Stories for December 2015


Thursday, December 31

Two Knights and a Dame among Bahamians recognised in Queen's New Year honours

TWENTY SIX Bahamians from all walks of life have been recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours list for exemplary service to the country, Government House announced on Thursday night.

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Cable Bahamas 28% subscription rise applications approved by URCA

CABLE Bahamas' application to increase monthly charges by up to 28 per cent for two of its subscription television channels and introduction of a new basic service has been approved by the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) after a year-long consultation process.

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Department of Immigration seeks final say on who can live in The Bahamas

Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said the government is seeking to design and move amendments to ensure that the Department of Immigration has the final say on who has a right to come and live in The Bahamas.

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More than 5,000 illegal immigrants repatriated in 2015

More than 5,000 illegal immigrants in The Bahamas were repatriated back to their homeland in 2015, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said Thursday, adding that the Department of Immigration is bracing for an even tougher year in 2016.

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UPDATED: Man dies in New Year's Eve shooting

POLICE have identified the country's latest murder victim as 38-year-old Jermaine Ferguson, of  Golden Palms Estates.

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Dept of Immigration reviewing report on Christmas choir incident

IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell confirmed on Thursday that the Department of Immigration is reviewing a report concerning allegations that stem from an incident involving the Grand Bahama Youth Choir (GBYC) at the Memories Resort in Grand Bahama on Christmas Eve.

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A YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The matters that must be resolved in 2016

AS WE enter 2016, there are a number of pressing national issues that must be quickly addressed and sorted. Today’s column will highlight a few of them and should serve as a dose of reality for the New Year particularly on issues that our government has tried so desperately to dissuade the public not to believe statistics and/or their very own eyes and ears and instead to believe the mumbo-jumbo that the leaders of government and their minions espouse.

Waiting for eyes to open

The Bible book of Genesis, Chapter 2, speaking of Adam and Eve, ends with “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

The bridge and illusions

Another Christmas has come and gone. On that date this year we recorded yet another alleged homicide and, according to the police, another suspected suicide.

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‘Cookout days are over’ says union chief as he backs NHI

TRADE Union Congress President Obie Ferguson yesterday backed the Christie administration’s proposed National Health Insurance scheme, stating firmly: “The cookout days are over.”

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Bahamian guilty of gambling at Atlantis

A BAHAMIAN, caught playing Blackjack in the Atlantis Casino, was given probation by a magistrate yesterday after he pleaded guilty to illegal gambling.

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Government signs five-year deal with nurses union

EXECUTIVES of the Bahamas Nurses Union yesterday signed two five-year industrial agreements with the government, ending an arduous process that initially saw both sides come to an agreement only to have minor details force negotiators back to the table.

VIDEO: Policewoman arrested as fight breaks out at funeral

A WOMAN constable and her husband were taken into police custody after a fight broke out at a funeral reportedly because the couple were told by a higher ranking officer to move their vehicle from where it was, The Tribune understands.

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Minnis: Govt crime plan is ‘smoke and mirrors’

AFTER the homicide rate reached a record breaking 147 for the year, Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said it is increasingly clear that the Christie administration’s so-called campaign promise of a solution to crime was nothing more than “smoke and mirrors”.

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'Ninety' Knowles sues for $70m

CONVICTED drug “kingpin” Samuel “Ninety” Knowles is seeking $70m in damages from the government for the “emotional, mental torture” he experienced as a result of his “premature” extradition to the United States almost ten years ago.

The Bahamas’ long journey backwards

“THE Bahamas has come a long way in three and a half years!” boasts PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts in a release sent to the press on Tuesday ridiculing observations made by FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest on government’s poor performance.

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Police investigate robbery by men with a machete in Abaco

POLICE in Abaco are searching for two men who they want to question in connection with a violent robbery early on New Year's Eve.

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Freeport man, 22, in hospital after shooting

GRAND Bahama Police are investigating a shooting incident that resulted in the hospitalisation of a 22-year-old Freeport man on Wednesday night. A 43-year-old man is assisting police with their investigations.

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Vikings to join the playoff party as the door closes

THIS week brings with it a sobering but eager mood. The 2015-2015 NFL regular-season will draw to a close, narrowing down the field of 32 teams to 12.

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Mr Scrooge: ‘The ghosts of seasons past have stolen my holiday cheer’

FOR starters, happy holidays to you all and the very best in 2016.

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THE FINISH LINE: ‘It’s time to pull the curtain down on 2015 and usher in 2016’

It’s not how you start, nor how you get there. Most importantly, it’s how you finish.

Tight end Alex Smith signs with Redskins

AS teams fortify their rosters headed into the playoffs, one veteran player with Bahamian roots took advantage of the opportunity to continue his career as a journeyman reserve.

BAAA breaks its silence on ‘dark side’ of doping

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) finally broke its silence on the “dark side” of doping, in which the Bahamas has been accused of assisting in the supplies of performance-enhancing drugs to some elite athletes. In a press release, the BAAA made it crystal clear that they will continue to have a “zero” policy and will continue to promote a clean and healthy sport.

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Give the edge to the CC Sweeting Cobras in the latest edition of the storied rivalry between two of the top high school basketball teams in the country.

Bahamas must ‘tolerate’ double digit joblessness

The Bahamas will likely have to “tolerate double digit unemployment numbers” for several years, a former finance minister hinting that Baha Mar’s fate is unlikely to be resolved overnight.

‘Buying a lawsuit’ fears shut down project’s progress

Frustrated homeowners at Exuma’s Oceania Heights community yesterday said their efforts to move the controversy-plagued project forward have been at “a standstill” for a third year, with the ‘spectre’ of its previous developer continuing to deter new investors.

Retailers suffer sluggish Xmas

Bahamian retailers yesterday lamented that Christmas sales were “down quite a bit” compared to previous years, with one telling this newspaper: “I don’t think anyone’s sales have gone up this year.”  

Jetpack entrepreneur beats three-year wait

The Bahamas’ first water-propelled jetpack operator is set to launch in early January 2016, after a nearly three-year wait for the necessary approvals.

Supervalue boss: ‘Horrors’ ended by 7% Xmas jump

Supervalue’s owner yesterday revealed he “had the horrors” just before Christmas”, but quickly recovered after both his supermarket brands delivered a 7 per cent sales increase in the final week before the big day.


Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise. - Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise held its annual Jingle Bell Jazz event on Dec 4, 2015, that drew the attention of many patrons and jazz connoisseurs.

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A glimpse inside the new-look UWI location

THE University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Bahamas has held its first open house at its new location on Village Road.

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Bahamian-American to be sentenced over gun in bag

A BAHAMIAN-American who recently admitted to being in possession of an unlicensed firearm will reappear in Magistrate’s Court for sentencing today concerning the discovery of a revolver in his bag at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.

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Man hunted by police over stabbing hands himself in

THE man authorities were searching for in connection with a stabbing death at Yellow Elder Gardens early Tuesday morning turned himself into police yesterday, Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle confirmed.

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Murder victims named

POLICE have released the identities of some of the country’s latest murder victims.

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Woman stabbed in home by robber

POLICE are looking for a man who broke into a woman’s home Wednesday morning and stabbed her.

Rufa ‘angry and shocked’ by immigration treatment

BRUNO Rufa - a Canadian who has adopted Freeport as his retirement home - says he is “angry and shocked” at how he is being treated by Bahamas immigration officials.

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Oorganisers aim to repeat junkanoo parade success

AS praise continues to roll in for one of the most successful Junkanoo parades in recent memory - last week’s Boxing Day Parade - officials of the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence (JCNP) are hoping the New Year’s Day Parade “follows suit.”

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Cubans detained after being found by RBDF

EIGHT Cuban migrants discovered at Anguilla Cay in the Cay Sal Bank were picked up by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and brought to Freeport on Tuesday.

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With a comfortable lead headed into the final week of the season, Sannie decided that we didn’t deserve explanations behind her picks anymore and that “one word was all she needed.” This is the monster that we’ve created and the regret I have to live with everyday is real. (That regret I meant is the column by the way, not the entire relationship, engagement and wedding thing. That part is cool).

New Delta volumes ‘quite encouraging’

Initial passenger numbers on Delta Airlines’ flights into both North Eleuthera and Marsh Harbour are “quite encouraging”, the Out Island Promotions Board’s executive director said yesterday, adding that this should “bode well for all stakeholders”.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Design processes to resolve client issues

Here is a common list of issues designers deal with while working with clients, and advice on how to avoid or solve these problems in a professional manner.

CIBC helping in that final lap . . .

CIBC FirstCaribbean gave Junkanoo groups the last push they needed as they prepared for the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Parades.

Concern on ‘selective’ NHI tax treatments

The Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chairman yesterday said healthcare provided by National Health Insurance (NHI) was set to benefit “selectively and partially” from the removal of the 3 per cent insurance premium tax.

Bahamas Red Cross team attends international conference in Switzerland

A Bahamas Red Cross delegation attended the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this month.

Gov’t urged: Reduce ‘bloated’ civil service

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president has called for a “drastic improvement” in public sector management, and is urging a reduction in the size of the “bloated and inefficient civil service”.

Wednesday, December 30

YOUR SAY: Empty promises and disastrous ideas

FOR too long, I have sat on the sidelines hoping that honest politicians, pastors, lawyers or other leaders of our country would speak up concerning the disastrous trajectory our country continues to spiral on.

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Man charged over sex with girl, 11

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday alleged to have had unlawful sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl.

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Rufa seeks judicial review after permit is revoked

AFTER being vindicated following his unlawful deportation early this year, Canadian homeowner Bruno Rufa is again back in the Supreme Court seeking leave to apply for a judicial review of the recent arbitrary expulsion decision on December 23 by the Director of Immigration to cancel and revoke his permission to be in The Bahamas, and that he “wrap up his affairs” within seven days and leave the country by December 30.

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Choir ‘kicked out’ of resort as staff claim abuse by manager

ALTHOUGH they have been officially recognised as young Bahamian “ambassadors” by the Ministry of Tourism, the Grand Bahama Youth Choir and its director were reportedly kicked out of the Memories Resort by a foreign manager on Christmas Eve before completing their performance.

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Anti-doping commission to respond to documentary

THE Bahamas Anti-Doping Commission plans to respond to claims made by an international news agency that The Bahamas is a source from where top world athletes allegedly received some of their dosages of banned performance enhancing drugs, The Tribune has learned.

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Brother-in-law hunted after fatal stabbing

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who allegedly stabbed his brother-in-law early yesterday morning during an argument that is believed to have started over “food.”

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Jobless total ‘even higher’

WHILE he said the Free National Movement would not question the veracity of the Department of Statistics’ latest unemployment figures, party leader Dr Hubert Minnis noted that the agency is “controlled” by a government that prides itself on “cover-ups” and “embellishments”.

GB Chamber chief fears 2016 rating downgrade

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday expressed fears that Moody’s will follow its competitor and downgrade this nation’s sovereign credit rating in 2016, given that Baha Mar’s fate will require “a lengthy period” to resolve.

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Roberts defends PLP record over the past three years

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday stressed that the Bahamas has come a long way during the past three years under the leadership of the Progressive Liberal Party.

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Woman arrested over shooting that left one dead, three injured

POLICE arrested a woman yesterday morning in connection with a shooting incident that left one man dead and three persons in hospital on Sunday.

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Man charged with murder

A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after being charged in connection with a recent murder.

Mixed reviews over ‘The Dark Side - Secrets of the Sports Dopers’

THERE were mixed reviews on Tuesday after published reports on the allegations against the Bahamas in a documentary from Al Jazeera’s Investigation Unit broadcast on Sunday were published in local dailies.

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Hurdler Katrina Seymour ‘ready to go to war’

THE old adage better late than never aptly fits female 400 metres hurdles specialist Katrina Seymour.

Sports Notes

AFTER taking a break for the Christmas holiday, the New Providence Basketball Association is scheduled to resume play on January 4 at the AF Adderley Gymnasium.

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Jonquel Jones posts another double-double in GW Colonials’ 70-57 victory over Illinois

GRAND Bahamian senior forward Jonquel Jones had another double-double and sophomore Brianna Cummings scored 10 of her career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter as the George Washington Colonials women’s basketball team held off Illinois for a 70-57 victory Monday at the State Farm Centre - its second win over an opponent from the Big Ten this season.

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Championship game tonight

THE Redemption Christian Academy Lions, featuring a Bahamian coach and five local players, are in town and they are hoping to make their presence felt at the Providence Holiday Basketball Classic for senior boys’ basketball teams at the CI Gibson Gymnasium.

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Jeffery Gibson The Tribune’s Male Athlete of the Year

A series of record-breaking performances culminating in a bronze medal at the World Championships in Beijing, China, earned Jeffery Gibson The Tribune’s Male Athlete of the Year honour. The top five athletes came down to a diverse group with one common denominator, each planned for their 2015 seasons to set the stage for even greater achievements to come in 2016.

Lab is outfitted with computers at Eight Mile Rock School

THE remedial lab at the Eight Mile Rock High School is near completion and will be ready for use during the 2016 school year to improve reading, literacy, and numeracy skills of students there.

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Museum in Grand Bahama moving closer to reality

The late Sir Jack Hayward’s dream of a museum on Grand Bahama is becoming a reality through efforts spearheaded by businesswoman Erica Gates and others.

Campaigners ready to rebuild

TWO months after Hurricane Joaquin ravaged seven islands in the southern Bahamas with record rains and howling winds, tossing fishing boats onto land, closing businesses and schools and leaving many with little more than the clothes on their back, Rebuild Bahamas has announced it is ready to launch funds and volunteers into the re-opening of commerce, aiding schools and providing clean drinking water.

Chamber chief urges 20-year minimum tax extension in Freeport

Freeport’s expiring investment incentives should be extended for at least 20 years, a senior private sector executive said yesterday, adding that such a move would be “a win-win for everybody”.

No ‘Resolve’ for more bad BoB loans - yet

Bahamas Resolve’s chairman yesterday said he has still not been asked to remove more bad loans from Bank of the Bahamas, and has yet to recover any of the distressed assets currently on his books.

‘I wish it could be like this all year’

Abaco and North Eleuthera resorts said yesterday they were “booked out” due to a surge in business over the Christmas holiday weekend, with one operator telling this newspaper: “I wish it could be like this all year.”

Immigration used ‘to harass’ condo bankruptcy rescuer

The Immigration Department is allegedly being used to “harass” a Canadian citizen who saved a 272-unit Freeport condominium complex from bankruptcy, and helped to near-double property values within a decade.

FNM deputy fears Carnival ‘big party but finance failure’

The Free National Movement’s (FNM) deputy leader has warned that next year’s Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will be another “big party but economic failure”, unless the organising committee gets an “urgent jump start”.

Central Bank: Growth ‘very mild’ for 2016

The Central Bank of the Bahamas agrees with international agencies that the Bahamian economy “will continue to grow at a very mild pace in 2016”.

Web shop blasts regulatory order

Bet Vegas, the only web shop operator to be denied a license, has slammed a Gaming Board order warning Bahamians not to gamble at its premises as “victimisation”.

Tuesday, December 29

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Artist Alexia Roach comes home to push boundaries

BAHAMIAN artist Alexia Roach set out to push boundaries and experiment with various media for her solo exhibition “Coming Home”.

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POLITICOLE: What’s to love about online dating?

AFTER chatting with one of my good friends recently, I decided to look more closely at the world of online dating. And by “look more closely” I mean sign up with a few online dating sites and see what comes of it.

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Woman dies at home after support for family appeal

A WOMAN died on Sunday after being granted her Christmas wish to come home to The Bahamas to be with loved ones as she met her end following a battle with cancer.

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More Bahamians now working, claims Labour Minister Gibson

A DAY after the latest results of the Department of Statistics’ labour survey revealed that the unemployment rate has risen to 14.8 per cent, with more than one in seven Bahamians now out of a job, Labour Minister Shane Gibson claimed the Bahamas has made “tremendous strides since the global recession”.

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Man, 20, stabbed to death in Yellow Elder Gardens after argument over food

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who stabbed his brother-in-law early on Tuesday morning during an argument allegedly over "food".

Munroe’s talk

Of late, several remarks made by Wayne Munroe, QC, have been very troubling to me.

Is George Smith joking about NHI?

So George Smith says not to worry about the cost of National Health Insurance, just be happy that we are doing such a great thing. That is the height of irresponsibility coming from one who should now be giving the kind of advice expected from a senior statesman.

Minnis’ attitude to women

I cannot adequately express my disappointment with the drivel masquerading as a tribute by the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Hubert Minnis, to mark the 53rd anniversary of the enfranchisement of Bahamian women in 1962.

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Sports doping investigation suggests Bahamian connection for drugs

THE Bahamas has been implicated as a source from where some of the world’s top sports stars, including former world 100 metres record holder Tim Montgomery, allegedly received some of their dosages of banned performance enhancing drugs.

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PM expects completion of Baha Mar early next year

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said he expects Baha Mar to be completed early next year, although he did not give a specific date for the restart of construction at the resort or when the property might open.

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Cabinet to discuss legislation for National Health Insurance today

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said the draft legislation for National Health Insurance is finished and will likely be discussed in Cabinet today.

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Three die in holiday murders

POLICE are seeking the public’s help in finding a woman and a man believed to be responsible for fatally shooting a man and leaving three other victims in hospital.

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Three killed in traffic accidents over holiday

POLICE are investigating three traffic related deaths that occurred during the holiday weekend.

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Shaunae Miller The Tribune’s Female Athlete of the Year

As a double threat this year, Shaunae Miller’s stunning record breaking performance at the Jamaican Invitational in Kingston, Jamaica, and her silver medal feat at the 15th International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Championships in Beijing, China earned her The Tribune’s Female Athlete of the Year honour.

Dental hygiene tips for the holiday season

Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love, kindness and goodness. During this festive season we socialise more with family and friends, exchange gifts, attend parties, and eat to our hearts content. Even though it is a time of feasting, we must be cognizant of our oral health. Preventing caries is still of vital importance despite the season.

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Live a Fulfilling Life: Mind Silence

Some people think that the mind is the brain, but it is not.

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Bahamas’ first cochlear implant surgery performed at Doctors Hospital

Three years ago, Wesley Paul suddenly went deaf. He had just no residual hearing in his left ear and minimal hearing in his right, and he was no longer able to communicate, continue to work in the financial sector or participate in one of his favourite hobbies – singing.

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Getting back to basics at all-women’s gym

It’s been 11 years since she first discovered her passion for fitness, and today Sirena Ingraham runs what she describes as the ideal gym facility for women.

NHI: The Big 'P' Word

Here we are. Just two short weeks away from 2016 and the implementation of the much needed National Health Insurance (NHI).

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Bad behaviour and its consequences

We have had a spate of violent acts. We have also had a spate of acts of public bad behaviour.

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SPORTING MISCHIEF & MAYHEM: Sports movies that pass the screen test for all time

RECENTLY on The Press Box (Sundays 10am -1pm on KISS96FM) the question arose in our banter which were the best sports movies of all time.

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Lashann Higgs posts triple-double in 83-49 win

IT has been a great ride so far for Bahamian freshman Lashann Higgs as she reunites with her adopted father George Washington on the Texas Longhorns women’s basketball team.

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Buddy Hield scores new career high for 3rd time this season

FOR the third time this season, Buddy Hield set a new scoring career high and continues his stellar senior season as his draft stock continues to rise.

Providence Holiday Basketball Classic continues today

NOW a staple on the Christmas season’s sporting calendar, the Providence Holiday Basketball Classic continues to expand in its 2015 edition.

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Former ZNS reporter guilty of contempt of court

A FORMER ZNS reporter has been found in “contumacious” contempt of court for giving false testimony why being cross-examined for his alleged involvement in defamatory websites and articles published against billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon.

Abaco Club dock to take near 20% of Little Harbour

Environmentalists fear the Abaco Club’s proposed 44-slip dock is “disproportionately large”, and will undermine the existing tourism business for one of the island’s most self-sufficient communities.

Gov’t eyes $350m net via ‘outperforming’ VAT

Value-Added Tax (VAT) continues to outperform expectations, with the Government still on target to enjoy a net $300-$350 million revenue increase for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

GB Power getting creative to defer $15m investment

Grand Bahama Power Company is aiming to “defer” a $15 million investment in new generation capacity by being “creative” on energy efficiency and how it uses existing assets.

‘Don’t promise what you cannot deliver’

The Government’s failure to deliver on any of its Fiscal Responsibility targets has prompted the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman to warn: “Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.”

Dingman collapse cost entrepreneurs ‘credibility’

A group of Bahamian entrepreneurs from “underprivileged” backgrounds lost their “credibility” when the collapse of Jamie Dingman’s Nassau restaurant empire undermined a key promotional event.

Monday, December 28

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UPDATED: Valley Boys win Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade (with photo gallery)

THE Valley Boys were declared winners of the 2015 Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade after rushing to Bay Street amid cheers early Saturday morning under the theme “Love, Happiness and Peace”.

Bahamian American man caught with handgun at LPIA

A BAHAMIAN American who resides in Palm Bay, Florida, is in custody after he was arrested at the Lynden Pindling International Airport for possession of a firearm on Sunday.

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Two men shot dead, woman turns herself in to police

TWO MEN died in separate shooting incidents on Sunday night and early Monday in New Providence, with a woman turning herself in to police in connection with the first case.

Sunday, December 27

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Police search for man who shot at officers during high-speed chase

POLICE are searching for Philano Rashad Williams, 27, of Alexander Drive, Sunset Park, who shot at police during a high-speed chase in New Providence on Sunday.

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Two dead after crash on JFK Drive, fisherman missing off Eleuthera

TWO MEN are dead after a car crash on JFK Drive, New Providence, early on Sunday morning while a search continues for a fisherman missing off Eleuthera since Saturday morning.

Saturday, December 26

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Junkanoo policing operation "a great success"

POLICE are hailing the "mammoth" security operation put on for the 2015 Junkanoo Boxing Day Parade on Bay Street as “a great success”.

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Boxing Day rugby sevens renamed in memory of Sean Neville

THE traditional and charitable Buccaneers Rugby Club Boxing Day seven-a-side rugby tournament, which will be played on Boxing Day at the Winton Rugby Field, has been renamed in memory of Sean Neville, who died earlier this year.

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Man shot dead at Christmas night party

A MAN has been shot dead at a party in the early hours of Boxing Day after an argument.

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Dead man found hanging at West Bay Street resort

POLICE are investigating the potential Christmas night suicide of a man at a resort on West Bay Street.

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Man dies in Christmas Day traffic accident on Shirley Street

POLICE are investigating a Christmas Day traffic accident in downtown Nassau that has left a man dead.

Friday, December 25

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Man, 32, in hospital after Grand Bahama stabbing

GRAND Bahama police are investigating a stabbing incident that has left a 32-year-old man from Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock, in hospital on Christmas Day with serious wounds.

Thursday, December 24

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Broncos revel in never-never land in Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

IN A year filled with previous "nevers" accomplished by the Western Michigan Broncos, the college added another on Christmas Eve with the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl title, the first bowl win in school history.

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$10,000 secures release for two men over drugs possession

TWO MEN who recently pleaded guilty to possession of 100 pounds of marijuana have been released from custody after each paid $10,000 to the Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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American in custody over huge Bimini drugs seizure

AN AMERICAN man was remanded to prison on Christmas Eve after he was charged in connection with the seizure this week of more than 1,400 pounds of cocaine in Bimini.

Sherman Brown faces prison after being found guilty of contempt

A FORMER ZNS reporter has been found in “contumacious” contempt of court for giving false testimony why being cross-examined for his alleged involvement in defamatory websites and articles published against billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon.

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A new home for Christmas - a winner celebrates

NESBITT Smith has received the best Christmas present he could wish for - he is going home for the holidays. Mr Smith won the keys to his own home in the FML Group of Companies’ “All I Want For Christmas” promotion.

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More Bahamians are now working claims Labour Minister

A DAY after the latest results of the Department of Statistics' labour survey revealed that the unemployment rate has risen to 14.8 per cent, with more than one in seven Bahamians now out of a job, Labour Minister Shane Gibson claimed the Bahamas has made "tremendous strides since the global recession".

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Two dead, two fighting for life after Abaco traffic accident

TWO people - a 43-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman - are dead and two others are fighting for their lives in hospital after they were involved in a traffic accident in Abaco early on Christmas Eve.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The ethical hypocrisy of George Smith

WHENEVER I read, hear or watch a news story where former Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet minister and Exuma MP George Smith is an uncompromising purveyor of political ethics, I always have flashbacks to 1984.

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Christmas message from Prime Minister Perry Christie

As we celebrate Christmas this year, let us be mindful of one of the great truths impressed upon humankind by Jesus Christ whose birth we are commemorating: Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself.

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Christmas Day will be hot for Bahamians say forecasters

FORECASTERS at the Department of Meterology have dashed any hope of a cool Bahamian Christmas, with the holiday weekend shaping up to be “an average hot day”.

Rolle denies BIA claim of VAT removal from healthcare

FINANCIAL Secretary John Rolle said yesterday that no serious consideration is being given to removing value added tax (VAT) from healthcare services and health insurance premiums in this country.

Nurses are ‘sick and tired’ of treatment by govt

JANNAH Khalfani, president of the Bahamas Nurses Union, said yesterday she is “sick and tired” of being “disregarded and disrespected” by the government after the Department of Public Health postponed the signing of the union’s industrial agreement for the third time “for no reason.”

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‘NHI without catastrophic care won’t help Bahamians’

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis reiterated yesterday that a National Health Insurance scheme that does not provide catastrophic care will not help Bahamians in the way they need it most.

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Legal fight ahead as Rufa ‘told to leave country in 7 days’

ATTORNEY Fred Smith is preparing for more rounds of court battles over the rights of Bruno Rufa after the Canadian was reportedly told yesterday by immigration officers that he must leave the country within seven days.

FNM blames Prime Minister for ‘bleak Christmas’

BAHAMIANS will have a “bleak Christmas” this year because of the weak leadership of Prime Minister Perry Christie, the Free National Movement said in a statement yesterday.

Rejected web shop makes ‘unfair’ treatment claim

The only web shop operator to be denied a license yesterday claimed it was treated unfairly in the process, and never received the new mandatory Gaming Board requirements that were issued in September 2015.

Bahamas Bowl organisers promise to provide an interactive experience

WITH the tagline “family, fun and football,” event organisers of the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl have promised to provide an interactive experience for its patrons.

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'True spirit of Junkanoo will shine through'

JUNKANOO Corporation of New Providence Chairman Silbert Ferguson has declared that the “true spirit” of Junkanoo will shine through during the highly-anticipated Boxing Day Parade tomorrow night.

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Judge considers next move after hung jury

A JUDGE has fixed a date in February 2016 to hear legal arguments on whether two men convicted of conspiracy to commit murder could be sentenced for the crime when a jury returned a hung verdict on the murder charge itself.

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Palm Cay killing accused must wait until 2016 for bail appeal

ONE of two men accused of being responsible for a murder at the Palm Cay community must wait until next year before he learns if the Court of Appeal will reverse a Supreme Court judge’s decision to deny him bail ahead of trial.

‘No offset’: VAT to stay on healthcare

A senior official yesterday denied that the Government was set to eliminate Value-Added Tax (VAT) on health insurance premiums, as there was nothing “to offset” the resulting revenue loss to the Treasury.

No Bahamasair loss on $3.5m ruling reversal

Bahamasair suffered no financial loss as a result of the Court of Appeal reversing a ruling over the January 2007 crash landing involving one of its Dash-8 planes, as it had already been paid a $4.2 million insurance claim.

No jobless numbers change in 30 months

Total jobless numbers have remained the same for the past two-and-a-half years, official Government data released yesterday revealed, prompting fears that the economy continues to “flat-line”.

Dingman hit for $1.1m on failed Nassau empire

Bahamian businesses and individuals have joined forces to launch a $1.113 million damages claim against Jamie Dingman, son of world-famous entrepreneur, Michael, over his failed attempt to build a Nassau restaurant empire.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Designers must do the maths beyond graphics

If you ask a designer whether they consider themselves to be particularly talented at maths, the likely answer will be ‘no’.

Tyreflex Star Motors clients see 2016 Mercedes-Benz rollout

A GROUP of Tyreflex Star Motors clients were among the first to witness the 2016 Mercedes-Benz lineup of luxury vehicles at a cocktail reception last week, with an exclusive white GLE 400 unveiled and expected to be the most coveted car this Christmas.

IAN FERGUSON: How business can help combat crime’s roots

As we begin the festive season, our hopes and desires for a joyous holiday bring with them a heightened sense of fear of the lurking criminal element.

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Time to show who is top of the NFL class

IT IS week 16 in the NFL and that means finals. No, this isn’t like the finals weeks we all remember from college, definitely nothing like that.

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Here are my Christmas gifts, no wrapping required

I REBOUNDED a bit last week going 12-4, while ‘Naughty 2.0’ (my eight-year-old son, Santxol) continues his impressive run going 11-5.

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RENALDO: This could be the last time we see this incarnation of the Raiders and Chargers, unfortunately for them it comes along during a season where nobody cares. Couple that with the fact that it’s on Thursday and Colour Rush may still be a thing. This is just bad all around. Take a look good people of Carson, California…this is what you signed up for.

Former public school trio shine on scholarships

THREE former public school students awarded scholarships by Hutchison Port Holdings Bahamas Business Units are doing well and excelling at the Bishop Michael Eldon High School.

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Govt ‘not doing what is needed to stop economic bleeding’

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday blamed the increase in the country’s unemployment rate on “poor governance” from the Christie administration and a lack of “outrage among these government officials about the level of suffering that their people are facing”.

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Mourners pay their respects to stabbed schoolboy Adonai

NEARLY 150 mourners gathered at the St Anne’s Anglican Parish yesterday for a funeral service for 16-year-old Adonai Wilson who was fatally stabbed during a fight with several schoolmates earlier this month.

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The stage is set for the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

THE teams are ready, the logistics are in place and the stage is set for the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

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Unemployment rises to 14.8%

THE lay offs of more than 2,000 Baha Mar employees in October contributed to a 2.8 per cent increase in the country’s unemployment rate pushing the national figure to 14.8 per cent, officials from the Department of Statistics said yesterday.

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Govt to be tougher on crime in 2016, says PM

THE government will introduce “tougher measures” to combat crime in 2016, Prime Minister Perry Christie said last night.

Wednesday, December 23

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Tribune reader offer: last-minute tickets to the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

THE TRIBUNE has 100 last-minute tickets to give away FREE to readers on Thursday morning for the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium.

YOUR SAY - Hubert Minnis: My vision

Dr Hubert Minnis, leader of the Free National Movement, outlines his vision for the future of the country.

Carmita Edwards

It was with a great sense of sadness that I learned of the death of the late Carmita Louise Edwards.

Corporal punishment

Wayne Munroe’s statement-opinion is irrational and does not take into consideration The Bahamas commitments to UN and UNHCR Conventions.

Flights to Cuba

Has anyone else taken note of the agreement that was signed between Cuba and the US Government on December 16th that will allow as many as 110 scheduled flights daily between those countries?

Children are our future

Thank you for your support, as it relates to building a better and stronger Bahamas, knowing that your newspaper’s letters column does play a vital role in the development of The Bahamas and the way forward. Again thank you for your space.

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Govt to announce water improvement plan soon

EXECUTIVE Chairman of the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) Leslie Miller yesterday said he expects the government to announce “in short order” the benefits its Water Supply Improvement Project will bring to communities suffering through “the worst of the worst” in terms of water supply.

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Police shoot naked man after chase near Saunders Beach

POLICE were forced to shoot a naked man yesterday after receiving reports that he was harassing people near Saunders Beach, according to Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Dean.

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Drop in charity donations during Christmas season

THERE has been a “mass decrease” in Christmas donations at the Ranfurly Homes for Children this year, officials said yesterday.

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Man accused of sex attack on girl, 12

A MAN was remanded to prison without bail yesterday after being charged with the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

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Butler-Turner: PLP wants to hold convention at Baha Mar

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday accused Prime Minister Perry Christie of “misleading and deceiving” Bahamians over Baha Mar, as she castigated the governing Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) for having ulterior motives behind its push to open the resort’s convention centre by early 2016.

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Sports coach crime scene ‘one of worst ever seen’

POLICE have no leads, no motive and no suspects in custody in connection with the brutal murder of sports coach Devince Smith, according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean.

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Bahamian ‘hacked celebrity sex tapes and TV scripts’

A Bahamian man hacked into celebrities’ email accounts to steal unreleased movie and TV scripts and private sex tapes and sought to peddle some of the scripts, boasting to an undercover agent that he had dossiers on at least 130 accounts of stars and big shots in entertainment, sports and media, federal prosecutors said.

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No more VAT on healthcare?

THE Ministry of Finance is considering removing Value Added Tax (VAT) from healthcare services and health insurance premiums, Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) Chairman Emmanuel Komolafe said yesterday.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Designers must do the maths beyond graphics

If you ask a designer whether they consider themselves to be particularly talented at maths, the likely answer will be ‘no’. However, the field of graphic design combines artistic talent with technological savvy to create images and messages that influence all aspects of our daily lives. Pursuing a degree in graphic design requires significant artistic training, yet understanding key math components is also necessary.

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Man in custody after allegedly daring police to arrest him

A 21-year-old Freeport, Grand Bahama, man was arrested yesterday afternoon after he allegedly posted a video on Facebook showing him brandishing an illegal firearm and daring police to arrest him.

Fisherman still missing

INVESTIGATIONS are still continuing into the disappearance of a Bahamian crewman at sea during bad weather off Great Isaac Cay on December 4, according to a senior police official in Grand Bahama.

Murder suspect to submit alibi within 21 days

A MAN awaiting trial on a murder charge said he would submit an alibi to the Office of the Attorney General within 21 days.

New life ready to put on a show

THE New Life Classic Dancers Junkanoo group is preparing to put on a show for spectators during the New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade in Freeport on January 1 after a financially challenging year.

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Bahamas Bowl teams host Youth Leadership Clinic

BOWL week events continued yesterday for the inaugural Popeyes Bahamas Bowl as the organisers sought to foster a relationship with the local community and promote educational and athletic opportunities to the youth of the Bahamas through college football.

Over 1,700 ex-Baha Mar staff registered with Labour Dept

More than 1,700 former Baha Mar employees have registered with the Department of Labour to ensure they receive unemployment benefits from the National Insurance Board (NIB) and are in position to learn of job vacancies, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

Moss’s Bill set to exacerbate mortgage ‘crisis’

The FNM’s deputy leader yesterday warned that the Private Members Bill introduced by fellow MP Greg Moss will only exacerbate the Bahamas’ mortgage crisis by further increasing the reluctance of commercial banks to extend home loans.

Abaco Club project facing legal threat

Environmental activists are threatening the Abaco Club with a legal challenge to an expansion project that “will completely alter the character” of one of the island’s most picturesque communities.

NHI’s 5,000 patient requirement dropped

The Government was yesterday said to have dropped its National Health Insurance (NHI) requirement for private doctors to take on 5,000 patients, although it has yet to address 18 concerns raised by the Medical Association of the Bahamas (MAB).

2,350 homes, firms get first piped water

Some 2,350 Bahamian homes and businesses will receive piped water for the first time due to a $42 million project, which aims to “duplicate” a model that slashed Family Island water leaks by 50 percentage points.

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Blue Raiders, Broncos come into Bowl with identical win-loss records

IT’S the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders out of Conference USA against Western Michigan Broncos from the Mid-American Conference in the second version of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, scheduled for noon Thursday at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium.

Nurses stage second protest over mould at Abaco clinic

NURSES at the Marsh Harbour Clinic in Abaco initiated a sit-out yesterday because of an unresolved mould infestation issue caused by a faulty air-conditioning unit.

‘We also have to make sure that we get home in a reasonable time for Christmas’

BETWEEN the two teams, it took about three airplanes to get their entire contingent to the Bahamas this week for the second version of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

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Rufa ‘continues to be target for immigration officers’

A WEEK after the Supreme Court ruled that he had been unlawfully deported from the Bahamas, Canadian Bruno Rufa believes he is still being harassed by immigration officials, according to the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA).

Foetus found in plastic bag on shore

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a human foetus found in a plastic bag.

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New entrance being created for Potter’s Cay Dock

WORK is progressing on the $3.1m redevelopment of Potters’s Cay Dock, with a new entrance off East Bay Street west of the Paradise Island Bridge taking shape.

‘Govt has failed to bring laws that matter to Bahamians’

FREE National Movement (FNM) Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest told The Tribune yesterday that he was not impressed by the government’s legislative agenda this year because there was an overall failure to present bills that matter to Bahamians.

Credit union cuts off Club Land’Or

The Director of Labour said yesterday that while he had secured a “gentleman’s agreement” from Club Land’Or to pay outstanding sums owed to its employees, the deal will not be legally binding in the absence of a trade dispute beimng filed.

East GB will ‘reject’ fresh aragonite mining

East Grand Bahama will likely deliver another “resounding rejection” should the Government seek to revive proposals for sand/aragonite mining at the envrionmentally-sensitive Bursus Cay, the area’s MP said yesterday.

Tuesday, December 22

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THE BIG QUESTION: What would you do as Prime Minister for a day?

With so many political issues in the headlines at the moment, including the fight against crime, National Health Insurance and the on-going Baha Mar debacle, The Tribune is asking readers this question:

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‘Girl on Pole’ dance studio offers exciting form of fitness

SINCE opening its doors in February, the Girl on Pole Dance Studio has blossomed into a unique haven for women seeking to relieve stress after a hard day’s work, to relax and learn something new, all while getting fit at the same time.

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Live a Fulfilling Life: Creating habits that stick

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” These words from Aristotle are a reminder that success doesn’t come overnight. It is a discipline that, with time, takes you from where you are to where you want to go.

All I want for Christmas

This is the first verse of a popular Christmas song written in 1944. Donald Yetter Gardner penned the song “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” in about 30 minutes and since then it has been on the tips of our tongues. It is my hope that this song does not apply to any of the readers of this column, unless of course they are in the second grade.

Make holiday meals happy for cancer patients

For the majority of families throughout the Bahamas, the holidays mean family time, laughter, maybe a little Christmas carolling and certainly a whole lot of food. But for those families whose holiday guest list includes a cancer patient at the table, food can take on a whole new meaning.

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Michelle Miller Motivational: Finding joy and personal fulfillment

Like many, you too may experience times in your life when you’re seeking something, but are unsure what of what it is.

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BUN IN THE OVEN: Dear Kids, I’m sorry I can’t be there for you

Life moves so much faster than we wish sometimes. Between daily responsibilities and the expectations we place on ourselves, finding the “sweet spot” when it comes to balance is really hard. It’s easy sometimes to feel overwhelmed, overworked and never enough. There are many days I think, “Kids, I’m sorry I can’t be there for you.”

Michelle Hudson passes her love for the performing arts on to the next generation

HAVING the opportunity to express herself through the performing arts over the years, be it dance or acting, has been a gratifying experience for performer Michelle Hudson.

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Chaos and a crown

Bahamian pageant supporters witness outrage over blunder first-hand

THERE was chaos both on and off the television screen during Sunday’s night 64th Miss Universe 2015 pageant in Las Vegas, which saw one contest crowned and another left in shock and tears.

Christmas cheer with a grain of salt

Let me pour a bit of cheer in your Christmas egg-nog - mixed with a grain of salt.

A promise

I note the PM “promises” good news on crime fight in the Saturday’s Guardian.

Poor motorbike show

On Sunday, December 20, my family and I attended the 242 All Star Peace and Love Motorbike Showcase and Stunt Competition. Sad to say that the reputation for event organisation in this country has yet another black mark against it.

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Teenager accused of attempted murder

A teenager was charged with attempted murder in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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POLITICOLE: Check your BTC bills (and Cable Bahamas)

I DON’T usually use this space to complain about specific businesses, but I will today, because unfortunately I now join the chorus of unnecessarily disgruntled BTC customers, and my recent gripes with them are likely being experienced by their other many but virtually voiceless patrons.

Discussions to benefit both The Bahamas and Cuba

TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said discussions currently underway to package the Cuban and Bahamian tourism products as a joint multi-destination offer could, if achieved, “bolster the opportunities for both countries:.

PM hails investments to boost east Grand Bahama

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has indicated that significant investments are in the pipeline that will provide major economic stimulus for east Grand Bahama.

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Man accused of stabbing and killing Jamaican woman in 2013

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a murder charge concerning the fatal stabbing of a Jamaican woman that occurred two years ago.

Judge tells convicts to learn while in prison

TWO men who received what a prosecutor believes to be lenient sentences for armed robbery were urged by a Supreme Court judge yesterday to take advantage of learning opportunities available at the prison.

Govt approved for $28m loan to improve water supply

THE Caribbean Development Bank has approved a $28m loan to assist the government in improving water supply systems in communities in New Providence and the Family Islands, CDB officials said yesterday.

Farmers angry over hundreds of pounds of meat spoiled as cooler breaks down

CHRISTMAS just got worse for some Bahamian farmers after hundreds of pounds of their meat spoiled after a cooler at the Farrington Road Abattoir stopped working over the weekend.

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Sandals turns Santa to bring gifts to kids

CHILDREN from foster homes and schools glowed for Sandals Foundation volunteers this holiday season when the team delivered their annual Christmas toys and treats.

PM named one of Jones Communications' persons of the year for VAT introduction

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has been selected as one of The Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) 2015 ‘Persons of the Year.’

Minnis says oil explorer 'known to swindle'

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday accused the Christie administration of conducting business with a Canadian man “known to swindle” clients of money as he questioned the government’s ability to properly police the petroleum industry.

Teenager accused of web shop raid asks for protective custody

ONE of three men accused of being a part of an armed robbery ring that recently targeted a popular web shop asked a magistrate yesterday to put him in protective custody at the prison.

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Gomez would be interested in return to Cabinet

CENTRAL and South Eleuthera MP Damian Gomez said yesterday that he is interested in returning to Cabinet after resolving the issues that prompted him to tender his resignation as state minister of legal affairs earlier this month.

Sales slow, but officials promise a flawless Junkanoo parade

OFFICIALS from the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence yesterday raised concern about slow ticket sales as they guaranteed that this season’s parades will be “flawlessly and excellently produced”.

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Christie again denies conflict of interest

PRIME Minister Perry Christie was forced to again defend himself against allegations of a conflict of interest connected to the country’s oil exploration industry over which he castigated the Free National Movement for using “smear politics” to “wantonly” assault his integrity.

Two Cubans escape from detention centre

TWO Cubans who were detained at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre escaped from the facility on Saturday, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

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Blue Raiders and Broncos hit the gridiron for final tune-ups ahead of Bahamas Bowl

As players and coaching staff become accustomed to the novelty of being in the Bahamas, they returned to some familiar confines yesterday as they hit the gridiron for one of the final tune-ups ahead of the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

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Iesha Shepherd wins the Giorgio Baldacci title

IESHA Shepherd cemented her position as the top local female player remaining unbeaten this year by winning the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Giorgio Baldacci tennis tournament at the National Tennis Centre over the weekend.

Doctors revolt brews over NHI

A withdrawal by the Medical Association of the Bahamas (MAB) and its members of all co-operation with the Government over National Health Insurance (NHI) was yesterday branded “a possibility” ahead of a crunch January 16 meeting.

QC warns: Arbitrary Immigration actions ‘will sink Bahamas’

The Bahamas will “sink into recession” if the Immigration Department continues to “kick out” foreign investors and property owners on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations made against them, an outspoken QC warned yesterday.

Bishop slams Gov’ts ‘deafening silence’ on CLICO solution

The Government was yesterday slammed for its “deafening silence” over CLICO (Bahamas), with a prominent policyholder accusing it of treating the debacle as “a trifling matter”.

Chamber’s vice-chair hits NHI ‘dictatorship’

National Health Insurance (NHI) could force insurance companies “into extinction” via the same model that has undermined private Bahamian airlines, a Chamber executive yesterday branding efforts to implement the scheme as “socialism and dictatorship”.

Rejected web shop: ‘Only in Bahamas does this happen’

The only web shop operator denied a license again attacked this decision yesterday, telling Tribune Business: “Only in the Bahamas this nonsense could happen”.

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DeVince Smith was a ‘kind and affectionate person who gave of himself’

DEVINCE Smith, who rose from being a player to a coach at the executive level in both the New Providence Volleyball Association and the Bahamas Volleyball Federation, was found dead at his residence in St Albans Drive on Monday.

Baker Newman emerges as champion

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association is hoping to benefit from having the presence of brothers Spencer and Baker Newman in its quest to regain its position as one of the top countries in the American Zone Davis Cup Tie.

Sporting Mischief and Mayhem: Seconds out as Norman and Beckham forget football

THIS Sunday we all bore witness to quite the spectacle between Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Players to watch in the Bahamas Bowl

WE were a laughing stock last year. When the cameras panned to the empty seats at the first Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, our reputation as football fans was called into question by the international media. This year is our chance at redemption.

Airline chief slams Bahamasair $120m

A private airline’s chief executive yesterday called for greater transparency over the $120 million financing for Bahamasair’s new fleet, and said of the Government: “What have they signed us up to again?”

‘Joint tourism’ talks with Cuba a success

The Minister of Tourism yesterday described as “successful” talks with Cuban officials over a muti-destination travel arrangement, aimed at helping the Bahamas to capitalise on the surge of visitors expected to flock to that island following rekindled ties with the US.

Monday, December 21

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Murdered volleyball coach had been dead for "quite some time" say police

THE partially decomposed body of 40-year-old man was found "with blunt force trauma" on Monday afternoon in an apartment complex off West Bay Street.

Skip the lunch and help the poor

IN the true meaning and feeling of the Coming Christ’s Birth surely our MPs,Senators and Staff of the Parliament could have fa r more productively spent the approx, $7,500.00 or possibly more expended for the lunch at the Hilton today by organising a Christmas treat in every constituency for the poor?

Christmas political correctness

Recently, there was a fascinating TV programme showing how the White House was decorated for the holiday season.

Neglected Freeport casino

The recent pronouncements by Minister Darville about improved tourism on Grand Bahama for 2016 are indeed encouraging.

Caribbean has no cause to celebrate Paris climate agreement

The results of the Climate Change conference in Paris (COP21) give no reason for small island states to cheer. The agreement reflects many promises and little action. The one item of concrete action is merely an undertaking to evaluate carbon emissions every five years - and even that has no teeth.

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Ministry denies plans to demolish academy

MINISTRY of Education officials have denied allegations that the ministry is seeking to demolish portions of the former Bahamas Academy building on Wulff Road despite it reportedly being registered as an historic landmark.

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VIDEO: Ship stranded miles inland by hurricane is relaunched

THE Emerald Express, left stranded miles inland by Hurricane Joaquin in early October, has been successfully relaunched off the northern point of Crooked Island after a month-long operation that saw island officials dredge a road and tow the massive ship six miles overland.

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Handbook is essential guide to The Bahamas

THE Bahamas’ first megastar, a high-priced lawyer who donates his expertise to human rights and environmental causes and how the Cold War of the 1970s helped to grow The Bahamas’ financial services sector are just some of the stories in the 2016 Bahamas Handbook which arrived in bookstores last week.

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PM should be concerned over Cabinet losses - Miller

TALL Pines MP Leslie Miller said Prime Minister Perry Christie should be “concerned” that the resignations of two “brilliant” men from Cabinet in the space of a year could create the wrong perception of his administration.

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PM: Registration for NHI will go ahead in January

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has indicated that his government is going ahead with the implementation of registration and enrolment for National Health Insurance in January and plans to move to the next phase by March.

NHI 'could encourage doctors towards behaviour similar to civil servants'

A LEADING surgeon has warned that the current model of National Health Insurance will create a “huge problem” in soliciting productivity from private physicians and could foster behaviour “that resembles the typical civil servant”.

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Man killed in Eleuthera crash

A MAN died in Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, after his car was involved in a collision early Saturday morning.

Bishop rejects claim that NHI is too expensive

BISHOP Simeon Hall moved to discredit the notion that the government’s National Health Insurance scheme is “too expensive” to be introduced, contending that such a “narrow-minded position” would only translate to the deaths of the “poor and downtrodden”.

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Bet Vegas opens doors again ahead of judicial review

THE Supreme Court has granted web shop chain Bet Vegas Casino permission to remain open after it was ordered by the government in October to shut down its gaming houses because it did not meet criteria to qualify for a gaming house operator’s license.

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Tribune reader offer - Popeyes Bahamas Bowl tickets

THE TRIBUNE has another 50 tickets to give away FREE to readers for the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl on Christmas Eve at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium.

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Victim's relative held for hit-and-run on suspected killer after man is shot dead

A 30-year-old man was shot multiple times as he stood outside a home on John Chipman Street and later died in hospital on Saturday night.

MP dismayed as Christmas tree stolen from Sea Breeze park

SEA Breeze MP Hope Strachan said she is disheartened by the apparent theft of a Christmas tree from one of several parks in her constituency over the weekend.

Bahamas must get balanced tourism

The Bahamas must ensure it strikes the right balance between its cruise and stop-over business, the FNM's deputy leader reiterating that it provide a competitive and unique product.

Boyce successfully defends welterweight title

LENNOX Boyce successfully defended his welterweight title as he pulled off a close decision over Grand Bahamian Trey Davis in the main event of the Champion Boxing Club’s 21st Ray Minus Sr End of the Year Amateur Boxing Show.

Jonquel Jones posts 9th straight double-double

BEHIND national player of the year candidate Jonquel Jones’ ninth straight double-double (21 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 14 rebounds), GW (8-3) kept its streak intact of outrebounding every opponent this season with a 51-32 advantage on the glass.

Pirates stun Cleaners for first win, Legends shock Real Deal 101-88

EVERYBODY Wins Legends got into the festive mood by putting together their best game of their inaugural year and the Pirates, also making their debut this year, finally got into the winner’s circle as the New Providence Basketball Association closed out the first half of its 2015/16 regular season at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Friday night.

Bahamas Bowl teams get warm welcome at reception

IT IS bowl week in the Bahamas. Both teams, along with their travelling fan-bases, have arrived in the capital for a week of activities building up to the showdown between the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders and the Western Michigan Broncos at the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Golden Gates men softball champions, Macedonia walk away with co-ed title

WHILE Golden Gates regained their Baptist Sports Council men’s title over Charles W Saunders, they relinquished their co-ed title to Macedonia.

Hield cans career high 33, ‘Tum Tum’ and Spartans top Huskies

It was an historic feat in Bahamian basketball with the latest release of the NCAA rankings when Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr and the Michigan State Spartans were ranked No.1 while Buddy Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners were ranked No.3.

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Rolle secures Bahamas’ berth in Pure Silk LPGA Classic

DESPITE the adverse weather conditions that “made it feel like a boxing match,” Georgette Rolle was able to out-distance Raquel Riley by five strokes to secure the Bahamas’ berth in the 2016 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Golf Tournament.

Murder suspect claims he was at home with girlfriend

A MAN offered an alibi in the Supreme Court on Friday that suggested he was not behind the murder of the boyfriend of a leading anti-crime activist earlier this year.

Two-destination Cuba travel 'bit of a stretch'

A 'two-destination' travel arrangement that would see visitors to Cuba also travel to the Bahamas could be a “bit of a stretch”, the FNM's deputy leader believes.

Just 12% of mortgages finance 'new buildings'

New Central Bank of the Bahamas date has provided a further insight into the sluggish home construction market, with just 12 per cent of mortgage applications involving 'new builds'.

'Reasonable sum' for new MSC island lease

Ocean Cay's current leaseholder is in line to receive "a reasonable sum" as compensation for its termination, and has pledged to ensure "a smooth transition" to Mediterranean Shipping Company's (MSC) new cruise getaway.

'Little chance' to lower high debt, bad loan levels

The Central Bank of the Bahamas has admitted the current economic climate provides "little opportunity" to reduce high consumer debt and loan delinquency levels, with only 'qualified borrowers' able to access credit.

Web shop gains 'stay' on closure

The only web shop operator to be denied a licence has obtained a stay of the Supreme Court decision that effectively paved the way for its closure two weeks ago.

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'Madness': 90% of loan requests are consumer

The Bahamas' consumer loan "madness" is making sustainable economic development impossible, as more than nine out of every 10 credit applications fall into this category.

China provides 'no Baha Mar comfort'

Baha Mar's Bahamian creditors and former employees "can't take much comfort" from the project's financier breaking its silence, the FNM's deputy leader arguing that it merely confirmed "no deal is in hand".

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Insurers blast NHI consulting 'facade'

The Bahamas Insurance Association's (BIA) chairman yesterday said the industry remains "vehemently opposed" to the Government's 'public insurer', and slammed its National Health Insurance (NHI) consultation process as "a facade".

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Bahamasair's $120m finance for new fleet

Two major global financial institutions have been hired to raise $120 million for Bahamasair before year-end, Tribune Business can reveal.

Sunday, December 20

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RICARDO WELLS' NFL picks - week 15

WHEN I committed myself to doing this weekly “pick-em” challenge I truly thought that I could be somewhat good at this. I believed that my regular Sunday strategy of watching absolutely every NFL game possible would result in an impressive record this season.

NAUGHTY'S NFL picks - week 15

A 9-7 week that was 12-4 before another series of fourth-quarter frenzies changed a few things. Nonetheless I will take it - that’s how the NFL goes this season.

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SANCHESKA v RENALDO: NFL week 15 picks

Buccaneers at Rams RENALDO: Oh God, Thursday nights mean NFL Colour Rush. Which means we’re subjected to the NFL’s latest money grab scheme, these God awful uniforms. Avert your eyes away from the bright colours and away from Nick Foles. BUCS over Rams

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Bus passenger foils armed robber as police investigate 11 weekend incidents

AN ATTEMPT by an armed man to rob a fellow passenger on a public service bus in the area of Balfour Avenue and Minnie Street late on Friday afternoon was foiled after a struggle and the gun turned over to police. It was one of 11 armed robberies in New Providence reported by police over a 36-hour period from Friday evening to Sunday morning.

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Man dies in hospital after John Chipman Street shooting

TWO MEN are in custody assisting police with their investigations into a shooting on Saturday night that has left a man dead.

Saturday, December 19

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Driver dies in Eleuthera after collision with truck

A MAN has died in Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, after his car was involved in a collision early on Saturday.

Friday, December 18

US Senate stalls again on Bahamas ambassador

FOURTEEN of President Barack Obama’s nominations for top foreign policy posts and ambassadorships - including one to the Bahamas - were further held up on Friday when the Senate failed to vote on them before closing its business for the year.

Christie presses ahead with NHI scheme for 2016

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has indicated that his government is going ahead with the implementation of registration and enrolment for National Health Insurance in January and plans to move to the next phase by March.

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Norris Bain joins PLP to further the youth cause

THE Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) announced on Friday that a former Free National Movement (FNM) candidate in the Marco City constituency has joined the governing party.

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All the fun of the Christmas Carnival

HUNDREDS of excited children and their parents descended on the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre on Thursday afternoon for the annual Island Luck Children’s Christmas Party.

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PM signs $6.5m contract for new causeway at Fishing Hole Road

PRIME Minister Perry Christie signed a $6.5 million contract on Friday for a new causeway to be built at the Fishing Hole Road (FHR) to end years of flooding caused by tidal surges which have prevented access to West Grand Bahama.

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Off-duty police officer and best friend killed in car crash

TWO best friends, including an off-duty police officer, are dead and a woman is fighting for her life in hospital after the car they were in crashed into a utility pole early on Friday morning.

Political party claims PM has sidestepped 'pertinent points' on oil exploration

THE Bahamas National Coalition Party (BNCP) on Friday claimed that "pertinent points" connected to oil exploration efforts in the Bahamas, the Petroleum Bill and the Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill have been intentionally sidestepped by the Christie administration during recent discussions in the House of Assembly.

Water supply repairs 'completed early Friday morning'

WATER and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) officials said repairs were completed on its failed water transmission main at Roberta Avenue in the early hours of Friday and supply immediately restored in most areas of New Providence.

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Two held after 100 pounds of marijuana found

TWO men are in police custody after they were found in possession of 100 pounds of marijuana early on Friday morning.

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Bahamas named 'leading wedding destination'

THE Bahamas has been named the leading wedding destination at the 2015 World Travel Awards.

Bahamians warned over online cruise ship job scams

BAHAMIANS are being advised by the Department of Labour to exercise caution if seeking cruise ship jobs via the Internet in order to avoid falling victim to online scams.

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Murder accused offers alibi in court

A MAN offered an alibi in Supreme Court on Friday that suggested he was not behind the murder of the boyfriend of a leading anti-crime activitist earlier this year

Where's Christmas?

Passing through Nassau’s town centre of Rawson Square, one would be forgiven for thinking that December was just another month.

Flogger Wayne

THE more I hear from Attorney Wayne Munroe — the less I respect his intellect. Mr Munroe’s call for The Bahamas to begin flogging illegal immigrants as a means of deterrence is nothing short of asinine!

Nation's human rights shame

As a member of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, I find it deplorable that Minister Fred Mitchell can sing the praises of The Bahamas as a country committed to upholding human rights in the present political circumstances.

School stabbing is no surprise

Why should anyone be surprised with the seriousness of the fatal stabbing of the student?

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Craters in the road at Potter’s Cay

MORE pictures have been coming in showing some of the worst potholes in The Bahamas.

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Increase announced in Junkanoo seed funding

JUNKANOO groups in New Providence are to receive large increases in seed funding, with the A groups to get $30,000 and B groups $15,000.

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Christmas at the Hilton

THE British Colonial Hilton helped to make the holidays a little brighter for a handful of students from the Salvation Army’s after school programme.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: 'Twas the night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house Not an MP was stirring, from “doer” to “louse”;

Lawyer: We must act now on climate change

WITH The Bahamas recognised as one of the most vulnerable countries to rising seas that could swallow up to 80 per cent of the land mass of the islands by the end of the century, a leading environmental consultant and attorney is calling for “immediate radical action” to stem the tide of climate change.

Man on murder charges must wait until New Year for bail hearing

A MAN recently arraigned on a murder charge will have to wait until the New Year before his application for bail is heard in the Supreme Court.

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Police raise concerns as Popeyes queues go on... and on..

LONG lines of traffic caused by the flood of customers to the newly-opened Popeyes restaurant on Prince Charles Drive prompted police officers to make a special effort last night to ease the congestion.

Roker says Gomez should clarify reasons for quitting

FORMER Immigration Minister Loftus Roker said yesterday that Central and South Eleuthera MP Damian Gomez should make the circumstances surrounding his resignation from Cabinet clear.

Man accused of murder outside nightclub

A PINEWOOD Gardens resident was remanded to prison yesterday after being arraigned on a murder charge in a fatal shooting outside a nightclub on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway last weekend.

Public servants left confused ahead of NHI introduction

BAHAMAS Public Services Union President John Pinder suggested yesterday that the silence by government officials over National Health Insurance has led to “confusion” for persons employed in the public service.

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Mitchell says judge's ruling is a challenge to authority

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday labelled a recent Supreme Court judge’s ruling that Canadian Bruno Rufa was unlawfully deported from The Bahamas as a “challenge to the authority of immigration”.

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Death threat to Loretta Butler-Turner: Resign or be stabbed with icepick

DURING a House of Assembly session yesterday, Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner read parts of a chilling death threat letter anonymously sent to her and suggested that previous reports to police about threats were not taken seriously.

Fitzgerald cites news story as research on school policing

EDUCATION Minister Jerome Fitzgerald pushed back yesterday against this newspaper’s report that he mischaracterised conclusions researchers at The College of The Bahamas made about the effect police presence in public schools has on school violence.

All drones must be registered by February

MINISTER of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin announced yesterday that the Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Transport now require that all drones be registered as the government prepares to bring a bill regulating the use of the aircraft in the country.

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Bank speaks out over Baha Mar

THE Export Import Bank of China yesterday hit out at unnamed “people with ulterior motives” who have “made irresponsible remarks” that have affected the actions being taken by the bank and court appointed receivers for the Baha Mar resort.

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Young sailors in spotlight: Derbyshire and de Souza take titles at Jr Laser Nationals

BEN Derbyshire enjoyed an easy win in the Laser 4.7 class as he took all but one race in the series at this year’s Junior Laser Nationals in Montagu Bay.

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‘Big Baby’ puts focus on future as pro basketball player

WITH her collegiate experience completed, Britenique Harrison is now focusing on her future as a professional basketball player.

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2nd King Eric Gibson All-For-One Regatta set for January 7-9

Brothers Eric Jr and D Shane Gibson are making sure that the legacy of their father - the late King Eric Gibson - will live on.

AML: ‘No concerns’ on new debt burden

AML Foods “has no concerns” about its ability to service an increased $25 million debt load resulting from the acquisition of its western New Providence Fresh Market store, and believes the deal will boost shareholder value.

THE FINISH LINE: ‘Let’s pause to digest some of my Christmas wishes’

It’s not how you start, nor how you get there. Most importantly, it’s how you finish. • The Finish Line, a weekly column, seeks to comment on the state of affairs in the local sports scene, highlighting the highs and the lows, the thrills and the spills and the successes and failures.

Haitians detained by authorities say they paid trafficker to take them to the US

Six Haitian nationals who claimed that they had paid money to a human trafficker to be smuggled to the United States were taken into custody by Bahamian authorities in Grand Bahama this week.

Tristian Curtis has his best game of season

NAMED a starter headed into his senior season, Bahamian forward Tristian Curtis has improved in his new role and has put up some of the best numbers of his career for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.

Island Luck Pros improve to 3-2 with victory over Everybody Wins Legends

A pair of blowout wins highlighted NPBA play at the AF Adderley Gymnasium Wednesday night as teams got their final tune-ups before the winter holidays.

Sports Notes

Sports news in brief

Rugby: Baillou vs Cuckoos in Nassau Cup Saturday

THE Nassau Cup is on the line as two Bahamas Rugby Football Union powerhouses square off this weekend in the second game of a double header to decide the top team in the capital this season.

Boyce vs Davis to take spotlight in ‘The Final Round - 2015 - Fight to the Finish’

WHEN the Champion Boxing Club’s 21st edition of the Ray Minus Sr End of the Year Amateur Boxing Tournament is held on Saturday, Lennox Boyce will be in the spotlight as he takes on Trae Davis from Grand Bahama in the welterweight main event bout.

AML viewing ‘glass half full’ scenario

AML Foods is viewing its to year-to-date sales and profit increases as a “glass half-full” scenario, with its chief executive believing the group is “better prepared” for Christmas than in any previous year under his watch.

FNM deputy: Oil’s value in refining

The FNM’s deputy leader yesterday argued that the petroleum industry’s true value lay in refining, and said the Government need not determine whether commercial quantities of oil exist in the Bahamas before putting the issue to a referendum.

‘Crying shame’ to ignore oil potential

It would be a “crying shame” if the Bahamas simply sat back and allowed potential oil revenues to just “sit out there”, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Bahamasair ‘concern’ on US-Cuba opening

BAHAMASAIR was yesterday monitoring the ‘opening of the skies’ between the US and Cuba, its managing director acknowledging: “We are concerned about it.”

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Baha Mar becoming ‘huge white dinosaur’

A former Baha Mar director yesterday warned that the Government will soon “have a huge white dinosaur on their hands”, despite the project’s secured creditor promising that a solution is being developed.

Broker severs ties with ex-investor over $1m ‘misuse’

A Bahamian broker/dealer yesterday said it had severed all ties with a former shareholder after he allegedly misappropriated $1 million that was intended to be an equity investment in the firm.

Florida court blocks $7.59m Bahamas ruling

A contractor’s bid to enforce a $7.59 million Bahamas Supreme Court judgment against a major global hotel chain has been blocked by a Florida appeals court, which ruled the latter was not involved in a $1 billion Bahamian joint venture.

Better forms of corporate giving

People often refer to Christmas as the season of giving. It is a time when most corporate donors ‘show their shape’ and give to charitable organisations, churches, the homeless and other non-profit entities.

Thursday, December 17

Constitutional changes

All of the Caribbean has a similar constitution that has a British design. It creates a society where a few elites control a majority of the resources.

Please rid us of Leslie Miller

Will no one rid the Bahamian political landscape of this turbulent parliamentarian named Leslie Miller?

Right and wrong

I wish to bring it to your reader’s attention that in this giving season we should all try to be as generous as we can as there are many among us who are on hard times. This is reflected in our crime statistics as many misguided persons take the only path they are able, to get “their share”.

On flogging...

Re: Munroe: Flog The Immigrants.

Bastian candidacy would be slap in face

The PLP administration reneged on its promise to abide by the results of the 2013 referendum on gaming by passing legislation to legalise web shop gaming.

A Christian nation?

If there’s one thing that angers me about this country we call The Bahamas and its people, it’s how we’re always prattling on and on about how we’re a “Christian nation”, and how we were founded on “God-like” principles.

The measure of a man

Legendary sailor and The Bahamas first Olympic gold medal winner Sir Durward Knowles recently celebrated his 98th birthday. This is an amazing milestone, especially when Sir Durward is still active in so many things and makes a difference in so many Bahamian lives.

We know not what we do

A poem of national reflection:

A personal view of Canadian healthcare

I have been following the current debate on national health insurance in absolute amazement. How can a consulting company come to our country and tell us that we should implement a system that has bankrupted other countries that are bigger and wealthier than ours? All the government can say is trust us, we would never do anything to hurt the economy!

Major water main failure causes disruption to New Providence supply

RESIDENTS across large parts of New Providence suffered a loss of water supply and low pressure on Thursday morning after a major failure of the water transmission main on Robertha Avenue, the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has announced.

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Shipping company signs deal for $100m port

THE Mediterranean Shipping Company yesterday committed to the construction of a $100m private island cruise port, set to get underway at Sandy Cay in early 2016.

Striving for the stars earns TripAdvisor award for Ardastra Gardens

ARDASTRA Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre has been recognised by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, with a certificate of excellence for the fifth consecutive year.

Bahamians who open their doors to visitors honoured

FORTY years after Sir Clement T Maynard initiated the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s innovative People-to-People programme, several veteran ambassadors have been recognised at Government House for their decades of service.

Castaways proving resilient despite Freeport woes

THE Castaways Resort and Suites continues to demonstrate its resiliency as one of Freeport’s premier small boutique hotel properties over the past three decades.

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Fitzgerald wrong on study findings

WHEN he defended the safety of school campuses on Monday, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald mischaracterised research College of The Bahamas professors have done on the matter as he sought to bolster his argument that the presence of police in schools has made campuses safer.

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John Bostwick guilty after "unbelievable and unconvincing" defence over bullets in bag

A MAGISTRATE yesterday rejected the argument from former Senator John Bostwick II that he was set up when a loaded magazine clip was discovered in his backpack at an airport 18 months ago and convicted him of possession of ammunition.

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Family 'just happy fisherman is alive' after shark attack near Andros

RICHARD Pinder, the 26-year-old fisherman who was attacked by a shark in waters near Andros last week, is undergoing a series of operations in Florida after sustaining serious injuries to his right leg, the right side of his abdomen and left hand.

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Gomez refuses to give details of ethical concern that made him quit

CENTRAL and South Eleuthera MP Damian Gomez yesterday revealed that his resignation from Cabinet relates to an ongoing matter with a government entity.

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PM accused of conflict of interest in oil exploration debate

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday reignited accusations of a conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday as debate began on the Petroleum Bill and the Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill in the House of Assembly.

Two teens accused of stabbing moved to jail

TWO of three teenagers who were charged on Monday in connection with the recent stabbing death of a 12th grade Doris Johnson Senior High School student have been transferred from a juvenile facility and are now in prison on remand awaiting trial.

Police arrest 11 'masterminds' behind string of armed robberies

POLICE arrested eleven people on Tuesday whom they suspect to be the “masterminds” of a string of armed robberies in the capital.

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Court rules Rufa was deported unlawfully

SUPREME Court Justice Petra Hanna Weekes has ruled that Canadian Bruno Rufa was unlawfully deported from The Bahamas and that his second arrest and detention by immigration officers in Freeport were in violation of the law.

Registration for NHI to begin on January 18

THE National Insurance Board will begin its “enhanced” registration campaign for National Health Insurance on January 18, officials revealed yesterday.

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ADRIAN GIBSON: What is going on inside Bahamasair?

A SELECT committee of the House of Assembly, along with an investigatory body of private citizens and government representatives, must be appointed to investigate the goings-on at Bahamasair.

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Bostwick guilty of having bullets in bag

A MAGISTRATE yesterday rejected the argument from former Senator John Bostwick II that he was set up when a loaded magazine clip was discovered in his backpack at an airport 18 months ago and convicted him of possession of ammunition.

13-year-old girl recovering after being mauled by pit bulls

A 13-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after she was mauled by two pit bulls at her home last Thursday.

DeAndre Ayton proves he can hit three pointers

ALREADY billed as one of the top recruits of the class of 2017, DeAndre Ayton continues to showcase his development in his junior season.

Atlantis Crown Invitational starts tonight

THIS year has been filled with milestones for the sport of gymnastics and now another approaches as the country prepares to host the largest gymnastics competition in the Caribbean.

Burrows and Bromwell win exhibition against Noble Prep Academy Spartans

IT WAS an opportunity to showcase their skills and a homecoming for two Bahamian high school student athletes who have helped transform their Canadian programme to a basketball powerhouse.

Golden Gates men take game one of BSC best-of-3 softball championships

JEFFERY Woodside cracked a three-run home run Tuesday night as Golden Gates rebounded for a 13-12 come-from-behind walk-off-the-field victory over Charles W Saunders to snatch game one of the Baptist Sports Council men’s best-of-three championship series.

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Physician fears NHI care ‘dumbing down’

A well-known physician yesterday expressed concern that National Health Insurance (NHI) could create “a dumbing down” in healthcare quality in the Bahamas, and likened the gap between the Government and private sector to “a chasm”.

Site your trust on first impressions

Your website is the single most important aspect of your business. It is a crucial first impression and determines whether people hire you for your services or products. It should tell visitors what you have got, what it will do for them and what they need to do next.

‘Call to action’ for support of 2nd Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

AS he paid a courtesy call on Rotarians, Dr Sidney McPhee, president of Middle Tennessee State University, issued a “call to action” for Bahamians to support the second edition of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

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Pinder moves one year after ‘amazing’ deal

One year after receiving a “mind blowing” offer he was unable to turn down, former financial services minister Ryan Pinder yesterday confirmed his career is on the move again - this time to the Graham, Thompson & Co law firm as partner.

MSC deal to give Bahamian company ‘widest ever smile’

The Bahamian leaseholder of Ocean Cay will have “the biggest smiles ever” as a result of the deal that will see Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) take over the island for its $100 million cruise port.

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Private sector targets NHI concerns Christmas present

The Bahamian private sector is hoping to present the Government with a consolidated list of its National Health Insurance (NHI) concerns before Christmas, amid fears that the scheme’s cost estimates “might not be the most ideal”.

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Tributes paid to Colin Callender

SENIOR legal figures and politicians joined family members at a memorial service for Colin Callender in Christ Church Cathedral yesterday.

Natural resources: New fiscal regime under development

The Government is working with the Commonwealth Secretariat to finalise a new fiscal regime for the mining of sand, aragonite and other Bahamian natural resources, the Minister of the Environment and Housing said yesterday.

Bahamas ‘open for business’ on oil exploration

The Government was yesterday praised for sending “a signal that the Bahamas is open for business” by moving to bring the oil exploration regulatory regime into law, a move that will facilitate well drilling in 2017.

Bahamian insurers eye TCI CLICO deal

Two Bahamian insurance companies are in negotiations to acquire CLICO’s Turks & Caicos business, Tribune Business can reveal, with the deadline for the cancellation of the insolvent insurer’s local medical policies just two weeks away.

Customs officer faces court accused of theft

A Department of Customs officer in Abaco was charged with stealing by reason of employment and forgery in the Marsh Harbour Magistrate’s Court on December 9.

Wednesday, December 16

Our policy on climate change

It appears the Gross Domestic Product of The Bahamas is too high to allow the country to get favourable financing to combat climate change – or so I read in a report from the Paris Conference on climate change last week. And, of course, climate change will have a huge affect on The Bahamas as most of the islands are low lying. So what to do?

Wasp nest in the diplomatic bag - part 2

In her new offices at Marlborough House, home of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Baroness Scotland will be in the neighbourhood of none other than Her Majesty the Queen. The Regimental Band of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards can warm up in the Baroness’ new garden before popping over to perform at Buckingham Palace. Throw in a quarter million dollars a year salary and the use of a posh four-storey flat in one of London’s best areas and you see the makings of quite a comeback for the once humbled British Baroness. It’s a long way from there to Melville Hall, Dominica.

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Students go on a field trip to the supermarket

STUDENTS from Queen’s College and Uriah McPhee Primary School have been learning about money, healthy living and community partnerships on field trips to Solomon’s Super Centre.

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Hilton honours hard-working staff

THE British Colonial Hilton recognised its most outstanding staff performers for 2015 at its annual team member Christmas Party earlier this month.

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Bacon donation to help schools in hurricane-affected areas

LOUIS Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation has announced that a substantial share of its $250,000 commitment to the islands of the southern Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Joaquin would go to helping children and teachers return to the classroom and begin to regain a sense of normalcy by supporting the replacement of destroyed school supplies.

Girl guides present award to Cable Bahamas

THE Bahamas Girl Guides Association has awarded Cable Bahamas with its Centennial Award of Appreciation in recognition of the company’s support over the years, as well as its significant contribution to promoting the association’s objective of empowering young girls.

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The Canadians showing off Nassau to visitors for 15 years

CANADIANS William and Doreen Raymond have brought 145 guests with them over the 15 years they have stayed at Sandyport Beaches Resort in Nassau.

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Young historians reveal the past

HAVE you ever wondered what the map of Nassau looked like in 1770 or exactly how Spain invaded and occupied The Bahamas during the American Revolution?

VIEW FROM AFAR: Make our democracy work

We live in a multi-party democracy, thank God.

Bail denied for murder suspects

TWO men hoping to be released from prison ahead of their respective murder trials had their bail applications dismissed by a Supreme Court judge yesterday.

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21 days until BEC bribery suspect reveals alibi

A MAN told a magistrate yesterday that he would submit an alibi to the Office of the Attorney General in 21 days regarding his alleged acceptance of bribes amounting to more than $500,000 concerning generator purchases for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.

BEC blames 'disturbances' for latest power outages

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation blamed “system disturbances” for the two power outages that left 40 per cent of New Providence in darkness for several hours on Monday night.

Teenager in hospital after shooting

A TEEN is in serious condition in hospital following a shooting incident in Freeport on Monday evening, police reported.

Motorcyclist dies in traffic accident

A 38-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a traffic accident on Monday evening in Hope Town, Abaco.

Man and woman arrested over hit-and-run fatality

POLICE arrested a man and a woman Monday night in connection with a hit and run accident on Sunday that left a man dead.

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Grand Bahama hotelier says Freeport is struggling

GRAND Bahama hotelier Russell Miller said Freeport is struggling and there have been no new major investments in the last decade on the island.

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Santa on the beach as he swaps sleigh for seaplane

SANTA Claus arrived early for 170 excited students at the R N Gomez All Age School last week, his sleigh a seaplane which landed at Great Harbour Cay in the north Berry Islands to deliver Christmas gifts and cheer.

FNM calls for early election over poor leadership

THE Free National Movement has called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to “submit to the will of the people” and call an early election, insisting that the “ineffective and visionless” leadership of the government has led to the deterioration of the Bahamian society.

Nurses stage sit-in at Abaco health centre

NURSES at the Marsh Harbour Clinic, Abaco, staged a sit-in yesterday over unresolved maintenance and infrastructure issues.

Lenny Kravitz clinic shut over permits

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday said the recent decision to shut down a free dental clinic in Eleuthera spearheaded by entertainer Lenny Kravitz was made after local officials discovered the clinic was not licensed.

Surgeon blames government for lack of NHI progress

A well-known surgeon yesterday blasted the Christie administration for its “mismanagement” of its proposed National Health Insurance scheme, saying had the government been more co-operative with stakeholders the process would be “further along” by now.

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MPs shouldn't be 'in it for money'

FORMER Cabinet minister George Smith was yesterday empathetic toward the circumstances surrounding State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez’s resignation from Cabinet, but stressed that politicians should not be motivated by money.

PI condo complex beats sale forecast

The owner of the former Ocean Place condominium complex on Paradise Island yesterday said it plans to bring 32 units to market by March 2016, telling Tribune Business initial sales had been “better than anticipated”.

Athletico Bahamas beat COB Caribs, 69-68

ATHLETICO Bahamas and Pyramid Food Rockets were the winners of the New Providence Basketball Association’s double header at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Monday night.

Senior baseball league plans for Pinewood Park

For years there has been the cry of “let’s play senior baseball” and the New Providence Amateur Baseball League is hoping to fill the void next year.

Winter Throw Camp at home of Queen’s College Comets

Coach Corrington Maycock said the second annual Winter Throw Camp has achieved its purpose, although they would have liked to have entertained a much larger crop of participants.

Justin Roberts wins opener at the Dominican Republic Futures

BAHAMIAN tennis ace Justin Roberts came through in flying colours yesterday at the Dominican Republic Futures $15,000 Tournament.

College football fans are in for a treat on Christmas Eve

JUST eight days remain until both visiting teams kickoff play in the 2015 Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl and head coaches for both teams anticipate a hard fought contest on Christmas Eve.

ICTs cited as ‘enabler’ for sustainable cities

Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) can be used as ‘enablers’ to tackle environmental challenges and build sustainable cities, an adviser to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said yesterday.

ICTs have ‘key role’ in sustainable development

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have a “critical role” to play in ensuring sustainable development, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority’s (URCA) policy director believes.

App founders target full mobile commerce

The founders of a recently-launched mobile application which provides one-click access to commercial, Government and non-profit organisation communication channels, aim to eventually offer full mobile commerce.

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How to secure your home and light bill

Do your outdoor security lights make you feel safe? I hope so, because many Bahamians are spending $15-30 every month to run each light bulb. If you have three of them, that is about $1,000 on your electric bill per year.

PI condo owner was ‘close’ on other deals

The former Ocean Place condo complex’s new owner yesterday said it had taken a “hard look” at several projects in the Abacos, and had come close to “a couple of deals”.

Chamber chief ‘tired’ of sour economic reports

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s (BCCEC) chief executive is “tired” of receiving repeated negative economic reports on this nation, which needs to become “more agile” to reverse course.

‘Bleak’ Xmas start for many retailers

Bahamian retailers yesterday described early Christmas season sales as “slow” and “bleak”, but expressed optimism they will see a major pick-up over the next week.    

Bahamas ‘must get it right first time’ on tourism value

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) president has warned that this nation will suffer reduced stopover arrivals unless its product value improves, adding: “We need to get it right first time.”

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Bahamas lacking 5% growth ‘game changers’

The Bahamas desperately lacks the “game changers” needed for the 5 per cent GDP growth rate needed to “break the back” of double-digit unemployment, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman said yesterday.

IDB: Baha Mar to up jobless rate 2%

The Bahamas’ unemployment rate will jump by as much as two percentage points due to the 2,000 Baha Mar lay-offs, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is predicting, virtually eliminating the May 2015 decrease.

Tuesday, December 15

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BEC blames 'system disturbances' for New Providence blackouts

THE BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation blamed "system disturbances" for the two power outages that left 40 per cent of New Providence in darkness for several hours on Monday night.

Are expats still welcome in The Bahamas?

My husband and I, who hail from much colder and cloudier climes, have been thrilled to call the Bahamas our home for the better part of 9 years now. When we first came here on a cruise just after retiring it was like a dream, the most beautiful place either of us had ever seen.

Wasp nest in the diplomatic bag - part 1

It doesn’t take much to place a wasp nest in a figurative diplomatic bag and get Foreign Minister Fred “Supersonic” Mitchell hot under the collar.

Heads of agreement signed for $94m boutique in South Cat Cay

THE government signed and concluded a Heads of Agreement with foreign developers South Cat Cay Properties (Bahamas) Limited for the development of a $94m luxury boutique resort at South Cat Cay, near Bimini.

Debate begins on national honours

MEMBERS of Parliament yesterday began debating a National Honours Bill that would create a Bahamian system that honours contributions to cultural and political development.

Education Minister calls for more police after schoolboy stabbing

IN the wake of the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old Doris Johnson Senior High School student last week, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald told the House of Assembly that the incident exposed the need for more police presence on the streets of New Providence.

POLITICOLE: All Trumped Up

Whether those three words best describe Donald Trump, his supporters, or everyone else, I can’t say for certain now, but Trump is surely stirring the political pot in the 2016 US presidential race. He is a livewire.

Bahamians charged with assisting legal departure

THREE Bahamian men were charged in Magistrate’s Court for assisting in the illegal departure of 15 Chinese nationals last week.

Environmental group denies claims of judge bias

ATTORNEYS for an environmental group yesterday refuted allegations that a Supreme Court judge facilitated the group in its attempts at serving Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard with a notice of motion to commit for allegedly breaching the terms of an injunction barring him from engaging in development activities at his Lyford Cay home.

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Minnis 'not surprised' by Gomez decision to resign

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said he was not surprised by State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez’s impending resignation from Cabinet.

30 Cubans intercepted on makeshift raft

OFFICIALS found 30 illegal Cuban immigrants on a makeshift raft in Bahamian waters on Sunday and took them to Grand Bahama.

Man arrested over Grand Bahama robbery

Grand Bahama police arrested a man who is suspected of committing an armed robbery in Freeport during the early hours of Monday.

Bahamasair shock as union reportedly threatens action

BAHAMASAIR officials expressed their “absolute shock and disappointment” yesterday that the Airport Airline & Allied Workers Union may reportedly engage in industrial action due to a dispute over outstanding benefits.

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Cancer victim’s Christmas wish is to come home to die

THE family of Monique Woods, a 43-year-old Bahamian left bedridden by cancer in a Chicago area hospital, is seeking the public’s assistance in raising $20,000 to airlift her back to Nassau, allowing her to die “at home surrounded by those she loves.”

Mitchell: There is no proposal to flog illegal immigrants

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell broke his silence yesterday on calls from a Progressive Liberal Party member to flog illegal immigrants, telling the House of Assembly that the practice “is not a penalty that can be imposed by the courts” for illegal migration.

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'This country needs a change of leadership'

FREE National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said it has become more evident that the country is “in desperate need” of a leadership change due to economic “freefall” and rising unemployment.

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Traffic lights out for weeks - but repaired after car overturns

HOURS after an accident in which a car overturned at a busy Nassau intersection where the traffic lights have not been working for more than a month, engineers restored the signals to operation yesterday.

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PM "happy" as Damian Gomez to quit

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday suggested all his Cabinet ministers were “happy” as he insisted that Bahamians could trust the solidity of his administration one day after it was revealed that Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez tendered his resignation from his Cabinet post.

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Thorne Edwards found guilty of Kurt McCartney's murder

A MAN who was unanimously convicted of the murder of prominent businessman Kurt McCartney by a Supreme Court jury yesterday may face the death penalty.

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19-year-old man seriously wounded in Freeport shooting

POLICE in Grand Bahama are following "significant leads" as they investigate a shooting incident on Monday evening that has left a 19-year-old man serious injured in hospital.

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Motorcyclist, 38, dies in Abaco traffic accident

POLICE in Abaco are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a 38-year-old motorcyclist in a traffic accident in Hope Town on Monday night.

Police officer accused of gunpoint robbery

A FORMER police officer could face up to life imprisonment if convicted of multiple armed robbery charges.

Eight Bahamians are extradited to the US

EIGHT Bahamian men were extradited to the United States yesterday to face drug trafficking charges after an 11-year legal battle.

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Speaker launches probe of Stellar CEO comments

SPEAKER of the House of Assembly Dr Kendal Major instructed a parliamentary committee yesterday to investigate recent comments by Stellar Waste to Energy CEO Fabrizio Zanaboni, who claimed that some parliamentarians requested money from him even though he had business before the government at the time.

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PM 'happy' as Gomez to quit

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday suggested all his Cabinet ministers were “happy” as he insisted that Bahamians could trust the solidity of his administration one day after it was revealed that Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez tendered his resignation from his Cabinet post.

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Teenagers face court over boy's stabbing

THREE teens appeared in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a murder charge concerning the fatal stabbing of a Doris Johnson Senior High School student who was attacked near the school’s campus.

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The stories we tell ourselves

The causes of troubled relationships are created from the stories we tell ourselves. We experience a troublesome event, have an emotional response, and then create a story to explain it or alleviate our pain. Over time we repeat the story until it becomes a script we follow.

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The effects of posture

Posture ranks right up at the top of the list when you are talking about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding potentially harmful substances like alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

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‘Wombs of Praise’ aims to support and educate women with uterine fibroids

AS a result of her personal struggles with uterine fibroids, Santina Smith has founded a support organisation for women who are undergoing treatment for the condition and those who are coping with early menopause as a result of hysterectomies.

Bahamasair suffers $8.5m income loss

BAHAMASAIR has warned the trade union rep- resenting its line staff that it faces “stark financial realities”, having lost $8.5 million in income this financial year with the possibility of further setbacks to come.

Baha Mar remains Gov’ts economic ‘Achilles heel’

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s (BCCEC) chief executive yesterday said he was “sceptical on the timelines” for a Baha Mar resolution, describing the $3.5 billion project as the Government’s economic “Achilles heel”.

GB Power seeks ‘unique’ energy storage solution

Grand Bahama Power Company is planning to launch a tender for energy storage technology that is “maybe unique to the world”, in a move that could reduce operating time for at least two generation units.

Gov’t to commit on CLICO by year-end

The Government has pledged to make a public statement on its long-awaited CLICO (Bahamas) resolution by year-end, but one creditor yesterday said he “doesn’t expect a cheque will come” by Christmas.

Bahamasair loses $3.5m crash monies

The Court of Appeal yesterday overturned a $3.5 million damages award to Bahamasair, finding that the airline had failed to install an upgraded part that may have prevented a 2007 crash landing.

Why can’t I be like Mike when it comes to the flu?

Sporting Mischief and Mayhem

Brittany O’Donnell puts on pitching clinic for aspiring softball players

Although she was on vacation with her family and friends from Diamond 9 Events, All-American softball player Brittany O’Donnell couldn’t resist the opportunity to put on a pitching clinic for some of the young, aspiring players in New Providence.

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Jonquel Jones leads Colonials to 78-70 victory over Villanova

GRAND Bahamian Jonquel Jones scored 23 points and graduate student Lauren Chase had a season-high 21 to lead the George Washington women’s basketball team to a 78-70 victory over Villanova at the Charles E Smith Center on Sunday.

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‘Chicken’ and Cougars earn 105-98 win over Tigers in OT

WE were patiently waiting for Danrad “Chicken” Knowles to have a breakout game this season. That game came Sunday night when he outplayed the top player in all of college basketball and led his Houston Cougars to a 105-98 win over the LSU Tigers in overtime.

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Burrows and Bromwell lead Tigers to title win

THE accolades continue to pile up for a Bahamian student-athlete duo in Canada. Shamar Burrows and Livingston Bromwell achieved another historic feat for their Ridley College Tigers basketball programme when they led the team to the Standard High School Basketball Tournament title.

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Justin Roberts advances to the main draw of Dominican Republic Futures

JUSTIN Roberts has advanced to the main draw of the Dominican Republic Futures.

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MLB: Richardson signs one-year contract with Pirates

Despite being sidelined for most of the year because of an injury, Antoan Richardson has signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates as he gets set to resume his Major League Baseball career in 2016.

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Jamie Bastian “JaDazzles” her way to success

TO see her dream unfold right before her eyes has been a gratifying experience for fashion enthusiast Jamie Bastian.

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Chantel O’Brian is ready to take the crown

THE roller coaster ride that took Chantel O’Brian through three Miss World Bahamas competitions, with the third time being a charm, is now making a stop at the international pageant stage.

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Simple mommy pleasures to rejuvenate

Fast-paced lives leave little time to take care of things that are good for our soul. Most women manage to get in weekly exercise as a part of their health routine, but finding peace and time for the things that make us truly happy and feeling rejuvenated is a bit more difficult.

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Cultivating a reason beyond the season

Truthfully speaking, Christmas time for many is not necessarily about the proverbial ‘reason for the season’, in fact, more folks than would like to admit find themselves entangled in the trappings of Christmas shopping. Seeking out sales, bargains and indulging in lots of unnecessary spending are becoming the more common hallmarks of the season.

The nine tooth brushing mistakes

Most people have a special tooth brushing routine. They can be found brushing and humming in the shower, or walking all through their homes with the toothbrush stuck in one corner of the mouth. There is usually no thinking involved. It’s all autopilot. However, for the best results, tooth brushing needs to be a conscious process.

Monday, December 14

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Required by January - a medical miracle for NHI

During a recent trip to George Town, Exuma, I drove past the new government clinic - or rather the pink wall and gates behind which sits the handsome clinic edifice, still unopened and unusable.

Officials catch 30 illegal Cubans on raft in Bahamian waters

OFFICIALS found 30 illegal Cuban immigrants on a makeshift raft in Bahamian waters on Sunday and brought them to Grand Bahama.

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Gonsalves eyes history and legacy after election victory

Dr Ralph Gonsalves is set to make history in St Vincent and the Grenadines as he starts a fourth term in office as Prime Minister. Having already completed 14 years as Head of Government, within three years of the term to which he was elected on December 9, Dr Gonsalves will overtake the record of former Prime Minister Sir James ‘Son’ Mitchell who served 16 years from 1984 to 2000.

NCAA: Buddy Hield has his best game of the season

Saturday was a successful day for Bahamian basketball players in men’s division I basketball programmes across the NCAA with standout individual performances and thrilling upsets.

Lady Truckers get 69-66 win over Cybots Queens

SHANTELL Rolle came up with a big basket and Suzette McKenzie completed one of two of her free throws as the defending champions Johnson’s Lady Truckers continued to roll in the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association.

Blue Raiders have the edge in Christmas Eve rumble

TO continue our series in the build up toward the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, Aldo Amato, who covers Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football for The Daily News Journal, offered his insight on the edge the team will have in the Christmas Eve matchup.

Giants rout Pirates 97-73, Regulators top Pros 76-58

COMMONWEALTH Bank Giants and Mr Ship It Freight Regulators are making it a run for the top spots in their respective divisions of the New Providence Basketball Association.

C W Saunders, Macedonia advance to BSC Softball Championships

CHARLES W Saunders High and Macedonia had to go right down to the wire in their respective men and co-ed semi-final playoff series to advance to the Baptist Sports Council’s 2015 Softball Championships against Golden Gates.

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Curtain closes on film festival

GOING into the 12th annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) two weeks ago, founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool emphasised the value of developing the festival while simultaneously improving the country’s local film industry, promising that this year’s selection of films would showcase the industry’s best in The Bahamas.

Waiting times down by a fifth at Rand Memorial Hospital

THE Accident and Emergency Department at Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport has seen an almost 20 per cent reduction in wait time due to the extension of clinic hours, according to Public Hospital Authority (PHA) chairman Frank Smith.

Activist calls for Munroe to be stripped of QC status

A VETERAN human rights activist has called for lawyer Wayne Munroe to be stripped of his Queen’s Council status and face the possibility of disbarment over his call for undocumented migrants to be flogged in an effort to deter others from coming to The Bahamas.

Thanks to Louis Bacon for his support

Please permit me some space in your newspaper to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Mr Louis Bacon who has again stepped up to the plate and seen to it that his foundation for charitable giving has made a great effort towards helping our country to be a better place.

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Gone to pot

THE winter rains are exacting a terrible toll on the roads of New Providence, with large potholes in the road appearing daily and causing problems for motorists.

Senior FNM calls for 2016 convention

A SENIOR Free National Movement member is urging officials to hold a convention in 2016, saying this would allow the party to position itself to compete with the governing Progressive Liberal Party during the 2017 general election.

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Church leader calls for Cabinet reshuffle

PROMINENT religious leader Bishop Simeon Hall said it is evident that “two or three” Cabinet ministers are “out of their league” and should be reassigned or replaced, as he called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to shuffle his Cabinet to better address the concerns of Bahamians.

Weep for the country

In your December 11 publication, Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling has lamented that “somebody has fallen down on the job” and that she feels “like weeping” and the Prime Minister is “stunned” by yet another young life lost to violence and of the crime situation which now requires the government investing in security equipment in schools.

Leadership of the FNM

With much acclaim and fanfare, Dr Hubert Minnis welcomed Renward Wells and Andre Rollins into the “Big Tent” of the Free National Movement.

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PLP chairman plays down flogging row

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday downplayed the controversy over party member Wayne Munroe’s call to flog illegal immigrants.

Police officers arrested for armed robbery

TWO police officers were arrested on Sunday in connection with a recent armed robbery, Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle confirmed yesterday.

'Govt put $100m cost on NHI without data'

BAHAMAS Insurance Association Chairman Emmanuel Komolafe has questioned how the government determined it would cost $100m for the first year of primary care services under National Health Insurance, telling The Tribune the BIA has yet to provide the Christie administration with its costing data.

IMF slashes Bahamas 2016 growth to 1.5%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has slashed its 2016 growth forecast for the Bahamas by a further 0.7 percentage points to just 1.5 per cent, due to the Baha Mar impasse.

Police still investigating 11 Jamaican women despite release

THE police investigation into 11 Jamaican women who were arrested on suspicion of solicitation and prostitution is continuing and “charges can still be filed”, according to Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle.

Freeport losing investment since climate 'up in the air'

Freeport's largest investor has confirmed that nine-figure investments have been delayed because the Government has left the city's expiring tax incentives "up in the air".

Ex-minister pledges to battle $2.57m reversal

An ex-Cabinet minister has pledged "to fight on principle" a $2.57 million damages award against himself and his law firm, which the Court of Appeal last week backed as enforceable.

PHA exceeds bond target with $26-$27m

The Public Hospitals Authority's (PHA) $25 million bond issue closed slightly oversubscribed, its financial advisers estimating that between $26-$27 million has been raised from investors.

Airport increases US bridge capacity 50%

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is predicting that passenger numbers will grow by 2.4 per cent for the year to end-June 2016, as it moves to increase bridge capacity for US carriers by 50 per cent.

MSC cruise port: No lease agreement yet

No agreement has yet been reached to transfer the lease of Ocean Cay to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) for its private cruise port, with the current holder saying of the project: "It won't be done overnight."

Sunday, December 13

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Man dies after being shot in car outside nightclub

A MAN has died in hospital after being shot outside a nightclub on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway in the early hours of Sunday, police have reported.

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Man dies after hit-and-run in Nassau

POLICE are searching for a hit-and-run driver after a man was struck by a black vehicle in Nassau early on Sunday and later died in hospital.

Friday, December 11

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Governor General tours Rand Memorial Hospital

GOVERNOR General Dame Marguerite Pindling made her annual visit to the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport on Friday, enouraging staff to continue to administer good healthcare to their patients.

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Ministry completes investigation into detention of 11 Jamaican women

THE MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs has completed its investigation into the detention of 11 Jamaican women who were suspected of solicitation and prostitution.

'20 per cent reduction in wait times' at Rand A&E

THE Accident and Emergency Department at Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport has seen an almost 20 per cent reduction in wait time due to the extension of clinic hours, according to Public Hospital Authority (PHA) chairman Frank Smith.

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COB and SUNY Maritime College strengthen relationship

THE College of The Bahamas and SUNY Maritime College are establishing a stronger working relationship that will allow students from COB’s maritime programme to take courses at the New York campus that would count toward their major studies.

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Bahamian lobster fisherman bitten by bull shark off Andros

A 26-year-old Bahamian man fishing in waters off Andros has been attacked and seriously injured by a bull shark, the US Coast Guard confirmed on Friday.

Jet ski operator’s arrest draws international concern

THE arrest of a Jet Ski operator in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a female visitor has once again placed the country’s crime challenges at the centre of fierce criticisms from the international community.

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Senior FNM urges party to hold 2016 convention

A SENIOR Free National Movement (FNM) member is urging officials to hold a convention in 2016 saying this would allow the party to position itself to compete with the governing Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) during the 2017 general elections.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Floggings, fakes, phonies and frauds

When I read the comments regarding flogging and foreign nationals from Mr Wayne Munroe, QC, I could only cringe and pinch myself to ensure this was reality and not a dream – or in this case a nightmare.

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Human rights activist calls for Wayne Munroe to be stripped of QC status

A VETERAN human rights activist has called for lawyer Wayne Munroe to be stripped of his Queen’s Council status and face the possibility of disbarment over his call for undocumented migrants to be flogged in an effort to deter others from coming to The Bahamas.

Free National Movement leadership

With much acclaim and fanfare, Dr Hubert Minnis welcomed Renward Wells and Andre Rollins into the “Big Tent” of the Free National Movement.

Why the secret over NHI?

NHI - the health plan no one knows!

How the Caribbean lost out

The bastardisation of a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet most aptly sums up the response of our flyboy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fred “Supersonic” Mitchell: “Me thinks thou dost protest too much.”

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Haitian ambassador joins those condemning Munroe’s flogging call

THE Haitian ambassador to The Bahamas, Jean Victor Geneus, has decried “despicable” statements made by attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, who recently called for illegal immigrants to be flogged.

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Governor General: Someone has fallen down on the job over crime

GOVERNOR General Dame Marguerite Pindling yesterday lamented the nation’s worsening crime crisis and said “somebody has fallen down on the job” following the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old Doris Johnson Senior High School student on Wednesday afternoon.

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UPDATED: Man shot dead in 140th murder of the year

A MAN died in hospital hours after he was shot on Homestead Street yesterday, police said.

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UPDATED: Three teens arrested in connection with student stabbing death

POLICE arrested three teenage boys yesterday in connection with the stabbing death of a 12th grade male student of Doris Johnson Senior High School on Wednesday.

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PM ‘stunned’ by murder of boy: Extra police may be placed in the schools

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday he was “stunned” to learn of the stabbing death of a 16-year-old Doris Johnson Senior High School student as he suggested the country’s crime situation now requires not only a stronger police presence in schools but for the government to invest in ensuring campuses are outfitted with security equipment.

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Children in tears as they mourn dead schoolboy

CONFUSED and shaken Doris Johnson Senior High School teachers and students tried to come to grips with the murder of 16-year-old Adonai Wilson, who was yesterday remembered as a boy with “good prospects”.

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THE FINISH LINE: What happened to the Father Marcian Peters Invitational?

IT IS the basketball season and it’s a pity that the popular Father Marcian Peters Invitational is not a part of this year’s menu.

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Eleven men's application for bail to appeal extradition to US denied

THE Court of Appeal has denied the application of 11 men seeking bail and leave to appeal to the Privy Council to contest a Magistrates Court's decision to have them extradited to the United States on drug trafficking charges.

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KURT MCCARTNEY TRIAL: Defence lawyers claim witnesses were unreliable

LAWYERS for the four accused of killing businessman Kurt McCartney in Gambier Village last year asked jurors on Friday to acquit their clients, arguing that witnesses in the case were unreliable and inconsistent.

Jonquel Jones named one of 50 candidates for Naismith Trophy

GEORGE Washington senior forward Jonquel Jones was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the 2015-16 Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced.

Sports Notes

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Coaches (BAAC) is scheduled to hold the annual Bay Street Mile on Saturday.

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Why Broncos have an edge in the Bahamas Bowl

AS the build up for the 2015 Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl continues, beat writer for the Western Michigan Broncos, David Drew of, offered his insight on why the Broncos will have an edge in this year’s matchup.

Norius to represent Bahamas at the World Masters Championships

JIMMY Norius, the top Bahamian amateur bodybuilder, has been afforded the opportunity to represent the Bahamas at the World Masters Championships in El Salvador December 11-12.

Knowles returns home as certified international amateur boxing coach

AFTER spending the past four months in Budapest, Hungary, former professional boxer turned coach Valentino Knowles is delighted to return home as a certified international amateur boxing coach.

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Tureano’s Challenge: ‘I’m going to beat Triple G’ Golovkin

PROFESSIONAL Bahamian boxer Tureano Johnson has made his intentions clear to anyone who is willing to listen - he wants to challenge Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin for the right to the top spot in the middleweight division.

Gov’t ‘not bound’ to 2030 energy targets

The Government is not ‘bound’ to its National Energy Policy target of 30 per cent of electricity being produced from renewables by 2030, with the Deputy Prime Minister acknowledging: “That’s not soon enough”.


Diners’ Debate. - “Junkanoo: The Craft our Ancestors Mastered” is the title of the final Diners’ Debate of the year.

jamaican authorities raise concerns over detention of women

FOLLOWING the detention of 11 Jamaican women in The Bahamas on suspicion of solicitation for prostitution and being in breach of the Immigration Act, authorities in Jamaica have reportedly sent a note raising concerns.

Mitchell says Bahamas firmly committed to human rights

IN recognition of Human Rights Day, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said in a statement yesterday that the Bahamas is “firmly committed” to upholding the human rights and dignity of all.

Haitian man accused of beating woman

A HAITIAN man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court in Abaco in connection with the brutal beating of a Haitian woman a week ago on the island.

45 years in prison for convicted killer

SUPREME Court Justice Estelle Gray-Evans yesterday sentenced convicted murderer Rasheed Farrington to 45 years in prison.

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Accused was ‘watching Scandal’ on night of murder

A JURY was told yesterday that the woman who allegedly rolled over businessman Kurt McCartney in Gambier Village after he was shot was actually at home watching the television shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” the night of the murder.

Two customs officers face court

TWO Customs officers have appeared before court on a series of charges.

15 Chinese nationals arrested in Bimini

FIFTEEN illegal Chinese nationals were taken into custody by Bahamian authorities after they were discovered in South Bimini this week.

Two arrested after drugs discovery

GRAND Bahama Police arrested an Indonesian national and a Bahamian man who were allegedly found in possession of dangerous drugs and a large sum of cash.

Doctors may ‘cut own throat’ over NHI model offer

A well-known physician yesterday suggested primary care doctors may “cut their own throat” if they sign up to the preferred National Health Insurance (NHI) model, as he questioned whether the Government’s numbers “make sense” for the Bahamas.

BIA chairman: NHI costing impossible

The Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chairman yesterday said it was impossible for the Government to currently develop an accurate cost for its National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme because it possesses none of the necessary data.

QC: Is Gov’t admitting ‘fiscal irresponsibility’?

An outspoken QC yesterday questioned whether the Government has confessed to “fiscal irresponsibility and negligence”, after a Cabinet minister asserted that revenues collected from Freeport are insufficient to meet public expenditures in the city.

Franchise group hits ‘underserved’ chicken market

Aetos Holdings yesterday said it was targeting an “underserved chicken market” with its third fast food franchise, and expressed optimism that its latest global brand will “more than exceed” their financial goals.

GB Power: $28m damage from Joaquin-type storm

A Joaquin-style hurricane would likely impose $28 million worth of repair costs on Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), with its top executive defending the ‘storm insurance’ charge it plans to levy on customer bills.

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PLP controversy is ‘modus operandi’

REVEREND C B Moss, executive director of Bahamas Against Crime, criticised the PLP this week and questioned if recent controversial comments from party members Wayne Munroe and Leslie Miller are becoming the “modus operandi” of the organisation.

PM under fire for not condemning Munroe over flogging comments

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday criticised Prime Minister Perry Christie for not publicly condemning prominent attorney Wayne Munroe for suggesting that the country should start “flogging” illegal immigrants.

Bahamas at ‘critical point in evolution’

The Bahamas has not been living up to its full potential and now faces a “critical point” in its evolution, the Minister of State for Investments believes.

Thursday, December 10

A fearful solution to suggest

In ISIL and Taliban controlled areas and  even in Saudi Arabia floggings and probably canings are free public entertainment.

How is this Christian?

In his 2012 DNA candidate’s profile, lawyer Wayne Munroe is described as a Lay Reader and Chalice Assistant at St Margaret’s Parish Church.

A terrible descent

Please allow me space in your valued journal to ask some burning questions and express deep concern about the descent of our country into hitherto unknown and frightening depths, as manifested in recent statements by members of the governing party.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Flights of fancy and the true cost of Bahamasair’s new planes

ONCE again, there are happenings at Bahamasair that the public needs a more detailed explanation of.

Wayne Munroe wants illegal immigrants ‘tortured and killed’

TAKING TO his Facebook on Friday lawyer Wayne Munroe, QC, recommended flogging of immigrants who enter the Bahamas illegally. In an interview with The Tribune he reasoned that “flogging” could be an effective physical and psychological barrier to people seeking to enter the Bahamas illegally. If illegal immigrants believed “we tortured and killed them, they might not come,” Mr Munroe argued.

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Call for probe into Stellar CEO's claim

CENTRAL Grand Bahama MP Neko Grant said a recent revelation by Stellar Waste to Energy CEO Dr Fabrizio Zanaboni that MPs from both major parties have requested small contributions to aid their constituencies while his company had business before the government suggests “bribery” as he called for the Royal Bahamas Police Force to investigate the matter.

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Miller refuses to apologise to Crisis Centre

TALL PINES MP Leslie Miller yesterday refused to apologise for calling officials at the Bahamas Crisis Centre “phonies, fakes and frauds” and rejected the nonprofit organisation’s offer for him to participate in volunteer training next month.

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PM: NHI won’t destabilise economy

PRIME Minister Perry Christie insisted yesterday that his administration’s roll out of National Health Insurance won’t cause job losses or destabilise the economy as he defended his confidence in consultant Sanigest Internacional and promised a ramping up of efforts to educate Bahamians about the proposed scheme.

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Schoolboy dies after stabbing

A 16-year-old Doris Johnson Senior High School student was stabbed multiple times and killed yesterday afternoon during an argument with several other school students shortly after school was dismissed early because of exams.

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Haitian shot by authorities has now been deported

A Haitian man recently acquitted of an illegal entry charge has been deported to Haiti after a magistrate ordered to have him detained for “possible deportation” following his discharge, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell revealed yesterday.

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‘Significant movement’ on Baha Mar, says Prime Minister

WHILE a significant number of investors continue to show interest in the unopened Baha Mar resort, Prime Minister Perry Christie said the Export Import Bank of China has made significant movement in resolving the $3.5bn hotel’s issues which have caused the ongoing deadlock.

GB Power raises reduced light bill estimate to 95%

Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) yesterday said it was “confident” that the number of residential customers set to experience reduced electricity bills in 2016 had increased to 95 per cent, with some in line for “close to 7 per cent” decreases.

PHA solvency gap up 54% in last accounts

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) is almost two years late in signing off on its audited financial statements, Tribune Business can reveal, and was running a $73.179 million accumulated deficit at year-end 2013.

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Christmas gifts for children in need

ABOUT 200 under-privileged youngsters on Grand Bahama received Christmas gifts and were treated to lunch during the annual gift-giving project hosted by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism.

Pledge to end long gaps in Junkanoo parade

JUNKANOO officials yesterday pledged to eliminate the long interval between group performances that spoiled the last parades, promising a “seamless presentation” for spectators.

3rd Beach Bash and Sand Jam at Atlantis

JUST on the heels of some of the top NCAA men’s basketball programmes visiting the country, Bahamian high school basketball players are having their opportunity to play on the floor of Atlantis’ Imperial Arena thanks to a partnership between the resort and KSA Events.

Leashja Grant a bright starter for the Texas Tech Raiders

BAHAMIAN national basketball standout Leashja Grant has paid immediate dividends for the Texas Tech Raiders in her first season with the programme.

Bahamas Bowl: Odds makers set the lines for Christmas Eve

A WEEK ago we learned the participants in the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl and now odds makers have set the lines for the Christmas Eve matchup.

Gov’t working to create Competitiveness Council

The Government is working with the Organisation of American States (OAS) to develop a framework for a Bahamian Competitiveness Council, a Cabinet Minister yesterday suggesting it would help improve this nation’s ‘ease of doing business’.

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THIS year, the weather has really tested fishermen across The Bahamas and those that come from Florida.

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Jury hears different witness account of killing

A JURY yesterday heard a different account of the events that transpired in Gambier Village two years ago concerning the murder of businessman Kurt McCartney by a child witness whose evidence the Crown opted not to use.

Freeport council launches student scholarship fund

THE City of Freeport Council, in partnership with The College Of The Bahamas’ northern campus, has established a new scholarship fund to provide financial aid to students pursuing higher education at the college in Grand Bahama.

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Curtain rises on Bahamas International Film Festival

THE New Providence stretch of the 12th annual Bahamas International Film Festival got underway yesterday.

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40 years in jail for double killer

A SUPREME Court judge did not impose the death penalty on a man convicted of double murder who yesterday threatened to have the London-based Privy Council remove him from the bench alleging that both the judge and the prosecutor were “corrupt”.

DPM targets BEC deal by year’s end

PowerSecure’s management agreement to take over operations at the ‘new BEC’ could be signed before year’s end, the Deputy Prime Minister said yesterday, adding that a “correction” to the renewable energy self-generation programme suspension was imminent.

Gov’t willing to go beyond $20m on BEC clean-up

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday suggested that the Government will allocate more than $20 million to tackle the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) legacy pollution if necessary.

$250m Container Port expansion hinges on incentive certainty

Hutchison Whampoa wants “certainty” that Freeport’s expiring investment incentives will be extended before committing to the $250 million Container Port expansion and other potential projects, it was revealed yesterday.

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Two men in hospital after shooting

POLICE are investigating a shooting incident that left two men in hospital Tuesday night. According to reports, shortly after 6pm, two men were walking on Fowler Street off East Street, when they were both shot.

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More than $600,000 spent on hurricane repairs so far

MORE than two months since the passage of Hurricane Joaquin, Prime Minister Perry Christie said the government has so far spent $625,363 to either repair or begin rebuilding homes that were damaged when the storm hit.

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Like me, Johnny Football is back . . . except he is going to lose this week

IF YOU recall, a few weeks back I completely packed in my picks segment and dedicated myself to my Patriots.

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Pigskin prognostication is just child’s play

ALRIGHT, down the home stretch we come.

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SANNIE: I honestly have no clue about the ability of any of these teams, so I will choose the Cardinals because I like Cardinal cream. Makes no sense but it’s my choice, deal with it.

Insurers slam ‘misleading’ unity claim on NHI costs

Bahamian insurers yesterday slammed the Government’s “misleading assertion” that all stakeholders had come up with similar cost estimates for National Health Insurance’s NHI) first phase.

Renewable frustration on system inspections

A Bahamian renewable provider yesterday expressed frustration with the process for inspecting alternative energy systems, stressing the need for qualified inspectors.

Wednesday, December 9

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Grant Hill: ‘Everyone has a wonderful spirit out here’

WHILE many visitors have a favourite island in The Bahamas, former NBA superstar Grant Hill admits he can’t choose just one.

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TOUGH CALL: Energy reform is just all hot air in The Bahamas

EVER since Dr Marcus Bethel was named Minister for Energy and the Environment in 2006, during the first Christie administration, we have been hearing about energy reform.

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BREAKING NEWS: Student dies after stabbing

POLICE are investigating the fatal stabbing of a male student who was attacked on Prince Charles Drive.

A crude suggestion from one in silk

I watched as the blogs exploded over comments from the educated attorney cum political henchman Wayne Munroe, clothed now in silk.

A tribute to Colin Callender

I learned, with regret and deep sadness, of the death of Colin Callender today. He was truly a remarkable Bahamian and I was privileged to know him in a unique and special capacity. I would like to share a special and particular encounter, in testament to his rich legacy of stewardship to his beloved homeland.

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Gomez denies he will leave the PLP

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday that a recent admission from Damian Gomez that he is in the dark on the specifics about National Health Insurance is proof that the Christie administration is “in a state of chaos.”

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22 days to go - and still no NHI legislation

WITH 22 days left until the proposed start of National Health Insurance, the Christie administration has yet to present legislation that will govern the healthcare scheme, something prominent heart surgeon Dr Duane Sands sees as further mishandling of NHI’s implementation.

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Crisis Centre demands apology from Miller

THE Bahamas Crisis Centre yesterday demanded that Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller apologise and retract his “vile,” “offensive” and “malicious “ attack on the non-profit organisation a day after he said it was filled “with phonies, fakes and frauds”.

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Munroe comments on immigrants ‘despicable’

BAHAMAS Bar Association President Elsworth Johnson yesterday blasted recent calls from prominent attorney Wayne Munroe to flog illegal immigrants, saying the “despicable” comments are “diametrically opposed to the preservation of human dignity”.

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Women forced to sleep on cell floor: Activists say 11 Jamaicans had to urinate on ground

TWO local women’s rights groups are urging Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade to launch a probe into the arrest and detainment of 11 Jamaican women amid allegations that the group was forced to urinate on the floor of the cell where they slept on cardboard boxes.

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Attorney General hits back at Greenslade over bail

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday pushed back against Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade’s recent criticism of the performance of the judiciary when it comes to dealing with those responsible for violent crime.

New ‘economic loss’ lawsuit over BEC’s Clifton pollution

High-end homeowners in southwestern New Providence were yesterday said to be preparing their own legal action for “negligence and nuisance” over BEC’s Clifton pollution, which has resulted in actual economic damage and loss.

Sports Notes

SONITH Lockhart, of Carib Construction, was on fire in City Bowling League competition last night while mowing down the pins for a gigantic 734 three game set which is a record so far for the 2015 - 2016 season. 

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His back ailing, Tiger Woods merely an onlooker - for now

JORDAN Spieth is used to having an audience on the golf course - just not Tiger Woods.

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2nd annual Thelma Murray Road Race a success

THE numbers were not as high as they had anticipated, but Sherry Francis said they were appreciative of the athletes, coaches and clubs who came out to support the second annual Thelma Murray Road Race.

Local pro sailors discuss ways to strengthen support for sloop sailing at regatta conclave

SUSTAINABLE measures to keep sloop sailing alive in The Bahamas are underway, as local professional sailors convened this weekend to discuss how to strengthen support for the Bahamian sporting tradition.

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NPBA: Regulators and Pros tied in first place

IT’S still early in the season, but Mr Ship It Freight Regulators and Island Game Pros both won on Monday night to stay tied in first place in the Vince Ferguson Division of the New Providence Basketball Association.

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BFA president surprised over CONCACAF controversy

Bahamas Football Association (BFA) president Anton Sealey said he was surprised at the latest controversy that has rocked Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) after the third consecutive president of the governing body was indicted in the FIBA bribery case.

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Bullseye hits the mark with 200 extra visitors to Freeport

GRAND Bahama received a boost in visitor arrivals when some 200 skybox/suite owners of the Indianapolis Colts were brought to Freeport for a weekend of fun hosted by the Bullseye Event Group.

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KURT MCCARTNEY TRIAL: Investigator denies sloppy work

THE lead investigator into the murder of prominent businessman Kurt McCartney dismissed a lawyer’s suggestion yesterday that his investigation into the crime “was very sloppy”.

Prime Minister ‘playing hocus pocus’ over NHI

FORMER Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash said yesterday that Prime Minister Perry Christie is playing “hocus pocus” games with the public to “buy some more time” until National Health Insurance is ready.

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Call for PLP to respond to Munroe over flogging

HUMAN rights advocate and attorney Fred Smith urged the Christie administration to break its silence on the “vile and dehumanising” comments made by lawyer Wayne Munroe or run the risk of the remarks being perceived as government policy.

$1m dilemma over San Sal’s airport

Hurricane repair costs at San Salvador airport have been pegged at just under $1 million, the Minister of Transport and Aviation said yesterday.

Uninsured driver victims requiring ‘urgent’ attention

A leading QC yesterday said the Bahamas needed to “urgently” address compensation for victims of uninsured drivers, backing judicial calls for “intervention” by the Government and Parliament.

GB Power trying to ‘get ahead’ of URCA

The Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) three-year rate proposal is an attempt “to get ahead” of energy industry reform and URCA oversight of its activities, a Freeport MP charged yesterday.

Hotels beat value for only 1/3 of tourists

Fewer than one-third of stopover visitors received better-than-expected ‘value for money’ from Bahamian hotels, a statistic that will raise renewed fears this nation is pricing itself out of the tourism market.

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COB fails to hit deadline for transition to university

WITH less than a month to go before the New Year, The College of The Bahamas will not meet its deadline for transitioning to university this year, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald confirmed yesterday.

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Colin Callender dies, aged 74

THE work of the late Colin Callender cannot be quantified by the cases he won or the battles he fought but can only be summed up by the impact he had on the Bahamian legal profession and the lives he touched over the years, according to his law partner Fred Smith.

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Man found dead after car crash

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was found slumped over in his car after crashing into another vehicle yesterday morning.

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Attorney General counters Gomez statement on campaign finance laws

WEEKS after State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez said no efforts have been made towards enacting campaign finance laws, Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson seemed to contradict him yesterday, saying the matter is being “continuously looked at” by the government.

Contractors ‘won’t go quietly’ on $74m Baha Mar debts

Bahamian contractors yesterday vowed not to go “quietly into the night” over the $74 million owed to them over the Baha Mar project, despite acknowledging that their recourse is limited.

Vehicle plates move from ‘night to day’

The Transport and Aviation Minister said yesterday that a “new paradigm” was being explored over the production of vehicle license plates, with a policy decision expected on the issue very soon.

‘Blinded’ driver exposes need for better law reform

The Privy Council’s rejection of a blinded accident victim’s $522,000 damages claim has exposed the need for “improved” law reform and reporting processes in the Bahamas, a noted QC said yesterday.

Tuesday, December 8

Is your job stressing you out?

Occupational stress is stress on your job. This can take the form of excessive workloads, violence (harassment, intimidation, physical violence or threats etc), unco-operative colleagues, poor leadership or disorganisation at the management level, or simply not having adequate personal or down time.

Why oral health is important for persons with disabilities

Oral health is important to the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities.

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Grief counsellor helps people to move on with life

BY identifying the problem, dispelling the myths of grief and providing a solution, a new counselling and recovery centre in New Providence hopes to make a difference in the community.

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Living a Fulfilling Life: Six tips to banish cellulite

Cellulite is one of those things that either you accept is a beautiful part of the human body or you dislike it and do all you can to banish it. Here are a few things I’ve learned about cellulite and effective ways to reduce its appearance.

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Sassoon Foundation ready to honour another humanitarian

THE contribution of a Bahamian humanitarian who has exerted much effort to promote human welfare and dignity will be recognised by the Sir Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation in the new year.

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A passion for beauty

AS A child, Bennae Beneby admired her mother’s work ethic as an entrepreneur in the health and beauty industry.

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Classical double act

Albek twins stage chamber music benefit

CONCERTGOERS will be forgiven for thinking they are seeing double when they enjoy Swiss-Italian sisters Ambra and Fiona Albek performing this week.

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Michelle Miller Motivational: Are you aiming high enough?

We hear often the old cliché about shooting for the moon and reaching for the stars but the degree to which people are actually aiming that high is another story.

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BUN IN THE OVEN: Don’t worry, be happy

The Christmas holidays are here and before you know it, a new year will be here too.

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POLITICOLE: Is illegal and mass migration retribution for slavery?

I was having an interesting conversation with one of my mentors a few weeks back. Our discussions have always been immensely thought-provoking, stretching my thinking way beyond the normal considerations.

Disgust at Wayne Munroe on flogging

No word in the English dictionary can accurately describe my extreme disgust, revulsion and shock at the “verbal diarrhoea” that spewed from the protuberant lips of prominent attorney, Queen’s Council, and now Progressive Liberal Party member, Wayne Munroe, regarding immigration and how to properly deal with people who enter our country illegally.

‘Speedy’ ambassador appointment

The Prime Minister is upping his game and dramatically speeding up his decision-making on the pressing affairs of state. Exhibit A in this regard is the “lightning speed” with which he has named an Ambassador to China.

PM urged to slow down with NHI rollout

IT NOW seems to be a case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”.

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Increase in number of people seeking help from Red Cross

THE Bahamas Red Cross Society has noticed an increase in the number of persons requesting assistance in the past year, with as much as a 50 per cent spike in assistance for some programmes.

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‘PLP will lose election if NHI is not in place’

IF the government does not follow through with its promise to implement National Health Insurance, the Progressive Liberal Party could find itself defeated at the 2017 general election polls, conceded Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller yesterday.

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Jet ski operator arrested over sex attack

POLICE arrested a Jet Ski operator over the weekend in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a female visitor.

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One shop left open as Bet Vegas closes doors

WEB shop chain Bet Vegas closed 10 of its 11 gaming houses yesterday after being ordered to “shut down all operations” by December 7 by the Gaming Board.

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Munroe comments ‘could incite violence’

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday said calls from prominent attorney and Progressive Liberal Party member Wayne Munroe to flog illegal immigrants are inappropriate and could encourage Bahamians to commit violent acts against Haitians.

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Miller attacks Crisis Centre

TALL Pines MP Leslie Miller lashed out yesterday at officials from the Bahamas Crisis Centre, saying the non-profit group is filled “with phonies, fakes and frauds” as he accused the organisation of remaining silent on violence against women in the aftermath of the brutal murder of a school teacher last month.

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Potcake the philosopher sends message from hospital bed

THE Tribune’s street philosopher, “Potcake”, is recovering from a reported hit and run accident in the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Baha Mar creditor prospects ‘diminish each passing day’

A former Baha Mar director yesterday said the prospects of Bahamian creditors being made whole “diminish with each passing day”, and added: “They are going to get screwed all the way.”

Sports Notes

BAHAMIAN Justin Roberts has pulled off another victory. Roberts defeated No.8 seed Samuel Shropshire in a 6-4, 6-3 decision at the Dominican Republic Futures $15,000 Tournament. Shropshire had a career high ranking of 1,417 and he plays as the No.1 seed for Northwestern University and currently has an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division 1 singles ranking of 34.

SPORTING MISCHIEF & MAYHEM: The day Wilt the Stilt and the Bears made their point

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching - the equivalent of the Super Bowl for ‘shopaholics’ like my wife.

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Jones named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for 3rd week in a row

GEORGE Washington women’s basketball senior forward Jonquel Jones, from Grand Bahama, was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for the third week in a row, the league announced yesterday. The award covers games played November 30 to December 6.

Bahamians to square off in NCAA bowl game

THE 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will feature its traditional matchup of inter-conference powerhouses and, for the first time, Bahamians will square off on opposite sides of a major NCAA football bowl game.

Winter Throwers Camp set to begin this week

FOR the second consecutive year, Blue Chip Athletic Club will be putting on their Winter Throwers Camp with an emphasis on improving the level of the discipline in the track and field community as well as providing an avenue for at least three Bahamians to earn athletic scholarships.

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Buddy and Sooners cruise to 78-55 win

HONOLULU (AP) — Isaiah Cousins scored 19 points and Buddy Hield added 18 as No. 7 Oklahoma cruised to a 78-55 victory over No. 9 Villanova last night in the Pearl Harbor Invitational.

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Varel Clarke-Davis new president of GSSSA

AS they prepare for the completion of another competitive calendar year, Varel Clarke-Davis will be the next president charged with the responsibility of taking the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association front office back to a respectable level.

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Roll on-roll off vessel joins Defence Force fleet

THE fifth and largest vessel in the new fleet of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as part of the government’s Sandy Bottom Project, the auxiliary landing craft HMBS Lawrence W Major, arrived in Nassau on December 4.

Two years on and still no sign of promised seawall

THE residents of Smith Point were promised that a seawall would be built to stop the ongoing coastal and beach erosion, but there is still none after two years.

Red Cross announces plans for annual gala ball

THE Bahamas Red Cross Society yesterday officially launched plans for its 44th annual gala ball scheduled for January 30 at the Melià Nassau Beach Resort under the theme: “Passion, Pride and Pizzazz”.

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Save The Bays seeks to join in contempt case

SAVE The Bays has applied to the Court of Appeal to be heard today on an application to be joined as a party to a lawyer’s contempt appeal concerning accusations of bias on the part of a Supreme Court judge in an ongoing judicial review.

Doctors: ‘Logical’ for insurers to administer NHI

Bahamian doctors believe it is “logical” for the private insurance industry to administer a Universal Health Coverage (UHC) scheme and its financing, urging the Government not to reject an industry responsible for 9 per cent of GDP.

‘Blinded’ driver can’t seek $522k insurer damages

A driver “tragically blinded” in a 2004 accident with a jitney cannot enforce a $521,943 damages judgment against a Bahamian insurer because the courts are unable to impose liabilities excluded from policy coverage, the Privy Council ruled yesterday.

Gov’t crackdown on 20-25% uninsured motorists is urged

The Government was yesterday urged to crack down on the 20-25 per cent of Bahamian motorists who are uninsured, given the increasing frequency of traffic accidents where victims have no compensation recourse.

Motorists escape huge cost increase

Thousands of Bahamian motorists yesterday escaped “quite substantial increases” in their insurance premiums, after the legal system’s highest court backed the industry’s current underwriting model.

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Lawyer fears client’s handover to the US

A LAWYER for a man accused of being a multinational drug lord said his client fears being “given up” to the United States government on drug trafficking charges before his final appeal, as was done to Samuel “Ninety” Knowles nearly a decade ago.

Bahamian man still missing at sea

A BAHAMIAN man is missing at sea after encountering bad weather during a fishing trip off Great Isaac Cay, near the Berry Islands.

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Freeport man accused of murder

A Freeport man was charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Alleged abuse by immigration officer being investigated

DIRECTOR of Immigration William Pratt said yesterday that authorities are investigating an alleged instance of abuse committed by an immigration officer.

Web shop chain lays-off 86 staff

The only web shop operator to be denied a license yesterday complied with a Gaming Board order by closing 10 of its 11 locations, laying-off 86 staff in the process.

Drone regulations are now complete

Legislation to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Bahamas has been completed and will be brought to Parliament shortly, the transport and aviation minister said yesterday.

Contractors hope for early ‘16 regulation

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday said he was hopeful that long-awaited legislation to regulate the sector could become law as early as Spring 2016, with the private sector backing “95 per cent” of its contents.

Monday, December 7

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Lawyers: Lead investigator may have incorrectly charged accused in Kurt McCartney trial

ATTORNEYS representing several individuals accused of killing a prominent businessman in Gambier Village yesterday claimed that a lead investigator might have erred in his decision to charge their clients for the crime.

Time to put faith in the system

Kudos to the police who are clearly doing their job very well.

A message to the PM

God has elevated you to leadership of this great nation and has also given you an anointing to carry out the mandate of the people, it is incumbent upon you as leader to take the proverbial bull by the horn and lead us with trepidation as this is the requirement of this nation.

History lessons for the DNA

Last week, we were treated to an astonishing piece of political theatre by the DNA when the Deputy Chairman of that vanity party made his contribution to the debate over National Health Insurance. The trouble is deciding what kind of theatre it was. But one thing is clear: if the DNA was dealing with this nation’s affairs it would clearly be a tragedy.

Election financing legislation needed before 2017 election

DAMIAN Gomez, State Minister for Legal Affairs, has admitted that draft legislation to control donations to fund election campaigns has been languishing – presumably on his desk – for the past three years despite Prime Minister Christie’s commitment to address the issue urgently. Because of this, said Mr Gomez, he could not guarantee that corruption does not occur in government.

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Police following leads in search for latest killer

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force is following “significant leads” into the case of a man who was shot dead in Nassau Village Friday afternoon.

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INSIGHT: We need answers on NHI

THE way the Christie administration is mishandling the proposed roll out of National Health Insurance is an appalling insult to Bahamians, but not surprising.

Was woman in rape claim targeted for arrest?

THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association has questioned whether a Jamaican woman, who was arrested by police, was targeted by the authorities because of an ongoing rape case and civil suit.

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Activists say deportation of man will be illegal

HUMAN rights advocates are deploring the fact that a man, who recently had charges of illegal entry dismissed in Magistrate’s Court, is being held at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre awaiting deportation.

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Healthcare quality ‘must be raised’ before NHI

THE country’s public healthcare system must be “brought to internationally acceptable medical standards” before any attempt is made to develop a universal healthcare plan, the Medical Association of the Bahamas has said.

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Munroe: Flog the immigrants

PROMINENT attorney Wayne Munroe, who recently joined the Progressive Liberal Party, has come under fire for suggesting that the country should start “flogging” people for committing immigration offences.

Private sector opposes GB Power rate increases

Grand Bahama’s private sector yesterday rejected any increases in the island’s base electricity tariffs, fearing such proposals will “dampen new investor interest” and cause more business failures.

Coke bottler: No impact from 30% investor fight

The Bahamas’ Coca-Cola bottler says no operational changes will result from the takeover battle engulfing its 30 per cent Barbadian shareholder, as it “sits on the sidelines” awaiting the outcome.

Auto dealers forecast 40% drop for full year

The Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president is predicting that new car sales for the 2015 full year will be down by up to 40 per cent, following a particularly dismal October.

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Police investigate after skeletal remains found

POLICE in Abaco are investigating the discovery of human skeletal remains near the SC Bootle Highway.

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Bubba Watson wins World Challenge by 3 shots

A few weeks ago, Bubba Watson wasn’t expected to compete at the Albany Golf Course, but following a series of fortunate events and a torrid stretch over the last two days of competition, he emerged as the 2015 Hero World Challenge champion.


JACOBI Bain, the only Bahamian playing in the 2015 Eddie Herr International Championships in Florida, suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Xaiofei Wang of China in the boys 12 semi-final.

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Lady Cheetahs prevail with 61-55 win over Lady Elites

ALTHOUGH they are a lot younger this year, new coach Devon Johnson said there’s no excuse for his Career Builders Lady Cheetahs not to be playing better than they are right now.

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Giants off to good start with 77-63 win over Shockers

THE Commonwealth Bank Giants, in their bid to regain their New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) title that they relinquished to the PJ Stingers last year, have regained control of the early leaderboard with another impressive victory.

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Students unite in song for festival

HUNDREDS of students representing public and private schools in New Providence welcomed the yuletide season with music, dance, prayers and scripture readings at the Festival of Carols on December 2.

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Bringing joy to the world

THE Bel Canto Singers ushered in Christmas for many at the weekend with two concerts in contrasting settings, offering arrangements of traditional carols and anthems mixed with spirituals.

Disaster committee meets businesspeople hit by hurricane

THE business community in Long Island was among the hardest hit sectors as a result of Hurricane Joaquin.

College starts search for new vice-president of finance

THE College of The Bahamas has announced that it will begin an immediate search for a new vice-president of finance as it prepares itself for transition to university status.

More than 100 eye surgeries in Grand Bahama

OVER 100 successful cataract surgeries were performed in Grand Bahama through the second Bright Journey eye programme, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the People’s Republic of China.

Lawyer condemns ‘bad apples’ in ranks of police force

THE lawyer for a community activist once accused of assaulting police officers at his home believes that the Royal Bahamas Police Force must not allow a few of its officers to “allow their good reputation and integrity to be damaged”.

Govt moves to clamp down on unauthorised signs

THE government has called for the removal of all unauthorised signs and billboards erected on roadsides and roundabouts by the end of the year.

Bahamian fall in Baha Mar queue ‘terrible’

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president has slammed the industry’s fall in the Baha Mar creditors queue as a “terrible situation”, which will make it harder to recover the collective $74 million owed to the sector.

BEC manager’s fees to be capped at $5m

PowerSecure will receive a maximum $5 million annual fee for managing operations at the ‘new BEC’, Tribune Business can reveal, as the latter’s environmental liabilities start to weigh heavily on energy reform.

Bran: No ‘overnight’ solution at Baha Mar

The Baha Mar resort’s opening will likely come “months and months” after a new purchaser has stepped in, the Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) leader believes, as again criticised the Christie administration for having placed all its economic “eggs in one basket”.

DNA backs Gov’t over NHI scheme

The Government has received backing for its National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and proposed implementation timetable from one of its rivals, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) arguing that its “time has come”.

Businesses urged to on ‘high crime alert’

The owner of a well-known dry cleaning chain has urged businesses to be on “high alert to ensure customer and employee safety heading into the Christmas shopping period.

GBPA is warned: Guard against URCA ‘intrusion’

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) must guard against “URCA intrusion” into its regulatory powers via energy sector reform, an outspoken QC has warned.

What companies must do to become public

Offering shares to the investing public (going public) is a conscious decision taken by companies, and the entrepreneurs who own them,to achieve a desired goal.

Sunday, December 6

Bubba Watson cruises to Hero World Challenge win

BUBBA Watson, the American golfer, cruised to victory in the Tiger Woods Hero World Challenge on Sunday after an impeccable display of driving around the Albany course in western New Providence.

George Szabo wins thrilling Star Sailors League final

AMERICAN George Szabo and his Italian crew, Edoardo Natucci, won a dramatic final of the Star Sailors League in Montagu Bay on Saturday to claim the $40,000 first prize.

Saturday, December 5

Bubba Watson takes two-shot lead at Hero Challenge at Albany

THE first time Jordan Spieth saw Albany Golf Club, he predicted Bubba Watson would love the place because it looked so open off the tee.

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11 Jamaicans suspected of prostitution arrested at night club

ELEVEN Jamaican women were arrested by police in the early hours of Saturday suspected of solicitation for prostitution at a New Providence nightclub and for being in breach of the Immigration Act.

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One man dead, another missing after fishing boat hits bad weather off Great Isaac Cay

ONE man has died and another is missing after a fishing boat ran into bad weather off Great Isaac Cay in the northern Bahamas on Friday.

Friday, December 4

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Wilchcombe: Bahamians' use of Cabbage Beach must remain 'indisputable'

WITH less than a month before the western public access to Cabbage Beach is set to close, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe insists the use of the beach by Bahamians must remain "indisputable".

Xavier Rohart leads way at Star Sailors League

ELEVEN teams will decide the Star Sailors League finals on Saturday after racing was curtailed on Friday due to forecast thunderstorms.

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Hero World Challengers in 3-way tie for the lead

A few of the names shifted atop the leaderboard on day two, but there remains a three-way tie for first place at the Hero World Challenge 2015, hosted at the Albany golf course.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Sickening prospect of NHI and a painful price to pay

THIS week, half the Cabinet was globetrotting and we saw the battle over the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme continue to play out as a war of words between the government, the Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA), Sanigest and various factions, producing dramatic headlines.

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UPDATED: Man shot dead in Nassau Village

A MAN was shot dead on Friday afternoon in Nassau Village, becoming the country's 138th murder victim of the year.

Amnesty concerned for wellbeing of Haitian man in custody

AMNESTY International says it is concerned for the wellbeing of a Haitian man held in custody in the Bahamas after a charge of illegal entry against him was dismissed by a Magistrate this week.

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DNA Deputy: Don't lose sight of what universal health coverage is about

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance (DNA) Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer on Friday called for both sides in the debate over the administration of National Health Insurance (NHI) to not "lose sight" of what universal health coverage is about. 

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DNA's first convention 'shortly before Easter'

THE Democratic National Alliance's first convention will be held "shortly before Easter", party leader Branville McCartney announced on Friday.

GB taxi union president threatens strike

GRAND Bahama Taxi Union president David Jones is expected to call a strike next week over the continued unfair dominance of ground transportation by tour operators at the island's harbour, airport and hotels.

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9MM Luger pistol 'believed to have been used to kill Kurt McCartney'

A 9MM Luger pistol believed to be the weapon used to kill a prominent businessman in Gambier Village two years was exhibited as evidence on Friday in a murder trial in Supreme Court.

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Roberts accuses Minnis of 'political posturing' over NHI

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts has questioned whether the Free National Movement (FNM) believes in the welfare of Bahamians because of the party’s continued criticisms of the government over its decision to move forward with launching National Health Insurance (NHI) next month.

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Grand Bahama forges investment and trade links with Hubei, China

INCREASED opportunities for investment and trade co-operation have been formed between Chinese companies and Grand Bahama entrepreneurs at the first Investment and Trade mission: Hubei, China to The Bahamas at the Grand Lucayan Resort.

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Activists pleased with power cost reduction plans in Grand Bahama

After a long hiatus, local activists Troy Garvey and Etienne Farquharson met executives of the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) last month and said that they were pleased with the steps it is taking to reduce power cost for local consumers.

We need help in the face of ISIS

In the sudden turn of events in Nassau, where SWAT teams are already locking everything down, there’s that one thing that many gangsters would turn for attention - ISIS, or the Islamic State Group, which is already hiring people from the Eastern countries and in recent events, now recruiting people from within Trinidad.

NHI and wasted cash

The only cartel I’m aware of was the Colombian Cartel that thrived under the Pindling regime with the rot and corruption morphing into today’s horrendous crime problem.

It’s time to end this feud

Regarding the letter published in your paper by Save The Bays:

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Govt being ‘adversarial’ in NHI discussions

BAHAMAS Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation Chairman Gowon Bowe asserted that the government’s “adversarial” position to stick to a January 2016 launch of National Health Insurance is a “gun to the head” of Bahamians.

Web shop ordered to close down operations

WEB shop operator Bet Vegas has been ordered to “shut down all” operations by Monday, December 7, according to a statement from the Gaming Board.

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Energy bills ‘benefit us firm more than nation’

FORMER State Environment Minister Phenton Neymour yesterday accused the government of working on behalf of foreign interests after passing “deceptive” energy reform bills in the House of Assembly nearly two weeks ago.

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Miller asks teacher’s funeral ‘where do we go from here?’

FAMILY, friends and colleagues of a Queen’s College elementary teacher who was shot dead in her car last month, lamented the country’s crime crisis that resulted in the “senseless killing”.

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Loftus Roker: Time for Christie to go

FORMER Immigration Minister Loftus Roker yesterday said he was disheartened by the idea that “the men we have elected to make it better are slowly destroying the country”.

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$300,000 lawsuit filed over detained Haitian man

ATTORNEYS for a Haitian man recently acquitted of an illegal entry charge are now seeking $300,000 in damages from the government, police and prison authorities for the alleged unlawful detention of their client despite his acquittal.

Activists will keep pushing for Nygard reprimand

OFFICIALS from the Coalition to Save Clifton said they would not relent in their push for Lyford Cay resident Peter Nygard to be reprimanded for the alleged “abuse of the national patrimony”, even if he and hedge fund billionaire Louis Bacon are able to end their legal and personal disputes.

FNM vows transparency with foreign investment

IF elected to office, the Free National Movement’s approach to negotiating heads of agreements with foreign investors will follow proper protocol and be more transparent than the current government, FNM Chairman Michael Pintard said yesterday.

NHI rhetoric ‘putting sparks on dry tinder’

A well-known physician has slammed the “dangerous” rhetoric the Government is now employing to sell its National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, and accused it of “putting sparks on dry tinder”.

GBPA ‘exposed’ to legal challenge on power rate process

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) was yesterday warned it is “exposing” itself to potential legal challenge by allowing just a nine-day public consultation over the island’s proposed electricity rates for the next three years.

New standards will ‘stress’ some banks

Bahamian banks close to minimum regulatory capital requirements will be “stressed” by the implementation of new global standards in 2016, a Central Bank of the Bahamas report has warned.

Web shop boss blasts ‘ridiculous’ close order

The only operator to be rejected for a web shop licence yesterday expressed surprise at being ordered to close down by December 7, describing the whole situation as “ridiculous”.

$50m drops Bahamians down Baha Mar queue

Bahamians have fallen further down the Baha Mar creditors queue as a result of the $50 million loan extended to the development’s receivers to cover costs associated with preserving and maintaining the resort assets.

RBC fails yet again

Last week you were kind enough to publish my letter regarding the level of service experienced by myself and many others at Royal Bank of Canada. Please allow me a few lines to provide an update...

Hunt for man after sex attack

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who sexually assaulted a woman late Wednesday night.

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Student of the year award for Rebecca

IN the announcement of its student of the year for 2015/16, Genesis Academy paid tribute to three of its outstanding sixth graders.

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Police search for missing man, aged 50

POLICE is seeking the public’s help in locating 50-year-old Moses Mackey of Pride Estates, New Providence, who was reported missing by family members.

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Close racing on day 2 of Star Sailors League Finals

THE second day of the qualification rounds for the SSL Finals proved to be an intricate game of chess for the star-studded cast from nine different nations, boasting nine Olympic medallists and even more world champions.


THE Barracuda Swim Club won the Team Orca Winter Invitational Swim Meet held at Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex last weekend.

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THE FINISH LINE: Is national stadium only for international athletes?

So they voted in Rosamunde Carey and ousted Mike Sands as president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations.

Sports Notes

JACOBI Bain, playing in the prestigious 2015 Eddie Herr International Championships, advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 win over Tomas Moretto of Argentina. He will go on to play No. 13 seed Maximo Lucentini Sanchez of Argentina 8am today.


Cycling Club Bahamas. - This Saturday, The Bahamas Aids Foundation would like club members to ride in their event. Start at Goodman’s Bay at 6am - leave Harbour Bay at 5:30am sharp and gather at the start. (Bring your registration forms)

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Pathologist tells jury cause of Kurt McCartney’s death

A pathologist told jurors hearing evidence in a trial into the murder of a prominent businessman yesterday that the victim not only died of a gunshot wound to the head but significant blunt force trauma to most parts of his body.


GEORGE Washington senior forward Grand Bahamian Jonquel Jones was named to the watch list for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, which recognises the women’s national player of the year, the US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced on Wednesday.

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Police issue plea to find two wanted men

POLICE yesterday captured another one of the country’s most wanted suspects, according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean.

Charges dismissed against Scrooge Brown

CHARGES against an inner-city community activist accused of being the aggressor in an altercation with police were dismissed by a magistrate yesterday.

Thursday, December 3

Holiday spirit to help those with medical needs

The Sunrise Choir and friends at St Matthew’s Anglican Church will celebrate their 10th annual Christmas production next week.

Cursillo Movement bids farewell to Herbert Scott

THE Cursillo Movement within the Bahamas is alive and continues with the work of God in the renewing of His church. It is an international movement found all over the world.

The real meaning of Advent

WITH so many marching to the tune of the commercial drummer, it’s nigh impossible to get the point about Advent across to the gullible consumer community. It is now all “shop until you drop”.

A time to ask for revelation

REVELATION is to uncover or reveal something that always existed. The mysteries of life are constantly being revealed through spiritual knowledge, notably via our dreams. Those that are depleted, lack or dismiss such knowledge will continue to conclude life as frustrating and difficult.

Concert to ‘Celebrate Jesus’

The Evangelist Eugene Munroe Music Ministry will celebrate “the real reason for Christmas” during a special concert on Sunday night.

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Key witness quizzed again in McCartney murder trial

A LAWYER for one of five persons alleged to have a role in the death of businessman Kurt McCartney probed the criminal history of the prosecution’s key witness yesterday in the Supreme Court.

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A YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Is Damien Gomez the MP who cried wolf?

Of late, Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damien Gomez is appearing more and more a political blowhard, a political percussionist whose utterances are ambiguous, lack effect and, based on recent political history, bear no real follow-up. Politically, Mr Gomez is being compared to the fabled boy who cried wolf.

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A YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The misuse of government vehicles

I HAVE seen a preponderance of red plate vehicles on the road and, more often than not, they are not performing any official tasks but are instead filled with little children, parked in places where they shouldn’t be or, if one observes the driver, being used for personal errands.

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Veterans may march in protest over pension concerns

THE British Legion of the Bahamas is putting pressure on the Christie administration to honour its requests, sending the government a list of demands it wants fulfilled including a pension increase for war veterans.

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More than 60 apply to become FNM candidates

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday said more than 60 professionals have submitted applications to the party in a bid to run on the FNM’s ticket in the 2017 general election.

Residents feeling left in the dark over Ocean Cay development plans

THE Christie administration is being accused of leaving residents and stakeholders in the dark over a proposed multimillion-dollar development project off Bimini and of undermining approvals processes through its “shady” reliance on heads of agreements.

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Minnis slams ‘chaotic’ NHI

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday castigated the Christie administration over the “chaotic manner” in which it has sought to implement National Health Insurance as he urged the government to delay the launch of the healthcare scheme to properly engage stakeholders.

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Student stabbed in fight over video game

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck during an argument at C R Walker Senior High School early yesterday morning.

BTC to sponsor junkanoo parades

BTC will once again sponsor the national Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parades as a part of its five-year commitment to the Junkanoo Committee of New Providence.

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On Da Hook

AS THE winter begins and the weather is less favuorable and more unpredictable, boaters and fisherman must take full advantage of any opportunity to get out on the water.

Grouper season has now closed

THE Department of Marine Resources has announced that the Nassau grouper season is officially closed until February 28, 2016.

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Bid for early release dismissed by judge

A JUDGE yesterday dismissed a man’s request for early release from prison in an application that disputed the lawfulness of his four-year mandatory minimum sentence for firearm and ammunition possession.

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NAUGHTY'S NFL Picks Week 13

Christmas starts at home for the ‘Fins while Panthers stay ‘pawfect’

I WENT 10-6 last week to move to 100-76 for the season, not as good as last season but considering the topsy turvy organised confusion that is the NFL each Sunday I will take it.

Coalition urges delay on power rates decision

THE Coalition for Concerned Citizens is calling on the Grand Bahama Port Authority not to make a decision on the rate plan proposal submitted by the Grand Bahama Power Company until there is proper public consultation concerning the proposed electricity base rate increase.

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RICARDO'S NFL Picks Week 13

Brees and home comforts might blow Panthers over at last

THIRTEEN NFL teams now hover at one game above or one game below .500 ... Wow!

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Web shop backs the Valley Boys

LOCAL web shop chain Paradise Games announced yesterday its commitment as title sponsor of the Valley Boys Junkanoo group.

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Top-ranked golfers in the world tee off in ‘paradise’

The Bahamas becomes the focus of the PGA Tour this week as the Albany resort community hosts the 2015 Hero World Challenge, and the top ranked golfer in the world had high praises for the country, calling the event a “celebration of the year.”

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Nearly 60 homes to be replaced after hurricane damage assessed

NEARLY 60 new homes are on the drawing board for residents in the southeast islands wiped out as a result of Hurricane Joaquin.

Activist ‘thrilled’ at reluctance to apply tough immigration penalties

FRED Smith, president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, said yesterday he was “thrilled” that the courts are “not responding” to the government’s policy change to ensure harsher penalties for breaches of the Immigration Act.

Demand for release of Haitian man

A SUPREME Court judge has approved the filing of a writ of habeas corpus against the police and prison authorities for their alleged unlawful detention of a Haitian man recently acquitted of an illegal entry charge, The Tribune can confirm.

Gov’t touts 17% emergency room visits fall in GB

The Government says “real improvements” are already occurring in the public health sector as a result of ongoing reforms, citing a 17 per cent reduction in emergency room visits in Freeport due to longer clinic opening hours.

GB residents given nine-day response to new power rates

Grand Bahama residents have been given just nine days to respond to a complex proposal that aims to set electricity rates for the next three years, including an 8.5 per cent reduction in the ‘base rate’ for large industrial companies.

PI restaurant set to ‘get them off-ship’

Margaritaville Bahamas’ operators yesterday suggested it would help lure more cruise passengers off the ship and increase spending yields, describing its launch - and the creation of 160 jobs - as a “no brainer”.

Top doctor likens NHI inducements to ‘bribes’

A well-known physician yesterday said the latest spending revelations and changes to the National Health Insurance (NHI) plan amounted to an attempt to “bribe” the Bahamian people and doctors into accepting it.

Babak ‘divorce’ to unlock GBPA sale

An outspoken QC yesterday pronounced himself “absolutely thrilled” to learn that the Grand Bahama Port Authority’s (GBPA) feuding owners seemed to have united and finally “divorced” themselves from ex-chairman, Hannes Babak.

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Judge dismisses bail plea by men facing extradition

FIVE of 11 men whose extradition requests to the United States on drug trafficking charges have been approved by the Court of Appeal must now ask that same court to consider reinstating their bail after a Supreme Court judge yesterday dismissed their bail applications.

Identity of murder victim revealed

THE man killed in Grand Bahama on Tuesday has been identified as Whitfield Jones, a resident of Coral Reef Estates.

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Lawyer hits back at supplier over music festival claims

THE president of a Florida-based audio/visual equipment rental service provider was yesterday warned to govern himself accordingly ahead of a potential lawsuit after legal documents revealed alleged discrepancies in his claims that Caribbean Muzik Festival’s CEO Michael Tomlinson was responsible for the event’s failure.

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Trailers on their way to hurricane-hit areas

NEMA and Social Services earmarked four RV Mobile Homes for Crooked Island to help people whose homes were completely destroyed by Hurricane Joaquin; and three trailer homes for families in Long Island.

French duo in lead after day 1 of Star Sailors League

DAY one of the Star Sailors League, hosted at Montagu Bay in New Providence, Bahamas, featured the most talented teams in the sport vying for the coveted title and prizes amounting to $200,000.

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RENALDO: Aaron Rodgers just turned 32 yesterday. My God...imagine what Olivia Munn did to surprise him. Unless it’s fixing Jordy Nelson’s knee, I’m not sure if it makes much of a difference.


LOUIS Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation yesterday announced its donation of $120,000 to the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas for the rebuilding of the southern islands devastated by Hurricane Joaquin.

Wednesday, December 2

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Why it’s so important to end disability discrimination

To mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities tomorrow Lester T Ferguson explains how the Bahamas is making progress in breaking down discrimination and inequality and looks at what still needs to be done.

Bahamas problems

It seems we love to do things to annoy the hell out of us rather than reduce the stress and anxieties.

Heads of agreement

What are the implications of the Supreme Court judgment, the Immigration decision where finally the Court has confirmed what was known all of the while that law dictates what happens and not “political policy”.

Stand against crime

From the moment I got the news that my former colleague and close friend had been murdered, life has not been the same.

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Mitchell questions courts on immigration sentencing

DESPITE the government’s policy change to ensure harsher penalties for breaches of the Immigration Act, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said there are concerns that the changes have not been reflected in sentencing by the courts.

US Embassy issues Christmas crime warning

The US Embassy in Nassau has issued a Christmas crime warning for American residents living in The Bahamas or planning travel to this country, urging them to “remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime”.

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Shot Haitian man has illegal entry charge dismissed

A HAITIAN man who was shot in Eleuthera during an argument with authorities during an immigration exercise earlier this year had his charge of illegal entry dismissed by a Magistrate’s Court judge yesterday.

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Gunshots leave man dead in Grand Bahama

A MAN was shot dead in Grand Bahama yesterday evening pushing the country’s murder count to 137 for the year, according to The Tribune’s records.

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Miller: No way in hell NHI will be ready if talks rumble on

TALL Pines MP Leslie Miller said yesterday there is “no way in hell” National Health Insurance will be ready for a January roll out as long as the government continues to “dialogue with greedy insurance companies.”

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Davis: NHI to absorb job fallout

ACTING Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said while the Christie administration is concerned about possible job losses due to the implementation of National Health Insurance, the scheme is designed to absorb any possible fallout in the private insurance sector.

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Women maklng a difference

CLIMATE change is quickly becoming a large problem across the globe and particularly affects the Bahamas as an island chain surrounded by water.

Witness says he picked out woman in identity parade

A JURY heard yesterday from an anonymous witness that the female he saw arguing with businessman Kurt McCartney in Gambier Village was picked out by him in an identification parade.

Sports news

THE Bahamas Rugby Union is scheduled to continue its Heineken Cup regular season at the Winton Rugby Centre 3pm Saturday when the Buccaneers take on Freeport. The early kick off is because Freeport has to catch a 6pm flight back to Grand Bahama.

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‘The goal right now is to start some light jogging’

ANTOAN Richardson didn’t have the type of year he anticipated with the Texas Rangers, but the talented outfielder is confident that he will be back to make a contribution to another Major League Baseball team in 2016.

Woods isn’t one of 18 players in Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods painted a bleak picture Tuesday on when he can return to golf or even get back to doing anything more than just walking.

Western Michigan accepts invitation to the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

WESTERN Michigan will play in a bowl game for the second consecutive season as the Broncos accepted a bid to represent the Mid-American Conference in the 2015 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A Robinson National Stadium on December 24.

Athletes reflect on outcome of BAAA elections

With the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) election of officers over and done and a new administration in place, the athletes are now waiting to see how well the transition goes, especially as they gear up for the 2016 season that will culminate with the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

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International sailors mix and mingle

THE All Mayaguana Regatta Committee got a major boost to its fund-raising efforts with the Sail Sailors League joining in a big promotion of the sloop sailing boats in Montagu Bay on Monday.

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Christmastide with Bel Canto

THE Bel Canto Singers present their popular traditional “Christmastide” concert this weekend with two performances – at the Old Fort Bay Club on Friday and the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk on Saturday.

Airport to conduct full-scale emergency drill today

THE Lynden Pindling International Airport will conduct a full-scale emergency drill today from 11am – 2pm.

Save The Bays offers Nygard possible solution

SAVE The Bays, the environmental advocacy group, said yesterday that it would consider dropping all court actions involving Nygard Cay provided controversial fashion designer Peter Nygard agrees to obey the law and reverse the substantial environmental damage caused by decades of unauthorised development at his Clifton Bay property.

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Two charged with murder

TWO Grand Bahama men were arraigned on a murder charge in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Joaquin damages grow to $100m

Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday said Hurricane Joaquin damage estimates had increased to $100 million, as he pledged to explore whether insurance could further help the Bahamas recover from such storms.

Brewery founder ‘elated’ over his Budweiser coup

An “elated” Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company founder was yesterday celebrating his coup in seizing the Bahamian distribution contract for Budweiser and all brands produced by Anheuser-Busch from his major rival.

Gov’t trying to ‘sucker’ doctors into agreeing NHI

Bahamian doctors yesterday expressed concern that the Government was attempting to “sucker us into” accepting National Health Insurance (NHI) by adjusting the model slightly to accommodate some of their demands.

BEC pollution threatens our ‘economic prosperity’

Environmental activists yesterday launched their long-threatened legal action over the persistent oil pollution plaguing Clifton Pier, warning that the situation was “damaging the economic prosperity” of the Bahamas.

$31m budgeted for NHI’s first quarter

The Government is allocating $31 million to cover National Health Insurance’s (NHI) first three months, while somewhat bizarrely suggesting all sides’ first phase cost estimates “fall within a similar range”.

11 Cubans detained at Anguilla Cay

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended 11 Cuban migrants on Anguilla Cay in the Cay Sal Bank area on Monday.

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Minister seeks to ease fears over Potter’s Cay redevelopment

TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday insisted the proposed $3.1m Potter’s Cay Dock redevelopment initiative would “only look to refocus the nature of activities” presently carried out at the historic site.

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Insurance industry ‘in no position to advise’ on NHI

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the Bahamas Insurance Association’s authority as a stakeholder in the National Health Insurance debate is discredited due to the industry’s high premium rates.

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‘The birth of the changing of Bahamasair’s fleet’

OFFICIALS yesterday commissioned the first of Bahamasair’s five new ATR 72-600 series aircraft to touch down at the Lynden Pindling International Airport worth $20.7m.

URCA lauded as energy regulator

A well-known private sector representative yesterday lauded the decision to make the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority (URCA) the independent regulator for the Bahamas’ energy sector, adding that it would now start to fulfill the role it was created for.

Dominos targets 20% online sales in 2016

AML Foods plans to complete the ‘remodel’ of its Dominos franchise locations within the next year, company executives said yesterday, telling Tribune Business they are aiming to generate 20 per cent of total sales via the Internet by end-2016.

Tuesday, December 1

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UPDATED: Missing cruise ship passenger found safe

A CANADIAN cruise ship passenger who was reported missing by police was found in “good health”, the Royal Bahamas Police Force said Tuesday.

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Laughing at life on Sapodilla Street

PLAYWRITING has become a favourite pastime for Tamara Moncur.

YOUR SAY: Christie’s failing government has much to answer

MY ongoing work as opposition leader here in New Providence and travels throughout the country, make it urgently clear that the majority of Bahamians and residents of the Bahamas are disappointed and fed up with this failing Christie-led government.

POLITICOLE: Health questions over mobile liberalisation

We’ve been using mobile phones in The Bahamas for almost 15 years, at least since the time I returned from college and was on my second job in 2000-01.

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Christie again speaks out on climate change

PRIME Minister Perry Christie has again denounced the use of gross domestic product or gross national income per capita as the main component in “determining the access that The Bahamas and other small island developing states have to financial resources” to counter climate change.

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Chipman asks if borders are secure amid global terror alerts

IN the face of global terrorism concerns, St Anne’s MP Hubert Chipman yesterday urged the government to explain what it is doing to secure the country’s borders.

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Health minister slams Moss ‘foolishness’

HEALTH Minister Dr Perry Gomez yesterday criticised Marco City MP Greg Moss for saying that National Health Insurance makes no sense in The Bahamas, and blasted the former PLP member for not understanding the global significance of the proposed scheme.

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NHI risks ‘up to 1,000 jobs’

A HIGH level stakeholder in the health insurance industry said the jobs of as many as 1,000 people will be in jeopardy if the Christie administration moves ahead with its National Health Insurance scheme without incorporating the Bahamas Insurance Association’s recommendations.

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Man charged with murder over death by beating

A MAN appeared in Magistrate’s’ Court yesterday charged in connection with a recent beating death that police have classified as a murder.

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‘Only a matter of time until chaos’ warns prison officer association

THE Bahamas Correctional Officers Association said it is just a matter of time before chaos erupts at the Department of Correctional Services, claiming disrespect by the Christie administration has ruined officer morale.

Lashann Higgs posts career high 18 points to lead Longhorns to upset 64-53 win over the Volunteers

BAHAMIAN basketball standout Lashann Higgs came to the University of Texas women’s basketball programme with high expectations and the freshman has delivered thus far.

Pro golfers helping to promote Pure Silk Bahamas Classic

IT’S not everyday that visiting sporting personalities get to relax and enjoy the amenities that the Bahamas has to offer away from the playing field.

Tourism Impact Award for Marathon Bahamas

In its short seven-year history, Marathon Bahamas has received international acclaim and has now been honoured by the government for its impact on Bahamian sports tourism.

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Jonquel Jones named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week

GEORGE Washington women’s basketball senior forward Jonquel Jones, of Grand Bahama, was named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week for the week ending November 29, the league announced yesterday.

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Sands: ‘I’m disappointed in the final outcome’

It was a humbling but disappointing experience for incumbent Mike Sands on Saturday as he was ousted as president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations by Rosamunde Carey.

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High five for Bahamasair

BAHAMASAIR took possession of the first of five brand new aircraft on November 27 in Toulouse, France.

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Conference hears of the relief efforts after the hurricane

TWO months after Hurricane Joaquin roared through sections of the southern Bahamas, yesterday brought clarity to the tales of relief immediately following the storm.

Renewable energy delay given backing

Private sector executives yesterday backed the Government’s decision to temporarily suspend the Renewable Energy Self-Generation (RESG) programme until industry-wide reforms were bedded in, but urged that it not be delayed “inordinately”.

Chamber chief: NHI start date ‘unrealistic’

A leading private sector yesterday said he “can’t see” National Health Insurance (NHI) launching by the January 1 target date, even though the Government reiterated its determination to roll the scheme out on schedule.

‘High frequency’: Early 2016 for new mobile firm

Cable Bahamas and the Government’s mobile liberalisation team are working “at high frequency” to ensure the second operator can launch early in 2016, and believe they are well-placed to attract investors for the majority 51 per cent ownership interest.

Chamber to hold Gov’t ‘feet to fire’

The private sector yesterday pledged to keep the “Government’s feet to the fire” over its stewardship of the public finances, as the fiscal deficit for the 2015-2016 year’s first quarter fell by 34.2 per cent.

IDB decries zero Gov’t management progress

The Bahamas made virtually zero progress in improving its public sector management efficiency and performance over a five-year period to 2013, a newly-released Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report has revealed.

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Two men in hospital with gunshot injuries

POLICE are searching for the suspects responsible for two separate shooting incidents that left two men detained in hospital on Sunday.

No decision on murder trial date until next year

A MAN accused of fatally stabbing a victim outside a club last summer will have to wait until next year to find out when he will be tried for the murder.

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Kurt McCartney murder case: Jury excused for discussions

CRUCIAL details in the testimony of a key witness to the fatal shooting of businessman Kurt McCartney led a judge to excuse a jury for the day while prosecution and lawyers for the accused held extensive legal discussions in their absence.

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Two new ambulances handed to public hospitals

THE National Insurance Board yesterday turned over two new “state of the art” ambulances to the Public Hospitals Authority to improve its capacity to respond to medical emergencies.

Why taking care of baby teeth is vital

HOW important is the care of baby teeth?

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CHIROPRACTIC: Piriformis syndrome - a pain in the backside

PIRIFORMIS syndrome is a condition that occurs when the piriformis muscle - which connects the sacrum or tail bone to the upper femur, or thigh bone - irritates the sciatic nerve.

Living with a hearing impairment

FACING various obstacles growing up as a child with a hearing impairment has taught K’noll Brown that brighter days are always ahead.

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DR IAN BETHELL-BENNETT: Men as victims and perpetrators of violence

Violence is pervasive - especially so when we encourage it.

Bahamas foundation zeroing in on its goal

GETTING to zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination is still the major goal for the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.

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Cancer sufferer inspires through Hope 4 Kids

For Ronette Frazer, fighting breast cancer is all about hope in healing.

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MICHELLE MILLER MOTIVATIONAL: Building your confidence starts from within

Many people I meet in my coaching work are without a sense of confidence, often holding a small perception of themselves.

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BUN IN THE OVEN: Make time and plans for a happy Christmas

Don’t blink! Christmas will be here sooner than you know it.

The Big 'O' - where do I find it?

“Orgasms. Where do I find them?”

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Giving children something to smile about this Christmas

BAHAMIAN author Kendia Laramore hopes to spread love and holiday cheer this Christmas by donating gifts to children.

Sports Notes

SKIPPERS from the Star Sailors League Final are expected to be in action today as they compete on local C Class sailing sloops in Montagu Bay. The international sailors will get a chance to be matched with the local sailors in an event that will be filmed by an international crew during the Star Sailing competition Wednesday to Saturday in Montagu Bay.

Bahamas faces ‘new frontier’ over tax information exchange

The Bahamian financial services sector was yesterday said by an ex-Cabinet minister to be facing another “new frontier”, this time the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Common Reporting Standard.