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Saturday, October 31

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Police hunt for suspects in three armed robberies

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspects responsible for three armed robberies on Friday.

Ride for Hope postponed amid hurricane rebuilding efforts

Cycling event Ride for Hope 10, scheduled for February 14, 2016, has been postponed.

Friday, October 30

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Sprinter Anthonique Strachan to undergo surgery

A sports hernia will delay sprinter Anthonique Strachan's comeback and she will prepare to undergo surgery on Monday in Birmingham, Alabama.

Man charged with Nassau Village murder

A MAN appeared in Magistrates Court on Friday morning accused of committing the country’s 122nd murder of the year.

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Second man found not guilty of 2011 murder

A JURY on Friday evening returned a unanimous not guilty verdict for the second of two half-brothers who stood trial over the beating death of a man in 2011.

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Man faces charges in connection with marijuana seizure

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court on Friday afternoon in connection with the recent marijuana seizure in South Andros.

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FNM Chairman expects govt to delay NHI scheme

Free National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said "fully expects" the government to delay the implementation of its proposed National Health Insurance scheme, adding that concerns over its funding comes secondary to the "infrastructural development of the existing healthcare system". 

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US Coast Guard Cutter gives facelift, children's books to primary school

THE crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Norvell extended a helping hand to the Bartlett Hill Primary School in a school refurbishment project, and also delivered some 3,500 children’s books to promote literacy on Grand Bahama.

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Three in hospital after drive-by shooting

THREE MEN are fighting for their lives after they were shot in a drive-by shooting in Fox Hill late Thursday night.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Pointless permits and chiming bells

There were a few interesting developments on the horizon this past week. Let’s begin.

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Deloitte and Touche appointed receiver of Baha Mar

THE Supreme Court granted a request from the China Export-Import Bank to appoint Deloitte and Touche as receiver of the stalled $3.5bn Baha Mar resort on Friday.

Bell’s blame game

Keith Bell, the state minister of national security, has stirred from his political slumber to blame the country’s current crime catastrophe on the previous government.

Sartorial standards

Have standards gone out of the door, with some of our so-called leaders, or simply they don’t know any better? Who is to passed the mantle down to our young people?

Loretta has instincts to be PM

You can tell about someone’s leadership potential by how they respond in a crisis. This is when instincts and judgment are tested. In the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner demonstrated that she has the good instincts and good judgment to be prime minister.

The second whirlwind - private citizens lead the hurricane rescue

LEFT in a state of shock on learning that our southern islands were almost wiped from the map, government was further stunned when a second whirlwind blew past them as Bahamians gathered up as many supplies as they could, loaded them onto privately owned boats and planes and flew to the rescue.

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Health minister not surprised if new tax planned for NHI

HEALTH Minister Dr Perry Gomez yesterday said government’s consideration of a new tax to fund its proposed National Health Insurance scheme is “not surprising,” stating that the best way to pay for the plan is “through some tax where everybody is paying a little bit toward a single goal.”

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Baha Mar offered funds by Izmirlian

BAHA Mar’s developer Sarkis Izmirlian has reportedly offered to inject more of his own money into Baha Mar to prevent the project from going into full liquidation.

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Civil liberties may ‘have to be infringed’ to fight crime

FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday that such drastic measures as “infringing on civil liberties and limiting freedoms” have to be taken to get a hold on the “crippling crime problem in New Providence.”

Web shop without licence remains open

WEB shop operator Bet Vegas remained open this week despite failing to meet benchmarks set by the government to obtain a conditional gaming house license.

Baha Mar: ‘No happy ending’ for Chinese

A former Baha Mar director yesterday predicted there would be “no happy ending” for the Chinese should they ultimately take over the $3.5 billion project, amid suggestions that Sarkis Izmirlian had made an offer to stave off a full winding-up.

Babak’s ‘duty’ to get best price for GBPA

Hannes Babak yesterday said he owed the late Sir Jack Hayward a duty to “get the best possible price” for his family’s 50 per cent Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) stake, otherwise he would not have opposed its purchase by the world’s largest asset manager.

Minister thanks vendors for years of service as contracts aren’t renewed

GRAND Bahama Minister Dr Michael Darville has announced that 13 new lunch vendors are under government contract to provide hot meals to students on the government school lunch programme in Grand Bahama.

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Nurses union signs five-year agreements

THE Bahamas Nurses Union yesterday signed off on two five-year, $13m industrial agreements with the government, effectively concluding years of agitation from the union over concerns related to payment issues and liability insurance.

Sports Notes

THE Bahamas Rugby Union is scheduled to kick off its 2015 Nassau Cup regular season with Buccaneers versus Baillou 4pm Saturday at the Winton Rugby Centre.

Stigma over mental illness ‘being overcome’

A LEADING Bahamian psychiatrist said the stigma against mental health illnesses has been reduced and more persons are coming forward to seek help.

Ex-BREA chief ‘back to his roots’ with $40m project

A two-time Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) president yesterday unveiled a $40 million investment intended to help revive his family’s ancestral home, via a project that will create 40-50 construction jobs at “peak speed”.

‘Ad hoc’ taxation stifling economy

The Government was yesterday urged to stop the “ad hoc” imposition of new taxes, amid warnings that its National Health Insurance (NHI) financing plans will cause “a further contraction” of the private sector.

Early Xmas present via 15-16% LPG cut

The Price Control Commission yesterday gave hard-pressed Bahamian consumers an early Christmas present by lowering the maximum retail price for 100 pound liquefied propane gas (LPG) cylinders by up to 16.3 per cent.

Clubs and Societies: 10302015

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Inland Revenue to meet Bimini business owners

THE Department of Inland Revenue will be in Bimini next week to allow business owners the opportunity to meet with them and discuss the new Business Licence online system, which is part of the existing Online Tax Administration System.

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Police hunt for robbery suspects

POLICE are looking for the suspects behind two recent armed robberies in New Providence.

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Twin brothers face trial in 2018 for alleged kidnapping of woman

A TRIAL date has been set for 2018 in the case of twin brothers who are accused of kidnapping a woman and then pushing her out of a car when intercepted by police.

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Suspect accused of beating man to death expected to receive jury’s verdict today

A JURY is expected to return a verdict today for the second of two half-brothers who stood trial in the beating death of a man in 2011.

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‘FNM to advance nation, not play blood sports’

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday vowed that the paradigm shift needed to advance national politics was already evident in his party, proclaiming that the political norm has failed to advance The Bahamas.

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Truckers open up with 9-2 win over Cougars

The Commando Security Truckers rode the pair of solo home runs from Teran Wood and another from Courtney Smith as they went on to pull off a 9-2 victory over the Brokell Construction Cougars as the Bahamas Softball Federation’s 43rd National Softball Championship got underway last night in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

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United Purpose looks to overthrow Sands for BAAA presidency

PRECISELY one month before the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ annual general meeting and election of officers is held, presidential candidate Rosemunde Carey officially launched her slate of United Purpose, whom she expects will carry the sport forward over the next three years.

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COB Caribs hope to turn tables on Florida Memorial University Lions

AFTER losing out in a keenly contested showdown last year, the College of the Bahamas Caribs men’s basketball team is hoping to turn the tables on the Florida Memorial University Lions when they host a two-game series over the weekend of November 6-7 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

Airline warns Bahamas over high ticket taxes

JetBlue has delivered a stark warning to the Bahamas that its relatively high ticket tax burden may prompt it to reduce airlift capacity into Nassau.

IAN FERGUSON: Steps for business success during 2016

As the month of October comes to a close, the planning process for most businesses is being tidied up by conscientious owners. They are not taking a gamble on success in 2016 but, instead, are being very deliberate in ensuring success.

Thursday, October 29

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Bahamas Correctional Officers Association wants to see audits on facility's spending

THE Bahamas Correctional Officers Association wants the Christie administration to disclose financial statements and audits related to the Department of Correctional Services amid concerns of how the facility’s money is used.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Corruption inside the walls of Fox Hill prison

CORRUPTION is rife at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, formerly known as the Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill.

The Pointe permits

Bahamian architectural and engineering professions are quietly in an uproar because, notwithstanding all the construction, dredging, land reclamation, etc, ongoing around the British Colonial under the control of the Chinese government, not one single building permit has been issued by the Bahamas government’s Ministry of Works in respect of these projects.

A list of teachable moments

The Prime Minister in Exuma, said to be speaking at the Economic Forum-Exuma, incredibly tried to defend himself and the use of what is now the infamous phrase – a teachable moment. Economic Forums everywhere, but no reality - nothing achieved except a lot of talk - teachable, of course just the usual bull.

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Izmirlian ‘planned to make Baha Mar redundancies’

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson denied suggestions that Baha Mar’s workforce would not have been laid off if the government did not push for court appointed liquidators to oversee the property.

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The Pointe construction firm should be disciplined, says Grant

FORMER Minister of Works Neko Grant said yesterday that China Construction America should be disciplined for undertaking work at its downtown development, The Pointe, beyond the scope for which it had received the necessary permits and approvals.

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Shot dead on the highway

A 45-year-old father of seven was shot multiple times before later dying on the sidewalk of Tonique Williams Darling Highway yesterday morning after he and his brother were held up by several gunmen near his home in Yellow Elder Gardens.

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PM says he won’t risk economy to fund NHI

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday stressed his resolve in implementing National Health Insurance, adding that the government would not do anything to upset the economy in deciding how to fund the programme in its later stages.

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Two and a half years in jail for sex assault on minor

A MAN who pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually assaulting a minor for nearly two decades will spend two and a half years behind bars for the crimes.

Sir Lynden knew the problem; Bell wants a scapegoat

KEITH Bell, State Minister for National Security, wasted much time in the Senate on Tuesday trying to blame escalating crime on the FNM government. What he should have been doing was explaining why his government’s solution to the crime problem was not working. He should also have been outlining his government’s proposals to get the guns out of the hands of criminals, and any other ideas his government might have devised to keep its election promise to reduce crime. Instead, he was finding excuses to wiggle out of his government’s election promise.

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Son of PLP chairman is robbed by armed men

OBIE Roberts said he threw his hands up and told three robbers to take whatever they wanted as he was held at gunpoint outside of his friend’s house in Dannottage Estates on Tuesday night.

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RICARDO WELLS NFL PICKS Week 8

‘A week when football logic goes completely out the window’

WHO do I lash out at in a week when the logic of football goes completely out of the window?

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NAUGHTY'S NFL PICKS Week 8

‘A very surprising and borderline whacky week’

I WENT 7-7 in a very surprising and borderline whacky week. Considering all that transpired, I’ll take it. Here’s who I like this week :

Basketball standout Sasha Ferguson first athletic trainer at COB

FROM running the floor as a shooting guard at the high school, collegiate and national level, Sasha Ferguson has emerged as the first athletic trainer at the College of the Bahamas.

Cougars top the Falcons 23-11

ALTHOUGH they are headed to the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) senior boys’ softball playoffs, there was a lot of bragging rights for the Charles W Saunders Cougars and the Jordan Prince William Falcons.

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SANCHESKA Vs RENALDO: NFL Picks Week 8

RENALDO: This is what Thomas Jefferson felt like when he took quill to parchment to write the Declaration of Independence.

Soweto Choir to perform in Parliament Square

THE world famous Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa will sing songs of freedom in Parliament Square today, in celebration of The Bahamas’ role in freeing former South African President Nelson Mandela from prison.

Celebration to highlight cathedral’s importance to Nassau

THE Endowment Trust of Christ Church Cathedral is planning an observance of Cathedral/Nassau Week from November 1-7.

Port Authority gives its support to Pinktober appeal

SARAH St George, vice-chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, said that she would definitely endorse an oncology centre in Grand Bahama after having learned that 50 per cent of the cancer patients being treated in Nassau are from Grand Bahama.

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Human trafficker waits for court to decide appeal

THE Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on whether the country’s first human trafficking convict should have been given the choice of a summary trial or a Supreme Court trial.

Nation fails in bid to be elected to human rights council

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell yesterday thanked Bahamian diplomats who worked unsuccessfully to get The Bahamas elected to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.

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‘Where is the Freedom of Information Act?’

AN outspoken lawyer has criticised the government for not yet passing the Freedom of Information Act, stating that the Christie administration has allowed the legislation to die “the natural political death of things that don’t have a priority in The Bahamas”.

Insurers: NHI figures may be 20% ‘under estimate’

The Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) $895-$965 million National Health Insurance (NHI) cost estimates may be a “conservative” 20 per cent under-estimate, its chairman has revealed to Tribune Business.

Pointe consultation slammed as ‘farce’

An outspoken QC yesterday slammed as “a farce” the planning consultation over The Pointe, arguing that the $250 million project epitomised the Government’s failure to learn from repeated “teachable moments”.

‘Red flags raised’ for all investors

Opposition MPs yesterday said the Bahamas’ latest slide in the world ‘ease of doing business’ rankings “flies in the face” of Government pledges, while “raising red flags” for potential investors.

Port purchaser targeted 2,000 hotel room boost

A Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) purchaser wanted to double the island’s hotel room inventory by 2,000 rooms, and was even interested in negotiating with the Government to privatise Bahamasair.

Arawak Port warns of 48% profits fall

Arawak Port Development Company (APD) has effectively delivered a profits warning to shareholders, projecting that net income for its 2016 financial year is likely to fall almost 48 per cent year-over-year.

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Man admits manslaughter in killing of brother, aged 5

A MAN diagnosed with schizophrenia pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility yesterday in the Supreme Court concerning the fatal stabbing of his five-year-old brother.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Design qualities for a successful career

Many have wondered how graphic artists are able to transform a sentence into an art form that communicates the intended message. Others have questioned how they can function with so little sleep. Are all designers coffee drinkers? Do they even have social lives? Are they born talented? Where does their creativity come from? Who are these analytical people?

Wednesday, October 28

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VIEW FROM AFAR: Importance of Disabilities Act

THE important Persons with Disabilities Act was gazetted on August 13, 2014. It establishes a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities managed by a board of trustees.

Left in others’ wake

“Government is moving forward with its plan to create an office of the Ombudsman amalgamating the offices of the information Commissioner and Complaints Commissioner.”

URCA chose to give to NEMA

Re: Letter to the Editor Published October 26, 2015

Interpreting the PLP doublespeak

I should like to assist your readers in interpreting some of the Orwellian language being used by the PLP politicians who are daily running this country into the ground while at the same time telling people that everything will work out just fine.

The Tribune’s predictions for Baha Mar’s future

YESTERDAY, Mr Justice Ian Winder granted a three-week extension to government’s winding up petition to settle the future of Baha Mar, the much anticipated resort that closed before it could open.

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Two killed in shootings hours apart

TWO men were killed in two separate shootings on Wednesday, which occurred less than 12 hours apart.

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NEMA expects to begin repairs on november 2

NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency Director Captain Stephen Russell yesterday said that the agency is expected to begin its repair and construction phase for storm affected islands “in earnest” on November 2.

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Bahamians answer the call for help

DONATIONS poured into the Rebuild Bahamas National Telethon last night to aid recovery efforts after Hurricane Joaquin.

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Gray: Govt not to blame for Baha Mar catastrophe

WHILE defending Prime Minister Perry Christie’s leadership on Baha Mar, MICAL MP V Alfred Gray stressed yesterday that the government is not “responsible for the catastrophe presently ongoing” at the resort.

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Work stopped at The Pointe

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette yesterday called for the country’s executive leadership to resign after it was revealed that developers of the $250m The Pointe resort had overstepped approved works and were issued a stop order from the Ministry of Works.

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TOUGH CALL: Human rights abuses in The Bahamas

IN 2005, I wrote a column about human rights abuses in the modern Bahamas.

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Drill helps airport prepare for emergencies

THE Grand Bahama Airport Company conducted its annual full-scale emergency drill as part of its international safety and security certifications requirement.

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Gibson: Hurricane recovery may affect rollout of NHI

LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson acknowledged “concerns” about how government will fund the first phase of its National Health Insurance scheme, which is expected to be rolled out next January, in view of recovery efforts for Hurricane Joaquin.

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Resort’s reputation has been tarnished - Symonette

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette yesterday questioned the effort being given to revive the international perception of Baha Mar subsequent to the resort’s bankruptcy ordeal.

Woman accused of being accomplice to intimidation

A WOMAN appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of being an accomplice to a relative and an attorney in an alleged plan to intimidate witnesses from giving evidence at trial.

Christian Council calls for day of prayer to heal the nation

GRAND Bahama Christian Council executive Apostle Tony Grant said the nation needs healing and is calling all Christians and believers to attend the National Day of Prayer at the YMCA on November 6.

Grand Bahama seeing ‘significant’ interest in medical tourism

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) says it is “seeing significant investor interest” in Freeport’s medical tourism sector following its attendance at the World Medical Tourism Congress earlier this month in Florida.

$100,000 donated by FOCOL to hurricane rebuilding effort

FOCOL Holdings yesterday donated $100,000 to the country’s efforts to rebuild the southern islands left severely destroyed by Hurricane Joaquin.

‘Lax port security’ fuels rising crime

Nassau Container Port executives have warned that it is “increasingly indisputable” that lax security at Potter’s Cay and Family Island ports is fuelling tax evasion, smuggling and crime.

FINCO consolidation raises job loss concern

Concerns were raised yesterday about the prospect of further banking sector jobs losses, as Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) unveiled more consolidation plans for its mortgage-lending arm that are set to be implemented on Monday.

Joaquin set to cost insurers $25-$30m

Total insured losses from Hurricane Joaquin will likely total between $25-$30 million, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with the sector set to reassess its underwriting approach following the storm.

‘Untenable’: Bahamas 106th on business ease

The Bahamas’ latest slump in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings was yesterday branded “untenable”, as the country slipped out of the world’s top 100 nations.

Port buyer offered to sell Gov’t 51%

A Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) purchaser offered to sell a majority 51 per cent stake in Freeport’s quasi-governmental authority to the Government once their acquisition closed, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Pretty in Pink

IT was a celebration of life. Students, staff and faculty of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution recently converged to “paint the town pink” and more importantly, support breast cancer awareness during its “Pink Wednesday” celebrations.

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Truckers and Lady Stingers set stage for BSF Nationals

The stage has been set for the Bahamas Softball Federation’s National Round Robin with the final pieces of the puzzle completed with the crowning of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) champions.

50th Lifetime Global Achievement Award for ‘Da Bahamian Dream’

OLYMPIAN Andretti ‘Da Bahamian Dream’ Bain made history when he became the first national champion in any sport for Oral Roberts University. Over the weekend, ORU recognised him for his achievement by presenting him with one of the 50th Lifetime Global Achievement Awards during its 50th Anniversary Gala on the school’s campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Maycock Sr bail rejection supported by appeal court

THE Court of Appeal yesterday affirmed a Supreme Court judge’s decision to deny bail to a man fighting extradition to the United States on drug charges.

Sports Notes

THE most valuable player (MVP) in City Bowling League competition Monday night was Mario Brown of Telco Enterprises who downed the pins for a 246 second high game and a 604 high three game set.

Tuesday, October 27

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Another fire at Gamble Heights shanty town

OFFICIALS from Police Fire Services said they are now analysing the “underlying issues” of the Gamble Heights community after another fire ripped through portions of the shanty town on Monday night, the fourth blaze since the government started a demolition exercise nearly two weeks ago.

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Club One 'Thinks Pink'

FOR the entire month of October, organisations and companies throughout the Bahamas promoted awareness of breast cancer.

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HEALTH, WHOLE AND HOLY: Even if you eat a burger, you’re still on track

You are trying to eat well – salads, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, protein, minimally processed foods and complex carbohydrates.

Is cereal a fun food?

Children usually prefer to eat “fun foods” that are often times not healthy for them. Candies and chocolates are two of the more obvious fun foods, but cereals may also be considered as such. It depends on the ingredients in the brands of cereal being considered. High fructose corn syrup, refined sugars and added sugars are almost always present in fun foods.

Breast cancer awareness – Part II: Stopping cancer before it starts

Last week we looked at some of the factors that lead to or increase the risk of breast cancer. They included being female, obesity, lack of exercise, eating lots of sugar, and consuming alcohol. This week we continue learning about what puts us at risk of developing breast cancer so that we can avoid it like the plague – at least where we can.

Woman shaming

Given the inability of women in the Bahamas to receive equal rights despite all the legal international obligations the government has committed itself to, society seems to think it OK to treat women worse than they treat Potcakes.

BUN IN THE OVEN: Things overdue pregnant women don’t want to hear

For some being pregnant for 40 weeks is more than enough. By the end of the third trimester a lot of women experience lots of discomfort. They’re feeling heavy, their mobility has slowed, some have very swollen feet, they’re probably finding it very difficult to get comfortable when they sleep or they can’t sleep, and they’re still plagued with the dreaded heartburn.

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The royal treatment

IT’S almost that time again when the ladies of Nassau will have the opportunity to pull out their fanciest hats and most elegant gloves, all in the name of helping to repair the hearts of children.

What lives ‘Beneath the Hat’

Second installment of exhibit explores the personal histories of women

IT was while exploring the history of Old Freetown, Grand Bahama, that artist Chantal Bethel and writer Laurie Tuchel first became inspired by the women of that settlement’s church.

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POLITICOLE: Gun violence and gun control - America and The Bahamas

I’m riding through an American town and I see from a fair distance a giant sign, red print on a white background, “G U N S...”, and underneath those four letters, “...and more”. Conceivably, the “and more” are accessories.

An all-time low

Yesterday was indeed a sad day in more ways than one! I was aghast as I read and watched press accounts that demonstrated blatant attacks on our human and gender rights as Bahamians.

Second chance for students?

Jeanne Thompson, in her letter on October 20, 2015 asks , “Am I the only one...who finds the president of The College of The Bahamas’ disapproval of what he calls ‘unethical journalism’ ironic ?

Move quickly when they need to

Re: The new Planning and Subdivision Bill

Stubbs should hold head high

I am relieved that finally someone from the Met Office was honest enough to put a stop to this masquerade. I commend Mr Michael Stubbs for the testicular fortitude displayed to “bite the bullet” and speak the truth. This charade has been going unnecessarily too long.

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‘Up to a year’ to finish Baha Mar

IF Baha Mar goes into full liquidation, it could take “six months to one year” for the process to finish, Free National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest “conservatively” estimated yesterday.

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Eight bail applications for murder granted this year

ONLY eight bail applications for murder have been granted by the Supreme Court so far this year, Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson revealed yesterday.

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Glinton must pay $15,000 or face 14 days in prison

COURT of Appeal judges yesterday said they took no pleasure in finding a veteran attorney and Queen’s Counsel guilty of two counts of contempt of court concerning his words and actions during an extradition appeal that he contended were not contemptuous.

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Baha Mar liquidation petition date delayed to November 25

A NEW date has been set for the continuation of a hearing into the government’s winding up petition against the stalled Baha Mar resort, according to attorney Wayne Munroe.

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Gray: Crooked Island not forgotten - but relief efforts will take some time

MICAL MP V Alfred Gray yesterday said the government has not forgotten Crooked Island, one of the communities ravaged by Hurricane Joaquin earlier this month, stressing that the recovery efforts will “take some time.”

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Bell blames the FNM for present levels of violence

STATE National Security Minister Keith Bell yesterday blamed the Free National Movement for the country’s current crime crisis, adding that had the former government “been responsive, a great deal of the violence that we are experiencing today could have been avoided”.

Port slammed for VAT ‘chip away’ at Hawksbill deal

An outspoken QC yesterday threatened legal action against the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) for levying Value-Added Tax (VAT) on his firm’s licence fee, accusing it of complicity in the Government’s efforts “to chip away” at Freeport’s founding agreement.

Wind-up delay gives Baha Mar resolution time

The Attorney General yesterday suggested the three-week delay to Baha Mar’s winding-up hearing was intended to give all parties more time to reach a “hoped for” commercial resolution to the $3.5 billion dispute.

City Markets pension resolution ‘seems a go’

Parties to the long-running City Markets pension fund controversy yesterday expressed optimism that resolution and payouts could be forthcoming before Christmas, telling Tribune Business: “Everything seems to be a go.”

School lunch vendors claim victimisation

TWELVE of the 14 school lunch vendors under contract with the Department of Social Services in Grand Bahama are claiming that they were victimised after their services were abruptly terminated without proper notice on Friday.

NPSA: Top 20 batters in the spotlight

MICHAEL ‘Vida’ Ingraham and Rudy Fox would have probably preferred to transfer their explosive regular season batting average for a chance for their Chances Mighty Mitts and Iradez Hitmen respectively to play for the New Providence Softball Association’s championship crown.

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SPORTING MISCHIEF & MAYHEM: ‘My Bite of the Big Apple’

THIS past weekend was truly an enjoyable and rewarding experience, with a little ‘irony’ thrown in for good measure. Despite my Cowboys taking a big fat L on the road in Met Life Stadium, my weekend had way too many upsides to let that affect me. Here’s how it all went down...

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Lady Stingers new champions

When it counted the most, it was the veteran pitching performance of Thela Johnson that got the job done as the first time Lady Stingers were crowned the New Providence Softball Association ladies’ champions.

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Emergency landing by American Airlines

AN American Airlines flight en route from Puerto Rico to Miami had to make an emergency landing at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau on Saturday, aviation officials confirmed.

Church needs help if it is to raise funds needed for repairs

AS residents in Crooked Island continue to piece their lives back together in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin, one local pastor said the $20,000 needed to repair her church in Colonel Hill is “truly out of our reach”.

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Experts tell govt nation needs network of radars

TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday said the government is “actively considering” enhancing the capacity of the Department of Meteorology.

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Help to rebuild by picking up the phone

VIEWERS will see one of the greatest expressions of unity in the country’s history as the Rebuild Bahamas telethon gets underway today.

Men face court accused of separate murders

TWO men were remanded to prison yesterday after being charged separately in connection with two murders that recently occurred in the capital.

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Lawyers deny claims of intimidating witnesses

TWO lawyers found themselves before a magistrate yesterday refuting allegations that they intimidated witnesses from giving evidence at trial.

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Director of Labour concerned at job losses

DIRECTOR of Labour Robert Farquharson yesterday said the termination of 2,000 people from the stalled Bah Mar resort is a “tremendously concerning” issue that will affect the country’s unemployment rate, which stood at a staggering 14 per cent before the mass layoffs.

Banks restructure $758m in bad loans

Bahamian commercial banks have restructured $758 million worth of loans over the past six-and-a-half years, a figure that represents more than $1 out of every $10 lent to private individuals and businesses.

ObamaCare model urged for Bahamas healthcare reform

Private sector stakeholders believe an accounting firm has advised the Government to take a completely different approach to healthcare reform and adopt an ObamaCare-style plan for the Bahamas, rather than the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) model.

Monday, October 26

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Crooked Island devastation 'on a Biblical scale'

“Never in my forty-four years of life have I seen such devastation, it is on a Biblical scale…it is a true miracle that no lives were lost, every single person I have met has a testimony that tears, tears…” was the response given by former Senator John Bostwick II to members of The Tribune news team while on site in Crooked Island over the weekend.

‘I worry about the salvation of the Church’

I WORRY about the salvation of the Church, yes I said it, I worry.

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YOUR SAY: Opposition leader’s statement on the 2,000 Baha Mar layoffs

IT is with deep grief and concern for my fellow Bahamians that I received the news of the layoffs of 2,000 Bahamian men and women as a result of the winding up of the Baha Mar resort.

Dancing while Rome burns

As two thousand more Bahamians joined the multitude of the unemployed, Prime Minister Christie in his inimitable way expounded on his understanding of democracy by deriding any and all challengers for his own job position.

Misuse of URCA

ON Wednesday, October 7, four days after the exit of Joaquin, The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA),

According to Bradley Roberts, we are ‘foolish, reckless and irresponsible’

BRADLEY Roberts, PLP chairman, is incensed that there should be any suggestion that “government interfered with the Baha Mar negotiations, a private contractual matter, and is therefore to blame for the recent lay-offs”.

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Minnis wants transparency over NHI introduction

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday renewed calls for greater transparency in the government’s proposed roll-out of National Health Insurance.

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More than 2,000 pounds of marijuana seized by police

FOUR men are in police custody after being detained following the seizure of 62 bales of what is suspected to be marijuana in the area of South Andros on Saturday.

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One in ten long island homes assessed so far are ‘completely destroyed’

MORE than one tenth of the homes assessed by teams dispatched by the National Emergency Management Agency in Long Island have been rendered “completely destroyed” in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Roberts blames Izmirlian for layoffs by liquidators

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday shot down suggestions that the Christie administration was to blame for the more than 2,000 redundancies at Baha Mar last week.

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‘Don’t play politics over Baha Mar’

ATTORNEY General Allyson Maynard-Gibson yesterday fired back at the Official Opposition over its accusations that the government was to blame for the more than 2,000 jobs lost at Baha Mar.

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Maurice Glinton, QC, fined $15,000 for contempt

MAURICE Glinton, QC, was fined $15,000 on Monday morning for his words and actions during an extradition appeal that he contended were not contemptuous.

Met office says logs show radar was working

THE Department of Meteorology yesterday released computer server verification logs indicating that its Doppler weather radar was operational throughout the period that Hurricane Joaquin formed and subsequently ravaged the southern Bahamas.

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Truckers are the NPSA champions

One champion has been decided and another hangs in the balance as softball teams in the capital slug it out for league titles and the opportunity to represent the island at next month’s national round robin.

Union feared BTC ‘prop up’ of CWC

Union representatives for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) line staff say the potential takeover of its controlling shareholder was “always our fear” from the moment the 2011 privatisation was completed.

Sarkis’s letter shows breakthrough on Baha Mar ‘not imminent’

Sarkis Izmirlian’s letter to his former 2,026 Baha Mar staff shows there is no “imminent” breakthrough likely in the impasse over the $3.5 billion project, a senior private sector executive believes.

‘Silly deals’: Port sale sparks Hayward rift

Hannes Babak allegedly engineered the removal of two trustees safeguarding the Hayward family assets because they were negotiating “silly deals” to sell the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA).

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‘Stop making it a crime to be an immigrant’

FRED Smith, president of the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association, said it is time for the government to decriminalise immigration, contending that successive administrations have vilified an already contentious issue in hopes of using it as a “political football” when need be.

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BAISS softball season heads into the playoffs

THE Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) is all set to head into the playoffs following a hard fought regular season.

Island Luck CEO donates mobile homes

THE National Emergency Management Agency received six trailer homes donated by Island Luck CEO Sebas Bastian for temporary housing for victims of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Telethon numbers revealed

WHEN the national telethon Rebuild Bahamas kicks off live from Atlantis Imperial Ballroom on Tuesday at 6pm, volunteers staffing an 18-person VIP phone bank will stand by for five hours to take calls, thanks to phone lines provided by BTC.

10,000 gallons of fuel feared spilled in Crooked Island

A BEC official on Crooked Island has estimated that some 10,000 gallons of fuel may have spilled when Hurricane Joaquin dislodged two 25,000-gallon tanks as it churned through the island.

Mandatory guides push threatens 80% of fly fishing impact

The Bahamas could lose almost 80 per cent of the fly fishing industry’s $141 million annual economic impact if it alienates the ‘do-it-yourself’ anglers, a leading tourism executive has warned.

Mobile HoldingCo: Rush to minimise Gov’t involvement

Financial advisers are racing to minimise any Government involvement in the ‘HoldingCo’ that will own the Bahamian people’s 51 per cent interest in the second mobile operator by ensuring its formation coincides with the licence’s issue.

Credit unions told to return to roots

The Senate president has urged the $350 million-strong credit union movement to promote sustainable development and saving by its members, rather than rely on consumer lending for growth.

Sunday, October 25

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'We are not leaving Crooked Island, this is our home'

Members of the Crooked Island community gathered at the island's dock location this week to vent their frustrations about the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Four held after major drug bust

Four people are in custody after a major drug bust in South Andros.

Saturday, October 24

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UPDATED: Crooked Island residents 'in survival mode' after hurricane

Three weeks after Hurricane Joaquin struck the southern Bahamas, Crooked Island residents have been voicing their concerns about living conditions and the health of those on the island.

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Hunt for suspects after two shootings on Friday night

Police are looking for suspects after two more shootings on Friday night.

Friday, October 23

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Body found in Grand Bahama believed to be missing man

THE badly decomposed body of a man found in Grand Bahama Friday morning is believed to be that of Rupert Rolle of South Bahamia.

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Bran slams PM over 'false disappointment' on Baha Mar

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney blasted Prime Minister Perry Christie over his “false disappointment” response to the Baha Mar redundancies in a statement on Friday.

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Prison doctor 'had no record of swelling' on murder accused's face

A PRISON doctor testified in the Supreme Court on Friday that he had no records of facial swelling on a man accused of murdering an American sailor after the defendant alleged he was slapped while in police custody.

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Man shot dead sitting on his porch

A middle-aged man is the country's 122nd murder victim of the year, after he was shot dead while sitting on his porch on Friday afternoon.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Time to hang up the jester’s hat, Mr Roberts

WHAT a topsy-turvy week it has been, with mud-slinging of all varieties from both sides of the political divide.

That painting

Re: ‘Tasteless’ painting comparing PM to Hitler causes a stir.

Wake up, speak up!

There is deafening silence in this country with regards to the controversial modern building that is being blithely built right before our very eyes – heading upwards to the sky, drilling down below the ground and spanning out across the sea.

A failing in our democracy

During the course of the proceedings in the House of Assembly on Wednesday the 21st October, the Hon Loretta Butler-Turner, the Member for Long Island, sought to address the House with regard to the situation in Long Island following the destruction caused by Hurricane Joaquin, but the Honourable Speaker refused to grant her permission to do so.

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PM ‘disappointed’ with liquidators’ decision

PRIME Minister Perry Christie last night expressed disappointment with the decision to make some 2,000 employees of Baha Mar redundant, adding that his administration will nonetheless press forward with its efforts to resolve the debacle.

Instead of opening, Baha Mar staff sent home; PM disappointed

WHAT an unmitigated disaster – the Baha Mar dream is over and 2,000 redundant Bahamian employees have been sent home to face a bleak Christmas.

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2,000 jobs go at Baha Mar

MORE than 2,000 Baha Mar employees have been made redundant effective today, according to a statement from the resort’s joint provisional liquidators.

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Butler-Turner points finger of blame at Christie administration

IN the wake of widespread layoffs at the Baha Mar resort, Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner accused the Christie-led administration of aggravating the Baha Mar “crisis” through incompetence and repeated missteps.

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Sarkis unsure of resort’s future

BAHA Mar CEO Sarkis Izmirlian said yesterday he is unsure of the future of the $3.5 billion Cable Beach resort after more than 2,000 employees were made redundant.

Teams jostle for a spot in 2nd Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

JUST three weeks remain in the NCAA FBS Division I football season and the final few games on the calendar will go a long way in determining which teams will compete in the second edition of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.

Hall of Fame induction part of National Sports Heritage Week

EACH fall, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture honours the country’s top sporting icons of the past and present during National Sports Heritage Week.

Sports notes

THE Baptist Sports Council has announced that its 2015 volleyball classic will be held at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Saturday, October 31.

GB Shipyard all set to host its first charity golf tourney November 1

EVERYTHING is just a bit more fun when you’re doing it for a good cause. And Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) is set to swing for charity when they host their sixth annual golf tournament - the first tournament dedicated to charity - on November 1.

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Suspect claims he was at home during murder

A MAN who claimed to be at home during the murder of an American sailor told a court yesterday that police detectives threatened to kill him and explain his subsequent death as an attempt to escape custody if he didn’t sign a confession statement.

Repairs to begin ‘immediately’ on clinics

THE government has engaged four architectural firms to begin “immediate” repairs to public health clinics throughout the country, specifically those that were damaged by Hurricane Joaquin, Health Minister Dr Perry Gomez said yesterday.

‘Detailed discussions’ are being held over NHI

CHIEF Medical Officer Dr Glen Beneby yesterday suggested that the government is one step closer in its efforts to convince stakeholders to get on board with the government’s proposed National Health Insurance scheme.

Christie: If Obie wants to lead, he’ll have to beat me

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday that if Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe wants to lead the Progressive Liberal Party, then he would have to beat him in an election at a party convention.

$300m stocking island project to bring 200 permanent jobs

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday announced the government’s approval of an application for the sale of 70 acres of land on Stocking Island, off Exuma, where a $300m five star development will be constructed.

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Butler-Turner insists that Long Island will recover

AS REBUILDING efforts begin to take shape in Long Island, area representative Loretta Butler-Turner held the second in a series of town meetings, working to ensure that all concerns raised by residents are heard.

Expert says country needs at least two more radar systems

AS debate rages about whether the Department of Meteorology’s Doppler radar system worked during Hurricane Joaquin, one American expert said yesterday that for the tool to be effective this country needs at least two more radars.

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Relief group distributes $20,000 of building supplies a week to Long Island

RELIEF group HeadKnowles has distributed up to $20,000 per week in building supplies to Long Island since it began “Operation Deliverance” earlier this month.

No severance for 2,026 terminated Baha Mar staffers

The 2,026 terminated Baha Mar employees will not receive due severance pay and all benefits owed to them, amid increasing uncertainty over the $3.5 billion project’s fate come November 2.

Baha Mar ‘gamble’ by Gov’t backfires on Bahamian jobs

The Government’s Baha Mar’ liquidation strategy was last night branded as “a gamble” that has backfired on the Bahamian people, costing not just several thousand jobs but placing the entire $3.5 billion in project “in jeopardy”.

Extra $16.7m may have saved 600 Baha Mar staff

Up to 600 Baha Mar jobs could have been saved had the project’s joint provisional liquidators secured $16 million in additional funding, Tribune Business can reveal.

‘Complete disaster’ for 2,026 Baha Mar workers

The Government’s Baha Mar ‘liquidation strategy’ was yesterday branded “a complete disaster” by a former Board director, after the Supreme Court authorised the termination of 2,026 employees.

Undefeated Hurricanes’ final regular season game this weekend

In what has become routine for the Holland College Hurricances Football Club, a strong Bahamian presence has once again been the catalyst behind the team to a league-leading season in the Canada’s Atlantic Football League.

How Bahamians are rallying to help victims of hurricane

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority made a $50,000 donation yesterday for hurricane relief efforts to various local organisations on Grand Bahama.

Clubs and Societies 10/23/2015

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Sheila Bethell dies, aged 89

SHEILA Catherine O’Brien Bethell, formerly of Nassau, died in her sleep at her home in Dowling Park, Florida on October 16. She was 89.

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Judge to decide if man accused of incest is fit to stand trial

A JUDGE has reserved his decision on whether it would be inhumane to allow a 64-year-old man with serious medical conditions to stand trial in four weeks concerning allegations of incest and attempted incest.

Gov’t bids to ‘revive’ Bahamian-led projects

Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday promised that the Government would “make every effort” to revive Bahamian-driven investment projects on Exuma, adding that locals needed to keep pace if they were to exploit foreign direct investment (FDI).

IAN FERGUSON: Assessing business readiness for 2016

Throughout October, successful businesses invest time and resources (often with the assistance of external consultants) to prepare their businesses for the upcoming year. Today’s article focuses on a globally respected tool that has become easily accessible to Bahamian businesses serving both international and local customers. The Hospitality Assured Programme has become known for assisting companies achieve outstanding results in their business and service goals.

Greater Bahamian input into major projects urged

The Family Islands will never achieve the level of economic impact to match major developments if central government remains the driving force behind them, a private sector executive said yesterday.

Sandals eyes Delta boost for Exumas

Delta Airlines’ decision to increase its existing service into Exuma to a daily frequency from December will be a significant boost to airlift, Sandals Emerald Bay’s general manager said yesterday.

Thursday, October 22

Young believers will ‘ReFresh’ their faith in night of worship

Evangelistic Temple’s ReBirth Youth Ministry is inviting all believers to a night of pure worship on November 6.

The Diocese of Guyana elects a new bishop

Father Charles Davidson was elected on the first ballot, and the diocese congratulated both him and his wife Maureen.

Exuma’s Ebenezer Union Baptist celebrates young members

IN celebration of National Youth Month, members of the Ebenezer Union Baptist Church in Farmer’s Hill, Exuma recently dedicated a special service to young Bahamians throughout the island.

‘Just Bring It #10

TWO well-known personalities in the world of track and field, as well as in the Anglican Church community, will be honoured this weekend at a special sporting event.

MEDITATION: Getting It right

SOME days it is hard to make sense of the world. It can be so confusing with so many different points of view. What do you think about death, resurrection, the after-life, life on earth, while finding the right path, way and approach.

Church of God women unite for conference and retreat

Under the theme “Walking Through Upon Doors”, taken from Revelation 3:8, the Church of God National Women’s Discipleship recently held their annual national conference and retreat.

16th anniversary celebrations of Prayer Grotto - Four days of fasting and breakthrough prayer

THE Commonwealth and Global Payer Grotto is celebrating 16 Years of prayer ministry to the nations. This quiet place of prayer, meditation and worship is the prayer ministry of Trinity City of Praise and is embedded in the hills of Nassau, overlooking the city.

Bahamian gospel artist nominated for two South Florida Gospel Music Awards

BAHAMIAN musician, songwriter, artist and producer Jawanza “Spike” Munroe has been nominated for two South Florida Gospel Music Awards in the categories of Best Gospel Hip-Hop Artist of the Year and Best Gospel Album of the Year.

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2,000 redundancies at Baha Mar after Supreme Court ruling

TWO THOUSAND Baha Mar employees have been made redundant immediately after Justice Ian Winder granted approval in the Supreme Court on Thursday morning to the Baha Mar joint provisional liquidators’ request to make layoffs.

To a man who gave so much

For Mike Wallace

Where is Bernadette Christie?

Hurricane Joaquin caused devastation across the southern islands of the Bahamas. Bahamians have been very generous. Businesses, wealthy people, churches, and nearly every sector of our society have given millions. I hope our generosity continues.

A dream worth chasing?

I see again the promoters of the “unsuccessful revival” of Nassau Speedweeks are continuing their idea to build a Racing Circuit. Caution Ministry of Tourism, caution.

Defending Candia Dames

In light of the recent personal attacks against Candia Dames, Managing Editor of The Nassau Guardian, we, the collective of women’s rights and human rights activists, vehemently condemn all who would perpetuate one of the most predictable, yet degrading tactics used by male chauvinists to diminish the worth of women, smear their character and silence them through intimidation. These tactics are acts of violence against women.

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BEC restores power to 80% of affected homes

THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation has restored supply to “approximately 80 per cent” of customers affected by Hurricane Joaquin, officials said yesterday.

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Hurricane wiped out 836 homes

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said yesterday the government plans to simultaneously rebuild the hurricane-ravaged Family Islands where an estimated 836 homes were completely destroyed.

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Equality referendum won’t be held this year

THE long promised referendum on gender equality will not take place this year, Constitutional Commission Chairman Sean McWeeney acknowledged yesterday.

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Butler-Turner angry as she is prevented from speaking

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner became emotional yesterday after being denied the chance to speak on behalf of her constituents during a heated House of Assembly session in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Miller expects move to WSC next week

OUTGOING BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday he expects to receive an official letter this week transferring him from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation to the Water and Sewerage Corporation.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: The storm that tore away the pretence of competence

HURRICANE Joaquin has not only made broad swaths of our people homeless refugees within their own country, but the storm is daily exposing the failed planning and incompetency of our government.

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FNM closes in on candidate list for 2017

THE Free National Movement is expected to ratify several of its candidates for the 2017 general election next week, according to a source close to the matter.

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‘My nine years in jail without trial’

Jamaican Matthew Sewell is enjoying freedom at last after nine years in Bahamian custody without trial. He tells Ricardo Wells how he felt forgotten and mistreated.

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Minister says forecasters did exemplary work

TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said yesterday she was disappointed that the Department of Meteorology has been drawn into public disrepute after forecasters did an exemplary job as Hurricane Joaquin made its way to the central and southern Bahamas.

GB Power owner puts CNG project on hold

A newly-approved project to supply Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) with natural gas will not be initiated immediately because low global oil prices mean the economics do not now make sense, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

Laville challenges union to provide proof of claims

WATER and Sewerage Corporation General Manager Glen Laville yesterday hit back at the Bahamas Utilities Service and Allied Workers Union, challenging the union to provide “proof” of its recent allegations against him and take the “legitimate course of action in order to correct it”.

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Johnson vs ‘Triple G’ Golovkin ‘could be our next fight’

HE has petitioned for this bout for quite some time, and now reports have emerged that the Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin camp may give Bahamian boxer Tureano Johnson the fight he has been looking for.

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RICARDO WELLS: NFL PICKS WEEK 7

WHO WILL BE KINGS FOR A WEEK IN NFL’S GAME OF THRONES?

THERE has to be some creative spin or detailed marketing plan under development in the NFL’s league office to describe this season.

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On Da Hook

The latest Bahamas Sport Fishing Network (BSFN) slideshow - What’s the catch? Terrific tuna caught in The Bahamas - is attracting plenty of interest since being posted last week.

Elderly man missing since Saturday

AN elderly man suffering from dementia has been missing on Grand Bahama since Saturday and concerned family members are appealing to the public for assistance in locating him.

Police investigate suspected suicide

GRAND Bahama police are investigating an apparent suicide after a 69-year-old Freeport man was found hanged at his residence on Tuesday evening.

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Web shop aims to expand reach to Family Islands

THE operators of web shop chain Chances Games said they plan to expand the business to several Family Islands and increase staff after being granted a conditional gaming house operator license by the Gaming Board.

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Legal ruling over US man’s murder

A JUDGE is expected to rule today on legal discussions held in the absence of the jury that is hearing evidence in a trial concerning the murder of an American sailor.

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Man to face third trial after jury again cannot reach a verdict

A MAN faces a third retrial on a murder charge after a jury yesterday returned an 11-1 guilty verdict after less than two hours of deliberation.

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Schools amalgamated as repair work continues

STUDENTS from Mangrove Bush Primary will be back in class sooner than expected as their school is to be amalgamated with Lower Deadman’s Cay Primary while the extensive repair work following the damage caused by Hurricane Joaquin is finished.

Chamber chief calls for ‘dedicated’ ICT minister

The Government was yesterday urged to appoint a dedicated Minister for communications and technology (ICT) and place the industry “at the top of its development plans”, amid fears the Bahamas will otherwise “fall further behind”.

Water Corp sales increase by 16%

The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has increased sales by 16 per cent despite slashing water purchases by one-quarter, its general manager said yesterday.

Bran: PM ‘adding another failure to legacy’ with NHI

The Prime Minister will “add another failure to his legacy” if he forges ahead with the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) model because key healthcare sectors are simply “not ready” for the scheme.

Ex-DPM slams Hilton garage consultation

A former Deputy Prime Minister believes the Government’s planning consultation over the new British Colonial Hilton parking garage is pointless, given that construction is moving “full steam ahead”.

Clarification: Dr Rodney Smith on COB lecturers

WE HAVE been asked to make clear by the College of The Bahamas that the insertion in parentheses of the phrase “in terms of quality lecturers” in a direct quote from Dr Rodney Smith, the president, in a presentation he gave to the Rotary Club of East Nassau and reported in The Tribune (Poor audit practices “will not stop COB transition to university”, October 1) incorrectly implied that he was saying the college currently did not have quality lecturers.

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Mitchell: Get the facts on claims of poor treatment

FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday announced that he intends to speak with executives of the Department of Correctional Services in the wake of claims of mistreatment raised by a Jamaican national earlier this week after he was freed from custody.

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NAUGHTY'S NFL PICKS WEEK 7

Cowboys to win in New York - and I’ll be there to see it

ALRIGHT here we go, I went 10-4 last week bringing me to 54-37 on the season.

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SANCHESKA Vs RENALDO: NFL PICKS WEEK 7

SANNIE: I feel like I betrayed Russell last week when I chose Cam over him. I mean Cam brought home the win, but it was bittersweet.

Bahamas could enter into a partnership with MLB

WITH a resurgence in local popularity and international recognition due to several professional signings over the past few years, the Bahamas stands a chance to enter into a partnership with Major League Baseball to facilitate the development of the game.

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Gymnast Kianna Dean honoured at the National Youth Awards

While she is travelling to represent the country in her sport at the elite level, one Bahamian gymnast was honoured locally for her contribution.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Story-telling is your most effective brand

In 2015, it is imperative that creative professionals begin to think of themselves as media companies. Being in a position to control and determine your own career growth seems beyond the reach of most people, but it is not nearly as difficult as one might imagine.

Water Corp; Renewable energy project revives

The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) yesterday said it is close to completing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a company that will supply wind turbine-generated power to its desalination plant on Eleuthera.

Water Corp targets 20% revenue growth

The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is hoping to increase its revenue base by 20 per cent through its customer win-back campaign, its general manager said yesterday.

Wednesday, October 21

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NEMA accused of failing island

CROOKED Island Chief Councillor Timothy Thompson yesterday said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) “dropped the ball,” adding that the island is still awaiting rebuilding supplies like plywood and shingles nearly three weeks after Hurricane Joaquin.

Notice for parking garage

I have just today seen in the press a Public Notice from Mr Charles E Zonicle, Acting Director of Physical Planning, requesting comments on the proposed parking garage adjacent to the British Colonial Hotel.

Worker’s plea for support

Good night Mr Greenslade, It is almost 11 at night and I cannot sleep because I am really bothered by the injustice that is going on in this country.  I know you have a lot on your plate, and honestly, I don’t mean to add to it, but my head is being bombarded with thoughts, which prevented me from sleeping, so I decided to shoot you an email.  Here is my situation. . .

Economic emancipation of The Bahamas

I hope one day our country can produce leaders who can inspire the minds of Bahamians and awaken their consciousness of its responsibility to the economic liberation of our country.

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Canadian tourist killed in garbage truck accident is named

THE Canadian tourist killed in a traffic accident on Baha Mar Boulevard on Monday has been identified as 43–year-old Rong Gu, of New Market, Ontario.

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Man, 69, found hanging in Yeoman Wood, Freeport, house

POLICE in Grand Bahama are investigating the death of a 69-year-old man who was found hanging in the Yeoman Wood area of Freeport on Tuesday night.

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Rolle explains increase in national debt

MINISTER of State for Investments Khaalis Rolle defended the government’s fiscal policies yesterday after it was revealed in the Central Bank of the Bahamas’ Quarterly Economic Report that the national debt increased by $581.4m, or ten per cent, up to June of this year.

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Seeing beyond the disability

OCTOBER marks National Disability Employment Awareness month when those with disabilities in the working environment are celebrated and recognised and awareness about disability employment issues raised.

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Another shanty town blaze as residents search rubble

POLICE were called to the scene of another fire in the Gamble Heights shanty town last night, the third blaze in the community since Sunday.

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Gray says government will rebuild homes where necessary

HOMES that were completely destroyed on the islands hardest hit by Hurricane Joaquin will be rebuilt by the government where necessary, according to MICAL MP V Alfred Gray yesterday.

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Forecaster Neely insists radar was not working

WAYNE Neely, a forecaster at the Department of Meteorology, was adamant yesterday that the department’s Doppler radar was not functioning for several hours during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin.

Question over parking garage permission

THE proposed development of a multi-level parking garage in the downtown area of Nassau has caught the attention of concerned citizens, many of whom are claiming that the project’s site plan application was fast-tracked, with little public notice given.

Sports Notes

THE Baptist Sports Council has announced that its 2015 volleyball classic will be held at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Saturday, October 31.

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Bahamas Bowl packages include 5-day/4-night stay at Melia, VIP western endzone seating

SEVERAL weeks remain before the regular season determines which teams will travel to Nassau for the second annual Popeyes Bahamas Bowl and the marketing scheme is in high gear with offers to attract visiting football enthusiasts to the country.

BOMAC ‘Fight For the Cure’ to feature all-female MMA card

THE third instalment of the BOMAC Cage Fight series was postponed due to the effects of Hurricane Joaquin but the organisation still plans to host an event before the year concludes.

CABC all set for ‘Halloween Fight Night’

WITH professional boxing at the forefront of national consciousness, the development of amateur boxing continues with one of the premier clubs in the country.

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Buddy new and improved

TUESDAY was Big 12 basketball media day and, as expected, much of the conversation at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, centred around the reigning conference player of the year - Buddy Hield.

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Truckers defeat Stingers to take 1-0 lead

THE PLAYOFFS: The Colin “Troppy” Knowles championship series in the New Providence Softball Association got underway last night in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

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Sandals named Caribbean’s leading hotel brand

SANDALS Resorts International was honoured at the 22nd Annual World Travel Awards’ Caribbean and The North America Ceremony held on October 17 at the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis and Spa Resort.

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Save The Bays aims to tackle climate change

SENIOR executives for Save The Bays have said they are better equipped, prepared and more energized than ever about tackling the looming threat of climate change.

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Bahamian beauty working to protect beauty of the nation

MISS Earth Bahamas Darronique Young began her work as a “beauty with a cause” when she met with principals of the Bahamas National Trust, to which she is assigned for a year.

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A $10m speed dream

THE quest to reignite motor racing in The Bahamas is moving closer to becoming a reality as Bahamas Speed Week Revival organisers look to building a $10m world-class race arena in western New Providence.

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Murder suspect due to return to court at end of the month

A MAN awaiting trial on a murder charge appeared in Supreme Court yesterday for a case management hearing.

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Rufa awaits resident card pending court case outcome

THE Department of Immigration has not approved Canadian Bruno Rufa’s application for an annual homeowner’s resident card, pending the outcome of his trial in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on charges of illegally working in the Bahamas.

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Jury in US sailor’s murder case hears witness statement

THE statement of a man who claimed to have witnessed the murder of an American sailor was read into evidence yesterday after unsuccessful attempts by prosecutors to locate him to give sworn testimony.

Small business ‘cannot wait’ for National Plan

The Government and private sector were yesterday urged to collaborate  to address the challenges faced by small and medium-sized enterprises, a well-known consultant warning: “It’s just getting worse.”

Gov’t urged: ‘Hold true’ to promise on 3rd mobile licence

The Government was yesterday urged to “hold true to its promise” to eventually licence a third mobile operator in the Bahamas, and bring “true competition” to the industry.

PM ‘needs to go’ as he lacks ideas

A former Chamber of Commerce president yesterday said Prime Minister Perry Christie “needs to go” because he is too old and has no innovative ideas to revive the economy, adding: “The numbers speak for themselves.”

‘Double dipping’ Baha Mar staff being terminated

Baha Mar’s joint provisional liquidators are terminating employees who have been ‘double dipping’ by continuing to pocket a regular pay cheque despite finding another job.

US backs 250k oil barrel drop for GB

Grand Bahama’s hard-pressed economy has this week received a game-changing boost from US regulators approving a project that could reduce the island’s oil imports by 250,000 barrels annually, and lower high energy costs.

Sex attack on woman during robbery

GRAND Bahama police are investigating two armed robbery incidents in the Lucaya area this week, one of which included a sexual assault.

El Faro captain intended to sail 65 miles from storm

Federal investigators say the captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship that sank after being battered by Hurricane Joaquin intended to pass 65 miles from the centre of the storm, a decision maritime experts say was risky.

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Eva Hilton students donate to relief work

KIND-HEARTED students from Eva Hilton Primary School brought hurricane relief supplies from their homes to present to the National Emergency Management Agency at a special assembly on Friday.

Students back in class on Long Island after hurricane

STUDENTS at NGM Major High School returned to classes on Monday as life on Long Island continues to return to normality in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Call for mobile classrooms as Crooked Island rebuilds

DOWNTOWN Nassau Partnership Project Manager Gevon Moss yesterday called for the utilisation of “mobile or trailer classrooms” on Crooked Island to house the island’s elementary and high school students displaced by Hurricane Joaquin.

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How to slash 35% of your energy bill

According to the US Department of Energy, 35 per cent of the average home’s electricity bill is generated from water heating. Reducing this will make the Bahamas a little greener, and save money.

Joaquin borrowing still ‘a final option’

The Government will only borrow money to finance Hurricane Joaquin-related reconstruction as “a final option”, a Cabinet Minister confirming that Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues would be used to defray some spending.

Gov’t borrowing is ‘not totally avoidable’

A Cabinet Minister yesterday admitted that Government borrowing was “not totally avoidable” despite escalating concerns over a $6.378 billion national debt that grew 10 per cent in the year to end-May 2015.

Tuesday, October 20

Types of replacement for missing teeth

Many patients often ask, “What can I do about these missing teeth?”

New cancer rehab services in the Bahamas

WITH the aim of helping to minimise the negative effects of cancer treatments such as nausea, fatigue, decreased appetite, and the wish to improve the quality of life for patients, a local entity has started a cancer rehab initiative here in the Bahamas.

Shoppers get better living tips at Solomon’s Customer Health Fair

At the Solomon’s Super Center’s third annual Customer Health Fair, shoppers took part in health screenings – from free blood pressure checks to cholesterol and glucose testing – flu shots and free skin analysis. During the event, vendors handed out samples of healthy foods and vitamin options available in the store. The food retailer also teamed up with Friends of the Blood Bank to collect donations for the Princess Margaret Hospital Blood Bank.

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Become the healthiest, happiest version of yourself: Health – whole and holy:

How do you define health? Is it a measure of your physique or absence of disease?

Breast cancer awareness – Part I: Stopping cancer before it starts

By now I am sure that most of us are very aware that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Michelle Miller Motivational: Are you progressing or just running in place?

Success, it is said, is not a destination but a journey. If we agree with this sentiment then it is seems fitting that such a journey ought to be a matter of progress as opposed to just running in place.

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BUN IN THE OVEN: Five things you’re unprepared for after having a baby

There is something satisfying about pre-planning and preparing for things when you are about to have a baby.

Violence against girls - What does it do?

The Bahamas boasts an environment that is kind and a people that are friendly. People want to come and visit here, although we have far fewer stay over visitors than we did 20 years ago, and those are the people who leave money in the local economy.

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'No one can stop you but you'

LIVING in defeat was out of the question for Lakeisha Bastian, a breast cancer survivor whose strong faith and determination helped her through one of the most trying times of her life.

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Miss Earth Bahamas dives into conservation

THE Bahamas National Trust said it is delighted to have Miss Earth Bahamas 2015 Daronique Young as an ambassador for coastline protection.

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POLITICOLE: How opinions can inspire real change

I am often asked, in real time: “Are you gonna write about this?” “Are you gonna write about me?”

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COB president would not object to forensic audit

AMID concerns about financial management at The College of The Bahamas, COB president Dr Rodney Smith has said that while he does not believe a forensic audit of COB is necessary, he would not object to having one done.

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Minnis calls for rebuilding contracts to be published

FNM leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday the opposition will “fully support” the government’s rebuilding efforts in the Family Islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin as long as the contracts for the work are published in the local dailies.

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Tourist dies after being hit by garbage truck

A Canadian tourist became the country’s latest traffic fatality, after he was struck by a garbage truck and dragged several feet while attempting to cross the street, yesterday afternoon.

Arson suspected as second fire breaks out at shanty town

HOURS after Police Fire Services successfully contained a massive fire in the Gamble Heights shanty town on Sunday evening, officers had to be called in again early yesterday morning to battle a second blaze.

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Broken radar claim is denied

TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday said claims that the Department of Meteorology’s Doppler radar was non-operational as Hurricane Joaquin battered the central and southern Bahamas earlier this month were “erroneous”.

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No answer yet on how much fuel leaked from tanks on Crooked Island

BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation Executive Chairman Leslie Miller yesterday confirmed that there was “some leakage” when fuel tanks were dislodged in Crooked Island during Hurricane Joaquin, however he said a full analysis had not yet been completed to determine how much fuel was lost.

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Clean drinking water a priority

PAN American Health Organisation representative Dr Gerry Eijkemans yesterday said the agency has procured around $150,000 in relief supplies for the central and southern Bahamas as residents look to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Trial resumes over sailor’s murder

A JURY is scheduled to return today for the continuation of the trial into the murder of an American sailor who was shot a few feet away from the Paradise Island Bridge.

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Man admits housebreaking but denies theft and receiving

JOVAN Nixon was charged with housebreaking, stealing and receiving in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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Murder victims named

POLICE have officially identified the country’s latest homicide victims who were shot and killed on Saturday in separate incidents.

Work yet to begin on restoring power to Crooked Island

DESPITE the Bahamas Electricity Corporation having restored supply to “over 70 per cent” of Family Island customers affected by Hurricane Joaquin, “no actual work” has started at Crooked Island because of all of the damage done to its infrastructure by the category four hurricane.

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Rufa returns to face criminal trial

CANADIAN resident Bruno Rufa was back in Freeport’s Magistrate’s Court yesterday for the continuation of his criminal trial concerning allegations that he was gainfully employed in The Bahamas without a work permit.

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SPORTING MISCHIEF & MAYHEM – Pass masters: four ‘Air Aces’ of all time

I WATCHED the Chargers and the Packers go back and forth on Sunday afternoon, with Aaron Rodgers finally out-duelling Philip Rivers in an amazing match up of two of today’s top quarterbacks.

Cable Bahamas joins the breast cancer fight

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cable Bahamas has joined the battle through its support and sponsorship of the Warrior Campaign.

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Colebrook top finisher for Bahamas at Caribbean Elite Cycling Champs

ANTHONY Colebrook’s performance stood out among the five-member team for the Bahamas at the 2015 Caribbean Elite Cycling Championships in Barbados.

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Tureano: ‘I’m going to beat Triple G’

Even before the swelling went down on his face following the 12-round battle against Eamonn O’Kane, Tureano Johnson was ready to issue a new challenge as the number one contender for the IBF middleweight title.

Unions impatient over BEC reforms

Trade union leaders representing the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s (BEC) line staff yesterday expressed impatience over the reform process, and have made their own presentation on the way forward.

Gov’t drug plan losses ‘the norm’

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader yesterday revealed he was resisting advice to cease his family pharmacy’s participation in the Government’s prescription drug plan because consistent monthly losses were “the norm”.

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Sunland Baptist Academy hosts ‘Midnight Madness’

IT is a practice popularised by American universities to spark interest in their upcoming basketball season, and one coach in Freeport, Grand Bahama, looks to bring the same structure to his programme as fall approaches.

Chamber chairman urges disaster contingency fund

The Government has been urged to establish a disaster contingency fund, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman arguing that it cannot be given “carte blanche to spend” every time there is major hurricane damage.

Gov’t raises $72m from ‘not normal’ BGS bond

The Government’s financial advisers yesterday estimated it will take three years for Bahamian investors to start treating its new BGS security as a “normal investment vehicle”, after the first issue for the 2015-2016 fiscal year came in 28 per cent below target.

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Roberts suggests Smith stirring unrest

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has said that no amount of “hyperbole and falsehoods” put forth by Grand Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith, QC, can change the fact that “shanty towns are illegal”.

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Munroe argues on behalf of Glinton in contempt hearing

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe faced an uphill battle yesterday as he attempted to convince Court of Appeal judges that the words and actions of his client Maurice Glinton during an extradition appeal were not in contempt of court and deserving of punishment.

Cable ‘will do in three years what we did in 20’

Cable Bahamas executives yesterday said the company could “do in three years what it has achieved in 20” as a result of winning the battle to be this nation’s second mobile provider, a success that could create up to 150 jobs.

Defence Force and utilities praised by doctor

A DOCTOR returning after a four-day stint in Clarence Town, Long Island, has praised the Royal Bahamas Defence Force team, BEC and BTC employees for the work they are doing to restore essential services to the community.

Private pharmacies seek Gov’t competition block

Private pharmacy owners are demanding that Government-owned clinics cease issuing prescription medicines under the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, and that they receive work permit fee ‘waivers’.

Sports Notes

THE Baptist Sports Council has announced that its 2015 volleyball classic will be held at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Saturday, October 31.

Web shops ‘hopeful’ of bank acceptance

A newly-licensed web shop operator is “hopeful” that the industry’s legalised status will persuade the Bahamian commercial banking industry to accept its deposits.

Bahamian broker in $7m sanctions break

A US judge has recommended slashing the financial sanctions to be imposed against a former Bahamian broker/dealer and its principal by more than $7 million.

Monday, October 19

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Burning boat towed away from Potter's Cay Dock

A BURNING boat was towed to Montagu Beach from close to the Paradise Island Bridge after it caught fire on Monday so that the Fire Department could extinguish the flames.

ACCUWEATHER: WIND ALERT FOR FREEPORT, BAHAMAS 5.30pm-11.30pm

5.30pm-11.30pm Strong east-northeast winds will continue today.

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INSIGHT: 'This is Hurricane Katrina for the Bahamas'

The first relief expert into Crooked Island found unprecedented hurricane damage for a Bahamian island. Darren Adler tells The Tribune about rescues, necessities and evacuations.

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Weekend shootings bring murder total for the year to 121

TWO weekend homicides have brought the murder total for the year to 121, just two murders shy of last year’s tally.

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‘Rebuild Bahamas’ telethon to raise relief funds

A HIGH-energy, entertainment-packed five-hour national “Rebuild Bahamas” telethon to raise funds for the rebuilding and equipping of schools, re-establishing commerce and providing clean water for the southern islands devastated by Hurricane Joaquin has been set for Tuesday, October 27.

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Human rights group slams govt’s ‘illegal’ demolition of shanty town

A HUMAN rights group yesterday said that it is prepared to fight in and out of court for residents displaced by the recent demolition of a shanty town in the Gamble Heights community that the group believes is an illegal move by a “dictatorship” government.

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‘Tasteless’ painting comparing PM to Hitler causes a stir

AN artist’s unflattering depiction of the Prime Minister is causing a stir as it compares Perry Christie to Germany’s Nazi leader Adolf Hitler as a way of expressing disillusionment with his “failed promises and leadership”.

Cable Bahamas successful in bid for second phone licence

CABLE Bahamas Limited has emerged as the successful bidder in the spectrum auction for the country’s second cellular services provider licence but it must now fulfil certain pre-conditions before receiving the licence, the government announced last night.

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Massive blaze rips through shanty town

SEVERAL families were left homeless last night after a massive fire ripped through homes in a shanty town in the Gamble Heights area of New Providence.

VAT filing date extended

THE Department of Inland Revenue has advised value added tax registrants in islands directly impacted by Hurricane Joaquin that their VAT return filing date has been extended by one month.

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COB PRESIDENT REVEALS SALARY IS $180,000

PRESIDENT of The College of The Bahamas Dr Rodney Smith has revealed that his annual salary is $180,000 and that the terms of his living arrangement were chosen with cost conscious views in mind.

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Long Island relief effort helps 95% of students get back to school

NINETY-five per cent of students of Long Island will be back in school by Wednesday largely due to an outpouring of support from its own communities and concerned individuals in Nassau, a senior education official told The Tribune yesterday.

US Navy searches for sunken El Faro off Crooked Island

MIAMI (AP) - A US Navy vessel was expected to depart on Monday on a search for a missing cargo ship that was lost in the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 crew members on board.

Private pharmacies seek Gov’t competition block

Private pharmacy owners are demanding that Government-owned clinics cease issuing prescription medicines under the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, and that they receive work permit fee ‘waivers’.

Workforce hit by 60% BTVI ‘drop out’ rate

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) is suffering from a 60 per cent student ‘drop out’ rate, with just one in four graduating within the normal timeframe.

Medical wholesalers in NHI patient safety fear

Bahamian pharmaceutical wholesalers have warned that the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s “loose approach” to procuring medicines could “severely compromise” patient safety, with “grave ramifications” for the Government.

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‘Reno’ rocks New York

IN dominant fashion, Bahamian boxing icon Tureano “Reno” Johnson staked his claim as a major contender for the International Boxing Federation’s middleweight title.

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Buddy and ‘Tum Tum’ on top 25 teams in USA Today Coaches Poll

BAHAMIAN players received a number of individual accolades in the offseason and now their teams are projected to be among the top ranked teams in NCAA Division I basketball.

Sports Notes

THE Rising Star Youth Baseball & Softball Development League, with a wish to recognise the pioneers of both sporting disciplines on Grand Bahama, will show its respect for their efforts during a dinner at Le Chateau on the Green, Freeport, on Saturday, November 28.

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North Andros students meet our track stars

IT was a special day for the students of North Andros as they got a chance to meet international track and field stars Shaunae Miller and Jeffery Gibson up close and personal.

Winning $62.5m bid leaves Cable poised to dominate market

Cable Bahamas was last night poised to become the Bahamas’ most dominant communications provider, after its $62.5 million spectrum bid helped to see off its last remaining rival for the country’s second mobile licence.

Bahamian broker in $7m sanctions break

A US judge has recommended slashing the financial sanctions to be imposed against a former Bahamian broker/dealer and its principal by more than $7 million.

Doctors fear ‘poor, unethical medical care’ through NHI

Bahamian doctors have warned that the Government’s current National Health Insurance (NHI) proposal is “flawed and unsustainable”, and could result in “poor and unethical medical care” if implemented as is.

Web shops ‘hopeful’ of bank acceptance

A newly-licensed web shop operator is “hopeful” that the industry’s legalised status will persuade the Bahamian commercial banking industry to accept its deposits.

Sunday, October 18

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Miller calms concerns over Crooked Island water supply

BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation Executive Chairman Leslie Miller yesterday quelled concerns that the quality of Crooked Island’s ground water supply could be contaminated by the corporation’s diesel tanks that were dislodged by Hurricane Joaquin.

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Two die in Saturday night New Providence shootings

TWO MEN have been killed in separate Saturday night shootings in New Providence.

Saturday, October 17

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Hunt for suspect after man shot outside nightclub

Police are hunting for a suspect after a man was shot outside a nightclub early on Saturday morning.

Friday, October 16

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Residents 'hopeless and homeless' after Gamble Heights demolition

DEMOLITION efforts in the Gamble Heights community on Friday left scores of residents "hopeless and homeless", many of whom claimed they were not given any notice by government officials and landowners.

Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board donates $50,000 to hurricane relief effort

THE Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board (BOIPB) has committed $50,000 to the relief effort in Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Island and San Salvador, where many of its member properties were damaged by Hurricane Joaquin.

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PLP Chairman says FNM's VAT for hurricane relief suggestion is 'drivel'

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts has lashed out at Free National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard over his suggestion that the government use Value Added Tax (VAT) collections to fund hurricane repairs.

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Grand Bahama man in hospital after stabbing

POLICE in Grand Bahama are investigating a stabbing incident that has left a 28-year-old man from Coral Estate in serious condition at the Rand Memorial Hospital.

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Convicted murderer sentenced to 50 years

A CONVICTED murderer was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Thursday.

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Convicted child killer's right to fair trial 'not breached by publicity of case'

A CONVICTED child killer's right to a fair trial was not breached by extensive pre-trial publicity of the case, a senior prosecutor told Court of Appeal judges on Friday.

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Man charged with murder, attempted murder

A FREEPORT man was charged with murder and attempted murder on Friday in Magistrates Court.

Grand Lucaya Resort to host Just Praise Television Network's first live international show

JUST Praise Television Network (JPTV) will launch its first live international show at the Grand Lucaya Resort, Freeport, on Saturday.

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Long Islanders losing patience with government after hurricane

THE patience of Long Islanders with the government is wearing thin in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin as residents collaborate in a collective effort to reintroduce some form of structure, order and business activity.

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Beres Hammond delighted to be in Nassau for 'special moment'

DELIGHTED to finally be in The Bahamas, an elated Beres Hammond showed fans much love during a meet-and-greet event on Thursday at the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort as he arrived for a concert on Saturday night.

Clubs and Societies: 10/16/2015

Cycling Club Bahamas. - Upcoming events:

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Sixty million ways to ruin your week

I have to say, I was having a fairly decent week right up until I read yesterday’s Tribune headline.

Too close for comfort

Your front page today, October 14, speaks volumes about our national depravity.

Building tertiary education

This month marks one year since I have been named President of The College of The Bahamas. I take this opportunity, though initiated by a recent article in one of the daily journals, as a teaching opportunity for the benefit of all; in particular, the future leaders of our country – our students.

Mr PM - avoid the ‘confusing debate’ and make a sensible decision

AS PRIME Minister Christie scratches his head to find money to rebuild the southern islands, badly damaged by Hurricane Joaquin, he anticipates having to face what he has called a “confusing debate, between the government, the Medical Association of The Bahamas and the insurance industry”.

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Volunteers dig deep to help open Long Island schools

THE push to re-open schools on Long Island next week received a boost yesterday when the Chinese Bahamians, Pinder Enterprises, Super Value and KissFM’s morning show agreed to provide funding for the workmen and the requisite materials to restore NGM Major High School to operation on Monday.

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FNM: Why borrow for repairs when we have VAT revenue?

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday questioned whether the government had considered using revenue from value added tax collections instead of borrowing the millions needed for the recovery and repair of storm-ravaged Family Islands.

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COB president questions ethics after report on leaked audit

COLLEGE of The Bahamas President Dr Rodney Smith has denounced “unethical journalism” intended to create a “scandal” after this newspaper reported the contents of a leaked audit management letter from Baker Tilley and Gomez (BTG) that revealed numerous problems with COB’s internal controls.

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Free - after being locked up for nine years without trial

A JUDGE yesterday ordered the immediate release of a Jamaican national who was shuffled back and forth between the former Her Majesty’s Prison and the Carmichael Road Detention Centre for more than nine years without trial on sexual assault, housebreaking and murder charges.

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Web shop licence winners named

ONLY eight web shop operators have been awarded conditional gaming house operator licences, with the “disqualified” applicant ordered to close its business in less than two weeks, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe announced last night.

Wilson, Scotia eyeing Mexico bad loan JV

Businessman Franklyn Wilson last night declined “to confirm or deny” whether he is in talks with a Mexican company over a joint venture partnership that would acquire, then restructure, delinquent Bahamian mortgage loans.

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Concerns over water quality after Crooked Island diesel spill

FEARS are mounting on Crooked Island over the quality of the island’s ground water supply after it was discovered that nearly 50,000 gallons of diesel spilled from Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) tanks dislodged by Hurricane Joaquin.

Sports Notes

THE Rising Star Youth Baseball & Softball Development League, with a wish to recognise the pioneers of both sporting disciplines on Grand Bahama, will show its respect for their efforts during a dinner at Le Chateau on the Green, Freeport, on Saturday, November 28.

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Johnson and O’Kane trade ‘verbal jabs’ before world title eliminator

JUST hours away before they square off in the ring for the most important bout of their careers to date, Bahamian pro fighter Tureano Johnson and his opponent Eamonn O’Kane continue to trade verbal jabs during promotion.

Look out for ‘Chicken’ and Cougars in AAC

ONE of six lettermen to return this season for the Houston Cougars basketball programme and one of two Bahamians on the roster, Danrad Knowles will be a player head coach Kelvin Sampson will depend on as the team looks to contend in the American Athletic Conference.

NCAA: Shaquille looks for a ‘fresh start’ in Big 12

THIS NCAA basketball season will represent for Shaquille Cleare at the University of Texas as new Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart looks for the Bahamian native to provide a necessary element to the team.

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Team Bahamas ready for Caribbean Elite Cyclist Champs

THE Bahamas’ elite cyclists are en route to face some of the top athletes in the sport within the region.

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Beres is back

DELIGHTED to finally be in The Bahamas, an elated Beres Hammond showed fans much love during a meet-and-greet event yesterday at the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort as he arrived for a concert on Saturday night.

AHP team swings into action to help hurricane relief

CONCERNED citizens, individual and corporate were quick to team up with Asa H Pritchard Ltd (AHP) to send $30,000 worth of relief as Hurricane Joaquin raged through the southern Bahamas islands earlier this month.

Student raises funds to help out back home

A BAHAMIAN student attending university in the United States is spearheading a drive to collect relief supplies to assist the Family Islands devastated by Hurricane Joaquin.

Body of man found floating after ‘falling from cliff’

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who reportedly “fell from a cliff” while fishing on Wednesday.

Lyford Cay schools seeks more Bahamian teachers

THE Lyford Cay International School in western New Providence wants to increase the number of Bahamian teachers it has on staff and is hoping to recruit more local teachers at a job fair at the Meliá resort next month.

Mix-up delays double killer’s sentencing

A NEW sentencing date has been set in December for a man convicted of the double murder of an elderly woman and her grandson during a home invasion.

Sands: Was Health Minister ‘thrown under bus’ on NHI?

A well-known physician yesterday questioned whether the Minister of Health had been “thrown under the bus” by what her described as the Prime Minister’s “hostile takeover” of the National Health Insurance (NHI) implementation process.

Just one web shop applicant rejected

Just one of the nine applicants was yesterday denied their conditional web shopgaming licence, with one of the successful applicants adding: “We have to continue to be prepared.”

Health ministers urged non-NHI reforms in ‘78

Two Cabinet ministers set to play a key role in National Health Insurance’s (NHI) implementation helped to author a paper 37 years ago that advocated a much different approach to reform, and concluded: “Government cannot finance everything.”

Chinese Bahamians raise $35,000 to answer SOS

THE Chinese Bahamian business community has raised more than $35,000 in response to SOS - Save Our South disaster relief efforts led by the HeadKnowles group for the islands devastated by Hurricane Joaquin.

Exigency order ‘may be extended if needed’

THE National Emergency Management Agency will apply to have the government’s exigency order for hurricane victims extended past its 90-day period if the need arises, according to the agency’s director, Captain Stephen Russell.

Chinese Community Association tells of fundraising efforts

RELIVING the internal financial stress of Over the Hill with a massive charity drive would help the inner city communities to improve on parenting skills, and minimise the educational disparity experienced by the most vulnerable Bahamian citizens, according to a leading figure in the Bahamian Chinese community.

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PLP gives $50,000 to NEMA

THE Progressive Liberal Party yesterday donated $50,000 to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assist with ongoing relief efforts in those central and southern islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

20,000 bottles of water donated

IN response to Hurricane Joaquin, the Bahamas Striping Group of Companies initiated its relief efforts with its partners Hi-Lite Global, Seaboard Asphalt, and Trans Ocean Photos Inc to donate over 20,000 bottles of water to The Bahamas Red Cross Society and The Salvation Army in aid of the organisations’ hurricane relief and recovery efforts for the southern islands that were affected.

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FNM would consider catastrophe fund

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday, if elected, the Free National Movement would “seriously consider” establishing a catastrophic fund to ensure the financial burden of a natural disaster “does not solely rest on the government”.

IAN FERGUSON: An honest method for business needs

Companies throughout the world use October to begin the process of planning for a new calendar year. They engage in talent development for their staff, formulate strategic business plans, create company goals and objectives - all in the hope of enjoying a more productive and profitable new year.

Gov’t urged: ‘Be mindful of law’ on FML licence

The Government was last night urged to be “mindful of its own legislation” after it seemingly rejected protests not to issue a web shop gaming licence to Craig Flowers’ FML Group of Companies.

Union slams Morton work week changes

The union representing more than 100 line staff at Morton Salt said yesterday it has a “serious problem” with the company’s decision to unilaterally change the employee work week from five days to three.

A ‘Trojan Horse’ for legal liberalisation

The casual reader may be puzzled by the amount of media coverage concerning transforming the Bahamas into an international arbitration centre. Why the pomp and ceremony concerning such a mundane legal area as arbitration? Arbitration is not a game changer, a life saver, or an economic powerhouse for the Bahamas’ financial services industry. In the purest sense, arbitration is a secret trial without judges, little more.

Thursday, October 15

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On Da Hook

IN THE aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, their are slow signs that fishing and boating are getting back to normal.

Living Waters Kingdom Ministries celebrates ‘Women of Action’

Helping Christian women realise their worth and reinforce their relationship with God was the aim of the recent G5 Women’s Conference held by the Living Waters Kingdom Ministries in Oakes Field.

Calvary Deliverance to host a ‘Prophetic Encounter’

WITH the aim of strengthening its church body and saving souls, Calvary Deliverance Church is hosting its third annual Prophetic Conference.

Justice – the kind that brings freedom and peace - Part 3

‘Shalom’ is a word from the Hebrew language, the language of the people of Israel. It means freedom, peace, justice, health, having everything that you need to be the best that you can be. It means a time when God’s good news will be known to everyone.

MEDITATION: Birthday surprises

WHAT have your birthdays been like over the past years? Mine was this week and so it has caused me to reflect on the goodness of God, the gift of life and the lessons we learn from experience.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: Crossing words with Darron Cash

TWO weeks ago, I wrote a column entitled ‘War in the ranks of the FNM’ where I talked about the challenges the Free National Movement faced, analysed why, referenced a Facebook posting by former chairman Darron Cash and proposed solutions. In turn, Mr Cash wrote me a disrespectful, vitriolic email.

VIDEO: 70-year-old Long Island resident struggles with losses from hurricane

TWO weeks after Hurricane Joaquin ripped through the central and southern Bahamas, residents on impacted islands remain shellshocked by the devastation left in its wake.

Hurricane preparation

A copy of a letter dated August 29, 2011, which was hand delivered to NEMA and copied to the officials indicated. The contents are self-explanatory.

Rescue mission mixed with politics

WHEN the first category 4 hurricane in 146 years to blow in unannounced so late in the year, not only did it devastate our southern islands, but it threw our government into a state of confusion.

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Smith urges referendum before end of next June

FORMER Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet Minister George Smith yesterday renewed calls for the government to move forward with the proposed referendum on gender equality before the end of June 2016.

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No Baha Mar deal before Nov 2 is ‘chilling prospect’

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday reminded Baha Mar stakeholders that if negotiations over the stalled project are not completed by November 2, the government would move forward with the “chilling prospect” of initiating formal liquidation proceedings.

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Union chief says Sears must go over poor COB financial management

THE president of the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas is calling for the removal of The College of The Bahamas’ College Council Chairman Alfred Sears, arguing that COB’s poor financial processes proves that “stronger” leadership is needed as the institution transitions to a university.

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Call to build in elevated areas

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said the government cannot declare certain areas in the storm-affected Family Islands as no build zones unless it passes legislation in Parliament to recognise those areas as vulnerable.

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Artist inspired by astronaut to paint the most beautiful place from space

FOR the past 200 days, Scott Kelly has been orbiting the earth taking a series of spectacular photos of the planet from space.

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$60m+ to rebuild: PM reveals cost of Hurricane Joaquin repairs

WHILE officials continue to visit the Family Islands hardest hit by Hurricane Joaquin to glean an accurate picture of the devastation, Prime Minister Perry Christie said the initial assessment has pegged the price tag of damage at well over $60m.

The God-fearing ways of Minnis

Re:  MINNIS CALLED ‘IRRESPONSIBLE’ FOR ADDRESS TO PARLIAMENT

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NAUGHTY'S NFL PICKS WEEK 6

Dophins in the swim with a win for coach Campbell

LAST week was an interesting one to say the least.

Nurse slams govt for lack of action

JANNAH Khalfani, President of the Bahamas Nurses Union, last night criticised the government for its lack of action on reconstruction of the islands in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin and urged that it needed to do better. She was concerned that the psychological damage of the devastating storm has yet to be seen.

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RICARDO WELLS NFL PICKS WEEK 6

Colts face Brady backlash over deflate-gate

I AM not going to vent my frustration with my five loses form Week 5. I am not going to mention how Seattle, Kansas City and Baltimore all lost games in the fourth quarter or overtime; games they were leading most of the way.

Babak’s annual $1m plus $20m through Port sale

Ex-chairman Hannes Babak has been due $1 million per annum from the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) in each of the past four years, and will receive a further $20 million once it is sold.

Gov’t bond offering likely 20% off-target

The first Bahamas Government Stock (BGS) issue of the 2015-2016 fiscal year was likely to close 20 per cent below target, the administration’s financial advisers disclosed yesterday.

Insurers slam Gov’t over NHI ‘secrecy’

The Bahamian insurance industry yesterday slammed the Government’s efforts to shroud its National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme in secrecy, explaining that this was delaying outside analysis of its own cost estimates.

Duty free saviour for ‘dying’ Bahamas retail

Duty-free zones could be the saviour for a “dying” Bahamian retail industry, the Downtown Nassau Partnership’s co-chair said yesterday, although they will not be the sole panacea for Bay Street’s woes.

Baha Mar contractor slams ‘improper’ suit

Baha Mar’s contractor is demanding that an “improperly” filed lawsuit relating to the Nassau Beach Hotel’s $7.643 million demolition be sent to arbitration.

Exigency order ‘may be extended if needed’

THE National Emergency Management Agency will apply to have the government’s exigency order for hurricane victims extended past its 90-day period if the need arises, according to the agency’s director, Captain Stephen Russell.

Grand Bahama teams ship latest batch of supplies

THERE continues to be tremendous outpouring of support for the southern Bahamas as another huge shipment of hurricane relief items collected on Grand Bahama was shipped out yesterday.

Colina gives $100,000 to relief effort

IN RESPONSE to the destruction caused by Hurricane Joaquin in the central and south eastern Bahamas, the Colina group of companies is donating $100,000 in cash and supplies to support relief efforts on Crooked Island and Acklins.

Man shot during immigration exercise denied bail in illegal entry case

A MAN currently suing the government for being shot during an immigration exercise was denied bail in Magistrate’s Court yesterday concerning his case on the charge of illegal entry.

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Murder trial hears officer testimony

THREE of five men accused of having a role in the murder of an American sailor took part in a videotaped drive-through of the crime scene with police detectives, a jury saw yesterday.

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FNM leader calls for action over Bay Street

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday if the government is serious about revitalizing Bay Street it should “cease the reported practice of issuing licenses to foreign retailers” to reduce the cost of shopping in the downtown area.

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Bruno Rufa judicial review ruling delayed until end of month

THE ruling in the judicial review proceedings brought by deported Canadian resident Bruno Rufa was postponed until October 30.

The countdown is on to the Red Ribbon Ball

THE Bahamas AIDS Foundation will stage its 22nd annual Red Ribbon Ball on November 14 in the Grand Ballroom of the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.

VAT revenues to shrug off Joaquin

The Government does not expect Hurricane Joaquin to have any major impact on its Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenue projections, a Cabinet Minister yesterday conceding that the “silver lining” was the absence of damage on the Bahamas’ most-populated islands.

Richardson: ‘New era’ in Bahamian baseball can have negative effect on young prospects

SIDELINED by yet another setback on his road to recovery, Bahamian Major League Baseball (MLB) player Antoan Richardson took the time to discuss his process and how a “new era” in Bahamian baseball can have a negative effect on the young prospects looking to break into the majors at an early age.

Shamar Burrows named team captain for Ridley Tigers

ONE Bahamian has become a bonafide star student athlete for one of Canada’s most prestigious private boarding and day university preparatory schools and he continues to make his mark during senior year.

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Simone and Kianna to make history at the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships

IT HAS been a landmark season for gymnastics in the Bahamas and that trend continues as a pair of local gymnasts will make history at the World Artistic Gymnastic Championships.

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SANCHESKA VS RENALDO: NFL PICKS WEEK 6

RENALDO: Close wins, blowouts, songs named after their stars arising out of the studios in various Atlanta trap houses, trouble in the locker room, awesome uniforms and 785 players with dreadlocks. This Falcons team has it all and the sky is the limit.

Fishing and farming industries are ‘completely devastated’

LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday that her constituency’s economy – specifically the fishing and farming industries – has been “completely devastated” by the passage of Hurricane Joaquin.

Gov’t to ‘reprioritise’ spending for Joaquin

The Government must “reprioritise” some of its “less critical” spending allocations in the 2015-2016 Budget to aid disaster recovery, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Store knowledge of computer memories

A few days ago I was busy cleaning my son’s laptop, discarding unused files, tidying up desktop folders, creating folders and fragmentation exercise etc.

Minister: ‘No denying’ government’s foreign consultant reliance

A Cabinet Minister yesterday expressed hope that Bahamians could retain more of the multi-million sums that the Government spends annually on foreign consultants.

Wednesday, October 14

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VIDEO: Officials prepare Long Island schools for 'speedy reopening'

TWO more schools on Long Island are set to re-open next week as officials prioritise the restoration of education services.

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YOUR SAY: Change needed in the Bahamian judiciary

Finally, a politician has opened his eyes and spied the 800-pound gorilla that has now taken up most of the room and is sucking out the oxygen. Too bad that the keen-eyed observation had to come from a member of a government that is also complicit in the breakdown of law, order and public safety in The Bahamas.

In defence of Galanis

I think any reasonably bright person would concur with Mr Galanis’ observation that The Bahamas is in worse shape now than when Perry Christie came into power three years ago.

Litter, litter and even more litter

It is appalling to drive the streets of Nassau each day and see the vast amount of litter all over our main thoroughfares. Unfortunately, I have to make frequent trips to the airport and usually end up disgusted with the state of cleanliness. This is not a rare sight, but a constant state of affairs.

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WSC general manager must go, says union

STAFF at the Water and Sewerage Corporation yesterday threatened to “withdraw their services” if the corporation’s general manager is not removed immediately.

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‘Reopening schools will keep island communities from dying’

THE Ministry of Education is racing to re-open schools on hurricane-battered islands in a bid to circumvent the death of those small Family Island communities, Education Director Lionel Sands said yesterday.

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Minnis calls for extension to exigency

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis urged the government yesterday to extend its exigency order, which allows Family Island residents hard hit by Hurricane Joaquin to import certain items duty free over a 90-day period.

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Web shops donate $250,000 to Hurricane Joaquin recovery work

THE Gaming House Association yesterday presented the National Emergency Management Agency with more than $250,000 to aid in recovery efforts in the central and southern islands following the passage of Hurricane Joaquin.

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PLP postpones convention

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday announced the party’s decision to postpone its November convention until next year because of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Joaquin in the Family Islands and the recovery efforts underway.

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Meet the women who farm Cat Island

UNITED Nations International Rural Women’s Day on Thursday will focus in The Bahamas on the female farmers of Cat Island.

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Bastian is confident of securing web shop licence

ISLAND Luck CEO Sebas Bastian said he was confident that his company would be among the chosen few to receive the conditional gaming house operator licenses expected to be issued this week, insisting that his team had put together a “best in class” request for proposal.

Bahamian ‘ballers’ take different paths in junior college

THEY achieved major success in Florida as teammates at the high school level, now a pair of Bahamian basketball players look to continue that trend as they take different paths in junior college.

Supply teachers brought in amid Grand Bahama shortage

SUPPLY teachers have been temporarily placed at some government schools to address the teacher shortages on Grand Bahama, according to a Bahamas Union of Teachers official.

Tourism staff rally round

MORE than 30,000 pounds of essential relief items were delivered to the islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin as part of the Tourism Sector Relief Effort led by the Ministry of Tourism.

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RBDF sets up mobile base camp in hurricane response

IN an effort to provide disaster relief assistance after Hurricane Joaquin, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has engaged and deployed its Disaster Relief Containerised Equipment to Crooked Island.

Ayton and Bagley III dominate exhibition games

WHEN Bahamian basketball prodigy DeAndre Ayton made the decision to transfer to Hillcrest Academy in Phoenix, Arizona, he was expected to help the budding programme become a powerhouse.

Two-sport standouts take the spotlight

THEY were basketball players locally before they transitioned to the United States, now a pair of Bahamian student athletes are quickly becoming two-sport standouts.

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Visitors moved by hurricane reports to provide help

DOYLE Syling and his wife were in Nassau for the International Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Conference at Atlantis recently and during their short trip, they were offered a lift to Arawak Cay by Shelly Ward, a Bahamian.

‘Satellite meetings’ on Baha Mar continuing

The parties to the $3.5 billion Baha Mar dispute were yesterday said to be participating in “satellite meetings”, as talks seeking to achieve a commercial resolution to the impasse continued.

AML back in line with 2014 via 5% Q3 rise

AML Foods believes the anticipated 5 per cent year-over-year sales increase for its third quarter may bring its top-line back in line with last year’s, with 2015 to-date performance beating budgeted expectations.

Consumers require 2-3 years to ‘balance’ VAT

A prominent retailer yesterday warned it may take “two to three years” for Bahamian consumers to “balance out” the effects of Value-Added Tax (VAT), and ensure economic growth outstrips this levy.

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Grand Bahama linemen head to hurricane-hit islands

GRAND Bahama Power Company has sent a six-man crew to assist the Bahamas Electricity Corporation with the restoration of electricity and the rebuilding of power infrastructure on Long Island.

Threat to Flowers web shop licence: Aggrieved partner ‘abandoned me and insolvent web shop’

The president of the former ‘Fantasy’ web shop chain yesterday said it was “insolvent” and unable to pay its bills, as he accused an aggrieved ex-business partner of abandoning the company and burdening him with thousands of dollars in debts.

Threat to Flowers web shop licence: FML acquisition sparks bitter fight between investors

The Government has been urged not to grant a gaming licence to Craig Flowers’ FML Group of Companies, due to the eruption of a legal battle between shareholders of a rival web shop chain it has acquired.

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Case of sex assault on minor is delayed by a fortnight

THE case of a man accused of sexual assault of a minor over a number of years has been adjourned for another two weeks.

QC: A week to answer on contempt

A QUEEN’S Counsel has been given a week to prepare his case as to why he should not be found in contempt of court and punished for his recent actions in the Court of Appeal.

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Man accused in BEC bribe case faces December trial

A MAN recently charged with accepting more than $500,000 worth of bribes in connection with generator purchases for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation more than a decade ago will stand trial in nine weeks.

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Cable Bahamas team starts to restore services

CABLE Bahamas has started the process of restoring service to the central and south eastern Bahama islands which were severely affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

Ministry of Agriculture staff present donations to NEMA for hurricane relief

STAFF of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries donated numerous items to the National Emergency Management Agency yesterday to aid the agency’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Activist Romi Ferreira joins the FNM

ATTORNEY and environmental activist Romi Ferreira has joined the Free National Movement, according to a statement from the party. Mr Ferreira is also an ecologist and television host of “Bahamas At Sunrise”.

How a bite to eat has helped out BAARK

A SERIES of successful “Luxe Belvedere Saturday Nights” events hosted this summer by Olives Meze Gill, Cable Beach, has proved beneficial for BAARK Bahamas.

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New flag football champs crowned

Following a long weekend of action on the gridiron, a pair of new champions were crowned in the 6th Annual Bahamas Flag Football League Invitational.

Arbitration hub goal needs ‘hard thinking’

A leading authority on arbitration yesterday said it was not too late for the Bahamas to establish itself as an international hub, adding that it must determine its market and likely level of demand.

Bahamas ‘satisfactory’ as US arbitration alternative

A US attorney with extensive experience in international arbitration said yesterday that the Bahamas would be a “satisfactory” jurisdiction for companies that may not want to use the United States, suggesting there could also be opportunities for this nation in Latin America.

Bahamas in ‘advanced stages’ of Arbitration Court membership

The Bahamas is in the “advanced stages” of taking the necessary steps to become a member state of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a Cabinet Minister yesterday suggesting this will boost its arbitration centre ambitions.

Tuesday, October 13

Breast cancer and the mouth

Breast cancer has affected and continues to affect the lives of many Bahamians. It is a terrible diagnosis and destroys families not only here, but all over the world.

Expert cell therapy surgeon joins Bahamas’ Okyanos clinic

FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA (PRWEB) – Okyanos, considered to be the leader in cell therapy, announced the addition of Dr Jeffrey Hartog to its medical team to accommodate the growing demand for adult stem cell treatment.

A mother’s milk: ‘The gold standard’ of infant feeding

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

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BUN IN THE OVEN: The best parenting advice I ever got

A growing belly welcomes much more than just the pregnancy glow. From the second you announce your pregnancy, so many people, not just close friends and family, will offer you their words of wisdom on how to take care of both yourself and your growing baby during this delicate time.

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Emotional outbursts as young girls learn they matter

IT is OK to love yourself, flaws and all; it is never too late to change or recover from a mistake. Know your worth, set goals, follow your dreams, and understand your purpose in life.

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Princess Conference to affirm young women’s self-worth

AFFIRMING every teenage girl’s worth and purpose is the aim of a new group of young women who are seeking to motivate their peers and raise up future leaders.

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POLITICOLE: Hurricane redevelopment and Bahamian self-reliance

TO NO one’s surprise, I am sure, the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin reveals a long list of developmental inadequacies in The Bahamas.

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VIDEO: Solar generator delivered to help Colonel Hill Airport

A SOLAR-powered generator was delivered to Crooked Island on Saturday to provide power to what is left of the hurricane-ravaged Colonel Hill airport terminal where a makeshift health clinic has been set up to help the residents.

Best impersonation?

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Baha Mar situation

We all hope in much anticipation that in the near future Baha Mar will be completed and opened, however, in the meantime I suggest we are hearing all kinds of rather interesting comments which I have to challenge and test.

Be wise, get a barometer

One of my aunts, whose father taught her and her sister basic weather forecasting as children, has suggested that I express her frustration with all the to-ing and fro-ing these days, about whose fault the devastation was, because the people in the eastern islands did not get the message, on what the weather was doing.

‘Heads should roll’, but whose head should be first?

MICAL MP V Alfred Gray has suggested that “heads should roll” over the response of some government agencies to Hurricane Joaquin. He said the Department of Meteorology and NEMA could have done a better job with their advisories and warnings, insisting that the agencies were “seemingly caught off guard”.

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Institution of failed processes, says damning 2011 audit of COB

AS the College of the Bahamas prepares to transition into a university, a recent draft audit report paints a damning image of its internal control processes and accounting procedures.

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Talks over Baha Mar progress described as ‘constructive’

TALKS between the parties involved in the stalled Baha Mar resort last week have been described as “constructive” and “another important step on the road to resolution” by the court appointed joint provisional liquidators.

NEMA: We wouldn’t have done anything differently

A NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency official yesterday said in hindsight, there was nothing NEMA could have done differently during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin despite mounting criticisms over NEMA’s handling of the storm and response time to the affected islands.

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The face of grief as man shot dead in Fox Hill

GUNMEN opened fire on two male relatives who sat talking outside a home at Dorsett Street, Fox Hill yesterday afternoon killing one of them and pushing the country’s murder count to 119 for the year, according to The Tribune’s records.

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$500,000 SOS CALL IS ANSWERED

THE extraordinary public response to appeals for help for the Family Islands devastated by Hurricane Joaquin has resulted in the $500,000 target of donations of cash and emergency supplies set by the SOS - Save Our South initiative being exceeded and allowing HeadKnowles, the relief group, to plan for the next phase of the operation.

Sports Notes

THE Bahamas Amateur Cycling Federation is scheduled to hold its annual Bertram ‘Cowboy’ Musgrove Tour De New Providence Cycling Classic over the weekend of October 30 to November 1. The event is designed for competitors in the level 1 for male, level II, level III and level IV for men and women.

Union protest to call for Water and Sewerage General Manager's resignation

THE Bahamas Utilities Service and Allied Workers Union will hold a protest at the Water and Sewerage Corporation today to demand the resignation of the corporation’s General Manager Glen Laville, the group’s president said yesterday.

SPORTING MISCHIEF & MAYHEM: Vance laid down the Law in maybe the greatest World Series ever

THE MLB playoffs and World Series are ready to take centre stage with some competitive and entertaining match-ups.

Saunders starts at TE for the Seminoles in 29-24 victory

IT was something the Florida State Seminoles coaching staff had promised for weeks but it finally came to fruition in a rivalry game as Bahamian Mavin Saunders took on a bigger role in the offence.

Cooper and Cougars move to 5-0

SENIOR offensive lineman Alex Cooper has made several transitions during the course of his sporting career and he continues to make another as his Houston Cougars powered their way toward a top 25 national ranking.

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‘Soca Warriors’ dominate

A SUDDEN thunderstorm halted play on the pitch in the tournament finale, but it failed to dampen a weekend of beach soccer action among some of the best teams in the region.

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Saying farewell to ‘fiery’ senator Alexander Maillis

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday paid tribute to the life of Greek-Bahamian Alexander Maillis, describing the former PLP senator as a “fiery” parliamentarian who was “ahead of his time in many of the things he so adamantly agitated for when he was in the Senate”.

Trans Island team a hub of relief work

SINCE the passing of Hurricane Joaquin, the Trans Island Airlines hub at Odyssey Aviation at the Lynden Pindling International Airport has been a beehive of activities.

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‘i’ve experienced the wrath of God coming through Acklins’

IT seemed as if no one was immune to the destruction that Hurricane Joaquin left behind in Acklins and the residents are more than grateful to the support they are getting from the rest of the Bahamas.

Society a ‘write-off’ if no middle class ‘reboot’

Bahamian society will be a “write-off” if it fails to “reboot” its middle class, a trade union leader warning that this nation will suffer a devalued dollar if it fails to rapidly address its numerous challenges.

Chambers eyes SME desk to give Joaquin assistance

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) is seeking to provide technical as well as financial assistance to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Joaquin via its small business (SME) help desk.

‘Some progress’ on Baha Mar resolution

Negotiations over the stalled $3.5 billion Baha Mar project have made “some progress on the way forward” towards a commercial resolution, Tribune Business has been told.

Doctors fear ‘minimum’ 25% cost rise with NHI

Doctors fear the Bahamas will be left with “a dysfunctional health system” if the Government forges ahead with National Health Insurance (NHI), as the current model is plagued by funding shortfalls and threatens to increase their costs by “a minimum” 25 per cent.

Gov’t told: ‘Nationalise’ Port Authority shares

An outspoken QC has urged the Government to speedily “nationalise” the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), arguing: ‘We’re dealing with a $100 billion, not $3.5 billion, investment here.”

Minister: Bay Street ‘like a dying centre’

The Minister of Tourism has admitted that Bay Street “is like a dying centre”, as he pushes for duty-free shopping status to tackle its lack of variety and recognised retail brands.

Auto sales 30-35% off until late 2016

Auto dealers believe new car sales will remain 30-35 per cent below pre-Value Added Tax (VAT) comparatives until the 2016 second half, with one saying: “Consumers have gone into hiding.”

Arrest made over Old Boat Alley shooting

A MAN has been taken into custody for the shooting death of a man last Thursday, police said yesterday.

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Man killed in car crash

POLICE in Grand Bahama are investigating a traffic accident that has left a 46-year-old Freeport man dead after he apparently lost control of his vehicle.

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Series of shootings leave six in hospital

POLICE in New Providence have one man in custody and are searching for several other male suspects in four separate shooting incidents which left victims in hospital.

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Technicians tackle Cable Bahamas outage

CABLE Bahamas technicians were working last night to restore cable television service to customers in Nassau, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera after equipment failure in the company’s transport facility on Robinson Road led to an outage.

Bahamas must offer more to increase cruise yields

The Minister of Tourism says that while cruise passenger spend in the Bahamas has increased, this nation must offer more visitor experiences to increase per capita yields.

Attorneys fear Freeport review challenge could be ‘nugatory’

Two attorneys fear their challenge to the Government’s Hawksbill Creek Agreement review process risks being rendered “nugatory” if there is nothing to stop Cabinet acting on recommendations before it.

Sunday, October 11

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Sudden storm floods parts of Nassau

A SUDDEN storm brought flash flooding to parts of New Providence on Sunday afternoon, with accompanying lightning forcing the abandonment of the Lucayan Cup beach soccer tournament at Malcolm Park.

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Four in hospital after weekend shootings

POLICE in New Providence have one man in custody and are searching for several other male suspects in two separate overnight shooting incidents.

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Baha Mar all-party talks are "constructive" say provisional liquidators

TALKS between the parties involved in the stalled Baha Mar resort last week have been described as "constructive" and "another important step on the road to resolution" by the appointed Joint Provisional Liquidators (JPLs).

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Mayaguana residents tackle post-hurricane flooding as relief supplies arrive

ALTHOUGH there was minimum structural damage, many of the 200-plus residents of Mayaguana are hoping that they can get though the flooding in the majority of their three settlements so that they can quickly complete the restoration process in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Freeport driver, 46, dies after losing control of his car

POLICE in Grand Bahama are investigating a traffic accident that has left a 46-year-old Freeport man dead after he apparently lost control of his vehicle.

Saturday, October 10

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BEC Chairman joins SOS relief flight to hurricane-hit islands

LESLIE Miller, the chairman of BEC, got a first hand look at the destruction on some of the worst affected southern Family Islands which suffered a devastating direct hit from Hurricane Joaquin last weekend after he joined a relief flight on Saturday organised by the Tribune Media Group SOS - Save Our South initiative.

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VIDEO: 'Unbelievable destruction' on Crooked Island as massive relief effort continues

THE massive relief operation to get help to the southern Bahamas island ravaged by Hurricane Joaquin continues apace on Saturday with DC-3 cargo planes in the air after leaving with supplies packed in Nassau.

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Dead man found floating in Lyford Cay canal

AN ADULT man has been found dead floating in a canal at Lyford Cay in western New Providence.

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Two men shot at Potter's Cay, one dead

POLICE are searching for two suspects responsible for a fatal shooting at Potter's Cay on Friday night which left one man dead and another in hospital.

Friday, October 9

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Bahamasair flights to Long Island will resume on Saturday

DEDICATED Bahamasair flights to Long Island will resume on Saturday, the airline has announced.

Grand Bahama Rotary Clubs join major international fundraising effort

GRAND Bahama Rotarian Mike Stafford said on Friday that the Rotary Clubs on the island have joined in a major international fundraising effort to help rebuild the devastated economies of the southern islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

Tributes paid after retired Police band director dies age 66

FORMER colleagues yesterday paid tribute to the legacy of retired Royal Bahamas Police Force Band director Superintendent Nigel Clarke.

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Witness tells court of American sailor's shooting

A JURY heard on Friday from a witness of how an American sailor's night out on the town ended with him being fatally shot during an attempt to prevent a mugging.

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Group of young people take relief to San Salvador from Grand Bahama

AMONG those taking part in hurricane relief efforts has been a group of young people from Grand Bahama, who took goods to San Salvador on Wednesday.

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PM's 'teachable moment' admission is a 'cop-out'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie's admission that Hurricane Joaquin has provided the government with a "teachable moment" is a "cop-out", Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner said on Friday.

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Long Island MP 'will now have to manage expectations on livelihoods' after storm

IN THE wake of the significant damage Hurricane Joaquin has wrought on Long Island, local MP Loretta Butler-Turner says she will now have to manage people's expectations with respect to their livelihoods.

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Nearly 100 evacuated from hurricane-hit islands this week

NEARLY 100 people have been evacuated - some for medical reasons - from islands severely impacted by Hurricane Joaquin by two private relief air operators this week.

Grand Bahama Port Authority business 'not impacted' by court order

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) assured its licencees and the Grand Bahama community on Friday that the organisation’s business continues as usual and is not impacted by an October 5 Court Order issued by the Supreme Court.

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Website names Bahamas as one of Caribbean's most dangerous cruise stops

THE Bahamas has been named by a popular international travel website as one of the Caribbean’s most dangerous cruise stops with the winter tourist season approaching.

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18-hour fundraising drive collects $9,000 for hurricane relief

AS EARLY as 5am on Thursday, dozens had already gathered at Mario’s Bowling & Entertainment Palace off Tonique Williams Darling Highway to kick off a fund-raising drive that lasted nearly 18 hours and raised almost $9,000 for the southern Bahamian Islands devastated by Hurricane Joaquin.

Tourism set to ‘intensify’ open for business mantra

The Ministry of Tourism will intensify its marketing efforts to let the world know that the Bahamas is “still open for business” after Hurricane Joaquin, as it moves to assist hard-hit Family Island resort operators with re-opening.

The expectations of Nottage

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Christie the modern Caesar

The decision of Prime Minister Perry Christie to announce his intentions of running again for the leadership position of the PLP at the party’s imminent convention while at a recent event in North Andros, the site of the highly touted Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute or BAMSI, was a stroke of genius.

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Armed robbers take woman's car in Freeport

A woman was robbed at gunpoint of her vehicle in Freeport, Grand Bahama Police have reported.

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How Joaquin brought back memories of David

Last week’s hurricane warnings evoked memories of a previous destructive storm for Christopher Rabley, now living far away from the Bahamas.

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Church of God (Bahamas) donated $5,000, relief supplies to NEMA

CHURCH of God (Bahamas) donated $5,000 and a number of other hurricane relief supplies on Friday to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to aid in providing relief to islands severely impacted by Hurricane Joaquin.

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UPDATED: Man shot dead in Old Boat Alley

A 29-year-old man on bail for drug possession was shot multiple times and killed late on Thursday night off Market Street.

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Russell warns on organisation of relief distribution

NATIONAL Emergency Management Association Director Captain Stephen Russell yesterday acknowledged that major challenges exist in ensuring that relief efforts on the islands devastated by Hurricane Joaquin are well organised.

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Dean: Time to consider what to do when storms form quickly

CHIEF Meteorologist Basil Dean said yesterday that the rapid evolution of Hurricane Joaquin into a category four monster storm raises the question of whether the government should consider implementing new protocols as a proactive measure for quick forming weather systems.

On alert for dengue fever

DEPUTY Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen said officials are concerned about a possible outbreak of dengue fever or the chikungunya virus because of high volumes of stagnant water throughout certain Family Islands due to floods from Hurricane Joaquin.

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Save the Bays saves the day and HeadKnowles receives at least 150,000lbs of donated supplies

TENS of thousands of pounds of supplies donated for the islands ravaged by Hurricane Joaquin will be on their way to those most needing them today thanks to a donation by ‘Save The Bays’ to fund cargo flights.

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Turnquest: I don’t want us to abandon Family Islands

FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest has emphasised that he does not believe any Family Island affected by Hurricane Joaquin should be abandoned.

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NEMA: We issued warnings in time

NATIONAL Emergency Management Association officials defended their efforts to warn Bahamians about Hurricane Joaquin yesterday even as they accused the media of playing a role in not keeping people in the southern Bahamas informed about the danger and proximity of the monster storm.

Freeport can ‘ill afford’ Hayward estate battle

Freeport “can ill-afford” another shareholder squabble at the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA), the FNM’s deputy leader yesterday warning that the fight over the Hayward estate could “retard growth” throughout the island.

Bahamas suffers cruise tourism spend flat-line

Total cruise passenger spending in Nassau and Freeport has flat-lined over the past three years, a newly-released industry survey revealed yesterday, even though per capita yields are up 27.8 per cent.

RBDF: Vessels in capital recently back from patrol

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force confirmed yesterday that vessels seen docked in the capital have recently returned from lengthy patrols.

Abaco Fly Fishing Guides launch Joaquin appeal

THE Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association (AFFGA) is leading a reconstruction fund appeal to benefit fly fishing guides and the accommodating establishments that cater to anglers that lost their ability to make a living because of the destruction in the southern Bahamas from Hurricane Joaquin.

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BTC says data services back online at Deadman’s Cay

BTC have announced the restoration of 4G LTE data services to Deadman’s Cay, Long Island, which will allow customers with LTE data services to use the internet on their mobile phones.

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Flooding still a problem for BEC effort

FLOODING and damaged distribution systems remain a problem for Bahamas Electricity Corporation officials in their attempts at restoring power to some of the islands hit hardest by Hurricane Joaquin last week.

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Smith urges PLP to delay convention due to hurricane

FORMER Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet minister George Smith yesterday urged his party not to hold its national convention next month as communities devastated by Hurricane Joaquin will still be struggling to recover.

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International health groups assessing effect of hurricane

THE Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization responded with health and government officials in The Bahamas to assess the impact of Hurricane Joaquin and strengthen the country’s relief efforts.

Sports Notes

IT’S regatta time again and Valentine’s Residences Resort and Marina along with the North Eleuthera Regatta Association invites you to party in a pink sand paradise at the 26th annual North Eleuthera Regatta October 7-11.

Chickcharney Relays hottest ticket in town next month

THE creators of the Chickcharney Challenge have designed a relay event like nothing ever seen in the Bahamas. The Chickcharney Relays will be the hottest ticket in town November 7th.

‘NPA Cares’ gives a helping hand to Joaquin victims

WHILE the country continues to focus its philanthropic efforts on the relief efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Joaquin, students at one local high school have joined the drive to assist those in need.

NCAA: Lashann named Preseason Freshman of Year in Big 12

AFTER achieving a myriad of accolades during her high school career, Bahamian basketball star Lashann Higgs has set the tone for an eagerly anticipated upcoming season debut in the NCAA.

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Who will emerge flag football champions?

American football will grab headlines this weekend for what happens on the field as some of the best teams in the country vie for flag football supremacy.

Nanny accused of stealing money and using it for Bahamas vacation

A NANNY for a Boston family has been charged with stealing more than $280,000 from her employers and using the money for vacations - including to the Bahamas - and luxury jewellery.

Joe Darville named chairman of Save the Bays

EDUCATOR JOSEPH Darville, co-chairman of the Bahamas National Drug Council and environmental and human rights advocate, has been named chairman of Save The Bays, the environmental movement.

Job fair hosted for residents of Kemp Road community

THE MINISTRY of National Security, in conjunction with the Urban Renewal Commission and the Kemp Road Pastor’s Alliance yesterday hosted a job fair for residents of the Kemp Road community.

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Killer of Marco Archer ‘could not receive fair trial’

KOFHE Goodman could not have received a fair trial concerning the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer given the extensive pre-trial publicity of the case, a veteran lawyer told Court of Appeal judges yesterday.

Call for chemotherapy lab for cancer patients in Grand Bahama

LOCAL cancer activists are calling for a chemotherapy lab in Freeport to treat cancer patients in Grand Bahama.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES 10/09/2015

Cycling Club Bahamas. - Upcoming events:

Students from affected islands to be relocated

THE Ministry of Education has advised parents of students from the islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin to contact Deputy Director for School Management Joel Lewis to have the process fast-tracked to have students relocated to schools in another island.

AML and Red Cross step up relief effort in Grand Bahama

GRAND Bahama residents now have a convenient way to donate to Hurricane Joaquin relieve efforts thanks to a partnership with AML Foods Ltd and the Grand Bahama Red Cross.

Arbitration unnecesary over Baha Mar dispute

A well-known QC says there is no need for a formal arbitration process to resolve the $3.5 billion Baha Mar dispute, arguing that the court-appointed joint provisional liquidators (JPLs) were fully capable of mediating and “sponsoring a resolution”.

Co-operative ‘option’ urged for Long Island farms and fishermen

Long Island’s farmers and fishermen may have to form co-operatives to rebuild their devastated industries, its MP yesterday urging the Government not to allow these communities to become a social security burden.

Bahamas is most expensive Caribbean cruise location

The Bahamas is the most expensive Caribbean destination for the cruise ship industry, a newly-released survey revealing that it spent 78.3 per cent more in this nation than anywhere else in the region.

IAN FERGUSON: Don’t block the advance of youth

All month long we are required as a nation to celebrate young people who are making positive impacts in their communities. Despite the negativity surrounding Bahamian youth, there are still many who, despite the odds, continue to persevere and make valuable contributions to almost every area of society.

Long Island marina to open ‘soon as possible’

Long Island’s Flying Fish Marina fared relatively well compared to other structures during Hurricane Joaquin, its representatives confirmed yesterday to Tribune Business. While unable to state an opening date, they said: “We are going to work to achieve that goal as quickly as possible”.

Chamber queries ‘merits’ of NHI’s public insurer

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s (BCCEC) chief executive says it is examining “the merits” of the Government’s proposed public health insurer, due to concerns about its impact on private underwriters.

Thursday, October 8

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PM to sign orders allowing duty-free imports for relief goods

THE nation’s leader said he was going to sign exigency orders yesterday to allow Bahamians to import duty-free items for storm relief as thousands of residents from the southern and central islands focus on rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Joaquin.

Give constituents the power to recall

Not going to comment on how NEMA operated pre-hurricane, as there was obviously a total memory loss as to their responsibility. A teaching moment - my a..!

Electric supply during a hurricane

Since The Bahamas is situated on this globe in such a way that the direct path of some dangerous hurricanes might cross our islands, then, in my humble opinion, it is incumbent upon the government of The Bahamas to ensure that the country is prepared for such an inevitability.

Hire in private military

I’VE been looking over at the crime issue over the years, there’s a major problem when the criminals become more brave and dangerous than the current ones here. Police are outdated in weapons, some training, intelligence work and time.

Has the destruction of Hurricane Joaquin delayed NHI?

“A SCIENCE professor who sparked a costly four-year corruption scandal at the University of New South Wales has admitted spreading false allegations and apologised to the university,” reported “The Australian” on August 3, 2014. “The Australian”, Australia’s largest selling newspaper with a weekly circulation of 116,655, had much to say about the case of Dr Paul Barach.

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Search for 33 missing crew called off

THE US Coast Guard broke the news to grieving family members yesterday that it was abandoning the search for the 33 mariners aboard a US container ship that sank last week in The Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin.

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‘You’re the first people I’ve seen - please fix my diabetes meter’

SOS - Save Our South

A 68-year-old woman yesterday picked up her belongings from the water surrounding her southern Long Island home before handing Tribune reporters her broken blood sugar test meter, begging us to have it fixed and returned to her so she could manage her diabetes.

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URCA directs $1m fine to relief effort

THE major part of a $1.5m fine levied against Bahamas Telecommunications Company by the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority has been donated towards hurricane relief efforts, the company’s chief executive said yesterday.

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BTC must explain failure of radio system

EXPERTS at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company will have to provide an account of why the government’s multi-million dollar communications infrastructure failed at the height of last week’s devastating category four hurricane, NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell said yesterday.

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Christie defends Joaquin response

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday revealed a staggering assessment outlining the damage Hurricane Joaquin brought to the southern Bahamas last week, as he defended government officials’ handling of the storm from strong criticism.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: A lament for my Long Island

Hurricane Joaquin has exposed the inadequacies and failed planning of our government. The sheer devastation has the gross ineptitude, incompetent behaviour and ridiculous outlook on governance of our government.

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Negotiations begin again over stalled Baha Mar resort

NEGOTIATIONS to push forward the completion of the stalled Baha Mar resort began in the capital yesterday with all three major stakeholders, its court-appointed joint provisional liquidators, and the government.

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Witness to shooting of US man ‘not coerced’

A DETECTIVE yesterday said a suspect alleged to have direct involvement in the murder of an American sailor gave a statement to police of his own accord and was not coerced.

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December date for child cruelty charges

TWO ministers scheduled to return to the Magistrate’s Court in December will be called on to give a defence concerning allegations that they gave a 15-year-old boy liquor to get him drunk.

Mistrial over man accused of killing woman during hurricane

A MISTRIAL was declared yesterday in the case of a man accused of murdering an elderly woman during the passing of Hurricane Sandy.

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DeAndre Ayton on the move

Bahamian basketball prospect DeAndre Ayton will continue his much publicised prep career on the West Coast, paired with another highly touted recruit.

Commonwealth Bank gives $50,000

COMMONWEALTH Bank has announced a $50,000 donation to the Bahamas Red Cross to assist with relief efforts in those Family Islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

Salvation Army stockpiling supplies until after initial rush

MAJOR Clarence Ingram, divisional commander for the Salvation Army, said his organisation has not yet distributed non-perishable items to the hurricane ravaged islands because they are waiting for the “initial rush to slow down.”

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Davis: Govt needs to consider resettlement

DEPUTY Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis said despite being a difficult subject, the government needs to consider the “resettlement” of some Family Islands as the country is now faced with a massive rebuilding effort following Hurricane Joaquin.

Port: GB Power rates to lower cost for 85%

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) says that the new rate structure being proposed by the Grand Bahama Power Company, if approved, would result in a reduction in the “all-in” price of electricity for 85 per cent for residential customers in Grand Bahama.

‘Practical necessity’ to keep web shops open

A former PLP MP yesterday backed the Government’s decision to allowing web shops to remain in operation prior to their legalisation, arguing that this was a “practical necessity” that had generated “sorely needed” tax revenues.

Bahamas urged to adopt corporate ‘rescue culture’

The Bahamas needs to begin moving towards a “rescue culture” and create Chapter 11 -style legislation that will allow companies to restructure rather than go into receivership or liquidation, a senior Bahamian accountant argued yesterday.

Property Fund’s ‘long, hard slog’ on vacancies

The BISX-listed Bahamas Property Fund yesterday said its $12.5 million debt refinancing had boosted annual profits by $200,000, as it a`dmitted filling vacant space at its two flagship properties will be “a long, hard slog”.

Hayward war will ‘lock up’ Freeport

A former Cabinet minister has been appointed as Judicial Trustee of the late Sir Jack Hayward’s trust, amid a brewing legal war that threatens to disrupt the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and undermine Freeport’s future.

Family refusing social services help after being housed in motel ‘not up to standard’

SOCIAL Services Minister Melanie Griffin said her ministry has been in contact with two sisters and their children who were evacuated from Crooked Island on Monday. However, she said, the family has “refused their services”.

BFA to host the Lucayan Cup at Malcolm Park this weekend

WHILE the grass version of the game may have declined for the Bahamas at the international level, beach soccer continues to thrive as the country gets set to host regional competition and players get an early test in preparation for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

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Sancheska v Renaldo: Week 5 Picks

Colts at Texans SANNIE: The horseshoe symbolises luck and God knows I need some after falling to last place (I believe these boys are cheating) but anyway #TeamSannie.

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RICARDO WELLS NFL Picks: Week 5

Improving Colts to beat the flattering to deceive Texans

FIRST and foremost my thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities left devastated by Hurricane Joaquin.

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NAUGHTY'S NFL PICKS: Week 5

Watch the birdies! Ravens, Hawks, Falcons and Eagles are soaring

AFTER going 10-5 last week, it takes me to 36-17 for the season and trending upward.

Benefit concert announced

On Friday, October 16th, Pirate Republic, will host a benefit concert to help rebuild the Family Islands. Visage Band Bahamas and Tebby Burrows will be performing, with more acts to be announced soon.

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ON DA HOOK

THERE are certain events that take place where everything you know is put on hold to assist a fellow countryman in need.

Three migrants arrested

IMMIGRATION officials arrested three illegal migrants this week at a resort near Williams Town, Grand Bahama, where they were making plans to be smuggled into the United States.

Gunman shoots victim then speeds off on motorcycle

A MAN is in hospital after he was shot by a gunman in the Nassau Village area on Tuesday, police said.

Bastian unsure if govt will meet October 15 date for web shop licences

WITH less than ten days before the expected issuance of web shop licenses, Island Luck CEO Sebas Bastian yesterday said he remains “optimistic” that his company will be among those selected to receive a license to operate legally in the country.

Incentives extension keeps Hawksbill Creek ‘status quo’

The Government’s move to extend Freeport’s expiring investment incentives “maintains the status quo” of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, a Supreme Court judge yesterday explaining this was why she refused to grant an injunction blocking Cabinet decisions on the issue.

Wednesday, October 7

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HURRICANE JOAQUIN UPDATES

The US Coast Guard broke the news to grieving family members on Wednesday afternoon that it was abandoning the search for the 33 mariners aboard a US container ship that sank in the Bahamas last week during Hurricane Joaquin.

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Pilot and trainee walk away unscathed after ditching plane

A PILOT and student pilot on a training flight Tuesday morning were able to walk away unscathed after ditching their small plane in shallow waters off Grand Bahama.

TOUGH CALL: Deafening silence in face of the roaring storm

THE response of the government and its emergency management agency to the recent smashing of the southern islands by Hurricane Joaquin has been astonishingly lacking in at least one important respect – the provision of public information.

DNA postpones convention in wake of hurricane

THE Democratic National Alliance has postponed its first convention to concentrate on hurricane restoration relief.

Straw Market improvements

I applaud the Straw Market Authority (SMA) and the Government for their recent upgrades to the straw market for the safety, comfort and health of the occupants and the public.

School charity efforts at the cost of parents

Some private schools never cease to amaze me. They love to give (albeit to worthwhile causes), but at the expense of parents rather than the school.

In support of hurricane victims

On behalf of the members and directors of Save The Bays, I would like to express our heartfelt and profound grief at the suffering of our fellow Bahamians in the islands impacted by the devastating force of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Minnis ‘never intended to undermine volunteers’

FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday that he never intended to undermine the efforts of volunteers and private groups engaging in hurricane relief when he urged Bahamians to donate to the Red Cross and its verified partners.

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FNM Deputy asks if we should rebuild after the hurricane

FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday that stakeholders should consider whether it is wise to rebuild islands like Crooked Island following the devastation that Hurricane Joaquin has left in its wake.

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Jet flies relief supplies into the ‘hell zone’

RESIDENTS in San Salvador yesterday compared living through Hurricane Joaquin to being trapped in a “hell zone”, the storm so violent and devastating that it seemed like something “you would only see in a movie”.

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Rollins says PLP hurricane fund undermines private efforts

FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins yesterday blasted PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts over his appeal urging Bahamians to donate to the political party’s Hurricane Joaquin relief fund.

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Islanders tell of hurricane horror

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday led a delegation on a tour of the southern islands most devastated by Hurricane Joaquin, where residents shared stories of survival, resilience and hope despite the catastrophe they endured.

Investigators search for clues to El Faro disappearance

US FEDERAL investigators looking into the ill-fated voyage of a 790-foot freighter believed to have sunk off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin say they still hope to recover a data recorder from the ship as search crews continue looking for any survivors.

Gov’t set to launch $100m BGS bonds

The Government will next week launch the first $100 million Bahamas Government Stock (BGS) offering of its 2015-2016 fiscal year, with the interest yields on offer “slightly lower” than the inaugural programme.

Sports notes

THE top scorer in City Bowling League competition last night was Sonith Lockhart of Carib Construction who downed the pins for a huge 667 high three game set. Runner-up MVP was Lee Davis of Ten Back Strikers with another big set of 650. Yule Hoyte of Ten Back Strikers had an impressive 256 high game with Ritchie Pyfrom dropping the pins for a 245 second high game.

BAISS Softball: Cougars making presence felt

THE Charles W Saunders Cougars are making their presence felt in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ softball league.

Amateur boxing coaches urged to take part in skills programme

EVER since he came to the Bahamas as a former multiple British amateur boxing champion and accomplished executive, Terry Goldsmith has been devoted to helping the Amateur Boxing Association of the Bahamas in its pursuit to enhance the sport in the country.

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Mitchell getting ready to display work in Hall of Fame museum

FOR the past 40 years, Stanley Mitchell has travelled from the CARIFTA to the Olympic Games documenting the performances of Bahamian athletes. Now he’s getting ready to finally display his work in a Hall of Fame museum and an audio visual lab for all to be able to view at their leisure.

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‘Reno’ Johnson to face O’Kane in world title eliminator

IN just over a week, Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson will step back into the ring to take on American Eamonn O’Kane at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Donations and support continue to come in for relief effort

STAFF at Solomon’s Super Centre, Solomon’s Fresh Market and Cost Right were quick to start loading trucks with food items and new clothing earmarked for the Bahamas Red Cross in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin. The goods, valued at $25,000, will be distributed to Family Island residents devastated by the storm.

Ministry backs Muzik Festival

THE Ministry of Tourism has signed on as the host sponsor of the Caribbean Muzik Festival, which will commemorate a momentous milestone in the history of The Bahamas when it returns to Nassau at the end of this month.

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82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN STABBED IN HER HOME

AN 82-year-old woman is fighting for her life in hospital after she was stabbed multiple times with a screwdriver during a home invasion in Harbour Island early on Monday morning.

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Handbag found in yard after US man shot trying to stop mugging

A HANDBAG believed to be a part of a crime scene stemming from the murder of an American sailor was found in a yard off east Shirley Street, a jury heard yesterday.

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KEOD SMITH CONTEMPT CASE DELAYED UNTIL DECEMBER

A LAWYER’S bid to appeal contempt proceedings against him concerning his accusations of bias on the part of a judge will now be heard in December.

Chamber chief ‘refuses to accept’ Bahamas has exhausted its potential

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chief executive yesterday said he “refuses to accept” the notion that this nation has exhausted its economic potential, arguing that it must stop treating diversification as a “taboo” subject.

Joaquin ‘wipes out’ Long Island fishing

Long Island’s fishing fleet was “wiped out” by Hurricane Joaquin, Tribune Business was told yesterday, devastating “a big part” of its economy.

IMF slashes Bahamas 2015 growth to 1.2%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday slashed the Bahamas’ 2015 economic growth forecast to just 1.2 per cent, further “widening the gap” with the 7 per cent rate it says is needed to slash this nation’s near-14 per cent unemployment rate in half.

Gov’t to buy UBS’ East Bay St. HQ

The Government is set to acquire the UBS (Bahamas) headquarters building on East Bay Street, Tribune Business can reveal, with the deal including the purchase of the ‘annex’ building and vacant land stretching all the way to Shirley Street.

NEMA CALLS FOR DONATIONS

THE government’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has partnered with Arawak Port Development Ltd (APD) to assist individuals seeking to donate relief supplies to the areas impacted by Hurricane Joaquin.

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Support given by the US

THE US mission to the Bahamas is working together with the government and the Bahamian people to respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.

Evacuee angry at ‘filthy’ temporary accommodation

A WOMAN, who was evacuated from devastated Crooked Island on Monday, told The Tribune yesterday that she was “disappointed” over the “filthy” temporary living accommodations at a local motel provided by the government in the aftermath of the monster storm.

Resort ‘amazed’ at little storm damage

A well-known Family Island resort said yesterday it was “amazed and incredibly thankful” that it had sustained very little damage during Hurricane Joaquin.

Cuba not ready for tourism ‘prime time’

Cuba is not yet ready for tourism “prime time” despite its new relationship with the US, although a senior American attorney conceded it will ultimately be a “very worthy competitor” for the likes of the Bahamas.

RICHARD COULSON: Foreign lawyers needed to reverse offshore drop

In a recent speech, Hope Strachan, minister of financial services, reported that we block the entry of foreign, specialised lawyers needed to kick-start our financial industry. The Bar Association’s president, Elsworth Johnson, retorted that we let foreigners in whenever needed, and our objective should be to hire more Bahamian lawyers anyway.

Tuesday, October 6

A focus on vaccination

EVEN with the potential risks and controversy surrounding the issue, getting a vaccination is considered extremely important by members of the medical community, as it prevents and protects against diseases.

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Shredding for breast cancer supplies

BAHAMIANS are being asked to do their part for breast cancer awareness while at the same time taking advantage of an opportunity to safely destroy old documents with valuable information.

Bleeding gums

Do you get bleeding from your gums? Does it happen occasionally? Does it happen daily? Does it happen with pain?

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Become the healthiest, happiest version of yourself: Positive thinking and medication

According to medicinenet.com, it is “a remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo – a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution – can sometimes improve a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. The more a person believes they are going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that they will experience a benefit.”

Sugar – Part IV: What’s all the fuss about?

I honestly thought that last week’s article was going to bring this not-so-sweet topic on the effects of added sugar to a close. However, I really do not want to rob you of information because as I said last week, knowledge is power, and with it we can change our circumstances.

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Bahamian beauty blogger on the rise

ONLINE fashion gurus and beauty bloggers have become celebrities in their own right over the last few years. Some make millions of dollars in revenue and appear at fan conventions and in magazines, and some even have their own book and television deals.

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POLITICOLE: Misdirected cruise line emails and media misdirection

LAST week, Prime Minister Perry Christie gave an interview with local media and said the following: “The people of The Bahamas will have help in determining how good we are and how well we have fared.

Bahamians rise to the challenge as one people

IT IS said that in every cloud there is a silver lining. The only silver that we can find in the cloud that has hovered over these islands since Thursday is the spirit of the Bahamian people.

NHI to be another teachable moment

How many more “teachable moments” will it take before the Christie administration realises they are out of their depth? With the Southern Bahamas still struggling with the aftermath of this hurricane, another “teachable moment” looms in the not too distant future – NHI.

Tackle crime - or step aside

Some two decades ago, during a meeting with a government minister, the Minister made the following comment with reference to the Ministry of Finance: “This is the government, my friend. This is the government.”

Gun laws and the judiciary

A story appearing in yesterday’s (September 21st) Nassau Guardian, under the title “Nottage’s statement on mandatory minimum sentences not completely accurate” sadly and vividly displays what is wrong with the mind-set of the political and judicial establishment of The Bahamas, and how it is hurting us.

Veteran pilot and student unscathed after small plane crashes in Grand Bahama

A PILOT and student pilot on a training flight on Tuesday morning were able to walk away unscathed after ditching their small plane in shallow waters off Grand Bahama.

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UPDATES - How to help: guide to the relief efforts following Joaquin

A NUMBER of relief efforts have been launched around The Bahamas to assist those who have been affected by Hurricane Joaquin. The Tribune here lists some of the efforts in the community, along with where you can drop off donations and how you can help through volunteering or financial donations.

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Anger over Minnis advice on donations

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called for persons donating to Hurricane Joaquin relief efforts to make all donations to the Bahamas Red Cross Society and its verified partners.

Donations pour in to Save our South

“THE Furniture Plus warehouse was empty last night, and look at it now. It’s filled to capacity for tomorrow for thousands of pounds of supplies to be flown out to those in such dire need.”

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‘I cried out to god and prepared to die’

ANITA Collie Pratt “cried out to God” and then prepared herself to die inside her home as Hurricane Joaquin relentlessly beat down on Acklins, leaving a path of destruction. And just as she had accepted this fate, Ms Pratt heard knocks on her door from three rescuers who had to wade through chest high water to remove her from the submerged home.

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46 evacuated from Crooked Island

NEARLY 50 residents from Crooked Island were last night evacuated from that island’s most devastated settlements in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin, which has left many areas underwater and families homeless.

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BEC: Restoring power to devastated areas to take time

BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation officials are still working to restore electricity supplies to those southern islands hardest hit by Hurricane Joaquin late last week.

Free communication to Inagua, Ragged Island and Long Island

RESIDENTS in some of the islands ravaged by Hurricane Joaquin are able to communicate with the outside world again after the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) initiated communications centres in Ragged Island, Inagua and Clarence Town, Long Island, yesterday, allowing them to make telephone calls and send emails free of charge.

BSF cancels Austin Knowles softball tourney

THE Bahamas Softball Federation has cancelled its annual Austin Knowles National High School Softball Tournament and is asking for its members to throw their support behind the Long Island Softball Association as a result of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Joaquin.

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Crusaders stop Big Red Machine, 14-12

The Nassau Christian Academy Crusaders, sparked by a solo home run in a four-run seventh inning, held off the defending champions St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine for a 14-12 victory in a Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ marquee senior boys’ softball game yesterday.

Ferguson and Bearcats on the rebound in NCAA Football

SEVERAL wins for Bahamian players in NCAA Division I Football over the weekend moves their programmes one step closer to a possible top 25 ranking poll.

Bahamas Bowl: ‘We will be ready’

THE inaugural edition of the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl was a success on the field, but local stakeholders and organisers still hope to improve on various aspects as hosts.

Coleby suffers torn ACL

DWIGHT Coleby was already set to spend the 2015-16 season on the sidelines as a transfer for the Kansas Jayhawks, but a knee injury will now keep the Bahamian front court player off the practice floor as well.

Insurers confident Joaquin claims less than Sandy’s $50m

Bahamian insurers yesterday expressed confidence that claims arising from Hurricane Joaquin would not reach the $50 million-plus level generated by recent storms such as Sandy and Irene.

Club Med postpones re-open by 2 months

Club Med yesterday told Tribune Business it had postponed the re-opening of its San Salvador resort by two months until December 20 to allow for Hurricane Joaquin repairs, a move described as “a very serious event” for the island’s economy.

Legal liberalisation: Bahamians can be ‘dog wagging tail’

An outspoken QC yesterday argued that Bahamian attorneys would again be “the dog wagging the tail” if the Government demanded that foreign law firms partner with their local counterparts as a condition for ‘opening up’ the legal services market.

Web shop legalisation ‘fundamentally flawed’

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president yesterday slammed the web shop gaming legalisation process as “fundamentally flawed”, warning it could be “unwittingly” jeopardising the financial services industry.

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Building resilience – How well do you bounce back?

One thing that is predictable about life is its certain unpredictability. This unpredictability is what makes life the ultimate adventure.

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BUN IN THE OVEN: Tips to keep a positive outlook when you’re having one of those messy days

We all have those days where nothing seems to go right. When one thing – and it’s usually something small – sets the tone and mood of the day and little things keep going wrong, it causes extreme frustration.

Discounts for flying emergency relief supplies

THE owner of a private airline yesterday said he is planning to offer discounts to persons seeking to fly emergency relief supplies to Family Islands devastated by Hurricane Joaquin.

Exemptions for relief goods sent to Bahamas

THE Ministry of Finance has advised that all donations shipped from outside The Bahamas for Hurricane Joaquin victims are eligible for exemptions of both VAT and Customs duties, once advance notice and documentation is given to the Ministry of Finance, or the request is sanctioned by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Grand Bahama citizens sending help

A MAJOR relief effort is underway by private citizens in Grand Bahama to collect and transport essential relief supplies to residents in the central and southern Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Joaquin.

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SPORTING MISCHIEF & MAYHEM: Hurricane relief evokes memories of family and Roberto Clemente

AS we try to rebuild our southern islands in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin, I have to admit seeing Bahamians regardless of race, creed, denomination or political affiliation, unite for the common good of our brothers and sisters in those areas is truly humbling.

Tributes paid to Alexander Maillis after death, aged 99

BEREAVED relatives are determined to celebrate the rich legacy of renowned Greek-Bahamian patriarch Alexander Maillis following his death over the weekend.

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Officer tells of accused’s testimony over murder of tourist

THREE men allegedly told police of their direct involvement or lack thereof in the events that led up to the fatal shooting of an American tourist, a jury heard yesterday in the Supreme Court.

Grand Bahama launches relief effort

GRAND Bahama Minister Dr Michael Darville announced yesterday that a working committee has been officially formed to organise and co-ordinate hurricane relief efforts on Grand Bahama for the central and southern Bahamas that were affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

Defence Force marines in action on islands

ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) marines have been dispatched to help those in urgent need on Family Islands that were severely affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

Full report on impact to Long Island expected today

A FULL report on the “devastation” Hurricane Joaquin brought to Long Island is expected today, the area’s MP Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday.

Sports Notes

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association congratulates Jacobi Bain and Elana Mackey, who have been invited by the International Tennis Federation to participate in a Regional Under-13 Training Camp for the top players in the region. The training camp began yesterday and will end Sunday in La Libertad, El Salvador.

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Trial for murder of Kurt McCartney delayed again

THE murder trial into the shooting death of businessman Kurt McCartney will now be heard in November, after a second consecutive delay.

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Join ‘Project Pink Mop’

THE public’s overwhelming support of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group will go a long way in assisting the organisation with purchasing port-a-cath devices for women who are currently fighting the disease.

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Paint the Lanes Pink strikes again

ALTHOUGH Hurricane Joaquin did its best to prevent the highly anticipated 2015 instalment of Paint the Lanes Pink from happening, the expo went ahead successfully.

Water Corp project praised as model for the Caribbean

MIAMI - MIYA’S non-revenue water (NRW) reduction project for the Water & Sewerage Corporation was yesterday endorsed at an international conference as a model that should be replicated throughout the Caribbean.

The web shop gaming and banking paradox

As the marketplace continues to ponder the implications of regulating web shop gaming in the Bahamas, the Board of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) joins in the ongoing conversation that is no doubt being held at water coolers, dinner tables and lunch rooms across the archipelago.

Arawak port firm assesses expansion ‘beyond shipping’

MIAMI - The Arawak Port Development Company’s (APD) chief executive said yesterday it would be a “beautiful thing” if the company could ultimately expand its operations beyond ports and shipping.

Judge recusal delays Freeport challenge

An outspoken QC expressed “disappointment” yesterday that his challenge to the Government’s Hawksbill Creek Agreement consultation had been delayed indefinitely, after the judge hearing the case recused herself.

Joaquin gives energy ‘rethink’ opportunity

MIAMI- A Government minister yesterday said the Bahamas had an opportunity to “rethink” its energy policy in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, suggesting that this would involve renewable sources.

Monday, October 5

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INSIGHT: Glaring failures

We must heed the lessons of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Joaquin

The widespread devastation Hurricane Joaquin brought to the southern and central Bahamas has exposed glaring inefficiencies in this country’s disaster preparedness and emergency management policies.

Hurricane Joaquin: Monday's updates

7.30pm UPDATE: LONG Island residents from Petty’s to Salt Pond who have been affected by Hurricane Joaquin have been asked to meet at the NGM Major High School in Buckley's at 9am on Tuesday.

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Rebuilding will cost ‘tens of millions’

IT WILL cost “tens of millions of dollars” to restore and rebuild the infrastructure on the southern and central Bahamas islands that were completely devastated by the passage of Hurricane Joaquin, according to Prime Minister Perry Christie.

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Bahamians unite to help those in need

IN LESS than 48 hours, HeadKnowles, a private social media group, has raised over $20,000 and collected tons of food, water and clothing for the southern islands of the Bahamas that were completely devastated during the passage of Hurricane Joaquin.

Learned our lesson?

Re: PM talks of “teachable moment” amid anger over govt response (The Tribune, October).

Retire, Mr Christie

Perry Christie is an affable man. He likes doing his version of the “soft shoe shuffle”. He reminds me of another leader from a few thousand years back – Nero emperor of Rome. Whilst Rome was burning Nero played the fiddle.

Ingraham return a nightmare

Please permit me to express a few thoughts of national importance. Some political pundits along with some disgruntled FNMs, paid political media and newspaper operatives are “beating the drums“ of a possible return of “Herbertus Maximus”. The former Prime Minister has not indicated officially that he would return to frontline politics, except to give vague generalizations about his retirement from the “game”.

Citizens coming together to help fellow citizens

WHILE the government scrambled to discover the extent of the damage from Hurricane Joaquin, practical Bahamians immediately rose to the occasion and took matters into their own hands.

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PM: Clear-up after hurricane is going to be a long process

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday insisted that the clean up effort in the southern islands left devastated by Hurricane Joaquin “is going to be a long process”.

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Devastated: Crooked Island residents describe battle against floods

IN THE aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, residents of Crooked Island have been describing having to rip through sheetrock with their children in their hands, fighting to reach the ceiling of their home to escape chest high floods.

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Two murders since Friday take year’s total to 116

A 25-year-old man was stoned to death early Saturday morning in a shanty town off Gamble Heights, hours after a security officer was shot multiple times and killed off Shirley Street.

Cole’s of Nassau founder Marion Cole dies, aged 94

MARION Cole, founder of Cole’s of Nassau, died peacefully at her Winton Highway home at 9.30am on Saturday. Her family was with her. She was 94.

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Salina Point without electricity, phones for at least four days

THERE was no communication with Salina Point, Acklins, for at least four days due to the devastation from Hurricane Joaquin, according to member of Parliament for MICAL V Alfred Gray.

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No deaths in Long Island from storm, says police chief

POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade yesterday said there was no loss of life in Long Island from Hurricane Joaquin, despite earlier unconfirmed reports of multiple deaths associated with the category four storm.

SOS - Save Our South: Tribune Media Group launches hurricane relief campaign to raise $500,000

THE Tribune Media Group is partnering with SuperValue, Furniture Plus, New Oriental Laundry and Cleaners, Bahamasair, Island Cellular, Mario’s Bowling and Entertainment Palace and other corporate and private entities to launch a national campaign to raise $500,000 for food and other essential supplies for those so adversely affected by Hurricane Joaquin.

First class after Erika

State of emergency in Dominica our sister CARICOM country, following the devastation caused by the tropical storm Erika, surely does not require our Foreign Affairs Minister to fly from Nassau to Dominica, to evaluate what possible aid The Bahamas could give?

Sports notes

AFTER the first three weeks of competition in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools’ softball competition, there are still a few teams undefeated.

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‘Tum Tum’ named one of Spartans’ captains

HEADING into his sophomore season, Bahamian point guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr is expected to be a leader for the Michigan State Spartans, both on the court and in the locker room.

National beach soccer team set for Lucayan Cup Challenge

THE Bahamas Football Association (BFA), with a 12-man team selected from among the top beach soccer players, are slated to be back in the spotlight this weekend when they host the Lucayan Cup Challenge with teams from Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.

DeAndre Ayton looks to transfer to new high school

THE top high school basketball recruit for the class of 2017 has a much anticipated decision to make on his NCAA path, but Bahamian DeAndre Ayton is making headlines this fall as he looks to transfer to a new high school.

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Elite Warriors shut out the Mighty Mitts, 12-0

While Avery Rolle was stingy on the mound, Zhivargo Archer, Richard Bain and Sherman Ferguson all belted home runs. Together, the combo helped the pennant winning BTC Elite Warriors dial up a 12-0 shutout on the Chances Mighty Mitts in game one of their New Providence Softball Association men’s best-of-five playoff series.

Deadman’s Cay, Colonel Hill and Spring Point airports still closed

ALL of the country’s airports except three are open in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin.

‘Upgrade desperately needed infrastructure’ from Joaquin fall-out

The Bahamas has been urged to use the damage inflicted by Hurricane Joaquin as an opportunity to upgrade “desperately needed infrastructure” in the Family Islands.

Joaquin damage to hit ‘tens of millions’

Hurricane Joaquin has delivered “a significant hit” to the Government’s finances, with infrastructure repair costs alone set to run into the “tens of millions” of dollars at least.

Foreign shippers ‘snoop around’ Nassau market

Foreign shipping carriers are continuing to “snoop around” and explore whether they want to enter the Nassau freight market, with Maersk facing some potential competition.

Doctors express ‘grave concern’ on NHI costing

Bahamian doctors have expressed “gave concern” over the Government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) cost estimates, warning that this could create an unsustainable, underfunded scheme that actually increases mortality rates.

Baha Mar ‘stall’ doubles Arawak port’s drop-off

The Arawak Cay port has suffered double the anticipated drop in container throughput volumes due to the “complete stalling” of the $3.5 billion Baha Mar project, its chief executive predicting its 2016 financial year will be “more challenging”.

Joaquin ‘exacerbates bad economy’ on Long Island

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Joaquin will “only exacerbate an already bad economic situation” on Long Island, its MP revealing that many of its young persons were leaving in search of jobs elsewhere.

Gov’t still assessing some VAT refunds

The Ministry of Finance’s financial secretary has confirmed that several Value-Added Tax (VAT) refunds have yet to be processed because of “audit specific VAT accounting issues”, although the majority of claims have been paid.

Fishermen expect Joaquin asset loss

Bahamian fishermen are expecting to lose some assets as a result of Hurricane Joaquin, although they are hoping to minimise any reduction in days at sea.

Sunday, October 4

Sunday's Hurricane Joaquin updates

News up until 10.10pm Sunday night

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US Air Force plane reports 225 square mile debris field in search for missing cargo ship

A US Air Force C-130, deployed in the search in Bahamian waters for missing US cargo ship El Faro, landed late Sunday afternoon reporting a 225 square mile debris field of styrofoam, wood, cargo and other items.

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International community rallies to support Bahamas after storm

THE international community is rallying to support The Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin. A team of disaster experts is being sent to The Bahamas by Jamaica on Monday.

Saturday, October 3

Appeal for emergency Long Island supplies for early Sunday morning

A GROUP of Bahamians led by Long Islander George Cartwright are appealing for urgent supplies to be donated so that they can be flown to the hurricane-ravaged island on Sunday morning.

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Hurricane Joaquin updates: "there might be fatalities" on Long Island says Police Commissioner, PM pledges "no resources will be spared"

Here is a guide to how you can help some the community relief efforts launched around The Bahamas to assist those who have been affected by Hurricane Joaquin, along with where you can drop off donations and how you can help through volunteering or financial donations.

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Volunteers gather donations for those affected by Hurricane Joaquin

VOLUNTEERS have been working hard to gather donations for those affected by Hurricane Joaquin in The Bahamas.

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VIDEO: Freddie Ramsey charged in BEC contracts bribe case

A 78-year-old man denied collecting more than $500,000 in bribes over a four-year span concerning generator purchase contracts for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) in Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning.

UPDATED: Storm compared to Hurricane Andrew

The effects of the Hurricane Joaquin are being compared to that of 1992's Hurricane Andrew.

Search for missing cargo ship continues in southern Bahamas

US COAST Guard aircraft continued to search the waters of the southeastern Bahamas on Saturday for a cargo ship with 33 people on board that lost power and began taking on water as powerful Hurricane Joaquin roared across the archipelago.

HeadKnowles hurricane relief appeal on Saturday afternoon

A RELIEF effort being organised by HeadKnowles is gathering momentum on Saturday with appeals for essential items to be distributed to those on the Family Islands who are in "dire need" after suffering the effects of Hurricane Joaquin.

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Butler-Turner's hurricane relief flight hampered by lack of communications

THERE is still no clarification on how relief efforts for those southern islands ravaged by Hurricane Joaquin would be carried out as communications systems are still down. A team organised by Trans Island Airways executives and Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner were attempting on Saturday morning to mobilise supplies and support teams to as many of the affected islands as possible, but the uncertainty over the infrastructure has delayed those plans.

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BREAKING NEWS: Man found dead in Gamble Heights

POLICE are at a house in Gamble Heights where a man has been found dead on Saturday morning.

6am ALERT ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN

ALERT #26 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER, 2015 AT 6AM EDT.

Friday, October 2

9PM HURRICANE ALERT FROM BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY

ALERT #23 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER, 2015 AT 9PM EDT.

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Hurricane Joaquin destroys buildings, unleashes flooding throughout Friday

HURRICANE Joaquin destroyed houses, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding as it hurled torrents of rain across the Bahamas on Friday while the US Coast Guard said it was searching for a cargo ship with 33 people aboard that went missing during the storm.

NEMA: No response to attempts to contact Long Island and Crooked Island

THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in co-ordination with local government officials from islands affected by Hurricane Joaquin, are reporting on Friday afternoon that attempts to contact Long Island and Crooked Island have brought no response.

All cruise ships diverted due to Hurricane Joaquin

ALL cruise ships due to arrive in New Providence on Friday have been cancelled due to Hurricane Joaquin, Ministry of Tourism officials have announced.  

This afternoon's 3pm alert from The Bahamas Department of Meteorology

ALERT #21 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER, 2015 AT 3PM EDT.

NPSA playoffs and Swift Swimming meet rescheduled due to Hurricane Joaquin

HURRICANE Joaquin has forced two sporting events to be rescheduled this weekend in New Providence.

Registration begins for Race for the Cure

REGISTRATION for the 2016 Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure opened yesterday to a special musical backdrop as the event’s first official anthem was unveiled. “Save The World (Susan G Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure)” was created and donated by Visage Band Bahamas members, Wendi Lewis and Dyson Knight. Anwar McDonald helped to write the song and Frederick Seymour produced it.

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Long Islanders tell of 'the worst storm they have ever seen'

RESIDENTS of Long Island, among the hardest hit southern Bahamas islands by Hurricane Joaquin, have described the Category 4 storm as “the worst we’ve ever seen”.

US cargo ship goes missing as storm hits

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a cargo ship with 33 people aboard that went missing as Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin hit the Bahamas.

Two boats overdue to return to Green Cay, Exuma

TWO boats are overdue to return on separate fishing trips to Green Cay, Exuma, BASRA's Chris Lloyd confirmed on Friday.

Latest alert on Hurricane Joaquin from The Bahamas Department of Meteorology

…EXTREMELY DANGEROUS JOAQUIN NOW MOVING NORTHWARD AS IT BATTERS THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS. HURRICANE CONDITIONS CONTINUE OVER THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS.

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Donna Vasyli guilty

DONNA Vasyli gasped in shock and fainted in a courtroom yesterday after hearing that a jury unanimously found her guilty of the stabbing death of her husband, millionaire podiatrist Philip Vasyli, at their home in Old Fort Bay.

The friendly arm of the law

Re: Criminals Must Understand That Government Is Not Their Friend (The Tribune, Editorial, September 23).

Support the police

Advice has been forthcoming from Police Officers and their former colleagues on crime for decades. The politicians from the Pindling era never really considered our suggestions. In the following paragraphs I will provide some advice on measures that should be considered and implemented. I will be brief and I will be open to the public for questions and discussions.

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Communication with storm-hit islands a challenge

COMMUNICATION to the storm-battered central and southern islands remains challenged on Friday as officials report a total blackout on the hardest hit islands of Crooked Island, Long Island, and Acklins.

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An unannounced hurricane takes a heavy toll

AS BAHAMIANS slept this week tropical storm Joaquin wandered into our waters “on little cat feet”, but unlike Carl Sandburg’s fog it didn’t move on, rather it moved up our island chain growing from nothing into a giant and destructive hurricane.

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Private airline partners with Long Island MP in storm relief effort

A PRIVATE airline is partnering with Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner to organise emergency relief for the storm-battered island.

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‘We weren’t given enough warning’

RESIDENTS of Acklins complained that they were not given sufficient warning from the relevant agencies about the passage of Hurricane Joaquin, which left dozens of people from the southern Bahamas trapped inside their homes yesterday due to floods and hurricane force winds.

Long Island residents evacuated

HURRICANE Joaquin forced some residents in Long Island to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in storm shelters yesterday, while residents of Exuma said the slow moving storm left some roads impassable due to heavy flooding.

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PM talks of ‘teachable moment’ amid anger over govt response

WHILE acknowledging the country’s ongoing “challenge” with storm preparation, Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday said the passage of Hurricane Joaquin would be a “teachable moment”.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Branville McCartney and his premature problem

As I write this, I am listening to Prime Minister Christie, Police Commissioner Greenslade and NEMA Director Captain Russell reassure the public that the government of The Bahamas is prepared for Hurricane Joaquin and are confident they will be able to maintain communication with the Family Islands throughout the duration of the storm.

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FNM blasts Christie administration for being caught off guard

FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday criticised the Christie administration for its “incompetence” and “blatant disregard” for residents of the southern and central Bahamas, many of whom were caught off guard on Thursday by the ferocity of Hurricane Joaquin.

Joaquin ‘has all the ingredients to become a category five’

HURRICANE Joaquin has “all the ingredients to become a category five hurricane,” increasing the possibility of causalities, structural and coastal damage in the Bahamas, according to Meteorological Officer Ian McKenzie.

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BREAKING NEWS: BEC bribe taker expected to be charged on Friday morning

POLICE are expected to bring charges on Friday morning against a man in connection with the 2003 bribery allegations at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC).

EARLY MORNING HURRICANE ALERT FROM THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY

ALERT #17 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER, 2015 AT 3AM EDT.

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‘JJ’ named Preseason All-American

George Washington Colonials women’s basketball senior Jonquel Jones has been named Preseason All-American by Sporting News last week. In addition, the Colonials were ranked in the preseason top 25 by several publications.

THE FINISH LINE: ‘Team Bahamas did very well’ at 43rd CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships

THE ballroom in the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island wasn’t as packed as I had anticipated for the 43rd Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships over the weekend.

Nassau Darts Association hosts Captain’s Shoot-Out to officially kick off new season

THE Nassau Darts Association (NDA) hosted its Captain’s Shoot-Out at the Tailgater 601 Bay Street to officially kick off its new season on Wednesday night.

SAC junior boys get 12-2 win over Queen’s College

THEY took away a three-run home run from Jude Smith because of an illegal bat but, on the next pitch, Terico Sweeting drilled the same homer to the opposite side of the field to help propel the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine to a 12-2 win over the Queen’s College Comets.

Insurers pray ‘major loss event’ avoided

The Bahamian insurance industry was yesterday nervously watching its computer models and television forecasts, amid hopes that “a major loss event” could be avoided if Hurricane Joaquin stays on its projected path.

Businesses blast ‘significant delay’ on VAT refunds

Bahamian businesses are complaining about “significant delays” in receiving Value-Added Tax (VAT) refunds, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman yesterday warning this threatened to undermine private sector trust in the Government and its new tax.

Bahamas ‘takes it on both ends’ from Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin’s impact is likely to be “particularly bad” for Bahamian tourism, an ex-finance minister yesterday warning that the damage left in its wake will “deteriorate” the Government’s fiscal position.

FDI impact 50% less than forecast

The Bahamas is receiving less than 50 per cent of the projected economic impact associated with many foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman yesterday saying there had been “surprisingly little trickle down”.

Arawak port beats profit target by 33%

Arawak Port Development Company (APD) yesterday revealed it had exceeded profit projections for its 2015 financial year by 33 per cent, aided by its first-ever tariff increase and rises in storage and rental revenues.

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Dunkin’ for Boobies raises $5,000

RADIO House yesterday raised over $5,000 from its second annual Dunkin’ for Boobies event, an initiative aimed at promoting breast cancer awareness in the Bahamas. 

Union worry over university consultation

UNION of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas President Mark Humes said he is concerned that a proposed University of the Bahamas Bill will be approved by the College of the Bahamas’ College Council without some stakeholders having the opportunity to weigh in.

Four arrests in connection with One Order Facebook page

POLICE have arrested four men in connection with death threats posted on Facebook against a senior police officer.

PM: People will say that my administration has done wonders

PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday said he is satisfied that his administration will be judged to have done “wonders” in this country as he expressed confidence about his ability to be re-elected as the Progressive Liberal Party’s leader at its November convention.

Lawyers get more time for discussions in sex assault case

LAWYERS in the case of a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor for nearly two decades have been given more time to finalise ongoing discussions.

Sports notes

THE top scorer in Financial Bowling League competition last night was Dwayne Ingraham of Best Deal Kirki Bar with a 533 high three game set. Runner-up MVP was Kevin B Williams of Strike Force with a 201 high game and a 528 second high set.Rashad McCardy of Davis & Co Moonlight Strikers downed the pins for a respectable 198 second high game.

DNA chief on Obie apology: ‘Hell no’

The Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) leader yesterday accused the Minister of Tourism of “deflecting the main issue” in the row over Carnival’s crime warning e-mails, and said of the demand for an apology: “Hell no.”

Lease, not sell, Crown Land to FDI projects

The Bahamas should lease Crown Land to foreign direct investment projects (FDI) rather than sell it, a private sector executive said yesterday, to ensure prime property is not left dormant if the development fails.

College of the Bahamas students ‘expect tuition rise’

COLLEGE of the Bahamas students expect their tuition to increase as the institution transitions into a university, COB President Dr Rodney Smith said.

Customer services makes for ‘phenomenal’ firms

Transitioning a business from “mediocre to phenomenal” begins with customer service, an international speaker and lead trainer said yesterday, adding that few companies grasp this concept.

IAN FERGUSON: Training upgrades allow change to take its course

If the only thing constant in life is change, we must treat it - and our response - with greater caution and respect. Human nature seems so resistant to the inevitable that we fight the advances happening all around us, both consciously and unconsciously. As the Samsung and I-Phone 6 models give way to the perfect number 7, and as new advances in education, medicine, music and other spheres of life overpower what has been previously taught, so must we allow these changes to take their course in both our personal and professional lives.

Kickoff pep rally held for the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

IT IS officially bowl season in the Bahamas and organisers have launched their campaign to promote the second edition of the only NCAA Division I bowl game to be played outside the United States.

Thursday, October 1

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Beres Hammond and Tarrus Riley concert re-scheduled

THE HIGHLY anticipated concert featuring Beres Hammond and Tarrus Riley this weekend has been re-scheduled for Saturday, October 17.

BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY 6PM ALERT ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN

ALERT #14 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2015 AT 6PM EDT.

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Donna Vasyli guilty of murder

Donna Vasyli has been found guilty of the murder of husband. The unanimous verdict came this afternoon after four hours of deliberation.

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YOUNG MAN'S VIEW: War in the ranks of the FNM

THE Free National Movement is at war. Perhaps, most disappointingly for those long-time party supporters, the party is at war with itself.

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Jewish community celebrates Rosh Hashannah

Recently, the Nassau Jewish community gathered to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, with a holiday service and dinner.

Moss plans for new party

I wish to commend and congratulate the Member of Parliament for Marco City, Gregory Moss on his announcement of the formation of a new political party.

Term limits

I see that Opposition Leader Dr Hubert Minnis is once again talking about term limits for a prime minister. Dr. Minnis is clearly not capable of learning. After three years as FNM Leader, he keeps making the same mistakes and repeating the same old foolishness. He is also a big hypocrite when it comes to term-limits.

Sniping about Minnis

I could only shake my head in wonder at today’s headline – “FNM divided over Minnis.”

Bahamians being kept in dark about government’s NHI plans

IN his budget address in the House of Assembly on May 27 this year, Prime Minister Christie announced that his government planned to introduce its National Health Insurance plan on January 1, 2016.

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Rising floodwaters trap residents in southern Bahamas islands

DOZENS of residents in the southern Bahamas are trapped inside their homes as floodwaters continue to rise during the slow but extremely dangerous passage of Hurricane Joaquin.

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PM: Impact of Hurricane Joaquin a 'teachable moment'

PRIME Minister Perry Christie said on Thursday that the government has to use the impact of Hurricane Joaquin as a “teachable moment”, adding that his administration must also implement a process where dangerous weather systems do not catch people by surprise.

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Rollins: Nation is a mess - so why back its leader?

FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins criticised Progressive Liberal Party MPs last night for “falling in line” and standing behind Prime Minister Perry Christie’s bid for re-election when, according to Dr Rollins, he failed the first time as prime minister and “did worse the second time.”

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Minnis ‘wants convention’ ahead of next election

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said yesterday that party leader Dr Hubert Minnis would like to have a full convention ahead of the next general election, but on his own terms.

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Closing arguments in Vasyli case

A JURY yesterday listened to three hours of closing arguments from Crown prosecutors and lawyers for accused murderer Donna Vasyli as to whether or not they should find her guilty of her husband’s stabbing death at their home in the Old Fort Bay community.

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Woman killed after domestic dispute

A woman was discovered brutally murdered following a domestic dispute at an apartment in the Freeport area early Wednesday morning.

12PM HURRICANE ALERT FROM THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY

ALERT #12 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY WEDNESDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2015 AT NOON EDT.

Bahamas braced for Joaquin

THE Bahamas is bracing for the impact of Hurricane Joaquin, which strengthened into a category three hurricane in the Atlantic last night and is predicted to drop 10 to 15 inches of rain over San Salvador and Rum Cay today, with up to five inches expected over the rest of the central Bahamas.

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Murder suspect dies in Rand Memorial Hospital

GRAND Bahama Police are reporting that the male suspect in the latest homicide on the island died at the Rand Memorial Hospital in the early hours of Thursday.

LATEST HURRICANE JOAQUIN ALERT FROM BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY

ALERT #9 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2015 AT 3AM EDT.

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Nygard to challenge judge over alleged bias in case

AN application to commit Lyford Cay fashion designer Peter Nygard to prison has been suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of a recusal hearing against a Supreme Court judge due to her alleged bias, The Tribune can confirm.

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‘Homes being seized in Grand Bahama’

FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday raised concerns that the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation was evicting families unable to meet their payments in Grand Bahama.

Four men wanted by police

POLICE have said they are looking for four men – three from Abaco and one from Grand Bahama – who they believe can help with investigations into murder and shopbreaking.

Businesses taking Joaquin ‘seriously’

Businesses and residents in the southern Bahamas were yesterday taking “very seriously” the threat from Hurricane Joaquin, now a Category One hurricane that is threatening to get stronger.

Consultants ‘misrepresent’ $640m NHI financing gap

The Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chairman last night said accountants had been re-hired to review the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s costs, amid accusations the Government’s main consultants have “misrepresented” this burden.

‘Quit talking’ over National Airlift Plan

Aviation industry players were yesterday urged to “quit talking” and make a National Airlift Policy happen, an airline chief executive warning that Family Island hotels and tourism were “dying” without it.

Financial profligacy leaves Bahamas at FDI investor mercy

Bahamian financial profligacy has left this nation at the mercy of foreign developers whose increasing demands for Government concessions are “contrary to the interest of the Bahamas”, a well-known businessman believes.

Zion Baptist hosts leadership learning conference

THE Zion Baptist Church on East and Shirley Streets will play host to ‘The 7 Laws of the Learner’ 2015 conference by Walk Thru The Bible Ministries next month.

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Sir Durward Knowles in hospital

SIR Durward Knowles has been admitted to Doctors Hospital and is not permitted to receive visitors as he undergoes medical tests.

Parliamentarians ‘ought to be ashamed’ over pictures of sleeping MPs

HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendal Major said yesterday that parliamentarians should be ashamed of themselves after an investigation revealed that at least one government MP was responsible for taking and spreading an “unflattering” photo of two opposition members who appeared to be asleep during a previous session.

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Nottage: Clearing records of some convicts is not going soft on crime

NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Bernard Nottage yesterday insisted that the government was not going soft on crime as he introduced the Rehabilitation of Offenders Amendment Bill, which seeks to shorten the time for some convicts to have their police records wiped clean.

Mobile HoldingCo to ‘jump start’ BISX

The ‘HoldingCo’ that will own the Bahamian people’s 51 per cent majority stake in the second mobile operator could “jump start” the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) and wider capital markets, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

Meditation: Being Resolute

TO be resolute is to not change your mind. It is to be determined that you will pursue a particular course of action whatever the consequences. It usually involves commitment to the point of sacrifice and may include self-sacrifice as a martyr to the cause.

A packed house for St Matthew’s Anglican Sunday service

ITS location at the busy juncture which feeds traffic to East Bay Street and the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge gives St Matthew’s Anglican Church its name and makes it one the most visited churches in New Providence.

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Poor audit practices ‘will not stop COB transition to university’

COLLEGE of The Bahamas president Dr Rodney Smith said yesterday that although poor audit practices have prevented COB from drawing down on a significant loan from the Caribbean Development Bank, it has not hampered the college in its transition to university status.

Justice – the kind that brings freedom and peace: Part 1

EMANCIPATION – August, for just under 200 years now has been celebrated as the month of freedom. Throughout the next few weeks we will plunge into the depth of this term – freedom – in our quest to be both educational and challenging.

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RICARDO'S NFL PICKS - WEEK 4

MY prediction last week was better than weeks one and two combined, calling 14 of last week’s 16 games correctly.

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NAUGHTY'S NFL PICKS - WEEK 4

I WENT 12-4 last week, I’m back in form and nowhere to go but up, up and away.

New Destiny Baptist promises family fun at church fair

A time of fun and fellowship is what New Destiny Baptist Cathedral promises when the church hosts its steak-out and fair in the upcoming weeks.

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SANCHESKA V RENALDO: NFL PICKS WEEK 4

RENALDO: This is your time Mike Vick. We - who lofted you to demigod status after frustrating our friends to the point of altercation time after time on Madden ’04 when you gave life to the greatest video game character ever - we’ve been waiting on this moment for you to return.

Next Phenom’s inaugural symposium delayed until next summer

WITH an aim to further encompass its founding objectives for its first major launch programme, Next Phenom has delayed its inaugural symposium to the summer of 2016 as the budding initiative continues its growth process.

29th Conchman Triathlon at Xanadu November 7

The longest standing and most highly anticipated multi-sports event on the local calendar, the Conchman Triathlon will once again be staged in the nation’s second city.

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A Swift open water race

FOR the third consecutive year, Swift will be hosting its open water swim race at the Palm Cay site this Saturday (October 3).

Joy FM ‘jingles’ to success

In celebration of its 12th anniversary, the Joy 101.9 FM hosted it’s “Jingle for Joy” contest, inviting its listeners to create a jingle for the radio station. Students and up-and-coming gospel artists were encouraged to create a jingle incorporating the radio station’s slogan, “Your Choice for the Family”, and motto, “Uplift, Inspire And Motivate”.

Family offers $5,000 reward in search for answers over Abaco death

THE family of Mason Hart, the young college graduate who was discovered dead in Abaco in July, held a gathering in Katy, Texas, on September 19 to celebrate his life.

Law student fights decision to make him repeat his first year at school

A LAW student has been granted permission by a judge to apply for a judicial review into the Eugene Dupuch Law School’s decision to have him repeat his first year at the institution.