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Tuesday, July 31

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UPDATED: Four in custody over John Bull heist

FOUR people are in police custody in connection with the heist of John Bull in Grand Bahama last week, Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson confirmed on Tuesday morning.

07312018 EDITION

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018.

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FACE TO FACE: A voice full of soul and spirit

When I sit down face to face with people from all walks of life to interview for this column, the greatest impact usually happens during the interview; some “aha” moment when I understand someone’s purpose or vision, or when I am inspired by their story.

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Twins accused of kidnapping woman and fleeing police

A SUPREME Court jury was empanelled yesterday for the trial of twin brothers accused of kidnapping a woman and then pushing her out of a car when intercepted by police.The trial of Desmond and Dominic Pinder, now 29, got underway yesterday moments af

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Curfew withdrawn for accused in armed robbery case

A MAN awaiting trial in the Supreme Court on attempted murder and armed robbery charges was yesterday successful in his application to a judge for a variation of his bail conditions in one of the matters. Dwight Lloyd, 24, appeared before Justice Be

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NO GOING BACK: Bethel rejects Smith plea to postpone demolition deadline

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday rejected an appeal for the government to stall shanty town evictions pending looming court action from a group of 200 residents.

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Where’s the money to buy Grand Lucayan?

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday questioned how the Minnis administration plans to finance the purchase of the Grand Lucayan hotel if the country is as “broke” as the government maintains.

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Labour Day tragedy - families await answers

MARIO Williams wants to forgive the man whose truck careened down East Street on Labour Day, killing his sister, but first he wants to see the findings of the investigation into the tragedy. 

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Hit and run horror suspect arrested

A MAN is in custody assisting police with their investigation into a harrowing hit and run incident that resulted in a man’s death on Robinson Road nearly two weeks ago, according to Chief Superintendent of Police Ken Strachan.

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Bahamian queens win international titles

Congrats are in order for Bahamian beauties Kassiti Capron and Tysha Johnson who both won Miss Regency International crowns in Las Vegas.The girls are the first ever Caribbean delegates to not only win one but two titles at the same pageant in their

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Protect our girls! Local organisation tackles sexual abuse

Thanks to the #MeToo movement, women across the globe have felt empowered to speak out publicly against sexual harassment and abuse in an unprecedented fashion.The movement, which started in October 2017, has incited bravery among many women who are

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THE PRESS BOX: Gallup will make Cowboys fans say: 'Dez' who?

Every where I go, Cowboy and NFL fans alike, continue to hit me with the same, burning questions - “What are you Cowboys gonna do without Dez? Who’s going to replace him? You all will miss Dez’s production.” Easy, allow me to introduce, who I think

Big Blue Bahamas Tour at Atlantis

IN just over a week, the focus of the NCAA basketball preseason will shift to the Bahamas as the University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball programme and ESPN are hosted at the Atlantis resort.The Wildcats began practices last weekend for the B

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Freedom Farm U-12 all set for Cal Ripken Baseball World Series

FREEDOM Farm Baseball League will continue its summer of international competition in the Under-12 division.The team is set to compete in the Cal Ripken Baseball World Series (Major/70) August 3-11 at BallParks of Americas Field in Branson, Missouri.

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Alonzo Russell advances to 400m final

WHILE both the men’s basketball and softball teams continued to struggle to find a win in their games so far at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia yesterday as fencing’s debut is now over and done with, the track

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‘Mighty Mouse’ brings home gold

Bodybuilder Paul ‘Mighty Mouse’ Wilson and physique competitors Wellington Wallace and Raynor Ferguson all secured gold medals to lead the Bahamas’ 12-member team to an impressive showing at the 45th Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships that concluded in Mexico City on Sunday night.

Water restored at Straw Market

CITY water supply has been restored at the Straw Market in the International Bazaar, according to a spokesperson at the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited.Kim Miller, public relations and communications officer, said the water was turned back on aro

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Grand Bahama colleagues pay tribute to Neymour

THE death of former Free National Movement Cabinet minister Phenton Neymour - who grew up in Grand Bahama and was the son of well-known local contractor the late Basil Neymour - has left many on the island shocked and saddened. Neymour, who had batt

US Embassy reveals youth ambassadors

THE US Embassy in Nassau is pleased to announce the students selected to participate in the prestigious Youth Ambassadors Programme set for August 7-29 in the United States. This year, students from New Providence were eligible to apply to participa

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Two men injured in drive-by shooting

POLICE are investigating a drive-by shooting which left two men in hospital yesterday. According to reports, shortly before 3am four men were in a vehicle at the junction of Wulff Road and Market Street, when a white vehicle pulled beside them. Occup

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20 arrests in Grand Bahama

GRAND Bahama police arrested 20 people over the weekend for various offences, including possession of dangerous drugs, among other things. Assistant Superintendent of Police Terecita Pinder said the arrests were the result of assiduous work by offic

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Former PLP Senator Strachan dies

FORMER Senator and Progressive Liberal Party supporter Telator Strachan died yesterday. Strachan, also a past president of the Straw Vendors Association, was remembered as an activist and mentor. “I have learned with deep sadness of the death of ou

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UPDATED: More than 200 cars burned in Strachan’s auto blaze

A FIRE erupted at the Strachan’s Auto compound on Soldier Road late Sunday night where more than 200 cars were said to be ablaze.

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Govt buying Grand Lucayan?: 'No fear'

Hotel workers “have no fear” over the government’s potential Grand Lucayan acquisition, a union leader yesterday saying it will “never allow” the resort’s closure.Michelle Dorsett, president of the Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Work

Police bullies

AS a Bahamian, I was disgusted and saddened to read that a policeman shot a man’s dog for no reason.

Not our kind of human

The bulldozers are being fuelled up. Mothers are packing up only the priority children items. The kids play as they have always done, as the kids have played for the last four decades. Nothing will change for these children, until the bulldozers are within earshot. Then they will run alongside their mothers, looking back back to get one last glimpse of the only thing they have ever known as home.

We must not accept shanty towns

THERE are certain matters that are beyond politics. We are a small country of 350,000 people. These islands belong to the Bahamian people. These are beautiful islands. We must protect them.

EDITORIAL: Lessons to learn from America’s northern neighbour

There are many who feel the United States is the luckiest nation in modern history. Blessed by benign geography, the distractions of European powers during the nation’s infancy, an abundance of natural resources and the geopolitical latitude to stumble often in establishing a workable democracy, the US can hardly deny its good fortune.

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Rejuvenating the inner-city

A clean-up campaign to give communities in New Providence a facelift continued over the weekend.

Aliv reaches out to help blaze victim

ALIV, as part of its duty to the community, stepped up to the plate to donate funds as well as necessary items which included clothes to 96-year-old Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock resident Doris Smith.Ms Smith is one of Grand Bahama’s oldest inhabitants w

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Reconnect to your feminine roots

Mylk Goddess promotes health through 'ancestral' methods

To give Bahamian women more options when taking a more holistic approach to feminine healthcare, Moniquekell Farquharson has started Mylk Goddess, which focuses on alternative treatments and natural medicines.The home-based company provides support a

The problem of weight bias

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.

'Nothing but great benefits' for output gap

A labour specialist yesterday expressed hope that legislation for a National Productivity Council will be ready by Parliament’s September return, with the initiative bringing “nothing but great benefits for The Bahamas”.Peter Goudie, one of the priva

Deficit $100m below target one month out

The government’s fiscal deficit was more than $100m below the full-year 2017-2018 target with just one month to go, the Central Bank of The Bahamas revealed yesterday.The regulator’s June economic developments report disclosed that the deficit for th

Airbnb bookings soar 37% in June

Airbnb bookings in the Bahamas soared by 37.3 percent for June 2018, with occupancy rates exceeding comparable hotel listings as the sector’s popularity continued to grow.The Central Bank of the Bahamas report on June’s economic developments disclose

Govt's Grand Lucayan purchase 'only option'

Purchasing the Grand Lucayan resort is the “only option” available to the Government, a former Port Authority (GBPA) attorney argued yesterday, as its closure has “gone on way too long”.Carey Leonard, the former GBPA in-house counsel, told Tribune Bu

Realtors turn out for $100m development

The Bahamian real estate industry turned out in force last week for Palm Cay’s reception for its $100m One Marina project, which features 84 luxury condos overlooking a marina.“Inventory is always a major concern for real estate agents and brokers, s

Minister targets hotel investment

The Minister of Tourism has told attendees at a major resort industry conference that “when it comes to investing, it’s ‘Better in The Bahamas’”.Dionisio D’Aguilar was addressing a luncheon during the 22nd annual International African-American Hotel

Monday, July 30

07302018 EDITION

Monday, 30th July, 2018.

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07302018 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, 30th July, 2018.

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Two pedestrians killed in separate accidents

TWO pedestrians were killed in separate accidents early Monday morning, one of which was a hit-and-run incident.

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Taranique case 'shows need for naturalisation law'

THE Minnis administration should consider passing a law that would retroactively naturalise all people born in The Bahamas at any point, attorney Fred Smith has said.In a statement to The Tribune over the weekend, Mr Smith implored the government to

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PLP banks on changes to party rulebook

A CODE of conduct and rules governing how candidates receive campaign finances are features of the Progressive Liberal Party’s constitutional overhaul, a move party officials say signals the organisation’s transition into reform.

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One dead, second man ‘critical’ in shooting

A MAN is dead and another is in hospital in critical condition after a double shooting on Friday.

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Halt the bulldozers

HUMAN rights attorney Fred Smith, QC, has asked Attorney General Carl Bethel and other government officials to agree in writing that they will not evict shanty town residents or bulldoze their homes until a looming class-action lawsuit is heard in court.

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Jobless - we still need to do more

Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest has conceded the Minnis administration still has a lot of work to do to ensure every Bahamian has the opportunity to earn a decent living.

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Jean Rony awaits ruling on government challenge

BAHAMAS-born Jean Rony Jean-Charles will now await the Court of Appeal’s ruling after lawyers gave closing arguments on Friday in a hearing of the government’s appeal over a judge’s order that the deportee be returned to this country.Arguments over t

'Landfill manager chosen - so why the lack of transparency?'

WITH the government yet to announce which company has been selected to manage the New Providence Landfill, there is growing concern from activists about the transparency of the process.In late June, Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira s

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Minnis 'impressed' during tour of West End hotel site

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was very impressed with his tour on Friday of the former Ginn Development in West End, Grand Bahama, where the new investors plan to build a 120-room hotel and the first ever mega-yacht facility in The Bahamas.Dr Minni

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INSIGHT: Promises, promises - but it’s real action we need

ON the ground, the cries of the Bahamian people are clear. They want an expanded economy and more jobs. Aside from Baha Mar, there have been few gains on the employment side. The government’s right-sizing exercises have led to mass layoffs in the public service. Granted, many of the layoffs were due to the previous government inflating the public service in the lead-up to election, poor employee performance and what was reported to be a general lack of interest in showing up to work.

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INSIGHT: PLP need to do a lot more than change a few rules

WHO does the Progressive Liberal Party think we are?

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Bahamian man and three Jamaicans charged with immigration offences

A Bahamian businessman and three Jamaicans were charged with breaching the Immigration Act last week in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court.Allan Newman, 71, proprietor of Donna’s Kitchen, appeared in Court One before Deputy Chief Magistrate Debbye Fergu

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Woman and teenager killed in crashes

A WOMAN pedestrian and a teenager are dead following two separate traffic accidents on Friday and Saturday, police said.The latest incident occurred shortly before 10pm on Saturday.Police said a woman was attempting to walk across Prince Charles Driv

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INSIGHT: A retirement dream which turned into a nightmare

AN idyllic retirement dream snowballed into a decade-long nightmare in paradise that saw Canadian second homeowner Bruno Rufa take his case to the country’s top courts to stave off an unrelenting scheme to run him out of the country.

9th Ballin By Da Beach camp for boys too

THE ninth edition of ‘Ballin By Da Beach’ will once again feature two camps at one venue and additionally, the event takes on a new initiative in 2018.The camp, traditionally the premier camp for girls, will host its second separate camp for boys at

Johnson new president of the NPWBA

DEVIN Johnson has been elected as the new president of the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association.During the elections held during the annual general meeting on Friday night at the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Mynez Cargill did not seek ano

SPORTS NOTES

BASKETBALLFOX HILL HOOPING BY THE PARKTHE organising committee for the Fox Hill Festival Hooping by the Park will hold a final registration meeting 7pm tonight at the Community Centre in Fox Hill for all teams wishing to participate in the tournament

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Cartwright commits to join the Hoosiers

BAHAMIAN high school gridiron star Michael Cartwright brought his lengthy recruitment process to an end when he committed to one of the many NCAA Division I football programmes seeking his services.Cartwright announced his commitment to join the Indi

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Chisholm continues to produce in Single A

JAZZ Chisholm has had a seamless adjustment to the Single A-Advanced level as he continues his progression through the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system.Chisholm assigned to the Visalia Rawhide of the California League just under two weeks ago and has

'Sammy' Gardiner laid to rest

MULTI-talented Samuel ‘Sammy’ Gardiner was remembered on Saturday for his role as an “excellent” basketball player, champion table tennis player and a golfer turned “exceptional” administrator.The former educator and retired Ministry of Tourism execu

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CAC: Men's softball, basketball team struggles

Following the sizzling hot pace set by the swim team, headed by triple gold medallist Joanna Evans, the Bahamas’ performance at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games cooled down a bit in Barranquilla, Colombia with mixed success so far from t

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Arthur Clarke 'loved and accepted' for who he was

ARTHUR Clarke, self proclaimed as “the greatest” Bahamian boxer, was considered a “no-nonsense”, pompous, arrogant and confident person, whom you “loved and accepted” for who he was.Clarke, 60, was funeralised on Saturday at The Voice of Deliverance

Keep an eye on the profit

THE sponsoring of promotional events etc must be sensibly approved where there is a chance that profit will be made.

AirBNB is not a tax free visit

Re: Vacation Rentals avoid VAT embrace – for now. Tribune Business 26th July.

Tax hike 'shockwaves' hit high-end properties

Foreign investors were yesterday said to have halted construction projects, with some threatening to sell their high-end properties, as the “shockwaves” from Budget tax changes hit home.Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG

Bahamas to miss 'upward swing' in GDP on VAT hike

A former finance minister fears The Bahamas may miss out “on a really good upward swing” in GDP growth as a result of the VAT rate hike and other budget measures.James Smith, pictured, also an ex-Central Bank governor, told Tribune Business that “all

Stubborn jobless rate shows 'growth focus' need

The Bahamas needs a “more significant focus” on economic growth to further dent a national unemployment rate that remains stubbornly flat - and high - at ten percent.Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) principal, yesterd

'Flights threshold' to combat rogue pilots

A Cabinet minister yesterday revealed he is pushing for a “threshold mechanism” to address a regulatory “quirk” that aids rogue pilots in the Bahamian aviation industry.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business he wa

Oil explorer extends JV talks one month

An oil explorer has touted the one-month extension of exclusive talks with a “major oil company” over a Bahamian well joint venture as “a clear indication of progress”.Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC), in a statement to the markets, said the unnamed o

Grand Lucayan's fate decided 'in 30 days'

Key decisions on the Grand Lucayan resort’s future will be made “in 30 days”, the deputy prime minister says, amid growing suggestions the government will be forced to step in and acquire the property.K Peter Turnquest, speaking at a recent meeting o

Compliance officers target regional unity

The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) newly-installed executive team is aiming to foster regional unity to ensure the financial services industry meets global standards.“Regional cohesion and assisting the financial services sector in

Bank and trust sector confirms board line-up

The Deputy Prime Minister, K P Turnquest, gave the keynote address to the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies in The Bahamas (AIBT) recent Annual General Meeting.Bruno Roberts of The Private Trust Corporation, and Ivan Hooper of Wi

Bahamas unblocks education qualifications with blockchain

The Bahamas has become the first country in the Caribbean and Latin American region to implement a national credentialing system using blockchain technology.The government successfully completed a pilot project, Bahamas Blockcerts, which will improve

Govt 'talking' on national lottery

THE “conversation” has started within government on the creation of a National Lottery, according to the deputy prime minister.“I want to make millionaires, and we do that by taking risk and being creative. A National Lottery gives the opportunity to

Sunday, July 29

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Woman dies after being hit by cars on Prince Charles Drive

Police in New Providence are investigating a traffic accident that left a woman dead on Saturday.

Saturday, July 28

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Official funeral for former cabinet minister Phenton Neymour

THE Cabinet Office announced Friday that an official funeral will be held for former cabinet minister Phenton Neymour on Thursday, August 2, at 11am at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street.

Friday, July 27

07272018 EDITION

Friday, 26th July, 2018.

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Minister disappointed by turnout at contractors seminar

PUBLIC Works Minister Desmond Bannister was very disappointed over the poor turnout to a one-day seminar hosted by his ministry for local contractors in Grand Bahama.

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Initiatives to clamp down on illegal flight operations

THE Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority revealed initiatives to clamp down on illegal flight operations on Friday.

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One man dead, one injured in double shooting

POLICE are investigating a double shooting that claimed the life of one man and hospitalized another man on Friday.

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Bahamas to observe World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

THE Bahamas will join the global initiative to observe World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (WDTP) on July 30.

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Minor drop in unemployment rate

WHILE more people became employed since November 2017, it was not enough to cause significant change to the country’s unemployment rate.

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07272018 WEEKEND

Friday, 27th July, 2018.

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College student dies in three-car collision

AN 18-year-old college student died of his injuries at the scene of a three-car collision on Friday.

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Davis says Over-the-Hill bill will only help rich

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday branded the government’s touted Economic Empowerment Zone Bill 2018 as “flawed,” adding the legislation in its current form will only boost the rich at the expense of the poor.Instead of doing

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$20m loan to help young unemployed find work

IN a bid to reduce unemployment among people between the ages of 16 and 40, the government signed a $20m loan with the Inter-American Development Bank yesterday.

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‘Kill cops’ threat earns two years probation

A MAN was sentenced yesterday to two years’ probation on 16 counts of death threats issued against police in a video recording.

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Trapped - by lack of ‘official’ status: Immigration rules catch teen who needs US surgery

ACCESS to potentially life-saving medical treatment for a 15-year-old girl suffering from brain lesions has been blocked due to her irregular immigration status that bars her from travelling to the United States, her family says.

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Arrests operation ‘just a smokescreen’

HUMAN rights group Rights Bahamas yesterday castigated the government for its recent raid in shanty town communities just weeks ahead of scheduled evictions.

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Fresh water wash conch - or close

AS confirmed cases of conch poisoning continue to rise, the government intends to send inspectors out to ensure vendors selling and preparing raw conch are adhering to health regulations, including using fresh water to clean the seafood.

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For latest in orderliness, prisons look to computer tablets solution

Allowing inmates to stare at computer tablet screens for hours each day may be just the ticket for creating calm, orderly cellblocks, prison officials say.

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'Fighting Lupus, Finding Hope' - Jonique's Beast Mode

WHENEVER you see bubbly Jonique Webb, one would never know that she’s suffering from the decease lupus because she’s the type of athlete that doesn’t allow anything to upset her. Webb, a 2006 graduate of Jordan Prince Williams High School where she p

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THE FINISH LINE: Congrats to 'Golden Girl' Joanna and our swimming team at CAC Games

WHAT a difference an international meet has been for Olympic swimmer Joanna Evans. In her second appearance at the Commonwealth Games Down Under in the Gold Coast in Australia in April, Evans was quite disappointed that she didn’t get to perform at

100-hits milestone for Chavez Young this season

CHAVEZ Young continues his season of milestones with the Lansing Lugnuts and the Toronto BlueJays organisation.Young became the first Lugnuts player this season to reach 100 hits when he went 2-4 with one run scored and one RBI in Wednesday’s 5-4 los

BOMAC 4: The Strikers Revenge at Melia August 3

LIVE Mixed Martial Arts will return to the country as the Bahamas Open Martial Arts Championship prepares to host the fourth edition of its signature event.BOMAC will reach another milestone in Mixed Martial Arts when they host BOMAC 4: The Strikers

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Team Bahamas 24th overall at USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics

BAHAMIAN water polo players concluded their historic appearance at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics.In a joint effort with the Houston Storms Water Polo Club, the six members of the Bahamian Mantas Water Polo Club - Saequan Miller, Gabriel

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Jacobi earns his first JITIC title

Jacobi Bain, back in his natural age group after moving up a notch for some experience, won his first JITIC 16-and-under title in the 2018 COTECC Junior Circuit.Playing in the final as the top seed yesterday in El Salvador, Bain came from behind for

Abaco's Holy Saviour Anglican Church gets a makeover

The excitement surrounding the recent rededication of the Holy Saviour Anglican Church in Blackwood, Abaco will linger in the hearts and minds of the island’s inhabitants for a long time.Father Chester Burton, Anglican church rector, said the service

A message to our young men - Time for a wake-up call

This is a most important piece of advice that I am about to bequeath to my fellow Bahamian brothers. I honestly feel like the apostle in Romans 9:1-3: “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, Tha

St Andrew's Kirk hosts 'promising' music students for recital

Beautiful piano music filled St Andrew’s Presbyterian Kirk on Sunday afternoon, July 1, as students of Wilfred Butler performed and exhibited poise, style and grace before a large audience of parents, friends and well-wishers. Students performed on a

Meditation - Hoping for the best

Usually the phrase “hoping for the best” means to be in a difficult situation with no guarantee of the outcome, but there is the desire to not lose hope. Is this where you find yourself right now? Is your heart heavy for one reason or another? Let me

We are all watchmen for the moral soul of society

Read Ezekiel 33:1-11; Psalm 119:33-48; Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 18:15-20. These passages deal with appropriate Christian behaviour, which hinges on knowing and obeying God’s law, especially as it relates to the ultimate law of life.Our appropriatio

Well-known Five Porches Church bishop dies

Senior Pastor Rodney Roberts' life 'one to emulate'

BISHOP J Rodney Roberts, the senior pastor of the Five Porches of Deliverance Centre who was hailed as a “giant man of God” by fellow clerics and congregation members, has died.He reportedly died of a sudden heart attack in the early hours of yesterd

TECH PAGE 07252018

• The surveillance system that has kept watch on students entering Lockport schools for over a decade is getting a novel upgrade. Facial recognition technology soon will check each face against a database of expelled students, sex offenders and other possible troublemakers.

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High-altitude balloons to deliver internet access in Kenya by Loon

A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.

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Conviction upheld for man guilty of stabbing

THE Court of Appeal has affirmed the 2015 convictions and subsequent sentences of a man found guilty of the 2015 fatal stabbing of another man in the Rand Memorial Hospital’s parking lot.Rashid Farrington stabbed two men, one fatally, in trying to ev

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Rangers take first steps into the world of journalism

ABOUT 20 Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers are better prepared with fundamental skills after successfully completing phase one of a journalism course at the RBDF Rangers Summer Camp in Grand Bahama.A total of 70 Rangers are attending the event, whi

Name and shame

THE Treasury is owed hundreds of millions - it seems the Government and its agency are not very successful in collecting those millions.

Divisions over national honours

THE National Honours… Is it just a small storm or a gigantic Cat seven hurricane? In 2018 we have resurrected partisan division based on ethnic and political lines…We should be ashamed. Surely we are not so immature? It seems we are totally insensitive. Shame on PM Minnis.

Show us the money

Hello again my Bahamian citizens, another year has gone by, and it baffles me that there is still not one word being said in any quarters about our thirty million, plus, dollars ($30,000,000 plus) that was spent, wasted or pocketed on the so-called Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

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BUSINESS BITES: Bahamas Property Fund - what’s next?

NO one can tell how many investors hold, directly or indirectly, an equity position in this BISX-listed company, but they all must have a headache after a quick glance at its recently published financial statements for the year 2017.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: The generation gap

A few weeks ago, I found myself at a barbecue at a friend’s house, enjoying a leisurely Sunday afternoon. 

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Water turned off at Bazaar amid struggles

STRAW vendors at the International Bazaar are without public restroom facilities after the city water supply was turned off yesterday, The Tribune learned.Some seven vendors remaining in the Straw Market do not pay rent, but still had access to runni

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Moultrie promises to remain impartial

AFTER a closed door meeting with Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis, House Speaker Halson Moultrie yesterday renewed his pledge of impartiality in mediating parliamentary proceedings.The Nassau Village MP did not go into great detail abo

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Sharks take a bite to give bnt $100k

THE Bahamas National Trust is beaming with pride after being selected for a major donation as part of the Discovery Channel’s exciting show “Shark Tank Meets Shark Week” which aired on Wednesday night on the Discovery Channel.The TV sharks – tough, s

EDITORIAL: Here’s hoping for Oban 2 - but why would Dhunna & Co give up what they’ve already got?

THE sorry saga of the Oban Energies deal rumbles ever onwards – and a most curious tale it is too.

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Deal imminent to get BPL 'out of dark ages'

A Cabinet Minister yesterday confirmed that a deal for Nassau’s new power plant could be signed as early as next week to bring the energy sector “out of the dark ages”.Desmond Bannister, minister of works, told Tribune Business that the signing of a

Home insurance drop-off may 'get more extensive'

A Bahamian insurer yesterday branded its top rating as “a feather in the cap”, while expressing fears that under-insurance among homeowners may “get more extensive” via the VAT reforms.Anton Saunders, RoyalStar Assurance’s managing director, told Tri

Bahamas must 'get on board' following UK's marijuana bid

The UK’s decision to approve marijuana for medical use shows why The Bahamas must “get on board”, one advocate yesterday dismissing estimates pegging its economic impact at $5m as “jokey”.Terry Miller, chairman of the Bahamas Cannabis Research Instit

Less than 20% of suspicious deals passed to Police Force

Despite a 46 percent surge in suspicious transactions reports (STRs) in 2017, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) passed less than one in five over to the police for further investigation.The FIU’s annual report, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday,

2,765 overtime hours but no payment due

A former Grand Bahama Power Company manager should have taken 2,765 overtime “in-lieu” hours before voluntarily resigning rather than suing for compensation two years later.The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous verdict written by Sir Hartman Longley, i

Contractors are warned: Govt deals 'not automatic'

A Cabinet minister has described enforcement of the Construction Contractor’s Act and e-procurement as two of the greatest challenges facing the construction industry.The electronic procurement process was recently launched by the Ministry of Finance

Over-the-Hill residents warned: Don't miss out

The deputy prime minister yesterday said residents in over-the-hill areas covered by Economic Empowerment Zone legislation will miss a “tremendous opportunity” if they did not capitalise on its benefits.KP Turnquest, pictured, while speaking in Parl

New Minister: Govt targetingPotter's Cay, Montague moves

A Cabinet minister yesterday said the government is eyeing a cost-effective “transformation” of both the Potter’s Cay Dock as well as the Montague Ramp.Michael Pintard, pictured, minister of agriculture and and marine resources, told Tribune Business

IAN FERGUSON: How you counter workplace cliques

Every company wants its employees to get along. After all, teamwork is an essential part of a company’s success. But sometimes groups of employees form cliques at work. When this happens, it is detrimental to employee morale and can lead to workplace

Thursday, July 26

07262018 EDITION

Thursday, 26th July, 2018.

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Speaker wants new parliament at PO site

HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie says he envisions a new Parliament at the site of the General Post Office, where there are plans to eventually demolish the existing structure.“As the member for Killarney (Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis) spoke, I had a

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Training stepped up to minimise police shootings

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday confirmed police were working to establish intermediate use of force standards that would regulate police response when facing perceived threats.Use of force standards dictate how much force can be us

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D'Aguilar: We will not be moved on gaming tax

TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday insisted the government would not adjust its sliding scale tax structure imposed on gaming operators regardless of the findings of a study on its impact.Mr D’Aguilar rebuffed suggestions the government’s

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No official report on dog 'shot by police'

POLICE are seeking information regarding a recent video circulating on social media where civilians are accusing an officer of allegedly shooting and killing their dog.Inspector Percy Grant, the Humane Society’s shelter manager, said although the org

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Island-wide raids snare 35 suspects

POLICE arrested 35 people for various offences during an island-wide sweep of the capital with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Immigration Department early yesterday morning.

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How dare you: Haitians given warning over shanty town interference

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has told the Haitian Embassy in the Bahamas it will “not tolerate” the type of pronouncements a Haitian diplomat made earlier this week in reference to shanty town evictions, saying the comments “warranted the gravest concern” of the Bahamian government.

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Minnis blasts PLP’s ‘destructive era’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday blamed a “violent and destructive” era under the Progressive Liberal Party for the Over-the-Hill community’s poor conditions, which the Economic Empowerment Zone Bill is to help reverse.

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Builder sues over lost $20m contract

HOLIDAY Industrial Builders is suing the government for terminating its $20m contract to construct a complex on John F Kennedy drive to house the Ministry of National Security, according to Public Services and National Insurance Minister Brensil Rolle. 

Old City Market to house govt offices

WITH the Minnis administration hoping to reduce its annual $50m rental commercial property bill, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the former City Market grounds on Market Street will be home to new government offices.

Vacation rentals avoid VAT embrace - for now

A Cabinet minister yesterday declined to specify a timeline for introducing VAT on Airbnb-type vacation rentals, as the government has yet to develop “a working mechanism” for its collection.

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Court rules mother fit to stand trial for setting daughter on fire

A SUPREME Court jury has ruled that Philippa Marshall, the 40-year-old woman accused of murdering her one-year-old daughter by setting her on fire last year, is “sane and fit to stand trial”.The nine-woman jury yesterday rendered the verdict followin

1st annual Family Fun Run/Walk Race & Health Fair August 25

WHILE the focus will be on the men, the Men’s Department of the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention is inviting the general public to come out and participate in their first annual Family Fun Run/Walk Race and Health Fair.

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Bahamas First Junior Golf Open this weekend

BAHAMAS First General Insurance Company recently announced its sponsorship of the 2018 Bahamas First Junior Golf Open in partnership with the Fourteen Clubs Golf Academy. This junior golf tournament is all set to take place on Sunday, July 29, 2018 a

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Shooting for a higher education

THE Kevin Johnson Basketball Summer Camp is paving a path to higher education for young Bahamians by teaching them about life, the rewards of a good education, and sometimes even helping them to score a college scholarship, all while improving their

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‘Kino’ Burrows lends a hand to help develop youth basketball in Eleuthera

PROFESSIONAL basketball player and national team standout Jaraun “Kino” Burrows once again teamed up with Project Cay Camp and the Haynes Library to help youth basketball development in Eleuthera.

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CAC Games: Bahamas 9th in the standings with six medals

SWIMMERS and sailors continued the competition for Team Bahamas yesterday at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.In the pool, Izaak Bastian finished seventh in the A Final of the 200m Breaststroke in 2:18.12 second

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Buddy Hield's 4th summer camp rocks Grand Bahama

Buddy Hield is back in Grand Bahama to host the fourth edition of his Summer Basketball Camp.The third-year Sacramento Kings guard is hosting the three-day event simultaneously in Freeport and Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.The camp began yesterday wi

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Entrepreneur winners of OWN scheme named

THE Island Luck Cares Foundation yesterday announced the winners of its fourth annual OWN Bahamas entrepreneurship programme, geared towards providing financial support and mentorship to up and coming business owners.Three Bahamians were granted thou

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Gunman disarmed by store workers

POLICE arrested a gunman who had been disarmed by employees of a convenience store during an armed robbery attempt on Tuesday.The incident happened shortly before 7pm when the gunman entered the store on Miami Street, held employees up and demanded c

School repairs clarification

THE Tribune wishes to correct a report published on Wednesday that said $14m has been budgeted for school repairs this summer.In fact, $7.2m has been budgeted for school repairs. Of that total, $4.5m has been budgeted for building work contracts, $1.

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Manslaughter conviction quashed by appeal court

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the September 2016 manslaughter conviction of Durante Davis who was accused of providing the knife used in the killing of teenager Adonai Wilson.Appellate judges Hartman Longley, Justice Crane-Scott and Michael Barnett

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2017 firearm case adjourned again

SENIOR Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans yesterday adjourned a 2017 gun possession case involving Philmore Davis, the son of Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Davis, and three other men, to October 3.The adjournment marks at least the sixth hearing

Courthouse workers walk out over mould

ANGRY employees at the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre walked out of the courthouse building yesterday morning in protest of an unresolved mould issue.The workers gathered outside around 9.30am calling for the issue to be resolved after an independent

Firefighters battle double blaze in New Providence

POLICE are investigating two structural fires that occurred in New Providence yesterday morning, one at the D’Albenas Agency in Palmdale and the second at an abandoned building on Bay Street.According to head of Police Fire Services, Chief Superinten

Baha Mar awaits Crystal Palace demolition nod

Baha Mar yesterday said it was still awaiting the necessary regulatory approvals to begin demolishing the former Crystal Palace resort and casino, although its target dates have not altered.Robert Sands, the $4.2bn development’s senior vice-president

Auditor General finds 'gross manipulation' of public monies

Central and local government agencies on Grand Bahama have been given until August 7 to explain how they will address weaknesses that, in one case, led to public monies being “grossly manipulated”.Reports by Terrance Bastian, the Auditor-General, int

Public Treasury staff 'burnt out, at their limits'

Public Treasury staff were “burnt out and stretched to their limits” in 2014, with the Treasurer warning that “increased absenteeism” was worsening personnel and skill shortages. Eugenia Cartwright’s blunt concerns were only revealed yesterday - almo

Post Office's woes solved by year-end

THE Post Office’s woes should be resolved by year-end, a Cabinet minister forecast yesterday, while admitting that the site for its proposed relocation requires renovations “above and beyond” what was expected.Renward Wells, minister of transport and

Wednesday, July 25

Minister says change is coming to BAMSI

A newly-appointed Cabinet Minister shared his vision for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) with its 200 staff when he toured the North Andros facility last week.The visit by Michael Pintard, minister of agriculture and mari

Fisheries protection goes beyond poaching

A Cabinet Minister yesterday said a “multi-pronged” approach is needed to ensure marine protection and sustainability, adding that this cannot be confined to anti-poaching measures.Speaking with Tribune Business following a press to announce a public

Jobs website dresses recruits for success

More than 30,000 Bahamians have used 242jobs.com to connect with employers and find jobs, with half registering profiles on the site.Donavon Powell, 242jobs.com’s chief executive, started the online site to tackle The Bahamas’ unemployment rate and l

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Bethel doubts success of shanty town lawsuits

An impending class action suit by attorney Fred Smith, QC, to block shanty town evictions could face serious challenges, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday, as he suggested the government was more concerned about curing the country of these

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Three face court accused of armed robbery

THREE men were arraigned on armed robbery charges yesterday.Tyrell Higgs, 25, Taniko Turner, 36, and Randolf Bain, 35, are accused of robbing Javon Butler of a grey and blue Samsung cellphone worth $180 on July 19 while armed with a handgun.The three

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'I didn't know Royal Wedding sermon would cause a fuss'

AMERICAN Bishop Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church who delivered the sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May, admitted that he did not initially realise how effective his sermon was, and is often

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Evans strikes gold in 800m free

It was another gold medal performance from Joanna Evans, this time in her speciality in the women’s 800 metre freestyle at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

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‘Who holds the future - London or ourselves?’

 BAHAMIANS will have to decide whether they want a group of judges in London to determine their future or if they want to have control over it themselves, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday as public debate on capital punishment has reignited.

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Munroe fights to stop Gibson trial

LAWYERS for Shane Gibson yesterday filed a notice of motion alleging, among other things, witness coaching and overarching collusion between various police and prosecution units.

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‘Handbag hold-up’ netted $1m haul

IMAGES posted on social media of two men alongside two suspects dressed as women are false, according to a senior police official who confirmed there had been no arrest in connection with the John Bull store heist in Grand Bahama, where nearly $1m in merchandise was stolen.

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‘Demons’ mother judged fit to plea

A 40-year-old woman accused of killing her one-year-old daughter by setting her on fire last year was yesterday deemed “fit to plea,” following an extensive psychiatric evaluation.

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Foulkes hopeful for ‘improved’ Oban 2

LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes yesterday said he was confident negotiations between the government and Oban Energies over a revised deal will be conducted in good faith.

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Ingraham tribute to ‘excellent’ Neymour

AS HE remembered Phenton Neymour as an “excellent addition” to his Cabinet, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said he was saddened to learn of the former Member of Parliament’s death on Monday night.

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$14m budgeted to prepare schools for next term

THE government will spend about $14m this summer to prepare schools for the coming term, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.This includes $7.2m in school repair contracts, $4.5m in building work contracts, $1.2m in electrical work contrac

Postal service collapse

While I know there is a general collapse of the postal service throughout the country, my comments are more specifically related to the Cable Beach Post Office where I have a post box.

Valsartan recall clarification

THERE seems to be a bit of confusion in the general populace and on social media regarding the recent recall of Valsartan, a drug used to treat high blood pressure. The recall did NOT affect ALL brands.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Super Value made a mistake but they can still put it right

Last week, Super Value president Rupert Roberts said the company will no longer provide enhanced maternity costs. The company practices a form of self-insurance, setting money aside to cover medical costs rather than engaging an insurance company which could cost more money. It has decided to discontinue maternity payments it makes which are on top of the statutory requirement in order to have more money available for catastrophic illness and life-saving treatment.

Why drop the World Relays?

Of all the inexplicably dumb decisions made by the Minnis government the one to cancel the World relays has to rank among the top five.

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‘Hooping-by-the-Park’ Basketball Tournament starts on August 3

KEEN action will ignite the Rubis “Hooping-by-the-Park” Basketball Tournament, when some 16 plus basketball teams and athletes will vie for the festival championship title, starting on Friday, August 3 at the Freedom Park in Fox Hill.

Advocates win

THE Advocates, a well-balanced team of Lee Davis, Alcondo Hepburn, Janice Hoyte, Tara Johnson and Yule Hoyte, put on an amazing display of good bowling last night to claim the first place prize of $1,200 in the 2018 Kalik Bowling Team Tournament.

EDITORIAL: A property tax which rewards neglect

VISITORS to Nassau ride through the historic city wide-eyed, awed by the lines and bones of its architectural heritage and appalled at the number of buildings with holes in the roof or no roof at all, decorated with unsightly graffiti and begging for attention.

Epilogue to Ganja

IN Jamaica, grass is heralded as the weed of knowledge. If you want to become wise, light up a spliff. Each household can grow as much as five plants. Small amounts of marijuana for personal use has been decriminalised. It is also legal for religious purposes. Rastafarians can use marijuana openly as a part of their ceremony. Jamaicans are excited about the possibilities of the country becoming a grass tourism destination.

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Heave! Blue Chips Athletics’ 5th annual Throwers Camp swings into high gear

AFTER being slowed down a bit by the inclement weather on day one, the Blue Chip Athletics’ fifth annual Throwers Camp swung into high gear on day two at the Queen’s College field yesterday.

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No extra time to appeal for convicted murderer

A CONVICTED murderer has been denied permission to allow extra time to have his appeal heard against his life sentence.Angelo Rahming was found guilty of the 2006 murder of Anthony Seymour - known as Troy - after a jury heard how he had shot and stab

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Garvey: Our son's death has left a void

ACTIVIST Troy Garvey, his wife, Charlene, and their children are devastated over the tragic loss of their son and sibling Trey Garvey, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident last week in Grand Bahama.Trey, 19, was a well-mannered and talented y

Chamber chief: 'Too early 'for blame game over VAT

Blaming the VAT hike for business declines is “the easy answer”, Exuma’s Chamber of Commerce chief said yesterday, as the 12 percent rate is felt far more keenly in the Family Islands.Pedro Rolle warned against rushing to judgment over recent “notice

Tourism's counter-attack against ex-beauty queen

The Ministry of Tourism is claiming it could not have breached a former Bahamian beauty queen’s copyright because of her deal with the Junkanoo Carnival organisers.The government agency, in a furious counter-attack against Khiara Sherman, pictured, t

PM to unveil $2bn GB deal

The prime minister will today announce the heads of agreement signing for the $2bn revival of the former Ginn project in Grand Bahama’s West End, sources said last night.Well-placed Tribune Business contacts suggested Dr Hubert Minnis plans to make a

Bahamian airline in 'multi-million' growth

WESTERN Air is eyeing route expansion both domestically and internationally, having made a “multi-million” investment to upgrade its fleet through the addition of three new jets.Sherrexcia “Rexy” Rolle, the Bahamian airline’s vice-president of operat

Contractors differ over VAT waiver

Top Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) executives yesterday took opposing stances on the industry’s ability to access the “waiver” from 12 pecent VAT on pre-existing contracts.Leonard Sands, pictured, the BCA’s president, told Tribune Business th

Make Fiscal Bill 'first thing worked on' after summer

Governance reformers last night urged the government to make the Fiscal Responsibility Bill “the first thing they work on” when Parliament returns, expressing disquiet over its delay until fall.Matt Aubry, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’

Govt targeting jobs tie-up with carnival

The government is hoping Bahamians will soon find work aboard luxury cruise ships through its partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines.Senator Dion A Foulkes, the minister of labour, and Ministry officials sought to move the initiative forward in recen

VAT exemptions 'no small order'

The DEPUTY prime minister yesterday conceded it was “no small order” for foods stores and pharmacies to reclassify products ahead of their value-added tax (VAT) “zero rating” on August 1.KP Turnquest acknowledged that the Minnis administration’s poli

Tuesday, July 24

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Tuesday, 24th July, 2018.

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Debit card shopping spree lands teenager in prison

A MAGISTRATE yesterday sentenced a 19-year-old to two years in prison for multiple fraud charges due to expenses he racked up while on a shopping spree across two islands with a debit card he manipulated.Patrecko Maycock, of Pride Estates, stood befo

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Sands: Don’t spend a fortune training too many doctors for not enough vacancies

HUNDREDS of qualified doctors in Trinidad & Tobago face unemployment in what Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says is a case of “piss-poor planning” - the kind The Bahamas has also been guilty of over the years.

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Minnis: It's time to get rid of single-use plastics

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis added his voice to the government’s push to eliminate single-use plastics by 2020 yesterday evening, telling people during a town-hall at the New Providence Community Church that it’s time The Bahamas takes substantial

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FACE TO FACE: A woman with fashion in her blood

I was scrolling through Instagram one day when I came upon the work of this Bahamian designer. I was in awe. I followed her immediately. Since then, I have had many a jaw dropping and breathtaking experience seeing another one of her creations pop up on my timeline. Even her business name is a cut above – Remilda Rose is a name attached to some of the most beautiful garments to touch red carpets and turn heads in The Bahamas.

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UPDATED: Men dressed as women rob Freeport John Bull store

TWO men disguised as women, both wearing long dark wigs, pulled off a daring morning robbery at the John Bull store in Freeport yesterday, smashing a display case and stealing a number of high-priced watches. 

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‘No role for DPP in social media war’

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday expressed shock over the government’s decision to refer a “simple social media, political war” to the director of public prosecutions.

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Embassy role in shanty town evictions

HAITIAN Embassy First Assistant Secretary Karl Henri Chatelier has been working with the Bahamas government, local clergy, and the Haitian community to help develop alternatives to residents being evicted from shanty towns, while bettering the conditions of those areas.

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Gaming industry now at ‘standstill’

THE numbers industry as Bahamians know it is at a “standstill,” Craig Flowers told The Tribune yesterday, insisting his organisation FML Group of Companies, and others, will not be able to clearly chart a course of survival until the new stamp duty on deposits and digital online sales takes effect.

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A safe summer is a fun summer

ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police Samuel Butler visited over 100 children on Friday enrolled in the six-week police summer camp at the St George’s High School on Grand Bahama.ACP Butler commended Bahamas First General Insurance, which is a major spons

Sears reinforces need for independent DPP

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday defended the independence of the Department of Public Prosecutions as he sought to clarify his referral of a matter to the director of public prosecutions.Mr Bethel told The Tribune on Sunday he had asked the DP

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Birthday girl Joanna Evans wins another silver at the CAC Games

Birthday girl Joanna Evans added another silver medal to her ledger, this time in the rarely swum 400 metre individual medley and was joined by Albury Higgs with a bronze to push Team Bahamas’ total to five on the medal table at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games.

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Safe haven for cancer patients hailed as a ‘godsend’

“A godsend” is what Francis Friends calls the assistance of the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, whom she credits with making her husband’s treatment and recovery process as comfortable as possible.

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'LEAP' takes fight against diabetes-related amputations to the Family Islands

Foot and Ankle International is expanding its LEAP programme to the Family Islands, with the first partnership being established in Abaco. LEAP (Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention) was devised by former Cabinet minister podiatrist Dr Daniel Johnso

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Curing obesity in the Bahamas

Currently, the Bahamas ranks first in the world in diabetes, sixth in obesity and also is recognised as having one of the worse hypertension rates in the Americas.

Woman's car taken in early morning theft

A WOMAN was robbed of her vehicle early yesterday morning after arriving to work at a resort in Freeport, according to unconfirmed reports. The incident reportedly occurred around 4.30am as the woman was getting out of her car. She ran to the securit

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Local farm dives into global infused water trend

We all know that we should be drinking water instead of all those sugary beverages like sodas and juices.However, drinking plain old water can get a being boring after a while. Sometimes we just crave something with taste. Enter the infused water tre

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The power to change

We have seen a great deal of violence lately, as well as a large amount of typecasting. We hear about violence and then we hear how much young, black men love violence and how their characters are formed to be violent. This discourse is deeply histor

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Genius girls learn about self-love and purpose

It’s a wrap for the Girl Genius Academy’s Summer camp, as the young participants head into the remainder of their vacation with new-found inspiration, creativity and self-esteem.“Igniting the genius in every girl” was the theme for this year’s camp w

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Finding love fast: New speed dating event targets 'well-rounded' singles

A common complaint heard from those out there on the dating scene is the scarcity of suitable romantic partners in the Bahamas. Many women complain that their male counterparts want only sex and no real commitment, while the men are say most of the w

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THE PRESS BOX: ‘Rumblings’ as training camps set to open in NFL

AS NFL training camps get set to open around the league, here is some last minute news, rumours and possible opportunities for redemption.

Strachan: ‘Arthur was one of our best junior welterweight fighters’

SINCE in mourning over the death of his wife, Bahamas Professional Boxers Association president Patrick ‘the Centreville Assassin’ Strachan said it has been a difficult time trying to grieve over the loss of his long-time friend and collegiate Arthur Clarke.

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Jones one of the top performers at Summer Hoops Festival

EACH appearance on the prep grassroots circuit continues to net NCAA Division I offers for Kai Jones.

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Bahamians team up at Water Polo Junior Olympics

BAHAMIAN water polo players continue to progress through the preliminary rounds at the USA Water Polo National Junior Olympics.

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‘Major pain’ has fists set on last dance in the ring

ONE of the Bahamas’ most successful professional boxing careers will come to a close on Saturday, October 6 as Meacher Major stages his “last dance” in the ring where it all got started at the CI Gibson Gymnasium.

Ban exports of Queen Conch

STROMBUS gigas or Queen Conch as it is known to most of us, is collapsing in most of its historic Caribbean region.

Farewell to Basil Sands

Illustrious Basil Sands loved God. He was devoted to his God and his Anglican Church, while respecting the many ways in which people express their spirituality.

EDITORIAL: A bumbling buffoon but could Trump win again?

HISTORIANS will certainly have their hands full with the legacy of Donald Trump. Just when it seems he cannot do anything more outlandish, selfish or just plain stupid, he surpasses himself. His performance in meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland last week almost seemed to be an attempt to exceed his own previously well-documented witlessness. It must be admitted that if that was his intent, he was successful.

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Man pleads guilty to drug posession

A 21-year-old man yesterday pleaded guilty to three counts of drug possession with the intent to supply.Deno Francis Jr, of Fleming Street, appearing before Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain, yesterday admitted to possessing .125 ounces of cocai

Patient registration change

MANAGEMENT of Princess Margaret Hospital has advised the general public that patient registration services have been redirected from the main registration window located in the pharmacy waiting area to the General Business Office and the Accident & Emergency registration area at this time.

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Stolen boat found near Bimini

A VESSEL stolen from Grand Bahama was discovered near Ocean Cay in the Bimini chain and a Bahamian man found on board was arrested by Bahamian authorities. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Northern Command assisted police officers stationed at Bimin

'Shooting in the dark' over WTO's impacts

The private sector is “shooting in the dark” over World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership’s impact due to the absence of proper economic analysis, the insurance sector chair is warning.Emmanuel Komolafe, adding his voice to similar concerns already

Patron taxes a 'major concern' for web shops

THE twin five percent Stamp Tax levies on web shop patrons are a “significant concern” for operators, the Gaming House Operators Association’s chief executive said yesterday.Gershan Major told Tribune Business that while it was difficult to determine

Tax 'best practice' may have avoided 12% VAT

The Chamber of Commerce’s chairman yesterday gave his backing to the concept of adding real property tax to utility bills as a means of achieving “best practice” on compliance levels.Michael Maura told Tribune Business it was “more than likely” that

Ex-Senate president’s setback over Fox Hill committal for attorney

An ex-Senate president has suffered a setback in her bid to collect a $186,809, eight year-old debt from a fellow attorney by having her sent to Fox Hill Prison for 21 days.

'Greater risk' for insurers if 90-day cover eliminated

Eliminating 90-day “cover notes” will fail to curb uninsured drivers while increasing the risk faced by insurance companies, the Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chair warned yesterday.Emmanuel Komolafe told Tribune Business there was a mistaken

Minister 'not wavering' on fast food taxation

The Minister of Health yesterday said he has “not wavered” on his recommendation for a consumption tax to be imposed on the fast-food industry, but such a policy move is “not imminent”.Dr Duane Sands told Tribune Business: “No, that’s not something t

Sponging revival stiffens on Long Island, Abaco

A dozen spongers on Long Island expressed interest in creating an association and reviving the industry in conjunction with an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded project.“It was encouraging to see so much support from the community in getti

Aviation marketing kick-off for Bahamas

Florida’s largest aviation conference has begun promoting general visits and fly-outs to The Bahamas ahead of the official October 1 launch of its marketing partnership with the country.Sun ‘n Fun International has added The Bahamas’ general aviation

Breadbasket food changes 'delayed but not derailed'

The Minister of Health yesterday admitted said the promised revision to the country’s 45 year-old breadbasket foods line-up has been “delayed but not derailed”.Dr Duane Sands told Tribune Business the revisions will not be in place in when the breadb

Monday, July 23

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Former MP Phenton Neymour dies

FORMER Member of Parliament Phenton Neymour has died, it was confirmed on Monday night.

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Monday, 23rd July, 2018.

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Police investigate fatal hit-and-run on Robinson Road

POLICE are investigating a fatal hit-and-run in the capital after a pedestrian was struck while attempting to cross the road on Friday evening. The man was attempting to cross Robinson Road in the vicinity of Washington Street shortly after 10pm, ac

Discovery Channel treasure hunters had permits to film and research only

TREASURE hunters seen scanning Bahamian waters and uncovering artifacts from historic wrecks on the Discovery Channel were given permits to film and research by the Bahamas government.

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Boat pulls down power lines on Eastern Road

A boat being towed on the Eastern Road has pulled down power lines this afternoon - creating a headache for motorists.

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Murderers? Hang ‘em and move on

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday said he has no issue “hanging” any person convicted of murder and “moving on”.

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Tech issues stall new betting tax

Bahamian gamblers will enjoy a two-month reprieve from the budget’s twin five percent levies because they are “not as easy and straightforward” to implement as the government thought.

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Did PLP operate ‘dirty tricks’ unit?

THE Department of Public Prosecutions has been directed to look into viral allegations concerning a political “war room” and its purported campaign of dirty tricks against Free National Movement candidates in the run up to the 2017 general election.

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‘Work permits need stricter controls’

LABOUR Director John Pinder yesterday expressed a desire to review the application process of long-term work permits, telling The Tribune there should be increased stipulations to guard against abuse.

Paying tribute to the man from East Street

As we celebrate our recognised heroes. I am honoured to pay tribute to the man from East Street. I wrote this on August 25th, 2000 the day Sir Lynden died. Titled the Man From East Street.

A cardinal error by the Pope?

POPE Francis of Rome expressed words to the effect “God made you like this” and being gay does not matter.

EDITORIAL: The two faces of marijuana – medical and recreational

WE ARE pleased that Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, in considering whether marijuana should be legalised in the Bahamas, will not be looking at the revenue that such legalisation might bring in, but on the medical benefits that marijuana, if controlled, could offer our people.

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WORLD VIEW: So what did the talking heads of CARICOM actually achieve?

THIS week the Washington-based publication Latin American Advisor sought responses from myself and others considered knowledgeable on Caribbean affairs, to three questions regarding the recently-held CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in Jamaica.

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INSIGHT: I’m tipping my hat to shanty town demolitions - so should we all

AS we enter the final week of July, we are rapidly approaching the deadline for all shanty town residents to evacuate these communities. The government’s extension from the original date of July 31 to August 10 has given these residents some extra time to pack their belongings and secure new accommodations.

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Two in hospital after separate shootings

TWO men are in hospital after being shot during separate incidents in New Providence on Saturday, police said. In the first incident, shortly before 1am a man was standing in his yard on Cascarilla Street in Pinewood Gardens, when he was approached b

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INSIGHT: Hey, Mr Bannister - this is driving us POTTY

Works Minister Desmond Bannister signalled last week he was proposing massive $10,000 fines for utility companies who dig up roads and then leave them looking like an assault course for motorists.If his plan comes to fruition then given the state of

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PM's delivery Unit set for Singapore visit

THE Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit and other departments are expected to travel to Singapore to determine how best to modernise and streamline government projects and policies.Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he has already had communications wit

Blue Chips' annual Throwers Summer Camp starts this morning

FOR the fifth consecutive year, coach April Smith is in town to conduct the Blue Chips Athletic Club’s Annual Throwers Summer Camp.Rain or shine, the camp, organised by Blue Chips Athletic Club founder and coach Corrington Maycock, will get started a

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Fox and Seymour go head-to-head in Single A-Advanced play

LUCIUS Fox and Anfernee Seymour crossed paths in the minor leagues once again as they went head-to-head in Single A-Advanced play.Fox’s Charlotte Stone Crabs remain 4.5 games ahead of Seymour’s Jupiter Hammerheads in the race for the Florida State Le

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Isnord gets his first high major offer from Virginia Tech Hokies

PREP basketball star Wilkenson “Kenny” Isnord received his first high major offer from an elite Division I programme.Isnord’s summer recruitment continues to accelerate following his performance at the Summer Hoops Festival in Orlando, Florida, last

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Freedom Farm brings home the bronze

FREEDOM Farm Baseball League closed out competition at the Caribbean Regional Qualifier for the Little League World Series with an historic finish for the Bahamas.The team claimed the bronze medal at the event with a 6-1 win over Aruba at the tournam

NPSA All-Star Games take on new format

WHEN the New Providence Softball Association’s All-Star games are played in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Tuesday night, they will take on a slightly different format.The NPSA, headed by Desiree Taylor, has revealed tha

Everette 'Elisha Obed' Ferguson laid to rest

THE boxing community, joined by a number of politicians, came out to show their support to the family of the late Everette Oswald “Elisha Obed’ Ferguson as the former World Boxing Council’s junior middleweight champion was remembered for his accompli

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Fed Cup team falls short in Ecuador

THE Bahamas women’s national tennis team fell short in their bid to return to Group One of the Fed Cup tie over the weekend in Ecuador.After breaking through Pool B with an impressive 3-0 win-loss record, the Bahamas suffered its first loss as top ra

Oban Energies yet to open office in Freeport

OBAN Energies has not yet opened an office in Freeport, even though its president, Satpal Dhunna said earlier this year company officials were looking into leasing temporary office space at the Seahorse Shopping Plaza in Lucaya.In March, Mr Dhunna to

Man loses arm in boating accident

AN American man was seriously injured in a boating accident in West End, Grand Bahama. According to Assistant Superintendent Terecita Pinder, police were called to a marina in West End shortly after 3pm on Friday to an incident involving some Americ

'Innovative' tax thinking praised by BICA chief

A top accountant has praised the government’s “innovative thinking” in seeking to collect real property tax through attaching it to the monthly payment of utility bills.Gowon Bowe, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) president, told

High-end real estate market in 'shock, panic'

THE high-end second home market is in “a state of shock” and “panic” over fears of “exorbitant” real property tax hikes following the recent budget changes, realtors are warning.John Christie, director and vice-president of HG Christie, told Tribune

Competition watchdog needs 'more autonomy'

The Bahamas’ proposed competition watchdog should be given “more autonomy” by reducing ministerial powers in draft legislation, the Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chair is urging.Emmanuel Komolafe, pictured, told Tribune Business The Bahamas h

Sky chief brands $454k NAD debt as a 'non-issue'

Sky Bahamas’ principal yesterday branded threats to terminate the airline’s airport operating licence over a $454,000 debt as “a non-issue”, and said: “Every other airline owes NAD money”.Captain Randy Butler told Tribune Business that he was one of

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Evans makes splash with two gold, one silver

Team Bahamas, through the first three days of competition, now has three medals at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, and they all belong to swimming record breaker Joanna Evans.

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UPDATED: ‘Wanted’ suspect shot dead by police

POLICE shot and killed an alleged armed robber who they said opened fire on two officers after pinning them against a vehicle.

Palm Cay to start $100 million construction within 90-120 days

PALM Cay, the southeastern New Providence community, is gearing up for the launch of its “next big project” where realtors will have a “big part” to play.The development recently held a VIP broker event to highlight its more than $2m in upgrades to

Minister praises training by co-operatives dept

A Cabinet Minister has praised the hands-in training provided to students by the Department of Co-operatives’ Summer Programme, known as “Empowerment Camp”.“I am very proud of what I am seeing here in terms of food processing and the creation of hand

Bahamas Cannabis Group launches its new website

The Bahamas Cannabis Research Institute (BACARI) Foundation, which is advocating the drug’s use for medicinal purposes, yesterday announces the launch of its new website.Terry Miller, its chairman, said “We are excited to integrate public feedback an

Friday, July 20

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Record breaker Joanna Evans wins gold at CAC Games

AFTER the first day of competition at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, the Bahamas picked up its first medal - a gold from swimmer Joanna Evans with a games' record breaking performance. 

07202018 EDITION

Friday, 20th July, 2018.

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Bahamas Consulate General expresses disappointment at Atlanta racial attack

THE Bahamas Consulate General expressed disappointment Friday at the racial attack a group of Bahamian youth and their chaperones experienced during a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.

Recall of antihypertensive drug Valsartan

PUBLIC health patients who filled prescriptions for antihypertensive drug Valsartan have been asked to return their medication for a replacement following an international recall.

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Mother's claim against govt over son's boating death to be heard in 2020

THE hearing of a mother’s $35,000 claim against the government for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s alleged culpability for a boating accident that resulted in her son’s death two years ago – has been set for 2020.

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Two Dominican fishermen arrested by Defence Force

TWO Dominican fishermen, caught fishing in Bahamian waters on Wednesday, were arrested by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and are on their way to Nassau.

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USS Hué City crew visit Beacon School’s Summer Camp

THE US Naval ship, USS Hué City CG-66, is in Grand Bahama this weekend and some of its crew members visited children at the Beacon School’s Summer Camp on Friday as part of a community relations project.

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Rupert Roberts' pregnancy comments 'reckless'

A WOMAN’s rights activist says Rupert Roberts’ commentary about pregnancy is “reckless and reminiscent of plantation mentality.”

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07202018 WEEKEND

Friday, 20th July, 2018.

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Shaunae breaks national 400m record

SHAUNAE Miller-Uibo, who missed out on her attempt at the 200/400 metre victory at the International Amateur Athletic Federation's (IAAF) World Championships last year in London, England, can now boast of holding the national record in both events at the same time.

Bahamas beats Bermuda for top spot in Fed Cup pool

WITH near perfect performances, the Bahamas breezed past Bermuda to clinch the top spot with a 3-0 win-loss record in pool B of Zone II of the Fed Cup Group II round robin on Friday in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Now they face hosts Ecuador on Saturday for a chance to qualify for Group One for 2019. 

Student debtors still won’t pay up

THE Education Loan Authority is considering an “extensive analysis” of all remaining delinquent student loans to determine “how much is still owed”, according to chairwoman Miriam Emmanuel.

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Mother sues RBDF over son’s death

THE mother of a 25-year-old man who was killed in a boating accident involving the Royal Bahamas Defence Force two years ago is suing the government for $35,000 in damages for the agency’s alleged negligence that resulted in her son’s death.

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Atlanta visit ends in racial barrage

A GROUP of Bahamian youth in Atlanta and former Cabinet minister Zhivargo Laing were verbally attacked at an Atlanta hotel Wednesday night by a white man who called them “n******”, “sluts” and told them “go back to Africa,” Mr Laing said on his Guardian Radio talk show yesterday.

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Palacious: Sir Roland honour is mistake

THE process for bestowing National Honours, which leaves the final say up to the prime minister, should be revisited, Anglican Archdeacon James Palacious said yesterday.

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Super Value ends staff ‘sex’ benefit

SUPER VALUE President Rupert Roberts said yesterday the company will discontinue covering enhanced maternity expenses of its employees because an increase in staff pregnancies is affecting the company’s medical fund at a time when there has also been a significant increase in catastrophic care expenses.

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Three arrested after morning raid

POLICE arrested three suspects yesterday after an early morning armed robbery.According to reports from police, shortly after 2am three armed men entered the property of the Learning Resources Unit on Mackey Street, held the security officer and anot

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Court rejects gunman's murder appeal

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed a convict’s attempts at challenging a Supreme Court jury imposed conviction for murdering a man during a failed attempt to rob him at gunpoint of his car six years ago.Appellate President Sir Hartman Longley and fell

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Basil Sands dies, aged 88

BASIL Sands Sr, the father of Health Minister Dr Duane Sands and Baha Mar Senior Vice President Robert “Sandy” Sands, died yesterday at the age of 88.The elder Sands, a celebrated accountant in his own right, was also the father of noted and respecte

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A COMIC'S VIEW: No slunkin', get ready for storm season

THIS past Wednesday I was on live radio remote, on KISS96FM at NEMA headquarters, kicking off the “Ready for Hurricane Season with Radiohouse” promotion. While chatting with my broadcast colleagues from JoyFM, Y98 and 100Jamz, we all shared the same

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Straw Market vendors want out of Bannister portfolio

THE Straw Business Persons Society yesterday called for the Nassau Straw Market to be removed from the portfolio of Works Minister Desmond Bannister.During a press conference, SBPS President Rev Esther Thompson and Vice President Rebecca Small also i

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'Eradicating shanty towns will be a painful process'

WHILE insisting shanty towns have been allowed to exist for too long, Anglican Archdeacon James Palacious said the process toward full eradication of these illegal communities will be a “painful” one.Speaking to reporters yesterday, he conceded many

A tribute to Alfred Bullard

IN the sixties and early seventies our Criminal Investigation Department was led by the late Stanley Moir, who joined the Police Service here from Bermuda. He was able to get approval for an increase in personnel to join stalwarts, such as Ormond Briggs, Anthony Fields, Milan Gittens, Louis Hemmings, Courtney Strachan and Allardyce Strachan.

Confirming the blessed

MEMBERS of the St Mary Magdalene in Glinton’s Long Island recently held what they described as an unforgettable confirmation service, as they welcomed Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd and his family to the church.Fourteen young Bahamians were confirmed adm

EDITORIAL: Why we need to pay our bills

ARE we really serious about ensuring the brightest possible future for The Bahamas?

Why the row over Sir Ronald?

I am old enough, despite my youthful looks, to remember the late Sir Roland T Symonette and, of course, the late Sir Stafford L Sands. They were both integral members of what was then loosely known as the United Bahamian Party (UBP) which held political sway over our country during the 1950s and 1960s. Most adherents of the UBP were so-called “white” Bahamians but there were hundreds of “black” Bahamians who also sang from the same hymn sheet.

Meditation: Where do we go from here? Part I

We have come this far by faith and by hard work on the part of those engaged in building rather than tearing down. We have had 40 years to test ourselves as a people. Where do we go from here?Let us consider seven building blocks with which to build

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Team Bahamas set for USA Water Polo Junior Olympics

SAEQUAN Miller, Gabriel Sastre, Alexander Turnquest, Nicholas Wallace-Whitfield, Gabriel Encinar, Damian Gomez and Thor Sasso have all been afforded the opportunity to travel to San Jose, California, to compete in the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics.T

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THE FINISH LINE: Let's get out and support Summer of Thunder

IT’s the summer time and we’re finding out that more and more teams are travelling to represent the country at various international meets around the world. At the same time, more and more teams are looking forward to coming to the Bahamas to bask i

Team named for CONCACAF girls' U-15 championship

THE Bahamas Football Association has released the names of the players selected to represent the Bahamas at the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football 2018 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship.The tournament, sche

Minor leaguer Chisholm promoted to Single A-Advanced

IT has been a week of highlights for Bahamian minor league baseball players featuring promotions and career days at the plate for several players.Jazz Chisholm was promoted to Single A-Advanced and Anferee Seymour made a successful return from the di

Freedom Farm falls 3-0 in the Little League World Series qualifier

THE run for the Bahamas and Freedom Farm Baseball League came to an end in the semi-finals at the Caribbean Regional Qualifier for the Little League World Series.Freedom Farm suffered a 3-0 loss to the tournament’s number one seed – Radames Lopez Lit

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Fed Cup team 2-0 after 2-1 win over T&T

The Bahamas women’s national tennis team moved to 2-0 in the Americas Zone II Fed Cup play yesterday after coming from behind to clinch a 2-1 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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Predators and Wildcats flag football champions!

THIS past weekend marked the end of the 2018 playing season for the Bahamas Flag Football League. The season ended with two teams returning to prominence and taking home the coveted title of champions.The women’s division saw the Paradise Game Wildca

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Ayton headlines camp

DEANDRE Ayton returned to the place where his basketball dreams first began. Ayton made an appearance at the 31st Jeff Rodgers Basketball camp yesterday to interact with scores of enthusiastic campers eager to greet the No.1 overall pick in June’s NB

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96-year-old 'woken by crackling and smoke'

DORIS Smith, 96, was awakened by the sounds of “crackling and smoke” and her quick action helped to save not only herself but her caretaker from a fire at her residence in Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock. The cause of the fire is unknown and fire officia

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Long Island, Abaco look to expand sponging industry

MORE than a dozen spongers on Long Island expressed huge interest in moving forward with creating a local association and revitalising the industry during a meeting with project managers of a project to revitalise the sponging industry.“It was encour

Super Value chief eyes 2/3 VAT collection slash

Super Value’s owner yesterday predicted that the supermarket chain’s VAT take will be slashed by two-thirds once the “breadbasket” food exemptions take effect on August 1.Rupert Roberts, pictured, told Tribune Business that the government will have t

DPM's 'social unrest' fear over govt spending cuts

The government will spark “social unrest” if it cuts public spending too rapidly and deeply, the deputy prime minister has warned, as he attacked “ridiculous” pre-election job contracts.K Peter Turnquest, addressing the Rotary Club of Old Fort on Wed

Govt mulling over adding property tax on light bills

The government is forecasting a three percent inflation increase this year as a result of the VAT rate hike, and examining whether to collect real property tax by adding it to light bills.KP Turnquest, the deputy prime minister, in an address to the

Bahamas trade deficit over $3bn

The Bahamas’ annual trade deficit expanded by 19 percent to over $3bn in 2017, as this nation’s merchandise import bill expanded by more than $500m.The Annual Foreign Trade Report, released this week by the Department of Statistics, revealed that imp

Port enables better employee feedback

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has introduced software that allows employees to provide anonymous feedback on ways to improve the business and its work environment.TinyPulse sends one question per week by email to be answered at any time over

BAMSI hosts 50 teens on summer programme

The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) hosted almost 50 teenagers as part of its annual Summer Education Enhancement Discovery Series (SEEDS).The campers learnt about various food sources grown and harvested in The Bahamas. For

Land ownership woes exacerbating poverty

Land ownership challenges are exacerbating poverty in a country where one in six Bahamians are thought to suffer from “chronic hunger”, the government’s report to the United Nations (UN) reveals.The just-published report measuring The Bahamas’ progre

Thursday, July 19

07192018 EDITION

Thursday, 19th July, 2018.

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Over-the-Hill scheme in spotlight at UN meeting

THE government’s Over-the-Hill development scheme took centre stage during the country’s presentation at the United Nations’ High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development yesterday.Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis explained the partnership ini

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Woman, man and teen on murder charge

A WOMAN, a man and a 16-year-old were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with murdering a man and attempting to kill another person last Friday.Maquella Dean, Antonio Thompson and the juvenile all stood before Deputy Chief Magistrate

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96-year-old displaced after blaze at her home

ONE of the oldest residents in Eight Mile Rock has been displaced from her home following an early morning fire yesterday.A blaze broke out at the Pinedale home of Doris Smith, 96, sometime after 2am. According to a relative, the fire destroyed her b

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4C’s facing court for defying ban order

THE Ministry of Transport and Local Government yesterday said it will pursue legal action against the 4C’s tour company for defying an order to cease operations.

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New controls to win govt contract

THE Ministry of Works is updating its contractor database through a new pre-qualification system that will form the basis upon which contractors are invited to submit bids for projects.

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VAT hike sparks 10% sales slump

A top food store chain yesterday revealed sales have fallen 10 per cent since the VAT rate hike, with this and other uncertainties forcing it to postpone further expansion plans.

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Road repair fines increased to $10k

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday tabled an amendment to the Roads Act, which seeks to raise the fine for infractions from $75 to $10,000.

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BPL staggering $70m exit plan

WITH 314 Bahamas Power and Light employees opting to receive voluntary separation packages which will result in more than $70m paid out over a period of time, Works Minister Desmond Bannister said employee departures have been staggered to ensure that the efficiency of Bahamas Power and Light is not negatively affected.

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54-year-old man accused of unlawful sex with girl, 13

A 54-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday after being charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.Dwayne Decosta stood before Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain charged with one count of unlawful sexual interc

Jehovah's Witnesses gear up for national conventions in Nassau

Jehovah’s Witnesses are set to launch their annual convention series in Nassau on Friday, July 27. The theme of this year’s island-wide gathering is “Be Courageous!” The emphasis will be on how Christians can deal successfully with the challenges of

Bahamas chosen by international church communities to host unique outreach initiative

LOCAL pastors and ministry leaders are making a unified effort to spread the gospel under the banner of Bahamas 4 Jesus (B4J).B4J, with the theme “Igniting Hope, Changing Destinies”, is an initiative geared towards national transformation that will b

What credit are you to The Bahamas?

“Ask not what your country can do for you, rather, ask what you can do for your country.” – President John F KennedyIsn’t it true that so many believe that the country and all her agencies owe them, and on demand they urge the settling of the perceiv

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Bahamas suffers 4-3 loss to Aruba, advances to playoffs

FREEDOM Farm Baseball League lost its third consecutive game at the Caribbean Regional Qualifying Tournament for the Little League World Series but maintains the fourth position in the standings and advanced to the playoff round.

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Ayton named to Summer League 2nd Team

DEANDRE Ayton’s first impression on the NBA landscape produced his first league-wide award.

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Thompsons liven up Jeff Rodgers camp

The Thompson family have been mainstays of the Jeff Rodgers Summer Basketball Camp and once again they made their usual appearance at the 31st edition of the event.

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Bahamas off to a positive start in Fed Cup

TEAM Bahamas got off to a positive start with a successful first tie in Zone B of the Americas Group II of the Fed Cup.

Waste health alert

Some years ago, there was a terrible outbreak of conch poisoning in Nassau.

Sewage causing conch problem?

Conch poisoning now at 17 cases - Tribune today 18th July.

Mangrove Cay needs

Greetings, I am writing this letter from Mangrove Cay, Andros.

EDITORIAL: Policing the seas should be a top priority

ON June 30, the eyes of the world focused on The Bahamas for all the wrong reasons. One American woman was killed and at least nine others were injured after a tour boat carrying 12 people exploded a mile off Barraterre in the Exumas. While the cause of that explosion remains under investigation, the incident drew our attention to the business of boating in Bahamian waters and to boat operations in general, vessels being used for commercial charters, fishing and for private recreational use.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Come on - it’s simply not cricket

Officially, cricket is the national sport of The Bahamas. Officially, oatmeal without sugar and cream is really good for you.

Airport workers sue govt after being fired from posts

TWO former airport assistant managers are taking legal action against the government for firing them from their posts earlier this year, with their attorney calling the terminations a “clear and unequivocal” breach of his clients’ contracts.According

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Three accused of burglaries

THREE Grand Bahama men were charged with multiple housebreaking and theft offences in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.Joshua Randy Williams, 39, of Hunters; Timothy Russell, 28, and John Wheatly Grant, 26, both of Lewis Yard, appeared befor

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Chairman appointment expires - and still no disclosures revealed

THE public will have to wait just a bit longer for the final listing and review of financial disclosures for the last three years, with Public Disclosure Commission Chairman Myles Laroda yesterday refusing to comment on the work of the unit without f

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Hurricane kit donation to help the vulnerable

THE National Emergency Management Agency teamed up yesterday with The Tribune’s Radio House and Fidelity Bank to promote hurricane safety and emphasise the importance of being prepared for this storm season.Broadcasting live from NEMA’s headquarters,

No licence can be revoked before suspect in Rose Island stabbing identified

THE Ministry of Transport and Local Government has released a statement in the wake of a stabbing incident that allegedly involved Jet Ski operators off Rose Island on July 10, saying that unless a licensed operator is prosecuted for an offence, a li

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Miller not the only one to sue the government

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said the government will only do what is in the best interest of Bahamians as it faces lawsuits over lease agreements that have allegedly been broken.His statement came after it was reveal

Walk brings the power of prayer to environment fight

IN its continued fight for a resolution to the environmental issues in the Pinder’s Point, Lewis Yard and other surrounding communities, the Grand Bahama Environmental Association (GBEA) is taking a spiritual approach by organising a seven-day “Jeric

AML Foods: 'distractions' added to 75% profit fall

AML Foods yesterday said its 75 percent fourth quarter profit decline will not become a long-term trend, as “distractions” resulted in margins and shrink heading in the wrong direction.Gavin Watchorn, the BISX-listed food retail and franchise group’s

Competition Bill 'answers prayers' over Bahamasair

A Bahamian airline principal yesterday pledged to “bring the first case” under proposed competition legislation, branding it: “An answer to my prayers”.Captain Randy Butler, Sky Bahamas’ chief executive, told Tribune Business that the draft Fair Comp

Dingman suffers double blow over restaurant failure

A Lyford Cay resident has suffered a double blow, after his attorneys withdrew over unpaid legal bills just as the fraud case relating to his collapsed Nassau restaurant empire revives.Jamie Dingman, son of late world-famous entrepreneur, Michael, wa

Contractor chief hails removal of 'cloak and dagger'

THE Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday hailed the new pre-qualification process for removing the “cloak and dagger” secrecy around public project bidding.Leonard Sands told Tribune Business that the new regime, unveiled by g

Bahamian adviser lists fund on bisx

A Bahamian investment adviser has listed its first international investment fund on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX).BISX yesterday announced that is pleased to announce that Class A shares in the Leno International Income Fund, p

ART OF GRAPHIX: Designing traits for career success

Besides creativity and passion, what makes a graphic designer great? Some believe creative geniuses are born, while others feel creativity is a learned behaviour. But taking passion and understanding into account, there are many other factors involve

Wednesday, July 18

07182018 EDITION

Wednesday 18th July, 2018.

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Phil Mickelson's amazing 'flop shot' ahead of Open

This amazing 'flop shot' by US golfer Phil Mickelson was filmed ahead of the 2018 Open Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland.

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Straw vendors give their views on evictions

VENDORS working in the Nassau Straw Market said they believe the government is being too harsh by evicting stall owners who cannot meet payment deadlines. Many stall owners admitted yesterday that “business was slow,” and suggested the government sh

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4C’s boat seized by port officials

THE Port Department yesterday moved to seize vessels owned by Four C’s Adventures after it was reported the Exuma tour company had resumed operations in contravention of a government order.

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‘No hypocrisy’ in UBP hero award

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis does not believe his criticism of the United Bahamian Party during his most recent majority rule address is incompatible with his decision to award Sir Roland Symonette a National Hero honour over the recommendations of his advisory committee, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold. 

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Water boss: We want our money

WATER and Sewerage Corporation Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson has confirmed officials are still pursuing all outstanding revenue associated with the “do not disconnect” list of privileged residents exposed by The Tribune last September.

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Conch poisoning cases keep on rising

CONFIRMED cases of conch poisoning continue to climb, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands, who said the tally stood at 17 yesterday.

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Minnis seeks UN cash for housing

WHEN he sits down for private discussions with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in New York, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis intends to seek funding assistance for his administration’s housing initiative for the poor.

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$18,000 worth of marijuana found on Grand Bahama

GRAND Bahama police made a drug arrest in Freeport and discovered nearly $20,000 worth of suspected marijuana in bushes near the Casuarina Bridge.ASP Terecita Pinder said officers of the Rapid Response Unit arrested a 23-year-old male resident of Ral

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Uncertainty over campaign finance legislation this term

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold is unsure if the Minnis administration will bring legislation this term to regulate election campaign finances. With Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis out of the country, Mr Newbold said today’s House of Assembly sitting

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Four men electrocuted in industrial accident

FOUR men were electrocuted in an industrial accident in Eleuthera on Monday, leaving one in hospital.Police are investigating the incident, which occurred shortly after 11am in Governor’s Harbour.According to a Royal Bahamas Police Force crime report

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Son of local activist identified as Grand Bahama hit-and-run victim

THE victim of Sunday’s hit-and-run accident in Grand Bahama is 21-year-old Trey Garvey, the son of local activist Troy Garvey who had reported his son missing to police on Monday evening.A relative said police reportedly have someone in custody who t

BETA Camp offers hands on education in science, technology and engineering

THIS summer, Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement (BETA) Camp, will host its 5th annual STEM based programme, providing students in grades seven to nine the opportunity to experience hands on education in the fields of science, technology,

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Bud FIFA winner Anthony Bullard returns home after trip of a lifetime

FRESH from his trip to the FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Anthony Bullard is back on home soil and sharing his incredible journey with the media.

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Groups team up to teach wrestling

DOZENS of young athletes got an introduction to the sport of wrestling through a summer clinic offered by Miami’s Inner City Wrestling Club (ICW) in association with the Bahamas Amateur Wrestling Federation (BAWF).

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Lyford Cay International School year ends with flurry of activity

LYFORD Cay International School (LCIS) swimmers and sailors finished an eventful and exciting school year on a high note, performing admirably in a number of sporting events, including the National Swim Tournament and the Junior Olympic Regatta.

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Devynne Charlton ends up 3rd in the 100m hurdles

DEVYNNE Charlton, making the adjustment from the collegiate to the professional track and field ranks, picked up a third place finish in her second meet on the international circuit yesterday at the 2018 Meeting International de Scotteville Les Roen.

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ALICIA WALLACE: Facing up to the fact that time catches up with us all

We spend a fair amount of time in preparation. We set goals, plan our futures and work toward becoming the versions of ourselves we imagine.

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VIEW FROM AFAR: Long suffering taxpayers and their investments

WE have a belief in The Bahamas that the people benefit when they own, through their Government, public utilities such as the electricity company, chunks of the telephone companies and the controlling interest in a commercial bank. All I can say is

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Bahamas falls to Puerto Rico and Curacao

After getting off to an impressive 3-0 win-loss record in the first three days of competition, Freedom Farm Baseball League suffered two consecutive losses, but they have clinched a berth into the playoffs despite having to play one more game today on the final day of competition at the Caribbean Regional Qualifying Tournament for the Little League World Series.

What artists can bring to the table

I was totally shocked by the recent appointment of the new Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture! Having smiled with relief when Minister Pintard was appointed, confident that his Ministry would benefit from his firsthand knowledge and appreciation for art and culture, I must now disappointedly admit that the machination of ‘politricks’ leaves me speechless!

$5m commitment will never work

I am young enough to recall Hon A D Hanna, then Minister of Finance proposing a massive redevelopment programme from south of the arch to Wulff Road…funded by The World Bank…it was impressive to say the least.

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Man's appeal of conviction for fatally shooting friend dismissed

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed a man’s attempts at challenging his ten-year sentence for fatally shooting his friend in the chest with a shotgun during an argument almost a decade ago.Appellate Justices Jon Isaacs, Stella Crane-Scott, and Sir Mich

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Man found guilty of raping 17-year-old tourist

A SUPREME Court jury has found a San Salvador native guilty of raping a 17-year-old American tourist on the island over four years ago.The nine-member jury – eight women and one man – found Henry Gay guilty by a vote of 7-2 of the April 2014 rape of

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Cabinet Approval for committee to discuss medical cannabis

CABINET has approved the establishment of a committee responsible for public education toward possibly legalising cannabis for medical purposes, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis confirmed yesterday.However Dr Minnis said the make-up of this committee

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165 repatriations in 'aggressive' immigration approach

THE Department of Immigration is continuing an “aggressive” approach to illegal migration with 165 repatriations carried out in recent days, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday.Dr Hubert Minnis, who is acting immigration minister w

Govt admits to 50% Customs leakages

The government has admitted to losing around 50 percent of due Customs revenues from inefficiencies in a system it is working feverishly to reform by eliminating manual processes.The confession is contained in the government’s own just-published revi

WSC faces $17m shortfall over ‘first world’ upgrades

The Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is exploring “ways and means” to bridge a $17m funding shortfall on works critical to bringing its waste systems “in line with the first world”.

Bahamas' 16-spot internet plunge 'absolute non-issue'

The Bahamas’ 16-spot plunge to 65th in global rankings for broadband Internet speed was yesterday branded an “absolute non-issue”, despite being critical to its technology hub plans.Dr Donovan Moxey, who chaired the government-appointed Grand Bahama

Govt delivers on auto bond within weeks

Top auto dealers yesterday hailed the government’s quick execution of promised budget reforms for freeing up millions of dollars in cash flow and slashing vehicle delivery times.Rick Lowe, Nassau Motor Company’s (NMC) operations manager/director, tol

WTO push poultry farmers to eye product diversification

An Abaco poultry producer yesterday said “uncertainty” surrounding the World Trade Organisation (WTO) accession has forced it to explore diversification, adding: “You don’t know what field you’re playing on.”Underscoring fears among local producers a

Chamber facilitates tax reform meetings

THE Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive yesterday said the private sector will continue to discuss tax reform options with the Government even as it adjusts to the VAT rate increase.Edison Sumner told Tribune Business that the private sector body w

Tuesday, July 17

07172018 EDITION

Tuesday, 17th July, 2018.

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80 to 100 voluntary job cuts offered at Water and Sewerage

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation is considering offering 80 to 100 voluntary separation (VSEPs) packages to employees as it looks towards “right-sizing,” according to Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson.Saying that plans are now underway to have the p

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Club owner and dancers face immigration charges

A BAHAMIAN club owner and four Jamaican women employed as dancers were charged in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court for various immigration offences yesterday.Lincoln Leon Capron, 48, the owner of Liquid Lounge, appeared before Magistrate Rengin Johnso

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Medical marijuana conference to be held this year

A MEDICAL marijuana conference is tentatively set for this autumn with an endorsement from the Ministry of Health.Dr Lynwood Brown, a member of the non-profit group, Bahamas Cannabis Initiative (BCI), told The Tribune plans to bring experts and indus

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Gibson: We followed rules on firing trio

WATER and Sewerage Corporation Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson yesterday defended the decision to terminate three employees previously arraigned on, but never convicted of charges of theft from the water provider, insisting the move followed all nec

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FACE TO FACE: Building a legacy in Eleuthera

I was recently in Eleuthera connecting with my Ingraham side of the family and learning about our heritage in Palmetto Point when I met a talented woman with a friendly disposition and was immediately drawn to her. She became the next focus of Face to Face because after getting to know her a bit better, I found that she had a wealth of knowledge, experience, love of country and a life story worth sharing.

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‘Demons told me to burn my daughter’

A MOTHER accused of setting her one-year-old daughter on fire last year told psychiatric specialists she was coaxed to do so by “demonic voices” which had been “commanding” her to kill herself and do other “bad things”, Supreme Court jurors heard yesterday.

4C’s boat company back in business

FOUR C’s Adventures, the tour company involved in a fatal boating accident in Exuma two weeks ago, has resumed operations after the government issued a cease and desist order it said would be in place until the accident investigation is complete.

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‘We won’t reverse Sir Roland honour’

THE Progressive Liberal Party would not reverse Sir Roland Symonette’s National Hero honour if elected to govern the country, because doing so would establish an undesirable precedent, PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday.

Bahamas Jaguars take the spotlight in Texas

A TEAM made up of local and foreign-based Bahamian players have had an impressive run on the AAU summer basketball circuit.The Bahamas Jaguars, led by St George’s head coach Darrell Sears, captured their respective bracket championship of the George

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Pro bodybuilder LaFleur qualifies for world games

IN less than one year of earning her professional bodybuilding card, Lorraine LaFleur has been making waves as she flexes her muscles on the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness IFBB scene. After getting her feet wet with a fourth pl

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Team Bahamas 3-0 after 13-2 win over USVI

Freedom Farm Baseball League remains undefeated thus far at the Caribbean Regional qualifying tournament for the Little League World Series.They improved to 3-0 with a dominant 13-2 win over District 1 Little League of the US Virgin Islands yesterday

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Stanhope brothers take home the gold

BAHAMIAN brothers William Stanhope, 19 and Ethan Stanhope, 16, won gold in the Men’s Intermediate Quadruple Sculls this past weekend at the 2018 US Rowing Club National Championships held at Cooper River, New Jersey.Ethan Stanhope sat at stroke seat

Nurse Kenny retires with a smile and love in her heart

As a teenager, Cheryl Kenny was terrified to visit the doctor. The atmosphere at the clinic and the medical staff always appeared too serious, too tense for her liking.That all changed one day when she had an encounter with a nurse who was kind, comp

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Making connections: A new resource for Bahamians seeking companionship

TEN years ago, many Bahamians still considered it somewhat of a taboo to meet someone through the internet for companionship. But with the age of social media, people have become more open to making connections through these channels.The ease that c

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Women breaking barriers in male-dominated industry

Two young women are breaking barriers in the vocational arena, having both secured important degrees and positions in the traditionally male-dominated construction industry.Lanique Brice and Santana Dean, 2018 graduates of the Bahamas Technical and V

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THE PRESS BOX: Romo optimistic about Cowboys wide receivers

ALL offseason long, and now on the eve of training camp, the biggest question in Dallas remains what to expect from the team’s wide receivers, in the post Dez Bryant era. As NFL training camps are set to open this week, former Cowboys QB, and now th

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Bahamas Flag Football League season closes

THE Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC) was a proud sponsor of the 2018 Bahamas Flag Football League (BFFL) season, which came to a close on June 15 at the Winton rugby field. In addition to keeping players and spectators hydrated and energised with Das

EDITORIAL: Trump and the damage to the FBI

IT IS hard to know how to respond to the outrageousness that the Trump administration in the United States has become. This foolish president continues to insult the leaders of the nations who have stood beside America for nearly 75 years and assault the foundations of an American foreign policy that has made major contributions to world peace and prosperity for most of that same period. His rudeness and haughty behaviour on his recent trip to Europe cannot be excused.

The great marijuana debate

MOST Bahamians would never admit that he/she smokes or have smoked marijuana or cannabis, dead or alive. It is my considered opinion that unless and until an individual actually experiences something or an event he/she is unable to speak definitively on or about. Decades ago, as a youthful high school senior in Jamaica and later as a university student in London, England, I smoked and actually inhaled.

Inequality in Haiti

THE administration of President Jovenel Moise struck a raw nerve with the Haitian people when it announced that fuel prices would be increasing.

Time to scrap Privy Council appeals

WITH spectacular shock and awe reminiscent of a theatre of war, the FNM Government introduced 12 percent VAT! This decision is unpopular with Bahamians, but I commend the Government for doing what it had to do!

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A heavenly mobile service

Fulfilling her dream of becoming an entrepreneur required a lot of hard work and sacrifice on the part of Shakira Davis, owner of Celestial Treats, but in the end the journey to success has been a rewarding one.Over the last five years, her sweet tre

Palmdale's new Spectrum Health Centre strives for cutting-edge treatments

The global pain management therapeutics market is expected to reach US $8 billion by 2024, according to data recently published by American research firm Persistence Market Research.“This statistic most certainly includes the Bahamas, where the preva

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Burrows agrees tocontract extension in French Pro A League

JARAUN Burrows will continue his career in the LNB French Pro A League for the upcoming season.Burrows reached an agreement on a contract extension with his Fos-Sue-Mur Provence Basketball Byers.The Byers concluded last season with an historic milest

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Man facing court for drive-by killing

A 21-year-old man was charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday with shooting another man to death in a drive-by shooting in New Providence last week. Walter Johnson, of Milton Street, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with

Medical centre to make Eleuthera 'wellness capital of Bahamas'

Social media and word of mouth on the island of Eleuthera are spreading the news of a medical centre that is set to make a huge difference in the community.The Eleuthera Community Healthcare Initiative (ECHI), a non-profit organisation, has as its mi

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Murder victim identified as teenage boy

THE murder victim who was shot dead on Friday morning was only 17 years old, police revealed yesterday.He has been identified as Sean Augustin of Lightbourn Avenue.He was shot shortly after 2am on Baillou Hill Road.Police initially said a man was wal

More than meets the eye: LENSES' eye doctor changes lives with CRT

When soccer mom Linda Sterling attended her son’s games, she was more concerned about the chance of an injury from the ball striking his glasses and hitting him in the eye than she was with cheering from the sidelines.From the time he was seven, Jayd

The power of visualisation

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. I remember one day I wa

The male menopause

Andropause, the male menopause, is a real health condition that thousands of Bahamian men, like their counterparts worldwide, often suffer unknowingly. The symptoms such as low energy levels, fatigue, memory problems, cardiac and circulatory issues,

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Tourist robbed of rental scooter on West Bay Street

A MALE tourist was robbed of a rental scooter while at West Bay Street, police said.This incident occurred less than three weeks after two tourists were robbed in the same area.Although Sunday’s robbery follows what has appeared to be a cluster of ar

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New osmosis plant for hurricane-hit Ragged Island

OFFICIALS expect to have a recently procured solarised reversed osmosis plant online in Ragged Island by next week, Water and Sewerage Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson has said. Addressing long-standing water issues on the island, Mr Gibson said the

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Dr Giselle Outten proves herself to be 'Outstanding'

Dr Giselle Outten is one out of 45 newly graduated physicians recently inducted into the Bahamian medical fraternity at the 2018 Induction and Awards Ceremony. She was awarded five out of the seven special prizes of her class.The event, now in its 21

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Miller demands $10m from the govt and BOB

Leslie Miller yesterday accused Bank of The Bahamas and the government of an “unlawful conspiracy” to seize his shopping plaza, and demanded nearly $10m in damages from each.The former Cabinet minister and MP, in a legal action filed with the Supreme

Workers 'breaking down door' to make exit

THE union representing Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) line staff yesterday welcomed the planned Voluntary Separation Packages (VSEPs), as workers will be “breaking down the door to get out of here”.Dwayne Woods, the Bahamas Utilities Services a

Bahamas urged to 'tackle' low scores in integrity survey

Anti-corruption campaigners yesterday urged The Bahamas “to tackle” Transparency International’s zero ratings for this nation’s freedom of information, procurement “integrity” and political transparency.Lemarque Campbell, of Citizens for a Better Bah

Water Corp ‘pursues’ first price increase in 20 years

The Water & Sewerage Corporation (WSC) is “pursuing” its first price hike in nearly 20 years in a bid to narrow a profitability gap where it covers barely two-thirds of its operating costs.

WSC chair still eyes privatisation

THE Water and Sewerage Corporation’s chairman yesterday reiterated “futuristic” plans to recommend that the utility be privatised or sold to Bahamian investors via an initial public offering (IPO).Emphasising that such ideas were for the long-term, A

American Airlines adds Nassau flight

American Airlines began taking bookings at the weekend for the return of its year-round service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Nassau, which will resume on December 22.The carrier, in a statement, said it will operate a Saturday-only flight

Outsourcer to grow Freeport unit '100%'

A Caribbean-based outsourcer yesterday said its Freeport-based unit will “grow by an additional 100 percent” after securing a contract to serve US-based utilities.Formed in 2012, itelbpo has expanded its business process outsourcing (BPO) capabilitie

Monday, July 16

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07162018 HOME BUYERS' GUIDE

Monday, 16th July, 2018.

07162018 EDITION

Monday, 16th July, 2018.

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Mitchell: Culmer is an Uncle Tom

PLP Chairman Fred Mitchell has labelled his counterpart in the Free National Movement an “Uncle Tom,” condemning Mr Culmer for accusing the PLP of oppressing generations of black Bahamians through its political ploys and practices.In the statement, M

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INSIGHT: My journey to the top of the world

On May 22, Bahamian banker Richard Beek fulfilled his childhood dream when he conquered Mount Everest. Now safely back home, he has had time to reflect on his incredible adventure and write down his journey following in the steps of the brave men and women mountaineers who had gone before him.

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Series of armed robberies across weekend

POLICE are investigating three armed robberies which occurred in New Providence over the weekend. Shortly after 11am on Saturday, a woman was sitting in her vehicle on East Street south of Robinson Road, when she was approached by an armed man. The m

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'Seamless' move out of shanty towns expected

AS he defended the government’s plan to fully eradicate shanty towns in the country, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said despite a new deadline for evictions in New Providence he is confident residents living in unregulated communities will experience

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160 migrants intercepted at Ragged Island and Acklins

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force, in conjunction with international counterparts, apprehended two migrant sloops in separate operations early yesterday morning with more than 160 people on board.The first sloop carrying Haitian migrants was intercepte

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Trump chairman worked for Pindling govt

A COMPANY with ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found with a number of deficiencies when it came to federal filings for work with foreign principles, such as officials in The Bahamas during the Pindling era in 1985.

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Evictions over Straw Market debts

WITH thousands of dollars in rent arrears owed by vendors, the Straw Market Authority is hard pressed trying to find a way for the Straw Market to exist, Works Minister Desmond Bannister told The Tribune yesterday.

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Ten cases of conch poisoning confirmed

THERE are now ten confirmed cases of conch poisoning, Health Minister Duane Sands told The Tribune yesterday.

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Man killed in double shooting

A MAN is dead and another was taken to hospital after a double shooting on Friday.

LETTERS EXTRA: A path back to progress for Abaco

THE collapse of Freeport provides an unprecedented opportunity to revisit a self-governing state of Abaco. If we are able to learn from their failure, a narrow path back to international status and prosperity could emerge.

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WORLD VIEW: Caricom skin in the Haiti game

HAITI’S current fiscal problems that led to four days of riots setting back the country’s already fragile economic and political stability, have implications for Caribbean Community and Common Market countries (Caricom) that cannot be ignored.

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INSIGHT: Can a case be made for Minnis to serve two terms?

IN The Bahamas, the duty of prime minister has become a “one and done” contract with the Bahamian people over the last three general elections. Much goes into what causes the electorate changing leadership every five years. However, Prime Minister Minnis spoke to the media with confidence last week that he will, at the very least, break the trend to become the nation’s first two-term prime minister in the past 20 years.

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TWO DIE IN ROAD ACCIDENTS

TWO pedestrians have died within three days of each other in separate traffic accidents, one in Abaco, the other in Grand Bahama.The latest incident is believed to have been “a hit and run”.According to police, shortly after 1am on July 7, a traffic

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RBDF investigating threats made on social media after arrests

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has addressed threats made on its social media page allegedly by foreign nationals after 46 Dominican poachers were charged in Bahamian courts. In a press release issued on Saturday, the RBDF assured the public that is

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46 DOMINICANS ACCUSED OF POACHING

LESS than a week after they were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, 46 Dominican fishermen were charged in court on Thursday afternoon for poaching in Bahamian waters.The Dominican nationals all appeared before Magistrate Cara Turnquest

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Miller-Uibo surges back to win the 200m

SHAUNAE Miller-Uibo showed that she could rely on her six-foot, one-inch frame just as she does her speed.

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Bahamas 2-0 in regional qualifier for Little League World Series

TEAM Bahamas is off to an impressive start against the best youth competition in the region in a bid to become the region’s qualifier for the Little League World Series.

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Fairell signs with A team in top league in France

ONE member of the Bahamas’ senior men’s national basketball team looks to make his progression to the top league in France a permanent one with his recent signing.

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‘Three Ounce’ looks forward to CAC Games

COACH Quintin “Three Ounce’ Hall is looking forward to taking the men’s national basketball team to the Central American and Caribbean Games next week. He’s just waiting on the remainder of the players to come in this week to put their game plans into motion.

EDITORIAL: Fred Mitchell urged to read ‘The Cocaine Wars’

INSTEAD of being ashamed of their ignorance and keeping their mouths firmly shut, the squabbling over the posthumous award of The Bahamas’ first National Heroes is continuing with Englerston MP Gladys Hanna-Martin claiming that to recognise the late Sir Roland Symonette, the longest serving member of parliament, with such a reward was “perverse”.

Symonette the FNM's Washington

EVEN though he has been dead since 1980, the name Sir Roland T Symonette is currently at the centre of the political furore which was created by the FNM’s decision to honour him as a national hero on Independence Day, along with Sir Lynden Pindling, Sir Milo B Butler and Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield. To PLPs such as chairman Fred Mitchell and Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin, this latest political gesture by Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis borders on sacrilege. Sir Roland led the United Bahamian Party (UBP) during the tumultuous 1960s.

Run the numbers on income tax

YOUR columnist Dick Coulson argues again for Income but has he done his homework?

CAC Games: Defence key for men's national softball team

WITH a little more depth added to their pitching staff, manager Perry Seymour said if they can tighten up on their defence, the men’s national softball team should be able to perform very well at the Central American and Caribbean Games.Seymour, who

Samuel ‘Sammy’ Gardiner dies at 72

SAMUEL ‘Sammy’ Gardiner, remembered as one of the country’s top golfers turned executive in the Bahamas Golf Federation, passed away on Friday in Florida. He was 72.

All-out war over gaming

THIS all-out war between the gaming houses and the Bahamas Government is good example of what happens when one entity is struck by power and makes risky, uncalculated decisions without any considerations to consult the other.

BPL upgrades put back on $100m finance delay

Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) has been forced to push back key capital upgrades because of a near-six month delay in completing its $100m short-term financing raise.

URCA stands fast with controversial radio sector proposals

Commercial radio stations remain locked on collision course with their regulator over plans that could force some to change their broadcast frequencies and threaten investment in their brand.The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA),

‘Critical’ BPL refinance more likely next year

Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) chairman has tempered her “very ambitious” target for completing its long-term financial restructuring, suggesting this may now occur in 2019.

Govt must show 'fortitude' on VAT break demands

The government must display “the fortitude” to resist unwarranted lobbying by industries and special interests that further undermines the VAT base, a top accountant has warned.Gowon Bowe, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) preside

Social security reforms touched 27% of targets

Social security reforms achieved “none of their planned outcomes”, with just 27 percent of targeted Bahamian households receiving cash grants under an IDB-financed initiative.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in an evaluation report on its B

Realtor fears Budget's dampening impacts

A Bahamian realtor fears the budget’s tax changes will dampen interest in high-end real estate and have a lasting impact on the luxury second home market.Monica Knowles, Bahamas Realty’s top producer in 2016, who less than two years ago saw what she

Fisheries poaching 'big money racket'

BAHAMIAN fishermen are urging the government to “get serious” and enact “stiffer penalties” against poachers, with one describing the problem as a “big racket”.Keith Carroll, vice-president of the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (BCFA), told Trib

Airport enjoys 'busiest travel season' in history

THE Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is experiencing “the busiest travel season” in its history, with the biggest increase in business coming from the Canadian market.Jan Knowles, vice-president, marketing and communications, at NAD, told Tri

Sunday, July 15

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WORLD CUP: France win final in six-goal thriller

In the end, the best team won.

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Police investigating after pedestrian killed in Grand Bahama

Police in Grand Bahama are investigating a traffic fatality after a male pedestrian died on Sunday.

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Man dies in suspected suicide.

Police are investigating a suspected suicide on Inagua on Friday.

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Haiti's prime minister resigns amid fuel price hike fallout

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid calls for him to step down over his handling of a failed plan to raise fuel prices that set off a wave of deadly protests.

Friday, July 13

07132018 EDITION

Friday, 13th July, 2018.

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07132018 WEEKEND

Friday, 13th July, 2018.

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Three arrested in connection with major housebreaking ring

GRAND Bahama Police have arrested three men who they believe are part of a major housebreaking ring, recovering a major haul of stolen items, including more than a dozen flat-screen televisions.

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Davis criticises Minnis' budget tour

WITH Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis resuming his Family Island tour in promotion of the budget, opposition leader Philip “Brave” Davis is having second thoughts about doing a taxpayer funded tour of his own, calling Dr Minnis’ travels a waste of money all to serve a purely political agenda.

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Sir Roland Symonette honours decision 'inexplicable'

THE decision to award the late Sir Roland Symonette with National Hero honours was branded as “bad,” “inexplicable” and “unlawful” by PLP Chairman Senator Fred Mitchell, who on Friday condemned Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for his defence of the move.

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Peter Nygard guilty of contempt of court

A SUPREME Court judge has found Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard guilty of contempt of court for the third time for breaching her order prohibiting him from engaging in any illegal dredging near his property in Lyford Cay.

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Bruno Rufa and partner take legal action against government

CANADIAN Bruno Rufa and his partner Sandra Georgiou have taken legal action against the government for its refusal to grant their multiple applications for Home Owner’s Resident Cards because they did not submit a utility bills with their applications.

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No one in custody yet over Rose Island stabbing

POLICE have the name of just one person involved in a dramatic Rose Island incident that left a stabbed man in serious condition at the Princess Margaret Hospital this week.

Campaign launched to educate Bahamians on VAT-free breadbasket items

PRICES Commission Chairwoman Syndia Dorsett said her office has embarked on an educational campaign to educate Bahamians on the country’s new list of breadbasket items and its VAT-free status.

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Man hit by car last week dies in hospital

A MALE pedestrian, who was hit by a car in Abaco last week, died Thursday of his injuries at a hospital in Nassau.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Weeding out the excuses on marijuana

This week talks of the legalisation of marijuana wafted in the air. And while most Bahamians had an opinion on the controversial topic, our PM seemed to be doing his best “Apollo Ono” impersonation, skating around the subject. WHAT’S UP, DOC? Upon

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Shanty town team identifies 200 rental units for housing

MORE than 200 rental units have been identified and logged as alternative housing for evicted shanty town residents, according to an official with the government’s Shanty Town Action Task Force.This was disclosed yesterday by Colin Wright, chairman o

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Three charged over murder in Culmersville

THREE men between the ages of 21 and 25 were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with murdering a man in the Culmersville neighbourhood late last month.Shaquille Rolle, 21, along with 24-year-old Tille Brown and 25-year-old Theo William

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PM: PLP playing the race card

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said it appears the Progressive Liberal Party is playing the race card when it comes to Sir Roland Symonette’s posthumous award of National Hero but implored Bahamians to move beyond skin colour when discussions focus on the contributions made toward nation building.

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Four months to answer marijuana questions

CABINET will discuss the committee to be given responsibility for holding town hall meetings on the possible legalisation of medical marijuana in the country when it meets on Monday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.

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Union calls for WSC chiefs to go

THE union representing employees of the Water and Sewerage Corporation is calling for the removal of the organisation’s executive chairman and general manager after the termination of three employees among other issues.

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Minnis has set sights on 2022 election victory

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis intends to run as leader of the Free National Movement in the 2022 general election and he’s confident Bahamians will elect him again to lead the country.

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Palacious: Make marijuana possession a misdemeanour

ANGLICAN Archdeacon James Palacious wants marijuana possession reduced to a misdemeanour so it would not show up on a person’s police record, but he opposes the complete decriminalisation of the plant, saying Bahamians have more than enough vices alr

Calvary Deliverance Celebrates 36th anniversary

The Calvary Deliverance Church family, under the leadership of Bishop James Newry and Elder Queenie Newry, will commemorate another year of growth in the church’s history. Calvary Deliverance will observe 36 years of ministry during its annual conven

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Man in hospital after Rose Island stabbing

A MAN is in hospital after he was stabbed by a group of men during an argument on a boat in waters off Rose Island that was caught on cell phone video. According to police, shortly after 7pm on Tuesday, a man was on Rose Island when he got into a fig

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THE FINISH LINE: Ayton has been a 'man among boys' in NBA Summer League

WELCOME to the professional ranks Deandre Ayton. If you didn’t get a chance to see him in action for the Phoenix Suns during the National Basketball Association’s three Summer League games, Ayton has proven why he deserved to be the No.1 pick in the

Kai Jones scores 18 in Under Armour challenge

ELITE NCAA Division I programmes continue to pursue Bahamian prep basketball player Kai Jones and his list of offers continues to grow with increased exposure.The Syracuse Orangemen were the latest school to offer Jones, following his performance on

Munroe 'one of the few bright spots' for the Mustangs

RESHARD Munroe has been one of the few bright spots for the Billings Mustangs thus far this season despite the team’s struggle in the standings of the Rookie Ball Pioneer League.Munroe leads the team in home runs, triples and is among the team’s top

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Team Bahamas named for CAC Games

THE Bahamas Olympic Committee announced its largest team, comprising of 60 athletes - 21 coaches and three team officials in a contingent of 84 from nine disciplines - for the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.In joi

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Briana Williams wins 100m – Bahamian Jaide Knowles suffers hamstring injury

Team Bahamas didn’t perform as well as expected on day three of the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Under-20 Track and Field Championships in Tampere, Finland. Jaide Knowles, in her bid to advance to the final of the girls’ 100 metres, s

Title conundrum

OBSERVING the 45th Ecumenical Service this evening at Clifford Park.

Memories of hate attack

With absolutely chilling effect, I read Diane Phillips’ column in today’s Tribune (July 12). She brought back in memory the potentially deadly consequence, perpetrated by individuals, bought and paid, to harm persons whose only aim was to do good for our country.

Put love ahead of division

It is so sad that instead of respecting the nation’s mantra to move forward together, a few self-serving politicians used the Independence celebrations as a platform to promote racial hatred over unity.

EDITORIAL: Beyond the row, something to strive for

IT was probably inevitable that the announcement of the country’s first National Honours would be met with a divided response.

A call to prayer

Pray for The Bahamas according to the follow schedule: • Monday, July 16: Pray for people with names from A - C• Tuesday, July 17: D - F• Wednesday, July 18: G - I• Thursday, July 19: J - L• Friday, July 20: M - O• Monday, July 23: P - R• Tuesday, Ju

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Andros 'can be breadbasket of the region'

MINISTER of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard believes that Andros has the potential to be “the breadbasket not only of The Bahamas but the Caribbean and North America”.“Keep the faith, Andros can be transformed,” the minister told And

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US group donates funds to help Grand Bahama

REACH Out Youth Organisation (ROYO) received a much-needed donation on Wednesday from a US church group that is visiting Grand Bahama this week. Jeff Shipley, senior pastor of Whitten Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and several members of his c

Extra 10 lots for housing scheme added

THE Department of Housing launched its service lot initiative at Sunset Close off Carmichael Road yesterday.Called the Sunset Close Subdivision Extension, Housing and Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira said it adds an additional ten service lots t

Property tax basis 'adds to social ills'

Real property tax is “contributing to a social ill” because it is calculated on real estate value rather than square footage, a well-known realtor is warning.Gino Maycock, a senior broker and appraiser at Colonial Realty, told Tribune Business that t

Governance reformers optimistic over fiscal 'teeth'

Governance reformers yesterday expressed hope that the Fiscal Responsibility Bill has gained more enforcement “teeth”, branding its imminent arrival in Parliament a “momentous occasion”.Matt Aubry, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG)

Bahamas targets 'leadership' over ownership registry

The deputy prime minister has reiterated the government’s desire to establish financial services “leadership” by setting the standard for beneficial ownership registries.K Peter Turnquest, in a recent interview with Tribune Business, said he did “not

Private sector warned: 'pay attention to WTO'

Businesses were yesterday urged to “pay more attention” as the government sets “a fast and furious” pace on reforms critical to hitting its end-2019 target for joining the WTO.Darron Pickstock, who heads the Chamber of Commerce’s trade and investment

'Banner' year gives payment provider national coverage

A Bahamian payment solutions provider aims to add a further five locations by the end of August, completing its nationwide coverage with 35 “touch points” following a “banner” first year.Barry Malcolm, Sun Cash’s chief executive, told Tribune Busines

Aliv 'more than just a phone company'

Aliv is continuing to develop a “fairly comprehensive App platform”, an executive yesterday revealing that the mobile operator sees itself as “more than just a telephone company”.Gravette Brown, Aliv’s chief commercial officer, said the company is po

Freeport law firm in litigation honour

A Freeport-based law firm has won the Global Law Experts (GLE) award for Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in The Bahamas – 2018.ParrisWhittaker and its partners, Arthur K Parris, Jacy Whittaker and Kenra Parris-Whittaker, in a statement hai

Inhale cigar tourism for $3bn GDP boost

Dear Editor,I read that new tobacco taxes and regulations are on the cards. My question is: Why is the government trying to kill off an amazing economic opportunity for The Bahamas?Some readers will no doubt be aware that the United States is current

Bahamas' New York tourism base moves

The Bahamas Tourist Office in New York has relocated to a Fifth Avenue address.The office is a key part of the Bahamas’ marketing arm within the US, and serves the entire north-eastern corridor from Virginia to the Canadian border.The Bahamas’ presen

IAN FERGUSON: The mission of a corporate vision

We celebrated 45 years of nationhood this week. I am certain that Bahamians with a heightened sense of national pride and identity used this time to reflect on our progress as a nation and, more specifically, the direction in which we seem to be head

Thursday, July 12

07122018 EDITION

Thursday, 12th July, 2018.

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$1.2m to be spent on upgrade for BPL Clifton Pier substation

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday announced a $1.2m allocation for infrastructural upgrades at Bahamas Power and Light’s Clifton Pier substation.Addressing the June 25 island-wide outage, where a lightning strike disabled the station’s entir

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CA Smith sworn in as Deputy Governor General

FORMER Cabinet minister Cornelius Alvin Smith, a veteran of past Ingraham administrations, was sworn in as deputy to the governor general yesterday.Mr Smith is seen as the frontrunner to eventually succeed Dame Marguerite Pindling as governor general

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'Clearing shanty towns will help Haitians to integrate'

FORMER Agriculture Minister Tennyson Wells yesterday expressed support for the government’s shanty town clearing exercise, telling The Tribune he feels it will engender increased integration of the Haitian community.Mr Wells said he felt that individ

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Bishop’s criticism of tax ‘premature’

BAHAMAS Christian Council President Bishop Delton Fernander’s criticism of government over the value added tax increase during the Independence Day celebration was “unfortunate” and “premature”, Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest has said.

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Concessions ruled out for businesses who owe tax

BUSINESSES behind on National Insurance Board contributions, business licence fees and real property taxes will not be granted concessions through the Over-the-Hill revitalisation programme, according to the Economic Empowerment Zones Bill which was tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday.

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Clash over hero of ‘racist regime’

FREE National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer yesterday defended the decision to posthumously award Sir Roland Symonette with the Order of National Hero, saying the country’s former premier singlehandedly “did more for black people” than some people of colour. 

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Acting Chief Justice given full role at last

THE Cabinet Office yesterday confirmed Chief Justice Stephen Isaacs has been formally appointed to the substantive post after months of speculation.

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Chavez Young rising Blue Jays prospect

CHAVEZ Young’s play this season has prompted his consistent rise up the prospect ranks in the Toronto Blue Jays organisation.In a year when he was named a Midwest League All-Star and has helped to propel his Lansing Lugnuts to clinch a playoff spot,

'Daughters of Destiny' event will urge women to let God take over

The Daughters of Destiny Network will prove they are “Unstoppable” this Saturday when they present their second annual empowerment breakfast to encourage all Bahamian women to “let go and let God”.In an interview with Tribune Religion organisers said

Anglican Theological Institute to embark on fourth year of Christian teaching

September 2018 will mark the beginning of the fourth year of the Anglican Theological Institute. Thirty students graduated at the end of June after having completed three years of education in Christian theology. The graduation ceremony took place on

Independence, the way forward

More than 40 years ago, the national flag carrier, Bahamas Airways, transported students and teachers from schools in New Providence on day trips to a number of Out Islands. Bravo! Super idea, exposing “city slickers” to the reality of life within th

Meditation - Making the most of the next 45 years

There is so much that makes us who we are, but as we move toward the next stage of national maturity, let us think about our personal contributions to this growth, focus on our strengths and develop them as much as possible. If we all pool these stre

Bahama Brass Band releases historic 12th album

Embraces praise and worship music

Music is said to be the universal language and feature of the human experience. It transcends the barriers of language and creed. It is with this in mind that the famous Bahama Brass Band celebrates an historic accomplishment this year for the brass

St George's has big celebrations in store for 2018 fair

This Saturday, the community known as the Valley will come alive when the St George’s Anglican Church holds its annual Thrill of the Grill and Parish Fair.“Our church fair is the major fundraising event which assists with the operating expenses of ou

Rev Morris Russell, former pastor of Calvary Bible Church, dies at age 90

Rev A Morris Russell, former pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Nassau, died on June 27 after taking ill suddenly on that same day. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday in February, and survived two heart attacks over the last five months. Rev Rus

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ESN to establish Bahamas-Canada exchange programme

EMPOWER Sports Network (ESN) continues to expand its organisation with its next milestone, the establishment of an exchange programme between the Bahamas and Canada.ESN hosted tryouts for its boys’ Under-18 and U-16 teams to participate in the Halifa

GOT SKILLS? 3-ON-3 IS THE NAME OF THE GAME

A LOCAL organisation is seeking to develop the game of 3-on-3 basketball in the country and offer a forum for an exciting new brand of the sport.Battlegrounds Bahamas looks to launch this summer with its premier showcase, the first of many events as

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Jaida advances to 100m semis at World Juniors

Team Bahamas continued competition on day two of the World Junior Championships in Tampere, Finland.Jaida Knowles advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m. She finished third in heat five in 11.71 seconds and advanced as an automatic qualifier

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Excitement of danger - until hate is pointed directly at you

This is a very personal story and, in some ways, it is a story about all of us.

Old and new

I wonder if the Graduate had given any thought to the East Hill Post Office Building or the Clarence A Bain building on Interfield Road when he threw out his advice on taking the old with the new.

Moved too slow

SO we legalise marijuana for medicinal purposes - just for the local market?

Neymour a poster boy for marijuana?

THE re-emergence of former Free National Movement (FNM) Cabinet minister Phenton Neymour coinciding with the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana’s highly anticipated study on the decriminalisation of marijuana in the Caribbean at the recent Heads of Government meeting was serendipitous. Being diagnosed with colon cancer must have been a harrowing experience for Mr Neymour and his family.

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Culmer sceptical over PLP panel on marijuana

THE Progressive Liberal Party’s plan to form a review panel on legal marijuana use was met with scepticism by Free National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer, who said the proposal is evidence of the party’s “neglect” of the Bahamian people when last in

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Family of Bethel Brothers founder announces sponsorship deal with University of the Bahamas

THE family of the late Marcus Bethel, founder of Bethel Brothers Morticians, recently unveiled the Jane and Marcus Bethel Scholarship Award in memory of their beloved parents. Bethel fathered seven children Justice Rubie M Nottage (retired), Dr Pamel

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BNT celebrates ten years of holding nature camp

THE Bahamas National Trust is celebrating ten years of facilitating a nature and environmental awareness camp for local youth.In a press release, the BNT revealed that in the span of one decade, 300 teenagers have partaken in Eco Camp – an annual sum

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Kayak racers at the ready for Splashmania

AFTER a successful debut last year, Waterkeepers Bahamas is again hosting Splashmania Kayak Race on Saturday at the Manta Ray Village at Silver Point Beach, Grand Bahama.This second year promises to be even better with lots of fun water and land acti

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Bannister: We can learn from Shanghai

THE Bahamas, in its push for more comprehensive and modern development, can take cues from the full-concept Shanghai master plan recently exhibited in China, according to Works Minister Desmond Bannister.In a communication to Parliament yesterday on

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Haitian men to be deported after illegal landing

A SENIOR magistrate yesterday ordered a dozen Haitian men to be deported out of the country after they all pleaded guilty to illegally landing on Inagua earlier this week.Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain gave the 14 migrants, between the ages o

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Appeal court delays decision on gun smuggling challenge

THE Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on whether it will accede to Grand Bahama businessman Edward Barrett’s appeal of his four-year sentence for gun and ammunition smuggling.In January, Barrett was sentenced to four years in prison by Magist

Fears growing over Grand Lucayan deal

Fears were growing last night that the government is scrambling for alternatives to re-open the Grand Lucayan amid concerns that the Wynn Group’s $70m purchase may not work out.K Peter Turnquest, deputy prime minister, yesterday confirmed to Tribune

Minister: World relays benefits 'questionable'

The economic benefits from hosting the IAAF World Relays and top sporting events are “questionable”, a Cabinet minster yesterday arguing that social media is “a better bang for our buck”.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, told Trib

Atlantis enjoys 15% cash flow jump by Disney/Vegas tie

Atlantis is closer to marrying Disney World and Las Vegas than “any other property in the world”, with net cash flow having increased by 15 percent since its current owner’s 2012 takeover.Morningstar Credit Ratings, the investment analysis firm, in a

DPM targets 'next week' on fiscal bill

The deputy prime minister yesterday said he aims to “lay and debate” the Fiscal Responsibility Bill in Parliament next week, conceding that it is critical to the government’s “credibility”.KP Turnquest told Tribune Business: “I am hoping to have it a

DPM pledges crack down on smuggling

THE deputy prime minister yesterday pledged to crackdown on the “big problem” of smuggling, although he was unable to quantify how much this costs the government in lost revenue.K Peter Turnquest, addressing a Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer

Tech firm's president lures internet event to Bahamas

A Bahamian technology executive used his address to an Internet conference to lure the same event to this nation in 2019.Jason McDowall, chief executive and president of BahamasLocal.com, took the spotlight at IMPACT 18 Holland, an event hosted by th

BTVI programme aims to close IT skills gaps

The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) believes its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Summer Youth Programme is another step towards eliminating skills gaps.The programme, launched in partnership with the Office of the Pr

Water Corp in visit to UK counterparts

Members of the Water and Sewerage Corporation’s (WSC) Board and executive management are visiting counterparts in the UK in a bid to improve service efficiencies.While meeting various water utilities and regulators, the delegation also met Ellison Gr

Continued borrowing the 'greater fiscal risk'

THE BAHAMAS can neither tax nor “borrow our way out” from its near-$8bn national debt, the deputy prime minister yesterday branding the latter as a greater fiscal risk.K Peter Turnquest, addressing the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting,

Wednesday, July 11

Island hop! Regatta time in Abaco ends on a high note

DAYS after the end of a successful 43rd Regatta Time in Abaco (RTIA), the committee members are already hard at work organising the 44th edition.The nine-day long RTIA is unique because it allows competitors and visitors alike the chance to island ho

Duke of Edinburgh Cup Semi-Final Held at Ocean Club Golf Course

EIGHTY four players took part in the 18th Annual Duke of Edinburgh Semi-Finals Charity Golf Tournament at Ocean Club Golf Course in support of the Governor General Youth Awards Programme.Returning as a platinum sponsor was Aliv, along with the help o

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Lightning bolt kills man as he sets up event

A MAN is dead after being struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon, according to police. 

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WORLD CUP: England bow out as Croatia win in extra time

(Mirror.co.uk) England's World Cup dream was ended in the cruel fashion as Gareth Southgate's heroes went down in extra-time.

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Sands disappointed at 'bias' in report

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday attacked the scientific credibility of CARICOM’s report on marijuana, expressing disappointment over its methodology and “intrinsic bias”.Dr Sands’ critique follows Bishop Simeon Hall’s suggestion that opposit

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Bishop: We cannot lift the nation through taxation

BAHAMAS Christian Council President Bishop Delton Fernander is calling for the country to be led by “progressive innovation”, as opposed to regressive policies such as tax increases.

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Rastafarians seek religious recognition for drug use

RASTAFARIAN communities in The Bahamas are calling for reparatory justice in the form of state recognition and inclusion as national discourse over marijuana law reform picks up steam.

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First heroes of nation named in new honours

THE first recipients of the country’s National Honours were announced yesterday, with the top honour of the Order of National Hero awarded posthumously to Sir Lynden Pindling, Sir Roland Symonette, Sir Milo Butler and Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield.

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Christie backs marijuana move

WHILE indicating support for the legal use of medical marijuana, former Prime Minister Perry Christie said the government must understand the implications of withholding the drug from those who really need it for various health challenges.

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‘Put up the fines for poachers’

WHILE new Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard is calling for stricter penalties for poachers to be implemented, he stopped short of advocating for their vessels to be sunk.

Hield looks to redeem himself at CAC Games

AFTER turning in a sub-par performance at the Commonwealth Games in April that resulted in a first round exit in the Gold Coast, Australia, Carl Hield is looking to redeem himself when he travels to the Central American and Caribbean Games next month

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Bahamasair resumes flights to Haiti

THE national flag carrier has resumed scheduled flights into Haiti after temporarily suspending them because of violent protests in the country over an increase in gasoline prices. According to a press release, Bahamasair resumed flights yesterday.“A

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IAAF U-20: Johnson advances to next round

AS the Bahamas began competition at the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Under-20 Track and Field Championships in Tampere, Finland on Independence Day, Joel Johnson was the first athlete from Team Bahamas to advance to the next round in t

Sports Notes

INDEPENDENCEVOLLEYBALLTHE Defenders and the Avengers won the Bahamas Volleyball Federation’s T.M.T. Independence Volleyball Tournament, held over the weekend at the DW Davis Gymnasium.The tournament was held in memory of the late Tamaz M Thompson, a

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Holowesko wins the 45th Independence Cycling Nationals

AS the Bahamas Cycling Federation honoured one of its former competitors/executives, one of the future stars emerged as the champion of the 45th Independence National Cycling Championships Road Race.The gruelling 74.1 mile race held around the wester

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Ayton explodes for double double

On the eve of the Bahamas’ 45th Independence anniversary on Monday night, National Basketball Association No.1 draft pick Bahamian Deandre Ayton got a morale booster against one of his high school and new NBA rivals as he helped the Phoenix Suns blow

Taxation honesty

We live in a funny country.

Give a pet a home

The Bahamas Humane Society has lots of beautiful dogs and cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes.

Hypocrisy of PLP over VAT

Comments regarding VAT being increased from 7.5 percent to 12 percent, made by the leader and several members of Her Majesty’s loyal opposition as well as various, former government members unceremoniously dispatched from office just over 12 months ago under a cloud and shroud of mismanagement, incompetence and greed, can best be described as abhorrent, contemptible, detestable, despicable, hypocritical, insincere, repugnant and reprehensible.

EDiTORIAL: Fix the Real Property Tax debacle

DONALD Trump wants a wall to keep foreigners out. The Bahamas didn’t have to build a wall. All the government had to do was create a high enough rate for real property tax for residences owner-occupied for less than six months of the year and they could not only effectively keep those who might have been interested in a second home from choosing The Bahamas, they could entice those already invested in second homes to pack up and leave.

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ALICIA WALLACE: What are the real reasons behind the Minnis shuffle?

NO matter how low we set our expectations, there seems to be surprise, embarrassment, and frustration at every turn. There has not been much to celebrate in recent weeks, the increase in Value Added Tax bringing a muddy tinge to our reality. It puts

Hundreds turn out in Independence park

HUNDREDS celebrated the Bahamas’ 45th independence anniversary in Freeport at the Independence Park on Monday evening during an event that climaxed with the police Tattoo and a fireworks display around midnight.Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest a

Atlantis 'strong': Up 27% with Baha Mar

Top Atlantis executives “feel strongly” that Baha Mar’s emergence will not impact their long-term performance after net operating income jumped 27 percent for the 2018 first quarter.The Paradise Island resort’s confidence in its ability to see-off it

'Weigh in' over business licence reform alternatives

The private sector is being urged to “weigh in” and influence government policy on alternatives to the much-maligned business licence fee by providing hard, scientific data.Edison Sumner, pictured, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confed

'Bang on' over $415m aviation boost for GDP

Research showing The Bahamas will enjoy a $415m economic boost if it participates in Caribbean-wide aviation reform has been branded “bang on” by a local airline’s principal.Captain Randy Butler, pictured, Sky Bahamas’ chief executive, told Tribune

Competition watchdog won't be a 'lame duck'

Updated Bahamian competition legislation is designed to prevent the regulator from becoming a “lame duck” by setting out in extensive detail how it conducts investigations.KL Menns, the government’s Brussels-based competition law adviser, in a footno

Govt urged: Treat fiscal responsibility like VAT hike

Governance reformers yesterday urged the government to treat the Fiscal Responsibility Bill with “the same urgency” as the VAT increase given the extra “sacrifice” demanded from taxpayers.Matt Aubry, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG

Realtor: Economic citizenship can lower Bahamian tax burden

A prominent realtor has renewed his call for The Bahamas to introduce economic citizenship, arguing it will create a new revenue source and lessen the tax burden on Bahamians.Mario Carey, the founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate MCR Bahama

Exuma still concerned over tragedy fall-out

CONCERN persists on Exuma over potential tourism fall-out from the recent boating tragedy, although the island’s Chamber of Commerce president says there have been no mass cancellations yet.“Predictably there are some concerns about what impact this

Tuesday, July 10

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Nine Filipinos and Peruvians arrested for dangerous drugs

NINE Filipinos and Peruvians were arrested on Grand Bahama for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply after over $70,000 worth of suspected cocaine was discovered at an apartment in Freeport.

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Three expected to be charged after firearm, ammunition found

A WOMAN and two men are in police custody and are expected to be formally charged before the courts this week after allegedly being found with an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition.

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Man ordered to pay former wife $340,000

THE Court of Appeal has ordered a man to pay his former wife over a quarter of a million dollars within the next two months or risk the 3,000 shares he holds in his $1.1 million investment company being sold at public auction to satisfy the court order.

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PLP proposes review panel over marijuana issue

AS debate on legal marijuana use rages in the country, the Progressive Liberal Party is proposing the appointment of a review panel to make recommendations on the issue.

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Shanty town eviction deadline extended till August 10

THE government has stepped-down its July 31 deadline for New Providence shanty town evictions to allow for the required 14-day leave period, according to Labour Minister Dion Foulkes.

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Taino Beach given greenlight for swimming

TAINO Beach has been given the green light for swimming after follow-up water sample testing on Friday conducted by the Ministry of Environment, along with Waterkeepers Bahamas, indicate that the water quality standards are acceptable.

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Many shanty town residents not ready to vacate homes

DESPITE an extension to the government's eviction deadline for shanty town residents in New Providence, many of them yesterday said they are still not in a position to vacate their homes and adhere to the deadline.

Monday, July 9

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Your 2018 Independence Supplement is now online!

Monday, 9th July, 2018.

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Three armed robberies in 24-hours

POLICE have appealed to members of the public for assistance after several armed robberies occurred in a 24-hour period in the capital.

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Lawyer upset over viral video of argument at Exuma airport

FORMER Supreme Court justice and Exuma MP Elliot Lockhart has vowed to take the government to task after a video recording of him at an Exuma airport went viral.In the video, Mr Lockhart gets into a brief argument with a police officer that escalates

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INSIGHT: It’s time to bust the marijuana myths

IT is “high” time the conversation of marijuana decriminalisation or legalisation be approached intellectually. This has been a subject of recent debate, particularly gaining momentum at the beginning of the year. CARICOM’s regional assessments led to a town meeting over a week ago, where despite a lack of representation from the people that oppose marijuana decriminalisation or legalisation, there was still a good turnout, as citizens came out in droves to voice their opinions on the issue.

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Bahamas on alert for migrants after Haiti unrest

AS civil unrest unfolded in Haiti over the weekend, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said local law enforcement agencies were put on alert for a potential uptick in illegal migration. Violent protests raged in the capital Port-au-Prince for a third d

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Wells: Cause of Exuma boat blaze still unknown

THE CAUSE of the fatal Exuma boat accident which occurred more than a week ago has yet to be revealed, Transport Minister Renward Wells told The Tribune yesterday.“The investigation is ongoing,” he added. Elliot Lockhart, QC, attorney for boat owner

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Bahamas won't sign on to single market

THE Bahamas will not sign onto the CARICOM Single Market and Economy despite historic steps taken by the region at last week’s summit, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.Dr Minnis made it clear at a Saturday press briefing the country did n

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UPDATED: Victim dies in drive-by shooting

POLICE are investigating a shooting incident that occurred yesterday afternoon and left one man dead.

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Minnis: Make up your own minds on marijuana issue

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has given tacit support for the medical and scientific use of marijuana, however he told the media his personal views will not supersede a widespread public education campaign.

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‘No U-turn’ for Relays pullout

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis firmly backed the government’s decision to pull out of hosting the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s (IAAF) World Relays, citing the need to prioritise the government’s economic and social initiatives.

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Families unite to stop evictions

FIFTY families have joined forces to launch legal action to block the government’s first round of shanty town evictions.

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‘Going legal’ is worth just $5m

THE country stands to reap the greatest benefit from the full legalisation of marijuana production, sale and use with state control, according to CARICOM’s regional report, which estimated net benefits for The Bahamas was about $5.5m.

POLICE ADVICE: What do you do when a robber walks through the door?

A robbery is one of the most serious and potentially dangerous crimes committed today. A robber commits a hold-up because he or she believes their profit will be worth the risk. Many people are victims of this crime and many are attacked violently.

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Track and field team all set for IAAF U-20 championships

SPRINTER Joel Johnson has been listed as one of the competitors to watch when the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Under-20 Track and Field Championships takes place from Tuesday to Sunday in Tampere, Finland.

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WORLD CUP: England beat Sweden to reach semis

(Mirror.co.uk) Harry Maguire and Dele Alli were the goal heroes as England saw off Sweden to make the World Cup semi-finals.

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Kings' moves indicate uncertainty over buddy's role going forward

THE Sacramento Kings front office continues to make transactions that indicate uncertainty about Buddy Hield’s role with the organisation moving forward.The Kings signed restricted free agent guard Zach LaVine to a four-year $78 million offer sheet,

Charlton honoured with Bahamian Icon Award for youth development

DAVID Charlton, founder and head coach of the Star Trackers Track Club, was honoured on Saturday with the Bahamian Icon Award for Youth Development.In his acceptance speech, Charlton said just to be nominated with the talented list of competitors is

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BLTA adjusts Fed Cup team as Russell opts not to travel

WITH the most successful player Larikah Russell opting not to travel as the player/captain, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has made some adjustments to the team that will represent the Bahamas in Zone B of the Americas Group II of the Fed Cup.Th

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WILDCATS ROUT THE PANTHERS 22-0 IN NPSA

THE defending champions Sunshine Auto Wildcats, playing their third game in three consecutive nights, saved their best performance for the last as they whitewashed the Hennessy Panthers 22-0 in the New Providence Softball Association’s double header

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Junior golfers 'putt' Bahamas 5th overall

Team Bahamas produced a trio of top five finishers against elite junior golf talent in the region at the 31st edition of the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships.The team concluded the final round in fifth place in the race for the Hank James

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Deandre Ayton shinesin the Summer League

AS the Las Vegas Summer League tipped off, Deandre Ayton has showed flashes of the athleticism and basketball IQ on both ends of the floor that led to his selection as the top overall pick in June’s NBA Draft.In his summer league debut on July 6, Ayt

Exuma tragedy

I wish I could find the words to express how deeply I am hurt when I found out about the unfortunate tragedy in Exuma. I want to send my heartfelt feelings to all families and friends concerned.

Outriders and sirens

Officials - Official cars and police outriders and those damnable sirens.

The hubris of Travis Robinson

Hubris is characterised by the possession of a potent witches’ brew of foolish pride, dangerous overconfidence, extreme arrogance and reckless ambition. At first sight it is hard to imagine one, much less all of these traits occupying the mind of the Member of Parliament for Bain and Grant’s Town, Travis Robinson.

EDITORIAL: Changing faces - the story of the White House chaos

The sad, dangerous chaos that is the Trump administration was illuminated again last week when EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigned. Pruitt, as venal and corrupt as any senior official in Trump’s government, was reportedly the subject of 13 different corruption or misconduct investigations when he finally resigned under pressure from the White House chief of staff.

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WORLD VIEW: Justice free of politics

AS controversy currently surrounds the appointment of a judge to the Supreme Court of the United States, the ease with which a new Chief Justice of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was installed on July 4, without any political involvement, should be cause for pride in the Caribbean.

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Dominican and US poachers held

FORTY-SIX people on board a Dominican fishing vessel were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Sunday for poaching. This came two days after six Americans aboard a 63-foot pleasure craft were arrested by RBDF officers on Friday for viol

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Stolen items recovered and suspect held

STELLAR policing by officers of the Eastern Division and Rapid Response resulted in the arrest of a man and the recovery of stolen items, police said. Shortly before 6pm on Saturday, police, acting on information and armed with a search warrant, went

Digital divide: 40,000 tax payments manual

More than 40,000 tax payments in 2017 were made manually, highlighting how far the government and private sector have to travel to achieve true digital government.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in an economic analysis of the potential ben

Target web shop contributions for Relays funding

An ex-tourism minister has blasted the decision to stop hosting the IAAF World Relays as “short-sighted”, and urged that funding be raised from web shops and private sponsors.Obie Wilchcombe, pictured, told Tribune Business that the government should

'Challenged' to reject local bid's power takeover

The government’s election promises mean it will “be challenged” to reject a Bahamian group’s bid to take over power supply to East and West End, an advocacy group chief is arguing.Pastor Eddie Victor, head of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCC)

Govt to alter VAT 'exempt' for real estate

The government appears poised to reverse the budget’s VAT “exempt” treatment of real estate, following lobbying from top developers such as Albany and Baker’s Bay.KP Turnquest, deputy prime minister, told Tribune Business to “stand by” for a potentia

Budget 'fixed' unfair property tax anomaly

The government reformed the real estate “transfer tax” structure because it was “inherently unfair” to give companies preferential tax treatment over individuals on property purchases.KP Turnquest, deputy prime minister, pictured, told Tribune Busine

Realtors still hopeful over VAT extension

THE Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA) remains hopeful it can secure an extension of time to implement the value added tax (VAT) increase, its president arguing: “It is not too much to ask for.” Christine Wallace-Whitfield told Tribune Business:

VAT increase impacts Independence sales

The value-added tax (VAT) rate increase has affected consumer confidence and purchasing for this year’s Independence celebrations, a well-known businessman has revealed.Scott Farrington, president of Suntee Uniforms and Promotional Marketing, told Tr

Palm Cay unveils new $100m offer

Palm Cay is today releasing its latest real estate offering, a $100m condominium and penthouse complex overlooking the community’s marina and ocean access.Named One Marina due to its location, the residential community’s latest real estate offering w

Sunday, July 8

nine held over cocaine find

NINE men from the Philippines and Peru were arrested in Grand Bahama on Saturday for possession of more than $70,000 worth of suspected cocaine with the intent to supply.Shortly after 2am, officers with a search warrant, went to an apartment complex

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UPDATED: Remnant of Tropical Storm Beryl sweeps onto Dominica

Beryl, which had been the Atlantic season's first hurricane, disintegrated as a tropical storm shortly before reaching Dominica on Sunday. But the US National Hurricane Center said it still had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) as it zipped over Dominica moving west-northwestward at 26 mph (43 kph).

Friday, July 6

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WORLD CUP: Belgium knock out Brazil for place in semis

(Mirror.co.uk) Belgium's golden generation produced unquestionably its finest display with a magnificent first-half performance as they dumped Brazil out of the World Cup.

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PM addresses CARICOM on disaster mitigation and management

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - Prime Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis shared with his CARICOM colleagues, a number of initiatives being undertaken by his government in a move to improve his country’s disaster mitigation plan, through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

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Forensic pathologist: Man killed by police 'was shot in the back'

A Forensic Pathologist has confirmed that a 22-year-old man shot and killed by police in the Fox Hill area five years ago died from a single gunshot in the back, despite officers maintaining he was shot in the abdomen.

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Two arrested after $100,000 found

TWO men were arrested after police conducted a search and found them with more than $100,000 during a joint operation at western New Providence.

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Halkitis accuses govt of firing PLP supporters

FORMER State Finance Minister Michael Halkitis accused the Minnis administration of firing Progressive Liberal Party supporters, telling those gathered at a PLP rally it appeared to him the government allocated more than $26 million for new hires in the 2018-2019 budget.

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Hurricane shelters needed on Grand Bahama

THERE are not enough hurricane shelters on Grand Bahama, and a Grand Bahama MP believes it is time to move beyond makeshift shelters at churches, high schools, and gymnasium facilities.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: A week of no, no, no

This week was an eventful one, so there’s no shortage of material to choose from, in fact some of it wrote itself.

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'Beryl' strengthens into first hurricane of season

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Beryl has become the first named hurricane of the season, threatening islands still trying to recover from last year's storms, forecasters said Friday.

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Roker rants at 'nonsense' shanty town deadlines

A FORMER Cabinet minister yesterday branded as “nonsense” the government’s self-imposed deadline of July 31 to evict shanty town residents in New Providence, adding the 2019 Abaco deadline also makes no sense, as people breaking the law should not be

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Dropped – no cash for World Relays

THE International Amateur Athletic Federation’s World Relays, which took the world by storm since its inception in The Bahamas in 2014, has been cancelled by the Bahamas government, ten months away before the country was due to host the event again in May next year.

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‘Medical marijuana saved my life’

PHENTON Neymour, former Minister of State for the Environment, yesterday announced his support for medical marijuana, claiming the treatment saved his life when he was battling stage three colon rectal cancer.

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‘Marco 2’ brings law step closer

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday announced the launch of a revamped version of the Mandatory Action Rescuing Children Operation (MARCO) Alert.

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Vendors’ fears on conch poison alert

POTTER’S Cay Dock vendors are concerned about the potential impact cases of conch poisoning could have on their businesses.

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Pair given three months in jail for illegal landing

A 23-year-old Haitian woman and a 38-year-old Haitian man charged with illegal landing were both sentenced to three months in prison by a magistrate yesterday after it was revealed that they had been previously deported from the country.Sherline Myrt

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Elliott selected as head coach of Purdue Boilermakers track & field

TWO days after they lost Bahamian head coach Rolando ‘Lonnie’ Greene to the University of Kentucky, Purdue University stayed at home in selecting his replacement as Bahamian assistant Norbert Elliott moved up the ladder to continue to develop the Boilermakers’ track and field programme.

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THE FINISH LINE: Let's welcome the first female Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture

LET’s welcome the first female Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Lanisha Rolle.Rolle stepped into office on Wednesday, replacing Michael Pintard, who has been moved to the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources where he will have responsib

Minor league baseball players make debuts in respective rookie leagues

SEVERAL Bahamian minor league players recently made their debuts in their respective rookie leagues and have made immediate impacts for their franchises.The Arizona League is the starting point for many of these players including teammates on the AZL

BOC has not yet named Team Bahamas for the CAC Games

WITH the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games all set for July 19 to August 3 in Barranquilla, Colombia, the Bahamas Olympic Committee has yet to name the team that will represent the Bahamas.BOC president Rommel Knowles said they are still in t

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Junior Golf: Bahamas in 5th place after day 2

FOLLOWING day two of the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships, the Bahamas is currently fifth in the standings and the Under-15 girls continue to lead the team with the top performances in their respective divisions.Ashley Michel is the top pe

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Water polo silver sweet

With the recent success of the Bahamas’ Mantas water polo club, head coach of the programme Laszlo Borbely said for the sport to continue its upward trend, corporate funding will be essential to its growth.“We are establishing water polo life and thi

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Thomas secures berth in high jump final

DONALD Thomas secured his berth in the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Diamond League high jump final by placing fourth in the eighth leg of the Athletissima Lausanne at the Stade de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland.Thomas went head-t

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Suspect accused of Eight Mile rock raid

ANTHONY DeAngelo Parker was arraigned in the Supreme Court on charges of armed robbery and robbery in relation to an incident that occurred in Eight Mile Rock in March 2017.Parker, who appeared before Justice Estelle Gray-Evans, was not represented b

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Murderer's sentencing to be held on anniversary of killing

THE sentencing hearing for convicted murderer and armed robber Devaughn “Short Man” Hall - who shot and killed a husband and wife from Deadman’s Reef, West Grand Bahama - was adjourned yesterday.Family members of the murdered victims Barry and Sheena

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'We want to grow marijuana for scientific reasons'

A Bahamian company yesterday announced it has completed an application under the Dangerous Drugs Act to cultivate marijuana for medical or scientific purposes.Bahama Cann president Elliot Hepburn-Marshall told The Tribune the group intends to submit

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Court debates name in fraud case

A Crown witness yesterday confirmed that former Ministry of Finance accounts clerk James Anwar Johnson also went by his middle name, following extensive legal debate over the user name connected to a local business allegedly receiving thousands of do

Power outage as pole hit by truck

POWER outages in sections of eastern New Providence were yesterday blamed on a minor traffic accident in the area.

Westminster Parliament

WESTMINISTER Rules and protocols are good for all, not when appropriate to be applied.

Who will be celebrating Independence?

I must ask all Bahamians this question, “Do we have an existential crisis in our country?”

EDITORIAL: International crises could affect us

IT IS unsurprising that Bahamians who are curious and well-informed follow closely the ebb and flow of the nation’s domestic politics.

Medicinal marijuana's $500m economic 'blow'

A MARIJUANA advocate yesterday estimated the sector could be worth “more than half a billion dollars” to The Bahamas by 2025, its chairman urging: “Either run to it or be dragged kicking and screaming”.Terry Miller, chairman of the Bahamas Cannabis R

'Toxic' BOB borrower loses $2.1m appeal

A seafood supplier’s bid to obtain $2.1m in damages from Scotiabank (Bahamas) for lost profits was this week rejected as “unmeritorious” by the Court of Appeal.Jerome Forbes and North Andros Food Services, who were among the first 13 “toxic” borrower

Fiscal Responsibility needs 'more teeth for accountability culture'

A governance reformer yesterday renewed calls for the Fiscal Responsibility Bill to be given “more teeth until we get a culture of accountability” in the public service.Robert Myers, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) principal, told

Multi-million debt payout from top insurers

Two major insurers yesterday revealed multi-million dollar debt payout plans, with both pointing to low interest rates and strong balance sheets to justify the move.Patrick Ward, Bahamas First’s president and chief executive, told Tribune Business th

Bahamas faces July 16 FATF completion target

Global standard-setters will receive The Bahamas’ final report on the elimination of deficiencies in its financial regulatory regime on July 16, the Attorney General confirmed yesterday.Carl Bethel QC told Tribune Business that the government was “fi

IAN FERGUSON: Work can be no fun under the sun

Summer is a great time to be outdoors, either for work or play. People head to the beach, begin construction and go outdoors to soak up the sun’s rays. The heat means this time can be quite brutal for many employees who, by virtue of their assignment

Carnival band owners looking ahead to 2019

BAHAMAS Carnival band owners have already begun forward planning and marketing for 2019’s Road March, its outgoing president branding this year a “success” despite government’s non-involvement.“Carnival was a success. We have already started the forw

Inland Revenue tackles contractors' vat queries

The Department of Inland Revenue (DIR) has moved to answer contractors’ concerns over the VAT rate increase and the extended transition period provided to the industry.Keith Worrell, a VAT consultant with the Department, informed attendees at the Bah

Thursday, July 5

Local inspiration hosts live music recording

Gospel artist Travis Santon is set to host a live music recording of his latest acoustic single “I’ll Wait For You” this Friday at the Evangelistic Temple on Collins Avenue.The recording session will also feature appearances by musicians such as the

Meditation - Building national character -

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

Saturday's motorcade launches 'all inclusive' prayer for the nation

BAHAMIANS are invited to bare their souls in a prayer for the nation during the National Prayer Motorcade this Saturday.Presented by the Trinity City of Praise, this year’s motorcade begins at Rawson Square at 6am.Led by Apostle Ed and Prophetess Lee

Religious happenings around town

Friday • When Women Pray hosted by Rosmery BethelTime: 7pmVenue: Epic Church Bahamas, Summerwinds PlazaThe idea behind this event is when women pray then things begin to shift. Join in to pray for the future as a community of women empowered and read

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Path open for medicinal marijuana use

AS the government moves to consider an end to marijuana prohibition across CARICOM member states, legal pathways already exist for medicinal and scientific use in the country.Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands, who has responsibility for dangerous dru

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Davis blasts PM for selective use of Westminster system

TAKING his criticism of the Minnis administration outside for a Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) rally last night, Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis hit Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for showing a “selective adherence (to) the Westminster syste

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Bahamasair outsource saves money without losing jobs

BAHAMASAIR will save “hundreds of thousands” of dollars with a new move to outsource some of its reservation services, though no employees will be fired in the process, chairman Tommy Turnquest said yesterday.Nine employees from the airline’s reserva

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Exuma boat blast ‘purely an accident’

FOUR C’s Adventures has returned more than $20,000 in cancelled bookings since it was ordered to cease operations following a deadly explosion on its tour boat in Exuma, The Tribune was told.

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Conch poisonings spark warning

THERE have been four confirmed cases of conch poisoning and as many as six unconfirmed cases, Health Minister Duane Sands announced yesterday.

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Just what the doctor ordered – poll gives support for medical marijuana

A RECENT Public Domain survey has found overwhelming support for medical marijuana among Bahamian residents across demographics of age, gender and income.

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Shanty town survey ‘a lost chance’

THE government’s continued refusal to consult “real” stakeholders will restrict any success its shanty town surveys could have, activist Louby Georges claimed yesterday.

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PM to students: Take advantage of opportunities in the Bahamas

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert A Minnis’ first order of business after he touched down at the Donald Sangster International Airport for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, was to meet with Bahamian

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Taino Beach fails water standards

A popular beach on Grand Bahama has received a ‘no-swim’ alert by an international online organisation after failing to meet water quality standards.According to Swim Guide.org, water samples were taken on June 28 at Taino Beach by Save the Bays/Wate

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Magistrate orders police to be charged with perjury

A senior magistrate has ordered two police officers be charged with perjury after video surveillance contradicted what they claimed happened the night they arrested a man in a nightclub for having an illegal firearm late last year.Senior Magistrate D

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Crown told to prove link to business in fraud case

A MAGISTRATE yesterday ordered the Crown to establish that the user name purportedly used by former Ministry of Finance accounts clerk James Anwar Johnson was actually the user name connected to a local business receiving over thousands in unauthoris

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Bethel: Don't speculate, wait for the investigation

ALL necessary steps are being taken to ensure the deadly Exuma boat accident is thoroughly investigated with the government set to use the “highest technologies” to determine the cause of the onboard explosion, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yeste

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Urban Renewal summer camp begins

THREE weeks of fun and excitement have been planned for the youngsters enrolled in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development Urban Renewal’s annual summer camp.The camp kicked off Tuesday with an opening ceremony at Evangelistic Temple.Bi

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Bahamas Olympic Committee enters new marketing age

THE Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) plans to implement stronger marketing strategies now that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has better equipped it to recruit and deliver maximum value to corporate partners.Clarence Rolle, a vice president

Junkanoo Bowl: Clarke, Armbrister eliminated

THE last remaining Bahamian players in both the boys’ and girls’ main draw were eliminated in the ITF Junkanoo Bowl.Elena Clarke’s tournament run came to an end in the quarter-final while Donte Armbrister was ousted in the second round at the Nationa

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Donald Thomas all set for Diamond League meet today

IN producing his season’s best performance in the men’s high jump on Monday night in Hungary, Donald Thomas said he only expects to jump higher as the season progresses.“I thank God for the many blessings and for leading me this far,” he said. “Compe

Ten teams in Kalik Bowling battle

TEN teams are participating in the 2018 Kalik Bowling Team Tournament for a first place prize of $1,200, second place of $600 and third place prize of $400. The top male player in competition on Monday night was Lee Davis of The Advocates with a 251

Greene new track and field head coach for Kentucky Wildcats

BAHAMIAN track and field coach Rolando Lonnie Greene has accepted a new post at another elite Division I programme.Greene was introduced as the new track and field/cross country head coach at the University of Kentucky by Wildcats athletic director M

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junior golfers tee off in Jamaica

TEAM Bahamas opened play at the 2018 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships yesterday as the event teed off at the at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in Caymanas Estate, Jamaica.A roster of five boys and four girls will contest the tournament

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Jones and Sun in win column

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller said he hopes the recent performances from Jonquel Jones means the All-Star forward has turned the corner and overcome her late start to the season.Jones finished with eight points, five rebounds, two assists an

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DIANE PHILLIPS: The little shop with a window back on time

At the southeast corner of Bay & Frederick Streets stands a store that seems to defy time. The sign above the door reads simply A BAKER & SONS, ESTABLISHED 1894. If you were alive when it opened, you would be 124 today and probably not remember the day it opened. But for most of the rest of us, we cannot remember a time when it did not exist nor when we were not fascinated by the fact that it remains, a survivor of the days when men’s shirts and baby clothes shared the same kind of tight plastic see-through protective wrapping.

Balancing the books

BUDGET 2018 we have been told is the commencement of a focus to cause in three years as close to a Balanced Budget something never heard of previously except pre-1967.

After the firings

THAT was the week that was…no doubt last week was eventful…the Budget vote - firing of two Parliamentary Secretaries the imposing of the whip on the majority, governing party with a majority of 35 and BP&L ain’t got a clue what blacked the island out.

PM's shuffle

All of the Ministers moved in the Prime Minister’s recent so-called and highly unimpressive shuffle have been flat footed, uninspiring runners on a ministerial hamster wheel that has led to nowhere. What’s more, there are more within the Cabinet who remain in positions that they, in my opinion, are unqualified to have.

EDITORIAL: No more free rides – accounting needed

WE hope it was just political banter when Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, in a recent exchange with Opposition leader Philip “Brave” Davis indicated he would agree to pay from the public purse for Mr Davis’ tour of the islands to inform the people why government’s 12 per cent VAT increase was not necessary. However, Dr Minnis seemed to catch himself at the end of the exchange when he joked: “I have to speak to the minister of finance to see what’s there!”

Post Office collapse 'killing our economy'

Businesses yesterday blasted the “really disgraceful” collapse of The Bahamas’ postal system for “killing our economy”, with some revealing they only received February’s mail yesterday.Anthony Howorth, a well-known financial services provider, told T

Tourism 'misses mark' in loss to beauty queen

The Ministry of Tourism’s latest bid to dismiss a former Bahamian beauty queen’s breach of contract claim was yesterday rejected by a US judge because it “misses the mark”.Judge Nancy Atlas, sitting in the south Texas federal court, delivered another

Contractor chief warns over vat mortgage hit

THE Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday said it will “initiate” talks with banks on the rewriting of mortgages to offset the 12 percent VAT hike’s impact.Speaking with Tribune Business following the BCA’s monthly luncheon at

'Entrench new culture' on fiscal responsibility

The government must “entrench a new culture” within the civil service if the Fiscal Responsibility Bill is to succeed, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) warned yesterday.The multilateral lender’s assessment of the proposed legislation, led by

Aliv: 'We've been like an earthquake'

Aliv’s top executive yesterday hailed its introduction of the latest 4.5G technology as “a regional first”, and said: “We’ve been like an earthquake for the market.”Damian Blackburn, pictured, told Tribune Business that the mobile operator was contin

Port promotes Freeport's attraction for call centres

The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has partnered with Freeport-based business process outsourcing (BPO) operator, itelBPO Solutions, to promote the city for a third consecutive year.The two joined forces at the 19th Annual Customer Contact Week (

Labour minister meets with carnival cruises for jobs

Job and training opportunities for Bahamians topped the agenda for the minister of labour, Senator Dion Foulkes, when he met with Carnival Cruise Lines officials in Florida.Mr Foulkes said the government is committed to providing training, and creati

ART OF GRAPHIX: Nailing down true forms of creativity

Reva Dean, pictured, is quickly becoming a popular household name in our community. This young lady makes magic wherever she goes, using her creative charm and ability to maximum effect.This lady, who wears many hats as a play writer, author, relatio

Sponge revival delay via Matthew, election

The impact from a $1.2m project to revive the Andros sponging industry has been “less than anticipated” so far due to Hurricane Matthew and the 2017 general election.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in an assessment of the project’s progres

Wednesday, July 4

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Davis: PM not taking tragedy seriously enough

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ response to the Exuma boating tragedy shows a lack of appreciation for the seriousness of the situation, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday.On Monday when he was asked to speak about

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Govt was 'not hiding' $25m Grand Lucayan equity stake

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold yesterday could not explain why ministers failed to discuss the $25m budget for an equity stake in the Grand Lucayan Resort during the budget debate in the House of Assembly last month.“Not really,” he said when asked

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US tourist tells court of island sex attack

AN American woman has claimed a Bahamian man allegedly forced her to give him oral sex, assaulted her with two fingers and gave her oral sex without her consent on a Family Island four years ago.The 21-year-old woman, testifying before Justice Cheryl

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Husband of Exuma fatality loses leg

TIRAN Jackson, the husband of the woman killed over the weekend when an Exuma tour boat burst into flames, has had one of his legs amputated, according to a GoFundMe account created by his family.

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Moving jobs: that’s not a problem

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ decision to reassign four Cabinet portfolios earlier this week may open the door to several new initiatives and policies within those respective ministries in the coming months.

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‘Where are they all going to live?’: Davis demands - what now for shanty families

LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes’ admission that there will most likely be challenges finding rental properties in Abaco for evicted shanty town residents proves there is a lack of planning and vision by the government, according to Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday.

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Omar Archer – govt ‘offered me a job’

OMAR Archer claimed yesterday he has been offered a high ranking job at the Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation.

Cruise ship passenger drowns

A CRUISE ship passenger is believed to have drowned in waters of Great Sturrup Cay in the Berry Islands, police said.The man was discovered floating and unresponsive after 1pm yesterday.He was removed from the water and CPR was rendered. He was trans

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FIBA: Team Bahamas tops Dominican Republic 83-82

TEAM Bahamas, reduced to just nine players, delivered their best performance and the team’s only win of the FIBA 2019 World Cup Qualifiers.

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Bahamas Bash Lacrosse Tournament was a success

THE second consecutive Bahamas Bash Lacrosse Tournament was held in Grand Bahama June 29 to July 1 and attracted some 100 players, parents and coaches from Florida to the island. The event, organised by Bo Lamont, director of Bahamas Bash Lacrosse T

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'If you have weak competition, you're not going to get better'

SINCE he was very young, Buddy Hield knew that to improve his game he would have to face a superior level. For this reason, he took the decision of leaving the Bahamas, but he has never forgotten his roots.The Sacramento Kings’ shooting guard is back

CAZOVA: Bahamas women cart off individual titles

FOR the second time in two straight games, the Bahamas met Barbados, this time losing the bronze medal as the CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) Women’s Championship concluded at the Ismay van Wilgen Sport Hall in Paramaribo, Suriname, o

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Charlton signs 3-year contract with Puma

ALTHOUGH she didn’t go out as she anticipated, 100m hurdles specialist Devynne Charlton is eagerly looking forward to life after college as she prepares for her professional career in track and field.Already, the Purdue University Boilermaker star, w

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Sydney advances, Jacobi out

As the number two seeded player in the girls’ draw, Sydney Clarke wanted to make sure that she played up to the expectations for the Junkanoo Bowl International Junior Tennis Tournament at the National Tennis Centre.Meanwhile Jacobi Bain, unseeded, k

Facelift for wharf

Prince George Wharf is in desperate need of a facelift. The area is very dirty and the smell of garbage and urine dominates much of the sidewalk across from the water.

We should welcome differences

It is a safe bet that 212 years ago some Bahamians looked aghast at the “modern” monstrosity that was being built on the most commanding hilltop on the island of New Providence.

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Kayak tour firm wins top award

GRAND Bahama’s Kayak Nature Tours – which provides thrilling tour excursions to many cruise passengers - was recently named the Top Tour Operator of the Year in the region by Carnival Cruise Lines.Kayak Nature Tours continues to provide not only uniq

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VIDEO: Residents 'lose everything' in blaze at Inagua homes

AN early morning fire in Mathew Town, Inagua, left two residences “completely destroyed” yesterday. According to officials on the island, the fire was reported at 8.15am, when a police officer on patrol spotted the flames. The residences were two wo

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Serial housebreaker is jailed for five years

A NEW Providence man was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison on multiple counts of housebreaking and stealing offences in Grand Bahama.Dave Stanford Coakley, 51, of Golden Gates No 1, was arraigned in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court on ab

Project aims to help women improve export businesses

BAHAMAS Agricultural and Industrial Corporation in collaboration with Caribbean Export Development Agency recently teamed up to assist Bahamian women in business through We-Xport – Women Empowered through Export.We-Xport is designed to support Caribb

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Davis pledges to seek answers on PLP govt bills

OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis is using the powers conferred on him as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee to send for explanations from the Ministry of Finance on several matters, including a list of major invoices that will m

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Marijuana field discovered

POLICE in North Andros uncovered a marijuana field with approximately 600 plants on Monday.Shortly after 8am, officers from Andros, acting on information, went to an area near the Bahamas Agriculture Research Community, where they uncovered the field

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Royal Oasis an eyesore - and something has to be done

MINISTER of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson has said the old Royal Oasis property in Grand Bahama cannot continue to remain an eyesore and that measures are being looked at to deal with the situation.The property, made up of the 845-room Tower

Top official's 'apology' on customs tariff woe

The Ministry of Finance’s top official last night “publicly apologised” for delays impacting cross-border commerce as a result of Customs’ failure to promptly release tariff code changes.Marlon Johnson, the acting financial secretary, told Tribune Bu

DPM: 'So far, so good' on 12% VAT transition

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday described the transition to 12 percent VAT as “so far, so good”, hinting that further “adjustments” will be made to aid specific industries. Speaking ahead of yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, KP Turnquest, pictured, s

New transport minister targets boating revenue

The newly-appointed transport minister yesterday said he will look to introduce Family Island mooring fees, while suggesting that the 4 per cent foreign-flagged yacht charter fee is “too low”.Renward Wells, the former minister of agriculture and mari

Competition law's 'conflict' on agent, distributor links

The government’s draft competition legislation appears to “conflict” with long-standing Bahamian agency and distributor relationships, the Chamber of Commerce’s chair warned yesterday.Michael Maura, pictured, told Tribune Business that legislation re

Bahamas tax structure raises 'trade war' threat

The Bahamas’ tax structure threatens to exacerbate any “cost of living increase” from a global trade war, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman yesterday branding it “a serious concern”.Michael Maura told Tribune Business that The Bahamas’ regressive, c

PM opens 'one stop shop' for employment

The Prime Minister has officially opened the Public Employment Services Unit’s (PES) “One Stop Service Centre” at the Department of Labour.The centre will be used as the Ministry of Labour’s link between potential employees and employers, and will en

Resorts World unveils new assistant manager

Resorts World Bimini has named Greg Stubbs to the post of assistant general manager.A member of the Resorts World Bimini management team since 2013, Mr Stubbs has previously served as its director of food and beverage, and as assistant director of fo

New logistics company strikes global alliance

Fowlco, a newly-formed Freeport logistics company, has struck an alliance with international global logistics provider, Blue Water Shipping.The new venture, Fowlco Blue Water, will offer “end-to-end services” to all cruise lines and ship owners as pa

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World Cup: England through to quarters after penalty shootout

England are into the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a penalty shootout victory over Colombia.

Fiscal deficit down $142m up to April

A near-50 percent slash to the government’s capital works budget saw its fiscal deficit for the ten months to end-April drop by $141.5m year-over-year, the Central Bank has revealed.The regulator, in its monthly economic report for May, said a windin

Central Bank warns on vacation rentals

The Central Bank is warning that the booming vacation rental market could threaten tourism’s foreign exchange earnings without proper quality assurance mechanisms in place.The regulator, while acknowledging the sector’s importance in its monthly econ

Tuesday, July 3

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Kroger to test grocery deliveries with driverless cars

Kroger Co is about to test whether it can steer supermarket customers away from crowded grocery aisles with a fleet of diminutive driverless cars designed to lower delivery costs.The test programme announced last week could make Kroger the first US g

07032018 EDITION

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Christian Council 'won't fight' Sands over free condoms plan

BAHAMAS Christian Council President Delton Fernander said the organisation will not challenge Health Minister Dr Duane Sands over any plans to provide free contraceptives for students.In an interview with The Tribune yesterday, Mr Fernander insisted

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Victim confirmed as missing woman

THE worst fears of the family and friends of Kiria Erica Musgrove materialised yesterday as police confirmed the 25-year-old mother’s body was the one found in a field off Cowpen Road on Sunday evening.

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CARICOM calls for marijuana to be treated the same as alcohol

A CARICOM report calling for an end to the prohibition of marijuana for the entire region is up for discussion in Cabinet today, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis.

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FACE TO FACE: Beating the drum for the beauty of Eleuthera

I first met Beat Schlagenhauf when I was covering an event for the Rhythm and Youth Band. This Rake n’ Scrape group comprised young boys and girls and was birthed at the Gerald Cash Primary School under the direction of then music teacher, Nathaniel Adams.

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TWO ACCUSED OF SEX ATTACK ON TOURISTS

TWO Harbour Island natives were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations they raped a 17-year-old female tourist and had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old tourist late last month.

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Undercover agents to target VAT cheats

OFFICIALS have posted “undercover agents” throughout stores to guard against price gouging, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis disclosed yesterday.

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UPDATED: Shuffling the pack

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis insisted his decision to reassign four Cabinet portfolios just 14 months after taking office does not mean he lost faith in any of his ministers, adding they performed “exceptionally well”.

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Privy Council orders new appeal for policeman’s killers

THE Privy Council has ordered a new hearing of Stephen “Die” Stubbs and two other convicts’ appeal of their convictions and sentences for the murder of a policeman at a nightclub almost 20 years ago.

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Halt ordered to tours as probe begins into Exuma boat inferno

EXUMA’s largest tour operator, Four C’s Adventures, has been issued a cease and desist order to suspend operations pending an investigation into the accident that killed one American woman, caused another to lose both of her legs and injured nine other people on Saturday, according to outgoing Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell.

EDITORIAL: Need for more civil judges reaches desperate levels

For the majority of citizens whose lives rarely if ever touch the court system, the subject of how many judges are sitting on the Supreme Court seems distant and irrelevant. A shortage of judges is not likely to be a hot topic around the Keurig cup coffeemaker on a Monday morning and unless lawyers are gathered, there is little chance the subject will arise at all.

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Two in hospital after being shot in car

TWO men are in hospital after they were shot during an incident on Wellington Street, police said. The victims were sitting in a car in front of a home near St Vincent Road when two men approached, who opened fire. The incident occurred shortly befor

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Sentence in child molester case prompts legal rethink

THE Office of the Attorney General is considering reviewing the law as it relates to cases that are inappropriately charged, to allow officials to use their discretion to give tougher penalties where warranted.This comes as activists are calling for

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Robinson and Miller roles won't be replaced

THE parliamentary secretary posts left vacant when Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis fired MPs Travis Robinson and Vaughn Miller for voting against the value added tax increase will not be filled.According to Dr Minnis yesterday, the decision represent

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Minnis still quiet on permanent Chief Justice role

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is still not ready to reveal who will be appointed substantive chief justice, telling reporters yesterday Bahamians will know “with time” who will fill the post.Despite failing to name an appointee for the last several

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Series of men accused of New Providence murders

TWO men, a 23-year-old Haitian and a 25-year-old Bahamian, were charged in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday with shooting two teen aged brothers in a barbershop last month.

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Centenarian enjoys Bahamas vacation

After having reached the grand old age of 100 years, American visitor Gussie Taylor-Dennis would not be deterred from enjoying a fun-packed vacation in the Bahamas. She was in Nassau last week as a guest of former Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia “Mothe

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SpaceX delivers AI robot, ice cream, mice to space station

The International Space Station got its first robot with artificial intelligence Monday, along with some berries, ice cream and identical brown mice.SpaceX’s capsule reached the station three days after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Station

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Slim down for the Summer with Solomon's

This summer, Solomon’s Yamacraw customers will shake, dance and move their way to a healthier physique during the store’s first Summer Slimdown Challenge. The company is teaming up with Jay Fitness 242 to launch the competition with a live Junkanoo a

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New company wants Bahamians to drink themselves healthy

Drinking sufficient amounts of water helps to flush out toxins, keep your kidneys healthy, boost your immune system, and even keeps your skin looking healthy and radiant. Of course, the hotter the climate and the more you sweat, the more important dr

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Don’t rely on motivation alone

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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Public asked to give teen parents a helping hand

AFTER staging a successful Community Cares Baby Drive last month, Teen Life Skills Services are gearing up for a second event, this time in Grand Bahama, and they need the assistance of the general public to pull it off.Teen Life Skills Service was

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Women, men and respectability

We shame people into being who society thinks they should be. Society is more concerned about how someone dresses, than what they do. In fact, we seem to reinforce bad behaviour as long as someone looks respectable. The assumption seems to be that if

Tech Talk

• IN ONE of the world’s more unusual diplomatic encounters, Ethiopia’s new prime minister has met with a humanoid robot. The chief of staff for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has shared online a photo of Monday’s meeting with Sophia, who has gained globa

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Building an island empire of beauty

With more than 13 years experience in the field of health and wellness, Pryia Russell-Ellis is now offering women the best in beauty services through her company, the Touch of the Islands Spa.Based in Bimini, the company offers services that range fr

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In the aftermath of 'sweethearting' – The dos and don'ts following the discovery of betrayal

TINA Campbell, one half of the award-winning gospel duo Mary Mary, admitted to destroying three cars and plotting murder, all because of the anger and hurt she felt after finding out her husband had been cheating on her.Tina’s spouse, Teddy Campbell,

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FIFA World Cup in Russia was the ‘Trip of a Lifetime’

MOSCOW, Russia — The FIFA World Cup is universally regarded as the global sporting event of a lifetime. To that end, Budweiser and the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company sent a lucky winner on the “Trip of a Lifetime.”

Dwight Coleby hopes to make impression in NBA Summer League

DWIGHT Coleby hopes to make an impression in the NBA Summer League as he pursues his first pro basketball contract. Coleby had to cut his time with the national basketball team short when he was named to the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League and mini-cam

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THE PRESS BOX: 'LA-Bron' move could be far from a slam dunk for Lakers

MUCH to my chagrin the inevitable finally happened, LeBron James is a Laker. DIE HARD LAKER Everybody knows I don’t do hypocrisy at all. So I most certainly am not one of these in the moment euphoric Laker fans. I understand their exuberance, m

Bahamas earns 83-82 FIBA win

A shorthanded Team Bahamas, reduced to just nine players, delivered their best performance and the team’s only win of the FIBA 2019 World Cup Qualifiers. Buddy Hield and Travis Munnings led five players in double figures with 19 points apiece and th

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Bahamas beaten by Barbados in CAZOVA Championship

FOR the second time in two straight games, the Bahamas met Barbados, this time losing the bronze medal as the CAZOVA (Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association) Women’s Championship concluded last night at the Ismay van Wilgen Sport Hall in Paramaribo,

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Miller-Uibo gets 400m victory in Hungary

SHAUNAE Miller-Uibo, lowering her own meet record, continued her success on the international circuit by repeating as the champion of the women’s 400 metres at the Gyulai Memorial in Hungary.One of four Bahamians entered in the meet yesterday, Miller

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Junkanoo Bowl: Bahamians advance

Two players, including one of the two Simms sisters from Grand Bahama and No.8 seed Donte Armbrister, advanced out of the first round of the Junkanoo Bowl junior tennis tournament yesterday.In the week-long International Tennis Federation touring eve

Medal haul at CCCAN

BAHAMAS Aquatics continued their medal haul at the 2018 CCCAN Championships.The Under-16 Water Polo team concluded tournament play with a silver medal and secured Youth Pan Am Games qualification in El Salvador, while performances in the 50m butterfl

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Pair jailed who killed Bahamian boat captain and threw him to the sharks

TWO men from the Republic of Georgia who stole a charter boat from Grand Bahama, stabbed a Bahamian captain and threw him overboard in shark-infested waters two years ago to smuggle two Brazilian men to South Florida have been sentenced to prison by

Small group of VAT protestors not giving up fight

ALTHOUGH the increase of value added tax from 7.5 percent to 12 percent took effect on Sunday, an advocacy group is calling for the government to abolish this form of taxation and instead explore alternative avenues to collect revenue.Yesterday, a sm

Is BPL abiding by the rules?

BP&L’s RFP to replace the current standby generator supplier - AGGREGO was it complaint to the Electricity act of 2015?

Scapegoats in Munnings Road fatality

THE Minnis administration must stand its ground and not cave in to the unreasonable demands of the family of the late Garvinisha Carey -- the young lady who succumbed to injuries caused by a horrific traffic accident in the Munnings Road area after colliding into a concrete blockade which were erected by the Ministry of Works.

'Like a hurricane': Super Value up 45% pre-VAT

Sales at Super Value stores jumped as much as 45 percent on the last day before the VAT hike, its owner revealing yesterday: “Customers were shopping with a vengeance.”Rupert Roberts told Tribune Business that the strong consumer demand - described a

Labour chief: Web shop lay offs 'unnecessary' because still profitable

The government’s top labour official says web shops “don’t need to put Bahamians out of work” because they are still making good profits despite the tax hikes.John Pinder, pictured, acting director of labour, told Tribune Business that no confirmatio

Chamber chair: 'We don't have time to waste'

The private sector needs to see real ease of business improvements “now”, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman saying yesterday: “We don’t have time to waste.”Michael Maura told Tribune Business that results were especially needed at “the interface” be

Developer files police complaint over dispute

Sir Franklyn Wilson’s Eleuthera real estate venture has filed a police complaint after “keep out” signs were placed on its properties by a rival claimant to the land.The Arawak Homes chairman told Tribune Business that the offending notices, which we

Insurers fail on last-ditch VAT extension bid

The insurance industry’s last-ditch bid for a one-month VAT extension has failed, with its chairman yesterday expressing concern over potential policy lapses and benefit losses.Emmanuel Komolafe, the Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) principal, t

Bahamians 'must thrive' before joining the WTO

BAHAMIANS must be put in position to “thrive in our own country” before the government moves forward with World Trade Organisation (WTO) accession, an activist group urged yesterday. Citizens Against Bank Exploitation (CABE), which staged a protest i

Online platform to eliminate 'job gaps'

A TOP private sector representative yesterday hailed an online platform to match employers with job seekers as helping to reducing unemployment by eliminating information gaps between the two.Edison Sumner, pictured, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce a

PwC Bahamas unveils two accounting partners

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Bahamas yesterday announced the appointment of two new partners, Kevin Cambridge and Carlton Cartwright, with effect from July 1, 2018.Prince Rahming, PwC’s territory leader, said: “Our two new partners have exhibited exe

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WORLD CUP: Brazil beat Mexico, Belgium stage stunning comeback

(Mirror.co.uk) Neymar caught fire in red-hot Samara to send Brazil into the quarter finals with a fiesty 2-0 win over Mexico.

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Art prompts row as British body backs out

IN what one UK newspaper has called an “unprecedented rebuke,” the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas has criticised the British Council for distancing itself from a Bahamian show it commissioned.The British Council specialises in international cult

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'Don't fire workers', web shops are urged

WITH the government’s new tax model for gaming house operators taking effect yesterday, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes over the weekend continued to plead with those operators that have threatened to lay off workers as a result, calling on them to be p

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'Hunted and priced out of rent because of xenophobia'

SHANTY town residents in Abaco say they have nowhere else to go, adding xenophobia and unaddressed tensions between Bahamians and people of Haitian descent have caused unregulated communities to flourish. As government officials assessed the Pigeon P

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Weekend rush as shoppers try to beat VAT increase

MANY shoppers flocked to stores on the weekend to save a few dollars hours before value added tax increased from 7.5 percent to 12 percent.

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Inferno at sea

AN American woman died after a tour company’s boat engine exploded off Barraterre, Exuma, on Saturday in an accident that left ten other people, including her 39-year-old husband, one Bahamian and nine Americans, injured.

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Robinson: No contracts from Ministry

BAIN and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson has suggested speculation that his new consultancy business could be set to receive lucrative contracts from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is baseless, adding the concerns only came to light through anonymous sources on social media.

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Nowhere to go for Shanty town residents

THE lack of available rental properties in Abaco could complicate the government’s efforts to regulate several shanty towns on that island, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes has said.

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Body found as police hunt for missing woman

POLICE found the body of a woman in a field off Cowpen Road shortly after 6pm yesterday.

Who says yes to the eyesores?

I would like to quote from a letter in your paper dated February 14, 2018, from W Thompson where he/she commented: “I totally agree with the writer Ms Pamela Burnside – the gross ugliness of the design of this hotel (The Pointe) is extraordinary and sends a warning to me – God help us when the Symonette-Bethell Group puts their proposal for the harbour front of their Tropical and east property.

EDITORIAL: A shift in the US court balance

THIS is the time of each year when the United States Supreme Court wraps up its yearly activity with a rash of judgments to mark the end of its latest term. Often, these decisions do not garner dramatic headlines, because the issues may touch on obscure constitutional points of law or practically not affect too many people.

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Hunt for missing Exuma woman

POLICE are appealing to the public for its assistance in finding a missing woman in Exuma.Police are trying to find 22-year-old Jovan Amanda Sands of the Forest, Exuma.Ms Sands is described as being of dark complexion, about 5’7 tall, of slim build,

Ready for Goombay

GOOMBAY Summer Festival will kick off on Grand Bahama on Thursday at Taino Beach - the beginning of four weeks of cultural celebration for residents and visitors here on the island.Sanique Culmer, manager of groups and events at the Ministry of Touri

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Students head over heels to join the Rangers

FIFTY-FOUR students were inducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Rangers programme on Grand Bahama during a recent passing out parade ceremony at the C A Smith Government Complex in Freeport.Attending the ceremony were Acting Permanent Secret

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Firearm and drugs found by police in separate swoops

POLICE recovered a firearm, a quantity of ammunition and dangerous drugs from the streets of Nassau on Friday.Shortly after 4pm on Friday, Drug Enforcement Unit officers, acting on information, searched a bushy area off Fire Trail Road, where they fo

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Ecuadormigrants found at Freeport canal

SIX Ecuadorians, including a minor, were discovered by Bahamian authorities at a canal in Freeport.The five adults were charged in court with breaching the Immigration Act.Three men, two women, and girl were found in the Running Mon Marina area on Su

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Tributes paid to boxing icon 'Elisha Obed'

The passing of Oswald ‘Elisha Obed’ Ferguson, the first and only Bahamian world boxing champion, has echoed the call for more prominent recognition to be given to the country’s iconic athletes who have excelled at the top of their sporting discipline

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Six armed raids in one weekend

POLICE are investigating six armed robberies that occurred over the weekend, including one involving a woman who was robbed at knifepoint on a beach in Eleuthera. The first two incidents happened on Friday.Police said shortly after 10pm, a man and wo

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Hitmen beat Warriors 4-1

THEY didn’t get a hit, but the C&S Hitmen didn’t need one as they managed to outclass the BTC Elite Warriors in a exciting 4-1 victory in the men’s feature contest of the New Providence Softball Association’s double header on Saturday night.

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THE DISENFRANCHISED: Omar is a symbol of hope

A FEW months ago, as I wrote a story for the Disenfranchised column,I relived three of the hardest losses of young Bahamian males in our country. Two of them had been murdered and another had been incarcerated for murder. It seemed to me and to many

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WORLD VIEW: Seeing President Trump in a pleasing light

US President Donald Trump did not sign “The Charlevoix G7 Summit Communique” in Canada in early June. In not doing so, he demonstrated doubts about the group in which the US participates with Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the Presidency of the European Union (EU). The presence of the EU, already represented by Britain, France, Germany and Italy, gives the EU an oversize and unwarranted voice.

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INSIGHT: Speaking with forked tongues

WHILE the government’s decision to increase VAT has been the centre of the nation’s attention for the past six weeks, their plan to revamp the Oban Heads of Agreement was also announced in the latter part of last month. Clearly, this was a decision m

FIBA: Bahamas to face Dominican Republic tonight

COACH Mario Bowleg said the men’s national basketball team is prepared to put the devastating loss to the US Virgin Islands behind them and is eagerly looking forward to closing out play tonight against the Dominican Republic on a high note in the FI

CCCAN: Bahamas strong in water polo and swimming

BAHAMAS Aquatics has delivered strong performances thus far at the XXXI CCCAN Swimming Championships, both from its water polo and swimming teams at the event in Aruba.The Under-16 Water Polo team continues their path toward Youth Pan Am qualificatio

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WORLD CUP: France knock out Argentina in seven goal thriller

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals in four second-half minutes to send France into the World Cup quarter-finals with a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina on Saturday.

Police and a matter of trust

FIRST I would like to reaffirm my support for our policemen. But this is not about me. It is about our young men who have absolutely no trust in the police. Not only the young men but many not so young men and women are not happy with the way the police are executing their duties. Many of them feel as if the police are setting up young people to fail We are all aware of the problems we have with gangs, but that’s not to say every young person is involved with gangs and the police should treat everyone differently.

VAT and pricing

THIS an open letter to the Acting Financial Secretary with respect to the Vat exemption for bread basket items.

Bahamian group's $30m challenge to GB Power

A Bahamian group says its solar proposal can reduce energy costs by 40 percent, and create up to 100 jobs, if permitted to take over power supply to Grand Bahama’s East and West End.Dr Carlton Bosfield, principal of Northern Bahamas Utilities (NBU),

AML chief apologises for 'early' 12% VAT

AML Foods chief executive yesterday apologised to Freeport consumers for “any distress caused” after provider error resulted in store receipts showing a 12 percent VAT two days early.Gavin Watchorn explained to Tribune Business that the mistake resul

Miller blasts BOB bail-out entity for selling his plaza

A furious Leslie Miller yesterday slammed the Bank of the Bahamas (BOB) bail-out vehicle for trying to sell his multi-million dollar plaza while in the middle of talks with the government.The former MP and Cabinet minister said it appeared that “the

Bahamas needs 'urgent work' on civil service pension reform

The Bahamas must undertake “urgent work” to reform civil service pensions and “restrict” further government support for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), a multilateral lender is warning.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in its latest Caribbea

Minister 'not thinking' of tourism fall-out from boat tragedy

The Minister of Tourism last night said he “doesn’t want to believe” that the weekend’s boating tragedy in Exuma will result in any negative fall-out for The Bahamas’ main industry.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, told Tribune Business that he was “not

Fishermen: 'Only strong will survive'

BAHAMIAN fisherman have still not fully recovered from the impact of Hurricane Irma, with one industry representative telling Tribune Business: “Only the strong will survive.”Keith Carroll, vice-president of the Bahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance (B

BPL moves forward on utility-scale renewables

BAHAMAS Power and Light (BPL) is trying to complete the framework for its utility-scale renewable energy generation, its top executive, noting there is significant interest in the sector.Whitney Heastie, BPL’s chief executive, said the utility was i

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Boat fire: Six injured at PMH, four transported to Florida

One person is dead and several others are injured after a boating accident in Exuma.