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Monday, March 31

Enjoy the taste of eating right

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

Disappointed with Scotiabank

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Student pulls off Family Island first

TALIAH Cooper made history when she won the Junior Minister of Tourism competition on March 27, becoming the first Family Islander to capture the coveted Junior Minister of Tourism title.

Briefly

THE number of premature births and children’s hospital visits for asthma dropped significantly in parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe barely a year after they enacted smoking bans, researchers reported in The Lancet last week.

US Embassy helps to create links in family court system

CONTINUING co-operation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, the US Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section organised a consultative opportunity on family court systems and digital transcription for Bahamian justice sector professionals March 19-22.

Overcome accidents and trauma

By Dr Kelly Kramp

Gov't 'won't sit idle' on labour skills gap

By NATARIO McKENZIE

I thought Mitchell was politically savvy

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Poor quality of landscaping

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: 'Poor' too good a word to describe BTC services

TODAY, years after it was privatised and sold to Cable and Wireless, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) continues to be one of the Bahamas’ worst service providers, public or private. Telecoms in the Bahamas have regressed in the last few years.

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Firearm, drugs discovered

A FIREARM and more than $18,000 worth of illegal drugs were discovered in the South Bahamia area on Friday, police reported.

Man thought to have drowned

POLICE will await an autopsy to determine the cause of death in a suspected drowning case.

Pilot dispute: Govt steps in

THE Bahamas government has intervened in a dispute between Freeport marine pilots and various entities and has promised to grant the Freeport Pilotage Company Limited a license to operate in Freeport.

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Four U.S. men arrested

FOUR Americans were arrested in separate incidents of marijuana and firearm possession over the weekend.

No strike vote as labour department fails to send staff

MORE than 300 hotel workers at the Grand Lucaya Resort were denied their right to take a strike vote after the Labour Department did not facilitate a strike poll.

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Oil drilling draft bills sent to Cabinet

THE draft bills for oil drilling legislation are complete and have been sent to Cabinet, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said.

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Mitchell: Granting of asylum is no condemnation

REPORTS that Bahamians have been granted asylum in Canada should not be viewed as a condemnation of the country’s human rights record, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

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Suspect in fatal stabbing hands himself in to police

A 29-year-old suspect in a stabbing death turned himself into police over the weekend.

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15-year-old girl shot dead

A GRAND Bahama father was outraged over the lack of age restrictions at local clubs after his 15-year-old daughter was shot to death outside a bar yesterday.

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Mackey, Franks honoured by Batelco softball team

LEGENDARY high school basketball coach and former softball and baseball player Charles “Chuck” Mackey and former softball manager Russell Franks, who are both ailing, were honoured in an emotional celebration by the Batelco softball team this past weekend.

Chamber: NHI costs 'a major concern'

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) is finalising the formation of a committee to review the Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) proposals, its chief executive agreeing that implementation costs were a major concern.

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Cybots rally to even series with Shockers

THE Mail Boat Cybots showed why they are the New Providence Basketball Association men’s defending champions.

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'Overwhelming response' to Sir Durward Knowles' book signing

LEGENDARY sailor and philanthropist Sir Durward Knowles held a book signing at the South East Rotary meeting on Friday and again on Saturday at Montagu Gardens and had an overwhelming response.

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Bahamas 'on the ball' ahead of CAC qualifier

Manager Godfrey ‘Gully’ Bunside said he was impressed with the performance of the men’s national team as they tune up for their trip to the Central American and Caribbean Games Qualifying Tournament at the end of April.

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$250,000 gifts to save children's lives

AN investment firm has donated $250,000 to help children battling with life-threatening diseases.

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Social Services celebrates 50th anniversary

THE Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and the Department of Social Services will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year by hosting events designed to bring awareness about the significance of social work.

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'Spoken from the heart' - Tribute to Edmund Moxey by Sir Arthur Foulkes

GOVERNOR General Sir Arthur Foulkes, in a tribute paid to Edmund Moxey, creator of the Jumbey Village dream, recalled their years in the political trenches together, nourishing a single ambition – the “salvation of a people.”

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Celebrated futurist speaks at Baha Mar

Baha Mar launched an advisory council of experts to create a work environment that respects local culture and deep-rooted, traditional values of Bahamian society.

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Call for technology to protect our borders

THE Democratic National Alliance has renewed its calls for the government to invest more in technology, adding that the Bahamas should adopt the advanced “border patrol technologies” of first world countries in order to protect its borders from illegal activities.

$500m healthcare 'infusion' via infrastructure privatise

The Government could encourage more than $500 million in new investment by privatising the Bahamas’ healthcare infrastructure, a well-known physician arguing this model would remove “a noose around its fiscal neck”.

Gov't to reconfigure Bank of Bahamas Board

The Government is moving to reconfigure the Board of BISX-listed Bank of the Bahamas International, whose annual general meeting (AGM) has been delayed by the wait for directors to be named.

Debt collector sees 40% business growth

A leading debt collection agency experienced a 30-40 per cent business increase in 2013, with its principal expressing concern over the “integrity and experience” of newly-established rivals.

Bahamas healthcare costs 'considerably higher' than region

Bahamian healthcare costs are “considerably higher” than those for other Caribbean nations, the Tax Coalition’s co-chair describing whether the economy could absorb National Health Insurance (NHI) on top of VAT as “a big question”.

Gov't to examine 'casual' workers

The Employment Act makes no distinction between full-time and casual workers, the director of labour calling on companies not to discriminate in how they are treated.

QC slams '99%' cruise tourism benefit exclusion

Some “99 per cent” of Bahamian businesses are being excluded from cruise tourism’s benefits by the exclusive arrangements the lines reach with favoured onshore providers, a well-known QC is arguing.

Wilson succeeds Sir Albert as FOCOL chair

Businessman Franklyn Wilson has been elected as chairman of BISX-listed Focol Holdings (FOCOL) and reappointed as a director – a post he has held for 31 years.

'Lacklustre' tourism in 3% room revenue fall-off

Tourism suffered a “lacklustre” performance in February with total room revenues off 2.8 per cent, the Central Bank of the Bahamas attributing part of the decline to weather-related cancellations.

Sunday, March 30

What Mr Christie did not say

EDITOR, The Tribune,

Water sports company expands

A LOCAL company is expanding its brand to offer innovations in water sports and water parks.

Why Ukraine matters

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The inner circle

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Saturday, March 29

Fires at landfill ‘completely out’

THE fires at the New Providence Landfill are completely out, Deputy Director of Environmental Services Thomasina Wilson confirmed yesterday.

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BRAN TELLS PM TO ‘GET SERIOUS’

BRANVILLE McCartney, Democratic National Alliance leader, says the government’s consideration of  a new Parliament Complex and Prime Minister’s residence at this time is “irresponsible”.

The Bahamas reiterates desire to curb illegal immigration

THE desire to curb the illegal migration of Haitians to the Bahamas was reiterated by the Bahamas government during a meeting in Haiti on Thursday. During the meeting, the government also reiterated its commitment to strengthening its relationship and cooperation with Haiti.

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Two charged in connection with assault of BEC staff

TWO MEN were arraigned in the magistrate’s court yesterday in connection with the assault of two women BEC workers.

Friday, March 28

April Fool's Joke: Elbow Cay Lighthouse sold, moving to Exuma

AS if NEMA’s startling announcement of a tsunami surging towards these islands had not caused enough hysteria in the Bahamas on Wednesday, the news that a wealthy Texan had purchased the Elbow Cay Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town and was about to move it to his private island in the Exumas, promised a tumultuous rebellion as it started to circulate in Nassau last night.

Loretta was right to call for march

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Man dies after traffic accident

A 45-year-old man has died following a traffic accident that occurred on Tuesday.

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PM seeks serious reform of Parliamentary procedure

PRIME Minister Perry Christie wants serious reforms when it comes to the overall operation of parliamentary procedures.

Union to take vote over strike action after job cuts

MORE than 300 workers at the Grand Lucaya Resort are expected to take a strike vote on Friday following the termination of 30 workers this week from the resort.

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Mother in tears in court

A 55-year-old woman broke down in tears in the Coroner’s Court yesterday as she recounted for a jury of five the moment she learned her eldest son had died.

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FNM deputy to continue fight to stop Bahamians losing homes

FNM DEPUTY Leader Loretta Butler Turner said she will continue her crusade to stop Bahamians from losing their homes despite her decision to postpone her march against Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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Miller to crack down on overtime in Family Islands

BEC Chairman Leslie Miller said the corporation will move to crack down on abuse of overtime at facilities in the Family Islands as it makes substantial progress to reduce electricity costs.

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Time for a new Parliament?

THE Christie administration is forging ahead with plans to construct a new House of Assembly complex and Prime Minister’s residence with recommendations for both undertakings to be made before a Parliamentary committee.

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Extra time for lawyer in appeal to vary drug convict's fine payment

MORE time was given to a lawyer to make submissions on whether the Court of Appeal has the jurisdiction to vary the payment of a $250,000 fine it ordered a drug convict to pay.

Legal expert says VAT will significantly reduce fraud

THE government is confident that adopting Value Added Tax (VAT) will lead to a significant reduction in cases of tax fraud, a legal expert in the Ministry of Finance affirmed.

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Man held after firearm find

A 26-year-old Freeport man was arrested after it was claimed that he was found with a firearm.

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Two arrests after attack on BEC staff

POLICE arrested two men Tuesday evening in connection with the assault of two women employees of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.

police hunt for four men after shooting

POLICE are on the hunt for four men who shot and critically injured a man early yesterday morning.

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Book charts life of Sir Durward Knowles

THE long-awaited book charting the later years of Sir Durward Knowles’ fascinating life, “Captain of Industry” has finally reached bookstores.

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Sandals staff learning to save lives

BOTH Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Emerald Bay are continuing their bid to ensure that as many as 80 per cent of their staff are trained to deliver life-saving aid, not only to resort guests, but to members of the public who may need assistance.

Tributes paid to first Bahamian obstetrician, Dr George Sherman

THE Minister of Health and chairman of the Board of Directors at Princess Margaret Hospital paid their respects to Dr George Sherman, a former senior consultant and the first Bahamian obstetrician and gynaecologist who recently died.

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'The sky is the limit' for Thomas

After being grounded by a tooth injury at the International Amateur Athletic Federation World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, high jumper Donald Thomas is hoping that he will be soaring again once he completes some dental work on Monday in Auburn, Alabama.

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Bahamian filmmaker's work has private screening in London

THE Bahamas’ High Commissioner to London, Eldred Bethel, hosted a private screening of ‘Passage’, a short film by Bahamian writer/director Kareem Mortimer at Bahamas House in London on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Cable Beach developer eyes $70m sales goal

The Balmoral’s principal yesterday said he anticipated earning $65-$70 million in total sales revenues from his new luxury condominium project, having sold 28 per cent of available units prior to its launch.

UBS refused Privy Council appeal on $34.2m debt claim

UBS (Bahamas) has seen its bid to appeal the reinstatement of a $34.2 million claim linked to Bernard Madoff’s infamous ‘Ponzi’ scheme to the Privy Council rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Revenue improvement gives 'more leeway' over fiscal reform

A key Ministry of Finance adviser yesterday said the Government’s improved fiscal performance may provide “more leeway” on the timing and extent of tax reform, with revenues running ahead of last year’s figures for the past three-four months.

Casual work spread threatens employees with 'dire straits'

A trade union leader yesterday described the spread of part-time, casual work as “a major concern’, warning that it threatened to both leave Bahamians “in dire straits” and completely change the industrial relations landscape.

'New look' of vibrant, young players on the men's national softball team

WITH less than a month before the men’s national softball team heads to Cali, Colombia, to compete in the Central American and Caribbean Games qualifying tournament, the Bahamas Softball Federation will showcase the players in a series of games this weekend in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

Sandals training 1,000 to handle emergencies

Sandals is training more than 1,000 staff to become Emergency First Response (EFR) certified in case of emergencies on and off the resort campus.

Bahamas could join Ja 'very quickly' if no fiscal turnaround

THE Bahamas could “very quickly” join the likes of Haiti and Jamaica as an economic bail-out case if it fails to arrest its current annual $443 million fiscal deficit, a Tax Coalition co-chair has warned.

Bahamian airlines paying '$100k-plus' to fly over nation

A leading Bahamian airline executive yesterday praised the Government’s bid to slash airspace overflight fees for locally-registered aircraft, saying this cost his carrier and others around $100,000-plus per year in fees paid to the US.

Esso dealers content over Sol transition

ESSO retailers are they anticipating a relatively smooth transition with no major changes to their operations, now that the Barbados-based Sol Group has consummated its acquisition, with some already noticing improvements in maintenance and repair response.

VAT set to reduce tax fraud cases

The Government is confident that adopting Value-Added Tax (VAT) will lead to a significant reduction in cases of tax fraud, a legal expert in the Ministry of Finance affirmed.

Signing day for Quality Beach Soccer Club players

QUALITY Beach Soccer Club continued its effort in the local development of the sport when they hosted a signing day for club players who will participate in various events, representing both the club and the country.

Brandon Murray receives ExCEL student athlete of the year award

THE Bahamas Baseball Federation congratulated Brandon Murray on receiving the 2014 ExCEL student athlete of the year award.

Thursday, March 27

12-member track and field team from COB to compete in Florida

A 12-member track and field team from the College of the Bahamas is off to the University of Central Florida’s Invitational on Saturday in Orlando, Florida.

Who will be 2014 National Bowling champion?

THE campaign to crown the 2014 Bahamas National Bowling champion got underway in earnest on Monday as both men and ladies 2013 champions took to the lanes to defend their coveted crown.

Sports in brief

BASKETBALL

CLUB NEWS

Bahamas Cycling Club. - Congratulations to all who participated in the Great Abaco Family Fitness Wweekend and The Grand Fondo!

Port Authority rejects marine pilots' claims

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) yesterday denied it is deliberately delaying a Business Licence for the Bahamas Marine Pilots Association (BMPA), and refuted claims it had a ‘conflict of interest’.

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Mitchell leads delegation to Haiti for migration talks

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell led a delegation to Haiti yesterday for bilateral talks on the issues of human trafficking, human smuggling and co-operation in agriculture.

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Suspects shot during arrests

POLICE were forced to shoot a wanted man in Acklins yesterday when he reportedly attacked the officers with a cutlass during his arrest.

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Forbes apologises for laughing to domestic abuse 'jest'

SOUTH Andros MP Picewell Forbes offered a public apology in the House of Assembly yesterday for his laughter after Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller joked in Parliament about abusing an ex-girlfriend on February 20 of this year.

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Stenographer ruling delayed

SENIOR Justice Jon Isaacs deferred his ruling on whether two men’s right to a fair trial would be in jeopardy without the presence of a stenographer.

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Davis latest to back PM over Lightbourne intervention

DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday defended Prime Minister Perry Christie’s decision to intervene with a local bank to save the home of VAT coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne.

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Fines may go up to $500 for removal of derelict cars

THE Christie administration’s push to bring changes to the Derelict Motor Vehicles Disposal Bill will see harsher fines and penalties enforced on law breakers.

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Are wild donkeys being hunted into extinction?

INAGUA’s wild donkey population has dwindled considerably, according to BNT officials, who pointed to anecdotal evidence of widespread hunting.

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BEC workers 'held hostage' at home they were disconnecting

TWO BEC women workers were held hostage and threatened with death by a group of men when they attempted to disconnect service at a Pinewood Gardens home.

Tsunami test warning leads to wave of panic

A TEST conducted by the National Emergency Management Agency yesterday caused widespread panic and hysteria when residents believed that a tsunami was headed for the Bahamas.

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Guilty of human trafficking and forcing women into prostitution

A SUPREME Court jury that heard evidence in the Bahamas’ first human trafficking trial unanimously convicted a woman of withholding the passports of two women and forcing them into prostitution.

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'No rift in FNM' insists deputy

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner once again denied a rift between herself and party leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday, despite Dr Minnis publicly distancing himself from a protest she intended to lead.

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Construction on $39m Abaco port to start in two months

ABACO residents crowded the halls of China Harbour Engineering Company’s (CHEC) town hall meeting in Coopers Town on Monday as the government announced construction activity to start in two months on the $39m North Abaco Port Development.

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Bostwick: We must fight for women’s rights

AS a woman who has carved a niche in Bahamian history, Janet Bostwick, the country’s first female Member of Parliament, admitted her “distress” that women are still discriminated against in the constitution.

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Miller repeats call for copper export ban

TALL Pines MP Leslie Miller yesterday reignited calls for the Government to prohibit the export of copper from the Bahamas charging that theft of the metal is destroying the commercial industry.

Talks on management of Bahamian airspace begin

NEGOTIATORS from the governments of the Bahamas and the United States yesterday started long-awaited face-to-face talks over the management of the Bahamas’ airspace – talks which could result in the Bahamas receiving revenues from overflight fees.

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'Runner of the week'

Shavez Hart gave an early indication of what is to come in his inaugural season as a member of the Texas A & M Aggies programme.

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Kadeem: Everybody played their hearts out

IT was a bitter pill for centre Kadeem Coleby and his Wichita State Shockers to swallow after they had their winning streak snapped when they got eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

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Warriors are No.1

CHAMPIONS: They entered the final day of competition clinging to the slimmest advantage . . .

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Stables hosts 11th annual horse show competition

THE Rotary Club of New Providence and Rotary International teamed up with the Camperdown Stables to present the 11th annual Horse Show this weekend.

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Students get close-up look at work of US Coast Guard

A FIFTH grade class at Woodcock Primary School were invited to participate in a tour onboard the visiting US Coast Guard Guard Cutter Gannet while docked at the Prince George Wharf.

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BNT celebrates grand opening of Primeval Forest National Park

THE Bahamas National Trust officially opened the Primeval Forest National Park located just south of Frank Watson Highway.

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GB Minister excited about island's turn-around

MINISTER for Grand Bahama, Dr Michael Darville said Monday that he is excited about what is now taking place on the island.

Satellite Bahamas chiefs agree bar on 'signal piracy'

Satellite Bahamas and its principals, the Garraway brothers, have agreed to a permanent bar on being able to offer DIRECTV’s programming to clients in the Bahamas and other countries, Tribune Business can reveal.

Broker elated over SEC fraud claim dismissal

A Bahamian broker/dealer and its principal were elated yesterday after a court threw out a US regulator’s claims that they knowingly helped perpetrate, and participated in, an $11 million securities fraud.

Foreign 'better' on $557m property tax collection

The Government would “be better off” outsourcing collection of $557 million in unpaid real property taxes to a foreign company, a leading businessman yesterday arguing this would prevent family and political pressures from undermining the initiative.

Work permit waiver can 'sweeten captive pot'

The Bahamas should offer work permit and licence fee waivers to “sweeten the pot” for captive insurers, a leading financial executive yesterday expressing hope that Marsh’s capture would have “a snowball effect” for the jurisdiction.

Bahamian resorts: Taxes rise up to 250% in 3 years

Bahamian resorts have seen their room tax and Business Licence payments increase by 66 per cent and 250 per cent, respectively, since 2010, a senior industry executive today warning this nation will “pay a hefty price” for misguided tax policies.

Grand Bahamian firm wins Caribbean award

Paint Fair, a Grand Bahama-based firm specialising in coatings since 1980, was recently presented with the ‘Protective Coatings Caribbean Leader in Growth’ award.

Bahamas targets revenue sharing air space deal

THE Government has begun talks with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over management of Bahamian airspace, a Cabinet Minister yesterday disclosing it was seeking an arrangement to share revenues from overflight fees and exempt Bahamian airlines from these charges.

New Zealand specialist leads VAT roundtables

EY Bahamas (formerly Ernst & Young) has engaged a New Zealand-based partner and tax specialist to help prepare clients and Bahamian companies on Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) implementation.

Gov't, Resorts told: Don't 'jeopardise' Bimini challenge

A Court of Appeal judge has urged the Government and Resorts World Bimini not to “jeopardise proceedings” by forging ahead with construction of the latter’s controversial cruise terminal while the action challenging it remains live.

Concert series launched at Grand Lucayan Resort

THE Grand Lucayan Resort has launched its Concert series for 2014 with five major cultural events slated to take place at the resort property in Lucaya, Grand Bahama.

Wednesday, March 26

Award for paint firm

PAINT Fair, a Bahamian-owned company in Grand Bahama specialising in coatings since 1980, was recently presented with ‘Protective Coatings Caribbean Leader in Growth’ - a sales award for leading the Caribbean region in sales growth for distributors of International Paint.

Blue Hill Gospel Chapel gets healthy

By REUBEN SHEARER

Pastors join forces to fight 'Kingdom of Darkness'

Pastor James Newry, of Calvary Deliverance Church, and Apostle Rodney Roberts, of Five Porches of Deliverance, will be joining forces to declare “War Against the Kingdom of Darkness”. 
“Have you been battling, feel defeated, weakened by physical, spiritual, emotional and financial foes? Are you tired of the violence overtaking our country?

Your 'journey to self-discovery'

A scheme is being launched to help people on their “Journey To Self-Discovery”.

Mitchell leads delegation to Haiti for migration talks

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell led a delegation to Haiti yesterday for bilateral talks on the issues of human trafficking, human smuggling and co-operation in agriculture.

Needing bread

By Rev Angela C Bosfield

Pastor launches new Youth and Family Centre

The Bahamas of today is faced with many challenges, especially as it relates to youth and families. This is made obvious almost every day as we turn on our televisions, listen to the radio or read the local newspapers. Crime, abuse and domestic violence unfortunately dominate our headlines.

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Woman found guilty of trafficking in persons

24-year-old Chevanese “Sasha” Hall has been found guilty on four counts of trafficking in persons and two counts of withholding a passport.

Dr Munroe on the LGBT issue

World-renowned pastor Dr Myles Munroe has the country up in arms over comments he made several weeks ago about Foreign Affairs Minister, the Hon Fred Mitchell. In a nutshell, Dr Munroe basically wants the minister removed from his post because he feels that Mitchell is supporting an agenda that is ungodly and wrong.

No country for old men

Some time ago, Justice Anita Allen informed the nation that the Court of Appeal had not yet defined what was meant by the “worst of the worst and the rarest of the rare”.

NO danger of tsunami - 'warning' email was a TEST

NEMA has advised that there is NO danger of a tsunami - a 'warning' was sent out earlier as a TEST.

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Private firm to begin remediation work at dump

ENVIRONMENT and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said yesterday that remediation of the New Providence landfill will start before the end of this fiscal year.

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Child cruelty case to be heard in May

THE case of two ministers accused of cruelty to a 15-year-old boy will now be heard in two months time.

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Ruling expected in trafficking case

HISTORY is expected to be made in the Supreme Court today when a jury, for the first time in the Bahamas’ history, will decide the fate of a woman accused of human trafficking.

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Bill to give youth a seat at the table on national policy

YOUTH, Sports and Culture Minister Daniel Johnson will table a National Youth Policy Bill in the House of Assembly next month.

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Webshop draft not yet ready for Parliament

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe confirmed that draft legislation to regularise and tax the web shop industry is currently in the works, but is not yet ready to be tabled at Parliament.

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Greenslade ‘will not side step’ jailhouse wedding concern

POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade vowed yesterday “not to side step” on a situation that saw a man in custody at Central Police Station marry his fiancée.

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Marijuana fields worth $17m found

FREEPORT - More than 160,000 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of nearly $17 million, were discovered growing in the pine forest in East Grand Bahama.

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FNM does not support march - Minnis distances party from event

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday distanced himself from a demonstration being planned by FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner saying “it is not an FNM sanctioned event and has nothing to do with the party.”

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Rolle: 'We do not have the luxury of time' over VAT

FINANCIAL Secretary John Rolle warns that the Bahamas cannot afford to discuss alternatives to VAT indefinitely.

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Artist Spotlight: Chorus

AS AN emerging Bahamian musician, Chorus is seeking to find his place and make his presence felt locally and internationally.

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Bahamas Rat Pack's Sammi Starr releases new song

JUST when you thought you have heard it all from the Bahamas Rat Pack, the musical group has cooked up another hot hit by member Sammi Starr.
The new single, “Please Stay”, which features Bahamian musician Chosen, has received positive feedback from social media supporters as well as local radio stations since its release.

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Starmaker 5 is looking for the new faces of BTC

BTC Starmaker, the Bahamas’ most watched reality television series, is returning for a fifth season with a new judge and new challenges.

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Queen's College presents 'Guys and Dolls' musical

IT will be three nights of song and dance as Queen’s College stages its version of the popular musical “Guys and Dolls” this week.

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New business encourages creativity and family friendly fun

THE doors to the Paint Your Own Pottery store in Sandyport have only been open for a few weeks, but the proprietors are pleased with the direction the business is going in.

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'Men Under A Microscope' - New book explores the minds of men

EMERGING Bahamian author Kelda Rolle took a deep sea dive into the minds of men when she began extensive research for her new book, “Men Under A Microscope’.

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Airbrush Art – Non-conventional medium yields great rewards for artist

MANY know him as the proprietor of Airbrush Junkies, but few know Stefan Davis’ story of his rise to success.

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Cinderella dream comes true for prom girls

THE NIGHT ended in smiles as well as tears as the local boutique The Guest List hosted its first ever prom expo and fashion runway show.

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BOC introduces newly formed medical advisory committee

WITH the formation of a medical advisory committee, the Bahamas Olympic Committee feels that they will be in a better position to ensure that the Bahamas is properly represented by Bahamian athletes on the national teams for the various international events that come under their jurisdiction.

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Carmichael Primary leads by half a point

IT’S going to come down to an intense battle for the top spot as the New Providence Primary Schools Sports Association completes its 4th annual Bertha’s Go-Go Ribs Track and Field Championships today at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

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BTC iVolunteers help out at Governor's Harbour Primary

THE students and faculty of the Governor’s Harbour Primary School recently hosted a special assembly to thank BTC and their iVolunteer team for repairs made to two of the school’s restrooms and one of the classrooms, and restoration of playground equipment and purchase and installation of new pieces.

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Book on business for beginners

AN entrepreneur has launched a new book on business for beginners - and is embarking on a tour to accompany it.

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Fishing event brings in the crowds

GRAND Bahama Shipyard’s 4th annual Youth Benefit Fishing Tournament had a “fantastic” turnout this year with increase in fishermen and spectators alike.

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Memories of 41 years in the printing business

THE Government Printing Department celebrates its 41st anniversary on Friday - having grown from an apprenticeship programme at The Nassau Technical Centre.

$250m expansion planned for Freeport Container Port

PRIME Minister Perry Christie announced that government is working on the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding for a $250m expansion at the Freeport Container Port.

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Cruise ship arrives in Inagua

THE Bahamas Ministry of Tourism welcomed the ms Island Sky cruise ship to Inagua, a move to strengthening stop over visitor experience to that most southern island.

Broker's SEC lawsuit dismissal bid tossed

A Bahamian broker/dealer and its principal have seen their bid to dismiss one of two US regulatory lawsuits against them rejected by the southern New York court, Tribune Business can reveal.

Gov't urged: Sell $550m property tax debt to investors

THE Government was yesterday urged not to outsource collection of its $550 million-plus real property tax bill to debt collectors, but instead to triple the interest penalty rate and sell these liabilities as an ‘investment opportunity’.

Oceania Owners 'busting our ass' on turnaround

A LEADING homeowner at Exuma’s controversy-torn Oceania Heights project yesterday expressed disappointment that just 27 per cent of property owners had to-date paid their 2014 maintenance fees, telling Tribune Business he and several others were “busting our ass to turn this around”.

Bahamas' top regional logistics ranking 'tip of the iceberg'

THE Bahamas’ ranking as the Caribbean’s leading logistics performer is “just the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to this nation fulfilling its transhipment potential, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday.

'All options open'over BEC reforms

THE DEPUTY Prime Minister said yesterday that “all options remain open” open to Cabinet on the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) reform process, adding that recommendations from key advisors in the process were now up for consideration.

Labour relations 'take a turn for the worse'

THE manner in which trade unions and their members have been dealt with over the past several months has “taken a turn for the worse”, the Trade Union Congress’s (TUC) president said yesterday, adding that there had been a noticeable deterioration in labour relations in the Bahamas.

Chamber backs localinvestment in gaming

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) will take a position with respect to gaming at the upcoming conclave with its sister bodies, its chairman saying it was in support of “free enterprise”.

How to stand out from the crowd

WHEN I initially wrote my first book, ‘Combat Jujutsu: the Lost Art’ back in 1991, it sold like hotcakes.

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Spanish band to bring rock 'n' roll to Nassau fundraiser

THE Lignum Vitae Centre of Hope is raising funds for its community outreach programmes with a rock n roll event featuring a new band hailing all the way from Spain.

$39m Abaco port to start in two months

CONSTRUCTION work on North Abaco’s new $39 million port is expected to begin in two months, island residents were told at a Town Meeting earlier this week.

Creative industries targeted for growth

THE Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) got CREATE-ive when it launched its latest publication, titled ‘CREATE’, which applauds the successes of entrepreneurs in Caribbean creative industries.

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Rockets v Shockers tonight

THE Pyramid Food Rockets and the Real Deal Shockers are scheduled to square off tonight to determine who will go on to play in the Vince Ferguson divisional final in the New Providence Basketball Association.

Tuesday, March 25

Sports in brief

RUN/WALK

PM to open CPA seminar

THE Bahamas Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, in conjunction with the CPA, will host a post-election seminar on March 26-30, under the theme, “285 Years And beyond: Deepening Democracy Through Parliament,” at Atlantis Beach Tower, Paradise Island, coinciding with the 285th anniversary of the Bahamas Parliament.

Bahamas requiring fiscal 'action now'

THE Bahamas will face severe economic consequences if the Government fails to quickly get its fiscal house in order, the Ministry of Finance’s financial secretary has warned.

Is world history today repeating itself?

AS WE watched in horror a Russian tank smash through the gates of a Ukrainian army base in Crimea’s Balbek city on Saturday, it was as though a sledge hammer had forced open the memory box of a small child sitting in her father’s editorial office many years ago listening to him discussing another European land grab by a mad tyrant.

Why Leslie's words hurt so much

I have a friend who is trapped in a marriage in which over the years her husband has been emotionally and physically abusive. It’s not as bad as it used to be, but there is still some abuse and she lives in fear as to when he might become violent.

Referendum misconception

There is a huge misconception that the referendum held a while ago was whether or not to legalise webshops.

Deserved words of praise for hospital staff

Last week, I was admitted to The Princess Margaret Hospital, Maternity Ward, in labour, because I had a previous caesarean section, I knew that I was to deliver by that mode again. The reception I got on the Labour Ward was great.

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Cybots sweep Pros

DEFENDING champions Mail Boat Cybots completed a two-game sweep over the Island Luck Pros

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Ribbon cut to open Memories resort

FREEPORT – Prime Minister Perry Christie officially opened the Memories Grand Bahama Beach and Casino Resort in Lucaya on Monday evening.

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New lawyer to be appointed in home invasion case

A NEW lawyer must be appointed to represent a man who is challenging his conviction and sentence before the Appeals Court for a failed home invasion that turned deadly.

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Man abandons attempt to challenge sentencing

A MAN has abandoned his attempt to challenge his sentencing for a high-speed chase with police in Freeport in which he hit and dragged a pedestrian 80 feet before stopping the car and shooting at police.

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DNA: PM was inappropriate in Lightbourne intervention

THE inappropriateness of Prime Minister Perry Christie to intervene in the saving of the home of VAT coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne was raised by the DNA yesterday who questioned if the nation’s leader had done the same for the countless other Bahamians who are also facing similar financial hardships.

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Mitchell emphasises need for proper succession planning

THE need for proper succession planning in the Bahamas was emphasised by Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell during his address to new employees of his ministry yesterday.

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Committee formed to discuss reparations for slavery

TWENTY-TWO persons have been selected to form the country’s National Reparations Committee that will establish the moral, ethical, and legal case for the payment of repatriations by the former colonial European countries.

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URCA ‘cannot rely on media reports’ to launch outage probe

THE Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority is awaiting an official report from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company before it can start an official investigation of this weekend’s island-wide network outage.

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Activist Troy Garvey arrested

COMMUNITY activist Troy Garvey was arrested by police on Monday morning after blocking the path of a tour bus carrying cruise passengers to the Taino Beach Resort in Lucaya.

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Lawyer protest in ministers' child cruelty case

THE lawyer representing two ministers accused of cruelty to a 15-year-old boy did not take kindly to being served with the evidence in the case on the day the trial was to start.

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Call for education campaign on LGBT issues

ACTIVISTS called for the government to support its position on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights amid speculation over whether hardships faced by members of the community warrant asylum applications.

Patterson: No comment on GB gay row until I meet leaders

CHRISTIAN Council President Dr Ranford Patterson will meet members of the Grand Bahama Christian Council this week after the GBCC’s executive council was dissolved following allegations of homosexuality against its now former president, Rev Keith Matthews.

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'Roads payout a slap in the face'

BUSINESSES adversely affected by the New Providence Road works project say they have been “exploited” following the government’s compensation scheme that paid out more than $1.5 million.

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NPPSSA Championships get underway despite late start

THE New Providence Primary Schools Sports Association’s 4th Annual Bertha’s Go-Go Ribs Track & Field Championships got started at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium Monday.

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Workers flying the flag for Customs Department

MINISTER for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville described the Bahamas Customs Department as being a noble organisation and pledged his ministry’s support and that of the Government to the country’s top tax collection agency.

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NEMA continues to help communities resist disaster

THE National Emergency Management Agency is continuing its programme of promoting disaster resilient communities throughout the islands.

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Aquinas students tour National Insurance complex

LAST month, a group of 29 10th and 11th graders from Aquinas College visited the National Insurance Board’s Clifford Darling complex.

Minister offers condolences over lost Malaysian plane

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell expressed condolences on behalf of the country over the loss of lives in the Malaysia Air flight 370, which was confirmed to have plunged into the Indian Ocean.

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Hollaback! Movement tackles street harassment

SOCIAL media and mobile technology has been popularly used in modern times to promote many causes and positive movements. Now a new local organisation is using the considerable power of the medium to start its own campaign to put an end to street harassment.

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Students praised for arts festival performances

GRAND Bahama teachers applauded their students’ performances and commended the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival for giving the them a chance to “let their lights shine”, during the first week of the adjudications there.

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Final witness not called in trafficking case

PROSECUTORS in the case of two women who claim to be victims of human trafficking, did not call their final three witnesses yesterday.

Heineken Cup Championships approach

THE Heineken Cup Championships are shaping up to be as exciting as last year.

Royal Society of St George helps Bahamas Girl Guides

The Bahamas Girl Guides Association was the recipient of a donation from the Royal Society of St George.

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Launch of the “GirlFace” movement

IN AN effort to empower young women through the performing arts, Bahamian entrepreneur and musician Ebony Johnson has created the ‘GirlFace’ initiative.

Chamber aims to 'flip the script' on South Florida

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman said yesterday he is hoping to “flip the script” on south Florida by helping Bahamian businesses to establish a physical presence there.

TV piracy settlement targeted this week

Satellite Bahamas and its principals, the Garraway brothers, are hoping to settle DIRECTV’s multi-million dollar piracy lawsuit against them by tomorrow, Tribune Business can reveal.

Tax Coalition urges price control end

The private sector’s Tax Coalition has added its voice to those urging that Price Controls be abolished, warning that food store overheads would have increased by between 7.5-12 per cent under a 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT).

Chambers conclave branded 'historic'

THE BAHAMAS Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) is getting set to host the first National Conclave of Chambers of Commerce in the Bahamas.

Business Licensing is 'too convoluted'

THE Business Licence issuance and renewal process is “too long, too convoluted” and needs to be reformed, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman said yesterday.

Compounding our pension problems

Whilst we are all living longer, we must ensure we do not outlive our accumulated pension savings. In fact, this is perhaps the single greatest challenge that will confront ‘baby-boomers’ who will be retiring annually (in large numbers) over the next 20 years.

Marine pilots accused of 'scorched earth policy'

Freeport’s marine pilots yesterday said their main goal is to “standardise” the industry in the Bahamas and ensure it meets international standards, amid concerns their “scorched earth policy” could undermine the city’s maritime and industrial concerns.

Tax Coalition chief: Bahamas must be 'low tax'

The Bahamas needs to position itself as a ‘low tax’ jurisdiction to access potential benefits from tax and investment treaties with other countries, a Tax Coalition co-chair warning yesterday that a ‘flat’ or ‘no tax ‘ posture would “cause problems”.

Costs ruling to 'dry up' Judicial Review litigation

The Supreme Court’s $250,000 ‘security for costs’ Order against opponents of Bimini’s cruise ship terminal and dock “is a further nail in the coffin” of public interest Judicial Review actions, an environmental activist has alleged.

Injured Bail last Bahamian standing in NCAA tournament

FOUR Bahamian players entered the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball tournament, however just one remains - albeit in an injured role, as the field narrowed to the Sweet 16.

Consul General shows support to athletes, coaches at track meet

BAHAMAS Consul General Randy E Rolle was at the University of Alabama on March 21 to show support to the Bahamians participating in a track meet as athletes and coaches.

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Carifta swim team ratified

Following the final time trials over the weekend at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex, the Bahamas Swimming Federation has ratified its team to compete at the 2014 CARIFTA Swimming Championships.

‘Celebrating Healthy Smiles’

LAST Thursday, the Bahamas joined more than 50 countries on World Health Day (WOHD) to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth.

A focus on colon cancer

THROUGH various efforts this month, local doctors and health care providers are hoping to provide Bahamians with as much knowledge as possible on colorectal cancer disease, more commonly known as colon cancer.

Monday, March 24

Lemon shark survival drops to just 26% on Bimini 'deforestation'

Research from a long-term study reveals that the year mega-resort construction in Bimini deforested almost half a lagoon’s mangrove shorelines, the survival rate of newborn lemon sharks plummeted to only 26 per cent.

SPORTS IN BRIEF

SOCCER

Business concern over VAT

AS the debate continues on Value-Added Tax, businesses throughout the country, including Freeport, press forward to express their concerns.

A focus on colon cancer

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

Support for firearms group

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Awards aim to recognise good practice in education

THE Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards were launched at Marlborough House in London on Wednesday of last week.

Chipman questions the competence of Mitchell

THE competency of Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has been called into question by Hubert Chipman, Opposition Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, over the decision to lease extra accommodations in Washington, DC, for a consulate general’s office.

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Fresh probe into dump fire

FIREFIGHTERS are investigating whether “products” are being added to the fires at the New Providence Landfill after smoke began billowing once again from the waste facility.

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Party Chairmen in row over ethics

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has gone on the offensive against FNM Chairman Darron Cash in the debate about corruption and ethics.

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Police close six nightclubs and bars

POLICE SHUT down six nightclubs and bars early yesterday morning for operating in breach of the Business and Liquor License Acts

Bahamians ‘can’t find jobs in construction’

SECRETARY of the Bahama Land Construction Trade Union, Herman Armbrister, claimed yesterday Bahamian construction workers cannot get any jobs because developers would rather hire “Haitians” and “Mexicans” to work for “little or nothing”.

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Man accused of smuggling drugs on cruise ship

A MAN is facing federal charges in the United States after being arrested for reportedly smuggling cocaine and heroin from The Bahamas into Florida on a cruiseline.

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Technical failure blamed for BTC blackout

BTC said yesterday that unspecified “technical failures” were the cause of a nearly 24-hour disruption in land line, mobile and internet services this weekend.

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Bahamians given asylum in Canada

AT LEAST 16 Bahamians in the past three years have been granted asylum in Canada because of their fear of persecution in the Bahamas.

Events to be held for Parkinson's Awareness Month

WORLDWIDE, the month of April is observed as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, to give recognition to the progressive, debilitating condition.

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QC Comets shine

They didn’t have an overall champion, but at the end of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ Scotiabank National High School Track and Field Championships, the Queen’s College Comets held onto bragging rights, having won four of the eight divisional titles.

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TV show enjoys the Sandyport sunrise

SANDYPORT Beaches Resort and Hotel recently hosted the local TV show, “Bahamas@Sunrise” from their Lagoon Beach as a part of the celebratory events for their RCI Gold Crown tourism award.

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Tributes paid to arts centre leader Betty Knowles

BETTY Knowles, the former manager of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts for the past 25 years, was laid to rest at Woodlawn Gardens on Saturday morning.

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Bill to detail rights of disabled

THE rights of the disabled will be made clear through the passage of a Bill that is nearing its completion for presentation to Parliament.

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Discussion is held over national parks for East End

LAKESHIA Anderson, Grand Bahama Parks Manager for the Bahama National Trust, met last week with residents of McLean’s Town at a public meeting, held at McLean’s Town Primary School in Grand Bahama.

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Memories resort to officially open

PRIME Minister Perry Christie and Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe will head a delegation of government and industry personnel for the official opening of Memories Grand Bahama Island resort today.

Controversial financier makes South Ocean bid

A controversial Austrian businessman with a history of regulatory run-ins has emerged as the third, secretive bidder for New Providence’s South Ocean resort property, Tribune Business can reveal.

Gov’t ‘very close’ on Walker’s Cay deal

The Government believes the purchase of Walker’s Cay, the northernmost island in the Abacos, could be sealed by June, with the Bahamas “back in play” as a top investment destination.

Bahamas suffers 40% UK visitor fall

The Bahamas suffered a 40.6 per cent fall in UK stopover arrivals in the six years to 2013, with a senior hotel executive expressing hope that London’s aviation tax cuts will have an “overarching positive impact” in reversing this trend.

Marine pilots accuse Port Authority over 'neglecting its duties'

Freeport’s marine pilots have accused the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) of “neglecting its duties as a regulator”, and will likely initiate a Judicial Review legal action if it fails to reactivate their Business Licence.

BTC eyes TV launch 'within next 12 months'

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive says the launch of its television product is “back on the agenda”, expressing confidence that the company would get it to market within the next 12 months.

Capital-ise on the market's potential

One sign of a healthy economy is a vigorous capital market. By that standard our economy, while not failing, is far from blooming. Our capital market, still in its infancy, is just beginning to do its job of mobilising the country’s financial resources for productive purposes. Government could make a quick decision to help, but will it?

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'Tank' to face heavyweight champion of New Zealand

FOLLOWING the disappointment of another cancelled fight, Sherman “Tank” Williams will step into the ring for the first time this year as he challenges the heavyweight champion of New Zealand.

$25m BORCO crash pilot at heart of Freeport dispute

The medical condition of the pilot whose tanker crashed into the Bahamas Oil Refining Company’s (BORCO) jetty, causing $25 million worth of damage, appears to be a key factor in the ongoing dispute threatening Freeport Harbour.

Record-breaking performances for Bastian, Evans

JOANNA Evans and Izaak Bastian produced new Bahamian and Bahamas Open national records to highlight the performances of the Bahamas Swimming Federation’s Final Time Trials for the CARIFTA Games at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex over the weekend.

Sol to retain Esso brand

SOL Petroleum (Bahamas) executives say it plans to build on an “incredible inheritance” and retain the Esso brand at its 40 service stations, along with its products.

Esso purchaser to leverage parent's VAT experience

SOL Petroleum (Bahamas) is aiming to leverage its parent’s expertise with Value-Added Tax (VAT) systems across the Caribbean in this jurisdiction, adding that its business has been impacted by recent increases in its Business License fees.

BTC: We'll be broadband market leader in 2-3 years

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is on track to regain market leadership in broadband Internet within the next two-three years, its chief executive revealing its existing customer base had doubled since 2011.

Town Meeting called for $39m North Abaco port

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) will tonight hold a Town Meeting to inform residents of its plans as it prepared to start construction on North Abaco’s new $39 million port.

Sunday, March 23

Breaking the habit

“WE LIVE in a country that is addicted to incarceration as a tool for social control. As it stands now justice systems are extremely expensive, do not rehabilitate but in fact make the people that experience them worse and have no evidence based correlatives to reducing crime. Yet with that track record they continue to thrive, prosper and are seen as an appropriate response to children in trouble with the law. Only an addict would see that as an okay result.” – James Bell

Unions see the PLP's true colour

EDITOR, The Tribune.

PLP imitates FNM plan

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Robin Hood in reverse

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Sports in brief

SOFTBALL

Gov't 'very close' on Walker's Cay deal

By NEIL HARTNELL

Saturday, March 22

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Musician praises local artist’s work ahead of Vatican visit

Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells fame met with Jamaal Rolle, the Celebrity Artist and Tribune cartoonist, who has painted Pope Francis for his upcoming visit to the Vatican. 

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Unions: We will not be silenced

LEADERS of the country’s major unions are planning a mass rally to inform the public of all their issues as well as send a message to the government that “they will not be silenced.”

Former executive: ‘No conspiracy to oust GB Christian Council president’

FREEPORT – A former executive of the Grand Bahama Christian Council says that there was no conspiracy to oust Rev Keith Meadows from his post as president.

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Nottage: People electronically monitored ‘too dangerous for the streets’

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday said that if left up to him, people accused of committing serious crimes would not be granted bail if their trial progresses in a “suitable period of time”. He added that people whose movements are being electronically monitored are “too dangerous to be put on the streets.”

Friday, March 21

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Best student athletes on track in Nationals

The best student athletes throughout the country converged on the original Thomas A Robinson Stadium to decide the top school and individual performers in athletics.

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Baha Mar pledge over renewable energy plan

BAHA MAR has pledged to promote renewable energy sources as part of its larger plan to create and maintain business practices that respect the environment.

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Woman who tried to grab mace now admitted to Sandilands

THE WOMAN who attempted to grab the mace at the opening of Parliament on Wednesday has been admitted to Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre where she is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Reported child abuse cases rise by 18%

REPORTED child abuse cases in 2013 increased by 18 per cent compared to the previous year, according to statistics released yesterday by the Ministry of Social Services.

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Nolle Prosequi entered as murder case discontinued

THE absence of key witnesses to the killing of a woman, who was shot through her boyfriend’s bedroom window, resulted in the prosecution discontinuing the case against three men accused of the murder.

Call for restrictions on those with ankle monitors

HOUSE arrest or mobility restriction should be mandatory for persons being electronically monitored, ICS manager Gari Gonzalez said yesterday.

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Investigator takes stand in human smuggling trial

A JURY heard evidence yesterday from the lead investigator in the case of two women alleging to be victims of human trafficking.

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Fire deaths to become a priority for investigation

POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade has ordered that a case in which six relatives burned to death in a small four-room structure last year remains open as it becomes a priority for investigators.

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Mother angry after son shot by police

THE mother of a 25-year-old murder suspect expressed outrage yesterday after her son was shot by police during an arrest.

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Flowers gives webshop advice

FML Group of Companies CEO Craig Flowers, with other “casino operators”, are in consultation with the government to craft regulations to govern the webshop industry, lawyer Alfred Sears said yesterday.

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Arts Festival visits Grand Bahama

AS the E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival begins its first of two weeks in Grand Bahama, parents of participating preschoolers sing praises for the cultural institution that has been in existence for more than 50 years.

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Man shouts 'I'm innocent' as he is led into court to face murder charge

A MAN, alleged to be the culprit behind a fatal shooting last weekend, was taken to the Magistrate’s Court yesterday to face a murder charge.

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Man held after car chase

POLICE arrested a 24-year-old man Wednesday night, after he crashed his car into a wall during a high speed chase.

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PM hits out at corruption

PRIME Minister Perry Christie hit out at the “scourge” of corruption yesterday while speaking on ethics at an international conference.

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Bahamas fishing again in the spotlight on USA Today website

FISHERMEN in The Bahamas are back in the global spotlight.

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Eight in custody

Eight men are in custody after they were arrested on Wednesday for stealing.

Car dealers need 40% sales rise for 'healthy profit'

New car dealers generally need “at least a 30-40 per cent” increase in sales to return to healthy profit levels, the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president yesterday saying 2014 to-date had produced some initial recovery signs.

Motor chief urges 8-10 year emissions standard 'phase in'

The Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president yesterday called for the Government to phase-in its proposed vehicle emissions standards over eight-10 years to prevent “an overnight shock” for local motorists.

Insolvent broker's Liquidators possess $200k for $17.5m claims

The joint liquidators for Owen Bethel’s insolvent Montaque Capital Partners currently possess just $196,238 in liquid assets to cover total creditor claims of $17.5 million, it has been revealed.

Bimini developer appeals US night time sailing ban

The developers behind Bimini’s controversial cruise terminal are appealing a US court’s decision to uphold a government ban on its night-time cruises, a move it previously claimed would place its entire $275 million Bahamian investment “in peril”.

Bahamas eyes 'stimulus' from UK air tax reform

The UK’s air tax reforms “play right into the Bahamas’ diversification and international markets” growth strategy, a leading tourism executive yesterday saying it boosted this nation’s airlift connectivity via British Airways’ London hub.

Colonial Group entities supporting Earth Hour

The Colonial Group’s three Bahamas-based subsidiaries have pledged their support for an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the environment.

Nassau to host top financial conference

Nassau will this year host what is touted by organisers as the largest financial services summit in the region, STEP Caribbean Conference (CC) 2014.

Water Corp targeting major energy savings

The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has joined the world in observing World Water Day, which will be celebrated on March 22.

Youth Benefit Fishing Tournament

THE Grand Bahama Shipyard holds its fourth annual Youth Benefit Fishing Tournament tomorrow at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club.

Donation for GB branch of BNT

THE Grand Bahama branch of the Bahamas National Trust recently received a donation of hammers, gloves, shovels and other equipment from Bahama Rock, the Reef Ball Foundation, Paradise Cove and ES Caribbean.

Clubs and events

Bahamas Down Syndrome Center. - On March 21st, 2013 (World Down Syndrome Day International), the Bahamas Down Syndrome Association screens its documentary, “Don’t Look Down, Look Up”, with the Prime Minister and other members of Government of the Bahamas in the audience, with all of our children and adults performing for this event!

Revised VAT Bill handed to Gov't

THE Central Revenue Agency’s (CRA) framework structure is “well advanced”, Financial Secretary John Rolle said yesterday, adding that a revised Value-Added Tax (VAT) Bill was now being handed over to the Government.

Bahamian law firm gains top ranking

Higgs & Johnson has been ranked as a Tier 1 law firm by both IFLR1000 and Chambers Global for 2014.

How to counter the sense of entitlement

Our previous discussion engaged in provocative dialogue around the life of the Bahamian slave versus those on other plantations.

Undefeated 'Reno' to face Curtis Stevens next month

AFTER a little over a year of inactivity, Taureano ‘Reno’ Johnson will be putting his undefeated record on the line when he faces Brooklyn middleweight Curtis Stevens on April 4.

Sports in brief

THE Bahamas Swimming Federation is scheduled to hold its final trials this weekend before they select the team to represent the Bahamas at the CARIFTA Swimming Championship. The trials start 6pm Friday at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swimming Complex. It will continue 9am Saturday and wrap up with the final session at 6pm.

Sonith lockhart bowls a perfect 300 game

IN every sport, there’s also an ultimate goal for an athlete to achieve. In bowling, it’s a perfect 300 game.

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Chilly Willy sponsors top bowlers

WHEN the Bahamas Bowling Federation’s annual National Bowling Championships hits the lanes at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Centre, there’s a group of bowlers who will be out to make an impression.

VAT explained to school PTA

Two members of the Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation team, Adel Gay (left) and Hugh Chase (right), provided details on the tax and why it was chosen over alternative reforms to a meeting of Oakes Field Primary School’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

Thursday, March 20

Undue political influence

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Figures don't add up

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Red flag

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Taxing webshops?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

You cannot silence protesters

Following the comments made by MP for Tall Pines, a small but mighty group has responded in various ways, including direct dialogue and a comprehensive email to Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin and Prime Minister Perry Christie. They have both failed to respond, forcing us to involve others in the conversation and the push for government action.

Act now to avoid reaching legal limit

Greetings. Praying for you, sir, and your officers of The Royal Bahamas Police Force, that God would not only keep you all safe, but would continue to give them good results.

Former Christian Council president accuses leaders

FORMER Grand Bahama Christian Council president Rev Keith Meadows has accused “leaders in the Christian church” of disregarding Jesus Christ’s teachings to gain power by spreading homosexual rumours about him.

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FNM questions $29m extra cost for two fewer ships

DEPUTY Leader Loretta Butler Turner yesterday questioned why the government is spending more money to have nine new ships built for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force than the FNM planned to spend on 11 from the same company less than two years ago.

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Woman denies concocting testimony in smuggling case

A WOMAN, claiming to be a victim of human trafficking, denied concocting her testimony with another victim.

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Gray backs Christie over Lightbourne intervention

MICAL MP V Alfred Gray yesterday saluted Prime Minister Perry Christie for intervening with a local bank to help value-added tax coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne save his home.

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VIDEO: Protesters vow to hold government to account over domestic violence

PROTESTERS who gathered in Rawson Square yesterday have vowed to hold the government accountable over issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse against women and children throughout the Bahamas.

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Speaker orders psychiatric evaluation of woman who tried to grab mace

HOUSE of Assembly Speaker Dr Kendal Major has ordered a psychiatric evaluation of the woman who attempted to grab the mace at the opening of Parliament yesterday.

Customs staff dispute referred to tribunal

CUSTOMS and Immigration Officers have stopped all industrial action now that their trade dispute has been referred to the Industrial Tribunal.

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'12-hour shifts pay a non-issue'

POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade says that he reserves the right to enact the 12-hour shift system at his discretion while stating that compensation for officers is a “moot point”.

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Stenographer motion to be heard next week

THE Constitutional motion of two accused men seeking to have a stenographer present for their respective trials in a lower court will be heard in a week’s time.

NCAA Div 1 baseball players take spotlight

As the NCAA Division 1 baseball season bypasses its first quarter, Bahamian players have been active on baseball diamonds at universities across the United States.

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Killer's sentencing delayed yet again

YESTERDAY marked the fourth delay of the expected sentencing of a man convicted of the paid execution of a banker.

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Mitchell hints at tax reform

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday hinted at the need for tax reform to help the government finance important initiatives as he supported the borrowing of $232 million to buy nine new Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels amid fiscal challenges in the country.

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Video highlights concerns over burning garbage

IN an effort to raise awareness about the noxious effects of the smoke released by the garbage continuing to burn at the city dump, RABL (Raising Awareness about the Bahamian Landfill) has releasing a short documentary which illustrates the adverse effects of these emissions on resident’s health and the environment.

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Minnis meets residents in Fort Charlotte Walkabout

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert A Minnis led a team of Free National Movement party officers and supporters in a walkabout in the Fort Charlotte Constituency over the weekend.

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Teachers' union tells Gibson: Our dispute is not resolved

BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson has rejected Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson’s claim that the Government has resolved the BUT’s Industrial Agreement issues.

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Leading lights in exams to hone skills at BTVI

THE two highest performing candidates in the 2013 Electrical Installation and Carpentry national exams are seeking to expand their knowledge and hone their skills at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

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WakeUp Wednesday event backed by 17 businesses

ON Wednesday, March 12, the employees of 17 Bahamian businesses shed their office wear in favour of brightly coloured tee-shirts to support The Coalition for Responsible Taxation (the Coalition). Called ‘WakeUp Wednesday’, the promotional push united employees of participating businesses and reminded others to raise their voices on the upcoming implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT).

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Royal reception for book scheme launched in Bahamas

PRINCE Philip greets Lady Caroline Simmonds at a reception given at St James Palace on February 26th to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Library Service, now known as Book Aid International, which was started in the Bahamas by Lady Caroline’s mother during the governorship of her father, the Earl of Ranfurly. Prince Philip is the library’s patron.

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'Mega-resorts are threatening our culture' warns campaigner

MEGA-resorts are being allowed to threaten the culture, society and identity of small island communities around the Bahamas, a veteran social and environmental campaigner warned.

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Lawyer walks free in contempt case

A LAWYER, cited for contempt while engaged in a human trafficking case before the Supreme Court, walked free of any punishment yesterday when granted leave to withdraw as counsel in a murder case before another court.

Freeport Harbour 'one of the safest in the world'

FREEPORT Harbour is “one of the safest” in the world, according to the harbour company in a press statement issued on Tuesday.

'We don't want V.A.T., even at 1/100 of 1%'

Super Value’s owner yesterday said Bahamians “don’t want VAT under any circumstances, even at 1/100th of 1 per cent”, and called for the Government to instead implement a wide-ranging fiscal reform package that included a sales tax.

Accountants urge 7.5% VAT combined with 3% worker, company taxes

Bahamian accountants are proposing that a 7.5 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT), combined with employee payroll and corporation taxes at 3 per cent each, could help achieve a balanced Budget within the Government’s target deadlines.

Bahamians warned to brace for 6% food price rise

Bahamian consumers were yesterday warned to brace for 6 per cent food price increases “across the board”, due to the damage done to US farmers’ crops and livestock by harsh weather conditions earlier this year.

Pm to speak to RBC-sponsored conference

PRIME Minister Perry Christie will be speaking tomorrow at the RBC Royal Bank sponsored international conference in the Cayman Islands, entitled Toward a Corruption-Free Caribbean: Ethics, Values, Trust and Morality.

Gov't urged: 'Walk the talk' over new Immigration policy

A top QC yesterday applauded the Government’s promised ‘user-friendly’ Immigration policy as potentially “a significant game changer” for the Bahamian economy, but warned that this nation now had to “walk the talk”.

Small business 'under 5% ready' to handle VAT

Bahamian small businesses are “under 5 per cent ready” to handle Value-Added Tax (VAT) from an accounting perspective, a leading sector consultant warned yesterday, adding his voice to calls for an implementation date push back.

Healthy food advice for primary school

STAFF at the Albury Sayle Primary School were encouraged to improve their quality of life by paying attention to their food choices, reading labels, and watching their sugar intake.

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Nassau Rowing Club to hold ergathon

THE Nassau Rowing Club (NRC) is all set to hold its second annual ergathon at the Club One Fitness Centre in Sandyport Plaza 6am to 6pm on Saturday, March 22.

Wednesday, March 19

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Design passion into your work

Interacting with students and young designers has always been a rewarding endeavour for me. I often receive plenty feedback from potential designers and college students seeking advice regarding design careers. This unquestionably is a positive step in the right direction.

GRQ meets with youth motivator

Members and co-ordinators of the God Reigning Queens (GRQ) met with youth motivator Shanae Strachan during their recent inaugural meeting for the year at Living Word Ministries International on Jerome Avenue.

Domino's raises $50,000 for Special Olympics

DOMINO’S pizza recently partnered with the Bahamas Special Olympics to raise $50,000 for their annual training programme as well as their attendance in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, in 2015.

New Defence Force vessels a fisheries 'bright light'

THE Government’s move to bolster the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) fleet by purchasing nine new vessels was yesterday described yesterday as a “bright light” for Bahamian fishermen in the long-running fight against illegal poaching.

VAT delay better than 15% rate cut for marina sector

LOWERING the Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate would be a “positive” for the marina industry, one local operator said yesterday, adding that the possible postponement of its implementation was “ even better news” given the uncertainty over its impact.

Bahamian firm partners for 'unique' emergency offering

A Bahamian loss prevention/asset protection company has partnered with global travel/operational risk management provider, iJet, to bring a “unique” emergency service offering to the Bahamas.

Joy FM is 'rocking it for Jesus'

TELEVISION audiences will get an in-depth look into the lives of some of the Bahamas’ most influential Christian personalities through a new show set for launch next week.

Winterbotham becomes seventh BISX 'sponsor'

The Winterbotham Trust Company has been approved as the Bahamas International Securities Exchange’s (BISX) seventh sponsor member, responsible for ensuring the smooth listing of mutual funds on the exchange. It will be added to the roster of eligible sponsor members qualified to introduce mutual fund listings to BISX.

Staff at 17 companies 'wake up' against VAT

Employees at 17 Bahamian businesses shed their normal office wear last Wednesday in favour of brightly-coloured t-shirts to support the Coalition for Responsible Taxation (the Coalition).

Bahamians urged: Change financial mindset before VAT

Bahamians need to undergo a cultural change when it comes to borrowing and financial management as the Government readies to implement Value-Added Tax (VAT), a business consultant has warned.

Weekends with the Lord

By Rev Angela C Bosfield

Food campaign serves up donations for church and children's home

The Harry Williams Labour of Love Organisation held a “Love That Child Food Campaign” for the month of February.

Temple of the Word celebrates pastor's 14th anniversary

TEMPLE the Word Ministries was created by Rev Dr Gary Curry some 20 years ago. He envisioned an outreach ministry of Evangelistic Temple being established in the southern part of New Providence, which became a reality in 1999 when a building was purchased on Breadfruit Street in Pinewood Gardens.

ACM Council to host second Men and Boys encounter

THE Diocesan Council of the Anglican Church Men (ACM) will host a one-day ‘Men and Boys Encounter’ at the St John’s College this Saturday. The encounter will be spearheaded by Theofolius Glinton and Joseph Hamilton.

Insurance companies back initiative on environmental awareness

THREE of the country’s leading insurance and pension companies have pledged their support for an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the environment.

Action heats up in BSC Basketball Classic

THE Baptist Sports Council played a series of games in its 2014 Basketball Classic at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday.

Eleuthera Junior Baseball League: Week 6

THE Eleuthera Junior Baseball League of Rock Sound played week six games in Spanish Wells over the weekend. The following results were posted:

TOUGH CALL: Same lack of action over New Providence landfill

IN CASE you hadn’t noticed, the Harrold Road dump exploded again last week, spewing billowing clouds of toxic fumes and black smoke into the clear skies over New Providence.

Lightbourn lucky to find favour

It is widely known that Ismael Lightbourn was the managing partner of one of The Bahamas’ most prestigious accounting firms. He had, and possibly continues to hold, ownership interest in a high-end accessory shop in downtown Nassau.

Shame on Christie and PLP women

When I heard Leslie Miller talking about beating up a former girlfriend, I was disgusted. But I wasn’t surprised. I’m only surprised that he would be so stupid to say it out loud. But I guess in his mind he thought it would be okay.

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US accused bailed

TWO Americans accused of killing a fellow countryman in Bimini five days ago were each granted $35,000 cash bail yesterday, four hours after their arraignment.

GB Christian president rejects gay claims, council is dissolved

FREEPORT – Grand Bahama Christian Council president Rev Keith Meadows says the homosexual rumours and allegations are “lies and untruths” and has vowed to clear his name.

More schools forced to close by dump fire smoke

FUMES from the ongoing city dump fire forced the closure of another two schools as winds pushed smoke northeast over New Providence yesterday.

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Woman attempts to grab mace in House of Assembly

A woman was tackled by police officers in the House of Assembly this morning after she attempted to grab the mace from the House Clerk.

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Gibson: Customs officers deserve raises - but we don’t have the money

LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson admitted yesterday that Customs and Immigration officers should receive raises. However, he said the government is not in a financial position to do so at this time.

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$232m borrowing to pay for boats

THE Christie administration will today table a resolution to borrow $232 million to purchase nine new Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels.

Customs staff ‘replaced or sent home’ after refusing to work

ALMOST a dozen Customs and Immigration Officers were “replaced or sent home” yesterday after they refused to work their assigned shifts at Odyssey Aviation and the Arawak Cay Container Port.

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Birbal guilty in sex case

ANDRE Birbal faces up to 20 years in prison after being unanimously convicted yesterday of two of the six unnatural sexual intercourse charges he faced concerning his former student.

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$1m gift 'did not affect South Ocean decision'

THE $1 million donation by Albany developers to the Urban Renewal Foundation had no impact on their joint venture bid to acquire South Ocean resort, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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Customs staff join to celebrate centennial

THE Bahamas Customs and Excise Department on Grand Bahama will join fellow officers throughout the country in celebrating their Centennial Anniversary.

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Ricky Carey releases new single

BAHAMIAN singer and Grammy Award winner Rik Carey is taking time to develop his solo portfolio with the release of his latest single, “No Ordinary Fling”.

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Shaback says 'no more' to crime and violence

THIS Friday, the vocal ensemble sensation known as Shaback will join local dignitaries, social pundits, educators, presenters, youth organisations, clubs and community agencies to promote peace and unity in the country through an event called “One Nation”.

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C-Force wows Grand Bahama

The Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society (GBPAS) last weekend hosted “C-Force, An Evening of Musical Fusion” at the Regency Theatre in Freeport. Also making an appearance was beloved Bahamian writer, poet and filmmaker Marion Bethel, who read some of her poetry, incorporating GBPAS scholarship recipient Chavez Parker on percussion into her performance.

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COB showcases 'Rhythm and Soul' of the Bahamas

CELEBRATING Bahamian talent, students at the College of the Bahamas recently hosted a cultural show featuring art, music and food.

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Tyler Perry's movie producer celebrates Caribbean roots

Producer and CEO of Bobbcat Films Roger Bobb will be celebrating his Caribbean roots when the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival climaxes in its annual Memorial Day parade in the heart of the city this year.

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Smokie invites the public to his video shoot

Bahamian reggae artist Smokie is shooting his second music video in Nassau this month and all music lovers are invited to share in the experience.

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'Fashion for a Cause' returns with renewed focus

HAVING witnessed what living with a HIV/AIDS diagnosis is like through the experience of a family member, Bahamian model Kendrick David Kemp has set out to once again stage “Fashion for a Cause”, an event aimed at creating continued awareness of the issue.

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New comedic play looks at secular and biblical lawbreakers

CAST and crew of the upcoming stage play, “Flight 242 and the Ten Commandments” are busy preparing for the night when they officially pull back the curtains on their this May.

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R.B.D.F. marine explores new horizons with art show

EMERGING artist Abrian Rankine is looking to take his place in the local art world with his first exhibition, “Something On The Horizon”, which opens tomorrow.

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Sir Durward, Cooke to be honoured at banquet

THE date: October 23, 1964. The place: Tokyo, Japan. The event: Olympic Games. The participants: Sir Durward ‘Sea Wolf’ Knowles and the late Cecil Cooke. Recipients: Gold medal in Star Class Sailing.

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Bahamas carnival winning name in festival contest

THE Bahamas National Festival Commission announced the student winners of their naming and logo competition at an award’s presentation this week. The competition, which was sponsored by the commission and launched in December 2013, challenged students throughout the Bahamas to come up with a name for the national festival being planned for May 2015.

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Girls urged to persist on pathway to success

FEMALE students from public and private schools throughout New Providence and the Family Islands attended the 10th annual Girls Leadership Conference at Melia Nassau Resort.

FNM to celebrate life and legacy of Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield

THE Free National Movement has planned a number of activities this weekend in Grand Bahama to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield, who founded the FNM party in 1971.

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Minister of Labour unveils NIB self-service facility

THE National Insurance Board has launched its NIB Registrants Self-Service Facility, which would allow customers to track online, their contributions to the country’s social security scheme.

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Chipman says consulate office is 'unnecessary'

HUBERT Chipman, Opposition Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, criticised the government yesterday for opening an “unnecessary” Consulate General Office in Washington, DC.

'Credibility issue' for small business reform

Bahamian small businesses have virtually zero confidence in the existing Government and private sector institutional support structure that is meant to assist them, creating “a possible credibility issue” for efforts to reform this initiative.

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Kadeem on March Madness: It's a good position to be in

KADEEM Coleby finds himself in a very unique position.

Water plant's assets go 'past useful life'

BISX-listed Consolidated Water yesterday said that extending assets at the Windsor reverse osmosis plant “beyond their useful life” had helped boost its 2013 bulk water supply margins by seven percentage points, while acknowledging it would be “doing some work” at the Nassau-based facility if its operating contract was renewed.

Tourism's 8% GDP share growth backs anti-VAT argument

A leading tourism executive yesterday said predictions that the industry’s contribution to Bahamian GDP will increase almost 8 per cent this year reinforce the need to ensure it remains “globally competitive against any other destination” post-fiscal reform.

'Unconscionable' to implement VAT

The Free National Movement’s (FNM) deputy chairman believes it would be “unconscionable” for the Government to implement Value-Added Tax (VAT), suggesting that it could instead cut its fixed costs by around 10 per cent.

Govt's landfill partner majority foreign-owned

The Government’s joint venture partner in efforts to reform New Providence’s landfill is a 60 per cent majority foreign-owned company that was initially formed, and registered, by Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis’s law firm.

Tuesday, March 18

Bring authority to the change process

“I want to tell you something that will transform your business. But I do not like to give my ideas out because too many people steal them.”

Leon Williams appointed to BTC special adviser role

BTC announced yesterday that Leon Williams has been appointed as a special adviser to BTC chairman Phil Bentley, chief executive of Cable and Wireless Communications.

Airport avoiding strike disruption

The NASSAU Airport Development Company’s (NAD) top executive yesterday said it was “naturally concerned” over the potential for long passenger queues given the liklihood of industrial action by Customs & Immmigration staff, adding that airport officials had been given assurances from agency heads of adequate deployment.


$45m Cable Beach project targeting March-end launch

THE Balmoral’ development’s principal yesterday said he was gearing up for the launch of his latest luxury beachfront condominium project on Cable Beach, telling Tribune Business he was aiming to capitalise on strong demand from the international investors for high-end Bahamian real estate.

Minister thanks MPs for donations

JEROME Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, recently thanked Members of Parliament for their response to his appeal for donations from their constituency funds to purchase musical instruments for schools in their area that are participating in the Bahamas National High School Marching Band Competition.

All-Andros Regatta all set for July 10-13

AS its founder, Sir Durward ‘Sea Wolf’ Knowles said he was delighted to see that the All-Andros Regatta is back on the sailing calendar.

Williams confirmed as BTc 'special adviser'

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday confirmed its former chief executive, Leon Williams, has been appointed as a special adviser to BTC’s chairman, Phil Bentley,

Freeport stem cell clinic takes funding to $14.2m

A Grand Bahama-based stem cell clinic yesterday announced it had taken its financial war chest to a total $14.2 million, after completing an $8.9 million financing round.

Tourism industry seeks scholarship applicants

Some 104 hotel industry scholarships valued at $428,000 have been awarded to Bahamian students in the past nine years, aided by the collaborative efforts of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), the Bahamas Hotel Employers Association (BHEA) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Education Foundation (CHTAEF).

Attorney to take top aviation summit role

A Callenders & Company partner will play a prominent role at a major international aviation conference in Panama this April.

It’s now time for Bahamian society to heal itself

THE Bahamas has lost its moral fibre, a Bahamian recently remarked. He wanted to know whether we agreed, and, if so, when did we first notice it.

Tax lessons

A governing party insider was boasting in the press recently that The Bahamas has no trouble obtaining more debt by floating bonds either here at home or abroad, using them to make good on the country’s payment obligations, ie borrowing more money to pay existing debt obligations, increasing the national debt each time.

Japanese PM's visit to shrine

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo has been largely misrepresented in an article by HE Mr Yuan Guisan, Ambassador of China which appeared in The Tribune dated 22 January, 2014.

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Two Americans charged over death of U.S. man

19-year-old and 62-year-old charged

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Stingrays take opener

If the regular season was any indication, the PJ’s Cleaning Services Stingers feel they should have no problem dealing with the Y-Care Wreckers in their New Providence Basketball Association men’s first round best-of-five playoff series.

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VIDEO: Andre Birbal guilty of unnatural sex with former student

ANDRE Birbal has been found guilty of two counts of unnatural sex with a former student.

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Two US men to be charged

FREEPORT – Two American men are to be charged on Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of an American man last Friday in Bimini.

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Pilot dispute 'monitored'

THE BAHAMAS government is closely monitoring the ongoing industrial dispute between the Bahamas Maritime Pilots Association, The Freeport Harbour Company and the Bahamas Oil Refining Company, Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said yesterday.

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Albany donates $1m to Urban Renewal

ALBANY developers yesterday donated $1m to the Urban Renewal Foundation in a move hailed as unprecedented in corporate sponsorship.

End of April target for Abaco airport opening

AFTER much delays, officials are eying an end of April opening for the Abaco airport, Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin said yesterday.

Union members to meet to discuss next move

EXECUTIVES of the Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union will meet union members within the next week to determine their next move as they urge the government to respond to their concerns, union vice-president Sloane Smith said yesterday.

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Customs staff told to work shift system or lose pay

CUSTOMS and Immigration Officers who do not adhere to the shift system will face pay cuts, Labour Minister Shane Gibson confirmed yesterday.

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Gambling to be discussed in Cabinet

CABINET ministers will discuss Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe’s proposal to legalize web shop gaming today, Prime Minister Perry Christie confirmed yesterday.

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Minnis: Abuse of power for PM to intervene for Lightbourne

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday it was “inappropriate” and an “abuse of power” for Prime Minister Perry Christie to intervene on behalf of VAT co-ordinator Ishmael Lightbourne to stop the bank from repossessing his home.

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RBC replies to fraud concerns

THE Royal Bank of Canada has told customers it will investigate after they raised concerns about the safety of their accounts after being unable to withdraw money over the weekend.

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Chef Maurisa Glinton fulfils her dream

OWNING a restaurant was a dream Maurisa Glinton never imagined would come to true so quickly, given that it was only a short time ago that she embarked on an entirely different career as a primary school guidance counsellor in Freeport.

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2014 Vagina Monologues 'exceed expectations'

FOR the second consecutive year, the Bahamas Artist Movement’s (BAM) presentation of The Vagina Monologues delivered a sold-out show and exceeded organisers’ expectations.

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Woman 'forced into prostitution' to pay airfare

A JURY heard evidence yesterday from the second of two women who allege they were victims of human trafficking.

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Man jailed for shooting Atlantis security guards faces delay for appeal

A MAN sentenced to 15 years in jail for the shooting of two Atlantis security guards at Marina Village has to wait seven weeks before his appeal can be heard in the Court of Appeal.

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VAT 'vital to country's long-term strategy' says financial secretary

THE implementation of VAT is vital to the country’s long term strategy to reduce borrowing levels and prevent the devaluation of the Bahamian dollar, Financial Secretary John Rolle told some 150 managers of the National Insurance Board at a recent meeting.

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Man in hospital after Arawak Cay shooting

POLICE have issued an appeal after a shooting that left a man in hospital early on Monday morning.

Industrial Tribunal move close to completion

THE Industrial Tribunal is just weeks away from opening the doors to its new home in Saffrey Square on Bank Lane.

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Bahamas, Kalik join relays sponsor family

THE national flag carrier and the beer of the Bahamas have been named official suppliers of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays Bahamas 2014.

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Flag football opens season with a bang

THE Bahamas Flag Football League officially opened its 2014 season with a bang on Sunday with eight games at the Winton rugby pitch.

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Building closer links with businesses in Grand Bahama

A BUSINESS Outlook session has recently been held in Grand Bahama.

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Visit highlights conservation issues

JACOB James, the managing director of the Waitt Foundation, recently visited the Bahamas to meet with The Nature Conservancy and other project partners who have been implementing the project “Expanding Marine Protection across the Bahamas,” which is funded by the Waitt Foundation.

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Bahamians urged to join the co-operative movement

AS THE Co-operative Movement in the Bahamas celebrates 40 years of existence, Agriculture and Local Government Minister Alfred Gray called on all Bahamians to join a cooperative or a credit union.

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When Sir Lynden Pindling lost a vote of confidence

IT IS a little known fact that Sir Lynden Pindling actually lost a vote of no confidence, albeit in the seclusion of a secret PLP parliamentary meeting in Andros, a year before the May 13, 1970, motion in the House of Assembly that would lead to the breakaway of eight MPs from the then governing Progressive Liberal Party and the eventual formation of the FNM.

150 pilots: We're not coming back to Bahamas

A leading private aviation guide yesterday said he was contacted by 150 pilots in two hours to advise him they were no longer flying to the Bahamas after reading his latest blog on this nation’s new and increased Customs and Immigration fees.

Water Corp runs up new $14m debt

The Water & Sewerage Corporation’s persistent financial woes saw it run up an unpaid $14 million bill with its main BISX-listed supplier by year-end 2013, it was revealed last night.

Wreck salvagers fuming on 2-year licence delay

Frustrated wreck salvagers are visiting Nassau this week to discover why the Government has delayed acting on their licence applications for more than two years, amid fears the Bahamas is losing out on its heritage and a multi-million dollar economic boost.

Grand Lucayan eyes over 50 lay-offs

Grand Bahama’s Grand Lucayan resort is planning to lay-off more than 50 full-time employees, a trade union alleged yesterday, replacing them with part-time staff who will have less job security.

Gov't urged: Intervene on Freeport 'gateway' threat

The Government was yesterday urged to intervene in the increasingly bitter dispute involving Freeport Harbour’s marine pilots before it undermined what one MP described as “the gateway” to the city’s maritime and industrial economy.

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World Relays: Online media accreditation coming soon

WITH more than 100 journalists from around the world already expressing an interest in covering the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Relays Bahamas 2014, the centralised online media accreditation system will soon be available to the press.

Monday, March 17

Gov't delay may 'wreck' economic boost for all

Scuba diving is a sport. It is encouraged as a business and enables amateurs to wet their feet, eventually becoming qualified divers.

Map out processes on customer consistency

The three ‘Cs ‘of customer satisfaction are: Consistency, consistency, consistency. Here’s how to get simple and straight to the point.

Hotel chief says lower VAT 'welcome indicator'

The BAHAMAS Hotel & Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president believes the Prime Minister’s promise of a lower Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate and possibly delayed implementation date is a “welcomed indicator” that the Government is considering private sector’s concerns over the economic impact of fiscal reform.

Florida Panthers next up for sports tourism

MINISTRY of Tourism executives yesterday said they were focused on bringing sports tourism to the “forefront” of this nation’s offerings, leveraging relationships with major Florida franchises such as the Miami Dolphins to attract more top events to this destination.

Firm to 'cash in' over offshore data storage

A BAHAMAS-based cloud computing company is hoping to “cash in” on the growth in offshore data storage and leverage its services to international firms, telling Tribune Business it was “fully equipped” to meet their needs.

Dr Conville Brown is a class act

“Ridgeland Primary is a school that pursues excellence. Excellence is what we do, when we obey the school’s rules. They teach us how to read and write, They teach different skills. The teachers are so caring: we strive to do…our best, Ridgeland Primary is a school that pursues excellence.”

Are you growing roots before branches?

By Michelle Miller

The importance of breastfeeding

WITH numerous myths and misinformation surrounding breastfeeding, one local midwife is on a mission to educate mothers on this age-old practice.

Bahamians with disabilities asked to 'express themselves'

MEMBERS of the local disabled community are encouraged to attend a town meeting to express their views and give recommendations to the proposed Disability Bill.

Consulate General office opens in US capital

PAULETTE Zonicle, Bahamas Consul General to Washington, DC, and her staff have recently opened the first Consulate General’s Office in the US capital.

It's now time for Bahamian society to heal itself

THE Bahamas has lost its moral fibre, a Bahamian recently remarked. He wanted to know whether we agreed, and, if so, when did we first notice it.

Duo qualify for CAC Games

THE brother and sister tandem of D’Arcy and Cynthia Rahming qualified for the Central American and Caribbean Games at the CAC trials in Barbados over the weekend.

'Platinum Fight Night' all set for March 29

CHAMPION Amateur Boxing Club, along with Platinum Sports Bar and Lounge, are scheduled to host the “Platinum Fight Night” Amateur Boxing Show 8pm Saturday (March 29) at the Platinum Sports Entertainment Centre on Dowdeswell Street and Christie Avenue.

Third Bahamasair jet comes into service

BAHAMASAIR has commissioned the third jet in its fleet - with the jet coming into service on Monday this week.

Clemson Tigers to play Bahamas Select 15

THE Bahamas Select 15 will have their hands full 3pm March 22 at Winton Rugby Sports Field when the Clemson Tigers pay a visit to the Bahamas, according to a press release.

Our Inner Healing powers

In every one of us, we have healing powers that most of us are not aware of. We all know that our brain runs our bodies, right?

Dump fire

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Waltiea Rolle puts up double double in loss

WALTIEA Rolle is no doubt developing into a dominant player. With less than two months to go before she heads for training camp with the Minnesota Lynx - the current WNBA champions - she still has lots to focus on while in Bulgaria like the upcoming playoffs.

Top three finishers

The top three finishers in each event of the GSSSA’s 21st annual Track & Field Meet held Thursday and Friday at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium:

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The Bible and LGBT rights

THE discussion between popular preacher Dr Myles Munroe and Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell has been an interesting one. Interesting only because it is fascinating watching someone with a bigoted position attempt to maintain their civility while still holding fast to their bigotry.

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Stingrays polish off the Knights

Proleine Miller, Janicka Collie, Britani Munroe, Tahj’Nee Thurston, Scharann Cash, Everette Thurston, Jeorjette Williams, Barinique McIntosh, Luxonica Young, Janeko Cartwright and Claudius Russell all had one thing in common.

Government and Opposition must settle webshop issue

ON January 30 last year — two days after less than half the voting public said “no” to the legalisation of webshops— The Tribune’s headline read: “PM: Webshops must close now.”

YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: More on regulating webshops

Years ago, I remember hearing that Sir Lynden Pindling, the country’s first prime minister, was known for espousing the view that “the voice of the people” was that of God’s.

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Group to protest lack of action over Miller ‘jest’

A SILENT protest is planned for Rawson Square on Wednesday in a bid to spark a response and action from Prime Minister Perry Christie on domestic violence in the country.

Christian Council row over gay relationship claim

FREEPORT – Executive Members of the Grand Bahama Christian Council will have to await the outcome of an investigation that has been launched into accusations of an alleged homosexual relationship involving a senior pastor.

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Fire in Abaco

FIREFIGHTERS were yesterday tackling a blaze that spread partially onto the compound at the Wilson City BEC complex in Abaco.

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Cash says memo was real - despite earlier denial

FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday confirmed that the leaked memorandum to party executives was an internal communication despite denying its existence last week.

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62-year-old pedestrian dies after hit-and-run

RELATIVES are appealing for any clues that might assist investigators following the death in hospital of a 62-year-old hit-and-run victim.

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Crisis Centre says no to $1,000 from Leslie Miller

ANNOUNCING that Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller was not their spokesman, The Bahamas Crisis Centre has declined the $1,000 donation he made to the organisation last week.

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Two killed in shootings

TERROR struck a quiet community off East Street South over the weekend when a man was shot multiple times and died in one of two separate fatal shooting incidents.

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Law school wins Caribbean contest

A BAHAMIAN law school has earned victory in a Caribbean contest.

Bahamas calls for mediation over Ukraine

AMID growing tensions in the Ukraine, The Bahamas has issued a statement calling for mediation to resolve the situation.

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Tributes paid to manager of Dundas Centre

TRIBUTES have been paid to Betty Knowles, manager of the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts for 25 years, who died on Friday, aged 65.

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Before the fire - the home of Sir Milo Butler lost to history

RONALD Lightbourn took this photo in 2011 of the Sir Milo Butler home and store which was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning. Mr. Lightbourn was gathering pictures for his third book Reminiscing III – Nassau THEN and NOW, which he hopes to publish by Christmas 2015. The Butler home will to be included in the book.

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Breakdancers with no limits and no excuses

A BREAKDANCE group made up of young men of different backgrounds and disabilities is visiting The Bahamas to help motivate young people.

Bahamas first non-resident Ambassador to the Vatican

Prime Minister Perry Christie announced in Parliament last week that he proposes to advance the name of Sean McWeeney - the former Attorney General - to be the Bahamas’ first non-resident Ambassador to the Vatican.

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DNA hits out at promises but lack of action over dump

“A promise is a comfort to a fool,” DNA leader Branville McCartney fired back yesterday at Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett over the issue of toxic fumes from the burning public dump.

Brookfield tight-lipped on Ocean Club future

Top Brookfield Asset Management executives were last week tight-lipped over the One & Only Ocean Club’s future, with several well-placed sources suggesting to Tribune Business it was entertaining potential buyers for the resort.

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Lockhart rolls perfect 300 in bowling tournament

IN a blistering display of bowling prowess, Sonith “Kemosabee” Lockhart rolled a perfect 300 in his third game of the monthly Bahamas Bowling Federation handicap tournament, according to a press release.

VAT rate slash celebration seen as premature

A well-known businessman believes it would be premature to celebrate the Government’s decision to lower Value-Added Tax (VAT) to below 15 per cent, as it is unclear how much duty rates will now be cut.

Eliminate VAT need via 70-80% tax compliance

The Tax Coalition’s co-chair has suggested that increasing tax compliance rates to 70-80 per cent under the existing system would eliminate the need for Value-Added Tax (VAT) or any other revenue reforms.

'Kiss of death' for Bimini case

A $250,000 ‘security for costs’ order is “the kiss of death” for those challenging Bimini’s controversial cruise ship terminal, a leading environmental consultant alleging that “fear of the Government” made raising these funds impossible.

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Bahamian quartet in NCAA 'March Madness'

WHEN the dust settled on “Selection Sunday,” four Bahamian players and their respective universities received bids into the 68-team field for the NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament, commonly referred to as “March Madness.”

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Sports in brief

THE New Providence Basketball Association has released the following schedule for its playoffs that are slated to open at the AF Adderley Gymnasium. The schedule and match-ups for the week are as follows:

Sunday, March 16

Marine pilots face licence obstacles

Questions have arisen over whether the newly-formed Bahamas Marine Pilots Association (BMPA) has any legal standing to perform the services it is offering, with observers fearing the situation may undermine Freeport’s “huge foreign investments”.

Bahamas gains captives boost

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas (ICB) attended the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) 2014 International Conference in Scottsdale on November 9-11, as part of their development programme to attract such business to the Bahamas.

Bahamas Waste hosts students to recycle tour

Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamas Waste hosted four graduate students, who are currently studying at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) campus, to a tour of its recycling facilities in western New Providence.

New immigration policy can 'revolutionise' sector

A Cabinet Minister believes the Government’s proposed ‘user-friendly’ Immigration policy can “revolutionise” the Bahamas’ position as an international business centre, suggesting it was likely to have been the financial services industry’s leading priority.

Travel firm eyes $20m China tourism boost

A BAHAMIAN travel services firm is hoping a joint venture partnership will draw up to 15,000 Chinese visitors to the Bahamas annually, its chief executive projecting it could deliver a $20 million tourism boost.

Saturday, March 15

Stingrays dethrone knights in GSSSA championship

THE winning streak is over for the CR Walker Knights.

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CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST FRED SMITH AND KEOD SMITH

THE charges against lawyers Fred Smith and Keod Smith following an incident on Jaws Beach last April were dropped by the office of the Attorney General yesterday.

SCHOOLS FORCED TO SHUT BY DUMP FIRE

Two schools were forced to close their doors yesterday as smoke from the New Providence landfill fire blanketed surrounding areas - and students at one of the schools reportedly fell unconscious earlier in the week.

Friday, March 14

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Date set for legal action over removal of stenographers

A DATE has been set for a group of attorneys taking legal action against Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson for the removal of stenographers from the Magistrate’s Court.

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Eight left homeless as blaze destroys house

A MASSIVE fire off East Bay Street yesterday morning destroyed the once two-storey home of the late Sir Milo Butler and almost destroyed an adjacent home occupied by eight people, including three children and a baby.

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Workers protest outside Parliament

MORE than 100 Ministry of Works employees protested the government’s failure to uphold their Industrial Agreement outside the House of Assembly yesterday. The workers included plumbers, maintenance staff, sanitation officers and street cleaners.

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Government 'undecided' over VAT, rate to be under 15%

THE government is still undecided over the implementation of Value Added Tax, Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed last night.

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Miller ‘did not realise severity of domestic abuse problem’

TALL PINES MP Leslie Miller donated $1,000 to the Bahamas Crisis Centre yesterday and also pledged to assist a woman who was a victim of domestic abuse with finding a job at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.

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Munroe ‘would be happy to talk’ to Mitchell amid row

DR MYLES Munroe extended an olive branch to Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell yesterday, inviting Mr Mitchell to meet with him and clear the air concerning their recent disagreement.

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Murder accused ‘should not get bail’

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday reiterated that persons charged with murder should not receive bail.

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PM: Fiscal risks forced gambling turnaround

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday gave his support for the regularisation of webshops, saying he had to go against his word in light of the fiscal situation.

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Life expectancy drops in the Bahamas

BAHAMIAN life expectancy at birth is on the decline for the first time in history, PAHO officials revealed yesterday.

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PM defends VAT coordinator against 'vicious attacks'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie last night underscored the redemptive power of a second chance as he defended VAT Coordinator Ishmael Lightbourne against “vicious attacks” over his tax delinquency.

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Smuggled iguanas 'part of international racket'

THE two Romanian tourists who stuffed 13 iguanas into socks and smuggled them out of the Bahamas last month were a part of an international illegal racket which sells the critically endangered animals for thousands of dollars, according to Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage.

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Fox Hill run continues to reach out to community

For almost 40 years, the Rotary Club of East Nassau has been a constant presence in the Fox Hill community, feeding not just the stomachs of persons in need but their souls as well.

'Oil spill could be disastrous'

Nick Cutmore, Secretary-General at the International Maritime Pilots Association, has warned that shipping accidents are not cheap and a crude oil spill by a tanker could be very costly and disastrous for the Bahamas.

'We do not take advantage of unions'

The Ministry of Labour yesterday rejected a union leader’s claim that the PLP took advantage of unions in the lead-up to the last general election.

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Man wanted in connection with attempted murder

THE police have issued an appeal for help in tracking down a man wanted in connection with attempted murder.

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PM opens the latest Sandals innovation

Prime Minister Perry Christie and a delegation of government officials have officially opened Sandals Royal Bahamian’s Crystal Lagoon Suites.

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Double victory and triple triumph

PASSION, persistence, perspiration and patience in pursuit of excellence propelled Bahamas Star Gymnastics’ competitive squad to the top of the medal podium.

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Jury to return today in unnatural sex case

A JURY is scheduled to return today for the continuation of Andre Birbal’s unnatural sex case before Supreme Court.

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Countdown to fitness weekend

ABACO is all set for a family fitness weekend later this month.

PM: VAT Rate to be lower than 15%

Prime Minister Perry Christie last night confirmed that Value-Added Tax (VAT) would be introduction at a lower rate than the initially proposed 15 per cent, with the implementation date also subject to potential change.

PM blasts failure over BTC's $62m pension deficit

The Ingraham administration failed to provide the $39 million financing promised in the privatisation process to cover the original Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC) pension fund deficit, Prime Minister Perry Christie last night alleging this had caused the shortfall to balloon to $62 million.

Don't be 'deer in headlights' if VAT not ready July 1

The Bahamas cannot adopt “a deer in the headlights” approach of Value-Added Tax (VAT) is not ready to go come July 1, a Tax Coalition co-chair yesterday calling for a phased approach to reform.

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Recognising women's softball legends

Members of the women’s national softball team of the late 70s and 80s were recognised yesterday during the House of Assembly session. The women were invited by Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture Dr Daniel Johnson as a part of events to honour International Women’s Day.

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Top performers stand out

PROLEINE Pierre, Jodie Miller, Amber Forbes, Joerjette Williams, Scharann Cash, Bradley Dormeus, Cliff Resias and Janeko Cartwright were among the top performers in their respective events on the track as the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association kicked off day one of its Senior High Track and Field Championships.

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Stingrays in lead after day 1

AFTER the first day of competition, the CV Bethel Stingrays have emerged as the early leaders in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s Senior High Track & Field Championships at the original Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.

Under 3% support Gov'ts VAT plan

Less than 3 per cent of Bahamians would be prepared to pay Value-Added Tax (VAT) at its initially proposed 15 per cent rate it if was introduced on July 1, a survey of New Providence residents has found.

Private sector fiscal analysis to 'heavily influence' government

The Bahamian private sector yesterday pledged to produce a tax reform impact analysis that “cannot be dismissed”, suggesting public “clamour” over the proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) required the Government to carefully assess all such studies.

Thursday, March 13

Bahamian players in NCAA action

By RENALDO DORSETT

'Revolutionary' new fund product pledge

Less than 3 per cent of Bahamians would be prepared to pay Value-Added Tax (VAT) at its initially proposed 15 per cent rate it if was introduced on July 1, a survey of New Providence residents has found.

Credit unions build $260m in savings

THE financial co-operative sector has savings of $260 million, and assets in excess of $325 million, the director of co-operatives development said yesterday.

PM unveils Out Island projects

THE development of a “ultra high end” eco-friendly resort for high-profile guests is being proposed by the purchaser of Children’s Bay and William’s Cay in the Exumas, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.

'Plantation attitudes' hurting work attitudes

For many years, the Bahamian corporate community has been challenged in keeping the workforce fully engaged and highly productive. Many discussions have been held to determine what can be done to encourage the Bahamian worker to be more efficient in the delivery and execution of duties.

Four new credit unions for 2014

By NATARIO McKENZIE

It's all about them

It is true that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Ambassador meets Trade Centre chief

The Bahamian Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Office and other international organisations in Geneva, Rhoda M. Jackson, has paid a courtesy call on Arancha Gonzalez, executive director of the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Law firm hosts regional summit

A leading Bahamian law firm recently co-hosted World Services Group’s (WSG) first annual meeting of the Americas.
 Graham Thompson co-hosted the meeting in Miami, Florida, from February 19 to February 21, along with the Venezuelan accounting and consulting firm Cifuentes, Lemus & Asociados, and Hoet Pel�ez Castillo & Duque, one of Venezuela’s oldest law firms.
 WSG is a network of 130 member firms in 115 countries around the globe, representing some of the world’s top providers of professional business services.

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East Bay Street blaze destroys building, damages family's home

FIREFIGHTERS have now contained the massive blaze the ripped through a multi-story wooden structure on East Bay Street, according to fire chief Walter Evans.

TOUGH CALL: Speaking out to protect oceans for the future

WHEN Dr Sylvia Earle began her career as a deep-diving scientist in 1953, no one imagined that we could do anything to harm the ocean by what we put into it or took out of it. Back then, the ocean was as vast and as mysterious as outer space.

Where's the honeymoon?

Re: Police put on leave for jail wedding….. while the groom faces drug charges.

Editorial on pilots

As a young Bahamian whose parents sacrificed to send me to school to become a professional, I always try to examine issues that come up in the public with an objective eye.

Mitchell and gay rights

Nowadays Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell makes a stand for the defence of the rights of gays and lesbians in The Bahamas.

Union: We are being intimidated

BAHAMAS Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union Vice-President Sloane Smith is concerned that union members are being intimidated and threatened by “higher ups”.

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Appeal held up by missing transcripts

OUTSTANDING trial transcripts delayed the appeal of a man contesting his conviction for the throat-slashing manslaughter of his girlfriend.

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Cash: I have not resigned from FNM

FNM chairman Darron Cash yesterday confirmed that he has not resigned from the party in the wake of media reports that he threatened to quit.

Union: We are being intimidated

BAHAMAS Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union Vice-President Sloane Smith is concerned that union members are being intimidated and threatened by “higher ups”.

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Residents told evacuation after dump blaze is 'unnecessary'

SEVENTY per cent of the fire at the city dump has been put out, Deputy Director at the Department of Environmental Services, Thomasina Wilson, said yesterday.

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Trafficking victim urged to go to police

A MAN told a Supreme Court jury that he’d told a woman “going through some stuff” that she should go to the police.

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Pollution tests for all vehicles

THE Government is advancing legislation that will require all vehicles to undergo annual emission testing in an effort to reduce the amount of pollutants released into the environment.

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Gray hits out at union for ‘refusing to work’

CUSTOMS and Immigration Officers have refused to work their assigned hours despite a court ruling ordering them to remain on a shift system until the court says otherwise, according to acting Labour Minister Alfred Gray.

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Munroe: Nothing wrong with wedding in police custody

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe yesterday came to the defence of four police officers now on administrative leave after they facilitated the marriage of a man in custody and his fiancée at the Central Police Station.

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Jobs shake-up at webshop

TECHNOLOGICAL advancements in the gaming industry has moved one webshop owner to restructure its workforce ahead of the government’s proposal to legalise number houses.

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Six straight for Raptors

The dominance continued for the CH Reeves Raptors in the 21st edition of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association Junior School Track & Field Championships.

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Lawyer given seven-week appeal delay

A MAN challenging his conviction and 23-year sentence for attempted murder must wait seven weeks before his case is heard in the Court of Appeal.

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Teachers discuss effects of VAT

A meeting has been held to discuss the issue of VAT with members of the Bahamas Union of Teachers.

Poll says no fee for casino entry

Bahamians should NOT have to pay a fee to gamble in local casinos, according to the majority of voters in the Tribune242.com poll.

College hosts debate on VAT

A BUSINESSMAN called for more taxes for the wealthy - including himself - during a meeting at the College of the Bahamas to discuss the Value Added Tax proposed by government.

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National stadium 'on track' for World Relays

THE THOMAS A Robinson Stadium is “on track” to be completed just in time for the Bahamas to host the inaugural IAAF World Relays in May.

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Buddy recognised among best in big 12

THE breakout year continues for Bahamian sophomore guard Buddy Hield as he was recognised among the best players in his conference.

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Operators, Cheetahs victorious in semifinal openers

THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association (NPWBA) playoffs tipped off play in their semifinal round at the DW Davis Gymnasium Tuesday night.

Top provider slams landfill 'secrecy'

A leading waste services provider yesterday slammed the “secrecy” surrounding the Government’s plans for New Providence’s landfill, after a foreign company’s bid to manufacture recycled products in the Bahamas was revealed.

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Scotiabank's $20,000 donation an investment in Bahamian youth

SCOTIABANK Bahamas will once again join forces with the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA)and the Ministry of Education as the title sponsor for the National High School Track & Field Championships.

GAMBLING EXPANSION 'COULD RAISE $500M'

THE Bahamas should exploit the gambling industry “to the max” and permit other forms of gaming beyond the web shop industry, a local businessman said yesterday, suggesting this could generate up to $500 million annually.

Bank profit repatriation triples to $120m

A leading waste services provider yesterday slammed the “secrecy” surrounding the Government’s plans for New Providence’s landfill, after a foreign company’s bid to manufacture recycled products in the Bahamas was revealed.

$110m Long Island developers aim for 2014 JV progress

The developers behind the proposed $110 million Port St George project on Long Island yesterday said they would “be surprised if something doesn’t move this year” on finding a joint venture partner to move the development forward.

Bran: I would have 'screamed out' on VAT under Ingraham

Branville McCartney says he would have “screamed out” against Value-Added Tax (VAT) had it been presented when in Hubert Ingraham’s Cabinet, describing its likely effect on jobs and the economy as “very, very scary”.

Road opponents awaiting Privy Council reply

MEMBERS of the Coconut Grove Business League (CGBL) are still taking their case against the Government to the Privy Council, its spokesman yesterday telling Tribune Business there was not doubt “the law is on our side”.

Wednesday, March 12

In Touch With God

By Minister Monique Theresita Rahming-Burrows
Final Hour Apostolic Ministries

Relays to boost sports tourism

THE Bahamian sports tourism sector is set for a major boost from the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s (IAAF) inaugural World Relays in May, with local organising committee (LOC) executives telling Tribune Business more than 1,200 athletes and coaches were expected to attend.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: A web of good impressions

Is it true that everything in life warrants an impression? Does the way we talk, walk or socialise say something about our personality? How about our choice of friends, clothing and accessories, or even our cars? Does our sports SUV or red BMW tell people we are playful, spirited or crave adventure?

Nassau-bound ship to get hull artwork

GUY Harvey, widely recognized as the world’s finest marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, will design the signature hull artwork of the Norwegian Escape, the world’s largest cruise ship to-date.
 The ship is set to debut in October 2015. Mr Harvey yesterday revealed his custom design for Norwegian Escape’s hull, which features an underwater scene of marine wildlife.

Lent - Part III

By Rev Canon S Sebastian Campbell

Curtains open on 'I Refuse To Die'

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

Running a holy race

By Rev Angela Bosfield

Palm Cay growth creates 100 jobs

The Palm Cay development’s expansion has generated 100 jobs for persons working directly with the development or for contractors and sub-contractors.

VAT gives Bahamians 'consumption choice'

A leading Ministry of Finance consultant believes this is “an opportune time to introduce a more efficient means of collecting revenue” through Value-Added Tax (VAT) before more extreme measures are taken.

Bahamas 'poised for growth' via private equity rise

A Bahamian accountant believes this nation’s financial services sector can benefit from forecast growth and capital raising in the global private equity industry, with the SMART fund product helping to “gain traction”.

Exuma festival to celebrate 10th anniversary

THE Exuma Heritage Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend - with organisers promising to make this year’s celebrations the biggest in its history.

Women take up senior roles

Two Bahamian physicians now lead critical and core health services in the Grand Bahama Health System (GBHS).

Workshop brings together farmers and government

A workshop has been held as part of government moves to build partnerships for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI).

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Hey Mr DJ

LOCAL musician Smokie is excited for the upcoming release of his new single, entitled “Hey Mr DJ”.

Travelling a downhill path

Please help me with this, where do Bahamians get 400 million dollars to gamble with in the webshops? Is this money coming from tourism? Or foreign investors? Or is this money already in the country? If it is already here, then government has already got their cut.

A warning over VAT

The following letter, written by businessman Godfrey Thomas to Prime Minister Perry Christie on February 21, is published below at the urging of several Bahamian businessmen who think that it should be shared with Tribune readers.

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'Use education as a weapon for change'

Dr Hubert Minnis, MP and Leader of the Opposition, was the guest speaker at Government High School’s Commonwealth Day observances, held on Monday.

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Bahamian runs for US Congress

CALVIN Turnquest, a Bahamian-American is in a heated race in Florida’s 18th District for the United States House of Representatives.

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Human rights group backs calls for LGBT equality

A HUMAN rights group has renewed calls for the government to amend the Bahamas Constitution therefore making it illegal to discriminate against a person based on sexual orientation.

Freeport 'one incident from major catastrophe'

FREEPORT – An official at the International Maritime Pilots Association expressed serious concerns over the absence of proper structure for pilotage services in Freeport. Nick Cutmore, Secretary-General at IMPA, says Grand Bahama has had quite a few incidents and wake-up calls, and is only one incident away from a major maritime catastrophe.

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Third fire breaks out at city dump

FIREFIGHTERS battled a third aggressive fire yesterday near the New Providence Landfill, creating an even greater health hazard for residents in the area who have had thick plumes of smoke blanketing their homes since last Thursday.

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'Gaming reform risks nation's reputation'

DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday warned that proposed gaming reforms threaten the country’s high standing in the industry. In a press statement, Mr McCartney criticised the government’s neglect of two “key issues”: discrimination against Bahamians, and the possibility of a National Lottery.

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Attorney General confident despite stenographer row

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday expressed her full confidence in the discretion of the Chief Justice and Chief Magistrate amid concerns over the removal of stenographers from the Magistrate’s Court system.

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Man cries when found guilty of rape

A MAN cried in the Supreme Court when a jury found him guilty of raping a woman in her western New Providence home.

Concerns over freedom to testify from Cuba

A MIAMI-based exile group fears that the victims at the heart of an alleged abuse trial involving five Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers would not be allowed to testify freely if they continue to live in Cuba.

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Push for talks on reparations

FOLLOWING the unanimous adoption of an action plan to pursue reparations for African slavery and native genocide, CARICOM nations will now prepare for a June conference with Europe to negotiate the issue ahead of making a formal claim.

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Exhibition goes 'Beneath The Hat' of Bahamian women

EXPLORING women’s love for hats and the place this particular fashion accessory has in Bahamian culture is the focus of the new ‘Beneath The Hat’ exhibition.

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Local vs International Fame

THE Bahamas currently boasts a relatively large selection of contemporary music artists; they are all unique in their own way, but they also share a common goal: achieving international success.

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'TRANSFORMING SPACES' GOES BACK ON TOUR

Tickets are now available for Nassau’s most exciting event in contemporary visual art, the Transforming Spaces art tour.

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Sue Katz gets 'Inked'

PROLIFIC artist Sue Katz this week invites the public to join her in exploring a new medium which produces one-of-a-kind results.

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'Jazz At Jacaranda 2014' kicks off to a great start

KICKING off its 2014 series last week, “Jazz at Jacaranda” welcomed and entertained scores of jazz lovers to its “First Sundays” event.

Moss 'tremendous shot blocker, rebounder'

ASHLEY Moss has been dominant since her debut for the Holland College Hurricanes and has been the catalyst in the team’s historic berth to the Canadian national tournament.

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Congrats to BSAA championship teams

THE Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association and its executives extended congratulations to its 2013-14 championship teams.

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Swimmers' last chance to qualify for CARIFTA

Swimmers working towards the CARIFTA Swim Championships, scheduled for April 22-26 in Barbados, have one final chance at the BSF Time Trials to qualify for a spot on the team.

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Man risks jail for pipe theft

A MAN, who was paid $60 to take $18,000 worth of ductile pipes from Coral Harbour to a scrap metal yard on his truck, faced up to five years in jail for receiving the pipes that belonged to the Water and Sewerage Corporation.

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Good Deeds Day marked by Children's Home work

Representatives from the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Miya Bahamas and the Arison Group provided repairs, upgrades and upkeep to the Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home to celebrate the annual Good Deeds Day.

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Scuba diving team makes Sandals a leading dive division

SANDALS Resorts International has reinforced its scuba diving credentials after reaching 50,000 certifications to become one of the premier dive divisions in the world.

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'Call for PM's resignation for ignoring people's voice'

THE decision by the government to disregard the vote against legalising the numbers industry in The Bahamas sets a dangerous precedent and is a move that can ultimately imperil our democracy, Majority Rule era MP Ed Moxey told The Tribune.

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Woman admits entering nation under false pretenses

A WOMAN, claiming to be a human trafficking victim, admitted she came to the Bahamas under false pretenses, but denied that she did it to become a prostitute.

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Bi-lateral talks on Haitian migration

BI-LATERAL talks between the government and Haiti on migration issues will start next week, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell confirmed yesterday.

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Second arrest over murder of man out on bail

POLICE arrested a second man early Tuesday morning in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Troy Bodie.

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Gray calls for clear leadership roles in local government

AGRICULTURE Minister V Alfred Gray wants the Department of Local Government to have more clearly defined roles of leadership.

Feb point buyers eye bigger spend than $40m

February Point’s new owners are already anticipating a greater investment than the initially budgeted $40 million, telling Tribune Business yesterday they were planning a larger marina and creating 350 total jobs at the construction peak.

COB to host open tryouts for 11th, 12th graders in NP

IN an effort to build upon the foundation of their successful athletic programme, the College of the Bahamas will continue its search for elite student athletes.

'Fundamental concern' over $1bn current account deficit

The Bahamas must develop a long-term plan to address the “structural imbalance in its balance of payments”, a former finance minister describing this as his “most fundamental concern”.

VAT double whammy can 'price tourism out of the market'

The Bahamas will “price itself out of the market” if it imposes a Value-Added Tax (VAT) ‘double whammy’ on tour packages sold abroad by travel agents and other wholesalers, a senior hotel executive has warned.

$40bn asset manager Albany's partner in South Ocean offer

Albany’s partner in its joint venture offer to acquire the adjacent South Ocean property is a major New York-based asset manager, Tribune Business can reveal, with a decision on the preferred bidder set to be made next Tuesday.

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'Things loooking real good' for Bahamas World Relays

SOPOT, Poland — The International Amateur Athletic Federation closed the chapter on its 15th World Indoor Championships on Sunday. Now they are preparing to open the new one on their inaugural Bahamas World Relays.

Resort targets 20% solar cost savings

AN all-inclusive Andros dive resort is expecting to generate 20 per cent cost savings after being outfitted with solar heaters, its owner telling Tribune Business yesterday that high energy costs were a major challenge for all Out Island resorts.

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Candidates vetted for invite-only basketball camp

WITH the Bahamas’ first ever scouting basketball showcase of its kind for elite junior players on tap for this summer, the selection committee continues to thoroughly vet the candidates for this summer’s invite-only camp.

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Launch of the Domestic Tourist

The launch of the Domestic Tourist and My Destination Bahamas, two online businesses introduced by journalist and entrepreneur Noelle Nicolls, was a down-home island affair at Da Balcony, Pompey Square, on February 27.

Tuesday, March 11

US Embassy officials tour 'Swan Song of the Flamingo' exhibit

US Chargé d’Affaires ad interim John Armstrong accompanied by Defence Attaché Commander Samuel Wartell, Director of Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Commander Mark Driver and Senior Chief Gregory Zerfass of the visiting US Coast Guard Cutter SAWFISH were this week given a tour of the “Swan Song of the Flamingo” exhibit at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.

Marketing covers a full life cycle

Readers of my column will know I am a big fan of lead generation marketing. I first learned this from marketing gurus Dan Kennedy and Bill Glazer. And I have proven its effectiveness time after time in my professional experience, as well as with my own company. One of Dan’s companies calls it: ‘Life Cycle Marketing’, as they aim to keep a client for life. They have developed the concept into seven parts.

Bimini resort enjoys 32% business spike

BUSINESS at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina is up 32 per cent year-to-date, its general manager yesterday telling Tribune Business that April and May were “picking up very nicely”.

Port partners over small firm training

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is again partnering with the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) to provide business management training for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs )on Grand Bahama.

$3m 'show home' to kickstart major Long Island project

Stella Maris Village yesterday began construction on a $3 million model show home, the first step in realising its principals’ long-planned Port St George project in north Long Island.

Trust completes model for sustainable tourism

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has completed a three-year pilot project on ‘Tourism and Coral Reef Health’ in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, aided by funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

BSC basketball Classic continues Saturday

THE Baptist Sports Council continued its 2014 Basketball Classic at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday. The following results were posted:

Sandals honoured as top scuba diver

Sandals Resorts International has reinforced its scuba diving credentials after reaching 50,000 certifications to become one of the premier dive divisions in the world.

BTC hails end to Cable Bahamas 'subsidisation'

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday hailed plans to establish a ‘level playing field’ in fixed-line voice call termination fees, arguing that this would stop it and its clients “subsidising Cable Bahamas”.

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Bahamian women honour 'Black Madonna and child'

The statue of the “Bahamian Black Madonna and Child”, as it was dubbed by late Parliamentarian Oscar Johnson Sr, was honoured last Friday by a group of Bahamian women and the man who organised the event to commemorate International Women’s Day 2014.

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'I was forced into prostitution to pay for my plane ticket home'

ONE of two women alleging to be victims of human trafficking testified in the Supreme Court yesterday that a woman named “Sasha” approached her with the opportunity to come to the Bahamas for work.

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Moss plants Bahamian flag on land at Nygard to highlight campaign

REV Dr CB Moss led members of the Coalition to Save Clifton to Simms Point/Nygard Cay as the group continued its crusade to create a protected Clifton Sea Park.

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‘Focus less on gambling and more on other issues’

BISHOP SIMEON Hall yesterday criticised the Christian Council for paying too much attention to webshops and gambling and ignoring the other important issues of the country.

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Mitchell blasts letter from Munroe as ‘deceitful’

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday branded as “misplaced, ill conceived and deceitful” a letter from Bahamas Faith Ministries President Dr Myles Munroe to Prime Minister Perry Christie.

Customs workers to hold strike vote

MEMBERS of the Bahamas Customs Immigration and Allied Workers Union (BCIAWU) will take a strike vote on Friday to decide if they will strike to protest the government’s “failure” to address their concerns.

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‘More than half of MPs owe property tax’

MORE than half the parliamentarians in the House of Assembly and the Senate are in arrears with their Real Property Taxes – owing millions of dollars to the government, DNA Leader Branville McCartney revealed yesterday.

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Boyfriend held after body found in shallow grave

A 33-year-old man is in police custody after he led investigators to a shallow grave where the naked body of a woman was buried, police sources confirmed yesterday.

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Greenslade blames repeat offenders

REPEAT offenders out on bail continue to challenge anti-crime initiatives, according to Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, who yesterday renewed his appeal for Bahamians to “draw a line in the sand” against criminals residing in their communities.

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Police Station wedding groom faces drug charges

TWO days after being allowed to marry his bride in the Central Police Station, a Freeport resident appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges in connection with a $50,000 marijuana seizure.

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Police on leave for jail wedding - Commissioner condemns incident

FOUR police officers have been put on administrative leave after a drug suspect was allowed to get married while in custody at Central Police Station.

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Atlantis wins tourism award

THE Marine and Water Park Operations division at Atlantis, Paradise Island was recently recognised and awarded as ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ by Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara Cruise Lines.

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Local physiotherapist shines light on difficult subject

WITH the help of her team, a local physiotherapist is seeking to bring greater awareness to pelvic floor dysfunction, a common problem many people shy away from addressing.

CARTOON THAT SENT A SIGNAL

THIS cartoon was taken from a pre-majority rule edition of The Herald, a newspaper that would become a mouthpiece for the governing PLP. This cartoon was part of the party’s strategy to encourage the black electorate to vote out the white oligarchs of the UBP.

Lawyers to take action over lack of stenographers

LAWYERS of the Criminal Bar Association intend to take legal action against Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson for the removal of stenographers from the Magistrate’s Court.

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Man on bail accused of murder and robbery

A MAN previously on bail on the condition of his movements being electronically monitored is now back in Her Majesty’s Prison after being arraigned yesterday on charges of murder and armed robbery.

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Singers shine at festival

AS the 2014 E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival completes its first week, parents on the island of New Providence applauded the festival and the artistic opportunities it affords their children.

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Spanish Wells has first Brownie Pack

THE very first Brownie girl’s group was started in Spanish Wells, Eleuthera.

'Religion was used to bring about first black government'

THE use of religious symbolism to bolster the legitimacy of a monarch, a tyrant or even a democratically elected leader is not a new concept, in fact it pre-dates recorded history.

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"The Vagina Monologues" back by popular demand

FOR 90 minutes, audience members of this year’s Bahamas Artist Movement (BAM) presentation of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ are promised a complete and unforgettable thrill.

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CI Gibson Rattlers celebrate GSSSA, Hugh Campbell titles

AFTER a dominant year on the hardwood, CI Gibson rewarded their Rattlers senior boys’ basketball programme with a day of celebration for their achievements this season.

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SAC Big Red Machine wins 26th straight track and field title

ADD another title to the legacy of the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine track and field dynasty as they surged to a 26th consecutive Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Track and Field Championship.

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The final four

New Providence Women’s Basketball Association (NPWBA) heads into its Final Four this week as the league’s perennial contenders vie for the 2014 title.

52 to take courses to receive captain's licence

A TOTAL of 52 youths will participate in the first-ever Urban Renewal Maritime Programme.

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Farewell to Dr Brown

LAST month, the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) held a farewell reception at Luciano’s of Chicago Restaurant in honour of Dr Roger Brown to thank him for his tenure as co-ordinator of the association from 1995 to 2000 and again from 2007 to 2013.

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Youngsters learn about fisheries

EARTHCARE/Save The Bays Saturday Environmental Education Programme tackled the complicated issue of sustainable fisheries in the Bahamas over the weekend.

Extra protection for consumers pledged after VAT

ALONG with the establishment of the Central Revenue Agency (CRA) which will make the collection of taxes in the Bahamas more efficient, the government will be strengthening the Consumer Protection Department to ensure that the public will not be taken advantage of by businesses illegally collecting VAT from their customers.

Ex-finance minister: Make VAT 'no more' than 7.5%

The proposed Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate should be “no more” than 7.5 per cent, a former finance minister argued yesterday, telling Tribune Business it would be “impossible” to properly implement the new tax by the July 1 target date.

CIBC in $12.2m downsizing hit

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) has taken a $12.2 million one-time hit over the restructuring plan that will ultimately make 66 staff redundant, with some $5.953 million allocated to severance pay alone.

Controversial taxes to raise extra $68.5m

The Government is aiming to raise a collective $68.5 million in extra revenue this fiscal year from some of its more controversial Budget increases, amid suggestions yesterday that global banking reforms had contributed to the external reserves slippage.

Coalition chief: VAT not 'one trick pony'

The Government was yesterday urged to stop focusing on Value-Added Tax (VAT) as a “one trick pony” to fix all its fiscal woes, a Tax Coalition co-chair warning it could not keep coming back to law-abiding taxpayers for more due to its enforcement failures.

URCA moves to end Cable's fixed-line advantage over BTC

Regulators are proposing to place the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) on a ‘level playing field’ with its main rivals on fixed-line call termination charges over a 90-day period, “promptly removing” a long-standing complaint of the incumbent carrier.

Monday, March 10

Colina reveals 21% profit rise

COLINA Holdings (Bahamas) Limited enjoyed a 21.4 per cent year-over-year increase in net income, and a $22.3 million asset base growth 2013.

Women get "Face Lift" during empowerment event

WITH the aim of empowering and inspiring women to achieve their goals, the CHAMPS organisation hosted its “Face Lift” event last week.

Heel pain syndrome

By Bernadette Gibson

15 warning signs of an unhealthy spine

By Dr Kelly Kramp

Is money running towards or away from you?

By Michelle Miller

Don't wait 90 days to hire, then fire

Most people would agree that hiring is one of the more challenging parts of running a business. Hiring a sales team member is even more challenging because you are interviewing people who are supposedly good at selling.

Bahamas moving on airlift need

A Ministry of Tourism official said yesterday that the Bahamas was having great success in negotiations to generate increased airlift capacity to Nassau/Paradise Island, telling Tribune Business it was assessing the best opportunities to maximise visitors arrivals.

Eleuthera resort to hit $10-$12m spend in 2014

THE developers behind Eleuthera’s French Leave resort yesterday said they hope to start construction on another four hotel cottages this May, estimating that investment in the project will hit $10-$12 million by year’s end.

Meeting aims to increase airlift

THE Ministry of Tourism and its partners sought to improve airlift to the Bahamas as they met with airline representatives over two full days of meetings at the Routes Americas Conference in El Salvador, Central America.

Where there's a way to make a will

Financial experts and community leaders will help Bahamians gain greater wealth security for their beneficiaries by offering a free Wills and Estate Planning Seminar from March 14-15 at the Kingdom Life Church on Chesapeake Road..

Companies urged to better maintain IT infrastructure

Too many companies are failing to maintain their Information Technology (IT) systems, a service provider arguing that they are neglecting the engine of most modern businesses.

PM meets water loss provider's parent

Prime Minister Perry Christie and Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis have met with businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, owner of the Arison Group.

Bahamas works on airlift capacity

The Ministry of Tourism and its partners sought to improve airlift to the Bahamas as they met with airline representatives over two full days of meetings at the Routes Americas conference in El Salvador.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Regulation, a game changer?

ADMITTEDLY, I was pleased to see that the government decided to overlook potential electoral threats and/or the propensity to please campaigning churchmen (to lock up their church members’ votes) and instead chose to govern.

Bahamians speak out against domestic abuse remarks

A DEMOCRACY lives and dies on the outrage of it’s citizenry. That is, it thrives based on the signals the people of that democracy send to their leadership. The level of what is acceptable in their society, or even what their leaders can get away with, rises and falls on how the public responds to the actions and words of their political, civic and religious leaders.

Absolutely unacceptable

Please allow us the space in your newspaper to respond to the remarks made by MP for Tall Pines Leslie Miller last week Thursday in the House of Assembly and the events that followed.

Shameful behaviour

Dear Mr Miller, You should be utterly ashamed of yourself and hang your head in total disgrace.

Miller showed no respect for women

Leslie Miller has crossed the line of parliamentary decency and should be made to step down.

Miller and BEC future

I refer to the various proposals offered for the privatisation of BEC and the conundrum that is Leslie Miller.

I was a victim of police harassment

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Drug case delayed because of lack of a stenographer

A MAN accused of drug possession was granted a stay in his case pending the outcome of his constitutional motion to be heard in the Supreme Court because a magistrate could not comply with his request to have a stenographer present for his trial.

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Woman's body found buried

A BODY, believed to be that of a woman, was found in a “makeshift grave” near Cowpen Road yesterday, Police Superintendent Paul Rolle said.

Fire breaks out on barge near Abaco

A FIRE erupted onboard a 730-foot triple-deck barge, miles north-east of Abaco last week.

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Chris Brown clocks personal best for silver

SOPOT, Poland — It was a long Saturday night for veteran Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown. In fact he didn’t even remember if he slept at all. Sunday morning, Brown found himself still reminiscing over the fact that at age 35 years, he turned in a personal best of 45.58 seconds to clinch the silver medal in the men’s 400m final at Ergo Arena.

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Webshops may help self-police

WEBSHOP operators have been called upon to help “self-police” the industry once they are legalised, leading businessman Franklyn Wilson said yesterday.

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Suspected drowning at Potter's Cay Dock

POLICE are investigating a suspected drowning at Potter’s Cay Dock Monday morning.

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Two killed in separate shootings

A 19-year-old youth and a former Carifta medallist were killed in two separate shooting incidents over the weekend.

The drug lord years in the Bahamas

A FLOUNDERING economy in the 1970s left the country desperate and encouraged some within the leadership of the governing PLP to to make the conscious decision to partner with drug lords, Majority Rule MP Ed Moxey told The Tribune.

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'Q' Ferguson matches season's best in 60m final

Tag her at 14th in the world.

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Bahamas ends up tied for 20th in medal standings

SOPOT, Poland — With a silver and bronze medal, the Bahamas placed tied with Belarus, Canada and the People’s Republic of China for 20th in the medal standings at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 15th World Indoor Championships.

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Second fire breaks out at city dump

THOUGH the intentional fire set at the city dump has reportedly been contained, Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett said there is now a second fire that is expected to take days to be put out.

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FNM deputy speaks in support of gender equality

FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner joined in with marking International Women’s Day, which is celebrating the theme of “Equality for women is progress for all” this year.

'Year to adjust' to VAT, warns businessman

A DOWNTOWN businessman believes it would take the Bahamas at least a year to adjust to the impact of Value Added Tax if it is implemented this July.

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Youngsters show pride in their nation

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe celebrated National Pride Day with the Primary School Division of Temple Christian Academy on Friday.

Baha Mar failure would need 'more aggressive' fiscal restructuring

A failure by Baha Mar to deliver on the projected 10 per cent stopover arrival increase is among the greatest risks facing the Bahamian economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warning that expected 2.8 per cent economic growth in 2015 would “not materialise” if this occurred.

'No major' financial industry downsizing within next 2 years

While the Bahamas is unlikely to suffer “major dislocation” in its financial services sector over the next two years, a top QC believes further attrition is likely, and warned: “This is an industry we simply cannot go to sleep on.”

Central Bank asked Gov't for $400m 'reserves boost'

The Central Bank of the Bahamas asked the Government to undertake $400 million worth of foreign currency borrowing this fiscal year to alleviate concerns over a “steady decline” in external reserves.

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Shaunae Miller picks up bronze in gutsy performance

SOPOT, Poland — Coming into the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 15th World Indoor Championships, quartermiler Shaunae Miller knew that she was a potential medallist. She just wasn’t sure what colour the medal would be.

Gov't to collect just over half initial VAT goal

The Government will realise just over half of its projected Value-Added Tax (VAT) net revenue increase in the first year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned, with forecast increases in Customs and real property taxes also over-optimistic.

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Man in hospital after being shot by police

A 22-year-old man was shot by police in a club on Sunday morning after he pointed his firearm at the officers, police reports say.

Web shop legalisation 'alters economic order'

A leading businessman believes the legalisation of web shop gaming will be “a game changer” for the Bahamian economy and government finances, and called on ‘legitimised’ numbers operators to help “self-police” the sector.

Sunday, March 9

Gov't, Central Bank 'sceptical' over interest rate cut boost

The Government and Central Bank are “sceptical” that further interest rate cuts will boost commercial bank lending, with private consumption by Bahamians having “declined for the fifth consecutive year”.

World Indoor Championship results

SOPOT, Poland — Here’s a look at the performances of the Bahamas’ 11-member team in the IAAF 15th World Indoor Championships at the Ergo Arena March 7-9:

PM leads CARICOM delegation

PRIME Minister Perry Christie is leading a ministerial delegation to the 25th Inter-Sessional meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) being held in Buccament, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Water Corp focus on its 'core'

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is aiming to focus solely on its “core function” once it transfers economic regulation to the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), and the Ministry of the Environment assumes its environmental regulatory powers.

Leak plugger 'well ahead' of 2014 goal

MIYA, the water efficiency solutions provider, is “well ahead”of its 2014 performance targets under its Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction contract with the Water & Sewerage Corporation, having created 132 jobs inclusive of its core team and contract workers.

Gov't to strengthen consumer protection over VAt 'price gouge'

The Government will strengthen the Consumer Protection Department to ensure Bahamians are not exploited by businesses illegally collecting Value-Added Tax (VAT) from their customers, Ministry of Finance official Lucine Mingo told teachers at Government High School recently.

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Sheniqua Ferguson misses out on final

SOPOT, Poland: Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson's bid for a shot at the women's 60 metres final came up short, but she will walk away from the International Amateur Athletic Federation's 2014 World Indoor Championship as the 14th fastest woman on the planet.

Saturday, March 8

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Medals for Chris Brown, Shaunae Miller

Sopot, Poland: They both wanted to become world champions, but Chris 'Fireman' Brown and Shaunae Miller can be content with the silver and bronze respectively in the finals of the men and women's 400 metres.

Nightclub owner ‘sets the record straight’ after charges dismissed

A NIGHTCLUB owner accused of allowing his business to be used as a strip club wants to set the record straight after charges against him were dismissed by a magistrate yesterday.

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‘INTENTIONAL FIRE MAY HAVE LED TO DUMP BLAZE’

A FIRE at the City Dump, which yesterday intensified into a huge blaze creating thick, toxic smoke in the area off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, might have been intentionally started, authorities said.

Miller was insensitive

We have now seen the House of Assembly sink to an all-time low.

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World Indoors: Relay team and high jumpers out, Sheniqua Ferguson through to final

SOPOT, Poland: The Bahamas will be without a lane in the men's 4 x 400 metre final or a competitor in the men's high jump when the IAAF World Indoor Championships comes to a close on Sunday.

Friday, March 7

BORCO 'committed to a safe and efficient work environment'

FREEPORT – Following the recent resignation of some 15 marine pilots on Grand Bahama amid concerns of safety and training, the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) says it is committed to maintaining a safe and efficient work environment for its employees.

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Brown and Miller win 400m final places

SOPOT, Poland: What a way for Team Bahamas to end the first day of competition at the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) 15th World Indoor Championships.

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UPDATES: World Indoors - Warren Fraser through to semis with Brown, Miller

SOPOT, Poland: Chris 'Fireman' Brown and Shaunae Miller both powered their way through the finish line ahead of their rivals in their respective heats to produce the leading and second fastest qualifying times going into tonight's semifinal of the men and women 400 metres.

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Permanent stay on unlawful sex case after 10-year wait

A FORMER policeman accused of unlawful sexual intercourse with a teenage girl was granted a permanent stay in his case yesterday after awaiting trial for ten years.

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Police probe into claims of fake visas for Haitians

CONCERNS have been raised that the Bahamas Embassy in Haiti might have been involved in the fraudulent issue of thousands of Bahamian entry visas to Haitian nationals over the past six months, with some visas also having been sold to persons in Haiti.

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Crisis Centre speaks out over lack of rebuke for Miller

THE Bahamas Crisis Centre yesterday criticised parliamentarians for making “a mockery of domestic violence” following comments by Leslie Miller in the House of Assembly.

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Webshops ‘would be better off’ without regulation

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe, who represents six webshops, said yesterday while he is “happy” that the government has finally decided to regulate webshop gaming, his clients would probably be “better off without it”.

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Pastor calls for PM to respect vote of Bahamians

SENIOR pastor Lyall Bethel yesterday warned Prime Minister Perry Christie to “stop playing with God” and respect the moral vote made by the Bahamian electorate against web shops.

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Patterson: I would not support a gay candidate

RANFORD Patterson, Bahamas Christian Council President, says he would not support a gay political candidate amid a discussion as to the direction the country is to go with the rights of the LGBT community.

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Halkitis puts VAT back up in the air

STATE Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis yesterday confirmed that the government will now consider revisiting all proposals, including Value Added Tax, in the wake of the proposed regularisation and taxation of web shops.

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Govt treats vote as 'worthless'

BAHAMAS Christian Council President Ranford Patterson says he was disappointed with the government’s decision to push forward with legalising and taxing the numbers industry. 

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Live coverage of the 15th IAAF World Indoor Championships

SOPOT, Poland: The Tribune and Bahamas Athletics have joined together to bring you coverage from the 15th IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Businessman calls for 65% debt ratio limit

A well-known businessman yesterday called for a ‘fiscal rule’ where the Government’s debt-to-GDP ratio cannot exceed 65 per cent, arguing that increased revenues had to be accompanied by spending discipline.

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WHAT'S ON: CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

The Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas recently held elections of officers and directors for the years 2014-2015.

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Police investigate possible house arson

GRAND Bahama Police are investigating a possible arson in connection with a house fire that occurred on Wednesday in the Lucaya area.

US calls for equality on International Women's Day

By US Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman

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Rotarians challenged to invest in college

A SENIOR figure at the College of the Bahamas has challenged Rotarians to invest in the facility.

Ministry admits boy 'slapped' at centre but denies beating

THE MINISTRY of Social Services yesterday admitted that a staff member “slapped” a teenage boy at the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys, but denied that he was “very badly beaten”.

Bimini cruise terminal action switches tactics

Opponents of Bimini’s controversial cruise ship dock have switched tactics, filing a Supreme Court summons seeking permission to drop Resorts World Bimini and its affiliates as defendants in its Judicial Review action.

Fiscal reform needed to occur '10 years ago'

The Bahamas has “boxed itself in” by delaying fiscal reform until it reached “crisis point”, a leading accountant arguing that new taxes should be been introduced “10 years ago” when the economy was booming.

Accountant slams Business Licence fee 'disaster'

A top accountant yesterday urged the Government to replace the “disastrous” Business Licence fee with a corporate income tax, warning that the current system discouraged growth and investment.

UBS downsize hits 70 staff

More than 70 UBS (Bahamas) will be impacted by the closure of its private banking unit over the next 10 months, with the Swiss banking giant promising the Government it would “minimise” local lay-offs.

Kadeem Coleby and top seed Wichita State have first round bye in Missouri Valley Conference tournament

FOR Kadeem Coleby and the Wichita State Shockers, the groundswell of emotion that followed the team’s completion of an historic perfect regular season and senior night has quickly subsided as the No.2 ranked team in the NCAA heads into the postseason.

Big Red Machine on track for title

THE St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine widened their margin to over 100 points on day two of the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in their quest for a 26th consecutive title.

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Let the games begin

SOPOT, Poland — Let the 15th version of the International Amateur Athletic Federatiion (IAAF) World Indoor Championships begin today at Ergo Arena.

Thursday, March 6

Attorney passes Series 6 exam

Alivia O. Forbes has passed the Series 6 exam in the US after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI). She achieving 100 per cent on the STI’s final exam.

Proposal for new national park in Andros

AT a special breakfast hosted by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), President Neil McKinney and his executive team presented the government with a proposal to create a new national park in the Joulter Cays off North Andros.

Airport advertising in Freeport take-off

Advertising has taken off at Grand Bahama International Airport, with 20 major spots sold in the last four weeks to leading Bahamian companies.

Gov't had 'no choice' on web shop industry

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Bahamas signs 31st tax deal

By LINDSAY THOMPSON

Absolutely unacceptable

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Tourism hoping web shops spark VAT reset

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tax Coalition unveils 'Wake up Wednesday'

These two New Oriental Cleaners employees, Tiffani Lightbourne and Jennifer Pedican-Dames, will both be wearing these brightly coloured T-shirts this coming Wednesday to drum up support for The Coalition for Responsible Taxation.

'The Bahamian Riviera'

By RENALDO DORSETT

BTVI readies for solar 'take off'

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) has officially restarted its solar energy programme, believing this sector is primed for “take off”.

Bahamas offers Middle East hub for diversifying

A senior Andbank (Bahamas) executive believes the Bahamas can provide asset and investment portfolio diversification for funds flowing into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from troubled Middle Eastern countries.

Seeking independence for pilots

THE Bahamas Maritime Pilots Association is aiming to bring about independence of pilots in Grand Bahama.

Concerns raised over state of health of maritime pilot

IN the interest of port safety, the Bahamas Maritime Pilots Association is calling for the immediate removal of an unfit maritime pilot hired to work at the port.

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MOXEY: STAFFORD SANDS BROKE THE STRANGLEHOLD OF WHITE RETAILERS

WHEN you enter the drawing-room of former parliamentarian Ed Moxey you know you’re entering into the space of a man who is at heart an archivist and a lover of history.

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Police anger at brutality headline

GRAND Bahama’s Police Chief is taking grave exception to a headline article carried by a local newspaper on Wednesday regarding suggestions of alleged police involvement in the death of a man at Casa Bahama, and is calling for an immediate retraction.

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'Bahamians not being kept informed over BEC future'

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the government for failing to keep Bahamians informed about what is happening with the country’s energy sector.

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Miller says he was joking over abuse of women

LESLIE Miller, Tall Pines MP insisted yesterday that “I have never abused a woman in my entire life”. He claimed that his comments in Parliament last week were spoken in “jest”.

Immigration will cripple Bahamas' growth

EARLY yesterday morning, we received a telephone call from a member of the public who has close friends in both political camps – PLP and FNM. He was concerned. In fact he was very concerned.

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Mitchell to Munroe: Don’t mess with me

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell warned Dr Myles Munroe yesterday “not to mess” with him, charging that “just because someone sits on a pulpit and hides behind theology does not give them the right to make vile, slanderous statements”.

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Man on bail held over latest murder

A 26-year-old man, out on bail for armed robbery, was arrested late Tuesday night in connection with the armed robbery and murder of 25-year-old Darius Adderley.

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Mitchell ‘open to becoming leader’

FRED Mitchell, Fox Hill MP says he is still open to vying for the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) should the vacancy arise.

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Gibson: Double dipping is over

THE practice of “double dipping” has formally ended for workers in public corporations. For years civil servants had been able to enjoy a regular salary and collect sick benefits at a cost of nearly $10m a year to the public purse.

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Minnis: If you reject 'no' vote, then call a general election

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said the government should call a general election if it planned to go against the January 2013 referendum on web shops.

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Webshop gaming 'to be regularised by July 1'

THE Government will regularise and tax webshop gaming by July 1, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe announced yesterday.

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Search for missing woman

Police are searching for a missing woman.

Standard national diploma announced

Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald yesterday announced the implementation of a standardised national high school diploma.

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25 years for man convicted of incest with daughter

A MAN convicted of incest with his 15-year-old daughter was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment yesterday.

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'Ricky' Davis making strides

RICARDO “Ricky” Davis is making strides since his first tournament at the Alaqua Country Club on November 3, 2013, in Tampa, Florida, where he finished in a tie for No. 28 with a score of 223 after a three-day event.

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EP Roberts Primary captures A and B division championships

A NUMBER of primary school students participated in the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s “World Tennis Day” Jamboree at the National Tennis Centre on Monday.

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Go Team Bahamas!

The Tribune’s senior sports reporter Brent Stubbs will be covering the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, March 7-9.

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Six BAISS records broken on day 1

SIX meet records fell on day one of the 2014 BAISS Track & FIeld Championships and a pair of familiar foes have quickly emerged as the lone contenders yet again for this year’s title.

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Motorcylist critical after crash

A MOTORCYCLIST was injured yesterday in an early morning traffic accident on Old Trail Road.

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Dinner of Champions

THE Grand Isle Resort and Spa in Exuma hosted a “Dinner of Champions” during the Olympics last month with decorated Olympians from two different countries.

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'Tough times no excuse to smuggle drugs'

ROUGH economic times is not an excuse to engage in behaviour that is illegal, a magistrate told two men in their 50s - moments before sentencing them for their involvement in a $800,000 drug smuggling plot.

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Still no response from Cuba over abuse hearings inquest

GOVERNMENT officials are still awaiting a response from the Cuban government to requests to have two Cuban men attend hearings in Nassau, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

Insolvent broker chief asked to return $3.5m

An insolvent Bahamian broker/dealer’s principal will be told to return $3.5 million to its liquidators by “formally dissolving” 10 entities he controls, Tribune Business can reveal.

Aviation has 'reason to Celebrate' on VAT U-turn

Bahamian-owned airlines had “reason to celebrate” yesterday after the Government reversed plans to charge its passengers 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT), something one operator said would have increased air fare costs by 17-20 per cent.

Gov't 'abandons' $500k Blackbeard's Cay costs

Opponents of the $8 million Blackbeard’s Cay project were yesterday celebrating a preliminary victory in their Judicial Review battle, after the Government “abandoned” its demand that they lodge $500,000 ‘security for costs’.

Gov'ts payroll tax debunking 'disingenuous'

A Tax Coalition co-chair is arguing that the Government’s attempts to debunk its payroll tax alternative are “disingenuous”, because it was never meant to match the $500 million gross revenues projected from Value-Added Tax (VAT).

Merged realtor targets biggest possible share

A former Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) president yesterday suggested other colleagues follow his lead and seek appropriate merger partners, adding that he was seeking a market share “as large as we can get”.

Wednesday, March 5

TOUGH CALL: Taxation and representation

Outside of ZNS and other PLP circles, the outrage over tax dodging politicians and officials has been visceral as the government pursues a big increase in the average citizen’s tax burden to reduce its fiscal deficit.

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TAP faces the music with 'Jealousy' release

BAHAMIAN entertainer TAP is setting out to prove that there are no limits to her talents.

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Wendi Lewis back in the spotlight

BAHAMIAN singer Wendi Lewis is gearing up to reintroduce herself during an artist showcase event to be held at the Volume Music Bar (formerly Crazy Johnny’s) this Friday.

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'Art from a different angle'

THE LIQUID Courage Gallery’s first intercultural exchange this year took place last week when Belgian artist Jan Kempenaers was invited to exhibit his work.

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Bahamian artist to showcase exhibit at Volta NY Fair

BAHAMIAN artist John Cox, who was recently named creative artistic director for Baha Mar, will be an exhibitor at one of New York’s most anticipated annual art fairs.

'Ladies of Lee' visit the Bahamas

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

Domestic travel VAT exemption welcomed by out island operators

THE government’s decision to exempt domestic travel from Value-Added Tax (VAT) has been welcomed by out island resort operators.

'Priceless Bahamas' merchants 'double' since launch

The number of Nassau/Paradise Island retailers participating in MasterCard’s "Priceless Bahamas" has "more than doubled" since its launch in 2008, according to regional executives, who said the programme was helping the Bahamas move to a cashless society.

Domestic travel will escape VAT

Value-Added Tax (VAT) will not be charged on any form of domestic travel, a Cabinet Minister has told residents of the Killarney constituency.

Man acquitted of rape

A MAN was acquitted of rape yesterday in Supreme Court when the complainant in the case withdrew the allegation against him.

Bahamas urged to become a beacon in marine conservation

THE Bahamas is perfectly placed to lead the way in saving the world’s oceans, a world renowned marine scientist told a gathering of scientists and conservationists on Monday night.

Anglican Diocease celebrates its 2014 Lenten mission

The Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands will hold its “Lenten Mission 2014” in Grand Bahama and New Providence, as well as in Grand Turk and Providenciales.

'The Club' brings young Christians together

RECOGNISING a need for more positive youth-based activities, a group of people on Eleuthera got together to create “The CLUB” for young Christians.

Scholarship programme for young Bahamians interested in theatre, dance, music

A SCHOLARSHIP programme is being offered to young Bahamians interested in working in theatre, dance or music.

Pinder discusses VAT with students

RYAN Pinder, Financial Services Minister, shared his insight on the proposed benefits of Value Added Tax (VAT) with students of the Revenue Law Class of the University of West Indies LLB programme and Eugene Dupuch Law School.

Atlantic Medical partners with 'cuda' Swim Club again

ATLANTIC Medical has partnered once again with the Barracuda Swim Club to host the second annual Atlantic Medical Invitational, according to a press release.

On being a disciplined disciple

By Rev Angela C Bosfield

The Cursillo Movement in the Bahamas

By Rev Canon S Sebastian Campbell

Munroe advises at Nigerian oil seminar

BAHAMIAN religious leader Dr Myles Munroe has assisted at a Nigerian oil seminar being held in Las Vegas.

No VAT on domestic travel

VALUE Added Tax (VAT) will not be charged on any form of domestic travel, State Finance Minister Michael Halkitis told residents of Killarney Tuesday night.

What is Cursillo?

A Cursillo servant community is a group of Christian leaders (servants) formed into an effective team to carry out the Cursillo method of prayer, study and apostolic action.

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Local artist seizes 'canvas of opportunity'

IN an effort to provide a space for emerging artists to show their work, the owners of Mojo’s Restaurant and Bar decided to open up their venue as a canvas of opportunity for talented Bahamians.

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Web-shop legislation to be brought before Parliament

The Minister responsible for Gaming, Obie Wilchcombe, has said he intends to bring legislation to regularise web-shops to Parliament.

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Bahamian photographer produces 'America's next top model' inspired collection

INSPIRED by the popular and long-running “America’s Next Top Model” reality television show, Bahamian artists have created “The Next Face” competition.

Hearing the hoofbeats of history

Most leaders never leave office unless there are mandated term limits; an act of God or due to debilitating illness.

Honour for airman fitting

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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Man to defend himself in manslaughter case

A MAN, confident of the chances of his appeal, refused the Appeal Court’s offer to appoint a lawyer to represent him as he contests his 21-year prison sentence for manslaughter.

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FNM dismiss claim of illegal housing as ‘lame distraction’

THE FNM yesterday criticised the government for claims that the previous Ingraham administration had illegally constructed low-cost homes between 2010 and 2012.

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Bishop Hall weighs in against Mitchell in LGBT row

TO CALL Dr Myles Munroe’s comments on LGBT matters ignorant is “like calling me white”’ or Fred Mitchell “boorish” Bishop Simeon Hall said yesterday.

Pilot collapses while landing

CIVIL aviation officials have launched an investigation after a pilot collapsed while landing his plane at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

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'Government is the bully, it is not being bullied'

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday came to the defence of the business community, calling the government a “bully” over its handling of the implementation of Value Added Tax. In a party statement issued yesterday, Mr McCartney said the government has yet to table important legislation to clear up public misconceptions about the new tax.

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'PM boxed-in but must now move forward'

FNM chairman Darron Cash yesterday called for the government to make the “tough decision” to move forward with bi-partisan discussions on web shops, adding that shutting down the unregulated businesses should no longer be an option.

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Hundreds seek jobs at fast food franchise

JOB SEEKERS turned out by the hundreds at the Town Centre Mall yesterday to take advantage of career opportunities for Carl’s Jr - a new fast food franchise.

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Bail bond is reduced again in delayed attempted murder trial

A MAN granted $15,000 bail because his attempted murder trial did not commence last year had his bond reduced again because of a second delay.

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Two arrested after robbery

POLICE arrested two men – one wanted for attempted murder and the other on bail for murder – moments after they had robbed a man at gunpoint late Monday night. One wore an ankle monitoring bracelet. The incident occurred in the Fox Hill area around 10pm.

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US Embassy donates X-ray machines to hospital

US Embassy officials formally handed over four new portable X-ray machines during a brief ceremony at the Princess Margaret Hospital in the newly constructed Critical Care Block.

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'Beneath The Hat' Telling the story of Bahamian women in an unique way

Every hat tells a story. Every woman tells a story.

Inspection officers say no illegal prices 'in some time'

AS some residents complain about soaring prices of “bread and basket” items, inspection officers countered yesterday that they have observed no illegal price increases “in some time”.

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Groups join forces to focus on bird habitats

THE Bahamas National Trust and the National Audubon Society are joining forces to focus on improving bird habitats.

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Keeping hearts pounding strong

The Bahamas Heart Association hosted its annual Fun Run/Walk on Saturday.

Video on effects of VAT slammed as 'misleading'

Financial Secretary John Rolle slammed opponents of VAT’s implementation in the Bahamas who circulated a 15-minute video about what they claim is the disastrous impact this form of taxation had on the economy of St Kitts and Nevis.

Bahamians combine in water plant bid

Rival Bahamian groups have joined forces to form one combined bid to take over the multi-million dollar Windsor reverse osmosis plant, Tribune Business can reveal, with the Government yet to make a decision on a new operator.

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Can SAC snatch 26th straight BAISS title?

The longest standing streak in Bahamian high school sports history will look to extend its record-setting pace for another year as the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine look to claim their 26th consecutive victory in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ Track and Field Championships.

GB Chamber calls for income tax alternative

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce has urged the Government to implement an income tax as a more equitable and progressive alternative to Value-Added Tax (VAT), with both personal and corporate income caught in the net.

'Oppressive' bid to halt Blackbeard's Cay legal challenge

Attorneys for the environmental activists challenging the $8 million Blackbeard’s Cay project have slammed as “oppressive” the Government’s bid to strike out their action, noting that its $500,000 ‘security’ demand is “more than twice” its estimated legal costs.

'Exorbitant' Business Licences make one-time payments impossible

Super Value’s owner yesterday said it was impossible for the food retail industry to pay the new “exorbitantly high” Business Licence fees one-time, as he dismissed claims he was ‘bullying’ the Government over its Value-Added Tax (VAT) proposals.

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Amateur boxing shows ‘The Spirit of Determination’

CHAMPION Amateur Boxing Club hosted ‘The Spirit of Determination’ amateur boxing show at the Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge on Saturday.

Tuesday, March 4

'Isolated' VAT may cause $600m GDP loss

The Bahamas’ gross domestic product (GDP) could shrink by $200-$600 million if Value-Added Tax (VAT) is introduced “in isolation”, a well-known doctor said yesterday.

BHTA announces two executive postings

Former Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) treasurer, Vaughn Roberts, has been appointed to fill its senior vice-president post.

Private sector urged to exploit grant financing

The Caribbean Export Development Agency has urged the region’s private sector to exploit the funds made available under the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme it facilitates.

Top official slams St Kitts VAT video as 'misleading'

A top Ministry of Finance official has slammed the 15-minute video that purports to show Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) disastrous impact on the St Kitts & Nevis economy, arguing that its introduction instead helped return that economy to growth.

MasterCard expands promotion to GB

MasterCard has partnered with the Ministry of Tourism to become the official card of the Bahamas.

Refer to the power of relationships

I’m really pleased when someone who has been referred by another active student walks into my business. In fact, we have buddy day once every few weeks.

Bahamas requiring 'smart Immigration'

THE Government was yesterday urged to adopt a “smart Immigration” policy similar to the likes of Canada, providing a clear path towards citizenship and selectively allowing in individuals with vital expertise that can help grow the economy.

Banks working on cashless society

THE Central Bank has teamed with the commercial banking sector to reduce cash and promote greater efficiency in how banking is conducted, its Governor said, adding that the Bahamas was witnessing notable growth in cashless transactions.

RBC announces $180,000 scholarship donation

ROYAL Bank of Canada (RBC) announced yesterday a donation of $180,000 to continue the RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for another three years.

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UPDATED: Suicide suspected as man plunges to death

POLICE in Grand Bahama are investigating an apparent suicide after a 28-year-old man allegedly jumped to his death from the Casa Bahama building on Monday morning.

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The fitness trainer with the right tools

AS a fitness professional with decades of experience, Jillian Bartlett said she strives for nothing but excellence in her field of work.

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New Bahamian foundation targes year of vital supplies

AFTER surviving a horrific jet-ski accident eight years ago, Megan Sands has committed herself to providing support to people who face challenges due to their health through a new foundation.

Honouring the pioneers of avaiation

Thank you for your Editorial (Tribune, Feb 25, 2014) about Bahamian-born Dr Albert E “Bert” Forsyth, who made aviation history, at 5:54pm on November 9, 1934, when he landed his Lambert Monocoupe, single-engine landplane, on a road in Westward Villas. Bert’s co-pilot was a very accomplished American, named Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson, who is recognised as “The Father of Black Aviation”.

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Fears for nation’s treasures over blue hole sale

Deputy FNM leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday urged the government to “get serious” about the preservation of the country’s national treasures as the iconic Dean’s Blue Hole continues to be listed for sale by a US Realtor.

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Plagiarism 'was not intentional'

DR Rodney Smith yesterday said an incident that led to a plagiarism row in 2005 “was not an intentional omission” as he made his case to become the president of the College of the Bahamas.

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Mitchell calls Munroe ‘ignorant and anti-PLP’ in LBGT rights row

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell yesterday accused Dr Myles Munroe of being “ignorant” and “anti-PLP” after calling for Prime Minister Perry Christie to remove him from his ministerial post.

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RBC branch opening 'a sign of economic confidence'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday welcomed the opening of a new RBC Royal Bank branch in New Providence as a sign of confidence in the country’s economic turnaround.

Former church of Randy Fraser more than $1m in arrears and facing lawsuit

PILGRIM Baptist Temple, former church of convicted sex offender Randy Fraser, is facing a major financial crisis amid rising debt which threatens to have the edifice seized, The Tribune can reveal.

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'I dealt drugs to pay for food'

A MAN who said his reason for dealing drugs was to put food on his table cried in Magistrates Court after being sentenced to five years imprisonment for possessing $7,000 worth of marijuana.

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'We will not be bullied on VAT'

THE GOVERNMENT of the Bahamas will not be “bullied or threatened” to postpone or cancel the implementation of Value Added Tax, Minister of State for Finance Micheal Halkitis said yesterday.

Studets call for greater transparency in college graduation process

COB students are calling for greater transparency in the graduation process as more than 200 Fall 2013 students still await completion letters from the institution.

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Minister to meet parties in bid to resolve powder concerns

FOLLOWING last week’s boycott against the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), Minister for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville has arranged a meeting this week with all parties to address the ongoing concerns regarding power rates on Grand Bahama.

Concerns over increased drug traffic between Haiti and Bahamas

THE Bahamas was a prominent feature in a newly published United States narcotics report that cited concerns of increased drug trafficking connections between the Bahamas and Haiti.

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Men appear in court to face murder charges

TWO men appeared in Magistrates Court yesterday accused of committing separate murders that occurred days apart in February.

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Man accused over $500,000 marijuana haul

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on multiple drug charges concerning the recent seizure of more than $500,000 worth of marijuana at a home in South Beach.

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Thieves steal $1m of equipment from Robin Hood site

THE site of the former Robin Hood store has continued to be targeted by thieves.

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Carnival flair in Atlanta

THIS year’s Black History Month parade got a taste of the islands when the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA) took to the streets with a masquerader and stilt walkers dressed in colourful costumes to celebrate their diverse culture.

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Orchard project aims to preserve indigenous trees

THE Bahamas National Pride Association planted soursop and sugar apple trees on the campus of RM Bailey Senior High School, Robinson Road, demonstrating the importance of preserving indigenous fruit trees.

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Children's conference keeps its promise

IT was an experience to remember, as Bahamian entrepreneur Rayette McDonald hosted her very first children’s conference.

Port chiefs misconstrued over VAT 'bullet dodge'

Freeport has mistakenly interpreted comments by the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) chairman and president into believing it has “dodged the bullet on VAT”, something the private sector says is incorrect.

BEC to make sure national stadium is well lit for world relays

AFTER announcing the first major sponsors for the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Relays, the local organising committee presented the first four of their nine national suppliers.

CLICO liquidator reverses $1.45m Haiti write-off

CLICO (Bahamas) liquidator is trying to determine whether its affiliate’s $1.45 million property investment in Haiti can be recovered, having previously branded it a write-off.

PM's VAT alternative study offer 'seems duplicitous'

The Prime Minister’s fiscal reform ‘olive branch’ to the private sector “would appear duplicitous and rings hollow” because there is not enough time to conduct proper studies on Value-Added Tax (VAT) alternatives.

Court blasts three way trust battle

The Court of Appeal has blasted a legal battle involving ‘breach of trust’ claims against CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) as a prime example “of how litigation ought not to be conducted”, bemoaning the failure to apply “rigorous case management” from the outset.

Gov't 'to miss' VAT rate, deadline goals

The Government is subtly signalling it will miss its target Value-Added Tax (VAT) implementation deadline and introduce it at a lower rate than the advertised 15 per cent rate, a well-known businessman said yesterday.

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Online ticket sales for IAAF World Relays going well

WITH a younger team made up of players from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco, manager Godfrey’ Gully’ Burnside is confident that the Bahamas will perform very well at the Central American and Caribbean Games qualifying tournament in Cali, Colombia.

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Bahamas to field 'young' men's national softball team

WITH a younger team made up of players from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco, manager Godfrey’ Gully’ Burnside is confident that the Bahamas will perform very well at the Central American and Caribbean Games qualifying tournament in Cali, Colombia.

Readers say CWC gained most from BTC deal

The majority of voters in The Tribune’s online poll say Cable and Wireless (CWC) benefited the most from the government’s recent BTC deal.

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New national record

Kenya Culmer finds herself all alone in a unique position in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Monday, March 3

Mastercard becomes official card of the Bahamas

THE Ministry of Tourism has partnered with MasterCard to become the official card of the Bahamas, making the move another part of the product being offered to an estimated six million tourists to these shores.

There is power in taking responsibility

By Michelle Miller

Health fair successfully targets heart disease education

HUNDREDS of Bahamians visited the centre court at the Town Centre Mall last Thursday to participate in screenings offered at the Bahamas Heart Association’s annual health fair.

Morality, theft and taxation

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Bahamas can 'kiss yacht charters bye' over VAT uncertainty

THE Bahamas could “kiss the yacht charter business goodbye” if the Government decides to levy a 15 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) on the industry, the Marina Operators president yesterday urging: “We really need to get this settled.”
 “Obviously it’s caused a lot of uncertainty in the industry,” said Peter Maury, president of the Marina Operators of the Bahamas (MOB).

Online marketing ventures launch

The Minister of Tourism has branded average 33 per cent occupancy levels among Family Island hotels as 
“unacceptable” at the launch of an online marketing business.

Seven deadly sins in sales

By Scott Farrington Here are seven sales habits that might be giving you a bad reputation.

Timber harvester to hit market within two weeks

An Abaco-based timber harvesting company expects to bring its first line of inventory to market within the next two weeks, telling Tribune Business it had received a strong reception in the Bahamian market already by securing pre-sales of 15,000 board feet.

BISX educates high schoolers

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) spent the afternoon on Monday, February 17 with the Grade 12 Economics and Commerce classes at R. M. Bailey Senior High School.

Palm Cay unveils second condo stage

Palm Cay yesterday announced it has opened reservations for Phase 2 of its much-anticipated luxury condominiums, The Anchorage.

Airport drops short term parking fee 33%

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) yesterday dropped its short-term parking fees by 33 per cent in response to customer feedback.

Sports in brief

BOXING

Long-service awards to be presented during social workers month

SEVENTY-FIVE social workers and case aides will be presented with long service awards during a presentation at Government House this month.

Daylight Saving Time

The Cabinet Office wishes to advise the general public that the Bahamas will observe Daylight Saving Time commencing on Sunday, March 9, at 2am and will continue until 2am on Sunday, November 2, 2014, when it will revert to Eastern Standard Time.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Time for Cabinet Shake-up

By all accounts, the public is increasingly becoming uneasy with this government and there are some who are demanding a Cabinet shuffle. There are certain PLP ministers who are sufferers of windbaggery and fictitious disease syndrome and, frankly, some of their performances in various ministries amounts to nothing more than a substantive negative outcome!

Bahamas' signature should be removed from PetroCaribe

SIR RONALD Sanders, who demands accuracy, made a statement in his weekly column in The Tribune on February 24 listing the Bahamas as one of the 18 signatories to the Hugo Chavez cheap oil deal, better known as PetroCaribe.

Ethics in service

The firestorm over the revelations of Mr Ishmael Lightbourne not paying his property taxes has caused a number of MP’s to confess that they might be, or might have been in a similar position.

We gat bad ways and we bad pay

The Bahamas government has never defaulted on any of its financial obligations to local or international agencies and institutions. Not to the Inter American Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations or CARICOM.

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Three held over drugs find

TWO teenage boys and a 33-year-old man are in police custody after they were found on Friday in possession of a large quantity of suspected marijuana.

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Copper wire stolen from BTC

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who allegedly stole copper wire from the Bahamas Telecommunication Company on Wednesday.

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Police probe theft from Cable Bahamas

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding a theft at Cable Bahamas’ Marathon Mall location.

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'Fix the tax collection system before going for VAT'

WITH more than $550 million in Real Property Taxes outstanding, Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash urged the government to correct its tax collection system before imposing VAT on Bahamians.

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Tourist drowns

POLICE are actively investigating the drowning of a 59-year-old tourist during a diving expedition off Stuart Cove on Saturday.

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Call for investigation over claims of Simpson Penn abuse

FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler Turner yesterday called for a full investigation into the alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy at the Simpson Penn Centre.

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Cubans pulled from sinking ship - but detention centre is full

COAST Guard officers rescued 23 Cubans from a sinking ship in waters near Cay Sal on Sunday.

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400 jobs may go, warns store owner

Super Value’s owner has warned that a 400 person lay-off may be “coming down the pipeline” across his various food retail interests unless the Government relents over its Value-Added Tax (VAT) proposal, plus Price Control and other recent tax increases.

Two arrested in connection with drug seizure

GRAND Bahama Police arrested two people in connection with the seizure of $21,000-worth of illegal drugs on Friday.

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Three women held after stabbing incident

THREE women, aged 25, 19 and 17, are in police custody after allegedly stabbing a 20-year-old woman during a fight on Saturday.

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Freeport changes as marine pilots resign

THE Management of Freeport Harbour Company (Harbour Company) Limited has confirmed that it has received and accepted formal resignations of five of its marine pilots.

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Deep Water Cay pushes on to new dive sites

Deep Water Cay is branching out to some of the lesser known dive sites in Grand Bahama.

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Will a world champion emerge from Bahamas?

Head coach Rupert Gardiner said he’s convinced that the Bahamas’ 11-member team will perform very well at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in the Polish city of Sopot this weekend.

Scotiabank beats target with 20% net income rise

Scotiabank (Bahamas) yesterday said it had “exceeded expectations” with the almost-20 per cent year-over-year net income increase it enjoyed in 2013, with the improvement largely driven by “stabilisation” in its non-performing loan portfolio.

Gov't: 20-25% payroll tax for VAT match

The Government would have to implement the private sector’s favoured payroll tax at a rate between to 20-25 per cent to hit its revenue targets, the Financial Secretary saying this meant the average Bahamian worker would see more than $200 per month taken from their salary.

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Sprinter Devynne Charlton racks up the points

DEVYNNE Charlton scored in a pair of events to help the Purdue University Boilermakers wrap up the Big Ten Conference Championship meet on Saturday as the women had a total of 53 points to join the men’s fifth place finishers.

Bahamians make presence felt in Libyan league

YOU can find Bahamians playing basketball on just about every continent but it’s rare to find former high school teammates reunited on the same roster at the professional level.

Bahamas Bowling Federation selects national team

FOLLOWING its national trials, the Bahamas Bowling Federation has selected its national team to represent the Bahamas at a number of tournaments, including the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games.

GB Shipyard ‘worries’ on VAT wage pressures

GRAND Bahama Shipyard has “sufficient worries” over Value-Added Tax (VAT) and the likely impact it would have on the cost of living for its 700 employees, fearing this will put pressure on the hourly rates it pays its workforce.

Sunday, March 2

Dream turns to gold for Baha Mar

A PANEL of the most accomplished travel professionals in the industry recognised the locally produced Baha Mar Dream Team campaign as the gold winner of Travel Weekly magazine’s golden Magellan Award, beating international competition in the Hotels and Resorts segment.

Eagles Nest avenge double whammy

IT was payback time for the Eagles Nest as they avenged a double whammy from Macedonia Baptist to start the Baptist Sports Council’s 2014 Basketball Classic at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday.

Sports in brief

BASKETBALL

Food retailers warning on price control 'catastrophe'

Many Bahamian food retailers will suffer “catastrophe” unless there is some Price Control relief prior to Value-Added Tax (VAT), the Retail Grocers Association’s president has warned, after talks with the Government kicked-off on Friday.

Top school loses over $26k redundancy claim

The Bahamas’ most prestigious private school has lost its appeal over having to pay more than $26,000 in severance pay to its principal’s former assistant.

Palm Cay boosted from Boat Show

For the $200 million beachfront and marina community rising on Nassau’s southeastern shore, there was a steady stream of traffic at the booth they shared with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism from opening to closing daily.

Gov't yet to disprove alternative tax forms

THE Government has not provided any “empirical analysis” to-date that would dismiss alternative forms of taxation being proposed by the private sector, a Tax Coalition co-chair adding that Value-Added Tax (VAT) “should not be sold as a perfect system”.

Fear of 'potential tourism softness'

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has warned that “potential softness” in key visitor source markets is creating some downside for the tourism industry’s 2014 performance, with the sector “relatively flat” in January.

Realtor in full service growth

Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty has launched a Concierge and Property Management division, making it a full service real estate company.

Call for aerial drone regulation

The Government has been urged to regulate the unmanned aerial drone industry, an innovative Bahamian start-up fearing others may enter the market and not play by the rules.

Saturday, March 1

Concerns over police officer burn-out on 12-hour shifts

CONCERNS have been raised that police officers could be injured or become burnt out through overwork under the 12-hour shift system.

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One of five men pleads guilty to involvement in drug smuggling plot

ONE of five men arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on multiple charges pleaded guilty to his involvement in a $800,000 drug smuggling plot.

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Bahamians ‘should pay $200 fee’ to gamble

GAMING Board Chairman Dr Andre Rollins says he will soon recommend that Bahamians be allowed to gamble in casinos for a fee of $200.