Stories for August 2017


Thursday, August 31

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08312017 EDITION

Thursday, 31st August, 2017.

VIDEO: Van's rear window smashed by lumber from passing car

A van driver received an unpleasant surprise after his rear window was smashed by lumber sticking out of a passing car.

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Hurricane Irma is a potential threat to the Bahamas

HURRICANE Irma has rapidly developed into a Category Three hurricane and is forecast to become an "extremely dangerous" Category Four storm by next week as it moves closer to the Bahamas.

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Bishop condemns 'raging crime level'

PRESIDENT of the Bahamas Christian Council, Bishop Delton Fernander yesterday urged the government to develop short-term and long-term measures to reduce crime days after “the violent slaughter of an innocent child” rocked the nation.

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Banks battle ATM cheats

IN the wake of a $72,000 ATM skimming scheme uncovered earlier this month, Central Bank Governor John Rolle said yesterday commercial banks are working to make their electronic platforms “safer.”

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Judges order Birbal retrial

TEACHER Andre Birbal has won his appeal against his conviction and sentence for sex offences against a boy at his Grand Bahama school.

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Glenys: PLP lost relevance

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday admitted that the Progressive Liberal Party is no longer “dynamic or relevant” however she said with her as leader, the party can win the hearts of the people once again.

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From behind the scenes and into the spotlight

LACREASHA Thompson, a lab technologist at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama, became the July winner of the Public Hospitals Authority’s (PHA) Unsung Heroes Award yesterday.

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Davis ‘concerned’ over Grand Bahama strategy

PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said he is concerned about the “lack of transparency, clarity and consistency” in the Minnis administration’s strategy for rejuvenating Grand Bahama’s economy.

Bimini businesses accused in employment row

A FREEPORT labour consultant is accusing two establishments in Bimini of wrongful termination and has already filed a labour dispute on behalf of one individual with the Department of Labour in Grand Bahama.

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BPL workers file affidavits over dismissal by company

TEVAUGHN Miller, one of the former Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) employees who was fired two weeks ago, said in an affidavit that BPL officials never gave him an “opportunity to be heard or (to) respond to (the)allegations made against him”.

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Retrial ordered of man found not guilty at judge’s direction

THE COURT of Appeal yesterday ordered a retrial for a man accused of a 2014 murder after an appeal was lodged by the Office of the Attorney General.

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Injured suspect went to hospital

A POLICE officer testified yesterday how one of two men accused of the 2014 murder of Blair resident Andre Cartwright presented himself to the accident and emergency room suffering from an injury shortly after the incident in question.

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Davis ‘uninspiring’ say PLP stalwart councillors

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis is uninspiring to Bahamians, some Progressive Liberal Party stalwart councillors said yesterday as they prepare to vote for Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin at October’s convention.

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Vilmar joins Redemption Christian Academy Lions

AFTER an injury shortened his senior season at the high school level, D’Andre Vilmar will take the prep school route in an effort to strengthen his recruitment for the class of 2018.Vilmar joined the Redemption Christian Academy Lions prep school in

Social services offers help to family after baby’s death

THE Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development revealed that it has started the process of providing assistance to the family of Shelton Delano Tinker, the eight-month-old who was shot dead in his home on Monday.

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Miller-Uibo to chase 400 title at AG Memorial Van Damme

WITH half of her mission complete, Shaunae Miller-Uibo will be in Brussels, Belgium, for the last half of the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Diamond League Final where she will try to add the 400 metre title to the 200m crown she secured

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53 Haitian migrants detained

IN a combined effort between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Department of Immigration, some 53 Haitian migrants were apprehended on Tilloo Cay, Abaco, on Wednesday.

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Independent committee to investigate 4x4 fallout

The fallout from the drama surrounding the men’s 4x400m relay at the recent IAAF World Championships continues as the matter is now headed for arbitration.BAAAs President Rosamunde Carey addressed the issue yesterday and said an independent committee

Bahamian manufacturers aiming to be ‘top of mind’

A Bahamian manufacturing organisation is seeking to become “top of the mind” again with policymakers, having this week launched a marketing campaign to revitalise the sector.

Insurance chief: KYC regime ‘huge obstacle’ to economic growth

A senior insurance executive yesterday slammed the Bahamas’ “ridiculous” Know Your Customer (KYC) regime, describing it as “one of the biggest impediments” to economic growth.

Governor: ‘No persuasive case’ price controls work

The Central Bank’s governor yesterday said “a persuasive case” cannot be made that price controls work properly, as he reiterated his stance against their imposition on bank fees.

Bahamas must ‘plant seeds’ beyond Baha Mar growth impact

The Central Bank’s governor yesterday said the Bahamas needs to “plant seeds” for economic growth beyond Baha Mar to ensure it satisfies the credit rating agencies.

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Carey: BAAA has 'very ambitious agenda moving forward'

ROSAMUNDE Carey, president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, outlined the pending agenda for her administration moving forward. The executives seek to establish several new concepts, most notably the establishment of a chief execu

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Lloyd: No resting on laurels while nation has D average

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd toured schools on Grand Bahama and delivered a powerful and inspirational address to hundreds of teachers as they prepare to return to their classrooms next Monday.

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In rebounds, Jonquel Jones on the cusp of WNBA history

WITH two games left in the regular season, Grand Bahamian Jonquel Jones is on the cusp of WNBA history. Jones recorded an historic feat with her third 20-rebound game of the season and propelled the Connecticut Sun to a win that solidified their pla

Anfernee Seymour named to the Peoria Javelinas roster

ANFERNEE Seymour has made headlines recently for his efficient hitting and achieved another milestone yesterday in his progression through the Atlanta Braves franchise.Seymour was named to the roster of the Peoria Javelinas in the Offseason Arizona F

Govt warned: Don’t take local investors for granted

The Government was yesterday warned it cannot take unlimited access to the Bahamian debt markets for granted, despite Moody’s optimistic liquidity assessment.

Wednesday, August 30

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Facing justice: Baby killing suspect appears in court

A 19-year-old man appeared teary-eyed after he was arraigned in a Magistrate's Court yesterday in connection with the killing of an eight-month-old baby boy and the hospitalisation of both of his parents following a tragic triple shooting incident earlier this week.

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08302017 EDITION

Wednesday, 30th August, 2017.

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‘Bogus police’ killed our son

SUPREME Court jurors yesterday heard how home invaders allegedly feigned being members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force in their attempts to burglarise a Blair Estates home in 2014 when Blair resident Andre Cartwright was shot and killed.

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Retirees courted in teacher shortage

THE government has engaged a group of retired and soon to be retired educators, with the hope of contracting many of them to offset a potential shortage of about 100 teachers heading into the new academic year.

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Baby's killing rocks Cabinet

HOURS after an eight-month-old baby was shot dead in his home, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis met with the attorney general and Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) officials to reinforce the government’s “zero tolerance” approach to crime, stressing his commitment to provide the support police need to fight crime, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

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300 facing court over student loan debts

MORE than 300 people with delinquent Educational Loan Authority accounts will face "prosecution" and may have their wages garnished or valuable assets seized among other things, Education Minister Jeffery Lloyd told The Tribune yesterday.

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‘It was a great learning experience for me’

IT didn’t turn out the way Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson anticipated, but he felt he gave it his all against Sergiy ‘The Technician’ Derevyanchenko in the International Boxing Federation’s middleweight elimination bout.

Munnings: Athletes’ subvention programme under review

DURING the time that he served as the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Neville Wisdom implemented a subvention programme by the government to assist our elite athletes with their training expenses.

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Team Bahamas 4th at Goodwill Games

In their third appearance at the Goodwill Games, the Bahamas’ swim team produced its best showing as the 36-member team returned from Georgetown, Guyana, with a fourth place finish.

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Island Run Bahamas app exceeds beta test goals

Less than two months after the Island Run Bahamas gaming app launched in Google Play and iOS stores, developers have logged more than 1,700 active users from around the world. App creator and local entrepreneur Don Williams confirmed that downloads during the phase one beta testing period quickly surpassed the team’s original target of 1,000.


• Apple CEO Tim Cook has collected $89.6 million as part of a 10-year deal that he signed as an incentive to keep the iPhone maker at the forefront of the technology industry after he took over the reins in 2011 from company co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Augmented Reality: Are consumers ready to give ‘AR’ a try?

NEW YORK (AP) — You might have gotten a taste of “augmented reality,” the blending of the virtual and physical worlds, as you chased on-screen monsters at real-world landmarks in last year’s gaming sensation, “Pokemon Go.”

The problems with BPL

BP&L - ZNS News report Sunday last. Wow if you believe one word of that release all our troubles with excessively high electricity rates have to be over - what a lot of garbage.

Larry Smith is a big loss

THE Bahamas has indeed lost a fearless and excellent journalist. Larry Smith was one of the very best.

Alfred Sears should run for leader

I admire that Alfred Sears had the courage to challenge Perry Christie at the last PLP convention. It is sad that the PLP did not have the good sense to get rid of Mr Christie and go into the election with a better leader.

Still in love with Trump, Mr Symonette?

When he was a private citizen nobody cared that Brent Symonette found in Donald Trump a man with whom he was so enamored that he would have voted for him in last November’s election if he had US citizenship.

EDITORIAL: By the weekend the truth will out

“WE RISE”, a new group claiming that it wants “something done” about “injustice, wrongful terminations and violent crime”, has announced that it will call a protest march for the Southern Recreation grounds on Saturday. As far as they are concerned the new government is moving in the wrong direction.

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YOUR SAY: The problems are obvious, now it’s time to act

The new FNM government of PM Doctor Hubert Minnis has enjoyed the usual grace period of 100-plus days. Now the hard questions begin. When does the page turn to change course from a PLP regime guilty, at least, of gross incompetence?

17 career officers in foreign service recalled

SEVENTEEN foreign service career officers will be recalled and some of these posts will be replaced according to foreign service regulations, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

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Murder plot trial adjourned again

THE Supreme Court trial of three men allegedly involved in a murder plot that was executed in June of last year was again adjourned yesterday due to issues with the empanelment of the jury.

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Man whose wife vanished at sea accused over $100,000 in stolen coins

A BRITISH man whose wife vanished at sea 30 miles off The Bahamas appeared in a Florida court yesterday charged with transporting as much as $100,000 worth of coins believed to have been stolen while he was first mate of Kitty R in May 2016.

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Talks still ongoing over future of Grand Lucayan

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said officials are still in talks over the Grand Lucayan Resort’s sale more than a month after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed the government was negotiating to become temporary joint owners of the hotel in Grand Bahama.

Warning over hiring of illegal immigrants

AN immigration official has warned that the hiring of persons residing illegally in the country is an offence and is calling on citizens to inform the Department of Immigration of suspected illegal immigration activity on Grand Bahama.

BTC tackles landline outage

Thousands of Bahamas Telecommunications Company customers experienced problems with their landline phones late Monday evening.

Uncertainty over shipyard jobs as contractor dropped

LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes yesterday denied rumours that 75 employees were directly terminated at the Grand Bahama Shipyard earlier this week.

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BPL management deal to be tabled in Parliament

THE Minnis administration is expected to finally table the management services agreement signed between the Christie administration and PowerSecure last year.

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Bishop’s family held up at gunpoint

RELATIVES and an employee of Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd were held up at gunpoint by three masked men who robbed them in the driveway of their San Souci home on Tuesday morning.

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Further leadership bids expected, says PLP chairman

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts said he expects “several more persons” to run for the leader of the party during its October convention, adding that the “competition” will only make the PLP stronger.

Informal sector’s 1/4 economy share may be ‘too conservative’

Estimates that the ‘informal’ economy accounts for around one-quarter of Bahamian output may be too “conservative”, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive said yesterday.

Chamber slams Christie Govt’s insurance cancel

Hurricane Matthew’s fiscal impact means the Christie administration was “obviously incorrect and wrong” to cancel the Bahamas’ disaster insurance, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive said yesterday.

‘Suffocating’ KYC causes lawyer 5-year bank wait

A well-known QC yesterday revealed “suffocating” Know Your Customer (KYC) rules have blocked his five-year effort to add another lawyer to his firm’s bank account.

Chinese seek ‘urgent assistance’ from Govt on Pointe approvals

The $250 million Pointe project’s Chinese developer urged the Government to quickly provide construction approvals just days after Beijing unveiled plans to restrict overseas investments.

Liquidators disclose no adverse Sarkis findings 

Baha Mar’s liquidators yesterday made no criticisms of Sarkis Izmirlian and his fellow directors, despite revealing the project had been left insolvent with multi-billion dollar liabilities.

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Pulse Boys and Girls Clubs take the spotlight in Orlando karate challenge

PULSE Boys and Girls Club - a community-based programme in the Farm Road Community as a Salem Union Baptist Church outreach programme - took a team to compete in the Tong Doo Soo Karate Challenge in Orlando earlier this month.

Athletes set to take spotlight at gala awards banquet

NORMALLY there is a parade to celebrate the accomplishments of our athletes at the Olympic Games and the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Championship teams following their medal-winning performances.

Tuesday, August 29

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Armed trio hunted after safe snatch

POLICE are on the hunt for three men who tied up, assaulted and robbed two security guards at a local high school and a neighbouring business early yesterday morning before making off with a safe “with plenty money” and two stolen vehicles.

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08292017 EDITION

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017.

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Tributes paid to Larry Smith

TRIBUTES have poured in for Larry Smith, the well-known columnist who died on Sunday, as his family announced his funeral will be held this Saturday at the Bahamas National Trust’s Retreat on Village Road. Former Tribune managing editor John Marquis

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Pineapple 'scam': Police called in

THE Securities Commission of The Bahamas yesterday referred its findings on the Pineapple Express Asue Holders difficulties to police, officially classifying the self-proclaimed “asue” business as an alleged Ponzi or pyramid scheme.

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Builders demand: Where’s our money?

ALL Bahamas Construction Co Ltd  has not received any money from the government in the past 12 months for the work it has done to date on the Fishing Hole Road Bridge project, which should have been completed by January of this year.

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Glenys throws hat into the ring

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin launched her bid to become leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) yesterday as she called for transformation in education, a renewed fight against poverty and efforts to combat the deteriorating health of Bahamians, an issue she said was nearly a crisis.

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BEYOND TEARS: Baby dies in shooting, parents gunned down in 'revenge' raid

AN eight-month-old baby is dead after he was shot in his home early Monday morning in what police believe was an act of retaliation toward the toddler's father.

Harvard study strengthens link between breast cancer risk and light exposure at night

A new study from Harvard has found greater risk of breast cancer in women who live in neighbourhoods that have higher levels of outdoor light during the night.

Sickle Cell Association set for annual fun run/walk

Kicking off the globally recognised month for awareness, the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association will host its fourth annual fun run/walk this Saturday.

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Living the yoga life – Instructor promotes importance of physical and mental well-being

There are many misconceptions surrounding yoga and the people who practice it. Many wrongly believe that to do yoga you have to be the type of person who gets up and dawn and who eats a vegetarian diet; that you have to be extremely flexible and make it your entire lifestyle.

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Inside Georgia’s dream world

SHE may be only 11 years old, but Eleuthera native Georgia Birkwieser is already getting serious when it comes to her aspirations of one day becoming a successful author.

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MICHELLE MILLER MOTIVATIONALS: You are the change your life is waiting on

Everything changes. In a sense, change is the fundamental essence of life. There are those changes that will occur naturally, such as the changes in the seasons, the rising and setting of the sun et cetera. Then there are those changes that we can bring to our lives in an intentional way. These are the kinds of changes that we can choose to make according to the way we think and perceive the world.

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Reflections – It’s only math

“I’m late, I’m late for a very important date,” said the White Rabbit to Alice. My birthday arrived this year a whimper rather than a bang, but I was determined not to be late for the date with the rest of my life.

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Best-selling Bahamian author weaves together history and mystery

The remainder of 2017 will be a busy time for best-selling Bahamian author Tanya R Taylor, who is releasing her 18th novel next week and preparing to add to her bibliography with a new series and a standalone drama.

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THE PRESS BOX: NFC East – 'toughest division in the NFL'

WE continue this week with our NFL preseason division-by-division breakdown in the NFC EAST, the toughest division in the NFL.

Davis signs to Budapest in Hungarian Basketball League

THE latest stop on the pro basketball circuit for Bennet Davis will feature his return to a familiar stop and his second stint in Hungary.

Axemen hope to rebound after 64-23 loss to Mounties

THE Acadia Axemen, and the strong Bahamian roster on its 2017 roster hope to rebound quickly from a lopsided opening week loss in Atlantic University Sport football.

Keano making a name for himself on the gridiron

A NEWCOMER to American football, one Bahamian high school student is garnering media attention for his size and natural ability to adapt quickly to the game.

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Frank Rutherford: ‘Now I see why Noah had to build the ark’

AS a Bahamian who has experienced the devastation of hurricanes before, Olympic triple jump bronze medallist Frank Rutherford said he has been able to cope with the catastrophe that they are now dealing with in the state of Texas from Tropical Storm Harvey over the weekend.

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Waltiea Rolle on the rebound

Waltiea Rolle has been the pioneer, breaking the barrier as the first Bahamian female basketball player to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association.

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Human trafficking case delay

THE trial of a Jamaican woman facing allegations of human trafficking was yesterday adjourned for a little over a month after the chief magistrate requested an adjournment due to unforeseen personal circumstances. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pr

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Murder plot trial starts at Supreme Court today

THE Supreme Court trial of three men allegedly involved in a murder plot that was executed in June of last year will start today before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs. The matter involving Daran Neely, Jahamaro Edgecombe and Sean Brown was adjourned

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Two accused over armed robbery

TWO men in their early twenties were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday on several charges ranging from armed robbery to possession of an unlicensed firearm. Braymond Jones, 21, of Big Pond, and Patrick Carey, 23, of Emerald Coast Subdivisi

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Suspect faces court over Valentine's Day stabbing

A 30-year-old man was charged with the murder of an Eight Mile Rock woman who was found stabbed to death on Valentine’s Day.Dwayne Belizaire, of Seagrape, Eight Mile Rock, was arraigned in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court on Monday before Magis

Chinese Scholarships for 14 Bahamians

FOURTEEN Bahamians were awarded scholarships to study in various provinces in China during a ceremony held at the Chinese Embassy on Friday.The scholarships, which will become effective in the fall, enable the recipients to pursue higher education in

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Bahamian forced from home by Hurricane Harvey

AT least one Bahamian woman was displaced from her home due to flooding in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield said yesterday.He added officials in the capital have been notified that all Bahamians, reported to be

EDITORIAL: Two pathways to Bahamas Recovery, Government Austerity, Economic Stimulus

IN many significant ways, the new administration is off to a good start. Its anti-corruption stance, strong warning to those who would commit violent crimes, making good on long-sought after promises for Crown Land, decision not to fund Carnival all verbalize a side of governance that the public is eager to hear. It has been a message of ‘We will get the bad guys, deter future bad guys before they act and reward the good guys.’

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Shooting victim in hospital

POLICE are looking for two men responsible for a shooting that left a man in hospital on Sunday.

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New BPL CEO: My job is to keep the lights on

POWERSECURE told the new interim CEO of Bahamas Power & Light to stay clear of ongoing disputes between itself and the board of BPL and focus squarely on such service priorities as “keeping the lights on” and raising money for equipment improvements, Carson Harreld said during his introductory press conference yesterday.

Liquor retailers: Competition watchdog ‘urgently needed’

INDEPENDENT liquor retailers yesterday said a competition watchdog and antitrust regulations were “needed urgently”, as they again hit out at Commonwealth Brewery. 

‘Society of chaos’ warning over get rich quick schemes

THE Bahamas will disintegrate into “a society of chaos” if unregulated investment schemes continue to flourish, a fraud examiner yesterday warning that the “mindset” needs to change.

No BPL bond refinance if energy costs increase

BAHAMAS Power & Light’s (BPL) multi-million dollar liabilities will not be refinanced with a Rate Reduction Bond (RRB) if it increases electricity costs for the Bahamian people.

‘The tourism dilemma’: GB has less tourists than 1977

The Minister of Tourism yesterday blamed his predecessor for “locking up” precious marketing dollars, as data revealed that Grand Bahama attracted MORE stopover visitors 40 years ago.

Monday, August 28

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VIDEO: Police investigate armed robbery at Rubis gas station

POLICE are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding an apparent armed robbery at the Rubis gas station on West Bay Street on Sunday, one of three armed robberies reported in western New Providence over a 24-hour period.

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08282017 EDITION

Monday, 28th August, 2017.

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UPDATED: Man turns himself in, helping police with inquiries in connection with infant shooting

Police have launched an island-wide search for a man after a shooting that left an infant dead and a man and woman injured.

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Two hurt in Baillou Hill Road crash

Two people are said to be in hospital in stable condition after a crash near SC McPherson school early this morning.

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Marijuana mountain

JUST over $3m worth of marijuana was seized by the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Marine Support Unit in waters off Exuma in a joint operation with the RBPF’s Drug Enforcement Unit, and the United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Sacked BPL staff ‘shown no evidence’

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe said yesterday he is going to seek redress through the Supreme Court for the three Bahamas Power & Light employees who were fired in connection with a fraud probe.

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Manhunt after new street slaying

POLICE have launched an island-wide manhunt for the suspect responsible for the shooting death of a man that occurred in the Bain Town area over the weekend.

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Glenys signals bid for leadership

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin is expected to announce her intention to run for leader of the Progressive Liberal Party at a press conference today.

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Moody’s: Deficit could hit $636m

The Bahamas’ 2016-2017 fiscal deficit could rise as high as $636 million or 7 per cent of GDP, Moody’s has warned, due to the Christie administration’s pre-election spending binge.

INSIGHT: A nation hit by crime

A damning new report paints The Bahamas as one off the most violent crime-ridden nations in the Caribbean. The report – coming on the weekend another man was shot dead in Nassau –shows the country is second only to Jamaica in some instances of crime

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'My year has been the best ever'

Even though it wasn’t the finish that he anticipated, men’s 400 metres national record holder Steven Gardiner said he’s still pleased with the way 2017 turned out for him. Now he’s looking forward to expanding his horizons in 2018 as he will contempl

First Class or People’s Class?

So are the Ministers of The People’s Government travelling ‘People’s Class’ or ‘First Class’?

Bad service at NIB

I think it is very ridiculous that I have spent 30 minutes of my morning (9am-9:30am) calling the National Insurance Board to ask one question and I can‘t get the phone answered. How is it possible for a building of at least 300+ people and no one answers the phone?

Electoral reform

THE recent revelation regarding BPL’s $1.5m dollar payout as authorised by Shane Gibson and former DPM Philip ‘Brave’ Davis reiterates the need for reformation of the electoral process.

Bishop Neil Ellis and his sermon

I assume Bishop Nei Ellis has a thorough knowledge of the 10 commandments specifically for this letter the 8th Thou Shalt Not Steal.

EDITORIAL: ‘Only fools rush in where angels fear to tred’

PLP CHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts and his sidekick, PLP Senator Fred Mitchell, have gone out of their way to criticise the FNM government for at last telling the unvarnished truth —at least as far as the FNM knew it at the time – about the critical state of the economy. They laid it out in their first budget debate in parliament in June giving notice that the new government would have to borrow $323m to cover the deficit for the 2017-2018 fiscal year and an additional $400m to cover the fiscal overhang for 2016-2017.

Sir Franklyn argues ‘deficit never $500m’

Moody’s has proven that the Government’s 2016-2017 deficit was “never $500 million”, a well-known businessman yesterday arguing: “Let’s not keep beating that narrative.”

Gov’t gains $96m in tax cheat crackdown

The Government netted almost $96 million in the first six months of its crackdown on corporate and high net worth tax cheats, it has been revealed.

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TKO: 'Reno' falls in the 12th round

BAHAMIAN boxer Tureano Johnson had high hopes of challenging for a title shot in the near future but those plans were derailed for the moment when he suffered a loss in the IBF middleweight eliminator bout. Sergiy Derevyanchenko remained unbeaten an

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Evans settles for silver in 400m free, Bahamas in 3-way tie for 18th place

GRAND Bahamian Joanna Evans, the flag bearer during the protest which interrupted the opening ceremonies, put the Bahamas in a three-way tie for 18th place after she claimed an historic silver and bronze medal and set two national records in three fi

Bahamians reported safe as hurricane hits Texas

AFTER a briefing with Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, Honorary Consul to Houston Lynden Rose reported Saturday that all Bahamians he had been in contact with have relayed to him that they are safe and secure in the wake of the onslaught

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Murder case suspect found in Haiti

A MAN who police wanted to question in connection with a murder that took place at a bar on Quintine Alley and Wulff Road earlier this year was found by Haitian authorities in that country after he skipped town, senior police officials confirmed yest

RISE scheme under review

THE Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development’s RISE programme reportedly suffered “substantial challenges” and is under review to determine whether the pilot project will be adopted, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold.Mr Newbold, i

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The little kitchen that could

IN a world of fast-paced, high tech talk and expectations, a ritual plays out every week in a modest house in an even more modest neighbourhood that reminds us of what humanity is all about.The building where it takes place is called Mosseff House. D

Mortimer laments the lack of 'hope or help'

DESPITE the Free National Movement’s landslide victory and its five seats in Parliament for Grand Bahama, there is “still no hope or help” for the devastated island, said Democratic National Alliance Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer. Mr Mortimer also s

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Entrepreneur programme to be launched

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said that the Office of the Prime Minister would soon launch an apiary entrepreneur programme, and put at least 20 persons in business on Grand Bahama. An apiary is a place where bees are kept. Dr Minnis was in Freep

'Fruitful' talks on future of Grand Lucayan Resort

DURING his first day in office in Grand Bahama, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis engaged in “fruitful talks” with representatives from Hutchison Whampoa regarding the Grand Lucayan Resort, which has been closed for nearly a year.However, he would not

Powersecure chooses interim BPL chief

POWERSECURE has selected subcontractor Mike Harreld to assume the role of interim CEO of Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) effective today, as the company’s board prepares to implement systems to “track and eliminate fraud and financial abuses.”

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WORLD VIEW: Boycotted for a Knighthood

GEOFFREY Boycott is a BBC cricket commentator. He was an England cricketer for 24 years. Over that period, he scored 8,114 runs in 108 Test matches for England and was the first England cricketer to pass 8,000 Test runs. For this accomplishment, he received the award of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Her Majesty The Queen, through the UK National Honours Committee. But, he clearly felt that the award was not of a sufficiently high rank and he merited more.

INSIGHT: A Word to the Wise

IT has been over a week since the People’s Republic of China through its State Council issued a policy banning and restricting outbound investments by the state and its citizens around the world. The policy, which comes from China’s top economic plan

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Search continues for missing boy in Abaco

SEARCH and rescue teams in Abaco continued their search over the weekend for missing teenager Dillion Albury, who reportedly fell off a boat last Wednesday.

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Hunt after five armed robberies

POLICE are searching for the suspects responsible for five separate armed robberies that occurred Thursday night.

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Avoiding downgrade ‘showing confidence in FNM administration’

MOODY’S decision not to downgrade the country’s credit rating “is clear and unambiguous evidence of the unmistakable confidence in the economic policies of the Minnis administration,” Free National Movement Chairman Sidney Collie said yesterday.

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Company kept on to chase down property tax debts

KIKIVARAKIS and Company, a local financial advisory firm, remains contracted with the government to go after real property tax arrears, Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest confirmed yesterday.

Govt’s 12 months to gain $100m savings

The Bahamas has 12-18 months to achieve the Government’s targeted $100 million austerity savings and other goals key to “turning around” Moody’s negative outlook on this nation.

Chamber chief: Govt 10% spending slash ‘may harm economy’

The Chamber of Commerce’s chairman yesterday warned the Bahamas faces “a credibility test”, and expressed fears the Government’s 10 per cent spending cut goal could “harm the economy”.

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Columnist Larry Smith dies age 67

LARRY Smith, 67, well known columnist, died suddenly at his High Vista home on Sunday of complications from heart failure.

Jet boat provider teams with eatery

A jet boat excursion provider has teamed up with Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville to offer a combination half-day tour and restaurant experience for customers.The tour, dubbed the JetBoat Escape to Margaritaville, begins with a 45-minute to one-hour boa

Bahamas 'closer than ever' on plane registry

The Bahamas now only needs to sign a global treaty to unlock the “immeasurable long-term economic benefits” of an international aircraft registry, an aviation attorney believes.“The Bahamas is closer than ever to the establishment of the long sought-

Sunday, August 27

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Jones and Sun suffer 96-83 loss to Sky

FACED with their fifth game in 11 days, Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun were unable to keep pace in their home finale as the WNBA playoff race closes out the regular season. The Sun suffered a 96-83 loss to the Chicago Sky Friday night in thei

Saturday, August 26

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Johnson KO'd in 12th round

BAHAMIAN Tureano 'Reno' Johnson was stopped in the 12th and final round by unbeaten Sergiy Derevyanchenko of Ukraine in their IBF middleweight eliminator on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

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Medal double for swimmer Joanna Evans

GRAND Bahamian Joanna Evans continues her stellar appearance on the international scene, winning a silver and bronze medal in three finals with two national records for the Bahamas at the 29th Summer University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Friday, August 25

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08252017 EDITION

Friday, 25th August, 2017.

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08252017 WEEKEND

Friday, 25th August, 2017.

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Bahamas avoids Moody's downgrade

THE Bahamas has avoided a potentially damaging and costly credit downgrade, with Moody's revealing Friday that it has confirmed the country's Baa3 rating following its recent review. 

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VIDEO: Updated - Chaos as hundreds demand refunds from Pineapple Express

CHAOS erupted at Pineapple Express Asue Holders office off Cowpen Road early Friday morning after hundreds of angry persons stormed the building in an attempt to collect money owed to them.

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Man cries in court after being given two year sentence

A 23-year-old man broke down and cried in a Magistrate's Court just moments before being sentenced to two years at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services in connection with nearly a dozen charges ranging from threats of death to assaulting a police officer.

Ministry of Finance statement on Moody's confirmation of Baa3 credit rating

Today, Moody’s Investor Services confirmed The Bahamas’ Baa3 credit rating—after initiating a review for downgrade on 6 July, 2017. Moody’s also left unchanged most of the risk ceilings for The Bahamas’ long-term and short-term financial obligations.

Minor delays in visa process expected at Bahamas Embassy in Haiti

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced establishment of "temporary measures" regarding the visa process at its Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, due to "technical constraints".

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Hospital bed petition wins Sands’ support

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday he “fully supports” a recently launched petition urging the government to increase the number of beds and improve the service at the Rand Memorial Hospital  in Grand Bahama.

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Call to decriminalise marijuana

A HANDFUL of young Bahamians are hoping to turn their social media traction into a political movement for the decriminalisation of marijuana.

Salaries for bus drivers sent to the wrong people

SCHOOL bus drivers in Cat Island have been waiting for two months for salaries owed to them after money the Ministry of Education sent for them was paid out to the wrong people.

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Scam warning: Police alert as second scheme fails

POLICE are urging members of the public to report instances of suspected fraud after several alleged “asue” companies have been accused of scamming persons out of thousands of dollars.

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Car boot victim begs: Drop charges

THE case of two brothers who were arraigned in connection with the alleged abduction of a woman was adjourned for two weeks yesterday after the complainant informed the chief magistrate of her desire to withdraw the charges against the accused.

Grand Lucayan ‘knee jerk’ kills $350m plan

The Government was yesterday warned that any “knee jerk” Grand Lucayan solution could “kill” a $350 million proposal designed to transform Freeport into an Atlantis-style tourism destination.

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Residents hunt for boy who fell from boat

ABACO residents are looking for Dillon Albury, a 15-year-old resident of the island who they said fell off a boat around 8.30pm Wednesday. He was in the Marsh Harbour point area near Pelican Shores in a 17-foot whaler, according to reports from resi

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Surprise party honours psychiatrist

MEMBERS of The Family Group Therapy Project (The Family: People Helping People) organised a surprise birthday party on Wednesday for noted psychiatrist Dr David Allen. This party was intended to give many people whom he has helped secretly over the y

Tasks for tourism

TENDERS-RFP’s for providing services or alike to Government? There is a requirement under Law that any item over $50,000.00 must go to a published tender - why didn’t Tourism send the marketing contract to public tender?

Car prices

What are we coming to here in The Bahamas when we have private businesses complaining about Bahamians trying to save themselves some money by purchasing reasonably priced, good condition, well-running vehicles for themselves and their children to get around instead of having to pay high monthly payments to a bank that has no concern for you.

EDITORIAL: Fears about US world leadership

WITH the US presidency stumbling from one crisis to another during the last few months, those who want it to fail are now scenting blood in the aftermath of the furore over the drama at Charlottesville and the latest in a string of high profile departures from the White House. But what does this mean for America’s position in the world?

URCA targets ‘world class service’ for BPL

Initiatives such as Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) proposed consumer protection plan are designed to drive it to “world class service levels”, regulators have revealed.

‘National disaster’ if no Grand Lucayan compulsory purchase

The Government was yesterday warned that it “will have a national disaster on their hands” unless it immediately acts to take over the Grand Lucayan resort via compulsory acquisition.

Three-way battle heats up at West Bay resort

A Nassau resort owner yesterday pledged to defend its $25 million investment to “the nth degree”, as a three-way battle with its operator and former lender heated up.

Ex-minister says Grand Bahama ‘needs help’

A former minister of tourism yesterday backed the Government’s proposed Grand Lucayan takeover as a ‘last resort’ option, saying simply: “Grand Bahama needs help.”

Graduate's selective morality

IN long-winded discussions, one can easily forget the core issue being discussed. I think this is what happened to The Graduate in his public discussion with me on civil unions and homosexual marriage. He seems to have forgotten the core issue. Please allow me space to remind The Graduate of the core issue and to point further to his selective morality.

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THE FINISH LINE: We wish every success to 'Reno' tonight against 'The Technician'

WHILE the construction of the new national baseball stadium is still on hold, the movers and shakers in the sport are working behind the scene to amalgamate all of the splinter groups, organisations and leagues under one umbrella. Back in March, the

'No interruption' in Downtown talks

THE Downtown Nassau Partnership, consisting of key private sector stakeholders in the downtown area, asserted Thursday they have “been fully engaged and at the table without interruption,” as development talks for the tourist hub continue to take sha

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Poitier, Rolle to join the Lions in NAIA Division I

A PAIR of Bahamian players will make the progression from the junior college university level with a new programme this fall.Latrell Poitier and Shamir Rolle will transfer to join the Freed-Hardeman Lions, an NAIA Division I programme.Last year with

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Robinson 6th overall in US Mid-Amateur qualifying

AFTER turning in a sub-par performance as the leading member of the Bahamas’ team at the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships, Devaughn Robinson is back in the United States where he’s taking his individual game to another level.At the US Mid-Amateur

Lease deal for Girl Guides HQ

SENIOR government officials and executives of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) “reached a mutually agreeable conclusion” on the lease of property located at their Fort Charlotte headquarters on Wednesday, ending a 20-year ordeal. Prime Mini

Talks still under way over Grand Lucaya sale

KWASI Thompson, State Minister for Grand Bahama, confirmed that discussions for the sale of the Grand Lucayan Resort are continuing with relevant parties, amid public statements made by the Wynn Group –- the former prospective buyer. Mr Thompson did

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A COMIC'S VIEW: What men really mean

In the spirit of fair play a certain subject must be addressed. Previously in this column, I gave some insight to my younger Bahamian brethren as to what women really mean when they say certain things. If I do say so myself, as I recall, it turned

Wilson family gives $35,000 for university scholarships

CHAIRMAN of Sunshine Holdings Ltd Sir Franklyn Wilson and Lady Sharon Wilson have made a $35,000 contribution in support of endowed student scholarships at the University of The Bahamas, affirming the crucial role that the institution plays in nation

Man charged with housebreaking

A 31-year-old man was charged in the Magistrate’s Court with attempting to break into another man’s house earlier this year. Andrew Cooper, of Devonshire Street, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with attempting to break in

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Suspect charged in stabbing murder case

A 30-year-old man was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the stabbing death of another man in the Munson Village area last week. Stephen Burrows, of Smith Street, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on cr

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Deal done with churches on reporting of finances

THE government and the Bahamas Christian Council have resolved a dispute over a requirement that some churches submit their financial information to the Registrar General’s Department in accordance with non-profit organisation regulations, BCC Presid

Anger over power outage

A RESIDENT of central New Providence complained that he and his neighbours suffered without electricity for nearly ten hours yesterday, as he lashed out at Bahamas Power and Light workers for reportedly not moving fast enough to address the problem.

Downtown stalemate needs to be broken

TOURISM Director General Joy Jibrilu revealed yesterday that shareholders in the downtown Nassau development partnership are all “coming back to the table,” with a view to finally address the “unacceptable” state of the area.

IAN FERGUSON: Creating a learning workplace culture

Learning is a life-long journey that requires persons to remain engaged. Employers are finding many ways to ensure employees acquire the skills needed to efficiently complete all the tasks and assignments entrusted to them. Mentorship programmes, bo

Thursday, August 24

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Body of man found in car

GRAND Bahama recorded its eighth murder for the year late Wednesday evening when a man was discovered shot dead in a vehicle in the South Bahamia area.

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08242017 EDITION

Thursday, 24th August, 2017.

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Shaunae wins Diamond League title, Gardiner slips at start

There were mixed fortunes for Bahamians Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Uibo at the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday.

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Union: BPL suspensions a sideshow

BAHAMAS Electrical Workers Union  representatives yesterday scoffed at the suspension of two managers from Bahamas Power & Light  amid an investigation into a more than $2m fraud scheme uncovered earlier this year, claiming those “put on the shelf” this week “played no major role” in the alleged matter.

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Watson - judge FNM in six months

FORMER Free National Movement Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson admitted yesterday the Minnis administration is “maybe not moving as quickly as one would like them to,” however he added another six months may be needed to give a proper assessment of the new government.  

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Davis targets new party constitution

AS the Progressive Liberal Party’s  convention nears, Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said he will appoint a constitutional reform committee to fully review the party’s constitution to ensure it meets modern expectations.

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Teachers pay hike promise

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd pledged yesterday to increase the salaries of teachers “to match the role educators play in society” as well as provide scholarships to instructors seeking to obtain master’s degrees and PhDs.

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Hundreds caught out in Pineapple pyramid ‘scam’

THE Securities Commission has warned the public that local “asue” business Pineapple Express Asue Holders should be viewed as “unsafe and very high risk” and advised members of the public to “exercise extreme caution when considering to engage with this entity or persons soliciting membership.”

Miller-Uibo, Gardiner in the Diamond League Final today

Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Steven Gardiner continue their busy post-IAAF World Championships schedules on the Diamond League circuit.Miller-Uibo will be a part of a stacked field for the 200m while Gardiner will contest the 400m in the Diamond League Fi

Gardiner will learn

CONGRATULATIONS to Steven Gardiner, with his silver medal at the IAAF in London. He has the potential to be one of the world’s greatest runners in his time.

Punishment a joke

WHEN I heard the news about the punishment that was handed down to the two police officers who were caught on video drinking on the job, I was absolutely outraged. This was literally a smack on the wrist.

Police probe is not a witch hunt

IT must be quite clear to the public at this time that the witch-hunt being alleged by prominent politicians and lawyers is not deserving of their acceptance.

Activist losing faith in FNM over pollution

A LEADING member of the Grand Bahama Environmental Association is no longer confident that the Minnis administration will be any different from the previous Christie administration in bringing some resolve to the plight of residents living in Grand B

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McMinns looks to make immediate impact with Axemen

EUGENE McMinns is back at the top level of collegiate football in Canada and looks to make an immediate impact in his second stint with the Acadia Axemen.McMinns was one of the bright spots for the Axemen in their 20-17 preseason loss to the Saint Ma

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Hurricane-damaged crane dismantled in Freeport

A CRANE that caught fire and sustained hurricane damage last year at the Freeport Container Port was dismantled on Tuesday and will be disposed of, a spokesperson for the company said Wednesday. The transshipment terminal is expecting the arrival of

No.11 ranked Anfernee Seymour on hot streak at the plate for Fire Frogs

THE international media has taken notice of Anfernee Seymour’s hot streak at the plate for the Florida Fire Frogs.Seymour was ranked No.11 on the latest edition of Baseball America’s “Prospect Hot Sheet” which recognises the top performing prospects

No limit on back to school support

BTC’s Limitless Summer promotion will now assist students all over the country to get ready to enter the classroom to start the new school year.The company has supported several back to school initiatives and will now be starting a new promotion, “Ba

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Jibrilu defends hiring of foreign PR firm by ministry

THE Ministry of Tourism’s re-engagement of the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick was in the best interest of improving the country’s stagnant tourism product, according to Tourism director general Joy Jibrilu, who insisted yesterday the co

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Full speed ahead at summer camp

IT felt like 110°F outside but for the 56 kids who donned race suits and helmets and tackled a challenging slalom course in speedy karts they had taken apart and rebuilt, it was the coolest thing ever.Edukarting Bahamas recently wrapped up its two-we

Quality Beach Soccer squad wins league and cup competitions in the Bahamas Super League

QUALITY Beach Soccer experienced success at all levels in the Bahamas Beach Soccer Super League. The squad was victorious in both the league and cup competitions, despite only having one World Cup team member in their squad. They took the final with

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Ten months in jail for scuffle with police officer

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to ten months and seven days at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services for causing harm to a police officer during a widely publicised scuffle near Christ Church Cathedral in which he sought to evade arre

It's hot - really hot! Is it climate change?

TEMPERATURES this summer are soaring across the globe. A heat wave, aptly named Lucifer, has brought scorching temperatures of over 100°F to southern Europe.Wildfires have been sparked in Portugal, France and Greece, resulting in several deaths. Indu

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Two held by police after armed robbery and drug find

POLICE took two men into custody shortly after an armed robbery and the seizure of a large number of dangerous drugs on Tuesday.

Ex-Hard Rock Nassau franchisee loses appeal

Hard Rock Cafe’s former Nassau franchisee has lost its bid to overturn the dismissal of its $18.877 million damages claim for “deceptive and unfair business practices”.

Gov’ts small business plans ‘too fragmented’

The Government’s small business development strategy is “too fragmented”, a consultant yesterday urging it to “tie” all activities to the sector’s long-awaited legislation.

Chamber executive: BPL plan ‘doesn’t protect consumer’

A Chamber of Commerce executive yesterday called for Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) proposed consumer protection plan to be renamed, arguing: “The consumer is not protected.”

GB Power digs in on URCA dispute

Grand Bahama Power Company has “not changed its position one iota”, despite URCA executives yesterday expressing hope it will negotiate a settlement to their regulatory dispute.

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Legal battle erupts at West Bay resort

A furious legal battle has erupted at a major Nassau hotel, with the operator suing its owner to recover $556,000 in unpaid fees amid allegations of numerous contractual breaches.

Wednesday, August 23

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08232017 EDITION

Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017.

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Bank of the Bahamas opens for business in Bimini

THE Bank of The Bahamas opened a branch in Bimini on Monday restoring banking services to that island for the first time since the Royal Bank of Canada pulled  out on August 2.

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Drink video cops demoted

THE two officers caught drinking on video while riding in a police squad car were demoted, according to an order obtained by The Tribune yesterday.

New benefit programme suspended

THE Department of Social Services’ Conditional Cash Transfer project has been suspended for at least two months, The Tribune has learned.

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Miller: Hill deserved to be fired from BPL

PAMELA HILL being fired as the CEO of Bahamas Power and Light  was “long overdue and necessary,” according to the electricity company’s former Executive Chairman Leslie Miller, who claimed that “Ms Hill did not know what the hell she was doing.”

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SIDELINED: MPs reveal Christie turned against Davis

THE missteps of the Christie administration should not spoil Philip “Brave” Davis’ leadership ambitions, former parliamentarians Philip Galanis and George Smith said, telling The Tribune yesterday Mr Davis was “out of the loop” in the administration after former Prime Minister Perry Christie became “insecure” over his leadership threat and began

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Migration policy ‘must be changed’

GRAND Bahama Human Rights Association President Fred Smith yesterday condemned the Carmichael Road Detention Centre as an illegal facility with no basis in law as he railed against the country’s “militaristic and inhumane” approach to irregular migration.

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Grand Lucayan deal to avoid ‘quagmire repeat’

The Government’s proposed Grand Lucayan deal aims to avoid a repeat of previous failures and create a destination experience, with Memories and the Port Lucaya Marketplace’s owners “part of the conversation”.

EDITORIAL: Dames not playing games

ON Monday, August 21, shaken by the third murder in two days, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames convened a meeting of senior police officers, including the current but reportedly soon to be erstwhile Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. He asked them to reveal their strategy for fighting violent crime and the criminal activity that ends in murder or attempted murder. We have no doubt that the senior police officers in that room gave the National Security Minister the best briefing they had to offer.

There’s no free lunch

TOTALLY supportive of a capitalistic economy, but I am against a free lunch which is what it seems, users of AirBnB - Home Away from Home seem to wish. What next Government to give them a tax incentive?

We Rise just a PLP response

WE Rise is nothing more than a PLP idea to piggyback on Senator Ranard Heinfield’s We March Bahamas – an organisation which was a thorn in the Christie administration’s side. This fact alone reveals that the PLP lacks innovation. Whoever the organisers are, they are copycatting Senator Heinfield.

Stop this tax plan on rentals

Stop! I understand the government needs revenue, but it must stop for a moment to get a clear understanding of the vacation rental industry.

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'Reno' Johnson has fists set on 'The Technician'

For the second time in his career, Tureano ‘Reno’ Johnson finds himself on the threshold of securing a world title shot.Johnson, 33, is in Miami, Oklahoma preparing for his 12-round main event showdown on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Mia

Ambassador for beauty

GRAND Bahama’s Kenisha Bethel was crowned as an ambassador for the Elite Global Earth Pageant and will travel with the organisation to Las Vegas, Nevada, to join its team there.Ms Bethel was awarded the title by executives of the pageant franchise, w

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Extra 30 days to submit records

THE Minnis administration gave the Bahamas Christian Council a 30-day extension on the obligation for churches to produce their financial records in accordance with non-profit organisation regulations, The Tribune was told.It is not clear if this ext

MP inspects schools ahead of start of the new term

PINERIDGE MP Rev Frederick McAlpine visited all of the public schools in his constituency to inspect the progress of school repairs ahead of the new school year. There are five schools in the Pineridge constituency and contractors are on site at tho

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Law enforcement torch run benefits Special Olympics Bahamas

ON Saturday, members of several law enforcement agencies led by the Royal Bahamas Police Force held a torch run to benefit the Special Olympics Bahamas organization. The run began shortly after 9 am from the Magistrate’s Court on Nassau and South St

Enforce the death penalty

THE Bahamas now has a total of 87 murders for the first eight months of 2017. That is an average of a little over ten murders per month. At this rate, the country will once again reach the mark of 120 murders. The FNM government and National Security Minister Marvin Dames have stated that they will use everything on the law books, including capital punishment, to make The Bahamas safe for law-abiding citizens. Bahamians want a safe country. They are tired of the wanton bloodshed on the streets of New Providence and Grand Bahama.

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Antigua mission for Boys' Brigade

WITH all the negative news surrounding the state of young men in the Bahamas, The Boys’ Brigade is committed to its mission of developing boys into Christian men who are upstanding citizens.This past July, a Bahamas contingent travelled to the organi

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Suspect accused after gun discovery

A 27-year-old Freeport man was charged with firearm and ammunition possession in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

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$500 fine for man who threatened to kill ex-girlfriend

A MAN was ordered yesterday to pay a $500 fine or face three months at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services for threatening to kill his former girlfriend over three months ago.

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‘Witch hunt’ talk a bid to prevent investigations

THE assertions from some critics that police probes into alleged corruption on the part of public officials are “witch hunts” are nothing more than baseless attempts to quell intensive investigations, according to former Royal Bahamas Police Force Assistant Commissioner Paul Thompson.

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Cabinet committees set up to tackle crime and reform

THE Cabinet Office has announced the formation of various Cabinet committees to facilitate the work of the government, including groups to focus on crime and public sector reform.

Ex-landfill manager slams Christie Gov’ts ‘failure to co-operate’

The New Providence landfill’s former manager yesterday blamed the Christie administration’s “failure to fully co-operate and plan” for its decision to cease operations, arguing that this had prevented “successful remediation” of the site.

Taxation focus ‘could scare’ vacation rentals

The Bahamas was yesterday urged to develop a comprehensive strategy for growing the vacation rental market, amid warnings its taxation focus may “scare” visitors and entrepreneurs.

Hope Bahamas Power & Light ‘shake up’ shows reform desire

A governance reformer yesterday expressed hope that the “shake up” in Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) top management is a sign the Government is serious about delivering energy reform.

Dingman in legal battle on two fronts over Nassau failure 

A new front has opened in the legal war over Jamie Dingman’s failed Nassau restaurant empire, as the Lyford Cay resident moves to dismiss continuing “garden-variety fraud and contract” claims.

Tuesday, August 22

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08222017 EDITION

Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017.

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Sacked workers need job options

INTERMITTENT public service firings stand to create a “snowball effect of fear and pandemonium,” according to Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) President Gowon Bowe, who has urged the Public Service Commission to take a centralised approach to the government’s stated restructuring efforts.

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‘Privatised carnival’ plan under study

THE Minnis administration is considering treating Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival “like any other event,” one where Bahamians interested in hosting it can approach the government and perhaps secure “some kind of subvention or assistance” to do so, Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Michael Pintard said yesterday.

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Pre-school enrolment below 50%

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd yesterday underscored the low enrollment numbers for public preschools as he stressed the government’s efforts to legislate early childhood learning.

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BPL’s $1.5m payout on eve of election

SHANE Gibson ordered Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) to pay a collective $1.44m “lump sum” bonus to all its staff just eight days before the May 10 general election, Tribune Business can reveal.

Gov’t plans threaten to ‘kill’ vacation rentals

A prominent vacation rental home owner yesterday warned that the Government’s plans to tax and regulate the sector threaten “to kill it”.

Loose lips scare investors

IF the daily dose of Talk Shows continue as they splurt out daily inaccuracies I suggest the station owners should seriously consider cutting all.

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October date set for Blair murder trial

A TENTATIVE date of October 4 has been set for mention of a matter concerning two men accused of being involved in the October 2014 murder of Blair resident Andre Cartwright. The trial will be heard before Supreme Court Justice Deborah Frasier. Tia

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Four years in jail over guns and drugs

A 35-year-old man was sentenced to four years at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services yesterday in connection with the seizure of a high-powered weapon and a quantity of dangerous drugs over the weekend. Franklyn Stubbs, of Moncur Alley,

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Suspect accused of killing man who was out on bail

A MAN was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the murder of a man on bail and attempted murder of another individual three weeks ago.Edison McQueen, 30, of Faith Gardens, stood before Magistrate Subusola Swain facing one coun

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Pamela Hill firing is part of ‘accountability’

The removal of Pamela Hill as CEO of Bahamas Power & Light was confirmed by a press statement from chairwoman Darnell Osborne.

Search for shooting suspect

POLICE are asking the public to come forward with any information that might assist in locating a suspect responsible for a shooting incident that occurred early Monday.

Deposit bag taken in armed robbery outside church

TWO gunmen robbed a man of a bank deposit bag outside of a church on Sunday morning, one of three armed robberies that occurred between Sunday and early Monday.

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Two held after woman ‘thrown in car trunk’

TWO men were arrested shortly after they allegedly abducted a woman and threw her in the trunk of a car.

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We Rise group to protest govt’s lack of progress

WE Rise, a new group established “to do something,” has scheduled its first protest for Saturday, September 2, aiming to highlight what it sees as the government’s lack of progress in areas of national importance.

Realtor urges vacation rental tax incentives

The Government was yesterday urged to provide tax incentives to the vacation rental sector, a well-known realtor warning against “extensively burdening” homeowners.

Gov’t urged: Mandate 50% Freeport sell-off for breaks renewal  

A well-known QC yesterday urged the Government to require that Hutchison Whampoa and the Port Group of Companies sell 50 per cent of Freeport’s profit-making assets in return for renewal of their tax breaks.

FINCO suffers $10.9 million ‘reversal’ into losses

FINCO suffered a $10.9 million year-over-year ‘reversal’ to generate a small loss during the three months to end-April 2017, as delinquent loans “increased significantly” to $122 million.

BPL’s manager relationship in near disrepair

Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) relationship with its management company had almost completely broken down last night, with the latter yet to name a new chief executive to replace the terminated Pamela Hill.

Mitchell must stop using Pindling’s name

This week was the anniversary of The Bahamas exchanging diplomatic relations and recognition with the People’s Republic of China (during the Ingraham Government). I believe it might be the 23rd or 24th year.

Consult the owners

LISTENING to the Hon Minister of Tourism chirping on about parity for the hotel owner and the vacation home rental owner following the execution of an agreement with Air BNB, apart from the payment of taxes I wonder where is the level playing field? Also what about home owners who rent without being affiliated with Air BNB.

Gearing up to 'Paint Da Streets Pink'

ORGANISERS are ready and the sprinters are prepping, as registration opens for the fifth annual Paint Da Streets Pink.Under the theme “The Road to Pink Month”, this year’s walkathon in aid of breast cancer awareness is being hosted by the Rotaract Cl

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'Mommy and Me' workouts help shed weight, create stronger bonds

EXCESSIVE weight gain during pregnancy does not have to be a struggle for expectant mothers. Take Shaundra Sawyer, for instance, who only gained a total of 25 pounds before giving birth to her now eight-month-old son.Shaundra’s starting weight at the

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OFF THE SPECTRUM: Cut the cord!

Disclaimer: Clutch your pearls and buckle your seat belt. This one is going to be given straight, with no chaser. I was sharing with a friend recently about a life skills and vocational programme that I have the privilege of overseeing. This program

Dairy Queen's Miracle Treat Day raises $11,000 for Down syndrome community

Thousands of earth angels turned out for Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day held on July 27, raising $11,000 for children and families affected by Down syndrome in the Bahamas.For one day only, DQ donated $2 from every Blizzard sold to local schools and

Local doctor reverses the symptoms of type 2 diabetes

For patients suffering from type 2 diabetes the daily prick is as predictable as the changing of the tides. But the wave of wellness that is sweeping the medical industry may just be changing the way doctors treat diabetes. And one local expert, who

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What's eating you? Get to the root of what matters most

By MICHELLE MILLER We have all heard the saying that you are what you eat. While having a balanced diet is essential, the deeper struggle for most people goes beyond mere food consumption. It’s about getting to the root of what’s eating you that m

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Paying tribute to Bahamian beauty

Bahamians are naturally beautiful, so much so that we can compete internationally with all races and with their most elegant cosmopolitan lifestyles.

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Whitney Glinton discovers her love for the environment

Many young Bahamians decide to study abroad with dreams of returning home one day and becoming a catalyst for change. For Whitney Glinton, attending Flagler College in St Augustine, Florida, opened her mind to the possibilities of making changes in h

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Helping domestic batterers change their behaviour

In April 2011, a 42-year-old Bahamian woman was “chopped” to death by her lover, now serving a 57-year sentence at Her Majesty’s Prison, with a cutlass that bore the message “this what cheaters get”. It was noted that the woman’s lover felt justified

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Bahamian author celebrates double success

Bahamian author Latrell King has managed to have not one, but two of her books on Amazon’s best-sellers list.Her newest e-book entitled “How Successful Women Think” made it to number two worldwide for new releases, while her “A Mother’s Tragedy” book

Back to school in style with Solomon's initiative

THIS Saturday, Solomon’s Super Centre is helping parents and students get in gear for the new school year with a trade show and community outreach initiative.Beginning at noon, more than 15 clubs and after school programmes will showcase activities f

Exchange sees Bahamian books given to Cornell University

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard applauded the exchange of about 20 books by Bahamian authors with New York State’s Cornell University and called the initiative “powerful”. “To the extent that we can have more Bahamian publicati

PM praises Girl Guides movement

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis met with officials of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association (BGGA) last Thursday during a visit at the BGGA’s headquarters located Marcus Bethel Way and West Bay Street.The BGGA is a non-profit, voluntary organisation fo

Armed robbery in Freeport

GRAND Bahama police are investigating an armed robbery involving a carjacking in Freeport over the weekend. According to reports, a male victim reported to police that around 3am on Saturday while at a business on East Sunrise Highway, he was held up

Industrial plant's neighbours gather for Residents Day

THE first Industrial Plant Residents Day in Grand Bahama was held at the grounds of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lewis Yard on Saturday.The event, sponsored by Subway restaurant, was organised by the Grand Bahama Environmental Association. It f

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Roberts says FNM has failed to keep promises

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has lambasted the Minnis administration for its first 100 days in office, saying the new government has not kept its key election promises. The Progressive Liberal Party member’s comments came hours after Prime Minister

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Ex-Ministry of Finance worker granted bail in fraud case

A FORMER Ministry of Finance employee accused of defrauding the ministry of over half a million dollars has been granted bail by a Supreme Court judge ahead of his November trial.James Anwar Johnson, 27, of St Andrew’s Beach Estates, was granted $30,

Monday, August 21

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Monday, August 21st, 2017.

Saunders and Seminoles open season at No.3

MAVIN Saunders and his Florida State Seminoles are expected to be one of the top teams in NCAA Division I football this season and the redshirt junior tight end is also expected to continue his progression.The Seminoles opened the season ranked at No

Bodybuilders look to make impression at CAC

When the Bahamas’ 22-member team travels to the Central American and Caribbean Championships, three competitors are hoping that they will make an impression in Mexico City.Gemo Smith and Cara Saunders are returning to the championships, which will be

Sports Notes

JUNIOR TENNIS PLAYERS IN TRINIDAD Donte Armbrister, Afrika Smith and Jacobi Bain continue their participation on the ITF Junior circuit in Trinidad and Tobago this week in both the singles and doubles events. Sydney Clarke will participate in the


AS a former athlete turned coach, Mark Humes wants to use his expertise to help forge a vibrant sporting programme for the constituency of Fort Charlotte that he now represents as the Member of Parliament.Humes, elected as the MP for Fort Charlotte u

Children with special needs enjoy Nassau 'Nastics summer camp

NASSAU ‘Nastics soared through its popular summer camp with well over 100 students tumbling and twisting in the gym for as many as nine weeks; but for some, the best was saved for last. Once again Nassau ‘Nastics’ Seagrapes location closed out its s

Let's cut right to the chase in the NFL's NFC South

By INIGO 'NAUGHTY' ZENICAZELAYA I’VE got four very important Fantasy Football League Drafts coming up this week and next week, so let’s cut right to the chase for the NFC SOUTH. In and out, I need to get back to strategising!! ATLANTA FALCONS -

Chavez Young scores twice for the Blue Jays in 14-5 victory

CHAVEZ Young had one of his best offensive games of the season thus far and his timely hitting helped his club stay ahead in a close race atop the league standings.Young homered, finished 3-4 with two RBI and scored twice in the 14-5 win for his Blue

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Tourism PR deal cost $600,000

THE re-engagement of global public relations firm Weber Shandwick will cost taxpayers $600,000, The Tribune has learned.

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Henfield happy on FNM progress

SENATOR Ranard Henfield said on Sunday he has not received a request from any of the sub-groups associated with the We March Bahamas organisation to stage a protest against the Minnis administration for inaction during its first 100 days.

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Private sector key to school overhaul

THE Minnis administration plans to build at least one new school in southwest New Providence this term, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd has revealed.

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BPL CEO Pamela Hill fired

BAHAMAS Power & Light CEO Pamela Hill has been terminated, The Tribune has learned.

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Triple murder triggers new crackdown

IN the face of rising homicides, National Security Minister Marvin Dames over the weekend presented a number of crime fighting initiatives, highlighting plans to clamp down on persons out on bail, firearm traffickers, drug houses and enhancing senior command at the divisional level of the force on a 24-hour basis.

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Alert over China strategy switch

THE CHINESE government’s reported crackdown on “irrational” overseas investments may affect projects in the Bahamas with new restrictions on such projects in property, hotel and entertainment and a ban on gambling investments.

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No problem, insists Dames - but Greenslade out of sight

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames over the weekend continued to downplay the noticeable absence of Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade amid reports that he has been asked to step down from the post.

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Team Bahamas in middle of political protest at FISU Summer Universaide

TEAM Bahamas found itself right in the middle of a political protest on Saturday night during the opening ceremonies of the International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) 2017 Summer Universaide.

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Jones, Thomas lead Sun to 94- 66 win over Mercury

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, Jonquel Jones added 20 points and eight rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 94-66 yesterday.

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Bahamas 6th overall after 75-50 loss to Guatemala

IT wasn’t what she expected, but head coach Varel Davis said her young team gave it their best shot, finishing as the sixth best team in the FIBA Under-17 Centrobasket Championship for Women.

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Miller-Uibo ends up 8th in 100, Thomas seventh

OPTING not to compete in the rematch of the women’s 400 metres from the 16th IAAF World Championships in London, England, Shaunae Miller-Uibo decided to try her hand in the 100 metres yesterday at the Grand Prix Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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Bodybuilders named for CAC

National champions Charles Reckley, Shakeria Ferguson, Angelica Wallace-Whitfield, Enderich Rahming and Giovanne Farrington will head the Bahamas’ 22-member team that will compete at the 2017 Central American and Caribbean Championships.

Don’t kill the goose - it’s still growing

Re: your piece in the Business Section today (Thursday).

How many holes do we dig?

IT IS oftentimes good to look at the past to see how far we’ve gone and what has happened along the way.

EDITORIAL: The confused world of Trump

FIFTY years ago, the US was torn apart by racial unrest, rioting and social upheaval. Race relations, political assassinations and an unpopular Vietnam War fuelled the tumult.

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Work resumes on seawall after contractor change

THE seawall project at Smith’s Point in Grand Bahama has resumed and work is progressing well following the hiring of a new contractor two weeks ago.

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WORLD VIEW: Lessons from India’s partition and Charlottesville’s strife

ON August 14 and 15, Pakistan and India, respectively, celebrated the 70th anniversary of their Independence from Britain, a country whose policies, as an occupier, fomented - and then bequeathed to them - the hostile communalism that led to their partition and their continuing antagonism. Religious dissimilarity, as Muslim and Hindu, proved more defining and more divisive than common ethnicity, common culture, common foods and shared history.

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INSIGHT: Voter dissonance as the honeymoon ends

ON day 102 of the Minnis Administration’s tenure in governance, there is a growing feeling of voter dissonance throughout the country. No longer are they seen as the rockstars some crowned them to be on May 10, after the dust settled on their easily won battle – even though their win was secured because the Bahamian people desperately wanted the PLP gone.

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‘It’s time for ethical government - and to let England go’

THE Free National Movement administration was yesterday given a strict charge to overhaul the country’s governance structure and implement an ethics and human rights commission.

Sterling lauds Forbes for rating Bahamas #1

STERLING Global Financial, a broad-based real estate and international financial services provider with US$9 billion in assets under administration and management, has today applauded Forbes magazine for ranking The Bahamas as the world’s number one choice for real estate investment.

Stellar stress key element of landfill solution

A waste-to-energy solution is vital for the New Providence landfill to be ‘environmentally and economically sustainable’, according to Stellar Energy’s chief executive.“It makes no sense without it”.

Cruise line to double trips to Freeport

GRAND Bahama has been given a desperately needed boost to its flagging tourism industry with the news a US cruise company is to double sailings to Freeport.

Cheap Japanese car imports driving the industry down

The influx of cheap Japanese vehicles was yesterday described as a ‘nuisance’ to the entire Bahamian auto industry.

Sunday, August 20

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Two held after AK-47, drugs seized

Two men are being held by police after the seizure of a high-powered weapon and dangerous drugs on Saturday.

Friday, August 18

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Friday, 18th August, 2017.

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$72,000 stolen through ATM skimming devices

EIGHTY-SIX people have been victims of fraud involving ATM skimming devices in the last month, Debra Thompson, Assistant Superintendent in charge of the Business & Technology Crime section of the Royal Bahamas Police Force said yesterday.

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NEMA director urges caution as weather system moves towards Bahamas

NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency Director Capt Stephen Russell yesterday urged residents throughout the country to finalise hurricane preparations as the country enters the peak of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season.

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Employee charged with defrauding Ministry of Finance of over $500,000

A Ministry of Finance employee was arraigned in a Magistrate's Court on Friday for allegedly defrauding the ministry of over half a million dollars within a five month periodn.

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Frank Smith trial date set for late November

Former Progressive Liberal Party Senator Frank Smith's trial for extortion and bribery charges will commence in late November.

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08182017 WEEKEND

Friday, August 18th, 2017.

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Drug mules jailed after leniency plea

A Surinamese woman yesterday told a judge that she only attempted to smuggle cocaine into the country as a way to secure funding to house her displaced grandmother after their South American home burned down.

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100 a day landfill scavengers

ENVIRONMENTAL Health is reviewing bids for a new security firm to guard the New Providence Landfill, according to Director of Environmental Health Services Melanie McKenzie, who revealed that the previous firm’s contract ended with the last budget cycle.

Forensic audit for gaming board payouts

GAMING Board Secretary Verdant Scott was this week directed to take a vacation as the regulatory body prepares to issue a request for proposals for a forensic audit, The Tribune has learned.

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UPDATED: Three killings in 24 hours

Three deaths in 24 hours have pushed the country's murder toll to 87 for the year.

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Sands steps in on nurses owed $1m

ABOUT 45 nurses were working for months without the salary and benefits full-time government employees expect, a predicament Health Minister Dr Duane Sands found "heartbreaking" and said he has moved to remedy.

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Police pay backlog delayed

THE latest installment of the budgeted $5.6m for police overtime pay has been shelved due to a lack of public funds, according to an official from the Police Staff Association.

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Police set to move on BPL fraud

POLICE could conclude their probe into that multi-million-dollar theft scheme at Bahamas Power and Light as early as today, with sources in the power company suggesting that at least two managers could be terminated by this evening.

Festival programme would be magnet to boost cruise revenue 

The Bahamas should encourage the creation of more signature cultural and heritage festivals as a means to attract cruise visitors and create economic opportunities for Bahamian entrepreneurs, a local event organiser said yesterday.

BISX welcomes new listing

Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) yesterday announced that Oil & Gas Opportunity Lending Fund Ltd. (the Fund) has successfully completed the BISX Mutual Fund Listing Process.

Duty increases drives Aquapure growth

A leading local bottled water manufacturer said yesterday it was enjoying ‘a very good summer’ with sales up an estimated five percent over last year.

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See the eclipse - but be safe

NEVER look at the sun directly ‑ your mom may have told you more than once.

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Puerto Rico blows out Bahamas by 64 points

The Bahamas couldn’t stop the up-tempo game from host Puerto Rica and ended up getting blown out by 64 points in the FIBA U17 Centrobasket Championship for Women.

Come Join the 21st Century, Pastor Moss

The most venerable Pastor Cedric Moss threw down a gauntlet in his passé crusade to deny rights to some Bahamians. His crusade is drenched in intolerance, obstinacy and biblical irony.


IN JUNE, we called in these columns for a major reassessment of the government’s tourism policy and promotion in the face of growing competition from our Caribbean rivals, including Cuba.

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THE FINISH LINE: ‘I want to congratulate our stellar athletes’ Miller-Uibo and Gardiner

WE’VE come a long way from the days when the late great Tommy Robinson pioneered the Bahamas’ international participation as the sole representative at the Pan Am Games in Mexico City in 1958, serving as the manager, coach and athlete, competing in the 100 and 200 metres.

Sports Notes

THREE of the Bahamian players have advanced to the semi-final of the SVGTA NLA Junior ITF Tournament in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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National bowling team brings the medals home

THE Bahamas Bowling Federation’s national team participated in the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas (TOA) in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, at the Strikers Lanes.

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‘I’m still young and I still have a lot more years in me . . .’

IT was a unique love affair all around in London, England, for Shaunae Miller-Uibo at the 16th International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Championships.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: BPL in the dark

When Bahamas Power & Light CEO Pamela Hill defended the company’s $1.1m performance bonus under the former Christie administration, I couldn’t control the hysterical fit of laughter, her comments put me under.

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$1,000 fine for Swiss woman caught with cocaine

A SWISS woman tourist was ordered to make a near $1,000 donation to two local institutions after being caught with a small amount of cocaine yesterday morning.

Generator donated to aid Children’s Home in GB

THE prayers of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home were answered when a local financial institution donated a much-needed power generator valued at more than $30,000 to the facility on Thursday.

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Police call for public help in search for missing people as teenage girl found

CHAROME Green, a 15-year-old girl who was reported missing on August 12, has been found, Police Superintendent Chanta Knowles said yesterday.

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Police hunting men after armed robberies

POLICE are seeking the public’s help in solving two separate armed robberies that occurred on Wednesday.

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Case of officers seen drinking on video still under review

COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade is still reviewing the file on the two officers caught drinking on video while riding in a police squad car, The Tribune was told.

Fledgling franchise shows signs of success

Local sign manufacturer Signarama said yesterday it had seen ‘almost double growth’ in its business compared with last year.

CPC gets down to work

Consumer Protection Commission (CPC) newly appointed board has held its first meeting.

IAN FERGUSON: Times, they need to be changing

As the racism and bigotry discussion reopens in North America in the presence of a supreme leader who seemingly welcomes the different treatment of others by virtue of their colour, nationality, socio-economic standing or sexual orientation, we must pause as well to evaluate our own corporate position on similar matters.

Thursday, August 17

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Thursday, 17th August, 2017.

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Senator attacks raid film

OPPOSITION Senator Dr Michael Darville yesterday condemned attempts to “vilify” his wife after a cell phone video of her having a heated discussion with a Department of Customs official was circulated on social media with negative connotations.

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Immigration immune from deficit cutbacks

AUSTERITY measures announced by the government will not affect the Department of Immigration, according to Immigration Minister Brent Symonette, pictured, who yesterday pointed to the high volume of permit applications as the greatest challenge faced by officials.

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BPL fraud: More staff face sack

AFTER three employees were fired from Bahamas Power and Light on Wednesday in connection with a probe into a $2m theft, a senior official at the utility provider has warned that more firings are on the way as the investigation continues and will include those who are “higher up” in the company if found culpable.

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Union sounds alarm over teacher crisis

THE recruitment of Cuban teachers before the new school term doesn’t satisfy the worrying shortage the country faces, Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said yesterday.

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Banker’s killer gets 20 years

A SUPREME Court judge yesterday sentenced a man to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of a banker he claimed had made a sexual pass at him in late 2015.

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Teray Smith: I want to be in a final

NOW that his collegiate career is over, sprinter Teray Smith has decided to begin his professional training in Kingston, Jamaica.

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UPDATED: One of missing girls found

POLICE are seeking the public’s assistance in locating four missing persons, including two teenage girls in the capital, one man in Eleuthera and another in Abaco.In the first case, according to Superintendent Shanta Knowles, 13-year-old Dominique Ca

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'We're fighting for the cure our sister couldn't receive'

IN the midst of the fun and revelry of last Saturday’s CIBC FirstCaribbean’s “Soca Party for the Cure” cancer fundraiser, two sisters recounted the story of losing their sibling to cancer earlier this year.Standing side-by-side, Jan Minnis and Nell N

VIEW FROM AFAR: Exciting times at Graycliff

I WENT by West Hill Street last week and was very encouraged to see the developments being carried on by Graycliff’s owners on the properties adjoining and across the road from the original restaurant.

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Govt wins appeal over challenge on documents for immigration

THE government has won its appeal of a Supreme Court judge’s ruling that called for its disclosure of all relevant documents relating to its immigration policy.Justice Rhonda Bain ordered the discovery while presiding over an ongoing judicial review

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University reveals appointments

THE University of The Bahamas recently announced several key administrative appointments at the Oakes Field and UB-North campuses.Dr Vikneswaran Nair, PhD, is dean of graduate studies and research in the Office of the Provost.In his post, Dr Nair wil

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Bahamas bounces back with win over Suriname

AFTER losing the opening game of the FIBA U17 Centrobasket Championship for Women 53-39 to Costa Rica, the Bahamas bounced back on Thursday to take their frustration out on Suriname with a 86-69 rout.

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MENTAL HEALTH OF THE NATION: To sleep, perchance to dream of a world with less stress

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it is the ability to deal with them.” THOSE of us that can sleep, wake up each day to some really beautiful mornings, they are truly blessed; it is still cool that early, the birds are singing and the wor

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Former pilot admits hitting friend with bottle after argument at bar

A FORMER Bahamasair pilot was yesterday given an absolute discharge by the chief magistrate despite pleading guilty to striking his friend over the head with a beer bottle and damaging his eyeglasses following a heated bar argument and scuffle last m

No major repairs needed to Grand Bahama schools

PUBLIC schools on Grand Bahama did not require major repairs this year because of previous repair work that was done following Hurricane Matthew, according to officials on the island.Quinton Laroda, area vice-president of the Bahamas Union of Teacher

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Fishermen Rescued at sea after engine problems

THANKS to joint efforts of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and local fishermen, two fishermen are grateful to be alive today after being missing for several hours when their 17-foot white Boston whaler developed engine problems.The men left to go fis

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Official says relief work in Grand Bahama not halted

HARCOURT Brown, undersecretary in the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama, said the government’s hurricane relief programme has not been halted and continues in West Grand Bahama. Mr Brown’s comments came in response to a story published in

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Stephen Dillet Primary to open one week late

THERE will likely be a slight delay for students to start classes at Stephen Dillet Primary School by one week as officials await the arrival of new furniture and other equipment, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday.However, delayed payme

Taxing holiday home rentals levels the field

Regularisation and taxation of vacation home rentals will help to ‘level the playing field’ for traditional hotel operators, according to Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) president Carlton Russell.

Investor citizenship stays off the table

The Minnis administration presently has no plans to look at implementing an investor citizenship programme, Immigration and Financial Services Minister Brent Symonette said yesterday. Mr Symonette, who also has ministerial responsibility for trade a

Mitchell must stop using Pindling’s name

THE Whistleblower came across a Nassau Guardian article which says that the PLP is considering holding a demonstration and a march to the mausoleum of Sir Lynden O Pindling on August 26. Pindling died on August 26, 2000. From what the Whistleblower was able to gather from the article, the PLP will assemble in order to protest the recent arrests and alleged bad treatment of three former PLP parliamentarians.

Poorly briefed

THE US Senate Foreign Relations hearing, for the designate US Ambassador Doug Manchester, very clearly exposed much wanting in the US policy to The Bahamas, although I did like the gentleman’s comment, that he would encourage US investment.

Tribune editorials on a roll

I WANT to know who writes the editorial section of The Tribune. I am asking because the unattributed section of the paper has been on a roll since the senseless violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — and by on a roll I mean like off a cliff.

EDITORIAL: Is it now time for Mitchell to also go 'gently into the night’?

FRED MITCHELL, appointed to the Senate after being rejected by the Fox Hill people he had represented in the House of Assembly for 15 years, recently made his political position very clear in a bitter statement.

Former sprinter Dominic Demeritte: It’s time to change our philosophy

HE went out in a blaze of glory as the last athlete to win the IAAF World Indoor 200 metres. After he won the title in 2004 in Budapest, running out of lane six, the event was stopped, leaving his name inked in the history books.

Battle 4 Atlantis announces its first sponsor

Atlantis, Paradise Island resort today announced Bad Boy Mowers as the first-ever title sponsor for its early-season collegiate basketball tournament.

Junior players still alive in tourney

Three of the Bahamas junior tennis players won their matches on Wednesday and are all in the quarterfinal rounds of the SVGTA NLA Junior ITF Tournament in St Vincent & the Grenadines.

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Justin Roberts reflects on pro circuit experience

AFTER spending the majority of his summer playing in professional tennis tournaments in Europe, Justin Roberts was glad to take ten days off to relax and recuperate with good home cooked meals before heading back to school for his senior year.

Second chance for stakeholders to ensure NHI delivers

The Bahamas has been afforded a ‘second opportunity’ to get National Health Insurance (NHI) right the Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) deputy chairman said yesterday, urging that ‘all hints’ of politics ‘must be removed’. Tina Cambridge, deputy

Art Of Graphix: How important is choosing the right font?

Imagine hauling around heavy boxes of metal type, a different set for every typeface and having to assemble your text letter by letter in order to design a document. Certainly that seems a world away from our point-and-click, instant world of digita

Wednesday, August 16

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Wednesday, 16th August, 2017.

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Sacked BAIC staff: We thought our roles were permanent

A 41-year-old mother of ten is wondering how she will take care of her six school-aged children now that she has been let go from the Bahamas Agriculture & Industrial Corporation.

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Refugees are let down by legal failure

FOR more than two decades, the Bahamas has not met its obligations as a signatory to a United Nations treaty on the rights of refugees, according to a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative.

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Avoiding downgrade vital ‘at all costs’

THE conservative fiscal measures undertaken by the Minnis administration were introduced as a means to avoid another downgrade, according to Labour Minister Dion Foulkes, who yesterday contended that the nearly 6,000 public service hires by the Christie administration played a significant role in past credit downgrades.

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Wilchcombe attacks PR firm hiring

FORMER Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe revealed yesterday the Ministry of Tourism saved the government $3.5m in agency fees and commissions last year as he defended the capacity of the ministry’s in-house public relations team.

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Unions warn govt - be very careful

THE National Congress of Trade Unions of The Bahamas, an umbrella organisation representing thousands of Bahamian employees, put the Minnis administration on notice that it will be watching closely to ensure the country’s workers do not “suffer unduly” so the government can meet its political promises at their expense.

Private sector jobs offers road to success

Government was yesterday urged to facilitate greater growth in private sector employment, with a governance reformer warning: “We can’t be stagnant in our thinking.”Robert Myers, a principal with the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG) told

Major's Carnival maths

Paul Major, the former chairman of the Junkanoo Carnival boondoggle is a banker by profession and supposedly he knows a thing or two about numbers.

BTC's helping hand in Freeport

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) is helping spur economic activity in Downtown Freeport ahead of the busy Back to School shopping season.The company has partnered with the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) for ‘Back to School Fridays’ an

'Buy Bahamas' - Forbes ranks islands first for investors

The Bahamas has been listed as ‘hands down’ the top international area real estate investors should examine, according to Forbes Magazine.The Bahamas was ranked number one out of nine jurisdictions by Forbes’ Real Estate Council which is comprised of

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Ten months on - and West End still waits for hurricane repairs

IT HAS been ten months since the passage of Hurricane Matthew, and not much has been done regarding repairs and rebuilding in the West End, Grand Bahama community.

EDITORIAL: Hidden faces of racism in The Bahamas

THE shocking events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend stunned a modern world that wanted to believe racism was a thing of the past or reserved for over zealous police in troubled cities. Suddenly, racism was alive, re-asserting its demonic vehemence when white supremacists led by the KKK staged the Unite the Right rally protesting the removal of a statue of confederate Gen Robert E Lee and were met by counter protestors.

Brave must rebuild

In politics, as in every day life, all human beings, and some animals, are capable of shedding their known persona and putting on a facial mask. this is done in the majority of cases to attempt to conceal or hide the true characteristics and intent of the wearer at any particular time. The wearing of masks, I submit, has become a perfected art form in our wonderful nation. In local politics, those who don a mask or multiple ones often succeed in securing elective or appointive office.

Clarify position over police chief

From the Constable on Patrol up the the Commissioner of Police (they are both COP) there is a need to maintain clarity of purpose. This is best done by appointing and leaving well alone. Confusion arises on the part of all parties when interference comes from the political side of our system of governance.

EDITORIAL: Bahamians – understand the past to find the future

PHILIP “Brave” Davis, who now heads an Opposition of three members in an FNM parliament, although admitting that his party made mistakes during its five years in office, saw no reason to apologise to anyone for those “mistakes”. Not only was he not going to apologise, but he wanted Bahamians to note that after only three months in office the FNM have shown that they have no plans to eradicate crime.

Invite lost in the post?

THIS WEEK was the anniversary, of The Bahamas exchanging diplomatic relations and recognition, with the People’s Republic of China (during the Ingraham Government). I believe it might be the 23rd or 24th year.

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Diplomat appointments awaiting responses from host countries

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said yesterday the government was awaiting responses from host countries before new diplomats are deployed. He told The Tribune that all diplomat appointments had been finalised. In June, Mr Henfield reveale

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30 months in jail for firearm possession

A 23-year-old man was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison over firearm and ammunition possession charges after pleading with the chief magistrate not to view him as a gangland thug for his actions.Durrell Hanna, of Hospital Lane, told Chief Ma

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Judge skips holiday to ensure human trafficking trial proceeds

THE chief magistrate yesterday expressed her desire to “expeditiously” conclude the trial of a Jamaican woman facing allegations of human trafficking after it was delayed for a month because of the malfunctioning air-conditioning system at the Magist

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Ministers lead the way for verification

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert A Minnis and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest led the verification process for members of Parliament before participating in the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Dr Minnis and Mr Turnquest we

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TOUGH CALL: The rise of hate and the debate on removing statues

THE deadly weekend violence in Virginia sparked by a white nationalist rally in support of a Confederate memorial is alarming for more reasons than one.

Hospital chief of staff appointment praised

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday praised the appointment of Dr Caroline Burnett-Garraway as the new medical chief of staff for Princess Margaret Hospital, calling her career experiences in emergency medicine “symbolic” to what the Minnis admi

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From readers to leaders at Eleuthera summer camp

UNDER the theme “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader,” 58 primary school students attended The South Eleuthera Mission’s literacy and numeracy summer programme which ran from June 26 to July 21.Funded by a grant from the Cotton Bay Fund, formerly the C

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Gaither reflects on ‘amazing’ Worlds

WHEN she looks back at her performance at the 16th International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 16th World Championships, the one word that comes to mind of Grand Bahamian sprinter Ty’Nia Gaither is “amazing”.

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Alonzo Russell: We could really have used Gardiner in 4x400

ALTHOUGH they went out and gave it their best shot, Grand Bahamian quarter-miler Alonzo Russell said the Bahamas team could really have used silver medalist Stevie Gardiner in the heats of the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay at the 16th IAAF World Championships.

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Bahamas loses opener in U18 Centrobasket

Team Bahamas struggled to score for much of the second and third quarters and failed to keep pace as they lost their opening game of the FIBA U18 Centrobasket Championship for Women.

Bd Global Sports to host ‘Islands of the Bahamas showcase’

The Bahamas continues to be an attraction for major NCAA basketball and another event will be added to a stacked schedule this fall.

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Williams heads to Kenya for half marathon training

Oneil Williams is now en route to Kenya to resume his training and said this latest bout will be the deciding factor in his qualification for the IAAF Half Marathon Championships.

Hilltoppers get a glimpse of Dwight Coleby

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers’ coaching staff and fanbase got a glimpse of the impact graduate transfer Dwight Coleby expects to have on the programme this fall as he concludes his collegiate career.

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For electric cars to take off, they’ll need a place to charge

Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla Model 3. China has set aggressive targets for electric vehicle sales to curb pollution; some European countries aim to be all-electric by 2040 or sooner.


• With new streaming services in the works, Disney is trying to set itself up for a future that’s largely been framed by Netflix: Providing the stuff you want to watch, when you want to watch it.

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Terminator 2 as ‘timely as it ever was’

James Cameron has taken time out from crafting the upcoming four “Avatar” sequels to return to one of his old films, one he says is as up-to-the-minute as ever — “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

Grim present but bright potential for our capital market

Our Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) has sent me a press release about the courtesy call they and closely linked Bahamas Central Securities Depositary (BCSD) paid on the Minister of Finance. These two organizations form the structura

Changing the dialogue between customer and client

An interactive Bahamian web-based services directory is aiming to ‘change the way Bahamians do business’, its chief executive told Tribune Business yesterday.Benjamin Fox, chief executive and operations manager of The Island Shopper said his company’

Tuesday, August 15

Bimini to join ALIV stores chain

ALIV, The Bahamas’ newest mobile network, has announced the opening of a flagship store in Bimini will take place this Friday, August 18.Chief ALIV Officer Damian Blackburn said the company remains committed to quickly delivering on its mandate to pr

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Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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Truth behind fall in jobless number

MINISTER of Labour Dion Foulkes has downplayed the slight dip in the unemployment rate, saying yesterday many of the jobs from the sample period came from temporary employment and it is likely these workers are now on the unemployment line.

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BAIC cuts 15 short-term workers

FIFTEEN workers who were hired on a three-month contract at the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation were let go yesterday after their contracts expired, The Tribune understands.

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PR firm hired in wake of cutbacks

THE Ministry of Tourism has re-engaged the services of global public relations firm Weber Shandwick to provide communications support in the US and Canada, according to an industry newswire.

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NIB manager denies corruption charges

AN employee of the National Insurance Board was remanded to prison yesterday afternoon after her initial Magistrate’s Court appearance on extortion and bribery allegations.

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Galanis: Ditch the PLP losers

EVERY Progressive Liberal Party candidate rejected by voters on Election Day should be barred from contesting leadership posts at the party’s October convention, former PLP member of Parliament Philip Galanis said Monday.

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Florence carries on after stall blaze

THE owner of Flo’s Fruit Stand on West Bay Street is trying to put the pieces of her business back together after a fire on Saturday destroyed her produce stall and stored items.

Govt needs attitude change to make Labour plans work

Ministers were urged yesterday to abandon the ‘dogmatic culture of governance’ as a step towards ensuring the success of a revamped Employment Exchange.The appeal came from the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG) which also expressed its co

Moxey to reach out to Sister Cities after board appointment

GRAND Bahama businesswoman Ginger Moxey has been appointed country representative for the Bahamas and regional representative for the Caribbean for Sister Cities International. Ms Moxey, president and CEO of Immerse Bahamas, was approved for her new

Event to unite residents of homes near industrial plants

THE Grand Bahama Environmental Association will hold its first “Industrial Plant Residents Day” on the grounds of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lewis Yard on Saturday, August 19.Bertram Pinder, president of the GBEA, said the event would bring r

Surprising facts about dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Living in high temperature areas creates many self-proclaimed “experts” about the heat index, dangerous temperatures and related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But some facts about our body’s reaction to hot weather

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Two Bahamians held over alleged human smuggling

TWO Bahamian men were taken into custody by the US Coast Guard last week in connection with an alleged illegal human smuggling operation involving a group of Haitians near Bimini, an immigration official reported. Immigration officer Napthali Cooper

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Suspect is charged with Emancipation Day murder

A MAN appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of being the culprit behind a homicide that occurred on the recent Emancipation Day holiday.Franklyn Johnson, 30, of Kemp Road stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt facing a murder

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Teen held after marijuana find

A TEENAGER from Grand Bahama was arrested on Monday for drug possession. The 18-year-old youth of Gold Rock Creek was arrested after he was found with a quantity of marijuana shortly after 8am. Police were on routine patrol at the McClean’s Town go

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Deposit bag of cash stolen

POLICE are seeking the public’s help in locating several male suspects responsible for two separate armed robberies that occurred on Sunday. In the first incident, shortly after noon a man was about to make a deposit at a local bank in western New P

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Man In Court Over Gunpoint Robberies

A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after he was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court in connection with two recent gunpoint robberies.Adrian Robinson, 39, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt facing two counts of armed robbery and a sin

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Natural remedies vs prescribed drugs

Exploring the benefits of natural medicine versus pharmaceutical drugs will be the theme of Solomon’s Fresh Market’s latest health seminar scheduled in-store for this Saturday.Dr Monique Thompson, the founder of Cornerstone Healing Institute, will fa

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YOU GO GIRL: Anthonique Black designs her dream

AT only 21 years old, Anthonique Black is living her dream within the Bahamas’ fashion community.

Solomon's brand manager recognised at international food expo

Solomon’s brand manager, Monalisa Sweeting, travelled to Minneapolis last month to attend a grocer’s expo put on by US-based wholesale supplier SUPERVALU. There, she received a nomination for the Master Marketer Award after successfully executing hea

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THE PRESS BOX: All eyes will be on Bears' QB Trubisky

As we edge closer to real football, and the start of the NFL season, we continue our division by division camp preview. This week we take a look at the NFC NORTH. • CHICAGO BEARS Training camp report dates: rookies (July 19) and veterans (July 26

Shaquille Cleare heads to Swiss league

By RENALDO DORSETTTribune Sports Reporterrdorsett@tribunemedia.netFormer Texas Longhorn Shaquille Cleare is prepared to elevate his basketball career to the professional level in Europe.Cleare signed with BBC Lausanne of Championnat LNB League, the s

Leashja Grant joins Lakehead Thunderwolves

By RENALDO DORSETTTribune Sports Reporterrdorsett@tribunemedia.netNational team standout Leashja Grant will continue her collegiate career in Ontario, Canada with the Lakehead Thunderwolves.After playing at the JuCo and NCAA Division I levels, US Vis

Junior women's team tips off against Costa Rica

By RENALDO DORSETTTribune Sports Reporterrdorsett@tribunemedia.netTHE Bahamas Basketball Federation Junior Women’s National Basketball team will continue their path toward qualification to more prestigious tournaments in the region, beginning with th

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Davis-Thompson: Some athletes selfish and self-centred

By BRENT STUBBSSenior Sports LONDON, England: Pauline Davis-Thompson was busy with her duties as a Councilwoman for the International Amateur Athletic Federation at the 16th IAAF World Championships. But it didn’t sto

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'Run in heats or there is no final'

By BRENT STUBBSSenior Sports HEAD coach Dianne Woodside-Johnson said it was her responsibility to put out the best team possible to represent the Bahamas at the 16th International Amateur Athletic Federation World Cha

Chief of staff is named for hospital

THE Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) is pleased to announce that Dr Caroline Burnett-Garraway has been appointed medical chief of staff for the Princess Margaret Hospital, which takes effect this month. With more than two and half decades as a physi

Finance key to lighting up renewable market

Renewable energy penetration in The Bahamas is moving “slower than desired” chiefly due to issues with financing, a local renewable energy provider said yesterday.Guilden Gilbert, vice-president of Alternative Power Sources (APS) Bahamas, told Tribun

Airport looks solar to cut energy costs

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) yesterday issued a request for information (RFI) on proposals for a solar energy plant at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) which it hopes will reduce operating costs.its top executive telling t

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Viral video shows police officer in street scuffle

A ROYAL Bahamas Police Force officer was recently engaged in a scuffle with a civilian near Christ Church Cathedral on George Street as he tried to handcuff the unruly man.

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'FNM are using PLP policies'

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said a recent statement from Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes on job figures and plans to increase employment showed the government has simply adopted Progressive Liberal Party pro-growth policies established by the Christ

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Murder toll rises to 84

A SUSPECT is in police custody and assisting officers with their investigation into a stabbing incident over the weekend that has left a man dead.

IAN FERGUSON: Five simple steps to keeping staff engaged

What every company wants from its staff is Employee Engagement: An individual sense of purpose and focused energy, evident to others in their display of personal initiative, effort and persistence directed toward organisational goals. Many employees

Monday, August 14

Sephora's new endeavour poised to be world's most beauty-obsessed social platform

SAN FRANCISCO – (BUSINESS WIRE) Known for its relentless commitment to optimising client experiences both online and in-store, Sephora is introducing its newest digital endeavour, the Beauty Insider Community. The loyalty member-only mobile and onlin

Rose wine gives chicken breasts flavour of Provence

Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a convenient go-to for so many cooks, from paleo-followers to budget-shoppers to busy moms. The mild flavour makes it incredibly versatile, so it’s easy to slip this cut of chicken into almost any recipe or flavo

Protect what matters most with these nursery safety checks

(BPT) - You may have chosen the perfect colour palette and all of your nursery furniture, but have you thought about some key safety checks?“The arrival of a baby means you have to take a look at your home in a whole new light,” said Tarsila Wey, mar

Oasis Sandyport pop-up shop heats up summer

Candles glowed. Jewellery shone. Fancy coffees, teas and fine champagne flowed. This was the scene at a unique pop-up shop by Oasis Furniture, whose owner is a young Bahamian who marries her sense of style with a desire for new business. For one wee

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Monday, August 14th, 2017.

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NIB employee charged with extortion, bribery

AN employee of the National Insurance Board (NIB) appeared in Magistrate’s Court facing a count each of extortion and bribery on Monday.

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Unpaid diplomats told to sue the government

SENATOR Fred Mitchell is urging a group of recalled diplomats to take legal action against the government in pursuit of money allegedly owed to them.

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‘Get back to PLP roots to become stronger’

THE Progressive Liberal Party can become a much stronger force if it returns to its roots of being a community, one of its senators told supporters over the weekend.

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Suicide suspected as body found in Hope Town

OFFICERS in Abaco are investigating the death of a 41-year-old resident of Hope Town, Abaco who died on Saturday in what police suspect to be a suicide.

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151 migrants caught by RBDF

MORE than 150 Haitian migrants were apprehended in waters off Ragged Island last week, according to law enforcement officials.

From marching to bailout – Cooper blasts FNM U-turn

EXUMA & Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper called out the Free National Movement yesterday for “marching recklessly against the establishment of Bahamas Resolve” in 2015 only to now embrace the special purpose vehicle as part of a plan to turn around the troubled Bank of the Bahamas.

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‘Jobs figures vindicate PLP’

THE Progressive Liberal Party embraced the newly released Labour Force survey results over the weekend, using the numbers that showed a slight decrease in unemployment to defend the legacy of the Christie administration.

Turnquest: We can turn Bank of The Bahamas around

Finance Minister K Peter Turnquest said yesterday the Minnis administration has the best opportunity to restore value to Bank of The Bahamas, telling this newspaper the government would not have injected $166m into the struggling bank if it did not b

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No extra time for Keod Smith to pay up $263,000 legal costs

THE Court of Appeal has ruled there were no prospects of success for an attorney’s application to appeal an order for extension of time for $263,000 in legal costs to be paid that stemmed from a recusal application where he accused a Supreme Court ju

PM: Youth entrepreneurial empowerment to be 'major focus' of administration

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said that youth entrepreneurial empowerment will be a major focus of his administration, while urging the private sector to be “bold and imaginative”.Dr Minnis, who was speaking at the recent launch of the Bahamas Stri

Sister Sister stays in the breast cancer race with prayer breakfast

Members of the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group are getting ready to host their 13th annual prayer breakfast, and they are certain they only made it this far because of their faith.With a mission statement to provide supportive care, encoura

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New book gives female perspective on famed pirate Anne Bonny

There have been many tales told about the infamous pirate Anne Bonny who once made Nassau her haunt, but most as seen through the eyes of men.Sonia Farmer decided to change this by presenting a woman’s perspective on this female brigand of the seas w

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Gardiner: Why I didn’t run the heats in the 400m relay

LONDON, England: With his body taking a toll after his gruelling three rounds that culminated with a silver medal in the men’s 400 metres, Steven Gardiner said he informed the Bahamas management team that he would need more time to recover so he could run in the final and not the heats of the 4 x 400m relay.

Worrying board picks

IF there was one thing we heard over and over from Dr Hon Hubert Minnis in the campaign was that an FNM administration would change how business of Government was carried out and integrity would be a guiding light.

Former MP Comments on Health Care

Many moons ago when I was a freshman studying economics at St John’s University my professor, Fr Martin, walked into the classroom and said, “Open your books and write this down. The definition of Economics is the allocation of scarce resources among competing needs and wants.”

EDITORIAL: Who should take the ‘Bank Lane shuffle’ in handcuffs?

ABOUT 30 years ago a confused young man asked to see us.

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Strachan given university post

THE University of The Bahamas (UB) has announced the appointment of Dr Ian Strachan as vice president of UB-North, formerly the Northern Bahamas Campus.Dr Strachan is a professor of English at UB. He holds an associate of arts degree in English and l

Traffic safety system aims too reduce casualties

MINISTER of Transport and Local Government Frankie Campbell was recently given a proposal on a proposed traffic public safety system for the Bahamas which company representatives say aims to reduce vehicular accidents, injuries, death and property da

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Sir Geoffrey Johnstone remembered

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, other dignitaries and relatives paid tribute to Sir Geoffrey Johnstone at the former politician and lawyer’s funeral on Saturday.Sir Geoffrey died in Doctors Hospital on Friday, August 4. He would have turned 90 years

Hunt for armed robbers who stabbed man and stole car

POLICE are searching for several men responsible for an armed robbery that occurred on Friday. According to reports, shortly after 8.30pm, a man was on Miami Street in his 2000 champagne coloured Honda Accord, car licence plate AJ5381, when a group

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Murder Accused To Submit Alibi In 21 Days

A MAN awaiting trial on a murder charge said he would submit an alibi to the Office of the Attorney General within 21 days.Kevin Ramsey, 24, appeared in Magistrate’s Court on Friday afternoon for a voluntary bill of indictment (VBI) presentation that

'Govt spending cuts will hurt country'

Opposition Labour spokesman Senator Fred Mitchell has warned of a ripple effect from the Government’s spending cuts, arguing that the near two per cent drop in the unemployment rate was proof that the Christie administration had left the country in “

$1m fund for tomorrow's entrepreneurs

Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) president Atario Mitchell said the group was “putting its money where its mouth is” via a $1m facility which will provide capital funding for local entrepreneurs.BSGC officially launched The Investment Group

All-Star paricipants praise 30 years of basketball camp

A milestone 30th edition of the Jeff Rodgers Summer Basketball Camp concluded with its traditional “Fun Night” Saturday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

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Jones takes super-hot Sun into play-offs

Powered by the record setting rebounding pace of Jonquel Jones, the Connecticut Sun continue to be one of the hottest teams in the WNBA and officially clinched its first playoff berth since 2012.

Team Bahamas performance round-up

LONDON, England: Here’s a look at how the Bahamas’ 24-member team performed at the 16th IAAF World Championships:

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Lack of practice blamed as relay team disqualified

LONDON, England: The team of Warren Fraser, Shavez Hart, Sean Stuart and Teray Smith ran 39.35 for seventh place in their heat, but it didn’t matter as they got disqualified during the heats on Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

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Top dawgs didn’t show up as men miss relay final

LONDON. England: They had what was considered the “easiest” of the two heat, but the Bahamas men’s 4 x 400 metre relay team could not get out of the first round of the 16th IAAF World Championships.

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Relay team tumbles out after Amertil clips runner

LONDON, England: The women’s 4 x 400 metre relay team didn’t get to finish their heat as Christine Amertil collided on the heel of another runner, tripped and fell, landing on her head, as the remaining members of the team Lanece Clarke, Anthonique Strachan Shaquania Dorsett watched in disbelief.

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No crying over baton drop

LONDON, England: The baton dropped between the hand off with Carmiesha Cox and Janae Ambrose on the second exchange and the Bahamas team, featuring Devynne Charlton and TyNia Gaither, failed to complete their heat of the women’s 4 x 100 metres.

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Team returns with medals - and things to learn

LONDON, England: The Bahamas’ 24-member team will return from the 16th International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Championships with a silver and bronze medals, three finalists, a national record and a two-way tie for 30th place on the medal table and a four-way tie for 22nd on the placing table.

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INSIGHT: A Meritless Reward

FROM the time when most of us were young, we learned the value of having to work for a fitting reward. If you got an A in school, your parents would take you for ice cream, a happy meal, or some other treat to reinforce how well you were doing. Similarly, we also knew if we did poorly in our studies, our best bet was to pretend to be invisible and work our hardest to get our grades up.

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INSIGHT: Behind the violence - how one family lost three young men

THE death of a loved one is an experience everyone fears no matter what their age. Whether it is illness or old age the loss can be devastating, turning the lives of those left behind upside down. For too many families in our society today death comes through violence, a loved one shot dead in the street, a life wiped out in seconds. To most of us just a headline, a few pictures or brief video on social media, just another number to add to the ever-growing murder tally.

Update on legislation affecting financial sector

The Securities Commission of The Bahamas told financial and corporate service providers about its progress in overhauling the legislation governing their sector at a briefing recently.The briefing was held at the British Colonial Hilton on 8 August a

Sunday, August 13

Man dies after being hit by truck

A man has died after being hit by a truck making a delivery to his home on Cowpen Road on Saturday.

Saturday, August 12

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Drama as relay teams crash out of World Championships

LONDON, England: One by one the Bahamas teams were eliminated in the preliminaries of the women and men's 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 metre relays on Saturday, abruptly ending the country's appearance at the 16th IAAF World Championships.

Friday, August 11

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08112017 EDITION

Thursday, 11th August, 2017.

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08112017 WEEKEND

Thursday, 11th August, 2017.

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Four held over marijuana seizure

FOUR men are in police custody in connection with the seizure of a quantity of marijuana early Thursday morning.

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Trio face court over $3 million holiday drug bust

THREE men were remanded to prison on Friday afternoon following their initial Magistrate’s Court appearance concerning a recent multi-million dollar marijuana seizure on the Emancipation Day holiday.

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Unemployment under 10% for first time since recession

THE country's unemployment rate has dipped below 10 per cent for the first time since the great recession, according to data released by the Department of Statistics, which listed employment increases in the civil service, tourism industry and construction sector as contributing factors.

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High jumper Jamaal Wilson lends support from the sidelines

LONDON, England: After winning the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associstions' National Championship men's high jump with a qualifying mark in a jump off, Jamaal Wilson was certain he was on his way to the 16th IAAF World Championships as a member of Team Bahamas.

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Bronze for Shaunae in the 200m

LONDON, England: Shaunae Miller-Uibo didn't get the IAAF World Championships' 200/400 metre double, but after six hectic and unexpected days of intense competition, she will walk away with a bronze medal.

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UPDATED: Bronze medal for Shaunae

LONDON, England: Forget about the disastrous 400 metre final that denied her a special place in history. Shaunae Miller-Uibo is determined to leave the 16th IAAF World Championships with at least a medal in the women’s 200 metres.

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Charlton misses out on final after strong start in 100m hurdles semis

LONDON, England: After the recall of her race, Devynne Charlton regained her composure and got out with the quickest start, but was unable to maintain it the rest of the way in her semifinal heat in the women's 100 metre hurdles.

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More debt - the legacy of another bailout for Bank of the Bahamas

TRANSFERRING more toxic Bank of the Bahamas loans to Bahamas Resolve will “tremendously” increase this country’s public debt, former Central Bank Governor and Bahamas Resolve Chairman James Smith said yesterday.

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HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said the planned renovation for the Maternity Ward at the Princess Margaret Hospital is “not good enough” and he is pushing for a new ward to be built rather than “attempting to upgrade” the old existing building.

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BPL chief’s comments ‘an insult to every Bahamian’

FORMER Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation Leslie Miller has said there is no “tangible evidence” of improvements at Bahamas Power and Light, as he called CEO Pamela Hill’s comments on the matter an “insult to every Bahamian paying a light bill”.

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Tourism in fear over crime risk

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said because crime is “such an enormous problem” in New Providence, his ministry is “deathly” afraid every day that a tragic event will happen and the United States will issue another travel advisory.

Carnival chief defends transparency on spending

Former Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) chairman Paul Major yesterday defended the $25m government spend on Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, arguing that the Commission has been transparent and accountable.Mr Major yesterday responded to recent

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Gardiner’s silver medal triumph inspires Team Bahamas

LONDON, England: When the relays get underway, a couple of young Bahamians, joining some of their veteran counterparts, will be eager to make their debut at the 16th IAAF World Championships this weekend inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

What next at the landfill?

Your story on page two - “Investors to be encouraged to submit proposals for landfill” begs certainly a question to the good Minister responsible for the Environment and Housing - in your life prior to May 10th you were a professional consultant in this area and known to be probably connected to some of the local or even foreign companies that sought this concession.

Have they no shame?

I have learned to expect very little from the PLP party leadership, but the ramblings of Freddy and Brave, although comical at times, have become bewildering to say the least. One could make the argument that they are trying to appeal to their party base, but that would be an insult to a considerable cross section of the electorate. Surely the PLP base is not as asinine as these two “leaders” would have us believe.

Selective outrage

CLASSISM is alive and well in The Bahamas!

Much ado about nothing

LAST week, Mr Doug Manchester, the nominated Ambassador to The Bahamas, made remarks to the USA Senate Committee vetting his selection by the Hon. President Donald J. Trump. Mr. Manchester referred to The Bahamas as ‘a protectorate’ of the United States of America. Members of the committee, as many Bahamians, were taken aback by that ‘innocent’ description. The reactions, both in the USA and here in our nation (not protectorate) were swift and almost brutal.

EDITORIAL: The importance of Bahamian history

THE issue of slavery, as an abhorrent exploitation of human beings, will always arouse strong emotions. We mark the ending of this iniquitous system in The Bahamas by celebrating Emancipation Day each year with events appropriate to the occasion – and last Monday the usual festivities duly took place, with the best known held in Fox Hill.

Roberts: Death threat claim is rubbish

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday blasted tabloid reports that have suggested the opposition party is connected to alleged threats against senior government officials, calling the claims “rubbish” conjured up by the media.

Scientists survey Exuma by land and sea

A TEAM of scientists recently completed the Bahamas National Trust’s (BNT) annual survey of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.The team assessed the health and biodiversity of reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds at 10 sites within the park and two outsi

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MENTAL HEALTH OF THE NATION: Shaking off the stigma of suicide

“ Suicide doesn’t kill people, sadness kills people.” THE darkness begins as ripples which gradually build to become regular waves; I can still push back a little. Then it builds up to a full tsunami and I begin to welcome the darkness and will do

A COMIC'S VIEW: The Taxman Cometh

If Bahamians really want to understand what’s happening in our country, The Tribune’s Business Section is where the action is at. So I noticed, with great interest, an article in yesterday’s Tribune outlining how the Ministry of Tourism and the gover

Fort Charlotte's Camp Believe holds closing ceremony

FORT Charlotte Camp Believe, sponsored by the Fort Charlotte Community Development Association and Alfred Sears, QC, recently concluded another summer session filled with fun and activities.The camp celebrated its 16th year in existence and held an e

Passport Collection Returns to Headquarters on Monday

AFTER a successful exercise to facilitate the collection of new e-passports at a special collection centre, the Passport Office has announced that the passport collection/issuance centre returns to the regular headquarters on Thompson Boulevard/Unive

$20m for constituencies in govt capital grant plans

THE government will inject almost $20m into the capital development of the country’s 39 constituencies over the next five years through its Constituency Capital Grant Programme. The Constituency Capital Grant Bill 2017 came into force on July 1 and p

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Hunt for missing men

POLICE in Grand Bahama are looking for two men who were reported missing.The missing men are Emmanuel Sandokan “Pitty” Miller, 39, of Cadney Drive in Freeport and Kevin Aldrovendi Bethel, 34, of Coral Reef Loop in Freeport.Mr Miller was last seen on

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Three years in jail for stealing car

A MAN was sentenced to prison for three years and six months for stealing a car out of a sports bar’s parking lot.Chino Milord, 20, appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt yesterday for the opening of his stealing and receiving trial f

Woman killed in hit and run

A WOMAN, who was struck in an hit-and-run accident on Sunday, July 30, died in hospital on Wednesday.According to reports, shortly before 9am on July 30, the woman was walking on Wulff Road near Mt Royal Avenue, when a vehicle that failed to stop hi

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Two hunted after man hospitalised in shooting

POLICE are searching for two men responsible for a shooting that left a man in hospital on Wednesday.Shortly after 10pm, a man was sitting in front of his home located on Moore Avenue and Palm Beach Street when two men armed with handguns approached

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Trio accused of murder have case transferred to Supreme Court

THREE of four men accused of having a role in a fatal shooting that occurred in an inner-city community four months ago had their case transferred to the Supreme Court yesterday. Christavio Tucker, 22, Kelvin Clarke, 23, Kevin Ramsey, 24, and Wilson

D'Aguilar urges 'jaded' owners to help develop harbourfront

Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar revealed yesterday he is trying to engage harbourfront real estate owners over plans to develop and create economic activity in the downtown district, but acknowledged they were “very jaded” having seen repeated ta

$100 million a year cost of poaching

Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA) president Adrian LaRoda estimated yesterday that some $100m worth of fisheries product was being lost to poaching annually, telling Tribune Business that the issue remains the biggest challenge facing the se

'We need tourists to spend more money'

Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday stressed that The Bahamas needs to get its six million annual visitors to spend more money, suggesting that a ‘radically different’ approach is needed to tourism development in the country.Mr D’Aguilar wh

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‘Publish jobs of permit holders’

SENATOR Ranard Henfield, leader of the We March protest movement, wants the government to disclose the list of jobs and positions for which work permits have been issued to non-Bahamians to perform.

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Reaching final is ‘the best feeling in life’ for Gaither

LONDON, England: Whatever happens tonight, TyNia Gaither said she will be quite content with her first appearance in a global final of the women’s 200 metres.

THE FINISH LINE: A strange World Championships

LONDON, England: Some strange things happen in sports and the 16th IAAF World Championships has had many moments of its own.

IBA Bahamas Elite tame Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

For the second time in as many days, a local team recorded a win over a visiting NCAA programme at the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Summer of Thunder.

NBA Icons hold court at Jeff Rodgers Summer Camp

The opportunity for student athletes to interact with NBA icons has been a staple of the Jeff Rodgers Summer Basketball Camp for three decades and that tradition continued as several familiar names made an appearance.

Action heats up on final three days of Championships

LONDON, England: The last three days of competition this weekend at the 16th IAAF World Championships will be interesting ones for Team Bahamas, just as the first seven were – with one medal and two finalists on the stage in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

Thursday, August 10

Securities chiefs pay visit to Finance Minister

The Bahamas Central Securities Depository (BCSD) and The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) recently paid a joint courtesy call on the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K. Peter Turnquest. BCSD and BISX representatives took

New ministers briefed on impact of policies on health

THE country office of the Pan American Health Organisation and World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos along with the Ministry of Health co-hosted a briefing meeting for newly elected government ministers on the impa

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Thursday, 10th August, 2017.

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Shaunae and TyNia book their place in historic 200m final

LONDON, England: It was a day of redemption for national record holder Shaunae Miller-Uibo and an emotional one for TyNia Gaither as they both booked their ticket to an historic women's 200 metre final for the Bahamas at the 16th IAAF World Championships.

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Tourism cuts hit new hires

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday there will be “one or two” more layoffs at the Ministry of Tourism in the near future, but he does not expect it to be anything significant, as he defended recent cost-cutting measures.

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Minnis unveils major civil service reforms

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis encouraged ministers not to “overly politicise” their ministries yesterday as a seminar for Cabinet, parliamentary and senior public officials kicked off.

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BPL boss insists it’s getting better

BAHAMAS Power & Light CEO Pamela Hill yesterday defended the company’s $1.1m performance bonus under the former Christie administration, pointing to “step by step improvements” and “higher reliability” of BPL’s services as justification for the controversial incentive.

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Beds crisis leaves sick in hallways

SCORES of patients are being forced to sleep on gurneys in the hallways at the Princess Margaret Hospital, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands who told The Tribune yesterday the hospital is continuing to have significant challenges with overcrowding and a shortage of beds.

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Blue Chips Athletics Camp is ‘A breath of fresh air’

The fourth edition of the Blue Chips Athletics Camp is underway at the Queen’s College campus, offering elite level training for student athletes interested in advancing their throwing and middle distance running skills.

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Bianca Stuart disappointed with long jump finish

LONDON, England: Bianca Stuart’s fourth trip to the IAAF World Championships was certainly not what the national long jump record holder had anticipated.She was so disappointed in her 29th position overall with a best leap of 5.91 metres or 19-feet,

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Hard work pays off as Steven Gardiner collects silver medal

LONDON, England: All of Steven Gardiner’s sacrifices and accomplishments this year, and a crucial coaching change, culminated in the 400m silver medal he received on Wednesday night at the 16th IAAF World Championships.“It’s finally sinking in and I

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This past week was an interesting one on to all accounts.

The House of Cards

I HAVE absolutely no doubt that the defunct Progressive Liberal Party will not return to high office anytime soon. This is a sad assessment for many but the truth will always set one “free”.


THE passing of Sir Geoffrey Johnstone is a time of great sadness for his family, former colleagues in the legal world and his wide circle of friends. His loss is also of considerable significance in the history of The Bahamas because of the important role he played in the public and political life of the nation.

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Man to be sentenced next week for stabbing banker he said flirted with him

A MAN will learn his punishment next week for the fatal stabbing of a banker he claimed had made a sexual pass at him.Lamar Albury, 26, appeared before Senior Justice Vera Watkins for the penalty phase of his trial yesterday concerning the December 2

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police hunt for two after shooting

POLICE are searching for two men responsible for a shooting on Tuesday that has left another man in hospital.According to reports, shortly before 9pm, a man was standing in front of his business place located on Zion Boulevard, when two men on a Trai

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Crown Discontinues Prosecution in Drive-By Murder Case

PROSECUTORS produced a written directive from the Attorney General’s Office requesting that proceedings be discontinued against a man accused of a fatal shooting that occurred more than three years ago.Edlin Severe, 24, was on trial before Senior Jus

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Chipman sued over 'unpaid wages' for campaign worker

CENTREVILLE MP Reece Chipman is facing a $2,500 lawsuit stemming from alleged unpaid wages to a campaign worker.Sean Maycock, in a claim filed August 2 in Magistrate’s Court, alleged that from mid-February up to the May 10 general election, there was

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Citizen Security scheme on hold amid review

THE Citizen Security and Justice Programme, funded to the tune of $20m from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), has been put on hold as the Minnis administration reviews the project with a view toward tweaking what the former government had es

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Barry Rassin appointed to lead Rotary International

BARRY Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, has been appointed as president of Rotary International for 2018-2019, the Rotary Clubs of the Bahamas announced.The local Rotary chapter extended congratulations to Mr Rassin on his appointme

Taxation to hit vacation home rental sector

Legislation is being drawn up to regulate the vacation home rental sector which will include taxing rental income, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar revealed yesterday.Speaking at a press conference for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding

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Leevan Sands delighted to lend support

LONDON, England: Although he would rather be here to compete, men’s national triple jump record holder Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands said he’s just delighted be back at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Stadium to support Team Bahamas.Sands, the elected Athletes

BPL boss details strategy to drive down consumer bills

Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) chief executive Pam Hill said yesterday the company is aiming to improve efficiency at its plants and is also pursuing a fuel hedging strategy as a means to provide lower electricity costs to consumers.

Govt should phase out cash-based accounting to reveal true numbers

A top accountant said yesterday the country’s fiscal deficit has become a ‘political football’ and it was now time the former and current administrations ‘reconcile the numbers’.Gowon Bowe, Bahamas Institute of Charter Accountants (BICA) and Fidelity

Baha Mar occupancy at 50 percent and growing

A senior Baha Mar executive said yesterday the mega resort is running at 50 per cent occupancy with more than 2,000 Bahamians being currently employed.Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice president of government and external affairs said the SLS Lux

Project aims to boost $500m fly fishing industry

A pilot project to help Bahamian fly fishing guides improve their business and technical capacity is now underway on Andros.At the same time a ‘holistic’ market assessment of the local fly fishing industry is also being undertaken.The Ministry of Tou

Wednesday, August 9

BAAA President is 'more than pleased' with team's performance

LONDON, England: Just past the mid-point of the 16th IAAF World Championships, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations president Rosamunde Carey said she’s more than pleased with the performances she’s seen from the 24-member team representing t

An Oasis of style in Sandyport

Oasis Furniture, the Sandyport based retail showplace recently hosted a pop-up shop which allowed several local Bahamian entrepreneurs to showcase their work.For one weekend that began on a Friday night and ended late Saturday the iconic store in San

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Heartbreak for Shaunae in 400m final

In a dramatic women’s 400m final at the IAAF World Championships, Shaunae Miller-Uibo finished fourth - after appearing to suffer an injury while leading the pack.

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VAT promise stays on hold

THE government has to clean up the “mess” left behind by the former administration before it can make good on key campaign pledges like the repeal of value added tax on certain items, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

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Stranded - with $3.2m drugs cargo

THREE men are in police custody in connection with the discovery of $3.2m worth of marijuana in Andros on Emancipation Day.

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Munroe sets deadline over Dion Smith arrest

THE attorney for former Executive Chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation Dion Smith and eight employees who were arrested and held overnight in connection with a theft case have written to the government seeking its position on liability in the matter.

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Dames: Threats won’t scare us

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames vowed yesterday the government would not bow to threats as it strives to wipe out corruption.

Child abuse: 856 cases in just one year

THERE were 856 recorded cases of child abuse in the country last year, with neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse accounting for 92 per cent of the total incidents reported to the Department of Social Services.

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Uncertainty still remains over future of Greenslade

AGAINST alarming homicide numbers and weeks of uncertainty over the police force’s hierarchy, National Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday skirted questions on the status of Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade amid speculation that he is considering a top foreign post.

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Opposition leader warns of lawsuits over PLP arrests

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said there are plans to file civil lawsuits against the government over investigations involving former PLP members of Parliament.

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Investors to be encouraged to submit proposals for landfill

THE Minnis administration will encourage investors to submit waste-to-energy proposals during its landfill reform process, Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira said yesterday.

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Man accused of manslaughter over August 1 fatal shooting

A MAN was remanded to prison yesterday after he was arraigned in connection with a recent fatal shooting in the capital.

Labour Exchange revamp ensures Bahamians put first

Labour Director Robert Farquharson said yesterday he expects his department to ‘more vigorously’ enforce the country’s work permit policy with the introduction of a revamped Employment Exchange set to officially launch at the end of this month.

Staff hike at ministry was justified - Wilchcombe

Former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe yesterday defended his decision to increase the size of the ministry’s staff by 55 per cent under this tenure. Mr Wilchcombe told Tribune Business he was proud of the fact he had created opportunities for Bahamian professionals to be employed within his department, a move he said was done within the ministry’s budgetary constraints.

Gaming review has to make the industry pay its fair share

A leading web shop operator said yesterday the Minnis administration has a great opportunity to ‘right the ship’ and set a new way forward for the Bahamas gaming industry.

Minister: A fantastic day for the team

LONDON, England: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard called it a fantastic day for Team Bahamas after he watched national record holder Steven Gardiner speed to a silver medal in the men’s 400 metres on Tuesday at the 16th IAAF World Championships.

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Bahamas All-Stars victory is a local first at Summer of Thunder

The shortest player on the floor made the biggest play of the game and lifted a local team to their first win over a visiting NCAA team in the 2017 Summer of Thunder exhibition series.

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Parents and teachers team up to start school year the right way

AS the new school year approaches, teachers and parents at Woodcock Primary have joined forces to ensure that students are fully equipped with workbooks.

Underground fault blamed for Bimini power outage

A “major underground fault” in the underwater cable supplying Resorts World Bimini with electricity was the cause of a power outage at the resort over the weekend, Bahamas Power and Light has said.

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CULTURE CLASH: Time for the Church to act, not just preach

The Bahamas Christian Council has long been a source of frustration due to its intentional influence on congregations, lack of citizen-centred action, and the subsequent power it holds over governments (once again affirmed in the Prime Minister’s national address and the promise of Crown Land). It is a body of religious leaders representing various denominations that only seem to make an appearance when convenient for the egos of its membership. It does not have a consistent social or political presence, even as the country faces pressing issues.

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Man jailed For ammunition he said he found at fishing spot

A MAN was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday after admitting to having custody of nearly 1,400 rounds of assorted ammunition.

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Five accused with firearms offences in three separate cases

FIVE people – including a juvenile – were arraigned in court yesterday on firearm charges.

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Ferreira: No dredging in Bimini, just a clean-up

ENVIRONMENT and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira yesterday dismissed concerns over several photos being circulated on social media allegedly depicting the dredging of beaches in Bimini as a misinterpreted clean-up exercise on the island.

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Paris open to esports at 2024 Olympics

Video gamers could be competing for Olympic medals by 2024.

EDITORIAL: The Donald rules from his Lazy Boy

DONALD Trump made another magazine cover this week, but it is not flattering to him. Newsweek depicts the embattled US president slouched in a recliner with a bag of popcorn and cell phone in hand. The headline: Lazy Boy.

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Strachan: In lane eight you’re running scared

LONDON England: She’s not exactly where she wants to be as far as her racing is concerned, but Anthonique Strachan is happy to be moving onto the semifinal of the women’s 200 metres at the 16th IAAF World Championships.

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Miller-Uibo ‘Just trying to save energy for final’

LONDON, England: With her place already booked in the 400 metre final, Olympic gold medalist Shanue Miller-Uibo moved one step closer to claiming the other half of the 200/400 metre double by advancing to the 200m semi-final.


• It could be the “Baywatch” of the future.

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Gaither: One of the best races I’ve had in months

LONDON, England: Grand Bahamian native Tynia Gaither advanced to the semifinal of the women’s 200 metres on Thursday at the 16th IAAF World Championships with a solid run behind defending champion and current 100m bronze medalist Dafne Schippers from the Netherlands.

Huff and puff at court

A LOT of huff and puff held over from last week and the drama of the shame walk - what difference would it have made if Mr Gibson had used his crutches to security? For millions, the Ingraham Government built these new courts - I recall that in the design there is a secure side entrance where all accused were supposed to be taken and from where they securely were taken to cells in the building.

Fire at the Rand Hospital

Too easy Minister - we need to see the report from the Fire Officer, before we throw this incident under the mat.

GOING ELECTRIC: How realistic are plans to ban new gas and diesel cars?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ban the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by a deadline — 2040, 2030, even 2025. More and more governments are proposing just that.

All Are Not Equal in Pastor Moss’ Eyes

I think the good Pastor Cedric Moss needs to be reminded that we are a secular state that separates the affairs of Caesar from the affairs of God. The Constitution does not, however, preclude voluntary collaboration between church and state for the common good, such as in state support for schools operated by religious groups.

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Tuesday, 8th August 2017.

Keeping the motorist appy

A local company is seeking to utilise technology to address highways issues which have the potential to become serious traffic hazards.

Tuesday, August 8

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Miller-Uibo, Gather and Strachan qualify for women's 200m semis

LONDON, England: A first, a second and a third place finish in their respective heats on Tuesday have propelled Bahamian Olympic 400 metre champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Tynia Gaither and Anthonique Strachan into the semifinal of the women's 200 metres at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

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UPDATED: Gardiner wins silver for the Bahamas

LONDON, England: In his greatest defining moment, Steven Gardiner, too fatigued to take his well deserved victory lap, became the 16th IAAF World Championship silver medalist in the men's 400 metres.

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Bishop Ellis: Gibson shown no respect

BISHOP Neil C Ellis has lamented the “inhumanity” shown to former Cabinet Minister Shane Gibson before his recent arraignment, claiming that the former MP’s treatment was inconsistent with the concept of “basic respect for human dignity”.

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Two dead in holiday shootings

HOLIDAY weekend shootings left two men dead in the capital, one of whom was killed less than a month after he was released on bail.

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Eight migrants released from Detention Centre

EIGHT detainees who were held at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre without charge were released on Friday.

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Four dead after two traffic accidents

FOUR people are dead - three of them from Grand Bahama - following two separate recent traffic accidents, police reported.

'CURLS Girls' rule the Bahamas

The team behind CURLS, a leading American company in the natural hair care industry, took its fans on trip to the Bahamas via Snapchat and Instagram over the weekend.Taking some of the internet’s most popular natural hair bloggers along for the ride,

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War of words on finance debt

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest last night blasted his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) counterpart for challenging whether the government had exaggerated the size of the country’s fiscal deficit.

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Sacked – 'for having a beard'

A FORMER police officer is seeking to appeal the commissioner of police’s recent decision to discharge him from the Royal Bahamas Police Force allegedly because of his unwillingness to compromise a key component of his Muslim faith.

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Bank of The Bahamas bailout to be debated by Parliament

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest yesterday pledged the government’s planned $166m “rescue” for Bank of The Bahamas will be fully debated in Parliament.

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Drugs worth $600,000 seized in Grand Bahama

POLICE in Grand Bahama seized more than $600,000 worth of drugs during separate incidents last week.

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‘FNM can’t ask for apology from anyone’

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts said the Free National Movement has no moral authority to demand an apology from anyone, as he called on Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and the FNM to apologise on behalf of the governing party for what he sees as various transgressions and misdeeds over the years.

NHI payments will stay on hold

Health Minister Dr Duane Sands warned yesterday that no payments under the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will be made until a proper governance structure is in place.

Aviation needs a plan which will fly

A senior Bahamian airline executive said yesterday he was not prepared to simply ‘curse the darkness’ over the issues facing this nation’s aviation sector, demanding, “Let’s quit talking and make things happen”.

BCCEC gearing up for ‘packed’ fall schedule

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation is gearing up for a ‘packed’ fall schedule of trade missions.

Bahamas can regain shipping registry prominence

A maritime attorney with a leading law firm says The Bahamas is only steps away from regaining its position as one of the world’s most respected and sought after shipping registries.

Bimini bank crisis crippling trade

Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) is set to return to the island of Bimini later this month as but residents still fear the absence of a bank on the island would encourage crime and negatively impact commerce.

Sacred cows

Listening to the posturing of the attorneys for the erstwhile political “sacred cows”, I have to wonder if the maxim “everybody is equal under the law” was thrown out with the baby’s bath water.

Apology to D’Aguilar

I owe a profound and abject apology to the Hon. Dionisio d’Aguilar (FNM-Free Town), the erstwhile Minister of Tourism. Last week, without first speaking to the Minister, as I should have done, I lambasted him in particular and the Minnis Administration in general for “terminating” nine persons, not eleven as I wrongly stated in an editorial, from the Freeport office of the Ministry of Tourism.

Minnis the reformer

What we are witnessing before our eyes today in The Bahamas regarding wealthy, prominent politicians being hauled before the courts is without precedent.

EDITORIAL: Which International Airport in The Bahamas is a National Disgrace?

THE Marsh Harbour International Airport, renamed the Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in 2014, is a national disgrace. Redeveloped at a cost of over $30m, its completion faced delay after delay. It was plagued by design flaws and cost overruns, though portions of it were ahead of their time. While critics pointed out vast unused spaces that would have to be air-conditioned and maintained, proponents of the design said it was built to satisfy future needs. So what if it were larger than it needed to be now, they said, when other airports were outgrowing their space, Marsh Harbour would just be growing into its.

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THE PRESS BOX: The beast is back

My Dallas Cowboys kicked off the NFL preseason with a 20-18 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game. To all the “haters”, a win is a win, and we will take it.

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Exuma, Abaco still blighted by power cuts

EXUMA and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper has called the frequent power outages affecting Exuma, an “untenable” situation that is frustrating both residents and visitors.

Jones shines amid the rising sun

Jonquel Jones and her Connecticut Sun have been one of the surprise success stories thus far in the WNBA but for the team to break a historic playoff drought they face a strong schedule to close out the regular season.

Penn State Lions reach out to aspiring athletes

Before they took to the court for the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Summer of Thunder Exhibition Series, the Penn State Nittany Lions engaged in a community outreach effort with the island of Eleuthera.

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Sir Arthur Foulkes pays his respects to ‘a great Bahamian’

FORMER Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, in paying tribute to Sir Geoffrey Johnstone, described him as “a great Bahamian who gave brilliant service to his country for many years and in many ways”.

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‘Nation-builder and lawyer’ Sir Geoffrey Johnstone dies

FUNERAL services for Bahamian politician and lawyer Sir Geoffrey Johnstone, who died in Doctors Hospital early Friday morning, will be held on Saturday, August 12, at 11am at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk, Princes Street.

Magic happens with the right hairdresser

A hairdresser is part fairy godmother, part therapist, and part soul sister. After all, a certain magic happens when a woman walks into a salon for her appointment looking slightly worse for wear, only to emerge some time later looking fabulous and f

From an island girl to a queen

From a young girl who enjoyed climbing trees on the islands to becoming the newest Miss World Bahamas, Geena Thompson has truly undergone a metamorphosis – which was also the theme of this year’s pageant.With style and grace, the 24-year-old Miss Lon

Fashion meets charity

One of the Bahamas’ leading haute couture brands, Remilda Rose Designs, is set to showcase its much anticipated Spring/Summer 2018 collection to help raise funds for the Cancer Society of the Bahamas. The fashion showcase will be hosted at SuperClubs

Women's organisation hosts entrepreneurship fair

As one of its major objectives is to support and help young Bahamians achieve their dreams, the New Image women’s organisation recently hosted a Entrepreneur Fire Fair that helped aspiring business owners to get one step closer to fulfilling their go

How a job acquires a gender (and less authority if it's female)

(THE CONVERSATION) “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys take charge, they’re often praised for being a “leader.” But when little girls do, th

Life after diagnosis

Q: What do I do after my child has been diagnosed with autism?A: There’s no doubt that after your child has been diagnosed with a developmental delay your life as a parent is never the same. The diagnosis can be frightening and many of you feel left

Neocolonialism, paternalist patriarchy and the male body

We do not often discuss the male body or the gaze on the male body. Men are to be physically chiselled with endless abs, long muscles and large endowments. But what happens if this is not who or what we are?We build up so many young people to think t

Read it before you eat it

When you are considering the purchase of a new appliance or new car, do you just pick one off the shelf or from the car lot and buy it? Most likely not.Typically, consumers want to know what is the best appliance or vehicle to suit their needs. For e

Monday, August 7

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Shaunae wins heat to claim place in 400m final

LONDON, England: Shaunae Miller-Uibo joined Steven Gardiner in securing her berth in the final of the women's 400 metres at the 16th IAAF World Championships.

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Man shot dead outside of nightclub

Police are searching for several suspects after a man was shot dead in the early hours of Monday morning.

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Teray Smith finishes fifth, doesn't advance in 200m

LONDON, England: Competing against one of the world's best wasn't enough to push an exhausted Teray Smith to a better ending in his individual event at the IAAF World Championships.

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Gardiner 'did a wonderful job'

LONDON, England: Head coach Dianne Woodside-Johnson and relay coordinator Rupert Gardiner were both impressed with the national record breaking performance by Steven Gardiner who become the first Bahamian to reach a final in the 16th IAAF World Championships.

Sunday, August 6

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Crash victim dies in hospital

A woman who was detained in hospital following a traffic accident last week died of her injuries on Saturday.

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Gardiner into first final with national record

LONDON, England: Abaco native Steven Gardiner bolted his way into his first global final in the men's 400 metres at the 16th IAAF World Championships with a new national record.

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo wins heat in 400m

LONDON. England: In a dominating fashion, 2016 Olympic Games champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo began her quest for the rare 200/400 metre double by powering to an easy victory in the first round of the women's 400m at the 16th IAAF World Championships.

Saturday, August 5

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Man on bail for murder shot dead off East Street

A man on bail for murder is dead and another man is injured after a shooting incident off East Street on Saturday afternoon.

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Gardiner wins heat to storm into 400m semis

LONDON, England: It was a fantastic start for national 400 metre record holder Steven Gardiner as he began his quest for a medal at his third appearance at the IAAF World Championships. However, the debut on the field for national triple jump record holder Tamara Myers didn't lead to the next round.

Friday, August 4

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Friday, August 4th, 2017.

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Friday, August 4th, 2017.

Ministry denies report of vessel with malaria death landing in Bahamas

THE Ministry of Health announced late Friday evening that contrary to reports on social media, no vessel with a malaria death on board landed in the Bahamas.

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PM pays tribute to 'nation builder' Sir Geoffrey Johnstone

PRIME Minister Hubert Minnis paid tribute to the late Sir Geoffrey Johnstone on Friday, lauding the former Cabinet minister as a nation builder.

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'Series of tests' behind power outages on Abaco

THE recent wave of power outages in Abaco were the result of "a series of tests" at Bahamas Power & Light's Wilson City Power Station, the utility provider said.

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Social media campaign against illegal coal venture gathers support

A social media campaign detailing an illegal coal venture near his home has gathered wide-spread support for one Excellence Estate resident and could offer some resolution to a problem that has plagued his community for more than three years.

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Former PM Hubert Ingraham says Sir Geoffrey Johnstone was 'true Bahamian patriot'

“THE Bahamas has lost a giant of a man with the passing of Sir Geoffrey Johnstone,” former prime minister Hubert Ingraham said on Friday.

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Former politician and lawyer Sir Geoffrey Johnstone dies age 89

FORMER Bahamian politician and lawyer Sir Geoffrey Johnstone died in Doctor’s Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. He would have been 90 years old next month.

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Police found liable for 2015 incident that led to arrest

JUSTICE Indra Charles on Friday found that the Royal Bahamas Police Force were liable for an incident in 2015 that culminated in the arrest of a civil servant at his home.

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Fraser takes on Bolt, but misses out on semis

LONDON, England: Warren Fraser will cherish the memory of running next to Usain Bolt, but he wished his performance matched the exposure he got on the electrifying opening night of the 16th IAAF World Championships.

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Mitchell warns of tit-for-tat response to PLP arrests

IF the Free National Movement loses the next general election, National Security Minister Marvin Dames “will understand what tit-for-tat means,” Senator Fred Mitchell has said, adding the governing party is “slave shaming” the opposition Progressive Liberal Party by charging former PLP politicians in court.

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Gibson facing $250k charges

FORMER Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson was granted $40,000 bail with two sureties in the Supreme Court yesterday afternoon, less than one hour after he was arraigned in Magistrate’s Court on 36 bribery and extortion related charges.

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Vasyli released for January trial

DONNA Vasyli, who is scheduled to be retried in January 2018 concerning the fatal stabbing of her millionaire podiatrist husband, was granted $250,000 bail by a Supreme Court judge on Thursday.

$166m bail-out is BOB's 'best shot'

Bank of the Bahamas’ (BOB) latest $166 million ‘bail out’ was yesterday described as “the best shot” to rescue it, its newly-appointed chairman revealing the deal will likely be “consummated” on or before August 10. “The Government is preparing to in

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Henfield plays down comments by US ambassadorial nominee

DESPITE “misstatements” made during his confirmation hearing before a United States Senate committee this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said yesterday he is still “enthused” by the opportunity to work with the nominee for United Stat

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Dominicans detained by RBDF are released and sent home

FIFTY Dominicans, who were charged and held in custody for illegally fishing in Bahamian waters last year, were released on Wednesday and turned over to Dominican officials to be sent home. According to a press release from the Royal Bahamas Defence

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'I'll only apologise to Sir Lynden for country being run by crooks'

IN the wake of calls from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for the Progressive Liberal Party to say “sorry” for the actions of the Christie administration, PLP Senator Fred Mitchell is adamant the only apology he will offer is to former Prime Ministe

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Three hurt in shootings

POLICE are searching for several suspects responsible for three separate shootings on Wednesday that have left three men in hospital. In the first incident, a man was standing in front of his home located on Key West Street around 11pm when four men

DPM: First BOB rescue 'protected certain borrowers'

Bank of the Bahamas’ (BOB) losses were exacerbated by the former government protecting “certain borrowers”, the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday describing the new $166 million ‘bail out’ as “the best shot” for recovery.“We’re freeing up the bank of i

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Govt can save $80m by ‘verifying’ workers

The Bahamas Public Services Union’s (BPSU) president yesterday suggested the Government’s ‘employee verification’ exercise could slash recurrent spending by around $80 million.

Minister pledges cruise line reset

The Minister of Tourism yesterday said the Bahamas must reset its relationship with the cruise lines, adding: “They make all the money, and we have nothing.”Dionisio D’Aguilar told Tribune Business that this nation needs to “be a little more aggressi

EDITORIAL: PLP should regroup for sake of democracy

IN these columns earlier this week, we condemned the refusal of leading figures in the Progressive Liberal Party, in particular the former Member of Parliament for Fox Hill, to accept the reality of a failing economy as a result of mismanagement and alleged malfeasance during the past five years of the Christie government. We also drew attention to the requirement for stern action to restore the nation’s economic fortunes.

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Urban Renewal summer camp ends with a celebration

SUMMER camp came to a close for over 700 campers who participated in a three-week programme put on by the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development. The camp officially closed during a ceremony at Loyola Hall, July 31. Children from 5 to 15

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Local repairs keeps yacht repair facility ticking over during slow season

BRADFORD Marine’s yacht repair facility in Grand Bahama is getting a lot of local commercial work during the slow yacht repair season.Dan Romence, general manager at Bradford’s shipyard in Freeport, reported that 2015 and 2016 were relatively “good y

Residents line up to take out money as RBC quits Bimini

THE Royal Bank of Canada closed its operations in Bimini on Wednesday, ending more than 50 years of banking services on that island. Residents stood in long queues outside the bank from 8am waiting for it to open at 9am to withdraw their money and cl

Walk for the Cure campaign sets sights on $100,000 target

CIBC FirstCaribbean launched its 6th annual “Walk for the Cure” campaign this week with a press conference at their Shirley Street headquarters.The popular fundraising event held during cancer awareness month each year is set for Sunday, October 1, a

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Patience for power

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) chairperson Darnell Osborne has pleaded for “patience” from consumers while the new BPL Board, will work on a “loose timeline” of a “few months” to spark (no pun intended) long-needed improvements within the company. Os

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Human Trafficking Suspect Denied Bail A Second Time

A WOMAN awaiting trial on allegations related to human trafficking had her bail application rejected in the Supreme Court yesterday.Abigail Wilson, 20, and her lawyer Bernard Ferguson appeared before Justice Bernard Turner seeking pre-trial release a

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Zero tolerance approach by police for Emancipation Day

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler yesterday promised to ensure public safety at the upcoming Fox Hill Day/Emancipation Day celebrations, warning potential troublemakers that police “will tolerate nothing other than proper behaviour”.ACP

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Ferguson wants to remove crime label from Fox Hill

FOX Hill MP Shonel Ferguson yesterday expressed concern about the recent wave of gun-related violence in her constituency, as she pledged to “eradicate” the “stigma” of Fox Hill being labelled a crime hotbed by Bahamian society.Ms Ferguson, in an int

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Minister plans island-wide clean-up campaign

AFTER several meetings, Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira finalised on Monday a planning team with public and private partners to organise an island-wide New Providence clean-up campaign.The Keeping OUR Bahamas Beautiful initiative wi

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Five rescued from sunken vessel

FIVE individuals are counting their blessings after they were rescued from their sunken vessel Thursday morning.While on routine patrol, Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft P-128 under coxswain Petty Officer Bernard Cash came upon a 30-ft craft

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Steven Gardiner: A 400 metres medal would top my year off

LONDON: Steven Gardiner feels he’s in the right company at the right time to join fellow Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo as a medallist at one of the major international track and field meets.While Miller-Uibo returns as the athlete to watch on the 24-m

Bahamas fifth at Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships

The 2017 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships continued at The Links Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas remains in fifth place in the race for the Arthur Zadie Trophy.After three rounds the Bahamas has posted a total of 1,

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THE FINISH LINE: A three medal prediction for Team Bahamas

LONDON: By the time you read this, the 16th International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Championships will be underway with a lot of expectations of the 24-member team in England. The games were due to get started with the opening ceremonies j

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Outgoing High Commissioner looking forward to being involved in sports back home

By BRENT STUBBSSenior Sports Reporterbstubbs@tribunemedia.netLONDON: After spending the past four “wonderful” years of as the Bahamas High Commissioner to London, Ed Bethel said his only regret is that he will miss the 16th International Amateur Athl

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Sponsor helps Oneil Williams go the distance

Nationally renowned distance runner Oneil Williams received timely assistance from a corporate sponsor as he readies himself for major international competition in 2018.The Island Game Foundation presented Williams with a sponsorship of $5000 to assi

QC urges ‘no carte blanche’ extension of F’port tax breaks

The Government was yesterday urged not to grant “a carte blanche” 20-year tax breaks extension for all Freeport businesses, especially the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and Hutchison Whampoa entities.

Price war

JOHN ISSA’S comments on the generally accepted fear of a hotel price war are interesting if not significant.

Shame on D'Aguilar

I enjoy what I do as the number one rated (or so some say) talk show host in the nation. As host of The Real Deal, I have been presented with a huge electronic platform to promote nation building public policy initiatives and to make a difference in the lives of many Bahamians.

Thursday, August 3

BOB chair: Political delinquents cannot expect any favours

Bank of the Bahamas newly-apointed chairman has assured minority shareholders that politically-connected loan delinquents will be “treated like any other customer”, adding that the Board will not interfere with management. Wayne Aranha, who led discu

Man wanted in Fox Hill shooting hands himself in

A 22-year-old suspect in the recent shooting death of a man on Armbrister Street in Fox Hill turned himself into police yesterday. Police said the suspect turned himself into detectives at the Central Detective Unit around 10.30am Thursday. The sta

'If Munroe has evidence of corruption, he should turn it over to police'

THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association said it is “shocked and appalled by the cynical posturing” of the Progressive Liberal Party in the face of ongoing police anti-corruption probes. The group also responded to attorney and former PLP candidat

New BOB Board boosts shareholder confidence

A prominent Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) investor said its new Board had inspired a “fair degree of confidence” over the institution’s future, although he reiterated concerns about its management.Darron Cash, the former FNM chairman and Senator, told Tr

Bahamas regulator heads regional insurance summit

The Caribbean Association of Insurance Regulators (CAIR), which is headed by the Bahamas’ top insurance supervisor, held its annual conference and general meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, from June 19-21.Under the theme, Enhancing Financial Sector Super

Firm trains Series 7 examination graduate

A Bahamian company has enabled another person to pass the Series 7 broker/dealer examination.Natalee Dias can now apply to be registered and licensed by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas as a financial adviser and broker/dealer.The Series 7 ex

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08032017 EDITION

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017.

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Ambassador pick says future is bright for the Bahamas

THE Trump administration’s pick for United States ambassador to The Bahamas, Doug Manchester, seemed to speak favourably of the newly elected Minnis administration yesterday, telling the panel at his Senate hearing “it really looks bright” in The Bah

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No need for me to say sorry, insists Davis

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party interim Leader Phillip “Brave” Davis said yesterday he “doesn’t understand” calls from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for him to tell the nation he is “sorry” about errors made during the Christie administration because ne

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UDPATED: Shane Gibson facing 36 charges

FORMER Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson was taken into police custody yesterday afternoon, after voluntarily presenting himself to the Central Detective Unit to assist officers with an ongoing investigation, The Tribune understands.

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Donna Vasyli granted bail

Australian Donna Vasyli has been granted $250K bail ahead of her retrial over the murder of her husband.

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Detainee stuck in limbo for decade

A STATELESS man of Cuban descent, who served in the US Navy, has been held at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre for more than a decade, one of several migrants in limbo at the facility, The Tribune was told.

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‘Bahamas needs US, not China’

THE $2.1bn Chinese fishing proposal for Andros, which placed the former Progressive Liberal Party government in the line of fierce criticism, took centre stage during the United States ambassador to the Bahamas’ confirmation hearing with nominee for the post Doug Manchester saying more US investment is needed in this country.

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Teenage murder suspect denied bail

A 19-YEAR-OLD awaiting trial on a murder charge had his bail application rejected in Supreme Court yesterday.

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‘It’s more dangerous in the Bahamas’

AN international travel site has listed The Bahamas as the sixth out of ten most dangerous places for unaccompanied women travellers to visit.

Govt to eliminate 'ghost' employees

THE Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said the Government is targeting “ghost” employees and other unethical practices in a bid to trim its wage bill and hit the 10 per cent spending cut goal.K P Turnquest told Tribune Business that the employee verifi

Davis: Albany missed energy reply deadline

The Opposition’s leader yesterday said the Albany developers’ proposal to rescue Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) did not proceed after they failed to meet a key deadline.

Minister blasts 'political expediency' for lay-offs

The Minister of Tourism yesterday blasted the former government for forcing him to lay-off new hires, describing the decision as “gut wrenching”.Dionisio D’Aguilar slammed what he described as “political expediency” in the Christie administration’s d

Chamber executive's gambling 'scourge' fear for Out Islands

The Bahamas was yesterday urged to rapidly address the “scourge” of web shop gaming in the Family Islands, amid warnings that the resulting social and economic deterioration is now “very visible”.Roderick Simms, chair of the Bahamas Chamber of Commer

Construction more robust, but no 'hallelujah' shout

The Bahamian construction industry is more robust than 2017 first quarter figures suggest, although a leading contractor conceded: “Let’s not shout ‘hallelujah’ yet.”Leonard Sands, the Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president, told Tribune

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Miller: Albany offer was no good for the country

THE $700m offered by the principal developers of Albany to fix the issues surrounding the former Bahamas Electricity Corporation “would not have benefited the Bahamian people,” according to former BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller.Mr Miller said

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BAAA president appointed chief scrutineer for IAAF Congress

LONDON: While she waits for Team Bahamas to start competing at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s 16th World Championships, Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations president Rosamunde Carey is making some headlines of her own in the

Lyford Cay Classic tournament winners on course for success

The Bahamas Golf Federation recently hosted it’s latest tournament, the Lyford Cay Classic, the first Stapleford Points event in Nassau for the 2017 season. The event had a mixture of male, female and junior golfers. The BGF extended its congratulati

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Grand Bahama enjoying a 'Dream week' with Buddy

Buddy Hield’s tour of community outreach efforts this summer shifted to Grand Bahama with “Dream Week.”Dream Week began July 31 with a two day camp at both the Jack Hayward Gymnasium and Pinedale basketball courts. Following a day off, the action ret

'Summer of Thunder' set to shake the Kendal Isaacs Gym this week

The Bahamas Basketball Federation’s “Summer of Thunder” is set to begin this week and will once again highlight a busy summer for local basketball at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.The series of exhibitions between local teams and visiting NCAA programm

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Athletes are 'looking good' ahead of World Championships

LONDON: While he’s never had the opportunity to compete in England, Carl Oliver said he’s delighted to be here at the 16th International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Championships as the co-manager for Team Bahamas.Oliver, a former member

Questions for the govt

THERE are issues of far greater concern.

Christian Council land

Why on earth does The Bahamas Christian Council think that they need a building for themselves, and why more serious does this new Government think the BCC should be granted Crown property?

Sports and politics

It’s easy to see why politicians love sports champions and celebrities. But all too often we are left wondering if the affection is reciprocated.

EDITORIAL: Suddenly US Foreign Relations remembers the Bahamas

NOW that the Republicans are back in power they have suddenly awakened to the fact that their sphere of influence is quietly being infiltrated by Beijing and their control of their own Caribbean Basin is slowly slipping away. The US Embassy has been well represented by its Chargé d’Affaires, but the Bahamas has not had a resident US Ambassador since 2011. In June 2014 President Obama appointed Cassandra Butts, 50, to the post, but the short-sighted Republicans held up the appointment. In the meantime Ms Butts died – and that was the end of the matter.

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Isaacs takes crown as Miss Centreville

WHITNEY Isaacs will be crowned Miss Centreville this Friday during an event at the Quakoo Street Community Centre.The reception is scheduled for 3pm and will be held as Ms Isaacs continues her platform throughout the Centreville constituency, which i

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MENTAL HEALTH OF THE NATION: Domestic violence in The Bahamas

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.”

Call for new govt to probe money spent on scientific studies in GB

THE Grand Bahama Environmental Association is calling on the Minnis administration to investigate the money spent by the former Christie administration for three scientific studies conducted in communities near the Industrial Park area.The combined c

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Two promoted in ZNS Freeport management

TWO promotions were made at ZNS in Freeport recently by the executive management team of the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas. Darren Meadows, former director of television, is now the acting deputy general manager at the station in Grand Bah

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Blue Hills plant needed to keep power on- but that means higher bills until October

CONSUMERS will have to wait until October to see a reduction in their increased electricity bills, according to Bahamas Electrical Workers Union President Paul Maynard.In an interview with The Tribune on Wednesday, Mr Maynard said high summer tempera

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Vasyli to hear today over bail

DONNA Vasyli will learn today whether she will be released on bail ahead of her retrial on a murder charge.

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Robinson leads Team Bahamas golfers in Dominican Republic

The 2017 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships continued at The Links Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic and several Bahamian golfers fell behind the pace they established on day one.

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Nassau Rowing Club's boat and dock dedication helps celebrate fifth anniversary

On Saturday, Nassau Rowing Club had their first Boat and Dock Dedication at their boat club located on the north side of Lake Cunningham. With many upgrades happening this year to the club, the current board members thought that it would be a great

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Roberts wins again to reach semifinals

Another gruelling three set match, another win for Justin Roberts as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the Finland F1 Futures – Admares Open.Roberts defeated a higher ranked opponent for the second time in as many days when he eliminated Tom Fawcet

Union chief demands work permit freeze over Govt austerity

The Bahamas Electrical Workers Union’s (BEWU) president yesterday urged the Government to consider a freeze on work permits as it rolls out its austerity measures, telling this newspaper: “You can’t put Bahamians out to pasture”.Paul Maynard told Tri

Domino's selects GB manager as Americas lead

Domino’s International has named the RND Freeport manager, Gary Guillaume, as its 2016 regional store manager of the year for the Americas.The Grand Bahama native heads a team of 12 at the branch, and is the first manager from the Bahamas to receive

ART OF GRAPHIX: Learning the science behind your designs

Design is a broad term with many definitions, and a science behind it. There are psychologies and strategic principles that designers follow to ensure a comfortable yet engaging transformation. In its most basic form, graphic design is about solving

Twenty-year tax break for all GBPA licensees

Senior Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) executives and the Attorney General have jointly pledged to work together for the benefit of Freeport’s 3,500 licensees.Sarah St George, its vice-chairman (centre), and GBPA president, Ian Rolle (second right

BTC expands GB franchise locations

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) yesterday said it has expanded Bahamian ownership via the continued outsourcing of its retail stores, adding three more in Grand Bahama.BTC’s latest franchise locations opened in Jones Town, Eight Mile Roc

Wednesday, August 2

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08022017 EDITION

Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017.

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UPDATED: Ninth murder in two weeks as man killed after argument

A SHOOTING following an argument between a group of men in Fox Hill on Tuesday morning ended with the country recording its ninth murder in two weeks.

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'Davis sorry - but where's the apology?'

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday while he appreciates Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis admitting the opposition party made mistakes during its last term in office, he is still waiting to hear “a real apology.”

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Police chief warns - lay down your guns as killers strike again

IN the face of the country’s growing homicide list, Acting Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said the Royal Bahamas Police Force has launched an “aggressive” approach to apprehend prolific offenders and increase police visibility.

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Shane Gibson helping police with investigation

FORMER Minister of Labour Shane Gibson voluntarily went to police at the Central Detective Unit on Wednesday morning to help them with an investigation, attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, told The Tribune.

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Christian Council to be given land

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has committed to awarding the Bahamas Christian Council Crown land to build a “proper” headquarters following a meeting with the organisation last week, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold announced yesterday.

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Refugees reveal ordeal of years in detention

HELD for years without charge at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, refugees yesterday described the facility as a prison that operated with no regard for human rights, international conventions, or the law.

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PLP rejected $700m power rescue plan

ALBANY’S Managing Partner Christopher Anand revealed yesterday that Joe Lewis and his Tavistock Group, the principal developers of the $1.4 billion project, offered the former Progressive Liberal Party government $700m to “fix the issues” at the former Bahamas Electricity Corporation and the city landfill.

IDB: Bahamas 'poses very unique challenge'

A multilateral lender says the Bahamas “poses a unique challenge” for it, with surface-level wealth “masking significant income inequality” where almost half of those living in poverty are the ‘working poor’.The Inter-American Development Bank, in a

Residency 'uncertainty' turns developer off new projects

A Bahamian developer yesterday warned Immigration-related “uncertainty” is threatening to deter him from initiating further multi-million dollar projects once his current crop is completed.Jason Kinsale, the developer behind properties such as Balmor

EX-FNM chair blasts 'nonchalance' towards minority shareholders

A former FNM chairman yesterday blasted the “nonchalant” attitude of many public companies to respecting minority shareholder rights, especially the timely disclosure of material information.Darron Cash, also an ex-senator, told Tribune Business ther

Adjustments to be made to board appointments

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said “adjustments” will be made to the list of statutory board appointments and committees, adding that despite there being errors inclusive of at least two deceased appointees, he could “absolutely give no assurance”

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The Hall of Fame game takes place on Thursday night between my Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals. Mind you neither squad will look remotely close to what their true identities will be on opening day. Thursday’s game and the weekend’s festiviti

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Jaraun Burrows extends stay with Provence Basket

After being on the move for the past few off seasons, Jaraun “Kino” Burrows has extended his stay with his newest franchise on the latest stop of his career.Following a late season stint and playoff run with FOS Provence Basket in French Basketball’s

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Roberts pulls off upset over No.6 seed in Finland

Justin Roberts’ success is continuing on the International Tennis Federation’s Futures circuit. Roberts pulled off a three set upset over the No.6 seeded Louis Chaix France, 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, yesterday at the Finland F1 Futures-Admares Open in Kaarina,

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Tureano opponent's camp confident ahead of bout

Fight night is just over three weeks away and Ukranian middleweight Sergiy Derevianchenko’s camp have expressed confidence in their game plan for the impending matchup with Bahamian pro Tureano Johnson.Johnson and Derevianchenko will square off on Au

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Richard Gibson leads Team Bahamas at CAGC

Team Bahamas teed off yesterday in the 2017 Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships hosted at The Links Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic.The CAGC is the region’s premier event, played both as an individual stroke play event and as a countr

BNT teams up with airport for environment work in Abaco

THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is partnering with Leonard Thompson International Airport (LTIA) to promote national parks and raise funds for nature conservation on Abaco. The island’s six national parks protect a range of ecosystems from the nort

YOUR SAY: Davis must reach out to those who deserted PLP

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford “Honesty is the first step to wisdom and truth.” THE Bahamian people have spoken loudly and unambiguously. Their verdict was decisive, as w

Port Lucaya event lined up to boost marketplace

KWASI Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, announced plans for the implementation of ‘A Taste of Port Lucaya’ to boost and stimulate economic activity at Port Lucaya Marketplace.The announcement was made on Sunday afternoon, in conjunction

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Suspect held after gun find

POLICE on Bimini arrested a 25-year-old man on Monday who is suspected of firearm and ammunition possession. Inspector Terecita Pinder reported that police were on mobile patrol in Alice Town shortly after 2am on Monday when they saw a suspicious-lo

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Ex-marine's robbery case to go to Supreme Court

A FORMER marine accused of being the culprit behind a gunpoint robbery had his case transferred to the Supreme Court yesterday. Lloyd Carl Johnson, 24, was originally due to appear in Magistrate’s Court on Monday for the presentation of a voluntary

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Appeal Court squashes convictionin $51,000 money laundering case

THE Court of Appeal quashed the convictions and has not ordered a retrial for a Bulgarian man a Supreme Court jury had convicted in a $51,000 money laundering case.Kostadin Karchav, 40, returned to New Providence for his scheduled substantive hearing

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TOUGH CALL: The history of race and politics in The Bahamas

A FEW years ago, my company — Media Enterprises — published a new edition of Race and Politics in The Bahamas, under licence from the author and the University of Queensland in Australia. Originally published in 1981 and long out of print, Race and

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'Mother' Pratt well despite social media rumours

CYNTHIA “Mother” Pratt, speaking from her Coconut Grove home last night, wanted to assure the public that she is alive and well. And, like members of the public, she too would like to know when she died. Circulating on social media yesterday was a r

Details still to be announced over relocation of general post office

DESPITE weeks of shortened shifts and chaos in its sorting system, the government still has not provided a timeline for the relocation of staff and operations from the General Post Office, according to Bahamas Public Services Union President John Pin

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No word on completion of repairs after hurricanes

THE government does not yet have a timeline of when repairs will be completed on homes damaged as a result of Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew, which ravaged part of the country in 2015 and 2016.According to press secretary Anthony Newbold, while it is

Bail’s bad for your health

Re: Gunmen Murder Bailed Teenager. – The Tribune, 31 July, 2017.

Achilles hell of the PLP

An Official Opposition (PLP) member has exposed his party’s Achilles heel when expressing contempt for the newly elected Prime Minister’s national address.

$215m deficit spend in final two months

More than $215 million worth of deficit spending had to be incurred during the final two months of the 2016-2017 fiscal year to hit the Minnis administration’s $500 million projection.Central Bank data, published yesterday, showed that the fiscal def

Banks approve fewer than 50% of mortgages

Less than 50 per cent of mortgage applications were approved during the 2017 first quarter, highlighting the Bahamas’ ongoing housing crisis and borrower difficulties in qualifying for credit.The Central Bank’s research department, in a presentation

Albany: No one's invested more equity in Bahamas

The $1.5 billion Albany project’s managing partner yesterday said no developer had invested more equity capital in the Bahamas, as he urged the Government to address key issues left by its predecessor.Christopher Anand called on the Minnis administra

Scotia mortgage seminar attracts strong interest

Scotiabank’s Thompson Boulevard branch attracted a full audience on July 26 for the first of two mortgage seminars.Attendees were provided with information from real estate, law, appraisal and land surveying professionals, who answered their question

Culinary team in visit to Governor-General

Executives from the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) joined National Culinary Team representatives and the team’s sponsors to pay a courtesy call on Governor-General, Dame Marguerite Pindling.The gathering was in honour of the National Cu

Tuesday, August 1

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Tuesday, 1st August, 2017.

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Judge orders retrial for banker’s ‘hitman’

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial of a man a Supreme Court jury had convicted of the paid execution of a banker.

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18-year-old charged with three murders

AN 18-year-old appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing multiple murder charges.

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Festival millions - where did they go?

FORMER Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Thompson, who celebrated his ninetieth birthday Saturday evening, has offered to investigate the first two Junkanoo Carnival festivals “free of charge” so long as the Minnis administration provides him with the necessary staff to conduct the probe.

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Munroe keeps secret ‘corrupt’ FNM MPs

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe, QC, said yesterday he has completed his list of alleged “corrupt members” of the Free National Movement, but won’t send it to the police “just yet” because he doesn’t trust the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Anti-Corruption Unit.

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Davis owns up to PLP failures

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party interim Leader Philip “Brave” Davis admitted yesterday the former government was not perfect, made “serious” mistakes and lost the “trust’ of Bahamians, but offered no outright apology for the missteps of the previous Christie administration.

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57 Haitians detained in Exuma

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Sunday assisted police and immigration officials in Exuma with the transport of a second group of migrants to be apprehended in The Bahamas within a week.This second group was apprehended off Humming Bird Cay near m

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'Who are the partners for Grand Lucayan Resort plan?'

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ revelation of his administration’s intention to become temporary joint owners of the Grand Lucayan Resort in Grand Bahama raised a lot of questions and lacked trans

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Appeal court throws out rape conviction and says forensic evidence not enough

A MAN was acquitted of rape on appeal after the Court of Appeal found the forensic evidence in his case was not sufficient to have been left to the jury for deliberation.

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Former BAF staff: We’ve been thrown to the dogs

A HANDFUL of women picketed outside the offices of BAF Financial & Insurance Ltd to protest alleged payment disputes of two former employees yesterday.

Breezes chief: Baha Mar price fears 'a distraction'

SuperClubs Breezes’ owner yesterday branded concerns over Baha Mar’s rate discounting as “a distraction”, warning: “We’ll all go hungry if we don’t expand airlift.”John Issa told Tribune Business that the Nassau/Paradise Island resort industry “can’t

Minority investors demand BOB's AGM be delayed

Minority Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) shareholders yesterday called for tomorrow’s annual general meeting (AGM) to be delayed, after failing to receive the traditional agenda and other key disclosures.Several investors complained to Tribune Business the

Law firm blasted for responsibility failure

The Court of Appeal yesterday blasted a law firm, whose partners include an ex-Cabinet minister and retired Supreme Court justice, for its “unacceptable” failure to take responsibility for not prosecuting its own appeal.Appeal Justice John Isaacs, in

Bahamas urged to correct tourism 'product deficiency'

The Bahamas must “tell a better story” to correct its tourism “product deficiency”, a Cabinet Minister yesterday confirming he is targeting a 15 per cent increase in African-American visitors.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism, told Tribune Busi

Bahamas may have to 'guarantee' extra Baha Mar airlift

The Minister of Tourism yesterday said the Bahamas may have to offer airlines financial guarantees to generate the extra 314,000 seats required for Baha Mar, promising: “We’re on top of it.”Dionisio D’Aguilar told Tribune Business that this nation ma

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New Miss World Bahamas prepares for China

After wowing the judges and audience alike, Miss Long Island Geena Thompson walked away with the coveted Miss World Bahamas title following an exciting and glamorous pageant finale on Sunday night.The new queen defeated eight other young ladies compe

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It's your life - are you in control?

The thing about control that I admire most is the fact that you are either in control or you are out of control. You cannot be sort of or kind of in control. It is all or nothing. When it comes to the life we live, knowing that we are in control of h

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Doctors Hospital's scholarship students vow to return home

Recipients of this year’s Doctors Hospital expressed a desire to return home after their studies abroad to help improve healthcare here in the Bahamas. Many also stated their intentions to obtain degrees in fields which currently have a shortage of s

Middle and long distance added to Blue Chips Athletics Camp

AFTER running a successful throwers camp last year, coach Corrington Maycock has decided to add a middle and long distance component to the second annual Blue Chips Athletics Camp.It’s scheduled for August 7-12 at Queen’s College between the hours of

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Chris Brown says 'time to regroup' as he sits out World Championships

HE’S been the focus of attention for the men’s side of the Bahamas athletic programme for the past two decades. But for the first time in his career, Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown will not be on the Bahamas’ IAAF World Championship team.The country’s most de

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SHAUNAE AT THE DOUBLE: Sprinter attempts to make history in 200 and 400m

WHEN the 16th International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Championships gets underway this weekend in London, England, Bahamas women’s quarter-miler Shaunae Miller-Uibo will have

Crumbling post office

THERE have been many remarks recently concerning the deplorable state of our main post office, both in structure and function. There are possibly at least two explanations for this:

It's the people's finances

I HAVE purposely allowed a few days to pass, after the Prime MInister’s address to reply.

EDITORIAL: Where did our national heart go? What happened to us?

SOME time yesterday, July 31, 2017, as we went about our daily lives, a community was scrambling for its life, trying to beat a bulldozer scheduled to demolish it.

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Full speed ahead for EduKarting programme

REGISTRATION opens this week for the 5th annual EduKarting Summer Camp, two one-week sessions beginning August 8 that allow young Bahamians to experience the speed and adrenaline-pumping excitement associated with the traditional sport that mixes thr

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Changing the outdated model

In the early days of slavery, enslaved Africans were inferior beings; they had no souls so were not human. As science and religion progressed and then slavery ended, a different system of keeping blacks inferior had to be created.The church allowed b

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Kids help make Bahamas plastic-free

WITH a vision of making the country a plastic-free environment, the Bahamas Plastic Movement hosted its fourth annual summer camp in which 30 students discovered a new-found appreciation and understanding of the cause.For an entire week, the Plastic

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Beat the heat as an expectant mom

SUMMER is said to be one of the best times to conceive, since by the time expectant mothers reach their second and third trimesters, they will have beaten the heat and can prepare to “babymoon” before the birth next Spring.However, for those already

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Lawyer blasts failures to follow conventions on migrants

ATTORNEY Martin Lundy yesterday condemned the failure of successive governments to adhere to international conventions concerning the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, or its own law in the processing of illegal migrants. Mr Lundy said the g

Weather expert tells inquest no warning for mariners

THE inquest into the death of 25-year-old Christopher Turnquest continued Monday with a local forecaster testifying that weather at the time of the crash did limit visibility, but didn’t “outright” prohibit small craft operators from waters around Ne

Commission has still not met on disclosures failures

A MONTH after the government missed its self-imposed deadline for prosecuting delinquent public officials under the Public Disclosure Act, the Public Disclosure Commission is still in limbo.Yesterday, Lemarque Campbell, chairperson of Citizens for a

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BLTA congratulates Kerrie Cartwright on reaching doubles final

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has congratulated Kerrie Cartwright after she reached a doubles final on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women’s Circuit.

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Bahamas team ‘surpasses expectations’ at Pony-13 World Series

THE Bahamas team in the Pony-13 World Series came close to making history as champions before falling short in their semifinal match in Whittier, California over the weekend.

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A call for mercy

To do something as simple as get on a jitney, Kayleisha Rolle has to manoeuvre out of her wheelchair, sit on the steps of the bus, her back facing the door, pull herself up the steps with the support of her arms, and then hop to a vacant seat.“Some p

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YOU GO GIRL: Carol D Minnis makes education easier

WITH 15 years of experience as an educator under her belt, Carol D Minnis has worked tirelessly to implement programmes to help students realise their full potential.Now, with her latest venture she aims to offer students something she believes is a

Holiday Inn Express to create 45 jobs

The Holiday Inn Express resort will create 45 “direct’ jobs when it opens on West Bay Street this month, its owner and manager revealed yesterday.Sameer Damji, managing director of the Eclipse Hotels Group, confirmed to Tribune Business that the West

Power outages still plague Abaco hotels

Frustrations continue to mount in the Abacos as power cuts persist, with one hotelier disclosing that the outages have turned potential visitors away.Molly McIntosh, general manager of the Bluff House Beach Resort and Marina, said power was off again