Stories for April 2018


Monday, April 30


Monday, 30th April, 2018.

04302018 EDITION

Monday, 30th April, 2018.

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Police units to be merged to tackle business crimes

THE Business Technology and Forfeiture Tracing Units of the Royal Bahamas Police Force will be merged to address increased occurrences of business-related theft, fraud and cyber crime in the country, National Security Minister Marvin Dames has said.

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One dead, five injured in shootings

POLICE are investigating the circumstances into the shooting death of a man on a Family Island alongside two separate shooting incidents in New Providence that left five men in hospital over the weekend.

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Bethel: ‘Spy Bill’ not set in stone

AMID calls for the Interception of the Communication Bill to be permanently shelved, Attorney General Carl Bethel yesterday said the proposed legislation in its current form could “possibly” be amended, adding consideration will be given to additional changes at the Cabinet level.

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‘I took Nygard’s cash to smear rival Bacon’

A FORMER ZNS reporter has admitted in open court to previously publishing numerous false and defamatory allegations about Lyford Cay billionaire Louis Bacon, pictured, for five years and that he did so at the “express instructions” of Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard and his former attorney Keod Smith for payment.

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INSIGHT: The hate-driven society

My more than 41 years of human rights work has led me to the conclusion there is a single underlying force which disproportionately influences the various attitudes, opinions and presumptions which make up the modern Bahamian psyche. Though in outward appearance its manifestations are diverse, this undercurrent can be encapsulated in a single word: hatred.

Police praise

The recent announcement that there has been a “downward trending” with murders, declining by 45%, is to be commended.

Men’s 4 x 400 team 2nd at Penn Relays

WITH another outstanding anchor leg from Alonzo Russell, the men’s 4 x 400 metre team placed second behind the United States of America in the much anticipated USA versus the World showdown while the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine got into a couple high school finals at the 124th version of the Penn Relays.

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Bahamas winless in Beach Soccer Cup

The home team scored the final goal of the Bahamas Beach Soccer Cup but finished the tournament winless and in fourth place in the final standings.

Stop Mashing Up Our Boats

When the late Timothy Gibson composed the national anthem, he wanted to capture the essence of this archipelago. He warned us to beware of the wide and treacherous shoal.

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Man guilty of shooting

A SUPREME Court jury has found a man guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of another man on Independence Day last year.

INSIGHT: The growing problem of junk food and obesity

Bahamian athletes taking part in the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this month represented - like their fellow competitors - the best of their nation. Amid the training and the competition few would have had time to sit and read a newspaper. If they had, in the columns of The Australian they would have found an article by writer Ruth Ostrow which would have rung many bells. Ruth wrote about the problems of child obesity and its growing impact on developing nations. As Health Minister Duane Sands embarks on a crusade to change Bahamian diets - through education and changing the price of bread basket items - Ruth’s article is worth reading just to know we aren’t alone with obesity crisis The Bahamas faces and how other nations are sharing our experience.

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INSIGHT: An incurable case of foot-in-mouth disease

THERE is seemingly no end to the embarrassing statements that leave the prime minister’s mouth. Although during his tenure as Opposition leader there was no shortage of strange utterances from Dr Minnis, in his capacity as prime minister he has seemed to up the ante on the big stage now that he has a megaphone that reaches out to the rest of the world.


THE New Providence Softball Association, under the new presidency of Desiree Taylor, had to postpone the start of its 2018 regular season in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday night due to the rain that left the field soaked.

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GRAND Bahamian national record holder Jeffery Gibson powered from behind for a victory in the men’s 400m hurdles at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Call for independent body to oversee Over-the-Hill initiative

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis wants an independent commission to be appointed to oversee the administration of the government’s Over-the-Hill Development Partnership Initiative, citing fears there could be “discrimination” concerning the programme’s concessions.

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Armed robbers hunted by police

POLICE are looking for the suspects behind two armed robberies that happened Saturday morning.

EDITORIAL: Could Bahamas learn from Singapore?

SPEAKING at the CEO Network conference at the Melia Nassau Beach hotel last week, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told his audience that the Bahamian economy had grown by about 2.5 percent in the past year, which, he said, could possibly signal its best growth in ten years.

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Giants, Saints national basketball champions

A PAIR of new national champions emerged from the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s Bunny Levarity National Round Robin and featured a title split between New Providence and Grand Bahama.

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Darnette Weir new president of the BLTA

FOR the next two years, Darnette Weir will serve as the new president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association.

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Culture in the park

KEMP Road’s Salem Park was the location for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s Youth Outreach and Culture in the Park on April 21 in the Free Town constituency.

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Bahamas 8th overall in the Tournament of Champions

THE Bahamas Flag Football League sent an All-Star ladies’ team to compete in the Tournament of Champions flag football tournament in Las Vegas.

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Palm Cay ordered to pay employee for unfair firing

A SUPREME Court judge has ordered a local gated community development to pay one of its employees almost $4,000 for unfairly firing her by two text messages while she was on vacation almost three years ago.

The maths of tourism

PM that GDP will grow by 2.5%…not because anything the FNM did actually because of what Baha Mar which they did not want to open — The Warwick Hotel and Courtyard.

Oil exploration one step closer

Oil exploration in Bahamian waters is one step closer to reality after an application for environmental approval was submitted to the Government late last week.Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC), which has spent more than a decade on its exploration pro

Specialist: Gov’t facing ‘minefield’ on Ownership Registry

A Bahamian IT specialist is warning the Government it faces a technical “minefield” over its Beneficial Ownership Registry, whose operations he urged it to outsource to the private sector.

Gov't urged: Delay WTO until 2021's new power plant established

The Government was yesterday urged to delay the Bahamas’ WTO accession until 2021 to coincide with the prospect of lower energy costs for New Providence at least.Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) principal, told Tribun

QC: Licensees ‘can’t trust’ Port over WTO

Freeport needs “two seats” in the WTO negotiations because the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) cannot be trusted to look after its licensees’ interests, an outspoken QC has warned.

Bahamas' GDP growth '25%' of what's needed

The Bahamas is just “25 per cent of the way” towards generating the economic growth its needs following real GDP expansion of 1.4 per cent in 2017.Robert Myers, a principal with the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG), told Tribune Business

Bahamas represented at finance crime forum

Three Bahamian executives represented this nation at the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) annual Private Sector Consultative Forum (PSCF) that deals with fighting financial crime.The Forum, held from 23-24 April, 2018, was hosted by the United Na

BFSB takes insurance conference 'captive'

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) attended the annual Risk Management Society (RIMS) conference in a bid to attract external (captive) insurance business.The RIMS annual conference and exhibition, held from April 16-19, is the key global co

Bahamas to host Caribbean's main aviation forum

The Bahamas will host the Caribbean’s largest aviation conference this June, bringing together major players from the sector and tourism industries for three days of discussions.The third annual Caribbean Aviation Meet-up is scheduled for June 12-14

Brewery profits increase 10% on election boost

A general election boost and product innovation drove a ten per cent profit increase for Commonwealth Brewery last year to $18.8m.Unveiling its results for the 12 months to end-2017, the Kalik and Heineken brewer enjoyed a 13 per cent year-over-year

Development Bank cuts losses by 43%

The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) cut its losses by 43 per cent last year, the Deputy Prime Minister has said, as he urged entrepreneurs to “take another look” at the institution.K Peter Turnquest, speaking at a press conference to highlight the BDB

Friday, April 27

04272018 EDITION

Friday, 27th April, 2018.

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Crown's appeal in fatal armed robbery case dismissed

THE CROWN has failed in its bid to have the Court of Appeal overturn a Supreme Court judge’s decision to direct the jury to acquit one of two brothers formerly accused of the fatal armed robbery of another man a little over six years ago.

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Man charged with Port Lucaya Marketplace murder

A 23-year-old New Providence man was charged with murder in Freeport Magistrate’s Court on Friday in connection with the shooting death of a businessman at Port Lucaya Marketplace early this year.

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04272018 WEEKEND

Friday, 27th April, 2018.

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Bahamas' GDP increased 2.7 percent in 2017

THE Bahamas’ Gross Domestic Product increased 2.7 percent in 2017, while government consumption increased by 12 percent, according to new data released by the Department of Statistics Friday.

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Police slap video 'under investigation'

POLICE Commissioner Anthony Ferguson has responded to a video circulating on social media of a Royal Bahamas Police Force officer slapping a man on a beach.

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Woman stabbed on Marshall Road

POLICE are investigating the stabbing of a woman on Marshall Road Friday.

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Judge orders document chase in Frank Smith corruption case

A SUPREME Court judge has given six government agencies two weeks to turn over “any and all” documents pertaining to controversial Crown witness Barbara Hanna and her cleaning company to counsel involved in former PLP Senator Frank Smith’s bribery and extortion trial.

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This time it’s free - all on ZNS

ZNS has the acquired the rights to stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Pointe: Now we want answers

LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes says he plans to meet with executives of The Pointe on Tuesday to present the findings of a workforce census conducted by the Department of Labour at the $200m development.


TEN percent of households in Bain Town had no electricity and 20 percent had no running water, according to a 2016 survey from the Ministry of National Security.

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OUTLINING the government’s agenda for Eleuthera’s infrastructural development, Works Minister Desmond Bannister said $14m will be budgeted for a new airport in North Eleuthera.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Life's a riot with Spy Bill vs Spy Bill

LAST week, the ironies of the FNM administration took centre stage. This week, their “hypocrisy” is back for a cameo appearance. THE “SPY BILL” After branding it as a “Spy Bill” during the election campaign, and using it as a major talking point,

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BAIC challenges court's $90,000 compensation ruling

THE Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation is seeking to appeal a former chief justice’s order to pay a local nursery owner more than $90,000 as compensation for causing the damage and destruction of his plant inventory. Court documents sho

EDITORIAL: Opportunities from the Commonwealth

The events surrounding last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London were remarkable for their grandeur and splendour, and, judging from the communique at the end of this biennial conference, it was notable for the wide range of issues covered during its deliberations over several days. No doubt, the warm spring-like weather contributed to the mood of goodwill and harmony enjoyed at the gathering.

Doubts remain over Oban

OBAN Heads of Agreement…Article:5.1 page: 8

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Ceremony honours promoted correction officers

COMMISSIONER of Corrections Patrick Wright held a brief ceremony for 103 correctional officers who were recently promoted. The group included two principal corrections officers and 101 corrections corporals. The newly promoted officers were presente

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3rd annual Top Elite Showcase ends today

SOME of the top high school basketball players have a chance to showcase their skills at the AF Adderley Gymnasium as the third annual Top Elite Showcase takes place.At least 12 coaches from high schools and colleges in the United States are in town

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'Bounce back king' launches clothing line

NO longer under contract with Muzino, triple jumper Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands has decided to start his own apparel line.It’s called: “Sands Pro Athletics Clothing Brand” and the slogan on the back is labelled: “Zero Excuses. Only Results.”If anybody kn

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Doctor holds last senior luncheon

DR Mallikharjuna Rao Kavala held his final senior citizens luncheon in Grand Bahama yesterday.The event, held over the past 22 years, became a popular event on Grand Bahama.During that time, Dr Kavala and his wife Nalini touched the lives of hundreds

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THE FINISH LINE: 'Golden Knights' mural 'better late than never'

I WANT to take this opportunity to commend the Grand Bahama Port Authority for taking the initiative to recognise the ‘Golden Knights’ for their victory in the men’s 4 x 400 metre relay at the Olympic Games, even if it was six years later since they

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Travis Munnings declares for NBA Draft

TRAVIS Munnings has decided to test the professional ranks sooner than expected and become one of hundreds of early entrants to declare for the NBA Draft.The University of Louisiana Monroe Warhawks junior forward made the announcement via social medi

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Wife should have included $4m cash in divorce proceedings

A WOMAN ought to have accounted for the $4 million in cash stashed in a foreign bank account and thousands of dollars’ worth of South African and Indian gold coins contained in a safety box when divorcing her husband of 21 years, the Court of Appeal

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Prime Minister tables bill for low-cost homes

NEARLY three months after unveiling his administration’s plans to offer extremely low-cost lots to potential first-time home buyers, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has tabled the Access to Affordable Homes Bill 2018 in the House of Assembly.The bill

LNG plans

LNG - am shocked that PM Minnis will endorse this fuel for BP&L without absolutely any investigation or studies but then today we expect ignorance as the mantra of this Government.

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China auto show highlights industry’s electric ambitions

The biggest global auto show of the year showcases China’s ambitions to become a leader in electric cars and the industry’s multibillion-dollar scramble to roll out models that appeal to price-conscious but demanding Chinese drivers.

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Sandals helping to tackle plastic pollution

WITH roughly 300 million tons of plastic being produced globally each year, the Sandals Foundation has intensified its efforts to reduce plastic pollution in the region, this time targeting school children. In observance of World Earth Day last Sund

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Enigma machine collection recalls computer science victory

Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.

Beneficial owner register

Re: Tribune Business 26 April 2018 - Beneficial Owner Register

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Minister issues plea to report cases of child abuse

AS officials recognise Child Protection Month, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development Lanisha Rolle sounded an appeal to the public to report incidents of child abuse.

Gardiner: Best yet to come from Mingoes' Mullings

DESPITE all the feats Ken Mullings has achieved thus far this season, University of the Bahamas track and field coach Rupert Gardiner said the best is yet to come from the Mingoes decathlete. Mullings most recently won the gold medal in the college me

TECH TALK April 25, 2018

• Social media is a daily way of life for many Americans.

PM, officials at odds over fishing ‘debacle’

The Prime Minister and senior officials are at odds over whether the controversial flats fishing regulations have been suspended, amid fears the situation is becoming an “all-around debacle”.

Bahamas being 'led to slaughter' too far, too fast

The Bahamas is moving too far, too fast to satisfy international demands, a former finance minister warned yesterday, adding: “We’re kind of being led to the slaughter.”James Smith, pictured, also an ex-Central Bank governor, told Tribune Business th

Eleuthera developer mulls subsidiary's IPO

An Eleuthera real estate developer is mulling an initial public offering (IPO) for one of its subsidiaries amid plans to accelerate the build-out of various assets.Erma Carey, secretary of Eleuthera Properties, the Cotton Bay and Jack’s Bay Club deve

Fly fishing chief fears 'complete decimation'

A fly fishing lodge chief yesterday warned the industry will be “completely decimated” if its controversial regulatory regime remains in place.Clint Kemp, the Bahamas Fly Fishing Lodge Association’s president, told Tribune Business that many foreign

Harbour Island power woe: 'All is not lost'

A Cabinet minister yesterday pledged to “shore up” Harbour Island’s electricity shortfall before summer, pledging that “all is not lost” in solving the destination’s 30-year power woes.Desmond Bannister, minister or works, told the Eleuthera Business

Investors 'pitch' to potential funders

The Business and Marketing Community Institute (BCMI) held two “pitch days” to allow budding entrepreneurs to seek funding from its Board.The event, called “Your Investors Link”, was held on Friday, March 16, at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, and o

GB small businesses seek big company ties

Grand Bahama’s small businesses met with three major companies at a Business-to-Business Expo yesterday in a bid to generate new commercial opportunities.Senator Kwasi Thompson, previewing the event, said it was a partnership with the Grand Bahama Ch

IAN FERGUSON: Accommodating our female 'go-getters'

Women have been fully engaged in the Bahamian workforce for more than three generations now. In many cases, women have taken the lead in sectors historically known to be dominated by men. They have become trend setters and go-getters, establishing ne

Tourism's output to grow 3.4% in 2018

THE tourism industry’s contribution to Bahamian GDP is forecast to grow by 3.4 per cent to $1.784 billion in 2018, as the sector shrugs off the impact of recent hurricanes.Tourism’s benefits were discussed at last week’s 63rd regional meeting of the

Thursday, April 26

Meditation - Walking with Jesus

Am I walking with Jesus? This is an important question to ponder. If your answer is yes, it pre-supposes a life that has been dedicated to obedience to God’s Word and to the prayerful consideration of what is required. When faced with decisions, we n

'Spring Revival' comes to Calvary Deliverance Church

Recognising a need for overall spiritual renewal in the country, the leadership of Calvary Deliverance Church announced it is celebrating its ‘Spring Revival’ starting May 1.The two-night event will be a time of prayer and fasting. The theme is, “The

Church of God of Prophecy to host National Evangelism Conference

This year’s Church of God of Prophecy’s holistic evangelism conference is designed to provide a platform for networking in ministry, to educate, inspire and equip believers for effective ministry.Over the past two decades, under the direction of Mini

Christian Chorale honours its leader of 34 years

THE Bahamas Christian Chorale will celebrate its director who has given more than three decades of service during a special event tomorrow night to close out the season.Darville “Sonny” Walkine has led the Bahamas Christian Chorale for 34 years, lead

hundreds of sharks and fish caught up in drifting 'ghost net'

Gruesome images of hundreds of sharks and fish trapped in a drifting “ghost net” in the Caribbean have caused outrage across the world.The upsetting pictures were captured by a photographer who spotted the net floating four miles off the Cayman Islan

Denczil Rolle and Friends host live album recording

WHAT started out as a casual gathering of friends has now blossomed into movement anchored by a mandate to fill the world with the knowledge of God through music and worship.This movement, Denczil Rolle and Friends, will host a live concert tomorrow

An Easter faith - Part II - Sunday is the Lord's Day -

The resurrection throws a magnificent light of understanding over Christ’s life and death. And so accomplishes our salvation, which was begun with the incarnation and sealed by the crucifixion. Without the resurrection, not any of these would have me

Let us pray for the nation

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah. Oh Sovereign King, Almighty and Holy One of Israel, the great I am that I am, we lift and glorify your name, Yahweh, in this nation.We bow at your feet with praises and thanksgiving unto you. Our HalleluJah belongs

Macedonia Baptist Church celebrates pastoral anniversary

The officers and members of Macedonia Baptist Church will celebrate the sixth pastoral anniversary of the Rev Hartman and Minister Laverne Nixon on Sunday at the Church on Bernard Road, Fox Hill.Rev Nixon is the third pastor of the church, having suc

Spring cleaning for the soul - a refreshed outlook on life

In continuing my Spring cleaning for this week, instead of picking up a broom or mop, I thought to handle my windows first. Because the clean windows let in more light, the room itself didn’t seem as dark or dismal as before; helping me to see better

04262018 EDITION

Thursday, 26th April, 2018.

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Minnis paints a rosy picture

The Bahamian economy is set to grow by about 2.5 percent during the course of the year, representing what could perhaps signal its best growth in ten years.

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PM’s blueprint to save Over-the-Hill

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday tabled the long awaited Over-the-Hill White Paper 2018, unveiling his administration’s proposed plans for impoverished communities, which include a variety of tax concessions, an action plan for physical rejuvenation along with social and economic empowerment.

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Nygard: Just another day at court

CANADIAN fashion mogul Peter Nygard was yesterday ordered to pay legal costs for Save The Bays after his legal team’s bid to amend certain legal submissions ultimately caused an adjournment of his appeal of his contempt of court conviction last year for engaging in dredging activities off the coast of his Lyford Cay home in defiance of a court order.

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Four years signing in on bail - after case dropped

A YOUNG man from Grand Bahama has claimed his life was disrupted for four years because the Office of the Attorney General had failed to notify him armed robbery charges had been dropped against him since 2014. 

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Police corruption our top concern

MORE Bahamians believe police officers are corrupt than any other group of people, a scientific survey commissioned last October by Transparency International and its local contact Citizen for a Better Bahamas found.

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Sands ‘concern’ over mum-to-be’s PMH ordeal

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands has responded to a viral post on social media regarding the ordeal a mother had while delivering her baby in the public maternity ward of Princess Margaret Hospital late last month.

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Brave hits FNM over ‘Spy Bill’ about-face

A LITTLE more than a year after the Free National Movement used the Interception of Communication Bill as a weapon against the Progressive Liberal Party in their general election campaign, governing party members touted their version of the bill in Parliament yesterday, drawing derision from the opposition.

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Murder rate down by nearly 50%

FOR the first quarter of this year, overall crime figures were “trending downward” with murders on the decline by 45.2 percent, National Security Minister Marvin Dames announced yesterday, while conceding “there is still a lot of work left to be done”.

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Life sentence reduced - but 50 years still to serve

A JAMAICAN man sentenced to life in prison for a double murder in 2011 previously believed to be the motivation for a triple murder that occurred just weeks later will now be released from prison in just over 50 years’ time. Appellate Justices Jon I

Smith making impact with Empower Sports Network

A FORMER junior national team standout has made the transition to coaching and training to impact a future generation of student-athletes in the Bahamas.

EDITORIAL: Corruption must be stamped out

TWO years ago then DNA leader Branville McCartney expressed amazement to Tribune Business that government MPs and their leading supporters seemed to justify corruption. It has “almost become a culture,” he complained.

Special Olympics Bocce Nationals all set for Eleuthera

FOR the third year, Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, will play host to the Special Olympics Bocce Championships with the two-day event set for Friday and Saturday.

Wayward donkey and busy roads

Culminating an almost year-long dialogue with my MP Brent Symonette, about the abuse of the Eastern Road, the chickens came home to roost on Friday last.

Data highlights social ills in inner-cities

RESIDENTS’ lack of education in the inner-city and high unemployment levels were highlighted as key social ills that continue to plague the Over-the-Hill community as the government moves closer to rejuvenating these impoverished areas. Data contain

Christie the worst

WHEN I saw your headline - “Davis - Peter Turnquest is worst Finance Minister” it made my blood boil - the arrogance he accuses Turnquest of!

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Suicide suspected as crew member dies on boat in Bimini

THE death of a New Zealand native on board a vessel in Bimini is being investigated as a “sudden death/suspected suicide” by police. In a press release yesterday, police described the victim as a Caucasian male who was a crew member on a cruise vess

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Street Hockey: Hurricanes get 6-2 win, Sharks earn 4-0 victory

LAST week Wednesday, the Nassau Street Hockey League continued with playoff hockey featuring a 6-2 win from the Hurricanes, which kept them from being eliminated, and a 4-0 win from the Sharks, which moved them onto the final round of the playoffs.

‘It has been a great experience for me’

MIKHAIL McLean has made the transition from the court to the bench as a member of the Houston Cougars’ coaching staff.

Suits you - clothing drive to help jobseekers

IN an effort to ensure job seekers in need in New Providence have professional clothing for their next job interview, beginning May 1 - May 5, job recruiting website 242 Jobs will host its first clothing drive in partnership with The Salvation Army.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Three cheers for the Commodore and his crews

There is a lot that many of you out there know about me. I’m the other side of middle age and stuck with too much energy for my own good. I say what’s on my mind. I have had a lifelong love affair with words and secretly confess that I spend ridiculous amounts of time thinking stupid thoughts like which is a better example of a double-middle-consonant verb that sounds like what it means, hobble or cobble. When you say the word hobble you immediately think of someone bent over, struggling for the next step. But when you say cobble as in cobbling a… anyway, you get the picture.

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Jewelry store raid on Paradise Island

TWO armed thieves robbed a jewelry store on Paradise Island Tuesday night police said. The incident happened shortly after 11pm. The thieves, one armed with a firearm, entered the store and held the employees at bay. They stole an undetermined amo

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Bill to expand power to tackle terrorist threats

THE government tabled the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2018 yesterday, which greatly increases the scope of authorities’ ability to address terrorist threats beyond what is currently legislated in the 2004 Anti-Terrorism Act.The bill aims to “strengthen The B

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Caribbean Bottling Company returns as United FC sponsor

THE Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC) is proud to return as a sponsor of the United Football Club (United FC).

Climate change

IS Prime Minister Minnis really serious about climate change and the environment?

Kai Jones on the rise

ANOTHER young Bahamian basketball talent is on the rise during the early spring recruitment season on the AAU circuit.

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Mullings wins decathlon gold

UNIVERSITY of the Bahamas Mingoes star Ken Mullings continues to set milestones and deliver impressive performances in combined track and field events.

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Atlantis to host University of Kentucky Wildcats

THE winningest programme in NCAA men’s basketball is set to return to the Bahamas once again for a series of preseason tests against both local and international teams.

35 Haitians detained in Abaco

MORE than 30 undocumented Haitian migrants were picked up after a combined effort by law enforcement officials in Abaco. The group includes 12 females and 23 males. Officials said 35 migrants were taken into custody early yesterday after they were

Tourism and the debate over education

REGARDLESS of any political differences which might exist between me and the FNM administration, there are two cabinet ministers whom I am constrained to congratulate on performing their portfolios well and beyond expectations.

'Not a single bribe demand is probed'

Corruption is “rooted in the fabric of Bahamian society”, a survey unveiled yesterday revealing that zero action was taken over the 6 per cent of bribery demands reported to authorities.Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer survey

'Riddled with danger': How insurance VAT hits storm victims

THE continued imposition of VAT on general insurance premiums is “riddled with danger” for that industry, the Government and wider private sector, a respected accountant warned yesterday.Kevin Seymour, also a former Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce p

DPM pledges 'most stringent controls' on ownership registry

THE Deputy Prime Minister yesterday promised that the proposed Beneficial Ownership registry will have “the most stringent controls”, amid industry concerns over the lack of prior consultation. K P Turnquest told Tribune Business that it was “not an

Corporate tax removal paves way for 10-year financial sector 'molding'

THE Bahamas can “mould the financial services industry it wants for the next 10 years” after dumping corporate taxation from a key Bill, a former Cabinet Minister said yesterday.Ryan Pinder, ex-minister of financial services, told Tribune Business th

Fraud, evasion fears block tax breaks on Over-the-Hill goods

Fears of “duty arbitrage” and tax evasion mean that businesses in the proposed Over-the-Hill ‘tax free zones’ will not receive breaks on the goods they sell, the Government revealed yesterday.The Minnis administration, unveiling its long-awaited prop

Tourism eyes team-up with Black Enterprise

THE head of African American media group, Black Enterprise (BE), has pledged to send potential group business worth millions of dollars to the Bahamas.Earl ‘Butch’ Graves Jr, president and chief executive, led a delegation to the Bahamas that pledged

New water plant in 300% quality rise

A WATER plant that will supply western New Providence communities has seen a 300 per cent quality improvement since it began service in 2017.New Providence Water Development Company’s (NPWDCo) new reverse osmosis plant, now-completed following a two-

THE ART OF GRAPHIX: Showing your best face via the Internet

IS there any real value to owning a business website? It is sometimes perceived that small businesses will not benefit because of their size, and inability to produce a well thought-out site. This thought might just be a misconception and, since we a

Wednesday, April 25

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Court sends mum home to care for her sick son

A CHILD’s “numerous and severe disabilities” were the primary reasons his mother’s four-year prison sentence for firearm possession has been quashed, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Former Court of Appeal President Dame Anita Allen, along with fellow

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‘Commodore, stop mashing our boats’

A CLIP has gone viral of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis admonishing Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel about marines “mashing up” defence force vessels, adding that officers must “learn to navigate”.

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33 days in jail – after being told he was free

A MAN previously sentenced to seven years in prison for armed robbery as part of a plea deal is suing the government for unlawfully detaining him for over a month after he was declared a free man by a Supreme Court judge.

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Nygard loses fight to avoid New York trial

A NEW York appeals court has ruled that a 2015 defamation lawsuit filed by billionaire Lyford Cay homeowner Louis Bacon against his neighbour, Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard, can be heard in the state.

Animal cruelty case

THE case of the man who was killing innocent dogs with his pit bull must be dealt with severely. We in The Bahamas want so badly to be taken seriously by first world countries but this will not happen if we continue to show that we do not care about the well being of living creatures. I read a letter to the editor in which the writer said we should “feel sorry” for the man who encouraged the dog’s death. I totally disagree.

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6th Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon raises money for ‘BAARK’

A NEW date and an exciting new “International” distance was in store for the participants of the sixth annual Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon which took place on April 15.

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Keep Grand Bahama Clean launches month against litter campaign

A CLEAN neighbourhood is good for the environment, beneficial for residents, especially children, all while increasing property values and growing community investment – something Grand Bahama is working hard to do after several hurricanes and econo

Unclear on when mandatory evacuation law will be brought

ALTHOUGH the hurricane season is fast approaching, it is not clear whether the government will enact a mandatory evacuation law anytime soon.

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‘Golden Knights’ honoured

GRAND Bahamians Michael Mathieu and Demetrius Pinder returned home with Eleuthera’s Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown and Nassau’s Ramon Miller to be honoured on Monday for winning the men’s 4 x 400 metre gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

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610 cheques handed out to repair roofs in GB

SIX hundred and ten more residents of Grand Bahama are now better prepared to repair their roofs as a part of the government’s national repair programme.With a steady flow, those armed with the necessary identification, lined up on Monday to receive

Stan gets his Sideburns trimmed

If you hurl a metaphorical rock into a room full of satirists it’s a safe bet the one that lampoons you in his cartoon the next morning is probably the one you hit.

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Team Bahamas ready for beach soccer challenge

WHEN the men’s national team play in the Bahamas Beach Soccer Cup this weekend at the National Beach Soccer Stadium at Malcolm Park, Gavin Christie said they will be ready for the challenge from Mexico, Spain and the United States.

Union chief not alarmed by WSC down-sizing report

PRESIDENT of the Bahamas Utilities Service and Allied Workers Union Dwayne Woods said yesterday he has told his members not to be alarmed over reports the Water & Sewerage Corporation will likely be right-sizing its workforce through voluntary separations.

Is this deal the best we can get?

I AM willing to take Michael Maura’s opinion on the BP&L announcement with Shell.


AFTER winning her first round match in the qualifying round of the $80,000 Charlottesville, Virginia, Bahamian professional player Kerrie Cartwright got eliminated in the second round.


FIVE of the six men who won the silver medal in the 4 x 400 metre relay at the XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, are expected to represent the Bahamas in the same event at the 124th annual Penn Relays.

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Public access stairs to Cabbage Beach restored

THE public access path to Cabbage Beach is now open after months of being closed due to a collapsed stairway. Atlantis senior vice-president of public affairs Ed Fields confirmed this information to The Tribune yesterday. In January, it was reporte

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Govt not yet in possession of property for new post office

THE government has not yet taken legal custody and possession of the old Phil’s Food Services building at Gladstone Road where the General Post Office is to be relocated, Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell said yesterday. He ex

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CULTURE CLASH: Corruption is not just in high office, it’s all around us

At the G20-OECD conference, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov said: “Corruption is a global threat. It is a serious roadblock to economic development. Corruption aggravates inequity and injustice and undermines stability, especially in the world’s most vulnerable regions.”

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‘Lucayan sale is still on course’

FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest said it is “completely false” for anyone to assert the sale of the Grand Lucayan resort in Grand Bahama had collapsed, adding the deal continues to move forward with all of the involved “big ticket items” already agreed upon.

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‘Twin towers’ practice together for first time

They both felt that after playing in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), they were able to use their experience to feed off each other as the Bahamas professional twin towers basketball players Waltiea Rolle and Grand Bahamian Jonquel Jones worked out together for the first time.

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Former US marine to challenge conviction

A FORMER United States marine is seeking to challenge his conviction and consequent 15-year sentence for attempting to murder another man on a Family Island four years ago after cross-appealing the Crown’s assertions that his sentence was unduly lenient.

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Bringing the world to your doorstep

When most buyers shop for their clients or shops, they take a plane, a car and book a night or two in a good hotel to recover from the stress.


SYDNEY Clarke, playing in the girls’ final of the CO Williams Barbados Junior International Tennis Tournament in Barbados as the number three seed, lost to American No.2 seed Julia Andreach over the weekend.

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Thompson named Player of the Year

BAHAMIAN female tennis player Danielle Thompson, a senior at Morgan State, was named the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year, as announced by the league office yesterday in Norfolk, Va.

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THE Minnis administration is moving closer to bringing local government to New Providence, with Press Secretary Anthony Newbold announcing yesterday that an advisory committee has been established to guide its inception.The committee features at leas

Flats fishing confusion 'destroying our industry'

The Government was yesterday urged to end “the confusion destroying our flats fishing industry” by publicly clarifying whether it has suspended the sector’s governing regulations.Cindy Pinder, vice-president of the Abaco Fly Fishing Guide Association

'Slap in the face' to let WTO drive our key reforms

A leading retailer yesterday said it will be “a slap in the face” to Bahamian businesses if this nation now modernises its economy for the benefit of foreign rivals and the WTO.Gavin Watchorn, chief executive of BISX-listed AML Foods, told Tribune Bu

Fronting will ‘grow more’ without WTO

THE Bahamas’ chief WTO negotiator yesterday said ‘fronting’ will “become far worse”, with local businesses overrun by foreign rivals, if this nation stays outside the rules-based trade regime.

Corporate tax among WTO reform options

CORPORATE taxation is among the options being assessed for WTO revenue replacement, the Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed, adding: “It’s a brave new world.”K P Turnquest told Tribune Business it was a case of “the sooner the better” when it came to

FOCOL chairman reveals 'bold plans'

FOCOL Holdings’ chairman says the company has “bold plans” that will soon “transform” its operations, although he provided no details.Sir Franklyn Wilson was speaking at the BISX-listed petroleum products supplier’s annual general meeting (AGM) for t

Renward LOI company closes Bahamas office

THE company at the centre of the Renward Wells Letter of Intent (LOI) controversy has closed its Bahamas office, with its local chief executive stepping down from his post.Jean-Paul (JP) Michielsen said he will be leaving his position with Stellar Wa

Bonefish Pond provides 1,100 visitor day boost

NEW Providence’s Bonefish Pond National Park generates around $1 million in tourist spending, and 1,100 annual visitor days, for the Bahamian economy.The south-west New Providence parks’ economic impact was detailed in the ‘Economic Valuation of Ecos

Blockchain advocates eye Bahamas forums

A CARIBBEAN group is aiming to capitalise on the huge interest in blockchain and cryptocurrency in the Bahamas by creating a series of monthly exchanges and forums on the technology.The Caribbean Blockchain Alliance, an advocacy group for blockchain

Tuesday, April 24

04242018 EDITION

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018.

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Bank teller ‘stole’ $49k off Former Governor General Arthur Hanna

A 21-year-old bank teller was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday with using his job to steal more than $49,000 from former Governor General Arthur Dion Hanna over a six-month period.

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Police probe Bahamasair ticket scam

A FRAUDULENT credit card scheme involving ticket purchases at Bahamasair is under investigation by the Business Technology Crimes Division of the Central Detective Unit.

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Full steam ahead for FOI act

THE Minnis administration has set its sight on the full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act within this upcoming budgetary year.

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LOCKED AWAY FOR 15 YEARS – Judge rejects call not to jail $700k COB thief

FORMER College of The Bahamas employee Chimeka Gibbs was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Supreme Court judge yesterday for stealing over $700,000 from the tertiary institution over a seven-year period.

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Teenager charged with murder

AN 18-year-old wanted suspect was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with murdering a man who was visiting his family just over two months ago.

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Waltiea back to the books

SHE’S one of two professional female basketball players, but Waltiea Rolle said she doesn’t mind putting her career on hold for the next three months until she completes her tertiary education.While the leagues overseas are on a break, Rolle will be

By the rivers of Babylon

THE FNM administration is a work in progress. While in opposition, it promised too much, if that were possible, to the people of this wonderful nation. We are a strange breed of people. Unlike our counterparts in the wider Caribbean, we are politically passive in the extreme but once you’ve made a promise to us, we fully expect to see a concrete delivery and instantly. We are impatient and have very short attention span. It is what it is.

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Let's get moving – Physical activity: the definition, what type is right for you, and how to get started

Health coach Ethan Quant, of Elite Wellness Solutions, has succeeded in his weight loss journey and now wants to share his methods with the Bahamas in an effort to foster a culture of wellness and conquer the obesity epidemic.

EDITORIAL: A cacophony of distraction for Trump

In the American government, the US Department of Justice looms large. Along with the departments of Defence, State and Treasury, DoJ exercises significant influence on America’s place and posture in the world, and concurrently supervises national police work and law enforcement within the US borders. Among DoJ’s subordinate agencies are the FBI, DEA and the extensive network of regionally-based United States Attorneys who oversee and coordinate American domestic law enforcement.

Chisholm on 7-day disabled list due to hamstring injury

JUST as the media began to take notice and highlight his comeback effort this season in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system, Jazz Chisholm experienced another injury setback.The Kane County Cougars sent Chisholm to the 7-day disabled list on

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2020 vision to ban plastics and Styrofoam

ENVIRONMENT and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira yesterday officially announced his ministry’s initiative to ban single-use plastics and Styrofoam in the country by January 1, 2020 – a move he said would have a significant impact on waste at the New

Poll brings bad news for FNM

PUBLIC Domain’s favour Poll of the current political favour has to have shocked Cabinet and the 35 FNM MPs as they all perceive they have been doing an incredible job. One Minister said phenomenon! Hey No!

Warning over water quality at Xanadu beach

BEACHGOERS were advised to avoid swimming at Xanadu Beach in Grand Bahama for a day or two after the popular spot failed its bi-weekly water quality test due to elevated bacteria levels.The beach was flagged on social media by Swim Guide, a website a

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Police hunt armed robbers

POLICE are asking members of the public to come forward with any information they may have in solving two armed robberies which occurred yesterday morning. In the first incident shortly before 1am, a man was driving on Marrow Lane, Garden Hills, whe

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20th Atlantic Medical Fun Walk/Run attracts more than 1,800

Atlantic Medical’s Fun Walk/Run in Nassau attracted an unprecedented and enthusiastic crowd of over 1,800 competitive walkers and runners, among them none other than Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands who also assisted in prize presentations.Ladonna G

Mavin Saunders set for open practice with Jayhawks

WE will have to wait just a little longer for Mavin Saunders’ debut on the field for the Kansas Jayhawks football programme.The Jayhawks recently announced that their annual Spring Game, originally scheduled for April 28, will be downgraded to an ope

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Shamon Campbell leads the evolution of luxury real estate

In Spring of 2013, businesswoman Shamon Campbell launched a cutting-edge luxury real estate and lifestyle brand and created the popular publication known as Bahamian Escapes Magazine. In its initial months of introduction to the market, the business

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FACE TO FACE: What Dynamite Daisy did next

“Dynamite Daisy” is a household name in The Bahamas. She is a comedienne well known as the life of the party at weddings, birthdays, church events and functions all over the country. She appears on radio and television shows and commercials, and was the star of many of her own full-stage productions with a group of fellow actors who performed to packed crowds. She has even travelled throughout the United States and the Caribbean with her dynamite act.

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Woman accused of defrauding pastor of over $240,000

A 62-year-old woman was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday with defrauding a local pastor of over $240,000 within the last decade.

'Where has teen court programme gone?'

A TEEN court programme, approved by the Christie administration to divert at-risk teens from the formal justice system, has gone nowhere under the Minnis administration, frustrating the project’s organisers.Hundreds of teen court programmes exist in

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One in five children ‘not ready’ for primary school

A MINISTRY of Education survey has revealed 20 percent of children entering the first grade each year are not ready for primary school, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday.

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THE PRESS BOX: Five teams that could trade up in NFL Draft shake-up

THE NFL Draft goes down this week, kicking off on Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday. Trade rumours are swirling heavily around the NFL, including All Pro WR Julio Jones being on the way out in Atlanta, via trade. As well as teams ready to trade u

Isnord looks forward to pivotal senior season

WILKENSON Isnord continues to increase his collegiate basketball recruitment stock headed into his pivotal high school senior season.Isnord continues to field NCAA Division I offers, the latest of which came over the weekend from the University of Bu

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'The Promise' lives on at Bahamas Bridal Show

When Bahamas Bridal Show founder and executive producer Tommy Stubbs started the annual event he made a promise to help local businesses reach more clients and to encourage brides- and grooms-to-be to shop at home for their weddings and other special

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A passage from india

The Bahamas, with immediate effect, will facilitate the entry of Indian nationals who already possess Schengen, USA, UK or Canadian visas, according to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. Indian nationals who have Schengen, Canadi

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Living the life of a queen

CHRYSHAWNDA Adams, a 24-year old native of Freeport, Grand Bahama, has battled with rejection, loneliness, uncertainty and other challenges she thought were insurmountable. But after discovering who she really was and persevering, Chryshawnda came out on the other side healed, whole and willing to help other young women facing the same issues.

Minus doesn't feel election was duly constituted

Was the Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas’ election duly constituted?One of the potential candidates, Michelle Minus, doesn’t feel so. That’s one of the reasons why she wasn’t present during the annual general meeting at the Thomas A Robinson

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Cancer Society partners with local designers for 'Met Gala' ball

CANCER survivors will be clad in some of the most beautiful creations by Bahamian designers when they walk the runway during this year’s Cancer Society Ball under the theme “Met Gala: Colours of Life!”This year’s event, now in its 17th year, will pl

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'Divine Lady' nominated for six international awards

Sometimes in life you just have to start over.That’s exactly what multi-award winning Bahamian gospel singer, author and journalist Vanessa Clarke had to do to launch her new “Like the Dew” project.“This was a special mandate given to me by God to re

Police reserves

I HAVE been a member of the RBDF Reserves for the past thirty-eight years and am currently attached to the north eastern division. The reason as to why I am writing this letter is because, we the hard working Reserve Officers, have not yet received any stipend since January 2018, which would have been payment for the month of December 2017.

Water Corp chair warns: Restructuring is coming

The Water & Sewerage Corporation will likely follow other utilities in right-sizing its workforce through voluntary separations, its chairman revealing yesterday: “All options are on the table.”

'We'll lose the plot' if EU/WTO dictate taxation reforms

The Bahamas will have “lost the plot” if it allows external pressures to dictate tax reform, a top accountant yesterday warning against any “knee jerk” changes.Gowon Bowe, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) president, told Tribune

DPM tells banks: 'Do far better' on digital education

THE Deputy Prime Minister yesterday admonished the commercial banking industry to “do a much better job” in preparing Bahamians for the digital financial services age.K P Turnquest, driving home a message he delivered last week, told Tribune Business

RoyalStar profits quadruple amid premium 'hardening'

ROYALStar Assurance’s chairman has warned Bahamian insurance consumers to brace for “hardening” premium prices, following a storm-free 2017 in which its profits more than quadrupled.Sir Franklyn Wilson, writing in the property and casualty insurer’s

Bahamian firm targets 'forefront' of blockchain

A BAHAMAS-based ‘Fintech’ firm that offers consultancy services for potential Bitcoin and cryptocurrency investors has seen a “tremendous increase” in business since late 2017.Island Crypto, a Bahamian-based company focused on cryptocurrency and blo

Tourism website wins 'Best in Class' award

THE Bahamas’ official website has earned the destination the highest honour in the Interactive Media, which is the official Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) website, has won the ‘Best In Class’ award for the categor

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Minnis ‘not worried’ over acting chief justice criticism

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said he was not worried about losing political capital due to his delay in appointing a substantive chief justice, adding that his actions – or lack thereof – were totally supported by the Constitution.

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Oban promises homes for workers

IN the face of continued criticism and public push back over its proposed development, Oban Energies yesterday touted the benefits the project would bring to Grand Bahama, revealing 200 homes will be constructed “as an incentive” for Bahamian staff members. 

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We won’t be bullied by unions

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday said that neither the government, nor the wider public, would tolerate blackout threats from unions at Bahamas Power and Light as the company plans to offer voluntary separation packages to workers in a “rightsizing” exercise.

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‘Judge me on five years, not one’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he is not disappointed by a recent poll showing Bahamians are increasingly dissatisfied with his government.

EDITORIAL: FNM government has no vision, no plan says Davis

ACCORDING to PLP leader Phillip “Brave” Davis the reason for the FNM government’s slippage in the recent popularity polls is because of the “mistruths” they told voters during last year’s election campaign.

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Strachan returned as president of the Amateur Boxing Federation

AFTER about two decades away from the administration of the sport, Vincent Strachan has been returned as president of the Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas.During the annual general meeting and election of officers on Saturday at the Thomas A

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Hard questions which demand answers

University of The Bahamas Northern Campus has hosted its first Sustainable Grand Bahama conference drawing people from many walks of life including the ministry of Tourism, Environment and Bahamas National Trust, as well as private sector agencies and companies.

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Acacia Astwood signs 4-year scholarshipas a member of the Rebels athletic team

IT was a proud moment for the St Anne’s Bluewaves and the Blue Chip Throwers Club as one of their student-athletes Acacia Astwood signed her name on the dotted line of a full four-year scholarship to participate as a member of the Rebels athletic tea

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Minnis: $200m corruption losses a conservative estimate

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday he was being “conservative” with his estimation when he said The Bahamas loses $200m a year to corruption.

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INSIGHT: Who turned off the lights in Maynard’s head?

BAHAMAS Electrical Utility Managerial Union (BEUMU) president Paul Maynard unleashed a fiery rebuke of the Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) management last week when execs at the utility company said they would be downsizing, effectively making 233 people redundant over an 18-month period.

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Lucius Fox shrugs off several injury concerns

LUCIUS Fox shrugged off several injury concerns and continued his production at the plate as a leadoff man for the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the Class A Florida State League.In Friday night’s 10-3 win over the Clearwater Threshers, Fox was hit on the

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'Golden Knights' honoured in Grand Bahama during pre-celebration event

THE Golden Knights were honoured in Grand Bahama during a pre-celebration event on Sunday and will be part of a grand motorcade on Monday that will climax with the unveiling of a mural as a tribute to them for their Olympic gold win six years ago.The

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D'Aguilar praises Baha Mar for kickstarting tourism

AS Baha Mar celebrates the one year anniversary of its opening, Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said the resort has been the catalyst for the rejuvenation of the country’s tourism industry.Mr D’Aguilar was once a major critic of Baha Mar and the

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National high school soccer champions soak up spotlight

A goal on a header from Charles Allan was all that the Lyford Cay International School needed to clinch the Sam Haven senior boys’ national high school soccer championship title. It took one extra penalty shot for the Lucaya International to take the girls’ title to Grand Bahama.

Union Boss Blows A Fuse

Sixty years ago, one of the coolest government jobs in town (literally) was at the ice house in Oakes Field, a stone’s throw from The Guardian’s media house.

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Donald Thomas wins high jump at War Eagle Invitational

DONALD Thomas, fresh off his disappointing fourth place finish at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, soared to victory in the men’s high jump at the War Eagle Invitational. On a weekend that featured some of the participants and oth

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INSIGHT: Britain’s secret biological weapons tests - in The Bahamas

THE little-known fact the country was once used as a site for biological and chemical warfare testing by both American and British governments has resurfaced with local activists drawing links to the need for a functioning Freedom of Information Act.

BTC failure

I am perturbed, to say the least, by the service I have received today (4/16/2018) from BTC! I consider myself an exemplary customer as I do not complain and I give this service provider the benefit of the doubt! As a matter of fact, I had recently refused to give Aliv a chance but after today’s experience I am converted to Aliv.

Cuckoos claim 3rd straight Heineken Cup title

THE most dominant team in the Bahamas Rugby Football Union in recent years, Cuckoos Rugby Club claimed their third consecutive Heineken Bahamas Cup title.Cuckoos emerged with a 20-13 victory over Baillou in the season finale at the Winton Rugby Centr

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Prime Minister shrugs off criticism of delegation size

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was dismissive yesterday over criticism of the size of the delegation which accompanied him on trips to Peru and the United Kingdom.

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Two injured in Grand Bahama shootings

POLICE in Grand Bahama are investigating two separate shootings that left two men in hospital. The latest incident occurred shortly after 2am yesterday. A man told police he was parked in a car in the area of Tamarind Street with two other persons w

NPWBA: Operators get 45-44 win over Cheetahs

THE Bommer G Lady Operators wrapped up the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association with the best win-loss record as they nipped the Lady Cheetahs 45-44 in the match-up of the two teams at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Saturday night.On the final ni

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VIEW FROM AFAR: Liquified gas - a life saver

Finally! Electricity generated from Liquified Natural Gas is on its way to Nassau. It is already being used in Jamaica. The cost benefits have been substantial by reducing the price of electricity. Substantially larger generating capacity is currentl

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WORLD VIEW – For a change: Welcome World Bank advice

ATTENDING a World Bank meeting on April 16, I was shocked to hear a senior official of the organisation say that, in addressing fiscal deficits, Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries should not make “shock adjustments”.

04232018 EDITION

Monday, 23rd August, 2018.

POLICE ADVICE: Men are victims of abuse too

IT’S hard for some men to say “I need help”. While the majority of domestic violence victims are women, abuse of men happens far more often than you might expect. Typically, men are physically stronger than women but that doesn’t necessarily make it easier for him to escape the abuse or the relationship. Whatever your circumstances, you can overcome these challenges and escape the violence and abuse.

Fronting 'more ferocious' if no pre-WTO crackdown

The Bahamas must crack down on widespread ‘fronting’ that threatens to become more “ferocious” once this nation joins the WTO, a governance reformer has urged.Robert Myers, a principal with the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG), told Trib

Bahamas needs $200m to replace lost WTO revenue

THE Bahamas will have to replace almost $200 million or 10.5 per cent of government revenues in a “realistic scenario” for WTO accession, a consultant has revealed.Dr Derk Bienen, who helped drafted a government-funded study on the implications of be

500 hospital fees to come in July 1

THE Government plans to proceed with implementing 500 fees at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) from July 1, amid warnings that it “can’t put essential services at risk”.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business that many of these

Near-30% pt occupancy rise 'good for us, bad for Freeport'

A MAJOR Freeport hotel says its near-30 percentage point increase in annual occupancy rates is “good for us but bad for the destination”, which needs to be “made relevant again”.Magnus Alnebeck, Pelican Bay’s managing director, told Tribune Business

Fishing regulations suspended after 40% booking fall

THE Government has suspended the flats fishing regulations after their “hasty crafting and poor implementation” was blamed for up to a 40 per cent fall in bonefish lodge bookings.

Doubling fisheries exports is 'most insane concept'

AN environmental activist has branded a Cabinet minster’s call for the Bahamas to double its annual fisheries exports as “the most insane concept”, calling for him to instead focus on curbing poaching.Sam Duncombe, reEarth’s president, told Tribune B

Realtors in foreign agent crackdown

THE Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) is aiming to crackdown on foreign agents operating illegally in the Bahamas following its recent annual general meeting (AGM).The event, attended by almost 100 realtors from the near-700 member organisation,

Bahamas to send message: Banks 'cannot launder cash'

THE Central Bank wants to tell the world that the Bahamas’ international banking sector “cannot launder cash”, with virtually all institutions having ceased taking such deposits.The regulator, unveiling the results of an anti-money laundering/counter

Aliv launches in Long Island

ALIV last Friday launched mobile services on Long Island, while also unveiling its store in Deadman’s Cay.Prior to the official opening, ALIV executives, staff and community members were invited to an official cocktail launch on April 19 at Lloyd’s S

Friday, April 20

04202018 EDITION

Friday, 20th April, 2018.

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04202017 WEEKEND

Friday, 20th April, 2018.

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Prince Charles voted in to lead the Commonwealth, succeeding the Queen

LONDON, England -- The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) wrapped up days of high-level intense sessions and agreed that His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, 69, succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II as head of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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UK to reopen diplomatic post in the Bahamas

THE United Kingdom will reopen a diplomatic post in the Bahamas, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has announced.

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Magistrate's Court affected by power outage

A NUMBER of magisterial matters were adjourned and/or affected by a three-hour long power outage at the Magistrate’s Court complex on Friday, The Tribune understands.

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US Human Rights Report critical of treatment of persons in detention

THE most significant human rights issues affecting the country last year involved the treatment of persons in detention, according to the US government.

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Employee pleads guilty to stealing $61,000 from RBC

A 36-year-old Royal Bank of Canada employee was on Friday ordered to pay $13,000 in fines by the end of the day for stealing $61,000 from his employer late last year otherwise face two years in prison.

BPL unveil job cuts

BAHAMAS Power and Light Ltd plans to soon begin a “rightsizing” exercise, which could see nearly 300 of the electricity provider’s 1,050 employees sent home.

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Blackout - explosion hits island's power

MINUTES after Bahamas Power and Light’s CEO Whitney Heastie outlined steps BPL plans to scale down service disruptions in anticipation of the hot summer, New Providence was struck by an island wide power outage.

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195 bodies in morgue - why fees must go up

ONE hundred and ninety-five dead bodies are being kept at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Morgue as of Wednesday – triple the number the facility was built to maintain, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

Cuckoos to chase their 3rd straight Heineken Cup title

THE Bahamas Rugby Football Union’s season will culminate with a matchup to decide the 2018 Heineken Bahamas Cup.

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Turnquest confident after Southwestern incident

BAHAMASAIR Chairman Tommy Turnquest yesterday expressed full confidence in the airline’s safety and maintenance programme as he moved to temper concerns over the Boeing 737s in its fleet following the recent Southwestern Airlines engine explosion and emergency landing.

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Witness anonymity bill ‘either dumb or dangerous’

CALLING parliamentarians “either very dumb or very dangerous,” attorney Wayne Munroe, QC, said the Criminal Evidence (Witness Anonymity) Amendment Bill 2018 will almost certainly be struck down as unconstitutional by the courts.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: The irony in transparency as Prime Minister travels

irony noun the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. “‘Don’t go overboard with the gratitude,’ he rejoined with heavy irony.”

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BFFL’s female All Stars Team all set for Tournament of Champions invitational

THIS weekend, the Bahamas Flag Football League’s female All-Stars Team will participate in the Women’s Tournament of Champions Flag Football Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. This tournament is by invitation only and the BFFL’s Female All-Stars are one of only two international teams to be invited.

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Gambling symposium held

THE serious effects of gambling and its impact on the well-being of a person’s mental and physical health and productivity in the workplace were some of the items discussed at the recently held Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre’s Overcoming Gambling Addiction Symposium held last week.

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THE FINISH LINE: XXI Commonwealth Games ‘should have taught us some valuable lessons’

THE recent staging of the XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, should have taught us some valuable lessons.

Bid to raise acid attack sentence dismissed

THE COURT of Appeal yesterday dismissed the Crown’s legal challenge of the “unduly lenient” punishment imposed on a woman who threw acid on her lover, his wife and the couple’s son three years ago.

Eastern Road paving complete

EASTERN Road is officially paved, Works Minister Desmond Bannister confirmed to The Tribune yesterday.

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Decision is delayed in murder appeal

THE COURT of Appeal has deferred its decision on whether it will accede to a man’s legal bid to be acquitted of the 2011 murder of a former most wanted suspect.

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Coral farm project gains GBPA support

A BID to establish a commercial coral farm on Grand Bahama has garnered the support of the Grand Bahama Port Authority and the Grand Bahama Development Company with the pilot project poised to be the first in a global network boosting preservation efforts.

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Championship matchups are all set for tomorrow

WE have our final pairings to decide the 2018 Sam Haven National Soccer Championships, presented by the IL Cares Foundation.

EDITORIAL: The Trump enigma - has he found the way to handle dictators?

Less than a week ago, a coalition of the US, Britain and France was poised to launch airstrikes on Syria in response to the deployment of chemical weapons. Their joint assessment was that it was highly likely the Assad regime, with the connivance of Russia, had used these weapons against its own people and that this was part of a pattern of behaviour. Days later, targeted and effective bombing attacks took place on chemical weapons sites and facilities in order to alleviate humanitarian suffering by degrading the regime’s capability to manufacture and deploy such weapons and to deter it from doing so in the future. But there was no question of seeking to secure regime change or of involvement in Syria’s civil war.

Golden Knights to be honoured with Grand Bahama mural

The Golden Knights will be honoured in Grand Bahama during a pre-celebration event on Sunday and will be part of a grand motorcade that will climax with the unveiling of a mural as a tribute to them for their Olympic Gold win six years ago.

Oft attire!

FIRSTLY, I’m not professing to be an authority on proper attire and when, but, my Hospitality training over the last 50 years still holds firm today, and having been told on many occasions with the numerous number of seminars, courses, I have attended throughout the United States, becoming a Certified Hospitality Trainer from the American Hotel Motel Association, I believe I’m qualified to speak on proper attire. etiquette, table manners, and proper grooming, and standards that never change!

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Henfield chairs Windrush meeting

Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield chaired a caucus between the Caribbean Community and the British government on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting after Britain faced severe criticism over the treatment of the “Windrush generation” of British residents.

Nurse shifts

Re: your article the patient must come first. In The Tribune, dated April 12, 2018.

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Queen Elizabeth II may have opened her last CHOGM

Queen Elizabeth II is expected to step down as head of the Commonwealth of Nations, but not before urging leaders to secure a more sustainable and prosperous world for future generations.

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‘Twin towers’ set for Shanghai Diamond League

THE Bahamian track and field twin towers of Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Steven Gardiner are tentatively set to continue their impressive seasons at the 2018 Shanghai Diamond League next month.

Press secretary

OPM Press Secretary continues to amaze me that he makes statements which are challenged, I wish the journalists would challenge him, are inaccurate and shows that he has not read public documents such as the Heads of Agreement of OBAN Energies.

Lima gaffe

ON a recent trip to Lima Peru, the Prime Minister made comments in an international forum that both confused and astounded me.

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Leaks, infestation and broken windows in govt housing

A MOTHER living in government-assisted housing in the Kemp Road area is deeply disturbed by her living conditions.

Corporate taxation dumped in EU bill

The Government has stripped corporate taxation from its anti-blacklisting response, as a top attorney yesterday warned: “Time is not our friend.”Michael Paton, who co-heads the financial sector working group dealing with the European Union (EU) conce

Central Bank eyes digital B$ by 2021

THE Central Bank is aiming to roll-out a ‘test’ digital Bahamian currency by 2021, the Deputy Prime Minister disclosed yesterday, while slamming the banks for “forcing” electronic banking.K P Turnquest, in an address to the ComplianceAid Caribbean An

FINCO suffers 67% profits slump in Q1

ROYAL Bank of Canada’s (RBC) mortgage lending arm yesterday unveiled a 67 per cent year-over-year slump in 2018 first quarter profits as ‘bad credit’ woes continued to bite.Robert Johnston, Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FINCO) chairman, told sh

Bahamas 'above average risk' over financial crime

THE Deputy Prime Minister yesterday hit out at “historical bias” against the Caribbean as it was revealed that the Bahamas presents an ‘above average’ risk for financial crime abuse.K P Turnquest, addressing the ComplianceAid Caribbean Anti-Money Lau

BPL: Shell bid process ‘transparent and fair’

BAHAMAS Power & Light’s (BPL) top executive yesterday defended Shell’s selection as its preferred generation partner as “transparent and fair”, revealing 50 per cent of bids offered long-term solutions.

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Thursday, 19th April, 2018.

Butterfield names top Bahamas executive

BUTTERFIELD Trust (Bahamas) has named Craig Barley as its managing director, with overall responsibility for the management and development of its business in this jurisdiction.Originally from the UK, Mr Barley was most recently chief executive of La

Bahamasair to launch Bimini fights on May 3

BAHAMASAIR will launch four weekly flights between Miami and Bimini on May 3, in a bid to generate extra airlift that will expand the tourism industry.The flight will take half an hour and use a 50-seater aircraft, the ATR 42. The service will leave

IAN FERGUSON: Inspiring our men in the workplace

THE number of productive, engaged male employees in the Bahamian workforce has been declining rapidly for some years. Somehow, in the span of two generations, women have replaced men in most professional fields of endeavour. From medicine to educatio

Funeral homes: We're not Government fee 'enforcers'

FUNERAL directors yesterday expressed opposition to having to pay act as “enforcers” in collecting morgue fees, telling Tribune Business: “The Government should collect itself.”Several funeral directors, speaking with Tribune Business, said they had

BPL: Near 90 renewable applications approved

JUST under 90 small scale renewable generation (SSRG) applications have been approved to-date, Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) chief executive said yesterday.Whitney Heastie added that the utility’s options outside New Providence were “wide open”, wh

Thursday, April 19

Activist slams Shell LNG deal as ‘regressive step’

A WELL-known environmentalist yesterday said the adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the Bahamas’ main power source is a “huge regressive step”, questioning why the Government was not aggressively pursuing solar energy.

Price controls ‘out window’ with WTO

The Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president yesterday expressed hope that WTO membership will result in price controls “going out the window” to be scrapped. 

Blockchain to solve Bahamas’ ‘major workforce waste’

THE Government’s first-ever use of blockchain technology will tackle what was yesterday branded “an enormous waste of human capital”.

Bank payment charges need ‘legitimate redress’

THE Central Bank yesterday appeared to concede that fees for payment services were too high and “require legitimate redress”, a view shared by 78 per cent of Bahamians.

Insurers: Don’t leave us all ‘half pregnant’

THE Attorney General yesterday confirmed general insurers “are out” of anti-financial crime legislation, as the industry urged: “We can’t be half pregnant.”

QC: Corporate tax is ‘not inevitable’

THE Bahamas was yesterday urged to see its European Union (EU) pledges through to completion, a well-known QC arguing that corporate taxation is “not inevitable”.

Burrows takes top Radial Class honours in Junior Laser Nationals, higgins wins 4.7 class

THE 2018 Bahamas Junior Laser National Championship, hosted by the Nassau Yacht Club April 14-15, took place on Montagu Bay in heavy winds measuring 18 to 22 knots. A total of 14 boats competed with teams from Harbour Island, Grand Bahama and New Providence enjoying the challenge of sailing in a “blow”.

DPM: Business Licence fee is ‘inherently unfair’

THE Government is examining how to adjust a Business Licence fee that the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday branded “inherently unfair” to firms with high turnover and low profit margins. K Peter Turnquest, who is also minister of finance, described as “misinformation” any suggestion that the Government has committed to the European Union (EU) that it will introduce a corporate tax or income tax. 

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Chipman wants probe of fake news stories

CENTREVILLE MP Reece Chipman moved a motion in the House of Assembly yesterday to establish separate select committees to investigate fake news and whether the country is maximising its natural resources.

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Prison doctor says suspect had multiple injuries

A PRISON doctor testified in the Supreme Court on Wednesday that there were multiple injuries on one of three men accused of the double murder and armed robbery of a Deadman’s Reef couple in Grand Bahama that were possibly consistent with his allegations of police brutality.

Cleared man sues after being held in detention after not guilty verdict

A MAN recently acquitted of murdering another man on Potter’s Cay Dock a day before his birthday three years ago is suing the government for unlawfully detaining him for some five days after he was found not guilty of the crime.

Progressive forum event to be held

AN event aiming to stimulate non-partisan discussion on the subject of ‘progressivism’ is scheduled for this Saturday at the Balmoral Club on Sandford Drive.

Busy weekend at Albany with Winterbotham IC Junior Series

IN the second of the Winterbotham IC Junior Series for 10s and 12s there were record numbers participating in this young group of developing players. So it was a busy weekend at The Lleyton Hewitt Tennis Academy at Albany for the first Bahamian tennis tournament to be held there.

The smallest things have a way of changing the world

It is amazing how the smallest moment can impact a life, the briefest comment influence a decision, the momentary glance disrupt what went before it.

Franco gets official offer from the Rebels

A SECOND Bahamian basketball talent could be headed to Oxford Mississippi this fall to join one of the basketball programmes at the prestigious Southeastern conference university. Prep basketball star Franco Miller Jr received an official offer from the Rebels yesterday, and immediately became the biggest programme to offer the 6’2” guard this recruiting season.

Semi-finals set, eight teams remain after official draw

The semi-final matchups are all set following the official draw and just eight teams remain to vye for the national soccer championship in their respective divisions.

Top junior tennis players on tour

THREE of the Bahamas’ top junior tennis players continue their tour of tournaments throughout the Caribbean this spring.

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Fees to rise - including morgue fees

A VARIETY of Public Hospitals Authority fees will be likely raised in the new fiscal year, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

Inhumanity to a woman

It has come to my attention that rumours have begun to spin the past few months regarding who will become the new Controller of Road Traffic.

Show us $200m corruption

SO how did or where did the $200m corruption come from?

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Pointe: We don't need locals - yet

INVESTIGATORS from the Department of Labour have discovered a disproportionate number of foreign labourers to Bahamian workers at The Pointe development in downtown Nassau, The Tribune was told yesterday.

Greater power to protect witnesses

THE government passed the Criminal Evidence Witness Anonymity Amendment Bill yesterday to allow for witness identities in criminal proceedings to be shielded and only revealed in screening by a magistrate, magistrate panel or judge in a bid to clamp down on acts of witness tampering.

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'Miss Florida' denies drug den role

A SENIOR police officer yesterday testified how the boyfriend of internet sensation Handerea “Miss Florida” Rolle tried to flush a quantity of marijuana down a toilet the day police raided a home they were in two months ago.

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Judge bails prisoner held without charge

AFTER nearly four years in prison without charge, a 42-year-old schizophrenic man saw his habeas corpus application dismissed after he was granted a conditional release on $15,000 bail yesterday.

Man injured in drive-by shooting

A GRAND Bahama man was seriously injured following a drive-by shooting on the Mall Drive in Freeport this week.

Woman killed in crash as she loses control of car

A traffic accident in Eleuthera on Tuesday evenging has left an adult woman dead.

Wednesday, April 18

Post office move

IF it is the people’s time, the needs of the people should be considered by the FNM government. Everybody knows that it makes no sense to put the main post office on Gladstone Road. That location is too far and not convenient for Bahamians and tourists alike.

FNM must turn the tide

IN a few short weeks the FNM administration, led by the Hon Prime Minister, Hubert A Minnis (FNM-Killarney), along with other Bahamians, will be celebrating one year since that party’s return to office. They have made a few missteps and the PM has demonstrated that he is incapable of coherently and decisively articulating and initiating public policy initiatives. It is to be remembered, however, that while he, the PM that is, is regarded as a good medical doctor, his leadership style leaves much, in my view, to be desired.

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Archer accused of resisting arrest

SELF-styled activist Omar Archer Sr was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations he resisted arrest during an incident that took place in the downtown New Providence area two weekends ago.

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Lloyd: Concerns over travel are nonsense

EDUCATION Minister Jeffrey Lloyd defended the government’s travel history yesterday as Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and a delegation continue a trip at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London.

Lawyers criticise photo evidence in WSC theft case

ATTORNEYS for three Water and Sewerage Corporation employees yesterday challenged the claims that another employee’s cellphone pictures of a fire hydrant in a property off Carmichael Road were the ones used to incriminate their clients for allegedly stealing the item.

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CULTURE CLASH: We can take more than one lesson from brilliant Beyonce at Coachella

Coachella, the annual music and arts festival held in California, was renamed “Beychella” — to the sound of air horns — by DJ Khaled last weekend when Beyoncé headlined with a two-hour performance. Not only did she become the first black women to headline Coachella, but she brought the HBeyCU theme, a play on HBCUs and “Greek life”. Beychella is arguably her best, most talked about performance to date, possibly rivalled by Superbowl 50.

Govt 'will not allow' Oban plan to harm GB environment

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said a committee is looking at the $5.5 billion Oban Energies proposal for Grand Bahama, saying while the project is continuing as planned the government will not allow any environmental damage in Grand Bahama.

Anti-corruption team visits Bahamas

BEFORE writing its anti-corruption report on The Bahamas, representatives of the Organization of American States Anti-Corruption Mechanism are in The Bahamas this week assessing the government’s efforts to comply with the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption.

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Man accused of raiding five fast food restaurants

A 34-year-old man was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations he robbed five fast food restaurants of over $5,000 and attempted to rob a woman between February and April of this year.

Three accused in separate murder cases

THREE men between the ages of 26 and 32 were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with two separate murders that took place earlier this month.

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‘We’ve been thrown off message’

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold yesterday acknowledged the Minnis administration has not been communicating its agenda effectively, noting the government has been struggling to get back on message since the passage of Hurricane Irma.

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I can forgive my son’s killer

THE mother of a man who was murdered in their Blair Estates home nearly four years ago says she forgives her son’s killer.

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Teachers ‘unfair’ lodging disputes

THE filing of five trade disputes by the Bahamas Union of Teachers was a “premature” move, Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday suggesting he did not expect this action when the government had been “more than accommodating” to the BUT in prior negotiations.

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Family’s heartbreak over body ID delay

A GRAND Bahama woman cannot marry the man she loves because more than a year since she found the decomposing body of her ex-husband, she is still awaiting DNA test results that would officially confirm his death.

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New board planned to oversee contracts

PUBLIC procurement processes in the Bahamas, long derided by the US State Department as “opaque,” will be standardised through the Public Procurement Bill 2018, a draft version of which has been submitted to the Organization of American States who released the document.

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Sewer leak delays Eastern Road work

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday attributed the most recent delays in the Eastern Road roadworks to “a sewer leak from a private residence”.

Man shot after throwing rock at police car and charging with cutlass

A POLICE officer shot a man who threw a rock into his car’s windshield before charging at him with a cutlass.

Tuesday, April 17

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Tuesday, 17th April, 2018.

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Defence officer given ten days to settle theft allegations

A ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force officer was given ten working days by a magistrate yesterday to resolve allegations he took thousands of dollars from two individuals to import vehicles and/or car parts on their behalf without honouring his obligations.

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Illegal drivers spark tax plan

THE Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association wants the government to institute either a payroll or gasoline tax to fund the establishment and operation of an agency to provide compensation to victims of accidents caused by uninsured and untraced drivers.

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Bannister blasts ‘shoddy’ seawall

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister said the Minnis administration is concerned about receiving quality work from contractors, after revealing a seawall in High Rock, Grand Bahama was “improperly” built and taxpayers did not receive value for the money spent.

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Headcount carried out on Pointe workforce

IN response to growing public concern centred on the workforce make-up of The Pointe, officials have conducted a census of the compound, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes confirmed yesterday.

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49 years for Blair murderer

THE man convicted of the October 2014 home invasion and consequent shooting death of Blair Estates resident Andre Cartwright was sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison yesterday by a Supreme Court judge.

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Not one - but two close escapes from shark attacks

TWO people, one a Scottish boy, are lucky to be alive after they escaped separate shark attacks – one in waters off New Providence and the other in Bimini – this month.

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Bus pilot project depends on agreement with bank

THE launch of the pilot project for unification of the public bus system hinges on the government honouring its agreement to jointly fund the project with the Inter­-American Development Bank, Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell

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Bridal fashion 2018?All signs point to individuality

Individuality is in when it comes to bridal fashion and accessories.“Brides today want to look and feel like themselves — their most beautiful selves,” says Amy Conway, editor in chief of Martha Stewart Weddings. “That means bringing their own style

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RBDF’s annual Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair rocks Goodman’s Bay

GLENROY Williams and Roberta Fontana were the first male and female runners to cross the finish line on Saturday in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Annual Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair at Goodman’s Bay.

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Trae Sweeting honoured on Trojans’ Senior Day

AS his collegiate career nears its end, Trae Sweeting was recognised by the Mount Olive Trojans for his contributions to the baseball programme the past two seasons.

Abusive relationships: Why it's so hard for women to 'just leave'

In a widely read blog post, Jennifer Willoughby wrote this phrase after each of the many reasons she gave for enduring what she described as her abusive marriage to former White House aide Rob Porter.Willoughby’s reasons are consistent with those t

Nationals: Top junior golfers emerge

THE top junior golfers in the island nation emerged following the results of the Bahamas Golf Federation’s Junior Nationals.

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Getting fit with UB's 'blue power'

Scores of runners, walkers and skaters participated in the second annual UB Fit presented last weekend by the University of the Bahamas.The event in New Providence featured a 5k/10k fun, run/walk/bike/skate which started at university’s Oakes Field c

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Going beyond dreams

Raquel Pinder wants Bahamian women to know that any dream they have can become a reality. And she has been promoting this belief for several years now through her organisation Beauty Beyond Feelings (BBF).Created to inspire, empower and motivate wome

An easy way to develop healthy habits

Health coach Ethan Quant, of Elite Wellness Solutions, has succeeded in his weight loss journey and now wants to share his methods with the Bahamas in an effort to foster a culture of wellness and conquer the obesity epidemic.

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Hurricanes get 3-0 win over Marlins in quarter-finals

The top overall seed among the senior boys looked like the class of the division as the Samuel P Haven 2018 National Soccer Championships, presented by the IL Cares Foundation, kicked off yesterday.

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Breezes gets in on the wellness craze

Resort hosts week of healthy activities

BEGINNING next Monday, SuperClubs Breezes on Cable Beach will be transformed into a wellness retreat filled with exercise activities, culinary workshops, healthy behaviour challenges and more.In conjunction with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation na

A focus on brain health

Pilot Clubs to highlight new study on strokes

In an effort to “do more, care more, be more”, members of the Pilot Club of Nassau and the Sunshine Pilot Club will host a brain health seminar this Saturday to highlight a 20-year study on haemorrhagic strokes in the Bahamas.Haemorrhagic strokes occ

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FACE TO FACE – He just spat the words out: ‘Oh, it’s cancer’ - but I’m determined to beat it.

I am used to seeing Sharon all dressed up to the nines – hair done, clothing on point and always wearing a big smile. When her cousin contacted me to say Sharon had developed breast cancer and her attitude is so commendable she thought I should visit her for an interview, I obliged. However, I was not prepared for the Sharon I met. Her big, beautiful coif is reduced to the scalp, and although she was never big in size, she is definitely smaller. The only thing that seemed the same to me were her beautiful eyes, her voice and the big, bright smile that usually greets me.

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DTSP Wolf Pack Track club to host first annual meet April 28

THE DTSP Wolf Pack Track Club is scheduled to host its first annual track meet at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium on Saturday, April 28.

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Minister suggests biometric solution to immigration issues

TRANSPORT Minister Frankie Campbell yesterday suggested recording biometric data at birth as a viable solution to current challenges affecting the naturalisation process moving forward.Mr Campbell pointed to the initiative when asked by The Tribune

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Woman in viral video is accused of trespassing

A 37-year-old Haitian woman was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of trespassing on to another woman’s property in the early morning hours of Friday.

New way of defining Alzheimer's aims to find disease sooner

Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer’s disease — basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used today.The move is aimed at improving re

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THE PRESS BOX: Dez done in Dallas . . . no surprise to me!

THERE has been no bigger fan of Dez Bryant over the last eight years than me.

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New talk show keeps it real

Former Miss Gospel Bahamas Sylvian Rahming wants to ask the tough questions and get some real answers when her new show ‘Sofa Talk’ launches next week.“I talk about masturbation in one of the episodes, relationships of all kinds, beauty, fitness, an

Students promote road safety

A PAIR of students from 12 schools across New Providence were yesterday inducted as junior road safety officers.Transport Minister Frankie Campbell yesterday flagged the high incidence of traffic fatalities this year, expressing hope the new initiati

Bahamians shine in the minor leagues

JAZZ Chisholm has already surpassed his home run total from last season while others continue their hit streaks to highlight Bahamian players in Minor League Baseball play last weekend.

Manufacturer survival needs tariffs post-WTO

Bahamian manufacturers will struggle to survive unless the Government can maintain existing tariff protection upon joining the WTO, a well-known producer warned yesterday.Walter Wells, Caribbean Bottling’s president and chief executive, told Tribune

Tourism's battle with ex-beauty queen heats up

A FORMER Bahamian beauty queen has accused the Ministry of Tourism of failing to properly investigate her copyright violation claim, as she battles its efforts to dismiss her lawsuit.The fight over the alleged unauthorised use of Khiara Sherman’s son

Union chief slams 'travesty' of WTO meeting exclusion

THE Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) president yesterday slammed the labour movement’s non-inclusion in ongoing WTO consultations as “a travesty” and “sign of backward thinking”.Obie Ferguson, speaking as the Government kickstarted a fortnight-long seri

Gov't's 'large batch' of business ease reforms

THE Government yesterday said it plans to introduce several ‘ease of business’ improvements in the upcoming Budget, given their important link to the WTO accession. Brent Symonette, who has Cabinet responsibility for the trade and industry portfolio,

Oil explorer's licence' under consideration'

THE Government was yesterday said to giving “active consideration” to the renewal of an oil driller’s licence and the wider issue of exploration in Bahamian waters.Romauld Ferreira, minister of the environment and housing, told Tribune Business that

'Someone has to pay' $2m deportation bill

A CABINET Minister yesterday lamented the high cost of illegal Immigration, and warned that “someone has got to pay” for the near-$2 million deportation bill year-to-date.Brent Symonette, who has responsibility for Immigration, confirmed some work pe

Monday, April 16

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Monday, 16th April, 2018.

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US Pastor dies in PI horror crash

A VISITING pastor from the United States is dead following a traffic accident that occurred over the weekend near Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge. 

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Eastern Road – a botched job

Thousands of motorists have endured frustrating delays after workers botched resurfacing work on Eastern Road.

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‘Pointe - we need a site headcount’

WITH the government unable to reveal the current ratio of Bahamian to foreign workers at The Pointe development, Bahamian Contractors Association President Leonard Sands yesterday said officials must descend on the downtown Nassau project to conduct a physical count of its workers to determine whether the Heads of Agreement is being adhered to.

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No remorse $600k thief ‘should not be jailed’

A senior probation officer on Friday recommended former College of the Bahamas employee Chimeka Gibbs be given a non-custodial sentence for stealing over $600,000 from the institution over a seven-year period.

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Shanty Census underway

THE national survey of shanty town residents began yesterday in New Providence. 

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WORLD VIEW – The Commonwealth: what’s in it for the small states?

Writing in the British Guardian Newspaper on April 10, my colleague, professor Phillip Murphy, the director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London, recalled that for those who campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union, “depicting the Commonwealth as a huge potential trading opportunity for the UK was a useful fiction”.

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A silver to remember

GOLD Coast, Australia — The men’s 4 x 400 metre relay team of Ojay Ferguson, Teray Smith, Stephen Newbold and Alonzo Russell added another silver to make the Bahamas’ total medal tally of four as the athletic competition closed out in the Carrara Stadium at the XXI Commonwealth Games on Saturday night.

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INSIGHT: Time for a radical overhaul of our tax system

Bahamians continue to suffocate under the weight of hefty utilities bills, an unnecessarily high cost of living and daunting bureaucratic hurdles to making their own way in the world. The last thing they want to hear is the government intends to oppress them further with the burden of new taxes.

Blunder after blunder by the FNM govt

POPULARITY of a sitting government has always to be crucial to their well being any politician disregarding a poll which concludes what the Domain Poll did has to be seriously conscious that the public perception - public gratification - public support has diminished appreciably actually to a level where if there was an election it would be hard for the sitting political party to win.

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Davis: FNM 'mistruths' impacted poll

THE Free National Movement’s “mistruths” ahead of the 2017 general election heavily impacted Public Domain’s poll showing a slump in the Minnis administration’s popularity, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis insisted yesterday.He a

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Government 'will not sacrifice Grand Bahama environment for money'

WHILE in Grand Bahama over the weekend, Acting Prime Minister Peter Turnquest took the opportunity to again allay fears residents might have regarding the Minnis administration’s decision to approve the Oban Energies oil refinery and storage facility

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Grand Lucayan deal edges step closer

ACTING Prime Minister Peter Turnquest has indicated the government is nearer to finalising a Heads of Agreement with new partners in the relaunch of the Grand Lucayan hotel property under a new brand that will revive the island’s tourism sector. Whi

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Davis won't apologise for Central Bank, statistics comments

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis will not apologise for comments he made about the Central Bank and Department of Statistics regarding reporting standards under the Minnis administration.He released a statement on Sunday respondi

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INSIGHT: Finding a Bahamian at The Pointe is like playing ‘Where’s Waldo?’

LAST week’s revelations into the lack of native labour representation at New World One Bay St have created quite the punchline. Many concerned citizens across the nation are understandably irate and bewildered as to what the phantom Bahamian labour component is doing on The Pointe’s construction site.

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PM welcomes inclusion of small island states in tax dialogue

THE inclusion of small island states like the Bahamas in tax information exchange dialogue drew the praise of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis in Lima, Peru where he said such countries were previously disadvantaged.Addressing the Plenary Session of t

Laws on loud music

As a Bahamian I am writing to request that the laws pertaining to the playing of loud music be changed or enforced.

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Minister promises to address govt building repairs

MINISTER of Works Desmond Bannister visited several government buildings on Grand Bahama last week and promised to address urgent repairs at the post office building and the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre in Freeport.He also toured the new fire stati

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GAIN AN EDGE: Steady hands and a leap of faith

It’s not every day one hears the story of how an undergraduate Bio-Chem major – in pursuit of a career as a cardiothoracic surgeon – is not the optimal choice for the ambitious young heroine, but the story of Candilaria Thompson is just such a story. It’s a story about jumping off cliffs. It’s an adventure story.

EDITORIAL: The Trump-Comey show has just begun

JAMES Comey is in the headlines again. It is likely that he will stay there longer than most news stories out of Washington and New York these days.

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Giants, High Flyers take title

THE New Providence Basketball Association concluded its 2017-18 season with champions crowned in both divisions over the weekend.

Collie 11th overall in triple jump

GOLD Coast, Australia — After taking a chance taking off on his left jumping foot in the preliminaries two days before, Latario Collie went back to the right foot in the final and although he improved on his performance, he finished 11th in the men’s triple on Saturday’s final day of competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

Thoughts on the new National Breadbasket

THE only constant thing in life is change, and the time for changes to our approach for improving our nation’s nutrition status is now!

Shell HQ relocation gives Gov't big boost

Shell’s plans to relocate its regional headquarters to the Bahamas were yesterday described by a Cabinet Minister as a sign of increased confidence in this nation’s economy and government.Desmond Bannister, minister of works, confirmed to Tribune Bus

Gov't to 'replicate' NP landfill solution across Bahamas

THE Government plans to “replicate” the New Providence landfill solution across the Bahamas, with a Cabinet Minister urging: “We must stop this ‘dumping in the bush’ culture.”Romauld Ferreira, minister of the environment, told Tribune Business that f

Credit Bureau data gather to begin 'year from today'

THE Central Bank’s governor expects the Bahamas’ first-ever Credit Bureau will begin the data collection process “a year from today”, saying: “This really will be a step up for the country.”John Rolle, speaking as the Central Bank launched the formal

Insurer's 'big relief' at no business ease reversal

A TOP insurance executive has hailed the decision not to impose additional regulatory requirements that were “in the opposite direction” to improving the ‘ease of doing business’Patrick Ward, Bahamas First’s chief executive and president, told Tribun

Miller: 'Where are LNG critics now?'

A FORMER Cabinet minister says it is “crying shame” that the Bahamas “missed the boat” on liquefied natural gas (LNG) 15 years ago, questioning: “Where are the critics now?”Leslie Miller, who strongly advocated for LNG during his tenure as minister o

Ben Carson will not be attending event

IN the April 12 issue of The Tribune, it was reported that US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson was slated to be the international keynote speaker at the 2018 CEO Network Global Empowerment Conference. That information came from

Bahamian app developer targets next month launch

A TECHNOLOGY solutions provider is preparing to launch a Bahamian-targeted home services application (app) next month, as it bids to “infuse technology” into several local industries.Steven Adderley, a Bahamian tech developer residing in Seattle, tol

PM reaffirms Gov't's private sector support

THE Prime Minister has affirmed to an international audience that the Government and private sector are of one accord in advancing the competitiveness of Bahamian business.Dr Hubert Minnis gave this confirmation at the third CEO Summit of the America

Maximising Bimini's potential without losing its core appeal

Island OverviewBIMINI is seven miles of luxury resorts and hotels, native flavour, marina life, and eco-filled adventures. It is the perfect place to be if you are looking to escape the long lines of traffic in New Providence, or get away from trying

Saturday, April 14

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Men’s 4x400 team win silver

GOLD Coast, Australia: As the athletic competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games came to a close on Saturday night at the Carrara Stadium, the men's 4 x 400 metre relay team of Ojay Ferguson, Teray Smith, Stephen Newbold and Alonzo Russell provided one more reason for the Bahamas to celebrate.

Friday, April 13

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Mackey loses 3-1 in Commonwealth wrestling bout

GOLD Coast, Australia: Rashji Mackey gave it a gallant effort, but he didn't have the stamina to win his men’s freestyle 86kg match against the older and more experienced Kevin Wallen from Jamaica on Saturday at the Carrara Sports Arena 1 at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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Trump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States, France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians and to deter him from doing it again, President Donald Trump announced Friday. Explosions lit up the skies over Damascus, the Syrian capital, as Trump spoke from the White House.

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PM encourages investment in the Bahamas at CEO Summit of the Americas

LIMA, Peru – Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Friday assured leading businesspersons and Heads of State from the region that the Bahamas is emerging from the global financial crisis of 2008 and encouraged them to explore investment opportunities in this island nation.

Nurses Union intends to proceed with strike vote

DESPITE filing a formal trade dispute with the Department of Labour, the Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) intends to proceed with holding a strike vote.

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Woman accused of manslaughter granted bail

THE ACTING Chief Justice has granted bail to a 40-year-old woman accused of manslaughter after allegedly setting fire to her one-year-old daughter last year.

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Govt 'attacking unhealthy lifestyles, not corned beef'

The government is not attacking corned beef, but rather unhealthy lifestyles, said Acting Prime Minister Peter K Turnquest at the opening of the 2018 Agri-Business Expo on Friday.

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Schizophrenic man jailed without charge faces wait for release decision

A 42-year-old schizophrenic man jailed for nearly four years without charge will have to wait until Wednesday to learn if he will be released from prison.

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Roadworks suspended on Eastern Road due to utility accident

The public is advised that road paving works on the Eastern Road have been suspended due to a utility accident.

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Save the Bays begs: Bin Oban

SAVE the Bays Chairman Joseph Darville has made another impassioned plea to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for a clean break with the $5.5 billion Oban Energies project, this week insisting Grand Bahama had suffered enough from “unchecked industrial pollution.”

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Mitchell: ‘People are fed up with their hypocrisy’

THE Progressive Liberal Party is not surprised by Public Domain’s poll highlighting the growing dissatisfaction Bahamians have in the Minnis administration since the 2017 general election, party Chairman Senator Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

Nurses press on and file dispute

THE Bahamas Nurses Union has filed a formal trade dispute with the Department of Labour, its Director Robert Farquharson confirmed yesterday, adding he was “confident” all grievances on the table would be amicably resolved.

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Carnival: The show goes on – May 4

BAHAMAS Carnival will press on for its fourth year on May 4 with a meagre marketing campaign that has left some group leaders discontent.

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Ministers vow poll won’t alter agenda

ACTING Prime Minister Peter Turnquest admitted yesterday the government’s communications with the public have sometimes missed the mark and said it plans to ramp up its public relations efforts soon.

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A Comic's View: Numbers Don't Lie

THIS week, The Tribune published an article detailing how the current Minnis administration’s popularity was waning in support.According to the article, based on a survey conducted by the polling company Public Domain, fewer than 50 percent of Bahami

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Veteran Wrestler Mackey’s ‘speed and technique’ will be on display

GOLD Coast, Australia — Rashji Mackey said having sat and watched Sean Wrinkle compete on the first day of competition in wrestling at the Carrara Sports Arena 1, he’s looking forward to stepping on the mat and performing on the final day of competition in the XXI Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

Breezes High Flyers one game from championship

THE Division II defending champions are a game away from repeating as champions while the Division I series went in the opposite direction and is a game away from being all tied up.

Will the Bahamas remain attractive to the investor?

WHEN a Businessman talks about he is not scared about income Tax or Corporate Taxes as sure as the sun rose in the east he knows he ain’t going to pay its as All taxes are passed onto the Consumer just like Vat was.


The contention that people are likely to be better informed if they have access to more news is at first sight self-evident.

Help is on the way for teen parents

New programme seeks to alleviate hardships

Becoming pregnant at the age of 16 resulted in years of hardship for Felicia Campbell, who was forced to juggle motherhood and her education while working two jobs.To make life a bit easier for teenagers who find themselves in a similar situation, sh

Dialogue on faith leaders' role in ending AIDS continues

Caribbean faith leaders are fast-tracking talks to collaborate in the removal of the stigma and discrimination regarding people living with HIV/AIDS in the region.The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provide

Local specialist launches new plan to reduce limb amputations in diabetics

Far too many diabetics are unnecessarily losing their limbs, according to foot specialist Dr Daniel Johnson, whose team is about to launch an ambitious plan to reduce the rate of amputations by 50 per cent.Foot and Ankle International, led by Dr John

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Soccer Championships kick off on April 17

Soccer will be the next sport on the academic calendar to contest it’s national championship when the top teams throughout the country take to the pitch.

Bahamian players make impact in minor league

BAHAMIAN baseball players have had an early impact on their minor league clubs as we near the end of week two in the Minor League season.

Golf programme looks for 'diamonds in the rough'

THE Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy continues its mission of looking to implement golf in public primary schools and expose more student-athletes to the sport.

Freeport Rugby Club set for Baillou clash

Just one game stands in the way of a spot in the Heineken Cup finals for Freeport Rugby Club. But before the final showdown, Freeport must take care of business this Saturday the 14th against Nassau’s Baillou squad that has proven to be a tough competitor all season.

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China reassures Caribbean amid trade tensions with US

AS trade tensions between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America escalate, officials in Beijing this week recommitted the country to all of its ongoing projects and agreements in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Han J

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Fourth annual Woodturner's Exhibition showcases latest work

The fourth annual Woodturner’s Exhibition opens this Sunday with the latest work by veterans and newcomers to the craft.Under the theme “Turning To Art”, Doongalik Studios on Village Road will host the official opening from 3pm to 6pm. The exhibit wi

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Method of determining country's deficit 'consistent with previous administrations'

CENTRAL Bank governor John Rolle says the government’s method for determining the country’s deficit has remained consistent from administration to administration even as he avoided being caught in the fray between the Minnis administration and the Pr

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Dolphin Encounters 'thrilled' with certification by Humane Conservation programme

AMERICAN Humane, the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being, announced that Dolphin Encounters at Blue Lagoon Island is the first facility in the Bahamas to achieve certification by the American Humane Conservation programme, join

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NHI reform 'not a solution for all healthcare ills'

Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands warned yesterday reform of the National Health Insurance programme is not a solution for all the Bahamas’ healthcare ills.Dr Sands was in Grand Bahama for the official launch at the Rand Memorial Hospital of a ctivit

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No answer yet on forensic audit cost for taxpayers

THE Minnis administration is still not ready to say how much taxpayers paid for forensic audits into government corporations.Asked yesterday, Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said Bahamians will learn how much audits into

Experts take aim at cervical and other female cancers

With a new case of cervical cancer being diagnosed almost every week in the Bahamas, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis applauded the organisers of a recent health symposium who seek to battle this deadly disease.Regional and international health exper

121 reported cases of child abuse, neglect and abandonment this year

THERE were 121 reported cases of child abuse, neglect and abandonment for the first three months of the year, according to officials from the Ministry of Social Services.Of this figure, 40 per cent represented cases of abandonment, 27 per cent were s

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Guyanese man is arrested at airport for drug smuggling

A GUYANESE man was arrested by officials at the Lynden Pindling International Airport Wednesday for drug smuggling.According to police, the 29-year-old resident of Suriname arrived in the country from Jamaica shortly after 4pm when he was taken into

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Alleged suicide investigated

POLICE are investigating the alleged suicide of a 51-year-old woman who was found with a plastic bag over her head late Wednesday night.In a press release yesterday, police said shortly after 11pm they were called to a residence in western New Provid

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Man seeks to appeal 50 year sentence for double murder

A MAN sentenced to 50 years in prison for the double murder of an elderly woman and her grandson during the course of a burglary over 15 years ago is seeking to contest his sentence.Basil Gordon appeared before the appellate court yesterday in antici

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Airport Authority to challenge plane theft negligence decision

THE Airport Authority has been granted leave to pursue its legal challenge of the Court of Appeal’s previous decision that it was negligent over the 2007 theft of a Western Air plane.Appellate Justices Stella Crane-Scott, Milton Evans (acting), and A

Pensioners club donates to senior citizens home

BARCLAYS Bank Pensioners’ Club in Grand Bahama presented some cleaning and adult personal care items to the Grand Bahama Home for the Aged on Wednesday.Club President Alice Ferguson, along with chaplain Dorcas Sawyer and welfare officer Sylvia Seymou

Island Roots Heritage Festival fast approaching

ON May 4, Bahamians and visitors will descend upon Green Turtle Cay’s Settlement Point for the three-day Island Roots Heritage Festival. Founded in 1977, this Cacique award-winning event celebrates Bahamian history, culture and cuisine, as well as th

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Table tennis: Adrian Rollins pleased with his performance

GOLD Coast, Australia — After meeting and playing against some of the best players in the world, Adrian Rollins said he can go home quite content with his trip here to represent the Bahamas in table tennis at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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Bianca ‘BB’ Stuart 8th overall in long jump final

GOLD Coast, Australia — Although it wasn’t exactly what she wanted, Bianca ‘BB’ Stuart was still delighted to walk off the field at the Carrara Stadium as an eighth place finisher in the women’s long jump final at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

Concerns over Oban project

Please publish this open letter to the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and copied to the Hon. Peter Turnquest, Finance Minister.

Land Registry in 20 years to 'get straight'

Realtors yesterday hailed the Government’s Land Registry plan as taking the Bahamas to “first world status”, but warned: “It will take 20 years to get straight.”Leading industry players, while giving their backing to the Minnis administration’s just-

Bahamas First's 'banner year' as profits up 548%

BAHAMAS First’s chief executive yesterday hailed 2017 as “a banner year” where profits increased almost seven-fold, adding: “Everything we needed to go in our favour did.”Patrick Ward told Tribune Business that the “buildings blocks” laid by the prop

BPL urged: ‘Ramp up quickly’ to get $500m Shell saving

BAHAMAS Power & Light (BPL) was yesterday urged to “ramp up very quickly” on its generation deal with Shell, amid hopes it could result in $500 million of annual economic savings.

No word on Bahamas EU 'blacklist' escape

THE Bahamas has yet to hear whether it has escaped the European Union’s (EU) ‘blacklist’, with the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday hoping “for an indication over the next few days”.K P Turnquest had earlier this week expressed hope that the Bahamas m

Shell deal to help ‘revolutionise’ BPL

SHELL’S selection was yesterday described as another step in “revolutionising” Bahamas Power & Light (BPL), as the utility looks to close its short-term financing “within weeks”.

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Bahamas men's 4x400 team land place in final

GOLD Coast, Australia: The Bahamas team of Ojay Ferguson, Alonzo Russell, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller booked their spot in the men's 4 x 400 metre relay that will close out the athletic competition on Saturday night at the Carrara Stadium for the XXI Commonwealth Games.

IAN FERGUSON: Talking with workers is a matter of trust

COMMUNICATIONS skills are essential for a productive workplace, as they allow employees to work together cohesively and professionally. Business owners will do well to hire employees with such solid skills, and there are ways to further improve commu

Critical financial crime Bills to pass next week

THE Government yesterday said it remained focused on “shoring up” weaknesses in its anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF) regime, ahead of a June inspection.K Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister told Tribune Business that

Eleuthera outlook to feature Business Licence workshop

WITH the Minister of Public Works as principal speaker, the sixth Eluethera Business Outlook conference will feature a workshop by the Department of Inland Revenue on the new Business Licence format.The conference, to be held on Thursday, April 26, a

Thursday, April 12

Spring cleaning for the soul - One step at a time

I’m the type of person who goes all in 100 per cent of the time. In many instances this has led to me biting off more than I can chew.Have you ever had a day where you attempted to do so many things that you did not complete any task successfully? We

Long-maligned Mary Magdalene now seen as stalwart disciple A new image for a modern age; now seen as a strong, independent woman

MAGDALA, Israel — If there’s a feminist figure from the Bible for the #MeToo era, it could very well be Mary Magdalene.The major character in the life of Jesus was long maligned in the West and portrayed as a reformed former prostitute. But scholars

Frequently asked questions about Cursillo - Part I

The Cursillo movement has as its goal to share with the community the essence of Christianity and Christian values, and in this way gradually transform the community from within. This is the natural extension of the life-changing experience of the Cu

Meditation What does this mean to me?

In Exodus 12:26, the Israelites are told to be able to explain to their children what the Passover is all about when approached with the question: “What does this ceremony mean to you?”Let me put the same question to you: “What does the weekend of G

Prophetess offers hope to women in hopeless times

AFTER having five miscarriages and overcoming a number of other obstacles, Prophetess Valleria Strachan has penned a new book titled the “Principles of Life” which she believes will encourage women who are looking for hope in different seasons of the

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First senior medal is ‘sureal’ for Wilson

GOLD Coast, Australia: Putting any celebrations he had intended on hold until after he received his hardware, Jamal Wilson said it's so surreal that he finally won his first senior international medal at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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Record-breaker Shaunae wins 200m gold

GOLD Coast, Australia: On a night when three Bahamians mounted the podium to receive their medals at the XXI Commonwealth Games, Shaunae Miller-Uibo received the gold from Jamaica's retired icon Usain Bolt for her record breaking performance in the women's 200 metre final.

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Jeffery Gibson wins silver in 400m hurdles

GOLD Coast, Australia: National men's 400 metre hurdles record holder Jeffery Gibson added a little bit of history for himself at the XXI Commonwealth Games. He became the first Bahamian male athlete on the track and just the second to repeat as a medalist in the same event at the four-yearly games.

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MORE than 200 officers across three law enforcement agencies conducted an overnight prison raid and recovered more than a dozen cell phones, deadly shanks and suspected marijuana.

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BAHAMAS Christian Council President Delton Fernander is concerned about the human impact of the proposed Oban Energies project on Grand Bahama and the government’s plans to tear down sub standard shanty town houses, he told the Tribune yesterday.

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Dozens of Straw Market vendors demonstrated in Rawson Square yesterday, incensed over recent closures of hundreds of stalls for rent arrears they feel are symptomatic of predatory and oppressive regulatory oversight.

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Shock slump in Minnis’ support

THE Minnis administration’s popularity is waning, with fewer than 50 per cent of Bahamians generally satisfied with its performance, according to a new poll from marketing and research firm Public Domain. 

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Crown seeks death penalty in Exuma Shooting death case

THE CROWN is seeking the death penalty for one of two men convicted of the shooting death of a man in his Family Island home during the process of an armed robbery four years ago.Prosecutor Al-Leecia Delancy submitted to Justice Carolita Bethel yeste

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Wrestler Wrinkle suffers 5-0 loss in Commonwealth debut

GOLD Coast, Australia — Sean Wrinkle, 21, making his debut at the XXI Commonwealth Games, suffered a 5-0 decision to Australia’s Connor Evans in the men’s freestyle 74 kilogram.

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Anthony Burrows Jr wins triple-crown

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s Easter Junior National Classic was a blazing success. Congratulations to the winners, runners-up and a special thank you to all those players who participated. Special recognition is extended to Anthony Burrows Jr, who was our triple-crown winner for the tournament.


GOLD Coast, Australia — Team manager Ralph McKinney said everything is looking good for the athletic team.

No Pointe labour ratio survey?

Did the director of the Department of Labour really admit a survey hasn’t been carried out on The Pointe’s Bahamian/Chinese labour ratio since pre-May 2017?

Dare we hope for better?

Re: Friday 6 April 2018 Editorial page.

Not what the tourist brochures promised

I attempted to drop some Canadian friends off at the eastern access point to Cabbage Beach on the weekend.

Forget the potential environmental issues with the Oban deal

The Bahamas National Trust has come out strongly against the Oban Energies deal the Government has signed citing potential environmental damage to the nearby National Parks.

Why should politicians be invited to speak?

CHURCH of God Convention - appearance for Prime Minister in the pulpit - I have to ask as I have when Sir Lynden and certainly Perry Christie accepted the invite of this church to address their convention - why should politicians be invited to speak?

EDITORIAL: The patient must come first

WHERE to begin? That is the question. The only answer to the under financed, under staffed, poorly equipped Princess Margaret Hospital would be to demolish it — right down to its foundations and start all over again.


THE public is advised that the Ministry of Public Works will be conducting road repairs on Culbert’s Hill beginning today between the hours of 9am - 3pm.

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Govt to prepare white paper on land reform

THE government has decided to move with “expedition” on the preparation of a formal white paper on the urgent need for land reform in the Bahamas to address issues that have been “thorny” when it comes to the provision of issues like good titles amon

Ben Carson to keynote CEO conference at the Melia

BEN Carson, the United States’ secretary of housing and urban development, will be the international keynote speaker at the 2018 CEO Network Global Empowerment Conference to be held April 25-28 at the Melia Resort Ballroom, Cable Beach.The theme of

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Turnquest: Davis making 'unfounded' allegations

DEPUTY Prime Minister Peter Turnquest yesterday accused Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis of calling into question the integrity and reputations of key institutions in the country by making what he called “unfounded” and “unfortu

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Davis: Public Accounts Committee will investigate '$1bn spent by government'

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis announced yesterday the Public Accounts Committee will investigate the fact that the government has reportedly spent more than $1 billion in the first six months of the 2017-2018 fiscal year and is also summonin

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Lawyer insists client did not kill or rob Deadman’s Cay couple

In a lengthy opening address in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, a lawyer for one of three men accused of double murder insisted his client did not kill or rob the Deadman’s Reef couple found brutally murdered at their Grand Bahama residence in September 2015.

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10 Haitian migrants apprehended after vessel lands on Eleuthera

TEN Haitian migrants were apprehended during a joint effort with the United States Operations Turks and Caicos, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, police and immigration officers after their vessel landed on Eleuthera yesterday morning.After RBDF and O

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Walkabout not workout uncovers lost glories

On Tuesday, my personal trainer, a man named Robert Hamilton, and I were walking. It’s what we do when I am too lazy to work out after a gruelling 12-hour day when I could think of at least a dozen things more preferable to push-ups and crunches.

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Shane Gibson's constitutional relief application hearing delayed

THE hearing into former Cabinet minister Shane Gibson’s application for constitutional relief was adjourned by more than a month yesterday due to the “medical indisposition” of a key applicant in the matter.Yesterday was marked for the continuation o

‘Caribbean’s lowest’ from BPL Shell deal

A Cabinet Minister yesterday pledged the Bahamas will have “the most competitive energy prices in the region” through selecting Shell as Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) generation partner.

Arawak Port to 'ramp up' LNG bunkering plan

THE Nassau Container Port’s (NCP) operator and its partners yesterday pledged to “ramp up” their Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering project, arguing: “The Bahamas must win the race.”Michael Maura, chief executive for BISX-listed Arawak Port Develo

BAIC wage bill 142% of income

BAIC’s wage bill increased by more than $600,000 over a two-year period to the point where it was equivalent to 141.5 per cent of the Corporation’s total operating revenue.

CIBC 'disagrees' with fines by the Bahamas

CIBC FIrstCaribbean has expressed its displeasure at fines imposed by Bahamian regulators in documents for its planned $240 million initial public offering (IPO) in New York.The bank, in a section of the IPO document detailing regulatory risks, said

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Latario Collie reaches triple jump final

GOLD Coast, Australia: Latario Collie became the fifth Bahamian to make a final in the athletic competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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A man is dead following a shooting incident on Acklins Street yesterday morning. This marks the third murder in three days in the capital.

Seafood restaurant is Baha Mar's 24th

THE 3 Tides Fish House at the Grand Hyatt in Baha Mar attracted more than 100 guests to its grand opening on April 5.The 220-seat restaurant is the 24th to open at the $4.2 billion project. Brent Martin, executive chef at the Grand Hyatt, said: “I th

Gov't warned against land reform overreach

ARAWAK Homes president yesterday warned the Government not to ‘bite off more than it can chew’ while supporting its renewed drive for land reform.Franon Wilson told Tribune Business that “no company understands the need for land reform more than us”,

Bar's real estate chief backs land reform '100%'

THE Minnis administration’s recognition of the “urgent” need for land reform received “100 per cent support” yesterday from the head of the Bar Association’s real estate committee.Adrian White, head of the Bahamas Bar Association’s real estate commit

Aliv's top promoter departs company

ALIV yesterday announced its chief promoter has stepped down to be replaced by Bahamian talent as its leadership structure further evolves.Johnny Ingle, who has led the mobile start-up’s marketing efforts in his role as chief Aliv champion from incep

Wednesday, April 11

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Medal joy for the Bahamas as Wilson wins high jump silver

GOLD Coast, Australia: Jamal 'Marly' Wilson, winning his first international medal as a senior athlete, clinched the silver in the men's high jump final – the Bahamas' first at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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Shaunae wins semi to reach 200m final

GOLD Coast, Australia: Although she stumbled out of the blocks, national record holder Shaunae Miller-Uibo held off the late charge from Jamaica's Olympic champion Elaine Thompson to breeze into the final of the women's 200 metres.

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Bianca Stuart jumps into final

GOLD Coast, Australia: All it took was one jump for Bianca 'BB' Stuart to soar her way into the final of the women's long jump at the XXI Commonwealth Games on Wednesday at the Carrara Stadium.

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Missing file ‘won’t delay Oban project’

THE progress of the $5.5 billion Oban Energies project has not been halted by the disappearance of a file from the Bahamas Environment Science Technology Commission, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

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Dorsett extortion charges dropped

THE Crown has decided to drop the four counts of extortion and one count of misconduct in public office against former Environment and Housing Minister Kenred Dorsett, The Tribune can confirm.

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Foreign numbers at Pointe? No idea

LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes said yesterday his department does not have any evidence China Construction America (CCA) has broken the agreed workforce ratio outlined in the Heads of Agreement with the government for The Pointe development in downtown Nassau.

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Subpar shanty houses demolished after census

ANY structure within shanty towns across the country that does not adhere to building codes will be “demolished”, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said yesterday as he announced a new date for the start of the government’s census of residents living in these illegal residential areas.

No longer an impartial observer

As a cultural commentator, playwright James Catalyn produced a summer madness series aptly named “Laughin’ at we sef”. This was the essence of satire and what tickled our funny bones the most were the parts of the narrative that were not fiction but were actually culled from the news headlines of the day.

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Young banker found dead in her home

A young banker was found dead in her residence Monday morning. According to social media reports, the woman’s name was Raquel Farquharson.The police are treating this case as a “sudden death,” Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash told The Tribune yester

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CULTURE CLASH: We play follow the leader and God forbid anyone who doesn’t play by the rules

When we talk about leadership, we usually point to government as an example. The Prime Minister is seen as the ultimate leader. There is no one with more control. No one with greater power. No one with more responsibility. No one in a more important position. No one more unquestionable or beyond reproach. No one more silencing, domineering or undoubtedly correct. The prime minister is synonymous with leadership.

Nurses union 'still processing' whether to take strike action

THE Bahamas Nurses Union is still “processing” whether to take strike action, BNU President Amancha Williams told The Tribune yesterday.However, there have been no other updates regarding the dispute between the BNU and the Public Hospitals Authority

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Minister of Health set to attend World Health Month activities in Freeport

IN observance of World Health Month, a number of activities have been planned in Freeport to sensitise the public about health initiatives and challenges with global implications.The Grand Bahama Health Services World Health Committee has announced t

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US Embassy issues alert after Cable Beach armed robbery

THE American Embassy in Nassau yesterday issued a security alert advising its citizens of an armed robbery at a Cable Beach restaurant on Sunday.The embassy warned American citizens to be aware of their surroundings, and review personal security plan

EDITORIAL: If you’re testing the water Prime Minister, jump straight in

If Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest and Attorney General Sen. Carl Bethel are testing the waters by suggesting an escape route out of the Oban deal Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis should jump in with both feet and get on with it before the plan that has sparked national outcry drowns an administration already struggling to stay afloat.

16th Darell Sears Showcase set for April 27-29 in Freeport

THE high school basketball season may be over, but aspiring student athletes still look to take advantage of the many recruitment opportunities like the Darell Sears Showcase.The showcase continues to be a staple on the Bahamas’ basketball calendar a


GOLD Coast, Australia — Adrian Rollins lost his match 4-0 to Rohan Sirisena of Sri Lanka in the men’s singles group 15 game one of the table tennis competition at the Oxenford Studios on Tuesday.The match lasted 14 minutes.Rollins, the oldest member

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Govt will have until December to make changes if removed from 'blacklist'

IF THE Bahamas is successful in being removed from the European Union’s ‘blacklist,’ the government will have until December to make changes in the financial services sector to steer clear of being yet again deemed a non-compliant jurisdiction, a sen

Giants and High Flyers take 2-0 leads in NPBA Finals

A DEFENSIVE struggle and a lopsided win highlighted NPBA finals action Monday night as both top seeds took 2-0 leads in their respective series. Division ICommonwealth Bank Giants - 76Rockets - 68D’Shon Taylor powered the Giants game two win with 25

Right Bahamas 'would challenge proposed Immigration Act changes'

NEWLY appointed Rights Bahamas President Stephanie St Fleur yesterday vowed the organisation would immediately bring legal challenge to proposed changes to the Immigration Act clearing the path for mass deportations without court orders.Ms St Fleur q

Swimmer Fernander 'is fine, he is having a great time'

GOLD Coast, Australia — After being quarantined for two days for treatment for Influenzavirus B, swimmer N’Nyhn Fernander has been cleared medically. Unfortunately, his confinement in the Games Village kept him from competing in his final two swims a

Tech hub goal will take years

Deficiencies ranging from energy costs to ‘business ease’ and data protection must be remedied if a Cabinet Minister is to achieve his dream of attracting 500 ‘high tech’ firms to the Bahamas.The Grand Bahama Technology Hub Steering Committee, in a c

WTO set to drag Bahamas 'from 19th to 21st century'

FULL WTO membership will “drag the Bahamas from the 19th century to the 21st”, a well-known attorney yesterday urging: “We must make it work for us.”Carey Leonard, the former Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) in-house attorney, admitted to Tribune B

Corporate tax promise not 'concrete' for EU

THE Bahamas will be unable to satisfy the European Union’s (EU) demands by merely promising to implement corporate taxation, a prominent attorney has warned.Michael Paton, who co-heads the financial services industry working group assessing the Gover

Bahamas reliance on tourism accelerating

THE Bahamas will become ever-more reliant on tourism to the point where it generates almost 60 per cent of GDP within a decade, a global industry body has forecast.The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), in its annual assessment of the sector’s

'Right pieces not easy' for the Grand Lucayan

A GOVERNMENT minister has admitted that “putting the right pieces together is not easy” as it bids to transform the Grand Lucayan and surrounding strip into a true tourist destination.Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, conceded that

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Police investigate whether latest murders were linked

POLICE are investigating whether two murders that occurred less than 12 hours apart in the same area of New Providence are connected.

French tourism boost via Bahamasair deal

An agreement between Bahamasair and French airline, Air Caraïbes, is expected to provide the French travel market with greater access to this destination, an airline executive noting: “The demand is there.”Air Caraïbes, which is the regional airline

British-Caribbean Chamber meets GBPA executives

Representatives of the British-Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) have paid a visit to Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) executives.The BCCC, which was inaugurated in 2001, has its head office in the UK and chapters in the Caribbean. It connects C

Chamber to represent at Summit of Americas

The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) will this week represent the country at the CEO Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.The third CEO Summit, set for April 12-13, will take place alongside the larger VIII Summit of th

Landfill bid evaluation set to begin this week

THE Government will start evaluating all bids for the New Providence landfill management contract this week, with winner expected to be announced in early June.Anthony Newbold, the Prime Minister’s press secretary, said during a briefing yesterday: “

Construction firms 'cement' a merger

Two Bahamian construction companies have ‘cemented’ a partnership that has seen them merge as Bahamas Redi-Mix, with a plant at New Providence’s Airport Industrial Park.The combination of Nassau Ready Mixed and NP Building Supplies, one-time competit

Tuesday, April 10

COLEBROOK: 'It was breezy and the hills were hard, but I had a good ride'

GOLD Coast, Australia: Although he was not pleased with the adjustments he had to make to his bike before the race, Anthony ‘Biggie’ Colebrook said he went out and gave it his best shot in the men’s time trials at the XXI Commonwealth Games. On Tues

04102018 EDITION

Tuesday, 10th April, 2018.

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Evans just misses out on medal in 400m freestyle final

GOLD Coast, Australia: Joanna Evans just missed getting on the podium with a fourth place in the women's 400 metre freestyle on Tuesday night at the Optus Aquatic Centre at the Commonwealth Games.

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Myers finishes ninth in triple jump final

GOLD Coast, Australia: Triple jump national record holder Tamara Myers came here with the goal of making the final eight to contest for a medal at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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URCA calls in police to shut Sports Radio

The broadcaster at the centre of Sebas Bastian’s radio licence controversy yesterday pledged to “attack” its police-enforced shut down, arguing: “The injustice needs to stop.”

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AG seeks to reinforce powers for deportation

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel revealed upcoming amendments to the country’s immigration laws which will strengthen the detention powers of the Department of Immigration and “make it clear” the minister of immigration has the right to order the deportation of “illegal aliens” without first obtaining a court order.

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China: our help is a ‘win win’

BEIJING – The intense opposition to Chinese-backed investments throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the Bahamas was yesterday dismissed by a senior official in China, who maintained that all such operations are sanctioned on the premise of being mutually beneficial to all sides.

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Euro blacklisting to end this week?

The Bahamas could be removed from the European Union’s (EU) ‘blacklist’ as early as this Thursday, with the Government hoping to at least get “an indication” of delisting progress.

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Oban Project not set in stone

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel sought to allay fears of “ordinary Bahamians” concerning due diligence involving the controversial $5.5bn Oban Energies deal, saying if the government decides the project cannot be done in an environmentally safe way, additional safeguards can be proposed.

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'Broad public consensus' for marital rape law

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday said there was broad public consensus for the drafted amendment to the Sexual Offences Act intended to criminalise marital rape, telling parliamentarians yesterday the matter was now before the government.Howeve

Reece Chipman is a loose cannon

The FNM tried to erect a wall of protection around Reece Chipman, the MP for Centreville, but it is looking pointless because he is a loose cannon who keeps lobbing cheap shots across the Prime Minister’s bow.

Rumour of a vote of no confidence in PM

A short while ago it was said that I was starting and spreading rumours about Hubert Ingraham being a part of a coup to challenge Dr. Hubert Minnis for leadership.

McPhee-McCuin officially introduced as Ole Miss head coach

Yolett McPhee-McCuin was officially introduced as the head coach of the Women’s Basketball programme at Ole Miss at a press conference in Oxford, Mississippi.“The number one goal for the program will be to be better every day, and be better tomorrow

Leashja Grant earns Female Athlete of the Year and Women's Basketball MVP

HER first season playing collegiate basketball in Canada was a dominant one and Leashja Grant was awarded for her efforts by the Lakehead Thunderwolves Athletic programme.Grant earned the Female Athlete of the Year and Women’s Basketball Most Valuabl

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Man who was fined and sent to prison has one sentence set aside

A MAN, previously sentenced to four years in prison and fined $25,000 for admitting his involvement in a $1 million drug seizure in waters off Andros four years ago, has had one of his sentences set aside by the Court of Appeal.Court of Appeal Presid

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Officer in fatal beach shooting released

A SENIOR immigration official, who was questioned by police after a man was shot and killed as he fatally stabbed another man during an altercation at Xanadu Beach on Easter Monday, has been released from police custody.The government official was re

Six more Cubans intercepted at sea

SIX more Cubans were intercepted in waters off Anguilla Cay in the Cay Sal Bank on Friday, bringing the total number of migrants captured at sea in the past two weeks to 32. This latest group was spotted at 5pm on April 7 in a rustic vessel construct

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Seymour lowers her national record in 400m hurdles

GOLD COAST, Australia — Katrina Seymour lowered her national record, but her time of 55.69 seconds was just shy of the eighth and final spot for the final of the women’s 400 metre hurdles set for Thursday night at the XXI Commonwealth Games.The 25-ye

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AG: Only two decades to consider oil production

THE prospect of oil production was thrust back into the spotlight by Attorney General Carl Bethel yesterday during his contribution to the mid-year budget debate, with him telling parliamentarians the country only had another two decades to consider

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Man injured in Ragged Island Street shooting

POLICE are investigating a shooting incident on Monday which left a man with injuries.Shortly after 1am, a man had just arrived at his residence on Ragged Island Street when he was approached by a male armed with a firearm, who shot him before runnin

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Armed robbery and double murder trial to resume

LAWYERS representing three men charged with the armed robbery and double murder of a Grand Bahama couple are expected to present their cases before the jury when the trial resumes on Wednesday in the Supreme Court.During brief court proceedings on Mo

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Breadbasket list overhaul 'welcomed'

WHILE the government’s proposed overhaul of the national breadbasket list is expected to negatively impact revenue intake for retailers, it is a move welcomed by grocers, Philip Beneby Sr, president of the Bahamas Retailers Association told The Tribu

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Rights Bahamas gets new leader as Smith steps down

LONGSTANDING Rights Bahamas President Fred Smith has stepped down from the organisation, passing the torch to labour and migrant rights activist Stephanie St Fleur.In a press statement yesterday, the organisation lauded Ms St Fleur, a veteran shop st

Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon on April 15

THE sixth annual Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon is all set to kick off at Jaws Beach on Sunday, April 15. Following impacts of the hurricane season last year, the race directors of the island nation’s premier triathlon have brought the race forward. T

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FACE TO FACE: A Miami icon born on Shirley Street

He’s been on this planet for 99 years, has all his faculties and is quite funny, witty and charming. He can hold a conversation with anyone and is so well-read he probably knows quite a bit about the subjects that intrigue most people. It’s amazing - the level of energy that exudes Garth C. Reeves Sr. It seems Father Time and the fountain of youth both blessed him, and he relishes in every moment that he’s alive.

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Gibson advances to 400m hurdles final

GOLD Coast, Australia — National record holder Jeffery Gibson said he didn’t anticipate running as slow as he did, but he’s grateful that it was good enough to get him into the final of the men’s 400 metre hurdles at the XXI Commonwealth Games.As he

EDITORIAL: Playing chicken with China is a risky game

After the American election of 2016, most observers were simply stunned. Very few national commentators actually believed a candidate so obviously flawed as Donald Trump could win the presidency. Given his campaign’s unprecedented unpreparedness for assuming office, it’s clear Trump himself was surprised by his victory. And, almost immediately after he won, red flags went up.

Wardrick Wilson to join Gators in Fall 2019

BAHAMIAN gridiron star Wardrick Wilson has been a highly sought after NCAA recruit and committed to join one of the most storied programme’s in college football. Wilson has been ranked as a three or four star recruit by several reputable publication

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THE PRESS BOX: Don't be surprised if the Dolphins draft a QB!

FOR all of you Ryan Tannehill fans out there, look away now. You aren’t going to like this week’s column. WHEELING AND DEALING The Miami Dolphins are currently sitting at the No. 11 overall position in this year’s NFL Draft, but Todd McShay of E

Private sector urged to seize WTO consultation

THE private sector was yesterday urged to make its voice heard in two weeks’ of upcoming WTO meetings, amid warnings that non-collaboration has “always proven to be a disaster”.Darron Pickstock, who heads the Chamber of Commerce’s trade and investmen

Contractors chief brands Pointe labour 'ridiculous'

The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday branded local participation at the $200 million Pointe project as “ridiculous”, and demanded proof the developer was abiding by its Heads of Agreement. Leonard Sands also told Tribune

CCA attorneys slam Sarkis's 'bailout salvo'

Attorneys for Baha Mar’s main contractor have accused Sarkis Izmirlian of trying to besmirch its reputation by claiming it received “a bailout” to complete the $4.2 billion project.China Construction America’s (CCA) attorneys, in March 22 legal argum

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Shaunae one of three Bahamians who reach 200m semis

GOLD Coast, Australia: The Bahamas will have three competitors in the semifinal of the 200 metres at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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Man dies in hospital after latest shooting

A MAN has died in hospital after a shooting on Homestead Street last night.

Tourism targets Latin American expansion

THE Ministry of Tourism has brought Latin America to the Bahamas through a recent familiarisation trip for journalists.Media personalities from Colombia, Peru and Panama visited Nassau and Paradise Island to receive a taste of Bahamian culture, as th

Major trading company eyes the Bahamas for HQ

THE Attorney General yesterday touted the success of the recently-passed Commercial Enterprises Bill, with several applications for “high-tech” projects approved already.Carl Bethel QC, addressing the mid-year Budget debate in the Senate, said: “I am

Canadian bank's work permit bid rejected

THE Director of Labour yesterday said work permit applications from a Canadian-owned commercial bank had been rejected as it “aggressively” ensures foreigners do not fill posts where there are qualified Bahamians available.Robert Farquharson said 8,5

Monday, April 9

Migrants apprehended and returned to Haiti

FIFTY Haitian migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas and returned to Haiti over the weekend. The operation was a joint effort between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the United States Coast Guard, according to a statement from the RBDF

Troubled married women urged to focus on God instead of husband

As divorce rates continue to climb and more and more women struggle with keeping their marriages alive, one organisation wants to spread a message of hope and faith.To this end, and under the theme “Take Your Eyes Off Him”, the ladies of Womanish Med

Curing obesity in the Bahamas

Health coach Ethan Quant, of Elite Wellness Solutions, has succeeded in his weight loss journey and now wants to share his methods with the Bahamas in an effort to foster a culture of wellness and conquer the obesity epidemic.Currently, the Bahamas r

Historic guild reaches out to young girls

Primary students taught to crochet and donate to the needy

Happy hearts make the world a brighter place, and with this belief, members of the Queen Mother’s Bahamas Clothing Guild are reaching out beyond the bounds of Government House and into a primary school to get young students interested in learning ne

04092018 EDITION

Monday, April 9th, 2018.

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Mathieu finishes eighth in 400 semifinal heat

GOLD Coast, Australia: Even though he was the recipient of the 24th and final spot by virtue if a disqualification, Michael Mathieu would have preferred to be preparing for the men's 4 x 400 metre rather than running in the semifinal of the men's 400m at the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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Minnis coup – ‘not a chance in hell’

FORMER Cabinet minister Tennyson Wells yesterday theorised the only credible threat to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ leadership was the country’s economic stability, not another party coup.

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Can you Pointe out the local workers?

A TRIBUNE investigation into the $200 million development of The Pointe in downtown Nassau has raised questions of a possible breach in the terms under which the project should be carried out.

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‘Fire death’ mum seeks bail

THE attorney for a 40-year-old woman accused of manslaughter after allegedly setting fire to her one-year-old daughter last year will seek to apply to the Supreme Court for bail ahead of his client’s trial.

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INSIGHT: Welcome to beautiful Cabbage Beach

LARGE piles of bottles, discarded poles, and general trash mar the entrance to Cabbage Beach near the Riu Hotel on Paradise Island.

Talks aim to settle nursing dispute

THE Bahamas Nurses Union has not yet applied to the Department of Labour for permission to hold a strike vote concerning its dispute with the Public Hospitals Authority over a shift system, Labour Director Robert Farquharson said yesterday.

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WORLD VIEW: Trade wars in no one’s interest

THE Government of the People’s Republic of China wrote to the Chairperson of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on April 4, registering a dispute with the Government of the United States of America over duties that would be applied by the US only to China’s products.

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Rufa's residency woes drag on

DESPITE his recent Court of Appeal win, Canadian homeowner Bruno Rufa’s immigration troubles have not let up, according to legal counsel.Mr Rufa and Sandra Georgio are petitioning the government for a determination on their annual home owner’s reside

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INSIGHT: When what looks like a crisis can become an opportunity

The truth about shanty towns - part 2

In the Bahamas, the irregular communities that we disdainfully refer to as shanty towns are looked upon as a regrettable nuisance, a shameful stain on our national image that must be ‘eradicated,’ as one cabinet minister recently put it.

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Davis: Peter Turnquest is 'worst' Minister of Finance

LEADER of the Official Opposition Philip “Brave” Davis has labelled Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest as the “worst” Minister of Finance, accusing the Minnis administration of borrowing more than $1 billion since assuming office but having nothin

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Police investigate armed robberies

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding two separate armed robberies that took place within hours of each other on Sunday. According to reports, around 10am yesterday a gunman entered a gaming establishment on Baillou Hill and St Vinc

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Funeral service for ‘true 21st century woman’ Theresa Moxey-Ingraham

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Friday described former Cabinet minister and parliamentarian Theresa Moxey-Ingraham as a “true 21st century woman” who was vocal in her support for equality for women in the Bahamas.

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Charlton breaks Lolo Jones’ 8-year-old school record

DEVYNNE Charlton, inspired by one of her role models of the sport in the stands watching her perform on Saturday, began her final outdoor season for the Purdue Boilermakers by breaking an eight-year-old school record that was previously held by American Lolo Jones.

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Govt 'will have to break a few eggs' for balanced budget

MINISTER of Finance Peter Turnquest said the government will have to make some “unpopular” decisions and “break a few eggs” to achieve its target of a balanced budget by 2020. However he said yesterday he did not think there is a need to increase ta

Govt making wrong decision on Post Office

I’ve spoken with a lot of Bahamians concerning the Post Office move to Gladstone Road. They say it’s foolish, does not make sense and it’s the wrong decision the government is making.

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Omar Archer Sr continues criminal libel laws challenge

OUTSPOKEN social media commentator Omar Archer Sr’s constitutional challenge against the Bahamas’ criminal libel laws continued last week with legal arguments centering on whether the state’s charge of criminal libel was a necessary and proportionate

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Defence Force rescues 13 aboard 'disabled vessel'

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has assisted in the rescue of 13 persons who were stranded at sea aboard a “disabled vessel” after it experienced mechanical problems between Friday and Saturday.The passengers—five Bahamian men and eight Canadians – l

Bastian ends up 31st in 50m free

GOLD Coast, Australia — In his second event of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Izaak Bastian had to settle for sixth place in the fifth of eight heats of the men’s 50 metre freestyle at the Optus Aquatic Centre yesterday.Bastian’s time of 24.07 seconds p

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Wilson, Thomas book spots in high jump final

GOLD COAST, Australia — Jamal Wilson and Donald Thomas booked their spots into the final of the men’s high jump with the third and 11th best qualifying performances of 2.21 metres at the Carrara Stadium yesterday morning.Leading the way in Group A, W

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INSIGHT: The God’s honest truth

One month shy of the current administration wrapping up its first year in government and thus far, there have been few surprises. Many of his critics saw Dr Minnis as ineffective in his capacity as Opposition Leader, both inside his party and the public sphere. Somehow though, he was able to scrape by, barely maintaining control of a party that was miraculously able to galvanise itself at the eleventh hour and win an election that was theirs to lose.

Saving grace will be Baha Mar

Well we have some would say endured a week plus of House of Assembly pontificating but at least we did learn a little as to what the Minnis Government has been working on since May 2017.

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Ayton named 'Karl Malone Power Forward' of the year

THE postseason accolades continue for Bahamian prep superstar DeAndre Ayton.Ayton was among several honourees at the NCAA basketball awards show hosted in Los Angeles on Friday.The Arizona freshman was named the “Karl Malone Power Forward” of the yea

94 years of helping people

This letter is prompted by things that other people, mostly my wife, show me on Facebook.

Is a Clifton polluter involved in LNG bid?

About a year ago, BEC’s deputy general manager Shevonn Cambridge and safety and environment manager Bharti Jones were quoted in the press saying BEC is “not the sole contributor” to Clifton’s oil pollution problems. According to a Tribune Business story, they were referring to the presence of nearby facilities belonging to the three major oil operations – Rubis, Sol Bahamas (Esso), and FOCOL (Shell).

EDITORIAL: Is the Bahamas committed to its own success?

IN a pre-retirement speech at the Royal Fidelity Bahamas Economic Outlook in February, Tim Rider, Royal Bank of Canada’s vice president of sales, gave Bahamians a bit of sound advice that they did not want to hear — especially coming from a white man, and a foreigner at that.

NPBA championships: Giants top the rockets 93-83, High Flyers stop Aliv bucket

THE Division I pennant winners remained undefeated and the Division II defending champions took an early lead as both series got off to favourable starts for the top seeds in the New Providence Basketball Association Championships.Division ICommonwea

'No way' Nassau Flight Services buyer foreign

The Government was yesterday “adamant” that Nassau Flight Services (NFS) will be privatised by selling it to a 100 per cent Bahamian group not previously involved “in the big deals”.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism, told Tribune Business there

WTO to 'move the needle' on business ease

THE Bahamas’ chief negotiator says joining the WTO can help solve this nation’s ‘ease of doing business’ woes, arguing: “We must move the needle on new industries.”Raymond Winder told Tribune Business that becoming a full member of the rules-based tr

Franchise operators slam 'fast food tax'

BAHAMIAN operators have slammed the idea of a ‘fast food’ tax as an “unnecessary financial burden” on Bahamian families that will do nothing to curb the obesity crisis. Terry Tsavoussis, vice-president of Aetos Holdings, which operates the Wendy’s, M

BTC approves 100 voluntary departures

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has approved just under 100 employee voluntary separation packages (VSEP), with a union chief suggesting it is due for a post-2011 privatisation ‘report card’. Bernard Evans, the Bahamas Communications and

BTC breaches 'no trivial' issue

REGULATORS have fined the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) almost $31,000 for violating pricing and consumer protection rules, rejecting its claim that the breaches were “trivial”.The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), in

Aliv near 'end game' over network roll-out

ALIV says it is “close to the end game” on its network roll-out, its top executive expressing confidence the full build-out will be completed within the two-year target.Damian Blackburn told Tribune Business that 93.5 per cent of the mobile provider’

Bahamas First holds governance seminar

BAHAMAS First Holdings (BFH) recently hosted a training seminar for company directors on sound corporate governance principles, as part of its ‘knowledge transfer’ programme.The event was facilitated by the Institute of Directors (IOD), a UK-based tr

Sunday, April 8

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Commonwealth Games: Fraser, Robinson and Mathieu advance

GOLD Coast, Australia: Day one of the athletic competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games saw sprinters Warren Fraser and V'Alonee Robinson make it to the semifinal of the men and women 100 metres, while Michael Mathieu just barely go into the semifinal of the men's 400 metres.

Saturday, April 7

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Commonwealth Swimming: Fernander withdraws due to illness

GOLD Coast, Australia: N'Nyhn Fernander has had to withdraw from the rest of the competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games due to illness.

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Gardiner breaks 200m national record in Miami

GOLD Coast, Australia: He's not here as a member of Team Bahamas for the XXI Commonwealth Games, but Steven Gardiner made his own headlines in Miami, Florida on Saturday.

Friday, April 6

Pope washes the feet of inmates, reveals he has cataracts

Pope Francis urged inmates at a Rome prison last Thursday to never let their hopes be clouded like cataracts cloud the eyes — and revealed that he suffers from the condition and has to have surgery for it next year.Francis, 81, disclosed the news as

Pope urges believers not to remain silent- Baptises Nigerian migrant-hero during Easter Vigil -

Pope Francis last Saturday urged Catholics to not remain paralysed in the face of the injustices around them as he baptised eight adults, including a Nigerian beggar who became a hero in Italy for having disarmed a thief with his bare hands.In an Eas

Resurrection Sunday in Exuma

Rev Stephen Smith, along with his wife Krivoy Smith and the Ebenezer Family in Farmer’s Hill, Exuma, came together to commemorate and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ last Easter weekend.He told the congregation that the resurrection of Jes

Pastors expect the divine at upcoming prayer breakfast

UNDER the theme “Divine Acceleration”, members of True Vine Prayer and Deliverance Ministries will host their eighth annual prophetic prayer breakfast next Saturday.The event, set to take place at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre, East Street,

The long and rich history of Adelaide's St James Anglican Church

The anti-slavery legislation passed by the British Parliament on March 23, 1807 prohibited an vessel engaging in slave traffic from being cleared from any port which was located in British Territory after March 1, 1808. Thereafter, slave ships were b

Meditation - Making it all worthwhile

There are many people who are lonely, hurting, angry and afraid. They have little hope, peace or joy. Are you one of them? None of us is exempt from trials and tribulation the Bible tells us, and yet it is a hard thing to suffer justly and even more

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Woman charged with causing death of baby girl

A 40-year-old woman who was recently released from the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre was charged in a magistrate’s court on Friday with causing the death of a baby girl early last year.

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Lilly Higgs fifth in heat of 200m breaststroke

GOLD Coast, Australia: Fresh from her long journey from the Carifta Swimming Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, Lilly Higgs made her splash in the Optus Aquatic Centre on Saturday morning as she competed in the heats of the women's 200 metre breaststroke.

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04062018 WEEKEND

Friday, April 6th, 2018.

04062018 EDITION

Friday, 6th April, 2018.

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Dames 'disgusted' by 'inmate' videos

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday expressed disgust over viral video recordings purported to have been taken of inmates at the Bahamas Department of Corrections.

$5m Solar Energy Park planned for Grand Bahama

A NEW $5-million Solar Energy Park capable of generating 4.5 million kilowatt hours annually of clean, renewable energy is expected to be built in Grand Bahama in the Spring of next year.

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Dominican man charged over fraudulent Bahamian visa

A Dominican accused of possessing a fraudulent Bahamian document was charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court this week.

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Man and woman charged in connection with $80,000 drug seizure

A MAN and a woman were charged in a Magistrate’s Court on Friday in connection with the seizure of almost $80,000 worth of marijuana from a home in western New Providence earlier this week.

13 Cubans found in Bahamian waters

ANOTHER 13 Cuban migrants were interdicted this week at sea near Anguilla Cay and brought to Grand Bahama by the US Coast Guard.

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Pair held after marijuana plants found in Coral Harbour home

A MAN and woman were taken into police custody after 173 marijuana plants and several packages of suspected marijuana were found at a home they were in at Coral Harbour.

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Above average hurricane season predicted

AS WEATHER experts expect a slightly above average 2018 hurricane season, Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean urged residents to take advantage of this dry season to make preparations in anticipation of any possible dangerous and destructive storms that could affect the county.

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High Jumper Jamal Wilson prepares for second Commonwealth appearance

GOLD Coast, Australia: Having won medals at the Carifta Games and the Central American and Caribbean Games, high jumper Jamal 'Marly' Wilson is getting set to make his second appearance at the Commonwealth Games.

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Newbold inspired by warm reception in Australia

GOLD Coast, Australia: Grateful for all of the obstacles that he's had to endure during his young career, Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold would not give up the opportunity to continue running track and field for anything in this world.

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Team Bahamas 'buzzing with excitement'

GOLD Coast, Australia: With both the boxing and triathlon over at the XXI Commonwealth Games, Chef de Mission Roy Colebrooke said there's still a whole lot of excitement to look forward to from Team Bahamas over the next week and a half.

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Brave hits out at ‘hypocritical’ PM

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ joke about going home to prepare stew fish when he was faced with questions on appointing a substantive chief justice drew criticism from Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis who called it hypocritical yesterday.

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Politicians remember Theresa Moxey-Ingraham

THERESA Moxey-Ingraham was remembered yesterday as a politician who did not allow political affiliation to influence her work and advocacy for Bahamians.

Man convicted of aiding killer tells court he is innocent

A MAN sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for aiding the person responsible for killing the teenage son of convicted drug traffickers Dwight and Keva Major yesterday said he feels like “giving up” for being imprisoned for a crime he insist he had no involvement in.

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Dwight Major charged with another man over $280k of marijuana

Dwight Major and another man were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with being found with over $280,000 worth of marijuana earlier this week with plans to distribute the drugs to others.

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Johnson apologises as PM stays silent

AFTER facing calls for him to resign or be fired for his public criticism over Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ delay in appointing a substantive chief justice, State Legal Affairs Minister Elsworth Johnson apologised for making the comments, telling reporters it was the “wrong” forum to have done so.

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Turnquest defends Oban deal

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest yesterday urged Bahamians not to be fooled by the “noise” surrounding the proposed $5.5 billion Oban Energies oil refinery and storage facility, stressing the government would not allow any project that is not environmentally sound.

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Pit Bull suspects released

POLICE have released the owner of the pit bull at the centre of a viral dog killing incident due to insufficient evidence.

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Police ‘fined’ $120k for refusing to return car

THE government has been ordered to pay a man more than $120,000 in damages because police failed to release his car from custody after charges against him were dropped.

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Prices overhaul in diet offensive

IN a bid to strengthen the fight against non-communicable diseases, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands revealed last night the adjustments that will likely be made to the price-controlled breadbasket list in the next fiscal year.

McPhee-McCuin 'humbled' as Ole Miss Head coach

YOLETT McPhee-McCuin continues to achieve new milestones and make history for Bahamian basketball.Ross Bjork, Ole Miss Rebels vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, officially announced McPhee-McCuin’s addition as the head coach of the women’

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Roach 33rd overall in historic triathlon feat

GOLD COAST, Australia — Cameron Roach will take a lot away from his historic debut here in the men’s triathlon at the XXI Commonwealth Games.As the first Bahamian to compete in the swim, bike and run combined event, Roach was 33rd overall out of a fi

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Why is the PM taking so long to appoint a Chief Justice?

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has remained eerily silent, regarding his failure to appoint a Chief Justice. Despite public criticism, from the citizenry and even members of his own Cabinet, Minnis has failed to install an official Chief Justice, i

Government must say no to LNG at Clifton

I read this week that the government is considering plans to locate a Liquefied Natural Gas facility in New Providence to aid in power generation. This is a great idea. LNG is far safer, cleaner and less expensive than the outdated and wasteful system we have been using for generations.

Animal cruelty


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BIA donates to Hands for Hunger

MEMBERS of the Bahamas Insurance Association recently hosted a food drive during the month of February, which was Insurance Month.The proceeds of the drive were donated to Hands for Hunger, the leading food collection agency in the Bahamas. Emmanuel

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Swimmers close out CARIFTA with Open Water 5K

THE Bahamas closed out its history-making appearance at the 2018 CARIFTA Aquatic Championships with its final event in Kingston, Jamaica.The Open Water 5K Swim was the final segment of the event and six Bahamian swimmers took to the course at James B

PM must act quickly to revisit the Oban deal

It is incredulous that the Cabinet would sign on to a deal for the eye-popping sum of $5.5 billion (with a B) representing 50% of GDP, and then think that it was going to go down with a drum-roll and a ticker-tape parade. At first whiff, Oban doesn’t pass the smell test.

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Jamaican officials slam treatment at Carifta

JAMAICAN officials have blasted the Bahamas’ hosting of the Carifta Games, claiming their team was treated unprofessionally.This was reported Wednesday by Television Jamaica, a media company in that country.Specific allegations were not mentioned, bu

EDITORIAL: FNM needs to raise its game as anniversary approaches

THIS time last year in the run-up to the General Election in May the Progressive Liberal Party government was being roundly criticised for its corruption, scandals, dishonesty and basic ineptitude in managing the country. The people wanted change and the result was an overwhelming election victory for the Free National Movement under the leadership of Dr Hubert Minnis. The new Prime Minister promised reform, transparency and accountability in a more open style of governance that would be more efficient and effective in meeting the needs of the nation – “It’s the people’s time” was the new slogan with a pledge to listen and learn.

N'Nhyn Fernander 28th overall in 50m butterfly

GOLD COAST, Australia — N’Nhyn Fernander will use his splash on Thursday in the men’s 50 metres butterfly as a learning experience in his debut at the XXI Commonwealth Games.Following on the opening performance from flag bearer Joanna Evans at the Op

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Boxers Hield and Williams eliminated in Round of 32

GOLD COAST, Australia — Carl Hield’s bid for a second medal at the XXI Commonwealth Games was ruined when he faced hometown favourite Terry Nickolas in the Round of 32 in the men’s 69 kilo gram category yesterday at the Oxenford Studies.Hield, 31, lo

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Hurricane Hole to be $250m 'PI downtown'

Hurricane Hole will become “the downtown of Paradise Island” via its $250 million transformation, its principal developer yesterday revealing 50 per cent of retail space is already pre-leased.David Kosoy, Sterling Global Financial’s chairman, told Tr

Williams: 'But I only had two weeks to train for this fight'

GOLD COAST, Australia — On the defensive from the start of the fight, Rashield Williams tried to come back in the final two rounds. But it was a little too late for him to avoid the early elimination in his debut at the XXI Commonwealth Games. He lo

NPBA: Giants vs Rockets, Bucket vs High Flyers in Championships

BOTH championship matchups in the New Providence Basketball Association are all set and the quest for the 2018 title is down to its final series.The Commonwealth Bank Giants and Aliv Bucket Team advanced with wins on Wednesday night to conclude the s

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Man convicted of aiding killer tells court he is innocent

A MAN sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for aiding the person responsible for killing the teenage son of convicted drug traffickers Dwight and Keva Major yesterday said he feels like “giving up” for being imprisoned for a crime he insist he had

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University of the Bahamas appoints clinical psychologist

THE University of the Bahamas has announced the appointment of Dr Michelle Bettin as university clinical psychologist.In this capacity, Dr Bettin has primary responsibility for providing clinical services including assessment, diagnosis, individual a

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Evans 12th overall in 200m free, doesn't make final

GOLD COAST, Australia — Joanna Evans liked the feeling of being the flag bearer for the Bahamas during the opening ceremonies of the XXI Commonwealth Games on Wednesday night. What she wasn’t pleased with was her opening performance in the women’s 20

Fishermen: We're just scratching surface on our exports potential

FISHERMEN yesterday backed a Cabinet Minister’s goal of doubling Bahamian fisheries exports to near-$200 million, telling Tribune Business: “We don’t fish our ocean, only our banks.”Keith Carroll, the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance’s (BCFA) vice

Fund 'a victim of its own success' with 35% growth

RoyalFidelity’s Prime Income Fund was yesterday said to have become “a victim of its own success” after enjoying 35 per cent growth over the past year.Joseph Euteneuer, the investment bank’s mutual fund manager, told Tribune Business it was increasin

Ex-GB Chamber chief hits 'fringe environmentalists'

A FORMER Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce president yesterday hit out at “fringe environmental groups” for slamming an industrial sector that has proven the island’s “life support”.Kevin Seymour, emphasising that he was not speaking for Pharmachem Te

QC: ‘What is Gov’t hiding’ over GB Power buy-out?

AN outspoken QC last night slammed the Government’s bid to strike out his legal challenge to the $35 million GB Power buy-out, and asked: “What do you have to hide?”

20 years of Atlantic Medical's Fun Run Walk

ON Saturday, April 21, Atlantic Medical Insurance marks 20 years of hosting its annual Fun Run Walk in Nassau. This year’s event will be held in honour of the late Alan Peacock, CEO of The Colonial Group of Companies, an avid sportsman who also share


A report in The Tribune yesterday, under the headline ‘Chief Justice? I’m off to make stew,’ incorrectly identified Philip Telford Georges as a former acting chief justice of the Bahamas before he became the substantive chief justice on January 1 19

IAN FERGUSON: Ignore worker emotional intelligence at your peril

MUCH emphasis has historically been placed on skills and competencies in the workplace, and the direct correlation they have to productivity and efficiency. Since the 1990s, though, greater emphasis has been placed on the emotional intelligence of em

'Everyday Bahamians' to lobby on natural resources

A FOUNDATION formed by “everyday Bahamians” plans to lobby for legislative changes to ensure Bahamians receive direct economic benefits from the country’s natural resources.The Bahamas Natural Resources Foundation (BNRF), launched in February 2018, h

Bahamas bids for nine World Travel Awards

THE Bahamas is competing for nine different awards at the upcoming 25th World Travel Awards.This nation is vying with rival destinations for awards in the categories of: Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination; Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination; C

Thursday, April 5

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Thursday, 5th April, 2018.

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Commonwealth Games: Boxers eliminated

GOLD Coast, Australia: Both boxers Carl Hield and Rashield Williams have been eliminated from competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games, having lost in the round of 32 on day one of competition at the Oxenford Studios.

Harajchi resurfaces to claim mortgage on $20m property

The principal of a defunct Bahamian bank, who claimed to have financed the PLP’s 2002 election win, has been accused of using a sham mortgage “to defeat legitimate creditors”.

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Trust boss attacks silence on Oban study

BAHAMAS National Trust Executive Director Eric Carey is “disappointed” with the lack of transparency into Oban Energies LLC’s proposed project for Grand Bahama, particularly the silence and lack of details from officials on the environmental impact assessment, which should have already begun by now.

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Plastic bag ban takes first step

ENVIRONMENT and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira received the green light from Cabinet to put his plan to ban plastic bags in the Bahamas by 2020 into action.

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Chief Justice? I’m off to make stew – Minnis jokes as appointment row simmers on

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was silent yesterday when faced with questions about why he has not appointed a substantive chief justice even as one of his own Cabinet ministers has criticised him over his failure to assign someone to that role. 

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Cabbage Beach vendors: ‘help us’

MEMBERS of the Cabbage Beach Business Owners Association claimed they are subject to “Apartheid”-like treatment that is hindering their operations, as they called on the Minnis administration to intervene.

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Man accused of Eugene Woodside murder granted $50,000 bail

THE man accused of murdering eight-year-old Eugene Woodside during the course of a double-shooting last year has been granted $50,000 bail ahead of his 2020 trial by a Supreme Court judge.Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson granted Lloyd Minnis bail in tha

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200 scholarships for Bain and Grants Town

BAIN and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson launched a partnership yesterday with Cyber Tech Career College to provide 200 scholarships to constituency residents. He also announced the launch of the Bains and Grants Town Centre for Academic Development a

EDITORIAL: Asian Geopolitics - A Sign of Things to Come?

As April unfolds in Washington the American foreign policy apparatus is about to undergo a profound change in personnel, tone and substance. Most notable among the departures are former Exxon executive Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and general H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser.

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283 pounds of marijuana seized in stop and search

POLICE seized 283 pounds of marijuana yesterday morning after a vehicle stop and search. Shortly before 4am Drug Enforcement Unit officers assisted by Mobile Division officers stopped and searched a Nissan March with two men inside at, Tonique Willia

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Why we’ll take the human touch every time over any other form of communication

“Hi, Joe on time for the call here. Anybody there?” Guess I’m a minute early, Joe thinks silently, hoping no one else remembers and it will all be over before it starts.

Remembering Winnie Mandela

WINNIE MANDELA Statement by Shridath Ramphal

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Central Grand Bahama MP 'satisfied' with level of engagement over Oban

DESPITE heavy politicisation and “emotional outbursts,” Central Grand Bahama MP Iram Lewis yesterday said he is satisfied with the current level of engagement over the $5.5bn Oban Energies oil refinery and storage facility.Mr Lewis stressed the gover

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Let the Games begin

GOLD COAST, Australia — Decked in their aquamarine, gray and black warm-up outfits, swimmer Joanna Evans led the Bahamas delegation into the Carrara Stadium on Wednesday night (Australian time) for the colourful opening ceremonies of the XXI Commonwealth Games.

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Cloudy water surfaces again after Pinder's Point drilling

A PINDER’s Point resident doing some underground drilling in his yard made a smelly discovery after reaching the fresh water table – rising out of the ground was cloudy water with a pungent odour. The drilling exercise was conducted by Lowell Pinder

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Man found not guilty of sex with underage boy

A SUPREME Court jury has acquitted a man previously accused of having sex with an underage teenage boy three years ago.The jury found David John McKenzie not guilty by a vote of 6 to 3 of the single count of sexual intercourse with a minor of the sa

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Rawson Square 'lights it up' for autism awareness

THE Department of Lands and Surveys has been directed to give urgent attention to REACH Bahamas’ request for a parcel of land exclusively for the organisation’s operations. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis made the announcement while delivering the k

The web shops and the “Absence of Data”

“OUR lives begin to end the day we remain silent on things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Could Reece Chipman be manoeuvring to be a PLP?

I read in the newspapers that Reece Chipman was fired by the Prime Minister. Dr Hubert Minnis did not say why he fired him. Mature leaders want young people to be able to move on from failure. Dr Minnis has made the right decision to let Mr. Chipman go unharmed.

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MP donates $2,000 to Grand Bahama Children's home

PINERIDGE MP Rev Frederick McAlpine made a $2,000 contribution to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home on Wednesday and appealed to others to help the local orphanage.“We are aware that the GB Children’s Home, that is in the Pineridge constituency, has b

EU response 'undercuts' FDI allure

A former attorney general yesterday warned that the Bahamas’ ‘blacklisting’ response “strikes right at the heart” of its decades-long policy to attract foreign direct investment (FDI).Alfred Sears QC told Tribune Business that the Multinational Entit

Shell, New Fortress battle for BPL deal

TWO liquefied natural gas (LNG) giants were yesterday said to be the front-runners for Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) generation contract, which has become “bogged down” in Cabinet.

Minister's $90m fish exports double 'goal'

A CABINET minister yesterday said he had set himself the “goal” of doubling the Bahamas’ annual $90 million fisheries exports.Renward Wells, minister of agriculture and marine resources, said fisheries exports - $70 million of which are spiny lobster

Conch-rete not what it's cracked up to be

USING conch shells in concrete mixes and slabs was exposed as especially “ill-advised” when Hurricane Matthew smashed into North Andros, a storm impact report has revealed.An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report on the damages and economic lo

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Roach finishes 33rd in triathlon

GOLD Coast, Australia: Cameron Roach's appearance for the Bahamas in the grueling triathlon at the XXI Commonwealth Games didn't get started or finish as he anticipated on Thursday at the Southport Broadwater Parklands.

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Joanna Evans fourth in heat as swimming gets underway

GOLD Coast, Australia: After walking proudly into the Carrara Stadium carrying the Bahamian flag during the official opening ceremonies of the XXI Commonwealth Games, Joanna Evans left the outdoor Opus Aquatic Centre not as pleased with her performance in the women's 200 metre freestyle on Thursday morning.

Resorts enjoy 'very good' Easter period

MAJOR Nassau/Paradise Island hotels yesterday reported “very good” business over the Easter weekend, with the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) receiving a “welcomed boost” from CARIFTA games.“All terminals were busy with passengers excited to

PLP 'should be the last to speak' on fiscal propriety

THE Deputy Prime Minister last night said the Opposition “should be the last to open their mouths on fiscal propriety” as he hit back at criticisms of the Government’s borrowing.K P Turnquest, pointing to the “massive ramp-up” in the national debt un

BAMSI using just 22 percent of its land

A CABINET minister yesterday said he is aiming to expand the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute’s (BAMSI) production, with just 22 per cent of available land currently being cultivated.Renward Wells, minister of agriculture and marine r

Wednesday, April 4

Plastic bag ban takes first step

ENVIRONMENT and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira received the green light from Cabinet to put his plan to ban plastic bags in the Bahamas by 2020 into action.Mr Ferreira confirmed a newly formed task-force met yesterday to plot the way forward with

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Wednesday, 4th April, 2018.

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Knife killer shot dead at party

TWO men on Grand Bahama are dead and a senior immigration officer, a relative of one of the victims, is in custody assisting police with their investigation.

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‘US raised no issues over crime cooperation’

THE assertion in a recent report that cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the country and the United States “waned” under the former government is baseless, Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday, adding he intends to write to the US Embassy questioning the allegation.

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Coup rumours ‘devil’s work’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday expressed his full confidence in Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ leadership, dismissing social media and tabloid rumours of a budding FNM coup d’état.

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One dead, four hurt in crash

A TRAFFIC accident on Monday on Abaco left one person dead and four injured. According to police, the incident occurred sometime after 3pm on Earnest Dean Highway near Cherokee Road. A silver 2004 Kia Rio and a black Dodge Caliber were involved in th

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Surgeons: We can't save Anthonique's sight

Two-month-old Anthonique Munroe is back home in Nassau after her visit to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Florida where she underwent exploratory surgery to see what a cornea and retina specialist could do to help her to be able to see. Unfortuna

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FACE TO FACE: Let’s agree - we need to disagree better

Physical violence is an undeniable issue in The Bahamas.

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Crown 'wrong' to detain man while it sought evidence

IT was “not fair or just” for Crown authorities to have detained a man for over a year while it “sought to put its house in order” and obtain the necessary evidence linking him to an alleged murder plot which was executed two years ago, the Court of

Bus driver injured

A PUBLIC bus driver is in the Intensive Care Unit at the Rand Memorial Hospital with serious injuries as a result of a traffic accident in Freeport on Saturday. Supt Jeremy Henderson, officer in charge of Traffic Division, reported that the accident

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Davis: Cancel 'bad deal' with Oban

AS he accused the Minnis administration of “deceiving” Bahamians regarding the $5.5bn Oban Energies oil refinery and storage facility proposed for Grand Bahama, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis called for the “bad deal” to be can

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Post office building to be imploded

THE government will demolish the General Post Office at East Hill Street as part of efforts to modernise the downtown area, Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell said yesterday.However, he could not say how much it will cost to ren

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Ministry fraud trial delay

A FORMER Ministry of Finance employee’s trial over allegations he defrauded the ministry out of more than a half a million dollars over a five month period has been adjourned to the end of next month after the lead Crown attorney was unavailable to p

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Weeks of work on Eastern Road ahead

DAYS after paving and milling work began at the busy thoroughfare of Eastern Road, the Ministry of Public Works/Bahamix released an announcement to motorists to be aware of traffic delays and diversions. According to a statement from the ministry, th

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Gov't to 'get cracking' on cruise shake-up

The Tourism Minister yesterday pledged to “get cracking” on Prince George Wharf’s overhaul, revealing that cruise ship crew spend more in St Maarten than their passengers do in Nassau.Dionisio D’Aguilar told Tribune Business that “the time has come t

DNAs should join the PLP

AFTER two flops at back-to-back elections it is obvious the DNA is done. The party can’t win seats. It won’t ever form a government.

Gladstone Rd post office move

Boy now that has to be totally crazy.

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Carifta swim team to bring home 56 medals - 23 gold

THE Bahamas can once again proudly claim the top junior swimming programme in the region. The 36-member team won back-to-back CARIFTA Swimming Championships and their fourth title in five years as the curtain closed on the competition at the Nationa

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Boxers eager to fight

GOLD COAST, Australia — While one is hoping that his jet lag won’t hamper him physically, the other is more inspired by his will to endure whatever he’s faced with. One way or the other, Rashield Williams and Carl Hield Jr are both confident that the

Alternatives to Customs duty

IF Customs duty revenue goes, some ideas where we can make up.

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'She was just getting a feeling of what she was doing and getting her confidence level up'

GOLD COAST, Australia — Immediate past president Wellington Miller said it’s going to be so difficult to walk into the Bahamas Olympic Committee and not find Debron Moxey working when he returns home.A year ago, Miller said they set out on a recruitm

Student protest

AS a former student protester (ban the Bomb, anti -Apartheid, etc) I have always been disappointed that tertiary students in The Bahamas did not protest.

Bridge striping

PARADISE Bridge the Sir Sidney Poitier side…stripping.

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Roach brothers to embrace history in triathlon

GOLD COAST, Australia — Brothers Cameron and Dorian Roach are ready to embrace history when they compete in the first triathlon competition for the Bahamas at the XXI Commonwealth Games.The brothers, coming from a strong background in swimming, will

Team Bahamas to hold 'memorial-typeservice' in honour of Debron Moxey

GOLD COAST, Australia — It was a somber moment in the Bahamas Olympic Committee on hearing of the death of their office manager Debron Moxey. It was just about a year ago that Moxey replaced Al Diliette at the BOC’s office in the JS Johnson Building

EDITORIAL: Fragile beaches, cays not suited for mass market cruise ship revenue streams

The concept of cruise ports of call being extended to outposts of Family Islands has been viewed as either a welcome blessing or an unmitigated disaster since Norwegian Cruise Lines created the world’s first private island cruise experience at Great Stirrup Cay in the Berry Islands in 1977.

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'Three months after immigration deadline, nothing's changed'

DESPITE Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ demand last year that illegal immigrants leave the country by December 31 or face consequences, nothing about this country’s immigration posture and policy has changed more than three months since the deadline

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Medical staff all set and ready to assist Team Bahamas

GOLD COAST, Australia — Team Bahamas won’t have to worry if they sustain any injury at the XXI Commonwealth Games. The Bahamas Olympic Committee has assembled a medical staff that is equipped to handle any major problems.Just ask Doctor Rickey Davis.

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Swimmers up first at Commonwealth Games

GOLD COAST, Australia — With no time to relax after carrying the flag for the Bahamas during the march pass in the opening ceremonies at the XXI Commonwealth Games on Wednesday night, Joanna Evans will be the first of two of the four-member swim team

Web shops: No 'red flag' with us

WEB shops yesterday slammed claims they are open to financial abuse and responsible for the Bahamas’ recent ‘blacklisting’, saying: “No one can point to any red flags.”Gershan Major, the Bahamas Gaming Operators Association’s (BGOA) chief executive,

Charge bungle acquits trio of false declaration

A WELL-known businessman and two employees were acquitted of making a false $28,401 US currency declaration because Crown prosecutors failed to charge them with a conspiracy.This meant that allegedly “inconsistent” statements made by James Curling, p

Insurance cover 'did not pay off' post-Matthew

THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has backed industry calls to eliminate VAT on property and casualty insurance, as many policies “did not pay off” following Hurricane Matthew.The bank, in its assessment of the economic damage and loss inflic

Irma to widen deficit by $44m

HURRICANE Irma-related reconstruction is expected to widen the 2017-2018 fiscal deficit by $44 million, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has warned.The multilateral lending institution, in its assessment of the economic loss and damages infl

Private sector 'can't sit still' on energy solutions

THE private sector has been urged to drive green energy solutions for the Bahamas, a Chamber of Commerce executive arguing: “Sitting still gets us nowhere.” Debbie Deal, head of the Chamber’s energy and environment division, told Tribune Business tha

Nassau airport operator unveils new scholarship

VANTAGE Airport Group, which manages both Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) and Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport, has introduced a new aviation scholarship. The Rob Robichaud Vantage Airport Group Scholarship offers $9,0

Fishers Alliance not opposed to Oban

MANY fishermen are not opposed to the $5.5 billion Oban Energies oil refinery and storage terminal project, the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance’s (BCFA) president said yesterday.Adrian LaRoda told Tribune Business that the Bahamas should seek to

Fishermen eye 'bigger' 2019 crawfish season

BAHAMIAN fishermen are already looking towards a “bigger” 2019 crawfish season, the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance’s (BCFA) president yesterday confirming this year “did not turn out as bad as expected”.“I think we did OK,” Adrian LaRoda told Tr

Tuesday, April 3

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Got him - pit bull owner arrested

A MAN has been taken into custody in connection with a dog killing incident that went viral over the holidays. 

04032018 EDITION

Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018.

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Team Bahamas 2nd overall

Team Bahamas improved on last year’s performance and in their role as hosts with a second-place finish at the 47th Flow CARIFTA Track and Field Championships.

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How can we let new clinic open?

THE $300,000 clinic under development in San Salvador will remain closed indefinitely after construction has been completed, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said Saturday.

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Help catch killer pit bull’s owner - Shocked public unite to offer $3,000 reward

THE Bahamas Humane Society is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man who filmed and encouraged a dog to kill a smaller dog.

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Gibson’s extortion charges to be dropped

THE prosecution in Shane Gibson’s trial has indicated it will only pursue bribery charges against the former Cabinet minister, according to Wayne Munroe, one of the lawyers on Gibson’s team.

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Shopaholics get happy at interactive event

Marilyn Munroe once said: “Happiness is not in money, it’s in shopping. So, as Grand Bahama’s “happiest hotel”, it made sense for Pelican Bay to do its part in spreading the joy of shopping for residents on the island.Shopaholics from around Grand Ba

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Young women receive a new perspective on success

Teaching young women their worth and preparing them for life’s challenges was the goal of this year’s New Image Ladies workshop.With the theme “Ready. Set. Go”, Tanya Sweeting, the group’s founder, told Tribune Woman that she wanted to show Bahamian

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DPM slams 'unfounded' corporate taxation fears

The Deputy Prime Minister has slammed as “very much unfounded” fears that the Government will be able to introduce corporate taxation with little to no warning.K P Turnquest, responding to growing concerns over the proposed legislative response to th

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THE PRESS BOX: Some of the latest Draft rumblings from Cowboy ranch

AFTER a fast and furious and, more importantly, successful second week in NFL free agency, the Cowboys aren’t done yet. • Here’s some of the latest rumblings, Draft and free-agent wise, straight from the ranch. WAIT THERE’S MORE Dallas is still

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Wondrous 'party for the nation' call answered by hundreds

HUNDREDS of women from different denominations throughout the country took heed to the call of deaconess Elaine Hinsey and turned up on Clifford Park to pray for the nation. The historic park was chosen because it is a symbol of the birthplace of the nation, and is often a rallying point for national events.

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Finding purpose after despair

Former teacher becomes advocate following paralysis

Although she admits to sometimes feeling bitter and angry at her fate, Lorna Turnquest-Thompson, who lives with paralysis, strives to fulfil her purpose in life – to educate others and shine a spotlight on the Bahamas’ disabled community.Lorna, 58, b

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Atlantic Medical celebrates 20th annual Fun Run/WalkNassau participants eligible to win a car

Calling all Atlantic Medical clients and the general public at large to participate and join in on the fun! Register today and be eligible for a chance to win a brand new 2018 car!On Saturday, April 21, Atlantic Medical Insurance marks 20 years of ho

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The detriments of ‘all or nothing’ thinking

Health coach Ethan Quant, of Elite Wellness Solutions, has succeeded in his weight loss journey and now wants to share his methods with the Bahamas in an effort to foster a culture of wellness and conquer the obesity epidemic.    

Why kidney care is critical

The two fist-sized organs in your lower back known as kidneys are vitally important. They are responsible for filtering waste out of the body, regulating the body’s salt, potassium and acid content, balancing body fluids, producing vitamin D and cont

Five days at sea on ship made of pallets for 13 Cubans

THIRTEEN Cuban migrants were caught in the area of the Cay Sal Bank on March 30 after five days at sea aboard a flimsy vessel made of wood pallets. This is the largest group of migrants from Cuba apprehended in a single incident in The Bahamas for t

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A fistful of dollars

Arriving at the Bridge Toll Booth yesterday, with only a $50.00 note and a debit card, I asked the attendant if I could pay the toll with the latter debit card. No sir, we only take cash the attendant said with a smile. So I thereupon tendered my $50.00 note and she painstakingly counted out 48 $1.00 notes. Picture above.

Glad that Laville has gone

PLEASE allow me a space in your paper to express myself on the dismissal of the General Manager of Water & Sewerage.


At the time of our recent coverage in these columns of the stand-off between Britain and Russia over the much-publicised poisoning attack last month, diplomatic tensions seemed likely to escalate. In the ensuing days the crisis has predictably deepened, with continuing harsh rhetoric, mass expulsion of diplomats and threats from both sides of further retaliatory measures.

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GAIN AN EDGE: Breaking the mould - Natalie shows a bit of girl power

Natalie Smith initially wondered how she was perceived. As a Construction Technology major, she stepped into many predominantly male classes at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI). The reaction and comments from a few peers were indicative of the stereotypical view of certain careers.

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WORLD VIEW - The Caribbean: Facing a fatal fate

HIGH-tide flooding is set to become an every-other-day affair in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the United States of America by the year 2100. It will also fatally harm the countries of the Caribbean.

Building on the trust between Beijing and The Bahamas

WITH the successful conclusion of the well-known “Two Sessions” of China (annual legislative and political advisory sessions) on March 20, the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era inaugurated a new journey.

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Rufa case ‘a victory for the rule of law’

FRED Smith, QC, has said the recent ruling by the Court of Appeal in the matter of Canadian Bruno Rufa is another great victory for the rule of law in The Bahamas.

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Munroe says clause could free Oban of obligations

AN overlooked clause in the Oban Energies heads of agreement frees the developer from any obligation to build the $5.5 billion-dollar oil refinery and storage plant, according to attorney Wayne Munroe, QC.

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Woman killed in late-night collision on Gladstone Rd

POLICE are investigating a traffic accident over the weekend that left a woman in New Providence dead.

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Body of man is found floating off Potter’s Cay

POLICE discovered the body of a man in waters west of Potter’s Cay Dock after 2pm Friday.

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Get fit with UB's 'blue power'

Run, walk, bike or skate to the finish line

THE University of the Bahamas is hoping to have 700 plus bikers, runners, walkers and skaters at the starting line when its UB Fit event kicks off this weekend.UB Fit in New Providence features 5k or 10k run, walk, bike and skate race, all taking pla

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Haitian man accused of illegal landing

A Haitian man was charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court for illegal landing, three weeks after arriving in the Bahamas. James Dorlan, 25, appeared in Court Three before Magistrate Rengin Johnson last week where he pleaded guilty to the offence.

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Escape from the occult: Bahamian evangelist tells her tale of redemption

The story of how Bahamian evangelist Aleacha Miller was delivered from the occult was so compelling that it attracted the attention of the Christian Broadcasting Network in the United States.

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Thrower Serena Brown improves her national discus record

WITH her parents in the stands in Austin, Texas, cheering her on, Texas A&M’s Serena Brown didn’t want to disappoint them as she improved on her women’s national discus record to lead the way for Bahamians in track and field competition over the weekend.

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Evans to carry flag at XXI Commonwealth Games

GOLD Coast, Australia — Joanna Evans, now the face of the country’s international swimming competition, will carry the flag for the Bahamas during the official opening ceremonies for the XXI Commonwealth Games on Wednesday night.

Too many murders

MINISTER of National Security says and is quite naturally proud that murders are down a whopping 47%. Let’s understand this.

Bahamas facing 'hard choices' on $710m storm woe

THE Bahamas has been warned that “the era of tough choices has arrived” after Hurricanes Matthew and Irma caused a combined $710 million in economic damages and loss.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in two separate 100-plus page reports on

New auto dealers: 'If you can't beat them, join them'

BAHAMIAN auto dealers are adopting an “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach after new vehicle sales declined by almost 25 per cent for the first two months in 2018.Fred Albury, the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president, told Tri

QC backs income taxes to ease ‘rich/poor divide’

AN outspoken QC is backing the introduction of corporate and personal income taxes as a way to reduce “the gulf between rich and poor” in the Bahamas.

Small Budget surplus achieved for January

THE Government appears to have posted a small $7 million Budget surplus for January, with the deficit for the first seven months of 2017-2018 pegged at $191.3 million - a 39 per cent drop.The Central Bank of the Bahamas’ economic report for February

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Bahamas finishes second overall at Carifta Games

After three days of intense competition at the National Stadium, the Bahamas finished second overall at the 2018 Carifta Games with 35 medals.

National Trust defends Exuma anchorage fees

THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT) yesterday said the recent adjustment in anchorage fees at the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP) was necessary to help maintain the park in the face of annual financial shortfalls.The Park costs $500,000 per annum

Taxi union president: Plate leasing to stay

BAHAMIAN taxi drivers continue to face competition from hotels providing ground transportation to their guests off-property, their union president is alleging.“You still have hotels who are operating in the ground transportation sector, taking guests

Andros plaza blaze puts 21 out of work

A FIRE that completely destroyed the Butler’s Plaza in San Andros has left the community “devastated” and in “shock”, with 21 persons out of work as a result. “This is horrific,” said Ambika Cooper, a director with the Andros Chamber of Commerce. “I

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Man dies after being stabbed in the head

A MAN was killed in Grand Bahama yesterday after being stabbed in his head, The Tribune was told.

Monday, April 2

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Bahamas leads Carifta Swimming Championships after day two

Team Bahamas maintained their lead atop the point standings following day two in their chase for their fourth CARIFTA Swimming Championships title in the last five years.

Sunday, April 1

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Carifta 2018 Day Two: Bahamas second in standings

The Bahamas now has a total of 25 medals and is in second place in the standings after two days of competition at the 2018 Flow CARIFTA Track and Field Championships.

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Carifta Swimming: Bahamas leads the field after day one

The Bahamas' CARIFTA Swim team has been the most dominant in the region for the past four years and is on pace to add another meet title to their resumé.