Monday, August 31
ON Thursday night, Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage gave a weak and poorly received national address on crime.
Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis is currently embroiled in the greatest battle of his political career with Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts, and to a limited degree with The Nassau Guardian over allegations that he benefited from a lease agreement with the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) while serving in the last Ingraham Cabinet as health minister.
I have heard rumours regarding the Bahamas Humane Society recently and wish to address these untruths and misconceptions.
LAST week, Fred Mitchell, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, invited the Mayor of Atlanta to Nassau, to give government some tips on how it could follow Atlanta’s lead to get its escalating crime under control.
BAHA Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian has said the resort’s new plan of reorganisation presents a viable framework for when the $3.5bn development emerges from its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. BAHA Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian has said the resort’s new plan of reorganisation presents a viable framework for when the $3.5bn development emerges from its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
POLICE are on the hunt for a man who stole a Public Hospitals Authority ambulance and crashed it into two vehicles before slamming into a home Saturday night.
ONE MAN is dead and two other men are fighting for their lives in hospital after they were shot in two separate incidents early Saturday morning.
PUBLIC schools throughout the country will open this week instead of next week, Ministry of Education officials announced yesterday.
THE Bahamas was spared the wrath of Erika over the weekend, after the deadly storm made an unexpected turn to the west on Friday, taking the country’s chain of islands out of its destructive path.
FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson yesterday insisted that unless the Free National Movement worked harder to connect with Bahamians on key issues, it is hard to see the party securing a victory in this country’s next general election.
HURRICANE Fred formed in the Atlantic on Monday, strengthening from a tropical storm as it approaches the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa.
FRUSTRATED Eastern Road users, unhappy that their complaints over a large pothole on the main thoroughfare in eastern New Providence are being ignored by the Ministry of Works, have stepped up their campaign to get it filled in and repaired.
BEIJING, China — There will be cash incentives for all medallists and finalists of Team Bahamas at the 15th IAAF World Championships. But there are no promises for any massive celebrations right now.
THE latest in the line of students to capitalise on the exchange programme between one Bahamian institution and a prestigious Canadian boarding school, Livingston Bromwell has been granted what his family called “an opportunity of a lifetime.”
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts blasted FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday saying the Killarney MP had very little understanding of the concept of leadership.
BEIJING, China — Trevor Barry, back on the global stage after an injury last year kept him out of Moscow, Russia, finished the season as the 10th best high jumper in the world this year.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis has branded National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage’s national address on crime as “inconsiderate, lacking depth and eons too late.”
CHAIRMAN of the Free National Movement Michael Pintard and Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney both dismissed a recent crime address from Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage for missing the mark.
BEIJING, China — With no team represented in the grand finale in the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay, Team Bahamas closed out competition at the 15th IAAF World Championships with the men’s high jump final at the Bird’s Nest Stadium last night.
An outspoken QC has warned the Government against returning real estate development “to the dark ages” by replacing the Planning and Subdivisions Act 2010 with “watered down” legislation.
The Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive has backed calls to review the practice of adding “automatic” 15 per cent gratuities to hospitality industry bills, amid concerns about the minimum wage increase’s impact on tipped employees.
Prime Minister Perry Christie was consistently briefed from two days before Baha Mar’s missed March 27 opening about the “increasingly dire” impact this and the impasse with its Chinese partners was having on the developer’s finances.
Baha Mar has accused the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) of arbitrarily switching $12 million in unpaid power bills to different accounts, thereby “masking the reality” of how this debt built up.
The Bahamas Real Estate Association’s (BREA) president wants to “stop the haemorrhaging” represented by a 50 per cent first half sales decline on its Multiple Listing System (MLS), describing the trend as “worrisome”.
FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham paid tribute to “the extraordinary life” of Sir Albert Miller, whose advice he valued and with whom he shared a love of the sea and fishing, in the funeral programme.
SIR Albert Miller was laid to rest with full military honours in Freeport on Saturday, with the nation’s leaders, his family, friends, and many well wishers looking on as his flag-draped coffin was lifted and carried to its final resting place, just outside the church where he was a faithful member for many years.
BEIJING, China — It wasn’t exactly what they expected, but Team Bahamas manager Ralph McKinney said they will take what they got.
BAHAMAS Open Martial Arts Championships Cage Fight hosted another event with BOMAC 2:Revenge at the British Colonial Hilton on Saturday night.
BEIJING, China — While he expressed his displeasure in the disqualification of the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay team, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) president Mike Sands said the performance of the entire Team Bahamas will be under review.
While major Nassau/Paradise Island hotel properties saw inevitable cancellations in recent days due to Tropical Storm Erika, one resort said it had gained some local business as a result.
Sunday, August 30
TROPICAL Storm Fred, the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed in the Atlantic Ocean near the west coast of Africa on Sunday morning, the US National Hurricane Centre has reported.
WITH NO team in the grand finale - the men's 4 x 400m relay - Team Bahamas closed out competition at the 15th IAAF World Championships with two competitors in the men's high jump final on Sunday at the Bird's Nest Stadium.
Saturday, August 29
RESIDENTS are advised to remain on alert despite early indications that Tropical Storm Erika may not make direct landfall in the Bahamas.
THE family of a 64-year-old man, who it is claimed was beaten and robbed earlier this week, are waiting for answers after he died in the Princess Margaret Hospital as a result of his injuries.
ONE MAN has died and two more are in hospital after two overnight shooting incidents in New Providence.
THE BAHAMAS will have no teams in the finals of the relays at the 15th IAAF World Championships after the disqualification of the men's 4 x 400m squad, the only consolations being the women's 4 x 400m quartet posting a national record and and the men's 4 x 100m producing a season's best time.
Friday, August 28
FREE National Leader Dr Hubert Minnis has branded National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage’s national address on crime as “inconsiderate, lacking depth and eons too late".
A lLINE of mourners led by senior government officials turned out to pay respects to prominent businessman Sir Albert J Miller, a former Deputy Police Commissioner, as he lay in repose at the Police Headquarters Building in Freeport, Grand Bahama, on Friday.
THE bankruptcy judge hearing the Baha Mar Chapter 11 filing in Delaware on Friday outlined two possible middle-ground rulings on whether to dismiss the resort developer’s case and said he would present his decision as soon as possible, likely next month, according to report in The Wall Street Journal.
EXECUTIVES of the Water and Sewerage Corporation on Friday agreed to a new five-year industrial agreement with members of the Bahamas Utilities Service and Allied Workers Union (BUSAWU).
THE American essayist Charles Dudley Warner once said “Politics makes strange bedfellows” and, based on events this past week, we can thank our politically promiscuous lawmakers for truly bringing this quote to life.
I ordered 4 boxes of hanging files from Amazon. The total was $48.00. Customs duty and fees were $88.00.
How are business persons supposed to operate in this country when the unions and others get away with holding ordinary law-abiding citizens hostage?
The comments of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell have become so unhinged and extremist of late that it is difficult not to find the spectacle amusing.
ALTHOUGH Standard & Poor has downgraded The Bahamas’ sovereign credit worthiness to near junk status, the government insists that the country’s economic outlook is still good.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday accused the government of “rank victimisation and cronyism” as emergency service vehicles in her constituency remain without a nearby source of fuel, placing the lives of residents in a “precarious” position before the arrival of Tropical Storm Erika.
A GLOBAL airline rating agency has given Bahamasair, the country’s national flag carrier, a two-star ranking due to inconsistent service and low quality staff support.
REPAIRS of the airstrip at Staniel Cay, Exuma, will take a year to complete, an official at the Ministry of Works said yesterday.
NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage broke his silence on crime last night, contending that the government is “up to the challenge” as the nation continues to grapple with startling crime statistics.
BAHA Mar’s proposed bankruptcy plan calls for the rejection of its construction contract and all other claims with China Construction America (CCA), and its parent company China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), in a bid to restructure the stalled mega-resort.
DESPITE the pending threat of Tropical Storm Erika, the country’s foremost mixed martial arts promotion will continue with its plans to host some of the sport’s best local talent with another marquee event. BOMAC Cage Fights 2: “The Revenge” is set for Saturday at 7pm and has moved indoors to the British Colonial Hilton.
TWO OF the three male high jumpers have bolstered Team Bahamas' chance of climbing up the medals table at the 15th IAAF World Championship here when they compete in the final on Sunday night at the Bird's Nest National Stadium.
TROPICAL Storm Erika, which has already been blamed for four deaths in the Caribbean, has gained strength and is expected to bring torrential rain and flash flooding to the southeast and central Bahamas by Saturday morning.
BEIJING, China — Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands came off the field at the Bird’s Nest smiling.
BEIJING, China — As one of the more seasoned jumpers in the world, Bianca ‘BB’ Stuart was hoping for a little more than she did in the qualifying round of the women’s long jump at the 15th IAAF World Championships.
BEIJING, China — Although she was not at 100 per cent, Shaunae Miller regained her strength to produce a personal best for the silver medal behind American gold medallist Allyson Felix in the women’s 400 metre final at the 15th IAAF World Championships.
BEIJING, China — In contrasting results, national champion Adanaca Brown and national record holder Devynne Charlton made their global debuts in the women’s 100 metre hurdles at the 15th IAAF World Championships.
Aquapure yesterday said it had seen a 50 per cent increase above normal business volumes due to consumers stocking up for Tropical Storm Erika, an experience repeated at other Bahamian retailers in recent days.
Bahamas Resolve’s chairman yesterday revealed that “the majority” of bad loans transferred from Bank of the Bahamas related to “high-end homes” and condominiums, rather than commercial credit as initially thought.
Baha Mar yesterday formally promised to repay all debts owed to the Government and Bahamian creditors, while simultaneously threatening its contractor with the loss of its entire $150 million equity investment.
A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of helping a “wanted” suspect evade arrest in the January 25 fatal shooting of Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine Angelo Dorsette.
TWO men will face sentencing next month after a Supreme Court judge dismissed their application to arrest a jury’s guilty verdict on manslaughter and armed robbery in the shooting death of an Ocean Club employee.
POLICE arrested four people, two women and two men, after officers allegedly found more than half a million dollars worth of drugs in a home on Wednesday night.
Baha Mar’s contractor was yesterday ordered by 3pm to produce potentially several hundred more documents disclosing its ‘legal strategy collaboration’ with the Bahamian government in relation to the $3.5 billion project dispute.
A prominent Bahamian-owned airline yesterday expressed concern that Tropical Storm Erika could “wipe out” summer profits if it closes this nation’s airspace for two days.
ON the heels of a recent visit to Atlanta earlier this year, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell announced that The Bahamas looks to partner with Atlanta to combat crime. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, with two officials from his office, paid a special visit to The Bahamas to start discussions on the way forward.
STUDENTS at AF Adderley have had to be relocated due to some of its facilities being “condemned,” Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald revealed yesterday.
A FULL military funeral service will be held for the late Sir Albert Joel Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Retired), at the Pro Cathedral of Christ the King Church on Saturday.
PREPARATIONS are underway in Grand Bahama, where residents are being urged to prepare for the onset of severe, deteriorating conditions by late Sunday as Tropical Storm Erika moves into the northern Bahamas.
STORM preparation shifted into high gear across New Providence on Thursday as forecasters have now predicted a direct hit by Tropical Storm Erika this weekend.
CINDY Miller has won the opportunity to have her portrait drawn by Jamaal Rolle, the Celebrity Artist, in The Tribune’s Sporting Legends competition.
RESIDENTS in several areas of New Providence are complaining about garbage piling up due to lack of collections this month, raising concerns about dangers to health and drainage systems, particularly with Tropical Storm Erika forecast to bring heavy rains this weekend.
Bahamian property and casualty insurers yesterday reported “a surge” in business volumes due to a last-minute rush to obtain coverage before Tropical Storm Erika strikes.
As the Bahamas awaits the arrival of Tropical Storm (or Hurricane) Erika, businesses small and large must look at the organisation - systems, processes and methods - required to mitigate serious damage to life and property, and ensure their continued economic viability.
The combination of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s proposed Vital Benefits Package under the coupled with supplementary insurance products could overload the system and cause significant “negative reverberations” within the healthcare market, the Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) deputy chairman warned yesterday.
Bahamian insurers said yesterday they were bracing for flood-related claims from Tropical Storm Erika, with one executive telling Tribune Business his company was already being affected due to its operations in other Caribbean countries impacted by the storm.
Thursday, August 27
STEP FWD, a faith in action Christian movement that has a UK Top 10 Christian Music Chart, has added Bahamian Keith L Rolle of the KLR Management Group to their international panel of judges.
HAVE you ever spent time with someone who exudes peace no matter what is going on in his environment or even in his life? A friend of mine talks about a former co-worker of his, let’s call her Bernie. Bernie suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her alcoholic husband for more than 25 years before she left him.
WHEN we drive toward a light that has been green for some time, we often make a little more of an effort “to catch the light”. If we are at the stop sign and we pause for a second after the light changes, very often the motorist behind us will signal rather loudly with a blast of the horn to get us moving. In both instances, there is a response to the colour green that gets us in motion.
WITH a passion to positively engage young children in the community of Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, islander Alexandria Johnson started the annual Young Bible Scholar (Bible Bowl) Competition.
Politicians from all parties fear the power of a Haitian-Bahamian voting block and are complicit in the illegal and unconstitutional policies regarding citizenship in the Bahamas, Fred Smith argues
Corruption is rife in the Bahamas. Today, there is a general lack of transparency, fair play and accountability in governance.
It hurt my heart deeply when I saw a number of persons named, with their photos and the Sports in which they excelled being honoured and unveiled at The Sports Centre a few days ago.
Kindly allow me to make a few comments in your valued paper on what I term the “Baha Mar Fiasco.”
THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 1:50PM EDT UNTIL 4:00PM THURSDAY 27TH AUGUST 2015.
The Government was told it would gain an equity stake in the $3.5 billion project should Baha Mar default on its loan repayments and the Chinese ‘call in’ any sovereign guarantee made to resolve the current impasse.
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said that Standard & Poor’s (S&P) decision to downgrade the Bahamas’ sovereign creditworthiness this week justifies the “conservatism” displayed by his party in the recent budget debate.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called Prime Minister Perry Christie a “weak, confused leader” who has no control over his Cabinet and is “not fit to run this country”.
The Department of Education has advised that due to Tropical Storm Erika, the opening of school has been delayed. All public schools will be closed on Monday, August 31st and Tuesday, September 1st, 2015.
THE concept of 15 per cent gratuity automatically being paid to some workers needs to be “reassessed,” said Trade Union Congress President Obie Ferguson.
STATE Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez said due to Tropical Storm Erika, which is expected to hit his constituency on the weekend, he will likely file his proposed Election Court petitions to declare the Long Island and Killarney seats vacant by next week Friday.
STATE Legal Affairs Minister Damian Gomez yesterday said the Department of Public Prosecutions is working diligently to prosecute a Bahamian official who allegedly accepted $325,000 in bribes to influence Bahamas Electricity Corporation contracts to a French company between 1999 and 2003.
TROPICAL Storm Erika has shifted to the east and is now expected to pass directly over New Providence on Sunday, according to Meteorologist Wayne Neely.
BAHA MAR announced on Thursday morning that its 15 affiliated entities that commenced Chapter 11 cases before the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on June 29 have filed their Plan of Reorganisation.
IN HER defining performance on the senior global stage, Shaunae Miller had to battle back to secure the silver medal for the Bahamas in the women's 400 metres final on Thursday at the 15th IAAF World Championships.
The private sector yesterday pledged to “up the ante” on fiscal responsibility via the October launch of a renewed public relations campaign, after the Government failed to meet its own summer target for publishing a policy paper on the issue.
The Bahamian lifestyle “could be threatened” if this nation fails to turn the economy around and halt the cycle of repeated credit rating downgrades, a well-known financial analyst warned yesterday.
The Government’s second-ever Treasury Note offering was some 43 per cent oversubscribed, its financial adviser yesterday suggesting it will see “a fair reduction” in domestic borrowing costs.
Banks are bidding to provide the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) and its proposed private sector manager with $75 million in short-term working capital that will allow them to move immediately on restructuring plans.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday criticised the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association for requesting Prime Minister Perry Christie to stop his attempts to have police investigate alleged comments of incitement made by non-nationals at a town hall meeting two weeks ago.
AS Tropical Storm Erika begins to set her sights on The Bahamas, a lot of fishing enthusiasts took advantage of the amazing weather last weekend.
THE Grand Bahama Port Authority has been reviewing information submitted by the Grand Bahama Power Company, which is required to submit a case to the regulator in 2015 in order to justify any rate increase.
BEIJING, China — With the 15th IAAF World Championships at the halfway mark, a lot of the focus is starting to be placed on the exciting relays in the Bird’s Nest stadium this weekend.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday railed against the government’s fiscal management in view of the country’s recent credit rating downgrade from Standard & Poor’s (S&P).
A NEW bail hearing will take place for a man accused of brandishing a firearm and making indirect death threats in a video that went viral on social media.
MAYAGUANA residents are bracing for Tropical Storm Erika days ahead of its projected landfall, according to island administrator Zephaniah Newbold.
BEIJING, China — After a long and gruelling collegiate season as a junior for Texas A&M, the fatigue factor got the best of Latario Collie-Minns.
BEIJING, China — Sheniqua ‘Q’ Ferguson was hoping to make her return to the Bird’s Nest a spectacular one.
WHATEVER happens in the final of the men’s triple jump tonight, Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands will take solace in the fact that he already made a triumphant return to international prominence.
A JURY expected to hear evidence in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor for nearly two decades was discharged yesterday.
Wednesday, August 26
IN JUNE, a gunman walked into the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and shot nine people to death at a prayer meeting. The shooter said his goal was to start a race war.
AN international marketing consultant says the ordeal experienced by the 186 passengers whose delayed Sunwing flight from Philadelphia had to be diverted to Nassau because of air traffic control issues in Grand Bahama was “disastrous” and could potentially create great losses in revenue for Freeport in the future.
I hope the Minister of Labour is not breaking out too much champagne, based on the recent unemployment figures, as the position is already reversed, with children leaving school – and do you classify the Baha Mar employees as unemployed?
What is all this mumbo-jumbo about respecting the Office of the Prime Minister?
VAT. The Salvation Army Thrift shop has been adding VAT to every purchase made at their shop, including clothing, books and other useful items.
There have been nearly 400 murders in the past 40 months, which have coincided with the current tenure of the Christie administration.
SURELY at some time in his youth Archbishop Drexel Gomez must have read and explained St Matthew’s gospel to his son Damian, who now as Minister of State for Legal Affairs has publicly condemned corruption in politics. Mr Gomez, Jr, was particularly upset with his own government for not taking corruption seriously.
FORMER Immigration Minister Loftus Roker yesterday urged Prime Minister Perry Christie to address the corruption and conflicts of interest claims made by State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez.
A JURY absolved a man of any involvement in a fatal shooting nearly four years ago when they returned a not guilty verdict yesterday afternoon.
FNM Senator Carl Bethel yesterday said that Killarney MP Dr Hubert Minnis made a full disclosure in the House of Assembly over his company’s contract with the government while he was minister of health.
FORMER PLP Chairman Raynard Rigby yesterday challenged party leader-hopefuls to put themselves up for nomination regardless of whether incumbent leader Prime Minister Perry Christie decides to seek another term.
A TROPICAL STORM ALERT IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, MAYAGUANA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND AND RAGGED ISLAND.
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) last night made good on its threat to downgrade the Bahamas’ sovereign creditworthiness, warning of “depressed growth” due to a combination of the Baha Mar dispute and long-term structural weaknesses in the economy.
TROPICAL Storm Erika is expected to dump four to eight inches of rain as it passes over The Bahamas this weekend, according to meteorologist Wayne Neely.
ON THE day that Jeffery Gibson received the first medal for the Bahamas at the 15th IAAF World Championships, Leevan 'Superman' Sands had an emotional leap into the men's triple jump final.
CHIEF Executive of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation Edison Sumner yesterday dismissed concerns raised by some private sector employers over the recent minimum wage increase, saying that the approved $210 rate was the “best option on the table”.
THE ANNUAL Kids Splash event attracted between 200 and 300 under-privileged primary school children on Saturday to the D W Davis grounds.
ORGANISERS of the Timothy Education Programme Bahamas have launched the programme’s first cohort of students with the aim of empowering inner-city youth through balanced mentorship and education.
GRAND Bahama Minister Dr Michael Darville is extremely pleased with public school repairs on the island and said that a consultant was appointed to oversee all work carried out.
THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association yesterday called for Prime Minister Perry Christie to “put a stop to” Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell’s request for a police investigation into alleged comments of incitement made by non-nationals at a town hall meeting two weeks ago.
DONNA Vasyli, who is scheduled to stand trial in two weeks for the murder of her millionaire husband, appeared in Supreme Court yesterday for a status hearing.
A MAN fighting extradition to the United States on drug charges will have to apply for bail at the Court of Appeal, the same court presiding over his extradition appeal.
A JUDGE yesterday partially allowed the appeal of two police officers who could still face prosecution in connection with the death of Aaron Rolle while in police custody.
THE 2014-15 athletics season has been one of consistent progression for Bahamian national 400 metre record holder and newly minted IAAF World Championship bronze medallist Jeffery Gibson.
But looking forward to redeem himself in 4x100 relay
BEIJING, China — It wasn’t the type of performance that Teray Smith expected, competing against Jamaican 100 metre champion Usain Bolt at the 15th IAAF World Championships.
BEIJING, China — Shaunae Miller made this one look so easy.
Gibson gets bronze, lowers his national record in 400 metre hurdles at 15th IAAF Worlds Championships
BEIJING, China — From Commonwealth Games bronze last year to Pan American Games gold this year, Jeffery Gibson is now just one step away from completing an unprecedented cycle of winning a medal at all of the major international track and field meets.
The Bahamian insurance industry finally ended its year-long wait for a meeting with the Prime Minister on National Health Insurance (NHI) on Monday, amid concerns that the numbers produced by the scheme’s consultants “don’t make any sense”.
Reactions to the Bahamas’ latest sovereign credit rating downgrade were mixed last night, with conflicting suggestions that it would “blow a hole” in the fiscal projections while “too much emphasis” was being placed on the Baha Mar dispute.
The Melia Nassau Beach Resort can “barely” generate enough cash flow to finance its own operations - an admission that was yesterday seized upon by Baha Mar’s contractor.
Sarkis Izmirlian’s near-$15 million advances to Baha Mar were last night branded “a desperate attempt” to keep the Chapter 11 case alive, with the project’s contractor accusing him of attempting to “manufacture” connections to the US.
FORMER Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Thompson yesterday called on the government to invest in Tasers to minimise the use of deadly force by police officers.
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday said officials are making marked progress in protecting the country’s tourist areas from the criminal element.
NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency Director Captain Stephen Russell yesterday urged residents throughout the country to take the necessary precautions to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Erika.
Baha Mar was last night accused of “misrepresenting” its creditor base in a bid to justify its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing, as the majority - more than 68 per cent - are Bahamian.
LOCAL retailers said yesterday that they were expecting back-to-school sales to escalate this weekend, with one retailer telling Tribune Business that sales this season were “definitely much slower” than in previous years.
PRICE Control Commission (PCC) chairman E J Bowe said that there has been a ‘“tremendous improvement” in the overall compliance by merchants with price-controlled goods under Value-Added Tax (VAT), noting that the Commission has effectively carried out inspections on all of the major islands.
THE government has undertaken a “comprehensive modernisation” of the country’s “antiquated” Road Traffic Act, Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin has confirmed to Tribune Business.
ORIGINALLY scheduled to depart for competition next month, the small contingent of athletes set to represent The Bahamas at the fifth edition of the Youth Commonwealth Games had their plans sidetracked by fear of a disease outbreak.
Tuesday, August 25
AND just like that, the summer has passed and it is time for the kids to return to school for another exciting year. This week, I wanted to give you a few quick, healthy, holistic tips for an easy transition into this promising school year.
SOME people find cow’s milk difficult to digest and blame symptoms like bloating, gas and diarrhoea on dairy. This may be because low levels of the enzyme lactase make it hard to digest the lactose (sugar) in dairy. Other people may be intolerant to cow’s milk protein or have a more serious allergy to dairy products. Milk is also one of the most common childhood food allergies, with symptoms ranging from skin conditions to digestive problems.
EACH day in my practice as a clinician in dentistry I put this question to all my adult patients. My patients are now so sensitised that they preempt me asking the question.
REFLECTING on her choice of profession, the popular Confucius quote “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” comes to mind for yoga instructor Alexandra Kaufmann-Fox.
I was born exactly 200 years (to the year) after the American Revolutionary War began. It was the beginning of the America we know today, and the beginning of its formalised civil liberties, creating examples for much of the rest of the world on how to protect individual rights and freedoms.
As we struggle with our own strain of the Chinese Pox . . .
FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette yesterday said he supports Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe in his calls for the government to suspend its winding up petition against Baha Mar, insisting that the government “continues to waste time that should be spent fixing the problem”.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday could not say whether Prime Minister Perry Christie would offer himself for re-election as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party at the party’s convention in November.
PLP MP Leslie Miller yesterday defended FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis’ integrity amid ongoing conflict of interest allegations about his company having a contract with the Public Hospitals Authority while he was the minister of health.
THE College of the Bahamas (COB) has closed its Oakes Field Campus due to severe flooding from heavy rain.
FAMILY members of a young mother who died in the Princess Margaret Hospital early on Sunday said they are still trying to understand the circumstances surrounding her death.
POLICE shot and killed a man on Sunday night after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers during a foot chase in the Chippingham area.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner said she will sue Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez for criminal defamation of character following revelations that Mr Gomez intends to file Election Court petitions to declare both her seat and that of Killarney MP Dr Hubert Minnis vacant for alleged violation of the Constitution’s conflict of interest rules.
TROPICAL Storm Erika, which formed in the Atlantic Ocean yesterday, is approaching the Leeward Islands and forecasters say it may gain strength.
IT WAS an historic moment on day four of the 15th IAAF World Championships here as Jeffery Gibson lowered the Bahamian national record in the men's 400 metres hurdles for the fourth time this year to claim the bronze medal.
BEIJING, China — Steven Gardiner was left a little baffled by his performance. He couldn’t describe what went wrong as he came off the bend out of contention and ended up in seventh place in his semi-final heat of the men’s 400 metres in his global debut at the 15th IAAF World Championships at the Bird’s Nest last night.
GRAND Bahama is expected to get a major boost in media and audience attention after playing host to the popular television show “Extreme Weight Loss”.
THE Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) has announced the appointment of Dr Nelson A Clarke to the post of medical advisor.
CLASS and gender are always caught up in a myriad of power imbalances. We tend though to look at these in very simplistic ways.
ONE of the great features I like about being in big shopping malls is that no matter where you are there is a huge map of the entire mall, usually near the entrance that says, “You are here”. This means that you are in the mall wherever you are.
ACTING on her father’s advice to strive to one day become an entrepreneur, Kaja Jones holds a steady 9 to 5, but at the same time is relentlessly working to build her brand of tropical drinks she calls Flavaz.
JUST weeks removed from the performance of the senior athletes at the world’s premier swim meet, the Bahamas’ junior athletes now take centre stage in the top meet hosted by the international governing body of the sport.
THE NFC West division could be fun to watch this season.
BEIJING, China — When she’s not operating the Business Centre at Atlantis, Shonel Ferguson is pursuing her political dreams of being the next representative for the Fox Hill constituency.
BEIJING, China — With one of his worst performances on the global stage, falling shy once again of getting on the podium with an individual medal, Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown said he feels it might be time for him to start winding down his career.
BEIJING, China — Shaunae Miller, with a stripe of gold added to her hair to help signal her intent to win the gold, had one of her defining moments yesterday as she coasted to an easy victory in the first round of the women’s 400 metres at the 15th IAAF World Championships.
YONELL Justilien, a performing arts specialist at Government High School, received his $5,000 prize after being selected as the National Teacher of the Year on Friday.
Looking for the best appraiser for a residence or commercial property? Antoine Adderley spells out what qualities clients should look for.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Ken Dorsett yesterday denied claims circulating on social media websites that suggest he owns a garbage collection company.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday said his party is ready to restore the Bahamian people’s faith in governance if elected to serve.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday blasted his colleague Raynard Rigby for labelling his recent claims against FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis as “nonsense,” and accused Mr Rigby of acting “like a little child in school”.
A MAN accused of being responsible for a fatal shooting near a night club in Fox Hill is expected to learn today if a Supreme Court jury, after deliberation, accepts his testimony that police beat him into making a confession.
A MAN was denied bail yesterday after being arraigned in connection with recent death threats issued against police on voice recordings that went viral on social media.
RESIDENTS in eastern New Providence can expect more power outages as the Bahamas Electricity Corporation “scrambles” to find the source of the power cuts, according to outgoing BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller.
Why do we allow those in charge of education to make people feel comfortable with being below average? It is not OK.
The Merrian-Webster dictionary defines a clown as “a performer (as in a circus) who entertains by playing tricks and wears comical clothes and makeup”.
FORMER FNM Deputy Leader Brent Symonette yesterday questioned State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez’s motivation to speak out against corruption and deficiencies in politics.
POLICE are still looking for a 40-year-old San Salvador man who has been missing for a week.
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) unions yesterday said they were “anxiously” waiting for PowerSecure to unveil its five-year business plan and take over the managememnt, one saying: “We’re trying to be patient and cordial.”
China Construction America’s (CCA) admission that it began co-operating with the Government on legal strategy within 24 hours of Baha Mar’s Chapter 11 filing “says a lot about their very cosy relationship”, one of the developer’s directors said yesterday.
Freeport’s cruise economy will suffer “the kiss of death” if the Government approves Carnival Cruise Lines’ proposed private port in eastern Grand Bahama, an outspoken QC warned yesterday.
A prominent developer yesterday praised the Government’s move to revise the Bahamas’ key planning and development legislation, describing the current Act as “a disaster from the start”.
Baha Mar’s contractor yesterday slammed assertions by the developer that it was “a more effective and appropriate champion” of the Bahamian people’s best interests than the Christie administration over the $3.5 billion project.
The Bahamas must improve its customer services and ‘value for money’ standards if the tourism industry is to remain competitive, an Atlantis executive said yesterday.
The $3.5 billion Baha Mar project will “continue to crumble” the longer it remains unopened, the Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) leader warned yesterday, reaffirming his prediction that the resort will likely not open until 2017.
GRAND Bahamian Sherman “Tank” Williams is fit, ready and excited to fight 32-year-old Christian “Hammer” Ciocan in his hometown in Galati, Romania, on Friday, August 28.
Monday, August 24
The Atlantic Ocean finally got its first hurricane of the season last week, when Danny passed the hurricane test with wind speeds in excess of 75 mph and a developed eye.
Our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Passports, has gravitated from the Tribune Editorial columns now to A Comic’s View. If he could only stick to what he is supposed to be doing and encourage his employees to do the same, this country would not be seen as the joke that it is.
Sir Albert Joel Miller KCMG exemplified the indomitable Bahamian spirit – one that took him from Long Island to Buckingham Palace and many accomplishments in between.
DAMIAN Gomez, Minister of State for Legal Affairs, has been uneasy in the Christie cabinet for sometime. At the beginning of the year his unease became public when a rumour — on which he refused to comment— started to circulate that he was considering resigning from the PLP cabinet.
THE DUKE and Duchess of Cambridge are reported to be planning a major royal tour of the Caribbean with their two young children next year.
FORMER PLP Chairman Raynard Rigby yesterday described the conflict of interest claims lodged by his own party against Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis as “political nonsense.”
AN AUTOPSY is being conducted to determine the cause of death of a young mother who died in the Princess Margaret Hospital early yesterday, an official from the Public Hospitals Authority told The Tribune.
BAHA Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian said the Christie administration has chosen a “perilous path” with its petition to appoint liquidators to oversee the $3.5b property, stressing that his company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is the best option.
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday called for the government to suspend its winding up petition and focus on its role as a mediator in the stalled Baha Mar negotiations.
WIND and rain lashed Dominica and nearby islands along the eastern edge of the Caribbean on Monday as tropical storm Danny dissipated into a trough of low pressure.
ALTHOUGH she hadn't run since she walked off the track running the 200 metres in Monaco last month with a slight injury, Shaunae Miller shook off the rust, winning her first round of the women's 400m at the 15th IAAF World Championships on Monday morning.
IT SOUNDED more like a scratched record for Team Bahamas as, one after the other, Chris 'Fireman' Brown, Steven Gardiner and Michael Mathieu all struggled across the finish line in seventh place in their respective heats of the men's 400 metres semi-final at the IAAF World Championships on Monday.
POLICE shot dead a young man who pointed a handgun at officers on Sunday night at Providence Avenue near Infant View Road. He is the fifth man to die in shootings involving police since August 13.
CHINA Construction America (CCA) should be compelled to produce over 300 documents relative to discovery in Baha Mar’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case the developer’s lawyer has argued, describing the contructors’ decision to withhold the documents on the basis of “common interest” with the Bahamian government and the China Export Import (CEXIM) Bank as unsupportable.
POLICE officers in the Orlando, Florida area arrested eight juveniles and one adult – who are from The Bahamas – last week after they were caught allegedly stealing clothing from a Wal-Mart.
RENEW Bahamas, the landfill operator, said that it was putting together a “very extensive” remediation and reconstruction proposal to submit to the government.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday called for an investigation into the assets of all past and present officials elected to public office, including prime ministers.
THE Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) has urged the government not to waste taxpayer funds to create an “expensive and unnecessary” public insurer, warning that it would be “unwise” for it to create such an entity in light of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) warnings about the problems related to state-owned enterprises.
BEIJING, China — Sheniqua ‘Q’ Ferguson would have liked to run faster, but she’s still trying to fathom what went wrong in her first round of the women’s 100 metres at the 5th IAAF World Championships on Sunday morning.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis told supporters on Saturday at the party’s Red Splash celebration that the country is “ill” and one of the first things he plans to introduce is an anti-corruption bill when the Free National Movement wins the next election.
BEIJING, China — Once again, Chris ‘The Fireman’ Brown found himself in another tight squeeze, but he managed to survive he first round of the men’s 400 metres at the 15th IAAF World Championships.
BEIJING, China — Michael Mathieu opted not to run the 200 metres to concentrate on the 400 because he felt he was running much better in the latter event going into the 15th IAAF World Championships.
THE battle over the $3.5 billion Baha Mar development is jeopardising what a well-known Hollywood producer described as a “major opportunity” for the promotion of the Bahamas internationally as well as the advancement of the local film industry.
Sunday, August 23
A WELL-known Freeport man who was found shot dead on Saturday night at an apartment complex near the Xanadu Beach is believed to be Lester Adderley Jr.
DANNY, the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, has now weakened to a tropical storm.
A COMEBACK run out of lane nine in another national record breaking performance was more than enough on Sunday to get Jeffery Gibson into the final of the men's 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships.
ALL three Bahamian competitors advanced from the first round of the highly competitive men's 400m at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday, but sprinter Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson missed out on her opportunity to progress in an even more exciting women's 100m.
Saturday, August 22
BAHAMAS national record holder Jeffery Gibson knows that if he's going to be in contention for another major championships medal, he will have to run a much better race than he did in the opening round of the men's 400 metres here on Saturday.
Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with threats towards police officers on social media.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party trustee Valentine Grimes said the now independent MP Dr Andre Rollins has "little to no chance" of being re-elected in Fort Charlotte, insisting that "the PLP will regain that seat".
Friday, August 21
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe described the decision by a major hotel brand to pull out of the stalled Baha Mar project a "big loss" as he called for all parties to stop their "legal wrangling" and work together to open the $3.5bn mega resort.
ACTING Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Tellis Bethel yesterday said he is still awaiting government confirmation on whether or not he will fully assume the organisation's top role.
SCHOOL repairs costing $1m are progressing well in Grand Bahama, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald said on Friday following a two-day tour and inspection of government schools throughout the island.
HURRICANE Danny, the first hurricane this year in the Atlantic Ocean, strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on Friday afternoon, the United States’ National Hurricane Centre (NHC) reported.
YONELL Justilien, a performing arts specialist at Government High School, received his $5,000 prize for being selected as the National Teacher of the Year on Friday.
JUSTICE Ian Winder said on Friday that he required two weeks to come to a decision on whether to grant - or strike out - the government’s winding up petition for the appointment of provisional liquidators to speed up completion of the stalled Baha Mar development.
GRAND Bahama Police are searching for two men wanted for questioning for housebreaking and stealing.
POLICE in New Providence are sending "additional assistance" to officers in San Salvador in trying to locate a 40-year-old man that has been missing for almost a week, The Tribune has learnt. Chief Superintendent Clayton Fernander, acting officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, told The Tribune on Friday that a team of officers from New Providence are en route to San Salvador to further bolster the search party for Pedro Levant Williams, who was reported missing on Sunday.
As we get started this week, I’m glad to see that such a broad cross section of Bahamians read and enjoy this column and (judging by the side eye I get from them in Pizza Hut’s checkout line) certain politicians not so much.
THERE have been a number of comments recently about the need for more dependence on local investment and less on foreign.
Happy 72nd birthday. You are energetic as ever, bouncing around The Bahamas and world at one hell of a pace. You still look good. You must, as it’s disconcerting to me when young, attractive women ask me who is the older of the two of us. If Bernie sees even half of that energy, you are a bigger hero in the eyes of your two younger brothers.
IF ANYONE appreciated Benjamin Franklin’s belief that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest‚” it was Albert Joel Miller who worked his way up from the small Grant-in-Aid school in McKann’s, Long Island, to become president and then co-chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority. In 2002, Her Majesty the Queen made him a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG). His friends were drawn from all walks of life and crossed all political boundaries.
HE maybe considered the new kid on the block, but Dennis Marshall has been round track and field for such a long time that he is taking in his new role as a member of the Women’s Committee of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) in his stride.
TEAM Bahamas is all set to begin competition at the 15th IAAF World Championships with Jeffrey Gibson first out of the blocks in the heats of the men’s 400 metres hurdles on Saturday.
A MOST wanted murder suspect was taken into custody on Thursday night after being on the run for six months, police have reported.
DECEASED armed robbery suspect Rony Jean was linked to nearly 30 armed robberies committed over a three-week span, police revealed on Friday.
BAHA Mar’s legal team did not mince words yesterday when calling on a judge to dismiss the government’s winding up petition for the appointment of provisional liquidators to speed up completion of the stalled Cable Beach development.
ROSEWOOD Hotel and Resorts International, a hotel brand at the stalled Baha Mar development, on Wednesday filed a motion in a Delaware bankruptcy court to terminate its license with the $3.5bn West Bay Street project.
POLICE have launched an island-wide manhunt for a 26-year-old man who allegedly threatened to “kill police officers” in retaliation for police fatally shooting four suspects since last Friday.
DOCUMENTS released yesterday by PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts purportedly showing that FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis did not declare his government contract when he registered as a candidate in the 2007 general election.
POPULAR singer Kirkland “KB” Bodie yesterday demanded that Prime Minister Perry Christie “stop the clowning and dancing around,” and get back to work.
BISHOP Simeon Hall yesterday said he has no issue with the recent string of fatal police shootings, adding that the Royal Bahamas Police Force should “take out” suspects “with all the intensity of how people are tired of these criminals.”
HURRICANE Danny, the first hurricane this year in the Atlantic Ocean, strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane on Friday afternoon, the United States’ National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said. Danny was reported to be 900 miles south east of the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands and moving north-west at 10mph, gaining a little strength as it moved across the Atlantic.
ROSEWOOD said yesterday that its brand is being tarnished daily as a result of its ongoing association with the stalled Baha Mar development, saying that it continues to incur costs and expenses for which it is not being compensated.
AS I ended last week’s column, I indicated that this week the focus of attention will be on the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 15th World Championships.
THE Bahamas’ elite junior swimmers continue to excel on the regional level with their latest performance.
PARTICIPANTS of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Bahamas camp have an opportunity to learn the game from a pair of former NBA point guards, one who now serves as a head coach in the league and the other a Hall of Famer.
The Bahamas is hosting some of the best high school seniors and underclassmen in America at the Bahamas edition of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Camp.
THE Bahamas has been losing ground in the financial services sector for more than two decades and that decline continues to get worse, according to Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney.
A HIGH-ranking Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) official yesterday acknowledged that the Bahamas has made “tremendous progress” towards financial services transparency and claimed that it was “unfair” that the country has still been included on the European Union (EU) blacklist.
THE Opposition’s finance spokesman said yesterday that it was “unfortunate” but “not surprising” that Rosewood was seeking to terminate its hotel agreements with Baha Mar, saying “we hope that this isn’t the first domino”.
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BAHAMIAN Valdere Murphy was part of a University of the West Indies pair who made it to the finals of the prestigious 20th Washington College of Law Inter-American Court of Human Rights Moot Court competition in Washington, DC, earlier this year.
FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell yesterday accused Free National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard of taking “the last refuge of a scoundrel” by playing “the gender card” in his defence of Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner.
BAHAMAS Air Traffic Controllers’ Union President Lashan Gray said her organisation is willing to work toward a resolution to the ongoing dispute about overtime pay, but insisted that BATCU would not waive its members’ right to their overdue money.
GRAND Bahama police are investigating a traffic accident in Eight Mile Rock that has left a cyclist injured and in hospital.
RENEW Bahamas, the company which manages the New Providence landfill, said it successfully extinguished a “small surface fire,” made up of pallets and tyres on an old part of the dump site on Thursday.
A MAN will serve 30 years in a correctional facility for the throat-slashing murder of a Spanish teacher.
RESIDENTS have continued their appeal for the government to reopen the airstrip at Staniel Cay, Exuma, after its closure severely affected their economy and access to emergency care.
PROSECUTORS yesterday produced a written directive mid-trial from the Office of the Attorney General requesting that proceedings be discontinued against two brothers accused of a 2011 murder.
SUMMER time for many means vacation, and vacation time for the typical Bahamian means a trip to Florida, Georgia or the North East United States to catch up on summertime shopping, theme parks and other attractions.
YOU have just a few days remaining if you wish to participate in one of the most gruelling, but fastest growing triathlons in the country. The Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon will swim, bike and run its third parties edition at Jaws Beach September 5. Registration is available at - http://www.active.com/nassau-np/races/the-powerade-potcakeman-triathlon-2015.
Thursday, August 20
1. A moralist who prides himself in not stealing but yet makes a false claim to the insurance company, or destroys property to collect a claim.
TWO of the biggest names in gospel music have been added to the line-up of performances at FamFest 2015.
It is high time that we recognise that The Bahamas’ school system is antediluvian and in desperate need of restructuring. We must focus on entirely revamping our almost defunct educational system. Once again, after another year of national exams, it is clear that a legion of Bahamian students has yet again failed with flying colours.
THE morning session of the second day of arguments for the government's winding up petition against Baha Mar came to a close when the mega resort's legal team challenged the selection of the latest prospective provisional liquidators, Ernst and Young.
I, like most other Bahamians, am tired and frustrated with our inept PLP government.
HURRICANE Danny has formed in the Atlantic, becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) reported on Thursday morning.
A MOST wanted suspect was shot and killed by police officers in a cemetery early yesterday morning, moments after he impersonated a police sergeant, committed a string of armed robberies and led police on a high-speed chase in the Carmichael Road area, police said.
WHEN young teachers tell me their complaints, I can relate to them wholeheartedly as a former teacher myself.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday maintained that he disclosed his interests in a company that received a government contract when he was elected in 2007, but refused to further discuss the matter.
FNM Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday criticised Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell for showing “continuous disrespect for Bahamian female politicians” after his scathing critique of Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner.
BAHA Mar’s prospects of opening in the “foreseeable future” are unlikely on its current path, British Queen’s Counsel Peter Knox told a Supreme Court judge yesterday.
TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday accused members of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union of “strong arming” aviation officials after an international flight to Grand Bahama was diverted to the Lynden Pindling International Airport amid disputes about overtime pay.
THE BODY of a man was found washed ashore on Rose Island on Wednesday afternoon.
TROPICAL Storm Danny is expected to grow into a minimal hurricane on Friday but weaken and return to a tropical storm on Monday as it approaches the Bahamas, according to Senior Meteorological Officer Neil Armstrong.
THE government is looking to undertake a pilot project for a unified bus system with the specifics of a business plan for the New Providence public transport system now being dissected by the relevant stakeholders.
THE brackets have been released for the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis, giving us insight to the first round matchups as teams prepare for the eagerly anticipated fall classic at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island November 25-27.
THE IAAF World Championships begin on Friday, but the Bahamas is already making history in Beijing at the administrative level as a prelude to what happens on the track and in the field.
THE Bahamas’ elite junior swimmers continue to excel on the regional level with their latest performance.
A STELLAR season for Anfernee Seymour thus far has earned him an All-Star appearance in his second season of Minor League Baseball.
‘GOLDEN GIRL’ Pauline Davis-Thompson got another feather in her cap. She was re-elected to serve as an individual member of the International Amateur Athletic Federation.
ASK any angler and they will lament that time, or lack thereof, is one of the biggest challenges to successful fishing.
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday accused Prime Minister Perry Christie of “plausible deniability” as he remains tight-lipped on the government’s position regarding the ongoing impasse at the stalled Baha Mar resort.
THE Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) yesterday dismissed claims by the government and its National Health Insurance (NHI) consultants of an ongoing consultative process over the proposed scheme as being “disingenuous at best”, stating that there has been no forum provided for the local private sector to either fully understand the proposals or to present alternative scenarios.
THE Bahamian economy is sputtering along and needs to to see “dynamic growth” as the effects of Value-Added Tax (VAT) are being felt by businesses and consumers throughout the country, according to Dionisio D’Aguilar, the Superwash president.
THE Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) yesterday called on the government to “disassociate” itself from what it called “divisive comments” made by its technical consultants Sanigest Internacional on the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, suggesting that its proposals threaten to bankrupt the private health insurance sector.
THE public spat between the government and Baha Mar investor Sarkis Izmirlian has “dampened the mood” for investment in the Bahamas, an outspoken businessman said yesterday, arguing that the country should be “hungry” for foreign direct investment (FDI) projects and not scare off developers.
IN the wake of complaints and concerns following the death of a cook last week, Michelle Malcolm, Director of Public Affairs at Resorts World Bimini, says the health and welfare of the resort’s employees are of “paramount importance”.
THE nation has lost another of its “great sons” in the passing of Sir Albert Miller, the last of three giant pioneers in the development of Freeport.
Some very strange things have been said in all the talk surrounding the Baha Mar crisis but the strangest of all have come from the Prime Minister Perry Christie and Minister of State Damian Gomez as to the reason why he (Mr. Gomez) was removed as the Government’s lawyer in the court case.
POLICE are looking for three suspects who shot a man in Nassau Village on Tuesday night.
KHANDI Gibson, founder and president the local advocacy group Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM), yesterday sought to clarify the circumstances surrounding her recent arrest and release in connection with an ongoing murder investigation.
SIR ALBERT Miller, one of the great pioneers in Freeport, Grand Bahama, died yesterday. He was 89.
THE Public Hospitals Authority has announced the appointment of Dr Nelson A Clarke as medical advisor.
Most people have a vague idea of what a graphic designer does.
IN COMMEMORATION of “Deliverance Day”, when the Free National Movement was first elected to power on August 19, 1992, the party is holding its Red Splash Taino Beach Family Fun Day and Thanksgiving Church Service on Grand Bahama this weekend.
Wednesday, August 19
TROPICAL Storm Danny - the fourth named storm of the season - is strengthening far out in the Atlantic Ocean and could become a hurricane on Thursday, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said on Wednesday morning.
POLICE shot a wanted suspect during a “gun battle” on Spikenard Road on Wednesday morning. The man died later in hospital of his injuries
BRITISH Queen's Counsel Peter Knox is expected to continue his submissions on Wednesday afternoon in Supreme Court as the government’s counsel in a winding up petition against Baha Mar.
FORMER Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet minister George Smith yesterday alleged that Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis “violated” the Cabinet code of conduct by continuing to accept cheques for his company which had a contract with the Public Hospitals Authority while he was the minister of health.
FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell yesterday criticised Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner for being “bellicose” and “warlike,” and suggested that the former Free National Movement deputy leader is not “skillful” enough to secure government assistance for her constituency.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday dismissed Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins’ claim that he was manipulated into accusing Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis of conflict of interest in 2013.
IF THE Supreme Court decides to appoint a provisional liquidator today to take over the Baha Mar case, the government will be faced with a “different kind of situation”, Prime Minister Perry Christie said as he recalled his administration’s prior hopes that Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian “would not just allow the resort to go”.
FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette yesterday challenged the government to release the details of every building it leases or rents “once and for all” and allow the public to decide to what extent cronyism and conflicts of interest exist in front-line politics.
A TEENAGER has battled strong winds and currents to kayak round New Providence and raise $7,000 in aid of the Nazareth Centre.
THE TRIAL of Canadian resident Bruno Rufa, who has been charged with working illegally in the Bahamas, was adjourned yesterday to early December following a request by the Bahamas Department of Immigration in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court.
LAWYERS in the case of a man accused of murder have been given more time to conclude ongoing discussions ahead of a trial scheduled for November.
A JUDGE has reserved her decision on whether she will approve the bail application of an alleged drug lord fighting extradition to the United States.
AN American businessman who lives in the Bahamas yesterday said he is contemplating leaving the country after his business was robbed of a “substantial” amount of money, jewellery and electronic items on Monday morning.
A MASSIVE junkyard fire in Grand Bahama has raised concerns for better supervision and monitoring of auto salvage and scrapyards in the commercial industrial area on Queen’s Highway.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday reignited accusations that the government’s Stronger Bahamas programme is nothing more than a “partisan propaganda and political tool” being used as a part of the PLP’s re-election bid.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday criticised Free National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest for “challenging the integrity” of Department of Statistics employees after Mr Turnquest called the latest job figures a “mirage.”
WHILE many of the top high school players for the class of 2016 and 2017 have been drawn to the Bahamas this weekend by Nike, the top overall recruit and Bahamian native will compete at another showcase hosted by a rival shoe company.
AFTER a subpar and injury-plagued junior year, Bahamian wideout Demitri Knowles is intent on displaying a renewed focus this fall as a senior and reclaiming a significant spot in the receiving corps for the Virginia Tech Hokies.
It was a winless outing for the Bahamas at the 2015 Serevi RugbyTown USA event in Glendale, Colorado.
IT HAS been a landmark year thus far for the Nassau Rowing Club and the organisation recently celebrated its third anniversary as it continues its effort to increase the local profile of the sport.
DISCUSSIONS on the ‘specifics’ of a multi-destination marketing effort between the Bahamas and Cuba are set for early next month according to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.
THE Ministry of Financial Services is looking to expand its Investment Condominium Fund (ICON) product in Mexico, a key government minister noting that the ministry was working to create new products to take advantage of new and emerging markets.
THE Opposition’s finance spokesman yesterday suggested that the government should make the inclusion of a local entertainment option a requirement of any new Heads of Agreement with resort developers, arguing that this could help promote local entertainers and provide them with sustainable employment in the sector.
THE Opposition deputy leader and finance spokesman said yesterday that he stood by his comments on the recently released Labour Force Survey, accusing Labour Minister Shane Gibson of attempting to deflect from the substantive discussion on its results.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday forecast that the stalled $3.5bn Baha Mar resort will still open before the end of the year despite the possibility of provisional liquidators being appointed at the property.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner has questioned whether the government is truly neutral in the Baha Mar negotiations, after a leaked email from a senior government advisor to an attorney at a US law firm last month suggested that a new equity partner be brought in to invest in Baha Mar as a way to secure the necessary financing to complete the project and get it open.
THE Bahamas Basketball Federation heads into the final weeks of its Summer of Thunder exhibition series and as teams continue to make their debut, one local team suffered their first loss since play began on August 1.
Tuesday, August 18
Carina Ferguson takes top honours first time out
FOR the average person on the outside looking in, the world of bodybuilding and weight-lifting can appear a strange and daunting one. However, for Bahamian Carina Ferguson, the hard work, focus and sacrifices involved in the sport have simply become a way of a life.
KIM Kikivarakis, a local dance studio owner, is hoping to introduce some of the latest and hottest Zumba moves to the Bahamian public after attending an international convention in Orlando, Florida last week.
LAST week, fans of David Beckham went nuts when a picture of his four-year-old daughter Harper sucking a pacifier was published. The photo sparked lots of negative comments about the consequences; speech impediments and deformation of the teeth caused by sucking a pacifier for an extended period of time. Beckham fired back telling his critics that no one has the right to judge another parent.
IT has come as a bit of a surprise that an entire radio show was devoted to society’s respect for Bahamian women, yet there was absolutely no mention of the fact that women are abused and battered in our society and suffer alarming levels of what we so nicely term domestic violence, which is simply violence.
FOR all the young women hurting in the country, for all those looking for love in the wrong places, a special conference will be put on next week by members of Fresh Fire Outreach Ministries International.
INDEPENDENT MP Dr Andre Rollins yesterday criticised the Christie administration for its “very bad” handling of the Baha Mar situation as he blasted the government for failing to ensure there was a contingency plan in place to handle the resort’s ongoing deadlock.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday said suggestions that the new national minimum wage could have a negative effect on the Atlantis resort’s ability to maintain its workforce were “unfortunate”.
A MOTHER and daughter were arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the death of Keith “Fat Head” Russell. Emajane Fitzgerald, 34, and her mother Claudette Smith, 55, of No 142 Limewood Lane, Freeport were escorted under heavy police guard around 10am to the courthouse to face the charges.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the Christie administration for its failure to arrest the rising murder count, stressing that the Progressive Liberal Party has been crippled by criminality during this term.
Recent events have caused me to focus more closely at the given circumstances and I can only conclude that decisions have been taken in the name of “National Pride” but nobody has questioned at what cost. Having lived in the Bahamas for more than 50 years I earnestly believe that I have a strong streak of “National Pride” in being a resident of the Bahamas. “National Pride” is something one acquires, however, it is not a commodity that can be bought and sold. What does disturb me, however, is that decisions seem to be taken in the name of “National Pride” yet they are detrimental to the country as a whole. Let’s look at recent events:
Andrew Seymour explores the reasons for migration from the east of the most populous of the Bahamas islands.
WHEN will our leaders recognise that their place in leadership does not mean that people should have nothing to say against them because they lead? And that, rather, it really means the opposite?
ALGERICKO Hanna won a $10,000 all-expenses paid trip for two to Paris and $3,500 spending money at the ‘Livin Large’ event hosted by Radio House on Friday.
THE expected start of a murder trial into a fatal shooting that occurred nearly three years ago did not happen yesterday due to insufficient jurors for the empanelling process.
URBAN Renewal Co-Chair Algernon Allen yesterday said he and Cynthia “Mother” Pratt are “eager” to finally appear before the Public Accounts Committee to give an account for the government’s controversial programme.
THE Anglican Central Education Authority yesterday received hundreds of school textbooks courtesy of a generous donation from the Urban Renewal Commission.
A LAWYER was given more time to take instructions from a client who is accused of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a six-year-old girl.
A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after being charged in connection with a homicide that occurred last week.
WORKERS at Resorts World Bimini are raising concerns over the lack of a permanent doctor and proper medical facilities in Bimini after a worker collapsed and died, and others reportedly fell ill there over the weekend.
FORMER Progressive Liberal Party MP Dr Andre Rollins yesterday admitted that he committed a “cardinal mistake” with his repeated public criticisms of Prime Minister Perry Christie over his leadership abilities, but insisted that he does not regret those actions.
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday maintained that the conflict of interest claims against the party’s leader Dr Hubert Minnis were “nothing new.”
AT LAST Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell has admitted what everyone has known ever since the day the PLP was first elected to govern this country — if citizens fail to say “yes, massa” to every whim of their new overlords, they should not expect a crumb from their master’s table.
INSISTING that the conflict of interest claims against Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis were a distraction from government controversy, Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins yesterday said he was lured into a political trap when he first accused Dr Minnis of benefitting from a government contract while he was a Cabinet minister.
THE question of whether to dismiss Baha Mar’s Chapter 11 case in a US bankruptcy court is “not a slam dunk for either party,” a US judge hearing the case said yesterday.
THE average expenditure by cruise passengers in the Bahamas has increased by roughly 42 per cent according to the Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe, who said yesterday that the country is also on pace for a record number of air arrivals this year.
I DO not know if this is good or bad news, but this is the last and final article on tackling obesity. Scouts’ honour. So far we have touched on economics, education and culture in the past two articles. In this final week we look at how lifestyle choices and personal factors can contribute to obesity.
FREEPORT businessman Andrew Davies does not agree with the basis on which Fred Smith QC has obtained a judicial review by the Supreme Court into the legitimacy of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee (HCARC), but agrees that the public interest is not served by the withholding of the McKinsey Report.
GRAND Bahama needs an additional 5,000-10,000 hotel rooms as the government works “assiduously” to generate even more airlift to the island.
The pilot programme of Myron Rolle’s Play-4-Progress initiative had a successful launch last weekend, with scores of student athletes tutored in lessons in the classroom and on the football field.
THEY’RE still making some adjustments, but Bahamas Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Federation president Joel Stubbs said once completed, Team Bahamas will have a very strong team to compete in the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Championships.
BUDDY Hield’s decision to return to NCAA basketball for his senior season drew mixed reactions from his fan bases and Hield’s stock continues to increase headed into his final year of eligibility.
THIS week we look at one of the stronger divisions in football, the NFC East and get you Fantasy Football GMs some pre-draft tips.
EDUKARTING Bahamas completed another edition in its series of summer camps, aimed at bringing greater awareness to motorsport and teaching life skills through “stealth education.”
THE Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) said yesterday that Sanigest International was operating in ‘conflicting roles’ as both government consultant and primary advocate for National Health Insurance (NHI).
NASSAU’S Eta Psi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority brought a taste of the Bahamas to their sisters from around the globe and were honoured for their efforts over the year.
Monday, August 17
As social ills and other challenges continue to put a strain on the country, the Trinity City of Praise and the Commonwealth and Global Prayer Grotto are aiming to keep the faith through prayer.
WHENEVER I visit Inagua I see the lovely flamingoes and recall how what they eat affects the colour they become. When we feed on the things of God it is equally visible.
BAHAMAS Faith Ministries will celebrate one of its founding fathers, the late Dr Richard Pinder III, tomorrow when the roadway leading into the BFM property will be officially named in his honour. The event, which will conclude the 2015 International Kingdom Training Summit, is scheduled to begin at 2pm and will take place at the entrance of the driveway.
THE most appalling issues of our generation are stress and burnout. The wave of domestic violence is shocking. Men kill their lovers and claim they cannot recall when, how or why it happened. They trip; drugs and alcohol are primary culprits that are blamed.
During the Sapphire International’s recent dance benefit, members of the group did more than just sow the seed of financial aid, they were also able to uplift the spirit of a fellow liturgical dancer who was recently cured of a rare tumour.
IN part one, I wrote that there is a prevalent lack of love in our churches, and that the body of Christ have fallen short on this principle.
Sharks have been in the news with a series of attacks on humans, but as Mindy Pennybacker finds, more people are wanting a close-up experience with the great marine predators.
While our government is busy hailing “history” being made with the latest Chinese involvement in BAMSI and Bay Street, I wonder how many of those Honourable men and women took note of the real history which unfolded today with the US flag raising ceremony at the Cuban Embassy in Havana attended by none other than US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Can someone please explain? If your internet service and e-mail provider is down, how on earth can you send an e-mail, as a certain licensed provider suggests we do, when we have a service problem?
Wikipedia defines a Freudian slip thus: “A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted as occurring due to the interference of an unconscious (“dynamically repressed”) subdued wish, conflict, or train of thought guided by the ego and the rules of correct behaviour.”
THIS weekend, the services of Elcott Coleby of Bahamas Information Services, whose salary is paid by Bahamian taxpayers to distribute news about the Bahamas, was used by Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell to distribute to the press his party’s political propaganda given in a speech at Long Island. We hope that the PLP paid for these services from its own party’s coffers, and not from the Public Treasury.
PROMINENT advocate for the rights and protection of family members of murder victims Khandi Gibson told her supporters she was happy to be home hours after being released from police custody on Saturday.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday criticised the Department of Statistics’ recent Labour Force and Household Income Survey, calling it a “mirage” that is “no way realistically reflective of what is going on with the country’s economy”.
FOX HILL MP Fred Mitchell lambasted Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner while visiting her constituency, suggesting to residents that the island has not flourished under her representation because of its MP’s attitude toward the government.
AN email seemingly sent inadvertently to Baha Mar officials by an employee of China Construction America (CCA) Bahamas last October warned its intended recipients they could get “in trouble” for faking specification compliance at the property “in such an obvious way”, according to court documents filed by the resort.
A MOTHER of one was beaten to death outside her home on Saturday prompting police to launch an intensive investigation into the case.
TWO MEN are dead and another is in critical condition in hospital after a shootout with police following a high-speed car chase early on Sunday morning.POLICE shot and killed two armed robbery suspects after the pair, with a third suspect, led officers on a high-speed chase through the Claridge Road area early yesterday morning.
THE new national minimum wage of $210 could have a dire affect on one of the country’s leading hotels, as there is some suggestion that the 40 per cent wage hike might result in job reductions.
THE government continues to see success in its efforts to help revive many stalled resort and foreign direct investment projects according to State Minister for Investments Khaalis Rolle, noting that there are several resorts outside the Baha Mar project whose redevelopment the administration has facilitated.
BEN Darbyshire led a five-member team of Bahamian youth sailors ages 14-16 at the Under-19 Sail Canada Youth Championships in the Laser Class Sailboat in Kingston, Ontario.
AFTER the completion of the first of the two-week AID Claycourt Championships at the Gym Tennis Courts in Winton Meadows, three of the six champions - two in singles and one in doubles - have been decided,
LIVINGSTONE Bostwick, who has been instrumental in organising a number of local and international meets for the Bahamas as the long-time secretary general of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, passed away at Broward Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday morning.
TUREANO ‘Reno’ Johnson’s middleweight professional boxing career has taken on a new management team heading into his return to the ring.
After getting elected to serve as the first vice president of the NACAC region two weeks ago, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) president Mike Sands is leading a delegation to get Pauline Davis-Thompson re-elected to the IAAF Council and Dennis Marshall to the women’s committee.
The funeral service for four-year-old Denzell Joshua Demeritte - who died when a handgun went off as he and a ten-year-old child were playing with the weapon - was held on Saturday.
THE LOSS of employment, particularly in financial services sector, highlighted in the Labour Force and Household Income Survey was described yesterday as “most worrisome” by the Opposition finance spokesman.
A BAHAMIAN judge’s refusal to recognise Baha Mar’s Chapter 11 proceedings and orders has been described by China Export Import (EXIM) Bank as “detrimental” to the bankruptcy cases and an “insurmountable obstacle” for the developer, as it called for their immediate dismissal.
AN OUTSPOKEN lawyer said yesterday that he was mulling whether to launch a legal challenge to what he called an “illegal” and “unconstitutional” move by the government to extend the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) for a further six months.
THE Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) said yesterday that it was “unacceptable, inappropriate and disrespectful” for the government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) consultant Sanigest to publicly scold the industry over its concerns, saying that such attacks would make meaningful dialogue on the issue difficult to achieve.
JAMAAL Rolle, whose portraits of Bahamian icons and international figures are earning rave reviews, and The Tribune have teamed up to offer one lucky reader the chance to have their portrait drawn by the Celebrity Artist himself.
THE Bahamas Institute of Business Technology, formerly the Success Training College, has signed an articulation agreement with Colorado Technical University which will allow students completing associate degree studies at the institute to obtain their Bachelor degrees.
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday called for greater transparency and accountability as China Construction America gears up to begin its $250m Bay Street luxury development – The Pointe.
THE fatal shooting of a man by police during an arrest in a Gamble Heights shanty town continues to haunt family members as they struggle to understand the circumstances that led to his death.
WITHOUT any opposition, Eugene Horton and his entire slate of officers were elected to serve as the new administration of the New Providence Basketball Association.
THE Commando Security Truckers and the Johnson Lady Truckers stopped their opponents in the fifth and sixth innings respectively as the New Providence Softball Association continued its regular season action in the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday night.
Saturday, August 15
A TEXAS couple who fled by sailing boat to the the Bahamas with their seven children while facing trial for an online agriculture scam were sentenced on Friday to more than seven years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, federal prosecutors said.
POLICE are investigating another spate of overnight armed robberies in New Providence and have arrested a 25-year-old woman for firearms possession at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
POLICE in New Providence are investigating the death of a woman in the early hours of Saturday who was beaten with a blunt object and died of her injuries at the scene.
PUBLIC Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Hubert Chipman has said he has no clear indication when the committee will delve into matters related to the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI).
THE transfer of members of the Police Staff Association (PSA) to other areas in the Royal Bahamas Police Force is something that "should have been done a long time ago", according to a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, who claimed that there were "too many people in that office in the first place".
THE government's chances of re-election depend "heavily" on how it resolves the major issues facing the country, specifically the Baha Mar crisis, State Minister of Legal Affairs Damian Gomez said yesterday.
Friday, August 14
POLICE have arrested a 20-year-old woman for questioning over firearms possession in response to a recent social media posting of a female posing with a high-powered assault rifle.
THIS year's Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival celebrations "contributed" to a 3.7 per cent decrease of the country's unemployment rate, according to officials from the Department of Statistics.
FREEPORT attorneys Fred Smith QC and Carey Leonard have been granted leave by the Supreme Court for a Judicial Review seeking a declaration against the government that the consultation process of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement Review Committee (HCARC) is illegal and “fundamentally flawed”.
THE FRIDAY fun continues with Radio House as this afternoon the network’s studios on Shirley Street host ‘Livin Large’.
A TRIAL date will be fixed in two weeks for a man accused of having a role in human trafficking.
A MAN denied murdering a British diving instructor in western New Providence when he was formally arraigned in Supreme Court on Friday.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell and Prime Minister Perry Christie both emphasised the importance of respecting the Office of Prime Minister at a Fox Hill Day celebration on Monday.
POLICE shot and killed a man of Haitian descent during an arrest in a Gamble Heights shanty town on Friday morning.
A JUDGE sentenced a man to 38 years in prison yesterday after calling the fatal shooting of a man at a convenience store as a “premeditated and ruthless act.”
THE hearing in a Delaware court to determine whether Baha Mar’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing will be dismissed has been postponed until August 28.
A 23-year-old man on bail and being electronically monitored was shot multiple times and killed early yesterday morning, feet away from his McCullough Corner home.
FORMER Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash has said he will not apologise for raising new concerns of conflict of interest regarding Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and her connection to the $3.5 billion Baha Mar resort.
I must admit as I looked back at all that transpired politically and socially this past week I had a “deja-vu” experience.
MINISTER for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville said he is aware of the faulty air-conditioning system at the Treasure Bay Casino and that the concerns of workers “are being looked at.”
THE case of a man standing trial in connection with a gunpoint gold jewellery snatching was discontinued in Supreme Court.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called for hanging to be carried out in the country, along with the introduction of a gunfire detection system and the use of drones to aid the Royal Bahamas Police Force in fighting crime.
POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said he has no intention of publicly addressing the “intimate workings” of the Royal Bahamas Police Force as questions about his decision to transfer members of the Police Staff Association linger.
POLICE took a woman into custody yesterday afternoon after she led officers on a high-speed chase through the inner city before crashing on Wulff Road.
BAHA Mar is still unable to pay its expatriate workers despite securing nearly $15 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) loans, according to the resort’s Senior Vice-President Robert Sands.
THE CRY for support throughout the Bahamas to help the development of the younger generation has become a major social topic that reveals a greater need for mentoring and discipline.
FINANCIAL Services Minister Hope Strachan said yesterday that the landscape of the country’s financial services industry would be strengthened as a result of the nation’s compliance with the tax information exchange agreements such as the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), saying that she was fairly satisfied that The Bahamas would be ready when the Act becomes effective in September.
AN outspoken QC has described anchor project developments as the “bane” of the Bahamas, claiming that due to the secrecy of Heads of Agreements the Family Islands are now “strewn with the rotting remains of dozens of failed resort ventures”.
EUGENE Horton, who increased the awareness of the league through the social network over the past few years, has decided to run for the presidency of the New Providence Basketball Association when the election of officers takes place on Saturday.
THE Bahamas has already established a reputation as a host for some of the top collegiate basketball talent in America and now due to the prospect battle between Nike and Under Armour, the country will welcome some of the best high school players as well.
BRODUS ‘Tyrus’ Clay and Jessie ‘Mr Pec-Tacular’ Godderz are in town and they have both consented to put on a show in two weeks for the Bahamian public when the Gladiator Championship Wrestling makes its debut at Arawak Cay on Saturday, August 29.
THE Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation should be given high marks for the staging of the National Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s Championships.
WITH less than a month before the NCAA football season kicks off, Bahamian rising star on the gridiron Mavin Saunders has impressed early in few practices of fall training camp.
WARWICK International is investing “north of $18 million” as it undertakes renovations to transform the former Paradise Island Harbour Resort which it acquired in 2012, a senior executive of the international hotel chain said yesterday.
STATE Minister for Investments Khaalis Rolle said yesterday that the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDA) would be launched in tandem with the National Development Plan, stating that under its current design “it won’t go as far as we need it to go”.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday refused to respond to questions regarding the stalled Baha Mar mega resort amid looming concerns over the future of the $3.5bn West Bay Street development.
Thursday, August 13
A FEW days ago a Tribune reporter spotted on Facebook an announcement that “Fred Mitchell had issued instructions to lawyers to write a letter before action to The Tribune over a defamatory headline in the newspaper on Wednesday, 5th August, based on remarks made to that paper by Ft Charlotte MP Andre Rollins. The Tribune is likely to ignore it and legal proceedings are expected to be filed on Thursday, 13th August”.
POLICE arrested a 26-year-old man on Tuesday night after several photos of him posing with handguns and suspected marijuana along with an infant surfaced on social media.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday urged Prime Minister Perry Christie and Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson to “come clean” and reveal if there are any other Cabinet ministers, members of Parliament or their family members who have contracts with Baha Mar.
POLICE uprooted more than 4,000 marijuana plants on Tuesday after officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit discovered three large marijuana fields in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
CHIEF Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday said “it would be a travesty” if a man charged with manslaughter by negligence in connection with his four-year-old son’s shooting death was not allowed to attend the child’s funeral on Saturday.
DAYS after Access Industries and Kerzner International officials clarified the thinking behind staffing transitions due to major renovations at the One&Only Ocean Club, employees took their claims of “unethical operations” by management a step further.
DIRECTOR of Labour Robert Farquharson yesterday said the only complaints made in reference to Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian to his department were trade disputes in relation to the resort’s Meliá Nassau Beach property.
POLICE Staff Association Chairman Dwight Smith yesterday insisted “only time could tell” what truly inspired Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s decision to transfer members of the PSA.
A Freeport man has been reported missing to police, but no further details have been released about the case.
WE often hear that perception is reality.
THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association yesterday accused Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell
A BAHAMIAN woman of Haitian descent yesterday said she felt trapped in the United States after waiting more than two years for a new passport.
BAHAMIAN artist Sheldon Saint has completed his second mural of flamingos in flight at the Sun Coral Plaza on East Sunrise Highway in Grand Bahama.
A NEW type of cargo scanner to detect radiological and nuclear material in containers was assessed at the Freeport Container Port this week by US Department of Homeland Security, through the co-operation of Bahamian law enforcement agencies and the Ministry for Grand Bahama.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney has urged Prime Minister Perry Christie to break his silence on the concerns of conflict of interest regarding Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Baha Mar.
PUBLIC Accounts Committee Chairman Hubert Chipman said Urban Renewal 2.0 Co-Chairs Algernon Allen and Cynthia “Mother” Pratt are expected to give an account for the operations of the government’s controversial programme in September.
POLICE are reporting that a man has been shot dead at McCullough Corner this morning. More details to follow.
Following the success of its launch in April, the local mixed martial arts community will display some of the sport’s best local talent once again with another marquee event.
JUST two weeks in, the 2015 edition of the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Summer of Thunder has been the most successful for Bahamian teams since the event began seven years ago.
THE local alumni chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. held a successful Clash of The Titans Basketball Tournament over the weekend to not only increase unity among the fraternal organisation but also raise scholarship funds for young men.
IN a two-point game, the South Central Division wins the 7th Annual Sprite Basketball Championship over the Southwestern Division.
AS teams head into training camp and every National Football League roster is in flux, one veteran player with Bahamian roots took advantage of the opportunity to continue his career as a journeyman reserve.
THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has released a list of 25 athletes who have been ratified for the team to represent the Bahamas at the IAAF World Championships later this month.
BANK of The Bahamas Ltd (BOB) has announced that its Thompson Boulevard branch will close from August 31, 2015, and its portfolio will be transferred to the Harrold Road branch on the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. No jobs will be lost.
THE president of Doctors Hospital said yesterday that that the BISX-listed health care provider was gearing up to start its next medical tourism initiative in three to four weeks, having secured the requisite approvals to conduct its fecal transplant programme.
GRAND Bahama needs greater autonomy and leadership that can capitalise on the tax base, attract more investors and help current investors expand according to a prominent local businessman who told Tribune Business: “Grand Bahama is just sinking”.
THE Opposition’s finance spokesman yesterday called for ‘civility’ in the ongoing public spat between the Christie administration and Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian, warning that the country’s reputation in the international investment arena could be jeopardised.
BAHA Mar has secured nearly $15 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) loans to meet approved and budgeted expenses, despite failing to secure the requisite government approvals.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday criticised the government, saying at a time when the unopened Baha Mar resort has caused a “tailspin”, the Christie administration has turned to lashing out at those who are critical of its “ineptness” and inability to resolve the matter.
HAVE you ever wondered about the significance or impact of graphic design imageries and videos in social media?
Wednesday, August 12
Why is Public Works wasting “000’s” of dollars on building side-walks, from Independence Roundabout all the way to Marathon – must be over a mile long?
With reference to the Hon. Minister of Labour’s call for foreign investors to have psych tests . . .
Recently you said that the Minister of Foreign Affairs had questioned “peace and security” with a threat to Bahamian security by an investor, although how this could be the case is not clear. You took this to mean Sarkis Izmirlian, However it could easily be another investor, for example, may I suggest Peter Nygard.
SENATOR Michael Pintard yesterday challenged PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts to present documents proving opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis was in a conflict of interest when he was minister of health or to “stop running a smear campaign.”
A 47-year-old man was stabbed to death yesterday morning after he got into an argument with a man known to him at an apartment complex on Baillou Hill Road South, police said.
EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald yesterday insisted he was “encouraged” by this year’s Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exam results despite an E average in mathematics and an English average of D+.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell both stressed the importance of respecting the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday, in a veiled reference to controversial statements made by Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian.
FORMER PLP Cabinet Minister George Smith yesterday criticised Dr Hubert Minnis for calling for Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson to resign due to her alleged conflict of interest with Baha Mar, adding that the FNM leader simply acted “without understanding the procedure that governs the conduct of ministers.”
WHEN Prime Minister Perry Christie made his first bid in 2002 to lead the PLP back to the seat of power after voters – 10 years earlier– had banished them to the political wilderness — he promised that he was introducing Bahamians to a “new PLP.” The Pindling era was dead.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday made his 17th consecutive appearance at the annual Fox Hill Day celebrations, an event celebrated by Fox Hill residents to commemorate the emancipation of their ancestors from slavery.
VISITORS to Grand Bahama are expressing disappointment over the run down and abandoned state of the International Bazaar, which was once a major tourist hub in Freeport.
A JUDGE requested a week’s time to determine whether she has the jurisdiction to hear the bail application of an alleged drug lord fighting extradition to the United States.
FOR months now, Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell has been unconstructively inserting himself into the Baha Mar imbroglio - by insulting, berating and threatening the project’s developer, Sarkis Izmirlian.
PROMINENT pastor Reverend C B Moss yesterday said the public fighting between members of the Christie administration and Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian has pushed Bahamians onto the proverbial “knife’s edge” with its “ugly war of words.”
VETERAN bodybuilders Della Thomas and Aaron Greene said they were both thrilled to have been honoured by the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Federation during the 2015 National Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Championships at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on Saturday night.
BULK Water revenues by BISX-listed Consolidated Water for the second quarter of 2015 fell by 18 per cent compared to the same period the previous year, led by a $1.2 million revenue decrease from its Bahamian operations.
THE Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Funds vice-chairman said yesterday that he was “quite pleased” with the fund’s current performance and repeated calls for the government to double its annual capital injections.
GRAND Bahama is showing significant improvements in hotel room revenue, which has hit $16 million this year - a $2 million increase over 2014, according to tourism officials.
ACCESS Industries and Kerzner International, the owners and operators of the One&Only Ocean Club, said yesterday that all staffing transitions related to the renovation and planned service enhancement at the resort have been completed, adding that no further changes were anticipated other than scheduling staff for time off during the August/September closure period.
NINETY per cent of the Bahamian workforce is either overweight or obese according to a study by a local fitness and consulting firm, its principal telling Tribune Business that the lack of a corporate wellness and fitness culture was significantly lowering workplace productivity and ultimately impacting businesses’ bottom line.
DESIGNED specifically to take advantage of the late summer months, Nekeno Demeritte’s fifth annual Scholastic Basketball Camp is now in high gear at the Temple Christian Academy Basketball Gymnasium and has attracted more than 50 boys and girls.
In addition to the athletes who have qualified to compete in the individual events, the Bahamas is expected to be represented by three of the four relay teams at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, later this month.
SHERMAN ‘The Tank’ Williams is preparing for his return to the ring on August 28.
POLICE have 15 people, including one woman, in custody in connection with the shooting death of Jamaal Huyler.
Tuesday, August 11
WHEN Donaliquea Martin went to be examined by her doctor he could not understand how she was still walking. She had a tumour the size of a grapefruit growing on her spine.
LAST time was an epic failure in bringing this meaty topic to a close. We only got as far dealing with the practical issues surrounding the cost or economics of tackling obesity. As we have been doing of late, we shall continue by hitting the ground running.
WHERE children live plays a major role in determining their likelihood of surviving cancer. Countries across the Caribbean tend not have healthcare systems that support the best possible management of paediatric cancer – from proactive screening to early diagnosis and fast intervention. This means some children are not diagnosed until it is too late and those that are, often have difficulty accessing the treatment needed.
CELEBRATING Women International (CWI) has announced that Nontombi Naomi Tutu, a race and gender justice activist from South Africa, will be the guest speaker at a special event next month.
DO you ever find yourself so burdened by fear that every time you take three steps forward you seem to take ten steps backwards? This is especially true when you are about to do something big or step outside of your norm.
WHEW, you made it to the third and final leg of your pregnancy. Can’t say that it’s easy, but I promise, it’s worth it.
FROM Grand Bahama in the north to Inagua in the south, the 11 beauties vying for the titles of Miss World Bahamas, Miss Universe Bahamas and Miss Earth Bahamas came from all over to be officially introduced to the public during the launch of “Beauty by Nature – the 2015 Miss Bahamas Beauty Pageants”.
EVEN with the inspiring results of the many others who have made the successful transition, some women still find it difficult to fully commit to the natural hair journey. And those who have actually gone through the process are not shy to admit that it can be difficult at times and takes a lot of effort, yet is ultimately doable and so worth it.
A MAN was re-arraigned yesterday in connection with the destruction of a dormitory at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Sciences Institute in Andros earlier this year.
A MAN accused of the manslaughter of his four-year-old son due to negligence appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday seeking to be released on bail to attend his son’s funeral this weekend.
IF newly updated weather projections hold true, this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season would be the least active period since 1997, according to international weather experts.
A MAN was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment yesterday in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred nearly five years ago.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has revealed that her husband Maxwell Gibson owns the retail jewellery store chain that has been granted storefront leases in Baha Mar, while rejecting accusations that she has a conflict of interests due to her role as government negotiator for the stalled resort.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday denied claims that the government was conspiring with China Construction America Bahamas and the Export-Import Bank of China to undermine the orders of a US bankruptcy court in Delaware.
FORMER FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday questioned whether Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has protected her personal interests while at the negotiating table with Baha Mar executives following years of reported legal representation to the resort’s developer Sarkis Izmirlian.
SENATOR Michael Pintard yesterday labelled Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s reported decision to transfer members of the Police Staff Association to other areas a “huge, ill-advised, miscalculation”.
Do I stay in and fight for my country? Well, the country I once thought I had?
A CROWN prosecutor objected to bail for a man accused of brandishing a firearm and making indirect death threats in a video that went viral on social media.
CONFLICT of interest … in such a small country with so many Bahamians mixed up in each others businesses, conflict of interest will always be the out-sized elephant in the room.
THE death of 24-year-old Mason Hart has been forwarded to the Coroner’s Court after a police autopsy found that his death was consistent with drowning.
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said the steady rise in the country’s homicide rate is due to a lack of synergy between government and police officials.
Tim Rodland sees positive long-term stability in the real estate market despite the implementation of VAT and challenging global economic conditions.
The recent pronouncements by Fred Mitchell, Minister of Immigration and Foreign Affairs, firstly, in a session of the United Nations Security Council on small island developing states (SIDS) held in New Zealand and then at an Emancipation Day observance in Fox Hill were both attempts to deflect the public’s attention away from the fact that the PLP has failed the Bahamian people once again and has put thousands of jobs in jeopardy.
BY 2017, health and wellness is set to be a “trillion dollar industry”, according to Euromonitor International, a provider of strategic market research. Products offering specific health benefits or those renowned for their natural health properties are driving value sales. Steady real term growth is expected to continue, with global health and wellness sales on the way to hit a record high of $1 trillion.
The Chamber of Commerce is aiming to launch its Small Business Help Desk early next month, describing it as “crucial” to the development and survival of small and medium-sized enterprises throughout the country.
A Bahamian businessman and Baha Mar director yesterday blasted as “nonsensical” and “commercially crazy” the instance of a ‘back-to-back’ guarantee from the developer to cover a $400 million refinancing package, arguing that if the China Export Import Bank (CEXIM) insists on the retention of China Construction America (CCA) as the general contractor then it should also insist on a guarantee from its parent or drop the requirement.
LOCAL scientist and founder of the Bahamas Plastic Movement Kristal Ambrose recently spearheaded a summer camp that taught its young participants about plastic pollution in hopes of sparking youth action and activism around the issue.
Although the competition was of a much higher level than they experience here, coach Barron ‘Turbo’ Musgrove said Team Bahamas performed as best as they could in the Viva Cycling and Bahamas Cycling Federation’s joint hosting of the first Bahamas Invitational Cycling Championships.
THE Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were the first team from a Power Five Conference to participate in this year’s Summer of Thunder and head coach Brian Gregory called it a learning experience moving forward as they prepare for the upcoming season.
Baha Mar has urged a Delaware Court to strike out a motion by China Construction America (CCA) Bahamas and China Export-Import (CEXIM) Bank calling for the dismissal of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, stating that it was “baffling” that both parties have failed to explain how the creditors would fare better in a winding-up action in this jurisdiction.
A prominent Grand Bahama businessman said yesterday that he was mulling whether to reopen his food retail business in another facility or repair his former outlet which had suffered $100,000 of damage due to vandalism.
FROM the huge amount of participants to the jam-packed room of spectators, newly elected president Joel Stubbs said he couldn’t ask for a better debut as the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s National Championships turned out to be a huge success.
• THIS week I continue with my NFL pre-season picks division by division. Moving from the tough AFC to the very competitive NFC this week and we start with the North and South divisions respectively.
A 34-year-old father of two was shot in the head and killed yesterday morning while buying breakfast from a popular food stand on Horseshoe Drive.
Monday, August 10
LAST week, Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage walked past a group of protestors in Rawson Square who are fed up with the rising murder count and the almost daily bloodletting that occurs on the streets of New Providence.
BAHA Mar yesterday declined to comment on the revelation that its developer Sarkis Izmirlian was under investigation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called for Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson to resign from Cabinet in light of what he sees as a conflict of interest with her role as a government negotiator on Baha Mar and her daughters owning stores that have leases with the stalled project.
MORE than 100 Haitian migrants were apprehended over the weekend in waters near Ragged Island.
A 34-year-old father of two was shot in the head and killed yesterday morning while buying breakfast from a popular food stand on Horseshoe Drive.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to make his Cabinet ministers retract their “extremist” statements against Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian or resign.
THE House of Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee will meet on Wednesday to determine the way forward in its probe on Urban Renewal 2.0, PAC Chairman Hubert Chipman said yesterday.
DANTE Bain, assistant hotel manager of the One & Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, and last year’s winner of the club’s Manager of the Quarter award, was forced to resign last week to the surprise of many of his admiring colleagues.
FORTY Bahamians are out of work in Grand Bahama after the closure of Butler’s Food World in the Circle Mall. Owner Jeff Butler closed the doors about two weeks ago and is uncertain about his next move for the business.
SCORES of Haitians and Bahamians of Haitian descent attended a “town hall” meeting and information session on issues affecting the community last weekend.
In a recent interview about the Baha Mar fiasco, business tycoon Phil Ruffin pointed to a lesson – you have to deal with people “who know what the hell they are doing.”
ON THURSDAY Prime Minister Perry Christie tried — without success – to distance his government from the comments of two of his cabinet ministers, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell and Labour Minister Shane Gibson.
POLICE are reporting officers are on the scene of a fatal shooting at Horseshoe Drive, Oakes Field, this morning.
Baha Mar is “entitled to discover the extent of co-ordination and collusion” between its Chinese partners and the Christie administration in their opposition to the developer’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing.
BOTH the men’s and women’s 4 x 400 metre relay teams secured a medal yesterday to close out competition at the NACAC Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, to push the Bahamas’ total to five.
THE Summer of Thunder experience ended in disappointment for the Southern Utah Thunderbirds as they became the first visiting team to lose two games in the exhibition series which has featured its fair share of upsets.
IT marked a first for the Bahamas as a pair of 17-year-old rowers competed with the best athletes in the sport on a major stage.
THE junior men’s national basketball team ended the tournament with a pair of wins in the reclassification round, finished fifth at the FIBA Centrobasket Under-17 Championship for Men and will not advance to the 2016 Tournament of the Americas.
TWO finals for Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace but she missed out on cashing in on a trip to the podium at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
At one point Jimmy Norius said he was thinking about dropping out of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s National Championships. On the advice of newly elected president Joel Stubbs and coach Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears, Norius regained the national bodybuilding title.
The Government is hoping to enroll 65 per cent of Bahamians in the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme by April 2016, although its main advisers acknowledged the “scepticism” surrounding any commercial venture run by the public sector.
An outspoken QC has accused the Prime Minister of “mixing apples and oranges”, arguing that the Government’s obligation to finance infrastructure and social services in east and west Grand Bahama “has absolutely nothing to do with Freeport”.
The Government’s main National Health Insurance (NHI) advisers have described as “non-existent” fears that the scheme’s implementation will negatively impact the Bahamian economy, arguing that the current system was “more damaging”.
Baha Mar’s main financier has slammed as “inflammatory” claims that it was engaged in a ‘conspiracy’ with the Government to oust the developer and Izmirlian family from the $3.5 billion project.
SUPPORTERS of Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday expressed confidence that there will be no internal challenges to his leadership as the party prepares for the next general election.
Sunday, August 9
ARIANNA Vanderpool-Wallace reached two finals but finished out of the medals at the weekend as the World Swimming Championships came to a close in Kazan, Russia.
POLICE in Bimini are investigating an accident that has left a 45-year-old man from Finland dead.
Saturday, August 8
Police are searching for three suspects after a man was shot on Friday afternoon.
Friday, August 7
BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation (BEC) Chairman Leslie Miller believes the corporation is doing a good job supplying electricity to Bahamians this summer, despite complaints from residents about power outages.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis has accused the Christie administration of being "out of their depth" in dealing with a crime situation he claims is sending the country "to hell".
POLICE recovered two illegal firearms from the streets of New Providence in separate incidents on Thursday.
A MAN accused of shooting a former schoolmate was acquitted of attempted murder on Friday.
40 Bahamians are out of work in Grand Bahama after the closure of Butler’s Food World in the Circle Mall.
I found Fred Mitchell’s comments directed at Mr. Izmirlian to be absolutely outrageous. Mitchell’s statements were disgraceful. It seriously makes me worry about the direction this country is headed when a prominent politician, supposedly educated, could make threats such as these in public.
The simple fact of the matter is that we need a solution to the Baha Mar blowout, and fast. But the way in which the Bahamian government is going about themselves is not the answer.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said the warnings issued to Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian by two of his Cabinet ministers is not the position of the government.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has said there is no conflict of interest regarding her daughters owning stores that have leases with Baha Mar and her role as a government negotiator over the stalled project.
POLICE have launched an island-wide manhunt for the persons involved in the shooting death of a man early yesterday morning.
CHINA Construction America yesterday broke ground on its $250m Bay Street luxury development with no end in sight to its dispute with mega-resort Baha Mar over the completion of the $3.5bn Cable Beach project.
THE government’s plans to appeal a Supreme Court ruling on overtime pay for police officers shows that the PLP has diverged from its original principles of looking out for Bahamians, according to the Democratic National Alliance.
Richard Coulson urges all parties in the dispute to make good use of the breathing space between court hearings
ANOTHER advocacy group has come forward with calls for the government to strengthen the independence of the administrator established in the draft of the new Freedom of Information Bill.
A “grand adventure” to the Bahamas for Mason Hart turned into tragedy when the 24-year-old Houston, Texas, resident was found naked and dead floating in waters near Scotland Cay, Abaco on July 29.
POLICE are searching for the suspects responsible for eight armed robberies that took place in six hours between Wednesday and Thursday in New Providence.
A VERDICT is expected today in the attempted murder trial of a man accused of shooting a former schoolmate.
ANOTHER week, and sadly, another “weak” display by some of our elected officials. Shall we get started?
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has accused Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian of being “anti-Bahamian,” adding that the developer is “obstructing” the completion and opening of the Cable Beach project for his own gain.
YESTERDAY Prime Minister Christie attended the breaking of ground to launch the construction of China Construction America’s $250 million luxury Pointe development on the site of the Sheraton British Colonial Hotel in downtown Bay Street.
THE rambling wreck of Georgia Tech made their debut at the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Summer of Thunder in dominating fashion.
THE Bahamas Football Association’s senior men’s national programme has hit rock bottom with its worst ranking ever.
THE days are winding down and the excitement is brewing as the Gladiator Championship Wrestling gets ready for its big professional wrestling debut in Arawak Cay on Saturday, August 29.
HE had to play his way into the main draw, and now one Bahamian junior tennis star is one win away from a regional championship title.
A key Government adviser yesterday said it was “absolutely absurd” for Bahamian private health insurers to fear that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme would result in the ‘complete nationalisation’ of their industry.
WHY is it that very little emphasis is placed on our national teams when they return home, whether they win medals or not?
A former Chamber of Commerce chairman yesterday warned that the “absurd” rhetoric over Baha Mar was unnerving both Bahamian and foreign investors, while ignoring the Bahamas’ “fundamental core problems”.
Baha Mar’s contractor yesterday described as “preposterous” claims by the developer that it was involved in a ‘conspiracy’ with the Christie administration to oust the Izmirlian family from the $3.5 billion project.
The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) was yesterday accused of “comparing apples with oranges” over its estimates of National Health Insurance’s (NHI) total costs, a key government adviser suggesting it was resistant to “dramatic but necessary change”.
Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday said the Government and Bay Street property owners are “ready and willing” to move forward with plans for a boardwalk along Nassau’s harbourfront, describing the British Colonial Hilton’s expansion as the “catalyst” for the project.
Ariel Weech was the lone Bahamian in action for Team Bahamas on day five of the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
THE goal of the Scotiabank Defenders is not just to win the New Providence Volleyball Association, but to assist with the overall growth and development of their players.
FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell’s constituency office yesterday accused Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins of “betrayal of the worst kind” for his “defamatory” characterisation of their representative as an “enemy of the state.”
The Opposition’s deputy leader yesterday conceded that Bahamians were unable to fully develop this economy by themselves, adding that anti-Baha Mar rhetoric by several Cabinet minister was “a very serious concern” if it reflected Government policy.
Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday said the Government never intended to be in “a fight” with Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian, as he denied that recent comments by Cabinet Ministers blasting the developer reflected Government policy.
The Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance’s (BCFA) president yesterday said the 2015-2016 crawfish season seemed to have endured a “rough start”, adding that this year’s yields would likely be down considerably.
Thursday, August 6
Alone the fact that they were able to attract several new converts to their cause has made the latest “Battle Cry” conference a great success, organisers said.
I THINK one of the most annoying things in this world is a person who is committed to being dishonest. More so, these folks have no relationship with the truth and would tell a lie at any opportunity.
DURING this time of Emancipation celebration, our thoughts remind us to be more grateful for life in the Bahamas of the 21st century than we may otherwise be.
FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins suggested yesterday that Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell is an “enemy of the state,” saying his recent comments about Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian should prompt concern among Bahamians about the future of this country with respect to democracy and economic issues.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday defended Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell’s public warnings to Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian, and suggested that the government should now begin performing “psychological evaluations” on all foreign developers seeking to do business in this country.
ORGANISERS of an anti-crime protest yesterday accused the Christie administration of “giving a deaf ear to the cries of the people” as the country’s murder rate continues to climb.
EMPLOYEES at the One & Only Ocean Club claim they are “working day-to-day in fear” after the resort announced internally that it would close its doors later this month for ten weeks to undergo “necessary renovations”.
A MAN was shot in the head and killed Tuesday night while driving on Augusta Street.
WITH only a month to go before the new school year, there are concerns about whether major repairs to the leaky roof and mould-infested science block will be completed in time for the September term at the Eight Mile Rock High School in Grand Bahama.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said the government’s intent to appeal a Supreme Court ruling on overtime pay for police officers sends a “confrontational type message” to a group that is already low on “morale.”
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday blasted Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian for recently suggesting that he and the government were “fighting” over the $3.5b Cable Beach property.
MEMBERS of the opposition Free National Movement yesterday left the House of Assembly in their continued their protest against V Alfred Gray over allegations of judicial interference that have dogged the MICAL MP this year.
DOING their part in the fight against cancer, executives of Commonwealth Bank made a ten-year, $500,000 pledge to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas yesterday, the single largest financial donation to the organisation in its history.
AS unemployment continues to inch upwards and the educational system continues to subsist in crisis mode, there is a clear and present need for societal and long-term reforms of education, social services, the financial sector, the economy and the judicial system. Frankly, there is a critical need for a sustainable national development plan.
POLICE are on the hunt for four men who shot three men and abducted a woman in three separate incidents early Wednesday morning.
A FORMER civil servant appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of theft and fraud of more than $35,000 of public funds in a near six-year span.
“THERE’S no doubt that people on the international stage are looking at what’s happening, and looking at how the government is responding to it, and how the developer is responding,” Deputy Prime Minister Brave Davis told The Tribune yesterday in commenting on the Baha Mar dispute.
POLICE are searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for the fatal shooting of a man found dead in his car in the early hours of Thursday at East Street and Cordeaux Avenue.
The University of North Florida Ospreys got their trip to the Bahamas off on a positive note with a 102-84 win over
Value-Added Tax (VAT) “definitely” generated more than the $150 million net revenue increase targeted for the 2015 first half, a top official yesterday revealing that June’s compliance rates matched those for the first quarter.
ARIEL Weech, the lone Bahamian in action on day four of the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, placed third in her heat of the women’s 50 metre backstroke at the Kazan Arena yesterday.
A PAIR of young Bahamian tennis stars have earned trips to the semi-finals and moved one step closer to a tournament title against some of the top players in their age group within the region.
TRACK and field will again take centre stage this week as another group of the country’s elite athletes will represent the Bahamas at the senior level.
Following an opening game loss, the Bahamas bounced back in dominating fashion to even their win-loss record thus far at the 2015 FIBA Centrobasket Under-17 Championship for Men.
The Bahamas is failing to “sustainably manage’ its natural resources, with current harvesting methods threatening to undermine a $1.2 million project to revive the Bahamian sponging industry,
The Minister of Labour yesterday slammed as “criminal” and an “ultimate disregard for Bahamian workers” a practice where some New Providence restaurants hired and fired waitresses within the space of a week, leaving them with no pay.
A well-known Family Island resort yesterday said it was facing “the perfect storm”, with airlift issues and Value-Added Tax (VAT) now compounded by the proposed fly fishing regulations that have already caused some guest cancellations.
A key Sarkis Izmirlian ally yesterday urged Baha Mar’s $2.45 billion lender to negotiate a resolution with the project’s principal, even though he is unlikely to make any further financial concessions himself to resolve the Baha Mar dispute.
How many days to November 2015, when this Government insists Baha Mar can be opened by?
DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday confirmed that the Christie administration will continue to pay Bahamian employees at Baha Mar until the $21m owed to the mega resort by the government for roadwork is exhausted.
A former hotel union leadership contender yesterday accused its current executives of failing to produce results despite the “tough talk” in the ongoing dispute with Baha Mar’s Meliá Nassau Beach Resort, suggesting that member benefits were effectively “hanging in the balance” due to the absence of a valid industrial agreement.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs yesterday slammed Baha Mar again for its “reprehensible” decision to stop deducting union dues on behalf of Melia Nassau Beach Resort staff.
Total commercial bank ‘bad loans’ fell by more than $100 million during the 2015 first half, although much more remains to be done to restore this key indicator to pre-recession levels.
WITH the progression of the EduKarting series, the attention drawn by Bahamas Speedweek Revival, enthusiasts of the sport suggest it is now time to make good on plans to construct a state-of-the-art motorsports circuit in conjunction with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), world motorsport’s governing body.
THE recent success of a training camp for our national water polo team in Budapest, Hungary, may prompt an invitation to the Hungarians to visit Nassau in the very near future.
Wednesday, August 5
About two weeks ago Butler’s Food World on West Atlantic Drive, Freeport closed its doors.
Nassau has earned the moniker “Dodge City”, with its daily shootouts and gun related violence.
I write to share my views on Minister Fred Mitchel’s recent threat about the possible revocation of Mr. Sarkis Izmirlian’s Bahamian permanent resident status because of personal opinions Mr Izmirlian shared about the leadership of Prime Minister Perry Christie.
THOUSANDS of hotel workers were yesterday put on work-to-rule as the Bahamas Hotel Catering & Allied Workers Union declared an “all-out war” with all properties represented by the Bahamas Hotel Employers Association due to a recent decision by the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort.
BAHAMAS Real Estate Association President Carla Sweeting said she is “very concerned” about what will happen to Bahamian landlords if Baha Mar expatriates are forced to leave the country.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday warned Baha Mar and the management of the Melià hotel to cooperate with its bargaining agent, the Bahamas Hotel Catering & Allied Workers Union in accordance with the law or face punitive measures.
A 26-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a manslaughter by negligence charge when his four-year-old son died after being shot at his home on Saturday.
HUBERT Chipman, FNM Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, yesterday condemned Fred Mitchell’s “rabid attack” on Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian, adding that his “belligerent language” has harmed this country’s reputation.
A NEW York judge threw out 105 of the 135 allegedly defamatory statements billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon claimed Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard levelled against him during an “harassment campaign” in the Bahamas.
ACCORDING to our outspoken Fred Mitchell, who preens himself on being the Bahamas’ Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, and is wont to let his month run ahead of whatever good sense he might still have, has now informed a foreign investor that he should “consider making the appropriate steps to live elsewhere” if he cannot conform with the expected conduct of “economic guests.”
MORE than 30 per cent of New Providence was affected by low water pressure or no water yesterday due to a leaking pipe that was discovered by the Water and Sewerage Corporation on Monday night, officials said.
THREE men and a woman were arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday for possessing drugs, estimated by police to be worth more than $1 million, with intent to distribute.
A 17-year-old girl and a 21-year-old man were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on four counts of attempted murder.
A 34-year-old man was wounded in the stomach on Monday during a shootout with police officers in the Freeport area.
AFTER a collaborative effort, family members can now share a sigh of relief as three of their loved ones have returned home after being missing at sea for one day on their 23-foot white speed boat after it developed mechanical difficulties.
A SUPREME Court judge yesterday granted leave for Baha Mar attorneys to appeal his previous decision not to recognise the mega resort’s ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Bahamas.
YOUTH, Sports and Culture Minister Dr Daniel Johnson yesterday outlined plans to memorialise the life and work of two of the country’s most renowned “cultural giants” - entertainer Franklyn “Count Bernadino” Ellis and Junkanoo pioneer, Brian “Sir Boldy” Gibson.
IN a memo sent to Baha Mar employees yesterday, resort developer Sarkis Izmirlian said in his 13 years working on the project he “never imagined” he would be “fighting” with the government over the $3.5 billion property.
POLICE are searching New Providence for the suspect or suspects responsible for the fatal shooting of a man who was driving on Heath Street on Tuesday night.
THE Bahamas Cycling Federation, in conjunction with Viva Cycling, is scheduled to host the first Under-18 and Under-23 Invitational Bahamas Championships this weekend, featuring competitors from the Bahamas, USA and Colombia in a three-race series.
The Supreme Court yesterday ruled it had no authority to create an insolvency regime tailor-made to Baha Mar’s requirements, even though it agreed that the $3.5 billion developer “could not be faulted for forum shopping”.
WITH a new executive board in place, more competitors are making their way back on stage to compete in the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s National Bodybuilding Championships.
The Melia Nassau Beach Resort last night indicated that the absence of a valid industrial agreement, coupled with recent court rulings, had emboldened it and given it a sound legal footing to stop deducting union dues from its employees’ salaries.
The Opposition’s deputy leader yesterday slammed Fred Mitchell for sending “a very clouded message” to foreign investors, one that said: “Bring your money, and shut up.”
After falling short last year, national physique champion Lorraine LaFleur said she intends to settle for nothing less than a professional card when she competes next month when the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships return to the Bahamas.
Bahamian sponge exports slumped in value by almost 50 per cent in the five years to 2011, as low incomes and an inability to access higher-value processing encouraged many to leave the sector.
Baha Mar yesterday upped the ante in the $3.5 billion dispute by giving notice that it will interrogate its Chinese partners on just one topic - “all communications” between themselves and the Government since the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection case was filed on June 29.
Baha Mar was yesterday granted leave to appeal Justice Ian Winder’s decision to deny recognition of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.
THE Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Summer of Thunder got underway this weekend with the first in the exhibition series hosted at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
NATIONAL cycling champion Jay Major Jr said Team Bahamas will be ready to take advantage of their home turf when the first Viva Cycling Bahamas International Invitational Championship is held this weekend.
AS it continues the task of developing motorsport in the Bahamas at the grassroots level, the Edukarting Summer Kart Club commenced its latest edition on Monday.
One of the four parties embroiled in the Baha Mar dispute has accepted the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) arbitration/mediation offer, provided the other three agree to the same.
Bahamian auto body repairers yesterday said the Government’s decision to ban wrecked vehicle imports was already having “a domino effect” across the industry, with hundreds of thousands of dollars being ‘held up’ as a result.
Tuesday, August 4
WITH a large number of women getting certified as divers around the world and at their properties, Sandals Resorts recently participated in PADI’s Women’s Dive Day.
Teacher’s first book recounts wondrous journey to motherhood
AFTER 12 years of trying to conceive a child as she battled various health challenges, Alexandria Darville-Sawyer and her husband Thomas received a miracle when they finally welcomed their daughter Shelby into the world.
A SUPREME Court judge has granted leave for Baha Mar to appeal his previous ruling not to recognise its ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Bahamas.
OUTGOING Executive Chairman Leslie Miler said he expects this week will be his last at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation as a new board is to be installed on Friday.
THE expatriate staff at Baha Mar’s Grand Hyatt hotel are set to be pulled out of this country this week following a decision by the government not to pay the mega resort’s non-Bahamian employees on payday last week, The Tribune understands.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday continued his public recrimination of Baha Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian, saying an invitation should be extended to the developer “to consider making the appropriate steps to live elsewhere” if he cannot conform with the expected conduct of “economic guests.”
THE mother of the four-year-old boy who was “accidentally” shot and killed in his home on Saturday, said she is “absolutely devastated” to have lost her son so tragically, two days before his birthday.
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday called for the establishment of a “defined roadmap” for the governance of Grand Bahama.
THE jury is still out on the true utility of Facebook and whether it improves our lives more than it damages them.
Tina Bain looks at the benefits of vacation rentals for property investors and for those who wish to holiday like they mean it.
AS IF the Baha Mar situation is not bad enough, the two persons who should be kept as far away as possible from any “negotiations” to get the $3.5 billion Cable Beach resort opened by the winter season, have now stuck their noses in where they should not be tolerated.
A 17-year-old boy is assisting Grand Bahama police with their investigation into a stabbing incident that occurred in Freeport.
POLICE are looking for the suspects responsible for two armed robberies that occurred over the weekend.
WHEN Sir Durward Knowles, the Olympic champion sailor, was unable to attend the street naming ceremony for Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson, he also missed the unveiling of the 28 Bahamian sporting icons at the Sports Legends Walk at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, of which he is one.
MINISTRY of Transport and Aviation officials have requested a meeting with members of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union, along with representatives from two other government departments with the object of brokering “fairness and industrial harmony” amidst continuing disputes about overtime pay.
Laquan Nairn soared to the lone individual medal as the Bahamas added two more in the relays at the 2015 Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Canada.
IN his opening event at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Elvis Burrows left the Kazan Arena with an historic first place finish in his heat of the men’s 50 metre butterfly on Sunday as he got the Bahamas’ five-member team off to a splash.
A FIFTH overall finish for Team Bahamas was highlighted by an historic performance from the senior members of the team which ended a drought that lasted more than two decades.
THE SISTER Sister Breast Cancer Support Group is gearing up to host its 11th annual Prayer Breakfast to show gratitude to God for their successful journey in keeping awareness alive and being a support system to the many women battling the disease.
DO I think about making the world a safer, better place for my children? If I had a daughter, how would I feel if she were attacked? How would I feel if my son were to attack his girlfriend? How do I feel about violence in the home?
A UK clinic at the forefront of a treatment which uses gut bacteria from a healthy donor to treat patients with a broad range of conditions has set up an operation in the Bahamas in response to a growing demand from North America.
IT IS said that courage is not the absence of fear, but the realisation that some things are more important than fear. The courage to stand up for yourself is one of those things. And by standing up for yourself, I mean standing up for your own self-empowerment.
ALMOST eight years ago, I gave birth to my first child, a boy. From that moment on, I learned how beautiful and amazing it is to be a mother of a boy.
MOMS will be inspired to embrace a life of health and wellness during a free, 90-minute seminar set to take place on August 8 at Solomon’s Fresh Market in the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza. The event is a part of the store’s Eye On Health series designed to educate customers.
Two of New Providence’s “busiest developers” are partnering on a Paradise Island condominium project that will generate almost $30 million in sales revenues once fully occupied.
The Post Office misused funds due to the Public Treasury to finance “excessive withdrawals” by customers of its Savings Bank, the Auditor-General has revealed.
A well-known accountant has backed the withdrawal of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as Baha Mar’s potential provisional liquidators, given that this nation’s handling of the $3.5 billion dispute must be perceived as beyond reproach.
The Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company is seeking a reduction in export tax rates in return for a further $15-$20 million expansion that will create 60-70 additional jobs.
The Government has summoned the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to further investigate alleged fraud and other irregularities at the Post Office Savings Bank, with the Cabinet Minister responsible acknowledging the need for a “radical shift” in oversight.
JEFFERY Gibson, shaking off his disappointing anchor leg on the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay at the Pan Am Games, and Steven Gardiner, continuing his red hot season, showed that they are still in great form and eager to head to Beijing, China, for the IAAF World Championships later this month.
Baha Mar’s Chinese partners yesterday received backing from another creditor in their bid to dismiss the developer’s Chapter 11 case, on the grounds that it is now “virtually impossible” for the $3.5 billion project to re-organise under the Delaware court.
An ex-Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) attorney was “distraught” after the Government’s withholding of a report by its international consultants left him unable to properly contribute to the debate on Freeport’s future.
Suggested amendments to the proposed Fly Fishing regulations are being put in a draft for Cabinet’s consideration, the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources has confirmed.
The Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources has backed the right of Bahamian fishermen to protect themselves, while urging them not to confront foreign poachers.
WITH former professional bodybuilder Joel Stubbs now at the helm, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation is hoping to see a resurgence in its programme this year.
THIS week we continue in the AFC with the East and West divisions. Both divisions are very similar with parody throughout, with some pretenders becoming contenders, and those who are used to being leaders becoming bottom feeders. These divisions could go either way, other experts say that can’t call it, me however I’m willing to give it a go.
Monday, August 3
SIX Bahamians – including one woman - are in police custody in connection with the discovery of nearly $1 million worth of cocaine and marijuana in two separate drug busts over the weekend.
Sunday, August 2
A four-year-old boy has died in hospital from a gunshot wound.