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Thursday, October 31

Bimini businesses hit by cruise ship sailing suspension

Resorts World Bimini yesterday said many of the island’s businesses had suffered a “sharp decline in revenue” after rough seas forced a temporary suspension of its Miami SuperFast service.

Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches plan series of activities

Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches plan series of activities

Delegation concludes second site visit to New Providence for IAAF World Relays

AN IAAF delegation has concluded the second site visit to New Providence, the host city of the upcoming IAAF World Relays.

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Tribune Poll: 85% want press to cover Cuban detainees case

The press should be allowed to attend the hearing of the marines in the Cuban detainees case, according to voters in the Tribune242.com poll.

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Branville: No special treatment from police in murder case

DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday denied his public profile has influenced how police are treating his brother’s murder investigation.

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Bodie sorry for mistake on air

POPULAR radio talk-show host Ortland H Bodie Jr apologized yesterday to Lisa and Branville McCartney after erroneously reporting on air that a shooting had occurred at the Meridian School, which is run by Mrs McCartney on John F Kennedy Drive.

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UK rejects reparations

THE UK Government is blocking attempts to force it to pay reparations for slavery.

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Police killers jailed for life

STEPHEN “Die” Stubbs, Andrew “Yogi” Davis, and Clinton “Russ” Evans will serve life sentences for a policeman’s murder.

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Gov't and banks 'must break' salary deduction cycle

The Government must reduce the 70 per cent proportion of its payroll that goes towards salary deductions, a leading businessman yesterday warning it was causing a “remarkable contraction” in consumer spending and the wider economy.

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Bahamas can't let competitiveness 'slip any further'

A leading accountant yesterday urged the Government to give the proposed National Tripartite Council a real mandate to improve the Bahamas’ economic competitiveness, warning that this “cannot be allowed to slip beyond this point”.

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Cable 'confident' on number portability market share boost

A leading accountant yesterday urged the Government to give the proposed National Tripartite Council a real mandate to improve the Bahamas’ economic competitiveness, warning that this “cannot be allowed to slip beyond this point”.

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Blood drives bring in 70 pints of blood

BLOOD drives at Abaco’s Cooper’s Town Clinic and the Marsh Harbour Parish Hall on the pre-Halloween weekend garnered a large number of willing participants for a record total of 70 donated pints of blood for the Princess Margaret Hospital.

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Motorcyclist dies in traffic accident

FREEPORT – A 22-year-old motorcyclist died from injuries sustained in an accident on Tuesday morning, pushing the traffic fatality count for Grand Bahama this year to 11.

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'Womanish Ways' show in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Georgia – With the city still mourning the loss of the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Women, creator of the Drum Major Justice Awards and civil rights pioneer Evelyn Lowery, the season was ripe for the Bahamas Consulate Office of Atlanta to showcase Marion Bethel’s ‘Womanish Ways: Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy’ at historic Spelman College and the Allen Entrepreneurial International Institute.

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'We have the goal of becoming the No.1 sports destination in the region'

WITH the Bahamas chosen as the hosts of the inaugural IAAF World Relays, it provides the country with another opportunity to explore what Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr Daniel Johnson calls “the business of sport” and reap the benefits of the sports tourism industry.

Healthy and happy: Part 1

There is much talk today about healthy lifestyles, and that is a very serious subject. For some of us, it is a minor adjustment, for others of us this calls for the death of a way of life.

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McCartney and Stampeders in CFL playoffs as the top overall seed

KARL McCartney and the Calgary Stampeders will head into the Canadian Football League playoffs as the top overall seed and will host a playoff game.

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Softball: National Round Robin Championship set to start tonight

IF you enjoyed the competitive Austin Knowles National High School Softball Tournament at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex over the weekend, Bahamas Softball Federation president Burkett Dorsett says you won’t want to miss the National Round Robin Softball Championship Tournament which starts tonight

Tour operator loses '500 strong' bookings via VAT

A leading tour operator has lost three winter 2014 convention bookings, each 500-plus strong, due to the price increases caused by the impending 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT), Tribune Business was told yesterday.

Bimini developer plans lawsuit on club's demolition

A club owner yesterday said he aims to file a lawsuit against the Bimini Bay Resort’s original developers “any day now” over the alleged demolition of his property, adding: “I’m not going to stop until I have justice.”

Gov't to update timeshare laws

The Minister of Tourism yesterday said the Government was looking to introduce new timeshare legislation, calling the industry vital to year-round business and product diversity.

Timeshare developers 'anxious' on Bahamas

TIMESHARE developers are “anxious” to build in the Bahamas, the head of a marketing and public relations firm, telling Tribune Business that this nation has “much to offer”.

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Police give students advice on ways to tackle bullying

ROYAL Bahamas Police Force officers, led by Supt Stephen Dean visited he Anathol Rodgers School assembly yesterday morning, to speak to students on the topics of bullying and conflict resolution.

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PM announces commission to create new festival

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday announced the formation of a National Festival Commission, charged with the conceptualisation of the new “Carnival-style” festival.

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Honour for the National Builders

HUMBLE beginnings are no excuse for a lack of ambition or success in life – a fact the country’s history of accomplishments has proven – Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin said.

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Appeal against widow's aquittal 'will get nowhere'

THE Crown’s appeal against a widow’s acquittal for her husband’s murder “will get nowhere”, her attorney told The Tribune yesterday.

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FNM constituency office sign vandalised

THE Free National Movement’s Montagu constituency office sign was vandalised yesterday in an act that area MP Hubert Chipman said he hopes was not politically motivated.

Alarm after false report of school shooting

FALSE reports of a shooting at a private primary school caused mass panic among parents yesterday.

Wednesday, October 30

Broker hits 100 Ocean Club Estate sales milestone

Mario Carey Realty’s president and founder has hit the milestone of concluding 100 real estate transactions in Paradise Island’s exclusive Ocean Club Estates community.

CS Satira named as new Campbell Shipping vessel

WITH the words “I christen you CS Satira”, State Minister for Transportation Hope Strachan officially named the latest vessel to be managed by locally headquartered Campbell Shipping Company.

Still no US Ambassador

TWO years after the last US Ambassador to the Bahamas stepped down, the country is still waiting for a replacement.

Bahamas Realty chief first BREA nominee for top BFSB award

Bahamas Realty’s chief executive, Larry Roberts, is the first Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) member to be nominated by the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) for its Executive of the Year award. part of the 2013 Award of Excellence programme.

BTC celebrates growing online footprint

BTC yesterday celebrated its growing social media footprint after having surpassed 90,000 Facebook fans and 10,000 Twitter subscribers.

Gov't selects VAT system software

The Government’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) implementation team has selected Data Torque’s software to run the IT system for its new tax.

Deliverance from financial bondage

BUT THOU shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth the power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

Shipyard graduates more apprentices

Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) has held its ninth annual apprenticeship graduation and awards ceremony. Two apprentices graduated, 10 received second-year contracts, and 12 apprentices received first-year contracts for the training programme.

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New book brings ‘Joy to the Heart and Soul’

AFTER overcoming reading and writing challenges through a special learning support programme, fifteen-year old Lester Williams reached a major milestone with the release of his first book of poetry.

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Law firm targets Privy Council over Customs bond link

A leading Bahamian law firm is seeking permission to appeal to the Privy Council on the grounds that Customs “had not abandoned” its position that Freeport ‘bonded goods letter’ renewals were conditional on prior year sales reports being filed with it.

School shooting report untrue

Reports of a shooting at a local school are untrue, The Tribune can confirm.

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RBDF patrols 'not affected' by redeployment

THE deployment of Defence Force officers to the Royal Bahamas Police Force has not affected patrol operations, RBDF Commodore Roderick Bowe said yesterday.

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Detectives seek more time in McCartney murder case

DETECTIVES have requested an extension from the court to continue to hold the eight persons currently in custody in connection with the murder of businessman Kurt McCartney, The Tribune understands.

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BREAKING NEWS: No death penalty for Stephen Stubbs, Andrew Davis and Clinton Evans

STEPHEN “Die” Stubbs, Andrew “Yogi” Davis, and Clinton “Russ” Evans sentenced to life in jail for the 1999 murder of Constable Jimmy Ambrose.

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Goodman's lawyer now faces court to explain his conduct

KOFHE Goodman’s lawyer is pleased to have been ordered to appear before Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner to explain his conduct before the judge during the Goodman trial.

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Marco's killer sentenced to death

ABDUCTING a child, fracturing his skull with a blow to the head, placing a bag around his head and discarding his naked, lifeless body in bushes can be considered to be “the worst of the worst”, Justice Bernard Turner ruled yesterday before sentencing Kofhe Goodman to hang for the murder of Marco Archer.

Business ease slump a 'recipe for recession'

The Bahamas’ latest eight-position slump in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings was last night greeted with dismay by the private sector, which branded the decline as “a recipe for a prolonged recession” and loss of economic competitiveness.

URCA investigates BTC over portability mess

Regulators are investigating the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) for preventing the planned September 3 launch of number portability, saying this had resulted from possible anti-competitive behaviour.

Bimini's dive tourism in peril 'for nothing'

Resorts World’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) admits that Bimini’s existing dive tourism model is potentially being placed “at risk for nothing”, a leading environmental attorney warned yesterday.

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Business Licence contingency 'a bit dangerous'

A leading accountant yesterday described the Government’s seeming reliance on Business Licence fees as a Value-Added Tax (VAT) contingency as “a bit dangerous”, warning that they would not all be immediately reduced to $100 as previously promised.

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New date set for GBOB 2013

SIX Bahamian bands will gather on one night, at one venue, for one showdown of original live music during the Global Battle of the Bands Bahamas competition. The showdown will be held on November 30 at the Botanical Gardens where the musical groups will fight for the title, best band in the Bahamas.

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New exhibitors form new networks at Wine and Arts Festival

THE BAHAMAS National Trust (BNT) opened its gates for the 23rd annual Wine and Art Festival, last Saturday.

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Researcher digs deeper: What language do Bahamians speak?

ANN Lawlor’s exploration of the Bahamian vernacular in a new research paper points to the roots of popular expressions often dismissed as dialect or bad English.

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Introducing Paula McKeva

PAULA McKeva’s distinctive style and vocal range has gained her much notoriety in the Bahamas and internationally. She is no stranger to the music scene or performing live. This proud mother of three is seeing her dreams as her ever growing body of work is being well received.

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Halloween things to . . . BOO!

THE time is here again, for the ghost; goblins, angels, avatars and superheroes to come out of hiding. Whether they will be flying into the downtown area to “Via Cafe” or crawling over Paradise Island to “Aura Nightclub,” the talk on the town is that they are all finding something to do. For those undecided costume fanatics, here are a few Halloween scene ideas for you to keep in mind and check out.

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Flamboyant teacups and bowls

THE THIRD biennial All Ceramic Exhibition (ACE) gathered a full house at Doongalik Art Studios, last Thursday. Under the theme ‘My Flamboyant Teacups and Bowls,’ thirteen ceramic artists displayed their best works.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Building sports tourism from the grassroots up

This summer I led a 27-person judo team to the US Junior Open in Florida.

Timeshare law upgrade urged

MIAMI, FL- The Bahamas must consider modernising the Timesharing Act to remain competitive and encourage new development, an industry executive telling Tribune Business yesterday that this was “fundamental” to the sector’s long-term growth and health.

Bahamas is urged to differentiate

MIAMI, FL- THE Bahamas must seek to differentiate itself from its Caribbean counterparts in the tourism and hospitality industry, the head of a Washington-based trade association representing the vacation ownership industry said yesterday.

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'Celebrating the Success of Women in Sports'

JUST over a month after initial plans to host the event were disclosed, the Bahamas Olympic Committee officially announced plans to pay homage to 40 Bahamian women for their contributions in local sports.

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High schools: Bahamian players get ready for the American football post-season

AMERICAN football heads into post-season play for high schools across the United States and several Bahamian players will figure prominently in the playoff plans for their respective schools.

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St Thomas More Sparks blow out Rockets 29-0

AFTER losing their first game by one point to the Temple Christian Suns’ A team, the St Thomas More Sparks bounced back and took their frustration out on the Carlton E Francis Rockets’ B team.

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Carl Hield hoping to cash in at World Series of Boxing in Mexico

Despite falling short of winning a medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Carl Hield said he was pleased with his performance. Now he’s hoping to cash in when he travels to compete in the World Series of Boxing in Mexico.

Family still hopes $100,000 reward will bring clues

THE family of two Turkish nationals who Bahamians were trying to smuggle into the United States last year said they are not giving up hope that their loved ones will be returned to them one day.

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FNM deputy warns Bell is a 'loose cannon'

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner called Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell a “loose cannon” and claimed this is why Prime Minister Perry Christie never appoints him as Acting National Security Minister.

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Nearly 400 cane toads captured in Lyford Cay

NEARLY 400 cane toads have been captured and “humanely disposed of” by Lyford Cay residents and the Bahamas National Trust, BNT director of science and policy Vanessa Haley-Benjamin said yesterday.

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Farewell to staff moving on from Ministry of Foreign Affairs

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has bid farewell to Under Secretary Janeen McCartney and Financial Controller Nenia Fox.

40 Cubans held off Cay Sal

FORTY Cuban immigrants, who had evaded capture for four days, were arrested off Cay Sal on Monday for entering the country illegally.

Work continues despite cease and desist order - so Abaco residents seek to revoke permission

ABACO residents have successfully submitted an application to have the permit for the construction of a new dock revoked.

Sir Arlington Butler will be first Bahamian to receive the Pierre de Coubertin Award

ONE of the longest tenured presidents of any sporting association in the Bahamas, with a term which spanned nearly four decades, will add another milestone to his illustrious list of achievements.

Tuesday, October 29

PM aims for Lucayan re-recreation at San Salvador tourist attraction

PRIME Minister Perry Christie foreshadowed the construction of a cultural village on the island of San Salvador which he hopes will be “visually and historically faithful” to the Lucayan civilization of the pre-Columban period.

Bimini ferry brings 40k in three months

Resorts World Bimini yesterday said its Miami ferry service had brought 40,000 persons, or 80 per cent of its normal annual visitor numbers, to the island in just three months.

Tourism executive in regional award

A leading Bahamian advocate for sustainable tourism development will receive the 2013 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Award.

Palm Cay condo reservations now real deals

Buying a condo was never like this before. Prospective homeowners last week gathered outside the Palm Cay clubhouse for a ‘reservations-become-reality’ night, eager for the groundbreaking approach to luxury condo sales at the $200 million development.

Man in custody over grievous harm allegation

POLICE in Grand Bahama have in their custody Kiko Garcia Evans, who was wanted for questioning in connection with a grievous harm allegation.

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Armed robbery suspect shot by police

An armed robbery suspect is in hospital in serious condition after being shot by police.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Future up in the air

IN order for true national development to be attained, the government—if only for a period—must pass essential air services legislation and/or implement regulations that would foster a greater interconnectivity of our archipelago.

Are we to face a clash of cultures?

WITH our Foreign Affairs Minister so interested in attracting investment to the Bahamas from the Middle East will this new money line eventually bring with it another problem — a clash of cultures?

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Man claims police 'tricked' him into being charged with murder

A MAN claimed his arraignment on a murder charge yesterday was a “trick” by the police who had previously questioned and released him in connection with the fatal shooting.

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Minister finally acknowledges Bahamian man infected with virus

NEARLY three weeks after being asked about a deadly bacteria reported to have been found in the Bahamas, Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez has finally acknowledged that a Bahamian man is infected with vibrio vulnificus.

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BREAKING NEWS: Kofhe Goodman sentenced to death

Kofhe Goodman has been sentenced to death.

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Sears: Much defensiveness in Bahamas over slavery damage

DEFENSIVE reactions against the concept of slavery compensation belies the psychological legacy of systemic oppression, said former education minister Alfred Sears.

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Kofhe Goodman to be sentenced today

A JUDGE said he only needed another day to complete his ruling in the sentencing of Kofhe Goodman, where a death sentence, life imprisonment and a 15-year-term was asked to be considered for the murder of Marco Archer.

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Everyday Island launches Bodine in fashion world

UNFRUITFUL efforts to find properly fitted and inexpensive clothing, coupled with a love of fashion led Bahamian entertainer Bodine Johnson to tap into another dimension of her creativity, fashion design.

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FNM Chairman: Bell contradicted govt on web shops

FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday called on the Christie-led administration to restate its official position on web shop gaming following statements by a government minister that the industry was “here to stay.”

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Tearful Bran offers $50,000 reward

THE MCCARTNEY family is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting death of businessman Kurt McCartney.

Timeshare owner eyes cable Beach expansion

MIAMI, FL - A Cable Beach timeshare developer is looking to build on his $4 million investment to-date by expanding the 35 unit offering, telling Tribune Business: “I’ve been booked every weekend in September and October”.

Bahamas Waste: VAT's impact 'pretty huge' if no write-off credit

Bahamas Waste’s managing director yesterday said Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) cash flow impact “would be pretty huge” if the Government does not provide credits against uncollected sales write-offs.

Bimini EIA 'ignores' Planning Act process

Resorts World’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) ignores the need to obtain Planning and Subdivision Act approval for its $10-$15 million Bimini cruise ship project, a leading QC yesterday accusing the Government and developers of “bulldozing their way through” the permitting process.

$6bn developers rush to meet PM departure date

The principal behind a $6 billion resort project proposed for eastern Grand Bahama is working furiously to submit documents requested by Prime Minister Perry Christie before he purportedly leaves the country on November 11.

Satellite Bahamas, principals 'improperly lumped' in suit

Satellite Bahamas and its principals have accused DIRECTV of “improperly lumping” them all together in its Florida legal action, while also failing to identify a single act of wrongdoing committed by the company on US soil.

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Suns will have 'work cut out for them' in this year's basketball tournament

COACH Keno Demeritte feels his Temple Christian Suns will get to shine again in their fourth annual basketball tournament. But he realises that it’s not going to be as easy as it was in the past. He admitted that they are going to have their work cut out for them.

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LPGA player Ekey holds golf clinic for BGF's junior development programme

Fifteen players from the Bahamas Golf Federation’s junior development programme benefitted from a one-day clinic conducted by Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) player Kathleen Ekey.

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Demitri Knowles and Hokies in13-10 loss to unranked Duke

JUST when the Virginia Tech Hokies began to gain national recognition as the 14th ranked team in both the ESPN and USA Today/ Coaches poll, they suffered an untimely upset to unranked Duke this weekend.

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Sports in brief

WITH the Bahamas Softball Federation’s Austin Knowles National High School Softball Tournament completed over the weekend, the attention will now switch to the 2013 National Round Robin Championship series this weekend (October 31 to November 3)

Lupies walk turns the streets purple

FROM Goodman’s Bay to Sandyport, “Lupies” gathered in numbers as they took part in the second annual “Walk For Lupus” last Saturday.

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First book published in 'Anya's Stories Collection'

THIS MAY be her first published book, but Bahamian author and storyteller Enisca Jones said she is no stranger to the world of books. She believes books tap into the creative imagination and help people out of stressful situations.

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Women can be superheroes too

Since 2012, the United Nations has observed the International Day of the Girl Child. The day is set aside to celebrate ‘The Girl’ as a valuable part of society.

How to avoid sales 'foot in mouth' woe

“Open mouth, insert foot”. Or, if you prefer: “Take the cotton out of your ears and put it in your mouth”. I personaly like the latter saying much better when it comes to a botched sales pitch.

Bahamas urged to update 'restrictive' timeshare laws

MIAMI, FL - The Bahamas' “restrictive” timeshare laws, which demand a 40 year “right to use”, have caused major brands to shy away from the country, the developer of a popular Cable Beach property telling Tribune Business that such companies were more inclined to target jurisdictions where deeds were the norm.

Bimini expansion is 'like me trying to fit in son's pants'

While welcoming the increased tourist business cteated by Resorts World’s investment, many Bimini residents have expressed serious concern over the project’s size, one saying: “It’s like me trying to fit into my son’s pants.”

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Eight charged in connection with $1m suspected marijuana discovery

EIGHT men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday accused of plotting to import and possess more than $1 million worth of marijuana with the intent to supply.

This kiss of death

Perhaps we have seen too many films or read or watched too much anime, but society has begun to take on a cinematographic approach to life.

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'Good response' to search for new COB president

ONE month after announcing the recruitment phase of the search for a new College of the Bahamas president, the chair of the Advisory Search Committee said she is pleased with the response as the October 31 application deadline draws near.

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Bahamas 'expected to back Call for end to US Cuba embargo'

THE Bahamas is once again expected to support a United Nations resolution calling for the end of the US embargo against Cuba, Cuban Ambassador Ernesto Soberon Guzman said yesterday.

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Ride for Hope a huge success

THIS year’s Ride For Hope was once again a huge success with more than 400 riders cycling across Eleuthera to aid in the fight against cancer.

Supporting loved ones fighting cancer

HOW DO you bring comfort when a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer?

Do you love yourself enough?

How many times have you asked or heard others ask - what is love? Many people actually believe they have some conclusive insight into this often-elusive phenomenon called love.

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Pros get 20-14 win over Jets in season opener

THE rivalry between the Orry J Sands Pros and BaOilCo Jets entered a new chapter as the Commonwealth American Football League delivered a thriller between the two clubs in the season opener.

With playoff win, Hurricanes look to claim their second AFL title

IT was a disappointing regular season for the Holland College Hurricanes. But, with one playoff win, they now have an opportunity to claim their second Atlantic Football League title in school history.

Monday, October 28

BFSB award nominees unveiled

The Nominations Committee for this year’s Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) Excellence Awards has released the names of all nominees submitted to the Blue Ribbon Panel. They are:

Salute to Barracuda swimmers

THE Barracuda Swim Club salutes its swimmers who participated in the open water swim races held recently in New Providence and Abaco.

Grand Bahama students participate in BoldLeaders programme

WASHINGTON, DC – Four student Youth Ambassadors from Grand Bahama visited the Bahamas Embassy in Washington DC yesterday, prior to returning to the Bahamas following participation in a remarkable programme sponsored by the BoldLeaders organisation.

BTVI solar energy course heats up

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) is set to kick its solar training programme into high gear, in a bid to create a Bahamian workforce trained in renewable energy installation.

PM signs agreement for expansion and reopening of Club Med property

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday signed a Heads of Agreement for the expansion and reopening of the Club Med property in San Salvador.

Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce to vote on new Board of Directors this week

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce will this Wednesday vote for its Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 year.

Responding to 'an example to follow'

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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11-year-old's brave battle with leukaemia

D’Quan Brown, an 11-year-old boy who once dreamed of becoming a basketball or track star, has spent the last year partially paralysed in a wheelchair, bravely battling a life-threatening disease.

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Bulldogs and Seminoles take titles

When good pitching stops good hitting, you take a win anywhere you can.

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Police say murder details ‘indicate domestic dispute with Bahamian’

POLICE have no information to suggest that a member or members of the Chinese community were involved in the country’s 88th homicide for the year, The Tribune was told yesterday.

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VIDEO: Ocean Club roof catches fire, tourists evacuated

MORE than 100 tourists were evacuated from the exclusive One and Only Ocean Club at Atlantis on Saturday after the building’s roof caught fire.

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McCartney murder: Police offer reward

POLICE are following a number of “good leads” into the murder of the brother of DNA leader Branville McCartney, but feel a key witness is still holding out.

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VAT uncertainty: Super Value puts $1m expansion 'on hold'

Super Value has put a $1 million expansion of its main Carmichael Road warehouse “on hold” due to the continuing uncertainty over Value-Added Tax (VAT), its president describing the Government’s key tax reform as “terrifying”.

Bimini project: construction workforce only 10-30% Bahamian

The 45-60-strong construction workforce for Resorts World’s Bimini cruise terminal and jetty is expected to have just a 10-30 per cent Bahamian component, the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has revealed.

BNT chief: Is Bimini EIA the new 'modus operandi'?

The Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) president has questioned whether multi-million dollar investment projects will now receive construction permits prior to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultation and approval, asking: “Is this the modus operandi going forward?”

VAT's invoice liability 'accounting nightmare'

The Government has been urged to avoid an “accounting nightmare” and rethink plans to make Value-Added Tax (VAT) registrants liable to pay the tax once a customer is billed.

Landowners lose appeal on Albany road re-route

Seven Bahamian landowners have lost the legal battle for the return of their south-west New Providence properties, the Privy Council ruling that compulsory acquisition by the Government was still in the public interest despite appearing to primarily benefit the $1.3 billion Albany development.

Retail sales 'off terribly' at 10% below expectations

Retail sales are “off terribly from expectations”, a leading merchant telling Tribune Business they were down “at least 10 per cent” from forecast.

Sky awaits approvals for Bimini-US route

Sky Bahamas is awaiting government approvals to begin a Bimini/Fort Lauderdale route and tap into additional traffic to that island, its chief executive telling Tribune Business the airline was already “on the rebound” from a pilot “sick-out” two weeks ago.

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Dr Allen and 'The Family' visit Gambier Village

PSYCHOLOGIST Dr David Allen and the members and stakeholders of “The Family: People Helping People” project made an impromptu visit to the Gambier Village community, the scene of Kurt McCartney’s murder last week.

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Ministerial trade mission to Dubai aims at attracting new capital and investment

THE government says it has moved “one step closer” to attracting much needed new capital and investment to the Bahamas with last week’s trade mission to Dubai.

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Taxi Cab Union staff 'not paid for 16 weeks'

EMPLOYEES of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union claim some of them have not been paid for as many as 16 weeks of work this year.

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Two in hospital after shootings

TWO men are in the hospital after being shot in separate incidents on Saturday.


Claim that govt launched 'direct attack' on the police over shifts

THE government has been accused of launching a “direct attack” on the police over the issue of compensation for officers working 12 hour shifts.

Children's road race after Bay Street Mile

WHILE adult runners will get a chance to compete in the Bay Street Mile earlier in the morning, the newly formed Kids Athletic Academy has designed their own version of a road race for children on Saturday, November 9.

Students speak out in Parkinson's fight

THE HOPE to cure Parkinson’s Disease was re-emphasised yesterday at a speech competition featuring more than a dozen secondary school students hosted by the Kingdor National Parkinson Foundation at the Ministry of Education.

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National Youth Awards

ADRIAN Wildgoose, a College of the Bahamas graduate in Mass Communications, who has been using his talents to promote social consciousness through film, took the top award in the country at this year’s National Youth Awards.

Sunday, October 27

BFSB unveils new chairman

Prince Rahming, senior partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Bahamas, has been elected as the new Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) chairman, replacing Paul Winder.

Double dose of victory for Justin Roberts

JUSTIN Roberts has won his first G4 singles title by defeating 17-year-old Youssef Hassan of Great Britain 7-5, 6-2 at the International Tennis Federation’s G4 Autumn Almere 2013 in the Netherlands.

BTC moves ahead on fast cell technology

BTC’s cellular customers on New Providence are one step closer to enjoying super-fast technology this Christmas as a result of the very first Long Term Evolution (LTE) data call – commonly referred to as an ‘Internet download’ - on the BTC network early this morning.

Veteran broker joins Mario Carey Realty

Chandra Parker, 10-year veteran broker will this week leave the firm where she has been for several years to join Mario Carey Realty.

Support for the 'little man': A political myth

By Rupert Missick Jr

RESULTS: Bahamas Softball Federation 2013 Austin Knowles National High School Softball Tournament

THE results of the Bahamas Softball Federation’s 2013 Austin Knowles National High School Softball Tournament played over the weekend at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex are as follows:

Keith Bell puts his foot in his mouth

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Saturday, October 26

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TEENAGE GIRL DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT

FREEPORT – A teen was killed in a car accident early yesterday morning when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving and crashed into bushes on Coral Road.

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Bahamians face possible death sentence over boat tragedy

TWO Bahamians face possible death sentences after being charged in connection with a boat that capsized off Miami, killing four women.

Friday, October 25

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Atlantis Against Illiteracy

ATLANTIS, Paradise Island has taken its commitment to help eradicate illiteracy in The Bahamas a step further with its Atlantis Against Illiteracy campaign.

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Police Staff Association chairman questions Prime Minister's statement

POLICE Staff Association chairman Dwight Smith is questioning Prime Minister Perry Christie’s statement that he should go through proper channels to resolve the issue of overtime pay for police officers.

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Group hits out at electricity costs on Grand Bahama

FREEPORT – Although the Coalition of Concerned Citizens has called for the immediate reversal of the three cents rate increase imposed by the Grand Bahama Power Company in 2011, officials at the Power Company said the charge has been removed since July 2012.

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Call for student scientists to make their mark

THERE are almost 5,000 students at The College of The Bahamas and they are not merely learners, they are potential problem solvers.

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$2 MILLION DRUG BUST

POLICE yesterday seized 2,000 lbs of marijuana, estimated at $2 million, in Eleuthera and nearby Current Island.

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Death or life imprisonment sentence in five days' time

DEATH or life imprisonment for three men convicted of a policeman’s murder will be decided by Justice Roy Jones in five days time.

TOUGH CALL: The Bimini conundrum

ALICE TOWN, North Bimini – Sipping anejo on ice in the outdoor bar of the Big Game Club here you can watch triple-decker tenders ferry hundreds of passengers from the big red cruise ship anchored offshore to the brand new casino and beach club at Bimini Bay just up the harbour.

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Lleyton Hewitt 'has fallen in love with the Bahamas'

SINCE he was first introduced to the Bahamas by retired professional touring tennis player Mark Knowles, Lleyton Hewitt said he has fallen in love with the Bahamas.

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Bran's brother shot dead

KURT McCartney, brother of DNA leader Branville McCartney has been shot dead.

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Nygard wants top scientists on stem cell ethics board

FASHION designer Peter Nygard yesterday urged the government to call on top international scientists to form the ethics board to oversee the stem cell industry.

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Three men catch 'would-be robber' hand him to police

THREE young men who captured a would-be robber on Churchill Street on Wednesday evening said they had “enough” of their community being terrorised by criminals.

Non-profits urged to 'fight crippling' VAT

Bahamian non-profit organisations were yesterday urged to “fight” the Government’s plans to treat them as ‘exempt’ for Value-Added Tax (VAT) purposes, the president of one warning they would all be “crippled” if not ‘zero rated’.

2/3 of Biminites don't want more visitor arrivals

Almost two-thirds of Biminites surveyed for the Resorts World/Genting ferry terminal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) said they did not want an increase in the island’s existing 52,000 annual visitor numbers.

‘Catastrophe’ if $3.3m in conch exports banned

PLACING the Queen Conch on the ‘endangered species list’ could be “catastrophic” for the Bahamas and other Caribbean countries, the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources said yesterday, adding that conch harvesting for local consumption was pumping $6 million annually into this nation’s fisheries sector.

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Bahamas represented at CARICORUM meeting

THE Government of the Bahamas took part in a consultation on the Development of a Strategic Plan for the entry of CARICORUM Entertainers in the EU Market.

Touch the heights to live your life

Mark the perfect man. This is what he might look like. He gets up in the morning with a bright and positive outlook on life.

Aircraft refuel costs 40% higher for Exuma

Aircraft refuelling costs in Exuma are still almost 40 per cent higher than for New Providence and Grand Bahama, the Ministry of Tourism’s director-general said, warning that much of the island’s potential profits were being “eaten away” by high costs.

Exuma farming going 'in wrong direction'

AGRICULTURAL production on Exuma is headed in the wrong direction, the island’s Chamber of Commerce president believes, with its ‘agricultural basin’ prone to constant flooding.

Bahamas urged to focus on FDI's 65%

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman yesterday urged the Government to focus on ‘spin-off’ opportunities generated for Bahamian businesses by foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, suggesting these accounted for 65 per cent of their economic activities.

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New LPIA terminal gets its first passenger

At 4.45 am on Wednesday, while most of Nassau slept, a passenger bound for Freeport via a Bahamasair flight walked through the automatic doors of Lynden Pindling International Airport’s (LPIA) new domestic and international terminal and into history, becoming the first person to enter the $83.5 million, 105,000 square foot facility as it went live.

Realtor commission hit to already-high 17.5% purchase costs

A top realtor yesterday expressed concern over Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) potential “negative impact” on the sector, given that it would likely increase transaction costs already equivalent to between 13.5-17.5 per cent of the final purchase price.

Eight to compete for national sculling title

EIGHT competitors from around the country are expected to line up in Treasure Cay, Abaco, next weekend to compete for the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company’s 2013 Sands ‘Man in the Boat’ Sculling National Championship title.

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Despite rain, Stingrays clobber Spanish Wells 11-1

The Bahamas Softball Federation’s Austin Knowles National High School Softball Tournament got started last night at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with the CV Bethel Stingrays overcoming the rain to clobber Spanish Wells 11-1 in the girls’ opener.

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Environmental improvements for Elizabeth

ELIZABETH MP Ryan Pinder continued the Elizabeth Constituency’s environment improvement initiative as he and other constituents planted trees and plants in the area.

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Students all talk at annual High School Speech Competition

AN AUDITORIUM was filled with excitement as an audience listened intently to students presenting on the topic ‘how can we encourage the youth of the Bahamas to become leaders in quality service?’

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MARATHON BAHAMAS SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Arnold Heastie

Central Bank: $705m reserves beat target

The Central Bank of the Bahamas’ governor last night refuted suggestions this nation’s foreign reserve import coverage had reached “critical” levels, saying that at almost $705 million they were ahead of international benchmarks.

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Bran: Laws put Bahamians at disadvantage to foreign investors

FREEPORT – Okyanos Heart Institute plans to begin cardiac stem cell therapy on patients in Grand Bahama in February 2014.

Thursday, October 24

When is something a state secret?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Runners on their marks for big races in the Bahamas

RUNNERS have got it made over the next few months with opportunities to run some big races in the Bahamas.

Barracuda swimmers add names to record books

N’NHYN Fernander and Gershwin Greene are two swimmers from the Barracuda Swim Club whose names were added to the record books last weekend.

Dr Rahming delivers statement at UN General Assembly

DR Elliston Rahming, Bahamas Ambassador to the United Nations, delivered a statement on behalf of the 14 Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly on the topic Globalization and Interdependence.

First National Anti-money Laundering Task Force meeting

THE inaugural meeting of the National Anti-money Laundering Task Force was held on Wednesday at the Office of the Attorney General.

The Surrey/National Stable Issue

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BTC teams with Dunkin' on social media promo

Dunkin’ Donuts and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) have launched a social media Foursquare promotion.

Bahamas at talks on entertainer EU access

The Bahamian government has participated in consultations over how CARICORUM entertainers can enter the European Union (EU) market.

Residents chase after armed robber, grab suspect and hand him to police

Alert residents who witnessed the armed robbery sprang into action and detained the suspect.

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Man shot in head was awaiting murder retrial

A 20-year-old man, awaiting retrial for murder, was the country’s 88th murder victim of the year.

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PM in House row with FNM Deputy

PRIME Minister Perry Christie last night squared off against FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner in an explosive evening session of the House of Assembly.

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No opening for Marsh Harbour Airport this year

THE new Marsh Harbour International Airport will not open this year, Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin confirmed yesterday.

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No casino visit for Bahamians

THE government plans to deal with the discriminatory clauses that prevent Bahamians from gambling in casinos, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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PM Shrugs off police demands

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday shrugged off the demands of the Police Staff Association (PSA) saying that its president Dwight Smith ought to go through the right channels to resolve issues of overtime pay.

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Statistics are 'deeply troubling'

UNEMPLOYMENT in the Bahamas has reached a staggering 16.2 per cent, a figure that the official Opposition claims “is deeply troubling” as it directly relates to the performance of the government and its efforts to create jobs for thousands of Bahamians who are “desperately looking for gainful employment”.

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2,000 pounds of marijuana worth $2 Million seized in police drugs bust

POLICE have made a major drugs bust and arrested four Bahamian men, they said this morning.

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Government is weighing up slavery reparations bid

THE government has formed a focus group to guide deliberations over whether or not to pursue reparations from slavery as part of a Caribbean contingent.

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'Die' Stubbs has a right to live, despite murdering a cop, says his lawyer

STEPHEN “Die” Stubbs has a right to life regardless of a conviction for a policeman’s murder, his lawyer argued yesterday in day two of Stubbs’ Supreme Court sentencing.

'Concern' over jobless rate increase to 16.2%

A senior Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) executive last night said the increased 16.2 per cent unemployment rate was “certainly a concern to us”.

Tax Coalition urges postponement of VAT 'seismic change'

The Chamber of Commerce’s tax coalition has urged the Government to postpone Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) implementation to a date “at least 12 months” from when it releases the draft legislation, in order to give the private sector and consumers time to adjust to “seismic change”.

Bahamas has Caribbean 'low' on import cover

The Bahamas has the “lowest level” of foreign reserve import coverage in the Caribbean, a top Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) economist yesterday describing the situation as “critical”.

Sandals 'took a look' at Baha Mar's Sheraton

Sandals chairman, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, yesterday confirmed that the resort chain had “taken a look” at the Sheraton Cable Beach property, but denied it was taking over the Baha Mar-owned property.

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Bacon files defamation suit against Jones Communications

MEDIA Boss Wendall Jones and his company Jones Communications Limited are expected to be brought before the courts once again, this time to answer a defamation suit filed by Lyford Cay billionaire Louis Bacon.

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PM urges Band of the Bahamas to expand in Family Islands

PRIME Minister Perry Christie urged the leadership of BOB (Bank of The Bahamas Limited) to consider further expansion into the Family Islands in the very near future.

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Gibson seeks laws for worker relations

LEGISLATION allowing for a council that would create a more harmonious relationship among labour unions, employers and the government will be passed “in short order,” Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday.

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Abaco MP defends developer ordered to cease and desist - yet still working

NORTH Abaco MP Renardo Curry yesterday threw his support behind development underway at the site of a proposed Treasure Cay fishing lodge.

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Get in shape at Big Blue Fitness Club

What do Alexya Young and Kirk Bullard have in common?

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'I know that Wannah is excited to get on the floor'

OFFICIALLY granted an NCAA transfer waiver last week, an ailing knee injury is the only obstacle left in Wannah Bail’s path to a 2013 debut for the UCLA Bruins.

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Football season in Bahamas just days away from kickoff

Football season in the Bahamas is just days away from kickoff as teams begin their trek toward the 2014 Boil Fish Bowl.

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Companies fearing VAT 'cash flow nightmare'

Bahamian businesses yesterday expressed fears that Value-Added Tax (VAT) will cause “a cash flow nightmare”, warning that they would have to use “profits and working capital” to cover tax payments on sales they never receive.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Master your graphic craft

Are all graphic designers, Logo Designers? If you are a graphic designer, does that mean you are automatically a logo designer as well?

Exuma visitor arrivals up 6%

Visitors arrivals to Exuma are up roughly six per cent year-to-date over 2012, the Ministry of Tourism’s director-general telling the Exuma Business Outlook that the island was experiencing “reasonable growth” with the exception of a 5 per cent drop in sea arrivals.

85% food import bill 'untenable'

The Bahamas imports 85 per cent of the food products it consumes, the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources yesterday branding this asituation “untenable”.

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Students showcase talents

STUDENT participants in this year’s E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival showcased their talents at the Shirley Street theatre yesterday.

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Honour for Ray on TK Records Day

WHEN October 12 was proclaimed TK Records Day in Hialeah, Florida, to honour legendary founder of the label, Henry Stone, Bahamian Raphael “Ray” Munnings, of Funky Nassau fame, was also given a Certificate of Appreciation by City Mayor Carlos Hernandez.

Gaming referendum consultancy work cost $351,849

PRIME Minister Perry Christie revealed in the House of Assembly last night that the total cost of the consultancy work on the Gaming Referendum was some $351,849 - and not the millions that had been hinted at by the Official Opposition.

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'I have confidence in keith bell - but I chose to take on national security role'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie says he has the right to determine who should serve in any government Ministry in the event that its Minister is absent.

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English in the park

ON any given day during the semester, Independence Park, a gathering spot at the centre of The College of The Bahamas’ Oakes Field Campus, is a beehive of activity.

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Students receive cash rewards for their hard work

FIVE students from the National After School Art Programme received monetary rewards at a recent ceremony.

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BNT concern over Bimini plan

RESORTS World Bimini’s proposal to construct an artificial island atop a live reef in Bimini and the extensive dredging needed to create a jetty to accommodate the company’s five-story cruise ship will cause irreparable and continuing damage to the marine environment of that island, the Bahamas National Trust said yesterday.

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'Thank you' luncheon for former world No.1

AFTER being a part of the community as a resident of Fort Bay since 2009, Lleyton Hewitt said he was delighted to carry a part of the Bahamas with him on the International Tennis Federation’s tour.

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Hield chosen to represent the Sooners on media day

INDICATIVE of his new leadership role, sophomore guard Buddy Hield was one of three members of the Oklahoma Sooners programme chosen to represent the team when the Big 12 conference hosted media day.

Proceeds of drug trafficking

The Tribune headline on the September 16, 2013; “US Loses $14m drug case ruling” has prompted me to write yet again about our failure to enforce the provisions of chapter 86 of the statute laws of The Bahamas.

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Government allowed contracts to expire to allow assessments

THE Government allowed certain contracts to expire with a view to assess whether those persons should serve in other capacities, said Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday.

Ordinary Bahamians will 'own' the VAT

VAT stands for ‘Value Added Tax’. VAT is a ‘tax on consumption’, levied by the national government. VAT is levied on most goods and services provided by registered businesses.

Wednesday, October 23

The benefits of Choosing your words wisely

Proverbs 15: 1
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger”

Court plumbing issue fixed

BUSINESS is expected to continue as usual today at the magistrates’ court complex after a plumbing issue that caused sewage back-up over the past two days was fixed.

Banker's Bowling League season opens tonight

THE Banker’s Bowling League is all set to officially open its 2013 season tonight at Mario’s Bowling & Entertainment Palace.

Harbour Island, Key West become 'sister cities'

HARBOUR Island and Key West in Florida have become ‘sister cities’ in order to make the most of events and opportunities for the two.

CORRECTION

IN Wednesday’s edition of The Tribune, it was reported that 49-year-old Joseph Andrew Foulkes, of Yamacraw Hill Road, was represented by Roger Gomez II in a bail hearing before Justice Vera Watkins.

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New exhibit celebrates Cuba-Bahamas cultural exchange

IN ADDITION to showcasing Bahamian art, celebrating the work of artists in the Caribbean and across regional borders has always been an objective of Hillside House Studio and Gallery.

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Another delay in murder sentencing

NO SENTENCE was handed down yesterday in the case of three men convicted of a policeman’s murder as questioning the contents of their probation and psychiatric reports lasted the entire court day.

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Suspect granted bail in rape case

A 49-year-old man accused of the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl was granted bail in the Supreme Court yesterday with a warning that he was not to contact the teenager or interfere in any way with her or the witnesses. His trial was tentatively set for December 10.

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Man killed in shooting

A SHOOTING has left a man dead in Yamacraw Beach Estates.

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Accused deny car thefts

FOUR suspects pleaded not guilty when they appeared in Magistrates Court yesterday accused of being involved in a series of car thefts where Honda modelled cars were targeted.

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Work continues despite cease and desist order

TEMPERS mount in Abaco as residents and environmental agencies level frustrations over continued dredging by developers against a government order.

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Gibson: We will not be threatened by union

LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said the government will not sit idly by and allow itself to be threatened by the President of the Customs Union.

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Government investigates flesh-eating bacteria

THE government is concerned about the possibility of a flesh eating bacteria thriving in Bahamian waters, said Marine Resources Minister V Alfred Gray yesterday.

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Claim that man had shares in company given contracts

AN executive at the National Insurance Board in Freeport was fired following allegations that he was assigning contracts to a company in which he owned shares to provide services in Freeport and Abaco.

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Details confirmed in attorney's letter

More than $856,000 belonging to convicted serial killer, Sante Kimes, and her late husband was stashed in Gulf Union Bank (Bahamas) when it collapsed in the late 1990s, Tribune Business can reveal.

Developer demands justice over $1m club demolition

An entrepreneur yesterday slammed the Bimini Bay Resort’s original developers for demolishing his $1 million Beach Club investment, and said: “This would never, ever be tolerated anywhere else in the world.”

Contractors aim to end 'guessing game'

Many small contractors lack the administrative skills to execute a construction contract, the Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president said yesterday, adding that this led many to incorrectly value project costs.

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BIFF poster unveiled

THIS year’s poster for the Bahamas International Film Festival has been unveiled.

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Miss Cultural Bahamas will be crowned Sunday

A NEW ‘Miss Cultural Bahamas’ will be crowned at the Rainforest Theatre on Sunday.

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Two armed robberies investigated

POLICE need the public’s help in solving two armed robberies that occurred overnight in the Mackey Street and Solider Road areas.

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Pamela Poitier leading Cat Island acting classes

PAMELA Poitier, daughter of Oscar-winning actor Sir Sidney Poitier, is working toward cultivating more great actors in Cat Island.

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World War II veterans help launch Remembrance Day events

NINE Bahamian veterans of World War Two gathered at Police Headquarters to officially launch and promote the 2013 Remembrance Day activities to be hosted by the British Legion Bahamas Branch.

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BTC confirms part-time worker cutbacks

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company yesterday confirmed it has downsized the number of temporary part-time workers at flagship stores.

GB Shipyard apprentices help upgrade schools

APPRENTICES from Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) donated their time and services to upgrading schools in West Grand Bahama.

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Education for lay persons and clergy on Synod agenda

ANGLICANS will discuss establishing a programme so lay persons and clergyman can further their religious education during this week’s annual Synod.

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Jackie Conyers volleyball camp gets underway

THE husband and wife team of Del and Arlene Hughes are back from Atlanta, Georgia, for their ninth appearance at the Jackie Conyers Back to Basics Volleyball Camp.

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3rd CAZOVA Youth Girls Volleyball Championships set for Dec. 4-9

THE third CAZOVA Youth Girls Volleyball Championships that was postponed in August is now scheduled to be held December 4-9 in Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago.

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Valentino looks to continue his winning streak

After waiting for nine months since he made his professional debut, Valentino Knowles is now gearing up to step back in the ring.

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New talent to step out at Fash|Art 2013

Fash|Art, one of the biggest fashion and art events on the local entertainment calendar, is just one week away. Organisers promise, the year’s event will be bigger and better.

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Amateur artists embrace their elders at NAGB exhibit

THE NATIONAL Art Gallery of the Bahamas hosted its fourth annual All-Start Amateur Artist (AAA) event on Sunday.

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Artists capture 'essence of the Bahamas' for domestic terminal

IT WAS long road to walk for three Bahamian artists who were tasked with the responsibility of creating artwork for the domestic and international departures terminal of the Lynden Pindling International Airport almost three years ago.

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Endorsement deal signals major turn for teenage artist

SECURING the contract to become the face of Cable Bahamas was a major milestone in the life of Bahamian teen sensation Angelique Sabrina. She joins the ranks of Bahamian Olympians, who have previously secured endorsement contracts from corporate Bahamas.

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Nassau Palm buyer targeting Hilton

The investors behind the Nassau Palm’s purchase have submitted a multi-million dollar offer to buy the nearby British Colonial Hilton, Tribune Business can reveal.

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$13m campaign targeting 30k Asian visitors

A $13 million independent Bahamas tourism marketing campaign targeting the Asian travel market could net 30,000 visitors within the next three years, its developers said yesterday,

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Trading up with your fundraising

I do not watch much TV, but if something catches my interest I will watch a bit of it from time to time.

Sports in brief

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association continued its 2013 Volleyball League at the Anatol Rogers High School on Monday.

School dismissed early over fumes concern

FUMES that “smelled like diesel” caused the early dismissal of AF Adderley Junior High School yesterday.

Ya Hear?

• Ya hear Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to tie the knot? Social media was buzzing as news broke of the couple’s engagement.

Tuesday, October 22

Team Bahamas off to rough start

TOUGH LOSS: The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s team to the GSDF Team Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, got off to a rough start on Monday. The boys’ team of Dante Armbrister (far left) and Kofi Bowe lost 1-2 to Bermuda, while the girls, Sydney Clarke and Elena Mackey (far right), were blanked 3-0 by Guatemala. The team is being coached by BLTA junior coordinator Larika Russell (centre).

BEC apology over power outage

BEC officials apologised yesterday after power services were disconnected for three hours when several of their units “tripped offline” around 5.30pm on Monday.

National Trust 'gravely worried' on Bimini plan

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) yesterday said Resorts World’s Bimini cruise ship terminal plan would “cause irreparable and continuing damage to the marine environment” if approved in its current form.

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POLL: Voters say auto rickshaws ARE viable alternative to surrey horses

Auto rickshaws ARE a viable alternative to surrey horses in Nassau, according to voters in The Tribune online poll.

Press should represent public at hearings

GOVERNMENT IS making a big mistake by sanctioning a closed door hearing of the five marines in the Cuban detainees beating case.

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Paint Da Streets Pink raises funds for breast cancer support

Paint Da Streets Pink, the breast cancer awareness event hosted by the Rotaract Club of South East Nassau Centennial, attracted scores of cancer survivors and supporters over the weekend.

Are you supporting or sabotaging yourself?

We are often so weighed down by our challenges we hobble through life hunched over, holding a foggy outlook. Even when presented with opportunities in which to shift towards more clarity, we fearfully opt to remain in that familiar state of pain.

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Iris Adderley: Tireless advocate for people with disabilities

SINCE healing from a life altering event Bahamian Iris Adderley has been on a quest to make sure people with disabilities have equal rights in the Bahamas.

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Four to face court over car thefts

FOUR people are expected to be charged before the courts today for their alleged involvement in a countrywide car theft ring, authorities have confirmed.

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Death sentence an option in Kofhe Goodman case

A DEATH sentence, life imprisonment, and a 15-year prison term were the punishments Justice Bernard Turner was asked by counsel to consider yesterday in the sentencing of Kofhe Goodman for the murder of Marco Archer.

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Birbal jury list error forces mistrial

A MISTRIAL yesterday was the result of a “misrepresentation” to a judge that all of the jurors sworn to fairly hear and try Andre Birbal’s unnatural sex case were on this year’s official jury list.

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Abaco anger over fishing lodge work

THE government yesterday denied that it fast-tracked approvals for a North Abaco hotel and fishing lodge after developers began dredging without environmental permits.

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Surrey horse struck by car and injured

PASSERS-BY were upset by the horse and carriage industry after a surrey horse collided with a car yesterday.

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Butler’s vow over future of company

SKY Bahamas CEO Captain Randy Butler says he will not allow a competition-led union, the Bahamian Pilots Alliance (BPA), to influence how he runs his company amid a restructuring exercise expected to lay-off dozens of non technical employees.

Sky Bahamas pledge: 'We will survive'

Sky Bahamas’ chief executive yesterday pledged that the airline would survive, even as it had to contend with more staff lay-offs and a trade dispute filed against it.

Casinos target 20,000 job boost via reforms

The Bahamas could enjoy “anywhere from a 25-30 per cent increase” in stopover visitors by passing the casino gaming reforms currently before Parliament, and create more than 20,000 new jobs.

Satellite Bahamas 'earned $8.8m via signal piracy'

Satellite Bahamas received almost $8.8 million in revenues through its allegedly fraudulent scheme to ‘pirate’ the signal of the US’ largest satellite broadcaster.

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Good response for first level 1 coaching course in Bahamas

PRESIDENT Curtis Pride said his Bahamas Track and Field Coaches Association is thrilled by the response they have received so far for the first United States Association of Track and Field Level One Coaching, Training and Certification Course to be held in the Bahamas.

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Rahming and Bullard shine with the Eagles

AS the regular season winds down for the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Eagles football team, Bahamian players continue to excel on both sides of the ball for the small Presbyterian college prep school in Rabun County, Georgia.

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DC Pratt wins IKF East Coast Championship

DC Pratt achieved the biggest highlight of his budding amateur Muay Thai career thus far when he won the IKF East Coast Championship on Sunday, October 20.

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All White Cocktail Extravaganza

THE Golden Gates Scholarship Fund Committee held an ‘All White Cocktail Extravaganza’ to raise money for tertiary education for deserving individuals in the Golden Gates constituency.

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Norma Headley Drive sign unveiled

FREEPORT – Signage for the new Norma Headley Drive was officially unveiled on Monday at the newly constructed roundabout at West Atlantic Drive.

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Remembrance Day poppies launched

REMEMBRANCE Day poppies were launched at Government House yesterday to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.

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Man shot in attempted armed robbery

FREEPORT – A man was shot at a local establishment in the Freeport area during an attempted armed robbery early Monday morning.

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Four charged with armed robbery

FREEPORT – Four Grand Bahama men were charged with armed robbery in the Freeport Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

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Minister hails efforts of officials

MINISTER of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson opened the Public Service Week Exhibition by hailing the efforts and achievements of former ministers, chairmen, permanent secretaries and senior government officials.

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Red Ribbon Ball's 20th anniversary

THE Annual Red Ribbon Ball will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, with organisers promising prizes ranging from a $10,000 shopping spree to five round-trip tickets to destinations around the world.

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Minister encourages sustainable food

ENCOURAGING Bahamians to support sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition is the government’s agenda to take a natural approach to nurturing a healthy nation.

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Bringing attention to Sight Awareness Month

IF YOU had to go through your daily routine of getting up, getting dressed, going to work, or taking care of your household duties without being able to see, you might realise just how important it is to protect your eyes.

Rewarding 'bad' behaviour

In the neoliberal reality of late capitalism, we are programmed to expect self-fulfillment through materialism.

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Speed Week targeting 'break even' for 2013

Bahamas Speed Week Revival investors say this year’s event should inject $400,000-$500,000 into the economy and generate 700-800 room nights, with its president revealing they are hoping to “break even after not taking a salary in three years”.

'Pretty excited' about Oceania heights solution

A key player in the bitter Oceania Heights dispute yesterday expressed hope that agreement had been reached to finally “turn this ship around” and resolve it, with the ultimate objective being to “bring back some of the value lost”.

How to combat 'kickbacks': Do nothing and let pot boil

Let me tread very carefully here so as not to offend anyone; any company, government or culture etc....

Gov'ts medium term VAT focus 'a farce'

The Government’s focus on Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) ‘medium-term benefits’ was yesterday described as “a farce”, with the private sector and consumers more concerned with what happens on July 1, 2014.

Auto dealers 'ecstatic' over low sulphur fuel

Bahamian auto dealers said yesterday they were “ecstatic” that ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD) was finally being offered in this market, one stating that this nation had been running “first world vehicles on third world fuel” for far too long.

Fashion for the cause

THE DOCTORS Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation Scholarship Programme hosted a lunch hour fashion show at Lucianos of Chicago last week to raise money for the scholarship fund.

Ship captain may be charged

A BAHAMIAN may soon face smuggling charges in the United States after the ship he allegedly captained capsized off the coast of Miami, resulting in the death of four of the 15 people on board.

Bay Street Mile set to make return November 9

WITH some of the cross country competitions on the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ calendar in jeopardy, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches has decided to revive the once popular Bay Street Mile for local distance runners.

Reward offered to find missing Turks

A TURKISH family is offering a $100,000 reward for any information that leads to the return of their loved ones who disappeared on a failed human smuggling operation into the United States in March of 2012.

Monday, October 21

Fidelity boosts online banking security defence

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) yesterday announced that it is introducing more robust security features to protect online banking clients against the rising trend of fraud.

Bimini developer touts $600k local supply spend

Resorts World Bimini (RWB) says it has this year to-date paid more than $600,000 to vendors on the island for goods and services, ranging from entertainment to housing, food and beverage, transportation and event coordination.

Schooner Bay planners win top architect award

Schooner Bay Village’s town planners and architects, DPZ & Co, have been awarded an Addison Mizner Medal for excellence in Urbanism through their works in classical and traditional architecture.

BFSB awards panel holds first meeting

The Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) Blue Ribbon Panel, appointed for this year’s Industry Excellence Awards, has held its first meeting to consider the nominations.

Joyann Ferguson-Pratt confirmed as Chief Magistrate

JOYANN Ferguson-Pratt was confirmed as Chief Magistrate yesterday.

More manpower for police

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Realtor boosts its Nassau sales team

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty has boosted its Nassau sales team by two, its president has announced.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The need for prison reform

THIS week’s Parliamentary debate and moving of the Correctional Services Bill was not only long overdue, but with a dose of political will (which has unfortunately been lacking), could potentially lead to much needed reforms of the prison system and result in infrastructural upgrades. That is, if the Government is really serious about prison reform.

Eatin' piece of da pie: Second home ownership

For a country that abhors idolatry on the basis of its Christian faith we certainly do have a lot of sacred cows.

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Police officers waiting for answers over compensation

POLICE officers await feedback from the Ministries of Finance and Labour over compensation for officers on extended work shifts.

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Police seize ten firearms

Police staged several successful operations this weekend, with more than 100 motorists cited for traffic vocations, and ten firearms taken off the street. At least seven people were arrested for various criminal offenses.

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Ten pilots lose jobs in Sky Bahamas overhaul

TEN Sky Bahamas pilots and several temporary workers have been terminated as the airline overhauls operations to fight for survival.

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Halkitis says contracts had expired

THE opposition Free National Movement is claiming that “mass firings” have taken place at the Ministry of Finance.

Broker 'wished $11m fraud to succeed'

A Bahamian broker/dealer allegedly “wished to bring about and make succeed” an $11 million stock fraud, US regulators have claimed.

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$45m PHA offering in Gov't approval delay

The $45 million Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) bond issue has been postponed for one week to allow time for government approval, Tribune Business can reveal.

Esso seeks competitive edge through new fuel

ESSO (Bahamas) is looking to establish a competitive edge over its wholesale rivals being the first to offer ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel in this market, its country manager stating this was the first of several “new and innovative” offerings it would unveil.

BEC profit margins 'wiped out' in 2010

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) profit margins had been wiped out as far back as 2010, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has revealed.

John Watlings rum 'bombarded' with worldwide offers

John Watlings Distillery is being “bombarded” by international distributors wanting to sell its high-end rum brand overseas, with its principals telling Tribune Business that per head visitor spend is “significantly” ahead of projections.

IDB study shows VAT 'positive' for jobs, growth

An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study has shown that Value-Added Tax (VAT) will have a “positive” impact on the Bahamian economy’s growth and employment prospects in the medium-term, a senior official said last night.

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Demetrius making a name for himself

THE St Francis Xavier X-Men have struggled in the Canadian Inter-University sport standings recently, but Demetrius Ferguson continues to emerge as a top flight defensive back in the league.

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Carl Hield misses out on medal

Carl Hield’s appearance at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is over. On Sunday, Hield gave it his best shot but suffered a 30-27 hometown decision to fourth seed Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan in the 69 kilo-class division.

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Stage set for BSF National Round Robin and Championship series

THE stage is now set for the Bahamas Softball Federation’s 2013 National Round Robin and Championship series.

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'Volleying for the cure'

THE local volleyball community came together Friday night to support October’s breast cancer awareness campaign at the DW Davis Gymnasium with the inaugural “Volley For the Cure.”

New $83.5m LPIA terminal to be Caribbean hub

The new $83.5 million terminal, which marks the final stage of Lynden Pindling International Airport’s (LPIA) redevelopment, will serve as the “connecting hub” for access to the Caribbean, the Nassau Airport Development Company’s chief executive has confirmed.

Exuma urged to increase boater revenue five-fold

Potential revenues from visiting boaters remain relatively “untapped” by the Exuma mainland, a former Chamber of Commerce president on the island estimating that “five times” the current intake could be realised if the segment was served properly.

Doctors Hospital wins case that sparked procedure review

A nurse whose firing triggered an “organization-wide review of procedures” by BISX-listed Doctors Hospital has seen the Court of Appeal back the rejection of her wrongful dismissal claim.

YOUR SAY: A new Bahamas

I BELIEVE in open, honest government, where we hold our leaders accountable. I believe in putting the national interests over the special interests. I believe in putting principle above politics. I believe in putting people over profit. The bottom line: I believe we can do better. I believe we must do better. And if the system is broken... fix it.”

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Minister urges entrepreneurs to take advantage of opportunities

MINISTER of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government V Alfred Gray sang the praises of the country’s existing co-operatives and encouraged entrepreneurs to consider them as business opportunities in the future.

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'We should listen to older people'

FREEPORT – Minister for Social Services Melanie Griffin said the majority of senior citizens in the Bahamas are capable of expressing themselves and should be allowed to do so – particularly on matters that affect them.

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Heart Institute hosts seminar for business community

FREEPORT – The Okyanos Heart Institute, slated to begin operating on Grand Bahama in early 2014, has already begun to make an impact within the local community.

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Famous faces for Bahamas debut of Tubular Bells for Schools

IT WAS the album that launched Virgin Records 40 years ago in 1973 and sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.

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'Push for policy' is the cry at event for Bahamian youth

“PUSH for policy!” was the chant of a large group of young people who got together at the British Colonial Hilton for two days to talk about the things they want to see become law.

'UWC Triathlon Bahamas' set for Clifton Heritage Park November 3

OVER 40 years of community service to Bahamian students for one leading international non-governmental organisation will be celebrated simultaneously with their signature fundraising effort of the year.

Sunday, October 20

No money for Government House receptions?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PM urges bank over Out Island expansion

The Prime Minister has urged Bank of the Bahamas International (BOB) to consider further expansion into the Family Islands in the near future. He made this request while speaking at the bank’s 25th anniversary reception at the Balmoral Club on Friday evening.

Stem cell institute stages info seminar

The Okyanos Heart Institute will tomorrow host an educational seminar on the proposed cardiac stem cell therapy that it plans to use in treating patients with coronary heart disease.

Saturday, October 19

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MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS GRANDMOTHER

A GRANDSON was arraigned in the magistrates’ court yesterday charged with murdering his 74-year-old grandmother.

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PM: Negotiations may have played role in Cable & Wireless CEO’s resignation

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has suggested that negotiations between the Government and BTC’s parent company Cable and Wireless Communications over shares could have played a role in CWC’s CEO tendering his resignation.

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Kofhe Goodman’s attorney slams latest sentencing delay

A “DISGRACEFUL state of affairs” is what Kofhe Goodman’s attorney dubbed the late servicing of the psychiatric report to the Supreme Court that has delayed his client’s sentencing a second time.

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BAHAMIAN DEATH BOAT CAPTAIN IS ARRESTED

A BAHAMIAN boat captain illegally entered the United States and tried to smuggle a group of people into the country.

Friday, October 18

The Bahamas, the richest slave in town

LAWYERS, retained by CARICOM to make a case on behalf of the Caribbean community for compensation from Britain for the scars left on their islands by the 18th century transatlantic slave trade, have invited Bahamians to add their voices to the compensation fight.

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Jury hears day one of sex case

THE first day of Andre Birbal’s unnatural sex case was an emotional one for the 24-year-old alleged victim who told the jury that he didn’t want to return, having recalled the alleged sexual encounters with his former teacher a second time.

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Death penalty still an option

THE death penalty will still be considered for three men convicted of a policeman’s murder even though the prosecution did not comply with practice directions to serve them notice of that intent, a Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday.

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Pitch your tourism idea

THE government will extend an invitation for Bahamians to pitch new tourism products to the cruise industry next month, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday.

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Bacteria victim calls on ministry to ‘take notice’

THE AMERICAN tourist who claims he caught a deadly bacteria while vacationing in the Bahamas, is urging the Ministry of Health in the Bahamas to “take notice” of what happened to him.

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Celebrations for latest phase of airport opening

SCORES of dignitaries, executives and locals gathered last night to celebrate the completion and grand opening of the Domestic Arrivals, Departures and International Arrivals Terminal of the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

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PM talks of change for Bahamasair

PRIME Minister Perry Christie says he wants Bahamasair to be operated similarly to the Nassau Airport Development Company(NAD) because such a move would be economically best for the country.

Lawyers want Bahamians to help determine slavery impact

BAHAMIANS could help determine the “current impact” of slavery on the nation as part of the effort to get slavery reparations from European countries.

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Man held as more than 20 cars seized

POLICE are investigating several Road Traffic Department employees and insurance companies in connection with a massive nationwide car theft ring.

Downtown shops ready to fight cay retail plans

THE Downtown Nassau Partnership would strenuously oppose the development of a retail alternative for cruise ship passengers at Blackbeard’s Cay, a senior officer warned yesterday.

'Frustrated' waste energy group offers $3.7bn boost

A waste-to-energy developer proposing a solution that could give the Bahamas a $3.7 billion return over 10 years yesterday said separating the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfill from BEC reform was “the wrong way to go”.

Concerns over Polymers trade benefit 'erosion'

The Bahamas has expressed concern over “the erosion of US trade preferences” for its polystyrene industry, largely Polymers International, despite

Tipping fees cover just 1/6th of landfill costs

Tipping fees at the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfill failed to cover even one-sixth of the facility’s $6.491 million operating costs during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, it has been revealed.

Ex-February Point staff seek answers over $380k 'owing'

Terminated employees yesterday blasted Exuma’s February Point development for keeping them in the dark over when they would be paid an estimated $380,000 in due severance pay and salaries, as the island’s MP admitted he was “very concerned”.

Missing property taxes over $1/2bn

Almost $95 million in real property taxes went uncollected during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, taking the total sum outstanding to what the Auditor-General described as an “exorbitant” $541.886 million.

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Bahamas could become leader in aircraft registry

WITH the Bahamas moving closer to enhancing its existing aircraft registry to meet or exceed standards of successful offshore registries, a vocal proponent of creating a Bahamas international aircraft registry congratulated government on “moving so quickly and deliberately” on both the registry and action to safeguard FAA approval of the nation’s air safety ratings.

Reparations owed from slave horror

I read The Tribune’s story on Saturday, October 12, captioned “Bahamas Suing UK over Slavery” with some amusement and subsequently wrote a friend a note suggesting, inter alia, that “Most Bahamians will not consider this important but that is simply because we have generally run away from the whole horrific experience of slavery and the apartheid state of the colony of the Bahamas for the more than a century following the abolition of the business of slavery in the British Empire.

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Sports in brief

WALTIEA Rolle was named ZBL Player of the Week on Eurobasket.com.

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'Volley For the Cure' at DW Davis tonight

THE Johnson’s Lady Truckers Cherrybombs have joined the fight as ardent supporters of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and are all set to host their inaugural “Volley For the Cure” at the DW Davis Gymnasium tonight.

Bahamas set to beat $14m revenue goal from sports tourism

REVENUES generated from sports tourism this year could be much more than the initial projections of $14 million, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday.


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Doctor's hospital fashion show

LUCIANO’S of Chicago was the venue for the Doctor’s Hospital Fashion Show on Wednesday afternoon.

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Deputy PM voices senior citizens concern

THE decline of the extended family in the Bahamas has led to more and more senior citizens being abandoned in their years of need, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis said.

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Shamar gets all-expense paid athletic scholarship

Shamar Burrows, arguably the best junior boy point guard in the country today, will be packing his bags and taking his talent to Ridley College, one of the best traditional private boarding and day university-preparatory schools in St Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

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Minister pledges financial support for performance

AS producers struggle to shoulder the cost of re-staging “The Legend of Sammie Swain” earlier this month, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe yesterday pledged financial support for an encore performance.

PM's wife visits children's home

FREEPORT – Bernadette Christie, wife of Prime Minister Perry Christie, visited the Grand Bahama Children’s Home yesterday.

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Conchservation message taken to Grand Bahama

THE CONCHSERVATION campaign has brought the My Science! My Conch! project to Grand Bahama to help students learn about the Queen Conch.

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Doodles of the famous raise funds for children

LUCAYA international baccalaureate students Cassie Haddad, Katie Hindley and Imani Sterling are finalising the framing of the ‘doodles’ they have collected from various well known Bahamians and famous ex-patriots with Bahamian connections.

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Sixth man in court in connection with drug seizure

A SIXTH man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the $2.3 million marijuana seizure on a highway in Grand Bahama ten days ago.

Six held over capsized boat

Six people on a boat that capsized in waters off Miami now face federal charges.

Thursday, October 17

Art of Giving hosting cook off

IN CELEBRATION of their third anniversary, the Art of Giving is hosting its first annual traditional conch chowder cook off on Saturday, November 2.

BTC owner announces new chief executive

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) majority shareholder yesterday unveiled Phil Bentley as its new chief executive, succeeding Tony Rice with effect from January 1, 2014 2014. He will also succeed Mr Rice as BTC’s Board chairman on the same date.

TOUGH CALL: The Americas that might have been

Counterfactual history is an attempt to answer hypothetical questions by considering what would have happened if certain key historical events had not occurred.

What if the moon were made of cheese?

IN his column on page 18 of today’s edition, Larry Smith writes about what is today called “counterfactual history”— as he explains, it is “an attempt to answer hypothetical questions by considering what would have happened if certain key historical events had not occurred”.

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Miller: Don’t turn prison into a hotel

WHILE Parliamentarians debated the Correctional Services Bill 2013, Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller yesterday warned the government not to turn Her Majesty’s Prison into a luxury hotel.

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'Police officers should put country first'

POLICE officers should put the good of the country above their own interests and give full support to the new 12-hour work shift policy, a group of pastors said yesterday.

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PM: I didn't order FNM to pay for reception

PRIME Minister Perry Christie denied yesterday that he instructed Government House to charge the FNM for a reception following the appointment of Senator Carl Bethel.

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Birbal denies accusations in unnatural sex case

FORMER art teacher Andre Birbal pleaded not guilty to six counts of unnatural sexual intercourse with an underage boy yesterday before a jury was empanelled and screened to determine their ability to fairly hear and try the case, notwithstanding its publicity.

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Bahamas richest country in Caribbean

THE Bahamas is the richest country in the Caribbean community ranked by gross national income per capita, according to a new report.

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Health staff still silent on victims

WITH health officials yet to admit knowledge of a Bahamian man being treated for a deadly flesh-eating bacteria, two Americans are now claiming to have contracted the salt water borne infection while vacationing in the Bahamas.

Renewables 'unexploited' via paltry $4.6m spend

The Bahamas was yesterday said to have left its abundant renewable energy resources “almost entirely unexploited to date”, with just $4.6 million invested in the sector over the past seven years.

Business deterrent warning over VAT on commercial property

A top realtor has warned the Government that it will discourage more Bahamians from opening their own businesses if it decides to levy Value-Added Tax (VAT) on commercial real estate sales and leases.

Bahamas targeting ‘novel’ fund vehicle

Legislation is being drafted for the creation of a “novel” fund vehicle that could be ‘married’ to the SMART Fund 7 model, the minister of financial services said yesterday.

$6bn project confident 'approval in principle' coming early next week

The developers behind a $6 billion resort project yesterday said they were confident the Prime Minister will “immediately issue an approval in principle” for the development following their meeting on Monday.

FOCOL energy JV non-participant in BEC tender

The power plant joint venture involving FOCOL Holdings and Grand Bahama Power Company’s majority shareholder has decided not to enter the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) bidding process, it was confirmed yesterday.

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Hitmen walk away with title

SOME things are worth waiting for. Just ask Arnette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmen manager Darren Stevens and his ace pitcher Alcott Forbes.

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Carl Hield dominates in the opening round

In his fourth trip to the AIBA World Boxing Championships, Carl Hield opened competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan, with a dominant performance in the opening round.

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Karl McCartney back in CFL action after injury

After seven games on the sideline due to injury, Karl McCartney was finally able to return to the field for the Calgary Stampeders last weekend.

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Ravens, Predators are new champs

The 4th annual Bahamas Flag Football League postseason invitational tournament saw two new champions crowned at the Winton Rugby Field during the National Heroes Day holiday.

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Mitchell: You'll see the second coming before I apologise

FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell says parliamentarians will “see the second coming” before he apologises to East Grand Bahama representative Peter Turnquest over comments recently made in the House of Assembly.

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Killer's appeal attorney to be funded by public

A CONVICT will be appointed an attorney at the public’s expense as he challenges his conviction and life sentence for murdering a fast food restaurant manager after seducing and robbing him.

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Nassau Conference 2013

MINISTER of State for Finance Michael Halkitis gave opening remarks at the Nassau Conference 2013, held at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday.

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Court hears the arguments over death penalty for three murderers

THE question of whether three men convicted of a policeman’s murder had been served notice of the prosecution’s intent to seek the death penalty took up most of what was expected to be a sentencing exercise in Supreme Court yesterday.

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Agricultural school costs triple - but minister says that Bahamian people will afford it

ESTIMATED costs for the proposed Agriculture and Marine Sciences school have tripled as officials work to finalise plans for the vocational institute set to open next year.

Tribune readers speak out over secrecy of Cuban abuse hearings

TRIBUNE readers have criticised the move to block coverage of the Cuban detainee abuse hearings, claiming it gives the impression there is something to hide.

Wednesday, October 16

Ministry revises FATCA agreement 'language'

The Ministry of Financial Services has finalised its proposed revisions to the ‘language’ of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) agreement (IGA) that it hopes to sign with the US Treasury, a Cabinet minister said yesterday, touting this nation as being among the first to issue a tender for the development and implementation of a FATCA reporting system.

ART OF GRAPHIX: The 'Window' on to computer parenting

How much do we really know about Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7? My guess is the negative. But when you turn on your computer, it is nice to think that you are in control.

Will you love me when I am old?

By Rev. Angela C. Bosfield Palacious

Bahamas blog unveils island wedding guide

The 700 Experience, an online travel and lifestyle blog about the Bahamas, yesterday unveiled its latest addition in the shape of a wedding guide.

SCOTT FARRINGTON: If you claim it, then prove it

You will find in my articles that I am straight to the point; no sugar coating, no smoke and mirrors. So here goes

Calvary Deliverance Church 'prophetic conference'

The congregation of Calvary Deliverance Church, East Street South, under the leadership of Senior Pastor James Newry and his wife, Sister Queenie Newry, will host their first “Prophetic Conference” from October 28 to 30.

Claiming victory over worry

By Fr. SEBASTIAN CAMBPELL

Sacred edifice consecrated and rededicated in North Andros

With hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God, members of St. Margaret Parish in Nicholls Town, North Andros rejoiced as their church was consecrated and rededicated on September 29.

Church to host 'Dilly Tree Festival' in the valley

Parishioners, family and friends of St. George’s Anglican Church will kick off the celebration of their 65th Anniversary of Dedication with its first Dilly Tree Festival.

Church groups participate in king of the grill test

Hundreds of persons flocked to Saint James Anglican Parish, Adelaide Village on October 14 to attend the eight annual Father R.F. Anthony Roberts’ King of the Grill Fest.

US policy changes give aircraft registry boost

A prominent aviation attorney has praised the Government for moving swiftly to safeguard the Bahamas’ Category One status with the Federal Aviation Administration, adding that US policy changes could boost this nation’s aircraft registry hopes.

Over 100 Bahamians are introduced to Baha Mar

Baha Mar executives said the two-hour Atlanta Discovery Day Mixer, at which the $2.6 billion project was introduced to more than 100 Bahamians, exceeded their expectations.

Minister opens key conference

Minister of state for finance, Michael Halkitis, gives opening remarks at the Nassau Conference 2013, held at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday. The Nassau Conference is an annual professional development conference presented by the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies in the Bahamas (AIBT), with the Ministry of Financial Services as the lead sponsor.

Co-operation agreement signed with China

AN economic and technical co-operation agreement was signed between the Bahamas and the People’s Republic of China during a special ceremony yesterday in the Committee Room of the House of Assembly.

Bahamian designer selected for top fashion showcase

A Bahamian is among seven designers selected by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) to attend Dominicana Moda (DM2013) in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, from October 21-26, 2013.

Fred Mitchell has advised his critics to 'get a life'

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell’s arrogantly dismissive, often rude manner is certainly a lesson in how not to behave if one wants to win friends and influence people.

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Bahamas 'richest country in the Caribbean community' ranked by income

THE Bahamas is the richest country in the Caribbean community ranked by gross national income per capita, according to a new report.

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4,000-passenger ship to make first Nassau visit

NEW York’s largest cruise ship the Norwegian Breakaway will make its inaugural visit to Nassau tomorrow.

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Sex charges retrial of ex-teacher to go ahead

THE retrial is set to go ahead in the case of Andre Birbal, the Trinidadian and former teacher accused of having sex with two juvenile boys.

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‘Why not Keith Bell to stand in for Dr Nottage?’

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis is questioning why Prime Minister Perry Christie is acting as National Security Minister in the absence of Dr Bernard Nottage.

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Minnis will not pay bill for reception

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis says he “does not care” if he is never invited back to Government House, but he will not pay for a reception held there last week.

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'We should be outraged over hearing secrecy'

BAHAMIANS should be “outraged” that the press have been denied permission to cover the Cuban detainee abuse hearings, FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday.

Police officers 'feeling abused and abandoned' over 12-hour shifts

POLICE officers are feeling abused and abandoned for being forced to work 12-hour shifts without compensation, Police Staff Association (PSA) chairman Dwight Smith told The Tribune yesterday.

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Deadly end to police sting operation

A POLICE sting operation quickly turned deadly yesterday when a shoot out resulted in officers killing a teenager at Yellow Elder Gardens.

Bahamian group part of BEC bid

An all-Bahamian group has partnered with an international utility in submitting a bid for one of the two Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) tenders, Tribune Business can reveal.

Airline counts long-term cost of pilot action

Sky Bahamas chief executive yesterday said the full impact from the weekend ‘sick out’ by many of its pilots will not be known for months, telling Tribune Business the airline was effectively shut down at the worst possible time.

Heritage sites being restored

FREEPORT – Efforts are underway to restore heritage sites in the southern shore communities of Pinder’s Point, Seco Town, Lewis Yard, Hunters, and Mack Town.

$8m Royal Towers upgrades near end

Atlantis is close to completing the $8 million renovations in the Royal Towers, which employed more than 100 Bahamians via the hiring of local contractors.

VAT's $500m wealth redistribution to 'Cause a recession'

The Government’s plans to raise an extra $500 million in annual tax revenues buy 2017 will “definitely cause a recession”, a prominent businessman warned yesterday, as it represents a massive wealth transfer to the public sector.

Trade deficit increases despite 14% export rise

Despite a 14 per cent increase in total exports, the Bahamas’ merchandise trade deficit increased by 5 per cent in 2012 to hit an all-time high of $2.818 billion.

NIB rate increases shot down on Gov't profligacy fears

The National Insurance Board (NIB) has been advised not to increase contribution rates in the short-term, for fear that the extra revenues generated will be wasted on “inappropriate investments and increased administrative costs”.

THE FINANCIAL FOCUS: No logic to debt default gridlock

As I pen this article, the US government is in partial shutdown mode, with some government services closed for business.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Don't let technology dominate your life

A friend of mine always buys the latest gizmos and gadgets to keep him productive.

Fight 'not abandoned' over roads reversal

Members of the Coconut Grove Business League (CGBL) have “not abandoned the fight” and will continue to pursue legal action to reverse the once one-way traffic system on Blue Hill Road and Market Street.

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Bail for man accused of attempted murder

A MAN scheduled to stand trial yesterday for attempted murder was granted $15,000 bail after the trial did not start because key witnesses did not show up.

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Taxi driver must wait for murder trial date

A TAXI driver accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend in her car at a gas station will have to wait five weeks for a trial date.

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Baha Mar open for bookings

GROUPS can now book reservations at Grand Hyatt residences at Baha Mar, senior vice president of external and governmental affairs Robert Sands told The Tribune yesterday. Baha Mar is expected to have its grand opening in December 2014.

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Man to face court over murder of elderly woman

AUTHORITIES yesterday confirmed that a 31-year-old man will be arraigned this week in connection with the murder of an elderly woman who was stabbed to death.

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Art competition recognises two top participants

THE CENTRAL BANK added an honourable mention prize to its art competition in recognition of the “spectacular” work submitted for the exhibition this year.

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All Ceramic Exhibition opens October 24

‘My Flamboyant Teacups and Bowls’ is the theme of ACE 2013, the third biennial All Ceramic Exhibition. As with the two previous shows in the series, ACE 2013 will feature the art of a number of highly creative Bahamians.

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Salus Project presents 'Get Out' art exhibition

THE ARTISTS of the Salus Project will present an exhibition reflecting their interpretation of domestic violence this Thursday.

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Haeven band releases new single, 'Right There'

BAHAMIAN entrepreneur Kendra KayGeni James has expanded her talents from the world of modelling and clothing design into the music world.

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X FACTOR: Top 16 chosen

THE X FACTOR USA staged its second nail biting four chair challenge audition last week, kicking the competition into a new gear.

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Brackettes win NPSA championship, Hitmen walk away with men's title

After getting blown out by 14 runs in game six, the Sigma Brackettes returned the favour, almost shutting out the pennant winning Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks as they pulled off an 11-1 victory to regain the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) ladies’ championship that they last held back in 2009.

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Atlantis completing renovations on Royal Towers

ATLANTIS is close to completing renovations in its most iconic hotel – the Royal Towers – and officials at the mega-resort property couldn’t be happier with the upgrades, which have added more sophistication to the rooms and interior spaces.

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'I'm ready to fight' - Carl Hield to square off with Scotsman today without head gear

AFTER spending the past two weeks in a training camp, Carl Hield said he’s ready to step in the ring today to compete at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Mixing and mingling for a cause

QUANTUM Duty Free and Montblanc hosted a mix and mingle event in aid of Junior Achievement’s ‘Great Potential’ scholarship programme at its Bay Street location.

Caribbean literary conference explores nationhood and identity

IDEAS of nationalism were explored during the West Indian Literature Conference last week at the College of the Bahamas.

Tuesday, October 15

Sports World's 'Go Positive Bahamas Tour' a big success

Sports World, made up of a team of four former professional athletes, led by its president Devon McDonald, traversed through the schools in New Providence and Grand Bahama sharing its message of making the right choices to our young people in their “Go Positive Bahamas Tour.”

Little Pink Party 'a great success'

OCTOBER’S Little Pink Party was deemed a great success by those who attended the shopping party and fundraiser over the weekend.

Port meets National Plan's consultant

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has met with the planning expert drafting the terms of reference for the Bahamas’ National Economic Development Plan (NEDP).

Bahamas enters agreement with Argentina

THE Bahamas is entering into a technical co-operation agreement with Argentina.

23rd annual Wine and Art Festival this Saturday

ON Saturday, October 26, the Bahamas National Trust will open its gates for the 23rd annual Wine and Art Festival. The annual festival features more than 50 talented artists, a selection of more than 60 wines from Bristol Wines and Spirits and a wine and food pairing demonstration sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism’s Culinary Tourism Division.

BORCO donates lunch benches for students

BAHAMAS Oil Refining Company Ltd (BORCO) donated ten lunch benches to the children of the Lewis Yard Primary School, located at the former St Vincent De Paul School site.

Why were Bahamians not told about suing Britain?

MANY Bahamians awoke Saturday morning to have a quiet cup of coffee with The Tribune’s weekend publication — The Big T.

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Symbolic pink bras used in new breast cancer exhibit

BAHAMIAN ARTIST Angelika Wallace-Whitfield is employing an alternative method to the symbolic pink ribbon to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Ex-AG calls for lower VAT rate

A former Attorney General has called on the Government to “consider” implementing Value-Added Tax (VAT) at a lower rate than 15 per cent, warning that consumers would likely have to “bear” increased legal services costs.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The true cost of referendum

MINISTER of National Security Bernard Nottage’s about-face on the cost of January’s national referendum is likely to further contribute to public distrust.

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New Atlantis plan for China

ATLANTIS developer Kerzner International is reportedly partnering with Chinese conglomerate Fosun International to create a new resort experience on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

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Nottage takes medical leave

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage is taking a leave of absence to seek medical attention in the United States. It is unknown when he will return.

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Drainage for Pinewood Gardens would cost $13m

A NEW drainage system at Pinewood Gardens to combat severe flooding in the area could cost the government up to $13 million, according to constituency MP Khaalis Rolle.

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Only one Baha Mar death work-related

BAHA Mar vice president Robert Sands yesterday confirmed that there has been only one construction related death over the course of the $3.4 billion project. While he admitted there have been two deaths, Mr Sands said the first incident was not work-related.

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Sky Bahamas loses $123,000 in weekend sick-out

SKY Bahamas lost more than $123,000 when 12 of the company’s pilots staged a sick out over the weekend, confirmed CEO Captain Randy Butler yesterday.

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Tribune denied permission to attend hearings

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has officially denied The Tribune’s application for permission to cover the ongoing Cuban detainee abuse hearings.

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Three in hospital after early-morning shooting

A SHOOTING in the early hours of yesterday morning left three men in hospital and police on the hunt for the gunman.

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Man shot dead in Grand Bahama

FREEPORT – A man was discovered shot to death in Freeport over the weekend, pushing the murder count to five on Grand Bahama for the year. The victim’s identity has been withheld. Police are still searching for the gunman.

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Family left in shock over killing

A 74-year-old woman died at her home after being stabbed multiple times on Saturday.

Gov't payroll: 'Two-thirds' goes on salary deductions

Around “two-thirds” of the Government’s monthly payroll is eaten up by salary deductions, it has been revealed, in a move to seemingly illustrate why it is so hard to cut public spending.

DIRECTV renews $234k lien demands against Garraway

DIRECTV has renewed its demands for the US courts to impose a lien over $224,000 worth of assets owned by one of Satellite Bahamas’ principals, alleging that he has not denied ‘pirating’ its programming signals.

Manufacturers urged to 'justify' tariff demands

Manufacturers must “justify” any demands they make for protective tariffs, a senior industry executive believes, adding that the Government had included “a lot of these” in its initial World Trade Organisation (WTO) offers.

$14m Bay Street plaza up for sale

The Klonaris brothers have placed their $14 million Bay Street shopping plaza on the market, although a sales price has yet to be fixed.

VAT to 'definitely increase' Bahamian insurance premiums

Value-Added Tax (VAT) will “definitely increase” insurance premiums regardless of the tax treatment applied to the sector, a senior executive warning it will also “squeeze payment” terms throughout the industry.

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No answers yet over deaths of family in house blaze

MORE than three weeks after six relatives were burned to death in a residence on Homestead Street, authorities have yet to complete their investigations.

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Businessman dies aged 83

FUNERAL services for Godfrey Egerton Lightbourn, 83, who died at Doctor’s Hospital on Thursday, October 10th, will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk, Princes Street, on Saturday, October 19, at 10am.

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'Chippie' Chipman leads way in marking National Heroes Day

LIVING legend John “Chippie” Chipman encouraged communities all over the Bahamas to embrace National Heroes Day and make it their own by engaging in activities that will instil national pride in children.

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Worker in hospital after blaze at BEC power station

A FIRE at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s Long Island power station left one employee in hospital and residents on that island without power for hours.

Deputy PM apologises for dirt

EDITOR, The Tribune

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Three held over marijuana finds by police officers

THREE men were taken into police custody in connection with separate marijuana finds over the weekend.

Demitri Knowles hauls in five passes for 79 yards in Hokies' victory

DEMITRI Knowles continues his progression as the top receiver for the now top 25 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies.

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NPSA: Grand finales tonight

THE Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks find themselves right where manager Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby wants them. Now he’s convinced that they will finally close the door on the Sigma Brackettes at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex tonight.

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Mark Knowles Invitational 'to be as exciting as ever'

The 13th Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational is all set to be held at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island November 21-24.

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Sports in brief

THE Baptist Sports Council is scheduled to hold its 2013 Track and Field Classic at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium 10am Saturday. The event will feature all of the categories for boys and girls, including five-and-under, open and master.

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Bahamas set for college football event

Complete Sports Management has joined forces with the Mid-American Conference to create the first of six consecutive Bahamas Bowl division one college football games to be played at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium.

Research the 'beginning of the end' for small business framework

We, a group of local consultants, are finalising a small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) needs analysis survey in New Providence.

Bahamas 'not out of woods yet' over aviation audits

While praising the Government for its efforts in ensuring this nation passed a recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) audit, a leading airline executive says the Bahamas is “not quite out of the woods yet”.

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‘Girl Talk’ event commemorates International Day of the Girl 

THE HAND that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. And since women are usually the one’s nurturing and raring children, they are valuable to the future of any society.

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Entrepreneur shares her knowledge

THROUGH a new monthly newsletter, Bahamian Melisa Hall imparts strategies to help women find their true purpose, create a wealthy life and become successful entrepreneurs.   

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BTVI holds Pink Wednesday

Pink Wednesday was an eventful day at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) as students, staff and faculty teamed up in the fight against breast cancer.

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Home invasion investigated

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama Police are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery in West End in which the culprits stole a firearm and more than $10,000 cash.

Sports World leaves 'Go Positive' message

SPORTS World came from Indianapolis, Indiana, and left its mark on the local Bahamian sporting scene.

Monday, October 14

Sight Awareness Month

IF YOU had to go through your daily routine of getting up, getting dressed, going to work, or taking care of your household without being able to see, you might realise just how important it is to protect your eyes.

Bahamians to gain early viewing of new LPIA terminal

Bahamians will be treated to live entertainment when the long-awaited new terminal that will serve domestic and international flights at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA)opens for a sneak peek on Saturday, October 19 -two days after a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and just before it goes live.

Saturday, October 12

Minister has seen ‘no evidence’ of Bahamian man affected by ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria

HEALTH Minister Perry Gomez said he has heard “the rumour” of a Bahamian man having been infected with a deadly ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria but “no evidence” has been shown to him to prove the reports are true.

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Bahamas suing UK over slavery

THE Bahamas is one of a group of countries in the region suing Britain, Holland and France for slavery compensation payments.

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National Heroes Day formally established

A NEW public holiday was formally established yesterday and, for the first time, this coming Monday will officially be recognised as ‘National Heroes Day.’

Friday, October 11

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Lady Sharks force Game 6

The pennant winning Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks came up with one explosive offensive inning in the fifth and they got two great defensive efforts in the sixth and seventh as they held off the Sigma Brackettes to cut the New Providence Softball Association women’s best-of-seven championship series to 3-2.

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BUT president calls for Fitzgerald to resign

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson is calling for Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald to resign for choosing to go ahead with the decision to cut the salaries of teachers who participated in a sit-out on September 9th.

At least two Chinese workers dead at Baha Mar

AT LEAST two Chinese workers have died at the Baha Mar construction site since its groundbreaking in 2011, Works Minister Brave Davis said yesterday.

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Williams withdraws supreme court case

AN ALLEGED contributor to a local blog yesterday withdrew his application in the Supreme Court to have a Lyford Cay billionaire’s defamation claim against him dismissed.

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Death sentence for man convicted of contract killing

A MAN convicted of a “contract killing” was sentenced to death by a Supreme Court judge yesterday.

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Vacation ruling ‘will affect entire workforce’

THE results of a Court of Appeal hearing on an earlier ruling that effectively entitled Bahamian workers to an extra week of paid vacation is “a matter of general importance” as it will have “implications for the entire workforce in the Bahamas.”

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Minister unaware of 'flesh-eating' case

THE family of a Bahamian man fighting for his life in hospital claims he contracted one of the world’s most deadly “flesh-eating” bacteria while in the coastal waters off Andros.

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Legal threat to $5m benchmark pref equity

Liquidators for an alleged multi-million dollar ‘Ponzi’ fraud are threatening legal action to force a BISX-listed company to unwind, and return, a $5 million investment that accounts for 100 per cent of its preference share capital.

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BTC offers 50% price cut for Vibe migration

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) says its move to end the monthly Vibe package flat rate for unlimited calls is designed to drive customers to the “almost 50 per cent cheaper” prices offered by its newly-launched Home Phone Plus package.

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Sheraton managers seek 'strike vote'

A trade union chief said he will today write to the Minister of Labour seeking permission for a ‘strike vote’ by his 70 members at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, describing the way in which their work hours had been cut 50 per cent as “ridiculous”.

Land use proposal submitted for key Bay Street property

A “fairly detailed” development proposal has been submitted for a 3.94 acre property key to revitalising downtown Nassau, a top realtor yesterday saying potential buyers would take their interest no further until they know what they can put there.

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Bail for Haitian man accused of causing daughter's death

A HAITIAN man accused of causing the death of his five-month old daughter was granted $15,000 bail yesterday in Magistrate’s Court.

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Michael Halkitis takes issue with Tribune headline

MICHAEL Halkitis, Minister of State for Finance, has taken issue with a headline in yesterday’s Tribune.

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YOUR SAY: The new Bahamas meritocracy

A VISIONARY Leader and statesman must always be willing to address the challenges of our nation.

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Mammogram machine has already helped 3,000 women

MORE than 3,000 Bahamian women have already benefited from a new state-of-the-art 3D mammogram machine at the Princess Margaret Hospital that is being hailed as the “Rolls Royce” of diagnostic mammography.

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Home-based education for Family Island pupils

HOME-based programmes are being implemented in Family Islands where children do not have access to early childhood education.

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Faded discs force govt to relicense cars

THE government has been forced to spend thousands from the public purse in relicensing and overtime pay fees to correct several of the discs and decals on its vehicles after outsourcing the work to a local firm, The Tribune understands.

Workshop for small business unveiled

The Government is aiming to stimulate the economy through enhancing the climate for sustainable small and medium-sized (SME) businesses.

A dirty and unkempt Nassau

Nassau has not been this dirty and unkempt since the first Christie-led government and before that, not since before 1992.

UBS building priced at $8m

UBS (Bahamas) two-storey annex building on East Bay Street is being marketed for sale at $8 million, Tribune Business confirmed yesterday, although the bank is also still entertaining lease options.

Union attorney 'confident' on' Morton Salt deal

The attorney representing Morton Salt’s 100-plus line union members yesterday said he was optimistic a new industrial agreement would soon be reached with the company, despite “one or two areas of concern”.

IAN FERGUSON: Keeping workers totally engaged

What every company wants from its staff is Employee Engagement.

Opportunities created for compliance entrepreneurs

The Minister of Financial Services believes the increased demand for compliance in financial services has created the ability for Bahamians to specialise and become an entrepreneur in this niche.

Troubled broker in Judicial review against regulator

A BISX-listed firm’s broker/dealer subsidiary has filed a Judicial Review action against the Securities Commission of the Bahamas, over the regulator’s demand that it cease taking on new business and submit to a “solvency review”.

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Bahamas and Cuba in joint sporting venture

THE Bahamas and Cuba have made headlines recently on the political front, but the governments of both countries have agreed to a joint venture to mutually benefit the development of both sporting programmes.

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Jonquel eligible to play for Colonials in January

WHEN she takes to the court in the Spring 2014 semester, George Washington University will represent a fresh start for talented forward 19-year-old Jonquel Jones in NCAA basketball.

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Minister: Health insurance remains a top priority

MINSTER OF Health Dr Perry Gomez said the implementation of National Health Insurance remains a top priority for this government – especially now that the poor cannot afford basic health care services.

Gaming group denies it is at centre of investigation

CANTOR Gaming, the organisation partnering with Atlantis for mobile sports betting, has denied that its chief is at the centre of US federal investigations.

Ministers meet with GB industrial companies

FREEPORT – Minister of Grand Bahama Michael Darville and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell met with industrial companies on Grand Bahama to initiate dialogue on labour and immigration issues and policies concerning that sector.

Edwards set to face American Yancy Medeiros

YVES Edwards, 36, looks to regain a spot in the win column after he was recently added to the fight card of UFC Fight Night 31.

Thursday, October 10

How not to damage a country's reputation

“WHAT stands out as a lesson to other governments is how reaction, if not thought through, can actually exacerbate a situation and, turning it into a matter unlikely to be forgotten and which in this case, may, in time, come to affect Bahamas-US relations.”

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Cancer sufferer meets her hero

IT was cancer patient Nathalie Gordon’s fervent wish to meet NBA Miami Heat Most Valuable Player – LeBron “King” James – during the team’s four-day pre-season training camp here in the Bahamas.

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VIDEO: Five horses rescued

AFTER the death of two horses amidst claims of cruelty and neglect, the Bahamas Humane Society rescued five malnourished horses in Eleuthera last week.

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FNM not satisfied with tabled referendum costs

THE Free National Movement is not satisfied with the itemised list of  the $1.2 million spent on the January 28 gaming referendum tabled in Parliament yesterday.

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Comedian: I didn't know marijuana was illegal

AMERICAN comedian and actor Craig Robinson told a magistrate he did not know marijuana was illegal in the Bahamas after pleading guilty to two drug possession charges yesterday.

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Warning of lower growth than forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday slashed its 2013 economic growth forecast for the Bahamas by 80 basis points, prompting an Opposition MP to urge: “We have to find new ways to grow this economy.”

IT 'peril' over VAT compliance

Companies will be “in peril” of non-compliance with Value-Added Tax (VAT) if they are not given enough lead time to implement the required IT/accounting systems, a top insurance executive has warned.

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Industrial unrest brews at Sheraton

Industrial unrest appeared to be brewing at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort last night, a trade union warning the resort to “avoid unintended consequences” over moves to reduce work hours for middle management staff.

National debt near $5.5bn by mid-2014

The Bahamas’ total national debt will be close to $5.5 billion by the time the Government’s fiscal year closes on June 30 next year, it was forecast yesterday, having grown at least $419 million in 12 months.

DNA: Unions 'shooting themselves in the foot'

The Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) chairman believes public sector unions are “shooting themselves in the foot” by demanding 100 per cent employer-funded pensions and benefits, describing this as “unsustainable”.

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New public holiday made official

FOR the first time in history, the Bahamas will officially celebrate National Heroes Day, formerly Discovery Day, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced yesterday.

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Debate begins on reform of life inside Fox Hill

IT SITS on about 74 acres on the junction of Fox Hill and Yamacraw roads and is possibly the largest and ugliest blight on the face of the Bahamas’ judicial system.

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Father awaits bail decision over death of girl

A HAITIAN man arraigned in connection with the death of his five-month old daughter is set to learn today if he will be granted bail.

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Strachan reassures taxi drivers over parking bays on Bay Street

FOLLOWING complaints from taxi drivers about the lack of designated parking spots on Bay Street, State Minister for Transport Hope Strachan assured them the ministry is “cognisant” of the problem and has already taken steps to correct it.

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Man pleads guilty to 'escaping' charge

A MAN who escaped police custody in Bimini after being arrested in connection with last weekend’s $411,000 marijuana seizure pleaded guilty to the “escaping” charge when arraigned in Magistrate’s Court.

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History comes to life

THE historic West India Regiment will be temporarily resurrected on Friday as Fort Charlotte again plays host to military drills and ceremonies not seen there since 19th century.

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Bahamian arrested in Florida over $5.5m cocaine discovery

A BAHAMIAN man was arrested in Florida yesterday in connection with the seizure of 620 pounds of cocaine worth $5.5 million.

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Ministry claims week-old pictures misrepresented state of school

THE Ministry of Education, Science and Technology claims an article and photos which appeared in The Tribune on Tuesday misrepresented the current state of the Colonel Hill High School in Crooked Island.

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CARIFTA Games generated 'significant profit'

Just over six months after the completion of the 2013 BTC CARIFTA Games, the local organising committee (LOC) of the event produced their executive and financial summaries yesterday.

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Waltiea has third double double of season

A PAIR of double doubles from Bahamian players last night in Euroleague action netted different results for Waltiea Rolle and Kino Burrows and their respective clubs.

Airport gateway is 99% complete

The Airport Gateway Project is 99 per cent complete, the Minister of Works said yesterday, with more than $69 million of its $71 million budget having been spent to date.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: The PC way to speed repairs

Even though everyone wants a faster PC or laptop, computers age and naturally slows down.

VAT impact 'three times as severe' for Out Islands

Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) implementation will have an impact on small Family Island economies that is ‘three times’ as severe in comparison to New Providence because they lack critical mass, a top private sector executive said yesterday.

Bahamas eyes spot as 'the destination' for sports tourism

TOURISM officials said yesterday that hosting the NBA champion Miami Heat for their pre-season training camp at Atlantis will boost this country’s reputation as “the destination” for sports tourism in the region.

Sports betting company under investigation

CANTOR Gaming, the company which has partnered with the Atlantis Resort to provide mobile sports betting, is at the centre of a US Federal investigation according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Drake University to continue partnership with Race Weekend

AS part of the 2014 January term at Drake University, Tom Westbrook, professor of education, and Melissa Sturm-Smith, associate provost for academic excellence and student success, will lead a group of 20 Drake students to the Bahamas for much more than sun, sand, and sailing.

Accelarated programme to develop track and field Family Islands

THE landmark achievement of the 42nd CARIFTA Games was the ability of the local organising committee (LOC) to generate a profit which was then used to establish a “Sports Foundation.”

Wednesday, October 9

Interns gain valuable financial experiences

Eleven College of the Bahamas (COB) who attended last year’s Nassau Conference gained invaluable experience this summer by completing internships with nine leading banks and trust companies in The Bahamas.

Delta announces GB service from Atlanta

A Bahamian cultural extravaganza was the highlight of a weekend Atlanta reception hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and the Grand Bahama Tourism Board to support the upcoming launch of Delta’s direct service between the city and Grand Bahama, beginning on December 19.

Scotiabank associate passes Series 7 exam

An associate at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets, Shemika Miller, has passed the Series 7 Exam in Fort Lauderdale after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI).

PI resort gains Excellence award

Comfort Suites Paradise Island has been recognised with the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which rewards the top performing businesses on TripAdvisor.

Officials visit GB bone fishing resort

Officials in Grand Bahama visited and toured Deep Water Cay (DWC) recently, as the well-known Bone Fishing Resort in the east welcomed a new management team to the island.

Celebrate heroes, Bahamas

Happy heroes day, Bahamas. The entire month of October from now on will be observed as National Heroes/History Month. I thank the Prime Minister for his proclamation confirming the same and for enacting it into law, at last.

Surviving the horrors of history

Do we believe that the spate of violent crimes is the result of slavery, piracy, colonialism, lack of identity, economic hardship, greed, abuse, addiction and affliction known to humankind? Are we trapped forever in a cycle of the horrors of history? Is there a glimmer of hope that we can find healing, wholeness and wellness of soul?

Should Christians stay away from Halloween?

EVERY year at Halloween, some Christians feel divided about whether or not to participate in the witching hour festivities? Some Bahamians say Christians should stay away because of the “dark and unwelcoming” messages behind Halloween and because of its pagan origins.

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Minister 'not deaf' to police concerns

WHILE National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday could not say when the shift system would come to an end, he told told reporters that “he was not deaf” to the concerns of the Police Staff Association.

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Actor and comedian accepts fine

Comedian and actor Craig Robinson has pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of dangerous drugs.

$1m or $5m - that is the question

NATIONAL SECURITY Minister Bernard Nottage’s “500 per cent mis-speak”, as one local wit called it, certainly set the town on its head and burned up the airwaves this week as Bahamians went apoplectic to think that Prime Minister Christie’s “noble act” had cost them $5 million.

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Theatre Festival has strong opening weekend: ‘Sammie Swain’ audience engaged from start to finish

THE LEGEND of Sammie Swain has been resurrected. For the past few months organisers pulled out all the stops to turn the 40 year old folk opera into a contemporary production.

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Bahamian director vies for director spot on Jimmy Cliff video

WHEN VOTING officially closed on October 1, Bahamian Lavado Stubbs was in the top spot for the TalentHouse music video competition according to the viewer’s choice selection.

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New beginnings for The Truth

AFTER a short hiatus, The Truth band is back with a regular performance at one of Nassau’s most popular hang out spots.

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'Hitman' guilty of execution of Stephen Sherman

A JURY accepted that Janaldo Farrington had confessed to Stephen Sherman’s “execution” for pay when they unanimously found him guilty of murder and conspiring to commit murder.

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Nottage to table cost breakdown

WHEN Parliament reconvenes today National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage says the complete breakdown of taxpayer dollars spent on the January 28 gaming referendum will be tabled.

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New senator: I aim to hold PLP to account

THE FREE National Movement’s newest senator, Carl Bethel, said yesterday that he will use his time in the Upper Chamber to ensure the PLP government keeps all the promises they made to the Bahamian people.

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Tanker is moved to deeper waters

AFTER three failed attempts to refloat the 39-ton fuel tanker grounded off the coast of Grand Bahama for more than a week, officials avoided a “catastrophe” – successfully lightening the vessel and moving it to deeper waters without any spills.

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Minnis: I do not believe $5m quote was a mistake

FNM LEADER Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday he did not believe that Dr Bernard Nottage “made a mistake” when he said the gaming referendum costs the government $5 million.

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Four held in '$2.3m marijuana' drug bust

Four men are in custody after suspected marijuana with a street value of $2.3m was seized in Grand Bahama.

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BTC: Mobile data to 'Double in 12 months'

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is projecting that mobile data demand will “double within the next year”, as it prepares to invest $17 million this financial year to pave the way for its latest cellular technology.

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Lawyer: I don't fear VAT.. It'll be a boost

A former Bahamas Bar Association president yesterday predicted that Value-Added Tax (VAT) would “boost” the legal profession, and said: “I don’t have any trepidation of doom and gloom.”

Tax reform Committee gains 'critical mass'

The private sector’s Tax Reform Committee was yesterday said by one of its co-chairs to have gained “critical mass”, its main concern being that the Government was “just too fast” in moving ahead with Value-Added Tax (VAT) implementation.

FINCO beats the industry despite $107m bad loans

Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FINCO) yesterday disclosed that despite non-performing mortgage loans totalling $107 million at end-July, as a percentage of total credit this was almost five percentage points below the industry average.

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Man charged with murder

A MAN was arraigned in the magistrates’ court yesterday in connection with the country’s 83rd homicide this year.

TOUGH CALL: Bermuda and the Bahamas

HAMILTON, Bermuda – Over a mug of Gosling’s rum in the Rosedon Hotel’s tea room here recently, the conversation turned to race relations.

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Non stop party as 100 Jamz celebrates 20 years

CALL IT a party or an anniversary, either way, the talk of the town as the holiday weekend approaches is 100 Jamz and its 20th anniversary.

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Nail biting four chair challenge kicks off

X Factor USA introduced the Four Chair Challenge last week adding a new dimension to the music competition.

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FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour on Nassau leg

The Bahamas played host to one of the most famous championship trophies in all of sports yesterday when the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour came to New Providence.

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Burrows makes debut in Finnish league

SEVERAL basketball leagues have tipped off on the international circuit and one prominent Bahamian national team member was the latest to debut.

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Bahamian softball teams to be honoured

THE most successful national teams in Bahamian softball history will have their accomplishments recognised when the local governing body in the sport hosts its year end competition.

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Sports in brief

THE College of The Bahamas’ men and women’s soccer teams are off to Florida this week to compete in intercollegiate matches.

Miami-Dade '10 times faster than Bahamas' on building permits

A leading architect yesterday said the protracted wait for building permits was having a “far-reaching effect” on the Bahamian economy, with Miami-Dade County processing “ten times’” the number of approvals local regulators are getting through.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Always follow-up for sales success

One of my clients complained to me that his office administrator felt my insistence on them following up with their clients, who had made appointments but not kept them, was making him seem like a beggar.

Timber firm to start log hauling this week

A timber harvester expects to begin log hauling this week, its principal telling Tribune Business yesterday that the company was looking to tap into the ‘niche’ market for high-end wood products and sell wood flooring at the outset.

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10% off electric bills this month

A PROMISED 10 per cent reduction in electricity bills will take effect this month, BEC chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.

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Masked men rob employee

FREEPORT – Two masked men robbed an employee at a business establishment at gunpoint and made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

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MCCABE PROJECT: The deep roots of crime

THE roots of our crime epidemic can be traced all the way back to the advent of majority rule, according to a political veteran who played a key role in the events of that time.

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Couple face manslaughter charge over child's death

A COUPLE were arraigned in the magistrates’ court yesterday facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of their child.

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Equipment malfunction causes Mayaguana airport delay

THE runway at Mayaguana airport is in its final phase of construction but is currently delayed because of an equipment malfunction and subsequently a part having to be purchased, Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin said yesterday.

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Legal action threatened over any comments about cleared widow

LEGAL action has been promised against anyone who makes libellous comments about Renee Knowles-Sherman concerning the outcome of the Stephen Sherman murder trial, her brother told The Tribune yesterday.

Tests show skeletal remains are those of a male

FREEPORT – The human skeletal remains that were discovered this year in Grand Bahama has been determined to be that of a male.

Demolition at two shanty towns underway

DEMOLITION has begun at two shanty towns in New Providence, according to the Department of Environmental Health Services.

Tuesday, October 8

RBC expands into financial planning

RBC Royal Bank has appointed Alicia Bain-Thompson and Christina Kenny-Sands, both accredited Personal Financial Planners (PFPs), to lead its financial planning practice in the Bahamas.

'Rise in suicide attempts' at Willamae Pratt Centre

AFTER conducting a recent fact-finding mission at the Willamae Pratt Centre, FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner said she has been advised that there has been an increase in attempted suicides at the facility.

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Mother denies teacher assault

THE mother of a special needs child pleaded not guilty to assaulting his teacher when arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Library will be used by administrator

THE building residents of a community in Eleuthera had hoped to turn into a library and community centre will be temporarily used as an administrator’s office, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government Alfred Gray announced yesterday. 

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Human trafficking suspect denied bail

A MAGISTRATE’S decision to deny bail to a Jamaican woman accused of being a human trafficker, left the accused in tears at the end of the arraignment and begging her Bahamian husband not to leave her.

Mayaguana airport not complete before end of november

MICAL MP V Alfred Gray said yesterday the work at the Mayaguana airport will not be completed before the end of November because of government’s concerns over the quality of the construction.

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Nottage says he was wrong by nearly $4m

FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday urged the government to table in parliament records documenting a complete breakdown of the costs associated with the gaming referendum.

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Bahamian Beauties' against cancer

FROM corporate business places and school, to events and local TV, it is likely that you will see a lot of pink for the remainder of October as the community joins together to raise awareness about breast cancer.

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Airline survival fears on 52% NAD rent rises

Bahamian-owned airlines yesterday warned that some carriers will not survive increased taxes and a move to Lynden Pindling International Airport’s (LPIA) new domestic terminal, with their rental/lease rates set to increase by up to 52 per cent.

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Are you cleansing the lens of your perception

If perception makes up 99% of your reality – what then makes up your perception?

'Vagaries' cost Bahamas $14m poultry project

“Market vagaries” cost the Bahamas a $14 million poultry production investment, it has been revealed, with uncertainty over tariffs and standards placing local farmers at a competitive disadvantage.

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Minister: Tariffs no 'survival guarantee'

A Cabinet Minister yesterday said he was looking to protect the Bahamian manufacturing sector with “a full package” of reforms, warning that protectionist tariffs did not “guarantee survival”.

Confessed fraudster's $8m appeal had 'little merit'

A Bahamas-based financier’s legal action has been blasted for having “little merit”, the Court of Appeal finding it was a ‘last ditch’ bid to seize more than $8 million generated by his fraudulent activities.

Airline targets 25 hires for international growth

A leading aviation executive said yesterday his airline was looking to fill at least 25 positions via a job fair and set the ground work for further expansion internationally, adding: “We’re not just going to depend on the local market anymore”.

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'The best training camp I have ever been part of'

THE Miami Heat’s 2013 training camp in the Bahamas was a new venture for both the organisation and the Bahamas, a productive one that several Heat players called a memorable experience.

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'Rassin Foundation' to raise money for medical scholarships

Hundreds of young Bahamians have realized their dreams of becoming healthcare professionals thanks to the financial support provided by the Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation.

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'The support system mattered': A breast cancer story

A DIAGNOSIS of stage one breast cancer was not the end for survivor Helen Rolle.

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Young doctors eager to address national health woes

Hoping to one day make a change in the health-care sector medical school students shared their views with Tribune Health on the most pressing issues facing medicine today.

SCOTT FARRINGTON: Place focus on yourself

CHOICE, what a powerful word that is. Here are five ways to sink or swim with your business ship.

Direct Cuba airlift to boost Bahamas as 'multi-nation' hub

DIRECT airlift between the Bahamas and Cuba will significantly boost this nation’s position as a regional “multi-destination” hub, and facilitate increased trade and commerce the two countries, a business executive said yesterday.

VAT 'won't help' needed growth

An Opposition MP yesterday warned that the introduction of Value-Added Tax (VAT) would not help the Bahamas generate the 5.5 per cent real GDP growth necessary to cut then unemployment rate 50 per cent.

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USATF to hold coaching course in Bahamas for first time

FOR the first time, the United States Association of Track and Field is all set to hold a Level One Coaching, Training and Certification Course in the Bahamas.

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Optimist National Sailing Championships results

SEVENTY-six sailors (41 green fleet, 16 blue, 15 red, four white) ages 6-15 from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Long Island, Abaco, including Man ‘O’ War and Hope Town, Harbour Island and Eleuthera competed in the event. The Red fleet featured 13-15 year-olds, Blue Fleet 11-12 year-olds, White Fleet, 10-year-olds and Green Fleet for novice sailors up to age 15.

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'No update' on Bail's eligibility

THE health and eligibility of Wannah Bail for the upcoming 2013-14 UCLA Bruins basketball season was one of the major topics of conversation for head coach Steve Alford when he addressed local media last week following a pre-season practice session.

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Pair face charges over $400,000 marijuana find

TWO Biminites were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with last weekend’s $411,000 marijuana seizure, while a warrant of arrest was issued for their alleged accomplice who escaped police custody.

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Bahamas to join in World Food Day

THE BAHAMAS will join 150 countries around the world, next Wednesday, to observe and celebrate World Food Day, according to Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources.

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PLP chairman hits back over calls for PM to resign as finance minister

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday criticised FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis for calling for Prime Minister Perry Christie’s resignation as Finance Minister.

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Pilot denies trying to smuggle cocaine

A PILOT denied trying to smuggle $250,000 worth of cocaine into Grand Bahama when arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday.

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The path to the wrong side of the law

The catalyst for his first criminal act was hunger; a raw, desperate but basic need for food.

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'Soccer in Paradise'

As they continue their expansion, Quality Beach Soccer Club (QBSC) is all set to host a major fundraising initiative to increase the profile of the sport in the Bahamas.

Students held sit-out over school conditions

STUDENTS who engaged in a sit-out at Colonel Hill High School in Crooked Island last week returned to school yesterday, Alfred Gray, MP for the area confirmed yesterday.

Flights start to Cuba from the Bahamas

THIS evening will mark the inaugural Western Air flight from the Bahamas to Cuba, building what officials hope will be a “bridge” between the two countries to better facilitate trade and commerce.

Making a true investment in our youth

We talk about young men needing to be taken up by the system, yet we really do very little to change the way things are.

Monday, October 7

1st Annual Give a Child a Ride cycling event

RECENTLY, 170 cyclists took part in the 1st Annual Give A Child a Ride (GACAR) cycling event.

Lex paddles up for Bahamas at training camp and regatta

LEX Fountain and coach Jason Williams, president of the Bahamas Rowing Association, are representing the Bahamas in the Latin America Youth Training Camp and Regatta in Lake IIopango, El Salvador, San Salvador, October 4-13.

Regional forum aims to strengthen CEDAW implementation

Gender equality advocates and policy makers returned from a multi- country forum last month to discuss ways of effectively implementing national commitments to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Banking officer passes Series 7

A private banking officer at Bank of the Bahamas International, Sharvado Thompson, passed the Series 7 general securities exam after training with The Nastac Group.

Atlantis invests $1.2m in new wedding venue

Atlantis yesterday said its $1.2 million investment in a new wedding venue would take couples’ experience of the big day to a new level, enabling the resort to handle more than the 385 unions it saw in 2012.

New sponsors back BFSB student award

The Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) initiative to recognise an outstanding graduating student from within the School of Business at the College of the Bahamas (COB) is now in its 12th year.

What you should know about BI-RADS

By Dr Amaresh Hombal

Briefly

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

BFSB seminar's ethics focus

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) will host the third part of its Competitiveness Conclave series on October 29, focusing on ethics within the financial services industry.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Tourism Ministry is on the right track

FRANKLY, the termination of contracts between the Ministry of Tourism and international public relations companies, in favour of local companies, seems to indicate that the ministry has decided that the best way to promote the Bahamas and recapture and expand market share is to allow natives—with an everyday outlook on all things Bahamian—to have a shot at reinvigorating that ministry’s approach to the marketing and development of our tourism product.

Gambling referendum to cost $5m

ABSOLUTE scandal! Obviously, National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage did not realise the Pandora’s box he opened this weekend with the announcement that the January 28 gambling referendum has cost the Bahamian tax payer about $5 million, especially as Prime Minister Christie — who is also Finance Minister — had some weeks earlier estimated a cost in the region of $1 million plus.

Reputational damage

ALL Caribbean nations have well-developed contingency plans in the event of a natural disaster. However, few have established procedures to address the issue of the damage caused to a nation’s image and reputation.

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Pilot held over cocaine

A PILOT is in police custody after attempting to smuggle cocaine into Grand Bahama, Saturday morning.

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Months on, still no action over shanty town problem

BRANVILLE McCartney, DNA leader, believes that the Christie administration does not have the political will to deal with the country’s shanty town problem.

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Two dead in weekend killings

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

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$500,000 of marijuana seized

DRUG Enforcement Unit officers confiscated more than $500,000 worth of marijuana in two separate incidents over the weekend.

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Resignation call over $5m referendum

THE Free National Movement has demanded that Prime Minister Perry Christie resign as Finance Minister in view of conflicting reports over taxpayer dollars spent on the gambling referendum.

Manufacturing 'can't survive' Without tariffs up to 200%

Manufacturing “cannot survive” as an industry in the Bahamas without protective tariffs as high as 200 per cent, Tribune Business can disclose.

Bimini developers advised: Gov't 'unlikely to interrupt'

Bimini Bay’s developers have been advised that the Government’s pledge to create 10,000 new jobs means it is “unlikely to interrupt” their multi-million dollar investments despite pressure from environmental activists.

Businesses 'deluding themselves' on VAT black economy fears

Large Bahamian businesses “will be deluding themselves” if they believe Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) introduction will result in consumers deserting them in droves for the ‘black economy’ or non-paying rivals, a top official is arguing.

FamGuard vindicated By ratings upgrade

Family Guardian believes the restoration of its A- (Excellent) financial strength rating vindicates the stance it took over its mortgage portfolio, telling Tribune Business its solvency was “as strong as any of the major international insurers”.

Bahamas must double growth to slash unemployment 50%

The Bahamian economy must grow at an average annual rate of 5.5 per cent between 2013-2018 to slash the unemployment rate in half, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.

Gov't targeting 75-90% VAT comply 'high range'

The Government is expecting to achieve Value-Added Tax (VAT) compliance rates in the 75-90 per cent “high range” enjoyed by other Caribbean nations, a senior Ministry of Finance official has revealed.

Atlantis: 'No urgency' over gaming reforms

The proposed casino gaming reforms must be carefully assessed, according to Atlantis’s top executive, who said there was “no particular urgency” from the resort’s perspective to have the Bill passed.

Don't use Bahamians as 'rubber stamps'

Significant policy reforms must be undertaken to ensure Bahamian engineers are truly involved in multi-million dollar investment projects and not used as mere “rubber stamps”, one local engineer has told Tribune Business. He added that while there have been some reforms, the issue remains “totally unfixed”.

VAT: Most goods to see 'reduced border taxes'

The Government believes most imported goods will experience a reduction in their “tax burden at the border” as a result of tariff cuts related to Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) introduction.

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Battle 4 Atlantis could see Bahamian players for first time

WHILE anticipation builds for next month’s Battle 4 Atlantis NCAA basketball tournament, buzz is already being created by the prospective lineup for the 2014 edition.

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Plane makes emergency landing

A WESTJET plane made an emergency landing at the Lynden Pindling International Airport,yesterday afternoon after an emergency light, indicating a problem with land gear, came on.

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Brackettes and Hitmen in the driving seat

THE Sigma Brackettes and the Arnette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmen are now in the driver’s seats of their respective New Providence Softball Association ladies’ and men’s best-of-seven championship series that could wrap up at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Tuesday night.

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Demitri No.1 option in V Tech's passing game

DEMITRI Knowles’ productivity as the No.1 option in Virginia Tech’s passing game continues to pay dividends for the Hokies as they won their fifth consecutive game on Saturday.

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Young people march in unity

THOUSANDS of young people yesterday took to the streets of Nassau in a show of unity during the National Youth March.

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Roberts hits out at Allen over VAT

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts hit out at former Central Bank governor Sir William Allen for his comments on the government’s plan to introduce Value Added Tax next year.

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Fond farewell as Miami Heat leaves training camp

NBA champions Miami Heat said they could not have asked for a better place to hold their preseason training camp.

Medical lab in expansion mode

A Nassau-based laboratory has expanded its footprint to Sandyport, as it seeks to curb millions of dollars in annual medical testing outflows and become “the standard” for the Bahamas.

Sunday, October 6

Briefly

By Sir Ronald Sanders

Saturday, October 5

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PILOTS’ CLOSE CALL ON FATAL RUNWAY

TWO pilots were lucky to escape without injury when their plane took a nose dive on the unfinished Mayaguana runway where three members of a family died earlier this year.

‘SICK OUT’ FORCES MONCUR CASE ADJOURNMENT

THE weeklong “sick out” by court stenographers over pay, promotions and mould issues at the Magistrate’s Court resulted in Rodney Moncur’s “grossly indecent” picture posting case being adjourned from yesterday to January next year.

Friday, October 4

WOMAN FACES WAIT FOR MANSLAUGHTER SENTENCE

By LAMECH JOHNSON

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Sharks avoid sweep

On a night when he was being honoured by the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA), manager Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby made sure that his pennant winning Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks didn’t spoil the show at Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

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Miami Heat visit a coup for the Bahamas

THE Ministry of Tourism has hailed the teamwork that helped to bring NBA Champions Miami Heat to The Bahamas for their pre-season training camp.

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Teenager accused of escaping police seeks bail

A TEENAGE girl who pleaded not guilty to escaping police custody after allegedly trying to rob a clothing store with a shotgun appeared in Supreme Court yesterday seeking bail.

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Police: No evidence of murder in fatal house blaze

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour said yesterday there is no evidence that the six relatives who died in a house fire last month were murdered.

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Baha Mar hopes to compete on global stage

Baha Mar executives hope new “critical” gaming regulations will allow the future West Bay Street casino, and the country’s gaming industry to compete on a world stage against the likes of Macau, Singapore, and Las Vegas.

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$5m cost of gambling referendum revealed

THE Government spent $5 million on the 2013 gaming referendum, National Security Minister Bernard Nottage confirmed yesterday.

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Man killed by stab wound to the head

A 25-year-old man became the country’s latest murder victim when in the heat of an argument he was stabbed in the head Wednesday evening.

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Sex offender Randy Fraser voted out by church board

IN A surprising turn of events, members of Pilgrim Baptist Temple’s Board of trustees have voted to remove disgraced church pastor Randy Fraser as their leader, The Tribune understands.

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Jury directed to find wife not guilty

MOMENTS before the man accused of Stephen Sherman’s “execution” testified that he did not kill the banker, his alleged accomplices walked free of the charges they faced concerning the incident on the judge’s direction to the jury.

City Markets' pension trustees in 'strike out'

Attorneys for the City Markets employee pension plan yesterday moved to “strike out” a court Order against its trustees, asserting that the $800,000 at the centre of the dispute had already been paid to beneficiaries.

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$5m Atlantis sports book's 'huge numbers'

Atlantis’ new $5 million race and sports book facility will probably generate 20-30 new jobs, its top executive said yesterday, telling Tribune Business that weekend traffic “in the hundreds” had exceeded initial expectations.

VAT move 'a recipe for recession'

THE implementation of Value-Added Tax without a reduction in current revenue measures is a recipe for recession, former finance minister and economist Sir William Allen said yesterday.

Energy bid upset at info 'vacuum'

An Israeli-based energy provider yesterday expressed unhappiness over the information “vacuum” that had emerged since it presented a multi-million dollar power plant solution to the Government six months ago.

50% of employers 'over three months late' in paying NIB

Almost 50 per cent of Bahamian employers are “more than three months late” in paying National Insurance Board (NIB) contributions on their workers’ behalf, an actuary urging an end to “laissez faire” compliance efforts.

Gaming Board to reduce physical casino presence

The Gaming Board is aiming to reduce the need to maintain a physical presence inside casinos through investing in technology that will allow it to remotely monitor gaming activities, it was revealed yesterday.

13 Cubans repatriated from Detention Centre

AFTER almost a month at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, Immigration officials said a group of 13 Cubans were repatriated.

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Mitchell urges nations not to encourage migrants

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has urged third countries not to promote a message around the world that they will take migrants who make their way illegally to the Bahamas.

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Taxi drivers complain over lack of parking areas

TAXI drivers complained yesterday about not having designated parking areas on Bay Street.

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Louis Bacon honoured for conservation work

NEW Jersey Governor Chris Christie and leading conservationist Louis Bacon were honoured by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) at its 10th annual “Celebrating the Great Outdoors” benefit September 28 in Connecticut.

Pharmacy Council appoints new registrar

THE Pharmacy Council announced yesterday it has appointed Dr Anne T Vanria Rolle as their new registrar with immediate effect.

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Celebrities flock to Exuma for golf weekend

Celebrities flocked to Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma this past weekend for an exotic getaway and golf for a good cause.

Arawak Port repayment causes $41m loan fall

The Arawak Port Development Company’s (APD) repayment of its $43 million Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) bridging loan resulted in total bank commercial loans declining by $40.6 million in August.

Sandals hosts VIP golf tournament

Celebrities flocked to Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma this past weekend for a getaway and golf for a good cause.

NIB told: Slash admin costs 50% in 10 years

The “very inefficient” National Insurance Board (NIB) has been urged to slash its administrative costs, as a percentage of total contribution income, by more than 50 per cent over a 10-year period.

Getting the most from your 'stars'

Every workplace has super stars: Employees who far exceed the potential and performance of other workers. Some researchers indicate that 7-9 per cent of your employees have the natural inclination and aptitude to deliver great value that far exceeds that produced by the average employee.

Bahamians in Florida oppose criticism by Cuban protesters

THE Bahamian community in Florida yesterday came out in support of the Bahamas amid criticism over the government’s handling of detainee abuse launched by a Miami-based Cuban exile group.

'Unique' 42-acre condo project breaks ground

DEVELOPERS have broken ground on a 42-acre gated condominium and town home community in western New Providence, with the first 30 units expected to be completed by March 2014.

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NSA making sure Bahamas ready to host IAAF World Relays

WITH 20 weeks left, the National Sports Authority is making sure that the Bahamas is ready to take on the 20-plus countries expected here to participate in the inaugural International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Relays at the new Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

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Heat players praise Bahamian hospitality

THE Miami Heat will wrap up the basketball portion of their four-day stay in the Bahamas this morning and, according to the players, a unique training camp experience for the back-to-back NBA champions was highlighted by Bahamian hospitality.

Thursday, October 3

Law graduates urged to take on public service

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Briefly

By DENISE MAYCOCK

TOUGH CALL: Mitchell stirs up another controversy to cover tracks

WE NOTE with amusement PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts’ praise of Fred Mitchell for his “extraordinary skill, leadership and patriotism” in creating the biggest foreign policy cock-up since his previous stint as foreign minister in the first Christie administration.

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FNM deputy: Delay is shameful

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday branded the government’s decision to reschedule the Constitutional referendum as a “shameful and disrespectful” move.

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Cash claims ‘PLP only’ job policy

FNM chairman Darron Cash is accusing the Christie Administration of having a “PLPs only need apply” philosophy following the appointment of Arinthia Komolafe as managing director of the Bahamas Development Bank.

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Minnis warns on dangers of VAT plan

OPPOSITION leader Hubert Minnis yesterday warned that the premature implementation of Value-Added Tax could engender widespread social ills — increased poverty and an underground economy.

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Munroe calls for press access as he challenges over observers

WAYNE Munroe, counsel for the marines accused of causing harm to Cuban detainees at the Detention Centre, said yesterday he will apply to the court to stop three independent observers from sitting in on the proceedings.

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Miller's accusations expunged by speaker

HOUSE Speaker Kendal Major yesterday urged parliamentarians to consider recommendations made by the Constitutional commission to allow private citizens recourse to libelous or defamatory statements made by Members.

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PM says vote will be ‘no later than June’

THE referendum to amend the Constitution has been postponed yet again – this time to no later than the end of June 2014, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced to parliamentarians yesterday.

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Case against Janaldo Farrington will continue

The judge in the Stephen Sherman murder case has directed the jury to acquit Renee Sherman and Cordero Bethel of the charges they face due to legal reasons.

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Police question man after stabbing death

A 39-year old man is in custody assisting police after a man was stabbed to death last night.

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Auto dealers fear 40% sales slump from VAT

Bahamian auto dealers fear Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) implementation will cause the sector to follow its Caribbean counterparts into a 30-40 per cent sales decline, with one arguing that the proposed tax was “not the right fit for our economy”.

Baha Mar energy partner seeking $6m in Bahamas

The company behind Baha Mar’s proposed Seawater District Cooling (SDC) plant is seeking to raise $6 million from Bahamian investors, Tribune Business can reveal, having signed a 20-year energy supply agreement with the Cable Beach resort developer.

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VAT was 'not meant to be without pain'

Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) implementation is “not meant to be without pain”, a former finance minister warned yesterday, arguing that all Bahamians had to share “the cost of repairing” the Government’s finances.

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Girl says she saw gunman's face

THE girl who knelt next to her uncle as they were being robbed outside his Yamacraw Shores home told a jury that she looked back to get a glimpse of the armed gunman’s face.

Trusting God in a time of economic challenge

There are several biblical passages, such as the story of the widow and the oil in Kings, where God’s provision comes in an amazing way; where great trust in God is displayed even when there is no immediate change of the situation, as in Mark’s story of the widow’s mite; where others are the means used by God to bring relief, as in the story of Dorcas and her gifts in Acts 9:36, and Peter with no silver or gold to give but speaks healing at the gate of the temple in Acts 3:6.

Anglican Church celebrates Bahamian teachers

Sunday was a splendid occasion in Long Island for Anglicans who attended St Andrew’s in Whymms for the church’s Fifth Sunday Family Eucharistic celebration to shed light on Bahamian school teachers.

BEC bids cut by one-third

The number of bidders for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has been cut by one-third, the Government yesterday announcing that just six groups have been put through to the pricing round.

URCA 'close' over number portability

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) yesterday said it expects to make an announcement on number portability’s launch within a few days, telling Tribune Business: “We’re close”.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Getting computers to pick up the pace

Help. I need a new computer, this one is so slow and my deadline is tomorrow. We have all heard this cry before. You felt your life would be more enjoyable, graphic work easier and flow smoother since you took the initiative to invest in this amazing, brand new PC. But that was eight years ago.

Gov't urged: Protect FirstCaribbean jobs

The Government was yesterday urged to do all it could to “protect as many Bahamian jobs as possible” at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (FCIB), given the potential forced lay-offs its regional restructuring plans may involve.

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Magnum shines at pro level in Japan

IN his second season at the professional level in Japan, Magnum Rolle has established himself as one of the leaders of the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins.

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Star power and sports tourism

THE Ministry of Tourism has been able to galvanise all of its departments and partners to work in synergy to host NBA champions Miami Heat for their pre-season training camp at Atlantis.

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Norris Cole: The Bahamas is treating us right

Day two of Miami Heat’s training camp intensified on the court as the focus switched to the offensive side of the ball.

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Reforms planned in new prisons bill

IN AN effort to bring much needed reforms to the prison system and upgrades to its infrastructure, the government plans to move the Correctional Services Bill 2013.

Criticism of parliamentarian appointments

FREE National Movement chairman Darron Cash said Bahamians should be reminded of the government’s decision last year to appoint numerous politicians and past parliamentarians to government boards like the National Insurance Board and the Water & Sewage Corporation Board.

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BTC restores northern Bahamas services after disruption

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) has restored its landline, internet and cellular services to the Northern Bahamas and to the Mars Bay area of South Andros.

Wednesday, October 2

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Top 40 Unveiled

INTRODUCTORY boot camp auditions ended Thursday as X Factor USA contestants were cut down to the top 40.

Fidelity unveils restructuring

The Fidelity Group of Companies yesterday unveiled a restructuring that has seen its BISX-listed retail bank acquire the 50 per cent stake its majority shareholder held in an affiliated company.

Shipyard aids in conch restoration

When Toby Smith set out to help his daughter with a school project, he had no idea it would turn into restoring iconic sculptures. While helping his daughter, Bianca, with a school project, Mr Smith decided to restore Stephen Burrows’ iconic sculptures that are recognised throughout the Bahamas.

BAF Financial names two new directors

BAF Financial has appointed accountant Wayne J. Aranha and Merritt Storr, an attorney, to its Board of Directors.

Youth Rally and Family Fun Day

RM Bailey Park will transform into a youth rally and family fun day on October 5 when Chapel on the Hill hosts its “War Against the Devil”. The group will also hold a bible drive for Fox Hill Prison, in hopes of sending bibles to inmates. These Bible help assist in reforming the attitudes, behaviour and mind of inmates. “We believe that these Bible will assist greatly in the prison,” said Pastor Nathan Wells.

Miami Heat takes Bahamas global in sports tourism

The Ministry of Tourism believes that hosting the NBA champion Miami Heat for a pre-season training camp will help “take the Bahamas global’ when it comes to sports tourism.

Port awards $3.98m bridge contract

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has awarded the contract to build an alternative bridge across the Grand Lucayan Waterway to the $3.98 million bid presented by ABC All Bahamas Construction Company and Waugh Construction.

Gov't housing plan: Key conditions met

By NATARIO McKENZIE

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COB Pro Society reintroduces itself

THE College of the Bahamas’ art club reintroduced itself with a public display of artwork from its members last week.

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City Markets workers bid to jail Finlayson

Former workers are bidding to jail City Markets principal, Mark Finlayson, because he and other trustees have allegedly failed to obey previous Supreme Court Orders to hand over funds to the defunct supermarket chain’s employee pension fund.

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919 Emergency line malfunctioning - alternative numbers released

The Police 919 Emergency line is presently malfunctioning due to technical difficulties.

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BTC blames 'pigeon hunters' for disruption

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company is blaming the disruption of its services in Andros on “gun shooting pigeon hunters”.

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Munroe to challenge closed court for marines

WAYNE Munroe, counsel for the marines accused of causing harm to Cuban detainees at the Detention Centre, said he will challenge the government’s decision to have a closed court with three independent observers.

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Parent held by police after row with teacher

A PARENT was taken into police custody at the Anatol Rodgers High School yesterday after yet another argument with a teacher turned physical.

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Reassurance from embassy over shutdown

THE UNITED States Embassy in the Bahamas has assured members of the public, as well as US citizens, that the embassy remains open despite the US government’s partial shut down.

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Jury told of confession given to police

PHYSICAL abuse and “a big insurance” were the reasons a woman ordered a hit on her husband, a man suspected of murder allegedly told police while in custody.

'Long road' on $50m resort's receivership

The receiver for an Abaco-based resort/marina development, recently appraised at $50 million, yesterday said he was “at the beginning of a long road” in trying to recover debts owed to a $27 billion US bank and other creditors.

Chamber chief moves to bring Oceania dispute 'back to table'

The Exuma Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday pledged to move swiftly to bring the warring Oceania Heights factions “back to the table”, admitting he was “disappointed” with the settlement proffered by one of the developers.

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Konshens and Elephant Man unite for 242 Dancehall concert

DANCEHALL performers Konshens and Elephant Man moved the crowd at Club Luna on Friday with their “more than satisfactory performances”.

Abaco's airport a 'definite turn-off'

Abaco’s economy could be poised for improvement if certain infrastructure issues are addressed, a realtor telling Tribune Business yesterday that the sate of the Marsh Harbour airport were a “definite turn-off” to new visitors.

Oil explorer share issue in year-long Gov't approval wait

The Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) planned share offering to local investors has been delayed for over a year by the wait for the Government to give its consent for exchange control approval, Tribune Business can reveal.

Financial analysts host lunch speaker

The Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of the Bahamas’ 2013-2014 Board is shown at their first Speaker Luncheon.

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Theatre festival celebrates poster art tradition

A RETROSPECTIVE exhibition of poster art depicting productions featured in Shakespeare in Paradise Festival opened last week. The exhibition features art created by sixteen Bahamian and resident artists for the 30 shows that have been presented by the festival.

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House of Rastafari launches 'Roots and Culture Thursdays'

ROOTS and Culture Thursdays is not only an event, it is a lifestyle experience for those looking for a fun, safe and conscious evening, according to House of Rastafari organiser and musician Jah Doctrine.


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Celebrating the youth of the Caribbean

THE BAHAMAS National Youth Council held a festive event on Saturday to concluded a long series of events celebrating the achievements of young people all over the Caribbean.

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'I Object' ready for Nassau showing

AFTER TWO successful showings in Freeport, Bahamas the I Object stage play will be held in Nassau.

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Neko Meicholas debuts ceramic art

The hyper-modern architecture of the new Holy Family Catholic Church on Robinson and Claridge Roads on the outskirts of Nassau celebrates light. In daylight an abundance of windows allows light to flood in and illuminate the ecclesial structure.

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Band makes come back with 'Rockalypso'

PURSUING a career in real estate was the best thing to do after he failed to realise his musical aspirations more than a decade ago. Now, Bahamian entertainer Johnnie Christie is taking another shot at music, with the release of an album and the relaunch of the Floating Boats band.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW - Referendums: Are the public making tough decisions for government?

A REFERENDUM should deal with weighty matters and should be representative of solemn, considerate thought that modifies the direction of a country for generations to come.

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The heat is in town

THE NBA champion Miami Heat thanked the Bahamas and the Atlantis Resort for the warm welcome they received on arriving for their pre-season training camp.

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MIAMI HEAT: Training in Paradise

A festive Bahamian welcome for the defending NBA champions Miami Heat was the unofficial opening for the team as they headed into 2013 training camp and a quest for a third consecutive title.

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Ferguson: I wasn't surprised that I got an award

WHILE Prince Wilson was by far the best offensive player for the Bahamas at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championships, Byron Ferguson was the only one to be selected for one of the individual categories at the end of the week-long tournament at the Langley Events Centre in British Columbia, Canada.

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Miller will be the first to receive the Golden Hawk Award

QUARTER-miler Ramon Miller can add the prestigious Golden Hawk Award from his alma-mater Dickinson State University to his resumé.

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US shutdown 'very serious' for Bahamas

The US federal government ‘shutdown’ could have “a very serious and negative effect” on the Bahamian economy, a former finance minister warned yesterday, which was unlikely to “go anywhere near” its 2013 growth projections.

MARKETING REVOLUTION: Win customers via the 'Wow' factor

To get the attention of a client I will often spend what some might say is an exorbitant amount of money. It is not that I am being extravagant.

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All united for US Embassy day

US Charg� d’Affaires John Dinkelman hosted the fourth annual Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day at the US Ambassador’s Residence under the theme, “Play Unified to Live Unified!”

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'Dozens screaming' after pepper-spray incident

POLICE are investigating a pepper-spray incident in Andros said to have left dozens of people, including tourists, screaming and jumping into sea.

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Foundation gives grants to help nation's children

ON February 1 of this year, Paradise Children’s Foundation hosted its inaugural gala fundraising event, “Pandora’s Box in Paradise” at the Atlantis Resort.

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'Govt must lay out course of action over referendum'

NOW that it is confirmed that the referendum to amend the Constitution will not take place in November, the FNM says the government must regroup and lay out plainly what its next course of action will be.

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Man in custody after high-speed police chase

A YELLOW Elder man is in custody after police arrested him following an armed robbery and high speed chase yesterday.

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Hundreds of students given backpacks as they go back to school

FOUR hundred students – including 200 in the Bain and Grants Town area and many who attend Palmdale Primary School, DW Davis Junior High School and Mt Carmel Preparatory Academy – headed to school this year with snazzy new backpacks teeming with supplies thanks to McDonald’s local umbrella company DanBrad Ltd and St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk.

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VAT deadline 'a recipe for disasters' warns FNM

THE Christie administration is “preparing a recipe for disaster” by continuing to forge ahead with an aggressive schedule for Value Added Tax implementation, FNM chairman Daron Cash warned.

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Public meeting to look at biodiversity changes

FREEPORT – Dr David W Steadman, curator of ornithology at Florida Museum of Natural History, and Janet Franklin, Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, will be presenting the changes in biodiversity in the Bahamas at a public meeting to be held at the Rand Nature Centre tomorrow.

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Carl Bethel to replace Bannister in Senate

THE FNM yesterday announced that Carl Bethel has been appointed to replace former Education Minister Desmond Bannister in the Senate.

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Porter: I have been denied treatment

BAHAMAS Cancer Centre director Dr Arthur Porter is claiming that he has been denied medical treatment for his stage-four lung cancer while in a Panamanian prison.

Ya Hear?

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Tuesday, October 1

Palm Cay condos oversubscribed

Palm Cay’s first condominium phase has been oversubscribed within two months, with 16 reservations received for 12 two-bedroom, 2.5-bath units.

Tax Reform Committee's creation is confirmed

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) yesterday confirmed the creation of a private sector Tax Reform Committee, which will seek to “constructively engage” the Government on its proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT).

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'Pigeon hunters' blamed for BTC disruption

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) is blaming the disruption of its services in Andros on pigeon hunters.

Almost two years and no US ambassador?

FRED Mitchell probably feels quite a hero having secured the support of the Caribbean community in his argument with the Miami-based Cuban exile group fighting for the rights of their countrymen to be treated humanely while in the Bahamas’ detention centre.

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Boy, 16, accused of being serial rapist

A TEENAGE boy accused of being a serial rapist was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with four sexual assaults in which two of his alleged victims are 13-year-old girls.

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Courts grind to halt as stenographers hold sick-out

STENOGRAPHERS staged a “sick out” yesterday, shutting down operations at the Magistrate’s Court, The Tribune understands.

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49-year-old faces court over rape of 13-year-old

A 49-year-old man was charged in Magistrate’s Court yesterday with statutory rape. He was accused of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

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Constitution chairman says 'no way'

VOTERS will not be heading to the polls to decide on changes to the constitution in November, Constitutional Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney said yesterday.

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Two journeys intersect: Becoming a doctor

TO OFFICIALLY strut the halls in a white lab coat is an inspiration that keeps Bahamian students Katrice Maycock and Rashanda Deveaux motivated throughout their journey in medical school.

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'I can only survive by more downsizing'

The Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) chairman yesterday suggested the “only way to survive” for his retail empire was downsize it to a single store, as he warned that Value-Added Tax (VAT) would “wipe out”the small business sector.

Oil drilling risk 'small' compared to 1bn barrels

The Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) chief executive believes the risks associated with drilling oil wells in this nation’s waters are “relatively small compared to that which already exists”, given that one billion barrels of oil are shipped through the Old Bahama Channel annually.

Gov'ts VAT 'level Playing field'

The Government will pay Value-Added Tax (VAT) on goods and services where it competes with the private sector to ensure a “level playing field”, it was recently revealed.

First female chief aims to 'reinvent' Development Bank

The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) has appointed attorney Arinthia Komolafe as its first female managing director, effective from September 16, 2013.

Airport advertiser in Grand Bahama expansion

Bahamas Airport Advertising has expanded its reach to Grand Bahama International Airport, signing up a Freeport-based PR agency to act as its representative on the island.

Renewed calls for Bimini EIA

ENVIRONMENTAL activists yesterday reiterated calls for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Genting’s multi-million dollar resort and cruise ship terminal investment on Bimini to be published, saying the island was in a “precarious state”.

Elimination problems in cats

Every week I often hear the primary complaint by cat lovers “why does my cat urinate in every other place other than the litter box?” A cat’s failure to urinate in the litter box may have several causes. (By the way it is recommended that you provide a litter box for every cat in your household.)

Maintain strong bones with exercise

Osteoporosis can steal the strength from your bones, leaving you stooped-shouldered and prone to fractures. But you can do something with your muscles to help lower your risk of a break – exercise.

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Are you equippped to excel in the emotional economy?

Most educational standards are based on academics centred on numeracy and literacy alone. While they help you to survive the business and financial economies, without emotional awareness, the emotional economy will eventually gobble you up.

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Youth consultant brings out 'the star in you'

AS a youth consultant, public speaker and writer Anastarcia Huyler is determined to bring out the “star” in anyone who comes into contact with her.

Satellite Bahamas Moves to dismiss DIRECTV lawsuit

Satellite Bahamas and its principals, the Garraways, are urging the Florida courts to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that they ‘pirated’ DIRECTV’s signals on legal technicalities, Tribune Business can reveal.

Baha Mar 'contacts' over 10,000 recruits

Baha Mar yesterday said it was “more than satisfied” it will find the 5,000-plus full-time staff it needs from the Bahamian workforce, having already ‘contacted’ more than 10,500 persons in its expanding recruitment drive.

LETTER TO EDITOR: Manufacturing a real incentive to hire 10,000

I am responding to an article that was published in The Tribune’s Business section on Monday, September 16, 2013. It was written by Mr Neil Hartnell and included points of interest from a prominent accountant, Raymond Winder, on ways of cutting our country’s deficit.

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Canadian travel writers explore Exuma and Nassau

CANADIAN reporters and travel writers are telling of their experiences in Great Exuma as that island continues to promote its attributes to the world.

Attempt to lighten tanker grounded off Grand Bahama

OFFICIALS are attempting to “lighten” the M/T Formosa Falcon in an attempt to refloat the fuel tanker which has been grounded in waters off of Grand Bahama since last Thursday.

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RBC hosts prostate cancer seminar

RBC Freeport hosted a free educational seminar on prostate cancer to coincide with Global Prostate Cancer Awareness month, which is observed every September.

Exile group offers to assist trial by providing witness contact details

CUBAN exile group leader Ramon Sanchez has offered to assist Bahamian officials in conducting a fair and transparent trial of the RBDF officers accused of abusing Cuban detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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YOUR SAY: Florida's sand shortage

TODAY, headlines tell us that Florida is running out of sand. Just reading about it in print has probably caused the hair on the neck of many Bahamians to rise in apprehension and fear.

BISX confirms its first SMART Fund

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) has confirmed its first SMART Fund listing in the shape of the Sapphire Venture Fund, which will now appear on the exchange’s mutual fund tier.

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Minister conducts security assessment of Exuma ports

MINISTER of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage conducted a security assessment of the various ports of entry in the Exuma chain.

Hospital denies patient surgery postponed

THE Public Hospital Authority yesterday denied that the surgeries of some of their patients were postponed last week.

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Miami Heat training camp gives Bahamas sports tourism boost

The Miami Heat training camp, being hosted at the Atlantis resort, gives the Bahamas an opportunity to show the world what the Bahamas can offer with its sports tourism programme, says Greg Rolle, a representative of the Bahamas’ sports tourism marketing team in South Florida.

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Renaldo's Ramblings: '305 to My City'

SOMETIMES the stars align perfectly.

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Unemployed feel let down by lack of jobs at career fair

SCORES of young job seekers were left disappointed yesterday when only half of the companies at a government facilitated careers fair showed up.

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Government understanding with migration organisation

THE government is negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organisation for Migration to garner international assistance with illegal immigration.

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Waltiea Rolle named 3rd best in ZBL Player of the Week

SO far so good for 23-year-old Waltiea Rolle.

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Four years in jail for smuggling marijuana in loaves of bread

A MAN was sentenced to four years imprisonment yesterday after admitting that he tried to smuggle marijuana to Mayaguana in loaves of bread.

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NPSA to honour former and present managers, coaches

JUST before the best-of-seven championship series is completed, the New Providence Softball Association will take the time to honour six of its former and present managers and coaches.

BFSB subvention cut's 'ideal opportunity'

Despite a cut in its government subvention, the Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) chief executive believes this has created an “ideal opportunity” to work with the Government on maximising resources.

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FNM deputy slams handling of constitution referendum

FNM DEPUTY leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday slammed the government over its handling of the proposed referendum on changes to the Bahamas constitution.

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Tribune files formal application to cover proceedings

THE Tribune has formally applied to Royal Bahamas Defence Force to be allowed to cover the proceedings against marines accused of abusing Cuban detainees.

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Pinder hails 'remarkable journey' of Chinese state

MINISTER of Financial Services Ryan Pinder hailed the People’s Republic of China’s “remarkable journey” since its founding in 1949.

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Jury returns in murder trial after two weeks of legal discussions

THE jury in the murder trial of a widow accused of plotting her husband’s death returns to court today having been excused from Supreme Court for two weeks because of legal discussions which had to take place in their absence.

Auto rickshaws suggested as alternative to horses

THE introduction of auto rickshaws could be a “great alternative” to downtown Nassau’s surrey horse attraction, Bahamas Humane Society President Kim Aranha said yesterday.