Stories for November 2018


Friday, November 30

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11302018 WEEKEND

Friday, 30th November, 2018.

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Cuban migrants rescued after vessel overturns

SIX Cuban migrants who risked their lives to reach Florida were rescued by a fishing vessel after their vessel overturned in Bahamian waters near Cay Sal.

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Police slapping incident still under investigation

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force is still investigating a recent viral slapping incident involving one of its officers.

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Former Renew Bahamas CEO 'was spotted sitting on forklift'

FORMER Renew Bahamas CEO Michael Cox being spotted sitting on a forklift at a local scrapyard without a valid work permit ultimately led to him being charged with a criminal offence, though the immigration officer who spotted him did not say whether he was actually operating the machine.

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Man arrested after drug discovery at home

POLICE have arrested a man after 34-pounds of marijuana and five-grams of cocaine were discovered at his Cowpen Road home.

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Pop-Up Farmers Market on Saturday

Michael Foulkes, Executive Chairman, Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC) announced that there will be a Pop-Up Farmers Market at Seabreeze Constituency – Saturday, December 1, from 8am to 3:30pm.

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Power outage causes delays at Road Traffic Department

SCORES of disgruntled customers criticised the Road Traffic Department’s automated cashier system process on Friday after processing times were delayed for nearly five hours due to a power outage.

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Govt 'willing to partner with Coral Vita to establish school'

AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard says the government would be willing to partner with the conservation group Coral Vita in establishing a school in Andros, in association with BAMSI.

Grand Bahama hosts Menopause Seminar

TARGETING an issue that affects much older woman, new organisation Diamonds Unleashed - Empowering Women is hosting the first Menopause Seminar in Grand Bahama.

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Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm tied for lead in Hero World Challenge

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — In his first trip to the Hero World Challenge, it didn't take Jon Rahm long to figure out how to score.

11302018 EDITION

Friday, 30th November, 2018.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Real Life v Reality TV

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I probably watch way too much so-called “Reality” television. I have no good excuse for this except to submit to the court that such programming is practically unavoidable.

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Magistrate calls on police to probe mishandled evidence

A SENIOR magistrate has invited the commissioner of police to investigate the “questionable” investigation conducted by some of his subordinates, whom she said mishandled the physical evidence against a man brought up on criminal charges and never bothered showing up to testify in the criminal trial.

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'Tortured' suspect 'attacked' police

A teenager who was allegedly flogged with a cutlass by police officers prior to being arraigned on numerous armed robbery charges has since been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting lawful arrest.

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Senate backs bid to use dormant bank funds

THE government’s bid to utilise $41.3m from dormant bank accounts to set up a disaster relief fund is one step closer to law, after the Senate yesterday voted in favour of both the Bank and Trust Companies Amendment Bill and the Central Bank of the Bahamas Amendment Bill.

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Minnis to face union presidents

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will conduct “head to head” talks with union leaders next week in the face of escalating labour issues, according to Labour Minister Dion Foulkes.

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'End action or no new negotiation’

A MEETING between senior public doctors and Public Hospitals Authority officials fizzled yesterday after PHA officials refused to negotiate, declaring they won’t do so as long as doctors persist with their industrial action.

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School in mourning as principal passes

FACULTY and students were stunned yesterday after the sudden death of Nassau Christian Academy Principal Brentford Isaacs, shortly after a morning meeting with teachers.

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DEPORTEE FLOWN BACK TO NASSAU: Govt steps in to bring Foreste home from Haiti

THE government has facilitated the return of a man who was deported in violation of a Supreme Court order, The Tribune has been told.

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Executives eager to launch Handball Federation

BACK in 2013, the Bahamas Handball Federation was formed after Wellington Miller, then president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee, returned from a meeting in Mexico and the president of the International Handball Federation wanted to spread the sport out to countries in the Americas and Caribbean region.

Calvary finishes the year strong with sixth pastoral anniversary

THE leadership, members and partners of Calvary Deliverance Church East Street South have come to a very special time of the year. This Sunday, they will celebrate and extend their love and thanks to Senior Pastor Bishop James Newry and Elder Queenie Newry on the occasion their sixth pastoral anniversary.

A new chapter for Archdeacon James Palacious

THIS Friday, November 30, a service of thanksgiving will be held at the Parish Church of Christ the King Ridgeland Park West to mark the official retirement from the sacred priesthood by James E Palacious, Archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Bringing Broadway to a glorious Christmas celebration

Under the theme “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”, members of the St Matthew’s Anglican Sunrise Choir and Friends are gearing up to host their popular annual Christmas production.

Will you answer when God calls?

WHEN Samuel was a child, he flourished in prominence with the Lord and men. He was the son of Hannah, a woman who prayed to God year after year for a child. When

A heart of thanksgiving

WHILE our neighbours to the north celebrate Thanksgiving this month, we continue to have harvest thoughts as well, so that it all speaks to us of being grateful. Jeremiah writes: “But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’ Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.” (Jeremiah 5:23-25)

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NPBA: Rockets top High Flyers 93-87

THE Sun Oil Rockets scored an early-season win over the defending Division II champions in the New Providence Basketball Association.

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THE FINISH LINE: Baseball needs to be played at the senior level again in the Bahamas

THE performance of the under-18 men’s national baseball team to the Pan American Baseball Confederation Championships in Panama showed what could and should be done under the newly alligned Bahamas Baseball Association.

Ferguson and Bearcats are assured a bowl game

CHRIS Ferguson and the Cincinnati Bearcats are assured a bowl game this postseason and many pundits are speculating where the ‘Cats will end up when the full slate of games are unveiled this weekend.

Father Marcian Peters Basketball Classic on December 7

THE 33rd edition of the Father Marcian Peters Basketball Classic is set to tip off in just over a week, featuring some of the top primary, junior and intermediate programmes.

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Mingoes clinch 87-84 win over Shockers

FOUR University of the Bahamas basketball players hit double figures as the Mingoes came back hard in the second half to defeat the JD’s Seafood Shockers 87-84 at the AF Adderley Gym on Wednesday night and now lead the division one standings in the New Providence Basketball Association.

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Reed, Cantlay take three-stroke lead on first day

Patrick Cantlay and Patrick Reed took a three-stroke lead over the field and are tied atop the leaderboard following day one of the Hero World Challenge.

95% satisfied with NHI so far

NINETY-FIVE percent of National Health Insurance beneficiaries are satisfied with their experience with the programme, according to the National Health Insurance Authority.

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Chinese make $3,000 donation to food group

THE Chinese Embassy made a generous donation of $3000 worth of food to the Bahamas Feeding Network yesterday.

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Time to rise

WITH an extremely uneven ratio of men to women in the Cabinet with only one woman holding a ministerial post in the current government, women across the political divide on Wednesday called for more women to come forward and represent the people in politics.

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First onland commercial coral farm is underway in Freeport

CONSERVATION group Coral Vita officially broke ground in Freeport for the construction of the first, on-land commercial coral farm that will not only restore the country’s dying coral reefs, but will “usher in sustainable investment initiatives” on Grand Bahama.

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Boy on holiday bitten by shark

AN American boy thought he was going to die after he was bitten by a nurse shark off the Exuma Cays.

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‘Acting Surveyor General doesn’t turn up for work’

A TOP consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister has said delays at the Office of the Surveyor General have been “unconscionable,” telling The Tribune the acting Surveyor General Thomas Ferguson “doesn’t show up to work”.

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Web shops stunned by ‘patron tax’ rules tabling

Web shop attorneys yesterday said the sector was stunned by the Government’s tabling of the five percent “patron tax” rules in Parliament given that the two sides remain far apart.

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Bloated public sector like ‘50k pound canoe anchor’

The Government was yesterday urged to eliminate “excess weight” in the public sector that is dragging The Bahamas down “like a 50,000 pound anchor for a canoe”.

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Ex-AG warns of ‘legal challenges’ to incentives end

A former attorney general yesterday warned that “difficult legal challenges” may result from eliminating preferential incentives for existing foreign investors by end-2021.

Hotel ‘work-to-rule’ goes into weekend

Unionised hotel employees will continue their “work-to-rule” through the weekend after little progress was made in resolving differences with Atlantis at yesterday’s Labour Department meeting.

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Govt concern: Best paying jobs going to non-Bahamians

A Cabinet Minister yesterday said the Government is concerned that “most” high-paying financial services jobs are held by non-Bahamians due to labour shortages locally.

Stopovers rise ‘a phenomenal’ 18% in Abaco

Stopover visitors to Abaco increased by “a phenomenal” 18 percent for the first eight months of 2018, with the island’s airport now the country’s second busiest due to Freeport’s decline.

IAN FERGUSON: Show intelligence in managing emotions

Emotional intelligence is the capacity to understand and manage your emotions. The skills involved in emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

Govts procurement overhaul presses on

The Government’s planned electronic procurement and supplier registry will create “fairness, equity and equal access” in bidding on public contracts, the deputy prime minister said yesterday.

The future is now as technology summit comes to GB

This month, The Bahamas successfully hosted its second annual technology summit in Grand Bahama. The theme for this year’s summit was “The Future is Now”, and attracted over 600 participants including investors, IT Professionals, developers, innovators and stakeholders from within the region and abroad.

Thursday, November 29

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Monday, 26th November, 2018.

11292018 EDITION

Thursday, 29th November, 2018.

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Henfield ‘must do more’ after anti-gay slur

ACTIVIST Erin Greene yesterday suggested parliamentarians adopt an anti-hate speech campaign after a senator used a homophobic slur on social media.

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40 to be hired as part of plan to clean up Over-the-Hill

FORTY people in Centreville and Bain and Grants Town will be hired as environmental monitors for a 52-week programme to identify and help get rid of bulk waste, derelict vehicles and other environmental hazards, according to Rocky Nesbitt, the project manager of the Over-the-Hill rejuvenation initiative.

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Strike action affects clinics in Grand Bahama

DOCTORS’ industrial action affected patients in Grand Bahama where about 15 to 20 patients attending clinics at the Rand Memorial Hospital yesterday morning were told that their appointments were cancelled.

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PM: Patients safe in doctors’ revolt

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is convinced doctors will not jeopardise the healthcare of patients as members of the Consultant Physicians Staff Association head into their third day of industrial action.

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American couple suing Sandals for $30m, alleging butler molested bride

AN American couple are suing Sandals Resorts for $30 million, alleging the butler assigned to them as part of their “dream wedding” package in the Bahamas molested the bride as she slept.

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Lights out for 5,400 ‘can’t pay’ families

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister revealed yesterday that 5,412 households across the country are “off the grid,” as a result of not paying energy bills for 60 days or more and collectively owe Bahamas Power and Light more than $5m.

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Missing pilot: Search to be abandoned?

A SEARCH and recovery effort is still ongoing for missing pilot Byron Ferguson and his aircraft however nothing new has been found, National Security Minister Marvin Dames and Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel said yesterday.

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Ayton posts new milestones

DEANDRE Ayton continues to post new milestones during his rookie season for the Phoenix Suns.

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Hero World Challenge tees off today

The 2018 Hero World Challenge tees off today with several compelling storylines to follow, including the host’s return as a legitimate contender, an Albany resident having one of the best seasons of his career and the defending champion’s bid to repeat following last year’s record-setting final round.

When history has a story to guide us

HUNDREDS of Bahamians who are adherents of the Rastafari faith recently commemorated the coronation of Ras Tafari Makonnen as the 225th emperor of Ethiopia on November 2, 1930. Claiming to be the direct descendant of Old Testament King Solomon and the queen of Sheba via Menelik I, Ras Tafari acquired the pompous appellation Haile Selassie I, which means ‘‘Might of the Trinity.’’

What would happen if we had to deal with a major crash?

What would happen, God help us if it did, a 737 or 767 was to crash in the waters off LPIA?

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Dusting off the covers to reveal the memories hidden beneath

Every time I get into one of those frenzies known as the immediate need to de-clutter, I stop cold at one room where history lives.

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20-year-old facing murder charge

A 20-year-old was charged yesterday with the murder of a man outside of a bar earlier this year.

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Three arrests after drugs search

THREE men were arrested after police seized drugs during a search of a car.

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Bahamas wins top award for scuba diving

The Bahamas continues to build on its winning streak of awards, accolades and international recognition in tourism.

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$4m donation to help students in Canada

LYFORD Cay Foundations has announced an “unprecedented” $4m donation to the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation to establish the Thomson Leadership and Innovation Award, available to be awarded to qualifying Bahamian students for study in Canada as of autumn next year.

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HMBS Madeira joins the fleet

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force commissioned a new vessel yesterday, HMBS Madeira.

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Hailing the future taxi: Drone-car mashup model takes flight

A scale model of a flying drone-car drove and hovered across an Amsterdam exhibition hall yesterday, providing a glimpse of what could be the future of urban mobility.

Bail denied as pair face multiple fraud charges at Royal Bank of Canada

A 40-year-old man was charged yesterday with forging multiple Royal Bank of Canada cheques drawn on a local cable provider’s account, and then using them to obtain $20,000 cash from one of the bank’s branches earlier this month.

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Computer coding programme launched in Grand Bahama

WITH its continuing goal of transforming Grand Bahama into “Silicon Island” and the country’s technology hub, the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama has joined forces with the YMCA to launch a computer coding, ICT skills development programme.

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Q&A on scientist’s bombshell claim of gene-edited babies

Designer babies might be here sooner than anyone reckoned. A Chinese researcher who says he created gene-edited babies crossed what most scientists consider a forbidden line.

Launches among the lobsters: Group eyes Maine for blast off

It might sound like a moonshot, but a group of science and space enthusiasts wants Maine to become America’s leader in sending tiny satellites into space.

Top civil servant in ‘weak’ officials blast

The Government’s top official has branded key civil servants as “extraordinarily weak”, with The Bahamas’ “40 percent overstaffed” public sector ranking among the Caribbean’s worst performers.

I-Recruit to host ‘Parent Night’ Friday

INTERNATIONAL Elite Sports Academy looks to extend its reach into the academic recruitment field to facilitate the development of prospective student-athletes.

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Lashann Higgs gets ready for rehab

DESPITE the setback of the first major injury of her career, Bahamian basketball star Lashann Higgs remains in perspective as she prepares for the rehab process.

Cornish matches career high 22 points in win over Spartans

JARON Cornish had a career-high scoring night to propel the Stony Brook Sea Wolves to their best start of their D-I era while Nathan Bain has thrived in a new role with the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks.

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Investors facing preferences loss within three years

The Bahamas’ bid to secure a longer investment transition period than three years was blocked by the European Union (EU), which had demanded these incentives be ended in six months.

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$92m BPL debt: More than 50% over month old

More than 50 percent of the $92m owed by customers to Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) at-end October 2018 represented arrears owed from previous monthly billing periods.

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NAD cuts losses 70% before $130m refinance

Nassau’s airport operator has slashed annual losses by almost 70 percent ahead of its upcoming $130m debt refinancing that is due to be placed before Christmas.

Tours and land-to-table ventures hailed as opportunities

The newly-formed Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) has identified land rental tours and farm-to-table businesses among the entrepreneurial opportunities available to Abaconians.

The future is now as technology summit comes to GB

This month, The Bahamas successfully hosted its second annual technology summit in Grand Bahama. The theme for this year’s summit was “The Future is Now”, and attracted over 600 participants including investors, IT Professionals, developers, innovators and stakeholders from within the region and abroad.

Stopovers rise ‘a phenomenal’ 18% in Abaco

Stopover visitors to Abaco increased by “a phenomenal” 18 percent for the first eight months of 2018, with the island’s airport now the country’s second busiest due to Freeport’s decline.

Opposition decries BPL VAT threshold increase

THE Opposition’s finance spokesman yesterday argued that raising the value-added tax (VAT) exemption ceiling for electricity bills from $200 to $300 will do little to help struggling Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) consumers.

Bahamas in ‘battle’ to save financial services

THE BAHAMAS is in a “battle” to save its financial services industry, the Deputy Prime Minister said yesterday, expressing optimism that legislation tabled yesterday will avert any further “blacklistings”.

Wednesday, November 28

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Wednesday, 28th November, 2018.

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CULTURE CLASH: March, yes – but that can only be a first step

Protests are always political. They do not have to be partisan, but most of them end up being aligned with a political party, if only by perception.

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Teachers request strike vote over poor working conditions

THE Bahamas Union of Teachers has requested a strike vote for its members due to lingering issues, including concerns over mould, at C H Reeves Junior High School.

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Mitchell: Cut the attacks - and not the economy

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell criticised Finance Minister Peter Turnquest yesterday for what he called “ad hominem attacks” against PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper.

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PHA: We regret decision to take industrial action

THE Public Hospitals Authority said it “regretted” the Consultant Physicians Staff Association’s decision to take industrial action yesterday. It added that a meeting has been proposed for some time between November 30 and December 7 on issues of contention.

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Now nurses consider own strike poll

AS doctors engage in industrial action, nurses are preparing to take a new strike poll of their own signaling more bad news for the public health sector.

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Six years on - where’s my money?

Bahamian justice has been denied a fully-modernised Supreme Court registry because of a six-year legal dispute over an alleged multi-million dollar breach of contract.

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Post office operating ‘by year end’

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday the General Post Office’s department and staff relocation to the Town Centre Mall will be complete, if not by Christmas, by the end of the year.

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SHOWDOWN: Consultants say – emergencies only; Nurses to vote on strike Dec 4

NEARLY 600 senior and junior doctors, fuelled by frustration, withdrew services yesterday warning that only “life and death” cases will be accommodated until there is resolution over outstanding physician reimbursements and improvements to base salaries.

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Vulnerable sectors: WTO’s ‘initial shock’ may cause wipe-out

An ex-Cabinet minister yesterday called for more focus, and specific policy actions, for vulnerable industries that may not be able to withstand the “initial shock” of World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership.

PLP is at a crossroads

While Sir Lynden was the foremost leader in Bahamian history, the Progressive Liberal Party is not the party of Sir Lynden, nor is it the party of any one man. Instead, it is a party emboldened by an idea of a grand experiment promoting the social and economic well-being of all Bahamians. Beneath the rubbles of our defeat is an ascending philosophy inscribed of ordinary duties inherited by the common interest we share with our founders.

We are living in the world of designer babies

Yesterday it was announced that twin girls were born in China. They are the first babies in the world to be genetically altered, in order to make them immune to HIV.

Murky waters near Baha Mar

CURIOUS - what is Baha Mar building in the water, beach front in front of their hotel? Daily construction barges are seen crossing from Arawak Cay to Baha Mar - clearly a lot of piles have been erected. Obstructions in the sea causes beaches to disappear.

EDITORIAL: Time for Mr Culmer to start listening

IT is a rare thing in politics to be able to please all of the country – but if ever there was a statement seemingly designed to annoy everyone it was the one made by FNM chairman Carl Culmer.

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I heard gun shots outside, witness tells murder trial

A WITNESS in a Grand Bahama murder trial told the Supreme Court yesterday that he saw a man running past his house shortly after hearing gunshots in the area of Hearn Lane in March 2016 when three persons had been shot inside a wooden shack.

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Couple deny trying to take $13,907 out of the country

A BAHAMIAN couple yesterday pleaded not guilty after they were charged in connection with a large sum of money allegedly discovered in their possession at the Lynden Pindling International Airport earlier this week.

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Anfernee Seymour going back to his roots at Freedom Farm

USING the opportunity to never give up on your dreams, Anfernee Seymour is going back to his roots this weekend to share his experience as a professional baseball player at Freedom Farm.

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Over-the-Hill scheme to be explained at meeting

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will host a town meeting this evening when elements of his administration’s Economic Empowerment Zone Act will be explained, press secretary Anthony Newbold said yesterday.

Shot man ‘stable’ in hospital

A MAN is in hospital after he was shot on Monday night, police said.

NPBA: Eagles Nest and Rockets in the win column

THE Leno Eagles Nest and the Discount Distributors Rockets emerged victorious in the two New Providence Basketball Association games at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Monday night.

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Two jailed for series of housebreaking offences

TWO men accused of multiple charges of stealing, housebreaking, attempted housebreaking and receiving, were yesterday sentenced to more than two years each on two-thirds of the counts.

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Sparks boys, girls win the Catholic Primary Schools basketball title

THE Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools completed its basketball championship games yesterday at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road with the St Thomas More Sparks carting off both the boys’ and girls’ titles as they won over the St Francis/Joseph Shockers.

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11 months and counting in wait for survey paperwork

AN American woman seeking to build a winter home in Eleuthera has been waiting 11 months for the surveyor general to certify and record her survey plan, a delay even people in the Department of Lands and Surveys privately say is outrageous.

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Top golfers get ready for battle

THE 2018 Hero World Challenge, the exclusive golf event of the world’s top-ranked golfers, November 29 to December 2, is on par to take place at Albany for the fourth consecutive year. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism coordinates and plays a major part in its success.

Green Arrow Track Club cross country championships in Abaco

VETERAN track and field coach Vogal Williams continues to work in the trenches, providing the youngsters in Abaco a chance to compete in their own cross country championships.

Higgs diagnosed with torn ACL in left knee

It was one of those scary moments that no player would like to go through. But when Texas Longhorns’ senior guard Lashann Higgs went down with her injury, she knew it was bad.

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Column: Tiger’s Tour Championship victory changes the conversation

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The first stop is Sam Snead and his 82 career PGA Tour victories.

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Well comin’ home, winless

THE Bahamas Baseball Association, in its return to international play without any of its top players, will come home on Thursday from the Pan American Baseball Confederation championships in Panama winless.

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Small businesses face potential NHI ‘double whammy’

The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s president is seeking ways to ease the potential National Health Insurance (NHI) “double whammy” faced by small businesses.

Bahamas investor rules ‘shakier’ than rest of Caribbean

The Bahamas’ investment rules are “more ill-defined” than anywhere else in the Caribbean, a consultant for the Chamber of Commerce blasted yesterday.

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Arawak port bulks up as autos fall off

A 59,000 ton increase in bulk aggregate imports, combined with a $109,000 year-over-year expenses decline, enabled the Arawak Cay port’s operator to beat profit targets by nine percent.

Bahamas committed to marine protection goals

The Bahamas remains committed to setting aside 20 percent of its territorial waters as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2020, a Cabinet minister has confirmed.

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VAT hike to offset WTO tariff slashes

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday confirmed that the VAT rate increase’s medium-term goal is to offset revenue loss stemming from WTO-related import tariff cuts.

‘Significant scale’ keeps Scotiabank in Bahamas

The Bahamas’ “significant scale” yesterday prevented its inclusion among nine Caribbean jurisdictions that Scotiabank has announced it plans to exit via a $123m deal.

Tuesday, November 27

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Tuesday, 27th November, 2018.

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Minnis: We’ll put money into disaster fund once the country has a surplus

THE government plans to set aside a small percentage of future fiscal surpluses to help fund disaster recovery efforts, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday.

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EQUAL PAY? Not if you’re women: 30% gender pay gap exposed in UN global study

A UNITED Nation’s report has revealed a nearly 30 percent income disparity between men and women, ranking The Bahamas 75th on its gender inequality index.

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Miller begs BPL - leave the lights on

FORMER Bahamas Electricity Corporation Chairman Leslie Miller yesterday urged executives at the Bahamas Power and Light to exercise leniency on those customers who have been disconnected or are experiencing difficulty paying bills.

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Swine flu: Third case diagnosed

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday confirmed that a new case of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, has been documented locally.

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Police to be briefed on FBI’s visa probe

A TEAM of investigators from the Royal Bahamas Police Force and an attorney from the Department of Public Prosecutions are headed to Washington to meet with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation this week, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames.

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‘McAlpine quarrel damaging party’

THE public war of words between Free National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine has portrayed the party as one shrouded by “division,” making it easier for the public to withdraw its support for the government, former FNM Cabinet minister Frank Watson told The Tribune yesterday.

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Doctors Hospital launches paediatric emergency room service

Doctors Hospital and PEM Bahamas have teamed up to enhance the emergency care offered by the country’s only acute care private hospital by adding dedicated paediatric emergency service.

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Paint the town orange to end violence against women

Orange has become synonymous with advocating for the empowerment of women and girls, thanks to Zonta International, which consists of 29,000 members in 63 countries.

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THE PRESS BOX: Landing Bradley could be a ‘Beal’ for Lakers

IT has been about eight days since news broke via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN that “every player” on the (7-12) Washington Wizards roster is “available” for the right trade offer.

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College basketball: Bahamians shine in Canada

BAHAMIAN players are leading their respective programmes to national rankings at various levels of collegiate basketball in Canada.

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Higgs and Longhorns win the Gulf Coast Showcase

WHILE the country hosted several elite NCAA Division I basketball programmes in the capital and Bimini, several Bahamian players were competing in early season tournaments across the United States.

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Knowles trying to develop ‘next national champion’

HE was the Bahamas’ premier tennis player, having enjoyed a 20-year span on the professional circuit where he captured three of the four doubles grand slam titles.

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‘Bubba’ posts double doubles

Van ‘Bubba’ Hutchinson Jr, still reeling off his historic 56-point game performance, had a pair of double-double stings to lead the Niagara College Knights to a pair of victories over the weekend.

Unshackle our Family Islands

Some writers have recently brought forth the importance of immediately acting on the idea of democracy, most especially the revision of our local government laws.

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Court complex in GB to receive $2m renovation

MINISTER of Works Desmond Bannister signed a $2m contract on Monday for the extensive repair and renovation of the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre in Grand Bahama.

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FACE TO FACE: How can we say we live in a fair and equal world?

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and it remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it, according to the United Nations.

Accused was never physically abused, says officer

A lead police investigator testified in the Supreme Court in Grand Bahama yesterday that murder accused Renaldo Hudson was never physically abused by officers while in police custody following his arrest in connection with a double murder and attempted murder investigation two years ago.

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No shame in trying . . . they will talk anyway

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

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Search for missing man

POLICE are seeking the public’s help in locating a man reported missing by relatives.

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Four detained after gun and drugs find

FOUR men were arrested after police seized an illegal firearm, ammunition and a quantity of drugs on Sunday.

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Bethel rejects claims of inoperable RBDF vessels

ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel yesterday dismissed tabloid reports that the majority of RBDF vessels are inoperable, explaining only three patrol crafts require maintenance or repairs.

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Minister promises: ‘No NHI black hole’

A Cabinet Minister yesterday pledged “there’s not going to be an NHI information black hole” amid private sector concerns about insufficient details to justify the scheme’s pricing.

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Celebrate Christmas in style: Carey’s hosts holiday fashion show

Carey’s Fabric and Uniform Store on Saturday jump-started the holiday shopping season with a showcase aimed at fashionistas looking for new outfits to wear to this year’s Christmas parties and balls.

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Girl power on full display

The pros and cons of social media, respect for women, sexuality and peer pressure – these were just some of the topics touched on at the second successful GirlCon in Grand Bahama last week.

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No stopping a woman on a mission

Two days before she was leaving Freeport to travel to Nassau to record her new song, gospel artist Vanessa Clarke slipped and fell.

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Breaking barriers for the Bahamas’ differently abled

Under the theme “Join the Inclusion Revolution”, Special Olympics Bahamas is seeking to make those with intellectual disabilities visible and involved in all aspects of everyday life.

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Hotel work-to-rule ‘frenzy’ unwarranted

The hotel union’s president yesterday said he would act “in the best interests” of members and the industry, as the “work-to-rule” across New Providence resorts continues to Thursday.

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WTO membership to unlock ‘billions’ in trade potential

The Bahamas’ chief WTO negotiator has urged businesses to identify overseas markets this nation should target, arguing it has “billions of dollars” in untapped trade potential to unleash.

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‘Ain’t going to sleep’ until small business legislation enacted

A small business consultant yesterday pledged that he “ain’t going to sleep” until the Government ends the decade-long wait for legislation that will govern help for the sector.

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‘We cannot sit back and take’ BPL hike

A Bahamas Chamber of Commerce executive yesterday urged Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) to produce a plan to address high energy costs, questioning: “Is there any relief?”

IDB teams up for blockchain course

Twenty-five Bahamians will this week attend a two-day blockchain developers course being staged by a partnership involving the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Eleuthera developer moves to gold course’s final phase

A developer yesterday said it has given “a major sign that change is on the way in South Eleuthera” after the final development phase for a Tiger Woods-designed golf course began.

Better enforcement to tackle aviation hackers

A Bahamian airline’s principal yesterday called for “more action” to be taken against illegal charter operators, demanding greater enforcement of the aviation rules and procedures.

Monday, November 26

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775 hotel rooms on GB is not enough, says D'Aguilar

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has said the “most critical thing” his ministry has been given to do is increase the “staggeringly low” number of hotel rooms on Grand Bahama.

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INSIGHT: What happens when enough is enough?

IN the wake of last week’s march, it would seem that not much has changed.

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RBDF saves pair after boat capsize

TWO men who were adrift at sea after their boat capsized in waters off Delaporte Point were rescued by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Saturday.

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I’m just glad to be alive, says diver after he’s attacked by a shark

A MAN who survived a shark attack while spearfishing in The Bahamas this summer says he is “more grateful than ever” to be alive.

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Senator's terror in cutlass rampage

A CROWDED fast-food outlet quickly descended into chaos when a group of teen boys burst in wielding cutlasses and knives in pursuit of another youngster on Friday night.

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McAlpine: I put country first – always

AS he slammed Free National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer for calling him a hypocrite, Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine yesterday suggested the FNM chair was not a real leader.

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‘Scale down’ NHI by 50%, govt told

The Government has been urged to “scale down” National Health Insurance’s (NHI) basic benefits by up to 50 percent amid fears businesses will become a “financial lifeguard” for the scheme.

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Maniac hurled acid at woman

POLICE have arrested a 41-year-old Tall Pines man in connection with an acid attack on a woman waiting at the bus stop.

McAlpine gets his 15 minutes

Saw a video clip of Free National Movement MP for Pineridge Frederick McAlpine breaching a makeshift barricade which was presumably erected by officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force on Rawson Square at the Enough is Enough demonstration.

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Man dies with shots to the head on weekend of crime

A MAN was killed early on Sunday morning on a track road off Eneas Jumper Corner, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

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Cavs win Battle 4 Atlantis Crown

IN its eighth official edition, the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis tournament has established a reputation as an event loaded with high-calibre talent playing against the backdrop of a tropical paradise.

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FIU, Toledo accept bids to the Bahamas Bowl

FIU will represent Conference USA and Toledo will represent the Mid-American Conference as both institutions accepted bids to the 2018 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, set for Friday, December 21 in Nassau’s Thomas A Robinson National Stadium.

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Sydney Clarke wins the Goombay Splash

SYDNEY Clarke will cherish the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association/International Tennis Federation 2018 Goombay Splash Under-18 Tournament for a long time. She had every reason to enjoy her delayed birthday celebrations until Saturday night after she clinched the girls’ singles title in dramatic fashion at the National Tennis Centre.

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Archer new BAAA boss

Drumeco Archer and his ‘Be the G.O.A.T’ - Greatest Of All Time - team, all dressed in their black t-shirts, pulled off a landslide victory over incumbent president Rosamunde Carey and her Bonafide Innovators Saturday to become the new president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations for the next four years.

Cemetery campaign looking like a success

My recollection is that I began my campaign to have Eastern Cemetery Lane restored to its rightful purpose, sometime in 2008, now some ten years ago.

EDITORIAL: An American degree - it may have lost its lustre

Parents want the best for their children. Parents in Paraguay, Uganda, Cambodia, Fiji, Pakistan, Haiti and Bulgaria want the best for their children. And parents in The Bahamas also want the best for their children. Perhaps the best gift a parent can give to a child is education.

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PM in Washington, DC for climate change forum

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and a delegation arrived in Washington, DC yesterday to attend a climate change forum organised by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

More than a dozen pre-schools in voucher system with govt

THE second phase of the Ministry of Education’s universal pre-school initiative was launched on Friday in Grand Bahama where it was announced more than a dozen private pre-schools have entered into a partnership with the government for enrollment of preschoolers through a voucher system.

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Possibility of industrial action by doctors ‘looking less likely’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday said the possibility of doctors withdrawing services is “looking less and less likely” as there continues to be “tremendous progress” in negotiations between the Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) and the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).

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GAIN AN EDGE – Follow your dreams: Reflections from a first-generation college graduate

Going to college is an exciting time, full of growth and exploration. It can also be frustrating and scary – especially if you are the first in your family to ever go to college. That’s because ‘first-generation’ students (a term used to describe those who are the first in their family to attend college), often have limited access to the important resources that can help make attending and graduating from college a reality.

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WORLD VIEW: Coping with OECD reality

DEMANDS of the rich man’s club, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), have once again created disarray in the Caribbean.

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Celebrating Sandra Coleby’s 47 years of public health service

PRINCIPAL Nursing Officer Sandra Coleby was honoured with a retirement luncheon yesterday to celebrate her 47 years of public health service to the nation.

Rosamunde Carey: ‘It’s definitely not what we expected’

AFTER having the distinction of being the first female elected as president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, Rosamunde Carey was voted out of office, replaced by her incumbent secretary general Drumeco Archer, who will now serve as president for the next four years.

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An historic series of milestones for Ferguson and the Bearcats

THIS season was an historic series of milestones for both Chris Ferguson and his University of Cincinnati Bearcats football programme.

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Battle 4 Atlantis to feature outstanding field in 2019

THE Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis will look to continue its momentum and build on its brand with another tournament played at a high level, featuring some of the best teams in America.

Junkanoo Jam: Florida State women defeat No. 12 Iowa for title

BIMINI, Bahamas (AP) — Nausia Woolfolk scored 15 of her career-high 25 points in the second half to help Florida State beat No. 12 Iowa 71-67 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam.

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$100,000 ‘buy NHI’ mark ‘way too low’

The $100,000 National Health Insurance (NHI) exemption threshold for businesses is “way too low” and should be raised to $500,000, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman said yesterday.

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DPM, Opposition trade fiscal hits

The Deputy Prime Minister and his PLP counterpart yesterday traded accusations of “ineptitude” over which party is to blame for The Bahamas’ fiscal crisis following the $105m deficit overshoot.

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Governance and regulatory woes hurt renewables

Poor governance and regulatory challenges have been blamed for the failure to better integrate renewable energy into The Bahamas electricity mix, with investors unsure where they stand.

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Chamber blasts ‘unfair’ sugary drinks NHI tax

The Government’s plan to part-finance National Health Insurance (NHI) by singling out “sugary drinks” was yesterday blasted as “unfair”, amid calls for such “sin taxes” to be more widely based.

Inland Revenue’s NHI policing role ‘too much’

Making the Government’s main tax authority a policing agent for National Health Insurance (NHI) is “too much, too soon”, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman warned yesterday.

BTC begins ‘fight for every customer’

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has moved swiftly to deliver on pledges of increased consumer value with the launch of its 90-day Always On mobile promotion.

Union tells govt: Protect BTC value for future sale

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) line staff union has urged the Government to protect the value of its shareholding and commit to selling this to Bahamian investors.

Mobile rivals in big ‘Black Friday’ surge

MOBILE rivals BTC and Aliv both reported a strong surge in business during their “Black Friday” promotions, with scores of customers taking advantage of their offerings.

Sunday, November 25

Inland Revenue's NHI policing role 'too much'

Making the Government’s main tax authority a policing agent for National Health Insurance (NHI) is “too much, too soon”, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman warned yesterday.Michael Maura told Tribune Business yesterday that using the Department of In

BTC begins 'fight for every customer'

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has moved swiftly to deliver on pledges of increased consumer value with the launch of its 90-day Always On mobile promotion.Garry Sinclair, pictured, BTC’s chief executive, said the offer - designed to gi

Mobile rivals in big 'Black Friday' surge

MOBILE rivals BTC and Aliv both reported a strong surge in business during their “Black Friday” promotions, with scores of customers taking advantage of their offerings.Sasha Lightbourne, Aliv spokesperson, told Tribune Business: “Our expectations fo

tax-free scheme launched - but no one can use it yet

WHILE the government’s Over-The-Hill tax-free scheme has been launched, business and residents will have to wait until the end of the month for details on how to use it. The scheme’s executive manager, Samita Ferguson, told The Tribune yesterday her

$100,000 'buy NHI' mark 'way too low'

The $100,000 National Health Insurance (NHI) exemption threshold for businesses is “way too low” and should be raised to $500,000, the Chamber of Commerce’s chairman said yesterday.Michael Maura told Tribune Business that the proposed annual revenue

Union tells govt: Protect BTC value for future sale

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) line staff union has urged the Government to protect the value of its shareholding and commit to selling this to Bahamian investors.Dino Rolle, the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union’s (BCP

DPM, Opposition trade fiscal hits

The Deputy Prime Minister and his PLP counterpart yesterday traded accusations of “ineptitude” over which party is to blame for The Bahamas’ fiscal crisis following the $105m deficit overshoot.The exchange between Chester Cooper, the Opposition’s fin

Chamber blasts 'unfair' sugary drinks NHI tax

The Government’s plan to part-finance National Health Insurance (NHI) by singling out “sugary drinks” was yesterday blasted as “unfair”, amid calls for such “sin taxes” to be more widely based.The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederati

Governance and regulatory woes hurt renewables

Poor governance and regulatory challenges have been blamed for the failure to better integrate renewable energy into The Bahamas electricity mix, with investors unsure where they stand.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), outlining the terms of

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Man found dead off Eneas Jumper Corner

Police are investigating the country’s latest homicide after a man was found dead off Eneas Jumper Corner on Sunday morning.

Friday, November 23

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Friday, 23rd November, 2018.

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Virginia Cavaliers win Battle 4 Atlantis

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — De'Andre Hunter had 20 points and nine rebounds to help No. 4 Virginia beat No. 25 Wisconsin 53-46 on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.

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Arrest for theft of copper wire

A man was arrested for copper theft from the business establishment in the Eight Mile Rock area this week, police reported.

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Search for suspects after two armed robberies

POLICE are searching for a number of men believed to be responsible for two separate armed robberies in New Providence Friday.

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New trainee correctional officers aim to 'embrace change'

THE Bahamas Department of Correctional Services held a commencement service yesterday welcoming 54 new trainee correctional officers to the team.

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Ministry 'actively' monitoring swine flu reports

IN the wake of recent swine flu cases in the country, Ministry of Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu on Friday told reporters that the ministry is “actively” monitoring such reports, as it does whenever there is an outbreak.

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2018 'a banner year for tourism' in the Bahamas

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar on Friday declared 2018 “a banner year for tourism” in the Bahamas, noting the tremendous growth the sector has experienced and speaking about the positive expectations for the months ahead.

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Plans for two new family island airports

THE government still intends to build two new family island airports by way of public private partnership, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said Friday.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: The ‘People’ are ready to put Doc and company out of the house

IS THIS the week that it finally dawns on the Free National Movement that the honeymoon is over?

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Consumers eating romaine lettuce and turkey ‘are taking a gamble’

HEALTH Minister Duane Sands yesterday warned that consumers who continue to eat romaine lettuce and turkey products in spite of officials’ recent caution against these food items are taking a “gamble” and making an “ill-informed” decision.

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‘March a total failure - just like PLP’

THE Free National Movement has dismissed Wednesday’s protest march as a Progressive Liberal Party event, calling it disorganised and small.

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Killer escapes death penalty

A MAN has been spared the death penalty for murdering another man in his Family Island home during the course of an armed robbery four years ago.

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HERE WE GO AGAIN: Just like Jean Rony, born here but Foreste shipped off to Haiti

THE government is facing another immigration legal challenge from a Bahamas-born man of Haitian descent after he was deported to Haiti in violation of a Supreme Court order.

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$105m deficit overshoot rationale ‘not full picture’

A top accountant yesterday argued that the Government’s explanation for the $105m deficit overshoot was “not the complete picture”, and raised fears there may be more bad news ahead.

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Govt invests $3.5m in Lucayan facelift

The Government is investing $3.5m in pre-sale upgrades at the Grand Lucayan, the resort’s chairman revealed yesterday, with a preferred buyer unlikely to be selected before Easter 2019.

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Xavion making a name for himself in judo

IT seems as if every time Xavion Johnson steps on the judo mat, he continues to get better and better and is cementing his name as one of the most outstanding Bahamian competitors in the sport.

Chavez Young Baseball Camp in January

CHAVEZ Young seeks to continue his efforts of giving back to the local Grand Bahamian baseball community during his offseason.

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Clarke, Bain advance to the finals

IT took Sydney Clarke’s “toughest” match and Jacobi Bain’s “amazing” performance to reach the girls’ and boys’ finals of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s International Tennis Federation 2018 Goombay Splash Bowl.

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Cavs vs Badgers in title game

The highest ranked teams headed into this year’s Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis will face off this afternoon to decide the tournament title.

Middle classes are being decimated by rising taxes

Every time the PM and his celebrated Free National Movement Administration seem to be getting it right they bungle and do so very badly. It is almost beyond logic and simple common sense to try and understand their intention towards the bulk of the unwashed Bahamians.

We need small government

I agreed with the PLP when they opposed the sale of majority shares in BTC to a private company. Now, several years on, I must say that my position has completely reversed. We now have two telecoms companies and while I am happy to say that I do not use BTC, I understand that their service and standards have improved exponentially through competition.

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BUSINESS BITES: Countdown’s on for the cruise port contenders

Our New Cruise Port: Run by Whom? Since government published over a month ago its massive Request for Proposals (RFP) to radically improve our Nassau Cruise Port, we’re wondering who’s in the running to win the job.

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University of the Bahamas ‘respects unions’ rights to free assembly’

IN the aftermath of a protest by the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas, the University of the Bahamas (UB) has released a statement reiterating unions’ right to free assembly while noting that under the UB Act of 2016, an independent board of trustees has been granted control over “matters involving the rights and responsibilities of the university’s faculty members.”

FIDA donates to Grand Bahama Children’s home

THE International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Grand Bahama Chapter donated food and cleaning supplies to the Grand Bahama Children’s Home after organising a successful food drive.

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Jamaican man jailed for overstaying

A JAMAICAN man whose fingerprints matched those of a man previously deemed an “undesirable” person by immigration officials has been sentenced to almost a year in prison for overstaying in the country.

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Minister thanks seniors for their contribution to society

MINISTER of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard hosted senior citizens in his constituency to a Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Castaways Resort on Thursday for a third consecutive year on Grand Bahama.

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Arresting Officers found murder accused with gunshot wound

ARRESTING officers found murder accused Jesus Ramos on his father’s sofa, suffering from a gunshot wound in his right leg, a Supreme Court jury heard in testimony yesterday.

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Dames: Law Enforcement agencies working together to fight crime

WITH a sharp decline in homicides compared to last year, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said all law enforcement agencies are working collectively to keep the crime rate down.

Court of Appeal orders murder conviction retrial

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the murder conviction of a man sentenced to almost 40 years in prison for murdering a retired physician in his Long Island home.

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At least two cases of swine flu – one fatal

AT least two cases of swine flu resulting in one death have been documented in the country and it is possible there could be more but officials are unable to say for certain, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

Govt denies Haitian man was sent back to Bahamas

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday refuted social media claims that a deported Haitian man was denied entry to Haiti and sent back to the Bahamas.

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PM’s wife becomes a hero for a day

MINISTER of Environment Romauld Ferreira continued his launch of the “Be a Hero” campaign yesterday, this time with a stop at Adelaide Primary School.

Summit to empower Christian leaders in ‘five-fold ministry’

MINISTRY leaders are invited to the Kingdom Invasion National Assignment Summit (KINAS) designed to equip them in their spiritual walk so that they can effectively impact the kingdom of God.

St George’s ACM celebrate anniversary weekend

On Saturday, November 17, the Anglican Church Men branch of St George Anglican Church hosted its annual Man and Boys Conference under the theme “Calling Men and Boys to be Intentional Disciples”.

Don’t let the donkey speak!

You might be asking what in tarnation I’m talking about, don’t let the donkey speak?

Flip my flops –Judge or be’s all good!

I can’t believe I’m about to say this but: I believe we do ourselves a disservice when we give ourselves a break each time we slip up.

Religious happenings

The Assemblies of Brethren in the Bahamas, along with family and some friends, will be hosting a concert to benefit the Cat Island Children’s Home this Sunday at the East Street Gospel Chapel that will feature the Region Bells singing groups.

The time is now

1. The now is here

THE FINISH LINE: No ranting and raving about local sports, just give thanks

IT’S the thanksgiving season, so rather than ranting and raving about what isn’t going right and what needs to be corrected in local sports, I thought I would just take this time to be thankful.

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UB Mingoes stop Defenders 83-60, High Flyers rout Elite 92-76

KEMSY Sylvestre was one assist away from a triple double for the University of the Bahamas as they took out the Fort Charlotte Defenders 83-60 in New Providence Basketball Association action at the AF Adderley Gym on Wednesday night.

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Baseball: Bahamas off to PanAma

THE Bahamas Baseball Association’s under-18 men’s national baseball team left New Providence en-route to Panama to compete in the Pan American Baseball Confederation championships set to start today in Panama.

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Where’s the ‘modern governance’ pledged in return for VAT hike?

The Bahamas is not getting the “modern governance” promised in return for the VAT hike, a leading reformer blasted yesterday, with people “sick and tired” of financing a bloated public sector.

Poor processes slash GDP growth by 1% pt annually

Poor governance and business processes have slashed Bahamian economic growth by an average one percent of GDP every year this century, the Government has admitted.

‘Road map’ to end ‘severe’ risk of SOEs

The Government will hire consultants to develop a “road map” for making all state-owned enterprises (SOEs) self-sufficient and eliminate the “severe” fiscal risk they pose.

Hotels report ‘very positive business’

BAHA Mar’s forward bookings for the 2018-2019 winter season were described yesterday as “very positive” and “much better than last year”.

Bahamas ‘sitting ducks’ over cyber vulnerability

Cyber-security awareness in The Bahamas is almost non-existent, a technology entrepreneur has lamented, warning: “We are sitting ducks in this country.”

Family Islands enjoy ‘whopping’ 20% rise

The Ministry of Tourism believes its strategy of marketing The Bahamas as a 16-island destination helped spur a "whopping" 20 percent increase in Family Island visitors through August 2018.

IAN FERGUSON: The benefits from an early retirement

Millions of people across the world are voluntarily deciding to retire early.

BTC unions meet with PM's office

Both Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) trade unions yesterday met the parliamentary secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss their challenges.

Central Bank: Less Govt leanding to slash liquidity

THE Central Bank will gradually reduce its lending to the Government to help address the potential risk posed by $1.737bn in excess commercial bank liquidity, its governor has revealed.

Thursday, November 22

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PM: People should be allowed to protest

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday he was not worried about angry protestors who marched downtown yesterday, incensed by rising electricity costs and some of the government’s decisions.

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Company lined up to probe rising electricity prices, says PM Minnis

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday that a company was selected to probe the rising cost of electricity, but the details could not be made public because the matter had not yet gone before Cabinet.

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Dormant accounts – they'll do nicely

THE government is proposing to utilise $41.3m from dormant bank accounts to establish a disaster relief fund, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.

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One death as swine flu cases reported

A NUMBER of cases of swine flu have been reported in the Bahamas and one person has died from the illness, according to Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands who implored residents to get a flu vaccine.

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Deficit overshoots DPM’s final prediction by $105m

The Government’s 2017-2018 fiscal deficit overshot the deputy prime minister’s year-end forecast by $105m due to a late spending “ramp up”, a top official admitted yesterday.

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PEOPLE'S PROTEST: Minnis faces first major revolt over policies and prices

HUNDREDS of Bahamians stormed Bay Street yesterday to protest against the Minnis administration, high unemployment and rising electricity bills.

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Warning over lettuce and turkey products

SUPER Value President Rupert Roberts yesterday said the grocery store chain will likely not pull any lettuce or turkey products from its shelves in the wake of warnings issued by the Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority on these goods.

Grant dominates with 30 points, 24 rebounds in win

LEASHJA Grant powered her Lakehead Thunderwolves to an upset win against a nationally ranked U Sports team in Canada.

Govt pledges no more VAT hikes before election

The Government yesterday pledged there will be no further value-added tax (VAT) hikes before the next election, with the 12 percent rate deemed sufficient to achieve its revenue goals.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Back to school and opening eyes and minds

Over the past two weeks I have had the great pleasure of going to primary school. To say it has been a while since I last went to school would be an understatement on the order of well, let’s just leave it there. Some things are just obvious.

Why it's now time to legalise marijuana

IN the coming months here in the Bahamas “white” men are poised to run huge marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big. Big money, big businesses, selling weed, dope or whatever you may want to call it, after 50 years of locking up impoverished young and old black Bahamians for selling this same product.

FNM needs a better narrative

MARK Twain once said that a lie can travel half way round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes

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Three armed robberies in one day

POLICE on New Providence are searching for a number of men believed to be responsible for three armed robberies which occurred on Tuesday.

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Ministry set for gun-detection technology to tackle crime

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames has said his ministry will soon sign a contract for a new gun-detection technology called Sun Spotter, which will “revolutionise” crime fighting, according to officials.

Cuban migrants turned over to authorities

CLOSE to a dozen Cuban migrants, who were interdicted in Bahamian waters, were brought to Grand Bahama and turned over to Bahamian authorities earlier this week.

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Sentencing adjourned for man who has admitted sexual relationship with girl, 14

A 22-year-old man who has admitted to carrying out an extended sexual relationship with 14-year-old girl yesterday had his sentencing hearing adjourned to January 25, 2019 to allow for a probationary report to be completed.

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Inquiry ordered after man awaiting bail hearing walks free

A SUPREME Court judge has ordered an inquiry into the circumstances that allowed a man, awaiting his bail hearing, to walk free from custody at the Magistrate’s Court last week.

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Shonel Ferguson’s firm given three weeks to vacate building

FOX Hill MP Shonel Ferguson’s investment company has three weeks to vacate a building it allegedly never paid real property taxes on since assuming responsibility for it some 13 years ago, a Supreme Court judge has ordered.

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Murder accused ‘confessed to shooting three people’

A POLICE officer testified on Wednesday in the Supreme Court that murder accused Renaldo Hudson confessed to shooting three people during a robbery gone bad in which two persons were killed in March 2016.

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University staff demonstrate over ‘lack of negotiations’

AS scores of protesters demonstrated in downtown Nassau against the Minnis administration, a smaller demonstration was occurring on the campus of the University of The Bahamas as the Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas posited a litany of complaints against the institution — chief of which is UB’s failure to negotiate a new industrial agreement.

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The Bahamas embassy in Haiti reopens after riots

THE Bahamas Embassy in Haiti has resumed normal operations after a temporary closure due to riots in Port-au-Prince, according a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

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Holowesko, Vlasov honoured

IT was back on August 24 that Mark Holowesko and his crew of Peter Vlasov and Christopher Burger became the second Bahamian team in two years to win the International 5.5 Metre Class Association’s World Championships in the Solent near Cowes, Isles of Wight, England.

Carl Oliver: ‘I don’t own the BAAA’

FORMER Secretary General Carl Oliver said it was never his intention to “own” the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, nor did he at anytime apply to secure the Memorandum of Articles for the association to become a company.

Goombay Splash Bowl: Clarke, Bain advance to semi-finals

SYDNEY Clarke and Jacobi Bain continue their successful run through the ITF Goombay Splash Bowl to highlight play from Bahamian players on day three.

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Battle 4 Atlantis: Sooners stop Gators 65-60

THE Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis offers its eight-team field an opportunity to evaluate their teams early in the season matched up against some of the top programmes in college basketball.

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Miller ties for bronze

The lone Bahamian competitor to represent the island nation at the 2018 Unified World Mixed Martial Arts Championships, Christian Miller made history.

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Govt not adjusting web shop revenue forecasts

The Government has refused to adjust its gaming revenue projections despite the web shop industry’s legal challenge to the increased taxation, arguing that its case is “on solid ground”.

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‘A sea change’ for fiscal accountability

The first-ever fiscal strategy report was yesterday branded “a sea change” that will hold current and future administrations to account for their stewardship of The Bahamas’ finances.

New pilot licensing set for early 2019 in hacker attack

Aviation regulators will roll-out new pilot licensing requirements in the 2019 first quarter, its top executive revealing that a crack down on illegal charter operations is now a “matter of urgency”.

Tourism’s renewed focus on Atlanta travel market

US travel professionals were treated to the sights and sounds of Junkanoo as the Bahamas Tourist Office in Atlanta moved to generate increased business from the area.

$41m instant financing for Disaster Relief Fund

The Prime Minister yesterday said reform of the dormant bank accounts regime will immediately release $41.3m to help create a Bahamian Disaster Relief Fund.

Morton details ‘contingencies’ following union’s strike vote

MORTON Salt (Bahamas) yesterday said it has “well-defined contingency plans” to cope with any industrial action after unionised line staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike.

National growth ‘remarkable’ coming from 18% of income

The Bahamas has achieved “remarkable national development” that has been financed with just 18 percent of national income, an ex-finance minister and Central Bank governor says.

ART OF GRAPHIX: Designing the full product package

Labels are the most important part of a product package. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say “labels are the heart and soul of a product package”, especially when the product is a food item, medicine, machinery or a chemical product.

Wednesday, November 21

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Wednesday, 21st November, 2018.

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CULTURE CLASH: It’s better for everyone when we’re not afraid to talk

Most of us have to work. We do not have to like it, but we do have to show up and perform tasks as assigned by whoever calls the shots. We labour in exchange for compensation which includes a salary or wages. While this is the only form of compensation some of us receive, others have health insurance, pension plans, gas allowances and discounts.

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PLANE CRASH: The search goes on

SEARCH efforts into the tragic plane crash of pilot Byron Ferguson continue to yield finds of aircraft debris, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force noted in a statement released yesterday.

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'Enough is Enough': Protest against government in Rawson Square

HUNDREDS of Bahamians stormed Bay Street Wednesday to protest against the Minnis administration, high unemployment and rising electricity bills.

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RIOTS and a United Nations enforced curfew in Haiti have prompted the closure of the Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince until further notice.

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No charges - but still trapped in jail

LAWYERS for a schizophrenic man imprisoned for more than three years without being charged are considering constitutional relief after his family could not meet his bail.

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AN armed man, reportedly chasing a woman while threatening harm, remains in hospital after being shot by police yesterday.

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PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said it “serves nobody” when Cabinet ministers contradict themselves publicly as National Security Minister Marvin Dames and Attorney General Carl Bethel have done over the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s response to the Byron Ferguson plane crash.

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Dames hits out at ‘off base’ AG

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames slammed criticisms levelled by Attorney General Carl Bethel over the Defence Force’s handling of a recent plane crash as “absolutely off-base”.

Time to stop pandering to irresponsible vendors

THE Nassau Straw Market is teeming with Progressive Liberal Party devotees and PLP Leader Philip “Brave” Davis is cognisant of this. In an act of solidarity, Davis and PLP executives toured the straw market recently and heard the complaints of disgruntled vendors against the Free National Movement administration’s crackdown on delinquent vendors who are failing to pay their $37.50 weekly rental fee.

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Dames: We don't want an 'us against them' society

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames said yesterday law enforcement was open to considering a policy to place officers involved in shooting deaths on administrative leave or “desk duty” until matters are investigated.

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Corey Newbold ward set for patients ‘this week’

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday patients will be able to occupy the Corey Newbold ward “as early as this week.”

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Govt legislative agenda ‘has not hit dull patch’

THE government’s legislative agenda has not hit a dull patch, Press Secretary Anthony Newbold says.

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Ministry: Claims of mistreatment of Dominican poachers 'untrue'

THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dismissed as “untrue” claims that Dominican poachers incarcerated at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services are being mistreated.

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Two killed in separate traffic accidents

POLICE in New Providence are investigating a traffic accident that left a man dead late Monday evening.

Patricia Minnis, Angelique Sabrina among the mentors at Girlcon 2018

WITH a focus this year on gender equality, the Girl Con organisation held its second mentorship conference at the Regency Theatre yesterday for some 300 girls on Grand Bahama to help prepare and empower them for their transition from high school.

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Hotel union urged: Don’t hurt ‘double digit growth’

The Minister of Tourism yesterday “implored” the hotel union not to undermine anticipated “double digit growth” for the key Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons with industrial action.

Squandering our potential

I always have mixed feelings when tributes pour in for prominent persons in our society, particularly former politicians who are recently deceased. On the one hand there are glowing reports of their accomplishments and successes, their love for God, family and country and their impeccable character and on the other hand, there is the truth.

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Former Christian Council president claims marijuana will destroy lives

FORMER Bahamas Christian Council President Bishop Albert Hepburn is urging the government not to legalise recreational marijuana – a drug which he claims “will destroy lives”.

Protect the democratic process

Other than the pot calling the kettle black about “shoddy accounting”, what could be the motive for government forcing businesses to provide audited financials with their business licence application?

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Hield helps Kings hold off Westbrook, Thunder 117-113

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — The Kings sprinted out to a big lead and used their up-and-down style to put Oklahoma City on its heels. Then they got a big lift from Buddy Hield’s perimeter shooting to finish off the Thunder.

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UB Mingoes crush the Pros 96-69

RAMON Dames led four University of The Bahamas basketball players in double digits as The Mingoes crushed The Pros 96-69 in New Providence Basketball Association action at The A.F. Adderley gym on Monday night.

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Simms sisters hope to make their presence felt

THEY are often mistaken for twins, but sisters Abigail and Gabrielle Simms from Grand Bahama are hoping to just make their presence felt in tennis like Americans Venus and Serena Williams.

‘There is no way possible that I would have signed the Memorandum of Articles’

PHILIPPA Arnett-Willie said she could not have signed any Memorandum of Articles on behalf of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations in the month of August, 2012 because she was not a member.

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No. 4 Virginia, No. 25 Wisconsin top Battle 4 Atlantis field

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Virginia coach Tony Bennett knows his fourth-ranked Cavaliers have plenty of veteran talent back from a team that won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and reached No. 1 nationally last year.

Goombay Splash: Clarke, Bain survive 2nd round

WHILE it was a struggle to the very end for Jacobi Bain, it was smooth sailing for Sydney Clarke.

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Van Hutchinson Jr cans career high 56 points

Not too many players can say they have a 50-point game logged on their résumé as a college player. Van Hutchinson Jr is one who can boast of this feat.

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Bank beats $25m loan growth goal with ease

Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) yesterday said it is on course to increase full-year profits by ten percent after beating its $25m loan book growth target in just nine months.

‘Full probe’ urged into $36k attempt to ‘defraud govt’

The Auditor General has called for “a full investigation” into “a deliberate attempt to defraud the Government” of $36,000 by a Post Office employee in Mayaguana.

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Tourism, beauty queen row over govt ‘shell game’

The Ministry of Tourism and ex-Miss Bahamas Universe, Khiara Sherman, pictured, have become embroiled in a new row over an alleged “shell game” involving other government agencies.

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Western Air’s jet growth realised

Western Air yesterday revealed it has completed certification for the newly-acquired 50 seater jets that will drive its Caribbean expansion, an executive saying: “It’s been a long time coming.”

BAIC slashes financial bleeding by over $1m

The Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC) cut its financial bleeding by more than $1m during the first nine months of 2018, with revenues from its Pop-Up Farmer’s Market growing five-fold.

Bahamas must end ‘20 years’ of arbitration talk

THE world will not wait for The Bahamas to end “20 years of talk” and establish an international arbitration centre, a top QC said yesterday, with other jurisdictions having already bypassed it.

Tuesday, November 20

11202018 EDITION

Tuesday, 20th November, 2018.

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D’Aguilar: Emergency runway lights ‘all operational’

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar yesterday confirmed emergency lights at all government-owned airport runways are operational.

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Minnis wants solar homes for everyone

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis says his vision for The Bahamas is that every home becomes self-sustaining power stations with the use of solar technology.

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High bills spark ‘cut off’ review

BAHAMAS Power and Light’s chairman Donovan Moxey yesterday revealed the corporation was considering a review of BPL’s disconnection policy in view of the temporary hike in electricity costs.

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D’Aguilar defends Cargill’s new role

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar defended the administration's hiring of former National Insurance Board Director Algernon Cargill yesterday, saying the government needs an expert who can help spearhead key aviation initiatives.

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Staff trio accused of RBC theft

A Royal Bank of Canada employee was charged yesterday with stealing just over $170,000 from his employer over a four month period and defrauding the bank of an additional $180,000 within that same period of time.

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LAWFUL KILLING: Jury rules cops right to open fire on gunman

FOUR police officers were justified in executing a Grand Bahama man who shot and killed an innocent bystander near a liquor store seven years ago, a jury has found.

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2nd Annual Bahamas Archery Invitational A Huge Hit

THIS past Sunday, archers of all ages from all over the Bahamas gathered at St Paul’s Field in Western New Providence to compete in the 2nd Annual Bahamas Archery Invitational.

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NCAA Division I: Cornish and Seawolves are back in the win column

JARON Cornish’s late game scoring flurry lifted the Stony Brook Seawolves back into the win column to highlight play from Bahamian basketball players at the NCAA Division I level.

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Eighth annual Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis has loaded field

IF you are looking for me between November 21-23, start at the Imperial Arena in the Atlantis resort.

BAAA: Archer sets the record straight

BAHAMAS Association of Athletic Associations secretary general Drumeco Archer said it was important to establish a non-profit company under the Companies Act in order to register the BAAA.

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USTA: Roberts clinches singles, doubles title

JUSTIN Roberts, the only Bahamian ranked professional male tennis player, turned in his season’s best performance in clinching both the single and double titles at the United States Tennis Association’s Mercedes Benz of Scottsdale over the weekend.

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Goombay Splash: Clarke wins in 1st round

Birthday girl Sydney Clarke didn’t play as well as she anticipated, but it was good enough for the Bahamian top ranked junior female player to win her first round match of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s International Tennis Federation’s 2018 Goombay Splash Bowl.

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Stanford Cardinal hosts one-day basketball clinic

THE Stanford Cardinal men’s basketball programme participated in a community outreach effort by hosting a one-day clinic at St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School.

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FACE TO FACE: A lifetime bringing hope in the fight against diabetes

While World Diabetes Day was being commemorated last week, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands brought the dismal news that The Bahamas is the world leader in the prevalence of diabetes.

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Huge strides in X-ray work

THE Public Hospitals Authority yesterday unveiled its new Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) providing public health care institutions in the country with access to digital radiology images.

Urgent call to double the number of radiologists

THE new digital imaging network connecting public health care facilities throughout the country has highlighted the need for more radiologists.

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Shaunae in final five of IAAF Female Athlete of the Year

SHAUNAE Miller-Uibo has secured one of the final five spots for the International Amateur Athletic Federation's Female Athlete of the Year.

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Tax-free scheme launched - but no one can use it yet

WHILE the government’s Over-The-Hill tax-free scheme has been launched, business and residents will have to wait until the end of the month for details on how to use it.

Bahamasair suspends flight after Haiti unrest

BAHAMASAIR has suspended services to Haiti because of unrest in that country.

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Pair deny swimming away to escape drugs swoop

TWO men were charged yesterday over allegations they beached a boat and swam away from officers to avoid being caught red-handed with close to $2m worth of drugs.

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BMC faces legal fight to repossess homes

ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe has taken legal action against the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation for repossessing homes in Millennium Gardens, a move he says the BMC was statute-barred from doing.

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Teenager faces court accused of shooting man

A 19-year-old man was charged before the courts yesterday with shooting another man to death last week.

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BTC’s privatisation ‘a colossal failure’

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) privatisation “has been a colossal failure”, a union leader blasted yesterday, adding: “Aliv’s eating our lunch with ease.” The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) privatisation “has been a colossal failure”, a union leader blasted yesterday, adding: “Aliv’s eating our lunch with ease.”

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Winter tourism fears on union ‘work-to-rule’

Unionised employees were yesterday placed on “work to rule” at most of Nassau’s major resorts in a move likely to raise fears for this week’s key Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Auto industry wants ‘more horses in race’

The auto industry has held talks with the Government about adjusting the 25 percent duty threshold to enable more dealers to have “a horse in the race”, it was revealed yesterday.

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Dingman hit by $863k award on eatery collapse

A Lyford Cay resident’s former business partners have obtained a collective $863,000 default judgment against him over the collapse of his Nassau restaurant empire.

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BTC hits ‘red line’ on client, value erosion

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive says the company has reached “the red line” on mobile subscriber loss and value, and is readying the fight back.

Flight Services comes alive with $200,000 deal

ALIV and Nassau Flight Services (NFS) yesterday announced a four-year partnership that will give the airport ground services provider upgraded communications services.

BISX offers platform for $35.5m in trades

The collective value of BISX-listed equities fell by 4.82 percent during the nine months to end-September 2018, producing a similar decline to that witnessed on major global stock markets.

Monday, November 19

BISX offers platform  for $35.5m in trades

The collective value of BISX-listed equities fell by 4.82 percent during the nine months to end-September 2018, producing a similar decline to that witnessed on major global stock markets.The Bahamas International Securities Exchange’s (BISX) All-Sha

Winter tourism fears on union 'work-to-rule'

Unionised employees were yesterday placed on “work to rule” at most of Nassau’s major resorts in a move likely to raise fears for this week’s key Thanksgiving holiday weekend.Darrin Woods, pictured, the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Unio

BTC hits 'red line' on client, value erosion

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive says the company has reached “the red line” on mobile subscriber loss and value, and is readying the fight back.Garfield “Garry” Sinclair told Tribune Business that BTC must “reorient” it

Dingman hit by $863k award on eatery collapse

A Lyford Cay resident’s former business partners have obtained a collective $863,000 default judgment against him over the collapse of his Nassau restaurant empire.Judge Naomi Buchwald, sitting in the south New York federal court, entered the award a

BTC's privatisation 'a colossal failure'

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) privatisation “has been a colossal failure”, a union leader blasted yesterday, adding: “Aliv’s eating our lunch with ease.”Dino Rolle, the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union’s (BCPOU) presi

Flight Services comes alive with $200,000 deal

ALIV and Nassau Flight Services (NFS) yesterday announced a four-year partnership that will give the airport ground services provider upgraded communications services.Damian Blackburn, pictured, Aliv’s chief executive, said the agreement represented

Auto industry wants 'more horses in race'

The auto industry has held talks with the Government about adjusting the 25 percent duty threshold to enable more dealers to have “a horse in the race”, it was revealed yesterday.Fred Albury, the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president,

Group with Bahamas ties grows in cayman

SMP Partners, which has a Bahamian subsidiary, yesterday announced it has expanded its Cayman Islands presence with the acquisition of Solaris Corporate Services.Steve McGowan, SMP Partners’ group chairman, said in a statement: “This acquisition furt

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Monday, 19th November, 2018.

11192018 EDITION

Monday, 19th November, 2018.

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Reduce time convictions for marijuana stay on records, urges Davis

OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday expressed support for the advancement of legislation to reduce the length of time that convictions for small amounts of marijuana remain on criminal records.

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Over-the-Hill tax-free zones are already launched, says Minnis

OVER-the-Hill constituencies of Bain and Grants Town and Centreville are now tax-free zones, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who said the government’s flagship initiative took effect November 1.

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Fox Hill community centre shut after govt fails to pay staff

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell says the Fox Hill Community Centre has been “effectively shuttered” after the government failed to pay staff for five months.

Man in hospital after hit and run collision

TRAFFIC police are investigating the circumstances of a hit-and-run incident that occurred on Nassau Street over the weekend.

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'It's time to call for anti-corruption laws'

THE Organisation for Responsible Governance has urged Bahamians to agitate for planned anti-corruption laws, reiterating concerns over the government’s handling of the relocation of the General Post Office to the Town Centre Mall.

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‘Slap’ officer to face police probe

POLICE are investigating the circumstances behind a video of an officer slapping a man, believed to be a tourist, who was accused of loitering in the downtown area.

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PM orders rescue operations review

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said last night that he has ordered a full review of protocols, procedures and agencies involved in air accident response and investigations in the country – “including any systemic or structural problems” –following the Byron Ferguson case that has transfixed the nation.

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Mother questions how cops shot son

THE mother of Jermaine Desmond Minnis, a 43-year-old man police shot and killed on Thursday, insists witnesses to the incident never saw her son attack police with a machete as police have claimed.

Why BISX still has role to play

I read with interest your critique of David Kosoy for his calling BISX “Useless” – a view I myself have sometimes shared.

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NPBA: Resistance, Rockets and Stingers in the win column

THE New Providence Basketball Association hosted a triple header at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Saturday night.

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Fox and Chisholm face off in Arizona Fall League Championship

BAHAMIAN players Lucius Fox and Jazz Chisholm faced off in the Arizona Fall League Championship game as the winter showcase for Major League Baseball’s top prospects in its farm system concluded.

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Hundreds of Bahamians pay last respects to Franklyn Sweeting

HUNDREDS of Bahamians from all walks of life packed St Agnes Anglican Church on Saturday to pay their last respects to the late Franklyn ‘Cinderella’ Sweeting, one of the country’s premier baseball pitchers turned manager and softball coach.

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Eagles finish showcase undefeated

THE Georgia Southern Eagles left the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase with their undefeated record intact.

Goombay Splash Bowl starts today

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association and the International Tennis Federation’s 2018 Goombay Splash Bowl will get underway today at the National Tennis Centre.

Kids Athletics Road Race another success story

THE sixth annual Kids Athletics Road Race turned out to be another success story on Saturday.

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Miller-Uibo endorses Archer for BAAA president

‘GOLDEN Girl’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo threw her endorsement for the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations elections on Saturday behind incumbent secretary general Drumeco Archer, who will be seeking the post of president.

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High school volleyball nationals: Magic, Eagles emerge as champions

THE most dominant senior boys’ volleyball team in the country added another accolade to their résumé while the senior girls featured a repeat champion after a weekend of competition between the top programmes.

Trouble brewing in BAAA?

IT seems as if the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations could be facing some legal matters that will need to be resolved before the election of officers takes place on Saturday morning.

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Williams, Dubois win Bahamas Half Marathon

BAHAMAS national marathon record holder Oneil Williams will be happy to return to continue his training in Kenya and stay home mom Pascale Dubois is just as excited to head back to Canada with their hefty cash prize of $5,000 as the overall male and female winner of the Bahamas Roadmasters’ sixth annual Bahamas Half Marathon.

It's David v Goliath all over again

I have just finished reading a book called Moneyland by investigative journalist Oliver Bullough. The second last chapter is entitled Tax Heaven USA. The cover on the book says “Why thieves & crooks now rule the world and how to take it back”.

EDITORIAL: Now the counting's over what lies a head?

It’s no coincidence that many men and increasing numbers of women follow politics and sports. The two activities do have a lot in common, starting with the fact they both eventually produce clear winners and losers. And, as tantalising as they can be, near misses and close losses are still defeats.

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INSIGHT: Without literature how can we develop successful 21st century citizens?

In its struggle to gain a secure foothold in today’s global village, The Bahamas is ardently seeking models of success, particularly from the super states which control the lion’s share of the world’s wealth.

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Bahamas settles for 1-1 draw against Anguilla

Nesly Jean came in as a substitute in the second half and he immediately scored the equaliser, but it wasn’t enough as the Bahamas men’s national soccer team had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Anguilla in their CONCACAF Nations League match.

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$1,000 fine for working without permission

A Jamaican man has been fined $1,000 after being caught mixing cement without the legal permission to do so earlier this month.

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INSIGHT: RBDF not the only ones to blame for failing the Ferguson family

TRAGEDY has again hit the nation, as one family may have experienced its worst possible nightmare. Bahamian pilot Byron Ferguson, son of veteran journalist Agnes Ferguson, crash landed in waters off Nirvana Beach a week and a half ago. As the search for life continues, the nation fears the worst after debris from the wreckage was pulled out of the water around 600ft away from where the coordinates of the downed plane were initially recorded.

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INSIGHT – As Bill Clinton might say: 'IT'S FREEPORT, STUPID'

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama was the first “Anchor Project” ever conceived for The Bahamas. It remains the most ambitious in vision and scope, the most potentially game-changing for our economy and the only one we ever really needed in the first place. The Magic City was designed to be an experimental economic space, a cradle of ideas and inspiration where, cut loose from the cumbersome weight of government interference, enterprises of every conceivable size, shape and description could flourish and not even the sky would be the limit.

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'Stealth' corporate tax fear on licence fee regulations

The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday “categorically rejected” fears that the new business licence regulations are the first step towards implementing a corporate income tax regime.Marlon Johnson, the financial secretary, told Tribune Busi

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Brewery 'eats' VAT increase on Kalik

Commonwealth Brewery has absorbed a “significant” cost by choosing to “eat” the 4.5 percentage point value-added tax (VAT) hike across its entire Kalik beer product line.Dennis Hanna, the BISX-listed brewer’s vice-president of corporate affairs, conf

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BTC chief: Unproductive staff should be 'anxious'

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) chief executive has warned that unproductive staff should be “anxious” for their jobs as the company is “late” in adjusting to competition.Garfield “Garry” Sinclair told Tribune Business he wanted to pro

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BISX-listed fund targets 40% profit boost from rental

The BISX-listed Bahamas Property Fund is predicting a 40 percent net profit boost from the $455,000 annual lease of office space that will have been empty for more than one year.Michael Anderson, the Property Fund’s administrator, told Tribune Busine

Insurance chief: Agent sector 'ripe for consolidation'

The Bahamian insurance agent/broker market is “ripe for consolidation”, Bahamas First’s chief believes, with its latest acquisitions set to boost its subsidiary’s performance by over ten percent.Patrick Ward, the property and casualty underwriter’s p

Chamber hires consultant for WTO impact analysis

THE Bahamas Chamber of Commerce has hired Oxford Economics to study the likely economic impact of this nation’s accession to full World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership.Darron Pickstock, who heads the Chamber’s trade and investment division, said:

Summit to hold second edition at SuperClubs

Following its launch in 2017, Hubert Edwards Global will host its second annual Success Summit under the theme World Class success through Bold Leadership.“We dub our presenters Success Advocates, as that is what they will do on the day”, said Hubert

Bahamas targets maritime growth with Hong Kong trip

The Deputy Prime Minister has led a government delegation to Hong Kong as it bids to grow its maritime business from major Asian shipping centres.KP Turnquest led a group that last week met with the Hong Kong Ship Owners Association, and other ship o

Tourism 'dismayed' by beauty queen dispute

The Ministry of Tourism has broken its silence to say it “is dismayed” by its protracted copyright battle with ex-beauty queen-turned songstress, Khiara Sherman, pictured, in the Texas court.Defending its position, the ministry said in a statement r

Sunday, November 18

Reduce time convictions for marijuana stay on records, urges Davis

OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday expressed support for the advancement of legislation to reduce the length of time that convictions for small amounts of marijuana remain on criminal records.Mr Davis pointed to the devastating impact these con

'It's time to call for anti-corruption laws'

THE Organisation for Responsible Governance has urged Bahamians to agitate for planned anti-corruption laws, reiterating concerns over the government’s handling of the relocation of the General Post Office to the Town Centre Mall. The group said whi


PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell says the Fox Hill Community Centre has been “effectively shuttered” after the government failed to pay staff for five months. The former Fox Hill MP said staff of the facility were unable to work on Fr

Man in hospital after hit and run collision

TRAFFIC police are investigating the circumstances of a hit-and-run incident that occurred on Nassau Street over the weekend. According to reports, a man was attempting to cross the street near a business establishment shortly after 6pm Saturday, whe

two hurt in armed robberies over weekend

POLICE are investigating two separate armed robberies that left two men with injuries.In the first incident, two men were at a business establishment on East Bay Street and Okra Hill when they were approached by two armed men.The assailants demanded

Over-the-Hill tax-free zones are already launched, says Minnis

OVER-the-Hill constituencies of Bain and Grants Town and Centreville are now tax-free zones, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who said the government’s flagship initiative took effect November 1.Dr Minnis revealed these areas have, for t

$1,000 fine for working without permission

A Jamaican man has been fined $1,000 after being caught mixing cement without the legal permission to do so earlier this month. Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Devaux fined Anthony Findley concerning his actions on November 5. Failure to pay the fine would

all aboard for two-day job fair

Royal Caribbean International is hosting a two-day job fair starting today at the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road hoping to fill a number of onboard positions ranging from bartender to broadcast technician.The job fair comes as the cruise

four held over cash at airport

TWO American men and two Jamaican women were arrested for failing to declare large sums of cash in separate incidents at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.Both incidents took place on Friday.The two American men, ages 25 and 31, were arrested

Saturday, November 17

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Two men shot in attempted armed robbery

Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery and shooting on East Bay Street and Okra Hill on Friday which left two men with injuries.

Friday, November 16

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Machete attacker dies after being shot by police

A man who was shot by police after he attacked an officer's partner with a machete on Thursday has died of his injuries.

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Friday, 16th November, 2018.

11162018 NEWS

Friday, 16th November, 2018.

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Diabetes mellitus 'fifth leading cause of death' in The Bahamas

DIABETES mellitus is the fifth leading cause of death in The Bahamas, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands.

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Lead investigator in Smith trial admits altering statement

THE lead investigator in former PLP senator Frank Smith’s bribery and extortion trial has admitted to altering the original statement he took from the virtual complainant in the matter by adding in information some two weeks after it was taken and signed.

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AG criticises Defence Force plane crash response

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel criticised the response of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to the recent plane crash suggesting the tragedy may not have been “properly” investigated because of how quickly the initial search was called off.

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Murder victims 'died almost immediately' after shooting

FORENSIC Pathologist Dr Mandy Pedican told the Supreme Court on Friday that Noel Hamilton and Jacklyn Armbrister died almost immediately of multiple injuries and blood loss after they were shot in the head.

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RBDF commodore defends plane search and recovery efforts

THE day after civilians discovered debris from missing pilot Byron Ferguson’s crashed plane, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel vehemently defended his organisation’s search and recovery efforts.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: Dads, don’t turn your nose up at this advice

As I exited one of my favourite haunts, KFC Saunders Beach, I bumped into a young man who is a fan of this column and my #COLDEST videos.

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Smith corruption cop grilled over inquiry

IT was revealed in court yesterday that the cleaning contract at the centre of former PLP senator Frank Smith’s bribery and extortion trial was issued before the date the complainant told police she first met the accused.

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Civilian divers find plane wreckage just 40 mins into search

A CIVILIAN effort to locate the plane of missing pilot Byron Ferguson proved fruitful after a team mobilised by Gina Knowles, co-founder of online support group HeadKnowles, discovered plane debris in the waters off Nirvana Beach yesterday.

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Davis demands answers on Cargill consultancy

OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis is questioning the Minnis administration’s decision to hire Algernon Cargill as a consultant for the Ministry of Tourism.

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NPBA: Pirates defeat Pros, Stampers stop Titans

THE Triple K Stampers and the Caro Contractors Pirates won the New Providence Basketball Association’s double header at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.The Stampers won the opener 96-85 over the Caro Contractors Titans, while the Pirates

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Joanna Evans named Big 12 Swimmer of the Week

JOANNA Evans has already begun to garner accolades early in her senior season for the Texas Longhorns.An honour from the Big 12 was the latest product of her recent performances.Evans was named Big 12 Swimmer of the Week after her four first-places f

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Nations Cup: Bahamas set to face Anguilla

AFTER losing its first two games in the home-and-away series in the FIFA Nations Cup competition, the Bahamas Football Association men’s national team is hoping to secure its first win.The team is scheduled to play its second straight game at home wh

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SAC senior girls clinch softball title

In the only BAISS softball championship series to go the distance, the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine clinched the senior girls’ title.SAC scored an 8-2 win over the St John’s College Giants in the decisive third game of the series at the Fre

Time to think outside the box

As the battle rages on about whether the BEC/BPL rates are too high, or whether they have increased by 60% or 70%, there is one thing that everyone seems to agree on and that is that electricity costs far too much.

Strike Force's Greg Taylor top scorer in Financial Bowling League

THE top scorer in the Financial Bowling League competition Wednesday night was Greg Taylor of the Strike Force with a 262 high game and a 651 high three game set.The runner-up was teammate Stan Bethel with a 612 second high set. Ural Pratt of the Moo

Bahamas 4 Jesus preaches to the troubled

The Bahamas 4 Jesus movement has gotten underway in Nassau with Jesus’ teachings being brought to the most troubled in communities around Nassau.This week, several pastors from the United States shared the word of God, with the expectation that lives

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'Carly' to represent 242 in rugby

FROM track and field to rugby, Grand Bahamian native Carlene ‘Carly’ Johnson continues to make strides on the international sporting scene.The former CARIFTA sprinter, now a member of the Bahamas Rugby Union women’s national team, has been selected t

Anglicans welcome new deacon in Grand Bahama

Anglicans throughout Grand Bahama have come together to welcome a member of the clergy who was recently ordained to the office of deacon.Deacon Dave Dimitri Thomas hails from the island of Eleuthera by way of New Providence, but has strong familial t

'Call me Habakkuk!'

I love the 12 minor prophets that mentioned within the Holy Scriptures, with their strong, poignant messages that are still relevant for all today. Men like Hosea, Joel, Jonah and a plethora of others that wrote under the guidance of the Holy Spirit

Woodland, Stenson get exemptions for Hero World Challenge

THE Professional Golf Association’s Tour has announced that Gary Woodland and Henrik Stenson have been added to the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Hero World Challenge field as exemptions.The 20th Hero World Challenge, scheduled for November 29 to December 2 at Alb

Hotels should not ignore local talent

I was not surprised at all by the comments of the director of labour regarding unemployment and the expatriates working in the hotels.

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Two held as man stabbed at dump

A MAN is in hospital and two others were arrested after a stabbing at the city dump.

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Cruise ship chief praises nation - but says there is still more to do

EVEN as he called the Bahamas Royal Caribbean International’s most popular destination, RCI President and CEO Michael Bayley suggested The Bahamas is still not doing enough to reward visitors from cruise-ships with satisfying experiences.

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Back to school for CH Reeves teachers, says Lloyd

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd said teachers and students returned to CH Reeves Junior High School on Tuesday after a two-week sit out was conducted by teachers.The minister said: “I’m happy to tell you that teachers returned to the classroom on Tuesd

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'Patriarchy and discrimination' still troubling The Bahamas

DEEP rooted patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory stereotypes about the societal and familial roles of men and women were flagged as a major concern by the UN’s expert committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination A

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Feeding the 5,000

AML Foods Limited held a press conference yesterday to launch its third annual “Feed 5,000 Families” holiday give back initiative and to appeal to the general public to support the cause. AML Foods Limited joined with representatives of the Bahamas F

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Man accused of double murder and attempted killing

RENALDO Hudson, 20, is on trial in the Supreme Court for the armed robbery and the double murder of a man and woman and the attempted murder of another woman two years ago during a robbery in a Grand Bahama area known as “the ghetto”. After a length

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BISX's 20-year wait for govt debt ends

The Bahamian capital markets will take “a giant step forward” in mid-January 2019 when BISX’s 20-year wait to list and trade government debt finally ends.Keith Davies, pictured right, the Bahamas International Securities Exchange’s (BISX) chief execu

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Exuma Marathon gets high marks

George Town, Exuma — For the first time in its history, the Exuma Marathon was able to announce the two sweetest words for any event in The Bahamas - sold out.Nearly 250 runners from as far away as Holland and Ireland packed the starting line last S

Sports Notes

BOXING TEAM TRAVEL THE Bahamas Amateur Boxing Federation has sent a six-member team to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the Bert Sugar Boxing Tournament this weekend. The team, managed by Vincent Strachan and coached by Ervinette Johnson and We

- Religious happenings around town -

• Second Annual Feast DayOur Lady of the Holy Souls Roman Catholic Church will commemorate its second annual Feast Day celebrations on Sunday. During this occasion, the members will also mark the church’s 92nd anniversary. Through its spiritual and o

Bahamians, give thanks!

Someone asked the question, “If you are doing something, shouldn’t you know what you are doing?” Come on, we are all rational people, therefore the answer can only be in the affirmative. Tragically though, this does not always play itself out logical

Agents of change

First we pray, next we share, and then we act to make change visible. If you are interested you may decide to follow suit:1. Brainstorm together with people who have a heart for change2. Decide on some areas that are in dire need of elimination, redu

Bahamian pastor makes history

Bahamian Dr Leonard Johnson has been appointed the new executive secretary of the InterAmerican Division of Seventh-Day Adventist Church.He was installed in a ceremony held November 10 in Haiti, as the first pastor from an English-speaking territory

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Joshua Weech wins the Cecil G Cooke Memorial Regatta

JOSHUA Weech this past weekend won the Cecil G Cooke Memorial Regatta 2018 as he continues to dominate the Optimist dinghy class in the Bahamas. He is 13 years old, a race team member of Bahamas National Sailing School (BNSS)/Nassau Yacht Club and c

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THE FINISH LINE: BLTA hopes top players come home for tennis tournament

THE Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association will be gearing up for their annual Giorgio Baldacci Tennis Tournament next month at the National Tennis Centre. The event, held in memory of the late Baldacci, a benefactor of the BLTA and the majority of tennis

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GB Power's $18m 'bold statement'

GB Power Company will invest more than $18m in renewable energy and smart technology over the next two years as part of a “bold statement” to improve reliability and lower energy costs.David McGregor, the utility’s president and chief operating offic

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Technical problems cause 'disruption' in Fidelity branches

A BISX-listed commercial bank yesterday confirmed it was working to address “technical issues” that had caused “branch disruptions” for its client base.Gowon Bowe, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) chief financial officer, told Tribune Business: “We are experi

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'Only way is up' over Bahamas business ease

A Cabinet minister says “the only way to look is up” when it comes to The Bahamas’ 118th ranking in the World Bank’s “ease of doing business” index.Kwasi Thompson, pictured, minister of state for Grand Bahama, told the island’s second Technology Summ

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GB Power chief: Renewables can be 50-60% of generation

GB Power’s top executive yesterday said renewable energy can ultimately become 50-60 percent of the island’s generation mix, but warned: “You won’t see Florida prices any time soon.”David McGregor, the utility’s president and chief operating officer,

Summit 'profitability ratios' hit the peak

Summit Insurance has seen its creditworthiness maintained by the insurance industry’s top rating agency after its “profitability ratios” outperformed rivals.AM Best reaffirmed the property and casualty insurer’s financial strength rating of A- (Excel

EY staff qualify as public accountants

Two staff with EY Bahamas recently passed their exams to qualify as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).Ashley Darville and Fieasha Johnson join a group of young Bahamians who are employed with the firm, and aiming to advance their careers locally an

IAN FERGUSON: Ethical workplaces key to corporate success

A company’s reputation is often determined by the extent to which its employees demonstrate good workplace ethics. Ethics guide how people conduct themselves in every aspect of their lives, including on the job. It is the search for the greatest unde

Marinas eye 50% boater rise in '18

Bahamian marinas believe 2018 could produce a 50 percent year-over-year increase in visiting boaters as the country moves to generate further interest in this sector.“In 2018, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation saw boating numbers double in some is

Family Guardian ratings upheld on organic growth

Family Guardian’s continued organic growth resulted in the renewal of its financial strength ratings despite concerns over exchange controls that restrict its investments and expansion.AM Best, the leading international insurance rating agency, affir

Morton Salt union 'insulted' by offer

Industrial unrest is brewing at Morton Salt, with the union representing line-staff yesterday proclaiming itself “insulted” by the company’s industrial offer and threatening to strike.Morton Salt, though, argued that its offer was “fair” for “both o

Thursday, November 15

11152018 EDITION

Thursday, 15th November, 2018.

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'Women are prostituting themselves to pay light bill'

BAHAMAS Electrical Workers Union President Paul Maynard yesterday said if light bills were “half” of what they are, The Bahamas would have a “new economy”. Speaking during a meeting of the Rotary Club of South East Nassau, Mr Maynard called for the p

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Royal Caribbean International's Symphony of the Seas is in town

THE Bahamas made history when the world’s largest ship docked in its harbour yesterday, its first official stop on its maiden voyage.The arrival of the Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas was punctuated by celebratory music befitting

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Pre-school vouchers worth $2k per child

THE Ministry of Education yesterday launched the second phase of its universal pre-school programme with a contract signing for its private pre-school partnership.

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Head Knowles group 'finds pieces of missing plane' (video)

Online support group Head Knowles says they have found pieces of the plane piloted by Byron Ferguson that went missing in waters off Nirvana Beach last week.

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Grand Lucayan sale - seven ‘serious’ contenders

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis revealed that of the 20 investor groups interested in purchasing the Grand Lucayan resort, there are seven serious contenders the government is looking at closely.

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Dionisio signals air fees windfall

TOURISM and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has said the negotiations into charging international airlines fees for using Bahamian airspace are going “extremely well”.

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My daddy’s last words: ‘I love you’

Devastated Arlene Newton Gaitor said yesterday she will hold on to her father Cyril Gaitor’s last words to her the night before he tragically died, when he told her he loved her.

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Nygard pays out $2.6m to go home

PETER Nygard has paid a $2.6m settlement to Save The Bays which has allowed him to retake possession of Nygard Cay.

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Smith's lawyer quizzes police officer over cash payments

FORMER PLP Senator Frank Smith’s lead attorney yesterday asked a senior police officer if he had verified the virtual complainant’s claims that his client demanded cash payments for helping her get a cleaning contract with the Public Hospitals Author

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Fox and Chisholm continue theirstellar play in Arizona Fall League

LUCIUS Fox and Jazz Chisholm continued their stellar play in the Arizona Fall League in their most recent appearances.Fox went 3-4 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and a walk out of the leadoff spot in a 14-3 win for the Peoria Javelinas over t

Davis makes impact with Mavericks

RADSHAD Davis’ adjustment to the NCAA Division I level has been a seamless transition thus far as he has made an immediate impact with the University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks.The junior guard transfer is averaging 11 points and 8.5 rebounds per g

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Big Red Machine, Cougars are BAISS softball champions

The Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools crowned softball champions in three divisions while the fourth will be determined by a decisive game three today.The St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine won both the junior and senior boys’

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Thomas traded to Pirates in the minor league

TAHNAJ Thomas will be on the move next season with a new organisation in the minor leagues.Thomas was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Cleveland Indians alongside Erik Gonzalez and Dante Mendoza in exchange for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff.L

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Which high school will take home national volleyball title?

THE official list of participants has been released as 20 teams are set to vie for the title of high school volleyball national champions this weekend. Corporate sponsor JS Johnson Insurance Agents and Brokers Ltd will join the Ministries of Youth S

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'Best of the Best Regatta' to make leap for sport of sailing

THE 3rd annual Best of the Best Regatta is scheduled for December 6-9 at Montagu foreshore. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard made the announcement during a press conference held at the ministry’s headquarters on November 7

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YOUR SAY: Who should pay for healthcare?

IT DEPENDS where you live, is the answer posed by the question in the headline.

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Inmate still on loose from boys centre

ONE inmate of the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys, who escaped in August, still remains at large while three boys who ran away from the facility last month have been returned. Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell told The Tribune yesterday the oth

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Davis calls for fair treatment at Straw Market

AS some straw vendors railed against “terrible” treatment from the government, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said the Minnis administration should be more sensitive to the challenges the sellers face.Mr Davis along with party

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'No surprise' at PM's visa silence

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ silence over the FBI’s probe into an alleged visa scam in the country is not surprising as he castigated the government for its late response to the

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Web shop QC slams govt for 'disrespect'

The Government was yesterday accused of “disrespecting” the web shop industry by setting an arbitrary end-of-week deadline to resolve their differences over the five percent patron tax.Wayne Munroe QC, the attorney representing the Island Game and Pa

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'Way too early to celebrate' BOB's 199% profits rise

A prominent Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) shareholder yesterday warned it was “way too early to celebrate” its 199 percent first quarter profits increase as multiple concerns remain. Darron Cash, pictured, the former Free National Movement (FNM) chairman

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Top official: Shoddy accounting justifies new licence regime

THE Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday defended the new business licence regulations on the basis that too many companies’ financial statements “do not stand up to scrutiny”.Marlon Johnson, pictured, the financial secretary, said this was t

Top official confident of business licence 'happy medium'

The Ministry of Finance’s top official was yesterday “fairly confident” that the new business licence regulations can be adjusted to achieve the Government’s goals without being “onerous” for business.Marlon Johnson, speaking to Tribune Business afte

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Bahamas' WTO membership is 'no fait accompli'

THE Government’s chief World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiator yesterday said The Bahamas’ accession was no “fait accompli”, telling accountants: “I’m not tied to any outcome.”Zhivargo Laing, the former Cabinet Minister, told attendees at the Baham

BTC union in trade dispute

The trade union representing Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) line staff yesterday filed a dispute over the company’s alleged failure to enter “good faith” talks on a new industrial deal. The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (

Govt targets Immigration revamp for tech hub boost

The Government is reviewing draft legislation for a visa product aimed at attracting the highly-skilled workers and companies it needs to realise its Grand Bahama technology hub ambitions.The prime minister, opening the second Grand Bahama Technology

Wednesday, November 14

11142018 EDITION

Wednesday, 14th November, 2018.

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Minnis still promises quarterly briefings 'when time is right'

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday described the work of the news media as “essential”, following persistent allegations that he is anti-press. Dr Minnis said he does not engage with such rumours, adding he will hold his long-promised quarter

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20 new officers recruited to immigration unit

IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette yesterday suggested it was difficult to investigate claims of bribery with cash as he encouraged the public to utilise the Department of Immigration’s new corruption unit.

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IMAX future so bright PM's gotta wear shades

“IMPRESSED is an understatement” is how Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis described his opinion of Fusion Superplex, the $50m entertainment facility and movie theatre that is projected to have its grand opening on December 14. Ten days ahead of its Nov

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Minnis’ prayers for missing pilot’s family

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday extended his prayers to the family of Byron Ferguson, the pilot whose plane crashed into the waters of Nirvana Beach on Thursday night.

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Sands – We'll make fair offer to doctors

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government is negotiating in good faith to present a reasonable and fair offer to public health physicians who have threatened industrial action.

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Victim was trying to escape violence

THE family of the man fatally shot while walking on Watlins Street is reeling after his death, with one relative saying 19-year-old Stantavio Ramsey had recently moved out of a violent area to make something of his life.

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Too much hot air delays Frank Smith hearing

FORMER PLP Senator Frank Smith’s bribery and extortion trial had to be relocated yesterday due to a three-week long air conditioning failure at the Magistrate’s Court complex.

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FBI briefing over 'visa fraud' sting

NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames told reporters yesterday the Federal Bureau of Investigation is expected to fully brief Police Commissioner Anthony Ferguson this week on the findings of its two-year undercover investigation into an alleged visa fraud at its Nassau Embassy.

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Lashann Higgs erupts for 20, reaches 1,000 career points

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Lashann Higgs scored 20 points to reach 1,000 in her career in a matchup of a longtime coach and her mentor.

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CULTURE CLASH: If the system is wrong then we need to change it

We have a systems problem. Systems are not just machines or procedures for high-level tasks, but include the timing of traffic lights, the passport renewal application process and the dissemination of information.

Don't hide your identity

Within our current reality in The Bahamas, we’re noticing that Bahamians, mostly females, are beginning to embrace their Afrocentric (natural) beauty/appearance.

6th annual Kids Athletics Road Race on Saturday

FOLLOWING the successful staging of the second annual Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile over the weekend, the sixth annual Kids Athletics Road Race is set for Saturday.

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Promised BPL probe has not yet begun

DESPITE announcing nearly three months ago that he ordered a probe into matters of concern at Bahamas Power and Light, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis confirmed yesterday no investigation has begun, but insisted he told the truth in pledging issues a

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American woman held over drugs

CENTRAL division officers arrested an American woman aboard the Carnival Elation cruise ship, after she was allegedly found in possession of a quantity of suspected marijuana.The woman is expected to be formally arraigned in Magistrate’s Court later


THE prestigious Bahamas National Chess Championship 2018 is scheduled to begin in one week. Eight of the Bahamas’ top players are expected to compete in a seven round-robin style tournament.

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In the BFA, UB Mingoes top United 2-0

THE University of the Bahamas Mingoes defeated United Football Club 2-0 for the first win of the Bahamas Football Association season as the defending champions look to repeat this season.

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Haitian man accused of illegal landing by boat

A Haitian man who arrived illegally by boat to The Bahamas two weeks ago was charged with being in breach of the Immigration Act in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court yesterday.St Jude Pierre, 28, of Port de Paix, Haiti, appeared before Magistrate Rengi

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Horse show rocks in Camperdown

THE second horse show of the Equestrian Bahamas 2018-2019 show season took place this past weekend at Camperdown Equestrian Centre.

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'Overkill': Govt hit overbank account demands

The Bahamian private sector yesterday slammed business licence-related demands for their bank account details as “overkill”, and asked: “When’s it going to be easier to do business?”Michael Maura, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confede

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Scholarships power trio to high school success

THREE more recipients of scholarships from the Tara Xavier Hepburn Foundation – Dwayna Archer, Danitra Sargent and Deneil Rolle – have successfully completed their high school education at St John’s College.Dwayna and Danitra graduated with distincti

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NPBA: UB Mingoes, Elite make it to the win column

THE University of the Bahamas Mingoes and the Basden Elevator Elite won their games in the New Providence Basketball Association’s double header at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Monday night.

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Eleven to be inducted in National Sports Hall of Fame

THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is expected to induct 11 more persons into the National Hall of Fame next week, bringing the total to 163 since the inception of the highest honour for outstanding athletes, coaches and officials in 1989.

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Kevin Major Jr wins title at USTA tourney

For the second straight week, Kevin Major Jr has hoisted a championship trophy won in singles at a USTA tennis tournament.

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'Concessions necessary' in meeting EU demands

The Deputy Prime Minister yesterday revealed that unspecified “concessions were necessary” to meet European and OECD demands for The Bahamas to end so-called “ring fencing”.KP Turnquest, in messaged replies to Tribune Business’s questions, said the G

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Nassau water ‘shortage’ alert sounded from July

The Water & Sewerage Corporation’s main supplier was warning of “immediate shortages” that could have “significant ramifications” for Baha Mar and the Government as early as July 2018.

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Bahamas 'underestimated' cruise visitors spending

The Bahamas may have “underestimated” cruise passenger spend in Nassau and Freeport, a Cabinet Minister admitted yesterday, following reports of a 59 percent increase since 2015.

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'Data room' entry for 50% of Grand Lucayan buyers

Around 50 percent of potential Grand Lucayan buyers have gained access to the “data room” holding details on the property, the Minister of Tourism revealed yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar said he remains “hopeful” a buyer will found for the island’s las

'Overwhelming' responseto Small Business Centre

MORE than 1,500 persons have registered with the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), its executive director said yesterday, describing the response as “overwhelming”.Addressing the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) seminar, Davi

Bahamas targets Japan with maritime presence

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is aiming to make further inroads into the Japanese shipping market through the opening of its new office in the heart of Tokyo’s Minato district.KP Turnquest, the deputy prime minister, was joined by Renward Well

Tuesday, November 13

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UPDATED: Fisherman killed in Andros boat explosion

TRAGEDY struck Andros Tuesday morning when a 53-year-old man was killed in a fishing boat explosion off Morgan’s Bluff.

11132018 EDITION

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018.

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FACE TO FACE: From grocery boy to the halls of learning

He grew up as a Valley Boy in Culmersville, lost his father as a young boy and began working at an early age to help his mother. His life could have been a story of mediocrity blamed on his circumstances. Instead, he would be the boy who worked to pay for his education, studied hard in school, set goals for himself and achieved them - and then some.

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Weather watch on tropical wave

WEATHER officials are monitoring a system that has developed in the Atlantic Ocean and has The Bahamas in its sights.The tropical wave has formed east of the Lesser Antilles.On Sunday, the US National Hurricane Centre said about the system: “Showers

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Union fear over BTC downsizing

BTC unions yesterday protested further downsizing at the telecommunications company, namely the outsourcing of its call centre.

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Renew CEO Cox ‘had no work permit’

FORMER Renew Bahamas CEO Michael Cox and his uncle Maurice Cox will stand trial at the end of the month on allegations that they were working in The Bahamas last month without government approval.

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Man shot dead off Andros Avenue

A man is dead after a shooting off Andros Avenue on Monday.

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Pratt – I'll fight 'unjust allegations'

FORMER Immigration Director William Pratt said yesterday he was seeking legal redress in response to “loose, untested allegations” in reference to him in an affidavit detailing the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe of an alleged local US visa scam.

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'Majority miss out on growth'

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis conceded yesterday that only a small group of Bahamians benefit from economic growth in the country, but assured citizens the government is addressing blockages that stifle job creation and perpetuate poverty.

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'WE'RE DOING ALL WE POSSIBLY CAN' – Dames defends search operation for crash pilot

AS the search for missing pilot Byron Ferguson continues, National Security Minister Marvin Dames defended officials against criticism by saying that law enforcement has extended every effort to resolving this matter.

Hurdler Gibson hoping 2019 will be banner year

AFTER a rarely quiet year since winning the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia, in April, Bahamas national 400 metre hurdles record holder Jeffery Gibson is hoping to have a banner year in 2019. “I’m setting some goal

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Treat me like a lady

The Collins Dictionary says that when you say a woman is a lady, you mean that she behaves in a polite, dignified and graceful way. You see, being a lady is much more than having a series of female body parts. Like beauty, it goes deeper than the sur

Bahamian players in U Sports spotlight

IT was an active weekend for Bahamian basketball players at Canada’s top-tiered U Sports level and in the Canadian College Athletic Association.Azaro Roker has thrived in a more prominent role early in the season for the St FX X-Men.Roker stuffed the

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Small steps, big rewardsService to assist teen parents gets governmental validation

Winning the Minister’s Cup for Youth Excellence, said Teen Life Skills Services founder Felicia Campbell, has taught her two important lessons: to never underestimate humble beginnings, and to understand that small steps eventually lead to big strid

Why airspace fees should come to us

Our failure to capitalize on our own airspace is losing us millions of dollars each year. Most Bahamians may be unaware, but every aircraft that flies within our national boundaries pays a fee, a kind of tax if you will, for right of passage through our territory. The problem is, currently those fees, which can number in the many thousands of dollars per flight, get paid to the United States authorities!

A PM term limit would prevent another Pindling

Two referenda have failed in The Bahamas under the last Progressive Liberal Party administration of former Prime Minister Perry Christie: the constitutional referendum in 2016 and the gaming referendum in 2013. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ plan to implement term limits for the office of prime minister will almost certainly succeed in a referendum. I believe Minnis wants ten years or two terms for the prime minister.

EDITORIAL: Cameras, strong measures must be deployed to fight corruption

On Monday, November 5, this newspaper published a front page story revealing a two-year investigation into alleged bribery and corruption at the highest levels of the Bahamas Immigration Department was now an FBI matter.

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BPL’s CEO denies they turned on generator too soon

WHITNEY Heastie, Bahamas Power and Light CEO, sought to dispel speculation yesterday that a fire at BPL’s Clifton Pier Power plant was the result of an ill advised call to operate a generator when the conditions were not right.

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Straw Market vendors want goods back

STRAW vendors are appealing to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Works Minister Desmond Bannister to have the Straw Market Authority return all vendors’ goods which were disposed of last week in a dispute over unpaid rent.

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Witness misidentified men in ID parade, court hears

A KEY witness against Stephen “Die” Stubbs, Clinton Evans and Andrew “Yogi” Davis identified Evans as Stubbs during an identification parade almost 20 years ago, despite his claims that he had known Stubbs for almost a decade up to that point, appellate judges heard yesterday.

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Hospital returning to normal after chemical spill

LABORATORY and radiology services have now been restored at the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama following the suspension of services as a result of a minor chemical spill last Thursday. According to officials, a private Hazmat company, repres

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Minister quizzed over quality of caretaking at centre for girls

SOCIAL Services Minister Frankie Campbell faced an unlikely question about the quality of caretakers at the Willie Mae Pratt School for Girls during a press conference yesterday about the series of events planned this month to celebrate men, women an

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Soaraway Bahamas? 59% cruise spend rise

Cruise passenger spending in Nassau and Freeport soared by 59 percent over the past three years, making The Bahamas the third highest-yielding destination in the Caribbean.Such findings, which showed per capita cruise passenger spending rise at a rat

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Megan Moss joins UK Wildcats track & field

Add St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine’s quarter-miler Megan Moss as the latest Bahamian to join the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ track and field programme.

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Singer fights cancer for third time, family hosts benefit concert

In 2004, doctors diagnosed Minerva Kemp McIntosh with leukaemia and gave her less than six months to live. Now, 14 years later, Minerva is still here and still fighting. She has already beaten the cancer twice and is now going for a third round with

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RBPF Interceptors, Electro Telcom Invaders emerge as champions

THE Bahamas Government Departmental Softball Association completed its championship series for men and women at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex over the weekend.The Electro Telcom Invaders emerged as the ladies’ champions, while the Royal Bahamas

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Quit shaming alternative journeys to motherhood

Like most parents, actress Gabrielle Union and NBA star Dwyane Wade were delighted to introduce their new baby to the world.The photos that were released via social media last week were just what you would imagine: the parents, cradling their preciou

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Breakout season for Strachan, productive year for Knowles-Tener

THE NCAA Division II football regular season concluded with a breakout season for Mike Strachan and a productive year in a new programme for Rondre Knowles-Tener.Strachan finished with five receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown in the Charleston

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When you fall, get back up!

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

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THE PRESS BOX: Veteran big man Chandler a big boost to Lakers' defence

THE Lakers improved immediately, from a defensive stand point, with the addition of veteran centre Tyson Chandler, after he was bought out by the Phoenix Suns. Chandler picked L.A. out of about five teams trying to secure his services. Chandler’s g

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UB Mingoes suffer two losses at hands of USVI Buccaneers

THE University of the US Virgin Islands Buccaneers spoiled the homecoming celebrations for the University of the Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball programmes as the visitors took both games in the weekend series.The Bucs took game one 102-85 on Friday

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Young girl gives hope to diabetes patients through new book

Eleven-year-old Kaiden Moss-Moultrie has mastered living with diabetes at a young age. Now, she has become an author, releasing a book designed to share her plight and help other children facing similar challenges.Kaiden was diagnosed with type 1 dia

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NHI branded 'pouring water in leaky bucket'

The proposed two percent National Health Insurance (NHI) “tax” was yesterday likened to “pouring more water into a leaky bucket”, with an attorney arguing: “We’re not ready for it yet.” Carey Leonard, a member of the first Christie administration’s N

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Shareholder row hits Ansbacher purchase

Ansbacher (Bahamas) year-long efforts to acquire a rival Bahamian bank have been impacted by a bitter shareholder dispute at its target, a Court of Appeal ruling has revealed.The Hottinger and Vernes families, respectively majority and minority share

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PM reveals 'very serious issue' on business licences

The Prime Minister yesterday met with the Ministry of Finance and Bahamian accountants to address a “very serious issue” over planned changes to business licence regulations. Dr Hubert Minnis, pictured, admitted to the Bahamas Institute of Chartered

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Water Corp says supplier ignored $246m ‘good faith’

The Water & Sewerage Corporation’s $246m in “good faith” should have ensured its main water provider avoided making “simply unacceptable” warnings about potential supply disruption, its executive chairman said yesterday.

'Not business as usual' for struggling auto sector

THE Bahamian auto industry is still struggling for survival, the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association’s (BMDA) president telling this newspaper: “It’s not business as usual.”Coming off the recent Car Show, Fred Albury told Tribune Business: “Regarding t

Minnis to spark 2nd annual tech summit

The Prime Minister is expected to be the keynote speaker at the opening of the second Grand Bahama Technology Summit tomorrow at the Grand Lucayan.Dr Hubert Minnis’ role signals his belief in the event’s importance for Grand Bahama and the wider Baha

PM calls for more tourism diversity

THE PRIME Minister yesterday stressed that The Bahamas needs to increase tourism diversification to realise the still “untapped” potential of this nation’s major industry.Dr Hubert Minnis, addressing the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BI

Minister says tourism spend leak 'pathetic'

The MINISTER of tourism yesterday expressed dismay at what he described as a lack of creativity among Bahamian businesses in enhancing the visitor experience, slamming the tourism dollar leakage as “pathetic”.Dionisio D’Aguilar, addressing the Bahama

Monday, November 12

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Monday, 12th November, 2018.

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Monday, 12th November, 2018.

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Tribune trio scoops trophies at awards

THERE was a trio of awards for Tribune writers in this year’s Bahamas Press Club Awards, held on Saturday night.

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Bay Street Mile draws over 700 competitors

More than 700 competitors, including three of her training partners, showed up on Saturday to participate in the second annual Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile.

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INSIGHT: The FNM must recommit to the principles upon which they ran for office

This article, the second in a two-part series, deals with initiatives to strengthen rights and privileges of individuals and communities. The first instalment, ‘A few words of advice to help a government off course’, published on October 29, addressed the need to upgrade our economic system for the 21st century.

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100,000 visas granted by US

THE US Embassy in Nassau has granted just over 100,000 non-immigrant visas since 2012, according to statistics provided by the US State Department.Meanwhile, the rate of refusal of Bahamians for non-immigrant B-visas has hung around 9.3 percent for t

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Flight home was for father’s birthday

THE pilot of the ill-fated plane that crashed in the waters of Nirvana Beach on Thursday night was coming home to take his parents on a trip to South Africa in celebration of his father’s birthday, relatives revealed yesterday.

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‘Rescuers are failing lost pilot’

RELATIVES of Byron Ferguson, the pilot of the small plane that crashed in waters off Nirvana Beach on Thursday night, are frustrated and dissatisfied with the way officials have conducted search and rescue efforts for the beloved father, husband, son, and brother.

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'Is PM serious on tackling corruption?'

THE Minnis administration’s silence on the FBI’s investigation into alleged bribery at the Department of Immigration connected to a local US visa scam is casting doubt on its professed commitment to fighting corruption, former State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez said yesterday.

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Search after man falls off boat

THE search for a missing Bahamian man who fell overboard from a vessel off central Eleuthera on Friday night has been suspended, a Royal Bahamas Defence Force official confirmed to The Tribune yesterday.

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UPDATED: Victim’s body found lying in the street

A man is dead after a shooting off Kemp Road late on Friday night.

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Immigration chiefs deny wrongdoing in visa probe

IMMIGRATION Director Clarence Russell and his predecessor, William Pratt, responded yesterday to references made to them in an affidavit that is part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe of a local US visa scam.

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INSIGHT: We need a solution to our energy crisis now – not later

AMID what has been deemed an energy crisis by some, public outcry over the increasing electricity costs has become commonplace in our society. Similarly, the lackadaisical response from our elected leaders has been disheartening. Indubitably, Bahamas Power and Light has become our nation’s greatest failure.

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Exhibition highlights role played by Bahamians in First World War

THE Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium and University of The Bahamas are hosting a joint exhibition, launched over the weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

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landfill agreement with bidder '85% complete'

ENVIRONMENT Minister Romauld Ferreira said the New Providence Sanitary Landfill’s investment and management contract between the government and the selected bidder is 80 to 85 percent completed.

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Doppler radar loaded up for Long Island

ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force auxiliary vessel HMBS Lawrence Major departed the Coral Harbour Base on Friday to transport equipment and materials for the installation of a meteorological Doppler radar in Long Island.The Doppler radar will be installed

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Woman in hospital after armed robbery

POLICE are investigating six armed robberies that occurred on New Providence between Friday and Saturday, including one incident that left a woman in hospital with a gunshot wound.Most of these incidents happened on Saturday. Police said shortly befo

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Boaters put on alert as container found floating

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has warned boaters to stay clear of an unidentified floating container unit found in waters off Farmer’s Cay in the Exuma chain.At last report, the estimated 20 ft by 40 ft metal container was located at position latit

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Ayton posts double double in loss to Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Deandre Ayton scored 20 points and led the Phoenix Suns with 12 rebounds on Saturday night. But they were defeated by the New Orleans Pelicans 119-99. It was the eighth double-double for the rookie No. 1 draft choice. He shot 9-12

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Buddy and Kings come on strong late to beat Timberwolves 121-110

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Kings coach Dave Joerger didn’t like most of what he saw from his team in the first half against Minnesota.The second half was an entirely different story and had Joerger beaming afterward, even though Sacramento nearly

We need a Governor General we can respect

There comes a time in life when we must recognise where we are and when our time has come. Too many of us remain on the political scene only to suit our own purposes and not the country’s. Like many preachers, politicians cannot exit the stage and enjoy their retirement. Greed blinds us.

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GAIN AN EDGE: How a culinary arts education can help in a thriving tourism market

“Cooks and chefs are the backbone of the hospitality industry in any market and especially a thriving tourism market, where customers travel from far away to experience a relaxing vacation while dining on the local specialties. A major trend taking place currently in the hospitality industry worldwide and in The Bahamas is Culinary Tourism,” says chef J Desmond Keefe the executive director of Culinary Arts and Tourism Studies at University of The Bahamas.

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WORLD VIEW: Identity and dignity lost with the CCJ

THE referenda, held individually in Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada, on replacing the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on November 6, were lost for the same reason that Brexit succeeded in the United Kingdom.

NPBA: Giants, buckets and stingers in win column

THE New Providence Basketball Association continued its regular season action with a triple header at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Saturday night as the Commonwealth Bank Giants, Aliv Buckets and PJ Stingers all emerged victorious.The Giants held off

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NCAA Division I Basketball: Bahamians take spotlight

SEVERAL 20-point performances highlighted the play from Bahamians over the weekend in NCAA Division I basketball.Charles Bain posted a career-high while Lashann Higgs and Travis Munnings exhibited the senior leadership their respective programmes exp

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Waste too 'entrenched' for govt NHI savings

The Government cannot finance National Health Insurance (NHI) from internal savings because waste and inefficiency is too “entrenched” in the public sector, a Cabinet minister has admitted.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business tha

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Voting for IAAF Female Athlete of Year closes today

ALREADY named the North American and Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Female Athlete of the Year, Shaunae Miller-Uibo said it would be a “feather in her cap” if she is selected as the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s Female Athlete o

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'Useless' BISX claim 'vehemently rejected'

A BISX-listed company has sprung to the stock exchange’s defence by “vehemently rejecting” charges it is “useless”, saying: “We are living proof that the system can work.”Julian Brown, Benchmark (Bahamas) president and chief executive, told Tribune B

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Govt ‘won’t stand by’ on water supply threat

The Government “will not stand by” and allow Nassau’s water supply to be disrupted by debts owed to the Water & Sewerage Corporation’s main supplier, its executive chairman has pledged.

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BAIC tenant neglect to cost $94k

A $94,000 damages award against the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) has been upheld after its neglect resulted in the violation of a tenant’s lease agreement.The Court of Appeal, in a unanimous verdict, threw out the Government

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Bahamas gives OECD, EU anti tax evasion bills

The Government has presented the European Union (EU) and OECD with the draft Bills designed to address their concerns over The Bahamas’ ability to combat corporate tax evasion.The Ministry of Finance, in a statement yesterday, said KP Turnquest, depu

Bahamas elected to UN agency's Council

The Bahamas has succeeded in its first-ever bid to join the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) council, gaining the votes of 162 out of 177 member states.This nation will now be seated as one of 48 council members for a body that is the U

Ministry aims to grow 154 retailer waivers

The Ministry of Finance is turning to technology in a bid to grow the number of footwear and clothing retailers qualifying for Customs duty waivers beyond the 154 already approved.The Ministry of Finance, in a bid to reduce the cost of doing business

Bahamas 'misses chance' on canadian pot shortage

Canada’s recent legal marijuana shortage has been branded a “missed opportunity” for The Bahamas by a local advocacy group, which has been “unnerved” by the lack of progress.Terry Miller, chairman of the non-profit Bahamas Cannabis Research Institute

Long Island 'dead in water' without airlift

LONG Island will be “dead in the water” if it does not get the necessary airlift, a private sector representative has warned, although there remains reason for optimism over its rebound.Romona Ritchie-Taylor, vice-president of the Long Island Chamber

Sunday, November 11

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Search and rescue efforts unable to retrieve crashed plane, locate occupants

SUNDAY 7.10PM UPDATE: The search for the pilot of the plane is continuing.

Friday, November 9

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11092018 WEEKEND

Friday, 9th November, 2018.

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Tributes paid as Bradley Roberts laid to rest

MOURNERS filled St Francis Xavier Cathedral on Friday to celebrate the life of former Cabinet minister, parliamentarian, and Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts.

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Friday, 11th November, 2018.

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SIX MONTHS OF DELAYS: Businesses on West Bay Street fear impact of long road works

BUSINESSES near Blake Road are concerned about the impact the upcoming six-month long water and road improvement work will have on their establishments. The work is set to begin this Monday. In interviews with The Tribune yesterday, some proprietors

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Immigration chief warns lawbreakers amid FBI manhunt

IN the wake of a two-year FBI operation that uncovered alleged bribery of officials at the Department of Immigration as part of a wider US visa fraud scheme, Director of Immigration Clarence Russell said he does not tolerate corruption.

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Pair’s conviction thrown out over man’s death in bar brawl

THE Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction for a woman and her child’s father previously sentenced to over a decade in prison each for killing a man in the course of a brawl at a bar on Carmichael Road six years ago.

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BPL chairman told to stay out of politics

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday rebuked Donovan Moxey, telling the Bahamas Power and Light chairman to leave the inflammatory invective to politicians who have equal standing in the arena with Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis.

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Electric bill ‘like a second mortgage’

THE increased value added tax exemption ceiling on power bills will have “limited” impact on consumer expenses, Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants President Gowon Bowe has insisted, while likening spiked electricity costs to having a second mortgage.

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Chemical spill at Rand Memorial

A HAZMAT team and the Department of Environment Health were called to the Rand Memorial Hospital yesterday morning following a “minor chemical spill” in the laboratory at the public health facility in Freeport. No one was injured, however, affected

A bountiful harvest

I am a gardener and enjoy reaping from my own limited efforts. This is a wonderful time of the year. Pots, plots, fields, whatever is helpful according to your time and budget. The Promised Land is described in this way: “Observe the commands of the

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Bahamas softball in co-ed slow pitch cup tourney

THE Bahamas Government Departmental Softball Association, with a much beefed up national team, is heading to the 2018 World Baseball Softball Confederation’s Co-Ed Slow Pitch International Cup Tournament next week.And BGDSA president Dwaine Stevens i

Revive us again! Cursillo celebrates 30 years in The Bahamas -

Cursillo (the name means “a short course”) is a method of revival of the church. It has come to us from the Spanish Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of the Cursillo Ministry is to convert Christians to a deeper relationship with God and to help the

We need to take control of our airspace

Several months ago, the government said it was working diligently to get control of our airspace from the United States. This is a vital initiative in terms both of the country’s ability to earn revenue by charging fees to airlines that use our airspace, but also in terms of our sovereignty and dignity as a people. Why should the United States be making money every time a plane flies over the Bahamas? Common sense will tell you the status quo is an absurd arrangement.

Perverse and ignorant comments

Was the PLP’s Mall Renovation Estimate Inflated?

EDITORIAL: Importance of remembering the fallen

REMEMBRANCE Day, also known informally as Poppy Day, has special significance this year because it marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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No layoffs over laundry changes, says Atlantis

SENIOR Atlantis Vice-President Ed Fields insisted there would be “absolutely no layoffs” at the hotel after laundry workers were told some positions had been made redundant yesterday morning.

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Another GB business has to close its doors

A DECLINE in business has forced the closure of another establishment at the Port Lucaya Marketplace, where merchants are struggling to hang on as government seeks a buyer for the closed Grand Lucayan resort.

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DNA deputy joins US election observers

THE deputy leader of the Democratic National Alliance was selected to participate in the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme focused on the American electoral process. Arinthia Komolafe joined other political leaders from

Get into the Ark!

The judgement is coming and it is rapidly approaching. The second advent of Jesus Christ is almost here, and boy, I can’t wait. Hey, nothing wrong with salivating over such a glorious, magnificent event that is about to occur.Most devout believers wo

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A COMIC'S VIEW: So what in the world is EXTREME?

THESE days it seems, every nook and cranny is crawling with an infestation of terror and destruction that would rival any of those plagues found in The Good Book. You guessed it, “millennials”. Ah, yes, I remember the free-for-all, happy-go-lucky d


• A NASA spacecraft has made its first close approach to the sun, just 2 1/2 months after liftoff.

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Parents keeping children home as teachers withdraw services

EDUCATION Director Marcellus Taylor said yesterday that some parents have responded to the teacher turmoil at CH Reeves Junior High School by refusing to send their children to school. In the wake of the unauthorised industrial action when dozens of

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Basketball Tournament in honour of Tyler Rolle Jr

OVER the years, Sam Carter has been successful in hosting some of the greatest Park League basketball tournaments in the Fort Charlotte community.Recently, he was responsible for organising the first T’s Outside Stadium Basketball Tournament. It was

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THE FINISH LINE: Inaugural Caribbean Tip-Off Classic shows that 'you can't teach height'

THE inaugural Caribbean Tip-Off Classic gave Bahamians a chance to see the next two rising young talents in Kai Jones and Samuel Hunter as they prepare for the collegiate ranks next year. But the tournament also put the spotlight on the high school

A joyful celebration of unsung heroes

The Joy International charitable organisation is hosting its third annual empowerment conference at which community leaders who have made outstanding contributions to society will be honoured.The special empowerment service will take place tomorrow n

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BTC eyes 2019 'bottom' after 12,400 client loss

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) owner yesterday said its mobile subscriber loss “will bottom out in 2019” after another 12,400 customers exited in this year’s third quarter.Balan Nair, Liberty Latin America’s (LiLAC) chief executive, t

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NASA conducts quiet sonic boom tests near Texas Gulf Coast

NASA is monitoring how residents living near the Texas Gulf Coast react to quiet sonic booms as the space agency works on an experimental aircraft that could significantly reduce commercial flight times.

Nashad Mackey earns first Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of Week

JUST a week into his senior season, Nashad Mackey is already earning conference accolades for the Embry Riddle Eagles men’s basketball programme.Mackey earned the first Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week as the Eagles got off to a

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Buddy scores 24 in loss to the Raptors

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 24 points, including three 3-pointers, and dished out three assists but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Raptors beat the Sacramento Kings 114-105 on Wednesday night.

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Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

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Jazz Chisholm hits his third home run in AFL

JAZZ Chisholm just missed out on the final roster spot in the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, but he continues being one of the league’s top home run hitters despite limited opportunities.Chisholm hit his third home run of the AFL and second in as

Martial arts: Miller to represent Bahamas

A LONE Bahamian competitor will travel to represent the country at the 2018 Unified World Mixed Martial Arts Championships.Christian Miller will compete in the Men’s Light Heavyweight (93kg/205 lbs) division at the International Mixed Martial Arts Fe

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Shockers, Giants win NPBA openers

THE New Providence Basketball Association kicked off its 2018/19 season at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Wednesday night with the JD’s Seafood Shockers and the Your Essential Store Giants pulling off the double header.In the men’s division one feature

Water supply alert on govts $16.1m debt

Nassau’s main water provider yesterday sounded an alert over potential supply disruptions if the Government does not pay a $16.1m debt that has increased by 76.9 percent this year. Consolidated Water, the BISX-listed entity that produces virtually al

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Developer: 'Useless' BISX needs new life

A prominent developer and real estate financier yesterday called for the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) to be “overhauled”, arguing: “It needs new life”.David Kosoy, pictured, Sterling Global Financial’s chairman, who was a panellis

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'How could I compete' against 7 cents power?

A Bahamian businessman yesterday questioned “how am I supposed to compete” against foreign rivals whose all-in electricity costs are almost two-thirds lower than BPL’s fuel charge.Robert Myers, who also heads the Organisation for Responsible Governan

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Central Bank to ban 'anonymous' crypto assets

The Central Bank is proposing to ban its licensees from dealing with “anonymous” crypto currency assets, with 84 percent of local institutions saying they have no desire to enter this space.The regulator, unveiling a “discussion paper” on proposals f

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CIBC Trust nominee takes 'major' award

One of two CIBC Trust Company (Bahamas) nominees took away a top award from the recent annual financial services industry Excellence Awards.Norma T Major, director of operations for finance and client accounting, won Mentor of the Year, while Taryn T

PM admits more progress required on business ease

The Prime Minister yesterday admitted The Bahamas needs to make faster and greater progress in improving its “ease of doing business”, reiterating that new measures will be adopted in 2019.Delivering the keynote address at the Securities Commission’s

Online bookings solution processes $3.7m in 2018

An online bookings solution provider has announced the full launch of its services after processing almost $3.7m in direct excursions this year alone.RezBS, which is targeting the Caribbean tour companies market, said it aims to empower local busines

BTC targets hospitality sector with new offering

THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has launched a “hospitality suite of services” aimed at modernising the tourism industry and “going beyond” guest expectations.Andre Knowles, director of BTC Business, speaking on the sidelines of yesterda

IAN FERGUSON: Keeping pace with employer demands

We spend a substantial part of our adult life at work. With companies demanding more from their employees in less time, trying to meet all your deadlines may seem really stressful. Keeping pace in a fast-moving economy and world is the desire of emp

'Rife with fraud': Developer sounds crowdfunding alarm

A prominent real estate financier yesterday warned against crowdfunding as a means to finance Bahamian entrepreneurs because it could be “rife with fraud”.David Kosoy, Sterling Global Financial’s chairman, while addressing capital raising challenges

Thursday, November 8

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Thursday, 8th November, 2018.

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PLP holds memorial for Bradley Roberts

BRADLEY Roberts’ former cabinet, parliamentary and party colleagues hailed him as a definitive representation of the Progressive Liberal Party’s philosophies during a memorial at the PLP headquarters last night. Among those who paid tribute to him w

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Minister Lloyd disappointed as teachers stay out of classes

EDUCATION Minister Jeff Lloyd expressed disappointment in the actions of the majority of teachers at CH Reeves Junior High School, telling Parliament that educators withdrew service more than a week ago despite receiving clearance that it was safe to

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PM eases the pain (for some) on bills

AS public discomfort continues over the spike in electricity costs, the government will temporarily increase the value added tax exemption ceiling on Bahamas Power and Light bills, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.

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Visa fraud suspect is out on bail

THE Haitian-Bahamian justice of the peace at the centre of an FBI probe into visa fraud in the Bahamas has pleaded not guilty to charges in the United States, The Tribune was told.

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Candle sparked fatal house fire

GOLDEN Isles MP Vaughn Miller yesterday said a burning candle caused the house fire that tragically killed a five-year-old boy in Eleuthera on Monday night.

Bahamians in spotlight as the NCAA basketball season tips off

THE NCAA basketball season tipped off Tuesday night and several Bahamians figured prominently for their programmes on the court and from the coaching ranks on the sidelines.Yolett McPhee-McCuin began her era as the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels’

Ebenezer honours long-time member

Rev Stephen Smith, Sister Krivoy Smith and the Ebenezer Union Baptist Church Exuma family recently honoured Nehmiah Rolle, who has faithfully served the church for four decades.Mr Rolle was recognised during the church’s 126th anniversary service.Dur

High School Volleyball Nationals next week

VOLLEYBALL will be the first national championship on the scholastic calendar contested by student-athletes across the country as they vie for titles in their respective divisions.Corporate sponsor, JS Johnson Insurance Agents and Brokers Ltd, will j

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Family Guardian Insurance, Barracuda Swim Club team up for the 32nd consecutive year

FOR the past 32 years Family Guardian has supported the Barracuda Swim Club and once again the swim club is scheduled to host the 32nd Annual Family Guardian Invitational at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatics Center and Open Water Swim at Long Wharf on

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GSSSA volleyball champions crowned

The Government High School Magic Men mystified the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins to claim the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association senior boys’ volleyball championship title.GHS defeated the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins at the AF Adderley G

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18th Annual Duke of Edinburgh Semi-Finals Charity Golf Tourney was a success

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

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'I will be de-committing from Indiana University'

BAHAMIAN high school gridiron star Michael Cartwright re-entered the recruitment cycle and is once again one of the most highly sought after offensive lineman prospects in the state of Florida.Cartwright de-committed from the University of Indiana Ho

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Major Pain Promotionsto honour Fred Sturrup

FOLLOWING the final fight of his career, Meacher Major has moved forward with his Major Pain Promotions and Entertainment company as they prepare to honour a Bahamian boxing icon next year.The organisation, in conjunction with the Pan American Caribb

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DIANE PHILLIPS: Who dreamed sovereignty could hurt so much?

There probably isn’t a Bahamian soul alive today who would trade independence for rule by another. We are so proud of being a sovereign nation and a success story from the moment we threw off the reins that bound us that we celebrate every year as if it were the first.

Cut away the dead wood

PLP postpones much heralded Convention. What is the real reason? PLP commentator Philip Galanis led the public to suspect something was coming, and in usual manner, the populous were asked not to oppose Brave Davis as leader. What they promised Glynis and Obie?

Get ready to be shocked

NHI - we all know how desperate this is needed, but there is a problem - can we afford it based on the wages and monies left, after we pay all the taxes, supermarkets and medical expenses?

Bradley, a man who meant well for us all

I was astonished to learn that former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chair and Bain and Grants Town MP Bradley Roberts had passed away on the afternoon of October 25.

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Residents fear Over-the-Hill project won’t address needs

MORE than three months after the government passed the Economic Empowerment Zone Act, some residents of Bain & Grants Town and Centreville are still largely ignorant of its benefits and doubtful the Over-the-Hill programme will address their most pressing needs.

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Bahamian veteran Sir Etienne honoured in art project

IN honour of war veterans, a museum in Belgium is showcasing an exhibition of chairs this weekend from all the countries and regions soldiers came from during the First World War.Among those who will be honoured are The Bahamas and Sir Etienne Dupuch

MP makes tearful tribute to Moxey

ST BARNABAS Member of Parliament Shanendon Cartwright was brought to tears yesterday as he said politics should never diminish humanity or the contribution of any Bahamian to society.He was speaking of the legacy and victimisation of deceased politic

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Construction begins for Post Office relocation

TRANSPORT and Local Government Minister Renward Wells said construction is underway to renovate Town Centre Mall for the relocation of the General Post Office, adding plans initially drawn up by the previous administration are being relied upon with

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Goods disposal angers Straw Market vendors

NASSAU Straw Market vendors yesterday criticised the Straw Market Authority’s (SMA) decision to reportedly throw away goods from the stalls of delinquent vendors. Some sellers said the SMA should have been more lenient with vendors, while others sai

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'Defending the 400,000' on $4.6m union excess

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman yesterday said he is defending “the interests of 400,000 Bahamas residents” over staff payout demands that exceed the resort’s offer by $4.6m.Michael Scott told Tribune Business that neither of the two unions representing

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Hospitals body 'unaware' how many suppliers it had

The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) has pledged to address deficiencies that left it “unaware” of how many supplier contracts it had in its $53.327m annual procurement budget.The Auditor General’s Office, which conducted a two-year probe of the PHA’

QC to ‘put the lie’ to Bahamas ease ranking

A well-known QC yesterday said he aims “to put the lie to the World Bank’s indictment” of The Bahamas’ ease of doing business, with the Government targeting a “15 percent” rankings jump.

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BPL slams 70% energy hike as 'false ramblings'

BAHAMAS Power and Light (BPL) and its chairman yesterday slammed claims that electricity rates will increase by 70 per cent as “irresponsible” and “false ramblings”.Dr Donavon Moxey, pictured, slammed such suggestions as “actually false”, and added:

Deltec refutes claimed link to launder scheme

Deltec Bank & Trust yesterday denied that any of those charged in relation to a $1.2bn Venezuelan money laundering scheme was a client or account holder with itself.

Chamber executive fears for energy cost 'survival'

Bahamian companies may have to look at cutting staff amid increased taxes and rising energy costs, a Chamber of Commerce executive yesterday asking: “How are we going to survive?”Debbie Deal, chair of the Chamber’s energy and environment committee, q

Regime change for $80m dormant funds

REFORMS to laws governing $80m in dormant bank accounts were tabled in Parliament yesterday.The planned changes to the Central Bank of the Bahamas Act are designed to enable the regulator to deal more effectively with such accounts, which have to be

ART OF GRAPHIX: Understanding who you're designing for

Tradition counts for little when it comes to having a career in graphic design. I have seen quite a few changes within the industry, but the objectives and practice of “good” design have not altered.Practicing design does not always mean understandin

NHI consultations switch to Exuma

Public consultations over the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will now move to Exuma following a series of meetings on Grand Bahama.The NHI Authority (NHIA), which will oversee and administer the revised NHI model, met with local resi

Wednesday, November 7

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Wednesday, 7th November, 2018.

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Accused armed robber ‘riddled with dried blood stains’

THE attorneys for a man accused of committing numerous armed robberies in the capital yesterday claimed the man was flogged with a cutlass by police officers, moments after the accused’s blood-stained underwear was exposed for the court to see.

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Civil servants ‘will never pay pensions’

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold said he doubts the government could get the public sector’s 20,000 or so employees to contribute to their pensions, even though the country’s pension liability problem has been described as a ticking time bomb by some.

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House fire takes life of boy, 5

POLICE are investigating a house fire that led to the death of a five-year-old boy in Eleuthera on Monday night.

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Jean Rony – let me go to Privy Council

LAWYERS for Jean Rony Jean-Charles officially launched an appeal yesterday to the Privy Council seeking to set aside a Court of Appeal order that overturned the Supreme Court's ruling that demanded that Mr Jean-Charles be returned to the Bahamas and given status that would allow him to seek gainful employment here.

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FBI sting blows open visa scam

A two-year FBI sting operation into visa fraud in the Bahamas has uncovered an alleged bribery ring between senior Bahamas immigration officials and a purported justice of the peace for fraudulent long-term work permits.

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NPBA season opens at AF Adderley Gymnasium tonight

WITH this coming to the end of his four-year term in office as president, Eugene Horton said he’s pleased to see the New Providence Basketball Association heading in the right direction.From the time he took office, Horton said it was his intention t

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RBDF commodore presented with coveted floating trophy

IN a special presentation at the Coral Harbour base, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel was presented with the coveted floating trophy won by his officers in the inaugural 18th Annual National Public Service Week Fun Run/Walk and He

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Kevin Major Jr wins title in Florida tourney

Kevin Major Jr, now full-time on the professional tennis scene, won the men’s singles title at the 2018 UTR/Reel Tennis Open Circuit 9 Tournament.

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CULTURE CLASH: Thank God for those unafraid to say ‘no’

The Arawaks were a peace-loving people, they say. Our history books place the Arawaks in direct opposition to Caribs who, we were taught, were violent. Some books even say they were cannibals.

Tedious list of mistakes

According to this morning’s (Nov 5) dailies, Dr Minnis claims that his government’s decline in support over the last 18 months has been because of “mistakes’” made and a failure to get more positive messages across to the public. Nice try, but thinking Bahamians know better.

Politicians amusing us

Statements from officials many times are the most amusing. Minister for National Security - people feel a lot safer now - hell yes, because we adjusted to the carnage of a year ago and still, believe me. Minister fear crime.

So what did the FNM rebels see?

Not so long ago the FNM displayed exactly what kind of prime minister we would get if self-imposed the highest Most Honourable Hubert Alexander Minnis was given the reigns of power.

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Call for innovation to lure passengers off cruise ships

ALTHOUGH there is a decline in tourism arrivals in Grand Bahama, Minister of State for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson is encouraging the creation of more innovative tourism-based activities to lure additional cruise ship passengers off the ships

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Ready to honour the nation's veterans

A SERIES of events have been planned to commemorate Remembrance Day in honour of those who have served in war.The Remembrance Day Planning Committee held a press conference yesterday to highlight the upcoming events.Remembrance Day celebrations will

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Boat carrying $2m of marijuana stopped by police

NEARLY $2m worth of suspected marijuana was seized and two men were arrested in separate drug hauls by police.Police said shortly after 11pm on Monday, Drug Enforcement Unit officers, assisted by Royal Bahamas Police Force Marine Support officers and

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Bradley Roberts funeral on Friday

AN official funeral will be held for Bradley Roberts, Progressive Liberal Party chairman emeritus, on Friday at St Francis Xavier Cathedral on West Street.Roberts, 74, was a former Cabinet minister and parliamentarian. He died suddenly at his home in

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Caution first for government for changes to marijuana policies

THE newly formed cannabis committee will be given “as long as it takes” to complete its mandate, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday as he insisted the country must be careful with public policy.Recently the committee met for the first time

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Immigration deadline - but what has changed?

PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold struggled yesterday to explain what has changed about the country’s enforcement of immigration laws more than a year after Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis set a deadline for illegal immigrants to leave the country.Last

Deceased activist Parisien named in fraud investigation

COURT documents detailing a two-year FBI sting operation into US visa fraud in Nassau name deceased activist Pierre Parisien as being involved in the scheme.

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile on Saturday

IN between the announcement of major off-the-track awards for her performances this year, ‘Golden Girl’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo will be back home this weekend to stage her second annual Bay Street Mile.The Shaunae Miller-Uibo Bay Street Mile is all slate

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World champions set sights on Bahamas for the Star Sailors League Finals in December

FIVE of this year’s world champions from the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, are set to compete in the Star Sailors League Finals this December in the Bahamas.

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Grand Lucayan managers facing $2m payout divide

The Grand Lucayan and its management union are $2m apart on the value of voluntary separation packages, with the latter’s attorney yesterday arguing such payouts are not covered by law. Obie Ferguson, pictured, who is acting for the Bahamas Hotel Man

Equestrian Bahamas and the Princeton Equestrian League establish partnership

EQUESTRIAN Bahamas is proud to announce the establishment of a partnership with the Princeton Equestrian League based in Princeton, New Jersey. The Princeton Equestrian League was founded by the owner of Princeton Show Jumping, Andrew Philbrick, and

Richie Pyfrom is City Bowling League event MVP

THE most valuable player in City Bowling League competition on Monday night at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Centre was a red hot Richie Pyfrom of Telco Enterprises, who mowed down the pins for an outstanding 699 high three game set and ju

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US warns its banks on Bahamas dealings

The US government’s call for greater scrutiny of The Bahamas will not have any “immediate or significant fallout” for this nation’s key banking relationships, a senior banker said yesterday.Gowon Bowe, the Clearing Bank Association’s (CBA) chairman,

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China won't replace our 'bread and butter'

The Bahamas “cannot ignore” China’s fast-growing tourism market even though the US will “always be our bread and butter”, the Minister of Tourism argued yesterday.Dionisio D’Aguilar, who has just returned from leading a joint industry-government dele

Bahamas' 130th internet speeds placement not 'best measure'

The Bahamas’ ranking as the world’s 130th most expensive country for broadband internet is not a “a fair measurement” of its affordability, a technology entrepreneur argued yesterday.

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Minister: 'Don't pull punches' on NHI fears

Healthcare industry stakeholders were yesterday told by a Cabinet minister not to “pull any punches” by holding back on concerns over the revised National Health Insurance (NHI) model.Dr Duane Sands, pictured, minister of health, said the proposal wa

Tourism sector targets Chinese travel market

The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) teamed with executives from Atlantis, Baha Mar, The Pointe and Majestic Tours to expose The Bahamas to the Chinese tourism market.Dionisio D’Aguilar, minister of tourism and aviation, led the combined publ

BISX briefs Rotary on capital markets' future

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange’s (BISX) chief operating officer gave his take on the capital markets’ future during a recent speech to Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise members.Holland Grant, who also spoke about the stock exchange’s histo

BPL examines 'all options' over fuel

BAHAMAS Power and Light’s (BPL) chairman yesterday pledged it is “looking at all options” to secure cheaper fuel sources amid fierce consumer criticism of high electricity bills.Dr Donovan Moxey told Tribune Business: “We are looking at all options i

Tuesday, November 6

11062018 EDITION

Tuesday, 6th November, 2018.

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FROM CONSUMER TO COSMETIC CHEMIST: Nicole McCardy focuses on integrity in product development

The next time you pick up a cream or ointment from your local drugstore you may be purchasing a product that was developed by a young Bahamian woman who has found herself on the cutting edge of cosmetic manufacturing.

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Cleaning workers at hospital caught fighting on camera

THE Public Hospitals Authority expressed displeasure yesterday with two employees of a contracted cleaning services company who were caught on video fighting at Princess Margaret Hospital on Saturday. People tried to separate them, but the two mainta

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Health levy hits wages Jan 2020

THE proposed amendment to the National Health Insurance programme is expected to be enacted between April and July 2019, with employers making employee mandated contributions by January 2020, according to NHI Authority chairman Dr Robin Roberts.

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New mass action over rights abuse

ATTORNEYS for 15 former detainees are suing the government for damages that could cost taxpayers millions.

On a dismal trajectory

When I was a mere lad growing up is the settlement of West End, Grand Bahama, I used to hear older guys say that some Bahamian women would say “no” with their lips, but write “yes” in the dirt with their toes!

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THE PRESS BOX: Can the Cowboys tap into their glorious past and recapture some winning magic?

IN addition to trading for wide receiver Amari Cooper going into the bye week, the Cowboys continued to shake things up during the bye week.

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Local standouts shine in Caribbean Tip-Off Classic

IN addition to some of the top prep basketball recruits in the United States, Canada, and Finland, the first Caribbean Tip-Off Classic also gave local standouts an opportunity to showcase their skills.

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Franklyn Sweeting Sr ‘was a tough opponent’ in baseball

FRANKLYN ‘Cinderella’ Sweeting Sr, better known for his pitching duties in baseball and coaching in softball, suddenly passed away around noon on Sunday.

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Ayton posts 5th double, season high 18 rebounds

Deandre Ayton had a weekend where he recorded his fifth double double of the season and the Phoenix Suns followed with their first win since opening night.

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Patience in the process

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

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Celebrating World Radiography Day

Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a German physicist, accidentally discovered X-rays while working with a cathode-ray tube in his laboratory on November 8, 1895.The discovery was groundbreaking; it was the first time that people were able to see the inside of

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Pumpkin power: Local chef promotes surprising health benefits of Fall fruit

Halloween may be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to pumpkins just yet. In addition to being a great canvas for carving scary faces into, and not to forget offering the key ingredient in Fall’s most prevalent spice mix, pumpkins a

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Secret suffering which afflicts so many

It is the embarrassing secret sadly suffered in silence by thousands of Bahamian women. An uncontrollable loss of bladder control with urinary incontinence/leak during sex.As many as one in three women have some form of urinary incontinence whether i

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Powerhouse women enlisted for 'GirlCon' 2018

Conference to tackle question of gender equality in the Bahamas

Bahamian girls will do their part in the fight for for true gender equality worldwide when they attend GirlCon in Freeport on November 20.This is the second time the conference is being held. The theme this year is “I am, I can, I will”. Organisers s

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BUSINESS BITES: It’s all in the details if you care to read them

In writing its 2018 Annual Report, the board of directors of Cable Bahamas faced a challenging task: how to explain to shareholders that larger losses in net income and earnings per share should not obscure the strong prospects for long-term growth.

Mighty dollar beats safety

Ministry of Health survey announcement….can the Minister explain why we are being asked to provide fingerprints as participation in the survey?

Downtown is a disgrace

A recent opinion piece by Diane Phillips “Oh for just a little bit of imagination” in The Tribune is so timely, and in many ways unwittingly responds to another article by John Issa, “A View From Afar” where he asks why can’t we lure more tourists off the cruise ships. And in many ways Diane Philips answers that question admirably.

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FNM 'trying to suppress free speech' at conclave

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell yesterday attacked the governing Free National Movement for trying to “punish and suppress free speech” at its two-day conclave on the weekend.In a press statement Mr Mitchell critcised the conclave, c

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Suspect is accused of Okra Hill stabbing

HAROLD Taylor is accused of stabbing a man to death and wounding his girlfriend at the abandoned City Lodge building in Okra Hill on Tuesday of last week. The 34-year-old, of Shirley Street, was made to stand before Magistrate Kara Turnquest-Deveaux

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Plans to rein in electric costs

AS HE blamed rising international gas prices for the escalating cost of electricity in the country, Works Minister Desmond Bannister said Bahamas Power and Light has worked out interim solutions until Bahamians begin to reap rewards from the Shell No

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Man shot dead on street in Bimini

BIMINI police are investigating a homicide on that island after a Grand Bahama man was shot dead there on Sunday.According to Assistant Superintendant Terecita Pinder, the shooting occurred shortly after 9pm at a business in Porgy Bay.She said that s

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Taking the plunge to help fight breast cancer

IN an effort to continue expanding its corporate responsibilities, Aliv sponsored several initiatives with a breast cancer awareness focus donating more than $5,000 for the month of October.One of these involved Nurse Catherine Theresias’ initiative

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$600,000 for Over-the-Hill from Albany

ALBANY Bahamas donated $300,000 yesterday for the development of the Southern Recreation Grounds as part of the government’s Over-the-Hill revitalisation programme.The donation is part of a $600,000 commitment the resort community has made.Accepting

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Chipman: No regrets for criticism of government

DAYS after the Free National Movement stressed the need for unity at a conclave, Centreville MP Reece Chipman said he does not regret his past criticisms of the Minnis administration’s policies.However, he added, the governing party remains “unified”

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Driver killed as vehicle crashes into building

A MAN died on Sunday after his car crashed into a building. Police said shortly after 11am, a man was driving a blue Toyota Progress on McCullough Corner when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a building. Fire Services office

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Five women fined for overstaying in the Bahamas

FIVE Hispanic women were fined upwards of $1,000 each yesterday for overstaying their time in The Bahamas, with three of them further fined for being caught with altered immigration stamps in their passports by immigration authorities.Senior Magistra

EDITORIAL: Overcoming Legacy Issues, Bahamas Vulnerability to Financial Pirates

In recent days, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest has come out strongly in defence of The Bahamas’ position as a willing and compliant partner in the war against money laundering and nefarious attempts to use tax-friendly jurisdictions for offensive, or even illegal, purposes.

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Ministry 'flagrantly abused' multiple Bahamian singers

An ex-beauty queen has accused the Ministry of Tourism of “flagrantly abusing” Bahamian singers with a “take what we want, don’t pay and deny” approach to paying for use of their songs.Khiara Sherman, the former Miss Bahamas Universe-turned-songstres

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Grand Lucayan payout demands 'extravagant'

The Grand Lucayan’s chairman was yesterday locked in meetings over the “extravagant” voluntary separation payments demanded by the two unions representing the resort’s staff.Michael Scott told Tribune Business he was negotiating with representatives

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Arawak Port beats profit target by 9%

The Nassau Container Port’s 2019 first quarter profits beat target by nine percent despite projections that full-year net income will be down by more than $1m compared to the prior year.Arawak Port Development Company (APD), the port’s BISX-listed op

Potter's Cay threat to 'tax and security'

The Arawak Port’s top executive yesterday sounded a renewed alarm over the risk to “national security” and tax revenue posed by the continued landing of international cargo at Potter’s Cay.Michael Maura, writing in the BISX-listed port operator’s jus

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VAT reassurance 'final impetus' for $100m expansion

PALM Cay’s chief executive yesterday said recent value-added tax (VAT) “assurances” by the Government had served as the “final impetus” to kick-start its latest $100m expansion.Rob Batchelor, Palm Cay’s chief executive, told Tribune Business that the

Tourism matters heads to Bimini

The Why Tourism Matters workshops launched in the Family Islands last night with an event in Bimini, as organisers expand the initiative beyond New Providence.The Tourism Development Corporation (TDC), working with the Bimini Chamber of Commerce, Bah

Contractor makes donation to BTVI

Well-known contractor Larry Treco and his wife, Paula, recently donated an Apple iMac desktop computer to the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).Mr Treco learned of BTVI’s computer needs from its president and fellow Rotarian, Dr Rober

Bahamian marinas 'not taking foot off the gas'

BAHAMIAN marinas believe that strong interest at the recent Fort Lauderdale boat show will translate into increased business, telling Tribune Business: “We’re not taking our foot off the gas.”Basil Smith, the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) exec

PI resort tells locals to vacation at home

A Paradise Island-based resort is encouraging Bahamians to stay at home when looking for a vacation escape.Comfort Suites is inviting residents to stay at the all-suite hotel. Yasmine Strachan, its director of sales, said that given the possible stre

Govt to 'move quickly' on Contractors Board

The Government and Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) are in talks over the appointment of the Contractors Board, which will oversee enforcement of the the sector’s governing law.Desmond Bannister, minister of works, told Tribune Business: “We ar

Monday, November 5

11052018 EDITION

Monday, 5th November, 2018.

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Monday, 5th November, 2018.

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INSIGHT: If I was running a sham like this I’d avoid the hard questions too

IT HAS been almost 18 months since the Free National Movement became the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and many of us are still struggling to figure out just who this government is. What is their brand of governance? What will we remember them for? Will it be for taking a savvy campaign catchphrase and turning it into a punchline? Or as the government that unabashedly increased the tax burden on its citizenry?

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You're ruining my brother's life, says Jean Rony's sister

THE sister of Bahamian-born Jean Rony Jean-Charles yesterday appealed to the public for empathy as she denied allegations meant to thwart his upcoming citizenship bid.Clotilde Jean-Charles told The Tribune she is constantly bombarded with fake news a

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INSIGHT: Don't be fooled, 'prove your status' makes us all Jean Rony

The Social Media frenzy about the identity of Jean Rony Jean-Charles for him to have to “prove who he is” promotes a serious threat to the presumption of innocence in The Bahamas. Targeting Jean Rony puts everybody’s freedom and presumption of innocence at stake. We are all potential Jean Ronys.

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Cousins cleared of role in murder

A SUPREME Court jury has acquitted two cousins of the role they were alleged to have played in the slaying of businessman Leo Rahming at the car rental company and carwash he owned in the Marathon area last year.

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Sands warns doctors and insurers will have to cut charges

All doctors, healthcare facilities and insurers must cut their fees if the revised National Health Insurance (NHI) model is to succeed and be financially viable, a Cabinet minister has warned.

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Minnis - ‘our errors smother successes’

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis renewed his pledge to improve his party’s communications programme as he told participants in a weekend conclave his administration’s mistakes were louder than its accomplishments.

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Doctors, insurers told: Cut fees for viable NHI

All doctors, healthcare facilities and insurers must cut their fees if the revised National Health Insurance (NHI) model is to succeed and be financially viable, a Cabinet minister has warned.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business

Sports Notes

THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association is slated to begin its best-of-three volleyball championships 4pm today at the AF Adderley Gymnasium. The match-ups are as follows: Junior Girls HO Nash Lions versus AF Adderley Fighting Tigers.

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Freda Baker, a familiar face at Baker & Sons

Freda Baker, co-owner with her sisters of A Baker and Sons, one of Nassau’s oldest businesses died on October 31. She was 94.

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MAKO Aquatic Club wins the Blue Waves Invitational

MAKO Aquatic Club continues its impressive showing so far this season, winning the Blue Waves Swim Club Invitational at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex on Saturday.Coming off two consecutive victories, including their own meet last weekend, Mako

Albury and Nixon take home spokesmodel titles

GRAND Bahamian private school principal Rickelle Albury and local businessman Christopher Nixon carted off the two new titles as sports women and men spokesmodels.The categories were introduced on Saturday night by the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitnes

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Raptors, Knights victorious in GSSSA cross country

THE CH Reeves Raptors and the CR Walker Knights, two powerhouses in track and field, continued their successes by winning the junior and senior divisions of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association’s cross country.The one-day event was hel

Caribbean Tip-Off Classic soaks up spotlight

THE first Caribbean Tip-Off Classic gave some of the country’s top basketball players at the prep level an opportunity to return home and showcase their skills against some of the best in international and local talent.Three days of nearly nonstop pl

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Panthers stop Truckers for men's crown

THE Palmetto Point Panthers were not supposed to be here, but they will take the Bahamas Softball Federation’s 2018 Men’s National Softball Championship title back to Eleuthera.The Panthers, embroiled in a dispute over their representation of the Ele

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Hield scores 19 in loss to Bucks

BOTH the Sacramento Kings’ five-game win streak and Buddy Hield’s run of consecutive 20-point games came to an end at the hands of one of the leading teams in the Eastern Conference.Hield finished with 19 points in the Kings’ 144-109 loss to the Milw

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Wildcats win in grand style

The New Providence Softball Association champions Sunshine Auto Wildcats capped off a perfect run over the weekend to win the Bahamas Softball Federation’s 2018 Eddie Ford ladies’ national title.They did it in grand style last night in the Banker’s F

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OAS - no long fit for purpose

IT’S time for a Caribbean Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States.

It's time to restructure the Bahamas National Trust

In May 2018, I sent a long letter to the President, the new Council and the Director of Bahamas National Trust.

Four rebels, no real cause

It seems that in every parliamentary term at least one MP goes rogue and rejects the metaphorical paramour who invited him to the legislative dance.

EDITORIAL: US holds its breath for Trump's first electoral test

Tomorrow’s American mid-term elections will serve as a referendum on the tenure so far of US President Donald Trump. For months, political pundits and observers have reminded us the first mid-term elections under a new president can serve as a stinging rebuke. The opposition party often racks up big gains at the expense of the president’s party. The most recent example is most often cited. In 2010, the Republicans wiped out the legislative gains Barack Obama had helped to achieve for the Democrats two years earlier.

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Series of armed robberies

POLICE are investigating five armed robberies, which occurred over the weekend, leaving one man in hospital nursing stab wounds.Two of the robberies happened on Saturday.Shortly after 1pm, a man was at Christie Park on Nassau Street when he was appro

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A Supreme Court judge has granted bail to three men ahead of their trial over allegations they were caught with close to $4m worth of marijuana in waters off South Andros.The Tribune understands Justice Gregory Hilton granted Kenny Major, Patrick Bai

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Remembering the veterans of The Bahamas

THE British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force paid homage to all Bahamian military veterans who served during the First World War during a wreath laying ceremony at Rawson Square yesterday.RBDF officers and marines para

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Mitchell: Settle nurses dispute - and don't harm the patients

PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell has urged Health Minister Dr Duane Sands to urgently settle any “outstanding issues” nurses may have, asserting that patient care is on the “chopping block” as a result.Mr Mitchell’s admonition comes a

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Bahamas bank accounts targeted for US seizure

Accounts at two Bahamian banks, alleged to contain bribery proceeds from a massive $1.2bn money laundering scheme tied to top Venezuelan officials, are targeted for seizure by the US government. Court documents obtained by Tribune Business reveal tha

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Re-hired NHI consultant's fee 'not in $8.3m ball park'

KPMG, whose previous $8.3m National Health Insurance (NHI) fee was heavily criticised by the Government, has been re-hired for a sum “nowhere near that ball park”.Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, defended the accounting firm’s new NHI consultancy

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Public health system NHI's 'Achilles heel'

The Bahamas Insurance Association’s (BIA) chairman has warned that the public healthcare system remains the revamped National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme’s “Achilles heel”. Emmanuel Komolafe, pictured, in an interview with Tribune Business, reiterat

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Few prosecutions show anti-financial crime regime works

The Deputy Prime Minister is arguing that The Bahamas has relatively few money laundering prosecutions because its regulatory regime is successfully deterring financial criminals.Flipping a key aspect of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ratio

Blue Hills reliance hits BPL customers

Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) chairman has conceded that increased dependence on its Blue Hills power station, which uses a more expensive fuel, has added to the recent spike in customer electricity bills.Dr Donovan Moxey said: “The spikes in the c

Shell eyes power plant's 'synergies' on LNG bunkering

SHELL North America’s proposed multi-fuel power plant for New Providence will provide “natural synergies” for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering, a senior executive says.Mark Regis, Shell’s country chair for the English and Dutch Caribbean (exclud

Bahamas developers blast OECD's 'cynical' targeting

Bahamas-based developers have blasted the OECD’s “cynical” attempt to ““de-legitimise” this nation’s key investment product by suggesting it threatens the global fight against tax evasion. The newly-formed Bahamas Developers Association (BDA), in a r

Sunday, November 4

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Police investigate apparent drowning

Police are investigating an apparent drowning after a man was found in waters at Goodman’s Bay on Saturday.

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Police officer in hospital after stabbing

Police are investigating after an officer was stabbed in New Providence on Saturday.

Friday, November 2

11022018 EDITION

Friday, 2nd November, 2018.

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Out of tragedy, words of peace

As the world continues to mourn the 11 people killed in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania local Rabbi Sholom Bluming is trying to help Bahamians come to terms with the tragedy.

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11022018 WEEKEND

Friday, 2nd November, 2018.

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Pair charged with 34 counts of fraud

TWO persons were charged with more than 30 counts of fraud on Friday in the Freeport Magistrate's Court.

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Woman fined for breaking police prosecutor’s fingers

A 26-year-old woman was fined more than $4,000 on Friday for breaking two of a woman police prosecutor’s fingers during a row outside the officer’s Gamble Heights home last month.

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32nd Conchman Triathlon this weekend

The 32nd Conchman Triathlon begins early Saturday morning at Taino Beach.

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Woman accused of stealing thousands from bank accounts

A “female wanted” suspect was charged on Friday in connection with allegations that she befriended elderly persons and later stole thousands of dollars from their bank accounts.

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BPL, Shell North America sign MOU for LNG project

THE country was said to be one step closer to lower energy bills and more stable electricity generation with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Bahamas Power and Light and Shell North America for an integrated LNG gas-to-power project.

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Community service for pair who stole refrigerator from ministry

TWO men who stole a $850 refrigerator from the Ministry of Education earlier this week have been ordered to put in 15 hours of community service as penance.

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A COMIC'S VIEW: The best things in life . . . are they free?

A funny thing happened on the way to calming my sons down after an afternoon playing baseball. They said they were hungry, and being the (guilty) fast food parent I am when I’m pressed for time, I immediately bribed him with a trip to the nearest Dr

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Shock over sudden death of GB teacher

FREEPORT Primary School was left in a state of shock this week after the sudden passing of a beloved teacher who made a lasting impact on teachers and students in the short period of time he was at the institution.Delton Tanis, a science teacher, and

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Breathing new life into youth centres

THREE youth centres have been renovated as a part of the government’s Citizen Security and Justice Programme and will be used as a safe environment for young people.

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Jean Rony makes citizenship move

LAWYERS for Bahamas-born Jean Rony Jean-Charles are hoping his citizenship application can be supported by documents filed with the Immigration Department for his siblings.

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Nurses threaten – 'we won't turn up'

BAHAMAS Nurses Union President Amancha Williams yesterday suggested nurses will not be showing up for their new shifts next month as she maintained there was no legal grounds to penalise non compliance.

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$700k college clerk thief seeks appeal

FORMER College of the Bahamas employee Chimeka Gibbs is seeking to appeal her sentence and conviction for stealing over $700,000 from the tertiary institution over a seven-year period.

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Red Soiree to raise funds for mobile blood centre

THE Blood Donor’s Society of Grand Bahama is holding its first fundraising event, Red Soiree 2018, tomorrow at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club to raise money to purchase a mobile blood donation centre. President Lededra Marche said the organisation want

Can we please finally cut off these colonial shackles?

I couldn’t believe my ears, listening to a live call in show on ZNS 1, Monday, October 29.

Creating a Masterpiece

Some people have innate creative gifts. They are born with the ability to make beautiful things with their hands, and need only be provided with objects and opportunity in order to reveal what is already inside.

When God’s your editor you finish the work

HOW pastor Deneace Lloyd was able to recover from past failures, bad choices and rejection are all detailed in her new book set for release next week.

Cheated by the devil’s subtle lies and darkness

The Bible is very straightforward and conspicuously coherent in admonishing the Believer adamantly in staying away from pagan practices.

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iPads, Macs get new screens as Apple pushes creativity

Apple’s new iPads will more closely resemble its latest iPhones as they ditch a home button and fingerprint sensor to make more room for the screen.

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A softer side to AI?

Google to give $25m to fund humane artificial intelligence projects

Google will give away $25m to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society.

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U Sports: Bahamians to tipoff regular season

BAHAMIAN basketball players at Canada’s top-tiered U Sports Level will tipoff regular season play this weekend after impressive showings on the exhibition circuit.

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Government should support the third Chris Brown Invitational next year

ON Saturday, Meacher ‘Pain’ Major officially hung up his boxing gloves after he stopped Jamaican Martin Anderson in the third round of his “Last Dance” at the CI Gibson Gymnasium.

Concacaf, Scotiabank announce NextPlay Cup set for November 10 to December 8

THE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) and Scotiabank today announced the Scotiabank NextPlay Cup, a new invitational youth tournament scheduled for November 10 to December 8, across the four territories of Concacaf Member Associations, including the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Wilson Sporting Goods Company donates volleyballs and basketballs

THE Simpson Penn and Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Boys and Girls respectively got a much-needed boost to their athletic programme on Wednesday, thanks to a donation from Wilson Sporting Goods Company.

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Turnquest, Anand representing the 242 at ANNIKA Invitational

TWO of the Bahamas’ elite junior golfers are once again participating in a top regional tournament aimed at developing the game among young ladies.

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Students get scholarships

Mario Wright, Gavin Rolle and Cleon McQuay, three students of Centreville Primary School, were the first recipients of full, one-year scholarships to attend Impact Tennis Academy.

Shameful state at Okra Hill

How could Okra Hill Lodge, just off Shirley Street, be left in that state, and probably humans living in the building – without the police or Urban Renewal knowing?

Bathrooms need fixing – now

Recently, I came across a post circulating online in reference to Festival Place bathrooms near Prince George Wharf. It wasn't long before I had to go see for myself what all the ruckus was about. Seeing that I consider myself a die-hard Bahamian, I get a little sensitive about any bad publicity that could affect us – especially our tourism industry.

Why we all owe a debt to Roy Bowe

Please allow me a little space to pay tribute to a giant in the developing Bahamas. He was so much to all of us, but to me he was my hero!

Stateless people need special attention, say Haitian pastors

THE League of Haitian Churches has asked the government to introduce a policy that will provide some relief to people not covered by the Belonger’s permit and who, in some cases, have been rendered stateless.More than 70 pastors from across the count

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Shrinking deficit proves we are going right way, says Culmer

FREE National Movement chairman Carl Culmer has highlighted the country’s shrinking deficit as proof the Minnis administration is delivering on its promise of fiscal responsibility. “In 2017 we made a promise to the Bahamian people to get the govern

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Medical council told to rethink licence decision

A SUPREME Court judge has ordered the Bahamas Medical Council to reconsider its decision not to grant a Family Island doctor a licence for independent practice, calling the decision “bad in law” and worthy of being set aside.Justice Ian Winder, in a

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Blackout! Cellphone ban at FNM conclave

AS a Free National Movement conclave begins tonight, one former deputy prime minister says he hopes the Minnis administration’s struggle to create job opportunities for Bahamians will top the agenda.“Most people are concerned that the jobs are not co

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Moody's boost for Gov'ts 'credibility'

Moody's yesterday delivered a major boost for the Government by hailing the launch of its quarterly fiscal reports as a move that will help regain lost "policy credibility". The international credit rating agency, in an update to the capital markets

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Aliv targets summer 2019 'break even'

Aliv is targeting an operating income “break even” position by summer 2019 as it transitions from start-up losses that totalled more than $109m during its first two years.Damian Blackburn, the mobile operator’s top executive, told Tribune Business ye

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Cable pushes $97m debt repay to 2020

Cable Bahamas has secured a two-year extension for repaying $97.169m of debt that was falling due, and which had caused current liabilities to exceed assets by 95.6 percent.The BISX-listed communications provider, in its just-released annual report,

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Bahamas already breaches WTO industry 'carve outs'

The Bahamas has already breached the local ownership exemptions it is seeking for certain industries, the country’s chief World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiator said yesterday.Zhivargo Laing, the former Cabinet minister, told the the Rotary Club o

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Bran's business ease 'nightmare' over licence woe

The DNA’s ex-leader yesterday blasted that his ongoing two-and-a-half year wait for an aviation charter licence proves “doing business in The Bahamas is a nightmare”. Branville McCartney, pictured, told Tribune Business that he “lives every day” what

IAN FERGUSON: Putting multiple jobs under the 'moonlight'

“Moonlighting” has become a mainstay for many Bahamian workers, who enjoy the benefits of receiving two or three salaries at any given time. With all the talk about multiple streams of income, the increase in taxation and the mounting pressure to ear

Bahamian key 'architect' on African digital venture

A Bahamian is one of the main “architects” behind a digital network that has attracted Caribbean backing in its bid to open commerce throughout Africa.The African Digital Asset Framework (ADAF), built by a team from Africa, North America and the Cari

Thursday, November 1

11012018 EDITION

Thursday, 1st November, 2018.

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Man drove to hospital with gunshot wounds

GRAND Bahama police are investigating a shooting in Freeport on Tuesday that left a man in hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.According to police, officers received reports of gunshots at a business in the International Bazaar shortly before 9pm.

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Nurses - it’s not about the money

BAHAMAS Nurses Union President Amancha Williams stressed yesterday that her members’ fight against a new shift system was rooted in the protection of their livelihood as scores of nurses marched on the Ministry of Health.

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NO CHALLENGE: Cop in unlawful killing cases fails to appeal

A POLICE officer found by the Coroner’s Court this year to have unlawfully killed two people in separate incidents has not appealed those rulings, drawing focus as to whether the Department of Public Prosecutions will pursue criminal action against him.

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4C’s owner and captain given bail

4C’s Adventures owner Clayton Smith and one of his tour boat captains, Roderick Watson, were granted bail by a Supreme Court judge before their trial in which they are accused of negligently causing the death of an American woman and injuring nine other people  when the boat they were chartering burst into flames earlier this year.

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PHA blasts union on shift deal signing

THE Public Hospitals Authority called it “reprehensible” yesterday that the Bahamas Nurses Union would admit to “deception” during negotiations in 2014 that led to an agreement for a now disputed shift change, insisting it remains resolute in implementing a five on/two off shift.

Sports Notes

THE Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association (BSAA) commenced its volleyball postseason at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Monday.

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Bahamians begin trek to the CCAA title berth

BAHAMIAN basketball players at the collegiate level in Canada began seasons in their respective conferences this month and began their trek toward a CCAA National Championship Tournament berth. Samson Cleare has taken on a greater role with the Nort

The police station on Potter’s Cay is a failure

Please allow me space in your column to pose the following public question to the Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force . . .

We must displace hatred with love and pray for a safer tomorrow

We are still shaken and deeply saddened from the appalling massacre in the Etz Chayim - Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA this past Saturday.

Exuma Park: We deserve full disclosure

With great interest I read the October 30, letter regarding the apparent lack of transparency with the Exuma Park deal the Bahamas National Trust cut with Albany. I was travelling and missed the original story in September and the Trust’s “lacklustre” reply on October 11.

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Hundreds of students flock to US college fair

THE United States Embassy recently sponsored the 4th annual EducationUSA College Fair at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort.This year’s fair included representatives from more than 40 US colleges and universities.The one-day event attracted more than 1,80

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Buddy grabs career high 11 rebounds for first double

BUDDY Hield has been on a torrid stretch during the final week of October and his latest performance produced one of the best all-around games of his career and a fourth win for his Sacramento Kings.Hield finished with a season high 25 points and a c

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Frenchman had forged licences

A 36-year-old Frenchman was ordered to pay $3,000 yesterday after admitting to being caught with three forged driver’s licences at the Lynden Pindling International Airport earlier this week.Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain sentenced Mal

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CLICO policyholders want more information from govt

BISHOP Simeon Hall called for the government to be more open with CLICO (Bahamas) policyholders after more than 100 people turned up to a town hall meeting hosted by his church.Bishop Hall, a former annuity holder, maintained his position that the go

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Michelle takes top spot in youth awards

MICHELLE Butler received the Prime Minister’s Cup Award at the National Youth Awards ceremony recently held at Melia Resort.Ms Butler was a part of a field of more than 130 youth and stakeholder nominees vying for the top award. She also won the Yout

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Haitian woman came for three weeks and stayed for two years

A 28-year-old Haitian woman was fined $750 yesterday for turning what was supposed to be a three week visit into a two-year stay.Yolaine Remy was granted a 21-day stay in The Bahamas by immigration officers on May 22, 2016, but was never granted an e

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Sands: Gambling addiction problem destroys families

THE Public Hospitals Authority, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and the Bahamas Gaming Operators Association held their first symposium yesterday highlighting gambling addiction.The purpose of the symposium was, in part, to integrate a gambling addi

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Dead Sea Scrolls - a priceless link to the Bible's past,  when they are real

The Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, has removed five Dead Sea Scrolls from exhibits after tests confirmed these fragments were not from ancient biblical scrolls but forgeries.Over the last decade, the Green family, owners of the craft-supply c

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Girls ready to run the world

AFTER a very successful conference for high school girls last year, Girl Con 2018 is hosting its second event for some 300 participants at the Regency Theatre in Freeport on November 20.Senate president and businesswoman Kay Forbes Smith, founder of

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Creative outlet for gallery as it is chosen for Miami summit

THE National Art Gallery of The Bahamas has been asked to be a streaming site for the 2018 Creative Time Summit being held in Miami, Florida. The event begins today and runs until November 3.This is the first time the country has been asked to partic

Long-serving public servants to be honoured at luncheon

MORE than 30 long serving public servants who have retired on Grand Bahama will be recognised during Public Service Week.The retirees - 33 in total - have completed some 25 years of service in various public agencies, including law enforcement. Lauri

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UB Mingoes men’s basketball team opens the season with losses

UNIVERSITY PARK, Illinois – The University of The Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball team lost both games at the Governors State University Jaguars Tip-Off Classic over the weekend.

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DIANE PHILLIPS: So whose idea was it anyway?

Long before someone decided to make life easier, there were a lot of everyday things you could to that were actually easier to do. Remember the days that you used a large impressive key to open a hotel room door? There was something classy about that. You felt you had arrived and taken possession, even if just for a day or two.

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Business easier in Gaza than Bahamas

The deputy prime minister yesterday pledged “drastic improvement” after the World Bank concluded it was easier to do business in the war-torn West Bank and Gaza Strip than The Bahamas.KP Turnquest, pictured, told Tribune Business that planned reforms

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Fox named to West team in 'Fall Stars' showcase

Lucius Fox continues to earn accolades at each step of his minor league progression with the latest coming in the form of recognition by the Arizona Fall League.Fox was named to the West roster of the league’s 13th Annual “Fall Stars” game, a showcas

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Over 25% of BOB's loans still delinquent

More than one-quarter of the Bank of The Bahamas net loan portfolio was delinquent at end-June 2018 despite the prior year’s bail-out, with its financials unable to escape a “going concern” warning.KPMG, the BISX-listed institution’s external auditor

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Insurers: NHI's $1k cost a 'gross underestimate'

Bahamian insurers yesterday warned that the $1,000 annual premium for National Health Insurance’s (NHI) basic package may “grossly underestimate” the true cost of the scheme’s benefits.The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA), releasing the industry’s

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Chamber chief: World Bank ignored 'ease of business' upgrades

The Chamber of Commerce’s chairman yesterday said he was “personally frustrated” that the World Bank had ignored evidence of improvements in The Bahamas’ cross-border trade regime.Michael Maura, pictured, saying he was “disappointed” that much “real

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Insurers: NHI launch deadline 'not feasible'

Bahamian insurers yesterday warned that the Government’s April-July 2019 target for launching National Health Insurance’s (NHI) basic care package “is unrealistic and not feasible”.The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA), unveiling its “position pape

Bahamas First acquires two more agent/brokers

Bahamas First yesterday signalled the continuation of its long-running expansion strategy by confirming the acquisition of two more agent/broker portfolios.The property and casualty insurer, in a statement, disclosed that it has reached an agreement

ART OF GRAPHIX: Night owls get more done

Ever noticed that most freelance web and graphic designers have this uncanny habit of being nocturnal? What is it in the night that makes us work more? From my experience, I am more focused at night and tend to get more covered during this time. Duri

Bahamian marinas in membership deal

The Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM) has unveiled an initiative to drive increased boating traffic to this nation through the provision of exclusive benefits.In partnership with Marinalife it has launched Voyager, a membership programme that offe

Carnival seeks 65 Bahamian workers

The Government teamed with Carnival to stage a recent recruitment fair that aimed to fill 65 jobs at the cruise line with Bahamian workers.The Ministry of Labour, continuing its drive to find employment in the maritime industry for Bahamians, teamed