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Monday, September 30

Is Fred Mitchell still in the Cuba mix?

WE HAD hoped that Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell would have faded into the shadows when the Cuban abuse allegations were transferred to National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage.

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How soon is 'soon as possible'?

IN 1986, former Jamaican senator and Gleaner editor Hector Wynter said that cultural dominance should never deny press freedom. Three decades later, public dissatisfaction with the role that the media plays is still directly correlated to the level of access to information.

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'World must do more to stop trafficking of guns'

THE world community must do more to fight against the trafficking of illegal firearms, Prime Minister Perry Christie told the UN General Assembly this weekend.

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CARICOM supports Bahamas in dispute with Cuban protest group

THE Caribbean Community has come out in support of the Bahamas over the long-standing spat between the country and a Miami-based Cuban exile group.

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Attorney urges Freeport businesses to join tax case

FREEPORT – Attorney Fred Smith, QC, is urging Freeport licensees to unite in bringing a case against the government and its decision to impose new taxes under the Customs Management Act.

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Girl, 13, raped - suspect arrested

POLICE are questioning a teenager in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old girl and a string of other serious offenses.

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Christie gives address at UN General Assembly

PRIME Minister Perry Christie criticised the efforts of certain members of the international community to “maim and cripple, if not destroy, the offshore economies” of the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Oceania Heights settle offer 'absolute nuts'

Disgruntled homeowners have rejected a Bahamian attorney’s offer to settle the long-running Oceania Heights dispute, their president describing it as “absolutely nuts” on the grounds that it seeks to dump $2.76 million in liabilities on them.

BPC: Oil royalties '30% higher' than Gulf of Mexico

The Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) royalty rates are “30 per cent higher” than those paid by Gulf of Mexico oil drillers, its chief executive disclosing that these terms were also “more onerous” than what is specified in the existing Petroleum Act.

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BEC's $250m bond deferred to stop reform 'handicap'

A $250 million bond to refinance the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has been postponed to avoid “handicapping” the energy sector reform process, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Gov't cost Freeport $1bn LNG investment

Freeport lost a $1 billion investment “solely” because the Government refused to approve a Business Licence, a leading QC calling on the Government to “stop tying a noose around the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s neck”.

Water provider alters model over 'killer utilities'

A leading water manufacturer says it had been forced to change its business model to help lower its high operating expenses, telling this newspaper that “utilities costs have killed us for the past four to five years”.

'Serious concerns' on maximising Bahamian jobs at Baha Mar

There are “serious concerns” that this nation will be unable to maximise Bahamian employment at Baha Mar and Grand Bahama’s Reef Village due to ‘skills gaps’ and a lack of qualified workers, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has warned.

Bimini developer: we did submit EIA

RESORTS World Bimini has confirmed it has submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its marina hotel and cruise ship dock development, a spokesperson telling Tribune Business that approvals relating to the EIA had been granted based on certain conditions.

The consequences of VAT are real

Ishmael Lightbourne, consultant to the Ministry of Finance, in an ad hominem attack on the Nassau Institute describes the research report, ‘Consequences of the Value Added Tax for Bahamas’, as being “extreme, ridiculous, exaggerated and inaccurate”, and is being read because it “bashes” the Government.

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Hitmen, Brackettes take 2-0 lead in series

THE Sigma Brackettes and the Arnette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmen are right where they want to be - in full control of the New Providence Softball Association ladies’ and men’s best-of-seven championship series.

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Swimmers hit the open water

More than 68 swimmers competed in Swift’s annual Open Racing Swim Championships at Silver Cay on Saturday.

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'Celebrity Getaway and Golf Weekend' opens Exumas to the world

A DOZEN celebrity golfers took to the green at Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club for another edition of the award-winning resort’s “Celebrity Getaway and Golf Weekend.”

Poultry farmer faces tough restaurant sell

AN Abaco based poultry producer says that roughly 70 per cent of its product is being gobbled up by Bahamian food retailers, but it is having a tougher time breaking into the restaurant market.

Tax Coalition not out to 'kill VAT'

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC)proposed tax reform committee is aiming to bring “more leadership to the debate”, its chairman emphasising: “This isn’t a Coalition to kill VAT.”

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Festival call goes out to high school film-makers

FREEPORT – With the date for the 2013 Ft Lauderdale Film Festival’s ‘On Location: Grand Bahama Island’ quickly approaching, sponsors and organisers are busy promoting the event at high schools throughout the country.

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Cruise passengers join brewery tours

FREEPORT – Passengers on Carnival Cruise Lines and guests at various hotels on the island are flocking to Bahamian Brewery and Beverage for the fun brewery tours, giving a much-needed boost to tourism activities on Grand Bahama.

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MP leads clean-up crew

ST Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman hit out at the government over extent to which the appearance of New Providence has deteriorated since the election.

EARTHCARE concerns over Bimini development

THE environmental activist group EARTHCARE has expressed deep concern following revelations in the press regarding the development plans for Bimini.

Sunday, September 29

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

NORCECA: BAHAMAS SEVENTH OVERALL

THE Bahamas men’s national volleyball team had to settle for seventh place at the NORCECA Men’s Continental Championships after defeating Saint Lucia in three straight sets, 25-17, 25-20, 25-20 at the Langley Events Centre in British Columbia, Canada, on Saturday.

Cable completes two US purchases

Cable Bahamas has announced that following the successful completion of its $135 million senior credit facility refinancing, it complated the acquisitions of Marco Island Cable and NuVu.

PM calls for intensified global efforts to eliminate poverty

THE nations of the world must intensify global efforts to eliminate poverty and structural imbalances that impede economic growth in certain sections of the Caribbean, Prime Minister Perry Christie said in his address to the UN General Assembly over the weekend.

Body of man discovered

THE body of a man was found among some garbage bins off Bay Street yesterday.

Saturday, September 28

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$2 MILLION DRUG BUST

AUTHORITIES are praising yet another “major” drug bust with the early morning discovery of more than $2 million worth of marijuana in Exuma.

FNM deputy calls for answers after surgery roster lost at hospital

AFTER preparing for months, several persons who were due for surgery at Princess Margaret Hospital this week were told they will have to wait until next year because the hospital’s surgery roster has been lost.

Kofhe Goodman sentencing delayed

A “POLITICAL show trial” is what Kofhe Goodman’s attorney dubbed the delay in yesterday’s sentencing of the convict for the September 2011 murder of Marco Archer.

Friday, September 27

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By ADRIAN GIBSON

$2 MILLION DRUG BUST

By DANA SMITH

THE MCCABE PROJECT: A new breed

ONE night not too long ago, a young man in his early 20s was walking home through the narrow, dimly lit streets of the neighbourhood where he was born and has always lived.

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Police seek help in hunt for killer as murder total reaches 82

POLICE are asking for your help in locating the man responsible for the country’s latest murder.

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Authorities ‘almost certain’ fatal blaze started by electrical shortage

DESPITE allegations that arson was to blame for the deaths of six relatives in a house fire, authorities are almost certain that the blaze resulted from an electrical shortage, The Tribune understands.

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PM: National plan to help country's economy

THE nation took the first step on the road to creating a National Economic Development Plan yesterday.

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'Thousands' of cane toads found

THOUSANDS of Cane toadlets have been found over the past few weeks at Lyford Cay, Minister of State for Environment Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.

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Ellis speaks on new church fellowship

INFLUENTIAL religious leader Bishop Neil Ellis yesterday broke the silence over what led to his resignation from Full Gospel International which has resulted in the formation of a new fellowship of churches.

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Oil drilling vote is still planned

BAHAMIANS will still get the opportunity to vote on whether or not the country will allow commercial oil drilling, according to Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett, who criticised the opposition for misleading the public yesterday.

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'No evidence hull has been breached'

At approximately 2:30 p.m. on 26th September 2013, The Motor Tanker-Formosa Falcon, a 39,307 ton vessel ran aground off the coast of Grand Bahama.

Regulators 'lax' over listed firms info disclosures

The Securities Commission’s top executive yesterday admitted that regulators had been “lax” in ensuring public companies met their ‘information disclosure’ obligations, and said: “It’s something we have to tighten up on.”

Private sector in Tax Coalition talks

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) is holding talks with industry associations over the formation of a ‘Tax Coalition’, Tribune Business can reveal, as a tool “to figure out what commerce needs to do” over Value-Added Tax (VAT).

BISX: $6bn market cap if Gov't debt listed

The listing of $3.467 billion in long-term government debt would represent “the single biggest event in the history of the Bahamas International Securities Exchange”, its chief executive said yesterday, more than doubling its market capitalisation to over $6 billion.

Insurers fearing VAT 'recipe for disaster'

The Government’s proposal to levy 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) on property and casualty insurance premiums was yesterday described as “a recipe for disaster”, although the Government has indicated a “willingness” to listen to industry concerns.

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Brackettes win opener

With the game on the line, the Sigma Brackettes went to three veteran players to get the job done.

$500m-plus Bahamasair losses 'unacceptable'

The Government is looking to re-position Bahamasair as a carrier that brings tourists this nation, a Cabinet Minister describing its plus-$500 million losses since creation as “unacceptable”.

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Wanted man arrested

A MAN wanted for questioning in connection with an armed robbery in Grand Bahama was taken into custody in New Providence yesterday.

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15 heroes to be selected

IN celebration of National Heroes Month in October, a committee will select 15 heroes from a list of 52 nominees to be recognised for their achievements and contributions over the years.

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Electric amnesty extended by week

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation is extending its disconnection amnesty period by a week, BEC Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.

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Man admits fleeing from police

A MAN on trial in Supreme Court yesterday admitted to fleeing from police, leading them on a high-speed chase, and hitting and dragging a pedestrian 80 feet before shooting at pursuing officers.

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FNM agrees with Wilchcombe on Cuban row damage

THE FNM is “not satisfied” that a loss of confidence in the Bahamas’ commitment to human rights is limited to activists in South Florida – despite assertions by Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell, St Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman said yesterday.

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Hield aims for medal

FOR the past three trips he’s been on, Carl Hield has always travelled with a Bahamian partner. This time, he’s making the trek alone to compete at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Boxing Championships.

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On-site gene testing held at RBC for breast cancer

EMPLOYEES of RBC Royal Bank benefited from free on-site genetic testing for breast cancer vulnerability.

CHAMBER VOICE: Sound methods for promotion

Everyone in life looks for promotion, advancement and acceleration in whatever activities they are engaged.

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Man admits marijuana charges

AN ABACO man has now spent his first night of four years behind bars at Her Majesty’s Prison after pleading guilty to growing marijuana with the intention of selling it.

Abaco business owners 'opened up' to the IRS

The Abaco Chamber of Commerce is aiming to take the lead in informing residents with dual US citizenships about their obligations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

Accountant warns on Credit bureau 'shock'

The introduction of a credit bureau may create a “shock” for both the banking system and consumers, a leading accountant believes, warning that it could result in many Bahamians becoming ineligible to borrow.

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Lourawls Nairn heads to Michigan

LOURAWLS Nairn will be taking his talents to East Lansing, Michigan, in the fall of 2014 after he verbally committed to the Michigan State Spartans yesterday.

BISX urges: Drive the business to us

Fresh from the listing of its first SMART Fund, the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) yesterday urged local financial services practitioners to drive clients to it, adding: “The business comes here and lists somewhere else.”

Sports in brief

THE Financial Bowling League’s 2013-2014 season got started Wedneaday night at Mario’s with several respectable scores being shot.

Sports World 'Go Positive Tour' to hit Bahamas

DEVON McDonald is more than excited, but he’s pleased with the progress being made in hosting the first Sports World Go Positive Tour to the Bahamas.

Thursday, September 26

Commission signs to key agreement

The Securities Commission of the Bahamas (the Commission) joined nine other regulators in Luxembourg last week to become a new signatory to the International Organisation of Securities Commissions’ (IOSCO) Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MMoU).

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Work begins on Genting resort

Site preparation and preliminary work is underway for the construction of Resorts World Bimini’s new marina hotel, the developer has announced. It has also mobilised personnel and equipment to support works for its new cruise pier.

Sandals aids in coast clean-up

The Sandals Foundation collected 390 pounds of garbage in 39 bags, picked up by more than 49 volunteers, across New Providence and Great Exuma last Saturday during International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day 2013.

More than 200 receive financial certificates

More than 200 Bahamians received financial certifications and designations at the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services (BIFS) 37th annual awards ceremony.

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FNM deputy leader seeks response to BPC comments

ACCUSING the government of keeping Bahamians in the dark on oil exploration, FNM deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner is calling on the government to urgently respond to “deeply troubling” comments made by Bahamas Petroleum Company CEO Simon Potter.

Unwise to hold closed trial for Cuban beatings

WE COMMEND the Bahamas government that after three months of shadow boxing, sending up smokes screens and pretending that all’s well in paradise, they have at last admitted that something sufficiently serious must have gone wrong at the Carmichael Detention Centre in June to warrant an investigation.

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Abaco stopovers 22% behind peak

Abaco’s 87,000 stopover visitors in 2012 were down 22 per cent from their pre-recession high, a senior tourism official yesterday revealing that negotiations were being held with a major US carrier to provide jet service beyond Miami and help fuel a turnaround.

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Marsh Harbour Airport incomplete

THE $30 million project at the Marsh Harbour International Airport is still incomplete, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis said yesterday.

TOUGH CALL: Dramatic encounter in ‘A Policeman’s Story’

IN 1952 Trinidadian Paul Thompson was recruited by the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

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Jury hears of high-speed chase by police officers

A JURY briefly heard yesterday how an attempt by policemen on mobile patrol to pull over a vehicle driving in the wrong direction on a one way street led to a high-speed chase and a female pedestrian being dragged by the get-away car.

Call for fishing expansion

AS the fishing industry and public grapple with the critical need for conservation and sustainable practices, stakeholders are calling for a wider catch.

Owner says ‘they’ll have to jail me’ over VAT

MORE businesses are speaking out against the government’s planned Value Added Tax scheme, with one owner firmly stating: “They’re going to have to send me to jail, because I ain’t paying it – bottom line.”

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Drugs smuggled in loaves of bread

A 54-year-old man is in police custody after he allegedly tried to smuggle marijuana to Mayguana in loaves of bread.

Bahamas Waste 30% off profit forecast

Despite first-half profits that were 30 per cent below expectations, Bahamas Waste yesterday said it anticipates a “much better” final six months of 2013 after the Government expanded its residential garbage routes.

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$6bn developers 'a little closer'

The developers behind a $6 billion resort project are “a little bit closer” to kickstarting formal government analysis of their proposal , with confirmation of the necessary financing still awaited by the Christie administration.

Cutting 1,000 companies to maximise VAT revenues

A top accountant yesterday backed the Government’s plans to slash mandatory Value-Added Tax (VAT) registrants by 1,000 firms, telling Tribune Business this would help to “maximize” revenues from the new tax.

$4.5m in assets caught in 2012 fraud complaints

The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) last year dealt with 450 fraud complaints involving $4.5 million worth of assets, it was revealed yesterday, as it called upon Bahamians to stop viewing this as a “victimless crime”.

Recession fears if VAT lowers consumer spend

A leading accountant yesterday warned that if the uncertainty surrounding Value Added Tax (VAT) sparked a decrease in consumer spending, it might push the Bahamas back into recession.

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Deputy PM visits schools

DEPUTY Prime Minister and representative for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, Philip Davis visited each of the schools in his constituency to offer encouragement to students and teachers as well as to personally make a gift of a school backpack containing essential school supplies to every student.

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FIFA World Cup trophy coming to the Bahamas

An 89-country tour to celebrate the world’s most popular sport will make a stop in the Bahamas as the build-up for one of the most coveted prizes in sports continues.

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VIDEO: Creating a 'safe zone' Over the Hill

HE’S been shot at least 18 times. He survived a shotgun blast to the chest and has buried many friends thanks to the gang violence that has rocked his community for years.

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Waltiea aims to finish school, get degree

WHILE her WNBA counterparts are in playoff-mode, Waltiea Rolle has paid immediate dividends for her franchise early into her professional career.

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NPBA: 'Biggest season to date' expected

THE New Providence Basketball Association is set to get its preseason underway next week and president Keith Smith said he expects it to be the “biggest season to date” for the country’s top basketball league.

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Counselling to be offered to family of murder victims

FAMILY of homicide victims often suffer trauma that could spur them to retaliate, noted psychiatrist Dr David Allen said yesterday.

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Ride for Hope says thanks to supporters

Ride for Hope planning committee member Billy Holowesko stopped by Lutra Pure’s Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, plant this week to thank the Cancino family for their generous support of the Ride for Hope for eight consecutive years.

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Police seek man for questioning about armed robbery

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man who is wanted for questioning about an armed robbery.

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Jury in Sherman murder trial excused for legal discussions

THE jury in the murder trial of a widow accused of plotting her husband’s death were again excused by the presiding judge yesterday due to ongoing legal discussions with lawyers.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Shopping for the correct colour

You already know that colours are important, and how they trigger emotion, which have a real impact on a customer’s buying decision. This week we will discover how to adjust colours in Photoshop.

DPM: Abaco airport approvals 'vexing'

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday reassured Abaconians that a completion date was “in sight” for the new Marsh Harbour International Airport, adding that his ministry had been unable to issue all the necessary project approvals due to technical concerns.

YOUR SAY: Tackling the BRCAI mutation

THE islands of the Bahamas are known for their beautiful beaches and pristine clear waters, a marvel many across the globe seek out in their travels.

Ministry adviser slams 'ridiculous' Institute VAT study

A leading Ministry of Finance consultant yesterday blasted the Nassau Institute’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) study as “one of the most extreme, ridiculous and exaggerated” reports he had ever seen.

Wednesday, September 25

Beloved pastor dies at age of 91

Father William Marshall Bishop passed away on September 2, at 9:50 p.m. at his home in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 91 years. Funeral service and interment were held on September 7, at St. John’s Anglican Church, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Gospel artists cry out for peace

BAHAMIAN Gospel musician Gesner “Mr J” Dalmon teamed up with Deacon Culture and former Bahamas National Youth Choir member and veteran Gayle Barrow in a cry out to the lord with their new single, “We Need You (Remix).

Great debates needed

Have we moved out of the dark era to a time of enlightenment? Look again at the level and topics of debate in this country and you have your answer.

Voice of Deliverance celebrates 31 years of ministry

EVEN after 31 years, the goal of Voice of Deliverance Disciple Center to win the lost at all cost has not changed. The church is set to celebrate all the work they have done over the years to advance the message of the gospel.

6.00PM UPDATE: SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 5:20PM EDT UNTIL 7:20PM WEDNESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER.

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‘Brave’ accuses FNM of making political issue out of Cuban claims

FREEPORT – As threats of protests against the Bahamas continue over the Cuban detainee abuse allegations, Deputy Prime Minister Philip ‘Brave’ Davis said it is unfortunate that a matter of such international concern is being politicised here.

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Fred Mitchell orders investigation after Cuban migrants apprehended

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has ordered an investigation into the possibility that Cuban migrants are entering the Bahamas intentionally in an attempt to “destabilize our country.”

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Police chase ends with suspect crashing car

A WILD police chase ended outside Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday morning when a suspect crashed his vehicle into a nurse’s car.

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Owner of fatal fire house hits back at poor upkeep claims

THE owner of the Homestead Avenue house where six relatives were burned to death responded to criticisms that the poor upkeep of the property added to the tragedy.

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Minister announces 'imminent' proceedings

PROCEEDINGS against the Defence Force officers implicated in the Cuban abuse allegations at the Detention Centre will begin “imminently” with a “full report” of the proceedings to be released at its conclusion.

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Child model shines at Boca talent showcase

SASHA Fierce, the alter ego of superstar performer Beyonce, is the way 13-year-old Dana Kemp described her performance during the International Talent Showcase.

Medical school in GB pull-out

Ross University is set to close its Freeport-based medical school in early 2014, Tribune Business can reveal, dealing a fresh blow to Grand Bahama’s ailing economy just as several positive developments loom on the horizon.

Association eyes 'doubling' of Bay's nightlife economy

A newly-formed Association is aiming to “double the food and beverage, and nightlife, economy in downtown Nassau” within two years, having set itself the goal of increasing cruise passenger spending in this area by 31 per cent come year-end 2014.

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The evolution of cute confections

WHAT STARTED out as a hobby for Bahamian accessory designer Lavonne Ferguson has turned into a dream come true.

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US universities in stem cell rush

MIAMI, FL - The Government’s decision to enact stem cell legislation is proving to be a “game changer”, a Cabinet minister said yesterday, telling this newspaper that two more US universities had expressed interest in developing medical facilities in the Bahamas.

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'We will not let this rest'

Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) licensees yesterday won another chapter in their battle with Customs over the Hawksbill Creek Agreement by the score of ‘2-1’, a leading QC warning: ‘We will not let this rest.”

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BREA chief slams 'three-year bar' on new members

The Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president yesterday shot down suggestions by one of his predecessors that a ‘three-year moratorium’ on new realtor licenses be imposed, branding it as “not in the best interests of the Bahamas”.

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Safety first for 14,500 students in fire drills

ABOUT 14,500 students were successfully evacuated yesterday as Fire Safety Week activities continued.

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Two men appear in court in connection with double murder

TWO men accused of having a role in a double murder that occurred in their community appeared in Supreme Court yesterday for a case management proceeding.

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Adventure Learning Centre celebrates 20 years of educating Bahamian children

MINISTER of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald was among officials who joined in the 20th anniversary celebrations of Adventure Learning Centre.

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FNM leader claims 'Hurricane PLP' destroying middle class

FNM LEADER Dr Hubert Minnis claimed that ‘Hurricane PLP” is single-handedly destroying the middle class in the Bahamas.

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Lady Pindling hears 'A Policeman's Story'

FORMER Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Thompson yesterday presented Deputy to the Governor General Lady Marguerite Pindling with a copy of his first book, ‘A Policeman’s Story,’ during a courtesy call at Government House.

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Save The Bays wants release of study into Bimini development

AFTER a thorough tour of marine habitats in Bimini to observe the results of ongoing development, environmental movement Save The Bays is strongly urging the government and Genting Group to make public the findings of the hotel and casino developer’s environmental impact assessment.

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The Bahamas to get national commission for persons with disabilities

THE framework for the establishment of a national commission for persons with disabilities has been included in the draft disability legislation scheduled to reach parliament before the end of the year, Minister of Social Services and Community Development Melanie Griffin told a high level United Nations meeting.

Sports in brief

SWIFT Swimming Club is all set to host its first Open Water Swim Race of the new swim season at Palm Cay on September 28.

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Miami Heat to hold training camp at Atlantis

You’ve seen them on television as they repeated as the National Basketball Association (NBA) champions in June.

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Brackettes ready to take on Lady Sharks

They asked for the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks to be their opponents in the New Providence Softball Association ladies best-of-seven championship series and they got the pennant winners.

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Oneil returning to Africa to train with younger brother

AFTER making two trips by himself, O’Neil Williams is returning to Africa to train with his younger brother, Ramon.

Atlantis makes formal 'own energy' proposal

MIAMI, FL- THE Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club resorts’ owner has presented the Government with a formal proposal for the properties to generate their own energy, a Cabinet Minister revealed yesterday, noting that high celectricity costs were making it “extremely difficult” for them to survive.

Call centre seeks to hire 100 via job fair

Island Outsourcers will this weekend host a job fair for more than 100 positions in their new call centre, which is set to begin operations in Grand Bahama in early November.

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Tru Story searches for music breakthrough

BEFORE setting his eyes on international success, emerging Bahamian artist Tru Story is adamant about Bahamians knowing who he is and what his music is all about.

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More Jokes, More Talent: X Factor Recap

THE TALENT and the funnies continued into episode three and four of the X Factor USA last week.

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All Star Marching Band to guest star at major college event

MEMBERS of the Bahamas All Star Marching Band have been invited for the third time to perform at a major event on international grounds.

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Doongalik to host exhibition of quilts

Doongalik Studios announced the staging of an Exhibition of Quilts by the Sew ‘n’ Sew Quilters group on October 8. Sew ‘n’ Sew Quilters is a group of women who meet on a weekly basis to share their ideas and skills in the art of quilting, and socialize.

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Winner heads to space camp

After more than eight weeks of participation with over thousands of entries submitted, one lucky winner took the coveted grand prize package featuring a three-night trip to space camp in Amsterdam, a $10,000 Pre-Paid Card and 10 cases of Heineken.

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Things 2 Do

The Nomadixx @ Hammerheads • The Bahamas newest live hip hop band is set will perform at Hammerheads Thursday night at 10pm.

FamGuard unveils 15% profit growth

FamGuard Corporation has unveiled a 15 per cent year-over-year net income increase for the 2013 first half, driven by a total revenue increase and expenses that remained largely flat.

Realtor adds agent in the Abaco cays

Entrepreneur Sarah Sams has joined Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty as a sales agent in Elbow Cay and Lubber’s Quarters, Abaco.

Bahamas moves over 'human capital gaps'

The Minister of Financial Services yesterday said that language and cultural exposure was a ‘significant gap’ for Bahamian financial services professionals, telling Tribune Business his ministry was working with the industry to fill human capital deficiencies.

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Promising signs but shaky script for new Bahamian film

Nathaniel P Lewis is a determined Bahamian film-maker. His “Politicking in Paradise” movie earned plaudits at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival’s Grand Bahama offshoot. “Frapper Avec Amour” is his latest short.

An evening in Barcelona at the NAGB

SPANISH MUSIC was heard from the roadside at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) last Friday, as the Commonwealth Writers hosted an “Evening in Barcelona” event.

Tuesday, September 24

Relatives say man is not a murder case witness

CONCERNED relatives of Aurtha Fife are insisting that he is not a witness in a murder case.

BTC sparks home phone promotion

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is hoping to give home phones a new lease of life with its ‘love your landline’ low price packages.

'Believe in Yourself' dance battle

LAST WEEK Friday, Bahamian musician Julien Thompson hosted the first ever “Believe in Yourself” dance battle. The event held at the Kendall G L Issacs Gym, showcased dancers from throughout the country, competing for cash prizes and awards.

A Tribute to Basil Neymour

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Activists demand Bimini EIA release

An environmental activist group has urged the Government and Genting Group to0 publish the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the latter’s multi-million dollar resort and cruise ship terminal investment on Bimini.

BTC move to boost landline appeal

CELL phones have a certain glamour and appeal but the landline, not so much.

Theories of cheap propagandists and their toadies

AS WE understand it the recent meeting between the Prime Minister — who was accompanied by at least seven of his Cabinet ministers — and the owners of The Nassau Guardian was meant to be a discussion about Mr Christie’s vision for the Bahamas.

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How plan for a library became row over office

AS many might be aware, there was a fire that destroyed the Administrative building and Post office in Upper Bogue Eleuthera in July, 2013.

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Modern technology, hallmark of new critical care block

NEW MEDICAL technology that will outfit the multimillion dollar critical care block at the Princess Margaret Hospital is expected to make healthcare easier and less expensive for Bahamians.

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The importance of skin care

A PERSON’s face is the first part of the body that is seen when interacting with others. Therefore, taking care of the skin on a daily basis is important, as it serves as a major physical attribute, said local esthetician.

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Elimination problems in dogs

Today one of the most common complaints of dog owners that I see in my practice at Central Animal Hospital is that of house soiling by adult dogs.

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Trash talk and national pride

Armed with a camera and access to social media, local community advocate Deran Thompson has made a name for himself with the focus he brought to the nastiness with which we cohabit here on New Providence.

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For the love of art

ANGELIKA’s love for painting has opened doors to everything she is doing in her career today. Even though she was involved in the art world for the past two years, Angelika Wallace-Whitfield’s high point came this year when she accepted a curator position at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation (DAF) and a curatorial assistant position at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB).

YOUR SAY: Time for a Christie shuffle

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has announced that he does not intend to shuffle his cabinet at this time. We think that there is compelling evidence that he should reconsider that decision.

Airline passenger tells of moment door flew open

SEVERAL suitcases and a Bahamasair mail bag were thrown from a Pineapple Air aircraft on Sunday when the door to the luggage compartment flew open after the flight took off, The Tribune understands.

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A year on and government still in talks on jitney reform

ONE year on since the renewed promise to reform public transportation, the government is still in talks with jitney owners over the impending unified bus system.

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Tourism Minister says Cuba protests will harm nation

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe suggested yesterday that Bahamians will end up suffering for the latest actions of the Miami-based Cuban exile group Democracy Movement who seem intent on harming the Bahamas’ reputation and economy.

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Cash for Gold concerns over legal moves

ONE disgruntled cash for gold operator says it is clear the government has already made up its mind over possible restrictions on the industry, considering last week’s announcement to table in Parliament a measure to prevent “cash for gold crimes”.

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Classes start at schools

FOR the first time in almost two weeks, classes resumed at Stephen Dillet and Uriah McPhee primary schools yesterday.

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Man arrested after police chase at PMH

A police chase which ended with a man being arrested.

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Fire chief: staff shortages caused no delay in fatal fire

FIRE Services Chief Walter Evans yesterday denied that staff shortages affected the response time to a tragic blaze that took the lives of six relatives, including a toddler and two teenage boys.

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Stocks to match 10% upside in '14

A top investment banker yesterday predicted that the Bahamian stock market will next year “at least” match the 10 per cent upside he anticipates for 2013, telling Tribune Business: “New Providence needs to get out of a hole.”

Fund targets 'definite Improvement' for 2014

The BISX-listed Bahamas Property Fund yesterday said it expects a “definite improvement” in earnings for 2014, amid hopes that “at least three outstanding lease requests” materialise into firm deals.

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Bahamas requiring $1bn in short-term infrastructure

MIAMI, FL - The Bahamas will likely need $1 billion in short-term infrastructure investment, a senior accountant said yesterday, telling Tribune Business that the energy sector was “an absolute priority”.

Insurers 'prefer' VAT zero rating

Bahamian insurers would “prefer” to be ‘zero-rated’ rather than ‘exempt’ under the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT), with several expressing concern that consumer premiums would increase if claims costs rose.

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Marvin Saunders makes three touchdown catches for Falcons

INCLEMENT weather delayed the game for a day, but when Kinkaid and Fort Worth Country Day eventually hit the field, Mavin Saunders turned in his best performance of the season thus far.

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Increasing the profile of distance running in the Bahamas

MARATHON Bahamas has become a major staple on the Bahamas’ sports tourism calendar and now with the advent of the Bahamas Half, the relationship between the two events is set to further increase the profile of distance running in the Bahamas.

Gov't urged: Put VAT 'cards on the table'

The think-tank behind a controversial study on the new Value-Added Tax (VAT) yesterday urged the Government to “put the cards on the table and be more transparent” over its tax reform plans, suggesting it was itself unsure about the impact on the wider economy.

Service 'critical' to $2.6bn Baha Mar

WITH Baha Mar marketing itself as an “upmarket” adult resort destination, a senior executive yesterday said service excellence was “critical” to the brand’s long-term success.

Bahamas 'bullish' on Latin America

MIAMI, FL - The Bahamian financial services industry remains “very bullish” on the Brazilian market, a Cabinet Minister telling this newspaper yesterday that the Smart Fund 7 model could be used as leverage to create other products.

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Urban renewal officials assess needs of residents

HOURS after fire caused devastation in an inner city community, Urban Renewal officials were in the area to assess the needs of residents.

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Minister: we must do all we can to ensure such a tragedy never happens again

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage offered his condolences to the family devastated by a fire that claimed six lives early yesterday morning.

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Girl Guides solicits support for building expansion

For nearly a century, the Bahamas Girl Guides Association has been inspiring Bahamian girls, preparing them to lead meaningful lives as empowered women. Now the Girl Guides organisation is experiencing growth of its own as it raises funds for a new headquarters to be built at a cost of $1.2 million with an additional $300,000 required for furniture and equipment.

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Debbie takes assistant coach job with Golden Eagles

FOR the past 26 years, sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie has enjoyed her role as a representative for the Bahamas, winning a medal in just about every international track and field meet that she has competed in.

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Wilkinson earns pro card

Dominique Wilkinson became the latest Bahamian to earn her professional card as the Bahamas finished fourth at the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, over the weekend.

Bidder infuriated over water plant open tender plan

The Government has decided to put the multi-million dollar Windsor reverse osmosis plant contract out to public tender, a move that was yesterday described as “a slap in the face” by one group with a long-standing interest.

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You don't have to win, you just have to 'tri'

Despite heavy rain, more than 200 competitors and spectators gathered at Jaws Beach in the early morning hours on Saturday for the first Baark Potcakeman Triathlon.

Blurred lines

Walking across a crowded area the other day, a group of young women were talking among themselves while others milled about. The conversation was loud and suddenly two words that packed a huge punch because they are usually used to degrade women were shouted.

Are you growing roots before branches?

There is a huge difference between knowing your roots and being rooted in what you know, especially, about who you are.

Monday, September 23

Resort and airport upgrades to create hundreds of jobs

Renovation projects at the Reef Village and Grand Bahama airport’s domestic terminal are on schedule, underpinning the creation of hundreds more jobs.

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By LAMECH JOHNSON

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Let's look at tourism

GONE are the days when promotional packages featuring the sun, sand and the sea would attract visitors in droves and sustain the high standard of living that Bahamians have become accustomed to.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNING

THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING ON MONDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER, 2013 FROM 4:30 PM UNTIL 6:30 PM.

RONALD SANDERS: The marijuana question

On September 17, the Bureau of the Heads of Government of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) discussed the decriminalisation of marijuana and its production for medicinal purposes.

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Negotiating with the gatekeeper: Young entrepreneurs and tourism

IF the movements made by a handful of young Bahamian professionals over the past year in tourism are any indication of the entrepreneurial thinking of their counterparts, then there is some hope for the future outlook of tourism in the Bahamas. 

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Police brutality helps fuel crime

If you follow court cases, particularly at the arraignment stage, accusations of police brutality are so commonplace they are received by the court with the unimpressed deference of a nurse on a busy maternity ward recording the weight of newborn infants.

Luggage 'falls from plane' on Pineapple Air flight

THE luggage compartment of a Pineapple Air plane opened on landing – sending luggage flying out of the craft, according to unconfirmed reports.

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New president of College must be Bahamian

“BAHAMIAN” is the must have qualification for candidates aspiring to become the College of the Bahamas’ 10th president in 16 years and “we’re very firm about that this time”, the head of the Advisory Search Committee said yesterday.

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$50M a year spent on foreign consultants

WELL over $50 million is spent annually by the Bahamas government on consultancy services concerning proposals for heads of agreements, the College of the Bahamas council chairman revealed yesterday.

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Civil liberty concerns over national ID proposals

THOSE who call for the introduction of a national identity card “must also understand there are civil liberty implications” that can arise as a result, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

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Mitchell: ‘No impact’ to Bahamas from Cuban row

AGAIN refusing to comment on the release date for the report into Cuban detainee abuse claims, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell insisted there has been no fallout for the Bahamas’ reputation due to the controversy.

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Schools 'pose no danger to health'

THE Department of Environmental Health Services has declared that Uriah McPhee and Stephen Dillet primary schools pose no health threat to students or teachers.

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Griffin warns of poverty rise

SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin has revealed an alarming rise in poverty in the Bahamas.

Uriah McPhee teachers back at work

Teachers are back at work at Uriah McPhee Primary School

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Six die in house fire

Police are investigating an early morning house fire that has claimed the lives of six people around 2am this morning.

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Judicial Review threat to $150m Genting project

Environmental activists are threatening to launch a Judicial Review challenge to the Government and Genting Group over Bimini’s “excessive” development, a well-known QC warning that the island’s “very heart and soul is being ripped out”.

Freeport tax battle 'refreshing' given pressure from IMF

Freeport’s brewing legal challenge to the Budget’s tax increases has been described as “refreshing for the country”, a well-known attorney again suggesting these were largely being driven by external forces.

Logging revival could create $160m industry

Reviving the logging industry could generate numerous entrepreneurial opportunities and allow Bahamians to tap into a timber import market worth an estimated $160 million, a senior environment official believes.

Cable completes $135m refinance

Cable Bahamas has removed one of the last obstacles to consummating its Florida expansion through the $135 million refinancing of its senior credit facility.

Regulators must account for 'serious consequences'

A leading businessman has warned that the level of due diligence required to open a bank account in the Bahamas is having “serious consequences” for the Bahamas’ attempts to position itself as an international business centre.

Wilson and Woodside shine in pool contests

DARIO Woodside and Duran Wilson have slowly been building a name for themselves on the local pool tables.

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Fencing making a comeback

FENCING, an Olympic sport, has relaunched in the Bahamas under the direction of Anthony D Lewis, a veteran fencer with 40 years of experience.

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Hitmen win pennant

THE Arnette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmen won the New Providence Softball Association men’s pennant. Now they are hoping that they can go all the way and win the championship title as well.

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Brackettes advance to championship series

ASHANTI Darville came to the Sigma Brackettes for moments just like this. With veteran Ernestine Butler-Stubbs done for the night, Darville was brought in from first base and she closed the door shut on the Electro Telecom Lady Hitters season in the New Providence Softball Association.

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Sports in brief

THE Pressure Hot Batters defeated the Police Crime Stoppers 11-9 in seven innings on Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Exuma Softball Association’s best-of-seven championship series. The Hot Ballers won game one 6-5 on Thursday.

Esso dealers seeking to buy own stations

Esso dealers have asked their prospective new supplier about the possibility of purchasing their own gas stations, Tribune Business can reveal.

Doctors chief: 'Don't fight stem cell Act'

Doctors Hospital’s president said the healthcare provider was looking to position itself as a centre for stem cell generation, telling Tribune Business that this treatment was “not really something we should be fighting against”.

Sunday, September 22

Harbour Island set for banner real estate year

Harbour Island is set to record one of its best years in real estate, according to Robert Arthur, Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty’s sales associate.

The party's over

EDITOR, The Tribune.

'Strong bids' among nine BEC proposals

By NEIL HARTNELL

Will next generation get a first chance?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Realtors dive into Palm Cay competition

Creative juices are flowing for some of the top real estate companies participating in the Palm Cay Realtor Video Contest, which invites agents throughout the Bahamas to submit a one-to-three minute video expressing what the expanding development offers.

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DISCUSSING a wide range of labour issues, from the much talked about 7-day work week proposition, to the upcoming Tripartite Debate in Parliament, to the proposed privatisation of Bahamasair, Shane Gibson met with representatives of the Trade Union Congress last week.

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POTCAKEMAN TRIATHLON 2013

Results

Saturday, September 21

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DEATH IN POLICE CUSTODY LAWFUL

JAMIE Smith’s death at the hands of police during a struggle was determined as a lawful killing by a Coroner’s Court jury yesterday.

School sabotage claims, more teachers stage sit-out

ALLEGATIONS of sabotage to school property is the latest development in the continuing dispute between the education officials and the Bahamas Union of Students.

Golden Knight's Olympic medal found

FLORIDA police have arrested a man in connection with the theft of Golden Knight Demetrius Pinder’s Olympic gold medal.

Friday, September 20

BUT is planning to file charges against school security guard

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson yesterday confirmed that the union planned to file charges against a security guard at Stephen Dillet Primary.

DEATH IN POLICE CUSTODY LAWFUL

By LAMECH JOHNSON

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By RASHAD ROLLE

Man killed as car hits fuel truck

By DANA SMITH

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Mother blames school conditions for daughter's asthma attack

A nine-year-old girl at Stephen Dillet Primary School suffered an asthma attack yesterday that her mother said was triggered by the mould and poor conditions in the building.

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Parents may be held responsible for acts of children

THE government is considering introducing an Act that would make parents responsible for the actions of their minor children, National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage said yesterday.

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Rates to rise amid reforms of surrey industry

LONG sought-after rate increases for horse and carriage drivers are finally on the horizon, according to Transport Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin.

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Parent jailed for a year after attack on principal

A GRAND Bahama parent who attacked the Principal of Jack Hayward High School was sentenced to one year at Her Majesty’s Prison yesterday.

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Minister seeks introduction of new law

“Marco’s Law is about to become the law” – hopefully before the end of this year, National Security Minister Bernard Nottage vowed yesterday, announcing plans to establish the Marco Alert for abducted children.

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'Minimum' 200,000 visitor boost from gaming reform

The Bahamas will attract a “minimum” 200,000 new tourists annually if the Government adopts all the casino industry’s reform proposals, a senior executive saying: “This is one Bill that can actually grow the economy.”

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AML moves on $1.25 million Carl's Jr ground breaking

AML Foods will break ground on its first $1.25 million Carl’s Jr outlet “a week on Monday”, its chief executive yesterday saying the move highlighted its focus on ‘low volume, high margin’ businesses in the wake of the Budget’s tax increases.

PM accuses critics of VAT 'distortion'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday hit back at critics of the Government’s proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT), accusing them of “distortion” and urging the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to publicly back his administration’s plans.

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CWC seeks 'particular' terms over BTC talks

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday indicated that the Government would likely reject terms sought by Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) for it to give up majority equity ownership in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), adding that talks between the two sides were in the final stages.

AML profits fall 62% on consumer spending decline

AML Foods yesterday unveiled a 61.8 per cent profit decline for its second quarter, blaming a combination of internal issues and a 5-6 per cent decline in per head consumer spending from mid-year 2013.

Applying fees in the world of sport

WHEN Leroy Archer was commissioned as the first chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), he said he was given a mandate by the Bahamas Government to enforce the laws as it pertains to the use of the sporting facilities on the 450 acres at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.

Top regulator: VAT doesn't alter tax system's regression

The Securities Commission’s acting top executive has warned that Value-Added Tax (VAT) will extend the regressive nature of the Bahamian tax system, with the Government unwilling to tackle the income tax “sacred cow”.

$29.5m Hurricane Hole's asset swap

KERZNER International has swapped the former Hurricane Hole Marina site with Atlantis’s new owner, Brookfield Asset Management, exchanging it for other real estate assets.

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FNM slams Fitzgerald performance as minister

THE opposition FNM has charged that Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald appears to have less concern and lower expectations for poor students.

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Abaco potholes patched

ABACO – One day after a story ran in The Tribune concerning the deplorable condition of the roads in Central Abaco, workmen were seen patching potholes in the areas of most concern on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Don MacKay Boulevard in Marsh Harbour.

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'We must focus attention on climate change risks'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday highlighted the need to bring international awareness to the country’s vulnerability to climate change in a bid to drive global environmental policy.

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PM: Not enough men in tertiary education

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday charged that the region must work to reverse the trend of under-representation of Caribbean males in tertiary education.

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'Cash for gold crime' legislation to be introduced

LEGISLATION to prevent “cash for gold crimes” will be tabled in the House of Assembly when the House resumes in less than two weeks, National Security Minister Bernard Nottage said yesterday.

Student injured during fight at Government High School

A FIGHT at the Government High School on Wednesday afternoon resulted in a student being admitted to hospital and losing a tooth, The Tribune understands.

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Men walk free after being acquitted in murder trial

THE question of who murdered Eamon Hepburn hours after he “seeked” at a woman in a convenience store remains unanswered following the acquittal of two men in Supreme Court yesterday.

Sports in brief

THE Barracuda Swim Club’s annual Awards Dinner is scheduled for 7pm Saturday (September 28) in the Windsor Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel.

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Filipino Sporting League opens regular season

The Filipino Sporting League has opened regular season play at Kendal Isaacs Gym with competition in volleyball for women and basketball for men.

CHAMBER VOICE: You're on notice! Improve service

For many years there has been a public outcry over the need for improved customer service relations in the Bahamas. Most people now see the direct correlation between service levels and the bottom line. Generally speaking, companies who do not deliver great customer experiences do not perform very well in the marketplace.

Atlantis sports book goes 'gangbusters'

Atlantis’ new $5 million sports book has been going “gangbusters” since it opened three weeks ago, Brookfield Hospitality’s president and managing director said yesterday.

Thursday, September 19

Chamber appoints new Institute head

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) has appointed Keshelle Kerr as the new executive director of the Chamber Institute.

Responses to crime forum recommendations

The recommendations of the Crime Forum and the Ministry of National Security’s responses:

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

TOUGH CALL: Government in a rush to reform the energy sector

ENERGY sector reform is in the air. The government wants to split the state-owned, loss-making Bahamas Electricity Corporation into two separate companies by the end of this year, and several private sector management bids are now being evaluated.

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PM Christie vows disability legislation by end of year

THE struggle to legislate equal opportunity for disabled persons moved a step forward today as the government announced plans to sign on to international conventions and introduce new legislation before the year end.

Principal attacked by parent

THE PRINCIPAL of the Jack Hayward High school was briefly hospitalized on Tuesday after being attacked by a parent, The Tribune understands.

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Medal theft suspect hunted

DETECTIVES believe they know who stole Demetrius Pinder’s 2012 Olympic Gold Medal in Bradenton, Florida.

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Prosecution to seek death penalty

WHILE three men convicted of murdering a policeman must wait a month to learn what sentence the Supreme Court will impose, they discovered yesterday that Crown prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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SCHOOL UPDATES

11.30am UPDATE: Teachers at Stephen Dillet are planning to walk off campus at 3pm after waiting for over an hour-and-a-half for the Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald to come and address them.

Island's 'all-time low' via 30 per cent aviation slump

Long Island yesterday became the second Bahamian island to declare private aviation visits were at “an all-time low”, with Stella Maris’s fixed-based operation (FBO) owner revealing fuel sales had slumped to their worst level since he acquired the business 15 years ago.

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Crime and politics

BEFORE starting this project, we were determined not to even mention politics in relation to crime.

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'Buddy Healed' to play in Sooners' season opener

HE had a promising freshman season cut short due to injury. Now, as the top returning scorer, the Oklahoma Sooners will lean heavily on Buddy Hield to have an expanded role this fall in his sophomore year.

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Kimbo hopes to get slice of 'Butterbean'

Ready to step back into the ring after a nearly year-long hiatus, Kimbo Slice has expressed interest in a return against one of the biggest heavyweight boxers of all time.

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Witnesses fail to appear for murder trial hearing

THE failure of two key prosecution witnesses to appear in a murder trial yesterday led to legal discussions in the absence of the jury.

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Lucky winner wins trip to space camp

AFTER more than eight weeks and thousands of entries submitted, one lucky winner took the coveted grand prize package featuring a three-night trip to space camp in Amsterdam, a $10,000 Pre-Paid Card and 10 cases of Heineken.

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Mitchell: Government did not refuse detainee release to Honduras

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies that the government has refused 10 Cubans detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre the opportunity to be sent to Honduras.

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Pledge for environment review tribunal amid Blackbead's Cay row

MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe yesterday pledged to support the establishment of an Environment Review Tribunal amidst ongoing protests against a planned dolphin facility at Blackbeard’s Cay.

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BTVI presents scholarship grant to Miss Universe Bahamas

THE Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute presented a scholarship grant to Miss Universe Bahamas Lexi Wilson yesterday.

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Govt in talks to improve surrey industry

MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe yesterday confirmed that the government is in talks to make significant improvements to the surrey industry.

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Minnis: No contact from government on referendum

OPPOSITION leader Dr Hubert Minnis criticised the government for continuing to delay releasing the questions and date for the upcoming constitutional referendum.

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PM's own story an inspiraton to those seeking second chance

FREEPORT – Twenty young persons will be given a second chance to earn a high school diploma through the newly launched Urban Renewal/Terreve College GED programme in Grand Bahama.

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Reception held to welcome embassy narcotics chief

ON September 12, US Charge d’Affaires John Dinkelman hosted a reception to welcome the new director of the Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Section, Kristin Gilmore.

Over 1,000 firms escape mandatory VAT registration

The Government yesterday estimated it would lose over 1,000 mandatory Value-Added Tax (VAT) payers in increasing the registration threshold to $100,000, but would still “capture” almost 98 per cent of economic activity.

Gov't officials downgraded to vehicle leasing

High-ranking officials who are entitled to a new car every three years at taxpayer expense have been kicked on to a vehicle leasing programme as part of the Government’s drive to cut spending, it was revealed yesterday.

Government backtracks on electricity bill VAT

A Cabinet Minister yesterday indicated the Government was modifying some parts of its Value-Added Tax (VAT) plans, agreeing it would be “inconsistent” with the Government’s election promises to levy it on electricity bills.

Customs attendance fees off-limits for Grand Bahama Chamber action

Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) licensees have been advised that the new 1 per cent Customs administrative processing fee and Environmental Levy breach the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) and should be challenged in the courts.

Most children ever on welfare

THREADBARE, in need of the necessary school supplies and short of food was how social workers described the condition of many children currently on the government’s Social Services welfare programme yesterday.

Bahamas listed as major drug transit country by US

THE Bahamas has once again been listed as a major drug transit country by the United States.

'Serious players' target captive insurance set-up

THE MINISTER of Financial Servcies said yesterday that “serious players” in the captive insurance industry were looking to set up a physical presence in the Bahamas, and this nation could soon look to establish a “dominant position” in the segment.

IMF: VAT will be efficient

AMID concerns over the government’s planned Value Added Tax regime, International Monetary Fund director Alejandro Werner explained yesterday how a VAT scheme would prove to be a “very efficient” tax system.

Top IMF executive backs Gov't on VAT

A senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive yesterday effectively backed the Bahamas’ decision to implement a Value-Added Tax (VAT) regime, describing it as a “very efficient” form of taxation.

Government moves on FATCA reporting

THE Ministry of Financial Services is set to issue a tender for the development and implementation of a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) reporting system, its director said yesterday, adding that it was working towards a December deadline to have its draft legislation released for industry consultation.

'No disadvantage' for off-property eateries under VAT

Value-Added Tax (VAT) will not place Bahamian restaurants at a competitive disadvantage against their hotel-based counterparts, a Cabinet Minister asserted yesterday, because they target two different customer bases.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Don't colour brand image

What does your brand colour say about your business? Do you know that colour is the first thing our brain registers before words or shapes? Meaning that colour is registered by the brain before images or typography.

Wednesday, September 18

Bahamians celebrate Yom Kippur

By ALESHA CADET

'I would rather close down than comply with VAT'

ONE local businessman said he would rather close down his auto-shop than spend money complying with the proposed Value Added Tax system.

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By RASHAD ROLLE

Quick registration urged for Bahamas Half Marathon

By RENALDO DORSETT

Exalting the divine from 1939

Celebration will truly be in the air when Holy Spirit Anglican Church, one of the main spiritual pillars in the Chippingham community, rings in their 75th anniversary. Although the church, once known as the “Little Lipstick Church”, officially celebrates this milestone on January 12, 2014, it is organising six months of activities leading up to the grand celebration.

‘That’s Bain Town for ya’

THE body of a young man was lying face down in a dusty, garbage heaped alley, surrounded by barricade tape as police waited for the hearse.

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VIDEO: JOINING THE ELITE

By ALESHA CADET

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SCHOOLS LATEST: Govt issues statement

10.30AM UPDATE: Teachers are outside of the Uriah McPhee school this morning protesting against the conditions at the school.

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Tornado strikes at Nassau airport

FOLLOWING the touchdown of a tornado and a severe thunder storm warning yesterday, flights into and out of the Lynden Pindling international airport were temporarily suspended.

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Protest leader: ‘Govt is trying to silence detainees’

THE leader of a Miami-based human rights group suspects that the government of the Bahamas has gone to great lengths to silence the voices of Cuban detainees.

Ultimatum over surrey horses

THE Bahamas Humane Society has issued an ultimatum to the government over long-standing concerns over the condition of surrey horses in New Providence.

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Protests grow over dolphins

ENVIRONMENTAL activists pledged to intensify protests against a planned dolphin facility at Blackbeard’s Cay after a site visit revealed alleged breaches of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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‘VAT will hurt businesses’

THE government is being irresponsible in seeking to impose Value Added Tax on the public, as the scheme will only cause local businesses to suffer, said businessman and former politician Paul Moss.

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How adrift pair survived for 8 days

AFTER spending eight days drifting at sea, contemplating suicide, starving and hungry, Anthony Douglas said it was “truly a miracle” that he and his friend Big Mike are still alive today.

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PI developer loses $37m security fight

The “sole purpose” behind a developer’s legal action was to delay CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) in realising its $37 million security on a controversial 12-storey Paradise Island condominium project.

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Dc Pratt seeks his first win of year

It was approximately a year ago when DC Pratt made a successful Muay Thai debut. Now, he will return to the same promotional card seeking his first win of the year.

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Gov't to consult Bahamian dealers over Esso sale

The Government has received a “formal application” from the Barbados-based SOL Group for its approval of the Esso (Bahamas) acquisition, a Cabinet Minster yesterday confirmed, while promising to consult with the latter’s Bahamian retailers before any decision was taken.

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'Hanging on by a thread': Construction's VAT fears

Bahamian contractors were yesterday said to be “very concerned” about Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) potential impact on construction prices, one warning that many were already “hanging on by a thread”.

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Brewery seeks 100% increase in tax margin

Sands Beer’s manufacturer has urged the Government to increase the ‘tax differential’ advantage it enjoys over Commonwealth Brewery by 100 per cent for a “guaranteed” 15-year period, having been “assured” the authorities will not force it to close down.

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Gov't gets 'F' for VAT implementation

The Government is losing the public relations battle over Value-Added Tax (VAT) through its “cloak and dagger” tactics, a leading businessman warning yesterday he had to believe the Nassau Institute study’s conclusions in the absence of other evidence.

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No suspects or leads after Scotiabank robbery

POLICE say they have no suspects or leads in connection with the robbery of Scotia Bank on Monday.

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Potcake Party to celebrate life of couple

ANIMAL lovers are being asked to bring their pets to the first ever Potcake Party in Nassau, being held in celebration of the lives of Jill and Ron Gandza.

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Four in hospital after shooting at local club

FOUR persons are in hospital after they were shot a local club on Monday night.

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Hospital chief's concern over 'double taxation'

DOCTOR’S Hospital president Barry Rassin said he is concerned about “double taxation” once the government’s proposed Value Added Tax regime comes into play, and wants to know at what point in the process Customs duty will be reduced.

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Murder suspect quizzed his girlfriend, trial jury told

“WHO ‘seek’ at you?” was the question a man accused of murder reportedly asked his then-girlfriend upon her return from “the shop”, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.

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Bahama Parrot population back on the rise in Inagua

THE latest surveys of the Bahama Parrot on Inagua indicate that the population is on the rise, reaching an estimated 14,000 birds.

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Police still uprooting marijuana plants

POLICE were still uprooting plants yesterday at a huge marijuana field found at the rear of Dignity Gardens, thought to contain $500,000 worth of drugs.

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Frustration with roads in Central Abaco

Abaco’s residents continue to be frustrated with the poor condition of the roads in Central Abaco despite the start of long awaited asphalt paving which began at the end of August.

Tuesday, September 17

Supermodel of Bahamas winners represent at Vancouver Fashion Week

It Is a dream come true for 17 year old Patricka Ferguson of Grand Bahama Island, and 21 year old Lacarz Brown of Nassau, the winners of the 2013 Supermodel of the Bahamas competition. They travelled to Canada to walk the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week.

BAISS softball season all set to begin on Monday

Four weeks into the academic year, the athletic calendar gets underway for the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools with the 2013 softball season.

Freeport call centre eyes up to 600 jobs

A Freeport-based call centre set to open this fall yesterday suggested it could createup to 600 jobs, although it will start with 100 or one-sixth of that amount.

Gala banquet to celebrate success of women in sports

FORTY Bahamian women will be lauded by a local governing body for their contributions in local sports.

'Bahamas half' in November good warm-up for Marathon Bahamas

DISTANCE runners will have another opportunity to display their skills when the Bahamas Roadmasters Running Club, in conjunction with Wildside Online Inc., hosts the inaugural “Bahamas Half” marathon, two months before the start of the prestigious Marathon Bahamas 2014 in January.

BOC expresses gratitude to Rogge, wishes new president Back success

THE Bahamas Olympic Committee, expressing its gratitude to Jacques Rogge for his past presidency of the International Olympic Committee, has revealed a number of programmes that they hope will lend its support to greater participation of Bahamian athletes on the international scene.

15 mixed tempo tracks on new Dyson album

By FARAH
Tribune Features Writer

Seven Bahamians pursue Sandals qualifications

The Sandals Corporate University (SCU) is moving into its second year by providing more support for team members at the Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts across the Caribbean.

X Factor Recap: talent brings high hopes

By ALESHA CADET

City Bowling League hits lanes for 2013-14 season at Mario's

FRESH off the competition in their Shootout Championships, players were back in their bowling shoes on Monday as the City Bowling League kicked off its 2013-14 season at Mario’s Bowling Lanes.

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Ya hear Gucci Mane arrested? The rapper, who went on a verbal rant after being dropped by Atlantic Records, was taken into custody after cussing out cops in Atlanta last Friday. He was searched by police who discovered a gun and marijuana.

FEEL THE RHYTHM

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer

Financial controller passes the series 7

Tangela Russell, financial controller at the Sterling Financial Group, has passed the Series 7 exam after training with Nassau-based The Nastac Group.

The Bahamas ranks 39th on economic freedom

THE Bahamas has been ranked 39th out of 152 nations included in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report, which has been released today by the Nassau Institute.

Surprising origin of old time island music

By FARAH
Tribune Features Writer

Fry: A pro card would be a dream come true

WITH just a day left before she joins the Bahamas team going to the Central America and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships on Thursday, Dawnita Fry said she’s excited and ready to make the trip to compete in the Dominican Republic this weekend.

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WEATHER LATEST: AIRPORT REOPENED

The Lynden Pindling International Airport has reopened.

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Inside the prison walls

IT’S long been said that the overcrowding at Her Majesty’s Prison has been a breeding ground for criminal activity.

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Inside the prison walls

IT’S long been said that the overcrowding at Her Majesty’s Prison has been a breeding ground for criminal activity.

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Caribbean 'may bring more storms later this week'

THE area from the northwestern Caribbean to the southern Gulf of Mexico could be a breeding ground for several more tropical systems in the Atlantic basin.

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Men clung to capsized boat for eight days

TWO Bahamian men who nearly died after spending eight days clinging to their capsized boat were last night said to be resting comfortably in a Florida hospital.

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Murder suspects make claim of death threats

TWO of three suspects arraigned in connection with two recent murders complained to a magistrate they had received death threats from prison inmates.

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Bank robbed by lone gunman

A GUNMAN held up a female teller at Scotiabank telling her “this is a robbery, do not scream, just fill up the bag.”

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Adrian Gibson - we need a national debate on hanging

While many Bahamians know that David Mitchell was the last convicted murderer hanged in the Bahamas, in the year 2000, the most memorable hanging for me was that of Thomas Reckley, who was hanged in 1996.

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Police discover thousands of marijuana plants

DRUG Enforcement Officers have arrested a 50-year-old man and are searching for two individuals who are behind a huge marijuana field found on Monday.

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Uriah McPhee Primary School still closed

Uriah McPhee Primary School is still closed and could be closed for the rest of the week.

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VAT's $165m revenue slump 'far off range'

The Government yesterday slammed as “far off range” a study suggesting Value-Added Tax (VAT) implementation would produce a $165 million decline in its total annual revenue intake.

Exporter fears over VAT refund timeframe

The Government’s proposed two-month timeframe for refunding companies their Value-Added Tax (VAT) input credits could place Bahamian exporters “at a major competitive disadvantage”, tying-up their working capital for three times’ as long as rivals.

VAT oversight costs 'nowhere' near $67.5m

A top Ministry of Finance official yesterday said the Government’s costs to administer the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) would be “nowhere close” to the $67.5 million projected by a Nassau Institute study.

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Nottage backtracks on Cuban pledge

BERNARD Nottage, Minister of National Security has backtracked on a promise to reveal information surrounding a probe into allegations of abuse of Cubans at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Workshop jump starts renovating process for women

PHASE ONE of the Renovate Your Life Retreat by Bahamian life coach Kaylus Adams was a renewing experience for those in attendance, providing a jump start on redirecting their lives.

'Worst crawfish season since '02'

THE 2013-2014 crawfish season is shaping up to be one of “the worst seasons in 11 years” for some Bahamian fisherman, the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA) president yesteday estimating the industry had yet to hit 25 per cent of its seasonal yield.

Aviation fuel supplier sees 40% sales fall

A leading aviation fuel supplier yesterday said its sales had slumped 30-40 per cent year-over-year, and warned that private pilot flights into Abaco were “at an all-time low”.

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Lords of the Deep fishing event

THIS year’s Lords of the Deep deep-drop fishing tournament was once again a huge success.

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Getting to know Lexi the new Miss Bahamas

THE NEW Miss Bahamas Lexi Wilson knows how to sport high heels and a formal dress, but at heart she is an outdoor kind of girl. In 2007 and 2008 she travelled under the Bahamian flag to run cross-country on separate national teams. She even calls herself a “sports fanatic”, who loves to travel, work with children and run marathons.

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Saunders has smooth transition from basketball to American football

IT has been a seamless transition from the basketball court to the football gridiron for Mavin Saunders and, now in his senior season of high school, the Florida State commit looks to hone his skills before he advances to the collegiate level.

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'Godfather of sports' dies in hospital

TWO days after the Grand Bahama sporting community laid to rest the late coach Errol Bodie, longtime philanthropist and sporting enthusiast Basil Neymour passed away 11:50am Monday in the ICU at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He was 71.

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Bahamian players' presence felt despite loss in AFL

DESPITE an opening day loss in the Atlantic Football League, several Bahamian players made an immediate impact in their debut with the Holland College Hurricanes football club.

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Waltiea Rolle off to begin pro career in Czech Republic

AFTER opting out of going directly to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Waltiea Rolle has her bags packed as she heads out today to begin her professional career in the women’s league in the Czech Republic.

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Sports in brief

THE Sigma Brackettes could become the first team to advance to the New Providence Softball Association’s best-of-seven championship series when they take their 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoff series against the Electro Telecom Lady Hitters. Game three is all set for 7pm tonight at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

Law firm stages its ninth legal clinic

The Halsbury Chambers law firm will host its ninth annual free Legal Clinic, under the theme ‘Information You Need for the Life You Want’, this coming Saturday at its law office on Village Road from 9am to 3pm.

$200m project gets social media pay-off

The $200 million Palm Cay real estate development says social media connections are paying off for it, with thousands viewing - and hundreds liking - what they see on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

BTC 'on track' with franchise roll-out

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it was “on track” with its nationwide franchise store roll-out having launched 12 to-date, leading to the creation of more than 50 jobs.

Study: VAT may exacerbate the 'brain drain'

Value-Added Tax (VAT) may exacerbate the ‘brain drain’ of the most skilled and talented Bahamians, a newly-unveiled study has warned, while potentially reducing consumer consumption by up to 15 per cent.

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VIDEO: Moncur reaches out to help those in need

WHEN we arrived at the Grant’s Town offices of Justice of the Peace and community advocate Rodney Moncur, there were about a half dozen armed police officers at the door.

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Miller warns that union boss may be suspended without pay

BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller has warned union boss Stephano Greene to choose his words carefully or face suspension without pay.

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Bahamas shines at World Travel Awards

THE Bahamas shone bright at this year’s World Travel Awards and North American gala ceremony.

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Officials from IDB take part in tour of inner city

OFFICIALS from the Inter-American Development Bank yesterday toured an impoverished inner city community in an effort to get a better understanding of the causes of crime.

Schools reopen today after repairs

STEPHEN Dillet and Uriah McPhee primary school teachers will report to work this morning and the schools will remain open provided the teachers are satisfied with the upgraded working conditions, Bahamas Union of Teachers president Belinda Wilson said yesterday.

BOC to embark on 'business of sports'

THE Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) looks to extend its focus to the “business of sports” and make its presence felt throughout the Family Islands with a series of new initiatives.

Monday, September 16

Fitness group donates school supplies to children's home

Outdoor Fitness Bahamas, one of the country’s leading fitness groups, recently conducted a “Back To School” drive among its members to assist with providing school supplies for the 32 students who live at the Elizabeth Estates Home for Children. The group successfully raised almost $1000 in supplies and cash and recently made the presentation to administrators at the home.

Bahamian resorts take top awards

Sandals Emerald Bay has taken top spot as ‘Leading Conference Hotel’ in this year’s World Travel Awards and North American Gala Ceremony (WTA), making it the brand’s first resort to ever clinch the category at these awards.

Pre/post natal exercise vital for mothers

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

12-hour police shifts 'as long as needed'

POLICE will continue to work 12-hour shifts “as long as it is necessary and as officers have the capacity to provide it” said Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage.

Why does the top of my foot hurt?

Pain on the top of your foot can be excruciating. There may be times when it is difficult or impossible to walk even a few steps. Assuming there is no visible injury, you can attribute the pain to anything from an ingrown toenail to gout. Here are some of the most common reasons you might have pain on the top of your foot.

Rape as a cultural expression of disempowerment

Recently a man was shot dead in his yard after being acquitted of raping a minor. The news spread globally that neighbours celebrated his death. Last week we examined the role men are taught to play and the violence and undesirable outcomes that result from these culturally sanctioned roles. This week, perhaps we need to think about the ways sexual violence is condoned in the country.

Are you happy enough?

There is the stock market index, economic and GDP index as well as the cost of living index. But the one index that is become increasingly popular today is the so-called misery index.

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On September 6, asked how close we were to seeing the completion of the report into the claims of abuse at the Detention Centre, Dr Nottage said: “Let me deal with this once and for all. We are going to be making an announcement early next week, which will fully inform you of the bits and pieces you are in pursuit of.”

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Union to sue Miller and BEC

THE BAHAMAS Electrical Workers Union is suing the Bahamas Electricity Corporation and Executive Chairman Leslie Miller, according to union president Stephano Greene.

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Wilchcombe concern over latest Cuban protest

MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe says the latest steps taken against the Bahamas by a group of Florida protesters are cause for concern.

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Two held after police fired on

TWO men who opened fire on police attempting to stop their car were taken into custody yesterday after a high-speed chase.

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US loses $14m drug case ruling

The Court of Appeal has overturned the US government’s bid to enforce a $14 million seizure order against the Bahamas-based assets of convicted drug offender, Samuel ‘Ninety’ Knowles.

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More than 15 people due in court - charges ranging from murder to unlawful sexual intercourse

Police said the following suspects are to be arraigned in the magistrates court, Nassau Street:

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'SEVERAL KILLED - 10 WOUNDED IN SHOOTING AT WASHINGTON NAVY YARD'

A Defense Department official says several people have been killed and as many as 10 have been wounded in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

In pursuit of sustainable development: Domestic tourism

THE last time I visited Cat Island, I explored the exclusive peninsula on the north-west coast known as Pigeon Cay. Luxury homes dot the shoreline of Pigeon Cay, overlooking a beautiful inland creek and mangrove system as well as a stunning stretch of white sand beach.

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Government eyes extra $200m from VAT

The Government is expecting to raise an extra $200 million in annual revenues from its proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT), a well-known accountant said yesterday, a sum double what it expects to generate from this year’s tax changes.

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$6bn project's PM meeting postponed until September 23

The developers behind a $6 billion project have been forced into a fortnight’s postponement of a key meeting with Prime Minister Perry Christie, but remain “highly confident” they can “put everything on the table” to satisfy the Government.

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'Don't erode revenue base with incentives'

The Government “cannot afford any more erosion of the revenue base”, a top accountant warning it to “hold the line” on doling out further investment incentives to both Bahamians and foreigners.

Consultants target 20% market share

Bahamian management consultants are seeking to quadruple their share of a local market in which the Government awards up to $20 million worth of work annually.

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Demetrius Ferguson headlines for the X-Men

ED Reed is that kind of play-making defensive back that has a knack for highlight reel plays and finding the end-zone. Demetrius Ferguson is developing a similar reputation.

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All smiles for bride and groom

MR Robert Dupuch Carron and Elizabeth Joanna Seymour are shown leaving St Anselm’s Church, Fox Hill, Friday afternoon after exchanging wedding vows.

Union seeks 'trade-off' for BEC benefits cuts

THE union representing the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) line-staff has warned it is not prepared to accept any reduction in pension and insurance benefits without a reasonable trade-off, telling Tribune Business there have been no negotiations to-date on the issue.

Realtor moves one-third of its NPDCO portfolio

A LEADING realtor says he has already moved one-third of the units in his New Providence Development Company Ltd (NPDCo) portfolio, adding that there was a “fair bit of demand” in western New Providence.

Realtor sees private island sales uptick

A leading Bahamian realtor has seen a strong pick-up in private island sales this year, revealing that a $29 million deal for a private cay in the Exumas is set to close imminently.

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TV show focuses on the economy

Pictured at the You & Your Money TV show, taped at the TCL Studios, are from left: Mark A. Turnquest, business management consultant; Jeff Lloyd, show host; and Dionisio D’Aguilar, president, Superwash. They shared their views on the performance of the economy, VAT, the impact of the recent Industrial Tribunal ruling on vacation time, and job readiness of recent graduates. The show will air on Monday, September 16 at 8 pm, on ZNS-TV.

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Scotia teams with BFSB to promote sector in Canada

Scotiabank has announced it will join forces with the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) to help promote this nation to the Canadian market.

Central Bank more bearish on 'significant headwinds'

A leading Bahamian realtor has seen a strong pick-up in private island sales this year, revealing that a $29 million deal for a private cay in the Exumas is set to close imminently.

UK tie-up boosts Bahamas realtor

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty has announced it will be working under an exclusive agreement with Hamptons International, a leading estate agency in the UK, to promote its listings overseas.

Hold Gov't accountable over VAT, taxpayers told

The Government must not treat the extra revenues anticipated from Value-Added Tax (VAT) as a licence to spend money, a well-known accountant urging Bahamian taxpayers to hold it accountable for how it used these funds.

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Vixen, Defenders win openers

The defending champions Scottsdale Vixens and the Scotiabank Defenders picked up where they left off last year, winning the New Providence Volleyball Association women’s and men’s season openers Sunday at the DW Davis Gymnasium.

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Atlantis shows off new sports venue

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr wasn’t as sharp as he was in the past, but he beat Canelo Avarez for a majority 12-round decision to capture the WBC light middleweight and WBA super world light middleweight titles at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

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First game for BGDBA title

ONE team was dominant all season, the other hit an incredible win streak at the right time, and now the two meet to decide The Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association title.

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Demitri Knowles has career day with Hokies

PERHAPS it was wearing the white road jerseys for the first time, but the much maligned Virginia Tech receiving corps finally gained legitimacy this season, due in large part to a career day from Demitri Knowles.

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VIDEO: Will YEAST rise again?

THERE are very few people in Bahamas today who know more or even as much about the efforts to retrain and re-socialise the nation’s youth than Jeffrey Lloyd.

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Cash: PM has allowed Cuban abuse row to go on far too long

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has allowed the Cuban abuse controversy to go on for far too long, FNM chairman Darron Cash charged yesterday.

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Exploring the curse of crime

IN the middle of the government’s crackdown on crime, The Tribune today launches an in-depth exploration of the social and psychological roots of criminality in the Bahamas.

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No decision yet on any aviation tax compromise

THE government has not decided if there will be any compromises over its new aviation tax increases.

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BNT fear over Bimini terminal

THE reported construction of a cruise ship terminal in Western Bimini would be a “huge disservice” to the island and its valuable marine environment, according to the Bahamas National Trust.

Sunday, September 15

Two men rescued at sea

TWO Bahamian men have been rescued after spending eight days adrift at sea, clinging to their capsized boat.

Tributes paid to Defence Force Marine

By Shawn Hanna

Math teacher mourned

THE TA Thompson Junior High School family is mourning the loss of math teacher Miriam Willis.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Saturday, September 14

Free smoke detectors for fire safety week

HUNDREDS of smoke detectors will be distributed to the elderly and the disabled next week, as part of the Royal Bahamas Fire Services’ annual Fire Safety Awareness Week.

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TEN DAYS OF WATER CUTS

RESIDENTS across New Providence can expect continued water shortages over the next 10 days.

School violence ‘on the decline’

VIOLENCE in schools has been on the decline this academic year with officials crediting the re-introduction of the school policing programme.

Friday, September 13

free smoke detectors for fire safety week

By DANA SMITH

would-be armed robber's conviction upheld

By LAMECH JOHNSON

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No electric cut-offs for two weeks, says Miller

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation will not disconnect any residential customers who are in arrears over the next two weeks, BEC Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.

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BEC to build underwater wall to stop oil leakage

THE BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation will construct a  underwater wall to stop the haemorrhaging of oil in the Clifton area.

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Miller: BEC not for sale

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation “is not for sale,” BEC board chairman and Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller insisted yesterday.

Renewable pioneer makes 50-100% AC saving pledge

A Miami-based pioneer yesterday said he could provide “the most cost effective technology to both cool the Bahamas and provide fresh water”, pledging that it could cut air conditioning costs by between 50-100 per cent.

20% energy savings a 'breath of fresh air'

A BAHAMIAN green technology provider said yesterday that UV light for air cooling systems could not only improve indoor air quality but ultimately generate energy cost savings of up to 20 per cent.

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VAT 'uncertainty' puts bank hires, projects on hold

A top banker has warned that the uncertainty created by the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT), and other government initiatives facing the sector, has caused institutions to place new hires and capital expansion projects on hold.

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BEC losses 'won't exceed $22m', its chairman pledges

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) accounts receivables currently stands at $120 million to-date, its executive chairman yesterday estimating that the utility monopoly would suffer a loss of $20-$22 million for its current financial year.

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New regulator's concern on disclosure compliance

The Securities Commission’s newly-appointed interim chief yesterday said he would “definitely focus” on whether publicly listed companies were meeting their legal requirements on the timely disclosure of material information.

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Shadow tourism minister's TNT tourism crime solution

I OFFER the following TNT Crime Prevention suggestions in my capacity as a 16-year resident of downtown “Old Nassau”, a father to a 15-year-old son and as the Shadow Minister of Tourism.

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International Monetary Fund to hold forum event at Atlantis next week

SEVERAL hundred delegates from around the region will attend the International Monetary Fund’s second annual high level Caribbean Economic Policy Forum at the Atlantis Resort next week.

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Pharmacy association in legal threat to government

MEMBERS of the Bahamas Pharmaceutical Association are threatening to take legal action against the government, telling the press the Pharmacy Act passed in 2009 has been violated.

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Office trailers handed to Urban Renewal

URBAN Renewal co-chairs Cynthia “Mother” Pratt and Algernon Allen were on hand yesterday to receive five fully functional office trailers, valued at more than $27,000, that will serve as Urban Renewal offices.

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STUBBS OPINION: Kudos to the founders of MaxD Sports Academy

IT wasn’t so long ago that a bitter dispute within the Bahamas Baseball Association led to the formation of the Bahamas Baseball Federation and subsequently the operation of both Freedom Farm and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau in the eastern district of New Providence.

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Bodybuilders get ready for CAC Championships

SEVEN of the 15-member team that will represent the Bahamas at the 41st Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding Championships are proud members of Club One Fitness Centre.

Gov't 'confident' VAT deadline will be hit

THE Government remains “confident” that it will hit its July 1 target date for Value-Added Tax (VAT) implementation, a Cabinet Minister yesterday disclosing that the draft law and regulations for the new tax should be released by end-September.

Small business Bill set for October tabling

The Government plans to table the long-awaited Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Development Bill when Parliament reconvenes next month, it was confirmed yesterday.

5,000 residences still lack power

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) executive chairman said yesterday that 5,000 residential customers remain without electricity, as he announced a two-week amnesty on further home disconnections.

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'Expect power outages until tuesday'

RESIDENTIAL customers in New Providence will continue to experience short power outages until next Tuesday, BEC Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.

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'Golden Knight' training hard despite stolen Olympic medal

Despite having his 2012 London Olympics 4 x 400 metre relay medal stolen, and rebounding from an injury in April that ended his season, quarter-miler Demetrius Pinder said he’s still upbeat as he continues to train hard in Bradenton, Florida.

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'Mother' Pratt backs new crime-fighting moves

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Cynthia “Mother” Pratt has voiced her support for the government’s new crime fighting initiatives which include 12-hour shifts for police and Defence Force officers.

Cuban group hold silent protest

MIAMI-based Cuban exile group The Democracy Movement remain firm in their resolve to stage a ‘silent protest’ outside the Bahamas Consulate office in Miami today.

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Child killer denies spitting on jurors

CONVICTED child killer Kofhe Goodman has appeared in court again to deny making death threats against five jurors and spitting on one of them.

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No classes until next week as repairs continue

CLASSES at Stephen Dillet and Uriah McPhee primary schools will remain closed until next week as officials work to repair deficiencies at the window-less institutions.

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Stolen from car parked in Florida

DEMETRIUS Pinder’s Olympic gold medal has been stolen in Florida.

Thursday, September 12

Absence of witness brings shooting case to an end

THE absence of key witnesses to the March 2011 murder of a man outside a nightclub resulted in the prosecution discontinuing the case against the man accused of the fatal shooting.

Sandals ramps up its training initiative

Sandals Emerald Bay has exploited the traditional low point in the tourism cycle to fully engage its Hospitality Training Programme (HTP), taking on 18 additional team members.

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Has Fred Mitchell 'shifted' over the issue of 12-hour shifts for police officers?

FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell was not always a fan of 12-hour shifts for police officers - according to newspaper columns attributed to him and sent to The Tribune yesterday.

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What does it mean to be a man?

GALLERIA Cinema West was filled to capacity last Thursday for the one night only screening of “I’s Man”, the new documentary on manhood in the Bahamas by producer/director Dr Ian Strachan.

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Two schools closed for rest of week amid teacher protests about working conditions

CLASSES have been cancelled at Stephen Dillet Primary School and Uriah McPhee Primary School for the rest of the week amid teacher protests about working conditions.

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Garbage collectors 'will be fired if they are not doing their job properly'

THE private contractors hired by the government to collect garbage will be terminated if they are not performing as expected, Environment and Housing Minsiter Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.

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Drivers face $80 fines for tinted windows

DRIVERS with heavily tinted windows face $80 fines after officers from the Road Traffic Division announced an island-wide crackdown.

Wednesday, September 11

Designing the career path

Should a designer start their career in-house or forge ahead as a freelancer from the outset?

GB Chamber: No tax rethink sign

By NEIL HARTNELL

Eight firms register for BEC joint venture

By NATARIO McKENZIE

39 Shipyard staff get global certificates

Thirty-nine employees at the Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) have received internationally-recognised certificates after completing various training programmes.

'Too many companies left holding the bag'

By NEIL HARTNELL

'My $25k went from Bahamas To Wyoming'

By NEIL HARTNELL

Multiple bids come in for BEC privatisation

By DANA SMITH

PM: BANNISTER NEVER HAD THE MINDSET OF A POLITICIAN

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Attorney passes compliance test

Attorney Wilfred Bain has passed the Chief Compliance Officer qualifying exam after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI).

BISX chief: Rating Agency absence no 'Stumbling block'

While the capital markets “absolutely” need a credit rating agency, the Bahamas International Securities Exchange’s (BISX) chief executive yesterday said its absence would not be “a total stumbling block” to his commercial paper ambitions.

Freeport fears VAT's 'Devastating effect'

Value-Added Tax (VAT) 'could have a devastating effect' on Freeport's economy by causing a contraction in consumer spending, an Opposition MP warned yesterday.

Bannister: Resignation has nothing to do with Dr Minnis

DESMOND Bannister says his resignation from the Senate has nothing to do with the Free National Movement or the party's leader Dr Hubert Minnis.

Garbage contractors 'to be fired if they don't perform'

THE private contractors hired by the government to collect garbage will be terminated if they are not performing as expected, Environment and Housing Minsiter Kenred Dorsett said yesterday.

Promised Cuban report not yet released - but PM pledges announcement 'soon'

FOLLOWING Dr Bernard Nottage's failure to fulfil his promise and release details of the investigation into claims of abuse at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre early this week, Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday assured the press an announcement will come soon.

Building demolished as part of Urban Renewal

A DILAPIDATED wooden structure in Centreville was demolished yesterday, another step in the drive to revitalise inner city communities according to Asst Supt of Police Stephen Dean.

'Flood of interest' in stem cell research - but no names revealed

PRIME Minister Perry Christie says there has been a flood of interest in local stem cell research from major developers and scientists, but he claimed he was not allowed to name any of them.

$200m project in building ramp-up

Construction activity is ramping up at the $200 million Palm Cay project, whose first condominium offering is close to being 100 per cent sold.

Armed robbery case discontinued

TWO men believed to be members of the 'One Order' gang by the victim of a $6,000 hold-up had their armed robbery case discontinued in the Supreme Court yesterday.

Bahamas on target for year-end 2014 WTO accession

A Cabinet Minister yesterday said the Bahamas was still on schedule to accede to full World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership by year-end 2014.

Deveaux returns to Commission

After a three year absence, Hillary Deveaux has returned to the Securities Comnmission as its interim executive director, replacing the recently-departed Dave Smith.

Industry selects captive scholars

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and the Insurance Commission of the Bahamas (ICB), through a selection committee, have chosen recipients for the two scholarships being provided for the Associates in Captive Insurance (ACI) designation.

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Teachers protest over conditions - meanwhile conciliation talks go on between BUT and government

CONCILIATION efforts between the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) and the government are expected to continue at the Department of Labour this morning.

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VAT fears for private healthcare coverage

Doctors Hospital’s president yesterday said he was “very concerned” about the potential for Value-Added Tax (VAT) to increase healthcare costs.

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Cuban group to stage 'silent protest'

MIAMI-based Cuban exile group The Democracy Movement plans to stage a ‘silent protest’ outside the Bahamas Consulate office in Miami on Friday.

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Hurricane Humberto maintains strength

Tropical Storm Humberto strengthened to become the first hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.

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Adrian Gibson: Activist Rodney Moncur tells of his struggles and challenges

Well-known political and social activist Rodney Moncur says is struggling to survive and facing his own challenges even while fighting to assist others.

Tuesday, September 10

Cuban group to stage silent protest

MIAMI-based Cuban exile group The Democracy Movement plans to stage a 'silent protest' outside the Bahamas Consulate office in Miami on Friday.

Wilchcombe to probe Carnival claim

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe has promised to investigate Senator John Bostwick's claims over Carnival Cruise Lines's crime letter.

Cruise lines warned Gov't over crime three months ago

Major cruise lines warned the Government almost four months ago that they were set to issue warnings to their passengers about the crime threat on New Providence.

Mitchell applauds measures to tackle crime

MEMBER of Parliament for Fox Hill and Minster of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell yesterday applauded Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage for his new crime initiatives.

Humberto was set to become a hurricane last night or early today as it moved away from the Cape Verde Islands

TROPICAL Storm Humberto was set to become a hurricane last night or early today as it moved away from the Cape Verde Islands heading northwest.

More police downtown to keep tourists safe

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

VAT fears for private Healthcare coverage

By NEIL HARTNELL

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The 'wanted' man who wasn't wanted after all

A MOTHER is demanding an apology from the Royal Bahamas Police Force after a wanted bulletin for her 19-year-old son was distributed to the press.

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'Policeman aimed gun at my face' as I was sitting in my car in the driveway

A WOMAN wants an apology from the police after she says an officer approached her car, opened the door and aimed a gun at her face while she sat in the driveway of her son's home.

Exiting Port chief: 'I delivered on all I went there for'

The Grand Bahama Port Authority's (GBPA) departing chairman last night told Tribune Business he had 'delivered on all the things I went in there for.'

'I just want to hear my son sing again'

TERESA Dorsett said her only dream is hear her seven-year-old son sing again and vocalise his thoughts and ideas completely, but she knows to an extent this may never be a reality.

Entertain your customer base

Humour is used in marketing all the time. Sometimes they get it right, and sometimes they bomb. By D’Arcy Rahming

Realtor 'gets aggressive' on $3.6m Windermere Club

A top realtor yesterday said he had decided to 'get aggressive' in trying to sell the renowned Windermere Island Club

Insurer: 30% of drivers'Not properly covered'

Bahamas First yesterday confirmed it will cease writing auto insurance 'cover notes.'

Motive finds fanbase in Bahamian reggae lovers

NASSAU, Bahamas is the location of choice for the new music video by reggae artist Aundre Motive, who is continuing his efforts to feed the community of reggae lovers in the Bahamas.

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Taneka Sandiford on par for career year

If her first tournament of the season was any indication, Taneka Sandiford is set to have a career year in her sophomore season at Redlands Community College.

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Construction 'on its knees'

The Government has been urged to mandate that all major foreign direct investment (FDI) projects engage local contractors.

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IAAF World Relays to cost up to $5m each

THE government plans to spend around three to five million dollars in preparations each time it hosts the IAAF World Relays - in 2014 and again in 2015 - according to Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Dr Danny Johnson.

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Cuban group calls for rape investigation

THE leader of a Miami-based Cuban exile group has re-ignited calls for the government to launch a full investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made by a female Cuban detainee.

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Bahamas Union of Teachers at the Ministry of Labour for conciliation talks

Conciliation talks started this morning.

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Tropical Storm Humberto set to become a hurricane

TROPICAL Storm Humberto was expected to turn northwestward and strengthen today - possibly becoming a hurricane.

Monday, September 9

Minnis wants goals of new system defined

FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis is demanding to know what exactly are the goals and objectives of the new 12-hour shift system for police and the use of Defence Force officers in the war on crime.

Men sought in murder cases

AS the high profile police crackdown on crime continues, the force yesterday issued wanted notices in connection with several murders, a rape, and three armed robberies.

BTC targeting a year-end Evolution

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) said yesterday that its 4G network will be upgraded by year-end to facilitate its Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology platform, which will generate high-speed data on mobile phones and data terminals.

Hope $29m deal sparks private island revival

A top realtor yesterday said he is hoping the $29 million sale of Children's Bay Cay will 'create some excitement' and spark an upswing in the private island market.

Wells relieved as brother 'out of the woods' after shooting

FTER fearing the worst, Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town Renward Wells is relieved that his brother is now 'out of the woods' after being shot in a backgammon game.

Gov't urged: Bring Employment Act into conformity with NIB

A trade union leader yesterday urged the Government to amend the Employment Act's definition of 'wages' to bring it into line with the National Insurance Board (NIB).

Employers, unions urged to abandon 'Victory scoring'

Employers and trade unions were yesterday urged to work together on labour legislation amendments.

Man accused of murdering a bus driver arraigned

THE man accused of murdering a bus driver and attempting to kill a passenger was arraigned in court yesterday.

Carnival's crime warning 'motivation' questioned

Questions have been raised over Carnival Cruise Lines' crime warning.

christian council: scrap bail for murder suspects

By SANCHESKA BROWN

120 held in blitz

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Comito steps down at BHTA

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) has announced that Frank Comito, its executive vice-president for the past 10 years, will be stepping down with effect from January 30, 2014, to pursue other opportunities.

Seaplane carrier expands charters

FORT Lauderdale-based seaplane company, Tropic Ocean Airways, has announced increased frequencies on its Bimini service and expanded charter services throughout the Bahamas.

Man arrested over shooting in Elizabeth Estates

A 34-year old man is in custody after police arrested him for a shooting.

22-year old man arrested over murder of Ned Joseph

A 22-year old man is in custody after police arrested him for murder, a stolen vehicle and an outstanding criminal warrant.

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Weekend crime blitz: 120 people arrested by police, 564 drivers cited

Major assault on crime and violence over the weekend.

An apology to Parliament (An exercise in wishful thinking)

Mr Speaker I rise to acknowledge that since our last meeting in this place, a fortnight overflowing with violence and death saw this year’s murder count approach that of 2012, the second highest catalogue of senseless carnage in our history.

Sunday, September 8

Atlantis 'very confident' on $2.2bn debt refinance

Atlantis's top executive is 'very confident' that the Paradise Island resort will successfully refinance up to $2.2 billion in outstanding debt before the September 2014 deadline,

Atlantis 'very worried' on cruise crime warning

The Bahamas' largest resort is 'very concerned' about the crime warning sent to all its passengers by Carnival Cruise Lines.

Businessman blasts Tribunal's 'curve ball'

The Industrial Tribunal has thrown the Bahamian private sector 'a curve ball out of left field' over its recent ground-breaking decision.

Atlantis forecasts 15,000 group night decline for autumn

Atlantis is predicting that a 15,000 group room night decline year-over-year will result in a softer September-October period.

External reserves off $100m from end-2012

The Bahamas' external reserves are down almost $100 million from year-end 2012, indicating that foreign currency inflows are not occurring at a fast-enough rate to replenish them.

Airline targets 'strong loads' via Cuba flights

WESTERN Air plans to launch its Cuba service this week.

BTC targets $40m spend on network

HE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) expects to spend morethan $40 million this financial year on network upgrades.

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Employer fury over Tribunal's 'extra week paid vacation' ruling

Outraged businesses have reacted with fury to an Industrial Tribunal decision that effectively gives all Bahamian workers an extra week of paid vacation annually.

Friday, September 6

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Killer toad found in New Providence

AN INVASIVE species of toad with mucus poison enough to kill small animals has been discovered in western New Providence.

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Son stabbed father with samurai sword

AN elderly man is in hospital in critical condition after he was stabbed repeatedly by his own son with a samurai sword.

Briefly

THE government will make an announcement on the investigations into the alleged abuse of Cuban detainees at the detention centre next week, National Security Minister Bernard Nottage said yesterday.

KILLER TOAD FOUND IN NEW PROVIDENCE

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

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Man acquitted of Bible school sex attack shot dead

A FATHER of three gunned down while playing dominoes was one of four men shot and two killed in yet another 24 hours filled with violence - including, last night, the fatal shooting of a man reported to be Leroy Adderley, who was aquitted in court last month of a sex attack at a Bible school.

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Prime Minister 'too tired' to answer questions on Cuban detainees and spiralling murder rate

AS the Cuban detainee abuse controversy rages on and the murder rate continues to spiral, Prime Minister Perry Christie declined to answer any questions at his first public appearance in a week – explaining that he was “too tired”.

Bahamian wants No Confidence vote

YESTERDAY, a member of the public sent us the following letter for publication. It was signed by a concerned Bahamian “with an independent mind”.

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Cuban-American protester seeks 'justice' over detention centre claims

CUBAN-American protester, Ramon Sanchez says his group is “encouraged” by recent steps taken by the government regarding the Detention Centre

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Immigration officials won't investigate Cuban woman's rape claim 'unless she makes official complaint'

UNLESS the alleged victim files an official complaint, Immigration officials will not be investigating the claim that a Cuban woman was raped.

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One man murdered, another in hospital after shootings last night

A man was shot dead outside his home last night; half and hour later another man was shot, taken to hospital.

Thursday, September 5

PI resort close to renovation finish

The multi-million dollar renovation of Paradise Island’s Comfort Suites resort was yesterday said to be nearing completion, with the property already getting high marks from travel partners and guests alike.
 What has been billed as the most comprehensive refurbishment since Comfort Suites’ opening is generating positive feedback, with most of its 232 Junior Suites already complete.

Rape victim must file complaint to spark investigation

UNLESS the alleged victim files an official complaint, Immigration officials will not be investigating the claim that a Cuban woman was raped and impregnated while at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

Murder count close to tally at same point last year

TWELVE murders in the past 12 days brought the country’s murder count to 81 for the year, not far behind last year’s count of 85 by this same time, last year.

Rubis spends millions on gas leak clean-up

Rubis is in the final stages of multi-million dollar remediation plans following the underground gas leak at its Robinson Road Texaco gas station.

Gov't 'undermining' Hawksbill Creek via industries Act offer

A well-known QC yesterday accused the Government of attempting to undermine the Hawksbill Creek Agreement by offering Freeport's major industrial companies Industries Encouragement Act incentives.

Bimini 'high water mark' for EIA woes

Bahamians were yesterday urged to draw a line in the sand over how Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are conducted.

Empire Mixed Martial Arts (EMMA) Team training session

To the novice watching an Empire Mixed Martial Arts (EMMA) Team training session, it may seem like brute fighting and violence. Upon closer inspection, one will discover that the team is engaging in mixed martial arts, a sport where participants use exceptional skill and technique.

$40m investment to 'revolutionise' Exuma

By NEIL HARTNELL

teachers hold sit-out at school

By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

Businesses warned over VAT 'excuses'

By NEIL HARTNELL

MYSTERY SURROUNDS DOUBLE SHOOTING

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Aviation taxes deter airline's expansion

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Brewery's 'tremendous' 25-30% recycle savings

By NATARIO McKENZIE

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Atlantis gets its own ale after teaming up with local brewery

Atlantis has partnered with the Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company to make Sands Beer’s exclusive “Atlantis Ale” brand.

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Wall Street likely to cut the Bahamas' GDP growth

A Wall Street credit rating agency yesterday said it would likely downgrade its 2013 economic growth projections for the Bahamas, given “very subdued” economic activity and a “softer” tourism sector.

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Gabrielle set to hit the Bahamas at the weekend

Gabrielle has weakened, but there are still copious amounts of moisture with the system across the eastern Caribbean.

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Two more shootings this morning; MP's brother fights for life after teen is shot dead; man murdered playing dominoes

Renward Wells's brother injured in shooting; two people shot this morning in Andros; man shot dead as he was playing dominoes.

Wednesday, September 4

Defence Force: photos show detention centre

PHOTOS supposedly taken inside the Carmichael Road Detention Centre by Cuban detainees are attracting a great deal of attention on social media.

Rubis invests $1.3m in Texaco rebranding

Rubis will invest $1.3 million in the rebranding of its Texaco service stations, four of which are set to undergo the transformation within days.

Bank eyes 'two shot' $85m capital switch

Commonwealth Bank yesterday said it wants to make all its $85 million preference share capital Basel III-compliant before year-end 2014, with major shareholders in the first conversion expected to reject a payout.

Anger over trash at Montagu boat ramp

THIS photograph, posted online and sent to The Tribune, shows a large heap of trash piled in the parking lot of the Montagu boat ramp earlier this week.

Charged broker waits five months for Commission's liquidation backing

A Bahamian broker/dealer facing two US lawsuits has been waiting over five months for the Securities Commission of the Bahamas to approve its liquidation plan.

Letter: PM should accept FOCOL plan

Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Leslie Miller and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government are both determined to follow through with their pledge to offer a 10 per cent discount in their light bills to BEC customers in the not-too-distant future

Association 'opens doors' for China business ties

The Bahamas-China Friendship Association (BCFA) is hoping to “open doors” for this nation ‘s private sector by using its recent trip to strengthen trade and business ties between the two nations.

DNA leader hits out over shanty towns

BRANVILLE McCartney, DNA leader, yesterday criticised the Christie administration for its handling of shanty towns at New Providence, which so far has not resulted in a prosecution.

Gov't 'very anxious' over South Ocean

The Government is 'very anxious' for the South Ocean property to be developed to its full potential.

Wall Street cuts Bahamas GDP growth

A Wall Street credit rating agency yesterday said it would likely downgrade its 2013 economic growth projections for the Bahamas.

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Man shot dead this afternoon - 'victim had also been shot a few weeks ago'

MAN shot and killed while taking a short cut through a track road off Fowler Street today.

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Ending gender discrimination would correct PLP 'offence' says Loretta Butler-Turner

MOVING to end gender discrimination in the Bahamian Constitution would be correcting “one of the worst offences that the PLP perpetrated against half of the county’s population”, FNM deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner told The Tribune.

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Defence Force 'won't investigate' Cuban woman's rape claims

THE Defence Force will not investigate claims by a 24-year-old Cuban woman that she was raped and impregnated by one of its officers while at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Wanted men turn themselves in to police in connection with murders

FIVE men have turned themselves into police stations across New Providence in connection with the country’s latest murders.

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Showers and squalls set for the Bahamas

A SLOWLY brewing tropical system drenching part of the northeastern Caribbean has a chance at becoming a tropical depression or storm as the week progresses, according to AccuWeather forecasters.

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'No prosecutions as yet' over shanty towns

DESPITE the alarming shanty town report and subsequent promises of action, several months on, Housing and Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett admitted that the government has yet to prosecute anyone.

Tuesday, September 3

$102m energy project 'comes alive again

By NEIL HARTNELL

Defence Force will not investigate rape claim - despite having probed beatings

THE Defence Force will not investigate claims by a 24-year-old Cuban woman that she was raped and impregnated by one of its officers while at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

BEC full value endangered by 'Uncertainties'

A former Cabinet minister yesterday said he fears the Government will not receive 'full value' from any Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) buyer.

Rainy weather alert over tropical wave

THE south-east Bahamas could be in for some rainy weather associated with a tropical wave that is moving westward, south of Hispaniola.

Reinvention is the mother of survival

By D’Arcy Rahming

Bimini suffers its 'worst state ever'

By NEIL HARTNELL

Dorsett promise of prosecution 'any day now' yet to be fulfilled

DESPITE the alarming shanty town report and subsequent promises of action, several months on, Housing and Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett admitted that the government has yet to prosecute anyone.

Baha Mar road row 'nears end'

A DISAGREEMENT between the government and Baha Mar officials over money owed to the company for building one mile of rerouted West Bay Street is nearing an end.

Wanted men turn themselves in

FIVE men have turned themselves into police stations across New Providence in connection with the country's latest murders.

Larry Smith: Obama's red line over Syria

PRESIDENT Barack Obama has drawn a red line against the use of chemical weapons in warfare. And now he has asked the US Congress to authorise the use of military force against Syria, which he accuses of gassing its own people.

Home construction due to start by July not yet begun

WITH more than a month's delay after the government had planned to start construction on low-cost homes, Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said there are still a few things to be finalised before the first brick is laid.

Junkanoo stalwarts give back to the community

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

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Barefoot Bandit named in Top 40 must try meals

Since 1988, a cold Kalik beer paired with a spicy conch salad has been a favourite in the Bahamas for locals and visitors alike. Now, a popular website is telling the world it’s one of the 40 best culinary combinations anyone can find anywhere, ranking it among such delectable delights as Shanghai’s famed soup dumplings and a seven-course meal at the world’s finest restaurant.

'We cannot hide the truth, or suppress facts'

IT WAS April, 2012 — a month before a general election – when large billboards suddenly sprung up along the western highway in full view of visitors being driven from the airport to their uptown hotels. The billboards informed the world that the Bahamas was a crime-ridden destination, not the glorious get-away-from-it-all paradise that the Tourism Ministry was spending mega dollars advertising.

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'Decision of the FNM's new leader was made in my absence.' Loretta Butler-Turner on leadership, Hubert Ingraham and a female PM

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner spoke to The Tribune about the future of a post-Hubert Ingraham FNM, the role of women in politics, the possibility of a female Prime Minister, the legacy of her grandfather and how she felt shut out of the decision to choose Hubert Minnis as FNM leader.

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Chipman wants Mitchell 'clarity' over Cuban claims; Mitchell says FNM 'thick as molasses'

THE FNM is urging Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell to shed more light on the events surrounding the abuse of Cuban detainees and when he became aware of them.

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Darville gets 55-year jail stretch for 1990 murder of Anthony Feaste

CYRIL Darville has this morning been sentenced to 55 years in jail for the 1990 murder of Anthony Feaste.

WHERE, oh where is that illusive Freedom of Information Act, 2012?

WHERE, oh where is that illusive Freedom of Information Act, 2012?

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WANTED MEN

POLICE are asking for your help in locating five men, four of whom are siblings, in connection with the country’s latest murders.

Monday, September 2

Winners to be handed scholarships

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Welcome to Anni's Bubble

Keiani Worrell has created Anni's Bubble, a lifestyle blog that journals life as a Bahamian mother.

Fitzgerald says special needs school and teacher training institute to come this year

THE opening of a special needs school and a new teacher training institute are two of four “major initiatives” set to come on stream this school year, according to Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald.

Bran: 'I didn't see BEC reforms coming'

The Democratic National Alliance's (DNA) leader has admitted to being taken by surprise by the Government's energy reform plans.

BEC 'split' not a 100% certainty

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) split into two separate companies is not yet a 100 per cent certainty, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

HSBC departure 'not jurisdiction driven'

HSBC's departure from this nation is 'not jurisdiction driven at all', although 12 Bahamian jobs will be lost through the global banking giant's decision to exit a 'non-core' business by 2014.

BISX developing new Gov't debt security

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) yesterday revealed that it is developing a new debt security for the Government, which will 'fill the gap' by offering investors medium-term maturities.

Hall: nothing wrong with reasonable force

Simeon Hall says he sees nothing wrong with using 'reasonable force' to subdue unruly detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

Chipman calls for Mitchell to make clear when he knew about Cuban abuse events

THE FNM is urging Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell to shed more light on the events surrounding the abuse of Cuban detainees and when he became aware of them.

No 'silver bullet' to get rid of a generation of killers says attorney

Defending police efforts to combat violent crime, Wayne Munroe charged that public criticisms of law enforcement are largely misinformed.

Brothers among the suspects in weekend murders

By SANCHESKA BROWN

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The Cuban detainees and the long-awaited revolution

Rupert Missick Jr looks at the issues surrounding the Cuba detainees

1600 gallons of fuel stolen from ministry depot

Police are investigating after more than 1600 gallons of fuel was stolen from the Ministry of Works’ Fuel Depot in a weekend heist.

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Minister's pledge on Cuba probe

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell vowed that 'justice will be done' following the investigation into abuse allegations at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.

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Over-the-counter codeine phosphate 'misused by general public'

Over-the-counter preparations of codeine phosphate were being misused by members of the general public, says The Bahamas Pharmacy Council .

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ADRIAN GIBSON: The Long Island boating tragedy

Columnist Adrian Gibson looks more closely at the boating tragedy in Long Island; the new school year and the Cuban abuse claims.

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'Cuban woman allegedly raped by RBDF officer, became pregnant at detention centre' - claim

A 24-YEAR-OLD Cuban woman was allegedly raped by a Royal Bahamas Defence Force officer and became pregnant while at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, according to protesters in Miami.

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Man gunned down outside his own front door

According to police reports, the victim was at his Sayle Road home when the shooting happened around 3am.

Sunday, September 1

Delegation flies to Cuba for discussions

FOLLOWING weeks of controversy sparked by claims of beatings and abuse at the Detention Centre, a Bahamian delegation flew into Cuba yesterday afternoon to discuss a plan for quicker repatriation of illegal Cuban migrants.

HSBC unveils Bahamas exit

Global banking giant, Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation (HSBC), has announced its exit from the Bahamian international financial services market.

$80m energy project eyes 25% cost slash

An $80 million renewable energy project believes it could slash electricity costs for consumers on 15 Family Islands by at least 25 per cent, having met or exceeded the Government's own pricing targets.

Grant Peter Nygard a 30 years lease

EDITOR, The Tribune. I hold no personal or professional brief for Mr Peter Nygard.

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Bahamas in 50,000 seat airlift fall

The Bahamas has suffered an airlift decline of more than 50,000 seats for 2013 to-date, Tribune Business has been told, as airlines phase out services and adjust schedules to traveller demand.

Port Authority's 'abysmal failure' to save licensees

A well-known QC has blasted the Grand Bahama Port Authority's 'abysmal failure' to protect the rights of its 3,500 business licensees.

Trust yet to see Bimini documents

The Bahamas National Trust is continuing to press for a Marine Protected Area (MPA) for Bimini, and says the Government has yet to provide it with plans for the proposed Genting cruise ship dock.

Invest in education for future rewards

By Ian Ferguson

Brewery's $500k Abaco expansion

Sands Beer's manufacturer has expanded its retail footprint to Abaco via a $500,000 investment in acquiring a Marsh Harbour retailer.

Tourism sector's 'mixed results'

The Bahamian tourism industry has produced 'mixed results' for 2013 to-date, with hotels having increased room rates by almost 5 per cent but suffered a decline in large group business.

Downtown retailer in Carmichael expansion

A downtown Nassau retailer is expanding its operations to the Carmichael Road area.

Realtors tackle VAT education

the Bahamas Real Estate Association's (BREA) president says it is aiming to educate its membership about the impact of tax reform.