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Friday, May 31

Prime Minister takes over National Security

WE WERE surprised, and yet not surprised that in the absence on medical leave of National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage, Prime Minister Perry Christie has added national security to his own portfolios.

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Insurers say many claims over floods

INSURANCE companies reportedly have “a lot of claims coming in” following severe flooding across New Providence, according to industry insiders.

Meah Foundation Music Festival postponed

The Meah Foundation has postponed its first Music Festival that was scheduled for Saturday, June 1.

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Why has Bell been left out of the picture?

WITH the Prime Minister assuming the National Security portfolio while Dr Bernard Nottage is away for medical treatment, the opposition is asking why junior minister Keith Bell was left out of the picture.

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Bins for items damaged in flood

LARGE garbage bins will be placed in “strategic areas” around New Providence for the disposal of items damaged by the recent heavy flooding.

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VIDEO: KB's 'Save the Bays'

Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, the number one selling Bahamian recording artist, has joined the fast-growing marine environmental movement Save the Bays – writing, performing and producing a song by the same name to bring awareness to the fragile state of the country’s coral reefs and bays.

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VIDEO: Man guilty of sex with child collapses in court

A MAN accused of forcing a nine-year-old to give him oral sex needed medical attention yesterday when he collapsed in the prisoner’s dock after being found guilty.

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Police investigating alleged BEC sabotage

THE CENTRAL Detective Unit has taken over the investigation into the alleged sabotage at BEC’s Clifton Pier Plant Sunday night, BEC Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.

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Doctor hires lawyer with Noriega link

EMBATTLED physician Dr Arthur Porter has decided to challenge extradition to Canada under the legal counsel of a a former Panamanian diplomat to the U.S.

Gov't raises subsidies for BCB and B'air

The Government has actually increased taxpayer subsidies for some state-owned corporations despite previous indications these could be cut by up to 10 per cent for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

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Yacht registry to boost Out Islands

MINISTER of Financial Services, Ryan Pinder, yesterday said his ministry was heavily involved in the development of a Bahamian yacht registry, in a bid to create jobs and develop the Family Islands.

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BTC deal 'way beyond' 129% dividend growth

The “national interest” means the Government has no reason to leave the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) alone, despite its projections of a 129 per cent increase in the dividends it will earn from the carrier.

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Baha Mar facing 'lot of pressure'

Baha Mar faces “a lot of pressure” to drive economic and fiscal recovery, a Moody’s analyst yesterday questioning whether there was enough tourist demand to fill the net 2,100 room increase at Cable Beach.

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'$2m for police cars will help fight crime'

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson said the $2 million allocation for new police cars in the 2013/2014 budget will help with saturation patrol and thus”address crime” and the fear of crime.

S&P demands $162m spend cut details

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) yesterday urged the Government to detail the $162 million in recurrent spending cuts that will enable it to beat 2012-2013 deficit projections, questioning how it had achieved this when revenues under-performed by 11 per cent.

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‘Poised for growth’ with $176m market wealth rise

A top businessman yesterday said the Bahamian economy was “poised to have a good inning”, with stock market investors having seen a collective $176 million increase in the value of their investments year-to-date.

New marketing strategy for the Bahamas Swimming Federation

THE Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) has initiated a new marketing strategy to get the best marketing dollar for their swimming competition.

NCAA: Bail to make official visits to UCLA and USC

A RECRUITING story that has spanned several years and took some unlikely turns along the path appears to be back on track for one blue chip basketball prospect.

Hanna: PM could not interfere with minister in my day

FORMER Governor General and Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur D Hanna, told members of the Constitution Commission that during his tenure as a government official, then Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling could not interfere with his ministry.

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Weather delays Prince Hepburn sentence delayed

PRINCE Hepburn’s sentence for the murder of Nellie Brown-Cox has been delayed again – this time because of the weather.

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Police corporal testifies in Marco Archer trial

THE jury in the Marco Archer murder trial heard testimony from a police corporal who visited an apartment building on Yorkshire Street the day after a body was found in bushes behind it.

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Charges 'soon' over road death of Canadian couple

AS CONCERNED friends of the Canadian couple struck and killed by a car in Exuma continue to demand answers, police reiterated that they intend to file charges against the driver soon – but couldn’t say exactly when.

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Pinder hosts small business symposium

FOR four weeks, more than 80 Elizabeth constituents gathered at Vision of Hope Cathedral Church of God and Thelma Gibson Primary School for a small business symposium facilitated by their MP Ryan Pinder and small business consultant Mark Turnquest.

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'Understand constitution before you consider changing it'

FORMER Governor General Arthur Hanna told members of the Constitution Commission that while changes should be made to the constitution because of issues surrounding citizenship and the death penalty, the Bahamian public should understand the document before tampering with it.

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STUBBS OPINION: 'Rain rain go away, sporting organisations want to play'

RAIN rain go away. Come back another day.

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Tributes paid to veteran civil servant Cunningham

GOVERNMENT leaders, loved ones and former colleagues yesterday celebrated the life and legacy of veteran civil servant Ehurd Cunningham.

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NEMA: No claims made in wake of bad weather

BAHAMIANS have been slow to make damage claims in relation to the ongoing bad weather according to Family Island administrators and NEMA head Stephen Russell.

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Whirlwind times for student of the year

IT’S been a whirlwind of constant activity for mini-
dynamo Lauryn Rolle since she captured the title of Bahamas Primary School Student of The Year, out of 123 nominees and 6,000 sixth grade students in the country.

Blackbeard's Cay plans for dolphin enclosure opposed

FORTY local and international activist groups have joined forces to oppose the creation of dolphin enclosures at Blackbeard’s Cay off Cable Beach and East End, Grand Bahama.

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242 Colour Run to celebrate Bahamas' Independence

THE 242 Colour Run is set to premier in Nassau on Saturday, July 13, designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Bahamas’ Independence. The event will benefit the Rotary Club of East Nassau and the Rotaract Club of East Nassau.

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'Fireman' to turn up the heat against two of world's best

WITH his part-time role as a promoter on the back burner, quarter-miler Chris “Fireman” Brown is now concentrating on turning up the heat again on the track as a full-time professional athlete on the IAAF Diamond League this weekend.

Moody's: Budget 'hit right notes'

The Government’s 2013-2014 Budget “hit a lot of the right notes” for one Wall Street analyst, who yesterday told Tribune Business the plans should prevent the Bahamas’ debt metrics “spiralling out of control”.

$50,000 donation to Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation

THE Moore Bahamas Foundation, an affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation, has donated $50,000 to the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, allowing the non-profit organisation to create a position of research and field conservation officer.

Thursday, May 30

Briefly

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Marisma wins Tribune/100Jamz promotion prize

MARISA Rahming was the winner of The Tribune & 100 JAMZ promotion during the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s New Car Show, which was held at the Mall at Marathon, and received a $1,000 voucher towards the purchase of a new vehicle.

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VIDEO: Taken to hospital

A 64-YEAR-OLD appeared to collapse in court grasping his chest after he was convicted of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a nine-year-old girl.

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Nottage on medical leave

THE Minister of National Security, Dr Bernard Nottage, is taking a leave of absence to fly to Florida for a medical examination.

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Canadian police suspect doctor’s wife of conspiracy

CANADIAN police believe Old Fort Bay resident Pamela Porter conspired with her husband to launder millions of dollars, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Tribune.

TOUGH CALL: Flooding in New Providence

A FEW years ago I attended a meeting where a government planner displayed some startling maps. They showed the areas of New Providence that would be severely affected by storm surge flooding from a direct hit by a major hurricane.

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Large bins to collect flood damaged items

LARGE bins will be placed around New Providence in the wake of this week’s flooding for residents to dump damaged items or large items such as furniture, mattresses and drywall.

Keith Bell’s 'ill-advised statements and public gaffes'

Several of the Minister of State for National Security Senator Keith Bell’s ill-advised statements and public gaffes are an embarrassment to the Progressive Liberal Party government and Prime Minister Perry Christie and will no doubt be used as talking points by opposition candidates in 2017.

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Exemption on duty for flooding victims

THE GOVERNMENT announced a duty exemption yesterday for those who were adversely affected by the recent flood in New Providence.

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‘Urban renewal cash is just a slush fund’

MILLIONS more earmarked for Urban Renewal (UR) 2.0 is merely another Christie administration “slush fund”, according to FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday.

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Nema helps residents affected by flooding

THE National Emergency Management Agency helped several residents in New Providence whose homes were compromised after yesterday’s rain.

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Residents still on alert as heavy rainfall continues

SCATTERED showers drenched the capital as officials forecast prolonged rains will continue throughout The Bahamas today.

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More than $1bn borrowed in a year

WHILE the FNM has been criticised for allegedly spending too much money, they yesterday hit out at the PLP government for borrowing in excess of $1 billion since they took office more than one year ago.

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Halkitis aims for 50% debt by 2016/17

ALTHOUGH the country is “moving in the direction where we are borrowing less,” the government is planning on borrowing $465 million this fiscal year, according to Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis.

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$1bn borrowing pushing nation to 67% debt mark

The Christie administration is set to smash the $1 billion borrowing mark for its first two years in office, it was revealed yesterday, with the Bahamas likely to hit a 67 per cent total debt-to-GDP ratio by end-June 2014.

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Gov't 'right to penalise' Canada banks via taxes

A leading businessman yesterday backed the Government’s move to “hit the banks hard” with new and increased taxes, arguing that the Canadian-owned institutions had helped to bring this upon themselves.

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BREA chief 'over the moon' on duty exemption extend

The Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president yesterday said he was “over the moon” due to the Government’s decision to extend the first-time buyer Stamp Duty exemption for another five years, telling Tribune Business: “It’s Christmas.”

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Auto dealer worry over 'dramatic price' rises

Bahamian new car dealers yesterday warned that the Government’s latest tax proposals would further drive consumers towards used autos, with the constant reforms creating “turmoil” in the market.

Gov'ts 'devil in the details' with 44-strong reform slate

The Government yesterday unveiled a “devil’s in the detail” Budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, unveiling a 44-strong package of tax reductions and increases that will impact a wide cross-section of the private sector.

Cat Island project nearly 'off to races'

THE Government is considering a proposal for Cat Island that could potentially create hundreds of new jobs, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

PM unveils Bahamas ‘Mardi Gras’ plans

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that the Government has allocated $1 million for the development of a week-long Bahamian Carnival or ‘Mardi Gras-style festival’ that will kick off in 2015.

Contractor chief warns on fee rises

BUILDING permit fee increases could adversely impact the level of construction activity, going forward the head of the Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) warned yesterday, arguing that the sector was not able to bear any additional costs at this time Come July 1, the Government intends to increase building permit fees and introduce new fees, but Godfrey Forbes said the Bahamian construction sector was only just beginning to rebound and that he did not endorse any additional burdens on the consumer.

Current account widens by 1/3

The Bahamas’ current account deficit widened by “one-third” to $1.46 billion in 2012, due to the fuel import bill.

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National Sculling Championships to highlight Long Island regatta

BAHAMIAN Brewery and Sands Beer will take its ‘Man in the Boat’ National Sculling Championships to the 40th annual Long Island Regatta in Salt Pond next weekend and will be the sponsors of the E Class sailing competition.

Gov’t urged: Learn why farmers ‘catching hell’

THE Government was yesterday urged to create a sustainable development plan for the Bahamian agricultural sector, after stating its planned agriculture school could “dent” the Bahamas’ $500-$600 million food import bill by 15 per cent.

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Big win for Battle 4 Atlantis and the Bahamas

A BIG WIN for the Kansas Jayhawks turned into a big win for the Battle 4 Atlantis and for the Bahamas as the island-nation will be one of the first to see one of the most sought after recruits in college basketball history in the 2013-14 season.

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PM: $10m investment for sporting facilities in the Family Islands

Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that his administration “will begin the process to invest some $10 million in the construction” of multi-purpose sporting facilities in the Family Islands similar to those in New Providence and Grand Bahama, giving young athletes in those islands more opportunities to develop in competitive sports.

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'Bring back the death penalty - even if it means getting rid of the privy council'

DNA leader Branville McCartney yesterday called on the government to do what is necessary to enforce the death penalty – even if it means “getting rid of the Privay Council”.

Renewable energy duty slashes 'long overdue'

The Government’s plan to eliminate import duties on solar panels and associated inverters was yesterday described as “long overdue”, sending the signal it was serious about facilitating renewable energy and reducing the Bahamas’ reliance on fossil fuels.

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Court of Appeal dismisses bail plea by former police constable

THE Court of Appeal denied bail to dismissed police constable Toni Sweeting – who was deemed a flight risk by a Supreme Court judge – on a two-thirds majority vote.

2013/2014 budget communication

Excerpts from the 2013/2014 budget communication, delivered by Prime Minister Perry Christie in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Concern over late receipt of court transcripts

JUDGES were concerned over the late receipt of transcripts and rulings from the magistrates’ court in the case of a pilot appealing his conviction for a $250,000 cocaine possession case.

Budget allocates $2m for new police vehicles

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force is set to receive $2 million in new vehicles according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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Police to consider alternatives to gun use

COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade said the Royal Bahamas Police Force is looking at alternative means of detaining “belligerent” suspects.

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Meet Mr Sandman, the good samaritan

By RASHAD ROLLE

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Juror unwell, trial delayed

TESTIMONY in yesterday’s session of the Marco Archer murder trial was delayed due to a juror feeling unwell.

Smuggling fears over tobacco tax

A tobacco retailer yesterday expressed concern that the Government’s plan to impose a ‘per stick’ duty rate on cigarettes and cigarillos could cause persons to bring them in “under the table”.

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Cruise passengers fly out following blaze

FREEPORT – The remaining 179 passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, which is being repaired in Grand Bahama following a fire, were flown out of the country yesterday.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: The right design for your employees

Are your graphic designer’s poor personality skills affecting your business? Most businesses are seeking that amazing designer who not only possesses great design “skills” but a winning “personality” that successful companies respects.

Wednesday, May 29

June: the month of weddings

By Rev. Angela Palacious

Angela Pratt-Rolle to be installed as pastor

MEMBERS of the Lively Stone Church of God will install Rev Angela R Pratt-Rolle as their pastor during a service of installation on Sunday.

Calls for children to be central to independence

By Rev. Canon S. Sebastian Campbell

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Man accused of sex with girl, 9, closes case

A JURY will hear closing arguments from counsel in the trial of a man accused of having sexual relations with a nine-year-old girl and taking pictures while in the act.

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This week's radio charts

Tarrus Riley's Cold Girl tops 100 JAMZ charts

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DJ OF THE WEEK: DJ Turbulence

THE BEST is yet to come for DJ Turbulence, who has been involved with music since primary school.

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Video medley continues positive ‘stand tall’ message

ARTISTS featured on the Stand Tall Riddim produced by Bahamian soul musician Irate are keeping their positive messages alive with the release of a video medley.

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Excise duties on vehicles to be based on value, not engine size

EXCISE duties on vehicles will be based on value rather than engine size as part a wave of new measures aimed at regenerating the Bahamian economy.

Wilchcombe: US concerns understood

WHILE the government understands America’s concerns over escalating crime in the country – particularly Nassau – Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe believes officials should work on perfecting the Bahamas’ brand.

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Government to raise questions over Blackbeard's Cay developer

THE government intends to approach St Maarten officials for information in an attempt to ascertain if the developer of Blackbeard’s Cay qualifies to do business in the Bahamas.

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Praise for response to fire on ship

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday commended officials for their part in assisting passengers after the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas experienced a fire on board ship.

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FLOODING, TORNADO SAFETY TIPS

THE National Emergency Management Agency has issued safety tips and advisories to educate residents on how to protect themselves in the event floods or tornadoes happen in their communities.

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'Statistics not a true picture of crime'

THE number of people being killed in the Bahamas hugely under-represents the number of people who are actual victims of crime, Dr Duane Sands yesterday.

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Severe warning issued to nation

SEVERE flood warnings were issued yesterday for the entire Bahamas as a major weather system threatens the archipelago with excessive prolonged rains and thunderstorms this week.

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Gulf Union creditors to get '5-15 per cent extra'

Creditors of the long-defunct Gulf Union Bank (Bahamas) could receive “anywhere from 5-15 per cent extra” in dividend distributions, its liquidator said yesterday, as a result of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

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Stopover visitor share off 7% pts

The all-important stopovers market has seen its share of total visitors to the Bahamas drop by seven percentage points since the financial crisis, reaching the point where it accounts for just one out of every four tourists.

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Ninety per cent of small firmsto 'forego' new finance market

Ninety per cent of Bahamian small and medium-sized businesses will likely miss out on the financing opportunities offered by BISX’s proposed commercial paper market due to “indiscipline”, a leading consultant warned yesterday.

Venture Fund eyes six start up approvals

The Government-sponsored venture capital fund is preparing six start-up prospects for approval at its June 13 Board meeting, as it switches its focus “away from New Providence”.

Long insolvencies 'reflecting badly on the Bahamas'

The lengthy time taken to complete corporate liquidations “reflects badly on the Bahamas as a jurisdiction”, a senior attorney warned yesterday, adding that a “significant” court ruling should help speed up insolvency processes.

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Artists combine textile and wood

TRADITIONAL textile and wood carving techniques were on display when artists Jan Elliott, Jenny Guy and Mick Guy officially opened their exhibit at the Central Bank of The Bahamas Art Gallery, earlier this month.

Caribbean Slide crew not slowing down

THE CARIBBEAN Slide has gone island wide and viral, going from a fun hip song to a dance routine well known to many.
Many events, schools, socials and even the staff at Senor Frogs have taken on the energetic movement by Bahamian musician Julien Thompson.

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Icons of music in caricature

ICONIC entertainers were honoured through unconventional portraits during the Catch Ya Sef exhibition.

Bank 'falls on feet' via branch relocate

Commonwealth Bank’s president yesterday said it hdad “fallen on its feet” through being able to re-locate its Oakes Field branch to the former Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) site on JFK Drive, a building it expects to occupy for four months.

Kayak fishers 'pumped' over Bahamas switch

The Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament, ‘May Madness’, which recently drew 100-plus participants to its latest event at Pompano Beach in south Florida, is expected to move to the Bahamas in April 2014.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Sponsoring your greater exposure

Every month I am inundated with requests for sponsorships, both personally and for my business. It is the revenue model for many non-profit organisations, who rely on the goodwill of sponsors to make their event possible.

Businesses fear 'havoc' through BEC sabotage

Bahamian businesses yesterday said they were “very concerned” that the alleged sabotage at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) Clifton Pier plant could mean increased electricity costs and power disruptions in the summer months.

Seven contenders for Grand Bahama casino

THE list of potential operators for the Grand Lucayan’s Treasure Bay casino has grown to “six or seven”, while one of the two interested Bahamian groups was also mulling the construction of another gaming complex nearby.

Growing sports, entertainment tourism 'seed'

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday that his Ministry was working on attracting more top sporting and entertainment events to the Bahamas, adding that the success of recent events such as the Pure-Silk Bahamas Ladies Professional Golf (LPGA) tournament had set the platform for growth.

Dame Joan is named arbitration patron

The Bahamas Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) has named Dame Joan Sawyer as its official patron.

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Bahamas' Emily Morley to row in championships

Ithaca College women’s crew team has been selected by the NCAA to compete in the upcoming Division III Rowing Championships May 31 to June 1 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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JBLN championship series ends with nail-biting games

The 2013 season for the Junior Baseball League of Nassau came to an end this past week with nail-biting finishes in the championship series as many games came down to the final at bat.

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Sandiford 'on par' with Redlands Community College Cougars

FROM running the floor as the “do-it-all” player on St John’s Giants senior girls basketball team two years ago, Taneka Sandiford is now lining up her tee shots as a member of the Redlands Community College Cougars women’s golf team.

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Four-member Team Bahamas set for Zone III Davis Cup tie

Devin Mullings and Timothy Neilly, who both missed last year’s trip because of injuries, have been named to Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s four-member team that will carry the national flag at the Davis Cup American Zone III Davis Cup tie in La Paz, Bolivia.

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Call to keep drains clear to prevent future flooding

DNA leader Branville McCartney is urging the government to clean and properly maintain drains in areas that tend to be badly affected by floods.

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Third man charged after double shooting death

A THIRD man was arraigned yesterday in connection with the Whit Monday shooting death of two men, which was followed by the attempted murder of three others and a chase and shoot-out with police.

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Forbes names Bacon as one of greenest billionaires

AFTER receiving the prestigious Audubon Medal for environmental conservation in January, Lyford Cay resident Louis Bacon has now been named one of the world’s greenest billionaires by Forbes Magazine.

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Cash for cakes

THANKS to the motivation of one thoughtful student, the sixth graders of Summit Academy came together to raise much-needed funds for the Cancer Society of the Bahamas.

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Jury hears of car examination

THE jury in the Marco Archer murder trial heard testimony from a scenes of crime investigator yesterday who examined a car belonging to Kofhe Goodman, the man accused of Marco’s murder.

Call for laws to prevent misuse of natural resources

ENVIRONMENTAL activist Joseph Darville is calling for laws, regulations and official procedures to control the use – and prevent the misuse – of the country’s natural resources.

Tuesday, May 28

Spanish Wells sweeps two of three divisions over Rock Sound

THE Eleuthera Junior Baseball League of Rock Sound continued with game three of its 2013 Championship Series in all three divisions in Spanish Wells on Saturday with the Spanish Wells teams sweeping two of the three divisions over Rock Sound.

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UPDATES: NEMA issues shelters list

4.50pm: NEMA has this afternoon issued its hurricane shelters list.

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Lawyer says police faked evidence

THE lawyer representing Kofhe Goodman yesterday accused the police of unlawfully withdrawing Goodman’s blood and “sprinkling it” on his clothing to fabricate evidence.

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Miller hits out at BEC staff ethics

BEC chairman Leslie Miller yesterday criticised work ethics at the corporation after a major engine and auxiliary equipment were reportedly sabotaged at the Clifton power plant.

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Dismissed constable denied bail

DISMISSED police constable Toni Sweeting has been denied bail by Court of Appeal judges.

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Miller warns of lights out in 'war' with union staff

BEC chairman Leslie Miller yesterday charged he was ready for “war” with the union to exact a new industrial agreement in line with the corporation’s economic reality.

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Violent crime up 1% - but overall levels fall

THE number of violent crimes in The Bahamas rose by one per cent against the same period last year, according to police statistics.

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Accused of sex with young boys

THE 51-year-old leader of the Christian People’s Movement was charged yesterday with committing sex acts with two boys under the age of 12.

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$10m for Medical Centre expansion

Dr Conville Brown has been trying to raise $10 million from Bahamian investors to expand his Centreville-based The Medical Pavilion Bahamas, Tribune Business can reveal, with stem cell and surgical therapies included in the plans.

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Golf event creates 3,000 room nights

ATLANTIS’S top executive yesterday said the wekend’s Pure Silk-Bahamas Ladies Professional Golf Assocation (LPGA) tournament generated some 3,000 room nights for the resort.

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Atlantis predicts 10% fall-off in group business

ATLANTIS is looking forward to a “very strong” July and August, although its president and managing director told Tribune Business yesterday that the resort might 2014 down 10 per cent year-over-year on group business.

Trade Commission's 'major' WTO paper

The Trade Commission will submit a “comprehensive paper” on the positions the Bahamas should take over World Trade Organisation (WTO) accession before end-June, its chairman said yesterday.

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30% auto sales boost if taxes back to 2010

A return to pre-2010 import duty rates would likely boost new car sales by “about 30 per cent”, dealers said yesterday, while calling on the Government to give them up to six months’ warning of planned import tariff changes.

A teen mother's journey to make a change

COMING from a troubled past and having a child at a young age, Antanice Williams said she did not know her story would turn out to be a positive tale that inspires others.

Minister: New FATCA-Style threats 'not that imminent'

The threat from other FATCA-style tax information sharing mechanisms is “not as imminent as people think”, the Minister of Financial Services said yesterday.

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Fresh delay in high-profile murder trial

SEVERAL legal arguments yesterday prevented a high-profile murder retrial from continuing in the Supreme Court.

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Social Services Minister: I was affected by flood

MINISTER of Social Services Melanie Griffin said she shared the plight of those living out east last week, as her yard was so flooded that she had to use unusual methods to leave the house.

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Neymour: Blame for pipe leaks shows desperation of PLP

FORMER Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour said attempts by Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis to blame the former government for leaks found in Water and Sewerage Corporation service lines show how “desperate” the PLP has become.

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Commissioner: gangs not to blame for recent violence

THE recent spate of violence should be blamed on organised crime, drug trafficking and other profit seeking activities rather than gang warfare, according to the Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade.

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Case close to settlement

YEARS of an ongoing spat between two millionaire brothers could soon come to an end after lawyers representing Rami Weisfisch and Amir Weissfisch said several issues in a settlement have been resolved.

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Passengers safe as cruise ship hit by fire

FREEPORT – Seventy-one passengers on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, which is docked at Freeport Harbour, are being accommodated at the Pelican Bay Resort after their cabins were damaged following a fire onboard the ship.

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NCAA Baseball: Jackson State Tigers to face powerhouse LSU

THE Jackson State Tigers and its trio of Bahamian players now know the destination where their post-season Cinderella story will begin, in Louisiana as they take on a powerhouse of the Southeastern Conference.

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Saints roll over Big Red Machine for volleyball title

THE Kingsway Academy Saints junior girls volleyball team defeated the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine to emerge as the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools junior girls volleyball champions.

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Tennis results

The 2013 Gym Tennis Club Members’ Tournament continued at the Gym Tennis Club in Winton Meadows over the weekend.

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'The Tank' to face Gerald Washington in June

AFTER his trip to Romania to fight Bogdan Dinu was called off, pro heavyweight boxer Sherman “The Tank” Williams will get a chance to step back in the ring on Saturday, June 8 when he is slated to take on former football player Gerald Washington at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

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Sports in brief

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) is scheduled to hold a general meeting 7pm this evening at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Open letter to police commissioner

EDITOR, The Tribune.I would be grateful if you would permit me to address an open letter to our Commissioner of Police through the pages of your newspaper.

Dream Wedding comes true in spite of trauma and tragedy

In the midst of what seemed to be a “wedding preparation nightmare,” one couple managed to remain humble and keep things in perspective.


Are you becoming bitter or better at managing your life

We all want to believe that we are getting better at maximizing our potential, managing our lives and really becoming the people we were born to be.

Healing a society full of contempt

According to gender stereotypes men are supposed to cuss and carry on, be rough, hard drinkers.

Sandals Foundation backs BNT on conch

The Sandals Foundation is backing the C-FISH Fund as one of its commitment to the ‘Caribbean Challenge’, an initiative that calls for protected zones along the region’s coasts by 2020.

Royal Bank sponsors suffrage production

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has part-sponsored the production of ‘Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy’, a documentary about the women’s suffrage movement in the Bahamas.

LPIA in 11% Memorial Day arrivals decline

PRELIMINARY figures show passenger traffic was down at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) over the US Memorial Day Weekend, with international arrivals down 11 per cent over the same period last year.

Monday, May 27

Novice designer stages first solo show

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

The painof living with lupus

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

Arthur Porter arrested in Panama

A prominent resident of the Bahamas wanted on fraud charges in Canada has been arrested in Panama.

Shaping a ghetto state of mind

By KIRKLAND PRATT

'Double Lunch Day' aids in hunger fight

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

People power needed to tackle burning issues

IT is my love for this country, which has been home to me for the past 62 years, that encourages me to continue to write about some of the issues and offer ideas and some simple solutions.

Is the Bahamas slipping backward?

“IT JUST ain’t fair!” grumbled one woman. Tossing her head in the air and shaking a threatening finger. “Isn’t it so!” remarked the other, seemingly in total agreement, but also agitated about something.

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Puppy home to be a tribute to Canadian couple

A HALFWAY house for stray puppies will commemorate the life and contributions of pot cake enthusiasts Ron and Jill Gandza.

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Rolle defends NEMA response to flooding

POINTING to the unpredictability of weather systems, Pinewood MP Khaalis Rolle defended the National Emergency Management Agency’s response to last week’s flooding in the capital.

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Tributes to Cunningham

RETIRED Financial Secretary Ehurd Cunningham died in hospital on Saturday night following heart surgery early last week.

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'We did all we were required to do in Disney Cruise case'

COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade said yesterday that Bahamian police did all they were required to do during their investigations into the molestation claims of an 11-year-old passenger on a Disney Cruise Line.

Attempted hijack of Lyford Cay resident

A LYFORD Cay resident became the target of an “attempted hijack” moments after leaving the residential community, The Tribune has learned.

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Commissioner: Judicial system letting us down

POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade criticised the judicial system this week, saying that he and members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force are disturbed to see persons who are arrested for egregious acts back out on the street soon after they are brought before the courts.

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Three killed at weekend, body also found on boat

POLICE arrested four people this weekend in connection with two separate killings, one of which involved two bodies found in a car, burnt beyond recognition.

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'Premature' energy tender' in 30% renewables goal

“Overzealous” officials have prematurely released a bid document for Family Island alternative energy projects, which reveals the Government aims to generate almost 30 per cent of their power needs from renewables by 2015.

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EBITDA target vital to $40m BTC spend

Achieving EBITDA margins greater than 30 per cent is vital to the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) maintaining annual capital expenditure at around $40 million, a senior executive has confirmed

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Cabinet mulling real estate 'game changer'

Bahamian realtors have their “fingers crossed” that the Government will renew the first-time buyer Stamp Duty exemption for transactions worth $500,000 or less, with the issue now before the Christie Cabinet.

Cloud computing firm flies high in shipping, finance

A BAHAMAS-based cloud computing company has seen increased interest in its services from various sectors, telling Tribune Business that most firms would use the type of solutions it offered within two to three years.

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City Markets: 'Less than $2m' left for creditors

The sale of City Markets’ leasehold interests has finally been completed, but its principal warned that “less than $2 million” will be left for the remaining creditors - including his family and former staff - to fight over.

Freeport investor in 'tax fraud' charges

A business partner of Freeport-based investor, Preben Olesen, is one of two Grand Bahama residents charged by the US federal authorities with operating “a fraudulent offshore tax strategy”.

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Neymour: Set money aside to upgrade drainage systems

GIVEN this week’s severe flooding around the capital, the government should commit a fixed amount in the yearly budget towards upgrading the country’s drainage and sewer systems, former State Minister of Environment Phenton Neymour said yesterday.

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Inaugural event 'was awesome'

THE inaugural Pure-Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic finished on Sunday the way they got started on Tuesday with the rain drenching the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island.

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Student athletes qualify for NCAA Div 1 outdoors

SEVERAL Bahamian student athletes, with their performances at regional meets over the weekend, added their names to the list of qualifiers for the upcoming NCAA Division One Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

'Hardest rock ever' puts resort building three months behind

The developers behind Eleuthera’s French Leave Resort & Marina have spent “about half” of the $7-$8 million first phase budget, with flint rock having put the construction schedule three months behind.

CHAMBER VOICE: Ensuring staff love their jobs

Our last few columns have taken us deep into exploring, and understanding, the lack of efficiency that exists in the Bahamian workforce and the challenges that this presents on a macroeconomic scale.

Bank's fire-hit branch on move

Commonwealth Bank is moving operations at is Oakes Field branch to a temporary location next month, following last week’s fire damage.

Fisheries chief supports statutory Advisory Board

THE BAHAMAS Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA) president believes the creation of a registry is key to modernising the Fisheries Act, telling Tribune Business he supports increased regulation for the industry..

Pinewood Gardens

God’s peace to you.
I feel compelled to write to you to request that you use your powers and do not allow another Pinewood Gardens to be built anywhere in the Bahamas.

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Current drainage 'maxed out' in areas such as Pinewood

GOVERNMENT will have to do away with the current drainage system entirely in order to alleviate flooding endemic to low-lying communities in New Providence, according to Ministry of Works officials.

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Minnis disappointed with PM's lack of leadership

FOLLOWING last week’s “devastating” storm that saw overwhelming flooding in parts of New Providence, opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis said he is disappointed the Prime Minister has not “taken a leadership role” in speaking out about the storm.

Russell: Be ready for hurricane season

NEMA director Stephen Russell has urged all Bahamians to take necessary precautions to safeguard their homes as the disaster management agency braces for an active hurricane season.

US Embassy main line fully operational

THE US Embassy’s main line, (242) 322-1181, is fully operational, the embassy confirmed yesterday.

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Five held after home raids

POLICE raids on two separate homes in New Providence have led to five arrests and the confiscation of a quantity of illegal drugs, a large quantity of ammunition and a fire arm.

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Police seeking three men over armed robberies

POLICE are desperately seeing the public’s help in identifying and locating three men responsible for two separate armed robberies this weekend.

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Call to unite in face of crime

BAHAMAS Against Crime has called on all concerned Bahamians to assemble in Rawson Square to protest the continuing wave of violence plaguing the nation.

Sunday, May 26

Saturday, May 25

WEB SHOPS’ LAWYER: We can take city hall

ALTHOUGH they have abandoned their appeal to challenge Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett’s refusal to grant an injunction in their case - web shop operators have learned many “laudable ideals, virtues and actions” throughout their legal battle.

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SHOOTING VICTIM’S AUNT SPEAKS OUT

DAYS after the fatal shootings of a teenager and a man in the Kemp Road community, relatives of the victims yesterday said the lack of a constant police presence in the area has fuelled fear among residents.

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Alleged child porn victim cries during court testimony

AN eleven-year-old girl who is an alleged victim of child pornography and unlawful sexual intercourse cried in the Supreme Court as she recalled the occasions a man allegedly woke her out of her sleep to give him oral sex.

Friday, May 24

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Nygard Cay also part of review bid

AN ENVIRONMENTAL group has filed an action in the Supreme Court, seeking a judicial review to stop the dredging at Nygard Cay.

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Tourists robbed at downtown night spot

SEVERAL tourists and Bahamians were robbed at a popular downtown bar on Navy Lion Road, The Tribune has learned.

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Activist seeks prison reform after release on bail from Fox Hill

POLITICAL activist Omar Archer yesterday announced plans to lobby for international support over his alleged firsthand experience of inhumane conditions at Her Majesty’s Prison.

No police action over molested child claim on Disney cruise

UNITED States officials are reportedly “up in arms” that a Disney Cruise Line employee, accused of molesting an 11-year-old passenger, was left unscathed when authorities in the Bahamas released him following questioning.

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Man shot in his sleep

FREEPORT – A 27-year-old woman has been detained and is assisting Grand Bahama Police with their investigations into an attempted murder.

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Police hunt for killers

POLICE are on the hunt for two men in connection with the country’s latest homicides.

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Man denies sex with girl, 9

A JURY was empanelled in the Supreme Court yesterday, moments after a man pleaded not guilty to having sex with a nine-year-old girl and taking a picture of the incident.

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US drops challenge to $8m ‘fraud’ funds

The US Justice Department will not challenge a Court of Appeal verdict over more than $8 million that once belonged to convicted ‘con man’, Derek Guise Turner, allowing Loretta Butler-Turner’s family and other defrauded Bahamian victims to determine how this sum is to be distributed.

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Doctors targeting 23% capital investment rise

Doctors Hospital is planning to invest $4.2 million in capital improvements to its business during its 2014 financial year, the previous year’s bottom line having been impacted by a $1.135 million ‘start-up’ loss.

Flooding set to cost insurers ‘pretty penny’

The heavy flooding in New Providence will “cost the insurance industry a pretty penny”, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with underwriters reporting initial claims volumes of “70-75” and “a few dozen”.

Balmoral preparing for new $3m phase

Real estate developers will have “a really difficult time” selling their developments without in-house financing, The Balmoral’s principal told Tribune Business, adding that he was set to launch another $2-$3 million phase within four months.

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Top banker: ‘No reason’ to alter 10% stock market rise prediction

A top investment banker yesterday said he saw “no reason” to change his prediction that the Bahamian stock market will end 2013 up 10 per cent, following the release of data showing its rebound had extended into an eighth month.

Forum to assess national Budget

‘The Financial Voice’ (TFV) forum will conduct its annual examination of the Government’s 2013-2014 Budget and other issues relating to the Bahamas’ fiscal health on Thursday, May 30.

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Sporting events brings in $13m

THE Bahamas is expected to earn more than $13 million in revenue from sports tourism in 2013, particularly due to the success of some recent events according to Tyrone Sawyer, director of sports tourism development at the Ministry of Tourism.

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Moss warns over ‘noose of crime’

AS the country’s leaders continued to ignore the warning signs, the “noose of crime” was slowly tightening and is now starting to strangle the country, local activist Rev CB Moss said.

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‘Come clean’ over problems with diplomatic appointments

ST ANNE’S MP Hubert Chipman said the government must “come clean” and explain to the public why exactly some of the country’s diplomatic appointments to the United States have not yet been confirmed.

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Workshop to enhance security of sea borders

Minister of Transport and Aviation Glennys Hanna-Martin opened the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code workshop at the Prince George Dock Port Department this week.

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Sandals Royal Bahamian graduates 15 people from Hospitality Training Programme

SANDALS Royal Bahamian has sent 15 graduates of its Hospitality Training Programme out into the workforce.

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PM presents challenges to Bahamas Bar Association

PRIME Minister Perry Christie presented the Bahamas Bar Association with some challenges to make it more responsive to the demands of its position of influence in the nation.

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‘Opportunities and challenges’ of rising Bar Association numbers

THE ever-increasing population of the Bahamas Bar Association presents both exciting opportunities and pressing challenges, Perry Christie said.

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Brewery welcomes consular representatives

FREEPORT, GB – CEO of Bahamian Brewery, James ‘Jimmy’ Sands, was on hand to welcome the 13 delegates of the Honorary Consular Corps in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, who visited the island to hear about possible opportunities for investing in the Grand Bahama industrial sector.

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Electricity restored to 99% of customers

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation said last night it completed the restoration of electricity supply to the more than 99 per cent of customers in New Providence following widespread flooding on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Humane Society to pay tribute to couple killed in road accident

THE Bahamas Humane Society tribute to a couple who were killed in a road accident in Exuma will be held tomorrow at Compass Point.

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Spurs held to a goalless draw by Jamaica

Steven Caulker wished he had not made that one step ahead of the defender. He wished the officials had not called the offside on him after he booted in the lone goal that would have given Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 victory over Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz.”

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Atkins inducted in NAIA Hall of Fame

SPRINTER Derrick Atkins, making a comeback after a series of injuries hampered his progress over the last two years, said he’s even more inspired to go out and compete this year after being inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Hall of Fame.

Resorts seek Memorial Day business boost

MAJOR resorts on New Providence are looking to capitalise on a “busy” US Memorial Day weekend, one resort manager telling Tribune Business yesterday that occupancy levels would be in the mid-80 per cent range.

BTC targets 10 new franchises in 18 months

THE BAHAMAS Telecommunications Company (BTC) plans to open 10 new retail franchise locations in New Providence and Grand Bahama over the next four months, it said yesterday, with another 20 set to be launched within an 18-month period.

Thursday, May 23

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Tottenham 0-0 Jamaica

English Premiership giants Tottenham Hotspur held by Jamaican national team.

US drops challenge to $8m 'fraud' funds

By NEIL HARTNELL

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FLOODING REDUCES PURE SILK-BAHAMAS LPGA CLASSIC TO SHORTENED LAYOUT

Flooding over one-third of the course has forced tournament and LPGA officials to trim the Ocean Club Golf Course layout to 12 holes for Friday with hope of playing a few more holes on Saturday and Sunday. The course routing will now begin at what was hole 10 and skip around until ending at hole 8.

UPDATE: SEVERE WEATHER WATCH LIFTED

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has lifted a severe thunderstorm watch

Now is the time to rethink our security

SHORTLY before 10 o’clock last night a message flashed on our night editor’s computer: Police on way to investigate two murders. One occurred shortly after 6pm, victim died in hospital an hour later.

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Woman admits trying to burn son alive

A WOMAN who pleaded guilty to trying to burn her son alive in a car told police officers at the time of the arrest that something came over her.

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Policeman denies stabbing

A POLICEMAN denied allegations against him concerning the stabbing of two Defence Force officers at Arawak Cay over the holiday weekend.

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Two men gunned down in night of violence

Police are currently investigating two more murders that occurred, last night.

Grand Bahama, Abaco on alert for severe thunderstorms

GRAND Bahama and Abaco residents have been put on alert for severe thunderstorms, with North Eleuthera also on alert.

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$3m more needed for road works

MORE than $3 million is needed to complete work on several roads in New Providence, announced Works Minister Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday.

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BTC ‘not immune’ from CWC’s $100m cost push

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) will “not be immune” to the $100 million savings drive of its majority shareholder, which yesterday said its Bahamian asset’s operating costs were still “higher than we’d like to see”.

Delinquent Mortgages: ‘20% can pay but don’t’

An estimated 20 per cent of delinquent Bahamian mortgage borrowers fall into the ‘can pay but won’t pay’ category, a situation the banking industry believes will be exacerbated by the Homeowners Protection Bill.

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Insurers fearing ‘flood of claims’

Bahamian insurance companies were yesterday said to be concerned about a potential “flood of claims” as a result of Tuesday night’s heavy rains, as New Providence yesterday attempted to dry out and get back to business.

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LPGA Classic main draw starts Friday

The closure of the Ocean Club Golf Course yesterday and today due to the heavy downpour of rain forced organisers to call off the Pro-Am, scrap the completion of the qualifying round and cancel the first day of play today in the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

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Jamaica v Tottenham still on despite rain

ALL systems are go for tonight’s historic exhibition game between Jamaica’s national soccer team, also known as the “Reggae Boyz,” and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club out of England.

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Minister sets timeline for Family Islands sporting facilities

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr Daniel Johnson has delivered a concrete timeline for the development of sporting facilities in the Family Islands.

Sports in brief

LENO Corporate Services Limited has partnered with the Barracuda Swim Club to host the Leno-Barracuda Invitational Swim Meet May 24-25 at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Center.

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Macedonia wins titles

Macedonia won the title in both the 15-and-under and 19-and-under divisions, while Men of Vision took the men’s crown as the Baptist Sports Council pulled the curtain down on its 2013 Basketball Classic at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday.

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Exhibition matches for junior players

WITH much of the country’s focus on international soccer at the professional level this week, the Bahamas Football Association has provided an opportunity for junior players to showcase their skills as well.

Wage deduction ‘shock therpay’ poorly timed

The Government’s salary deduction cap “shock therapy” is long overdue but ill-timed, as it potentially threatens the still-fragile economic recovery.

Bank may ‘accelerate’ $2m expansion of fire-hit branch

Commonwealth Bank may “accelerate” the almost-$2 million expansion of its Oakes Field branch depending on how much damage Tuesday night’s fire caused, its president said yesterday.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: A graphic analysis of the design mind

Do you agree that one of the most significant characteristics of a successful entrepreneur is one who understands himself, his mission, co-workers and clients?

Homeowners Bill to ‘level playing field’

THE proposed Homeowners Protection Bill will create a “level playing field” between borrowers and lenders, a Cabinet Minister yesterday asserting that the legislation represented the “modernisation” of the Bahamas lending framework.

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Just six ‘eligible’ for mortgage relief

A Cabinet Minister yesterday said just six borrowers out of 147 deemed “potentially eligible” had qualified for help from the Government’s Mortgage Relief Plan.

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Storm causes delay in murder trial

THE Marco Archer murder trial experienced another delay yesterday, this time because of the jury’s absence related to the aftermath of Tuesday evening’s severe thunderstorm.

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Hepburn to learn his sentence next week

PRINCE Hepburn must wait one week before he learns his sentence for the murder of Nellie Brown-Cox, the woman he intended to marry once his divorce had gone through.

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Baha Mar ‘to make Bahamas stronger’

MACAU, China - GLOBAL Gaming Asset Management CEO William Weidner believes that the combination of Atlantis and Baha Mar will add strength to the Bahamas as a gaming destination.

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CEO is satisfied with Baha Mar team’s work

MACAU, China - HAVING put the “last piece of the puzzle together” with the announcement of their new casino partner Global Gaming Asset Management (GGAM), Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian said he is incredibly proud of his hardworking team who have done so much to get the property to where it is today.

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Bail for Defence Force officer

BAIL was granted to a Defence Force officer who was recently charged in connection with a $20,000 cocaine seizure at Grand Bahama International Airport.

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Convicted in absence

A MAN who absconded near the conclusion of his double armed robbery trial was convicted by a Supreme Court jury.

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Govt said to be in talks on money repatriation

THE government is reportedly in talks with banks regarding the manner and the amount of money that is repatriated from the Bahamas, according to well-placed sources.

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Stables under water in storm

TUESDAY night’s storm turned Camperdown Riding Club’s stables and show ring into a four-foot deep lake.

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NEMA ‘working on improvements’

THE National Emergency Management Agency said weather alerts were issued in a timely fashion but they are working to improve ways to get the message across.

Social workers visiting storm-hit areas

WRENSWORTH Butler of the Department of Social Services said social workers visited several areas that were most affected by the storm yesterday, including Pinewood Gardens, Mount Tabor Estates, Nassau Village, Winton Meadows and Englerston.

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Online reaction to the storm

SOCIAL media websites were alive with conversation through the day in the aftermath of the storm. Here are some of the comments from internet users:

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‘Flood water was so high I had to sleep in my ceiling’

IN Fox Hill, a workman living on Davis Street said that the flooding was so high in his house that he had to sleep in the ceiling.

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Areas try to get back to normal

RESIDENTS, business owners, families and schoolchildren were trying to get back to normal life today in the wake of a major thunderstorm and record downpours which deluged Nassau, wrecking property, closing schools and leaving homeowners stranded.

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Power restored in wake of storm

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation said yesterday it had restored electricity supplies to the majority of consumers hit by the storm.

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Police warn: don’t make yourself a target for thieves

FREEPORT – Due to the recent incidents of stealing reported in the Central Division, the police are urging residents and businesspersons not to make themselves an easy target for criminals.

Wednesday, May 22

Homeowners Bill to 'level playing field'

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Areas try to get back to normal

RESIDENTS, business owners, families and schoolchildren were trying to get back to normal life today in the wake of a major thunderstorm and record downpours which deluged Nassau, wrecking property, closing schools and leaving homeowners stranded.

Policeman denies stabbing

By LAMECH JOHNSON

'Flood water was so high I had to sleep in my ceiling'

IN Fox Hill, a workman living on Davis Street said that the flooding was so high in his house that he had to sleep in the ceiling.

Women of Virtue Tea Party and Fashion Show

The Nassau Village Urban Renewal Division held a Women of Virtue Tea Party and Fashion Show at the Holy Cross Activity Centre on May 19 to honour “virtuous women” in the community: Patricia Bell, mother of Minister of State Keith Bell, received the long standing resident award; Pearline Reckly received the religion award; Patricia Morley, civic award; Rita O King, education award; Charmaine Josey, community relations award.

LPGA Classic main draw starts Friday

By BRENT STUBBS

Exhibition matches for junior players

By RENALDO DORSETT

Hepburn to learn his sentence next week

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Stables under water in storm

TUESDAY night’s storm turned Camperdown Riding Club’s stables and show ring into a four-foot deep lake. By 10 am yesterday the water level had dropped about a foot, but shortly before 2pm as volunteers hooked up pumps to pump the water into nearby shallow caves, the sky darkened and a light rain started to fall.

Halkitis defends mortgage relief scheme

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Prosecutors argue against motion

PROSECUTORS in a high-profile murder retrial claimed that there was “no merit” in the constitutional motion made by a defendant accused with others of murdering an off-duty policeman.

Woman admits trying to burn son alive

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Storm causes delay in murder trial

THE Marco Archer murder trial experienced another delay yesterday, this time because of the jury’s absence related to the aftermath of Tuesday evening’s severe thunderstorm.

Macedonia wins titles

Macedonia won the title in both the 15-and-under and 19-and-under divisions, while Men of Vision took the men’s crown as the Baptist Sports Council pulled the curtain down on its 2013 Basketball Classic at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday.

Power restored in wake of storm

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation said yesterday it had restored electricity supplies to the majority of consumers hit by the storm.

$3m more needed for road works

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Learning about God

By Rev. Angela Palacious

Saying goodbye too soon

By Allison Miller

Fr Fleischer to celebrate 50 years of priesthood

Anglicans in the Bahamas and in South East Florida are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Anglican priest, the Reverend Dr Frederick Fleischer.

An evening of praise and worship

Under the distinguished patronage of the Rt. Rev. Laish Z. Boyd, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands and Joanne Boyd, Christ the King Contemporary Chorale present: “To Our God”, an evening of praise and worship. Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:30pm. Christ the King Anglican Church, Ridgeland Park West.

Baha Mar 'to make Bahamas stronger'

By PAUL G TURNQUEST

In this week's Big T

DO you trust your man enough to let him have a bachelor party before you tie the knot? Find out what Bahamian women have to say - in this week’s Big T, Saturday’s Tribune.

Working for the lord

By ALESHA CADET

Bail for Defence Force officer

By LAMECH JOHNSON

A graphic analysis of the design mind

By Deidre Bastian

Govt said to be in talks on money repatriation

THE government is reportedly in talks with banks regarding the manner and the amount of money that is repatriated from the Bahamas, according to well-placed sources.

NEMA 'working on improvements'

By DANA SMITH

Just six 'eligible' for mortgage relief

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Insurers fearing 'flood of claims'

By NEIL HARTNELL

CEO is satisfied with Baha Mar team's work

By PAUL G TURNQUEST

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Latest news

Weather forecast for The Bahamas for the rest of today and tonight, rainfall figures for last night and COB closure information:

An Immigration squeeze is not the answer

DESPERATE TO win the 2012 general election, the PLP campaigned across this country with promises that in return for their votes they would give Bahamians “all the world and more besides”.

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Nat King Cole's memory alive and well in the Bahamas

IN A TRIBUTE to the legendary Nat King Cole, Talk of the Town promotions presented a celebration concert that attracted many Jazz lovers to the Old

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Lovers' quarrel ends in stabbing

FREEPORT – A lovers’ spat ended with a man being stabbed repeatedly after several of his girlfriend’s friends attacked him.

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Man accused of sex with girl, 9

A MAN accused of having sexual relations with a nine-year-old girl and taking pictures while in the act appeared in Supreme Court yesterday for the opening of his trial.

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Policeman held over stabbing of Defence Force officers

A POLICE officer is in custody in connection with the stabbing of two Defence Force officers over the weekend.

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Baha Mar seals deal for casino operation

BAHA Mar announced yesterday that it has selected Global Gaming Asset Management (GGAM), one of the largest and most successful casino management companies in the world, to manage what will be the centrepiece of its $3.5 billion resort in the Bahamas.

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Gang war fears rise

ASSISTANT Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson said officers are doing all they can to lessen retaliation killings after rumours of gang wars started to spread.

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'Mortgage collapse worse than Greece'

Rattled Bahamian commercial bankers were last night nervously awaiting today’s tabling of the Homeowners Protection Bill in Parliament, fearing it will further depress economic recovery and a mortgage market that has already “collapsed”.

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Hilton sale decision by month's end

The British Colonial Hilton’s owners will decide by month’s end which of the three bids to acquire Bay Street’s ‘anchor property’ they will accept, Tribune Business can reveal.

Insurer closes on $25m net equity 'landmark'

A Bahamian general insurer is expecting to hit the $25 million net equity “landmark” by mid-2013, after last year’s net income performance beat budget targets by 30 per cent.

Gov't urged to 'correct' Stamp Duty platform

The Government has been urged to “correct” the practice of basing Stamp Duty on real estate ‘market value’, as opposed to ‘conveyancing value’, one realtor warning the uncertainty threatened to leave sales “up in the air”.

TOUGH CALL: Why still no action over deaths in traffic accident?

ANGRY questions are being raised about the tragic deaths of two Canadian retirees in a recent traffic accident on Exuma.

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Baha Mar 'will change way casino gaming is seen in Bahamas'

ON the heels of Baha Mar’s announced casino partner, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe said he believes that the hotel property will change the way casino gaming is seen in the Bahamas.

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Junior Baseball League of Nassau highlights

Fans who turned out for game one of the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) championship series on Saturday were treated to three unbelievable comeback games and three walk-off wins for teams to take a one game lead in their respective series.

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Spurs, Jamaica settle in ahead of big match

TOTTENHAM Hotspur and Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz” soccer teams have settled in their new residences for this week as they get ready for their historic exhibition match at the new Thomas A Robinson National Stadium on Thursday.

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QC: Customs 'excesses' strangling Freeport

Customs’ “excesses” are still imposing a “stranglehold” on business in Freeport, a top QC warned yesterday, despite the Government’s revenue agency dropping previous demands and impositions.

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Beauty artists shine at Bahamian Hair Battle

CREATIVE energy was in the air at this year’s Bahamian Hair Battle and Showcase at the Rainforest Theatre Sunday.

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Less talk, more music

AS A child, listening to music on the radio, Chris Miller said he always believed he was born to fall in love with music.

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Rat Pack musicians included amongst 'the best'

MEMBERS OF the Rat Pack collective are headed to South Florida for the largest Memorial Day weekend event, Best of the Best International Music Festival, to be held at the Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida.

Things 2 do

Thursday, 23 May 2013
 During the "Catch Ya Sef” exhibition Bahamian painter Matthew Wildgoose will present original portraits.

Brown: Deaths in police custody were collateral damage

THE men who recently died in police custody were “collateral damage” in the fight against crime, according to Oswald Brown, the government’s press attaché and cultural affairs officer in Washington, DC.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Don't go 'sideways' with Internet sales

I fell in love with marketing, more precisely Internet marketing, a few years ago when I decided to get serious with telling the story of the Bahamas Judo Federation.

Bahamas eyed by six more Premier League outfits

THIS week’s exhibition match between Tottenham Hotspur and Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Boyz’ could catapult the Bahamas into soccer’s top global division, with six other English Premier league clubs having made inquiries about participating in a similar event next year.

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Raquel looks for spot in main draw

LPGA: Play is cancelled for Thursday and the competition will be reduced to a 54-hole event.

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Frontrunner emerges to take over NIB role

THE Board at National Insurance have taken the first steps in identifying possible replacements for former Director Algernon Cargill, NIB Minister Shane Gibson confirmed yesterday.

Bahamian group will take art donation to Cuban hospital

A BAHAMIAN delegation is departing to Camaguey, Cuba, today to take part in a ceremony that will officially mark the donation of several works by local artists to the Oncological Hospital and Paediatric Hospital in that city.

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Minnis: Unite to fight crime

FOLLOWING a crime-filled holiday weekend that brought the murder count to 44 in five months, opposition leader Hubert Minnis is calling on the government to form a non-partisan committee dedicated to fighting the country’s persistent crime level.

Colleagues say murder victimwas a 'sweet person'

EMOTIONAL co-workers and friends of 17-year-old Frederick Telusma, who was shot and killed on Monday afternoon, remember him as a “sweet person” who was well known and liked by everyone.

A 'world of dance' coming to Bahamian theatre

OVER one hundred students will hit the stage during Jubliee Dance Studio’s second dance production set for Friday.

Hillside House Art Gallery and Cuban Embassy in Nassau

A Bahamian delegation headed by Antonius Roberts will depart for Camaguey, Cuba today to take part in a ceremony that will make official the donation of Bahamian art to the Oncological Hospital and the Pediatric Hospital of the City of Camaguey.

Tuesday, May 21

Tributes paid to Fr George Wolf

THE Catholic community in the Bahamas is joining with the monks of St John’s Abbey, Minnesota in mourning the death of former St Augustine’s monk Father George Wolf, who died on Monday.

Bahamas wins second Mission Catwalk Challenge

The hit regional fashion show “Mission Catwalk” crowed its second Bahamian designer as best of the best, when David Rolle won the weekly challenge in episode 6 of the show’s third season.

Curiouser and curioser

The ongoing public spat between Algernon Cargill and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) gets curiouser and curiouser by the day.

UPDATED: SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

THIS IS A SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT FOR GRAND BAHAMA, BIMINI, ANDROS AND NEW PROVIDENCE

High-heeled madness: Foot specialist sounds off

HIGH-HEELED shoes may flatter the legs and give a chic appearance, however they are notorious for harming the feet. Many women can attest, heels are a favourite accessory. Any look is incomplete without the right pair.

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Media portray of women sees them as ‘always ready for sex’

THE CHANGING media environment has created a proliferation of sexually suggestive representations of Bahamian women, according to College of the Bahamas researcher Dr Juliette Storr.

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A new teen queen reigns over the nation

Despite a forty-five minute delay in the start of the pageant, the Rainforest Theatre on Cable Beach came alive on Sunday evening as eleven young women competed for the title Miss Teen Bahamas International.

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Documentary returns home after North American tour

BAHAMIAN author and film maker Marion Bethel has taken her history lesson on the women’s suffrage movement in the Bahamas to other parts of region.

WORLD VIEW: Not a Caribbean man?

TENSION is developing toward the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) from some quarters in Jamaica. This was exemplified by a column in the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper written by an Immigration Attorney, Mr Ronald Mason.

Time for action - the country is in peril

AS WE have said in this column before, at least Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe has had the guts to face the facts that crime is not only destroying our people, but it is also destroying our economy. We have always found that the best way to solve a problem is to face it.

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Moss link to $42,000 claim

A SENIOR National Insurance Board executive refuted Gregory Moss’s denial of claims that he sought to push a $42,000 energy audit contract to a firm owned by one of his business partners.

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Others hurt in weekend of violence

A team of five masked gunmen left a teen and a man, dead on the doorstep of their Kemp Road home and four others injured at a holiday gathering, while on a spree of violence that ended after a police chase, gunfight, and Nassau Village car crash.

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Wyclef Jean concert a smash hit

SATURDAY night’s much-anticipated Unity Fest concert has been hailed as a great success by organisers.

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COB student goes missing

A College of the Bahamas student has been missing since last week.

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Moncur: Haiti flag day is no threat

ACTIVIST Rodney Moncur claims he is not threatened by Haitian’s Flag Day and that Bahamians could learn lessons from the nationals of our the neighbouring country.

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Govt must act on claim of prostitution

AN activist considers reports of prostitution occurring at Festival Place an “indictment” on the current government if investigations into the matter turn out to be true.

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US alert in wake of tourist shooting

A WARNING from the US government to its citizens about the threat from armed robbers in Nassau has gone international after the story was picked up by The Associated Press.

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Judicial Review over Nygard 'breach of duty'

The Government’s alleged failure to prevent “unauthorised development activities” at Clifton Bay by Peter Nygard and his attorney, Keod Smith, is to be challenged by Judicial Review.

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Realtors enjoy 20% high-end sales rise

Sales of high-end Bahamian properties valued at more than $1 million have increased by 20 per cent year-over-year, with top realtors telling Tribune Business that serious buyers are “not just kicking tyres”.

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MP: 'Sub-set of Bahamians are unemployable'

An MP has admitted there is “a sub-set of Bahamians” who are unemployable, due to the absence of job skills or being “scarred for life” by previous criminal convictions.

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Top NIB executive refutes Moss denial

A senior National Insurance Board (NIB) executive refuted Gregory Moss’s denial of allegations that he sought to push a $42,000 energy audit contract to a firm owned by one of his business partners.

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'Reggae Boyz', Spurs touch down for historic match

THE Jamaican Reggae Boyz men’s national soccer team is in town.

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Playboy playmate heads for Bimini to join fishing tournament

BIMINI – Is Hef sending emissaries to check out Bimini for his newest Playboy Mansion?

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Marching against crime

FOLLOWING yet another holiday weekend marred by violence and killings, activist Rodney Moncur declared the persistent high levels of crime “totally and absolutely unacceptable”.

Food regime benefits 'far outweigh' the cost

The benefits of an enhanced food safety regime “far outweigh” the implementation costs, a Cabinet Minister believing it could ultimately result in “significant” consumer savings.

Brewery concerned on spirits smuggling rise

Commonwealth Brewery’s managing director has expressed concern about a 2013 first quarter increase in spirits smuggling, although total sales remained “higher than historical trends”.

Bahamas 'wasting' energy reform chances

THE high cost of energy in the Bahamas is “hampering” national development, a prominent environmental attorney arguing that this nation’s almost-zero renewables penetration showed reform opportunities were being wasted.

Bahamas will 'pay the price' without environmental law

THE Government needs to establish the proper regulatory framework for “environmentally responsible development”, a prominent Bahamian attorney warning this nation would “pay the price” if such protection was not enforced.

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Cable launches its 'Extreme' Internet

Cable Bahamas has launched its REVON Extreme service, which with Internet speeds of up to 70 megabits per second is self-described as the fastest of its kind for Bahamian residential customers.

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Defenders prevail

While the Scotiabank Defenders, with the addition of professional player Byron Ferguson, successfully defended their men’s title in the third annual Scotiabank “Defend Ya Spike” Volleyball Tournament at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, the Auto Mall Boomers made their debut by clinching the women’s title.

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U-16 national team in FIBA Tournament of Americas

WITH less than a month to go before they travel, the Bahamas Basketball Federation is still scrambling to put together the puzzle for the boys under-16 national team that will compete at the FIBA Tournament of Americas.

Monday, May 20

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Wyclef Jean headlines Unity Fest

Haitian musician and activist Wyclef Jean headline Unity Fest on Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre carnival grounds.

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Two dead after shooting and stabbing

Police are investigating two weekend murders:

Saturday, May 18

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‘FULL SEVERANCE PACKAGES’ FOR TERMINATED RIU STAFF

TERMINATED RIU Palace workers will receive full severance packages after they were summarily dismissed for gross misconduct, legal counsel said yesterday.

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Cargill's company car confiscated

FORMER NIB Director Algernon Cargill plans to sue the National Insurance Board after his company-issued vehicle was confiscated by the Board from his home yesterday morning.

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FOUR CHARGED WITH MURDER OF AMERICAN TOURIST

FOUR men were arraigned in the magistrates’ court yesterday charged with the murder of American tourist Kyle Bruner.

Friday, May 17

This is your country - have a say

BRITAIN’S most famous son of the 20th century, Winston Churchill, once said: “When men have the habit of liberty, the Press will continue to be the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen”.

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Bill could top $1m - more than five times the cost of full audit

FNM chairman Darron Cash believes the controversial forensic audit into allegations of misconduct at NIB will cost more than $1m when legal fees and other items are factored in.

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Web shop owners speak to lawyer over recent searches

THE recent search of web shops in Eastern New Providence has prompted an attorney to take further instructions from the owners in preparing for the substantive Court of Appeal hearing that is a week away.

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Fourth man arrested after shooting of US tourist

POLICE have four men in custody and are still searching for a fifth man in connection with the shooting death of 34-year-old American Kyle Bruner.

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Potters Cay vendors want electric power

VENDORS at Potters Cay Dock are tired of waiting for the government to make provisions needed to provide them with electricity for their businesses.

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$1m in US cash seized

MORE than $1 million in US cash was discovered after police searched a vehicle in Grand Bahama yesterday.

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‘Audit should have been sent out to tender’

JOHN Pinder, former National Insurance Board member, says the recently tabled forensic audit into that company’s daily operations should have been sent to tender rather than the accounting firm of Grant Thornton having been chosen.

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Decision due to ‘breach of confidentiality’

NATIONAL Insurance Board Director Algernon Cargill was yesterday “terminated” as Director of the National Insurance Board, a post he had held for the past four years.

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Banks 'inviting' Gov't intervention

Commercial banks are “inviting” the Government to intervene in their lending practices, a top businessman warned yesterday, because they are “fuelling” behaviour that does not benefit the Bahamas.

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Registrar General clears 15,000 file backlog

THE MINISTER of State for Legal Affairs said yesterday that the 15,000 file backlog at the Registrar General’s Department should be alleviated by month’s end, pledging major improvement through putting services on-line.

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Gov't will 'not abandon' $146m Canada trade

The Government will “not abandon” this nation’s $146.56 million annual export trade with Canada, Tribune Business was told yesterday, should the Bahamas’ guaranteed market access be jeopardised.

Bahamas gets key FATCA exemptions

The Bahamas has secured “sponsored exemptions” from the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) for its key financial services products, having chosen to comply via a government-government deal.

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Stagnant GDP growth 'recipe for disaster'

The Bahamas’ inability to generate economic growth over the past decade is “a recipe for economic and social disaster”, a Cabinet Minister warned yesterday, urging the private sector to lose its fear of international trade.

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Sports World Ministries coming to Bahamas

SPORTS World Ministries, a nationally known non-profit organisation that sends former professional athletes across the United States to share their personal life experiences and encourage students to make positive choices with a message of hope, is coming to the Bahamas.

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ACCORDING TO ME: Millions for smoke and mirrors

THE 2013/2014 fiscal budget is supposed to be presented in Parliament in less than two weeks.

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Swift's 19-medal haul at US Masters Nationals

SWIFT swimming club had its best performance thus far at the 2013 US Masters Swimming Spring Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Antoan Richardson 'much closer' to MLB return

Antoan Richardson has moved one step closer to once again playing in the Major League of Baseball.

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Spurs expecting 'hard-fought' match against Jamaica

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club are looking forward to travelling here to play a “hard-fought match” against the Jamaican “Reggae Boyz” at the new Thomas A Robinson National Stadium next Thursday. But before they arrive, forward Clinton Dempsey said they have to take care of some important business in England.

Immigration reforms set to 'bolster' financial sector

The Government’s two-pronged approach to upgrading the Immigration Department’s treatment of financial services applications “should bolster then reputation of the country as a place to do business”, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday.

Conference sparks 'serious interest' in Union Wharf

Bahamas Realty says that as a result of hosting the NAI Global Regional Conference last week, it has received “serious interest” in its multi-million dollar Union Wharf listing.

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IP reforms tabled in House next week

THE Government intends to present its updated Intellectual Property (IP) legislation to Parliament next week, a Cabinet Minister adding that the Government was also “revamping” the operations of its IP registry.

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'Exponential growth' via new fund product

The Bahamas could soon enjoy “exponential growth” in its investment funds industry via a new product “married to the SMART Fund”, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday.

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Down Syndrome group launches documentary to raise awareness

THE Bahamas Down Syndrome Association and centre has launched a documentary, ‘Don’t Look Down Look Up.’

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Judge scolds attorneys in case

BEFORE scheduling a new date for the appeal of a former policeman convicted of beating a detained man to death, Court of Appeal judges scolded attorneys for filing documents late.

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Stamps celebrate police force band

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force celebrated its 120th anniversary during a ceremony to officially launch commemorative stamps featuring pictures of the band.

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ROBERTS: audit exposed another FNM mess

PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts said yesterday that the NIB Forensic Audit exposed another “FNM mess” the PLP is now forced to has to clean up.

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FNM Deputy speaks at event to discuss social compact

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner addressed a Rotary Club of South East Nassau meeting yesterday on the theme, “Rethinking the Social Compact.”

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'Take responsibility to reverse destructive trends'

BAHAMIANS must assume individual and joint responsibility for the positive development of their relatives if the destructive trends harming the country are to be reversed, Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin said.

Dock workers call for vigilance on permits

OFFICERS of the Bahamas Marine Dock Construction, Maintenance, Refinery and Allied Workers Union urged the government to scrutinise work permits requested by Quality Services and other businesses in Grand Bahama in order to ensure there are no Bahamians qualified to perform those jobs before they are given to foreigners.

Thursday, May 16

Delighted with baseball in the curriculum

I was elated to read in the papers that baseball will be officially introduced into the curriculum for the GSSSA this fall.
This has been a long time coming, and those responsible should be commended.

My cup runneth over - No matter what, God will be with me

THERE are many memorable scriptures and Bible verses. One of the lengthy scriptures that stands out is Psalm 23.

Healing and restoration

Healing is a process that involves admitting one’s human agony, acknowledging past hurts, and feeling unhealed pain.

Gibson thinks he has unlimited power

AT LAST the long expected National Insurance Board’s forensic audit report — commissioned by the government last year — is public, leaving more questions than answers.

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NIB audit cost nation $861,000

AFTER the conclusion of a lengthy forensic investigation into the operations of the National Insurance Board, government contracted auditors Grant Thornton Bahamas have determined that the total cost of their work is valued at $861,000.

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'Why no closer to an answer?'

FNM chairman Darron Cash has questioned why NIB is no closer to determining whether Mr Cargill should be re-instated or terminated from his post.

Brown: I did nothing wrong

JOURNALIST Oswald Brown yesterday defended himself against accusations that he promoted victimisation after comments he made in a Facebook post were published in the press.

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Developer denies kickback claims

THE developer of Blackbeard’s Cay off Nassau has been named in St Maarten press reports in connection with a bribery claim that reaches to the highest levels of government in that country.

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Christie: FNM has no moral authority to accuse PLP

PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie said yesterday the FNM government has no moral authority to accuse him or the PLP of conflict of interest when they did the same thing – if not worse – when they were in power.

Wells is reinstated

RAYMOND Wells, the suspended deputy director and vice president of information technology department at the National Insurance Board, has been re-instated to his post, according to sources.

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Contradictory statements over surgery payout

FNM deputy chairman Dr Duane Sands said former National Insurance Board chairman Gregory Moss is either “perjuring himself” or has lied to him about knowing a woman who Moss helped get hospital surgery using $15,000 of NIB money.

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Moss 'emphatic': No favoritism to $10m BAB offering

The National Insurance Board’s (NIB) former chairman “was emphatic” that no Cabinet ministers urged him to treat the $10 million investment offering by BAF Financial’s parent “in a preferential way”, an audit report has disclosed.

Battle resumes over $7m West Bay condo wind-up

The long-running legal battle over an upscale, $7 million West Bay Street condominium project has reignited over attempts to place it into court-supervised liquidation, Tribune Business can reveal.

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BTC 'sits outside' owner's cable JV

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) and its fibre optic cables will remain outside the regional joint venture its majority shareholder has entered into with Columbus Networks, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

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Employers, unions back Gov'ts work safety mission

Employers and trade unions yesterday both gave their backing to the Government’s plans to finally implement the Health and Safety at Work Act, although companies will have to make “further capital investments” to comply.

Bahamas' FDI inflows drop 'by over 50%'

The Bahamas saw 2012 foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows drop by more than 50 per cent to $595 million, a top private sector executive describing this as “a sobering reminder” of the competition for global capital.

Lawyers urge Bahamas to recognise living wills

Bahamians too frequently overlook the certainty of death, top attorneys and a medical expert warning that the failure to leave their financial house in order can leave loved ones and family vulnerable.

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Freeport international rugby event a success

THE Freeport Rugby Club has declared its third annual Junior Rugby International Tournament “a great success”.

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Nottage pledges to help Simpson Penn Centre boys

THE government will ensure that a proper follow-up programme is put in place for discharged residents of the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys in order to facilitate their return to society, Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said.

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Marco Archer murder trial delayed until May 21

THE Supreme Court jury hearing evidence in the Marco Archer murder trial was asked by the presiding judge to return for duty on Tuesday, May 21.

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Decision due this week on Cargill's future as Gibson insists audit cleared Moss

OFFICIALS at NIB are expected this week to recommend whether suspended Director Algernon Cargill is to be terminated, Board Minister Shane Gibson confirmed yesterday.

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Wilchcombe told to check facts over police

THE previous Ingraham administration did not stop any tourism policing programme, rather they expanded the “ill-formed” programme because the individuals involved were not adequately qualified, opposition leader Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

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Better service key to reaching GB potential

FORMER Chamber of Commerce president Dionisio D’Aguilar suggested at a recent Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce meeting that better service in the tourism sector would go a long way to help the island of Grand Bahama reach its full potential.

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Labour minister offers sympathy to sacked workers

MINISTER of Labour Shane Gibson yesterday sympathised with terminated Riu Palace workers as reconciliation meetings with the resort resume today.

Mother's Day love in Long Island

FATHER Chester Burton, Rector of the Anglican Churches in North Long Island, said he was happy to lend a hand to the sick and the shut-in mothers of Long Island, as a mother is one of the greatest gifts God has given mankind.

Compliance officers preparing for FATCA

BAHAMIAN financial services institutions must ensure they are ready, from a training and systems perspective, for implementation of the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a senior compliance officer said yesterday.

Bahamas positions as 'serious market mover'

THE Bahamas was yesterday described as “the destination” for the creation of mutual funds, one manager stating that the jurisdiction was positioning itself to become a “serious market mover” in that industry.

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PM: Land for first-class sporting facilities in Family Islands

GOVERNMENT has identified land in the Family Islands to build first-class sporting facilities, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

Methodist churches across the Bahamas gather for anniversary

AS the Commonwealth of the Bahamas celebrates 40 years of Independence and nationhood, the Methodist family will observe the twentieth anniversary of the birth of the Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church through the passage of the Methodist Act in the House of Parliament.

Bahamas in estate planning 'uptick'

THE Bahamas has seen an “uptick” in interest for estate planning services, it was noted yesterday, particularly from countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Canada.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Twenty jobs are rolled into one

This is a typical question: “I’m thinking of choosing Graphic Design as a career path, as it appears to be a ‘cool’ profession.

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Renewed calls for official residence for Prime Minister

A RESOLUTION tabled in the House of Assembly by National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson which would empower a $5 million purchase of residences formerly used to house officials of the court sparked a renewed call for an official residence for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas.

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Man faces court in murder case

A MAN accused of fatally shooting another man in his vehicle moments after he ordered take-out from a restaurant was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday.

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Romanian fighter withdraws from bout with 'Tank'

SHERMAN “Tank” Williams’ return to the ring hit a major snag with the withdrawal of Romanian heavyweight Bogdan Dinu from this weekend’s bout.

Hopes dim in search for pair lost at sea

BOAT captains and local police are still searching for any sign of Ryan McCardy and Johnson Blanc, who wens missing off the cast of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera on May 5.

Wednesday, May 15

Aviation specialist to address Aruba seminar

A Bahamian aviation attorney has been invited by Aruba’s Aircraft Registry to speak at the 2013 Aeropodium offshore aircraft conference. The conference is expected to attract top experts in private and corporate jet aircraft-related arenas.

Bahamian companies in 30-40% tax burden

A well-known Bahamian accountant yesterday said the indirect tax burden on local companies effectively meant they were paying 30-40 per cent of every $1 million they earned in tax.

TOUGH CALL: The story of HMBS Flamingo

THIRTY-TWO years ago this month, four Defence Force marines were killed when a 103-foot Bahamian patrol boat was sunk by the Cuban air force less than six weeks after the formation of the RBDF.

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'The Bahamian Project' nears completion

PHOTOGRAPHERS Duke and Lisa Wells unveiled a first preview of their three year fine art photography project “The Bahamian Project” on Friday.

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Exuma artisans receive a helping hand in business

HANDICRAFTS created from coconut are one of the most common items made by Bahamian craftsmen. A workshop hosted by the Exuma Crafters Network (ECN) exposed participants to a myriad of ways coconut crafts can be properly manufactured.

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Wyclef Jean heads to the Bahamas forunity fest

GRAMMY award winning international recording artist Wyclef Jean is set to headline the Unity Fest concert on Saturday at the Sports Centre grounds.

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DJ OF THE WEEK: DJ Redz

AFTER graduating from college in 2004, Reinaldo “DJ RedZ” Adderley said he took on deejaying as a hobby. Now, music is apart of his every day life.


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Hoping for a miracle

RELATIVES of an elderly man missing at sea for more than a week yesterday said they are hoping that a miracle will happen and 72-year-old Tony Hepburn, pictured, will be found.

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Police treating tourist killing the same as any other

OFFICER in Charge of the Central Detective Unit, Paul Rolle denied yesterday that police are rushing the investigation into the murder of the American tourist to calm international fears.

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Prostitutes and drug dealers 'at festival place'

THE government is investigating incidents of tourists on arrival at Festival Place at Prince George dock being solicited by drug dealers and persons engaged in prostitution, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday.

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RIU staff fired after public protest

RIU Palace workers have filed a trade dispute after the 30 demonstrators who protested working conditions were fired by the Paradise Island resort.

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Man, 48, electrocuted in freak accident

A 48-year-old man died in hospital yesterday after he was electrocuted in a freak accident while working on the Airport Gateway Project.

UPDATED: No one hurt in crash landing

Reports have reached The Tribune of a plane suffering damage while landing in Long Island this afternoon.

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Policeman accused of sex attack on girl, 11

A POLICEMAN found himself before the courts yesterday accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. Constable Lawrence Bastian, however, denied the report and pleaded not guilty to the indecent assault charge when arraigned before Magistrate Guilimina Archer in Court 10.

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Claim over award of contracts

SUSPENDED National Insurance Board director (NIB), Algernon Cargill, has accused Shane Gibson of bypassing transparent tendering processes to award contracts to Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) supporters.

'Major concern' on Bahamas' growing trade bureaucracy

A well-known fiscal hawk yesterday expressed “major concern” that Bahamian taxpayers would foot an ever-increasing bill to support the bureaucracies this nation is being forced to create through its international trade commitments.

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Cargill hits out at 'biased' NIB audit

The National Insurance Board’s (NIB) suspended director yesterday blasted the Grant Thornton forensic audit’s findings as “biased and incomplete”, rebutting its “exorbitant” conclusion on the rental of his brother’s apartment.

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BTC: 60% voice traffic growth drives new sites

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is set to bring three more cell towers into service by month’s end, in a bid to relieve New Providence “hot spot” bottlenecks created by a 27,000 per cent increase in data traffic.

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Tourism ministry aims to counter any negative publicity

THE Ministry of Tourism will be “intensifying” its promotional campaign in an effort to counteract any negative impact from last weekend’s shooting death of an American man, Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday.

VAT to create pricing, tax 'transparency'

THE Government’s proposed Value Added Tax (VAT) regime will create a more transparent pricing and tax regime, a senior official said yesterday, although there would not be “a 100 per cent offset” against reduced Customs and Excise duties.

Trinidad unveils Third Caribbean investment forum

The third annual Caribbean Investment Forum (CIF), was launched yesterday atPort of Spain, Trinidad. CIF 2013 will take place on June 10-11 at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, and is expected to deliver two days of high level discussions on investment opportunities in the Caribbean.

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MARKETING REVOLUTION: Tie marketing to local experiences

My son and I love eating at Bamboo Shack. It is our ‘go to’ outing once a week, and we relax in the car looking out at the sea and talking about any and every subject.

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Bahamas 'substance' is not a commodity

THE Bahamas’ financial services brand needs more clarity, a Cabinet Minister yesterday arguing that this nation was not merely a “commodity” jurisdiction but a preeminent “full service provider”.

Bahamas seeks 'balance' on WTO benefits access

THE Bahamas’ has already signed up to obligations that “go beyond” those of World Trade Organisation (WTO) member countries, a senior official yesterday calling for a “balance” that would see this nation receive the benefits associated with WTO accession.

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New stadium ready for 'Reggae Boyz' v Spurs

National Sports Authority chairman Leroy Archer said the new Thomas A Robinson National Stadium is “stadium ready” for the hosting of Tottenham Hotspur versus Jamaican “Reggae Boyz” exhibition game 8pm Thursday, May 23.

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Grass surface at stadium 'levelled' for big match

IN preparation for the inaugural international soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and the Jamaican “Reggae Boyz,”the National Sports Authority (NSA) has engaged the service of Nick Phillips to ensure that the turf on the infield of the new Thomas A Robinson National Stadium is in tip-top shape to play on next week.

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Pennant winners all set for best-of-3 finals

ALL three pennant winners will have the opportunity to finish off the Baptist Sports Council’s 2013 basketball season as double champions when the best-of-three finals gets underway at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex this weekend.

Insurer hit by 50% contractor fall-off

A Bahamian insurer yesterday unveiled a 145.4 per cent net income increase for 2012, shrugging off a 50 per cent decline in construction industry premiums.

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Students pay tribute for teachers appreciation week

UNDER the theme “Teachers wear many hats”, Temple Christian Preschool and Elementary students paid tribute to their teachers in a special assembly held for Teachers Appreciation Week.

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Attorney disputes policeman's authority to take blood sample

ON the 17th day of the Marco Archer murder trial, testimony came from a policeman who told of a blood sample collected from the accused Kofhe Goodman.

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Gibson: Meeting with Cargill may bring clarity

A NATIONAL Insurance Board meeting scheduled for yesterday afternoon could aid in bringing closure to the uncertain status of suspended NIB director Algernon Cargill, National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson indicated yesterday.

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Four years in jail for drug possession

A MAN who claimed to police officers he found 108 packages of marijuana was sentenced to four years imprisonment yesterday after pleading guilty to drug possession with intent to supply.

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American Idol shockers: Angie eliminated, Randy Jackson calls it quits

IN A very surprising revelation during last week’s results show, Angela Miller was eliminated from American Idol, leaving contestants Candice Glover and Kree Harrison to battle it out in the final.

Lady Foulkes launches fleet's new ship in Japan

WITH the words “I name you Campbell Ship Jaden, and I pray that all who sail on you will do so with God’s blessings and in joy and good health,” Joan Lady Foulkes launched the latest Bahamas-registered ship in the Campbell Shipping Company fleet.

Tuesday, May 14

Citizens can no longer harbour the criminals

THE MURDER of an American visitor over the weekend has removed the rose coloured glasses from the eyes of at least one government minister.

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Raising an autistic child

When Bahamian parents Venita and Mario Carey’s son was diagnosed with autism, they were in the dark about the disease. At the time, there was not much awareness about autism and how the disorder presents itself. Cole was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, a high functioning form of autism at the age of 10.

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Survivors advocate for lupus awareness

LUPUS survivors continue their efforts to heighten awareness locally about the disease. The “Lupus ME? Foundation” in the Bahamas, along with students and faculty of Palmdale Primary joined the global community last Friday to celebrate World Lupus Day.

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Tribute to a mother's love

THERE ARE no cards, gifts or material merchandise that can fully express the love a child has for their mother, but Mother’s Day provides an occasion to honour mother’s in the best way possible. Several women share their experiences with Tribune Woman.

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Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen talks to The Big T

THE question of whether the sex and violence shown on ‘Game of Thrones’ are gratuitous has been raised since the start of the awarding-winning show, but according to one of its stars, all the bloodshed and nudity serve the purpose of making the story more real.

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Eight held as police visit businesses

EIGHT persons were arrested during a police patrol yesterday.

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Hotel staff out on strike

EMPLOYEES at a Paradise Island resort faced possible termination after participating in a protest yesterday against what they claim are hazardous working conditions.

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Court is asked to probe NIB audit

SUSPENDED National Insurance Board director Algernon Cargill has asked the courts to investigate the appointment of accounting firm Grant Thornton to conduct a forensic audit of NIB.

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‘I do not blame Bahamas for boatmate’s death’

AMID fears that the murder of an American visitor could have a devastating impact on the economy, the owner of the boat on which the victim worked said “he does not hold the entire Bahamas responsible”.

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Minnis issues warning after US man killed

IN view of the recent shooting death of an American visitor over the weekend, opposition leader Hubert Minnis warned that the country’s crime rate could prove disastrous for the country’s tourism industry - and subsequently, the economy - if it is not addressed.

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Minister pledges no VAT 'choke off'

A Cabinet Minister last night pledged to avoid “choking off the economy” in implementing a Value-Added Tax (VAT), telling Tribune Business: “The danger of that is at the forefront of our minds.”

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Freeport firm eyes electric car growth

A Freeport company is in talks with electric car and modular home firms to further expand its light manufacturing capabilities, with its workforce “potentially doubling” by year’s end.

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Consolidated scorns its Bahamian rival

Consolidated Water’s Bahamian rival for the Windsor water supply contract yesterday dismissed the BISX-listed company’s attempts to paint its offer as uncompetitive on price.

CIBC Trust disclosures 12% of IRS 'volunteers'

US client disclosures by CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) and its Cayman affiliate equal just 12 per cent of the number who have voluntarily disclosed accounts with their regional parent to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it has been alleged.

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Man dies in sixth traffic fatality of the year in Grand Bahama

FREEPORT - Grand Bahama recorded its sixth traffic fatality on Sunday when a 27-year-old man died from injuries he sustained in accident sometime last week.

Salute the Summer: The Little Pink Party

IT IS that festive time again, with one of the most exciting Summer celebrations right around the corner. The Little Pink Party “Salute The Summer” will play host to women, men, and children on the grounds of the historic Collins Estate on May 25 and 26.

How to improve your emotional intelligence

We live in a highly emotive environment where almost everything we experience filters through the lens of our emotions.

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Spurs stars heading for the Bahamas

Andre Villas-Boas has been to the Bahamas before but is eager to return simply because he’s bringing his famed Tottenham Hotspur soccer club to play an exhibition match against Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz” in the new Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium on May 23.

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More than 100 pro golfers in LPGA Classic

THE Bahamas will play host to more than 100 professional women golfers competing in the inaugural Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Classic at the Ocean Club Golf Course, Paradise Island.

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Karate team brings home medals

THE team of Naashon Hall (4), Sy LaRoda (12), Elverton G Bain (11), Miles Ferguson (7) and Nathaniel Woodside (11) turned in a strong performance at the 46th annual Japan Karate Ryobukai Gaisshuku Seminars and International Tournament in Anaheim, California, earlier this month.

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BLTA looks to promote tennis in schools

THREE newly elected officers of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association, along with John Goede, the visiting International Tennis Federation development officer for the Caribbean, met with members of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology with the view of promoting the sport in the school system.

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Sports in brief

BAHAMIAN players Trae Sweeting and Ian Mayers helped lead Christ School Greenies to victory in the first round of the State Playoffs with a 7-1 victory over No.9 seed Metrolina Christian High School.

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Body building and fitness championship set for July

AS a part of the Bahamas’ 40th anniversary of Independence celebrations, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation is slated to hold the 40th version of its National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships.

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Bid to develop beach soccer in the Bahamas

IN a relatively short time span, the Bahamas has become a major regional player in beach soccer and now the Bahamas Football Association seeks to join the rest of the Caribbean in making the development of the budding sport a major initiative.

Commission names new market manager

The Securities Commission of the Bahamas (SCB) has appointed Velma Miller as manager of its market surveillance department with effect from yesterday.

Brokers praise Customs on 'giant step forward'

BROKERS yesterday described Customs’ shift to the electronic submission of documents as a “giant step forward”, telling Tribune Business the new system would increase their efficiency and eliminate “freelancers”.

Oceania: 'Major issues' resolved

Key parties in the battle over the Oceania Heights development yesterday resolved “how to settle the major issues”, the Exuma Chamber of Commerce’s president describing that outcome as “significant”.

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Bahamas 'meddling with disaster' on tourist's murder

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday that incidents such as the recent murder of an American visitor to New Providence could negatively impact this country’s reputation as a premier tourist destination, telling Tribune Business: “We’re meddling with disaster.”

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Crime 'stifling' entrepreneurship

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman yesterday said the private sector continued to be concerned over high crime levels, noting that this was “stifling” entrepreneurship through increased security costs.

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Family asks: Did you see kayaker before he vanished?

THE family of Anthony (Tony) Hepburn, 72, who disappeared from Clifton Bay on Sunday, May 5, is asking anyone who might have seen him to contact the police or the family.

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Govt to buy nine new ships for Defence Force

THE government has signed a letter of intent with DAMEN Shipyards to augment the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s fleet with nine medium-to-long range vessels, Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said. The deal also includes improvements to the RBDF’s existing bases and harbours and a 70 per cent increase in human capital.

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Moncur repeats request for case evidence

POLITICAL activist Rodney Moncur, who will be defending himself against charges that he posted “grossly indecent” pictures on the internet, reiterated his request that case evidence be handed over to him.

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Minnis criticises PLP as 7,000 left without electricity

FOLLOWING the announcement that upwards of 7,000 Bahamians are currently living without electricity, opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis hit out at the government for allowing that number to get so high.

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Staff at Sandals vote in favour of strike action

UNIONISED Sandals Royal Bahamian employees await a strike certificate after more than 200 workers voted for industrial action at the resort.

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COB CHAIRMAN CALLS FOR FREE TUITION

TUITION for every Bahamian student attending the College of the Bahamas (COB) should be absolutely free.

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Consular representatives given a tour of Freeport

FREEPORT - Thirteen members of the Honorary Consular Corp were on Grand Bahama for a tour of the city and the industrial sector.

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Police hunting for two 'very dangerous' suspects

POLICE are on the hunt for two men described as “very dangerous’ in connection with the country’s latest murders.

Readers react to shooting

COMPUTER users took to the internet to express their opinions at The Tribune’s website, www.tribune242.com, in the wake of Mr Bruner’s death. Here is a selection of their comments.

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Police: Suspect struggled during arrest

A POLICEMAN claimed a struggle ensued when officers arrested the man suspected of being behind the disappearance of 11-year-old Marco Archer.

Monday, May 13

MADE YOU LOOK

Unity Fest, featuring Grammy award-winning hip hop artist Wyclef Jean, “lived up to its name”, according to Anthony Coakley, 100 Jamz operations manager. A larger crowd was expected for the 242 Dreamer event, held at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre on Haitian Flag Day. However, those in attendance were entertained by a mix of performances between Bahamian artists and Haitian musicians. 
Headliner Wyclef said he would like to return to the Bahamas and perform again, since his set was cut short when police shut down the event at 2am.

Five years later . . .

IF YOU were born with a disability, this is not about you.

Load-shedding to remove taxation threat

ALTHOUGH last week Moody’s cut Slovenia’s rating by two notches to “junk”, this proud central European nation —one of the EU’s most recent members – is determined not to become the fifth eurozone country to ask for financial aid.

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Talks open in exuma row

THE government and Canadian officials will open discussions this week in the hopes of resolving certain commercial disputes over property purchased in Exuma.

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Man shot and killed as he left nightclub

AN IDA STREET resident was shot and killed early Sunday morning as he left a local club. It happened around 2:30am.

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Smith: Independence anniversary a time to look at constitution

GEORGE Smith, former Exuma MP told an audience that the anniversary of independence should prompt Bahamians to consider creating a “more perfect, modern yet progressive constitution”.

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Baby dies in blaze

POLICE reissued their call for residents to install smoke detectors in their homes after a fire took the life of a five-month-old girl on Amos Ferguson Street yesterday.

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Victim tried to stop attack on woman

A sailor from Chicago was shot dead over the weekend in Nassau.

Missing boy home safe in time for Mother's Day

MELANIE Forbes said she received her best Mother’s Day gift when her missing 10-year-old son returned safely home Saturday evening.

Recession fears on VAT 'crapshoot'

Determining Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) impact on the private sector is “a complete crapshoot” until the Government provides more details, a leading businessman fearing it could push the Bahamas back into recession if mishandled.

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Two Industrial Park tenants face eviction

THE Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC) is evicting at least two tenants from its Soldier Road Industrial Park due to delinquent rental payments, with one case involving almost $800,000 in unpaid arrears.

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Fidelity on track for $8m full-year profits

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) believes its $2 million first quarter net income performance will repeat throughout 2013, with shareholder equity returns having risen another 3.7 percentage points.

Key Freeport shipping costs reduced 30%

Key shipping costs into Freeport have fallen by around 30 per cent, a leading businessman saying he wanted to reduce them further to where investors were “tripping over themselves” to do business in the city

Customs targeting end-May on Nassau manual phase-out

BAHAMAS Customs is aiming to implement electronic duty payments before year’s end, its Comptroller telling Tribune Business that it planned to phase-out the manual submission of documents from importers and brokers by end-May.

Bahamas software developer's 'major Asia breakthrough'

A Bahamian software developer has made a “huge breakthrough” by winning its first Asian financial services client, and is already “pushing” for more.

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PHA appoints Hospital Administrator at PMH

THE Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) has announced the appointment of Mary Walker to the position of Hospital Administrator at Princess Margaret Hospital.

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BISX accelerates investor education

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) is pushing forward with efforts to broaden, and deepen, the pool of Bahamian capital markets investors.

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BEC to help 6,000 disconnected homes

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has disconnected more than 6,000 residential customers, but is now exploring ways to return those persons to the grid as early as end-May.

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Realtor expands via nine new staff

Mario Carey Realty (MCR) has expanded its staff to 22 with nine new appointments, having grown in five short years from just the founder and his secretary.

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Cable: Bandwidth expansion drives 20% data growth

Cable Bahamas says it has seen a 20 per cent increase in Internet data usage since it increased subscriber bandwidth speeds last month, an improvement it plans to further build on.

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Sports in brief

THE Champion Amateur Boxing Club hosted its 18th annual Wellington “Sonny Boy” Rahming Silver Glove Amateur Boxing Tournament at the Wulff Road Boxing Square on Saturday.

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Bucs take out Hitmen for 10-3 win

AVERY Rolle spun a four-hitter with six strike outs to help the AG Construction Buccaneers jump out to a quick start in the men’s division of the New Providence Softball Association 2013 season.

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USA wins, Bahamas sixth

They fell short of the ending many anticipated, but a gallant effort by Team Bahamas ended with a loss on penalty kicks in their final game of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying beach soccer tournament.

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Hundreds of athletes burn up the track at Fritz Grant Invitational

CLOSE to 800 athletes, including elite athletes Andretti Bain, Adrian Griffith, Wesley Neymour, Ryan Ingraham and Jamal Wilson, competed in the Ambassadors Track Club’s sixth annual Fritz Grant Invitational.

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Mitchell: We will grant work permits if Bahamians are not available for roles

THE government has every intention of granting work permits to foreign workers for positions where Bahamians aren’t readily available, says Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.

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New picture released of kayaker lost at sea

SEARCHERS, accompanied by divers and sniffer dogs, last night ended the seventh day of a fruitless search for a retired lawyer who disappeared May 5 on a kayaking trip to a nearby cay.

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'Unite to march against crime'

FREEPORT – Community youth leader Dudley Seide is calling on victims of crime and the entire Grand Bahama community to join Reach Out Youth Organisation in a march against crime.

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Governor General has sky high birthday party

GOVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes celebrated his 85th birthday on May 11, 43,000 feet in the air in the lounge of Emirates airlines on route to Japan where Her Excellency Lady Foulkes is to christen the newest Campbell Shipping Vessel, CS JADEN today.

Lack of planning 'will force oil companies to hire foreigners'

AN advocacy group claims a lack of planning and education to prepare Bahamians for oil industry jobs means oil companies will be forced to hire employees on work permits, if the oil industry takes off.

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Christian Council tours Baha Mar site

BAHA Mar hosted 24 members of the Bahamas Christian Council on a detailed construction site tour of the resort followed by a project briefing in the Residential Sales Preview Centre.

CHAMBER VOICE: The better way to run your business

Is your work place a SMART WORK environment?

Sunday, May 12

Prospering because of an open economy

It usually starts with a speech about how Bahamians are being deprived of jobs in their own land or the like.

CORRECTION

IN a story published in Friday’s Tribune, headlined ‘Two Charged After Drug Bust’ we said Brian Andrew Young was an immigration officer.

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Bahamas in action before beach soccer final

Follow the Bahamas' fortunes in the CONCACAF Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifying tournament live on twitter and tribune242.com

Saturday, May 11

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Moncur to have his case tried in magistrates’ court

POLITICAL activist Rodney Moncur will have his “grossly indecent’ picture posting case tried in the magistrates’ court instead of the supreme court which he had requested.

Nightmare in the sky

PASSENGERS SAY ‘FINAL FAREWELLS’ DURING BAHAMASAIR FLIGHT

PASSENGERS onboard a Bahamasair flight to Nassau thought they were going to die after they saw a portion of the plane’s propeller break off and bounce from the wing.

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Mother tells court: I changed my life after having Marco

MARCO Archer’s mother Tryphemia Meadows told a court she changed her life for the better after having her son as she resumed testimony under cross-examination yesterday.

Friday, May 10

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Hosts miss out on semifinal place

The Bahamas suffered their first defeat in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying tournament this afternoon, in a 9-2 thumping by the USA.

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ACCORDING TO ME: Our children are dying while we are lying

The worst crime levels in The Bahamas are not of murder, attempted murder or armed robbery. And the worst assault taking place in our communities is not at the hands of street thugs or gangsters.

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Corporal: I used ‘sleeper hold’ to restrain prisoner

CORPORAL Brian Roach testified in the coroner’s court yesterday that he used a “sleeper hold” and not a “choke hold” to restrain Jamie Smith and prevent him from escaping custody.

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Gibsons vow to pursue bonuses paid by NIB

THE government will do all it can to pursue money paid out in National Insurance bonuses if it is found that they were obtained without proper authorisation, according to Labour Minister Shane Gibson.

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Saving grace for woman who blamed demon spirits

A PROBATION report was the “saving grace” from five years imprisonment for a convicted woman who claimed “demon spirits” influenced her into using the name of known international missionaries to obtain more than $80,000 from a housewife.

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Residents say garbage piled up since last year

RESIDENTS of an apartment complex in Newbold Street are upset by bags of garbage that have been piling up in the neighbourhood ‘since last year.’

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Family speaks about missing kayaker

THE search, joined yesterday by members of the Defence Force, continued for a retired lawyer who failed to return from a bird watching trip in the Clifton Bay area on Sunday.

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Justice group fighting for former cops

FAMILIES for Justice is fighting for two former police officers whose conviction on illegal gun possession was quashed by the Court of Appeal.

'Documents explain NIB contract' to Knowles

CONTRACTOR Kenuth Knowles says documents show why electrical contracts for the proposed Ministry of Tourism offices were awarded to his company without being sent out to tender.

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Bahamas needs extra 200 air traffic controllers

AN extra 150-200 air traffic controllers are needed to provide proper air traffic service throughout The Bahamas, their union head yesterday expressing concern over whether there would be sufficient manpower to deal with the increased flights generated by Baha Mar.

Sandyport 'revisits' 512-room hotel plan

The new investment and infrastructure “landscape” in the Bahamas has prompted Sandyport to revive long-held plans for a potential 512-room resort, and seek the right partners and development model.

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Two charged after drug bust

FREEPORT - Two men, including a Defence Force officer, were arraigned in Freeport magistrates’ court in connection with a drug bust at Grand Bahama International Airport.

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Delays caused by power cut at Lynden Pindling airport

DEPARTING passengers at Lynden Pindling International Airport experienced significant delays yesterday morning after a major power failure at the US departures terminal held up ten flights - in one instance, for more than two hours.

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Carnival Triumph heads back to Freeport after fire

THE Carnival Triumph headed back to sea and to Freeport under its own power, about three months after an engine-room fire disabled the vessel and forced passengers to spend five nightmarish days at sea.

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Doctors tie for prize at major conference

TWO Bahamian doctors tied for a prize at a major Caribbean scientific conference.

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Ipads gift to school

THE students of Abraham’s Bay High School in Mayaguana are a lot closer to the world as a result of a generous donation of 37 iPads, two wireless routers and a laptop from the Mayaguana Development Group.

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BUT names candidates

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers has released its list of candidates for next month’s union election.

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Sports in brief

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association is scheduled to host the new International Tennis Federation officer for Central America and the Caribbean this weekend to discuss the development of tennis in the Bahamas and to look at the development plans for 2013 and beyond.

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BEACH SOCCER: Witness history in the making

MY only question is why have we taken so long to get to expose the world to what we have to offer with our traditional slogan of “It’s better in the Bahamas” with our sun, sand and sea - beach soccer and volleyball competition.

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Bahamas edge closer to semis

Team Bahamas followed game one’s dominant performance with a hard fought win in a thriller yesterday to edge closer to Saturday’s semifinals.

Insurer: 25% of vehicles not covered

Bahamas First is aiming to stop issuing auto insurance ‘cover notes’ by September 1 in a bid to stop their “fraudulent use”, its chief executive estimating that 25 per cent of the vehicles on Bahamian streets are not properly insured.

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Wells-led group eyes third casino licence

Ex-Cabinet Minister Tennyson Wells is heading the second Bahamian group seeking to obtain a casino licence from the Government, Tribune Business can reveal, with their sights set on the one attached to the South Ocean Resort.

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Room rate rise 'counters' air arrivals drop

A “slight climb” in room rates enabled the Bahamian hotel industry to counter the 3.4 per cent decline in stopover arrivals during the 2013 first quarter, the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president said yesterday.

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Royal Bank unveils mortgage campaign

RBC Royal Bank this week launched two-product mortgage campaign designed to reinforce its position in the home lending market.

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'Power hitters' assess $10m entertainment deal

A $10 million ‘upscale’ entertainment venue proposed for western New Providence has been attracting several “power hitters”, one of its principals telling Tribune Business yesterday that investors could certainly expect a “handsome” return on their capital.

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74 new recruits welcomed to RBDF

AFTER 16 weeks of intensive training at the Coral Harbour Base, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force officially welcomed 74 men and women into the military organisation.

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Police investigate report of child abduction attempt

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama Police are investigating a report involving a student at Maurice Moore Primary, but would not confirm whether it was in connection with an attempted abduction.

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Gibson: Baha Mar 'playing hardball' over sacked workers

LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson says executives of BahaMar are “playing hardball” regarding 140 workers who were sacked from the Wyndham Nassau Resort months ago.

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Hunt for two men after shooting

POLICE are hunting two men who reportedly shot a man while robbing a business on Market Street.

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Marco Archer murder trial delayed

TESTIMONY in the 14th day of the Marco Archer murder trial did not take place yesterday as a juror was absent due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Moncur's court case set for Supreme Court today

RODNEY Moncur is expected to have his “grossly indecent” picture-posting case forwarded to the Supreme Court today.

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Artist helps childrens home

INTERNATIONALLY renowned Grand Bahamian artist Leo Brown and Bahamas Printing and Publishing Company continued their efforts to give back to the community while promoting authentic Bahamian work with their second donation to The Grand Bahama Children’s Home from sales of “A touch of The Bahamas” Bahamian greeting cards.

Thursday, May 9

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Marco Archer's mother testifies

TRYPHEMIA Meadows fought back tears in the Supreme Court yesterday as she looked at items of clothing worn by her son Marco Archer on the last day she saw him alive.

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Call for inquiry into BEC records

DESPITE the government’s attempts to pull in the reins on the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, a former Cabinet Minister wants the Christie administration to launch an independent inquiry into BEC’s financial records.

Flyers not from Tribune

YESTERDAY, Tribune readers living in the Cable Beach, Lyford Cay area, complained that on Monday newspaper vendors were handing out a bright coloured flyer that defamed Lyford Cay resident Louis Bacon.

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Body found off Junkanoo Beach

THE body of a man believed to be in his late fifties was found floating off the shores of Junkanoo Beach yesterday morning.

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Family's plea over man missing at sea

THE family of a man who went missing at sea have appealed to the public for information about his disappearance.

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Woman's death may be suicide

FAMILY, friends, and loved ones are mourning the death of Mrs Danielle Farrington, daughter of Dr and Mrs Cecil Bethel, who is believed to have committed suicide at her Cable Beach home Tuesday evening.

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Cop killer challenges his life sentence

BEFORE abandoning his appeal to challenge a life sentence for the murder of a policeman, a man indicated to Appeal Court judges yesterday that he was seeking mercy from the courts having been in prison for 20 years.

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Rodney Moncur's house gutted in blaze

POLITICAL activist Rodney Moncur said he does not believe he or his wife would be alive today if they had decided to sleep at their home in Black Village last night.

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Inquest told of death in custody

JAMIE SMITH, also known as Matthew Pratt, was put in a ‘“choke hold” during a “violent” altercation with police minutes before he died, the Coroners Court heard yesterday.

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'Vest' $71m dormant funds in Treasury

The $71 million in dormant accounts currently held by the Central Bank should instead be “vested” in the Public Treasury, a leading accountant said yesterday, thus aiding a government desperately needing every cent of revenue it can get.

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Auditors refute Moss's $5m NIB savings claim

The assertion by ex-National Insurance Board (NIB) chairman, Gregory Moss, that $5 million would be saved through hiring the administration vendor he wanted is not supported by any evidence, auditors have found.

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BORCO revenues up 14% for Q1

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) produced a 14.3 per cent year-over-year revenue increase to $52.7 million for the 2013 first quarter, as it awaits the likely recovery of a $5 million insurance deductible.

Mango bites into 1,000 micro loans

TRANSFER Solutions Provider (TSP), the Mango Card operator, is undertaking an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded project that aims to create 1,000 new micro loan clients from the ranks of Bahamian entrepreneurs.

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Freeport needs a Kerzner for 'tourism revolution'

Freeport must attract a Sol Kerzner or Sarkis Izmirlian to “ completely revolutionise its tourism product”, a well-known businessman yesterday warning there was a “horrible disconnect” between visitors’ service expectations and the reality.

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Teachers seek 12% pay rise

TEACHERS want a 12 per cent pay hike over the next three years - and to have the government pay one hundred per cent of their insurance premium.

McClurkin aims to expose Caribbean gospel music

MULTI-platinum artist Donnie McClurkin hopes to incorporate more local and Caribbean music on his syndicated radio show, which airs on a gospel station in the Bahamas.

BFM leaders depicted on the big screen

THE PRODUCTION team behind a new upcoming Bahamian movie “The Corporation” said people are going to be blown away after the movie’s release next Friday.

Anglican Cursillo Servant community plans gathering

“Will you let me be your servant?

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DC Pratt to make boxing debut 'in near future'

WITH the constant struggle to find Muay Thai bouts, DC Pratt has shifted his focus to making a boxing debut in the near future.

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BSC Basketball League gears up for postseason

WITH the regular season complete, the Baptist Sports Council will now gear up for its postseason.

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'I'm leaning heavily on just going into football'

MAVIN Saunders left the Bahamas to pursue a career based on his basketball prowess, but after just a single season of football, he has become one of the most sought after prospects on the gridiron for the class of 2014 in the state of Texas.

Going green to find answers

AT a time when natural resources are being depleted and non-communicable diseases are on the rise, more and more Bahamians are turning back to nature for the answers.

Flag to be carried through islands

A BAHAMIAN flag will travel through the Bahamas and will be raised at Clifford Park before Independence Day as part of activities to mark the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

Miller introduces new vice president to IOC chief Rogge

BAHAMAS Olympic Committee (BOC) president Wellington Miller has introduced newly elected vice presidents Derron Donaldson and Cora Hepburn to the president of the International Olympic Committee, Dr Jacques Rogge.

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Roker: Minister Mitchell deserves what he gets

FORMER Cabinet Minister Loftus Roker yesterday said he does not sympathise with Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell on his plight to clean up the country’s illegal migrant problems.

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Police: no evidence of animal cruelty

FREEPORT – POLICE say they have found no evidence of animal cruelty in relation to a pet dog that was chained up outside at a home on Settler’s Way.

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BAIC chairman aims to reduce work permits for technical roles

BAIC chairman Arnold Forbes said the government is trying to “alleviate” the amount of persons on work permits holding technical jobs by training Bahamians.

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RBC to sponsor Food for Thought discussion

RBC Royal Bank has announced that it is a sponsor for the upcoming Food For Thought panel discussion on hunger and food security in the Bahamas.

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Bail for two men in drugs case

TWO men charged in connection with separate drug seizures, one at the country’s main port of entry and another in Pinewood Gardens, were granted bail.

YOUR SAY: We must be proud to be Bahamians

THE REV Fr S Sebastian Campbell continues his articles reflecting on how to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Independence.

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Results from Rotary Club of New Providence Horse Show

LAST weekend, the 10th Annual Rotary Club of New Providence Horse Show was held. Here are the results. The division champions and reserve champions are highlighted in bold. The judge was Clayton Farrell, owner of Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida.

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Union accuses Sandals of year-long 'bad faith'

The TRADE Union Congress (TUC) president yesterday accused management at Sandals Royal Bahamian of refusing to negotiate an industrial agreement in good faith with the Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance & Allied Workers Union, for more than a year.

Mango operator poised to 'really take off'

TRANSFER Solutions Providers, the Mango Card operator, is currently finalising its SMS payment application, a senior company executive yesterday telling Tribune Business the company expected to “really take off” when the product launches next month.

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AML eyes quarterly dividend payments

AML Foods is debating whether to move to quarterly dividend payments, its chairman said yesterday, adding that Freeport now accounted for 40 per cent or $60 million of its annual sales.

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1,400 thefts drive vehicle tracker's business increase

A BAHAMIAN-owned vehicle tracking company has seen business increase significantly since its launch last summer, its principal telling Tribune Business yesterday that with three to four cars being stolen on New Providence daily, the company was seeking to expand its customer base even further.

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Bahamas routs Puerto Rico 9-1

An eager crowd of spectators could not have anticipated a better showing from Team Bahamas, who had a dominant debut performance in the 2013 CONCACAF Qualifier for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Wednesday, May 8

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Nine is fine for Bahamas in opener

The Bahamas produced a stunning performance in their CONCACAF Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifying opener, hammering Puerto Rico 9-1.

TOUGH CALL: The immigration question

THE recent controversy over Immigration policy is clear evidence of the inability of Bahamian governments to rationally tackle the core issues that hold our economy back.

'Where is the beef?' asks Darron Cash

NO WONDER FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday demanded to know where NIB Minister Shane Gibson had hidden “the beef”.

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DJ OF THE WEEK: MISTA XCITEMENT

MUSIC and Entertainment is not something he looks at as a hobby anymore. For Mista Xcitement it is a profession that he takes very seriously.

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Young ceramicist given freedom to experiment

IN THE third staging of the mother and child exhibit by Jessica Colebrooke and 8-year old daughter Erin, the pair expanded on their iconic interpretation of a mother and child to reflect elements of the Bahamas’ African past.

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Bahamian designer dominates Mission Catwalk 'fan favourite'

Since capturing the attention of the judges as the challenge winner in the first episode of Mission Catwalk season three, Bahamian Designer Theodore Elyett has stolen the hearts of Mission Catwalk fans securing the coveted ‘fan favourite’ title for three consecutive weeks.

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'One Love Getaway' brings gospel hip hop show to the Bahamas

ALTHOUGH hip hop music tends to get a bad rap, the genre was used to promote all that is good and positive during the Holy Hip Hop show held last week.

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Bahamians rally to produce 'Lion in the Jungle' video

The music video for the newly released single “Lion in the Jungle” by the Illest, featuring Pressure, was filmed on Saturday by a team of Bahamian talent. From Bay Street to Shirley Street, the entire film crew travelled on board the back of a flat bed truck to produce the newest creative product by the leading Bahamian reggae band.

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Ya Hear?

Ya hear Beyonce pregnant with second child?

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Halkitis expects unemployment to drop and says critics cannot distract government from its work

AMID criticism over the government’s performance during its first year in office – especially in terms of job creation – State Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis said the government cannot allow such comments to “distract us from continuing to work”.

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Let the games begin

Following their three matches over the weekend in the BSWW Riviera Maya Cup in Cancun, Mexico, the Bahamas is now preparing to take the trek towards qualifying for the 2013 Beach Soccer World Cup.

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BREAKING NEWS: Rodney Moncur's house destroyed in fire

The home of community activist Rodney Moncur burned down earlier this morning.

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Second Marco Archer relative accused of cover-up

A SECOND relative of murder victim Marco Archer was accused of covering up the “true story” of what happened to the boy who was reported missing and found dead days later.

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Maycock one step closer to extradition to the US

ACCUSED drug lord Melvin Maycock Sr and 13 other men are one court away from facing extradition to the United States after a magistrate handed down a ruling yesterday in the almost decade-old request by US federal officers.

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Omar Archer pleads not guilty

POLITICAL activist Omar Archer will return to Magistrate’s Court in a month to stand trial in connection with libel and a death threat against National Security State Minister Keith Bell.

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Cargill told to report to NIB board

ALGERNON Cargill, suspended NIB Director, has been told to either report to the Board within the next few days or risk not having the opportunity to defend himself against allegations which may not be in his best interest.

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FNM: Where are the ‘shocking’ details?

“WHERE is the beef?” That was the question put to the government by FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday as he demanded that NIB Minister Shane Gibson reveal the much touted “shocking” details of the probe into the Board’s inner-workings.

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NIB to pay up to $1m

THE National Insurance Board will foot all of the costs associated with the Grant Thornton Forensic Investigation audit into its operations.

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Jury rules on death of Aaron Rolle

THE JURY in the coroner’s inquest of Aaron Rolle found yesterday that his death was an “unlawful killing”.

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Baha Mar bids beat$400m Bahamian goal

Work bidded out to Bahamian contractors has already exceeded the $400 million commitment Baha Mar made to the Government, a senior executive said yesterday, with building work “only half-way through”.

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Property Fund targets 5-10% vacancy drop

The BISX-listed Bahamas Property Fund yesterday said it was targeting a five-10 percentage point reduction in 2013 vacancy rates at its flagship downtown property, telling Tribune Business this could instantly improve the full-year bottom line by $250,000-$500,000.

VAT: manufacturing impact 'far from' original fears

The implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) will not have the impact on Bahamian manufacturers that was initially feared, an industry leader yesterday saying businesses were failing to see the “two sides of the coin”.

NIB report blastedas 'very sloppy job'

The National Insurance Board’s (NIB) former chairman yesterday blasted the Grant Thornton forensic audit as “a very sloppy job”, adding that it would have been impossible for him to use his position to gain a competitive advantage for Bahamas First.

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Two armed robberies in Grand Bahama

FREEPORT – Police are investigating two armed robberies on Grand Bahama.
According to reports, the first happened around 3am on Monday in the Garden Villas area, where a woman was held up and robbed by two men.

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Couple arrested after firearms found

FREEPORT – Abaco Police arrested a couple after several firearms were discovered at a residence in the Murphy Town area.

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Searches continue for three missing men

DESPITE bad weather, the search continued yesterday for two Eleuthera men who are missing at sea.

Bahamas financier buys Florida shopping plaza

A Bahamas-based financial services provider yesterday announced it had purchased an 189,390 square foot Florida shopping plaza.

Investment Authority ‘nowhere near’ filling promotion agency role

THE Government has embarked on a “restructuring exercise” at the Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA), a Cabinet Minister yesterday telling this newspaper this was necessary because it did not fulfill the current needs of an investment promotion agency.

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Crown Land sales: Be more transparent

THE COALITION to Protect Clifton Bay group has urged the Government to better regulate the conveyance of Crown Land.


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VAT draft ready 'as early as next week'

THE Government plans to have the legislation required to implement a Value Added Tax (VAT) system in place before January 2014, a Cabinet Minister yesterday saying the draft law might be ready as early as next week.

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Bank promotes ATM deposit innovation

Bank of the Bahamas International is moving to consolidate its market position as an innovator through becoming the first institution to accept non-envelope cash deposits at its Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs).

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Private sector meets Minister on permits

Major private sector organisations have met with Fred Mitchell, minister of foreign affairs and immigration, in a bid to address both parties’ work permit needs.

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MARKETING REVOLUTION: Unlocking the marketer in you

When I was a young engineer I thought the marketing guys had it easy. Imagine sitting around all day just to come up with a logo, or a name or a slogan.

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Bran McCartney and the Young Turks

AFTER the assassination of President John F Kennedy in 1963, his Vice President Lyndon B Johnson launched a successful election campaign for president, trouncing the Republican nominee Barry Goldwater. Johnson carried 44 states plus Washington DC and Goldwater a mere six.

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Sandals calls on union to act responsibly after strike vote

THE management of Sandals Royal Bahamian is urging members of the Bahamas Maintenance and Allied Workers Union to “act responsibly” after the union opted for a strike vote ahead of a meeting between the two parties.

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Rahming officially appointed to OAS role

FORMER Prison Superintendent Elliston Rahming has officially become the new Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the Organisation of American States – even as concerns persist over the delay in his installation as US Ambassador to Washington.

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Mortgage scheme was not a failure - Halkitis

THE government does not consider its Mortgage Relief Plan a failure according to State Minister of Finance Michael Halkitis – despite the fact that it actually helped less than one per cent of the homeowners targeted.

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Athletics centre opens in Carmichael

CHILDREN in the Carmichael area can now benefit from upgrades to the Flamingo Gardens Park and a newly-built community and athletics centre.

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Sixth Fritz Grant track and field invitational starts Saturday

WITH the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations smash in the middle of their 2013 season, the Ambassadors Athletic Club is getting ready to host the sixth Florida’s Natural/Fritz Grant Track and Field Invitational.

Sandals warns staff over alleged 'illegal' strike

MANAGEMENT at Sandals Royal Bahamian yesterday expressed “surprise” that the Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance & Allied Workers Union (BHMAWA) - the bargaining agent for the resort’s non-managerial employees - had opted for a strike vote.


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Sands breaks silence on 'vote of no confidence'

THE decision to remove three executives from office was a result of a series of problems that manifested within the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) since the elections were held six months ago.

Idol top 3 fight to the end

IT SEEMS like yesterday when American Idol opened its twelfth season.

New KB album features all star cast

THE track list to KB’s new album includes noticeable names from across the country. From Papa Smurf and Jitana to the late T’rez Hepburn and the New Entry Band, the KB and Friends Volume 4 album embraces a wide range of talent.

Tuesday, May 7

Immigration policy

THE recent controversy over Immigration policy is clear evidence of the inability of Bahamian governments to rationally tackle the core issues that hold our economy back.

Scotiabank joins forces with BFA

SCOTIABANK has joined forces with the Bahamas Football Association as the country plays host to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifier, marking the first time that a World Cup qualifier will take place in the Caribbean.

Cargill NIB report released or leaked?

HAS THERE been another mysterious leak in the Cargill National Insurance Board inquiry?

Vagina Monologues sparks debate about female empowerment

Dozens of participants joined in a lively and informative discussion at the first roundtable event held last week by the Tribune Women’s Section in conjunction with the Bahamas Artist Movement (BAM), the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) and the Bahamas Association of Journalists.

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Indifferent to the point of complicity: Violence against women

A few weeks ago I attended a forum “Because We Have Mothers, Sisters and Daughters - a Forum on Men Stopping Violence”, organised by the Bureau of Women’s Affairs in partnership with the US Embassy, the Bahamas Crisis Centre and the Caribbean Male Action Network (CariMAN) Bahamas.

Blogging business exposes passion for music and fashion

FOR BAHAMIAN Toni Styles the Rhythm and Ruffle blog is like a public dairy. Through her writings, the world has an all access pass to Toni’s love for style and music.

Life is on your side. Whose side are you on?

Sometimes we are so blinded by never-ending challenges that we unknowingly go through life with a foggy outlook. Then there are those breaking points, where every time we take one step forward we seem to take ten steps back.

Young people prove themselves 'greater than'

THE “Greater Than” campaign designed by the eNue organisation has garnered great support since it was launched earlier this year, with scores of young people sharing their greater than declarations on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

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Jury decision over death in police custody

THE JURY in the coroner's inquest of Aaron Rolle found that his death was an 'unlawful killing'.

A failing system for young black men

We often talk about our boys failing, yet we do nothing about it.

Teenage contestants rep their causes

Eleven teenage girls will vie for the crown in the Miss Bahamas Teen International Pageant on May 12. Pageant organiser Anthony Smith said the pageant focuses on helping contestants find their current passions and their purpose in life.

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Charged with intentional libel, threats of death

POLITICAL activist Omar Archer has pleaded not guilty to intentional libel and two counts of threats of death.

The Chinese dream

CHINESE Ambassador to The Bahamas Mr Hu Shan writes about Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese dream.

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Claims of illegal strike taking place at airport

AIRPORT Airline Allied Workers Union members allegedly took industrial action at the Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday.

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RBDF in search for missing men

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force joined efforts yesterday to locate two Eleuthera men who are missing at sea.

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Lawyer lost at sea in kayak

THE SEARCH for an elderly laywer who has been missing since Sunday evening has been called off, according to RBDF public relations officer Lt Origin Deleveaux.

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City Dump fire 'to be put out by Thursday'

THE relentless City Dump fire, which continues to affect those who live around Tonique Williams Darling Highway, is expected to be fully extinguished by Thursday according to Melanie McKenzie, director of Environmental Health.

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Bran: Immigration policy is completely misguided

BRANVILLE McCartney, DNA party leader, insists that the government’s new and strict immigration policy is completely misguided and simply will not work.

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No tiger on the loose, say police

REPORTS of a Siberian tiger “running wild” around Long Island have been dismissed by local police, with authorities confirming they are only investigating the sighting of a large animal they expect could either be a “huge cat” or “domestic dog.”

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MP demands answer on PLP pledge

AN MP has demanded to know where are the 10,000 jobs that were promised by the PLP a year on from their win in the 2012 General Election.

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Privy Council refuses Gov't BEC plant appeal

A well-known QC yesterday said “a real tipping point” had been reached in protecting the Bahamian environment and local rights, after the Privy Council flatly refused to hear the Government’s appeal over the Wilson City power plant ruling.

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Subway expansion creates 12 jobs

SUB Heaven, the company holding the Subway franchise in Nassau, has expanded its network with the opening of a fourth restaurant in Palmdale, creating 12 jobs.

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Rotary marks 50 years of service

THE Rotary Club of East Nassau celebrated 50 years of service at a function held at the National Art Gallery.

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Defence attorney accuses sister of covering up truth over Marco

MOMENTS after telling a jury of the last time she saw Marco Archer alive, a relative of the young murder victim was accused by defendant Kofhe Goodman’s attorney of covering up the “true story” of what happened to the boy.

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Youngsters give support to potcake operations

TWO of the Bahamas’ leading potcake spay and neuter, rescue and adoption centres got a boost from the younger generation.

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Interpol training to help tackle organised crime

BAHAMIAN and Interpol officials opened a two-week training programme yesterday that is expected to enhance the investigational skills of law enforcement personnel in the interdiction of criminal organisations involved in counterfeiting, money laundering, human smuggling and the trafficking of illicit goods, weapons and drugs,

Readers share views on how PLP has performed in its first year in government

IT seems as though Mr Christie and his party came to office with a chip on their shoulders and no plan as to how to run this country.

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Concerns over 'cruel' treatment of pet dog

FREEPORT – The Humane Society of Grand Bahama has filed a formal complaint with the authorities in the case of a pet dog that has allegedly been subjected to ongoing cruelty by its owner.

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AF Adderley Junior Girls Volleyball champions for third straight year

Another sport on the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association calendar, another championship title for the AF Adderley Tigers’ junior girls programme.

Resort financiers: 56% 'sceptical' onVAT implementation

Major resort financiers are “sceptical” that Value-Added Tax (VAT) can be implemented in nations such as the Bahamas “without deterring inward investment”, a top accounting firm warned yesterday.

Oceania 'resolution' targeted for Monday

A key player in the long-running Oceania Heights dispute is hoping “to come to a resolution of the outstanding issues” this Monday during a meeting at the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office.

Small business reforms'transformational' withprivate lender buy-in

Final recommendations on the proposed small business legislation will be presented to the Government by mid-May, a key adviser yesterday saying the initiative could be “transformational” with buy-in from commercial lenders.

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Hawkeyes round out the field in Battle 4 Atlantis

THE 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament field has finally rounded out with the announcement of the eighth team to compete in the Thanksgiving weekend tournament.

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Mother of the Year awards

KEEPING hearts happy for those she holds dear is what a mother does, says Bahamas Mother’s Club president Freida Johnson, who likened a ‘mother’ to the words love, compassion and care.

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DNA: cabinet should resign after awful year

WITH exactly one year in office under the Christie administration’s belt, the DNA has given a scathing review of the PLP’s progress thus far.

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Bahamas team at risk management conference

A team featuring Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and Insurance Commission of the Bahamas (ICB) representatives has attended the four-day RIMS conference in Los Angeles, California.

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D'Aguilar to address GB Chamber of Commerce

Well-known businessman Dionisio D’Aguilar will address the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce this Wednesday on the future for Freeport’s business model.

AIBT launches lead in to conference

The Association of International Banks & Trust Companies (AIBT) has again partnered with the Ministry of Financial Services (MFS) and the College of the Bahamas (COB) to launch the ‘2013 Nassau Conference Essay Competition’.

Florida ferry captures 50% of Big Game guests

THE Bimini Big Game Resort & Marina has been reaping the benefits of ferry service from Florida, its general manager yesterday crediting this with producing “50 per cent or more” of its weekend occupancies.

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Marc-Richard Culmer making an impression as Golden Bear

REMEMBER the name Marc-Richard Culmer. The five-foot, eight-inch, 175-pound right fielder is making an impression as a member of the West Virginia University Golden Bears baseball team.

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SPORT IN BRIEF

THE Bahamas Football Association (BFA) hosted its men’s Knockout Cup in the Roscoe Davies Developmental Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Cimplex on Sunday.

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Cricket: BCA set to host Twenty-20 tourney

ANOTHER event in its series celebrating 40 years of Independence, the Bahamas Cricket Association is preparing to host a Twenty-20 event and produce a publication to generate local interest in the sport.

Scotiabank staffer wins regional award

A Scotiatrust (Bahamas) employee was named Student of the Year at the STEP Caribbean awards, held in St Kitts on 5 May.

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Police: No decision yet on threat charges

POLICE could not say when charge(s) might be brought against a local political activist after a threat to shoot National Security State Minister Keith Bell with an AK47 appeared on his Facebook page.

BNT makes peace with PLP over Bell Island

AFTER one year of the new Christie administration, the Bahamas National Trust has been able to put past conflicts with the PLP behind them to embark on a renewed partnership with a government they say has demonstrated its commitment to both their work and the environment.

Monday, May 6

Heartworm disease

By DR BASIL SANDS

One year in office

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Workshop to help firms leverage social media

A first Bahamian social media ‘Boot Camp’ is being launched at month’s end to help companies and sales persons leverage its use.
 Entrepreneurs, corporate workers, salespeople, businessmen, small business owners and churches are being targeted for the event, which will be held at the Sheraton Beach Resort on May 30-31.
 President and chief executive of The Publicity Agency (Bahamas), Miranda Inniss, said: “With the increasing popularity of Social Media globally and its impact on our personal and professional lives, this is an ideal time to introduce the Boot Ccamp to the community.

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Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham talks to The Big T

A show made by “intelligent people for intelligent people” is how actor Liam Cunnigham describes the global phenomenon that is “Game of Thrones”.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The oil industry

TODAY’s column is my last column until the 25th of May. I am presently preparing to sit year one of the Bahamas Bar exams and so I must now fully focus on studying.

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We want your views on the government's first 12 months

ON May 7, 2013, it will be one year since Perry Christie led the Progressive Liberal Party to victory in the 2012 General Election. One year on, how has the new government fared?

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One year later . . .

AS WE approach the first anniversary of the election of the PLP to Government a majority of Bahamians have concluded that the PLP-led Government is incompetent and directionless.

Tomorrow ends a year of political failure

TOMORROW IS the completion of the PLP’s first anniversary of a five-year term in office. It has been a disappointing first year with none of the 100-day promises delivered – although some have been attempted only to crash in dismal confusion.

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Activists are disappointed at level of crime

ANTI-Crime activists are critical of a “disappointing” first year of the new Christie administration, giving it low marks when it comes to meeting its commitments in reducing crime in the country.

Two missing after boat collapses

TWO Eleuthera men are missing after their fishing vessel capsized off Hatchet Bay yesterday morning.

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Readers rate PLP with a grade F

INTERNET users have graded the PLP a resounding ‘F’ after the government’s first year in office since the May 2012 General Election.

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Shooting victim dies in hospital

A shooting victim has become the country’s latest homicide after he died of his injuries this weekend.

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Decision due on threat charge

POLICE are expected to decide today what charge(s) to bring against a local political activist after a threat to shoot National Security State Minister Keith Bell with an AK47 appeared on his Facebook page.

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Mothers of the Year honoured at church

AS Mother’s Day approaches, three mums were honoured, awarded and showered with gifts yesterday by a 33-year-old organisation established by the mother of the Bahamas’ first Governor General.

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Wilchcombe investigation after claims of corruption

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe has ordered a probe into allegations of corruption, conflict of interest and misappropriation of funds at the Gaming Board, The Tribune has learned.

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Private health insurance 'not viable' for businesses

Private health insurance is “not a viable, sustainable model” for many Bahamian companies, an outspoken businessman has warned, revealing that this costs him more than insuring his multi-million dollar business assets.

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Office project eyes $25m gross sales

A newly-launched western New Providence office development is targeting $25 million in gross sales, its broker telling Tribune Business his phone had been “ringing off the hook” with inquiries the past fortnight.

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'Frustration' rising over Investment Board delay

“Frustration” is mounting among Bahamian attorneys, realtors and their clients over Investments Board approval backlogs of up to two-three months, with the delays costing both the private sector and the Government much-needed revenue.

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Brewery's concern on VAT 'price disruption'

Commonwealth Brewery has pledged to avoid “severe price disruption” to its Bahamian manufacturing and import operations from Value-Added TAX (VAT), its managing director warning that the reform needed “careful management”.

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Beach soccer team to face region's best

WHEN the Bahamas Football Association spearheaded the construction of the new beach soccer facility at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge, it was with the intention of the Bahamas being more than just hosts, but also regional contenders in the sport.

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Swimmers break records

OVER a three-week period from CARIFTA to the international Davie meet, four different swimmers broke six Bahamian national records.

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Donaldson returned as BLTA president

WITH the added responsibility of being elected as a vice president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee, Derron Donaldson said he had openly decided that he would not seek another term in office as president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA).

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Air arrivals slump 3.4% in 2013 Q1

Air arrivals to the Bahamas declined by 3.4 per cent year-over-year for the 2013 first quarter, with both New Providence and Grand Bahama experiencing a decline in the key stopover visitor segment.

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BORCO owner invests over $140m in 2012

The Bahamas Oil Refining Company’s (BORCO) owner invested more than $140 million into expanding the Grand Bahama-based facility in 2012, and believes it is poised to “expand its Caribbean leadership position” in Vacuum Gas Oil (VGO) storage.

$25m academy to 'turn apple cart upside down'

A “one of a kind” maritime training academy will, over the next few years, “turn the apple cart upside down” and make major inroads into creating maritime career opportunities for young Bahamians, its president believes.

'Govt aims to confuse, divide and conquer' - Cash

PRIME Minister Perry Christie and his government have been engaged in a deliberate, dishonest, deceptive and disgraceful secret campaign of “confuse, divide and conquer”, FNM chairman Darron Cash has said.

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Cleveland Eneas Primary NPPSSA track and field champions

FOR the third consecutive year, Cleveland Eneas Primary School captured the New Providence Principal Schools Sports Association’s Track and Field Championship title.

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We are the champions!

AFTER a 29-year drought, St Francis/Joseph Shockers regained the Catholic Primary Schools Track and Field Championship title by snapping St Cecilia’s Strikers’ five-year reign at the original Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium on Friday.

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Police seize $25,000 of suspected marijuana

POLICE confiscated 25 pounds of suspected marijuana with an estimated street value of $25,000 in three separate incidents this weekend.

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Engineers meet DPM

The Professional Engineers Board has met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development to update him on the drafting of regulations to accompany the Act overseeing the profession.

Maritime Authority targets Japan, Korea

THE Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is aiming to add ‘quality’ to this nation’s shipping registry, its chairman telling this newspaper that coming off a “well received” Brazil trip last month, the BMA is now targeting Japan and South Korea.

CHAMBER VOICE: How corruption damages the Bahamian workplace

All companies, large and small, suffer their share of corruption and criminal behaviour.

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Roberts blames debt left by FNM

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday claimed the government coming into office a year ago did not have the available resources to fix the economy because of the state in which the previous administration left the country.

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New York students help GB home

Freeport, Bahamas – While cruising through the Bahamas on their senior class trip, students of Laurens Central School in Laurens, New York took time to visit Grand Bahama Children’s Home with suitcases full of gifts for the children.

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Team Bahamas suffers three losses

IN their tune-up for the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association (CONCACAF) qualifier for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013, the Bahamas Football Association’s 10-member team suffered three losses at the BSWW Riviera Maya Cup in Cancun, Mexico, this weekend.

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Sports in brief

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association is scheduled to hold its championship games today at the AF Adderley Gym with the following match-ups on tap:

Sunday, May 5

Who are we comparing Opposition leader to?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Saturday, May 4

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Threat to minister prompts police hunt

POLICE were last night seeking to quiz a local political activist after a threat to shoot National Security State Minister Keith Bell with an AK47 appeared on his Facebook page.

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Father charged with murdering toddler son

DAVID Alexander Stuart, 22, has been charged with murder in the death of his two-year-old son.

Friday, May 3

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Jury finds man guilty of murder

A JURY unanimously decided in two hours yesterday that Simeon Bain was responsible for the throat-slashing murder of a fast food restaurant manager that began from a plot to seduce the young man before robbing him and the highway franchise.

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FNM leader suggests PLP leaked gambling bill

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis believes the recently leaked draft of the gaming legislation was the work of the Progressive Liberal Party government.

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Charges due 'soon' over death of boy

FREEPORT – Criminal charges could be filed soon in the case of a two-year-old toddler who was found dead while in the care of his father on Monday.

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Cargill lawyers angry over failure of auditors to meet their client

LAWYERS for suspended NIB Director Algernon Cargill said they were shocked that auditors refused to meet with their client to give him the opportunity to defend himself against claims in the finished report that might not have been in his best interest.

NIB Actuary: I was not forced to resign

FORMER NIB Actuary Derek Osborne has denied he was forced to resign because the ongoing legal battle at NIB.

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Tribune worker victim of crime

A TRIBUNE photographer was gun-butted outside his home by a two thieves attempting to steal his car and his camera

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Man falls from roof of two-storey building

A MAN reportedly fell off a two-storey roof he was repairing, leaving fears that he was paralysed from the waist down.

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Atlantis is ready for One Love gospel concert

TOURISM is the lifeline of the country and the African-American market is too important to ignore, Prime Minister Perry Christie told attendees of a major gospel concert.

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Coroner 'not ready' to instruct inquest jury

THE inquest into the death of Aaron Rolle was delayed yesterday after the acting coroner told the court she was not ready to instruct the jury.
 Acting Coroner Jeanine Weech-Gomez was expected to sum up the evidence and then instruct the jury before they deliberate.

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Attorney questions evidence gathering

THE ninth day of the Marco Archer murder trial saw Kofhe Goodman’s attorney completing his cross-examination of a crime scene investigator who handled items collected from the scene where a body was found.

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Roberts accuses FNM leader of being 'Wishy Washy' over gambling

PLP chairman Bradley Roberts has accused FNM leader Hubert Minnis of being “wishy washy” over the issue of Bahamians and gambling.

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Former cop denied bail but brother granted bond

A DISMISSED policewoman was denied bail in her $64,000 cocaine seizure court case yesterday after being deemed a flight risk.

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Mixing and mingling

MEMBERS of the business community were out in force at the Lucayan Harbour Senor Frog’s for the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s monthly ‘Mix and Mingle.’

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Author's vow over prayers for husbands

FIRST-TIME author Inishka Lloyd has vowed to pray with millions of wives around the world for their husbands to gain wisdom, as she prepares for the national book release of “A Wife’s Prayer Journal: Praying for Your Husband through the Book of Proverbs.”

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'PLP selling dreams over national health insurance'

THE government’s plan to create a steering committee to oversee the implementation of National Health Insurance only proves the Christie administration is “a bridge to the past”, said Hubert Minnis.

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'Extra national holiday may hurt the Bahamian economy more'

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis says establishing a new national holiday may add to the economic problems Bahamians are experiencing during the global recession.

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Minnis hits out at PLP goals

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis has criticised Prime Minister Perry Christie for not leading his government toward accomplishing goals set during and after the 2012 election campaign.

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Students share a message to keep The Bahamas pristine

STUDENTS of the St Andrew’s School Eco Club are passionate about their mission to save the Bahamas’ environment.

Insurer beats profit projections by 10%

RoyalStar Assurance yesterday said its $4.401 million net income for the 2012 full-year exceeded post-Sandy expectations by 10 per cent, as it vowed to “protect our turf” against increased competitive threats this year.

Fidelity 'turns on a dime' via 67% profit rise

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) yesterday said its ability to “turn on a dime” gave it a competitive advantage over larger commercial banks, although it conceded it had “taken many years” to deliver 2012’s $6.4 million comprehensive income.

Insurer in $3.5m debt 'swap' with largest investors

A Bahamian insurer has swapped $3.5 million of receivables owed to it by its two largest shareholders for “notes” paying higher interest rates, as it seeks to “plough” liquidity back into the balance sheet following construction of its new $11 million headquarters.

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Senator brands National Health plan 'pie in sky'

AN FNM Senator yesterday branded the Government’s comprehensive National Health Insurance (NHI) plan as “pie in the sky” given fiscal realities, and said his previous $750 million annual cost estimate for the scheme was “conservatively low”.

Gov't urged to implement 10% corporate tax

THE Government should consider implementing a corporate income tax at a flat 10 per cent rate, a senior Bahamian accountant said yesterday.

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Sandals off-pace at 78% occupancy

SANDALS Royal Bahamian is averaging 78 per cent occupany levels, its general manager said yesterday, adding that despite being off 2012’s pace the resort had been able to hold its position due to the remodelled Balmoral Tower.

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Port Authority names new in-house counsel

The Grand Bahama Port Authority has promoted Karla McIntosh to the position of senior legal counsel, with effect from May 1, 2013.

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GB Chamber members attend 'Mix n' Mingle'

Private sector members came out to Senor Frog’s for the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s monthly ‘Mix n Mingle’ last Thursday.

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'Wherewithal' for National Health scheme questioned

A former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce head yesterday said the Government was picking the wrong time to introduce National Health Insurance (NHI), and questioned whether this nation had the “wherewithal” to implement it and other major reforms simultaneously.

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Insurers briefed on Government e-portal

Members of the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) and the Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) are the latest private sector officials to get a firsthand glimpse into the Bahamas’ e-government portal.

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BAAA 'vote of no confidence' in Lewis, Oliver and Petty

JUST six months after their election of officers was held, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has found itself in turmoil.

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'We will continue to operate in our capacity'

A “rift” has split up the executive board of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations with three members ousted by a “vote of no confidence” at a duly publicised and constituted Extra Ordinary Meeting.

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Mexico get 'in the mood' for World Cup qualifier

Less than a week remains before the Bahamas hosts several regional powerhouses in the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Associaion (CONCACAF) qualifier for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013, and one tournament favourite is already in the capital beginning their tournament preparation.

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Acklins community wants regatta site named in King Eric Gibson's honour

FOR his contributions to the growth and development of the Acklins and Berry Islands Regatta, King Eric Gibson will have the regatta site at Spring Point named in his honour when this year’s regatta is held August 1-5.

Sports inbrief

JUSTIN Roberts and Kevin Major Jr ended another outstanding week of competition at the Dayton Beach ITF event on Thursday.

Thursday, May 2

A 'minor' incident at Government House

AN “INCIDENT” took place at Government House on Tuesday afternoon, but it was not included in the crime report because, according to the police, it was “minor”.

Education is the key to equality

IT was promising to see some average, everyday Bahamians gather at Rawson Square this week to demonstrate about matters concerning them. In last week’s column, I spoke about the need for us to break out of the mindset of sitting and waiting for a general election to take an active role in our democracy. To the extent that right-minded Bahamians are starting to get that message and go beyond just talk to action, I am encouraged.

PLP does not believe in Bahamians

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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God Bless All Mothers

My own mother has been dead for almost twenty years. I was her only child by birth, but knew from an early age that I was not the only child that she carried in her heart.

Anglican Bishops Issue Statement on Same-Sex Unions

In the course of our deliberations we have taken note of the fact that our nations are facing serious economic and social challenges which are currently taxing the human and material resourcefulness of our peoples, a situation complicated by developments in the global economy.

Anglicans in Long Island salute a retiring Catechist

The Anglican community in Long Island praised the service of Catechist Edna Fox to the diocese in a special service.

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Making history

FOR the first time in history, a Bahamas women’s 4 x 400 relay team has qualified for the IAAF World Championships - the 14th edition is set to be held in Russia August 10-18.

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Man says he was beaten by officers

FREEPORT – A 23-year-old Grand Bahama man is claiming that he was attacked and beaten to near unconsciousness by police officers at the Lynden Pindling International Airport over the weekend.

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Bahamians march on parliament

“PUT Bahamians first!” “This land is my land!” shouted scores of protesters yesterday as they gathered in Rawson Square to demand equal rights for Bahamians.

Open letter from Keod Smith

My attention is drawn to your Editorial, “The Bahamas - a country in meltdown” published in your edition of Wednesday, May 1st 2013.

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One hurt in stabbing at Government House

A MAN is recovering in hospital today after being stabbed in the head and neck in an argument at Government House, The Tribune understands.

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Charges due in road deaths

EXUMA Police say charges will be brought against the driver of the grey Nissan, which struck and killed two Canadian animal activists last week. Jill Gandza, 55, and her 57-year-old husband, Ron, were walking home from a local hotel around 10pm when the accident occurred.

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Gibson explains another delay in NIB report release

THE release of the audit reports into the operations at NIB are now solely hinged upon the substantiation of certain “adverse findings” by suspended NIB director Algernon Cargill.

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Name of dead child released

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy who died on Monday has been identified as Peter Emmanuel Higgs, of Magellan Crest, Freeport.

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Banks 'considering moving operations' amid concerns over immigration

SENIOR banking officials, located as far as Europe, are “having discussions” about moving certain banking sectors from the country because they are “fearful” of an Immigration Department visit similar to the reported “raid” at Atlantis, according to opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

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Defence Force officers held after drugs find

FOUR Defence Force officers and two other men were arrested yesterday after one of the officers was found to be in possession of $50,000 worth of suspected cocaine at Grand Bahama International Airport.

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Mitchell concern over inability for wealthy Bahamians to invest

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell says he is concerned a new generation of young Bahamians are unable to use their wealth to invest which could spark extra growth in the economy.

Readers' views on protest march

INTERNET users had their say on the protest, at our website www.tribune242.com:

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Accused pleads his case to jury in three-hour address

SIMEON Bain spent three hours yesterday attempting to convince a Supreme Court jury that he did not seduce, kidnap, rob or kill a fast food restaurant manager in 2009.

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Defence attorney objects to presence of victim's purported father in court

KOFHE Goodman’s attorney told a Supreme Court judge he intended to call the purported father of Marco Archer as a defence witness.

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Nettie launches book

NETICA Symonette, veteran hotelier and a Bahamian female pace setter in the hospitality industry, has launched her autobiography “A Girl Called Nettie. A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love”.

US gives $941,000 to battle against drugs

THE United States Embassy donated $941,000 worth of critical equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force yesterday to help the fight against drug smuggling and people trafficking.

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GBPA backs student awards

Freeport, Bahamas – The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA) is backing The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Programme. Introduced in 1997, the event is a premier national awards recognition programme for 6th graders in the Bahamas.

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40 fathers honoured for the nation's 40th anniversary

AS part of the country’s 40th Independence celebrations, Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church will be honouring 40 outstanding fathers.

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Embassy writes on quake aftermath

THE Chinese Embassy in The Bahamas writes about the recent deadly earthquake which hit Lushan, Sichuan Province, China.

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Gomez proposes committee for national health insurance

HEALTH Minister Dr Perry Gomez yesterday proposed a steering committee to oversee the full implementation of a National Health Insurance scheme.

Shipping executives gather for conference

MORE than 200 of the region’s most prominent shipping executives will converge on Grand Bahama for the 12th annual Caribbean Shipping Association Conference.

Port's 80% efficiency almost tops Caribbean

The Freeport Container Port (FCP) is the second most efficient port in the Caribbean despite having the highest shipping costs per mile, a World Bank study has found.

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Seventh Dunkin' to create 30 jobs

Dunkin’ Donuts will create 30 jobs when it opens its seventh New Providence location in the Independence Shopping Plaza this week.

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Grand Lucayan operator in talks with reef maker

A US-based underwater attraction developer is in talks with Blue Diamond Resorts over creating an artificial reef world at its Grand Lucayan hotel property, an executive telling Tribune Business yesterday it was “very keen” on developing its product in the Bahamas.

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Bahamas puts HBO copyright row 'to rest'

The Copyright Royalties Tribunal’s chairman yesterday expressed “disappointment” that the US government had not given the Bahamas more praise for resolving outstanding multi-million dollar royalties claims, telling Tribune Business: “The matter has been put to rest.”

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'Dilemma' over Cable Beach's 'renaissance'

The Baha Mar-led Cable Beach “renaissance” is creating a “dilemma”, a well-known realtor warned yesterday, because few Bahamians are positioned to exploit the commercial and rental opportunities that will be created.

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NFL: Redskins sign Thompson as undrafted free agent

Another son of the Bahamian soil has worked his way onto an NFL roster following the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Bahamas to field team in Men's U-19 Caribbean Championships in T&T

AS the regular season concluded over the weekend, the Bahamas Rugby Football Union now sets its sights on international competition for the youth development programme.

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Brooks, Miller selected to Lions FC Super 20 squad

TWO young soccer players have capitalised on the opportunity of a lifetime and begun a path toward a professional career with an international club.

'Scary' IRS summons targets FirstCaribbean

Bahamas-based financial executives yesterday described a US court’s decision to permit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve a summons on CIBC FirstCaribbean Internationa Bank’s US correspondent bank as a “scary move”.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Avoid a career of bad choices

Have you ever regretted choosing a particular career path, or feel devastated after finding out you have made a poor choice? Even though it isn’t always possible to foresee the changes in our lives, many people find themselves trapped in careers that initially seemed glamorous and appropriate, but resulted in monotony and boredom.

Law firm's private client team on award shortlist

A Bahamian law firm’s Private Clients and Wealth Management Group has been shortlisted for ‘Team of the Year’ at the inaugural Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Caribbean Awards 2013.
The Higgs & Johnson team has more than 40 years of experience in the private client field, including offshore and onshore trusts and, more recently, foundations.

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Ex-minister positive over US reform plans

PROPOSED US immigration reforms could have positive implications not only for Caribbean nationals living in the US but also their home countries, a former Bahamian Cabinet minister believes. 
 “The reforms that offer a pathway to citizenship might be applicable to thousands of Caribbean nationals who have spent years living and working in the US, and might be deemed entitled to regularisation as citizens,” said former minister of state for finance Zhivargo Laing.

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Mobile data subscribers increase over six-fold

Mobile data subscribers increased more than six-fold within one year following the launch of services by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), it was revealed yesterday, with fixed-line Internet’s market penetration also enjoying a 22 per cent increase.

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Gov't moves to 'fully implement' National Health Insurance

THE Government yesterday announced it was moving towards the “full implementation” of a National Health Insurance scheme, proposing to create a so-called ‘steering committee’ to oversee the move.

Wednesday, May 1

Yes, Bahamians should be first, but...

WE DO not think there is anyone on either side of the political divide who would not agree that Bahamians should be first in their own country. However, as the country grows, Bahamians need more than their nationality as a qualification — they themselves have to be highly skilled. They also — and this is where many of them fail — need a sound work ethic.

Moncur picked the wrong fight

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Show us the money

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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VIDEO: The Big T Top 10 Countdown

Featuring DJ Earworm, Trinidad James and Keyshia Cole

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Joint exhibit honours the vibrancy of nature and Junkanoo

BAHAMIAN artists Marco Mullings and Imogene Walkine unveiled new works last night during a joint show.

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Homecoming for 'Master Artists of the Bahamas' exhibit

IN ITS final leg, the “Master Artists of The Bahamas” travelling exhibition successfully opened at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) last Thursday.


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African male figures dominate new work by ceramists

The mother, daughter duo Jessica and Erin Colebrooke will stage a third ceramic exhibit “A New Direction: Mother and Child III” on Saturday at the Hillside House gallery.

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Shocking twist in top four elimination

AHEAD OF last week’s American Idol, judge Nicki Minaj tweeted that viewers should look forward to a “surprising twist” on the results show.

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'Inwhichin tings' Bahamian craft fair planned for Doongalik

An enthusiastic group of Bahamians is putting the finishing touches on their plans for the inaugural “Inwhichin Tings Bahamian” Craft Fair next month, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary year of independence. The brainchild of former insurance executive Maude Lockhart, the fair will be held on Saturday, May 4 at the Doongalik Studios grounds on Village Road and the public is invited to come out and “Buy Bahamian by Bahamians”.

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DJ Tank continues family legacy

IT MAY be hard filling the shoes of a father often called “a deejay legend”, but for Delgano “DJ Tank” Ferguson, it has been a blessing to be able to learn and share with his father.

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Mdeez launches new album on the heels of video release

ALONG with the release of his latest song “Let’s Make Love”, reggae artist Mdeez has also put together an extended play album just for his fans.

Ya hear?

Ya hear Kim and Kanye do not want baby gifts?

Fix what's happening on Bay Street

Will someone please do something about what has happened on Bay Street.

The Bahamas - a country in meltdown

WHO IS Keod Smith? In fact, we know who he is. Better put, the question should be: Who does Keod Smith think that he is?

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Protest for equality at Rawson Square

Citizens for Justice, a group formed by Bishop Walter Hanchell, and Citizens for Equal Opportunity, formed by talk show host Darold Miller and activist Celi Moss, are led a demonstration at Rawson Square for 'equal rights for Bahamians'.

TOUGH CALL: A story of speculation in Great Harbour Cay

GREAT HARBOUR CAY, the Berry Islands -- “I call it the knowing. I know what’s going to happen,” 58-year-old Craig Wells confided to me from beneath a raggedy straw hat at the dilapidated beach bar here, just across from the airport terminal.

YOUR SAY: 'This is our Independence - let's make something happen'

“NOTHING is happening…..the government them ain’t doing nutting……!”

Social services staff speak out over ‘neglect’

THE Department of Social Services is speaking out over what it claims to be “years of systematic neglect”, including staff shortages, limited internet access, no health insurance or risk allowance, and a myriad of other problems.

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Bethel mourns after death of granddaughter in shooting

THE grandfather of a young woman who died after she was repeatedly shot during a car chase says his family “might be bowed down in grief – but we are not overcome by it.”

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Moncur still a Justice of the Peace

FORMER DNA candidate and self-proclaimed “grass-roots ombudsman”, Rodney Moncur says he is still a Justice of the Peace – as confirmed by the Governor General – despite any controversy surrounding him.

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Sex abuse link in boy's death

FREEPORT – A father is in custody assisting police with investigations into the death of his two-year-old son, who is believed to have suffered injuries that might be consistent with allegations of sexual abuse.

Gov't pledges 'equity' on new $5m excursion

The Government yesterday pledged it would monitor the $5 million Blackbeard’s Cay project to ensure there was an “equitable distribution” of cruise visitors with Bay Street, emphasising that it wanted to bring downtown Nassau “alive”.

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'Across the board' impact fear from air safety woes

The Bahamian economy will be impacted “across the board” if deficiencies in its aviation safety regime are not rapidly addressed, top industry executives warned yesterday, with airline expansion plans and a proposed Aircraft Registry having to be placed on hold.

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Leading dailies face off in paint war games

THE TRIBUNE and the Nassau Guardian took their rivalry to the Playground Paintball Arena on Saturday to settle their score in paint.

Central Bank holding $71m 'dormant' funds

The Central Bank of the Bahamas was holding almost $71 million in ‘dormant account’ funds at year-end 2012, having received a further $3.58 million last year.

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Bahamas playing 'catch up' over aviation safety

THE Bahamas is playing “catch up” on a number of aviation safety reforms that should have been implemented two to three years ago, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday, acknowledging that deficiencies in this area could hurt the country’s tourist destination reputation.

BVI court criticises Bahamas liquidators

The Bahamian liquidators for an alleged multi-million dollar international fraud have been blasted by a British Virgin Islands (BVI) judge over a “remarkable” and “gratuitous” agreement with a BISX-listed broker/dealer.

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MARKETING REVOLUTION: The 'write' approach on special communications

When I was in primary school I never got a 4.0 on my grade point average (GPA), even though I did ‘A’ level work for the majority of my classes.

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Bishop urges 'level ground' between local and foreign investors

A senior pastor yesterday called for Bahamian businesses and workers to be placed on “level ground” with their foreign counterparts, warning that failure to do so could create major social unrest.

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BFSB's conclave charts way ahead

REGULATORY policy and Immigration were among the issues raised by financial services industry leaders during a recent conclave for chief executives hosted by the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB).

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Casino gaming 'fundamental' for tourism

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday described the casino gaming industry as being “fundamentally important” to the Bahamas tourism product, noting that proposed reforms were vital if it was to compete with rival jurisdictions.

Young playwright energised after "A Wedding in Nassau"

BEFORE writing the “Wedding In Nassau” dramatic comedy, director Dario “Erics” Poitier said he had doubts about how people would receive his work.

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SAC, Moore's Island make history at the Penn Relays

FOR the first time, St Augustine’s College made it to the Championships of America round for high school girls at the world renowned Penn Relays Carnival.

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Georgette to make LPGA debut

GEORGETTE Rolle is coming home to make her LPGA debut on the same piece of land where she learned to play and love the game of golf.

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Four retired coaches honoured

FRANK Johnson, Clayton Townsend, Lawrence Sweeting and Peter Jones, all now retired from coaching, were honoured Tuesday during the opening ceremonies of the New Providence Principals Primary Schools Sports Association’s (NPPPSSA) third annual Bertha’s Go-Go Ribs Track and Field Classic.

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'We want every opportunity to promote the Bahamas'

HIS current focus is on the ring and a matchup with Romanian heavyweight Bogdan Dinu, but Sherman “Tank” Williams is continuing to use boxing as a means to act as an ambassador for the Bahamas.

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Fun, run, walk

THE NASSAU, Bahamas, National Pan-Hellenic Alumni Council gathered at Arawak Cay for the 1st Annual NPHC Fun, Run, Walk.

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Bid to raise money to help Brittany

FREEPORT – A herculean effort is under way at the Jack Hayward High School to raise money for 16-year-old student Brittany Burrows, who was diagnosed with bone cancer last week.

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Shock over human waste on Charlotte Street

FORMER Speaker of the House of Assembly Alvin Smith expressed his shock at discovering human faeces on Charlotte Street yesterday.

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Lawyers in argument at Archer muder trial

THE seventh day of the Marco Archer murder trial ended early after Kofhe Goodman’s attorney alleged that the case’s lead prosecutor made “facial gestures” to the crown witness while she was answering his questions during cross-examination.

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Phone records brought to court by defendant

A MAN alleged to have sent a text message to a fastfood restaurant manager and to have seduced him for the sake of robbing him had phone records brought to court yesterday.

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Sports in brief

JUSTIN Roberts turned in another strong performance in the singles round of 32 of the Daytona Beach ITF in Florida on Tuesday. Roberts defeated American Will Adkisson 6-3, 6-0 to earn a berth in today’s quarterfinal.

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Minister: ‘No need for panic’ over financial work permits

The Minister of Financial Services yesterday said he had submitted a written policy proposal to deal with the sector’s Immigration needs, and said there was “no need for panic” over work permit issues.