Thursday, February 28
Thursday, 28th February, 2019.
A COUPLE was left stranded in Nassau after they were 45 minutes late for boarding their Royal Caribbean cruise ship — resulting in the vessel leaving them behind.
Power outages which plagued the Cable Beach area earlier this week were a result of issues with a generator circuit breaker at Bahamas Power and Light’s Skyline facility, BPL’s Director of Public Relations Quincy Parker told The Tribune yesterday.
A VERBAL altercation erupted on the interior stairway of the House of Assembly yesterday between National Security Minister Marvin Dames and Pineridge MP Fredrick McAlpine.
HOUSE Speaker Halson Moultrie yesterday warned to Members of Parliament to file their public disclosures as the March 1 deadline is imminent.
IN the wake of the US Department of State releasing a travel advisory on Monday, National Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday highlighted the decline of crime in The Bahamas.
CLOSE to a dozen stores were destroyed when a massive blaze consumed the Britannia Mini Mall yesterday and threatened another nearby business in Freeport.
A CORONER ruled yesterday that the death of a 73-year-old man in a boating collision was an “accidental death” — however the victim’s daughter has said the family will pursue the matter in a civil case.
JOHNS Hopkins Medicine, one of the world’s top medical institutions, has expressed interest in exploring the merits of a strategic “Nation Health Services Agreement” with the Bahamas government to create a Caribbean Centre of Excellence to transform the delivery of healthcare in our nation, said Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday.
The government yesterday forecast it will narrowly beat this year’s fiscal deficit target despite a $185m revenue shortfall caused by VAT, gaming and enforcement underperformance.
RIGHTS Bahamas expressed concern yesterday about the treatment of three people who allege they were tortured by police for confessions in Eleuthera last year.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday declared “no one is above the law” as police continue their investigation into bribery claims at the Immigration Department.
BOTH Jazz Chisholm and Lucius Fox have seen early action in Major League Baseball Spring Training as non-roster invitees with their respective clubs.
The Ministry of Finance’s top official yesterday revealed collections in the current “revenue-rich” quarter were “promising”, with the government’s fiscal “game plan” firmly on target.
So the four PLP parliamentarians have walked out of the House claiming that government is harassing their supporters and marching them into the hands of the law. Apparently, they have no intention of returning to parliament until the so-called witch hunt ends!
TWO Haitians and a Polish national were charged with breaches of the Immigration Act in Freeport Magistrate’s Court.
For the second consecutive year, Leashja Grant has been recognised as the most dominant player in her conference as she prepares to lead her Lakehead Thunderwolves into the postseason.
THE brother of a man killed in Abaco in 2016 testified that he saw two men accused of the crime with his brother at the time of the shooting.
THE 26th Annual GSSSA Track and Field Championships got underway yesterday and continued its format with both junior schools and senior schools competing simultaneously.
THE sporting calendar for the Ministry of Education’s National High School Championship series continues with basketball and soccer highlighting the next two months for student athletes.
OPPOSITION Leader Philip Davis yesterday questioned whether the Minnis administration had anything to hide as his side pressed forward with demands for debate over the mid-year budget presentation.
ELK Grove Village will return as the title sponsor for the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.
THE Ohio State University Buckeyes visited Nassau for their 12th annual Cruise for Cancer charity event yesterday.
Governance reformers yesterday hailed the government’s prediction that it will shrug off a $185m revenue shortfall - and beat its full-year deficit target - as “phenomenal” if it comes true.
A former finance minister yesterday warned that the forecast $130m cut in government spending this fiscal year could undermine Bahamian economic growth and job creation.
THE opposition yesterday predicted an “even greater revenue shortfall” and missed fiscal deficit targets, arguing that the mid-year budget “did nothing to inspire confidence”.
The private sector-funded report detailing the impact full World Trade Organisation (WTO) membership will have on the economy is set for an early April completion, it was revealed yesterday.
A Cabinet minister led the Bahamian delegation to this week’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) organised meeting of senior Caribbean policymakers and officials.
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The Bahamas’ “very impressive double-digit growth” in stopover arrivals was a decisive factor in the country earning the Caribbean Journal’s ‘Tourism Destination of the Year’ designation.
The government yesterday unveiled plans to ensure its gets “value for money” from the near-$400m in annual subsidies it pumps into state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
The prime minister believes The Bahamas can follow Estonia’s lead by using technology to transform government services and attract international investment.
Wednesday, February 27
Wednesday, 27th February, 2019.
ON Monday, we reported the shocking claims of three people about the brutality they suffered at the hands of police.
Our system of governance and political party structures and systems need work.
FORMER Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald has announced an end to his political career, telling Progressive Liberal Party members he will not seek a nomination for the next general election.
A FORMER Peter Nygard employee is claiming he knows how Save The Bays’ emails and financial records ended up in a former MP’s “political garbage can” in 2016.
THE Progressive Liberal Party has ended its boycott of Parliament and its members will return to the House of Assembly today.
The winning Nassau cruise port bidder yesterday said it aims to increase passenger spending by more than 100 percent and transform the entire city into a “worldwide brand”.
VIDEO footage has emerged of a law enforcement officer shooting a dog at point-blank range during what appears to be a home raid.
The winning Nassau cruise port bidder yesterday said it plans to make The Bahamas its regional headquarters for the Americas and invest $10m before sealing the deal with the Government.
TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar says he expects some level of “push back” from local officials to a recent US travel advisory, as he expressed dismay over the alert’s timing yesterday.
IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette has urged work permit applicants holding letters of approval to finalise their payments or face deportation, revealing yesterday the Department of Immigration is presently owed some $5m in outstanding fees.
THREE people who say police tortured them for confessions before releasing them without charge were told this week the time has expired for their matter to be addressed by the Royal Bahamas Police Force, despite the timely complaints they made.
THE Akhepran International Academy Scarabs served notice yesterday that they are going after both the primary and senior boys’ basketball titles in the Bahamas Scholastic Athletic Association (BSAA).
Seems we have annoyed Buckingham Palace so much that HRH Prince Charles, Her Majesty’s heir who, with his wife, has announced a Caribbean visit, have excluded a visit to one of the new realm states in the Caribbean – our Commonwealth.
Why has Government created around BP&L so much secrecy – unusual lack of transparency?
I understand that there is currently a proposal before the Ministry of Works to install even more speed bumps on the eastern end of New Providence, specifically on Sassoon Drive.
New head coach Norris Bain gave himself and the rest of his coaching staff a B grade after the Bahamas advanced in the FIBA AmeriCup and World Cup qualification round in Belize.
ON the heels of the exciting climax of the prestigious 37th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture are gearing up for their fourth National High School Basketball Tournament.
IN the wake of the deaths of more than 30 Haitian migrants at sea earlier this month, Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell yesterday told the United Nations Human Rights Council the Bahamas will continue its efforts to combat human trafficking and smuggling.
A WOMAN who went viral on social media last year had her criminal trial over alleged drug possession with intent to supply adjourned to March 27 after her co-accused failed to show in court yesterday.
THE overwhelming support shown for the GBPA Conchman Triathlon last November, from triathletes near and far, has prompted the organising committee to begin early registration for the increasingly popular competition scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at Taino Beach in Freeport.
THE most valuable player (MVP) in City Bowling League competition Monday night was Kevin B Williams of the ASureWin Pocket Pleasers with a 267 second high game and a 650 high three game series.
THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association got its best-of-three playoffs underway last night at the DW Davis Gymnasium.
Cliff Resais and Donovan Storr, two of the Bahamian connection at Southeastern Louisiana, competed at the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships which concluded on Monday.
The deputy prime minister has voiced optimism that “public outrage” will prevent future governments from abandoning the checks put in place to prevent reckless fiscal policies.
A former adviser to late South African president, Nelson Mandela, yesterday said he was “amazed” by the extent of Bahamian opposition to joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The deputy prime minister yesterday pledged that The Bahamas will “not give up any ground” to global regulatory initiatives in its fight to remain a leading international financial centre (IFC)
Commonwealth Bank will tomorrow pay a two cents per share extraordinary dividend to shareholders of record at February 18, taking 2018’s total investor pay-out to more than $35m.
The minister of tourism yesterday defended the Nassau cruise port bidding process, and selection of Global Ports Holding, as “incredibly transparent”.
The deputy prime minister yesterday said the government has been “locked into” various oil exploration obligations by its predecessor as he acknowledged environmentalists’ concerns.
A Bahamian has been named among this year’s ten-strong agent advisory board for an auctioneer specialising in luxury real estate.
Tuesday, February 26
Tuesday, 26th February, 2019.
TWO men accused of murder alleged yesterday they were beaten and suffocated by police while in custody to admit to a crime they say they did not commit.
It’s a topic not often discussed in Bahamian relationships, but one that is prevalent and could be wreaking havoc on families – narcissism.
With Karin Herig and Cara Hunt.
ARINTHIA Komolafe says she is focused on moving her party forward and recruiting viable candidates after being elected by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) as the first woman to lead the political party.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party chairman Fred Mitchell blasted Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for his attacks on the opposition party in Grand Bahama last week.
Super Value’s owner says his Bimini Sands property will be transformed into “a little gem” matching nearby Cat Cay through the deal that will secure his resort industry exit.
PINERIDGE MP Frederick McAlpine hit out at Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday, likening the nation’s leader to a coach keeping a “good player” on the bench due to “personal or petty” reasons.
Moody’s is urging further “restraint” in public spending while predicting that the government will miss the 1.8 percent deficit target set by the Fiscal Responsibility Act for 2018-2019.
GLOBAL Ports Holding’s goal for Prince George Wharf is to transform the area into a “state-of-the-art port and waterfront destination” that will feature a Junkanoo museum, open air amphitheatre, and laser light shows.
TRAFFIC police in New Providence are investigating an early morning hit-and-run incident that left a woman dead and a man in hospital.
THE US Federal Bureau of Investigation claims it has more than six hours of audio recordings between Haitian-Bahamian Edward Israel Saintil and an unnamed immigration officer discussing bribery payments made to senior officials to secure permit approvals. The bribes ranged from $400 to $2,500.
I will have a birthday this month and I usually make this event an opportunity to review where I am personally and professionally since the previous one.
There are many potential causes of testicular and scrotal pain and swelling.
A mother’s plea for help finding her son yesterday turned out to be a false alarm.
It was a simple but powerful message 15-year-old children’s books author Sierra Blair delivered to the Library Cadets Programme: Writing is something anybody can excel in.
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.
Ingredients for cooking directly from the backyard
In recent years, Bahamians have become more health-conscious. You see more and more people out running or exercising, both in the early morning hours and in the evening. You also see more people thinking about they eat and planning healthier meals.
TEAM Bahamas will advance to the next round in their bid for FIBA AmeriCup and World Cup qualifications.
FRANCO Miller Jr was one of eight members of the Ole Miss Rebels men’s basketball programme that silently protested by kneeling during the American national anthem in response to Confederacy rallies hosted near the stadium.
SINCE Major League Baseball (MLB) Pipeline began listing its top 30 prospects within each franchise for the upcoming 2019 season, Bahamians have been prominently featured.
On a personal level I admire and deeply respect Ministers Duane Sands (Health) and Marvin Dames (National Security). Despite my being a PLP, to this very day, I could not support the former MP for Mount Moriah and, as a part of my civic duty, I supported and voted for Dames. In the case of Sands, I was an adviser and semi-confidant. In fact, during one of my radio talk shows, I privately told him to seek a reconciliation with the then leader of the fractured FNM, Dr. Minnis.
The announcement that Global Ports Holdings has been chosen to manage the Nassau cruise port is big news for the country – but how will it change the waterfront?
THOUGH it has been in existence since 1979, not many people know the role the Kelly Ward plays in nursing clients suffering from conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, intellectual disability back to health so they can properly function in society.
The Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins continued a season of milestones with their first Hugh Campbell title in school history.
Former dental assistant and beauty queen has major career change at age 55
BEING fired from the same job twice would be enough to make anyone want give up and hide away from the world. However, Oralee Smith took this unexpected opportunity to start an entirely new career.
JAZZ Chisholm and Kristian Robinson find themselves in an unique position in the Major League pre-season with the Arizona Diamondbacks professional baseball organisation.
IT is the last week in February, and so it’s not too soon for a NFL Mock Draft. Let’s see who the Cowboys like!
Bahamas First’s top executive yesterday said it is targeting a 15 percent return on equity (ROE) in non-hurricane years to ensure it smooths out “volatility” and remains attractive to investors.
The revival of Nassau’s cruise port and downtown “must run in parallel”, the Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive urged yesterday, and reverse the slide in passenger experience.
Bay Street merchants yesterday said Global Ports Holding’s $250m plan to redevelop Nassau’s cruise port is “exactly what downtown has needed for many years”.
AN environmental activist yesterday accused the government of being “duplicitous” for extending oil exploration licences at the same time it is promoting renewable energy use.
THE trade union representing line-staff at Morton Salt (Bahamas) has urged the government to “get serious” about resolving its long-running dispute over a new industrial agreement.
A Bahamian real estate broker has released a report on high-end real estate opportunities on New Providence and Paradise Island, rating each for the quality of on-site amenities.
A local firm of architects believes it has set “a new standard for commercial buildings” in The Bahamas with its design for Lightbourn Trading’s property.
Monday, February 25
Monday, 25th February, 2019.
THE story we report on today’s front page is deeply troubling for The Bahamas.
ATTORNEY Wayne Munroe wants to launch a class-action lawsuit against Cable Bahamas, hoping to force the service provider to provide customers with all they pay for, or supply credits when it can’t do so.
Police have issued an update on this story, saying the child was not missing as reported and that it was a miscommunication between relatives. The child was reportedly taken by another relative after being discovered home alone. Police and social services personnel are investigating.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told jubilant party supporters in Grand Bahama that before retiring he will serve a second term as prime minister. Dr Minnis expressed confidence in his party’s victory at the polls in 2022 at the FNM’s headquarters in Freeport, where he received a resounding welcome on his arrival at a special meeting on Friday evening.
ON the heels of the Frank Smith acquittal, the Progressive Liberal Party has green lit its campaign for election in 2022. Although dwarfed in numbers in Parliament, the “fiery four” have certainly not been afraid to cause a spectacle with their latest boycott of the House of Assembly.
The cruise lines were yesterday reassured they will not face excessive port fees after the government selected Global Ports Holding’s $250m bid to redevelop Prince George Wharf.
THE Royal Bahamas Police Force is being sued for allegedly torturing three innocent people in a bid to secure confessions from them.
THE Bahamas faces a massive uphill battle to improve survival rates for children with cancer and other auto-immune diseases.
AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard will be hosting a closed town meeting in North Andros today to assist BARC residents with securing “varied size crown grants” for the land they occupy.
THE Lady Defenders finally snapped the Scottsdale Vixens’ dominance of the New Providence Volleyball Association by winning the league title at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Friday.
THE New Providence Basketball Association closed out play at the CI Gibson Gymnasium over the weekend and will resume competition at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Wednesday.
COACH Keno Demeritte and his Temple Christian Suns shined brightly in the Mangrove Cay Basketball Tournament over the weekend in Andros where they captured both the primary girls’ and boys’ titles.
LEASHJA Grant and her Lakehead Thunderwolves are headed to the Ontario University Association semi-finals.
A MATCHUP between a pair of Bahamians in a double overtime thriller highlighted the weekend of play in NCAA Division I basketball.
IN what he describes as his best season in the European Professional Volleyball League, Iraklis’ Byron Ferguson Jr is headed to the All-Star game.
IT was another busy weekend for a number of Bahamian elite and collegiate athletes.
A WEEK of competition and 50 games between 28 teams have come down to tonight’s matchup between the Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins and the St George’s Jaguars to decide the champion of the 37th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic.
Buddy Hield continues to have some of his best NBA performances in the state where he rose to national NCAA prominence in the NCAA with the Oklahoma Sooners.
There are times in politics when a rising star hits the jackpot. I suspect the interview or panel Jerome Sawyer had last evening might have been one of those occasions.
Your Editorial of Saturday February 23 featured a headline (“The Complexity of Bahamian Unemployment”) that was encouraging to anyone who tires of the oversimplified and just plain ignorant presentation of facts and statistics in Bahamian media. It then dove headlong into one of the worst examples of both genres.
I write to congratulate the newly elected Leader of the Democratic National Alliance, Mrs Arinthia Komolafe.
THE Court of Appeal has shaved two years off of a former realtor’s prison sentence for swindling 21 people out of over $144,000 between 2007 and 2008 as part of a property scam.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force bid farewell to Chief Petty Officers (CPO) Nelson Strachan and Brian Miller, who both retired after serving a combined 62 years of active service.
THE Bahamas Telecommunications Co. (BTC) has recorded a more than 30 percent reduction in energy consumption after switching to alternative energy products at 12 facilities.
PETER Nygard has filed new court action in the United States against Lois Bacon, according to US reports.
THIS commentary, being written on Thursday, February 21, is about troubling developments in Haiti and the constraints upon the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that prohibit them from playing a meaningful role in averting further violence. Since the time of writing, the feared escalation might have occurred.
NEARLY 90 percent of respondents in a new survey support the expansion of NHI to provide affordable coverage for high cost medical care — including treatment for widespread cancers, dialysis and heart attacks.
POLICE seized a quantity of suspected marijuana in a swoop on Thursday evening.
The potential sale of Atlantis to a New York-based real estate investor, which was backed by Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, has fallen through and will not be revived.
The winning Nassau cruise port bidder’s chairman yesterday said he is “not worried one drop” about the rapid expansion of the industry’s private destinations, adding: “We’ll see who wins.”
A Bahamas-based oil explorer’s search for a joint venture partner has been given “fresh impetus” by the Government’s extension of its four licences until end-2020.
The Bahamas has been urged to “prioritise” escaping the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) monitoring list as all its recent woes “flow” from this.
A TOP Carnival executive says its proposed $100m Grand Bahama port will not result in reduced vessel calls to Nassau, while describing its investment as a “no brainer”.
AROUND eight countries have expressed interest in The Bahamas’ initial goods and services offers to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the country’s lead negotiator has confirmed.
Grand Bahama Power Company’s $5m solar plant will be able to supply 850 homes and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 4,200 tons annually, it has been revealed.
The Securities Commission of The Bahamas has announced the signing of its 28th agreement to ensure local fund managers have access to European markets.
Saturday, February 23
Police are investigating after a man died in a traffic accident in Eleuthera on Friday morning.
Six mail boat crew members are in police custody after a firearm and a large quantity of drugs were found on their vessel on Friday night.
Friday, February 22
Friday, 22nd February, 2019.
THE Eugene Dupuch Law School held a relocation ceremony yesterday to commemorate its new premises on Rosetta Street and to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
SHOTSPOTTER technology should be in use throughout New Providence by the end of March, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said on Thursday.
PLP CHAIRMAN Fred Mitchell said party officials have not decided when they will end their boycott of parliament and the senate.
A VETERAN communications specialist was the guest at the Bahamas Press Club on Friday.
FOUR C’s Adventures owner Clayton Smith and one of his captains, Roderick Watson, are to stand trial over allegations they caused the death of an American woman and injured nine other people due to negligence when their charter boat burst into flames last year.
THE man whose truck mowed into a crowd during last year’s Labour Day parade has denied allegations that he negligently caused the death of four women and injured eight other people as a result.
THE approval process is under way for interested buyers for the former Royal Oasis property and the International Bazaar in Grand Bahama, said Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson on Thursday.
TOUGHER requirements are on the way for contractors seeking work from the Water and Sewerage Corporation, according to its chairman Adrian Gibson.
WHILE I’m still hobbled with my injured knee, the barbershop right around the corner from my house, has become my chill spot, from about 10.30am when I’m off air until about 2.00pm when I embark on the dreaded “school run”.
BAHAMIAN athlete turned Rhodes Scholar neurosurgeon Myron Rolle, yesterday condemned claims that he sexually harassed multiple women, including a popular actress.
BAHAMAS Carnival will return to Clifford Park for its fifth year with organisers keenly focused on drawing international crowds to the growing parade.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) owner yesterday hailed the carrier as “a gift that is going to keep on giving” through increased profitability despite its mobile struggles.
THE body of a man was found in a well on Cat Island on Thursday night.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday said testing on the Marco Alert software is complete, with the rollout of the system expected to occur before mid-year.
FORMER Prime Ministers Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie will be invited this year to accept the government’s Order of Nation award, the same honour they rejected last year, according to Mark Humes, chairman of the advisory committee for national honours.
THE Court of Appeal has ordered two police officers to be retried over the death of a 20-year-old man while he was in their custody seven years ago.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday said assault rifles have now become the weapon of choice, insisting the country had seen the last of the “rock and bottle generation”.
There’s an old so-called negro hymn which goes: “ It’s me, it’s me. it’s me oh Lord, standing in the name of prayer.....not my mother, not my father, but it’s me oh Lord....” The words of that hymn could well apply to individuals and the very nation itself.
IT IS welcome news that the deportation of illegal Haitian migrants is being resumed and that our country’s embassy staff have returned to their posts in Port-au-Prince. But, even though the civil unrest there has reportedly died down - at least for now - the latest violence should be a wake-up call for us in The Bahamas.
THE NATIONAL Neighbourhood Watch Council Day will take place February 23, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said yesterday.
UNDER heavy security detail, 112 Haitians will be deported to Port-au-Prince, Haiti this morning, the Department of Immigration announced yesterday.
WATER and Sewerage Corporation Chairman Adrian Gibson has ordered a right sizing exercise in all departments at the organisation.
The benefit and blessing of being loved by God has personal and interpersonal advantages.
One of the things I love about God is His righteous judgement that will be on display on the last day. Heaven and Hell are real places that will be our homes for all eternity.
The Exuma Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force recently celebrated their annual church service at St John’s Union Baptist Church as well as their yearly parade.
THE Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) joined the frontlines in the fight against hunger with a produce donation to the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) last week.
HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands confirmed the case of measles in the four-year-old tourist yesterday. He said the timeline of travel and illness onset strongly suggest the child’s exposure to measles occurred prior to his arrival in The Bahamas.
Congrats are in order for Bahamian gospel singer Vanessa Clarke who has been nominated for three international award shows.
Deputy Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest last night cautioned that The Bahamas’ “hasn’t arrived yet” despite Moody’s ‘outlook’ upgrade indicating the Government has regained some of its fiscal credibility.
Question your motive as to why you are involved where you are right now.
ALBURY Higgs has delivered a series of impressive performances for the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships.
Bahamas Davis Cupper Kevin Major Jr opened his 2019 season with a big victory in the men’s singles final at the BMW Tennis Championships on Wednesday.
DAY four of the 37th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic featured the first round of eliminations in this year’s event while several winning teams went head-to-head.
Every negative or bad situation has something positive associated with it. We just have to trust God and believe in His word. This principle is made clear in Romans 8:28 (KJV): “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” We must love God. This is critical. Secondly, we should realize that “work together for good” refers to God Himself, and not to us. This second point is often overlooked.
Each year more than 6,000 new students enter the job market.
Kindly afford me space in your respected columns to comment on what seems a preferred, politically perverse and pervasive public lie relative to our inability to achieve some semblance of self-sufficiency in national food production.
As a Canadian who has visited Nassau multiple times, I feel I must comment on the working conditions of the horses travelling Bay Street each day.
The Nassau Container Port’s operator has beaten 2019 first-half profit expectations by $120,000 as it delivered on forecasts of a financial performance that will match 2018.
The government has given “approval in principle” to a medical school that could ultimately inject $85m in annual spending into Freeport’s economy, it was revealed yesterday.
LEGISLATION for the creation of a “BH-1B visa” is being finalised to boost Grand Bahama’s attraction for relocating technology companies, a Cabinet Minister revealed yesterday.
BAHAMIAN entrepreneurs were yesterday urged to create the necessary links to major foreign direct investment (FDI) projects as a means to curb foreign currency outflows.
Nassau’s airport already appears on course to beat the 11 percent increase in passenger traffic it enjoyed last year given that early 2019 volumes are up by “double digit” percentages.
A team from The Bahamas’ Access Accelerator Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) has spent three days in Jamaica sharing knowledge in assisting start-ups.
IMPROVING the ease of doing business must be a “high priority” if Grand Bahama is to transform itself into an international business centre, its Chamber of Commerce president said yesterday.
Thursday, February 21
Thursday, 21st February, 2019.
TRIBUTES continue to pour in for beloved Bahamian actor and former ambassador Sir Sidney Poitier, who celebrated his 92nd birthday yesterday. Tribune reporter Denise Maycock recalls his visit to Grand Bahama in the late 1990's, and canvasses Bahamians from all walks of life on his impact.
Dr Hubert Minnis said he will address public calls for the removal of two Cabinet ministers involvedin the Frank Smith bribery and extortion trial tomorrow.
MORE than 80 migrants have been convicted for entering the country illegally or overstaying their visa this week.
A man is dead and three people are in hospital after a shooting incident on Wednesday night.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) last night showed signs of “bottoming out” in its battle with Aliv after its mobile subscriber loss rate was cut by two-thirds in late 2018.
PUBLIC health officials are investigating a suspected case of measles in a four-year-old tourist.The Ministry of Health was reportedly notified on Monday that a child had gone to a private health care facility in New Providence with the symptoms of the disease.
WITH Haiti’s civil unrest “quieting down”, Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield yesterday confirmed repatriations to the country will resume “as soon possible”, noting the government is concerned about the detention centre’s capacity.
THE Court of Appeal has ordered a retrial for a former ‘most wanted’ armed robbery suspect because his lawyer went contrary to his instructions to inform the court he was beaten by police to confess to a gun heist.
Authorities were last night searching for a distressed aircraft in the area of Inagua.
THE government yesterday passed amendments to the Road Act giving it teeth to clamp down on utility companies that have been lax in restoring public roads to an acceptable standard.
THE Scholar Athlete of The Year Awards committee announced the nominees from the high school and primary schools at the Bahamas Union of Teachers Hall last week Friday.
So the most prime site in downtown Nassau has been transferred for the new Central Bank Building?
For the past several years we have been bombarded in the press, on the radio and on television, about the atrocious state of the General Post Office on East Hill Street.
LAKEISHA Curry, a young mother-of-two, is seeking the public’s help to raise funds to help pay for her physical therapy due to a bad car accident.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the groundbreaking for a new $4-million Colonial Group International (CGI) Building in Freeport yesterday indicated a growing investor confidence in the revival of Grand Bahama’s economy.
A local advocacy group’s appeal of an order that it pay the government and a US developer $250,000 in security costs before a judicial review of the proposed construction of a marina was postponed yesterday.
CARMICHAEL MP Desmond Bannister expressed “profound disappointment” yesterday over the Official Opposition’s boycott of Parliament.
Too many people feel they have to get their way by bullying and humiliating other people
BULLYING in school is a growing concern and students attending a Student Leadership Symposium in Grand Bahama were encouraged to be heroes and to respect and appreciate others for their differences.
THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT) received a $10,000 donation yesterday from the real estate company Engels and Volkers.
AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister Michael Pintard said yesterday his ministry is actively engaging with stakeholders throughout the Bahamas on the matter of “conch-servation”, saying his ministry is “absolutely convinced” that conch is under threat.
AFTER hosting a successful memorial St Valentine’s Day Massacre in Montagu Bay over the weekend, Trevor Johnson said they were delighted to see their father, Eleazor ‘the Sailing Barber’ Johnson, get his win.
Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) carried out another load shedding exercise yesterday that left customers in the eastern area of New Providence without power for almost six hours.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday insisted that government’s purchase of the Grand Lucayan Resort was essential to save the Grand Bahama economy, and that he would do it again.
The Family Island teams began play yesterday in the 37th annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic and it was business as usual for the teams from Grand Bahama.
POLICE are investigating an alleged suicide that happened on Tuesday.
IN preparation for the Pan American Games qualifying tournament, the Bahamas Amateur Boxing Federation will be sending veteran boxer Carl Hield, Ronald Woodside and newcomer Lennox Boyce to train in Cuba.
SWIFT Athletics head coach Andrew Tynes said many sporting medals and trophies may well be in the Bahamas’ future thanks in part to the well of athletic potential within the B3A-sanctioned track and field club.
Governance reformers yesterday warned Bahamians that their tolerance of low-level graft creates a breeding ground for multi-million dollar corruption which ultimately hurts them.
We have to thank Carnival for their staying power, in their new cruise Port proposal for Grand Bahama, as many investors would not have waited two plus years from signing an MOU early in 2017, with a Government to finalise and obtain approvals. Why?
The Bahamian hotel industry’s strong 2018 performance has eliminated “genuine fears” that Baha Mar’s full opening would “cannibalise” the market, a Cabinet minister argued yesterday.
A former Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) chairman yesterday slammed plans for a mass disconnection of delinquent Family Island customers, and urged: “Have a heart”.
Failing to record a bad “dolphin encounter”, and then trying to cover it up, cost an Atlantis middle manager his job - with the resort’s decision backed by two Bahamian courts.
THE Bahamas Taxi Cab Union’s (BTU) president yesterday said that changing the “system” at Prince George Wharf is the “first step” towards revamping the industry’s image.
A senior Ministry of Finance official yesterday said modernising the government’s use of data is critical to ensuring The Bahamas meets its national development goals.
THE prime minister yesterday said fears that Freeport’s two mega cruise ports pose a threat to Nassau “make absolutely no economic sense” and are “devoid of facts”.
The government yesterday sprang to the defence of its renewable energy taxation policies by revealing that $2.21m worth of solar systems had entered The Bahamas duty-free since July.
Wednesday, February 20
POLICE on Wednesday issued a sketch of a woman believed to be responsible for the abduction of three-year-old Shavar Bain Jr over the weekend.
Wednesday, 20th February, 2019.
TRANSPORT and Local Government Renward Wells said yesterday a taskforce has been established to ensure all vessels participating in the tour-boat industry meet the required standards to operate.
DARNELL Osborne, the former chairperson of Bahamas Power and Light, is officially suing the government over Works Minister Desmond Bannister’s role in her departure from the board last year and the “defamatory” comments he made about her in the press.
Dozens of Commonwealth government leaders and advisers are attending the Equality and Justice Forum in Cape Town, South Africa hosted by the Equality & Justice Alliance (EJA) this week.
BAHAMAS Power and Light chairman Donovan Moxey says there should be no issues in the coming summer months when consumers will use more electricity.
THE Court of Appeal is currently mulling over whether to reinstate Ministry of Works Registrar Omar Archer’s appeal of his conviction for threatening a former assistant commissioner of police in a social media post some four years ago.
IN a letter last month to lawyers for the University of The Bahamas, Wayne Munroe demanded Associate Professor Felix Bethel be reinstated.
TRANSPORT and Local Government Minister Renward Wells has confirmed that plans to “right-size” his ministry are being looked at, with the action set to target a “poorly staffed” executive management layer.
The Nassau/Paradise Island hotel industry has “rebounded with gains not seen for ten years”, it was revealed yesterday, as room revenues closed 2018 up 34 percent year-over-year.
HUNDREDS of Bahamas Power and Light customers in the Family Islands could be left in darkness for failure to adequately pay their bills, beginning on March 15.
BRIAN Moree, a senior partner of McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, is widely expected to become the next Chief Justice of the Bahamas.
COMMISSIONER of Police Anthony Ferguson yesterday insisted allegations police tortured the father of a missing child will be fully investigated.
ONE year since the controversial deal with “missteps” was inked, officials are still struggling to set a date with Oban Energies to renegotiate the Heads of Agreement for its proposed $5.5 billion oil refinery and storage terminal on Grand Bahama.
The Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools crowned the new senior girls basketball champions, St John’s College Giants, at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Monday night.
And now for the weather on Mars: NASA’s newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet’s frigid winter.
Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must.
• Twitter said yesterday it is tightening up rules for European Union political ads ahead of bloc-wide elections this spring, following similar moves by fellow tech giants Facebook and Google.
ROOSEVELT Whylly and the Holland College Hurricanes are now one game away from a perfect regular season record while Samson Cleare set an all-time rebounding record for the NAIT Ooks in Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association basketball.
BAHAMIAN basketball icon Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson said the country can look forward to the day when both Buddy Hield and Deandre Ayton are regular participants in the NBA All-Star Game.
THE NBA Players Association embarked on a new venture by hosting their annual All-Star Weekend meetings in the Bahamas for the first time.
The gullibility of some people in positions of influence can be nauseating at times.
I watch the BBC, and Al Jazeera networks daily, to get a good understanding of global events, and trends.
The City dump - or as we politely call it now - the Environment Disposal Site. The hype from the final signing months, seemingly of negotiation had to be negotiating down from the original $140 million to $45 million over 15 years one asks, begs accuracy. When was there a National emergency declared at the dump - ever Mr Minister?
The new tourism promotion advertisement and Lenny Kravitz … Madam DG be careful when stating statistics, as to the good gentleman’s following … accuracy shows professionalism.
FOR too long, we have been speaking of the problems facing The Bahamas because of the economy – but a ray of sunlight may have just pierced the gloom.
EDUCATION minister Jeffrey Lloyd dazzled fourth and fifth grade boys and girls of Thelma Gibson School ‘s with a spirited reading of Bahamian tales. Mr Lloyd read the ‘Hard Head Bird’ and ‘Why a Rainbow Comes After the Rain’ from the book, “Once Below a Time: Bahamian Stories” by Telcine Turner.
THE ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) yesterday announced the development of a comprehensive programme to decentralise their operations in a bid to combat human smuggling.
POLICE yesterday launched a joint workshop with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) targeting the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity involving nuclear or radiological material.
LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes yesterday expressed concerns over ongoing industrial issues at Morton Salt, telling reporters that operations at the salt plant remains critical to employment on Inagua.
NEIGHBOURS thwarted an attempted armed robbery Monday morning.
Solar energy providers yesterday urged the government to clarify “random and inconsistent” tax policies that are threatening “to kill an infant industry before it gets a foothold”.
The Clearing Banks Association’s (CBA) chairman yesterday said the sector would have “no objection” to web shops setting up a Bahamian dollar “co-operative” to resolve their banking woes.
Cruise passenger arrivals to Nassau as a “first port of entry” fell by more than 40,000 persons in 2018, it was revealed yesterday, just as Cabinet was debating who should get the port deal.
The company that gave life to the government’s Grand Bahama “technology hub” ambitions yesterday denied making any one-shot lay-offs while admitting business was “slower than expected”.
THE ATTORNEY general yesterday blamed the former Christie administration’s inaction for The Bahamas’ being branded a “high risk” financial crime jurisdiction by the European Union (EU).
A Cabinet minister yesterday said the government was “very concerned” that Morton Salt and its line staff union swiftly “reach a settlement” to end ongoing industrial tension in Inagua.
A former Bahamas Bar Association president has urged this nation to switch to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as this nation’s final judicial forum of appeal.
A CABINET minister yesterday voiced optimism that Commonwealth Brewery’s creation of 30 new posts would minimise recently-unveiled job losses to a “net” 43.
Tuesday, February 19
Tuesday, 19th February, 2019.
Married for half a decade, Glenn and Keshelle Davis say they have a successful relationship because they were able to master the art of vision planning and recognise the importance of continuously finding purpose in the interconnected lives they agreed to when they said “I do”.
Last week I visited a woman whose age did not dictate her level of poise and persona. Big in personality and kind in heart, Keva Hanna-Lawrence spoke with authority and excellent diction as she shared some of the things she could remember from her days growing up in Acklins with her parents and siblings, including former Governor General Sir Arthur D Hanna.
When the time comes, I will make myself known as the writer of this piece, but for now, know that I am not in any way vested in either of the parties vying for management of the cruise port in our downtown.
THE war of words between Water & Sewerage chairman Adrian Gibson and Bahamas Utilities services and Allied Workers Union president Dwayne Woods persisted yesterday with the Long Island MP saying the union boss gets “paid for nothing”.
IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette was tightlipped yesterday over plans to address the anticipated wave of illegal migrants amid Haiti’s political unrest.
FOUR men between the ages of 25 and 33 are behind several of the country’s most recent murders, including that of a man who was attending a party in a Haitian village on Cowpen Road, police have alleged.
COMMONWEALTH Brewery yesterday said a tough economy and competitive pressures from cheaper rival beers had forced it to terminate 73 staff within its 700 Wines & Spirits retail unit.
DESPITE the heavily-publicized failings of the doomed Fyre Festival, rapper Jeffrey “Ja Rule” Atkins has plans to create another music festival.
THE Department of Immigration yesterday rejected the characterisation of its arrest of a suspected migrant as a ‘kidnapping’ — maintaining instead that the man in question was “cautioned and arrested” by officers.
FORMER Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is “disappointed and distressed” at Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ lengthy delay in filling the post of Chief Justice.
THE mother of seized toddler Shavar Bain Jr last night accused authorities of beating her boyfriend during the time he was held by police in the hours their son was missing.
TWO men are in hospital following a stabbing incident at a nightclub in Freeport, according to police. ASP Terecita Pinder said police received a report of an argument at an establishment on Wimpole Street, involving a group of men, shortly after 2am on Sunday.
Ask any Bahamian single what finding love is like in today’s dating culture, and most of them will say it’s difficult. Add an HIV positive status to the mix, and things become infinitely more challenging.
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.
Bedwetting is a traumatic ordeal, too often endured in embarrassing silence by families. Nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting, was regarded in one study as the third most traumatic event that a family can face.
The Bahamas Sickle Cell Association is ready to get to work in 2019, seeking to attract new volunteers, educate the general public and healthcare professionals, and even have new medical procedures implemented in hospitals.
In class recently, I was asked why, in my last piece on Sonia Farmer and Shivanee Ramlochan’s work, “The Red Thread Cycle”, I had not offered solutions to the problem of rape, other than to say that policing did not provide the solution. So I have agreed to show how we encourage young men to become misogynists through the way we insist they build a themselves up against a flawed image of what masculinity can or should be.
Most people would agree that the average apology has lost its lustre.
After months of anticipation, the Bahamas’ Little Miss Regency International Tysha Johnson got the opportunity to walk in the Beauty...it’s Everywhere showcase which was held during what organisers call New York Fashion Week 2.0.
IN a continued effort to foster support and commitment to the well-being of individuals throughout the community, Tropical Shipping held a luncheon to raise funds for Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure at their Gladstone Freight Terminal location last month.
THE St Mary’s Huskies are still streaking while one Bahamian national team standout had her usual leading performance in the final home game of her collegiate career.
We are heading into March, and into the NFL free agency period, when teams around the NFL lose all their senses and throw millions around in an attempt to find that ever elusive quick fix.
THE 37th Hugh Campbell Classic got off to a controversial start as the opening game ended in a forfeit.
FOR the next two years, Tyrone Knowles will occupy the chair as the new president of the Bahamas Bowling Federation.
The Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools completed its 2018/19 basketball puzzle by crowning the new junior boys and senior girls champions yesterday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The absolute horror reported on the above date of Mr Douglas Ngumi's unlawful incarceration at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre sent shockwaves through me.
The PLP has been in panic mode ever since the beginning of investigations into alleged corrupt practices on their watch.
THE Immigration department must hate the sight of Fred Smith QC almost as much as they hate the prospect of doing their jobs properly. If they did the latter, they wouldn’t need to see nearly so much of the former.
VETERAN spearfisherman David Rose believes the Bahamas’ declining lobster population can be reversed if the country reverts to when live catch are brought to market.
ORGANISATION for Responsible Governance has renewed calls for the debate and passage of the highly anticipated Integrity Commission bill, asserting that its passage would assist in the handling of corruption cases.
THE trial over allegations prosecutor Joel Seymour was attacked and injured by two brothers earlier this year was adjourned by more than a month yesterday due to the unavailability of senior counsel for the Crown.
Customs is moving to ensure the one-time registration for its new automated system is as “efficient and seamless” as possible following multiple complaints of delayed import clearances.
Web shops yesterday argued it was “dangerous and counterproductive” for the majority of Bahamian banks to reject research showing the sector is “clean” with the country under attack.
The deputy prime minister has voiced confidence that the Bahamian financial services industry will not be “materially affected” by the last-minute reforms to escape Europe’s “blacklist”.
The Bahamas will only open up industries to foreign competitors under the WTO if doing so generates “real economic opportunities” for this nation, its chief negotiator asserted yesterday.
Tourism stakeholders received updates on marketing initiatives and efforts to reduce energy costs at the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association’s (BHTA) recent quarterly meeting.
Cacique International has won a 2018 Stella Award from Northstar Meetings Group, receiving a top destination management honour as “best” in international and US territories.
A Cabinet minister yesterday reiterated calls for Bahamian entrepreneurs to “step up to the plate” and maximise cruise tourism’s economic impact as a “Virgin” prepares to enter the market.
A newly-formed renewable energy association of yesterday branded The Bahamas’ energy sector model as “outdated” and called for far-reaching structural reform.
Monday, February 18
Monday, 18th February, 2019.
BAHAMAS Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union President Dwayne Woods has accused Adrian Gibson of endangering his life after the Water and Sewerage executive chairman made public a confidential term of the union chief’s employment.
OPPOSITION Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday slammed civil society for its silence over the Frank Smith bribery and extortion trial, suggesting a double standard existed for the Free National Movement administration.
AFTER the controversial decision by the government to introduce a sliding scale tax structure on the local gaming industry, people were split with some supporting the government and others lamenting local businessmen. Disdain for the gaming industry stems from a number of places. On one hand, many felt it was not in line with our standing as a “Christian nation”. Others feel the vice causes family issues and is a drain on society.
Carnival’s Grand Port project is shaping up as an ideal model for how development should occur in The Bahamas.
BAHAMIAN taxpayers could pay out “millions” in immigration lawsuits over the next few decades, a prominent immigration attorney has suggested.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames confirmed yesterday the Mandatory Action Rescuing Children Operation (MARCO) Alert system re-launched seven months ago is still in the testing phase.
Commonwealth Brewery Limited (CBL) announced today that 73 employees have been terminated in a restructuring exercise of its 700 Wines and Spirits retail division.
A THREE-year-old boy, abducted in a “domestic dispute” over the weekend, was left frightened and alone outside a Fox Hill washhouse several hours later, sparking a manhunt for two women believed to be the assailants.
ONGOING unrest in Haiti has prompted the closure of The Bahamas embassy in Port-au-Prince and the temporary suspension of deportations to that country, the government has announced.
RIGHTS Bahamas (RB) yesterday condemned a viral video of a suspected migrant being placed in the trunk of SUV by a group of immigration officers as “extremely disturbing”.
The prime minister yesterday slammed the “flawed process” that resulted in the European Union (EU) branding The Bahamas as a “high risk” jurisdiction for financial crimes.
DESPITE the fact that indoors is not his forte, Steven Gardiner opened the 2019 season with a record-breaking performance at the University of South Carolina Indoor Open.
DEANDRE Ayton made his NBA All-Star Weekend debut with several events, highlighted by his appearance at the MTN Dew Ice Rising Stars Challenge.
BAHAMIAN heavyweight boxer Amron Sands connected with a straight left punch that sent American Hector Hodge to the canvas in two and-a-half minutes for a first round knockout to remain undefeated in his second year in the professional ranks.
Buddy Hield fell short in his bid to win the title in his debut at the MTN Dew Three Point Shootout, but was recognised among the game’s elite shooters at NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.
COACH Darryl Sears and his St George’s Jaguars will be returning to New Providence on Wednesday for the 35th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic as the undefeated Grand Bahama High School senior boys basketball champions.
Other than our food bill, the largest bill we have to find money for is BP&L - which continues to hurt, as the rates do not seem to wish to come down.
Not to put a damper on the Minister of Tourism’s enthusiasm, the new advertisement for tourism is nothing to shout about - rather sort of more okay than a smashing hit.
What on earth is going on with garbage collection on Breezy Hill off Village Road?
OBAN - very disturbing comments from Senator Foulkes.
We have had no garbage collection in our neighbourhood for more than two weeks now, forcing me to transport stinking maggot encrusted bags of refuse to a public dumpster in my own vehicle.
For several years, the composition of the American Supreme Court has been a contentious partisan issue, generally simmering on the political stove but on several occasions boiling over into a full-blown pitched battle between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats.
IRAM Lewis, MP for Central Grand Bahama, has embarked on an intense clean-up programme in his constituency, particularly in the Eight Mile Rock area where he says there is a rampant litter problem.
THERE were at least seven qualifiers for the CARIFTA Games over the weekend at the Roadrunners’ 13th annual Dianna Lynn Thompson Classic at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
TWO championships have been awarded thus far and the final day of the BAISS basketball championship series will feature two divisions playing third and decisive games.
Jasmine Bain’s life was a model of success. With 18 years of experience as a chef at Atlantis, Jasmine had worked her way up to a head pastry chef position while also teaching pastry and baking courses at the College of The Bahamas. It would have been easy to simply coast with her associate’s degree in culinary arts under her belt, numerous certifications in her field and the respect of colleagues.
THE law is the law and it is binding on all who dwell or visit within its jurisdiction. The law is particularly binding on those who make the law. As I observed in a previous commentary, “Law makers should not be law breakers”.
THE 35th Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic is all set to get underway today at the AF Adderley Gymnasium.
THE New Providence Basketball Association played a triple header at the CI Gibson Gymnasium on Saturday.
The Gaming Board’s “myth debunking” has not convinced commercial banks to accept web shop monies, the Clearing Banks Association’s (CBA) chairman has revealed.
Island Luck’s attorney says his client plans to “get back to business” following the tax settlement with the government, while conceding the deal “may create a problem” for other web shops.
The New Providence landfill’s incoming manager has moved “in earnest” to close the initial $20m financing it requires with the ink barely dry on its deal with the government.
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) line staff union is warning that worker “anxiety” is increasing as it blasted the government’s “hands-off approach”.
Sir Richard Branson has revealed that Bimini will feature in all voyages once his Virgin Voyages cruise line opens for business in 2020.
HOTEL operators have warning that Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) fuel charge “is really killing us” as they again lamented the impact of high electricity costs on sector profitability.
Roderick Simms writes that 'tax-free zones' should be considered to stimulate growth in remote parts of The Bahamas
The Bahamian government’s move to increase value-added tax (VAT) last year will have an adverse impact on southern Family Islands and, by extension, all Out Islands. Therefore, the government should consider making these islands economic “tax-free zones”. While the 4.5 percentage point increase will impact consumers across all islands, the brunt will be felt by those living in the southern Family Islands - particularly those that have yet to fully recover from major hurricanes that severely impacted them between 2015 to 2017.
Veteran journalist and broadcaster, Carlton Smith, has joined the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) as director of electronic communications (DEC).
The first ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in The Bahamas was completed on February 7 at Grand Bahama’s South Riding Point terminal.
The Movie Masters lecture series returns to Nassau and Grand Bahama this month to give Bahamian local access to Hollywood professionals.
Bahamas Power & Light’s (BPL) chairman says that the utility is eyeing more “comprehensive” initiatives than reconnection deals to help customers keep their lights on.
Sunday, February 17
SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: Shortly after 7am on Sunday, Shavard Bain was dropped off at a wash house on Joe Farmington Road and Fox Hill Road. He is in police care and has been taken to hospital for a routine examination. He has no visible injuries.
Friday, February 15
SIX people pled guilty to more than 20 fraud related offences in connection to a $13,000 credit card scheme in a Magistrate’s Court on Friday.
Friday, 15th February, 2019.
ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said the government has a strategy to oppose the European Union’s decision to classify the Bahamas as a "high risk" jurisdiction for financial crime.
BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson yesterday said teachers of CW Sawyer Primary School have returned to the classrooms but are still waiting for the assessment of the mould testing report and the full report on the structural condition of the school.
THIS year marks 45 years of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the Bahamas.
A WEST End man who was convicted in the Supreme Court in Grand Bahama of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor of the same sex will learn his fate at a sentencing hearing in early April.
POLICE are seeking the public's assistance to help them find the suspect in a shooting on Thursday night.
Here’s a few funny Valentines stories, for those who weren’t lucky in love this year.
REVENUE from gaming industry taxes will contribute to education in the Bahamas, particularly the Minnis administration’s mandate to make the University of the Bahamas and Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute free, Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.
PRESS Secretary Anthony Newbold has not hosted a press briefing in two months, raising questions about the purpose of his role.
BAHAMASAIR yesterday commissioned a new Boeing 737-790NG jet — an $11.4m investment with a seating capacity of 138 and a flying range of over five hours.
A Bahamas-based broker/dealer yesterday accused US federal regulators of “doing everything in their power to harm” its business through a six-year probe it branded as “a sham”.
A MAGISTRATE ordered that a 38-year-old architectural draftsman pay the “maximum fine possible” of $10,000 or face six months in prison for killing a man in the course of dangerous driving last November.
A 28-year-old Bahamas-born man is claiming he was deported to Haiti by immigration officials but sent back, only to spend months in detention.
MINISTER of Education Jeff Lloyd yesterday denied “scurrilous lies” he had any proof of Derek Rolle-Kelly’s purported inheritance due to his brief stint representing his estate in the probate of his will.
CENTREVILLE MP Reece Chipman suggested yesterday two Cabinet ministers should face consequences for their involvement in events leading up to Frank Smith’s bribery and extortion trial.
FINANCIAL Services and Immigration Minister Brent Symonette said yesterday the government “shot the winning goal” with the passage of the Commercial Entities Amendment Bill 2019 in the House of Assembly.
The government’s priority with Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) must be to “sell, sell, sell”, a prominent minority shareholder argued yesterday, despite half-year net income increasing by 164 percent.
SEVEN Haitian nationals pleaded guilty to illegal landing in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Chairman Fred Mitchell said yesterday the opposition’s Senate team stands in solidarity with its leader Philip “Brave” Davis in boycotting Parliament.
A 20-year-old man was remanded to prison yesterday after being charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.
ABACO police are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery incident that occurred Wednesday evening in the Murphy Town area.
THE Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools kicked off their 2019 best-of-three basketball championship series last night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
IN his final home game for the Niagara College Knights at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre, guard Van ‘Bubba’ Hutchinson Jr put on another spectacular performance.
ASHLEY Michel, the 2018 FCGA Player of the Year, started the season off with a bang with an overall first-place finish at the 2019 Abaco Junior Golf Championship that was held on Sunday at the lovely Treasure Cay Golf Course.
THE Bahamas Basketball Federation may have missed out on the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games, but first vice president Mario said the goal is to get ready for 2024.
THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes men’s basketball team lost to the Discount Distributors Rockets for the second time this season 88-81 Wednesday night at the CI Gibson Gymnasium.
The track and field season is heating up and as our collegiate athletes continue to make their marks on the indoor tracks and impress their coaches, local athletes are also pushing each other in fierce competitions as the BAAAs club competitions continue.
The Cricket Club oval was transformed into football gridiron just in time for Super Bowl 53.
WHILE historically there has always been debate about the nature of fiscal policy, it is now generally accepted that, in a modern globalised economy, reducing debt and stimulating growth should be the goals of most governments.
When engaged in international relations a government must never base its policies on hope.
Aquisition by the Defence Force of $240 million worth of patrol craft, and the development of the RBDF Base in Inagua and Coral Harbour truthfully started when Hon. Tommy T. Turnquest was Minister - at least the purchase of the patrol craft.
TEACHING people how to love in a supernatural way is the thrust behind tonight’s Valentines’ Day special event hosted by Miracle Life Ministries.
The Word Empowerment Ministry is hosting its inaugural conference at the end of this month to make the spiritually blind see and the deaf hear, and to finally give people the answers they have been searching for.
So, for the past few weeks we have been discussing “alike but not the same”. We’ve been sharing how we see ourselves differently, even though our circumstances mirror what we’ve seen, or been in the past.
Believers in Christ understand the significance and connotation of walking with God. It represents a way of life that requires that we adhere to God’s commands and that we live in harmony with God’s will for our lives. For many this can be extremely challenging notwithstanding the depth of one’s faith.
Watching the majority of Christian television nowadays is getting to be very annoying. Every superstar televangelist is promising the viewer to cash on to that opulent lifestyle supposedly promised by God.
God knows that we need love and this is because God is love. We were created in the image of God and so we were created to love and be loved. When all is well, we are loved by family, friends and, of course, by God. I pray that every day will be a day of love for you in some way.
President Jackie Curry and the youth of Ebenezer Union Baptist Church in Farmer’s Hill, Exuma, are actively working on their spiritual as well as their physical development.
“I do not think Jesus taught us to focus on what will happen after we die,” says Anglican Bishop Jake Owensby. “I believe that Jesus came to teach us how to live and love in this life. Living a life of compassion and seeking the well-being of our neighbour gives us a foretaste of what life after this life will be.”
All parties to the Bahamas Ferries controversy in Abaco are sticking to the agreed resolution “road map” after it was almost derailed by an unexpected planning approval.
The Bahamas must explore “a legal challenge” to the European Union’s (EU) latest attack before the International Court of Justice, an ex-attorney general urged last night.
THE New Providence landfill’s new manager yesterday pledged Bahamians will start to see a “transformation” of the facility within six months, as it bids to extend its life by 35 years.
THE New Providence landfill’s new manager/operator yesterday said it had originally sought longer than the 10-year lease granted by the Government, describing this as a “starting point” to modernise the facility.
THE Fusion Superplex entertainment complex has sold 84,000 tickets since its November soft opening, its developers revealing they have seen tremendous foot traffic.
The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of The Bahamas (the Society) has hosted an ethics training session under the theme How to do the right thing even when no one is watching.
Thursday, February 14
Thursday, 14th February, 2019.
THE fatal shooting of an 18-year-old boy by a police sergeant nearly six years ago was a lawful killing, a Coroner’s Court jury ruled yesterday.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party leader Philip “Brave” Davis announced yesterday the opposition will boycott the House of Assembly in protest of “tyrannical attitudes” in government determined to use prosecutorial powers of the Crown to target PLPs.
We need to go after the beneficial owners of vessels used in criminal enterprises, says Pintard
THE government is developing a new plan to combat poaching –– going after the beneficial owners of vessels used in the criminal enterprise.
THE Attorney General yesterday said The Bahamas must "ride out the storm and soldier on" after the European Union (EU) branded it a "high risk" jurisdiction for financial crime.
The Government has agreed to forego $25m in annual revenues to settle the taxation dispute with the web shop industry, a Cabinet minister revealed yesterday.
FORMER Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley was charged yesterday with defrauding the government of $1,255,637.83 via the Urban Renewal Small Homes Repair programme in Grand Bahama.
OFF they go again.
A 28-year-old Freeport man accused of a string of housebreaking and stealing incidents in the Freeport and Lucaya areas was arraigned in Grand Bahama yesterday.
THREE former Millennium Gardens residents whose homes were repossessed last year by the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation were unsuccessful in petitioning the court for a reversal.
AS HE moved a resolution yesterday for government land to be sold for $10 to the Central Bank for a new facility, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis made a case for a new Parliament building in the future.
It is Valentine’s Day and I should be writing a soppy love story instead of something that sounds like fear-mongering against a backdrop of Darth Vader. But recent events converged to force this from the bowels of my keyboard, a warning that even when you think you’re safe, think again.
GOLDEN Isles MP Vaughn Miller urged government to treat certain members of Parliament the same way that he and two others were treated according to the Westminster system when they were fired for voting against the value added tax increase last year.
I read an article in your paper recently written by a Bahamian male who was celebrating our successes over the past year regarding tourist arrivals to our shores.
A WOMAN was robbed while walking in the Kemp Road area on Tuesday, police said.
POLICE have officially identified three of the country’s recent homicide victims.
MORE than 10 years ago, the government committed to protecting and effectively managing 20 percent of our marine environment by 2020 to ensure a healthy marine environment and sustain livelihoods in fisheries and tourism.
The Democratic National Alliance’s ex-leader yesterday urged The Bahamas to “draw the line in the sand” against blacklisting-type actions, and tell the European Union (EU): “To hell with you.”
TWO young men who appeared in the Freeport Magistrate’s Court in connection with possession of a small quantity of dangerous drugs, namely Indian hemp, were given “hope and a clean slate” when a magistrate ordered them to attend a men’s mentoring programme instead of convicting them.
THE St Anne’s Bluewaves, in their quest to improve on their athletic programme, took a 14-member swim team to Jamaica to compete over the weekend.
THE stage has been set for the 35th edition of the prestigious Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic for senior high school basketball teams.
WHILE everybody is gearing up to watch some of the top players compete in the National Basketball Association’s All-Star Weekend on television in Charlotte, North Carolina, Baha Mar will provide an opportunity to view others in person.
Nothing has changed over the past 30 years. There is a constant and continual flow of economic migrants from Haiti, which remains still in an economic mess, even after massive aid after the earthquake, now years ago.
Bahamian web shops last night said some operators will still have difficulty with the sector’s revised tax regime and what it described as “a 65 percent tax increase”.
A Cabinet minister yesterday voiced hope VAT could be imposed on Bahamian vacation rentals in the upcoming 2019-2020 budget despite the multiple complexities involved.
Wednesday, February 13
Wednesday, 13th February, 2019.
We have never talked much about human rights. When the topic comes up, it is often in reference to the right to life and liberty.
THE penalty for failing to have a child vaccinated is $4, according to the 159-year-old Vaccination Act of 1860.
BAHAMAS Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson said yesterday that 95 percent of teachers at CW Sawyer Primary School called in sick yesterday, noting they are still awaiting a full report submitted by engineers to the Ministry of Education on the safety of the school.
ONE day after a student was stabbed at CC Sweeting Senior High School, Education Minister Jeff Lloyd has insisted public schools are safe for students and teachers alike.
FORMER Urban Renewal Deputy Director Michelle Reckley was today arraigned on 21 charges relating to allegedly defrauding the Urban Renewal Small Homes Repairs programme in Grand Bahama of over $1.2m.
INSTAGRAM model Michelle Lewin encountered a not-so-pleasant surprise on a Bahamian beach when a pig took a bite of her rear end while she was posing for a short video. In the video posted to her Instagram page, the 32-year-old Venezuelan is seen holding a camera and wearing a white two-piece swimsuit on a beach as she frolicked on an island with pigs running after her.
FOLLOWING the payout of severance packages to over 160 hotel workers in Grand Bahama, Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Workers Union president Michelle Dorsett said many of the former Grand Lucayan workers were happy with their sums.
The government’s plans to partner with the private sector on Family Island airport upgrades worth $200m have been “complicated” by land woes, a Cabinet minister has revealed.
A MAN was shot dead in Fox Hill last night, becoming the fifth person killed since Saturday.
TWO days after 22 of their countrymen were laid to rest, the 18 survivors of the Haitian sloop shipwrecked near Abaco earlier this month were yesterday charged with illegal landing.
THE expected arraignment of a former Urban Renewal official and three others did not go on as planned yesterday in Magistrate’s Court after the prosecution failed to present the court with a completed docket.
A CRACKDOWN is coming for those strip club owners who employ undocumented foreign women, National Security Minister Marvin Dames warned yesterday, as he regretted the ruin of the country’s “moral fibre” to human trafficking.
THE government’s continued “defence of the indefensible” in the case of Douglas Ngumi, a Kenyan man allegedly detained unlawfully in the Carmichael Road Detention Centre for six and half years, could increase the damages the state will have to pay.
TWO dogs were allegedly shot in their owner’s yard by Royal Bahamas Police Force officers on Friday – an incident which has drawn the ire of Bahamas Humane Society president Kim Aranha.
The two versus three matchups in the BAISS basketball semi-finals provided a series of exciting finishes with each of the four games decided by a single possession, culminating in a five overtime thriller in the finale.
Female golfers from around the world competed at the 2019 Bahamas White Sands LPGA Pro-Am from February 2 and the Caribbean Bottling Company Ltd recently - with sponsorship by CBC.
Bahamian Champions Cynthia Rahming (-57kg), Sasha Ingraham (+78kg) and Joshua Mcfall (-73kg) recently attended a week-long training camp in Cancun, Mexico, with head coach Oneysi Portorreal-Pons.
Deandre Ayton just added another event to a busy All-Star schedule for the Bahamian rookie phenom.
LJ Rose had a debut to remember and made an immediate impact on his new club.
Antoan Richardson continues to receive opportunities in the front offices of Major League Baseball organisations and will re-join the club where he began his professional career.
RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust’s upcoming Bahamas Economic Outlook conference will be held amid increasing global economic uncertainty and turmoil, its president has said.
When it comes to crime, any form of accurate imaging – video certainly assists the police.
We who are reading this have much to be thankful for. We made it into a brand New Year and are able to look forward to the future, while ardently living the present. Our wonderful nation, despite the internal threats, for we really face none from without, save and except illegal immigration and migration, is poised for systemic, even if anaemic, economic growth and a degree of societal progress.
The case of yet another life interrupted by a horrific and prolonged stay at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre punctuated by beatings and abuse without formal charges ever being filed against the detainee makes for grim reading.
TWO Dominican men accused of possessing fraudulent Bahamian documents were arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
RETIRED Chief Superintendent Basil V Rahming was remembered as an outstanding police officer who served with excellence in all aspects of his career on the police force, and as a honourable family and Christian man.
OFFICIALS of the Clifton Heritage Authority have announced the next stage of development for the Clifton Heritage Park will commence next month.
GOVERNMENT will table proposed amendments to the Commercial Entities (Substance Requirements) Act when the House of Assembly meets today.
The prime minister has been urged by a local financial provider to “take the offensive and regain control of our domestic economy” by clearly differentiating it from the international sector.
Baha Mar’s main contractor yesterday filed an appeal in the New York courts that seeks to overturn the earlier verdict upholding Sarkis Izmirlian’s $2.25bn fraud and contract breach claim.
The government will today table further legal changes in Parliament to ensure The Bahamas escapes the European Union’s (EU) tax evasion “blacklist”.
Morton Salt yesterday said it hopes to “soon” conclude a labour deal despite a “very tense” working environment where the line staff union has held off on potential strike action.
The Bahamas hopes to complete talks with the US over management of its air space, and an associated revenue-sharing agreement, “very shortly”, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.
Tuesday, February 12
Tuesday, 12th February, 2019.
THE government’s failure to serve defence lawyers with its appeal in connection to the bribery and extortion trial of former PLP Senator Frank Smith has put proceedings in “limbo”, according to attorney Damian Gomez.
Many of us know we have greatness within us. We know we are meant to achieve more and do more than we are at present.
EDUCATION Director Marcellus Taylor said yesterday there was a “build-up of dirt” not mould that created the “unsanitary situation” at CW Sawyer Primary School that forced the school’s closure last week.
PARADISE Productions, the local Bahamian company staging Buju Banton’s upcoming “Long Walk To Freedom” concert, has said it is not connected to a local company that “is distributing Buju Banton-themed flyers offering loans by phone.”
Fashion billionaire Peter Nygard seems to be making sure his fleet of cars - and a boat - are within quick reach as he recovers from the medical condition preventing him from being arrested here in The Bahamas.
A Bahamian consortium yesterday said it is “in the last 50 yards of the journey” to take over management of New Providence’s landfill, and pledged: “We will not, and must not, fail.”
PLP chairman hits out at 'politically driven persecution'
AUTHORITIES have rearrested a former Urban Renewal official among others as part of an ongoing investigation by the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Anti-Corruption Unit, The Tribune understands.
THOUGH it has been more than a year since Douglas Ngumi was released from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, yesterday the Kenyan national broke down whenever his lawyer mentioned how long – six and a half years – he had spent in the facility despite being ordered to be deported.
ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday defended recent promotions in his office as “transparent and defensible” as disgruntled senior attorneys consider launching a judicial review over the process.
NINE days after welcoming the birth of his son, the country’s latest murder victim was shot dead at Potter’s Cay Dock.
EIGHTY-SEVEN percent of teens ordered by the court to attend group therapy sessions after committing minor violent crimes tested positive for post-traumatic stress disorder at alarmingly high levels comparable with soldiers fighting in the Middle East, a new Bahamian study has found.
Engaging in activities together on a consistent basis, distraction-free, has been proven to bring couples closer together while also increasing the overall quality and health of their relationships.
Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a distressing moment and coming to terms with it can be a long process. Even years after being diagnosed you may find yourself asking, “Why did this happen to me?”
The Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre has officially launched its 2019 Geriatric Hospital Pushathon under the theme “Ready Steady, Push for Active Aging”.
I was recently on a radio show where the topic of discussion was sensitivity in the special needs community. One of the guests of the show used the clichéd statement “don’t be so sensitive.” She was referencing why we should do away with that term in the special needs community. I couldn’t agree with her more.
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.
Testosterone is the male sex hormone that is an important component of what makes men essentially men.
Professional nail technician and owner of a local hair bonnet company Iyeasha Storr Williams has made yet another “boss move”. This time, she has launched a new event planning and décor company. What began last year as a start-up called Blooming Balloons has now evolved into The Bloomroom Bahamas.
The Women’s Haven offers alternative feminine hygiene products
A new company has set out to make a woman’s most uncomfortable, and often painful, time of the month as pleasant as possible.
Having been a victim of body shaming on social media herself, Raphy Adderley is unrelenting when it comes to ensuring every woman that steps through the doors of her dance studio leaves feeling nothing but genuine love for themselves and their bodies.
It’s the season of love! And with Valentine’s Day just a few days away, Bahamians are rushing to make last-minute preparations for the special day.
Day one for Team Bahamas at the Junior Fed Cup in El Salvador was filled with a lot of excitement on Monday.
After whiffing on acquiring New Orleans Pelicans All Star forward Anthony Davis, Lakers president Magic Johnson wasn’t happy with the way things went at the trade deadline.
The country’s top rivalry in high school sports continued on the basketball court as the St Augustine’s College Big Red Machine and Queen’s College Comets split the pair BAISS sudden basketball junior division semifinals.
JUST like hew did when he played for the University of South Florida, Justin Roberts is holding court with the men’s tennis team at Arizona State University.
The Giants sent a pair of teams to the BAISS basketball championships in the senior division as both top seeds eliminated the Kingsway Academy Saints.
Bahamian student athletes continue to produce milestones on a weekly basis throughout the NCAA Division I Track and Field Indoor season.
PRIME Minister said there would be an enquiry into the 80MW Standby BP&L RFP…total utter silence.
Bahamian gamblers want instant thrills - instant highs with in some cases at the web shops there are over 30 draws a day why even talk about a National Lottery?
Fred Mitchell is a thin-skinned self-publicist whose playbook includes pillorying his opponents and ridiculous attention-grabbing stunts, but he retreats to his pious corner to sulk and whine whenever his dirty laundry is hung out to dry.
GOVERNOR General Dame Marguerite Pindling paid a visit to centenarian Doris Gomez as she celebrated her 100th birthday.
A 52-year-old man was yesterday arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with the seizure of $97,000 worth of drugs last Friday.
THREE men were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged in connection with three of the country’s latest homicides.
A 26-year-old man was arraigned in a Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with one count of procuring a minor for the purpose of unlawful sexual intercourse.
TWO men were taken to hospital following a shooting incident on Sunday in the Eight Mile Rock area.
The Gaming Board has “put to rest once and for all” fears that web shops pose a risk to the Bahamian financial system’s integrity, a prominent accountant argued yesterday.
The Minister of Health has confirmed that the much-touted $100m-$130m price tag for National Health Insurance (NHI) only covers “the government’s exposure” to the scheme.
The Central Bank says “there is nothing” to suggest money laundering occurs “on any scale” in The Bahamas based on its analysis of currency circulation trends.
The deputy prime minister has pledged that VAT refunds will not be unduly “withheld” from the insurance industry, voicing hope the two sides will resolve their differences “in the near future”.
THE Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP) yesterday said it hopes that the cruise port developments eyed for both Nassau and Freeport will benefit “all stakeholders”.
The Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) last week took potential industry partners to its North Andros facilities as part of efforts to revamp its business model.
Monday, February 11
Monday, 11th February, 2019.
Monday, 11th February, 2019.
TRAGEDY struck as a vessel carrying more than 80 Haitian immigrants attempting to illegally enter The Bahamas shipwrecked in waters off Abaco. With the death toll up to 31 and only 18 of the migrants on this journey reported rescued, the number of fatalities seems certain to increase as search and rescue efforts continue for another 34 passengers still missing.
A MAN’S conviction for having an illegal firearm has been overturned because of the appellate court’s uncertainty over whether the serial number of the firearm police said they found him with contained the number “5” or a capital “S”.
POLICE destroyed more than 90,000 marijuana plants found in eight fields in Andros in two separate incidents last week.
Nassau has “nothing to be afraid of” from Freeport’s two mega cruise ports, the Minister of Tourism is arguing, while admitting both projects have added “fresh” urgency to the capital’s revival.
Four men were killed in separate incidents over the weekend with two of the killings taking place roughly an hour apart and just streets apart.
BAHAMAS Utilities Services and Allied Workers Union president Dwayne Woods “has not performed a day’s work” for the Water and Sewerage Corporation in years, according to its executive chairman, who said the man stills gets paid approximately $60,000 a year despite being on “administrative leave”.
THEIR coffins draped in the Haitian flag and a bouquet of flowers, 22 Haitian migrants who were killed when their sloop shipwrecked in Abaco more than a week ago were mourned yesterday by hundreds who did not know them but who came to show empathy for the plight that brought them to their demise.
The third regular-season match-up between Buddy Hield’s Sacramento Kings and Deandre Ayton’s Phoenix Suns went to the Kings’ advantage as the teams continue to trend in opposite directions.
Dozens of participants swam, biked and ran in the name of a good cause at the 2019 Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon yesterday at Clifton Heritage Park.
A career night from Jaron Cornish powered the Stony Brook Seawolves to its eighth win in conference play, highlighting the weekend for Bahamian student-athletes in NCAA Division I basketball.
The Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools Sports Association will tip off sudden death basketball playoffs today featuring play in all four contested divisions at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
RASHIELD Williams wasted no time in pulling off his professional debut on Saturday night in Mexico City.
Not that Richard Lightbourn, nor the topic of conch depletion in The Bahamas, needs any endorsement at all, but I would simply like to add my own voice to the discussion.
Arising from the National address - Cleanliness and totally unattractiveness of Bay Street…have to suggest the full House of Assembly, have to be blind as to the state of disrepair and ugliness. They pass through that area at least once a week. Certain Ministers daily, going to work and they do not see?
Buju Banton was three years old when the late Bob Marley lived in Nassau and spent hours on end, enthralled with chasing a soccer ball around Fort Charlotte in blissful solitude. He was recuperating from being shot at his home in Jamaica.
They came in their hundreds to mourn the dead.
COMMENTATORS in Western media - who dominate international news distribution - characterise any government, entity or person who speaks out against meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela as “supporters of the Maduro regime”.
The Gaming Board says its one-month study has “debunked the myth” that web shops are vulnerable to financial crime and pose a significant risk to The Bahamas’ integrity.
Private health insurers yesterday warned that National Health Insurance’s (NHI) current structure threatens to “severely” undermine their solvency, with the mid-July 2020 launch date likely “unachievable”.
The Minister of Tourism is hoping The Bahamas’ new Lenny Kravitz-inspired advertising campaign will help drive stopover visitor growth “in the teens or low double digit” percentages for 2019.
Aliv has partnered with DHL Express to enable customers to use its stores to ship items via the courier company.
MANY Bahamians are unable to qualify for home construction mortgages because lending institutions are “no longer in touch” with the economy, a top contractor is arguing.
THE government was yesterday urged to “take its time” and find the right buyer for the Grand Lucayan, an ex-Cabinet minister warning the nation can ill-afford another “driftwood disaster”.
A firm of Bahamian architects has just finished work on its first overseas project - the headquarters building of Bahamas First’s Cayman affiliate.
The government’s renewed focus on reviving downtown Nassau will be “a key catalyst” for economic growth, a prominent investment banker has predicted.
Sunday, February 10
SUNDAY 11.50pm UPDATE: The US Coast Guard has suspended its search for the second man from the downed Conquest Air airplane on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday, February 9
One man was killed and another was injured after a shooting off Cowpen Road in the early hours of Saturday.
Friday, February 8
Friday, 8th February, 2019.
SCORES of A F Adderley Junior High School students were rewarded for stellar academic achievement during the school’s awards assembly on Friday.
A MAN is in critical condition in hospital after he was shot outside his home on Thursday afternoon.
A 54-year-old Canadian man was sentenced to prison on Friday for smuggling almost $10,000 worth of heroin into the Bahamas from London late last year in the hope of getting more than $3m in exchange.
A man testified on Friday that he used Facebook as a last resort to counteract the allegations made in a statement he said he was forced to give to police that implicated his cousin and two other men of executing a murder plot.
IN the wake of Tuesday's police-involved shooting, the first of the year, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said body cams for law enforcement is on the way.
NEARLY 1500 job-seekers turned up to the Fusion Superplex entertainment venue yesterday, as the company seeks to fill up to 80 part-time and full-time openings.
A WOMAN was raped in her home on Thursday afternoon, police said.
THE Court of Appeal has quashed the murder conviction of Javaro Davis who allegedly killed Rimardo Rolle, 27, at a nightclub in 2014.
MORE than half of the 5,400 men onboard the exclusively gay Allure Caribbean Cruise disembarked the ship on Monday, a development activist Alexus D’Marco says is a good indication the capital is viewed as “safe” for the gay community.
A fire in Grand Bahama yesterday left an old sub-police station “completely gutted”.
DESPITE scientists estimating The Bahamas’ conch population could be wiped out in 10 to 15 years, one Grand Bahama fisherman doubts the research.
The Bahamas can become “the Singapore of the Americas” if it rids itself of corruption, poor governance and lack of vision, a prominent reform campaigner argued yesterday.
THE Sybil Strachan Primary School on Carmichael Road will be closed to students today after it was confirmed some two dozen students there were infected with scabies.
On the day that another Haitian body washed up on shore - a female - the League of Haitian Pastors reported that they have been in contact with family members for at least 21 of the now 31 migrants who died when their sloop shipwrecked near Abaco cays over the weekend.
OFFICIALS are on “heightened” alert over the highly infectious measles disease as the country’s vaccination coverage remains at decreased levels, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.
MONTHS after launching the Be A Hero environmental campaign in Nassau, officials recently took the message of keeping your surroundings clean to the nation’s second city, Freeport.
Another week, and more questions than answers from our government on many fronts.
PAYOUTS to line staff employees at the Grand Lucayan resort should be done this week or early next week “at the latest,” Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said yesterday.
A 38-year-old Haitian man yesterday denied allegations that last month he struck and killed another man with a car he did not have permission to drive.
THREE women were remanded to prison yesterday after denying allegations that they defrauded a local bank of thousands of dollars belonging to a Seventh-day Adventist church last year.
The UB Mingoes four-member judo team competes this weekend at The San Jose Buddhist Judo Club and 27th “Sensei Memorial” Invitational Judo Tournament at San Jose State University.
THE Bahamas Football Association continued its regular season action on Wednesday night at the Roscoe AL Davies Soccer Field.
“Beyond expectations” was how organiser Kevin Salabie described the Baillou Rugby Club’s Golden Oldies Touch Rugby Sevens Day and Honors banquet at the weekend.
A pair of senior men’s national basketball team members were on the move recently as they signed with new clubs in Europe.
Nathan Bain’s career high effort keyed a comeback win for the Stephen F Austin Lumberjacks to highlight Bahamian players in NCAA division I basketball Wednesday night.
Buddy Hield is no stranger to transactions at the NBA trade deadline but while he was not involved in any deals this year, his Sacramento Kings were busy shuffling the roster.
Former attorney general and financial services and investments minister in the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administration of former Prime Minister Perry Christie, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, has informed The Nassau Tribune that she has started her very own blog.
The tragedy involving the death of scores of Haitian nationals and, of course, the large number that are missing is an indictment against the Haitian government, for its continued failure to eradicate human trafficking of its citizens from the Island Nation.
Amid claims the crisis in Venezuela has been caused by outside interference, the evidence suggests the reasons are homegrown. Dictatorship and rule by decree, political repression and economic mismanagement on a massive scale have resulted in the disaster of a failing state.
A memorial concert for Audrey F Dean-Wright, who had an almost infectious enthusiasm and excitement for the arts, was held at the University of The Bahamas’ Performing Arts Centre at the end of January.
Cable Bahamas is a strong company, with positive growth prospects, one of our best-known and most actively traded equities. Yet the share price quoted on BISX gives the impression of a severe loser, with a decline of about nearly 40 percent in the last year, from $3.68 to $2.29. Why?
Freeport’s potential emergence as a mega cruise port hub represents a potential threat to Nassau, Tribune Business was told yesterday, and may affect its own port’s management outsource.
A Super Value customer could receive “substantial damages” worth over $31,000 after she was struck by a forklift while grocery shopping in its store, damaging her achilles tendon.
The government does not have the VAT refund process “down pat like we should”, a top official has admitted, although “some headway” was being made.
RISING tensions between Morton Salt Bahamas and its line-staff union resulted in a 40-worker “sick-out” yesterday and the company suspending several workers for a week.
Thursday, February 7
Thursday, 7th February, 2019.
New Birth Church on Robinson Road held its first ever healing and breakthrough revival under the theme “Spiritual Awakening”.
“Count your blessings, name them one by one…”
IN order to touch the masses, many churches are evolving to accommodate those whose lives don’t allow for worship on Sundays. It is the reason several churches today have incorporated various service times in their schedule, so that people can have flexibility as to how they worship and experience God.
A group of concerned citizens says its members are planning to protest for the resignations of Health Minister Dr Duane Sands and National Security Minister Marvin Dames for the role they played in the Frank Smith trial.
POLICE are investigating a blaze that destroyed a two-story building on Bay Street yesterday.
GRAND Lucayan line staff have received their voluntary separation packages, inclusive of severance, gratuity, and back pay, according to its representative union.
A MAN accused of unlawful sex with a 14-year-old boy in Grand Bahama took the stand yesterday, where at times he appeared agitated or flustered as questions were put to him by the prosecution concerning his arrest.
CLASSES at CW Sawyer Primary School have been suspended today and Friday, according to the Ministry of Education.
A LEADING Carnival Corporation executive says the group is not at all concerned about the proposed multi-billion dollar oil refinery project by Oban Energies in East Grand Bahama and does not believe it would interfere with their proposed new cruise port development on the island.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday called accusations of corruption a “disgrace” as he rejected calls for a Commission of Inquiry into police conduct in the bribery and extortion trial of former PLP Senator Frank Smith.
The final death toll in the Abaco boat disaster could rise to as high as 65.
FINANCE Minister K Peter Turnquest insisted yesterday the government has no intention to increase value added tax as speculation persists that a hike maybe featured in the impending 2019-2020 budget presentation. He called the claim an unfortunate rumour.
Michael Cartwright made it official with the North Carolina Central Eagles on National Signing Day.
Very few topics have a greater impact on me than the perfect peace of God. Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) puts it into context: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
The home is the first church a child should experience.
Nashad Mackey returned to form following an early season injury and is once again performing like the standout senior leader of the Embry Riddle Men’s Basketball Programme.
Super Bowl LIII produced several historic milestones with a pair of local football fans a part of the action, witnessing America’s most popular sporting event courtesy of Bud Light Caribbean and Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company.
After losing the first game of the series, the TA Thompson Scorpions completed the backdoor sweep to dethrone the HO Lions as Government Secondary School Sports Association junior girls basketball champions.
The Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins squandered an eight-point fourth quarter lead but came up with clutch baskets down the stretch when it mattered most to take the GSSSA senior boys basketball title.
The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) held its fourth annual Tru Tru Bahamian Festival at the weekend to highlight Bahamian culture and history.
Key West in the Florida Keys was/is referred to as the Conch Republic because there was at one time an abundance of conch. Despite the fact that there has been a total ban on the removal of conch from the Florida Keys for almost 40 years, there has been little increase in the population in the meantime as a certain density of conch is required in order for them to reproduce.
WITH support from Royal Caribbean Ltd, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is launching an innovative STEM for Oceans education initiative in The Bahamas.
Eighty students from 13 different schools participated in the third annual economics essay competition this February at Anatol Rodgers High School. It was organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with The Nassau Institute and sponsored by the Templeton Religion Trust.
APPELLATE judges are considering whether to accept a former realtor’s assertions that her six-year sentence for swindling 21 people out of over $144,000 in 2008 as part of a property scam should be cut in half.
EARLY childhood abuse is linked to violence and murder in teenage years, noted psychiatrist Dr David Allen said yesterday, adding this “hidden epidemic” is “wreaking havoc” in the country.
THE cousin of one of three men accused of executing a murder plot in the summer of 2016 yesterday denied assertions that his relative killed the deceased for cash, then used some of the blood money to buy a car.
The National Health Insurance Authority’s (NHIA) defence of the scheme’s $130m price tag yesterday raised more questions than answers, with even a Cabinet minister admitting it needed “clarification”.
Advocates for the pre-inspection of Japanese auto exports yesterday leapt to the initiative’s defence after a veteran used car dealer branded the checks “redundant”.
The Chamber of Commerce’s chief executive yesterday voiced confidence in the government’s ability to “circle the wagons” and hit its $237m full-year deficit target.
The deputy prime minister yesterday pledged that the government’s finances will be placed “in check”, with “no more runaway trains” leading The Bahamas to the “fiscal brink”.
Bahamas Realty is marking its 70th anniversary this year, celebrating $10bn in property sales over a history so long it predates the birth of its own chief executive.
A $1m fund established by the Bahamas Striping Group of Companies will this week begin interviews with shortlisted entrepreneurs seeking to access its funding.
BAHAMIAN entrepreneurs were yesterday urged to “think big” and target the export market, after the government signed a deal that increases their available funding pool to $9m.
THE union representing Morton Salt Bahamas line-staff yesterday rejected suggestions it had instigated a worker “slowdown” after the company issued warning letters to three of its employees.
Equity Bank And Trust (Bahamas) has become the latest “offshore” institution to target the local financial services market by offering private banking services to Bahamians.
Wednesday, February 6
POLICE shot and killed a man yesterday after he allegedly attempted to attack an officer with a silver knife in a shanty town located in the Joe Farrington Road area.
Wednesday, 6th February, 2019.
CULTURE CLASH: Remember – We came from the same place, were deposited on different pieces of rock, enslaved and forced into new ways of seeing, believing and being
People leave their homes for many reasons. Some leave to further their education, to find work, or to gain experience through training programmes and internships.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday touted the proposed Carnival Cruise Line port in Grand Bahama as a “PLP project”, adding the Heads of Agreement was signed before the Christie administration left office in 2017.
BACKLASH from the ill-fated Fyre Festival has moved one supermodel involved in the event to tears.
POLICE have closed a portion of Bay Street as they work to contain a structural fire.
WHILE the government has received proposals from “quite a number” of investors interested in Grand Bahama, it remains unclear what the future holds for the controversial Oban deal.
THE bodies of the 27 people who died at sea in the Abaco cays have been turned over to the Haitian Embassy in Nassau and the League of Haitian Pastors for burial on Sunday.
FOX Hill MP Shonel Ferguson’s investment company is seeking to have a new hearing over the claims that led to its Supreme Court-ordered eviction from a building it allegedly never paid real property taxes on since assuming responsibility for it some 13 years ago.
Freeport's economy "won't look back" if Royal Caribbean's partnership with a Mexican group to develop mega cruise berths and buy the Grand Lucayan succeeds, Tribune Business can reveal.
FORMER State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez is calling for a commission of inquiry into police conduct in the investigation that led to the bribery and extortion trial of former PLP Senator Frank Smith.
THE Democratic National Alliance will be holding its next convention at the end of the month, where all leadership positions will be open for election, interim leader Christopher Mortimer announced.
Dr Fox, did you really blow tens of thousand of dollars on parties and gifts? It is your money so you may spend it as you wish. You claim, however, to now be a man of the cloth, are you really?
THE Bahamas Chess Federation has announced plans for two major events.
AFTER an amateur career that allowed him to box around the world in a number of major international competition, Rashield Williams has decided to move into the professional ranks.
In his final season of prep basketball before his progression to the collegiate ranks, Kai Jones continues to build on his skillset and earn accolades.
Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings have been one of the surprises of the NBA season thus far and extended their home winning streak to seven games.
The GSSSA basketball senior division produced one title thus far for the CI Gibson Rattlers, while the pennant winners in the senior boys staved off elimination.
I write this letter because I am very disturbed. I am a mature student at University of The Bahamas (UB).
You may well ask where is the US Ambassador? He or she certainly is not visible in the Bahamas. Our closest neighbour and "friends" do not have the decency to appoint someone to oversee their affairs and our relationship. In fact we have not had an Ambassador since 2011 according to Wikipedia.
Let me begin by offering three cheers to the newly appointed Commissioner of Police.
Here we go again with Oban.
OPPOSITION leader Philip Davis has raised alarm regarding a reported mould infestation and rumoured sinkhole at CW Sawyer Primary School, and calling for Education Minister Jeff Lloyd to resolve the matter.
TWO landlords were each fined upwards of $2,000 yesterday for the “unhygienic” practice of renting their dwelling spaces without a proper water supply, which ultimately led to the tenants defecating in buckets, discarding the waste on the property and then burning the fecal matter because they couldn’t flush it away.
GRAND Bahama businessman Edward Barrett will remain behind bars for smuggling three guns and numerous rounds of ammunition through his import company three years ago, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.
FR Remy David died in a Florida hospital on Sunday, He was 81 years old. Ordained in Nassau in 1968, he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest on June 31 last year.
THE primary purpose of the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute has always been to educate students to become successful farmers and not directly satisfy local food demands, the institute’s chairman Tennyson Wells said yesterday.
TOURISM Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar has challenged Grand Bahama residents to come up creative business ideas to draw tourists, a day after plans for Carnival Cruise Line’s mega-port in East Grand Bahama were formally announced.
A MAN and a woman were arrested on Tuesday after a tourist was robbed while walking over the Paradise Island bridge.
POLICE in New Providence are investigating a traffic accident that left a woman dead.
RoyalFidelity’s president yesterday said he hopes its management-led buyout will provide a springboard for immediate Caribbean expansion and ten percent assets under management growth.
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) will enjoy a $7.5m-plus profit “boost” for 2019 as a result of selling a 50 percent equity stake in its investment banking affiliate, it was revealed yesterday.
Sky Bahamas’ bid to challenge almost $500,000 in damages awarded to a rival Bahamian airline has been reinstated by the Court of Appeal.
A trade union leader yesterday said the Grand Lucayan’s managers are “optimistic” that their voluntary separation packages will be finalised shortly once the prime minister addresses their proposal.
The Securities Commission yesterday announced that its 2019 licensee examination priorities are anti-money laundering compliance and the appropriate risk-rating of clients.
A former tourism minister yesterday expressed hope that Carnival’s $100m cruise port investment will attract other investors to Grand Bahama, while lamenting the project’s relocation.
A former tourism minister yesterday queried whether the government is getting “value for money” over its Grand Lucayan purchase, stressing that securing the right brand was critical to revive the resort.
Tuesday, February 5
Tuesday, 5th February, 2019.
Many young women today are into a glitz and glamour lifestyle.
OFFICIALS in Abaco turned their attention yesterday to identifying bodies recovered from the weekend shipwreck that killed more than two dozen Haitian migrants even as one body escaped the grasp of Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and was consumed by sharks instead.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and members of his Cabinet attended an information meeting in Grand Bahama last night for Carnival’s proposed “Grand Port” which is expected to create 1,000 direct and indirect jobs during development.
The Abaco Chamber of Commerce yesterday urged the environment minister to intervene amid fears Bahamas Ferries’ new service is endangering the island’s “boating capital” status.
AFTER three men were killed within less than 24 hours over the weekend, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said while police cannot stop every murder, law enforcement is on track to continue lowering murder statistics.
IMMIGRATION Minister Brent Symonette has appealed to migrants contemplating the treacherous journey from Haiti to consider applying for work permits before risking their lives to enter The Bahamas illegally.
THE Court of Appeal’s president has suggested that Lyford Cay mogul Peter Nygard’s appeal of two of his three contempt of court convictions may not be heard until or unless he purges his contempt before a Supreme Court judge.
A MOTHER desperate for answers over the disappearance of her son will get her day in court later this month.
A LEAD detective in an unlawful sex investigation told the Supreme Court that Fred Williams denied having a consensual sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy who he claimed had got his cellular phone number from his older brother and began calling him regularly.
THE Ministry of National Security has signed a memorandum of understanding with Correctional Services Canada, a move to aid the shift of the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services from a penal institution to correctional organisation.
CITIZENS for a Better Bahamas confirmed yesterday the Royal Bahamas Police Force was contacted about a recent threat of harm against a member of the organisation.
FREE National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer said calls from Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis for two Cabinet ministers to resign over their actions related to Frank Smith’s bribery case are “laughable”.
ATTORNEY and former PLP member of Parliament Keod Smith yesterday withdrew his appeal of a retired Supreme Court judge’s order that he be committed to prison for 14 days for accusing her of bias in a series of affidavits over five years ago.
The relocated Carnival cruise port will create up to 1,000 jobs and become the company’s largest such facility in the world, the prime minister said last night.
The “Start Your Engine 2019” event kicked off the year in a positive way with a recent speed mentoring conference hosted by Insight Stage at the Meliá Nassau Beach resort.
Spreading the vision for Bahamian beauty throughout the islands and even abroad is the idea behind a local magazine called Beautilicious.
Duquesa Dean wants women to know they are not alone in their daily struggles. To this end she founded the organisation The Power Of Her, and last weekend she was hosted an inspirational conference to drive her message home.
To celebrate February as the month of love, Tribune Woman will be taking a closer look at successful, long-term relationships, interviewing couples who think they’ve found the secret to true and lasting romance. Today, we speak to Derek and Lashanta Smith who have been married for 10 years and have four children together.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been aggressively pursuing the New Orleans Pelicans’ All-Star forward Anthony Davis for the last few weeks.
Both defending GSSSA basketball junior division champions are now just one game away from successfully defending their titles following convincing game one wins.
The Holland College Hurricanes are No 1 ranked team in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association the poll powered by Roosevelt Whylly who continues to be one of the league’s most dominant players.
Bahamian athletes produced several top finishes, season’s bests and personal bests to highlight the indoor circuit of NCAA Division I Track and Field over the weekend.
After going through the regular season undefeated, the Mystic Marlins find themselves in a familiar position that they faced in the semifinals, an upset loss in game one and facing elimination.
The ladies charged with working without a work permit and one for overstaying.
Real cost ex-solar panel, commercial installation, to grid of solar electricity – there have been reports that the Saudis have pushed the price to 3-4 cents a KW. Just back from Riyadh and can assure you the Saudis admit they are losing big money at that price.
Is there any process let alone progress on the flipping of Our Lucaya which the government purchased for $65 million?
An objective examination of the issue of adult entertainment in the Bahamas cannot but lead to one conclusion: it resides within the bailiwick of publicly sanctioned activity that adults should be free to engage in or patronise, if they so desire.
What are we to make of the deteriorating and regionally increasingly perilous situation in Venezuela?
The Central Bank is aiming to “crystallise” its strategy for a digital Bahamian dollar test project before year-end 2019, its governor revealed yesterday.
The Central Bank’s governor yesterday said The Bahamas needs to target a “minimum” of two percent annual GDP growth as he called for “stronger inroads” into double-digit unemployment.
The Central Bank yesterday said it had “sold well over $100m” of its government debt holdings to prevent surplus bank liquidity from fuelling an “excessive” consumer credit boom.
AN Opposition Senator yesterday said the revamped National Health Insurance (NHI) proposal raises “more questions than it answers”, arguing that there were “red flags” over its potential economic impact.
THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) yesterday said it plans to focus more heavily on the electricity sector this year after failing to impact the sector as hoped.
THE Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) yesterday said it was working to ensure it has a “symbiotic” relationship with policymakers, each having a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
Monday, February 4
Monday, 4th February, 2019.
THE general commentary after the prime minister’s first official address of the year last week was that it was underwhelming. It lacked detail of how Bahamians would truly benefit. Despite indicating a major focus of the government was economic growth and expansion, it felt like what we’ve always had from Dr Hubert Minnis’ administration – dangling of carrots for some point in the future.
OPPOSITION leader Philip “Brave” Davis said yesterday there are grounds for a civil suit to be considered in the aftermath of the exoneration of former PLP Senator Frank Smith, although he added Mr Smith cannot be “compensated monetarily” for the ordeal he and his family have experienced.
Bahamas Ferries was yesterday said to have pledged it will not continue using Marsh Harbour’s public dock in defiance of orders issued by its third largest shareholder - the prime minister.
LEAGUE of Haitian Churches President Dr Jean Paul Charles yesterday called for greater efforts to discourage illegal migration from ports in Haiti as he mourned the scores of Haitian nationals who drowned in a fatal attempt at entering the country this weekend.
THREE murders occurred within less than 24 hours this weekend, marking a bloody start to February and a trend that has left police concerned, Superintendent Joy Bosfield told The Tribune yesterday. There were also three non-fatal shooting incidents this weekend. All three are in hospital with two listed in serious condition.
NATIONAL Security Minister Marvin Dames yesterday defended his role in the bribery and extortion trial against former PLP Senator Frank Smith, telling The Tribune he did not play political games.
In the worst migrant boating tragedy in Bahamian waters since 2013, officials said 27 Haitians are dead and 18 survived after their boat hit a reef on Friday night and sunk.
Social media sites such as, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp increases communication, access to information and help in developing a sense of self, however, the thoughts of what your child might come across online can be worrying. Here are internet safety advice to make sure going online is a positive experience for you and your child.
Joanna Evans continues to be a standout performer for her top-ranked Texas Longhorns to lead the list of impressive performances for Bahamians in NCAA Division I swimming.
IT wasn’t the kind of support they expected, but newly formed ANOO and The Sports Fellowship Institute made good on its promise to assist the Bahamas Diabetic Association.
Bahamians across NCAA Division I basketball had mixed results over the weekend, both in their personal production and in the win/loss column for their teams.
After a hard-fought season and the remaining semi-final completed over the weekend, the GSSSA moves into the championship series in all four divisions today at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The 21st annual Farmers Cay Regatta was held over the weekend in Exuma in honour of the late Elleazor ‘Barber J’ Johnson.
Deandre Ayton returned to the court after missing with an ankle sprain while Buddy Hield produced his fourth 30-point game the season and set a new career high for three pointers made in a single campaign.
LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Heptathlon national record holder Ken Mullings improved the record by 387 points to 5426 points at the Fred Wilts Purdue Indoor Invitational over the weekend.
A scant 54 days into his Prime Ministership in 2017, a buoyant Hubert Minnis went to Grenada on what was his foreign policy debut.
Prince George Wharf - Cruise Port Management
It is with great humility that I embrace Diane Phillip’s heart-warming article The Fall and Rise of St. Mark’s. Diane is a gifted, compassionate writer who has so eloquently captured a time of great fear, an unknown future, and the faith and spirit of Anita Collie Pratt and her neighbours on Acklins in the bullseye of Hurricane Joaquin.
What must it take?
A BAHAMIAN drug smuggler was found hiding in a boat containing 132 pounds of cocaine in waters off Miami, Florida.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar were among special guests at the dedication ceremony of Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam cruise ship on Saturday.
As the nation’s key centre of learning, University of The Bahamas offers higher education opportunities for Bahamians while also offering resources to explore the impact of our country’s rich history.
THE Heads of Government of the independent member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who met by video conference on January 24 to consider the fast-moving events surrounding Venezuela, demonstrated an independent and principled stance. Absent from the meeting was any representative of the Bahamas and Haiti.
THE fourth annual Joan Thompson Memorial Freedom Lecture featuring Dr Richard Ebeling, Ph.,D. will be held on Friday, March 1, at Choices Restaurant, University of The Bahamas.
THE US Coast Guard suspended its search yesterday for a Piper Saratoga aircraft with two people aboard that crashed into the ocean 23 miles east of Palm Beach on Friday.
THE company at the centre of a heated parliamentary row last week is suing the government for non-payment.
Employers may have to fill a $70m funding gap if the “worst case scenario” for National Health Insurance (NHI) becomes reality, the Chamber of Commerce’s top executive revealed yesterday.
The deputy prime minister says “every Bahamian should be worried” that the PLP will take the country “back to the future” by overturning recently-enacted fiscal disciplinary measures.
A Cabinet minster last night said he was “not particularly bothered” by a widely-circulated video labelling The Bahamas’ the world’s most unsafe cruise destination because it was “patently untrue”.
Princess Cruises will resume calls to its Eleuthera private island today, almost a week after a fire damaged several buildings at the property.
THE Bahamas Taxicab Union’s (BTU) president says he remains resolute on rebranding the industry and shedding the negative reputation of cab drivers as a group of “scavengers”.
A $10m poultry investor is aiming to grow domestic producers’ market share beyond the present “less than two percent” through supplying Bahamians with 30,000 fresh chickens per week.
Palm Cay says phase one of its $100m One Marina condominium project is 70 percent sold less than three months after it broke ground on its “most ambitious project to date”.
Some 450 persons attended Thursday’s Grand Bahama launch of the Small Business Development Centre’s (SBDC) Access Accelerator initiative.
Saturday, February 2
Three men are dead after separate shooting incidents hours apart on Friday and Saturday.
SIXTEEN people are dead and 15 have been rescued after a Haitian refugee boat capsized off Abaco early on Saturday morning.
Friday, February 1
FORMER PLP Senator Frank Smith was acquitted of all charges in his bribery and extortion trial on Friday, after the chief magistrate found that a case had not been made against him sufficiently to require her to compel him to answer to the allegations.
THE Progressive Liberal Party will call for the resignation of ministers involved in the bribery case of Frank Smith, the former chairman of the Public Hospital Authority who was freed of the charges Friday afternoon, according to Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis.
PRIME Minister Hubert Minnis, accompanied by Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar, senior government officials and his wife, Mrs Patricia Minnis, leave for Ft. Lauderdale on Saturday.
BUJU Banton will not be performing his controversial song “Boom Bye Bye” at his upcoming concert, according to his publicist Ronnie Tomlinson, who confirmed the reggae star has not sung that song “for years”.
THE Grand Bahama man who is accused of having unlawful sex with a 14-year-old boy had told police he knew the complainant and had given him a ride in his car several times, but that he did not have sex with him, the Supreme Court heard Friday.
February 1st, 2019.
Friday, 1st February, 2019.
A REPORT on a police investigation into a series of fires that crippled infrastructure at Bahamas Power and Light’s Clifton Pier Power Plant has been completed and submitted to the government.
THE mega-freighter that was burning off Canada’s east coast since January 3 is now docked off port in waters off Grand Bahama, awaiting clearance from the relevant marine authorities at the Port Department and the Grand Bahama Harbour Company.
Progressive Liberal Party chairman Senator Fred Mitchell said there is “no evidence” of misconduct regarding the Christie administration’s housing programme as he hit out at statements made by Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira in the House of Assembly on Wednesday.
A SUPREME Court judge has ruled that former Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade was wrong for firing a police officer the day he was charged with kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl.
The Bahamas International Securities Exchange’s (BISX) plans for a cryptocurrency and digital securities trading platform will “revolutionise our jurisdiction”, its top executive said yesterday.
THE Progressive Liberal Party has criticised Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis for appointing Golden Gates MP Michael Foulkes as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development, a ministry that saw cuts in the last budgeting exercise.
PROPOSED policy changes to universal healthcare have come at an increased cost with Graham Whitmarsh, managing director of the National Health Insurance Authority, revealing yesterday implementation next year will cost $130 million.
TO solve the issue of overcrowding at the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services, National Security Minister Marvin Dames said his ministry is primarily focused on reducing the number of inmates, rather than building additional cells.
THE best friend of a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 45-year-old man told the Supreme Court the teenager cried after confiding to her about the assault.
THE top scorer in the Financial Bowling League competition Wednesday night was Sonith Lockhart of the Rubis Oil Stars with a 226 second high game and a 586 high three set.
THE University of The Bahamas Mingoes track and field team opens competition this weekend at the Fred Wilts Purdue Invitational in Lafayette, Indiana.
LUCIUS Fox is set to begin his 2019 season at an elevated status and continues his progression through the Tampa Bay Rays organisation.
After getting off to an impressive start to his professional boxing career last year, Amron Sands is looking forward to either duplicating or surpassing his 7-0 win-loss record this year.
Bahamian insurers yesterday said they are at “loggerheads” with the government over VAT refunds, branding the situation “untenable” due to the impact on cash flow and solvency margins.
PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party Trustee Valentine S Grimes said he never received “one single cent” from any ministry relating to work Priton Bahamas Limited did in a subdivision on Carmichael Road and insisted his role in this regard was minimal.
As we approach Valentine’s Day, we are called to reassess our position on the topic of love. What does it mean to live a life of love?
New play focuses on getting right with Jesus
To make audiences reevaluate their relationship with God once they leave the four walls of the church is the aim of Samita Ferguson’s first theatre production of the year.
Crystal ball vs wrecking ball
Lamentations 3:40: “Let us examine our ways...”
A FOUL-plagued Malachi McCoy played sparingly in game one, but the Mystic Marlins’ team captain had a dominant performance in the paint Wednesday night and powered his team to a game two win.
THE Aliv Bucket and the Discount Distributors Rockets clinched the two victories in the New Providence Basketball Association double header at the AF Adderley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
THE New Providence Women’s Basketball Association is all set to hold its All-Star Classic at the DW Davis Gymnasium on Saturday.
THE Senate passed a resolution yesterday which sought Parliament’s approval for the conveyance of 1.2 acres of land in Fox Hill for development as serviced lots.
THE Privy Council has ordered a local car rental company and a dead man’s estate to pay another man over $600,000 in damages for future loss as a result of a car accident that killed the deceased on a Family Island some six years ago.
ABACO police are investigating a boating incident that left a woman dead.
“Count your blessings, name them one by one…”
One of the most conspicuous commands within the sphere of God’s word is the direct instruction for capital punishment for murderers.
Yet again the Prime Minister spoke for too long….45 minutes - all studies say no longer than 20 minutes at the most! There was content, some positive but it simply did not hit home, it was lost in so much flowery talking.
THE Bahamas Heart Centre is kicking off heart health month, recognised annually in February, with an event tomorrow that encourages members of the general public to get moving and donate to a worthy cause.
Someone has upset the sleeping tiger of the taxi drivers! Hope they know what they are doing? Because we all remember what the infamous general strike started with…a strike of the taxi drivers at the airport.
THE recent decision by the President of the Court of Appeals to hold clients liable for the conduct of their attorneys in the Supreme Court is troubling and brings the sagacity of that decision into question.
The thorny issue of Britain’s departure from the European Union is top of the world’s news agenda again. Brexit has divided public opinion in the United Kingdom and precipitated a deep political crisis. It is also significant internationally because of the likely effects on the economies of other countries - ourselves included - arising from disruption and uncertainty in relation to trading patterns.
To truly assist Bahamians in need and rectify the misconception that churches only take but do not give back, members of the Shekinah Family Word Centre recently hosted the organisation’s seventh annual community outreach initiative.
The government’s first-half fiscal deficit is no cause for “great panic” despite being equal to 73.4 percent of the full-year target, a top accountant argued yesterday.
The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) is “in the final stages” of preparing to list and trade billions in government debt - a move its top executive yesterday hailed as “a watershed”.
Bahamian insurers yesterday warned it will be “very difficult” to hit the revised National Health Insurance (NHI) start date of July 2020 with the scheme’s organisers “standing their ground”.
THE National Health Insurance Authority’s (NHIA) top executive yesterday pledged that its revised proposal will reduce the cost burden for Bahamian businesses and individuals.
THE National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) yesterday said it believes it can “still manage” to expand the scheme’s medical services without any increase in premium costs.