Saturday, January 31
Ava Turnquest reviews the big stories that had the Bahamas talking this week.
ENVIRONMENT Minister Kenred Dorsett yesterday said the fire that occurred at the New Providence landfill two weeks may have been caused by people “wanting to find a bit of scrap metal” at the site and that he had been authorised by the Prime Minister to increase security.
BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said today she has been approached by a political party to run in the next election and despite making "no commitments" she can "never say never".
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday announced that the government was in discussions over the creation of a “United Research Department” that would “crisscross” the various institutions in the country and grant Bahamians access to Bahamas-based studies performed by international organisations.
MORE residents in Chesapeake have come forward and expressed concerns about the Grand Bahama Utility Company waste water treatment plant off Midshipman Road. Although company officials insist that a nearby pond is the source of the foul odour, the residents claim that the problem did not exist until after the plant began operating in the area.
TALL PINES MP Leslie Miller has apologised for his "ignorant" remarks regarding the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.
CHIEF Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt said she would not sentence a man convicted of possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition until his medical concerns have been addressed.
Friday, January 30
THE government has allocated $10m towards the removal of oil from waters off Clifton Pier, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced on Friday.
A WOMAN arraigned on Friday in connection with the murder and robbery of a web shop employee in Long Island could be facing the death penalty if convicted at trial.
EMMANUEL Rolle, 25, formerly a wanted suspect, was charged on Friday in connection with the January 25 fatal shooting of Defence Force marine Angelo Dorsette at the G-Spot nightclub at Faith Avenue north.
IT’S not how you start, nor how you get there, but more importantly, it’s how you finish.
Awards and titles? Have we really gone stupid?
Some might say that the launch of VAT was a success but there is an enormous amount of total, I mean total, misunderstanding.
The original concept of Urban Renewal 2.0 was and still remains a good one in that the primary objective is to improve, cosmetically, one community at a time. While this is a good concept, however, we must ask ourselves whether or not it is still relevant.
ALTHOUGH the g-string clad beauties who come with the controversial Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, did not shock PLP chairman Bradley Roberts, the remarks of the eye-brow raising president of the Bahamas Christian Council certainly did.
COURT of Appeal President Justice Anita Allen minced no words yesterday when describing the standard of representation by counsel before the court in 2014.
GRAND Bahamas’ Humane Society, faced with a serious financial crisis that might force it to close, is calling on the community to assist it with its operational costs.
ST ANNE’S MP Hubert Chipman yesterday renewed calls for legislation to be brought to parliament to support the government’s new immigration policy.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday the Department of Immigration is introducing “a new regime and pricing structure” beginning February 1.
AN announcement on the strategic partner for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation will come “shortly,” Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
A FORMER police officer facing trial in connection with the production of child pornography left the Magistrate’s Court complex yesterday flanked by relatives after being released on $5,000 bail.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday passionately defended the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival from detractors and hit out at the “intrusiveness” of Progressive Liberal Party MP Leslie Miller who this week called the planned festival “garbage.”
SOME people go through a great deal of difficulties to achieve their goal. Oren Butler is one of them. But he felt that what he encountered was enough to cause him to pack up his golf clubs and walk away from the sport for good.
SIR Durward Knowles, the world-renowned sailor and winner of The Bahamas’ first Olympic gold medal, has stepped down as chairman of the Queen’s College Foundation after 12 years.
CONTINUING its effort to engage student athletes in the fight against cancer, Scotiabank awarded its student relay winners in the sixth annual Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend.
COLIN ‘Troppy’ Knowles, known as a perfectionist who strives to get the best out of his players and remembered as a visionary with an eye on the development of sports in the future, passed away on Wednesday after an illness with prostate cancer. He was 68.
February 7-8 Ride for Hope, Nassau, http://www.rideforhopebahamas.com. 2015 online registration is now open or at Cycles Unlimited, Mackey Street.
CHIEF Justice Sir Michael Barnett dismissed a petition yesterday from several people staking a claim to a 47-acre piece of land in San Salvador where billions of dollars worth of pirate treasure is rumoured to be buried.
NEW Providence’s landfill management said yesterday that it expects its new recycling facility to be completed and operating at full capacity by May 1, describing the recent fire at the site as more of a “distraction” rather than a setback to the company’s overall operations.
The British Colonial Hilton’s new owner yesterday urged the Government to “make a decision” quickly on its proposed masterplan to revitalise the whole of downtown Nassau, suggesting the area could become a “Bahamian Riviera”.
THE Court of Appeal has implemented a new measure designed to alleviate a number of the delays it experienced with substantive appeals due to outstanding transcripts exceeding 1,000 pages.
OFFICERS of the judiciary have been urged to use the criticism levelled at the third branch of government as motivation to continue carrying out their judicial duties with high standards.
THE country’s second highest court yesterday debuted its near-completed fully state-of-the art facilities during a special ceremony hosted to report on its success and challenges during the previous legal year.
IMMIGRATION Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday he is “lobbying within the government” for a “livable” increase in minimum wage.
THE fire that started two weeks ago at the New Providence landfill is “80 per cent” extinguished, a Renew Bahamas official said yesterday.
A memorial service for Sir Jack Hayward will be held on February 23 at 4pm at the Pro-Cathedral of Christ of the King, East Atlantic Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama.
FLU drug Tamiflu should be back in stores next week after expired stocks were discarded by wholesalers this month.
ORGANISERS of the “KeepJunkanooAlive’ movement that spread over social media yesterday claimed that Junkanoo will continue to “reign supreme” in the Bahamas despite the “Junkanoo Carnival fever” being marketed by the government.
The Family Islands are paying greater than “three times’ the cost” faced by Nassau-based businesses to ship in essential cargos and construction materials, a leading shipping executive yesterday warning this was retarding their economic development.
PEOPLE applying for work permits will soon have to ensure that they also obtain health insurance and adequate housing for their workers according to Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell.
BAHAMAS National Film Festival Commission chairman Paul Major said yesterday that between now and May the organisation is projected to spend an estimated $5m in the local economy resulting in a projected gross domestic product (GDP) impact of just over $20m.
Before football fans across the country tune in to Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, the battle for local football supremacy will be decided on the gridiron.
GEORGE Santanya wrote that those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. This statement is just as true today as it was when he penned the words.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that during his recent trip to China he had effectively called for a “new paradigm” relative to the number of Chinese labourers involved in Chinese-led projects and developments in The Bahamas, noting that projects such as the British Colonial Hilton would call for a majority Bahamian workforce.
Thursday, January 29
A FORMER journalist who was mentored by Dr Myles Munroe is using her birthday to pay tribute to him.
THE Free National Movement has been stumbling and fumbling as it seeks to find its footing following the November 21 convention, where its former Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner lost her leadership bid to Dr Hubert Minnis by nearly three to one.
Do a large constituency of persons in The Bahamas work for the government? You bet your life they do! As a matter of fact, the government of The Bahamas is the largest single employer in this country.
A look at the national budget and debt over the decades reveals that spending and borrowing have grown exponentially. The country is in this mess because of both political parties, not just one or the other, so there is no point in casting blame. The country needs solutions.
My name is Carlton Zonicle and I have been a resident of Zonicle Hill, Cat Island the majority of my life. As a concerned citizen, I would like to discuss and receive a response from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, Philip “Brave” Davis regarding past and potential construction works performed on Cat Island. It is also worth noting that Mr Davis is the Member of Parliament for Cat Island.
BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson has been granted an injunction barring the union’s executive committee from interfering as she carries out her duties on behalf of the organisation.
FNM Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday criticised PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts recommending that he look within his own organisation and at its leader, Prime Minister Perry Christie, to discover the true meaning of “duplicitous.”
SEVERAL bus drivers are angered by the government’s decision to restrict four bus routes from stopping in the heart of Bay Street.
A ten-year-old boy is recovering in hospital today after being hit by a bus, driven by a government employee, yesterday morning.
DOZENS of frustrated cable customers demanded that the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority deny all proposed price increases by Cable Bahamas Limited, citing that the triple play provider is “using its monopolistic power to rob consumers blind”.
BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation Chairman Leslie Miller has moved forward with a lawsuit against President of the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union Paul Maynard for defamation and libel. Court documents will be filed tomorrow or at the latest next Tuesday, according lawyer Owen Wells, who represents Mr Miller.
TWO American men were rescued after being stranded on a tiny uninhabited island in The Bahamas on Tuesday.
MINISTRY of Tourism officials are feverishly working towards staging the second Pure Silk LPGA Classic Tournament – an event officials are hoping will be a shot in the arm for the Bahamian economy.
EMPIRE Mixed Martial Arts’ “Team Beastmode” fight team once again looked to the state of Florida to field bouts for its group of amateur fighters.
IT ALL comes down to this.
THE finale of the Government Secondary School Sports Association basketball season will be aired live on national television for the fifth consecutive year, thanks to a partnership between government and corporate entities.
After a hard-fought season, the championship matchups are all set in the Government Secondary School Sports Association (GSSSA) basketball league’s senior divisions after the sudden death playoff rounds at the DW Davis Gymnasium last night.
A MEMORIAL service for Sir Jack Hayward will be held on Monday, February 23, at 4pm at Christ the King Church, Freeport.
WITH the recent passing of Sir Jack Hayward, it is without a doubt that the Grand Bahama community has lost a true thespian.
A LOCAL community correctional organisation yesterday offered three “proven solutions” for combatting crime in the country.
A FAMILY Island resident claimed that a newly implemented regulation that prohibits the removal of seaweed from beaches is “outrageous” and questioned the legitimacy of an island administrator’s erosion claims.
CITY officials are insisting that the wastewater treatment plant is not the cause of the foul odour in Chesapeake and are linking the smell to a nearby natural pond. They are inviting residents to visit and tour the plant, off Midshipman Road.
The Government’s latest $42.5 million bond offering was expected to “at least 50-60 per cent oversubscribed”, its lead arranger told Tribune Business yesterday afternoon, just hours before its close.
The Government and web shop industry are at odds over how the sector’s ‘retroactive taxes’ are to be calculated, with the proposed method seen as “inconsistent” with both the Gaming Act and international norms.
SIX men awaiting trial for three separate murder cases were informed that the matters have now been set for 2016.
ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday said officials would provide the public with an update on a BEC bribe allegation “within the appropriate time”, but refused to comment further.
LOCAL farmers and agricultural producers are invited to display and sell their goods at this year’s Grand Bahama Agribusiness Expo 2015 on March 27 and 28 at Goombay Park, Freeport.
A MAN must wait longer before he learns of his punishment for unlawful sexual intercourse with an underage girl who he compelled to get an abortion after discovering she was pregnant.
A 25-year-old man wanted by police to help in their investigation into the murder of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force marine has turned himself in for questioning.
BAHAMIAN engineers yesterday warned that the Government might lose due Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues due to a ‘loophole’ on contracts where most of the fees went to their foreign counterparts.
A Bahamian-owned airline yesterday said it will “have to look at our whole business model again”, with the combined effect of multiple tax increases negating its $3 million-plus investment in a new service hangar.
The Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president has admitted to being “a little bit surprised” over January’s business volumes, having expected that Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) introduction would spark a sharp decline.
YOUNG people who took part in a film camp will have their work screened at Galleria Cinemas tonight.
Marketing, selling, branding, promoting, advertising and even peddling; all of these marketing campaigns go a long way in creating growth forf every business.
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) says it is still “closely monitoring” the $100 million Bank of the Bahamas ‘bailout’ to ensure this is an isolated event, describing the situation as a “downside risk” for this nation.
The BAHAMAS Society of Engineers (BSE) president yesterday said there was still much confusion among industry professionals over how Value-Added Tax (VAT) should be applied to contracts and receivables.
THE Sports Unit of the Department of Eduction, Science and Technology, in conjunction with the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association, has announced that its basketball championships are set to be held at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium January 30 to February 3.
Wednesday, January 28
Surely the end result of the hyped Rollins drama on Farrington Road, PLP Headquarters ended up like a wet firework – hmm there has to be a major split in opinion in the PLP.
The contents are about the Stem Cell Research, etc. That is now an official realisation for our country, the Bahamas.
Tuesday is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, here is a holocaust story from the only Holocaust survivor in the Bahamas!
WHEN Jack Hayward arrived in the Bahamas 57 years ago, Bahamians quickly realised that they had a different type of Englishman in their midst.
DESPITE a promise that the Bahamas Electricity Corporation will “absorb” some of the value added tax cost, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday it has been decided that customers will pay the full 7.5 per cent.
CONCERNS have been raised about the status of the multi-million dollar roadwork contract for Cat Island, with a resident from that island claiming the project has been “abandoned.”
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Commission will take the Christian Council’s recent concerns regarding the upcoming festival “into consideration” but stressed that celebration will encourage “Bahamianism” and not “sins of the flesh.”
A MAN was remanded to prison without bail after he was arraigned in connection with the sexual assault of a six-year-old girl.
A TEEN was granted $5,000 bail yesterday after he was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on charges of possession and dissemination of child pornography.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday called Free National Movement chief Dr Hubert Minnis a “duplicitous” leader in the aftermath of the resignation of Heather Hunt from the Senate.
THE Royal Bahamas Police Force and the College of the Bahamas yesterday took a step closer to formalising a partnership that will improve the level of academic studies received by officers enrolled at the Police Training College.
THE top player in City Bowling League competition last night was Lee Davis of the Ten Back Strikers, who toppled the pins for an outstanding 251 high game and a huge 669 high three game set.
WHILE the Softball Division in the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) is doing wonders here in Nassau, the JBLN girls are now making their mark abroad.
TWO teams from the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) will depart Nassau for San Salvador, El Salvador, on Saturday to participate in the Jr Fed and Jr Davis Cup BNP Paribas pre-qualifying event.
THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association has completed its regular season and is now all set to start its postseason today at DW Davis and CI Gibson gymnasiums.
SANDS Beer is “kicking it up a notch” by donating to a mixed martial arts team in the Bahamas.
The International Amateur Athletic Federation’s inaugural World Relays not only got tremendous coverage last year, but the IAAF is making sure that it remains in the minds of many more viewers this year, who may not have been able to view the two-day meet in person.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis participated in the Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Parade held in Governor’s Harbour over the weekend.
THE ashes of Sir Jack Hayward will be spread throughout various parts of Britain and the Bahamas – the final and fitting farewell to the British philanthropist who gave so much to so many in his home country, and his country away from home.
SIR JACK Hayward was a wealthy man, but he was also a generous man. He donated to many causes, not only in his Mother country, but also in his adopted home — the Bahamas.
FREEPORT - Oct 13, 1969 – Back home and surrounded by friends and well-wishers on Monday, Jack Hayward, vice-president of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and established champion of the rights of its licensees, talked with The Tribune about the amazing welcome scenes on his return to Freeport airport.
THE Jack Hayward High School paid tribute to its patron, the late Sir Jack Hayward, during a memorial service held at the school last week.
A MAN, previously arraigned in connection with the production of child pornography, appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday afternoon for re-arraignment because of an “inadvertent error”.
A MAN arraigned on a murder charge in Magistrate’s Court yesterday expressed fear for his life from persons in prison allegedly connected to the killings of his brothers.
WASHINGTON, DC - PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said the Government was aware that the late Sir Jack Hayward was in negotiations to sell his family’s 50 per cent stake in the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Group of Companies just prior to his death.
A Bahamian broker/dealer’s trading activity resulted in one of the most prestigious US financial firms yesterday being hit with a $20 million fine by federal regulators.
THE head of the country’s largest web shop chain yesterday said despite a few unspecified “issues” between industry operators and the government, his company was handling the industry’s transition to a legal entity “pretty well”.
A Texas woman is recovering after losing more than five pounds of flesh to a shark bite in the Bahamas, and she says she’ll return to the water when she’s completely better. L
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday said Bahamas Christian Council President Rev Dr Ranford Patterson was “misguided” when he denounced the inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.
RECENTLY engaged Mayaguana native Natera Burrows was the winner of the BTC “Upgrade Your Christmas” house giveaway.
STUDENTS at the Anatol Rodgers High School yesterday received 20 brand new Dell computers as a part of a nationwide computer drive conducted by Island Luck.
Value-Added Tax (VAT)-related confusion could undermine the Bahamas’ efforts to grow its multi-million dollar private aviation business, the Tax Coalition’s chairman has warned.
WASHINGTON, DC: THE Government is talking to a “major player” in the natural gas industry as it bids to diversify the Bahamas’ energy sources, the Prime Minister pledging it will move quickly on generation competition once the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) manager is appointed.
THE New Providence Basketball Association, preparing for its crossover interaction with the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association on Saturday night since their separation in 2003, continued its regular season at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Monday night.
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) yesterday said that while the Bahamas had taken “a great first step” towards fiscal reform with Value-Added Tax (VAT) implementation, any improvement in this nation’s credit rating depended on successful execution.
THE United States Coast Guard rescued seven Cubans who were stranded on Cay Verdi yesterday, just east of Ragged Island, confirmed Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) officials.
Business owners certainly had more than the holidays on their minds as 2014 came to a close. Value Added Tax (VAT) was a looming concern on the minds of consumers and the private sector alike as we stepped into this New Year.
New Providence’s major hotels yesterday said they had suffered “minimal” impact from the blizzard conditions in the north-east US, with visitor cancellations offset by those who had to extend their stay in the Bahamas.
Tuesday, January 27
THE overriding purpose of this and future columns is to educate and empower you to regain control of your health! Each individual is responsible for their health and it is, by far, our greatest investment. Today we are starting with the basics of healthy living. Today, we taper bad habits! Are you ready?
IF your perception is 99 per cent of your reality, then isn’t it important to know what makes up your perception?
WE know that schools girls are preyed on every day by older men. We know that there is a power imbalance; girls are impressionable and want money. These are often called ‘cutters’, and demand no respect.
At exactly 1600 hours (4pm) on January 16, 16 couples across 16 islands in the Bahamas said ‘I do’ simultaneously in their dream wedding ceremonies arranged by the Ministry of Tourism.
CHANCES are if you’re on Facebook these days and see a fabulous wedding photo shoot, the name Lyndah Wells is attached.
IF you want to know about the real economic welfare of Bahamians in The Bahamas, take a complete tour of New Providence island, since this island represents The Bahamas’ greatest “development”.
THE rising tide of serious crime in the Bahamas has reached the point at which a national debate is required to help solve the blight on society.
POLICE are investigating a traffic accident that has left a female tourist in serious condition in hospital.
I note in the Grapevine of today’s date that the Punch is intimating that I am upset about not having been named a QC.
The United States Department of State 2014 Investment Climate Report revealed the corrupt nature of doing business in the Bahamas and how acts of corporate malfeasance continue to go unchecked and unpunished.
On perusing The Tribune’s 22/01/2015 issue the headline story “Police failed says Nottage” and the lead story “Nottage: Jailhouse wedding discipline not down to me” on page 3 aroused my curiosity so I read them first.
DOCTORS Hospital’s Maternity Department was thrilled to welcome the first baby of 2015 early in the evening of January 1.
DEPUTY Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney confirmed his retirement from the Royal Bahamas Police Force to take up a post at the Baha Mar resort, saying that after serving the RBPF for more than three decades it was time to make a contribution to other sectors of society.
POLICE are still investigating the arson attack that left a dorm at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Sciences Institute gutted, despite reports last week that a disgruntled employee admitted being the culprit.
FNM Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to reveal publicly whose interest the FNM is reportedly working on behalf of with its continued chiding of the government regarding the handling and operations of the Bank of the Bahamas.
A policeman arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday denied defaming a female acquaintance by posting a nude image of her on Facebook.
WASHINGTON DC - PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday confirmed he wanted to “absolutely guarantee” that the Obama administration could vouch for the integrity of the US firms it was backing in the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) reform process.
THE government’s inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival has drawn more controversy, with the Bahamas Christian Council denouncing the “immodest” costumes for the planned event, saying the scant attire could lead to “fornication, promiscuity, rape incest” and other “sins of the flesh.”
Cable Bahamas has quietly dropped its appeal to the Utilities Appeal Tribunal (UAT) over the previous regulatory decision not to approve a 27 per cent increase in the price of its basic pay-TV service.
A Bahamian broker/dealer and its principal are arguing that they “cannot defy” Bahamian law, and expose themselves to client lawsuits, simply because US federal regulators have chosen to do so.
AN event of splendour, glamour and majestic performances was held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort’s Independence Ball Room Saturday, as the Ministry of Tourism concluded its 50th anniversary celebrations with the prestigious 16th Cacique Awards.
FNM Deputy leader Peter Turnquest yesterday criticised the government’s decision to delay announcing the strategic partner for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s restructuring, calling it a “smoke screen” because of a lack of direction on the initiative.
THE Bahamas Football Association has announced its team management for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifiers as the men’s senior national team returns to international play.
OKYANOS has started adult stem cell treatments at its clinic in Freeport, with patients experiencing some “remarkable” benefit from cell therapy, according to CEO Matthew Feshbach.
A NEW date is expected to be set for a man awaiting retrial in connection with a Cat Island murder.
REAL conversations, unapologetic view points and a unique cast that is bold and diverse characterises the newest TV show set to engage Bahamian audiences when it debuts next week.
FORMER Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Thompson yesterday called for the political parties in the country to “get together” and formulate a “wholesale approach” to dealing with crime in the country.
ONE of the biggest issues people have with resolutions, as we all know, is being able to stick with them over the course of the year. Many people make resolutions at the beginning of a year but fail in keeping them after a certain period.
A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after being arraigned in connection with a near-fatal incident that happened last November.
GRAND Bahama Police arrested a man who reportedly fired on officers in the Coral Gardens area over the weekend.
OFFICIALS from the Bahamas Prison Officers Association yesterday said that they are “hopeful” a resolution will soon be reached between staff members of the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services and the government.
THE FAMILY of six-year-old Tarique Miller has renewed a plea for financial assistance to help cover the cost of potential “life saving” treatment for the child.
The Wolverines came from Spanish Wells, Eleuthera and got in their first match against the Mario Ford Baseball Camp at the Windsor Park on Saturday. Although they left, having lost 6-5, the team is confident that they will bounce back when they return this weekend.
As the Super Bowl approaches, and as an avid NFL supporter and die hard Dallas Cowboys fan, I must clear the air on a few things regarding one of the most overhyped and downright “crooked” franchises in sports - The New England Patriots!!!
WITH a change in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ selection process for the Bahamas team to the CARIFTA Games, a group of seven local coaches are making sure that their throwers qualify for the trip to St Kitts and Nevis over the Easter holiday weekend.
BEFORE he played an official high school basketball game in the United States, he was already heralded as “the next big thing” to come out of the Frank Rutherford Elite Development Programme and 10 games into his career, Sean Brennen Jr is living up to expectations thus far.
Resolving all remaining points of potential Value-Added Tax (VAT) confusion is “more important” than the Appeals Commission’s appointment, the Tax Coalition’s chairman yesterday suggesting too little progress was being made on the former.
AFTER defeating the V-8 Fusion Stingrays in Saturday’s playoff game, the Orry J Sands Pros will be returning to the Boil Fish Bowl for a record 11 years in a row.
JESSICA Korda has a new swing coach, famed instructor David Leadbetter, to begin the 2015 season. When she began the 2014 season at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic with a new instructor, things worked out just fine.
WORKING as a fitness professional for the past 15 years, Javinson Brown thought it was only right to use his knowledge to develop a company that spoke to his craft.
SENIOR Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour is appealing to the hit-and-run drivers in two fatal accidents in Grand Bahama to do the “godly thing” and turn themselves in.
Value-Added Tax (VAT) is now here in the Bahamas following years of research, ‘White Papers’, discussions and debates. The Government expects it to produce a net revenue increase equivalent to roughly 2 per cent of GDP, and which will be used for projects that benefit persons living in the Bahamas.
Monday, January 26
PRIME Minister Perry Christie declared that “the future is bright” and insisted that the government has to “reassess” its approach to maritime initiatives after his initial tour of the Lowell J Mortimer (LJM) Maritime Academy on Friday.
WHEN the Progressive Liberal Party embraced Dr Andre Rollins into its fold in 2011, I was surprised.
It is with deep concern that this letter is being written, as due to the increase in the volume of theft, burglary and vandalism many persons of the General Public who exercise on a consistent basis, between Goodman’s Bay and Montagu Beach during the early morning hours have been subject to criminal violations to their vehicles and person.
Is it me but have you noticed how many signs are up all over the place – some so old that the event has gone and the next year anniversary is taking place.
By your medium, I wish to ask the Radio Talk Show pundits and some of the political leaders to explain to the consumers and merchants how a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) would help them with Value Added Tax (VAT)?
A MAN who spent nearly two months in the Carmichael Road Detention Centre despite being born in the Bahamas said he is grateful to Florida House Representative Daphne Campbell who had lobbied for his immediate release.
BY encouraging the PLP not to suspend Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins, Prime Minister Perry Christie did “the right thing,” former PLP cabinet minister George Smith said yesterday.
TWO women were sexually assaulted in their homes in eastern New Providence over the weekend, police reported.
A WOMAN was held up by an unarmed man outside Evangelistic Temple church yesterday morning who stole her car, police said.
HEDGE fund billionaire Louis Bacon is suing fashion mogul Peter Nygard for $50m, alleging that Mr Nygard has waged an “obsessive and malicious” smear campaign against him in this country since 2010.
A DEADLY nightclub shooting claimed the life of a 21-year-old father and marine early yesterday morning.
MISS Bahamas didn’t reach the top 15 in last night’s Miss Universe contest - but Miss Jamaica represented the Caribbean region, just missing out on the top three.
FOR the second time in what is becoming an illustrious career for the Oklahoma Sooners, junior guard Buddy Hield was named the “Player of the Week” in the Big 12 conference.
WILLIAM ‘JR’ Rigby, in another Most Valuable Player performance, pumped in a game high 42 points to lead the Real Deal Shockers to a 87-74 victory over the Commonwealth Bank Giants.
Devynne Charlton and Carmiesha Cox share so many things in common. They came out of the same track club to attend Purdue University a year ago. And now as roommates, they continue to rewrite the Boilermakers’ indoor records.
The Bahamas would likely face “tremendous resistance” from the international bar if foreign attorneys are not allowed to represent clients in arbitration hearings in this nation, a Washington-based attorney describing this as a “significant impediment”.
Balearia is in talks with the Government about expanding its ferry services to Nassau, a move that could generate “wonderful benefits” for the capital’s economy and its container port.
FOUR men convicted last year of murder and armed robbery in the Supreme Court were sentenced on Friday, with two of them receiving prison terms of 50 and 40 years for the murder of Cash for Gold employee Christopher Outten.
BAHAMIAN authorities apprehended five immigrants and seized a vessel last week in Pinder’s Point, Grand Bahama.
THE Grand Bahama Utility Company Limited has denied that its waste water treatment plant in Chesapeake is a threat to human health or the environment.
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday supported calls for a “hate speech ban” following the controversial Ku Klux Klan-themed protest during the New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell could not say yesterday when a United States ambassador to The Bahamas would be appointed.
MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn expressed disappointment yesterday that Prime Minister Perry Christie had failed to keep a promise to share with opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis a file relating to the granting of a nolle prosequi by Acting Attorney General Jerome Fitzgerald in 2012.
THE winners of our movie voucher competition:
FIREFIGHTERS found a body burned beyond recognition after extinguishing a structural fire yesterday evening.
THE government has decided to defer the announcement of the strategic partner for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation until after interventions and discussions coming out of an energy security summit in Washington, DC, according to Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis.
I am unfamiliar with the laws in other jurisdictions around the world regarding the function of the media, with particular reference to The United States of America.
THE PLP should suspend or expel party members who fail to support the four proposed constitutional referendum bills, former PLP Cabinet minister George Smith said yesterday.
THE legendary Beck’s Cougars, which started from the Priory Rats of St Francis, held their annual reunion at the famous basketball hangout on Saturday.
IAAF press delegates praised progress made by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2015 following a three-day site visit to the city hosting the upcoming event.
THE Sports Unit of the Department of Eduction, Science and Technology, in conjunction with the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association, has announced that its basketball championships are set to be held at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium January 30 to February 3.
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) refrom process has been delayed because the Government wants to ensure there is no truth to unsubstantiated “integrity concern” rumours that have been raised over its preferred bidder.
Many Family Islands are being “economically disadvantaged” because of inefficient port and maritime infrastructure, the Arawak Cay port’s top executive believes.
A senior government official’s decision to approve a dredging permit for Nygard Cay has been branded “illegal, ultra vires and irrational”, given that such activities had already been banned by the Supreme Court.
The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival “can become the biggest game in town outside of Trinidad” within three to four years, its top organiser believes.
THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association completed the first week of its regular season at the DW Davis Gymnasium Saturday night with last year’s runners-up Bommer Gee Lady Operators winning their first game.
NOW hosted in a new venue, Caribbean Sports Agency Basketball Academy continues its mission of “promoting education through basketball.”
PRIME Minister and Chairman of CARICOM Perry Christie led a ministerial delegation to Washington, DC, yesterday to participate in the inaugural Caribbean Energy Security Summit. Mr Christie is to deliver the policy position of both CARICOM and the Bahamas at this summit.
The Chamber of Commerce’s chairman says it would be “foolhardy to squander” the National Development Plan by filing it away on the shelf and subsequently forgetting about it.
A Letter of Intent (LOI) is being finalised for a 40-room boutique resort at Grand Bahama’s Deepwater Cay property, with plans also underway to sell 40 waterfront lots.
Sunday, January 25
A 25–year-old man was taken into custody today in connection with a murder that occurred at a Faith Avenue South nightclub early on Sunday.
Saturday, January 24
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday criticised the government for the lengthy delays that stalled the full opening of the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Critical Care Block.
AUTHORITIES have received several complaints of voyeurism alleged to have been committed by police constable Edmund Lewis Jr, Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said during a press conference yesterday.
ASSISTANT Police Commissioner Emrick Seymour has reported that crime went down by 24 per cent overall in Grand Bahama in 2014.
FOUR men convicted last year of murder and armed robbery in the Supreme Court were sentenced on Friday, with two of them
A man who was convicted of stealing over $50,000 from a customer yesterday appealed his conviction in a Magistrates Court.
POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade yesterday stood by recent comments that he did all within his power to ensure that last year’s controversial jailhouse wedding resulted in disciplinary action for the officer responsible.
Friday, January 23
A 28-year-old police officer was charged in the Magistrate’s Court today with the production of child pornography.
Legendary superstar Julius ‘Dr J’ Erving was in the house and left a prescription for the College of the Bahamas Caribs that coach Baccus Rolle hopes will cure their men’s basketball team’s dismal season.
Watching Obama’s State of the Union address tonight I hoped that ALL politicians in the Bahamas listened to his remarks particularly the later part of his speech where he was talking about the Democrats and Republicans working together.
The widely perceived Mantra of the Progressive Liberal Party is: family, friends and lovers.
I am mentally ill; and I have papers to prove that. Why do I say I am mentally ill? Because of what I am thinking, and have been thinking for years now. I am thinking (and have been thinking) that I want to be so successful in this life that I would want to adopt as many children that I can afford.
THE Renward Wells‘ $625 million contract signing with a company called Stellar Waste-To-Energy Bahamas Ltd to build a waste to energy facility in New Providence’s landfill has dragged on since early July last year — but still without a satisfactory resolution.
PARLIAMENTARY Commissioner Sherlyn Hall said “unscrupulous people” stole five voter’s cards and a government seal from the Parliamentary Registration Department last month.
A POLICE officer is under investigation after a young woman alleged he videotaped her performing a sex act without her consent.
NEARLY two years after its initial opening date, government and healthcare officials yesterday formally announced the official commissioning of the Princess Margaret Hospital’s multi-million dollar Critical Care Block.
THE Progressive Liberal Party last night voted not to suspend Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins after an intervention by Prime Minister Perry Christie.
VALUE added tax should not be solely blamed for rising costs of goods and services, VAT education task-force Co-chair Edison Sumner said yesterday.
FNM Senator Heather Hunt has resigned from the upper chamber effective immediately.
THE Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union said yesterday that it remained unmoved by the Supreme Court’s extension of an injunction preventing it from taking industrial action against the Meliá resort until February 11.
A MAN and woman were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court in connection with a stabbing incident in Grand Bahama.
FORMER FNM Chairman Darron Cash yesterday criticised Prime Minister Perry Christie for his fierce defence of outgoing Bank of the Bahamas Managing Director Paul McWeeney saying it was a “national disgrace”.
TWO more Bahamians are on their way to the North Pole after a local merchant and his best friend received an invite to take the place of two ski team members who withdrew from an upcoming six-man exploration to the area.
Antique Auto Club of The Bahamas. - Preparations are well advanced for the Annual Antique Auto Show and Cook-Out to be held on March 21 at the Arawak Cay Fish Fry and Cultural Centre in Nassau.
Government policymakers have “certainly forgotten” that a real 10 per cent spending cut must combine with 7.5 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) if the Bahamas is to eliminate its fiscal deficits.
A MAN recently acquitted of murder found himself back before the courts on Wednesday facing serious charges, including murder.
A MOTHER is “grateful and overjoyed for the public support” her family received after a car accident five years ago left her 22-year-old son paralysed from the waist down.
NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage called for “regional intelligence” and “increased information sharing efforts” from various Caribbean countries to better combat “transnationally organised crime” plaguing the Bahamas and the Caribbean region.
SHE is only the second Grand Bahamian and the third Bahamian female basketball player to advance right out of high school into a major division one collegiate programme.
A JUDGE has reserved his decision on whether or not the prosecution has complied with the law regarding a statement obtained from an anonymous witness in the fatal shooting of Prime Minister Perry Christie’s press secretary Latore Mackey.
REGIONAL strategy has shifted to finance as the new frontier in the war against transnational organised crime, according to a top US commander.
The hotel union yesterday signalled it was prepared to “compromise” with Baha Mar over the Melia gratuity dispute, provided its members suffered no reduction in their ‘take home’ income.
The Government was yesterday urged to reduce the Bahamian petroleum industry’s taxation burden by focusing on the non-Value Added Tax (VAT) levies.
The DNA’s leader yesterday urged the Government to disclose the identities of all shareholders in New Providence’s private sector landfill manager, and provide details of the contractual agreement reached between the two sides.
“Hundreds of letters” have been issued to offending businesses by the Ministry of Finance’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) Unit, it was revealed yesterday, with the private sector urged to not blame price increases solely on the new tax.
IT’S not how you start, nor how you get there, but more importantly, it’s how you finish.
Value-Added Tax (VAT)has everyone excited or depressed, depending on who you talk to, and whether they are an accountant or a bartender.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive said yesterday he was pushing to make it less “Nassau centric”, with cellular and broadband Internet upgrades combining with its new pay-TV offering to benefit a wider consumer population.
Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) executives yesterday hailed their newly-launched ‘Business Solutions Centre’ as a cost-effective initiative that will boost private sector profits.
THE top scorer and MVP in Financial Bowling League competition Wednesday night was Stan Bethell of the Strike Force with a 222 second high game and a huge 633 three game set.
Thursday, January 22
THE ordination of Hermes J Laing and Perez Albury to the Sacred Order of Deacons in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church will be held Friday night at 7.30pm – not tonight as previously reported – at the Church of the Nativity.
Anyone considering the challenges our country faces ought to arrive at a startling acceptance of the reality that we have reached a frightening point as a young nation.
I FOUND the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s statistical presentation relative to criminal activities for 2014 to be quite interesting. And that’s putting it mildly!
FREE National Movement Deputy leader Peter Turnquest yesterday questioned the government’s progress on proposed reform plans for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, which have not materialised since Prime Minister Perry Christie first announced them in August 2013.
SINCE we are supposedly hoping to unload BEC, B’Air and beautiful downtown Nassau onto our Chinese comrades, why not also hand over the RBPF in this fire sale?
Why can’t even the most seasoned PLP MPs and even Ministers, understand that their younger MPs feel that they were being used, and now in the 2017 election fear that they will not have a chance to be elected.
Tourism this past week have been promoting Weddings in the Bahamas, 16 actually on 16 different islands. Interesting not a single one celebrated in a church... Nassau alone has 3000 churches! Hmm, Tourism gone secular.
SPEAKING at a tourism symposium at SuperClub Breezes yesterday, Prime Minister Perry Christie emphasised that Bahamians are the most important asset in their country’s tourism industry.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie last night vigorously defended Bank of the Bahamas Managing Director Paul McWeeney, saying that the clearing bank grew impressively in several areas under his more than a decades long leadership.
FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins said yesterday the government official who was allegedly bribed in 2001 to secure a contract at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation must be named to serve as a deterrent to corruption and “to keep politicians honest”.
FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins yesterday remained defiant in the face of a possible suspension from his party over his public criticism of the government and Prime Minister Perry Christie.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis last night said he has been advised that “thousands” of voters’ cards were stolen from a government office recently.
A 35-year-old man out on bail was “lured” to his death yesterday afternoon, becoming the country’s seventh murder victim for the year.
LAW enforcement has “failed” in attempts to lower the country’s murder count, National Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage admitted yesterday.
A “total lack of evidence” produced by US federal regulators means their lawsuit against a BISX-listed company’s principal, and its broker/dealer affiliate, over an alleged $400 million fraud should be dismissed.
FOR the third consecutive day, the majority of officers rostered to work at the Department of Correctional Services called in sick.
ONE of four people to be tried in six weeks’ time concerning the murder of businessman Kurt McCartney appeared in the Supreme Court yesterday for a status hearing.
A MAN recently acquitted of murder found himself back before the courts yesterday facing serious charges, including murder.
FORT Charlotte Dr Andre Rollins yesterday claimed that veteran politicians were “hamstrung” to antiquated political practices that limited national discourse and frustrated the modern electorate.
BAMBOO Town MP Renward Wells claimed yesterday that the country was searching for the next political giant in the run-up to the 2017 general election.
NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday distanced himself from recent comments made by Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade as to how “distressed” he was about a “jailhouse wedding” that took place last year.
POLICE are looking for an armed robbery suspect who stole a woman’s car.
Just as he did in 2014, Shavez Hart began 2015 with a stellar effort indoors for the Texas A and M Aggies, leading to a top honour in the Southeastern Conference.
THE EXECUTIVE committee of the Bahamas Union of Teachers yesterday remained firm in rejecting the decision of a three-member appeals panel to have BUT President Belinda Wilson’s suspension overturned.
MARATHON MP Jerome Fitzgerald and North Andros MP Perry Gomez were at odds yesterday over the plight of Bahamians in the country who do not have health insurance.
FOUR men are assisting police with their investigations into Grand Bahama’s second homicide for 2015 which occurred at Bass Lane, a senior police officer said.
ANOTHER Bahamian collegiate student athlete will have the opportunity to further his athletic and academic career through the sport of football in Canada.
“Greater efforts” will be needed from the Central Bank of the Bahamas to contain and monitor the inflationary impact from Value-Added Tax (VAT) and other structural economic changes, a multilateral lender has warned.
Baha Mar last night urged the hotel union to “urgently” resume negotiations to resolve the Melia gratuity dispute after the Supreme Court extended the ban on all industrial action to February 11, adding that there were “no winners” in the current impasse.
AML Foods’ future may involve a shift into the ‘neighbourhood food store’ business to provide more competition and consumer choice, its chief executive has disclosed.
CIBC FirstCaribbean is aiming to triple staff levels at its new Bahamian private wealth management unit “in very short order”, a top executive yesterday unveiling ambitions for this segment to account for 25 per cent of the bank’s region-wide performance.
WE already know where he will begin his NCAA basketball career, but before he makes that transition, Nathan Bain hopes to end his high school career with a top national honour.
Brand positioning is one of the single most important steps any business must take on the road to success. Yet it is often the most shunned, especially by small businesses, who understand the value of positioning only after the results are in.
Bahamian tourism can no longer conduct “business as usual”, a senior official said yesterday, with the industry needind to raise its game with competition “on our heels”.
The Free National Movement’s (FNM) deputy leader yesterday denied claims that the Opposition was effectively trying to drive Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) into insolvency, arguing that “the time has come” for the Government to get out of the banking sector.
Tourism industry success was was yesterday described as critical to this nation’s foreign currency earnings, the Central Bank’s governor yesterday disclosing that the sector generated some $2.2 billion in 2013.
CHAMPION Amateur Boxing Club is all set to hold its first show for 2015 6pm Saturday (January 31) at the Wulff Road Boxing Square.Dubbed “Moving Forward,” the show will feature 2020 Olympic hopeful Lennox Boyce as well as a marquee match-up between Don Rolle and Lorenzo Fertil.
Wednesday, January 21
EXECUTIVES from the Youth Empowerment Programme announced plans to expand their youth initiative to Eleuthera in the coming months.
A DAY after a three-member appeals panel overturned the suspension of Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson she returned to the union’s headquarters to find a locksmith changing the locks on the building.
Facts speak for themselves - the much fanfared Bahamas Wedding business over the past three-four years has totally collapsed to the extent Tourism had to come up with a promotion something like 16 weddings on 16 different islands.
On the very cool night of January 8, 2015 I sat waiting quietly and comfortably in the Quakoo Street Police Station for a relatively small matter to be resolved.
Recent information published in the media and statements made by the Hon Prime Minister makes it appear that the Commissioner of Police and his executive management team are being blamed for the murder rate in our country.
IN 1984, a PLP party supporter made it quite clear what he expected of his party once his vote helped it gain the government.
THE government has collected more than $20m from web shops in tax arrears and related fees as it works to regularise the industry, according to Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe.
ARCHBISHOP Patrick Pinder has urged Bahamians to consider the positive socio-economic impact of migration as the government continues to battle immigration challenges.
THE Progressive Liberal Party will make a final decision tomorrow night on whether to suspend Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins for his public criticisms of the prime minister.
GRAND Bahama recorded its second murder for the year when a young man was gunned down in the Bass Lane area on Monday evening.
POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade yesterday said he was still “very upset” that a man in custody at Central Police Station last year was allowed to marry his fiancee at the station.
DESPITE a three per cent increase in murder last year, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said yesterday that serious crimes in the Bahamas decreased by 18 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013.
TWO Bahamian pilots yesterday denied knowledge and possession of $1m worth of drugs found on the plane in which they brought a passenger from Canada to Nassau.
NEARLY two-thirds of prison officers scheduled to work yesterday called in sick for the second day in a row, however Bahamas Prison Officers Association President Gregory Archer denied all reports of a “sick out” and claimed all officers not to work had “legitimate sick slips”.
There are instances in life when we talk because we are spoken to, move because we are told to, or times when we physically respond only because we are stimulated.
The ‘Battle 4 Atlantis’ basketball tournament generated more than $102 million worth of ‘free publicity’ for both the resort and wider Bahamas, its top executive yesterday revealing this was a 165.8 per cent year-over-year improvement.
POLICE marijuana seizures increased last year compared to 2013, however there was a decrease in the amount of cocaine seized during the same time period, according to the latest drug statistics.
POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade yesterday challenged those who criticised his policing policies to “join the Royal Bahamas Police Force” rather than “attack those who sacrifice themselves on the front lines every day”.
NINETEEN police officers were discharged from the Royal Bahamas Police Force for disciplinary reasons last year, three of them after being found guilty in court, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said yesterday.
THE two officers involved in the 2013 death of 20-year-old Aaron Rolle are “still interdicted from duty”, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said yesterday.
She is considered one of the next female sprinters to watch. But with all of the spotlight on her, sprinter Doneisha Anderson is taking it all in stride.
BAHAMIANS Anthony Misiewicz and Rajahl Moxey are a part of history for the University of Charleston Golden Eagles men’s volleyball team.
SWIFT Swimming club’s 25th anniversary meet was held at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex over the weekend.
Atlantis “exceeded our forward bookings” by 15 per cent for Monday’s Martin Luther King Day holiday in the US, its top executive yesterday predicting January will prove “a great booking month”.
A leading investment banker yesterday expressed confidence that the second $42.5 million block of new government securities will be “fully subscribed” following next week’s launch, with the first tranche set for an imminent Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) listing.
The Government has collected some $12-$13 million in taxes from web shops to-date, the Minister of Tourism said yesterday, adding that 10 applicants had paid the $10,000 necessary to obtain a copy of the licence tender.
The Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) has submitted $50 million worth of proposals to the Government for airport and road maintenance on 10 islands, with the former work alone set to create 750 jobs if approved.
More than $5 million worth of cash and goods were stolen from Bahamian businesses in the 379 cases reported to the police during 2014, it was revealed yesterday.
Freeport businesses yesterday confirmed that government agencies had favourably resolved their differences over whether Value-Added Tax (VAT) should be levied on duty-paid entries for December that were submitted after the New Year.
A network of luxury travel agencies has ranked the Bahamas among the top 10 destinations for early 2015 travel, with this nation’s year-over-year growth for the first three months said to be up 20 per cent.
THE Double R Services Limited Cleaners had to hold off a strong attack by the College of the Bahamas Caribs for a 71-69 victory at the AF Adderley Gym Monday night as the New Providence Basketball Association continued its regular season.
Tuesday, January 20
FOR THE second time around, Styles By Kelly P will present it’s annual women’s empowerment summit entitled “Beauty Beyond Feelings”.
WHAT is ‘older’? How old is ‘too old’? Is there such a thing?
THE rising tide of serious crime in the Bahamas has reached the point at which a national debate is required to help solve the blight on society.
I was somewhat amazed when reading your editorial on January 7, 2015, about the Prime Minister saying it might have been unwise of him blaming the FNM for the crime problem in our country.
“PM: Minnis not a threat – Christie says FNM leader has a lot of work to do.” – The Nassau Guardian.
IN THIS column yesterday, we replied to an objection PLP chairman Bradley Roberts took to an observation we had made on an earlier statement of his that Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis, having “flip-flopped” on the question of VAT could not be considered a serious candidate to become the next prime minister.
THERE would have to be exceptional circumstances for the court to grant bail to a man serving a life sentence for murder, the Court of Appeal told a lawyer yesterday.
BAHAMAS Electrical Workers Union President Paul Maynard said yesterday he “welcomed a lawsuit” from Bahamas Electricity Corporation Chairman Leslie Miller if it means “the truth will finally be revealed”.
FORMER death row inmate Clayton Cox did not appear satisfied yesterday when the Court of Appeal reduced his life sentence to 50 years imprisonment for the murder of a ten-year-old boy.
FOUR men were acquitted of armed robbery and other related charges in the Supreme Court on Monday after the virtual complainant decided not to proceed with the matter.
IT WILL cost over $120,000 to repair the male dormitory at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute after last week’s fire gutted the building, according to BAMSI contractor Audley Hanna.
TEMPERS flared at the Bahamas Union of Teachers headquarters yesterday after a three-member appeals committee overturned the suspension of BUT President Belinda Wilson.
THE education team from Save The Bays landed at The Island School, Cape Eleuthera recently for a scientific symposium.
MINISTRY of Tourism officials in Grand Bahama officially launched Tourism Awareness Week in Freeport on Monday.
Construction on a ‘relaunched’ $30 million Cable Beach development is “moving full steam ahead”, its principal disclosing that 150 workers will be employed at the project’s peak.
OFFICIALS at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services in Fox Hill dedicated and opened the new Security Intelligence Unit yesterday hoping that it will be “a major part” of the institution’s “strengthened security plan”.
I MUST say I am glad to be penning a column in The Tribune again! For those of you who enjoyed my “A Comics View,” this column takes a slightly different twist.
THE Island House (TIH) boutique hotel in Nassau will be the first resort in the Caribbean to feature a fully authorised AntiGravity Yoga studio.
DR ALEJANDRO Badia, recognised as one of the top hand surgeons in the United States, will serve as a opening speaker at the American Association for Hand Surgery 2015 Annual Meeting scheduled to be held in Nassau tomorrow morning.
THERE seems to be more work than ever being done with men and boys around the world. More groups and organisations are developing who work to change the way men and boys are socialised and so become trained to behave.
IT ALWAYS amazes me when I hear folk talk about the reasons or give excuses why their lives have turned out the way they have. For the most part, it is not their fault. Somebody did or did not do something, that is the real blame for their current station in life.
THE new year is already promising to be an exciting one for Samita Ferguson, who is expecting to launch a new television show in a few short weeks.
FREEDOM Farm Baseball League held the opening day of its 26th season under the theme, ‘I will think positive, I will speak positive, I will play positive,’ with an array of rousing and exciting activities on Saturday.
THEY are a group of talented basketball players but they are all deaf.
IT was shooting for Bahamian players virtually across the board in NCAA Division I basketball play this weekend with career high numbers and record-setting performances in their respective divisions.
With just 100 days left before the “Bahamazing” return, the Bahamas Government and the local organising committee announced plans for the second version of the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Relays, which promises to be more exciting than the inaugural one last year.
EDDIE Vega might not have won Marathon Bahamas, but he certainly won the heart of his longtime girlfriend when the couple crossed the finish line on Sunday.
THREE men from Jubilee Gardens will stand trial in four months time in connection with last weekend’s seizure of more than $100,000 worth of marijuana.
THE Court of Appeal has scheduled two hearings in March for a man contesting a conviction and life sentence for murdering a fast food restaurant manager after seducing and robbing him.
RESIDENTS in areas surrounding the New Providence landfill yesterday are angry that the government has failed to resolve the many fires that have plagued the dumpsite.
The Bahamas was yesterday described as “behind the ‘8’ ball” on preparing the private sector for its first Value-Added Tax (VAT) returns, which have to be filed and paid over to government in six weeks’ time.
A rival contender for the hotel union leadership has accused the current executives of “betraying” Melia Nassau Beach Resort workers by not informing them of the resort’s plans to alter gratuity payments 10 months ago.
Bahamians were yesterday urged to “think like foreign buyers”, both when it came to decision-making speed and realising that this nation’s real estate was competitively priced compared to major international markets.
The Government was yesterday said to remain “very anxious” for the owner of New Providence’s still-closed South Ocean resort to find a buyer, as it holds talks with a new round of potential bidders.
A leading auto dealer yesterday described the roll-out of Value-Added Tax (VAT) as “devastating” from a business perspective, telling Tribune Business he was holding out hope that commerce would improve once consumers fully adjusted to it.
The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) yesterday said it was still “ironing out the mechanics” for a domestic arbitration centre, a facility it still hopes to launch in the 2015 first quarter.
SPONSORSHIP for the 2015 Bahamas National High School Track & Field Championships got off to a great start when well known Olympic gold medallist Sir Durward Knowles presented the National Sports Authority with a cheque for his support.
THE Bahamas Football Association men’s national team has been drawn to play Bermuda in the preliminary competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Monday, January 19
Renward Wells, in the course of his latest evasive ramblings, claims he signed the Stellar Waste LOI to enable that company to “carry out studies” free of charge to present to the Cabinet.
It was a sad situation to see that E J Bowe came to Freeport to deal with VAT compliance only to find out that there were many items over priced in different stores in Freeport.
THE College of the Bahamas’ Climate Change Initiative group is calling on The Bahamas to forcefully put forward its position on protecting the country’s rights and interest in global climate change negotiation meetings.
Much as I admire the independent spirit and patriotism of your articulate young columnist Adrian Gibson, I fear that his recent column (January 15) verges on hysteria in his
ON JANUARY 12 PLP chairman Bradley Roberts issued a statement condemning The Tribune’s editor for “shamelessly” defending “Flip-Flopper Minnis”.
OFTEN times, politicians peering down from their lofty perches of elected office take aim at the media for calling them out on their mistakes.
NEARLY three years into the Christie administration’s second term in office, many voters and, by Prime Minister Perry Christie’s own recent admission, PLP supporters are growing restless with the lack of fulfilment of the promises that were used to sway them at the ballot box in 2012.
TRIBUNE Media Group today launched its new, hot Urban Adult Contemporary radio station KISSfm (96.1).
LAWYER Fred Smith, QC, plans to file a $100,000 lawsuit against the government claiming illegal arrest, false detention and “abuse” of a man born in the Bahamas of Haitian descent.
BAHA Mar officials remain “hopeful” that an ongoing dispute between one of its hotels and the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union over gratuity payments will be “resolved” when the two parties meet in the Supreme Court this week.
FORMER Labour Minister Dion Foulkes yesterday demanded the government apologise for undermining the work of the Department of Statistics.
A FIRE that started over the weekend at the New Providence Landfill was caused by a “concentrated arson attack on the site and facilities,” according to officials from Renew Bahamas.
THE fire that severely damaged a male dormitory at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Sciences Institute (BAMSI) was the result of arson, officials told The Tribune yesterday.
Value-Added Tax (VAT) will make the average Bahamian poorer by $2,000 per annum, a well-known accountant warning his 5 per cent inflation prediction may be exceeded by merchants raising prices to coincide with its implementation.
A MAN who faces a court appearance has not complied with a magistrate’s order that he return in 30 days the $55,000 he took from a customer, The Tribune has learned.
WITH the roll-out of value added tax consumers are tightening the reins on their finances, telling The Tribune that they expect the new tax system to have serious effects on the Bahamian way of life.
The Gilette couple took centre stage at the Sunshine Insurance Race weekend for the second consecutive year and emerged as the overall winners of Marathon Bahamas 2015.
The winning bidder for the second cellular licence is being required to meet higher service standards than the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) from the off, as it must achieve a monthly ‘dropped calls’ average of less than 1 per cent.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) average revenue per user (ARPU) in the cellular market grew by almost 25 per cent in 2013, despite a market that declined slightly in terms of subscriber numbers.
A 51-year-old man was stabbed and hospitalised early Sunday morning in Freeport, police reported.
A NUMBER of areas across New Providence were left without power last night after a BEC outage at about 9.30pm.
POLICE are investigating the traffic death of a male motorcyclist who died yesterday afternoon.
THE Ministry of Works and Urban Development has closed Tucker Road – between Water Street and Thompson Boulevard – a significant milestone as The College of The Bahamas transitions to the University of The Bahamas, school officials said.
THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT) was saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Jack Hayward, who died last Tuesday at the age of 91.
WHILE Carmiesha Cox showed her fitness level as she took her rightful place with fellow Bahamian Devynne Charlton at Purdue University as the Boilermakers continued their indoor regular season on Saturday, Tamara Myers was turning heads once again for the University of Arkansas.
Franklyn Wilson, the Sunshine Holdings and Arawak Homes chairman, said the Sunshine Insurance weekend serves a number of purposes in economic and community building.
The Bahamian hotel and tourism industry has failed to maintain Grand Bahama’s concessionary 5 per cent room rate post-Value Added Tax (VAT) implementation, as it “continues to work” on other concerns.
The Government is planning to change the communications sector policy to delay the entry of a third cellular operator until “at least three years” after the second one has begun commercial operations.
A well-known labour attorney has called on all Bahamian trade unions and the Government to help absorb the costs of a Privy Council appeal, suggesting the case at issue has far-reaching effects for the labour movement and wider country.
Bahamian energy demand is likely to increase by 30 per cent come 2030, making it “fundamental” that this nation reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and other foreign sources.
THE Masters Softball League is scheduled to hold a meeting for all teams, managers and players 6:30pm Tuesday in the Archdeacon William Thompson Softball Park at the Southern Recreation Grounds.
PHILICIA Kelly had one memorable outing for the Career Builders Lady Cheetahs and the Johnson’s Lady Truckers had one weapon too many to stop as the two teams came up big on the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association’s (NPWBA) opening night.
The Bahamas has been urged to quickly exploit China’s willingness for it to become a debt settlement and Renminbi trading hub, a leading attorney saying: “It’s not going to fall into our lap.”
Saturday, January 17
Members of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union have voted in favour of a strike against the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort over a gratuity dispute.
A law enforcement officer pled guilty in Magistrates Court yesterday to a charge of possession of dangerous drugs.
Friday, January 16
AGRICULTURE, Marine and Fisheries Minister V Alfred Gray yesterday spoke of his distress at the partial destruction of a Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) dormitory after a fire on Thursday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell has released a statement clarifying his communication in the House of Assembly on Wednesday about the government's recent trip to China.
There were two letter in today’s paper (January 14) suggesting that the Government is considering using NIB funds to fund the Bank of the Bahamas. If true, that is outrageous.
A local online tabloid recently uploaded an exclusive audio clip: “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” - Freshly “Kidnapped” Girl.
TWO Bahamian pilots were informed by Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday that they must begin their defence against allegations of their involvement in a $1 million drug seizure in five days time.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie has dismissed Marco City MP Greg Moss’ recent criticism of his government, telling reporters that he has no interest in the outspoken parliamentarian’s “personal views”.
MONTAGU MP Richard Lightbourn yesterday said Prime Minister Perry Christie still “owes” the Bahamian people an explanation in the letter of intent controversy because the recent explanation given by Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells “doesn’t hold water”.
BAHAMAS Union of Teachers Secretary General John Musgrove said the suspensions of President Belinda Wilson and treasurer Lorraine Knowles are likely to remain in place in view of issues the union is facing with an appeals committee formed to consider the matter.
THE government is considering further reductions on customs duty rates in the upcoming months in a bid to counteract the cost increases due to the implementation of value added tax.
A DORMITORY at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute in Andros was severely damaged by fire yesterday.
BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation Executive Chairman Leslie Miller last night denied accusations by Bahamas Electrical Workers Union President Paul Maynard that he had signed an engine maintenance contract without board approval and was a “consultant” for the firm in question.
More than one-third of the poorest Bahamians fail to complete secondary education, helping to create what a former Cabinet minister yesterday described as a “stubbornly high” youth unemployment rate that must be reduced urgently .
All the way in New York City on national television at the famous Madison Square Gardens, middleweight Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson moved one step closer to inking his name in Bahamian history by following in the footsteps of his idol, Elisha Obed, the first Bahamian to win a world title.
THE Bahamas Olympic Committee extended its congratulations to Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson for his success in Madison Square Gardens, New York, last week Friday.
WITH their fourth consecutive victory coming over the International Team, the Bahamas IC team is all set to meet the US today to decide the winner of The SG Trophy at the Breezes SuperClub tennis courts.
THE most popular youth sport in the Bahamas will see two of its flagship leagues make their official 2015 debut this weekend.
AFTER divorcing themselves back in November, 2003, the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association and the New Providence Basketball Association will be coming back together in another love affair that will include a collaboration for the All-Star Classic on St Valentine’s Day.
The obstacle course race trend is becoming more popular around the globe and now Bahamian extreme sports enthusiasts have an opportunity to compete at home.
A 16-year-old girl from Freeport who was among a group of Haitians picked up by the US Coast Guard while attempting to illegally enter the United States, is back in Freeport with her legal guardian.
ONCE just a song, Love That Child has grown into an annual major musical production benefitting three children’s homes.
A MAJOR business in Grand Bahama is stepping up to ease the tax burden on its customers by launching a new programme called Value Added Savings.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts branded Democratic National Alliance Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer a “political novice” who is “in need of light and understanding”.
RESIDENTS in the Chesapeake subdivision are claiming that a nearby waste sewage plant is a health threat to their environment and the area in which they live.
GRAND Bahama Human Rights Association Vice-president Joseph Darville yesterday called on Marathon MP Jerome Fitzgerald to “break his silence” over the underground gas spill at the service station at Robinson and Old Trail Roads.
I read a story with interest which appeared in the December 4, 2004 edition of The Bahama Journal. The caption read “Disabled Persons Hopeful”. The story espoused the struggle for disabled persons to be recognised by society, and to be given equal opportunities in mainstream society in The Bahamas. I encourage your readers to read the story. The struggle continues.
A WOMAN apparently suffered a heart attack while driving her car, which crashed into a tree in the Lucaya area on Thursday morning.
A STUDY of more than three dozen delayed cases in 2014 provides insight on why matters are not going to trial in a timely manner, according to Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson.
TWO Florida residents have filed a lawsuit against Resorts World Bimini after allegedly being assaulted in their hotel room by four other visitors while visiting the Bahamas last March.
THE government and the Inter-American Development Bank yesterday launched feasibility studies towards the implementation of a programme that will seek to protect the country’s coastline and coastal infrastructure from the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.
THE “millions” in bad loans recovered to-date by Bahamas Resolve actually resulted from prior work by Bank of the Bahamas before their transfer, the former’s chairman said yesterday.
THE Christie administration was yesterday urged to “at least double” the annual capital injections it makes into the Government-sponsored venture capital fund, and provide a much-needed boost to Bahamian entrepreneurship.
THE Opposition’s deputy leader yesterday expressed concern that the Government could give away Bahamian sovereignty over this nation’s economy via its “laser beam focus” on China.
A leading attorney has proposed the creation of an international arbitration body in the Bahamas, telling Tribune Business yesterday that this nation must “proceed without further delay” to see off Caribbean competitors.
THE Ministry of Tourism has just celebrated 50 golden years of service in advancing and promoting all that the Bahamas offers to the world.
The Government yesterday said it was undertaking feasibility studies to help management (ICZM) and better manage the country’s coastal resources, and mitigate the impact of natural disasters and climate change.
Bahamian food retailers were yesterday urged to “work together and not against each other”, adopting the strategy employed by their Chinese-owned competitors.
Thursday, January 15
The all-new KISSfm (96.1) radio station will launch on Monday.
JOSH Tate is about to make history.
OUR increasing dependence on China is sure to undergird their brand of economic colonialism, deepening the notion that The Bahamas is hardly independent – ie only paper independence – and, moreover, that we are in line to be – lock, stock and two smoking barrels – beholden to China and Chinese interests. Due to its close proximity to the United States, The Bahamas – in its relations with the US – used to be referred to as the 51st state but, more and more, these days we’re progressively appearing to be the 23rd province of China (though they claim Taiwan as the twenty-third).
OUTGOING Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett said the criticism levelled at the judiciary over the grant of bail is “at times discouraging” as he urged critics to take stock of the facts over the issue.
One Radio Station has spent three-four hours talking and talking on this today and all it confirmed the whole issue is so disorganised and pregnant that all concerned should be fired and co-op a group of people who know absolutely nothing about junkanoo as those who say they do are incapable.
Recently, I started to write about apathy/complacency of Bahamian citizens and residents. As the article became much longer than I anticipated, I decided to break the topic into two portions to try and ensure that the newspaper would be more likely to accept and publish the presentation.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said he has accepted the recent unemployment report from the Department of Statistics, which shows a 1.4 per cent jump in unemployment adding that the discouraging numbers will push his government to ensure greater employment for Bahamians.
BAMBOO Town MP Renward Wells said last night he signed the $600m letter of intent with Stellar Waste to Energy Bahamas in order for the company “to carry out studies” free of charge to present to Cabinet.
SIR Michael Barnett announced yesterday his intentions to resign in two weeks time as chief justice, a move that comes after a year of public debate and speculation over his likely successor.
EIGHT persons were terminated from the Melia Nassau Beach Resort Tuesday night amid a dispute between the hotel and the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union over gratuity payments.
FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday led dozens of party members in a protest outside of Bank of the Bahamas, calling on Prime Minister Perry Christie to demonstrate “true leadership” and fire the management team at the bank.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie suggested yesterday that the Free National Movement has an ulterior motive in raising alarm about the Bank of the Bahamas, saying the party is “being used by others.”
THE HO Nash Lions scored a pair of wins in a double header over the SC McPherson Sharks as the Government Secondary School Sports Association gets back in gear with its basketball season.
FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday said he was “saddened” by the death of Sir Jack Hayward, honorary chairman and co-owner of the Grand Bahama Port Authority.
THE Melia Resort on Cable Beach is absolutely right in its attempt to be rid of the automatic 15 per cent gratuity that accompanies most cheques at restaurants/hotel properties here in The Bahamas.
MORE than 100 “at risk” young men gathered at Praise and Fellowship Church over the weekend as a part of an Urban Renewal initiative aimed at “reaching gang members” not only morally, but also “spiritually”, according to Urban Renewal Co-Chair Cynthia “Mother” Pratt.
A 27-year-old woman is in police custody in connection with a hit-and-run car accident early Monday morning that left a man dead.
THE reimplementation of Swift Justice has yielded significant improvements for the judiciary, Attorney General Allyson-Maynard Gibson said yesterday.
Clients of a Bahamian bank and trust company are suing for more than $1.75 million in damages related to a Chinese real estate investment, in which it allegedly played a “liaison” role.
THE president of the Bahamas Bar Association yesterday called for gender equality in the future appointments of lawyers to the position of Queen’s Counsel.
As he entered his junior season with the Oklahoma Sooners, expectations loomed high for Buddy Hield and the Grand Bahamian native has delivered.
JUST days away from the sixth Sunshine Insurance Race Weekend, and this year’s event promises to be the biggest edition of the philanthropic effort to date.
A SURE Win yesterday launched its gambling hotline as a part of its responsible gaming campaign.
Value-Added Tax (VAT) registrants have exceeded the Ministry of Finance’s projections by 21.1 per cent to-date, with more businesses continuing to apply.
Hotel union executives last night said a Supreme Court justice had effectively cleared the way for it to take a strike vote tomorrow over its gratuity dispute with the Melia Nassau Beach Resort.
The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president has backed calls for this nation to urgently impose a ‘fiscal rule’, arguing that it would hold the Government accountable and prevent unchecked “spending sprees”.
Tax compliance will greatly improve if the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) is authorised to become the sole business registration centre, its chairman believes.
Wednesday, January 14
If the sip-sip is even near to correct, with respect to the Prime Minister “ordering”, “suggesting”, “cajoling” the National Insurance Board to “invest/loan/give” $200m to Bank of Bahamas, one has to wonder if the Prime Minister has taken leave of his senses.
Why is it that apathy and/or complacency are so predominant in our society today? Is it like the recent Sideburns cartoon illustration where it was mentioned that the nation has an average “D-” in maths and thus are unable to comprehend VAT? However, many of the issues I raise below are not solely targeted at the uneducated or uninformed – these are issues where the educated middle-class should be hollering
LOCAL civil justice advocate Randy Rolle yesterday condemned and burned in protest a copy of the Quieting Titles Act in Rawson Square and urged the enactment of a Freedom of Information Act to ensure that the rights of Bahamians are protected.
HOPE Strachan and Arnold Forbes were officially sworn in as minister of financial services and minister of state in the Ministry of Works and Urban Development, respectively, at Government House yesterday.
SIR Jack Hayward, honorary chairman and co-owner of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, died yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after battling an illness for several months. He was 91.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday shrugged off criticisms levelled by Marco City MP Greg Moss over the treatment of fellow party member and Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins.
LABOUR and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson said he is not surprised by the rise in unemployment figures but expressed hope that a number of tourism related projects slated to emerge this year will spur employment growth.
THE Bahamas Hotel Catering & Allied Workers Union will decide today whether it will take a strike vote against the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort over a gratuity dispute involving some of the unions’ members.
LAWYERS representing Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson and treasurer Lorraine Knowles delivered an ultimatum to BUT’s executive council yesterday: rescind the suspension of the pair by 5pm or face legal action.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday accused Price Control Commission Chairman EJ Bowe of targeting “at least three companies owned by members of the DNA” and attempting to cast the entrepreneurs “unscrupulous price gougers”.
MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr Daniel Johnson said the Bahamas has a story to tell for a young man who went from Pinewood Gardens all the way to Madison Square Gardens and demonstrated to the world that he has the potential to become a world boxing champion.
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said party Leader Dr Hubert Minnis is gaining traction as a “suitable alternative” to the “inconsistent and unfocused” Christie-Davis administration.
A 23-year-old Freeport man was charged with armed robbery and murder in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
A HOMELESS man whose house recently burned down was convicted of stealing on Tuesday and ordered by a Freeport magistrate to compensate the business for the stolen items.
A MAN facing up to 10 years imprisonment for possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition will have to wait another two weeks before he learns his fate.
THREE men, including a 19-year-old, were charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrate Court on Tuesday.
CHIEF Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday took exception to claims that police denied a suspect access to further medical treatment for gunshot wounds.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said he was not in a position to comment on the latest unemployment figures because he had not seen the latest Labour Force Survey report since his return from China.
THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association has teamed up with two international human rights organisations to request a joint hearing before the Organisation of American States on the new immigration policy.
ROB Konrad walked wobbling into the room, requiring assistance to climb the podium so he could face the media to discuss his death-defying 16-hour swim to safety.
CAPTAIN Emmit Munroe said the best way for him and his Original Courageous to remember his former long-time friend, King Eric Gibson, was to win the inaugural King Eric Gibson All-For-One Regatta in Montagu Bay over the Majority Rule Day holiday.
With three international belts now in his possession, Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson feels like the only one missing is a world title.
A top official yesterday acknowledged it was vital for the Government to “live up to its promises” on Value-Added Tax (VAT) refunds to further solidify private sector confidence in the new tax regime.
A Bahamian broker/dealer’s lawsuit against the Securities Commission proves its “stubborn intent to hide” thousands of documents relevant to a New York court battle, US federal regulators are alleging.
DNA Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer yesterday said the government’s plans to request funds from China to help restructure the country’s national debt has turned the Bahamas into a “beggar nation.”
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) was yesterday accused of wasting money on generation maintenance, paying $10 million per overhaul to outside contractors when it could be done cheaper internally.
Businesses should not have timed price increases to coincide with Value-Added Tax’s (VAT) implementation, its Comptroller said yesterday.
A well-known QC yesterday urged the late Sir Jack Hayward’s family to work closely with their St George counterparts to further develop Freeport, amid suggestions of “ownership issues” with the former co-chairman’s estate.
TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday urged the Melia Nassau Beach Resort and hotel union to resolve their ongoing gratuity dispute, adding: “This can’t go on for ever.”
THE Genesis Junkanoo Organisation will introduce a new level of community involvement, cooperation and youth empowerment to the Junkanoo world as it launches with a focus on “community” and “change”.
Baha Mar executives yesterday welcomed moves by a leading Chinese carrier to conduct feasibility studies on charter flights from China to the Bahamas, with the $3.5 billion resortis “strategically positioned” to capitalise on that market.
TO highlight “Softball Week” in the Bahamas, the local governing body of the sport will host the English Caribbean Amateur Softball Confederation (ECASC) Men’s Championship in the capital.
RIDE For Hope, the largest charity cycle event in The Bahamas, will be staged in New Providence for the first time next month after eight years in Eleuthera, during which time the number of riders has grown to over 600.
THE annual Lucaya International School (LIS) Turkey Trot for the Grand Bahama Children’s Home raised $6,000.
Sir Jack Hayward would only have sold his family’s 50 per cent Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) stake to someone who could match his deep “passion and love” for the island, Tribune Business was told yesterday.
Tuesday, January 13
AFTER WHAT seemed like a lifetime of wanting to be doctor and at least 22 years of schooling, Dr Monique Thompson was fortunate enough to realise her childhood dream of becoming a physician and starting her own practice.
Former co-chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Sir Jack Hayward has died aged 91.
PERSONS receiving food assistance from the Department of Social Services should soon see an increase of as much as five per cent in benefits to offset the introduction of value added tax, Social Services Minister Melanie Griffin said.
IF “the white man” was the majority in The Bahamas in 1967, or any time between then and now, would we still be celebrating Majority Rule Day as a national holiday in The Bahamas?
ON SUNDAY, joined by world leaders, France’s silent majority – 1.6 million in Paris, and at least 3.7 million across France – marched shoulder-to-shoulder to let the world know that they will not remain silent and allow muslim fanatics destroy one of their most precious liberties — the freedom of speech.
All-inclusive pricing with VAT included is giving the impression of considerable retail price increase.
I have been a satisfied customer of The United Colours of Benneton since I was nineteen years old.
I was happy to see my friend and fellow “Dalton” Frank Sweeting “smelling the roses’’ before he departs this world i.e being inducted into The Bahamas Hall of Fame via baseball.
TODAY marks the 50th anniversary of my call to the Bahamas Bar, which at that time I heralded as ancient and Honourable and which I expressed a great pleasure and pride in joining.
Dr Hubert Minnis’ promise to “incrementally increase” the national minimum wage if the FNM wins the next election will be a big mistake.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday criticised the Christie administration over the latest national unemployment statistics, which show a 1.4 per cent increase despite slight growth in the labour force in the second half of last year.
A MAN was killed by a hit-and-run driver who struck him as he was walking in the area of Golden Isles and Carmichael Road early yesterday morning.
A 33-year-old father of two became the country’s latest murder victim when he and his girlfriend were shot multiple times at their home early Sunday morning.
BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation customers will not have to pay the full 7.5 per cent value added tax on their light bills, according to BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller.
MARCO City MP Greg Moss yesterday said that the political fallout Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins has faced due to his criticism of Prime Minister Perry Christie is “undemocratic and silly”.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner spoke to students during a Majority Rule Day assembly at C C Sweeting High School on Friday, explaining to them the history behind the important day.
MARCO City MP Gregory Moss yesterday suggested that the government further postpone the constitutional referendum until it resolves major issues that are likely to polarise the vote.
TALL Pines MP Leslie Miller said yesterday if the government was “serious” about “stopping wastage” in the public sector it would start by cutting back on union benefits.
MARCO City MP Gregory Moss said yesterday that the execution of the government’s new immigration policy was “nonsensical” and a distraction from important national issues.
Investors are suing a Bahamian bank and trust company over the “total loss” of their collective $8.7 million investment, while also alleging that it misled the Securities Commission.
AS shell companies pop up to liberate us from all forms of sin, to protect us from evil and to grant us peace in our day, the sad fact is that inequality may not be growing according to the latest studies in terms of the spread widening between the rich and poor, but in reality we are all poorer.
TUREANO ‘Reno’ Johnson left Madison Square Garden Theater with the World Boxing Association’s International and vacant World Boxing Council’s silver titles around his waist. He simply punished Colombian Alex Theran for five rounds before he was declared the winner with his 13th technical knockout.
THE rising tide of serious crime in The Bahamas has reached the point at which a national debate is required to help solve the blight on society.
BREAST cancer survivor Sharine Symonette, a Bahamian mother of three, will share the story of her fight and triumph over the deadly disease with readers when she officially launches her first book this Thursday.
WHENEVER there is an emergency, swift medical care is paramount. However, there may be an instance where you may be experiencing an injury or illness that is not a life-threatening emergency, but still requires urgent care.
Freeport businesses are asking the Supreme Court to order that the Government clarify its position on the 2013-2014 Budget tax/fee increases imposed on the city, and whether these have been rolled-back fully or in part.
WITH a change in policy for the selection of the team for the CARIFTA Games, at least five athletes made sure that their tickets were booked for the trip to St Kitts and Nevis April 2-4 when they competed at the T-Bird Flyers Track Classic in the original Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium over the weekend.
FLORIDA State Representative Daphne Campbell said she has filed a formal complaint with the Department of Immigration against a senior immigration officer over the alleged unlawful detention of two men who were arrested last year by immigration officials.
THREE men are expected to be charged today in connection with the murder of Kevin Harvey.
An outspoken businessman believes November’s increased unemployment figures are proof the Government’s economic policies are not working, as he asked: “Who wants to open a business in the Bahamas now?”
The Government and private sector now need each other’s support more than at any time in the Bahamas’s 42-year post-Independence history, a top executive believes.
A leading investment banker has expressed concern over the potential for “creeping” increases to the Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate, suggesting the Government needs to broaden its tax base and wealthier individuals more “without scaring them away”.
WHEN good friends Devynne Charlton and Carmiesha Cox left the Bahamas two years ago to pursue their collegiate athletic careers at Purdue University, the sprinting duo knew that they would be providing the competition for each other as they race in the same events.
CONFERENCE play continued to heat up in men’s NCAA division basketball and two Bahamian players were able to post career numbers, despite coming in a losing effort for their teams.
MEL Ferguson, commissioner of the Commonwealth American Football League, has announced that based on added interest of individuals wanting to run for the office of president of the league, the executive committee has agreed to reschedule the election date from January 12-13 to February 12-13.
NEARLY at the halfway mark in the NCAA Women’s Division I College basketball season, Jonquel Jones is en route to an historic year as she leads the George Washington Colonials.
The Bahamas is well positioned to benefit from anticipated improvement in some of the world’s leading economies, a local investment banker believes.
The 1.4 percentage point rise in the Bahamas’ unemployment rate was described as “worrisome” by a top private sector executive, adding that it demonstrates a need for greater economic growth.
INVESTIGATORS believe that a woman recently found dead on a beach at Yamacraw might have committed suicide, police sources told The Tribune yesterday.
A PLANE crashed at North Eleuthera airport on Saturday morning after problems with its landing gear, forcing the airport to close for three hours. There were no reported injuries.
AUTHORITIES are investigating an alleged attempted suicide by a Chinese Baha Mar worker on Saturday.
Monday, January 12
A man died and a woman was injured after they were shot on Sunday morning.
Sunday, January 11
A police officer received minor injuries after the driver of a vehicle struck him during a police operation on Saturday.
Saturday, January 10
A PLANE crashed at North Eleuthera airport on Saturday morning after problems with its landing gear.
THE unemployment rate rose by 1.4 per cent despite the labour force growing by slightly more in the second half of last year, according to the latest preliminary labour force report released yesterday by the Department of Statistics.
FOUR men charged in connection with the first murder of 2015 said on Friday they "volunteered" to assist police in their investigations before they were allegedly detained and subsequently hauled before the courts.
A MAN wanted for murder and eight other criminal offences on Friday claimed he was "gun-butted" by police and bitten by a police dog at the time of his capture.
Friday, January 9
THE decomposed body of a woman was found by a walker on St Andrews beach on Friday afternoon.
TWO MEN are recovering in hospital today after they were shot multiple times on Thursday morning.
PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie has joined other world leaders in condemning the terrorist attack in Paris on Wednesday that left 12 people dead.
A MINNESOTA couple may seek legal action after they say their four-month-old daughter was given the wrong medication before they were told to leave a Disney cruise ship in the Bahamas.
ON Wednesday, the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Twelve men and women were murdered for expressing their freedom of speech. Sadly, it is not an isolated incident.
FOLLOWING reports that people have been charged in several countries for allegedly accepting bribes from the French power and transportation firm Alstom, DNA leader Branville McCartney accused the government of dragging its feet in naming the Bahamian official accused of taking a bribe from the company more than a decade ago.
GRAND Bahama recorded its first murder for 2015 when a young man who was stabbed in Freeport died of his injuries in hospital.
STATE Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis yesterday accused FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis of “pandering” to the emotions of the Bahamian people by making “outlandish promises” he cannot keep “just to be re-elected”.
TWO men were remanded to the Fox Hill correctional facility yesterday after being arraigned in connection with two separate murders.
BAHA Mar will open its doors to paying customers in March, resort officials said yesterday.
THE executive committee of the Bahamas Union of Teachers will meet within the next week to discuss calls from some teachers for allegations of more than $1.1m in misspent funds from the pension and savings accounts be turned over to the police, according to Acting President Zane Lightbourne.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie has announced plans to request funding from China to support the national budget, refinance and restructure the country’s debt.
The opening of its new 10,000 square foot headquarters by early April will complete SMG Millworks’ rapid recovery from last year’s devastating fire, its principal yesterday describing the future outlook as “fantastic”.
THE Ministry of Tourism’s Sports Tourism department, staying true to their mandate of making the Bahamas the top sports tourism destination in the region, announced yesterday that two of Canada’s top swim clubs have made the Bahamas their new winter training site.
The Government’s Value-Added Tax (VAT) Unit and Customs Department are at odds over the latter’s demand that Freeport businesses, who submitted December’s duty-paid entries after the New Year, charge the new 7.5 per cent levy on these sales.
THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company yesterday urged customers who have been charged value added tax at the point of purchase for pre-paid mobile Top Up services to contact the company with a formal complaint and identify the seller.
YOU expect a war of words between fighters getting set to vye for the WBC Silver middleweight championship and the vacant WBA International middleweight championship, but Tureano Johnson suggested that his oppenent Alex Theran doesn’t know him as well as he thinks he does.
WITH the focus of the marquee matchup in the New Providence Basketball Association men’s feature game on the two opposing big men, Gamaliel Rose and Eugene Bain, nobody paid that much attention on guard Kenneth Pratt.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson yesterday said he was not worried about the latest threat from Bahamas Airline Pilots Association President Joseph Moxey who said Bahamasair pilots were prepared to “take things to the next level” if their salaries were cut for calling in “sick” last month.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney yesterday criticised the Christie administration saying it “failed in titanic proportions” in executing value added tax during the first week of implementation resulting in a “nightmare” for consumers and businesses.
WOW. It’s hard to believe that we just completed the first week in the new year.
The “It’s Amazing Someone Botched This Bigger Than Me” Award presented by the Referee Crew from the Cowboys/Lions Game - Jim Caldwell. If he doesn’t believe his team can gain one yard with the season on the line, he should just retire.
THE Financial Bowling League began second half play in its 2014-2015 season last night with some huge games being recorded in the male category.
FOR 27 years, Portia Hill’s single-game rebounding record of 29 withstood the test of time. No longer.
Thursday, January 8
PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts never ceases to amuse. Usually we have a chuckle over many of his comments, but so many other events crowd him out, that we let him pass. However, his “flip-flop” statement in yesterday’s Tribune was just too tempting to let slip by – at least without a second look.
It is the position of the Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis that valued added tax should be applied to gasoline. The transition to VAT has not been a seamless one.
Today’s National Review places the MP for Central and South Eleuthera, Damien Gomez, front and centre in the continuing implosion that aptly characterises the current climate within the PLP administration.
I know that the New Year has already passed and that I’m late in bringing my remarks to you but, that’s nothing new.
Palm Cay’s developers on Wednesday opened reservations for Phase 3 of The Anchorage, its luxury condominium offering that is emerging as its most sought-after product to-date.
By NEIL HARTNELL
THE Bahamas Press Club said yesterday it is “aghast at the brazen attack” against journalists which occurred in Paris on Wednesday.
At the start of each year, business owners and employees typically reevaluate their position in the marketplace and begin to make preparations for a more successful year.
GRAND Bahama Police are investigating an apparent suicide after a young woman was found dead on Wednesday morning at a residence in Jones Town in Eight Mile Rock.
OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday his party will introduce an “annual tax-free day” in August, if his party is elected in the next general election.
FORMER Free National Movement Chairman Darron Cash said yesterday that Paul McWeeney’s impending departure from the Bank of the Bahamas will be good for the institution, but criticised the government for allowing the managing director to “linger” at BOB for another six months.
THE executive committee of the Bahamas Union of Teachers has raised concerns about a “serious” procedure breach in which more than $1.1 million from the union’s pension and savings accounts were allegedly spent in contravention of union policies.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said it would take a “compelling, tangible” reason for him to lead the Progressive Liberal Party into the next general election, revealing that he told his family during the lead-up to the last general election that the 2012 campaign would be his last.
THE Free National Movement will be more “visible, active and vigilant” in 2015 – especially when it comes to the scourge of the crime in the country, party Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said last night.
FORMER National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest yesterday castigated the Progressive Liberal Party, saying had it banded together with the previous Ingraham administration the scourge of crime would be less of a challenge for law enforcement today.
BAHAMAS Bar Association President Elsworth Johnson yesterday raised concern that three Cabinet ministers were handpicked by Prime Minister Perry Christie to carry the honour of Queen’s Counsel.
BAHAMAS Airline Pilots Association President Captain Joseph Moxey yesterday threatened to “take things to the next level” if his members’ salaries are cut for “calling in sick”.
LAST week’s controversial protest against Grand Bahama Human Rights Association president Fred Smith and conservationist Louis Bacon is “under investigation” by government officials, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr Danny Johnson said yesterday.
Just a day away from his debut with Roc Nation Boxing, Tureano Johnson is prepped for what he calls the most important fight of his career.
THE rounding up of Value Added Tax charges remains a concern for consumers and business owners as the country shoulders the “growing pains” of a new system, according to Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s CEO Edison Sumner.
AN independent consumer advocacy group has filed a complaint to the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) on the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s alleged “double taxing” of its consumers who use the company’s prepaid services.
THE Ministry of Finance and Galleria Cinemas were last night at odds over the cinema’s increase in its ticket prices.
Federal regulators have effectively accused a BISX-listed company’s principal, and its broker/dealer affiliate, of hypocrisy over their claims that US law “cannot touch” their allegedly “egregious acts” in relation to a $400 million fraud.
THE country’s chief medical officer confirmed that there has been a “slight increase” in the number of reported flu cases in children around the country, but said that health officials are “prepared” and “ready” to handle the rise in cases.
JUSTICE Carolita Bethell is expected to review the security camera footage of a retail store depicting an alleged public confrontation between a juror and a man on trial for murder.
FORMER Financial Services Minister Ryan Pinder said yesterday that he “supports entirely” the appointment of Sea Breeze MP Hope Strachan as the new minister in charge of financial services.
FOUR people denied knowingly aiding a wanted suspect in avoiding law enforcement when they were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
THE Swingers Junkanoo Group emerged as the winner of the 2015 New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade in Grand Bahama, according to official results released on Tuesday by the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee.
Shareholders and Opposition politicians yesterday urged the Government to do more to restore “credibility and public confidence” in Bank of the Bahamas, urging it to remove the entire Board and relinquish its majority ownership.
The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday said it would be “disastrous” if the Government chose to levy real property tax on Port licensees post-August 2015, warning it would be “another nail in Freeport’s coffin”.
The Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) top executive last night described the Bahamas’ potential designation as a trading hub for the Chinese currency as a “monumental achievement”.
THE Government has approved a 5 per cent increase in the Department of Social Services’ food assistance budget to mitigate the impact of Value-Added Tax (VAT), a Cabinet Minister said yesterday.
AS the Grand Bahama Secondary Sports Athletic Association (GBSSAA) senior boys basketball season tips off today, the Sunland Baptist Academy Stingers look to stake its claim as one of the top teams in the country.
SPORTING icon and philanthropist Sir Durward ‘Sea Wolf’ Knowles is throwing his support behind the first King Eric Gibson All-For-One Regatta in Montagu Bay this weekend.
ALREADY a landmark year for Bahamians in NCAA Division I basketball, this week provided an opportunity for several of the country’s top players in primetime games, broadcast live by ESPN - the worldwide leader in sports.
FOR the 28th consecutive year, Eleazor ‘the Sailing Barber’ Johnson will host the Saint Valentine’s Day Regatta in Montagu Bay.
The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday said he could not allow Galleria Cinemas’ assertion that Value-Added Tax (VAT) was responsible for a 17.6 per cent increase in its prices “go unchallenged”.
How do you plan to improve your design life in 2015? Have you given it any thought yet?
Wednesday, January 7
EDITOR, The Tribune.
YOU have to admire crusading lawyer Fred Smith for his chutzpah and energy in tackling regulatory and human rights abuses that would otherwise almost certainly go unchallenged.
MORE than two years after coming into office with the campaign promise to reduce violent crime, Prime Minister Perry Christie has said it may have been “unwise” for him to “blame” the Free National Movement for the country’s crime problem while in opposition.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie said he was “surprised” to learn of Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder’s plan to resign as Minister of Financial Services because he always viewed him as someone who was “white” with the capacity to lead a black party.
THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company yesterday rejected accusations that its “Text to Win” promotions were a form of gambling.
AT LAST Prime Minister Christie has admitted that it might have been “unwise” of his party to have blamed the Free National Movement for the nation’s crime problem, the seeds of which, if Bahamians are honest with themselves, were sown and flourished during the drug years of the PLP’s first administration.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday branded Free National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis a “flip-flopper extraordinaire” for pledging to repeal certain categories of value added tax.
GALLERIA Cinemas President Chris Mortimer yesterday said the recent increase in movie ticket prices was the result of a “myriad of costs” experienced by the company since the implementation of the government’s new tax regime.
MARIO’S Bowling and Entertainment Palace has not charged value added tax on its goods and services since the new tax was implemented on January 1 even though it is a VAT registrant.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie’s newest Queen’s Counsel appointments highlight the need for the process to rest solely with the head of the judiciary and free from “political interference”, prominent attorney Wayne Munroe said yesterday.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson said yesterday the government is looking at how it can legally recover over $1m from the Bahamasair pilots who participated in an “illegal sick out” last month.
AN ex-US marine appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of the recent near-fatal shooting of a man on Current Island.
BANK of The Bahamas International Managing Director Paul McWeeney has given formal notice of his intent to resign from the clearing bank, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.
WHILE Terae Sweeting completed her tenure as the first student athlete to receive the Outstanding Senior award during her graduation from Benedict College in December, the Tigers’ volleyball team will still benefit from another Bahamian as Je’Nae Saunders hopes to follow in her footsteps.
Businesses yesterday slammed the Price Control Commission for “intentionally trying to demonise” the private sector, and warned that it threatened to undermine Value-Added Tax (VAT) implementation.
THE City Bowling League continued its 2014-2015 season after the holiday break with several outstanding scores in the lanes at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Centre on Monday night.
The New Providence Basketball Association resumed its regular season on Monday night after taking a break for the Christmas holiday. The Commonwealth Bank Giants pulled off a rout and the Pyramid Food Rockets got by in a squeaker at the AF Adderley Gymnasium.
NOW that the 2014-2015 pre-season tournaments have come to a close, people are already beginning to take a look at what’s to come in 2014-15 Grand Bahama Secondary Sports Athletic Association (GBSSAA) senior boys basketball season.
Super Value’s owner yesterday said he expects to collect $20-$25 million in Value-Added Tax (VAT) for the Government this year, while warning that much more consumer education is required.
KEOD Smith failed to appear for yesterday’s contempt hearing before Justice Rhonda Bain, who he had accused of bias in the ongoing judicial review against a development project of a Lyford Cay billionaire.
CALIFORNIA bride-to-be, Sheri Smith will tie the knot in Inagua on January 16, two days before she will tie her laces and run in Marathon Bahamas.
POLICE are seeking the whereabouts of a man and a woman to assist with ongoing investigations in Grand Bahama.
Bahamian auto dealers are pushing for price control margin increases of up to 15 percentage points, warning that these are vital to their survival now Value-Added Tax (VAT) has been implemented.
Pricing concerns are being “blown out of proportion” by the Price Control Commission, the Tax Coalition’s chairman yesterday calling on the Government to help Bahamian consumers “protect themselves”.
A well-known Bahamian airline executive yesterday expressed concern that placing less focus on direct international flights to the Family Islands, in favour of a Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) hub and stay-over, would only make it more expensive for visitors.
So this will be my last column of the Marketing Revolution. A journey that began in April 2012 will now come to an end. I have written about 140 columns in total. One per week. I may have missed one week in all that time, so I am proud of the consistency. I am grateful to Paco Nunez, former Tribune News Editor, who encouraged me to write this column, and Tribune Business Editor Neil Hartnell, who edited it week after week.
MARATHON Bahamas organisers yesterday projected that visiting runners and their relatives will generate roughly 1,900 room nights, and inject $2.6 million into the economy.
Tuesday, January 6
Do you hear that - the boisterous sound of feet hitting pavement, running in tune to the melody of purpose? Kendrick “Big Guy” Williams is 11 days away from the Bahamas half marathon, feeling better and more confident with every run. Tribune readers and Cool 96FM listeners have been following his progress as he closes in on his big charity challenge.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Bahamian hotels are predicting a stronger first quarter than the same period in 2014, although the outloook is not uniform across all islands.
By LATRAE RAHMING
By RICK LOWE
FOR those that may have lost hope and are depressed about their health and fitness, the team behind King’s Get Fit Club have an upbeat new year message, assuring them they can regain their confidence and live healthy lifestyles.
Bahamian women are looking to become more empowered in 2015 as they focus on accomplishments in their careers, finances, relationships, personal and spiritual lives. Jeffarah Gibson hears from those actively seeking to inspire women through various avenues including books, initiatives and events.
1 VAT is showing itself to be very challenging to implement at the point of sale.
PRICE Control Commission Chairman EJ Bowe said the Commission would be “looking into” the recent price hike on tickets at Galleria Cinemas that exceeds the 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax.
POLICE STILL have no motive and no one in custody in connection with the shooting of a police officer on Sunday.
POLICE are not currently investigating the alleged bribing of a Bahamian official in connection with Bahamas Electricity Corporation contracts awarded nearly 15 years ago, The Tribune understands.
THE Progressive Liberal Party committee, activated to decide the fate of Fort Charlotte MP Andre Rollins, has recommended that the former Gaming Board chairman be suspended from the party for not less than six months, committee Chairman Valentine Grimes confirmed yesterday.
PRICE Control Commission Chairman EJ Bowe yesterday expressed disappointment at a local supermarket for not having the necessary documentation that would have assisted his organisation in its attempts to control alleged “price gouging” by retailers throughout New Providence.
A FINANCIAL advisor to the Christie administration yesterday cautioned the Free National Movement over its promise to repeal parts of Value Added Tax, saying it was a “premature” declaration less than a week after the tax went into effect.
SOME consumers in Grand Bahama said yesterday that some businesses have raised their prices and are also charging the 7.5 per cent for Value Added Tax on top of that.
THERE are countless weight loss products, systems and fad diets on the market, making the one claim boasting quick weight loss.
EXERCISING at a gym is not the only way for people to lose weight and get fit. For some Bahamians the beauty of the outdoors presents a more appealing option of being active and staying in shape after spending countless hours indoors.
APPRECIATING the beauty in the shorter than average Bahamian lady, a fun and unique pageant aims to give petite girls the full package of being a lady and leader of the pack.
GROWTH doesn’t just happen – it must be intentional. There’s nothing like a new year to get people thinking about whether they are growing or stuck.
POLICE are investigating two armed robberies that happened on Sunday.
A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday accused of the rape of a teenage girl.
A 28-year-old man is behind bars after being charged in Magistrates Court yesterday for killing a man last month.
The legacy of the late sporting icon ‘King’ Eric Gibson, regarded as one of the ‘movers and shakers’ of regattas in the country, will be kept alive when the local sloop sailing community comes together for the staging of the All-For-One Regatta in Montagu Bay that ‘King’ Eric was credited in getting started.
YOU could call him the running man.
Arawak Homes yesterday charged that it had been “the victim of atrocious governance”, with 20 years and more than $1 million in legal fees unable to resolve its multi-million dollar claim against the Government.
THE family of Sergeant 145 Wayne Rolle expressed their gratitude for all of the “support and prayers” received in recent months and called for unity between the public and police to resolve crime.
NEWLY-appointed state minister Arnold Forbes hopes that his move from the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation to the Ministry of Works can “make a difference”.
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday questioned the decision to appoint Sea Breeze MP Hope Strachan as minister of financial services.
Value-Added Tax (VAT) confusion continues to reign in the petroleum industry as the tax is initially applied to retail/wholesale mark-ups, one dealer yesterday saying: “It’s one big mess”.
The One & Only Ocean Club’s historic Hartford Wing could be set for a major overhaul, with “serious discussions” underway on whether or not to initiate those plans this year.
Customs brokers yesterday admitted they were going through a “trying period” in the wake of Value-Added Tax (VAT) implementation, with one broker encountering challenges with its IT system.
The Tax Coalition’s chairman yesterday said he took government pledges to review Business Licence fees during the 2015-2016 Budget preparations “with a grain of salt”, suggesting any changes were at least another year away.
A CURFEW was imposed on a man who was granted bail following his arraignment yesterday in connection with one of the 11 firearm seizures so far for 2015.
ASUE Draw, in its commitment to pump more than $200,000 into regattas this year, made a contribution to the King Eric Gibson All-For-One Regatta to be held in Montagu Bay over the majority rule holiday weekend.
Monday, January 5
POLICE have released the identities of three recent homicide victims.
POLICE are questioning several persons in connection with the murders committed over the weekend.
By NEIL HARTNELL
By NEIL HARTNELL
“HAS VAT blown the BIG T away!“ quipped one reader on The Tribune’s announcement that its three-year-old weekend edition had ceased publication.
GRAND Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith has called on the government to pass a Human Rights Act and make it an offence to “abuse people hatefully in public”.
JUNKANOO Corporation of the Bahamas chairman Silbert Ferguson pledged yesterday to investigate the appearance of an anonymous group donning hats similar to those worn by Klu Klux Klan members in protest against lawyer Fred Smith and billionaire conservationist Louis Bacon during the New Year’s Day Junkanoo Parade.
AS the government works to fine-tune its new tax, FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said his party is forming a plan to repeal certain categories of value added tax if it wins the next election.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie has shuffled his Cabinet with the government last night announcing two new ministerial appointments, including the selection of Sea Breeze MP Hope Strachan as the new minister of financial services.
CONSUMERS flooded social media this weekend with photos of receipts in a bid to query whether value added tax charged in stores across the country were legitimate.
A 29-year-old police constable is recovering in hospital after being shot in the back of his head in Nassau Village yesterday.
THREE men were shot dead in separate incidents within a 15-hour period over the weekend, becoming the country’s first homicides of the New Year.
JUNKANOO fans turned out for the 2015 New Year’s Day parade in Grand Bahama, despite wet and chilly conditions and the format being reduced to one lap for reasons of time.
IMMIGRATION officials are still on the hunt for a Haitian man who escaped from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre late on New Year’s Day, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
POLICE are searching for two armed robbery suspects who led them on a high-speed chase and shoot-out on Saturday.
POLICE are searching for a man who robbed a woman and sexually assaulted her at her home on Sunday.
BAHAMASAIR pilots will not receive previously negotiated salary increments or lump sum payments as a consequence of their “illegal industrial action” last month, according to Bahamasair Board Chairman Valentine Grimes.
THE Miss Bahamas Organisation has responded to criticism on social media on the costume to be used by Miss Universe Bahamas Tomii Culmer at the next Miss Universe pageant.
Baha Mar and its Melia resort have obtained a Supreme Court injunction that bars the hotel union from taking any form of industrial action, leaving workers without any leverage over their gratuity dispute.
WITH the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ 2015 track and field season now underway, the expectations are starting to fall into place for the coaches.
Super Value’s owner says his stores did four times’ more business this New Year’s Eve than in 2013, as consumers “went out with a vengeance to beat Value-Added Tax (VAT)”.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie will represent the Caribbean community in China this week as part of his first official duty as chairman of CARICOM.
A SWITCH from the defensive to the offensive side of the ball has become a major move in the right direction for one Bahamian collegiate football and a sucessful end to the NCAA postseason.
Sarah Hepburn, Megan Moss, Doneisha Anderson, Charisma Taylor, Alexis Gray and Otto Laing were double winners of events as the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations kicked off its 2015 season with the Odd Distance Track Classic at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium on Saturday.
The Tax Coalition will “beat the drum for as long and loudly as we need to” over its demands for the Government to introduce a Fiscal Responsibility Act, its chairman promising: “We’re not going away”.
Bahamasair is facing “serious damage control” in the wake of the pre-Christmas sick-out by its pilots, which to-date has cost the cash-strapped carrier just under $800,000.
An all-Bahamian team has seen its “dream come true” via the Boxing Day opening of Abaco’s $3.25 million Sandpiper Inn, which is now targeting 50-60 per cent average occupancy rates for spring/summer 2015.
Drastic action is still requured at Bank of the Bahamas. In March 2012, I wrote an article exposing the fact that the Bahamas was experiencing a housing crisis. In the same article, I predicted a ‘small cap’ retail banking crisis, and this is exactly what the Bahamas is experiencing at this very moment. The purpose of this article is to outline why this bank must not be allowed to fail, and what exactly needs to be done to avoid failure.
AFTER taking a break for the Christmas holiday, the New Providence Basketball Association is scheduled to resume its regular season at the AF Adderley Gymnasium this week.
Bahamian auto dealers appear to be “on the same page” with the Government over their border deferral of Value-Added Tax (VAT), following a “clear the air” meeting on Friday.
IT’S the first week of 2015 and already there is a lot of excitement brewing within the various sporting organisations.
Sunday, January 4
POLICE are investigating the death of a 78-year-old woman who died in circumstances that suggest a suicide.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Saturday, January 3
GRAND Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith has called on the government to pass a Human Rights Act and make it an offence to “abuse people hatefully in public”.
IN his New Year message last night Prime Minister Perry Christie said Bahamians should expect improved economic conditions in 2015.
FREE National Movement (FNM) Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest expressed disappointment yesterday over the fact that Prime Minister Perry Christie did not formally address the public ahead of the January 1 roll out of Value Added Tax (VAT).
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell will hold a series of meetings in Abaco beginning today in the hope of educating residents about a planned immigration exercise on the island.
BAHAMASAIR pilots will not receive previously negotiated salary increments or lump sum payments as a consequence of their "illegal industrial action" last week, according to Bahamasair Board Chairman Valentine Grimes.
A SUPREME Court judge yesterday remanded a man on bail for murder to prison for causing a mistrial in his own case by allegedly “approaching” a member of the jury panel.
Friday, January 2
A 29–year-old American man is in police custody today in connection with a recent shooting incident at Current Island, Eleuthera.
SHAKWON Lewis and Michael Sweeting provided a 1-2 punch in the backcourt that helped the CI Gibson Rattlers to repeat as back-to-back champions of their Providence Basketball Club’s 2015 Holiday Classic.
IF EVER there was a Bahamian who has his heart rooted in Junkanoo, it is Prime Minister Christie, who never misses an opportunity to show off his Junkanoo shuffle. A founding member of the Valley Boys Junkanoo group, the ker-lick of the cowbells and beat of the goat skin drums seem to put a renewed vigour in his step.
MOVIEGOERS may have to wait a few days before an explanation is given for a price hike on tickets at Galleria Cinemas well beyond the 7.5 per cent Value Added Tax.
NEWLY-appointed Chairman of the Price Control Commission E J Bowe and other representatives recently inspected prices of breadbasket items at various grocery stores in New Providence.
IMMIGRATION officials are today hunting a Haitian man who escaped from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre late on New Year’s Day.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday remained confidently optimistic about government’s implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT), which came into effect yesterday.
THE government remains “determined and committed” in its ongoing battle with violent crime heading into the new year, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said he was “very disappointed” at the “lack of organisation” of the Junkanoo Boxing Day Parade.
THE Value Added Tax Compliance Unit will today investigate why Super Value locations were not charging the new tax that came into effect yesterday, Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis said.
THE Valley Boys Junkanoo group was named the unofficial winner of the 2015 New Year’s Day Parade last night, rebounding from their disappointing fourth place finish in the 2014 Boxing Day Parade.
AS non-conference play comes to an end, Buddy Hield continues to lead the No.18 ranked Oklahoma Sooners as they prepare to take on the remainder of the Big 12 in the next segment of the season.
CHAMPAGNAT Catholic School has become a major pipeline for Bahamian basketball talent at the high school level, and now the latest product of the Hialeah, Florida institution has drawn interest from several NCAA programmes.
A LEGENDARY career which spanned several decades came to an end this month when an iconic Bahamian athlete stepped away from the octagon for good.
AN autopsy could be performed as early as today to determine the cause of death of a man found lifeless in Cat Island on New Year’s Eve morning.
OFFICIALS at Lynden Pindling International Airport are advising passengers travelling over the New Year holiday to check in for flights in good time because of the expected high volumes of travellers and baggage to be processed.
POLICE have arrested three men during a New Year’s morning operation in connection with the seizure of two firearms in separate incidents in New Providence.
TWO armed robbery suspects are recovering in hospital after they were shot by police early on Wednesday morning.
A MIAMI-based human rights group has expressed “disappointment” that the Christie administration has failed to bring closure to a trial stemming from abuse allegations launched by Cubans who were housed at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre more than a year ago.
BOXING Day was not all about celebrating Junkanoo - it was a public holiday and an opportunity for avid fisherman to take advantage of the good weather to hit some of the fishing “hot spots” throughout the Bahamas.
The CI Gibson Rattlers closed out 2015 by repeating as the champions of their own Providence Basketball Club’s Holiday Classic for senior boys by holding off the CC Sweeting Cobras at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Value-Added Tax (VAT) endured a rocky start to life yesterday, with mass confusion in the petroleum industry and one major food store chain not charging it due to IT problems.
DEPUTY Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis yesterday said he has given directives on what he “expects to occur” regarding the punitive fates of the Bahamasair pilots whose actions recently caused hundreds of travellers to be stranded in New Providence for the Christmas holidays.
A MAN’s arraignment for unlicensed firearm and ammunition possession gave a magistrate the opportunity to denounce surging violence and crime in The Bahamas.
GRAND Bahama pastor and community activist Eddie Victor says Value Added Tax (VAT) will cause more poverty in the Bahamas and will greatly affect the “working poor” segment.
The Government was yesterday urged to give businesses more lead time to implement major system changes, a top private sector executive saying there was “no need” to wait until December 30 to issue changed Customs duty rates and codes.
Rubis Bahamas has accused Cable Bahamas of acting in “manifest bad faith” by refusing to give it access to its former customer service building, so it can clean up a massive gasoline spill.
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) ‘bribe’ case proves “no one political party has a monopoly on corruption”, a leading businessman calling for such practices to be “stamped out”.
Bank of the Bahamas is hoping its financial performance will “start to be measured” from the New Year onwards, after it unveiled an expected $4.198 million net loss for the 2015 first quarter.
Thursday, January 1
The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB)-sponsored International Business & Finance Summit (IBFS) will be held from February 6-8 at the Grand Lucayan in Grand Bahama.
TWO men were shot in separate incidents on Wednesday morning, police reported.
By REV ANGELA PALACIOUS
EDITOR, The Tribune
EDITOR, The Tribune.
By Dr Leonard Johnson
The Customs Department in Freeport has announced its readiness for various initiatives it will be enforcing in 2015.
By NATARIO McKENZIE
FATHER Chester Burton, Rector of Anglican Churches in Long Island, and the praying ladies who accompany him every fortnight in St Peter’s Parish began their Christmas celebrations early last week and with a bang.
Today we tackle a somewhat sensitive topic that most business owners and senior executives opt to ignore.
By NATARIO McKENZIE
POLICE in Cat Island are investigating the circumstances surrounding the dead body of a man at Arthur’s Town, Cat Island