Stories for July 2013


Wednesday, July 31


EDITOR, The Tribune.

'Government has given support to ventures'

MINISTER for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville said the government has put resources into agencies such as the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund to help small businesses throughout the country.

Men, women and teenagers needed for acting roles

MEN, women and mature teenagers are needed for acting roles, no singing or dancing, for the Lucaya Youth Theatre Society’s production of “12 Angry Jurors”.

Bahamas 'scratching surface' over Latin American tourism

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

TOUGH CALL: Is there the will to fix shanty town problem?

IN THE wake of the most recent shanty town fire (off Joe Farrington Road), we witnessed yet another impassioned outpouring of Bahamian angst – on the air waves, across social media land and around lunch tables and water coolers.

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Medical fear delays 17-year-old murder suspect's arraignment

THE arraignment of a 17-year-old boy accused of murder was postponed until further notice yesterday after his mother told a magistrate that he was diabetic and had been denied his medication while in police custody.

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No drilling for oil for this year

THERE will be no exploratory drilling commercial quantities of oil in Bahamian waters this year, Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett confirmed yesterday.

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Man, 42, charged with having sex with girl, 13

WILLARD Rolle, 42, was arraigned in court yesterday charged with having sex between June and July with a 13-year-old girl.

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Letter shows agreement to re-interview Cuban detainees

RE-INTERVIEWING Cuban detainees at the Detention Centre in the Bahamas is part of a plan by US and Bahamian officials drawn up in the wake of protests by Cubans in Florida, according to the Bahamas’ Deputy Consul General in Miami.

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Bell doubts renewal of ICS contract

THE government intends to review the electronic monitoring system for criminals and its management company over an “unacceptable” number of breaches.

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Regulator shoots down 'anti-competitive' BTC, Cable phone switch plan

Regulators yesterday shot down as “anti-competitive” a Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) proposal that customers be charged for switching to rival operators.

Economist: VAT 'too complex' for Bahamas

A top economist yesterday reiterated a decade-old call for the Bahamas to introduce a Sales Tax, warning the Government that its Value-Added Tax (VAT) plans were a mistake because “simplicity is key” to reform.

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Gov't Bill could 'hurt' Bahamian home ownership

A bank chief executive has warned that Government legislation “could have a negative impact on Bahamian access to home ownership”, as it completely alters the risk associated with mortgage lending.

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Official: VAT payable onpre-existing contracts

Value-Added Tax (VAT) will be charged on pre-existing business contracts from the July 1, 2014, implementation date onwards, a top government official confirmed yesterday.

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Flamingos stand out in 'Emblematic' exhibit

THE COUNTRY’s 40th anniversary of independence was officially recognised on July 10, but celebrations have continued.

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Cable moves to ensure 'Yes' to $100m deals

Cable Bahamas has not been leaving tonight’s shareholder vote on whether to approve its $100 million Florida expansion to chance, Tribune Business can reveal, with senior management calling institutional investors to ensure their support.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Sports investments give major pay-off

The Bahamas Judo Federation took a 27-person team to the US Junior Open in Fort Lauderdale for a week.

Housing costs in 50% drop through Crown land freeing

THE Government is being called upon to release some 28,000 acres of land to the Bahamian people, the head of a construction and energy management firm telling Tribune Business yesterday that this could reduce housing costs by up to 50 per cent.

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BEFORE musical engineer Neil Symonette knew it, Reel Time Studios had turned to a flourishing business.

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SEX WORKERS: Selling their bodies for $500 a week in struggle to survive

MORE than 60 per cent of sex workers in Nassau earn up to $500 a week, while 30 per cent claim they make even more than that, a new study investigating the habits of sex workers in New Providence reveals.

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Future lights up the stage

ONE of Atlanta’s hottest rappers made his way to the Bahamas for the first time to headline the Fantastic Four concert “Redemption Part 1”.

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IF you are ever in the western side of the Downtown area of New Providence on a Saturday night and hear the sounds of a live alternative/rock band, that sound in your ears is probably Wunderlind Band.

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US fishermen held by RBDF

A GROUP of foreign fishermen were apprehended by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in the northern Bahamas for fisheries violations in Bahamian waters.

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Gibson would not support any job cuts at BTC

ANY plans by The Bahamas Telecommunication Corporation (BTC) to downsize staff would not be supported by Labour Minister Shane Gibson.

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Dorian to bring downpours to the Bahamas

WHILE former Tropical Storm Dorian is likely to remain disorganised, disruptive downpours will hit the Bahamas and continue to spread northwestward into the end of the week.

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Alert as hackers target bank account details

A HACKER is now busy on the Internet trying to get your confidential information — even bank accounts — through your e-mail. And so, readers, if you receive a message headed – IMPORTANT DOCUMENT!!! – delete it immediately. Don’t let your curiosity lead you to opening it to find out what it is about, because you too will be caught in the information net.

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Media stars of tomorrow

This summer, 30 campers got a first-hand look at the world of media thanks to a collaboration between the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the True Vision Media Group.

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Govt to prosecute land owners if residents do not follow regulations

HOUSING Minister Kenred Dorsett says officials have been ordered to prosecute land owners who have yet to ensure shanty town residents have complied with regulations.

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Jeff Rodgers Basketball camp takes Exuma by storm

JEFF Rodgers said he only wished that he had taken his Basketball Camp to Georgetown, Exuma, earlier than he did.

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Volleyball championships postponed

THE Bahamas Volleyball Federation got a sigh of relief when they were informed that the third Cazovay Youth Girls Volleyball Championships was postponed.

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BACK home after a successful showing at the ninth CAZOVA Junior Men’s Championships, the team was treated to a reception at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture on Tuesday as the celebrations began for the Bahamas’ bronze medal performance over the weekend in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

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Thomas back in 'tip-top shape'

Former world champion Donald Thomas is back in tip-top shape.

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Six women held as part of housebreaking ring

WOMEN are playing an increasing role in housebreaking, according to police.

Thailand trip for Battle of the Bands winner

THIS year’s Global Battle of the Bands Bahamas winner will be crowned best new band in the country and travel to Thailand to compete in the world finals of the competition.

Victory party for top Bahamian fashion designers

THE two Bahamian designers who dominated the regional fashion competition “Mission Catwalk” were celebrated at a special victory event on Sunday.

Prison contraband reduced by 2 per cent

HER Majesty’s Prison has put a “dent” in the amount of contraband being brought into the prison - decreasing levels about two per cent, according to Prison Superintendent Patrick Wright.


KERRI Bascom’s confidence has been bouyed since she took part in an art show that celebrated the Bahamas’ 40th Anniversary of Independence.

Colina 'puzzled' by ongoing claim

COLINA Mortgage Corporation is “puzzled” by a Grand Bahama homeowner’s persistence that more than $21,000 was stolen from him by four of the firm’s employees, despite two high courts rulings against his accusations.

Canada exchange to improve prison training

OFFICIALS are organising a lengthy exchange programme with the Correctional Service of Canada in a bid to provide skills and training for the future leaders of Her Majesty’s Prison, Bahamas.

Tuesday, July 30

US solar firm to meet Gov't

TOP executives from a North Carolina-based sustainable energy company are planning to meet with Government officials for discussions on a “transformative” power project for the Bahamas.
 PowerSecure Solar aims to discuss reduced electricity costs and reliability in supply in meetings with government and private sector leaders this week in the Bahamas.

Bahamian artist hosts art sale

IN EFFORTS to help raise funds for his new show in October, Bahamian artist Trevor Tucker is hoping to stage a exhibit in October with his latest work.

Much ado about nothing

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Bahamas Music Conservatory concert

THE BAHAMAS Music Conservatory staged a concert with its summer camp orchestra last Friday. An audience of Bahamian parents and supporters turned out for the end-of-summer concert, “When The Road Seems Rough”, which featured the Scotia Bank Symphony and special guests Duke Erroll Strachan and Fred Ferguson.

No drilling for oil for this year


US poachers apprehended off Abaco

Foreign fishermen apprehended in the Northern Bahamas for fisheries violations in Bahamian waters.

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Call to approve Freedom of Information

FREEPORT – Lawyer Fred Smith has challenged the PLP government to pass a Freedom of Information Act if it has nothing to hide regarding its dealings with billionaire Lyford Cay resident Peter Nygard.

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Body of man wearing ankle bracelet is found

The badly decomposed body of a man wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet was found in bushes off an isolated track road on the north-side of the South Beach canal, yesterday morning.

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Medals given to Bahamas' Sydney relay team

THE five relay runners who represented the Bahamas at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games were officially presented with bronze medals yesterday.

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Six months after web shop vote, govt looks at casinos

  WITH six months past since the majority of voters said “no” to legalised web shop gaming, the government is now considering recommendations on whether Bahamians should be allowed to gamble in casinos, said Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday.

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Dorian closes in on The Bahamas

Dorian is now a disorganized tropical rainstorm racing westward through the southern Atlantic. If it returns to tropical storm status it would raise the alarm for widespread flooding, damaging winds and dangerous surf to The Bahamas.

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Victim's wife is expecting twin babies

A FATHER-to-be from the Bahamas was killed in a motorbike collision three days after finding out his wife was pregnant with their twins.

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Port's 5.5% 'low' cannot be matched

The Arawak Port Development Company (APD) has decided to keep the $15 million oversubscription from its recently-completed preference share offering, a top investment banker yesterday saying he “doubted” whether its low 5.5 per cent interest rate could be matched.

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Financial provider in Dubai, Shanghai office expansions

A Bahamian financial services provider yesterday said it was positioning itself “at the cutting edge” through plans to open offices in Dubai and China within the next year, establishing “gateways” to the fastest-growing private wealth markets.

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BREA, Gov't 'singing from same hymn book'

The Government has made no decision on possible changes to key policies, with the Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president saying yesterday: “We’re all singing from the same hymn book.”

Projects denied over investment policy 'conflict'

Investment projects are being denied approval because they conflict with the Government’s National Investment Policy, a private sector group has said, with investors also frustrated by “communication breakdowns” between different agencies.

RICHARD COULSON: Cable showing the way for other public firms

For the first time we see a major Bahamian company, actively traded on BISX, spreading its wings to do business abroad.

Banks team with Ministry over student sponsorship

The Association of International Banks and Trust Companies (AIBT) and the Ministry of Financial Services are sponsoring a second College of the Bahamas (COB) student who will be attending a Spanish course in Mexico.

Gov't urged: Push small business over VAT limit

THE Government was yesterday urged to help push small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) over the threshold that would force them to register to pay Value-Added Tax, a leading consultant telling this newspaper that failing to do this would negatively impact national development.

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Businessman to present annual scholarship to South Andros pupil

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama businessman Cleveland Duncombe is giving back to the community where he grew up by presenting a scholarship award every year to a deserving male student at South Andros.

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Defence Force officers receive their commissions

SEVENTEEN Officers of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were presented with their Commissions on Thursday morning from Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, during a Commissioning ceremony in the Government House Ball Room.

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Helping students keep the right focus

FOCUS, the Lyford Cay Foundation’s tuition-free, school enrichment programme that sets primary school students on an eight-year path to college and career success, held its third annual “Summer Slam” Open House at The College of The Bahamas.

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BTC negotiations are complete - now PM waits for an answer

AFTER months of discussions focused on recapturing the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), Prime Minister Perry Christie confirmed yesterday that the negotiations are complete.

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PM: I will speak about Nygard when Parliament resumes

PRIME Minister Perry Christie says he still plans to address criticism fielded against the government over fashion tycoon Peter Nygard’s alleged involvement with the movement of Stem Cell legislation.

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Anglican priest loses battle with brain cancer

THE Anglican Diocese is mourning the loss of Father Mervyn Sydney ‘Buck’ Johnson, who died on Sunday.

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'Sexual offences court to help end gender violence'

ESTABLISHING a sexual offences court is one suggestion of a newly-created, government-launched task force designed at ending the country’s high levels of gender-based violence.

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Battle 4 Atlantis set for November 28

EIGHT teams are expected to participate in the third annual Battle 4 Atlantis, the richest Division I men’s pre-season college basketball tournament, set for November 28-30.

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For the love of baking

BAKING sweets, treats and goodies from time to time in the comfort of her own home gave Sara Dama Volponi the drive she needed to open her own pastry shop and bakery.

Addressing the issue of obesity in the Bahamas

AS the Obesity problem increases in The Bahamas, we need to get to the root of the problem.

'Real' productivity demands an effective protocol

Are you really productive or just getting some stuff done? There is productivity and then there’s ‘real’ productivity.

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THE WATCHWOMAN: The art of negotiating condom use

The Ministry of Health has been doing a great job promoting condom use with its highly creative and unconventional banana-themed “Don’t Get Caught Unpeeled” campaign.

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Promoting HIV/AIDS awareness through Junkanoo

The Ministry of Health and Quinton “Barabbas” Woodside joined hands on Independence Day to stage another “Don’t Get Caught Unpeeled” Junkanoo rush.

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Bahamas finally gets bronze from Sydney Olympics

AVARD Moncur, Troy McIntosh, Timothy Munnings, Chris “Fireman” Brown and Carl Oliver would have all preferred the pomp and pageantry that came along with winning an Olympic Games medal during the actual event.

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'Big Youth' McKenzie set to face Abdul-Mateen

AFTER reeling off five consecutive six-round victories since moving to Verona, New York, a year ago, light heavyweight Ryan ‘Big Youth’ McKenzie will step up to fight in his first eight-round affair on August 8.

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BAAA special projects officer says 'enough is enough'

BAHAMAS Association of Athletic Associations’ special projects officer Dexter Bodie says “enough is enough” and he is calling for a full explanation on a series of matters that have plagued the association.

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Junior boys volleyball team wins bronze

THE Bahamas Volleyball Federation junior boys volleyball team got a big payback day on Sunday as they avenged a loss to Trinidad & Tobago in the round robin by pulling off a three-set sweep to clinch the bronze medal at the ninth CAZOVA Junior Men’s Championship at the Paul Chonchon Sports and Cultural Centre in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe.

'No 100% escape' from VAT's grip

There is “no 100 per cent escape” from the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT), a senior official has warned, while acknowledging the private sector must realise the Government is “serious” about collecting all due revenues.

Man bitten by shark while cleaning fish

A 64-year-old tourist from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was bitten on his left hand by a nurse shark at Compass Cay, Exuma, on Sunday.

Second phase of training to begin

THE second phase of a programme is set to begin designed to produce Bahamian technicians who are equipped with internationally recognised skills needed in the elevator industry.

Monday, July 29

Storm still likely to affect Bahamas

FORMER Tropical Storm Dorian is still likely to have an impact on The Bahamas this week with heavy rainfall forecast.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Speaker calls on youth to get involved in Bahamas

SPEAKER of the House of Assembly Dr Kendal Major called on participants in the Youth Parliament 2013 to get involved in providing answers to issues the Bahamas is facing.

Why You Vex? 27/7/2013

“Well munkey oncle, Grand Bahamian Port Authority licensees subject to Hawksbill Creek Agreement now to be subjected to VAT taxes. Can’t win for losing, and this when Grand Bahamians were promised better things such as extending the Freeport economic concessions to east and west Grand Bahama, instead we getting neither, plus a tax burden. Vex.”

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DR HUBERT Minnis’s stance in the House of Assembly on Monday, indicates that he has adopted an outlook of no surrender, no retreat!

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VIDEO: Bahamas featured as lottery winner’s dream destination

WHAT is the first thing you would do if you struck it rich?

All this Bacon is making me sick: Peter Nygard and the spirit of division

WHEN it comes to the national affairs of the Bahamas, there are many things to be sick and tired about. Of all the things to vex the spirit, who could argue with someone for being sick and tired of hearing about Peter Nygard?

Where did Nygard find the Ku Klux Klan?

AT LEAST two of our readers are holding us to our promise to research Peter Nygard’s far-fetched claim that a racist gene is embedded in Lyford Cay neighbour Louis Bacon’s DNA.

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MURDER investigation after body is found in South Beach

BODY found this morning in bushes on the north side of the South Beach canal.

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AG wants Fred Smith to apologise

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard Gibson criticised lawyer Fred Smith for “disparaging comments” made against her and the office of the Attorney General at the time of his arraignment on Friday on a charge of “causing harm”. Despite Mr Smith’s assertions Mrs Maynard-Gibson said that his case was never directed to her or her office.

Shark bite victim flown to US hospital

A man bitten by a shark in the Bahamas was flown into Palm Beach International Airport.

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Shanty town residents ‘want ride back to Haiti’

LEADERS in the Haitian community claim that 15 members of the Joe Farrington Road shantytown affected by last week’s fire want immigration officials to “give them a ride” back to Haiti during their next repatriation exercise.

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Haitians: Up to 50,000 living in Bahamas without documents

ACCORDING to exploratory research on trafficking in persons in the Bahamas conducted by the International Organization for Migration, there are  20,000 to 50,000 undocumented Haitians living in the Bahamas while the number of registered Haitian migrant workers is only 5,000.

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Brother stabbed to death in fight

A QUIET community was left devastated yesterday after an argument between two brothers turned fatal when one of them was stabbed to death.

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BTC owner 'anticipates' cellular rival by end-2014

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) majority owner is “not anticipating” any extension to its existing monopoly, and is preparing to go head-to-head with a rival cellular competitor before end-2014.

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Ministry's 'strong support' for $100k VAT threshold

Increasing the compulsory Value-Added Tax (VAT) registration threshold to a $100,000 annual turnover has “strong support” within the Ministry of Finance, as it would still capture almost 98 per cent of economic activity.

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Blackbeard's Cay Judicial Review moves step closer

Environmental activists believe they have “little choice” but to launch a Judicial Review challenge to the $5 million Blackbeard’s Cay project, after the developers received all the necessary approvals from the Government.

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Ex-BREA chief: Avoid 'xenophobia driven populism'

A past Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) president has urged the Government to stop pandering to “populist politics driven by xenophobia” on potential policy changes impacting the industry.

Central Bank: Economy not cutting jobless rate

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has warned that the Bahamian economy is not expanding fast enough to reduce the 13.7 per cent unemployment rate, with tourist arrival growth less than one-third of 2012’s performance.

'Crazy' policies deter 'gung ho' property buyers

A leading realtor has described as “crazy” government policies that are stifling the Bahamian economy, warning that previously “gung ho” buyers were now starting to hold-off on purchases.

Accountants aim to 'speed up' anti fraud measures

A top accountant is aiming to “speed up” the sophistication of anti-fraud measures adopted by Bahamian businesses, as the average 5 per cent revenue loss threatens to “wipe out” many companies.

Deborah Ranson dies aged 53

MRS Deborah Ranson, 53, died at her Camperdown residence at 7:45 yesterday morning after a long illness.

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Low turnout to meeting over VAT implementation

LOW public turnout to learn about the new Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation has prompted the Ministry of Finance to invite the media houses, talk show hosts, and college students to participate in one-on-one dialogue about the impact of VAT.

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DNA: Nygard row has overshadowed stem cell bill

THE implications of the stem cell research bill, which was introduced into the House of Assembly earlier this month, has been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding fashion mogul Peter Nygard, DNA Leader Branville McCartney said.

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Shipyard takes part in GB float parade

AS a proud supporter of the 40th Independence Celebrations, the Grand Bahama Shipyard and its staff also took part in the Grand Bahama float parade last week.

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‘Crossing For A Cure’ – Father plans to paddle from Bahamas to Florida to raise awareness of genetic disorder

NEXT week, a father will go the distance by paddleboarding nearly 100 miles from the Bahamas to Florida to raise money and awareness which could help save his young daughter’s life.

CHAMBER VOICE: Emphasise productivity mediums before social

We exist in an advanced technological age. Everyone in our corporate world is required to master some form of technology in order to survive and perform even their basic functions.

Baha Mar confident over airlift increase

A senior Baha Mar executive said he was confident the necessary extra airlift will be in place by 2014 to accommodate the mega resort as well as other Bahamian hotels.

Baha Mar eyes 'truly 'international' reach

BAHA MAR executives are trying to position the mega resort as a “truly international destination”, its chief marketing officer telling Tribune Business that a significant amount of marketing dollars was being pumped into its North American campaign.

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Bahamas ends up playing Trinidad for the bronze

THE Bahamas came close to advancing to the final of the 9th CAZOVA Junior Under-21 Men’s Volleyball Championship in Point-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe, over the weekend.

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Sports in brief

THE Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association continued its regular season action at the DW Davis Gymnasium over the weekend.

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Carey and Cargill were 'absolutely outstanding' in ITF tourney

GRAND Bahamian Rasheed Carey and Christian Cargill continued an impressive showing for the Bahamas on the international scene as the two hooked up in the final of the International Tennis Federation’s Jamaica Junior Tournament in Kingston, Jamaica, over the weekend.

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Bahamas dives into action at the 15th FINA Worlds

TEAM Bahamas started competition in the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships at the historic Palau de Jordi Swimming Complex in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.

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'Fireman' set to burn up the track

After being sidetracked by the organisation of his initial Bahamas Invitational track and field meet in April, Chris “Fireman” Brown has slowly gotten back on track and now he is eager to make another appearance at the IAAF World Championships next month.

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Three injured in shooting and woman stabbed in separate attack

FOUR people are in hospital after separate shooting and stabbing incidents yesterday.

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No plans for job cuts at BTC - Houston

BTC CEO Geoff Houston denied allegations by the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union that the telecoms company was planning to lay off staff at the corporation.

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Immigration launches search after sloop runs aground

DEFENCE Force and Immigration officers are searching for undocumented migrants from a Haitian sloop that ran aground west of South Beach ramp yesterday.

Sunday, July 28

UFC: Edwards suffers second straight loss


Dorian to bring heavy rain but has been downgraded

HEAVY rain is expected to affect the south and central Bahamas through Wednesday as former tropical storm Dorian continues on its northwest path this week.

Street Legends results

THE Street Legends’ post-season play continued at the AF Adderley Gym over the weekend. Here’s a look at a summary of the matches played:

Little Switzerland hosts gala event for new collection

Little Switzerland hosted a gala event at their Breitling Boutique Nassau downtown Bay Street over the weekend to showcase the arrival of the 2013 Breitling timepiece collection.

No US Ambassador

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Friday, July 26

trio accused of $89,000 theft face court




Bran: Get rid of shanty towns




man shot dead

THE country’s murder count rose to 64 Thursday night after a man was shot dead in his car.It happened at about 10.26pm in the area of Wulff Road and Peardale.

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Attorney pleads not guilty to causing harm

Attorney Fred Smith has appeared before magistrates today and pleaded not guilty to a single charge of causing harm.

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Attorney pleads not guilty to assault charge

Attorney Keod Smith appeared in the magistrates' court today and pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, threats of harm and causing damage.

Murder investigation after man shot dead

Police need the public’s help in locating the persons responsible for a shooting that left a man dead last night.

Thursday, July 25

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COP KILLERS: Guilty of murder and attempted murder

Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clint Evans have all been found guilty of murder and attempted murder in connection with the March 1999 death of Officer Jimmy Ambrose.

'Shocked' if oil firm's share offering approved

A former top Securities Commission official yesterday said he would be “shocked” if the regulator approved the Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) planned Bahamian Depository Receipt (BDR) share offering, on the grounds that the company’s primary listing was not on a top-tier stock exchange

Gov't real estate plans may 'hurt more than help'

The Government could hurt more Bahamians than it benefits if current real estate policy thinking ends up restricting who can buy and own property in certain locations, a top realtor warned.

Top realtor backs $500k investment bar rise 'for sure'

A top realtor yesterday said the permanent residency investment threshold should be increased to $750,000 “for sure”, while calling on the Government to spark land development through incentives, not penalties.

Trio found guilty of cop killing

A 12-WOMAN jury last night found Stephen “Die” Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clint Evans guilty of murdering Constable Jimmy Ambrose and attempting to kill Constable Marcian Scott.

Mitchell urges strength over cuban protests

THE government must “stiffen its spine”and reach a resolve concerning Cubans being detained in Nassau, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.

Concert honoured gospel legend and Marlin Award winner Kevan “Kevi Kev” McKenzie.

A SPECIAL memorial celebration concert entitled “Rise Again” was held last night at Bahamas Faith Ministries in honour of Bahamian gospel legend and Marlin Award winner Kevan “Kevi Kev” McKenzie.

Bahamas to explore 'two tier' fund regulation

The Bahamas may have to explore creating a ‘two-tier’ regulatory structure for the benefit of investment managers and their funds that want to access the European Union (EU) market, Tribune Business was told yesterday

'Stem cell laws mean more than Nygard'

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell believes the passage of stem cell regulations is a far more important issue for Bahamians than fashion tycoon Peter Nygard’s support for the move.

'We must behave like businesses in first world'

The Government’s planned Value-Added Tax (VAT) and other reforms are being driven by international trade treaties, a well-known attorney said yesterday, warning the private sector: “We must act like first world businesses.”

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Ramon Miller among trio set for London meet this weekend

Three Bahamians appear on entry lists to compete this weekend at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London: Ramon Miller in the 400 metres, Anthonique Strachan in the 200m and Bianca Stuart in the long jump.

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Hotel worker arrested as police crack car theft ring

Fourteen people arrested after police crack car theft ring

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Residents want to go back to Haiti after blaze

Residents of the Haitian community, devastated by a fire on Monday, want to return to Haiti after claiming they are receiving “little to no” assistance from government and the general public.

Wednesday, July 24

Gov't plans vacation rental tax crackdown


Lawyer is accused of causing harm

HUMAN rights lawyer Fred Smith, QC, plans to sue the government for defamation after he was charged by authorities with causing harm to another man.

Bahamian executive visits 'web' capital

A Bahamian website executive recently joined board members and marketing professionals from the industry’s top companies in Irelend for a series of meetings.

Oil recovery plant in six fold expansion

A Freeport-based waste oil recovery plant is planning to increase its capacity six-fold.

Residents want to go back to Haiti after blaze

More than 200 people were left homeless after a massive fire ripped through their Joe Farrington Road community, destroying more than 50 homes.

Venture fund undaunted by Out Islands' 67% fail

THE Government-sponsored venture capital fund is targeting a three-year strategic plan.

Gov't 'tying up' loose ends' on $8.3m Feb Point

The Government is “just tying up some loose ends” in approving the $8.3 million purchase of Exuma’s February Point development by Florida-based investor, John McGarvey.

FNM Deputy says Speaker has shown bias

LORETTA Butler-Turner says that Speaker of the House Dr Kendal Major has displayed “a gross bias” towards opposition MPs in Parliament.

FOCOL energy JV eyes 'over $100m' savings

FOCOL Holdings and its international partners yesterday pledged to save the Bahamas “in excess of $100 million per annum”

Five fire trucks bought for nation costing $1.3m

By SANCHESKA BROWN Five new fire trucks have been bought by the government at a cost of about $1.3 million

Private sector urges land, foreign currency borrowing reforms

By NEIL HARTNELL The Government has been urged to create a land registration system and enable Bahamians to borrow in foreign currency.

Hoping for the best

By Rev. Angela C. Bosfield Palacious

'Very fine line' on Gov't land reforms


The bridge to the future

By Rev. Canon S. Sebastian Campbell

Palm Cay's vendor hires boost economy

The $200 million Palm Cay development says it is quietly stimulating the economy by investing millions of dollars in construction-related activities, plus partnering with local professionals, banks and vendors.

Scotiabank wins Internet award

Scotiabank has been named as one of the Best Consumer Internet Banks in the Bahamas by Global Finance Magazine.

Church's President visits the Bahamas


Great week for Vacation Bible School


Calvary Deliverance Church celebrates 31st anniversary

THE congregation of Calvary Deliverance Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastor James Newry and Sister Queenie Newry, will celebrate 31 years of ministry during Convention 2013 from July 28 to 31.

TOUGH CALL: Exploring the history of our ancient Bahamas

ON Facebook recently, someone posted an early map of the Bahama Islands with a few references to Lucayan place names, which generated a lot of interest. In response I posted a map with all the surviving Lucayan names (and their translations).

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Royal baby: It's George Alexander Louis

PRINCE William and his wife Kate’s first child is George Alexander Louis, it was announced today. Kensington Palace said William and Kate were "delighted to announce" their son's name, adding that baby will be known as "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."

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Jurors visit site of body find

JURORS in the Marco Archer murder trial yesterday visited the scene where the body of the 11-year-old was found by police.

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Fourth tropical storm of the season named

A TROPICAL system that moved off the coast of Africa last weekend has become the fourth tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic season.

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Wife killed Defence Force marine

MIKIKO Black was found guilty of manslaughter yesterday in the fatal shooting of her Defence Force husband.

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Breach of contract claim at centre of St John’s case

CHIEF Justice Michael Barnett yesterday heard closing arguments from both sides in the case between the 2013 graduating class of St John’s College and the Anglican Central Education Authority.

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Pastor says residents saw start of fire

MEMBERS of the Haitian community, devastated by a late night fire on Monday, told The Tribune yesterday they believe the blaze was intentionally set to force them off the property.



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Sports in brief

THE International Coaches Clinic (ICC) hosted by the Bahamas Basketball Federation is scheduled to be held August 1-4 at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.

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Top Bahamian sprinter to miss IAAF Worlds

The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations was hoping that with the addition of Derrick Atkins, the Bahamas men’s 4 x 100 metre relay team would be in a much better position to compete for a medal at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, next month.

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Patricka and Lacarz are crowned Supermodels of the Bahamas

THE winners of the Supermodel of the Bahamas 2013 competition were named last Sunday at the Beach Club Cafe, Sandyport.

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Reflecting on art - 40 years later

TALENTED Bahamian artists invited enthusiasts to join them at Hillside House Gallery last Wednesday and Saturday, as they shared in a “40 Years Later” art conversation and exhibition.

It's time to dig out the jerry curl wigs!

JUST about every week different parties and events are hosted on the island, but very few offer fun for the ‘mature’ partygoer. 
One promotion company seeks to fill that void by presenting more events that will cater to the more mature crowd.


WITH a new single recently released, Bahamian singer and artist Sarah J Fox is excited to see her talent making great waves.

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Teen beauty queen makes way to international pageant

MISS Teen Bahamas International Angel Cartwright made her way to Chicago, Illinois, to represent the Bahamas in the Miss Teen International Pageant.

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Future the Bahamas

FOR the first time one of Atlanta’s hottest rappers will make his way to the Bahamas to headline a major concert. Future is expected to present a highly fuelled show during the Redemption Part 1 event this weekend.
The concert will be held at Luna Nightclub on July 27. Local artists including, Melanique “pop princess” Sammi Star and others will open the set.

Campaign finance reform

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Opposed to marijuana legalisation

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Hubert Ingraham: a man for all seasons

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Byron Scott enjoying life outside of basketball

AFTER spending the past 15 years, the last two with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as a coach in the National Basketball Association, Byron Scott said he thinks it’s time for him to take some time off to spend with his family and friends.

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Former NBA coach visits Jeff Rodgers basketball camp

FOR the past 26 years, Jeff Rodgers has found a way to motivate and encourage youngsters attending his annual summer basketball camp.

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Tajaro Hudson one of our national judo champions

At age 16, Tajaro Hudson is one of the Bahamas’ national judo champions.

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Street Legends postseason play

THE Street Legends will continue its postseason play tonight at the AF Adderley Gymnasium.

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Hats off to Sir Durward

WHEN it comes to individual sponsorship of regattas in the country, Danny Strachan said there’s no individual or charity that has done more than Sir Durward “Sea Wolf” Knowles.

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No candidates yet for COB shortlist

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald is confident that the next College of the Bahamas President will be a qualified Bahamian.

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$14,000 gift to pay for wheelchairs

THE Rotary Club of East Nassau has continued its long-standing relationship with the Bahamas Association for the Physically Handicapped with a donation $14,000 for the purchase of 100 new wheelchairs.

Landowners to meet government in wake of fire

OWNERS of land on which the Joe Farrington Road Haitian Village sits are expected to meet with government officials on Thursday to discuss the future of the community.

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NEMA assess damage and needs of residents

THE National Emergency Management Agency is assisting with an assessment exercise being conducted by the Department of Social Services in the aftermath of Monday night’s Joe Farrington Road fire.

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Minister says progress made on rent debts

AGRICULTURE Minister V Alfred Gray yesterday announced that officials have made progress in collecting outstanding rent from vendors.

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Documents do not record possession of gun in murder retrial, court hears

ACCORDING to testimony, one of the men accused of killing police officer Jimmy Ambrose on March 29, 1999 was not noted as having a firearm after his arrest, and was seen being beaten up on the night in question.

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Celebrations turn focus on next generation

A SPECIAL session of Youth in Parliament has been announced as part of the ongoing 40th independence anniversary celebrations.

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Contractors selected for repairs to former Catholic shools

CONTRACTORS have been selected to carryout around $3.2 million in repairs to the Our Lady’s and St Bede’s Schools, which are expected to be converted into facilities for disabled students, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald announced.

Tuesday, July 23

Councillor speaks out as Hope Town cash cut

THE chief councillor of Hope Town criticised the government after the Abaco community’s budget suffered a large cut in funding.

Poultry farm: Fee rises 'threw us for a loop'


Systems drive our marketing success

By D’Arcy Rahming

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Car accident changed Chacelle’s life forever

AFTER a car accident left 24-year-old Chacelle Johnson-Ferguson paralysed with severe brain injuries, her family is now seeking assistance with the expenses for potentially life saving treatments.

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Christie yet to keep promise to set the record straight

DESPITE two assurances by Prime Minister Perry Christie to set the record straight over the Stem Cell controversy and fashion tycoon Peter Nygard’s involvement, he has yet to do so.

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Keod Smith 'charged with assault and damage'

FORMER MP Keod Smith was charged with assault and damage yesterday, The Tribune understands.

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Nygard admits backing PLP in sworn affidavit

AN AFFiDAVIT sworn by Lyford Cay resident Peter Nygard claims that he has been a major backer of Prime Minister Perry Christie and the Progressive Liberal Party.

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Shooting is fourth murder in three days

A MAN was shot to death outside a nightclub early yesterday morning, bringing the country’s homicide count to 63 for the year. It was also the fourth murder in three days.

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Police say up to 50 homes in ruins

A HUGE fire ripped through the Haitian Village community off Joe Farrington Road last night, prompting a major response from emergency services.

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17% mortgage drop shows 'corner not turned yet'

The Bahamian real estate market has “not quite turned the corner” and is splitting into two, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with the number of recorded mortgages down 17.3 per cent year-over-year for the 2013 first half.

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$5.119bn debt's foreign currency share 'worrying'

The Bahamas’ national debt hit $5.119 billion at end-March 2013, with a former finance minister yesterday describing the 36.6 per cent foreign currency share of this figure as “the worrying side” of the fiscal crisis.

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Doctors Hospital 'ready to move on stem cell'

DOCTORS Hospital Health System (DHHS) “is ready to move” on stem cell treatment as soon as the Government passes the necessary regulations, its president yesterday saying it would be part of its medical tourism programme.

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Men decline to testify in cop murder retrial

THREE men accused of murdering a police officer waived their right to testify in court yesterday.

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A cool way to show your pride in the Bahamas

AS THE nation continues to celebrate 40 years of independence, Lickety Split is doing its part to inspire national pride.

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Regatta to honour Sir Durward during 60th anniversary

THE Commodore of the National Family Island Regatta, Danny Strachan, said on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the regatta and the 40th anniversary of independence, the committee wishes to acknowledge the continuing contributions of a Bahamian sailing icon.

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Can you give a pet a good home?

THE Bahamas Humane Society shelter is once again full to bursting with dogs and cats in desperate need of loving homes.

$17.5m condo project's 'unique' sales strategy

An eastern New Providence development yesterday unveiled a “unique” strategy for selling its new $17.5 million condo offering, which it hopes to build-out within two years.

Controversy over abortion continues

AS the controversy surrounding the passing of a law that criminalises abortions after 20-weeks continues to wage in Texas, Bahamian women are putting a renewed spotlight on the issue in the Bahamas.

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The sun does not discriminate... The importance of applying sunscreen

IT has been a long held belief that the darker your skin, the less protection it needs against the sun’s harmful rays. However, medical experts warn that no-one is immune to the sun’s devastating impact.

Residents fearing Bimini 'overload'

WITH Bimini set for even more resort development, some residents yesterday expressed fears that the small island is being over developed and will eventually become overpopulated, one telling Tribune Business: “I don’t know why this island is being overloaded”.

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Boutique hotel on 'radar' for $200m development

A $200 million real estate development yesterday confirmed that a boutique hotel, while “on our radar”, was likely three to four years from being added to its product mix.

Bahamas admitted to global Chamber

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) has been accepted into membership of the prestigious International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

FATCA infrastructure's 'significant concern'

A leading accountant yesterday described the mechanism the Bahamas will use to comply with the US Foreign Account Compliance Act (FATCA) as “significant concern” and “the big elephant in the room”.

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Baseball Federation and Atlantis resort to host annual International Coaches Clinic

THE Bahamas Basketball Federation recently announced it will host another edition of its annual International Coaches Clinic with a myriad of high profile coaches imported for a weekend of tutelage in various aspects of the game.

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Fourteen to represent Bahamas at bodybuilding event

THE Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation is expected to field a 14-member team to compete at the region’s top event in the sport, as they look to reclaim the top overall title at the 41st CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships.

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Debbie sets focus on the 4 x 100 relay

SPRINTER Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie remembers when she was the youngest member of the Bahamas national track and field team.

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Fed Cup stars welcomed home

Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association president Derron Donaldson said he was so impressed with the performance of the Fed Cup team that he was taking player/captain Larikah Russell, Simone Pratt, Kerrie Cartwright and Danielle Thompson in a limousine ride to dinner.

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Bahamas playing role in tackling shipping piracy

THE Memorandum of Understanding on counter-piracy between the governments of the Bahamas and the United States of America will play a critical role in maintaining and enhancing the country’s position as a leading global Flag State, Minister of Transport Glenys Hanna-Martin said.

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Low turnout for FNM protest

FNM commentators criticised fellow party members for failing to show up in numbers for a protest in Rawson Square.

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Closing arguments in marine's murder trial

JURORS heard closing arguments from both sides in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her Defence Force marine husband.

Luciano's starts to prepare for charity event

LUCIANO’S of Chicago has started its preparations for Hands for Hunger’s one-of-a-kind culinary experience and most anticipated charity event in the Bahamas – Paradise Plates, a culinary celebration benefiting the fight against hunger in the Bahamian community.

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Case begins over St John's College graduation

ATTORNEYS Christina Galanos and Krystal Rolle began their opening submissions yesterday in the case between the 2013 graduating class of St John’s College and the Anglican Central Education Authority.

Women, men & emotions: Are you the host or the hostage?  

Many people believe that highly touted intellect alone is the key to a successful life.  Yet, without positive emotional capital, intellectual success slowly begins to falter.

Monday, July 22

Judo team ready for US Junior Open and World Cadet Championships

THE Bahamas’ judo team has been preparing for both the 2013 July US Junior Open and the 2013 August World Cadet Championships since September, 2012, according to a press release.

Scotiabank officer passes executive exam

Scotiabank (Bahamas) centre director, Samuel Haven, has passed the Executive Series 7 general securities training workshop with The Nastac Group.

forensic expert denies claim by lawyer


Weekend tennis events

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association, in conjunction with teaching pro Wesley Rolle and Friends of Tennis in Harbour Island, organised a series of tennis events over the weekend.


WE ARE presently engaged in a war against criminals, who are getting bolder.

Nygard talks of his stem cell centre

AT a press conference at his Lyford- Nygard Cay home last Monday Peter Nygard called The Tribune “silly” to think that he would create a stem cell centre in his own backyard.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The problem with funding

IN the wake of the now infamous Peter Nygard video—Nygard takes the Bahamas back—it is clear that the Bahamas is in need of an Integrity Commission, the enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act and—on a broader scale—an Office of the Ombudsman.

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Sandals Foundation mobilises for Mandela Day

The Sandals Foundation commemorated the globally-recognised Nelson Mandela Day by partnering with the College of the Bahamas and the Lyford Cay Foundation’s education enrichment programme, FOCUS, to plant a tree at the college in honour of former South African president.

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Prince William by his wife's side for birth

Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy.

YOUR SAY: Abortion and the stem cell bill


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Govt ‘is ready’ if environmentalists want to go to court

IF environmentalists want to go to court over the construction of a jetty in Bimini for the Resorts World Bimini SuperFast, the government will be “ready to take them on,” Prime Minister Perry Christie said Saturday.

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Resorts World Bimini SuperFast makes inaugural voyage

AFTER safety setbacks kept the Resorts World Bimini SuperFast in the port of Miami for two weeks, the vessel was cleared to take 500 guests to Bimini for its inaugural trip Saturday morning.

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$150m Bimini hotels project to bring 1,000 jobs

BIMINI is set for yet another series of Resorts World investments, this time with a three-year $150 million project that will see the construction of two hotels and the creation of some 1,000 jobs.

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Claim that Nygard owes $3 million in real property tax

A REPRESENTATIVE of Peter Nygard yesterday failed to respond to claims that the billionaire fashion designer owes the government more than $3 million in real property tax.

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Police reserve officer, teenager shot

A RESERVE police officer and a 17-year-old boy are in hospital after being shot over the weekend in two separate incidents.

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FNM Leader attempts to address House after being warned by Speaker

THE House of Assembly has been adjourned until August following attempts by FNM Leader Hubert Minnis to address Parliament this morning.

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Three dead in weekend crime

A FIGHT between two men escalated into a fatal stabbing that left one man dead and another in serious condition in hospital yesterday.

Broker 'bit player' in multi-million frauds

A Bahamian broker/dealer and its owner have described themselves as “bit players at most” in two alleged multi-million dollar financial frauds, accusing US regulators of attempting to portray them as “unscrupulous”.

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Top QC: 'Is it Perry or Peter in charge?'

The Prime Minister’s assertion that Save the Bays’ Clifton campaign is “foolishness” has been slammed as “undignified and short-sighted”, a top QC questioning: “Is it Perry or Peter who is in charge?”

US restrictions block to PM's sand export dream

Restrictions that prevent US federal money from being spent on sand imports represent a major obstacle to the Prime Minister’s dreams of creating a Bahamian sand export market.

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Oceania fury: DPM rejects reduced tax from 80% value fall

Property owners at the controversy-torn Oceania Heights development are furious that they will have to pay Stamp Duty based on their initial purchase price, despite values having fallen by up to 80 per cent.

Arawak Homes to expand latest housing solution

ARAWAK Homes has already identified two other tracts of land in the Carmichael area where it intends to duplicate its latest housing solution, its president telling Tribune Business: “It’s a level of excitement we have not seen in many years.”

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Fed Cup: Bahamas promoted to Zone 1

WHILE the men’s team continues to struggle to get back into Zone One of the Davis Cup tie, the women have proven that it’s now their time to shine.

'Fantastic four' in World Swim Champs.

OLYMPIC finalist Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will be joined by Vereance ‘Elvis’ Burrows, McKayla Lightbourn and Matthew Lowe as representatives of the Bahamas’ team that is expected to compete at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Pastors continue winning streak

The Pastors continued their winning streak, the professionals known as the ‘Beast’ were dominant and both No Bull and Showtime proved why they’re two of the best junior programmes as they all shined on the final day of 18th Annual Nelson Cooper ‘Peace on da Streets’ Basketball Classic.

DC Pratt eliminated in his Muy Thai debut

IT came down to the judges’ decision in sudden death for Muy Thai fighter DC Pratt, before he was eliminated in his 2013 fighting debut.

CFL: Karl McCartney continues to excel with the Stampeders

ALREADY with an established reputation as a special teams ace, Karl McCartney continues to excel in his fourth season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

Humble thoughts on VAT and its meaning

Let me open by saying that I am a born and raised Bahamian with a deep love for my country, its people and, of course, the beauty that surrounds us. We are very fortunate and we enjoy an unbelievable quality of life compared to many other Caribbean countries and countries around the world.

Foreign 'infiltration' squeezing Bahamians out of $142m industry

Bahamians have gradually been squeezed out of the $142 million fly fishing industry by foreign “infiltration” over the past 20 years, reducing its impact on local businesses and job creation.

CHAMBER VOICE: The description of workplace failure

Recent surveys of new hires indicate that many persons, employed even at senior levels, still do not receive clear job descriptions outlining and clarifying the expectations for the role.

'Holy Grail' needs 10% duty with VAT

Reducing Customs duties to 10 per cent at the same time Value-Added Tax (VAT) is introduced would enable the Bahamas to achieve “the Holy Grail” of matching US prices and increasing government revenues.

Agreements avoid European 'shut out' for funds industry

The Securities Commission’s latest agreements with counterpart regulators have prevented the Bahamian investment funds industry being “shut out” of the European Union’s (EU) capital markets, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday.

Sandals eyes 210 room renovations

SANDALS Royal Bahamian’s 210-room Windsor block is set to undergo major renovations to bring it up to par with the multi-million dollar Balmoral Tower redevelopment.

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Outrage as police shut down almost all Potter's Cay stalls

POTTER’S Cay vendors expressed outraged after police shut down nearly all the stalls at the popular hangout over the weekend.

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Electrical failure to blame for water supply interruption

ELECTRICAL failure at the Windsor pumping station was the cause of water supply interruption in western New Providence over the weekend.

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Govt 'committed to young people's development'

FREEPORT – Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville assured the public that the government is fully committed to the development of young people.

Local bars to become 'foreign cities' as part of beer promotion

“CHEERS, Heineken for one year!” – Those were the words read by three lucky men as they popped the bottle cap.

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35-year-old man questioned over allegations of unnatural sexual intercourse

ELEUTHERA police are questioning a 35-year-old Cat Island man in connection with allegations of unnatural sexual intercourse, assault with a deadly weapon, and threats of death.

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PM was set to address stem cell plans controversy in House today

PRIME Minister Perry Christie had said he will address the controversy surrounding the government’s stem cell plans and an alleged PLP relationship with Peter Nygard in the House of Assembly today. However, the House has now been adjourned.

Sunday, July 21

$100,000 of suspected drugs seized


Man stabbed after fight in store


Saturday, July 20

Goodman trial: Evidence ‘tested before being sent abroad’

SERGEANT Sheria King, head of the biology unit at the Royal Bahamas Police Force,  testified yesterday that she tested biological evidence in the Kofhe Goodman case, before shipping some of the items for further testing abroad.

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Cuban exiles protest against Bahamas in Miami

MEMBERS of the Cuban exile community in Miami yesterday made good on their promise to stage a protest against the alleged mistreatment of Cuban and other undocumented immigrants being held in the Bahamas.

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THE bodies of four women, three men and a child were discovered washed up on the beach in West Grand Bahama in what is being called ‘an horrific’ human smuggling tragedy.

Friday, July 19

Wherever he goes his neighbour is there

PETER Nygard is trying to stop everyone talking about him, but wherever he goes he seems to have Bacon on the brain.

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ACCORDING TO ME: 'I spend, you owe'

WITH all the reports swirling about payola by political supporters, government compromise and the fallout over the same, it is a good time to make this a teachable moment for the average Bahamian about why the subject of government corruption matters to you and your family.

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Teenager charged in connection with Shooting of boy, 5

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the shooting of a five-year-old boy, The Tribune understands.

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Marco Archer trial: Lawyer told he is in contempt of court

JUSTICE Bernard Turner told lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson that he was in contempt of court because of his conduct and choice of words yesterday on the 60th day of the Marco Archer murder trial.

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FNM deputy to vote against passing stem cell legisLation

DESPITE personal convictions that support the Stem Cell Research Bill and its benefits, FNM deputy Loretta Butler Turner confirmed yesterday that she will vote against passing the legislation.

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Man charged with causing damage to asphalt on JFK

A 53-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday for causing damage to more than 8,000 ft of asphalt on John F Kennedy Drive over a six-day period.

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Dr Minnis plans to table affidavit 'proving Nygard gave money to PLP'

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said he plans to table an affidavit that will prove that billionaire fashion designer Peter Nygard gave money to the Progressive Liberal Party.

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Money ‘was spent on stem cell research’

FREEPORT – Peter Nygard insists that his $5 million donation was spent on stem cell research. He denied that it was given to finance the PLP’s 2012 election campaign.

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Team Bahamas playing 'phenonmenal tennis' in Fed Cup

WHILE she was appreciative of the executive board of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association for affording her the opportunity to represent the Bahamas as the player/captain of the talented and tenacious Fed Cup team, Larikah Russell said she couldn’t ask for a better performance so far from players Simone Pratt, Kerrie Cartwright and Danielle Thompson.

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Making the most of basketball camp

For the past three weeks, the Anatol Rodgers High School was buzzing with activities as the Southwest Basketball Camp was held for boys and girls, particularly from the surrounding schools.

'Man in the Boat' sculling event to liven up Abaco for the first time

IT’S not regatta time or homecoming celebrations, but Bahamian Brewery and Sands Beer will be taking its fast growing Sands Man in the Boat Sculling Championship to Treasure Cay, Abaco, this weekend.

BRENT STUBBS: 'Just another day in the world of sports'

IN the past two weeks that I took a break from the sports desk, there have been some significant developments on both the local and international scene that warrant some critiquing at this time.

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Water shortage fears compromised quality

New Providence’s frequent supply shortages resulted in the Water & Sewerage Corporation making compromises on water quality and maintenance of a key reverse osmosis plant, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Dr Sands joins call for dialogue on abortion

WOMEN should not be forced to break the law in order to exercise rights over their own body, according to Dr Duane Sands, who yesterday joined activists in their call for national dialogue on the abortion issue.

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Man in court in connection with armed robbery

JERMAINE Russell, 33, of Pinewood Gardens was arraigned before Magistrate Constance Delancey yesterday in connection a July 7 armed robbery.

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Customers cut off by BEC 'should be fully connected' by September

MOST of the residential customers whose electricity supply was cut due to unpaid BEC bills should be “fully connected” by September, BEC chairman Leslie Miller said.

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Govt Press workers take part in First Aid course

FORTY Government Press workers are participating in a First Aid course at BTVI in an effort to equip themselves with the skills needed to handle the hazards which may arise in their line of work.

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Rate of minor crimes 'continues to rise'

COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade admitted yesterday that the rate of minor crimes continues to escalate despite a decrease in major crime across the Bahamas.

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Ground broken on BAIC training centre

SEVERAL government officials yesterday attended a ground-breaking ceremony in the Soldier Road Industrial Park, where a new state-of-the-art administrative office and a training centre for the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation is being constructed.

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Bahamian Independence celebrated in Cuba

HAVANA – In what was dubbed a spectacular event, more than 200 jubilant patrons took part in the Bahamas’ 40th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations held at the historic Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba.

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'Shock and fear' after shooting caused woman to phone her mother before police

A WOMAN accused of murdering her Defence Force husband said shock and fear caused her to call her mother before alerting police about the fatal shooting.

Bring financial engine into play to propel China's economy

Chinese Ambassador to the Bahamas

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Man wearing monitoring bracelet killed in shooting

A MAN wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet was killed during a double shooting at his residence Wednesday night.

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Fidelity fears 'deterioration' as taxes triple

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) yesterday warned that its 2013 second half performance was likely to “deteriorate” due to the impact of its new $1.2 million Business Licence fee, a development that will triple its tax burden.

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Auto dealer concern on exemption 'double dip'

A Ministry of Finance official yesterday confirmed that vehicle owners with comprehensive insurance could still take advantage of the duty exemptions issued over New Providence’s May flooding, while addressing auto dealer concerns over how Customs was applying this.

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Port share offering 71% oversubscribed

The Arawak Port Development Company’s (APD) preference share issue was 71.4 per cent oversubscribed, Tribune Business was told yesterday, raising $15 million more than target.

Broker smeared by SEC to 'create illusion'

A Bahamian broker/dealer has accused US regulators of smearing its reputation to “create the illusion” it was knowingly involved in an $11 million fraud, while denying that Bahamian law obliged it to act as “an investigative agency”.

'Significant progress' in Grand Bahama sport

FREEPORT – Well-known Bahamian Coach Erold Bodie says the development of competitive sports on Grand Bahama has progressed significantly over the past 40 years.

PM urges BAIC: Study sand export potential

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday urged the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) to study the potentoal for a “major” sand export market, while also calling for a sponging industry revival.

RICHARD COULSON: Growth Forum yet to deliver

Euphoria but scepticism. These were my conflicting emotions during the two-day gathering, called a ‘Regional Workshop’, of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF), held last month in the ornate meeting rooms of the Atlantis Conference Centre.

'Political will' needed' for aviation regime fix

 A BAHAMIAN airline executive yesterday said the Government needs to demonstrate the political will necessary to fix the country’s aviation regulatory regime, warning that a downgrade by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could have devastating consequences for the industry.

Poor Gov't consultation aviation's 'top threat'

A BAHAMIAN airline chief executive yesterday warned the Government’s failure to consult was “the greatest threat to our survival” in the aviation industry, suggesting that some airlines could be paying up to $1,200 extra in Customs fees per day.

Thursday, July 18

Chinese leaders send congratulatory independence messages to Bahamas

TO MARK the occasion of the 40th anniversary of independence, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi all sent messages of congratulations to their counterparts – Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, Prime Minister Perry Christie and Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell.

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Car found at crime scene 'was loaned to defendant'

FREEPORT – A key prosecution witness told the Supreme Court yesterday that he loaned his vehicle – which was found at a crime scene in Eight Mile Rock in July 2009 – to one of the defendants, who is on trial for murder.

Vitamalt sponsors Police Summer Youth Programme

UNDER the theme “Celebrating Our Heritage as We Engage our Youth for a Safer Bahamas,” The Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Summer Youth Programme celebrated 20 years of excellence as more than 200 children, between seven and 16 years, entered the programme this week.

Peter Nygard's political blunder

LARGER than Life – he’s rich. He’s powerful. But what kind of a boss is Peter Nygard… asks the Fifth Estate in presenting an alarming documentary of interviews with former employees, who describe their experience over the years with Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard.

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Contractor's insurance will cover repairs to damaged road

THE cost of the repairs for the damaged John F Kennedy Drive will be covered by the contractor’s insurance, Minister of Works and Urban Development, Philip “Brave” Davis confirmed yesterday.

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Fred Mitchell: Defend nation's reputation ahead of Cuban protests

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell is encouraging Bahamians at home and in Miami to defend the nation’s reputation ahead of planned protests tomorrow by Cubans in Miami.

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Marco Archer: Investigator denies fabricating evidence to 'cover up' for friend

A POLICE investigator denied fabricating evidence against Kofhe Goodman to “cover up” for his friend in connection with the disappearance and murder of Marco Archer.

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FNM leader criticised for opposing stem cell legislation

PARLIAMENTARIANS yesterday criticised FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis for opposing stem cell legislation when the former administration had already licensed a research facility in the absence of a regulatory framework.

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FNM threatens legal action against Nygard

THE opposition Free National Movement has warned Peter Nygard that if he doesn’t either prove or apologise for his claims that the former administration was corrupt, the party will take aggressive legal action against him.

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FNM Deputy warns Parliamentarians amid Nygard row

FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler Turner warned Parliamentarians to be “careful of the gifts they accept” from certain individuals because of the impression it could give to the Bahamian public and the world.

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MP: concerns that Nygard ‘donated $5m to the PLP’

CONCERNS have been raised among members of the public that Canadian billionaire Peter Nygard donated $5 million to the PLP’s election campaign.

Major retailer explores Nassau Village pull-out

Around 50 Bahamian jobs are set to be impacted as a well-known food retailer looks to either relocate its sole New Providence store or close it altogether, less than a year after it opened.

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Property tax amnesty yields almost $18m

THE Government’s real property tax amnesty has yielded just under $18 million to-date, a Cabinet Minister confirmed yesterday, with 1,000 new properties added to the Government’s database.

VAT revenue boost equal to 2% of GDP

The Government believes that Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) introduction will generate a net revenue increase equivalent to 2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), and expects to achieve most of this from the ‘get go’.

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Sir William 'doubts' 2014 VAT timeline

A former finance minister says it is “doubtful” that the Government will hit the target timelines for its two key fiscal objectives - the introduction of Value-Added Tax (VAT) and eliminating the fiscal deficit.

GB Shipyard hires young professionals

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Grand Bahama Shipyard has hired three young Bahamian professionals to permanent positions, employing Jeffery DeGregory, Natasha Bethel and Justan Campbell as a junior naval architect and junior planners respectively.

Attorney passes compliance exam

Attorney Estena Saunders has passed the chief compliance officer qualifying exam after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI).

Cash 'N Go makes Exuma entrance

Sandals Emerald Bay said it has partnered with Cash ‘N Go to create a one-stop-shop for all its employees’ needs.

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Ferguson and Miller making strides on European circuit

WITH less than a month remaining before the IAAF World Championships in Athletics are set to begin in Moscow, Russia, members of Team Bahamas continue to perform well on the European circuit.

BLTA 'Play and Stay' programme to hit Harbour Island

IN October, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association launched its version of the ITF’s “Play and Stay” programme in the capital. Now, the organisation will formally expand to the family islands.

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Promising start for Team Bahamas

It was a promising start for Team Bahamas at the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Group II as keen singles play propelled the four-member team to wins in their first two matches.

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Shane Gibson dismisses Nygard video controversy

GOLDEN Gates MP Shane Gibson is the second Cabinet Minister featured on the controversial Nygard video to say he feels the matter is a non-issue.

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Christie: I can't reveal who donated to election campaign

PRIME Minister Perry Christie claims he cannot reveal who donated money to the PLP’s election campaign – and will remain unable to do so until campaign finance reform is finalised.

Gov't to unveil VAT regs with legislation

The Government is just a weeks away from putting out its draft Value-Added Tax (VAT) legislation, a Cabinet Minister yesterday disclosing that it was seeking to release the accompanying regulations at the same time.

Chamber launches mentoring to improve 70% SME fail rate

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) is hoping its pilot mentorship and training programme will improve entrepreneurs’ chances of success, given that 70 per cent of Bahamian small business ventures end in failure.

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PM to consult govt, Opposition on gaming, constitutional reform

PRIME Minister Perry Christie will not reveal his opinion on recommendations for gaming and constitutional reform until he has consulted both his government and the opposition.

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Bahamian Independence celebrated in Port au Prince

BAHAMAS ambassador to Haiti Godfrey Rolle led a celebration of Bahamian independence at the Hotel Karibe Petion-Ville in Port au Prince on July 9.

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'No gambling for money' at Nygard Cay

LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson has denied that gambling for money takes place at Nygard Cay.

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Traffic nightmare on the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge

REPAIR work on one of the Sir Sidney Poitier bridge’s toll booths made the morning commute for Paradise Island workers a nightmare yesterday.

VAT energy exemption likely for poor homes

The Government will likely structure its 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) to protect low income households and minimal energy users from its inclusion on electricity bills, a top Ministry of Finance official said yesterday.

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Grand Bahama Shipyard hires three young Bahamian professionals

FREEPORT – The Grand Bahama Shipyard renewed their commitment to hiring skilled Bahamians by employing three young Bahamian professionals in permanent positions.

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Bahamas is set to get more showers and thunderstorms

THERE will be more showers and thunderstorms across the Bahamas over the next few days according to Rob Miller, a meteorologist at AccuWeather.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Stepping into the Photoshop 'layer'

We are going to look at one of Photoshop’s most essential features.. layers.

Sylvia Munro is very much alive

REPORTS of Sylvia Munro’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

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A Caribbean court 'may take same death penalty view as Privy Council'

ADOPTING the Caribbean Court of Justice as the Bahamas’ final court of appeal in order to circumvent the Privy Council’s seeming bias against the death penalty is missing “the larger picture”, the Constitutional Commission said in its report.


THE Caribbean Court of Justice was established on February 14, 2001, by an agreement signed during the 2001 Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community meeting in Nassau.

Wednesday, July 17

Republic of the Bahamas?

By Rev. Sebastian Campbell

Friendship Baptist Church observes 40th Anniversary

Prime Minister Perry Christie and his wife Bernadette Christie and National Security Minister Bernard J Nottage and Portia Nottage attended the Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia last week for a service to observe the 40th Anniversary of the Bahamas’ independence.
The National Youth Choir of the Bahamas, directed by Cleophas Adderley, performed during the service and at a lunch which followed

Building the Next 40 years: Part II

By Rev. Angela Palacious

Anglican Church's First Men and Boys Encounter

ON Saturday, June 22 the Anglican Church Men’s Council hosted it’s first Men and Boys Encounter at St John’s College.

Tourism chief confident on aviation tax solution

A senior Ministry of Tourism executive yesterday expressed optimism that all parties would be “able to work” through the commercial airline concerns over new and increased taxes, and reach “a position tenable to all”.

An awesome display of national pride

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Stem cell therapy 'has potential to change disease treatment'

MEDICAL researchers believe that stem cell therapy has the potential to dramatically change the treatment of human disease.

Christie anxious to take the House floor

PRIME MINISTER Christie has said he cannot wait to take the floor of the House today to clear up the controversy over stem cell research and his and his party’s relationship with fashion designer Peter Nygard.

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MP Gray ‘not ashamed’ of appearance in Nygard video

DESPITE criticism from the opposition, MICAL MP V Alfred Gray said he is “not ashamed” of his appearance in the “Nygard Takes Bahamas Back” video with millionaire Peter Nygard and would appear again if he had to.

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PM says he ‘can’t wait’ for stem cell debate

PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie said he “can’t wait” to clear up the controversy that has erupted over claims that stem cell legislation was introduced to Parliament at the request of billionaire Fashion Designer Peter Nygard.

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FNM Ministers ‘were warned’ to stay away from Nygard

LORETTA Butler Turner, FNM deputy leader, yesterday insisted that Ministers serving under the previous Ingraham administration were “warned” to stay away from billionaire fashion designer Peter Nygard.

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Marco Archer: investigator ‘did not view surveillance footage’

A POLICE investigator said he did not view surveillance footage obtained from a service station on Baillou Hill Road and Brougham Street, the area where Marco Archer reportedly was last before his disappearance.

DIRECTV blasts Satellite Bahamas on signal piracy

There is “overwhelming evidence” that the Bahamas’ leading satellite TV provider defrauded DIRECTV by pirating its programming and equipment to service over 5,800 local accounts, court documents are alleging.

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'Uniform investor disappointment' a Chamber concern

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday described as “a matter of concern” a consultant’s report that international investors were “uniformly disappointed” with the performance of their Bahamian ventures.

Balearia set to restart Bimini service in fall

THE Balèaria Bahamas Express has suspended its service between Bimini and South Florida after only four months, although a company executive yesterday confirmed to Tribune Business it would resume in the fall with a faster, more modern vessel.

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Bahamas 'lags' world on hotel room rates

Bahamian resorts “could not wait any longer to raise rates” if they were to meet budget, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president yesterday explaining this is why 2013 occupancies are expected to be down year-over-year.

AID sales increase 10% year-over-year

AUTOMOTIVE & Industrial Distributors (AID) has seen a 10 per cent year-over-year sales increase for 2013 to-date, a senior executive yesterday telling Tribune Business it hoped to open its new $7.5 million Wulff Road headquarters next month.

Bran: 'Up' short-term work permit's cap

The Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) leader yesterday urged the Government to “up” its new short-term work visa policy to greater than two weeks, while commending it for “progressive” reform.

An outside solution to Freeport's plight

This note was prompted by Dionisio D’Aguilar’s speech, ‘The Freeport Model - Obsolete Relic or Untapped Opportunity’, delivered to the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce on 15 May, 2013.

Major artists on show for Independence

AS part of the continuing 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations, the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery presented selected works from its permanent collection. The exhibition highlights works by Maxwell Taylor, Lavar Munroe, John Cox, Erica James, John Beadle, Nicole Minnis and a number of other Bahamian artists. It is open to the public until August 2.

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It's still the summer of sasha

BAHAMIAN artist Sasha Dunn has released his third mix-tape, and he is now focused on finishing his summer tour, which ends late next month.

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Arrest after 243 cans of bug spray stolen

A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the theft of 243 cans of Baygon bug spray from a business on Mackey Street early yesterday morning.

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Bimini superfast ferry is given the all-clear

AFTER its maiden voyage was delayed for more than two weeks for failing the first run of safety inspections, the Bimini Superfast Ferry has been approved by the U S Coast Guard to start operations.

Plans for new protest against Bahamas in Miami

THE Bahamas government has been accused of putting “salt in the injuries” of Cubans mistreated at the Detention Centre by claiming a video purporting to show the abuse was a forgery.

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Bimini Independence Day celebrations focus on new ferry

THE Resorts World Superfast ferry boat was a big part of the Bimini independence day celebrations this year, which drew impressive crowds for the 12-hour long festivities.

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Bahamian Gospel music Legend Kevan 'Kevi Kev' McKenzie Dies

CONDOLENCES and tributes have been pouring in for gospel legend Kevan “Kevi Kev” McKenzie, who died on Monday at Doctors Hospital with his family by his side.

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Downpour forces airport closure

THE torrential downpour that plagued several islands for most of the day yesterday forced the closure of the Lynden Pindling International Airport for several minutes.

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Dr Sands: Public should educate themselves on stem cell therapy benefits

FNM deputy chairman Duane Sands yesterday cautioned Bahamians not to dismiss stem cell therapy just because of the controversy over whether Peter Nygard influenced the government’s decision to allow the research.

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Cheers to miss Universe Bahamas hopeful Shanae

CONNOISSEURS picked up consumer tips and indulged in a selection of Pommery champagnes at Liquid Courage’s tasting showcase – “A Flight of Bubbles” – last week.

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Efforts to finish damaged road project to start 'almost immediately'

ALTHOUGH officials still have not identified a suspect in the incident involving damage to more than 7,000 feet of asphalt on John F Kennedy Drive, Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday that renewed efforts to finish the project could start sooner than next week now that police have nearly finished their preliminary investigations into the matter.

Warning over counterfeit cancer medication

THE Bahamas Pharmacy Council is urging Bahamians purchasing cancer medication to beware a counterfeit drug currently on the market.

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'900 Bahamians will benefit' from national training programme

MORE than 900 Bahamians will benefit from the National Training Programme – just in time for thousands of jobs expected to become available in the new few months, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

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$10,000 for Acklins Regatta thanks to Nygard

WHILE he admitted that he would like to see a better support system in place to fund local sporting events to counteract what he has done over the past two decades, businessman Peter Nygard said he never says no to his long-time friend and brother, King Eric Gibson.

DC Pratt in IKF World Classic Amateur/Muy Thai Kickboxing Championships

MUY Thai fighter DC Pratt will make his 2013 fighting debut this year at one of the biggest events in the sport.

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Stephen Strachan Jr to suit up for the Eagles

AFTER a storied high school career, Stephen Strachan Jr is set to begin his collegiate career this fall in the NAIA.

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Team Bahamas eyes Fed Cup promotion

The Bahamas opens up play this week in the Fed Cup Americas Group II by BNP Paribas, the final competition to determine which countries in the region will receive a promotion to Group I next season.

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WORKS by young artists celebrated the islands of the Bahamas in a host of different ways for the ‘Island Art Explosion’ competition held by Atlantis Resort.

Chance to shine, celebrating 40 years of talent

SONG and dance took centre stage as talented Bahamaians strutted their stuff for the ‘40 years of Talent’ competition.

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Why we're still wild about comedy

PARAGON Nights Entertainment recently presented and delivered another successful Comedy Wild Out show at the British Colonial Hilton.

Tuesday, July 16

Peter Nygard and the government

EDITOR, The Tribune.

TOUGH CALL: Nygard, Bacon and the history of Clifton Bay

VER the past several months, flamboyant 70-year-old Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard has released one outrageous video after another – all seemingly calculated to make fools out of Bahamians.

Nygard confirms financial support of PLP

BEFORE we comment on yesterday’s press conference by Peter Nygard, we want to first clear the decks. Mr Nygard seems to have a few operatives in his employ whose business it is to spread vicious lies and false rumours.

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'VAT should be part of broader economic reform'

FREEPORT – Former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur says the introduction of a Value Added Tax should be viewed as an essential part of the broader sweep of economic reforms in the Bahamas.

Billionaire evades influence question but praises Christie

WHILE refusing to directly comment on whether he has any influence on Prime Minister Perry Christie’s decision making, billionaire Peter Nygard made it clear yesterday that he supports the PLP.

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Jury hears of fight for gun

A QUARRELLING couple reached for a shotgun in their living room at the same time, a jury heard yesterday from a woman accused of murdering her Defence Force husband.

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Price tag for Independence celebrations ‘in time’

CHIEF Administrator of the 40th Anniversary Independence Secretariat, Jack Thompson said the price of the country’s 40th Independence Day celebrations will be revealed, “in time.”

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PM led stem cell drive, says Nygard

THE government’s push to implement the Stem Cell Bill was not a campaign promise, but a bid by Prime Minister Perry Christie to create another multi-million dollar industry for the Bahamas, according to Peter Nygard.

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Nygard claims target Bacon

KKK family link among series of accusations

Florida spending 60% above 'healthy'

Bahamian spending on Florida shopping is at least 60 per cent higher than “healthy” for this economy, a retail entrepreneur yesterday warning that this was “killing jobs” and economic growth.

Retailer targets 'foremost in the Bahamas' status

A retail entrepreneur is aiming to become the “foremost” fashion and gift shop operator in the Bahamas, as she moves to a final decision on whether to make one format’s Blake Road “transition” permanent.

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Balanced Budget would be 'noose around Gov't neck'

Making a ‘Balanced Budget’ a constitutional requirement would be akin to “putting a noose around your own neck” from a government perspective, a former finance minister said yesterday.

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Study completed into Pinewood flooding

A government study into southern New Providence areas that were severely affected by last month’s flooding, has been completed and details of the project will “soon” be released to the public.

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MP hands out furniture to victims of flooding

PINEWOOD MP Khaalis Rolle was on hand yesterday to distribute furniture to “a community that bore the brunt of the storm” – having suffered severe flooding as a result of last month’s record rainfall.

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No link between incidents

TWO criminal incidents in Inagua last week involving vandalism of a government building and an attack on a Defence Force officer are not believed to be related according to Dennis Brown, Assistant Superintendent in charge of the Matthew Town Police Station.

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Rahming to sue Brent Symonette

FORMER prison superintendent Elliston Rahming says he is taking legal action against Brent Symonette and The Nassau Guardian over comments concerning his delayed appointment as the country’s ambassador in Washington, DC.

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RBC seeks to protect Harold and Wilson Pond

ROYAL Bank of Canada has extended its worldwide Blue Water Project to the Bahamas, in partnership with Bahamas National Trust, for the protection of Harold and Wilson Pond.

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Icon Awards in this weekend's Big T

THE first Bahamian Icon awards were deemed a success by organisers and attendees who attended the black tie event on Saturday evening.

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Showing their colours

MORE than 400 participants, volunteers, and spectators gathered at Montagu foreshore on Saturday to take part in the 242 Colour Run.

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Video equipment lab to help medical treatment

A $100,000 tele-medicine lecture lab was launched in the oncology centre of the Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday.

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Attorney casts doubt on police investigation in trial

THE conduct of a police investigator was called into question yesterday during the 58th day of the Marco Archer murder trial.

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Frank Rutherford teams up with 'Rocket Man'

Well known for his exploits in the area of competition, Frank Rutherford has made a second career serving as a mentor to many young Bahamian athletes and now has teamed up with an NBA icon to tutor some of the league’s top talent.

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Young, aspiring football players show up for Devard Darling camp

SCORES of aspiring young football players turned out for the 8th edition of the Devard Darling and the As One Foundation’s annual football camp hosted at the D W Davis Field this weekend.

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Stingers Basketball Camp no pushover

The Stingers Basketball Camp moved into its second week yesterday at the DW Davis Gymnasium featuring dozens of young players looking to hone their skills over the summer months in preparation for the fall.

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Team Bahamas player profiles

THE Bahamas Volleyball Federation’s men’s junior national team is set to compete in the 9th Junior Caribbean Volleyball Championships in Guadeloupe July 21-29.

Budget tax rises 'necessary evil'

A LEADING small business consultant yesterday called on the Government to “be creative” and examine the Family island development model, telling Tribune Business there were potential untapped revenue streams in the culture and heritage sectors.

Bahamas can't remain WTO's 'odd man out'

The Bahamas will find it impossible to maintain its status as free trade’s ‘odd man out’, a former Barbadian PM yesterday warning that its World Trade Organisation (WTO) accession terms will determine whether Value-Added Tax (VAT) is successfully implemented.

Shipping companies join anti-piracy war

Bahamas-based shipping companies have committed to making counter-piracy efforts a priority within their organisations, following the recent agreement signed between this nation and the US.

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Gov't urged: Resist exemption 'clamour' over VAT reforms

The Bahamas’ proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) will merely act as an ‘income replacement’ for the Government, a former Barbadian prime minister warning yesterday that “discipline” will be key to preventing the tax base’s erosion by ‘special interests’.

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'Dozens' move on Freeport tax recourse

A well-known QC yesterday said “dozens of Freeport businesses” had contacted him about bringing a lawsuit against the Government and Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) over recent tax increases, adding that these were “decapitating” the city’s economy.

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Passionate about jobs for Bahamians


Meeting the leadership challenge: Are you confidently prepared?

The highway of life is constantly flashing a neon sign, which reads, ‘You Are Here’. The purpose of this bright sign is to clue you in that you are wherever you find yourself. This is not a difficult thing for most to understand until they find themselves in the middle of some colossal shift.

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Shipyard to donation helps marching band

THANKS to a donation from the Grand Bahama Shipyard, the Grand Bahama Legends Marching Band can now fund their much-awaited trip to Sanford, Florida.

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Health Minister says meeting at Nygard Cay was before election - despite video evidence

MINISTER of Health Dr Perry Gomez yesterday claimed a video on YouTube showing PLP MPs at the home of Peter Nygard was from before the election – despite the MPs clearly being introduced to Mr Nygard as ministers.

Monday, July 15

Guy Harvey resorts enjoy 'good summer'

THE eco-friendly Guy Harvey Outpost brand says Old Bahama Bay and the Green Turtle Club, rebranded under its Expedition Properties Portfolio, are enjoying a “pretty good summer” with “encouraging” performances.

WHY YOU VEX? 13/7/2013

'How many people organised and how much money was spent on the celebrations at Clifford Park?'

Who has taken the Bahamas back?

ALTHOUGH the PLP have tried to downplay the Nygard video posted on YouTube in the past few days, judging from comments on social media and the number of tapes e-mailed to us for our information, we do not think it wise for government to continue with its dismissive claim that the matter is of “no importance”.

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The war against criminals - PART 1

WE ARE presently engaged in a war against criminals, who are getting bolder.

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Man tried to set car on fire at anti-crime activist’s home

AUTHORITIES are investigating the attempted arson of a vehicle owned by Bahamas Against Crime (BAC) Executive Director Rev C B Moss.

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Government silent over Nygard questions

THE government remains silent following calls from the opposition that several PLP MPs tender their resignations after being filmed at a private meeting with billionaire businessman Peter Nygard.

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Clampdown on scrap metal is ‘in the works’

AMID increased calls for the government to move speedily in regulating scrap metal yards, Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave”’ Davis yesterday said a clamp down is in the works and forthcoming.

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Three in hospital after shootings

A 33-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman are in serious condition in hospital after they were shot multiple times early yesterday morning.

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Worker stole tractor to shred asphalt

A DISGRUNTLED worker destroyed more than 7,000 feet of asphalt on John F Kennedy Drive, doing more than $1 million worth of damage.

Budget's 'gut punch' for 50% Polymers expansion

A top manufacturer’s plans to expand plant capacity by 50 per cent have been sent back to the drawing board by the Budget, delaying a project that promises to create up to 50 permanent Bahamian jobs.

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QC eyes Freeport class action over Customs 'intrusion'

A well-known QC is studying whether Customs latest “intrusion” warrants a ‘class action lawsuit’ for breaching both the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and the constitutional rights of 3,500 Freeport businesses.

Freeport 'double and triple taxed'

Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) licensees are being “double and triple taxed” due to the Budget’s new and increased fees, and are warning the Government it is “attacking the goose that laid the eggs”.

'Absolutely destroyed' by Customs fee rises

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s (BCCEC) vice-chairman says new and increased Customs fees have “absolutely destroyed” both his business and hopes of developing Freeport into a logistics/distribution hub.

Broker: SEC 'can't make fraud case' over $11m scheme

A Bahamian broker and its principal are arguing that US regulators “cannot make a case for securities fraud” against them over an alleged $11 million ‘pump and dump’ scheme.

Entrepreneur workshop attracts more than 125

More than 125 participants attended the Entrepreneur Empowerment Workshop hosted by Mark A. Turnquest & The Small Business Resource Centre.

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VAT phase-in urged to avoid 'convulsions'

A prominent businessman has called for a 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) to be phased-in over six years, warning that implementing it in one go would cause “an enormous shock to the system”.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The stigma of mental illness

IN the Bahamas, there appears to be a lack of political and social will to transform our mental healthcare system from its archaic functioning capacity to a well-funded, more human undertaking. Of late, I have heard a number of stories about mental health patients—even prisoners—being warehoused at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre which, as alleged by several interviewees, is poorly run. Indeed, the state of public health services—across the board—leaves much to be desired.

CHAMBER VOICE: Place nation's Core Values in business

As a nation we have recently celebrated 40 years of independence. As a sovereign country for four decades, there is a certain degree of maturity that is expected in political, social and economic life.

PwC pushes greater Caribbean integration

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is aiming to leverage its regional network through different jurisdictions working more closely together, in a bid to better support clients.

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Mr and Mrs Independence Bahamas

THE Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation crowned its 2013 national champions at the National Center for the Performing Arts in an awe inspiring show on Saturday night.

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Athletes set personal bests at IAAF World Youths

THERE were no medal-winning events for Team Bahamas at the 8th IAAF World Youth Athletics Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.

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Title matchups all set in Flag Football League

THE championship matchups are set in the Bahamas Flag Football League, with just two weeks remaining before the 2013 champions are crowned.

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Bria swims to personal best in 100 fly

FOUR-member Team Bahamas continues in competition at the 27th University Games in Kazan, Russia.

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Police launch search for four men after shooting

POLICE are asking for the public’s help in locating four men who are wanted for questioning.

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Mitchell hits back - but still no answers over ambassador post

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell has hit back at his FNM predecessor, saying Brent Symonette’s comments diplomatic appointments were irresponsible.

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COB sets out process to find new president

THE Council of the College of the Bahamas has established the process by which the new COB president will be selected.

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Cracking down on counterfeits

TEACHING Bahamian global trade professionals to detect the movement of counterfeit goods is the first step in preventing the island nation from being used as a hub for international money laundering and terrorist funding, Customs officers were told.

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Youth choir puts on a real show in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Georgia experienced the sights, sounds and culture of the Bahamas when internationally acclaimed Bahamas National Youth Choir, under the direction of Cleophas Adderely, performed at the prestigious Morehouse College over the weekend.

Sunday, July 14

Saturday, July 13

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Nygard video prompts call for MPs’ resignation

FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner is demanding the resignations of several PLP MPs after a video of the group attending a private meeting with billionaire fashion mogul Peter Nygard was shared around the internet.

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Investigator denies ‘sweethearting’

A POLICE investigator has been accused of ‘sweethearting’ with a woman who reportedly resided at Yorkshire Drive where a decomposed body was found behind an apartment complex, the Marco Archer murder trial heard.


A BUSINESS owner is calling on the government to shut down the country’s scrap metal yards until they can be better regulated after thousands of dollars worth of damage was done to his concrete pump truck, allegedly by copper thieves.

Friday, July 12

Chantal remnants may bring storms

REMNANTS of the weather system Chantal are moving northwards and may bring thunderstorms to the Bahamas this weekend.

The question of citizenship must be settled now

THE REPORT of the Constitutional Commission, appointed last year to recommend changes to our present constitution, contained a dire warning — a warning long overdue.

Raising taxes or prices

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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ACCORDING TO ME: Misusing national symbols

I’VE ALWAYS believed that “national pride” without knowledge about and esteem for the codified symbols of one’s nationhood is not national pride at all, but simply an emotion of form over substance draped in national colours – colours that for us are too often the incorrect ones at that.

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Lawyer hits out at judge over 'interference'

KOFHE Goodman’s lawyer objected yesterday to the judge’s “interruption” and “interference” with the defence’s cross-examination of a pathologist for accepting DNA results to identify an unknown body as that of Marco Archer.

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Dr Porter's wife denied bail

THE wife of former MUHC boss Dr Arthur Porter will remain in a Canadian prison until a preliminary inquiry in September, according to Quebec court Judge Robert Marchi.

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Pastor wants government answer on Nygard land

AN INFLUENTIAL church pastor is urging the government to make its position known as to whether billionaire Peter Nygard’s request to lease acres of Crown land will be granted.

Moss does not object to 'play marriage' ceremonies between people of same sex

KINGDOM Life Church pastor Cedric Moss yesterday said he did not object to “play marriage” ceremonies between same sex individuals.

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Born at the start of our next 40 years

THE births of the first boy and girl didn’t occur on the morning of the Bahamas’ 40th independence anniversary, but later that afternoon – and both in unexpected circumstances.

Constitutional Committee chairman says criticisms are unfair on Bahamians

CONSTITUTIONAL Committee Chairman Sean McWeeney yesterday dismissed criticisms by attorney Wayne Munroe over recommendations for constitutional reform to the government.

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Process inherently flawed, says numbers attorney

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe yesterday slammed recommendations made by the Constitutional Commission on the grounds that its process was inherently flawed.

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VAT could grow 'black economy'

Value-Added Tax (VAT) could result in the expansion of the ‘black economy’, a leading chief executive has warned, plus undermine consumer spending and the retail economy.

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Crowley exit '110%' driven by competition

Crowley’s decision to exit the Bahamian shipping market was driven “110 per cent by competition”, the Arawak Port Development Company’s (APD) chief executive said yesterday, while revealing that the collective cargo capacity to Nassau was currently 52 per cent empty.

APD chief: 'fair concerns' over ship rate rise

The Arawak Port Development Company’s (APD) chief executive yesterday admitted that Bahamian importers had a “fair concern” about an increase in shipping rates following Crowley’s pull-out, but maintained that there were still “sufficient” carriers serving the market.

Gov't delays Cable deal 'related party' payouts for 30 months

Philip Keeping and Troy d’Arville, the Furniture Plus chief, will have to wait 30 months to be paid for their collective 37 per cent stake in an Orlando communications firm, due to government-imposed conditions on its acquisition by Cable Bahamas.

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Canada sends its congratulations

THE Governor General of Canada has congratulated The Bahamas on its 40th Anniversary of Independence.

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Two charged with murder

A JUVENILE boy and a 23-year-old man appeared in Magistrate’s Court as suspects in the murder of a 70-year-old grandmother during an early morning robbery at her home.

Tropical storm Chantal downgraded

TROPICAL storm warnings and alerts are no longer in effect for the Bahamas as Tropical Storm Chantal has been downgraded to a tropical wave according to Wayne Neely of the Department of Meteorology.

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When Beatlemania came to the Bahamas

AS part of our ongoing celebrations of some of the events of the past 40 years or so in the islands, to mark the 40th Anniversary of Independence, Rupert Missick Jr recalls the moment Beatlemania came to The Bahamas.

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The girl who beat all the odds

WHEN the 2013 graduates of the Vanguard School in Lake Wales, Florida, took their places, Yendise Marie Collie, of Nassau, with eyes that beamed brightly, stood proudly in their midst.

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Watch created to mark Independence anniversary

WHEN Giorgio Knowles started the process of creating a 40th Anniversary of Independence commemorative item, his sights were set on more than just a traditional memento.

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Four questioned in connection with murder

POLICE are questioning four men, ages 47, 29, 24 and 21, in connection with a recent murder. The murder reportedly occurred around 6.15pm on Saturday.

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Laquan soars into the finals

After disappointment in the long jump, Laquan Nairn returned yesterday to lead Bahamian qualifiers at the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Gov’t gives initial backing to taxi deal

The Government has agreed “in principle” to a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with the nation’s taxi drivers, which will allow the industry to be owned and controlled entirely by franchise holders and potentially enable it to access $250 million in funding.

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Team Bahamas ratified for volleyball championships

THE Bahamas Volleyball Federation has ratified its men’s junior national team set for international competition at the end of this month.

'All systems go' for national bodybuilding championships

“ALL systems are go” for this weekend’s highly anticipated National Championships, according to Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation executives.

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Govt in talks over HPV vaccine

THE government is in discussions with the pharmaceutical company Merck regarding the introduction of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine for women who are most at risk of contracting cervical cancer, Minister of Health, Dr Perry Gomez said.

Ex-Barbados PM to speak on VAT

Former Barbados prime minister, Owen Arthur, will address the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce this Monday on his country’s experience with Value-Added Tax (VAT).

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Cable growth triples with $100m US deals

Cable Bahamas is predicting that its almost $100 million worth of US acquisitions will triple annual revenue and operating income growth rates beyond what it would achieve if its activities remain confined to this nation.

Credit Bureau Bill set for summer issue

THE CENTRAL BANK intends to issue its draft Credit Reporting Bill for public consultation before the end of summer 2013, its governor has confirmed.

Legitimate business boost from smuggling crackdown

CRACKING down on smuggling and counterfeit goods will boost sales volumes for legitimate retailers, the Minister of Financial Services said yesterday.

Counterfeits undercut market prices by 50%

THERE is a “tangible” link between the smuggling of tobacco products and organised crime, it was stated yesterday, with one executive claiming that smugglers were likely to sell at prices 50 per cent below legitimate vendors as they are not paying taxes.

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Pratt, Carey advance to the semifinals

Two players remain in the singles main draws for the Bahamas as the ITF Juniors Junkanoo Bowl moved into the quarterfinals at the BLTA National Tennis Center yesterday.

Caribbean crowd funding site launched

THE first crowd-funding website owned and operated by locals in the English-speaking Caribbean was launched in Jamaica on July 6.

Thursday, July 11

March on Bahamaland

BY Rev. Canon S. Sebastian Campbell

Building the next 40 years

By Rev Angela Palacious

What will another 40 years bring?

YESTERDAY marked the close of the Bahamas’ celebration of 40 years as an independent nation.

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Celebrating 40 years in style

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation claims it was not responsible for the power outage that interrupted ZNS’ live broadcast of the 40th Independence celebrations at Clifford Part on Tuesday night.

Chantal expected to weaken before reaching Bahamas

TROPICAL STORM Chantel is expected to weaken and be reclassified as a tropical depression before it hits the Bahamas, according to the latest weather update from the Meteorology Department. 

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DNA chairman Humes resigns from party

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance chairman Mark Humes has formally resigned from the party, saying the decison was in keeping with his principles and what he believes to be “right and true”.

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Man fights for life after being hit by car

   AN ELDERLY man is fighting for his life in hospital after he was hit by a car in Freeport, Grand Bahama Wednesday morning.

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Firm says its Nassau route 'unsustainable'

A SHIPPING company has announced that it will pull out of providing direct service to the Bahamas because of “significant” cost increases.

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Crowley confirms Bahamas pull-out

Contractors are bracing for a further 10 per cent increase to construction material prices after the only shipping company providing direct service to the Bahamas from Jacksonville last night confirmed it would pull out come early August.

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Water Corp's $8m defaults protected supplier 'breaches'

The Water & Sewerage Corporation was unable to hold Consolidated Water accountable for “numerous contractual breaches” because it owed the BISX-listed firm more than $8 million in defaulted payments.

Top Cable Beach restaurant acquired

A well-known Cable Beach eatery is set to be re-opened as a high-end Italian restaurant by its new owner, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Atlantis targets new restaurant 'concept'

ATLANTIS is aiming to expand and upgrade at least three of its existing eateries, and potentially introduce a new restaurant concept, within the next 12-18 months.

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Gov't will not 'relinquish landfill control'

The Government will “not be relinquishing control” of the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfill, a Cabinet Minister has confirmed, although private sector involvement in waste-to-energy is going to be allowed.

Cable Beach fury at web shop 'intrusion'

Cable Beach homeowners are furious that a ‘webshop’ is seemingly relocating to their residential area, fearing it will undermine property values and result in increased traffic accidents.

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Swimmers make the final

TEAM Bahamas hit the pool Independence morning to make their competition debut at the 27th University Games in Kazan, Russia.

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Bahamas second at Pony Colt Division Caribbean Championships

THE Bahamas continues to prove itself as a regional powerhouse in PONY League Baseball with another second place finish at the PONY Colt Division Caribbean Championships.

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Bahamas fields biggest team ever

The Bahamas fielded its biggest team ever - 18 members - for the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine and the team produced three semifinal qualifiers on day one of the week long meet.

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Four advance at ITF Juniors Junkanoo Bowl

THE celebration of the Bahamth Anniversary of Independence moved from Clifford Park to the National Tennis Center on day three of the ITF Juniors Junkanoo Bowl.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Top 'shop' for photo needs

Happy Independence, Bahamas! We are now 40 years into Independence....March On Bahama Land.

New Atlantis restaurant eyes 800 customers daily

RENOWNED celebrity chef and restaurateur, Todd English, said his latest Olives restaurant was aiming to capitalise on Atlantis’s “late night business”, adding that its three-meal-a-day menu should generate significant consumer traffic.

RBC opens new JFK Drive branch

RBC Royal Bank has celebrated the opening of its newly-renovated John F Kennedy drive branch.

Mango confirms Malcolm as CEO

Transfer Solutions Providers (TSP) provider of the Mango pre-paid card, has formally confirmed Barry Malcolm as its new chief executive.

Tiamo unveils affiliation with Luxury Hotels

The Andros-based Tiamo Resort yesterday announced its affiliation with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Bahamas needs 'above average' second half to hit growth target

The Bahamas will be challenged to hit its 2.7 per cent GDP growth projection for 2013 if it fails to produce an “above average” second half, the Central Bank of the Bahamas’ governor has warned.

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Gomez repeats govt pledge over health insurance

THE implementation of National Health Insurance for the Bahamas remains a top priority for the government, Minister of Health Dr Perry Gomez said.

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PHA honours its staff

THE Public Hospitals Authority paid tribute to its employees in grand style during a ceremony held under the patronage of Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at the Sheraton Grand Resort on Wednesday, July 3.

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Honouring fabulous fathers

AS part of the celebrations to mark the 40th Anniversary of Independence, Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church held an event to honour 40 ‘fabulous fathers.’

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Sir Clement and Julian Maynard honoured

POLITICIANS and family members honoured the economic and social legacy of Sir Clement and Julian Maynard at the opening of a new Arawak Homes subdivision earlier this week.

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A look at the history of tourism

AS part of The Tribune’s ongoing celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of Independence, Rupert Missick Jr reflects on the past decades of tourism in The Bahamas.

TOUGH CALL: Medical reform in the Bahamas

AS WE move to reform medical financing in the Bahamas, the Pan American Health Organisation is currently updating the numbers contained in the Blue Ribbon Commission’s 2004 report on national health insurance.

Wednesday, July 10

Follow West Point model on new staff

By D’Arcy Rahming

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Tropical Storm Chantal latest

* Tropical storm watch in effect for southeastern Bahamas

Tuesday, July 9

US fishermen rescued in the Bahamas

THREE US fishermen adrift aboard their disabled vessel for roughly 30 hours have been rescued in the Bahamas.

Just not good enough

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation has complained about the “misleading” way in which The Tribune took it to task for continuing to allow $16 million worth of water to literally slip through the cracks each year.

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Tropical storm watch in effect

TROPICAL Storm Chantal was racing towards the Lesser Antilles today, and is predicted to hit The Bahamas on late Thursday and Friday.

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Govt can change gambling rules without referendum

NO CONSTITUTIONAL changes are required if the government wants to allow gambling in all of its forms for Bahamians, Constitutional Committee Chairman Sean McWeeney said yesterday.

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Doctor: Shanty towns are a danger to everyone

NOTED physician Harold Munnings said the country’s shanty towns present “a danger to everyone” as the conditions as outlined in the government’s recent report are ripe for the spread of disease.

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Asphyxia not ruled out in boy's death

ASPHYXIA could not be “definitively” ruled out as the cause of death for a purported 11-year-old boy who suffered blunt force trauma to the head, a jury heard from a pathologist yesterday.

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ACCORDING TO ME: 'What can we do?'

AS Bahamians prepare to observe 40 years of nationhood, much of the focus has been on what has happened over that time period.

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Tonight's Independence celebrations

Tonight Independence Day Celebrations begin at 7:30pm in Clifford Park before ending at midnight with a fireworks display, as the country's celebrates its 40th year as an independent country.

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Obama sends message for anniversary

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has congratulated The Bahamas on its 40th Anniversary of Independence.

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Constitutional Commission recommendation

THE CONSTITUTIONAL Commission yesterday recommended that the Privy Council remain the final court of appeal for the Bahamas. However, it suggested that the government should amend the Constitution to “tie the foreign court’s hands” on the death penalty issue.

Future peace of the nation depends on citizenship issue

THE chances of a peaceful future for the Bahamas may depend on whether the difficult questions of citizenship and the dangerous problem of stateless people is dealt with, the Constitutional Commission has warned.

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Chamber advocates 'dual' VAT system

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) yesterday advocated that the Government implement a ‘dual taxation’ system via Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) introduction, with “private individuals” continuing to pay full customs duties on their imports.

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DNA chief: I couldn't get into business now

The Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) leader yesterday said today’s economy would prevent him from entering business in the manner he did 20 years ago, describing the Budget as lacking vision and providing “no light at the end of the tunnel”.

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AML targeting 50% dividend 'minimum'

AML Foods yesterday said it was ultimately aiming to return a “minimum” 50 per cent of annual profits to shareholders, while disclosing that the Budget’s Business Licence hikes had discouraged it from further job-creating expansion.

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Prince Charles witnessed last day as a British colony

PRINCE Charles enjoyed the Bahamas’ last day as a British colony, hosting a formal reception at Government House for dignitaries from 52 countries overseeing the end of over 300 years of British sovereignty.

Report says police should no longer be responsible for prosecutions

POLICE should no longer be responsible for prosecutions at the magistrate’s court, the Bahamas Constitution Commission recommended in their 250-page report to the government.

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Pre-anniversary celebrations

PRE-anniversary celebrations are due to start at 8pm at Clifford Park tonight. A people’s Junkanoo love and unity rush is scheduled for 3am on Wednesday.

Areas highlighted for constitutional reform

Areas for which the Constitutional Commission advocates reform, listed in descending order of priority:

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Minnis says government must deal with gaming

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday the government must make a decision and finally deal with gaming issue based on recommendations from the Constitutional Commission.

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Tears for patriotic boy CJ

Carlton Dwayne “CJ” Cartwright Jr, 11, was laid to rest in Long Island on Saturday as family, friends and well-wishers from the community gathered to say goodbye to the young boy for the last time.

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Music Maestro a fabulous father

CLEOPHAS Adderley is an attorney at law, and another of the 40 Fabulous Fathers whom The Tribune is highlighting who was honoured by Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church for the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

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Court hears how trio denied part in murder

THREE alleged culprits in the fatal shooting of a police officer were charged with firearm possession and causing “public terror” two days later after their respective interviews with the chief investigator, a jury heard yesterday.

Other notable days in history on July 10

THE Bahamas gaining independence is not the only significant historical event that happened on July 10.

No change to preamble

SUPPORTING the idea that no changes should be made to the preamble of the Bahamas Constitution, the Constitutional Commission rejected the idea that the reference to Christian and spiritual values should to be enshrined as part of the body of the Constitution.

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A message from the Rt Rev Laish Boyd

THE Rt Reverend Laish Boyd delivers his Independence Day message:

A Cuban celebration

THE Bahamas 40th Anniversary of Independence Celebrations at the historic Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba, were enjoyed by more than 200 people.

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Stamps unveiled as part of 40th anniversary celebrations

CABINET ministers joined Prime Minister Perry Christie in Rawson Square yesterday to launch Independence Day commemorative stamps as part of the 40th anniversary of independence activities.

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Enjoy a 'spirit of Independence' camaraderie

GOVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes has called for Bahamians to enjoy a ‘Spirit of Independence’ camaraderie, historically nurtured over the last 40 years, as they celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

Report highlights deep divisions over discrimination on sexuality

EXPANSION of the grounds of discrimination should be limited to “sex”, according to the report filed by the Constitutional Commission yesterday.

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Women get a chance to ‘Tweak Their Chic’ promoting a positive self-image

BAHAMIAN women in Grand Bahama got the opportunity to ‘Tweak Your Chic’ in one of the biggest image, beauty and fashion summits on the island.

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Leevan’s ‘road to recovery’

It’s been almost a year since Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands had surgery on his right knee that he popped out while competing in the final of the men’s triple jump in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. But since then, he’s slowly, steadily improving.

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Tracey Sweeting wins 72-mile Independence Championship

AFTER a gruelling 72-mile cycling race, Tracey Sweeting of the Enjoy Cycling Club emerged as the winner of the 40th Independence National Cycling Championship and was crowned the 2013 Bahamas National Cycling Champion.

'Camp of Champions'

THE Chris Canty “Camp of Champions” returned to the Bahamas for the second consecutive year, bringing a message of religious fellowship and community service through the game of football.

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Close finishes and blowouts in BGDBA

THE Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association continued play over the weekend with close finishes and blowouts at the DW Davis Gymnasium.

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A sports whirlwind since 1973

IT’S been a whirlwind for sports since the Bahamas gained its independence in 1973.

Four swimmers set for World University Games in Russia

THE Bahamas Swimming Federation and the Bahamas Olympic Committee have partnered to send a four- member swimming team to the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The team starts competition today.

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ITF Junkanoo Bowl: Three Bahamians advance on day one

IT WAS a difficult day for Bahamian players in both the Boys and Girls 18 Main Draw of the 2013 ITF Junkanoo Bowl, with just three players emerging victorious on day one.

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Water Corp can't avoid payout to Consolidated

The Water & Sewerage Corporation cannot escape negotiating a multi-million dollar price to purchase a New Providence water plant, as its chairman yesterday denied it had already decided to dump the existing BISX-listed operator.

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ADRIAN GIBSON: What Independence means to the Bahamas at 40

COLUMNIST Adrian Gibson, who pens “A Young Man’s View” for The Tribune’s sister publication, The Big T, each Saturday, gives his assessment of our 40 years of independence, on the eve of the anniversary.

Commission rejects 'balanced Budget' in constitution

Arguments that the Bahamian constitution should mandate the Government “maintain a balanced Budget” have been rejected by the Constitutional Commission, on the grounds it would hinder responses to fiscal emergencies.

MICHAEL MOSS: Simple 'rithmetic on BEC's $1.2m profit

Kindly allow me a few lines to help bring a degree of clarity to the imbroglio that has been thrust into the public domain as a result of claims and counter-claims made between the current BEC chairman and the former junior energy minister regarding the merits (or otherwise) of having electricity service disconnections/reconnections performed by contract personnel (as was introduced during my tenure as BEC chairman), compared to the engagement of permanent, pensionable employees to perform such tasks.

Firms report strong Independence sales

  NASSAU-based businesses are reporting heavy demand and strong sales of Independence gear, accessories and paraphernalia leading up to the country’s 40th anniversary tomorrow.

Construction chief backs ‘Contractor General’ call

THE Bahamian Contractor’s Association’s (BCA) president yesterday backed the Constitutional Commission’s call to create the Office of the Contractor General, suggesting it would help ensure ‘fair play’ in the awarding of government contracts.

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Governor General and Sir Durward talk Independence

Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Sir Durward Knowles talk independence, the state of the Bahamas and the future of Bahamians in A Familiar Walk’s independence special on ZNS Wednesday night.

Monday, July 8


By Ian Bethell-Bennett


LESLIE Ellis-Tynes is an actress, voice-over artist, radio and television personality.

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OF LATE, there has been a litany of embarrassing events with which the government has been associated that has either turned out to be disgraceful flops or shameful, internationally discreditable shams.

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Mystery surrounds death of four-year-old boy

POLICE are investigating the circumstances into the death of a four-year-old child on Friday.

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Two held over latest murder

POLICE have two men in custody in connection with the country’s latest murder.

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Landlords under threat of legal action

UNDER the threat of legal action from the government, shanty town landlords are now moving to evict people from their land, it was revealed yesterday.

Baha Mar puts first residences up for sale

BAHA Mar has launched its international campaign to advance the sale of the development’s luxury residences unveiling what it described as its “Limited Collection of Exclusive Private Residences in The Bahamian Riviera.”

Bank's capital injection to 'eliminate' $18.5m bonds

Bank of the Bahamas International will use a substantial equity capital injection by its majority shareholder to eliminate $18.5 million worth of debt securities, as it “remodels” its balance sheet to meet international regulatory requirements and domestic economy stresses.

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Private sector facing 'tsunami'

Bahamian businesses are facing “a tsunami” in the form of various reforms that will hit them “all at once”, a leading accountant warning this will dampen prospects for reducing unemployment.

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$165k award 'could not be better timed' for ex-Pioneer staff

A $165,000-plus award of past due redundancy pay “could not have come at a better time” for nine former Pioneer Shipping employees, following a “very significant” Court of Appeal ruling.

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Aviation taxes 'close door' on Out Islands

A Bahamian airline chief has warned the Government its new aviation taxes are “closing the door” to Family Island economic development, with the sector now watching “with bated breath” to see if it reverses course.

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Port urged to again be sole Freeport licensor

A well-known QC has called on the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) to again become the sole licensor of all Freeport-based businesses, following claims that a $5 million medical facility began operations in the city without proper regulation.

Contractor chief disappointed on course turnout

While the response had not been poor, the Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president admitted he was a bit disappointed over how many industry participants had taken advantage it certification course,

Crystal Palace casino 'violated' staff handbook

Baha Mar’s casino affiliate breached its own employee handbook and failed to carry out a proper investigation in dismissing a 22-year veteran, the Court of Appeal has found.

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Senior US expert in talks over anti-piracy

ACTING Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tom Kelly arrives in the Bahamas today for high level talks aimed at strengthening counter-piracy co-operation.

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HIV tests offered to help know your status

THE National HIV/AIDS Programme partnered with Scotiabank to provide free HIV rapid testing and counselling services at its regional testing day.

'I didn't visit the Bahamas in order to hide money'

A FORMER European Union Commissioner has denied hiding money in the Bahamas, saying his trip here last year is being exploited “for political hype”.

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Commissioner and devoted father

ELLISON Edroy Greenslade was appointed the sixth Commissioner of Police on January 4, 2010, and is another father being profiled by The Tribune who was recently honoured by Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church for its 40 ‘fabulous fathers’ celebration to mark the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

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Tamara jumps for the gold

Eight medals and a new national record highlighted the showing for Team Bahamas at the 24th Central American and Caribbean Track and Field Championships.

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Governor General traces the defining moments in our history

GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes said there was “hardly a single event in our history that has had such a profound influence on the future of The Bahamas as the establishment of the House of Assembly”.

Insurance newcomer in Hunger donation

As part of its official launch, NAGICO Insurance (Bahamas) donated $3,500 to Hands for Hunger.

Insurer gives laptops to Center for the Deaf

NAGICO Insurance (Bahamas) has donated two laptops to The Centre for the Deaf to replace non-functioning machines.

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Bahamas finishes fourt in Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships

THE Bahamas finished the 26th Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships in a familiar position on the final standings, according to team executives.

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Bahamas lands 20 medals in swimming championships

TEAM Bahamas produced a total of 20 medals and an eighth place finish at the 28th CCCAN Swimming Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Outstanding women honoured

FORTY outstanding women in Grand Bahama have been honoured as part of the 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

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Too early to expect results from $81m contract to cut water leaks

IT IS STILL too early to expect tangible results from the $81 million contract with an Israeli company to reduce leakage from the island’s water supply network, the Water and Sewerage Corporation says.

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Main draws open in ITF Junkanoo Bowl

THE qualifying rounds are complete and the main draws open today in the ITF Junkanoo Bowl hosted by the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association at the National Tennis Centre.

Airline cutback's threat to 1.8m stopover plans

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said he was extremely concerned that the Bahamas might lose tourism business due to US airline cutbacks, given that this nation was still trying to rebound to its 1.8 million pre-recession stopover numbers.

Giants' push FOCOL gas station purchase

FOCOL Holdings’ largest shareholder has described its $2.918 million purchase of a Freeport gas station as “a significant acquisition”, emphasising the company cannot “stand still” when competing against multinational giants.

BISX Index rebound signals market revival

The BISX All-Share Index’s 3.24 per cent improvement for the 2013 first quarter provides further evidence of a timid Bahamian stock market recovery, as market capitalisation rebounded to $2.963 billion.

Saturday, July 6

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Man and teenage woman plead not guilty over counterfeit documents

A MAN and a teenage woman pleaded not guilty to possession of counterfeit documents after it was alleged they were found with more than 200 fraudulent Road Traffic Department validation and inspection stickers.

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Shooting death: Man arrested

A 23-year-old man was arrested yesterday morning in connection with the shooting death of 70-year-old Belpheam Lightbourne of Polehemus Street, who was shot on May 31 during an attempted burglary at her home.

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FNM chairman questions W&SC ‘water rationing’

FNM Chairman Darron Cash has questioned how the Water and Sewerage Corporation (W&SC) could be “rationing water” after the government underwent millions of dollars in repairs and the installation of a new desalination plant in 2011.

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Public petition to fight air tax

AN internet petition which aims to collect 1,000 signatures is urging Prime Minister Perry Christie and tourism officials to repeal the new processing fee for general aviation or face ‘devastating’ effects on the country’s tourism product.

Friday, July 5

PLP do not have the answers

Please allow me a short space to ask the PLP to kindly admit that they simply don’t have the answers.

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Wilchcombe concerned over effects of tax on tourism

A NEWLY imposed processing fee which has sparked the threat of a major cut back from US airlines coming to the Bahamas is an implication that the economy cannot afford, according to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.

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‘We will prosecute landowners over shanty towns’ - Dorsett

THE Department of Environmental Health Services will move forward with the prosecution of land-owners as a result of the Shanty Town Report 2013, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.

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Lawyer casts doubt over DNA

KOFHE Goodman’s lawyer suggested to an analyst that her findings between comparing the DNA profile of Tryphemia Ferguson’s blood and the liver sample of an unknown male could not identify that male as Marco Archer.

Child needs $500,000 for a bone marrow transplant

HALF a million dollars is standing between 5-year-old Zion Knowles and getting a much needed bone marrow transplant.

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Leaks blamed as rationing continues

A YEAR and a half after agreeing to pay a foreign company more than $80 million to reduce water losses, the Water and Sewerage Corporation is now experiencing a “significant” increase in leakage, general manager Glen Laville admitted yesterday.

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Aviation tax rises ‘absolute insanity’

The Opposition’s shadow tourism spokesman yesterday described the increased Customs fees/taxes levied on the aviation industry as “absolute insanity”, and called on the Government to “urgently” revisit its policy.

Banks face 169% tax burden rise

The Bahamian commercial banking is facing an estimated 169 per cent increase in its total tax burden to $43 million, Tribune Business can reveal, a development that could result in further lending and economic contractions.

Environmental Levy's threat to tyre shops

The Government’s new ‘Environmental Levy’ is threatening to put tyre shops “out of business”, an attorney warned yesterday, forcing businesses to come up with thousands of extra dollars to clear imported shipments.

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Atlantis to add 192 jobs 'within a week'

Atlantis is adding 192 new jobs “within a week” through the opening of Olives Restaurant and expanded high-end casino lounge, its top executive yesterday disclosing the resort was eyeing July-August occupancies in the mid-high 80 per cent range.

Bahama Rock Head welder '40% liable' for accident

A former Bahama Rock head welder has been found ‘40 per cent liable’ for a workplace accident in which he suffered a broken neck, the Court of Appeal also finding the company failed to “properly supervise” its employees.

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Two held over stolen car

FREEPORT – Two men were arrested on Tuesday evening after a suspected stolen car crashed into a police vehicle in the Caravel Beach area.

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Man in hospital after shooting

A 30-year-old St James Road man is recovering in hospital after being shot multiple times Wednesday night.

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Christie: Developed countries should give back to the Caribbean

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said developed countries have a moral obligation to give back to the Caribbean, stressing that the region’s success depends heavily on a continued working relationship with countries like the United States and Canada.

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Show your colours

IT’S National Pride Day, so wave a flag, wear Bahamian colours, sing the National Anthem and join in a host of events in Rawson Square today.

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Bimini group joins forces with Save the Bays

ENVIRONMENTAL group Save The Bays has announced a new partner.

New scheme tackles training shortage

THE country’s shortage of qualified elevator technicians could become a thing of the past thanks to a new programme that aims to equip Bahamians with internationally recognised skills in this area.

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Trio join fabulous fathers list

CHARLES Carter, the Reverend Canon Basil Tynes and Bishop Washington Williams were among the 40 ‘fabulous fathers’ recently honoured by Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church to mark the 40th Anniversary of Independence. The Tribune is publishing profiles of all the fathers who were honoured.

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Jury hears of victim's wound

THE jury in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her Defence Force marine husband heard evidence from a pathologist yesterday.

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FNM deputy says new levies have caused 'total mayhem'

THE government has introduced an array of new levies on imports which deputy FNM leader Loretta Butler-Turner said caused “total mayhem” with customs forms this week, as many people were unaware of the new tariffs.

BTC establishes $250k COB Scholars funding

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and the College of The Bahamas (COB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the BTC Scholars Programme, worth $250,000 over a five-year period.

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Bahamas in Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships

TEAM Bahamas opened the 26th Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships on a favourable note with several round one performances leaving the coaching staff optimistic for the remainder of the event.

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Three more medals for Team Bahamas

Team Bahamas added another three medals to their total on day three of the XXVIII CCCAN Swimming Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Bahamas moves on ‘very rudimentary’ SPS regime

The MINISTER of Financial Servcies yesterday said the Government was moving quickly to modernise this nation’s “very rudimentary” Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) regime, noting that the Bahamas was perhaps one of the only Caribbean countries without a Standards Bureau.

Tax rises put ‘nail in Out Island coffin twice’

NEW and increased Customs fees will have a “more dramatic” impact on Family Island retail businesses, a top private sector executive said yesterday, adding that already-high freight costs coupled with  the  new 1 per cent Customs processing fee was like “putting the nail in the coffin twice”.

Minister pushes on specialist attorneys

The FINANCIAL Services Minister yesterday emphasised the need for specialisation within the Bahamian legal profession, arguing that it was of the “utmost importance” to ensure local technical capacity keeps pace with policy developments.

Ministry clarifies short-term permits

THE Ministry of Financial Services announced yesterday that short-term work visas are not required as part of the Immigration and entry procedure for individuals arriving in the Bahamas on international business, and for client meetings where there is no financial gain.

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Marines blow away Rangers

THE Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association moved into the second week of its 2013 season with a pair of expected contenders moving to 2-0 at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Wednesday night.

Thursday, July 4

Regatta supported by Kalik

“AS the All Andros and Berry Islands Regatta Committee enters its iconic 20th year, we are proud to again be sponsored by Kalik,” said Stafford Armbrister, chairman of the regatta committee.

Nassau conference chooses its theme

Reflecting The Association of International Banks and Trust Companies (AIBT) has chosen, ‘The Shift Has Occurred. How Are You Positioned?’, as the theme for its upcoming 2013 Nassau Conference.

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Inaugural race to bring a splash of colour to Nassau

A new fun run event will bring a splash of colour to the Montagu Foreshore this month.

VIDEO: Truck overturns at Saunders Beach

A truck and its trailer overturned on the roundabout at Saunders Beach this morning.

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Minnis claims shot down

CLAIMS made in the House of Assembly yesterday by FNM Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis were quickly shot down as false by several PLP MPs yesterday.

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Former policeman tells trial of hearing shot

A FORMER policeman told a murder trial yesterday of how he heard arguing before a gunshot rang out.

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‘Stem cell plan is to pay back Nygard’

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis accused the government of pushing forward with the stem cell research and therapy Bill because of promises to millionaire mogul Peter Nygard who stood to gain financially from the industry once it was regulated.

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A new home for seahorse institute

AFTER being displaced by a fire nearly eight months ago, students and teachers of the Sea Horse Institute finally have a building they can call their own.

Pilots turn on alliance

PILOTS of Southern Air Charter said The Bahamian Pilot Alliance misrepresented them during a press conference yesterday.

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Bahamian culture takes centre stage for Festival of the Bahama Islands

BAHAMIANS and tourists flocked to the Botanical Gardens in Nassau to enjoy traditional Bahamian music, authentic Bahamian crafts and great down home food at the Festival of the Bahama Islands.

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Shanty town report details terrible conditions faced by residents

MORE and more Bahamians are moving into shanty towns originally occupied by Haitian immigrants – prompting longtime dwellers to complain about deteriorating standards.

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'Shanty towns an explosion waiting to happen'

THE government’s Shanty Town Report only “scratches the surface” of a much bigger problem that is an “explosion about to happen,” according to Deputy Chairman of the FNM Dr Duane Sands, who warned of potential, severe health hazards.

Airlines threaten cut backs over tax rises

Airlines representing 90 per cent of US airlift into the Bahamas have warned they may cut their services due to the Budget’s tax increases, a move that will undermine the tourism industry and threaten plans for a 400,000 seat capacity increase.

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Tax 'blindsiding' to hurt job growth

A prominent businessman yesterday criticised the Government for “blindsiding” the private sector with new and increased fees, warning this would be counterproductive at a time when the Bahamas “needs job growth more than ever”.

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Gov't sector policy contradicts PM on BTC cell monopoly

The Government’s draft communications sector policy makes no mention of extending the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) cellular monopoly beyond its current April 2014 expiration, and instead calls for competition to come “as expeditiously as possible”.

Out Island resorts fear aviation loss to cost ‘thousands’

FAMILY Island resort operators yesterday expressed serious concern over the potential pull back by the private aviation sector, one telling this newspaper that a major fly-in group had already cancelled, costing that community “tens of thousands of dollars” in revenue.

Gov't to close 30,000 household 'digital divide'

The Government has pledged to close a ‘digital divide’ that has left 30,000 Bahamian households without fixed broadband Internet services, warning that it is “of critical importance that the Bahamas never drops the ball” on electronic communications.

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UBS client adviser passes the Series 7

A UBS (Bahamas) client advisor assistant, Patricia Ribeiro, has passed the Series 7 exam in the US after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI).

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Sports equipment donation to public schools, youth programmes

THE owners of the recently closed Sports Locker in the Town Centre Mall donated its inventory of sporting equipment to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for public schools and youth programmes in New Providence.

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Homeless man told he will have a new house

THE house of a man that was burned down two years ago will be rebuilt in two months, promised Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen yesterday during their tour of Strachan’s Corner off East Street as part of an Urban Renewal walkabout.

Stone crab start-up targets $1m revenues

An Abaco-based stone crab harvester start-up is targeting $1 million in annual revenues, having invested $500,000 in its creation to-date.

Repeal seatbelt law

EDITOR, The Tribune.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Charting the path to career success

So you’ve graduated from high school or college, flipped your tassel to the other side and thrown your cap in the air, while exchanging kisses, hugs, photographs and contacts, plus branded school shirts. Better still, you now have a nice graduation diploma or big, fancy degree that reads: ‘Bachelor of Science’ .

Chamber meets with Minister

Dr Michael Darville, the minister for Grand Bahama (MOGB), has met with the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s (GGCC) president, Barry Malcolm, to foster a closer working relationship between the two.

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Joanna strikes gold

After two days of competition in the XXVIII CCCAN Swimming Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, Team Bahamas has delivered several impressive performances to set the tone for the remainder of the meet.

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Support urged for 'Peace on da Streets'

A LANDMARK of the summer basketball calendar in the Bahamas, the Hope Center and Youth Against Violence present another edition of the summer’s most anticipated tournament.

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Rush tonight for Independence

A RUSH To Independence is scheduled for the centre of Nassau this evening, with just six days to go before July 10, the official date of the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

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'Where did the 400 jobs go at the Bimini casino?'

DEPUTY FNM leader Loretta Butler-Turner is asking what happened to the 400 jobs promised by the government upon the opening of the Resorts World Bimini Casino.

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BRAN: Report 'not worth the paper'

FORMER minister of state for immigration Branville McCartney dismissed the newly released report on shanty towns as “not worth the paper it is typed on” and questioned whether the information is even accurate.

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Reward for information on missing man

THe family of Anthony (Tony) Hepburn, pictured, is offering a reward to anyone with information on his disappearance on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at about 8am in the vicinity of Jaws Beach.

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Revelations explored for 40th anniversary

A CONFERENCE of ‘prophetic revelations’ concerning the Bahamas’ past, present and future has been held to mark the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

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Marco Archer trial: DNA evidence raised

AS THE Marco Archer murder trial continued yesterday an analyst testified that Tryphemia Ferguson, whose blood was subjected to a DNA profile, cannot be excluded as the biological mother of a male subject whose liver sample was also profiled.

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Religious leader and chairman of NIB

REVEREND Father James Moultrie is a native of Eleuthera, the son of James B Moultrie, Sr and Mary E Moultrie (nee Dupuch) and is another father to be honoured by Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church who is being featured by The Tribune.

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In this Saturday's Big T:

• Is “gold digging” always a bad thing? Not according to some Bahamian women who told us they consider it a “smart business move”.

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Independence supplement

A MARINE conservationist; a golfer; a filmmaker; entrepreneurs, actors, musicians, artists... there is an exhaustive list of talented Bahamians making a difference in The Bahamas and around the world.

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Constitution Committee report due on Monday

NINE months after it was formed by the government, the Constitutional Commission will submit its report on Monday, July 8, in time for the 40th anniversary of independence.

Wednesday, July 3


By Rev. Angela Palacious

Cursillo community's day of deeper understanding

Congratulations to the 23 new Cursillistas! Another exciting step has been taken on your Christian journey! You have had the Cursillo three-day weekend experience! On the Sunday of that weekend you heard about the Fourth Day, that is, the rest of your life. The Day of Deeper Understanding is a Fourth Day Cursillo Programme designed to strengthen our understanding of what it means: ‘to make a friend, be a friend and bring your friend to Christ’!


By Rev. Sebastian Campbell

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Minister releases shanty towns report

Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett released today his department's report into the conditions and inspection of a number of shanty towns throughout the country.

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Large increase in immigrants arrested

MORE than 900 illegal immigrants have been arrested by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force so far this year – almost as many as the 12 months of 2012.

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Witness accused of perjury

A MAN who claimed he saw three men shooting at a policeman, who was on the ground outside Club Rock in March 1999, was accused of perjury yesterday.

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Press turned away from detention centre

THE IMMIGRATION department barred the press from touring the Carmichael Road Detention Centre with an opposition MP yesterday – despite admitting that the proper application process had been followed.

PR firm defends itself over trip

THE Counsellors Ltd yesterday defended itself after a wave of criticism was sparked in response to the planning of events surrounding the christening of the Genting cruise ship and opening of a new Bimini casino last week.

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Superfast cruise ship is going nowhere fast

THE inability of the newly commissioned Genting cruise ship to leave Port Miami after failing US Coast Guard safety requirements may not have been such a bad discovery, said Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday.

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Government building destroyed in blaze

ELEUTHERA - District financial records were turned to ashes when a morning fire destroyed the North Eleuthera Administrator’s complex yesterday.

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Fuel level concerns from pilots

FEARS have been raised over the safety of an airline in the Bahamas by The Bahamian Pilots Alliance.

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A look into Thatch Collections

BAHAMIAN model and singer Kendra KayGeni James has expanded her talents to clothing and design with her new line called ‘Thatch Collections’ - designed for women of any size, shape and lifestyle. She said: “I wanted  a mix of sexyness and simplicity. I also wanted to create pieces that any woman could feel confident and comfortable wearing.”

'Crazy' aviation taxes may cost tourism $20m

The Bahamas will “conservatively” lose $20 million in tourism revenues if it maintains the new and increased taxes on the private aviation sector, an industry expert yesterday slamming the Government’s policy as “crazy”.

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Bahamas 'strained' to hit 2.7% growth target

The Bahamas will be “strained” to hit the Government’s and IMF’s projected 2.7 per cent GDP growth rate for 2013, a former finance minister yesterday warning this nation may never again hit the 2007-2008 heights.

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Port's $21m offer 'fully subscribed' a week early

The Arawak Port Development Company’s (APD) $21 million preference share offering was “pretty much” fully subscribed one week before it was due to close, Tribune Business was told last night.

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THE Dundas Centre was filled to capacity last week, as faithful followers and supporters of the James Catalyn and Friends shows gathered to watch the company stage their first production of the year, ‘A Weddin’ Tale.’

Nassau hotels in 7% revenue drop

New Providence hotels suffered a 7 per cent year-over-year revenue slump for the four months to end-April 2013, as room rate rises failed to offset occupancy declines.

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CELEBRATING independence is not only for the two-legged creatures.

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Five blazes in one day in New Providence

FIRE services responded to five incidents on New Providence yesterday, according to Fire chief Walter Evans.

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Passion for electronics and music

OSWALD Bowe’s passion for electronics and music was a winning combination when he ventured into the world of music engineering and opened his own recording studio. 


IT’S going to be a wild night once again at the British Colonial Hilton this Saturday, as Paragon Nights Entertainment presents their First Weekend Comedy Wild Out show.

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Fed Cup captain: With teamwork, we will be able to do well

FRESH off his role as captain of the Bahamas men’s Davis Cup team, John Farrington will now prepare to travel to Santa Tecla, El Salvador, next week as the captain of the women’s Fed Cup team.

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BAAA ratifies 23-member team for IAAF Worlds

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has released a list of 23 athletes who have been ratified for the team to represent the Bahamas at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, in August with the door open for others to qualify in the Senior Central American and Caribbean Championships.

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Shaunae goes pro

After completing her collegiate freshman year as the indoor champion and outdoor runner-up, quarter-miler Shaunae Miller has decided to skip the rest of her eligibility as a Bulldog at the University of Georgia and will now be competing as a professional athlete.

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Nygard to host an historic Independence Day Regatta

FROM the time he took up residence in Lyford Cay, businessman Peter Nygard has opened his doors to countless Bahamians. Now Nygard is making provisions to accommodate the entire sailing community by hosting an historic Independence Day Regatta at Clifton Pier on Wednesday, July 10.

Oceania home values '10% of what we paid'

The controversy-plagued Oceania Heights project has been plunged into a fresh row over the two-month shut off of its water supply, one homeowner yesterday alleging real estate values were now “10 per cent of what we paid for them”.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Teamwork a key attitude test

Harry Friedman, one of the world’s foremost authorities on retail training, conducted an experiment that made quite an impression on me.

Realtor's entire team completes 21 courses

Bahamas Realty yesterday announced that every member of its Nassau-based sales team has completed 21 courses in the luxury division of the OUR WORLD/Institute.

Attorney on live aviation panel

Bahamian attorney Llewellyn Boyer-Cartwright, was selected as one of eight people to sit at a virtual round table and update thousands of professionals on legal, commercial and environmental issues related to aviation.

Organisations partner in growing alliance

The Save The Bays organisation believes it is moving towards the creation of a national environmental alliance, after gaining another partner in its fight to protect the Bahamas’ marine environment.

Bahamas appoints committee to regain airspace control

TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister, Glenys Hanna-Martin, said yesterday the Government would appoint a committee to start talks with the US over the Bahamas taking back control of this country’s airspace.

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Youngsters fill church for police summer camp

ALMOST 1,200 youngsters from throughout New Providence filled Evangelistic Temple for the opening of the 20th Annual Royal Bahamas Police Force summer youth programme.

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Move to take back control of airspace

FREEPORT – Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin said government will soon move to negotiate an arrangement that will see the US government hand over management of the country’s airspace.

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Marines in intensive training programme

FREEPORT – For the past four years, Clear Blue Maritime Agency has been working with the Grand Bahama Shipyard, developing opportunities to provide more Bahamian men and women with work.

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Christie to speak at CARICOM ceremony

PRIME Minister Perry Christie will speak at the opening ceremony of the 34th CARICOM Heads of Government conference in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad tonight.

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A friend of Pindling and fishing guide to Martin Luther King JR

BORN in 1932 in Alice Town, Bimini, Captain Ansil Saunders is the second of ten children born to the late Milton and Alicia Saunders, and is the latest father to feature in The Tribune who was honoured in Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church’s celebration of 40 ‘Fabulous Fathers’ to tie in with the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

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New recruits trained at GB Shipyard

FORTY members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Commando Squadron completed an intensive two-week training programme focused on enhancing their ability to combat drug trafficking operations and other transnational crimes.

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Interruption to water services announced

THE Water and Sewage corporation will periodically interrupt water services for residents of New Providence until further notice according to Visna Armbrister, customer service manager.

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PM 'late again' over delay in Rahming appointment

PRIME Minister Perry Christie is “late again” according to Shadow Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs Hubert Chipman, who criticised the delay in confirming Mr Christie’s diplomatic appointments to the United States.

Ya Hear?

Ya hear rapper Meek Mill ordered to take etiquette classes?

Tuesday, July 2

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Who's ready for The Candy Girls Summer Camp?

THE ladies at Eye Candy Makeup Studios are calling all ‘fashionistas’ to join them as they host their highly anticipated  Candy Girls Summer Camp 2013.


THE Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the next couple of hours.

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Knowles and Lisicki lose by walkover

IT wasn’t the finish that Mark Knowles had anticipated, but he can take consolation in the fact that his mixed doubles partner Sabine Lisicki of Germany is having the time of her life in the women’s singles at the Wimbledon Grand Slam Tennis Tournament in London, England.

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UPDATES: Government complex destroyed by fire

A FIRE has destroyed the government's administration complex in Upper Bogue, North Eleuthera this morning.

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FNM deputy leader demands explanation for new NIB audit

LORETTA Butler-Turner, FNM Deputy leader has demanded a full explanation of the grounds on which the government has approved another forensic audit of the National Insurance Board.

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Majority of new judges to get criminal court roles

DAMIAN Gomez, State Minister for Legal Affairs, said in response to the high rate of crime in the Bahamas that the majority of new judges appointed will be assigned to the criminal court.

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Residents fear being sidelined in favour of PLPs

RESIDENTS in Bimini are concerned that they are being “sidelined” from certain opportunities for staunch PLPs, according to FNM deputy Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday.

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Embarrassment over lack of welcome for UNESCO group

THE Prime Minister yesterday admitted his embarrassment and disappointment to international delegates after almost no Bahamian participants showed up for the opening of a two-day international workshop to strengthen the handicraft sector.

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Auto dealers in 'Triple Whammy'

Bahamian auto dealers yesterday warned they were facing “a Triple Whammy” of Budget tax increases, after they and other businesses were hit with a largely-unexpected ‘Environmental Levy’.

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Cable fears 50% call terminate revenue cut

Cable Bahamas has warned that imposing price controls based on Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) related benchmarks would slash its phone call termination revenues by 50 per cent, creating an “unjustified negative impact” on its finances.

Hotel Corp deal 'interference in private sector'

The Hotel Corporation’s newly-announced business tie-up with the Bimini Bay Resort was yesterday slammed as “further interference by the Government in the private sector”.

Broker 'shock' over Customs' raised taxes

CUSTOMS brokers expressed “shock and surprise” over several new fees which took effect yesterday, with one telling Tribune Business it would take several days to get up to speed with the Budget-related adjustments.

Agency hires 15 for GB Shipyard

Clear Blue Maritime Agency has been working with the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) for the past four years to provide more Bahamian men and women with work. A group of 15 new recruits recently hired by Clear Blue Maritime have been given the opportunity to train in various departments within the Shipyard.

Arawak Homes enjoys 'phenomenal' launch

ARAWAK Homes has seen a “phenomenal” response to its new home models line, its president telling Tribune Business that with five out of 16 lots already sold, the company was sifting through 300 applications for the remaining 11.

Latin American slip 'no cause for alarm'

The 2012 decline in Latin America’s high net worth statistics is “no cause for alarm” in the Bahamian financial services industry, with overall global growth presenting “more opportunities” for this nation.

Bethel to start NIB role

Newly-appointed National Insurance Board director Rowena Bethel is expected to take office, this week – approximately six weeks after the termination of former National Insurance Board director Algernon Cargill.

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Surgeon joins list of fabulous fathers

DR Robin Roberts is another of the fathers who was recently honoured by Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church, in the run-up to the 40th Anniversary of Independence and whom The Tribune is featuring as part of its ongoing anniversary coverage.

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$5m renovation for Ansbacher building to be used by judiciary

THE government signed a contract worth almost $5 million yesterday for the renovation of the Ansbacher Building.

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Jury selected for murder trial

A JURY was empanelled yesterday in the Supreme Court trial of a woman accused of murdering her Defence Force marine husband.

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'Sack Miller over hotel threat'

FORMER minister Phenton Neymour is calling for the immediate removal of current BEC chairman Leslie Miller, who he accused of “putting the country in jeopardy” with his threat to disconnect delinquent hotels.

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Witness 'saw three men attacking police officer'

A MAN testified that he saw three men stomping and shooting an officer on the ground outside Club Rock.

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VIDEO: The sound of summer as police launch youth scheme

HUNDREDS of musical youngsters descended on the centre of Nassau yesterday performing for the launch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s summer youth programme.

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Raising a glass to join in anniversary party

FREEPORT – The Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company kicked off its 40th anniversary Independence celebrations by hosting their valued customers to an all-night celebration in Grand Bahama.

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Ministry takes over Freeport air traffic control duties

FREEPORT – The Ministry of Transport and Aviation has officially taken over air traffic control responsibilities in Freeport, ending nearly 50 years of private operations at Grand Bahama International Airport.

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A portrait of the Bahamas at 40

A COLLECTION of 40 photographic portraits of men and women from all walks of life, who together represent the heart, soul and spirit of the Bahamian character, will be unveiled at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas on July 11 as part of the 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.

Port Authority backs Maritime Policy plan

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has given its backing to the development of a comprehensive National Maritime Policy for the Bahamas.

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Swimwear line proves to be a labour of love

AFTER several hits and misses, 19-year-old Bahamian designer Kristen Cartwright has reached a major milestone with the launch of her swimwear line.

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Life born out of death

LIFE born out of death, is at the root of the formation of the Meah Foundation.

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Prostate cancer spreading the word of early detection

AS a prostate cancer survivor for six years Don Mitchell continues to spread the word about early detection and prostate cancer screening.


Everything that manifests starts with a blueprint of sorts.

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Jeff Rodgers Summer Basketball Camp

The 26th annual Jeff Rodgers Summer Basketball Camp officially tipped off yesterday, highlighted by guest appearances from the Bahamas’ greatest basketball icon, and his son who is on the rise as one of the top players in the NBA.

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NPSA: Division leaders stay atop the standings

DIVISION leaders kept atop the standings in the New Providence Softball Association with a pair of Saturday night contests that went the distance at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

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Student athletes to join COB athletics programme in fall

NINE student athletes, who have distinguished themselves in track and field events, will join The College of The Bahamas’ athletics programme this fall.

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Team Bahamas brings CAC age group championship title home

THE Bahamas’ eight-member team to the Central American and Caribbean Age Group Championships returned home from Willemstad, Curacao, as the overall champions for the third time.

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Salem Union Baptist are volleyball champions

SALEM Union Baptist carted off the top prize in the Baptist Sports Council’s 2013 Co-Ed Volleyball Classic at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Saturday.

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Tennis ace O'Neil follows in his uncle's footsteps

O’NEIL Mortimer is fast becoming one of the bright young talents to watch in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.

Realtor shifting model to 40% foreign clients

A well-known realtor yesterday revealed he was shifting his business model from near-total reliance on the Bahamian market to one with a 40 per cent international share, as he urged the sector to “get off our butts”.

BEC interim plan cut fuel cost 30%

Dear Editor, Please afford me a little space to respond to recent remarks by the present chairman regarding the interim plan that was left in place by the Board I chaired to expand BEC’s generation capacity.

Bank 'leaps forward' 10 years over pref rights

Commonwealth Bank’s shareholders have voted unanimously to jumpstart its response to potential regulatory capital deficiencies almost 10 years ahead of time

Monday, July 1

Sports in brief


Breaking the silence over BEC

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The BMC: Albatross or liberator

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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'My lone fight for justice'

FRUSTRATED by more than four years of court delays, a 24-year-old man is demanding justice after an incident that left him brain damaged and physically deformed.

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Police probe shooting of five-year-old boy

POLICE are still investigating the circumstances of the shooting of a five-year-old boy on Friday.

Two killed in road accidents

POLICE are investigating two separate traffic accidents that claimed the lives of an 18-year-old girl and a 53-year-old man.

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School security officer stabbed

POLICE are on the hunt for two men who stabbed a security officer while attempting to break into Government High School.

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Defence Force officer chases burglar at colleague’s home

A DEFENCE Force officer went beyond the call of duty on Friday when he arrested a suspect attempting to break into a home.

Drug use by high school students on the rise

THE use of drugs and alcohol is continuing to rise among high school students.

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Today's criminals are teenagers, says Keith Bell

THE average age of criminals in the Bahamas has decreased significantly over the last few years, according to State Minister for National Security Keith Bell.

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Judicial Review threat to Blackbeard's Cay

Environmentalists have warned that a Judicial Review challenge to the $5 million Blackbeard’s Cay project is “not off the table”, with the Government seemingly hesitating in giving the developers their Business Licence.

Caribbean Bottling goes 'Full Throttle' with 10 new jobs

Caribbean Bottling Company (Bahamas) is poised to create 10 extra jobs as it goes ‘Full Throttle’ to launch a new energy drink and add three new flavours to its Minute Maid brand within the next six weeks.

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FamGuard closes on Freeport HQ purchase

FamGuard (Bahamas) is closing on the acquisition of a new headquarters for its Freeport operations, while also gearing up for the “imminent” launch of its ‘simplified issue’ life product.

Insurance newcomer targets $2m top-line

A newcomer to the Bahamian general insurance industry is expecting to “write in excess of $2 million” worth of business during its first full year, describing the market as “heavily slanted” against consumers.

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Insurer seeks stay on 'consternation causing' verdict

A Bahamian insurer has moved to ‘stay’ a Court of Appeal judgment that has major “ramifications” for the auto underwriting industry, with several accident victims already moving to reinstate old claims.

Brokers report up to 30% efficiency boost at Customs

Brokers have told Tribune Business that Bahamas Customs’ system for the electronic submission of import documents, while not without its challenges, has increased efficiency by up to 30 per cent.

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Bahamas in Junior Caribbean Volleyball Championships

THE Bahamas men’s junior national volleyball team is scheduled to represent the country in the 9th Junior Caribbean Volleyball Championships in Guadeloupe, July 21-28.

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Minister speaks at church

MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe was a special guest lecturer in Freeport at First Baptist Church’s celebration of the life of Sir Lynden Pindling, entitled “On Their Shoulders.”

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Turning out in force for fun run/walk

BAHAMIANS turned out in impressive numbers on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the National Fun Run/Walk in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Independence.

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Celebrating Independence in Florida

BAHAMIANS in South Florida are marking the 40th Anniversay of Independence with a month-long series of activities.

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Join the CrabAGanza

A CAMPAIGN has started to make a ‘cultural heritage festival’ the largest Independence Day celebration in The Bahamas.

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Lifetime award for Sir Shridath Rampal

The Caribbean’s Sir Shridath Ramphal, Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1975 to 1990, has received the Commonwealth Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 at a gala ceremony in London on Thursday. June 27.

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Break the cycle, Mr Mitchell

HERE we go again. Another claim of beatings, torture, sub-human conditions at the Carmichael Road Immigration Detention Centre.

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Resort occupancies good despite 'flat' Q2

DESPITE what he described as a ‘flat’ 2013 second quarter, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president said the New Providence hotel industry had still seen good occupancies for the period and was working to hit “acceptable” levels for the third quarter.

Bimini Bay sparks Hotel Corp revival

Genting’s partnership with the Bimini Bay Resort’s developers appears to have created a revival opportunity for the Hotel Corporation, whose subsidiary will be operating the project’s transportation and water sports facilities.

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Ingraham just shy of the A cut

RYAN Ingraham just missed surpassing the A standard for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

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McCartney off to good start in Stampeders' 44-32 victory

KARL McCartney opened the Canadian Football League season where he left last year, as a special teams ace for the Calgary Stampeders.

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BAAA names 27-member team for Senior CAC Games

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) has named a 27-member team - 12 females and 15 males - for the Senior Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico July 5-7.

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Lisicki, Knowles win mixed doubles opener

After getting bounced in the first round of the men’s doubles, Mark Knowles is hoping that he can keep the post-retirement party going a little longer in the mixed doubles.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Waiting for Superman

POLITICS anywhere is a grimy, gritty business that is full of deceit and hypocrisy.

Call for action on drug use and bullying

IN THE face of rising levels of substance use, violence and bullying among secondary school students, the Bahamas National Anti-Drug Secretariat is calling for the creation or reinforcement of programmes specifically focused on tackling these problems.

Campaign group: still no answers on Blackbeard's Cay

ENVIRONMENTAL watch dog reEarth has expressed its complete disgust at the government’s “closed door policy” when it comes to information on new developments.