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06302017 EDITION

Friday, 30th June, 2017.

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06302017 WEEKEND

Friday, 30th June, 2017.

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Govt 'working assiduously' to complete anti-corruption legislation

THE attorney general and his team are “working assiduously” to complete anti-corruption legislation to ensure that those sitting in the highest offices are held accountable, according to Minister of National Security Marvin Dames.

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Bail denied in aiding and abetment to murder case

A MAN formerly accused of murdering the son of veteran trade unionist John Pinder and attempting to murder another man had his bail application denied by a Supreme Court judge on Friday.

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Allyson Maynard-Gibson pays tribute to Dr Bernard Nottage

FORMER Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson remembered Dr Bernard Nottage as a loyal friend, colleague and mentor yesterday.

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Correction officer jailed for trying to deliver marijuana to inmate

A 45-year-old Correction officer was sentenced to a year in prison and made to pay a $1,000 fine on Friday after a Magistrate scolded him for his "stupid" decision to try and deliver marijuana to an inmate at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

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Deadline today - but some disclosures outstanding

WHILE today marks the deadline for both sitting and former parliamentarians to file financial disclosures, Public Disclosure Commission Chairman Myles Laroda told The Tribune yesterday that there were still some that are “outstanding”.

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Bannister worries over BPL ability to keep the lights on

MINISTER of Works Desmond Bannister said he has “serious concerns” with Bahamas Power and Light’s ability to “keep the lights on this summer,” telling The Tribune the lack of reliability may prevent the government from fulfilling all the necessary requirements in the Baha Mar heads of agreement.

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Davis tribute to legacy of colleague

DR Bernard Nottage’s “footprints will forever be etched on the Bahamian developmental landscape” through his work as a former president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, the Bahamas Medical Association, the Doctors’ Union and as a minister for consumer affairs, education, health and national security, Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said Wednesday.

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Former PM tells of last talk with Nottage

ADMITTING concern over what Dr Bernard Nottage may have battled in isolation during his last days, former Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday expressed admiration for the effort put forth by the former national security minister in the build-up to the May general election.

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Christie denies claims on spending

FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday condemned efforts by the Minnis administration to portray his government in a negative light, as he challenged the nation’s leader to carry out a “dispassionate examination of the record”.

EDITORIAL: Uncertainty for Britain and European Union

DEVELOPMENTS in the European Union are under the spotlight again as the formal negotiations have now started about the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc. These come just a year after the nation’s referendum on its future EU relationship and the surprise decision, by a narrow margin, to leave.

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Jonquel Jones 3rd in East frontcourt All-Star voting

NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams and players have gotten creative on social media to try and get out the vote for the All-Star Game.

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Sands hails the work of nurses

THE elevation of nursing professionals in New Providence and the Family Islands is significant as the government strives to fulfill its mandate of easy accessible and affordable healthcare throughout the country, said Minister of Health Dr Duane Sand

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Resort and Marina launches Endowed Scholarships at UB

VALENTINES Residences Resort and Marina embodies the picturesque tranquility of life in Harbour Island, Eleuthera, but the exotic enclave has also captured the world’s attention for its standard of excellence. The skills and diligence of the people w

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Rolle makes first visit to Grand Bahama

MINISTER of Social Services and Urban Renewal Lanisha Rolle made her first official visit to Grand Bahama on Thursday, visiting the various government agencies within her portfolio.Mrs Rolle arrived around 9am and made her first stop at the Departmen

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Minnis gets tetchy withthe Fourth Estate

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Let’s begin. Minnis and the Media The fourth estate, as the press is known in most democratic nations, is often seen as a thorn in the side of democratic leaders. Irish philosopher and pol

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Lawyer appointed for appeal in murder case

A man who is seeking to challenge a Supreme Court jury’s verdict concerning the murder of a Cash for Gold employee has been appointed a lawyer by the Court of Appeal for his appeal application. The Tribune understands that attorney Christina Galanos

Grand Bahama ready for annual regatta celebration

THE annual Grand Bahama Regatta and Homecoming is set for July 28-30 at Taino Beach and organisers have planned a number of fun-filled activities this year, in addition to the traditional sailing competition.The event dubbed, ‘Put Your Sails UP When

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Corrections officer held after cocaine find

A 45-year-old corrections officer is in police custody after he was allegedly found with six ounces of cocaine at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services on Wednesday. According to police, shortly after 1pm, acting on information, BDCS offic

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Ingraham pays tribute to 'worthy political opponent'

FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham expressed sadness yesterday over the death of Dr Bernard J Nottage, former member of Parliament for Bains and Grants Town.In a statement issued from Cleveland, Ohio, Mr Ingraham saluted Dr Nottage as a man who ca

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Human rights group asks Mitchell to distance himself from Facebook page

THE Grand Bahama Human Rights Association said it is “appalled” that Senator Fred Mitchell “has failed to denounce and distance himself from the homophobic slurs that appeared on a Facebook page that he has publicly endorsed.” The statement came af

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Govt 'not totally satisfied' with crime situation

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said the government is not “totally satisfied” with the crime situation as he insisted that Bahamians should have already started to see some elements of the Minnis administration’s crime plan manifested in var

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Minnis vows to review salaries of RBDF officers

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis pledged yesterday to conduct a review of Royal Bahamas Defence Force salaries to ensure officers are adequately paid for their work and to complete the RBDF’s Sandy Bottom Project during this term in office.He further

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Summer band camp begins

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force launched its Summer Band Camp under the leadership of Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. The RBPF summer youth programme has been in existence for the last 24 years and the band component was introduced eight y

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Basketball Without BordersCamp 'will be good experience'

FIVE local basketball standouts will be afforded the opportunity to compete at the historic Basketball Without Borders Camp next week, hosted by the The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Bah

RESULTS: Royal Bank of Canada National Swimming Championships

Girls 13-14 800 LC Metre Free 1, MacPhail, Anya I, BSC, 9:58.49. 2, Eneas, GiGi S, DSC-BA, 10:35.88. 3, Albury, Kaliyah G, BSC, 10:58.47. 4, Trotman, Jazmine M, SWIFT-BA, 11:05.61. 5, Mortimer, Madison H, ORCA, 11:19.54. 6, Albury, Taylor T, Abaco S

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Top baseball prospects to make mark on International Signing Day

THIS Sunday is expected to be another milestone day for Bahamian baseball as several of the country’s top prospects are set to make their mark on Major League’s Baseball International Signing Day.Bahamian baseball players are again some of the most s

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Pintard on 'financial side of growing sports'

In his return to Grand Bahama where he won the seat as the Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard found himself moving from one venue to another in support of two major sporting activities

Hurricane Matthew damage can't stop the All-Andros Regatta

ALTHOUGH Hurricane Andrew destroyed what was considered the mecca hub for sailing in Morgan’s Bluff, North Andros, organisers are still committed to hosting the All-Andros Regatta. The regatta, which got started 24 years ago by a quartet of men incl

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THE FINISH LINE: Farewell Dr Bernard Nottage, one of our most outstanding athletes

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

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Witness says accused was present at shooting

A KEY female witness yesterday identified the man accused of fatally shooting another man through Gibbs Corner in 2014, claiming she was less than ten feet away from the accused during the incident in question. Trenique Hall, testifying via live vid

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Michael Carey Jr to begin pro career in Dominican Republic

AFTER the conclusion of a stellar collegiate career, Michael Carey Jr will begin his professional career in the Dominican Republic.Carey was signed to Soles de Santo Domingo of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) - the top league in the country - w

Honest Chester

Re: Cooper Says PLP Should Apologies & Learn From Errors That Led To Defeat.

A vote for a shuffle on Bank Lane

AFTER Attorney General Carl Bethel stated that there was nothing said by any FNM MP during the budget debate that raised criminal concerns, with respect to the PLP government’s handling of public funds, smug PLPs have bragged that the FNM “They Gern to Jail” campaign has fallen flat on its face.

Yes or no on Baha Mar?

I watched Prime Minister Minnis respond to the media’s questions, in the chamber of Parliament, and honestly was shocked at how he responded to their questions - as if it was the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, who caused the natural question anyway. Total misrepresentation.

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$42m IMAX developer eyes 800k client base

The all-Bahamian investor group behind a $42 million, IMAX-centred entertainment destination yesterday said it expects to attract “north of 800,000” persons annually to “a facility the world can admire”.Carlos Foulkes, the Atavus Group’s chief execut

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Nintendo Announces Super NES Classic Edition

Nintendo is set to bring its beloved Super Nintendo Entertainment System back to stores this September.

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FACEBOOK PASSES TWO BILLION USERS

Facebook is reaching another milestone, announcing that it now has more than two billion users.

TECH TALK

• Refereeing at the Confederations Cup in Russia may have been chaotic at times, but Video Assistant Referees have prevented major mistakes from being made, football’s governing body says.

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Flying car, bike and a Concorde successor at the Paris Air Show

There were flying cars and Concorde’s would-be supersonic successor, a company offering to deliver cargo to the Moon — for a mere $1.2 million per kilogram — and the latest in funky futuristic aviation ideas, both big and small.

Mortimer paid $5m airport rent under last Govt

Attorneys for the airport tenant targeted by the Minister of Tourism yesterday said she had paid $5 million in rent over the past five years, and never received “favourable consideration” from any government.Wayne Munroe QC told Tribune Business it w

Aviation investors 'stonewalled' by the Christie Govt

American aviation investors complained that the former Christie administration “stonewalled” their projects due to lobbying by Bahamian rivals, the US government revealed yesterday.The State Department, in its annual ‘investment climate statement’ on

Bahamas requires $160-$180m swing to 'stabilise' debt

The Bahamas needs a $160-$180 million ‘positive swing’ on its primary Budget balance to “stabilise” the debt-to-GDP ratio, with an even “stronger adjustment” needed to slash the $7 billion-plus national debt.The Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB

‘Sense of urgency’ demanded over high energy costs

The Chamber of Commerce’s chairman has questioned “the sense of urgency” over addressing the Bahamas’ high energy costs, arguing that this would be a “game changer” for the economy.

BTC outage caused by copper thieves

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) suffered widespread service outages in several Grand Bahama areas yesterday, after its Lewis Yard sub-station was hit by copper thieves around 1am. The communities of Pinder’s Point and Hunters, as well as

IAN FERGUSON: Set the limits over staff 'moonlighting'

Difficult economic times and a squeeze on living standards have forced many employees to seek supplementary employment, which can cause difficulties for their principal employer. ‘Moonlighting’ can lead to divided allegiances, conflicts of interest a

URCA hit by 30% staff attrition in '16

The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) lost nearly 30 per cent of its staff in 2016, its chief executive conceding this had impacted its ability to deliver on projects.Stephen Bereaux, while speaking at the regulator’s oral hearing

Warwick receives 'rave reviews' from TripAdvisor

The Warwick Paradise Island resort yesterday said it has earned the 2017 Certificate of Excellence honour from TripAdvisor, which recognises the resort for earning high ratings based on traveller reviews.The newly-opened resort has achieved an averag

Thursday, June 29

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Hundreds gather at GB convention

THE 77th Annual Convention of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Inc (IAMWMW) brought hundreds together in Grand Bahama for a time of praise, worship, and fellowship.Some 400 delegates from the United States, Cana

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06292017 EDITION

Thursday, 29th June, 2017.

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Contracts of 21 NIB staff to be ended

BRENSIL Rolle, State Minister for Public Service and National Insurance, confirmed yesterday that 21 workers at the National Insurance Board (NIB) are set to be terminated, as their contractual agreements will expire on Friday.

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Lightning forces power outages

BAHAMAS Power and Light yesterday blamed a lightning storm for a series of outages in New Providence Tuesday night into Wednesday morning that left some customers without electricity for nearly 16 hours.

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Claims of malfeasance and negligence at prison facility

TWO retired prison officers are calling on the government to launch an investigation into operations at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.

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Minnis is defensive on Baha Mar

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was on the defensive yesterday over his administration’s apparent change in tone regarding how it intends to handle Baha Mar moving forward.

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Symonette: More bills being found

FINANCIAL Services Minister Brent Symonette yesterday suggested more “shocks” could be on the way, referring to the reverberations of questionable moves made by the Christie administration during its time in office.

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UPDATED: Dr Bernard Nottage dies age 71

FORMER Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage has died at the age of 71.

Receivers appointed for Tennyson's assets

An ex-Cabinet minister yesterday promised to “fight to the bitter end”, after a $2.57 million creditor obtained a Supreme Court-appointed receiver over his and his wife’s assets.

$1.6m Matthew claim dispute heads to court

Disputes over Hurricane Matthew-related claims are hitting the Supreme Court, with one Lyford Cay property owner alleging his insurer and broker are “stalling” to avoid a $1.6 million payout.The corporate owner of Jacaranda, understood to be controll

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Women's national team set for Centrobasket

With limited time for preparation and a lack of resources at their disposal, the Bahamas senior women’s national basketball team has a quick turnaround to get ready for international competition.

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Making a splash at the Nationals

The 46th edition of the Bahamas Aquatics’ 2017 RBC Swimming National Championships concluded four days of keen competition at Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre over the weekend.The event featured standout performances from many of the top junior swi

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MEN'S NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM - PLAYER PROFILES

• Here’s a glance at profiles of the members of the Bahamas’ men’s national volleyball team who are all ready to head to Trinidad this weekend to compete in the CAZOVA Senior Championships next week. Name: JAVARI SOUTHARD Age: 29 years Height: 5

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JONQUEL JONES POSTS 2ND STRAIGHT DOUBLE DOUBLE

JONQUEL Jones recorded her second consecutive double-double, but the Sun also suffered their second loss in a row and fell below .500 on the season.Jones finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds in the Sun’s 87-79 loss to the defending WNBA champion L

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HIGH JUMPER JAMAL WILSON ENDS UP IN TWO-WAY TIE FOR 3RD PLACE

HIGH jumper Jamal Wilson was the sole Bahamian competitor this week in the 56th edition of the Ostrava Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic.His mark of 2.27m placed him in a two-way tie for third place with Majd Eddin Ghazal of Syria.Sylwester Bed

Honours for BTVI students giving back to their communities

GIVING back to the community has seemingly become a duty for information technology entry level major Elijah Small, a student at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).From a young age, Mr Small understood the significance of lending a

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MENTAL HEALTH OF THE NATION: Casualties in the war on drugs

“Before you can break out of prison you must realise that you are locked up,” – Unknown. The great war on drugs! Wars cause untold devastation, death, disability both physical and mental and some people profit enormously. Drug wars are the same, dea

Bail application to be heard for man on murder, attempted murder charges

A man formerly accused of murdering the son of veteran trade unionist John Pinder and attempting to murder another man will have his bail application heard before a Supreme Court judge today. Jamean Johnson, whose charges of murder and attempted mur

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Murder witness to be allowed to testify via television link

A SUPREME Court judge has granted the Crown’s recent application for a key witness to a murder in 2014 to be allowed to testify to the court by a live television-link to ensure her safety. Justice Bernard Turner, before fully commencing Jason Simmon

Increase in security screening for US flights

US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has announced enhanced security screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States.According to a statement from the US Department of Homeland Security, these measures, “both seen and unsee

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PAHO team says residents by landfill 'acutely affected' by fumes from fire

THE recent fires that plagued the Harrold Road landfill in early March of this year were a turning point for many residents on New Providence who suffered the shutdown of schools and public facilities, and in some cases, had to be evacuated from their homes.

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Woman awaits psychological report on fitness to plea

A woman accused of stabbing another woman who offered her a ride in Eleuthera must await the court’s receipt of a psychologist’s report on her fitness to plead before the judge can rule.

YOUR SAY: The Chinese strategy- economic colonisation

ON MANY occasions Hubert Alexander Ingraham stated publicly that Mr Sarkis Izmirlian would never get financing for Baha Mar. He was wrong. He was wrong, because when it comes to high risk, bound to fail ventures there is always a l

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Police reach out to residents in Sunset Park walkabout

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force organised another neighbourhood walkabout yesterday, moving throughout the Sunset Close Subdivision off Carmichael Road.

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Facebook page following Mitchell stirs response with strong words

FACEBOOK users were amused and shocked yesterday when a Facebook profile associated with Fred Mitchell, the leader of opposition business in the Senate, responded to an insult aimed at the senator with an equally provocative response.

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Davis 'considered' joining privilege ruling appeal

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said though he considered participating as an interested party in an appeal of Justice Indra Charles’ ruling that former Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald breached constitutional rights of a non-profit group

Claims of cutting electric cost

LISTENING to parliamentary Channel proceedings of today…MP for Cat Island it continues to amaze me that he still contends that the PLP Government reduced the cost of electricity by 40%!

Abuse of the Loading Zones

Please print the following copy of my Whatsapp chat sent to the Ministers of National Security, Tourism, Commerce, Trade and Industry et al.

Farewell to Dr Bernard Nottage

The sun has finally set on an era, an icon, an athlete extraordinaire, a physician par excellence, a politician of impeccable character and a statesman in the highest order.

EDITORIAL: Will The Bahamas remain for Bahamians?

“IT should not be a mystery to us what the Chinese want: it is what all powerful countries want. It’s not about interest earned on a loan or making profits from operating a hotel. They want resources for the mother land,” so writes an “Observer” on page 8 of today’s Tribune.

Minister 'envious' of Jamaica's trade and investment agency

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the Bahamas must develop more trade linkages within the Caribbean, admitting he was “slightly envious” at the “sophistication” of Jamaica’s investment/export promotions agency.Brent Symonette said the Bahamas, and ag

Breezes 'ready to start' again on 50% expansion

SuperClubs Breezes owner yesterday said he was “ready to start again” on the Cable Beach resort’s expansion plans, adding that its ‘land swap’ agreement with Baha Mar should be completed in the next few months.John Issa, told Tribune Business: “We ha

'No sense' in new Govt's redundancy cap increase

Private sector executives yesterday warned that the Minnis administration’s plans to increase the 12-month redundancy pay ‘cap’ would further endanger an economy already “in deep trouble”.Peter Goudie, an employment and labour relations specialist wi

FBO operator expands LPIA hangars, ramp

Odyssey Aviation, the Fixed Based Operation (FBO) for private aircraft, has signed a contract with Island Industries (Bahamas) to construct its new 20,000 square foot hangar at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).Groundwork is already un

ART OF GRAPHIX: How artistry can develop children

It is said that participation in the arts improves a child’s ability to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives. For the many naysayers, research has proven that children who have a higher than average exposure to art and the media poss

Bahamian craft vendorsto receive festival boost

More than 20 craft vendors will set up shop at Arawak Cay and sell their authentic Bahamian goods at the annual Junkanoo Summer Festival (JSF), which begins this Saturday. While the A and B Junkanoo groups put on a colourful cultural performance, th

Tourism exposes travel agents to the Bahamas

The Ministry of Tourism hosted 250 travel professionals from the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA) in the Bahamas over the past week.The ASTA/NACTA Bahamas Showcase took place at the

Compliance officer passes Series 7

A junior compliance officer at the Private Trust Corporation, Donovan Newman, has passed the Series 7 exam in Fort Lauderdale after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI). Bettina Albury, STI's operations manager, said: “

Brent: 'We must get it done' on ease of doing business

A Cabinet minister yesterday stressed that the Bahamas cannot simply “talk the talk” on improving the ease of doing business, insisting: “We have to find ways to get this done.”Brent Symonette, minister of financial services, trade and industry and I

Wednesday, June 28

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06282017 EDITION

Wednesday, 28th June, 2017.

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Sears backs Cooper on PLP views

FORMER Attorney General Alfred Sears applauded Exuma and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper’s recent frank reflections on the Progressive Liberal Party’s loss yesterday while former State Minister for National Security Keith Bell said he disagreed with those remarks.

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Contracts of 21 NHI workers ended as part of effort to ‘streamline costs’

AFTER it was revealed that 21 customer service representatives from the National Health Insurance Secretariat have been let go, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that it is “difficult to rationalise an excess number of individuals being paid and not providing a benefit to the Bahamian public”.

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Bethel: Law will prevail in cases of misfeasance

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel resolutely assured Bahamians that where facts and evidence align with the laws of the country, they could confidently expect that his full authority will be used to guarantee the director of public prosecutions ensures that the law prevails.

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Swann is out as general manager at ZNS

FORMER General Manager Diana Swann is no longer employed at the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas.

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Govt: No reply yet to Izmirlian’s plea

THE government has no official response to former Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian’s plea for a moratorium on the sale process of the beleaguered resort at this time, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday, adding that the situation is still being evaluated.

Arawak Port targeting further 40% energy cut

The Nassau Container Port operator yesterday said it is targeting a further 40 per cent cost reduction from its renewable energy initiatives, which it believes will lead to further growth opportunities.Michael Maura, Arawak Port Development Company’s

MAB chief's 'surprise' at insurers' NHI meet

The Medical Association of the Bahamas (MAB) president yesterday expressed “surprise” that the Minnis administration had yet to meet with doctors over its plans to reform National Health Insurance (NHI).Dr Sy Pierre indicated he had been taken aback

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Nation praised for efforts to tackle human trafficking

US State Department officials have listed the Bahamas among its “tier-one”’ list of countries yesterday, for its continued effort to combat the trafficking in persons. In the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, released globally Tuesday by US

More than 40 hired in MICAL ahead of election

IN the lead-up to the May 10 general election, more than 40 people were hired as contract workers in the MICAL constituency, The Tribune understands.Minister of State for the Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle confirmed to this newsp

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'20,000 people' without indoor toilet facilities

BEFORE the Minnis administration rolls out legislation to regulate its inner-city incentives plan - an initiative which was a part of its 2017 campaign - the government plans to carry out an intense study of Over-the-Hill areas taking into account ve

Govt plans increase to redundancy 'cap'

The Labour Department’s Industrial Relations Unit has enjoyed an 89 per cent success rate in resolving trade disputes over the past 12 months, a Cabinet Minister said yestrerday. Dion Foulkes, minister of labour, told the Senate during his contributi

Bar candidate pledges 'anti-competitive' fight

A Bar Association presidential candidate yesterday unveiled plans to uphold legal professional privilege and end “anti-competitive measures” impacting mortgage-related work.Dr Peter Maynard told Tribune Business that he would ensure commercial banks

Accountants 'grapple' with whistleblower obligations

Bahamian accountants are being forced “to grapple with” global rules turning them into client ‘policemen’ and whistleblowers, the Institute’s president said yesterday.Gowon Bowe, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) head, told Tribun

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12-member volleyball team to represent Bahamas at the CAZOVA Senior Championships for Men

THE Bahamas Volleyball Federation has selected a 12-member team, featuring two professional players, some savvy veterans and a few collegiate players, to represent the country at the CAZOVA Senior Championships for Men.The team, coached by Covance Mo

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Five Bahamian players all set for 9th Basketball without Borders Americas Camp

FIVE Bahamian players will get the opportunity to compete with some of the best young talent in the region when the National Basketball Association (NBA), International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) host the top

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Volleyball player Shonari has great rookie season in Greece

AS the second Bahamian to travel to Greece to begin his professional volleyball career, Shonari Hepburn said the experience this past year was more than he anticipated.Hepburn, following in the footsteps of fellow pro baller Byron Ferguson, said his

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All four relay teams get set for London

While the numbers have not been what was anticipated in terms of the athletes who have qualified for individual events, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations is still looking forward to a solid team assembled for the IAAF World Relays with

Time to cut our losses

POPEYE’S Ball, Nassau…Does it make money?

Bad advice for Sarkis on Baha Mar

I have no idea who are the lawyers for Sarkis Izmirlian but whoever they are it is clear, in my view, that they are giving him potentially bogus legal advice as it relates to the possible claw back of Baha Mar.

EDITORIAL: Does US have foreign policy under Donald Trump?

EVERY once in a while, a story appears in a major US publication that discusses American foreign policy under Donald Trump.  Does the US president even have a coherent foreign policy?  He seems to regard international relations with the same casual disdain he accords to the truth about himself or his political opponents.

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Judge to rule if murder witness can testify via video link

A SUPREME Court judge will rule today on whether or not he will accept the Crown’s application for a key witness to a murder in 2014 to be allowed to testify to the court by a live television-link to ensure her safety. Justice Bernard Turner, though

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Thompson: Progress made on Lucayan redevelopment

KWASI Thompson, State Minister for Grand Bahama, said the government has made some progress on the redevelopment deal for the Lucayan strip, which officials in the Minnis administration are treating as a matter of urgency in Grand Bahama. He said th

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Ministry of Education employee granted bail in fraud case

A WOMAN employee at the Ministry of Education recently arraigned on several fraud charges has been granted bail by a Supreme Court judge, The Tribune understands.Paulette Wilson, 59, was granted $5,000 bail with one or two sureties by Senior Justice

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CULTURE CLASH: The Flexibility of Activism

AS social justice issues become more mainstream, the number of activists, advocates, and allies is steadily increasing. People are more involved in conversations about gender, race, class, migration, and a variety of other issues with social media as

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Police hunt for armed man after car theft

POLICE are searching for a male suspect responsible for stealing a vehicle during an armed robbery that occurred on Monday. Reports are that shortly after 11:30pm, a man was driving his black 2009 Suzuki Swift car in the area of Hospital Lane and Me

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Bahamian arrested after seizure of $4m worth of suspected cocaine

A BAHAMIAN man has been arrested in connection with the seizure of $4m worth of suspected cocaine discovered at a residence in West End, Grand Bahama.According to police reports, officers acting on information executed a search warrant on a home, whe

Bahamas can't be left 'flat-footed' over trade

The Bahamas must not be left “flat-footed” in its approach to international trade, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive warned yesterday, arguing that more local companies should seek to enter export markets and trade across borders.Edison Sumne

Tuesday, June 27

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One dead and two hurt in nightclub shooting

ONE man is dead and two others are in hospital after a nightclub argument early Tuesday morning off Farrington Road.

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CTFE ‘has full support’ to run Baha Mar

CHOW Tai Fook Enterprises (CTFE) has received the full support of the government to complete and operate Baha Mar, according to resort President Graeme Davis, who yesterday flagged the parent company’s international status as “visionary business leaders”.

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Cooper says PLP should apologise and learn from errors that led to defeat

BY contrast to prominent Progressive Liberal Party politicians who have continuously defended the party’s recent record, Exuma MP Chester Cooper promoted a plan for the party yesterday that includes apologising to Bahamians and acknowledging that internal errors, including ignoring scandals, led to its recent general election defeat.

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11 files before anti-corruption investigators

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Anti-Corruption Unit is investigating 11 files from various government departments and public corporations, Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said yesterday.

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Govt paid workers $9,375 a month to monitor talk shows

MINISTER of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson yesterday claimed that the former Christie administration spent nearly $250,000 on two contracts for marketing and public relations for the Ministry of Grand Bahama in the lead-up to the general election and said he in “unable to find a record of what was done” in relation to one of the contracts.

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$1.7m paid out – but no contract

ONE vendor received $1.7 million to clean up Grand Bahama after the passage of Hurricane Matthew “without a contract,” according to Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson who said he saw no inspection form to provide evidence of what work was done.

THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Nassau 10.21am - 12.20pm Tuesday

Tribune / Accuweather SKYGuard® Weather Alert

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‘Growing list’ for director of prosecutions

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said yesterday there is a “growing list” before the director of public prosecutions of allegations of misconduct, misfeasance and misappropriation concerning situations that occurred under the former Christie administration.

Galleria downsizes with JFK's closure

Galleria Cinemas yesterday confirmed it will close its JFK Drive location permanently this Thursday, suggesting the move - driven by economic and industry conditions - would impact five jobs at most.Chris Mortimer, Galleria’s president, told Tribune

Govt eyes 'all options 'for Tax Compliance Certificate efficiency

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday promised the Government is “looking at all options” to improve the Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC) process given continuing private sector concerns.K P Turnquest confirmed to Tribune Business that the Minnis admin

Bahamas 'cannot afford' more rating downgrades

Bahamas First’s top executive yesterday warned that this nation “can’t afford to have more sovereign downgrades” due to the negative impact on private sector credit ratings.Patrick Ward, its president and chief executive, said ratings for the insurer

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06272017 EDITION

Tuesday, 27th June, 2017.

Postal service failures

Please forgive my persistence in bringing to the attention of the public (in the hope that some positive result might occur) the complete and utter inefficiency of our postal service.

Life in the system?

It would appear that someone has flogged some life into the dying postal service.

Christie: Hold him to account

THE FNM government met a $400m deficit in place, despite former PLP Cabinet Minister Michael Halkitis’ rave review of the economy under his stewardship at the PLP convention earlier in the year.

EDITORIAL: History, Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll

THE title of this article tells the whole story. Say the word history and response is akin to an invitation to watch grass grow. Say sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll and wow, try to keep curious eyes and inquiring minds from reading on to see what comes next.

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Gregory Lindsey takes top honours in Sunfish class

GREGORY Lindsey dominated the Sunfish fleet in the Bahamas Youth Olympic Regatta earlier this month.The event, hosted every year by the Bahamas National Sailing School with the support of Bahamas Olympic Committee, was held at Nassau Yacht Club “in

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THE PRESS BOX: A-grade for Lonzo Ball and the new-look Lakers

WELL the NBA Draft has come and gone and NO, Paul George still isn’t a Laker! Despite not making a blockbuster trade for George, yet, ‘Magic’ Johnson(Lakers President) and Rob Pelinka (Lakers GM) have done a masterful job over the last few days. Fir

Fox lookingforward toprospect ofpairing withHield, Kings

THE Bahamas has been good to De’Aaron Fox.

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Buddy named to NBA All-Rookie First Team

BUDDY Hield’s stellar play during his rookie season was officially recognised by the NBA as the league began to dole out its end-of-year awards yesterday.The Grand Bahama native and Sacramento Kings guard was named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie First

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'Superman' confident he will book trip to the IAAF Worlds

With this being another banner year for track and field, Bahamian athletes are fine tuning for their participation in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.During the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ Aliv National Open Championships

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Summer’s biggest losers are crowned

DUE to popular demand, Platinum Weight Loss Solutions for the first time ever decided to host not one, but two Summer Biggest Loser & Fitness Challenges for 2017, and is now planning to add a third instalment by Fall.

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Weight Watchers takes on the Bahamas

The Weight Watchers brand is making great strides in the Bahamas, having recently launched its “Healthy Weight Movement” initiative here in Nassau.

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NEMA addresses psychological trauma due to major disasters

Recognising the challenges when faced with the psychological trauma experienced within communities after a major disaster, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) recently teamed up with the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organ

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Considering the impact of serious and deepening inequality

We seem to be defining the way our society works through a series of inequalities that mean that people, especially young people, are totally excluded from the possibility of success. This kind of social exclusion and inequality is built around class

GOOD TO KNOW: Biodegradable bags

As New Providence continues to feel the effects of the recurring fires at the landfill, as well as a general increase in litter throughout the island, columnists Laura Paine and Julia Tomlinson will take turns in hopefully inspiring readers to do their part in reducing the country's waste. This week, Laura takes a look at biodegradable bags.

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MICHELLE MILLER MOTIVATIONALS: Is the fear of failure stopping you?

In more ways than you can imagine almost everyone is held hostage by their fears. Whether it is the fear of rejection, humiliation, or the infamous fear of failure. Fear is our most primal emotion. Left unaddressed it becomes the traffic signal of ou

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Zonta training for unemployed women gets unprecedented interest

The Zonta Club of New Providence (ZCNP) has gotten an unprecedented amount of applications for its fourth annual workforce readiness programme dedicated to unemployed women, receiving nearly 100 submissions for the three-week job training initiative.

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Women get 'activated' at relaxing retreat

ANOTHER year, another successful retreat for motivational speaker and success coach Sharell Carroll, who continued to help women let their guard down while they recharged and refocused on their personal goals. During the recent ‘Activate Retreat’ at

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Cancer treatment centre is planned for Grand Bahama

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands has revealed that a cancer treatment centre will be created in Grand Bahama so patients can receive chemotherapy on the island instead of having to go to New Providence.He indicated that cancer services should be ava

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Man's body is found in Freeport

A PARTIALLY decomposed body was discovered in the Freeport area early Monday morning, but foul play is not suspected, police reported. Inspector Terecita Pinder reported that police are investigating the sudden death of a man who was discovered some

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Henfield: Minnis support shows activists' success

WE March leader Ranard Henfield, in his first speech as a senator yesterday, said the support Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has expressed for some of his organisation’s demands is proof that the new administration is delivering what activists wante

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Ministry employees are charged with fraud

TWO employees of the Ministry of Education were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday for allegedly defrauding the ministry of nearly $7,000 in salaries over a five-month span about two years ago.Paulette Wilson, 59, of Coral Harbour and Andrew

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Mitchell dismisses Izmirlian as ‘spoil sport’

OPPOSITION Senator Fred Mitchell yesterday dismissed former Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian’s call for a moratorium on the mega-resort’s sale as the behaviour of a “spoil sport”.

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Nearly 15,000 cast votes in local elections

FORTY-NINE persons were elected to serve as local government councilors on Grand Bahama for the next three years. During this year’s election, over 14,700 votes were polled on the island on June 22. In the City of Freeport District, a total of 8,530

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Greenslade concerned at 'recycling' of offenders

THE country is “recycling” prolific offenders due to less than firm punishments, according to Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade. Addressing the press shortly after he launched the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) 24th annual Youth Summer Cam

Sports tourism is 'Plan B' for the Grand Lucayan

Marketing Freeport as a sports tourism destination is a ‘Plan B’ strategy if the Grand Lucayan fails to re-open, a Cabinet Minister yesterday admitting the city needs “something transformational”.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism, told Tribune

Matthew shows VAT 'inappropriate' tax for insurance sector

Bahamas First executives yesterday urged the Government to reduce the insurance tax burden, revealing they were mulling innovative ways to combat client under-insurance.Keith Rolle, its senior underwriting vice-president, said the insurer was examini

No plans provided by Grand Lucayan buyer

A Cabinet minister yesterday said that while the Christie administration reached an agreement for the Grand Lucayan’s sale, the potential buyer had not presented plans for the hotel and casino operations.Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Ba

Minister targets one-monthGB investment processing

The Minnis administration is “well on its way” to creating an investment unit dedicated to Grand Bahama, a Cabinet minister said yesterday. Kwasi Thomson.During his Senate contribution on the 2017-2018 Budget, Kwasi Thompson said concerns over ‘the e

Many business 'ill prepared' for hurricanes

Small and medium-sized businesses have been urged to prepare their business continuity plans, a private sector executive noting that Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew had demonstrated just how “ill-prepared” many were for catastrophic events.Edison Sumn

Financial services meets Minister on language plan

Representatives from the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies (AIBT) paid a courtesy call on Jeffrey Lloyd, minister of education, last Thursday.They discussed the Towards a Bilingual

Productive year for Banks Association

The Association of International Banks and Trust Companies (AIBT) recalled a productive year during its June 22 annual general meeting (AGM).Bruno Roberts, its co-chairman, highlighted professional development efforts that included the 11th annual Na

US ruling on Brazilian beef 'a warning sign'

The US decision to suspend all Brazilian beef imports should be viewed as “a warning sign”, a Bahamian poultry producer says, arguing that it highlights why this nation needs to become more self-sufficient.“It’s definitely a warning sign,” said Lance

Bethel: We'll back Baha Mar

The Attorney General has affirmed the Minnis administration’s commitment to aiding Baha Mar’s full opening, while agreeing that commercially sensitive documents relating to the $4.2 billion project should remain sealed for the time being.

Commonwealth Bank claims largest market cap on BISX

Commonwealth Bank shareholders voted to return the same Board at its May 31 annual general meeting (AGM), following a 2016 financial year where profits were $57.4 million.‘‘Your bank is an important constituent of the Bahamian economy. We are now the

Monday, June 26

15th National Baseball Championships 'was very successful'

TEDDY Sweeting, president of the Bahamas Baseball Federation, said that while they would have liked to include Freedom Farm in the 15th Grand Bahama Port Authority National Championships, they still had a very competitive showdown.“From all of the co

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BPL building shut down in theft probe

THE administration building at Bahamas Power and Light’s Big Pond office was shut down to staff and customers over the weekend, while a forensic audit was being carried out on the utility provider’s finances, The Tribune understands.

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PLP told ‘seek redemption, not justification’

THE Office of the Prime Minister has urged the Progressive Liberal Party to seek redemption from the Bahamian people, rather than attempt to explain away or justify “years of mismanaging the country”.

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Nottage being treated in Florida

FORMER Bain and Grants Town MP Dr Bernard Nottage was said to be receiving treatment at a hospital in Florida yesterday.

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UPDATED: Two-year-old girl killed in car crash

A two-year-old girl is dead after she was thrown in a traffic accident from the car her mother was driving Saturday afternoon.

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Davis says FNM 'climb down' shows deceit in campaign

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis has accused the Minnis administration of a “breathtaking climb down” over its seemingly reversed position on Baha Mar, which he said was part of the Free National Movement’s election campaign of “deceit”.

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Gibson ordered ministry of works to halt payments for hurricane clean-up

FORMER Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson ordered that payments to contractors hired by the Ministry of Works to clean-up New Providence after Hurricane Matthew be halted last November because he was concerned that their work was not properly accounted for, emails seen by The Tribune show.

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Sarkis: Halt the Baha Mar sale

FORMER Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian yesterday called for a moratorium on the mega-resort’s sale to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd and a full investigation into the deal struck by the former government citing “unusual, one-sided” concessions and openly accusing the Christie administration of “self-dealing” and “state-sponsored discrimination”.

Threatening PM should be a felony

ACCORDING to Wikipedia, threatening the president of the United States is a Class E Felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871.

Diligence on Lucaya sale?

PURCHASER FOR OUR LUCAYA Thanks for publishing the letter from a W. Thompson.

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Roberts: Did Izmirlian give FNM financial backing?

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts has called on Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis to reveal if the Free National Movement received financial contributions from former Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian, as he castigated the nation’s leader over the “reckle

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Man held over ammunition discovery

POLICE in Bimini arrested a 33-year-old Bahamian man after a large seizure of ammunition on Friday. Shortly before 7pm, while on routine patrol in South Bimini in the area of a marina, officers searched a blue and white 22ft unregistered vessel dock

‘Re-examine’ creation of new NHI agencies

The Government’s fiscal crisis dictates that it re-examine the creation of new agencies to oversee the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chairman says.

No public insurer to dominate NHI

The Government will not permit a single, publicly-owned insurer to manage the entire National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, the Minister of Health has revealed.

Sarkis demands Baha Mar sale closure ‘moratorium’

Sarkis Izmirlian yesterday urged the Minnis administration to impose “a moratorium” on completion of Baha Mar’s sale, and warned he was mulling legal action against the Christie administration’s “state-sponsored discrimination”.

Freeport in Xmas ‘point of no return’

Freeport’s economy will hit “the point of no return” by Christmas unless the Grand Lucayan can be fully re-opened, a prominent attorney has warned.

$10m bond switch to cease BOB stand-off

The Minister of Finance yesterday said it was “a safe bet” that Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) will drop its legal battle with the Central Bank, after it moved to comply with a key regulatory demand.

JBLN dominates baseball nationals

THE Bahamas Baseball Federation’s 2017 Grand Bahama Port Authority National Baseball Championships concluded on Sunday at the EMERA Baseball Stadium with the Junior Baseball League of Nassau taking four of the five titles back to New Providence.

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Gibson falls just shy of qualifying time in 400mH

ON the day that the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations returned to Grand Bahama to host another version of its National Open Track and Field Championships, Jeffery Gibson picked up the biggest victory in a final.

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8th Ballin By Da Beach to introduce boys’ camp

THE eighth edition of Ballin By Da Beach will feature two camps at one venue as the event takes on a new initiative in 2017.

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Jonquel Jones and Sun climb to 3rd place in Eastern Conference

JONQUEL Jones continues to produce at an All-Star level and her Connecticut Sun have followed suit as one of the hottest teams in the WNBA.

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06262017 EDITION

Monday, June 26th, 2017.

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Table tennis making history in the Bahamas

THE Bahamas and the sport of table tennis itself made history.

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Gardiner retains 400m title, solidifies IAAF Worlds trip

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations saw four athletes attain the qualifying standards for the 2017 IAAF World Championships on a jammed pack final day of the Aliv Open National Track and Field Championships.

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Top swimmers make splash at Nationals

THE 46th edition of the Bahamas Aquatics’ 2017 RBC Swimming Nationals Championships concluded four days of keen competition last night at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre.

EDITORIAL: Where did Truth get lost in this maze of Untruths?

ALTHOUGH Attorney General Carl Bethel has said there appears to be nothing unusual in the terms of the now unsealed document for the sale of Baha Mar, there are those who have their doubts.

To those who cannot see

I WAS interested to read the letter from JB, June 23rd, on the matter of the party faithful. There are basically two forms of government, Conservative, and the many titles of the others under one umbrella, Liberal, Socialist, Democratic, Labour etc.

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WORLD VIEW – CARICOM: Pride turned to gloom

THREE weeks ago, I and many other committed Caribbean integrationists, declared that the unity displayed by CARICOM countries at the Organization of American States (OAS) on May 31 “was a moment for unbridled pride”.

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INSIGHT: A time for courage

IT has been one month since the Minnis administration has taken office, and the Bahamian people are already concerned with the actions of their new Government; or more accurately, their new Attorney General.

Church not paid any rent despite two years of occupation by ministry

DESPITE a lease agreement being drawn up for the Ministry of Education to utilise a building owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and two years of occupation, church officials had not been paid any rent or received any money. The agreement with

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US woman among three held after drug find

POLICE arrested three people on Saturday—including an American woman—in two separate instances for drug possession. A man and a woman were taken into custody following the seizure of a large amount of marijuana. Around 1am Saturday, officers assign

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GAIN AN EDGE: Using the slow days of summer to fast track your dreams

Summertime isn’t just a time to unwind and relax. It’s also the perfect time to lay the groundwork for college and your future career! Whether you’re a high school student who is just starting to think about college or you’re already in the workforc

Saturday, June 24

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Man and woman held after large drug seizure

A man and woman were taken into custody after a large amount of drugs was seized early on Saturday.

Friday, June 23

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06232017 EDITION

Friday, 23rd June, 2017.

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06232017 WEEKEND

Friday, 23rd June, 2017.

Six public private partnerships put on hold by AG's office

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday revealed that his office has put six public private partnerships on hold, one of them including a grant of 30 acres of Crown land that was executed "days, if not on the day" before the election.

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PLP Senator dares FNM to send any criminality information to police

BELIEVING the Progressive Liberal Party has captured the bluff of the new administration, Senator Dr Michael Darville dared Cabinet ministers yesterday to send the information they have about criminality of former PLP ministers to the police.

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VIDEO: Firefighters extinguish Potter's Cay Dock blaze

FIREFIGHTERS extinguished a blaze on Potter's Cay Day yesterday afternoon after an abandoned building caught fire sending plumes of black smoke up and over the Paradise Island Bridge.

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'Commercially sensitive' elements of Baha Mar deal kept sealed

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said the government agreed to keep elements of its Baha Mar agreement with China Export-Import Bank sealed because of the commercially sensitive nature of the material.

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Appeal of parliamentary privilege ruling cost govt more than $100,000

THE Government racked up more than $100,000 in legal costs connected to its appeal of the landmark Supreme Court ruling on parliamentary privilege, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel, who noted that the sum represented costs for foreign lawyers.

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Independence celebration budget slashed by $900,000

ORGANISERS of the country's 44th independence anniversary celebration are promising a festive and memorable experience, this despite plans to have its budget slashed by an estimated $900k amid country's current financial climate.

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AG distances office from PLP misfeasance allegations on social media

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday distanced his office from allegations of misfeasance made against the former Progressive Liberal Party government in the House of Assembly and on social media.

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Bethel: No files received on misconduct

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said his office has not received any files in relation to complaints of misconduct of former government officials.

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Minnis steers clear of row with Isaacs

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has no interest in a back-and-forth argument with Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Emeritus Errington “Minky” Isaacs over his nearly $2m government contract, but is instead focused on running the country, according to Press Secretary Anthony “Ace” Newbold yesterday.

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Nothing ‘unusual’ in Baha Mar papers

DESPITE the Free National Movement’s suggestions on the campaign trail that the now unsealed Baha Mar documents may have been troubling, Attorney General Carl Bethel said Thursday that the documents contain nothing “unusual” that would prompt the government to renegotiate its terms.

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Miller: Former Deputy PM was in 'lose-lose' situation

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis was subjected to a “lose-lose” dilemma by the actions of “men hungry for power” during his tenure as deputy prime minister and minister of works, according to former Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller.

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Progress for Nottage in recovery

FORMER Bain and Grants Town MP Dr Bernard Nottage was said to be “making some progress” in his recovery after he was admitted to hospital on Tuesday.

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PLPs at odds on storm cash

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said he does not know what specific process resulted in Johnathan Ash’s selection to provide more than $8m worth of cleanup services after Hurricane Matthew and that former Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson, the hurricane czar, was head of processes related to such matters.

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Police quiz education employee over fake letters

AN employee of the Ministry of Education was questioned by police yesterday and has been put on administrative leave after it was revealed that a staff member was creating “fake job letters” to allow people to qualify for fast loans.

Govt urged: ‘Put cash on ground’ in Grand Bahama

The Government was yesterday urged to immediately “put some cash on the ground” in Grand Bahama, an Opposition Senator describing the island’s economy as having “hit rock bottom”.

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AK47 rifle is seized by police

A MAN was arrested after police seized an AK-47 assault rifle on Thursday, police reported. Around 1am, Selective Enforcement Team officers acting on intelligence executed a search warrant on a home located on Kemp Road occupied by a man. During the

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THE FINISH LINE: Pintard remarks 'like music to the ear', vote for All-Star select Jonquel

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

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Nick Strachan making a name for himself on hardwood

NICK Strachan is establishing himself as one to watch for the high school basketball recruiting class for the class of 2020.Strachan completed a standout season as a freshman playing on the varsity squad at Godby High School Cougars in Tallahassee, F

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Oneil Williams 'sets his legs' on half, full marathon

WHILE he has abandoned his plans to continue to run the distance races on the track because of a lack of support, Oneil Williams has now set his sights on competing in the half and full marathon.On his return from a three-month training session in Ke

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Antoan Richardson to be honoured

AS he basks in the sunset of his glaring professional career, retired Major League Baseball player Antoan Richardson is expected to get back into the spotlight tonight in Grand Bahama.He will be honoured for his stellar appearance as a journeyman thr

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Top junior golfers on par with the Caribbean Amateur Championships

Team Bahamas is set to face off against the best junior golfers from around the Caribbean at the region’s most prestigious event.An 11-member team will represent the Bahamas at the 2017 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, which is slated to

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Cash for Ash scandal really takes some beating

My what a difference a week makes! Last week , I took one final comical glance at my favourite political muse, and the comedy of errors, that's was his political career. Of course I'm referring to former MICAL MP V. Alfred Gray, and in this instanc

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Contention over New Trial For Money Laundering

A BULGARIAN’S appeal against a money laundering conviction will resume next month after a legal argument as to whether he should be made to stand trial again arose yesterday. Kostadin Karchav, 40, who was released from the Department of Correctional

Health officials make appeal for blood donations

OFFICIALS from the blood banks of Princess Margaret Hospital and Doctors Hospital as well as the Bahamas Red Cross Society, One Blood, Friends of the Blood Bank and Aliv have partnered to coordinate the second annual Unity Blood Drive. The Unity Blo

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Low turnout as local elections get under way in Grand Bahama

ALTHOUGH there are 25,000 registered voters on Grand Bahama, there continues to be low interest and participation in the local government election. Voting centres opened at 8.30am yesterday, but there were no long lines and voter turnout was slow, p

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Duo Cleared of 2013 Sexual Assault Allegation

TWO men have been cleared by a Supreme Court jury of sexual assault allegations concerning an American visitor. Dino Bethel, and Parron Knowles, both 23, faced a count of unlawful sexual intercourse with the then 15-year-old that allegedly occurred

Police hunt for suspect after shooting

POLICE are searching for a man responsible for a shooting that left another man in hospital on Wednesday. According to reports, shortly after 11.30pm, a man was sitting in front of a home located at Hillside Estates, when another man in a gold colou

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Mitchell/Smith fued continues to rage on

THE bitter war of words between Senator and former Cabinet minister Fred Mitchell and activist lawyer Fred Smith has been given new life with the formulation of a personal campaign forged by the latter.Mr Smith, QC, yesterday confirmed to The Tribune

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Davis: Govt chose to withdraw from CCRIF - it did not let hurricane insurance laps

OPPOSITION Leader Philip 'Brave" Davis denied yesterday that the Progressive Liberal Party allowed the country's Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility to lapse, telling reporters that the former government withdrew from the CCRIF "after care

PLP support

EVEN though the election is over and the FNM are still trying to get settled into power, I continue to be amazed at the number of people who supported the PLP in the last election.

Political Deceit and Plunder

AS a lifelong supporter of the now defunct and badly demoralised Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) I profusely apologise to the good people of our wonderful nation for being a co-conspirator with that party and its then leadership cadre in selling a patently bogus agenda back in 2012. The PLP as I used to know it is no more and started to vanish in the last year of The Gold Rush Administration. The startling revelations made by the Hon Doctor Hubert A Minnis (FNM-Killarney), our Prime Minister, during his budget contribution, brought down the scales from my eyes. I was once politically blind......now I am able to see clearly, again.

EDITORIAL: TIME FOR AN OVERHAUL OF TOURISM POLICY

THE possibility of establishing normal relations between the USA and Cuba has always been seen as a potential threat to our tourism industry here in The Bahamas.

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PLP leader says BPL gave contract to Minky Isaacs

OPPOSITION Leader Philip "Brave" Davis said the procurement department of Bahamas Power & Light, without his involvement, gave a contract to Errington "Minky" Isaacs for remediation work after the latter submitted a bid for the contract.

Private sector backs six-month extension over GB tax breaks

Private sector leaders yesterday praised the six-month ‘tax breaks renewal’ extension granted to Freeport businesses, as it will give the Government time to make a “proper decision” on their replacement.

Nassau investors told: 40% price fall means Freeport ‘time to buy’

Nassau-based investors were yesterday told it is “a great time to buy in Freeport”, with the city’s real estate market having “reached bottom” following a 40 per cent price decline.

Contractor Lien Bill ‘essential’ to closing protective circle

The proposed Contractors Lien Bill will “level the playing field” and ensure all parties to a construction contract enjoy equal protection, Tribune Business was told yesterday.

Plans accelerate for ‘Albany of the east’

Arawak Homes yesterday revealed its 100-acre tract opposite St Andrew’s School could become eastern New Providence’s version of Albany or Lyford Cay, as it intensifies efforts to execute on “remarkable options”.

Davis seeks to justify insurance rejection

Ex-deputy prime minister, Philip Davis, yesterday said the Opposition welcomed probes into the allegations of wasteful spending by the Christie administration, but warned against wasting resources on a “political witch hunt”.Mr Davis, speaking at an

IAN FERGUSON: Companies benefit from strengthening fathers

During this past Sunday we paused to reflect on the important role men play in the lives of their children and, by extension, society. Research indicates that this is true even when a child’s mother is actively - and positively - involved in the life

Chamber chairman urges progress by collaboration

The Chamber of Commerce’s newly-elected chairman yesterday said labour and business must pursue positive dialogue, adding that the path to a better Bahamas was wide enough for both sides.Mike Maura, who is also the Arawak Port Development Company’s (

Bahamas Waste puts garbage technicians in public spotlight

Bahamas Waste has launched a month-long social media campaign in a bid to place the spotlight on its hard-working garbage technicians.Using the US idea of ‘National Garbage Man Day’, which is held annually on June 17, the competition allows community

Thursday, June 22

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06222017 EDITION

Thursday, 22nd June, 2017.

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U-turn on duty cuts for paint, drinks

AFTER protest from local manufacturers and criticism from the Official Opposition, the Minnis administration has decided to reverse its planned duty reductions on paint and fruit drinks.

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BPL board authorised to fire staff as theft probe increases to $4m in total

MINISTER of Works Desmond Bannister said yesterday he has authorised the board at Bahamas Power and Light to “take the necessary steps” to remove persons from the company in relation to the millions of dollars that have allegedly been stolen.

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Govt considering laws to let women with cancer gene keep insurance

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said he is looking at how best the government can draft legislation to prevent persons who test positive for the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations, which increase a woman’s chances of developing cancer, from being denied health insurance.

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UPDATED: Nottage is ‘gravely ill’ in hospital

FORMER Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage was in a “very troubling and grave state” in the Intensive Care Unit at Doctors Hospital up to press time, according to Progressive Liberal Party chairman Bradley Roberts.

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Vendor defensive at $8m questions

JOHNATHAN Ash, who received more than $8m for hurricane related clean-up exercises in New Providence according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, was irate when asked about matters related to those revelations yesterday.

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Isaacs: Nation got value for my $2m contract

ERRINGTON “Minky” Isaacs, Progressive Liberal Party chairman emeritus, said yesterday his political affiliation had nothing to do with the nearly $2m contract he was awarded for remediation at the former Bahamas Electricity Corporation, as he labelled Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ criticism of the situation a “witch hunt”.

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Get your tickets for Commonwealth Youth Games

Ticket sales were officially launched yesterday for the Commonwealth Youth Games and the Local Organising Committee looks to galvanise support in its final month of preparation.During yesterday’s press conference at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium, Bah

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'The Crowning of Champions'

THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations is please in our 65th Anniversary celebrations to host the Senior Nationals Championships in Grand Bahama at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex. The meet is being held under the theme “The Crowning of Cha

EDITORIAL: Mark Humes knows whereof he speaks

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna-Martin seems to have assumed the role of “point guard” to protect the four-member PLP Opposition in the House of Assembly as she bobs up and down on “points of order”, interrupting the debates of various government members.

Miller praises reversal of ‘unconscionable’ paint cut

A former Cabinet Minister yesterday praised the Government for reversing the “unconscionable” tariff reduction on imported paints, arguing that ‘WTO’ could not be used to justify actions that undermined Bahamian manufacturers.

$32m insurance payout prospects ‘almost zero’

The former Christie administration ceased paying the annual $900,000 premium to the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) after it was advised that the likelihood of ever receiving a payout was “almost zero”.

Aquapure fears 20-30% juice drink share slash

An Aquapure executive yesterday estimated its Tampico fruit punch will suffer a 20-30 per cent market share loss from the Government’s revised tariff cuts, but agreed: “It’s not as bad as it could have been.”

Caribbean Bottling’s $500k investment hit by tariff slash

Caribbean Bottling’s $500,000 investment in the July launch of a new juice drink line has been jeopardised by the Government’s Budget tariff cuts, its top executive said yesterday.

Economy ‘floundering’ as no State Sector Act

The Bahamas’ economic growth will continue to “flounder” unless it passes a State Sectors Act to combat recently-disclosed public spending controversies, a governance reformer warned yesterday.

Bahamas Bowl hosts its annual summer summit

THE Bahamas Bowl hosted its annual summer summit in preparation for the December matchup and it is expected that the fourth edition will continue the trend of creating an impact on the NCAA bowl season. Various stakeholders of the event, including t

BGF's Great Exuma Classiccontinues to grow each year

THE Bahamas Golf Federation’s Great Exuma Classic was played on Saturday, June 17 at the famous Sandals Emerald Bay Golf course in Exuma and included a contingent of senior and junior golfers from Nassau and Freeport along with a few Exumians.The tou

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Byron Murray has been a force at the plate for the Volcanoes

BAHAMIAN minor league baseball standout Byron Murray is healthy this year and is off to a productive start to the Class A Short Season.Murray, in his second stint with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the San Francisco Giants organisation, has been a fo

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Artist takes her workto the third dimension

BAHAMIAN artist Edwina Maynard put on a one-night only mixed 3D, acrylic and oil art show Wednesday evening.The pieces were on display at Doongalik Studios.The Art Institute of Charlotte senior hopes the pieces will provide insight into the views of

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Police hold walkabout

POLICE yesterday conducted a walkabout in the community of Rock Crusher, aiming to improve relations with area residents and businesses.Led by Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean, a team of officers consisting of representatives from

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LCIS celebrates largest graduating class in its history

ON Thursday June 8, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) celebrated its largest graduating class in history at the British Colonial Hilton.The 20 International Baccalaureate (IB) graduates have received over $648,000 in scholarships to attend top u

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Bahamian student sings anthem at Red Sox game

BEFORE an estimated crowd of 30,000, Corei Moxey, a standout Bahamian student at Northeastern University, sang the national anthem of the United States at a recent Boston Red Sox game.Mr Moxey, a chemical engineering student, was selected for this ho

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MENTAL HEALTH OF THE NATION: Alcoholism - a disease that can destroy lives

ALCOHOL has been with us for a long time, with such beverages apparently very popular in Greece about 2,000 BC. It is a drug that has become part of our culture so we need to learn to live with it rather than hope it will vanish; past attempts like

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Police hunt for gunman

POLICE are searching for a gunman responsible for an armed robbery that occurred on Tuesday June 20. According to reports, shortly before 11pm a man was standing near his vehicle on Blue Hill Road north, when a slim dark male armed with a handgun ro

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Man dies snorkelling on holiday

A MALE tourist died following a snorkelling incident on Tuesday, police said. Shortly after 3pm, a male visitor was snorkeling in waters off Rose Island, when he lost consciousness. The victim was taken to shore where he was given first aid assista

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September Hearing For Possible Abetment To Murder Appeal

A MAN who wishes to challenge a Supreme Court jury’s verdict concerning abetment to murder connected to the fatal stabbing of the teenage son of convicted drug traffickers Dwight and Keva Major is scheduled to return to the Court of Appeal in Septemb

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Sentence delayed for man who stabbed banker he claims made a pass at him

A MAN must wait an additional seven weeks before he is sentenced for the fatal stabbing of a banker he claimed had made a sexual pass at him.Lamar Albury, 26, was due before Senior Justice Vera Watkins for the penalty phase of his trial yesterday con

Atlantis adds Harbour Island ‘icon’ to Cove

Iconic Harbour Island restaurant, Sip Sip, will open its first outpost location at Atlantis’s The Cove property this November as part of the resort’s efforts to offer a more authentic Bahamian experience.

Govt 'gives no favours'over duty rate revision

A Bahamian juice drink manufacturer yesterday said “government hasn’t done us any favours” despite partially reversing its decision to eliminate the 60 per cent tariff on rival imports.Mervin Sweeting, Switcha Bahamas’ chief executive, told that Trib

Billionaire to present at customer seminar

An African-American billionaire will be the featured presenter at an upcoming Customer Experience Summit at the British Colonial Hilton.Michael V. Roberts senior, chairman and chief executive of The Roberts Companies, will headline the event being or

Ministry plans electronic building permit process

The Ministry of Works plans to introduce an electronic processing solution to enhance the efficiency and security of building permit applications, which generated just under $1.3 million in revenues for the Government last year.Desmond Bannister, min

Nastac congratulates Series 7 graduate

Natalee Dias can apply for registration as a broker after passing the Series 7 exam administered by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and The National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).Ms Dias trained with the Bahamas-based Nastac Group, know

Organic beauty supplier eyes 'Portal' to exports

A Bahamian manufacturer of natural, organic beauty products is aiming to target the export market via the newly-launched Trade Infomation Portal.Simply Natural and its owner, Keisha Moss, who also produces handmade cosmetics, registered on the Portal

The 10-step plan to fight cyber risk

Rigorous IT security assessments should be performed by specialists. They can give you a head start towards understanding your company’s capabilities for managing and mitigating the ever-present risk that cyber threats pose today. We believe that ex

Wednesday, June 21

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Wednesday, 21st June, 2017.

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Davis warned Christie of ministers failing to gain works’ approval for capital works

UNDER the Christie administration, public/private partnerships were not coordinated through the Ministry of Works and were allowed to begin without technical experts at the ministry weighing in on a number of matters relating to them, Works Minister Desmond Bannister said Monday.

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Photograph correction

IN Tuesday’s edition of The Tribune, under the page one caption “Two accused of separate murders,” a young man was incorrectly identified in a photograph as being Shaquille Bodie, 22, a man accused of attempted murder.

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Minnis questions near $2m contract to top PLP

THE Minnis administration continues to discover all manner of “financial irregularities,” Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday, among them a nearly $2m remediation contract to a former high-ranking member of the Progressive Liberal Party and a questionable brokerage contract.

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Unsealed Baha Mar papers show deal done on leases

BAHAMIANS who owned and held shop leases and concessions in the Baha Mar project were permitted by the China Export Import Bank (CEXIM) and the preferred purchaser to continue to hold them under the existing terms and conditions, according to the newly unsealed heads of terms for the West Bay Street project, tabled in Parliament last night.

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Vendor got $8m storm cash

IN THE months ahead of the May 10 general election, one vendor received more than $8m to clean up New Providence in the wake of Hurricane Matthew of the $28,975,180 spent on these efforts in the country, while the government missed out on a more than $31m insurance payout because it opted not to pay the country’s Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance (CCRIF), Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed in Parliament.

Contractor Act ‘urgent’ for contract clean-up

Construction industry regulation will eliminate the typical 50-100 per cent cost overruns on public works projects, Tribune Business was told yesterday, creating instant multi-million dollar taxpayer savings.

$100m Stamp Duty foregone on Baha Mar asset transfers

The Christie administration gave up $100 million in Stamp Duty on Baha Mar’s two ‘asset transfers’ in return for securing the project’s construction completion and Bahamian creditor payouts.

Grand Lucayan sale can’t be ‘slow death’

The Government was yesterday urged not to permit the Grand Lucayan’s sale to become “a slow death”, the resort having suffered an $11.18 million loss in 2016.

Bahamas Table Tennis Federation now official member of the ITTF

The Bahamas Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) has officially become a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). On May 31st, 2017, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas has was one of four of the last countries and territories to obtain membership. Global membership is 226 countries, making table tennis the only sport on earth to have full global participation.

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Suspect faces court over recent double shooting

A MAN appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday facing murder and attempted murder charges stemming from a recent double shooting.Tafari Thompson, 20, stood before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes accused of intentionally causing the death of Sha

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College degrees 'authorised by its president'

DEGREES issued by Sojourner-Douglass College early this year were authorised by the college’s president, according to former Dean Dr Kevin Rolle.Dr Rolle denied assertions that he was involved in any untoward behaviour concerning the distribution of

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TOUGH CALL: FNM can use public anger at PLP to leverage real reform

IN 2003, I worked at The Nassau Guardian. I clearly recall the extended political honeymoon given to Perry Christie’s new government. Why, even young Michael Halkitis at the Finance Ministry called to offer friendly access. The “Fresh Wind” that ble

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Police hunt for armed robbers

POLICE are asking the public to come forth with information they may have in solving three separate armed robberies that occurred on Monday, June 19.In the first incident, shortly after 8am a man armed with a handgun, wearing a white mask and dark sh

Sports Notes

THE 2017 Atlantis Interdepartmental Basketball Championships is all set for 6:30pm today at Betty Cole Park, starting with a showdown between the coaches and managers. That will be followed by a 3-pt shootout at 7:15pm. Following that, the All-Star game will be played at 7:30pm.

Civil servants must now file reports after every overseas trip for govt

THE Minnis government has now stipulated that personnel dispatched by the country to any foreign workshop or conference must, upon return, file a written report that highlights the benefits or purpose of the event, or face being barred from further state-funded trips, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold.

Expansion of local government to New Providence is planned

THE Minnis administration intends to extend local government to New Providence by the time local government elections come around again in three years, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.Family Island residents will vote in local governme

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BTC to launch free wi-fi pilot for the inner city

BTC has agreed to launch a pilot project offering free Wi-Fi in three public parks in the inner-city of New Providence, with a view to extending this project to additional areas, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.As he wrapped up de

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$25,000 donation by BTC to police summer camp

BTC has donated $25,000 towards the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s annual summer youth camp, which provides a safe environment for young people who may otherwise be idle.The summer youth programme was established in July 1993.The camp aims to strength

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Govt payroll went up $2.5m in month of general election

AS the country geared up for the May general election, the government’s payroll increased by $2.5m that month as new people were hired in the public service under the Christie administration, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed in Parliament yes

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Bail bond revoked for Bahamian in explosives trial

A US judge last week reversed his decision to grant bail for self-described neo-Nazi and US National Guard officer Brandon Russell.The former St Andrews School student will remain in federal custody as he awaits trial on explosives charges - a decisi

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Woodside-Johnson to head IAAF Worlds team

She has held the distinction of being the first Bahamian female to serve on the coaching staff of an Olympic team. Now Diane Woodside-Johnson is going back to London, England, where she will add to her resumé - the first female to serve as head coach of an International Amateur Athletic Federation World Championship team.

BPL pulls together $125m loan facility

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) is seeking to borrow $125 million by end-August 2017, despite the receipt of $32 million in Baha Mar receivables cutting operating expenses by almost 40 per cent.

‘Swift execution’ key to Govt privatisation

The Government was yesterday urged to move swiftly on the Prime Minister’s pledge to sell-off the Government’s interests in the Bahamas’ two mobile operators, a financial analyst warning: “Execution is key.”

Decay in infrastructure affects Baha Mar and all our islands

My ongoing experiences with inadequate drinking water here on Eleuthera dovetails with new criticisms about the air conditioning at Baha Mar, and the potential effects of smoke from the nearby smouldering New Providence landfill on tourists.

Help the animals

IT is with great concern and frustration that I write this letter. I am an individual who believes in helping humans and animals. Today, however, I am focusing on the plight of stray animals on this island. I do what I can to assist dogs I come across daily. I give them food and water and if I notice an infection I purchase antibiotics to eradicate the minor problem. I see some dogs very seldom and there are others I feed daily.

EDITORIAL: Bahamians - the future is now up to you

WE recall the colonial days when we would overhear many interesting conversations between Tribune editor Sir Etienne Dupuch and the politicians who would come to call on him at The Tribune.

Independent board to be set up to review citizenship applications

AN independent board will be established to review applications for citizenship to ensure politicians are not able to abuse the process by which citizenship is granted, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.

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Lawyer To Be Appointed For Man Contesting Murder Conviction

A MAN who wishes to challenge a Supreme Court jury’s verdict concerning the murder of a Cash for Gold employee will receive a court-appointed lawyer for his appeal application.

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Jonquel Jones named WNBA Eastern Player of the Week

JONQUEL Jones of the Connecticut Sun and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks were yesterday named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week respectively, for games played June 12-18.

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Donaldson wins opener, Armbrister suffers heartbreaker

WHILE Sierra Donaldson won her opening match in the girls’ singles, Donte Armbrister suffered a heartbreaking loss as the Bahamas began play at the JITIC Under-18 Regional Championships in Trinidad & Tobago.

BBF set to host annual nationals in Grand Bahama

DESPITE the rumbling over who holds and deserves the sanctioning rights for international baseball in the country, the Bahamas Baseball Federation is pressing on with its National Baseball Championships.

Bahamas receives new aviation award

The Bahamas has received the 2016 Caribbean Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award for Outstanding Country Promotion, the first award of its kind for the region.The Sapphire Pegasus Award is a symbol of gratitude for superb performance in an indust

Over 200 businesses ate-commerce 'Boot Camp'

More than 200 licensees and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the Business Innovation and e-Commerce Boot Camp, hosted by the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and its Invest Grand Bahama Small Business Bureau (IGBSBB), on June 8.Ian Rolle, the GBPA’s

BISX adds Leno as6th sponsor member

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) yesterday announced that Leno Corporate Services (LENO) has become its sixth Sponsor Member.BISX Sponsor Members are agents that bring mutual funds to list on the exchange. They also perform an ini

WTO accession 'grinds to a halt'

The Bahamas’ accesion to full World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership has come to a “grinding halt”, a Cabinet Minister yesterday arguing that private sector and public involvement is now key to how this nation moves forward.Brent Symonette, in his

Bahamas teams with UN on fisheries data

The Government has teamed with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to capture data vital to preserving the Bahamas’ fish stocks. Rena Glinton, the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources’ permanent secretary, told Tribune

Tuesday, June 20

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06202017 EDITION

Tuesday, 20th June, 2017.

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Davis defends $14m spending on clinic contracts

“The 80 people in Rum Cay, 72 in Ragged Island or the 700 in Berry Islands all have the same rights as those in New Providence. They are all citizens. None has priority over the other,” Mr Davis said.

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D’Aguilar refuses to back down over claim airport directors were fired

DESPITE letters that contradict his claims that the Nassau Airport Development’s former board of directors was fired by the Minnis administration over the write-off of $1.2m of $3.3m in rental fees of an airport tenant, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday said he will not “budge an inch” from accusations he made regarding the matter last week in Parliament.

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Parliamentarians respond as deadline looms for disclosures

PUBLIC Disclosure Commission Chairman Myles Laroda yesterday remarked on the high-level of engagement experienced by his office due to the looming deadline for former and current parliamentarians to file financial disclosures or face prosecution.

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BAMSI buildings relocated due to sinkholes on site

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister outlined the litany of problems that have plagued construction at Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute, including the fact that “sinkholes” were found early on the work site resulting in many buildings having to be relocated.

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Ex-ministers to face the courts?

FORMER ministers in the Christie administration are “guilty” of “misfeasance” and Attorney General Carl Bethel will have to determine if they should be held liable for the “millions” in taxpayer dollars that were awarded in questionable contracts, in some cases to “inexperienced” contractors, Minister of Works Desmond Bannister told the House of Assembly last night.

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‘Budget helps the rich not the poor’

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Phillip “Brave” Davis yesterday said the Minnis administration is benefiting the wealthy and not the poor, insisting that most tax concessions in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year will only help those who are already well off.

Port Lucaya: '95% won't survive further 2 months'

Tenants in Freeport’s Port Lucaya Marketplace are planning a march to highlight their plight, one operator saying yesterday: “I can’t see 95 per cent of us surviving another two months.”Troy Cartwright, who is leading efforts to organise the march, t

Govt 'on hook' for $50m Matthew VAT refund bill

The Government could be “on the hook” for a $50 million-plus Value-Added Tax (VAT) refund bill as a result of Hurricane Matthew insurance claims, an industry executive said yesterday.Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing director, estimated

Govt 'minded to aid' manufacturers over tariff slashes

The Government will today give “a definitive response” to opponents of its Budget tariff cuts, the Deputy Prime Minister saying it was “minded” to assist Bahamian manufacturers.K P Turnquest yesterday pledged it would ensure local manufacturers remai

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Davis defends consultant from 'attempt to smear reputation'

THE Progressive Liberal Party’s leader has defended tourism consultant Ian Poitier from “an effort to smear” his reputation, saying the highly paid advisor “delivered exceptional value” to the country.The defence came in a statement released by Offic

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Pair Ordered To Get Help For Marijuana Use

TWO men were spared custodial sentences by a magistrate yesterday who ordered them to undergo 12 months of counselling and testing for substance abuse.Leslie Minns, 27, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes facing a charge of simple p

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Palmetto Point Legends crowned champions in 9-12 age division

THE Palmetto Point Legends were crowned the Eleuthera Junior Baseball League of Rock Sound’s 9-12 divisional champions.

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THE PRESS BOX: Markelle Fultz trade may have 'ripple effect' on NBA Draft

SINCE the Boston Celtics agreed to trade the No. 1 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 pick and future assets, as per ESPN... Markelle Fultz looks like he is heading to a new team, in the Eastern Conference, and the rest of the league needs

Pintard pledges to refine subvention for elite athletes

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard pledged a more comprehensive approach as his ministry seeks to address the needs of each segment of the sporting community, ranging from elite athletes to the underserved youth of the inner cities

Minister makes his contribution to Budget Debate

SEVERAL significant initiatives took centre stage for Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Michael Pintard, as he addressed the impact his ministry will have on his administration’s budget.In his contribution to the 2017/18 Budget Debate yesterday,

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Coach says high jumpers Moss, Alcine 'will only get better'

CLAYTON Pritchard came to town and he liked what he saw from high jumpers Kyle Alcine and Daehja Moss as they competed in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ Aliv Junior Nationals at the original Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadiu

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'You can expect great things' at the Nationals, says Katrina

Call her a woman of destiny because it seems as if no matter how difficult the setbacks she encounters, Katrina Seymour is still able to accomplish her goals along the way.From East Tennessee State University in her senior year, Seymour was able to c

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Headaches

A significant health problem in today’s society is headaches. Not only are they painful and debilitation to the people who have them, they cause lost productivity, which can cost in the millions of dollars.Headaches are one of the most common reasons

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Local sickle cell association deals with pain management

To mark World Sickle Cell Day yesterday, the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association hosted a pain management forum for those affected by the condition.Held at the J Whitney Pinder Building on Collins Avenue, the forum highlighted and provided tangible infor

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HIV and the mouth

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system, which is our body’s defence against illness. The virus is passed from one person to the next through blood-to-blood contact and sexual contact. It can also be passed from

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First-time author honours young women as 'Daughters of The King'

YASMIN Hanna describes her new book as a powerful tool that seeks to encourage, inspire and motivate young women to be who God has called them to be.The first-time author said “Daughters of The King” has eight chapters and each addresses a specific t

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A matriarch celebrates 100th birthday

VERY few people live to see their 100th birthday, so when Anita “Mammie” Wilson reached that remarkable milestone last Saturday, her friends and family came together to host one of biggest celebrations Cat Island has ever seen to honour the matriarch

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Student chosen to be summit representative on future of medicine

BRANDEIS University has announced that Bahamian student Lauryn Rolle will represent their high school and Ontario, Canada, at the Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine.“The next generation of health care providers will practice in an environm

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Child custody case set for international court date

A PARENTAL custody dispute is now set to be heard in an international court, The Tribune has learned.David A Rondon, Esq, an international human rights attorney, informed The Tribune on Friday of his client’s successful application to have his petiti

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Board appointments due in coming weeks - Collie

THE Minnis administration intends to appoint an estimated 6,200 persons across 108 government boards in the coming weeks, Free National Movement chairman Sidney Collie revealed yesterday. In an interview with The Tribune on Monday, Mr Collie, a memb

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'Stunned' Rolle receives Pompey scholarship

A SENIOR at L N Coakley High School in Exuma recently became the second recipient of The Pompey Scholarship, with ambitious plans to study in Canada this fall and return to Exuma as a primary school educator.Demi Rolle, whose favourite subjects inclu

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YOUR SAY: The challenges posed by Venezuelan government

THE Bahamas and the United States share a deep democratic tradition. With the most recent election in the Bahamas, I witnessed first-hand the power of that democracy and the dedication of the Bahamian people to that tradition. With nearly 90 per cen

EDITORIAL: No true democracy without true local government

THE Bahamas often prides itself on being the oldest stable democracy in the Western Hemisphere with a Parliamentary history that dates back to 1729.

Who authorised the payments?

Since May 10th, 2017, and especially after the Budget Speech, we have constantly listened to a litany of how there were some questionable and extraordinary spending, at almost all the Ministries. However, one thing that has not been said is - who authorised the payments?

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Brothers receive fine for public scuffle

TWO brothers were each fined $200 for their involvement in a daylight argument on Prince George Wharf that was captured on video and shared on social media. Jordan McKinney, 21, and Nicholas McKinney, 20, stood before Acting Assistant Chief Magistra

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Suspects face court over murder and attempted murder charges

AN 18-year-old appeared in Magistrat’es Court yesterday accused of murder and attempted murder in connection with a recent fatal shooting that occurred 10 days ago.

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College operating without registration status for a year

SOJOURNER-Douglass College was operating its Nassau campus without registration status with the Ministry of Education Science and Technology for a full academic year before it closed offices on East Bay Street.

Govt 'will not rest' until Grand Lucaya solution achieved

The Government yesterday said it was seeking “the best redevelopment deal” possible for the Grand Lucayan resort and associated amenities, promising it “will not rest” until this is achieved.Senator Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama,

Davis slams tax cuts for 'those most able to pay'

The Opposition’s leader yesterday questioned why the Government was providing Budget tax breaks to wealthy individuals and businesses given its claim that “the cupboard is bare”.Philip Davis used his Budget debate contribution to assert that the duty

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Cuban men climbed wall at detention centre

IMMIGRATION Director William Pratt yesterday called Saturday’s escape of three Cuban men from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre an “eye opener” and said his department is now looking into ways to “better secure the facility” to prevent future incidents.

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Speaker wants MPs to abide by rules amid row over claims

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie said yesterday he is not pleased with the general conduct of some parliamentarians in the House of Assembly. He urged members to abide by House rules as questions remain about what MPs will be allowed to say in Parliament without tabling proof of their claims.

PM's address attracts record BHTA audience

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) June Board and membership meeting drew a record 180-strong attendance for a speech by the Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis.Members from Andros, Abaco, the Berry Islands, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma,

Bahamas Ferries extends freight services to Abaco

Bahamas Ferries has extended its freight services to Marsh Harbour, Abaco, with the addition of its latest vessel, the M/V Inagua Spray.The Inagua Spray, a 246.5-foot roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessel, is capable of shipping 18 40-foot containers and tw

GB: 59% of room inventory off-line

The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) has followed through on a promise to help with Hurricane Matthew restoration on Grand Bahama, where 59 per cent of the island’s total room inventory remains off-line.The BHTA, during the Grand Bahama I

Monday, June 19

The Tribune

THE Palmetto Point Legends were crowned the Eleuthera Junior Baseball League of Rock Sound’s 9-12 divisional champions.The Legends swept the Tarpum Bay Mosquitoes 2-0 in their best-of-three series recently in Tarpum Bay.In the best-of-three semifinal

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06192017 EDITION

Monday, 19th June, 2017.

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'True local government needed' for Family Island’s development

THE LEGAL director of an environmental group believes that the Family Islands will only prosper if local government is strengthened giving more power to the people who reside in these communities.

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Sands called on to back up claims

FORMER Minister of Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville has called on Health Minister Dr Duane Sands to substantiate his allegations that the Christie administration awarded $90m worth of healthcare contracts shortly before the general election, calling the claims “untrue.”

Poitier speaks on $1 million consultancy debacle

THE consultant whose $1m contract with the Ministry of Tourism has come under public scrutiny yesterday responded to assertions that he was being paid an “outrageous” sum for having done little work, as he rejected the suggestion of being involved in anything “crooked or underhanded”.

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Three Cubans escape from detention

THREE Cuban men escaped from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre early Saturday morning, leading Director of Immigration William Pratt to warn the public of fines up to $10,000 and a maximum prison term of five years for anyone found harbouring illegal immigrants.

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UPDATED: Man on bail for murder is shot dead

POLICE are investigating a shooting incident that left a man on bail for murder dead and another in hospital in serious condition.

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Dispute in row over airport rent

THE $1.2m write-off of a tenant’s $3.3m rent arrears at the Lynden Pindling International Airport was part of a resolution to a complex matter through several administrations caused in part by challenges that arose when airport traffic projections made by the Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd (NAD) did not materialise, former Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin said yesterday.

Downgrade forces NAD debt reserve ‘doubling’ to $38m

The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) has been forced to double its debt reserve to $38 million after losing its ‘investment grade’ credit rating, the Minister of Tourism revealed yesterday.

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Grand Bahama ‘a top priority for the government’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis reassured residents at a victory celebration over the weekend that Grand Bahama is a top priority for his government and revealed some of the initiatives planned for the island.

Grand Bahamians thanked for their support of the FNM

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis thanked Grand Bahamians for their overwhelming support on May 10 by delivering all five seats to the Free National Movement.

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Appeal for blood donations

A MEDICAL student is urging residents to support a blood drive scheduled to be held next month. Tai Dorsett, of the University of West Indies St Augustine Campus in Trinidad, told The Tribune Friday that her recently founded Bloodline organisation h

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Minnis reassures homeowners on assistance with hurricane repairs

WHILE in Grand Bahama on the weekend, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis met homeowners who had received no government assistance with hurricane repairs to assure them that help was on the way. Dr Minnis felt that repairs were being handled unfairly und

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Minnis says review underway of public service officers

THE Minnis administration is in the process of reviewing contracted public service officers with a view to slashing the level of wastage in the public sector, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Asked whether the government had undertaken

Correction

IN the June 14 edition of The Tribune , it was incorrectly reported that Malik Bowe was crowned Miss Teen Universe/Commonwealth. It should have been reported that Malique Bowe is Miss Teen Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and she will compete in the Mis

More than 50 arrests in friday night police operation

POLICE arrested more than 50 people during an operation on Friday night. Among the arrests, one man was picked up for murder, another for operating a brothel, 14 Jamaican and Bahamian women were taken into custody for prostitution and 34 people were

‘Don’t cut off nose to spite face’ over vacation rentals

The Bahamas has been warned not to “cut off our nose to spite our face” over plans to regulate and tax the vacation rental industry.

Baha Mar agreement unsealing ‘very close’

The Government is “very close” to having the agreement for Baha Mar’s construction completion unsealed by the Supreme Court, the Attorney General confirmed yesterday.

Sir Franklyn: ‘All must be alarmed’ by fiscal position

Sunshine Holdings chairman says “we should all be alarmed” by the Bahamas’ precarious fiscal position, with this nation’s room for manoeuvre “drastically reduced” by the past two decades’ policies.

Drink makers fear ‘irreparable harm’ from Budget tariff cuts

Bahamian juice drink manufacturers have warned they face “irreparable harm” if the Government eliminates the 60 per cent duty on rival imports, with one warning up to 20 jobs are at stake.

Wins for Lady Hitters and Elite Warriors

THE New Providence Softball Association continued its regular season action on Saturday night at the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with the Lady Hitters and the BTC Elite Warriors both winning big. The Lady Hitters won 11-6 ov

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GARDINER WINS 400 IN STOCKHOLM DIAMOND LEAGUE

STEVEN Gardiner, in his preparation for his return home for the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ Aliv National Open Championship this weekend, pulled off another victory.As the lone Bahamian competing in the Stockholm Diamond League on F

Record number of participants in 'Super 60 Showdown/Hot 100 Bahamas Showcase'

INTERNATIONAL Basketball Academy Bahamas set several new initiatives in place for this year’s annual showcase and it led to a record number of participants.IBA, in conjunction with Get Me Recruited (GMR), hosted the 2017 “Super 60 Showdown/Hot 100 Ba

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Jones and Sun hand Lynx their first loss of the WNBA season

JONQUEL Jones continues her torrid pace in posting stellar numbers and her performance over the weekend led the Connecticut Sun to their latest win and a .500 win-loss record on the season.Jones finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, f

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Devynne Charlton completes Big Ten major award sweep

DEVYNNE Charlton completed the Big Ten major award sweep, the conference office has announced. Charlton was voted the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season by the conference coaches, which gives her the award indoors and outdoors,

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Team Bahamas shines at NACAC Age Group Championships

THE Bahamas’ team to the first NACAC Age Group Championships in Trinidad & Tobago will return home from some good performances at the Hasely Crawford Stadium over the weekend.

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Junior athletes meet qualifying standards

There were several qualifiers over the weekend for this summer’s International Amateur Athletic Federation World Under-18 Championships, the Commonwealth Youth Games and the Junior Pan American/NACAC Championships as the Bahamas Association of Athlet

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GAIN AN EDGE: Historic Moment

A TOTAL of 790 students marked the end of one chapter of their education at the inaugural Commencement Class of the University of The Bahamas.

Exposing the lies of the FNM

One by one, the lies, mischaracterisations and false narratives that helped (with dollops of foreign money) the FNM to sweep to power, are being exposed, fizzling or simply benefitting from a new and unprecedented policy of Prime Ministerial aloofness.

Don’t kill with taxes

It must indeed be The People’s Time if one looks at Tribune242.com Latest Business Headlines.

EDITORIAL: Who pays the salary of those given jobs to vote?

IN the House of Assembly last week newly elected Long Island MP Adrian Gibson accused the former Christie administration of putting at least 40 persons onto government’s payroll just two weeks before the May 10 election to influence the vote. One of the 40 was hired just the day before the election.

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INSIGHT: Time to Work

IT’S been a little over a month since the FNM has taken office, and the skeletons are being exposed.

VIDEO: Scuffle at Port of Entry raises security concern

A VIDEO circulated on social media of two men involved in a daylight argument at Prince George Wharf has raised concern about police presence in downtown Nassau and whether greater scrutiny should be placed on permits granted to individuals who are allowed to sell their wares in that area.

Students in solar car challenge

THE St John’s College Green Lightning solar car team members recently took their vehicle on its final and longest test run before it heads to the Texas Motor Speedway.The solar car competition will be held in Texas on July 15. The car is being shippe

ISLAND INSIGHTS: Infrastructure investment ke yto unlock Cat Island's potential

Island Overview The cradle of Bahamian rake ‘n’ scrape music, obeah and plantations, Cat Island is the undisputed cultural heart of the Bahamas. While finding sustainable ways to monetise Cat Island’s cultural exports has proven challenging, the isla

Start-up targeting digital media push

A Bahamian start-up aims to transform the digital media sector by providing platforms that offer the greatest marketing potential for business clients.“We’re on the cusp of something big,” said Marc Hohnstein, co-owner of TAHM Management and Marketin

Chamber unveils Boardand executive members

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) has elected a new Board of Directors at its annual general meeting (AGM) for the year 2017-2018.Elected to serve as Board officers were:* Michael Maura - chairman, Arawak Port Develo

Flowers disagrees with Christie Govt's web shop regulation

The proliferation of web shop locations remains the industry’s most pressing challenge, a senior operator telling Tribune Business he did not agree with how the former administration handled the issue.Craig Flowers, founder of the FML Group of Compan

Clarification

The Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) has asked Tribune Business to clarify a quote attributed to its chief executive, Simon Potter, in a June 16 article entitled, ‘Oil explorer’s extra $3.25 million encouraging for Bahamians’.Mr Potter was quoted as s

Friday, June 16

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Parliamentarians must file disclosures by June 30

THE government has set a June 30 deadline for former and sitting parliamentarians to file disclosures or face prosecution, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold.

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Status hearing for man accused of sexual assault

A MAN awaiting retrial concerning the sexual assault of a woman during a home invasion appeared in the Supreme Court for a status hearing on Friday.

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Miller blames power outages on the hiring of 'foreigners' over Bahamians

FORMER Bahamas Electricity Corporation Chairman Leslie Miller yesterday blamed the frequent power outages at Bahamas Power and Light on the former administration’s decision to hire "foreigners" to run the power company rather than allow Bahamians to "fix the problems".

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Pastor backs police call for suspects to turn themselves in

A PROMINENT pastor has endorsed the recent call by senior police officers for wanted criminals to turn themselves into police custody, charging that he would be willing to personally "escort" those persons to police before things get "bloody" between both sides. 

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06162017 WEEKEND

Friday, 16th June, 2017.

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06162017 EDITION

Friday, 16th June, 2017.

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22 arrested in special police operation

ROYAL Bahamas Police Force Officers arrested 22 persons Wednesday night for serious offences, including murder, during a special operation.

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NAD board 'not politically pressured' to discount airport tenant

THE Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd’s Board of Directors did not face interference from any politician nor was it compelled by political pressure under the former Christie administration to discount a Lynden Pindling International Airport tenant $1.2m in rental debt, according to former NAD Chairman Anthony McKinney, QC.

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Former minister praises $1m culture consultant

THE person paid $1m for culture related consultancy services by the former government is Ian Poitier, a Bahamian engaged in the creative arts, former Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe told The Tribune Friday.

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Man found dead in Potter's Cay Dock waters

Police are investigating after a man was found dead in waters at Potter’s Cay Dock on Friday morning.

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Minnis wants Grand Bahama to be ‘renowned’ for duty-free shopping

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday detailed his administration’s tourism strategy, highlighted by plans to introduce several initiatives to re-energise Nassau and rebrand Grand Bahama as a “renowned duty-free shopping centre.”

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Sands says malfeasance at health ministry is sickening

AN investigation into “improper behaviour” has been launched at the Ministry of Health, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands who said the alleged malfeasance is “sickening”.

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$156m owed in student loan debts

WHILE saying the government’s campaign promise of tuition-free university to Bahamians will come “in time,” Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd warned those owing the Education Loan Authority that they must pay up or face “grief” as he revealed that $156m is owed to the programme.

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Man charged with theft of PI booze

A MAN appeared in Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of being the suspect behind the theft of more than $600 worth of alcohol from two Paradise Island businesses.

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Fault causes island-wide blackout

BAHAMAS Power and Light yesterday blamed Thursday’s island-wide outage on a “cable failure” and reassured customers that the utility provider would find “immediate solutions to this problem and long-term strategies to prevent a recurrence.”

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Tenant ‘owed airport’ $3m

A TENANT who operated five stores at the Lynden Pindling International Airport racked up a rental debt over five years of more than $3m under the Christie administration and was allowed to remain delinquent due to “direct intervention by the political directorate,” Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar revealed in the House of Assembly last night.

Refreshing difference

I was pleasantly surprised this morning while driving out west and happened to pass the Prime Minister on the way to his office creeping along in the morning traffic like the rest of us.

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Denvaughn and Cecil to competein Commonwealth Youth Games

CC Sweeting Senior High School, which celebrated the top two students in this year’s graduating classes in all government schools, will have some extra excitement as they watch fellow athletes Denvaughn Whymns and Cecil Williams compete in the Common

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Stingers Basketball Youth to host annual summer camp

THE Stingers Basketball Youth Association has reached a 10-year milestone as they prepare to host another annual edition of their summer basketball camp.As it progresses toward a decade, the organisation continues to expand under camp director Stephe

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'Soaring Beyond The Horizons, Striving For Excellence'

WITH less than a month to go for the Commonwealth Youth Games, the Local Organising Committee is going full force in sensitising the country of what to expect.Yesterday, the LOC participated in CC Sweeting Senior High School’s prize-giving ceremony 2

BRU to host Mini-Rugby Sevens for Youth Games national team selection

SEVENS Rugby will be one of the several events contested at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and the Bahamas is making the final preparations for its national team selection.Over the next three weeks, the Bahamas Rugby Football Union will host a Min

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Serena ready for the BAAA Junior Nationals

It wasn’t the type of happy ending that she anticipated, but now that she has completed her freshman year at Texas A&M, women’s national discus record holder Serena Brown is excited about being back home and competing before the local crowd again.

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THE FINISH LINE: The argument still exists . . . what is our national sport?

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

Cricket Association to host Youth Summer Camp at Windsor Park June 26-July 21

THE Bahamas Cricket Association will look to attract new aspiring players to the sport with a summer initiative. The organisation will host the BCA Cricket Youth Summer Camp, June 26-July 21 at Windsor Park. Hosted Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm, the p

City Bowling League completes semi-final playoff round

THE semi-final playoff round of the City Bowling League was completed last night with the Ten Back Strikers edging the Bahamasair Flyers 3-2 in a best-of-5 game series. Ten Back was led by strong performances from 4 of its six starting players. Leadi

Change since May 10?

Has anything changed since May 10, 2017?

Pools at South Beach

The pools at South Beach have been closed for several years, and from its present appearance and according to comments made by the Defense Force officers that are stationed there they will not be opened for a long time.

EDITORIAL: Confusion and intrigue in British politics

STUDENTS of British politics are normally taught that the nation’s well established electoral system of first-past-the-post is straightforward and has stood the test of time in the Westminster model of parliamentary democracy.

Oil explorer’s extra $3.25m ‘encouraging for Bahamas’

An oil exploration firm yesterday said it was “encouraging for the Bahamas” that it had raised $3.25 million to finance its operations, despite “frustratingly slow progress” in finding a joint venture partner.

PM: ‘Fully capitalise’ on heritage, cultural tourism

The Prime Minister yesterday urged the Bahamas to “fully capitalise” on cultural and heritage tourism, foreshadowing plans for a maritime museum and ‘Over-the-Hill’ native food market.

Govt alarmed over web shop draw, product rise

The Government is becoming alarmed by the rapid expansion in web shop products and draw frequency, a Cabinet Minister revealed yesterday.

No VAT in Govt’s vacation rental deal with Airbnb

The Minister of Tourism yesterday said he did not want to impose “too much regulation” on the vacation rental market, following the Government’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbnb.

Sebas’s property group in ‘extraordinary growth’

Sebas Bastian’s property development and construction group boasted $83 million in assets under management at year-end 2015, having made an extremely fast transition from start-up to profitability.

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Weather station for college

A NEWLY installed weather station at the Aquinas College campus is expected to enhance student learning, provide an additional avenue for public access to weather information and support the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathema

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Young people taking up the Rangers challenge

IT was a celebration of the achievements of brilliant young people as 408 Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers, both male and female took the challenge to set the standard of excellence in discipline, dedication and determination.They all were success

From Italy to Freeport - direct by charter airline

SOME 1,400 European passengers will travel to Grand Bahama this summer with the return of the Italian charter Alpitour, which commenced direct flights from Milan to Freeport on Thursday. The programme will run 12 weeks, bringing between 100 and 120

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Organisations call for implementation of Freedom of Information Act in full

A GROUP of civil society organisations (CSOs) and private industry groups is pressing the new administration to highlight the amendment and full enactment of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Unity to be the focus of GB Independence events

MINISTER of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson announced plans for this year’s 44th independence celebrations in Grand Bahama, emphasising that the focus of the festivities will be about uniting all Bahamians.The theme this year is: “Toward the Ri

Concern over compacting at landfill site

AN environmental activist has raised concerns over the alleged stoppage of the compacting of waste material deposited at the New Providence Landfill, charging that such inaction leaves the site “vulnerable” to yet another massive fire.Heather Carey,

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A COMIC'S VIEW: A parting burden for the Treasury in V Alfred Gray's old constituency

By Inigo 'Naughty' Zenicazelaya ANOTHER week down under the new government, and yes, my eyes are still surveying the political landscape quite attentively. Slowly but surely you can see the wheels of the new administration beginning to turn, as t

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Car salesman denied bail overclaim he stole more than $9,000

AN automotive salesman was remanded to prison yesterday after he was accused of stealing more than $9,000 from two individuals. Rasheed Sanusi, 41, of Cowpen Road appeared before Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis facing two counts of stealing by reason

Long lines for Flamingo Gardens clinic restroom

AN angry resident has complained that one of the bathrooms at the Flamingo Gardens Clinic has not been in operation for some time, forcing men and women to share one bathroom, leading to long lines and frustration. “My pregnant wife said it’s a line

311 hired by Education Ministry in six months before election

THREE hundred and eleven people were hired by the Ministry of Education in the six months before the May 10 general election, Education Minister Jeff Lloyd revealed in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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$200,000 budgeted for review of national curriculum

THE government has budgeted $200,000 this fiscal year for a comprehensive review of the country’s educational system, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd announced yesterday, as he painted a grim picture of the state of education, which he said is a “pr

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Christie govt spent $30m on school properties not owned by the public

DURING its term, the Christie administration invested some $30m in school properties the government does not own and may “probably never own,” according to Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd.

Sojourner Douglass College ‘was not a rogue agency’

FORMER deans of Sojourner Douglass College (SDC) yesterday insisted that the Nassau campus was not operating as a “rogue agency” but followed the directives of its Maryland-based administration at all times.

DPM: We must be competitive with no protectionism

The private sector was yesterday challenged to become more competitive in an open market economy, although the Deputy Prime Minister conceded that the Government is sensitive to giving Bahamian manufacturers some protection.

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$9.5m PI property is life and soul of realty party

A Bahamas Realty executive staged a party at the actual eight-bedroom, $9.5 million Paradise Island property she was trying to sell to stimulate buyer interest.

Thursday, June 15

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06152017 EDITION

Thursday, 15th June, 2017.

Father's Day: Rise up o men of God!

WE are living in the midst of a revolution and don’t even recognise it?Today we sing lustily “Rise up O Men of God”. Remember Mother’s Day, no such song was sung. Why? Probably because there is no such concern. So why the demand for men?The revolutio

Being set up for the good that is coming your way

IN order to understand what will be good for you in the future, and in order to even recognise good when it comes along, you must go through a period of experiencing the opposite of what you are hoping for,As human beings, our ability to determine wh

Praise be to God who has not rejected our prayers

DOES God answer my prayers, even when they are weak, lacking in favour and lacking in depth? Questions such as these have certainly been the concern of saints and sinners alike throughout the ages.The answer is by no means easy, and perhaps we may be

Reviving our women

SEEKING to bridge the gap between generations, the women’s ministry Ebenezer Baptist Church of Farmers Hill, Exuma, hosted a special service last week. President Krivoy Smith and the women of Ebenezer enjoyed an evening of laughter through the play “

Celebrating Jesus in high definition

Celebrating the name of Jesus in high definition is at the heart of the week-long revival experience being held by two local organisations in Grand Bahama.The launch on Monday at the Community at Heart Tabernacle’s Church of God of Prophecy saw Baha

Meditation - Building national character

FOR those of us who are adults, we have a real responsibility, as outlined in Exodus 12: 25-27 (NIV), to teach from the example of our worship, our living and lifestyle, to build strong characters in children by modelling excellence ourselves:“When y

Before the digital age, how religious groups increased the numbers in their order

(THE CONVERSATION) A monastery of 10 nuns on the Italian island of Sardinia is using social media to share their community’s work and ensure its very survival. This might appear surprising considering these nuns chose a life of quiet work and prayer

Bethel Brothers Morticians commission new crematorium

BETHEL Brothers Morticians have announced the installation and commissioning of a state-of-the-art cremation facility at its funeral home site on Nassau Street. The newly installed crematorium was recently blessed by Father Dwight Bowe.The funeral ho

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BPL investigates island-wide outage

BAHAMAS Power and Light Company Limited (BPL) is investigating the cause of an island-wide outage which began in New Providence just before 3pm Thursday.

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MINNIS ‘WILL TAKE BACK CROWN LAND’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis pledged yesterday to take back Crown land from people who are using it for purposes outside the “original intent,” particularly those hoarding it for future investment.

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Man faces court over rape allegation

A man was remanded to prison yesterday after being arraigned concerning a sexual assault allegation.

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Johnson ready to act on disclosures, and says that shanty towns must not be ignored

MINISTER of State for Legal Affairs Elsworth Johnson insisted yesterday the country cannot continue to “pretend” that immigrant communities do not exist, while suggesting that dangers to residents abound in shanty towns because of a failure to enforce existing regulations.

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Nation has 11th highest homicide rate in world

THE Bahamas has the 11th highest homicide rate in the world, triple the rate considered by the World Health Organization as an epidemic, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Sands: $25m in unpaid bills

THE former Christie administration left more than $25m in unpaid bills for medical equipment, rent, drugs and salaries at the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospital’s Authority, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands claimed yesterday.

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The Laws of Life

MORE than 2,100 students from around the Bahamas submitted entries to the 2017 Laws of Life Essay Competition in hopes of garnering recognition for their writing skills, sweetened by one of the generous prizes offered at the four levels of the contes

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New Date For Appeal of Acid Attack Penalty

AN appeal against the punishment imposed on a woman who threw acid on her lover, his wife, and the couple’s son will now be heard in September.The Crown has lodged an appeal against the $8,700 compensation order levied against D’Nika Mackey who plead

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MENTAL HEALTH OF THE NATION: Clearing up the myths regarding schizophrenia

THIS brain disease can be devastating for both the patient and their families. It is very common affecting over one per cent of the world’s population. This is not as common as anxiety or depression but because of the difficulties in managing the il

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Henfield: Govt to streamline ministry to cut overspending, travel expenses

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield has suggested that the government plans to streamline the operations of his ministry, as he pinpointed key areas where there was apparent overspending, among them travel expenses.The minister was also adamant

High quantity of chemical odours detected near Pinder's Point

AN electric nose analysis in the Pinder’s Point area of Grand Bahama earlier this year revealed the presence of chemical odours that were high compared to European standards, Cabinet Press Secretary Anthony “Ace” Newbold said yesterday. Residents of

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Residents unhappy with safety risk assessment

THE residents of Pinder’s Point and the surrounding communities in Grand Bahama are not happy with the final draft of a safety risk assessment and e-nose studies that were undertaken by the previous Christie administration.They believe the studies do

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American man drowns in Abaco

POLICE in Abaco are investigating the death of a 54-year-old American visitor who died on Tuesday. Reports are that shortly after 1am, the body of a male was discovered in water near a residence in Eastern Shores in Marsh Harbor, Abaco. Foul play i

Water sports veteran laments lack of oversight in industry

A VETERAN water sports operator has criticised the lack of oversight in the industry, telling The Tribune yesterday that at least 75 per cent of the persons involved in the sector could be described as “gangsters with no respect for rule or law.”The

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Island Luck helping entrepreneurs to stand on their OWN

THE Island Luck Cares Foundation yesterday announced the winners of its third annual OWN Bahamas entrepreneurship programme, an initiative that offers funding and other resources for aspiring entrepreneurs who do not have the capital to bring their g

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Two years and no solution for students of college with no accreditation

NEARLY two years after Sojourner-Douglass College lost its accreditation and closed its doors in Maryland, former students of its satellite campus in Nassau are no closer to resolving outstanding allegations of erroneous transcripts, gross negligence

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Carl Hield loses by unanimous decision in 1st round of AMBC Championships

IT was a disappointing end for Carl Hield’s bid toward regional qualification and ultimately a spot in the IBA World Championships.

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Jonquel seeks the public’s help in her all-star selection

JONQUEL Jones is having an All-Star calibre season for the Connecticut Sun and the second-year forward is seeking help from the Bahamian public in her selection bid.

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University of The Bahamas Leader for Life Reuben Goodman: Home Court Advantage

UNIVERSITY life is as much about camaraderie and forming lifelong bonds as it is about academic success. When he left Eleuthera to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems at the then College of The Bahamas (COB), Reuben Goodman had no idea that he would find a new family to embrace and inspire him.

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Judo champion Cynthia Rahming in Cancun Grand Prix this weekend

BAHAMIAN international judo champion Cynthia Rahming is expected to compete in the Cancun Grand Prix this weekend. The Grand Prix is a world-class international tournament that counts towards the world ranking. Cynthia is currently ranked 190 and needs to climb to No. 18 in order to make the Olympics for 2020.

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Demi Rolle second recipient of The Pompey Scholarship

A SENIOR at L N Coakley High School in Exuma became the second recipient of The Pompey Scholarship this week, with ambitious plans to study in Canada this fall and return to Exuma as a primary school educator.

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Shameko Smith selected by Rockies in 13th round

Another Bahamian baseball talent received an opportunity to further his career at the professional level through the Major League Baseball Draft.

Challenge of revitalising Downtown

The Hon Minister of Tourism, Dinisio D’Aguliar (FNM-Free Town), and the Minnis Administration have their collective work cut out for them when it comes to the revitilisation of the downtown environment and The Festival Place at Prince George Dock. With the relocation of many traditional businesses and merchants from Bay Street, decades ago, to the inner city and suburbs, that main strip, from East Street up to the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge, has become an eye sore of no small order. In fact, Bay Street as we used to know it has become a ghost town and an area where Bahamians pimp out themselves and sell illegal drugs, according to the police.

A necessary expense?

Are Bahamian consulates and high commissions abroad really necessary in this day and age of instant communication?

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Turnquest says govt aims to stabilise country’s finances

THE economic plan being chartered during the ongoing 2017-2018 budget debate aims to stabilise the country’s finances, Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest said yesterday, as he underscored the continued need to reduce “discretionary spending” and bring the nation’s expenditure under control.

Electronic payment license Island Luck’s ‘top priority’

Sebas Bastian’s Island Luck group yesterday said it was targeting remittance and electronic banking licenses as “top priority”, as it prepares to submit paperwork for an initial public offering (IPO) by next week.

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BRITAIN’S HUNG PARLIAMENT IN SHOCK ELECTION RESULT

In the wake of the shock result in the British election, Peter Young looks at what lies ahead for the troubled Prime Minister Theresa May after seeing her majority slashed.

Relocate Govt offices to revive Bay Street

Downtown Nassau’s revival could be sparked by moving key government agencies there “to spur economic activity”, a well-known accountant arguing the area should not solely rely on tourists.

‘New sheriff’ PM recalls how corruption hurt him

The Prime Minister yesterday promised the private sector there was “a new sheriff in town”, as he recalled how his business ventures had twice been impacted by Bahamian government corruption.

Anti-corruption legislation is planned later this year

THE government will table legislation in the House of Assembly to establish an anti-corruption commission shortly after Parliament’s summer recess, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

Troubled broker’s ‘asset deficit’ facing scrutiny

Liquidators for a troubled Bahamian broker/dealer, which admitted to misusing almost $4 million in client monies without permission, were yesterday assessing how to deal with its asset “deficit” after it was place under Supreme Court supervision.

‘Devil is in details’ on Fiscal Responsibility

The Government is “definitely on the right track” with its promised Fiscal Responsibility legislation, a governance reform group said, while warning: “The devil is in the details”.

Wednesday, June 14

Bastian optimistic about gaming under the FNM

ISLAND Luck CEO Sebas Bastian yesterday expressed “optimism” in the gaming sector’s prospects for progress under the new Free National Movement administration, adding that its approach to governance is “all in line with the way I think as a business

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Wednesday, 14th June, 2017.

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Bell: Terror-like threats make scrapping NIA a grave mistake

THE Christie administration created the National Intelligence Agency  after considering a number of serious, terrorist-like threats that threatened the Bahamas, former State Minister for National Security Keith Bell claimed yesterday, warning the Minnis administration that it is making a “grave mistake” disbanding the agency.

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Ex-speaker is surprised at end to appeal

FORMER House Speaker Dr Kendal Major yesterday said he was surprised by the government’s decision to drop its appeal of the Supreme Court ruling on parliamentary privilege rather than allow the matter to be fully aired in the courts.

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Bahamas ranks high for tolerance of violence to women and children

THE Bahamas ranked high among countries in the Caribbean that have tolerance or understanding for hitting women or correcting children with physical punishment, according to an Inter-American Development Bank  study.

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Save the Bays ‘gave nothing to the FNM’

ATTORNEY and Save The Bays director Fred Smith yesterday stated that the environmental group has never made a political donation of any kind as he denied “mischievous” suggestions concerning the organisation’s relationship with the Free National Movement administration.

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‘Get serious’ on jet ski rules

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday said the government must “get serious” on its plans to regulate the water sports industry, a day after a jet ski operator was arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a Canadian visitor near Paradise Island on Monday.

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Money missing in BPL theft rises to $3m

THE amount of missing money from Bahamas Power and Light has ballooned to nearly $3m, The Tribune understands.

Baha Mar: ‘All countries look after their own’

The Government “over-emphasised” the fact that Baha Mar’s Bahamian creditors were made whole, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman said yesterday, reiterating that all countries “look after their own”.

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Sandals Outfits Rams Flag Football Team

THE Rams flag football team continues to shine in their new Sandals Royal Bahamian uniforms as they go into the playoffs. Rams Football, one of the community-based organisations partnered with Sandals, focuses on youth development through sports and

Basketball fraternity mourning death of 'Big O'

The basketball fraternity, especially those in Grand Bahama, is mourning the passing of Oral ‘Big O’ Jones.The former forward/centre was 51 years old. He died in New Providence around 3am Tuesday following a massive heart attack, according to reports

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Aliv Thunderbird set to defend title in Bimini Regatta

ALIV Thunderbird will be back to defend its title in the second annual Bimini Regatta, scheduled for June 23-25 in Alice Town.Lynden Johnson, of L Andrew Consultants, who are helping to organise the event, said they have partnered with a number of en

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'Peace on da Streets'

WHEN the 22nd version of the ‘Peace on da Street’ Basketball Classic is held next month, the Hope Centre and Youth Against Violence will show off its new outdoor basketball facility on their church grounds.With Aliv as its major sponsor, tournament d

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When the studentsbecome the teachers

FIFTH grade students at St Andrew’s International School hosted an exhibit yesterday under the theme, “Sharing the Planet”. The students spent the past nine weeks researching, writing, co-operating and rehearsing for the exhibit culminating with the

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Cloning to revive Abaco wild horses

ON April 4, the government approved a proposal to restore life to an extinct sub-breed of Spanish horses through cloning, according to a press release from the Wild Horses of Abaco Preservation Society (WHOA).The WHOA said government approval of the

Citi Bahamas Celebrates 12thAnnual Global Community Day

CITI Bahamas celebrated its 12th annual Global Community Day on June 10 with approximately 250 Citi volunteers in Nassau joining the efforts of nearly 100,000 of their colleagues, family and friends in 500 cities in 91 countries and territories to en

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Winners unveiled as Grand Bahama holds its first Miss Teen pageant

DESPITE the lack of sponsorship, the Miss Teen Grand Bahama pageant franchise pulled off its first pageant event in Freeport and officially unveiled its five beauty queens over the weekend.The event was held at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom on May 21, w

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Smith: Save the Bays constantly denigrated

THE members and supporters of Save the Bays were constantly cast in a negative light and denigrated, the group’s legal director Fred Smith, QC said in a presentation to the Waterkeeper Alliance last Friday. “The most effective but unwarranted criti

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Murder trial to be dropped after suspect is shot dead

A MURDER trial is expected to be vacated after the Supreme Court is supplied with the proof that a man who was awaiting trial for murder was shot dead last month. In a status hearing before Senior Justice Stephen Isaacs yesterday, prosecutor Darnell

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Man guilty of killing his mother misses deadline for appealing his conviction

A MAN recently sentenced to 35 years imprisonment for matricide missed his 21-day deadline to contest his conviction and sentence to the Court of Appeal, The Tribune understands.Last month, Jerome Butler, 57, appeared before Justice Indra Charles to

Call for reduction in electricity cost in Grand Bahama

THE Coalition of Concerned Citizens is calling on the newly elected Minnis administration to intervene in getting the cost of electricity reduced in Grand Bahama to help stimulate the Freeport economy. Edward Victor, chairman of the Coalition of Co

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GM raises output of self-driving Bolts, boosts test fleet

General Motors Co. says it has built 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric cars at a factory in suburban Detroit, making it among the first automakers to mass produce self-driving vehicles.

TECH TALK

• Science is worthless if it isn’t motivated by basic human values and the desire to help people, Apple CEO Tim Cook told graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday, urging them to use their powers for good.

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ROBOTS WITH BETTER SKILLS IN A BIGGER MARKET

More than 50 companies showcased a new generation of robots at the Shanghai CES electronics show, built to serve as companions at home, attendants at shopping malls or just provide entertainment.

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CULTURE CLASH: Our votes are not the only way we can use our voices

THE past few years in The Bahamas have given us many things to think about. Our dissatisfaction mounting, too many of us found ourselves unable to act. Members of Parliament did not disclose, and we were outraged. We made the time and effort to vote

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Pilot project for unified bus system expected to be launched 'shortly'

THREE companies have responded to a request for proposals to manage the pilot project for a unified busing system in New Providence, with this project expected to commence “shortly,” Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell has said.M

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Galanis backs Davis - and says some ministers should never return

THERE are certain former Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet ministers who should never be allowed to hold an office in the PLP or return to front line politics on the party’s ticket, as these persons were instrumental in the organisation’s crippling d

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Gibson says PLP govt hired 39 in Long Island ahead of election vote

LONG Island MP Adrian Gibson has accused the former Christie administration of hiring nearly 40 people in the run up to the May 10 general election with the aim of “influencing” voters.

‘Undesirables’ killing off jet ski industry

A veteran jet ski operator yesterday conceded the industry is “dying” because of alleged crimes against tourists, admitting it has attracted many “undesirables”. 

Outgoing Junkanoo Carnival chief: Don’t ‘disrupt’ festivities 

The outgoing Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival chairman yesterday urged the Government not to “disrupt” or cancel the event, arguing that this would “waste” the taxpayer’s near-$25 million investment.

Baha Mar expats make ‘PR nightmare’ warning

Baha Mar’s former expatriate staff yesterday slammed the discriminatory creditor payouts, and warned that the resort and the Bahamas “could face a PR nightmare if word of this leaks out”.

‘Shot across the bows’ on Bahamas debt limit

The Bahamas yesterday suffered “another shot across the bows” after an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report revealed it has exceeded its sustainable debt limit by more than 20 percentage points.

Post service

I recently wrote to the your paper about the disgraceful mail service we have been receiving.

Wishing for some bare cupboards?

Please publish this open letter to Mr Chester Cooper, PLP MP for Exuma,

Oh Cat Island, can you hear me?

THE historical aspect of Cat Island culture is not readily apparent, even with the brief outlines presented in the touristic flyers.

EDITORIAL: ‘Brave’ Davis’ ‘witch-hunt’ claim

IN the House of Assembly, former deputy prime minister Philip “Brave” Davis, who now leads an Opposition of three, seemed to have left his memory at the door when he entered the chamber last week.

Striping firm unveils $50k scholarship programme

A multi-million dollar group that was founded through a $5,000 self-starter granted celebrated its seventh anniversary at the weekend, launching a scholarship programme and investment fund to assist the next generation of Bahamian entrepreneurs.Prime

Port Dept targeting extra $3m revenue

The Prince George Dock requires “significant maintenance and repairs”, the Minister of Transport has warned, with major cruise lines concerned about physical conditions that have resulted in passenger injuries.While making his contribution to the 201

Pump up savings from going solar

As we prepare for summer, and all the sun that comes with it, many Bahamians are interested in using that sunlight to power their pool pumps. We saw in our last article that homes with even the smallest pools can save more than $1,500 per year by mak

Eleuthera's training staff benefit from team-work

Five employees from Eleuthera’s Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI) participated in Highly Effective Teams Training (HET), which was hosted by the Bahamas National Trust in Nassau from June 6-7.The participants were Steve Galanis, Jason Newbold,

Activist: Don't extend GB Power's supply deals for East and West End

Lower electricity costs are key to Grand Bahama’s economic transformation and will help it emerge from “crisis”, the head of a community activist group said yesterday.Reverend Eddie Victor, head of the Coalition for Concerned Citizens (CCC), told Tri

Tuesday, June 13

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06132017 EDITION

Tuesday, 13th June, 2017.

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YOU GO GIRL: Dr Desiree Cox

First Bahamian Rhodes Scholar Dr Desiree Cox to be honoured by Oxford University as a thought leader in global health and education.

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Safe thought to be target in forklift raid

THE would-be thieves who broke into the Department of Customs’ warehouse over the weekend were attempting to steal a safe containing thousands of dollars and customs receipt books, according to a source close to the government agency.

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Fitzgerald rules out private appeal

JEROME  Fitzgerald, former minister of Education, Science and Technology, yesterday indicated that he would not be making a private appeal of the Supreme Court ruling on parliamentary privilege as he confirmed his plans to leave frontline politics.

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Sex assault on Canadian woman by jetski operator

A CANADIAN woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by a Jet Ski operator near Paradise Island yesterday afternoon, according to police.

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Two face court after killings in the capital

TWO men were remanded to prison yesterday after being arraigned in connection with two separate murders that occurred in the capital last week.

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Davis: Was it payback to drop appeal?

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday questioned the basis of the government’s filing a notice of intent to drop its appeal of the landmark Supreme Court ruling on parliamentary privilege concerning former Cabinet minister Jerome Fitzgerald as he insisted that the move is “payback”.

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Murders up 22 per cent

THERE have been 66 murders so far this year, representing a 22 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2016, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames told the House of Assembly last night.

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Social jet lag and how to beat it

Staying up and waking up an extra hour or two later on the weekend can wreak havoc on your sleep and mood. It’s known as ‘social jet lag’ and researchers now believe it can impact your health.The results of the research show that for each hour of soc

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Hundreds raise thousands for autism at REACH fun run/walk

Hundreds participated in the second REACH Bahamas fun run/walk held at 6am on Saturday, May 27. The race raised more than $3,000 for the non-profit, which serves as the Bahamas’ resource and educational source for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and

Farmer becomes first qualifier for micro loan

The owner of Premium Farm Bahamas has become the first successful applicant to receive a micro-loan facility offered by the Bahamas Development Bank (BDB).Licensed farmer, Dave Munroe, is the first to access the fund, which is operated in conjunction

Bahamas to host major aquaculture conference

The Government has partnered with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of nations to host the fifth meeting of ACP ministers in charge of fisheries and aquaculture in Nassau this September.Some 40 international delegates will meet for talks

Is this two truck operation a scam?

I think someone needs to investigate what appears to be a scam being operated by a tow truck driver who hangs around the downtown area and others whom I suspect are police officers.

Time to act

The country’s finances are in a mess, the people of The Bahamas know this. One of the reasons we now have a new government is because the Bahamian people were tired of the wanton waste of the former administration.

Minnis’ ZNS speech

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ speech at ZNS and BIS was, in my view, a political classic. T

EDITORIAL: All eyes on Dames and Ferreira

EVERY member of the new Cabinet of The Bahamas from the Prime Minister to the most junior Minister of State faces tough times with tight budgets to manage and largely unimaginative cultures to inspire.

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Minister of Labour attends International Labour Conference

MINISTER of Labour Dion Foulkes led a tripartite delegation from the Bahamas to participate in the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference being held in Geneva, Switzerland, June 5-16.During his three-day visit to Geneva, Senator Foulkes

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Waterkeepers ready to hostSplash Mania

WATERKEEPERS Bahamas has announced that it will host Splash Mania, a first-of-its-kind event for the Bahamas with kayak races, paddle-board competition, kiddie games, beach volleyball and a full slate of water-related activities.Set for Saturday, Jul

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Sentencing Appeal Delayed Until September At Lawyer's Request

A LAWYER representing a man who wishes to challenge his sentence for the murder of a utility technician asked the Court of Appeal for additional time to prepare his application.Leslie Webster, 57, appeared in the Court of Appeal yesterday for the exp

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Murder verdict upheld by Court of Appeal

THE Court of Appeal has affirmed the conviction and 28-year sentence of a man who was found guilty of the murder of his former girlfriend. John Adderley, 43, stood trial before Justice Bernard Turner in May 2014 concerning the fatal shooting of Deni

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Sands denies student will be banned over her hair colour

EDUCATION director Lionel Sands yesterday denied speculation that a female student at a local government high school would be “banned” from attending her senior graduation because of her hair colour.However, in an interview with The Tribune, Mr Sands

Ministers' wives and widows to hold Grand Bahama conference

THE International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Inc will hold its 77th annual conference at the Grand Lucayan Resort on Grand Bahama.The conference is set for June 17-23, and some 400 delegates from the US, Canada, the Bahamas

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Rolle says Davis claims are breach of privilege

BRENSIL Rolle, State Minister for the Public Service, did not depart from his assertions yesterday regarding public sector hiring and the ballooning of the government’s payroll under the Christie administration despite Official Opposition Leader Phi

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Foreign service staff told to be ready to end roles by late July

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield yesterday revealed that his office has requested that all foreign service workers appointed by the Christie administration “tie up their offices” by late July, as the Minnis administration prepares to soon nam

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PRISON MANUFACTURE OF LICENCE PLATES BEGAN AT END OF MAY

THE manufacturing of vehicle licence plates by inmates at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services officially began last month, Minister of Transport and Local Government Frankie Campbell said yesterday.Mr Campbell, during his contribution to

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Cubans stranded for two weeks on island detained

NINE Cuban migrants stranded nearly two weeks on a cay in the Cay Sal Bank were spotted and rescued by the United States Coast Guard and taken to Grand Bahama on Saturday. According to an immigration official, the migrants had left Villa Clara, Cuba

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Govt to review problems in rollout at Road Traffic

THE Minnis administration is conducting an “entire review” of what went wrong with the former Christie administration’s controversial rollout of the Road Traffic Department’s digital automated system, Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie C

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Golf club donates $30,000 to benefit six Bahamas charities

THE Sandyport Poop Deck Eagles Golf Club announced on Friday that it has committed to donating $30,000 to various charities this year as part of its longstanding community outreach.

Govt urged to ‘stay out’ of deal-making

The Government was yesterday urged to “stay out of the business of deal-making” by a well-known QC, and adopt a “free market approach” to the economy.

$377m investment for BPL’s LNG conversion

A total $377.4 million investment is required to convert Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) generation plants to liquefied natural gas (LNG), an IMF ‘working paper’ revealed yesterday.

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Bahamas scores extra points with Redskins alumni and Fans

NASSAU, Bahamas — The three-day inaugural Doug Williams and Legends Weekend held in Nassau, Bahamas, June 8-11 was a tremendous success and players and Washington Redskins fans are already looking forward to next year’s event.The event is in partners

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BAHAMIAN PLAYERS TO HEADLINE BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS

WITH Dwight Coleby’s decision to join the University of Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, it created the potential for yet another matchup of Bahamian players going head to head at the Battle 4 Atlantis.The Hilltoppers will represent Conference-USA in th

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New baseball gear for Mario Ford Summer Camp

REMAINING committed to the advancement of sports in The Bahamas, BTC decided to sponsor The Mario Ford Baseball Camp’s 31st annual summer session. This camp provides a wholesome and safe environment for the youth of the inner-city, teaching them the

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Roberts advances to main draw in Spain

AFTER completing a successful year at the University of South Florida as a member of their Bulls men’s tennis team, Justin Roberts is hoping that he can take the momentum over to the International Tennis Federation’s Futures Tour. In his second stra

NPSA players of the week steal the spotlight

THE New Providence Softball Association has released its Players of the Week for the third week of their regular season from games played in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.The recipients are as follows:Ladies’ Division - Cha

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LJ Rose takes part in a workout with the LA Lakers

FOLLOWING an injury-shortened final collegiate season, LJ Rose has shifted his sights to the professional ranks and had an opportunity to attend a pre-draft workout for one of the NBA’s most storied franchises.Rose participated in a workout for the L

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THE PRESS BOX: Rumours swirl around Lakersand No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball

WITH pre-draft rumours continuing to swirl around the Lakers and their second overall pick, here are some rumours that may actually pan out if the Lakers decide to pass on LA native and UCLA star point guard Lonzo Ball. Lonzo So So With a report

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Quartet to represent Bahamas in Fed Cup

BASED on their performances at the 2016 Georgio Baldacci Open Tennis Tournament, Iesha Shepherd, Sydney Clarke, Sierra Donaldson and Elana Mackey will represent the Bahamas at the Americas Zone II Fed Cup next month.The quartet- coached by Chelsea Ru

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Celebrating Layla

“Celebrate Life” was the theme for a special fun run/walk held last Saturday in honour of a little girl, Layla Riley, who has been battling sickle cell disease.The emotional fundraiser, which saw a satisfactory turnout, sought to raise money to suppo

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Author seeks to change women's attitudes with new 'Kingdom DIVAS' book

AS an advocate for the development and advancement of women, Dr Judy McIntosh-Smith became disheartened by the “lower standard mindset” she saw many women exhibit. And with the launch of her newest book, ‘Kingdom DIVAS’, she hopes to change this dama

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What are you aiming for?

You, too, must agree that hitting a target is more likely if you are aiming to hit that target. In other words, you can better get what you want out of life by identifying what you want and setting an achievement plan in motion. This is where it bec

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Local teacher brings unique STEM tournament to the Bahamas

FOR LAURENA Finlayson, working with children is a very special and fulfilling experience.In fact, she is so passionate about kids that she pursued graduate studies in education, with a focus on elementary education, and can now boast a 15-year career

Electric auto dealer eyes 'game changer'

A Bahamian electric car dealer yesterday said the total elimination of import duties on such vehicles would be “a big game changer”. Pia Farmer, a director at Easy ECO Car Sales, told Tribune Business: “I have officially requested and lobbied the Min

Minister wants Contractors Act that 'makes sense'

The Minister of Works wants a Construction Contractors Act that “makes sense and is enforceable”, pledging that he will not be rushed into giving the legislation full effect.Desmond Bannister told Tribune Business he wanted to make sure there were no

Baha Mar expat staff suffer claims reverse

Baha Mar’s former expatriate staff are now at the China Export-Import Bank’s mercy, after the Supreme Court ruled their compensation claims rank below those of the project’s $2.45 billion secured creditor.Justice Ian Winder, in a June 6 verdict, rule

$20m spent on western water supply upgrades

New Providence Water Development Company (NPWDCo) has spent almost $20 million over the past year upgrading its water supply infrastructure, with its reverse osmosis plant set to be completed later this summer.The upgrades include a move from the Mou

Gov't reviewing Road Traffic system roll-out

The Minister of Transport yesterday said the Government has concerns over how the Road Traffic Department’s $9 million automated system was rolled-out, and is conducting a review of the matter.Addressing Parliament during the 2017-2018 Budget communi

PI project's $40m 'Cinderella story'

The developer of Paradise Island’s One Ocean condominium project believes it has achieved “the closest thing to a Cinderella story”, having generated $40 million in sales in under a year.The 10-storey property at the eastern end of Paradise Island ha

Govt eyes $2m spendto complete 300 homes

A Cabinet Minister yesterday said the Department of Housing plans to spend $2 million on completing 300 homes in the Carmichael Village Subdivision this fiscal year.Romauld Ferriera, minister of the environment and housing, said during his 2017-2018

Striping Group's phones 'ringoff hook' over $1m financing

Executives at the Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) yesterday said their phones were “ringing off the hook” despite their $1 million facility to assist local entrepreneurs not having launched yet.The company, which recently celebrated its se

Monday, June 12

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06122017 EDITION

Monday, June 12th, 2017.

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Govt to drop appeal of court’s privilege ruling

THE government has filed notice of its intent to drop its appeal of the landmark Supreme Court ruling on parliamentary privilege alongside former Marathon MP and Cabinet minister Jerome Fitzgerald, according to attorney Fred Smith.

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$4.8m seawall contract is terminated

IRAM Lewis, parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Works, announced that the contract for a $4.8m seawall project at Smith’s Point in Grand Bahama has been terminated due to serious project delays, among other points of concern for the ministry’s technical team.

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Davis: Payroll claims untrue

LEADER of the Official Opposition Philip “Brave” Davis said the Minnis administration has made “untrue” and “groundless” accusations about how much the government’s payroll increased in the final months of the Christie administration.

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Man shot dead as he leaves club

POLICE are investigating another murder after a man was shot dead Saturday morning.

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Forklift raid at Customs warehouse

A BREAK-IN at the Department of Customs’ warehouse near the Lynden Pindling International Airport  involved suspects who drove a forklift through the walls of the building, causing significant damage to the structure.

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‘Save the Bays handling will be test of commitment to transparency’

ATTORNEY and former Progressive Liberal Party  candidate Wayne Munroe yesterday suggested that the government’s handling of judicial matters involving environment group Save The Bays will be the first test of the new administration’s commitment to transparency.

Gov’t to ‘hear out’ PLP’s preferred energy bid today

THE Government will today meet with the ‘preferred’ energy bidder selected by the former Christie administration to “hear them out” on their proposal, Tribune Business can reveal.

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Dwight Coleby commits to Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

After a lengthy recruiting process, Dwight Coleby has reached a decision on the final destination in his NCAA basketball career. Coleby committed to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as a graduate transfer and will become immediately eligible for t

Todd Isaacs hits solo home run to lead Captains to 6-5 win

TODD Isaacs has had a flair for dramatics recently and his clutch hitting has led to wins for his Lake Country Captains.Isaacs hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Captains to a 6-5 win over Lucius Fox and the Bowling Gr

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'Sweet Bells' Thompson: NBA talent level 'way better now'

THE dominance of the Golden State Warriors this season has sparked debate among current and former NBA players and Bahamian basketball icon Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson recently weighed in on the discussion.Thompson appeared as a guest on the “The D

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Jonquel Jones posts 4th double double of season in Sun's first home win of the year

JONQUEL Jones posted her fourth double double of the season and led the Connecticut Sun to their first home win of the year. Jones finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds to lift the shorthanded Sun to a dominant 104-71 over the Atlanta Dream at Moh

Devynne Charlton leads the way in NCAA Outdoors

THE 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Outdoor Championships came to a close over the weekend with four Bahamians competing in an individual final event. Leading the way was Devynne Charlton, who rebounded from an injury that pre

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Bolt wins his finalrace on home soil

Anthonique Strachan, Ty’Nia Gaither, Tamara Myers and Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands all competed in the second Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday as they joined in the festivities for Usain Bolt as the world’s greatest sprinter said farewe

Gone with the wind

A POLITICAL defeat is like a messy divorce. The ‘blame game’ becomes quickly apparent once a petition for dissolution is filed and served or when political entities are deposed. This is now the case here in our wonderful nation.

People voted against PLP

THE leader, members and supporters of the Free National Movement should enjoy the resounding victory they achieved at the polls on May 10, 2017. However, they ought not allow themselves to become intoxicated or deluded by this win.

The PLP hired security officer to watch police station

The Minister of State for Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle revealed to the House during the budget debate that the PLP added 6,500 persons to the already bloated civil service between 2012-2017.

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GAIN AN EDGE: Dual role for High School students

BTVI's Dean of Construction Trades and Workforce Alexander Darville shares information and answers questions about the institution's programme, which was reintroduced in 2015.

INSIGHT: A financial lesson from Jamaica

The Bahamas can learn some lessons from Jamaica when it comes to the capital markets. Richard Coulson looks at the activity on the Jamaican Stock Exchange and compares it to the Bahamas International Stock Exchange.

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WORLD VIEW: The ire of two Prime Ministers

ON May 29, two former Prime Ministers and leaders of opposing political parties in Antigua and Barbuda presented their nation’s parliament with one of those rare occasions in which in a fiery debate, they were “singing from the same hymn sheet” as th

BTC sponsors All Andros Crab Fest Committee

BTC has donated $20,000 to the All Andros Crab Fest Committee in support of the group’s annual cultural event. BTC has been a proud partner of the event for several years. “BTC is a great corporate citizen and we continue to partner with organisation

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Emails show Fyre Festival organisers knew of challenges

EMAILS leaked to US media purport to show that Fyre Festival organisers were aware of critical logistical challenges more than three weeks from the event’s chaotic cancellation. Meanwhile, Bahamian vendors and workers remain in the dark over what ac

Survivor tells of losing her arm in shock attack by shark

A NORTH Carolina woman who lost her arm during a shark attack while snorkeling in waters near Athol Island has credited her survival to the “Grace of God.” Tiffany Johnson, the mother of three, was on a seven-day cruise in The Bahamas with her husb

Tax evasion rise from more VAT exemptions

A well-known financial analyst has warned that tax evasion could “return to pre-VAT levels” should the Government increase exemptions, while emphasising that growth is “the only solution” to the Bahamas’ fiscal woes.

Ex-Robin Hood owner is ‘done’

THE owner of the former Robin Hood retail chain says he is “done” and preparing to leave the Bahamas, after his latest format held a ‘liquidation sale’ at the weekend.

Gov’t ‘very confident’ of raising full $722m

THE Government was yesterday said to be “very confident” it will raise the full $722 million borrowing target despite its ‘junk’ creditworthiness and the threat of more downgrades to come.

Miller ‘confounded’ by Budget’s duty slashes

The Government is reviewing several proposed Budget duty cuts following lobbying by a “confounded” ex-Cabinet minister, who fears they will undermine Bahamian manufacturing and small businesses.

CIBC: No jobs losses fromnorth Abaco consolidation

CIBC First Caribbean (Bahamas) managing director says no jobs were lost from the consolidation of its three north Abaco branches, with the bank hoping to increase its “alternate footprint”.Marie Rodland-Allen, in an e-mailed response to Tribune Busi

Minister: 'Open up'Immigration debate

A Cabinet Minister says the Bahamas must “open up the Immigration debate”.Speaking on the sidelines of a recent Rotary Club of East Nassau meeting, Brent Symonette said: “We have to open up the Immigration debate, and debate and make it a hot button

Bahamas makes Landfallin the Canadian market

THE Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) hosted Landfall events on May 30-31 in Montreal and Toronto as part of its Canadian promotion drive. The Montreal Landfall event was co-hosted by BFSB and the law firm, DeGrandPre Chait. Stephen Solomon, on

Chamber conclave targetsbusiness ease upgrades

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) expects to be able to present the Government with “workable” recommendations on improving the ease of doing business when it completes its two-day national conclave next week.The con

Minister says residency processmore important than threshold

A Cabinet minister is more concerned over the process by which permanent residency is granted rather than the threshold that triggers it, adding that the Bahamas has to “re-brand and reposition” to shed the ‘tax haven’ label.Brent Symonette, minister

Sunday, June 11

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31 arrests after overnight police operation

A major overnight police operation throughout New Providence led to 31 arrests and the seizure of a handgun, ammunition and drugs.

Saturday, June 10

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One man dead, one injured after East Street South shooting

One man died and another was injured after a shooting incident on East Street South early Saturday morning.

Friday, June 9

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06092017 EDITION

Friday, 9th June, 2017.

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Man charged with Acklins murder

A 43-year-old Acklins resident was arraigned in Magistrate's Court in connection with the murder of another Acklins resident following multiple arguments between both men over the holiday weekend.

Long Island fire 'perilously close to homes'

AUTHORITIES and residents were struggling to extinguish a large fire in Long Island that was said to be raging perilously close to nearby homes on Friday.

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Police pledge 'zero tolerance' approach towards crime

SENIOR police on Friday warned the country's criminal element that there was a "short time" to turn themselves into police custody, as they pledged to immediately take a "zero tolerance approach" towards crime and its perpetrators.

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Alleged bomb-maker granted bond

FORMER St Andrews School student and US National Guard member Brandon Russell, who is an alleged neo-Nazi bomb-maker, was granted bond in federal court on Friday.

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06092017 Weekend

Friday, 9th June, 2017.

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Cooper says govt helping wealthy not small firms

EXUMA MP Chester Cooper criticised the Minnis administration yesterday for producing a budget that gives tax breaks to big businesses and not smaller ones.

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Davis tells govt to table claims over new contracts

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis is frustrated that members of the governing party have been allowed to make claims in Parliament about the former Christie administration that paints it in a negative light without tabling proof to substantiate their claims.

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Baha Mar deals ‘not more than for Atlantis’

IT is “insulting” for anyone to think that the former Christie administration was irresponsible in its Baha Mar negotiations, former Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday as he expressed “confidence” that none of these talks resulted in a breach of Atlantis’ most favoured nation status.

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Terror suspect is deemed a flight risk

ALLEGED Neo-Nazi and former St Andrew’s School student Brandon Russell was called a flight risk by federal prosecutors during a bail hearing yesterday.

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$10m more in govt salaries

THE government’s payroll increased by $10m as new employees were hired in the final five months of the former Christie administration, State Minister for Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle said during his contribution to the budget debate in the House of Assembly yesterday.

'Bated breath wait' for construction regulation

The Bahamian construction industry is “waiting with bated breath” to see when legislation to regulate it will be given effect, one contractor yesterday suggesting implementation could provide a $1 billion economic boost.Leonard Sands, the Bahamian Co

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Junior Junkanoo stars handed their awards

THE foyer of The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was illuminated with smiles from eager students awaiting awards for their participation in Junior Junkanoo.

Glenroy Rolle to join Roadrunners' basketball programme

ANOTHER Bahamian basketball standout will have the opportunity to use the sport as a vehicle to further his academic and athletic career.Glenroy Rolle is expected to join the State Fair Community College Roadrunners’ men’s basketball programme this f

Tureano'smandatoryeliminationfight 'onefist' closer

THE IBF mandatory elimination bout between Tureano Johnson and Sergiy Derevyanchencko is one step closer to coming to fruition as logistical talks continue. DiBella Entertainment, the co-promoter of Derevyanchenko, won the mandatory purse bid set do

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Top athletes shine in NCAA Outdoors

In the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Championships during the first two days of competition, only Auburn University’s Teray Smith, Purdue’s Devynne Charlton and East Tennessee State’s Katrina Seymour qualified for the final of their respecti

Chef de Missions for Commonwealth Youth Games named

WHILE they are still waiting for the final roster for Team Bahamas, the Bahamas Olympic Committee has announced that Derron Donaldson and Emily Lowe will serve as the Chef de Mission and Assistant Chef de Mission respectively for the sixth edition of

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Public Accounts Committee to examine Budget

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday the Public Accounts Committee will look into the 2017-2018 budget presented by the Free National Movement government to ensure that public money expended is done so appropriately. Mr D

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Minnis tells ZNS and BIS he wants professionalism - and doesn't care if they voted for him in election

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis Thursday told management and staff of Bahamas Information Services and the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas, also known as ZNS, that they will be held accountable for their performance, professionalism and punc

Government to launchits annual summer youth programme

THE government’s summer youth programme will launch on July 2 and will provide participants with employment and positive activities. The programme was launched in 2006. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s main goal with the initiative is to

Scholars graduate from Lyford Cay Foundations

THIS year, 36 Lyford Cay Foundations scholars will graduate with their college degrees. For the scholars, the road to achieving post-secondary education is full of hard work, sacrifice and financial planning. The Lyford Cay Foundations are proud to

Books company donates printer to library

AFTER more than a year of not having a photocopier machine, the Nassau Public Library and Library Services Unit received an all-in-one copier/printer thanks to a donation from Scholar Books.CEO Albert Cox learned of their dilemma and moved to help by

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Marching into a fiscal fire

Now that the new Free National Movement government has had a chance to brief the country on our financial state of affairs, I get the feeling that as bad as the dump fires have been these past few years our real Mount Vesuvius is the way the country’s money has been managed these past few years.

Investigation into 'gutter oil' collection gives Chinese restaurant the all-clear

AN investigation into the alleged collection of “gutter oil” by a Chinese restaurant worker in New Providence has revealed that the worker in question was instead skimming the restaurant’s malfunctioning grease trap to prevent it from overflowing, Di

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$1m investment to help business in Grand Bahama

MINISTER of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson revealed that an investment unit to mirror the Bahamas Investment Authority in New Providence is planned for Grand Bahama so that investment projects will be processed on the island.He also announced

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NTA director being let go is ‘sign of a witch hunt’

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday accused the Minnis administration of an “apparent wholesale witch hunt” while suggesting the government has victimised workers as he raised speculation that National Training Agency Director Agatha Marcelle is to be let go from her post.

Don't 'reinvent wheel' on public procurement

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday said the Government does “not have to reinvent the wheel” on public procurement, but simply make the existing system work properly.Leonard Sands told Tribune Business that while the ref

$70m Gov't windfall if it 'pulls the trigger'

The Government can generate a desperately needed $70 million revenue windfall by “pulling the trigger” on its sale-ready majority interest in the Aliv mobile operator, Tribune Business was told yesterday.Gowon Bowe, one of the Government’s advisers,

Bahamas' 'credibility' hangs on projection revision explanation

The Bahamas’ fiscal “credibility” depends on it providing a convincing explanation for why the 2016-2017 fiscal estimates changed so drastically in just two months, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman said yesterday.Gowon Bowe told Tribune Business th

Landfill bid cancel 'a grave mistake'

Members of the all-Bahamian group selected as the ‘preferred bidder’ for the New Providence landfill management contract yesterday warned the Government it was making “a grave mistake” by cancelling the process.Henry Dean, United Sanitation’s princip

Minister confirms new landfill bidding process

A Cabinet minister yesterday said a new bidding process will be launched to select a manager for the New Providence landfill, describing the tender issued by the previous administration as “greatly flawed”.Romauld Ferriera, minister of the environmen

Allowing workers togrow from mistakes

Good employees make mistakes, and great leaders allow them to. We all make mistakes; every one of us. If we are not making mistakes, then we are probably not being innovative and stepping outside our comfort zone enough. That, in itself, is a mistake

$5m venture fund injection to give 'tremendous' boost

The Government-sponsored venture capital fund’s vice-chairman yesterday said the ‘one-time’ $5 million capital injection into the fund, in addition to its annual $1 million subvention, will be a “tremendous help” in addressing the backlog of funding

BISX chief attendsglobal conference

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange’s (BISX) chief executive attended the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) conference from May 15-18.Keith Davies was accompanied by BISX director, David Ewasiuk, to the leading in

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Thursday, 8th June, 2017.

correction - fuel concerns

IN Wednesday’s edition of The Tribune in an article under the headline ‘Fuel concern after issues with vehicles,’ it was incorrectly reported that Sol Petroleum Limited is the fuel provider for Shell Bahamas.The Tribune has been informed that Sol Pet

Fitness testing for marines at Defence Force base

FROM mid-May to present, service members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) have been undergoing their annual base fitness test at the Coral Harbour Base to ensure their physical fitness. All marines are required to complete a determined amou

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Smith to pay up $20,000 or go to jail

A Supreme Court judge has ordered Keod Smith, former PLP member of parliament, to be committed to prison for 14 days for accusing her of bias in a series of affidavits more than three years ago.

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$429m in subventions for state-owned enterprises

TWENTY-FIVE state owned enterprises will receive $429m in the upcoming fiscal year, with Finance Minister K Peter Turnquest noting that the government receives no returns or dividends from such institutions.

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Taxpayers ‘did not get value for money’ from multi-millions to NHI consultants

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands suggested yesterday Bahamian taxpayers did not get value for money from the “tens of millions of dollars” spent on National Health Insurance consultancies.

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Millions in deals ahead of election

WITHIN two days before the May 10 general election, the former Christie administration signed off on “millions of dollars” in contracts, Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest revealed yesterday, as he underscored the “egregious fiscal mismanagement” of the Progressive Liberal Party.

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Three weeks to file missing disclosures or file will go to the Attorney General

DELINQUENT former and sitting parliamentarians have been given three weeks to file disclosures or face the court for breaking the law, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold.

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Concern raised over schedule of compacting at landfill site

ONE of the nation’s environmental groups has raised concern over the current state of affairs at the New Providence Landfill since the May 10 general election.Representatives of Raising Awareness for the Bahamas Landfill (RABL), noting the proposals

Young candidates step up for local government elections

MORE young people from Grand Bahama, particularly Freeport, have offered themselves as candidates this year for the 2017 local government elections, a process that is expected to be “very competitive”. Freeport Administrator Preston Cunningham told

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Turnquest under fire over his link to Sky Bahamas

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday criticised Finance Minister Peter Turnquest for allegedly failing to disclose his interest in Sky Bahamas to Parliament after the government approved duty exemptions for the repair and maintenance of aircra

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HEALTH OF THE NATION: More awareness neededon bipolar disorder

THERE is great concern that in the Arctic, polar bears are becoming an endangered species. I wish the same were true of bipolar disorder, but far from vanishing it is either increasing or the recognition of the illness is improving as we become more

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Officials deny conflict of interest for Minister of Tourism over Baha Mar ties

GOVERNMENT officials yesterday rejected concerns of a looming conflict with respect to the government’s deliberations on Baha Mar and Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar’s directorship on the previous resort developer’s board, and his public state

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The Way Forward Part 2: Party Structure and Governance

FROM October 2016 to January 2017, my campaign team and I undertook a listening tour amongst stalwart councillors, branch officers and delegates of the PLP in New Providence, Abaco, North and Central Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Grand Bahama, Eleuther

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BTC congratulates Miller-Uibo on her world record in the 200m straight race

OLYMPIC 400m gold medallist and BTC-endorsed athlete Shaunae Miller-Uibo created the pinnacle of the Adidas Boost Boston Games, clocking in at 21.76 (0.5m/s) on a 200m straight this past Sunday.Participating in her first ever street athletics meet, M

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Pacesetters take top prize in cricket tourney

IN an effort to increase the local profile and attract a new generation of enthusiasts to the sport, the Bahamas Cricket Association hosted the second edition of one of the newest initiatives on its calendar.The Pacesetters took the top overall prize

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'Super 60 Showdown/Hot 100 Bahamas Showcase' starts June 16

THE basketball prospect showcase culture in the country continues to develop and International Basketball Academy Bahamas looks to become one of the leaders in the field as its event grows in stature.IBA Bahamas and Get Me Recruited (GMR) will host t

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Bahamas climbs to No.38 in latest beach soccer world rankings poll

WITH their performance at the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the Bahamas moved up nine spots in the latest edition of the world rankings.The Bahamas is ranked at No.38 with a total of 435 points, in the latest edition of the poll released yesterda

Bahamasair could 'blow $35m hold' in Budget

Bahamasair’s new fleet could “blow another hole” in the 2017-2018 Budget unless the Government can delay a $35 million principal repayment on the loan that financed their acquisition.K P Turnquest, the minister of finance, revealed that Bahamasair’s

Baha Mar occupancy is '25 per cent and growing'

Baha Mar yesterday said its workforce was now “closer to 2,000” persons, as it confirmed that current occupancy levels were 25 per cent “and growing”.Robert Sands, Baha Mar’s senior vice-president of government and external affairs, also disclosed to

Super Value's $444k savings in Business License fee slash

Super Value’s owner yesterday said the supermarket chain would save $444,000 annually based on the Budget’s Business License fee cut, as a Cabinet Minister branded the tax a “job and business killer”.Rupert Roberts told Tribune Business that the 25 b

Bahamas 'reputation' in danger without $400 million borrowing

The Bahamas’ “financial reputation” will be in peril without “emergency borrowing” of $400 million, with the ‘junk’ downgrade having exposed the Government to a $70 million cash demand.K P Turnquest, minister of finance, told Tribune Business that St

'No false hope' on VAT debt pay down

The Minister of Finance yesterday declined to specify how much of the Government’s 2018-2019 Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues will be used to pay down the $7 billion-plus national debt, saying he did not want “to give false hope”.K P Turnquest, in a bi

Time to deliver to the people

MAY 10th is already a week past and the smoke and mirrors of the campaign have disappeared and reality is now the issue - reality is can PM Hubert Minnis deliver - It’s The People’s Time?

Who speaks for PLP on finance?

As I read the report in The Tribune, the appointments did not include the Shadow Minister of Finance.

An open letter to the PM

Please print this open letter to the Prime Minister . . .

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Govt reviewing effectiveness of existing crime programmes

THE government is still reviewing existing programmes to see if they meet the country’s needs with respect to crime reduction, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday.

EDITORIAL: Victimisation at NIB – PLP style

OPPOSITION leader Philip “Brave” Davis, and PLP chairman Bradley Roberts seem strangely upset at the Minnis government fulfilling an election promise made to the Bahamian people that should the FNM be entrusted with the administration of government for the next five years, an audit would be done of all government departments.

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Davis says Turnquest wrong on Urban Renewal claim

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday denied assertions by Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest that certain bank accounts of the previous administration’s Urban Renewal 2.0 initiative were “private” and thus inaccessible to the auditor general for review.

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Administrator wins Unsung Hero Award

GLYNIS Armbrister, administrator of the Mangrove Cay Clinic, was yesterday named the April recipient of the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) Unsung Heroes Award.As she accepted the award during a press conference at the PHA’s Third Terrace Corporate

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Sands: Dorsett excuse is concerning

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday it is “concerning” that former Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett suggested the Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) report on the New Providence Landfill was not released by the former government b

Insurance a complement, but no cure, for cyber security risk

Cyber insurance can complement a company’s active security measures by providing coverage in three broad areas: * Liability for loss or breach of data * Remediation costs to respond to a breach, such as a forensic investigation, notification to aff

Bahamas well representedat key cruise industry show

The Bahamas was well represented at the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) Cruise360 Conference and Trade Show, which recently took place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Centre in Florida.The Bahamas used the show to forge link

LOI firm estimates $7-$8m to transform 'landfill dumpsite'

The company at the centre of the Renward Wells’ Letter of Intent (LOI) controversy yesterday said it was “ready and willing” to forge ahead with its waste-to-energy solution, estimating it would take $7-$8 million to turn New Providence’s “dumpsite i

Grand Bahama resortin major publicity boost

Deep Water Cay has received a major boost this month from three international media stories exposing it to millions of potential vacationers.The east Grand Bahama-based resort was first featured in the April edition of Business Jet Traveler’s ‘Paradi

Gov't 'still assessing' Baha Mar obligation

The Minnis administration was yesterday said to still be “assessing” the Government’s commitments to Baha Mar and other resorts, a Cabinet Minister saying he was “amazed” at the multi-million dollar investment incentives granted to foreign developers

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Wednesday, 7th June, 2017.

Fuel concern after issues with vehicles

CUSTOMERS of Shell in Montagu have raised concerns over the quality of fuel being provided by the service station after several of their vehicles allegedly had severe mechanical issues following fuel purchases from the station over the weekend. However, despite the difficulties, customers had high praise for the way in which the station’s staff handled the problem.

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Boy stabbed in fight at high school

A TEENAGE boy was taken to hospital for treatment of “minor wounds” after he was stabbed with a knife during an argument with another teenager at H O Nash Junior High School yesterday.

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No management structure put in place for National Health Insurance scheme

AS National Health Insurance enters the second month in which primary healthcare services are provided to enrolled Bahamians, no formal management structure exists to manage the programme.

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UPDATED: Woman, 55, stabbed to death in her home

A 55-year-old woman is dead after she was stabbed multiple times in her home off Mackey Street during a suspected domestic dispute early yesterday morning.

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Baha Mar targets just 25% occupancy rate

Baha Mar is targeting just a 25 per cent average occupancy rate for 2017, the Minister of Tourism revealed yesterday, amid questions about the Government’s $9 million “equity contribution” to the project.

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Dorsett denies hiding landfill report

FORMER Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett denied accusations yesterday that the former government sought to “suppress” a damning report from the Pan American Health Organisation, which classified the New Providence Landfill as an “urgent public health hazard” presenting a “chronic health risk” to residents.

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Smith urges ‘fresh look’ at Davis for PLP leader

FORMER Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet minister George Smith urged the public to take a “fresh look” at PLP interim Leader Philip “Brave” Davis, suggesting that he is best suited to lead the party in the months ahead after a devastating loss at the polls last month.

Activist seek amendments to Freedom of Information Act

ACTIVISTS are hoping the new government will pick up recommendations to amend the Freedom of Information Act as it undertakes a review of the legislation, some of which has already come into force.Key suggestions from a caucus of more than a dozen c

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Katrina Seymour overcomes hurdles on track, and in her life

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 5, 2017) – When senior ETSU track and field athlete Katrina Seymour, of New Providence, Bahamas, gets set into the blocks at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, everything will seem routine.

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Midnight 10k fun run/walk charityroad race winners take the spotlight

FOR the second consecutive year, the Roadmasters Running Club showed its support for a local charity by hosting its Midnight 10-kilometre fun run/walk charity road race.The event got started at Arawak Cay at midnight on Thursday, travelled to the rou

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Joshua Turnquest has 'pretty good' season

JOSHUA Turnquest was more than delighted with his freshman year at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.He was named the Eagles men’s tennis Player of the Year and was selected to the NAIA Second Team All-American, all during the month of May.“The

Darius Adams earns national championship honours in long jump

MULTIPLE sports star Darius Adams continues to excel for the Coast Guard Academy Bears and his latest exploits earned national championship honours in the process.Adams won the national championship in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor T

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'Mighty Mouse' bringshome lightweight title

Paul ‘Mighty Mouse’ Wilson, competing overseas for the second time this year, won the men’s lightweight of the 2017 NPC California State Championships in Culver City, California.It was Wilson’s first appearance in a championship outside of the state

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TOUGH CALL: The PLP is being held back by the same old guard

AFTER thanking Perry Christie, the Progressive Liberal Party and his erstwhile constituents in Fort Charlotte for their support, Alfred Sears attempted to define “the way forward” for his party and the country.

Candidate who left council post to run again for local government

CHERVITA Campbell, the former chief councillor who stepped down from her post in 2015 from the City of Freeport Council, is again offering herself as a candidate in the local government elections set for June 22.Putting the past behind her, Ms Campbe

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Police identify three men killed over holiday weekend

POLICE have officially identified the three men who were killed over the holiday period in three separate incidents in New Providence and Acklins. Police said Zachary Williams, 34; David Alexander Hanna, 47; and Livingston Mychal Rolle, 46 were the

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Government says social media message on BORCO refinery was 'political mischief'

THE government has assured the residents of Pinder’s Point and Lewis Yard in Grand Bahama that it is committed to ensuring their safety and well being. It has branded an “erroneous message” circulating there as “political mischief”. A message was p

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Man accused with murder over stabbing of 16-year-old boy

A 19-year-old man was charged with murder in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of a 16-year-old male resident of the community.Anthony Dames, of Beaconsfield, Freeport, appeared before Magistrate

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Chinese man drowns off Cable Beach

A MAN, believed to be a Chinese national, died after losing consciousness while swimming in waters in Cable Beach, police reported. According to Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean, the incident reportedly occurred on Goodman’s Bay

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Load shedding carried out after cable problem

BAHAMAS Power and Light began load shedding yesterday morning after a “cable overloaded,” resulting in outages in western and central New Providence, according to Bahamas Electrical Workers Union President Paul Maynard. In an interview with The Tr

Nomination Day for candidates vying for Local Government seats

CANDIDATES looking to throw their names in the hat to become local government representatives in Grand Bahama nominated themselves for the posts yesterday.Candidates representing every constituency on the island showed up to various nomination centre.

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Mortimer: Budget favours rich not the small man

DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Deputy Leader Chris Mortimer criticised the government’s 2017-2018 Budget in a press release, saying it “favours the rich but does very little for the small man”.Mr Mortimer said the Free National Movement (FNM) administ

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STUDENTS COMPETE IN KARATE COMPETITION COURTESY OF BTC

SMOKEY’S Karate School has been offering martial arts training to Bahamians for over 15 years.BTC has donated funds to enable karate students to compete in the 44th Annual US Open ISKA (International Sport Karate Association) Championships.The event

HURRICANE IS COMING!

The stark reality is Bahamians do not take hurricanes seriously. The seriousness of the impending dangers sometimes do not hit us until we hear the wind blowing, the trees bending and the power is off.

Time to resign

AFTER an election, political nominees to various positions in civil government are supposed to resign immediately, leaving it up to the incoming Government to decide their fate in that position.

EDITORIAL: FNM must coax the country back to fiscal health

OBVIOUSLY many PLP leaders have still not grasped the message Bahamians sent them on May 10. Having suffered the worst defeat of any political party in the history of this country, these arrogant politicians still seem to be tone deaf.

Tourism minister to avoid ‘devastating cannibalisation’

The Minister of Tourism yesterday said his priority is to avoid any “devastating cannibalisation” impact from Baha Mar’s full opening on other New Providence resorts.

Bahamas ‘Jamaica bound’ on present fiscal course

The Bahamas will be “Jamaica bound” unless it immediately implements measures to tackle its growing debt and deficits, a well-known fiscal hawk warned yesterday.

Cable ‘creates path’ for Caribbean cross-listing

Cable Bahamas yesterday expressed optimism that it had “created a path” for other Bahamian firms to follow by becoming the first local company to cross-list on another Caribbean stock exchange.

Bahamas tops Caribbean on data centre expansion

The Bahamas has been ranked among the top six nations in the Latin American and Caribbean region for the development of data centres, although high electricity costs remain a major obstacle to further growth.

Moody's shows Bahamas has 'no room for mistakes'

A prominent governance reform campaigner warned yesterday that the Bahamas has “no time for mistakes” on fiscal reform, with Moody’s having expressed alarm at the deterioration unveiled in the 2017-2018 Budget.Robert Myers, a principal with the Organ

CIBC completes pull out from north Abaco

Businesses and residents in northern Abaco were yesterday "extremely disappointed" over CIBC FirstCaribbean’s decision to close three branches, with community leaders warning the move will have a "devastating effect on commerce”.

Opposition: Bahamian groupwas 'preferred' landfill bidder

The Opposition yesterday urged the Minnis administration to enter into negotiations with the Bahamian consortium it had selected as the “preferred bidder” on the New Providence landfill management tender.A statement from North Andros MP, Picewell For

Tuesday, June 6

Minister pays tribute to trade unionist Alexander Thompson

LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes has expressed sadness over the death of trade unionist Alexander Thompson.Mr Thompson died last week after a long illness.“Mr Thompson was a trade unionist of great distinction, having served in numerous capacities as an

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Three killed over holiday weekend

A MAN was shot multiple times and killed yesterday afternoon in front of his home off Mackey Street - and another man died in hospital after a later shooting on Mackey Street and Wulff Road - bringing the total of murders over the holiday period to three.

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Govt ‘seeks landfill solutions in both short and long term’

THE Minnis administration has announced plans to pursue the “deconstruction and proper engineering” of the New Providence Landfill in response to a 28-page report compiled by officials from the Pan-American and World Health Organisations earlier this year.

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American visitor drowns during diving expedition

AN American visitor to The Bahamas drowned during a diving trip off New Providence on Monday, according to police.

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Privatisation is considered for state-run enterprises

DEPUTY Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest said the government will consider turning state owned enterprises or quasi-government corporations over to the private sector as a way of retiring debt because the subsidies provided to them are exorbitant.

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Landfill ‘urgent health hazard’

THE New Providence Landfill has been classified as an “urgent public health hazard” presenting a “chronic health risk” to those operating in and around its vicinity, according to a report compiled by the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation and submitted to the former Christie administration at the end of April.

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Seven-year-old girl drowns at Labour Day family picnic

FERNANDER Bullard, the mother of the seven-year-old girl who is believed to have drowned during a family picnic on Labour Day, said she is “overwhelmed with grief” at the loss of her baby, but finds comfort in knowing that her daughter “is now in the arms of the Lord.”

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Two 12th graders share ‘Debutante of the Year’ title

Escorted by their fathers, they entered one by one; 26 in total. Each debutante the picture of poise in pristine white ball gowns and glimmering tiaras as they performed their first waltz with their fathers.

From the Bahamas to Beijing

Award-winning designer Theodore Elyett wows with Junkanoo-themed fashion collection in Asia

More than 300 spectators sat expectantly in the Grand Ballroom of the world famous Kerry Hotel in Beijing, China. Every eye glued to the runway, as award-winning Bahamian designer Theodore Elyett translated the magic and splendour of Junkanoo into a ten-piece collection for a crowd of diplomats, business executives, fashion and film industry consultants and Bahamians studying in China.

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Breaking beauty stereotypes

Young entrepreneur launches Bahamian cosmetics line

AT only twenty five years old, Petra Hanna has not only launched her own cosmetics line, she is also pushing the boundaries of traditional beauty standards.

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World record run in straight 200

Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo can now boast of being a world record holder, albeit in an abnormal 200 metre straight race that is rarely contested.

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Bahamian author in book signing at logos

LOGOS Bookstore in the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza will host Bahamian author Amanda Diedrick for a book signing on Saturday from 11am to 2pm.

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Man held after gun find

A 25-year-old Bimini man was arrested on Friday after he was allegedly caught with a loaded firearm in his possession.

Bahamas staff in London unharmed by terror attack

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that The Bahamas High Commission in London has confirmed that staff at the commission, The Bahamas Maritime Authority and The Bahamas Tourist Office in London are all accounted for and unaffected by the latest security incidents where a van ploughed into a crowd and where a stabbing occurred in a busy London market.

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Three months in Sandilands for indecent exposure guilt

A 46-year-old Grand Bahama man, convicted of indecent exposure on Thursday in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court, was sentenced to three months at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.

Poor choices by PLP for the Senate

The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) was decimated during the general elections last month. No one, inclusive of me, could have predicted such a landslide wipeout. Yes, there were some, like me, who had a gut feeling that the hated former Prime Minister would have led us PLPs straight down the garden path. There are many reasons for the debacle, but there is no more compelling excuse than the unpopularity of PGC and the overt evidence of corruption by many within the Gold Rush Administration.

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Davis names shadow cabinet

THE Official Opposition named its shadow cabinet over the weekend, with the party’s interim Leader Philip “Brave” Davis assuming shadow responsibilities for the portfolio of prime minister in addition to several other key areas.

Debt gobbles up 27% of Budget

MORE than 27 per cent of the Government’s total recurrent spending in the 2017-2018 Budget is going towards repaying principal or interest on the Bahamas’ $7 billion-plus debt mountain.

Doctors targets stem cell therapy launch

DOCTORS Hospital plans to launch stem cell therapy and enter the primary healthcare market during its current financial year, after profits for the year to end-January 2017 increased five-fold.

Landfill bidder: Assess offer before new RFP

THE Bahamian consortium that bid on the New Providence landfill management contract yesterday urged the new Government to assess its proposal before launching a new tender process.

Moody’s gives alarm on ‘much weaker’ Bahamas

Moody’s yesterday expressed alarm at the “significantly worse” fiscal deterioration unveiled by the Government’s 2017-2018 Budget, although its lead analyst indicated no ‘junk’ downgrade for the Bahamas is imminent.

Bahamas facing multi-billion debt rise every five years

SUCCESSIVE governments will continue adding $1 billion-plus to the national debt every five years without structural reforms and greater GDP growth, an ex-finance minister saying: “I saw this coming 13 years ago.”

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Bahamas alarm at US withdrawal from Paris climate change deal

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed The Bahamas’ concern regarding the announced withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

EDITORIAL: FNM must coax the country back to fiscal health

OBVIOUSLY many PLP leaders have still not grasped the message Bahamians sent them on May 10. Having suffered the worst defeat of any political party in the history of this country, these arrogant politicians still seem to be tone deaf.

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THE PRESS BOX: LIGHTNING WON’T STRIKE TWICE IN NBA FINALS

It is painfully clear that this isn’t a repeat of last year’s NBA Finals.

Charisma Taylor to join the Razorbacks

AFTER making the transition from the Bahamas to the United States to complete her high school tenure, versatile Charisma Taylor is now all packed and ready to continue her athletic career as a member of the Razorbacks women’s track and field team at

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Jonquel just one point shy of third straight double double

SHE finished just one point shy of a third consecutive double-double but Jonquel Jones continues to be a force on the boards for the Connecticut Sun.Jones finished with 14 rebounds and nine points in the Sun’s 85-77 win over the San Antonio Stars at

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Rugby cup: Bahamas routs Dominican Republic 42-5

TEAM Bahamas returned to the win column in regional play and closed out the current stage of the Rugby Americas North Cup Series in dominant fashion. The team scored a 42-5 win over the Dominican Republic at the Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte in

Call to close septage and sludge handling facility

THE government has been urged to close the New Providence septage and sludge handling facility until adequate repairs and adjustments can be made at the property, this as a part of recommendations put forward by the Pan American Health Organisation/W

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Seniors get fit with Jemi

THE adage ‘age ain’t nothing but a number’ is increasingly becoming a mantra when it comes to senior citizens engaging in physical activity.

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Edith Stuart bids farewell to KFC after 48 years of service

In 1969, two years after KFC Nassau opened its doors as the first quick-service franchise in the country, a 17-year-old Edith Stuart walked through the doors of the Mackey Street location for her first day of work at the fledgling Bahamian-owned franchise. Now, 48 years later, as KFC Nassau celebrates its 50th anniversary, Ms Stuart has decided to hang up her apron and retire.

The conversation Bahamian parents fear

Autonomy in adolescence: Too soon or not soon enough?

Adolescence expert Dr Laurence Steinberg asks two very pertinent questions of family dynamics, firstly: “How can we best characterise normative family relationships during adolescence and is adolescence a time of parent/child conflict?” Secondly, “How do variations in parent/child relationships affect the developing adolescent?”

Playwright Gaylene Forbes remembers Dr Myles Munroe

To those who may have not known him personally, the late Dr Myles Munroe was a leading Bahamian evangelist, author, speaker and leadership consultant who founded and led the Bahamas Faith Ministries.

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Man dies after shooting in Mackey Street area

A man died in hospital after a shooting incident off Mackey Street on Monday night.

Construction industry 'peers over horizon'

THE Bahamian construction industry is “waiting to see what’s on the horizon”, as activity slows down following the post-Hurricane Matthew construction and repair work.Leonard Sands, the the Bahamas Contractors Association’s (BCA) president, told Trib

Exemptions to 'defeat the purpose' of VAT

THE private sector “is glad” the Government deferred its Value-Added Tax (VAT) campaign promises, as these would have “defeated the purpose” of the Bahamas’ chosen taxation model.Edison Sumner, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederat

Sky chief backs domestic route exit by Bahamasair

A leading Bahamian airline executive says he would back Bahamasair’s ‘strategic’ exit from the domestic market, arguing: “You can’t spend more than you make”.“With Bahamasair, the goal was to go and build, open or expand markets, to get people to com

Freeport promoted tocontact centre sector

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) teamed up with a call centre operator to promote the island’s attractions for that sector at a recent conference.The GBPA paired with itelBPO Solutions (Island Outsourcers) for the ICMI Contact Centre Expo, rece

Monday, June 5

Response to Fred Mitchell

EDITOR, The Tribune.This letter is in response to Fred Mitchell, former Fox Hill MP.I really wouldn’t want to get myself into the back and forth, but what he’s saying is exactly what his party did while in office. They profligated the resources of t

Sunday, June 4

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Man found dead in Acklins, hours after stabbing incident

A man was found dead in Acklins on Sunday morning, hours after he was involved in a violent altercation

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo makes history with 200m straight world record

Shaunae Miller-Uibo is the first Bahamian to hold an individual world record in an athletic event after she stormed to victory in the straight 200m at the Adidas Boost Boston Games on Sunday.

Saturday, June 3

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Body found off Arawak Cay believed to be missing girl

POLICE are investigating after a young girl was found dead in waters at Arawak Cay on Saturday

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Man in hospital after York Street shooting

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating four men after a shooting left a man detained in hospital on Friday night.

Friday, June 2

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Visitor in hospital after shark attack

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shark attack that left an American visitor detained in hospital on Friday.

Thursday, June 1

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Five years for man found with rifle and ammunition in his bedroom

A MAN was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition on Thursday.

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Turnquest eyes privatisation of subsidised state bodies to alleviate debt

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said the government will consider turning state-owned enterprises (SOEs) or quasi-government corporations over to the private sector as a means to retire debt because the subsidies provided to them are exorbitant.

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AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition found at Pepper Road home

POLICE arrested a male and a female early on Wednesday morning after officers discovered an AK-47 assault rifle along with 30 rounds of ammunition in their home.

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06012017 EDITION

Thursday, 1st June, 2017.

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Hurricane and shortfall of revenue blamed by Davis for $400m extra deficit

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday blamed Hurricane Matthew, a shortfall in income revenue and a reduction in taxes for a $400m overrun in the country’s GFS deficit.

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Terror suspect linked to the Bahamas

A DOUBLE homicide in Tampa, Florida, has landed the grandson of a longstanding Grand Bahama family business owner in federal court facing charges for possession of bomb-making materials as a confessed Neo-Nazi.

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$10m paid in NHI consultancy fees and $30m in roadside contracts in past year

THE Christie administration paid over $10m in consultancy fees for National Health Insurance in the last fiscal year, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest revealed yesterday.

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Govt will borrow $722m to pay bills

THE Minnis administration projects borrowing more than $722m to cover inherited outstanding bills along with the costs associated with running the country moving forward, after discovering the current fiscal year is “far bleaker” than anyone could have imagined as the Christie administration left “the cupboard bare,” according to Finance Minister K Peter Turnquest.

Response to Fred Mitchell

This letter is in response to Fred Mitchell, former Fox Hill MP.

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On deck and close to the action at the Battle of Jutland

101 years ago this weekend, Lt Robert Tatton Bower, of the Royal Navy, wrote a letter to his father, giving a first hand account of the largest World War 1 naval battle from aboard HMS Inconstant. Lt Bower’s descendants have Bahamian connections: his son Paul, came to the islands and was Publisher of The Nassau Guardian while his grandsons, Nigel and Bobby, are known business figures in Nassau.

Outstanding Probation Report Delays Manslaughter Sentencing

A MAN must wait an additional three weeks before he is sentenced for the fatal stabbing of a banker he claimed had made a sexual pass at him.

Adrian Gibson

AS A descendant of a Long Islander, I cannot sit by and allow this attack on the Member of Parliament for Long Island, Adrian Gibson.

Visa perk of travel to the US

IN THE Bahamas, we enjoy luxuries countries could only dream of.

Tax relief on clothes and food

MINISTER of Finance K Peter Turnquest yesterday announced the government’s tax relief measures which feature the elimination or reduction of import duties on clothing, accessories and on a number of food, beverage, personal care, car parts and accessories, including those needed by those who are disabled.

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Details laid out of plans to tackle corruption

THE Minnis administration added some meat to the bones of its transparency and accountability agenda yesterday, with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest revealing the government’s plans for anti-corruption initiatives, handling of constituency allowances and regulation of public procurement processes, among other things.

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23 years in jail for hacking victim up with a cutlass

A MAN, who was convicted by a Supreme Court jury of the decapitation of another man, was sentenced to 23 years in prison yesterday.

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Trial Date Fixed For Decade-Old Murder Case

A TRIAL date in 2018 has been fixed for a man accused of allegedly killing his common-law wife more than a decade ago.

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$5.6m budgeted for police overtime payments this year

IN the upcoming fiscal year, the Minnis administration has budgeted $5.6m for overtime pay for police officers who worked overtime at separate periods in 2013 and 2014.

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Finances to affect crime fight

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday said many of the Minnis administration’s long-term crime fighting strategies will “take some time to really bring to the fore,” adding that the country’s law enforcement agencies will have to “make do with what we have” until the government gets its fiscal affairs in order.

Labour leader Alexander Thompson dies

ALEXANDER Thompson, a prominent figure in the Bahamian labour movement, died yesterday morning. He was 80.

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Bahamasair may cut back domestic services

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday speculated over the possibility of systematically reducing Bahamasair’s domestic presence year to year, with an ultimate view of withdrawing domestic services completely in the coming years.

Cricket will continue over the Labour Day holiday weekend

ACTION in the Bahamas Cricket Association will continue over the Labour Day holiday weekend.

Ballin’ By Da Beach Basketball Camp returns this summer

BALLIN’ By Da Beach Basketball Camp returns to the courts this summer with several new initiatives in place for the 2017 edition. This year’s weeklong event is all set to be hosted June 26-30 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.

Cultural festival to take the spotlight in Eight Mile Rock

IN celebration of its silver jubilee, the West Grand Bahama Youth Development Association announced plans for a Cultural Festival and Basketball Tournament on Saturday at the Sunset Village grounds in Eight Mile Rock.

Grand Bahama dentist dies after stroke

GRAND Bahama dentist Dr Hayward Romer, who suffered a stroke in March, died Tuesday evening at the Rand Memorial Hospital.

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BTC bounces on board for annual Labour Day Basketball Tournament

Freeport, Grand Bahama – BTC has signed on as the title sponsor of this year’s Hoytes Labour Day Basketball Classic.

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Jonquel Jones posts another double double

Jonquel Jones followed this weekend’s historic performance with another double-double, however, her Connecticut Sun continue to fall short in close games.

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Brandon Meadows signs letter of intent to join the Lancers this fall

ANOTHER member of the Sunland Baptist Stingers basketball programme will be afforded an opportunity to continue his career at the collegiate level.

Minister ‘concerned’ on rating agency reaction

The Minister of Finance yesterday conceded he was concerned about how the credit rating agencies will react to a five-fold increase in the projected 2016-2017 deficit, plus $722 million in new government borrowing.

‘Days of largesse are over’: Govt to borrow $722m

The Minister of Finance said yesterday’s Budget will drive home to Bahamians that “the days of largesse are over”, with the Government having to borrow a collective $722 million to cover two years’ worth of fiscal deficits.

$500m deficit ‘threat to fiscal credibility’

The Government most move quickly to restore trust in its fiscal credibility, a governance reformer urged yesterday, pointing to the “vast, wild” differences between the new administration’s forecasts and those of its predecessor.

Tax ‘Task Force’ eyed as Business License fees slashed 25% pts

The private sector yesterday expressed hope that the 25 basis point reduction in the Business License fee rate marked the start of broader talks on the “best form of taxation” in the Bahamas.

Opposition dismisses claim of fiscal ‘mismanagement’

The Opposition’s leader yesterday dismissed suggestions that the former Christie administration’s failure to hit its deficit targets was as a result of fiscal “mismanagement”.

‘Considerable’ food price falls from duty reductions

Consumers should see the cost of various food and beverage items “go down considerably” after the Government yesterday outlined numerous duty reductions in the 2017-2018 Budget.

Govt ‘unhappy’ at $323m borrowing

The Minister of Finance yesterday said the Government was “not happy” at having to borrow $323 million to cover the deficit for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and urged Bahamians to “be patient a little longer” as it seeks to “get the fiscal house in order”.

Govt ‘will do better’ than GDP forecasts

The Minister of Finance yesterday pledged that the Government “will do better” than the Bahamian GDP growth rates projected by the IMF, acknowledging that this nation’s economy had “not performed to the levels required”.

Fiscal woes delay VAT’s ‘breadbasket’ removal

The Minister of Finance yesterday admitted that the Government has been forced to delay removing Value-Added Tax (VAT) from ‘breadbasket’ items and certain services, as the country’s fiscal woes required a more conservative approach.

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: The ‘vex-ing’ problem of digital art forms

Vexel art requires an in-depth assessment, especially on how to create it and why it is not vector art.