Thursday, May 31
Thursday, 31st May, 2018.
A POLICE officer is recovering in hospital after being shot by men he pursued while off-duty early Thursday morning.
SEVERAL amendments tabled in the House of Assembly Wednesday proposed fee increases on government services, including character certificates, finger printing and vehicle chassis checks.
FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest defended the government’s decision to increase taxes on gaming house operators on Thursday, saying it is only fair web shops pay “their fair share” for its impact on vulnerable communities.
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest defended the government’s Value Added Tax (VAT) hike plan during a press conference on Thursday.
THE Minnis administration will introduce the first phase of its Catastrophic Care Insurance Plan in the upcoming fiscal year, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest announced yesterday. It’s not clear what provisions have been
CROWN attorneys yesterday called for the Court of Appeal to dismiss a Supreme Court judge’s landmark ruling that Bahamas-born Jean Rony Jean-Charles was unlawfully expelled from the Bahamas, with the alternative being a retrial on the facts in the Supreme Court.
Finance Minister K. Peter Turnquest delivered a stunning blow to consumers and businesses yesterday with a shock increase in the rate of Value Added Tax to 12 percent.
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest announced a number of tax reductions and eliminations during his budget communication yesterday.
THE officers involved in the fatal shooting of Deangelo Evans are expected to stay on active duty while a coroner’s inquest into the incident is carried out.
ALTHOUGH he towers over his opponents on the court, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid was no match for the 60-foot tunnel drop through a shark-filled tank at Atlantis Paradise Island Resort.The seven-foot NBA star jetted to The Bahamas this month t
NATIONAL team member David Nesbitt and his Paulistano Sao Paolo took a 2-1 series lead in the Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB) finals and moved one game closer to the league title.
IT was a busy weekend for Bahamian minor league baseball players in the Class A Midwestern League.
Perez Knowles and his Columbus State Cougars have carried their momentum from the regional championships to the NCAA Division II World Series.
HOUSE of Assembly rules seem today to be stifling democracy. Over the past week or so I watched how the mother of all parliaments, The Commons, London, worked and wow what a difference.
It is simply shocking that the government would even consider allowing Carnival Cruise Lines to take possession of, and ban everyone but its passengers from visiting yet another one of our beautiful islands. The practice of cruise companies establishing “private islands” is an abomination on every level - environmental, economic, ethical – and should never have been allowed to take place in the first place.
Lighthouses captivate our imagination and move us in a way we rarely stop to define. Maybe it is because they stand apart from all else around them - tall, proud, lonely, independent, dependable, a sentry that never needs sleep.
The governing party under the leadership of Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis presented its proposed budget in the House of Assembly yesterday.
THE government has identified a route for its pilot project on a new busing system, according to Transport Minister Frankie Campbell, who insisted the program moving forward.Mr Campbell told media outside Cabinet the project will not be a “mock bus r
COMMUNITY activists have launched a pilot volunteer programme that pairs groups of primary schools students with adults who can accompany them as they walk home from school. The initiative “Our Children’s Keepers” follows three high-profile incidents
THE Grand Bahama Port Authority is urging residents to ensure they are prepared for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.The regulatory body met with corporate stakeholders on Wednesday to discuss its hurricane preparedness plan for Grand Bahama.The is
THE National Employment and Empowerment Programme (NEEP) comes to a close today, with the government embarking on a new 52-Week Skills Empowerment Programme. NEEP participants will be given notice pay plus any accrued vacation leave, according to a r
THE Free National Movement insisted value added tax would be a burden on Bahamians before announcing their plan yesterday to increase the tax rate by more than 50 percent in the next fiscal year.On August 20, 2014, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and
ONE of the tax relief measures announced by Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday will have a direct impact on charities. Mr Turnquest promised that the government will “provide tax relief to individuals and businesses” as he announced a
THE government will be undergoing a “digital transformation” to strengthen the country’s competitiveness, Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest said yesterday.Known as the “Digital Bahamas Initiative”, the project will be financed in part by a $500
THE Minnis administration’s VAT grabbed the spotlight yesterday but Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest also announced select increases to real property taxes and immigration fees.Real property tax on foreign-owned vacant la
WEB shop patrons will have to pay five percent stamp tax on in-store deposits to accounts and any digital online sales, effective July 1, 2018.Although not implicitly stated in yesterday’s budget presentation, it is presumed this tax will be applied
POLICE are appealing for public assistance as they investigate three armed robberies in the capital on Tuesday.In the first incident, according to reports, a man was standing outside a home in Ridgeland Park when he was approached by two men armed wi
A MAN recently deported from the US after being indicted on firearms trafficking charges was arraigned yesterday over allegations he imported more than 400 rounds of ammunition into the country.Dealo Cordell Pratt, of Jacksonville, Florida, stood bef
As the country has become bogged down in a “morass of hopelessness”, the National Baptist Convention announced it will do its part to alleviate the problem by forging a partnership with the government to help young people who have found themselves in
“When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.”
“Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)Things were not working out as Jimmy had anticipated. His wife, Olga, had gone back to work, but they were still not making ends meet. He decided to approach her
THIS past week, the Macedonia Baptist Church on Bernard Road in Fox Hill celebrated its 52nd anniversary with a number of activities to commemorate the occasion.The week of celebrations concluded on Sunday afternoon with the anniversary service. The
BAHAMIANS are being encouraged to “arise and shine” this weekend, as the Shekinah Family Word Centre presents its 2018 Glory Seekers Worship Experience.For two days, beginning tomorrow at 7.30am, the Centre will host an array of different activities.
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said that in order for the least fortunate among the people to benefit, there must be a continued partnership between the church and state.He was addressing the Bahamas Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention’s 8
More than 3,500 years ago, God called a man by the name of Abram out of paganism and made a covenant with him. This covenant was initiated by God and is recorded in Genesis. In this covenant, God almighty (El Shaddai) gave to Abram and his descendant
The government’s 60 percent VAT rate rise was yesterday labelled “a death wish”, amid fears it will plunge The Bahamas into recession by sucking an extra $400m from the economy.Private sector leaders told Tribune Business they were stunned by the dec
Sebas Bastian yesterday warned web shops face a “wipe out” from tax increases of up to 355 percent, as the sector accused the government of deliberately seeking to “cripple” it.The Island Luck chief confirmed to Tribune Business that he, and other op
The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) president yesterday warned it was “hubris” to believe the private sector can implement the new VAT rate and exemptions within 30 days.Gowon Bowe told Tribune Business that the proposed 60 per cent
Bahamian new auto dealers described yesterday’s Budget as “bittersweet”, despite it delivering the bonded warehouse and “roadside vendor” crackdown they have been seeking.Fred Albury, the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president, told Tri
The 40 percent growth in the government’s wage bill over the past seven fiscal years to 2018-2019 was yesterday branded “insane” and “criminal” by private sector leaders.KP Turnquest, pictured, Deputy Prime Minister, said the $226m increase in civil
The Official Opposition yesterday slammed the Minnis administration for its “budget of pain and no gain”, arguing that the current 7.5 percent Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate would have been “adequate for years to come”.Chester Cooper, the Exuma and Ragge
A Bahamian electric car dealer said yesterday the Minnis administration’s plan to reduce the import duty for electric vehicles from 25 percent to ten percent demonstrates a “serious commitment” to improving the environment, adding that it could incen
The Government’s capital spending budget took an $80m hit after it was determined that just 20 percent of Bank of the Bahamas’ toxic loans were recoverable.KP Turnquest, unveiling the 2018-2019 budget in the House of Assembly yesterday, said the gove
The Government’s proposed tax relief for clothing and shoe retailers was yesterday hailed for helping to preserve Bahamian businesses and jobs.KP Turnquest, pictured, deputy prime minister, said the government had made provision in the 2018-2019 budg
The Chamber of Commerce plans to discuss the 2018-2019 budget with the government today after being blindsided by its proposed 60 percent VAT rate increase.Edison Sumner, the Chamber’s chief executive, told Tribune Business that it had been taken by
A prosperity gospel televangelist is asking disciples to “pray about becoming a partner” to his mission of obtaining a $54 million private jet.The Louisiana-based ministry of Jesse Duplantis has already paid cash for three other private planes, but h
Wednesday, May 30
Wednesday, 30th May, 2018.
ALTHOUGH Grand Bahama has the unique distinction of being “the industrial capital of the Bahamas” which have caused significant pollution problems, Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira said there are other islands which have similar or more environmental hazards.
On May 24, 2018, Barbados elected its first female prime minister. Mia Amor Mottley led the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to victory, winning over 74 percent of the votes. This election brought an end to ten years of governance by the Democratic Labour Party (DPL) led by Freundel Stuart since 2010. The BLP won all 30 seats in the House of Assembly—a first in the country’s history. Political parties in The Bahamas should look at the BLP’s campaign and collateral as there is a great deal that can be learned and practiced.
THE government has now taken legal possession of the old Phil’s Food Service building on Gladstone Road where work will “shortly” begin to ready it for the General Post Office’s relocation, Transport and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell ann
IF Senator Ranard Henfield does vote against the government’s proposed Interception of Communication Bill, he should resigned immediately or be terminated, Senator Fred Mitchell insisted yesterday.Over the weekend, Mr Henfield indicated on social med
TWO men and a 16-year-old were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations they robbed a man at gunpoint on a boat at Arawak Cay on Friday.Cecil Martin, 24, Davante Fisher, 22, and the teenager stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Fe
VALUE-added tax (VAT) will increase from 7.5 percent to 12 percent effective from July 1, Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest announced in the House of Assembly today.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday downplayed the occurrence of police-involved shootings as the number of incidents for the year has sparked growing concern from many in the community.
HUNDREDS turned out in Masons Addition last night to call for answers in the death of Deangelo Evans, the 20-year-old killed by police over the weekend.
NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Captain Stephen Russell told the Tribune yesterday the agency has never lifted its “uninhabitable” declaration on Ragged Island.
A 15-year-old boy was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations he sexually assaulted three girls in the capital, one as young as six-years-old.
KEY Oban Energies documents will be released to the public after a cabinet sub-committee reviewing the project has completed its task, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.The committee is headed by Labour Minister Dion Foulkes and is respo
THE 38th annual VNEA World Championships is underway in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Bahamas is holding its own.
ALTHOUGH the Minnis administration announced days after the 2017 general election that forensic audits will be conducted into certain institutions, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold admitted yesterday the administration’s “verbiage” may have been off.
MORE than a year after the general election, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold could not confirm if or when Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will ever hold quarterly press conferences.
THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association congratulates Savannah Roberts, who helped the Hotchkiss Bearcats’ girls varsity team capture another New England championship with a stellar display of singles play in the finals against Andover on May 20.
A CUSTOMER was left traumatized after shots reportedly rang out during an attempted armed robbery at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Pioneer’s Way on Monday evening.The man shared his frightening ordeal on social media yesterday, telling how
A few months ago, a letter was signed by more than 16,000 supporting scientists around the world. Essentially, the letter says that if there is not a groundswell of public pressure to change human behaviour, the planet will sustain “substantial and irreversible harm”. The urgent necessity for action by the human species has never been greater.
A town hall meeting to educate the public on advocacy concerning the topics of transparency, corruption and freedom of information has been moved to the Bahamas Historical Society.The event, spearheaded by the environmental group Coalition to Save Cl
IN less than one year the Prime Minister has made two appearances before Haitian congregations to address immigration issues he sees as important to them. The most recent meeting concerned shanty town residents, the vast majority of whom we are told, have legal residence status.
MALIK Stuart couldn’t close out his collegiate career any better than breaking one of the Bahamas’ longest standing records - held by his mentor and former coach Bradley Cooper - in the men’s shot put at the NAIA.Elsewhere, Pedrya Seymour and Devynne
MIXED martial arts continues its movement toward becoming an Olympic sport.The International MMA Federation and the World Mixed Martial Arts Association announced an amalgamation that seeks the global unification of the sport and the organisations jo
ALIAH Rodriguez and Jordan Wilson have been selected by the Bahamas Football Association, the governing body for soccer in the Bahamas, to participate in this summer’s Football for Friendship programme in Moscow, Russia. The youth centred empowerment
BAHAMIAN high school gridiron star Michael Cartwright continues to garner offers from NCAA Division I football programmes during a busy recruiting process.In the month of May alone, Cartwright has recicved a new slate of eight offers from the Western
WHILE they wait on the Bahamas Amateur Boxing Federation to get the irregulars of the recent elections sorted out, Ray Minus Jr and Ronn Rodgers have joined forces to form the Bahamas Community Boxing Programme.The aim of the new body is to get at le
SPAIN is seen by many experts as one of the favourites in FIFA World Cup 2018, blending the perfect mixture of youth and experience. They open their campaign against rivals Portugal on June 15 before facing Iran five days later. They close Group B ag
I was shocked to learn of the absolute travesty made of our police force by Ellison Greenslade and the former PLP government. Hundreds of possibly undeserved promotions that add no value to the force and destroy morale, on the eve of election? That should be against the law.
It was a clean sweep of all three matches played against Antigua & Barbuda on day two of the American Zone III Davis Cup Tie in Costa Rica as the Bahamas men’s national team remain undefeated.
THE Minnis administration’s promised ‘travel spreadsheets’ are not expected to be released before year’s end, according to Press Secretary Anthony Newbold. Responding to reporters at his weekly press briefing yesterday, Mr Newbold said the spreadshe
WHILE they wait on the final decision on two important matters, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations is preparing to host two of its major National Championships next month.
DENISE Strachan emerged as the overall winner of Macedonia Baptist Church’s 52nd anniversary Family Fun Walk Race, held on Saturday on Bernard Road, Fox Hill.
Private sector leaders yesterday warned the government against taking “the easy road” of a VAT rate increase and seeking a budget “bail out” from consumers and businesses.
A Cabinet Minister has urged Bahamian fishermen to “take charge” of their industry following a heated meeting that produced little agreement on the sector’s way forward.Renward Wells, pictured, minister of agriculture and marine resources, lamented t
The web shop industry yesterday mounted an astonishing personal attack on the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) principal for suggesting the sector face increased taxation.The Bahamas Gaming Operators Association (BGOA), in a written st
Aliv has hailed industry regulators for taking its side in a billing dispute with the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) that could have threatened customer connectivity.Damian Blackburn, pictured, the mobile provider’s top executive, told Trib
The Chamber of Commerce’s chairman yesterday called for “a real hard look” at a Business Licence fee formula many in the private sector blame for plunging their businesses into loss.Michael Maura told Tribune Business this was one of many issues the
A MAN was found dead in a car with a gunshot wound to his head in the Carmichael Road area yesterday afternoon.
More than 50 of its top customers attended Sherwin Williams’ annual Pro Show this month to gain deeper insight into its latest products and services.Local contractors and service providers were treated to practical demonstrations at the retailer’s Pr
Morton Salt Bahamas was yesterday accused of failing to negotiate a new industrial agreement in good faith, with the offered pay increase branded insufficient to cover inflation.Obie Ferguson, pictured, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) president, said
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is working closely with the Government to promote Freeport as an attractive location for business and investment. Port officials joined Brent Symonette, minister of financial services, trade and industry, and Im
Tuesday, May 29
Tuesday, 29th May, 2018.
SENATOR Dion Foulkes yesterday forecast the country would soon face more pressures from the European Union and should be ready to act quickly to avoid further reputational damage.On Friday, Finance Minister K Peter Turnquest announced the Bahamas had
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is working on implementing a drone programme to improve its capabilities and combat the threat of illegal migrants, Acting Officer-In-Charge of Coral Harbour Captain Adrian Chriswell said yesterday.Speaking to r
By RASHAD ROLLE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A JURY in the Coroner’s Court ruled last week Wednesday that the death of 25-year-old Christopher Turnquest in a 2016 boating incident involving the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF
A GIRL severely beaten by her guardians in videos that recently went viral has been taken into the custody of the state, The Tribune understands.
A 15-year-old boy is expected to be charged in Magistrate’s Court today in connection with three recent sexual assault incidents of young girls that sparked concern around the country, Police Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash said yesterday.
IN the wake of another police-involved shooting in his community, Centreville MP Reece Chipman is calling for the creation of statutory framework to investigate and examine police shootings.
Governance reformers yesterday called for increased web shop taxes in tomorrow's Budget, coupled with 5 per cent annual spending reductions through 2023, to avoid a fiscal crisis.
SENATOR Ranard Henfield indicated in a tweet over the weekend he will vote against the Interception of Communication Bill in the Senate, calling the issue “a matter of conscience”.
I read where a senior public servant recently hung up on a journalist who was asking a question on behalf of the public, after demanding to know how the reporter got his “private cell”.
A VESSEL containing 80 Haitian migrants was intercepted near the Exuma Chain on Monday evening.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) reported the sailing sloop was apprehended after acting on information they had received earlier that day.RBDF Patro
The Bahamas men’s team, riding on the two singles victories from Philip Major Jr and Baker Newman, won their first round American Zone III Davis Cup Tie against Honduras.Yesterday as the tie got underway at the Costa Rica Country Club in Escape, Cost
After one month of competition, the St Anne’s Blue Waves walked away as champions of the first Soldanza Healthy Throwdown School Competition. A total of 10 schools participated in the initiative launched by Milo Butler Distributors. Representatives f
If you could curate the soundtrack for your perfect day, what would it sound like? The sound of a rooster crowing to signal the start of the day, or perhaps birds chirping to gently lift you from your slumber followed by your favourite old school jam
The Ministry of Health and the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) is exploring opportunities for sustainable collaborations with Johns Hopkins Medicine International.On May 17, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands received Managing Director of Global Serv
MORE than 500 guests, decked out in their best attire, attended the Cancer Society’s of the Bahamas 17th annual ball at Atlantis on Saturday to support the organisation’s $3 million dollar expansion.The ball is one of the major fundraisers for the Ca
Health coach Ethan Quant, of Elite Wellness Solutions, has succeeded in his weight loss journey and now wants to share his methods with the Bahamas in an effort to foster a culture of wellness and conquer the obesity epidemic.
Why do we teach men that it is their right to beat or sexually assault women and teach women that they should expect to be assaulted and/or beaten?I find this belief in my classes regularly, yet we ignore this reality or blame victims. We understand
Fifty girls and their mothers got all dressed up in their finest sundresses, fascinators and hair bows to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Pretty Brown Girl Club #14 anniversary with a “Mommy and Me” tea party at Café Channing Noelle. The event
In July 2014, when Dorcas Cox was accepted to Barry University’s Graduate School of Education, she had no idea that the extremely rigorous journey would end four years later with her being the first in her cohort to graduate.
AFTER weeks of intense training and workshops, 16-year-old Blendicah Cadet came out on top and was named as the new Miss Teen Bahamas Scholar. Blendicah, a student of C V Bethel Secondary High School, competed against 17 young ladies during the pagea
She is an entrepreneur who also models, paints and bakes. And now Brinique Gibson has been given her most important role to date – to represent her country on the world stage as the new Miss World Bahamas.
I read in your columns recently that the new LNG facility at Clifton Pier will be a “tri-fuel” facility. Apparently this means that Liquefied Natural Gas will be added to the already existing heavy polluting fuels that are used to power the BPL plant and other facilities located at the pier. So then, I have to ask, where on earth is the progress?
NATIONAL Review wrote that former Prime Minister Perry Christie is feeling vindicated after the official opening of Rosewood at Baha Mar on May 22. Rosewood has in its employment 450 persons. The entire Baha Mar Resort has over 4,000 employees, and is expected to hire an additional 1,000.
Like democratic elections and freedom of information, fiscal responsibility is central to good governance and to any nation’s sustainability. Not only does fiscal responsibility reflect a commitment by a government to do what it asks its citizens to do – budget wisely and be prepared to be held accountable if it does not, it positions that government to maintain or move toward macro-economic stability.
THE Chief Magistrate yesterday scolded the 25 Haitian nationals caught trying enter the country illegally over the weekend, telling them: “we cannot support you”. Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt told the 25 people —15 women (one pregnant) and
A HOST of environmental groups have formed an alliance to appeal to the government to reject moves for offshore drilling and to abandon the planned Oban oil refinery in Grand Bahama.Non-profit organisation Save the Bays (STB), along with the newly f
Metellus Chipman is no stranger to the world of culture and entertainment in The Bahamas.
AN eastern New Providence resident is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Ziggy the cat, whose curious penchant for indiscriminately “inspecting” other people’s vehicles may have finally caught up with him.
A 23-year-old man was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday over allegations he murdered another man in the Grove area earlier this month.Leander Bell, of Rosebud Road, stood before Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain charged with one count
A GOVERNMENT employee yesterday testified how former Ministry of Finance accounts clerk James Anwar Johnson admitted to “manipulating” invoices which ultimately resulted in a local business receiving over $400,000 in unauthorised payments.Duane Ellis
The Ministry of Tourism’s desire to “get the biggest bank for its buck” will determine whether a major golf tournament returns to The Bahamas for a seventh time.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism, told Tribune Business that his officia
Bahamian companies are 17 percent less productive than the Caribbean average, with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) warning that innovation is also below regional benchmarks.The IDB, in its 2018-2022 country strategy for The Bahamas, is targ
Doctors Hospital has obtained two Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) loan facilities worth a collective $11.858m to fund expansion plans in “a rebounding Bahamian economy”.Joseph Krukowski, who is stepping down after 14 years as the healthcare provider’s cha
Calls for CLICO (Bahamas) policyholders to still pay their premiums have become “an albatross around the neck” of 700 mostly-elderly clients whose medical policies will be cancelled by Friday.Bishop Simeon Hall, the retired pastor who was himself a v
A Bahamian group has signed two more Chinese agreements in a bid to promote agricultural development in this nation and the wider Caribbean.Bahamaren, which unveiled a modular housing deal with another Chinese entity just two weeks ago, announced it
Bahamian businesses were yesterday urged to look “beyond the borders” and expand their footprint, a top private sector representative saying: “There are markets at our doorstep.”Edison Sumner, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederati
THE private sector is waiting to see “what is on the table” with taxes and incentives in tomorrow’s 2018-2019 budget, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive said yesterday.Edison Sumner told Tribune Business: “The business community would always b
Monday, May 28
Monday, 28th May, 2018.
Monday, 28th May, 2018.
THE government has advised the Water and Sewerage Corporation to reinstate the three employees who were formerly accused of stealing a fire hydrant from their employer “as soon as possible”, the corporation’s union chief Dwayne Woods said yesterday.
The Minister of Tourism has hailed an “exceptional” 18 percent air arrivals increase for injecting an extra $100m into the economy during the 2018 first quarter.
AN “ongoing search” for illegal migrants is underway by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force following the capture of a number of Haitians in south New Providence on Sunday.
POLICE arrested one man but two others swam to freedom following an armed robbery that took place on a boat moored at Arawak Cay on Friday.
Brinique Gibson was crowned Miss World Bahamas last night.
OFFICIAL Opposition Leader Philip Davis yesterday released projections for the upcoming 2018/2019 budget, predicting an increase in VAT, Customs duties and the introduction of new taxes.
A TEENAGER remains in police custody in connection with three recent sexual assaults on young girls.
TEMPERS flared in the Masons Addition community yesterday after officers responding to an armed robbery, fatally shot a 20-year-old male said to have carried out the crime.
Thank goodness stopover tourism is finally back and our nightmare of reliance on cruise ships seems to be coming to an end. Baha Mar, The Pointe, new or redeveloped properties in Grand Bahama: not since the establishment of Atlantis has there been so much potential to sell thousands of new room nights, employ thousands of Bahamians and reinvigorate our tourism economy.
THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association has expressed its condolences to the family of the late Robert Smith, a former player who was killed in his home on Lobster Avenue off Blue Hill Road last Thursday.
THE Bahamas team of Baker Newman, Philip Major Jr, Jody Turnquest and captain Marvin Rolle are all set to begin play in the first round of the American Zone III Davis Cup tie in Costa Rica.
WNBA All-Star Jonquel Jones has played a reserve role early in the season thus far as she continues to acclimate herself to the Connecticut Sun after missing training camp and the preseason.
FOR the third consecutive year, the Temple Christian Suns emerged as the champions of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture’s annual Frank ‘Pancho’ Rahming National Primary School Track and Field Championships at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
SHERMAN ‘The Tank’ Williams wanted to make an impression when he returned home to compete in his first professional boxing show and the journeyman heavyweight didn’t disappoint the fans who showed up at the A Social Affair and Convention Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
IT was another superb performance for quarter-miler Shaunae Miller-Uibo, but it wasn’t what high jumper Donald Thomas anticipated as they competed in their specialties against some of their top rivals in the Prefontaine Classic at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday.
A warning to those using the internet services of AirBnB - Home Away from home like services - make sure that your insurance policy allows for a rental.
THE recent media exposure of the report, related to the most recent promotions on the Royal Bahamas Police Force, my alma mater has prompted me to provide information about the system of promotion, that existed from 1951-1981 when I retired as Assistant Commissioner. It was a fair and efficient system, left with us by the British officers, who were in command of the Force.
American President Donald Trump’s scuttling, for now, of the June 12 summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has once again focused the attention of the world on the US chief executive. His action was baffling and ill-conceived to many.
The Restructuring and Insolvency Specialists Association (Bahamas) held its launch event last Thursday at Baha Mar’s Royal Blue Golf Club.In attendance were around 50 guests, including members of the judiciary, Queen’s Counsels (QCs), Certified Finan
Taxicab drivers on Grand Bahama demonstrated outside a local resort on Saturday claiming guests are being illegally transported in unfranchised vehicles taking jobs away from them. They claim this “illegal practice” has been carrying on for nearly a
THE outbreak of an unknown disease threatening Florida coral reefs is on the radar of local scientists but no screenings have been conducted yet.
IF there is any doubt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is not beholden to governments and does not yield to their wishes in making judgments, recent events should dispel it.
AT this point I would be misleading you if I said I was not apprehensive about the opportunity to travel to The People’s Republic of China and live among its people for four weeks.
SINCE The Tribune released the findings from its investigation earlier this year, which revealed an apparent breach of The Pointe Heads of Agreement, much controversy has loomed over the project. What has been most disconcerting is the Minister of Labour’s consistent attempts to defend the serially bad acting contractor, China Construction America (CCA).
A CONSTRUCTION worker fell to his death from a scaffolding that collapsed while he was working on West Bay Street on Thursday, police said. According to reports, shortly after 3pm on Thursday, the man was standing on the scaffolding while working on
The Bahamas “cannot hold back the tide” on a beneficial ownership registry, the deputy prime minister arguing: “We must set the standard for ourselves and others.”K P Turnquest, pictured, explained that while the Government was listening to financial
The Ministry of Tourism is seeking private sector bids to take over management of Junkanoo Beach and improve a key component of Nassau’s cruise product.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism, told Tribune Business that the Government is looking to “
The Water & Sewerage Corporation’s (WSC) tariffs cover just 30 percent of its Family Island costs, with key government-owned utilities overstaffed and in need of downsizing.
The Bahamas must now focus on leveraging the European Union’s (EU) demands to “set our own table” and boost GDP growth and employment, a well-known attorney is urging.Michael Paton, also a former Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) chairman, said
THE Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president has called for stricter “policing” to ensure developers adhere to the terms of their Heads of Agreement.Leonard Sands, pictured, told Tribune Business that the BCA, which has repeatedly raised co
Bahamas First Holdings has appointed Alison Treco as chairman with effect from May 25, after Ian Fair retired following 19 years in the post.The move came after the insurer’s 2018 annual general meeting (AGM). Ms Treco has served as a Bahamas First d
A top accountant has warned there is no time for “jubilation” over The Bahamas’ removal from the European Union’s (EU) “blacklist”.Gowon Bowe, pictured, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) president, told Tribune Business: “It is po
The Chamber of Commerce (BCCEC) took a 17-strong delegation of Bahamian businesspersons to Haiti last week on its latest trade mission.The May 23-26 event partnered with Aliv, Bahamasair and the Bahamas Embassy in Haiti, and was headed by Chamber chi
The Deputy Prime Minister has pledged that there will be “no runaway spending” in Wednesday’s budget, which will feature “hard choices” to get the near-$8bn debt under control.K P Turnquest, addressing the Institute of Internal Auditors last week, sa
Sunday, May 27
A man is dead after being shot by police this morning.
Saturday, May 26
A man is dead after a traffic accident on Prince Charles Drive on Saturday morning.
Friday, May 25
Friday, 25th May, 2018.
Friday, 25th May, 2018.
In his first town meeting in Grand Bahama, Minister of the Environment Romauld Ferreira advised residents of Pinder’s Point and Lewis Yard to consider civil litigation as an avenue to have their matters heard.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis called for love between Bahamians and Haitians as the government seeks to eradicate shanty town communities.
Hundreds of tech companies are expected to attend The Bahamas Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference (BBCC) in Grand Bahama next month.
RIGHTS Bahamas yesterday urged law enforcement to enforce stricter policies to protect Bahamian children from abuse.
A jury will determine whether a 40-year-old woman is mentally fit to stand trial for allegedly setting her one-year-old daughter on fire and killing her last year, a Supreme Court judge has ordered.
TWO men from Grand Bahama were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court on Friday over allegations they were caught trying to export over $40,000 worth of cocaine out of the country’s second city earlier this week.
A teenager was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court on Friday over allegations he murdered a hotel employee in February.
The Bahamas has been removed from the European Union’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.
A teenage male is in police custody in connection with three recent sexual assaults on young girls.
When the Free National Movement (FNM) came to power, there were great expectations of this government. On the campaign trail, Minnis and Co railed against corruption, and promised to be a government of transparency. “It’s the People’s Time” had a n
OFFICIALS have conducted a study exploring affordable housing options to assist those who will be left homeless when the government continues shanty town demolition in New Providence.Labour Minister Dion Foulkes revealed the study will be used to ass
POLICE are investigating another sexual assault on a young girl with preliminary findings indicating the incident may be the work of a serial offender.
A SUPREME Court jury yesterday found Allister Williams unanimously guilty for the September 2016 murder of pregnant Charles W Saunders Baptist school teacher Marisha Bowen.
WHILE the government remains committed to honouring the Heads of Agreement with China Construction America for The Pointe project, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes called the document “badly drafted” and blamed it for much of the Bahamian Contractors Association’s frustrations regarding workforce numbers.
A 31-YEAR-OLD father died in hospital after he was shot during a home invasion early yesterday morning.
THE Free National Movement is “eating its words” on major issues it admonished the former Christie administration over, according to retired Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer.
DELVIN Major, head of the Air Accident Investigation Department at the Department of Civil Aviation, said yesterday though Bahamasair pilots performed an “evasive manoeuvre” after spotting a Silver Airways plane in the area, during a flight Tuesday afternoon the severity of the situation was “low”.
Within the family, we soon discover that there are different ways to love different people. For example, the love for parents, siblings, spouse and children are not the same. This may be taken a step further to ponder how the love for each parent, ea
Singer Karrington McKenzie, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, is bringing together some of the most talented Bahamian gospel acts for a special fundraising concert tomorrow night.The “Lord Over My Life” concert will be held at Golden Gat
DEERFIELD Academy and Impact Tennis Academy player Emma Weech has been named the Athlete of the Week for their girls’ varsity team.Weech has been a fantastic new addition to the team this year. She has played positions 1-4 and logged a number of vict
The root word of holiday is ‘holy-day’. It’s a time of solemnity yet great rejoicing. A holiday then is the observance of a holy day a day of supreme significance. Christians must protect these days and see them as monuments of the faith for all time
Has the Minnis Government considered the effect if a landlord takes advantages of the FNM Grants-Bain scheme and adds an inside toilet and flowing water service?
THE law establishing an independent Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) came into force on May 18, Attorney General Carl Bethel said in the Senate yesterday.However, he told The Tribune the government still has to “pass a further law to transfer a
AFTER testing the market and facing evaluation from scouts and coaches, Travis Munnings has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and has decided to return to school for his senior season.Munnings will rejoin his University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks for th
THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association didn’t have a full season like they normally do, nor did they have a full complement of teams participating.But league president Mynez Sherman should be commended along with her executives for pulling
CHILDREN of all-ages flocked to the 16th Annual Our Kids World Family Fun Fest last month, featuring Bahamian companies Bahamasair and Sandyport Beach Resort.
THE government has successfully renegotiated the country’s catastrophic risk insurance, agreeing to a new policy that would divide The Bahamas into three distinct zones and structure payouts based on that arrangement.Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Tur
While this is the fifth year that the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has renamed the National Primary School in his honour, Frank ‘Pancho’ Rahming said he’s just pleased to have been able to get it started some 30 years ago.Once known as the O
IT’s playoff season for several marquee Bahamian basketball players in their respective leagues across the globe.David Nesbitt and Kadeem Coleby are in the midst of their championship series, while Juraun “Kino” Burrows will begin his playoff run thi
ALTHOUGH they have been rivals on the field, athletes Charisma Taylor and Daejhi Moss enjoy the close friendship that they have developed off the field.The two 18-year-old former Queen’s College stars are competing in different schools in the United
THE Ministry of Health and the Public Hospitals Authority are exploring opportunities for sustainable collaborations with Johns Hopkins International. Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands met with managing director of global services at Johns Hopkins M
Straightening our beds
“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep...”I know some of us remember this childhood prayer; trusting words uttered at our most vulnerable – on our way to bed.The bed is the focal point of any room, ironically receiving so much o
Bahamian are invited to get ready for a “gospel explosion”, as Aldo Stubbs and The Legacy Continues team present their annual concert this Sunday.Under the theme “Let All God People Praise Him. One God. One Stage. One Sound,” the event is set to take
HOUSTON (AP) — Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State’s last possession secured a 98-94 victory last night that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.
THE Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) has partnered with a Florida-based multimedia broadcast company to create, produce and broadcast a customised digital radio show.The 30-minute radio talk show Bahamas Travel will be produced by Alp
NEWLY-elected president of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) Darrin Woods yesterday pledged the group’s targeted focus on getting a registered industrial agreement negotiated and executed, following his team’s landslide vic
RIGHTS Bahamas President Stephanie St Fleur yesterday implored several of her former colleagues-turned politicians associated with the FNM to “support” the protection of a citizen’s right to privacy.Ms St Fleur was addressing the passage of the contr
A motorcyclist was killed shortly before 10pm on Wednesday after colliding with a car and wall on Kemp Road.Police said the victim died in hospital of injuries sustained in the crash. The motorcyclist has not been named.In Grand Bahama meanwhile, pol
A PROPOSAL to construct a cemetery on Bernard Road has been rejected by the Town Planning Committee, The Tribune understands.Asked to confirm this yesterday, Charles Zonicle, director of the Department of Physical Planning, said: “A decision has been
The Calvary Deliverance Church is making preparations to host its fifth annual Gatekeepers Prophetic Prayer Conference next month to promote lifestyle changes regarding prayer and fasting.Under the leadership of Bishop James and Elder Queenie Newry,
With much of the US media obsessed with endless so-called breaking news about the state of the Trump presidency, it seems less attention than it deserves has been given to this month’s important bilateral trade talks with China.
The Benedictine Sisters of Saint Martin Monastery, in prayerful discernment, held an election for their new prioress during the weekend of May 17-19 and elected Sister Marva Coakley as prioress.She will succeed Sister Annie Thompson, who served as pr
Joy International is hosting its annual conference this weekend to promote empowerment and self-empowerment of Christian women.The “Recharge” conference starts tonight and continues until Saturday at the British Colonial Hilton. The theme this year i
National Insurance Board (NIB) contribution rates must more than double to over 20 percent to prevent a long-term Bahamian pension crisis, it was revealed yesterday.The warning, which will likely be greeted with dismay by workers and employers alike,
The Government sanctioned around 33,000 real property tax delinquents in both 2015 and 2016, an OECD report revealing the scale of its struggles to collect all due revenue.The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s (OECD) “peer revi
High levels of “petty” corruption are undermining trust in public services, the IDB said yesterday, drawing on findings that 20 percent of Bahamians have been solicited for bribes.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in its just-published 2018-
An outspoken QC yesterday pronounced himself “discouraged” by Wynn Group’s ability to make progress in Nassau rather than Freeport, blasting: “We’ve got the short end of the stick again.”
A Bahamian renewable energy provider yesterday called for “real forward momentum” on achieving the National Energy Policy goals, saying: “We’ve been giving it lip service.”Guilden Gilbert, vice-president of Alternative Power Solutions (APS), told Tri
The Government is targeting 500 international companies with next month’s Blockchain and cryptocurrency conference, the next step in its drive to establish Grand Bahama as a “technology hub”.Kwasi Thompson, pictured, minister of state for Grand Baham
THE incoming hotel union president is targeting a new industrial agreement as priority, amid calls by one defeated rival to hold the leadership’s “feet to the fire”.Darren Woods, whose “Team Phoenix” won this week’s election, yesterday acknowledged t
Thursday, May 24
THE Bahamas once again dominated the competition in the 3rd Caribbean Triathlon Age Group Championships in Miami over the weekend. The 21-member team made it three straight years the Bahamas has had the most medal finishes. The Caribbean Championship
Thursday, 24th May, 2018.
PREGNANT school teacher Marisha Bowen died as a result of six stab wounds to the neck and oxygen depravation, according to a pathologist’s report.The report from forensic pathologist Dr Caryn Sands said the half-dozen stab wounds caused injury and bl
HEALTH Minister Duane Sands yesterday suggested the government consider a nationwide HIV testing campaign in the wake of a Ministry of Health report that estimated 1 in 50 people in The Bahamas has the virus.“We should be demanding that every single
DESPITE Parliament passing the Persons with Disabilities Act four years ago, a wheelchair-bound woman had to be carried up the stairs of the House of Assembly by three men to attend yesterday’s session.This is not uncommon, as the building is not out
THE Progressive Liberal Party’s motion for a select committee to investigate matters relating to Oban Energies was defeated yesterday when Free National Movement (FNM) parliamentarians in the House of Assembly unanimously voted against it.Englerston
A Grand Bahama man is in hospital after he was shot by gunmen at his home in Deadman’s Reef this week, police reported yesterday. ASP Terecita Pinder said police were called to the Deadman’s Reef area in connection with a shooting shortly after 11pm
FINANCIAL crisis was cited as the reason government yesterday passed a resolution to borrow $211m to aid the Bahamas Electricity Corporation.This undesirable situation, the resolution said, was caused by the high cost of fuel in 2018, funding of capi
SEVEN police officers may have been carrying out a “personal vendetta” when they dragged a man off his job at a pharmacy six years ago, beat him, and swore to “f*** him right up until he talked” about an alleged police stabbing, an appellate judge has suggested.
THE controversial Interception of Communications Bill was passed the House of Assembly yesterday with no input from Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, once a fervent critic of the bill.
A Bahamian-led consortium is bidding to develop a $40-$50m biomass-fuelled power plant in North Andros through a proposal featuring a tie-up with BAMSI.
AVIATION officials are investigating reports a BahamasAir jet averted a mid-flight collision with a Silver Airway plane on Tuesday afternoon.
Were we not told that the new policy would be strict and you would not see numerous billboards and outside advertising?
IT is no secret that our education system isn’t thriving, to say the least. By definition, to educate means to give intellectual, moral, and social instruction to (someone). Our education system is trying to educate our students, but the efforts have been mostly ineffective thus far. We can point the finger in many different directions as to why it is failing, but in short, the children simply aren’t interested.
I went missing last week, not literally, but from the regular routine of work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep, and found myself accidentally in small town America. How I got to where I’d had no idea I was going is probably the funnier part of the story, but the consequences of what I found when arrived were interesting enough to give pause for thought, a whole heap of pause, in fact, and the takeaway was both greatly satisfying and stomach-bubblingly unsettling.
GRAND Bahama natives Jason Albury and Janet Butler are restoring their late father’s entertainment business – the Goombay Land Go-Cart and Skating Rink in Freeport.Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis toured the facility on Friday and commended them for c
AN appellate judge has hit out at attorneys who try to rush to get before the court and be heard on supposedly “urgent” applications.Justice Milton Evans, in a written ruling, scolded certain lawyers for being “delinquent” and then “at the last minut
INTERNATIONAL non-profit organisation Cure Violence yesterday said the only way to cure violence is by treating it like a disease.The group presented a new technique to address crime in Bahamian communities at a meeting with Rotary Club of Southeast
OFFICIALS broke ground yesterday on a $120m Cable Beach project that Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said will employ 300 people during construction and 175 people upon completion.Construction on the GoldWynn Hotel and Residences, the brainchild of d
BAHAMIAN pro-boxer Sherman ‘The Tank’ Williams is back home in Freeport from a Florida training camp ahead of his headline fight in the nation’s second city this weekend.
THE Freeport Rugby Football Club was buzzing with excitement over the weekend as five teams competed in the club’s eighth annual Junior International Rugby Festival.
Dwight Coleby began his path to pro basketball with the first of his pre-NBA Draft workouts.
BASKETBALL Travelers, Inc., in partnership with Resorts World Bimini, announced Tuesday the creation of two new Division-I men’s basketball tournaments – the Junkanoo Jam and the Bimini Jam.
EIGHT Division-I women’s college basketball teams will compete in the 16th annual Junkanoo Jam at Gateway Christian Academy in Bimini November 22-24.
HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie yesterday reconstituted a new Rules Committee to address matters regarding parliamentary procedure specifically members’ ability to read into the House record information from social media.Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells, S
WALKER’S Cay has been sold to Texas businessman and philanthropist Carl Allen who plans to redevelop the northernmost island in The Bahamas to its former glory as a sport-fishing destination. Mr Allen - a long-time visitor to The Bahamas - finalised
Perez Knowles delivered an impressive performance from the mound in the Southeast Regional tournament and helped his team earn an historic berth to the NCAA Division II World Series.
BOSTON (AP) — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 last night and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.
Moving the General Post Office to Gladstone Road.
THREE people were arrested at Grand Bahama International Airport after suspected cocaine worth over $40,000 was discovered in a carry-on travel bag.Two men and one woman were taken into custody shortly before 1pm on Tuesday at the US Pre-Clearance De
The Minister of Works yesterday said his ministry needs “a lot more” money than presently allocated in next week’s Budget to address “hundreds of millions” in infrastructure needs.
THE Grand Lucayan’s potential buyer yesterday said the long-awaited deal for the shuttered resort is “near the finish line”, as he blamed its complexity and “so many moving parts”.Paul Wynn, chief executive of Canadian-based developer, the Wynn Group
Fiscal Responsibility legislation could be “ineffective” without tougher sanctions due to “The Bahamas’ poor history of non-compliance with similar laws”, a civil society group warned yesterday.
More than 20 per cent of beneficial ownership requests were not met by The Bahamas after a now-liquidated financial provider denied regulators access to the information.
Bahamians were yesterday urged to reject a “lifestyle of consumerism”, with a top accountant questioning how many persons are actually “struggling to make ends meet”.Gowon Bowe, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) president, comment
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) yesteday unveiled plans to launch contactless payment technology for merchants across The Bahamas and the CaribbeanThe bank said point-of-sale devices will allow merchants to accept contactless-enabled payment cards, boosti
A former Bar Association president yesterday expressed ‘concern’ over the Financial Transactions Reporting Act’s (FTRA) potential to breach attorney-client privilege, warning: “That’s the beginning of a slippery slope.”Wayne Munroe QC told Tribune Bu
If you have been around since the beginning of digital photography you will know how much progress has been made. Today’s models make the first digital cameras look incredibly weak, which is largely due to resolution. What is Image Resolution and wh
The Minister of Works yesterday said his ministry needs “a lot more” money than presently allocated in next week’s Budget to address “hundreds of millions” in infrastructure needs.Desmond Bannister, pictured, told Tribune Business that the Ministry o
Wednesday, May 23
BAHAMIAN Richard Beek reached the summit of Mount Everest just in time to witness its “magical” sunrise on Tuesday morning after a difficult journey.
Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018.
LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes said yesterday the government does have a plan which addresses mounting frustrations from those in the Haitian community who say demolishing shanty towns will leave many homeless.
DIFFERENCES between the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of National Security prevented the full implementation of the Sexual Offences Act under the Christie administration, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel.He told The Tribune
THE country’s main supplies of HIV/AIDs drugs have been restored, Health Minister Duane Sands confirmed yesterday.In an interview with The Tribune, Dr Sands addressed the status of HIV/AIDs in the country, including The Bahamas’ rank as having the hi
TWO 24-year-old men were arraigned in a magistrate’s court yesterday accused of being the perpetrators of an armed robbery and an attempted murder one week ago.Dominic Stuart and Antonio Neely stood before Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain charg
The search for a permanent Chief Justice appeared over yesterday - but only for a moment.Justice Bernard Turner was named there in black and white on the government’s own official directory - name, phone numbers and email address under the grand titl
TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar says his position on Baha Mar and its importance to the country has changed since being appoint to his post. Speaking outside Cabinet yesterday, the former Baha Mar board member praised the resort’s continued expa
A 31-year-old man was arraigned in a magistrate’s court yesterday charged with having sexual intercourse with a ten-year-old girl, and also of trying to touch another girl’s private parts earlier this year.Ricardo Burrows, of Eden Street, stood befor
THE investigation into the North Andros plane crash could take up to a year to complete, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.
ROSEWOOD Baha Mar officially opened last night during a ribbon cutting ceremony as executives prepare to phase in the first guests on June 1.
THE government’s engagement with Bahamas Contractors Association (BCA) officials on The Pointe project remains unsatisfactory, BCA President Leonard Sands said yesterday, claiming the association was not invited to a key stakeholder meeting last week despite four attempts to uncover when the meeting was to be held.
NON-PROFIT group Healthy Lifestyles Team (HaLT) of the Cancer Society of The Bahamas is advocating for a ban on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in or near local schools.
THE New Providence Oldtimers Softball Association continued its regular season with a series of games in the Archdeacon William Thompson Softball Park at the Southern Recreation Grounds over the weekend.
BUDWEISER Beer and the Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company are sending one lucky Nassau native to Russia for this year’s FIFA World Cup Championships.
Following the completion of its Novice and National Open Championships, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation has selected a 16-member team to represent the country at the Central American and Caribbean Championships.
THE four-man team didn’t achieve the success that manager Wellington ‘Cat’ Sears had anticipated. But head coach Leonardo ‘Nardo’ Dean said they performed up to their expectations.
THIS weekend, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association will send off its team to the American Zone III Davis Cup tie in Costa Rica.
THIS Gladstone Road - Munnings Road, south side of West Ridge road blocking issue.
While many of us believed that The Divine Right of Kings and Potentates ended with the Magna Carta in 1215AD. I don’t think that the memo reached The Bahamas. Certainly not those in our police force assigned to taking dignitaries along the streets of Nassau, at speeds that the average potcake Bahamian would be jailed for.
The Holy Bible encourages us to plan intricately at Luke 14:28, 29 & 30
It is a fact of life that putting a uniform on an ordinary man can change him instantly. The heavyset class creep can be transformed into the big-chested bully. A stout woman can become HyperHolly on authority steroids. Not only does a uniform imbue a sense of power for the individual wearing it, it induces greater likelihood of obedience from those who interact with the uniform.
No sooner had Simon Potter, CEO of Nassau-based Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC), announced an international oil company had signed a 90-day renewable option to become a farm-out partner with BPC, than our environmental activists predictably denounced the deal — indeed, the very concept of drilling for oil in Bahamian waters.
Grand Bahamas’ West End community was in a state of shock yesterday after an early morning traffic accident left a young man dead on Queens Highway, the island’s seventh fatality for the year.
A MAN and a woman were arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with collectively defrauding a woman of more than $12,000 within a three-day period earlier this month.Donovan Stubbs, 21, and Shafara Lewis, 23, stood before Magistrate Ambro
A 19-year-old Freeport man was charged with attempted murder in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning.Cornel Beckles, of Tamarind Street, appeared in Court Two before Magistrate Charlton Smith in connection with an incident that occurred
The Bahamas “could kiss the entire IBC market goodbye” if it gets its response to Europe’s “ring fencing” demands wrong, an ex-Cabinet minister warned yesterday branding it a “make or break” issue.Ryan Pinder, pictured, a former financial services mi
Baha Mar will demolish the former Crystal Palace resort and casino this summer as it proceeds with expansion plans beyond yesterday’s Rosewood hotel opening.Graeme Davis, pictured, the $4.2bn development’s president, told Tribune Business it hoped to
The Bahamas slipped slightly in its latest OECD “peer review”, although it maintained its “largely compliant” ranking amid beneficial ownership and tax information exchange concerns.The just-released full Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and De
Baha Mar has “nailed” the design of its Rosewood hotel, the brand’s president said yesterday, adding he was “absolutely delighted” it did not go through with a previously-threatened exit.Radha Arora, speaking ahead of yesterday’s opening, told Tribun
Baha Mar’s president yesterday said the feared market “cannibalisation” with Atlantis has yet to occur, with Nassau enjoying record arrivals and airlines seeing 80 per cent “load factors”.Graeme Davis reiterated to Tribune Business that the hotel ind
A local renewable energy firm yesterday slammed Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) failure to produce an acceptable Renewable Energy Plan (REP) on time as “pathetic”.Zoltan Szasz, vice president of technical sales at Bahamas Energy and Solar Supplies, t
The Ministry of Finance has embraced a software solution from Vizor AEOI Software to help meet its automatic tax information exchange (AEOI) commitments.The Bahamas will use Vizor’s solution to meet its obligations under the Organisation for Economic
Legislation to create a central Beneficial Ownership Registry is “not set in stone”, the Attorney General has revealed, with the Government seeking “urgent” consultation on the issue.Carl Bethel QC, addressing a Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB
Tuesday, May 22
Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018.
Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018.
WITH as many as seven hurricanes expected in the region this summer, Attorney General Carl Bethel said the mandatory evacuation bill Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis promised last year is still in draft form and “difficult to craft because of constitu
POLICE are investigating a spate of armed robberies which occured over the holiday weekend.In the first incident in the early hours of Friday morning, a man was approached by two men outside his home in Hope Town, Abaco, one of whom was armed with a
The Bahamas has a problem with human rights. Specifically, this society harbours a deep distain for two basic propositions:
THE Bahamas has experienced a 35 percent increase in hotel bookings and a 20 percent increase in total gross demand in bookings over the past year, according to Expedia Group manager Betty Julia Estrada.Ms Estrada, senior business development manager
This past weekend, a noted member of the press and the legal fraternity was laid to rest. She was an attorney with passion as a legal advocate for women and children, a journalist and a communications specialist. More importantly to me, she was like a big sister throughout my childhood years.
GUNSHOTS cracked the air as seven children played on a South Beach park yesterday morning. Feet away from them, a man in his early 30s lay dead.
FOUR months after the fatal North Andros plane crash, victims’ families are hitting out against the government for the “inhumane” treatment they have received.
POLICE killed a man on Saturday afternoon after he allegedly shot at officers following a high speed car chase.
THE use of force is still very much a part of the foreign policy and diplomatic considerations of all states, even small ones. nIn the latter case, what they consider is not using force themselves, but force being used against them.
FIRST things first, let’s start things off by congratulating Budweiser and Jimmy’s Wines and Spirits for running another awesome promotion. Once again, sending another lucky Bahamian to a world-class, international sporting event. This time around,
JONQUEL Jones finally made her way back to Connecticut in time for the Sun’s WNBA regular-season opener and the All-Star forward showed flashes of brilliance in her season debut, despite limited minutes.Jones finished with seven points, five rebounds
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 last night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looki
JAZZ Chisholm and Champ Stuart broke out of their respective slumps in the most dynamic way possible – with home runs.Chisholm hit three home runs in the last two games and continues his progression as one of the top prospects in the Arizona Diamondb
THE Bommer G Lady Operators now find themselves in the driver’s seat of the New Providence Women’s Basketball Association.On Saturday night at the DW Davis Gymnasium, the Lady Operators took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five championship se
FRESH from his graduation from college, Kevin ‘KJ’ Major couldn’t ask for a better way to start his professional career.One week after he was done with his two-year sting at Seminole State College Oklahoma, Major was on the court competing in the UST
LORRAINE LaFleur’s debut as a professional bodybuilder resulted in a fourth place finish in the women’s physique category at the Arnold Classic Africa 2018.Over the weekend in the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, Gauteng, LaFleur was the lo
This time it was on the streets of Boston, but that didn’t stop the Bahamian twin towers of Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Uibo to continue their dominance of the track and field competition this year.As two of three Bahamians competing at the 3r
New facility focuses on family workouts
The desire for fitness among Bahamians has reached a new level, and to answer the needs of a changing populace, a new type of fitness facility has opened its doors in Nassau.Evolve Functional Fitness Bahamas, located on the corner of Rosetta Street
Next to abstinence, safe monogamous sex with condom use every single time is the best method to reduce the chance of HIV transmission.John Hopkins University Researcher Dr Aaron Tobian and colleagues showed that male circumcision reduces HIV infecti
Alexandria Rolle’s call for more inclusion of autistic and other special needs children within the local school system has won her this year’s Autism Awareness Essay Contest.The 11th grade St Augustine’s College student included two major proposals i
Imagine having completed your Information Technology (IT) Management degree two years ago, yet what you learned then still helps you solve issues today.
After the Government finally made the decision that the Flat Fishing Regulations will stand it needs to urgently ensure that the law is transparent and functions as designed.
I cannot see how persons at PMH cannot see when a person is crazy. Man, they work at the hospital and can’t pick that up. There is a lady that oversees a department that deals with your files, they call that kind of person an AO. She is also in charge of all the clerks you see her on the baby ward and clinics and the other wards.
Presidents of the United State are elected, Prime Minister of the Bahamas are selected!
With the month of June just around the corner, American electoral politics is beginning to heat up along with the weather. While there have already been some very expensive and highly newsworthy bi-elections and early primary votes in a few states, the most meaningful phase of the 2018 congressional election season is just beginning.
BAHAMIAN Dr Rita Pratt is being hailed as a living legend for her vast knowledge on the US/Bahamas Underground Railroad.
THIRTY high school students completed the Nursing Cadet Programme hosted by the Grand Bahama Health Services and the Ministry of Health.Britany Bastian, of the Bishop Michael Eldon High School, and Mevanda Green, of Seventh Day Adventist School, were
The Government’s exit from its $70m majority ownership of Aliv has been delayed by the Cabinet’s desire for “clarity and comfort” on the chosen route.
Completion of the Government’s 26-year bid to exit hotel industry ownership now depends on whether the Bahamian purchaser of its last property “is still interested”.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism, told Tribune Business he planned t
Regulators fear Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) may have “compromised the introduction of sustainable renewable energy in the shortest possible time” by breaching the Electricity Act 2015.
An ex-Cabinet minister has warned that creating a central Beneficial Ownership Registry could “destabilise” the Bahamian financial services industry and should be shelved “for now”.Ryan Pinder, a former financial services minister, told a Bahamas Fin
The Deputy Prime Minister is expressing confidence that The Bahamas will meet its 2.5 per cent GDP growth target despite rising oil prices, adding: “Hopefully we’ll be able to ride it out.”KP Turnquest, pictured, conceded to Tribune Business that inc
Editor, The Tribune.I write to express my deep concern that this country is setting itself up to enter the deepest depression it has ever seen, leaving the majority of the population unable to afford electricity and food.As a long-term resident with
The Milo Butler Group of Companies and its third-generation managing director are continuing to eye expansion opportunities as he celebrates his first year in charge.Damian Butler has guided the company through two retail store openings, expanded his
ROYAL Bank of Canada’s (RBC) top regional executive says use of its digital platform in The Bahamas is “well above forecast”, with increasing demand for more availability and functionality.Rob Johnston said RBC’s digital push has been “extremely well
Bahamian manufacturers are warning of “irreparable damage” to the sector if current protective tariffs are not maintained when The Bahamas accedes to full World Trade Organisaton (WTO) membership.The Bahamas Light Industries Development Council (BLID
ROYAL Bank of Canada’s (RBC) mortgage lending arm “is still not where we need it to be”, the bank’s top regional executive has conceded, despite improvements elsewhere in its portfolio.Rob Johnston, head of RBC Caribbean Banking, said that while the
Monday, May 21
Police are investigating the nation’s latest murder after a man was shot dead on Monday morning.
A man is in hospital after a shooting at a gas station early on Sunday morning.
Saturday, May 19
A woman is dead and a man is in hospital after the truck they were in collided with a tree early Saturday morning in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
WINDSOR, England (AP) — The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy.
Friday, May 18
Friday, 18th May, 2018.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames is “very anxious” to establish the Sexual Offenders Registry, Eugene Poitier, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, said on Friday.
FORMER chairman of the Bahamas Insurance Association C Lyrone Burrow has been appointed as Deputy Managing Director of the Public Hospitals Authority.
THE CIBC First Caribbean International Bank has resumed its operation at a temporary building on West Atlantic Drive after a recent closure of the bank at the First Commercial Building.
PRIME Minister, Dr Hubert Minnis announced the establishment of a National Endowment Fund to help preserve the heritage and culture of The Bahamas, among other things.
BAHAMAS First General Insurance Company has established an annual scholarship programme with the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute.
Friday, 18th May, 2018.
THE National Emergency Management Agency anticipates the upcoming hurricane season will bring seven hurricanes, with three of these expected to be category three or higher.
VETERAN unionist John Pinder has been appointed as acting Director of Labour.
THE Crown's lead attorney in the Frank Smith bribery and extortion trial, Edward Jenkins, QC, conceded Friday there are discrepancies between the call logs of virtual complainant Barbara Hanna and Mr Smith’s phone bill.
You may not be among the 600 privileged guests to be invited inside St George’s Chapel to witness the royal tying of the knot of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle tomorrow, but that does not mean that you cannot get into all the excitement surrounding the wedding of the year.
SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida that gave rise to a campaign by teens for gun control.
HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban-operated airliner with at least 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after takeoff from the Havana airport Friday. Cuban media reported three survivors.
Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest believes hundreds of jobs Bahamians can perform with required training are being unfilled in the industrial sector in Grand Bahama, particularly in the maritime industry. “I am not knocking anybody, I appreciate
AMID calls from within his party to silence him, outspoken Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine was yesterday saluted by another adversarial group, Rights Bahamas. In a letter yesterday, RB vice-president Joseph Darville said the Free National Movement s
AN Italian woman was found hanging with an object tied around her neck in an Atlantis hotel room, police said yesterday. According to reports, police are investigating the death as a suicide after the woman was found around 4.15am. Police did not r
WHEN most people take a break from work they seek to rest, shop and sightsee, but not Richard Beek, the 46-year-old Bahamian banker is currently climbing Mount Everest.Mr Beek sent “greetings from Everest” to The Tribune this week, having spent the l
INCONSISTENCIES in the call-logs of Barbara Hanna took centre stage in the Frank Smith’s extortion and bribery trial yesterday.A former BTC auditor yesterday said more than 60 discrepancies between Hanna’s call history and Mr Smith’s phone bill betwe
THE manpower audit report of the Royal Bahamas Police Force has rekindled bitterness in police officers who feel they were wrongfully overlooked for promotions in 2014 and 2017.
Bahamians must brace for “a very expensive summer”, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive warned yesterday, as global oil prices surged to $80 per barrel.
THE government has finally given the go-ahead for aviation chiefs to charge airlines fees for using Bahamian airspace.
POLICE were yesterday said to be following “significant leads” in their investigations into the sexual assault of two young girls as activists called for immediate state action to increase accountability for sex offenders.
THE Court of Appeal has affirmed both the conviction and sentencing of Thaddeus Williams, 25, citing the court’s position on not interfering with a sentences passed by lower courts, unless those sentences were “manifestly harsh, excessive or wrong in
Charging an electric car away from home can be an exercise in uncertainty — hunting for that one lonely station at the back of a rest-area parking lot and hoping it’s working.
A robotics company known for its widely shared videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is preparing to sell some after more than a quarter century of research.
• Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth — err, game.
I LIKE the position that Bahamian DeAndre Ayton finds himself in going into the National Basketball Association’s June Draft.Based on the order of picks determined on Tuesday night, Ayton can either remain in Arizona after he was one-and-done at Ariz
THE Silver Lightning Track Meet that was scheduled for Saturday at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium has been postponed until further notice. The Silver Lightning Track Club apolog
DESPITE some opposition to his election as the president of the Bahamas Amateur Boxing Association, veteran boxing personality Pat ‘the Centreville Assassin’ Strachan feels that Vincent Strachan is the best man to lead the resurgence of the sport.Dur
ANFERNEE Seymour is back with the franchise where his pro baseball career began and has improved his play this season in his new surroundings.After being released by the Atlanta Braves (Florida Fire Frogs) on May 6, Seymour was signed by the Miami Ma
FOUR men’s divisional champions from the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s Novice and Open Championships will be heading to Montreal, Canada, to compete in the IFBB Elite Pro this weekend.Accompanied by the federation’s honourees Leonardo
After making an exhibition posing appearance at the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s Novice and Open Championships over the weekend at the Melia resort, Lorraine LaFleur is off to Africa to make her pro debut.One of the last four competi
An anonymous wise person once said that there are five things you can’t take back: “A stone after it’s thrown, a word once it is spoken, an occasion once it is missed, an action when it is done, and time once it has passed.”
Frederick McAlpine must have struck several nerves in the Free National Movement. Surrogates are “coming out the woodwork, just like worm”.
Once again, a well meaning public servant with the best of intentions has presented a policy without thinking it through, that would be unrealistic, expensive and totally unfeasible.
DESPITE a predictable low grading from the leader of the Opposition, the general consensus has been the Free National Movement Government performed reasonably well during its first year in office and is gathering momentum as it seeks to live up to the expectations of the electorate.
A Medal presentation for New Providence nominees to become Primary School Student of the Year has been held.
SCORES of ‘Atlanteans’ armed with rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows, braved the rainy weather to help clean up and refurbish the Sacred Space at Blake Road. Entitled “Welcome, “ the space was originally created in 2007 when Bahamian artist and sculpto
THE SON of former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes has been granted $9,000 bail ahead of his retrial over allegations he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl entrusted to his wife’s care six years ago.Justice Gregory Hilton granted Joseph Foulkes
SUMMER is here, so every nook and cranny is crawling with a summer infestation of terror and destruction that would rival any of those plagues found in The Good Book. You guessed it, teenagers! Ah, yes, I remember the free-for-all, happy go lucky d
Nearly 50 per cent of Bahamians are struggling to “make ends meet”, the Central Bank revealed yesterday, with monthly earnings “usually insufficient” to cover their living costs.The regulator, unveiling an analysis of its Financial Literacy Survey 20
Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) chairman yesterday said it aims to beat the Government’s 2019 first quarter refinancing target, amid delays in accessing $100m in short-term credit.
The Bahamas’ chief WTO negotiator yesterday backed calls for “ease of business” reforms to move “a lot quicker”, but reiterated this was no reason to delay the planned 2019 accession.Raymond Winder told Tribune Business that obtaining full World Trad
The Bahamas needs to rapidly improve “the quality of education” if is to reduce structural unemployment and improve its competitiveness, the IMF has warned.The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its latest Article IV report, said progress in impro
A third-generation member of an aviation-loving family says he has become the first Bahamian to obtain a Masters of Laws degree (LL.M.) in International Aviation.Keith Major Jr joined Maktoom Al Wahaibi, who was achieving a similar “first” for Oman,
Bahamian trade unions must avoid “procedural errors and missteps” that could lead to litigation, the Director of Labour yesterday disclosing: “We’re trying to make them more efficient.”Robert Farquharson was speaking as the Department of Labour’s Reg
Performance appraisals are instruments used to evaluate an employee’s job performance in terms of quality, quantity, cost and time. There are many benefits to using these tools for pinpointing exactly where employees are in their level of functioning
Thursday, May 17
As we celebrate another Pentecost experience, let us use the power of the Holy Spirit to pray more effectively. Let us join hearts and hands in an effort to see the fulfilment of God’s dream of holiness on earth as in heaven.THE HOME1. Pray for every
As mothers the world over were celebrated last Sunday, on the island of Abaco Anglicans gathered in great numbers to shower the most important women in their lives with love.“Mothers are one of the greatest gifts God has given mankind,” said Father C
MOUNT Tabor is changing the way it carries out the work of the church by establishing a new model of ministry that caters to those outside its four walls, and which it hopes will lead them to a personal relationship with Christ, but in a holistic man
The veil of ignorance is extremely heavy and blinding during the festive celebrations of Pentecost. It’s absolutely astounding to have a nation celebrate a holiday when the majority does not have any idea what it is celebrating? A caller to WINZ talk
International speaker and author Sharon Jaynes once said, “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”Rev Stephen Smith and his wife Krivoy, together with Ebenezer famil
Macedonia Baptist Church will its celebrate 52nd anniversary on Sunday, May 27. A special anniversary service will be held at 4pm when a number of churches will participate. The guest speaker will be Rev Trajean Jadorette, pastor of New Covenant Bapt
Emmanuel Gospel Chapel, located on Emmanuel Drive, will celebrate 10 years of ministry in the form of a community fun day this Saturday beginning 1pm.This annual event is held on the church grounds in Malcolm’s Allotment. It is a time for family, fun
As Chippingham’s Parish Church of the Holy Spirit celebrates the Feast of Pentecost this Sunday, it will also unveil a newly built final resting place for those members who wish to be cremated.The church’s Feast of Title will also be observed on Sund
Most Christian denominations in our Bahamas must be credited with promoting Christian and secular education with distinction.The Anglicans, Baptists, Roman Catholics, Methodists, along with others, have historically been the Christian motivators in t
A CANADIAN real estate conglomerate is slated to break ground next week on a $120m condominium hotel and residences near Goodman’s Bay.When it was proposed in 2015, the GoldWynn project by the Wynn Group was billed at $65m and projected to create 200
Thursday, 17th May, 2018.
SIX days after a pregnant pit bull dog named Whitehead died as a result of an illegal caesarian performed by a street vet in Grand Bahama it has been discovered that none of her eight puppies have been able to survive without their mother.
THOUSANDS of warrants remain unexecuted and ports of entry have been left vulnerable because of a manpower shortage within the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
AN “OVERWHELMING” 70 percent of shanty town residents surveyed in New Providence have a legal right to reside in the country, according to the preliminary findings of a recent government survey.
RESEARCHERS who conducted a manpower audit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force flayed last year’s promotional exercise in their report while revealing the top-heavy Force needs 791 more constables to be more effective.
PARENTS of Stephen Dillet Primary School students are fearful after a young girl was assaulted near the school on Monday afternoon.
A WRITTEN statement submitted by Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle in the ongoing Frank Smith extortion and bribery trial could lead to at least one current government minister being called before the court.
ONE senior men’s national team member has progressed to the top league in France as his new club looks to bolster its roster for a playoff push.Jonathan Augustin-Fairell signed with JDA Dijon of LNB French Pro A as the league’s playoffs continue this
SHE has yet to make a preseason appearance, but WNBA Insiders still consider Jonquel Jones one of the top players in the league and project her to have another standout season. WNBA.com posed questions to the league’s general managers to learn what
Three people have been arrested following the discovery of several marijuana plants on Grand Cay, Abaco, police reported yesterday. ASP Terecita Pinder said shortly before 11am police on that island were on inquiries on Percy Rolle Highway when they
UNDER the updated Financial Transactions Reporting Act (FTRA) lawyers will be treated as “financial institutions”, Attorney General Carl Bethel told the Bahamas Bar Association yesterday.During his speech, Mr Bethel reiterated that in an evaluation t
THE Electricity Amendment Bill 2018 was passed yesterday in the House of Assembly through which Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) will be better able to secure vital funding.In addressing the new bill Works Minister Desmond Bannister told MPs: “In order
YOUTH Sports and Culture Michael Pintard yesterday extended his appreciation to educators for continuing to inspire and shape the lives of young people who will be the country’s future leaders. He urged them to stay faithful to their calling and not
IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette yesterday appealed to local banks to exercise sympathy and sensitivity in handling the accounts of people with expired residency or work permits.Mr Symonette said he was unaware of any legal mandate for banks to s
We can speculate on a possible destination for Deandre Ayton when the NBA Draft takes place next month.
LODGE members of the Rebecca Chapter No 4, Prince Hall Affiliate, gave the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre’s beautification programme a boost with a new garden in the atrium of the Robert Smith Ward.
IS the perception or disillusionment of corruption a reality against foreign investment? Truth experienced since May 10th, 2017, it seems to be the opposite as under the supposed to be lily-white-uncorrupt FNM not a single investment project has been announced except for the odorous Oban energy refinery deal.
Just for some perspective on the $15,000.000.00 Tugs, the People (taxpayers) have to spend $ 200,000,000.00, or in English, two hundred million dollars, to generate $15,000,000.00 of VAT.
THE smart technology and services available at the newly renovated YMTA in Hunters will provide “real tangible benefits” for persons living in the various outlying settlements in the Central Grand Bahama constituency.
I read with interest a Nassau Guardian editorial titled, “Carnival continues, as it should”, dated May 4, 2018, and thought I should respond to two glaringly false claims made therein. Time does not allow me to respond to more.
FREEPORT Rugby Club is scheduled to host its eighth annual Junior International Rugby Festival May 19-20 in Grand Bahama at the club’s home field on East Settler’s Way.This year’s tournament will include sides from Key Biscayne, Florida, the Cayman I
RESULTS of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s 45th Annual Novice and Open Bodybuilding Championships, held at the Melia resort on Saturday night:
The Fiscal Responsibility Bill needs “more teeth” against governments that consistently breach its targets, an anti-corruption watchdog argued yesterday.Lemarque Campbell, of Citizens for a Better Bahamas, the local Transparency International represe
Atlantis has enjoyed “one of the strongest first quarters in many years”, its top executive revealing that business is “well ahead” of 2017 numbers.Audrey Oswell, pictured, the Paradise Island resort’s president and managing director, told Tribune Bu
There will be no forced terminations in Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) upcoming right-sizing exercise after a deal was reached with its two trade unions, it was revealed yesterday.
The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday expressed “100 per cent” confidence that The Bahamas will meet Europe’s year-end target, as it prepares to “harmonise” IBCs and domestic companies.K P Turnquest, pictured, told Tribune Business that “work is still
A trade union leader yesterday hailed the IMF for confirming that the two-week notice period for terminated Bahamian workers is below international standards.Obie Ferguson, the Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) president, told Tribune Business that the I
A Cabinet Minister yesterday urged banks to be more “sympathetic” and continue transacting business with persons whose work permits have expired.Brent Symonette, minister of financial services, trade and industry and Immigration, during his contribut
Aliv yesterday detailed ways Bahamians can protect their electronic data as it participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Data Protection Commissioner’s office.Dwayne Davis, Aliv’s chief solutions architect, presented on topics including i
The Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Trade Seminar and Expo event at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort on Wednesday, May 30.The event will offer advice, information, education and instructions to Bahamian manufacturers, producers and exporters
The British Colonial Hilton yesterday announced the temporary assignment of a senior executive as interim general manager for its sister property, Hilton Barbados Resort.Lynne OP Johnson will be is overseeing the Barbados resort’s operation for a th
Wednesday, May 16
Wednesday, 16th May, 2018.
THE Oban Energies Heads of Agreement is “illegal,” attorney Fred Smith said yesterday. His comment followed Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd’s admission that the Minnis administration did not follow the law with the HOA was contradicted by Attorney
We are supposed to be strong; there for everyone at any time.
A male pedestrian died and another hospitalised with severe injuries after they were hit by a vehicle travelling on the Warren J Levarity Highway late on Monday evening.According to reports, a group of men were walking along the highway when a grey-c
TRANSPORT and Local Government Minister Frankie Campbell said the July 31, 2018, deadline for the eviction of shanty town residents gives ample time for those in the community to find alternative housing. Noting the substandard conditions in these c
A MAN became the 32nd murder victim of the year, according to The Tribune’s records, when he was killed off Robinson Road Monday night.In a press statement, police said: “According to reports, shortly after 10pm a group of men were standing in front
A Hurricane Matthew-type event could wipe out the IMF’s proposed national disaster fund and forever blow The Bahamas off its Fiscal Responsibility targets, a top insurer warned yesterday.Emmanuel Komolafe, pictured, the Bahamas Insurance Association’
POLICE are investigating two separate cases of sexual assault involving female children.
DEPUTY Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest yesterday said the government has no intention to downsize the public sector in response to concerns levelled by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Long Island’s $5m water deal went to the only bidder that “substantially” met the Water & Sewerage Corporation’s terms, its chairman saying yesterday: “I don’t believe in hanky panky.”
THE CHIEF prosecution witness in the Frank Smith extortion and bribery trial became agitated yesterday during cross-examination by the defence, with several aspects of her statement of account being called into question.
THIS summer, Bahamian urologist Dr Greggory Pinto will carry out a revolutionary curative prostate cancer treatment he believes will “revolutionise” the way this illness is treated in the Bahamas.
BAHAMAS Contractors Association (BCA) President Leonard Sands says a local company’s proposed modular homes initiative is a potential game-changer for the country. He believes the business is a possible solution to the high cost of houses. His statem
POPULAR tourist spot Barbary beach got a thorough clean-up due to a partnership between the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) and the Keep Grand Bahama Clean Committee (KGBCC) this month. In keeping with its philosophy of creating and maintaining c
When he’s not climbing the tallest mountains or cycling across the United States of America, Freeport adventurer David Mellor is sailing the South Atlantic Ocean, braving cold treacherous 20ft to 30ft waves aboard the largest wooden square rigged sail ship.
IN announcing his government’s plans “to transform our inner cities in ways only dreamt about”, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis made it clear that tax concessions granted residents to help them rebuild, upgrade and create businesses in their communities, would not be extended to web shops and liquor stores.
I hoped that all of the mothers in our wonderful country had an enjoyable and blessed Mothers’ Day. Despite the naysayers, inclusive of myself occasionally, all is not yet lost in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. In fact, it is my considered view, as a social activist and Executive Director of The National Public Policy Institute and Common Cause, that our best days, collectively, are yet ahead of us, God willing.
IF you look at The Bahamas’s crime predicament, you have to look at all the factors that contribute to its manifestation. There are both social and economic factors.
BP&L and LNG…What really is this deal?
BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 last night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
DURING the 45th Annual Novice and Bahamas Open Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation honoured two of its outstanding former bodybuilders turned coaches and executives.
GAMBLING houses sponsoring sporting events is not in our national interest. It does not send the right message to our youth, who need to be taught that developing the content of one’s character, hard work and discipline in life are ideals to strive for above pursuing getting something for nothing or by chance.
SWIFT Swimming took four swimmers to the US National Masters Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, over weekend.
Kevin Major Jr, now a graduate from Seminole State College, has started his professional career and is off to a great start.
THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association completed its one-game championships for the girls’ softball and boys’ baseball at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Monday.
AFTER a rough transition in college life in her freshman year, Grand Bahamian Brianne Bethel is now making great strides as a member of the Cougars women’s track team at the University of Houston.
A SUPREME Court Judge has dismissed the case of a resort employee who sued his employer Bimini Sands Marina Limited for damages for unfair dismissal. Justice Indra Charles found the dismissal was fair or justified and ruled in favour of the resort,
A Cabinet minister yesterday defended the imposition of a mandatory tug boat fee for cruise and commercial vessels using Nassau Harbour, saying: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”Frankie Campbell, pictured, minister of transport, told Tribune B
The Bahamas will not “reap the full benefits” of World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership unless it takes “bold action” to eliminate structural obstacles to growth, the IMF has warned.The Fund, in its latest Article IV report, warned that economic g
The “enforcement elements” of the Fiscal Responsibility Bill will be incorporated into the 2018-2019 Budget, the Ministry of Finance’s top official has confirmed.Marlon Johnson, the acting financial secretary, told Tribune Business that the Governmen
The Central Bank is reporting a foreign direct investment (FDI) “pipeline” worth around $2.7bn excluding Baha Mar and other “headline” projects, the IMF has revealed.The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its just-released Article IV report, said
The Government will today begin a three-day World Trade Organisation (WTO) consultation with Grand Bahama’s private sector.Led by officers from the Ministry of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration, the consultations will take place
The British Colonial Hilton has taken part in “Careers@Hilton Week”, the hotel chain’s annual event showcasing the many hospitality industry opportunities available for young job seekers.For the week of May 14, Hilton hotels and corporate offices aro
Negotiating and registering a new industrial agreement was yesterday described as “paramount” for the hotel union’s new leadership, with elections now set for next Wednesday.Darren Woods, the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union’s (BHCAWU
Cable Bahamas is undergoing a leadership transition, with Anthony Butler set to retire as chief executive and be replaced by Bahamian businessman Franklyn Butler II.The BISX-listed communications provider, in advertisements set to be published today,
Tuesday, May 15
Tuesday, 15th May, 2018.
Donavon Powell was on a clear path to success in America, making strides in the financial arena after successfully completing college. He had everything going for him and no reason at this point in his career to stop climbing the corporate ladder in the land of opportunity. But instead he chose to follow a calling and try and make a difference in the land of his birth. He came up with an idea that had the potential to make a positive impact in The Bahamas and give him a chance to return home and earn a living.
THE East Hill Street General Post Office will be operating on half-days until further notice.
THE Minnis administration has broken no laws with the Oban Energies project, Attorney General Carl Bethel stressed yesterday after another cabinet minister suggested otherwise.During a recent appearance on Our TV’s “On the Record” programme, Educatio
A 34-year-old man, wanted by police on drug charges under one name, was arraigned on the charge of murder in Magistrate’s Court under another name yesterday. Patrick Goffe, of Washington Street, was yesterday charged with the December 12, 2016, murd
THE trial of former Public Hospitals Authority Chairman Frank Smith was adjourned yesterday due to a delay in the submission of court-ordered documents from unnamed government agencies.The decision was made by Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt f
AS some junior doctors express concern for their future, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands admitted yesterday officials must do a better job at developing young doctors.
The Bahamas needs a further $240m “adjustment” to hit its Fiscal Responsibility targets, the IMF warned yesterday, as it called for more “trimming” of the civil service wage bill.
A 20-year-old man was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday, charged with the stabbing death of a teen last Friday.
RIGHTS Bahamas said it now has evidence to take “constitutional action” against the government over its July 31, 2018, deadline mandating the eviction of all shanty town residents, arguing the decision was discriminatory.
The Government’s unfunded multi-billion dollar pension liabilities, projected to hit $3.7bn by 2030, were yesterday branded “a big time bomb waiting to go off”.
Today marks the end of United Nations Road Safety Week and while Bahamians proved once again to be among the world’s most eager population to sign an online safe driving pledge, one segment of the motoring population apparently did not get the message – jitney drivers.
THE so-called privatised carnival has come and gone. Like the overwhelming majority of Bahamians, I did not attend. However, I’ve viewed many videos and pictures over social media and on the internet. Once again, I’m appalled and heartbroken to see what was allowed to take place in our streets and public spaces with government permits and government support.
SPRINTER Brianna Bethel, one half of the twin sisters combo from Grand Bahama, had a spectacular showing at the American Athletic Conference Championships to lead the list of Bahamians in action around the United States over the weekend.
A CAR plunged into a glass window at the Platinum Sporting Lounge on Dowdswell Street yesterday evening.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis christened two tug boats yesterday that cost $15m and are intended to ensure the safety of the Nassau Harbour and Clifton Pier.The vessels, named Tug Samson and Tug Rose, “will be operated by Tug Services Limited, a 10
We haven’t even seen it yet, but it will most likely be the dress of the year.
In keeping with its vision to clean-up the City of Freeport, the Grand Bahama Port Authority Ltd has embarked on demolition projects to tear down derelict and dilapidated buildings throughout the Port Area.
LOCAL high schools are still turning away students who cannot prove legal residency or citizenship, according to human rights group Rights Bahamas.
THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association will open its best-of-five championship tonight at the DW Davis Gymnasium when the Lady Cheetahs take on the Bommer G Lady Operators.
The recruitment process for Bahamian football player David Swaby has come to an end after the highly touted junior college transfer announced his decision on the next stop of his athletic career.
IN my view, I feel that the Good Reverend needs to come clean and say what is his real problem, with his consistent whingeing?
After surviving what they describe as years of pain and disgrace, the mother-daughter duo of Vernita Josey and Davonia Williams have come out on the other side stronger than ever. And now, they are sharing what they have learned with others in the h
After decades of dreaming and fundraising, the Bahamas Girl Guides Association moves another step closer to building its new headquarters. The Association, under the leadership of architect Alvan Rolle, awarded the contract for the new building to Br
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.
Dr Nikkiah Forbes has become the first Bahamian to be selected by the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) as an ambassador to facilitate infection prevention worldwide.Dr Forbes is the director of the National HIV/AIDS and Infectious
HIGH jumper Donald Thomas, picking up a victory, led another list of Bahamian elite athletes competing in a number of track and field meets over the weekend.
RANKED one of the top teams in the Japanese B2 League all season long, Kadeem Coleby leads his Akita Northern Happinets into the championship series.
TECHNICAL training continues to be in demand, and Total Education Centre (TEC) in Grand Bahama “remains committed to creating a knowledgeable and better skilled and productive society”. Fred Delancey, the operator of TEC, announced the institution h
BRONSEXUAL - definition: Anybody who is a huge fan of LeBron James or has deep rooted ‘man crush’ or ‘bromance’ with LeBron James.
THE Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) president yesterday welcomed the “seat at the table” to assess the Government’s fiscal responsibility compliance.Gowon Bowe, pictured, speaking at a press conference to announce the long-awaited r
The Bahamas will take ten years to hit its long-term debt target, the IMF warned yesterday, as it again blasted the Christie administration’s “lax spending control” pre-election.The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its latest Article IV report o
The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said the Fiscal Responsibility Bill will prevent a repeat of the 2017 pre-election spending splurge by requiring reporting to Parliament.K P Turnquest said the legislation mandates a “Pre-Election Economic and Fisc
The Bahamas must avoid setting “stretch” fiscal targets, a top accountant warned yesterday, branding the 0.5 per cent deficit goal as “aggressive but achievable”.Gowon Bowe, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) president, told Tribun
A Bahamian entrepreneur is aiming to launch a website and mobile app that will promote all activities this nation offers to locals and visitors alike.Sherwin Johnson, EVO Bahamas’ president, said he hopes to unveil the Bahamas Nightlife website and m
Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) website revamp, pictured, aims to provide customers with greater efficiency and security, following its May 1 launch. Dominique Pinder, GBPC’s customer service manager, said: “As the island’s utility, GBPC is commi
The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) made sure this nation was well represented earlier this month at the annual Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Caribbean Conference.The summit was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, from May 7-9 un
Monday, May 14
PARTICIPATION numbers exceeded expectations last Saturday, as many Bahamians made it a priority to take part in the second annual REACH fun run/walk.The 5K race started at the Montagu Park, continued over the Sidney Poitier Bridge, and ended back at
The discussion has arisen again around a viral video about how we punish our children. Because children in the current cultural context are not seen as people, they are apparently seen as inferior mortals, deserving of fewer rights. This belief is no
Monday, 14th May, 2018.
MUCH of the government’s first year in office can be characterised as a series of post-election mudslinging and moving of goal posts on key initiatives which the Bahamian people had hopes of seeing materialise sooner rather than later. However, as we know, electioneering leads to many promises, and in some cases, a large majority have been left unfulfilled.
TWO armed men dressed as women, complete with black wigs, yesterday robbed a watch and jewellery store in downtown Nassau.
A DEAD cat with bite marks near its abdomen has raised suspicions that a non-indigenous, poisonous snake could be lurking in north-west New Providence.
Police are investigating after a man died in a stabbing incident in Nassau Village on Friday night.
IT will cost hundreds of millions to transform the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) into a modern, state-of-the-art, regional “Centre of Excellence”.
SHANTYTOWN residents have been given a deadline of July 31, 2018, to vacate their homes as the government intends to completely eradicate illegal residential areas where the standard of living is poor.
THE concern some junior doctors feel about an impending programme they fear will push them out of the public healthcare system is fuelled by experiences with the University of the West Indies’ post-grad programmes where matriculation rates are low.Dr
It was disappointing that your article in Tribune Business on the 26th April (‘Not a Single Bribe Demand is Probed’) while quoting heavily from a group claiming to be Transparency International’s local affiliate, contained not one single reference to The Bahamas’ ranking in that group’s all important Corruption Perception Index.
THE Pointe issue of Bahamian construction workers: There could be a translation issue here…Article: 3.2 of the HOA agreement tabled very clearly makes no mention of the argument the Chinese have to put to the Ministry of Labour and and seemingly the Ministry of Labour have swallowed hook, line and sinker.
EVENTS affecting Iran, prompted by the May 8 decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw America from a 2015 nuclear deal, may appear irrelevant to Caribbean countries. They are not. One of the first effects will be a rise in oil prices which has already reached $77 a barrel and is forecast to rise higher.
A BAHAMIAN group with 30 years experience in the maritime industry have made a bid to manage and operate Abaco’s container port as the $40m development in Cooper’s Town nears completion.
IT wasn’t the finish that Kerrie Cartwright and her American partner Kariann Pierre-Louis anticipated in the final of the women’s doubles at the International Tennis Federation’s $15,000 Tacarigua Women’s Tournament that was held in Trinidad & Tobago last week.
For the second consecutive year, Charles Reckley has emerged as the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s national bodybuilding champion.
Oliver North is back. It is surprising it didn’t happen earlier. In light of what is happening internationally and in Washington DC, North’s re-emergence on the public stage seems almost inevitably appropriate.
THINGS are starting to move.
PINERIDGE MP Fredrick McAlpine yesterday backed away from the opportunity to respond to fellow party members who have scolded him for his public remarks concerning the Free National Movement and its policies. Mr McAlpine yesterday told The Tribune h
THE United States government is looking to increase its engagement with nations in the region such as The Bahamas, with the aim of finding ways to grow economies, boost prosperity and create diversity in energy use, according to a US State Department official.
FORMER Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts was yesterday said to be “in his usual fine spirits” following successful surgery in the United States, according to his successor in the post, Fred Mitchell. In a statement circulated by the
BAHAMIAN two-time Olympic long jumper Bianca Stuart was among five Southern Illinois alumni named to the Women’s Field 25-year anniversary team in the Missouri Valley Conference.
KRISTIAN Robinson continues to make an immediate impact with the Arizona Diamondbacks organisation.
THE offers continue to stockpile for Bahamian prep basketball star Kai Jones with the latest coming from a major programme in the Big East Conference.
The Deputy Prime Minister is warning that today’s long-awaited release of Fiscal Responsibility legislation is no “magic bullet” for The Bahamas’ deep-rooted financial woes.Confirming that the Government will unveil its signature fiscal reform within
The Gaming Board is “under pressure to change the game on the ground” and better protect the most vulnerable Bahamians from irresponsible gambling, a Cabinet Minister has revealed.Dionisio D’Aguilar, pictured, minister of tourism who has responsibili
The Government’s Fiscal Responsibility Bill will create a non-political “Council” to oversee its financial stewardship, with the law yesterday hailed as a safeguard against national “bankruptcy”.Matt Aubry, executive director of the Organisation for
The Government’s plan to introduce a “mandatory tug boat fee” has been met with furious opposition from commercial shippers and cruise lines, amid fears it will further undermine Nassau’s competitiveness.Michele Paige, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise As
The hotel union’s general secretary says “time is of the essence” to elect new leadership after the Supreme Court removed an injunction preventing candidate nominations and voting.Darren Woods, the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union’s (
The Bahamas could enjoy a $300m boost to annual economic growth if murder rates were reduced to world average levels, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected.The Fund, in its latest Western Hemisphere economic outlook, also found that bet
The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) is mourning the passing of industry veteran, and former chairman, Colin Jones.
The Bahamas’ Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society has received the global network’s 2018 Excellence Award for its initiative to build market integrity.It received the CFA Institute’s 2018 Society Excellence Award on May 10, 2018, at its global l
A Bahamian company last Friday signed an agreement with its Chinese counterpart to pave the way for co-operation on modular housing construction.Latrae Rahming, Bahamaren’s managing director, and Michael B Wei, China Construction Modular Housing Comp
HOW to identify bullying in the home, school, workplace, and cyber bullying?
Saturday, May 12
Bahamian twin towers Steven Gardiner and Shaunae Miller-Uibo highlighted the International Amateur Athletic Federation's Shanghai Diamond League Meet on Saturday by winning the men's 400 and women's 200 metres in record breaking times respectively.
Friday, May 11
Suspected marijuana and illegal ammunition were discovered in separate incidents in the Freeport area, Grand Bahama Police reported Friday.
THE brutal death of a pregnant female pit bull terrier following an illegal caesarian performed by an unqualified “street vet” playing doctor was described as an “awful tragedy” by a local veterinarian in Grand Bahama who says the incident is a case of animal cruelty.
POOR access to potable water is one of the major issues facing some Long Island settlements.
THE Central Bank of The Bahamas has revealed the winning design for the new Central Bank building.
CYBER crime in the Bahamas showed an 80 per cent increase, with 171 incidents reported in 2017 up from the 95 recorded in 2016.
THE prosecution in Shane Gibson's trial officially submitted its revised indictment schedule Friday, intending to pursue only the 16 bribery charges against the former Labour Minister.
Friday, 11th May, 2018.
Friday, 11th May, 2018.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis last night took on his critics who say his administration has got off to a slow start, expressing confidence it has accomplished much already and is laying a foundation for future progress.He said those who say the gov
A $5m contract was signed yesterday between the Water and Sewerage Corporation and BHM Company Limited to bring potable water to hundreds of residentes in Long Island. Settlements such as Salt Pond have “suffered for far too long without a reliable p
FOUR men were arraigned yesterday on charges in connection with two of the latest murders. Kevin Lamount Gardiner, 27, of Malcolm Road was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with the May 4 stabbing death of 24-year-old Th
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and other officials paid tribute yesterday to the survivors and four fallen marines who were on board HMBS Flamingo when it was attacked by Cubans in 1980. Each year, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force remembers those off
In Friday’s print edition of The Tribune, it was incorrectly reported that Garfield Hepburn had entered guilty pleas to five counts of indecent assault.
CONSTABLES Akiel Smith and Carl Smith were acquitted yesterday of manslaughter charges related to the 2013 death of 20-year-old Aaron Rolle after a judge directed jurors to acquit them.
AFTER six hours of deliberation, a Supreme Court jury unanimously found Devaughn “Short Man” Hall guilty of the murders and armed robbery of a husband and wife who were brutally shot to death at their Deadman’s Reef home three years ago.
PUBLIC consultation on bills establishing term limits for prime ministers and fixed dates for election will begin before the end of the year, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.
A MAN died in hospital Wednesday a little more than a week after he was shot while standing outside a home in Pinewood Gardens.
FREE National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer suggested yesterday Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine should seriously consider his future with the FNM following repeated disparaging remarks about the work of the government over the past year.
A 2017 gun possession case involving Philmore Davis, the son of Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip Davis, and three other men was adjourned for nearly three months yesterday after the prosecution requested more time to prepare.
ATHLETES from around the Bahamas took part in the 2018 Bahamas National Triathlon Championships, and the Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC) kept athletes energised with Powerade throughout the race.
Grand Bahama Environmental Association is preparing to stage its second “Residents Day” to raise awareness of industrial pollution on Grand Bahama. The event, which was considered a success last year, is scheduled for August.Berthram Pinder, presiden
WHILE continuing to concentrate on the complex negotiations about the terms of Britain’s forthcoming departure from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has been faced recently with a major immigration issue that could damage her politically.
WHAT intelligence the Police had to raid Fox Hill? Jockey hey! Social media full stop like all of us!
THEY both got knocked out in the first round in singles, but Kerrie Cartwright and her American doubles partner Kariann Pierre-Louis will have a chance to play for their second doubles title on the 2018 International Tennis Federation Women’s Circuit.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - The busy recruitment process for Franco Miller Jr came to an end when he committed to the University of Mississippi Rebels.
Ashanti Darville made her return to the New Providence Softball Association a perfect one.
In the spirit of fair play a certain subject must be addressed.In past columns, I gave some insight to my younger Bahamian brethren as to what women really mean when they say certain things. If I do say so myself, it turned out to be right on the money, despite the raised eyebrows I received from my female co-workers and threats from my sisters-in-law to be shared out of Christmas dinner in two households.
A PEDESTRIAN has died after he was hit by a car while walking on Madeira Street late Tuesday night. Shortly after 9pm, police received a report of a serious accident. Upon arrival, they found a man severely injured. He was taken by ambulance to hos
THE LENO Barracuda Invitational swim meet is all set to begin today and continues Saturday, May 12 at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Center.
DURING the week, the Local Organising Committee for the CARIFTA Games took the opportunity to make amendments to a “human error” that occurred during the hosting of the top regional track and field competition here over the Easter holiday weekend.
WHILE the SWD Boys remained undefeated in Division A of the New Providence Oldtimers Softball Association, the Blue Postal Sharks suffered their first loss in Division B.
THE Bahamas Chess Federation is pleased to announce the members selected to represent the Bahamas at the 43rd World Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, September 23 to October 7.
Open letter to Minister Jeffrey Lloyd
Pierre Dupuch is a likeable enough grouser who tries to dispatch folksy opinions that in his mind reflect a point of wisdom, but to the thinking community come across as misinformed at best.
Business cannot advise the Government on where to set the WTO “red lines” because of an information vacuum, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman warned yesterday.
The private sector yesterday hailed the Government’s decision to abolish a Customs demand that would have “choked off the blood supply” of the Bahamian economy.Robert Myers, pictured, the Organisation for Responsible Governance’s (ORG) principal, tol
An ex-Port Authority (GBPA) attorney yesterday blasted the private sector for “sleepwalking” towards WTO membership, saying he was “astounded” by its “full panic mode” reaction.Carey Leonard told Tribune Business he was “frustrated” by the business c
Bahamian businesses were yesterday warned that they are effectively “laying out the red carpet” for hackers if they do not take cyber threats seriously.Mike Maura, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chairman, while
Campaigning for The Bahamas to obtain on the International Telecommunications Council (ITU) is among the sector regulator’s priority projects for 2018.The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), in its recently-released 2017 annual rep
Business cannot advise the Government on where to set the WTO “red lines” because of an information vacuum, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman warned yesterday.Michael Maura, pictured, told Tribune Business that the private sector was unable to deter
The Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) needs to “build capacity” to handle cyber crimes, a Cabinet Minister said yesterday, adding: “We need to recruit based on needs and not numbers.”Marvin Dames, minister of national security, who was the keynote sp
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Bahamas teamed with the Attorney General’s Office on an initiative to boost the forensic and technical capabilities of local regulators.The accounting firm brought in several leading executives from its regional and globa
Thursday, May 10
“This is the day that the Lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:25What is the first thing you do as soon as you wake up in the morning? I mean, the very first thing. Turn on the radio or TV? Make a cup of coffee/tea? Read th
Pope Francis on Tuesday assigned a Vatican office to concern itself with the role of women in the Catholic Church and their “equal dignity” — his latest effort to address longstanding complaints of women’s second-class status in the church.Francis ap
NEW YORK (AP) — Tiaras encrusted with thousands of diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Papal cloaks and vestments with golden embroidery so fine they took 16 years to produce.If you’re going to wield power, you need to dress the part — and it seems few ha
The Church of God of Prophecy has wrapped up its holistic National Evangelism Conference which had the goal of providing a platform for networking in ministry, to educate, inspire and equip believers for effective ministry.Over the past two decades i
One year after his death, the family of Stephen Brown is remembering a man who died too young, but who during his brief time on earth stood firm in his faith and spread the word of God to all, from hospital workers to gang members.Stephen died aged 2
Mother’s Day is just one day to say what needs to be said every day, and when the day is over does that mean that we don’t have to be grateful for another year? I hope not. I hope that this day will motivate us to recall all the reasons to articulate
Thursday, 10th May, 2018.
WHEN the Free National Movement took office in May 2017, education was among the top priorities. In the Speech from the Throne, the Minnis administration identified education and the training of Bahamians as “key factors in the progressive and susta
In a street talk conducted last week a cross-section of Bahamian society was asked their views on the Minnis administration thus far and it was very much a case of the jury is still out. Our reporter focussed on three major questions were: What are
AT the one year mark, the most existential challenge - as it relates to national development - facing the people’s government is immigration, specifically migrant labour and the right to citizenship.The first year saw a litany of habeas corpus cases,
In the first year of his FNM administration, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has been slow off the ground in announcing new business ventures. Of course, it’s not the function of Government to create commercial entities, but rather to set a business-
Since governments are elected under the Westminster system for a five-year period, the Prime Minister is surely right to discourage people from judging him prematurely. Equally, it would be unwise simply to dismiss last month’s opinion poll showing a
Sebas Bastian yesterday cited Town Planning’s rapid six-day “U-turn” on his $50m office complex as “proof of my suspicions” that he was being treated unfairly.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday pledged the government will establish a sex offender registry before the year’s end.
POLICE are investigating the circumstances behind a video circulating on social media of a young girl being beaten for allegedly coming home late.
EXUMA and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper yesterday criticised the Minnis administration for its failure to rebuild the segments of his constituency rendered “unliveable” in the wake of Hurricane Irma last September.
While I understand the Environmental Department has its hands full, it should not take nine weeks to respond to an appeal to rid our neighbourhood of two derelict cars.
THE government is looking to partner with the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation as both organisations seek to raise awareness of health and wellness issues in the country.
Jonquel Jones has yet to make an appearance in training camp or in any of the Connecticut Sun’s preseason games, but the front office is excited at the possibilities this WNBA season when the team is at full strength.
AS the curtain is lowered today on the Free National Movement’s first year in office, the second year opens on a sombre note. High unemployment, a medical and educational system under siege, damage from the last hurricane still to be repaired, and a crippled Treasury, unable to meet the demands of an expectant people, promised much, but who now have to face reality – the cupboard is bare.
THREE men accused of the double murder and armed robbery of a Deadman’s Reef couple are expected to learn their fate soon after Justice Estelle Gray Evans wraps up her summation of the case at 10am today and turns it over to the jurors.Justice Evans
LOTS in Sunset Close and Fox Hill worth $30,000 or less will officially go on sale in June or July, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday, adding that the lots will be available only to police officers, immigration officers, customs officers, defence force officers, prison officers and teachers in the first wave.
THE Pan American Development Fund hosted a seminar to train local law enforcement and medical professionals on the proper techniques to help manage gender-based violence. The two-day session, held May 7 and 8, is part of an ongoing project called th
ALIV has committed to assisting in raising funds to purchase two ambulances for Long Island – one in the north and one in the south. The ambulances will assist with medical operations on the island in a great way, according to several residents. Me
Dear Prime Minister, Cabinet, Loyal Opposition . . .
TWO men were arrested after police found a pistol and ammunition during a car search. Shortly before 10pm, Monday, Mobile Division officers were on routine patrol on East Street south, in the area of the Independence Highway, when they observed a Ni
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FNM
POLICE yesterday hosted a symposium designed to better inform business operators of the varying forms of crimes which adversely affect their sector.The one-day forum was hosted at the Paul Farquharson Conference Centre by officers from Northeastern D
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames forecast the Minnis administration has a “hell of a lot of work ahead” as the government marks its first year.“We have a lot of work to do,” he said, “we have a lot of work ahead of us. We may have accomplished
ONE day before the anniversary of the Free National Movement’s landslide electoral victory, a group of protestors gathered in Rawson Square to demonstrate against the Minnis administration.Police officers estimated that 50 protestors were in attendan
Below is an article written by Hon Bernard J. Nottage in reference to the Baha Mar project. This article was published on October 2010 and it is amazing that, eight years later, the exact questions and concerns still linger today. It makes us wonder if we have indeed changed governments, or if we have the same leadership with new faces.
It is good to know that government’s plans to upgrade Potter’s Cay and help it live up to its massive potential as a tourist mecca are “already in the public domain” (according to the Ministry of Agriculture’s latest statement).
It’s decision day for prep basketball star Franco Miller Jr.
THE Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation has set the stage to host its biggest show of the year as athletes vie for bragging rights and roster spots on upcoming national teams.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) ultimate owner yesterday said there was “light at the end of the tunnel” in its battle to fight off Aliv’s competitive threat.Balan Nair, Liberty Latin America’s chief executive, told a conference call i
The Government has dropped demands for Bahamian importers to supply proof of exchange control approval for each Customs entry following an outcry from furious businesses.Marlon Johnson, pictured, the Ministry of Finance’s acting financial secretary,
Web shops yesterday estimated that between 30,000-50,000 Bahamians engage in gambling, as the sector formally launched its anti-addiction initiative.The Bahamas Gaming Operators Association’s (BGOA) Responsible Gaming and Addiction Prevention Program
A Bahamian insurer yesterday said it is unlikely to match last year’s 173.4 per cent profit increase due to a “margin squeeze” imposed by increased reinsurance costs.Timothy Ingraham, Summit Insurance Company’s president, told Tribune Business that t
WEB shop locations have decreased by some 60 per cent since the industry’s regulation, it was revealed yesterday, with the industry’s Association dismissing the perception of “proliferation”. Gershan Major, the Bahamas Gaming Operators Association’s
Five agents at Better Homes and Gardens MCR Bahamas Group have been recognised by the international real estate franchise for outstanding sales performance.The four-tier, performance-based award system bestows Silver, Gold, Platinum and Emerald Elite
The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president yesterday said the Government’s Affordable Homes initiative could potentially provide an immediate housing sector boost, although the legislation needed more examination.Leonard Sands, pictured,
A flyer can often be a cheap but cheerful way to get your brand before customers. Flyers can also be great at promoting special events or offers, providing customers with more information on a specific product or service you are providing.But making
Wednesday, May 9
Wednesday, 9th May, 2018.
THE reopening of the Grand Lucayan Resort, the state of the International Bazaar, attracting new investors, and the high cost of living are major issues that are of concern to residents on Grand Bahama.After one year in office, there have been mixed
TREVOR Bodie was happy working in the United States when, a week after the 2017 general election, he was fired from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Finding a job and taking care of his young family have since been herculean tasks.He told The Tribune:
THE Minnis administration’s performance after a year in power has been “neutral to poor,” according to one local physician, who said nothing has changed in the country’s healthcare system since it assumed office last year. Dr Sy Pierre, president of
AS Maxine Roberts was making funeral arrangements for her murdered 14-year-old daughter Jeffonya Rolle, she did not imagine exactly one month and a day later she would be doing the exact same thing for her son Tekoyo “Minky” McKinney.Seven years afte
THE government has approved more than 100 applications for citizenship since the Citizenship Committee was formed in February and is on pace, if the rate is sustained, to naturalise nearly 400 people by year-end, according to Immigration Minister Brent Symonette.
THE FAMILY of slain Marco Archer yesterday strongly rejected the assertion there was any possibility for his killer’s reform, insisting the 11-year-old’s brutal death had lifted the veil on an irrefutable pattern of child predation.
A POLICE officer who was a supervisor at the Southern Police Station in 2013 testified Aaron Rolle did not complain of being abused during his interrogation despite having to be “subdued” by officers after an alleged attempt to jump out of a window.
A foreign expert who will be contracted by Bahamas Power and Light to gauge its electrical service system for potential instabilities will arrive in the country next month, according to BPL chairwoman Darnell Osborne.
What a way for Dornette Wright to make her debut in the New Providence Softball Association with the game on the line for the defending champions Sunshine Auto Wildcats.
WITH Yolett McPhee-McCuin committed to her new role as head coach for the Ole Miss University women’s basketball programme, the Bahamas Basketball Federation has named Wayde Watson as the interim coach of the women’s national basketball team.
IRAM Lewis, MP for Central Grand Bahama, is committing some $100,000 for the relaunch and refurbishing of the Young Men’s Training Association, a community recreation and training centre in the Hunters settlement which sustained significant storm damage.
We are not short on opinions about Bahamas Carnival. From the announcement four years ago, it was a point of division. Between the Junkanoo vs Carnival debate and the desperate appeals from the church, the event has always been controversial and polarising.
NASA’s next Mars explorer is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks.
I read with horror, the comments attributed to the Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes, in regards to the clear violation of The Pointe and their Heads of Agreement on the employees on that construction site.
RUNNERS everywhere just got 10,000 more reasons to run Marathon Bahamas next year.
JORGE Marcos and Anna Zywiolek became the first champions crowned in the Bahamas Triathlon Association’s National Champions for Triathlon in the sprint distance over the weekend.
YOUNG athletes from St Francis & Joseph School bested competitors from three other Catholic Board of Education primary schools to win the 2018 Bahamas Catholic Primary Schools Track & Field Championships.
A young woman has won the 100 JAMZ secret sound prize.
THE news of the Free National Movement (FNM) administration’s agreement to fund $10,000 towards former Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson’s medical bills is not sitting well with many rank-and-file FNM supporters, some of whom have demonstrated unconditional loyalty to the governing party for years.
Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference yesterday, announcing new consumer features imbued with machine learning.
EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd said on Monday that he used a “very poor choice of words” when previously telling the press he was “happy to report” dozens of contract workers had been disciplined and terminated for non-performance.
A SMALL delegation of activists from the Dutch special municipality Bonaire who are seeking to raise awareness of alleged undemocratic colonial rule of the island attended the 21st Session of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations on Monday.
A state-recognised funeral will be held for Clara Rose Hall-King, former senator, on Friday at 11am at St Agnes Anglican Church on Baillou Hill Road.
• NASA and Uber have signed an agreement to explore putting flying taxis in the skies over US cities.
TOMORROW The Bahamas will mark the first anniversary of an election like no other – the former governing party tossed out like two-day-old stew fish and the FNM swept in with an unprecedented vote of confidence, winning 35 of 39 seats.
Is it just me or have others out there ever wondered about like how liberals, the world over, especially the demon craps, otherwise known as democrats, have this new condition called Trump Derangement Syndrome?
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis officially launched his Delivery Unit yesterday, a body that is meant to keep the government on track in the delivery of key promises to the electorate.Known as the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, or PMDU, the initiati
TEAM spirit was in full effect this past weekend as the country’s most promising junior horse riders from seven schools across New Providence and Grand Bahama met at the Camperdown Equestrian Centre to compete in the Bahamas Interschool Equestrian League Championship horse show.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) 2017 profits plunged by around 75 per cent amid its owner’s continuing two-year wait for the Government to approve its takeover.
The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday conceded the Government’s economic and fiscal plans are “ambitious”, amid forecast of subdued credit growth of “less than three per cent” through 2021.K P Turnquest, pictured, responding to the Caribbean Developme
The Government will “table shortly” international arbitration centre legislation aimed at helping The Bahamas become the investor’s “jurisdiction of choice”.Brent Symonette, minister of financial services, trade and industry and Immigration, told a M
The Bahamas can still realise its international arbitration centre ambitions despite being “late to the game” after 10-15 years of mere “talk”, a well-known QC argued yesterday.
Hotel union executives yesterday served notice they plan to challenge a Supreme Court injunction that has - temporarily at least - blocked leadership elections set for this month.The injunction, granted on May 4, 2018, by acting chief justice Stephen
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is continuing to rid the island of abandoned, derelict and structurally-unsound properties as it completes demolition of a former business plaza.“The beautification and maintenance of the city of Freeport is alw
A Bahamian-owned production company is praising Carnival organisers for allowing a local company to set-up the Main Stage for the first time.Maecal Electronics provided the audio, visual, lighting and staging for Bahamas Carnival Experience, replacin
Tuesday, May 8
Tuesday, 8th May, 2018.
A WITNESS testified yesterday he could only see handcuff injuries and tissue around Aaron Rolle’s wrists before he died in a cell at the Southern Police Station in February 2013.
KOFHE Goodman, 42, was sentenced to 55 years in prison yesterday for the 2011 killing of 11-year-old Marco Archer after a judge rejected the Crown’s request for a death sentence.
OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday gave the Minnis administration a “U” mark in his assessment of the government’s performance during its first year at the helm.
AFTER saying on Sunday officials expected junior doctors to demonstrate Monday, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday “there was no disruption” of healthcare services in the country.“The Bahamas Doctors Union requested a delay in the meeting
Last week, members of Lupus 242 kicked off their Lupus Awareness Month activities by paying a courtesy call on Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands. During the meeting, the group outlined the challenges
With the firm belief that family is the foundation on which the Bahamas was built, Parchomas (Parents Choice Bahamas) is hosting fun and educational expos to impact the direction society is headed in from the earliest stage.And the public is respondi
As the Royal Wedding approaches, what can one of the world's greatest novels teach us about marriage?
(THE CONVERSATION) – You can tell a lot about our culture by the way we talk about marriage. Take the upcoming exchange of vows between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Press coverage will focus on aspects like the cost of the festivities, the size of
THE Dallas Cowboys “Aced” the NFL Draft, according to the experts. Now that the smoke has cleared from the NFL Draft in Dallas, and after receiving several favourable post draft grades from various media outlets, local Cowboys fans have lots to be e
THE opening of the $4.5m Hawksbill Hall at the University of The Bahamas’ northern campus marks the transition of the Grand Bahama institution from a commuter campus to a residential one, providing accommodations for over 80 student residents. Dep
When Hitler came to power he used a secret weapon called Goebbels. Goebbels was Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda who believed that if a lie were repeated often enough people would start believing it. And it did wonders for him. He destroyed Germany and killed six-million Jews.
POTTER’S Cay Fish, Fruit, and Vegetable Vendors Association President Orminique Bowe is calling for Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Renward Wells to meet with the group regarding the redevelopment of Potter’s Cay Dock.Ms Bowe has been presi
HAVING participants leave its resort feeling energised, rejuvenated and with a new approach to their health was the goal Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa said it accomplished after hosting its first ever Wellness Retreat.
Little Miss and Junior Miss Regency to compete in Las Vegas
THE Little and Junior Miss Regency Bahamas Organisation recently pulled off its second successful pageant and saw two young beauties take home an extra fabulous accessory – a sparkly crown. Under the theme “Iconic Glamour: Celebrating Bahamian Beauty
THE Banker’s Athletics Association concluded its bowling season and hosted its awards night at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Centre on Thursday night.With a total of 15 teams competing over seven months, the Central Bank Controllers were c
IN political life many times a Minister has to bite his tongue rather than saying what he/she would really wish - the Minister Lloyd moment ‘I am happy to…’ was one of those and for him and his future political career it will haunt him.
Among the many perplexing aspects of the bizarre spectacle that is the Donald Trump administration in Washington, the curious rebirth of the concept of diplomacy is one of the strangest.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield yesterday flagged a robust agenda strengthening regional integration as Caribbean foreign ministers and other stakeholders began a two-day forum in the capital. Mr Henfield said the Council for Foreign and Co
AN American man allegedly committed suicide in Long Island over the weekend. Shortly after 7am on Sunday, police were called to a home in the Whymms settlement of the island where they discovered a man “hanging from a rope tied in the ceiling”. Loca
Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis, a physician and pioneer in the public health sector added a new title to her long list of achievements: “Public Health Hero of the Americas”.
THE Bahamas Roadmasters running club has announced that Marcel Major will serve as its president. Major, in replacing Charles Johnson, was elected to serve for the next two years during the recent elections and is anxious to head the new administrati
ANOTHER group of young basketball players took full advantage of their opportunity to boost their recruitment stock at the Darrell Sears Showcase but the event could look to expand beyond the basketball court for future editions.Sears, the longtime c
DISNEY Cruise Lines does have an interest in furthering its investments in the Bahamas, according to the company’s spokeswoman, Kim Prunty, who yesterday responded to speculation and concern over the sale and development of Lighthouse Point, Eleuther
Fishermen: Dredging is hurting our business. Tribune May 3rd, 2018.
This Sunday, mothers everywhere will be celebrated for their untiring devotion, hard work and love they give.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday the police force is committed to tackling the incidence of alleged abuses by boosting training as well as increasing transparency of police investigations into complaints. His comment came after
A number of Bahamian elite and collegiate athletes were in action at various meets in the United States where they turned in credible performances.At the Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens, Georgia, Warren Fraser and Bianca ‘BB’ Stuart led the way as
American Secretaries of State have normally visited their headquarters building on C Street in Washington shortly after they receive the oath of office. Mike Pompeo was determined to be different. Officially administered the oath of his new office b
IN preparation for the nation’s upcoming 45th independence anniversary, Mark Humes, MP for Fort Charlotte and chairman of the Independence Anniversary Planning Committee, yesterday launched a national independence essay competition and recording arti
You could have been abandoned as a young child, left to fend for yourself in one of the toughest ghettos in America with crime statistics stacked against you, and you could still rise above them to become an international professional basketball player, making money playing a game you love. That’s the testimony of Mahershal Simonet, a passionate and driven man who is making a difference on and off the basketball court. He is a skilful point guard and shooting guard who has played in some 15 countries around the world; now he is in The Bahamas discovering his roots and sowing positive seeds into the lives of children here.
POLICE in Bimini apprehended six undocumented immigrants at a local hotel on Monday. Asst Supt Terecita Pinder said shortly before 10am, a team of police and immigration officers, acting on information, went to the Admiral Hotel in Bailey Town where
A CASE management hearing in the bribery trial of former Environment Minister Kenred Dorsett was adjourned to May 23 yesterday, but not before Justice Carolita Bethel called the Crown’s latest actions “extremely untidy”. She was referring to the pro
The investor aiming to kickstart Grand Bahama’s “technology hub” yesterday pledged to fully “Bahamainise” “sooner rather than later”, having been inundated with 100 job applications per day.Greg Wood, GIBC Digital’s chief executive, told Tribune Busi
THE Bahamas Golf Federation’s (BGF) new president, Lynford Miller, confirms that Royal Fidelity has once again agreed to be the title sponsor of the National Amateur Championship. This prestigious event is all set for May 17-20. The first two rounds
POLICE have released the identities of the country’s latest murder victims. The woman who was stabbed during an argument with a man at Malcolm Road on Friday has been identified as Theagrea Hanna, 24, of Cowman Lane. Hanna was stabbed after 6pm and
Bonefish lodge operators yesterday said they were “confounded” and “mystified” by the contradictory messages coming from the Government over the industry’s controversial regulations.Clint Kemp, president of the newly-formed Bahamas Fly Fishing Lodge
The Bahamas’ plan to reverse its fiscal woes has been branded “very ambitious” by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), with this nation needing to outperform GDP growth forecasts to hit target.The CDB, in a recently-released economic assessment of T
A former Bahamian beauty queen’s copyright violation lawsuit has survived, after a US federal court was “unpersuaded” by the Ministry of Tourism’s effort to dismiss it.Khiara Sherman, the former Miss Bahamas Universe, and her record company won a par
An environmental activist yesterday warned that the Government was taking The Bahamas back to “the dark ages” by entertaining petroleum industry investments. Save the Bays chairman Joseph Darville yesterday urged the Minnis administration to “come cl
The upcoming Budget will show how “serious” the Government is about transforming The Bahamas’ “ease of doing business”, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive said yesterday. Edison Sumner said the private sector organisation was eager to see evid
Bahamasair last Thursday launched its 60-seat round trip flights from Bimini to Miami, marking the first time it has serviced the route for 40 years.The launch of the new flights was commemorated with traditional water showers and a Junkanoo performa
An international cyber security expert yesterday stressed the need for heightened awareness of The Bahamas’ potential vulnerabilities, warning: “Hackers don’t discriminate.”Ken Wong, chief technology officer (CTO) for CQURE, a tech company headquarte
Monday, May 7
Monday, 7th May, 2018.
WITH the Bahamian Contractor’s Association (BCA) making a statement at the end of last week disqualifying China Construction America’s (CCA) claims that the particular skills needed for this phase of construction could not be found locally, many of us are left smelling a rat.
AS a small island state, The Bahamas is often subject to the whims of other nations. It’s rare that we get to impact world affairs.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday urged his parliamentary colleagues to stay humble and not to underestimate the Progressive Liberal Party as the Free National Movement celebrated the first anniversary of its landslide election victory.
ALLEGED drug smuggler Austin Knowles was extradited to the United States Friday afternoon to face charges there, ending a more than decade-long court battle fighting against removal from this country.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis gave an impromptu defence of his relationship with the country’s former leader, Hubert Ingraham, Friday night at a party celebrating the 90th birthday of Sir Arthur Foulkes.
AREAS of New Providence were hit by power outages last night - with Bahamas Power and Light blaming “inclement weather”.
WEEKEND stabbings claimed the lives of a woman and a man in two separate incidents in Nassau.
HEALTH officials are bracing for a potential nationwide demonstration involving frustrated junior doctors, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.
Deandre Ayton has developed into a consensus top overall pick for next month’s NBA Draft but the highly touted frontcourt superstar has opted out of an important part of the draft process.
THE Bahamas National Trust recently held its annual general meeting and spring council meetings to elect its new council and officers for the year to review progress over the past year and to discuss plans for the work of the organisation.
Nassau’s airport operator says its latest $14.153m net loss, and $56.5m total deficit, is “not a significant concern” as it continues to meet all payments on its $500m-plus debt.The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), in e-mailed replies to Tri
THE Bahamas Press Club expressed profound sadness on the death of former journalist and attorney Gina Morley.
The classic Hollywood movie “Casablanca” featured a police chief superintendent, Captain Louis Renault, who was cheeky, a liar, back-stabber and totally corrupt.
LOURAWLS “Tum Tum” Nairn will make the transition to the professional ranks following his career with the Michigan State Spartans.
SIR Arthur Foulkes extolled the nobility of politics when he celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday night, urging young Bahamians to “get in the game” despite society’s cynicism and the “perceived misbehaviour” of some politicians.
OVER the weekend trials were held at Holy Family Parish Activity Center on Robinson Road to determine who would be the number one choice to represent the Bahamas for the Youth Olympic Games and World Judo Junior Championships. The Youth Olympic Games will be held in Argentina in October and the World Junior Judo Championships will be held in the Bahamas also in October.
LAST week PLP chairman Fred Mitchell lost his way in the murky world of “right and wrong” when he turned his anger on a government minister who was doing his job by letting certain government employees know that their days of cheating the taxpayers of this country are over.
A video of a cat nestled among debris on a cluttered shelf in what appears to be a local restaurant’s kitchen has sparked ire across social media.
Lyford Cay scholar Justin Jack didn’t always envision himself going to college when he was growing up in the small settlement of Bluff, South Andros. His community was modest and unassuming. Some neighbours cooked their food with a wood fire and most provided for their needs through self-employment in fishing and crabbing. A college education was not one of Justin’s early aspirations.
REPORTERS Without Borders (RWB) just released its 2018 press freedom report, and, apart from two of them, the lowest mark for rated Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries is “fairly good”. The worst rated, as “problematic”, are Haiti and Guyana. Jamaica is the only CARICOM country rated “good”.
PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis criticised Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest over the termination of internet service for months at the Sweeting’s Cay Primary School in his constituency of East Grand Bahama.
In his 400 metre debut for 2018, Steven Gardiner made it look so easy at the Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar.
THE Carnival Dream cruise ship was likened to the water-logged cabins of the iconic “Titanic” when a mechanical issue flooded a deck hallway.
USUALLY it’s pointless to drag up old stories of political chicanery and corruption. The issues have faded, and the evidence is muddy and ambiguous.
Wide-ranging corporate governance reforms will save the Water & Sewerage Corporation “millions of dollars”, its chairman is asserting, while enabling it to “embrace a business-like” culture.
Insurers are warning the Government it is “extremely critical” it clarify the VAT treatment of property and casualty products with another hurricane season less than a month away.Industry executives told Tribune Business it was “urgent” that they “ge
The Bahamas Fly Fishing Industry Association’s (BFFIA) president yesterday fired back at opponents of the industry’s regulations, suggesting they were pushing a “doom and gloom” narrative to pressure the Government to back down.
Oil exploration success would make The Bahamas’ fiscal deficits “a thing of the past”, a former Cabinet minister is arguing, with the benefits felt before a single barrel is pumped.James Smith, pictured, a Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) director, to
Conflict resolution is when two or more parties find a peaceful solution to a disagreement amongst them.
A Bahamian information manager has warned that local firms could be exposed to hefty financial penalties if they fail to comply with impending European data protection rules.Chris Sawyer, pictured, Sunryse Information Management’s president, warned t
American Airlines has added five new flights with 453 total seats to its Bahamas routes, increasing the number of non-stop and connecting flights from three major US cities.Beginning in December 2018, the new flights will offer more options and impro
An app showcasing The Bahamas and its attractions to the world has hit the market.Aye! Bahamas Travel Guide has unveiled its smartphone application – a palm-size, digital brochure designed to make tourists and potential visitors aware of where to sta
Friday, May 4
Friday, 4th May, 2018.
BAD weather will continue in the Central Bahamas through Saturday, the Department of Meteorology said Friday evening.
JUSTICE Estelle Gray-Evans has put off giving her summation in the double murder and armed robbery trial of three men in the Supreme Court to next week.
MIDWIVES and other childbirth professionals will convene in Grand Bahama this weekend for this year’s Midwives Conference.
FORMER Labour minister Shane Gibson's case management session for his upcoming bribery trial has been put off until next week.
Three Haitian men, including a boat captain, were apprehended off the west coast of Great Inagua when Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers boarded a 45ft Haitian sail sloop on Friday.
Friday, 4th May, 2018.
STEVEN Gardiner's much anticipated race with Botswana's Isaacs Makwala was a "no contest" as he opened his 2018 400 metre campaign with a record breaking and world leading time of 43.87 seconds in Doha, Qatar.
NON-Bahamian labourers on The Pointe’s construction site triple the number of Bahamian workers at the downtown Nassau development, an investigation into its work force complement has revealed.
THE ten per cent reduction in spending ordered last year may be set to increase in the 2018-2019 budget cycle, Immigration Minister Brent Symonette revealed yesterday.
A 59-year-old woman was yesterday ordered to pay a $5,000 fine or face two years in prison for killing a man after crashing into his vehicle, moments after she allegedly attempted to flee the scene of an earlier crash two months ago.
SOCA enthusiasts have been warming up for weeks now, attending fetes and preparing their costumes. But tonight is the night, and the main event, the Bahamas Carnival Experience, is finally here. It promises to be 72 hours of non-stop partying, with entertainment provided by top international acts like DJ Khaled, Machel Montano and Destra Garcia.
Still celebrating her recognition as the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year, Danielle ‘Danie’ Thompson closed out her senior year at Morgan State by earning both the Most Valuable Player and the Co-Female Athlete of the Ye
A 31-year-old man was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday accused of murdering another man in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, last Friday. Adnardo Major, of Dundas Town, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt charged with one count of mu
THE Department of Immigration is slated to get its own corruption unit in this upcoming budget to target longstanding allegations of bribery and other abuses by officers that have never been formally reported.Immigration Minister Brent Symonette told
THE Royal Bahamas Police Force says it will not condone acts of impropriety committed by police officers toward members of the public. The statement came after two viral videos drew criticism across social media in the last week for depicting officer
A name is a very serious thing!
ALTHOUGH they were one of the two new teams in the New Providence Softball Association, the Hennessy Panthers made an initial statement with a 20-0 whitewashing of the Aliv Strykers.The Panthers, made up of a number of seasoned players in the league,
THANKS to EFG Bank and other local sponsors, nine junior golfers from the Bahamas competed for the first time in the 11th Republic Bank Junior Open Championships that was held recently in Trinidad & Tobago.
THE Anglican Church Women of Christ the King will celebrate 50 years of service to the community during a special anniversary event this Sunday.The branch will recognise past presidents and founding members in a Pontifical Sung Mass under theme “Wome
DESPITE serious push-back from environmental groups and residents in Eleuthera, sources on the island are concerned there is “serious” movement in the sale and development of Lighthouse Point. One source on the island claimed the latest “pitch” to p
THE Department of Agriculture has advised the public of a voluntary recall of eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms’ Hyde Country Farm.The Bahamas has been determined by the United States Food and Drug Agency as one of the international locations where th
A TECH company planning to establish a multi-million-dollar venture in Grand Bahama believes the skilled workforce that will emerge from its business will attract similar entities to the island. GIBC Digital is the first foreign technology company a
WITH the 8th Annual International Junior Rugby Festival approaching, the talented youth from Freeport Rugby Football Club (FRFC) travelled to Florida to gain some much-needed experience against quality competition in the inaugural Weston Rugby Challe
WHILE the belt found wrapped around pregnant schoolteacher Marisha Bowen’s neck two years ago had blood on it and was “frayed”, it did not have any traces of the DNA belonging to the man accused of killing her. Detective Sergeant Nathanial Lloyd, at
SHERMAN ‘The Tank’ Williams is now feeling what other promoters have experienced in the past in trying to stage professional boxing matches here in the Bahamas.
PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday Grand Bahama is worse off now since the Free National Movement took office almost one year ago, blaming the Minnis administration for disrupting the island’s economic revival by revoking the Freeport Incentive Act.
Have you heard of a deal that seemed too good to be true? What is the worst experience that you can recall of something being too good to be true after all?The love of God seems that way to too many people. The free gift of grace, of forgiveness, and
It pays to remember that every Sunday is a “Little Easter”, since every Sunday is a “feast of the Resurrection.” From New Testament times Sunday has replaced Saturday as a day of worship; it was on a Sunday that our new life in Christ begun.The good
In a few days, barring divine intervention, the moral sensibilities of an overwhelming majority of Bahamians will be assaulted by the public nudity, brazen vulgarity, and unbridled debauchery of carnival.
FORMER long and triple jumper Abigail Ferguson returned to Boise, Idaho, last month where she was one of seven persons inducted into Boise State’s first Hall of Fame class in more than a decade.Ferguson, selected for women’s track and field, was amon
PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine is concerned the benefits of the government’s Over-the-Hill tax exemption and rejuvenation plan will go to the wrong people.“I think it’s a good initiative but my concern is, will this be for Over-the-Hill communities
Inspiration is the engine that gets people going. Without it, we are practically dormant and in the doldrums. And so in my search of inspiration I have come across many persons from all walks of life – sports, entertainment, religion, government, ent
ONE of the most decorated fighters in recent Bahamian boxing history, Meacher “Major Pain” Major, looks to bring his career to a close with one final fight on the horizon.Via social media, Major announced his intentions to officially bring his career
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Most gracious and faithful living God, we magnify and honour thy name above all names. How excellent is thy name in all the earth. Yo
CHARGE d’affaires at the US Embassy in the Bahamas Stephanie Bowers recently made a courtesy call on Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson at the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama. It was her first official visit to Fr
BAHAMIAN professional basketball players in leagues around the globe continue to progress in their respective seasons while others have made the transition to new leagues.Kadeem Coleby continues to perform at an All-Star level for his first place Aki
Sebas Bastian’s property development arm is threatening to sue the Ministry of Works over “discriminatory and biased treatment” of its $50m corporate office project.The Island Luck chief’s Veridian Development Group on Wednesday issued the Ministry,
An oil exploration “game changer” for the Bahamas took “a huge step forward” yesterday with the signing of a three-month exclusivity deal on a drilling joint venture.Simon Potter, the Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) chief executive, told Tribune Bu
Sebas Bastian yesterday said he “smells a big fat rat” over the enforced eight-month halt to his $50m project, with the delay highlighting how Bahamian economic growth “is stifled”.The Island Luck chief told Tribune Business it was “little wonder inv
The Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) chief yesterday blasted as “hogwash” the Government’s finding that The Pointe is not in breach of its Heads of Agreement on labour ratios.Leonard Sands, the BCA’s president, rejected “outright” both China
The Central Bank expects to have a new Central Securities Depository (CSD) ready by the 2018 fourth quarter as part of an overhaul of the Government’s debt management practices.The regulator’s 2017 annual report said a review conducted by the Commonw
Super Value’s owner yesterday moved to ease consumer concerns following a voluntary recall of eggs produced by US-based Rose Acre Farms, saying: “We’re not in the bad egg business.”Rupert Roberts, pictured, told Tribune Business: “We get the same bra
Most persons aspire to one day own and operate their own business. As one looks at the profile of successful business owners, they tend to be smart, hard-working, tenacious and highly-focused individuals who, despite all odds, overcome the many chall
Executives of the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) recently called on Bank of The Bahamas to discuss plans for its upcoming conference in the Bahamas later this year.Mary Popo, the Association’s general manager, and directors met with Vanessa Tay
Carnival band owners have seen “pretty good” sales ahead of this year’s festival, Association (BCBOA) president Dario Tirelli said yesterday, describing the Government’s non-involvement as a “positive change”.Mr Tirelli, head of the Bahamas Carnival
Thursday, May 3
Thursday, 3rd May, 2018.
The Government’s mission to establish a Grand Bahama “technology hub” yesterday received a major boost from an investor pledging an annual $50m economic impact by 2020.
ONLY 30 per cent of businesses in Over-the-Hill communities operate within the formal economy, a hurdle for owners that may seek to benefit from the government’s rejuvenation plan for the area, Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson indicated during a town hall event last night.
THE Minnis administration is not in the business of “moving away from fully capable officers” within the prison system, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames who yesterday pushed back against social media claims that dozens of contracted officers were facing terminations in the coming weeks.
ANOTHER viral video of a police officer’s physical attack on a person has prompted criticism across social media.
DREDGING taking place near Montagu Beach is a hindrance, affecting water quality, marine life, and their businesses, local fishermen have said. When asked how the work has affected business at the Montagu fish ramp, Donna Rolle, who works at a conch
BAHAMAS Contractors Association President Leonard Sands is adamant a Bahamian company could have built The Pointe development.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday condemned the tone struck by Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd in his comments on the firings of dozens of contract workers, calling the minister compassionless and shameful. Mr Mitchell,
A CABLE Beach resident is sounding the alarm on rusty water conditions alleged to have persisted in the area for years.
AN AMERICAN forensic analyst yesterday testified how DNA samples from the man accused of murdering pregnant teacher Marisha Bowen matched the DNA samples obtained from a vaginal swab of the Guyanese woman. Rachel Oefelein, a forensic DNA analyst at
THE fifth annual Bahamas Bowl has been set for Friday, December 21, 2018 at 12:30pm ET. The game, held in Nassau’s 15,000-seat Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, will be broadcast in the United States for the fifth consecutive year by ESPN. For t
YESTERDAY, The Tribune reported that all but five striking nurses — they officially called it taking “sick leave” — had returned to work after walking out on patients and a hospital that anywhere else would have been condemned for not being up to acceptable standards.
POLICE and residents of Eleuthera are searching for a man who was reported missing at sea. According to reports, shortly after 9am on Tuesday, a man, believed to be a Haitian, left Spanish Wells in a 17’ white Carolina skiff en route to neighbouring
Continuing the trend of Bahamian basketball players making the transition to football, Michael Cartwright and Devanno Whitfield have shot up the recruiting ranks in the state of Florida this offseason.Both former junior national basketball team stand
BAHAMAS National Trust and Paradise Games on Friday announced a three-year partnership.BNT will receive an annual gift of $25,000 for the next three years for a total commitment of $75,000. The agreement will support the organisation’s educational in
I thought it was paramount policy of the FNM that they would safeguard the environment - our fishery resources and assist in the global project to curtail-control climate warming?
A 57-year-old man has been formally charged with attempting to murder a woman following a domestic dispute last Friday.Wilfred Armbrister, of Marshall Road, stood before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt on one count of attempted murder stemmin
Recent events are somewhat discouraging which I can only conclude will bring about the termination of the Bahamas as an Offshore Financial Centre and place even more emphasis on Tourism as the main and only driver of the Bahamas Economy.
BAHAMIAN basketball fans will have even more opportunities to see Jonquel Jones and the Connecticut Sun live in action this season through social media outlets. The WNBA announced yesterday 20 games that will be live streamed on Twitter during the 2
THE 43rd Regatta Time in The Abacos (RTIA) is fast approaching and excitement is steadily building for the week-long event June 24 to July 3. The event, which begins in South Abaco and ends in North Abaco, gives visitors a chance to experience diffe
If there were profit to be earned, some savvy entrepreneur would create an award that rewards the dumbest ideas ever. The scheme could work just like other awards, except it would be funnier. Like this letter which I received a little while back. It was sent to me by a well-known retailer.
YOUNG, aspiring professional athletes in South Eleuthera were given a chance to show off their skills to US-based and local coaches this past Saturday during a special basketball clinic in Wemyss Bight.The young athletes benefitted from having pro at
THE Brice-Newball Foundation recently presented the autism centre at Garvin Tynes Primary School with ten Samsung tablets and 15 ringing bells during a special assembly at the school. Since 2016, the Brice-Newball Foundation has provided support to
JAZZ Chisholm and Chavez Young continue to alternate who has the better day on the stat sheet and whose team gets the win as the two Bahamian players and their respective clubs face off in minor league baseball.Young blasted his first home run of the
The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday said the Government is “not resting on our laurels” over a “stubbornly” high fiscal deficit, despite forecasts it is on track to hit its 2017-2018 fiscal targets.K P Turnquest, pictured, told Tribune Business that
The Government yesterday said it has “no intention” of creating a public Beneficial Ownership Registry, or using the issue for regulatory arbitrage, amid rising pressure on The Bahamas’ rivals.K P Turnquest, the Deputy Prime Minister, told Tribune Bu
First quarter departure traffic from Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) surged to its highest level for ten years, the Central Bank has revealed, adding to improving economic confidence.The regulator, in its assessment of economic developme
The Government should renegotiate The Pointe deal if the developer has not met the $200m project’s prescribed ratio of Bahamian labour, the Contractors Association’s (BCA) president said yesterday.Speaking at the BCA’s monthly luncheon meeting, Leona
The Minnis Government’s “Over-the-Hill” revitalisation initiative is “only 50 per cent there” despite being a “good idea”, the Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) chief said yesterday.Leonard Sands said the proposed Economic Empowerment Zone (EE
The Government must enact policies to protect Bahamian businesses once this nation joins the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Bahamian Contractors Association’s (BCA) president said yesterday.Acknowledging that the WTO “is not a bad thing”, Leona
Wednesday, May 2
Wednesday 2nd May, 2018.
ATTORNEY Geoffrey Farquharson was found in contempt of court after repeated loud outbursts as the prosecution addressed members of the jury hearing a double murder and armed robbery trial in Grand Bahama.
OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday criticised Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis over his stance on the appointment of a substantive chief justice, stating his “puerile” comments belie his ignorance on the matter.
THE Ministry of Education has terminated contracts of a “couple dozen” contract workers who “violated their employment agreement,” Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd, pictured, said yesterday.
THE government’s shanty town census in New Providence has been completed, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes announced, as the government prepares to evict residents from homes in these illegal communities.
ALL but five registered and trained clinical nurses returned to work yesterday bringing an end to a “peculiar” “sick out,” which affected patient care at public medical facilities throughout the country, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday, adding “tension” remains over this matter.
TWO Cabinet ministers have given the Minnis administration above average evaluations as the government comes upon the one-year anniversary of defeating the former Christie administration in a landslide victory.
A MAN sentenced to life in prison for murdering a cashier at his family’s food store in the course of an armed robbery on a Family Island a decade ago is seeking to legally contest his conviction.
The Keep Grand Bahama Clean Committee recently came face to face with repeat illegal dumpers, who were caught offloading an oversized load of garbage using a marked company truck at a service road. The group has long advocated for the use of legally
With the election of Donald Trump as US president, many American observers learned for the first time that many government ethics and nepotism rules do not actually apply to the Chief Executive himself. Rules makers apparently assumed anyone elected president would treat the office with the utmost respect, as Barack Obama did.
A POLICE officer is suing the commissioner of police and the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s promotion board for refusing to give him a promotion on two occasions, while simultaneously promoting other officers to the very rank he sought. Constable Delm
THE Cabinet Office has announced that all persons who wish to use the national flag or coat of arms on any articles to be produced, distributed, sold, or imported into The Bahamas, or in connection with any business on a yearly basis must obtain written permission from the minister of national security.
THE announcement of the success by Shell to provide LNG to BP&L and reduced KW rates is certainly good news but…
AFTER spending the past two decades on the road fighting, Grand Bahamian Sherman ‘The Tank’ Williams is finally taking his talent home.The 46-year-old journeyman is set to headline his own promotional card against Epifanio Mendoza - a 42-year-old Col
Once again the radical environmentalists are opposing the installation of an LPG terminal and power plant in Clifton Pier. Some 15 years ago they killed the first LPG proposal with entirely emotional and impractical opposition. I wrote a letter at the time. Nothing has changed since then, other than the fact that we have suffered another 15 years of pollution to deal with at Clifton Pier, and, moreover using diesel instead of LPG in places like Wilson City in Abaco.
Most of us know Bill Cosby as Heathcliff Huxtable. He is a doctor married to lawyer Clair Huxtable and father of five children. He is a funny, playful character with endearing eccentricity. Everyone loves Cliff, and wishes he could be their father. The Cosby family was aspirational, and The Cosby Show gave us somewhere to be when our own lives, homes and families did not quite manage to bring us joy.
Although I am disappointed in the Prime Minister’s cavalier attitude to the appointment of a substantive Chief Justice, I have always been more concerned that the method of the appointment of a Chief Justice and the fact that this head of the Judiciary does not control the Budget for this important arm of government, is more of a threat to the independence of the Judiciary.
The Water & Sewerage Corporation is aiming to cover 100 per cent of its expenses by 2020, as it “aggressively” pursues deadbeat customers owing more than $45 million.
GRAND Bahama is expecting an increase in tourist arrivals this year by sea and air, intensifying pressure for additional room inventory on the island, according to a tourism executive. Karen Seymour, director of the Ministry of Tourism in Grand Baham
OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday forecast the Oban Energies saga will drag on with little yield, and questioned whether the government’s “exposed” position was premeditated.Mr Davis said there was no doubt the government wanted out of the con
The Commando Security Truckers, adding a few more younger players to their line-up, wasted little time in their New Providence Softball Association men’s divisional season opener, stopping the Chances Mighty Mitts in a 13-0 shutout. The win came afte
LEAGUE champions and national record holders are among the highly skilled student-athletes at University of The Bahamas. UB celebrated these trailblazers recently during the inaugural Athletics Awards Banquet held at the British Colonial Hilton in downtown Nassau.
SCOTIABANK is partnering with the Rotary Club of East Nassau and Scout Association of The Bahamas on their 32nd annual charity golf tournament set for next month.The bank is a gold sponsor of the annual event with 100 per cent of the net proceeds rai
THE New Providence Oldtimers Softball Association continued its regular season with a series of games in the Archdeacon William Thompson Softball Park at the Southern Recreation Grounds over the weekend. Here’s a summary of the games:SWD Boyz 23, DKS
THE Bahamas Professional Golf Tour is poised to set a new golfing pace and increase and heighten professional golfing awareness and exposure to the professional golfing community. Dedicated to the advancement of the professional golfing standards an
QUICK thinking marines attached to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit assisted in securing one of three breakaway freighters on Tuesday afternoon near Potter’s Cay Dock.
BAHAMIAN players continue progress to NCAA men’s basketball programmes following productive seasons at the Junior College level.Radshad Davis and Kaleel Solomon were the latest additions to this expanding list and recently announced their intentions
A former attorney general yesterday urged the Government to “do a better job” of safeguarding The Bahamas from “protectionist” attacks disguised as global regulatory initiatives.Alfred Sears QC, pictured, again demanded “full disclosure” of the Minni
The Opposition’s leader yesterday urged the Government to clarify the “uncertainty” surrounding the flats fishing regulations, as the industry has “never been better” since their enactment.Philip Davis described the ongoing confusion over whether the
The Water & Sewerage Corporation’s chairman yesterday said he will suggest a BTC-style privatisation for the utility when he meets with the Prime Minister and other Cabinet members.
Mobile broadband penetration jumped by 30 percentage points inside one year, it was revealed yesterday, with four out of every five Bahamians using the product by year-end 2017.The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA), unveiling its
Bahamians are unable and unwilling to save because they have “too much debt”, a banker yesterday urging his countrymnen to become more disciplined and abandon the “materialistic approach”.Gregory Bethel, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) president, argued that
The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) was represented at the recent Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Private Sector Consultative Forum (PSCF) dealing with financial crime.Emmanuel Komolafe, its chairman, attended the high level meeting from April
Financial literacy is a “critical line of defence” for consumers, the Central Bank’s governor said yesterday, unveiling a partnership with the Clearing Banks Association (CBA) to educate Bahamians on debt management.Launching the campaign, John Rolle
Tuesday, May 1
Monday, 1st May, 2018.
THE government is projected to lose $7m in revenue annually through its Over-the-Hill tax exemption policy, Financial Secretary Marlon Johnson revealed yesterday.
FRUSTRATED Ragged Islanders are demanding the government prioritise critical restoration initiatives as protracted delays have handicapped local efforts to rebuild and restore normalcy to the hurricane-ravaged island.
MORE than 200 registered and trained clinical nurses staged a “sick out” yesterday amid mounting tensions between Bahamas Nurses Union and the Public Hospitals Authority over long-standing issues.
DESPITE facing fierce criticism over his failure to appoint a substantive chief justice, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he would not be forced to fill the office.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was adamant yesterday the environment will be protected as Bahamians await the findings of an environmental impact assessment into the Oban Energies oil refinery and storage facility proposed for Grand Bahama.
Take a slow drive through any Over-the-Hill community and you will find a water pump. It’s a necessity in an area where there are still homes without infrastructure for running water.
Today’s piece is really about the images we value, especially the images of media stars and their behavioUr we celebrate. It arises out of recent developments with male leaders in industry who have found themselves compromised between being good men,
Nearly 1,200 women attended Fidelity’s Women Only Seminar that was held last Saturday at the Baha Mar Convention Centre.Under the theme “The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth”, seminar guests were given practical advice on money manage
MUST congratulate the letter writer Abraham Moss on his criticism of the Government on LNG.
I have just read press reports that another bill has been tabled in the House to avoid blacklisting, by satisfying - better read “appeasing” - the European Union (EU) in its campaign to extract full compliance on tax matters.
THE public needs a lot more information about the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas facility at Clifton Pier before we can feel comfortable that it will be in our best interests.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis launched the Neighbourhood Watch Crime Council last night at the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s headquarters. The Free National Movement promised the council in its 2017 manifesto, saying it would “oversee and promote n
FIFTEEN Cuban migrants interdicted near Cay Sal Bank and brought to Grand Bahama were flown to New Providence on Sunday.
THE revival of the sport of boxing in Grand Bahama is set to take place July 11-12 with the Commonwealth Boxing Salute, featuring 10 young amateur boxers in five bouts.The event is being hosted by the Bahamas Boxing Commission and the Grand Bahama Po
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.
Hampton University (HU) and the University of the Bahamas (UB) are collaborating with experts in the fields of public health, population health, clinical health and research to address health disparities in the Caribbean and the United States through
FOUR Haitians, two women and two men, were yesterday fined $100 each after pleading guilty to attempting to leave the country with over $33,000 in foreign currency.
AFTER years of focusing on helping women achieve spiritual, economical and social success, New Image Ladies is now seeking to empower women when it comes to the physical as well.To this end, the organisation is inviting the entire family to particip
At age 17, Diamond Pearson’s future shines as bright as her name implies. The 12th grade St Anne’s honour student, granddaughter of prominent pastor Rev Dr C B Moss, has been named the 2018 Debutante of the Year after completing a six-month empowerment and etiquette programme. And thanks to her academic prowess, she also has received the scholarships she needs to attend the college of her choice.
It was a day to celebrate community and togetherness, as the Bahamas National Council For Disability hosted a luncheon to celebrate senior citizens from throughout New Providence.Participating senior citizen homes included the Demetrius Centre, the N
What happens to children before they are born and in their early years profoundly affects their future health and well-being.Midwives are crucial members of the health team, well placed to help every child make the best start in life. Their health pr
Danielle ‘Danie’ Thompson showed why she was recently named the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year.With the MEAC Tennis Championship title on the line, Thompson clinched a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mariam Mitaishvili from Hampton to clin
THE 31st edition of the Jeff Rodgers Summer Basketball Camp will be headlined by one of the island nation’s biggest names in basketball who got his start at the event years ago.According to camp director Jeff Rodgers, projected lottery pick DeAndre A
If Minister of Environment and Housing Romauld ‘Romi’ Ferreira accomplishes nothing more in his five-year term of office, he will still have had a remarkable impact on the future of The Bahamas through his single act of banning single-use plastics by 2020. Ferreira made the announcement during a press conference along with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation on April 23.
A POLICE officer yesterday described the bloody scene inside pregnant teacher Marisha Bowen’s apartment the morning he and other officers discovered her lifeless, naked body lying in a pool of blood in a bedroom almost two years ago.Detective Corpora
The Bahamas’ perinatal mortality rates are at an all-time low, Dr Leon Dupuch, consultant and chief of services in the Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Princess Margaret Hospital, has revealed. Speaking at the Southeast Nassau Rotaract club las
THE Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) is scheduled to host an Invitational Training Seminar for the top junior chess players in the island nation May 5-6.United States chess grandmaster Renier Gonzalez has been invited to personally train the winners of
POLICE are investigating separate shooting and stabbing incidents which left two men in hospital with serious injuries. Shortly after 9pm on Sunday, a man was discovered outside a home on Catherine Avenue, Nassau Village, with apparent gunshot injur
SHAMAR Burrows signed his letter of intent to join the Dalhousie Tigers last November and Tigers head coach Rick Plato is already looking forward to what the combo guard can bring to the programme.“Shamar is a dynamic and versatile player who will br
IS there any validity as to the accuracy that there is a factor of between $200-500m lost to corruption?
To help the often abused, broken and lost girls in Bahamian communities, and even just those struggling to find their self-worth, the Purpose Made Me Do It organisation each year hosts a special party to uplift young women.This year’s Girl Bosses Pa
Baha Mar’s main contractor yesterday slammed Sarkis Izmirlian’s $2.25 billion fraud claim as “implausible”, branding his action as groundless and having no basis in law.China Construction America (CCA), in its long-awaited response to the fraud and “
A Bahamian insurer yesterday said it would have beaten 2017 profit projections by 57 per cent had Hurricane Irma not inflicted a $2 million net loss on its Turks & Caicos portfolio.
The Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) president yesterday urged his colleagues and other industries “to draw the red lines” on what should be liberalised under WTO.Quentin Knowles told Tribune Business that all sectors of the Bahamian economy needed
The Government was yesterday urged to avoid a “rushed, emotional” Over-the-Hill revitalisation in favour of developing a “sustainable blueprint” that can be rolled-out across The Bahamas.Gowon Bowe, the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BIC
AN environmentalist yesterday urged the Government to deny the Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) the necessary approvals, arguing that oil drilling “is the last thing this country needs”.Sam Duncombe, reEarth’s president, called on the Minnis administr
THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association held its annual general meeting at the National Tennis Centre last week Thursday when Darnette Weir and seven of her slate of officers were elected to serve on the board for the next two years. • Here’s a profile o
The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) executive administrator, Charlotte Knowles Thompson, has received The Distinguished Administrative Professional Award.She was awarded the honour at the ‘Administrative Professionals Conference’, whic
The Government will roll-out its Over-the-Hill revitalisation ‘tax breaks’ in the upcoming 2018-2019 Budget, with the targeted area currently generating $6.2 million in annual property taxes.Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle, head of the Government’s economic
The developers behind a $30 million Paradise Island condominium complex have released the final units this week, with 65 per cent of inventory already sold.Aristo Development’s 36-unit project, THIRTY SIX, is expected to be ready for occupancy by yea
The Government’s proposed Over-the-Hill revitalisation could have the “unintended consequence” of regularising many firms operating in the informal economy, a top official said yesterday. Dr Nicola Virgill-Rolle, head of the government’s economic pla