being marginalised, Urban Renewal has decided to partner with the Billy Graham International Association to reach out to young Bahamians.

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Man held over large cash find

POLICE arrested a 32-year-old man yesterday after finding large amount a cash which they suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

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Bosses at RBC take tour of new PMH complex

SENIOR executives of RBC Royal Bank were hosted to an exclusive tour of the $53 million Critical Care Block construction project at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

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The greatest show on earth

BAHAMIANS this week believe they have been both misled and ensnared by our Prime Minister. The question now is, what will we the people do about it?

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Concerns over lack of legal representation

COURT of Appeal president Justice Anita Allen raised concern about the increasing number of defendants in criminal matters who either appear without an attorney or are under-represented.

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Cleanliness brings rewards for schools

GOVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes congratulated the Bahamas National Pride Association and the Ministry of Education for the presentation of the 17th Clean Campus Awards Ceremony, held January 30 in the Grounds at Government House.

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'Shut down' worry on $1m recycling facility

A BISX-listed company yesterday pleaded with the private sector to help make its $1 million cardboard recycling investment “work”, telling Tribune Business it wanted to avoid the initiative’s “shut down”.

New GBPA ownership, Hawksbill deal vital to Freeport revival

An “extended or whole new Hawksbill Creek Agreement” and a change in the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) ownership are vital ingredients for attracting wealthy investors to Freeport, a prominent attorney said yesterday.

Knockout Punch?

The Punch tabloid newspaper is facing a winding-up petition over an alleged $16,581 debt it owes to the sisters of its owner/publisher, court documents have revealed.

BEC exceeds overtime by 27-38% over three years

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) exceeded its overtime budget by between 27-38 per cent during its last three financial years, with almost two-thirds of the 2012 overruns incurred in the Family Islands.

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PM backs Arbitration Council’s formation

The Prime Minister has authorised the formation of a nine-member Arbitration Council as a first step in developing this nation as a major dispute resolution hub, a Cabinet Minister saying yesterday: “We want to be the arbitration gateway to Latin and North America”.

$30m Old Fort Town Centre 90% leased

THE New Providence Development Company (NPDco) has leased out 90 per cent of the retail space in its $30 million Old Fort Bay Town Centre, Tribune Business was told yesterday, as it moves to finalise arrangements for a second anchor tenant.

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Gov't 'confident' on $250m BEC bond's full take-up

THE GOVERNMENT is “very confident” that its guaranteed $250 million Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) bond issue will be fully suscribed, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday

Product promotion critical to ‘raise Bahamas profile’

THE private sector was yesterday urged to take the lead in “raising the profile” of the Bahamas by better promoting its financial services products.

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GBPA officials on Panama mission

PANAMA TRADE MISSION: During an official reception, Panama’s vice-minister of foreign trade, Jose Pacheco (centre), welcomes the Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr Michael Darville (left) and Ian Rolle, president, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (right).

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Aiming high

WHEN Orlando Cuellar first heard about Valentino Knowles, he knew that he was a credible fighter that he would love to have in his camp in Miami, Florida. After watching Knowles’ successful debut over the weekend, Cuellar is confident that he has acquired across a “future” world champion.

Call to continue to develop softball

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, Bahamas: Aruba carted off the title in the 1st English Caribbean Amateur Softball Confederation’s Women’s Championship and Qualifier for the World Games in Cali, Colombia in July with a 13-5 victory over The Bahamas.

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Next generation of golfers take their first swings

ON Thursday, January 24, the Yellow Elder Primary School made a giant leap by introducing golf in their Physical Education period for sixteen (16) boys and girls ages seven to nine years old.

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Playoff ends in mass brawl

THE St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine will be back to defend their senior boys title when the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ best-of-three championship series get underway on Monday at the Kendal GL Isaacs Gymnasium.

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Suspension for more than 70

MORE than 70 straw market vendors were suspended from their stalls for unpaid license fees yesterday, according to Straw Market Authority Chairman Ron Pinder.